Friday, November 21, 2008

The Product Of Incrementalism

I offer this essay as written by its original author.
Where We're Headed
By Robert A. Waters

You're sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.

At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside. As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.

In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter. "What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask. "Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing. "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times.

But the next day's headline says it all: "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die."

The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters. As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you've been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars. A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven't been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you.

Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened. On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.

How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great British Empire?

It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns. Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987. Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed Man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead. The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control," demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.) Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school. For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns.

The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens. During the years in which the British government incrementally took Away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released. Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people take the law into their own hands." All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars. When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities. Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply. Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens. How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kinda like cars. Sound familiar?

I don't know when this was originally written. Tony Martin received an early release from prison after serving four years on July 28, 2003. At the time he returned home, there was still a contract out on his life and police presence was required for his safety.

Whatever the details, the lesson here is about incrementalism. Rick Disney, the gun list member who brought this to my attention also posted:
Something similar happened in Australia several years ago and some of you will remember the incident. Some crazy killed a bunch of kids at a school in Tasmania and the politicians went wild. Naturally, it's good press to blame the gun and not the killer and that's what they went for. It took several years but they finally outlawed guns in all of Australia.

I've told some of you about another incident. Anita and I stayed at a bed & breakfast in Scotland several years ago and had a chance to chat with the lady who ran the place. In short, we learned that the police have the right to come to your home at any time and demand to see and inspect any hunting firearms you may own. You can't refuse them entry. No handguns, of course.

And yes, it can happen here. Remember the word "incremental." The liberal-socialists will slowly work on their goal of no guns for private citizens. Tax ammo so high no one can afford it. Require that bullets be marked individually so they can be traced if involved in a crime. (Now being worked on in California.) Require "safety" features so only the owner can be "recognized" by the gun and shoot it. Put judges in positions to work with a "flexible and living" Constitution.

I'm betting we'll see some of this sooner rather than later from the dangerous people who will be in Congress and the White House for the next several years.

Never think that America's voters have any sense. They have proven that the majority have no clue of what is going on.

More On Eric Holder

Change, huh? Then how come all the names Obama's picking are right out of the Clinton playbook?

From Jim Meyers's article in Newsmax:
Holder also played a key role in the snatching of 6-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives’ home in April 2000, according to the Web site. Gonzalez was to be sent to Cuba where his father lived. 

Holder has already come under fire due to his involvement in the Mark Rich pardon in the final hours of the Clinton presidency.

Billionaire Rich renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved to Switzerland to avoid prosecution for racketeering, wire fraud, tax fraud, tax evasion, and illegal trades with Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo following the 1979-80 hostage

Seventeen years later, Rich wanted a pardon, and he retained Jack Quinn, former counsel to the president, to lobby his old boss.

Holder had originally recommended Quinn to one of Rich's advisers, political analyst Dick Morris reported. And he gave substantive advice to Quinn along the way.

Once the pardon was granted, Holder sent his congratulations to Quinn.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Obama's Proposed Federal Ban On Concealed Carry

Via Breda, we have a post by New Jovian Thunderbolt on the implications of a federal ban on concealed carry.

"So three types of politicians support the federal ban, those acting purely on politics and damn the truth, those that adhere to an erroneous irrational political philosophy, and tyrants. None of these motivations is truly defensible except perhaps the first. And that purely political calculation goes away when the voting public is informed about the issue.

"And hence the purpose of this post."
And the purpose of my link.

Are We Surprised?

Barack Obama has nominated Eric Holder for attorney general.

From Alan Gottlieb in the Second Amendment Foundation's press release:
The nomination of Eric Holder for the post of attorney general of the United States sends an “alarming signal” to gun owners about how the Barack Obama administration will view individual gun rights, as affirmed this year by the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

"Eric Holder signed an amicus brief in the Heller case that supported the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, and also argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right," noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "He has supported national handgun licensing and mandatory trigger locks. As deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation that would have curtailed legitimate gun shows.

"This is not the record of a man who will come to office as the nation’s top law enforcement officer with the rights and concerns of gun owners in mind," he observed.

