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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Codrea: Ammo Regs Mean Violation of Gun Rights

Let's cut right to the chase here, shall we? Ammunition regulations and/or bans are a form of gun bans. If you can't buy ammo for your firearm, then what good is it?

And this is exactly how the antis plan it. Without banning a single gun, they can render them useless by going after the ammunition.

David Codrea takes a look at this, and writes about an encounter he had on this issue some time ago, in today's Gun Rights Examiner.

Read it and pass it along to a friend.

Glick: The Real Reason for the War in Gaza

As always, Middle East expert and internationally-renown journalist Caroline Glick hits the nail on the head:

ONE OF the troubling aspects shared by both the IDF campaign and the diplomatic offensive is that both ignore the principal cause of the war. As a consequence, Israel has ruled out the possibility of actually winning a true victory in its current fight with Hamas. Here, too, our leaders ignore the true cause of the war because they know that they will pay no price for doing so.

Israel is not fighting Hamas today because it agreed to a six-month cease-fire with the terrorist regime in Gaza last June. And it is not fighting today because Hamas decided that it wants control over Gaza's international borders.

Israel is fighting a war with Hamas today because Israel withdrew from Gaza three and a half years ago. If Israel had not withdrawn its military forces from Gaza and forcibly expelled 8,000 Israeli citizens from their homes and farms in September 2005, it would not be fighting this war today. If Israel had not withdrawn, if it had retained its forces in Gaza and retained its communities - on whose ruins the IDF now fights - in Gaza, Hamas would probably never have taken over. And even if Hamas had taken over, it would never have been able to threaten a million Israelis with missiles and rockets and mortars.

Read the whole thing here.

Bitter Cold Temps to Hit Eastern Half of U.S.

Meteorologists have identified what is known as an 'Arctic Express' that will bring bitterly cold temperatures to the entire eastern half of the U.S., from the Great Plains to the East Coast, and even into the Deep South.

AccuWeather experts say it will be the coldest blast since 1994.

Temperatures in New York City could reach below zero, and in the upper New England states temps could dip into the minus-double-digits.

On top of that, more snow is expected as well in a year in which annual snowfall records have already been broken in a dozen places or more.

The Arctic Express is expected to reach the United States by next Thursday and Friday.

In 1994, the last time we saw this phenomenon, even Jacksonville, Florida plunged into the teens and 20s.

MSNBC Blasts Palin Again

Even after openly admitting that it actively promoted Barack Obama for President during its supposed 'objective' news broadcasts, MSNBC has blasted Sarah Palin yet again.

As if the campaign trash the network threw at the public concerning Palin and her family weren't enough, an MSNBC anchor stated yesterday that 'Palin is unqualified.'

How so? By whose standard?

Oh, you mean according to the standard of a network that is owned by a company that was promised bailout money by the Obama team if it would help get the candidate elected?

The statement took place as the anchor was interviewing the filmmaker who is releasing a documentary on Palin in late February entitled, 'Media Malpractice.'

Instead of 'the UNfairness Doctrine' in news reporting, I support what I call the 'Justice Doctrine.' The only way the American public can get justice with regard to a blatantly biased mainstream media is to shut down MSNBC, ABC, NBC, ABC, and CNN...along with the NYT, WaPO, and Newsweek.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/9/08

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

Armed and Safe reports Obama's choice as head of the DNC, and the news isn't good for gun rights folk...

Alphecca has more on the 'ammunition accountability' act. This appears to be the next line of attack by the antis...see the DNC choice above at Armed and Safe.

In case you aren't convinced already, JR has the goods on Eric Holder. His history is nothing but one big vendetta against 2nd Amendment rights. Take a look!

David Codrea in Gun Right Examiner says that Holder is just the first squall in the coming storm.

Codrea's War on Guns posts info on H.R. 17 in the House--a bill that would insure no obstruction to the citizens' right to obtain firearms for protection.

Western Rifle Shooters Association says to arm yourself with the latest info on Holder, and then ACT! Time is running out!

Blogonomicon has vital info on Eric Holder and the Sixth Amendment!

Days of Our Trailers reports the vote on the impeachment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Looks like they can't get him out the door quickly enough...

Sebastian believes that the rift in the gun rights community is irreparable. His reason is the rhetoric used to passionately defend our positions. Perhaps he's right that a bit more civility is in order...

Say Uncle has some links to info on D.C.'s new gun laws.

Nicki comments on the freak show going on in Illinois government.

2A Musing provides an interesting read on 'efficient government.'

MOWCA Blog posts a militia's view of the War in Gaza (h/t to Paul Davis).

