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Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Death of Journalism in America

Journalism as we once knew it in America is dead. Alternative sources of news have been forced to fill the void left by a mainstream media that has abdicated its responsibility to keep the public informed on ALL of the news accurately and fairly.

This is my subject today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

I would deeply appreciate your giving it a read and passing it along.

Follow-Up to 'Don't Tread on Me' Controversy

It seems that the veracity of the story about the man in Louisiana who was detained by law enforcement due to his bumper-sticker that says 'Don't Tread on Me' is in dispute.

As a follow-up I noticed that World Net Daily has a major, exclusive story on this matter.

The WND reporter contacted the persons involved in Ball, Louisiana, and spoke directly with the person detained by police and his sister-in-law. Their names are being withheld by WND.

Contrary to the opinion of some, I have not found WND to be untrustworthy. I do admit they publish stories that sometimes can be hard to verify due to the extreme sensitive nature of their content...and the fact that you won't find these types of stories reported by anyone else.

And this is why I see their value.

On the other hand, Texas Fred is a blogger that I trust. He says that the story is not true.

Here is Fred's reasoning:

Knowing the cops in that part of the country, the ONLY thing they would have said about that flag is, 'Hey man, where can I get one of those??'

Unless, and on this I am only speculating, unless this happened to be a Dem and/or a Black officer, and then, yeah, this could be real...

Those guys in that part of Louisiana are still flying the Stars and Bars and have *Be a MAN, Join the Klan* stickers on the back of the pickup!!

Something about this story stinks man, not your part, you're reporting from the source, I am going on experience, and the fact that I am from Louisiana, it's my home, and the fact that our entire family, both sides, mine and the wife, are cops, past, present and retired, and the Louisiana branch have ALL called BS on this one...

Just sayin'...

I have absolutely no reason to doubt or question Fred's integrity as he has been a stellar example of honesty in the time I have known him.

But I do believe there is more to this story than what meets the eye. It may not have been Ball police officers that pulled him over. It could have been any number of law enforcement agencies--county, state, etc.

I am also certain that they would not pull him over for merely displaying the bumper sticker, although that may have been an unspoken, underlying reason for doing so. They are not going to subject themselves to legal and disciplinary action, but cops use all sorts of legitimate excuses to pull over drivers, when their ulterior motive is something different.

We also must not forget that the Obama administration sent out a memo to all law enforcement agencies in the country alerting them to the now-infamous 'potential homegrown terrorist' allegation directed at patriotic Americans.

One thing is for certain, if the story turns out to be false, I WILL retract it. Until we get clear proof, stay tuned...

Friday, May 08, 2009

I Just Had to Do It...

The Pam Geller story concerning the Louisiana man who was detained by law enforcement for doing nothing more than displaying a 'Don't Tread on Me' bumper sticker is so explosive and disturbing that I had to put it up on the Examiner.

Do me a big favor by clicking on the link and reading...and sharing. I want this story to be shouted far and wide.

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/8/09

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

Pamela Geller reports the explosive story of a man who has been detained for displaying his 'Don't Tread on Me' bumper sticker. Friends, war has been declared by our government against patriotic citizens!

From Codrea's Gun Rights Examiner: 'Love Your Children? Teach Them How to Handle Guns Safely.'

Meeting on the Green posts a MUST-read from the Canadian Free Press entitled, 'The President Who Hates His Country.'

Standing By has an update on the detention of a 16-year old, supposedly under the terms of the Patriot Act. It seems this is in dispute.

Kurt Hofmann notes that with Carolyn McCarthy's new push to ban 'assault rifles,' the looming question is what will Senator Kirsten Gillibrand do?

Rev. Kharma provides a good read on the corrupting power of incumbency.

Pax Parabellum opines on 'Specter as a Democrat.'

Western Rifle Shooters Association posts a major announcement concerning the Oath Keepers' gathering at the National Mall in Washington, DC, entitled, 'Shout Our Oaths in the Tyrant's Face.' Read it all.