Holder’s nomination, like the appointment of anti-gun Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff, tells American gun owners that Obama’s campaign claims supporting the Second Amendment were "empty rhetoric," Gottlieb stated.
During his campaign, Obama claimed to be a centrist, claimed to work "across the aisle," and claimed to support gun rights. He claimed his previous record did not reflect the path going forward he planned to take.

So far, everything he has actually done since the election is consistent with his radical-leftist record and not with the lies promises he made to the subjects citizens who elected him to rule serve this country.

Some of us are not one bit surprised. But then we were paying attention.

How Obama Got Elected

By now, it should be painfully obvious that 52% of American voters were not paying attention earlier this month. The truth was out there, but they could not be bothered to see beyond what filmmaker John Ziegler calls "media malpractice."

His new website is providing insight into exactly what level of ingnorance was involved:
"On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama's limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States. For many of these Americans, the explanation was rather simple... the news media, completely enamored with Obama, simply refused to do their job."
His upcoming film, Media Malpractice... How Obama Got Elected, should prove very interesting indeed. Dare we hope the people who really need to watch it actually do?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Horsemanship Is Horsemanship

More than a few riders in the various equestrian disciplines can be very, shall we say, condescending toward folks in other disciplines. So I was delighted to find, from Germany, a video of a pas de deux with a dressage rider on a Warmblood and a stock-seat rider on a reining Quarter Horse.

And then they switch horses.

Just awesome.

National Ammo Day

Wednesday, November 19 is National Ammo Day.

Kim du Toit explains it the best.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Small But Mighty

(P's Raising Cain - AY's Dana)
July 9, 1997 - November 12, 2008

About ten and a half years ago, a local racing Greyhound breeder called me about a puppy who needed a home. The puppy had been less than half normal size at birth, and the breeders had gone to extraordinary lengths to keep her alive even though they knew she could never race. Now, at ten months of age, it was obvious the little dog was going to stay too small and fragile to stay on the Greyhound farm. I agreed to take her.

About the size of a tall Whippet and weighing less than twenty-five pounds when her littermates grew to weigh in the eighties, she was a very large dog in a tiny package. So the name that suited her the best, of Celtic origin, was "Rhennie" meaning "Small but mighty."

Dwarfism is essentially undocumented in the racing Greyhound since most breeders cull them at birth. She had structural abnormalities but never let them slow her down. We had doubts about how long she might survive, but she had her own ideas.

Life with Rhennie was never boring. When she was younger, she loved to chase feet, trying to grab your ankles with her front paws. Her bone structure was abnormal, and she once snapped a front leg like a carrot just stepping out of the back seat of the car. She was too fragile for a conventional cast so external fixation was recommended. Nothing a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and about $1,600 couldn't fix.

She ran around the house for four months with a tinkertoy on her leg, healed flawlessly, and I never let her go up or down anything remotely resembling a step under her own power ever again.

Rhennie remained oblivious to her congenital defects, helping herself to anything I was foolish enough to try to eat while sitting on the couch, and sleeping on my feet every night. She would only play with raw food, but loved Merrick's many flavors of gourmet canned dog diets. She ate from two to four cans a day without ever gaining an ounce. We joked at the vet's office that if they could bottle her metabolism and sell it, they'd be millionaires.

Her spinal structure was never normal, and over the last few months she developed a severely calcified disc in her lower back. Medication kept her hindquarters more or less working, but last weekend she got much worse. The verdict at the vet on Monday was a probable stroke.

I took her home and we spent Tuesday on the couch together, wrapped up in a comforter, watching DVD's: Rhennie's very favorite activity. She had all her favorite foods, roast chicken, poached salmon, boiled shrimp. When she needed her litter box, I carried her over and held her until she was done. It was increasingly difficult to move her at all without pain.

Then Wednesday morning, I wrapped her in Godiva's blanket from Circle Of Grey and took her in to the vet so she could be free of the body that had become a prison.

Goddess-speed, Rhennie, until we meet again.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Dog Who Caught The Car

From a wonderful comment on LawDog's blog post, STRATFOR Weighs In.
"Obama is like the dog that caught the car. Now what does he do?"
Based on Strategic Forecasting's meticulous Geopolitical Intelligence Report, he ought to have his hands very full for a good long time. Especially if Biden's prediction comes true, and the less-upstanding folks in certain regions decide to find out just how tough he really is.