Free in Idaho presents his perspective on the Holder-NRA flap.

Breda comments on the definition of the word 'pistol' for those who are prone to make minor me. Heh. Thanks, Breda.

Tam wonders if people are getting weaker based upon the firearms they buy.

West, By God reports that the move to abolish the Electoral College has reared its ugly head again.

The Rustmeister has added something to his wish list. It's a goodie, but I prefer the Taurus Thunderbolt .357...just a personal preference.

J.D. Longstreet at Insight on Freedom needs our thoughts and prayers. He's sick with pneumonia.

The BoBo Files comments on the Obama plan to open up talks with terrorists.

Pax Parabellum has a post entitled, 'Random Shots.' Lots of links. Take a look!

Dr. John Lott reports that Europe has been hit with extremely cold weather. The price we pay for global warming, I suppose...

Michelle Malkin says that 'Oil Can Harry' Reid has introduced a bill in the Senate that would tear down the border fence that has just been built in some areas.

An Ol' Broad's Ramblings presents today's edition of 'Obamarama'--the funniest political cartoons you will see, all at the expense of the Obamessiah.


According to a major newspaper in the U.K. (h/t to Matt Drudge), the incoming Obama administration plans to open talks with the terrorist organization Hamas.

Though the talks would be considered 'low level diplomacy,' opening such talks with terrorists would be a major change in U.S. foreign policy and one that would create a firestorm of controversy among those who are convinced that talking with terrorists gives them legitimacy.

Such a strategy is a recipe for disaster, particularly in light of Obama's choice for CIA director, who has no experience in the intelligence community and who is ideologically opposed to such intelligence gathering to begin with.

We are going to be headed down a path that invites terrorism to our shores.

Wall St. Journal: Jews Face Double-Standard

There are a great many people in the world who, even after Auschwitz, just can't bear the Jewish state having the same rights they so readily grant to other nations. These voices insist Israel must take risks they would never dare ask of any other nation-state -- risks that threaten its very survival -- because they don't believe Israel should exist in the first place.

Just look at the spate of attacks this week on Jews and Jewish institutions around the world: a car ramming into a synagogue in France; a Chabad menorah and Jewish-owned shops sprayed with swastikas in Belgium; a banner at an Australian rally demanding "clean the earth from dirty Zionists!"; demonstrators in the Netherlands chanting "Gas the Jews"; and in Florida, protestors demanding Jews "Go back to the ovens!"

Read the whole thing here at the Wall Street Journal.

Why is the world unwilling to afford Israel the same right to self-defense as it affords all other nations?

Sarah Palin Speaks Out on 'Media Malpractice'

In a new documentary film to be released in late February entitled, 'Media Malpractice,' Sarah Palin takes aim at the mainstream media over the manner in which her candidacy was handled.

Palin blasts Katie Couric, and rightly so, for a deft 'cut-and-paste' job in the interviews she did for CBS News, which left Palin looking very different than the Sarah Palin everyone knows and loves.

Apparently Couric and company left out a ton of material that would have shown a much different--and positive--picture of Palin than the one that was aired.

But then, we told you that right here on The Liberty Sphere. Couric is a hack, a lightweight, a sorry excuse for a serious reporter. The same can be said for her counterparts at NBC and ABC.

Palin goes further to talk about media hypocrisy--another issue we talk about quite a bit here at The Liberty Sphere.

When Barack Obama, for example, requested of the media that they consider his child to be off-limits, they gladly complied. But Palin? Her children have been dragged through the mud as if they were scum of the earth.

According to statements actually made in the mainstream media, Palin is not the mother of Trig, Trig should have been aborted, Palin's daughter is trash because she became pregnant out of wedlock, Palin and her husband are awful parents because as Christians they should not have raised a daughter who became pregnant out of wedlock, and other such outrageous displays of the lack of journalistic integrity.

The Leftwing in this country, of which Democrats, the mainstream media, environmentalist wackos, and others are a part, have so many double-standards that one's head begins to spin.

And in this election in particular, that double-standard was multiplied by 10 for one single-minded purpose--to get Barack Obama elected to the Presidency.

Well, Palin will have her revenge once the documentary is released. And it will be long overdue.

For more information about the documentary and its filmmaker, click here for a special report from Andrew Breitbart.

Is Yellowstone's Super-Volcano Ready to Blow?

According to seismologists the Yellowstone National Park sits on top of what is called a 'super-volcano.' Hidden under the ground or the oceans, these gigantic geological monstrosities usually can't be seen with the naked eye.

