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Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Chinese Show Their True Colors

The world is truly fortunate that the Chinese are hosting the Olympics. Never since Tienanmen Square have the true colors of the Communist regime been on full display for all to see.

Despite all of the so-called 'progress' made in China with the introduction of capitalism into its system (albeit with clear anti-capitalistic restrictions on speech and other human rights), the nation is still held firmly in the grip of totalitarianism along with all of its concomitant suppression of human rights.

No greater example of this can be found than China's present treatment of Tibet, the Buddhist monks, and its reaction to the nations participating in the Olympics that protest the regime's oppressive actions.

The problem is that the West routinely capitulates to Chinese demands. Google and Microsoft betrayed their country when, on condition of doing business in China, they agreed to the regime's demands that freedom of expression be suppressed.

And the most that the West can seem to muster in response to China's barbaric treatment of Tibet is a verbal slap on the wrist.

As usual, this is not enough.

George the First set the tone for this travesty when he refused to react forcefully to the manner in which the Chinese regime reacted to the brave students who protested Communism in Tienanmen Square nearly 20 years ago.

Our non-action was wrong then, and it is wrong now.

China is still home to thousands if not millions of citizens, many of them the most intellectually astute in the country, who detest the regime and believe that democratic ideals and human liberty are the height of human progress.

We owe it to these stalwart souls to give a clear signal that we are on their side.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/11/08

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

Sebastian has the quote of the day from none other than Barack Messiah Obama:

Further, Born Again Redneck says that the messiah has probably just lost any support he may have had from 'blue dog Democrats':

Sebastian also reports that Philly has passed a hodge-podge of gun ordinances, and he has all of them here:

The hooded, jackbooted thugs of the ATF are at it again. This time they raided the wrong house in Florida. David Codrea has the story:

Michelle Malkin has the scoop on Bill Clinton's latest faux pas--it seems each time he opens his mouth these days, people cringe:

Here is Dr. Walter Williams' latest column, entitled, 'Political Loathsomeness':

Uncle says that government people are just like you and me, only better. Here is his example:

Robb Allen points out the real views of liberals, from the mouth of Michelle Obama. Liberals want the poor to have 'more of the pie' by forcing others to give up some of theirs. Normal people want to enlarge the pie so that ALL can have more:

Nicki has an excellent read today at The Liberty Zone. Read that one even if you read nothing else today:

Gun Law News has a great rundown of what's going on in the various states with regard to gun laws:

The Buckeye Firearms Association says that the Castle Doctrine bill in Ohio has been amended in its 5th Senate hearing:

The Volokh Conspiracy reports that Barack Messiah Obama has lied about his church's honor to racist activist Louis Farrakhan:

Mike McCarville says that an important hearing has been held in Oklahoma on illegal immigration:

All American Blogger reports that once again the U.N. is showing its anti-Israel stripes:

Hillary, like Obama, is a gun-grabber. She has now called for a renewal of so-called 'assault weapons' bans:

Blogonomicon points out that the environmentalist wackos are now saying that the Olympic Torch has doomed us all (what freakin' idiots):

Of Arms and the Law has good news from West Virginia:

And now, prepare to love her even more or hate her with more fervor. There is no middle ground with Ann Coulter, but she always has an interesting read:

Is It a Recession When the Recovery Has Begun?

The mainstream media, liberal politicians, and some economists claim we are either in a recession or on the brink of one.

But can we really call it a recession when the recovery has begun at the very outset?

The housing market is usually the first segment in the economy to indicate trouble ahead. But even before that those who excavate and clear the land and prep it for building feel the first tremors in a coming economic downturn.

Conversely, these persons are also the ones who are the first to see the signs of recovery.

The buzz in the excavation and land prep business is that things are turning around, even as economists are still trying to make up their minds if we are in a recession or on the brink of one.

This is excellent news because it means that builders are gearing up to get moving again.

The turnaround won't take place over night. But the land movers would not be getting work unless homebuilders were getting ready to start building again...meaning, of course, that developers are seeing signs of an economic upswing in the housing industry.

Maybe we should begin to refer to this as the 'little recession that wasn't.'

