Friday, December 28, 2012

Ban Hammers!!

The Detroit News ran a story today about an Oakland county man who was attacked while he slept by his 19 year old son, who used a two pound hammer to inflict skull fractures and other broken bones.

In keeping with the lessons coming from Dianne Feinstein and her colleagues in the Senate, it is obvious what we must do to stop these senseless hammer crimes. We have to ban these evil devices which have no legitimate purpose. No civilian needs a two pound hammer - no one needs more than a one ounce hammer. And we need to register those one pounders so if they are used in a crime we can track them. Oh, and when you die your estate has to return them to the government for disposal

Sounds pretty silly doesn't it? Well, that's the "logic" of gun banners.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The First Amendment is already under attack

On Saturday I posed the question about the relative importance of the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution, and how the political left is all about the First but not the Second.

Well, as reminds us today in this article, the left has been attacking the First Amendment since the 2009 passage of Obamacare.

The article reminds us that the free speech rights of the First Amendment have already been compromised by this law, which imposes abortion and contraceptive coverage on all, including those business owners who have deep moral and religious convictions against such practices.  So these business owners are forced to choose between their convictions and bankruptcy, due to the fines imposed by Obamacare.

Friends, the government is not the benevolent force for good that you are expected to believe they are - they are malevolent, always seeking to expand their control over every thing and every one.  Every American MUST fight against these control freaks and their incessant attacks against the rights of free men and women.  The Constitution is the only thing that stands between you and these totalitarian utopianists, and they are trying to get rid of it one Amendment at a time.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Little History Lesson for Piers Morgan Followers

I watched a YouTube video of Mr. Morgan interviewing Ted Nugent a little over a year ago.  It went something like this:

Piers: Don't you think that not having as many guns available would solve this problem?

Ted:  No.  It is a proven fact that more guns equates to lower crime rates, based on data from the US Government and the UN.

Piers:  Yes, but don't you think that fewer guns would mean fewer shootings?

Ted: No.  As I just said, statistics show that crime drops where there are more guns, and it rises where there are more restrictions.

Piers: Yes, but don't you think that limiting access to guns would mean less crime?

Ted: *sigh*

And so it went.

I haven't seem any of his post-Sandy Hook tirades (although I have heard they are a sight to behold), I understand they take the same line of reasoning:  Less guns means less crime.

Well, it occurred to me that we have an American historical event that we can look to for instructive purposes in understanding what happens when a legal substance that people want is banned.  That event would be the passing of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919, more commonly known as Prohibition.  At the time, the evils of alcoholic beverages were considered to be so great that the Congress proposed and the States ratified the Amendment.  All except for Rhode Island, apparently.

Well what happened?  One of the results of the ban is that people ignored it.  Speakeasy's popped up everywhere, and people still got liquor, even though it was illegal.  Smugglers, called "runrunners" brought alcohol from places where it was still legal (like Canada and Mexico) into the US, giving rise to a criminal class.  Then there was the rise of Organized Crime, and people like Al Capone became household names for all the wrong reasons, not to mention events like the St. Valentines Day Massacre.

By 1933, the States had had enough of the crime, death, and corruption that went along with Prohibition, and Congress proposed and the States ratified the 21st Amendment which repealed it.  But we still have the criminal classes and the organized crime that it gave birth to.  Lucky us.

It has been generally accepted in the United States the Prohibition was the wrong thing to do, and that banning something by government edict generally doesn't work out very well for anyone.  At least, it used to be when actual history was taught in schools, and the lessons of history logically discussed.

So for you Morganites out there, including your leader, here is a factual lesson of history for you:  Prohibitions of anything don't get you what you want, they only increase the mess you are trying to clean up.  I don't care how good, important, pious, or superior it makes you feel - it only makes things worse.

And Piers - when you result to name calling and insults, it only shows you have lost the debate, and your arguments are weak and don't hold up to intelligent scrutiny.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

For you Constitutional Scholars out there...

I have a question for you as our nation seems to be rushing toward restrictions on rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Why are 2nd Amendment rights somehow less important than 1st Amendment rights?

Why did the "Occupy" people get to go around raping, molesting, and getting high and getting away with it in the name of "free speech" but one whack-job kills some people and suddenly we have to do away with gun rights for everyone?  How does that work?

Until you people calling for the banning of firearms and ammunition can answer this question in a lucid, unemotional, logical manner, you need to go away because you are whining, not discussing. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun Free Zones

For those of my readers who think Gun Free Zones are the answer to events like Sandy Hook, I offer this insightful video:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Must be the tears and wailing over the Sandy Hook shooter have rusted the iron spine Gov. Snyder showed last week when facing down the labor unions, because today he completely caved in to the Gun Banners on CPL reform.

I didn't want to believe it when others on my side of this issue were wishing Jennifer Granholm was still Governor, but I have to admit, she was better at signing pro-gun legislation than the Governor we have now.

