Monday, December 28, 2009

Evil Comes in All Forms

In this case, a teacher.
He believes that it's better to bury your kids than their attacker. He thinks schools shouldn't evacuate during a shooting because it unfairly rewards children who are resourceful enough to get out of dodge.
The logic in his thinking (and many of his commenters) fails me, perhaps because it doesn't exist. Surely he has no real moral compass.

Hat Tip War on Guns

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What Good is a Handgun?

Just stumbled upon a great article via WRSA. The article is old, but very applicable. It is long, but full of information, including some very interesting history. Take a look.

What Good Can a Handgun do Against an Army?
By Mike Vanderboegh

Divine Justice

This morning I was packing the car to start the 800 mile trek back home from the in-laws. I open the front door to take stuff outside and the dog is following me. There is one slight problem - there is a squirrel at the bottom of the steps, and the dog sees it. The chase begins, and the squirrel is smart enough to go up a tree before the dog gets it (it was close). I catch the dog and go inside to tell everyone we're ready to go.
Three minutes later, I'm telling the story to them as we walk out the door and I point to the tree the squirrel went up. Just then I look up and see a hawk leaving the treetop with something in its talons. Yep, you guessed it, a squirrel.
That'll learn him.

Quote of the Day

So, on Christmas day, we were playing cards, and a friend who had come over was able to see the television in the next room. The people were doing something like dancing, on which she commented:

"I'm not sure you can even call that dancing. It's more like synchronized seizures."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thoughts on timing

While reading articles and considering the information, a thought struck me. Both the Senate and the House version of the health care bill were passed at night, while most of us were sleeping.
God has something to say about people doing things in the dark:
John 3:20 - For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

Seems pretty self-explanatory to me . . .

In Other News . . .

Apart from hellth care, here are some other good reads/watches.









Hellth Care News For The Day (mis-spelling intentional)

So, here is a list of must reads on the progress of Hellth care. A few of these came via The Liberty Sphere. Most of them are my daily reading.



Friday, December 18, 2009

When it Rains . . .

It pours.

So, last night on the way home from work, my speedometer stopped working and stuck at 0. No big deal, I'm good at speed estimation.
This morning, I leave the house a little before 6 to play basketball with some buddies. I start down our road and realize that my transmission won't shift past 2nd gear. Ugh. Halfway down the road it shifts up and speeds up my transit.
Then I pull out onto the main road. Transmission shifts up, albeit slowly, as I hear two bumps and my car jolts a little. Then a noise. Loud, obnoxious noise. I stop. It's dark, I don't have my flashlight with me (will be correcting that problem). I walk around the car to find a flat tire. A flat tire with a hole in it big enough to fit 3 fingers into.
So, I guess I'll be checking if the cost of repairing the transmission is worth the cost of the car. In all fairness, I've had that car for 4 years, and I've worked it like a truck. With only 4 cylinders, I haul garbage, lumber, pull trailers, and do anything else I can get it to do. I guess we'll see if my friend stays around or if I get a new friend - probably a truck I can work like a truck.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ahhh, 5.56 Goodness!


'Nuff said.

Wow . . .

Post about controversial stuff, and FEMA takes a quick glance at me. Post about a Senator responding via e-mail, and I have the State of TN, Senate, and House all looking. I think I'll begin to scratch my head now . . .

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nauseated

So, right before we went to church tonight, we had on the television in a rare case, and ABC faux news in an even rarer case. Some moron was interviewing Obama about health care. Guess what Obama said?

  • Without this bill, healthcare premiums will be driven up
  • Without this bill, unemployment will go up
  • Without this bill, companies will drop benefits
  • Without this bill, the federal government will go bankrupt
  • some other bs I don't remember - it was 4 hours ago and I didn't take notes.
Okay, so let's recap - blatant lies. Every figure I've seen shows health costs at least doubling, plus companies going out of business BECAUSE of the bill, not the lack thereof. The only thing that might have truth in what he said is that the .gov will go bankrupt - that may be true because they will be imposing massive taxes and fines with the bill. However, the bill is set to increase the deficit to the tune of 1 TRILLION DOLLARS! How do you keep from going bankrupt by going further into debt?

Anyone who can think for themselves should be terrified/angry beyond belief at what is happening, especially with all of the underhanded things the dems are doing and the blatant lies that are being told.

