Judge Jeanine Pirro Full Bore

Posted on January 16, 2013. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , , |

Judge Jeanine deserves our congratulations for standing up to the bullies at the Journal News, owned by the Gannett paper chain. If you have not seen this, take five minutes to watch her monologue. Completely brilliant!

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2010: The Year the Second Amendment Dies?

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Enemies of The State, General Info | Tags: , , , , , , |

I don’t like what my gut is telling me. The constant assault by UN driven policy in the United States. With all of the executive orders being signed, not just the ones signed by President Obama since taking office, but going back many years as detailed in a column I wrote several months back, something is going on. A closer look at the coming assault later this year on our guns makes everything make a little more sense. It’s all here. I am not telling you what to think, but I am giving you a heads up – they ARE coming for your guns. What I lay out here is just the tip of the iceberg. If you follow these leads given you here, you will see a virtual mountain of evidence. Please sign the petition against US participation in the UN Small Arms Treaty. The EO’s involving martial law are linked above. In addition are the two signed in the past week or two by the President. They are EO12425 (an amendment regarding allowing special privileges to Interpol) and (no number given) one creating a Council of Governors to oversee National Guard. The next meeting on the Small Arms Treaty is in New York in mid July. I hope the NRA will launch a tea party demonstration that dwarfs the 1.7 million who were at the capital on 09/12/2009. Please, if you care anything of the second amendment, watch this NRA video:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Armed Violence and Development
Increasingly, it is understood that social and economic development can only take off if people feel safe in their communities. This concept brings together issues of disarmament and development in an exciting new way. The 2009 Secretary-General’s report:
 
Summary

Armed violence — the intentional, threatened or actual use of arms to inflict death or injury — takes many forms, ranging from political to criminal to interpersonal violence, and appears in a wide range of contexts. Armed violence not only destroys lives, it also damages infrastructure and property, limits the delivery of public services, undermines investment in human, social and economic capital, and contributes to unproductive expenditures on security services. Armed violence undermines development and constitutes an impediment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The present report examines different aspects of the relationship between armed violence and development. Across diverse contexts, the risk factors and effects of armed violence are often similar. Young men make up the majority of perpetrators, as well as victims, of armed violence. In certain situations — including in some armed conflicts — women, girls and boys suffer from acute forms of sexual violence. Factors such as weak institutions, systemic economic and horizontal inequalities, exclusion of minority groups, unequal gender relations, limited education opportunities, persistent  unemployment, organized crime and illicit markets, and the availability of firearms, alcohol and drugs play an important role in shaping the onset, duration and severity of armed violence.

The United Nations system, regional and subregional organizations, national and local governments, and civil society organizations have mobilized to prevent and reduce armed violence through evidence-based interventions, but responses need to be scaled up. Armed violence prevention and reduction efforts must be carefully designed, targeted and monitored. Programming options include interventions related to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, to interventions targeting demand and risk factors at the individual, relationship and societal levels.

The report places particular emphasis on tackling the risks and effects of armed violence and underdevelopment. This includes implementing existing conventions and agreements associated with armed violence and development; improving the effectiveness of armed violence prevention and reduction policies through investment in the production, analysis and use of evidence; strengthening capacities to diagnose, articulate strategies and implement programmes; developing measurable goals, targets and indicators for armed violence prevention and reduction; building partnerships among the United Nations system and with regional organizations, national authorities and civil society to ensure coherent policy and programming; increasing resources for armed violence prevention and reduction; and fostering greater international action.

V. Observations and recommendations

63. Tackling armed violence successfully requires coordinated responses that draw on different areas of expertise. Many Governments, civil society actors and United Nations entities are starting to work together to address risk factors and the negative effects of armed violence on development, but the international response is still somewhat fragmented. In bringing together donors, Governments of affected States and civil society, as well as in uniting core competencies and developing good practices, the United Nations system is well-positioned to help catalyse more coherent, comprehensive, coordinated and integrated initiatives, and to encourage targeted armed violence prevention and reduction policies and programmes at the international, national and local levels.

64. In order to be successful, policy responses must involve meaningful and legitimate local ownership, and full partnerships between Governments and civil society. They must also be integrated into regional and subregional approaches.

