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Saturday, May 31, 2008

New Questions Surface on Obama

New questions have surfaced concerning Barack Obama's long-term relationships with persons of dubious character. The latest controversy surrounds Rev. Michael Pfleger, the Catholic priest/social activist who stated that gun store owners should be 'snuffed out.'

Pfleger recently preached a sermon at Barack Obama's church in Chicago, the church once led by the infamous Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who stated from the pulpit, 'God damn America.'

During the sermon Pfleger mocked Hillary Clinton and turned up the heat on the racial divide within the Democratic Party.

So controversial and extremist is Pfleger that Catholics across the country have started a movment called 'Catholics Against Pfleger.'

Although Obama immediately distanced himself from Pfleger's remarks, new information has surfaced concerning a long-term relationship between Obama and Pfleger.

It turns out that Pfleger has orchestrated significant financial support for Obama's campaigns, particularly when Obama was a legislator in the state of Illinois. In return, Obama orchestrated large grants to various programs headed by Pfleger.

The significance of these new questions concerning Obama's associations cannot be overstated. The candidate has a penchant for forming lasting, long-term relationships with persons of dubious character but then throwing them under the bus when it is revealed to the public just how extremist--and dangerous--some of these people are.

But the latest information to surface involves large sums of money and political influence-peddling.

For the complete story on this latest development, click here:

Bastards! 31 Furman Professors Excused from Graduation

Breaking their contract agreement with the university, a group of 31 Furman University professors have been 'excused' from attending the school's graduation ceremony today.

The group is miffed that President Bush will deliver the commencement address.

Administrators at Furman granted the 31 professors 'conscientious objection' status so that they could break their contractual agreement without suffering any negative consequences. Furman professors sign a contract that stipulates that they attend all graduation ceremonies.

But apparently the school decided that the 31 gold bricks do not need to follow their contracts like everyone else.

And what about the students who will miss out on having some of their professors at the ceremony, all because they are too self-absorbed on political matters to put the students first?

We can rest assured that these students will never forget that in the final analysis it was more important for these 31 sorry excuses for teachers to make a political statement than to celebrate the graduation of their students.

If it were up to me, the 31 bastards would be 'excused' from service to Furman permanently.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/30/08

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

John Lott reports that Barack Obama's gaffes are finally getting some attention in the mainstream media:

Dr. Lott is getting some attention over his view that the growth of big government can be traced directly back to women being given the right to vote:

What a complete unadulterated idiot. Obama has now stated that if he is elected he will cut back on developing future combat systems. Wow, did anyone tell this fool we live in a world of 100 million terrorists? Gunservatively has the story:

Michelle Malkin says that Catholic priest Michael 'Snuffy' Pfleger's remarks at Barack Obama's church in Chicago has spawned a movement within the Church called, 'Catholics Against Michael Pfleger. Remember, 'Snuffy' is the one that said gun store owners should be 'snuffed out':

JR posts a visually appealing ad for the Second Amendment. Yep, I can't take my eyes off her:

Mike McCarville has news on Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Bob Barr:

Tam posts a brief note on the Indy 1500 Gun Show this weekend:

Breda took a good friend to the shooting range, and she has pics:

Sebastian provides a link to some gun porn for a Friday:

Uncle has an important update today on the latest woes of the ATF:

Traction Control reports that a group is taking action on the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania:

Dustin has the story of a student who was suspending for bring a souvenir empty shell casing to class:

Gateway Pundit documents Obama's loss of support among white women:

Armed and Safe blogs on the ridiculous new twist on the lost or stolen reporting requirement:

Born Again Redneck observes that Bob Barr could well become the Ross Perot of the 2008 Presidential election, tipping the election to a Commie, Barack 'Let's Dismantle the Military and Just Talk to Our Enemies' Obama:

The Quote of the Day is at Instapundit, and it is about Scott McClellan and President Bush:

Crackdown on Guns, Illegal Aliens in South Carolina

First, the bad news. 7th Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy has announced that anyone caught in Spartanburg County (South Carolina) with a gun during the summer months will potentially face prosecution in federal court.

Calling his anti-gun initiative the 'Summer of Silence,' Gowdy insists that his aggressive manner of pursuing guns is 'directed mainly at persons with lengthy criminal histories.'

And what about the rest who do not have such a history?

In addition, the state's attorney for the Spartanburg area stated that the reason for prosecuting the possession of guns in federal court rather than state court is that South Carolina law mandates little or no prison time for illegal gun possession.

