Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jonkonnu in antebellum North Carolina


 rag man
 The "rag man" in a Jonkonnu reenactment at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Preservation NC. More about the photograph)

In antebellum North Carolina, Christmas season was the time for an African American celebration found almost nowhere else in North America, but widespread through the islands of the Caribbean. Variously called Jonkonnu, Johnkannaus, John Coonah, or John Canoe, the custom was described in the slave community of Jamaica in the late eighteenth century where it was thought to have been of African origin. Although the details often changed from place to place, Jonkonnu usually involved several African American men who dressed in costumes made of rags and animal skins with grotesque masks and horns. Sometimes one of their number wore his best clothes instead. They danced wildly, often playing musical instruments and singing. In towns, the Jonkonnu men went from house to house while on plantations they performed at the homes of masters, overseers, and other white people. They expected to be rewarded with gifts of money or liquor. Jonkonnu dancers were often accompanied by crowds of men and women who cheered them on while taking no direct part in the performance.

Jonkonnu obviously represented a time of release and enjoyment for slaves from the drudgery of their day–to–day work. Some historians believe that it may also have been a time when the constraints of the slave system were loosened in other ways. On plantations in North Carolina slaves of all sorts had access to their masters in ways that they seldom had during the year. The Jonkonnu performers and their accompanying crowd usually came right up to their master’s house, a privilege usually denied to all but house servants. After the performance, the master would often speak to the performers and shake hands with them, another departure from usual practice. Jonkonnu continued in North Carolina after emancipation, at least in Wilmington, where it was observed as late as 1880. A version of it also seems to have been adopted by whites in the late nineteenth century. In the end, however, it may have been too closely tied to the slave system in which it arose to have survived long after freedom.

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As Christmas approaches once again, we recall the traditions of antebellum
times in Wilmington.

Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
"Documenting Cape Fear People, Places and History"
www.cfhi.net

"Jonkonnu" or "John Kunering" at Christmas
Cape Fear Historical Instutute Papers
www.cfhi.net

“The John Kuners were a chief attraction of the Christmas
season since colonial times.”
Dr. James Sprunt

An old Christmas tradition of Wilmington called “John Kunering” is
still remembered, with one similar in Edenton referred to as
“John Canoeing.” This was a tradition practiced mainly by black slaves,
a custom that would find noisy and gaily-dressed processions “singing strange tunes accompanied by banjo, accordian, tamborine and other instruments.” Some of the participants would dress as women, and they festooned themselves with shreds of cloth sewn to their daily attire.  

In Wilmington, the “John Kuners” would dance throughout the town to
the rhythmic chants of:

“Hah! Low! Here we go!
Hah! Low! Here we go!
Hah! Low! Here we go!  Kuners come from Denby!”

“With the rattles of bones, the blowing of cow’s horns, and the tinkling of tambourines, the singing slaves, grotesque in their “Kuner” costumes, would halt whenever an appreciative crowd gathered. Strips of brightly colored cloth sewn to their clothes fluttered gaily as the John Kuners danced merrily. 

They were bedecked in horned masks, beards, staring eyes
and enormous noses with grinning mouths.
All were men, but some would dress as women.
After a few songs and dancing, the Kuners would approach the spectators with hat extended to collect a monetary reward for the antics. The Kuners would then depart for another crowd to dance
and sing for and the usual reward”(Johnson).

Slave Harriet Brent Jacobs described the custom (Cashman, p.51):

Miscegenation at Monticello?

Via Matthew


 

Every so often some clown decides to call Thomas Jefferson a “racist,” and other clowns let him publish the charge. The most recent clown is Paul Finkelman, a professor at Albany Law School, and the accessory clowns are The New York Times. Prof. Finkelman is shocked to find that Jefferson thought blacks were less intelligent than whites. And since Jefferson wrote the words “all men are created equal” but bought and sold slaves, that makes him “a creepy, brutal hypocrite.” Like all clowns of his kind, Prof. Finkelmen tells us Jefferson fathered children with his black slave, Sally Hemings.

