Friday, December 28, 2012

The Second Amendment from a Victim's Point of View

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I wanted to share a somewhat powerful defense of the Second Amendment:

I don't want to editorialize here - just allow it to sink in.

Now - what are your thoughts? The speaker apparently "gets" what the 2nd Amendment is all about. Do you think the Senators there "got it"? Leave some thoughts below.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Guns Don't Make Us Safer

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I wanted to share this picture I saw on Facebook:

On the surface, we see the pure hypocrisy of liberals - they don't want us to have guns, but they can have them. But dig a little deeper and you see the ideal world of Progressive Liberals - the government has all the guns and the people have none.

That didn't work too well in World War II Germany and it doesn't work any better today.

Remember - if they take away your 2nd Amendment rights today, which one will they take away tomorrow?

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


C H R I S T M A S!



Gift Idea Day 12 - Poseidon Adventure DVD

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We've come to the final day of our 12 Days of Gift Ideas! I hope you've enjoyed it.

The Poseidon Adventure [Blu-ray] is Irwin Allen's disaster masterpiece. An ocean liner capsizes on New Year's Eve...trapping all onboard. A small group of passengers attempts to escape by heading for the bottom (now the top) of the ship. This is really great stuff - a good story, characters and special effects. Buy this one for New Year's Eve and enjoy!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Gift Idea Day 11 - James Bond Archives

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The James Bond Archives is a lavish tribute to the longest running series in movies history - the James Bond franchise. 592 pages contain over 1000 images, behind the scenes info and more on every Bond film from Dr No to Skyfall. This is another one of those "wish list" items for me. If you (or someone you know) are a fan of Bond, I really think you should add this to your library.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Final Gift Ideas continue Monday

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Our 12 Days of Gift Ideas concludes next week, starting with Day 11 on Monday. Please come back then!

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Gift Idea Day 10 - Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection

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From the official description " Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics.  Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] features 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including PsychoThe BirdsRear WindowVertigoNorth by Northwest and many more.  Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best.  Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience." 

I don't have this one yet - if anyone wants to buy it for me, please do. These are the films Hitchcock is most well known for. A few years back I did a Hitchcock marathon and caught a good many I had never seen before. Solid stuff - all different styles. Grab it!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gift Idea Day 9 - Ronald Reagan 100 Years book

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 The Ronald Reagan: 100 Years: Official Centennial Edition from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation celebrates Reagan's 100th birthday (2011) in words and pictures. From childhood to death, this book covers it all. Nice overview of Reagan the man and his life.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thoughts on Newtown, CT incident

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As Newtown, CT continues to recover from the recent tragic events there, many Leftists are taking the opportunity to turn this into a power grab and further erode our Constitutional protections. Instead of looking into why these things happens, they only look into the "how". They conveniently forget that Timothy McVeigh didn't use a gun to do his mass murdering nor did the 9/11 terrorists - yet the murders committed on those two days were far higher than Newtown. This isn't to belittle the recent tragedy nor to play a numbers game of who's bigger than who. It's merely to put things into perspective.

Banning guns really isn't going to stop psychotic people from committing crimes - on the same day as the Newtown tragedy, there was a report that a man in China had slashed upwards of 20 school age children - I'm not sure if there were any deaths reported. The reason he used a knife? China strictly controls guns. So, like the police department that cracks down on drugs on one street corner only to see the activity move to another, so do murderers change weapons when another one is not available.

Another issue we need to address is the publicizing of these incidents. As soon as the tragedy occurred, the main networks were on the story for upwards of 6 hours of live coverage - falsely reporting many details as soon as a snippet was uttered. There was much confusion for example over where the murderer's mother was killed - Connecticut or New Jersey? Her supposed connection to the school (teacher or assistant?), etc. If we would STOP publicizing these incidents, it might help in bringing them down. Maybe not, but it can't hurt. I find it odd that if you watch a sports event and a spectator jumps onto the playing field, the game is immediately halted and the cameras do NOT show the perpetrator. Why? So as to prevent copycat incidents. YET, in these murderous rampages, we continually show footage of the carnage and murderer over and over again. Isn't that part of the problem in this 24/7 news cycle world we live in? Why do advertisers believe that with a 30 second commercial we'll run out and buy their product YET with 2 hours of violent exposure in a movie, we won't be affected? Isn't Hollywood on the hook for any of this?

Some on the Left believe that the Constitution and its bedrock principles of free men and their right to maintain their freedom are "outdated" in our "progressive" world. Freedom is not outdated. Tyrannical governments are not outdated. The need to protect your freedom is not outdated. What is outdated is the idea that we can restrict the rights of many in hopes of slowing down the few.

Stand up for your rights. If you let them take those away today, imagine what they'll take away tomorrow.

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Gift Idea Day 8 - 2013 Reagan Wall Calendar

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I don't think I have to do much convincing for the 2013 Ronald Reagan Wall Calendar. Grab one, put it up and enjoy 365 days with Ronald Reagan. 'nuff said.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Idea Day 7 - Here Come the Black Helicopters

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In Here Come the Black Helicopters!: UN Global Governance and the Loss of Freedom Dick Morris and Eileen McGann bring to light how Obama plans to use various UN treaties (being negotiated or voted on now) to strip Americans of the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. I find Dick Morris' books interesting. I liked this one as it discusses a subject that really isn't being covered much in other conservative books but is important to keep your eye on as it has far reaching consequences for Americans if these treaties are adopted by the Federal government.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Gift Idea Day 6 - It Is Dangerous to be Right...

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I couldn't sum up the book any better than the book's description:
"If the government exists to serve us, and if freedom is part of our humanity, how can the government take freedom from us?  Is human freedom in America a myth, or is it reality?  The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny.  Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty.  Within the pages of It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom , New York Times best-selling author Judge Andrew P. Napolitano lays out the case that the U.S. government, whose first obligation is to protect and preserve individual freedoms, actually does neither." 

Judge Napolitano writes with passion and it shows in this book. He gives example after example of how the Federal government has gone beyond the bounds to restrict our freedoms. I strongly recommend reading this book before it's too late.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Gift Ideas Back on Monday

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Just a quick note to let you know that our 12 Days Gift Ideas for Conservatives will resume on Monday December 17.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Gift Idea Day 5 - Founding Documents

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The Declaration Of Independence, Constitution Of The United States Of America, Bill Of Rights And Constitutional Amendments is a no-brainer that every Conservative should have. Admittedly, you don't have to get this particular book, but everyone should have a copy of these important documents. This edition simply presents them as they are. There are others with interpretations and commentary. If you get one of those, be sure to pick something libertarian or conservative otherwise you'll go crazy!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Idea Day 4 - Liberty Defined

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 I''ve discussed Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom by Ron Paul in an earlier post. I think this is a good time of year to pick this one up, read it and then reflect on it. Dr Paul goes over 50 topics, including abortion and defense spending, laying the groundwork for what liberty means. That is, what it's like to live without a nanny state government telling us how to live.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Idea Day 3 - Kiplinger/Money subscriptions

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If you purchased and read our previous Gift Ideas, you'll have the foundation you need to put the concepts into reality. Both Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine (1-year) and Money (1-year auto-renewal) will help you invest your hard earned cash for short term and long term goals. Each month both magazines cover a variety of personal finance topics along with stock, bond and mutual fund ideas to help you meet your goals. I've been reading both magazines for years (along with the now defunct Smart Money) and can say they've been helpful with all the information and ideas they've presented. Just reading the magazines inspire you to save and invest - whether or not you take their specific advice.

Come back tomorrow for Gift Idea Day 4.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gift Idea Day 2 - Basic Economics

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Today's gift idea is Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by libertarian economist Thomas Sowell. This book is hefty but manages to present its ideas in a straight forward manner. I put it aside to read some other books so I did not finish it. What I read was enlightening, enough so to recommend it. There are critics of the book (of course) who decry its libertarian leanings. I rather liked reading something that wasn't the same viewpoint we always hear. I suggest reading it and making up your own mind.

Have some different gift ideas you'd like to share? Jot them in the comments section or send them to me.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Idea Day 1 - Red Ink

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For the first gift idea, I suggest Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget. This book, written by Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel, tells "where the trillions come from, where they go and why inaction imperils our future". It's not a dry read nor is it an indepth discussion about the Federal budget. It's a fairly easy read that touches on major issues about taxing and spending. I found a slight liberal tilt but for the most part it's non-partisan. I recommend it.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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Over the course of the next 12 Days, starting on December 10, I hope to offer a gift idea for every good Conservative to ask Santa to bring. The items will be varied. For most of them, you can click on a link and purchase the item right away. Some of the items may have been mentioned over the course of this past year, but they still merit your attention.

I hope you enjoy the list!

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post them in the comments section and I'll add them to the list!

Happy Holidays!

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Fiscal Cliff = Fiscal Joke

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You've undoubtedly heard about the "fiscal cliff" recently - those budget cuts and tax increases that will cause the world to end if they are allowed to be enacted.

Of course, as with anything coming out of Washington, D.C. these days, it's a bunch of hooey. The tax increases won't cause the world to end and the budget cuts are mere trims - $110 billion per year evenly split between defense and non-defense spending - the overall budget is somewhere in the $3 trillion range. You'll hear about the "ten year" $500 billion cuts to defense...really? Over ten years? That's nothing. Same with the non-defense side.

The big hoax is that we are a nation of laws and as such this "law" can be repealed and/or worked around. It's not a Constitutional amendment - it's a law.

Then, why all the nail-biting, hand wringing going on? Politics, pure and simple. The Democrats want to scare the country (and the Republican party) into tax increases on "the rich" though that will solve the problem - it won't and they know it. They merely want to demonize successful people in order to pump themselves up with the underclass, who are good for voting Democrat. All of these social programs, from Social Security to Medicare, are NOT intended to solve any particular problem (or they wouldn't be insolvent) BUT to cement the Democratic party's power. The hope is that every time you cash your Social Security check, you'll pull the Democrat lever in the voting booth.

I hope the Republicans hold their ground and resist tax changes unless there are strong entitlement overhauls. These programs can't go on like this without substantial change. Of course, the Democrats are resisting any change to social programs and the country believes that Republicans ("as usual") are stonewalling simply not to raise taxes on the rich when the real reason is that tax increases, in the past, have ALWAYS resulted in MORE spending and NEVER any cuts. Obama hasn't even proposed any serious cuts or reforms, which shows you how this is all politics.


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Saturday, December 01, 2012

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