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Free Pac 2012

Thursday I had to privilege of joining 14,000 plus patriots in celebrating our First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceful assembly at FreePAC. If the mainstream media would have reported on the gathering it would have most likely been reported as large gathering of racists, bigots, rednecks and Klan members. I can honestly say there were patriots from every race from around our great nation.

There were a multitude of speakers from many races and backgrounds that graced the stage. The one speaker that drew the most standing ovations from the crowd of racists and bigots was C L Bryant. I’ll let you watch the great rally cry and decide for yourself the true feeling of the ones gathered.


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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

 

-Benjamin Wallace

One Liberal at a Time

Have you ever jumped into something and then realized that you have just entered a lion’s den and shut the door? That happened to me a little over a decade ago when I married my beautiful wife. Leaving the single life behind and tying the knot isn’t what I’m talking about. The fact that this Conservative country boy married into a Liberal family was what upset my happy little world. It is said that love is blind and that God has a sense of humor… I would have to agree!

To give you a little background, my in-laws were die-hard Democrats and considered it a sin to vote for anybody other than a Democrat, no matter who was running. My father-in-law was a 20 plus years union member who considered Republicans to be an evil force that needed to be eradicated. Living in liberal L.A. for most of their lives, they had been thoroughly indoctrinated into mainstream liberalism. I knew these things before we got married, as there were many differences between my in-laws and me. You see, I’m a “white” Conservative Protestant country boy marrying into a Hispanic, Catholic, city raised family.

When politics would come up between my father-in-law and myself, we would find ourselves sitting alone within a few minutes. I would bring up the fact that the candidates that he supported voted against what he said he stood for from his Hispanic and Catholic upbringing. He would usually respond with something about keeping his politics and religion separate.

In 2004, my father-in-law accused me of corrupting his daughter when she openly said she had not voted for John Kerry because she did not agree with his views. My beautiful wife took some heat from her dad for awhile over that one, but did not back down for voting against the Democratic party.

In one of our heated political debates, he made the comment that I would never vote for a Democrat because I was a Republican. I gave him a great shock when I told him I had voted for a Democrat many years ago when I was in Louisiana, because the Democrat candidate had views more in line with my own.

Quite a few years have passed since my wife brought home this Conservative country boy, and in the years to follow more of us have shown up. One of my wife’s sisters married a Conservative member of our great United States Army, and she has also crossed over from the “dark side” into the light. Two other of my wife’s sisters are in long term relationships with Conservatives. Last, but certainly not least, is her baby brother, who seems to be leaning towards the Conservative side as well.

There are times that we don’t feel like putting forth the effort or energy to get liberals to see our point because in can be a daunting task. When, and if you get to that point, just remember this old saying;

“Even the mighty oak was once only a nut.”

You might be viewed as a nut by the liberals you encounter, but if you hold your ground, you might be that one “nut” that started an entire forest.

Getting Away

From time to time, we all must step back and get away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and retreat to place to gather our senses. I know ladies who do this by seeking retail therapy sessions and fellows that seek refuge on the lake to bring their lives back to center.

Many of us wait too long and allow our stress meter to reach extreme levels before seeking out whatever therapy we use.

Personally, I prefer getting to one of two places: the woods or the range. Better yet, getting to a setting that allows both.

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to enjoy the combination of both of my preferred therapies. I had already set plans with some of my friends to meet to work on a local camp that our scouts use on a regular basis. A weekend of hard work clearing fallen trees, removing stumps and other hard manual labor was the main events on the agenda. Our busy day started with rolling out of our tents near first light and getting a quick continental type breakfast before getting down to business.

After a quick discussion of the tasks and goals of the day, we set out to achieve those goals. While some started clearing the old road of fallen trees and limbs, a couple of us set out to the front gate to solve the issues with it. With a bit of persuasion and grinding, the main gate was taken care of in relatively short order. With the gate behind us, we picked up our saws and other tools and headed to meet the others to finish the other tasks.

