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They’re Dropping Like Flies!

…but some are returning!  :-)

I’ve been reviewing my blog roll, TGBBL, and other lists of blogs, and have noticed many people are no longer blogging, or have not blogged in some time, or have died, or whatever…

And that makes me sad.

BUT, Peter wrote today that LAWDOG has been convinced to begin blogging again, AND plans on a BOOK regarding his adventures!

HUZZAH!

Please go welcome him back!

The LawDog Files

Zapruder Film 2.0

(NO, this is not me ranting about JFK’s assassination, again!)

I was going to keep my distance from the whole ‘armed clown occupiers are arrested (and one killed) after a run-in with governmental armed clowns’, but this seems to be something not going away – from the blogosphere, anyway.

Submitted for your perusal:

(From Brock Townsend)

The Finicum Execution: Zoomed In at 50% Speed and can be played at 1080p HD

NavyJack 1/30/2016 at 7:36 am

Max, Here is a version that is zoomed in and can be played at 1080p HD. It repeats the killing sequence 4 times

(and just to add fuel to the fire, because I’m sometimes built that way – Guffaw)

“Suggested talking point and mantra-like slogan for all your assorted internet chatter”

Via Northwest Net

https://ppjg.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/lavoynew.jpg?w=500&h=336

“The FBI sent 100 agents in 40 armored vehicles to murder one man in Oregon, but they haven’t even interviewed Hillary Clinton yet.”

So there you have it.  Maybe.

Did the federal government protect us from some right-wing extremist whack jobs, or is this yet another example of federal ‘overreach’, not unlike the executions @ Ruby Ridge and Waco?
The Internet is abuzz with this was simply suicide-by-cop, coupled with an idea to incite violence (?)
There has also been chatter regarding the ‘armed occupiers’ being treasonous, and therefore deserved prison and/or killing.  Without due process, I might add…
Then, I remembered some other ‘armed’ occupiers:Eric-Holder-Columbia-1973-yearbook-343x620

Report: Did Eric Holder Participate in‘Armed’ Occupation of Columbia ROTC Office?

The Daily Caller is reporting that the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Holder, participated in what has been described by some as an “armed” takeover of Columbia University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) office in 1970.

Apparently Holder was one of the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS) that demanded the abandoned ROTC center be transformed into the “Malcom X Lounge.”
Holder described the five-day event during a 2010 commencement speech: “[Several] of us took one of our concerns — that black students needed a designated space to gather on campus — to the Dean [of Freshmen]’office. This being Columbia, we proceeded to occupy that office.”
Holder, however, recalls the event as being “peaceful.”
The Daily Caller continues:

The details of the student-led occupation, including the claim that the raiders were “armed,” come from a deleted Web page of the Black Students’ Organization (BSO) at Columbia, asuccessor group to the SAASContemporary newspaper accounts in The Columbia Daily Spectator, a student newspaper, did not mention weapons.
[…]
Though then-Dean Carl Hovde declared the occupation of the Naval ROTC office illegal and said it violated university policy, the college declined to prosecute any of the students involved.  This decision may have been made to avoid a repeat of violent Columbia campus confrontations between police and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968.
The ROTC headquarters was ultimately renamed the Malcolm X lounge as the SAAS organization demanded.  It later became a hang-out spot for another future U.S. leader, Barack Obama, according to David Maraniss’ best-selling ”Barack Obama: The Story.” [Emphasis added]

In 1968– soon before Holder arrived on campus– the SAAS collaborated with the SDS to prevent a gymnasium from being built, and briefly held Dean Henry Coleman hostage.  As recently as 2010, according to the Daily Caller, the perpetrators were described as “armed with guns.”

Of course SNOPES (the ‘fact-checking’ website funded by leftists politicos) says Holder was not involved with any armed occupation.
So, which is it?
Does it depend on which side of the political spectrum rock one crawls out from under?
It’s been said one man’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist.
I RECEIVED WORD (AND JUST CONFIRMED) THAT THIS VIDEO LINK HAS BEEN DISABLED.  ONE MAY CLINK IN THE LINK WHERE THE VIDEO WAS, OR FAILING THAT, GO TO YOUTUBE DIRECTLY – Guffaw
h/t The Blaze, Erica Ritz, Snopes

A Modest Bleg For Mike

(as copied from Wirecutter)

Plea to All Friends of Mike Vanderboegh

Per Mike, the doctors have told him he is not long of this world. As we all know, his financial situation due to years of disability and devotion to the larger issue of self-sacrifice for freedom is terrible. He is doing what he can to get his affairs in order, but the reality is, his wife will be left in really bad shape. I would like to help with a funding appeal.