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/10/08

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

Tam has the MUST-read of the day, in case you haven't seen it. It's called 'The Decline of the Republic':

Tam has a follow-up to that post today on the 17th Amendment:

Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs provides excellent commentary on Barack Obama's anti-2nd Amendment views:

Mike McCarville reports that the NRA has found some troublesome aspects of John McCain's views on gun rights (as if we didn't know this already--it seems the NRA is about a year behind everyone else on McCain):

Uncle says the California Supreme Court handed a resounding defeat to the proponents of a SF gun ban:

Congratulations are in order to Squeaky today:

As reported, David Codrea of The War on Guns interviewed Clayton Cramer. Here is the text of the interview:

Breda has the quote of the day:

Traction Control points to the USA Today poll on the 2nd Amendment, and there is good news!:

The Ninth Stage has more on that poll here, along with a cool graphic:

Red's Trading Post announces that Congressman Ron Paul will be making an appearance in Twin Fall, Idaho:

FreedomSight reports that the Feds are getting in on the 'sin tax' with regard to tobacco. The FDA is going to have oversight over tobacco products (the bastards):

Roberta X posts an interesting exchange between a lawmaker and an atheist on the subject of guns:

Armed and Safe gives us the good news out of Illinois:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel report that ex-U.S. President James Earl Carter is still consorting with the enemy:

John Lott has essential reading on what prominent scientists think of global warming:

Can you say 'hypocrisy?' Lott also has this gem about how George Soros and his Democratic lapdogs get around campaign finance laws:

Quote from a Canadian official: 'Freedom of Speech is an American concept, therefore I don't give it any value.' Eugene Volokh comments:

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

McCain's Choice for Running Mate

If, indeed, it is true that John McCain will choose a running mate based upon no consideration other than who would make the best President should he (McCain) die in office, then his only choice will be Fred Thompson.

Thompson has maturity, gravitas, a clear grasp of who he is, including a realistic assessment of his own limitations, not to mention a wide variety of experience.

For these reasons Thompson is light-years ahead of all of the other possibilities, including Condi Rice, Joe Lieberman, Tom Ridge, Mark Sanford, and others.

Thus, if we accept the premise that McCain's choice will be based upon no other consideration than the one mentioned above, that means if he chooses someone of lesser stature than Thompson we can safely assume that McCain's reasoning is much more complicated and purely political than a mere concern about 'who would make the best President.'

We shall see...

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/9/08

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

This one had me ROFL!! Roberta X has a very 'special' post on the messiah, Barack Obama:

Mike McCarville reports that Obama may be headed toward pulling off a major political upset in Pennsylvania (part of which is due to his lies about being pro-gun!) :

The most beautiful blond on earth, Blonde Sagacity, reports that the Commie-pinkos in Berkeley, California are now causing businesses to leave the city, due to the concerted effort by Code Pink and their pinko comrades in the City Council attempting to shut down the Marine recruiting office:

On the heels of the news from the scientific community that global temps have not increased since 1998, All American Blogger has this gem entitled, 'Save the Earth by Consuming More':

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel comment on media bias on Charlton Heston, including some infuriating blather from none other than the blob himself, Michael Moore:

Sebastian points out some extreme pants shittin' hysterics in the Cleveland media:

Sebastian also systematically takes apart an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on a gun bill in the Pennsylvania legislature:

Bitter has an interesting video clip on Hillary Clinton and whether or not she is 'human':

Nicki has yet another example of pants shittin' hysterics:

David Codrea at The War on Guns will be posting an interview with Clayton Cramer TODAY at 4 PM (Eastern Time):

From my own experience, it is very hard to move to a new place, particularly when you have no friends there and you have no money and no job. Tam explains her plight here, and I think most of us can relate:

Michelle Malkin reports that a 13-year old Texas student was attacked for turning in a writing assignment that expressed her desire to stop illegal aliens:

Our favorite intellectual, Dr. Walter E. Williams of George Mason University, has the MUST-read of the day, entitled, 'The Poverty Hype':

Gun Law News comments on Paul Hemke, the Brady Bunch, and Barack Obama:

For those like me who are interested in Constitutional Law, The Volokh Conspiracy points to an item of interest:

For an insider's look at the state of affairs from across the pond, Melanie Phillips is a reliable source of info. Here she writes about the crisis in education in Great Britain:

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/8/08

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

As previously reported, one of Barack Obama's mentors is the infamous Snuffy Pfleger, the notorious gun-grabbing Catholic priest. Sebastian has more on this story that is of growing interest to the gun rights community:

And it seems that the Snuffy-Obama connection has also caught the attention of the Volokh Conspiracy:

Bitter reports that the NRA Convention is headed to Phoenix in 2009:

Traction Control blogs on .75 caliber technology:

Breda thinks she may have found a small automatic pistol to her liking:

Uncle says to get over it already! We have some allies in the government. In fact, The Liberty Sphere was paid a visit today by someone in the U.S. Government. But I have never been investigated nor have I been a target. Read Uncle's words of wisdom:

Nicki comments on the growing smoking bans around and about, and yes, it is an issue of personal liberty. But this post is written only as Nicki can:

Who says there is no slippery slope? Alphecca writes about a handgun ban petition in Canada:

Michelle Malkin has the complete, infuriating blow by blow of Petraeus' appearance on Capitol Hill. Democrats came out swinging, heckling the General, even as they made sure hecklers were given access to the hearing room to stage yet another stupid 'protest':

John Lott reports that the Brady Bunch has been stopped by Virginia Tech. Good for them!:

Condi Removes Herself From Consideration

Stating that she intends to return to the west coast after President Bush's second term, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice removed herself from consideration today as a potential running mate for Senator John McCain in his bid for the White House.

