The Bundy Ranch and the War on Real Americans. – Tea Party Nation

The Bundy Ranch and the War on Real Americans. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

When armed men in uniform show up to take your property, it is hard to call it anything other than war. 

 

When the government invaded Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Clark County, Nevada a few days ago, it expected him to roll over.  It expect him to surrender and be forced out.  They expected the last rancher standing to give up the fight.

 

They were wrong.

 

They learned a lesson when a lot of real Americans showed up to defend Cliven Bundy.

 

What was that lesson?

 

The lesson is there is a reason why our founding fathers put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution and there is a reason why real Americans refuse to compromise on it.

 

ImageWhen the Bureau of Land Management rolled into Cliven Bundy’s ranch, they made a show of force.  They brought snipers and agents armed with military grade firepower.   They came in with all of the force of an arm of the old Soviet Union’s KGB.

 

When BLM came in, they told real Americans they could only exercise their 1st Amendment rights in a small, fenced in area miles from the Bundy Ranch.  When unarmed Americans wanted to exercise their 1st Amendment rights at the ranch, they were attacked by dogs and at least one real American, Ammon Bundy, a son of Cliven Bundy was tazered. 

 

ImageThen a lot of real Americans showed up with their firearms to reinforce the Bundys and the other real Americans protesting the tyrannical actions of the government.  When armed, real Americans showed up, the BLM changed its tune and withdrew. 

 

Not only did the BLM withdraw, but cattle the BLM had seized, which was the pretext for moving against the Bundy ranch are being returned and the government is paying for any cattle that died in the operation.

 

The Bundy Ranch episode is a warning for real Americans and it is a warning for Washington as well.  For decades the government has been waging a war against private property in the west.  There is a reason why Cliven Bundy is the last rancher standing in Clark County, Nevada.  The others have been forced to sell after government pressure.  The government gets the land, then resells it without the water rights.

 

gadWhat this means in plain, non-lawyer English, is the land is without riparian rights.  Land deals where land is sold without certain rights such as the right to develop minerals in the land or water on the land, are not very common east of the Mississippi.  They are common in the West. 

 

Without the water rights, no rancher can exist.  Without water rights, the owner of the land is not allowed to divert water on the land or even drill wells. 

 

As Cliven Bundy described it, the Bureau of Land Management managed all of the other ranches out of business. 

 

ImageIt is not just in Nevada this is going on.  In Colorado, Andy Barrie and his wife bought a couple of acres and a nice cabin with an incredible view in the Colorado mountains.  They have to take a SUV to the cabin up a dirt county road to get to their cabin.

 

Summit County, Colorado decided it needed the property to “preserve” the open spaces so it has filed eminent domain against the Barrie’s cabin.  The Barries are fighting the eminent domain but they are discovering the county has bottomless pockets for funding litigation and they do not.

 

They may loose their fight simply because they cannot afford it.

 

Another battle in the left’s war against private property.

 

ImageFor Washington, the Bundy Ranch incident is a lesson it should pay attention to.  For liberals and even some Republicans caught up in the Washington bubble, they do not realize that real Americans are being pushed to the point where they are not going to take it anymore. 

 

When American citizens take up arms against armed Federal Agents, someone should start paying attention.

 

Actor Ken Wahl tweeted the Bundy Ranch was the “1st salvo of THE REVOLUTION.”

 

People like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to bring down the America that we know and replace it with a socialist government. 

 

We have seen how that works out before. Real Americans are no longer standing by passively. 

 

armedWe have a government that is out of control and no longer responsive to “We the people.”

 

As our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence, and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

 

The real Americans are standing up. 

 

Washington, are you listening?distress

EMPIRE STATE REBELLION: Hundred of Thousands of New Yorkers Refuse To Register So-Called “Assault Weapons” Ahead Of April 15 Deadline

EMPIRE STATE REBELLION: Hundred of Thousands of New Yorkers Refuse To Register So-Called “Assault Weapons” Ahead Of April 15 Deadline.

Poor Andrew Cuomo.

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Due the the tyrannical actions of Andrew Cuomo and his allies in the state legislature,  New York residents are required to register an estimated 1 million firearms designated as “assault weapons” under the NY SAFE Act by April 15.

1inguncontrolUnfortunately for the Governor and his allies, it appears that the open revolt of most of the state’s law enforcement leaders against NY SAFE—who correctly view the law as a blatantly unconstitutional assault on the state constitution and the Second Amendment—means that noncompliance is overwhelming.

While NY State Police refuse to publicly share the number of firearms that have been registered (citing a provision of the NY SAFE Act itself), leaks purporting to be from within the agency suggest that compliance might be as low as just 3,000-5,000 firearms. There is no way to conclusively verify this paltry figure which suggests that 99.5% of New Yorkers are thumbing their noses at Albany, but it may very well be a credible figure.

Why?