In other words, it’s the usual rubbish.

James Callender, a transplanted Scotsman, started the Hemings rumor in September 1802 after Jefferson turned him down for a patronage job. Callender claimed the president was sporting with “dusky Sally,” a “wooly-headed concubine,” who was part of his “Congo harem.”

“By the wench Sally our president has had several children,” he wrote, later claiming that the total was five. Callender called Sally a “slut common as the pavement” who was “romping with half a dozen black fellows.”

“Jefferson’s reputation will survive, but that of The New York Times may not.”

Callender never claimed he met “dusky Sally” or explained how he got the dope on her rompings. The next year, Callender drowned in two or three feet of water in the James River, reportedly too drunk to fish himself out, but Jefferson’s Federalist enemies never stopped whooping up the Hemings story. Callender may have been right to claim he had done more damage to Jefferson’s reputation in five months than all his other critics had done in ten years. Deviants have cackled with joy ever since at the thought that Monticello was a love nest of miscegenation.

DNA testing on Sally Hemings’s descendants in 1998 proved that Jefferson was not the father of one of her older children, but that someone who had the Jefferson Y chromosome fathered her youngest child, Eston.

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Two from Blue

Via Blue

 

An absolutely, beautiful Remington revolver

Via Daily Time Waster

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Rampage Shootings: It's the Moral Decay of Society, not Guns

Via Angrymikes hood


It should come as no surprise that the rate of mass shootings at schools and in other public places is increasing. The surge has nothing to do with guns, which have been widely available in the U.S. for years. Gun control laws have been increasing. Instead, there is a direct correlation between the increase in violence and the gradual degradation of morals, ethics and parenting. We are cultivating mental illness in our society.

Parents are allowing television and video games to increasingly babysit their children, even though both have become full of gratuitous violence. A New York Times study of rampage killers found that six of them were into violent video games. Research shows that violent video games and television desensitize people and promote aggressive behavior, despite claims to the contrary. A research scientist at the University of Michigan found that television was responsible for 10% of youth violence. Parents today are neglecting their children, and when things don't go well, rushing to get divorced instead of trying to work things out first. Children suffer emotionally when their parents fight or split up. Parents are ignoring their children so much they don't even see the warning signs that something might be wrong. The New York Times study found that 63 of 100 rampage killers had made threats of violence before the event.

Parents are no longer taking their children to church, where they would learn stability and morals. Fewer than 20% of Americans now regularly attend church. Every year there are 3000 fewer churches across the U.S, even though the population is growing. God and morality have been taken out of the public schools and replaced with political correctness and non-judgmentalism. “Public virtues” are no longer taught in today's schools. People who do not attend church are more likely than churchgoers to have stress and to be less optimistic about the future. When parents split up and there is no father to take the children regularly to church, the children are much less likely to become regular churchgoers than if their mother regularly takes them.

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Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Only Thing That Stops A Bad Guy 

Today’s shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut was a tragedy.  But it was a tragedy that could have been either entirely avoided or at least mitigated substantially.  How?  Well, it’s time to stop thinking of this as a political issue and to start thinking about this as a tactical, safety issue and apply some very straightforward logic.  To do this, we’re going to ask a 5th grader.  After all, who better to ask than a person representative of the victims targeted?

After he’d seen the news all over the TV, I simply asked my 5th grader how this tragedy could have been averted.  What could have been done differently?  First, I presented him with a piece of paper and we drew a bad guy and a potential victim.  I labeled the location as a hardware store.

Hardware Store 1

Then I told him to draw whatever he could think of that would have stopped the bad guy.  He drew this without a second’s hesitation:

Hardware Store 2

 Hmm.  He gave the store clerk a gun.  That, he said, leveled the playing field.  He said that the clerk would have had just as much chance of stopping the bad guy as the bad guy had of injuring or killing the store clerk.  Fair enough.  That fulfilled my request.

