Saturday, November 22, 2008
Take time to send a message to your current Representative and both Senators. You're going to have to do a bit of thinking. However, let me give you some thoughts on the subject.
If you are writing to someone who has supported traditional conservative principles, thank them for that. Don't lay it on too think, but let them know you genuinely appreciate their efforts. Ask them to continue doing so in the future. Don't mention any particular items--keep it general.
If your writing someone who hasn't been a big supporter of conservative principles, write them as a concerned voter. Tell them that you value free enterprise, smaller government, respect for the law and one or two other core conservative principles. Make it clear to them (nicely, no rude or threatening language) that if they'd like your vote the nest time around, they're going to need to earn it.
If you're writing someone who is a supporter of some conservative principles, such as a Blue Dog Democrat, thank them for their support of those principles, and and pick out one core conservative principle that they haven't supported and ask them nicely to consider supporting it in the future because [fill in the blank with a good reason other than "I won't vote for you if you don't"].
In all this writing, remember the old adage "You'll get more files with honey than vinegar." Also remember to keep it short and to the point--2 paragraphs is plenty.
Email your message to them (find them here), but also take the time to send it as a written letter. Because of security, email is quicker, but the old snail mail letter will still arrive in time for our purposes and will carry some significant weight. If they have a local office, you might want to call and deliver the message as well.
Tune in next week for another little task.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The other statistic that emerged from a study of active killers is that they almost exclusively seek out "gun free" zones for their attacks. In most states, concealed handguns are prohibited at schools and on college campuses even for those with permits. Many malls and workplaces also place signs at their entrances prohibiting firearms on the premises.
Now some tacticians believe the signs themselves may be an invitation to the active killers.
But what do we know, we're just gun nuts.
Some gun owners still don't "get" the Second Amendment. They don't understand why we "gun nuts" could possible want one of "those rifles", why we won't accept "common sense gun laws" and why we won't "compromise". Bill Schneider is yet another one of those gun owners. It wouldn't be so bad if he was just your next door neighbor, but Mr. Bill Schneider writes for New West Travel and Outdoors, so he has a nice big bully pulpit to speak from. He thinks the NRA should stick to gun rights and that what happened to Dan Cooper was a "fiasco".
Mr. Schneider is perfectly OK with throwing some gun owners under the bus, as long as he can keep his hunting rifle. He apparently didn't get the memo about those "common sense gun laws" that would ban "high power sniper rifles" such as the Ruger 77, the Remington Model 700 and the Winchester Model 70.
He also, against all evidence to the contrary, believes that Barak Obama doesn't support gun control.
So what do we do? Slapping them down, one after the other, is like playing some bizarre game of whack-a-mole where the timer never runs out. Besides that, it doesn't work, since it's obvious that these guys not only don't get it, they don't want to. They don't want to leave that comfortable world where the Second Amendment isn't about protecting We The People from a government run amok, but instead is about hunting.
Mr. Schneider, I hope your chains rest lightly upon you.
(Ride Fast's thoughts on the subject are here.)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yeah, sure, this bunch of asshats doubt "the chances that the legislature would embrace many of the recommendations". But have Faith (how did Obama miss that one?) that they will keep bringing this kind of crap up. People like this never quit.
I hope all the weak-minded who voted for "Hope!" and "Change!" just enjoy the hell out of what they are about to receive. As a matter of fact, I Hope they choke on all that Change.
Yeah, I'm particularly bitter today.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.
Geeze what a bunch of asshatery. Where to start, where to start....
I guess we go in order, starting with an outright lie on the part of the President-elect. The Tiahrt Amendment does not restrict the ability on any law enforcement agency to access gun trace information, as long as they are investigating a crime. What it does do is prevent the release of gun trace information so that the unscrupulous can conduct warrantless fishing expeditions. It would seem that the Big O has an issue with Fourth Amendment rights.
Next, we have this part about "respecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners". OK, we can call BS on this one and move on. Obama is no friend of the Second Amendment.
Oh, and we want to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. 20,000+ gun laws haven't accomplished this, so we'll throw a few more into the mix. I bet that works really well.
And we need to close that nasty (and mythical) "gun show loophole". You know, that thing that says, as an individual, you can sell a gun to another individual, as long as you reasonably don't suspect them of being a prohibited person. Yeah, property rights and free enterprise suck, don't they?
And lastly, we want to make permanent (and greatly expand, I'd bet) the old and discredited Clinton-era "Assualt Weapons Ban". I'm not a lawyer, but think this one might have a hard time with that Heller thingy. Obama really has issues with the Second Amendment, doesn't he.
You almost have to wonder if there is a part of the Constitution he actually likes.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now before anyone gets their panties in a wad, I want you to remember that I have the greatest respect for President Reagan. Hell, it was under Reagan that The System started working for a working stiff who wanted to go back to college and make something better of his life.
But, this is funny as get out. (Especially if you can do "Bra-a-a-ains" in a Ronnie voice.) However, it has a serious side--over on the right. I'm going to copy it in, just in case you miss it:
Reagan is dead -- get used to it! They said. It's a two party system, what're you gonna do? They said. You don't have a choice! They said.
