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Elections are coming…

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Hat Tip Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

I will keep this stuck to the front page until after the elections.

 

 

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. PLEASE get out and VOTE!!!

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. The President, the Commander-in-Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. It’s bad enough that we have 1400-1700 boots on the ground in Iraq with NO SOFA, but now we’re sending 3000 troops to Liberia to ‘combat’ Ebola? That is NOT the troops jobs, nor are they being properly trained or equipped (from the info I’m getting).  The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists.

During this mid-term election, if there is someone new running against an incumbent, vote for the new person. We have to get all new blood in the Senate and the House. These politicians have become leaches and spend more time serving themselves than serving their country. Our vote is their term limits!

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed, but not the 2-star General (Obama played golf, and there wasn’t a SINGLE WH rep). There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.  And this doesn’t even begin to address the fiasco of the VA scandal.  Just throwing money at the problem WILL NOT fix it.  Firing

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 6 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president. This includes not just current active-duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another hundred or more US troops from dying, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heartbreaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change.

Veterans, please forward to your lists.  Get out there and make you vote count!  I don’t care WHO you vote for, but dammit… GO VOTE this November.  It’s important, and our votes may be able to get this country back on track!!!

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Voter Fraud & The Second Amendment Remedy

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This is from Bearing Arms.

We are using the ballot box on November 4th  we are currently using the soap box and the jury box.

I hope the cartridge box will go unused but if need be it will be used.

 

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When I instruct at Project Appleseed events—something I don’t get to do as often as I would like—the shoot boss typically gives a benediction, reminding us of the bloody sacrifices that that first generation of Americans made in order to win a liberty we all too often take for granted.

One of my favorite shoot bosses typically wraps up his benediction by noting through a voice strained with emotion that, “the Founders were forced to use the cartridge box, and  risked their lives and sacred honor, to win us the liberty to use the soap box, the ballot box, and the jury box.”

The jury box ensures a fair trial by our peers. the soapbox is, of course, the freedom of speech. the ballot box is our right to vote and elect our leaders in fair and free elections.

Unfortunately, all four of those boxes seem to be under attack.

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas have unveiled irrefutable evidence today that Democrats across my native state of North Carolina are rabidly in favor of supporting voter fraud in order to win elections, including the North Carolina senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis.

 

It is stunningly obvious that North Carolina Democrats today are eager to facilitate felonies in order to size power, and they think nothing of invalidating the votes of lawful American citizens.

Sadly, this isn’t remotely unusual.

Voter fraud in neighboring Tennessee just a half century ago resulted in fed-up voters returning to the cartridge box to restore order from attempted tyranny in what became known as the Battle of Athens.

American citizens—many of whom had just returned form fighting the Germans and Japanese—had to take up arms against an attempt by McMinn County Democrats wholiterally attempted to steal an election by taking ballot boxes at gunpoint.

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, herself a Democrat, wrote of the conflict.

We in the U.S.A., who have long boasted that, in our political life, freedom in the use of the secret ballot made it possible for us to register the will of the people without the use of force, have had a rude awakening as we read of conditions in McMinn County, Tennessee, which brought about the use of force in the recent primary. If a political machine does not allow the people free expression, then freedom-loving people lose their faith in the machinery under which their government functions.

In this particular case, a group of young veterans organized to oust the local machine and elect their own slate in the primary. We may deplore the use of force but we must also recognize the lesson which this incident points for us all. When the majority of the people know what they want, they will obtain it.

Any local, state or national government, or any political machine, in order to live, must give the people assurance that they can express their will freely and that their votes will be counted. The most powerful machine cannot exist without the support of the people. Political bosses and political machinery can be good, but the minute they cease to express the will of the people, their days are numbered.

This is a lesson which wise political leaders learn young, and you can be pretty sure that, when a boss stays in power, he gives the majority of the people what they think they want. If he is bad and indulges in practices which are dishonest, or if he acts for his own interests alone, the people are unwilling to condone these practices.