And you know something else, I didn't even know our health system was in a crisis until these blabber-mouths started spouting (more) lies. We have the best health care in the world!! So our insurance system needs tweaked - oh well, at least people can live long enough in this country to pay our hospital bills. Others aren't so lucky.

This isn't about health care, folks! It's about control! Don't give it to them. Let's take back our country peacefully, before it's too late! As Newbius said,
I much prefer the soap box and the ballot box to the final option for redress of grievances, the cartridge box.

E-Mail from Bob Corker

So, a short while ago, I sent an e-mail to my Senators about the health care bill, urging them not to vote for it. Today, I was pleasantly surprised with an e-mail I received from the only representative who has cared to reply to me about anything. I'm really beginning to like Corker now. Here's what he sent me:

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.


I share your concerns about the bill and assure you that I will not vote for it if it is even close to its present form when it comes before the Senate for a final vote. I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to be able to purchase affordable, private, quality health care coverage and have presented several reforms to achieve that goal. However, among many other significant problems, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would take money away from Medicare, which is predicted to be insolvent by 2017, and leverage it to create a new entitlement program rather than using it to make Medicare more solvent. The bill also expands Medicaid and sends the cost to states, a huge unfunded mandate that creates a very painful situation for Tennessee as well as other states. H.R. 3590 uses typical Washington budget gimmickry, taking ten years of new taxes to finance six years of spending, resulting in huge deficits in the next decades. In addition, studies are showing that Tennesseans who have health insurance will see their costs rise dramatically as a result of this bill.



Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me.



Sincerely,


Bob Corker
United States Senator

Remember, if you haven't contacted your Senators, there's still time. Let 'em hear it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Freedom Suppression in Copenhagen

So, first I read this story about a reporter being stopped from asking questions and filming - at gunpoint.

Then, I hear on the news tonight that over the past two days, around 1800 people have been arrested for protesting the meeting in Copenhagen.

Still think this is about climate change? I beg to differ.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ignorance and Evil

First, read this story about the health bill in the Senate.

So, they've come up with a public option without calling it a public option. They are opening up the ages for uninsured Americans to enroll in Medicare at the age of 55. Now, to some, this seems like a good idea, but let's face it, Medicare is part of the problem. Not to mention that it means a smaller number of workers is paying for a larger number of dependents. Certainly that won't make the system worse or raise taxes.

Then you have to love this paragraph:
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., called it "an unvarnished, complete victory for people like me who have been arguing for a single-payer system."
If that doesn't scare you enough:

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., described the agreement as a significant step in the struggle to round up the votes needed to pass the broader overhaul legislation. The House has already passed its version, and Democrats are driving for a Senate vote before Christmas.

That would leave only a final compromise between the houses before legislation could go to Obama for his signature.

Joe Lieberman, one of the last holdouts based on the subject of a public option, looks like he could go for the bill now.

It adds more regulation on industry:

Insurance companies would be required to spend 90 percent of their income from premiums on providing benefits.
And of course, they are still trying to keep the costs secret:
Many officials declined to discuss details, heeding an admonition that if they did, the Congressional Budget office would feel compelled to release preliminary cost estimates that lawmakers prefer to receive secretly.
So much for openness and honesty. There was word from one which confirms what we've been thinking:
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, told reporters premiums would total about $7,600 annually until federal subsidies became available in 2014. That translated into more than $600 a month, far higher than the $96.40 paid by beneficiaries age 65 and up.
And now, someone else is confirming what I've been saying for a while - Medicare is the problem:
The Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center sent notices to lawmakers criticizing the emerging plan. Expanding Medicare to individuals 55 to 64 years old, it said, "would ultimately hurt patients by accelerating the financial ruin of hospitals and doctors across the country."
My dad told me recently that the president of the hospital where he works sent a letter to Obama saying that if the health bill passed, they would have to close down (they are the largest employer in the city, by a long shot now that the GM plant is closing). So, let's add to unemployment and the number of uninsured and just keep this in a constant state of regression and ruin for the country.

I Don't Believe It!

Political Hypocrites! I never would have guessed. Watch this video via Bloviating Zeppelin about the people who say they're trying to save the planet. Pay special attention (maybe pause it) at about 1:38 and read the newspaper headline and subtitle.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Reminder . . .

of our freedoms. . . .


and those who fight for them.



