FIRST OFF A GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT: In the middle of making this issue I discovered that the daemon that checks to see if the program Impish and I use to assemble our blog posts was yet another fine example of Microsoft program coding. Yup you got it, it didn’t work at all. I was in fact nearly 3 years and an entire program version behind in program upgrades. As a result all my frequently used programing features are now scattered willy-nilly from where I am used to finding them in the old version. Therefore you may notice a whole pile if inconsistencies in style, fonts, colors, presentation of graphics etc. in todays issue. This will diminish as I get more and ore familiar with the new version of the program.
I should also point out that at the same time I learned the same thing was true of my mail handling program. A lot of you comment to me via e-mail and I have an entirely new and different interface for dealing with my mail now that I have to become accustom to so if I miss an e-mail or am slow in answering don’t feel you are being singled out or ignored. It’s just me fumbling around in the Microsoft provided darkness looking for the light switches.
And now, on with our regularly scheduled (brilliant) opening comments!
By my observance and honoring of the Old Celtic Traditions & Customs, today marks Ostara (pronounced “O-STAR-ah”) or to you boring modern language speaking yuppie folk, The Spring Vernal Equinox a.k.a. Sacrifice an Uppity Cat Insulting Dragon Day.
Yuppers. I kid you not! Impish 2 weeks ago swung below the belt. Seems since he cannot whip me in a battle of whit & wits (he being largely bereft of both) and rightfully afraid of Molly, he decided my cats were an easier target in an attempt to run me over with what I’m generously terming a ‘Soccer Mom’s Minivan’ by making a bunch of cat jokes at my expense and has continued to pepper me with them since.
Now personally, I smirked at the novelty of it and his industrious (if largely ineffective) attempt. I even laughed with him about it and the novelty of my being on the receiving end. Neither of us realized at the time that Impish had opened a serious can of tuna.
My cats it seems have taken umbrage and offense to put it mildly and are largely responsible for today’s issue’s content.
See what I mean? Large tactical error pissing off a pair of female cats with access to my weapons locker dude! You’ll be lucky if they don’t drag Molly into this on their side! She considers them her children after all! They already have enlisted stray cats from like eleven neighboring complexes, a whole forest full of squirrels, an extended family of skunks and what I take as a mated pair of Raccoons the size of a small Beagle!
So while Impish gets taken to Ugly & Humiliating Beatdown Town by being dragged under the Old Testament School bus, what do you say we get a cup of coffee and a sweet roll and talk about the observance of the changing of the seasons in between bouts of excessive (and painful for Impish) violence?
Sorry Dude! Guess you got the cuppa the cats made for Impish this morning. Some new brand I never heard of. Very selective and made only in small batches. I think they said the brand name was ‘Cup Full of Litterbox’ or something cute like that.
Have you heard?
The Mayo Clinic, one of the most respected health centers is getting on board with today’s diet and health conscious society. I hear they’ve just changed their name. It’s now the Balsamic Vinaigrette Clinic.
Apparently they aren’t interested in anonymity or subtlety either!
Eostre/Ostara & The Vernal Equinox- Introduction
So basically what we have here are two different things going on on the same day, the pagan or old Tradition of Eostre/Ostara bringing the return of Spring & the Light and an Astrological event which is probably the mechanism for pinning the celebration to a specific day.
However all of this is no fun unless we allow the Christians to come in stomp all over everything and everyone’s beliefs with jackboot sandals, claim it was all THEIR idea and THEIR god the celebrations are about, take all the fun out of everything and generally muddy up the waters of history rewriting them to suit their agenda. I’m talking of course of their hijacking the Holiday and concept of what Easter represented.
We’ll get to more of the subject in a minute but first I am reminded that we had another old date of import pass last Friday unobserved that occasions a few remarks:
Friday past was the 15th or as we really old mythical creatures know it, The Ides of March.
Wizard of Wiki if you’d be so kind as to help us out with a little Ides of March background?
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii or Idus Martiae) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances, and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
Although March (Martius) was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new year celebrations.
Sadly I noticed Friday that the Ides of March went by largely unknown by most people. It seem modern people are loosing the point and spirit of The Ides of March all together. See, The Ides of March isn’t just about fatally stabbing someone (in the back). It’s about everyone coming together and fatally stabbing someone (in the back) as a group!
