Hat Tip: BB
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
With the headlines going to the Fiscal Cliff and the Left’s attack on the Second Amendment, not many people are really looking at foreign policy too closely these days. Mrs. Clinton’s fortuitous concussion and subsequent inability to testify, even took the Benghazi debacle off the radar, at least for now.
Another debacle in the making that no one’s focusing on is the Obama Administration’s handling of the civil war in Syria, where as this week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s, A Game Change In Syria reveals, the war is approaching a climax as President Obama and his team assist yet another radical Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist regime to power. Here’s a slice:
The situation in the Syrian insurgency has changed in an interesting way.
We started out with the Obama administration actually supporting Bashir Assad – remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referring to Assad as a ‘reformer’ and Senator John Kerry shilling for U.S. aid to him?
The next twist in the road was the Obama administration supporting the insurgents, consisting of the Syrian National Council(SNC) and the Syrian Free Army, a group put together at the insistence of President Obama’s closest friend among foreign leaders, Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist Turkish government. The U.S. government has been supplying them with arms and some training via Turkey and Jordan while Qatar and the Saudis have been supplying most of the funding.
Of course, the problem is that the SNC and the Syrian Free Army are controlled in their entirety by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Salafists, some of them outright al-Qaeda affiliates like Jabhat al-Nusra. Apparently this troubling fact just came to light in Washington.
So the next step was to put together yet another insurgent group of Syrian ‘moderates’ to back, the Syrian Opposition Coalition,(SOC)and the associated Joint Military Council because, in President Obama’s words, it was “now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime.”
Except that there are just a few problems. Mere details.
This new coalition, formed in Qatar is only two thirds composed of members of the Muslim Brotherhood or their affiliates.
The leader of the SOC is one Ahmed Mouaz al-Khatib, former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and – wait for it – a religious cleric closely allied to the Damascus branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another troubling detail is that the SOC and their affiliated Joint Military Council are mostly located outside Syria, and it has few boots on the ground if any, let alone weapons. Thanks to the Obama Administration,it is the Syrian National Council and the Syrian Free Army who have the fighters and the weaponry, some of it reportedly taken from deposed Libyan leader Moamar Khaddaffi’s armories, although that part of the sordid Libyan story has yet to be proven conclusively. If that’s what actually went down, I suppose we could call it Fast and Furious, Middle East style.
As you might guess, the SNC and the Syrian Free Army aren’t taking kindly to a bunch of ferenghi in DC and the EU dumping them and telling them whom represents the resistance and whom doesn’t, especially when it’s been them doing the fighting and dying against Assad’s forces.
The ace in the hole for the newly formed and recognized Syrian Opposition Coalition is that they’re going to be the main recipient and control point of Western economic aid. That ought to buy them a seat at the table.
But let’s not make the mistake that this is going to end up with a moderate, pro-western government.
The SOC is just as anti-western, just as anti-Israel and almost as Islamist as the SNC.They will almost certainly come together and deal to put together a sharia governed Islamist state.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Larry Corriea’s piece in Monster Hunter Nation, An opinion on gun control, submitted by The Noisy Room. No less than four Council members originally nominated this superb piece as their non-Council selection this week. It’s a superb examination of the entire issue written by someone who actually knows what he’s talking about and anyone who is actually interested in that so-called ‘national conversation’ should read it.
Okay, here are this week’s full results. Gay Patriot and The Independent Sentinel were unable to vote this week and both would normally be subject to the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty. But hey, it’s Christmas…
- *First place with 3 1/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – A Game Change In Syria
- Second place with 2 votes – Bookworm Room – The Leftist delusion of a world without danger
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes – VA Right! – Virulent ‘Pro-Choice’ Rhetoric, ADHD Drugs, Video Games to Blame for School Shootings
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Razor – The Conscience Pangs of a Drone Pilot
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Rhymes With Right – A Silly Anti-Gunnite Argument On Second Amendment Rights That Needs Dismissing
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Independent Sentinel – Gun Control Move Is Political Theater – Here’s Proof
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Noisy Room – Big Business and Marxist Collusion – Bourgeois Socialism
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Right Planet – A Real Plan for Recovery…
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – The Guardian report on Christmas in Bethlehem
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Gay Patriot – Larry Elder’s message to the GOP: Explain how Democratic policies hurt the poor
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Mellow Jihadi – Suicide Strikes the Navy, SEAL Commander Down
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Political Commentator – If your employee did these 10 things, would you fire them?
