Monday, June 29, 2009

Obama's Supreme Court nominee

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message from:

Senate GOP Caving In On Obama's Radical Court Nominee -- Call Their Home Offices TODAY To Say 'Get A Backbone!':

This week, we're launching an all-out blitz to ensure that Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee is NOT crammed down our throats without a fight. Senate Democrats are trying to rush through this radical leftist nominee in the U.S. Senate...

And Senate Republicans are LETTING them do it -- unless WE force them to STOP it!

As you know, President Barack Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has the Constitutional right to nominate whomever he wants to -- but the woman he has nominated is the most radical leftist he could have picked.

There MUST be a long, robust debate over her nomination... But Senate Republicans are ready to let her pass through quickly, unless we're able to change their minds THIS WEEK.

We MUST remind them of exactly who this woman is, and what she believes:
  • She is a far-left judicial activist;
  • She believes in racial and gender bias from the courts;
  • She is a member of the pro-illegal immigration group LA RAZA;
  • She does NOT believe in the individual Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms";
  • She is hostile to private property rights;
  • She is a pro-abortion judicial activist;
  • She supports giving Statehood to Puerto Rico -- under biased conditions;
  • She supports giving voting rights to convicted murderers who are still serving time in prison.
  • Her rulings have been over turned in the Supreme Court several times. Just recently she was over turned for ignoring the law and denying firefighters who earned the right to promotions and giving their jobs to minorities.
THAT is who Senate Republicans are allowing to be crammed down our throats -- unless we can FORCE them to STAND UP to the Democrats NOW!

TAKE ACTION: This week, all of the Senators have returned to their home states for the Independence Day holiday break. THIS is when they are forced to actually LISTEN to their constituents for a change -- they aren't safely tucked inside the Washington, D.C. "bubble," but have to face YOU AND ME, the ones who VOTE to decide whether they get to keep their jobs.

THIS is our opportunity. You see, the Democrats have proven in recent years that judicial nominations can't move forward unless there is at least a 60-vote majority willing to cut off all debate on the nomination. Right now, the Republicans only have 40 votes... BUT, the Democrats don't actually HAVE the remaining 60 votes on their side, thanks to the absence of 3 Democrat Senators!

This means that Democrats really have just a 57-40 majority -- meaning that, on any issue INCLUDING A VOTE ON SOTOMAYOR, the GOP can actually lose two Republican votes and still deny the Democrats the votes needed to stop a filibuster!

We have a chance THIS WEEK ONLY to DEMAND that every single GOP Senator stand strong against the Democrat bullying, and REFUSE to allow them to cut off debate and discussion over Judge Sotomayor's nomination. It's simply insane for the Senate Democrats to rush a vote on this. She's been on one court or another for 17 years; she has an extensive record, so it takes a while to go through 3,600 cases. Her questionnaire is still incomplete -- among other deficiencies, she has not provided materials from seventeen cases she handled as a prosecutor. Nor has she provided materials from any appellate cases she handled. And she has not provided materials from over 100 speeches she has given.

The Democrats want to push through a vote before the Senate's August recess. WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. That means we need every single GOP Senator to know exactly how the American people feel about this.

Can YOU take just a few minutes today, to call some -- or even all! -- of the 40 Republican Senators' home state offices, and tell them one simple thing:
"Do NOT let the Democrats rush through a vote on the nomination of Judge Sotomayor! The confirmation debate and the final vote should occur in September, to allow the American people to engage in this debate!"

It's that simple. PLEASE, call as many of these 40 Republicans as you can TODAY:

Lamar Alexander TN (615) 736-5129
John Barrasso WY (307) 261-6413
Robert Bennett UT (801) 524-5933
Christopher Bond MO (573) 634-2488
Sam Brownback KS (785) 233-2503
Jim Bunning KY (859) 341-2602
Richard Burr NC (336) 631-5125
Saxby Chambliss GA (770) 763-9090
Tom Coburn OK (918) 581-7651
Thad Cochran MS (601) 965-4459
Susan Collins ME (207) 945-0417
Bob Corker TN (423) 756-2757
John Cornyn TX (512) 469-6034
Mike Crapo ID (208) 334-1776
Jim DeMint SC (864) 233-5366
John Ensign NV (702) 388-6605
Michael Enzi WY (307) 682-6268
Lindsey Graham SC (864) 250-1417
Charles Grassley IA (515) 288-1145
Judd Gregg NH (603) 225-7115
Orrin Hatch UT (801) 524-4380
Kay Bailey Hutchison TX (214) 361-3500
James Inhofe OK (918) 748-5111
Johnny Isakson GA (770) 661-0999
Mike Johanns NE (308) 632-6032
Jon Kyl AZ (602) 840-1891
Richard Lugar IN (317) 226-5555
Mel Martinez FL (904) 398-8586
John McCain AZ (602) 952-2410
Mitch McConnell KY (502) 582-6304
Lisa Murkowski AK (907) 456-0233
Jim Risch ID (208) 342-7985
Pat Roberts KS (913) 451-9343
Jeff Sessions AL (334) 244-7017
Richard Shelby AL (205) 759-5047
Olympia Snowe ME (207) 874-0883
John Thune SD (605) 334-9596
David Vitter LA (337) 262-6898
George Voinovich OH (614) 469-6697
Roger Wicker MS (601) 965-4644

