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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

UN Trucks: The Color Makes a Nice Target

Apparently, the UN has landed in the South.  They have painted their trucks a bright white for our targeting convenience.

Warning, salty language in video.

Ominous, if these are really UN trucks to be used in some domestic action.  But hey, nothing like that would ever happen.  These are likely ambulances to be sent to Africa.  Yeah, that's it.  The UN would never use ambulances for anything seedy.  Nah.

Monday, June 16, 2014

KAGAN Brings Gun Control Home for Obama!

The Supreme Court upheld a blatantly unconstitional Federal law today, in an opinion written by Obama-appointed gun-grabber Elena Kagan. The majority ruled it was illegal for a former police officer, Bruce Abramski to buy a gun in a store, sign Form 4473 stating he was the intended possessor, then later give the gun as a gift to another non-prohibited possessor, in this case, his uncle, knowing he was going to do so all along.  Because the intent to give away something you have a Constitutional right to own is illegal, or something.  What a messed-up country this is.

Oh, the things the Feds will do with this! Abramski is gonna be the excuse for all kinds of tyranny! Trust Ol' Backwoods: this ruling is what the gun grabbers have been waiting for, lusting for. The Bradys are already salivating.

This ruling takes Federal gun laws in a dangerous direction.  Justice Antonin Scalia said in the dissent that this was not a direction intended by Congress:
"The court makes it a federal crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner... Whether or not that is a sensible result, the statutes Congress enacted do not support it."
Maybe.  But that doesn't matter. When has anyone ever stopped the progressive Supreme Court from legislating from the bench?!  To the progressive Left, laws don't exist to punish their protected criminal classes, oh, no, they exist to take freedom from the undesirables. Like, say, peaceable gun owners.

In the majority ruling, Kagan whines that Congress did not do enough to keep Americans from "getting a gun second-hand:"
In so designing the ["straw buyer"] statute, Congress chose not to pursue the goal of “controll[ing] access” to guns to the nth degree; buyers can, as the dissent says, avoid the statute’s background check and record-keeping requirements by getting a gun second-hand. But that possibility provides no justification for limiting the statute’s considered regulation of dealer sales.
The Constitution provides justification for limiting it, but you won't admit that, will you, Kagan? Scalia calls Kagan on her gun-control ambitions:
The majority’s contrary conclusion rests, not on anything  in the text or structure of the Act,but on the majority’s guess about  how far Congress meant to go in pursuit of its crime-prevention
“purpose.”  
 If the American people do not massively rebel (big "if"), this ruling will give Obama everything he wants on guns.

Huh?  Yep.  With this ruling, Obama and the Left now have most of the pieces of an Erector set, from which to construct an unconstitutional machine for registration and confiscation of all legally-owned firearms in the United States.

Here's the bill of materials for The Gun-Grabbing Machine:

  1. All new guns must be sold only through dealers, and recorded on a Form 4473
    (Gun Control Act of 1968). 
  2. Notify FBI before transfer of any gun at a dealer
    (1993 Brady 'instant background check'). 
  3. Increasingly militarized local police that cooperate with the Feds whenever told (coming since Clinton, and now here).
  4. No more gun transfers without a dealer
    (Abramski ruling, today). 
  5. (Still to come) Prohibition of all transfers of guns to non-LEOs,
    like the Hughes Amendment did with machine guns in 1986.

Just assemble and activate. Confiscate and exterminate. Insert Abramski, and turn key to start.

You doubt? Let's break it down.

It is exceedingly difficult for courts and/or LEO's to determine when a possessor "decided" or "intended" to privately transfer a gun to another person.  It's in the person's mind, and the action is identical, whether or not the intent existed.  As of the Abramski ruling today, is a lot easier for courts and LEO's to just assume everyone who transfers a gun to another person outside an FFL intended to do so before signing the Form 4473.  This makes anyone who transfers a gun to another person outside an FFL into a "straw buyer" and an instant felon.  The charge? The ATF's oft-used "Conspiracy to violate Section 922 of the US Code".

Post-Abramski, it is then de facto illegal to give a gun to someone without them taking possession by a transfer through a licensed dealer. The transfer of the gun to another person is half of a private sales transaction. The rest is just money. It is but a tiny, tiny step, measured in millimeters, for some lower court to cite Abramski and rule that all firearms that move in lawful commerce must be transferred via a gun store on a Form 4473.

Even if a court doesn't rule that way, all it would take is for the ATF to write a "determination letter" to that effect, start enforcing it, and it's done. "Stroke of the pen, law of the land, kinda cool," as "The Forehead" Paul Begalla said. Obama's ATF has tried similar extralegal maneuvers before, like forcing a CLEO signoff even for a machine gun transfer to a trust.

Without the ability to legally transfer a gun to another person without the intervention of an FFL, all lawfully-owned guns will eventually be registered - a name, an address, the model and a serial number will be on a Form 4473, either at ATF HQ, or in some gun shop somewhere.  I say, "lawfully-owned," but the very definition of what that means at the Federal level will be re-written by the results of the Abramski decision.

Next, the Feds will make the leap, not far from where we are now, that Form 4473's are in the same category of information as cell phone metadata, because Abramski.  Because someone, somewhere, might possibly conspire to give their uncle a gun. Then, the NSA will start hoovering up 4473's, to stop them "terrists" and their uncles.

