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Obama on the Spike in Gun Sales

According to the Chicago Sun-Times: As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.

"I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment," Obama said at a news conference. "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word." Of course, during the campaign, Mr. Obama never said what he considers "common sense gun regulation." I doubt that he and I would agree, or even come close. Common sense gun regulation does not include banning all handguns and requiring safety locks on guns at all times (as the District of Columbia required). That was a "common sense" regulation that Mr. Obama supported before he opposed it. (Pre-Heller versus post-Heller.) That was c…

Obama Birth Certificate

I do not for a minute believe that Barack Obama was born outside Hawaii. Although the issue seems to rise to the same absurdity level as Trutherism (9/11 conspiracy), I see no reason that the Hawaiian officials do not release a copy of the original birth record and put an end to the speculation.

Personally, I suspect that the original record states a religion, specifically: Muslim. So what? I understand that information would be missed during the campaign, but it would make no difference now. The guy got elected.

Mr. Obama is probably very sympathetic to Muslims given his background, but his religion is not Muslim.. He spend 20 years in the Trinity United Methodist Church. While one may argue whether that church is truly theologically Christian, it is certainly not Muslim.

So show the original record already. Demonstrate conclusively that Mr. Obama meets the constitutional birth qualification. The country has to move on to more pressing issues.

Holy Land Foundation Guilty on All Counts

I must have been knee deep in turkey and dressing to miss the news of the conviction of the Holy Land Foundation and the individual defendants as reported in the Dallas News. There were convictions on all 108 counts. Peter Margulies, a Roger Williams University law professor who studies terrorism financing cases, said, "The government showed in a streamlined case that where special assistance to the families of terrorists is concerned, cash is the moral equivalent of a car bomb." American Muslims need to hear and understand the message that aid to the families of terrorists, in Palestine and elsewhere, is aid to terrorism. It is NOT an effective argument to justify that aid by claiming Israelis are terrorists, too. That argument would not fly even if true.

One can only wonder what is next for the unindicted co-conspirators such as CAIR. Will the government be emboldened to go after them as well?

Shire Network News

Shire Network News is absolutely the best podcast out there for serious conservative commentary with a humorous tilt. The cast is international and professes to be amateur.

The podcast is available on iTunes and from Shire Network News website.

Highly recommended.
Update:The podcast is on hiatus until January, but back podcasts are still worth checking out. Some of the humor and information is very topical, other information is more long-term. The presentation makes it worth listening to regardless of the currency of the topic.

Ted Strickland Fails

Ted Strickland has announced that he is not firing Helen Kelley-Jones, the $140,000 a year bureaucrat who violated the privacy rights of a private citizen who dared to question Barack Obama's tax plan. Governor Strickland put the miscreant bureaucrat on 30 days unpaid leave.

Sorry, Ted. That does not send enough of a message. This woman is one of your cabinet members. She clearly lacks the impartial judgment necessary to your government of Ohio.

We are all the worse for your decision, Ted.

Dirty Business

The Columbus Dispatch reports: The Ohio Inspector General confirms that Helen Jones-Kelley (and others) improperly accessed Joe the Plumber' confidential data. Will Ted Strickland to the right thing and send a message that this sort of dirty political conduct will not be tolerated by him?

The Case Against Universal Suffrage

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Who is to blame this time around?

Although Alan Coombs did his best to mischaracterize the results, one thing is clear. Avid watchers of Hannity and Coombs and other intelligent Fox News programs would never have gotten those questions so horribly wrong.

Unity and Barack Obama

Now we know exactly what Barack Obama means by his call for unity: Silence those who disagree with him:The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states -- and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs -- and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Source: The Drudge Report

Obama: Bad News Barry

Why he is not the better choice here.

Obama Attacks Joe

What is the content of Obama's character? He attacks Joe the Plumber, because Joe supposedly makes $250,000 per year (which Joe denies).

So Obama's message is clear: He wants to punish people who succeed (or are on the road to success) financially. If he can't punish them financially, he will pillory a private citizen.

In Obama's world, a guy who dares to question him and his desire for government "to spread the wealth around" deserves to be punished. Obama must have no conscience whatsoever to smear average citizen, Joe the plumber, including spreading a big lie about Joe's income.

Obama's Tax Plan

Obama's Tax Plan is simple: Punish success and reward failure.