Non-compliance rates of 85%-90% or more are the rule when draconian gun control laws 580554_318859484890936_299381022_ndemanding registration are passed in the United States. Those rates are normal even with relatively popular support from voters and law enforcement. Those dynamics of “popular support” are assuredly not in play in New York.

While gun registration may be exceedingly popular south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and in a few pockets upstate, many (if not most) law enforcement officers and gun owners in the state have publicly rebelled against the law. Many municipal and county governments have joined them in open defiance. Gun owners in New York are well aware of the fact that their county sheriffs, state police, and local officers don’t intend to enforce the law, a stance that many law enforcement leaders have announced publicly.

1141Knowing that the chief law enforcement officers in most counties have announced that they will not enforce the law, a non-compliance rate exceeding 95% and perhaps exceeding 98% does indeed seem plausible.

As New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) noted previously:

“The rank and file troopers don’t want anything to do with it,” Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) said Monday. “I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.”

“If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany,” Nojay said.

9lhvviAndrew Cuomo has demonstrated that he has the political power to ram through unconstitutional laws in Albany. What he’s also unwittingly exposed is his complete inability to enforce them.

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Ever since the creation in 1988 of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it has engaged in the greatest hoax of modern times, releasing reports that predict climate-related catastrophes as if the climate has not been a completely natural and dynamic producer of events that affect our lives.

 

endthelieThe IPCC was set up by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program. It has enlisted thousands of scientists to contribute to its scare campaign, but as Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, noted in a recent Forbes article regarding the vast difference in the assertions of the IPCC scientists and those of its puckishly named Nonintergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), “What is a non-scientist to make of these dueling reports? Indeed, what is a scientist to make of this?”

 

“Very few scientists are familiar with biology, geology, physics, oceanography, engineering, medicine, economics, and scores of other more specialized disciplines that were the basis of the claims…” The IPCC has depended on the ignorance of those scientists outside their particular disciplines and recruited them to be involved in the UN hoax. The rest of us look to them to provide guidance regarding issues involving the climate and, as a result, have been deliberately deceived.Climate Change idiocy

 

The NIPCC, anticipating the latest IPCC addition to its climate scare campaign, has just issued a new addition to its “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports. The first volume was 850 pages long and the latest is more than 1,000 pages. It represents the findings of scores of scientists from around the world and thousands of peer-reviewed studies. At this point they represent some twenty nations.

 

I have been an advisor to The Heartland Institute for many years and have been exposing the climate change lies since the late 1980s. A science writer, I have benefited from the work of men like atmospheric physicist, S. Fred Singer, a founder of the NPCC who has overseen five reports debunking the IPCC since 2003.wlecome

 

The Heartland Institute has sponsored nine international conferences that have brought together many scientists and others in an effort to debunk the UN’s climate scare campaign.

 

I have always depended on the common sense of people to understand that humans have nothing to do with the climate except to endure and enjoy it. We don’t create it or influence it.

 

The global warming campaign is based on the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) traps the Sun’s heat and warms the Earth, but the fairly miniscule amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (0.038%) does not do that in a fashion that poses any threat. Indeed, it is the Sun that determines the Earth’s climate, depending where you happen to be on the Earth. Next to oxygen, CO2 is vital to all life on Earth as it is the “food” on which all vegetation depends. More CO2 is good. Less is not so good.

 

The IPCC has depended in part on the print and broadcast media to spread its Big Lie. It also depends on world leaders, few of whom have any background or serious knowledge of atmospheric science, to impose policies based on the Big Lie. These policies target the use of “fossil fuels”, oil, coal and natural gas, urging a reduction of their use. The world, however, utterly depends on them and, in addition to existing reserves, new reserves are found every year.

 

One reason the IPCC has been in a growing state of panic is a new, completely natural cooling cycle based on a reduction of solar radiation. As James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Heartland’s “Environment & Climate News”, pointed out recently, “Winter temperatures in the contiguous United States declined by more than a full degree Celsius (more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past twenty years.” He was citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric climatefraudAdministration data. “The data contradicts assertions that human induced global warming is causing a rise in winter temperatures.”

 

In addition to the recent extremely cold winter, there have been others in 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. There will be more.

 

The IPCC report is full of claims about global warming, now called “climate change” since the world is obviously not warming. In March, Taylor rebutted an IPCC claim that crop production is falling, noting that global corn, rice, and wheat production have more than tripled since 1970. In recent years, the U.S. has set records for alfalfa, cotton, beans, sugar beets, canola, corn, flaxseed, hops, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, peanuts, and wheat, to name just a few.cartoongwcausesstuff

 

The Earth would benefit from more, not less, CO2 emissions, but the Obama administration has been engaged in imposing hundreds of new regulations aimed at reductions. It targets the development and expansion of our energy sector. The President has repeated the lies in his State of the Union speeches and we have a Secretary of State, John Kerry, who insists that climate change is the greatest threat to mankind and not the increase of nuclear weapons.

