Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The straw that breaks the camel's back?

Anonymous February 5, 2013
Each man arrested will create ten to take his place. Each family killed will see ten replace them. We know this because of history. We have seen it in Ireland, Scotland, the Vendee, where the tyrant rules he sows dragon's teeth. How many cuts were inflicted on our forefather's before the British crossed the line at Lexington?

The question is when Big Brother decides to have a Reichstag fire? Big Brother has to look over his shoulder. He is surrounded by the people. His family is at risk. Nothing can shelter him, protect him, and in the end he can trust no one. Dictators always end up hanging by their heels.

It's only a matter of how long the camel's back remains intact. Exactly how happy are you with the government today? How do you see the future? How do you feel about the law?

2nd NC County: Pitt Commissioners Endorse Gun Owners’ Rights Resolutions

Via NC Renegade

WRSA State Of The Union Forum: Where We Are, How We Got Here, & Where We Are Going


UPDATE 1500 EST 5 FEBRUARY 2013: Many thanks to our panelists and our audience. To accommodate folks, we are going to keep the comments going through tomorrow at least and the end of this week at the latest. Moderation will be as frequent as we can make it.
Please make sure to consider purchasing our participants’ books (if you haven’t already). You will find them all well worth your time and study.

I am deeply indebted to our panelists today, who have taken time from their busy lives to share their thoughts on America, circa 2013, with the WRSA readership. Comments are enabled through midnight tonight and will be moderated as quickly as possible during the interactive portion of this exercise, which will end at approximately 3 pm est today. Folks on East Coast time should remember that some of our panel is in different time zones.

They are (in utterly random order):

- David Codrea (DC): David is a Field Editor for GUNS Magazine, writes the National Gun Rights Examiner column and blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. He is a twenty-plus year veteran gun rights advocate. If he wanted to be successful, he’d be writing about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. 

- Mike Garand (MG) and Jack Lawson (JL) are former Special Operations unit combat veterans who were involved with rapid response Airborne and Heliborne Counter Insurgency Units, overseeing perimeter protection, training and providing bodyguard services in conflicts of Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the authors of “A Failure Of Civility”, a “how to” guide to protecting you, your family, your neighborhood, your community, and America in time of disaster and civil unrest.
Mike Garand holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis on Criminal Justice. He has spent much of his life in the U.S. Military as a Marine and Special Forces Soldier and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. He is also a retired Detective from a major metropolitan police department. He has worked for years as a Contractor for the largest and most well known of the American private military companies, providing training and security services worldwide. He has seen service numerous times during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike is a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces Association chapter.

Jack Lawson served in the United States Air Force and was also a member of a Foreign Legion counter insurgency unit during an anti-communist guerilla war in Africa. He was trained by British Commonwealth SAS and Israeli commando instructors and took part in counter insurgency operations and commando raids on communist training camps in a number of African countries. While there he became a bodyguard for a farmer’s association in his off duty time. Jack is an Honorary Member of a U.S. Army Special Forces Association chapter and for seven years served on a metropolitan police department Review Board that judged Officer Involved Shootings and use of deadly force incidents. He was also a consultant to the United States Marine Corps on heliborne vertical envelopment and anti-terrorist tactics. He has authored two other books. “Slaver’s Wheel” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all major bookstores. “A Question of Time” is available on Kindle.

- T.L. Davis (TL) is the author of “The Constitutionalist” and publishes the “TL In Exile” liberty blog. He is a proud descendant of Kentucky pioneers.

- Claire Wolfe (CW) is a free-market anarchist author and columnist. She blogs at Backwoods Home Magazine, and is a contributor at SWAT Magazine. Some of her favored topics are gulching or homesteading, firearms, homeschooling, open source technology, and opposition to national ID and the surveillance state or nanny state. She is the author of “The Freedom Outlaw’s Handbook – 179 Things To Do ‘Til The Revolution“, “Don’t Shoot The Bastards (Yet)“, “The Bad Attitude Guide To Good Citizenship“, and “Think Free To Live Free“, among other classics.

Matt Bracken (MB) is a self-described freedom addict who loves ocean sailing above all for the pure freedom it often permits. He lives with his family in North Florida and longs for the wide blue ocean. Matt is a constitutional hardliner (and frequent WRSA contributor) who believes in the original intent of the founding fathers of our country, and is the author of the Enemies Foreign And Domestic trilogy, along with his latest novel, Castigo Cay. Matt was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957 and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in Russian Studies. He was commissioned in the US Navy through the NROTC program at UVA, and then graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class 105 in Coronado California. Matt served on east coast UDT and SEAL teams, taking a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut in 1983. Matt left active duty after Lebanon, upon completion of his obligated military service, but he remained in an active reserve status through the remainder of the 1980s. Since then he has lived in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Guam, and California. In 1993, Matt finished building a 48-foot steel sailing cutter of his own design, on which he has done extensive ocean cruising, including a solo voyage 9,000 miles from Panama to Guam and two Panama Canal transits.

With intros out of the way, we’ll turn to the questions. For simplicity, I have taken each panelist’s initial response and placed it under each question, using their initials. From there, we’ll go to moderated comments between the panelists and the audience:

1) Where are the citizens of the United States today — not just in terms of guns, but all personal freedoms and their relationship with government at all levels?

DC: We are slaves. The advantage the poor bastards being driven with whips to build pyramids and pick cotton had over us is they at least knew they were slaves. Most of our countrymen operate under the illusion they are “free.” Our freedoms and comforts are what are tolerated and the restraints are what can be placed on us without rupturing the illusion and risking a rebellion.

