Tuesday, January 27, 2015

American Sniper is condemned by collectivists because they feel the crosshairs on their necks.

Dave Workman worries that as ‘American Sniper’ soars, critics will zero on ‘gun culture.’
While American movie-goers are making “American Sniper” a box office record-breaker, critics are sniping back, taking all manner of shots at the film, and one might wonder whether some of this distaste is perhaps due to a subconscious reaction to the central core of the film: the story of a man who was remarkably proficient with a rifle.
How long before anti-gunners start pushing to regulate “sniper rifles,” which might be that bolt-action deer hunting rifle in the gun cabinet, the one with the black or camouflage composite synthetic stock and a scope sight? Such rifles fire cartridges that are far more powerful, and certainly more lethal to big game animals, at greater distances than the so-called “high power assault rifles” panned at every opportunity by the mainstream press.
Personally, I can think of no more wonderful outcome than if the movie prompts the firearm prohibitionists to go after deer rifles. They mess with Elmer Fudd at their peril and frankly the Fudds could stand being reminded that we are all guests at this disarmament party.
I finally saw the movie the other day and my reactions were much as I had expected. There have been a lot of explanations about why this is a Rorschach test of the two different worldviews currently vying for dominance in this country, but I think I have a much simpler reason why collectivists like Michael Moore condemn the movie, often without seeing it.
The reason is hardly intellectual nor is it academic -- they feel the crosshairs on their own necks. They understand that sooner or later this appetite of theirs for other people's liberty and property and lives is going to come down to a test of firepower and marksmanship. They prefer to believe (without much evidence) that as long as Obama is in the White House that the firepower is on their side. But what they understand subconsciously is that firepower and numbers can be negated by properly targeted, accurate marksmanship. This is why Diane Feinstein is always going on about .50 caliber rifles being able to shoot through limousines and aircraft -- because that is where SHE lives.
Oh yes, the explanation is simple and visceral -- the notion of a young deer hunter becoming a skilled killing machine targeted at THEM, well, that is something that they fear above all things. No wonder they loathe American Sniper. In fact, I think I'll go see it again just to say I did. ;-)

About bloody time.

Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, retired officer tells Fox
“This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he said. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”

Gottlieb must be taking a hit in his donor base.

CCRKBA says it will support bill to repeal I-594. Really? Watch out, because Workman includes these weasel words:
Does Shea’s HB 1245 create false hopes for Washington rights activists? Possibly, considering the odds against getting the majority of lawmakers to go along, after which Gov. Jay Inslee would likely veto any repeal.

If you read nothing else today, read this: "Why the Washington State Gun Rights Fight is YOUR Fight."

This fight may be happening in Washington State, but it is not our fight. It is yours. We fight for Connecticut, for Arizona, for New Mexico and New York and California, and every other state currently targeted by gun grabbers and unconstitutional legislation. This is the fight of the American people. Michael Bloomberg and his ilk laid their foundation here in Washington, thinking that we were weak. I-594 may have passed here due to the apathy and misinformation of voters (including some gun owners), but the patriots here are not weak. If he and his friends—and the Washington State Legislators—think that we will lie down and accept our rights being taken from us…they are wrong. American patriots are armed…and we will remain armed. We will stand.

"Ain't a dime's worth of difference." More evidence, if any were needed about George Corley Wallace's dictum.

There ain't a dime's worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans." -- George Corley Wallace, 1968.
Governor Starts Up State Run “Pravda” Style News-Service

More from the militarized force of occupation. One day they're going to need us and we won't be there because of this Mandate of Heaven crap.

Texas Police Arrest Cop Watchers, One for Being Armed, Even Though No Laws Were Broken
In what is becoming a heated battle in Texas, Arlington police arrested two men Saturday for standing across a four-lane highway recording officers making a traffic stop, including one man who was openly carrying a handgun on his waist, refusing to abide by their orders to put it back into his car.
However, under Texas law, Kenny Lovett, was completely within his legal rights to open carry a pistol considering it was a pre-1899 black powder pistol, an antique that is not even considered a firearm under federal regulations.
And we all know, they had the right to record from across the busy thoroughfare, but that didn’t stop police from arresting Joseph Tye as well, who was not even carrying a gun, but merely a camera.

Remember Bloomberg, there is no unconstitutional law that you can buy that we can't nullify with armed civil disobedience.

Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

Informed choices problematic for 2015 NRA Director election

The ballot for voting members of the National Rifle Association is included in the February issue of the member magazine, along with Nominating Committee recommendations and biographies of all of the candidates. Members (Life or higher, or annual members in good standing for five years) have until March 22 to have their ballots filled out, mailed and received, and can select up to 25 candidates out of 35 presented this cycle (adding write-in candidates if appropriate).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty fight panics conservatives

“People are this angry about it. They feel as if they are already not represented and essentially they have been betrayed by most of the people they just worked to elect in November,” said Mr. Deace. “That’s why people are angry at this, because they realize the people that are in charge of our party don’t believe in almost anything in our party platform. They don’t. They are just treacherous.”

