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'Gun-Free Zones' are only gun-free, until somebody brings a gun. - Unknown

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thought for the Day

Last week I took the second of what I hope is many more CHL renewal classes.

Before I go any further and forget my manners:

I do commend and recommend both Shiloh Indoor Shooting Range and CHL instructor Dale Alvarez for your consideration. The class room was comfortable, spacious and almost cool enough after a very hot day. But, I do like my air conditioning on the cold side. hehe ;>) Dale, on the other hand, was full of it! He was was interesting to listen to, covered the material, answered everybody's questions and then picked on his designated trouble maker.

One note of caution for the sensitive. Dale can be profane. Nothing unusual. Just so you know. I'd still buy him a beer if the situation presented itself.

The designated trouble maker was an older gentleman who made a smart alec remark about 1.356 seconds before I said the same words. That's all that saved me from being the designated one. :>)

In other words, we had fun. Especially the gentleman so-designated. We had three ladies and about 13 men in the class. Ages ran from probably mid-30s to 70+ (I'm just guessing, here!)

OK, back to the story.

I've read recently that Tx DPS has reported a 30% increase of CHL applications over last year with a concurrent application delay stretching from 2 months, normal, to three months. In the article I remember reading, the source (I've forgotten who) said that DPS staff hadn't changed but the increase was a bit unexpected. In fact, DPS was bringing on temp and perhaps even permanent staff to handle the increase.

What I found interesting is Dales's comment that the increase was now at 40% with a four month delay. Even more interesting was his opinion of the why of the increase.

In his opinion, more people are (including illumination by yours truly!):

    • Fearful of the new administration in Washington. Whoever gets the nod in November is not going to be all that friendly to freedom's cause. Remember our favorite RINO! McCain hasn't demonstrated his conservative credentials - yet. Remember the McCain-Feingold free-speech fiasco? Then there's BHO. Between voting "PRESENT" and "NO" he hasn't found a gun ban, or gun-banner, that he didn't like. Of course, he has the money for a protection detail and Secret Service protection. He just does not see the need for personal protection. BTW, he claims to be a Constitutional scholar but he evidently has not read, much less believed, the Constitution of the United States means what it says.
    • Concerned about rising crime, perceived or factual. Crime statistics seem to be falling - At least in areas with state permitted recognized right to self-protection. Over 30 states now have some form of CHL/CCW/CWP. The areas with the highest crime rates deny their citizens subjects the ability to protect themselves with firearms - Illinois (particularly Chicago and environs, NY City and Washington D.C.
Now for my $ 0.03 worth: INMNSHO, people are fed up with being treated as children or morons or mushrooms.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Of course it's fair that they have guns and you don't

H/T: GlockTalk

John Kass, a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, has a thought provoking, and surprisingly refreshing set of thoughts concerning Chicago's gun-control laws.

" . . . only two classes of people have had ready access to firearms:

The criminals. And the politicians."


It is all about power in the end.

I kinda like his take on power. Seems like Kass gets it.

Dems propose nationalizing U.S. oil facilities

H/T: LoneStarTimes

In 1848 Karl Marx wrote this. You know, the guy communists and socialists the world over think walked on water instead of the real Jesus.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.
How well has this worked in other countries? Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia?

Huh? Tell me, with all of the history of nationalization that we have to benefit from, why should we bother?

Now we have Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) [I STILL think there's something funny in the water up there in Neuew Yo-ork!]
“If there’s any seriousness about what some of our Republican colleages (sic) are saying here in the House and elsewhere about improving the number of refineries, then maybe they’d be willing to have these refineries owned publicly, owned by the people of the United States, so that the people of the United States can determine how much of the product is refined and put out on the market. To me that sounds like a good idea.”
Maurice Hinchey has just proposed a socialistic reaction to a real-world problem. Like all the other socialist's, the not-so-good "representative" needs to get a life, or a brain, or resign or otherwise remove itself from office. Re. Hinchey can not be trusted wtih the public trust.

What Raving Lunatic Radical Right Winger Wrote This Drive???!

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms - Quotes to Remember (Bottom of the screen)


Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?

Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

Anyone want some tea? I heard theres going to be a tea party soon...


Transsylvania Phoenix has some interesting news for us to consider. Follow the links, read, get mad and do something!

Is it clear now what the liberal Democreeps want it is not "sensible gun laws", but British-style total gun confiscation and population control?

"If It's Happening Here, It Could Happen Down There"

H/T: Keep And Bear Arms

Think we've got it bad here with our gun-stealing Demon-rats and RINO Republican? Look North, my son. Look North! And look East to formerly-Great Britain and Australia and almost all of Europe and Asia and .... and ....

