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On guns

I've written all I can on guns. Like many issues, everything that is logical, coherent, objective and accurate has been said or written. Those who believe guns are evil and must be banned or, better yet, confiscated will always believe it no matter how much empirical evidence is amassed and presented. Only a personal traumatic experience has a chance a an epiphany. Even then.... When all has been said, proven and done and the facts still don't matter, still don't change minds, still don't forestall anti-Freedom, anti-Liberty, anti-Life legislation, we've arrived at that fork in the road,  that tipping point when past changes America forever. Or, at least until the next Revolution brought about by tyranny.  Assuming the Obama Administration, in concert with Congress, enact the "assault weapons" bill as envisioned by Ms. Feinstein, crunch time will have arrived. Pro, anti, apathetic, the unintended consequences will be visited upon one and all. As other

Not Newtown? Not News.

Did you hear or read about an incident in San Antonio, TX a few days ago? Unless you're a dedicated  News Junkie, probably not. Why? It had the stuff Big News Stories are made of that qualify for front page and prime time coverage.  You can read the story here. Was it the body count? (Not enough) Age of the victims? (Not "children") Or because it had a happy ending that contradicts the media narrative about guns? "Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun" -- one of the newer  pro-gun bumper stickers -- has bounced off the critical thinking of the MSM and gun control crowd. This story proves it's not a cliche.  Maybe that's why it wasn't the lead story all last week.That's managing news to support a political agenda. And it's wrong.

A picture worth 7 words

Prepare to get creamed

I have been a Jim Bovard fan since he first visited the show shortly after the publication of Lost Rights in the mid-90's. Then came "Freedom In Chains" and a shelf full of others: Feeling Your Pain, Terrorism and Tyranny, The Bush Betrayal, Attention Deficit Democracy and just out, Public Policy Hooligan, an E-book romp through Jim's......."formative years"! Always adding to his bona fides as a "bipartisan scourge", Jim blows the whistle on when and why you'll be paying out the udder for dairy products right after you finish off the egg nog -- in today's Wall Stree Journal. Check it out here.    

'Nuff Said

Borrowed from Gary Burns

POP QUIZ!

 Following up on my LRC piece .... So why shouldn't teachers who are both willing and able be prohibited from carrying concealed? You may think it's a horrifying idea to arm teachers. Did you ever think to stop and ask why you believe that, and whether your viewpoint is rational -- or whether you're being manipulated by the media and politicians for their own ends at the expense of your children? Let's analyze this. Do you think it's wrong to have an armed guard in your bank? How about the guy delivering the money to your grocery store in the armored car? Should he have a gun? Does your local grocery store's cash drawer -- or that of your bank -- have a higher value than your child? If you believe that the armored car or bank should have someone carrying a gun to protect that cash drawer while your child's teacher should not, that is what you believe . How about the President? Should he have dozens of people all around him, every minute of t

Tell me again...

...how Diane Feinstein's wet dream legislation - or any other anti-gun laws - will deal with this  under-reported reality? Thought for the day: "There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates." Tom Sowell

Thoughts, visions, cartoons...

Some impertinent observations on Newtown. And in case you haven't heard, click here for the latest on the Libertas Media Project

What can you say?

Another Christmas present from Congress . This should be part of the obit for our beloved two-party system of freedom-loving, Constitution-respecting congressmen and senators. But then there is this unexpected goodie  hiding under the tree - from the incomparable Claire Wolfe. If there is a better writer out there, I haven't discovered him/her yet.

Some GOOD News!

So what have I been up to?

Bodacious thanks to   Lew Rockwell  and  Tom Woods  for helping me raise the curtain on  The Next Big Thing!  Feel free to drop me a line if you'd like to get involved and  spread the word. It's a big project requiring many hands.

LOOK! Paul Harvey's back!!

Gun Control FACTS   Are you considering backing gun control laws? Do you think that because you may not own a gun, the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment don't matter? CONSIDER; In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, wer

Before Newtown....

...there were these stories. Before anti-gun hysteria completely engulfs the "national debate", this review  would be helpful and informative if not ignored and forgotten.  Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg and all demanding n ew "gun control" laws must demonstrate  unequivocally  how the Newtown tragedy would have been prevented had those new laws been in force. Ever notice how Politicians never explain how more laws will make criminals obey them?

