Monday, September 23, 2013

Response to an editorial in the Guardian: "American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world intervene?"



Dear Editors of the Guardian / Observer newspapers of the UK:

Mr. Porter states: "The death toll from firearms in the US suggests that the country is gripped by civil war." Mr. Porter introduces this statistic: "The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing..."

For starters, Mr. Porter, I can assure you that if civil war was going on in this country, the body count would be a LOT higher than the number upon which you base your premise. In fact, during our last Civil War (more correctly known as The War Between the States also referred to in the South as The War of Northern Aggression) we lost approximately 52,000 during three days in July, 1863 that involved the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

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Why the Media Hates the South



 Well, because they are all commies.:)

The media betrayed a willingness to indulge in misleading and outdated cultural stereotypes when it comes to the South. Taylor Colwell reports for Townhall Magazine.

The South has always occupied a special place in the American landscape. As early as the Colonial era, a Southern tradition developed alongside but separate from the rest of the country, handing down a distinctive body of values, customs and stories that has shaped its culture for centuries.

In recent months, several news stories have called attention to the national media’s treatment of the South. Media portrayals of the Paula Deen saga, the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision, and other relevant stories betray a willingness to indulge in misleading and outdated cultural stereotyping.

Following a blitzkrieg from outlets like MSNBC, CNN, Huffington Post and more, jovial Georgian chef Paula Deen was dropped by multiple corporate partners—Food Network, Smithfield, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Sears and several others. Deen’s crime: she admitted in a court deposition to using the N-word in a decades-old conversation with her husband. The conversation took place immediately after a black man placed a gun to her temple and robbed her. She said in the deposition, “… that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on” and apologized on several occasions, but to no avail; corporate America, egged on by the media onslaught, snatched away her livelihood.

At the same time Deen was being excoriated for her private use of bigoted language many years prior, two other public figures escaped media scrutiny for hateful public comments they made in the present.

Alec Baldwin, the actor well known for his outspoken liberal activism, took to Twitter with virulently homophobic comments aimed at a reporter who had criticized Baldwin’s wife, writing “[I’d] put my foot up your f---ing a--, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” and “I’m gonna find you George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f--k you…up.” Baldwin later disabled the Twitter account and apologized, but the incident failed to trigger much media attention, and he remains front and center in Capital One commercials.

Meanwhile, Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and regular MSNBC contributor, said of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the network’s show “Martin Bashir,” “A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.” Far from begetting disciplinary action or even public statements of disapproval from the network or the university where he teaches, Dyson’s remarks earned him a spot on the following Sunday’s “Meet the Press” and appearances on subsequent MSNBC programs.

There certainly appears to be a double standard when it comes to bigoted comments from well-known people.

More @ Townhall

Reagan Statue at Sports Park Torched by Vandals


Vandals set fire to a life-sized bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan at a namesake sports park in California, blackening its colorful paint and damaging a memorial set up around it.

"It’s an insult to the president as well as to the community," Perry Peters, founder of the nonprofit Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, Calif., told the local newspaper, The Press-Enterprise.

Peters' organization donated the statue, which was dedicated last year, and has set up a Paypal account to collect money to restore the monument, according to the park's website.

More @ Newsmax

Obama Would Rather Negotiate With Iran Instead of Republicans

One of the biggest mistakes President Barack Obama is making in the current debate over the threat of a government shutdown and the failure to raise the debt ceiling is his repeated and stubborn refusal to negotiate.

In speech after speech, Obama crusades against negotiation.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this? He’s the president. Supposedly, he’s the chief executive. But Obama doesn’t want to dirty his hands by talking to Republican congressional leaders.

Now, this is an odd paradigm given the fact that the president and his lieutenants are willing to negotiate with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Bashar Assad, and most recently Iranian president Rouhani Hassan.

More @ Money News

IRS' Lois Lerner Retires

 Image: IRS' Lois Lerner Retires

I promise to lie under oath.........