Pro Libertate: The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. I: Petulant Police Demand Impunity

Read this and watch the video. Then tell me you still trust the government or our police.
I'm not saying all are bad, but this article says a lot.

Pro Libertate: The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. I: Petulant Police Demand Impunity

Hat tip On The Green

Ammo Review

Today, while running errands, I stopped by my local gun store. The little family-run shop actually had .380 ammunition, at the cheapest cost of $24 per box of 50. Ugh, I was paying half that a little over a year ago. On the other hand, they have it right now and no one else does, and my supply is down to about 60 rounds, way too low for a gun nut like myself. So, I picked up a box of the Sellier and Bellot 92gr FMJ to see how it runs through my Bersa, and how accurate it is.

I get home and get a sudden itch to shoot right away (not that that's new or anything), so I load 5 rounds in a mag and head outside. Started off firing 3 rounds at 7 yards to check initial grouping. WOW!!! About a 1/2 inch group! I have NEVER done that with my Bersa before. I've done some nice grouping with the Aguila ammo I've been using, but not THAT nice. I stepped back to 15 yards, hit way low the first time (my error, not the ammo), corrected that for my last round, which hit 1/2 inch from the group.

I'm impressed. I'm gonna shoot through the rest of the box on a warmer day to see if that's consistent with the ammo, or if I just had a fluke. I'm guessing it's the ammo, in which case Robertson's will be getting more of my money.

Rounds were hitting high on the target, so I guess I wasn't gripping tight enough. I'll correct that next time I'm out.

Two More Important Reads

via Conservative Scalawag

Do You Understand Yet?

Here are a few things that really bear reading. After you read them, ask yourself if you understand yet. Then share them and ask others the same question.


WARNING: In the following link, the story provides links (and a second warning) about some very graphic material. Be ready to be disturbed, and if you don't want to be, don't look.

Do you understand yet?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Armed and Safe: To some, gun rights advocacy is 'terrorism'

Sad but true. Hopefully it never goes as far as it looks like it will.

Armed and Safe: To some, gun rights advocacy is 'terrorism'

Reality Distortion Field

Ah, the facts are awful . . . there are a lot of ignorant and outright hate-filled Americans, especially in the media.

Reality Distortion Field

Hat Tip to Tam

A Lowly Start . . .

But a start nonetheless. I was paid a visit by some Feds . . .


True, it's only FEMA, but you gotta get your foot in the door somewhere for a federal watch list.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

E-mail to AARP

A friend of mine forwarded me this e-mail that a lady had sent to AARP. I think this lady is now one of my favorite people ever. Read the whole thing.

This letter to the AARP says it all. It is a must read regardless of
your age. Some people just make sense in what they say. This lady
certainly does.



This was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP



Dear Mr. Rand,




Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed
membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were
looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our
gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a
deepening lack of faith..



While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and
have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no
longer endorse it's abdication of our values. Your letter specifically
stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the
voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on
important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial
view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two
parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is
probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are
diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy
which spawned our 200 years of government.



Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior
demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give
our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP
gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist
politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered by AARP
serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to
contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!



We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the
guiding forces whom we expected to map out our senior years and leave
your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment
with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem
anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other
organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life
or offending our sensibilities.



This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us.
Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage,but
even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has
rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a
nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant
or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don't have
to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence.
Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the
voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a
great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood
I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as
the responsibilities it requires.



Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all
communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our
'house', invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The
President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the
perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.
I DON'T choose to welcome them.
I DON'T choose to support them..
I DON'T choose to educate them.
I DON'T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.
American home invaders get arrested.
Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on
American soil that Americans do not get?
Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others
only have to break & enter to be welcomed?



We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country,
averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more
people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good
folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE
supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch with
mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have
more faith in it than one which is power driven.



We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and
will encourage them to do the same. With several hundred in my address
book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make
a credible statement to you.. I am disappointed as hell.
I am scared as hell. I am MAD as hell, and I'm NOT gonna take it anymore!




Walt & Cyndy
Miller Farms Equine Transport


I Want One!

Awesome billboard. Would love to have them all over the country. Make the .gov fear the people again.

Hat tip War on Guns

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

I had been wondering for a while if it was going to come to this. This should scare any thinking American who enjoys freedom. One step closer . . .