Once done with the work, it was time to “play”.  A few of us had packed our “smaller” firearms to make use of a natural backstop that existed at the camp. Once the firing lane had been established and targets set up we commenced to sighting in a .22 cal. that had just received a new scope and selecting which gun to try out next. With several guns on hand, there were only two guns that were of the same make and model, and those two were not identical due to modifications by each owner. We had a chance to compare guns and figure out which was the next one added to add to our wish list.

No matter what kind of therapy you prefer to take your stress meter down, remember not to let those sessions be too far apart. Lord knows there are more than enough things in our daily lives to raise that stress meter needle between the current inflation, bad economy, B.S. (bureaucratic stupidity) and your standard everyday stressors in life.

We Love Our Guns In Texas

I am blessed and privileged to live in the great state of Texas. Texas is the only place I know where you can see cowboys driving cattle down the street in a large city. (It actually happens in Fort Worth and Dallas and maybe some others as well). The downtown cattle drives are great, but one of the things that I love most about Texas is the way we love our guns. Not only do we love our guns on the personal level, but we love our guns on the state level as well.

The gun laws in the state of Texas are extremely relaxed compared to most other states. Being that I have not always lived in the state of Texas, (I came back as soon as I could) I was not aware of all of the laws pertaining to gun ownership. Upon my return to Texas I had to look into any laws that might affect my ownership of firearms. I was fortunate enough to make friends quickly with a local law enforcement officer who informed me of the laws. I did not have to register my firearms when I moved back because Texas does not require its citizens to register their firearms.  This was one less hassle I would have to deal with and one less set of fees we would have to come up with the money for.

This year with the passage of The Motorist Protection Act, citizens have full rights to carry a loaded weapon with them in their vehicle. There is also the “Castle Law”, which gives Texas citizens full right to defend their home from any threat to their home or its inhabitants.

Concealed Handgun License is still required to carry your handgun on your person, but there is a big push on state legislators to pass an open carry law.

To purchase a firearm or obtain your CHL you must pass a quick background check and show a state issued picture ID. In the case of my last firearm purchase, it only took a short time while browsing around the gun shop for more items to put on my wish list.

Many states limit what kind of firearms can be owned by the citizens of said state. “Assault weapons”, suppressors and machine guns are legal to own in Texas. Texas follows the gun laws set forth by the federal government and figures that is plenty enough restrictions for anyone. If you can legally own it by federal law, then you can own it in Texas.

Side note: I never have understood why they label certain firearms “assault weapons”;  one can assault someone with a pencil, so wouldn’t that make pencils an “assault weapon”?

Another nice thing about Texas is that we don’t have to drive very far to find a gun range. I can be at either an indoor range or an outdoor range within 20 minutes (it takes that long because I live out in the country) from my home or even less time from where I work.  The outdoor range I frequent offers ranges from 30 yards to 100 yards along with multiple skeet and trap fields; they even offer an archery field to hone your bow and arrow skills.

Such companies as American Derringer, Bond Arms, Cimarron Arms and Strayer/Voigt are just a handful of the firearm manufactures that call Texas home. Texans not only love their guns,  but we also want to share that freedom with every other American who would like to enjoy the firearm sports, as well as the capability to defend their families.

John Browning: Firearms Designer and American Hero

Rich Mitchell’s series on gun control is sparking memories in me of my mother’s early history.

John Browning

Mom was born on December 21st, 1921 in Blackfoot, Idaho. She didn’t stay in Idaho for long, though. My grandparents packed her up up along with the furniture soon after that blessed event and moved to Ogden, Utah. One of their neighbors in Ogden was an elderly man named John Browning. At that stage of his life Browning split his time between his boyhood Ogden home and the design and manufacturing facilities of Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN) in Liege, Belgium. He died on November 26, 1926 in Liege, while working at his design bench. You may have heard of him. After all, he is one of the greatest firearms designers and gunsmiths to have ever walked on planet Earth.