We need to FORCE these Republicans to STAND UP to the Democrat bullies!


William Greene, President
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We need ALL FORTY Republican Senators sticking together, to prevent Sotomayor from ascending to the highest court in the land, and imposing her judicial activist philosophy on America for the rest of her life!

PLEASE, make those phone calls right away, urging every GOP Senator to STAND UP to the Democrat bullies. Thank you.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ben Bernanke

Youtube video of Bernanke telling us not to worry about housing, mortgages, or car companies in the years before the recession, like denying a train wreck that is coming down the tracks. Bernanke was chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, and now as chairman of the Federal Reserve, he's the fourth most powerful person in the world according to Newsweek.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Your Right to carry a Knife is in Danger!


I don't usually do this, but letters need to be in the mail within the next week or so.
The following alert from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is urgent and time sensitive.
It is a long letter so I'll summarize:
US Customs and Border Protection has decided to reverse some past decisions and redefine what constitutes a "switchblade."
Under their new definition just about any folding knife could be considered a switchblade - especially knives designed to be easily opened with one hand - like the one in your pocket.
Most state and local laws base their own definition of a switchblade on Customs' definition so if Customs tightens up their definition it could easily result in tighter state and local laws as well and you could suddenly be committing a felony for crossing a state line with that same handy little knife you've been carrying for years.  Domestic manufacturers could also have their businesses seriously disrupted.
CBP was doing this kinda quietly and only allowed for a 30-day window for comments from the public - written on paper and sent to them through the US Mails.  The deadline for their receipt of comments is June 21 (which is a Sunday so the real deadline might be June 20.)
[By the way I am scheduled to guest-host Tom Gresham's Gun Talk radio program on the 21st so be sure to tune in.]
We are encouraging people to submit comments to CBP telling them not to create all sorts of potential problems by trying to solve a problem that isn't a problem at all.
We also ask that you start pinging on your Senators and Representative demanding that they rein in CBP and then fix the issue permanently by repealing the useless ban on switchblades. (Legislators just shouldn't be allowed to watch West Side Story.) is the lead organization in this and they have sample letters at their web site - linked below.
I think the hype in the following is a bit heavy, but this is important none the less and I hope everyone will take immediate action.

The U.S. Government Is Trying To Take Away Your Pocket Knives!

SAF and CCRKBA Joins with Knife Rights

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have joined with Knife Rights to help fight this unwarranted knife grab by Customs. Alan Gottlieb CCRKBA Chairman noted, "we stand with Knife Rights in their support of Americans' right to own and carry the knives of their choice."

And, just a reminder, the Second Amendment doesn't say "Firearms," it says "Arms," and knives are clearly covered.

The U.S. Government is after your Pocket Knives! In a sneak attack, U.S. Customs has proposed revoking earlier rulings that assisted opening knives are not switchblades. The proposal would not only outlaw assisted opening knives, its overly broad new definition of a switchblade would also include all one-handed opening knives and most other pocket knives!

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) on May 21st proposed revoking earlier rulings that assisted opening knives are not switchblades. The proposed new rule would not only outlaw assisted opening knives, its new broad definition of a switchblade could also include one-handed opening knives and could be easily interpreted to cover most other pocket knives, even simple old-fashioned slip-joints.

At this point, one-hand opening and assisted opening knives are 80% of U.S. knife sales. For most knife companies, they represent all or the majority of their product lines. These are the knives Americans take with them to work and to play everyday.

Note, please, that CBP's interpretation of the Federal Switchblade Act forms the basis for national, state and even local law and judicial rulings in many cases. This ruling by CBP is NOT limited to just imports. This WILL affect virtually everyone who carries a pocket knife, no matter the type!

