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The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:31

By Michelle Malkin

The Spectacular Self-Immolation of Wendy R. Davis Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA - -( Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin’ hot is not a compliment. It’s a campaign incineration status update.

The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor’s mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted.

The high point of Davis’ career came last year when she flamboyantly opposed state restrictions on late-term abortions in the wake of Philadelphia death-doc abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s baby-killing spree. Gosnell’s conviction provoked national revulsion at abortion gone wild. But Davis’ radical supporters at the Texas Capitol donned tampon earrings and waved uterus flags in solidarity with abortion rights at any cost. Planned Parenthood ghouls and celebrity femmes latched on to La Davis.

Militant gender identity politics, however, can only get you so far.

Davis’ gubernatorial bid the past month has been a series of unfortunate, cringe-inducing events exposing her empty soul. Last week, she insanely accused her opponent, Republican State Attorney General Greg Abbott, of wanting to ban “interracial marriage.” Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, is the Hispanic granddaughter of Mexican immigrants.

The week before, Davis ridiculed Abbott’s physical disability with a vulgar TV ad featuring an empty wheelchair. Abbott was paralyzed in 1984 when a tree fell on top of him while he was jogging. In response to a bipartisan backlash against her crass campaign insensitivity, Davis doubled down by attacking Abbott for lacking “empathy” — while she cynically surrounded herself at a damage-control press event with disabled human shields (one of whom had to be dragged away from the podium by a Davis staffer while the crowd waited in awkward silence for the next speaker).

To bolster her Girl Power bona fides, the Davis campaign disseminated a photo of young female “friends” posing on Twitter last week after voting for the Democratic candidate. The tweet carried the hashtag “#GenWendy.” Like, you know, “Generation Wendy.” The photo, however, turned out to be a pilfered image of young Virginia College Republicans getting out the vote for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.

“All out of support, Wendy?” a Virginia CR spokeswoman jibed. The “imaginary friends” of Wendy became a social media mockfest.

Texas Democrat Wendy Davis

Desperate for positive press, Wendy welcomed New York City liberal Jon Stewart to Austin, Texas, for a last-ditch appeal on his comedy show Wednesday night. Quel appropriate: a professional clown propping up a miserable joke of a candidacy. Trailing in all the major polls, bleeding cash and abandoned by women voters by double-digits, Davis turned to Stewart to get out the vote and pump up anemic sales of her book, “Forgetting to Be Afraid.” ( )

Stewart forgot to mention the trail of discredited autobiographical details Davis exploited to gain a national platform. The Dallas Morning News reported earlier this year that she “blurred” several “key facts” of her rags-to-riches story. As feminists hailed the single mother for putting herself through Harvard University while caring for two young daughters, it emerged that a second husband had taken custody of Wendy’s girls, cashed in his 401(k) and secured a loan to support her higher ambitions.

Which-Way Wendy tried to pivot from her biography botch by becoming a born-again Second Amendment rights advocate (after working to ban gun shows while serving on the Fort Worth city council).

Me-Too Wendy attempted to burnish her border-control credentials by supporting Republican calls for an Ebola travel ban from West African countries (after earlier attacking Abbott over his “‘stop the invasion’ rhetoric” and accusing him of disliking “people who don’t look like him.”)

And in the ghastliest turnaround since Linda Blair’s head spin in “The Exorcist,” ( )  No-Shame Wendy claimed she would support legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks — after vaulting into the national spotlight with her 13-hour back-brace-and-comfy-shoes-aided filibuster on the Texas Senate floor last year against the very bill that would have outlawed late-term abortions and cracked down on filthy, dangerous abortion clinics like the one serial baby-killer Gosnell operated for 15 years thanks to shoddy government oversight and abortion-rights apathy.

Callous evil is as callous evil does.

The lady parts-obsessed liberal bet all her feminist marbles on her chromosomes. After Election Day, all Wendy Davis will have to show for it are well-coifed selfies and the ashes of her Vogue magazine fashion photo spread.

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is

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Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting, Illegal Alien, Suspect Had Already Been Deported, Twice

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:35

By AWR Hawkins

Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting Illegal Alien Suspect Had Already Been Deported, Twice AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  Marcelo Marquez allegedly shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy, and also allegedly shot and wounded a second Placer County deputy and a civilian on Friday.

On Saturday, authorities revealed that the suspect — real name, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — had already been deported twice from the United States.

According to Sacramento’s KCRA, he was “sent back in to Mexico in 1997 and again in 2001.”

The 1997 deportation was the result of “conviction in Arizona…on charges of possession of narcotics for sale.” He was arrested stateside in 2001 as well.

After the suspect allegedly shot three deputies and a civilian, he was apprehended in a residential area near Placer County High School. Janelle Marquez Monroy, the female who accompanied him during part of his shooting spree, was arrested earlier in the same day.

Both now face charges in the shooting deaths of the two deputies, along with other charges.

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Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:24

By Alan Caruba

Keystone XL Pipeline Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --( September 19th was an anniversary you did not read or hear about in the nation’s news media.

It marked six years—2008—since the first permit application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted to the federal government.

Can you imagine how many jobs its construction would have created during a period of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis?

President Obama is universally credited with delaying it.

Thomas Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, pointed out that World War II, the construction of the Hoover Dam, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition all took place in less time. In a September Forbes article, he noted that “Earlier this year a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 65 percent of Americans support building the pipeline, while only 22 percent oppose it. In Washington three-to-one margins are usually referred to as mandates.”

In contrast, in March 2013 the then-Interior Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, boasted “In just over four years, we have advanced 17 wind, solar, and geothermal projects on our public lands.” It is not these projects that Americans depend upon for energy. The opposite is a stark explanation why coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy remain the heart blood of the economy.

The Daily Caller reported in July that the “U.S. Bureau of Land Management is currently sitting on a backlog of 3,500 applications that need approval to move forward on drilling for oil and natural gas on federal land,” just part of Obama’s war on U.S. energy.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels met 82% of U.S. energy demand in 2013.

Petroleum, primarily used for transportation, supplied 36% of the energy demand in 2013. Natural gas represented 27%. Coal represented 20% and generated almost 40% of all electricity. In the six years since Obama took office that is a loss of 10%!

