Friday, February 28, 2014

Obama warns Putin. Sorta.

If Russia intervenes and interferes in the Ukraine, Obama says he may boycott a summer summit in Russia.


Somehow I don't see this as scaring bad Vlad.

But the boys at the Kremlin probably got a good laugh.

Oh. Obama also issued a statement this afternoon on the Ukraine.

But it also appears he had far more to say today about the White House Student Film Festival.

Dude's got a strange sense of priorities.

Signs of potential trouble in Afghanistan

Reports say contingency plans are being drawn for a speedy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Perhaps to be set in motion before year's end.

I was never a fan of nation building or an extended Afghanistan occupation.

But if Taliban and other enemies of U.S. (and other NATO forces) get wind of weakness and see early withdrawal as a real possibility, expect them to react with ramped up operations targeting our troops.

There's another area of concern for troops in Afghanistan. Supply lines.

In 2010, when Pakistan shut off resupply through its territory, a lot of logistics were rerouted through Russia an central Asian states. As tensions with Russia over the Ukraine escalate, there's potential for supply paths to become more restricted. How would our military keep things flowing if both Russia and Pakistan blocked in-flows to Afghanistan at the same time?

2014 has potential to get plenty more ugly on the Afghanistan front.

Plenty to talk about on today's show

As we close out February, our prediction of an increasing economic and political instability in 2014 continues to unfold.

Today's show will touch on the unfolding constitutional crisis in DC, the potential for a mounting crisis for the U.S military in Afghanistan. And the continued mainstream media mockery of citizens who possess "arsenals" of firearms. We also can't overlook the growing crises in the Ukraine and Venezuela have escalated since our last program.

Join Don and me today at 1:00 pm EST on BlogTalkRadio.

A constitutional tipping point

About time we heard someone say this.

As noted at the website Future of Capitalism:
A professor at George Washington University School of Law, Jonathan Turley, who says he voted for President Obama and agrees with him on a lot of issues, is faulting Mr. Obama for taking the law into his own hands. From an interview Professor Turley gave to NPR's Here & Now: 
"I'm afraid I think he is violating the Constitution...the most serious violations, in my view, are various cases when he went to Congress, as in the immigration field, as in the healthcare field, as for very specific things, and was rejected, and then decided just to order those on his own. He's also been accused of shifting large amounts of money from their appointed or appropriated purpose to other purposes. ...what we're seeing with the Obama administration is really a systemic circumvention of Congress."
Professor Turley also shared he concerns with the Congress this week, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Here's part of his testimony:

Update: A link to Turley's appearance on NPR

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Don't let the facts get in the way of exploitation

The following is excerpted from a press release issued by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association announcing a series of public forums entitled Black Prosecutors Teach Teens Lessons of the Trayvon Martin Case:
Next week, in recognition of February as Black History month, members of the Greater Atlanta Black Prosecutors Association are leading six panel discussions at Fulton, Dekalb and City of Atlanta high schools to examine the realities of African-American boys’ and young men’s interactions with law enforcement. “Too often,” says National Black Prosecutors Association President Bruce Brown, “African-American males are disproportionately impacted by negative interactions with law enforcement personnel. This should not be the case.”
Have these black prosecutors forgotten how Trayvon Martin was killed?

I don't remember it involving interaction with police. Best I recall, police arrived after the homicide.

Pick 'n choose

Eric Holder's advice to state attorneys general: Be like Obama 'n me, pick and choose the laws you enforce. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Remember the Alamo

Commandancy of the Alamo  
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836
To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World 
Fellow citizens & compatriots 
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country VICTORY OR DEATH. 
William Barret Travis,

Lt. Col. comdt. 
P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves. Travis

Echoing the rhythm and pattern of history

In December 2012 and in early 2013, I noted the Democrats surging push for gun control resulted in a public panic not unlike the colonial Powder Alarm of 1774.

Fast forward a year or so, and residents of Connecticut appear to be stashing arms in violation of a newly restrictive gun registration law. The state's leading newspaper is calling for enforcement action to bring the "scofflaws" to justice. Sounds a lot like the lead-up to what happened in Massachusetts in the Spring of 1775.