Conservative Libertarian Outpost blogs on the utter incompetence of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Is there an Obama appointee that ISN'T incompetent!?

Texas Fred has a great read today entitled, 'Faint Heart Ne'er Won Fair Lady.' Take a look!

Nicki shares 'the self-defense story of the week.'

Say Uncle asks the question of the day. My answer is 'yes.' What's yours?

The Wandering Minstrel has a good one today entitled, 'The Ultimate Gun Permit.'

2A Musing provides a report from the firing range.

Roberta X says that the progressive idiots are horrified over the exposing of the obvious.

Armed Citizen posts a great article today written by Newt Gingrich on 'Obama Winners and Losers.' Say what you will about Gingrich (he is a mixture of positive and negative qualities), he is nonetheless one of the most intelligent and articulate thinkers in America today.

Tam has a message to the scumbag sack of chit that proposed legislation to jail 'hostile bloggers.' And I agree with Tam's sentiments...

Traction Control notes that Obama is touting his mega-budget increase as a 'cut.' More doublespeak, newspeak, etc, etc. from 'the Chairman.'

Those of us who have followed ultra-liberal John Conyers knew this was coming sooner or later. Michelle Malkin reports that Conyers has chickened out of the Congressional probe of ACORN that he promised. Surprise, surprise.

Open Carry reminds us that its fundraiser is underway. Click, take a look, and consider donating to this organization that promotes openly practicing our 2nd Amendment rights.

The Rustmeister commemorates VE day with this neat pic and graphic...'scissors beat paper.'

And now, for your Friday afternoon reading pleasure, An Ol' Broad's Ramblings presents the best political cartoons on the Internet.

Obama: No More Funds for Jailing Illegal Aliens

Obama's new budget for 2010 includes no funds for states that jail illegal aliens. This is according to a report filed by The Hill.

Given the blatant disregard for the law exhibited by the federal government on the issue, states have often taken it upon themselves to enforce immigration laws within their own jurisdictions.

From the report:

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that has called for tougher border security, predicted it is "very unlikely" that Obama's proposal to cut the program will be accepted by Congress. He noted that the Bush administration repeatedly tried to zero out the program, but always ran into opposition in Congress.

"It's hard to justify getting rid of it honestly," Krikorian said. "It's a necessary program because the federal government is reimbursing states and localities for the federal government's own mistakes."

The discontinuation of funding for the program is going to be a hard-sell in Congress due to the fact that Congressional liberals want to add provisions within the funding that provide for healthcare and education to illegals.

Report: 'Nan' Knew About the Waterboarding!

Despite her claims to the contrary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was fully briefed on the waterboarding techniques used to gain information from terrorists.

The report concerning this briefing in September of 2002 was released on Thursday.

Read all about in my column today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Remember, I need and appreciate your clicking on the above link to read my daily articles. Thanks.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Report: 'Odd Events' Hinder Specter's Chances

A series of odd incidents that have proceeded from Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch last week have raised questions about whether the newest Democrat has permanently damaged himself in the eyes of the state's voters.

The White House is concerned enough about the developments that deputy chief of staff Jim Messina and Ron Klain, a senior adviser to Vice President Biden, traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday and huddled with Specter to try to iron out the problems, according to informed Democratic officials.

Apparently, 'Snarlin' Arlen's mouth has already gotten him into trouble with Democratic voters in Pennsylvania and with Democratic Party elites, who wish he would be more 'like a Democrat.'

Translation: they want him to tow the Party line rather than continue with the independent streak he had as a Republican.

Click here to read the entire story at WaPo concerning Specter's rather odd statements.

Silencing Voices Like Glenn Beck's

Glenn Beck at Fox News is convinced that the Obama administration, Congressional Democrats, and others on the Left are engaged in a concerted effort to silence his and other conservative voices.

And he has good reason to think so.

The group that has seized total power in America today has made it clear from the beginning that they want to curb the influence of conservative talk radio, Fox News, liberty-oriented bloggers, and anyone else that dares question or criticize their oppressive plans.