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The American Rhodies


 Honorable resistance to the Obama regime 

The United States As Slow Motion Rhodesia

It began in the summer of 2012, around the time of the health care decision.  I hadn’t really worried about Obamacare to that point, because I thought the individual mandate was so manifestly unconstitutional that it would be summarily thrown out by at least five Supreme Court justices.  Then l learned courtesy of Mr. Justice Roberts (whom had seemed okay up to that point) that ObamaCare is a penalty when Congress passes it, not a tax, but a tax, and not a penalty, when it is reviewed by the Court.  I was surprised and upset, but decided: “Self: the Constitution obviously doesn’t mean what you think it means any longer; it means whatever Obama wants it to mean.”

That same week I started arming myself.  First a little, then building up to a moderate “lot”. My thinking was: “you have a right to bear arms right now, so get whatever you might need for the entire rest of your life, and your descendants’ lives, right now.”  Writing in early 2013, looking back, I’m so glad I trusted my intuition.  Like millions of other Americans exercising their plain-language constitutional rights, I will face a difficult choice to register-and-capitulate, register-some-and-hope-to-stay-off-the-house-raid-list, or register none, and run the risk of being deemed a “felon” or a “domestic terrorist”.  And maybe disappeared without any due process, even though I’m an American citizen whose grandfather was shot at by Nazis and Communists.  At least I won’t have the problem of not having any tools to defend myself.

Then, the Democratic National Convention happened.  What I couldn’t help but see on TV was a lot of angry people, very, very few of whom were white or male or Christian, many of whom spoke with strange accents, who made it clear in so many words, that they didn’t like people like me, and wanted to take my assets.

The thought presented squarely that “the United States is now a slow-motion Rhodesia, and we’re the white farmers”.

Maybe they'll give 'em Amnesty..........

Via The Lonely Libertarian

How to irritate liberals +



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg You don't spy on millions of people, militarize your police, encourage neighbor to rat out neighbor, define thousands of innocuous activities as "domestic terrorism", conduct checkpoints and VIPR raids, lock people up without trials, kick down doors in the middle of the night, or arbitrarily deny people the freedom to travel if you're looking for mere criminals, says Claire Wolfe in this article, Enemies, at Backwoods Home Magazine

 A local gun range has moved to prohibit the Burlington Police Department from training at its facilities after the City Council voted to advance a measure banning semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines. The leadership of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club explained that it's "difficult" for the club to support the city—even its officers—given the actions of the council.
Molly Line at foxnews.com

City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

Via Cousin John

A statue of Thomas Jefferson overlooks the Charlottesville, Va., campus of the University of Virginia.

Resolution bans all municipal agencies from buying or leasing drones

Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.

The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."

The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group based in the city. The measure also endorses a proposed two-year moratorium on drones in Virginia.

Councilmember Dede Smith, who voted in favor of the bill, says that drones are "pretty clearly a threat to our constitutional right to privacy."

"If we don't get out ahead of it to establish some guidelines for how drones are used, they will be used in a very invasive way and we'll be left to try and pick up the pieces," she says.

More @ US News

Ol' Remus: Gun Rights Edition




In addition to trashing habeas corpus and posse comitatus, in addition to authorizing warrantless searches and mandatory health insurance, Congress is considering another outrageous gun law. This one not only disregards the Second and Fifth Amendments at least, it relies heavily on ex-post facto provisions. They're crossing the line, again. The central government is charged with defending the people's rights and civil liberties, not to diminish them and demand the people show cause why they shouldn't. 

A right requires no justification, no demonstration of need, it merely is. The people do and should have the right to keep and bear arms of their own choosing, the same small arms police officers or light infantry have, if they wish, including fully automatic weapons. There's no such thing as common sense infringement, or reasonable infringement. Infringement is infringement. It's specifically forbidden.
The  only difference between a police officer and a private citizen is that the former has the authority and duty to intervene in situations that the ordinary citizen should, or even must, avoid. If either needs a firearm for any non-sporting purpose, though, he or she needs it for exactly the same reason. The definition of a weapon that is "reasonable" for legitimate self-defense is therefore, "Any weapon that is routinely available to law enforcement agencies."
William Levinson at americanthinker.com
The "not one more inch" position is necessary but insufficient. It assumes and accepts infringement already in place. Nor can we vote for or against a right and continue to call it a right, as when we vote for candidates who conditionally support the Second Amendment. Doing so implies we've obliged ourselves to additional infringement when they compromise, which they will art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif

Defending gun rights with arguments about self-defense and sporting use are not so much wrong as irrelevant, as are notions about wider gun ownership suppressing crime. The Second Amendment isn't conditional on the crime rate. As a practical matter, murder will continue to be illegal whether the victim is shot with a gun or beaten to death with a can of tomato juice. Defenders of gun rights are unwise to use these arguments, the fundamental issue was settled definitively in 1789. It's not useful to reargue black letter law which defines and defends a right, there's nothing to gain. 

All federal gun control acts, all state and municipal gun laws and all their enforcement provisions are illegal on their face. They are non-laws, indefensible and of no standing. Proposing and passing them into law was illegal, their ongoing enforcement is illegal. Legislation to mend parts of them is illegal because it concedes and endorses the illegal laws it seeks to modify. The only legitimate stance is complete repeal, root and branch, to be followed by indictments of those who broadened and extended them, and severance with prejudice for those prosecutors who enforced them, down to and including the Attorney General.

Appeals to the Supreme Court are also wrong, the court awarded itself the authority to rule on the Constitutionality of laws, it's a power it does not have other than by acquiescence. The Bill of Rights was written by the people, in plain language. The Supreme Court can't legitimately presume to speak in its place, rights which predate the republic don't exist now only as they define them, they were recognized as-is by the same document that brought the court into existence, and of the two, the court is the lesser. Rights are the purpose of governance, the court is only part of the plumbing. 