At that point, they'll have the locations of MILLIONS of 'lawfully'-owned arms.  They can either send LEOs to confiscate them, or use the information for blackmail, either to complete their registry, or for political intimidation.  Or all three.

Want to go work for FedGov? Or, a cooperating state like Kommiefornia? The computer will say: "Checking 4473s for Mr. Backwoods Engineer... Found: 22... FLAGGED!" Turn in all the serial numbers of your guns, you "terrist"!  Tell us what you have now!  Because Abramski! If you don't, you might conspire to give one of them to your uncle!  And by the way, you Tea Partying Threeper sovereign citizen, you're going to get an IRS audit to boot.

But what about the lawfully-owned guns that don't move in commerce anymore? Suppose you buy a few AR-15's, or even just a lower.   Say you want to go out and shoot it.  But the Feds get a ruling or a law, or the ATF demands that all shooting ranges have to log the serial numbers of all arms coming in their door. Because Abramski, and someone might conspire to give a gun to their uncle at the range! Horrors!

Tabulate, correlate, investigate, interrogate, confiscate, and exterminate.

Or, how about the future finding by this tyrannical government that getting a concealed carry license in your state qualifies you for a search of your property for guns not on a Form 4473! Because Abramski, those are contraband, because if those guns aren't registered with the Proper Authorities, you might give one to your uncle!  Horror of horrors!

I believe Abramski will be the justification for prohibiting ALL private transfers, with or without money changing hands. It is inevitable, the next logical step, in their statist minds. And they'll get all the cover they want from the media. "No more straw sales!," the newscrone will screech. "Gun show loophole? Supremes say NO!," the headlines will read.

Private sales of firearms in America: GONE. Because Abramski. Because if we don't, someone might give a gun to their uncle.  Count on it: it WILL happen at some point.

Watch for it. And remember, the worst of it all got started today, with the Abramski ruling.

UPDATES: several opinion writers, and a Constitutional scholar, agree with Ol' Backwoods:

Via David Codrea, attorney Joshua Prince says of the decision:
There is NO law enacted by the Congress regarding straw purchasers! This was made up in whole cloth by the ATF! This is a FAR worse decision than anyone is comprehending. NOW, administrative agencies can enact criminal laws, which have NOT been enacted by the Congress!
From Dave Workman:
Nelson Lund, a constitutional scholar and Second Amendment expert at George Mason School of Law, had this to say: “Five members of the Supreme Court have decided to make it a federal crime for a lawful gun owner to buy a firearm for another lawful gun owner. No federal statute says any such thing. The Justices are once again legislating from the bench, which violates the Constitution, and enacting a retroactive criminal law, which is even worse.” 
Kurt Hoffman at JPFO (Ol' Backwoods is a member):
So either gun laws need not meet strict scrutiny regarding their Constitutionality, or the "compelling government interest" is actually cataloging gun owners, rather than controlling violent crime.
David Codrea has much more on the ruling.   SCrOTUS, LOL.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Obama Threatens Australia-style Forced Gun Confiscation, or, I Try to Talk Obama Out of Civil War

Obama did a Tumblr presentation today where he praised Australia’s forced confiscation of all semi-automatic rifles as a model that the United States should follow.

This oathbreaking President said today:
Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.
Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.
Learn this, Mr. President: we aren't Australia.  And, honestly, millions of us are sick of talk like this.

Hear this: we will not stand for the confiscation of our rifles and handguns.  For the sake of the children, you best understand: many, many more Americans are going to die, Mr. President, if you try this, far more than die every day in the Democrat-occupied cities where citizens, not criminals, are disarmed.

If you don't like 'gun violence', Mr. President, then stop forcing it on the us, the American people.   If you and Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder and your money men, Bloomberg and Soros push a full-blown confiscation of rifles in this country, then you betcha you will see 'gun violence', sir. An honest study of American history, a country neither you nor your advisers understand, bears that out with deadly certainty.  America was born in blood, resisting the 'gun violence' of the tyrant with our own guns, muskets, and cannon.

You try to take our firearms, sir, and you will start a bloody civil war the likes of which has not been seen here since 1865.

I beg you to understand, Mr. President, and stop this now.

If you relent now, it could save tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of lives.  If you and/or your agents attempt confiscation and "send hither agents" to take away our arms, you send 'gun violence' against the III% of American citizens who truly care.  And, if you send 'gun violence' against us, American history bears out, you will find it reciprocated.   This is how civil wars start.

You see, some Americans won't cower before the tyranny of gun confiscation like the Aussies did.  The blood of those who resisted British and Yankee tyranny with guns still flows in some Americans' veins.  At a certain point-- the onset of confiscation-- we will not take it anymore.

We will not take it anymore.

Some of us, historically about 3%, perhaps more, perhaps less, will resist this tyranny with reciprocal violence.  If you do this unconstitutional and tyrannical thing, you can take this to the Goldman-Sachs-owned bank near you:  there will be counter-violence against your military, federal agents, and even the local police under your agents' control, against anyone who attempts to take our rightfully-owned arms.   And if Bill Clinton's rules of engagement take hold, against others as well.

Let the record show this isn't a threat; it's a clear-eyed projection from our history, and plea for you to back off before war begins.   And there's still time.

