Thursday, July 26, 2012

Run on Guns -- Firearms Frenzy of 2012

It's all over headlines this morning. The Drudge reports that firearms sales have, again, spiked. Speculations on why bring up multiple reasons. Those purchasing firearms in the recent frenzy will state any of these reasons for their decision to purchase now.

One of the largest reasons for the frenzy rests in the current UN conference regarding the ATT Small Arms Treaty I discussed in an earlier article. The conference ends on Friday July 27, 2012. Americans fear that Obama, Clinton, and their minions in the Senate will push for ratification of this intrusive treaty that will circumvent the constitutionally protected Second Amendment right to own and carry weapons.

Leading up to this treaty are several other events the left is attempting to use as excuses to infringe upon those rights. The most recent is the tragedy in Aurora Colorado when one unstable lunatic went on a shooting rampage during a showing of the most recent Dark Knight movie.

That event spurs new gun sales from two directions. First, Americans understand the ban on Ex Post Facto laws, meaning that if made illegal, the government is not allowed to "grandfather" the law making those already legally owned illegal. So Americans are rushing to purchase weapons before they are made illegal. The second motivation generated by this event is people purchasing concealable firearms and registering for classes necessary to apply for concealed carry permits in those states that unconstitutionally infringe upon the right to carry by requiring a permit to do so. The reason is simple. Had somebody been legally carrying a concealed firearm in the theater that morning, they could have, possibly, shot the madman before he harmed that many people.

Another event, or series of events, revolves around the unethical (and illegal) Operation Fast and Furious conducted by the ATF, ICE, and the Department of Justice under the corrupt Eric Holder. When the operation went south and Border Patrol SRT agent Brian Terry was murdered by weapons supplied by this operation, anti-gun activists circled the wagons and decided to demagogue the crime facilitated by Eric Holder's people as reasons to ban firearms or, at least, make acquiring firearms a more difficult task.

Of course, people, such as Obama and Clinton, who wish to disarm law-abiding citizens, falsely use these events as excuses to push for ratification of the UN ATT & Small Arms Treaty, which is part of the Agenda 21 compilation of UN intrusions upon national sovereignty.

Other reasons for the frenzy include current speculation that a certain patent will be made available for public use. That patent involves what is called "micro-imprinting". A few years ago, rumors of micro-stamped or micro-imprinted ammunition caused a run on bullet sales. However, those stockpiling ammunition for this reason did not understand the technology. The rounds and their casings are not imprinted at the factories. The chambers and firing pins of the firearms are imprinted. Small identification codes are placed on the chambers and firing pins. When the weapons are fired, these imprints leave a unique identification code on the brass and the primer cap. When combined with the unique striations caused by the bullet traveling down the barrel can lead to quicker and more conclusive evidence tying a specific weapon to a specific crime. However, very few weapons current available for sale do not employ this technology. Should laws mandate its use on future sales, the weapons sold today are, again, protected from Ex Post Facto laws. Therein lies another reason for the frenzy -- to purchase weapons that are not micro-stamped.

Some politicians are attempting to block a reform bill that protects the rights of veterans. For a non-veteran, it currently takes a court order declaring the citizen unfit for the citizen to be reported to the FBI database that restricts firearms purchases. However, if a veteran has problems budgeting or paying bills on time, the VA can declare the veteran unable to handle his/her personal affairs. In attempts to "protect" the veteran from things such as bankruptcy or homelessness, the VA appoints somebody to manage the veteran's affairs. In doing so, the veteran automatically gets reported to the FBI's database, without a court order, and without any legal actions against them. So, without a hearing or trial, the veterans lose the very Second Amendment rights they swore to support and defend. Some among Second Amendment supporters see the move to block the bill that requires a court order to strip veterans' rights as a form of US Constitution opponents telegraphing a desire to strip any American of the right without a court order or legal action.