Lerner's retirement "does not alter the Oversight Committee's interest in understanding why applicants for tax exempt status were targeted and inappropriately treated because of their political beliefs," Issa said.

"Her departure does not answer these questions or diminish the Committee's interest in hearing her testimony," he added. 


Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the tea party targeting scandal, has retired, the agency confirmed Monday.
The IRS said in a statement that due to privacy reasons, it could not say any more about Lerner's announcement to retire.

Lerner oversaw the IRS division that reviews and approves applications for tax-exempt status when the IRS reportedly was putting conservative and tea party groups seeking non-profit status through a more stringent and strenuous process than other groups.

More @ Newsmax

The Russian president has his fans here—who see him as the very epitome of macho manliness.


Two years ago, Gayne C. Young, a Texas-based writer and blogger for Outdoor Life, scored the interview of a lifetime. As a beat writer, Young had enjoyed the outdoor exploits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been documented shooting a gray whale with a crossbow, tranquilizing a tiger attacking a news crew, hunting shirtless, fishing shirtless, and riding horseback shirtless. On a personal level, Young liked the rugged brand of masculinity that seemed a throwback to Teddy Roosevelt. "Although you have Clinton shooting ducks, you never see it. Although Rick Perry says he enjoys hunting, you don't see it. They say they do, but they don't. Obama says he shoots skeet, but they only released one picture," Young says. "Here's a guy out there fishing, with no qualms. He's like, 'You don't like it? Tough.' Then he'd escalate and do more."

His posts on Putin brought in great traffic, so his editor kept encouraging him to escalate. Soon, Young was declaring his "man crush" on the Russian president. ("I hate to use that word, especially on a hunting website," he admits.) He called the Russian consulate, flirted with the right secretary, and went through "hoop after hoop after hoop" until, one Friday, a press attaché called and told him the president wanted his questions in the next 20 minutes.

Young scrambled and sent something over. Six weeks later, Putin replied with an almost unbelievable 8,000-word missive—covering everything from tiger conservation to his favorite works of Hemingway to the innate frailty of human life. He lectured on the similarities between Russians and Americans, and demurred from answering Young's friendliest questions. ("Are you the coolest man in politics?") "People really liked him, at least on our comments section on Outdoor Life," Young says. 

"Given the demographics of the readership, most are die-hard Republicans," and when they saw Putin hunting, he says, "they were like, 'Obama wouldn't do that.' "

Did radical and ambitious members of President Lincoln’s own party deliberately allow his assassination?

Mike Scruggs

     Several years ago I wrote a series of articles entitled “The Hanging of Mary Surratt.”  Those articles were published in the North Carolina Tribune Papers and South Carolina’s Times-Examiner and held considerable reader attention for months. They were later incorporated into my book, The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, published by Universal Media in 2011.

     Mary Surratt was an attractive, dark-haired widow and boarding house proprietor, who was one of four alleged conspirators in the Lincoln assassination hanged on July 7, 1865. At forty-two, she was the first woman ever to be executed by the United States government.

     No nation can long endure without a strong sense of patriotism, and Americans, like most of the more prominent peoples of mankind, have a strong tendency to whitewash history in order to protect the purity of their national narrative. It is more pleasant to remember and teach an unblemished historical narrative of national virtue. The blemishes of such national narratives tend to be swept under the rug, and lifting up the edges of that rug to inspect the blemishes is not always welcome. The defenders of an unblemished national narrative often react harshly and go to great lengths of academic and political cover-up to defend strongly entrenched but fallacious interpretations of history.  Such is the case with the trial and execution of Marry Surratt.

     The hanging of Mary Surratt was not a triumph of justice. It was a disgraceful political and judicial atrocity that still stains the national conscience and mars the American ideal of justice. There are still many who feel compelled to defend her hanging lest we have to look directly into unwelcome truth. But genuine patriotism is undermined when truth becomes subservient to propaganda and political ambitions. Truth and genuine love of country are inseparable. Patriotism without truth is a monstrous imposter.

