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Dear World

I’ve decided to try to be creative. I made ya’ll a movie. The reading was part of a radio program and then I spent time collecting pictures I thought would go well with each part and tried to make the timing on the photo and the reading come out right. Yeah, I love ya’ll that much. So this is my first, and possibly only, multimedia video column.

Not long after I heard this recitation as part of Walter Bingham’s radio show I heard about some Jewish leaders in Rhode Island who are lobbying some of the pro-self defense legislators in the state to make it easier for criminals to attack defenseless people. They felt that if good, law-abiding citizens did not have the means to defend themselves and criminals were aware of that, then crime rates would surely drop. That children would be safer as they watched their parents attacked, unable to have the means to mount an effective defense of themselves and their children. Well, perhaps I’m paraphrasing a bit, a little.

But I was sad to hear this. Like I said, after having heard the recitation, and hearing the cries for more defenseless victims I can only shake my head. There are those that think they can find logic in why some are attacked. Dafna Meir was attacked because she lived in Otniel. No, she was attacked because she was Jew living in Israel. The horrible photos are from the Har Nof Synagogue massacre. Not to mention Hevron. There have been attacks on Churches, Synagogues and Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. And law enforcement have managed to stop some before they happen. I read a column that says ISIS now has a hit list of 15,000 people in the U.S. One entire church is on it. Some of the people have been notified by the FIB FBI that they are targets, many have not and the list is not publicly available. I guess what with covering for Hillary and all, it takes away from the time available to let people know they are targeted by ISIS. In the article it talks about an attack that was recently thwarted at a large church in Detroit.

But as I listened to the speaker, and thought about the images I could put with the reading I can’t help but wonder if those community leaders calling for defenseless victims shouldn’t do a brief review of history, at the least a brief review of Israeli history. Seems like there is an old saying. Something about “Those who ignore the past….”

So, without further ado, your movie….סרת

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It appears that Missouri has seceded from the Union

Mizzou head football coach Odom has revoked the Bill of Rights.

Report Mizzou head coach prohibits players from legally owning handguns (404)
“Missouri head coach Barry Odom says his players are prohibited to legally own a handgun while they are a member of the Tigers football team.”

Stevens reports that Odom does not want his players owning handguns, even if they’re obtained legally, while they are members of the Mizzou football team.

As it’s being reported, this isn’t a ban on possessing handguns on campus, or at practice or games. It is a ban on ownership. Perhaps he’ll also be banning players from attending religious services.

One might wonder if there’s some particular reason the newly empowered tyrant coach felt the need to render those under him helpless. I think he’d be better advised to review his coaching technique than alienate his players, not to mention triggering lawsuits. And loss of support from alumni (at least one I know has already reacted poorly to this report).

I wonder how many players will fail to report for practice. And if they do so to confer with attorneys.

Update: Fox Sports has pulled the story. Thanks to Jeffersonian, in comments below, we see that Odom is in damage control mode and is claiming that he only banned the illegal possession of handguns. The previous story was so specific, and even included the context of hunting rifles being allowed that I very much suspect the original report was accurate and that, as expected, alumni and lawyers, pointed out the error of his victim disarming ways.

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The greatest current threat to gun rights?

orlando-shooting-about-terror-not-gun-controlGun rights are constantly under attack. Anytime a shooting happens, gun control groups and anti-gun legislators spring into action in an effort to condemn our Second Amendment rights.

As soon as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, Barack Obama tried to install a new Justice – Merrick Garland – who likely would have been a disaster for our gun rights.

Gun grabbers use any strategy they can, including lies and obfuscation to opportunistically push their agenda, and some gun owners and organizations are only too happy to compromise away our rights – either out of fear of losing even more, a desire to appease the clamoring hordes, or a simple lack of understanding of our gun rights and our Constitution.

With all the threats out there, what do you think is the biggest one? These are hard choices, but intentionally so. Maybe once we figure out what you all believe is the biggest threat and why, we can figure out how to address it. Together.

Provide as much or as little by way of explanation for your choice in the comments, but do comment and let us know the reason for your choice.

 

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Failure

TZP recently received a link to a story of victim disarmers in Rhode Island.

Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict guns
This legislative session was no better than the previous two in terms of legislation passed to increase gun safety and reduce gun violence. But the tide seems to be turning in efforts to break the stranglehold the National Rifle Association has over our legislature: The Rhode Island Coalition against Gun Violence commissioned a poll this session that showed that a high percentage of Rhode Islanders agreed with the legislation it supported.