But there's also a third component as current events seemly rhyme with the past. That's the rising call from state legislatures that the federal government has overstepped authority, and a belief that it must be brought back under control by some extraordinary means. Recent actions in the Georgia legislature approving Article V measures are examples of this new spirit of state interest in push-back.

In colonial times, legislative bodies also debated how to best counter perceived abuses suffered at the hands of the crown. As the debates continued, as history unfolded, more radical approaches came to be seen as necessary.

If historical parallels provide example, we may be well into an unfolding timeline of a much more significant phase in America's history than most people can begin to fathom.

'Dispatching climate change deniers'

Amazing what passes for political cartoonery in the New York Times these days.

Here's a panel from a New York Times cartoon from earlier this month suggesting potential uses for "surplus icicles":

Are threats and violence now an accepted means of reaching and enforcing what the Left refers to as its "settled science"?

Where's the civility the Left used to preach?

More Pinocchios for Obama health care claims

The president asserts:
“We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion."
Washington Post "Fact Checker" says that's pure B-S.

Another enemy of the 2nd

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sounds menacing.

In an upcoming book, it's reported Justice Stevens has proposed amending the Second Amendment to read:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.
Keep in mind, Justice Stevens was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald Ford, a Republican who lost the presidency to Jimmy Carter.

Ford was also among powerful GOP insiders who tried to block the party's nomination of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Ford claimed Reagan, a conservative state governor, could never win a national election.

I'm glad Justice Stevens is now retired. But he appears to be part of growing efforts to amend the Constitution. It's thinking like Steven's that helps to showcase the potential danger of opening the uncharted territory of an Article V convention.

Worried about the federal debt?

Then how come your senator isn't?

Does your senator vote the same way as he or she campaigned?

Why is it only one names comes to mind when it comes to opposing hikes in the federal debt ceiling?
The people of Texas sent Senator Cruz to Washington to fight against this existential threat, not to talk about fighting it and then assume the Beltway fetal position. The fight is worth making.
More Republicans in Congress won't fix the debt problem. More people in Congrss who are willing to stand with Mr. Cruz might be a start.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

So many things...

“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” - Ayn Rand

Electricity costs rise...

As America's electricity production declines.

Have you sent a "thank you" card to the White House?

Game change in Venezuela

Eventually, even the most orchestrated decline of a nation can reach a point there the game suddenly changes.

By this account, the Potemkin facades of normalcy in Venezuela have been pulled back, and the armed political thugs hiding behind them have emerged.

I eagerly await further reporting by other outlets on what's happening in Venezuela to clarify the current situation. I won't jump to conclusions based on the reporting of one blog.

However, I have a bigger question about our circumstances at home.

Will Americans take notice of events places like Venezuela, and understand we're experiencing a similar, orchestrated decline at home. It's just that the Venezuelans had a significant head start, and had a less affluent starting point.

Eventually, the cracks in America's facade will be too big to ignore or cover with excuses.

How then will we react?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Article V moves forward in Georgia

The Georgia House of Representatives has joined the Georgia Senate in approving Senate Resolution 731 seeking an Article V convention as part of the process of enacting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Companion legislation regarding selection of delegates to the intended convention has also now been approved by both the House and Senate.

Two newer measures relating to a "convention of states" were also passed in the Georgia House last Thursday.

House Resolution 1215 also calls for an Article V convention.

House Bill 794 was another measure in favor of a federal balanced budget amendment.

For those interested in Thursday's Georgia House actions, the floor debate on the four measures lasted nearly four hours, and is presented here in its entirety without additional commentary.

The debate opens with comments from Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Disappearing history

For whatever reason, state monuments and roadside markers that reference or honor the Confederacy or are otherwise deemed politically incorrect are disappearing from Georgia sites.

A bill to prevent their permanent removal will be considered in the Georgia House. 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Playing with fire

Connecticut's government risks loss of legitimacy over its largely ignored gun registration push.

J.J. Tuccille writes at
Here's the thing: Laws rely, almost entirely, on voluntary compliance, with enforcement efforts sufficient for a tiny, noncompliant minority. If a large number of people to whom a law applies find the law repugnant—and a majority of a group, consisting of scores of thousands of people, constitutes a large number—than the law is unenforceable, no matter how many politicians and newspaper editorial writers think it's a swell idea. Governments that try enforcement, anyway, will be stuck in a pattern of escalating brutality and declining legitimacy.