The much ballyhooed “renewable sources” of energy, justified by the false claim that carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming or climate change, are a very small part of the nation’s power providers. Wind power represented 1.6% and solar power represented three-tenths of 1%! Hydropower supplied 2.6% making it the largest source of so-called renewable energy.

Politically, it has been Democrats advocating renewable sources and siding with the President’s delay of the oil pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on coal-fired plants to produce electricity. By contrast, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has been busy putting forth legislation to fix aspects of our energy problems and needs.

Some of the bills that were introduced included H.R. 2728: The Protecting State’s Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act; H.R. 3: The Northern Route Approval Act (regarding the keystone XL Pipeline; H.R. 1900: The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; H.R. 2201: The North American Energy Infrastructure Act; and H.R. 6: The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, intended to expedite the export of liquefied natural gas to our allies around the world. The global market is growing at a colossal pace.

These bills will likely all die in the U.S. Senate, controlled by the Democratic Party. The Nov 4 midterm elections can change that if enough Republicans are elected to gain control.

It’s not just natural gas that is helping the economy improve. The Financial Times reported in late September that “The U.S. is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector.” Why? “The U.S. industry has been transformed by the shale revolution, with advances in the techniques of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling enabling the exploitation of oilfields, particularly in Texas and North Dakota.”

The only places you won’t find oil drilling are on federally controlled lands. The same holds for coal and natural gas.

This is in keeping with a virtual war on U.S. energy waged from the White House. Consider what we have witnessed:

  • Obama has refused to let the Keystone XL pipeline be built.
  • Billions wasted on loans to renewable energy companies, many of which like Solyndra and Solar Trust of America went bankrupt.
  • Obama made electric cars like the Chevy Volt part of his energy policy, providing subsidies but their high cost and low mileage capacity has resulted in few sales.
  • Obama and the EPA advocated a cap-and-trade tax on greenhouse gas emissions when there has been no global warming for 19 years and carbon dioxide plays no role whatever in the Earth’s climate.
  • The Obama administration terminating the construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada despite nearly $15 billion already spent on this necessary repository.

These are just a few examples, but in the meantime, the U.S. still requires that a valuable food commodity, corn, be turned into ethanol, an automotive fuel additive, that (a) reduces the millage in every gallon and (b) increases its cost at the pump. As Seldon B. Graham, Jr., a longtime energy industry consultant and observer, notes that “Ethanol production peaked in 2011 at 6% of total oil demand.” Favoring replacing imported foreign oil with American oil, Graham says “Americans would have saved $64.7 billion on the oil price since 2009.”

Americans are afflicted by a President and his administration that for political and environmental reasons are costing them trillions in needless, senseless energy costs, loans and subsidies, and efforts to impose laws that have no basis whatever in science.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as ‘Personal Failure’ Lack of Additional Gun Control

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:30
Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as ‘Personal Failure’ Lack of Additional Gun Control NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( As Eric Holder’s disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration’s biggest failures the inability to further restrict American’s Second Amendment rights.

Considering his track record (we’re still dealing with the ramifications of the infamous Fast and Furious debacle, among other things), that’s saying something.

Anti-gunners have long used the tactic of exploiting tragedy to further their agenda, and in that regard, Holder continues steadfastly to stick to the script.  As reported in the Washington Times, Holder said in a recent CNN interview that “the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is something that weighs heavily on my mind.”   Holder further said, “the thought that we could not translate that horror into reasonable — I mean, really reasonable gun safety measures that were supported by the vast majority of the American people is for me something that I take personally as a failure.”

Despite Holder’s assertion of Americans’ support for more gun control laws, in December 2013–a year after Sandy Hook–a CNN poll showed that support for gun control had dropped by six points since January of that year, and that a majority of Americans opposed stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, even the president and vice-president themselves acknowledged that nothing that had been proposed would “fundamentally alter” the chance of another mass casualty event or “stop every act of violence and evil.” In other words, the proposals did not seek to address what really happened on that awful day. Rather, they merely sought to use the heartache it caused to advance a pre-existing agenda to, as Holder once said, make gun owners “cower” like shamed smokers and to “just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

Holder’s “disappointment” serves as another reminder that those who would trample our rights remain determined to push their gun control agenda and will exploit any occasion to do so. They don’t care that polling data contradicts them or that past experiments with the same type of legislation have failed.  For them, the real goal is restricting firearm ownership in America.

It’s disturbing, but not surprising, that Holder’s biggest disappointment as attorney general is his failure to further restrict Americans’ Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.  As he resigns his post, Holder’s contempt for the Second Amendment will likely continue, but at least he will no longer be acting upon that contempt as the country’s chief law enforcement officer.

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How does Banning Legal Guns in Kroeger’s Stop Armed Robbery?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:03

By Dean Weingarten

Bank Robber in Kroeger’s Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( On, a discussion about the Moms Demand Action push for a gun ban following an armed robbery of a bank inside of a Kroeger’s, brought this commonly expressed question.  This one was from rktman:

“Uh, how would this have stopped the robbery again? Please ‘splain that to us.”

I will explain it.  MDA is playing a very long game.   In order to be effective, they have to reduce the number of guns in society by large, large, amounts.  They have to avoid considering any benefits gained from gun ownership.  Here is how I believe they think it will work:

1.  Bully retail establishments into banning the carry of guns in their stores, as a step to make guns illegitimate in society, as the combination of trial lawyers, legislators, and the old media have done with cigarettes.

2.  Keep incrementally banning guns everywhere possible to make guns more and more socially unacceptable, and legally difficult to own, in order to reduce the number of legal gun owners.

3.  When the number of legal gun owners are reduced sufficiently, ban the legal ownership of guns, except in extremely restricted circumstances.  Think Japan and the U.K.

4.  Gradually, through incremental gun confiscation, “buy backs“, increasingly draconian restrictions on ownership and use, perhaps over a couple of generations, reduce the number of guns legitimately owned by 99 percent.

5.   This will start to reduce the number of guns used criminally by some amount, it does not matter how little.   As soon as the number of gun owners and/or guns start to drop, immediately claim credit for any crime reduction, even if the trends started long before your legislation and are not backed up by facts.

6.   Keep up the pressure, and eventually, after several decades, we will have less crimes committed with guns.   This is sure to happen, because even though crime has not been reduced elsewhere when guns were banned or restricted, we have a much larger number of crimes committed with guns than the UK or Japan.  Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and Jamaica do not count because they are not the UK or Japan.