So, then I gave him this picture.  I merely changed the location.  I told him everything was the same, except now we’re at a school and instead of a store clerk, we had a principal sitting in his office.

School 1

 He thought for a second and started to draw a gun in the principal’s hand.  I had to stop him.  I then explained that Connecticut had laws about guns that stated the following were gun-free zones (meaning no one could have a firearm at these locations):
  • Schools
  • Courts
  • Churches
In typical 5th grader fashion, he argued, ‘But the bad guy just broke the law!’

I said, ‘I see that. But did it stop him?  He’s still there in the picture, right?’

‘Yes,’ he conceded.  ’Now what?’

I said, ‘That’s up to you.’  What can be done?’

‘Well, the principal can call the police; I’ll draw a phone….,’ he said.

‘Good idea!  How long will it take the police to get there compared to how fast that bad guy can shoot?’  I responded.

‘Arrgh! Okay….he can duck behind the desk….no….that won’t work; bullets could go through that and the bad guy could run around really fast.  A knife?  Not so good against a gun.  Arggh.’  Then silence.  ’I don’t know. I can’t think of anything else that will work!  A gun is tough to beat.  Everything I’m thinking ends up like this.’  And he drew the following:


‘And that’s what happened today at the school in Connecticut,’ I said.  So, then I asked him who those gun laws prohibiting firearms in schools, churches and courts protected.

‘Duh, mom….the BAD GUYS! They don’t care about laws. They weren’t going to follow them anyway.’

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

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Another call to arm teachers, as in Israel


VERBATIM

 The awful truths of the tragedy in Connecticut is that every law was broken and every means of security violated that led to this horrible event.

Adam Lanza was disturbed. He was under 21 and therefore could not legally possess a handgun. He obtained the handguns illegally. He brought them to a school, also illegally. He entered the school through its new security protocol. He began these mass killings in the administrative offices.

Think about all of that for a moment.

In a post I wrote only a few days ago, I wrote:

It might be a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of lunatics, but it is not allowed under the Second Amendment. By restricting the right to keep and bear arms they have only disarmed those who would be the victim of a lunatic, allowing much more latitude for mayhem.

We have laws against the mentally disturbed from owning weapons; from people under the age of 21 from owning handguns; from bringing firearms into a school. All of these laws were broken. Any future law will not prevent lunatics from doing damage to society if they take a mind to do so. No law was strong enough to stop this event and no future law will stop any future event.

What the laws did do, was they kept the staff of the school from owning weapons and being proficient in their use and ready to stop the mayhem at the first point of contact, which was the administrative offices where, in my mind, two or three of the individuals there should have been forced by law to be proficient in the use of deadly force to protect their students.

The narrative now, from the President's own speech was to do something about this, regardless of the politics. Which politics? How about regardless of the gun-banning politics and look at this one of two ways: 1) either ban lunatics (a thing not easily or realistically done); 2) force school administrative officers, i.e. principals, vice principals and senior staff members to become proficient in the use of deadly force including the use of firearms.

I ask which would be more intimidating to a would-be mass murderer a sign which read: Firearms Strictly Forbidden on the Premisis, or Administration is Heavily Armed and Will Defend the Students Herein?

One thing in common with every shooting I have heard of in the past few years is that each individual involved in these shootings had mental instabilities. When will the mental health system reach for some answer to these shootings other than to ban guns from the very people who might be able to stop them?

The only intended mass killings that has been stopped before it got started is the one which would have taken place at Focus on the Family, where an armed person shot and killed the would-be attacker before he got past the lobby.

I will not denigrate President Obama for being a little choked up at the press conference. The tears seemed real to me. But I will ask him bluntly: Where are those tears when children shoot children on a daily basis in Chicago? What has been done there, or in any of our major cities where gang violence kills many more children on a monthly basis than has ever taken place in a school shooting?

Cries for gun control fall on deaf ears here.

The Right Of It

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Why It Is Impossible to Ban Guns

Decades later, we're still having this debate.

