Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: History

Groupon no longer offers gun-related coupons. Who cares?

Groupon decided that ideology was more important than profits and halted offering any discount coupons related to guns or the gun industry such as training programs. They may be having second thoughts.

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Watch for FrackNation on AXS.tv

As a response to Promised Land and Gasland, two scurrilous movies about the alleged dangers of fracking for natural gas, one of which I reviewed here, FrackNation was developed. It’s producer, Phelim McAleer, got annoyed with the obvious slant of these two movies, and

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Diamandis: Coming Technological Advances are Staggering

English: Peter Diamandis in ZERO-G

Peter Diamandis in ZERO-G (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just reading about Peter Diamandis makes me laugh out loud. Let me quote this about him from Wikipedia:

Peter H. Diamandis (pronounced /dʌmændɪs/) (born May 20, 1961) is an American engineer, physician and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.

He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

Diamandis is a mature adult male who hasn’t grown up. He continues to enjoy life to the fullest, and thinks our future is so full of promise that it’s all he can do to contain himself. The Wall Street Journal‘s article says that, according to Diamandis, “the world has never been in better shape and that it is going to get even better.”

Diamandis spoke at the first annual meeting of the CIO Journal (sponsored by the Wall Street Journal), for information officers, and told the 60 CIOs attending that “we’re literally at the

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El Paso County Stands Strong Against the Feds!

Minuteman statue at sunset

Minuteman statue at sunset (Photo credit: Muffet)

This is a local issue, but it represents a much larger, much more important issue: pushback against – or more properly, nullification of – unconstitutional federal intrusions into state and local matters where they don’t belong.

This morning, Tuesday, January 22nd, at approximately 9:30AM, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will be considering, and likely voting favorably for, a “Resolution in Defense of 2nd Amendment Rights.”

As is typical in such a resolution, there are lots of “whereases” but the first “whereas” is the most important:

Whereas, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that “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”…

And then it gets to the good stuff: 

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Institute for Justice: 1; Internal Revenue Service: 0

This is an important case for a number of reasons.  First, it shows that once in a while a court will override a government agency. That’s good. Second, it shows that the court doesn’t care how important or powerful (real or perceived) that agency might be. Third,

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Pro-Gun Rallies Attended by Thousands at State Capitols

Small Gun Rally

Small Gun Rally (Photo credit: JAYRNIV)

An estimated 20,000 pro-gun enthusiasts braved cold weather and a national media blackout on Saturday to support their rights to own guns, according to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This was a grass-roots movement, called Guns Across America, that began, according to the tabloid, when Eric Reed, an airline captain in Houston, decided that a response to the threats to the Second Amendment coming from the Obama administration was demanded. He started a group on Facebook called “More Gun Control = More Crime,” which as of this writing has more than 19,000 “likes.” Most of them kept their promise to show up at state capitols on Saturday.

What Reed wanted to do was to send “a very, very strong message to Congress and to our president that we the people are against any more gun control.” He added,

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Surprise! WaPo Gets it Right on Agricultural Subsidies

Combine at sunset

Combine at sunset (Photo credit: The Knowles Gallery)

When I read this article I thought it was from The Washington Times, but no, it was from the Washington Post, the verbal handmaiden of the liberal left. Then I thought that somehow WaPo had been infiltrated by someone with some common sense. But no, this article was put together by the Editorial Board!

The article carefully and intelligently makes the case against agricultural subsidies, calling them just another form of corporate welfare. The 2012 drought impacted food prices far less than expected, due to intelligent drop management practices by farmers, which makes the case for continued subsidies weaker. WaPo calls them

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Poor Lance

Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking ...

Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi Libre 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thinking about the choices and decisions Lance Armstrong made in his life. And I was reminded of what Steven Covey said: “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”

Lance made some decisions. Tyler Hamilton explained how they happened in his book, The Secret Race, which I just finished reading. In Tyler’s case it was insidious. It was one small decision that was made without thinking about consequences. He was so focused on winning that anything that would help was OK. Since everyone else was doing it, he never gave it another thought. It was just a little thing, a small decision, now “let’s ride!”

Michael Brown had some thoughts on Lance’s decisions:

1) Even if “everyone is doing it,” that doesn’t make it right.

If Lance had declined, had not taken that first step, we probably would never have heard of him. He would have become part of the peloton, invisible, undistinguished, unknown. He would have retained his character, his integrity.

But he made the decision to dope, and no amount of

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MLK, Unjust Laws and the Second Amendment

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I do not honor Martin Luther King Day by taking the day off, and I do not honor MLK. For more information about why I don’t, you can click here to learn about his background. Warning: if you decide to check it out, you won’t like what you find. Forewarned is forearmed.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I was reading King’s letter and thought something he said was relevant to some decisions many of us are making now, or may be forced to make soon, about just how far we’re willing to go to comply with gun control regulations before becoming an outlaw. He was responding to some clergymen who were critical of his “work” in Birmingham:

You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.