According to Newsbusters, Beck stated on his late-afternoon Fox News program that government is raging out of control. From the article:

Beck encouraged his viewers to use word-of-mouth to rein the government back in and implored viewers not to pick based on party affiliation.

"And after we provide it to you, it is up to you to use your voice," Beck said. "They can move mountains. Tell your friends, spread the word - because despite the talk of all the change that we have heard over the past couple of years from both parties, that is the last thing they actually want to do."

Beck, never one to pull any punches when it comes to these sort of pleas, warned the consequences of not speaking out would not allow for a change of course and eventually could lead to the "silencing" of himself, "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly and conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"The status quo is what gives them their status. It is what brings them to power and self-importance," Beck said. "Use your voice while you still have it. I tell you, with everything in me, I think they are going to silence voices like mine and Bill O'Reilly and Rush [Limbaugh] and everybody else - they will silence us. They can't let us continue to speak out. When the government is trying to influence what kind of syrup a restaurant uses, do you really think they're going to have a problem regulating opinion? Please."

One of the things that sent Beck into this urgent warning is a plan by Obama to offer free tuition, provided by the federal government, to college students if they agree after they graduate to 'engage in service to the government.'


"The Days of Wine and Rugers"

I have never made any bones about the fact that I admire the writing of Brigid at Home on the Range. She deftly weaves together intriguing descriptions of 2 of her favorite pastimes--guns and cooking.

Such is the case with "The Days of Wine and Rugers," with the exception that this article focuses on wine and guns rather than cooking and guns.

Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite:

No, don't drink and shoot, just something that came to mind as I finished a little painting.

It got me thinking. People spend large amounts of money on good wine. I have too, yet sometimes with a hearty meal, a simple glass of inexpensive red wine will do. Such it can be with a gun budget. I keep a watch on my spending (hey I'm mostly Scot) and I found I was spending a LOT on 45 ammo. Sure I love my 45's. There's absolutely nothing like it and the .45 is ALL I will have close to my side for home defense and my concealed is larger caliber as well. But the thought of having a little .22 to plink with, so I could shoot more, was intriguing. An inexpensive but well-built little .22 would be even better. So after trying out someone's Ruger Mark II, I bought a Ruger Mark III in a nice blued finish at the local non big chain gun store when it was there for a VERY good price.

Be sure to read the whole thing at the link provided at the top of this post.

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/7/09

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

Standing By has the latest news on the treaty Obama wants to sign that would rob citizens of their gun rights without even having to pass legislation in Congress.

Texas Fred provides commentary on the American Conservative Party and requests our help concerning a few crucial issues. Take a look.

Tam unleashes some appropriate snark concerning Barrett .50BMG semiautomatic machine gun assault rifles being found in Mexico...

Alphecca announces that the gun ban we've all been talking about for months will be introduced next week in Congress by none other than Carolyn McCarthy.

Mike McCarville reports that U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has filed a bill making English the official language of the U.S. GOOD!

Say Uncle informs us that the Second Amendment Restoration Act has been introduced by a Michigan Congressman.

Nicki presents an alternative point of view on the Olofson conviction. It is thoughtful, thorough, detailed, and thought-provoking. You may not agree with all of it, but it is worth your consideration and attention.

Walls of the City, on the other hand, sees it differently.

Occupied Nashville has good reading entitled, 'The Worst Advice Ever.' Take a look.

Sebastian reports some excellent news out of California concerning the ammo registration bill.

From Western Rifle Shooters Association: 'Obama and the Neo-Marxist Left.'

Conservative Libertarian Outpost has a MUST-read on the practice of 'misinformation' on the part of the Obama administration.

Billy Beck provides more essential reading on the Obama brazenness in engaging in outright thuggery.

Kurt Hofmann has the scoop on a bill known as H.R. 2202--'bribing gun owners into defenselessness at home.'

Mike Vanderboegh posts a few items here that you absolutely MUST see! Get ready to laugh your head off. It seems a new and dangerous species of frog has been found.