7.  An increase in crime by other means does not matter.   The goal is to reduce the number of crimes with guns, so only statistics involving guns matter.    It does not matter if overall homicides increase, if they are not committed with guns.   We can always turn our efforts to banning knives, as they have in the U.K.

8.  We know that governments will be beneficent all along the way, because no western democracy has ever been overthrown in the last 75 years.   Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Ukraine or other examples do not count, because they were not really western Democracies.   We know this because they were overthrown, invaded or became failed states, so they never were real western democracies.  Blame their problems on the second amendment or on western democracies.

9.   The efforts to reduce gun violence will not be rendered useless by 3D printing, smuggling, home made guns, or other technologies.  This is because we will define “gun violence” as violence with guns that were produced in legal channels.   If a gun was produced illegitimately, we cannot be blamed.  We will also do everything we can to reduce access to those technologies that can be used to produce guns by anyone outside of governments.

So you see, sometime in the far, far distant future, after the Constitution has been completely trashed, and the U.S. is a Utopian socialist state like the UK, we will have reduced armed robberies committed with guns by some amount. (at the expense of safety and security of free peoples)

This general program seemed to be working until about 1994, except, of course, the crime rate kept increasing with more restrictions on guns.   About 1994 “gun control” peaked, as did the levels of violent crime.  The electorate rebelled against the Clinton gun ban.  Second amendment supporters made serious gains from 1994 through 2013.  The rate of “gun violence” and overall violent crime fell in half.

I do not believe that the disarmenters have sufficient media control to pull off the above program, as illustrated by the failure of the Obama push for more gun control.   We are in the process of seeing  if a combination of old media push and new “progressive” billionaire money can do the trick.

A serious challenge exists in the tens of millions of dollars that are being thrown into initiative processes such as the Washington state initiative I-594.    If the disarmenters fail there, after spending 10 times as much as second amendment supporters, they may fall back for another 20 years.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Brian Aitken: Three Years Later – This Week on Gun Talk Radio

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:25
Brian Aitken was sentenced to 7 years in New Jersey State prison. Gun Talk Radio

Mandeville, LA -( It’s a detailed book from wrongfully-imprisoned Brian Aitken, a youth hunting program in Texas, a gridlocked senate in Iowa, exclusive guns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Remember Brian Aitken? In 2010, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing firearms in New Jersey – totally legal, as he was in the process of moving at the time of possession. The police became involved when his mother called 911 and hung up.

After a court battle that included a judge improperly instructing the jury, Aitken was convicted. Four months after he reported to prison, Gov. Christie ordered his release. But the story was far from over – Aitken then had to battle for custody of his son. He recently wrote a book about his ordeal, and about the judicial system as a whole. He visits with Tom on Sunday with an update, and details of his book, The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom. Buy the book at Amazon, and find out more about Brian’s life and court case at Facebook and Wikipedia.

The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and affordable – The result is the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Director Chris Mitchell stops by to discuss the program which, since its inception, has coordinated youth hunts that have involved over 55,000 people. This past weekend, they conducted 15 youth hunts for 115 kids, bringing their total hunts this year so far to 117. Find out more at TYHP.

Barry Snell with the Iowa Firearms Coalition makes an appearance Sunday to talk with Tom about a situation in Iowa’s State Senate. The Chairman of the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee is Rob Hogg, an openly anti-gun senator who blocks every pro-gun bill that comes through the committee. The IFC is hoping to change the leadership in the upcoming mid-term election. Find out more at Iowa Carry.

Also on this week, Kevin Wilson with Gallery of Guns drops by Gun Talk with details of some of the coolest new guns available at Gallery of Guns – including some of the Davidson’s Exclusives, like the Ruger 10-22 rifle in navy digital camo and a Beretta U22 in black and purple.

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Open Carry March in Downtown St. Louis

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:19

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( The open carry march in St. Louis went off without a hitch on Saturday, 25 October.   In stark contrast to unruly and violent Ferguson demonstrators, the open carry marchers, who celebrated the restoration of constitutional rights under the newly passed amendment 5, were polite, considerate, peaceful, and had no violent interactions with the police.  From, a counterprotestor complained:

Counterdemonstrator Tef Poe, of Hands Up United and the Organization of Black Struggle, said the calm police reaction was in contrast to police behavior at protests in Ferguson.

“When we protest in a similar manner, without guns, they proceed with aggression and arrest,” Poe said.

Except, as anyone who has watched the news knows, the Ferguson protesters have not protested in a manner that is very similar at all.   A commenter,  GeronL at made the following point:

So AI protests people shot by cops, while demanding that only cops carry guns??

Another commenter, cripplecreek noted a similarity with open carry demonstrators in Michigan:

Same way the unionistas complain they were locked out of the state capitol building in Michigan while open carry advocates were allowed to walk around in the building with impunity.

The difference being that the open carry advocates weren’t screaming, hollering, kicking doors and trying to disrupt state business.

Open Carry at the Michigan Capitol

This is what you see in open carry marches everywhere.    Open carriers are exemplars of good citizens.   When people see it, they recognize it.    That attracts more activists to open carry marches, and the movement continues to expand around the country.

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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Would you Provide Security to a Disarmenter who Mocked You?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:06
Open Carry at Arizona Gas Station

By Dean Weingarten


Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( A poster at, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, North Carolina.    From

I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump. About the time I got the Bullet in park, I noticed three young men walking through the islands towards the store. One of the three was a younger white guy (about 6’1″, 175 lbs, and all tatted up) was shirtless, loud, high as a Georgia pine, and clearly acting aggressively. I took note of him, and strolled inside to pre-pay for my gas. Lo and behold, when I got inside, some yuppie soccer Mom type wear a “Moms Demand Action” t-shirt spotted me and the sidearm on my hip and immediately started ranting about how I was dangerous and scary, that my big, bad SigSauer made her nervous, how did she know I wasn’t going to shoot everybody in the joint, etc. I did my best to ignore her, hit the latrine, and came back out and paid for my gas.

While I was walking to the door, I noticed the doped up potential troublemaker was waving his arms around, beating on his chest and flinching at people like he was going to throw a punch while yelling, “I’ma f* you up! Y’all don’t want none!” and so on.

I walked out the door to head to the car, and when I did, the Mom’s Demand nutjob approached from my right and quietly asked, “Would you walk me to my car?”

