Monday, August 4, 2014

YAPPIN'

The best part of this story is Steve Doocy asking a Congressman what he was "yappin' about".


Sunday, July 27, 2014

MAD ABOUT SOCIALISM

Everybody gets mad when you call President Obama a Socialist, but he certainly talks like one.

REAL CLEAR POLITICS


"Rather than double-down on the top-down economics that let a fortunate few play by their own rules, let’s embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one people." 

Friday, July 18, 2014

OPERATION CHOKE POINT

This is par for the course, I would say.

When impeaching the president at the helm of the most corrupt and tyrannical administration in the history of the Union is mocked and ridiculed by both sides of the aisle, what more can you expect? The President realizes he has cover from both sides at this point.

I know you can expect some DOJ hard drives to crash very soon.

The Daily Caller
A Justice Department fraud prevention program came under fire Thursday for allegedly morphing into actively pressuring banks to deny financial services to businesses for political reasons.Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers.The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up squarely against the political leanings of the current administration. These businesses include ammunition sales, payday loans, pornography, fireworks companies, and others—24 industries in total, as listed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).“Operation Choke Point is one of the most dangerous programs I have experienced in my 45 years of service as a bank regulator, bank attorney and consultant, and bank board member. Operating without legal authority and guided by a political agenda, unelected officials at the DOJ are discouraging banks from providing basic banking services…to lawful businesses simply because they don’t like them,” said William M. Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC.


Not a smidgen of corruption. None.

WEAPONS AND THE UN

I'm no military expert, but I am pretty sure that if a group of terrorists was carrying weapons into a facility I was in charge of, I would be able to figure that out pretty fast which makes this story so very troubling.

The Times of Israel
20 rockets were found Wednesday in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization confirmed Thursday.
The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.“Yet again, Gaza terrorists abuse UN facilities to carry out their violent activities. Hamas and other terror groups are determined to put civilians in harm’s way and will respect nothing in their violent frenzy,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. “We expect the UN and the international community to condemn and to act strongly against this brazen violation of international humanitarian law, which endangers children and UN humanitarian activities.”
How's that anti-semitic narrative working out for you, Mainstream Media?

KRAUTHAMMER ON GAZA

A wonderful piece by Charles Krauthammer in today's Washington Post.

It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling die-hard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. 
There was not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli left in Gaza. And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them — an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel. 
Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders.
Definitely worth reading it all.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

IDIOT CONTROL - OPEN CARRY TEXAS

Have you seen this video yet?

Men who claim to be Second Amendment activists visit a local Sonic acting as if their Second Amendment rights are being infringed when the manager asks them to put their rifles in their cars before sitting down to eat.

First, let's watch, and then I will break this down for you piece by piece.


Please at least watch enough to hear the audio of the fella rolling tape, and how gleeful he is to have garnered the reaction for which he was looking.

That's half the point, but I will get to that in a moment.

First, I work in a gun store. I have had multiple, loaded firearms pointed at me by people just like this; people who think they know and understand firearms, but they don't know basic decorum when dealing with other people and their firearms.

I carry multiple firearms with me on a daily basis. One in the vehicle, one on my person. I don't say that to brag, I say that to highlight that I am obviously not anti-gun. I am a strong advocate of being prepared and being smart.

These men are neither prepared or smart.

First, let me take on "Open Carry". Open Carry is different than the standard ability to carry a gun in most states. In most states you are allowed to carry a gun on your person as long as it remains concealed and out of view of the general public. With Open Carry, you get exactly what you hear: the ability to openly carry a firearm on your hip or shoulder in view of the general public.

I would never open carry because it's a bad idea on two levels that both revolve around the same point: When in the arena of the general public, nobody should know you have a gun. Ever. Period. Until the moment arrives in which you must use deadly force to defend yourself or your family, nobody should know you are carrying a gun. I'm not preaching, I'm just talking about what I think is proper strategy for maintaining your own safety and tactical advantage in a life or death scenario. If you wnat the bad guy to know that you have a gun, because you think that will deter him from shooting, more power to you. What I believe is that the bad guy came armed with the intent of hurting innocent people, and he is probably going to shoot the guy with the gun on his hip, that he can see, first.