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

I had been wondering for a while if it was going to come to this. This should scare any thinking American who enjoys freedom. One step closer . . .

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

I had been wondering for a while if it was going to come to this. This should scare any thinking American who enjoys freedom. One step closer . . .

Bloviating Zeppelin: Government-Funded U.S. Media?

Throw the Bums Out!

A shared sentiment, indeed. However, I would venture that there should be a 1-term limit for legislators, rather than the 2-term proposed. Give it a read.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Write your Senators!

I wrote my Senators today. Have you written yours?

I am writing concerning the health bill currently in the Senate. I have watched as the house voted to pass the bill, despite the disapproval of the majority of Americans. I would like to let you know I strongly disapprove of all current government measures for health care reform. I know many of the implications this bill has, and some of it's possible unintended consequences, plus the intended ones by those who would rather take America to Hell than help people. Here are some of my thoughts:
1. I do not want the government in health care except to regulate sanitation practices.
2. No pay caps for doctors.
3. We need Medicare/Medicaid reform before the cost of health care goes down.
4. NO MORE TAXES! Not of any shape, size, or name.
5. NO MORE DEFICIT SPENDING! We need to pay back our debt and never add to it again.
6. No money for abortion. Period.
7. No more government control over any private industry. Government control runs countries into the ground. In the case of health care, I know hospitals will be forced to close, and doctors will stop practicing.
8. No butting into my finances or health records.
9. No rationing of care.
10. No individual insurance mandate or government plan approval requirement.
11. See this page for more thoughts of what needs to be done:
http://freedomismandatory.blogspot.com/2009/10/health-care-or-health-insurance-reform.html
Basically, what I'm saying is that I want the government to stay out of my business and quit regulating free enterprise into the dirt. I will be watching how you vote on this and other government involvement issues.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Some Commander-in-Chief

Go take a look at this picture and tell me again that our current president is pro-America. To not even respect those who have died to preserve freedom is to stoop truly low.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Think, and Act

This is a must-read. As he concludes, THINK, and then ACT!

INSIGHT on Freedom: Racing Toward Revolution?

Some interesting thoughts here, especially as the tensions in the country continue to rise.

INSIGHT on Freedom: Racing Toward Revolution?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Now for the fun stuff, taking a kid shooting

Yesterday between church services, I finally got to do something I had been planning on for a long while - take a 12-year old shooting. Sorry, no pics since I didn't get to ask his mother how she felt about them being on the web.

We ended up shooting four guns, my Bersa 380, S&W 22A, Springfield M6 Scout(which is for sale, should anyone be interested), and my M&P 15.
He had never fired a pistol before, and had only fired a 22LR and 410 a few times before, without much instruction, it seemed. He found love with two of my guns, the 22A and the M6. I will say he got to be pretty good with that pistol having never shot one before, and the shotgun, well, he nailed some milk jugs with it. We ended up shooting for at least 2 hours by the time it was all done.

Now, you have to understand, this is the kid that when I mentioned to others I was taking him shooting, they replied "Good Luck" and "Better wear a bullet proof vest". He is known for being slightly rambunctious to say the least, so perhaps they were correct to think that. It's not entirely his fault, as he doesn't have a father close by. He has a wonderful grandfather, but that only goes so far. He needs good male influence, and a lot of it.
However, we went over safety rules, and I made it very plain that failure to follow the rules results in an end to the shooting. He was VERY disciplined, and one time even caught me for forgetting to put a gun back on safe when done firing it. He now not only wants to go shooting again, but wants to go hunting with me this Saturday when deer season opens. His mom said it's completely up to me. I may be picking up a blind and having a kid with me.

Gotta scout his grandparents land in the next couple days to see where to set up. Good thing the gun is sighted in, cause I don't have much time left to get ready.

Take a kid shooting. Teach them responsibility and discipline, and you will impact them forever.

Senate Healthcare Bill

Good chance it could come up for a vote as soon as this week. Make sure to flood your Senators with calls, e-mails, letters, whatever. Just see that they get the point. It's our responsibility to keep the country free. We've already seen that Congress won't do it.

Good training drills

Make sure to bookmark them or print them out. I already have.

INSIGHT on Freedom: Global Warming Hoax = Global Governance

INSIGHT on Freedom: Global Warming Hoax = Global Governance

Longstreet provides a good read on the truth and real issues about climate change and the global treaty.