When the people decide that conditions in their town, county, state or country must change, they will change them. If the leadership has been wise, they will be able to do it peacefully through a secret ballot which is honestly counted, but if the leader has become inflated and too sure of his own importance, he may bring about the kind of action which was taken in Tennessee.

If we want to continue to be a mature people who, at home and abroad, settle our difficulties peacefully and not through the use of force, then we will take to heart this lesson and we will jealously guard our rights. What goes on before an election, the threats or persuasion by political leaders, may be bad but it cannot prevent the people from really registering their will if they wish to.

The decisive action which has just occurred in our midst is a warning, and one which we cannot afford to overlook.

It seems that Mrs. Roosevelt’s warning is going unheeded in the Tarheel State, and elsewhere.

Corrupt political machines blinded by an all-consuming thirst for power, are subverting the very Constitution they are sworn to protect.

Curiously, politicians, pundits and members of the media loyal to this sort of “progressive” corruption and tyranny are up in arms over a comment made by Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who merely recognized Mrs. Roosevelt’s beliefs generations later.

In a recently unearthed video from a 2012 National Rifle Association meeting in Iowa, Ernst explained her devotion to her Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter in particular, and to her gun rights in general. “I believe,” she said, “in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

The Left reacted to her statement a little like the squealing hogs Ernst talked of castrating in her famous ad, and with about as much care and rationality.

Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg said that Ernst declared “she would shoot first and ask questions later if the government violated her rights.”

“In the American system,” Paul Waldman of The Washington Post scolded, “we don’t say that if the government enacts policies we don’t like, we’ll start killing people.”

Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly alleged that the point of these kind of statements is “to intimidate liberals, and ‘looters’ and secular socialists, andthose people.” (Yes, Bill Maher must be terrified.)

And Paul Begala accused her of toying with treason.

I have a word of warning for you, Ms. Carlson, Mr. Waldman, Mr. Kilgore, and Mr. Begala.

Joni Ernst, a military veteran, swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, a vow that she still honors today.

She understands that to respect that oath one day, she, other military veterans, and cognizant citizens might been required to return to the cartridge box once more if the soap box is shattered by corruption, the jury box is rendered worthless, and the ballot box is terminally compromised by those who seek to rule our citizens, instead of represent them.

As Mrs. Roosevelt so astutely noted after the gunfire subsided in Tennessee, the American people will be heard, and their will shall be done, one way or another.

Whether that can be accomplished peacefully, or must regretfully be accomplished through the use of arms, is entirely dependent upon the conduct of the government itself

Stop the Children’s Intifada!

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This is from Stand For Israel.

 

We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children.

We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.

We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

Golda Meir

 

 

 

Not only has the international media focused on blaming Israel for human-rights abuses, but they have ignored the actual and blatant violations acted out by Palestinians. Khaled Abu Toameh writes that what’s even worse, it is Palestinian children who are forced to carry out this violence against Israel:

Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian groups are using children from east Jerusalem and the West Bank in what appears to be a new intifada against Israel.

Nearly half of the Palestinians arrested by Jerusalem Police over the past few months are minors. Some of them are as young as nine.

These children are being sent to throw stones and firebombs, and launch fireworks at policemen and IDF soldiers, as well as at Israeli civilians and vehicles, including buses and the light rail in Jerusalem.

The exploitation of children in the fight against Israel has attracted little attention from the international community and media. Human rights groups and United Nations institutions have chosen to turn a blind eye to these human rights abuses.

Instead of condemning those who exploit the children and dispatch them to confront policemen and soldiers, these groups and institutions are busy denouncing Israel for targeting minors

This is not the first time that Palestinian groups use children in the struggle against Israel. During the first intifada, which erupted in 1987, children and women were often at the forefront in clashes with Israeli security personnel.

This strategy works out well for Palestinian groups such as Hamas and Fatah. At the end of the day, they can always blame Israel for “deliberately” targeting Palestinian children and women — an allegation that the mainstream media in the West often endorses without asking questions.