Yet scientists maintain that should one of them blow, such as Yellowstone's, the entire U.S. would be covered with volcanic ash and the climate would change for a period of months--similar in scope to a 'nuclear winter' but not as catastrophic.

Seismologists have been concerned of late about a series of small earthquakes in and around the Yellowstone region, activity that goes hand-in-hand with volcanic activity in those areas that are prone to it.

From December 26 through January 2, over 500 small earthquakes were recorded in the region, some of them reaching a disturbing scale of just over 3.0 in intensity.

However, since January 2, the quakes have drastically decreased in their intensity, though they are still occurring.

While scientists are taking somewhat of a sigh of relief, it is clear that the area still poses some significant risk. Although the explosion of a super-volcano would not mean the end of civilization as would a direct hit by an asteroid, our way of life would be drastically interrupted.

The electronic infrastructure would be seriously impaired or rendered inoperable. The nation would be plunged into a severe winter from which it would find little relief due to the damage sustained to the energy delivery system.

These events, in addition to the possibility of being struck by asteroids or meteors, pose much more of a risk to humanity than 'man-made climate change.'

For more information on the seismic activity at Yellowstone, including today's update, click HERE.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

What Do I Think About the Holder-NRA Flap?

Here are a few questions and answers posed

Do you think the NRA and other gun orgs should openly oppose the confirmation of Holder?

Do you believe that Holder will be confirmed anyway?
...yes...Americans threw a tantrum and elected a Democrat Senate with a 57-seat majority...this is what happens when people throw a fit and take leave of their senses.

Do you think that the NRA had reason to approach the Holder nomination in the manner it did?

Doesn't that mean, then, that you are not sincerely 'pulling out all the stops' in opposing Holder? have done my part here and in private...

Aren't you being contradictory?
...Mmmm...nope. I work hard to oppose individuals that I think pose dangers to us, the citizens. I urge organizations to take a stand. But I also know when the enemy has the upper hand, and thus, I must be prepared to counter what they dish out, such as an AG who is anti-gun.

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/8/09

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

Like a good little Socialist, Obama stated today that 'only government can fix what ails us.' No, Sir. Only autonomous individuals who take responsibility for their own actions can fix what ails us. CNS News has the story.

Nicki provides some slightly strong-worded commentary on this government fix business.

Sebastian responds to charges that the prags are not doing enough to pressure the NRA on the Holder nomination:
*The Holder Battle and the NRA
*Political Capital--What Is It?
*Political Capital--How It's Spent

Codrea's War on Guns points to an NRA alert. The NRA's stance concerning the Holder nomination is problematic, as you will see below.

Sipsy Street Irregulars posts Jeff Knox's response to Sebastian's take on why the NRA hasn't been as forceful or public with it's opposition to Holder.

Western Rifle Shooters Association weighs in on the subject with 'Holder and the NRA.'

Mindful Musings issues an urgent call to NRA members to contact Angus McClellan of the NRA-ILA to urge them to do all they can to oppose Holder. All the contact info is there.

Gun Rights Examiner: 'Another Reason to Hold Holder' by David Codrea.

Days of our Trailers says Holder's confirmation is a done deal, and, given the makeup of the current Congress, no doubt he's right. The issue is what we do afterward. Read it!

Say Uncle reports that ACORN wants background checks for ammunition purchases.

Robb Allen has a buddy in Israel and says he provides a front lines point of view on the current well as gun issues.

Armed and Safe posts some encouraging news that 2 gun manufacturers are pulling out of California.

2A Musing reports on a case of private property infringement in what has recently become a new mecca for leftwing politics in the South. In fact, some are already calling this state the South's California.

Blogstitution provides excellent reading on who are the REAL Nazis in the Gaza conflict.

Gun Pundit comments on a thread he found at the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association forum that asks, 'what laws should gun owners be pushing in '09?'

John Jacob H posts an interesting follow-up to the story of the Obama birth certificate issue, which, in my humble opinion, has not been adequately settled.

Pax Parabellum reports that the Islamic terrorists that attacked India had direct connections to Pakistan. Should Pakistan therefore be designated as a state sponsor of terror? Maybe so!

Michelle Malkin points to a riveting UCLA study that shows FDR worsened the Great Depression by his economic policies--policies that Obama intends to resurrect.

Texas Fred adds his commentary to the debate on Obama's economic stimulus package.

Walls of the City provides excellent reading on modern attitudes toward the carry of firearms.

The Rustmeister says that Glocks aren't manly. I tend to agree. Women love 'em, which is fine. But as for me, I prefer S&W or Taurus .38 police-and-military specials or their .357 Magnums.