My response: “I’m sure that loud mouth of yours will keep you safe.”

The shocked look on her face was completely worth it.

OC: 1. Moms Demand: 0.

The poster then goes on to explain that he briefly considered acceding to the request, but having information that the the local chief LEO was anti-open carry, and concerned that the clerk might misunderstand a “walk to the car” because of the previous rant by the woman, he decided against it.

Another poster mentioned that Moms Demand Action supporters have encouraged others to make, and have said that they would make, false 911 calls.

My instinct would have been to walk her to the car.   People with phobias can overcome them with experience.   However, I can easily understand his reluctance in the circumstances.

Definition of a disarmenter
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Woman Posts Yard Sign to ‘Out’ Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:19
Hoplophobe Kimberly Edson of Savage, Minn., note to criminals she is unarmed. NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.

Most of them try to justify prying into this private activity under the mismatched rubric of the “public’s right to know,” as if private individuals become public figures merely for the exercise of a fundamental right. In recent years, newspapers have published databases of Right-to-Carry and pistol permit holders, feigning interest in “public safety.”

Yet their true motivations were more candidly illustrated recently by the comments of D.C. Councilmembers at a public hearing on D.C.’s new concealed carrying permitting law. “Who cares about the confidentiality of a gun owner? We don’t want it … ,” Councilwoman Yvette Alexander said, arguing to make permit holder information public. Fellow Council member David Grosso — who also expressed his preference for “no guns at all” in the District — concurred:  “[A]t least we’ll all know who it is, and we can treat them differently ….” 

In fact, such tactics are so counterproductive to public safety that even law enforcement officials from anti-gun  jurisdictions have opposed the release of gun owner data, including most recently District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Making the anti-gunner’s hypocrisy even more transparent, they claim on the one hand to support stringent storage requirements and “lost or stolen” reporting mandates in order to diminish the effects of firearm theft. Yet at the same time, they call for making firearm ownership or licensing information public, in effect providing criminals with a roadmap of which homes do (and presumably don’t) contain guns, so they can plan their predations accordingly.

Now, according to ABC affiliate KAAL-TV, Kimberly Edson of Savage, Minn., has taken the impulse to “expose” gun owners in her community to a disturbingly personal level. When Edson discovered that Matthew Halleck, a former Parent Teacher Student Association president and father of two, drops his children off at school while lawfully carrying a concealed firearm, she sprang into action.

Edson initially called the police to report that Halleck was carrying a firearm near the school, but was enlightened by law enforcement officials that Halleck was well within his rights. The officious Edson then responded by surreptitiously taking a photo of Halleck walking with his child, blowing it up to poster-size, and crudely pasting it on a yard sign displayed in her front lawn. The photo is accompanied by a caption that states: “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”

When interviewed by KAAL, Edson justified her actions by stating, “Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence.” Displaying a narcissistic disregard for the rights and choices of others in a pluralist society, Edson added, “I have a responsibility to help create the kind of community I want to see.”

Edson’s professed concerns are particularly absurd when one considers how unremarkable Halleck’s actions are. According to census data, along with right-to-carry permit statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, on average, nearly one out of every 20 Minnesotans over the age of 21 is licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

Woman ignorant of the law, Posts Yard Sign to ‘Out’ Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Further, the elementary school in question is located in a densely populated residential neighborhood. Polling data suggests, meanwhile, that nearly half of American homes contain firearms, so several of the homes in the neighborhood surrounding the school likely contain firearms as well. Additional data showing “Personal safety/Protection” as the number one reason for Americans to own guns suggests that some of those firearms might even be loaded and ready for immediate use.

Edson could, of course, be strikingly ignorant (or willfully in denial) of the prevalence and purpose of lawful gun ownership in America. On the other hand, her actions could also simply lay bare a virulent bigotry towards gun owners devoid of any rational basis or legitimate concern for the safety of children.

As for Halleck, he hasn’t let Edson’s bizarre and un-neighborly behavior alter how he protects himself and his children. When interviewed by KAAL, Halleck called Edson’s sign “ludicrous.” Regarding the public debate over the choice to carry a firearm, he stated, “If it heightens the awareness for folks out there that are confident enough, and see the changes in the world to add an extra layer of protection, I encourage people to do it.”

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Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:02
Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly NRA – ILA

Charlotte, NC --( In the weeks since we last reported on media attempts to tie NRA to the Ebola crisis because of our opposition to the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, the anti-gun echo chamber has continued to promote this absurd line of argument.

Absent most of the coverage is a forthright discussion of NRA’s legitimate concerns with the nominee, or any evidence that Murthy himself has a singular ability to effectively handle the nation’s Ebola response.

NRA opposes Dr. Murthy’s nomination for the very reason that he has a history of exploiting his status as a medical practitioner to advance a purely political agenda of extreme and unproven gun control measures. In January 2013, Dr. Murthy signed two letters sent from his organization Doctors for America (formerly Doctors for Obama) to Vice President Joe Biden and Congress, advocating for stringent gun controls. The letter to Congress advocated for a ban on popular semi-autos and their ammunition, limits on ammunition purchases, firearm owner licensing, and a mandatory waiting period of at least 48 hours. The letter also expressed a desire to leverage the resources of the Centers for Disease Control to provide data for gun control efforts. Such proposals are of obvious import to gun owners. Moreover, as surgeon general, Dr. Murthy would have the ideal platform to direct the nation’s public health apparatus towards redefining firearms ownership as a disease, a tactic that Congress has curbed with funding limits since the 1990s, but one President Obama hopes to reinvigorate.

Oddly, many of those lamenting Dr. Murthy’s stalled nomination in the media take for granted, without evidence, his unequaled capacity to competently manage the Ebola outbreak, or convey vital information to the American public. Worse, the baseless media presumptions are echoed by some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who are using the Ebola outbreak as a pretext to urge the Senate to confirm Dr. Murthy’s nomination. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has organized a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisting that the pair take action to “confirm [Dr. Murthy] as soon as possible.”

Should Murthy have critical information to convey on the illness, one would suspect that various news outlets would be eager to spotlight the high-profile nominee’s thoughts on the matter. Yet the strongest evidence that Dr. Murthy would have little to contribute on the topic has come directly from the White House. Obama had the opportunity to engage Dr. Murthy in the Ebola response by appointing him, without the need for Senate approval, as Ebola Response Coordinator (the so-called “Ebola Czar”). There is no indication that Obama ever considered Dr. Murthy for the position. Instead, the president chose Ronald Klain, and attorney and former chief of staff to the vice president with no medical training.