It is interesting to see the Obama Administration pervert the meaning of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. As pass by the Congress, the Second Amendment reads thusly:

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.

And as ratified by the States, the text reads:

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 Second Amendment was greatly influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. That historic document reads:

Whereas the late King James the Second by the Assistance of diverse evill Councellors Judges and Ministers imployed by him did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant Religion and the Lawes and Liberties of this Kingdome (list of grievances including) … by causing severall good Subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when Papists were both Armed and Imployed contrary to Law, (Recital regarding the change of monarch) … thereupon the said Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons pursuant to their respective Letters and Elections being now assembled in a full and free Representative of this Nation takeing into their most serious Consideration the best meanes for attaining the Ends aforesaid Doe in the first place (as their Auncestors in like Case have usually done) for the Vindicating and Asserting their ancient Rights and Liberties, Declare (list of rights including) … That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.

The Obama Administration’s bald-faced attempt via the Fast and Furious scandal to create conditions in which they could claim that guns were inspiring violence—thus giving them an excuse to infringe upon our constitutional right to bear arms is downright scary.

Browning Automatic Rifle

Their escapade with Fast and Furious, deliberately setting up a pretext to deny us our right to bear arms bears a strong resemblance to the way the Nazis started World War II. You may recall that the German military staged an attack on one of their own radio stations along the Polish border—providing them with an excuse for invading Poland. That is exactly what the Obama Administration attempted to do with Fast and Furious. They provided guns to the drug cartels and the cartels then engaged in attacks on both Mexican and American citizens. The only problem for the Obama Administration is that their role in the delivery of arms was uncovered. Now they can’t claim that uncontrolled guns were instrumental in civilian deaths. The blood lies directly on the hands of the Obama Administration.

There is an undeniable link between personal liberty and the right to bear arms. John Browning is a living testament to that fact. John Browning was hardly a radical extremist. In fact, he held quite conservative views. He even spent time in Arkansas in 1887 serving as a missionary; not exactly a favorite left-wing pastime.

Some of Browning’s most important contributions to firearms technology include his invention or contributions to various aspects of auto-loading weapons.

Order of Leopold

By developing the telescoping bolt, Browning made possible the first reliable and compact auto-loading pistol. This invention, which integrated the bolt and barrel shroud into what is now known as the pistol slide, is now incorporated into virtually every modern semi-automatic pistol in existence. Browning also developed the first gas-operated machine gun, the Colt-Browning Model 1895. It was a technological breakthrough and far surpassed the legacy mechanical recoil operations of the day. It became the de facto standard for most high-power self-loading firearms designs.

Browning came along at exactly the right time in history. His weapons were critical in defense of freedom during World War I. Weapons he created that were used in that war included the M1911 pistol, the Browning .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, the famous Browning Automatic Rifle, and the Browning Auto-5, which was a revolutionary semi-automatic shotgun.

In addition to his own company, Browning designed both military and civilian small arms for Winchester, Colt, Remington, Savage, and Fabrique Nationale de Herstal. Long after his death, Browning’s weapons were seeing service in defense of freedom around the globe during World War II and the Korean War. To this day the Browning Hi-Power remains the standard side arm of the Australian, British, and Canadian armed forces. The M2 Browning machine gun, which Browning designed in 1918, is still in active service nearly a century later with the US Army and Marine Corps. Additionally, the M4 cannon, which is a 37mm auto cannon, which Browning designed in 1921, was used in both aircraft and on the U.S. Navy PT boats during World War II.

Obama can say what he wants about our right to bear arms. But we all know that the Second Amendment to the Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, in effect protecting us against would be tyrants just like Obama. And our ability to bear those arms was made possible for us by a giant in American history—John Browning.