The initially horrifying aspect of that screed is that it appears in The Jewish Voice. I will never understand the concept of Jews clamoring for their own disarmament

Yet some do. Our correspondent noted when sending the link:

There’s currently a push behind the scenes at the RI State Capitol by Liberal Progressives in the RI Jewish community (JCC and JCRC) speaking out against gun violence and going after pro-Second Amendment politicians in RI. Certain Rabbis in some Jewish Congregations are even encouraging members to sign “common sense gun legislation,” and anti-Second Amendment pledges to send to their respective RI State Representatives. They’re trying to either force Reps. to change their stance on gun control or vote them out of office.

In the wake of Heller, McDonald, not to mention the Holocaust, fools Like David H. Leach whine that legislators have “failed” to violate an enumerated right of defense. What other rights are TJC and Leach hoping to see violated? Will we see headlines like these?

  • I. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict the Press
    Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict Jews
  • III. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict homeowners
  • IV. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict probable cause
  • V. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict due process
  • VI. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to endlessly delay trials
  • VII. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict trial by jury
  • VIII> Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to eliminate bail
  • IX.Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to restrict unenumerated rights
  • X. Despite increased public support, R.I. lawmakers fail to seize powers from the people

-sigh- Sadly, I’ve seen far too many headlines that pretty much do that. But I digress.

The goods news is that The Zelman Partisans aren’t the only Jews and fellow travelers who do get it. Our correspondent continues:

My friends (pro Second Amendment, pro Constitution Jews) and I will be organizing a “push back” beginning in September. Any help you could provide will be helpful and greatly appreciated.

TZP is preparing to support them in their effort. If you are in Rhode Island, or the region, please do your part locally. Contact Representatives and Senators, pro and con RKBA. Let the ones who protect our rights know you have their backs. Let the victiom disarming scum know you’re watching and will fight their disgusting efforts.

Don’t let the Bagel-brains destroy our rights.


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Poll: The Next 2A Supreme Court Case

AK-74There have been several Supreme Court events pertaining to the Second Amendment during the past year.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 vote that domestic abusers convicted of misdemeanors can be barred from owning firearms.

The Court also refused to hear a challenge to the Connecticut “assault” weapons ban that outlaws many popular semi-automatic rifles, in effect allowing the ban to stand.

This year the Court also overturned a Massachusetts decision that determined that stun guns were not covered by the Second Amendment, siding instead with a woman who said she carried one as protection against an abusive former boyfriend.

In recent years, we’ve also seen Supreme Court victories such as Heller and MacDonald, so the Court’s Second Amendment record has been somewhat mixed.

Given what we know, which Second Amendment case would you like to see the Supreme Court take on next? Do you trust it to impartially rule on any gun-related issue?

 

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The 17th of Tammuz, Lowlights from the DNC and The Holy Temple

Yep, I actually do see a link. While I may not be the best person to explain this, I want to try.

The 17th of Tammuz on the Hebrew calender was the 23rd of July, Saturday. Normally you fast that day, but as it landed on Shabbat, the fast was postponed until the next day, the 24th of July, Sunday. The 17th of Tammuz starts a three week period of mourning, culminating on Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av is another post for another time. I’ll stick with the 17th of Tammuz, from the Chabad web site

  1. Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshipping the Golden Calf.
  2. During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.
  3. Apostomos burned the holy Torah.
  4. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple.
  5. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.)
    The Jerusalem Talmud maintains that this is also the date when the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem on their way to destroying the first Temple.

Plenty of sorrow on the 17th of Tammuz or 23rd of July, for this year.

More came on the 25th of July with the start of the Demoncratic national convention. I have no intention of telling you who to vote for, this is about the “low lights” shall we say of the coven, er, convention. The meeting opened with a word of prayer, during which the Democrats booed. They didn’t like the prayer. I read what she was praying, I didn’t like it much either, but they may have been booing because she was praying, who knows, since in 2012 they booed when G-d was put back in their platform. Speaking of that platform, from Liberty Unyielding:

Yesterday we reported about a Pew Research poll which demonstrated that Liberal Democrats were not fans of the Jewish State, and recalled the four pro-Israel planks removed from the 2012 Democratic Platform and how the delegates booed when one of the planks about Jerusalem was put back. Based on people put on the DNC platform committee, it looks as if the Democratic Party is looking to continue backing away from supporting Israel.

It seems that the DNC Platform Committee is loaded with people who are not exactly friends of the Jewish State. Among those Bernie Sanders added were James Zogby and Cornel West. (Note: Rep. Keith Ellison (muslim) was also placed on the committee; while he leans toward the Palestinian side, he is not the same kind of froth-at-the-mouth Israel hater as Zogby and West). Hillary’s picks include some who should be worrisome to Israel supporters: Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden. One of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s picks was California Rep. Barbara Lee, a longtime critic of Israel.