Q&A

AP Reporting Brilliance: "Among the questions : Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcee , keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house? What experience did Lanza have with those guns? And, above all, what set him on a path to go classroom-by-classroom, massacring 6- and 7-year-olds?" Some answers: "Why did his mother, a well-to-do suburban divorcee , keep a cache of high-power weapons in the house?" Other than add irrelevance to the ignorance, what possible difference could the answer make? Cache ? They were legally owned, legally purchased. What part of "reporting" is it to question the legal activities of an innocent citizen - other than, in this case, to further prejudice the alleged mind of another unthinking simpleton? What experience did Lanza have with those guns?  Stupid Question #2. What difference, what understanding, what relevance could the answer provide - unless the so-called reporter is looking for someone to blame

And now, a message of comfort from our President...

Directions to the next Newtown

Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that. "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?" she asked. "Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becom

On Newtown

You cannot stop Crazy. You cannot legislate a No Risk society. The only way to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.

Friday's Inconvenient Questions

What  if December 21 is just another day? What if it isn’t? Why are Republicans such political wimps? Where are the guts of the GOP? Who is the Republican version of Debbie Wasseman-Schultz? Chuck Schumer? Harry Reid? Nancy Pelosi?  Could an atheist or agnostic become President? If you know something very wrong is happening in America, what are you doing to fix it? If you’re a Union member, how do you justify the violence of your Brothers in Michigan? What is your problem with Free Choice? (No “talking points” allowed) Do you say “I think…” or  “I feel….”? Why? Name your best unique, affordable, available Christmas present? (Key word: unique). Take your best shots in the Comments section!

Unions: slugs and thugs

If it hasn't made it to your InBox,  see for yourself right here. For years, I talked about union slugs and thugs who ran Toledo into a slum, along with their bought-and-paid-for elected scum. The Stupid Paper was and is in bed with slug "leadership" and blind eye TV "News" depts. remain unable or just not interested in getting the stories. Michigan is telling it for them: This is what organized labor looks like. This is what Neanderthal thuggery looks like.This is what Freedom of Choice looks like just before you become a Right To Work state. Congrats Michigan! I didn't think ya had it in you!  Now Ohio businesses have lots of choices where to move! Kasich and the Ohio Republicans wouldn't have enough balls to do this if they owned a bowling alley.

OMG! Can you believe THIS?!?!?

Today's lead headline and story from AP: Poll shows support for raising taxes on the rich December 06, 2012 3:12 AM EST WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits , an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. There's also a reluctance to trim Social Security, Medicare or defense programs, three of the biggest drivers of federal spending, the survey released Wednesday found. The results could strengthen Obama's hand in his fiscal cliff duel with Republicans, in which he wants to raise taxes on the rich and cut spending by less than the GOP wants. As Obama and Republicans joust over ways to avoid tumbling over the cliff when the new year begins, the poll offers scant evidence that the public is willin

Tell me again

NOT this morning's lead story: WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a sneak attack, but not by the enemy they feared. U.S. Army Capts. Joshua Lawrence and Drew Russell were inside a small command post on an Afghan army base, wrapping up a long day of coordinating the safe arrival of nearly 100 Afghan religious and tribal leaders for a peace conference at a nearby palace. Darkness had fallen. Some of their fellow soldiers had retired for the evening. Two stood guard. All seemed well. But as several soldiers sprawled on nearby cots, playing cards, the calm collapsed catastrophically at 9:27 p.m. An exploding grenade shattered the stillness, followed in seconds by bursts of gunfire. Before any of the Americans could raise a hand to defend themselves, Lawrence was dead from a bullet to the head, and Russell was dying, shot three times in the back. They were not killed by the Taliban, as the U.S.-led military coalition indicated the day after the Oct. 8, 2011, assault. Lawrence

Monday Goody Basket

Alrighty then...who ordered the lobotomy? Thought For The Day:    "T here is no arguing with conjecture". Recent headlines: * In attempt to recover $2 billion loss, JP Morgan Chase renames itself Chasebook   *  Elizabeth Warren claims kinship to Sitting Bull; receives Indian name Lying Cow *WH news briefing cut short after Jay Carney's pants spontaneously combust From the High Tech Toy Dept., , something new and (potentially) useful - IF used properly. (NB: The Big IF) Are you a golpher? Do you understand Obamanomics? Wanna see how Obamanomics works when  applied to your next round?  h/t MP Regarding our current financial  situation... Here’s a question: If I give you 50¢ and as a result of that transaction, you owe me $1.00, what interest rate have I charged you? Obviously, I’ve charged you 100% interest and I don’t give a rat’s ass about you or your kids. I’m pure evil and you’re pure stupid. But believe it or not, this kind of master-slave arra

Weekend Report: Hey! Hey! It's The Monkees!

