Sunday, February 27, 2011
Via American and Proud
--Reverend Samuel West (1730-1807) Colonial Preacher and Patriot
"The idea that we'd ever find WikiLeaks information relevant to the protection of United States citizens' gun rights wasn't anywhere on our radar when the NSSF's Larry Keane tipped us off to some disturbing information gleaned from leaked State Department documents.
According to State Department cables, the Mexican drug cartels are getting their weaponry from an international operation, with the cartels getting military weapons through various government channels. Some of those weapons did, in fact, come from the United States, but they weren't the result of the "gun show loophole" straw-man purchases or any of the other individual criminal acts anti-gun groups would have you believe.
Large quantities of those US weapons -everything from rifles to machine guns, grenade launchers, explosives and ammunition, came from purchases by the government of Mexico from the United States. As the underpaid, undermanned and undermined soldiers of the Mexican army skipped out on the military to put their training to work for the cartels, they took their issued-arms with them.
Others come from weapon buys from guerilla groups in South and Central America that are then smuggled into the country.
No specific numbers on how many of those guns "recovered in Mexico and traced back to the United States" were, in fact, military purchases, but the State Department cables indicate a portion of the fewer than 12 percent of the traceable weapons actually came from the United States in gun shop/individual type purchases. Remember, that's not 12 percent of the tens of thousands of weapons recovered - it's only 12 percent of the weapons recovered that were traceable. It's nowhere near the 12 percent figure that has been misquoted and used as evidence of the United State's "horrific" problem of illegal gun sales."
"A poll of Wisconsin voters released Thursday finds more of them support Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed reforms than oppose them.
The poll, conducted by former Bill Clinton political consultant Dick Morris, finds Walker’s reforms--as a package--are backed by 51 percent of the more than 400 likely voters surveyed while 47 percent indicated they were opposed."
"Wed Feb 24: Atlanta, GA Capitol Police telling us we can’t carry weapons across the street from the Capitol building. So we ended up going down the block to where “the line” was and set up with rifles, pistols, flags, and signs. Awaiting video and pix from that part. The video above is just the tip of the iceberg. More to follow for sure."
"Verbatim reports from the field via FreeFor counterprotesters in opposition to Saturday's union/fellow traveller demonstrations in Atlanta and Raleigh:"
Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift Asks “Since When Does Scott Walker Represent ‘The People’?”
He had a bowling alley in Fallbrook where we had a house for three years and he lived nearby. One of my heroes and I became a Dodger fan because the Yankees would beat them every year.:) I remember when Larsen pitched his perfect game and near the end Snider hit a ball and the announcer exclaimed "There's a long ball, it's going, going, going, gone, foul!":)
Baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider died Sunday morning at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido, Calif.. He was 84.
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1980 after an 18-year major league career in which he hit 407 home runs.
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"........leaving aside the mental health ramifications, the idea that abortions carry fewer physical risks to a woman than those of pregnancy is absurd, not only for the murdered baby, but the mother as well.
This is how muddled the thinking must become to continue to justify such an horrific act. When the necessary evil inevitably becomes a good in and of itself, Satan's face is revealed in full."
Via Weasel Zippers
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty accused President Obama and Democrats of "coddling" unions and applauded the Tea Party movement as "modern-day Paul Reveres."
Speaking to a convention of Tea Party activists in Phoenix on Saturday, the Republican White House hopeful sounded a populist tone while blasting unions and Democrats. "Thank you for standing up to the ruling class ... and big bailed-out businesses," he told attendees.