- *First place with 4 votes! – Larry Corriea/Monster Hunter Nation – An opinion on gun control submitted by The Noisy Room
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – American Thinker/Anne Lieberman – Against Nothingness submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – Thomas Sowell – Gun Control Ignorance submitted by The Right Planet
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – The Socialism of Fools – The New Laocoon submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place with 1 vote – Seraphic Secret – Jew Without a Gun submitted by Bookworm Room
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 votes – Victor Davis Hanson – Let the Real Fat Cats Pay Their Fair Share submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Sultan Knish – The Perfect Prison submitted by The Political Commentator
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Boston Globe/ Michael Kranish – The Story Behind Mitt Romney’s Loss In The Presidential Campaign submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – J.D. Tuccille/Reason.com – Gun Restrictions Have Always Bred Defiance, Black Markets submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Urban Grounds – Does Anybody at the Texas Tribune Even Own a Gun? submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Ann Althouse – Scenery chewing in the Theater of Outrage over Wayne LaPierre’s unremarkable news conference. submitted by Gay Patriot
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By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot
Even a member of my own family doesn’t understand what “all the goddam fuss is about.” Maybe this will help him.
Gun Myths Busted: Automatic Weapons, Buying Guns Online, Background Checks, Assault Rifles and Other Fictions of the Liberal Media
by Mike Adams
People who don’t own guns are wildly ignorant about them, and they’re easily suckered into liberal media myths that willfully repeat total lies such as being able to “buy guns online” or the idea that you can easily buy “automatic weapons” or “assault rifles.” These are all complete lies.
Let’s expose the myths right here:
Myth #1: You can buy automatic weapons at any gun shop
This is completely and utterly false. Automatic weapons are highly regulated, extremely expensive ($15,000+) and VERY difficult to acquire. They’re also extremely rare and have NEVER been used in any school shooting in America.
Just to acquire an “automatic weapon,” you must go through extensive background checks and fingerprinting. You must apply to the federal government (ATF) for permission, then wait six months or longer to be “approved” by the ATF.
I don’t own any automatic weapons and have no desire to. Automatic weapons are wildly inaccurate. Even soldiers almost never use automatic fire. They almost always use their own rifles on either single shot or a three-round burst. Full auto is just a really fast way to waste ammo and hit nothing.
Myth #2: You can buy guns online
Many liberals think you can just buy guns online. This is completely and utterly false. You can PAY for a gun online, but gun dealers cannot (and will not) ship a firearm directly to any customer. All guns that are PAID FOR online must be shipped to FFL dealers, which are federally licensed and regulated by the ATF.
A person who pays for a gun online must go through a federal FBI background check just to pick up their gun at the FFL dealer, and they must fill out an extensive form which includes detailed questions on mental health, criminal history and so on.
It is impossible to buy a gun online, but the liberal media keeps lying about this, hoping people will believe their lies.
Myth #3: You don’t need a background check to buy guns
This is also a lie. To buy a gun from any gun dealer, whether at a local store or at a gun show, a background check is required by law. Gun dealers cannot, under any circumstances, sell a gun to somebody without either an FBI background check or, in some states, proof that the buyer has a concealed carry permit, which itself requires an FBI background check.
The only exception to the background check rule is when an individual, who is not engaged in the business of firearms sales, wishes to sell his own personal firearm to another individual. This person-to-person sale does not require a background check because it is a non-commercial, non-dealer transaction founded on the fundamental right to engage in personal commerce.
Myth #4: You can easily buy “Assault” rifles in America
Although people banter around the term “assault rifle” a bit too casually, in truth you cannot buy an assault rifle in America without going through an extensive ATF investigation and spending $20,000+ (usually $40,000 or more) on a rare firearm.
What makes a rifle an “assault” rifle? It must have a fire selector switch that can select between single shot, a three-round burst shot, or full-auto fire. None of the civilian AR-15s have these features. Neither do any of the “scary-looking” battle rifles sold in gun shops.
Liberals call something an “assault rifle” because of the way it looks. If it looks “scary” (i.e. has a black composite stock instead of wood) then it must be a BAD gun. Seriously. This is how they think. But in truth, even a composite stock AR-15 purchased at a gun shop right now has absolutely no capability for a 3-round burst or full-auto. That firepower is reserved exclusively for the U.S. military.