     The Lincoln assassination conspiracy trial was marked by judicial despotism, suborned perjury, bribery, and the intimidation and torture of witnesses and defendants. The investigation, prosecution, trial, and sentences were all managed by the U.S. War Department under its politically ambitious and ruthless Secretary, Edwin Stanton, aided by his Chief of Detectives, Col. Lafayette Baker.

     Stanton is often portrayed as one of Lincoln’s “team of rivals” who ultimately became his most supportive, loyal, and sympathetic cabinet member. Stanton often did seem to work well with Lincoln as part of a “good cop-bad cop” team in making stressful political and military decisions. Stanton often played the “bad cop” who allowed the President to maintain a more kindly public face in often-harsh dealings with Northern Democrat opposition and what became a total war policy against Southern civilians. The reality was that Lincoln was more kindly in disposition than Stanton, whose ruthlessness often manifested itself with other cabinet members and independent actions unknown to the President.

     One of the Lincoln cabinet members I have come to admire was Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, who finally felt compelled to privately convey to Lincoln the ugly truth of Stanton’s devious and “back-stabbing’ nature. Stanton had well-earned the “back-stabbing” reputation with other cabinet members and several Union General officers.

     Stanton and the fifteen or so leading “Radical Republicans” in Congress were anxious to connect Confederate President Jefferson Davis with John Wilkes Booth’s shooting of Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington on April 14, 1865. Stanton had orchestrated an attempted assassination of Davis in February 1864. Davis, however, publicly and privately decried assassination of political leaders as a strategy of war. No one who is thoroughly familiar with Davis’s highly ethical character places any credence on such an accusation.  I also believe that Vice President Andrew Johnson was an unlikely assassination conspirator. He was very anti-secession but very pro-Constitution. He had a drinking problem, but had sterling qualities of character, which eventually showed though his faults. As the former Tennessee Democrat’s passion for the Constitution and renewing compassion for the Southern people began to show, Stanton and the Radicals began to hate him and would soon attempt to impeach him. 

     I also place no credibility in theories that someone other than John Wilkes Booth fatally wounded Abraham Lincoln on the evening of April 14, 1865. Booth’s first plan was to capture Lincoln and hold him ransom in pursuit of the release of Confederate prisoners of war and possibly a negotiated peace. Booth’s own diary indicated he did not decide to kill Lincoln until April 13. Stanton withheld that diary and information from the Military Court.

     Lincoln’s plan for a relatively benign reconstruction of the Southern States after the War was a concern to Stanton and the Radical Republicans. They were determined to wreak vengeance and continued economic exploitation on the formerly seceded states. More importantly, Lincoln’s relatively mild reconstruction plan risked the return of a Democrat Congressional majority. The Radical Republicans were not about to hand power back to a Democrat majority.

      Readers should bear in mind that the Republican and Democrat parties were quite different from their modern descendents. Democrat and “conservative” were virtual synonyms then. Democrats, North and South, were particularly strong on preserving limited Constitutional government and States Rights.  The Republicans varied from conservative to radical, but were largely a big business-big government dominated party. The Radical Republicans were the most unapologetic and ruthless advocates of using big government to profit big business and big business funding for successful political campaigns. They favored harsh and exploitive reconstruction that disenfranchised Confederate veterans and maintained Republican power in the South through Northern “carpetbaggers” and newly franchised Republican former slaves.  

     Secretary Stanton’s Chief Detective, Lafayette Baker, on taking charge of the pursuit of Lincoln’s assassins gave official orders “to extort confessions and procure testimony to establish conspiracy…by promises, rewards, threats, deceit, force, or any other effectual means.”

     Why did Stanton go so far in breaking all the rules of honest investigations and fair trials to hang Mary Surratt?  Why did he persuade General Grant to reject the President’s invitation to attend the theater with him on April 14? There are more peculiar coincidences and unanswered questions.