Kiev, Caracas, and testing the will of the people Connecticut

Friday's Don and Doug program goes live at 1:00 pm on Blog Talk Radio:
Police in Kiev attempted heavy handed tactics in an apparent attempt to bring Ukranian protests to an end. The attempt didn't go as well as police might have expected. 
In Caracas, Venezuela, massive protests have also errupted. Perhaps living under a government where toilet paper is a scarce commodity gets old after a while.  
And here in the U.S., there's a less showy, more underground form of protest that's receiving notice this week. Somewhere between 20,000 and 100,000 gun owners in Connecticut are said to have snubbed a new state requirement to register their gun mags and "military style" rifles. 
They risk felony prosecution by so doing. 
Don and Doug discuss these and other topics beginning at 1:00 pm EST on Friday. Your participation by phone or chat is invited. 

Put the remote down before answering the door

Just to avoid  any confusion.

Take heed from the shooting death of a Georgia teen Chrstopher Roupe by a local officer.

As reported by WSB-TV:
A female police officer told GBI investigators that Roupe pointed a gun at her when he opened the door. 
“It just doesn't add up,” said Cole Law who is representing the Roupe family.
Law said Roupe was about to watch a movie. 
“We don't know where that statement came from. The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest,” Law said.
Probably best to put down any phone or kitchen utensil as well before answering a knock from a cop. Just to be safe.

Growing up Obama

From: Hope n' Change Cartoons:

Mom with a rifle

Detroit's WXYZ TV reports a mom with a rifle repelled an assault on her home by armed invaders.

No mention what kind of rifle the mama keeps at-the-ready.

Update: Bearing Arms IDs the mom's gun as a Hi-Point carbine.

Update II: WXYZ has posted its report on YouTube. Includes surveillance video and shots of the carbine...

Obama's EPA banned the most effective rat killing poisons

New Yorkers are now among those paying the price.

Where's Obama?

As Kiev unravels, have you noticed the U.S. has put Joe Biden out front to articulate the U.S. position?

Not Obama. Biden.

Signals weakness. If Ukraine entities or Putin snub the warning, who cares? Biden's dispensable. Biden's an imbecile.

Obama dare not risk his ego being bruised - or  putting his personal reputation on the line?

Or maybe O's just waiting on poll results or a focus group before entering the fray.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Old school gun control"

From Life magazine circa 1956.

Be sure to flip through. It's a photo set.

H/T: The Gun Wire

Wreckage and ruin

"There was a time when economics was a forward-looking discipline with the goal of improving an already good outcome, but the moral and optimistic concerns of former eras are now an exercise in forensics and unwarranted hope." - Ol' Remus at the Woodpile Report

Gun law "waivers" in New York?

Hey, since no one called out President Obama on all the extra-legislative Obamacare waivers and rule bending...

Maybe Gov. Cuomo thinks he can do the same with gun-law waivers if a pal gets in a tight spot.

Georgia House passes pro-gun bill

Now it's on to the Georgia Senate which may be a tougher sell.

No, government is not buying up all the ammuntion

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms sorts fact from fantasy.

What's next is Connecticut?

Because it's an election year, Bob Adelman at the New American suggests Connecticut officials may try to ignore that their ugly new gun registration law is being ignored.

But exactly how does a government pretend it hasn't (unjustly) manufactured up to 100,000 new felons who may be holding what are now, in the eyes of government, 350,000 illegal firearms?

I suspect Connecticut's over-eager gun-grabbing politicians have created a problem for themselves and their state that's too big to ignore.

Wanna survive the next election? Repeal the law.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gun sales slow...

A CNN Money headline proclaims "Gun sales are plunging."

But if you read a little deeper, current sales, estimated by using FBI firearms background checks, still outpace some past years:
Though gun sales have dropped from their peak last year, they're still outperforming monthly sales that preceded Obama's reelection, said Lawrence Keane, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry group based in Newtown. 
For example, the tally of 1.66 million gun sales in January, 2014 is significantly higher than the 1.38 million sold in January, 2012.
Guns may no longer be flying from store displays faster than they can be restocked. And that's to be expected. Sooner or later the buying binge had to wane so folks could deploy cash to build an ammo stash.

