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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Buckley, Koppel, and St. Patrick's

An overflow crowd gathered Friday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York to remember William F. Buckley, Jr. Members of Buckley's family, and Henry Kissinger, eulogized Buckley and read scripture in his memory.

The greatness of Bill Buckley has been spelled out many times on The Liberty Sphere, and he was certainly deserving of all of the accolades.

But the thing most of us will miss as much as his fierce defense and offense in the conservative movement is his sharp wit.

One of my favorites involves Ted Koppel and his long-running ABC News program entitled, 'Nightline.' When Buckley retired from his 33-year run on PBS's 'Firing Line,' he appeared on the Koppel program.

At the end of the show Koppel turned to Buckley and stated, 'We only have one minute left. Would you like to sum up your 33 years on Firing Line?'

To which Buckley replied, 'Um, no.'

He was truly one of a kind.

For the complete news story on the Buckley service at St. Patrick's, click here:

Friday, April 04, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/4/08

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

Breda starts us off with a post entitled, 'When You Just Can't Run Away':

Mike McCarville reports that Hillary is now saying 'there is no such thing as a pledged delegate':

JR reports on his work as a newly chosen delegate to the Texas Republican Senatorial District 10, and much of it should be of great interest to gun owners:

Now that Barack Obama has openly admitted he is against licensed concealed carry of firearms, we know he is even worse on gun rights than Hillary. Alphecca comments on the latest admission from Obama:

FreedomSight has a good read on checks and balances in government:

The War on Guns reports that the quintessential hippie-Commie from the 60s, 'Hanoi Jane' Fonda, has endorsed Barack Obama for President....from one Commie to another, apparently:

First it was Montana, and now it is Wyoming. Increasingly the western states are flexing their muscle against the Feds, particularly when it comes to the BATFE (ATF). Uncle has this good news:

68. That's the number of lies Barack Obama has told, according to critics. Dr. John Lott has a link to the list:

The Constitution is totally irrelevant to some New Jersey politicians, one of whom is Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Read this from Gun Law News:

There is more fallout today from the Absolut Vodka-Miller Beer support of open borders, creating a new map of the U.S. and Mexico, and new today, the new map Absolut has drawn of the Middle East--one that is MINUS Israel! Michelle Malkin has the story:

Dog lovers, get ready for a tear-jerker over at Squeaky's. Awwww, that poor baby:

Robb Allen has a link to an excellent article on college kids and guns:

David Hardy points to a 'living constitutionalist's' frustration at Heller:

The Buckeye Firearms Association reports on the latest in a series of hearings in Ohio on the Castle Doctrine:

The Clinton Betrayers: 'Et Tu, Brute?'

Despite the fact that I am no fan of the Clintons, I will admit that they have been betrayed, unfortunately, by some longtime friends during this campaign.

Some of it is understandable. Politics is about winning, and many within the ranks of the Democrats simply feel that Hillary has shown herself to be unelectable. Prudence would therefore dictate that many would throw their support to Obama in spite of the fact that he may even be more of a liability than Hillary when it is all said and done.

However, many of the Clinton betrayers are longtime friends who have now proven themselves to be companions of the fair-weather variety. These would include Chris Dodd, Charles Rangel, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry, among others.

The most stinging and embarrassing defection in the Clintons' point of view, however, is that of New Mexico Governor and former Clinton Administration official Bill Richardson.

While on a campaign swing through California to lobby Democratic super-delegates, Bill Clinton exploded into rage when asked about James Carville's reference to Richardson as 'Judas.'

News reporters and observers alike report that the former President's face immediately turned blood red as he seethed with anger in his response to the question. 'He (Richardson) promised me at least 5 times he would not do that,' Clinton claimed.

Richardson's staff immediately issued a complete denial, that the Governor never promised the Clintons that he would not endorse Obama.

Bill Clinton's reaction, however, tells another story.

True, Clinton is known to lie. We have all seen it many times on prime time TV. But when Clinton lies there is lacking the spontaneity and split-second emotional outburst that is characteristic of the former President's demeanor when he is truly upset and when he truly believes what he is saying is the truth.

One reporter noted that Clinton's outburst sounded and felt more like hurt than anger.

Perhaps the former President has every right to be hurt very deeply. Perhaps Richardson is the one who didn't have the guts to be upfront with the Clintons concerning his decision to go with Obama after he had affirmed his friendship with and support for Hillary Clinton.

