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Saturday, April 26, 2008

South Carolina Gets One Right on Concealed Carry

The South Carolina legislature passed a bill that keeps private the names of citizens in the state who hold concealed handgun licenses. This is of vital importance given that in other states, liberal journalists and newspapers have had a field-day with publishing the names.

We retaliated right here on The Liberty Sphere by publishing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of columnists, editors, and reporters who were responsible for such a blatantly irresponsible handling of such information--information that put some persons, particularly women who are victims of abusive spouses, at great risk.

The state of South Carolina, I am happy to say, decided to nip in the bud any such trend by making it illegal for a news organization to publish the names of persons who are licensed, legal carriers of concealed firearms.

We congratulate the state legislature for doing the right thing.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/25/08

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

Mike McCarville has a noted quote on Hillary Clinton's political purgatory:

All American Blogger has a piece from a writer who believes conservatives should support Hillary Clinton over John McCain. Be sure to read it all for the commentary on that idea:

Born Again Redneck has the scoop on yet another of Barack Obama's terrorist buddies:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel blog on why the Electoral College is so important to the nation's electoral process:

Freedom Sight reports that now that the environmentalist wackos have succeeded in getting their way with regard to 'ozone,' asthma sufferers are forced to use less effective and more expensive meds:

Say Uncle reports that with Obama's recent failures pandering to gun owners, he has now started coming out with his true feelings on the matter--more gun control:

Sebastian has some interesting thoughts about the antis:

Squeaky offers some insightful comments about the 3 choices--McCain, Hillary, and Obama:

Tam has an important message to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, hate-monger extraordinaire and advisor to Barack Obama:

Concerning the Reverend Wright, John Lott reports that Fox News has the entirety of Wright's 'God Damn America' sermon and has compared it with what Wright CLAIMS he said, which is contrary to the record:

And You Can Quote Me On That

For Barack Obama's spiritual advisor and mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, to claim his association with purveyors of hate such as Louis Farrakhan was 'mischaracterized' in the media is like Louisiana's David Duke claiming his membership in the Klan was 'mischaracterized.'

Further, Wright's contention that his words of hatred against white people, America, business owners, and capitalism were 'twisted' by the news media is like David Duke saying that his words supporting white supremacy and the denigration of Blacks were 'twisted.'

Both were caught in the act of engaging in hate-speech. Both attempted to 'rationally explain' that they were 'misunderstood.'

The likes of David Duke and his closest associates are to be condemned and shunned. And thus, for Barack Obama to refer to Jeremiah Wright as his 'mentor and spiritual guide' is beneath contempt.

And you can quote me on that...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/24/08

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

Michelle Malkin is wondering if Howard Dean runs the Republican National Committee these days and gives us commentary on Rev. Jeremiah Wright's lame excuses for hate-mongering, as told to Bill Moyers:

Mike McCarville reports on how an Obama ticket would bury the Democrats in the state of Oklahoma:

McCarville also crunches the numbers on where Obama and Clinton stand so excellent and informative post!:

Alphecca has a MUST-read today on business owners' rights (a private property issue), particularly with regard to smoking bans:

Of Arms and the Law reports that a college professor attempted to ban empty holsters on campus--the method used by gun-rights supporting students to call attention to their vulnerability in gun-free zones:

Bitter tells us how we can save money on gun purchases right now:

Armed and Safe says that the New Orleans Mayor is at it again with his gun-grabbing ways:

Say Uncle has a link to 14 hot ladies who love their guns (and you DON'T want to miss this one!):

Robb Allen shows us how taking those who are gun-ignorant shooting never fails to blow to bits their many negative myths concerning firearms:

The War on Guns provides vital background information on the wolves in sheep's clothing--the American Hunters and Shooters Association:

Nicki blogs about the gun shop owner who is offering discounts to students at Virginia Tech so that they can protect themselves:

Two Easy Targets

Conventional wisdom has it that the Democrats would be unbeatable with a ticket that has both Hillary and Obama on it. However, in the 2008 Presidential campaign we can safely throw out the window conventional political wisdom.

Political Science 101 will not prepare one for the present scenario.

Under normal circumstances it is assumed, and correctly so, that the two top candidates for their particular Party's nomination would make the strongest ticket in the general election. Many assume this would be the case this year in particular with the Democrats, given the fact that one of their two top candidates is a charismatic and photogenic speaker and the other is the spouse of a popular former President.