So when Obama says things like, “We don’t need military rifles on the streets of America,” he is LYING to you. We don’t have military rifles on the streets of America. What we have is semi-auto, single-shot rifles in the hands of Citizens. Virtually no one has a military “assault” rifle. (The media routinely lies about this…)
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force: Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” ~ Patrick Henry
Myth #5: The Second Amendment is about hunting
The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or personal defense. It has to do with the People of America maintaining a military force for the sole purpose of overthrowing a government that becomes too tyrannical. That is the 100% documented, non-debatable intent of the Second Amendment.
Trench Coxe was one of our nation’s founding fathers. He was a consultant to Thomas Jefferson and his newspapers were instrumental in publishing the truth during a time with British troops had DISARMED the colonial populations and banned all guns. Why did they ban guns? So that the people could not fight back against tyranny, of course.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…. [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
~ Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
That same web page goes on to explain how the British General Howe used gun control to oppress the people:
When occupying Philadelphia in 1778, British General Howe had disarmed the population. As reported in Philadelphia newspapers, General Gage had done the same to the citizens of Boston in 1775.
Stewart Rhodes is a modern-day founding father. He’s an award-winning constitutional scholar and a champion of liberty for all Americans. Here’s what he says about the Second Amendment:
Anybody who tells you that it’s okay and constitutional to take away your M1A, your Garand, your FAL, your HK91, your M4 is a liar. They are lying to you. They are either a useful idiot or a traitor who are lying to you, trying to deceive you to think that it’s about duck hunting, or even personal defense. It’s not even about personal defense. It’s about the military capacity of the American people to overthrow a tyrant. That what it’s about.
A Pledge of Personal Resistance
On December 19th, 2012, Stewart Rhodes published the widely-celebrated article, My Personal Pledge of Resistance Against Any Attempt to Disarm Us by Means of an “Assault Weapons Ban”
We reprint that pledge here, in its entirety:
My conscience, and the urgency of our current situation, compel me to speak out. The victim disarmament freaks are now telling us that they don’t want to disarm us- oh, no! They just want to take away our “assault weapons” – our semi-automatic, magazine fed, military-style rifles – and the “high capacity” magazines that feed them. They want us to believe that so long as we can own some kind of firearm, after our semi-auto military rifles are taken, we are not disarmed. That is a LIE.
The truth is that our semi-automatic, military pattern rifles are the single most important kind of arm we can own, and are utterly necessary for effective defense of our lives, property, and liberty. When you are disarmed of your military rifles, you are DISARMED. At that time, the lion’s share of your military capacity to effectively resist tyranny is removed (yes, accurate bolt action hunting rifles are useful in that role too, but the semi-auto battle rifle is truly the Queen of battle, as Col. Jeff Cooper correctly noted). It is a significant force on the battlefield, and as Patrick Henry said, when you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
It is the height of Orwellian perversion of language and logic to say that disarming you of the most effective arms for combat that you still have is somehow not really disarming you, because you still have hunting rifles and shotguns. And you can bet that if you let them take your military semi-autos, next on their list will be your bolt action rifles, which they will call “sniper rifles” (and by God, that is certainly what they are good for!). And then when they have those, they will go after any weapon that holds more than a few rounds, or is capable of any degree of long range accuracy and penetrating power, telling you that you really don’t need one of those to hunt or target practice (a shotgun will suffice), and then they will take everything except single shot shotguns or .22′s (as was done in England) and on down the line. So long as you have at least a .22, they will say you are not “disarmed” while they take everything else (and then they will take the .22s, or insist that you keep them at a gun-range).
We need to call a spade a spade and teach our fellow citizens that taking away military style semi-autos is disarmament. And we need to throw down the gauntlet and take a hard stand against it, right now. When we, as Oath Keepers, pledged to not obey any orders to disarm the American people, this is what we meant. Any attempt to disarm the people of any arms currently in their possession is illegitimate and must be nullified, refused, disobeyed, and resisted.
And so, in response to this obvious assault on our right to keep and bear arms (as in military arms), I feel compelled to make the following personal pledge:
I Stewart Rhodes, as an American, as a military veteran, and as a father, pledge the following:
I Pledge to never disarm, and in particular, to never surrender my military pattern, semi-automatic rifles (and full capacity magazines, parts, and ammunition that go with them), regardless of what illegitimate action is taken by Congress, the President, or the courts.
I also pledge to pass on those military pattern rifles to my children and my children’s children, as well as the full capacity magazines, parts, and ammunition to needed to use them, regardless of what illegitimate action is taken by Congress, the President, or the courts. As Founding Father Tench Coxe said, while attempting to allay the fears of critics of the proposed Constitution:
The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom?
Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
~ Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
And that “power of the sword” – those “terrible implements of the soldier,” includes the people’s battle rifles and carbines – their M1As, their FN-LARs, their HK 91s, their Grandfathers’ M1 Garand, their AK 47s, their ARs and M4s, etc. – all of the weapons listed as being targeted for Feinstein’s new and improved “Assault Weapons Ban.”
The whole point of the Second Amendment is to:
- preserve the military capacity of the American people – to preserve the ability of the people, who are the militia, to provide for their own security as individuals, as neighborhoods, towns, counties, and states, during any emergency, man-made or natural;
- to preserve the military capacity of the American people to resist tyranny and violations of their rights by oath breakers within government;
- and to preserve the military capacity of the people to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, including those oath breaking domestic enemies within government.
It is not about hunting, and at its core, the Second Amendment is not really even about self-defense against private criminals. It is about self-defense against public criminals – against tyrants, usurpers, and foreign invaders. (and that is the whole point of the crucial upcoming film, Molon Labe).
Above all other firearms currently available to the American citizen, modern military pattern, semi-automatic rifles provide that military capacity. Protecting the keeping and bearing of such arms of military utility is the heart and soul of the Second Amendment. Thus, any attempt to ban their possession, sale, purchase, or transfer, is an attempt to disarm the American people.
Nor will I surrender my accurate, scoped, bolt action rifles, which are also great force multipliers of military utility in the roles of sniper and marksman. Invaders, tyrants and usurpers fear the sniper and marksman for good reason, and millions of American hunters have the well practiced field-craft and marksmanship skills to serve in those rolls most effectively. We must preserve their means of doing so, including preserving our .50 caliber sniper rifles, our .338 Lapua’s, our .300 Win Mags, and other powerful, long-range capable calibers.
Nor will I surrender my semi-automatic pistols with full capacity magazines, which provide me with the capacity to effectively defend against close range, sudden attack.
I will not disarm, regardless of what law is passed by the oath breakers in Congress, or signed into law by the oath breaker in the White House, and I WILL pass on to my children every terrible implement of the soldier currently in my possession.
Further, I will ask my children to also pledge to never surrender those family arms and equipment, regardless of what illegitimate, Bill of Rights violating law is passed by the oath breakers in Washington DC, and regardless of whatever any oath breaking judge may rule.
Further, I pledge to refuse compliance with any and all laws that attempt to strip me and my children of those arms, the full capacity magazines needed to load and fire them, or the parts and ammunition needed to keep them firing. I will use nullification, civil disobedience, and active resistance against all such laws. I will nullify, disobey, and resist as an individual, and I will work with my neighbors to nullify, disobey, and resist as towns, counties, and states. We will not disarm, we will not comply, and we will resist.
Further, I pledge to refuse to vote for, and to actively work to purge from office any elected official, of any party, who violates their oath of office by supporting, endorsing, or voting for any law, action, or decree that attempts to disarm me, my children, or my children’s children of any of the above noted arms. I pledge to root the oath breakers out, in a scorched earth policy. I will not buy into the “lesser of two evils” con game, and regardless of what party an oath breaking politician is in, and regardless of the outcome of elections, that oath breaker will not get my vote, ever again, once they betray my trust and violate their oath by voting for an assault weapons ban or any other attempt to curtail my right to bear arms.
Finally, I pledge to defend myself, my neighbors, my town, county, and state, against any attempt to forcibly disarm them pursuant to any “assault weapons ban” or any other illegitimate “law” passed by oath breakers within Congress, or pursuant to any illegitimate order, action, or decree by the oath breaker within the White House. We will not disarm. We will resist. And if given no other choice but to fight or to submit to abject tyranny, we will fight, just as our forefathers in the American Revolution fought against the tyrants, usurpers, and oath breakers of their day.
If we are presented with the “choice” of submission to tyranny or fighting in defense of our natural rights, we will fight, as our forefathers fought, when the British Empire attempted to disarm them and confiscate the military pattern arms, ammunition, and supplies of their time. We will make the same choice as Patrick Henry made, when he rejected “peace” purchased at the price of chains and slavery, and said “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” I too choose liberty or death.
I hereby reaffirm my oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor in defense of the principles of liberty enunciated in our Declaration of Independence, for which our forefathers spilled their blood. We will not let the Republic fall without a fight.
Reprinted with permission from Natural News.
December 26, 2012
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