Nor is trust in the good faith of the Supreme Court warranted. For one egregious example of their malfeasance, outright betrayal to be plain, it is they who elevated the Commerce Clause above our civil liberties. It's a clause intended to make commerce regular from one state to any other state, to keep Connecticut from imposing a surcharge on peanuts from Virginia for instance. By knowingly expanding this into an enabling act to disarm the people, the court placed itself above the law and, therefore, outside the law. 

This is a bare bones history:
The National Firearms Act of 1934 specifies minimum barrel lengths and other mandatory features, criminalizes the possession of silencers and fully automatic firearms.
The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 regulates sales of guns and ammunition
The Gun Control Act of 1968 introduces the FFL system, ends buying guns by mail order, limits importing military arms, and creates a 'sporting use' requirement for civilian firearms. It has since been disclosed the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 was used as a template art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif.
Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, modifies some abuses of the 1968 Act, adds the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban and a total ban of fully auto weapons not registered as of 1986.
The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, creates the federal background check system.
The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, known as the "assault weapons ban". It sunsetted in 2004.
The HUD/Smith and Wesson agreement of 2000, in which Smith & Wesson "voluntarily" changed the design, distribution and marketing of their guns.
These gun laws are what comes from being "reasonable". This is what comes of one-way "compromises". It's no accident. A year or two may be tactics, but three quarters of a century is strategy. Sadly, nominal gun rights organizations have been accomplices every step of the way, starting with the NRA's support for the taproot of all gun control laws in 1934. The NRA also supported art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif the 1968 Gun Control Act in exchange for a gift bag of "feel good" exceptions. Having been rolled again, yet learning nothing from it, the NRA assured its members in 1990 it was "reasonable" to support art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif the Gun-Free School Zones idea. Now 'sporting arms' they thought were exempt from the worst sanctions of the 1968 Act have been reclassified as assault weapons, no surprise, and guns in schools is the NRA's new best idea.

The huge body of federal, state and local law would seem enough for anti-gun partisans to high-five, declare victory and go away, and it would be if there weren't a truly tyrannical end being served, namely: total disarmament. They all but say as much. Their catch-phrase "moving us forward" means exactly that. It's an all-in effort. Opponents of civil liberties aren't the witless clowns their public statements would lead us to believe. To them, existing laws are watering tables at a marathon:
It is time to sit down and have a sensible, reasonable debate about gun control, and express an openness to banning assault weapons.
Rep. Tompson of California
The status quo isn't acceptable. There's got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons.
Sen. Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Although rights aren't conditional on consequences, in a truly "sensible, reasonable debate" the facts would embarrass the anti-gun side out of the room, if they were embarrassable. Gun control doesn't control the bad guy's guns, it cuts down the return fire. Look at Chicago in its Al Capone days before gun control, and now with "common sense" gun laws tightly in place—the current body count is approaching 200% of 1929's. Their answer is more gun laws. These are the same people who insist on borrowing more to pay the national debt.
Chicago - The city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago's reputation for almost a century, Capone's "gangland" Chicago... Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city's most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties. In January 1929 there were 26 killings.
Chuck Goudie at abclocal.go.com
Meanwhile, the NRA's leadership conducts itself as if we held the weak hand at the table. We don't. They're our cards and it's our table. Our forefathers wouldn't have agreed to a limit on the amount of ball and powder they could carry, or to a list of muskets they were forbidden to own, or an outright ban on ownership of newfangled lever-action repeaters. Their righteous outrage and uncompromising defiance would have been immediate, unstoppable and the stuff of legend. 

Full disclosure: Remus is a greybeard NRA member and considers all this a family squabble. Further, he admits capture by the classic school as seen in ancient ads featuring canoes and tall pines. Yes, this is suspiciously convenient given he's far too old for running gunfights using ARs and the like. The principle doesn't concern itself with this however. It concerns itself with accepting nonsense "solutions" such as background checks, which in its basic form says one man decides if it's acceptable to him for another man to have a firearm. Background checks are just another gatekeeper for what is a non-negotiable right, and one that's already being abused. 

Combat veterans are being denied arms because they're combat veterans. And good people are being disarmed when their spouse gets an order of protection—which is often nothing more than a lunge at drama during a falling out, so the fundamental method is at work once again: one person may have the arms of another taken away based on what they imagine may occur, the basis of all gun laws. Notice no gun need even be displayed, much less does a crime involving a gun need occur, save their confiscation, nor a likelihood of their use be demonstrated. One city is proposing everyone be required to notify their school district when purchasing a gun, reporting all specifics to them including the serial number. How long until this idea is folded into the background checks? How long before such notification is required before purchasing a gun? How long until the school staff has a veto too? 

Background checks reveal themselves in who is to decide eligibility for gun ownership. The proposed legislation requires mental health—excuse the expression—professionals report persons they deem ineligible, and so we have one answer, the ever-reliable medicalization law-gadget. Yes, the same people who see gun possession as dangerous antisocial behavior by itself are to be yet another gatekeeper. But it gets worse. "Universal background checks" means no gun shall change hands without DC's full knowledge and prior approval. "Universal" is a cloying term typical of them. Compliance by Responsible Citizens anxious to demonstrate they have nothing to hide is likely to meet their expectations, but compliance by thuggas is just likely to be less than "universal". Zero is a close approximation.

"Universal background checks" is indefensible, it means you may not, for instance, trade guns with your neighbor if an otherwise unemployable clerk in DC declines to approve it, even if using misinformation from some busybody you may not even know. Perhaps said busybody sees you in New York City with a high-capacity soft drink container and, being of the opinion there's no demonstrable need for more than seven ounces of soft drink, turns you in to the Star Chamber on false but plausible grounds. Or perhaps said busybody is your family doctor to whom you unwisely spoke frankly, not knowing he was more anti-gun than Mrs. Brady, or you imprudently confided in your counselor, not understanding he was looking to denounce you to meet his monthly quota to the Keepers of the List, cc: his credentials committee. 