Kind of makes you wonder why people like Hamas, Libyan President Moammar Qaddafi, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are really so glad to see him get elected.

This would seem to play into the speculation he'll leave his gun-banning agenda for his "second term." Since his campaign was long on charisma and short on substance, this whole "second term" thing sounds a lot like even more hubris.

And lots of Traditions see hubris as one of the surest ways to earn a big smackdown from the Powers That Be.

Journalistic Integrity

While it's an undeserved compliment to call my blogging
"journalism," unlike the MSM I take the "integrity" part seriously. So when an astute reader (thanks, Rio Arriba!) pointed out a quote I had posted was not authentic, I removed the post containing the quote.

The anti-gun folks can lie all they want to do their dirty work. They pretty much have to, since the truth about guns doesn't fit their citizen-disarmament agenda at all. But we need to take the high road, stay with the truth, and discredit those lies every chance we get.

I pledge to verify my sources before posting in the future. Thank you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Duties Of The President

From that pesky Constitution that Obama seems to treat with such disdain:
Section 2. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.

He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.

Section 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
That right there defines what the President is actually authorized to do. Please note the absence of any mention of "redistributing wealth," creating a "civilian national security force," or renewing, expanding, and making permanent the 1994 "assault weapons ban."

The Legislative Branch, consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives, is responsible for imposing such egregious abuses of the public trust. That's why I'm already hammering my Congresscritters with hardcopy documentation of the expectations of a (more or less) free people. How about you?

That's why we must always remember the next section:
Section 4. The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another Winner From Oleg Volk

And on Samhain, no less.

EDITED TO ADD: No, strictly speaking, Samhain is not Halloween. Samhain occurs at the cross-quarter day when the sun is at 15 degrees in Scorpio. It is a Greater Sabbat (or solar-cycle holy day), some say the greatest. It is our New Year, marking the beginning of winter in the old European agricultural calendar. It is the last Sabbat of the Waning Year. Yule, occurring on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, is the quarter day when the sun is at 0 degrees in Capricorn. It is the first Sabbat of the Waxing Year. In the Craft, all endings contain within them a beginning, and all beginnings contain within them an ending.

At Samhain, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. We remember and honor the Ancestors, the Old Ones, the Mighty Dead, and the Beloved Dead. As a celebration of the last harvest, it is when we examine what we are reaping from our choices in life. What is good, we keep. What is not good, we send into the fire, the Cauldron of transformation. We can then use the energy and resources freed by renouncing our destructive habits and behaviors, our foolish choices, to make our lives and our world better.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We Got What We Deserved

The wind howled all Election Day and on into the night. When I went to vote, it tore the door out of my hand. The smiling pollworkers said, "It's been doing that all day."

There was power in the air, and I have a hunch that exactly what needed to happen, happened.

Was it what we wanted? No. But it was what we deserved.

On another gun blog this morning, I saw someone post a comment that he would never bother voting again.

We did it to ourselves and got what we deserved.

According to this morning's news, overall Republican turnout was only 32%, an all time low.

We did it to ourselves and got what we deserved.

Didn't vote because the Republican party fielded a lame candidate? Whose fault was that lame candidate? Somebody elses? Sounds like abdication of personal responsibility to me, and that's a Democratic Party tactic.

We did it to ourselves and got what we deserved.

Voted for some third-party candidate with no chance whatsoever as a "statement?"

We did it to ourselves and got what we deserved.

This morning when I came in from doing outside chores, one of my dogs had knocked a book, "Acheron" by Sherrilyn Kenyon, onto the couch. When I picked it up, it fell open to a page where one of the characters says, "Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right."

We who know there are no coincidences, and pay attention to what happens around us, listen to the subtle messages.

Had McCain been elected, it would have been too easy to forget he was actually a RINO and fall back into apathy. Now we must get off our collective posteriors and do something. If we don't, if we repeat the mistakes of history, then we will lose our black rifles and AKM's and ability to defend ourselves effectively from violent crime. We will end up with Chicago-style gun control and crime non-control, and will be expected to roll over and die for it. We will end up with socialized medicine and all the waste and intrusiveness it entails.

A quote from Dr. Ignatius Piazza's Front Sight blog post, "The Life Cycle Of A Nation:"
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.

