Honest liberty advocates laud natural and civil rights being exercised, not crimes being committed that take advantage of the trust that must come with freedom. If rights are abused, we condemn the individual abusers, not the right. And skin color has nothing to do with any of that – unless you're a "progressive" and want to have something to cynically exploit.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
“Her post will not alter any plans or kill the deal,” Gottlieb said of Wolfe's report, addressing speculation that the joining might be derailed by last-minute protests. “JPFO and SAF will issue news releases when the merger becomes final late next week or the following Monday."
Friday, August 22, 2014
See also the latest incident: 20 Year Old Executed by Police, Allegedly for Wearing Headphones, Unable to Hear Orders
“A housewife and a cat will both chase mice out of the kitchen. But the cat wants more mice to come back.” – Aaron Zelman
Somebody reminded me this week of that statement from Aaron, the late, great founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. That was how Aaron contrasted himself and JPFO with Alan Gottlieb and Gottlieb’s SAF/CCRKBA.Aaron wanted to educate people so that victim disarmament would go away. He would have been thrilled to be able to close JPFO’s doors and say, “We’ve done it.”On the other hand, he despised Alan Gottlieb and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. He saw Gottlieb as a person who needed and wanted “gun control” because that’s what kept the money and the publicity flowing.
I can back up Claire's statement with personal knowledge: Aaron despised Gottlieb. That JPFO might be handed over to him would have Aaron Zelman rolling over in his grave.
Yet, as David Codrea comments, we only have ourselves to blame for this turn of events.
I will say this much: Anyone who opposes the merger but will not personally help with needed operating funds wants something from others for nothing.
Where Did ‘Military-Style’ Police Gear in Ferguson Come From? Hint: It’s Not Necessarily the Pentagon
“The ‘cool guy,’ load-bearing gear is frankly a lot better than we give soldiers,” Steven Bucci, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, told The Daily Signal.
A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace the M4, a soldier’s most important personal defense, has been shrouded in secrecy.But an “official use only report” by the Center for Naval Analyses shows that one of the eight unidentified weapons outperformed the M4 on reliability and on the number of rounds fired before the most common type of failures, or stoppages, occurred, according to data obtained by The Washington Times.
There are some heavy weapons here. A BKC—an Iraqi clone of the Soviet PKM machine gun—goes for $5,000. One dealer says an RPG-7 launcher and rocket together cost just $200. But the vendors stress that the heavy stuff is only for the Peshmerga and the Asayish. Many dealers in Kirkuk also reserve American weapons like M-16s and M-4s for the Kurdish security forces. But American weapons are plentiful. One dealer explains that the Islamic State’s weapon of choice is a captured Iraqi army M-16.
After meeting with a "bevy" of big-business groups, President Barack Obama is reportedly considering granting them up to 800,000 additional guest-worker visas via executive actions. . . The Obama administration is also considering granting work permits for low-skilled industries as well. . .Numerous companies – like Microsoft and Cisco – have massively laid off American workers while pushing the Obama administration for more guest-worker visas at a time when scholars and studies from organizations on the left, right, and center have debunked the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers. The Obama administration reportedly wants to appease big-business interests so they give him air cover for his potential executive amnesty, which may enable millions of illegal immigrants to get work permits in addition to temporary amnesty.
The Senate barely does anything these days — except approve judges that could shape the law for a generation. Since Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed Senate rules in November to ease President Barack Obama’s approval of most nominees, Democrats have churned through confirmations of dozens of new judges — giving them lifetime appointments that will extend the administration’s influence for years to come.
A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. . .“There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does. . .”Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?
Thursday, August 21, 2014
“Readers are encouraged to send a short note to Kroger, thanking them for their decision to follow the law, and not increase the danger to their customers by designating their stores as Gun Free Zones,” Matthews encouraged in his column, and this correspondent did just that, spreading the word and asking gun activists to follow that advice.
“State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor,” the sheriff said. “I get my orders from the citizens in this county.” Lewis and other like-minded sheriffs have been joined by groups like Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, both of which encourage law enforcement officers to take a stand against gun control laws.
"Reading the comments to this post by Mike Vanderboegh has persuaded me to weigh in on Ferguson and the liberty movement. It had to happen. The liberty movement – at least for some – sees a common enemy, the police state, and is allying itself with crooks and liars. This is to be avoided since it does nothing except harm the movement."
Nightmare. And it’s just beginning. Ferguson is a microcosm of Chicago, LA, Houston, New York, and Atlanta. It’s all unraveling for them. Your job is to be prepared, not to side with any of them. This is their nightmare. Let them live it alone. Let Ferguson burn. Don’t fill in the gaps for them. Don’t side with criminals or militarized police. Let it all collapse, you have no friends in the fight.
"All for demilitarizing police. But remember, cops police a country in [which] more than 2 [million] AR-15s may be pointed at them."
Right. And I hope they damn well don't forget that little fact.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It is unclear at this writing if demands for a no-guns list will be modified to provide the same streamlined appeals process the administration has promised prospective air travelers, and if that will have any effect on the current gun delay appeal process or on organized efforts opposing the enactment of new “terror”-based laws.