Still not convinced you should vote against Obama in November? Here is his record on Gun Rights and The Second Amendment:

  • Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Opposed concealed carry for civilians.
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Increased penalties for the interstate transportation of firearms.
  • Make it a felony for a gun owner whose firearm was stolen from his residence which causes harm to another person if that weapon was not securely stored in that home.
  • Banning gun stores from being within five miles of a school or a park (that pretty much means it will put all gun stores within city limits out of business)
  • Increase the federal taxes by 500 percent on the sale of firearm, ammunition

Vote for Obama or don't vote at all, end up like the Canadians or the Brits: disarmed subjects obeying their abusive and intrusive nanny governments.

CBN: Episcopal Church Hopes in Pittsburgh Turn to Third World

H/T: TitusOneNine

The following quotes seem to sum it up nicely for me. Read the whole article, linked above, and determine for yourself.

"It's not about sex. It's about how we understand the Scriptures -- how we construe the Gospel." - Dr. Edith Humphrey


" . . . the church can never be anything other than under God's Word and can never be anything other than submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ," - Bishop Robert Duncan


"Isn't it staggering" says Duncan, "that God would lift up the church in Southeast Asia instead of the church in Britain -- or the church in Uganda instead of the church in America?" - Bishop Robert Duncan


" . . . being a Christian is not a hobby. It's not a part-time occupation, something you do Sunday mornings. It's who you are." - Bishop Martyn Minns

The martyrs of the early, middle, late and this year did not die for a hobby. They offered their lives for the living Christ and His Good News.

South Sudan to disarm civilians

H/T: WorldNetDaily

OK, Sudan has had a tough time of it lately. They've been under violence and civil war for over two decades. Now the "authorities" want to "improve" conditions by disarming everyone - except themselves. They're the only ones who will see the "improvement." If any occurs.

"Disarmament had to be backed by the army and take place simultaneously across communities . . . "


"Attempts to disarm civilians in the past have led to attacks by neighbouring communities who have retained their weapons."


"If you don't do it we'll take it by force."

Of course, no one gives a damn about the security of the citizens subjects of Sudan.

To me, it sounds like they've been taking lessons from our own BATFE and such. What's your take on the issue?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We're the Only Ones Protecting You Enough

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

David Codrea at The War On Guns has an interesting, and under-reported item on the mid-west flooding. First New Orleans and Katrina in '05 and now Iowa in '08. When will we learn?

They are told to wait until the homes are deemed safe and treated like little children who couldn't have survived the last few days without their "leadership". Homeowners were required to give up the keys to their homes to people they now don't trust in order to have them inspected. One community got fed up and stormed the checkpoints and sent the police running. That, btw, is not being reported.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Top 10 reasons to blame Democrats for soaring gasoline prices

As if we needed any more reasons to blame them.

An Open Letter of Apology to the Good Folk of Illinois From a Hoosier

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

This Hoosier got it.

Nothing says "no" to those intent upon doing harm to a citizen quite like a bullet hole in their chest.
H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

BHO never met a gun ban he didn't like. Read this article and tell us what you think about his honesty, integrity and ability to actually lead a nation. He can't even lead his home state, much less the rest of us.

The ban had no measured effect on crime. The freshman senator has never explained why he continues to support a failed law.

Of course, BHO has no need for handguns or any self-defense weapon. Not when he has the US Secret Service protecting him!

As a point of fact, a careful reading of Barack Obama’s campaign website shows he does not recognize armed self-defense as a right at all, only explicitly recognizing “guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting.”

We the people need to get with the program, BHO is NOT our friend. INMNSHO he's unquestionably a socialist/communist with very questionable roots.

Do we really want him to rule for the next 4 years?

The Racist Origins of the Current Concealed Carry Laws in California

H/T: Keel and Bear Arms

Here's an interesting take on California's supposedly "progessive" (CODE WORD: SOCIALIST) concealed carry laws. Sounds like they copied us here in the South.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Parishoners carrying guns isn't always a good thing


So much for truth in "news" headlines.

I just love it when the MSM get it half-assed right and we, the people, know better than the media's expert journalists! Read the whole article first & see if you can pick out the discrepancies from reality. I know I didn't get them all. ;>)

First for your consideration is this brilliant statement:

"But without a security plan, guns and people can be a dangerous mix, . . . "

Duh! They're supposed to be dangerous - to the criminal! Yeah, I know, if the responding officer doesn't shoot first and ask questions later, the responding citizen may get to live another day. That's the risk we take when we take charge of our own security. It's a risk.