ARRA News Service says that Obama's pick for CIA will gut our intelligence-gathering capability. Say hello to more terrorism on our own soil!

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has been a friend to conservatives and gun owners. But Mike McCarville wonders if the Senator has had enough of Washington. This is a MUST-read analysis!

MOWCA Blog posts an intriguing read on Israel's tactical analysis regarding which structures to bomb in Gaza. Read it all! (H/t to Paul Davis).

Atlas Shrugs reports that Hamas rigged the UN school with explosives! So, then, does that make Hamas the real murderers of 'innocent civilian children?'

Draconian Rules Change Creates Partisan Furor

The draconian rules change in the U.S. House of Representatives, initiated by Nancy Pelosi and approved overwhelmingly by House Democrats who control the chamber, has created a partisan furor in Washington.

In spite of Barack Obama's talk about 'reaching across the aisle' in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats not only gave a thumbs down to that idea but went further to essentially strip the GOP of any influence whatsoever upon proposed legislation.

The rules change will mean the following:

*The repeal of term limits for committee chairs implemented by Republicans
*The elimination of the 'motion to recommit' on the part of the minority Party
*The end of free, open debate on the House floor on Democrat-initiated bills
*The elimination of the opportunity of the minority to offer alternative bills to proposed legislation

As Robert Romano states in the article linked above:

Without the ability to offer alternatives to pieces of legislation like cap-and-trade, socialized medicine, massive bailout proposals for the Majority’s favored industries, restrictions on energy production, etc., the GOP is being robbed of the chance to debate some of the most important issues facing Congress during the coming session.

And we can safely add to that list gun control legislation that will roll back the clock to more oppressive times when gun bans and more restrictions on the right to bear arms were the order of the day.

The Democrats have effectively silenced any free, open debate on the House floor concerning these issues of grave significance.

This means, in stark terms, that extremists such as Carolyn McCarthy, Charles Rangel, and John Conyers, among others, can essentially have their way when it comes to legislation restricting Second Amendment rights.

Supposedly the American public rebelled against partisanship in the last election. Yet, the representatives they elected to Congress have just insured the most partisan atmosphere in Washington in decades.

The IRS 'Has a Heart' After All?

In light of the current economic crisis in the country, apparently the IRS 'has a heart' after all.

As the nation sinks deeper into recession, the IRS is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers who are financially strapped, but make a good-faith effort to settle their tax debts.

The article goes further to specify how to deal with the IRS in the midst of a personal financial crisis.

Watchdog groups, however, will be monitoring the IRS plan to insure fairness and minimize the potential for abuse.

The Quintessential Example of Media Hypocrisy

A couple of days ago Matt Drudge caused a firestorm of controversy to sweep conservative circles when he reported that NBC was considering banning columnist Ann Coulter 'for life.'

That may yet happen, no doubt, but not yet.

Coulter appeared on NBC's Today Show yesterday morning, and once again caused liberals and mainstream media types to grind their teeth--all as part of making her rounds to promote her new book.

But, as L. Brent Bozell III writes at CNS News, the mainstream media's treatment of Coulter is a blatant example of just how thoroughly partisan it is...and how much it hates the truth.

States Bozell:

It’s easy to run down a list of inflammatory liberals who are welcomed on the TV morning shows. Start with Kitty Kelley’s wild “investigative” books on the Reagans or the Bushes. Or Michael Moore’s kooky conspiracy theories. Or Al Franken suggesting Karl Rove and Scooter Libby should be executed over Plamegate. (NBC’s Matt Lauer and his off-camera crew laughed at that.)

Or recall Bill Maher on his HBO show in 2007 suggesting Arianna Huffington shouldn’t ban commenters on her website wishing Dick Cheney had died in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. “That’s a funny joke,” Maher said. “If this isn’t China, shouldn’t you be able to say that?” He added that Cheney’s death by suicide bomber might be a public service: “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”

Harry Smith hosted Maher on CBS just months ago on his faith-mocking movie “Religulous” and didn’t say one discouraging word to him about his caustic remarks about Cheney or his hateful anti-Christian bigotry. Not one word.

And yet, when Coulter exhibits the very same type of acerbic rhetoric aimed at liberals instead of conservatives, the mainstream media in its false righteous indignation acts as if it has the moral authority to pronounce judgment.

Not as long as Matthews, Olbermann, Harry Smith, Matt Lauer, Michael Moore, or Al Franken are around...

