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Good Call!

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Just heard on KMBZ that any revenues from a blatantly racist political ad, which under Federal laws the station is required to carry with no editing, will be donated to the local chapter of the NAACP and working on getting with a Jewish charity.

I just heard the hosts talking about that, but can’t find a story or announcement yet.

Good for them! The jerk that bought the airtime will be actively supporting people he paid money to run down in public. Yet another reason that my radio generally stays on AM980 approximately 12 hours a day.

And again, I will not mention any names or websites. If you really want to find it, check this week’s Star and do a search for the radio station’s call letters.

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March 31, 2010 at 14:58

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More Women Buying Guns

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The Washington Times put out a story earlier that more women are buying firearms these days.

A 2009 study found 70 percent of shop owners reported more female buyers.

The study, conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Southwick Associates, also found 80 percent of the female gun-buyers who responded said they purchased a gun for self-defense, followed by 35 percent for target practice and 24 percent for hunting.

Just like with anyone purchasing anything, they do so for differing reasons. This is good news for the Second Amendment supporters, no matter what the motivation is for the purchase.

I’ve found in my life that most people who don’t like guns for whatever reason have never been around them, and certainly never shot them. Likely, their only exposure to firearms is on the evening news, where often a picture of a gun is used as a standard graphic when reporting about a crime, any crime, even when firearms were not used in that crime.

One particular woman I am well acquainted with was such a person. Honestly, she was never really an anti-gun person, but was uncomfortable and unfamiliar with them. After we started dating, and eventually got married, she spent time at the ranges, and with family shooting skeet, .22s, becoming familiar with them, knowing the safety measures (such as Every Gun Is Always Loaded!), and taking pride in nailing the bullseye or breaking the clay.

Now that we are happily married, she still puts up with me wanting more guns, and so-called “stockpiling” ammunition. Now if I can just get her to work with and get good with my .45ACP, just in case….

Anyway, if you have the chance, take someone new to the range the next time you go. Show someone ‘on the fence’ that guns are not inherently dangerous unless mishandled, that ‘gun people’ are not Michigan Militia people as portrayed in the media. Show them the fun and enjoyment that comes from a good session on the trap range. Maybe they will be the next new purchaser of a shiny new gun, perhaps for the first time in their lives.

Some out there think that our President may be coming after the 2nd Amendment any day now. Politically, that would be practically impossible, but then again I thought the Health Control bill died several months ago. I suspect though, that once someone has intimate relations with exercising a Constitutional Right, they are that much more prone to want to hang on to and be willing to fight keep that right. Every person we can bring over to ‘our side’ is one more vote against the so-called ‘elite’ who don’t think we should have weapons.

Written by James Lee

March 30, 2010 at 20:31

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Terrorist Arrests

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Here is one of several stories out about the weekend raids and arrests of an extremist militia group around Michigan.

A few thoughts on that. It would appear from the accounts that law enforcement acted on credible intelligence. It seems this group was doing more that just collecting firearms and playing survivalist, they appear to have been actively planning violence.

I look at this no differently than using credible intelligence to arrest and break up jihadist terrorist plots. If you are planning on using force, firepower, and explosives, I don’t care what your motivation is. It is the same, in my opinion, and should not be permitted in a civilized society.

This is not to say there is never any justification for the citizenry to rise up in defiance of a tyrannical government. In fact, that is how we became the nation we are. However, I think we are currently still a long ways from that, there are many other avenues to obtain redress of our grievances.

Things in the government are not good right now. But conspiring to “wage war” is not going to help things at this point. This will be just one more way the leftists in the Administration will feed the Narrative.

Please people, we may be living in interesting times, but keep your heads together and let us all educate ourselves and fight within the system. November will be here before we know it, and I suspect the American people will be sending a very loud message at that time.

Written by James Lee

March 29, 2010 at 11:46

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Final Four And Sarah Palin

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It goes without saying, I love that woman.