Historically, the previous Democratic presidents since the 1970s have supported stricter gun laws. Second Amendment supporters look up and see an axe hanging over their head. The axe is supported by a thin hair. They are just waiting for that hair to give way and drop the axe on their gun rights. So far, Obama has not, yet, instituted any additional Second Amendment infringements. However, if re-elected, he will not have the necessity to appease potential voters stopping him from becoming far more extreme in his socialist agenda. That socialist agenda also includes convincing the average American to disarm, giving up the protection from a militia employed by a tyrant that the Second Amendment is designed to safeguard. Obama is already starting to demagogue for such legislation, executive orders,  or fiat policy in the wake if the Aurora, Colorado incident.

Look at Nanny-Mayor Bloomberg of New York City. He wants Law Enforcement Officers around the country to go strike until Americans are disarmed.

One final reason for the current firearm purchasing frenzy is simple. People see taxes are going to rise if more tax and spend politicians are elected. If firearms are allowed to be considered luxuries and vices as opposed to necessities for self defense, then excise taxes on firearms and ammunition are bound to rise. They are bound to be added to help pay for the execution of the PPACA, among other government programs that overstep constitutionally allowed federal authority.

However, those of you jumping into the frenzy, let me give you a few words of advice. First, the frenzy may cause a supply shortage and drive up prices due to the laws of supply and demand. Waiting a few months may actually allow the prices to stabilize back to normal.

Second, there are many instances where a firearm won't protect you. Anybody with a yellow belt or better in one of the more common martial arts knows that within ten feet (three yards or so), a firearm can be avoided. At that range, you are better off knowing hand to hand defense techniques than trying to pull your Glock. In fact, pulling one within that range stands a sixty percent chance of being used against you by your assailant.

Third, take a class or two. Taking hand to hand techniques will add to your self-defense toolbox. However, there are other necessary classes. Most concealed carry classes teach you federal and state laws on escalation of force and self-defense laws. Not knowing these laws is not an excuse if you violate them. Other classes you may want to take are on negotiation techniques, crisis management, anger management, conflict resolution, and similar. Simply put, working out a solution where nobody gets killed is far better than one where such is necessary. The classes won't guarantee such instances don't occur. However, they do give you tools that may help to keep situations from escalating to that point.

Since the possibility will still exist, take classes in marksmanship, shoot/don't shoot training, and quick draw techniques. If you must shoot, it is better to shoot two to three well aimed shots that hit your target, rather than six to seven in your target's general direction that result in a single hit. In addition, those six to seven quasi aimed shots stand a chance of hitting an innocent bystander, even if they do penetrate the target first. Practice these. Safe and effective practice equipment such as the ASP 07302 Red Training Gun Glock 9mm/40 are great.

My final piece of advice is the simplest. Be a law-abiding and polite American. Enjoy the freedoms of our country. Do not let those who detest the US Constitution take away the protections it provides or the limitations upon federal government it intends/dictates.

Originally post: Mental Aikido: Firearms Frenzy of 2012

The Insufferable Left Wing Crusade Against Chick-Fil-A

I'm shocked at Chick-fil-A. They advocate for a traditional family unit as described in the Bible. This is very controversial, and marginalizing their bases of operation is critical in stopping bigotry and would be a critical victory for the gay rights movement.

That's literally what liberals think about this whole kerfuffle surrounding what Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, said about the company's stance on gay marriage. After a report was released by Equality Matters, a branch of the liberal Media Matters for America, the contents revealed that "Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report."