Browning was awarded the John Scott Medal by the Board of Directors of City Trusts of Philadelphia. The criteria for the award is that it is only presented to men and women whose inventions improved the “comfort, welfare, and happiness of human kind” in a significant way. That Browning did by giving patriots everywhere the ability to defend themselves, their families, and their nations from tyranny.

Browning was also awarded the Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold) by the nation of Belgium. This award is given to Belgian nationals or distinguished foreign persons who have made very important contributions to the Belgian state of society. This is the highest award presented by Belgium and it made Browning an honorary knight. Other persons awarded this honor include George S. Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Dwight Eisenhower. Browning is in elite company.

Thanks to John Browning, we have the ability to protect ourselves from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Let us pray we never have to avail ourselves of that right. But we stand ready and able to do so if the need arises—thanks to an American hero, John Browning.

Planned Parenthood: The Genocide Machine

 

gen·o·cide [jen-uh-sahyd] noun

The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

Some might say that genocide is too strong of a word to use when talking about Planned Parenthood, but the truth is the truth. From the beginning of what eventually became the Planned Parenthood we know today, the eradication of certain groups of people was the basis of its founding. The targets from the beginning were the black, poor and people she (Margaret Sanger) considered unsuitable for breeding.

Margaret Sanger, along with Dr. Clarence Gamble (of Proctor and Gamble) conceived “The Negro Project” in which they would have a black minister start a revival with contributions (or bribe money, which ever you would prefer) and pay a “colored nurse” followed by a “colored doctor” to speak for birth control. Sanger would dupe black leaders into promoting birth control by using the guise of an increase in economics and/or health.

Margaret Sanger wrote in a letter to Dr. Gamble: 

 “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

It is no surprise that 78% of all Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities. It is also no surprise that Hispanic women are twice as likely to get an abortion and black women are three times more likely to get an abortion compared to white women. By positioning the Planned Parenthood clinics in the minority communities they are accomplishing what Margaret Sanger planned all along- the destruction of “negro population” and as a bonus, the Hispanic population and lower income whites.

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”    Margaret Sanger

 


Obama claims to be an advocate for the black community and those who are impoverished, yet he is one of Planned Parenthood’s largest supporters. On three different occasions, Obama voted against legislation restricting live birth abortion. Obama intervened and declared that Indiana’s law that would withhold some public funds from Planned Parenthood was illegal and warned that any similar legislation would jeopardize Medicaid funding to any state that did. In other words, good ol’ Chicago style politics. Time and time again Obama and the Democrats push less and less restrictions on abortion and push more and more funds into Planned Parenthood.

“Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black.”

–Erma Clardy Craven
Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader


Planned Parenthood likes to “educate” our youth about sex, but has cut funding to their abstinence programs.  Typical liberals, show only some of the options, but not the responsible option. We need to teach our children that with every choice there is responsibility.

If we ever want to see abortion abolished in the United States we must first elect people to Congress who will stand up for the rights of our unborn children.

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Source:

BlackGenocide.org 

 

Boy Scouts of America Honors Anniversary of 9/11 Through Service and Remembrance

In recognition of 10-year anniversary, Scout Surge 9/11 encourages units to serve communities and watch the film New York Says Thank You

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—encouraging all members to serve and contribute to the common good. Leading up to Sept. 11, when the United States of America marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of Scout Surge 9/11.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, in communities throughout the nation, Scouts are encouraged to “surge” by undertaking service projects to honor those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.

“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance ofSept. 11, 2001.”

New York Says Thank You FoundationOn Sept. 11, Scout units will invite their local communities to remember the 10th anniversary of the events by gathering to watch the movie New York Says Thank You. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. The movie chronicles the group’s efforts and features the group helping rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa, which was devastated by a 2008 tornado.

“The BSA is committed to improving the lives of young people, families, communities, and the nation—with an emphasis on service,” said Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. “New Yorkers will never forget what people all across the United States did for us in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. We are proud to work with the Scouts with the shared goal of honoring and remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on www.scoutsurge911.org or their council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on www.actionamerica.com. More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com.

