Thursday, January 31, 2013

ObamaCare is Awful,and We Don't Want it in NC

The IRS estimates that a medical plan in 2016 under ObamaCare will cost $20,000 a year per family.

Thus completely destroying any benefit to the law whatsoever.

Which is why NC and a lot of other states are pushing back.

Good for us, and them.

This Can't Be Good: Syria Strikes Back?

Israel may find itself in a full-scale war with its neighbor, very soon.

Of course, Israel is always considered "the bad guy" by the Muslim nations, even when it is only defending its own interests.

Should an all-out (nuclear?) Middle Eastern war begin, other bad things could be triggered around the world.

Watch and pray, y'all.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let's Pretend It's 1985

Back in 1985, Ol' Backwoods paid no attention to firearms laws.  The national gun laws on the books at the time -- the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 -- did not affect what I was doing with guns then.   Local gun laws in the dusty end of Oklahoma?

Let's put it this way: there were rifles and shotguns in the gun rack of every pickup in the high school parking lot, and the Superintendent of Schools (also my Sunday School teacher) would catch us as my buddy and I came into school, asking us how the squirrel/dove/quail/etc. hunt went in the morning before school, and what were we going to go hunt or shoot after school.  He loved our stories, and would often add his own.

There was no thought that any of us boys would ever shoot up the school.  If anything, we would have gone out and armed ourselves and PROTECTED the school.

Back then, we'd go to the hardware store/gun shop, or the local department store, and look at all the cool guns we couldn't afford, and buy some ammo if we could afford it.  I spent quite a bit of my limited spending money on ammo.

If we weren't hunting, we'd plink cans, or old TVs, or kill crows, or prairie dogs, or feral cats, whatever we could.

We loved it.  There was nothing more enjoyable to me (well, exceptin' THAT) than hanging out with my buddies, hunting or shooting or fishing or talking about those things.

I fear for my country, and I fear that the Progressives will try and take our rights away, and future high school kids won't be able to enjoy such pleasures.

Today, Ol' Backwoods went to our favorite gunsmith's, and then to our favorite gun store, with two of my best shooting buddies.

It was almost like it was 1985 again.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Redcoats Already Marching, err, Repelling From Helicopters

March of the Redcoats by Andy Mueller (buy)
UPDATE!  Both these cities have ATF Violent Crime Impact Teams operating in them.  And massive ATF screw-ups in the program.   Coincidence?

Ol' Backwoods reckons there's kind of a poetic parallel between today's Cold Civil War and the American Revolution.  In both cases, the oppressors of the people were parading about, trying to scare the lily-livered population into submission to their tyrannical power.

Poetic, that is, if it weren't so dad-blamed threatening to the Republic.

Check out what's happening in Houston and Miami.

In Houston, via local ABC affiliate (video):
With military helicopters flying above her southeast Houston neighborhood, Frances Jerrals didn't know what to think.
"When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst," Jerrals said.
And so, she passed along her concern.
"She told me 'don't come home it sounds like we're in a war zone. Guns, shooting, helicopters flying around the house,'" Isaac Robertson Jr. said.
The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds.
"I felt like I was in a warzone." Jerrals said. "It was nonstop. I was terrified."
Turns out, it was a multi-agency training drill that Jerrals wished would have come with warning.
"They could have done a better job in notifying the neighborhood," Jerrals said.
This WAS the notification.  This is a warning shot across the bow.  Notifying the sheeple: "We are in control, and you will submit to us".

And it's working for some folks.  The article continues:

The Army did not give any details of what the training is for. Some people we spoke to needed no explanation.
"If it's to protect our kids, I'm all for it," neighbor Glenn DeWitt said. 

A training mission, apparently with live ammo, in clear violation of the principle of Posse Comitatus, with standing armies terrorizing the very people whose consent the government supposedly depends on.

And Dimwitt DeWitt is "all for it."

There are tens of millions of Quislings just like him.

An in Miami, we are treated to Feds rappelling out of helicopters onto buildings:

What are they preparing for?  It's obvious, really: massive civil violence and insurrection requiring deadly force to put down.  Essentially, a hot civil war.

Prepare, people; the time is not long now.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood Gun Store: 4473 Burn Parties?

