The Last Hurrah

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Supreme-Court-Justices-2010-620x413My final article is now up at “The Truth About Guns.” Titled: The dictionary No Longer Holds, it’s about the likely effect of the two recent Supreme Court Decisions: King v. Burwell–the Obamacare decision–and Obergefel v. Hodges, the gay marriage decision.

These two decisions may very well give us a rare glimpse into the future, for if words have no accepted, commonly understood and used meanings, the very simple and direct text of the Second Amendment can and will be interpreted to mean that only the Government has a right to keep and bear arms. This would, of course, be absurd. Governments have powers, only individual human beings have rights, but that is a likely, indeed, probable consequence of these two decisions if the balance on the court shifts in favor of justices that are reliable votes for any progressive, social justice policy that comes along.

Remember that if they have a sufficient majority to grant cert to their favored cases, they can essentially legislate from the bench any and everything progressives cannot get from the legislative process, and they would have no difficultly, morally or constitutionally, doing just that.

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Fourth Of July Irony

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A Navy Seal's Loyal Dog Waits On His Master credit: buzzfeed.com

A Navy Seal’s Loyal Dog Waits On His Master
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This is the best, most ironic headline I’ve seen in years:

Weenies burn flag to protest cops, get attacked by bikers, need cops to save their asses

From The New York Post: 

Now they probably love the cops.

A group of flag-burning anti-NYPD protesters needed New York’s Finest to save their skin from a gang of angry bikers who tried to pummel them in a Brooklyn park for setting Old Glory ablaze Wednesday.

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Independence Day, Anno Domini (In The Year Of Our Lord) 2015

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I originally wrote this article for July 4, 2013.  I chose the photo of the B1 because I was fortunate enough to know a B1 instructor pilot and he arranged a 45 minute “flight” in a simulator.  It was a fascinating experience, all the more so because he told me that the actual aircraft is easier to fly than the simulator.  I came away with a renewed appreciation for American technology, and for the dedication of the men and women who designed and produced it, who maintain it, and all of the implements with which we preserve freedom.  They must have all the fuel and flight time they need.

It’s time to update my comments of 2013.  I hope you find something in them that strengthens your pride in America, and that encourages you to take up the fight to preserve liberty.  As always, thanks for taking the time to visit this scruffy little blog.

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Benjamin Franklin  

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.

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Thomas Jefferson; Final sentence of the Declaration of Independence 

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

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The Freddie Gray Case, Update 11: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

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credit: Annie Lebowitz for Vogue

credit: Annie Lebowitz for Vogue

I’ve previously observed (the SMM Freddie Gray case archive is here) that the Freddie Gray case, like the Trayvon Martin case, is a backwards, bizarro world case. The roles of the prosecution and defense are reversed. Instead of being a model of ethical probity and calm, professional demeanor and argument, the prosecution is behaving like stereotypical defense lawyers that will say and do anything to get their client (defendants) off (convicted). Hysteria, hyperbole and deception are theirs. Normally, it is defense lawyers that grandstand for the media and behave like rock stars with all their excesses. Instead, Marilyn Mosby appears onstage with Prince, has become the new media darling and giver of “the narrative,” and is drenched in fawning articles in Vogue (available here)–complete with an Annie Lebovitz photo–and Cosmopolitan (available here).

From the Vogue article:

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Narrative Support

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credit: theweek.co.uk

credit: theweek.co.uk

Denver’s CBA affiliate has an interesting story that seems to derail the narrative a bit. The headline pretty much says it all:

Black Suspect Arrested After Racist Message Discovered Outside Predominately Black Church

A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church.

Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct.

The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, ‘Black men beware, you are the target.

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Change and First Responders

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ISIS-Strategy-copyAs regular readers know, I have, for much of the last year, been writing a weekly column for “The Truth About Guns.” Robert Farago, the founder and editor of that site was kind enough to invite me to contribute, and I’ve enjoyed our association. But recently, they informed me that they are taking their site in a different direction, and my services will no longer be required.