 

myworkEvery one of the Earth’s seven billion population are being subjected to the UN’s campaign of lies and every one of us needs to do whatever we can to bring about an end to the United Nations and reject the IPCC’s claims.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

We all know that the “sanctions” Obama has placed on a few of Putin’s pals thus far and those Obama wants the European Union to impose will have no affect whatever on Putin’s decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine.

 One of Obama’s solutions to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty includes giving it a billion dollars because Russia has raised the price of the natural gas it sells to the Ukraine. This means Putin just made a billion while reacquiring Crimea.

 One way to bring Russia to its knees would be for Obama–if he could–to  impose the same things he is doing in America on the Russian Federation:

 # Require Russia to adopt Obamacare.

 # Ban the mining and use of coal in Russia.

 # Do not allow any drilling on Russian publicly-held land.

 # Redefine the Russian work week to 30 hours.

 # Raise the Russian minimum wage.

 # Mandate overtime pay for Russian government workers.

 # Demand that Russia pay welfare benefits to its illegal immigrants.

 # Require Russia to enact the same regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 # Increase the Russian national debt by $6 trillion dollars.

 # Require Russia to reduce all elements of its military force and capabilities by reductions to its military budget.

 Not finishedThese policies since 2009 have weakened the United States and, if applied to Russia, they would have the same affect. It’s bad enough what Obama has done and is doing to the U.S., but neither we nor the rest of the world would be better off with a weak Russia. Its economy is too tied into the world’s.

 Putin insists that it was the West led by the U.S. that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after seventy years of communist rule, but it was Communism that brought it to its knees. The other element was a decline in the prices of oil and natural gas–still the primary source of income for the Russian Federation—that undermined its economy.

 While a panoply of experts keeps talking about the prospect of Russia aggression toward its former satellite nations in Eastern Europe, the simple fact is that Putin’s reacquisition of the Crimea just added to Russia’s financial pressures. He can barely afford Crimea. All the hand-wringing about its annexation ignores the fact that it was part of Russia for hundreds of years.

 ImageRuchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently spelled out Russia’s economic woes in a Wall Street Journal commentary titled “Putin’s Potemkin Economy.”

 “Mr. Putin’s real power base, the economy, is crumbling,” says Sharma. “Russia’s economic growth rate has plummeted from the 7% average annual pace of the last decade to 1.3% last year,” adding that “the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has been fighting to prevent a ruble collapse since the Crimean crisis began.”

 Does that sound like a Russia that wants to invade its neighbors at this time?

 “The result,” says Sharma, “is that the Russian state has few new sources of income outside of oil and gas, at a time when it is taking on more dependents” in Crimea. As for the rest of the Ukraine population, it’s only the younger generation that did not grow up under the oppression of the former Soviet Russia that thinks giving up its sovereignty is a good idea. Ukrainians with a memory of the pre-1991 days know better.

obama- defending constitution laughing Europe, much of which depends on Russian gas, will be in no hurry to punish Russia beyond a few relatively meaningless sanctions. It’s all a charade.

 It’s true that Europe went to war twice for far less reason than the Crimean annexation, but its present leaders have no wish to repeat that error for all the talk about international law.

 What is being debated now is whether Putin will, for whatever reason, invade Ukraine. Only Putin knows that and the decision would be a bad one for him and everyone else.

 As we strive to survive Obama’s war on the U.S. economy and the current havoc resulting from Obamacare, it is doubtful that even Obama has any inclination to see Russia collapse and could not reverse the Crimean situation even if he cared about it.

Image He doesn’t seem to care about what he’s doing to the rest of us so it’s the war at home which we have to survive.

 © Alan Caruba, 2014

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost

More Calls from Western Nations for Civilian Disarmament via the UN : Freedom Outpost.

 

unfreezoneAmerica, throughout the past fifteen months I have written a great deal on the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. While many have allowed the wool to be pulled over their eyes by believing that civilian disarmament can’t happen here, and that the senate will never ratify this treaty, the truth is that it is already being incrementally implemented. All of the states that are passing draconian gun control laws are testing ground states, and if you haven’t noticed, these state governments really don’t give a hoot about what their constituents have to say about it. While it is true that many states are also passing pro-gun laws that, constitutionally speaking, would protect their citizens’ gun rights from federal over reach, it doesn’t change the fact that the arms treaty represents a global effort to disarm America so they can push forward with their plans to implement global communism.