A cynic (or maybe just a realist) might even conclude that 37-year-old Dr. Murthy’s primary qualification for receiving the nomination as surgeon general in the first place was his political activism on behalf of Obama. This included Murthy’s activism for Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and during heated legislative battles such as those over health care reform and gun control. Murthy’s credentials as a leading authority on Ebola, if indeed he has any, are considerably less well documented.

Yet even before Murthy gained fame as Obama’s unlikely pick for America’s top doctor — chosen at an age when most physicians are still struggling to establish their practices and pay off medical school loans — he was offering his unsolicited “expertise” on gun control in correspondence to America’s leaders.  Should he likewise care to offer his musings on combating Ebola, he presumably remembers the addresses of the White House and Capitol and will chime in accordingly.

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The Three Invisibles! ( Graphic Images )

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:49

By John Farnam

Homegrown Muslim Radical Shot Dead by NYPD Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

A Latin phrase, traditionally attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal, from his “Satires.” It loosely translates to:

Who will guard the guards?

Somebody, nobody, and who! ~ The three invisible.

In this Age of Islamic Terrorism, we all need to do an adequate job of maintaining all-around security. The “Three Invisibles” mentioned above are naively relied upon all too much!

Just last week, four NYPD rookies, who all courteously faced to the front, at the same time, in order to be photographed by a tourist, were precipitously attacked by a hatchet-wielding jihadist, from behind.

One of them should have been watching their backs!

In our Courses, the assumption is usually that you’re by yourself, and I constantly ask my students, “… and who is watching your back?”

We need to keep our heads up and be looking all around, constantly! Your superlative fighting skills will be rendered irrelevant when you never see the threat(s) coming!

Don’t rely on the “Three Invisibles!” We need to keep our priorities straight. We need to live in the present tense!

“Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so beware, beware!”  ~ From “Asleep in the Deep,” written in 1897 by Arthur J Lamb, and subsequently put to the music of Henry W Petrie. Most famous renditions were J Rodgers’ from 1913 and Thurl Ravenscroft’s from 2008


The Muslim terrorist continued to swing, landing a devastating blow to NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey’s head, who immediately buckled to the ground. The other officers fired, killing the suspect.

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
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It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Is America in Decline?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:38

By Alan Caruba

Is America in Decline? Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --( In case you have had the feeling that America is in decline and will make way for a new superpower, you may be right.

At least you’re right if you agree with James MacDonald, the author of “When Globalization Fails: The Rise and Fall of Pax Americana” ( )  (due in January 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Given his review of the rise and fall of previous powerful nations, history, and a current analysis, they come together to say our days of global influence are over.

In a way, the election of Barack Obama is the perfect example of failed leadership, both as President and as a nation that others used to rely upon to maintain world peace, protect the sea lanes necessary for trade, and intervene when rogue players threaten their neighbors and the world.

For the first time in most people’s memory, our former allies and those nations looking toward America to see what action it will take or not no longer have any confidence in our willingness to take any action. More specifically, what action President Obama will or will not take.

The rise of the Islamic State is a response to Obama’s abandonment of the Middle East.

Obama arrived in office with the belief that America was the problem and has proceeded to diminish Pax Americana (Latin for ensuring peace) in every way possible. He began by apologizing for America for having been too aggressive in the past and not having much good to say about it except in the most perfunctory and obligatory way.

MacDonald’s book is a historical review of previous world powers like Pax Britannia and the rivalries of colonial powers like Spain, Portugal, France and Germany. Bit by bit nations began to regard world trade as a brake on potential wars —they were wrong as in the case of the last century— and as a way to lift all nations toward greater prosperity. International organizations like the League of Nations and the United Nations have demonstrated no ability to ward off combat or the threats posed by rogue nations like North Korea or Iran.

“If the world’s great and rising powers are going to avoid conflict, it will require a determined effort to avoid the pitfalls of history,” says MacDonald.

MacDonald offers eight elements that produced the era of peace that began in post-war 1945 when the U.S. emerged with a thriving, growing economy while those in Europe and Asia were devastated. My generation looks back on those years knowing they were likely the best America will enjoy and hoping our economy will not be devastated by a national debt of $18 trillion and unfunded liabilities of $127 trillion!

It takes a historian to remind us that “One of the main lessons of history is that history lessons are eventually forgotten.” One need only look around the world for proof of that. The U.S. is not the only nation spending itself into a black hole. MacDonald reminds us, too, that it was the Cold War between the U.S. and then-Soviet Union that helped maintain “an unquiet peace” because neither nation would ever use its nuclear weapons. MacDonald fears “an equally intense Sino-American hostility” as China flexes its muscles. Don’t be surprised to see Japan acquire a nuclear shield or other Asian nations in China’s sphere of influence.

MacDonald has little faith in the United Nations which “can be effective only on the basis of consensus among the major powers, and it is not clear that any such consensus would prevail in a multi-polar world.”

As for Pax Americana, the rise of China is a major challenge. “Now that capitalism (euphemistically described as ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’), has been adopted by a rising power that rejects the idea of Pax Americana entirely, its future is uncertain.” China, “the new hegemon has so far shown itself to be far from benign, displaying a tendency to bully its potential clients over such things as offshore oil resources, water supplies, and access to rare earths.”

“If states are not to return to self-destructive competition for resources, free trade remains a sine qua non of peace,” says MacDonald. “Compared to the nineteenth century, free trade has the advantage of being embedded in international organizations and agreements, in particular the World Trade Organization.”

The future, as always, is clouded and there remains the threat of financial meltdowns. The U.S. had one in 2008 that required massive amounts of federal bailouts to avoid a worse outcome. We have been in the Great[est] Recession ever since.

MacDonald notes that decolonization played a major role in the period following World War I and II. “The breakup of the European empires, even though it has often created its own sources of conflict, has contributed to the postwar peace among the Great Powers by breaking up economic blocs and reducing the causes of friction and envy that helped spur wars.” The lessons of U.S. intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate that what was easier in the past is no longer.

At the moment when the Obama administration is desperately trying to arrive at an agreement with Iran that will not permit it to make its own nuclear weapons, MacDonald believes that the threat of nuclear weapons may be the chief means to enforce any peace worldwide. The flaw in this is whether a fanatical Islamic power would resist their use.