Once on their list of unworthies, how do you get off it? And if the disqualifying information is plainly bogus, or if you're on their list in error, to whom shall you appeal? Would you expect the news media to interrupt their anti-gun telethon to champion your cause?
Sir, if you persist in this I shall be forced to write an angry letter to The Times.
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, 20th Century Fox 1965
Despite a decades-long record of pratfalls, the NRA leadership says they've changed, that it's different this time. No, it isn't different this time. Not yet. The gate is down and the lights are flashing, but nobody sees a train coming. It's looking like the NRA leadership is being rolled again. They contend more laws aren't necessary, that rigorous enforcement of existing laws is the way to go. They're talking about the almost nonexistent prosecution of thuggas of course. It doesn't matter what they mean. It matters what DC means. Rigorous enforcement is taken by DC to mean shutting down an FFL holder if he fails to cross a "t", for one. It means rigorous prosecution under regulations they interpret in ways we wouldn't imagine. It means damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't sting operations. It means arrested on page one, charges dismissed on page 28, but you're broke, good name gone and have a felony record. This has been ongoing for decades. As one apparently well-informed reader commented in a Milwaukee newspaper:
The ATF have never been the good guys. These are the psychos who murdered a man's wife and son because he missed a court date. These are the jerks who wait for home based gun dealers to leave, then kick in their door, ransack the house, leave the guns in a pile then leave the door open. ATF is filled from top to bottom with trigger happy cowboys who have no respect for the law, no respect for citizens or their rights. They force gun shop owners to participate in strawman stings, then leave them swinging in the wind when the operations implode.
The ATF is a blot on the US law enforcement community. They are despised and ridiculed by FBI, Marshals and other legitimate LEO's. Real cops are terrified of doing joint operations with them that may involve a weapon leaving the ATF holster.
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Andylit, comment, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news article about ATF debacle, at jsonline.com
Pumping for fence-to-fence enforcement says the NRA leadership is bumbling into complicity with enemies of the Second Amendment once again. They can't seem to help themselves. The suspicion is growing they're already sorting through the babies for one to throw to the wolves. We have to wonder, if a person is chained to a post and whipped unjustly, how grateful should he be to the nice man who limits the strokes to twenty instead of thirty, yet fully endorses the whipping? That said, the NRA is not the problem, in fact, they've faced withering incoming fire with panache in recent weeks. Whether they'll follow through is to be seen. Testicular fortitude is easily displayed, not so easily acted upon:
Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe that government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families.
Wayne LaPierre, NRA Exec. Vice Pres, to Congressional Hearing, via Tom Foreman at cnn.com
This country's gun laws are an international embarrassment, a blotch on the nation's honor and an insult to our history. The problem is, we the people didn't stop them when it was easily done. Restoring the status quo to what it was before the National Firearms Act of 1934 is now said to be unthinkable, a radical notion. It isn't. Al Capone seems safely dead. No, the radical notion is the status quo after the National Firearms Act of 1934. 

There need be no ambiguity about this. Nor is it farfetched. Notice the slave laws are no longer in force, even though they had Supreme Court approval for seventy years. Is it reasonable a Constitutional Amendment invalidated the slave laws, yet another, older Amendment doesn't invalidate the gun laws? Who today would support a "reasonable compromise" that allows owning slaves with some "common sense" conditions? Nobody. Non-negotiable is non-negotiable. And so is the right to keep and bear arms. 

The enemies of gun rights are playing for absolute victory. They're confident we won't do the same. They've been misinformed. The tide is turning. It's apparent the gun laws are beyond fixing. Anything less than throwing them out altogether amounts to a restart from some point still within their grip. Reform won't work, it isn't enough, not nearly. Only a clean break followed by serious fumigation is enough. It's not only doable, it's doable in such a way no governing body will ever again challenge this or any other right.

NC Patriots of ’61 – Private Henry Armand London


Henry Armand London Papers, 1862-1887 

North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission

                             North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – Private Henry Armand London

Born at Pittsboro 1 March 1846 to Henry Adolphus and Sally Lord London, schooled at Pittsboro Academy and the University of North Carolina. He abandoned his studies at Chapel Hill in November 1864 to enlist as a private in Company I (Chatham County) of Col. E.C. Brabble’s Thirty-second North Carolina Regiment, detailed as a headquarters courier for General Bryan Grimes at Petersburg. During the retreat to Appomattox he carried the final order that directed General William R. Cox to cease firing and withdraw, as Lee had surrendered his army.

He returned to Chapel Hill after the war and received the degrees of A.B and A.M., and studied law under Dr. John Manning. London opened his law practice at Pittsboro in January 1867, and also served as reading clerk of the North Carolina Senate 1870-1872. In 1878 established the Chatham Record, a successful and influential weekly newspaper he edited for forty years. London married Bettie Louise Jackson (1853-1930), the granddaughter of Gov. Jonathan Worth. Their union produced eight children.

London was a leader in local and State politics, for forty years a member of the Democratic State Committee. He was elected State Senator in 1900, reelected in 1902, and served as a Trustee of the University of North Carolina. Proud of his patriotic service to North Carolina during the war, London served as adjutant-general and chief of staff of the North Carolina Division, United Confederate Veterans. He helped establish and maintain the Confederate Home at Raleigh, and made sure to attend all local, State and national reunions of Confederate Veterans.

A regular lecturer of the time on historical topics to the Press Association and other groups, he contributed greatly to the literature of the war to include an 1886 memorial on the life and services of Gen. Bryan Grimes, “The Last at Appomattox,” and his History of the Thirty-second North Carolina Regiment, found in Judge Walter Clark’s Regimental Histories. Major London was instrumental in the erection of a monument at Appomattox marking the location of General Bryan Grime’s Division, and the last shot fired by North Carolinians.