A church member ran up and grabbed one of Murray's pistols, after earlier trying to lift a weapon off a security officer to shoot it out with gunman.

Partial truth, IIRC. "We didn't lie, we just didn't tell the whole, unvarnished, correct truth!"

  1. The "church member" was a veteran. You know, one of those guys/gals we pay to defend us from enemies foreign and domestic.
  2. Allegedly the "security officer" could not, or would not, engage Murray. The vet attempted to rectify the situation.
Then we have this grand prose:

Within minutes after the shooting started, other New Life members had rushed to their cars and returned with guns, while security and police were still determining if they had more gunmen.

Personally, I'm very happy the congregants thought to bring their personal protection items to church with them. At the same time, I am saddened that they didn't bother to carry them with them to worship. Remember what it says at the top of this blog: 'Gun-Free Zones' are only gun-free, until somebody brings a gun. Murray brought his guns to church. They didn't.

But while mega-churches can field trained, armed security teams, every church can develop a plan to deal with hazards, speakers said.

AMEN! The last church I was in refused even discussion of armed individual responses to violence. In fact, that pastor told me, with at least one other person present, that he "preferred" unarmed sheeple. I've been back only to attend funerals for dear friends.

Our current pastor knows of that incident and allows concealed carry in his congregation. Unfortunately, the State does not "allow" CCW at the location we're temporarily using. So much for self-responsibility.

Be safe and God Bless Ya'll !

Male priests marry in Anglican church’s first gay ‘wedding’

H/T: Stand Firm In Faith

They only want what is "their right" to flout the laws of the church. What part of NO do these three (officiant plus groom & groom. Or is it bride and bride? Makes my head hurt!) priests not understand? They're worse than two-year olds!

The ceremony broke Church of England guidelines and was carried out last month in defiance of the Bishop of London, in whose diocese it took place.

Evangelical Fined for Liberty Bell Demonstration

H/T: NewsMax

Lest we forget: Freedom isn't free.

"Welcome to the new America," Marcavage said outside the courtroom.


H/T: Transfigurations

US Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) cuts to the chase with a bit of humor and sarcasm.

Wasn't it Mark Twain or Will Rogers that said no one is safe when Congress is in session? Even this congressman knows that truth!

Mascot Politics

H/T: Drell's Descants

Thomas Sowell has some pithy comments concerning practical race relations in this country. From what I've "seen," I like him.

Having been in the position, I think, of the "token disabled, " I can empathise somewhat with the concept of the mascot or token _____ of whatever deadly politically correct nightmare is in force at a given moment.
Using human beings as mascots is not idealism. It is self-aggrandizement that is ugly in both its concept and its consequences.

A Fall From Grace. A Life Redeemed

Read this. You may (probably) will come away with a slightly different perspective on the subject of rehabilitation of criminals. Sam's description of his healing (I didn't get much out of this about his victim) seems to be the way I think God wants us to do this kind of thing.
" . . . never trust a leader who doesn't limp."
His comment about leadership rings true to me. I know my leaders limp. I do not know all of the why but I do know they limp. I do not want to know the why of their limp unless it impacts me or mine.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

At Least 8 Shot In Violent Night In D.C.

How come DC has the most restrictive gun laws in the US and they can't stop the shootings?

Perhaps is it because their laws target the wrong people?


Then, there's this related piece from Constitutional vs. Convenient by Frank Borelli, Editor-in-Chief of

Is it just DC, or is it that those in power want more power?

Choosing An Off Duty Carry Gun

Steve Denney, Firearms contributor to wrote a very good article concerning concealed-carry methods for off-duty officers. His suggestions work very well for us citizens who CCW.

Britain, Canada, Wash. DC, Chicago, NYC, etc. have subjects. The rest of us are citizens.

Be safe and God Bless Ya'll !

The Campaign Against American Manhood

H/T: Lone Star Times

Cover your keyboards and monitors, men.

Prepare to hurl.

You've been warned!

It's time for a ban on handgun bans

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

Theo Caldwell of Canada's National Post has some good ideas.

" . . . while our leaders are absorbed with media interviews and mutual congratulations, the original and drastic problem is left to fester."


"Sanctimony never stopped a bullet, and no criminal has ever been frightened by a photo-op."

Go read it and tell us what you think.

The British Called, They Want Their Guns Back

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

It's sad to see a once-free, and still proud, people meekly petition their rulers for the implements to protect themselves in their own homes.