Joe the plumber sees it. No wonder the MSM, all left-wing, is smearing Joe with all its fury.
Public disclosures of a private citizen, the liberal MSM at its worst:
Joe is not a licensd plumber. So what? A license is not a prerequisite to owning a plumbing business that employs licensed plumbers.Joe has tax liens. My conclusion, taxes are too high and too tough to pay for non-employee folks who have to file estimated returns. If employees, who now have taxes withheld, had to actually write checks, they would see and truly feel how burdensome the tax system is.Joe is a distant cousin to Charles Keating. Wow. Could the smears get any more irrelevant?

The Kennesaw Comparison

Gun bans cut crime, don't they?

The Knox Report
From the Firearms Coalition
by Jeff Knox

(October 7, 2008) In 1981, Morton Grove, Illinois became the first town in the U.S. to pass a flat out ban on the possession of handguns within the town limits by anyone except police and active duty military during the performance of their official duties. In response, the town of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a gun law of their own in March of 1982. The Kennesaw law was almost the exact opposite to the Morton Grove ordinance. Rather than banning handgun possession, Kennesaw required every head-of-household to keep at least one firearm and appropriate ammunition in their home – with exemptions for those who had religious or philosophical objections to maintaining or using weapons. In other words, gun ownership was mandatory except for people who didn’t want to own a gun.

While Morton Grove became an instant media darling, Kennesaw became a pariah and a punch line. Pundits and “reporters” made jokes a…

Obama Lied, Children Died

From discussing the final presidential debate:The next big lie came during the debate on abortion. McCain pointed out Obama’s radical positions on the issue, including his repeated opposition to the Illinois version of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. Obama responded with a series of lies:There was a bill that was put forward before the Illinois Senate that said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade. The fact is that there was already a law on the books in Illinois that required providing lifesaving treatment, which is why not only myself but pro-choice Republicans and Democrats voted against it.During that period, the Attorney General reported that the practice of abandoning infants born alive during late-term abortions was not covered by the law. Jill Stanek and others testified to the practice, and the Illinois Senate heard testimony that suggested that as many as 20% of all late-term abortions resulted in a …

Islamic School Closed for Teaching Hate

After 9/11 and the many terrorist attacks throughout the world since then, it is reasonable to ask whether practitioners of Islam in the United States are a threat to our society.  One reasonable emeasure of the long-term threat is:  What values are they teaching their children?  Can we trust that Islamic schools are teaching the children our values of tolerance and love of one's neighbor, even if the neighbor is different from you?
Well, it seems the genie (jinn?) is out of the bottle, so to speak: updated 8:45 p.m. ET,Wed., June. 11, 2008 McLEAN, Va. - Textbooks at a private Islamic school in northern Virginia teach students that it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, according to a federal investigation released Wednesday....The commission said it obtained 17 of the academy's textbooks through a variety of channels, including from members of Congress. The texts did appear to contain numerous revisions, including pages that were removed or pas…

Goofy Quote of the Month

From the Congressional hearings on oil prices.
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked: “I can’t say that there is evidence that you are manipulating the price, but I believe that you probably are. So prove to me that you are not.”
Can you believe that she actually got elected to Congress?  
Prove a negative, because there is no evidence of the positive.  Really.  As Mark Steyn suggested, perhaps we should demand that Debbie prove she has not been sleeping with barnyard animals.

Barack the Elitist

There was an excellent column published in a Kansas small town newspaper, The Hays Daily News written by Will Manly:Dear Barack Obama:I grew to like you over the last year.I’ve always thought of you as dangerously naive at best. Eloquent, gifted, genuine, yes. But dangerously naive at best.I couldn’t vote for you — but not because of your funny name or your lunatic pastor. I couldn’t vote for you because you say we should raise taxes (even on the rich, who I’m convinced already pay too much), and because you say we should abandon Iraq (which I’m convinced would be surrendering a war we must win), and because you don’t respect the Second Amendment (which I’m convinced should disqualify any politician from any office).Read it all.
Mr. Obama seems like a nice guy, but I am sorry to say that he is really an empty-suit, knee jerk, left-wing elitist. 