I beg to differ.

Clinton and Obama offer the Republicans two very easy targets. If the Democrats present the nation with a ticket consisting of both, the only question remaining is, which scandal or liability do we start with today?

And that would be the most difficult decision given that there are so many possibilities from which to choose.

Both of the Democratic candidates have glaring weaknesses. Pennsylvania polls showed us that even most Democrats do not believe Hillary to be trustworthy. Those same polls show that Obama is perceived by a significant number as an elitist snob who says what he has to say in order to appease the sensitivities of a particular group, although he is clearly unable to make gut-level connections with ordinary, average citizens.

And when it comes to political acumen, both candidates have made glaring errors in judgment in terms of strategy and 'off-the-cuff' comments that inadvertently allow voters to see that the real person is a far cry from the public persona.

This has hurt Obama in particular due to the fact that he has gone out of his way to portray himself as the one candidate who is honest, genuine, and has the pulse of what 'the common man' holds dear.

Yet when his guard was down in the friendly confines of like-minded elitists, surrounded by a group of San Francisco Democratic Party liberals, he discloses that 'the common man' is a scared and bitter ignoramus who deals with his emotions by clinging to his guns and religion.

Hillary's disingenuousness is well-known and documented. The only question is, what whopper of a tale will she be caught in next? And, what skeletons still remain hidden in the closet?

Thus, the Republicans are not automatically knocked out of the ballgame with a Hillary-Obama ticket or an Obama-Hillary ticket. In fact, having TWO easy targets may well be twice as advantageous as having one.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/23/08

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

Say Uncle has caught ABC News lying about guns yet again:

Sebastian has two must-reads today. The first is on how to get pro-liberty candidates involved in the political process:

And the second is on how Obama's dissing of ordinary Americans in Pennsylvania is a symptom of what's wrong with the Democratic Party in general:

Tam comments on the farcical race between Obama and Clinton in Pennsylvania here:

Dr. John Lott is reporting today that Frito-Lay supports gun control by putting anti-gun messages in Doritos bags:

Dr. Lott also passes along a VERY important piece of news concerning climate change. The four agencies that track the earth's temps show a drop in the average temp during 2007, which puts us back where we were in 1930:

Squeaks has some good reading today that is well worth your time. Read it all:

The War on Guns has the quote of the day, and it's about liberals and the Second Amendment:

Robb Allen makes an excellent point concerning gun rights and self-defense:

JR has an important post on developing and improving shooting skills:

Alphecca comments on the soaring gas prices and wants taxes repealed on gasoline and diesel. That's exactly what I've been saying all along, for government gets more from a gallon of gas than the oil companies. By the way, McCain has called for the removal of the federal tax on gas in order to provide relief (but the states and municipalities need to do the same thing):

Armed and Safe points to another gun-grabbing jackbooted thug government agency:

Dustin has good info on this week's 'empty holster' protest on college campuses:

The Joyce Foundation is 'buying up' law reviews to run anti-gun messages in light of the Heller case, all with the help of one Barack Obama. Of Arms and the Law reports:

Mike McCarville reports that the Governor of Oklahoma, a Democratic super-delegate, has endorsed Obama:

Here is some ESSENTIAL reading from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership:

Hillary Up 8 to 10 in Penn

She started out the evening with over 60% of the vote in the early-going and then settled down to anywhere from 8-10 percentage points over Barack Obama. At one point Hillary Clinton was as low as 6 points ahead of Obama, but then her numbers began to edge back up.

As of this writing, Hillary is ahead 55-45% in the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary, with 75% of the vote tallied. She is expected to finish with an 8-10 point margin of victory.

The big news of the evening, however, is that Barack Obama appears to have blown his chances at winning the white vote in some sectors of the state. The demographics show that white voters overwhelmingly went Hillary's way, particularly in upstate Pennsylvania and in rural areas, where in some counties she beat him by over 20 percentage points.

One such county in particular shows Clinton winning nearly 70% of the total vote.

Obama, on the other hand, did not do as well as expected in suburban areas near Philadelphia, where he split the vote with Hillary or beat her by a much smaller percentage than projected.

The ONLY demographic group that Obama has won in Pennsylvania is African-Americans, where he beat Clinton handily.

Apparently, everyone else in Pennsylvania got the message that Obama sent their way, albeit unintended and inadvertent, that people in small towns and rural areas are bitter and cling to their guns and religion for comfort.

