Thursday, June 23, 2011

Turning the Other Cheek

Via WRSA comes this quote:

"Violence must be replied to with violence. The only time I would suggest turning the other cheek is when firing off the left shoulder with a rifle after taking cover in a doorway."

Venlet, citing de Havilland

Now, I have to ask you, for whatever contingency arises, whether it be TEOTWAWKI or armed thugs in your home, are you PRACTICING? Do you dry-fire practice from low-ready and high-ready positions? Do you practice leaning around a corner and making sure your barrel clears the wall/doorway? It's easy to shoot the wall if you don't practice.

By the way, if you practice consistently, especially with an older rifle (you know, the kind that is all wood and metal, one of my favorites being my Mosin Nagant M38 - weighs 7.5 pounds empty), it is a very toning exercise for your arms.

How you train is how you fight. Do you want to fight like an amateur when your life depends on it? Keep watching TV. Do you want to win the fight (live)? Practice. Now.

Act Free.

No Matter What

Below is an e-mail I recently received. I disagree, and will note points on the other side.

DR. WILLIAMS predicts that Obama can not lose the 2012 election.


Dr. Williams prediction: Maybe you have read some newspaper articles written by Dr. Williams a conservative economist who happens to be Black. He has taught at several Universities and is currently teaching at George Mason University.

No Matter What

By Dr. Walter Williams

Can President Obama be defeated in 2012? No. He can't. I am going on record as saying that President Barak Obama will win a second term.

The media won't tell you this because a good election campaign means hundreds of millions (or in Obama's case billions) of dollars to them in advertising.

But the truth is, there simply are no conditions under which Barak Obama can be defeated in 2012.
The quality of the Republican candidate doesn't matter. Obama gets reelected. Nine percent unemployment? No problem. Obama will win. Gas pricesmoving toward five dollars a gallon? He still wins. The economy soars or goes into the gutter. Obama wins. War in the Middle East? He wins a second term.

America's role as the leading Superpower disappears? Hurrah for Barak Obama! The U.S. government rushes toward bankruptcy, the dollar continues to sink on world markets and the price of daily goods and services soars due to inflation fueled by Obama's extraordinary deficit spending? Obama wins handily.

You are crazy Williams. Don't you understand how volatile politics can be when overall economic, government, and world conditions are declining? Sure I do.

And that's why I know Obama will win. The American people are notoriously ignorant of economics. And economics is the key to why Obama should be defeated.

Even when Obama's policies lead the nation to final ruin, the majority of the American people are going to believe the bait-and-switch tactics Obama and his supporters in the media will use to explain why it isn't his fault. After all, things were much worse than understood when he took office.

Obama's reelection is really a very, very simple math problem. Consider the following:

1) Blacks will vote for Obama blindly. Period. Doesn't matter what he does. It's a race thing. He's one of us,

2) College educated women will vote for Obama. Though they will be offended by this, they swoon at his oratory. It's really not more complex than that,

3) Liberals will vote for Obama. He is their great hope,

4) Democrats will vote for Obama. He is the leader of their party and his coat tails will carry them to victory nationwide,

5) Hispanics will vote for Obama. He is the path to citizenship for those who are illegal and Hispanic leaders recognize the political clout they carry in the Democratic Party,

6) Union members will vote overwhelmingly for Obama. He is their key to money and power in business, state and local politics,

7) Big Business will support Obama. They already have. He has almost $1 Billion dollars in his reelection purse gained largely from his connections with Big Business and is gaining more everyday. Big Business loves Obama because he gives them access to taxpayer money so long as they support his social and political agenda,

8) The media love him. They may attack the people who work for him, but they love him. After all, to not love him would be racist,

9) Most other minorities and special interest groups will vote for him. Oddly, the overwhelming majority of Jews and Muslims will support him because they won't vote Republican. American Indians will support him. Obviously homosexuals tend to vote Democratic. And lastly,

10) Approximately half of independents will vote for Obama. And he doesn't need anywhere near that number because he has all of the groups previously mentioned. The President will win an overwhelming victory in 2012.

Dr. Walter Williams

Okay, now for my thoughts. Let’s start with the assumption at the beginning that all of the people who don’t pay taxes and get money from the government are happy with that situation. WRONG. I will use myself as a case study. I have not had to pay taxes for the past 3 years. I have not made enough to fall into even the lowest tax bracket. As a result, we (my wife and I) have even received a large amount of tax credits. This is not because we want to be in this situation, but rather because we have been forced into it since the only job I could find was at a gas station, and she is a full-time student. How many people are there like us who know things would be better and we would not need the tax credits if Obama was out of office?

As far as most Americans being ignorant of economics, that’s true. However, I don’t think it is as bad as in 2008, as many are waking up and educating themselves. Now, let’s get on to the points he made one at a time.

1) Is Dr. Williams voting for Obama? He’s black after all. What about the TEA Party folks who are black? What about the good, hardworking Christian black folks (like those I go to church with)? It will not be a blind vote, although a majority will vote for him.

2) Two examples contrary – my wife and one of my co-workers. Didn’t vote for him the first time, and sure ain’t going to the second.

3) Liberals? Yeah, I give him that one. They are not too bright, and they long for the destruction of America.

4) Democrats? Many, but only because they fall into the same category as above. I also know Dems who for the first time ever did not vote Democrat in 2008, and do not intend to again this time around.