Just as in Shakespeare's famous tragedy when Julius Caesar began to realize that even his best friend had participated in the fatal betrayal, and thus the words, 'Et tu, Brute?' (Even you, Brutus?), Bill and Hillary Clinton find themselves stunned that even Bill Richardson, of all people, would participate in the betrayal.

Two things are certain--Bill Clinton has lost his 'political sex appeal,' and Hillary is suddenly fighting for her very political survival.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/3/08

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

First it was Miller Lite. Now it's Absolut Vodka. These seem to be the beverages promoting open borders, with the approval of Hillary and McCain. Michelle Malkin has the story:

Tam has a link to a site that shows that the powerful pro-gun images of Oleg Volk has the antis in a panic:

FreedomSight says that there have been scattered reports of violations of citizens' Second Amendment rights in Greensburg, Kansas in the aftermath of the tornadoes. It seems the Jack Booted Thugs are at it again:

Eugene Volokh has an interesting read on firing an employee for lawfully carrying a gun while on company business:

Nicki posts 'Paranoid and Cowardly in Kansas':

Dr. John Lott has the story of a senior adult who held a burglar at gun-point in Maryland:

Cats. Being a dog man I don't normally write about cats, not that I have anything against them...they were just never kept around our house as pets when I was growing up. But Breda has some pics you might enjoy if you are a cat person:

To those of you who may still think that Barack Obama is 'such a nice guy' although a bit misguided, wait till you read what he said about those who have concealed carry licenses! The Buckeye Firearms Association has the story:

Roberta X says that we gunnies seem to have certain things in common, and some of it will surprise you:

Always controversial, often infuriating, Ann Coulter is anything but boring. But in her latest article she hits the nail on the head about Barack Obama as she discusses his autobiography, which Ann says is seething with anger:

David Codrea blogs on 'the middle ground' when it comes to D.C. vs. Heller:

Despite their big talk prior to the 2006 midterm elections, Nancy Pelosi's House and Harry Reid's Senate have totally forsaken earmark reform. All American Blogger has the story:

I remember the day when the American Medical Association was one of the most conservative professional groups in the nation. That day is long gone. An example is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on guns. Alphecca has the story:

Sebastian reports that, despite their resounding defeat this week in the Pennsylvania legislature, the antis in the state insist they are undeterred in their attempt to enact more gun control:

Take a look at 'There Ought to be a Law' over at Robb Allen's place:

Uncle has the latest on gun laws in Tennessee and the shenanigans of a few state lawmakers:

ROFL!! Ted Turner says global warming will make cannibals out of those of us who survive. Jack Pribek has an appropriate challenge for Ted:

My favorite Jewish lady, the stunningly beautiful Pamela Geller, reports the ominous news today that Syria is amassing troops along the Israeli border. Pamela believes war is imminent:

Hillary Counterpunch: Barack Obama Can't Win

ABC News is reporting that the latest punch thrown in the war between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is Hillary's contention that 'Barack Obama can't win.'

News reports from the campaign trail indicate that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been strongly lobbying the Democratic 'super-delegates' to encourage them to vote for Hillary.

Super-delegates are told by the Clintons that the main reason they should vote for Hillary is that Obama cannot win in the general election against John McCain.

Insiders say that when Bill and Hillary lobbied Governor Bill Richardson, who later endorsed Obama, Hillary pleaded, 'Barack Obama cannot win, Bill, he cannot win.'

In all likelihood Hillary is right, although it is not impossible for Barack to win. But the problem for Hillary is that in all likelihood she cannot win, either. Polls are showing McCain ahead of both Obama and Hillary in potential head-to-head matchups.

The ABC report also states that the latest jugular tactic employed by the Clintons against Obama has created a firestorm of new controversy in what's already been a tumultuous Democratic campaign.

The Obama campaign is crying foul, but Hillary is likely closer to the truth about Barack than most people realize.

As we reported earlier today on the Roundup, even some within the Obama campaign staff are beginning to 'lose faith' in the Obamessiah, stating that beneath the smooth rhetoric and Hollywood-style persona, there is no substance.