Obviously these particular voters disagree with Obama, for they defected from his ranks faster than bats out of hell.

So what does all of this mean for the Democratic Presidential nomination process?

First, Hillary Clinton is not out of it by a long shot. Second, she can claim a decisive moral victory, much greater than a 3-5% win which Obama would have claimed was tantamount to a loss. Third, she picks up a truckload of the popular vote. Fourth, she can make a case to the Democratic super-delegates that she is the one who has won most of the larger states. And fifth, she can legitimately raise the question of Obama's vulnerability.

The second big news of the night is the percentage of Democratic voters who state they will defect to John McCain if their preferred candidate loses. Over 20% of Clinton supporters say they will vote for McCain if Hillary loses. A whopping 30% of Obama voters say they will vote for McCain if Barack loses.

No doubt this is giving Democratic Party officials a bad case of gastro-intestinal malaise.

But stay tuned, folks. If somehow the Democrats can manage to pull off a ticket with both Clinton and Obama on it, it will be the Republicans hugging the toilet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/22/08

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

For up-to-the-minute live blogging and news information on today's Democratic Primary in Pennsylvania, click here to go to

Michelle Malkin also blogs on the voting today in PA:

Today is 'earth day,' and Malkin shows that the wacko environmentalists wish to destroy capitalism as part of their plan to 'save the planet':

Sebastian comments on the primary today in his home state:

Mike McCarville says that so far there has been a record voter turnout in PA:

And now, on to other news. FreedomSight has a MUST-read today on the information being taught to future citizens of the U.S. You might be shocked:

Dustin gives an example of the danger of honking your horn at an illegal alien:

David Hardy at Of Arms and the Law says that Hillary and McCain can sleep easy--Michael Moore has endorsed Obama (and when Moore endorses a candidate, they are doomed):

Dr. John Lott catches Obama in yet more lies as he tries, once again, to pretend he is pro-gun:

Dr. Lott also reports good news out of Virginia Tech. The college has a very large student group that support concealed carry:

Alphecca reports that machine guns will be legalized in Kansas:

Robb Allen blogs on gun-grabber Bryan Miller:

Armed and Safe clears up a bit of confusion over assault weapons:

Bitter writes about Obama's last-minute rally in an area made up of Clinton supporters:

The incomparably articulate Peggy Noonan (former speech writer for President Reagan) has written about the Obamas, and Born Again Redneck has it:

Breda has great news about her concealed carry written test. Congrats, Breda!:

Nicki opines about Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City. And yes, he is a bastard:

The War on Guns writes on 'preying on the weak and stupid':

Traction Control provides a link to a bit of gun porn:

Tam reminds us that Earth Day falls on Lenin's birthday, and she is doubtful it is a coincidence:

The Buckeye Firearms Association reports that Hillary Clinton is the mainstream media's definition of 'pro-gun':

Clinton Appears Headed for Victory in PA

Hillary Rodham Clinton appears headed for victory today in the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary. Tracking polls indicate a steady Clinton lead, and the average of these polls indicate a 51% to 44% victory for Clinton.

This is far short of the double-digit win she needs over Obama to claim a major mandate by the voters in Pennsylvania, but it is impressive nonetheless.

Clinton could still eek out a 10% victory margin over Obama if voter turnout in Pittsburgh and the state's small towns and rural areas is heavy. Philadelphia, however, is expected to go heavily in favor of Obama.

One major item to watch as the vote tally comes in this evening: Philly will probably be one of the last areas to report its vote counts, meaning that in the early going Hillary will appear to have a massive lead.

But don't be fooled. As the evening wears on and the Philadelphia vote is counted, her lead will be greatly reduced.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 4/21/08

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

Sebastian reports this bombshell a day before the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary--Barack Obama is funding gun control:

This should be a hate-America lovefest--liberal Bill Moyers is interviewing America-hater Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Barack Obama's mentor, spiritual guide, and Pastor). Michelle Malkin has the story:

Mike McCarville reports that Hillary maintains a strong lead in Pennsylvania the day before the primary, with most polls showing her ahead by 8-10 percentage points:

McCarville also says that Obama has gone negative on Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn and that John McCain came to Coburn's defense, ripping into Obama's below-the-belt remarks:

In light of Barack Obama's recent dissing of gun owners, John Lott asks and answers the question, 'Are Gun Owners Really Bitter?':