And therefore, the Coulter flap is the quintessential example of media hypocrisy.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/7/09

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

From Sipsy Street Irregulars:
*Calling All Pragmatists--Get the NRA Off Their Dead Asses on Holder
*Mike Vanderboegh on the radio with Larry Pratt of the GOA

Gun Rights Examiner: 'How You Can Help Hold Holder' by David Codrea

JR did us all a great service by putting in a ton of time and effort to make it easy for us to contact our elected representatives on the Holder nomination. Take a look, and act!

From Mindful Musings:
*Quotes from a brief filed by Holder that should rile gun owners!
*A call to contact the NRA about opposing the Holder nomination

Codrea's War on Guns has a right-on response to the statement by a numbskull that the reason the GOP lost was because it 'pandered to gun-totin' conservatives.'

Western Rifle Shooters Association provides 3 exceptional reads from Denninger on the history, causes, and cure of the present economic crisis.

Nicki gives us an update on Oleg Volk's continuing fight over the theft of his website and domain name.

Breda has the audio and wrap-up summary of last night's edition of Gun Nuts Radio. I hear it was an excellent program.

Armed and Safe posts commentary on a numbskull who thinks the government should have a monopoly on armed force. A must-read!

Alphecca provides words to the wise entitled, 'Use Sense in Self-Defense.'

Roberta X follows up on her anarchy post that created some controversy among commenters.

Say Uncle has a list called 'the 10 manliest firearms.' Do you have any of these?

Pax Parabellum posits an interesting theory that Obama is deliberately choosing rivals for his administration so that he can then shoot them down over their corruption. He has some evidence from Obama's background to back up the assertion.

Of Arms and the Law has a podcast of the debate between Eugene Volokh and Charles Blek of the Brady Campaign.

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight provides good reading entitled, 'Don't Scare the Children, Tell Them About Guns.'

The Wandering Minstrel comments on security measures he and his companion encountered at the Hoover Dam.

Conservative Libertarian Outpost has a MUST-read on the new Congress and what they're already up to--such as discussing gun bans, stripping the Bill of Rights, and other such hope and change 'for the good of the country.'

Days of our Trailers posts some much-needed good news. Take a look!

Joe Huffman blogs on something that should send a chill up the spine of any freedom-loving American, particularly gunowners.

Walls of the City issues a proposal for gun bloggers concerning next Christmas. Interesting!

Live from the Upper Texas Gulf Coast has some interesting observations concerning radio operations, particularly in hard times.

Andrew Breitbart issues a breaking news alert that Senate Democrats WILL seat Roland Burris. I saw this coming yesterday. It's the result of the 'behind closed doors deal making' the smoke-filled-rooms Democrats brokered.

Michelle Malkin reports that today the GOP will launch a preemptive strike against the Democrats' plan to re-implement the UNfairness Doctrine. Good!

UPDATE: Nan Gets Her Way on New Rules

Commissar Nan Pelosi, Speaker of the House, got her way on the new rules as House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to approve a measure that will muzzle Republicans.

Only a small handful of Democrats did the right thing and voted to retain fairness rules that permit the minority Party to block potential legislation.

The Democrats certainly benefited from the fairness rules while Republicans were in the majority. Never did the GOP attempt to thwart the right of the minority Party to block bills.

Yet when Democrats come to 'power' fairness goes out the door.

And now, the Democrats can steamroll any piece of legislation through Congress without having to contend with opposition.

Sieg Heil!

D.C. Rumors: A Deal in the Works for Burris

Rumors are swirling around Washington that Senate Democrats are considering a deal that would allow Roland Burris to take Obama's vacated Senate seat.

Reportedly, Burris will be allowed to take the seat on 2 conditions.

First, the Illinois legislature must proceed with the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who appointed Burris although he is under federal indictment for attempting to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.

And second, Burris must promise that he will only serve out the remainder of Obama's Senate term and not become a candidate for the seat during the next election.

Senate Democrats believe that Burris would be a weak candidate against Republican opposition.

Thus, the truth comes out. Despite all the moralizing on the part of Democrats concerning 'a tainted appointment by a tainted Governor,' it all boils down to pure politics, i.e., how to keep a Republican out of the seat now, and who would be the strongest candidate to oppose a Republican in 2010.

Coleman Sues Over Minnesota Recount

Although the state of Minnesota went ahead and certified the clown Al Franken as their new Senator, questions remain as to the integrity of the recount in which Franken won by several hundred votes after the initial vote showed Coleman winning by over 700.

As we have reported on The Liberty Sphere, the entire recount process has been suspicious from the start. Early on, votes that had been cast for Coleman disappeared into thin air while votes for Franken seemed to show up out of nowhere--all in districts that are heavily Democratic.

But the Republican incumbent isn't going down without a fight.

