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“Fair share?”

The following meme is being widely circulated by supporters of Bernie Sanders.  Yet, none has be able, or willing, to explain, much less discuss, the ramifications of that for which they clamor.  They answer only with some simplistic demands about “fair share.” I hear this often from proponents of “democratic socialism,” but am puzzled by the meaning.  Since it is often used in conjunction with a person’s economic status, I presume it is mainly about wealth, or lack thereof.  So my question: What is a fair share, and how is that determined? More pointedly: At what level does accumulating wealth … Continue reading

American “Gun Obsession” Explained

Even out here in the wild west (Arizona), it is not the ‘wild west’ decried by the anti-gun forces.  Nor is it the one envisioned by those in countries where the rights of citizens to self-protection have been usurped by Draconian gun control laws. Yet, the meme continues that Americans are just a bunch of gun-crazy yahoos, looking for the next OK Corral showdown. Are Americans obsessed with their guns? Well, yes to a point.  It is not the gun itself for which we hold such passion, but for what that gun preserves. A great explanation of that concept comes … Continue reading

Holding Out For a Hero

To hear the talking heads and political pundits go on about the lead Donald Trump has in polls, one would think conservatives have no other option than to jump on the T-Rump train.  I disagree. It is no secret that I am not an ardent supporter of the man who wants to be Deal Maker in Chief.  Not that Mr. Trump is the Republican’s worst offering.  He would be light-years better than the communist or unindicted felon leading the Democrat pack.  However his bombastic, and often boorish, personality is not what I associate with the mark of a true leader.  … Continue reading

It’s Time to Punish Asians

Liberals have identified the major fault in America’s pitiful academic record.  It is not the failed education system, nor is it a lack of scholastic discipline by students more interested having their ‘safe place’ than applying their energies to actually learning.  No, the real problem is one group whose achievements make little Sarah and Rufus feel left out — those darned Asians.  From The Blacksphere: For Liberals: It’s Time to Punish Asians by Kevin Jackson | Jan 4, 2016 When the average American sees an Asian, they think good thoughts. Asians are considered smart, hard-working, and they don’t commit much … Continue reading

Weapons-grade Stupid

That is the most polite way to describe this administration, and specifically DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The Obama administration is going to great lengths to assure the American public that the thousands of ‘refugees’ they want to bring to our shores from the middle-east jihadist hotbed will be “thoroughly vetted” before allowed entry.  At least, that is their claim. There are many who harbor doubts on the thoroughness of that vetting process, for good reason.  The latest revelation will do little to quiet their concerns. From The Hill: Immigration officials prohibited from looking at visa applicants’ social media   Homeland … Continue reading

DHS Employee Flummoxed by Gowdy Question on Constitution

In response to Muslim terrorists murdering 14 and injuring 22 during the course of their San Bernardino rampage, Obama and Democrats clamored for restricting persons on the fatally flawed Terrorist Watch lists from possessing firearms. Rep. Trey Gowdy made clear his reservations about the potential effectiveness of such a proposal at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing held this week.  Gowdy first pointed out the less than stellar DHS performance in regards to those – not deemed terrorists – who overstay their visas.  Gowdy then turned attention to the questionable Constitutionality of this latest attack on the Second … Continue reading

Carson Stands Ground on Shooting Comments

Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, appeared on Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends.  The discussion turned to the viral photo of Carson’s defiant response to those who would kill people for their beliefs.  When asked about the photo, Carson explained. “I believe that this nation has Judeo-Christian roots.  Why are we so busy trying to give those away for the sake of political correctness?  When you give away your identity, you give away your soul. “In the book of Proverbs it says, ‘Without a vision, the people perish.’ [Prov 29:18]  We can’t give away who we are, and what we … Continue reading

Reasoned Response to UCC Massacre

Within minutes of reports that another madman had opened fire on innocents at Umpqua Community College, the never ending gun debate roared back into national consciousness.  Proponents of both sides quickly took to airwaves and social media, touting the merits of their positions, while they demonized opposing views. I found these knee-jerk, finger pointing, self-serving diatribes, especially before police had secured the scene and accounted for all casualties, the best examples of the worst in America.  Enter John Correia of Active Self Protection (ASP), who posted the following on his facebook page. I have been asked what I think is … Continue reading

Did CAIR Flout Tax Laws (Again)?

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) may have violated its tax-exempt status under IRS code 501 (c)(3) by calling for Dr. Ben Carson to quit his presidential bid. CAIR executive director, Nihad Awad, called on Carson to end his White House bid during a press conference last Monday.  “We ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race because he’s unfit to lead because his views are in contradiction with the United States Constitution,” Awad said. Awad made his demand in response to Dr. Carson’s statement during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, where Carson said he would … Continue reading

Sanders: Ban All Self-Defense Firearms

Sen. Bernie Sanders essentially called for banning all guns used for self-defense.  Sanders, the only (admitted) socialist running for president in the Democrat Party primary, appeared on Sunday’s episode of NBC’s Meet the Press to drop that bomb.  The junior Senator from Vermont told Chuck Todd that guns designed primarily to kill people, rather than to hunt animals, should be banned nationwide. “Nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background, who’s involved in domestic abuse situations. People should not have guns who are going to hurt other people, who are unstable. And second of all I believe that … Continue reading

Demons Run

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown attacked Police Officer Darren Wilson.  Brown’s life, and criminal career, ended when Officer Wilson defended himself against the charging 6’4” tall, 292 pound, strong armed robber.  However, that was not the end of the story. One hundred thirty-nine, consider that number for a moment. 139 is the number of law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty since that day. Of that 139, 58 perished as a result of actions taken by criminals against, or in defiance of, law enforcement officers. 50 were outright murdered (44 gunned down, 2 beaten to … Continue reading

Who Had Access to Hillary’s Classified Emails?