JR says there will be an extra special treat for those attending the NRA annual meeting:

Eugene Volokh has interesting commentary today on the statement, 'I knew nobody who owned a gun':

Alphecca shows us the 'idiot of the day':

Tam blogs about 'no guns allowed' in Chicago:

Armed and Safe has a post entitled, 'Mandating Laser Guns':

'The Root of the Problem' is David Codrea's latest article for GUNS magazine:

Nicki writes on 'Gun Control, Hillary Style':

Born Again Redneck has a thorough report on Barack Obama's radical Marxist friend, Bill Ayers:

The Bitch Girls provide a bit of perspective for John McCain's chances of winning the Presidency:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel write about stripping the Remington 870 following target shooting yesterday:

Robb Allen describes how the ignorance of guns and journalists simply do not mix:

Of Arms and the Law has a MUST-read entitled, 'Joyce Foundation, Heller Case, and Obama':

Uncle has caught the New York Times in yet another barefaced lie:

Oscar Poppa announces that he is bowing out of the blogging enterprise, I am sad to say:

Ryan Horsely at Red's Trading Post reports that Glock will increase prices on its magazines by 40%:

Jack Pribec has this to say about the biofuels-driven food vs. oil crisis:

The Eve of the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary

The scramble for the prize of Pennsylvania's delegates to the Democratic National Convention culminates tomorrow as Democrats in the state head for the polls.

Two major trends bear watching.

One, a new national poll shows that for the first time in many months Hillary Clinton has reclaimed the lead over Barack Obama among Democratic voters. On the other hand, another poll shows Obama maintaining his lead, albeit much smaller than just a week ago.

Two, polls in Pennsylvania seem to indicate that Democratic voters are breaking Hillary's way, but we have been fooled by such tracking polls in the past.

Just after Obama's verbal assault on the citizens of Pennsylvania while speaking to a group of San Francisco Democratic Party elites, one poll showed Obama's support plummet faster than a buzzard headed for some road kill. That poll showed Hillary ahead by a whopping 20 points.

No doubt the Illinois Senator has rebounded a bit since the debacle, but it is entirely unclear as to whether or not he has rebounded enough to win. My hunch is that he hasn't.

Thus, if I were placing bets my money would be on Hillary for the Pennsylvania prize. And even if she beats him by only single digits, that win will ensure that she stays in the race to the end.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chinese-Americans Protest CNN's Cafferty

At the very outset let me be clear that the Chinese-Americans I have met are some of the world's most intelligent, motivated, and gracious human beings. Thus, my words here are in no way directed toward them.

As for the government of China, however, all of the indignation, ire, and condemnation we can muster should be sent their way, and most freedom-loving Chinese citizens, and their counterparts among Chinese-Americans, know it.

A group of angry, misguided Chinese-Americans gathered in Hollywood on Saturday to protest the remarks of CNN's Jack Cafferty for his assessment of the Chinese government as 'the same old group of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years.'

Cafferty also complained about the quality of Chinese goods imported to the U.S.

He is right on both counts. China is held in the grip of Communist goons and thugs, placing the citizens under the heavy hand of oppression. China has also been the source of much controversy over the goods it has shipped to the U.S., some of which contained poisons that killed our dogs.

Toys made in China were also the source of danger to America's children due to their lack of safety considerations and the inferiority of the materials used to make them.

These two considerations alone led to massive recalls.

These are simple facts. It is therefore stunning that a few misguided souls in the Chinese-American community would take to the streets to protest the words spoken by a news commentator, who was merely reporting the truth.

And by the way, the protesters are calling for Cafferty to be fired by CNN.

This leads me to one inevitable conclusion--true Americans no matter what their ethnic background should protest the protesters. The protesters are wrong, period, and they should be resoundingly condemned.

The group that gathered in Hollywood yesterday is a far cry from the Chinese patriots who gathered in Tienanmen Square nearly 20 years ago to protest and condemn their own government and to demand liberty.

Chinese-Americans who support the oppressive regime of Communist China are unworthy of their citizenship in this country and are certainly unworthy of their brave forebears 20 years ago who actually believed in human freedom.

If CNN cannot support Cafferty in the midst of this 'controversy' then it will be proof positive that the network, like Google and Microsoft, sold its soul to the Commies for the freedom to do business with those who hate human liberty.