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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 3/1/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

I am a bit late getting on board with this (the death of Bill Buckley was a set-back), but Nicki has the story and two updates of the latest gestapo tactics of the AFT...the jackbooted thugs have struck again:

Nicki also has this from Congressional and Senate morons. The Democrats wish to battle rising oil prices by piling on more taxes! The federal government already takes more in taxes from a gallon of gas than the oil companies make in profits. But of course it is always corporate America that is greedy and evil, never government:

The War on Guns provides the updates to the latest ATF travesty, along with the background of the story. Just click on the links:

Mike McCarville is reporting today that Hillary's campaign continues to implode:

If you pray, put Red's Trading Post at the top of your list for Tuesday. Tuesday marks the date of the trial for Red's Trading Post vs. the ATF and their heavy-handed, gestapo tactics. Ryan gives us this update:

Alphecca has very discouraging news from Vermont:

This is today's MUST-read. Read all the way to the end. Breda has some shocking information on just how docile and sheep-like America has become:

And while you're at it, read THIS from Breda! While most Muslims are harmless, the 7% minority want to kill us...that translates to 91 MILLION Islamic extremists who wish to wreak havoc:

Born Again Redneck has a very nice tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr., along with excerpts from a debate between Buckley and that a**hole Noam Chomsky, as well as my fav pic of my two political heroes/mentors standing together--Bill Buckley and Ronald Reagan:

Sebastian points to a paper that shows that relationship between gun ownership and freedom:

Dustin's Gun Blog posts Dennis Prager's 5 questions about the mainstream media's coverage of shootings at universities:

Say Uncle thoroughly takes apart the wolf in sheep's clothes, The American Hunters and Shooters Association:

As always, Roberta X has a thought-provoking read, even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of it (but not much, at least with me..although I have a bone to pick with her on William F. Buckley):

Of Arms and the Law has the shocking information that most lower federal court judges do NOT believe the 2nd Amendment is an INDIVIDUAL right:

Thursday, February 28, 2008

William F. Buckley Jr.: A Fond and Sad Farewell

Conservative intellectual icon William F. Buckley, Jr. died today while working at his office at his home. He was 82 years old.

Words cannot even begin to convey the impact Buckley had on the political process and the wide influence he had on America.

I have often said that if the conservative movement gained its greatest political triumph with Ronald Reagan, it was William F. Buckley, Jr. who gave the movement its intellectual foundation. And, it was Buckley who was the movement's most feared and most ardent defender against liberal attacks.

Buckley's power was with words alone rather than vitriol. His rise to fame came at a time when political debate was more focused on ideas, concepts, and the power of rhetorical acumen than the shouting contests to which we have all become accustomed.

Yet it was a big mistake to equate his gentlemanly demeanor with weakness. He was known to quickly dismantle his opponents' entire premise with wit, humor, sarcasm, and pure intellectual prowess. Nonetheless, he was largely respected by people of all political persuasions simply because they knew he was the real deal and had the intellectual authority to back up his arguments with facts and sheer logic.

When Buckley first burst onto the scene in the early 1950s with his classic book, 'God and Man at Yale,' he found himself the target of the intellectual elite at his Alma mater, who attempted to portray the young Buckley as a snarky upstart with no gravitas to be taken seriously.

Buckley, however, proved to be anything but an 'angry young man.' To be sure, he had a bone to pick with Yale and its liberal bias, including its tendency to hold up to ridicule all things religious despite its history as a religiously-oriented school. But Buckley set out to tackle Yale not with rage or vengeance but with ideas, all neatly and impressively expressed through the power of words and a manner of putting those words together in such a way as to maximize impact.

The mere fact that the Yale establishment felt it necessary to attack one of its own stellar graduates so vehemently is ample proof of Buckley's impact. They feared his influence, and indeed, he set the intellectual elite spinning on their heels as they circled the wagons.

Buckley capitalized on his new-found fame by launching what became the longest running TV program in television history in 1955--The Firing Line. The program was the perfect vehicle by which Buckley's powerful rhetorical skills could be placed on display to a national audience.

The Firing Line exhibited Buckley's famed skill as a debater. His guests included persons from across the political spectrum, many of whom would serve as Buckley's debate opponents on the program.