Also, over at his place, he has a graphic linking to a website that is a must-see.

Now that is disturbing stuff over there, and more reason to vehemently oppose this legislation.

Public Indoctrination Centers

Welcome to the Blogroll Rosey, from whom comes this article about the National Education Association.


Make sure to follow the link to the one book review he mentions. Shade on the scary side. Why I will home school when I have kids.

Monday, November 9, 2009

More info

About what's in the house health bill.
Check it out.

Another MUST READ

Seriously, go. Now. Read it all.

Blast from the Past

WRSA brings us a blast from April. I wasn't even reading blogs then, much less trying to write one, so I found it fresh material. Worth a double take, even if you've seen it before.


Direct links to articles mentioned

What We Have To Do Now

So, the government takeover of healthcare passed in the House by a vote of 220-215. One step closer to tyranny. Now that it's out of the House, we need to focus our efforts on Senators. Even if you think they are on your side, make sure they hear from you. Phone calls, letters, e-mails, just flood the offices with whatever you can to tell them we don't want this bill in any form. The Senate seems to be the last chance. Make sure to take a look at this article via Liberty Sphere. I certainly hope he is right about it dying.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Old but exactly relevant

This is why it is such a big deal for us to fight the health bill. Yes, I know it's 10 minutes long, but Reagan sums it up very succinctly why we cannot allow anything resembling a socialized medicine bill to pass.



Thanks again to Red Planet Cartoons.

Liberty versus Serfdom


A very well-stated picture . . .
Thanks to Robb.

Bloviating Zeppelin: The Dems: Could You Be Arrested For No ObamaKare?

No comment. Should scare you and infuriate you without extra words.

Bloviating Zeppelin: The Dems: Could You Be Arrested For No ObamaKare?

Between Two Rivers: "We have absolute immunity"

This is what our legal system is coming to. Not just the judicial, but also legislative and executive. We need to make sure they all know this: No immunity, total accountability. If not, prepare yourself for fetters and a heavy ball. Possibly quite literally.

Between Two Rivers: "We have absolute immunity"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Quote of the Day

William S. Lind is reported to have said: "Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.” Lind goes on to say that American citizens are "afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic." He says that such changes can be attributed to the influence of cultural Marxists.
My emphasis in bold. Hence, why I do not play the PC game.

INSIGHT on Freedom: Obama’s Contempt for America!

INSIGHT on Freedom: Obama’s Contempt for America!

This is a must-read for the day. History does speak clearly.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Reason . . .

. . .To oppose the health bill. Check it out. If this article doesn't tear you up, nothing will.

More Socialist BS at the UN



I was pointed to this video by WRSA. Also provided was a link to the copy of the treaty document.

Now, I consider myself a simple but smart fellow, and the way that treaty is written is certainly to discourage simple folks from trying to decipher it. However, when it came down to it, I was able to find some stuff I don't need a lawyer to comprehend. Here are some quotes directly from the document, page number noted at the end of the quote if you want to check me.

2. Recognizing that the right to development is a basic human right that is undeprivable. (p58)
Okay, am I missing something, or did they just say that it is an undeprivable human right for a nation to develop? First off, the reason most of these nations are not developing is because of their own governments, not the United States. The people and their countries are being held back by their own leaders. Get rid of the poor leadership, and you will have development. Welcome to Free Enterprise 101, a class on the very principle which developed America.
Now, another thing, this is coming from the same group of mo-rons who don't believe the right to defend one's family and property is an undeprivable right. Not only that, but a right which must be taken away!

3. Recalling that economic and social development and poverty eradication are the first and
overriding priorities of the developing countries. (p58)
See above class listing for Free Enterprise 101 and also Advanced Free Enterprise: Keeping Business Booming By Keeping Government Small.
Now, before looking at this next section, consider that this is a bill about "climate change" which means cutting off non-renewable resource use (eg. coal).