CBP came up with this absurd proposal and then tried slipping it into their regular notices, apparently hoping nobody would become aware of until too late. They provided for only the minimum 30-day comment period, and there's no email comments allowed. Just yesterday CBP rejected numerous requests for an extension to the unduly short comment period. Obviously, they'd just as soon not hear from us. We're intending to disappoint them in that.

CBP's proposal would have effects far beyond that suggested in the title of the proposal, "Proposed Revocation Of Ruling Letters And Revocation Of Treatment Relating To The Admissibilty [sic] Of Certain Knives With Spring-Assisted Opening Mechanisms," which would be bad enough even if it only did that. However, this proposal would likely make it illegal for the estimated 40 million law-abiding Americans who own and carry pocket knives to do so. It would also cost this country dearly in destroyed businesses, lost jobs and ruined families.

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars would be lost. CBP clearly appears to not have considered the consequences of this unnecessary, inappropriate and even illegitimate action. Since CBP is not required to consider the effects of their actions, only Congress or the courts can rein them in. If left to the courts, the industry and our rights will be devastated and America will lose much, regardless of who wins the legal fight.

The definition of what is a switchblade has been clear and settled for the most part since the Federal Switchblade Act was passed in 1958 and has been reaffirmed by many years of legal decisions. The Act is very clear that a switchblade must have an activating button on the handle. Without a button, it is not a switchblade and this has been upheld by numerous cases on many levels over the years. CBP's convoluted reasoning in their proposal to reach back beyond the law and to expand their regulatory purview by rationalizing "intent" as justification for this new interpretation is a stretch, at best, and illegitimate at worst. It simply doesn't meet the common sense test.

CBP's reaching beyond the clear language of the Act in making this proposal is particularly questionable and irreconcilable because it flies in the face of virtually unanimous recent state court rulings (including several cases in California, Texas, Illinois and Michigan) where the issue of assisted-opening knives has already been decided in favor of the existing clear interpretation, that they are not a switchblade. They cherry-picked a few bizarre and untypical rulings from New York state from some years ago to provide support for their proposal, ignoring the many more recent rulings.

Beyond that, their significantly expanded interpretation of gravity and inertia knives, also included in the Act, would clearly make one-hand opening pocket knives illegal and according to industry sources, 80% of pocket knives sold today are one-hand or assisted openers. Beyond even that clearly excessively broad seizure of authority, we know from past unfortunate experience in many cases over the years that this sort of misinterpretation leads to potential abuse by law enforcement where even the most simple and innocuous Boy Scout folding pocket knife can be opened one-handed by use of dangerous and unsafe tricks, so that these too would be covered under this expanded federal definition. This ruling would therefore make almost all pocket knives subject to being considered switchblades.

The impact of this CBP ruling would go far beyond just imported knives because this "agency determination" will be used by domestic courts and law enforcement to determine what is a "switchblade" under both federal and state laws. Many states do not themselves define switchblades and simply rely on the federal definition and interpretation, which is only found in rulings by CBP. Since interstate commerce in switchblades is prohibited, except under very limited conditions, simply driving across a state line with a pocket knife in their possession would make someone a federal felon.

Knifemaking in the U.S. has enjoyed a renaissance in the past decade or two as the genius and innovation of American knifemakers, designers and manufacturers has created a booming and vital American industry with thousands of exciting new knife designs that improve the function, utility and safety of the lowly pocket knife, one of man's oldest and most useful tools. Millions of Americans have responded to this innovation, creating a vibrant industry. For the most part these are family owned businesses that are American success stories, the core of America's economic strength. This proposal by CBP would destroy all that for no good reason. That's a heck of a stimulus package.

The knife industry tells us they employ nearly 24,000 Americans and have a nearly 6 billion dollar annual impact on our nation's economy. Those are very conservative numbers. If this proposed ruling is allowed to stand, thousands of jobs will be lost at the direct cost of billions of dollars. That doesn't even begin to cover the enormous cost to the country of those that would become unemployed, the ruined businesses, foreclosed homes, years of litigation by both industry against CBP and who knows how many criminal trials and appeals as law-abiding Americans fight this abusive attempt to take away their knives, as well as many other devastating unforeseen effects of this ill-considered proposal. Thousands of American citizens lives would be ruined. Millions of Americans would be impacted. The cost would be tragically huge, more so because it is neither necessary, nor desired by the vast majority of Americans.

Knife Rights is the organization that is heading the grassroots effort to stop Customs' pocket knife grab. We are supporting their efforts to safeguard our rights. As they point out, the Second Amendment doesn't say "Firearms," it says "Arms." Clearly the founding fathers expected that knives would be included.