MacDonald concludes that “The United States will, in all likelihood, remain center stage in world affairs” for some time to come.

Ridding the nation of its current, unpopular President and unlocking the hold that the Democratic Party has imposed on Congress, will be a major step in the right direction for the nation. Finding a leader who will encourage economic growth and resist our enemies will play a major role in restoring the power and influence we have had.

c Alan Caruba

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159 Times More Likely Struck, Killed By Car Than Shot, Killed In Mass Shooting

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:54

By AWR Hawkins

159 Times More Likely Struck, Killed By Car Than Shot, Killed In Mass Shooting AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the FBI, show that Americans are roughly 159 times more likely to be struck by a car and killed than shot and killed in a mass shooting.

Breitbart News previously reported that FBI stats show a total of 418 deaths in mass shootings–or “mass killings”–from 2000 to 2013. This works out to an average of 29.8 deaths per year in mass shootings.

Yet for 2012 alone, the CDC reports there were “4,743 pedestrians” struck by cars and killed in the US. That is over 159 times higher than the 29.8 annual average for mass shootings.

And NHTSA numbers from 2002 to 2011 are similar. The NHTSA reports that there were 45,943 persons struck by cars and killed between 2002 and 2011.

That is not a typo–there were 45,943 pedestrian deaths.

Centers for Disease Control

In 2005 alone there were 4,892 pedestrians killed, which means you were over 164 times more likely to die by car while walking than in a mass shooting in that year. The year 2009 was the best for pedestrians–only 4,109 were struck by cars and killed. However, even at that rate you were nearly 138 times more likely to be struck by a car and killed than shot and killed in a mass shooting.

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His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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Random Thoughts with Thomas Sowell – October 2014

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:53

By Thomas Sowell
Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Thomas Sowell

California --( The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time.

Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society — will that cause zealots for open borders and amnesty to have some second thoughts, or perhaps first thoughts?

I hope Yankees manager Joe Girardi was watching the World Series when Madison Bumgarner was allowed to come out and pitch the 9th inning, even though he had already made 107 pitches. Time and again, Girardi has taken out a pitcher who was pitching a great game, and brought in a reliever who lost it. Baseball statistics provide good rules of thumb, but bad dogmas on a given day.

There seem to be a lot of comic-book-level movies, with human beings playing the role of cartoons.

Never take other people for granted. There is a point of no return in all relationships.

Back in 1947, J.A. Schumpeter said, “effective political reasoning consists mainly in trying to exalt certain propositions into axioms and to put others out of court.” That is still the game being played by “global warming” zealots.

Some people question Barack Obama’s competence, because he appointed a man with no medical background to be the Ebola czar. But Obama is not trying to solve a medical problem. He is trying to solve a political problem, on the eve of an election — and a political partisan is the way to do that. Expecting Obama to be concerned about a medical threat to the American people is unrealistic, in view of the man’s whole history.

When I see some of the bonehead plays by professional football players, I cannot understand why guys getting paid millions of dollars cannot stay alert for two hours, once a week.

Too many intellectuals are too impressed with the fact that they know more than other people.

Even if an intellectual knows more than anybody else, that is not the same as saying that he knows more than everybody else put together — which is what would be needed to justify substituting his judgment for that expressed by millions of others through the market or through the ballot box.

Sean Hannity recently pointed out an essential parallel between Islamic extremists and Nazis. One believed that they were the “master race” and the other that they are the only true religion. Both believed that this entitled them to kill others, just for not being part of their group.

Unless the Secret Service is given unambiguous authority to shoot anyone who climbs over the White House fence, without being second-guessed by people who will say “he shot an unarmed man,” any president is needlessly at risk — and millions of American voters’ choice for that office can be nullified by any crackpot. You don’t know who is armed or unarmed until it is too late.

Attorney General Eric Holder hit a new low, even for him, when he acted indignant about the leak of evidence supporting the police officer in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting — on grounds that this was an attempt to influence public opinion before the grand jury makes its ruling. What was Holder doing from day one, other than trying to influence public opinion in the opposite direction?

In going through my mail, I am always amazed at how many people seem to think that a series of unsubstantiated pronouncements constitutes an argument.

Except for Congressional elections, the most important election this year is the close race for governor of Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker has shown that he has substance and guts, rather than image and rhetoric, by opposing the government employee unions that have been bleeding the taxpayers. He would make a far better Republican presidential candidate in 2016 than Congressional phrase-makers or a retreaded candidate who lost in 2012.

About Thomas Sowell
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Georgia Voters Told To Remove ‘Offensive’ NRA Hats Before Voting

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 16:18

By AWR Hawkins

NRA Instructor Hat AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  When Douglasville, Georgia’s  Bundy Cobb went to the polls for early voting he was asked to remove his NRA Instructor” hat before casting his vote. He complied, but says his “right to express himself” was “infringed.” 

Cobb is the second voter inside a week who was asked to remove a NRA hat. Another man was asked to remove his hat because another voter was “offended” by it.

According to My Fox Atlanta, Douglas County Board of Elections supervisor Laurie Fulton claims the county’s position on NRA hats is based on legal precedent.

Fulton said:

The courts have found that anything that suggests [or is] associated with the NRA, in many people’s perceptions, is associated with the Republican Party. So with an overabundance of caution, Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism toward one party over the other.

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Lone Wolf Terror Attacks Show Need for Arms ~ Video

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:46

By John Snyder

Gun Rights Policies with John Snyder

Titusville, FL -U.S. voters think that radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to this country, according to Rasmussen Reports.

The Rasmussen telephone survey indicates, “86% of likely U.S. voters now consider radical Islamic terrorism a threat to the United States.”

“News reports here in the United States but also in Canada and throughout the world reveal the development of a new situation,” Snyder stated.

Snyder said that, “Individual Islamists, egged into murderous attacks on innocent civilians and others by extremist Islamist propaganda, actually wage terrorist war against Americans and others.

“The situation is reaching a terrifying level, with people not knowing where or when these ideologically charged terrorists will strike.”

“In this burgeoning scenario,” Snyder observed, “it is as obvious as the nose on your face that Americans need firearms and access to guns and ammunition. People must be able to counter the terrorists wherever and whenever they strike.