Major London died “during the night of January 19th, 1918, on General Lee’s birthday,” being dressed in his grey uniform and “given the last rites of a Confederate soldier.” It was reported that “many distinguished North Carolinians attended his burial” in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew’s at Pittsboro, the service conducted by Bishop Joseph B. Cheshire. Judge Walter Clark, London’s Chapel Hill classmate, eulogized that he was “as gallant a soldier as ever wore the gray, and since the war, a leading lawyer and editor and one of the most prominent men in the State.”


North Carolina, Rebuilding an Ancient Commonwealth, Archibald Henderson, AHS, 1928

Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, William S. Powell, UNC Press, 1991

1929 Packard 640 Phaeton


S124 1929 Packard 640 Phaeton   Photo 2 

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Senior Editor Of Veterans Today Defends George Soros And Calls NRA Members The Enemy


Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran and a combat infantryman. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, surveillance technologies, intelligence analysis,defense technologies or acting as a UN diplomat and “special consultant.” He is also Senior Editor at Veterans Today. However, it has come to light that Mr. Duff also claims that George Soros is “not a bad person” and that all National Rifle Association members are the enemy.

Hear Gordon Duff spew his disinformation saying George Soros who has been identified as a front man for the Rothschild banking group and who is a Communist agent, is not a bad person and how all NRA members are the enemy, along with the Michigan Militia.

Click the links below to hear Mr. Duff in his own words.

Hear Gordon Duff say George Soros is not a bad person

Hear Gordon Duff claim that all NRA members are the enemy on 12-26-2012

Hear Gordon Duff attack the Michigan Militia on 12-26-2012

GOA scores partial victory on Rules Solicits horror stories from its members

Events have been moving so fast and furiously (no pun intended) that we have not had an opportunity to give you an update on the rules fight -- or to solicit your help in connection with a pivotal ongoing battle.


The Senate has reached its decision on what to do about its rules.  And the outcome is neither a complete victory nor a complete loss. 

On the good side:  The Senate DID NOT pull the “nuclear trigger.”  It did not do what we feared most -- and that was to decide that 51 senators could, by brute force, do whatever they wanted, irrespective of the rules.  

As for the bad:  The most serious change is a two-year “special order” -- which will expire in two years at the end of the 113th Congress.  (How convenient.  The Democrats put a time limit on this onerous rule in case they are no longer in the majority after the next elections.)  That “special order” allows Harry Reid to proceed to the text of legislation without a filibuster of the “motion to proceed” -- but only if he pays the penalty of allowing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to offer the first amendment. 

In addition, the Senate “deal” would allow a bill to be sent to House/Senate conference with virtually no ability to resist.  That's important because a House/Senate conference report is generally un-amendable -- and must be dealt with on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

What this means, as a practical matter, is that we cannot afford for ONE WORD of gun control to pass the Senate -- NOT ONE WORD.  In the past, pro-gun Senators could have filibustered a gun bill and prevented it from going to conference (when it was suspected that conferees would take a relatively harmless bill and make it worse).  But under the new rules, there is nothing we can do to keep a so-called “innocuous” gun bill from going to conference where legislators can then write the Feinstein amendment or a national gun registry into the bill.


As you know, we believe that -- while we can take nothing for granted -- the Feinstein gun ban has an uphill battle in the Congress. 

Thus, of all the anti-gun proposals in Obama's package, we view the biggest threat to be the universal background check -- which would set up a framework for a national gun registry and gun confiscation.  It would also be even more of a slap-in-the-face to the 150,000 veterans on the NICS list who have been deemed “unworthy” of exercising their Second Amendment rights.

But so far, of all of the arguments against the universal background check which we have made on the Hill, the one that seems to have attracted the most interest is when we tell them that the ATF has been going into gun stores and illegally copying the 4473's. 

We have received numerous accounts from members of this being done.  But we could always use a lot more.       

If you know of any instance where the ATF has illegally gone into a gun store and illegally copied a 4473, we would ask you to please write us about it. 

We can redact your name and any identifying information if you wish.  But we guarantee you that we will take your information and present it to members of the House and Senate who have expressed shock and interest that this was being done. 

You can use the “contact” button on the GOA website to send us your stories.  Click here for the direct link.  Select “information submission” as the Department to where your email should be sent.

Status of Gun Industry

Via Billy


 INVENTORY UPDATE: We traveled to Texas for industry meetings concerning the shortages, here's what we were told.

Smith & Wesson-is running at Full capacity making 300+ guns/day-mainly M&P pistols.  They are unable to produce any more guns to help with the shortages.

RUGER: Plans to increase from 75% to 100% in the next 90 days.

FNH: Moving from 50% production to 75% by Feb 1st and 100% by March 1.

Remington-Maxed out!

Armalite: Maxed out.

DPMS: Can't get enough parts to produce any more product.

COLT: Production runs increasing weekly...bottle necked by Bolt carrier's.

LWRC:Making only black guns, running at full capacity...can't get enough gun quality steel to make barrels.

SpringfieldArmory: Only company who can meet demand but are running 30-45 days behind.
AMMO: Every caliber is now Allocated! We are looking at a nation wide shortage of all calibers over the next 9 months. All plants are producing as much ammo as possible w/ of 1 BILLION rounds produced weekly. Most is military followed by L.E. and civilians are third in line.

MAGPUL is behind 1 MILLION mags, do not expect any large quantities of magpul anytime soon.

RELOADERS... ALL Remington, Winchester , CCI & Federal primers are going to ammo FIRST. There are no extra's for reloading purposes... it could be 6-9 months before things get caught up.

Sorry for the bleak news, but now we know what to expect in the coming months. Stay tuned, we'll keep you posted...