But in federal court a person charged with illegally possessing a gun can get a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

It would appear that Circuit Solicitor Gowdy is attempting to do an end-run to avoid having his cases dismissed in state court. South Carolina not only has very lax laws concerning illegal gun possession but the state legislature passed a very strong Castle Doctrine/Self-Defense law several years ago, which allows citizens to use deadly force to protect their lives, homes, and property.

Is Gowdy another one of the infamous state's attorneys we have discovered around the country who either outright defies state gun laws passed by legislators or who finds loopholes to get around those laws?

We shall see. It all depends on how he proceeds with this so-called 'summer of silence.'

But rest assured, should the Circuit Solicitor overstep his bounds or begin going after ordinary citizens on gun charges, The Liberty Sphere will be the first to scream bloody hell about it.

For the original news story, click here:

And now for the good news. The South Carolina Legislature has approved and sent to the Governor a bill that will require employers in the state to verify legal status of new hires in an attempt to prevent the hiring of illegal aliens.

Governor Mark Sanford, R-SC, stated that he will enthusiastically sign the bill.

South Carolina has found itself inundated with illegal aliens over the past few years as surrounding states have put the clamps on employers who hire them. With this new bill in place, it is expected that South Carolina will see a mass exodus of illegal aliens who have been flying underneath the radar screen.

This is a good bill that is long overdue. We wish that the federal government would get this serious about this monolithic problem.

For more information on the immigration reform bill in SC, click here:

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/29/08

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

Well, well, well, the Reverend Michael 'Snuffy' Pfleger is back in the news. The Obama supporter is the one who stated that gun owners should be 'snuffed out.' Now he's back, preaching a sermon at Barack's ultra-liberal church in Chicago, where he blasted Hillary Clinton:

Michelle Malkin, who reported on the story above, has this item from Atlantic City. There is a statue of Lenin there. Commie chic?:

Good news out of Ohio! The Castle Doctrine/Firearms bill passed the legislature and is headed to the Governor for his signature. Buckeye Firearms Association has the story:

The Volokh Conspiracy has good reading today on 'the Bill of Rights in the early state courts':

And Happy Birthday wishes go to Roberta X! Here's to many, many more!:

The MUST-read of the day is over at The Bitch Girls. Bitter reminds us that falling home prices allow many more people--particularly first-time home-buyers--to get into the market. Take a look at this post and note what a really stupid radio host said about the matter:

Now, folks, we conservatives believe that we as individuals should help each other when we are in need rather than government doing it. And there is no better way to express this than to go over to FreedomSight and help our fellow gunblogger who has a broken crown but no dental insurance. Go over there by clicking here, and then leave a donation to a man who needs it:

David Codrea reports that the jackbooted thugs of the ATF are reaching out to their bosom buddies in the mainstream media:

Squeaky provides interesting reading on a new anti-gun blog entitled, 'God Not Guns':

Sadly, Breda gives us yet another tragic reason why women need to learn to use firearms:

Go read this at The Liberty Zone. Nicki has the scoop on a Democrat who has proposed massive legislation that will lead us into Marxism:

Robb Allen pens the quote of the day in this post:

Gateway Pundit documents the massive decline of coverage of the Iraq War by the mainstream media, just as the surge starts working. Interesting, ain't it:

Glenn Reynolds points to an article that correctly observes that ethanol will starve the planet while bio-diesel provides a green alternative that will not use food for fuel:

Cap'n Bob and the Damsel blog on getting a grip on the Warthog:

Yes, indeedy! This is my kind of woman. Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman is running for Governor as a Republican, and she has bought a gun. She's pretty, too! JR has the story:

Mike McCarville reports that U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, predicts the GOP will lose seats in the Senate, and he thinks they should. Here's why:

UPDATE: Furman's Faculty of Fools

Furman University, the school in South Carolina that is the center of a storm over its invitation to President Bush to speak at its graduation ceremony this Saturday, is back in the news with even more controversy.

The Furman faculty, hereafter referred to as the 'FFF' or Furman's Faculty of Fools, has voted 82 to 79 to castigate the University's President for 'inviting Bush to speak at the graduation without first consulting with the faculty.'

We were not aware that a faculty has to first grant its approval before the school President can invite a speaker to deliver the graduation address. Normally these are decisions that are left to the discretion of the President.