65. In order to be effective in its role as a convenor and catalyst, the United Nations system, as well as national and local governments and civil society, will need to scale up support to affected States in designing and implementing armed violence prevention and response strategies. The following recommendations are proposed:

(a) Strengthen the implementation of existing global conventions and agreements. There is a range of existing agreements that can contribute to the prevention and reduction of armed violence. United Nations agencies should support national Governments to uphold, implement and strengthen existing global and regional norms and measures, including relevant international and regional treaties, conventions and other instruments that contribute to the reduction and prevention of all forms of armed violence. These include the Firearms Protocol; the Programme of Action; the universal conventions and protocols against terrorism; the three conventions on narcotic drugs; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the conventions on the rights of women and children; Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008) on women, peace and security; and the 2005 World Summit Outcome document. There should also be a concerted effort to ensure that international norms and standards are reflected and implemented at the national and local levels through the adoption of national legislation and other domestic measures.

(b) Improve the effectiveness of armed violence prevention and reduction policies and programmes through investments in the production, analysis and use of evidence. Effective approaches to armed-violence prevention and reduction will require investments by national Governments and international organizations in high-quality data-gathering and analysis capacities. Comprehensive, reliable and timely information is critical for informed policymaking and programming, monitoring and evaluation, and the forecasting of future trends and needs. This will involve ongoing and baseline data collection and analysis, the regular transfer of knowledge and lessons learned and innovative approaches to bring evidence and analysis into the programming process. The most comprehensive picture of conflict, non-conflict and interpersonal armed violence is likely to be obtained from a combination of data drawn from the public health and criminal justice systems, combined with population-based surveys, civil society monitoring, as well as rich historical and cultural research. Routine monitoring and evaluation of armed violence prevention programmes will increase the range of evidence-based options to prevent armed violence available to national authorities, local authorities and civil society.

(c) Strengthen national and local capacities for armed violence prevention and reduction. States have the primary responsibility for preventing and reducing armed violence. Multilateral and bilateral agencies can support Governments of affected countries by strengthening national and local capacities to address armed violence, including capacities to collect reliable data on the scope and scale of armed violence and victimization, and on different risk and resilience factors. This could include the development of national armed violence prevention and reduction strategies, investments in national and local surveillance systems, establishment of effective criminal justice systems based upon the rule of law, including reinforcement of counter-terrorism and policing capacities, and support for programmes targeting specific risk factors and at-risk groups. International agencies and national Governments can also ensure that armed violence prevention and reduction practices are integrated into wider development strategies, such as United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, and other national and local plans. Local actors and in particular governments, community authorities (including local governments and community peace and security committees), research institutions and the media should be supported and strengthened in order to design, implement and measure the effectiveness of local strategies and interventions. Several United Nations stakeholders can be involved in these activities, including the three United Nations regional centres for peace and disarmament.

(d) Develop measurable goals, targets and indicators for armed-violence prevention and reduction. A growing body of evidence demonstrates how armed violence hinders the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and, more generally, social, economic, political and human development. Yet armed violence reduction efforts are seldom incorporated into strategies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goal Review Process, starting in 2010, provides an opportunity to consider the reduction of armed violence as an important requisite to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, in particular through the development and endorsement of a set of goals, targets and indicators to achieve measurable reductions in armed violence and tangible improvements in human security. Developing measurable goals on armed violence towards 2015 will offer the opportunity to integrate security-related themes into the possible follow-up of the Millennium Development Goals (see S/2008/258).

 
 

First Committee of the UN General Assembly, 2009

Throughout October 2009, governments are attending the First Committee, which proposes and adopts resolutions on disarmament and international security. Their discussions include resolutions on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and small arms control. North American Members List is shown below. Contact information provided for your convenience.

 
 