The Best One Yet

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Sony AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver, Single S/B Reception plus External Plug-in Antenna

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Supposed to be good for the money.

 Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver with Single Side Band Reception, plus External Plug-in Antenna 

No time

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UNC: Collecting Oral Histories of Black Lesbians of the South (RSVP Required)

Your tax money going to important educational research.::)


Video: North Korea nukes NYC

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We've got to get all the Collectivists to move there first. :)

A Confederate Soldier's Prayer

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Ted Nugent Goes Off on Piers Morgan During Fiery Gun Debate: ‘You’re So Full of Crap’

 Via Don

Rock legend Ted Nugent sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan in a Texas gun shop on Monday to talk, well, guns. Nugent blasted Morgan over his apparent “obsession with guns” and told him to leave responsible American gun owners “the hell alone.”

Morgan began the interview by asking his guest to explain to him, “in the least inflammatory way possible,” why any American needs to own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Morgan had just gotten done shooting an AR-15 at a gun range and said he was surprised by the power it possessed.

After first offering prayers to the Chris Kyle and Littlefield families, Nugent told Morgan to “take it to the bank” that he would never understand the true purpose of firearms.

“You don’t understand that it’s a simple inanimate tool that tens of millions of American families own that have never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime,” Nugent said.

Morgan countered by saying 100,000 Americans get hit by gunfire each year.

“Let me stop you there, because I’ve been hearing you say this and you’re so full of crap. Listen to me, that statistic includes bad guys shot by cops and intruders shot by homeowners. So that figure is bogus,” Nugent shot back.

Then Morgan explained that 18,000 people commit suicide using a gun every year in the U.S., to which Nugent quickly replied: “Japan has a higher suicide rate and they aren’t allowed to get downwind of a gun. 

You’re turn.”

Emails Expose Southern Poverty Law Center Collaboration with DOJ

 Via Don


 The Despicable $outhern Poverty Law Center


Nothing new, but concrete evidence now

Judicial Watch (JW), a Washington D.C. based non-partisan educational foundation, released some two dozen pages of emails it obtained oTuesday revealing connections between the Department of Justice Civil Rights and Tax divisions and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). 

According to JW, the e-mails reveal “questionable behavior by agency personnel while negotiating for Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) co-founder Morris Dees to appear as the featured speaker at a July 31, 2012, “Diversity Training Event.” Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the DOJ on September 10, 2012:
The Judicial Watch FOIA request was prompted by an apparently politically motivated shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters in August, 2012. At the time of the shooting, FRC president Tony Perkins accused the SPLC of sparking the shooting, saying the shooter “was given a license to shoot… by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations as hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy.” On its website, the SPLC has depicted FRC as a hate group,” along with such mainstream conservative organizations as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, and Coral Ridge Ministries.
The FOIA request specifically requested “any and all records concerning, regarding, or relating to the Sothern Poverty Law Center” between January 1 and August 31, 2012, including the Dees’ presentation sponsored by the Civil Rights and Tax divisions of the DOJ.

JW says that they filed the request to see if any of SPLC’s branding of hate groups had an influence on government agencies. According to the emails SPLC’s diversity speech “was to be simulcast to everyone’s PC throughout the Department” which fulfilled DOJ supervisors’ “mandatory annual diversity training.”

More @ Breitbart

Bel Air gun show setting attendance, buying records

Unintended consequences.:)

 Smith said he had once been content to own a bolt-action rifle, a revolver and a pump shotgun but, like many gun owners fearing more government controls or outright bans on some guns, he went out and bought semi-automatic handguns, rifles and shotguns.



Meet the man with the ammo, the most popular person on the crowded armory floor 

The 53rd annual Bel Air Gun Show, held Friday, Saturday and scheduled for Sunday at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, is setting records for attendance and sales, according to leaders of the Harford County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the show's sponsor.

There were long lines to get into the imposing castle-like building on North Main Street Friday night, as only 400 people can be inside at one time to comply with fire regulations, and that limit was being met constantly, the show's director said.

Saturday afternoon, there was a steady stream of people of all ages filing into the armory, as one of the Izaak Walton League members used a hand counter at the door to make sure the occupancy limit wasn't exceeded. There wasn't a parking spot to be had along several blocks of Main Street and nearby parking lots were also packed.

Inside, it was a little difficult to move among the tables of long guns, handguns, accessories, knives and other outdoor equipment, both new and used, which were on display or sale. There was a constant buzz from the floor, as visitors talked with vendors and among themselves, while they looked over the thousands of guns and other items for sale.


Empire State gun owners sue to block state’s gun ban

 Empire State gun owners sue to block state's gun ban

Leading gun rights groups put New York State on notice for violating the U.S. and New York State Constitutions for passage and enforcement of the NYS SAFE Act 2013.

“On January 29, we served a Notice of Claim on the Attorney General of the State of New York,” said Brian Stapelton, partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP, an Albany law firm. “This is the jurisdictional prerequisite for filing a lawsuit against a municipal body.”

The state has 90 days to respond, he said. “Thereafter, we will challenge the unconstitutional SAFE Act as quickly and aggressively as procedures permit.”

“The SAFE Act is a de-facto gun ban. It violates not only the Second Amendment, but also Federal law and other sections of the Constitution,” said J. Scott Sommavilla, President of Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, a co-plaintiff in the claim. “The law has so many holes, it begs for legal action.”

“Gun owners are angry that their right to purchase and sell firearms is severely restricted in violation of the Commerce clause,” he said.

Most manufacturers do not carry the current limit of 7-round magazines for the semi- automatic hand gun. Since federal law limits magazines to10-rounds, that is the base for manufacturers, he said.

The result is gun distributors will not sell their firearms to residents in New York State because of the possible liability, he said. “It’s just not worth it for them.”