Moreover, the Palestinian groups know that the children who are being sent to confront Israeli soldiers and policemen will not be held accountable

Hamas and Fatah had long discovered that children are one of the most effective tools in the fight against Israel — especially because of the damage Israel sustains in the court of international public opinion.

Thus far, it appears that the Palestinian groups have been successful in their effort to depict Israel as a country that deliberately targets Palestinian minors whose only crime is that they “resisted occupation.”

Dressing children in military uniforms and allowing them to carry rifles and pistols during rallies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is one way of encouraging them to put their lives at risk. But of course Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions do not see anything wrong with this practice.

The adult activists who send and encourage children to take part in violence should be held accountable, not only by Israeli authorities, but also by their own people and international human rights organizations. If these adults want an intifada, they should be the first to go out and confront Israeli policemen and soldiers.

The time has come for the international community and media to pay attention to their disturbing conduct and demand that Palestinian groups stop hiding behind children.

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Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following ‘unusual level of air activity’

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This is from The Guardian.

It looks like Putin and company are getting braver and braver.

They know Obama is clueless.

 

Bombers and fighters shadowed during unusual burst of flights over Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic and Black Sea, says alliance

A Norwegian F-16 follows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 in a photograph released by the Norwegian air force.

A Norwegian F-16 shadows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 in a photograph released by the Norwegian air force. Photograph: Norwegian air force/EPA

Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine.

In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon.

“These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,” the alliance said.

A spokesman stressed there had been no violation of Nato air space, unlike a week earlier when a Russian spy plane briefly crossed Estonia’s border. But so many sorties in one day was unusual compared with recent years.

In the biggest exercise four Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers, the 1950s equivalent of the US B-52, flew out over the Norwegian Sea in the early hours of Wednesday, accompanied by four refuelling tanker aircraft.

Norwegian F-16s tracked the formation, which eventually broke up, with six planes heading back toward Russia and two Tu-95s flying on south over the North Sea where they were intercepted by British Typhoons. Portuguese F-16s later tracked them in the Atlantic before they turned for home.

A Norwegian military spokesman said: “We see Russian aircraft near our air space on a regular basis but what was unusual is that it was a large number of aircraft and pushed further south than we normally see.”

In a second incident two Tu-95s accompanied by two fighter jets were being tracked by Turkish aircraft over the Black Sea on Wednesday afternoon, while flights of seven Russian warplanes were monitored on Tuesday and Wednesday over the Baltic Sea.

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On Tuesday German and Danish planes were involved in tracking them as well as aircraft from non-Nato states Sweden and Finland. On Wednesday Portuguese F-16s posted in the Baltic intercepted a similar group of fighters and fighter-bombers.

Separately, British jets intercepted a Russian-built Antonov cargo plane that was carrying car parts from Latvia to Birmingham after air traffic controllers became concerned. The plane was diverted to Stansted airport and later cleared to continue its flight.

Nato said it had conducted more than 100 such intercepts of Russian aircraft this year so far, about three times as many as in 2013 before the confrontation with Moscow over separatist revolts in Ukraine soured relations.

President Vladimir Putin has committed to reinvigorating Russia’s armed forces, which had been undermined by the economic troubles that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Tension over Ukraine has seen Nato step up its vigilance, especially on its eastern frontiers with Russia.

The spokesman said there was no particular reason for concern over Russian warplanes exercising their right to fly in international air space but that such sorties were shadowed by Nato aircraft as a precaution and to protect civil air traffic.

Chris Matthews predicts Republicans could win 10 Senate seats

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Originally posted on America's Watchtower:

 Today Chris Matthews spoke at the ‘Washington Ideas Forum’ and he basically said that the Democrats have no message this year and he predicted the Republicans could win 10 Senate seats next week because of it.

  Here is what he said:

“They don’t really have a statement,” he said. “They have nothing in the market basket to offer. They have no real positive brand this time,” he added, “There was a great line from the American Revolution, ‘Either we hang together or we hang separately,’ the Democrats should remember that next Tuesday as the results come in.” 

Matthew then made a bold prediction which had the experts in the room shaking their heads when he said the Republicans, “could win up to 10 seats in the US Senate.”