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March 29, 2010 at 09:40

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Narrative Of The Left

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By now you have all heard about the so-called ‘violence’ committed by Tea Party protesters over the last week. Politicians are quickly running to the nearest camera to whine about being threatened in the wake of passing the massive takeover of Health Control last week.

A year ago, when the Tea Party protests first started, the left started to downplay them as much as possible. Word spread around the airwaves and the internet to have a nation wide gathering in hundreds of communities on April 15, obviously being symbolic of the tax due date. Practically on the eve of that date, the Department of Homeland Security releases a report about so-called Right Wing Extremism, focusing on people dissatisfied with the direction our government is going, former military members, and anyone with third-party or protest-type stickers on their cars (the Don’t Tread On Me Flag, for example).

You will not convince me that report was not released to coincide with the protests. Perhaps people heard about it in the snippets of evening news they pay attention to (honestly, I don’t know if the main networks covered it, I never watch them and really don’t care what they do or do not cover), and thought ‘Oh, Joe at work said he was going to that, but if they are extremists, maybe I better not!’ But whether it affected turnout or not, it started the Narrative.

On Tax Day, thousands, if not millions (but definitely more than the dozens the media tend to report) showed up, carrying signs, chanting slogans, getting their voices heard. Many for the first time in their lives were expressing their opinions in an open and peaceful way. The media, however, did all they could to focus on the few Nazi references, interview the one nutcase in the crowd, in an attempt to paint the entire group with one brush.

Protesters did not fall for it. I myself have not as yet attended a gathering, though I may this year. But I suspect the negative coverage did more to steel the resolve of freedom-loving Americans than to discourage people from speaking out. I know that’s how I feel, at least.

One thing has been pointed out at most of these protests: They clean up their own trash. Last year, KMBZ’s Darla Jaye attended and spoke at the protest in Johnson County Kansas. She has said repeatedly that after the several thousand left the area, not one piece of trash, such as cups, wrappers, flyers, etc, was left on the ground. Personally, I find that sort of amazing, if true; you can’t even go into a parking lot of a local store without seeing flyers blowing around, and soda cans crushed by tires. Really sounds like a group that wants to stir up trouble and be violent, eh? I’ve heard the same thing occurred last weekend in Washington DC, that the last chant of the day was “Pick Up Your Trash.”

In contrast, here is a photo of the National Mall after the inauguration last year:

So, the Narrative is set, the Tea Party Protesters are violent right-wing extremist racists who only protest because they hate a black man being president. And the ‘stories’ told seem to back that up.

Case in point being the so-called spitting incident involving Missouri’s own Representative Cleaver. Supposedly, as he was walking by the crowd, someone spit on him. By the best analysis of the video, from several different angles, it appears what was first reported as “spit” was in reality a case of “Say it, Don’t Spray It,” and in all likelihood completely unintentional, perhaps even the man didn’t realize it. So while technically correct, in the fact that a man’s spittle landed on Cleaver, the headline “Cleaver Spat Upon” conjures up the image of a dirty ol’ redneck rearin’ back and letting one fly.

Also at question is the reports from Representative Lewis being referred to by a racial slur. Well, I wasn’t there, so I will never know for sure what was or was not said, but it’s pretty interesting that no one has the slur on video, or audio. We are supposed to just trust the words of the victims, right?

Apparently, that’s how the Kansas City Star comes up with their editorial last week, emphasis mine:

•Kansas City’s Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, was spat upon. This happened, despite claims from disbelievers.

•Cleaver and Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, both were called “niggers” by protesters. It’s appallingly ugly language. Actual words matter, which is why we won’t soften the offense with a shorthand version. This slur should never be heard, and no member of Congress should be subjected to it.

•Protesters called Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, “faggot” as he approached the Capitol. Again, unacceptable language for legitimate public debate.

•At least a couple of tea partiers brandished bright yellow signs with the words “Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can.”