First, in the Heller decision, the Supreme Court stated we do have a right to keep and bear arms.  So that means, you are proposing to violate my civil rights.  That's a dead end issue right there.  If you're trying to find ways to violate my rights only to a certain degree in certain ways, you have to expect that I'm going to fight you as much as any other activist fighting someone who is trying to violate their civil rights.  Hating me for that is irrational, and unless you hate other activists for protecting their rights, there's a word for you--the same word that applies to anti-porn crusaders, anti-religion crusaders and anti-press crusaders.

But, if you still want to have this debate, take a look at this:

 

A Smith & Wesson.  It dates from 1882.  I have older ones, but this should prove the point.  Guns don't wear out easily.

And this:

  

I fabricated this (completely legally) in my garage.  It's a nice garage, but that's all you need. 

And it works for Browning 1919A4 Machine Guns, too:

  

(With a few mods to keep it legal)

Guns are a 700 year old technology.  There are modern machine tools that connect to a PC that will produce just about any automobile, machine or gun part.  The barrel is the hard part, but it's perfectly doable—rifled barrels date back only 500 years.

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New Jersey: Could stricter gun control laws have prevented the Newtown, Conn., tragedy?

 

 As pointed out to me by Anonymous, tear ducts are on the inside.

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I was surprised considering the location.

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Liberals Call For Murder Of NRA President, Members & Repeal Of Second Amendment

When I wrote yesterday about the liberals coming out against guns, I had no idea just how some people would react. What once would have been unthinkable to blast out into public seems to be becoming more normal via things like Twitter and Facebook. Below are a selection of Tweets that are clearly anti-Second Amendment and even calls for the murder of the National Rifle Association President David Keene, along with NRA members.


 

Radar smaller than a stamp, tiny as a tack

Via Cousin Bill


The smallest complete radar system in the world -- measuring less than half an inch on each side -- was squeezed into a low-cost computer chip recently, a European Union team of scientists said.
The Success project, nine academic and industrial partners across Europe, spent three years working on the chip package, with $3.9 million in funding from the European Commission.
And in this case, smaller is better.
'In this area, size matters a lot.'
- Christoph Scheytt from IHP Microelectronics

"In this area, size matters a lot," said Christoph Scheytt from IHP Microelectronics, one of several companies collaborating on the shrinkage. They achieved the feat by tuning the radar to operate at frequencies beyond 100 GHz.

"The main motivation for using high frequencies rather than lower ones is that the antennas can be smaller."

Operating at 120 GHz, a wavelength of about 2.5 mm, the chip can accurately calculate the distance to an object. By using the Doppler effect, it can also detect moving objects and calculate velocity.
At about €1 for each mini radar, or about $1.30, the technology is also very cheap. But miniaturizing a radar dish wasn’t easy.

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Newtown Victims of 'Gun-Free' School Zones Act



Our Hearfelt Sorrow

Words cannot be found nor adequately express the sorrow accompanying the horrors faced at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts break at the carnage inflicted upon those rendered defenseless within the walls of a gun free zone.

Did ‘Gun Free’ School Zones Act Cause a 370% Increase in Violent School Deaths?

The first notable school shooting was the University of Texas massacre in 1966. From then until the "Gun-Free Schools Act" was passed in 1994, implemented in 1995, there were 29 more, about 1 per year with 67 people killed, which averages to 2.4 per year. Since "Gun-Free” School Zones Act there have been 87 incidents, 5 incidents per year resulting in 192 killed, bringing the average to 11.3 per year.

That’s a 370% increase in the rate of school shooting deaths since the GFSZA was enacted in 1994.

Compare that with the U.S. homicide rate, which decreased by 14% since the GFSZA was enacted (1950 to 1994 vs. 1995 to 2007).

This begs the question: why is the murder rate going down in overall society where carrying firearms has become more common due to concealed carry laws, yet it has nearly quadrupled on educational property which has a near absolute ban on guns?

