Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What they said.........

I wonder what our forefathers thought about gun control......oh wait, i don't have to wonder, THEY TOLD US! 

"The right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the law of society."
-Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England.

"Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion...in private self-defense."
-John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions (1787-88).

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
-Samuel Adams, during Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention (1788).

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
-James Madison, The Federalist #46.

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence."
-George Washington.

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776), Jefferson Papers 344 (J. Boyd, ed. 1950).

"The great object is, that every man be armed...Everyone who is able may have a gun..."
-Patrick Henry, 3 Elliott Debates 386.

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
-Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
-Patrick Henry, during Virginia's ratification convention (1788).

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America can not enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."
-Noah Webster, An Examination Into the Leading Principals of the Federal Constitution (1787).

"To disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them..."
-George Mason, 3 Elliott Debates (on the Constitution) 380.

Yeah, what they said........As true today as ever!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Enemies Within!

Enemies Within

by Chuck Norris (more by this author)

Last Thursday, Nov. 5, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and devout Muslim, fatally shot 13 American citizens (12 service members) and wounded an additional 29 people at the largest U.S. military base, Fort Hood, Texas.

For six months, authorities had been tracking the extremist thinking of Hasan. Internet postings like this one go back to May 20, 2009: "Scholars have paralleled (a U.S. soldier's falling on a grenade to save surrounding troops) to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers."

Hasan vehemently opposed the U.S. missions in the Middle East, arguing with co-workers, senior officers and even patients. He quarreled with Col. Terry Lee, who testified that Hasan said, "Maybe the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor." Dr. Val Finnell, a former classmate of Hasan's, said that Hasan was "very vocal" about equating the war on terror with a war on Islam. He said Hasan even gave a PowerPoint presentation once justifying Islamic suicide bombing.

A few days before the killing spree at Fort Hood, Hasan proved his premeditated intentions by giving away all his belongings (including his Qurans) to his neighbors, saying he no longer would need them and adding, "I'm ready."

Just hours before the shooting spree, he attended prayer services at a local mosque, where he normally wore street clothes but that morning wore white Muslim attire.
Firsthand witnesses at the Fort Hood murder scene say they heard Hasan yelling "Allahu akbar" (meaning "God is great") before he opened fire.
And authorities just revealed that Hasan has made contact with other al-Qaida operatives. In 2001, authorities say, Hasan attended a mosque whose leadership was associated with two of the 9/11 hijackers. He even apparently stirred up anti-American sentiment within other Muslim soldiers at Fort Hood.
Yet despite all of this U.S. adversity in his background, Hasan was promoted this past May to the rank of major.
And the questions that keep coming to my mind are: Have we become so tolerant and politically correct that we can't see or confront a rotten apple when it's right in front of our eyes? When our fear of discrimination enables our enemies, can't we see something is grimly amiss?
To those roughly 3,500 Muslims who faithfully serve in the U.S. military, God bless you. We appreciate what you do and pray for you along with all of our dedicated service members. I fully realize Muslim extremists don't represent mainstream Islam. We must not quarantine all Islamic theology and practice as un-American.
At the same time, we must not stick our heads in the religious sands and call all these fatal acts "isolated incidents." We should not ignore the systemic nature and embryonic potential of fanaticism inherent within many. And we must not allow our cultural infatuation with passivity and tolerance to restrain us from searching for and stopping such militant rudimentary resistance, especially on our military posts.
Even our president warned Americans not to "jump to conclusions" about the motives of Maj. Hasan. But to what "conclusions" is he referring? It fascinates me that our president travels the world blaming America for everything under the sun but cautions Americans not to "jump to conclusions" about a fanatical Muslim military officer who just took the lives of 13 patriots and wounded many others who have honored their oath to defend this country. Why would the commander in chief even take up his precious media time immediately after this brutal rampage to encourage tolerance and political correctness concerning this psychotic killer? As a veteran of the Air Force and honorary Marine, I am appalled.
It's time our federal government woke up and realized that jihadists are not done planning and plotting against the U.S. and that a terrorist is not only defined by being a card-carrying member of al-Qaida. It's time our federal government better assured the protection of our valiant service members, not only in the Middle East but also right here on American soil.
Extremists still are infiltrating our military ranks, and we must be more diligent about exposing and stopping them. If Washington worked with just one-tenth the passion in corralling the enemies of the U.S. as it has in ramrodding the Obama-Pelosi health care system down our throats and pocketbooks, we'd reduce military acts of terrorism down to zero, inside and outside our borders.
As another Veterans Day passes, we owe our renewed allegiance and support to our service members. And we owe, in particular, the families of those who fell at the Fort Hood massacre our continued reassurance that their loved ones did not die in vain. They were real people, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers -- American patriots who each sacrificed everything in a war we wage even domestically to save our sacred land.
Let us pause again and salute all the victims and valiant soldiers at Fort Hood, including the heroes who kept the death toll from escalating. Let us honor the wounded and, in particular, the fallen, who (like those who fell on 9/11) serve as catalysts for our patriotism and vivid reminders that there are still enemies within.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Gun Free Zone" = Dead Americans

Another "Gun Free Zone" Tragedy.