The next low light is, it sounds as though American flags may have been in short supply, but to say that there were not flags at the DNC is a hateful lie. Of course there was.

The Falestinian flag proudly on display at the DNC
The Falestinian flag proudly on display at the DNC

But to be honest, the Israeli flag was also at the DNC. Outside. Being burned.

From Israel Today

In a video posted online, one protestor is seen setting an Israeli flag alight, while another waves a Palestinian flag nearby. Others chant “Long Live the Intifada” – a call of support for the Palestinian terrorist campaign plaguing Israel.

The Israeli Flag was burned at the DNC
The Israeli Flag was burned at the DNC

And if just this wasn’t enough “junk” for Israel to deal with, it seems Black Lives Matter has decided to open an Israeli branch. After their deep studies into middle-east affairs (and being invited to appear with Hillary Clinton on the DNC stage) they have arrived in Israel. While there they expressed solidarity with the Falestinians and encouraged them on in their goals. To kill Jews living in Israel. Not surprisingly, they also expressed approval for the BS movement, er BDS scheme. Lending even more credence to the Demoncrat party’s Pro-Israel position.

After accusing Israel of “systematic discrimination” against Palestinian Arabs, apartheid-like policies, and even outright genocide, the platform calls for an end to US foreign aid to the Jewish state, which should instead be diverted to reparations for “victims” of “American war-making” like Iraq, and Libya, as well as African Americans descended from slaves in the American South.

No word on when they will be going to Iraq, Syria or any of the other countries massacring any remaining Jews, Christians or opposing Muslims. Actually no mention of this even happening. Must has skipped that 2 minute lecture in their middle-east studies.

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it interesting that they showed up in Israel at this time?

That many continue to think the Demoncrats are pro-Israel is baffling to me. But I don’t listen to CNN, MSLSD or NBC, CBS, ABC, MoreBS or any of the other Clinton fan club media, if I can avoid it. I do find some interesting info on Israeli news sites though.

Now, to the Holy Temple (I WISH). When the Temples were destroyed, it also destroyed the heart of worship that had taken place there.

UNESCO is again attempting to say that the Temple Mount, site of TWO Jewish Temples, is not in fact Jewish, but muslim. July 10, 2016. Yes, again. I guess I could mention, if the Temple Mount isn’t Jewish, then where was it Yeshua was teaching? So this affects Christians as well as Jews. Neither are allowed to pray there now, but if UNESCO gets it’s way, they won’t be allowed to visit either. Sort of like trying to destroy any little remaining connection to the Temple and Jews.

So, looking at plans of the Temple on the Chabad web site I learned some fascinating things. For example, did you know in King Solomon’s time it had FIVE entry gates? South – Two Chuldah gates,
West – The Kiphonus gate, North – The Tadi gate, East – The Shushan gate. When King Herod expanded the Temple Mount area, he added three more.

The focal point of the Temple Mount was a central courtyard containing the structure of the Bet Hamikdash. The rest of the Temple Mount area contained various rooms and buildings, including:

• House of Study, in which the Talmudic law was taught and discussed.
• Lounge for minor Temple officials.
• Weapons room, in case of enemy invasion.
• Tool room for repair work.
• Trumpet place. The shofar (ram’s horn) was sounded from the roof of this building before the onset of the Sabbath to let the people know when they must refrain from work.

Yep, needed the shofar, and repai….WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT JUST A MINUTE HERE! A WHAT? A WEAPONS room? In case of enemy invasion? The Holy Temple had a WEAPONS room? They realized they would have enemies who would want to destroy them and the Holy Temple and they were prepared to FIGHT for the people and defend the Temple? With WEAPONS? Well, my. If there was a weapons room in the HOLY TEMPLE, why then, does not every Synagogue and Church and Chapel and….have the wherewithal to be able to defend themselves and their people in case of attack? In fact, they are usually Gun Free Easy Disarmed Helpless Victim Zones.

I’m guessing it has something to do with the mindset.

From an issue of my Zehut newsletter from the 17th of Tammuz a Moshe Feiglin column:

This is all very reminiscent of how the Left took advantage of

Rabin’s assassination. Whoever did not support the Oslo Accords

automatically became a partner to the murder.

The process unfolds approximately as follows:

1. First, a move that completely contradicts the values of the

majority of the public is shoved down its throat.

2. The public stands up and protests.

3. The media portray the opponents to the move in a negative light

and distance them from the boundaries of legitimate discourse.

4. The public becomes frustrated and enraged. More public

opposition is met with more demonization.

5. Somebody (usually a psychopath) decides to employ violence –

and succeeds.

6. Everybody is in shock.

7. The shock is used to obliterate the will of the majority. Whoever

does not accept the minority position is a murderer.