This push for global communism is best described by pointing to U.N. policy initiatives such as “Agenda 21,” which seeks to limit the development of mankind because supposedly, our technological advancements are contributing to global warming. Never mind that we just experienced one of the worst winters in quite some time, and there’s more polar ice now than in previous years, the planet is warming, we are all doomed, and only global communism can save us according to the U.N. If you are still wondering what the connection is between gun control and global warming is, I am about to explain. The global warming advocates believe there are too many people and that we occupy too much undeveloped land. They intend to herd us off of this land and lock us in the cities where we can be “managed” like a herd of animals.

armedIf you doubt this, then ask yourself why the federal government is purchasing vast quantities of land and sealing it off. As I mentioned in an article I posted yesterday, there are those in this movement who would have “global warming deniers” imprisoned because of their belief that man is not destroying the planet. So it essentially comes down to a simple philosophy my friends. Those with a great deal of wealth, power and influence are seeking to impose their will upon the American people, they are seeking to create a new society in which they will control all the land and resources. They can’t do this if we remain armed. Everyone knows this is about power and not keeping children safe. If they cared so much about children, abortion would not have killed 50,000,000 babies since its legalization.

Please realize this, events like the Sandy Hook shooting were used as an excuse to disarm other countries whose citizens were once armed. Emergency legislation and propaganda were used in much the same way as it was here. The only difference is that these nations never lived with the belief that self-defense and the right arms are natural, unalienable rights. They simply had firearms because the government “allowed” them to. That’s the difference America.

I felt it imperative to discuss the topic this Sunday morning because President Obama, while in Brussels this past week, put his signature on another document reaffirming his commitment to civilian disarmament. This can be read about here. As I said above, this is a global effort being directed by those believing that a global government administered by the U.N. is the only way to save mankind and the planet from man’s “destructive” ways.

wlecomeMany would call me a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but I would ask that you look up and read the 45 declared goals of the communist party, something I have also written extensively about, and you will see that promoting the U.N. as man’s only hope is one of these goals.

As further evidence, I would remind you that, as a college student, the class I was in was presented with a video that essentially described the need for the U.N. to control all nations in order to fight poverty, and that in order to do so these nations would have to surrender their sovereignty. Poverty was described as being created by global warming of course. The narrator also claimed that people should not be able to own guns because gun ownership contributed to a dangerous, unstable world; to this, I would add that is true only when they are owned by despotic, tyrannical dictators. Let us never forget that it was the world’s governments, hell bent on obtaining power, which have disarmed and slaughtered more people in peacetime than in all the wars combined.

It should be clear, beyond a reasonable doubt, which they intend to carry this out whether orgun-control not the senate goes along with ratifying the treaty. It should be clear that the global communists intend to teach your children to fear guns, look to governments for safety, doubt your values and question your motivations, ridicule Christianity and view right and wrong as merely subjective constructs created by man’s morality as opposed to God’s. If you doubt this, just simply pick up a common core text book or watch some television programming targeting a teenage audience. Psychological conditioning is one of the back door methods in which these people will accomplish their goals. Our children, through the use of “intruder on campus drills” are being conditioned to respond with fear and look to government officials to make everything all right. Many could argue that this has been going on for years, maybe so, but in my mind it explains a lot, if that is the case.

DTOMThis essentially means that a great deal of our population has been conditioned to view firearms as a threat. They have been conditioned to view gun owners as a threat. The government continually refers to those that will be willing to defend their liberties in the face of tyranny, such as veterans, The Tea Party and other patriotic groups as “terrorists.” The term terrorist goes a long way in granting governments the power to act in the name of safety. In other words, the term terrorist, being applied to American citizens standing for the rights of gun owners, identifies us as the enemy. It’s that simple folks.

Also, The NDAA of 2012 identified the United States as a legitimate battle field in the war on terror. Essentially, the term terrorism will eventually encompass any action that goes against the will of global government, which is claiming to be looking out for, and taking care of the poor and oppressed. In the event that any of this comes to fruition, and there is chaos reigning in the streets, this portion of our population will look to the U.N. and other governments for safety and security. This will be best compared to the Jews in Germany voluntarily getting on the choo choo trains.

Holder F&FThere’s very little that can be said anymore other, than its going to take a great deal more than a few patriots and conservative politicians passing pro gun laws to stop what is coming. The right crisis is all it will take, and a great many of you know this. This is the reason we have been divided folks. Our values and the definitions we place on words like freedom and liberty to hatred and racism have been so altered and redefined for the very purpose of keeping us from being able to unite on any one issue.

I have concluded that, in some ways, these people have taken our greatest attribute of individual liberty and destroyed us with it by making it mean anything we wanted it to mean. Individual liberty and freedom have transpired from personal responsibility to multiculturalism, moral relativism, entitl580554_318859484890936_299381022_nement and moral depravity. We have lost value for humanity and yet we wonder why our nation continues to spiral toward Hell at breakneck speed. A great many of us have forsaken God and the meaning He has attached to existence and then we wonder why God has allowed our nation to fall. The connection between all of this and efforts to disarm us is significant because only a moral population that believes and understands their responsibility to protect truth and fight evil will stand and defend what they hold dear; the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, with unalienable rights to pursue that which makes us happy. I have an unalienable right to exist and to protect the existence of those I love and who depend upon me to keep them safe. This is a right that governments have no right to take from any of us, yet so many of us are willing to surrender it for false promises. It’s a damn shame too, because their ignorance will affect us all.