David Codrea reports the explosive story that a discovery at a Mexican warehouse has exposed the gun-grabber drug-cartel lies!

Days of our Trailers alerts us to some excellent 2nd Amendment news out of Illinois!

The Bobo Files makes a major announcement concerning the Patriot Act, and I think most of us can agree.

From The Wandering Minstrel: 'A Positive Trend for Pro-Gun Sentiment.'

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight has a MUST-read on states sovereignty, along with graphics showing the trend.

Michelle Malkin announces the breaking news that Tom Ridge will NOT run against Toomey in his run for the GOP nomination to unseat Arlen Specter, who switched to the Democratic Party.

Top Banks Want More of Our Tax Dollars!

As if a quarter of a trillion were not enough, at least 4 of the nation's largest banks claim they need multi-billions more in taxpayer bailout funds.

And what should we say to these bumbling, befuddled, bottomless pits of financial buffoonery?

That, my friend, is discussed in my column today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Give it a read and tell a friend. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/6/09

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

Conservative Libertarian Outpost has info on those seeking an alternative to the GOP, the Democrats, and the Libertarians. Take a look.

Rev. Kharma posts a story out of Georgia that shows the importance of the Second Amendment!

The Rustmeister provides an important follow-up to the story we wrote about in the Examiner yesterday on the Obama policy of holding Israel hostage to Iranian nukes unless and until they make major concessions to those who wish to destroy them.

Insight on Freedom has a related story entitled, 'Serving Up More Hostages to Iran.'

Days of our Trailers alerts us to the explosive information that DHS actually published a little handbook of definitions for 'domestic extremist.' Read it all. And be sure to click on all the links. This is frightening, to say the least.

The War on Guns says that anti-gun wackos Carolyn McCarthy and Mike Castle have kicked off a campaign for the bill that would close the so-called 'gun show loophole.'

From Codrea's Gun Rights Examiner: 'Do You Have a Line in the Sand?'

Mike Vanderboegh writes a letter to AG Eric Holder warning that there will be 'no more free Wacos.' Read it all.

Western Rifle Shooters Association posts a Ron Paul video on the subject of secession. A good view.

Armed and Safe reports that public support for more restrictive gun laws is dropping like a lead balloon.

From Hofmann's St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner: 'Carrying a Defensive Firearm Should Not Require Surrendering One's Privacy.'

Nicki at The Liberty Zone expresses her abject disgust for Arlen Specter. I agree 100%. And frankly, I can't believe the NRA gives its approval to this political mongrel who has done nothing in his career but look out for Specter.

Breda models a cool...coool...cooool t-shirt that I think you'll like.

Sebastian presents a carefully detailed analysis of the Olofson appeal ruling.

Say Uncle shows us some neat gun photos.

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight has the 2-foot-long lever action pistol. Take a look!

Tam points to the deafening silence of the media concerning a college massacre that was stopped by a student with a gun.

Robb Allen has a political cartoon that he presents 'without comment.'

Way Up North updates us on the latest guns-and-politics news from the great state of Alaska.

KC3 reminds us that the annual meeting of the Kentucky Coalition for Concealed Carry is May 9. This is the org that got the law changed in the bluegrass state.

JR posts a sample letter for Texas gun owners to use to fax their legislators concerning some gun bills in Lone Star State.

Walls of the City has a mega-lolly-paloozie on some gun legislation, including the latest on the anti-gun newspaper, the Commercial Appeal. A good read!

Court Kills SC's Gun Sales Tax Holiday

By suddenly changing its rules in the middle of the ballgame, the South Carolina Supreme Court, with one brief stroke of the pen, killed the state's gun sales tax holiday.

Critics are charging the Court with legislating from the bench. At the very least the Court owed the legislature some consistency.

Read all about it today in my column at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Thanks for clicking on the link and passing it along.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/5/09

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

The news of the court decision upholding David Olofson's conviction dominates gun-blog discussion today, and thus, we will give you a sampling of the comments:

David Codrea is reporting that the mainstream media is not covering the court decision on Olofson at all.

