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Thursday, February 26, 2009

He Wants Your Guns!


Particularly assault rifles.

Why assault rifles? Regular bolt-action hunting rifles are way more high powered.

First of all, the technical definition of assault rifle is a weapon with "select fire", that is, the option of firing fully automatic or semi-automatic. The ban would include, however, rifles that are only semi-automatic.
Assault rifles provide the average citizen with the capability to effectively engage the military in a close quarters battle because of the hi capacity magazine and rate of fire. That's why it was so important in DC vs. Heller that the majority opinion stated:
Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way....The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.

In an episode of the cowboy show Bonanza, called Blood on the Land, a vagrant sheepherder, Jeb Drummond, tries to drive his sheep across the Ponderosa land without permission. When the Cartwrights discover this, they confront the sheepherder. Jeb asks what he's got to prove that the land actually belongs to them. Adam mentions that his father has a deed to the property. "Oh, a deed. Scribblin' on a piece of paper", Jeb sneered. Ben calmly replied, "It's what backs up the scribblin' that counts.

I hope all 44,000,000 American gunowners are ready to back up that "scribblin'" most folks call the Second Amendment.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hope For The Future

Bobby Jindal, the bright star of the Republican party, brought a wonderful rebuttal to Obama's extremely optimistic state of the Union address. (You can watch it here)

Both messages were very clear. Obama, besides stating some erroneous facts, believes that the government is the solution to the problem. Jindal, on the other hand, says that government is the problem. His emphasis on personal responsibility was very refreshing. Jindal's personal experience during Hurricane Katrina, which he shares in the rebuttal, backs this up.
This is a very important concept and it's fragile because governm
ent without God, becomes god, demanding complete control over everything.

After
taking a look at Obama's speech, I asked a question I've asked myself many times before: how did it get so complicated? Why did our nation fall from following the Word of God? I mean, it seems so simple:Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Yet, as humans do, we have fallen.

But God has always preserved a remnant...
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal...

Let us look with hope to the future, anticipating the mighty works that God will accomplish to His honor and glory!

BTW, I'm seriously thinking Bobby Jindal for president next election
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

How Far Can The Apple Fall From The Tree?

Apparently pretty far!

(excerpt from article)

Alabama mainline Presbyterians meeting today voted 77-75 in favor of dropping long-controversial language requiring clergy to abide by fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness.

The presbytery is one of 173 regional bodies in the 2.3-million-member PC(USA) denomination that will be voting on the issue this year. If passed by a majority, new language would allow more leeway to local presbyteries on ordaining clergy, who still must "declare their fidelity to the standards of the church."

The fidelity and chastity clause was passed in 1997 in an effort to bar active homosexuals from the clergy. It has been debated and challenged almost nonstop since then.

I wonder what John Knox would say?

And what about Ephesians 5:25-33?

In case anyone is wondering, when I call myself a Presbyterian, this is NOT what I mean!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Important Legislation On Ammunition

They aren't banning your guns, but what good is your gun without ammo?

Legislation

This legislation is currently pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona,California,Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,Tennessee, and Washington.
Basically, this bill requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacture into a data base of all ammunition sales. So they will know how much you buy and what calibers.
Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009 unless the ammunition is coded. Any privately held uncoded ammunition must be destroyed by July 1, 2011.(Including hand loaded ammo.) They will also charge a 05 cent tax on every round so every box of ammo you buy will go up at least $2.50 or more.
This only applies to Assault weapon and handun ammo.

Dad did some research into the Alabama bill and apparently that is a false statement about it being pushed in Alabama. The bill number is wrong and there isn't anything on the agenda about banning unencoded ammo.

Don't know what's up with that but I will remain vigilant!

(A friend told us about this. I'm not sure, since there's a website up about it, but it may be a scare.)

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Blackwater Bites The Dust


I am so disappointed!

Not only did my favorite military organization lose it's contract in Iraq, they're changing their name!
In the first place, I don't think we should even be in Iraq, but since we are, there are several things we need to understand. First of all, the middle eastern countries did not sign the Geneva Convetions. So they're fighting under a different standard. (UPDATE: one of the comments on this post points out that the Iraqis actually have signed the Conventions.)
Blackwater has historically been able to fight at the muslims level simply because they cut through the political bureaucracy. Also, they have access to the best military technology, because the private sector is always ahead of the government.
Blackwater has been the premier politically incorrect fighting force in the world. The young men who fight for Blackwater are some of the best trained in the world, most of them coming from a Special Forces background.
There are no women allowed in combat roles, to the best of my knowledge.
As to killing civilians, I am so sorry.
I really am.
But in war, people die. Civilians die and it's terrible, but it's a fact of life.

Anyway, pardon my rant, but I REALLY think this was a bad decision on the part of the US government to not renew Blackwater's contract.

(I did a post on BW last year which can be found here.)

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Abraham Lincoln Freed The Slaves! Huh?

When most folks talk about Lincoln, they talk about his attempts to bring freedom to the African slaves and the Emancipation Proclamation. While this is probably how he would like to be remembered, it's not exactly the truth.
He once said:
"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause."

In support of his administration was the House of Representatives, which on this day in 1861, unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing non-interferance with slavery in any state. Now, keep in mind that many states had already left the Union, so the people who voted for this resolution were Lincoln's lap dogs. Two years later when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he merely banned slavery in all the Southern states, which he had absolutley no jurisdiction over. He payed absolutley no attention to the hundreds, perhaps thousands of slaves in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other places. That kinda sounds to me like he was saying, in effect, you can have as many slaves as you like as long as you agree to be slaves of the government.

And since the fall of the South, we have all been slaves.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Should The South Secede From The Union? Part 2

This is the followup to this post, which I would encourage you to read for the value of the comments.

I am by no means an expert on the subject of secession, but here is what I think and why I think it...

First of all, and this may surprise some people, but considering our current situation, I do not believe that the South should secede from the union at this time.

Romans 13, widely accepted as the number one passage regarding the subject of submission to civil magistrates has this to say in verses 1-4:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers: for there is no power but of God: and the powers that be, are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves condemnation.
For magistrates are not to be feared for good works, but for evil. Wilt thou then be without fear of the power? do well: so shalt thou have praise of the same.
For he is the minister of God for thy wealth but if thou do evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword for nought: for he is the minister of God to take vengeance on him that doeth evil.


Notice especially that last phrase I highlighted.
This is the duty of the civil magistrate: to wield the sword in defense of righteousness. The Westminster Confession of Faith, a document which we Presbyterians hold to, although not written by divine inspiration, says this:
It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates, to honor their persons, to pay them tribute or other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience' sake.
(WCF, Chapt 23, Sec. 4)

The issue is not: should we secede because we have a bad leader, but rather should we secede because the magistrate is punishing the righteous. Sure, Barack Obama is a pagan and he's said some terrible things, but his administration hasn't done anything that merits secession yet. Although many non-Christian activities are openly supported, Christians are not being physically persecuted (to the best of my knowledge).
What actions by the government merit secession? Simply when evil is rewarded and righteousness is punished.

Any further thoughts?

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Back From The Crossroads Conference!

Whew! What a great weekend!

I am sorry to say I have no pictures from the event.
I'm sure many of you have experienced this but when I start visiting with like minded folks, I forget to take pictures!

We returned from Columbus refreshed and resolute.
It was a wonderful time of encouragment with like minded families from all over the South and a few from the North. The Botkin family is so encouraging to listen to. Although they lectured on many topics, the overall theme of the conference was a challenge to question the status quo and a challenge to bring every action into conformity with the word of God.

The only criticism I have is that there wasn't enough time to soak up the lectures and meet all the folks we wanted to!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Should The South Secede From The Union?

Many thanks to all who participated in the poll.
The question was:
Taking all factors into consideration (what the Bible says about this, current political state, etc.) should the South secede from the Union?
This is a very weighty question and I was glad to see that the poll was as close as it was.

What I would like to do is have y'all comment on why you voted how you voted, this will bring up some interesting discussion.
I will then give you my opinion next week when we return from the Christians at the Crossroads conference!

So, comments please!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Those Dirty Rotten Taxes


Taxes have been the cause of more wars than any other issue in history. They caused the war that founded this country and the war that divided it.
Many tax revolts have occurred throughout history, but one of the first, after the Revolution, was defeated on this day in 1786.

At this time, European investors were demanding that we pay our war debt in silver and gold. But there was not enough in the states, primarily Massachusetts, so the wealthy businessmen, politicians, etc., tried to tax it from the rural farmers. Most of the landowners didn't have the hard currency, so their property was confiscated.

Angry farmers came together to talk about what the best way would be to go about addressing the grievances.

One of the farmers said this:

"I have been greatly abused, have been obliged to do more than my part in the war; been loaded with class rates, town rates, province rates, Continental rates and all rates...been pulled and hauled by sheriffs, constables and collectors, and had my cattle sold for less than they were worth...The great men are going to get all we have and I think it is time for us to rise and put a stop to it, and have no more courts, nor sheriffs, nor collectors nor lawyers."

Many of the men, veterans of the war for Independence, had been ill treated, cheated of their pay. They began to organize themselves in bands and armed themselves. Assuming command of these bands was the war veteran, Daniel Shays.

The aristocracy of Boston was stunned. How dare these peasants come out of their God-appointed vocation and tell them what to do! They put their money together and commissioned an army to defend the "insulted dignity of government".

The two armies met on February third, near an armory. The government forces fired a volley into the "Shaysites", killing four men. The farmers instantly fled.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Gun Permit Applications On The Rise: Change Has Come To America!

Gun permit applications up 79% in Georgia.

One thing that really impressed me as I was reading that article was the reasons given by the citizens for arming themselves:

I believe there is a greater need for personal protection now than ever before...

I don't trust the federal government, the state government or the local government to do the right thing. I believe in self-reliance...

I wanted to add myself to the number of people with permits to send a message to the powers that be that we represent a very large voting block...

I guess, in a way, Obama has done a great deal to help the gun market. At the same time, it's giving criminals a hard time. All these folks owning guns is going to make them think twice before they act.
And while we're on the subject of politics, allow me to express my extreme displeasure toward the the Republican senators who stabbed us in the back when they voted for the confirmation of Eric Holder!
Kudos to the two men who stood alone: Tom Coburn (OK) and John Cornyn (TX)!

As I'm sure many others did, we sent an email to our senator (Jeff Sessions), asking him not to vote for Holder, but, I guess the bad guys paid him more money.

Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

- Luke 22:36

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