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Constitutional Gun Control – My Letter to President Obama

President Barack H. Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Tuesday, January 15, 2013  Dear Mr. President: I am writing to address the issues of firearms and firearm-related incidents plaguing The United States of America. I had an epiphany recently; I suddenly saw, in very stark terms, that “assault weapons,” and all that customarily accompanies such weapons (e.g., high-capacity magazines), are protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Further, any typical “squad-level” weapon, such as an M-60 machine gun, LAW rockets, and M-203 40 MM grenade-launchers, also are protected by the Constitution. Before I go on to explain my [ ... ]

The NRA May Be (Partially) Right…

The Political Carnival posted several 2nd Amendment political cartoons, and I was struck by one of them in an unexpected way. The cartoon in question is this:   More powerful weapons than we’d like to believe are covered by  2nd Amendment rights and freedoms. Think about it; The Founders only knew of singe-shot, black-powder weapons. But they were state-of-the-art. They were what was needed to defend a country. Unfortunately, assault weapons fit that category today. I don’t like the conclusion I’ve come to here. I do like assault weapons, simply because they are what I’m familiar with, [ ... ]

A Word From GOP-Land, Via My Congressman

(See Rep Huizenga’s message to me below my response) Dear Congressman Huizenga: Thank you for your response. The economics of many, if not all, of these issues have been settled via non-partisan groups like the Congressional Research Service. The very fact that you are parroting the patently false claim that “entitlements” have anything but the tiniest, very marginal effect on our debt and deficit is sorely disappointing. More than that, it shows a shameful lack of regard for indisputable facts, and a lack of understanding of [ ... ]

The Pendulum Is Broken…

I used to believe in the “Pendulum of Democracy,” that trading power between Progressives and Conservatives tended to balance-out policy, and temper ideological shifts. I’ve come to realize that this is no longer true. The main reason the “pendulum” is no longer relevant is we have learned enough about what makes our country function that most issues have become settled. We KNOW social programs keep our economy stable. We KNOW human rights MUST include LGBT rights. We KNOW education is the most important factor in our nation’s success. We KNOW our gun policies have driven GUN CRIME. We KNOW health care is [ ... ]

One Story About Being “Black In America”

In a relative nutshell, here’s one person’s experience, being Black in America: I was standing in the doorway of a buddy of mine’s office (an NCO in US Army); Several other NCOs were in the room, two were my immediate superiors,  I was a Pvt2 or PFC. We were just shooting the shit, kidding around, nothing untoward at all. Out of the blue, one sergeant (my immediate superior in my section) looked at me to make a joke (I’m white, btw). He asked “Hey Rowe; What’s a cocoon?” I shrugged. “It’s a n-n*gg*r.” Unbeknown to him, a casual friend of mine, an African-American [ ... ]
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PBO Fails to Properly Execute a Thanksgiving Proclamation, and Our Deep Unworthiness of God’s Love

The ultimate source for all things righteous and true about giving thanks, National Review, has someone who took issue with President Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. Read it, it’ll only hurt for a minute, it’s a very short article. Here’s my answer, all snark fully intentional, and, you’ll notice, MUCH longer than the article itself: There are a number of ideas, beliefs, and turns of phrase I could take issue with in this article. I’ll try to cover them all with a few of my own, and see if it adds-up as dissent, [ ... ]

Video: Pr. Obama: We Know What Real Change Looks Like & We Can’t Give Up

33 reasons why Republicans shouldn’t have voted to repeal Obamacare for the 33rd time

A nice source of refutation ammunition for RWNJ’s and their mindless talking points. 33 reasons why Republicans shouldn’t have voted to repeal Obamacare for the 33rd time – Democrats.Org

My Bumper Sticker Idea For the War On Women

“You’ll have to pry MY RIGHTS from my cold, dead vagina…” (copyright 2012)

The Phony Outrage of the GOP

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least that the GOP truly doesn’t believe there’s a war on women. They are that clueless. Also, if Mitt and Ann Romney want to make a big deal out of Ann’s hard work and sage advice, I would LOVE to have THAT discussion. Was it Ann’s idea to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood? And has Ann chosen the words Mitt would’ve used to criticize Sandra Fluke? What other gems might we expect from Mrs. Romney? Or is this just typical RWNJ “outrage”; A mile-wide, but an inch deep? Yes, parenthood is difficult, but it’s one HELL of a [ ... ]