Guns and Sunshine

 


Florida recently took a turn in the right direction in defense of the Second Amendment. State lawmakers passed a law stopping all gun restrictions below the state level.

Starting October first, any public official who enforces or passes any gun regulation below the state level will be held personally responsible. The official will face a $5000 fine and possible removal from office.

Since Gov. Rick Scott signed the law back in June, local agencies have been removing or blocking out signs and literature that prohibit legal gun carry by local regulations.  Citizens that have their CHL will be able to carry in most government buildings and on public lands such as parks.

Matt Suedmeyer, the parks and recreation manager of Orange county said:

“There is a little concern, the bad guys that carry guns would bring them into the parks regardless.”

Of course there are also those who are beside themselves that the state would dare to give law abiding citizens back a fraction of their rights that have been stolen over the years.

Dennis Henigan , the interim of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called the bill “shameful”. Henigan also stated:

“The gun lobby is determined to force guns into every corner of our society, that does not make us safer.”

The infamous Boca Raton “No Guns Allowed” sign on city hall has even come down. Throughout Florida local governments are scrambling to repeal local ordinances that are in conflict with the new bill.

The greatest response to the passing of the bill was made by NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer, who stated:

“The Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms, local governments are not allowed to regulate the Bill of Rights.”

It is about time someone in an elected position started doing their job and started producing legislation that benefits the law abiding citizen instead of the criminal scum that preys on citizens. Legislation like this need to sweep the nation like wildfire and return to America’s citizens what is rightfully theirs.

Back To The Border

Have you ever thought about what effect illegal immigrants have on legal immigrants?

In the United States most people equate illegal immigrants to Hispanics even though there are people of many cultures and nationalities that cross our borders illegally. Some cross our borders to find employment while others cross to do harm to our great nation. Guns and drugs flow freely across our borders which, for the most part helps to destroy Americans and in turn leads to our rights being infringed upon. The recent ATF debacle with Mexican gunrunners already has some in Washington wanting to enact more regulations on law abiding gun owners.

On to the effects that illegal immigration has on legal immigrants.

Legal immigrants (especially Hispanics) have possible employers doubt the authenticity of their credentials and documents. It is not uncommon for legal immigrants to have their identities stolen because they have done the work of immigrating legally. Legal immigrants are often stereotyped as being illegal. They commonly have people look down on them or even say rude comments that do not apply to them because they immigrated legally. These are just a few issues that legal immigrants face on a daily basis.

I know a Hispanic lady that immigrated legally, and she has seen some of these things firsthand. While working at a McDonalds restaurant a customer yelled “La Migra” (Spanish for INS) and some of the workers ran to hide. After things settled down, another worker asked why she did not run. She simply stated that she was not afraid of the INS because she immigrated legally and held a green card.

I applaud those who have immigrated legally. They have followed the laws of this sovereign nation to be assets to our nation. For those that have crossed our borders illegally, go back to your home country and if you want to return, follow our laws and enter our country legally next time.

 

Bumps in the Page

Most of the jobs and activities I get involved in usually have the capability of leading to bodily injury whether it minor or major injury. Writing is the one area that I thought would be exempt from this phenomenon.

Recently, while working late at night I developed a hankering (craving for those not raised in the Deep South) for some coffee. A little background on my coffee drinking. I normally don’t drink coffee unless the mercury is in the thirty degree range or lower, much less during the heat of the hottest summer in recent history. Couple these things with the fact that I only think coffee is worth drinking if it is made in a percolator at a lower than boiling temperature for a long time.

Now that you have the background information, on with the story.

The only percolator coffee pot I own is the one in our camping gear that is stored in a small trailer outside.  I put my shoes on and proceeded outside to retrieve the coffee pot. I opened the trailer and pulled out the ice chest and a couple of tents to gain access to our chuck box that held the treasured percolator. I headed for the prize and then all of a sudden the world was all wrong. In an instant I was out of the trailer on my back wondering what the heck just happened. I picked myself up and took inventory just to make sure everything was still there. Everything was there and even picked up a nice long cut on my leg from the bolts that hold the license plate on.  That’s when it hit me! Normally when I enter the trailer it is attached to my truck. With nothing to hold the tongue of the trailer down it promptly expelled me from reaching my goal, but only temporarily. I did finally retrieve the coffee pot and the desired mug of coffee, and oh how good it was.

All for a cup of coffee!

Now to the article I am writing!

All with my cup of coffee!

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

 

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Divided We Stand, United We Fall

 

Recently, we conservatives have been called many things. Some on the left have labeled us as terrorists, extremists, Nazis, rednecks, hobbits, and racists to name just a few. Our gatherings have been referred to as “Klan” meetings. Most of us know that these comments hold no truth and are made by people of ignorance.

When you attend your next “Klan” meeting, look around and see how many people you see that are not the same race as you. I know that may be a hard thing to do because when we attend these meetings most of us only see three colors, RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Some of the names we are called make us laugh, while some infuriate us. For example, when they call us “rednecks”, most of us are not bothered in the least. Everyone I know that most would call “rednecks” are good God fearing, patriotic Americans.

“Terrorist”, on the other hand is one that gets under my skin personally. Terrorists do not try to change things in a peaceful manner; they murder the innocent and are tyrannical if in power.

One label I do not mind at all is “hobbit”. In fact, I consider it a great honor to be called a hobbit. This label solidifies my resolve to stand up and continue fighting the good fight. Please correct me if I am wrong, but was it not two hobbits that brought down an entire kingdom of evil?

There are many differing degrees of conservatives. There are some that are willing to compromise on their core beliefs, some that think that there should be no compromise, and many in between the these two extremes. These differences could lead to the downfall of our common cause if we do not unite. The liberals are experts in causing unrest in the different groups of the conservative movement. They know how to attack one group and cause others to doubt their allegiance to our common cause.

This is the time for all of to unite against the common enemy of our nation, unique culture, our economy, and our very way of life. We must unite and elect leaders of good morals, leaders who are in it for our nation, not for themselves. Our great nation is in desperate need of  TRUE LEADERS now more than any other time in recent history. We The People are the ones that are responsible for electing such officials. Now is not the time for politics as usual. Get out, get involved, and get educated about the candidates who want to be our leaders, then most importantly, GET OUT AND VOTE!

If we continue to stand divided, we will be united in failure.

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

Boy Scouts of America: Timeless Values, Apathy or Political Correctness?

The Boy Scouts have a long standing program that has helped to produce many great leaders over its long history – the Eagle Scout. Neil Armstrong, Willie Banks, Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey (WWII Submarine Commander, Medal of Honor recipient), President Gerald Ford (first Eagle to be President), Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sam Walton (Wal-Mart founder) and even “Ozzie” Nelson, to name just a few who have made Eagle and continued on to lead in different fields.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has taken on the issues of atheism and homosexuality and come out with legal decisions in their favor.

Unfortunately, one issue the BSA has faltered on is disrespect for our American Flag in Texas no less.

A friend of mine (and Boy Scout leader) told me of an incident at the summer camp his troop attended. Like he said, “boys will be boys”, but this included the leaders. He went on to tell me about the actions of Troop 758 out of Carrollton, Texas.

“They were the most disrespectful troop I have ever seen.”

During the course of one meal, the Scoutmaster from his troop confronted one boy from troop 758 about his actions and the boy gave him a rude hand gesture and went on his way. The scoutmaster followed the boy to his table and spoke with the leaders of troop 758, but they showed no concern for the boy’s actions and for the most part ignored the concerns of a fellow scout leader.

All indications were that troop 758 was not living up to the honor and traditions of the Boy Scouts of America. The straw that broke the camel’s back was at the Flag Ceremony Friday evening while family members were in attendance.