Surrender: Ohio Gov. Kasich Spurns Tea Party, Backs Obamacare Medicaid Expansion; Left Celebrates


Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who campaigned as a budget hawk and rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, has agreed to accept Obamacare funding to expand his state’s Medicaid program, breaking ranks with fellow Republican governors and the Tea Party that elected him. 

Kasich’s decision, announced yesterday, could encourage other Republican governors to do the same, joining the five who have done so already.

Originally, the Obamacare law forced states to expand their Medicaid programs. Many cash-strapped states objected, and joined the Obamacare lawsuit that the Supreme Court decided last year. One of the few bright spots for conservatives in an otherwise devastating (and, many argued, poorly reasoned) decision was that the Court affirmed the 10th Amendment right of states to opt out of the Medicaid portion of Obamacare.

But a few Republican governors--even those who said they had opposed Obamacare--decided that the federal government’s offer under the law to pay 100% of the initial cost of expansion and 90% thereafter was simply too good to refuse. The prospect of being able to tell voters that he had vastly expanded Medicaid access--and the fear of facing Democrat attacks for not doing so--seems to have enticed Kasich to accept the deal.

More @  Breitbart

Are ObamaLeaks an impeachable offense?


Imagine if The Post broke a story about the biggest scandal of the Obama-era — and Washington responded with a collective yawn?

That’s precisely what happened recently when The Post reported on its front page that senior Obama administration officials were being investigated by the FBI and Justice Department for the leak last summer that the president had personally ordered cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear program using a computer virus developed with Israel called Stuxnet.

 he Post quotes a source who says that FBI agents and prosecutors are pursuing “everybody — at pretty high levels.” The paper further reports that investigators “have conducted extensive analysis of the e-mail accounts and phone records of current and former government officials” and that some have been confronted “with evidence of contact with journalists.”

This is big. And former senior government lawyers I spoke with recently explained why it could get a whole lot bigger:

The leaks clearly came from someone in the president’s inner circle. As The Post explains, “Knowledge of the virus was likely to have been highly compartmentalized and limited to a small set of Americans and Israelis.” Moreover, whoever leaked the information was present when the president discussed this covert action program in the Situation Room. There is a tiny universe of individuals who could have shared the details of President Obama’s personal deliberations on the covert program with the press.


In 2005, Ron Paul attended a news conference with Representatives Walter Jones and Dennis Kucinich calling on President George W. Bush to phase out U.S. troops in Iraq.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new session of Congress is now underway. I would like your thoughts on the most important issues of the day so I can better represent you.  Please fill out this survey to let me know your views and opinions. Thank you in advance.  It is a privilege to represent you on Capitol Hill! 

Congressman Walter B. Jones

 1. What is the most important issue you would like me to address in Congress?
Economy/Creating Jobs
Deficit/Government Spending
Second Amendment
Health Care
National Security
Illegal Immigration
Moral Issues

2. The national debt is over $16 trillion. I believe we must cut spending to balance the budget and reduce the debt, that�s why I am proud to be the only member of Congress to vote against every increase in the debt limit over the past nine years. Which policy options do you believe should be implemented to balance the budget? (Feel free to select more than one option)
Reduce all federal spending across-the-board by an equal percentage
Cut foreign aid
Bring our troops home from Afghanistan
Eliminate the Department of Education
Reduce salaries and retirement benefits for federal employees (but not the military/veterans)
Reduce Medicare spending
Reduce Social Security benefits
Reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Eliminate taxpayers' subsidy of Planned Parenthood
Stop wasteful and fraudulent spending at all federal agencies
Reform the federal welfare system
Eliminate taxpayer funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities
Stop the taxpayer bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Raise taxes
Don't do anything; balancing the budget is not important

3. What do you think is the best way to create jobs?
Reduce government spending
Cut taxes
Reduce government regulations
Repeal or renegotiate flawed trade agreements with foreign nations
Invest tax dollars in private companies that need funding
Increase government spending for "economic stimulus"

4. I voted against President Obama's giant health care "reform" law because it will increase costs and threaten the quality of our care. What should we do now?
Keep the law the way it is
Reform the law and improve it
Repeal the entire law and start from scratch
Other/ Unsure

5. Do you share my belief that we should allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built to carry Canadian oil to U.S. markets, and thereby creating jobs and increasing oil supplies?
Yes, I'm tired of getting our oil from the Middle East and Venezuela
No, the environmental risks are too great

6. I haven't voted for a foreign aid spending bill in over 17 years because I believe it is wrong to send your tax dollars overseas when we have so many fiscal problems here at home. What do you think about foreign aid spending?
No to foreign aid; we can't afford it
Yes to foreign aid; we need it to support our allies

7. We're spending over $8 billion a month in borrowed money to fund the war in Afghanistan. President Obama wants to keep a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2014, and maybe beyond. What do you think?
We're spending too much in Afghanistan trying to prop up a corrupt leader. We killed Osama bin Laden and we've done all we can do. Let's save the money and withdraw our troops as soon as possible.
Let's stick with the president's schedule
We should borrow as much money as needed to stay in Afghanistan however long it takes to ensure the terrorists never return
Other/ Unsure

8. Last year the President signed a law, which I opposed, that may cut defense spending by over $1 trillion over the next 10 years. I strongly oppose closing bases in Eastern North Carolina; slashing pay, benefits or services for active duty service members or veterans; or cancel critical next generation capabilities like the F-35B fighter. What are your thoughts on reducing defense spending?
I agree with you. The Defense Department should operate more efficiently and administrative fat at the Pentagon should be trimmed, but we shouldn't close domestic bases; slash pay, benefits or services for active duty or retired service members or veterans; or canceling critical next generation capabilities like the F-35B fighter.
All Defense Department spending should be on the table, including cutting U.S. bases, benefits for troops, and new weapons
Don't touch defense spending. Balance the budget through any other available options including cutting entitlement programs and/or raising taxes.
Other/ Unsure

