So, can we call it tyranny yet?

Actually, I know that as long as people are relatively comfortable, well fed and entertained, we won’t be seeing the bulk of Americans taking to the streets in protest, but damn…what do they have to do for us to just acknowledge that our government has become tyrannical?

As previously discussed, they blatantly stole a presidential election and possibly many congressional and senate elections as well; they are purging the military of anyone who doesn’t support the party line; they are redefining anyone who doesn’t support the leftist agenda as “domestic extremists” while enabling those who support their agenda to burn and loot and disrupt society at will; they’re freeing criminals, reducing sentences, eliminating bail and defunding police while insisting that the law abiding should not have the means of self defense; for going on two years now they’ve been setting nonsensical and arbitrary rules on where we can go, what businesses can be open, and how we must conduct ourselves in public over a virus with a 98+% survival rate.

The latest and greatest, the intelligence branch of the shadow government (you don’t really think a barely functional puppet like Biden is actually in charge do you?) is officially circumventing the fourth amendment by enlisting the aid of more than willing private businesses to assist them in ferreting out dissenting opinions.

Paypal just announced that they are now expanding their efforts and partnering with the ADL to remove the ability of organizations they don’t approve of to raise, save or spend money under the guise if “anti-hate” and “anti-white supremacy” and “anti-racist”. The problem is that for years the ADL’s just been arbitrarily declaring any group that doesn’t support their leftist agenda as a “hate group” or “racist” or “white supremacist”. Even as benign a group as the Patriot Guard Riders as made the lists of “racist” groups. Anyone who knows the history and purpose of the PGR knows that is complete and utter BS. I closed my account with Paypal years ago because of their anti-gun policies, but they’re now declaring financial war on any groups that they politically disagree with.

And state and federal government agencies are now beginning to mandate their employees accept a relatively new medical treatment that has still only received emergency authorization from the FDA.

Earlier today New York City Mayor De Blasio announced mandated vaccinations for all 340,000 city employees.

Hours later Joe Biden announced mandatory vaccinations for all 115,000 front-line employees of The Veterans Affairs department.

Immediately thereafter, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced all state employees and healthcare providers will be forced to vaccinate. None of these events are disconnected.

And this is in the face of serious concerns about the long term effects of these “vaccines” on the recipients.

If the above incidents as well as many others I’ve not bothered to mention here, don’t constitute Tyranny, then nothing does.

Put a fork in the American ideal of liberty…it’s done.

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Black Rifle Coffee Kerfluffle

I’m sure everyone’s heard by now about the Interview that Black Rifle Coffee’s CEO gave with the New York Times.

“I hate racist, Proud-Boyish people. Like, I’ll pay them to leave my customer base. I would gladly chop all of those people out of my f**king customer database and pay them to get the f**k out.”

Well, the attempted damage control has begun:

Hafer quickly debunked the notion that he made derogatory remarks about BRCC’s customers or conservatives and then proceeded to explain how the New York Times deliberately twisted his words and took them out of context. According to Hafer, his conversation with the NYT Magazine reporter was in the context of racism and anti-Semitism in America in light of Hafer being the target of an organized attack last year because of “my last name and my heritage.”

“We were purely discussing that,” Hafer says, and he was not conflating those groups with conservatives.

Note what’s not in Hafer’s lame attempt at damage control: It’s missing the words “I didn’t say that”. Basically, his excuse is: “Yes, I called the Proud Boys racist, threw Kyle Rittenhouse under the bus, and implied that everyone who supports them is repugnant and I don’t want them as a customer, but I didn’t mean it in a bad way”.

Sorry, not cutting it for me. If he said those things, I don’t care what the context was, he threw most of his target customer demographic under the bus.

He doesn’t want me as a customer? Fine with me. Plenty of other coffee companies out there to give my money to.

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Vaccination doubts

I was already skeptical of the vaccination. First I don’t think it’s necessary for a virus with a 98+% survival rate in my demographic group and a 99+% survival rate when the proper treatment regimens are applied.

Secondly, the “vaccinations” being pushed did not even meet the medical definition of “vaccination” a few months ago and only do now because they changed the definition to match it. The mRNA techniques are new, have never been used on this scale and the long term effects of tricking your own body into producing the proteins that then stimulate your immune system into attack mode are completely unknown.

Thirdly, the rate of serious side effects from these “vaccines” is significantly higher than would have been tolerated in a vaccine just a few years ago…not to mention that the CDC keeps downplaying and soft-pedaling these side effects, even while acknowledging that they’re happening.

Fourthly, while possibly more contagious, all indications that the “Delta” variant that has become the most prevalent strain of the virus at the moment, is much less virulent than previous iterations and has a mortality rate virtually identical with common influenza (look at the case fatality table on page 8).

This is what viruses do. Viruses persist by spreading from host to host. In order for a host to spread the virus to another host, it has to be alive. As viruses mutate, the more deadly strains die out because they don’t proliferate. The strains that do survive are the ones that don’t make the hosts sick enough to die (or even to go into isolation for that matter, when you get sick enough to go to a hospital, you’ll be isolated, hence not spreading the virus, even if you survive).

They’re claiming that the Delta variant is more transmissible than previous variants and that may be true, but the only evidence they have is a marginal uptick in total cases and the percentage of that total that is of the Delta variant is increasing rapidly.

Yes, that could mean that Delta is more transmissible, but it also could simply be a function of it being less virulent (which has already been demonstrated). If people are getting less sick from it, fewer will seek medical treatment, will remain in public longer and will spread it to more people.

But all of that is just to lead up to my final point via “The Last Refuge”:

The government push to promote vaccinations for COVID-19 has gone well beyond reasonable advancement for the public health. Now, we are entering a phase where the ongoing demand is becoming problematic, propaganda.

I am a cynic by nature. When someone starts trying to push me into doing something, my first reaction is to question their motives. What business is it of theirs anyway? Why should they care if I choose to make different decisions than they do? If there is a reasonable explanation for it, and their argument is convincing, I can be persuaded. But the harder I’m pushed to just blindly accept that their prescription for me is “for my own good”, especially when the facts right in front of my face bring that contention into question, the less likely I am to bend to their will.

I distinctly feel like I’m being pushed right now in a direction, I’m not sure I want to go. Until I make up my mind that I want to go that way, I’m going to keep pushing back.

If I eventually have to get a vaccine to function in the world, I’d be much more likely to accept the upcoming and as-yet unapproved Novavax vaccine.

The Novavax vaccine does not trick our own cells into creating the protein that activates the immune response, the Novavax vaccine uses the more traditional approach of injecting inactivated virus particles to trigger the response. This is tried and true technology that has been in use for years in vaccines such as the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Even under an emergency use authorization, I’d be much more willing to try a vaccine created using longstanding and proven techniques rather than a relatively new technology with unknown long term side effects.

But the bottom line is that I feel that the risks of accepting a vaccine released under emergency authorization and using relatively new and untried technology outweigh the benefits of defeating a virus with a high survival rate and the harder they push me to accept their position over my own, the harder I’m going to resist.

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Are Democrats planning a Coup?

Seems a bit silly to ask that question right now since the democrats have control of the white house plus slim majorities in both houses of congress, but this story over at gunfreezone.net raises the question:

The top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Donald Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump, according to excerpts of an upcoming book obtained by CNN.

In my experience, projection is a hallmark characteristic of the left. In virtually everything they do, they ascribe their bad behavior and motives to the other side. Anti-gunners constantly spew vitriol and hatred at their opponents and then claim that gun rights supporters are hateful and violent. Democrats demand defunding of the police and then claim that it’s the Republicans trying to defund the police by failing to pass their pork barrel spending bills that have nothing to do with police. The left spends all summer burning cities, looting businesses, disrupting the lives of innocent citizens and violently attacking anyone who doesn’t agree with them, then they claim that “right wing extremism” is the most serious threat the country faces. They insist that minorities, especially blacks, are incapable of succeeding in a modern society without the assistance of whites and then claim that those who believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race are “white supremacists”.

I could go on.

The point is, the worrying question about the story linked above to me is this: Did they truly believe that Trump was planning to attempt to use the military to stay in office after the election – or was this just another case of leftist projection?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the plan all along has been for Biden to serve 2 years and 1 day…even if they have to prop him up and work his mouth like a puppet at the end…and for Harris to take over on January 21, 2022. At the same time, they plan to steal enough congressional seats in the 2022 midterm so that they’ll simultaneously have a “true believer” that’s beholden to them for her ascendency in the White House, and firm majorities in both houses of Congress. Under the Constitution, Harris will be able to serve two additional full terms in addition to the 2 years minus one day of Biden’s term (assuming they can keep stealing elections). 10 years is plenty of time to consolidate and complete their control over all of the federal law enforcement agencies and the military, pack the supreme court and pass every unconstitutional “law” they ever wanted to ensure their power forever.

If, however, the states are able to clean up the election procedures to the point where we have a relatively honest election in enough states in 2024, Harris will lose.
In that event the left will be apoplectic that their plans are going awry. The fact that they were ascribing the possibility of a coup to Trump, and their penchant for projection, leads me to suspect that the reason a coup was on their minds is because…well…it’s on their minds.

Food for thought. Keep your powder dry.

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Filibuster Prediction

The Dems are not happy that their ability to cheat in elections is under threat.

I really loved this quote from Senator Menendez:

“So, if I invite you to do things, whether it’s on infrastructure or voting rights and you basically say no, then it creates the impetus for some to consider what is necessary to be done to change the rules to permit maybe at least a democracy exception, because this is the very core of our government and how we proceed. And it affects all other things.”

Um…those huge foundational things are exactly what the filibuster was designed to defend. When something is both controversial and of such large import, a 51 % majority should not be able to force it onto the other 49%…this is also, by the way, why our form of government is NOT a Democracy.

“Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.”
–Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

That’s also the reason why Constitutional Amendments require a 2/3 majority of Congress and must be ratified by 3/4 of the states before it passes. Things of foundational import should not be taken lightly nor passed by a party-line simple majority. That’s why the filibuster was introduced in the Senate in the first place.

But Democrats see their opportunity slipping away. They know that they lost the Presidential election last year…bigly. They know that we know it. They know that we are pissed about it and that they’re going to get slaughtered in the mid-terms if they aren’t allowed to cheat.

As a result, I’m going to make a prediction: The Dems will end the filibuster sometime early next year. They will convince, threaten or bribe the two Democrat hold outs to vote their way eventually.

The Arizona audit is getting a lot of attention and other states are considering starting their own…at least in some “suspicious” counties. AND States are starting to pass vote integrity laws that will make it much harder for the Dems to steal elections in those states.

This scares the crap out of the Democrats. They’ve worked too hard to get here, they’re not just going to let it all slip away. That means they MUST pass legislation at the federal level that outlaws the provisions states are trying to pass to stop them from cheating. And it has to be done in time for the 2022 mid term elections.

So, my prediction is that the filibuster will be nuked sometime in early 2022 and HR1 will be “passed” on a party line vote with Harris casting the tie breaker within days thereafter.

The next step will be packing the Supreme Court as quickly as possible to prevent them from ruling the law unconstitutional.

And then that’s all she wrote.

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NICS sleight of hand

Pretty much every year, the anti-gun lobby crows about how many firearms sales were denied due to rejected NICS checks.

Evidently last year, there were a record number of denials (conveniently commensurate with the record number of checks conducted) so of course they’ve got to make hay about it.  From “Everytown for Gun Safety Banning” (no link from me):

According to FBI data obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by Everytown for Gun Safety, the background check system blocked over 300,000 illegal firearm salesin 2020 — 42% of those to people with felony convictions. This represents the highest number of annual denials ever and almost double the nearly 169,000 denials reported by the FBI in 2019.

Of course, they use this claim to try to push for more restrictions…but doesn’t that mean the system as it exists is working? It’s denying all those criminals access to guns isn’t it?

What’s more, when they filled out the ATF Form 4473 to buy the gun, they had to have lied on the form because it specifically asks if any of the disqualifying factors are true before the gun retailer ever submits the information to NICS. So, the 300k criminals who tried to buy guns and were denied last year have all committed federal felonies, so they’re now off the street and no longer a threat to society, right?

Well…not so fast.

The most current analysis I could find was from 2017. In that year, there were 112k denials. Of those the ATF only investigated less than 13k. How many prosecutions were brought you may ask?

12.

Twelve.

two more than ten.

That’s a prosecution rate of .0107 percent. And that’s an improvement over past years.

I don’t even know how many of those resulted in a conviction, but the odds are the conviction rate was even smaller than that.

I’m wondering…why should we continue to pass ever more restrictive federal laws if they aren’t going to be enforced anyway? What’s the point?

Rhetorical question. They know that the laws only affect the law abiding. What they’re trying to do is make it more difficult for the law abiding to buy guns. The law abiding follow the laws (by definition) so it doesn’t matter whether the laws are actually enforced or not, the group they are targeting for disarmament will, in fact, be disarmed.

The leftists that support gun control are also absolutely aghast any time those poor misunderstood criminals are punished for breaking the laws that they pass so it’s obvious they don’t care if those laws are followed by criminals, they only care about laws to deter the law abiding.

Why? Because gun control isn’t about crime. Gun control isn’t even about guns. Gun control is about control. They can arrest and control (incarcerate) criminals any time they want. To control the law abiding, they have to find more creative means to either make them criminals, or to restrict their ability to resist.

Failing to actually enforce the laws that they pass is a feature, not a bug, of their policies.

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Holiday Traditions

Every holiday has it’s traditions. Some of them are widespread, some not so much.

Fireworks for New Years and the Fourth of July. Cookouts on Memorial Day. Gift giving for Christmas.

One of my family traditions is that I always make chicken and noodles from scratch, served over mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner (as a side dish, we have Turkey too). That was a specialty of my grandmother, one of my favorite things to eat when I was young and I use her recipe.

Now that we have a new national holiday to be celebrated on June 19th, it only makes sense that some traditions should be established in recognition of it. It looks like the process has already begun:

The newly-official holiday of “Juneteenth” was celebrated in many communities with gunfire and mayhem:

Follow the above link for a list of the festivities.

Also there’s this one:

Chicago is so out of control with so many violent incidents happening, that this story has been mentioned in passing in their local media.

The video at that link could be disturbing. It’s violent.

To add flavor to that last one, some genius named Richard Taite went full retard on twitter by A) mistaking the Puerto Rican flag the murdered couple were flying with a confederate flag and then B) implying that you deserve to be murdered if you fly the wrong kind of flag.

He subsequently completely deleted his twitter account in shame, but his stupidity was screenshotted for posterity.

At any rate, I can hardly wait to see what exciting events are in store for next Juneteenth.

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Buying used guns began when the internet was invented…

Miguel over at The Gun Free Zone has a fisking of an article that’s really good, but there was one point I don’t think he explored thoroughly enough:

The catch is that the federal background check law is silent on sales brokered online and completed person-to-person when they are made by anyone other than a federally licensed gun dealer.

The law was created at a time when the expectation was that sellers typically knew the buyers personally. As a law-abiding citizen, a seller was essentially vouching that the other person was also a law-abiding citizen.

OK, history lesson boys and girls:

Waay back in prehistoric times before the internet was invented, they had these things called “Newspapers” that were published, in most places, every day. Even in rural communities they typically had a local paper even if it was only published once or twice a week.

Now these things were primarily used to share “news stories” so that the public could stay informed about what was going on in the world. Think about, say, Google news or the Daily Kos, only on paper.

But way in the back pages of the paper, usually just before the “funny pages” where they printed the cartoons for the day, there was a section called “classified ads”. If you had a piece of personal property to sell, you would pay the newspaper a few bucks and they’d put a listing of what you had for sale (usually along with your phone number) out there for public consumption.

Again, relating it to the Internet, think “Craigslist” or maybe even “eBay” but on paper.

Anyone who read the paper (and there were many people who only got the paper for the classified ads because many of us couldn’t afford to buy new things back then and buying used was the way to go) could call the number provided, set up a face to face meet, and pay cash money for whatever was for sale, no muss, no fuss.

So, contrary to the beliefs of the whipper-snapper in the story, it seems that buying used items (whether it be guns, or musical instruments, or cars, or washing machines) was actually a VERY common occurrence long before the internet was invented. In fact, I’d wager that methods for advertising such personal transactions existed before paper was invented. Humans have a unique ability to find creative ways to get things done with the resources at hand…that’s what drives innovation after all.

At any rate, the actual fact of the matter is, the drafters of the National Firearms Act of 1968 specifically exempted private individuals selling their personally owned property from the restrictions of the law for one primary reason:

At that time it was still politically expedient for government officials to at least pretend like they were still trying to work within the constraints placed upon them by the Constitution. To that end, they understood that the term describing the ability of a private citizen to sell, trade or otherwise transfer ownership of their own personal property to another private citizen without having to beg permission from the government first is actually “freedom”, not “a loophole”.

By the way, gun shows have been popular in the US since at least the 1950’s, so when the GCA of 1968 was being drafted, they were fully aware of the ramifications of declining to restrict private sales under the aegis of that law.

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Priorities

It’s important to have one’s priorities straight.

For example, you know about all those stories in the media about evil white supremacists attacking Asians and Jews, and rioting in the cities, burning and looting, taking over entire blocks of some cities. Rampant crime in major cities obviously being perpetrated by members of the Three Percenters, and the Proud Boys and the Oathkeepers and the Patriot Guard Riders right?

Don’t worry, the Biden Administration is on it.

“Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race) and militia violent extremists are assessed as presenting the most persistent and lethal threats,” the strategy says.

Yup, white supremacy is the worst threat this country is facing right now.

And the weaponization of the federal government against patriotic Americans continues apace.

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It’s no one’s “Democracy”

Robert Stacy McCain asks “Who’s Democracy is this” in a post that links to his piece on the subject in The American Spectator.

My answer is “it’s no one’s democracy”.

Because it’s not a democracy at all.

Our form of government is a Constitutional Republic. The founders considered democracy as a form of government when determining the form ours would take and soundly (and correctly) rejected it. Mob Rule is hardly a recipe for efficient and effective governance.

“Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.”
–Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

A Republic is based on the rule of law, not on the rule of the mob.

The fact that the US is not a democracy is evidenced clearly in the Constitution itself.

The only members of the federal government who were, as designed in the Constitution, directly elected by the people are members of the House of Representatives. Each representative represents a relatively equal sized portion of the population as determined by the census and the establishment of the congressional districts in the states and directly elected by the residents of that district.

The House of Representatives very name describes it’s purpose. It is The People’s House and is there to represent the people.

The Senate was originally intended to represent the interests of the state governments. This is why each state has two senators, regardless of size. As individual, sovereign states, each state government was considered to be of equal importance and therefore was given an equal say in the federal government. Senators were originally chosen by the legislatures of the states.

In my humble opinion, the 17th Amendment which institutionalized direct election of Senators by the people was the second biggest mistake ever included in the supreme law of the land. The biggest mistake was the 18th Amendment which was subsequently repealed, so the 17th is the biggest mistake that is still operable. By approving the 17th Amendment, the state governments basically surrendered any influence they had in the federal government to the whims of the masses…but I digress.

The President is not elected by the people, the President is elected by the state governments. The electors who make up the electoral college are selected by the state legislatures, not directly elected by the people. The Presidential election is, by nature, essentially an advisory election, the only thing that commits the state legislatures to selecting electors based on the outcome of the popular vote is the law of the specific state. If any state passed laws allowing them to completely disregard the popular vote and select presidential electors by picking names out of the phone book*, or through a Ouija board, or just choosing whoever they darn well please, that would be perfectly constitutional.

The problem is that the there are no states who’s laws allow for such. Each state has it’s own set of laws that determine how the Presidential election is to be conducted in that state, but they are all based on the popular vote. When, as was the case in 2020, several of the states just arbitrarily ignore their own laws in a bald-faced attempt to change the outcome that was probable were the election to be held in accordance with the laws, that is a subversion of our Republican government who’s primary principle is the Rule of Law.

Insisting that the laws be upheld and voiding the outcome of elections that were held in violation of those laws may very well be a subversion of democracy, but our system of government is NOT a democracy. Such insistence for the sovereignty of the rule of law is absolutely, 100% supportive of our Republic.

*For my younger readers, a phone book is a pre-internet, paper volume published annually by the local telephone company that listed the addresses and phone numbers of everyone in the locality with a telephone who didn’t specifically request an “unlisted” number.

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