As long as you are just talking, sir, just spewing hot air on Tumblr to rouse the rabble who voted for you and impress your statist friends, we watch and wait.  Oh, we grumble about it, but we do no violence.  That is the kind of people we are. We are not the instigators of violence; that would be your constituency, the inner-city criminals who grew up feeding on the welfare state.

For now, true American patriots only watch and prepare.

We are preparing our families for great privation and loss, because we know your unconstitutional, oathbreaking 'domestic national security force' are preparing to kill us in our homes, as tyrannical, oathbreaking federal standing armies have done to many American citizens before.  We stockpile supplies and yes, gun and ammo, because we known your oathbreaking domestic army is preparing even now to take food and fuel and supplies from American citizens at the point of a gun, and give them to your friends, politicians and key federals.  Sir, you yourself have ordered it so, publicly, with your "pen and your phone."

We prepare, and remain vigilant, but we do no violence, while your tyrannical dangers gather.  We will not start the violence; Bundy Ranch was proof of that.  There will be no more Fort Sumters.

But neither will be any more Wacos, or Ruby Ridges, or Bonus Army massacres.  No more will be tolerated.

No more.  The American people have nearly reached their breaking point.

For the sake of the future of America:  for the unborn and those not yet "punished with a baby", as you might say; for our children and those of your agents, you must understand: if your federal agents come to confiscate our arms, hot civil war will break out, sir, and tens of thousands of Americans will die.

Yes, Americans will die, maybe some you know; if you had ever studied American history, you would know that in the last American civil war, almost everyone knew someone who was killed.  Thousands, millions dead.  You cannot put that kind of horror back in the bottle.

Don't do this, Mr. President.

For the sake of the angels, stop talking about rifle confiscation and gun bans.  Not everyone has the patience some of us are showing.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

LA Times Cheers War on "Radical Right-Wing Zealots" Like Us

The rat-bastard traitor.  Notice how
his head symbolically obscures "Justice".
As David Codrea says, "And so it begins".

Attorney General Eric Holder, head of the putative "Department of Justice" is creating a task force that has the potential to label everyone who stands in the way of his unconstitutional schemes as "self-radicalized" threats to government.  The media is cheering him on, eager to label "right-wing zealots" as "homegrown terrorists", so they can get on with the statist program of registration, confiscation and extermination.

From house organ LA Times:
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an “escalating danger” from “homegrown” terrorists within the United States. 
... [The rat-bastard traitor to the Constitution] cited the Boston Marathon bombings last year and shootings at Fort Hood in 2009 and 2014 as examples of “the danger we face from these homegrown threats. 
... Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a task force formed by former Atty. Gen. Janet Reno after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing... which was little known, focused mainly on right-wing zealots, Holder’s version is aimed at U.S. citizens or visitors radicalized via the Internet. ... 
 “But we also must concern ourselves with a different type of threat. We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” he said. 
 “Horrific terror incidents like the tragic shootings at Fort Hood and last year’s Boston Marathon bombing demonstrate the danger we face from these homegrown threats,” Holder said in the video posted on the department’s website. 
 “Now -- as the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet -- it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,” Holder said.
(Emphasis above and the characterization of the rat-bastard traitor are mine.  Yes, Eric Holder is a traitor to the Constitution, viz., Fast & Furious.)

Y'all read that?  Right-wing zealots.  Who are "individually radical[ized] via the Internet" ?  Get ready for some Internet radicalization.

Oh, I'm "radicalized", all right.  I hold to the radical belief that the United States government has far exceeded its Constitutionally-enumerated powers, which were intentionally limited by the Founding Fathers to prevent the tyranny and bloodshed it and its agents have perpetrated for over a hundred and fifty years, and more, which have accelerated under the control of Eric Holder's boss, whoever that may really be.

I hold to the radical belief that we, the people, are the final check on government tyranny, and that to be an effective check on government powers, the whole people, individually and severally, must be radically ARMED with what the Supreme Court called (in US v Miller) "militia weapons", light arms which include the same fully-automatic, large-caliber, and destructive-device weapons that the police and military have.

My radicalism is so radicalized that I believe there may come a time, when all other attempts at redress of grievances have failed us, when the unorganized militia, the people themselves, must take arms to restore the Constitutional order and to seek justice for the wholesale bloodshed and tyranny perpetrated by people like Eric Holder, who sold out our own government agents to the drug cartels in Mexico.  Why Fast & Furious and other such actions are not considered treason to the Constitution by decent people, I'll never know.

In other words, I'm about as radical as that radical Founding Father Tench Coxe.

Exactly what is the the goal of this "task force" the rat-bastard traitor and his lapdogs at the LA Times are talking about?  It is really to prevent Doogie the Terrorist in Boston (never mind Holder let the little teenage bomber into the US to start with), or Fort Hood, or 9/11?    Is this about preventing 'terrorists' like the children of Waco against whom Janet Reno (mentioned in the article) sent the FBI and ATF, to burn them to death under the false pretense of 'weapons charges'?

No, dear reader, it is not.

This "task force" Holder is blathering about will do nothing to prevent terrorist attacks.  If they really wanted to do that, they would close the borders, and question Muslims at airports, instead of driving illegal aliens to bus stations, and feeling up grandma at check-in.  But they won't do that.  Holder thinks "it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home" because he doesn't want the government going after his Muslim and illegal alien buddies.  No, that would be raaaaaaacist.