At times there was no formal debate format, but an informal exchange of ideas and ideology as Buckley and his guest sat comfortably facing each other at an angle. Even then, Buckley would deliver his famous good-humored barbs that his guests would have to endure.

On one show during the 1980s one such exchange occurred when a liberal was defending a certain politician for having a picture of Lenin hanging in his office. Buckley, of course, was horrified. The liberal, attempting to defend the display, stated, 'Oh, Bill, you know as well as I do that having such a picture proves nothing. I mean, even I probably have a picture of Lenin somewhere in my office.'

To which Buckley quickly replied, 'And you act like it.'

The Firing Line continued as a staple of PBS programming for over 30 years.

By the late 1950s Buckley had reached a level of fame not known to a conservative since the days of President Calvin Coolidge. He wrote another book, which became a classic in American political literature entitled, 'Up From Liberalism,' in which he postulated that liberalism as a political ideology appealed to the absolute lowest of human motivators, and that only a conservatism based upon the liberties delineated in the Constitution could provide the impetus for Americans to truly rise to their highest potential.

During this same period Buckley launched his magazine, 'National Review,' which for over 50 years has contained some of the most in-depth and thoroughly researched articles and commentary on the American political process.

It was Buckley through the National Review who first began to push the idea that former actor Ronald Reagan would be the ultimate great communicator for the conservative movement in the political arena, meaning of course, that the goal was to eventually elect Reagan to the Presidency.

When asked in an interview a year or so ago about the Reagan triumph during the 1980s, Buckley said merely, 'Finally, we won.'

I can say with pride that I served on the Buckley-Reagan team back in the early to late 1970s in an organization that Buckley founded called, 'Young Americans for Freedom.' This organization was nationwide but was focused on spreading the conservative message on college campuses...and to elect Ronald Reagan to the Presidency.

In later years Buckley continued to write articles for National Review, his syndicated newspaper column, and other publications, in addition to writing his popular spy novels and appearing in debates across the country.

The final few years of his life were not kind to Buckley in terms of health issues, however. He suffered from emphysema and sometimes exhibited the depression and despair that sometimes accompanies such devastating chronic illnesses. He even stated in an interview a while back that he wanted to die. As a man of deep faith--he was a devout Roman Catholic--Buckley felt that the afterlife would be a great relief to him.

Yet his still managed to treat us to a bit of the famous Buckley humor. He said that his doctor had placed him on an exercise regimen and that he hated exercise. Better to die than to be forced to exercise every day for the rest of your life.

Of course, this came from a man of 82 years after having lived one extraordinary life.

Ronald Reagan once said that Buckley was 'the most influential thinker and political commentator in modern times.'

And that one extraordinary life may well have saved our Republic.

Godspeed, Mr. Buckley, and thank-you.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 2/27/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Traction Control offers some good words about the profit motive, and how the world is a much better place because people are motivated to make money:

David Codrea presents this riveting piece on Barack Obama, which I will designate as the MUST-read of the day:

And then Nicki has the second MUST-read of the day as she shows us that the U.S. has finally succeeded in raising an entire generation with the IQs of idiots:

John Lott reports that one of the most respected political tracking organizations in the world is now daily tracking the U.S. Presidential race in terms of popular vote and electoral vote (should the election be held today):

Gun Law News has provided a comprehensive look at the Obama record from his time in the Illinois legislature, and gun owners have plenty about which to be worried:

Squeaky says that the state of Montana is threatening to secede from the Union if the Supreme Court upholds the D.C. gun ban:

Sebastian has the quote of the day via Say Uncle via DirtCrashr:

Mike McCarville reports on poll that shows Clinton and Obama in a dead-heat in Texas, just 7 days prior to the big March 4 primary:

Armed and Safe has a great read entitled, 'Are Hawaii Police Officers Terrorists?':

Blogstitution has some very appropriate commentary, and some scientific facts from this very year, concerning 'global cooling deniers' (the past year has seen the largest snow cover on earth since the year 1966):

Born Again Redneck says that Alaska's conservative Republican Governor Sarah Palin would be an excellent choice as McCain's running mate:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel blog on the Pelican Carrying Case, Model 1450--a carrying case for multiple small firearms:

Michelle Malkin has the blow-by-blow from the Democratic Debate tonight between Osama-'Bama and the Hildabeast:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 2/26/08

Focusing on guns and politics, here is today's Second Amendment News Roundup:

Mike McCarville reports that the 'Obama-in-a-head-wrap-flap' is stirring ill winds between the Obama and Clinton camps:

JR reminds gunnies living in North Texas about the big Lone Star Friends of the NRA dinner this coming Friday:

All American Blogger says that the notion that socialized healthcare is a 'moral imperative' is actually a very IMMORAL concept:

Alphecca blogs on the proposed changes in West Virginia gun laws:

Armed and Safe says he is placed in the unprecedented position of defending Dick Cheney for opposing the Administration's stance on D.C. vs. Heller, and adding his signature to the Congressional brief which supports Heller in the D.C. gun ban. We agree. Mr. Cheney should be given rousing accolades for having the courage to follow his convictions in the face of a President who seems to have forgotten ALL of his!:

Xavier admits this is a bogus story, but I can imagine that there are some numbskulls around who would do something like this:

Wonder how many U.S. colleges fund Islamic extremists? Well, Nicki shows us one in Australia that does such a thing, and it would not be hard to image colleges in the U.S. doing the same thing (the bastards):

Breda presents an interesting take on self-defense, entitled, 'Love Gun':

Bitter Bitch presents a thorough timeline on the NRA staff's involvement with pushing to get firearms allowed in national parks and wildlife refuges:

Sebastian observes that this is 1972 all over again, and he's right. Those of us old enough to remember George McGovern, the Democratic nominee in 1972, have seen at least part of the Osama-'Bama B.S. before. It is called SOCIALISM, which translates to ANTI-FREEDOM. The only thing different about McGovern is that he was not worshipped as a rock star/Messianic hero as is Obama:

Robb Allen points to yet another pants-shittin' hysterical journalism student on the loose:

Of Arms and the Law reports that the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order today that gives an edge to the government's case in terms of the length of argument in D.C. vs. Heller:

The Volokh Conspiracy has a VERY interesting read on Cuba. It seems liberals are always judging the goodness of a government by 'how many people react to it fondly.' This argument is full of holes. With Communist indoctrination, many in Russia fondly remember Stalin, probably the most notorious mass murderer in the history of the world:

Monday, February 25, 2008

Barack Obama's Contempt for America

(Hat tip to Joel of Blogstitution). If ever there were an article that you MUST read on Barack Obama, it is this one. The article explores in depth two of the primary influences on his life and the result of those influences.

And as we have been saying all along, my friends, the real Barack Obama of record is NOTHING like his public persona. Read this article and THINK!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Barack Obama, Super Star

Like a rock star, he can cause women to swoon and faint as effectively as Elvis or the Beatles. Thinking people know this is pure sexual energy...nothing political about it.

Like a Messianic redeemer, he has convinced African Americans that he is their savior from whatever problems they still face, and can make it right by robbing from the affluent to give to the poor like a modern day Robin Hood.

Like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, he has mesmerized even white men with a tune that has them following behind him as zombies, singing his praises all the way.

Rarely have we seen the like in American politics, and this exhibits just how far the electorate has sunk into the abyss of hero-worship that masquerades as picking the best person for the Presidency.

We have no idea whatsoever that Obama can lead. He has no record of leadership anywhere. In fact, we have no idea what he would do as President. He hasn't told us a thing except vague generalities revolving around the word 'change.'

Whenever Obama merely utters the word 'change' he gains 10,000 more blind followers.

The electorate would be much better off changing their underwear whenever they hear the term rather than following in the path of an untested, unknown entity.

In fact, individuals such as Obama have proved to be very dangerous in politics around the world. Hitler was a hero and was worshipped like Obama prior to his ascension to power.

And, being granted unlimited powers by his worshippers in Germany, he proceeded to use his super-star image to not only rob the country of rights but to seek to rob other nations of theirs.

Protests against such a comparison abound. 'But Obama is such a nice guy, he would never do any such thing.' Funny how Germany thought the same thing about Hitler.