Open Carry protesters vs Constitutional LAWFUL Sheriff

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GOA Alert: Anti-gun health care law will fade away if Senate holds tough


“This is probably our last best chance to rid the country of this terrible [anti-gun] health care plan.” -- GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt and Vice Chairman Tim Macy to grassroots activists across the country (Aug, 2013)

URGENT:  Calls are needed to your Senators immediately (202-224-3121), as a key vote on ObamaCare is expected this week.  Please see the ACTION item below.

UPDATE:  By a vote of 230-189 on Friday, the House voted to fund the federal government, while denying funding for ObamaCare.  See the vote here and thank or “spank” your Representative accordingly.  (“Aye” was the pro-gun vote.)

Kudos to you for your hard work and astounding victory!

But also, kudos to House conservatives, who stood up to Obama and his media minions, and to John Boehner, who to paraphrase Winston Churchill, did the right thing after all other options were exhausted.

Finally, we should give kudos to Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) who spearheaded the whole ObamaCare defunding fight on Capitol Hill.  Their push has resulted in this initial victory in the House.

Now, the action moves to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid will try to reinsert funding for the anti-gun ObamaCare law.

Republican Senators can defeat Reid’s substitute language by filibustering it, and we believe that this is where the battle lines will be drawn. If 41 senators vote in favor of prolonging the filibuster, ObamaCare is dead.

And, frankly, any senator who claims to oppose ObamaCare -- but then votes against the filibuster (thus allowing Reid to reinsert funding for the anti-gun health care law) -- is a lying hypocrite.

So the message for now is this:  Oppose any attempt to insert funding for the anti-gun ObamaCare law -- even if it means voting to filibuster the House-passed CR.

Several polls have shown that we have the voice of the American people on our side.  According to one poll, 73% of the American people favor repealing ObamaCare, either fully or partially (CNN, March 2012).

So please distribute this alert far and wide and let’s mobilize that 73%!

Remember:  ObamaCare will give the federal government the ability to use (and abuse) our medical data as the pretext for keeping law-abiding gun owners from possessing firearms -- just as they have already done to more than 150,000 military veterans.  We need to keep the heat on the Senate!

ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators.  Demand that they oppose any attempt to insert funding for the anti-gun ObamaCare law -- even if it means voting to filibuster the House-passed CR.  And don’t forget to forward this alert to your friends and family!

While sending an email is okay, It is preferred that you make phone calls to your Senators as the Senate filibuster vote could be occurring over the next couple of days.  So please call 202-224-3121.

Reid goes ballistic on tea-party 'anarchists'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., went on the warpath against tea-party Republicans Monday, blasting them as “extreme,” “fanatics,” “anarchists” and living in a “partisan bubble” just as the Senate opened its session Monday and prepared to consider the House government-funding resolution, which strips funding from Obamacare and its exchanges.

Just minutes into the session, Reid asked for consent to proceed with judicial candidate confirmations. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, quickly interjected, refusing to grant consent. (Love it!)

More with video if you want to torture yourself :) @ WND

Putin with AK -12

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Flying Bike

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'Obama Express' Grocery Store Caught in Food Stamp Trafficking


After Obama's election in 2009 a small grocery store/convenience store in Florida changed its name to the Obama Express. Several other stores across the country did the same thing. One of those was a location in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, in 2013, the Maryland outlet is under investigation, accused of illegally trafficking in food stamps.

On September 17, WBAL reported that nine retailers in Baltimore County had been arrested for illegally redeeming food stamps for cash and kicking back a portion to food stamp recipients. The retailers did not sell them any merchandise or food.