You know, PRECISELY the sort of thing WE THE PEOPLE should have been doing to those responsible for the Sequestration….or a cat insulting dragon with a thousand tiny razor sharp claws!
Pretty sure that means that Mark Twain is siding against you Impish!
Ut oh! I see the cat snipers have their Ghille suits in place! They probably have hides set up all over the issue waiting for Impish!
This is a story of self control and marksmanship with an itsy bitsy shooter by a man against a fierce predator.
What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself?
The Beretta Jetfire:
While out GEO Caching with my Impish (his newest obsession) we were surprised by a huge grizzly bear charging at us from out of nowhere. She must have been protecting her cubs because she was extremely aggressive. If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire with me I would not be here today!
Just one shot to Impish’s knee cap was all it took…….the bear got him and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.
It’s one of the best pistols in my collection…
I keep telling SC not to drive mad and if she hits someone to back up over them and make sure she got them good and dead!
Eostre/Ostara & The Vernal Equinox – Chapter 1
Pray thou continue oh Sage & Wizard of Knowledge Wiki
Eostre or Ostara is a goddess in Germanic paganism who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name, is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. In his 8th-century work De temporum ratione, the Venerable Bede states that during Eosturmonaþ (the equivalent to the month of April) feasts were held in Eostre’s honor among the pagan Anglo-Saxons, but had died out by the time of his writing, replaced by the Christian “Paschal month” (a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus).
Of course, it’s also the same time as the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday prior to the arrival of the Northumbrians and Saxons, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.
Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy … Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing … here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess.
In the second volume of Deutsche Mythologie, Grimm picks up the subject of Ostara again, connecting the goddess to various German Easter festivities, including Easter eggs:
But if we admit, goddesses, then, in addition to Nerthus, Ostara has the strongest claim to consideration. To what we said on p. 290 I can add some significant facts. The heathen Easter had much in common with May-feast and the reception of spring, particularly in matter of bonfires. Then, through long ages there seem to have lingered among the people Easter-games so-called, which the church itself had to tolerate : I allude especially to the custom of Easter eggs, and to the Easter tale which preachers told from the pulpit for the people’s amusement, connecting it with Christian reminiscences.
Yet again we see how Catholicism is based on the myths and foundations of other traditions stealing and warping the customs holidays and beliefs only to repackage them as their new and different ‘truth’.
Impish was in kindergarten. There was a girl in her class that wasn’t listening to
The teacher said to her, “Since you don’t want to listen, you sit at that table by yourself.”
After a few minutes, Impish raised his hand and said, “I don’t want to listen either.
Can I sit with her?”
WOW! That’s one comfortable rest there cat!
Great form too! I mean the sniper cat not the rifle rest!
The 6 Wackiest Google Searches
Google is the collective brain of the Internet, not only storing vast amounts of data, but showing us, moment-by moment, what people are thinking based on what they search for. And sometimes, they are thinking pretty odd things.
To check in with the hive mind, we started with a browser that had no cookies, history or other data that would cause Google to tailor the results to us. We simply typed in the first words of some basic, open-ended questions — What is? Why is? — and looked at what Google suggested, based on the most common searches people are doing.
Think about THAT next time someone wants to shake hands!
You should eat something!
Wax on…Wax off!
How do I do something so obvious I shouldn’t have to ask?
Only Chuck Norris is allowed to know where Chuck Norris is! You learn where he is just before he kills you!
Illegal?! Bummer man! Like TOTALLY harshes my mellow!
Geeze! Squad Automatic Weapons too? I don’t think this is going to blow over with just a can of tuna Impish! This seems more like a case of ‘frag and forget’ than ‘forget & forgive’
Eostre/Ostara & The Vernal Equinox – Chapter 2
Mad as a March Hare:
Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is super fecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.
Hence all the images of bunnies associated with Easter time!
The Legends of Mithras:
The story of the Roman god, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.
Might want to give that fact some thought Impish- You ain’t in a Skyrim Dragon’s class!
A week or so ago a comment was made in our comments section after Impish waxed profane in his last word over the Sequestration and its effect on Federal workers who seem (unfairly IMHO) to be largely bearing the brunt of the immediately tangible effects.
