Warning to reporters and sources: Assume all your communications are being monitored. Time to move back to the parking garage.
Matt Drudge via Twitter commenting on the Department of Justice secretly seizing the Associated Press’ phone records
I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world… from the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil. But that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms.
Taya Kyle (widow of Navy S.E.A.L. Chris Kyle) via Must Watch: Wife of Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Gives Heart-Wrenching Speech at NRA Event
Also Read Prepography’s Book Review: American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Yesterday those of us who value the right to self defense and believe that an armed public is the best defense against future tyranny won a battle but not the war for firearms freedom.
Although the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the gun control bill from consideration he’s indicated that the President intends to go around Congress (again) and take executive action to limit firearms freedoms. It must be a terrible burden to bear when you have to resort to executive decree to force regulations on a populace that’s failed to support your schemes willingly.
If you’re a freedom loving citizen then by all means, celebrate this victory…but remember that you’re celebrating the win of a battle, not of a war. The gun grabbers aren’t giving up, just taking time to reconstitute, resupply, and wait for the next crisis they can exploit.
I recently came across Heritage.org’s 2013 Economic Freedom Heat Map. Below is a snapshot but you can click on the map to go to their interactive version and explore the data. Note that this only shows economic freedom and the U.S. falls into the ‘Mostly Free’ category with 76 out of a potential 100 points.
I think that you cant start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that its all going to become undone… If you take one [Article in the Bill of Rights] out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?
I’ve lived the literal meaning of the ‘land of the free’ and ‘home of the brave.’ It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest. Even at a ball game, when someone talks during the anthem or doesn’t take off his hat, it pisses me off…
Former Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle
Andrew’s Note: Please keep CPO Kyle’s family in your thoughts and prayers following his untimely death.
Any student of modern American culture knows the awesomeness that is Chuck…no, not that Chuck, I’m talking about Chuck Woolery the retired game show host and patriot. Chuck has put out a number of videos that are must see internet T.V. His videos are insightful, funny, a little corny… some times all three at once. Some are on topics of enormous importance to our freedoms and financial security…some are commentaries on modern society. Check out Save Us Chuck Woolery and what Chuck has to say on topics as diverse as:
First of all, I’m in the top two percent. Right now, I’m paying 45% of my total income in income taxes, both to the state of Connecticut and to the federal government, and if you take the 3% Medicare tax. After the tax hikes go into effect next year, more than half — more than half of my total income is going to go to the government. You tell me, what’s fair about that when medieval serfs pay 25%, I’m paying half? I don’t care what the majority voted to do, they don’t have a right to steal my money just because they vote for it.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
President Abraham Lincoln
I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
I don’t think the defense budget can be made…sacrosanct…. But the real money [is] in the entitlements, it’s Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. And unless we do something about those, you can’t balance the budget.
General & Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, January 23, 2011