Connecticut's rash of civil disobedience is not some shallow leftist game

What's happening in Connecticut is not the showy for-the-cameras civil disobedience like the Left enjoys hyping where professional activists enjoy going through staged and photographed arrests on minor charges.

In Connecticut, people are committing what the state now says are felonies because they believe newly enacted gun control laws to be unjust, unconstitutional and a risk to their liberty.

America is closer to a tipping point than at any time since the Civil War.

Is the Left really eager to push the nation's divide any wider?

Powerful thoughts

Coal-fired electric plants can get fuel delivered where ever there's rail road tracks.

Gas-fired plants need pipelines.

Unfortunately, the Utopian central planners to push us onto new gas plants failed to build the pipelines needed to keep the gas plants running.

It's been a problem in places like Cleveland.

The rush to kill coal plants means new plants can only be built in particular places, and there's less redundancy when gas lines are maxed and gas supplies run short.

At best, this is short-sighted as our fragile electrical infrastructure is made more fragile, less robust.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Connecticut newspaper demands action

Untold thousands of gun owners have apparently refused to comply with Connecticut's new rifle and magazine registration law. Now along comes the Hartford Courant newspaper demanding that the state take action to hold these scofflaws accountable.

Anyone get the feeling that Connecticut 2014 is starting to feel like Massachusetts 1775?

I also wonder how many Connecticut gun owners have borrowed an alleged trick of Saddam Hussein's - That they've whisked their at-risk arms across the border to someplace where they can be safely stored until some point in the future.

David Codrea has additional thoughts on the Courant's shrill and short-sighted call.

IBD also has some thoughts on Connecticut's folly.

Mike Vanderboegh responds to the Courant citing a different law - the law of unintended consequences.

Remington comes south

News reports (here's one) say that Remington will announce plans for a new firearms production facility in Alabama in the coming days. Meanwhile, gun-hating New York officials are scurrying about over the weekend - insisting that Remington gun manufacturing jobs in anti-gun New York will be preserved.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

What a societal collapse may look like...

Take a look at what's going down on the streets of Oakland, California.

It's not yet TEOTWAWKI yet, but things in some cities seem to indicate a more rapid societal decline is underway.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fundamental transformation

"So, why do I believe we have sailed past the point of no return?  Simply because we are no longer what we once were.  We are soft as butter, with no stomach for the harsh realities of real life.  We are weak willed and weak minded, perfectly comfortable being provided for by our kindly benefactors that want what is best for collective at the expense of the individual.  We live our lives in fear - fear of being responsible for our own selves." - "Enola Gay" writing at Paratus Familia Blog

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Write and wrong"

From Stilton Jarlsberg at Hope n' Change Cartoons:

I hate it when...

"Climate change" locks me out of my truck.

The dogs have it

When someone tells you the Obamas understand the plight of the poor or the under-employed...

Show 'em this.

Michelle O makes Marie Antoinette look like a minimalist.

Update: From Day by Day Cartoon:

Odd ammo acquisitions?

If there's a zombie apocalypse, it appears the Department of Homeland Security wants to be ready with a stash of Zombie Max ammo.

And then there's this:

The US Government doesn't issue AK-47s.

So why's it buying a mountain high stack of AK-47 mags?

Update: Bob Owens at Bearing Arms opines and offers some perspective on the Zombie Max story.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Big ice said to be approaching...

We're told to expect a third inch or more of ice, told to expect trees and power lines crashing down beginning Wednesday morning. Icing conditions expected to last at least into Thursday. Power outages around here may be multi-day events.

If I'm not posting, I may be sitting by the fireplace, reading a book, waiting for utilities to be restored.

We have food, propane and plenty of firewood. And a couple of generators if things get critical. We plan on sitting tight.

Safe safe, folks.

I'm logging off for the night.

Smeared with egg, dancing naked at the library

This is what Ivy League education has boiled down to?

Even the lefty Young Turks cry B-S over a radical feminist stunt at Columbia University.