"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

"1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
"2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
"3. from courage to liberty;
"4. from liberty to abundance;
"5. from abundance to complacency;
"6. from complacency to apathy;
"7. from apathy to dependence;
"8. from dependence back into bondage."

So WHERE are we, citizens of the United States in the historically proven Life Cycle of Nations?

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by Democrats: 19, Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by Democrats: 580,000, Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by Democrats: 127 million, Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by Democrats: 13.2, Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare . . . "

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the complacency and apathy phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
Personally, I think Professor Olson is being generous here putting us at Step 6. I'd put us more at 7 headed for 8. You want to see Step 8 in all its glory, look at the bubble-wrapped, nanny-state, socialist nightmare that is formerly-Great Britain.

We have two years to work toward breaking the back of the Democratic majority in Congress. Two years after that, we need to revitalize the Republican party so a truly viable candidate ensures Obama will be a one-term President. While it's a pleasant fantasy to expect people like Peggy The Moocher to turn on their great savior when he does not in point of fact make all their nasty bills go away with a snap of his fingers, we cannot afford to depend on it.

Alexis de Tocqueville said, "In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve." Well, we got it, folks. If we don't like it, we have to fix it ourselves.

Buttprints In The Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of the Goddess they were,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared,
and I asked Her, "What have we here?
These prints are large and round and neat,
But much too big to be from feet."

"My child," She said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you alone.
"I challenged you to walk in faith,
"But you refused and made me wait.

"You would not learn, you would not grow,
"The walk of faith, you would not know,
"So I got tired, I got fed up,
"And there I dropped you on your butt.

"Because in life, there comes a time,
"When one must fight, and one must climb,
"When one must rise and take a stand,
"Or leave their buttprints in the sand."

Author Unknown

The Pagan version of the "Footprints" poem reflects the importance of personal responsibility in most of our Traditions. If our situation sucks, we probably made a significant contribution to the suckage, and it's up to us to fix it. "For if you find not that which you seek within yourself, you will never find it without."

So now that we've allowed a Democratic majority in Congress and put a Marxist in the White House, are we going to just sit there in the sand?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Into The Cauldron

It's Election Day today.

I drove past my polling place this morning long before it was due to open. The parking lot was already full. Hopefully I won't have to wait for hours to vote this evening.

I've been lucky to avoid the annoying political phone calls and personal attacks experienced by others. The only sign I have up at home is the one that says "No Trespassing" next to the locked gate. Maybe the gun photos and "keeper" targets in my office act as Obamabot repellant.

There are indications here and there that common sense may be reasserting. I received an e-mail the other day from an acquaintance who had been a vocal Obama supporter from the beginning. Now he's exhorting everyone in his address book to vote against Obama.

No matter how this election turns out, the results will be far from the ideals upon which this country was founded. Self-reliance, responsibility, and initiative have been replaced by narcissism, entitlement, and dependency. As society fosters and rewards infantile characteristics, other infantile behaviors come along for the ride. Just read any Democratic Party forum to see sterling examples of so-called adults acting like ill-mannered children.

Reports of voter intimidation and fraud are coming in already. The Obama campaign seems to use a playbook co-written by Richard J. Daley (aka King Richard the First -- hizzoner's son Richie is King Richard the Second) and Robert Mugabe. The ACORNs aren't falling far from the tree.

We who work on the quantum edge of tilting the scales of probability with our Will understand the Law of Unintended Consequences better than anyone. Whatever the outcome of this election, may the major parties' unintended consequences include the awakening of the American people to what depths this country has descended.

In my Tradition, the Cauldron is chaos, the place of all possibilities, that which comes after the end and before the beginning. It is where destruction is transformed to creation. May the power of the Cauldron help transform this mess into the best possible outcome.

For the greatest good of all.

In accordance with free will.

So mote it be.

P.S. -- My pre-ordered copy of Laurell K. Hamilton's new Merry Gentry book, "Swallowing Darkness," was just delivered a day early. Gotta love those "little coincidences." Now I know what I'll be doing tonight instead of subjecting myself to more political blather.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Plan For E-Day

The polls won't be open yet when I leave for work in the morning, and I work too far from home to run back and vote in the middle of the day. That leaves voting on the way home.

I could have voted early, but there's something about the ritual of going inside the teensy tinker-toy booth with the totally inadequate privacy curtain, clutching your paper ballot and fat kindergarten pencil here in low-tech Nebraska.