  

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15 Signs That We Live During A Time Of Rampant Government Paranoia

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This is from Joe For America.

 

How does it feel to live under a government that is getting even more paranoid with each passing day?  Yes, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, but that is no excuse for how ultra-paranoid the federal government has become.  Today, every single one of us is viewed as a “potential threat” by the government.  As a result, the government feels the need to intercept our emails, record our phone calls and track our expenditures.  But they aren’t just spying on individuals.  The government keeps tabs on thousands of organizations all over the planet, it spies on our enemies and our allies, and it even spies on itself.  The American people are told that the emerging Big Brother police state is for our safety, but the truth is that it isn’t there to protect us.  It is there to protect them.  Our government has become kind of like a crazy rich uncle that is constantly spying on everyone else in the family because he believes that they are “out to get him”.  The following are 15 signs that we live during a time of rampant government paranoia…

#1 Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson says that the federal government was so concerned about her reporting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious and other Obama scandals that they hacked her computer, monitored every keystroke and even planted classified material in an apparent attempt to potentially frame her.

#2 The United States has become the nation of the “permanent emergency”.  In fact, there has been at least one “state of emergency” in effect in this country since 1979.

#3 In America today, almost everyone is considered to be a criminal.  At this point, nearly one out of every three Americans has a file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

#4 Most people don’t realize this, but the FBI also systematically records talk radio programs.  The FBI says that it is looking for “potential evidence”.

#5 In Wisconsin, 24 armed police officers are an armored military vehicle were recently sent to collect a civil judgment from a 75-year-old retiree.  It is being reported that officials feared that he might be “argumentative“.

#6 According to guidelines that were recently made public, purchasing Amtrak train tickets with cash is considered to be “suspicious activity” and needs to be reported to the authorities.

#7 The IRS can now seize your bank accounts on suspicion alone.  If you are successful fighting the IRS in court, you might get your money back years later.

#8 Thousands of Americans have their mail spied on by the U.S. Postal Service.  If you are on “the list”, all of your mail and packages are shown to a supervisor before they are delivered to you.

#9 Most people don’t realize that the U.S. border is now considered to be a “Constitution-free zone” where officials can freely grab your computer and copy your hard drive.

#10 The feds have apparently become extremely concerned about what all of us are saying on the Internet.  In fact, they have even been caught manipulating discussions on Reddit and editing Wikipedia.

#11 The U.S. government has become so paranoid that it even spies on our European allies.  Needless to say, our allies over in Europe are quite upset about this but we continue to do it.

#12 To the government, each citizen is a “potential threat”, and this justifies the militarization of our entire society.  The following is an excerpt from an excellent commentary by John Whitehead

Just take a stroll through your city’s downtown. Spend an afternoon in your local mall. Get in your car and drive to your parents’ house. Catch the next flight to that business conference. While you’re doing so, pay careful attention to how you and your fellow citizens are treated by government officials—the ones whose salaries you are paying.

You might walk past a police officer outfitted in tactical gear, holding an assault rifle, or drive past a police cruiser scanning license plates. There might be a surveillance camera on the street corner tracking your movements. At the airport, you may be put through your paces by government agents who will want to either pat you down or run scans of your body. And each time you make a call or send a text message, your communications will most likely be logged and filed. When you return home, you might find that government agents have been questioning your neighbors about you, as part of a “census” questionnaire. After you retire to sleep, you might find yourself awakened by a SWAT team crashing through your door (you’ll later discover they were at the wrong address), and if you make the mistake of reaching for your eyeglasses, you might find yourself shot by a cop who felt threatened.

Is this the behavior of a government that respects you? One that looks upon you as having inviolate rights? One that regards you as its employer, its master, its purpose for being?

I don’t think so. While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In fact, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, what we are dealing with is a police state disguised as a benevolent democracy, a run-away government hyped up on its own power and afraid of its citizenry, whose policies are dictated more by paranoia than need.