Not so, says the FFF. The FFF now claims it has to be notified first so that it can give the nod on a potential speaker.

It is to be wondered if the FFF has ever claimed such a thing in the past. Has the University President ever felt it necessary in the past to seek prior approval from the FFF before he invites speakers to the graduation ceremony?

If the vote of the FFF is any indication, apparently a significant number of professors do not believe it is necessary...79 of them to be exact.

But the 82 who voted in favor of reprimanding the school President apparently believe that a university's top administrator has no authority apart from them, particularly when it involves inviting the President of the United States to speak.

Excuse me, make that a President who dared to fly in the face of the intelligentsia by actually having the gall to send troops to fight terrorists, and to oppose the outlandish and foolish balderdash of the environmentalist wackos.

Had Al Gore or John Kerry been President, for example, I am quite sure that the FFF would have been absolutely delighted by the prospects of a Presidential visit and speech.

It is time for sane, rational donors who give the big bucks to Furman to seriously consider withdrawing their funds from the school. In this way they can send a message to the Furman faculty that there is little tolerance for the antics of fools.

And by the way, the 79 faculty members who maintained their sanity and stood against the 82 wackos are to be commended heartily.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/28/08

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

Mike McCarville reports that the Democratic Party has a major decision to make, and it will all come down to a DC hotel room this Saturday:

JR explains what's at stake in Texas this November, and it's much more than the Presidential race:

Alphecca has an update on the Castle Doctrine in Ohio:

Born Again Redneck points to a good reason why most Reagan Conservatives have a pronounced disdain for Mike Huckabee:

Dustin has news from Nevada that a concealed handgun license holder stopped a mass shooting:

Gateway Pundit says that the Czech President has challenged that idiot, algore, to a debate on global warming:

Gun Pundit has the latest news on the Bastard and his lawsuit against a gun store owner in GEORGIA (note, not New York City):

Gunservatively has Clayton Cramer's questions about Scott McClellan's new book that blasts the Bush Administration:

Of Arms and the Law reports that the Arizona Governor has vetoed two bills concerning firearms:

Sebastian informs us that there's a new ANTI-gun blog up and running:

Nicki gets right to the point on Philly Mayor Nutter:

Make no mistake, I am a libertarian (small 'l'). The Libertarian Party (big 'L') has been usurped by a bunch of wackos. David Codrea shows us one example: Bob Barr:

Traction Control has Governor Bobby Jindal's speech at the NRA. No doubt about it, the man is a rising star in the GOP:

John Lott has late-breaking news on Ohio gun legislation, as of 1:30 PM, Central Time:

Monica Crowley writes, 'But Don't Raise a Question about His Patriotism,' concerning the Commie Barack 'Screw the Flag' Obama:

Bill O'Reilly WRONG About Oil

I happened to catch part of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's radio show this evening, and I must admit I was shocked to hear some of the positions taken by the popular media personality.

Of late I have found myself breaking ranks with O'Reilly on an increasing number of issues, but I was floored that he would spout the common 'blame the oil companies' mantra that one hears from Democrats in Congress.

To get straight to the point, O'Reilly is FLAT WRONG about oil.

In order to 'fix' the problem of rising oil prices, O'Reilly would punish the oil companies, as if they are the ones responsible for the problem, which they aren't. He also came close to spouting the Obama claim that the oil companies are guilty of 'price gouging,' though he stopped just sort of saying that.

Once again, let's set the record straight, shall we?

Out of every dollar we spend at the pump, 70 cents goes to purchase crude oil, most of which is imported from other countries. Crude is up by 100 dollars per barrel since 1998.

It doesn't take rocket science to figure out that most of the increases in gasoline prices at the pump over the last 10 years can be traced directly to the price of crude.

The big oil companies must purchase this crude, the price of which is set by the open market, OPEC, and investors/speculators.

Further, out of every dollar we spend at the pump, only about 3 cents goes to the big oil companies in profits.

But here is the biggie. Out of every dollar we spend at the pump, 6.5 cents goes for federal taxes, and anywhere from 15 to 20 cents goes for state and local taxes, depending on the state/municipality in which one lives.

As you can see, this leaves very little profit margin for local gas stations.

Thus, if Mr. O'Reilly wishes to play the blame game, he is picking on the wrong ones. Government at the federal, state, and local levels makes 8 times what the oil companies make in profits. And as long as crude oil accounts for 70% of the price we pay at the pump, Americans will see very little relief until the price of crude comes down.