“It is equally obvious that in this new world of reality, promoters of restrictive gun control measures truly constitute a social problem. They should be treated as such.”

“Police analyze recent terrorist murders,” Snyder noted. “They say they’re just the beginning.

“There will be more in unlikely places. Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik said after an Islamist ax attack on police officers that, ‘This is just the beginning – there will be more attacks.'”

After the recent Islamist murderous attacks in Ottawa, Canada, retired four-star General Michael Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, had a frightening comment. “Beyond a certain point, attacks like this are not preventable,” he said.

Snyder noted that the FBI issued a recent warning that American journalists are likely targets of Islamist attacks such as the recent beheadings of two American journalists in the Middle East.

Snyder said that, “Whether it’s here in the United States where an Islamist terrorist recently beheaded a woman in Oklahoma city, or in other countries, terrorists attack individuals.

“Here in the United States, we should scrap nonsensical gun laws and tell gun grabbers in politics, media, academe, churches, and business to get lost.”
John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA

About John Snyder:
Named the Gun Dean by Human Events, “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News, a “champion of the right to self-defense” by The Washington Times, and “dean of gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, John M. Snyder has spent 45 years as a proponent of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms as a National Rifle Association editor, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation, and founder of

A former Jesuit seminarian, Snyder is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C., founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., a director of Council for America, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. He is also the author of the book Gun Saint. Visit:

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California Forces Churches To Fund Abortions

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:53

By Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris

Dallas, TX - -( First, the mayor of Houston flagrantly violated clergy’s First Amendment rights, when she subpoenaed sermons, and she still refuses to rescind her mandate.

And now California government officials are forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to fund abortions. What’s next?

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the California Department of Managed Health Care has required that all insurance plans in the Golden State cover abortions immediately. The kicker is that California churches are no longer exempt from providing such coverage for their employees — despite the fact that earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare cannot force its abortion-prompting contraceptives down the throats of faith-based nonprofits.

Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, explained the bizarre nature of this new California law to The Blaze. Churches “don’t have to provide contraception, but they have to provide abortion.” He explained in The Federalist that the origin for the decree was the American Civil Liberties Union’s pushing California officials to reclassify elective abortion as “basic health services.”

The DMHC actually notified the following insurance companies back on Aug. 22 2014 “regarding limitations or exclusions of abortion services“: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, GEMCare, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare. They, in turn, notified carriers, including churches.

As a result, The Washington Post reported, “seven churches in California (already) received notifications from their insurers that elective surgical abortion coverage would be required as part of their employee health plans, according to Casey Mattox.” The Blaze secured a copy of one of those church letters from Kaiser Permanente, a California health care company:

“I want to formally share with you that on August 22, 2014, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) notified Kaiser Permanente and other affected health plans in writing regarding group contracts that exclude ‘voluntary termination of pregnancy.’

“This letter made clear that the DMHC considered health care services related to the termination of pregnancies — whether or not a voluntary termination — a medically necessary basic health care service for which all health care services plans must provide coverage under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act. You may recall that at the request of some employer groups with religious affiliations, Kaiser Permanente submitted a regulatory filing in May 2012 properly notifying the DMHC of a benefit plan option that excluded coverage of voluntary terminations of pregnancies. The DMHC did not object to this filing, permitting Kaiser Permanente to offer such a coverage contract to large group purchasers that requested it. The DMHC acknowledged that it previously permitted these contract exclusions, but now is requiring health care service plans to provide coverage of all terminations of pregnancies, effective immediately. To that end, the DMHC requires Kaiser Permanente and similar health care service plans to initiate steps to modify their plan contracts accordingly.

“Effective August 22 2014, Kaiser Permanente will comply with this regulatory mandate.”

Of course, federal and state assaults on religious liberty are not new. As with the case of Hobby Lobby and others, however, this aggressive assault against churches on the issue of abortion funding is proof that there is no sacred stone that will be left unturned by Obamacare and secular progressives.

This new health care law attacks and overthrows not just churches but every last Christian who financially supports them.

Mattox was exactly correct when he said, “Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the utmost-imaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms.” He added that California officials are “flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans.”

It seems as if religiously rogue state officials are in vogue from Texas to California. One thing is certain: They have learned well from their White House counterpart how to completely disregard the U.S. Constitution and any lawmakers or citizens who interfere with their progressive agenda.

Citizens throughout our union need to understand something: This assault on our religious liberties is just the beginning. It will not stop until we stop it.

That is why I continue to challenge faith-loving patriots everywhere to join me in standing up against these attacks on our fundamental American rights and freedom, because sooner or later — mark my words — they will come knocking at the front doors of your home and church. If it can happen in Houston, it can happen in your hometown.

Californians, churches and other faith-based organizations need to contact their insurers, check their status on these new health care regulations and then let them know how they oppose those new moral edicts. You can also file a complaint with the DMHC by calling 888-466-2219 or going to

Second, please make sure to get out to vote on Nov. 4  2014 and ensure that only candidates who respect and revere religious liberties get into office. With half of the 80 million self-identified evangelicals not even registered to vote, it’s high time they got out of the bleachers and onto the battlefield. You can register to vote by going to

And regarding the subpoenaing of sermons in Houston, I encourage local citizens to show up Nov. 2 2014 at the “I Stand Sunday” event at Grace Community Church in Houston and stand up for their faith and our First Amendment. Those outside the area can watch the nationwide 90-minute webcast at 6 p.m. Central time via the “I Stand Sunday” website ( My friend Mike Huckabee and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” will address the audience there, among other Christian and conservative advocates. I wonder whether the mayor will subpoena their speeches, too.

Speaking of great speeches, maybe it’s time that every government official and state across our union heed the admonition of the “Father of Our Country,” George Washington, who, concerned with the perpetuity and legacy of our republic, warned our nation with these words as he exited his presidency:

George Washington

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Action hero and Second Amendment activist, Chuck Norris is one of the most enduringly popular actors in the world. He has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run in April 2001 after eight full seasons, is the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.”In 2006, he added the title of columnist to his illustrious list of credits with the launch of his popular Internet column. Now Chuck is a regular contributor to AmmoLand, click the following link to See more of Chuck Norris on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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Gun Owners of America Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:25
GOA Countering the Anti-gun Left’s New Strategy Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC --( Gun Owners of America has just released its 2014 Voter Guide, which rates all the candidates running for federal office.  Examine the grades of candidates in your state, and see where they really stand on gun rights!