Gov. Snyder - as of today you are just another politician who won't listen to common sense and sound reason.  There is only one way you get my vote next time around:  Get with Sen. Green, write a better bill (this one had some real malodorous parts), and get it passed by June.  Here is what it must do:

  1. Eliminate County Gun Boards.  Most of us wanted the Secretary of State to be the issuing authority for CPL's, but would accept Sheriffs being the issuing authority.  The bill you just vetoed had some good provisions to keep anti-gun sheriffs in line and should be included.
  2. Eliminate Gun-Free Zones.  As Sandy Hook proved yet again, Gun-free zones only increase the body count.  Compare Sandy Hook to New Life Church and see what a difference a good guy (or in that case, woman) with a gun and the will to use it will make.  Schools, Hospitals, Sports Arenas - all of them - no longer prohibited.  There is no reason to require extra training or extra anything.  CPL holders in Michigan have proven themselves to be levelheaded and serious about the responsibility we take on when we carry that gun.  Extra training is superfluous.
  3. Make it clear that Private Property rights will be maintained.  If a church or business or person wants to prohibit firearms on their property that is their right.  But there should be no opt-outs for schools or other public entities.  If you get state or local funding, you may not prohibit the carrying of firearms.
  4. Make it clear that State preemption laws apply to MSU, UM, and Wayne State University.  They don't get to supersede state law.
  5. Leave open carry alone.  If nothing else, it is what protects you if the wind blows your cover garment up and people see your pistol and call police, who then hassle you about your pistol and threaten to charge you with brandishing.
  6. Eliminate the Permit to Purchase and the resulting pistol registration.
And one more thing, which can't be written into law but should be written in your mind every day:  Stop listening to whining bedwetters who go into a panic whenever something bad happens and immediately want to ban guns.  The problem is not guns - the problem is evil.  And at some point evil needs to be addressed forcefully.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Boehner Must Go

As reported by several news outlets this weekend, Speaker of the House John Boehner is now advocating for a "Millionaire Tax".  Thus the Republican Establishment begins the cave-in to the President on taxes.

John Boehner must not be re-elected to the Speakership in the new Congress.  He is weak and has no core values beyond getting himself re-elected to his cushy congressional job.  Whatever it takes.  Including deals with the devil.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Jeff Feiger on Right-to-Work in Michigan

So I'm driving home from work last night, and I hear a commercial come on the radio that starts out like this:  "Hi.  This is Jeff Feiger".  Instant double-take on my part, as Jeff has been quiet for a while. 

Thus began an irrational spewing of doom and gloom and the same tired old jargon the Jeff and his leftist buddies have been spewing for years.  How Michigan is doomed, and how could we have done this to ourselves, and it's all because of greedy corporate interests that this happened.  And his last three words:  "God help us".  Seriously - he said that. 

Then, this morning, I turned on the radio while getting ready for work and heard him again live on The Paul W. Smith Show spewing the same hogwash.  "Who will want to live here?  It will be nothing but smokestacks!" (whatever that means) And what to him must be the ultimate insult:  "We'll be Mississippi!"  (Honestly Paul W. - why do you keep bringing this guy on?  He is completely irrational, and irrelevant to what is going on in Michigan.)

I don't know if you noticed Jeff, but nobody bought this twaddle when you ran for Governor (John Engler cleaned your clock, and even your own party wanted nothing to do with you), and the number buying it has been steadily decreasing since then.  Your union pals proved that this year by getting drubbed on the two union-backed ballot proposals.

Now, I will give Jeff this much - he is paying for the ads with his own money.  Because our Constitution recognizes your right to sound like an idiot whenever you want, and spend your own money doing it.  It doesn't guarantee that anyone will take you seriously.

Monday, December 10, 2012

More Right-to-Work Hypocracy from the Left

So today the entire Democrat congressional delegation from Michigan flew in to Lansing to lobby the Governor against Right-to-Work, according to The Detroit News.

They are very concerned that this legislation is being brought up and passed in Michigan through some "sneaky parliamentary process", according to Rep. John Dingell.

Umm, folks - may I suggest that you pull the plank out of your own eye before you start working on whatever speck of dust may be in Gov. Snyder's eye?  This is exactly how you shoved Obamacare down our throats, only more so.  Parliamentary tricks, misdefinitions, and stretching of the truth beyond the breaking point, not to mention the Constitution.  Such that the Supreme Court had to set you straight on what you did (yes, it really was a tax, not a fee).

So don't go crying about mean ol' Gov. Snyder and his tricksterism.  Indeed, the republicans have been straight up about what they are doing, not couching it in phony semantic flim-flammery.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Gretchen Whitmer - whiny crybaby

According to an article in the Washington Times, Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Senate Minority Leader is, in essence, saying to Gov. Snyder "If you don't give me what I want, I'm going to get my Big Brother to beat you up".

From the article:
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding back federal money for a new international bridge project to Canada and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.
Well, Senator - to take a page from your big brother's book, since a 3 point victory means he has a mandate, I guess the crushing defeat of Big Labor at the Michigan Ballot Box in November means that the Governor has a mandate to pass Right-to-Work.  You just need to sit down and shut up and take it.

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, after all.

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Irony of Right-To-Work in Michigan

Isn't it ironic that the party who loudly champions "choice" when it suits their purposes ("a woman's right to choose" or "lifestyle choice") is so loudly against choice when it doesn't suit their purposes (right-to-work)?

It would seem they are only for choice when you make the choices they allow you to make.  God forbid you should make choices they don't want you to make. 

Just for the record, I am a 23 year member of one of the largest unions in the country, the NEA.  And if this legislation passes, I will be first in line with my resignation from that vile, disgusting organization.