Rice insists that she never lobbied for the job. However, several GOP officials close to the McCain campaign insist otherwise.

The news has been abuzz with reports concerning Rice's consultation with McCain campaign officials for a possible McCain-Rice ticket. While Rice has consistently denied participating in such meetings, the McCain camp has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

A few anonymous sources had even suggested that Rice was already on McCain's short list of possible running mates.

She may still be on that list despite today's announcement. In the event of a Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama, one can safely assume that Rice could be convinced by a persistent John McCain in the event that only Rice's presence on the GOP ticket could stop an aggressive Obama bandwagon.

National Poll Shows Obama Lead Growing

Scott Rasmussen, who does daily tracking polls for major news organizations is reporting today that Barack Obama has opened an 11-point lead over Hillary Clinton in a nationwide matchup among likely Democratic voters.

This is the largest lead to date that Obama has opened over Hillary Clinton.

As we have reported on The Liberty Sphere, Obama has significant liabilities in a head-to-head matchup with John McCain and may even be much easier to beat than Hillary.

In addition, McCain's approach to Obama may be much more effective than Hillary's confrontational jabs--a tactic that McCain would be much more reluctant to employ. McCain's low-keyed but focused approach to pointing out Obama's glaring weaknesses could well be very effective in a national head-to-head matchup.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/7/08

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

Musician and writer Jack Pribek's blog has been 'accused of excellence.' Go have a look:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel have a moving and personal tribute to Charlton Heston:

Sebastian has the quote of the day:

Bitter Bitch comments on Bob Barr's potential entry into the Presidential race as a Libertarian:

David Codrea comments on the latest gun news out of Ohio:

Traction Control reminds us that Buy a Gun Day is quickly coming:

Say Uncle reports that some leftist rag in the country formerly known as 'Great' Britain thinks that Charlton Heston's love for guns meant he was no longer interested in civil rights:

On the other hand, Alphecca has an example of a Brit that gets it right:

Mike McCarville point to a poll that shows Hillary and Obama tied in Pennsylvania:

It seems Barack Obama is showing that he is even more lacking in scruples than Hillary. Michelle Malkin reports that Obama is selling himself in Pennsylvania as the 'pro-gun candidate.' ROFL!! And I suppose Hillary is the Reagan Conservative in the race! What a complete, unadulterated charlatan!:

Of interest to environmentalist wackoes and their enemies--'A Tale of Two Houses,' (my title), written by John Lott...a MUST-read!:

Syd at Front Sight, Press announces he is taking a break from blogging and broadcasting, and sending out emails...a tiresome, time-consuming, and often thankless task. His contribution to the gun rights movement has been incalculable, and we will miss his regular posts, although he will continue to write from time to time. Read all about it here:

Armed and Safe comments on 'Snuffy and the Commies':

All American Blogger posts 'The Nanny State and the Purpose of Law':

Condoleezza Rice on McCain's Short List

Rumors have been swirling around Washington for weeks that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a top contender for John McCain's running mate. Apparently that rumor has been confirmed as a fact.

ABC News is reporting that not only is Rice being promoted for the Vice-Presidential position in a potential McCain Administration but she is actively seeking the job.

I have deep reservations about Rice. Her views on the Middle East, in my estimation, are unproductive and terribly lopsided against Israel.

On the other hand, she is fiercely pro-gun. Rice's story of growing up in Birmingham, Alabama is a perfect example of how important the gun was to oppressed blacks in the struggle for Civil Rights, particularly in light of the fact that gun control was first introduced primarily by racist whites to keep guns out of the hands of blacks.

My hunch? McCain is keeping Rice as an option should Barack Obama become the Democratic nominee. Thus, she is definitely on the short list.

For the complete story on Rice's bid for the Vice Presidency, click here to go to ABC News:

Sunday, April 06, 2008

They Don't Make 'Em Like Heston Anymore

The great Charlton Heston has died after a long bout with Alzheimer's Disease.

Apart from his major accomplishments as an actor, Heston was one of the most ardent defenders of liberty, particularly the right to carry arms.

One of his most famous lines was not from one of his many memorable movies but from his days as the President of the National Rifle Association:

'You can take my rifle only when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.'

Thanks, Mr. Heston, for articulating what many of us feel. May we never lose faith. And may you rest in peace.