From Mike Vanderboegh: 'Olofson Appeal Rejected, 7th Circuit Confirms No Right to a Fair Trial, You are STILL Entitled to a Fair Shootout Should You Wish Not to be Railroaded.'

Western Rifle Shooters Association says that now the whole thing is 'A Simple Matter of Force.'

Mindful Musings informs us that there is something we all can do to help Olofson, even now.

John Jacob H makes a significant point about the government railroad job against Olofson.

Meeting on the Green adds his commentary to the Olofson story.

Standing By reminds us of just how abusing the Feds can be in cases like Olofson's.

Say Uncle gives us this interesting tidbit of info that occurred during Olofson's trial.

Blogonomicon adds his commentary to the Olofson fiasco.

And now, on to some other interesting stuff:

Tam makes a very important point about the myth of 'corporate taxes' in light of Obama's attempt to reign in offshore investments.

Notoriously Conservative has the MUST-read of the day as he reports on a bill introduced in Congress that is a direct attack on free speech. The bill will make it a felony for BLOGGERS to use their blogs to 'engage in hostile speech.' Here's some hostile speech for the worthless piece of chit who sponsored this bill--'EFF YOU!'

Armed Citizen reports more infuriating news that the U.S. Senate is moving aggressively against gun rights!

From Rev. Kharma: 'The Culture of Death: Notre Dame Joins With the Secularists.'

Nicki has a neat photo she entitles, 'Coolness.' Take a look!

Kurt Hofmann says there is a new way to ban guns--just brand everyone as 'terrorists.'

Walls of the City provides cool pics and a description of his completed project he calls 'the B.O.M.B.E.R.'

Roberta X remarks that the new Obama policy toward corporations is to whack them good and hard.

Gun Nuts posts all the info on tonight's edition of Gun Nuts Radio.

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight answers the question 'why do so many people fear guns?'

Pax Parabellum reports that 40% of humanity does not have a free press and ours is under attack here!

Sebastian updates us on the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania between Specter and Toomey, and the speculation that former Governor Tom Ridge may enter the race.

Live From the Upper Texas Gulf Coast tells us why voter I.D. is a good thing.

Bloviating Zeppelin notes that the U.K. media covers what the U.S. media won't, particularly with regard to Al Franken going to the U.S. Senate.

Blonde Sagacity has a good read entitled, 'Nothin' Funny About Barack?'

Obama Hit-Man Slam Dunks Israel

Obama's Chicago-trained 'hit-man' Rahm Emanuel disclosed to a PAC the Obama administration's new foreign policy initiative toward Israel--hold the Jewish state hostage to Iranian nukes unless it agrees to Palestinian demands in the quest for Middle East peace.

This explosive and unconscionable development is discussed in my column today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Don't let this one get past you. This is a highly dangerous development that signals the U.S. is now siding with the terrorists unless Israel 'does what it is told.'

Monday, May 04, 2009


This is a special news alert. The conviction of David Olofson on firearms charges has been upheld. For the complete details on this late-breaking story, click HERE.

A travesty of justice has just occurred...

Second Amendment News Roundup for 5/4/09

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

AFP reports that China has begun doing what many of us warned about all along--they are cutting back on buying U.S. debt and may stop ominous sign since Obama will run up 10 trillion in debt over the next few years.

CNS News has an example of why Americans are increasingly outraged by the Obama spending and debt--the Feds will spend $400,000 to study the drinking and sex habits of homosexuals in Argentina. Say what!!???

Every Blade of Grass gives us a report on yesterday's day at the shooting range.

Armed Citizen has a MUST-read on the growing 'conservative underground' in these Obama days. Read it all.

The War on Guns posts an explosive story highlighting Nancy Pelosi's declaration that she and her Obama-minions are above the law!

From Codrea's Gun Rights Examiner: 'What's the Harm in Waiting for Government to Recognize Rights?'