Contrary to the common belief of pop culture, actual data leads to the conclusion that the “Gun-Free” School Zones Act is responsible for an increase in the murder of innocents by a multiple of 3.7 times. As always, areas in which victims are disarmed actually attract violent predators.

 
More Gun Control on the Way

Despite the testimony of actual numbers, it is certain that this tragedy will not be allowed to “go to waste.” Anti-Gun politicians' calls for more gun control as a solution will soon reach orgiastic heights. The horrors being replayed repeatedly before our eyes are indeed humbling. How one can do such terrible things to his fellow human beings is beyond understanding. There are those, however; who can and have done such things and sadly, will again. The solution does NOT lie in disarming society. No matter how noble the idea, civilization will never succeed in disarming the wicked. Disarming those with normal intentions and good will merely removes the final protections society has against wholesale destruction.



IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

Let the North Carolina Representatives to the United States Congress know that you are not prepared to tolerate more gun control as a solution. To find who represents you, use the links below:

US House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
US Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

Calling All Teachers

GRNC is looking for input from teachers who either have or would obtain a concealed handgun permit and carry firearms in schools to protect their students if it were legal to do so. Your comments will be de-identified before being used. Please forward such comments to: President@GRNC.org

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DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
Suggested Subject: "Gun Free’ School Zones enable murder 

Dear Representative:

The horrors of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings are continuing proof that the 1995 “Gun-Free” School Zones Act is a dismal failure, and may have even contributed to the number of school shootings in recent decades. Regardless, it is a foregone conclusion that anti-gun organizations will seize on the opportunity to push for more gun control.

The fact that violent deaths from such incidents have increased 370% since the GFSZA was enacted, is solid evidence that additional gun control is not the answer. To the contrary, it is evidence that it is indeed time to reexamine the entirely bad idea of “Victim Disarmament Zones” created by the GFSZA. Do NOT allow more gun control.

I will be watching your actions carefully through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.

Respectfully,

Teacher Difference: Israel and USA

Via hefferman1

All Teachers Should Be Allowed to Carry Guns

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My heart is sick. I feel so sorry for the children that were murdered, as well as the parents and loved ones of the slain kids and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Connecticut—and all of us here in the U.S., who still have a soul, pray for those whose lives were just senselessly shattered.

But imagine if at least one teacher (with a concealed weapons permit) had their .40 caliber Glock with them, locked and loaded, when this weed Adam Lanza began his murderous mayhem today on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus? What would have happened differently?

Would idiot boy have been able to slay 20 children and 6 teachers? I doubt it. But then again . . . who knows?

However, I’m guessing that this terminal turd might not have dealt out as much death (if any) if the good guy with the gun drew down on him and doubled tapped the center mass of this jackass with a couple of jacketed hollow points.

Unfortunately, there was no concealed weapon in the possession of a teacher to stop this satanic weed from taking root because guns are disallowed on campus. Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t the majority of the mass murders within the US in the last 20-30 years been in the Gun Free Zones?

Gun Free Zones turn the people who inhabit such places into sitting ducks for insane whack jobs with death wishes. I know, some schools have campus cops and security systems however, that line of defense brings zero comfort to most parents if serious bullet flying $#*& starts hitting the fan in one of their kid’s classes.

Look, even the best Rambo like police force equipped to the teeth, driving Vipers and descending en masse on a school in Black Hawk helicopters could not have responded fast enough to kill this Lanza piece of crap. But a fast thinking, well-trained teacher could have.

I hate to seem pessimistic, but given this current “poor me” entitlement culture, I don’t see an atmospheric break in this violent weather pattern. I guarantee that even as I type and our nation weeps, there is, somewhere in the United States of Political Correctness, some disenfranchised dipstick making plans on how he can trump Adam Lanza’s latest slaughter. Chilling.

Call me simple. Call me a redneck. Call me whatever the hell you wanna call me—but until we allow credible and licensed, proven and protective teachers to carry a weapon on campus, we will see this murderous madness occur again and again and again.