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VERY STRONG DISCLAIMER: The above text was copied directly from the Kansas City Star’s online web site in accordance with my understanding of Fair Use rules of copy written material. In any case, there was no manipulation of the text or wording, only the emphasis in the first line, by me. All words are as they appear in both the online and printed versions of the Star, and any complaints of offensive words should be directed to them. Thank you. And of course, as always, I would encourage you to read the entire artcle for yourself.

Note how they take the ‘facts’ without any sort of proof, even chiding anyone who dares to disagree with the learned editorial board. Also note the lack of presumed-innocent taglines. You can’t hear a story about police catching a bank robber in the act without every reference to the bank robber be “alleged robber” or “suspect in the holdup.” Hell, even Reuters news service wanted to insist the September 11th murderous TERRORISTS be refered to as “alleged hijackers.” But no, those redneck racist sexistbigothomophobe Tea Party Extremists are all crazy anyways, right, so we won’t even bother with giving them same courtesy as other known terrorists.

And, by the way, I could have cut out that last line about the yellow sign with firearms references. The editorial goes on to say that “This threat deserves prosecution.” Funny, I don’t remember a large clarion call for prosecuting those threatening the life of President Bush, specifically, from signs, to burning in effigy, to flat-out verbal threats. Does anyone remember Senator John Kerry giving a specific threat to go to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to kill one bird and solve the problem during an appearance on HBOs “Real Time?” For what its worth, protest signs with suggestions of firearms, while not in most cases actually being a specific threat, in my opinion are in poor taste, with the result being more fodder for the Narrative.

And, I see this morning from the AP about the protest yesterday in Searchlight, Nevada, Senator Reid’s hometown. Sarah Palin spoke to a large crowd, as people came from miles around. But the AP just couldn’t resist playing into the Narrative, could they?

Conservative columnist Andrew Breitbart disputed accounts that tea party activists in Washington shouted racial epithets at black members of Congress amid the health care debate, although he didn’t provide any evidence.

Number one, you idiots, Andrew Breitbart is not the one here making accusations about behavior in Washington. Breitbart is in fact trying to prove the incident happened by offering twenty thousand dollars for any video or audio proof that it did indeed happen. Thus far, not a single person has come forward to claim that money. Either no one needs and extra twenty grand to spend in this booming economy, or such a tape does not exist.

And Number Two, in this country one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. What that means is that the accuser is the one to provide proof.

So the next time you see and hear about all those violent extremists, please consider these things. The politicians and the media have gone to great lengths to see the Narrative played out, and make us the bad guys here. As I learned long ago with any news account, always read the whole story, and found out what is not in the story. Then you might have a little better grasp on how things really are.

Written by James Lee

March 28, 2010 at 17:06

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Makes Me Want to Puke

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Top headline on my Yahoo! homepage:

Capping an epic struggle, congressional Democrats put the final touches Thursday to historic legislation enshrining health care as the right of every citizen.

Emphasis mine.

More than enough said.

Written by James Lee

March 25, 2010 at 23:28

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A Little Off Topic From Restless Heart

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Since I’ve figured out how embed videos here now, I thought I would share this:

I know the current political topics are not at all on the war against the jihadists, but in some ways, the lesson applies. If we don’t fight for our freedoms, we will lose them.

As a bit of an aside, I wanted to put this up for a while. Restless Heart is likely my favorite musical act of all time. This song was actually out for a long time before I found it, as sometimes I have a tendency to not keep up on things if there aren’t current updates, until the mood strikes to me to look for it.

That is why I did this tonight. Something hit me at some point today, to make me search YouTube and find this again. I have a copy of this song that I can actually play whenever I want, but I would be very interested if I could actually purchase it from the band at some point. Paul Gregg? Larry Stewart? You out there somewhere? This is the sort of thing is something I would happily pay at least a reasonable amount for and support.

Enjoy the song, and the video. If you are an American, and you are not moved by that, then there is something seriously wrong with you. If you’ll pardon me, I think some smoke, or something, just got in my eyes as I was seeing that.