Ol' Backwoods will never forget when I was a kid in the mid 80's, watching the scene in Red Dawn where the Commie major tells his minions to go to the gun store and get all the Forms 4473.  Those are the yellow forms, kept in every gun store for up to 20 years, with a record of who bought what.

Look, Ol' Backwoods agrees with many in our 2nd Amendment community that eventually, there will be a confiscation order given by Obama or whatever Progressive succeeds him.  They cannot fully implement communism with an armed citizenry, especially one that is continuing to arm itself at a rate of over 16.8 MILLION firearms per year, a rate which is accelerating.  That has got to be scaring their tyrannical pants off.

They need registration, as a first step.  We know what always follows: confiscation, at gunpoint.

So what do we do about it?  Well, they cain't register what ain't papered, and they cain't confiscate what they can't locate.  Very soon, it will be time for some serious non-violent civil disobedience.  Nobody dies, nobody gets hurt.  Only paper is destroyed.  (It ain't really civil disobedience, because the Constitution is on our side.)

Ol' James Wesley Rawles back in the sticks at SurvivalBlog (h/t mighty MBV at SipseyStIrregulars) lays out how it will go down (permission granted for full re-post):


Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If Congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. 
There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such as Blancco,X-Ways, and Stellar Wipe, or though the physical destruction of disk drives.)
Spontaneous Gatherings, Spontaneous Combustion 
This burn barrel day -- likely to be held the day after the President signs any new draconian legislation -- will include speeches, public prayers, and the blessing of those who have gathered by ministers, rabbis, and priests.
The core of the activities on that day will be stalwart public defiance of any new unconstitutional law(s), the open and notorious destruction of records that might be used to enslave us, and vocal public affirmations of solidarity of free men and women, in the face of tyranny. This will be a defining moment for America--a line drawn in the sand. We will forthrightly declare that we will not obey any unconstitutional law and that we will treat it dismissively, as if it had never been enacted -- nunc pro tunc. We will pledge ourselves to the defense of liberty, both individually and collectively. We will vow that if ever called to jury duty, we will nullify any unconstitutional laws, vacating the charges against the accused, in accordance with our long-standing right as jurors. (See:
The Law is On Our Side 
We will publicly re-affirm some long standing precepts of American jurisprudence, to wit: 
"The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.
Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it...
A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.
No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." - 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256
Never Again! 
Recognizing the many sad lessons of civilian disarmament and subsequent genocides in the 20th Century, we will make bold and forthright statement: Never Again! We will not submit to the unlawful decrees of tyrants. We will not meekly go their jails and internment camps. We will fight for our liberty, to our dying breath.
Come Armed, Come Masked 
I recommend that all adults who publicly assemble at these burn barrel events do so armed, as is our right. And those who come armed should also wear masks, to protect themselves from malicious prosecution. I plan to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, but you can wear a bandana, face muffler, or the face mask of your choice. Joining you, also wearing masks, will be many mayors, sheriffs and their deputies, chiefs of police and their officers, town council members, clergy, and people of all walks of life. We vastly outnumber the tyrants. The tyrants deserve nothing but our scorn and derision. Their fate is already sealed.
Plausible Denial 
After this fateful day has come and gone, FFL holders and public officials will be able to recount: "I had no choice. My records were taken by men with guns who were wearing masks!" (So they'll have no excuse if they don't cooperate with this nationwide display of civil disobedience.)
God Bless The Republic. Down with Tyrants. We Will Prevail!

When Ol' Backwoods was a kid, that scene in Red Dawn didn't cause me to fear as much for myself as for others, because I knew my rifle and shotgun were not bought from a gun store, but handed down from my Daddny.  Still, I feared for the others whose where.

Now, I have 4473's scattered in gun stores here and yon.   So, probably, do you.  If a registration order comes down, they must be destroyed.  This will save lives.

In that day, I hope to stand and make a decent account of myself, so that I may not be ashamed in the company of my Revolutionary War ancestors in Glory.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Them Big-City Gun-Banners Actually Think This

Snagged off a friend's Facebook page:


Masad Ayoob Walks Away from Copter Crash

Ol' Backwoods has high respect indeed for firearms trainer extraordinaire and former police officer Massad Ayoob.  So, it was with some trepidation that I read he was in a helicopter accident in St. Lucie County, FL, while on a feral hog hunt.