Murdering children

 My grandson was born at seven months and was but a few pounds.  Obama would have been fine with aborting him instead.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” a visibly distraught President Obama said during a nationally televised address Friday afternoon.

After pausing to compose himself for perhaps five long seconds, Mr. Obama said, “They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

Then the president wiped the corner of his eye.
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Wonder why the President does not care everyday for the murders that go on in the abortion clinics? What is the difference in the killing in the schools compared to those aborted?


--Cousin John

Sandy Hook Massacre: Sympathy from the Devil


 

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Via Horace Smith

 Children of the drone


“They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” intoned the murderer of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki as he began the liturgy of official mourning for the victims of the Newton massacre. 

Every time children die in an outbreak of violence, “I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent,” continued the head of a regime that will not explain to Nasser al-Awlaki why his son Anwar and grandson Abdulrahman – both of the U.S. citizens – were murdered by presidential decree. 

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” insisted the official who has presided over dozens of lethal drone attacks in Pakistan and other countries with whom the U.S. is not formally at war. 

Tears welled up in Obama’s eyes as he pronounced the familiar, facile phrases of selective sympathy. After ordering that U.S. flags be flown at half-mast for a week, Obama said that he and his wife would hug their children a little closer tonight as he empathizes with the parents whose children were murdered in Newton. 

It’s doubtful that he was moved to similar thoughts of vicarious bereavement as he contemplated the parents in Pakistan, Yemen, and Afghanistan who have been left childless because of his actions.

Shortly after the police had arrived at Sandy Hook Elementary School to offer the service they always provide in such circumstances – that is, drawing chalk outlines and stringing up crime-scene tape – Mr. Obama was informed of the massacre. The minion who conveyed that news to the Child Killer-in-Chief was National Security Adviser John Brennan, who is the official Keeper of the “Kill List” – the roster of people, including U.S. citizens, who have been targeted for summary execution by a secretive executive branch committee. 

Last April, in response to modest but growing public outrage over the Obama Regime’s use of killer drones, Brennan gave an opaque and self-congratulatory speech insisting that the program was legal because those who preside over it consider it to be. 

Killing distant, unarmed people by way of robot-delivered missiles is “legal, ethical, and wise,” he declared. The targeted execution of individuals deemed to be terrorists –without the benefit of trial or any simulacrum of due process – is the result of careful “deliberation,” and conducted in a way that discriminates between combatants and bystanders.

This must mean that Barack Obama and the people who are sufficiently foolish and depraved to obey his orders intended to kill 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki while he was enjoying a backyard barbecue at the home of a family friend in Yemen. 

What's Missing Here?

Via Horace Smith


 

VERBATIM

There is a common thing missing from all of the following events:

Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA 2007 - 32 dead
Sandy Hook - Newtown, CT 2012 - 27 dead
Luby's - Killeen, TX 1991 - 23 dead
University of Texas - Austin, TX 1966 - 15 dead
"Going Postal" - Edmon, OK 1986 - 14 dead
ACA - Binghampton, NY 2009 - 14 dead
Columbine - Columbine, CO 1999 - 13 dead
Ft. Hood - Ft. Hood, TX 2009 - 13 dead
Howard Unruh - Camden, NJ 1949 - 13 dead
Momentum Securities - Atlanta, GA 1999 - 12 dead
Batman Movie - Aurora, CO 2012 - 12 dead
GMAC - Jacksonville, FL 1990 - 11 dead
Geneva County - Geneva County, AL 2009 - 10 dead
Manley Hot Springs - Manley Hot Sprigs, AK 1984 - 9 dead
Standard Gravure - Louisville, KY 1989 - 8 dead
101 California St - San Francisco, CA 1993 - 8 dead
Westroads Mall - Omaha, NE 2007 - 8 dead
* Miami Welding Shop - Miami, FL 1982 - 8 dead
Carthage Nursing Home - Carthage, NC 2009 - 8 dead
Seal Beach - Seal Beach, CA 2009 - 8 dead
Living Church - Brookfield, WI, 2005 - 7 dead
Sikh Temple - Oak Creek, WI, 2012 - 6 dead
Giffords - Tucson, AZ 2011 - 6 dead
Capitol Hill - Seattle, WA 2006 - 6 dead
Crandon - Crandon, WI 2007 - 6 dead
Kirkwood City Council - Kirkwood, MO 2008 - 6 dead
Westside Middle School - Craighead County, AR 1998 - 5 dead
IHOP - Carson City, NV 2011 - 4 dead
LA Fitness - Bridgeville, PA 2009 - 3 dead
Clackamas Town Center - Clackamas, OR 2012 - 3 dead