That task force is targeted "here at home," all right.   The LA Times, in its role as propaganda organ for the state, gives us the key clue, when they intimate that the "task force" was originally about "right-wing zealots."

In truth, Holder's task force is targeting us, the armed citizens who stand for the Constitution, who oppose government tyranny.   Because we represent a unique "threat" to the regime.

If Holder and the rest of the regime mean to force their tyrannical, unconstitutional will on We the People, then yep, you betcha we represent a "threat" to the regime.  By God's justice, we ought to!   Indeed, our very existence as an armed citizenry represents a "threat" to them; witness the foaming-at-the-mouth gibbering over the 2nd Amendment by the statists, including ol' Gunwalker Eric Holder himself.  The Founding Fathers knew we represent a "threat", too, and agreed that such a "threat" was a good thing for the "security of a free state".

This is about the next step.  Holder, the rest of the regime, and these media puffs all know that their efforts to disarm the whole of the American people except their enforcers have utterly FAILED.  In fact, there are more guns & ammo in the hands of Americans now than EVER BEFORE.  Holder and the other tyrants know they are going to have to use violence to disarm us, and this "homegrown terrorists" bilge is just the pretext they need!  The LA Times is subtly doing what the statist media has been doing for some time now: goading the government to do something about us, their problem children, and providing them cover to do the dirty deeds.

So, LA Times, and the rest of the traitorous media, are you ready to take us on?  Having sicced the attack dog Eric Holder on us "right-wing zealots" who hold the "radical" belief that the Constitution constrains the powers of government, what will you do when we do not back down?  What will you do when we do not disarm in response to the unconstitutional mandates of the phoney "representatives" bought and paid for with your fiat baby-torture blood money?  What will you do when we don't accept the rubber-stamp decisions of oath-breaking judges who send the SWAT teams to our houses?

I think you will do nothing.  You ninnies are too cowardly to do the dirty deeds yourselves; you will always need the power of the tyrannical state to do violence to force the control over us you so desire.   Hence, Holder breathing threats.  No matter.  Your fate is sealed, in this life or the next.

Newspapermen and media whores, though now you throw in your lot with a tyrant like Eric Holder, there may come a time when he cannot protect you from true justice.  There may come a time when the armed citizenry fights back, and the Constitution is restored.  When and if that day comes, no one will speak for traitors like you.  You will follow Holder to the gallows, and dance the dance of Julius Streicher, and after that, face the Judgement of the Almighty.

That will be a good day.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Maintaining the Arsenal of Freedom (Memorial Day)

Yesterday was a hot one in central Alabama, and Ol' Backwoods' guns were hot, too.

Being that it was Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to honor those who fought for our freedom by tuning up the arsenal of freedom: the unorganized militia of the whole people, and my part in it, as a proficient marksman.

(An aside: I hate to say it, but those who have fought in wars since Vietnam have not, I believe, directly protected the freedom of the American people.  Now, I honor those who served, and respect the sacrifice of those who died in action, but the collection piss-ant Arab dictators and terrorists that Americans have fought since 1990 were not in any way a direct threat to our freedom.  By contrast, the threats our guys fought in WWII (Axis powers) and the various "police actions" of the Cold War (the Soviet Union and China and their proxies) had the potential, under the right circumstances, to overthrow the governments (note the plural) of the United States, and enslave its population.  That's a real threat to freedom.  bin Laden, by contrast, was only a catalyst for the loss of our freedom perpetrated by the tyrannical counter-reaction of our own federal, state, and local governments.)

For about the first hour, I had the entire range to myself.

Since nobody else was around, I practiced drawing pistols from my holsters, shooting from behind simulated cover (the bench), reloading behind cover, bringing the pistols sights back to bear from behind cover, etc.  My 7-yard headshots went pretty wide with my little Kel-Tec pocket gun, though I certainly was able to drive center-mass shots home.  I did somewhat better with my Glock 22, running it with the compensated .40 caliber barrel rather than my usual practice with the Lone Wolf Distributors 9mm conversion barrel, just to change things up, and to run the gun in the actual configuration I would find it in during a real-life defensive encounter.

I put the steel target I've previously described here out at 100 yards, and shot my AR-15 supported on the bench (every shot a hit) and unsupported sitting, using the hasty sling method taught in  Project Appleseed (need more practice).  I LOVE shooting steel targets.  It's that INSTANT auditory and visual feedback that allows you to immediately evaluate your performance on every shot.  Plus, it's just a lot of fun.

While I was taking a break to hydrate, a young couple I'd shot with previously, Rod and Ashley (not their real names), came over.  After we talked a bit, Rod brought out a homemade steel target like mine, and I was pleased and happy when he told me I'd inspired him to build it.  Rod started plinking with his beautiful Saiga AK-47, surely the closest embodiment of the weapon to what Mikhail Kalashnikov had envisioned.  After a bit, Ashley started shooting Rod's 5.56 short-barrel rifle.  Rod told me it had taken over six months for ATF to approve his tax stamp.

Isn't that just nonsense?  The difference between a 16" AR-15 and Rod's 12" SBR is losing a 4" piece of steel, $200 and six months, all in exchange for a tax stamp, and FEDERAL registration?  There probably has not been a more stupid law in the history of the republic than the 1934 National Firearms Act, and its evil little sisters, the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1986 Hughes Amendment.  These tyrannical laws, clearly against the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, have provided pretext for the federal government to murder and imprison hundreds if not thousands of Americans.