I might have missed this had Fred on Everything not picked up on it.

So much stupidity in our present affluent self-indulged culture.

What's it going to take to restore right-minded thinking in America?

Friday's "Don and Doug" show pitch is posted

Put it up a bit early in case I lose power or Internet Wednesday into Thursday due to the forecast Wednesday ice storm.

"Things continue to deviate from past norms."

Another blatant violation of written law

Yet no one seems willing to call out the president, and take action to put the country back on course.

It seems we're being eased into the idea of one-man rule by default because no one is willing to stand and counter it.

This is not the America of the Constitution.

Is it over and we just don't know it?

Have you seriously assessed the changes in America over the past 15 years or so? If so, did you view them as isolated events or as part of a larger, emerging pattern?
Decades from now, it’s possible that historians will look back and conclude that the American experiment, which began with its declaration of independence from and defeat of Great Britain, ended sometime between 1999 and 2014. As with Rome, the pivotal event isn’t obvious,.. 

Big difference

Mr. Obama's visit to Mr. Jefferson's Monticello turned into a rather tacky affair.

As the storm approaches...

Walton EMC is warning the approaching ice storm may mean multi-day power outages for some.

This advisory was sent by email:
Several different forecasts and forecasters are in agreement that Walton EMC's service area has a high probability of seeing 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation on Wednesday, with the National Weather Service commenting in their forecast discussion that we could see the most significant ice storm in 10 to 20 years. If this comes true, you can expect widespread power outages with the severity and duration dependent on the thickness of ice. 
You may have a small window to finish emergency preparations on Tuesday. Rest assured that your cooperative is planning and preparing and will do its best to restore power as quickly as possible in the event of a widespread outage. If ice totals approach 1/4 to 1/2 inch or more, with possible complications from impassable roads, you should be prepared for a multi-day outage event. 
While we do not seek to cause undue alarm, we do feel that you should be fully aware of the possible impact of a major ice storm and resulting power outages.
Walton EMC serves Georgia's Walton, Monroe and Oconee counties, as well as portions of Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke and Greene counties. The service area appears to fall into the extreme outage area on this map from US Weather Plus:

US Weather Plus operates a Facebook page and describes itself as a group of student forecasters.

Update: While I still take seriously the potential for an ice storm tomorrow, the forecast here for today has been revised to rain with temps rising from the mid-30s to near 40... And the kids are home for a "snow day." Forecast still calls for sub-freezing temps tomorrow.

Monday, February 10, 2014

They say another round of winter weather heading our way

Good chance of an ice storm on Wednesday.

Question is, do I prep a generator? Or do I lean more toward weathering this in a more primitive fashion?

Plenty o' firewood in the backyard.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gun control advocate busted for having gun on school campus

Now faces felony charges under restrictive New York gun law he advocated for.

Scores to settle?

The New York Post reviews HRC, a new political book that makes Bill and Hillary Clinton out to be quite vindictive:
Immediately after her 2008 defeat, Hillary aides made a spreadsheet of those who burned her. 
“She and Bill would have at their fingertips all the information needed to make a quick decision,” the authors reported. “So that friends could be rewarded and enemies punished.”

Punishment came in the form of Bill backing the opponents of Obama backers — even four years after his wife’s bitter 2008 campaign.
Does Hillary plan to play Stalin to Obama's Lenin in the progressive transformation of America?

Democrats better watch who they run in 2016. If Hillary gets the White House,  purge, baby, purge may be the theme of 2017.

The Iranians say they're on the way

The Iranian navy boasts its about to begin patrolling just outside America's territorial waters.

At best, it's a token "force" that's coming.

Cheap propaganda trick? Shallow military head games?

Any chance the Iranians are at least toying with the idea of a close-in to America EMP launch platform - and are now testing the waters, so to speak?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fluke or trend?

Murder's up in New York City.

The NY Post notes:
As his first month as police commissioner under Mayor de Blasio winds down, Bill Bratton is already facing some sobering news — a 33 percent spike in murders across the city.  
According to the latest statistics released Tuesday, there have been 28 homicides so far this year compared to 21 in the same ­period last year...  
The source blamed de Blasio’s anti-stop-and-frisk push for the uptick in slayings. 
Less stop and frisk, more guns on the streets.