Now I didn’t feel that Impish was all that profane and we have repeatedly stated this is an ADULT blog as well as warned that we do wax profane from time to time (ok so I don’t really wax profane I wane occasionally to polite). IMHO Impish was stressed out over what the expired tax cuts and the additional loss of 20% of his pay during a recession caused by an irresponsible and uncaring Congress are doing to his ability to provide for his family and simply expressing his frustration.
However this individual took exception to all the times we have have warned about this and wanted to know if we could not make out point sans profanity.
Well I’m here to say no, that not always possible, both for the reasons stated by me in to comments section and because sometime profanity is not only justified and required, it’s actually caused by what you readers send us!
Case in point- Reader Paul sent us the following e-mail:
I hope your heart is strong. Because this is the scariest thing I have seen in a very long time.
Lord, please take me now….
Recently seen on a car in Houston . . .
(I strongly suspect this is the car of that dumber than dirt wing nut and Texas embarrassment Sheila Jackson Lee)
Now, Impish responded to this in this manner:
Him being given over to occasional bouts of Hysterical Vasovagal Syncope (fainting for you w/o an M.D. in Quackery). Where as I had a wee bit more to say about the matter and in a bit more emphatic manner:
OH F***ING HELLS NO!
NOT ON YOUR LIFE
NOT ON IMPISH’S LIFE
NOT ON MY LIFE
AND CERTAINLY NOT ON THEIR LIVES!!!!
Well as you might be guessing Paul jumped right on my profanity, commenting:
so much for watching the language!
To which I responded:
HEY! YOUR GRAPHIC is PROFANE!
Which Paul was forced to concede:
[sic] mey culppa* – i agree
* Mea culpa (Phrase) : Mea culpa is a Latin phrase that translates into English as “my mistake” or “my fault”. To emphasize the message, the adjective “maxima” may be inserted, resulting in mea maxima culpa, which would translate as “my most [grievous] fault.”
My point is (aside from the fact that 90% of you uttered a profane exclamation when you saw the bumper sticker so get off of us for occasionally saying what you’re thinking) is that there ARE times when profanity is not only understandable but warranted and down right required!
I’m pretty sure this sight would be one of those times when profanity from Impish would be not only understandable but warranted and down right required! Especially if the excavator was running!
Oh wait! That’s right! I DID leave it running!
Waddle faster Impish!
Eostre/Ostara & The Vernal Equinox – Chapter Last
So far we’ve talked about the what, what gets celebrated on this day now lets talk a bit about the why & how. Why this particular day and how its determined from all the other days- the Vernal Equinox.
Wizard Wiki if you’d please….
An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length.
At an equinox the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect. These points of intersection are called equinoctial points: classically, the vernal point (RA = 00h 00m 00s and longitude = 0º) and the autumnal point (RA = 12h 00m 00s and longitude = 180º). By extension, the term equinox may denote an equinoctial point.
The equinoxes are the only times when the subsolar point is on the Equator. The subsolar point (the place on the Earth’s surface where the center of the Sun is exactly overhead) crosses the Equator moving northward at the March equinox and moving southward at the September equinox. (Since the sun’s ecliptic latitude isn’t exactly zero it isn’t exactly above the equator at the moment of the equinox, but the two events usually occur less than 30 seconds apart.)
The equinoxes are the only times when the terminator is inclined 90° to the Earth’s Equator (while at solstices, that inclination reaches its minimum of 66.5°, corresponding to 90° minus Earth’s axial tilt).
Another meaning of equinox is the date when day and night are the same length. Times of sunset and sunrise vary with an observer’s location (longitude and latitude), so these dates likewise depend on location and do not exist for locations close to the Equator. To avoid this ambiguity the term equilux is sometimes used in this sense.
OH MAN! What was I saying earlier about ‘frag and forget’? That’s a 20mm grenade launcher slung under than M-4! Well… if it doesn’t get any worse than that Impish MIGHT be ok after intensive care and rehab.
OMG! An Fe-7 Terminator Cat and in Hunter-Killer Mode ! Well… at least they haven’t gotten ahold of the Borg!
Sigh! The Borg Queen’s cat- Meow of Unimatrix Litterbox! I should have figured!
Do Not Call list for cellphones
Every year or so, a hoax burns like wildfire through email inboxes and social networks warning that all cellphone numbers are about to go public – register your mobile number right away!