One of those indicted was one Abdullah Aljaradi who allegedly obtained $2 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cash from Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

More @ Breitbart

McDonald’s, Dunkin' Donuts to Gun Owners: Hey, We Respect Gun Laws


Up until this week, Starbucks had been neutral when it came to its gun policy, which meant that the coffee giant respected local laws regarding firearms. This policy was widely respected among gun-rights advocates—a Starbucks Appreciation Day has even been organized at stores throughout the country for the past few years—but it also drew the ire of anti-gun groups and lawmakers who have been pressuring Starbucks to change its ways. Although the coffee chain didn’t reverse its policy toward guns, on Wednesday the CEO issued a statement essentially saying firearms are unwelcome (but not banned). Even though this wasn't surprising, it was still a big disappointment for Second Amendment advocates who felt the coffee giant was moving closer to the anti-gun side of the contentious debate.

Enter: McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.

More @ Townhall

Communists seek prosecution of celebrated defector to U.S.


Just as the former Soviet bloc’s highest-ranking defector is being officially commended by the government of his native land for aiding the downfall of communism in the region, defenders of the old regime are threatening to bring him before the International Criminal Court of Justice in The Hague on crimes against humanity.

As WND reported, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who defected to the U.S. in 1978 after serving as Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu’s top official, was praised by the current Romanian government in an Aug. 16 letter and invited to visit the country as an honored guest. The government wants him to enlighten a new generation in Romania about the tyranny of the communist era in response to revisionists attempting to rehabilitate the Ceausescu regime.

Angered by the official restoration of Pacepa and his revealing new expose of communism’s continuing war against the West, “Disinformation,” a group of Romanian lawyers and human rights activists are preparing documentation to be sent to The Hague to prosecute him, according to a Romanian blog.

More @ WND

Baiting Deer

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3 Teens Charged In Beating Death Of Homeless Man In N.J.

Three teenagers were in custody Saturday morning, on charges of beating a homeless man to his death in Hoboken, N.J.

As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, Hudson County Acting Prosecutor Gaetano T. Gregory said two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged in the Sept. 10 death of Ralph Eric Santiago, 46.

Police believe the teens were playing a sick game.

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Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood group

Via Horace 

 AP Photo

An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

The ruling opens the door for a wider crackdown on the vast network of the Brotherhood, which includes social organizations that have been key for building the group's grassroots support and helping its election victories. The verdict banned the group itself - including the official association it registered earlier this year - as well as "any institution branching out of it or ... receiving financial support from it," according to the court ruling, made public on Egypt's state official news agency MENA.

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LSU football star plays the Knockout Game

LSU running back Jeremy Hill and another man were formally charged in Baton Rouge on Monday with misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot.
Hill and Robert Bayardo, who is not an LSU student, will be arraigned on Friday, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said.
The matter has put Hill's 2013 season in doubt because LSU's leading rusher last season is already on probation stemming from his January 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Hill's probationary status likely will not be reviewed by the court for possible revocation until the charges have been resolved, Moore said. State District Judge Bonnie Jackson in Baton Rouge already has placed more restrictive conditions on Hills' probation since his April 27 arrest, including a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and a ban from bars.

LSU coach Les Miles has suspended Hill pending the outcome of the case. On Monday, LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said he did not expect Miles or the university to have any further comment.

More @ ESPN

Any Republican who votes for cloture is voting for Obamacare

Via Charlie

 Ending argument

If Republicans don’t blink and block cloture on everything until Senate Majority Leader Reid promises that the rules will be followed and Reid will need 60 votes to shut down debate on his amendment to fully fund ObamaCare, our guys can win this.

If squishy Senate Republicans make arguments that they are voting to defund ObamaCare when they are voting with Democrats to help Reid defund ObamaCare, we will lose.

Tea Party minded voter are not stupid. The American people will not be fooled. Any Senate Republican who votes to shut off debate on this Continuing Resolution is helping Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to fund ObamaCare.

Any Republican who is helping Reid, even if they vote right, are guilty of political treason. They need to be repealed and replaced.

Complete article @ Red State


Via NC Renegade

A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork.Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. *This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: (*Then they best be prepared. BT)

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Kenyan president revealed that his nephew and his nephew's fiancée had been killed in the attack.

New Video @ BBC