The Left hates guns. But only works to make guns harder for good folks to have them.

The Left applauds when guys like de Blasio tell cops to stop pulling guns out of the pockets of suspicious people.

Another crazy idea from a whacked-out socialist

"Elizabeth Warren: Let’s Have Bankrupt Post Office Lend Billions to People With Bad Credit"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Convention of States debate

The Georgia Senate approved a resolution this week endorsing a Convention of States to offer amendmentsto the U.S. Constitution regarding congressional term limits and requiring a balanced federal budget.

Join Don Dickinson and me tomorrow (Friday, February 7th) as we replay the senate's debate on Senate Resolution 736 in it's entirety, with live discussion to follow.

As the call for a Constitutional Convention appears to be growing, it's time to better understand the pros and cons of what may come into play.

You can hear the program by clicking here beginning at 1:00 pm EST. The program will be available for replay - including the entire Georgia senate debate - upon conclusion of the live webcast.

Update: The show's complete and available for replay here:

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ever miss the good ol' Soviet Union?

How does a young man with a youthful fascination with the Soviet Union go on to become a key Connecticut bureaucrat bent on firearms registration and confiscation?

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Read more from Nice Deb, who links to Sipsey Street.

Is a Constitutional Convention the right move in these perilous times?

The Georgia senate has said yes.

Don and I will discuss on Friday's program.

Some support Obama impeachment, others apparently not

The question of Obama impeachment surfaced at a recent forum.

Jim Galloway at the AJC notes:
At a tea party-infused Gilmer County GOP forum in Ellijay on Saturday, one of the questions to the five U.S. Senate candidates in attendance was: “Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented with a vote?” 
Rep. Paul Broun, Eugene Yu and Derrick Grayson all raised their hands. Karen Handel and Art Gardner did not.

How wrong can one woman be?

Marda Dunsky is an author, and is allowed to shape the minds of American young people as well as the direction of future American mainstream media because Northwestern University in Illinois allows her to teach journalism.

Dunsky writes:
The US and the world have changed greatly since the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791. The events of recent years have shown Americans that our freedoms are not immutable and absolute but are subject to reinterpretation, revision and, in some cases, even limitation.
Dunsky is anti-gun. She wants more gun control restrictions. She cites with seeming approval the invasive body searches by the TSA. She seems to welcome this as a sign a more compliant USA where willingly citizens surrender more rights and liberties for what she calls more safety.

Since we let the TSA feel our crotches before boarding a plane, what's the harm in surrendering our gun rights for the sake of more security, right?


Dunsky cites a recent school shooting at a Colorado high school as part of her push for more gun control. Yet she points to new gun control laws in Colorado passed prior to that shooting as a sign of progress.

Another recent shooting happened in Maryland, another strict gun control state Dunsky touts.

Can Dunsky not see the gun control laws she pushes aren't the buffer of safety she pretends they are?

Dunsky seems more interested in pushing an agenda than she is in assessing its proven failure.

I also note the irony that Dunsky turns to Middle East-based al Jazeera to publish her anti-gun opinions about the need to sacrifice our freedoms here in the USA.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Is packin' at the post office a potential possibility?

Rumor has it Rand Paul would like to make it so conceal carry license holders are allowed to carry inside post offices. and David Codrea finds Bloomberg's Demanding Moms are havin' a cow over it.

I'd love to be able to carry when checking my post office box. It's currently a federal crime to have a gun in a post office.  And it's pretty darn inconvenient to have to remove my gun getting out of the car, and then reinsert it after getting back in.


Christie bodyguard accused of shoplifting gun supplies from Cabelas.


From Chris Muir's Day by Day Cartoon:

Convention of the States

Had enough of runaway federal spending and other abuses by the federal government?

Some have suggested a Convention of the States to propose changes to the Constitution to bring things back in check.

SR 736, a Convention of the States resolution, goes to the floor of the Georgia Senate on Tuesday.