ACTION:  Please circulate this alert to all of your pro-gun family and friends.  It’s the least we can do to protect our liberties!

IN OTHER NEWS:  GOA Countering Bloomberg’s Agenda

It’s tough being an anti-gun radical like Michael “Big Gulp” Bloomberg these days.

The former New York City Mayor has pumped millions of dollars into his fanatical effort to get gun control passed.

But that money was no match for the massive grassroots resistance that awaited him.  Even liberal media outlets like National Public Radio were forced to report on the unparalleled strength of GOA’s grassroots:

“Gun Owners of America showed with one email alert that it could help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill days before the Senate vote.” — NPR, December 26, 2013

The result?  Bloomberg lost an epic battle in the U.S. Senate last year — even while media pundits predicted his minions would win.

Bloomberg trying to bypass state legislatures

Within the past year or so, the Bloomberg forces lost ground in several states and failed to pass expanded background checks in many places where GOA was active (like Nevada and New Hampshire).

Having suffered so many defeats, Bloomberg is trying to make an end run around elected legislatures by forcing referendum votes around the country.

And to that effort, “Daddy Warbucks” has pledged $50 million in his crazed effort to remodel this country’s gun laws to resemble England’s.

Turning most gun owners into criminals

Bloomberg’s first attempt at buying a state is in Washington. If he is successful in the Evergreen State, simply owning a gun — without making a tiny mistake which would land you in jail — will be like dancing barefoot in a pit of scorpions.

Bloomberg’s proposal — an initiative which will be voted on in the November election — is 18 pages long.  So the only thing most Washingtonians will know about it is the lies Bloomberg is paying to spew over the airwaves.

Bloomberg’s minions have more than a dozen similar referendums planned around the country for 2015 and 2016.

All of this means that educating and mobilizing the grassroots — and the next generation — becomes even more important.

To that end:

Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 FAX: 703-321-8408

About:Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul Visit: to Join.

Activate Your Sphere of Influence Before Election Day

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

By Jeff Knox

Activate Your Sphere of Influence Before Election Day

Buckeye, AZ --( The midterm elections are officially just a few days away, though in many jurisdictions voting has been going on for a couple of weeks already.

The balance of power in the US Senate is on the line and, along with the Senate races, there are hundreds of other federal, state, and local races to be decided – races that could have a serious impact on your personal health, wealth, and liberty.

So what are you personally doing about it?

Have you cast your ballot yet?  Have you donated to the campaigns of candidates you believe in?  Have you written letters to the editor, posted comments on Facebook, posted links to important articles, or called in to radio shows?  Have you attended or tuned in to candidate debates, volunteered for candidates, passed out literature in the park?

Whether you have done any, all, or none of those things, here are 4 things that you can do right now to make a difference in the outcomes of Tuesday’s elections:

  1. Get your own house in order.  Be sure that you have examined the ballot, investigated the candidates – all of them, from Senate to City Council – and studied any initiatives, referenda, bond issues, etc., and decided how you’re going to vote.  Then you need to be sure that everyone of voting age in your household has all of that information and casts informed votes.  You don’t want to find out after the election that your spouse, son, or daughter canceled out your vote through ignorance or indifference.  Make them notes to use when they vote.  They can choose to ignore your suggestions, but be sure they have your suggestions and clearly understand the issues and what’s at stake.
  2. Rally your friends, extended family, fraternity comrades, church family, and others who know and respect you.  We all know people who are so jaded, cynical, lazy, or busy that they refuse to vote at all; claiming that their one little vote doesn’t matter, that the system is rigged, or that they think all politicians are corrupt and unworthy of their vote.

We must combat this apathy face-to-face.  It will never change without direct pressure from a friend like you.  One argument to offer is with precinct-level statistics.  People tend to look at election totals rather than looking at the numbers from the neighborhoods.  In most cases, just a handful of extra votes in each precinct could have changed the outcome of an election.  If you can motivate that handful in your neighborhood, while people like you all around the city and state motivate a few extra votes in their neighborhoods, the end result can be altered.

  1. Share your commitment with anyone who will listen.  In this age of early voting and mail-in ballots, an easy intro into the topic is to casually ask people you deal with if they’ve voted yet.  If they say yes, just say “Good for you.  Thank you for being a good American,” and leave it at that.  There’s no point in saying more.  If they say they have not voted yet, encourage them not to forget to do so, and either express your support for a particular candidate that you personally want to see pick up an extra vote, or say something to the effect that you are deeply concerned with the direction things have been going; that unemployment is still high, prices keep going up, and more and more of your hard-earned money seems to be making its way into the pockets of people who do nothing for it.  Tell them you hope to see things start turning around with this election.

A friendly, genial attitude, without bitterness or rancor, can win votes.  Dramatic rhetoric – no matter how accurate – is often perceived as hyperbole and radical ranting.  It is not a good way to influence the undecided.  Neither is arguing with people with different opinions.  Sociologists have demonstrated that most people dig their heels in deeper when confronted with a challenge to their strongly-held beliefs, even if the argument is overwhelming proof that they are wrong.  Impartial witnesses to an argument tend to side with the person who remains calm and conciliatory, not the one who gets in the best digs.

  1. Send out an email today, to everyone in your address book reminding them to vote and providing them with your recommendations on how to vote.  Include an article like this one, or something specifically supporting or opposing a particular candidate or ballot measure.  If you want to get more specific, segregate you list by state and give state specific advice.

The bottom line is for you to reach out to your sphere of influence, starting with the people closest to you and working your way out to total strangers, sharing your knowledge, offering encouragement – and “hope.”  Every vote matters.  Influence those you can.


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The Hickenlooper Blues

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:53
The Hickenlooper Blues USCCA

USA - -( Sunday’s Armed American Radio national broadcast 10-26-2014,debuted the hit song “The Hickenlooper Blues“.  Written by David Codrea, Cyd Lantz and David Simpson, the accompanying video was produced and directed by Emmy Award winning producers and directors Peter Gould, Gary Theroux and Jennifer Larsen.

This hilarious song and accompanying video highlights the frustration of CO gun owners enduring some of the nations strictest gun control regulations signed by embattled governor Hickenlooper.  The singer songwriter and production staff encourage the sharing of their work!

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The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.

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