The Good and Bad of Dianne Feinstein

The Good and Bad of Dianne Feinstein.

By Claire Wolfe  http://jpfo.org / alerts2014 / alert20140322.htm

You mean there’s actually something good to say about notorious anti-gun U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein? Yep, there is. We’ll get to that shortly. But first, the bad.

dianne feinstein pushes for semi automatic rifle import banSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Hoplophobia) is at it again. This week she wrote to President Obama, suggesting that he use his “Year of Action” (his plan to govern without the help of Congress, announced in his State of the Union speech) to go to war once again, on those evil and largely mythical “assault weapons.”

Specifically, she wants Obama and the ATF to use executive branch powers — and the “sporting purposes” provision of the 1968 Gun Control Act — to ban importation of firearms that look scary to her. This ban would even include some tube-fed .22s.

A_GGYrOCUAMcAQM.jpg largeSpecifically, she targeting guns that are imported legally, looking like whatever she thinks “normal” weapons look like, but are later altered. Once in the country they’re taken down and rebuilt with made-in-USA parts to look more like military weapons. That is, they’re given features like thumb-hole stocks and higher magazine capacity. These, according to Feinstein’s letter, are “assault features.”

No one at JPFO has ever heard of an “assault feature.” We can’t even imagine how a feature could commit assault. But Ms. Feinstein seems to know an “assault feature” when she sees one, even if nobody else does.

Feinstein especially gets her knickers in a knot over one particular gun, the WASR-10, an AK-variant of Romanian origin, which is supposedly a favorite in Mexico. She (or one of her staffers) writes:

WASR-10s have repeatedly been found in the arsenals of top drug kingpins and their associates. For example, at least one WASR-10 was used in May 2008 to kill eight police officers in Culiacan, Mexico, a city in the northwestern part of the country. An analysis conducted by The Center for Public Integrity found that, over the last four years, WASR-10 rifles comprised more than 17% of the firearms recovered at Mexican crime scenes and successfully traced back to the United States.

bringyoursShe fails to note that the ATF itself — the very group she wants to enforce her ban — is responsible for “gun-walking” thousands of “assault weapons” into Mexico for use by drug cartels. This information has been widely available since gun bloggers David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, with the help of brave ATF whistleblowers, uncovered Operation Fast and Furious several years ago. Since Fast and Furious has been extensively covered in the media, Feinstein must surely realize that the only reason the ATF would object to sending guns to Mexican drug lords is that they might resent the competition if they weren’t personally supervising the doings.

Feinstein also conveniently fails to note (though JPFO has repeatedly tried to make her aware) that the 1968 Gun Control Act and its “sporting purposes” provision were based on a 1938 Nazi law sneaked into US law by one of her prececessors, who we know had a copy of the German law in his possession.

availabilityAmong other things she fails to mention is that the CPI “study” she cites is a) not a study at all, but simply a news article written for an anti-gun foundation and b) three years old. The analysis she cites from the Violence Policy Center is equally biased — and even older.

And this is where we come to the good thing about Dianne Feinstein.

Yes, there really is something good to say about her. And it’s this: Feinstein is getting old. She’s not only getting old physically, as we all do. Her ideas are getting old. And tired. And obsolete.

When Sen. Feinstein began beating the “assault weapons” drum several decades ago, it was new and ominous. She was (and to some extent remains) a powerful woman. Back then, her idea had legs. It led to a ban on guns whose features she thought were scary looking (never mind that their function was identical to firearms she thinks have “sporting purposes”). The country endured that stupid, useless ban for 10 years before it was finally allowed to slip mercifully into the sunset.

AR-15-300x176Now? Well, many legislators are known for having hobby horses — bills they introduce and ideas they promote year after year despite the fact that nobody else wants to get on board. Those hobby horses are a joke.

That’s what Feinstein has become — a rider of an old, broken down hobby horse. The fact that she has to resort to some three-year-old faux “study” and request that her will be carried out through executive action rather than law shows just how little she and her ideas matter any more.

Is she still potentially dangerous to gun owners? Sure. She always will be as long as she is in a position of power or has the ear of powerful people.

But her danger is something like the threat we might face from an old, arthritic, toothless cheetah. She might try to gum our rights to death, but her power to kill them is deeply diminished.

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Do you have the feeling that we no longer have government from the federal to the local level that is able to function because of vast volumes of laws and regulations that have made it impossible to do anything from build a bridge to run a nursing home? If so, you’re right. The nation is falling behind others who do a better job by permitting elected and appointed officials to actually make decisions. We are living in a nation where lawsuits follow every decision to accomplish anything.

This is the message of Philip K. Howard in a book that everyone concerned for the future of America should read; “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government” ($23.95, W.W. Norton).

