Monthly Archives: April 2016

Micheal Stipe (R.E.M) Loses His Way and Forgets What the Deal Really Is

So let me get this straight… young men and women on college campuses are incapable of making good decisions when armed (although the statistics certainly don’t back that claim up), therefore some hoplophobs are up in arms (pun intended) when communities and campuses want to allow young men and women the right to defend themselves at all times. Yet somehow, if the same group men and women went into government service (military/police/LEA) they would be magically transformed into super responsible young men and women that can exercise lethal force justly?

As a fan of R.E.M. (and other groups who miss the mark), I suggest you grin and bear it when your entertainers diverge from their area of expertise, remember them for the good times, and hope and pray that some day they find their way back to reality.

Throughout its history, rock-n-roll music has provided youth who are fed up with being lectured and condescended to by out-of-touch or hypocritical elders a voice to respond and to advocate for their own generation. Athens, GA, rocker Micheal Stipe and his band R.E.M. helped fulfill that role for those who came of age in the 1980s and ‘90s with a string of memorable hits. On Monday, however, Stipe said too much, and not enough, with a preachy, barely coherent editorial railing against the Second Amendment

Source: NRA-ILA

Dear Mainstream Media, Don’t You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence

Clearly the media sympathizes with these Mexican flag-waving crowds in much the same way that it sympathized with the rioters at Ferguson and Baltimore. But when you excuse political violence, you tend to get more of it. We know leftist radicals aren’t shy about taking so-called “direct action” to intimidate opponents. We also know that at least some Trump supporters are spoiling for a fight. Trump himself has been spoiling for a fight.

Source: Dear Mainstream Media, Don’t You Dare Whitewash Anti-Trump Violence | National Review

A very special kind of stupid… Cincinnati Enquirer finds it curious that people might defend themselves after Ohio massacre…

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader’s Sunday comments to his county’s residents may have caused a collective raising of an eyebrow from the audience following last Friday’s mass killing from afar. Locally, however, it wasn’t considered a gaffe or even the first time a high-ranking Pike County official said or did something curious regarding firearms.

Source: In rural Ohio, a call to ‘arm yourself’

A National Sheriff and Peace Officer Association calls for Defiance of Laws its Officers Deem Illegal

Local police chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state. But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S. Constitution and, according to a long new piece by the Center for Public Integrity, “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.” In essence, they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters concerning guns, taxe

Source: The Washington Post

BOHICA – Obama to Make ‘Smart Guns’ Push but Police are Pushing Back

Don’t be fooled, it’s not just cops that are skeptical and pushing back against the gun centralizers – I know of no serous gunman (in the Jeffersonian sense) that wants to risk their lives and the lives of other innocents on unproven technology.

While I do support rock solid (RF/EM shielded, untrackable, unhackable, unbreakable, transferable, sharable, and 100% reliable) technology that can be used to prevent an unauthorized persons from using my firearm without my permission, adopting such technologies should be a personal choice, not one to be forced upon people.

Here is an idea: Let’s make the Secret Service (sorry to my friends in that department, but you get where I am going with this…) the guinea pigs for this, and see how the bureaucrats like putting their lives on the line instead of the people they are purporting to serve with such policies.

Among the biggest skeptics are cops worried about testing an unproven technology on the streets.“Police officers in general, federal officers in particular, shouldn’t be asked to be the guinea pigs in evaluating a firearm that nobody’s even seen yet,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We have some very, very serious questions.”

Source: POLITICO H/T Say Uncle

Communicate Off the Grid

Being separated and out of communications with friends and loved ones during a crisis is a very real probability.

Fortunately, developing technologies like Beartooth and FireChat can become invaluable life saving tools that can help you locate your loved ones regardless of what communications troubles others around you are having.

Beartooth pairs with your phone to talk, text, and use maps, even with no service.

Source: Beartooth – Communicate Off the Grid

Man with a cock in one hand and machete in the other is shot in DeKalb County (GA)

An officer responded to the 3000 block of Green Oaks Circle and made contact with a male who fit the description of the suspicious person. The officer attempted to speak with the male, but police said he became agitated and aggressive. Investigators said the man produced a weapon resembling a machete and advanced on the officer in an aggressive manner. Police then said the officer attempted to gain control of the man with his baton, but was unsuccessful. Investigators said the officer then drew his duty weapon and fired shots, striking the male. “Many of our neighbors called 911”, said resident Julie Carson. Carson was working in her home office when she heard the gunfire at around eight Wednesday morning. “And I jumped up and looked out the window and saw the squad car and an officer standing by the squad car with a gun.”

Source: WAGA

Buy a gun. Get training. Gang takedown in New York City history: terrorized single-family homes and stores

firearms-instructor-handgun-reuters-e1422905218789He said some 2Fly gang members stored guns and sold drugs at a playground in the center of the housing project while the other gang primarily operated a few blocks away, terrorizing single-family homes and stores. He said both gangs used social media to promote, protect and grow their organizations, boasting about their exploits in YouTube videos.

Source: Prosecutor: Biggest Gang Takedown in New York City History – ABC News

Why the Era of Soaking the Rich Is Over | Foundation for Economic Education

Scheve and Stasavage’s Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe (Princeton University Press, 2016) is a shocking book. Given the title, I absolutely did not expect it to bolster libertarian morale. But Taxing the Rich offers libertarians more credible hope for the future than any openly libertarian book published in the 21st century.

The heart of S&S’s unintentionally delightful thesis:

1. Democracies have no inherent tendency to “soak the rich.”

2. Instead, democracies adopt high, progressive taxation in the face of compelling “compensatory” arguments for redistribution.

3. Only major wars of mass mobilization make compensatory arguments compelling.

4. Modern warfare has made majors wars of mass mobilization obsolete.

5. Therefore, tax the rich policies are a thing of the past, at least for developed countries. They won’t be coming back.


Source: Foundation for Economic Education <— Read more here

Vanderboegh Shows Strength and Dignity Preparing for ‘Other Side’

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Source: Vanderboegh Shows Strength and Dignity Preparing for ‘Other Side’

About Rent Seeking Instructors

Rent seeking is always wrong (and can be downright deadly when we are talking about firearms and training), it’s something we must be guarded against at all times.

It has to be an equal mix of greed and stupidity that launches the mouths of some firearm instructors to blab about government-mandated training. If by now, any Gun Owner does not realize that regulations that come from political hacks have no basis in real life and are actually a gateway to restrictions, simply in a disconnected idiot.

Should Gun Owners get training? Yes. If you are an instructor offer affordable classes in different levels of guncraft, from basic pistol handling to weapons retention. But do not latch yourself to legislators in order to keep your gravy train running.

Source: Gun Free Zone

Rand Paul’s Gun Bills Would Help Vets Publicly Challenge FBI Background Checks | Outdoor Life

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on April 19 introduced the Senate companion of the Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act, noting it would help nearly 200,000 veterans from potentially losing their right to keep and bear arms.

The VA has reportedly declared 260,381 veterans with fiduciary trustees to the background check system as “mentally defective.” According to the Congressional Research Service, more than 99 percent of all names reported to NICS as “mental defective” are provided by the VA.

Paul’s bill would abolish Obama’s executive action which allows the infringement on the gun rights of 4.2 million citizens enrolled in the SSA and VA and would restore gun rights to veterans, seniors and others who have already had their gun rights revoked.

Source: Outdoor Life