04/16/12

The Gun Life: The Joy,The Pleasure,The Responsibility

By: Jay Loeffers

Hello all! How are you doing today? Again I want to go back to talking about my favorite past time, which is Beanie Baby collecting! Just kidding. I mean guns. I love shooting them, collecting them, learning the history of them, working on them, cleaning them… well, not so much the cleaning part. I am going to give my observations, experience and some insight into this wonderful Constitutional-given right of all Americans.

I spent last Friday at my local gun range with my .22s, my 9mm and the always fun zombie animal targets. I did reliability testing of two types of cased ammo for my Ruger SR9, tested out a new folding stock for my Ruger 10/22 rifle and zeroed in my Marlin XT-22 bolt action rifle.

THE JOY

Do you get joy out of target shooting, friendly competition or just blowing stuff up with your guns? I know I do. I like hearing about when a Hollywood actor who has to go to gun training. You just know he is dreading it because of his liberal ideas on guns and all the media myths on guns as well. Then after the training is over with, they always say the same thing: “Man that was real fun!” I will not lie, I am a fan of Discovery Channel’s SONS OF GUNS, MYTH BUSTERS and the newer show, AMERICAN GUNS. You watch Will or Steph and her new hubby Chris just get pure joy out of the special order builds and test shooting of all their products and the pride they have in what they do. I mean, Chris just turns into a hopped up kid on Jolt Cola when he says the word CANNON! (I will admit the same thing when I say .45!) Mr. Will Hayden is not only a fine and grand gentleman, but one of Uncle Sam’s misguided children (USMC retired) and a hero of mine. I would love to order from RED JACKET, but I can’t afford anything but to drool over it – ha, ha. Then there’s the WYATT family of GUNSMOKE in Denver. I love the way they get into the history of the builds and the customer reveals. I get joy from my custom work test and it always gives me joy when things work better than expected.

THE PLEASURE

Do you find pleasure in fixing a gun problem or restoring an older gun to working order? Or do you get pleasure from that 1,000 yard shot you got? A fine pleasure for me is also the cheapest. I love all day shooting with all of my .22s. When I was at the range, I saw many first time shooters being taught by their boyfriends/husbands and these men were happy to teach and to pass on a woman’s right to protection. What women liberation group would not want a woman to protect herself, huh? At the range as well I get the pleasure of talking to and learning from other fellow gun owners or teaching a little to first timers. Let’s look at a man who gets an over abundance of pleasure from things that go POP! TED NUGENT – here is a non-typical rock star entertainer who gets pleasure from the hunt, from the bow and arrow, from his GLOCK 20, from catching rocks on fire and from a full auto H&K MP-5 (My kind of guy! I too have fired both the MP-5 9MM and UMP .40S&W and they are loads of fun!) Here is one of America’s champions of the 2nd Amendment who like Glenn Beck gets daily death threats from absolute morons and idiots because he finds pleasure in life while those knuckleheads have none. My true pleasure comes when someone comes up to me and asks if I want to learn more about guns and gun ownership.

THE RESPONSIBILITY

My YouTube buddy NUTNFANCY, is all about personal gun responsibility whether it’s about training and teaching your children about gun responsibility (video: CHILDREN OF THE GUN) or if he talks about the anti-gun protectionist culture (video:GUN FREE, DEATH PAY). Then there is his own protocol views on conceal carry and self defense (video: CONCEAL CARRY PROTOCOL, CLOSE TO ENGAGE). These are all things to consider. With the rise in gun sales every month, the sale of just over 10 million guns this last year alone and 60% of the sales are to new women gun owners, we have to make sure that all gun owners take the time to teach and train these new and first time buyers. We need to make sure these newbies get informed and do their homework. It’s everyone’s responsibility. Part of the responsibility is of course gun safety. Believe me when I tell you that injury from an accidental discharge really sucks. If you survive it, it will take you a year at least to fully heal up from the injury. So don’t ever take gun safety for granted. EVER!

THE SECOND AMENDMENT

“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.”