Coleman has held up Franken's swearing in at the U.S. Senate by bringing a last-ditch effort lawsuit to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Coleman is challenging the certification of the recount vote.

What this means in practical terms is that it could be weeks or months before either Franken or Coleman can take their seat in the U.S. Senate.


Pamela Geller, who at Atlas Shrugs has done a yeoman's work in covering the Israeli-Gaza conflict and providing news you won't find anywhere else, is reporting that Jews all over the world are responding to Hamas' claim that Israel's incursion into Gaza is a 'Holocaust.'

Jewish Holocaust survivors are condemning the depiction as a desecration of the memory of those who lost their lives in the real Holocaust against the Jews during World War II.

In response, Holocaust survivors and their families have launched an international campaign to protest the depiction of the current crisis in Gaza as a 'Holocaust.'

Indeed, Jews all over the world are swimming against the current as they combat attempts by Islamic extremists through the mainstream media and certain governments to portray the Israelis as the bad guys in this crisis.

For example, the UK has erupted into a boiling cauldron of Jihadists who are calling for death to the Jews. This is the direct result of the U.K.'s failure to control immigration by dangerous individuals with a political-social agenda and its overt attempt to embrace these extremists by providing them with certain concessions, such as allowing Sharia law to prevail in certain areas of the country.

Meanwhile, in Paris the terrorist sympathizers are targeting Jews as they burn, rob, and pillage, creating havoc in their wake, just as they have done periodically over the past 4 years.

And in the most explosive revelation of all, Geller reports that terrorist sympathizers have targeted Jewish synagogues in the United States. Their plan is to attend Jewish worship services and disrupt them by shouting, 'Stop the killing in Gaza!'

Part of the blame for such rabble-rousing is the notion that Israel is deliberately targeting civilians, including children, in Gaza. This has been the tone of many news stories in the mainstream media.

What they fail to report, however, is that Palestinian extremists are using school buildings, women, and children, as shields, even using schools as launching pads from which to bombard Israel with mortar fire.

This surveillance video shows Hamas using a U.N. school in Gaza to fire mortars at Israelis.

It is clear, then, that if Hamas terrorists are intent on starting a war, then they should have enough honor and courage to step out from behind their human shields and take it like soldiers instead of the yellow-bellied scumbags that they are.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/6/09

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

2AMusing provides a good read today on the relentless growth of big government and the impending loss of our Constitutional Republic.

Texas Fred has the scoop on the big flap on Capitol Hill today, where Senate Democrats refused to seat Roland Burris as Barack Obama's replacement.

Mike McCarville reports that the economic downturn that has effected newspapers all across the country has now hit a major newspaper in Oklahoma.

The Rustmeister reminds us that it's time to act to oppose the Holder nomination.

Gun Law News shares with us what the Firearms Coalition is doing to stop Holder from becoming AG.

Gun Rights Examiner posts Codrea's 'How to Hold Holder Without Using Guns.'

Codrea's War on Guns updates us on the RNC Chair debate, and it looks like we got screwed.

Mindful Musings has a must-read entitled 'Waves of 2009.'

Sebastian reports that the Philadelphia Inquirer thinks it's time to get on board with gun rationing. And congrats to Sebastian as he begins his 3rd year of blogging...

Robb Allen has a post entitled, 'Panic at the Gun Disco'--a title that should invite your curiosity.

Walls of the City provides 'More Self-Defense Goodness.' Take a look.

Days of our Trailers posts a letter he wrote to General McCaffrey concerning the notion that guns smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico is fueling their crime problem.

Good news! John Lott reports that after years of suffering in silence as social outcasts, Hollywood conservatives are coming out of the closet and letting their voices be heard. Good!

Nicki has some well-chosen words for Nan Pelosi. The Commissar has rewritten House rules to do away with fairness and completely muzzle Republican representatives.

Tam alerts us to a piece of insider news on Obama and gun bans. Get ready, my's coming.

Ahab says that tonight's edition of Gun Nuts Radio will focus on the subject of 'open carry.' Click on the link for full info.

CarteachO has an interesting post on the 1934 Beretta and hollowpoint ammunition.

Gun Pundit has THE must-read of the week, and it's time to be very very afraid!

Pax Parabellum reports that some shenanigans are going on with the Brady Campaign's Minnesota chapters of the 'Million Moms' with regard to guns. It seems Minnesota has become the Mecca of graft and corruption these days.

Sipsy Street Irregulars posts an intriguing bit of news that while the rest of the country suffers from layoffs and a shrinking job market, the FBI is going on a hiring spree. It seems that the only thing that does well in hard times is 'big gub'ment.'