But I digress.

Back to the topic.

Go out and put some flowers on the graves of your honored dead this weekend.  Say a prayer or two of thanks for those who gave all to secure or preserve freedom.

But also, I recommend you do as I did: honor their memory by maintaining proficiency in firearms, and keeping the arsenal of freedom well-oiled and finely tuned.  And stay vigilant, my friends.  You never know when the unorganized militia of the United States will have to take arms to oppose tyranny.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Yes, I'm Here Now, But How Long Are We Here?

Ol' Backwoods realizes I have not posted in almost 3 weeks.  So sorry.  Had personal minor "SHTF" event, involving a parent.

It's always tough to see a parent's health failing, and knowing that it won't be long before you are saying your last goodbyes to them, in this life at least.  You naturally want your parent to be able to rest in the hereafter, free from pain, but selfishly, you want them to stay with you for just a bit longer.

It also reminds us of our own mortality, and of the fact that, young or old, we have very few years on this earth.  For me, at least, it compels me to try and make the best of the years I have left.

Stay with me here, friends.  I'll get back to me old every-few-days posting schedule, PDQ.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reid Putting Peace of Republic in Extreme Peril

CBS Las Vegas:
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says "something is going to happen" to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. 
"It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next," Reid told KSNV-TV. "But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.” 
Reid called militias staying at Bundy's Bunkerville ranch "domestic violent terrorist-wannabes."
Emphasis mine.

Are y'all reading this?  Are you sure of what you just read?  Read it again.  Because something very, very serious just happened.  This ain't just some spoiled little pissant shooting his mouth off.

Take note: the sitting leader of the United States Senate has just issued a veiled threat to use federal assets to murder an American citizen.

 It no longer matters what this is about, or who is right.  People are sick of this overbearing federal government, and the peace of our republic is hanging by a thread.

Reid says "we are a nation of laws," but he is treating American citizens as if he were a dictatorial strongman in a banana republic, not a senator in the supposed "World's Greatest Deliberative Body".  For this murderous threat, in felony violation of multiple sections of US Code, Reid should be impeached immediately, and taken away to incarceration by Federal Marshals.  But Harry Reid is far too powerful for that.  Absolutely nothing will happen to him, while he lives.

Prediction: if Bundy or any member of his family, or any militia member defending him dies by any action of the United States federal government, a wave of retribution will sweep across this land, fanning the flames of conflict into a full-blown hot civil war.

This is not me, a penny-ante blogger, making threats; this is a prediction of cause and effect illuminated by history, in which I am very well read compared to the political class.  (Yes, it's a conceit, but I'm in good company; there are millions of Americans just as well versed in history.)

No, this is just what happens under these conditions:

An overbearing government pushes and pushes, and takes and takes.

The citizenry are long-suffering, seeking only to make a living and care for their families.  They sit and take it, for years and decades, as long as abuses can be borne.

But finally, at long last, the citizens get fed up of tyranny and abuses of the government, and they rebel.  Almost anything can be the final trigger.  Doesn't matter if the cause in itself is just, or not.  People just finally say, "ENOUGH!"

Once the breaking point is reached, there is bloodshed, on both sides, and bodies start piling up.

And this ain't some little commie hellhole in Central or South America.  In our republic, the citizens are armed; there is at least one firearm for every man, woman, and child in America.   We won't just let the federals come in and Waco us or Ruby-Ridge us again.

Is this really what you want, Reid?  A hot civil war?

The peace of our republic hangs by a thread.

Reid probably does not care about the outcome.  Most likely, the elites and/or some foreign government have promised to protect Reid no matter what happens to the proles.

But I care.  And I bet you do, too.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Day! Let Freedom Ring!

"Christ is risen!
  He is risen indeed!" -- Ancient Christian response chant

Ol' Backwoods does not equivocate about his position on Jesus Christ: I am a follower of His, albeit an imperfect one who is still being worked on by the Holy Spirit to bring my sinful will under His submission.

Though my Savior was the most perfect man ever to live on this earth, I do not claim perfection, nor does any sane or well-grounded Christian.  I do not expect to be perfect until I am made perfect by Him in my heavenly home, after having put off the bonds of this fleshly existence.

This Easter, our family's traditional holiday activities were interrupted by the fact that I had to be away from home, on account of work.  Even so, I spent time this morning communing with my King with other Christians, and raising worshipful songs to our God and Father, and listening to the preaching of Christ's Word.

It is an astounding thing, freedom.  People all over the world and throughout human history have sought it, bled for it.  Millions have been in bondage to one master or another: a tyrannical government, a cruel slaver, an unremitting debtor, a pimp or sultan, a drug or liquor.  But there is no master like sin.  It has beset the human condition since Eden, laid low the mighty, tempted the saints.   You'd think with that savage a bondmaster, people would be seeking freedom from sin.  But that is the nature of the beast of sin: it twists even the will and the intellect to its purposes.

The blood of Christ has set men free from the eternal consequences of sin, if they will accept the free gift of His Grace.

Yet, the temporal ramifications of sin remain.   Temporal freedom is ever in peril, and is many times lost.  A great battle between the servants of God and the old Dragon has been in progress for millennia.  The great governments of the world, knowingly or unknowingly, work to establish a separate kingdom for Lucifer, who was thrown from Heaven, and in the process, seek to enslave humanity and force them to their collective will.