Back from Computercrashville with a Review of "An Evening with The Monkees" Concert (New Brunswick, NJ). All the way back in August, I promised Cassie for her upcoming and highly anticipated birthdayChristamsNewYear'sSuperBowlanniversaryValentine'sDayGroundHogDay, I would secure, transport and accompany her to the Last Monkees Concert, New Brunswick, NJ (prior to the Real Big Really Last "The Monkees" Concert in NYC). Faithful and True to my word, Friday evening there I was: 20 rows away from Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz sitting next to the original President of the Official Northern New Jersey "The Monkees" Fan Club, Cassie Wilson. Ms. Wilson was attractively adorned sporting an Exclusive "Davy Jones Memorial" Pendant (imposing plastic heart with "Davy Jones" inscribed across it blinking bright red from her decollage). This signified a status of loyalty and devotion not found on anyone else in the Sold-Out SRO a

Thought for the days...

You have no right to steal, enslave or murder – but through the dark magic of the ballot box, you can delegate rights you do not have to a government and euphemistically call them Taxation, Conscription and War. 

Hard core pointy headed....

From my libertarian perspective, Conservatives have always been a tad frustrating, if not downright disappointing. As a group, they applaud and profess all the fine points of limited governance, speak highly of human rights, Liberty, Freedom and individual responsibility. When prompted, they will extol the virtues of the Bill of Rights - especially #s 1, 2, 9 and 10. However, the 4th and 5th are problematic. Generally, that's due to the fact their most recent hero, Pres. G.W. Bush, hatched the Patriot Act which decimates 4 and 5, doesn't treat 1 or 2 very well and has morphed into a colossus fit for a tyrant most anywhere in the world. Except here in the Land of the so-called Free. But the sticking point, regardless of logic, objectivity, historical precedent is always God. For a group so enthusiastic and yet sensitive about their religious beliefs, it would seem appropriate for the "separation of Church and State" rallying cry to apply equally to government and g

Random thoughts

While I could never rival Tom Sowell - who occasionally publishes similarly titled columns - here are some interesting issues Tom might not be inclined to mention. Comment away! Have retailers ruined Christmas? Or are our baser instincts turning us into crazed animals hunting cheap prices on the latest toys? How much responsibility do retailers have in creating problematic supply/demand situations? Is this like "hunting over bait"   How did the unnecessary slaughter of 4 Americans morph into a tawdry “sex scandal”?  Beyond media complicity and political malfeasance, who else should share responsibility? What bona fide reason might anyone have for believing the “investigation” will turn up anything damning or something similar will not happen again?  And again? Do network football game announcers always favor the OTHER school?  Is it OK to lie to kids about “Santa Claus”? Or is it better to let kids know it’s all a fairy tale, part of the Holiday tradition – but

Peace on Earth, Good will toward men....seriously?

 DRUDGE Headlines 11P Black Friday: 'Gang fight' at Black Friday sale... Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper... Shots fired outside WALMART... Shoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS... Customers run over in parking lot... Woman busted after throwing merchandise... Thousands storm VICTORIA'S SECRET... VIDEO: Insane battle over phones... Mayhem at Nebraska mall where 9 murdered in 2007... Shoplifter tries to mace security guards... Men Steal Boy's Shopping Bag Outside BED, BATH & BEYOND... Heckler calls them zombies... Sorry I was so correct yesterday.

Happy Bird Day!

Thanksgiving! What a concept! A time to pause and reflect on what stores will be opening early for Black Friday! To give thanks for higher limits on Visa, MasterBounce, And reflect on the horror stories sure to come out detailing fights, scuffles, shootings, deaths and other tragedies that will mark this holiday forever so when NEXT Thanksgiving comes, more cynics will remember what they were supposed to be thankful for THIS Thanksgiving. (Insert "heavy sigh" sfx here) But for those of you fortunate to be surrounded with family and friends in your own Norman Rockwell portrait, good for you! Take lots of pictures. Next year, you'll need them to appreciate those holiday pounds you didn't get around to losing!! (I'm only serious!). Happy Bird Day -- from a Prime Rib house!