Further, The general public gets antsy around firearms because they don't understand them. When these weirdos that carry ball pythons with them around their necks walk near me, I walk away because snakes creep me out. That's the same feeling some people have around guns, and I respect that, and I refuse to treat them like they are stupid for feeling that way (unlike Open Carry Texas). The fact is, the Sonic manager in the video above, has more of a proper, healthy respect for firearms than all of these fellas combined.

Now back to the poor display by Open Carry Texas.

What these guys want is to gain sympathy by hopping on the current wave of strong Constitutional regard by so many people fed up with big government and hoping for a return to our nation's founding principles. What they miss here, is that their behavior is not helping that cause at all. In fact, I am of the opinion they are doing exponentially more harm than good.

Their behavior is threatening, foolish and disruptive. I know, that doesn't trump their right to openly carry their firearm in public, but even that right is not Constitutional, that's a state issue, and even guys like me, who you can judge through very public forums in which we post our beliefs (I even co-host a podcast if you care to hear me say it out loud) don't really argue that point. But what is neglected here is the purposefully intimidating approach these guys are using.

Two quick points -

1.) You will be hard pressed to find a shooting range which DOES NOT REQUIRE patrons to lock the bolt or slide to the rear and remove their gun's magazine before walking around with their weapon.

Why? Because it creates an environment of comfort to the general public. People don't want to shop around strangers carrying what appear to be loaded guns standing next to them. In fact, I have been through live-fire training scenarios and in every one of them, you clear the gun and drop your magazine between each round of practice. It's all about safety.

2.) Carrying a gun across your chest with a plate-carrier strapped around you is a sign that you are expecting a violent confrontation. Not a sign that you are going to dinner. You are not a soldier, your back yard is not a battlefield. You are a regular person in Texas doing regular things with your family. Strapping up like you are expecting a fight makes the general public feel like you are looking for a fight.

Again - I pause to recognize that my opinion and feelings about the idiocy with which these men operate does not trump their right to carry openly in public in the state of Texas. But what they fail to recognize is that being so confrontational and aggressive with their approach, they are absolutely doing more harm than good, and quite frankly I am beginning to wonder if they are legitimate or a planted group of progressives working to give guys like me a bad name.

This video is not the first time Open Carry Texas has made trouble; they've raised eyebrows with their behavior before now, and they will likely continue to do so.

The hope here is that guys like this can take a step back and wonder how they would react should they be in public and a supremacist walk in and start using the N word left and right at the dinner table next to them. Likely, they would ask him to stop since they don't care to have their children hear that kind of language (which is why no hip hop music is allowed in the house). But the KKK guy has every right in the world to use that word, and you need to respect him and his space, right?

How dare you act like he's being absurd for practicing his First Amendment right.

What would the reaction be if he and his friends started posting "PRO FIRST AMENDMENT RALLY AT SONIC" videos where they hurled racial slurs at everybody and then walked off saying, "I fell like I live with my mom again, having to put a dollar in the swear jar. Ha ha ha!"?

Our Constitutional rights are given to us by God, we need to enjoy and respect them, but we need to practice common sense in our approach to convert others to our point of view.

I would imagine that given the chance to chat with these guys I would agree with so much more than I would disagree about with them, but on these sensitive and paramount issue, we cannot be on a more polar-opposite side.

You see, should I ever find myself surrounded by strangers with rifles while eating at a restaurant, I'm leaving. End of story. The preservation of my life, family and liberty is the whole reason I advocate training with firearms and preparing your family for bad scenarios. Rule number one: when you're outgunned by strangers, you need to execute your exit strategy immediately. And that's the bigger point these guys miss: As gun owners and advocates we bear the responsibility of making sure that while we protect our right to carry and defend, we advocate those rights in a way that wins people's support rather than making them think we really are the nutjobs the liberal media keeps talking about on TV, and from what I can see, Open Carry Texas is full of the nutjobs the liberal media keeps talking about on TV.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

LAND OF THE FREE

Remember when America was the land of the free? Those were the good old days.