The guilt of sin is one of the Accuser's greatest weapons.  With it, the Deceiver can almost nullify the gift of Grace, by making the receiver feel that he is too far gone to receive it.  But we are not.  If we are willing to receive Christ, he will cleanse us, conscience, will, mind, and soul, and make us fit for a better world.

He stands at the door and knocks.

Though the day-to-day battles are uncertain, the final outcome is clear.  One day, the great war will be done, and the Lion of Judah will be victorious.  The Deceiver will be thrown into gloomy dungeons for eternity, and we shall be changed to become like Jesus is, in His Resurrection.   Sin will be vanquished, and will beset us no more with fear, or pain, or shame, or guilt, or death.

That is the Christian's hope.  That is my hope.

Happy Easter.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patriot's Day - Republic's Slide toward Civil War Continues

Ol' Backwoods says: If you're the kind of person to comment, "TL;DR", then I ask you to leave this site, now. American patriots who wish to learn the truth about the tyranny and abuses of their government are encouraged to stay and read. 

Happy Patriots' Day.
President Eisenhower (Wikipedia)
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. ...  
As we peer into society's future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address
We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
--'Barack Hussein Obama,' July 2, 2008, before being elevated to President of the United States.
The Left's silly, childish view of the world, that the government is our boss, shows their willingness to use guns to get what they want, while our view is one of constant vigilance against a government too willing to use their weapons against us.
 --Jen Kuznicki, journalist, CNSnews.com.

Unidentified militiaman and supporters, near Bunkerville NV, 04/11/14 
I will never fire upon a federal agent first. Our rules of engagement are strictly 'do not fire until fired upon'.  
-- Patrick Downs, 20-year-old militia member from California, who has pledged to protect Cliven Bundy, his family and their ranch from another raid by the federal government.
Domestic enemy of the
Constitution, Timothy Egan.
I hate to say it but I’d rather have seen another Waco than yet more caving by the Obama administration to the radical right-wing lunatic fringe.
-- New York Times opinion page writer Timothy Egan, 4/17/14.



On this anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord of 1775, American patriots find themselves decades into a long and bloody struggle with another great power, the US federal government, which is now in full-on rebellion against the Constitutional restrictions on its powers, and engaged in tyranny and abuse against
Results of federal incursion in Waco TX, 4/19/93
the states and people that created it.

A year ago today, when Watertown, Massachusetts was on federal "lockdown" ostensibly because of a teenage 'terrorist,' and crack DHS dragoons were sighting M-4 rifles at citizens through windows, few could have imagined that the struggle of the American people against the usurping US government could get much worse without breaking into open civil war.
Federal incursion, Watertown, MA 04/19/13

Yet, it has.  In the year since Watertown, a unarmed young female dental hygienist from Connecticut, who likely did nothing but fall on the losing end of some sort of lover's spat with a federal goon, was gunned down in cold blood in Washington DC as she fled from the "Secret Service." The young girl in the seat next to her was covered in her mother's blood.  The federals and their allies in the news media quickly suppressed any investigation into what happened.
Federal forces murder unarmed
dental hygienist, 10/03/13

Also, in the last year, the IRS, in collusion with the US Department of 'Justice' and the Federal Elections Commission, was caught suppressing the free speech of people opposing the Obama administration en masse, including a local "Tea Party" group in Wetumpka, Alabama.  The guilty IRS official, Lois Lerner, though held in contempt of Congress, has so far escaped prosecution by the judiciary, federal or state.   It seems that anyone critical of Obama personally, of his policies or those implementing them are in Federal crosshairs.

In a somewhat related development, Hawaiian health official Loretta Fuddy, seemingly the only person who knows for sure if so-called Barack Hussein Obama is indeed a foreign national living under an alias, was mysteriously killed in a single-plane accident, in which she was the only casualty.  The Left, ever defending the administration, has blamed her death on a "cardiac arrhythmia".  One wonders how they know.

Yes, in the last year, Federal disobedience to the Constitution and the resulting tyranny have gotten much worse.  Nowhere can this be more clearly seen than in the federal siege and looting of Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada.  Thankfully, the so-called "Battle of Bunkerville" ended peacefully, with none dead except dozens of cattle, and the Feds retreating. But the cold civil war in America is not getting any better.  In fact, the nature of the federal threat means that there will be more battles, and worse.

Fueled by a fiat currency from a powerful international cabal of banks, the elite-controlled US government uses the unconstitutional but heavily-armed Executive-branch agencies to loot property by force from citizens, calling the thefts "income tax" and "civil forfeiture." The Feds use the proceeds to maintain its power and to pay fealty to the bankers.  Many of the states are emulating their federal feudal lord in looting their own citizens to buy votes and weaponry to maintain their elites' power.  At the federal, state, and local level, America is a rapidly-developing police state.

Federals killed and buried many of Bundy's cattle.
The bankers and the US federal elites have powerful local allies, such as the Islamist infiltrators, the illegal alien advocates and the radical environmentalists. (Radical environmentalism is effectively the national religion of the Federals and their allies.) The federal cabal uses the grievances of these anti-American interest groups as its justification to intimidate, impede, control, loot and ultimately destroy manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and energy producers.  The end goal of this destruction is not clear, but one can conjecture that the carcass of the United States would be useful raw material for our enemies abroad, allies of the bankers and political elites.