Coming Attractions

Thanks again for all the kind words, articles, posts, comments regarding the recent distractions. Someone famous once said, "This, too, shall pass" -- and it will. Time and circumstance are funny that way. So what's next? Thanks for asking..... More regular blog installments. Something about which I've been remiss but now commit to providing. Focus will be through  the libertarian window as usual. If you subsequently have comments, questions, enlightenment, the Reply/Comments section will be fully operational. The Book. This puppy has been in development since 1989. Tragically, two computer crashes, lightening and poor back-up systems, destroyed almost all of the "Early Scribblings". Since there was no way to recreate all of that stream-of-conscious-thought content, I simply started over, trying valiantly to remember what the hell happened?? Plans are to eventually "publish" all or most of the chapters here (audio version included). I'm r

Words fail

Did we all live through the same election? Letters to the NY Times ( comments added ) cmak Omaha, NE Thank heaven--and thank you Mr. President--so happy for us all! ( If "heaven" caused this, I am now officially an atheist. And whaddaya mean "all"? Do I look "happy"? ) Linda Palik McCann San Antonio, Texas The Nation and the World have been gifted with Barack Obama as President for another term; a man of rare grace, humility, compassion and intellect. Advancing domestic and international stability will be imperative -- economically and politically. The next four years will be daunting, but President Obama is more than equal to the task. Needed legislation will be passed if the party of opposition joins the governance of the Republic in common cause and compromise.There is no other choice. Public policy must be crafted for the general good. Legislators must serve the country and not their party. ( "gifted"? "...grace, humility,

"Media malpractice": Suppression? Who US???

What a great line to describe the intentional obfuscation of facts committed by CBS News in editing out and withholding Obama's non-"terrorism" comments  regarding the Benghazi attacks until "quietly" stuffing the edited piece on Sunday night. What will be "done" about  it? Nada. The FCC? Why not the EPA? USDA? FDIC? If Obama wins, the issue dies. If Romney wins, the New Nice Guy will want to heal (heel?) America's wounds and move forwa -- umm -- move on.

Chicago Prepares!!

If you read nothing else before Tuesday....

...this recent post from guest and exemplary blogger,  Monty Pelerin  is imperative. Share with friends who may be otherwise disposed. The Issue It is difficult to adequately express the importance of this election without sounding overly political or alarmist. David Solway achieves such a balance in his description of what is at stake: The United States of America is now something alarmingly close to what we might describe as the rogue regime of Obamerica. The “end,” in the acceptation of “purpose,” of this strange new nation appears to be the reversal or erasure of its Republican heritage and its replacement by what Barry Rubin calls a stealth-leftist anti-American substitute. The projected “end” of Obamerica would seem to be nothing less than the material end of America as we have known it throughout its storied history. Its free-market economy is currently in tatters, its competitive edge and productivity blunted by a meretricious “stimulus” and by redistributi

We return you now to our irregularly scheduled blogging...

The "fog of war" has an ugly clone: the fog of media. Maybe it's a good thing. Just as you know you have won the point on principle when your opponent can only launch ad homonyms, it's a guarantee something rotten is being hidden when the gaggle of mainstream media go with  "stories" like this.  Looks as if they've run out of bodies to throw under the bus. Or maybe they ran out of buses... It's obvious the Administration, from White House to State to Defense, is stonewalling, parsing, obfuscating, innuendo, dodging and every other SOP to prevent the facts from coming being presented in any logical, cogent manner -- and the media is complicit; they couldn't care less. They successfully kept it from growing the strong legs it properly deserved.  The bodies under the bus have become the focus rather than the bodies of the 4 betrayed dead Americans in Benghazi. Maybe the idea is to get us more concerned about the bus... But credit FOX News for  s

Benghazi: Pix and Pods

Jim Hoft  reports. Seen   this? Alaan TV on your cable? They are  reporting the stories American MSM ignores. Here's Matt Bracken on the show 11/1 Back for a chat, Judge Andrew Napolitano on on Bengazi, Sandy, voting. If you missed Kelly O'Connell,  click this.

Chilling

Not just the reality of the cliche: Obama lied; Americans died; the suffocating media apathy is appalling. The chill is from the growing testimony and evidence that the President, Sec.State, Sec Def, Press Sec and other myrmidons have lied and continue to lie to protect their political viability. Occasional guest Monty Pelerin  posts the latest  with links to a CIA time-line interview detailing the events of the attack.  And this Exclusive  from Catherine Herridge/Fox News As always, please share with your uninformed friends.

"CBA"??? Inconvenient Details on Benghazi

Benghazi: the zombie scandal that won't (and shouldn't) die...despite media efforts to render it yesterday's news. Writer/Reporter Matt Bracken posts solid facts , explicit details - separates speculation - and offers irrefutable conclusions debunking the Obama Administration mis-truths, half-truths and outright lies.              Some of the terminology may bog you down; ask a soldier to translate. NEW: MORE EMAILS?  Or just a rumor? ( See previous posts/pod casts below for more history, opinion and lightly exposed details )

If you REALLY want to know what happened in Benghazi - and why...