#13 As our police departments have become militarized, SWAT team deployments have gone through the roof.  As I wrote about recently, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States back in 1980.  But today, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

#14 The federal government is so paranoid that it is actually spying on itself.  The “Insider Threat Program” encourages federal employees to closely watch one another and to report any hint of suspicious activity

The federal effort, called the Insider Threat Program, was launched in October 2011, and it certainly hasn’t diminished since Edward Snowden disclosed details of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying. As McClatchy reporters Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay have described,federal employees and contractors are encouraged to keep an eye on allegedly suspicious indicators in their co-workers’ lives, from financial troubles to divorce. A brochure produced by the Defense Security Service, titled “INSIDER THREATS: Combating the ENEMY within your organization,” sums up the spirit of the program: “It is better to have reported overzealously than never to have reported at all.”

#15 Last, but certainly not least, there is the matter of the NSA constantly spying on all of us.  The NSA is monitoring and recording billions of our phone calls and emails, and most Americans don’t seem to care.  But they should care.  I like how an article in the New York Post described what is happening to our society…

Through a combination of fear, cowardice, political opportunism and bureaucratic metastasis, the erstwhile land of the free has been transformed into a nation of closely watched subjects — a country of 300 million potential criminals, whose daily activities need constant monitoring.

Once the most secret of organizations, the NSA has become even more famous than the CIA, the public face of Big Brother himself. At its headquarters on Savage Road in Fort Meade, Md., its omnivorous Black Widow supercomputer hoovers up data both foreign and domestic, while its new $2 billion data center near Bluffdale, Utah — the highly classified Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center — houses, well, just about everything. As James Bamford wrote in Wired magazine two years ago, as the center was being completed:

“Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private e-mails, cellphone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’ ”

So what do you think?

Are there any points that you would add to this list?
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2014/10/15-signs-live-time-rampant-government-paranoia/

Tis’ the Season for the Left’s War on Christmas

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This is from Patriot UpDate.

I will say Merry Christmas if that is a problem tough luck.

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Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, a fact that drives liberals to distraction. For years now, the left has been chipping away at the religious foundation of Christmas trying to convert the holiday into a politically–correct, religiously-neutered non-event that celebrates nothing more significant than conspicuous consumption. Unfortunately, Christians who understand the real reason for the season have not been as vocal as they might have been in challenging the absurd anti-Christian mentality of liberals who find traditional Christmas celebrations offensive.

Before getting into the left’s war on Christmas, a caveat is in order. The left’s reaction to Christmas reveals much about the character—or lack of character—of liberals. People who find a certain activity offensive have the right to refuse to participate in it. For example, I don’t like yard sales, so I simply do not participate in them. I do not try to outlaw yard sales or tell other people they are not allowed to participate in them. But this tolerant approach is not sufficient for liberals who, by the way, claim to be models of tolerance but in reality are blatantly intolerant. Of course, when liberals talk about tolerance what they mean is they are tolerant of people who agree with them.

Supposedly tolerant liberals believe that if they don’t want to participate in an activity nobody should be allowed to participate in it. Liberals crave control more than anything else and, to a liberal, control means government coercion. In the 1960s, the mantra of liberals was “You do your thing and I’ll do mine.” In 2014 their mantra is “I’ll do my thing and everybody else will too.” They want Christmas to be devoid of religious overtones, not just for them and their families but for everyone.

The left’s war on Christmas got a real shot in the arm with the election of Barack Obama as president. In 2009, the Obama’s decided they would have a “non-religious” Christmas at the White House which, of course, was like saying they would serve sugar-free donuts. What is the point? They planned to forego such Christmas traditions as the Nativity Scene and instead provide the country with its first neutered, non-religious White House Christmas. The Obamas announced they wanted an “inclusive” Christmas, which any Christian or conservative knows is code for a Christmas that does not offend Muslims. However, when a Rasmussen poll showed that 76 percent of Americans were unhappy with Obama’s leftwing dilution of Christmas, the president—ever the politician—relented. Reluctantly and without fanfare, Obama agreed to allow, Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus to take their traditional place in the East Room. Christians won this battle, but the left is determined to win the war.