Wow! People who are opposed to homosexuality and gay marriage. I'm shocked. Yet, I'm not convinced that Dan Cathy said anything that could be classified as anti-gay.
As reported in the LA Times:
Chick-fil-A is very much supportive of the family, according to Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain. That is, the biblical definition of the family unit, he said. And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve, suggests Cathy, whose father S. Truett Cathy founded the Atlanta-based company. In a new interview with Baptist Press, Cathy puts on the record what critics say his company’s actions have indicated for years. Well, guilty as charged, he said in the interview when asked about Chick-fil-A’s backing of families led by a man and a woman. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” Cathy said. The chain, according to the report, has 1,608 restaurants, sales of more than $4 billion and employees who are trained to focus on values rooted in the Bible. Chick-fil-A's across the country shut down on Sundays. We don’t claim to be a Christian business," Cathy said. But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.
I didn't hear any epithets or anti-gay rehtoric. All I heard was that Mr. Cathy and the company he works for doesn't support gay marriage. There is a difference.

Well, this has set off the biggest left wing overreaction  that I haven't seen in a long time and it's downright hilarious as it is disturbing. Apparently, Big Bird lobbied heavily to get The Muppets to cut ties with the company and donate all their proceeds to GLAAD.  It's sad to see a great cornerstone in children's entertainment become so easily swayed by the nonsense spewed by left wing activists.  They've whored themselves out to the radical left and I blame Swedish Chef for not being vocal enough in stopping this inane move by the Jim Henson Company. I personally feel that Mr. Snaffalupagus should have curb stomped Bird Bird.  We all know he was a closet liberal.

Public Enemy #1...if you're a liberal
However, more politicians are getting their panties in a bunch over this.  As Chicago is drowning in its own blood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to put a hold on everything and declare war on chicken sandwiches. In fact, "he said the comments disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents, and therefore building the restaurant in Chicago would be a bad investment, since it would be empty." Have you had their sandwiches Mr. Mayor? They're F-ing delicious!

In Boston, which is known for their tolerance since the city desegregated their schools in the 1970s, Mayor Menino "sent a letter to Chick-Fil-A’s President Dan Cathy. In the letter Menino calls out Cathy for his prejudiced statements against same-sex marriage and said that having a branch of the restaurant chain across from City Hall would be an insult."

Menino got the Human Rights Campaign slobbering all over him in their statement:
We applaud Mayor Menino for calling out Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT practices. We have been asking people to make their own decisions about whether to continue supporting Chick-fil-A based on the facts available, and Mayor Menino has done just that. Mayor Menino’s rebuke of Chick-fil-A sends a strong messages that their habit of supporting hateful organizations that demonize LGBT Americans are out-of-step with not just Bostonians, but the majority of fair-minded Americans. Chick-fil-A is on the wrong side of history, and we look forward to seeing more and more elected officials and businesses speak out against their discriminatory practices.
So will HRC condemn Mayor Emanuel's public embrace of Louis Farrakahn? As Kyle Becker of the Independent Journal posted today: The Weekly Standard reports, Farrakhan was careful to couch his opposition to gay marriage as 'not homophobic':
"Males coming to males with lust in their hearts as they should to a female," he said. "Now don’t you dare say Farrakhan was preaching hate; he's homophobic. I’m not afraid of my brothers and sisters or others who may be practicing what God condemned in the days of Lot. That’s not our job to be hateful of our people. Our job is to call us to sanity." Farrakhan goes on to call out clergy who support gay marriage, saying they are placing society’s needs over God’s. "Is this the book that you believe in, but now you('re) backing down from an aspect of it because people will get offended?" he asked."
Nothing Mr. Cathy said was anti-gay. Again, he's for traditional marriage, which half the country supports. It's not controversial. Some people are simply against gay marriage and the Left needs to get over it.

However, I'm glad to see that some liberals are noticing that this isn't the right battle. Adam Serwer of Mother Jones stated: Menino and Moreno have it wrong. Blocking construction of Chick-fil-a restaurants over Cathy's views is a violation of Cathy's First Amendment rights. Boston and Chicago have no more right to stop construction of Chick-fil-As based on an executive's anti-gay views than New York City would have had the right to block construction of an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero. The government blocking a business from opening based on the owner's political views is a clear threat to everyone's freedom of speech being unpopular doesn't mean you don't have rights. While we may disagree concerning the Ground Zero Mosque, Serwer hits it on the head concerning the threat this could pose to our  First Amendment rights. It's also anti-capitalist.