Ol' Miguel at Gun Free Zone brings us the story:
Live Oak — Two Live Oak men were involved in a helicopter crash in St. Lucie County around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
Jonathan Strayer, 46, and Massad Ayoob, 64, were treated and released at Raulerson Memorial Hospital in Okeechobee, as was the pilot, William Harward, 55, Miami.
Thank the LORD.  Glad to know they are OK.  "Mas" Ayoob, as many of us call him, is a real friend to the 2nd Amendment movement, and a fine trainer besides.  Ol' Backwoods owns several of his training DVDs and books.

UPDATE: Mas gives us the rundown on his Backwoods Home blog.    With bloody pictures, so if'n you're squeamish, you might wanna stiffen yer liver first.  It ain't bad, though.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mouth of Obama: Biden Backpedaling on Gun Ban

I hope y'all have read your Professor Tolkein; you'll need it for this post.  Y'all remember that nasty little thing that came out to speak for Sauron?  Under the spell of his master, Sauron, just as evil, mean, and nasty?

Ol' Joe Biden is the Mouth of Sauron in this here gun grab fight; he spews what he's told in the dark corners of Mordor.

"Mouth of Sauron" Joe Biden (AP image)

   And look what he's saying now:
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths.
Biden is telling the Minions of Mordor (otherwise known as the Media) to de-emphasize the so-called "assault weapons" ban, and start beating the drums harder for takin' our standard-capacity magazines away.

Now, why might'n that be?

Ol' Backwoods reckons Sauron Obama can read the FBI's statistics on the number of guns purchased since the Sandy Hook Massacre as good as anybody else.  And he knows: we are voting with our dollars, down at the gun store and in the halls of the gun shows.

They have scanned the World-Wide Web and read the angry diatribes from gun owners.  They know they don't have the votes in the Senate, either, much less the House.

And they saw the way the Eastern Outdoors Show fell apart after the NRA and over 150 vendors pulled out of it, after Reed (the management) announced that no "modern sporting rifles" like AR-15's could be displayed at the show.  Heck, even one of my favorite game sauce outfits, GutNtag, pulled out.  (Show some gratitude, and go order some of that Habanero sauce!)

Let Ol' Backwoods translate that for ya: Biden is telling us they know they are losing the fight.

But later in the piece, comes a statement so disingenuous, so deceptive, so out-and-out vile that it demands a response:

[Biden] says a ban would solve part of the gun violence problem, particularly for police who can be outgunned by criminals with assault weapons.
WHAT?!  How is THAT possible?

Civilians have not been able to buy a new machine gun for 27 years!  The supply of machine guns that non-law-enforcement Americans can buy is fixed by Federal law, and they are getting rarer and more expensive all the time.

But police can buy all the machine guns they want!  So, how can they possibly be outgunned by criminals?

And what criminal buys "assault rifles" at a gun show or dealer?  Again, they CAN'T, because of the Hughes amendment to the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act.

We are winning this thing, I suspect, but we have to keep at it.  Ol' Backwoods is contacting his Congresspeople every way I can, and suggest you do, too.  Ruger has put together a nice web page for us to do that automagically.  You should use it.

Sidearms in the Garden of Gethsemane; Why Not in Church, AR?

You won't catch Ol' Backwoods in church without his sidearm.  I praise the Lord, take Holy Communion, and pay heed to God's Word preached, all the while packin' a handgun and several extra magazines of ammunition. (The media loves that word, "packin'"; personally, I think it sounds citified.)  And Ol' Backwoods ain't the only one with deadly force on hand, should evil come to take innocent life.

The Good Lord told his disciples to go and sell their cloak if'n they didn't have a sidearm.  Well, no cloak-sellin' needed here; I got mine.  And we can carry in church here in North Carolina.

But a lot of other states, like Arkansas, have laws against that.  It sure won't stop the evil people who want to shoot up a church, but only limits those who would protect the innocent.