And instead of brow-beating the oil companies for doing what a corporation is supposed to do--make a profit for its stockholders--why not brow-beat government for raking in multi-billions of dollars in taxes on gasoline? Why isn't anyone talking about or reporting how much government profits from these high gasoline prices?

It's very simple. They don't want you to know.

I can tell you this, the next time you hear a specific number on oil company profits, just multiply that number by 7, and you will get a ballpark estimate of what government is raking in from gasoline prices.

Those are the simple facts regardless of any demagoguery from O'Reilly or the Democrats.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/27/08

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

Gateway Pundit says that John McCain hit one out of the ballpark on Monday, while speaking in Denver:

Gateway also says that Barack 'A Gaffe Per Day' Obama has fouled one up again:

Gun Pundit reports that a Dallas homeowner shoots a teenage burglar:

Gunservatively says that now the mainstream media is complaining about 'wrong bullets':

Glenn Reynolds says that the Republican leadership is in denial:

Monica Crowley provides interesting commentary on Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton:

The Buckeye Firearms Association provides an update on the Castle Doctrine in the Ohio Senate:

Sebastian points to some important tips for providing first aid on the shooting range:

The MUST-read of the day is at the Breda Fallacy, entitled, 'When the Law is Wrong':

David Codrea says that Virginia Governor David Paterson has submitted a package of legislation to limit access to guns:

Take a look at this at Traction Control. It's the 'ATF Travel Pack.' LOL!

Uncle posts a few range reports from fellow gun-bloggers:

Uncle missed one. JR writes about his day at the range here:

John Lott reports that the Mayor of Toronto wants to shut down shooting ranges:

Mike McCarville has a VERY interesting read today entitled, 'Is Bill Clinton Losing Touch with Reality?'

Jack Pribek has this nifty gem on the latest antics of Greenpeace activists:

Congress is far more to blame for high oil prices than Big Oil. Read all about it at The Volokh Conspiracy:

I've always said that so-called 'liberal, mainline Protestant churches' have more in common with Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin than they do with Jesus or the Bible. Now, they are starting a new 'Sanctuary Movement' for illegal aliens. If they are caught, they should be jailed. Michelle Malkin has the story:

Robb Allen reports on the next big trend in firearms:

Alphecca scopes out a stupid column by one of the antis:

Bill Blows His Stack Again

He said that there is a 'cover-up' to keep people from knowing how popular Hillary really is, but he didn't say who was behind it.

He said there is a 'vast conspiracy' to deny Hillary the Democratic nomination, but he never specified who was part of it.

He said that Democratic super-delegates were being 'intimidated and brow-beaten' into supporting Barack Obama. One can only assume the former President was referring specifically to Obama himself, as well as his campaign staff. On this count Clinton is exactly right. Reports from those covering the campaign indicate that Obama and staff have, indeed, put the squeeze on the super-delegates.

Fresh from his last public appearance during which he launched into a tirade, Bill Clinton rambled on and on during a speech on Monday about how unfair the 2008 Presidential campaign has been to his wife.

While much of what Clinton says is way over the top, particularly when he brings up old, worn out Clintonian conspiracy theories and charges of 'cover-ups,' one thing we can grant him--the mainstream media has, indeed, been unfair to Hillary, not to mention their outright smear of Republicans.

It is well-known and documented that the mainstream media has been on the front row of Obama-worshippers. They can hardly contain their glee over the prospects of an Obama Presidency, although such a scenario would be one of the worst nightmares to ever hit the country.

And yes, he is much worse than even Hillary.

So Bill Clinton may well have a point. And maybe he has a right to be angry.

I'm just glad that finally a Democrat is on the receiving end of the mainstream media's disdain. Let the record show that a Democrat, a former President and a popular one at that, has admitted that the mainstream media is so blatantly biased as to deliberately portray his wife in a negative light.

Conservatives have been lamenting this bias since the 1950s.

New Additions to Links Section

Several changes have been made to the blog links and pundit links section of The Liberty Sphere. We welcome to the Blogroll the following: Instapundit, Gun Pundit, Gunservatively, and Gateway Pundit.

Under the 'Pundit' section of links we welcome Monica Crowley--Fox News contributor/commentator, radio show hostess, and advocate for conservative issues.

