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Lost and Found – December 17th Edition

What to remember about December 17th…

    • 1777  France formally recognizes the United States as an independent nation; victory at Saratoga convinces them we have a chance
    • 1862  Enraged by black market profiteering and speculation, General U.S. Grant orders all Jews to leave Military district under his authority; later he admits decision rash and criticism justified
    • 1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright make the 1st powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft in history near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
    • 1935  Douglas DC-3 (military C-47) makes its 1st flight; many of these aviation workhorses are still in service today
    • 1941  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of command of U.S. Pacific Fleet following Pearl Harbor attack; no more at fault than many others,FDR makes him a scapegoat
    • 1944  Public Proclamation 21 declares that internment of Japanese Americans is ending and that evacuees can return to their homes
    • 1944  1st of Malmedy massacres is committed by SS Kampfgruppe Peiper; hundreds of U.S. POWs and Belgians executed
    • 1969  USAF closes Project Blue Book; study of purported UFO sightings concludes there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity
    • 1975  Charles Manson devotee Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is sentenced to life for attempted assassination of President Ford
    • 1997  Firearms Act of 1997 goes into effect in Great Britain; extends gun ban to include all but antique and show weapons; through 2008 firearms crimes and deaths have doubled in the UK
    • 2003  Privately owned and developed SpaceShipOne makes 1st supersonic flight; piloted by Brian Binnie

UPDATE:  2011  U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?

UPDATE 2 :  2011  Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jung-il dies

Lost and Found – October 16th Edition

What to remember about October 16th…

  • 1773  Public sentiment against the Tea Act is voiced when Philadelphia Resolutions are published; leads to tea party
  • 1781  Cornwallis attempts to evacuate his troops from Yorktown but bad weather ends his hope of escape
  • 1859  Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid against a federal armory in an attempt to spark a slave revolt
  • 1916  Eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger opens the 1st family planning clinic in America
  • 1946  10 convicted Nazi war criminals are hanged after the main trials conclude at Nuremberg
  • 1964  China detonates an atomic bomb; becomes the worlds 5th nuclear power
  • 1995  Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. led by Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan
  • 1996  British Government announces it will outlaw almost all handguns following massacre at Dunblane, Scotland
  • 2004  Department of Veterans Affairs committee concludes “a substantial proportion of Gulf War veterans are ill with multi-symptom conditions”
  • 2011  Chinese-built Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial formally dedicated in Washington, D.C. after delay to fix misquote of MLK’s words

Lost and Found – December 17th Edition

What to remember about December 17th…

  • 1777  France formally recognizes the United States as an independent nation; victory at Saratoga gives them confidence in the colonists
  • 1862  Enraged by black market profiteering and speculation, General U.S. Grant orders all Jews to leave Military district under his authority; later he admits decision rash and criticism justified
  • 1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright make the 1st powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft in history near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • 1935  Douglas DC-3 (military C-47) makes its 1st flight; many of these aviation workhorses are still in service today
  • 1941  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of command of U.S. Pacific Fleet following Pearl Harbor attack; no more at fault than many others,FDR makes him a scapegoat
  • 1944  Public Proclamation 21 declares that internment of Japanese Americans is ending and that evacuees can return to their homes
  • 1944  1st of Malmedy massacres is committed by SS Kampfgruppe Peiper; hundreds of U.S. POWs and Belgians executed
  • 1969  USAF closes Project Blue Book; study of purported UFO sightings concludes there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity
  • 1975  Charles Manson devotee Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is sentenced to life for attempted assassination of President Ford
  • 1997  Firearms Act of 1997 goes into effect in Great Britain; extends gun ban to include all but antique and show weapons; through 2008 firearms crimes and deaths have doubled in the UK
  • 2003  Privately owned and developed SpaceShipOne makes 1st supersonic flight; piloted by Brian Binnie
  • 2011  U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?

Lost and Found – October 16th Edition

What to remember about October 16th…

  • 1773  Public sentiment against the Tea Act is voiced when Philadelphia Resolutions are published; leads to tea party
  • 1781  Cornwallis attempts to evacuate his troops from Yorktown but bad weather ends his hope of escape
  • 1859  Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid against a federal armory in an attempt to spark a slave revolt
  • 1916  Eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger opens the 1st family planning clinic in America
  • 1946  10 convicted Nazi war criminals are hanged after the main trials conclude at Nuremberg
  • 1964  China detonates an atomic bomb; becomes the worlds 5th nuclear power
  • 1995  Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. led by Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan
  • 1996  British Government announces it will outlaw almost all handguns following massacre at Dunblane, Scotland
  • 2004  Department of Veterans Affairs committee concludes “a substantial proportion of Gulf War veterans are ill with multi-symptom conditions”
  • 2011  Chinese-built Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial formally dedicated in Washington, D.C. after delay to fix misquote of MLK’s words

From someone who has had to lern to live with a physical disability over the past decade, I can truly appreciate the author’s point of view. A great read.

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the munchkin wrangler.

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts…

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Blast From The Past…

Around this time last year, I put up a post that summed up a lot of my thoughts on gun control and the 2nd Amendment.  I have had trouble putting my feelings about last Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut into a post – at least without raging on the page.  The politicization and sensationalization of this tragedy disgust me.

So, take a moment and check out the Impromptu Gun Control Post from December 17th, 2011.

dalai lama on gun control

(Dalai Lama urges students to shape world – Seattle Times, Tuesday May 15, 2001)

Fast And Furious Becomes Lethargic And Litigious

Republicans in the House of Representatives Monday followed through on their threat and filed a civil suit to enforce subpoenas served on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department.  The federal court has been asked to overturn what House Speaker John Boehner called “frivolous executives privilege claims” regarding the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.

House Oversight and Government Reform committee members want to know who ran the operation, who approved it, when did they know that it had gone horribly and fatally wrong, and what did they do about the mess afterwards.

Congress has been trying since 2010 to get to the bottom of the scandal while Mr. Holder and the Obama Justice Department have stonewalled, testified, retracted, and then hidden from the legitimate scrutiny of the legislative branch.

Unresolved questions about the death of border agent Brian Terry and how his murder was accomplished with one of the illegally smuggled Fast and Furious weapons are of great concern to Congress and the American people.  Also of importance is the status of more than 1000 Fast and Furious weapons that remain at large and in the hands of criminals.

Presidents Nixon and Clinton both discovered that what ruins you it isn’t the crime; it’s the cover up.  President Obama and Attorney General Holder should both take heed of this reality.  The patience of the American people waiting for answers is running thin.  The patience of Congress is at an end.  Soon the courts will pull back the veil and let the world know who planned and controlled what happened in the gunwalking fiasco.  Perhaps then the public and family of murdered border agent Brian Terry will have some answers and closure.

A Few Thoughts on Gun Control

In honor of Attorney General Eric Holder’s string of obfuscations and “I don’t knows” in front of today’s Judiciary Committee hearings, I thought I might share some thoughts on gun control that I have come across in recent weeks.

And here are a few other 2nd Amendment and gun rights posts you might like…

Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Safety First

Practising gun safety means never having to say you’re sorry.

And remember, the following list of safety tips is NOT approved or recommended.  It IS funny though.

(P.S. – If you don’t get stuff like this in your e-mail, you need new friends.)

UPDATE 4/27/12:  Concealed Weapon Owner Stops Stabbing Rampage in Utah