Beside the ChiCom government hackers and Putin’s neo-KGB, the FSB. There can be little doubt, despite protestations to the contrary by Camp Clinton, that classified documents on Clinton’s personal email server have been compromised.  To what extent can only be determined by following the “chain of custody” from originator to each person having even incidental contact with those documents. As reported by Richard Pollock at Daily Caller, that chain may be very long indeed. Hillarymail ‘Chain of Custody’ Request May Lead To Indictments RICHARD POLLOCK Department of State officials refused to identify to a congressional committee the “chain of custody” – the complete … Continue reading

Saltwater Says: Listen to the Canadian!

An article showed up on my facebook news feed relating how armed citizens were told to leave a recruiting center because — get this — they might scare away potential recruits.  My first thought was that anyone too frightened to walk into a recruiting center because an armed citizen is outside, ensuring the safety of those inside, perhaps that person may not be the best choice for someone to protect the rest of us. There was much back and forth in the comments thread, most dealing with potential safety issues, and unknown competence of those ‘guarding’ the recruiters.  However, one … Continue reading

A $oul 4 $ale

Yesterday, Crawfish posted a question about the cost of a Lamborghini and Planned Parenthood’s trade in the bits and pieces ripped from defenseless little humans.  Today we have answer.  A huge H/T to Victor Medina at Political Illusions Exposed who did the math. —-    —-    —-    —- How many Planned Parenthood baby parts does it take to buy a Lamborghini?   After the Center for Medical Progress released a video showing a Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Mary Gatter, joking about buying a Lamborghini with the profits from selling parts of babies aborted in their clinics, we began to wonder: exactly how … Continue reading

Sitting Ducks – No Cover

In wake of the Chattanooga assassinations attack incident, the Obama administration has devised a sure fire strategy to ensure the safety of those serving in Armed Service Recruitment Centers, without letting them carry guns — HIDE!   Via DailySurge The Obama administration refuses to arm military recruiters following the attack that killed five marines. Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers. All U.S. military recruiters were ordered to wear civilian clothes instead of their uniforms at work as a security measure on Friday, and now the US Military is … Continue reading

Castrating Cops

With roving mobs pillaging cities at will, Obama’s newest Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has set her crime-fighting sights squarely on — the police(?!).  Continuing her predecessor’s war against law enforcement, this Eric Holder in a skirt has laid the hammer down upon the heads of Cleveland’s thin blue line.  CNS News reports on the latest move by Obama’s Department of Just Us to hamstring those who would protect and serve: The Obama Justice Department intends to “transform” the Cleveland police department “into a model of community-oriented policing,” by restricting officers’ use of force to subdue suspects. The consent decree announced … Continue reading

DHS Violates Court Injunction

Just when you thought the corruption and lawlessness of the Obama administration had reached its zenith, they up their game by defying the orders of a federal court judge.  Who am I kidding?  Anyone not in a coma for the last six years (or a Democrat) recognizes the current administration believes the Constitution does not apply to them — especially that pesky Article III giving courts judicial power in “all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution.” DHS broke judge’s order, approved amnesty applications despite injunction President Obama’s lawyers admitted to a federal judge late Thursday that they had broken the … Continue reading

Gun Grabber Victory

A three judge panel for the U.S. Seventh Circuit of Appeals has undermined the Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights for the good citizens of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.  In a stunningly convoluted misinterpretation of both the Heller and McDonald decisions, the panel upheld a Highland Park, Illinois ordinance prohibiting the possession of so-called “assault weapons” and “large‐capacity magazines.” 7th Circuit Court Rules Bans on ‘Assault Weapons’ Can Be Based on Feelings USA – -(Ammoland.com)- In a stunning 2-1 decision published today that upheld a City of Highland Park, Illinois ordinance (§136.005 of the City Code) that prohibits the possession of so-called “assault weapons” … Continue reading

Shades of Cuba: U.S. Navy to Blockade Yemen

Things may be taking an even uglier turn in the Gulf of Aden as Obama orders U.S. Navy to prepare for interception of Iranian weapons destined for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  From FoxNews.com: US aircraft carrier sent to block Iranian shipments to Yemen A U.S. aircraft carrier has been dispatched to waters off Yemen to join other American ships prepared to block any Iranian shipments to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian … Continue reading

Arizona Fighting Back

The Republican establishment in D.C. continues to froth and fret over Obama’s presidential power grabs.  Yet they seem determined to remain mired in the good-old-boy muck, where any thoughts of corrective measure are quickly stifled.  Protecting their positions and covering their aft quarters are the rule of the day. That is how things don’t work inside the beltway.  Outside that rarefied atmosphere, American people are taking action on their own to thwart Emperor Bar’aq in his march to the throne.  Beginning where else but that 48th state, Arizona. As reported in The Journal by high school senior and Chairman of … Continue reading