8. The minority approach becomes the ruling position and is

translated into laws and policies.

9. The minority has won and forces its values upon the majority.

This pathway came from an article about a different topic, but they are still just as applicable to gun control.

As we continue to see attacks and shootings I wouldn’t be shocked to see this played out, if it hasn’t already. Much like a scene from a Matthew Bracken book Enemies Domestic and Foreign.

So, ready for Hillary and the Demoncrats? Only the first 39 seconds or so is what I’m referencing.

 

As if the three weeks didn’t have enough to mourn already.

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An Epidemic of Evil

Remember the good old days when victim disarmers and power grabbers simply tried to paint gun owners as ignorant, thoughtless rednecks?*

Now, no doubt in support of allowing the CDC to — once again — conduct biased gun control studies and promotion, we’re portrayed as disease-ridden Typhoid Marys spreading death and destruction in our wake.

Is gun violence in the US infectious?
When he connected the dots, he said, the relationship became clear: “This violence had fulfilled the criteria of the population characteristics of a contagious disease.”

Well… except for the whole microbial vector thing. But what’s a few facts amongst victim disarmers?

So what about the distribution of doctors in the US? Using Slutkin’s “methodology,” one could easily assume Doctorates of Medicine are a disease rather than honors awarded by institutions based on work and scholarship.

doctor-distribution

Considering that medical misadventure kills far more people than “gun violence,” there may be something to that notion.

For that matter, the way language groups are distributed and spread would look a lot like an epidemic to someone who failed to learn the difference between correlation and causation; a person determined to prove a “problem” rather than identify factors he prefers to ignore.

Maybe Slutnik could research how the Spanish language causes Zika.

zika-spanish

Probably not, since a plague that could produce a generation of microcephalic Congressional candidates simply isn’t as dangerous as honest gun owners.

The “epidemic” I see is a likely-coordinated attempt to treat firearms ownership as illness, as a disease to be eradicated.

An epidemic of evil, spreading death by victim disarmament.  As we’ve seen all too often through history, when someone found it more convenient to place blame than find the real cause.

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Hank Johnson Off His Meds Again

House Rep. Hank “Tippy” Johnson [D-GA] bares his hatred of Jews.

Congressman: Jewish Settlers Are Like Termites
“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” Johnson said during an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an anti-Israel organization that galvanizes supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS.

Clearly one of his staffers needs to be permanently assigned the job of monitoring the lunatic’s medications.

As you would probably have guessed from that “D” behind his name, this man, when he isn’t insulting people and embarrassing himself, works to disarm all his potential victims.

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Poll: The Democratic Party Platform

Hillary-Clinton-Gun-Control-600x337Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Democrats have “perfected” their party platform, if you can call it that. The platform unsurprisingly includes their gun control plans, otherwise known as all the different ways they plan to infringe on your right to keep and bear arms.

So our question today is simple: what are they likely to focus on first?

It’s been hard for them to pass any kind of gun control measure, given the public’s lack of support and Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but it doesn’t mean they won’t try. So where do you think they’re likely to strike next?

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Mass Ban

Just in case you missed the news out of Massachusetts…

The loophole in the Mass. assault weapons ban
It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

BS Translator: Since it turns out that some weapons actually weren’t ‘assault weapons’ under our ban, we’re going to ban everything that vaguely resembles an ‘assault weapon.’ Which means we’ll work our way down the list and ban everything.

Doubt it? “If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a ‘copy’ or ‘duplicate’.” That means any blowback, direct-impingment or piston gas-operated semi-auto, or revolver. She’s gone from, These specific evil features make ordinary guns into death-spewing murder-machines to Oops, the folks who said those features are operationally cosmetic, so now I’ll pretend the law meant something other than those specific features. Now it’s type of action.

What’s next? Oops. I meant any repeating firearm. No more pump or bolt action repeaters for you. Even though the law specifically exempts those.

No doubt this current move will save a lot of lives not make a difference, except to criminalize what was legal 24 hours prior.

Amusingly, those of us old enough to remember the ’94 federal Assault Weapon Ban could have predicted the immediate result. Back then, arbitrarily-designated “assault weapons” a list which included the very rifle I purchased specifically for deer hunting) flew off the shelves as people hustled to get theirs before the law went into effect.

Yep. Lines running out gun store doorways.

Oh, the litigation circus we’re going to see in coming months and years. Get busted for having an “assault weapon” and hope you kept your receipt to prove it pre-dated the arbitrary change-by-non-legislative fiat; false arrest suits. Can a grandfathered “assault weapon” be transferred again (as one could under the federal AWB)? Will anyone challenge this in court as clearly being beyond the specifically stated scope of the written law?

Oh, the irony.

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