Whoa, wait a minute! I thought. No choice? Ronald Reagan would never have put up with that! Screw it! Let's dig Ronnie up and rebury him in the Pet Semetary of ideas!
We've let him down, folks. We got lazy. We stopped talking about conservative principles. Small government. Low taxes. Self-reliance. Individuality. Respect for the rule of law. BRAAAAAAAIIIINS.
Hey, remember when we argued with people? You know...laid the framework for our ideas, supported our positions with facts and observations? Think back. Remember suasion? Remember?
Then we figured we'd won the battle of ideas. We gave up hashing out the same old points over and over and decided to hurl cow pies instead.
Now, look! The silly boo-boos in our own party have forgotten we ever stood for something. They slipped the harness when we weren't looking and dashed out into the middle of the road. Now the place is lousy with RINOs!
Enough! It's time to talk up conservative ideas again! Show your displeasure with the status quo; proudly display Zombie Reagan on your blog. Or don't. Whatever. But for pity's sake, start talking up conservative ideas!
Maybe if we deserve him hard enough, he'll come back to us.
It's gotta work. You don't want me digging up Bill Buckley, do you?
Now, I'm not quite ready to display the graphic on the blog, unless the consensus in comments is to do so. But I can support the message. We have let Reagan down. He left us with the strongest, most conservative Republican Party in generations, and we let it turn into Larry Craig tap dancing in the men's room, Ted Stevens and his funding issues and the 2008 election. How the mighty have fallen.
But we can take it back. All of us "little guys" are going to have to get involved and make our desires heard: Smaller Government, Lower Taxes, Respect For Individual Rights--and whatever else you want to add to the list that is a true conservative core principle.
I'm going to start working on a once-a-week post: one thing you can do to reform the Republican Party and/or stick a finger in the Eye of Obama. Some may cost you some money, some may cost you some time, some may cost you both. Feel free to pick and choose, but remember, if we don't start doing something to save ourselves and our country, we're going to get a lot of Hope and Change that we don't like.
Monday, November 17, 2008
No word on if the prosecutor in Moscow on the Catawba will file charges against the owner. I'll try to keep you posted if I hear anything.
Those of us (at least on the conservative and libertarian sides) who followed the recent elections have noted that the old or mainstream media was almost completely "in the tank" for Barak Obama. A number of pundits have noted that this obvious bias will probably cost them heavily.
It would seem that Rupert Murdoch understands the problem and the potential consequences:
"My summary of the way some of the established media has responded to the internet is this: it's not newspapers that might become obsolete. It's some of the editors, reporters, and proprietors who are forgetting a newspaper's most precious asset: the bond with its readers," said Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp.
Of course, I think he's understating the problem a bit. It isn't "some of the editors, reports and proprietors", it's most of them, at least when looking at the national level. (Local media seems to be somewhat more even-handed, although still tending toward bias.)
Murdoch goes on to say, "The complacency stems from having enjoyed a monopoly--and now finding they have to compete for an audience they once took for granted. The condescension that many show their readers is an even bigger problem. It takes no special genius to point out that if you are contemptuous of your customers, you are going to have a hard time getting them to buy your product. Newspapers are no exception."
We can see that in the decreasing sales of large daily newpapers, as well as the declining viewer share of major network news organizations, while the use of the WWW for news has increased--especially the rise of news-related web sites that are not connected to "major news organizations".
The rise of talk radio in the 80s and 90s, as well as the rise of the conservative and libertarian websites and blogs, can be taken as a further sign that those with a conservative/libertarian bent have given up on an obviously biased media and went elsewhere to find their news and speak their piece. Considering that we represent around half of the US population, it's pretty obvious (at least to me) that our departure from the old media is why readers and viewership is off so badly. We've stopped buying their crap.
Now, our job is to expand our viewer/readership, as well as avoiding the bias trap ourselves. It's imperative that, as the 2010 elections approach, that we bypass the old media and get our word out there unfiltered.
If you're a supporter of our Constitution and the civil rights acknowledged therein, if you care about the future, if you're tired of the same old crap coming from your state and national capitals, it's time to get involved. For cryin' out loud, you can use Blogger for free! Add your voice to the debate. Talk about the things you're passionate about. Be heard and make a difference.
(If you're really ambitious, start a podcast.)
If you don't want to start your own blog, comment on the blogs you read. Write letters to the editors--even though the audience is shrinking, it's still large enough to be worth reaching. Talk to your friends, acquaintances and coworkers. Don't be silent.
Barak Obama got elected, at least in part, because too many people on our side bought into the media hype of his "inevitability". They allowed themselves to be manipulated by his propaganda machine, and they stayed home. They never spoke out, never put up a yard sign--nothing. They just sat it out.
(Yeah, I know McCain was hardly Mr. Perfect. That doesn't mean that he would have been as bad as what we got.)
Because they did not act, the nation faces 4 years of leftist government policies and initiatives. We need to start now to be sure that in 2010, we begin our counter-offensive.
I'm doing my part--are you?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
He's going to have to give up the Crackberry. (Remember, BugMeNot is your friend.)
I've read a number of pieces recently that noted that, once the Big O