Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Reconquista and the Gospel

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Doing the good is an art and a balancing act, not a neat, tidy science whereby we simple-mindedly carry some one principle toward infinity. The right attitude toward wealth lies somewhere between miserliness and prodigality; the right attitude toward danger lies somewhere between rashness and cowardice; the right attitude toward pleasure is found somewhere between decadence and insensibility. So too does the right attitude toward the exotic lie between two extremes to be avoided — somewhere between xenophobia and xenophilia. It is from this perspective that I criticize the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent endorsement of citizenship for illegal immigrants, and regard their strident condemnation of xenophobia much as I would an alcoholic’s condemnation of Prohibition.

Via Jerry

ATF Fires 'Fast and Furious' Whistleblower

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 27, 2011:

  • 5 Louisville KY cops sued alleging they beat man suffering from heat stroke while responding to pal’s call for help [3] http://bit.ly/kUc8bB
  • Hancock Co ME settles suit for $725k to man alleging he was falsely arrested & abused after off-duty deputy beat him[3] http://bit.ly/lZr2uK
  • Ft Myers FL settles suit for $69k to man claiming he was beat & choked by cop while shackled during interrogation [3] http://bit.ly/lIFlmI
  • Toronto ON cop gets probation in plea deal for holding taser to cuffed man’s genitals on video during questioning [0] http://bit.ly/kbakNj
  • New York NY (Manhattan) cop pleads guilty to faking evidence in 2 drug cases and teaching new cops to do the same [0] http://nydn.us/m7yozU
  • Campbell County TN deputy convicted on 10 of 16 aggravated sexual battery of a 10yr-old child charges [1] http://bit.ly/llg57Z
  • Harris County TX records indicate deputies are not following US DOJ and Taser Inc guidelines for the use of tasers [0] http://bit.ly/jihGkt
  • US Capitol police officer arrested on allegations he grabbed congressional employee’s breast & asked if she had bra [0] http://bit.ly/mEOnF2
  • Hoboken NJ settles suit for $2mil to 5 Hispanic cops claiming problematic SWAT cop discriminated against them [0] http://bit.ly/jqZ4YX
  • Evansville IN cop suspended 21days for ignoring alarm call while hitting on woman during improper traffic stop [0] http://bit.ly/iip7Cl
  • Polk Co WI loses suit in $260k jury award to deputy alleging retaliation for helping w/state probe into sheriff [4] http://bit.ly/ijwuxh
  • Houston TX loses suit in $17k jury award to disabled man injured by police during raid on nightclub [3] http://bit.ly/mqygn5
  • New York NY police accused of falsely arresting lawyer when he tried to advise client of his rights during arrest [3] http://nydn.us/jeVJcH
  • Des Moines IA cop charged w/domestic assault causing injury after alleged altercation w/girlfriend while drunk [1] http://bit.ly/kL4tC8
  • New York NY settles suit for $400k to woman injured in crash w/police truck that ran red light w/o slowing [0] http://bit.ly/iyUfOG
  • Salinas CA police sgt takes plea deal for probation in elder abuse case for stealing $40k from mom’s account [0] http://bit.ly/jImwJy
  • Last, but not least, in Rochester NY charges have been dropped against a woman who was arrested for videotaping cops making a traffic stop in front of her home. However, while the police chief insists that an internal investigation is underway into that arrest and into several officers who ticketed cars during a meeting by activists in response to that arrest, the chief announced that he plans to keep the results of those misconduct investigations a secret. [5] http://bit.ly/khZWyf

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

Lysander Spooner on the Late Unpleasantness

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"The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply
That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a
government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part,
makes them traitors and criminals.

No principle, that is possible to be
named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more
self-evidently fatal to all political freedom.

Yet it triumphed in the
field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be
established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by
the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a
government that he does not want, is a slave.

And there is no
difference, in principle --- but only in degree --- between political
and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man's
ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that
other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their
uses, and at their pleasure."

-- Lysander Spooner, 19th century lawyer, abolitionist, and entrepreneur


‘All the sugarcoating in the world’ can’t sweeten some history

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Forbidden History In The Bash Whitey Public School Systems




My comments are primarily addressed to Cheryl Lynn’s letter, “Don’t sugarcoat rebel flag’s history” [Maryland Independent, May 11].

That door swings both ways. There is not enough sweetener on the planet to mask the sins of man’s inhumanity to man, and that includes African-American history.

Beginning on this continent in 1619, the first 20 Africans were brought to the Virginia colony by Dutch traders and exchanged for food with the colonists. One of those 20 Africans was Anthony Johnson.

By 1623, he had earned his freedom under the indentured servant system. And by 1651, he was prosperous enough to import five indentured servants of his own for which he received a grant of 250 acres as head rights.

Slavery was established in the English colonies in 1654 when Anthony Johnson convinced the Northampton County, Va., court that he was entitled to the lifetime services of a man named John Casor. This was the first judicial approval of life servitude, except as punishment for a crime or debt.

Black Africans have been enslaved by Arabs, Europeans and other Africans for centuries before they were brought to the New World and even today in some African countries.

Blacks arrived slowly during the first four decades of colonization. Most white immigrants during this time arrived as indentured servants and many of the first blacks were also indentured and earned their freedom after a period of servitude.