It explains why we can elect a Representative or Senator, send him or her to Washington, D.C. and still see no progress. Instead, we get the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—that began as a 2,700-page law that has already metastasized into regulations that, stacked up, stand seven feet tall! And more on the way. It has destroyed the healthcare insurance industry and is destroying the U.S. healthcare system.

“The missing element in American government could hardly be more basic. No official has authority to make a decision. Law has crowded out the ability to be practical or fair,” says Howard. “It’s a progressive disease. As law grows to fill the vacuum, the wheels of government go slower every year.”

Howard points to a variety of problems that nation is encountering. “America’s electrical grid is out of date—transformers, on average, are about forty years old, and not digitized.” As vital and essential as the grid is to all life in America, “there’s no active plan to rebuild America’s electrical grid. The main reason is that government cannot make the decisions needed to approve it.”

Citing proposals that would allow the Bayonne Bridge to permit the new generation of large container ships clearance that would enable the Port of Newark to remain competitive, it took three years for environmental reviews to clear the project, but as Howard notes, “the average length of environmental review for highway projects, according to a study by the Regional Plan Association, is over eight years.” Eight years!

“Government on legal autopilot,” says Howard, “doesn’t have a chance of achieving solvency. In 2010, 70 percent of federal tax revenue was consumed by three entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—that don’t even come up for annual congressional authorization.”

Americans are in general agreement that Big Government is a big problem, but did you know that more than twenty million people work for federal, state and local government—or one in seven workers in America. Their salaries and benefits total more than $1.5 trillion of taxpayer funding each year or about ten percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Cities in America are declaring bankruptcy because they cannot afford the retirement and other benefits that their employees receive. State budgets are comparably weighed down.

We read about the often incomprehensible results and costs of the legal system affecting all levels of government. “Up and down the chain of social responsibility, responsible people do not feel free to make sensible decisions,” says Howard. “Everything is too complicated: rules in the workplace, rights in the classroom, and machinations in government. We’re bogged down in bureaucracy, pushed around by lawsuits, and unable to steer out of economic and cultural storms.”

“The point of regulation, we seem to have forgotten, is to make sure things work in a crowded society.”

What is forgotten or never learned is that there are elements of risk in everything we do. Trying to legislate risk out of our lives only leaves us with millions of rules that make it impossible to function intelligently in business, in schools, in hospitals and nursing homes, and everywhere else. It eliminates swings and seesaws from playgrounds out of fear of lawsuits.

“America is losing its soul,” says Howard. “Instead of creating legal structures that support our values, Americans are abandoning our values in deference to the bureaucratic structures.” Too often, decisions made by elected officials or reflected referendums voted upon by the public have been taken over by the court system in which judges now feel free to decide these matters. The response was a growing objection to “judicial activism.” Now even the judges are distrusted.

Howard’s book explains why America is in trouble and offers recommendations to put it on the right path again. If it is ignored, the America into which I was born more than seven decades ago will not be around or livable for the next generation or two of Americans.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Jury Debates Fate Of First NY SAFE Act “Victim”

Jury Debates Fate Of First NY SAFE Act “Victim”.

Government and gunsIf you read the story regarding the testimony in the Benjamin Wassell case, it’s easy to let your prejudices get the better of you. Citizen control cultists will want him crucified, figuratively, if not literally. Second Amendment supporters feel he’s being persecuted for violating a blatantly unconstitutional law.

The twice combat-wounded and partially-disabled Marine who suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an IED blast was arrested after he allegedly sold AR-15s made illegal by the NY SAFE Act to an undercover officer.

The jury is in their second day deliberating whether or not Wassell is guilty of two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a firearm.

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The case is interesting in several respects. Wassell is the first person charged for selling a gun made illegal by the NY Safe Act. It’s also interesting that the arrest was conducted by state and federal law enforcement, without local police involvement.

The lead juror in the case seems to think that the jury can come up with a unanimous verdict in the case. It may happen today.

It’s a shame that a man who bought a rifle legally in one state can be charged with the possession of that same rifle just feet away across a state line because of a handful of arbitrary cosmetic features that do not affect the accuracy, range, or rate of fire of that firearm.armed

This is an utterly “vanilla” AR-15. The is the most common rifle sold in the United States, in it’s standard, most generic configuration. It is, in every respect, what the Second Amendment should protect as a rifle of contemporary military utility fit for the sort of militia service the Founders intended.

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He may spend the next six years of his life in prison because anti-gun New York Democrats who know nothing about firearms arbitrarily decided that pistol grips, a bayonet lug, and an adjustable stock make a rifle more deadly.

If that doesn’t define “absurd,” I don’t know what does.

One Town Disarmed – Tea Party Nation

One Town Disarmed – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by KrisAnne Hall


History provides us with a valuable gauge to know how much tyranny has beset a nation and just how comfortable people are in their servitude.  Are Americans immune to such maladies today?  History proves the answer to that question to be a resounding “No.”  Let us take a snapshot from history, however, and you can make the decision on your own.