In addition to filing harassing lawsuits against municipalities that display manger scenes or other traditional Christmas messages, the left now attacks our traditional Christmas slogans. They are trying to coerce retail outlets, card companies, municipalities, and schools into replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” and Christmas vacation with “Winter Break.” The fundamental problem anti-Christmas liberals face is the term “Christ” in the name of the holiday. It is difficult to deny that Christmas is a celebration of Christ when “Christ” is the root word in the term. Sarah Palin refers to the ACLU and other liberal Scrooges who are trying to outlaw Christmas traditions as “angry atheists armed with attorneys.”

The Obamas lost the Christmas skirmish of 2009 and were forced to reluctantly display a traditional manger scene in the East Room. However, ardent opponents of Christianity don’t easily give up their anti-Christmas prejudice. In a new slap at Christmas, in 2012 the Obamas chose to forego the traditional family Christmas card from the White House, opting instead for a “holiday card” featuring their family dog Bo. This card probably says more about the beliefs of liberals than ten columns on the subject could. Liberals think more of their family dogs than they do of the baby Jesus and America’s Christmas traditions.

This is the time of year when the left’s war on Christmas goes into high gear. This being the case, it is imperative that those of us who know that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ stand up and be counted. Liberals are systematic, organized, and unrelenting in their attacks on Christmas. Christians must be just as committed and determined to protect our traditions and Christ’s birthday. When people say “Happy Holidays,” respond by saying “Merry Christmas.” If a retail outlet replaces Christmas slogans with “Happy Holidays,” shop elsewhere and let it be known why. Challenge anti-Christian liberals on every point, every time, in every case. Do not just sit back and take it as they do everything they can to rob Christmas of its true meaning.

Read the rest of this Patriot Update article here: http://patriotupdate.com/articles/tis-season-lefts-war-christmas/#H3fcfLB2A5HiXegg.99

The Very Real Dangers of Lead Poisoning Involving Guns

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Hat Tip To Bullets First.

This matter of lead poisoning is something that gun owners should be concerned about.

Every indoor gun range owner should be concerned about protecting their staff and customers from being poisoned.

Sadly, many are only interested in making money with zero concern about anything or anyone.

 

Lead is a toxin and dangerous to humans.  It’s one of the reasons we don’t have lead paint anymore.

But unlike the liberal gun grabbers who use the notion of lead poisoning to hijack the legislative process in order to require “environmental studies” that force pro-gun bills to mire in bureaucratic BS, I’m talking about something real and of real impact.  Tragically, the danger springs from amongst our own and threatens the health of shooters.

 

Shooting ranges are dangerous places if one is not careful.  Yet beyond the danger of a negligent discharge getting someone shot, cases are springing up around the country of shady business owners who are not taking the proper steps to ensure that the lead vapor and dust produced in their ranges is properly contained and eliminated.

There are over 6000 shooting ranges in America yet the vast majority have never been inspected.  I’m not condoning government involvement but of the 201 that have been inspected, 86% of them have failed at least one lead related standard.  And it’s not like these were all in one area of the country, the most serious violations came from a myriad of regions in the US.  Places like Manchester Firing Line Range in New Hampshire, Target World in Ohio, Top Brass Sports in Tennessee and the Sharp Shooter in Texas each had more than 20 lead-related violations.

How do people get lead poisoning?

Every time someone pulls the trigger a chemical and physical reaction occurs within the chamber of the gun.  The amount of energy and heat release forces the chemicals that make up the power and that of the bullet to react and expel lead vapor as well as subsequent dust particles laden with lead.

On an outdoor range , nature minimizes the risk by carrying away and scattering the lead particles.  Despite what gun grabbing zealots like to have people believe, lead is a natural element in nature and so long as the concentration of lead bullets aren’t collected and dumped directly into the drinking water or slathered in honey to entice animals to eat it, the risk to nature is non-existent.

In an INDOOR range though, especially one run poorly, the danger is multiplied greatly.  If surfaces aren’t cleaned regularly, if ventilation isn’t properly working in order to remove lead particles from the air, the chance of lead poisoning is exponentially greater.

