January 16, 2018

Has Governor LePage Flip-Flopped Or Not on Background Checks

It seems that my article of a few days ago about how Maine’s Governor Paul LePage advocating for stricter gun control through background checks, is but a part of a greater stir in Maine about the governor’s OpEd.

Centrist Lance Dutson, a Susan Collins supporter, presented his own OpEd disparaging “hardcore gun rights advocates” for seeing some of the same things I saw when I read the governor’s piece.

If you take the time to read through the comments from readers, it might become clear, but I doubt it, that, like just about everything in America today, it’s a Left/Right issue. Comprehending written words is a lost art, replaced with ideology and political rhetoric parroted by those choosing a side absent independent thought.

I don’t necessarily intend to be cruel, but I am at a loss for how to explain the truth honestly and accurately.

From the comments section, some attempt to ridicule Dutson because he is a Susan Collins supporter and they believe him to be a Centrist, i.e. a supporter of the RINO (Republican in name only) faction. Others claim that Dutson has failed to comprehend LePage’s historic position and that his recent commentary on background checks is but reinforcing the same belief he has carried throughout his political career.

What was clear to me was that Dutson has an aversion to anyone with a strong support of the Second Amendment. I wonder if he has the same aversion toward those who support the other articles of the Bill of Rights?

Even ignoring the governor’s past, what he wrote clearly states that he supports tighter controls on background checks. When he extolled the need for more workers to the do the checks, more money to pay for those checks as well as finding those who slipped through the cracks of the system, no matter how you slice it, he is supporting more stringent government intervention in order to further decay the Second Amendment…..PERIOD! It is childish and ignorant to feign support for LePage, or anybody for that matter, simply because he’s on your “side.”

Those who support the NRA, as Governor LePage has done during his political career, unknowingly support tighter controls on gun ownership. Willful blindness prevents them from seeing that the NRA, a strong advocate for government control over background checks, along with other “reasonable” measures to destroy the Second Amendment, is not the pure advocate for the right to keep and bear arms some believe them to be. For decades I have listened to the “True Believers” of the NRA state that the organization is the best and strongest supporter of the Second Amendment and therefore we should give them our money and our lives. No thanks! This might be akin to desiring to be hung with a new rope instead of the old one.

Until such time as people can (and they never will) lose the Left/Right false paradigm and make decisions based on independent thought, nothing will change. The Left will argue with the Right, the Right with the Left and, as we see in the comment section of this article, each side will argue among themselves, all the while unknowingly advocating for their own demise….and liking it too, I might add.

Read LePage’s words. Understand what those words mean. (Either the Governor understands what he wrote and politically advocates stricter gun control or he’s ignorant of the meaning of the words he chose to use.) Forget he’s who he is. If you support the Second Amendment then support it regardless of political loyalties and false promises.

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NRA To Washington Post: You Do More To Damage The Country With Your Keyboards Than Our Members Ever Have With Their Guns

*Editor’s Note* – SAY WHAT??? I must be tired this morning.

The media is a better option since they sin in ways great and small every day and everyone on the right has their own list of grievances about them. And the NRA’s base is decidedly right-wing: Per a recent Pew survey, 77 percent are either Republican or lean Republican, making them prime targets for an anti-journo message. For the moment, Trump’s running for reelection a la the old Bush 41 joke, “Annoy the media, vote Republican.” This is the gun-rights version of that. Annoy the media, support the NRA.<<<Read More>>>

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NRA Magazine’s July Cover Girl Is Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Black Conservative Radio Host in the Spotlight After Her Pro-2ndAmendment Commentary Resulted in Column Suspension

St. Louis, MO / Washington, DC – Stacy Washington, the co-chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Project 21 black leadership network, is the author and face of the cover story in the July issue of the National Rifle Association’s America’s 1stFreedom magazine.  In the article, Washington recounts the controversy surrounding her pro-gun commentary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, why she broke off her relationship with the newspaper and how bias threatens the future of the media industry.

“I’m so excited to have written a number of columns for NRA’s America’s 1st Freedom website and now the magazine,” said Washington.  “It’s an opportunity that might never have come to fruition without my column’s suspension by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  But moving on has been bittersweet, with so many readers sending cards and emails that shared how much they miss my writing.”

Washington was recently selected to help guide Project 21, which promotes the diversity of political opinion within the black community, as one of its co-chairmen.  She also hosts the weekday “Stacy of the Right” talk radio program on WGNU-St. Louis that is syndicated by the Urban Family Talk network.

Washington began as a freelance contributor with the Post-Dispatch last November.  She was suspended on April 28 for a column on guns that her editor complained did not highlight her past affiliation with the NRA.  While she had worked on media programs and projects with the NRA in the past, Washington says  she was never paid and that the opinions in the disputed column were her own.  The column, which criticized other Missouri newspapers for commentaries speculating that gun owners favored guns over child safety and asked readers to compare the NRA to the ISIS terrorist network, was reviewed by the Post-Dispatch staff before publication. She subsequently broke off her freelance relationship with the newspaper.

 In her America’s 1st Freedom article, Washington writes  about the controversy:

In the media furor surrounding this story, my original call has been almost lost – that [Missourian columnist George] Kennedy was permitted to malign the NRA and its membership, and retains the opportunity to do so since he has received no reprimand for his awful and baseless comparison. He will never be held to account or asked to prove that NRA members dismember, set on fire or otherwise terrorize politicians – or anyone else, for that matter. . 

My column was factual: It called out media bias and asked for introspection in media outlets for the sake of preserving printed newspapers. The irony of having my column suspended – under the guise of being a paid advocate for the NRA – for writing that is unjustified nonsense, which is what prompted me to terminate the contract with the Post-Dispatch. The distraction that has ensued over who pays me and why has served its purpose for those at the top of the food chain in the newspaper industry: No one is discussing their failure to remain neutral. Consequently, circulation numbers will continue to tumble.

To book an interview with Stacy Washington, contact Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476.

 Project 21 members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Project 21 is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

 Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here . Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.

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Fine Quote About Events in Atlanta for NRA Convention

I chuckled and then laughed out loud when reading Jim Shepherd’s comment about how some in Atlanta, where the NRA annual convention will be this weekend, are nervous not knowing what the Trump haters might end up doing. He also said that one police officers told him that it was the first time he had been instructed that the majority of visitors to the convention would be armed as well as him and equally trained.

But the one observation he reported on was this one. I think you’ll agree it’s worth a chuckle:

“I haven’t asked the criminal element their opinion, but I have already noticed that Atlanta’s panhandlers –a fact of life here, as in any big city- are a little less pushy than normal.”

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Trump Activates Militia, Calls All Capable of Bearing Arms to Carry

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-On Saturday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order activating the Militia in all 50 states and seven U.S. territories. The executive order claimed that as president he had authority as Commander in Chief to activate the militia, consisting of “All people capable of bearing arms”.

In the order, President Trump urged all militia members to carry arms during their daily activities as a way to deter terrorism and prevent crime.

President Trump’s order was immediately decried as unconstitutional by Maximum Waters, spokesperson for the Democrat Party. Ms Waters stated that the order was blatantly illegal, because the activating militia law, dating to 1916, only applies to males, while the order applies to all people, including women, and trans women who may be biologically male, but identify as women.

Waters noted that Mr. Trump could not force women and trans-women to carry weapons, and that the infusion of tens of millions of armed militia in the streets would drive up crime, and endanger minorities in urban centers such as Chicago and Baltimore.

The order will go into effect on 1 April, 2017, at 24:59:59 Pacific time, and extend until 00:00:01 on 2 April, 2017, Eastern Standard time. Militia members are ordered to exercise the NRA safety rules and to keep their fingers outside of the trigger guard unless necessary to prevent violence.  If action is necessary, judicious marksmanship is expected.

NRA spokesperson, Chris LaPierre, declined comment in time for publication.

Gun Owners of America issued a brief statement saying that the order was long overdue, but did not go far enough. Nonetheless, GOA considered the action a good first step.

National Pubic Radio commentator Mary Liason stated that numerous studies showed that millions of untrained militia on the streets with weapons of war would result in bloodshed. Just look at Venezuela, Brazil, Liberia, Somalia, Iraq and Zimbabwe, she explained.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended the order at a press briefing. The President is exercising his lawful authority under the National Defense act of 1916, Spicer said.  A quick search on the Internet yielded this result. From justia.com:

The act of February 28, 1795,1670 which delegated to the President the power to call out the militia, was held constitutional.1671 A militiaman who refused to obey such a call was not “employed in the service of the United States so as to be subject to the article of war,” but was liable to be tried for disobedience of the act of 1795.1672

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Under the National Defense Act of 1916,1674 the militia, which hitherto had been an almost purely state institution, was brought under the control of the National Government. The term “militia of the United States” was defined to comprehend “all able-bodied male citizens of the United States and all other able-bodied males who have . . . declared their intention to become citizens of the United States,” between the ages of eighteen and forty-five.

It is clear that women are not included in the militia, as stated by Democrat Spokesperson Maximum.  Senator Schumer said that he expects impeachment papers to be issued later today in the Senate.

Judges in California, Hawaii, and Washington state are expected to write judicial decrees blocking President Trump from issuing any additional orders to any military organization. One judge is said to have ruled that calling up the militia is racist, sexist, and homophobic, therefore the order is illegal.

Those who have read this far will recognize that the first day of April is reserved for the application of stories designed to enlighten people otherwise deficient in wisdom.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Money Talks and $@!^ Walks

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday will begin targeting four Senate Democrats facing potentially tough reelections with a $1 million TV campaign that urges the confirmation of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action told Secrets Monday that the effort will target Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.<<<Read More>>>

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Massacre At The NRA?

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Ryan NRA Poised to Further Give Away Second Amendment

Here’s some more of “I told you so” nonsense from the fake “conservative” Speaker Ryan and the fake Second Amendment supporters from the NRA. In what appears to be a “compromise,” which is nothing more than a lie to the people to give away our rights to self defense, and capitulating into the arms of more centralized government, further setting the stage for a rapid take over of arms and a disarming of the American people, Speaker Ryan plans a vote, after the current recess, on some kind of bill that we are lied to that will prohibit “terrorists” from being able to buy guns. Plans are also underway to destroy more rights disguised as a bill to prohibit “mentally ill people” from buying guns.

What can possibly go wrong? All the while idiots, so deeply mired into the lie of conservative/liberal, right/left, republican/democrat still think Paul Ryan, who once was wholeheartedly propped up to be vice president under another liar, Mitt Romney, will support and protect our Second Amendment rights. Stop supporting the fake NRA. Stop supporting the fake conservatives. They only lie! LIE, LIE, LIE!

But above all DON’T GO LOOK! YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE TRUTH.

Things are moving so rapidly now few can see what’s taking place. What once was considered a last bastion of hope for freedom of speech, the Internet, is soon to be highly regulated – in other words censored and controlled more than it already is. When this happens, I am finished with all of the techno-junk bull crap!

Today, with thoroughly brainwashed people addicted to places like Facebook, which is already government controlled, censorship is in full swing.

BUT DON’T GO LOOK! PLEASE DON’T GO LOOK!

You think we live in a free country but we don’t – a far cry from it. You and I helped to create it. Only those with their eyes open don’t like the outcome.

BUT DON’T GO LOOK!

Continue your willful disobedience to TRUTH!

 

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Battles Lines Have Been Drawn

What then, should we expect in the future?

Yesterday, I wrote about the announcement of the NRA that they were going to put a stop to the animal rights movement. In response, the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, on their Facebook page, responded to the NRA’s announcement by saying: “Be aware that we are going to have to start getting serious about people standing up for wildlife, and soon!”

What’s that mean? Oh, wait! I know! I just read about this.

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Who will “stand up” for animals?

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All Eyes on Trump at NRA Convention

The National Rifle Association didn’t surprise many attendees in Louisville, Kentucky with their endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Pro-Trump shirts, hats and stickers worn by the NRA members in attendance left little doubt who their selection would be. Others, sporting shirts supporting “Hillary for Prison on 2016” left little doubt how they feel about his likely opponent.

The NRA’s Annual Meeting & Exhibits is normally the time when Second Amendment supporting members get together to celebrate all things firearms-related in a relaxed atmosphere. But this year’s presidential campaign seemed to have put an extra element of urgency in everything: from the rush of attendees buying the latest-and-greatest in accessories and gear to constant reminders that Trump has already done something significant- forcing the normally shifty Clinton campaign to take irrefutable anti-gun stands.

His constant characterizations of Clinton as “crooked Hillary” resonated with the NRA faithful and those responses seemed to add further steam to the Trump team in attendance.

Source: NRAAM Wraps Up Busy Sessions : The Outdoor Wire

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