The Boston Tea Party sparked a chain of events that would alter the face of the world forever.  The British government had to act quickly and decisively to put an end to the uprisings in Boston.   Parliament passed a series of acts, one which closed the port of Boston on 1 June 1774. Two additional acts, what we know as the Intolerable Acts, would be next.  These three acts, together with the Quebec Act and the Quartering Act, are all together known as the “Coercive Acts.”Government and guns

The driving force for the Coercive Acts, was another piece of legislation called the “Declaratory Act,” passed March 18 1766 which stated that Parliament “had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.”  The British government had declared itself to be all powerful, and outside any criticism, punishable by a charge of treason and death. To put that in perspective, the government declared itself the power to make and enforce any law, and then wrote laws that gave the government the authority to enforce laws with armed force.  This did not go well with the colonists.

In May of 1774 General Thomas Gage was appointed military Royal Governor over Massachusetts.  Gage would become very aggressive in the efforts to control the colonist and subdue their “seditious” behavior. He was going to enforce the “Coercive Acts” upon the colonists whether they liked it or not.A_GGYrOCUAMcAQM.jpg large

Gage passed laws that forbade any town meetings without his approval and would only legally allow one town meeting a year.  At one point he sent troops to disband and eliminate a crowd that had gathered in Salem, Massachusetts.  The people, outraged at the display of force, responded by gathering over 3,000 armed colonists, causing Gage’s men to retreat.  This would not be the end of Gage’s tyranny.

Gage was told by the King to get the colonists under control.  But Gage did not have the force necessary to control the colonists, because the colonists outnumbered Gage’s troops and out-armed them, as well.  Gage had the solution to his problem; take control of the gun powder and ammunition

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Early morning on September 1, 1774, Gage’s troops would seize hundreds of barrels of gun powder from the Charleston powder house.   The colonists did not take this show of force lightly.  By the end of the day over 20,000 armed colonists, aged 16 to 60, began to march their way to Boston.  The colonists were sending a message, if the government was going to use the force of government to take their arms and powder, the colonist would take that to be an act of war!  The colonists were now going to “ready themselves”.

Just five days after Gage’s act of war against the colonists, the militia of Worchester County took over their government from the rule of the King.  Replacing all leaders appointed by the king with those selected by the people.

The same day in Suffolk County, the people gathered together, issued a list of nineteen grievances against the government, and then promptly took all control of the militia away from the Governor and vowed to have open arms training every single day.  The First Continental Congress unanimously endorsed the Suffolk grievances and encouraged all other colonies to send aid to those in Boston.afreepeople

Remember, only five days have passed since Governor Gage took the gun powder from one city in Massachusetts.

In response to the colonists stand against the government, Governor Gage ordered his men to conduct warrantless searches on the colonists seizing their arms and ammunition.

Lord Dartmouth, the Royal Secretary of State for America ordered Gage to disarm the people.  Gage told Dartmouth that it would not be possible to control the colonists without force.  Dartmouth then sent a letter to George III asking to have all import of weapons and ammunition to the colonies stopped.  George fulfilled this request by requiring a permit for all exports of arms and ammunition from Great Britain and then refused to issue those permits.

The Boston Committee of Correspondence received information that the government was getting ready to seize all the ammunition, arms, and cannons from fort William and Mary, and the militia was able to take possession of these items before the government.

Parliament was getting really concerned.  The reports they were receiving relayed that there were three million colonists, all armed and ready to defend themselves.  They were certain that they did not have sufficient government force to subdue such numbers.111

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech.  Following that speech a committee was formed that issued the Resolutions of the Provincial Congress of Virginia.  The Resolution read:

“Resolved, that a well-regulated militia composed of gentlemen and yeomen is the natural strength and only security of a free government, that such a militia in this colony would forever render it unnecessary for the mother country to keep among us, for the purpose of our defence, any standing army of mercenary forces, always subversive of the quiet, and dangerous to the liberties of the people, and would obviate the pretext of taxing us for their support.…

…Resolved therefore, that this colony be immediately put into a posture of defence: and that Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, Robert Carter Nicholas, Benjamin Harrison, Lemuel Riddick, George Washington, Adam Stephen, Andrew Lewis, William Christian, Edmund Pendleton, Thomas Jefferson and Isaac Zane, Esquires, be a committee to prepare a plan for the embodying arming and disciplining such a number of men as may be sufficient for that purpose.”9lhvvi

General Gage had another plan, however.  In the early morning of April 19, 1775, he would send out regiments of British soldiers to Lexington to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to seize gunpowder.  But spies and friends of the colonists leaked word of Gage’s plan and the colonists were waiting.  The rest, as we say, is history; the history of the Boston Massacre that is.