This Chick-Fil-A "controversy" is a convenient smoke screen initiated by the left to hide the president's record since they're running out of excuses. While I plan to attend National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on August 1st, I will take pleasure as I sink my teeth into that chicken sandwich knowing that the Olympics will overshadow this trivial episode in American politics.

And the Idicoy of Greed Begins

It hasn't even been a week since the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Most of the memorial services, for the twelve who died, haven't taken place.

Yet, one eighteen year old that was there, but who wasn't even injured in the shooting, is already placing law suits.

Torrence Brown Jr., and his family, are suing Century 16 theater in Aurora, the shooter's doctors, and Warner Brothers studios. O, and they've taken an "exclusive contract" to sell his story, for an unknown amount of money, with Entertainment Tonight.

Their lawsuit claims  that the movie theater "was negligent" in not alarming or guarding its emergency door, that the shooter's doctors didn't correctly monitor the shooter after prescribing him prescription drugs, and that the Warner Brothers' film, "The Dark Knight Rises", was what gave the shooter the idea for the attack.

I'll give them a little leeway on the charge against the theater, that is odd that it wasn't alarmed.

However, suing the doctors is dumb, that's what doctors do. They prescribe drugs, and then say see me again in so many days.

Suing the studio is just plain idiocy and greed. Lots of movies have violence. As do many video games and music. Unless you're going to start suing everyone who has ever made or said anything violent, there should be no way for this to actually get anywhere.

Sadly, we live in the kind of world where events like this can happen. Evil people will commit atrocities. And greedy idiots will sue others over whatever they can think of. Instead of learning from the event, and trying to better the world we live in, they only think of what they personally can gain.

Ford Recalling 486,000 More Escapes

In what is getting to be a familiar story, Ford is recalling Escapes.

Ten days ago a recall was announced for the 2013 model, and then seven days ago more were recalled, for a different problem.

This time it's 486,000 vehicles from 2001-2004 that have the 3 liter V 6 engine.

Investigators looking into the death of an Arizona teen, discovered that the vehicles' speed controls cables can become stuck on an engine cover, when the gas pedal is nearly fully pushed down.

When the cable gets stuck there's no way to slow the car down, as it over rules the brake pedal.

Dierks Bentley Announces New EP

Dierks Bentley is breaking with tradition again, this time putting out an EP album, whilst his last album is still generating chart toppers.

His full length album, "Home", came out earlier this year, and just grabbed it's third number one song, with  "5-1-5-0", the tenth of his career.

Bentley says the goal of the EP is to get kids, who wouldn't normally listen to country, interested in the genre with a completely fun group of songs.

He and his band took two days and wrote the songs for the EP, whilst on tour promoting "Home".

The four song EP, "Country & Cold Cans", is due out August 21.

Philippine Troops Battle Rebels

A firefight between the Philippine army and rebels, cost eight soldiers and four rebels their lives, on Thursday.

Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz said that reinforcements were deployed as fighting continued.

Army troops launched the attack on an Abu Sayyaf camp, within hours of it being located.

The army had been looking for the camp, since it launched a raid that killed several farmers in Sumisip, two weeks ago.

Abu Sayyaf, a branch of Al Qaeda, has been linked to many of the most violent and deadly attacks, in the Philippines, over the last couple decades.

Olympic Blunder

The 2012 London Olympics haven't even officially started, yet there has already been controversy.

During the first day of women's football (soccer) North Korea and Colombia were set to play.

As the players were introduced, it quickly became apparent that the maker of the introduction video had screwed up.

Instead of the North Korean flag being seen with the country's players, the video showed South Korea's flag.

North Korea's team walked off the field, and only returned over an hour later, when the issue had been corrected.