Canada  
Amnesty International – Canada
214 Montreal Road
Ottawa
Ontario
K1L 1A4
CANADA
Telephone: + 1 613 744 7667
Fax: + 1 613 746 2411
hhomes@amnesty.ca
www.amnesty.ca
Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee (CPCC)
1, Rue Nicholas Street, #1216
Ottawa
Ontario
K1N 7B7
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 241 3446
Fax: +1 613 241 4846
cpcc@web.ca
www.peacebuild.ca
Coalition for Gun Control
3300 Boulevard Rosemont
Bureau 211
Montreal
Quebec
HIX 1K2
CANADA
Telephone: +1 514 725 2021
Fax: +1 514 725 5926
cgc_montreal@compuserve.com
www.guncontrol.ca
Group of 78
145 Spruce Street, Suite 206
Ottawa
Ontario
K1R 6P1
CANADA
Telephone: +1 230 0860
Fax: +1 563 0017
group78@web.ca
www.hri.ca/partners/g78
One Sky
PO Box 3352
Smithers
BC
V0J 2NO
CANADA
Telephone: +1 250 877 6030
Fax: +1 250 877 6040
nikki@onesky.ca
www.onesky.ca
Oxfam Canada
300 – 294 Albert Street
Ottawa
Ontario
K1P 6E6
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 237 5236
Fax: +1 613 237 0524
elizabethb@ott.oxfam.ca
www.oxfam.ca
Physicians for Global Survival (PGS)
208-145 Spruce Street
Ottawa
Ontario
K1R 6P1
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 233 1982
Fax: +1 613 223 9028
pgs@web.ca
www.pgs.ca
Project Ploughshares
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo
Ontario
N2L 6C2
CANADA
Telephone: +1 519 888 6541
Fax: +1 519 888 0018
lgriffiths@ploughshares.ca eregehr@ploughshares.ca
www.ploughshares.ca
Small Arms Firearms Education Research Network (SAFER-Net)
3300 Boulevard Rosemont
Bureau 211
Montreal
Quebec
HIX 1K2
CANADA
Telephone: +1 416 979 5000 ext. 6740
Fax: +1 416 979 5249
wcukier@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/SAFER-Net
South Asia Partnership – Canada (SAP Canada)
1 Nicholas Street
Suite 200
Ottawa
Ontario
K1N 7B7
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 241 1333
Fax: +1 613 241 1129
sap@sapcanada.org
ffaisel@sapcanada.org
www.sapcanada.org
David Jackman (individual)
95 Main Street
Apt. 206
Ottawa
Ontario
K1S 1B8
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 237 8762
djackman@cyberus.ca
Peggy Mason (individual)
2077 Kinburn Side Road
RR#2 Kinburn
Ontario
K2A 2H0
CANADA
Telephone: +1 613 832 9322
peggymason@bellnet.ca
Alan Simons (individual)
1 Kenwood Avenue,
Suite 2,
Toronto
Ontario
Canada M6C 2R6
Tel. (416) 473.0354
Skype: alansimons
alansimons@rogers.com
 