I looked at various “crowdfunding” sites, but there are hoops to jump through and/or a cut they take. For now at least, in order to get the ball rolling and hopefully growing as it does, I’m asking all of Mike’s friends to spread the word and to send gratitude offerings directly to him:

Paypal to georgemason1776@aol.com*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**

You’ll note I called it a “gratitude offering.” That’s proper, as this is being directed to those of you who have received value from Mike’s work over the years. That gratitude should also extend to Mike’s wife Rosey, who has had to make plenty of sacrifices of her own to enable Mike to do so many necessary things you and I have benefited from.
FROM HERE

Here is a man who truly believes in sacrifice  as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did:

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.”

If you think you can help this man in his last days, and his lovely wife, please don’t hesitate to do so.

He has done so much for us.

I’m NRA You Hate I Am

(Full Disclosure:  I am an NRA Life Member, and have been for many years, paid for in installments.  I don’t always agree with the organization or her choices, but she is one of the best means available to monitor and respond to statist governmental abuses. With the latest in fascist salvos across our bows, including many political cartoons painting the NRA and gunnies as violent, criminal, knuckle-draggers, I thought it appropriate to respond with humor! – Guffaw)

(As posted by Proud Hillbilly)

With thanks to buzzamonkey for permission to use:

I’m NRA You Hate, I Am
 
—apologies to Herman’s Hermits, and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”
I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am
Second verse, same as the first!
A little bit louder, and a little bit worse!

I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am

For the younger folks, here’s the tune itself:

Well, At Least The President’s Consistent

“If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.” President Obama is calling on Congress to close a dangerous firearm loophole.

The President is speaking of the ‘loophole’ of The No-Fly List, wherein one may be assigned without knowledge or the ability to appeal for removal.

Of course, we now live in a nation wherein one may be stopped and questioned, frisked, asked regarding one’s citizenship and/or sobriety. And have one’s private communication’s intercepted.  Or may even be imprisoned by a secret court in a secret location, for an indeterminate amount of time.

And perhaps tortured while so incarcerated.

In the name of national security.

So, the President is being consistent with his continuing with the previous administration’s policies, and addition of his own.

Roberta Ecks said it best (on FB):

Roberta Ecks Denial of civil rights without due process, via a secret list you’re not allowed to know if you’re on and for which there is no means to clear your name (unless you’re a U.S. Senator), is this really a direction we should be going in?

If the people on the “no-fly” a/k/a “terror watch” list are so dangerous, why are they out walking around? They can buy gasoline and matches anywhere — and tanks full of butane.

AMEN, Sistuh!  Preach it!

At least until they put you away somewhere…

But wait, there’s more!

THIS from Irish (in part)…

 They are pushing hard to strip the last of our rights from us, on the off chance Hildabeast doesn’t get elected.
Not that it matters. To them, we are the enemy.
72 Reasons you are an Enemy of the State



Leigh
Whitehall, NY
 PS….. DHS has 72 employees on the “Terrorist Watch List” http://www.youngcons.com/72-department-of-homeland-security-employees-are-currently-on-the-terror-watch-list/
These are the people supposedly in charge of protecting the country.
Yet we are supposed to trust the fed in believing that denying people on the watch list as a reasonable course of action.
Except, no one is allowed to see the list.
No one is allowed to know how you got on the list.
No one is able, for the most part, to get off the list.
No due process, no evidence – just because!
Hell, even Ted Kennedy was on the No Fly List, and it took him WEEKS to get pulled off of it.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17073-2004Aug19.html
Reasonable?
I don’t friggin’ think so!

 

WARMONGER! (Joke)

Tomi  (known to long-time blog readers here) recently posted her response to the Paris terrorist attacks on her blog.

To be fair, I was a bit surprised.  After all, she is an admitted social democrat, who tends to lean left in her views on many things.