The online rumor also points out that there’s a deadline to register your cellphone, and – once registered – it only blocks your number for 5 years.
Strangely enough, the only thing the message gets right is the number to call (plus the fact that it only takes a few seconds to register). It doesn’t help that there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding the actual list either.
For the record, mobile telephone numbers have never been in any danger of being made public or released to telemarketers. There has never been a deadline to register your cellphone. And you don’t need to renew every five years.
If you’ve changed your cellphone number or added a new one recently, you’re probably wondering whether you should put it on the National Do Not Call Registry. This list of numbers is supposed to stop you from receiving unwanted marketing calls.
Still, it is a good idea to register all your landline and wireless numbers, because if you do still receive a telemarketing call, that’s a good sign the person on the other end is a scammer.
Legitimate telemarketers play by the rules and don’t want to risk a $16,000 fine for disregarding a number on the list.
To register your number, visit donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Call from the phone you wish to register. Registering online requires a valid email.
Your number stays on the list until you ask for it to be removed, or you give up the number. Telemarketers search the list every 31 days to check newly added numbers. So, it may take a few weeks for adding your number to have an effect.
Political organizations, charities and survey takers are still permitted to call you. Businesses you’ve bought something from or made a payment to in the last 18 months also have a right to call. If you ask them not to, however, they must honor your request.
Be careful when signing up for sweepstakes and free product offers. The fine print may want your permission to receive telemarketing calls.
Under the rules, most businesses can’t hit you with prerecorded telemarketing messages, also called robocalls, without your written permission. Political and informational robocalls, such as those received from health care providers, banks and schools, are allowed
Telemarketers can’t use an automated dialing system to call a cellphone. That’s the law whether your number is on the Do Not Call list or not.
If you receive an unexpected sales call after you’ve registered your number, and it has been on the list for 31 days, you can file a complaint. Just go to donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Be prepared to provide the date of the call and the company’s name or phone number.
These are “courtesy” of Reader K-Squared
I changed my i Pod name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
When chemists die, they barium.
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type O.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
PMS jokes aren’t funny, period.
Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery.
I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it!
What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
Broken pencils are pointless.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
All the toilets in New York ‘s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
Velcro – what a rip off!
Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.
Earthquake in Washington obviously government’s fault.
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
I’m not so sure about that! He’s managed to elude you guys all issue so far. My
cats ahhh…SOURCES tell me he’s less than a mile from our Corporate HQ and his safe room! I hope your next attacker is more effective because you don’t have many left!
Ok I have to admit I’m impressed, TWO legendary mythical Spanish Swordsmen! I did not see that coming!
The Mail Must Get Through
One Monday morning a mailman is walking the neighborhood on his usual route. As he approaches one of the homes he noticed that both cars were in the driveway. His walk was cut short by Bob, the homeowner, coming out with a load of empty liquor bottles.
“Wow Bob, looks like you guys had one hell of a party last night!” the mailman comments.
Bob, in obvious pain replies, “Actually we had it Saturday night. This is the first I have felt like moving since 4:00 Sunday morning. We had about fifteen couples from around the neighborhood over for a party and it got a bit wild. Hell, we got so drunk around midnight that we started playing Who Am I?”
The mailman thinks a moment and says, “How do you play that?”
“Well, all the guys go in the bedroom and we come out one at a time with a sheet covering us, with only our privates showing through a hole in the sheet. Then the women try to guess who it is.”
The mailman laughs and says, “Damn, I’m sorry I missed that.”
“Probably a good thing you did,” Bob responds. “Your name came up four or five times.”
If they come for your guns, do you have a responsibility to fight?
INTERESTING READ… Somewhat of an extreme point of view to be sure, but lots of valid points we tend to ignore. Food for thought in this great debate!
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.”
“History shows that as a government grows liberty decreases.” -Thomas Jefferson
This man has put down on paper what many people are thinking but are too cautious to express openly. [Damn if he doesn’t do it more eloquently than I have which must be why he can make a living as a writer and I cannot!
While I sincerely hope it never comes to what he is advocating, I can certainly see where the possibility exists.
God help us all if it ever does happen.