 
United States
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Adopt-A-Minefield, UNA-USA
801 Second Avenue
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 907 1314
Fax: +1 212 682 9185
mburke@unausa.org
www.landmines.org
Amnesty International – USA – Military, Security and Police Transfers Working Group
202 East Riverside Street
Williamston
MI
48895
USA
Telephone: +1 202 544 0200
Fax: +1 202 546 7142
swaltz@umich.edu
www.amnestyusa.org/arms_trade
Arms Trade Resource Center
66 Fifth Avenue
9th Floor
New York
NY
10011
USA
Telephone: +1 212 229 5808
Fax: +1 212 229 5579
berrigaf@newschool.edu
www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms
Coalition To Stop Gun Violence – USA (CSGV)
1023 15th Street NW
Suite 600
Washington
DC
20005
USA
Telephone: +1 202 408 0061
Fax: +1 202 408 0062
mikebeard@csgv.org
www.csgv.org
Crime Gun Solutions LLC (CGS)
2214 West Greenleaf Drive
Frederick
Maryland
21702
USA
Telephone: +1 301 631 2950
Fax: +1 301 631 2950
JJVinceCGS@aol.com
Derechos Human Rights
46 Estabrook Street
San Leandro
California
94577
USA
Phone: +1 510 483 4005
Fax: +1 603 372 9710
marga@derechos.org
www.derechos.org
Economists Allied for Arms Reduction (ECAAR)
330 East 38th Street
New York
NY
10016
USA
Telephone: +1 212 490 6494
Fax: +1 212 490 6494
lucywebster@ecaar.org
www.ecaar.org
Firearm Injury Center – Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee
WI
53226
USA
Telephone: +1 414 456 7676, +1 414 456 7670
Fax: +1 414 456 6472
hargart@mcw.edu
rlwjd@mcw.edu
www.mcw.edu/fic
Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Northampton
MA
01002
USA
Telephone: +1 413 559 5563
Fax: +1 413 559 5620
mklare@hampshire.edu
www.hampshire.edu
Franciscans International
211 East 43rd Street.
Room 1100
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 490 4624
Fax: +1 866 283 0134
fdeacon@franciscansinternational.org
Global Action to Prevent War
GAPW c/o LCNP
211 East 43rd Street
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 818 1861
Fax: +1 212 818 1857
coordinator@globalactionpw.org
www.globalactionpw.org
HELP Network
2300 Children’s Plaza #88
Chicago
IL
60614
USA
Telephone: +1 773 880 3826
Fax: +1 773 880 6615
contact@helpnetwork.org
www.helpnetwork.org
Human Rights Watch – Arms Division – USA
1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 500 Washington
DC
20009
USA
Telephone: +1 202 612 4321
Fax: +1 202 612 4333
arms@hrw.org
www.hrw.org
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
727 Massachusetts Avenue. 2nd floor Cambridge
MA
02139
USA
Telephone: +1 617 868 5050 ext 203
Fax: +1 617 868 2560
mvalenti@ippnw.org
www.ippnw.org
Join Together
Boston University School of Public Health
1 Appleton Street
Boston
MA
02116
USA
Telephone: +1 617 437 1500
Fax: +1 617 437 9394
info@jointogether.org
www.jointogether.org
Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV)
Firearms Law Center
268 Bush Street, Suite 555
San Francisco
CA
94104
USA
Telephone: +1 415 433 2062
Fax: +1 415 433 3357
www.firearmslawcenter.org
Maha Vajra Films
2811 Iroquois Road
Wihnette
IL 60091
USA
Phone: +1 847 736 1954
jamiemurrayiii@hotmail.com
Million Mom March / Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington
DC
20005
USA
Telephone: +1 202 289 7319
Fax: +1 202 408 1851
stopgunvio@aol.com
www.stategunlaws.org
www.gunlawsuits.org
www.millionmommarch.org
Monterey Institute of International Studies – Program on Security & Development (SAND)
460 Pierce Street
Monterey
CA
93940
USA
Telephone: +1 831 647 4142
Fax: +1 831 647 4199
elaurance@miis.edu
www.cns.miis.edu
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Telephone: +1 212-679-2345
Fax: +1 212-679-2484
nyagv@nyagv.org
www.nyagv.org

NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security
777 United Nations Plaza, 3B
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 687 5340
Fax: +1 212 687 1643
disarmtimes@earthlink.net
www.igc.org/disarm

Oxfam America
1112 16th Street
NW #600
Washington
DC
20036
USA
Telephone: +1 202 496 1304
Fax: +1 202 496 1190
jruthrauff@oxfamamerica.org
www.oxfamamerica.org
Oxfam International
355 Lexington Avenue, Third Floor
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 687 2091
Fax: +1 212 687 2092
nicola.reindorp@oxfaminternational.org
www.oxfam.org
Program on Global Security & Disarmament
3140 Tydings Hall
College Park
MD
20742
USA
Telephone: +1 301 405 4969
Fax: +1 301 405 8822
pgsd@gvpt.umd.edu
merrigold@erols.com
www.bsos.umd.edu/pgsd
Quaker United Nations Office – New York (QUNO)
777 United Nations Plaza
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 682 2745, +1 212 682 8713
Fax: +1 212 983 0034
sclarke@afsc.org
www.quno.org
Small Arms Working Group (SAWG)
C/O CDI
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington
DC
20036
USA
Telephone: +1 202 797 5283
Fax: +1 202 462 4559
rstohl@cdi.org
www.cdi.org
Task Force for Child Survival & Development
750 Commerce Drive, Suite 400
Decatur
Georgia
30030
USA
Telephone: +1 404 687 5635
Fax: +1 404 371 1087
mrosenberg@taskforce.org
www.taskforce.org
The Fund for Peace
1701 K Street NW, 11th Floor
Washington
DC
20006
USA
Telephone: +1 202 223 7940
Fax: +1 202 223 7947
pbaker@fundforpeace.org
www.fundforpeace.org
Trauma Foundation
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco
CA
94110
USA
Telephone: +1 415 821 8209
Fax: +1 415 282 2563
www.traumaf.org/
Veterans for Peace (VFP)
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO

63105
USA
Telephone: +1 314 725 6005
Fax: +1 314 725 7103
vfp@veteransforpeace.net
www.veteransforpeace.org

Vivat International
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 706
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 646 487 0003
Fax: +1 646 487 0004
maco@vivatinternational.org
www.vivatinternational.org
Watchlist on Children & Armed Conflict
C/o Women’s Commission for Refugee Women & Children
122 East 42nd Street, 12th Floor
New York
NY
101168
USA
Telephone: +1 212 551 2743
Fax: +1 212 551 3180
www.watchlist.org www.womenscommission.org
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
691 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington
MA
02476
USA
Telephone: +1 781 643 6740
Fax: +1 781 643 6740
info@wand.org
www.wand.org
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)
777 UN Plaza, 6th Floor
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 682 1265
Fax: +1 212 286 8211
wilpfun@igc.org
www.reachingcriticalwill.org www.peacewomen.org
www.wilpf.int.ch
World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP)
777 United Nations Plaza, 9th Floor
New York
NY
10017
USA
Telephone: +1 212 687 2163
Fax: +1 212 983 0566
info@wcrp.org
www.wcrp.org
World Peace Foundation
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge
MA
02138
USA
Telephone: +1 617 496 9812
Fax: +1 617 491 8588
world_peace@harvard.edu
World Vision International (WV)
800 West Chestnut Avenue
Monrovia
CA
91741
USA
Telephone: +1 626 301 7715
Fax: +1 626 301 7786
don_brandt@wvi.org
www.wvi.org
Worldwatch Institute
25 Treasure Road
Riverhead
NY
11901
USA
Telephone: +1 631 369 6896
Fax: +1 626 608 3189
mrenner@optonline.net
www.worldwatch.org
Loretta Bondi (individual)
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 5th Floor Washington
DC
20036
USA
Telephone: +1 202 663 5956
Fax: +1 202 663 5879
lbondi1@jhu.edu
http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/bondi.php
Barbara Frey (individual)
214 Social Sciences Building
267 Avenue 19 South
Minneapolis
Minnesota
55455
USA
Telephone: +1 612 626 1879
Fax: +1 612 626 2242
freyx001@umn.edu
http://hrp.cla.umn.edu
Bill Godnick (individual)
USA
Telephone: +1 305 251 6813
w.h.godnick1@bradford.ac.uk wgodnick@aol.com wgodnick@international-alert.org
Matt Schroeder (individual)
Arms Sales Monitoring Project
Federation of American Scientists
1717 K Street
NW
Washington
DC
20036
USA
Telephone: +1 202 454 4693
Fax: +1 202 675 1010
mschroeder@fas.org
www.fas.org/asmp
Rachel Stohl (individual)
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington
DC
20036
USA
Telephone: +1 202 797 5283
Fax: +1 202 462 4559
rstohl@cdi.org
www.cdi.org
Daniel Webster (individual)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 North Broadway
Baltimore
MD
21205
USA
Telephone: +1 410 614 3243
Fax: +1 410 614 9055
dwebster@jhsph.edu

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Stand Tall, America, Clinging To Your Gun(s)

Posted on November 17, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

Since when is our Constitution up for debate? I am disgusted by the constant attacks on the very foundation of our country. There are those in government, our president for one, who would just as soon see all weapons stripped from law abiding citizens. The second amendment is clear:

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.

President James Monroe said: “The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.”

President Thomas Jefferson said:

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Jefferson‘s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

“The beauty of the second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it away”. Thomas Jefferson

Can it be any clearer than that?

Progressives, Fascists and Marxists strive to remove from the citizenry the ability to defend themselves.

Those same persons and groups are determined to legislate “We The People” back in to slavery for the servitude of the government.

Alan Keyes has a very clear stance on the Second Amendment :

AGAINST THE “UN SMALL ARMS TREATY” PRESENTLY BEING NEGOTIATED BY OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE UN

Presently, pending in the House, are two diametrically opposed bills:

H.R. 17 Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2009

OpenCongress Summary

In correlation with the restrictions outlined by the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, this bill protects and provides context for the possession and use of fire arms, namely in defense of the self or family (or, when relevant, the home) against a reasonably perceived threat of unlawful bodily injury or violent felony.

This bill is sponsored by Roscoe Bartlett (R) MD and has 21 co-sponsors, including Michele Bachmann.

Please check the link above to ensure your Representative is a co-sponsor, and if not, get on the phone!