They lasted for about fifteen years. From 1789 - 1803.

The founders of our great nation signed a deal in 1787 that took effect in 1789 to put the power of government in the hands of the people and rest it all on their own consent to be governed.

That ended as the Supreme Court decided in 1803 to give itself the luxury of judicial review on all laws implemented and executed by the people - the real source of government. In essence, an oligarchy was created in 1803 and has existed ever since.

And for some reason, we continue to put up with it.

This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began hearing arguments from companies which are owned by people who have a strong religious objection to post-conception birth control. Meaning, these people believe in life at conception and refuse to do any harm to the living soul inside its mother's womb. For some reason, some mothers do not refuse to do harm to the living soul inside their womb, but that's an argument for another day.

For now, let's focus on what a justice on SCOTUS told those with religious objections to ending the lives of the unborn.

NPR
[Justice] Kagan noted that the Obama health law doesn't require corporate employers to provide insurance. The Hobby Lobby owners could have paid a fine, which, she observed, is much less than the cost of insurance. It's "a choice," she said.
Interpreted: If you want to practice Judeo-Chrisitian beliefs in the United States, pay a fine and get over it. It's a choice.

In fact, Ms. Kagan is quite wrong. It's not a choice; it's a fundamental God-ordained right enshrined in everlasting security by the Constitution of the United States.

It's not a whim or a decision, it's natural law.

Life and my religion are the laws entitled to man to by nature and nature's God.

The Declaration of Independence is the most concrete and concise formulation of human rights ever developed. By its content we are reminded that 
"to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Try to remember that when the act of treason that was our Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, it was signed with full knowledge that it was treason against the most powerful military in the world.

That should be sobering and inspiring at the exact same time. But remember, we don't need a call to arms to cause revolution, we have the ballot box and it can be our greatest asset against tyranny. We must elect people who believe in a limited judicial system. No more life-time appointments for any position in the three branches of our government. Term limits on all levels. Lower taxes and zero compulsion to purchase products by mandate from the government. Property rights that allow us to develop our farms and land without the EPA fining us thousands of dollars per day, and certianly no more radical judges or states seizing children from their families because they believe the state knows best.

The government can only reach as far as we allow it. This year is a good time to start slapping its hand a little harder every time it reaches for the dollar in our wallet or the Bible on our shelf.









Saturday, December 21, 2013

AMERICA'S CONVICTION

It's hard to turn your head this week without reading a headline involving Duck Commander founder and patriarch Phil Robertson.

Mr. Robertson gave an interview to GQ's Drew Magary for the January 2014 issue of the magazine, and his quoting of Scripture as well as his application of that Scripture to current popular culture's lifestyle did not go over well at all. In fact, it has seemingly cost him his job with A&E.

The common argument from the right has been "Phil has a First Amendment right to free speech!" and they are right.

The common argument from the left has been "A&E is free to fire Phil for his comments, get over it." and they are right.

Phil Robertson is/was an employee of A&E, and A&E has every right to suspend or fire him for comments they deem disparaging to their brand. Mr. Robertson's right to free speech is not being impeded by the government, but by his employer and therefore there is nothing illegal about this scenario and there is nothing worth getting worked up over from a Constitutional perspective.

What should be highlighted and noted is the actual content of the interview versus the reaction from detractors.

In fact, the author of the article, Drew Magary, makes no attempt to hide the fact that he himself is a detractor from the outset. His condescending tone is overwhelming throughout the article as he attempts to intertwine it with a feigned admiration of Mr. Robertson. Why else would so much vulgarity be necessary in an article about the biggest name in Christianity today?

Describing Mr. Robertson, Magary writes:
He spends most of his time out here, daydreaming about what he calls a “pristine earth”: a world where nothing gets in the way of nature or the hunters who lovingly maintain it.
No cities. No buildings. No highways.
Oh, and no sinners, too. So here’s where things get a bit uncomfortable. Phil calls himself a Bible-thumper, and holy shit, he thumps that Bible hard enough to ring the bell at a county-fair test of strength.
Cute, right?