Knife Rights has provided Model Letters to make it easy for you to make your feelings known. We are in for the fight of our lives to save our Pocket Knives. We can only win if you do your part. You have to write!

We need your help to make an impression on CBP. They figured that they could slip this by everyone with little notice. We need to let CBP know that they are not going to get away with it; that we noticed and we are not happy and that we will not stand by while they take away our pocket knives.

We need you to write CBP NOW! Their June 21, 2009, deadline is fast approaching and these letters must go via postal mail (or Fedex/UPS) and be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by that date. Click below for a Model Letter you can send to CBP. You MUST write TODAY!

However, the reality is that CBP isn't required to listen to our demands, but they do have to answer to Congress. After you send a letter to CBP, giving them notice they are not going to sneak this by us, the next step is to inundate Congress with emails and letters.

If you want to be free to carry your pocket knives in the future, you need to write your Senators and Representative TODAY! Click below for a Model Letter you can send to Members of Congress. Only your efforts will stop this and save our Knife Rights!

Help us stop this ill-conceived effort by Customs before it puts thousands of more Americans out of work and destroys one of Americas oldest industries, causing great harm to our nation and many American families. Help us stop these faceless, heartless bureaucrats from destroying our essential American freedoms. This nation has many more important issues that need our attention and energy in this time of crisis.



Write Customs & Border Patrol NOW!

Write your Senators and Representative TODAY!


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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

National Training Week July 4-11th


Celebrate the Fourth of July with
Fireworks, Firearms and Freedom
Good Americans Are Good Marksmen
include some range time in your Independence Day plans!

National Training Week is endorsed by:
Congressman John Shadegg
The Second Amendment Foundation
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
The Firearms Coalition (Neal Knox's group)
Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform
Skip Coryell, founder of the Second Amendment March
Gun Owners of America
The Appleseed Project

(This list is growing faster than our ability to update it;
groups that support gun rights and training recognize the value.)

Memo to Gun Clubs & Gun Ranges:


Dear Range Owner,

The week of July 4th is being established as National Training Week, a time when all good Americans go to ranges nationwide and enjoy the shooting sports.

This is a promotional and business-building opportunity for you, and a chance for the nation to rise up as one and exercise the right to keep and bear arms.

The event is strictly voluntary, it costs you virtually nothing to participate, and you will attract new customers and a revenue stream by climbing on board.

1. Tell your employees to talk up National Training Week, July 4 to July 11, Saturday to Saturday, and post the fliers linked at the end of this letter.

2. Offer your standard handgun rentals for one hour at no charge that's the big draw, people get to try out firearms they haven't fired. It costs you almost nothing, and customers use range time and ammo at normal prices or offer discounts if you really want to increase your crowd.

3. Schedule classes, have instructors available on site, make sure you have supplies on hand (including some books!), and add any other promo and PR you like to increase your draw.

It s easy, it s coordinated nationwide, national news outlets are being approached for coverage... put up the signs, tell your clients, go for it!

Good Americans are good marksmen.
Safe gun handling is everybody s business.


July 4 to July 11, 2009
Saturday to Saturday

1-hour FREE Handgun Rentals!
Special classes for newcomers!
Instructors on site!
Easy lessons for first-time gun owners!

As part of the national campaign to improve marksmanship and gun safety across America, our range is offering FREE handgun rentals this is your chance to try out a new firearm, get in some range time, sharpen your skills, and exercise your right to keep and bear arms! Don t miss this great opportunity!

We ll be offering special classes for people who are new to firearms, safety instructions for parents, special attention for youngsters, even advanced classes for highly skilled shooters. Mark your calendar make sure you visit us during 4th of July week and add firearms to the fireworks of this great American holiday!


Come Celebrate
here at our range!

July 4 to July 11, 2009
Saturday to Saturday

1-hour FREE Handgun Rentals!
Special classes for newcomers!
Instructors on site!
Easy lessons for first-time gun owners!

As part of the national campaign to improve marksmanship and gun safety across America,
our range is offering FREE handgun rentals
this is your chance to try out a new firearm,
get in some range time, sharpen your skills,
and exercise your right to keep and bear arms!

We ll be offering special classes for people who are new to firearms, safety instructions for parents, special attention for youngsters, even advanced classes for highly skilled shooters.

Mark your calendar make sure you visit us during
4th of July week and add firearms to the fireworks
of this great American holiday!

Want to do something to defend your rights?
Invite a friend, especially a newcomer, to go to the range with you

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