Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

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.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gun fight...Washington D.C....Tuesday

In case after case across this country, in countless courtrooms it has been decided that the police are not liable or responsible for your personal safety or that of whatever property you possess or own. So who is? You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and that of your possessions.

In 2008 the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.'s handgun ban. On this coming Tuesday oral arguments will be presented to the Supreme Court to strike down the prohibition against law abiding Chicagoans from owning a handgun and keeping it in their home for self defence. We are not talking about concealed carry but just having a firearm in your home to protect yourself and your family. The case that will be presented is called McDonald v. City of Chicago. Why would anyone want to stop a law abiding citizen from defending his/her life, his/her families lives?

The attorneys general for Florida, Texas, Alaska, and 34 other states have urged the court to strike down Chicago 's gun ban. So have a majority of members of Congress and individual prosecutors from 34 California counties. What is it that these local mayors and small time politicians afraid off...could it be the realization that you, not govenment, are responsible for yourself and your family and that a lot of what they do is superfluous and unnecessary. If you don't have the fundamental right to defend your life you have nothing and the Constitution means nothing if this fundamental right is not upheld.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Similar problems at "The Acreage"?

"The Acreage" a town about 20 miles from West Palm Beach in Florida has been asking Florida officials to conduct more extensive tests to see what if anything may be causing higher rates of brain tumors and cancer among children. Health officials have confirmed higher rates than normal in that area. The local health department has done all it can and the state health department said it would further test the water and the soil.

The Governor, Charlie Crist, said he would seek federal help in the investigation.

According to the surgeon general of Florida the state health department has done all it can.

I know it is an uncomfortable feeling not to have an answer but sometimes that is just the way it is; someday the technology and medical insight will develop to the point that an absolute cause-effect relationship can be determined. This does little to settle the hurt and devastation and loss to the people affected by this tragic occurrence.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hope floats....where is the CHANGE?

Shortly after President Elect Barack Obama became President Obama he came to Fort Myers Florida. He promised a gathering of about 1500 people at Harborside Event Center the following: "If we want to fully turn this crisis around the starting point is to get people back to work right now."

Well it hasn't happened, now almost a year later, Fort Myers still has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation.....NO CHANGE. The unemployment rate has changed for the worse by increasing 2 percentage points to 13.8%...NO CHANGE EXCEPT NEGATIVE.

The $787 billion economic recovery plan NEVER CHANGED Fort Myers in a positive manner. So much for fulfilling CHANGE promises in a positive manner to the people of Fort Myers. The local failure reflects a expanding national dissatisfaction. His approval rating has dropped to 48% according to Gallup.

President Obama had better listen to the people or there will be a change at the helm of this country following the elections in 2012. He should start listening instead of blaming Pres. Bush and lecturing to the people, his boss, or he will be back in the classroom teaching law.

Haiti aid target of corruption & graft?

As I have often said no good deed goes unpunished; and I suspect that goes double in Haiti. The Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral Florida collected thousands of dollars of goods for humanitarian aid for an orphanage in Haiti. When the donated humanitarian aid landed at the Cap-Haitien airport in Haiti corrupt Haitian custom officials demanded they pay $120 in duties in spite of the materials being labeled "No fees for humanitarian aid". The goods were diapers, baby food, toys and cribs were not allowed to leave the airport until the demand for payment was meet.

According to Cape Coral pilot, David Beauvois, "the government is so corrupt...what they really need to do is get the American military here to regulate like they do in Port-au-Prince." He also said that customs agents have been known to take the aid and keep it or sell it. The aid eventually did make its way to the orphanage after a multitude of hassles with Haitian officials and self appointed "officials?". If this is going on in just one part of the country you can imagine what the scale of corruption and graft is nation wide. Be careful to whom you donate money or goods too; make sure the charity is large enough and has enough clout to avoid this type of extortion.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Veterans Administration spying on you?

Under federal law, anyone who is "adjudicated as a mental defective" is a "prohibited person" who may not possess or receive firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) interpretation of this has applied this term "prohibited person" to veterans and
family members who receive VA benefits, but who are unable to manage their own financial affairs.
For almost 10 years the VA has reported these financially challenged individuals and their family members to the FBI for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This list is used to screen for and deny firearm purchases to these "so called" "prohibited persons". In a word they denied these people their Second Amendment Rights by interpreting what they considered a "prohibited person" is.
In Sept. 2009, the VA issued another directive to its regional offices, ordering staff to report potential (yes I did say potential) "prohibited persons" to the BATFE, where investigations could result in criminal (yes I did say criminal) prosecutions of GIs who were in combat, other veterans and family beneficiaries. Now they not only took away your Second Amendment Right but opened you up to criminal charges and incarceration. I thought we were fighting a War on Terrorism but apparently it included GIs, veterans and their family.
Finally after multiple complaints from the VA's own employees, legislators, and other organizations safeguarding our civil rights the VA rescinded this policy.
To safeguard our freedoms we must be eternally vigilante about individuals or agencies within our own government from slowly eroding our freedoms and their subtle and sometimes not to subtle attack on the Constitution of the United States of America. Be warned!

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Father's Day Present

Being a parent does have its rewards. I received this note some years ago from one of my children and though personal thought it should be shared with other parents that may be going through a hard time.

Happy Fathers Day!

There are so many things that you have taught me over the years and still do to this day.

I am so proud to have a father like you. I do my best to follow the examples you set. You are a great man with a heart of gold.

The most important things you have taught me is that family is everything and how to truly love.

You have always been there for me when I needed help or guidance even when I was not deserving of it; and that has taught me what true love/family is all about. So thank you for all you are and what you have taught me. I love you so are my hero.

Signed ?"

So all you parents out there don't give up; you never know what good you may be doing even if it is not said right away.