What Magary misses is the fact that Phil's entire point in the interview is that we are all sinners and if we could turn from the sin to serving God and loving Him with all our heart, things would be better in the end.

Says Phil -
“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Mr. Robertson is paraphrasing I Corinthians 6: 9-10 which reads - 
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And therein lies the problem.

You cannot call out ever culturally celebrated lifestyle and not offend a massive amount of people.

When even right-wing pundits say, "I don't agree with everything he said..." it's likely because their soul was deeply stirred with conviction, and in this day and age conviction is easily confused with offense which is pretty much illegal.

Offending people has become our society's unpardonable sin, and conviction is deeply offensive to most people. Much like when someone you care about tells you what a jerk you're being; you're not offended because they are wrong, you are convicted because you know they are right.

And that's a hard pill to swallow.

The great hypocrisy of popular culture is how they care so much about the feelings of them and theirs but not of others. What about the offensive nature of nearly every show on MTV and Comedy Central which glamorizes and celebrates drunkenness, adultery, immorality, idolatry and yes, homosexuality? Why is the media not concerned with the feelings of Christians everywhere?

Because living a healthy, moral lifestyle is not largely entertaining. And that's exactly why Duck Dynasty has been so phenomenally successful. Americans relate and are entertained by people living the way they live - God-fearing people who have found success and do not allow society's pressure to hamper their own convictions and principles.

Make no mistake: America is not offended by Phil Robertson, it is convicted, as was I, by his words.

We are all imperfect. None of us will make it out alive. Hell is the punishment we deserve, but there is a loving God who wants to shower you with His mercy if only you will accept Him at His word and have faith that His way is right. But in so doing, we must abandon our sinful way, the ways that have become natural to us, the ways that say "If it feels good, do it." We are all equally guilty in the eyes of God, but there is hope in salvation.

That's all Phil Robertson was saying, and A&E and the media's quick turn against him is not because it was hateful or offensive, but because it was true, and it was overwhelmingly convicting.

We all do wrong every day. If we would admit that and do our best to do right, the world would be such a better place.

How is that so offensive?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

GOOD THING WE DON'T READ PAPERS

It seems to be a really good thing that so few people read the newspaper anymore. If they did, and if the whacko, agenda-driven websites to which the archaic medium of news aggregation is running was proving a succesful venture (it's not), then people may soon realize that we live in a world where when you murder two innocent people because you can't get over a girl, the papers will immortalize you as the victim and focus solely on you and ignore your victims. If people knew that to be true, they may begin to hate the type of people we have become.

Take a look at this gem from AL.com the online home of The Birmingham News -
MOBILE, Ala. -- Friends of the man who killed China Barber and Augustus "Gus" Bennett said that they want people to know that he was not a monster.
Robert "BJ" Sprinkle Jr., 23, arrived at an apartment near the University of South Alabama on Tuesday of last week before the sun rose.  When his estranged wife, Barber, answered the door, Sprinkle shot and killed her as she begged him not to, and then turned the gun on her new boyfriend, Bennett. Sprinkle then took his own life, leaving no one to answer the question "why?"

Cassie Holmes, a student at USA who had been a close friend to Sprinkle for more than 10 years, is upset by how Sprinkle is being portrayed in the aftermath of the shooting.
The two grew close beginning in their early teenage years and rode the same bus to school, forging a close bond shortly before Sprinkle began a relationship with Barber.
Holmes said Sprinkle's family became like a second home to her when she needed to get away, and that relationship made him feel like family to her.
"He was the sweetest, most gentle and kind-hearted person I still know to this day," she said.
The article goes on to describe the killer as a super nice guy without a "violent bone in his body."

If I were to conduct minimal research, say, reading the article posted above, I am beyond certain I could ascertain an entire portfolio of evidence to the contrary.

Furthermore, and more disturbingly, notice that every ill, misguided teenager in the world who comes across this eulogy of the violent offender now knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the best way to get their story told, and their name immortalized, is to murder those who do them wrong so that the papers will hold them in high regard and make the masses take note of why doing them wrong proved to be worthy of death.