The other bill, which seeks to impinge upon our second amendment rights, is H.R. 45 Blair-Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

OpenCongress Summary

The Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act would establish a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun-ownership. If approved, the law would require gun owners to apply for five-year licenses to own firearms, and would give the U.S. Attorney General broad authority over the program.

This bill is sponsored by Bobby Rush (D) IL and the good news is it has zero co-sponsors. This man MUST GO!

I have received, as have many of my friends, an email circulating regarding fictitious SB 2099. Open Congress says:

 Over the past six months or so, I’ve seen an occasional e-mail about SB 2099, a bill that would supposedly require gun owners to declare their firearms on tax forms. During the past few days, however, the volume of questions about the bill has increased. So, I thought I would write a bit about SB 2099 to try and set the record straightIn short, an inaccurate rumor from 2000 is still running the rounds today, and still scaring people into writing the NRA and their lawmakers to stop it, despite ample evidence to the contrary.

 Even Archie Bunker had the right idea:

Some enlightening recent articles on the subject:

A Brief History of the Right to Self-Defense

by  Bob Heinritz  Posted at HumanEvents.com

11/10/2009

For the first 150-years of the existence of the U.S.A., the right of citizens to carry arms was so fundamental it was not considered worthy of debate. The Founders considered their right to keep and bear arms the ultimate and most fundamental guarantee of life and freedom against crime, foreign invasion, and as a last resort, a despotic government. No knowledgeable American–from the founding of the United States through the mid-1950’s–would have questioned that the Second Amendment to the Constitution meant exactly what it says, “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This was not a right of a Militia. The “Militia” was–and under current law still is–all able-bodied adults, who are expected to keep their privately-owned arms similar to what is used by the military at the time.Nineteenth-century U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, called the American right to bear arms “the palladium of the liberties of the republic.” Our Founders believed that in a free society good citizens must always be prepared to defend themselves and their country. Thomas Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life, gave us freedom to defend life.” Being armed was more than a right. It was a moral obligation of citizenship.

The article goes on to detail what has happened in other countries on the subject of guns and gun control and is one of the most concise pieces I have seen on the subject. Extremely poignant and interesting. It concludes:

…You won’t see this data on the American evening news or hear our President, governors or other politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property. Guns in the hands of honest citizens preserve freedom and dignity — from both criminal and government predators. And, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. The gun-control party is now in the majority in Congress. Take note before it’s too late. The next time a politician talks in favor of gun-control, please remind all who are listening of the lesson of history. All credible scholarship indicates so-called “gun-control” laws never work, are dangerous to the rights of the law-abiding, and are inconsistent with the values on which the United States were founded. The Founders of America had it right. With guns, we are “citizens.” Without them, we are “subjects.” Please spread this civil-rights message — the right to life — to all of your friends, and especially all your government servants. You don’t work for them. They work for you.

Another fantastic article I recently came upon was through the Buckeye Firearms Association:

Obama administration backs U.N.’s pursuit of international gun control treaty By Chad D. Baus

Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration has reversed U.S. policy and said it would back launching talks on a United Nations treaty to regulate arms sales, a move that is pro-gun activists warn is one giant leap toward side-stepping Congress and overturning the Second Amendment.

From the story:

The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush’s administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would support the talks as long as the negotiating forum, the so-called Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, “operates under the rules of consensus decision-making.”

“Consensus is needed to ensure the widest possible support for the Treaty and to avoid loopholes in the Treaty that can be exploited by those wishing to export arms irresponsibly,” Clinton said in a written statement.

Although President Obama is clearly doing their bidding, gun control extremists are still not happy, saying they are opposed to the proposed concensus rules because decisions on the treaty be made by consensus “could fatally weaken a final deal.”

“The shift in position by the world’s biggest arms exporter is a major breakthrough in launching formal negotiations at the United Nations in order to prevent irresponsible arms transfers,” Amnesty International and Oxfam International said in a joint statement.

However, they said insisting that decisions on the treaty be made by consensus “could fatally weaken a final deal.”

“Governments must resist US demands to give any single state the power to veto the treaty as this could hold the process hostage during the course of negotiations. We call on all governments to reject such a veto clause,” said Oxfam International’s policy adviser Debbie Hillier.

The proposed legally binding treaty would tighten regulation of, and set international standards for, the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons.

Supporters say it would give worldwide coverage to close gaps in existing regional and national arms export control systems that allow weapons to pass onto the illicit market.

Nations would remain in charge of their arms export control arrangements but would be legally obliged to assess each export against criteria agreed under the treaty. Governments would have to authorize transfers in writing and in advance.

The main opponent of the treaty in the past was the U.S. Bush administration, which said national controls were better.

The change in policy is opposed by the National Rifle Association, as well as by conservative U.S. think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, which is quoted as saying the treaty will not restrict the access of “dictators and terrorists” to arms but would be used to reduce the ability of democracies such as Israel to defend their people…….

Stand tall America and defend your second amendment rights!

 

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News for 07/23/2009 – Entitlements for illegals, banks, big med, but not gun owners

Posted on July 23, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

LaRaza says if American People Find Out This Health Care Bill Covers Illegals They Will Rise Against It
http://constitutional…
You won’t believe this one. Take 3.5 minutes to listen, for your own sake. This is RIDICULOUS! Please, listen.

Victory for Gun Control Proponents In Senate Yesterday from DC Examiner
http://www.washington…
Gun control proponents scored a rare victory as the Senate rejected the carrying of concealed weapons across state lines. The 58-39 vote Wednesday defeated a measure giving people with concealed weapons permits the right to carry their firearms into other states that have similar gun laws. Sixty votes were needed to approve the provision, an amendment to a defense spending bill. It is an unusual setback for the gun rights side, which has been able to muster majorities of Republicans and pro-gun Democrats to move its agenda through both the Bush and Obama administrations. Opponents say the concealed weapon proposal would force states with tough gun laws to accept gun-carrying visitors from states with weaker laws.

We Are Approaching Critical Mass by Ron Ewart at Canada Free Press
http://canadafreepres…
Never, in all of our 70 plus years, have we seen the country so riled up! Never have we heard so much anger in people’s voices and in their written messages, as we see today. Never have we seen so many normal, hard-working, responsible Americans take to the streets in tea parties and other forms of protest, to express their anger at what government has done and is doing. Never have we seen so many different solutions to re-claiming our freedom, with many of those solutions based on the simple application of the foundation of our liberty …..the constitution. The word “Revolution”, is uttered quietly amongst some of the more hot-headed types, whose rising emotional frustration has transcended reason and logic. Some might say it is a terrible, if not a frightening sight. On the other hand we say it is liberating, encouraging and uplifting. This rising anger we are witnessing, is a free country waking up from a deep, deep sleep and it is a sign that critical mass is approaching and approaching rapidly. Feds will be rapidly back-peddling, as more and more of the 545 people who think they run this country, come face to face with an angry Consent of the Governed who DO run this country, and those 545 people won’t like what they see. We will reclaim our freedom, as more and more proud Americans unite as one and we reach necessary critical mass. The right of the people to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness, the irrevocable gift from their creator, shall not be infringed. At critical mass, we will make sure these rights are not infringed. Government should be afraid, very afraid, as the people approach the event horizon to critical mass, where the power of the people will overwhelm the intransigence and arrogance of government tyranny. “Government only responds to the rising collective voices of millions of Americans who demand that government stay within its constitutional limits. No other power, short of armed revolution, will have any affect on them. If you don’t care, neither do they and their power rises accordingly. That is exactly the “State of the Union” today.”

Outrage at ‘Potential’ $23.7-Trillion Liability Bank Bailout Law Could Impose on Taxpayers at CNS News.com
http://www.cnsnews.co…
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) called it a “brave new world.” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) called it “one fraud after another.” Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) said the corporate bailout was being run as a “don’t ask, don’t tell program,” and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made biblical references. A bipartisan group of lawmakers were mystified Tuesday at how what began as the $700-billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) could potentially reach a liability of $23.7 trillion for U.S. taxpayers–compared to the U.S. gross domestic product of $14 trillion. Neil Barofsky, special inspector general of the TARP program, testified Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the same day his office’s TARP quarterly report was released, which showed the potential escalating cost of the program. “Your report really demonstrates that we have entered into a very, very scary territory, a brave new world where Washington decides what happens on Wall Street and Main Street, and hopefully sometime in the future, we can find a way to have an exit strategy,” Bilbray said. Generally, the Treasury Department has been lacking in transparency in operating TARP, the report said. “TARP has become a program in which taxpayers (i) are not being told what most of the TARP recipients are doing with their money, (ii) have still not been told how much their substantial investments are worth, and (iii) will not be told the full details of how their money is being invested,” reads the report. “In SIGTARP’s view, the very credibility of TARP (and thus in large measure its chance of success) depends on whether Treasury will commit, indeed as in word, to operate TARP with the highest degree of transparency possible.” The special inspector general’s office has 35 ongoing criminal and civil investigations examining how TARP money is being spent. These include suspected cases of accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, mortgage servicer misconduct, mortgage fraud, public corruption, false statements, and tax investigations. More than half of those were initiated from the inspector general’s tip line (877-SIG-2009, or http://www.sigtarp.gov), Barofsky said.