What does this amendment mean to you or me? Well, this is the way I see it. Unlike what most of the media thinks, the word militia is not about “joining” any militia group. That’s out there and besides I have seen a lot of these so-called militias and most are hiding either: A. racist views, B. contemplating illegal acts or C. they are a bunch of fat guys in surplus camo from the Vietnam era with mullets showing off their ‘Shooting” skills they learned watching way too many Steven Segal movies (there was an Idaho “militia” group’s recruiting booth at a Tea Party rally 2 years ago, showing videos of their so-called gun training – it was laughable). So, always be leery of these guys and do your homework. Besides, a militia by the founding fathers was defined as anyone not in the military and in fine heath. You don’t need to be in a so-called militia to be a militia member. As an American, it’s your duty and responsibility to be armed in the first place in case of invasion, forming a needed posse, in times of WROL, riots and disasters. There are over 20,000 gun control laws and regulations on the books and I have noticed one thing – in the most gun controlled states or cities, they are the ones with the most violent crime rates (Fresno, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, L.A., Boston and Washington state), while the ones with the least gun laws are generally safer (Coeur d’Alene, the state of Texas (not the border towns) and Arizona (again not the border towns). As a new/old gun owner, it is your responsibility to know the laws of your state, city and local town and to follow them.

I remember some wussy, anti-gun owner guy saying that the NRA was against “reasonable” regulation of guns. I was just wondering… with the 20,000 gun laws still in place, what is reasonable that will work and is not unconstitutional? Oh yeah, none.

04/16/12

Wolf Blitzer Should Apologize to Allen West

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer played the role of wise guy during a segment last Thursday on Rep. Allen West and communism. West “sounds like McCarthy,” Blitzer said, referring to his allegations of communists in Congress. The comment was designed to ridicule West, a combat veteran of the Iraq War and a man considered by many Republicans to be vice-presidential material. Blitzer urged West to issue a public apology.

But Blitzer is the one who should apologize, for he did not offer West’s comments in context. Blitzer also ignored clear and convincing evidence that the Communist Party USA, once funded by Moscow, regards the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Democratic Party as allies in the “struggle” for socialism in the U.S.

“What’s the difference between the CPUSA and progressive Democrats?” asked CPUSA writer Dan Margolis. “The CPUSA has worked to get Democrats elected, fought for health care reform with the public option, and embraced most of what organized labor has been doing.”

In the article, described as part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA’s 29th National Convention in 2010, he goes on, “The strategy is pro-active, as well. Having looked at the current troubles, and the demoralization that has occurred since the 2008 elections, our line is even more important: Obama and the Democrats are not the enemy; they represent better possibilities for working people than the Republicans.”

If anything, then, West understated the problem. The CPUSA is working through the Democratic Party as a whole, as well as the Obama Administration. And we have their admission of all of this.

Taking the usual liberal line—that communism is dead and that talk of a communist threat today is just plain nuts—the CNN host of “The Situation Room” displayed his ignorance and bias.

Addressing West’s remarks about communism, Blitzer said, “There’s virtually no,” before cutting himself off in mid-sentence and referring to the collapse of communism in Russia. He must have stopped, knowing that it would be foolish to say communism itself was dead when the world had been transfixed by the spectacle of the communist North Korean regime launching another missile.

It would also seem preposterous to talk about the collapse of communism internationally when, in addition to North Korea, there are communist regimes in China and Cuba. Plus, Russia is run by a former Soviet intelligence officer who is the president-elect of that country and starts a new six-year term on May 7.

In addition, we have cases like that of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, a Marxist aligned with Cuba and Russia.

And if there is no communist presence in the U.S. today, then why did a spokesman for the Communist Party USA give a quote to the left-wing paper Politico denouncing West?

In a story headlined, “Communist Party slams Allen West,” Politico reporter Darius Dixon quoted a CPUSA spokesman as saying about members of the party in Congress: “There aren’t any now and if there were in the future does that mean that the voters don’t have a say?”

Blitzer showed his guests, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona along with Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, partial footage of West’s remarks: “I believe there are 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.”

Buchanan said, “He has not chosen the best of words. This is a man who is clearly a great American hero, a war hero, but this is a statement I couldn’t agree with.”

Buchanan added, “I would almost like to see what he said following that and did he explain it?”