This is common in the publishing business, and our parting is amicable.   I’ve enjoyed my time writing there. During that time, I’ve also contributed articles to Bearing Arms, the site where my former Confederate Yankee co-blogger and friend, Bob Owens, is the editor.

My newest article at Bearing Arms is The New First Responders.  The world is rapidly changing, and terrorist attacks on a small scale, which have been occurring on American soil for years, are now more likely than ever. Witness the warning about attacks on the 4th of July. While the Obama White House is trying to downplay that possibility and refuses to name the people that carry out such attacks–or their religious motivation–more responsible agencies are telling us they are very worried indeed.

If you have a few minutes, take the link and visit the article. It, and Bearing Arms–a fine journalistic endeavor–just may be worth your time.

Gear Test: Crimson Trace Railmaster Pro

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Glock 17 with Railmaster Pro (right side view)

Glock 17 with Railmaster Pro (right side view)

Why a laser? I’ve needed glasses for reading for the last decade or so, but can see perfectly well at distance without them. However, even with glasses, iron sights are no longer as sharp as they once were. I can use them successfully, but not as quickly as I once did. I’ve found that lasers work beautifully with my not-as-young-as-it-once-was vision. They even help encourage me to keep both eyes open. But what if the battery fails? I revert to the iron sights.

Why a flashlight? While I have a 500 lumen flashlight or two, I’ve found it’s more convenient to have a light on my primary home defense handgun. Pick up the handgun, and I have everything I need when seconds may matter.

Glock 17 with Railmaster Pro (left side view)

Glock 17 with Railmaster Pro (left side view)

In firearm circles, there is much argument over weapon lights. I refer to small flashlights, particularly those designed to be attached to handguns. Ideally, such flashlights are small–they don’t significantly increase the size of the weapon, powerful, and rugged.

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Caving On Terrorism–Still

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Ramirez-061715-Gitmo-WorldFor more than six years now, President Obama has been ignoring a declared war being fought against us, Israel, and western civilization in general. He not only refuses to actually name our enemy, he apologizes for them, and even directed NASA to focus on making Muslims feel good about the scientific accomplishments of their ancestors. He abandoned Iraq after tens of thousands of Americans sacrificed to hand him a war won and a nation with great prospects. His leadership from behind has turned the world upside down, making it a far more dangerous place, and birthed ISIS, perhaps the most dangerous threat to America the world has seen in this century. Even Jimmy Carter is now criticizing President Obama.

To be sure, Mr. Obama occasionally lobs a drone-launched Hellfire missile at a terrorist leader or two, and afterward brags about his manliness in terror war fighting, but he does it to avoid having to put more terrorists in Gitmo, and having to act upon the intelligence they provide. Sending soldiers to capture high-value terrorists does not well suit him.

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Teaching Shakespeare: It’s Greek To Me

credit: biography.com

credit: biography.com

From time to time, people come along and announce to the world through the always helpful offices of the Media, that they are doing something terribly courageous, as though by merely telling the entire world, they are in some sort of deadly danger. Bruce Jenner’s recent transformation into a sort of woman is a case in point. I suspect I could have completed my journey on this small, blue planet quite satisfactorily without knowing of Jenner’s issues, nor have I gained a new definition of courage in the knowing. In fact, Jenner has been lauded by all the usual suspects, as, you guessed it, tremendously courageous, a pioneer and trend-setter, a shining example for all the Olympic decathalon winners that hope to someday be a woman with men’s plumbing. Somehow there seems little risk and less courage in doing something of which virtually the entire international media will enthusiastically approve.

Now we hear of another tremendously courageous woman, one Dana Dusbiber, whose courage comes, not only from her reluctance to teach Shakespeare, but from her audacity and daring to get The Washington Post to tell us all about it. The WP’s Valerie Strauss explains:

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