Here is her post, in full:

It’s time to stop making Terrorism about Islam, and make it War between States

I have often felt like a voice crying in the wilderness, since September 11, 2001.  I keep insisting that the “War on Terror” is a sham.  You can’t wage “war” on religious fanatics who wear suicide bomb vests and shoot people at restaurants.  Terrorism is a series of criminal acts done by those that have nothing to lose in this life, and everything to gain in the hereafter.

After nearly fifteen years of listening to this ridiculousness, and watching the US commit its worst crimes since the Native American genocide, I am ready to throw in the towel….kind of.

If we’re going to fight a “war” let’s make it a real one:  State to State.

We KNOW where these terrorists get their money from:  Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.  They are, and always have been, the funders of Al-Qaeda, ISIS (ISIL, the IS, or whatever you want to call it) and all of their offshoots.

I am not saying anything we all already don’t know.

It is long past time to keep pretending these States are our allies.  They are not and never have been.

Seize their financial assets.  All of them.  Tell them they will get their money back if and when all of their sponsored terrorism ceases.

It is time to stop all this double-dealing.  They are not our friends or allies.  They are our enemies, by any reasonable definition of the word.

These proxy wars have got to stop.  If we’re going to expend blood and treasure, let’s at least do it honestly.

Of course, no one wants war (except, perhaps war profiteers and fanatics).  But I understand her argument.  The fact we both fight and simultaneously support so many of these nations smacks of that military-industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about!

Let us not remain mired in brush-fire wars that have been plaguing us since Vietnam.

As Todd Beamer said on Flight 93, “Let’s roll!”

AMEN, Sistuh!

Roberta X(from the lovely, talented, and geekily knowledgeable Roberta X, in part…)

(…)

Everyone running for the Democrat nomination wants to turn a large number of gun-owning citizens into some kind of Federal criminal, with the only question being, “felon or malefeasant?”  But only one of them has hands-on experience in the kind of police-state tactics it would take to make that work, and in making them palatable to a population of people who could reasonably be expected to be skeptical.

Meanwhile, most of GOP’s hot prospects are sellin’ various flavors of Return-to-Jesusland* and shippin’ out the Dangerously Brown (a difficult trick — y’know how there are so many guns in the U.S. that no power could ever grab ’em all?  Imagine if those guns had volition didn’t want to be found…).  I’ll grant that there are serious, good reasons — including humanitarian ones — for a more secure and better-patrolled border; it’s this business of plannin’ to comb through the population and root out a “dangerous element” often referred to as “parasitic” that stinks on ice to me — and it should to you, too.  Do you recall what kinds of societies had any success at that kind of thing?  Do you realize what it takes to make it work? (Ahem, “Papers, please?”)  Did you sleep through World History class?

This is one of the lousiest candidate pools I have ever seen. Mr. Bloomberg is the worst of them — worse than Mr. Sanders, worse than Mr. Trump.  If he enters the race, I may have to vote in the Democrat primary just so I can vote against him.
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* Except this country never was. The American Revolution can be cast as a kind of dialogue between the Enlightenment/Age of Reason ideas that pushed it and the Great Awakenings that bookended it.  From that angle, the Establishment Clause of  First Amendment represents a brilliantly common goal: neither party was desirous of a State church.  Thus the United States was explicitly made a safe place for believers and nonbelievers of every stripe.  This is a delicate balance and has been maintained with varying degrees of elegance and civility though the years.  We should fear any politician who feels a mandate to Do Good — especially if he or she believes it was granted by Divine authority.

There’s really nothing further to say on this subject.

Toxicity

Long time readers of my drivel know that one of my go-to sources for life hacks is The Art of Manliness.

When it comes to stuff my father didn’t teach me (because he didn’t make the time, or didn’t know – he wasn’t malicious in his errors) TAoM covers many of the bases.

Everything from how to shave to how to escape quicksand (and more) are covered!

Sometimes, the subject matter in basic, i.e. how to balance a checkbook.  Other times it’s more philosophical…

For example:

How to Cut Toxic People Out Of Your Life

Surely a delicate and difficult issue for most of us.

There are people in my own history whom I have offended, and to whom I’ve made amends.  Some have returned as friends, others have not.

The important thing is to not remain in toxic relationships, lest they damage your own psyche!