I could tell by the look on his face that he was about to tell me something that made his blood boil. He continued,

“..while the Flag Lowering Ceremony was in progress, and the rest of the troops were at attention, eyes front, troop 758 was on the porch talking loudly, in their native tongue, Arabic from what I could tell. It wasn’t just the boys but also the leaders, many in class A uniform. Luckily about the time I was just opening my mouth to holler at them another leader from another troop that was standing closer got them quieted down with more tact than I could have mustered at that moment.”

The Boy Scout oath:

Where was the duty to country? It does not matter where you were born or were your family hails from, once you or your family moves to another country to live, you have duties to that country. The duty to respect the symbols and ceremonies of the country applies to all that enter any country, no matter how you personally feel about said country.

Some who read this article will say he just being “racist.” That is not the case at all. He also told me of another troop that was in attendance at this summer camp.

“Troop 810, which was made up mostly of Arabics, from what I could tell, was your standard run of the mill troop. I held conversations with a couple of their leaders at different times and enjoyed talking to them; they displayed the qualities instilled by true scouts.”

The scout leader who experienced the disrespectful actions in question first contacted the Longhorn Council, the local Boy Scout Council for the area that the camp serves, and reported the problems. A week went by and he received no response. He escalated.

He fired off an email to David Burke, who is in public relations with the national headquarters for Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Burke responded promptly that he had forwarded the issue to the proper people. Interestingly enough, my friend received a phone call from Longhorn Council that very afternoon. It turns out that troop 758 was from the Circle Ten Council and the information had been sent to Scott Ferguson, Director of Support Services for Circle Ten Council.

“Mr. Ferguson sent me an email stating that he would be speaking to the leadership of troop 758. A week went by without hearing from Mr. Ferguson, so I shot him another email asking what had been done to rectify the situation. When Mr. Ferguson got back with me he stated, that he has ‘spoken with the Troop Leadership of 758 and they were very sad to receive negative complaints’. The email went on, ‘They would like to apologize if they did anything wrong to offend you and your troop.’”

This is when I thought I might have to give my friend some blood pressure medicine or something stronger to calm him down.

IF they did anything to offend me!? They disrespected my country and can’t understand why I’m pissed! The email stated that the Camp Director felt that no further action was needed. Mr. Ferguson closed the email with, ‘I believe this brings this situation to a conclusion.’ I believe troop 758 owes a public apology to every scout, leader, staff, and family member that was in attendance. I love being involved in scouting but I could not deal with the lack of action on this incident. We truly have reached the end of a time-honored tradition if the Boy Scouts are now politically correct!”

For those of you that are skeptical of the incidents my friend shared for this article, let me assure you that I would not doubt his word. Not only have I known him for long time but he is also an active leader in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle when he was a Boy Scout. I am not calling for a boycott or anything of that nature but I do think that we need to send a clear message to all organizations in this great nation- we WILL stand up for our country whether it is politically correct or not!

 

July 20, 2011: Update- CDN has obtained the actual email correspondence between James Allen, the friend and contact that Benjamin Wallace wrote of and quoted in this article. This is all of the emails, in their entirety, with only the personal email address and phone number of Mr. Allen being redacted.

 


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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
 Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

Oh Say Can You See

I remember several years ago while looking to buy a house the realtor kept bring up properties that had HOA’s (Home Owners Association). I told her don’t even worry about pulling the files on the properties. I knew then that it would just cause grief and trouble if someone tried to tell me what I could do on the property I paid for.

In a single day I read two separate news reports where an HOA is being tyrannical and downright un-American. In one case the HOA is demanding that Fred Quigley- a veteran who fought in Korea and Vietnam- take down his flag pole. Mr. Quigley  proudly flies the flag that he so honorably served, the flag of The United States of America, on this pole.

In the other case, the HOA has halted construction on the home that was to be built by Homes for Our Troops for Sgt. 1st Class Sean Gittens who was paralyzed by an IED.