9. I believe law abiding citizens have a constitutional right to own guns. What is your view about gun ownership?
We have a fundamental constitutional right to own guns
There should be more restrictions on gun ownership
Other/ Unsure

10. There are over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. I am a strong supporter of actions to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. I also oppose amnesty. What should be our top priority when it comes to illegal immigration?
Secure the borders and don't give amnesty to illegal immigrants
Develop comprehensive legislation which may include amnesty for illegal immigrants if they pay back taxes and a fine
Provide amnesty now
Don't worry about it; illegal immigration is not a problem

11. Do you think there should be more restrictions on abortion?
I would vote pro-life
I would vote pro-choice
I am pro-choice, but taxpayers should not fund abortions

12. Do you believe that fat cat Washington lobbyists and the explosion of special interest money in our political system are hurting our democracy?
Yes, wealthy Washington lobbyists and special interest money work against the interests of Eastern North Carolinians like me
No, money and influence peddling in politics are not a problem

Ammo shortage: 2008 and now

 Ammo shortage: 2008 and now

Tried to buy ammo lately?  Many people can’t find what they need, or what they find is very expensive.  Standard .223 FMJ is selling for more than a buck a round at some places – and that’s when you can find it.  Welcome to the 2013 ammo shortage.

One of the never-ending debates with gun folks has been what kind of calibers to own in a disaster situation.  That disaster might be a widespread natural disaster, an incident of terrorism or even just a political disaster that causes a scarcity of shooting supplies.  It seems we are in a political disaster of sorts.  ”Never let a good crisis go to waste” is what this administration seems to practice, and they are quite content to push the disarming of Americans on the bodies of dead school children.  Shameful.

Regardless on how we’ve got here, we are in an ammo shortage.  In the past, I have frequently heard three theories bandied about on the topic of ammunition selection for disasters.  While adopting one of these theories now is a little late to do you any good, thinking about them while observing the current firearms market might give you insight for future planning.

Caliber Consolidation:

Take a Rare Look at How Obama Decides to Send Drones to Kill Americans

Via Billy


Human rights advocates were floored on Monday night when NBC News published the details of an alarming Justice Department memo detailing the protocol for sending drones after United States citizens. It's not as if they hadn't suspected that the Obama administration's top secret drone attack protocol contained some unsavory details. They just didn't expect them to be so frightfully broad. The scoop by Michael Isikoff is actually startling not for the details but rather for the lack of details. It's very vague about a decision-making process that puts American lives on the line. Put simply, the government believes that a lethal drone attack against an American citizen is justified if the targets are a) "senior operational leaders" of al-Qaeda or b) "an associated force." 

One of those two qualifiers is infinitely more worrisome than the other. Going after leaders of al Qaeda makes sense. That's what the War on Terror is all about, right? Breaking down networks of violent terrorists and keeping Americans safe. If an American happens to be caught up with al Qaeda, someone like Anwar al-Awlaki, then well… they shouldn't be surprised if they're getting chased by drones. At least that's what we've been told so far. How and why these attacks are carried out by drones is also detailed in the memo, but we'll get back to that in a second. 

But what does "an associated force" mean?

More @ Yahoo

Stalin's army of rapists

Via Ryan


See also from 2011 RAPE OF GERMAN WOMEN: After Germany lost the Second World War 


Relations between Russia and Germany have not been good since Vladimir Putin's nationalist sabre-rattling this summer, but they are about to get a whole lot worse.

A new film about to be released in Germany will force both countries to re-examine part of their recent history that each would much prefer to forget. Yet it is right that the ghastly truth should finally be acknowledged.

The movie, A Woman In Berlin, is based on the diary of the German journalist Marta Hillers and depicts the horror of the Red Army's capture of the capital of the Third Reich in April and May 1945.

Marta was one of two million German women who were raped by soldiers of the Red Army  -  in her case, as in so many others, several times over.

It was a feature of Russia's 'liberation' and occupation of eastern Germany at the end of World War II that is familiar enough to historians, but  which neither country cares to acknowledge took place on anything like the scale it did.

For Russia, the episode besmirches the fine name of the Red Army that had fought so hard and suffered so much in its four-year campaign against the Wehrmacht.

The courage and resilience of the ordinary Russian in what they called the Great Patriotic War is incontestable, and for every five German soldiers killed in action in the whole of World War II, four died on the Eastern Front.

Yet the knowledge that the victorious Red Army committed mass rape across Prussia and eastern Germany as they closed in on Berlin degrades its reputation, which is unacceptable to many Russians today.

When the historian Antony Beevor wrote about it in his book Berlin: The Downfall, the Russian ambassador to London, Grigory Karasin, accused him of 'an act of blasphemy', saying: 'It is a slander against the people who saved the world from Nazism.'

Similarly, living Germans do not want the events that humiliated and violated them, their mothers and grandmothers to be held up to public examination, as this movie promises to do.

For many German women, the memory was something they sublimated and never spoke about to their husbands returning from the front.

It was the great unmentionable fact of 1945, which is coming out not just in history books, but in front of a mass, international audience. Painful memories of gross sexual abuse are being dragged out and held up to the pitiless witness of the silver screen.

More @ Daily Mail

Overheard At A Gun Show This Weekend



“The best part? These idiots think we’re gonna sit in our houses trembling, waiting for them. Or that we are going to line up on the village green for them to kill us all. They have no idea whatsoever that the smart boys and girls know exactly who created these little banana republic militaries in every village, town, and city. It’s going to be epic.”
– An American

The 2nd & Marriage

Via The Lonely Libertarian