Where does the Second Amendment come from? It is a reflection of God’s law that life is a gift from Him, and was expressed perfectly by Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” If God gave us life, it follows that he intends for us to

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Saudi America

I love Mark Perry’s expression, “Saudi America”, as he continues to survey the virtual explosion taking place in the oil industry in the US. It continues to illustrate what happens when free enterprise, private capital, and opportunity intersect without government intervention. Here’s a graph from his article:

Perry writes:

The increases in US crude oil output are accelerating, and the 23% annual increase through the second week of January  this year [compared to a year ago] was the highest yearly gain in domestic oil production in the last 20 years…

At the current pace of increase, US oil output could reach 7.5 million bpd by May of this year, which would bring domestic production to the highest level since January 1990.

Peak what?

Bottom Line: “Carpe oleum” (seize the oil)

Nothing I’ve seen better expresses how the free market works than this.

Obama: A Jackal Worshiped by Jackasses

OUR MARXIST "PRESIDENT"

OUR MARXIST “PRESIDENT” (Photo credit: SS&SS)

Mark Perry’s listing of pithy, cogent and insightful aphorisms by political commentator H. L. Mencken got me to thinking about one of them in particular: “Democracy … is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.”

I was reminded of the research I did for my long article, “What Makes Obama Tick” which appeared here and at The New American magazine last October.

A large portion of that research was based on Trevor Loudon’s “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within” and I was drawn back to it thanks to Mencken’s remarkable foresight. Jim Simpson wrote the Forward for Loudon’s book, noting that,

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Memo to GOP: No Debt Ceiling Increase Without Spending Cuts

Dancing On The Debt Ceiling by Brianna C George

Dancing On The Debt Ceiling by Brianna C George (Photo credit: brianna.george)

The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, sent a “Memo for the Movement” to House GOP leaders meeting in Williamsburg, urging them not to raise the debt ceiling unless cuts in government spending were included. More than 100 conservative leaders signed the memo, including Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth, Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America, and Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity.

It took just 518 days for deficit spending to reach the debt ceiling which was raised in the summer of 2011 midst acrimony and disagreement. That debt ceiling crisis was triggered in May, 2011, when the House voted down a “clean” debt ceiling bill – one without conditions – by a vote of 318 to 97. The Republicans wanted to use the debt ceiling issue as leverage to get the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts on entitlements (and no increases in taxes) to begin to close the deficit and to address the long-term issue of the country’s accelerating national debt. After two months of wrangling, a last-minute deal was reached and the

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NYT Wrong—Again—on Gun Control

Brady Campaign

Brady Campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Times editorial board, a collective effort of liberals who write for the mouthpiece of the establishment, has written about how the states are responding to Obama’s gun control orders. They look at what’s happening in the states, just as I do, and come out on the exact opposite end, concluding that what the states are doing is just awful.

Let’s look:

Republicans introduced a bill in the Wyoming Legislature to block any federal limitation on firearms, such as an assault weapons ban. A federal agent seeking to enforce such a ban would be guilty of a felony and face five years in prison…

A similar bill filed in Tennessee would also make federal gun enforcement a state crime…

Inevitably, a bill like Wyoming’s has been filed in Texas. And, in Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant announced that [his] state would block federal gun measures.

I consider each of these as worthy efforts. It’s based on the premise that the states are sovereign, and granted limited powers to the federal government under the Constitution. The Second Amendment was put in place to make sure that the

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Resistance to the President’s Gun Control Plan Continues to Build

Admitting that passing his ambitious plan to rein in shooting incidents like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last month would “be difficult,” President Obama published a 22-page explanation of exactly what he has in mind. There are “four common-sense steps we can take right now,” according to the White House blog. The two steps meeting the most resistance are:

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Ethanol mandates: cleaner air? At what price?

Mark Perry is another common-sense economist with whom I often agree. He raises, and then answers, questions about the intelligence involved in mandating ethanol to be added to gasoline. He’s an economics professor at the University of Michigan and wrote this for the mlive.com blog:

Among all the problems that have surfaced as a result of using ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, one is especially troubling. 

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Here’s one reason why Obama’s gun grab will fail.

Time is running out. So says liberal college professor Robert Spitzer at the New York Daily News. Obama knows that time is not on his side. He knows that with each passing moment the fake, phony, hyperenergized rantings from his kept media will

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Aaron Swartz, Internet Freedom Activist, Dead by Suicide at 26

Aaron Swartz, a software prodigy and an internet freedom activist, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Friday, an apparent suicide at age 26.

Swartz had a brilliant mind and an activist spirit that lead him to create numerous breakthroughs in technology that allow internet users to

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Some more reasons why conservatives don’t trust Republicans

There are lots of reasons. But no one sums them up as well as John Hawkins. Hawkins says true conservatives don’t “trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.” And for good reason.

First,

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Here’s how a liberal interprets history of gun control

Gary North put me onto this. He used it as a way to introduce the idea that liberal thinking is not logical and as a result attempts to change their thinking simply won’t work. A friend and I tried recently to explore the thinking of a liberal before an audience of 50. We succeeded only in concluding that it’s difficult, often impossible, to communicate with them.

Here’s an example that will give you a headache. After reading it several times, it gave me one.

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President Obama Challenges Congress on the Debt Ceiling

At President Obama’s final press conference of his first term held on Monday, he made clear his intentions not to negotiate with the Congress over the debt ceiling. Said the president, “We are poised for a good year if we make smart decisions … and as long as Washington politics don’t get in the way…”

His position on the debt ceiling issue is

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.