1. Recognizing the special difficulties of those countries, especially developing countries, whose
economies are particularly dependent on fossil fuel production, use and exportation, as a consequence of
action taken on limiting greenhouse gas emissions,
2. The specific needs and special circumstances of developing country Parties, especially those that
are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and of those Parties, especially
developing country Parties, that would have to bear a disproportionate or abnormal burden under the
Convention, should be given full consideration. 2
3. There is a need to undertake a global transition to a low-emission economy in order to tackle
climate change. Although this transition presents a major opportunity for all countries to follow a clean
development path, it can also pose challenges for all Parties, in particular the most vulnerable countries.
Parties should work together to ensure that this transition is congruent with sustainable development
processes in all countries.
4. The difficulties of assessing the complex issue of potential impacts of policies are compounded
by the fact that some of these impacts are unintended and often unanticipated. Wider economic and
political factors can play a role in the vulnerability of socio-economic sectors and can amplify or
diminish the impacts of policies.
Okay, so let me understand this. We want the nations to have their right to develop by regulating the very opportunity for their development. Yeah, cause that will work. Then, let's imply here (maybe directly state elsewhere, it's the notion I've gotten, but again, trying to work through legal BS) that the developed countries will have to lend a financial hand to the developing countries whose way to wealth we have just regulated into dirt.
Here's the great part, let's give ourselves an out when it all comes crumbling down by saying that "some of these impacts are unintended and often unanticipated." Well, dad-gummit, passing a law that may have unintended consequences . . . I'd of never expected the day to come (eyes rolling). . .
Oh, wait, here's that part about us giving more money to the countries whose industry we are crushing:

16. [Adverse economic and social consequences of response measures [shall][should] be addressed
by proper economic, social and environmental actions, including promoting and supporting economic
diversification and the development and dissemination of win-win technologies in the affected countries,
paying particular attention to the needs and concerns of the poorest and most vulnerable developing
country Parties.]
Alternative to paragraph 16:
[Adverse economic and social consequences of response measures shall be addressed by various means,
including but not limited to promoting, supporting and enabling economic diversification, funding,
insurance and the development, transfer and dissemination of win-win technologies in the affected
countries, such as cleaner fossil fuel technologies, gas flaring reduction, and carbon capture and storage
technologies.]
17. [[Developed [and developing] countries] [Developed and developing country Parties] [All
Parties] [shall] [should]:]
(a) Compensate for damage to the LDCs’ economy and also compensate for lost
opportunities, resources, lives, land and dignity, as many will become environmental
refugees;
(b) Africa, in the context of environmental justice, should be equitably compensated for
environmental, social and economic losses arising from the implementation of response
measures. (p122)
19. [The permanent [forum] should also formulate/implement a work programme that [includes]
[addresses inter alia] the following components:]
(a) [Insurance and financial risk management;]
(b) [Modelling, analytical and methodological tools;]
(c) [Economic diversification;]
(d) Early warning and systematic observation;
(e) Disaster management and preparedness;
(f) Compensation procedures and actions including funds;
(g) Funding;
(h) Other related matters.](p123)
Knew it had to be there somewhere. And again . . . (perhaps with an extra word thrown in there of my own doing, you'll recognize it.)

2. Objective and scope
6. The provision of financial resources shall be guided by the principles of [SOCIALISM]the Convention and the
priorities of developing country Parties, and arrangements shall be made for financial resources to be
made available to enable developing country Parties, especially those particularly vulnerable to the
adverse impacts of climate change, to take nationally appropriate mitigation and adaptation actions, in
the context of sustainable development priorities.
7. The objective of the provision of financial resources is to promote equity and justice through
further enhancement of the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and the Bali
Action Plan, so that the ultimate objective of the Convention can be achieved.
8. Parties agree to establish, in accordance with Article 11 of the Convention, the Financial
Mechanism of the Convention with a structure that meets the specific requirements laid down under
Articles 11.1 and 11.2 of the Convention. The Financial Mechanism shall enable, enhance and support
mitigation and adaptation actions by developing country Parties to meet the objective(s) in accordance
with Article 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5 of the Convention through the provision of financial resources to meet the
agreed full incremental costs of such actions, including the full cost of adaptation activities, technology
transfer and capacity-building.(p126)
The rest of the document is pretty much saying how they are going to take our money and technology and give it to the tyrannical governments of the countries which haven't developed yet because of the very government to whom the money is being given.

And now for the punchline of the entire thing: page 15 says that all of this will be based on "sound science." Doesn't "sound science" take away the whole purpose of a climate change treaty, given that global warming has already been thoroughly debunked, if that's what the treaty is truly about? I would venture to say, yet again, this UN treaty isn't about the issue which is being stated; it's about bringing America to its knees by whatever means possible in order to create a fake Utopian communistic world order.