Looks like Arkansas is waking up.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Senate is voting on legislation that would allow concealed handguns in churches, the first of several gun-related measures expected in this year's session. 
The Senate on Thursday planned to vote on a proposal by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest that would remove churches from the list of places where concealed weapons are prohibited. King's proposal would leave it up to churches and other places of worship to determine whether to allow concealed handguns and who can carry them.
King's proposal was backed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
A similar measure by King was approved by the House two years ago, but failed before a Senate committee. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has indicated he'll likely sign the measure if it reaches his desk.
Good thing.   But these days, Arkansans might have to sell more than their cloaks to buy a handgun :-)

UPDATE 2/12/13: SIGNED by the Governor.  Congrats, Arkansans!

Civil War, Any Day Now? Lots of Links & Thinks

Ol' Backwoods has lots of links and things to think about for ya today.

Civil War already in progress? Maybe.

If we ain't, I read Jeff Goldstein's piece to mean we are closer to civil war than we think:  Shock Claim: Obama only wants Generals who would fire on American Citizens.

The battle space is being prepared, and the players are taking the field.

Oregon, Mississippi, Texas Sheriffs Warn Obama

In reply to these sheriffs, an anonymous coward Quisling writes to a Salt Lake City, Utah paper:
"Assault weapons that can fire numerous times in seconds are designed for only one thing: killing large numbers of people. The military and law enforcement officers need that ability; ordinary law-abiding citizens do not.
Bull crap.  The Founders knew better.  Captain Parker and the brave Minutemen of April 19, 1775 are rolling in his graves.

Despite Media Claims, Survey Shows NRA Members United
Key Findings:
91% of NRA members support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill.
92% of NRA members oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws.
89% oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often mistakenly called “assault rifles”.
93% oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government.
92% oppose a new federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens.

The Fudds might be coming around, ya think?

We all better understand what is happening: only deadly force can stop deadly force.  Laws do not stop those who care nothing to obey them.

Laws don't protect me: criminals don't obey laws, either mala prohibita or mal in se.

And speaking of breaking laws:

Obama's Appointees Were Unconstitutional, Court Rules; Obama Will Ignore

Do folks REALLY think what this lawbreaking federal government needs are MORE laws to oppress us with?

Speaking of which, the Witch Feinstein is breaking her oath to the Constitution with that bill from Hell of hers.

Feinstein: We cannot allow the rights of a few to override safety of all...
 This legislation is my life's goal. As long as I am a member of the Senate, I will work night and day to pass this bill into law. No matter how long it takes, I will fight until assault weapons are taken off our streets.
   Put simply, we cannot allow the rights of a few to override the safety of all. 
You mean our "representatives" can't override the safety of all by banning guns and establishing gun free zones?  Calm down, friend, she don't mean that.  "The few" means the half of the country she don't like: gun owners.

Since when do only a "few" have natural rights?  And even so, when can the majority stomp on the rights of the few?  This is why we have a Constitutional Republic instead of a Democracy, you tyrant.

This woman is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and was a traitor as soon as this bill hit the Congressional Record.   She ought to be hanged by the neck until dead.  But she keeps blabbing:
That is not the America that our founding fathers envisioned. And that is not the America I want my children and grandchildren to live in.
You and yours can LEAVE then, Feinstein!   Protecting minorities from the mob is exactly what the founders envisioned when forming a Constitutional Republic rather than a democracy. And you, tyrant, ain't gonna take rights from me and mine!

The Senator continues:
 The success or failure of this bill depends not on me, but on you. If the American people rise up and demand action from their elected officials, we will be victorious. If the American people say ``no'' to military-style assault weapons, we will rid our Nation of this scourge.
This unconstitutional witch traitor needs to read US law, if she won't read the Constitution:
18 USC § 241 - Conspiracy against rights
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured— They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death. 

Holder begins gun-control push

Look for gun owners like me to be declared "mental health risks" by the Federal government.  Obama will use whatever power he has.

... until some state decides it's had enough.  When that time comes, Tennessee might not be a bad place to be:

The Most Bible-Minded City Is Knoxville, Tenn., Says American Bible Society

Towns surrounding Knoxville might be worth looking for land in.

So you don't have to deal with this:

"There's no question that the AR-15 was used,. However, the Bushmaster Adam Lanza shot those children with multiple rounds and was instrumental in the only one responsible for the massacre," Blumenthal told Hearst Newspapers on Thursday after a Capitol Hill news conference. "Those children and educators might well be alive today if not for the assault weapon and high-capacity magazines Adam Lanza."
There, Ol' Backwoods fixed it for ya.
"All 26 of Lanza's victims were shot with the .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle," said Vance"More than a week after the shooting, investigators were still finding bullets under doors and in carpets and walls in the school as they tried to match the casings to the magazines.”'
I bet they found casings, not bullets.  Idiot opening mouth and removing all doubt.  

And what is so dang hard about "match[ing] casings to magazines"?  I can see a .223 case from across the room, and know it ain't a 9mm.  And what's to "match" if they were all shot with the same rifle?   These people are LYING about what happened for political gain.

I reckon the Civil War has already started.  What do y'all think?

The Only Thing That Could Have Stopped Lanza...

... an armed citizen, was not available in a so-called "gun-free zone."

Even though the Supreme Court has overturned "Gun-Free School Zones" as unconstitutional several times, the law remains on the books, and localities enforce it.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has introduced a bill to change that.

Bill Introduced To Repeal 'Gun-Free School Zones Act', Deadly Mass Shootings Up Five-Fold Under It.

It's the only thing the would have stopped Lanza.  Force on force, at the time the evil force came.  But it's the one thing the anti-liberty gun-grabbers don't want.

Home Invasion Stopped by Mere Appearance of AR-15; No Shots Fired

This is the kinda thing Ol' Backwoods likes to see.  Especially in NY.

One of Ol' Backwoods Engineer's AR-15's.
The Blaze has the story.
About five seconds after [NY student Raymond] retrieved his [AR-15], one of the intruders began opening the door to the room where he was waiting. But he was ready. 
“By the time I had it out and ready, one of the men came at my door, slowly opened it, saw that there was a barrel on the other side and from there backed out,” Raymond recalled. 
After seeing the barrel of an AR-15 staring them in the face, the two men fled from the apartment. No shots were fired and no one was injured. In fact, the rifle wasn’t even loaded at the time of the incident, Raymond said.
But this is a rifle that Raymond cannot legally own in NY a year from now,  due to Cuomo's stupid ban.  And Sen. Feinstein is trying her damnedest to do the same thing at the Federal level.

Stupidity.  Institutionalized stupidity.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

MOVE on to "Weapons of Mass Destruction"!

Michael Nutter (yeah, he is one), mayor of Philadelphia  was just on TV calling my AR-15 a "weapon of mass destruction". Now, that there is rich, friends, coming from "The City that Bombed Itself."

Yeah, he oughta know what a weapon of mass destruction is, given that another Democrat mayor of Philadelphia used one on his own city.  Yes, an actual bomb, dropped from a helicopter, made of several pounds (!) of C4 plastic explosive taped to a 5-gallon (!) can of gasoline, was dropped on the so-called MOVE house in 1985.

These were black activists (!) who had a bone to pick with the mayor.   Well, Mayor Goode picked their bones: the bomb destroyed 65 houses and killed 11 people!   That place went up like dry pine scrub in the wintertime, and burned blocks upon blocks of houses.

But of course, no one in the city government was charged for a crime.

Oh, but Mayor Goode only killed 5 kids.  Not like the 20 at Sandy Hook.  I guess Ol' Lanza shoulda just MOVE-bombed the place.

People like Mayor Nutter are moral retards.  They do not understand morality, since they themselves will do anything to increase their power.  And they have the audacity to say we gun owners are the danger to society.

Funny, no peace-lovin' gun owner has ever done something like that. No, we leave the big killing to Democrat politicians.

And those who don't know history are doomed to vote for Democrat politicians who repeat it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shooting Holes in the 2nd Amendment, and Other Interesting Links

Shooting holes in the 2nd Amendment

Awesome New Mosin Nagant stock -- with removable mag!

China: To War!

Sheriffs: Pick a Side

Refusing to Disarm: Lexington and Concord

Video: How a Mechanical Watch Works (1949)

Good Ol' WV Boy Just KICKS Media Talking Head's Rhetorical Rear End!

This is a sight to behold!   Keith Morgan (on the left) quotes The Federalist Papers, Supreme Court decisions, psychologists ("projection"), and just destroys this guy.  The media guy just about pees his pants when Morgan tells him he is armed in the studio.

Franklin County, North Carolina Stands Strong on 2nd Amendment

Ol' Backwoods trades a good bit in Franklin County, and it's pretty close to my neck of the woods.

I was glad to see the Commissioners of the County release this at a meeting last night:

A Resolution to Preserve and Defend the United States ConstitutionandNorth Carolina ConstitutionWhereas: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed;” andWhereas: Article I, Sec. 30 in the NC Constitution states “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” and
Whereas: President Obama recently announced his 23 anti-gun initiatives – even going so far as to use Executive Orders to bypass our God given rights of self-defense; and
WhereasA Militia when properly formed is in fact the people themselves … and includes … all men capable of bearing arms; and
Whereas: It being “necessary to the security of a free State” meant that the right of the people to bear arms was, and remains, the ultimate barrier to government tyranny; and    Whereas: Gun control only ensures law-abiding citizens are powerless in the face of criminal threat; and
Therefore: The Franklin County Commissioners resolve to defend the 2nd Amendment  and Article I, Sec. 30 and will not bow down to Unconstitutional laws, executive orders, or foreign/domestic tyranny.  Furthermore, the Commissioners call upon the Governor and General Assembly of North Carolina to pass legislation that will guarantee the protection of our God-given right to self-defense for all North Carolinians; and Be It Further Resolved, the County Manager be directed to see that no county paid staff participate in nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation or enforcement of any Unconstitutional law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the God-given right to self-defense.

Happy Birthday, John Moses Browning!

Ol' James Wesley Rawles, back in the sticks at SurvivalBlog, reminds us:
January 23rd is the birthday of John Moses Browning, (born 1855) the brilliant designer of dozens of guns including the M1911 pistol, Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and the venerable M2 .50 Caliber Machinegun. The latter is still in service in at least 95 countries.
The 1911 is still used by certain units in our own Marines, too.  And Ol' Backwoods is mighty fond of the 1911.

A lot of people don't know that the .380 cartridge was designed by Browning, as was the .45 ACP.   He also designed the 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistol, which also is a fine sidearm.

I hope Ol' John Moses is up in Heaven, and knows that his legacy of excellence in arms still continues.

A Conversation with An Imaginary Friend on Frankenfeinstein's Gun Ban

(Pic from our friend, Matt Bracken)

Senator Frankenfeinstein can introduce all the bills she wants banning me and mine.  Let her have her little power trip.  But, if that bill passes Congress, and 0bama signs it, there will be war.  I will not comply.  I will be keeping all the AR-15's and other fun stuff I have, and NOT registering them, and what's more, I will be making my own magazines and ammo.

But this is where my lily-livered imaginary friend starts in.

"Ol' Backwoods, you gonna stand up to the Federal Goverment?  They gonna shoot you down and roll you under their tank treads on the first day."

Ol' Backwoods didn't just roll off the tater truck, my friend.  Sun Tzu taught us not to attack an enemy where he is strongest, but where he is weakest.  And what's more, Ol' Backwoods ain't gonna be the first American to resist this tyranny, nor the last, nor the only.

There's more and better things to do that just start shootin' Feds, though I pray to the Lord that time never comes.  There is still time to convince the Senate not to vote on this.  There is still time to convince the House not to pass it.

Failing that, there are a lotta things to be done in the mass media.  Why not a bunch of Congress-ladies with their cute little kids on the Capital steps, sad-facin' the American people into lettin' them ladies carry their Glocks to protect their broods, and not to let Ol' Frankenfein ban 'em.  0bama had whiney kids on TV to make his point; why cain't we?

If'n the Fed cops feel froggy, and start confiscatin' guns by force, well, we have to move into a different mindset.  At that point, their vehicles and buildings start to be targeted.  Cain't very well roll a SWAT team if all 4 tires are flat and there's sugar in the gas tank.  Them Fed cops ain't gonna like their jobs very much if the windows in their offices keep getting crashed in from 300 yards away from golf balls launched by an AR-15.