The cabal and its allies place their safety above the Constitution and the American people.  Anyone who resists the Feds' unconstitutional tyranny is threatened, injured, or murdered outright by the armed federal police.

Which brings us again to Cliven Bundy's Ranch.

The Left charges that Bundy is getting what he deserved because he hasn't "paid his fees." Much has already been written to refute that simplistic story. Regardless of what one thinks of the Feds' case against the Bundys, the Feds' hostile move to abandon administrative and judicial redress, and employ an armed SWAT team against the man and his family, is indicative of just how the federal government operates in the Age of Obama.  And Bundy is not alone in being targeted by the Bureau of Land Management; a tribal leader is suing the BLM for millions, for what was done by the BLM on tribal land.

Patriot cowboys returning rest of Bundy's cattle, 04/12/14
The fact that the armed BLM officers and their hired dragoons turned tail and ran on the afternoon of April 12th was indeed a great victory for the states and the American people.  It is, as the Daily Bell puts it, a "significant moment" in American history.  But as Senator Harry Reid, most powerful person in the US Senate, recently spat, "This isn't over."  The Empire will strike back.  Count on it.

The US government elites, their feudal masters, and their allies are seething over the April 12th retreat of federal forces at Bundy ranch. An account of the withdrawal by an LA lawyer indicates how surprised the BLM was that such a resistance materialized so quickly, and how the cowardly agents felt threatened by Bundy and the citizen militias.

Reid breathing threats
The fear and loathing from this outcome has resonated throughout the collectivist/traitor axis.   Reid is still fomenting threats, calling Bundy supporters "domestic terrorists".  On many collectivist websites, the Feds' acolytes are cajoling their masters to strike back at the militias.   The news media is attempting to determine who the militia groups are, doubtless to provide their federal masters with actionable intelligence.  The radical environmentalists are "sad that the guys with guns dictate policy" -- by which they mean the militias, because their "guys with guns", the BLM agents and company, showed the white feather and ran for the hills.


Besides the potential Federal counter-attack, which has yet to fully materialize beyond the screeds of Lefty keyboard commandos, another front is opening in this civil war: the rebellion of the Western states against Federal land ownership in their states.  In Nevada, home of Cliven Bundy's ranch, Federal ownership is over 80% of the total land area.
Federal land grabs (red) in the States
Via the Salt Lake Tribune (h/t The Federalist Papers):
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday [04/28/14]. 
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. 
“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.” 
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented. 
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said. 
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said. 
Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts. 
“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls. 
“We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms,” Fielder said.
Emphasis mine, Backwoods Engineer.  And he's correct-- Bundy Ranch is just a symptom of a larger problem with federal encroachment onto state sovereignty and Constitutional limits.

Fox News has more:
Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented, but none of the other states has gone as far as Utah, where lawmakers passed a measure demanding that the federal government extinguish title to federal lands. 
The lawmakers and Gov. Gary Herber have said they’re only asking the federal government to make good on promises made in the 1894 Enabling Act for Utah to become a state. The intent was never to take over national parks and wilderness created by an act of Congress, said Lockhart, a Republican from Provo. 
“We are not interested in having control of every acre,” she said. “There are lands that are off the table that rightly have been designated by the federal government.” 
Ivory said federal government’s debt threatens its management of vast tracts of the West and its ability to make payments in lieu of taxes to the states, the Tribune reported. He said the issue is of interest to both urban and rural lawmakers. 
“If we don’t stand up and act, seeing that trajectory of what’s coming … those problems are going to get bigger,” Ivory was quoted as saying.
Indeed, the federal incursions will only get bigger and bloodier.  Next Patriot's Day, it's hard to tell what I will be reporting in this space, dear reader.

UPDATE: Video of the Coalition of Western States legislators at Bundy Ranch, including federal Representative Matt Shea from Washington state, and Nevada state assemblywoman Michelle Fiore:



Pull quote: "A [federal wielding a] sniper rifle is not due process, and we cannot let that stand as legislators, no matter what state we are in."

Also: "The best government is the government closest to the people."

UPDATE II: Mike Vanderboegh gave a rousing speech today at Bundy Ranch:
They blinked and retreated here for now.  They will try again, if not here then in some other place for some other flimsy tyrannical excuse, some other evil wrapped in an allegedly benevolent lie.  Rest assured, they will try again.  And we must be ready. We must remain vigilant.   
But however we arrived at this place, we are here, now, and there is no changing it.  When you stood beneath the bridges we -- all of us, all across the country -- in those long moments we were staring civil war in the face. All over this country at this moment WE ARE STILL STARING CIVIL WAR IN [ITS] BLOODY FACE.  To believe otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history.  We have, to use the blunt words of my Michigan farmer Grandpa Vanderboegh, arrived at "nut cuttin' time."
Maybe so.
John Locke said it first and best in his Second Treatise on Government:
“Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.” 
This is not about tortoises and cattle.  It is not about who controls the vast lands claimed by the federal government.  It is not about "the children" or "common-sense gun safety" or any of the many lies that are spun to conceal the iron fist of arbitrary power. 
It is about control.  It is about who serves whom.  We are divided now, as they were in 1775, by the answer to the most fundamental of questions: Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?  Who serves whom?  What do you think?