What's missing? A well armed citizenry, with guts and fortitude, hell bent on not allowing their lives and Liberties, and those of their families, friends, and neighbors to be snuffed out by some asshole.

No, instead they live with the false belief that someone else will do the hard work for them. Worse, they falsely believe that a police officer will make it in time to save their huddled masses.

When I worked in law enforcement, we had a saying:
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. It was absolutely true. Yep, even the police know the truth.

I am not sure what possesses people to put their lives in the hands of killers, because that is exactly what they are doing when they do not exercise their God Given Natural Born Right to defend themselves against aggression.

When one of my friends finds out that I carry in certain places, they invariably ask, "is that legal?" To this I respond with, "What do you mean?" This generally starts a discussion on the "legality" of my choices. I have to take the time to explain to them that there are two sets of laws: society's tyrannical laws and God's Natural laws. I only follow God's laws granted to me at birth, which are not subject to anyone's review, degradation, or removal. End of discussion.

Maybe you noticed that six of the top eight mass murders occurred at facilities where the US Government mandates that The People be unarmed while at such a facility. The results are obviously devastating, especially considering that the gunmen didn't adhere to the laws. In fact, the gunmen probably snickered at the "No Guns Allowed" signs as they passed them on their way to kill. Therefor, the government is putting you and yours in jeopardy by denying your God Given Natural Born Right to defense of your person and property at such facilities.

So for any of you dickless humanity (this includes those CHL carriers who shamelessly leave their sidearms behind to go into "gun free" zones) who may one day find yourself in the same room as myself when the SHTF and there is an active shooter situation, you needn't worry your huddled mass, or should I say your puddled bowels, I shall step into the breach bearing my sword on your behalf as well as mine; you just better hope the shooter doesn't get the drop on me, because then your sorry ass will be dead too.

* This particular jackass was killed by two citizens, who shot and ran over him, but only after he had done his damage and was fleeing the scene on his bicycle.

I leave you with Suzanna Hupp, who was in Luby's on that fateful day in 1991.
 
 

Burning Calories in France

Via Cousin Colby


Brian Terry's Family Sues ATF Officials




The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation, claiming they should have known it created a risk to law enforcement authorities.

Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on Dec. 14, 2010, in a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.

The case was filed Thursday, one day short of the two-year anniversary of Terry's death and a deadline for filing a wrongful death claim in federal court.

Federal authorities who conducted "Fast and Furious" have faced tough criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers for a smuggling ring to walk away from gun shops in Arizona with weapons, rather than arrest them and seize the guns.

The lawsuit made publicly available on Friday was filed by Terry's parents against six managers and investigators for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The family also sued a federal prosecutor who had previously handled the case but is no longer on it, and the owner of the gun store where two rifles found in the aftermath of the firefight were bought.

The family alleges the ATF officials and federal prosecutor created a risk to law enforcement officers such as Terry, and that the firearms agents should have known their actions would lead to injuries and deaths to civilians and police officers in America and Mexico.

The family also alleged that firearms agents and the prosecutor sought to cover up the link between Terry's death and the botched "Fast and Furious" investigation.

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Gun Owners of America: End gun free zones


“Gun-control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands,” Larry Pratt, the group’s executive director, said. “Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered.

“This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones,” he added. “The only thing accomplished by gun-free zones is to ensure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun."