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The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think – POLITICO Magazine

April 27, 2017

Major media represents the political views of their community.  They don’t get out much.
Read this. RM

“..journalistic group-think is a symptom, not a cause..The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political.”



Source: The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think – POLITICO Magazine

Infringing the Right to Bear Arms- you need a permit to do that

April 25, 2017

We hear a lot of shallow words about rights.  A right is a power you already have that you want the government to leave alone.  It would be nice if the government would protect your rights, but they should at least stop infringing on them.  When we consider the many layers of government, it is easy to see that they have a very difficult time leaving any aspect of our lives unregulated.  The power of a government to regulate a right is the power to destroy that right, particularly when it comes to our right of self-defense.  Governments infringed that right so badly that now tens of millions of us can’t get the required permits to bear arms.  Politicians rationalize their regulation of self-defense by wrapping their restrictions in the cloak of public safety.  In fact, that cloak has often been the white sheet of racism directed against minorities and the poor.

Sometimes the racism is blatant.  Sometimes it is subtle, like demanding long term residency before a law enforcement officer grants a carry permit.  

“You ain’t from around here, are ya.”

Some of us can’t receive the permits to keep and bear arms, and some of us can.  The exceptions are often politicians and their large political donors.  Even as a media celebrity you have to demonstrate the approved political leanings or you won’t get your permits approved.

Permits are granted as political favors.  Donors of this class often have their own security details anyway, so these purchase and carry permits are like vanity plates.  The people who really need a gun for self-defense the most, people like the poor single mom who lives in the bad part of town, they are least likely to have the required political connections.

Judges ignore that politically motivated bigotry every day.

Some politicians and law enforcement officers hide their prejudices behind rationalizations.  One excuse is called “demonstrated need” or “good cause”.  They ask us to show that we will face an ongoing threat of death or great bodily injury.  How do you prove what the future will hold since past injuries are no guarantee of future assaults?  Under this pretext, police chiefs and judges have denied rape and kidnap victims the “privilege” to bear arms for their own defense.

In the space below, cite documented police reports to substantiate your claim.


Some cities make it hard but technically possible for ordinary citizens to get a permit.  For example, they might demand a permit before you can touch a gun, let alone rent one, buy one, or get a permit to carry a concealed firearm in public.  In the most infamous cases, cities demanded live-fire training to get a permit, and then denied businesses the permits necessary to build and operate a firing range inside city limits.  Affluent people simply drove to distant ranges in the suburbs and got the training they needed.  The poor were simply denied their right of self-defense.

Put not your faith in judges.

Judges let the police have a live-fire shooting ranges inside city limits, but those same judges accept the city’s blatant discrimination against law abiding citizens who want to protect themselves.

This bigotry against honest citizens costs time, money and lives.  The costs for mandated permits and training can exceed the price of the gun.  It may take many trips to government offices to get and fill out their mandated permits.  More importantly, it may take many days off work.  The working poor are least able to take time off from work and from tending to their home and family.  The poor are disarmed by the cost of government regulations.

It may take months before government bureaucrats process your application and grant you the god-given right to protect yourself with a tool, or not.  Those who are at the greatest risk may not have months to wait.  Domestic abuse victims were murdered while they waited for these government permission slips.  I’ve never heard a government official step forward and accept the blame for these avoidable deaths.

The world isn’t fair.  Rich people hire subordinates to wait in line and deliver the required documents to government bureaucrats.  The wealthy have lawyers that will create the required documentation and fill out the permit applications so that they are acceptable to government officials.  The poor wait in line, wait their turn, and do their best, if they can.

So who qualifies for these rare government permits?  Some sheriffs will automatically grant the privilege of self-defense to judges, lawyers, and doctors.  These are the same professions that law enforcement works with on a daily basis.  Permits are sometimes given to dentists and pharmacists because of the pain medications they handle.  Sheriffs and police chiefs grant permits to some jewelers and bankers because of the valuables they carry.  Sometimes not.

Handling money on a regular basis may mean that bankers get permits.  Sometimes it means that apartment managers and vending machine operators get permits.  Don’t expect consistency when we’re plumbing the depths of human rationalization. The process is arbitrary, lawless, and capricious.  Vending machine operators may get a permit because they handle cash, but hairdressers may not.  Doctors can get a permit, but not nurses or physician assistants.

Few of us have lived perfect lives, and fewer still can perfectly fill out a government form where we ask to have our right to self-defense respected.  Anything can be used as an excuse to deny our request.  Did you have a speeding ticket, a DUI, or a non-violent felony like a bounced check in your past?  Perhaps you have not lived here long enough.

Some jurisdictions will let you pay a lawyer thousands of dollars so you can stand before a judge and ask to have your rights restored.  Some individuals can’t get their rights restored because of their financial situation.  Unfortunately, some states don’t allow appeals or restoration at all.  Similar people living under similar situations receive vastly different legal treatment depending on their means and where they live.  Judges look the other way at this injustice.

Judges and government regulators have long recognized the racism of denying jobs, insurance, and financial loans to minorities.  We routinely examine school acceptance rates and then work to eliminate disparate treatment of the poor.  Unfortunately, judges look the other way when police chiefs deny poor minorities the right to bear arms for their own defense.  Separate and unequal is the rule of the day.

Some judges and political pundits would tell us that the right to self-defense is respected.  That is theory.  In practice, government officials deny the right of self-defense to millions of law abiding adults.  The right to bear arms is infringed.

We’ve covered permit schemes here in part two.  Part one talked about “gun-free” zones.

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Another NRA Carry Guard Competitor Dropped as Annual Meeting Exhibitor

April 24, 2017

You can exhibit at the NRA convention..unless you compete with the NRA’s insurance division.  I hope the NRA management changes their mind.

Give David Codrea’s article a read. RM

“Second Call Defense will not have an exhibitor space at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta this weekend, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News has learned. As with the United States Concealed Carry Association, which was suddenly “disinvited” from attending, Second Call’s services are in direct competition with those being offered by NRA’s new Carry Guard program.”

Source: Another NRA Carry Guard Competitor Dropped as Annual Meeting Exhibitor

Infringing the right to bear arms- You can’t carry here

April 22, 2017

Your right to protect yourself shall not be infringed..well..except where it already is infringed.  That is what my young liberal friend told me.  Here is what he said.

I think we should pass a law to ban guns.  That way we wouldn’t have any more violence and we could close the prisons.  It’d be great.
You think so?  We tried it before.  It is called prohibition.  It failed when we prohibited alcohol.  It failed with prohibiting drugs.  It is failing today with prohibiting guns.

But we need to do something.  Maybe we should take it piece at a time.  We don’t have to prohibit anything, we can just regulate all we want.  Yeah, that’s it.

I know.  Hospitals should be gun free zones.  Surely you wouldn’t want sick people to get their hands on guns?
We tried that too.  Disarming doctors and nurses isn’t keeping them safe.  A shocking fraction of healthcare workers  (and here) are attacked on the job each year.  If those plastic “no-guns” signs would work anywhere, they should work at a hospital, but they don’t.  Hospitals are open both day and night, so I want doctors, nurses and food service workers to be armed for their own protection when they leave the hospital and walk to their car in the dark.  Don’t you?

Ah, sure.  So gun free hospitals don’t work, but surely you don’t want guns around children in school?
Let’s see if gun-free zones work in schools either.  We’ve had several armed attacks in California schools this year, attacks where teachers and students were killed.  Did you forget them already?  And California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.  When we look across the country, we’ve seen violent attacks in daycare centers, elementary schools, junior high, high schools, trade schools, college, and universities.  I guess the attacker doesn’t stop to read the “no-guns” signs in schools.

Right.  I read about those attacks.  Umm.  Can’t we agree that people should be disarmed when they’re drinking, or do you want drunks to have guns?
It isn’t a matter of what I want or don’t want.  The politicians went further than banning drunks from carrying.  They forbid even the sober people who are designated drivers from exercising their concealed carry rights where alcohol could be served.  We saw those “no-guns allowed” signs fail just last year when the rampage killer at the Pulse Nightclub killed 49 people.  Years ago, a murderer killed 24 people at Luby’s Cafeteria.

They sure ban guns a lot of places, but I see the problem now.  Those are only little private companies, and they can’t force people to disarm.  That is why we need to ban weapons in government offices where we can make sure there are no guns.
You mean like city hall, and the post office?
Yes, exactly.
You’re a little young, but have you heard the phrase “going postal”?  It means going crazy and killing your co-workers, so yeah, we’ve had attacks in federal buildings before. They are “gun-free” zones, but we’ve had attacks in city sports stadiums, public transit, and municipal picnic grounds.  Plastic signs didn’t stop bad guys.

But those aren’t big government installations.  You’re thinking too small.
We’ve had attacks in giant military installations, like Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard.  Fort Hood held about 50 thousand troops.  When these government sites were attacked, the murderers were employees who passed a security clearance.  We’ve had attacks in city hall too.

We have to think bigger.  We need to ban guns in the entire country.  Then we’d be safe.
I don’t think you mean that.  Mexico has a much higher murder rate than the US.  France has more terrorism than we do even though it is a much smaller country.  Most private citizens can’t have guns in France or Mexico.

I knew it.  That shows that hard power doesn’t work.  We need to use soft power to disarm people.
Soft power?  You mean like sending messages in Hollywood movies?
Yes.  Exactly.
I think you forgot about the rampage murders in movie theaters.  We’ve also had murders in churches, in synagogues and in mosques that were “gun-free” zones.  Evil doesn’t respect soft power.

The only government buildings that are remotely safe are the ones with metal detectors and armed they use in jails, yet jails are frighteningly dangerous because they hold bad people.  I don’t want good people to live in a jail.

Where do you get all these facts?
They are right in your phone if you want to find them.  The real point is that I won’t forget the facts I don’t like.  Gun prohibition fails everywhere because you can’t stop evil with ink on paper.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop politicians and judges from infringing on our rights.

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Disarming the Victim- The Latest Shots in the Democrat’s War on Women

April 18, 2017

So let me get this straight.  A man murdered his estranged wife and an innocent student in a California school.  We are so desperate to ignore our own responsibility for self-defense that we blame anything and anyone but the murderer.  We blame the victims, and we disarm people who’ve been attacked and received restraining orders against their attacker.  Politicians across the country blamed the victim and the gun.  Let’s stop pretending that laws stop murderers.  Self-defense stops murderers.

Gun control failed again.  In the recent California case, the murderer was convicted of domestic abuse.  He had a history of drug use, yet he got a gun illegally.  Yes, you read that right.  A criminal got a gun he wasn’t legally allowed to carry in the gun-control-heaven of southern California.  California’s system of universal background checks failed again.

If you were shocked that drug and gun prohibition failed, then hang on because that was just the beginning.  The murderer then illegally concealed the handgun in public.  He illegally transported the firearm in his car.  The armed murderer illegally crossed into a 1000 foot “gun free” school zone.  He illegally brought the gun onto school property.  He illegally brought ammunition onto school property also.  The murderer then illegally discharged the handgun on school property, several times.  He illegally murdered his estranged wife.  He illegally killed one young student and injured another child who was hiding behind his wife.  He then killed himself.

If you watched the extensive news coverage of this attack then you would conclude that what we really need is another gun-control law to make what he did illegal.  Yes, the reports said we need another gun-control law.. because the 30 thousand firearms regulations we have already passed failed to stop a suicidal murderer.  Let that sink in for a minute.  Yes, the politicians and the media are that shallow, but their story sells.

We’d rather wallow in fake grief than stop the next attacker.  We’d rather blame the gun than take action to defend ourselves.  Think again if you say that the police will be there to protect you.  They wish they could, but they can’t.

Pretending that evil doesn’t exist cost lives.  Let me remind you about the disarmed victims who where murdered while they were waiting for state permission to defend themselves.  By law, Carol Bowne was supposed to receive her permit to buy a gun in 30 days.  She took out a restraining order against her ex- boyfriend.  This small hairdresser called the police when she saw her attacker near her home and near her work.  The local police in Berlin, New Jersey ignored her.  Carol Bowne was murdered after 45 days of waiting for permission to defend herself.  The anti-gun politicians and police in New Jersey thought it was better to let Carol bleed to death after being stabbed by her attacker on her driveway rather than let Carol have a gun for self-defense.

These New Jersey Politicians have company.  A few weeks ago, Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia said that domestic abuse victims don’t need a gun for self-defense.  McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have let domestic abuse victims receive a temporary permit to carry a gun for self-defense after they had been to court and seen a judge in order to get a restraining order.   The temporary carry permit would be in effect while the victims applied for their state carry license.  Democrat Governor McAuliffe said no,

“The bill perpetuates the dangerous fiction that the victims of domestic violence will be safer by arming themselves.  It would inject firearms into a volatile domestic violence situation, making that situation less safe, not more.”

Governor McAuliffe is right in that Virginia is now a little safer.. if you are a domestic abuser.  McAuliffe made the world tragically worse for the victims of abuse.  McAuliffe and his political supporters can’t, or won’t, distinguish the defenders from the attackers.  McAuliffe has political company.  The elected Democrats in California and New Jersey can’t tell the difference either.  These Democrats will continue to blame the victim and cling to the failed fantasy of gun-control.  These politicians have done everything they can to stop the victims from defending themselves.

Shame on these politicians and shame on the voters who put them in office.  If your significant other beats you and you live in California, Virginia, or New Jersey, then I want  you to leave the state.  Move to a free state and take a firearms class in a hurry.

I’ve a modest proposal.  How about we prepare to defend ourselves if we’re threatened with violence.  Anything works better than sitting there and pretending that evil doesn’t exist.  Do something, but don’t pretend that passing the 30 thousandth gun law is any kind of a solution.  It is a political placebo masquerading as compassion.

The political crazies say that self-defense is really surrendering to violence.  They are wrong.  Please defend yourself and those you love because there is evil in the world; evil that we can’t control by putting more ink on paper.  Move to a free state if you have to, but please take action if you are at risk.  Do it for yourself, for those you love, and for those who love you.

Obama’s final year: Spends $36 Million Fighting FOIA lawsuits

April 16, 2017

Let’s put this in perspective.  Obama labeled his administration as “most transparent administration in history”.  The media trumpeted that claim.  In fact, Obama hid everything, to the point that news media sources had to routinely sue the federal government for access to routine records.  And, the government charged the press for the privileged of reporting.  My point?  How would the press have reported this same pattern of facts if Trump acted that way?  That is transparent bias, I’d say.

I hope the Trump administration is honest with the american people.

From the A.P.- The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act.  This information comes from an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

“For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for the number of times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested. And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.

The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.

In courtrooms, the number of lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act surged during the past four years, led by the New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press, according to a litigation study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The AP on Monday settled its 2015 lawsuit against the State Department for files about Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, at AP’s request, and received $150,546 from the department to cover part of its legal fees.

Source: Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

VIDEO: Berkeley cops sit in patrol car and watch as Trump supporters attacked – The American MirrorThe American Mirror

April 16, 2017

Berkeley police fled when Trump supporters were attacked.  Think about it for a minute..then tell me if you expected anything else.  Watch the video.  You need to read this old post if you thought the police in Socialist Berkeley would defend conservatives.  I feel sorry for the honest police in Berkeley. RM

“Berkeley Riots and the Political Climate Necessary for Hothouse Snowflakes”

“There were numerous reports from those on the scene that Berkeley police largely stayed back as Antifa agitators took pot shots at Donald Trump supporters on Saturday. “As the violence escalated police in Berkeley stood down and retreated from the crowds,” reporter Tim Pool tweeted. “I have never seen so few police at an event like this.” One observer claimed police “ran away,” despite several Trump rally attendees being attacked.

Source: VIDEO: Berkeley cops sit in patrol car and watch as Trump supporters attacked – The American MirrorThe American Mirror

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