Saturday, November 29, 2008

What you can do this week

This week's action item is multi-purpose. It can help out our project by providing cover for some of our supporters in Congress and can also help you out on your Christmas gift list.

It's an NRA membership. Tom Gresham of Gun Talk (you do listen to Gun Talk, right?) has worked a deal with the NRA so that anyone can get a one year membership for $25. I've taken advantage of it to buy a special stocking stuffer for both of my kids. (O-o-oh, I can hear Diane Feinstein squealing like a pig right now.) I'm also buying one for Old Friend's Christmas gift.

(Now, some of you are going to start with the same tired list of objections about the NRA. They did this, they didn't do that, they send me craploads of mail wanting more money. You're right, you're right again and if you ask them to, they'll stop. Consider your objections noted.)

Surprise, surprise, but I'm an NRA member who doesn't agree with every stand they take. I think they were particularly wrong with their early opposition to the Heller case, for example. However, I'm still a member.

It's simple political mathematics. When a lobbyist walks into a Congresscritter's office, the Congresscritter is only going to pay attention to the message if the organization that lobbyist represents has enough members who vote (luckily NRA members tend to actually vote) to cause them problems when it's time for them to be reelected. An NRA with 4 million members (the current number) is one thing, but an NRA with 12 million is a completely different issue. Congresscritters will pay attention without fail when the numbers start getting that large. The AARP has 32 million members--they are seldom ignored in the halls of Congress.

It's an interesting point that out of an estimated 80 million gun owners in the US, only 5% are NRA members. That means we have a 95% "free rider" problem. Every member is pulling the weight of 19 other gun owners.

It's time for that to stop. Feel free to join any of the other pro-2A groups you want, but you really need to join the NRA as a first act. Strength in numbers isn't just an old phrase--it's Truth.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Some days, all I need to fill up the blog is the Drudge Report

For those who don't bother, the Drudge Report is a simply excellent source of breaking and little-reported news. Many things that break on Drudge are not seen in the traditional media for days (if ever). I'll normally stop by at least once a day, 3-4 times if something big is happening.

Today, Drudge is filled with stories that will either enlighten or infuriate you (or maybe both).

We've all been following the terrorist attack story from Mumbai, India (You have pulled your nose out of turkey and football for at least a few minutes, right?). Islamic terrorists staged a large attack on two hotels and a "Jewish center" and have killed over 100 people. Hotel staff and Indian commandos are both being lauded as heroes of the day. I have to wonder how a major US city would fare in such an attack. I'm afraid we may find out.

In the dying spasams of our consumer economy, an over-anxious mob of bargain seeking idiots at a Long Island Wal-mart trample several people, killing two. Mrs. Freeholder wonders why I won't go shopping on Black Friday.

Al Franken looks at his options for continuing his attempt to steal an election as things continue to go badly for him. Pity poor Al--failed comic (not funny), failed Air America commentator (not interesting) and failed candidate (not electable). Al, if you're hard up for some real work, I have a yard that needs raked.

And from the Department of Rubbing Your Nose In It:

As the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, an economist, anti-totalitarian and climate change sceptic, prepares to take up the rotating presidency of the European Union next year, climate alarmists are doing their best to traduce him.

The New York Times opened a profile of Klaus, 67, this week with a quote from a 1980s communist secret agent's report, claiming he behaves like a "rejected genius", and asserts there is "palpable fear" he will "embarrass" the EU.

Yes, my friends, if you have committed the sin of being "skeptical" about man-made climate change (which means you demand to see some hard scientific evidence that man's activities are actually causing any change in our climate), then you must have your character assassinated, no matter how low we must stoop to do so. So much for the vaunted "journalism" of the New York Slimes.

Is it just me, or does anyone else sense the winding down of the current version of civilization?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We at The Freehold would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you in the midst of plenty--plenty of food, plenty of family and plenty of warmth.

Please take a moment to remember those among us who are less fortunate. There are more of them this year than last. Consider what you can do to help them out.

Then take another moment to remember our service members who are away from home, many in harm's way. It's because of them that we are able to enjoy this day in peace.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Well, here's another gun company that doesn't get it

But at least they're not anti-gun. They're just in the business of hiring murderers. Look carefully at this picture of the back of of H&S Precision's catalog.

See that name circled in yellow? Lon Horiuchi. Yes, that Lon Horiuchi. The Lon Horiuchi, FBI sniper, that shot an unarmed woman in the face as she held her child (Vickie Weaver at the Ruby Ridge standoff). The Lon Horiuchi who cost the US taxpayers over $1,000,000 in compensation paid to the Weaver family. The Lon Horiuchi who never stood trial for his crime.

The Lon Horiuchi who is endorsing their products.

Yeah, that makes me really want to become one of their customers.

At first, I thought this was yet another Intertubz hoax. David Codrea at The War on Guns has been in touch with H&S. No such luck-they've confirmed this relationship.

So this is how it is--I'm not buying any of their stuff. Moreover, I will not buy a firearm from any company who uses their products. And I'm going to let them all know this, and the reason why.

I wonder how big the FBI market for sniper rifles is--can H&S survive off of it forever?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Here's hoping the High Sheriff receives his comeuppance

A Pennsylvania woman Monday sued a county sheriff who revoked her concealed-weapons permit after she upset fellow parents by wearing her holstered pistol to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game.

Meleanie Hain alleges in a suit filed in a Harrisburg federal court that Lebanon County Sheriff Michael DeLeo violated her Second Amendment rights and prosecuted her maliciously when he took away her permit in September.

Hain, 30, successfully appealed the revocation last month, although the judge who restored her permit questioned her judgment and said she "scared the devil" out of others who attended the Sept. 11 soccer game.

It's a pity she can't sue the nanny judge as well.

Some may question this lady's judgment in open-carrying her pistol. There have been interminable threads on various gun boards about the wisdom of open vs. concealed carry. I view it as two sides of a single coin. We have a God-given right to our firearms for personal defense. There are times when concealed carry may be preferable, and time when open carry might be. However, the vast majority of the time it really shouldn't make any difference. Being armed should be as common in our society as carrying a cell phone. Whether openly armed of concealed should be the individual's option, based on their own reading of the circumstances.

And those who are unreasonably frightened of this particular inanimate object should be treated with the same care and compassion that our mental health professionals treat all sufferers of phobias.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

How bad can our economy get?

Pretty bad, if Bill Bonner is even close to correct:

But yesterday evening…walking along the quai…we had a thought. What if Mr. Market intends to correct the entire European advantage? What if he intends to correct the entire Industrial Revolution…bringing the developed world's GDP/person more into line with those in China and India? Maybe he intends to unhinge the sky again? Maybe we will see all five stages of collapse - financial, economic, political, social and cultural…and maybe some hurricanes and a major epidemic too!

Are you ready for it if it gets this bad--or even half so bad? It's a possibility you must consider, even in the midst of the coming Coronation of The Obama--especially since The Obama's actions may accelerate the trend.

It would be false to say that these things have never happened before, but they defiantly haven't happened in the last few hundred years. It could be that the entire world has lost the "Mandate of Heaven", and we are about to see changes the likes of which we have only read about in history books.

Best to be prepared.