Forgive me for being cynical, but didn't they ban personal firearms back in the '30s? What did they do with all the personal firearms we sent them in the late '30s as they prepared for Hitler's expected invasion. Did any of us ever get them back? I doubt it.

As I recall my history, they begged us for everything from our .30-30s to anything that could go "bang." Yes, FDR set up the Lend-Lease program & yes we ramped up the "Arsenal of Democracy" for them. And YES, thousands of Americans donated their personal firearms so that the Brits could have a chance to repel Hitler's expected invasion. THEY HAD DISARMED THEMSELVES.

The "Ox in the Ditch" Loophole

Read this aloud with an appropriate country-fied accent.

Then correct the diction, grammar, spelling, etc. and read it aloud with an educated tone of voice. You know, the kind your revisionist TEo bishop, or priest, tries out on you when he/she is attempting to involve you in more "dialogue" or preparing you for another round of BOMRIC.

It's still hilarious!
We all like to make up our own interpretins, now, don’t we?

Obama's Faith: Many paths to God, salvation by works

H/T: Transfigurations

Cal Thomas wrote an "interesting" article for the Jewish World Review.

Lies and damned lies:

Some insight into Obama's "Christianity" comes from an interview he gave in 2004 to Chicago Sun-Times religion editor Cathleen Falsani for her book, "The G0d Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People."

"I'm rooted in the Christian tradition," said Obama. He then adds something most Christians will see as universalism: "I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people."

BHO could be a fraternal twin of KJS as far as their theology goes. It's really becoming difficult to discern between one heretic and another without a theological score card.

Then, Thomas hits him where it hurst:

This is cynical manipulation of the devout


Falsani adds, "Obama doesn't believe he, or anyone else, will go to hell. But he's not sure he'll be going to heaven, either."


Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn't meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between G0d and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called "false prophets."

I have only one real problem with this last quote. I wish *I* had written it first. ;>)

Vanderboegh - The Past As Future

Mike and I probably would not agree on certain philosophies. That doesn't keep me from thinking that this statement just may ring true. It's been true in the past as his story recounts. I think it is still true today. I'm confident it will be true tomorrow.
" . . . but stealing from poor folks with guns has always been a dangerous task.
Any doubters out there?

Maybe that's why they hate us. We are capable of resisting their altruistic depredations.

On Biking, Packing, and Flying

Ok, Xavier is a bit weird. He likes to ride those flimsy unbalanced things called a bicycle. That just can't be helped. He still has some good thoughts on personal conduct in this entry.

The successful long term concealed carrier survives not because he carries a gun, but because he practices avoidance. Those who simply strap on a hogleg without modifying aggressive behavior will find themselves sooner or later incarcerated or dead.


Reality is an inflexible bitch of a mistress that will not be ignored or denied. Her partner, Physics, is blind to all the wails for civic justice and cyclist progress. Together, Reality and Physics are going to have their way.

His choice of words may be "pungent" but you do understand his meaning. Period.

Be safe and God Bless Ya'll !

Enemies of the people

H/T: The Krall Space

Dr. Mabuse is at again. Rightly so.

Now we're in a place where every day brings a new project to remake, reconstruct, retool and revamp Canada (the US - Gene); where any rule can be abandoned and reversed for the sake of a fabulous new vision by some group of determined zealots who've managed to wangle themselves into a position of power.


It wasn't your wealth that kept you safe, it was your belief in the goodness of your country and your people. We've lost that, and you could lose it too, so beware.(Emphasis in the original - Gene)

A voice crying in the wilderness.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Coming of the Obamessiah

H/T: Transfigurations

Mark Shea has a biting piece of satire at To me, it's a case of holding my sides to keep from splittin' 'em and simultaneously trying to wipe the tears from my eyes.

This is so funny!
"The ZeitGeist and the Media say, "Come!" Even so! Come, Lord Obama!"
And so almost true.

Let's accurately discern the times we're in.

The .22 at 150

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

When did you get your first /22?

I got mine when I was about 12. We went up to Fort Worth (or at least we were in that area) for the funeral of Mom's Dad
. After the service we collected at Uncle Leonard's for the requisite pig-out (hey! I was 12!) and boring hours of unknown relatives and even more unknown stories of me when I was xx months old. hehe

I was still in my boyish suit and tie wondering which someone (me or Mom) had forgotten to bring me something more appropriate to change in to.

Sometime during this torture, I remember Uncle L catching my eye from across the room & giving me the "come hither" look. What does this guy want with me? My concern eased when I noticed Dad getting the same look. Leonard directed us to one of the bedrooms where everybody's coats were laid out across the bed for later retrieval.