The question is, when your own staff begins to lose faith, how long will it take for the sheeple to follow suit?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/2/08

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

Mike McCarville has a special announcement about helping Americans who serve in the Middle East. This is an important project, so head on over there and read it, and consider donating:

JR blogs on the Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack, which can carry your hardware very nicely:

I like the way this man thinks. Jack Pribek has a goodie on smoking bans. Yeah, what he said!!:

Can you say, 'Are we surprised?' Dustin reports that the antis are already calling hunting rifles 'sniper rifles.' What a big surprise:

FreedomSight says the Department of Defense is spying on U.S. citizens:

Nicki comments on the failure of Oklahoma to allow concealed carry on campuses:

We are known by the company we keep, and Sebastian says that the American Hunters and Shooters Association (otherwise known as the 'wolves in sheep's clothes) is supporting Obama:

ROFL! Uncle reports that even some of the people on Barack Obama's campaign team are beginning to realize that beneath the fluff there is no substance:

The Volokh Conspiracy posts 'What the Next President Can Do to Protect Property Rights':

Eugene Volokh also reports that the U.N.'s so-called 'human rights council' (what a joke) has called for further suppression of free speech:

Volokh also reports that Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA, has threatened to shut down the Senate if the Democrats continue to hold up votes on President Bush's judicial nominees:

David Codrea has this thought-provoking read today:

Armed and Safe blogs on the good news out of Pennsylvania today:

Blogstitution has an excellent read on the courage of a Dutch politician in releasing a film critical of Islamic extremists:

Message to Congress: Halt Gasoline Taxes NOW!

As they usually do every few years, members of Congress hauled in the oil company executives on Tuesday for a trip to the woodshed, blaming them for everything from global warming to high gas prices to *gasp* actually making a good profit for shareholders.

I will not waste my time and energy on the imbecilic charges and inexplicable holier-than-thou display staged by Congressional Democrats.

Instead, let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Congress needs to place a moratorium on gasoline taxes at the pump. In addition, state and local governments need to follow suit. This will save the average American at least $24 bucks at the pump every time we fill up.

Government already makes windfall profits off of oil companies, raking in at least 7 times the profit margin of the oil companies on a gallon of gas.

In hard times one would think that the Party that likes to proclaim itself the 'friend of the little guy' and the 'Party that cares about the working people' would wish to repeal all taxes on gasoline, given the massive amount of money it would save average Americans.

The repeal would only need to be temporary until we can get ourselves back into some stability in the oil markets, which are totally out of the control of the oil companies themselves.

Democrats in Congress claim that the profits of the oil companies are 'obscene.' And what, pray tell, would we call the taxes the government collects from gasoline?

You see, Liberals believe that it is immoral for a business to make a profit for its owners/shareholders. But when government rakes in multi-billions of dollars in taxes from those 'obscene profits,' everything is perfectly fine.

This double-standard, frankly, is nauseating.

Thus, let the Demos in Congress put their money where their lying mouths are. If they are serious about helping 'the little guy' who needs a break from prices at the pump, then place a moratorium on all gasoline taxes.

This would mean that a normal fill-up that would cost you $60 bucks would then cost you only $36 bucks.

Do I believe this will happen? Only when pigs fly. Money-grubbing, sticky-fingered politicians of the Liberal type are more greedy than ANY oil company executive.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/1/08

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

Dr. John Lott has this nifty item on carrying guns in Ohio:

Here's another example of the fallout from the immigration debacle in this country. Mike McCarville reports on illegal alien Medicaid fraud:

Traction Control says that The Shooting Trail is now on YouTube, and he has some episodes for your viewing pleasure:

WOW! Methinks that JR is gonna be rewarded for a long time to come by his wife. Just take a look at what he got her for her birthday. Yep yep yep...that man knows how to play it smart to keep harmony in the home (j/k, JR...congrats!):

The MUST-read of the day is over at The Volokh Conspiracy, and it's about Hillary Clinton's trip to Bosnia and her failed attempt to socialize healthcare in 1992. Do yourself a favor and read it all:

Volokh also blogs on the 'clean energy scam--the other side of biofuels':

Alphecca NAILS it with his commentary on Barack Obama. You MUST read this. It only confirms what I've been saying all along, not only is Obama a scumbag but he is barbarian:

The Buckeye Firearms Association has this juicy item entitled, 'Another Pinhead Commentator Lives the Gun Control Dream':

You gotta go over and read Armed and Safe's latest entry entitled, 'Rights--Who Needs Them?':

David Codrea reports that the Chicago public school system is actively promoting gun bans--all at taxpayer expense:

Born Again Redneck says that John McCain is running strong in some key Democratic states, and he provides the latest polling numbers:

Breda says she and hubby can't go to the 2-A blog bash in Louisville. Neither can I, and I am mad about it. I hate all those who can go...seriously...with a passion.