On April 19, 1775, a freed slave by the name of Crispus Attucks would be the first man to give his life in the name of Liberty.  Although the people of Boston would not “win” this battle, the die was cast, the seed of Liberty had been sown and there was no turning back.

February 14, 1776 Thomas Paine would publish “Common Sense”.  In this pivotal pamphlet, Paine references that day in April:

“No man was a warmer wisher for reconciliation than myself, before the fatal nineteenth of April 1775, but the moment the event of that day was made known, I rejected the hardened, sullen tempered Pharaoh of England for ever; and disdain the wretch, that with the pretended title of FATHER OF HIS PEOPLE, can unfeelingly hear of their slaughter, and composedly sleep with their blood upon his soul.”1141

Reconciliation with the king was no longer an option.  Independence was their only solution.  The people KNEW that the right to keep and bear arms was essential to the preservation of Liberty.  They KNEW that if the government could disarm them, they would be like every other nation in Europe, subjects and slaves.  They KNEW that independence from this tyranny was the ONLY way to ensure Liberty.

And what sparked this whole course of events?

One Governor took the arms and ammunition from one city in Massachusetts! 

Stupid, Evil or Both? – Tea Party Nation

Stupid, Evil or Both? – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

For a long time now I have been trying to determine whether the Obama administration is stupid, evil or both. In addition to its long list of scandals, its governance of America increasingly looks like and acts as if the power granted to it by two elections exists to intimidate and harass Americans, inflict endless new taxes, and granted it the right to destroy one of the best healthcare systems and military in the world.

Listening to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry constantly talk about the non-existent threat of global warming/climate change is both stupid and evil. There is no global warming. The Earth has been in a cooling cycle for some seventeen years at this point and the supposed “science” they cite—that carbon dioxide emissions will heat the Earth—is utterly bogus, based entirely on computer models that have been wrong from the day the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were first used.

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, James Taylor, editor of The Heartland Institute’s Environment and Climate News, noted that “More than 30,000 scientists have signed a summary of the science explaining why humans are not creating a global warming crisis.” He cites several other surveys that confirm that neither scientists nor the public regard global warming/climate change to be a concern.

What should be a major concern, however, is the way the Obama administration has transformed the Internal Revenue Service into an agency to thwart conservative groups from receiving non-profit status to advance their views. The Environmental Protection Agency has been let loose to generate all manner of regulations whose intent is to shut down coal-fired plants that produce electricity and deny the ability to build new ones. The amount of electricity that is being produced from these plants has dropped significantly from the 50% it once was.

The passage of the Affordable Health Care Act—Obamacare—is wreaking havoc on the economy and is the result of the lies told by the President and many Democratic members of Congress who voted for it without even reading it. The nation is suffering from losses of jobs and the reduction of full-time jobs to part-time. Americans are losing their healthcare plans and Obamacare plans have far higher premiums. Individuals and businesses who fail to sign up for one face fines.

This is worse than stupid. It is evil. It is a deliberate attack on the nation’s economic growth, rendering an estimated 100 million Americans without employment and forcing millions to apply for food stamps in order to put food on the table.

While the lies are evil, the stupidity of those like former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is demonstrated by things she has said in recent years.

“It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.”  The nation has a huge borrowing and spending problem that currently adds up to more than $17 trillion in debt. Federal spending (25% of the Gross Domestic Product) is the highest since World War II as is the budget deficit (10% of GDP). The U.S. suffered the first downgrade in its credit rating in its history.

The administration’s “stimulus” program wasted billions on alternative energy companies that often filed for bankruptcy shortly thereafter. The promise of “green jobs” was as specious as “shovel ready” jobs that even the President admitted did not exist. Nancy Pelosi said at the time that “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs” but the U.S. population is currently around 317 million total!

This goes well beyond just stupidity. Obama’s, Pelosi’s, Biden’s and other administration member’s statements have been a consistent record of lies and that is evil.

When Obama took office in 2009 America was still regarded as the leading nation in the world in the arena of foreign affairs, but in the years since then nations and non-state enemies such as al Qaeda have concluded that it has demonstrated not just weakness, but dangerous stupidity as seen in its current efforts to negotiate with Iran to cease its quest of nuclear weapons. To this day its leaders still lead chants of “Death to America” and to our only true ally in the Mideast, Israel.

Claims that al Qaeda had been defeated were also false as it and other Islamic radical groups expand their activities.

One can barely find any evidence that the Obama administration has shown any success domestically or in foreign affairs and we still have three more years of it to endure.

The only hope at present is the forthcoming November midterm elections and, if power in the Senate can be acquired by the Republican Party and expanded in the House, efforts to thwart the deliberate destruction of the nation can be enacted. We have been living with a President who has refused to negotiate with Congress and with a Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, who has blocked debates and votes on any of the legislation initiated in the House.

The nation is just months away from either further decline or a reversal of policies that are either stupid or evil or both.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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