Olympic and English officials, all the way up to Prime Minister Cameron, have apologized for the blunder.

Christian Science Monitor Bashes Romney for 'Racist' Ads Using... Racial Stereotypes?!

Some liberals would have you believe that just because you can't see it on the surface, Mitt Romney's campaign ads are brimming with racism. What's funny about this analysis, if you could call it one, is that it seeks to combat racism by being racist. It's like the Voter ID narrative the left is pushing in the media. Liberals feel that blacks and minorities are incapable to obtaining a non-driving government issued ID, yet conservatives are the racist ones.

Witness a July 23 column published at the Christian Science Monitor website by Charlton McIlwain and Stephen M, Caliendo in which our helpful liberal guides explain that, "in the presidential election, it’s not a matter of whether racism will appear in campaign messaging, but when":
President Obama is running for reelection with the support of the majority of black and Latino voters. Mitt Romney is challenging Mr. Obama with an almost exclusively white constituency behind him... A crucial question is: How will we know when pro-Romney ads are potentially racist? It’s not always so easy to recognize."
Perhaps the reason could be there hasn't been a scintilla of racism in this campaign. Ah, but no, Caliendo and McIlwain insist, going on to give five ways you can discern if Romney's ads are in fact racist. Caliendo and McIlwain claim that "A recent ad from the Romney campaign, for instance, has the effect of presenting the untrustworthiness stereotype, calling Obama's statements "not true", and "misleading". Then the ad goes a step beyond, by saying, "but that's Barack Obama", that is, the kind of person who misleads and says things that are not true".

They explain that "charges of criminality, untrustworthiness, and the like are standard attacks on white candidates, there is no stereotype associating whites, as a group, with criminality, untrustworthiness, freeloading, or laziness, so the potential effect is not the same". You're right. It's not a stereotype. It's an actual fact within the human condition that transcends all races, creeds, and ethnicities. What's more, politicians, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and anyone else standing for office is going to be critiqued on their honesty and trustworthiness. It goes with the territory of being a politician.

Caliendo and McIlwain also claim "in the same ad mentioned in question No. 1, while featuring the image of a smiling Obama, the announcer says, he also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies." This provides the opportunity to make the association: Obama, who is black, with "lying", not to mention the descriptors "attacked" and "viciousness", which also conjure the association with stereotypes of black aggression".

Yeah, I'm sure the typical American family, who is suffering economically, doesn't care that such words are falsely associated with "black aggression".  Does anyone know what that means? And what about Obama's attack on Romney for being a felon?  That's a strong attack, but not racist because "there is no historical association between whites – as a group – and criminality. That association is present with respect to blacks, however. Thus, the message functions as a stereotype, not merely a criticism of one individual".  Yes, you read that. When you think black guy, you think criminal, the columnists write, and yet it's Romney who is supposedly the racist!

CSM also has a problem with the people featured in Romney's ads because they're all white. Apparently, "having people surrounding a candidate in a political ad sends the message that those people are whom the candidate ostensibly represents. Featuring an all-white cast of supporters alongside a white candidate makes an inherent critical contrast. It says that "we" whites, represented by Mitt Romney, are different than "those" people."  So if Obama had only non-white rally goers in his ads, would that be called diversity?

The inanity goes on and on about how to spot "us" vs. "them" dichotomies and where the ad is being disseminated. This is critical because then we can get a sense as to what demographic is being targeted. It's totally top secret. However, CSM admits that "determining the audience for an ad run in presidential contests can be complicated (we rarely know where an ad is being run)". So then, why speculate when if the criteria is de minimis at best.

However, "were the ad mentioned earlier ("we good and decent Americas") aired in a place like Iowa, "us" in the ad could likely be interpreted by viewers – consciously or not – as "whites" in a racial context, given that the vast majority of the population there is white. 
 
Clearly, this racist anti-racist analysis of how Romney could be surreptitiously using race to win the election is beyond absurd.