The Newbius Papers provides essential reading entitled, 'Rational Arguments, Useful Idiots, and Liberty--A Call to Action.'

Nicki quotes a writer concerning the Barack Obama push toward socialism. It's worth taking a look.

JR has a most interesting read on the dumbing down of the public educational system.

Walls of the City presented an article on terrorism and the Napolitano Department of Homeland Security that pre-dates my article at Columbia Conservative Examiner today. I just saw his piece today, and I highly recommend it, because it confirms many of the points I made in that article. While we are having our attention diverted, the REAL danger to America is going unnoticed, including an outright attack on the rights of citizens.

Mike McCarville points to a perfect example of what Walls of the City is talking about--an Obama nominee to the DOJ who wants UN gun control. The spineless vermin are afraid to face the public with this chit, so they 'treaty-away' our rights by signing agreements with the UN. VERMIN!

Western Rifle Shooters Association follows up with this report of even more madness coming out of the Department of Homeland Security.

Alphecca reports that Texas is set to test it's sovereignty with gun rights.

2A Musing's got some ammo and other goodies. Take a look.

From Kurt Hofmann's St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner: 'Is It Possible to "Reform" the BATFE?' I don't think so. The entire operation should be shut down completely.

Tam comments on the expected move by BHO today to change the tax code to stop citizens from investing overseas.

Ride Fast and Shoot Straight has an interesting read on 'American War Crimes.'

Sebastian posts a pic of the marquis of a church in Maine that caters to gun and sporting enthusiasts. Now THAT is a church I could get into!

The Wandering Minstrel presents a MUST-read from Krauthammer on Obama's judicial philosophy--a philosophy which to me is very, VERY dangerous!

Conservative Libertarian Outpost has an important 'liberty alert' from Colorado that could have broad implications for national elections. Read it, and then ACT!

Say Uncle blogs on the impending demise of the Boston Globe. I hope the New York Times is next!

Standing By reports that a TSA agent stole a gun from the luggage of a police officer.

Mike Vanderboegh posts the personal, riveting, and moving story of his move from being a Communist to an ardent supporter and defender of our Constitutional Republic. In my opinion, no greater testament to the superiority of liberty over collectivism exists than the experience of one who at one time was on the other side and 'saw the light.'

Pax Parabellum says that the overwhelming majority of Americans are worried about Pakistan's nukes, given that the terrorists move closer and closer to seizing them. More 'hope and change' in these Obama days.

Robb Allen writes about the most lethal firearm he owns.

Texas Fred reports that Mexican drug smugglers have moved into New Mexico. Still don't think we should close the southern border?

Days of our Trailers comments on the fact that Paul Helmke is blowing his stack over all the latest polls showing a significant drop in support for gun control among the citizens.

From Insight on Freedom: 'WANTED: One Female, Minority, Socialist Supreme Court Nominee.'

Michelle Malkin issues a dire warning about the FCC's latest move on its 'diversity panel'--a move in the direction of the Fairness Doctrine that will silence conservative talk radio! Friends, this is SERIOUS! It's time to scream bloody murder.

ALERT! Muslim Terrorist Training Camps in U.S.

While Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano, and the Department of Homeland Security engage in the despicable diversionary tactic of focusing on a few good ole boys with guns, the real terrorists--the head-choppers--are setting up training camps all across America.

Read about this stunning report in my new column today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Citizens who are concerned about REAL threats rather than trumped-up, baseless allegations by Homeland Security, should read this article.


Sunday, May 03, 2009

When Words Intentionally Deceive

Words are powerful, and they can be powerfully deceptive when one attaches new definitions to old terms without informing anyone of the change.

This is one of the 'changes' Obama has brought to Washington, and this is my subject today at Columbia Conservative Examiner.

The public thought they were getting something familiar when Obama used, and continues to use, words and phrases that have a commonly-accepted meaning. But Obama and company employ new definitions to old terms, thus deceiving the public.

Be sure to read my new column for all of the details. Thanks.