All of these are quality links, and we encourage you to take a look.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/26/08

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

Tam has a poignant reminder on this Memorial Day:

And as a war veteran, Nicki has these important observations:

This is the MUST-read of the day, and although it is lengthy, it is well worth the time. It is called 'Premonition--We're About to Have Our Fuse Lit,' and David Codrea has the link:

Robb Allen takes to task one of the anti-gun bigots who says that 'there are enough guns out there':

Uncle has the quote of the day on the Second Amendment:

Uncle also reports that a college in Texas violated students' Constitutional rights by refusing to allow them to wear empty holsters on campus to protest gun bans:

David Hardy has breaking news that there is a major shakeup happening at the ATF as the Inspector General conducts an investigation into abuse and corruption:

Mike McCarville has an interesting run-down of the the manner in which the various news organizations treated the Hillary gaffe concerning Bobby Kennedy's assassination in June of 1967:

Alphecca points to a succinct, well-stated op-ed on the Second Amendment...a good read:

Blogstitution has an article written by Senator Joe Lieberman on what the Democratic Party once was, but is no more:

Blonde Sagacity says we are judged by the company we keep, and look who Obama has associations with now!:

The Ninth Stage has a thought-provoking quotation from Benjamin Disraeli:

The lovely Pamela Geller over at Atlas Shrugs documents at least 50 lies told by Barack Obama:

Gateway Pundit has the latest on James Earl Carter--the worst President in U.S. history. Take a look at the latest insanity frothing from the mouth of the ex-President:

On This Day...

Today we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country--the men and woman of the armed forces who died so that we could maintain liberty.

May we never allow political or social forces, or ideologies, to degrade, demean, or minimize the tremendous sacrifice of these brave men and women--and their families.

To cut and run before the job is done in any military endeavor is to render those sacrifices meaningless. If the country ceases to support the mission that sent these soldiers to their deaths, both in the past and at present, then they will have died in vain.

If the country embraces programs, concepts, or ideologies that limit human liberty, then these soldiers will have died in vain.

President George W. Bush has issued a proclamation calling for all American citizens to pause in a moment of silence at 3 PM today, in order to remember and give thanks for the sacrifices of our men and women of valor who have died in service to their country.

May their memory never fade from our minds, and may their mission to fight for, serve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States become the mission of us all.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Marxist Because of Religious Faith?

Seen on a bumper-sticker today, along with other Leftist propaganda--'A Democrat Because of My Faith.'

Since when did Marxist-Socialist-Communist ideology become part of one's religious faith?

It has always been assumed that since Marx was anti-religion and since Communism always mandated atheism, religious faith has been antithetical to the principles espoused by those whose political ideology leads them to embrace the concepts affirmed in Marxist Socialism.

Just as Democrats for the last 30 years have wrapped themselves in the flag to hide their unpatriotic and outright anti-American sentiments, including a disdain for our military, it appears that this year they are going to wrap themselves in religion to hide their disdain for traditional Christianity and conservatism, using their faith to justify their embrace of radical, extremist schools of thought.

A Commie is still a Commie no matter how 'religious' they claim to be.

McCain Requests Bush to Back Off

John McCain has requested that President Bush scale back his plans to attend and speak at McCain campaign events. Mr. Bush had offered to campaign heavily for McCain once it was clear that the Arizona Senator had won enough delegates to the GOP Convention to secure the nomination.

But even then, McCain appeared hesitant to have Bush campaigning heavily on his behalf, stating that he would be pleased for the President to speak at campaign events 'if he can fit it into his busy schedule.'

Most observers believe that the statement was a nice way for McCain to let the President know that he did not think Bush's full involvement in the campaign was such a good idea.

Yesterday, however, the McCain camp requested that the President scale back plans to speak at the events on which the two had already agreed. The reason is not far to find. Bush has become one of the most unpopular Presidents in U.S. history, and McCain fears a misconception that the two are close allies.

The President has already done significant damage to the 'Republican brand,' and there is a distinct danger that he could drag McCain down as well. McCain's advantage is that he has not hesitated to break ranks with the President and other Republicans on a number of issues.

And it is not to be forgotten that during the race for the 2000 GOP Presidential nomination, Bush and McCain were bitter rivals. In spite of mended fences since that time, McCain has never been viewed as a foot-soldier for the President in the Senate.

Bush would do well to leave well enough alone and back off from interjecting himself too much into McCain's bid for the White House. He may do him more harm than good.