Apparently it’s not enough for our government that the heroes in America’s armed forces risk their lives overseas defending our freedom.

These days, our soldiers aren't even safe here at home stationed on secure military bases.

On November 5th, a lone gunman murdered 13 fully-trained, ready to deploy soldiers, and wounded 29 more, in the most shocking terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

How was Nidal Hasan, a psychologist, able to take down so many trained soldiers? Because the government thinks its better to keep it’s armed service members unarmed . . .

That’s right. Our military men and woman are banned from carrying the weapons they are trained and trusted to use in the heat of combat.

President Clinton authored this asinine policy back in 1993 when he declared all military bases “Gun Free Zones.”

As you know, “Gun Free Zones” do nothing but assure criminals, and now terrorists, that they will find unarmed victims defenseless against a homicidal rampage.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I’d rather the soldiers delivered a barrage of bullets to end Hasan’s attack the second he opened fire.

I’d rather Hasan was dead and the heroes he murdered were still alive.

But because of Clinton’s ingenious policy of an unarmed armed forces, this psychopath methodically executed soldier after soldier before a local traffic cop could arrive on the scene.

If we didn't have “Gun Free Zones” and our armed forces were . . . I don't know . . . ARMED, Nadir Hasan would have met bullets instead of bodies.

On this Veteran’s Day, remember that the safety of our armed forces is of paramount importance whether it’s on the battlefield or here at home.

Please join the National Association of Gun Rights in our battle against "Gun Free Zones."

In Liberty,

Dudley Brown

Executive Director

National Association for Gun Rights

P.S. The National Association for Gun Rights is entirely supported by individual gun rights advocates.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

How much does your public education systen cost you?

So, do you have any idea just how much your public education system costs you? You may be surprised.

Yesterday, in elections across the state of Arizona, voters approved additional funding for the various school districts. Why did they do this? Because liberal press and teachers have been crying that without additional funding the kids are not going to have school lunch and teachers are gong to be fired and the fear mongering goes on and on.

I want to share some facts with you. In Arizona the average take per student for a school is a little over $10,000. That is not a misprint. A little over a third of that comes from the state budget and the rest from the federal tax money. This is why so many professional educators are so anti-homeschooling. If the student is not enrolled they do not get full money. But they do not give it to home schooled children either.

Do some basic math. If there are 25 children per classroom average, then that class is allotted $250,000 for that class. If a school has grades k - 6 and three classes per grade, then that equals $5.2 million given to that school.

What is your money buying? It is not paying teachers great salaries. Lets say every teacher makes an average of $65,000(pretty good). That's only 1.37 million. Add a staff of ten administrators, janitors etc for another $650,000. That is a $3.18 million left over for books paper, pencils, instruments, equipment, facilities etc. PER YEAR! PER AVERAGE SMALL SCHOOL!


You think there is a lot of waste and corruption? You have no idea how bad it is. But my kids teacher tells him to come home and tell his parents to vote for the schools to get more money or there wont be any books in the library and no kick balls on the playground. This is getting ridiculous. More and more so every day. We keep adding programs and giving away more and more to more and more people. Which, in case you sheep out there didn't know, costs you more and more money.

Yes, even you lower income earners who are benefiting from all the free programs and such. The money comes from additional sales taxes on the goods and services you use. It comes from just one more tax hike on a gallon of gas. (evil oil companies....right!) And when one company incurs a new tax, it has no choice but to incorporate that added cost into the price of the product or service.

I am sick to death of even those who claim to be conservatives yammering for certain programs.
You know what, someone I admire asked me if it wouldn't be fairer to give the parents the money, all of it, and let them teach their kids. Heaven knows most of us could use it better. Trips to the nations capital for example. Problem is, it is not our money. Everyone pays into the system for education but only those with children benefit. (or do they)

Public education is a privilege and is not a right. All in all the education systems are failing us and are not cost effective. We are blessed to have what we have but we are negligent with the money we take for it. There is no realaccountability.

If we are going to have public education in this country then lets be accountable. The first thing that needs to be done is doing away with the federal department of education. It is useless and takes even more tax money with little to show for it. Let the states tax, provide and be accountable for the education in thier own states. Heck this goes for road construction as well,. what gives anyone the right to tax someone in Rhode Island to build a road in Oregon? But this is a topic for another post. As a people we need to take back the education and what is being taught. The LA Raza Studies program in Tucson is just one example of the corruption and misinformation being allowed to be taught.

The new funds approved in my district are going to cost the average family $155 more a year. For what I ask? To save our schools I am told. What a load of hogwash. My state under Janet Napalitano increased funding to education at twice the rate of economic growth and now that revenues are down drastically they do not want to make any cuts. Come the heck on! Nobody is asking for teachers to be fired left and right and books to be unavailable. Why does a school need a budget of 10,000 for a new copier every two years? Do we need to have all day kindergarten when the main reason is to help with day care costs for parents. Sorry not a good enough reason. I know my kids already have to bring most of their supplies from home now anyway. Government is out of control with spending. So too are the school systems. At the very least it is time to tighten the belts and pinch the pennies, not ask for more money.

Maybe they should make things last a little longer in these tough times, just like the rest of us are.

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