Or worse…

A Crisis Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

(Reblogged in it’s entirety, courtesy of Joel (The Ultimate Answer To Kings))

America has a crisis crisis.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
– H. L. Mencken

It used to be so easy. After the Nazis there were the commies. They took so many different forms, from the hapless to the satanic, that the international hobgoblin quotient was handled for decades with no input needed from our would-be masters but some periodic viewing with alarm and a regular infusion of flag-draped coffins. Simply enumerating the warheads was enough to keep most people scared incontinent. After those ungrateful Soviets fell and people stopped being afraid of commies, our beloved protectors had to work a little harder. But very promptly after pieces of the Berlin wall became common keepsakes we were suddenly all supposed to pretend we knew the difference between a Shi’ite and a Sunni because now Muslims were the new…okay, “great satan” is taken, so…How’s “Axis of Evil?” Yeah! That’s got a ring to it.

Okay, so as a world-conquering existential threat, Muslims have proven something of a disappointment. Yeah, they kicked some Visigoth ass that one time but we’re trying to keep Facebook followers scared here. Thank god – I imagine our masters muttering – for all those beheading videos. Bring on the illegal aliens, and pray at least a few of them know how to do a good beheading. How long do these neolithic oafs think we can milk 9/11? Maybe we can slip them a bomb and get something good started.

Domestically, our beloved protectors have even bigger problems. It’s true some serious issues could be worked into nice scary crises, but they’re the sort of things we’re supposed to be distracted from. Race riots in the second decade of the century? But our masters solved the race problem in 1965! It’s the white racists who’re supposed to be the problem now, and they stubbornly refuse to provide any nice photogenic lynchings. Cop violence? Jeez, how can even the most divisive administration imaginable complain about cops when they’ve been arming them so enthusiastically for so long?

Really, it’s a sad, sad commentary on how far the state of hobgoblin-mongering has fallen, when this is the best our would-be masters’ mouthpieces can do…

The New War on Heroin Has Only Just Begun

“The prescription drug overdose epidemic is tragic and costly, but can be reversed,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. “Because we can protect people from becoming addicted to opioids, we must take fast action now, with real-time tracking programs, safer prescribing practices, and rapid response. Reversing this epidemic will require programs in all 50 states.”Once a problem largely confined to minority populations in urban areas, addiction to heroin and other opiates has evolved into a major public health crisis in suburban and rural areas with large white populations – including the important political battleground states of New Hampshire, Ohio and Iowa.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton calls it the “quiet epidemic,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that it was “spreading like cancer” across his home state of Kentucky.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a presidential candidate, took part in a discussion of the crisis earlier this year at a drug treatment facility in Manchester, N.H., while Carly Fiorina, another GOP presidential candidate, has spoken emotionally about losing a stepdaughter to addiction, according to The Washington Post.

(and, the money quote from Joel – Guffaw)

I know, I know. Heroin’s been done to death. And you’d think it does raise that inconvenient question about how, if there’s been this highly successful War on Drugs for damn near fifty years, turning cities into occupied zones and creating a prison industry that would have made Pol Pot impotently beat the ground in frustrated envy, how oh how could there possibly be a heroin crisis?

But hey. These aren’t the old days, and it’s what we’ve got.

 

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  –  Rahm Emanuel

R.I.P Frank James

Most of us on the gunnie blogosphere are familiar with Frank James.

Excerpted from his obituary:

Frank published thousands of articles over seven countries during his career as a writer. He published five books and was awarded the Anschutz Outstanding Writer of The Year Award in 1994. He was an expert outdoorsman with a passion for adventure and travel. He also owned and operated farms in the White County area for over 45 years. Frank created the White County Shooting Sports 4H Program and hosted Davidson’s Gallery of Guns on the Sportsman Channel as well as appearing on Gun Stories that airs on The Outdoor Channel.

He was an active shooting competitor, having shot in The Masters International Tournaments and USPSA (IPSC) competitions. He and his wife were longtime members of Palestine Christian Church and he also served on the Wolcott Library Board for several years.

But, most of all, Frank wanted to be remembered as a farmer.

Because he helped feed people.

R.I.P. Frank.  Most of us in the gunblogging world aspire to be like you, personally and professionally.

You will be missed.

h/t Tamara, (I’m sorry for your loss.)

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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