P.S. – Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the author:
Dean Garrison (born 1955) is a contemporary American author and crime fiction novelist. He was born in Michigan , grew up in the Indiana , Illinois , and Texas , and received his B.A. degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Garrison is a Crime Scene Technician in West Michigan . His research in the fields of crime scene investigation and Shooting Reconstruction are widely published in forensic journals under the name “D.H. Garrison, Jr.”‧
Subject: If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?
Posted on January 3, 2013 by Dean Garrison‧
I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American, and let you decide what to do with those rights.
About a month ago I let the “democracy” word slip in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I know better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It’s not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government. The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately our representatives are required to work within the framework of our constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of constitutional rights.
If you are religious you might choose to think of it this way… Say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn’t matter how many people try to stray from it. Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government our constitution and founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable.
Our founders did not want a “democracy” for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an “immoral majority” developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution.
Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let’s look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. – Benjamin Franklin
Even 230+ years ago our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt.
I think in 2012 we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him, it does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights.
Next I’d like to review the text of the second amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the constitution?
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State , the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start here.
For those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd amendment, they are truly no different from people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try to support their immoral decisions. The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd amendment. Let me share a few quick quotes here:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … >From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . .
the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. – George Washington
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
I could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on the right to bear arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government or neighbor happened to think. This is crystal clear. Ironically the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because “We the People” will lose our power of enforcement. We need to keep this in mind as our “representatives” try to push gun bans. I don’t care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple.
A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual even when their ideas are very much in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us.
Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment. It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over. If they come for our guns then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson ’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority cannot take away your rights as an American citizen.
Only you can choose to give up your rights.
Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play.
I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution.
Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don’t want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list.
I am not the “subversive” here, it is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave.
If I go down fighting then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770′s and we will not be ruled in 2012 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference.
This is a case of right and wrong. As of now the 2nd amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the constitution then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the constitution, the founders, and the supreme court on my side. They only have their inflated egos. [and drones! Did I just hear a drone?! ]
I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortunately. When push comes to shove many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this.
What I do know is that this country was founded by people who had balls the size of Texas and Patriotic Americans take shit off of no one, especially our own government. For evidence of that, you might research the Revolutionary War. My question is how many Patriots are left?
I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free or submit to their rule. I cannot tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom or slavery.
You must start thinking about this because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react. I mean no disrespect to our elected officials but they need to understand that “We the People” will not be disarmed. If they proceed then it is they that are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so.
For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, because if you support them, you have chosen your side.
Are you willing to die to take my guns?
Through regulations, taxation, inflation of the money supply, trade restrictions, and tethers on private associations, government itself is nothing but a massive drain on prosperity. The situation has become deeply dangerous for the future of freedom in America, with young people unable to find jobs, opportunities being destroyed in sector after sector, banks and corporations living on the dole, and so many regulations that we are living under something nearly as egregious as Soviet-style central planning.
IF you have that level of conviction, (most liberal talk a good game but as we have already seen with the redistribute the wealth and entitlement mindset expect someone else to do the work for them) then I ask you PLEASE someplace on you keep a card from the funeral home of your choice to expedite cleaning up my yard afterwards. In return I promise to TRY and leave you a good looking corpse suitable for an open coffin viewing.
What’s that I hear? Sounds like a steam locomotive pulling out of a station! IMPISH! You nearly made it! WOW them legendary mythical Spanish Swordsmen really tuned you up some huh? Quick your safe room is at the end of the hall you can still make it!
Virgin to meet you? What Virgin to meet you? Lents not over yet! All your virgin are still on my island, well MOST of them are still virgins at any rate! The one at the end of the hall beckoning to you from the shadows? Who is that?
You smell a Redhead? A REDHEAD?!
OH NO! IMPISH! WAIT!
<Multiple gunshots are heard echoing through the building followed by a sigh and a heavy THUD!>
From the darkness an Irish baritone is heard acapella to the tune of Cockles & Mussels…
“In Houston’s fair city-
Where the Texas Girls & their cats are so pretty
I first laid a .45 on my wife sweet Molly Malone
She now wields her Smith & Wesson
To teach the impish Dragon a deadly lesson
Singing You bully! You cat hater! Die! Oh Die Oh!”
<The baritone is join by a female soprano coming from the other end of the hall as security and medical help rush towards the prone bulk of Impish>
“Die! Oh Die Oh!
Die! Oh Die Oh!
You cat hater!
Die! Oh Die Oh!”