An epic failure on the part of our media, but that should be expected, I guess.



PETA DEFENDS STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS

In an unlikely turn of events, Hollywood liberals like Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Russell Simmons, Bob Barker, Tim Gunn, Alyssa Milano, Pamela Anderson, Christina Applegate, Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Alicia Silverstone, Paul McCartney and many more Hollywood and government elitists and supporters of PETA have now taken a stand in favor of "Stand Your Ground" laws.

Sort of....

THE BLAZE
A representative for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals penned a letter on behalf of the organization to a bear mauling victim asking her to use the incident to rethink her position on hunting.

The letter, obtained by website We Are Central PA, was authored by Alicia Woempner, special projects division manager at PETA, to Camille Bomboy, 18.
 
“This seems to be a good opportunity to put yourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill,” the letter said. “As terrifying as it must have been to be attacked by a bear, please consider the frightening and painful experiences that hunters set out to impose upon animals.”
“Now that you’ve experienced the horror of an attack—although this one was in self-defense—we hope you will choose to enjoy nature in only nonviolent ways. Thank you for your consideration.”

What PETA (and its supporters) is saying here is that this girl deserved to die because the bear was acting in self-defense. PETA, who would likely say guns are bad and George Zimmerman deserves hell, thinks mauling someone in self-defense is no big deal and should, in fact, be defended.

Remember this.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A SINKING SHIP

Obamacare is the Titanic. Democrats are the orchestra. Harry Reid is the Captain who has already left in a life-raft.

FOX NEWS
"The Harvard "Millennials" poll found only 22 percent of young Americans -- defined in the survey as between 18 and 29 years old -- plan to sign up for ObamaCare. Even more troubling for the administration, fewer than a third -- only 29 percent -- of people who currently do not have health insurance plan to enroll."
 If young, healthy people refuse to fund the healthcare of the sick and needy, well, I don't have to spell it out for you, but just know that everybody dies in the end.

FROM MEXICO WITH LOVE

 If the left's continual proclamation that the invasion at our southern border is innocent and being perpetrated by only those who hope for a better life, why is this such an attention-getting story?
Would Mexican news networks cover the theft of materials in Benton, Arkansas? Because that's the same distance from Mexico as Tepojaco is from the US.
Below is a list of some of the major news networks and liberal blogs who are covering the theft of a truck full of cobalt-60 in the town of Tepojaco, Mexico. 

ABC NEWS

TIME

NBC NEWS

CBS NEWS

HUFFINGTON POST

YAHOO

CNN

Cobalt-60 is used in fighting cancer, but when mixed with other easily obtainable materials can be used to create a "dirty" bomb.

If the flood of strangers pouring into the US is really as innocent as the media has tried to make it seem, this story would have never been covered. There should be little concern for those of us in the states if what the left and its friends in the media have been telling us for so long is true.

Why the sudden worry?


Sunday, December 1, 2013

DISCOMFORT TO THE FULLEST

Watch the discomfort envelope the MSNBC anchor.

Shift in the chair. Wring your hands. Lean forward to seem domineering.


Monday, November 18, 2013

DIE QUICKLY

Remember when Congressman Alan Grayson from Florida said the Republican plan for health care was for you to "die quickly"?

And then, remember when Democrats fought non-stop to pass Obamacare, and then Obamacare canceled elderly people's policies by the thousands and then started shutting down their doctor's offices all around the country?

From Yahoo!
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
 
The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company's other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.
Moral of the story - elderly people are unable to get proper health care because the government is not capable of making adequate payments to doctors on time. Now, thanks to people who agree with Alan Grayson, the government is seizing the medical industry by the throat and hoping and praying that old people will die quickly since they are nothing more than the drain on the system.

Is there a greater example of irony? Those who have long applauded Roe v. Wade as keeping a doctor's visit between the doctor and patient private have now demanded that the government be overtly involved in every detail of that visit.

One thing that hasn't changed though is how many people will continue to die because of the progressive stance on doctors visits.