The party was well underway with no one new coming, or going. Leonard closed the bedroom door after us and opened up a closet where he retrieved a 3' long black gun case. Hmmmm!!!

As he opened it and extracted a single shot .22 he explained how he had taught his wife & two grown daughters how to shoot with it. As the daughters had no interested in acquiring it, he though Dad might want me to have it. Hooooo Whaaaaa! Yes! My very own first REAL gun! Let the sun shine through! Heaven has broken onto to this world! ;>)

There was a catch, Dad pointed out. We needed to keep the grand news from you-know-who. Mom. At least until we were too far from Leonard's to turn around and return it! Dad snuck it out the back door and into the car trunk without her knowledge. So far, so good.

Fortunately for me, the evening was soon over and the long drive back to Laredo (this was pre-Interstate!) was soon underway. I don't remember if we had air conditioning in that car back then, or not. The weather may have been cool enough now that it was oh-dark-thirty.

I made it about half way back to Laredo before my excitement not only could not be contained but was obvious to the most dis-interested, distracted, observer - Mom.

As she became more and more suspicious of my behavior, Dad kept trying to communicate the uncommunicable - SHUT UP! Hey! Did I mention I was 12?

As we all know, the truth will come out.

We had no desire for air-conditioning for the remainder of the trip. In fact, a heater might have been a good idea!

Not too much time passed before Dad arranged for one of his friends to take us out on the friend's scrub brush for a bit of rifle instruction. At least one day before the adventure, Dad took me through the required safety lessons. He hunted dove, quail and deer whenever he could.

The great day arrived and we stalked the elusive tin can or two they brought along. Probably Jax or Lone Star. Emptiy since the day before.

I experienced a fair bit of frustration attempting to hit those pesky cans at any reasonable distance - such as beyond 20-25 feet. We just didn't know how near-sighted I was, yet. I did get very lucky and hit a nickel propped up in a cactus bush. I still run across it now, almost 50 years later. I treasure it. I've shot better since then, I've shot more powerful rifles since then. But I still treasure that nickel.

Hinn Granted First HWPG Sainthood

I had to chuckle out loud when I read this from TomInTheBox News Network! These guys write funny satire.

Now, I don't know Hinn from Adam. Oh yes, I know of him, but nothing about him. And I'm really not interested in him.

Frankly, "radio", now TV, preachers never did much for me. I just can't stand to listen to them, even the good ones. Only two have ever earned my "ear."

First was Billy Graham for his evident honesty, integrity and commitment to one message - Jesus Christ crucified, died, buried and resurrected for our salvation. Second was Jimmy Swaggert, long before his "fall from grace." For some reason, his singing moved me. His preaching kinda touched my heart, but his singing just wrung me out and left limp in God's grace.

I liked this "quote" from the satirical article:
"That man's got a lot of stuff and that's proof he's got a lot of faith."

I hope ya'll enjoy TBNN. They're pretty good.

Deafening Silence: the Death of Free Speech in Canada

h/t Transfigurations

"Those who deviate from the officially-sanctioned lies of "political correctness" will emigrate, perhaps mostly to USA, or experience that peculiar form of internal exile -- of enforced silence -- that good men have shared in many times and places."


" . . . under an ideological regime, the best men live in jail, or are assigned to work in tanneries and collieries, where other good men may be found. The worst men live in luxury and power."

A lesson learned from Czech exiles. Maybe we can learn it from Canadian exiles before it is too late for us.

This POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that the so-called "elite" of this country desire for us, we the people, is pure, unadulterated BS.

Isn't it time we learned from the bad experiences of others instead of our own?

This perception about Obama ought to frighten us ...

Over at Prayers That Matter a couple of days ago, this was posted. It's an interesting take on BHO and his "charisma." Remember the claimed "faintings" a few months ago? Hilly (Hillary PLUS Billy EQUALS "Hilly") never had them happen to her, to the best of my knowledge.

Yes, I know this was written somewhat tongue-in-cheeck, but give me a break! BHO just isn't that good! None of them are! ;>)

A Word From Our Sponsors . . .

Not really!

Just a note of comment. I've been "off the air" for about a week and a half due to an unexpected (aren't they all!) trip to the emergency room. Eight days and seven wonderful (NOT!) nights at beautiful St. Luke's Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas. I DO recommend them for what ails you.

I thank God for the Episcopal health system here in Houston. They've saved my fat bacon more than once these last two decades.

I am now back "on the air" to harass, bloviate, and generally grouse about what ails us.

Thanks to all who knew about this incident and prayed for me.

God Bless Ya'll !

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