Read the fine print. It's about sovereignty. We must fight these things peacefully while we can. Concerned American wrapped up their post quite well with these words:

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F. Kennedy, 1962

Need some help

Alright, so here's my situation. I have an opportunity to purchase a NIB S&W M&P15 in 223/5.56. Due to a promotion S&W is running, if I make this purchase before Dec. 31, I also get 5 free 30-round magazines. My cost, paying cash, would be $891, tax and background check included.

Here's the catch - in order to get it, I would have to sell the first two guns I ever bought, a Rossi 223 with a 20 ga exchange barrel, and a Springfield M6 Scout in 22lr/410. Both of these guns are single shot. I do not own a semi-auto rifle, and my only other rifle is a Mosin M38 Carbine.

So, thoughts and some input on what I should do?

Good Read

And relatively short, too. Read it all. Yes, I know I'm a little behind.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Comments

Due to a little piece written over at Sipsey Street Irregulars, I will start moderating comments. Unless there is something tremendously screwed up about your comment, you can expect it to show up. Anonymous posts will bear more scrutiny, because I think if you are going to say something, especially in the negative, you should be mature enough to sign your name to it.

Anyway, on to writing!

Christians at War

Currently my mind has been called to dig a little and write an essay about whether or not a Christian can go to war with their own government and maintain a moral footing. Now, being a Christian, and also being very opinionated about what's happening in our country now, I find this important. I cannot give many details about the thoughts currently swirled together in my head, because that would lead to a long post which I do not have time for, given that I have to leave for business in half an hour.

I would like to open up a forum in the comments of this post regarding reasoning one way or the other in order to help me consider things more fully as I write the essay. So, please leave me some feedback on the issue, and send some respectable folks my way to leave their thoughts as well. Thanks to all!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hardball

Sipsey Street Irregulars posted about Steward Rhodes of Oath Keepers being on "Hardball with Chris Matthews. Here is a transcript.

I was rather angry, so following is the e-mail I sent to Chris Matthews, if he even reads it.

Mr. Matthews,

I would like to offer you some encouragements as far as your "investigative journalism" goes.

In your October 20 segment on Oath Keepers, your bias showed through as clearly as day. Your questions to Stewart Rhodes were not really questions, but pre-formulated statements in question form. You constantly referred to the Oath Keepers as "armed people" and even called them "vigilantes". When Rhodes tried to answer your questions, you constantly interrupted, then went on to ask him the same questions over and over again, because you didn't want the answers he was giving you. You wanted the answers you had already formulated in your mind. However, when you allowed Mark Potok to answer, you did not interrupt him, but let him speak freely except for, I believe, one time.

You did not challenge Potok when he said that the SPLC does not lump Oath Keepers together with white supremacists. Indeed, research the SPLC web sight, and you will find such insinuations. Besides that, the title given to the segment states that the SPLC has Oath Keepers in a blog called "Hatewatch". Proper research and understanding of Oath Keepers and their underlying principles would prove to you that they are not about hate at all.

Now, on to some of your questions for Stewart Rhodes and the answers.

You asked about the firepower to repel the government. Rhodes answered that it's not about firepower, it's about not following orders. Oath keepers is about standing down when unconstitutional orders are given, not fighting.

You asked why he is trying to recruit law enforcement and military, who are "all armed". He said it is because these are the people who will be given the unconstitutional orders. I would like to venture a couple of other thoughts. Number one, you need to stop complaining about these people being armed, because you pay them to protect you and defend your liberties. Another consideration as to why it is these people who are recruited is that these are the ones who took the oath to defend the Constitution. Hence the name "Oath Keepers".

You stated that you don't care about the philosophy, you just don't like the idea of these people being armed. See above answer and again remember what Rhodes said; this is not about fighting, it is about non-compliance. Nor is it a "war footing" as you called it.

You accuse Rhodes of creating a mindset. This point I will concede, though I disagree with you as to what mindset he is creating. He is trying to create a mindset of awareness of the Constitution and its provisions, as well as a mindset to resist any orders which are against the Constitution.

Mark Potok made a comment about Oath Keepers being paranoid about militias and the like being labeled as right-wing terrorists. This is not paranoia. The Department of Homeland Security has already issued a document containing such statements. Again, you did not challenge Potok.