Written by James Lee

March 25, 2010 at 20:45

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Palin Inciting Violence?

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So I’m cruising through Drudge a few moments ago, and come across this story:

“When Sarah Palin uses gun analogies and gun imagery when she makes her political point, she may believe that she’s engaging in metaphor. But there are too many people who have twisted minds who might think that she’s being literal,” said Weiner.

Has Weiner been paying attention? Has he forgotten the years of enduring hateful attacks against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney? Including literally encouraging our enlisted soldiers to fire on their superior officers? How about the late-night ‘comedy’ routine showing crosshairs on the President saying “Snipers Wanted?”

And don’t even mention the hateful, personal attacks against Gov Palin herself, and her family. Perhaps Mr Weiner has forgotten the sexist remarks, and the accusations that Palin isn’t even a woman, because she holds conservative views.

Now that being said, I agree that threats, vandalism, and violence are not welcome in our political discourse. Anyone found perpetrating these acts should be prosecuted in accordance with applicable laws. No matter who they are or what ‘side’ they claim to represent. And the rest of us need to make certain that we make those advocating such attacks as unwelcome as possible.

I think the Democrats are trying to play this up as much as they can to their own PR advantage, even to the point of making money off the situation.

What say we just all calm down, and we’ll sort this out where we need to, in the arena of ideas and within the law.

Written by James Lee

March 25, 2010 at 16:26

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Oooh, I’m Shaking!

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Reuters reports on the content of Osama bin Laden’s latest Billboard Hit:

Osama bin Laden, in a fresh audiotape, threatened to execute any Americans taken prisoner by al Qaeda if accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed, al Jazeera television reported on Thursday.

And this changes things exactly how?  Seems in my memory most captives of al Qaeda end up separated from their head in internet videos.  I know a few have escaped and/or been rescued, but the jihadists aren’t exactly world-renowned for their humane, state of the art prisoner of war facilities.

I also seem to recall various members of the Democrat Party chiding President Bush for not actually “getting” bin Laden.  While I want some proof that lowlife is actually reducing his carbon footprint to zero, I don’t see the current Administration doing much to further that goal.

Here’s hoping that, assuming he is actually still breathing, our forces get to him first before Justice Department lawyers get their way with a kangaroo show trial like they proposed for KSM and Company.

Written by James Lee

March 25, 2010 at 09:09

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Social Security In The Red

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The New York Times reports that Social Security is going into the red about 9 years before it was forecast. This is largely due to the current high unemployment, resulting in less FICA withholding being paid in.

We’ve known for years that the Social Security, and Medicare for that matter, system was in trouble, headed for financial difficulties. There were ample opportunities to try to work something out, and still might actually be time before complete disaster. However, as I once heard George Will say regarding this, no politician will do anything about it until three weeks before the checks won’t clear.

One of George W Bush’s campaign platforms was a partial privatization of the program. I was, and still am, fully in support of such an idea. Arguments can be made about volatile markets, losing ground with 401k(s), Wall Street mismanagement, and so forth. And you would have a point. However, I think I’d rather take my chances with a mix of growth stocks and conservative investment strategies than place my full trust in Washington DC whose only reason to exist seems to be getting reelected to tax more of our business and spend more of our money on things that we don’t want or need.

Democrats can take most of the blame for this. They demonized and derided any attempt by Bush to rework the system. And don’t forget, the Bush Administration attempted on at least a couple of occasions to point out and try to correct problems inside Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, problems that arguably led to the housing bubble, failed banks, and “toxic asset” mess, with Dem politicians insisting that banks give home loans to people who would not otherwise have qualified for them. Which all cascaded into the weak markets, mass layoffs, and high unemployment, resulting in Social Security not getting the payroll taxes to stay in the black on the balance sheets. Oh, and the Democrats insisted there was not a problem, nary a one, at Fanny and Freddy.

Everyone liking that Hope and Change so far?

Written by James Lee

March 25, 2010 at 08:34

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