Then I'm going home and watching DVD's for the rest of the evening. The Witchblade Complete Series set should keep me from any more political spew for quite a few hours. Or maybe read the latest Jim Butcher/Dresden Files book to make it into electronic format. Anything but broadcast television on election night.

Plenty of time to find out how screwed we are the next morning.

I agree with Kevin Baker at The Smallest Minority that we have a choice here between disaster and catastrophe. There may well be no candidate running who deserves to win, but there is certainly one who stands out as spectacularly deserving to lose.

I don't know whether stuff like this makes me glad I don't drink, or sorry.

POST SCRIPT: Dr. Ignatius Piazza of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute hits one out of the park with his blog post "The Life Cycle Of A Nation." I offer it here as a last call to DO SOMETHING with what we have to work with this time around.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Stalin's Heir

As we come down to the wire in this election cycle, Doc Russia presents a comprehensive analysis of Obama's rise to power.

An excerpt:

The recent incident where Biden was questioned as to how whether Obama was a marxist in light of his views of "spreading the wealth" crystallizes this belief. First, Biden could not illuminate the differences between Obama and Marx because, IMHO, there is no substantial difference. So, he pretends affront by answering with the rhetorical question "is this a joke?" Then, perhaps more tellingly, the incident comes complete circle in Stalinist format by the network subsequently being shut out of the loop, and even such tenuous examples of speaking truth to power are punished.
Here's a video discussing that interview and its consequences:

Any more, it looks like YouTube and the blogosphere are the only places to find the truth. At least until the Obama machine destroys the First Amendment along with the Second. After all, Obama says the Constitution reflects the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.

It's still not too late, folks. Doc Russia, like Ly Chho, knows communism when he sees it coming. VOTE!

Make Way For The Obama Gestapo

Their jobs will be so much easier after he takes our guns away.

Guess what. We already have a "civilian" defense force consisting of every armed citizen. It's defined in the Second Amendment. But since Obama's on record repeatedly working toward citizen disarmament, I'm guessing this is an intended end-run around those pesky Posse Comitatus and Insurrection Acts. You know, the ones that prevent bringing the full force of the military to bear against American citizens at home.


Woman Shoots Returning Rapist

A 57-year old woman in Missouri shot and killed a man who returned to her home to rape her a second time.

The first time she was attacked, she tried to escape when she heard glass break in the basement. The man caught her, punched her in the face, forced her into a bedroom, and raped her.

The second attempt occurred less than a week after the first. The rapist broke in through the same basement window as before and shut off power to her home. She tried to call 911 but the phone was dependent on house current and wouldn't work. So she got a shotgun and waited.

When he broke through the basement door she shot him in the chest.

Updated to add news video:

So let's review here. The Authorities say we should run away from danger instead of defend ourselves. Okay, she tried that the first time. It didn't work.

They say we should call 911. She tried that the second time. It didn't work.

They say the police will take care of everything. Obviously the rapist hadn't been arrested when he came back, so that didn't work either.

What did work was a shotgun applied at center mass. Pretty much guaranteed to work.

The county prosecutor, Morley Swingle, said, "I will not be filing any sort of charge against this 57-year-old woman, who was clearly justified under the law in shooting this intruder in her home." Missouri law allows you to own firearms and defend yourself with them. But in Illinois, Barack Obama voted against Senate Bill 2165 which stated:
Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates, or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another. Effective immediately.
Let me repeat: Obama feels actually defending your life is not an acceptable reason to violate a municipal defenseless-victim order.

Not to mention he believes said defenseless-victim orders to be appropriate and constitutional.

In summary, we have an example of truly effective defense that could only have been better if the victim had been able to use it the first time. We have obvious failures of more politically-correct "defenses." And we have a Presidential candidate who favors stacking the deck so this woman would have been forced to suffer violation a second time from the same piece of ambulatory human feces.

But what's one more kind of rape to the socialist agenda?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Disarm The Proletariat

So they can't resist when you go to redistribute their wealth?

In Obama's own words, his support for a "ban on concealed carry laws."

Pretty much what you'd expect from someone who voted to uphold the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense (Illinois Senate, SB 2165, March 25, 2004, vote 20 and May 25, 2004, vote 3).