The HOA in Macedonia, Ohio told Mr. Quigley (I am sorry I could not find out the rank he attained or I would address him as such) he could fly his flag from a stanchion from his home but Mr. Quigley would not hear of it. In a statement concerning the matter, he stated:

“To me, a flagpole is a thing of boldness and is substantial. Putting a flag on your house is like putting a wreath on your door. It doesn’t mean as much.”

The HOA even stated that “landscapers have to work around it” and it would require electricity to be ran to the pole for illumination. OH MY GOSH! A landscaper would have to do what he is paid to do and run a line to the pole for a light. I was actually surprised that the HOA knew that flag etiquette deems that the flag be illuminated in the event it is flown at night.

I am proud to say that Mr. Quigley’s community have rallied around him. Many of his supporters gathered together with him as The American Legion performed a Flag Raising Ceremony at Mr. Quigley’s flag pole.

Sgt. Gittens and his family have been up against a very determined HOA. The HOA in the Evans, Georgia neighborhood have stated that because the Gittenses’ house would be smaller than most of the houses in the area, it would bring down property values even though the house exceeds the minimum square footage. The HOA even had the audacity to request that they build a second story on the house. REALLY?! A disabled veteran who is bound to a wheelchair or bed at all times should be required to build a second story?! The Gittens Family decided to build their new home elsewhere to end the conflict. Homes For Our Troops will now be able to build a home for the good Sgt. And his family without having to battle the HOA the entire time.

John Gonsalves, president and founder of Homes for Our Troops, made a statement saying:

“This home is about freedom and independence adapted to the Gittenses’ needs, but it’s also about roots. Luckily we can enjoy the [American] dream because of people like Sgt. Gittens. So who deserves it more than him?”

I would personally like to take these HOA presidents behind the woodshed and give them a few lessons on how to honor our veterans and OUR flag. There should be no other held in higher regards than those who have put his/her life on the line to defend our great nation and/or do her bidding. It is because of these individuals that we have the freedoms we have today. All of our freedoms have been bought and paid for with the literal blood, sweat, tears of our great men and women who make up our great military. Many have even given their very lives so that you might be free today.

July 4 Update: Ohio Veteran Wins Fight To Fly American Flag On Pole Outside His House

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how.
Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

-Benjamin Wallace

 

 

Granny Get Your Gun!

When you hear the word treaty you would normally assume that two or more countries in conflict with each other had reached an accord to end the conflict. Take the proposed “small arms treaty” from the U.N. There is no doubt that the rights and freedoms that our forefathers secured for us, scare many of the world “leaders”(for lack of better word).

Most of the “civilized” nations in this world have banned private ownership- or have at least passed stringent laws strongly restricting the private ownership of firearms. Americans have had their rights paid for with over 200 years of freedom loving patriots giving life and limbs for our freedoms and rights. We have fought tooth and nail and paid that same high price to give that same gift to many others around the globe.

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”-Ronald Reagan

With many of the world’s citizens allowing their politicians to pass laws prohibiting or restricting the private ownership of firearms they have given up their last line of defense against tyranny. The proposed “treaty “, if passed would most likely impose harsh restriction on the buying and selling of firearms and create a national firearm registry. The first steps leading to the confiscation of privately owned guns, leaving the citizen at the mercy of the criminal and the government.

It has been proven time and again that when the citizen is disarmed, the crime rate skyrockets. The criminals already reject following the law, so the government just makes it easier for them. When a politician starts out at the state or local level most all will state that they want to lower the crime rate. This cannot be accomplished by disarming the law abiding citizen, from any government level.

Now is the time to raise our voices and be heard. Let our senators and representatives know that we will not tolerate them signing away our freedoms and rights under the guise of a “treaty”.

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.
-Benjamin Wallace


Keep an eye on where this goes through the NRA-ILA.

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Information Source:

Forbes.com