Here's the text:
Senate Resolution 736 
By: Senators Staton of the 18th, Shafer of the 48th, Chance of the 16th, Miller of the 49th,
Hill of the 32nd and others  
1 Applying for a convention of the states under Article V of the United States Constitution; and
2 for other purposes. 
3 WHEREAS, the founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered state
4 legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal
5 government; and 
6 WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper
7 and imprudent spending; and 
8 WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through
9 the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent;
10 and 
11 WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the
12 Constitution of the United States; and 
13 WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of our people,
14 particularly for the generations to come, by proposing amendments to the Constitution of the
15 United States through a convention of the states under Article V of the United States
16 Constitution to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power. 
18 GEORGIA that the General Assembly of the State of Georgia hereby applies to Congress,
19 under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of
20 a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution
21 that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of
22 the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of
23 Congress. 
24 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit
25 copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate and to
26 the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to transmit copies to
27 the members of the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives from
28 this state, and to transmit copies hereof to the presiding officers of each of the legislative
29 houses in the several states, requesting their cooperation. 
30 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitutes a continuing application in
31 accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of
32 at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.

I'm personally not convinced a convention intended to begin amending the Constitution is the way to go.

Despite assurances it can't happen, is there any chance progressive political powers could wrest control of such a convention, and deliver on dreams of taking our constitution in a more socialist (or fascist) direction?

Some on the Left have long schemed and dreamed of scrapping the 1789 document in favor of a completely new constitution (Examples here and here).

And the Left's had its dream long before conservatives hit upon the idea of using an amendment or two to bring things back in-line.

Why are we electing "misrepresentatives"?

Ol' Remus opines:
They're doing it again. The moribund Progressives-Lite are warning of lost seats in Congress if tea party activists won't support Republican candidates. You know the drill, "the perfect is the enemy of the good," they say. "We all have to compromise," they say. No, we don't. Compromise is sometimes part of governance, but never part of principle. When a candidate compromises on principle, especially before they're elected, the voter can't know who he represents. Almost certainly not the voter. The idea is stunningly simple: if a candidate doesn't represent the voter, the voter shouldn't support the candidate... 

Are we there yet?

"Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."
- John M. Keynes, 1919, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, chapter VI

H/T: Don Dickinson

"Repeal the Second Amendment"

College students in San Diego sign petition to repeal the Second Amendment, and imprison or execute "legal" gun owners.

Yes, petition pitchman Mark Dice is a bit of prankster. But why would students sign his petition?

Mighty quiet

If Coke was happy with reaction to last night's Super Bowl ad, you'd think it would be workin' social media to capitalize on the campaign and the money spent.

As of about noon, east coast, Coca-Cola's official Twitter stream has been void of activity since shortly after the time the ad aired.

From the Coca-Cola Twitter feed

As execs huddle, wanna bet their discussions are in English?

Update: Coca-Cola resumed tweeting about its ad campaign this afternoon... after an endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden:

Things are grinding more slowly

U.S. manufacturing orders decline sharply in January.

China manufacturing slows as well.

Caught my eye...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Coke commercial hit a sour note

I think the idea behind tonight's Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial was supposed to reflect a more diverse America...

But it came across like America's becoming a Tower of Babel.

The images and the faces weren't the problem. It was the lack of unifying language.

Is Coke planning to label its domestic consumption cans and bottles in various languages? Probably not.

Sorry, Coke. Your commercial missed its mark.

Completely unhinged from reality

Need more proof those at the White House have lost their frikkin' minds?

It's all about the O.

Boiling Boehner's amnesty insanity down to bacics

From Hope n' Change Cartoons:

Stilton Jarlesberg also offers some commentary to accompany the cartoon. I think he's spot-on:

Here's an excerpt:

"The arguments against amnesty are reasonably simple: a flood of cheap labor will further destabilize our already out-of-whack employment picture and further drain taxpayer-funded resources. It will also reinforce the idea that our laws mean nothing."

More on Super Bowl security hype

Have you checked out the recipe for "security" at this year's Super Bowl?

Add F-16 fighter jets to the mix.

Throw in some Blackhawk Helicopters too.

And, as we noted yesterday, there will be snipers planted all over the place.

Seriously people, is all this really necessary? Are we gonna bill the NFL for any of it?

Or does the Department of Homeland Security and its TSA believe the opportunity to use the Super Bowl as a national stage for police state indoctrination is payment enough?