....you will want to read this tidbit  from Doug Hagmann (CFP). Interesting....we have to go to Canada to find out what the hell is going on with OUR country. BULLETIN: 4:35 PM ET - Doug talks with me this afternoon   on WSPD UPDATE: Pod cast  here Monday AM This just in.... still more intel (Hat tip EF) Now  this. (Hat tip MT) BULLETIN: 4:35 PM ET  (Wed 10/31)Kelly drops in for a chat  on WSPD More........ Tom Sowell's  brilliant summary Breitbart TV on  the MSM silence FORBES' Larry Bell jumps on board.

Vaca: Over - Return to your assumed position

Why don't we have 50 weeks of vacation and work 2? You know -- like Greece? The Benghazi scandal could - and should - blow any time now that the True Facts are known. They're just not known by everyone. Bestselling author (" The Amateur ") and totally credible journalist (Newsweek, NYT Magazine), Ed Klein, says Hillary has Obama's re-election in the palm of her hand  because.... As occasional guest Monty Pelerin writes: "Ah, the wonderful underworld of politics! For politicians, it doesn't matter what is good for the country. All that matters is how they can personally benefit from handling or demagoging an issue." Ditto the Lame Stream Press, MP. I interviewed Ed Klein when "The "Amateur" was released. He is not shy about stating the facts. With credentials of a seasoned and credible journalist, his reporting on this story alone should be more than sufficient for his former colleagues to ask the question of any

Will THIS change your vote?

I've had the pleasure of interviewing Bill a few times. He and his colleagues are putting out some of the best  on-point, thought-provoking written and video material available. His analysis and commentary here  is the most compelling and irrefutable I have seen to date. The lesser of two evils is still lesser -- and rational. It may be "wrong" on principle, but can it be worse in fact? It just may buy the Republic enough time to organize the desperately needed Alternative.

A Little Help From My Friends

Here's some light reading for those who enjoy being informed. Hopefully, that means YOU! From my occasional guest and friend, Monty Pelerin -- What is going on inside the Administration is the stuff of soap operas. A dysfunctional family tries to hide its incompetence from the rest of the world while individual members jockey to survive. The personal and institutional interplay between the various entities is fascinating. Everyone is running away from responsibility, especially the higher-ups. Others, sensing they are being groomed for an under-the-bus ending, are beginning to push back in an effort to save their jobs and reputations. In short, the dynamics of the situation is one of an every man and woman for him/herself. The Ulsterman Report  provides information regarding the timeline of events and the characters involved. Some of it is hard data and some of it appears to be less so, although plausible. The language is harsh, so if four-letter words bother

Here Come Da Judge!

New old friend Judge Andrew "No Relation To Janet" Napolitano returns to the show this afternood circa 4:30 EDT. Catch the chat  right here!  Too late? The pod cast  over here. And here are my contemporaneous notes on  Duh Bait #2

Place Yer Bets!

The Bet:              Annie will show today at 4:30 as scheduled?             Annie will cancel (again) to play with Sean Hannity,                           Neil Cavuto, Bill O'Jackass? Get the latest Las Vegas line  here ! Winners get to hear Annie flog her latest book "Mugged" -- or vice-versa!

VP Debate: We're #2! (so to speak)

The only real job the VP has is to get up every morning and say, "So! How's the President?" Nevertheless, those who eschew the NFL's MNF could still have loads of fun watching the One and Lonely Vice-Presidential Debate, featuring Joe "The Joker" Biden  and Paul "The Wonk" Ryan . I dunno about you....but here's what I saw... Note to the SpellChecker Nazis, Grammar Nannies and the Humor Challenged Gang: I gave Joe "Bidden" the extra D for piss-poor performance. See? Isn't that a knee-slapper!? Now you don't have to write some snarky note about "spelling". Think how much time  that adds to your weak end!

Dots - Can You Connect Them?

Start here: Remember the OJ Trial? Lots of circumstantial evidence, right? Here is everything you always knew about Obama, his wife, Jarrett, Axlerod, all of the Chicago gang of criminals put together in riveting form. The network of evil is unbelievable! Can It All Be Coincidence? By Don Fredrick As I noted in the introduction to my book, The Obama Timeline, a jury at a murder trial will often find the accumulated circumstantial evidence so overwhelming that a guilty verdict is obvious—even though there may be no witness to the crime. “The jurors in the Scott Peterson trial believed the collection of evidence more than they believed Scott Peterson. Among other things, the jury thought that being arrested with $15,000 in cash, recently-dyed hair, a newly-grown goatee, four cell phones, camping equipment, a map to a new girlfriend’s house, a gun, and his brother’s driver’s license certainly did not paint a picture of a grieving husband who had nothing to do with his pregnant wife’s