Carter Visits Hamas

I am posting the article below at the request of MahmoudEl-youssephI although I disagree with it strongly, I hope the article will encourage a debate.My comments appear below the article.Carter is Right: US Must EngageHamasBy MahmoudEl-YoussephNewsflash: Carter denied permission intoGazabyIsrael! The former U.S. president is currently on a peace mission in theMiddle Eastas the head of CarterCenter for Peace and not as a U.S. official.His mission were to include various countries in the region to discuss: truce, prisoners exchange, the siege ofGaza, and reconciliation betweenFatahandHamas. Other high-profile international figures including the prime minister of New Zealand, former South African president NelsonMendela, and the former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Anan were to join Mr.

Obama: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization

From the April 16, 2008, Democratic presidential candidates debate Senator Barack Obama said:“That’s why I have a fundamental difference with President Carter and disagree with his decision to meet with Hamas,” Obama said. “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.”“Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization,” he said.I believe that makes all three major presidential candidates unanimous in describing Hamas aa a terrorist organization.  Of course, it is stating the obvious, but there remain some Americans (especially American muslims) who remain blind to the facts.
Of course, Hamas will never meet Sen. Obama's preconditions for talks.  Not unless they amend their charter.
Update:  This blog has not gotten many commenters, but be sure to read the comment of Mahmoud El-Yousseph who is a USAF veteran, a Muslim, an…

Global Warming Threat

From Chuck Muth's News and Views email newsletter:TIME TO TAKE GLOBAL WARMING SERIOUSLYI have to admit, I've been in the camp which hasn't taken the threat of global warming seriously, but this story from FoodWeek Online has forced me to change my position."Beer production in Australia and New Zealand could be cut by climate change within 25 years, a scientist has warned.  Climate expert Dr Jim Salinger, of the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says that climate change could cause a decline in malting barley production in both countries. 'It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up,' Dr Salinger said."When the only effect of global warming was the melting of polar ice caps, thereby displacing a few bears, what's the big deal?  But if it could affect the beer supply, well, that IS a crisis.  Get Al Gore on the phoneI've gotta go with Chuck on this one.

Obama: No Guns for Self Defense

Obama approves of guns for hunters.  But not guns for the defenseless hunted according the the Investors Business Daily: Gun Control: Barack Obama says he won't take folks' guns away as long as they're hunters. But when the hunted are his constituents, well, that's different: He opposes concealed carry and the right to self-defense.There's something about an election that brings out the sportsman in a Democratic presidential candidate. Recall John Kerry's sudden fondness for hunting four years ago.And speaking in Idaho earlier this year, Barack Obama told the crowd, "We got a lot of hunters in the state of Illinois, and I have no intention of taking away folks' guns."Except he does.In a 1996 questionnaire, Obama wrote that he "supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." He says now that the survey was filled out by an aide who misrepresented his views. Yet his record since then is consistent with that view. Never …

Obama and the Incredible Expanding Ego

The Boston Globe reports:
According to an account posted online on The Huffington Post, Obama was answering a question about what he would look for in a running mate if he wins the nomination. "I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I'm not as expert on," he replied. "I think a lot of people assume that might be some kind of military thing to make me look more commander-in-chief-like. Ironically, this is an area -- foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain."Words fail me.

Obama's Failure of Leadership

Two days after Mr. Obama's major racial speech, what are we to think of it? Is Mr.Obama an appropriate candidate for the leader of the free world?

Mr Obama said,
But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America....He is right, of course, but the statements were not mere snippets, cherry-picked to make Rev. Wright look bad. The "remarks" were entirely consistent with the church's overall philosophy and liberation theology. He sat in the pew for 20 years listening to this philosophy/theology. He did not speak up until the news media publicly revealed the hate-filled rhetoric.

If Mr. Obama were a leader, why did he merely follow Reverend Wright …

Half Price Books: Victim Rich Zones

I received a letter to the effect that making their stores "gun free zones" (or sitting duck zones or victim rich zones) has been company policy for 14 years. Here is the letter. My response follows:

March 11,2008Re: Half Price Books — No Guns Policy
Dear Mr.Carroll:Thank you for your letter dated May 4, 2008 [sic.] and the earlier letter to the manager of one of our Columbus stores.In February 22, 1996, our Board of Directors passed a resolution making all of our stores and facilities gun free. I am pleased to report that since the “gun free” policy was implemented, not a single person, customer or employee, has been the victim of gun violence in any of our stores or other facilities.We have also researched whether or not states which have concealed weapons laws have seen a reduction in crime. So far, I have not found any correlation between the reduction in crime in right to carry states and all of the other states.I regret that you believe you should boycott our stores be…