Well, of course he did. And Blitzer would finally acknowledge that the West quote was about the progressive caucus in Congress. But Blitzer wasn’t convinced: “But you agree, when he says members of the Communist Party, members of the—he should apologize. He should take it back.”

As AIM has reported, West was referring to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He later issued a statement more fully explaining what he meant. Still, one cannot subject West’s remarks to scrutiny without analyzing why members of the caucus like Rep. Danny Davis accept awards from the Communist Party USA.

Cardona commented, “He seemed pretty sure of himself in that quote and that sound bite. It was almost as if he had seen the cards, Wolf, of the card-carrying members” of the party.

This was the time for Blitzer to provide a history lesson, but he failed to do so. Since he was not interested in bringing forth the case of Davis, he could have mentioned Hugh DeLacy.

A Democratic member of Congress from 1945 to 1947, DeLacy was a CPUSA member, but his party membership was only confirmed after he left the House. After he left Congress, he moved from Washington state to California and lived in a congressional district served by then-Rep. Leon Panetta. Back in 1983 Panetta inserted a tribute into the Congressional Record recognizing DeLacy and his wife Dorothy, another communist, for their commitment to “social justice” and resisting “the dark forces of McCarthyism.” Panetta had provided DeLacy a sensitive congressional document dealing with military affairs.

Challenging “the dark forces of McCarthyism” is interesting language for an official who is supposed to be able to recognize enemies, foreign and domestic. Panetta has served as CIA director and now Secretary of Defense in the Obama Administration, presiding over massive defense cuts. Paying homage to DeLacy helps clear up the mystery of how and why he was selected by Obama to occupy these sensitive national security positions.

The case of Hugh DeLacy, whose membership in the party was later confirmed by CPUSA lawyer John Abt, may help explain why the party spokesman told Politico that there aren’t any party members in Congress “now.” But that technical correction of West’s remarks doesn’t undermine his final point about what the Congressional Progressive Caucus represents. Communists like to call themselves progressives.

If there is any doubt, put the word “progressive” into the CPUSA search engine and see how many times it comes up. I found 68 references.

Although Blitzer used the phrase “sounds like McCarthy” in order to mock West, it bears repeating that the communist threat was much greater than even Senator Joseph McCarthy had feared. The Venona transcripts of communications among Soviet spies in the U.S., many recruited by the Communist Party, and Moscow, demonstrated as many as 350 infiltrators, including numerous high-level government officials.

With some prominent exceptions such as Democratic Rep. Danny Davis, members of Congress do not advertise their work or affiliations with the CPUSA these days. However, as West noted, the party has referred to “our allies in Congress, the Progressive Caucus, and John Conyers,” the Congressman from Michigan who participated in events sponsored by the U.S. Peace Council, the CPUSA front.

The problem is actually much worse than that.

In 2008, CPUSA members such as Joelle Fishman, chair of the political action commission of the CPUSA, openly campaigned for Barack Obama. She wrote, “It was enjoyable to knock on doors and find voters who were enthusiastic and inspired by Obama’s historic candidacy…” They were inspired because they knew that Obama was mentored in Hawaii by CPUSA member Frank Marshall Davis. This was the open secret our media concealed during the 2008 campaign. Professor Paul Kengor will try to bring it back into public view with the release this summer of a book on Davis.

Fishman gave me an interview six months ago talking about the party’s direction in this presidential campaign. It took place at a “progressive” conference that featured Van Jones. The CPUSA is not fielding its own presidential candidate this year, out of deference to Obama.

Trevor Loudon points out that “Joelle Fishman is the daughter-in-law of Soviet spy Victor Perlo. Her role within the Communist Party involves coordinating efforts to elect ‘progressive’ Democrats to state and national office and seeing that the Democrats adopt Communist Party inspired policies.”

Communist writer Dan Margolis himself noted, “…the fact that people confuse us with progressive Democrats is good; it means that we’ve tapped into mainstream sentiment; we’re not off in left field.”

But now that Rep. West has made that same point in a public venue, the CPUSA and the Congressional Progressive Caucus are crying foul. The media echo the party line.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.