Demonstrating that she has absolutely no desire for debate, differences of opinion, or bipartisanship, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has initiated the process to change the fairness rules that have governed the House since 1994, essentially ending any GOP input on proposed legislation.

Commissar Pelosi plans to muzzle any potential GOP opposition to liberal legislation proposed by Democrats. The mechanism she plans to use in order to accomplish this totalitarian form of rule is to abolish House procedures that require that the minority Party have opportunity to debate proposed legislation.

According to Human Events:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation. Pelosi’s proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol, that any thought President-elect Obama has of bipartisan cooperation will be rendered impossible before he even takes office.

The planned rules change was met with outrage by House Republicans, who drafted a letter sent directly to the Speaker, a letter which outlined their reasons for vehemently opposing the rules change.

Again, according to the article,

Pelosi’s proposed repeal of decades-long House accountability reforms exposes a tyrannical Democrat leadership poised to assemble legislation in secret, then goose-step it through Congress by the elimination of debate and amendment procedures as part of America’s governing legislative process.

This kind of behavior on the part of our elected officials should not tolerated in a society that prides itself on open government and dissent, particularly Democratic liberals who talk a good game but behave very differently when they are in power.

Unions, Environmentalists Scheme to Rob Pensions!

Earlier today, Americans for Limited Government announced that it had formally asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to launch an immediate investigation into a well-orchestrated plan by top union officials, environmentalists, and political interest groups to raid worker pension funds in order to push the green agenda.

Americans for Limited Government has the full report.

This is an outrage that is being conducted against American citizens without their knowledge. But now that the cat is out of the bag, we can only hope somebody will stop these despicable thieves.

'08 Sea Ice Level Highest Since 1979

Despite the dire predictions of environmentalist extremist nutcases who warned that Arctic sea ice was melting at an unprecedented rate, the year 2008 closed out with the highest level of sea ice since 1979.

According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, satellite images of the polar regions show that the level of ice is at the same level recorded in 1979--the first year satellite images were used to gauge sea ice levels.

A key excerpt from the report:

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery. Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC's Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt.

I suppose this means, of course, that the polar bear will immediately be removed from the endangered species list, given that the prediction that very soon the Arctic would completely melt didn't pan out.

Wonder how long we'll be waiting for that one...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 1/5/09

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

Sipsy Street Irregulars has a timely reminder on the Holder nomination for AG.

Guess who's buying IndyMac!? Pamela Geller reports that it is THIS familiar face who is notorious for creating havoc in speculative markets so he can pick up the pieces at cut-rate prices. This is how he's made his billions, the bastard.

Gun Rights Examiner: 'Holder: To Be or Not to Be' by David Codrea.

Codrea comments on the Obamination's boneheaded prescription for a troubled economy.

There is absolutely no doubt that Al Franken and the Democratic Party in Minnesota outright stole the election from Norm Coleman. Michelle Malkin writes today about the clown that is set to take a seat in this joke of a Congress.

One thing's for sure--this joke of a Congress is no joke when it comes to attacking gun rights. Sebastian muses that we must be ready to defend ourselves from whatever direction they attack us.

Nicki shows us an example of what defines the word 'insanity.'

Armed and Safe gives us the latest indescribably boneheaded blather emanating from the Violence Policy Center.

JR posts some information of interest on a Colt auction. Take a look!

Pax Parabellum posts the question he submitted to the RNC debate on the selection of the new GOP chairmanship. It's a good one!

Say Uncle reports that Democratic insiders on Capitol Hill are intent on payback when it comes to guns. They intend to punish the GOP for pushing gun rights and will initiate a new assault weapons ban.

Robb Allen adds his commentary to this issue. It's gonna be a rough ride, folks.

Syd has a must-read on the wheel gun from Gabe Suarez.

Blogonomicon shares a great post on the 1936 classic on Patrick Henry, entitled, 'Give Me Liberty.'

Tam comments on the Bush Derangement Syndrome, along with a few appropriate quips about Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

Traction Control believes Obama may be moving to the right of the current administration on some issues. I hope he's right, but I have my doubts about that.

Breda says that it takes quite a woman to be man of the year.

Days of our Trailers has info on two new forums for gun owners.

Texas Fred announces the formation of the United States Gun Owners Association.

Insight on Freedom wonders if Afghanistan will be Obama's Viet Nam.

Bloviating Zeppelin provides must-read commentary on the ground war in Gaza.

An Ol' Broad's Ramblings has today's edition of 'Obamarama.'

Malkin Highlights Original Gun Rights Stories

Michelle Malkin, Fox News Contributor, syndicated columnist, and blogger, has highlighted a few familiar blogs for their original, breaking stories concerning gun rights.