What does lead poisoning do to a person?

Lead poisoning effects every aspect of the human body.  Both soft tissue and bone can be compromised.  Organs fail, brain function decreases, muscles weaken, immune system is compromised, hearing loss, tooth decay, learning deficiancies, sterilization etc.

Suffice it to say that lead poisoning is bad.  And outside of work in a lead based setting, shooting ranges are the most likely place for the public to acquire lead poisoning, according to national statistics.

Those most at risk are range workers who inhale airborne lead as they instruct customers and clean up spent ammunition. They also then bring home the accumlated lead particles on their clothing and body and therefore pose a risk of contaminating their family as well.  With children being more susceptible to damage from less lead this is an especially important danger.

Here’s one story of a gun range manager (from grandviewoutdoors.com) whose life was dramatically changed because of a reckless owner who didn’t do what was right, either from greed or sloth:

For about a year starting in 2006, Maddox and his wife worked at Bluegrass Indoor Range in Louisville. Like many shooting-range workers, Maddox knew little about lead and its damaging capabilities. Daily, he inhaled airborne lead while managing the range and gun shop, earning $9 an hour. Nightly, he swept up casings from spent ammunition in the 12 firing lanes, pushing a broom and kicking up more lead dust.

He complained to owner Winfield Underwood that catch bins at the end of shooting lanes were overflowing with spent lead bullets, the ventilation system didn’t work and workers needed protective gear. Inspectors later discovered the air vents didn’t even have filters.

After working at the Louisville range about six months, Maddox, a hefty 38-year-old man, dropped 180 pounds. He also lost sensation in his fingers and toes, his thinking slowed, and he couldn’t remember birthdays. He had no sex drive.

“It just feels like someone unplugged me from the wall and I just lost all my power,” he said.

His doctor’s diagnosis: lead poisoning from the gun range. A February 2007 blood test showed he had a dangerous level of lead with 68 micrograms per deciliter — more than 56 times the average adult level.

Even after the Maddox’s diagnosis (and his wife also getting sick) the range’s owner, Winfield Underwood, did NOTHING to improve the safety conditions within his range.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the state’s workplace-safety agency, inspected Underwood’s range several times and determined he had overexposed his employees to lead. The agency cited the range with dozens of violations and fined it $461,400.  Yet in a Kentucky two step, the amount was later settled down to a paltry $7200 because of “financial difficulty.”

Financial difficulty?!?!?

Underwood was basically running an execution gas chamber that put not only his employees but every customer who walked in at risk.  And it was not out of ignorance, for a pair of his employees fell sick to lead poisoning, but out of greed.  Financial difficulty?  I would hope so.  I would hope it was so difficult that he would be driven out of business so that people aren’t enticed to enter his lair of lead poison.

Speaking of Gas Chambers:

From the moment the doors opened in October 2005 at the new Champion Arms indoor shooting range in suburban Seattle, co-owner Steve Wangsness knew airborne lead was going to be a problem, Washington state records show.

The ventilation system specifically designed for the custom-built, 10-lane range was supposed to push air containing lead dust and bullet fragments away from shooters as they fired at targets.

But the exhaust system instead blew toxic dust clouds back on unwitting shooters as well as into retail areas of the business, where workers spent most of their day.

Wangsness and co-owner Maria Geiss sparred with the building’s landlord over the faulty system, eventually filing a lawsuit. Still, they kept Champion Arms open for business, exposing their employees, customers and an on-site resident to the dirty gun range.

We, as gun owners, need to be better than this.  We need to hold gun ranges to hire standards.  Gun range owners need to hold themselves to higher standards.

We need to look out for each other because if we don’t, then the government is going to come goosestepping in and “look out for us” by closing down all the gun rangesyou knowfor the children.

Let’s make sure that the only lead poisoning going on is when bad guys pop up and we put them down.

 
Read more at http://bulletsfirst.net/2014/10/29/real-dangers-lead-poisoning-involving-guns/#tIP1jbFLqQmSmdlY.99

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