You constantly ignored Stewart Rhodes' references to history. If it has happened before, it can happen again. Perhaps you should go take a few more history classes.

You continued during the entire discourse to come back to the idea of armed people. You seem to be a bit paranoid yourself. You forget that it has always been armed people who have fought and died for you to have the freedom to say whatever you want. Some of those people defied the government (think American Revolution). Without them doing so, you would not be able to spout such lies and bias as you currently do. You forget that those of us who are legally armed are the most law-abiding citizens, and that there are nearly 100million of us currently. One third of the population.

Perhaps if you would study history and facts altogether, you would be able to do true investigative journalism instead of simply spouting off liberal, bedwetting, liberal lapdog hysterics. Be willing to have your ideas challenged. Grow some balls and act like a real man.

Regards,
Matthew
III
Doubt if the point will get across, but I'm past the point of sitting idly by . . .

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Range Report!

So, I finally got to do some shooting again today and get two rifles sighted in. Here's how it went:

First, I have finally become proficient enough with my S&W 22A that I can shoot the cap off of a 20 oz bottle at 7 yards fairly consistently. Wish I could do that with my 380.

Second, I got the scope on my Rossi .223 zeroed in at 50 yards. It's a little high, so if I figured it out right, I should be 1.5" high at 100 yards, and about zero at 200 yards. That means with my sniper reticle, I'm now good out to 400 yards.
The zero is set for Remington Power-Lokt 55 gr PSP ammo. It's the only ammo I can get to group less than 4" at 50 yards in that Rossi. It actually groups less than an inch, which I'm pretty happy with considering the rifle is a break-action.
Bad news is, I discovered that my rifle does not like the Federal Fusion ammo. Grouped just as bad if not worse than the FMJ rounds I have, and at more than twice the price. Thankfully only bought one box. This means I'm on my way back to the store for more Remington ammo.

Also got the chance to shoot Big Bertha, more aptly known as a Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine. I have about 800 rounds of 1976 Polish surplus ammo, but the problem is it doesn't group tremendously well, and it shoots about 6" high at 50 yards, and 10-12" high at 100 yds, so I figure it would zero between 300 and 400 yds. A lot of the Mosins were sighted for 300 meters, even though the sight graduations start at 100. Another problem with that ammo is that I can't use it for deer hunting in TN. No FMJ or military ammo allowed.
So, on to ammo #2. Brown bear 203gr SP. Good news is, the heavier ammo and slightly lighter powder charge puts it about an inch high at 50 yds, which should put it even or a little higher at 100 yds, and probably come to zero again around 150-175 yds, though I have yet to get somewhere I can test that theory. At any rate, that means that any shot I would take on a deer (I don't take chancy shots when hunting, and I'm only confident to 100yds with that rifle right now), it's as good as jerky (or steak, or burgers, or . . . .).

That was my fun for the day. Anyone have comments on the trajectory for the Brown Bear 7.62x54r rounds that may be helpful for my relative lack of experience with these cartridges? I'm plenty familiar with the Polish surplus, just would welcome help on the other. Thanks to all, and happy shooting!

Just some dirty work

Seems to me there's something fishy about a Senator making a monetary deal (also known as a bribe) in order to gain doctor support of a legal bill. He is trying to cover something up! Then again, most sensible people already knew that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Must See Video!

Everyone needs to watch this video. It's about 10 minutes, but worth watching all of. Definitely relates to our current political climate, very directly.

Laziness in the Technological Age

Another story from work illustrating part of why this nation is in trouble. We are getting LAZY!

Okay, so, this girl walks up to the window to prepay for her gas. I ask her which pump she is on. She doesn't know. So, instead of walking the 50 feet to look at her pump number which she should have seen when she first got out of her car, she takes the time to send a text message to her passenger! Said passenger doesn't respond, so she gets mad and walks the 50 feet anyway.

This would be funny if it wasn't the mindset Americans have on things which are much more important. People don't want to work for freedom anymore. We don't want to really work for anything, which means we have forgotten that anything worth having is worth working for.

We need to get rid of this thinking if we want to keep our freedom. Not only is freedom worth working for, but it's worth dying for. The founders knew this when the signed their own death warrant, also known as the Declaration of Independence. Are we willing to work for, much less die for Liberty?