Visitor list shows White House meetings with health execs started soon after inauguration by Sharon Theimer at DC Examiner http://www.washington…
President Barack Obama’s administration began holding private meetings with health industry executives at the White House a few weeks after he took office, a visitor list released Wednesday night by the White House shows. Lobbyists were among those there to talk health care. Richard Umbdenstock, president of the American Hospital Association, was at the White House on Feb. 4 and has been back at least a half-dozen times since then, most recently May 22. Other industry executives making February visits included health insurance company chief executives Angela Braly of WellPoint Inc. and Jay Gellert of Health Net Inc. Obama released a list of White House visits by health care executives after a government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, announced it planned to sue to try to get White House visitor logs. Only names and dates were released, not the visitors’ titles or employers. So far, the Obama administration is following a Bush administration policy of refusing to release the logs, which are maintained by the Secret Service.

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News for 06/25/2009

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Enemies of The State, General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fight Cap and Trade- Emergency Alert
CALL YOUR REPS NOW…. Going to Vote Friday… This will RUIN our country and YOUR BANK ACCOUNT- REALLY!
(see yesterday’s newsletter for details if you don’t know about this legislation)
 
Warren Buffet Slams Cap and Trade as a Huge Tax and Terrible for our Economy
 
Fading of the Dollar’s Dominance
 By Anthony Faiola -Washington Post Staff Writer
 

Did Obama Say We Should Kill the Old Folks to Save Money Last Night? By Warner Todd Huston  

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12312

I am wondering when the euthanasia folks are going to start touting this one? I mean, it sure seemed to me as if the most caring, most civil, most intelligent president evah just said that healthcare could be cheaper if we don’t give old folks and the infirm the full measure of care they now get. It appeared that Obama said we should just let them die or suffer because they aren’t worth the effort. Imagine if Bush had said something like this? The left wouldn’t have hesitated to call him any manner of names.

Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical ..article from gunowers.org

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale. While advocates of the Second Amendment have come to expect that appointees of President Barack Obama would be hostile to the rights of gun owners, the president’s nominee for legal advisor to the State Department reaches a whole new level of anti-gun extremism.
 
Camp’s Statement to Hearing on Health Reform
It sounds like they are fighting for us… but I will believe it when I see the outcome.
 
Problems for Atlanta July 4 Tea Party by Jason Lee of American Thinker
Gwinnett Place Mall (owned by Simon Property Grp) will not allow tea party to go forward.. interestingly enough Simon Prop Grp is headed by billionaire who has donated millions to Obama, Clinton(s), Edwards, Franken, and leftist aggenda organizations. 
 
Barney Frank asks Fannie/ Freddie to relax loan standards again.. this time for condos
(Reuters) – Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery, the Wall Street Journal said.
 
EPA Purposely Omits From Record Disenting Evidence

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained internal EPA e-mails that show the agency willfully and recklessly disregarded scientific data that undermined the bureaucracy’s global warming zealotry. This information is especially relevant as Congress rushes to pass the cap-and-trade nightmare on Friday.

Part 5: Who holds REAL control – Lobbyists
In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington’s legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. Opensecrets.org has totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.
Office of The Clerk for US House has lobbying disclosure site: http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/
American Medical Association Lobbyists and Contributions: http://mediamattersaction.org/factcheck/200906110008
Senate Search Database:  http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm      I searched for Energy Lobbyists with EXTENSIVE LIST for many millions of dollars found here: http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=submitSearchRequest  
 Do your own Senate Lobbying Search : http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=selectfields  easist way is just to check “specific issue” under filings
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