Malkin's objective in the piece is to show that conservative bloggers do real news stories, including investigative reporting and tracking down facts that lead to breaking news reports one can't find anywhere else.

Among those listed are 3 bloggers with whom most of us are very familiar:

Several blogs did enterprising work on Obama’s proposal to ban guns within 5 miles of schools: Arms and the Law, Volokh Conspiracy and Outrageous Malfunction (here and here) broke the story.

Malkin has invited any conservative blogger who broke an original story to send her the information at the link you will find in her post.


Now is the time to contact our key figures in the Senate to urge them to derail the nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney-General.

As you will read on practically every single 2nd Amendment rights blog in the country, Holder is a very dangerous choice when it comes to gun rights.

And anyone who is that cavalier about 2nd Amendment rights will not think twice about violating our First Amendment rights as well.

Contacting key Senators is relatively simple, when you follow the instructions provided at Western Rifle Shooters Association. There you will find a letter from Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition, along with a sample letter to send to Senators. You will also find a list of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In order to place a call to one of the Senators on the Committee, you can find all of the listings of the members of the Senate and House in the left column of The Liberty Sphere. Just scroll down until you see the link to the U.S. Congress. Click on the link and go from there.

Confirmation hearings on the Holder nomination are scheduled for Jan. 15. So, the time to act is now.

Sunday, January 04, 2009


U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated that she would place the Obama agenda 'on the fast track' when the House reconvenes.

This seems to be the Obama game plan. Get as much done as quickly as possible in the first few weeks of the new administration.

But wait just a minute here.

A TRILLION DOLLAR package awaits the approval of Congress that they have only one week to read before the vote.

It's time to derail that train!

How in heaven's name can a conscientious Representative or Senator vote in good conscience on a bill they have never read? Yes, I know it's done, but it's a shoddy way to do government.

We had better know what's in that bill before it is rammed down our throats.

The GOP in the House and Senate had better get ready for the onslaught. We know what the Democrats are doing to do. That gives the GOP time to get ready.

I say, block, block, block!

The country's march toward Socialism must stop NOW. And yes, the filibuster is appropriate under these circumstances.

We must block their attempts to complete the job of socializing the economy and business. We must block their nominees to the courts. These two things are of absolute necessity. This is no time for the faint of heart.

Hamas Whines About 'Women and Children'

War is hell. By its very definition it is relentless, merciless, and brutal. This is why those whose actions start wars are among the lowest forms of life on the planet.

Hamas certainly falls within that category.

As usual, when Muslim terrorists start wars by unleashing acts of barbarism against innocent civilians, as they have always done in Israel, and as they occasionally do in other areas, they immediately begin to whine about their women and children who are killed when civilized nations defend themselves against their actions.

These are the very people who will not hesitate to use women and children as suicide bombers in acts of terror.

Therefore, they are due absolutely no sympathy but our harshest condemnation.

If Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorists are so concerned about their women and children who inadvertently get caught in the crossfires when nations such as Israel take reasonable action to protect their citizens, then these terrorist groups would immediately stop firing rockets into Israel that kill their innocent women and children.

If you break into my house, fire shots at me and my loved ones, and get killed when I open fire on you for doing so, then I'm sorry as I can be, but you deserve what you got, bud.

And that goes for Hamas.

You won't see me shedding a single tear over their precious women and children, who, by the way, are often used as human shields by the yellow-bellied low-lives who perpetrate violence but refuse to suffer the consequences.

Yet Another Scandal Rocks Obama Team

With the announcement by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson that he is withdrawing his nomination to be Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary, the Obama team has been rocked with yet another scandal.

Never before in modern history has an administration been so thoroughly defined by corruption and scandal, even before the new team officially takes office.

Despite those who are willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on the Blagojevich scandal, the fact remains that we have yet to see all of the evidence that continues to be collected by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald on the alleged scheme to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.

It would be the height of naivete to believe that neither Obama nor his staff chief Rahm Emanuel had contact with Blagojevich concerning the seat, since it belonged to Obama, and since all three are part of the infamous Chicago political machine.

In addition, it is odd that most of Obama's closest longterm associates and friends are of dubious reputation at best.

And then there is Norman Hsu, who could very well further taint the careers of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton before his trial is over. Hsu's Ponzi scheme to raise money for Obama and Clinton could implicate both.

Now we discover that Bill Richardson, Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary, is under a federal investigation for corruption.

Obama and the Democrats clearly have a culture of corruption at present. And the Obama team will take office under a heavy cloud of suspicion.