In 1650, there were only 300 African-Americans in Virginia. Some of those were not slaves, any more than the approximately 4,000 white indentured servants working off their loans for passage to Virginia.

The growing colonies were remarkably free of racial bias. Free blacks voted, owned land, held elective office and imported their own white and black indentured servants.

The major prejudice of the time was by the English gentry toward lower classes without distinction as to color.

Black and white indentured servants worked together and sometimes ran away together. I doubt that one in 10,000 African-Americans can tell you who Anthony Johnson was because it is not taught as part of black history. That is sugarcoating.

Slavery existed in the colonies under the English flag for 150 years before the revolution and for many years after the revolution under the Star-Spangled Banner.

It took the U.S. government another more than 100 years after that to enact a Civil Rights Act signed into law by a southerner, President Lyndon B. Johnson. As for the more than 200,000 African-American soldiers who fought for the Stars and Stripes in the Civil War, their service to the country was not acknowledged and honored with an exclusive monument until 135 years after the war ended.

African-Americans who served in the Confederate service had monuments erected in the states of Mississippi, South Carolina and others 100 years ago while the veterans were still living.

Even to this day, Veterans Administration-issued gravestones have the designation USCT, for United States Colored Troops, stating a difference between them and their white fellow U.S soldiers.

In comparison, a black Confederate veteran’s stone is the same as a white Confederate veteran’s stone.

During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, there was the largest Ku Klux Klan rally in history where 40,000 hooded Klansmen marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital. Each of them carried a flag, the U.S. flag. Not a Confederate flag of any kind is seen in the entire archived photo.

All the sugarcoating in the world can’t sweeten that segment of history.

Jim Dunbar, La Plata


The Garand is Grand


The Obama administration M-1 quarantine ignores history, commonsense

How could this be? you ask?

In their quest for a gun free and thereby violence free society they have denied re-importation of approximately 100,000 M-1 Garand and M-1 Carbine Rifles from our long time ally, South Korea.

In August 2010, after first giving approval, the Obama Administration blocked the South Korean government’s program of selling the weapons to American collectors and enthusiasts.

These rifles, approximately 27,000 M-1 Garands Carbines and 86,000 M-1 Garands were left in South Korea after their war with the North. The country holds roughly 640,000 of the carbines in their strategic reserves.

Given their role in both WWII and the Korean War, many Guns and Patriots readers are alive today because a father or grand father carried one of these well built, reliable, easy to maintain, and accurate American-made rifles.

Gen. George S. Patton Jr., was a great fan of the weapon. Describing the M-1 Garand, he called it: “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” High praise indeed.

The M-1 Garand is a rifleman’s rifle! What self respecting son or grandson, or even granddaughter wouldn’t want to own their dad’s WWII rifle?

Pocket Holster Round Up

I use the Super Fly for my LCR .357 pictured below. The pocket carry gives you the advantage of being able in many instances of having your hand physically on your gun without others realizing this.

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I guess I am like a lot of people: .38 snubnose revolver in my pocket. One of the most popular concealed carry handguns is the small frame revolver, and one of the most popular places to carry one is in a pocket.

Pocket carry offers a lot of advantages. I personally like the fact that I can slip the gun into a pants pocket with virtually any wardrobe choice and the revolver will always be close at hand.

Even if you don’t like the wheelgun option, there are a lot of semi-auto pistols suitable for riding in a pocket. The popularity of the Ruger LCP, SIG SAUER P238 and Kel-Tec P3AT certainly seem to suggest that.

No matter what tool you choose, you need to carry that weapon in a holster.

Why a Holster?

Rand Paul to TSA Head: “I Feel Less Safe”

Rand Paul to John Pistole: You're Clueless

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), thinks flying is a privilege, and therefore, apparently, those of us “privileged” to be doing it ought to be subjected to whatever humiliations his agents can dish out.

Sen. Rand Paul, during his questioning of Pistole in Senate hearings this week, quoted the Supreme Court’s contrary view:

The right to travel is so important that it is assertable against private interference as well as governmental action. A virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all.

Sen. Paul continued in saying:

I feel less safe because you’re doing these invasive exams on a six year old. It makes me think you’re clueless, that you think she’s going to attack our country and that you’re not doing your research on the people who would attack our country.

Here are the proceedings:

Senator Paul was clearly raised right—parents, follow that lead!

VTAC 2x2x2 Rifle Drill

The Fastest 2x2x2 Drill on the Planet

Well, it might not be…but it sure is one of the fastest bits of shooting I’ve ever seen.

I ran across this video this weekend to pick up some tips on shooting drills and was blown away at how fast Kyle Lamb can push lead through these targets. Kit Up! readers might remember my attempt at this drill last year at ITI and it was pathetic (especially since my boss beat me as well).

But Lamb has the money quote in this one where he says “taking out three dudes in less than two seconds isn’t bad.”

One-Armed Vet Relishes Moment After Nice CatchOne-Armed Vet Relishes Moment After Nice Catch

Michael Kacer had been trying to put together a trip with his nephew, Isaiah, for a while, and something always came up.

It turned out to be worth the wait.

Kacer, a veteran who lost his left arm in a 2008 rocket attack in Afghanistan, is enjoying the spotlight after his terrific catch of a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Friday night attracted national attention.


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