Cap'n Bob has a video of some muzzle flash at the shooting range as Damsel 'lets 'er rip':

Sebastian blogs on Clayton Cramer's views on healthcare as he runs for the Idaho state Senate:

I have never attempted to hide my utter disdain for Senator Harry Reid. FreedomSight has just given reason for me to place the 'Senator' beneath contempt. Just wait till you read what the Senator says about taxation. Did you know we have a 'voluntary' system of taxation in America? What an a**hole:

Say Uncle has more on the 2A blog bash. Ok, so I don't hate people who are going. I just wish I could be there, but alas, it is impossible:

Jack Pribec has an excellent and well-thought-out post today on the drug testing issue with employers--immigration, outsourcing, and drug testing. A most interesting read!:

David Hardy has a link to a post on the political situation...go give it a look:

Individual Rights Take a Beating in South Carolina

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Greenville, SC is within the law in enacting a smoking ban. The Greenville ordinance had been challenged by a group of business owners in the city.

At least a dozen other towns and cities in South Carolina were awaiting word from the state Supreme Court before enacting proposed smoking bans.

It appears that what was once a bastion of individual rights has become a mecca for the meddling nanny-state gestapo. Rather than rule that the decision to smoke is an individual one that is no one else's business, not to mention that business owners should be allowed to decide on their own whether or not to allow smoking on their own private property, the Supreme Court in the state threw its weight behind the purveyors of the Big Brother Nanny State who seem to believe they have the right to tell other people what to do.

Government in the United States was not established to save people from themselves nor to force people to do things 'for their own good.'

Apparently neither the citizens nor the Supreme Court in South Carolina are even vaguely aware of this concept.

I would have expected such a ruling in California or Massachusetts, but not South Carolina.

Thus, the march to beat individual rights into the ground continues....

Sieg Heil!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 3/31/08

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

Sebastian reports that David Hardy's documentary, In Search of the Second Amendment, is opening in Southern California:

Mike McCarville reports that the Oklahoma Senate has killed a bill that would have allowed concealed carry on college campuses:

David Codrea says that gun owners have been betrayed by 8 'moderate' Republicans, local lawmakers, on some gun control measures in Pennsylvania:

JR blogs about his day at the gun show yesterday:

Tam has a great read today that you MUST see!:

All American Blogger takes on Newt Gingrich on the federal role in education (and I agree with Duane, there shouldn't be any):

The MUST-read of the day is by Neil Smith at JPFO, entitled, 'A Few More Opened Eyes':

Wow! Now THERE is a clean shotgun barrel! Cap'n Bob and the Damsel are meticulous about cleaning their firearms (and we could all take a lesson from them!):

GASP!! Could it be? Michelle Malkin reports on the 'shocking' connecton between the Reverends Jeremiah Wright (God Damn America) and Snuffy Pflegger (the anti-gun bigot):

Malkin also has the goods on Obama as he lets slip his true feelings on human life:

Traction Control has this on 'Fitna':

Dustin says that the Ohio Food Stamp Police apparently are not up to snuff on Ohio laws concerning open carry:

John Lott has a new op-ed on the supposed 'recession':

FreedomSight offers some good reasons why homeschooling is gaining momentum:

Our favorite intellectual, Dr. Walter E. Williams of George Mason University, has essential reading today entitled, 'Is Obama Ready for America?':

Say Uncle has the latest info that indicates gun sales are on the rise:

Nicki reports that her stuff is being used by none other than Wikipedia:

Squeaks has a piece on the Father of an arms dealer who is in a dither over the fact that his son is selling ammo:

The Bitch Girls blog on New Jersey gun laws:

Sunday, March 30, 2008

When the Lights Went Out...

So, did you turn off all your lights between the hours of 8 and 9 PM last evening for the sake of the environment?

I didn't.

In protest, I turned all of mine on.

I did this for two primary reasons. One, I am not one of the sheeple who do as I am told simply because Socialists, environmentalist snobs, or government elitists say so. I am an adult, thank-you, and I can make my own decisions based upon what I read and study. Two, instead of forcing people either by law or by shame and guilt to give up something, why not put all of our brain cells to work developing new and sustainable energy sources?

You see, I believe that intelligent people secure sensible solutions to problems based upon human ingenuity and creativity. Imbeciles believe that the only way to solve a problem is to limit human choice and freedom.

Thus, my lights stayed on and they will continue to stay on each year the Commie-sympathizers stage this imbecilic 'lights off' showcase.