5) Hispanics? Well, the illegals for sure. (If you actually believe they aren’t voting illegally, I can’t help you.) I know though that many who are here legally as citizens HATE the idea of someone just getting the magic wand treatment and becoming citizens, after they had to work hard to obtain it through the proper channels.

6) Unions? Overwhelmingly, yes. There are good folks who are trapped in a union just so they can provide for their family, yet strongly oppose unions and their goals.

7) Big business? That could go either way. Obama has caused a lot of uncertainty in the markets which is actually hindering the companies’ ability to turn profit. They can’t easily expand for fear of the unknown. Although I don’t know for sure, the company I work for certainly appears to be in that place. I believe it was last year they opened 30-40 stores just in January and February, and I haven’t heard of any significant amount since then. Keep in mind this is a company that has a goal of 3000 stores, and is currently at about a third of that, and doing well. Trust me, I’ve seen profit and loss reports.

8) Media. Media. Media. Is it any wonder they are losing their viewers and readers? Meanwhile, Fox is growing. Now, yes, most of the media (mainstream) is in the pocket of Obama and the socialists, but I have seen them recently make small attacks on him. Nothing like Fox, but an improvement over the past 3 years. People are turning to alternative media rather than the liberal lapdogs for their news.

9) Minorities and special interest. See “3)”. Jews? Hmm. Hopefully they are seeing the true colors in the recent actions withIsrael, and they turn away from Obama. I know some are, and hope the rest will. Muslims? Definitely on a large scale. How better to destroy the “Great Satan” than from within by electing liberals who also want to destroy America.

10) Half of Independents? Ummm, no. Maybe a quarter. Obama’s colors have been revealed, and most Americans don’t like it at all, including many that voted for him the first time.

The one thing that I think could be a death blow that gets Obama re-elected? The GOP puts forward a candidate who is not a true Conservative, i.e. Mitt Romney and the like. I for one will not vote for Romney, PERIOD. Case closed. I will vote independent if Romney makes it as the GOP candidate. I know many others who feel the same way. We are tired of DEMLite. Give us a real conservative that we can get behind who truly represents us. How will we know that candidate? The liberals and the media will throw a fit because they are scared. Rick Perry comes to mind when I think of scaring liberals. I need to do more research on him if he gets into the race.

Look, we need to get rid of this defeatist attitude. A lot of people are saying stuff like Williams. I’ll side with Rush on this one. If we choose a conservative candidate, Obama is “landslidable defeatable.” He has nothing to run on. People are ticked at what he has done, which, no matter how you look at it, has been screwing the American people (unless you’re a liberal, in which case, you think it’s for our own good to let you created your utopia that doesn’t exist, kinda like ocean-front property in Arizona.) We can turn this country around, but I fear this is our last chance. We have to make it count, because it’s going to be a long fight back to a truly free America. Pray it’s not too late.

Act Free.

Rush Limbaugh on Project Gunwalker

I know I haven't said much about the ATF operation turned scandle, but time has been short, and I have the link to Sipsey Street in the sidebar and hope some took the opportunity to find out why Mike is a daily read.

Today I heard Rush mentiong the Gunwalker Scandle, and had to cringe when he got one of the facts wrong. He said the story was originally broke on CBS in March. So, I hope that he is able to admit he was wrong and correct it on-air to give credit where it is truly due - Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea. Below is the e-mail I sent.

"Correction to June 20, 2011 broadcast Re: Project Gunwalker

Thank you for covering Project Gunwalker on you show. It really has not gotten enough attention in the media, especially given that it is now in hearings in Congress.

One thing I would like to suggest for you to correct though is that this scandle was not initially broke on CBS in March. That was simply the first time MSM picked it up. For several months preceding that, the story was being covered doggedly by two bloggers with contacts in ATF. These two men worked tirelessly and mostly thanklessly to cover what was sure to preclude another assault on our Second Amendment rights. These are their names and their blog sites, if you seek to give credit to two men who certainly deserve it.

Mike Vanderboegh -

David Codrea -

Thank you,

We shall see.

Act Free.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coffee Shop Conversation

Sitting here in the coffee shop I frequent in order to have internet access, I overheard a conversation. A man was talking to some lady he knew (but didn't come with) and happened to ask her if she had seen the guy who was a college student in here that carries a gun. He remarked that he he's kinda scary. I was listening intently for another bit of information as he then stated that they guy's pistol is a .40 caliber.

Mind you, while I am sitting and listening to this conversation, I am openly carrying my sidearm. Now, I've talked to this man before, so when he stood up right afterward, I asked him if it's the guy who is normally around here in the mornings. He said yes. My reply? "That would be me." You should have seen the look on his face. He apologized so many times it was obnoxious. Meanwhile, the people around him (who had come with the woman) were getting a kick out of watching him backstep in his words. Meanwhile, one of the workers comes in and he and I get into a very informative conversation about carrying. He is not old enough yet, but would like to carry when he is. I was able to help him understand the responsibility and the current process (which hopefully will get changed.)

Another day open carrying, another person taught. The best part, everyone in the room got to see how someone openly carrying a gun responded to the, I guess you could say, insults or insinuations, of someone who viewed him negatively. What everyone saw was a young man with a handgun professionally, politely, and respectfully answering.

+1 for OC.

Act Free.

Monday, June 6, 2011