Right.  Now we believe, as did the Founders, that government should serve the people.  It is evident that many others believe differently.  But this is not a question whose differing answers can be compromised, or negotiated or finessed.  It is one or the other -- that of individual liberty codified by the Constitution and the rule of law under the Founders' republic, or the rule of man as represented by the law of the jungle backed up by the iron fist of tyrannical government. 
Harry Reid understands this.  You all saw what he said the other day: "This isn't over," he threatened.  And you know what? He's right.  It can never be over until one side or the other wins.  And don't think he's just talking about the Bundys.  He is promising us all civil war  on a vast scale because state-sponsored violence is the only way they can win the argument with free people, especially free people who are armed and willing to use those arms in defense of liberty.   
Ole Dirty Harry understands that.   
But he mistakes the character of the people he wishes to victimize and subjugate.  He mistakes you.  He mistakes the true nature of all free Americans who intend to remain free.  And history has shown that mistake to be a terminal one for many tyrants.  For there are laws higher and older than any of Harry Reid's unconstitutional "laws," one of which is the Law of Unintended Consequences.  
Good stuff.  Read it all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Backfiring Bloomberg

A goody two-shoes meddler with too much money for his own sanity targets your rights:
Michael Bloomberg, failed meddler
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out-muscle the National Rifle Association.
What a laugh.  Spend it all, you deluded fool.

If the non-sequitur of a graphic below is representative of what his new group is producing, his $50 million will produce even more new gun owners in America than I think.

Constitutional guarantee vs. privilege of driving on roads?
Really?  Apples/Oranges, much?
Bloomberg doesn't understand most Americans, who aren't like the guns-for-me-but-not-for-thee cultural elites in New York City, where Bloomie's money funds their fancy shindigs.  Unlike Bloomie and his buddies, most Americans out here in "Flyover Country" support the right to keep and bear arms.  And we sure don't cotton to uber-rich snobs like Bloomie telling us guns what we can or can't have, like he tried and failed to tell New Yorkers they couldn't have a 32-ounce soda pop.

And no, Bloomie, that ain't gonna get you into heaven.

When a busybody like Bloomie says, "Only police should have guns!," it just makes Americans want what he says they shouldn't have, all the more. Every time he says, "Assault weapons' have no place on our streets!", another American decides to go down to Cabella's or Wal-Mart, or their local gun store, and buy a semi-automatic AR-15 or AK-47.   Or, another 30-round PMAG, and a crapload more of ammo.

His schtick is backfiring.

I bet every dollar Bloomie spends buys a new American gun owner, or convinces another American who already owns a gun to buy another, or another box of ammo. Every dollar, or pretty near, Bloomie spends buys another member to the NRA (up to 5 million!), or the GOA, or the SAF, or the JPFO.

Seems like every time you turn around, more gun freedom is being hailed, as many states are restoring more and more of our precious right to keep and bear arms.  Very few are doing more restricting, and even those are being resisted.   Look out, Bloomie, another New Yorker just burned his registration paper!  Don't tell Bloomie about the 90% noncompliance rate to the "SAFE" Act, either.  Or massive noncompliance to Connecticut's forced gun registration.  Colorado sheriffs won't enforce the magazine bans, which is good, but the massive noncompliance is better. It is hard for Bloomie to kick against the goads.

Everywhere you look, gun, magazine, and ammo manufacturers are leaving states that restrict the right to keep and bear arms, and are moving to 2nd-Amendment-friendly states.  Kahr, PTR, Ruger, Magpul, Stag Arms, Beretta, Remington, ATI and more are reacting to Bloomberg's efforts, and voting with their feet.

It's backfiring.  Big time.

The millions Bloomie is spending accomplish little or nothing to convince more federal and state politicians to ban guns. And lest we forget, Colorado voters punished three state politicians, who took Bloomberg's money and voted for gun bans. The third resigned before her sorry butt could be kicked out by the voters.

No, every dollar Bloomie spends just opens the minds of more Americans to the idea of armed serenity, and to the freedom of being able to make one's own choices about their and their family's security.

And what about Bloomie's push for idiot federal "background checks" on every private transfer?  Down in flames, on a near-party-line vote.  Every schlocky commercial Bloomie produces, with casting-call phonies sitting on proverbial tailgates, their fingers stupidly resting on the triggers of shotguns causes another bunch of Americans to think to themselves, "Unlike that phoney, I'm safe with my guns around my kids.  They are safe with guns themselves.  And, by the way, we need to get buy more ammo."

It's backfiring.

You can see Bloomie's scare war is backfiring, in the scarcity of 22LR ammunition.  Also, the enormous increases in reported gun sales, via the federal FFL "instant background checks,"  and millions of Americans paying for concealed carry permits.  The American people are voting with their wallets, and they are voting for the freedom and right to keep and bear arms.  The American acceptance of an armed society has been increasing for years, and all of Bloomberg's money cannot stop its inexorable progress.

Bloomberg's latest Astroturf effort will fail, too.  Every time the "Moms" Demanding a Real Man go on TV, their Harpy-in-Chief (former PR hack) screeching about eeevil 'illegal' guns, another young American mom says to herself, "You know, I think I will go to that concealed carry class my girlfriend was talking about.  It might be fun, and I need to do it to be able to protect my kids."

Backfiring.

Bloomie is straining out a gnat, while being trampled by a herd of camels, to mix the Lord's metaphor.