Jay Dobyns' post on CleanUpATF.org

Katie Pavlich published a great piece today. So have Tim Stellar, David Hardy, David Codrea, Mark Walters and Mike Vanderbough in days previous. I understand another piece will publish tomorrow in a major newspaper. I do not know if it will be as scathing as those published by these reporters. Time will tell.

Global warming strikes again.

Cuomo warns streets, public transit could be closed Monday as potentially historic blizzard threatens to pummel New York

"Properly Defending Liberty Comes Down To One Thing: World View."

Herschel Smith on Gottlieb and "pragmatism" -- There is a stir among gun rights advocates – or at least, presumed gun rights advocates. On the one hand, there are the open carriers and opponents of I-594 and their advocates in the state of Washington (and other places like Texas and New York where even Sheriffs are recommending that your thrown your SAFE act pistol permit recertification invitation in the garbage), and on the other hand are Alan Gottlieb, Dave Workman, Bob Owens (who seems like a late comer to the pragmatic approach), and many of their readers.
There is an intensely moral element to control of this sort. Gun control is evil, a sign and symptom of wicked rulers.

Beware the synergy of the tyranny of good intentions mixed with the Law of Unintended Consequences.

David Stockman: Woodrow Wilson's War & Why The Entire 20th Century Was A Mistake
The above link was sent to me with the comment: "Time travel must be impossible. Otherwise, Woodrow Wilson, along with many others I could name, would surely have been strangled as an infant in his cradle."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"The federal government has itself become a criminal cartel."

Herschel Smith comments on David Codrea's latest: This is a very big deal, and it goes to show the lengths that the government went to cause disrepute on Mr. Dobyns. The Arizona Daily Star reporter that David cited can’t fathom why the justice department would have gone to these lengths in a simple contractual dispute. The answer is that this is more than a simple contractual dispute. This goes to the entire obscene connection of the government with running guns to the Mexican cartels in order to justify more gun control for Americans. They tried to ruin this man’s reputation and destroy his life. It’s a picture of a failed state, because the government has lost the mandate of heaven. It cannot be entrusted with even the most basic safety, health and welfare of society. The federal government has itself become a criminal cartel.

A "Fraud On The Court." David Codrea breaks most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious.

Note from MBV: Folks, this is the most important ATF scandal story since Fast and Furious. Please distribute it to all your email lists, post it on "gun rights blogs" and forward it to your congresscritters with the demand that they look into this. David has been working on this story behind the scenes for almost two weeks, waiting for the documents to be released. Spread it around. It will be another blow against the empire.
Judge alleges ‘fraud on the court’ by government attorneys in Dobyns case
Commenting on revelations about Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Department of Justice (DOJ) actions in the case of retired agent Jay Dobyns against his former employer, attorney David Hardy equated them with “a BATF and DOJ Watergate... or worse,” Friday. Noting that actions taken over a civil lawsuit evidently have included concealing evidence, secret threats against witnesses, and surveillance of attorneys and witnesses, the new information lends further credence to Dobyns’ allegations and appears to show government lawyers engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

Water in the desert.

A good friend sent me the following verses which he entitled "3 important thoughts for the day." They came to me with perfect timing in the middle of a very rough night like water in the desert --
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -- 2 Timothy 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. -- Proverbs 1:7
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -- Romans 6:23
I'll try to have more later today, including some back channel discussion on the whys and wherefores of the John Brown NRA board candidacy.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Excusing the inexcusable. A trip down Alan Gottlieb's memory lane.

A faithful friend and reader brought this article to my attention from the elephant's memory graveyard: "Tide definitely turned for Gottlieb on gun checks."
It comes from two years ago, in the wake of Sandy Hook and is written by Gottlieb's faithful Igor-in-a-cowboy-hat, Dave Workman.
For a few hours Wednesday, Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, felt like the guest of honor at a public lynching.
Once again, Gottlieb is the misunderstood hero, the smartest guy in the room, whom the rest of us are just too stupid to get how brilliant he really is.
Lord above, how does Workman churn out this bilge, excusing the inexcusable and pretend to some sort of independence?

Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Proof that Hollywood archery is not historical.

I posted a link to this Claire Wolfe piece earlier, but the comments that have been added since (including from Alan Gottlieb hiz-own-self) make it worth to go back and review.

Background checks: inside the mind of Alan Gottlieb

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Define the term "light infantry."
New top Marine Corps general releases plan to shake up the service