There's a lot that a man with a rifle can do against an army.  Just ask them Jewish brothers who shot their way outta the Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland.  Hitler's army was the strongest in the world just then, but the only way they could get control of the Warsaw Ghetto was to burn them Poles out, thus defeatin' the whole point.  To me, the Polish Jews won.  By taking the enemy's guns, and usin' them against Hitler's army.

When their stuff starts breaking, a lot of Federal Cops are gonna up and quit, and that's fine, too.   Our beef really ain't with them.  Regardless of what the media says about us, we regular Americans don't like killin' people.  The Good Lord told us not to shed blood if'n we can help it, and we try to follow what He says.

But if'n them Federal Cops start bustin' in and killin' good people just because they gotta 30-round PMAG or two, MILLIONS of us will rise up in righteous anger.

"But Backwoods, they didn't rise up to defeat Obama!  And they got ObamaCare through Congress, too, and nobody has done anything about that!"

If you got to pick one skunk from a couple ol' dead skunks beside the road, what does it matter which one it is?  Romney wasn't going to protect us from this gun ban; he probably would have signed it, jus' like he signed in to law all kinda restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms in there in Yankeeland Massachusetts.

Plus, Obamacare don't specify confiscation (which registration essentially is) of the only things keeping tyranny at bay.  We're talkin' people's lives now.  That's a whole lot different than havin' to buy some medical insurance.  (Now, I don't like the abortion part of ObamaCare none at all, but that's a different cat fight.)

Remember the words of Captain Parker at Lexington Green on April 19, 1775:

"Stand your ground.  Do not fire unless fired upon.  But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Geeks: Look, a new STM32F4 ARM thang

Ol' Backwoods likes the ST Microelectronics STM32 family of embedded ARM microcontrollers.  Especially that snazzy new one, the STM32F407, that has Ethernet, cryptography, digital camera interface, and all kinda goodies, in addition to a fast Cortex-M4 core with floating-point math capability.  STM has a very useful little development board, the STM32F4DISCOVERY, that can be had for less than $20.  Ol' Backwoods has 2 of 'em.

So, I was pretty excited when the news finally filtered down to my neck o' the woods that ST had brought out a plug-in breakout board for the STM32F4DISCOVERY that breaks out the Ethernet, digital camera, USART, microSD and several other ports on nice connectors.

Behold, the STM32F4-BB:

It was designed by EmBest, a Chinese outfit which Ol' Backwoods has found over the years to be pretty reliable.

The Ethernet interface (the PHY) on the board has a clock doubler, so you can use the pin-saving RMII interface.  The 50 MHz clock comes through the header into the microcontroller, just like an ol' coon fallin' out of a tree.  Slick.

You can get hold of one of these for $35 from Newark/Farnell.  Ol 'Backwoods has two on order, and will let you know how they work out for me.

"If they mean to have a war, let it begin here"

The words of Ol' Captain Parker went through my mind, as I read this missive:
I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.
So, who is the source? Garrow replied: “The man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes.”

Looks like Ol' Barack is feelin' froggy.  If he unleashes this, a whole lotta Americans are gonna die. For sure.

So why now?  Ol' Backwoods reckons the Left figures this is their last shot at transforming America into a communist country.  The pendulum is swinging back toward individual liberty, and there is an economic collapse coming, so the Left has limited time to get what they want done and get control.

I think they will ultimately fail, but they could kill and enslave a whole lotta Americans before they do fail.

It ain't good, friends.  RESIST.  And have stores on hand to feed your family and your kin.

There ain't been no new "assault rifles" in 27 years!

Good ol' Bob Owens is one of the honchos at the Revolutionary War Veterans' Association's home range of the Appleseed Project, down yonder in the sticks at Ramseur, NC.  (It's a mighty fine range, in Ol' Backwoods' opinion.)  Ol' Bob is also a mighty fine blogger, and he sends a fine one over the transom today.

Ol' Bob's point is that the yellow-dog, horribly-misnamed "Firearm Owner's Protection Act" of 1986 actually PROHIBITS the manufacture of automatic weapons (machine guns) for transfer to non-law-enforcement after May 19, 1986.

Now, I gotta bone to pick with President Reagan up in Heaven when I get there for signin' that thing with that poison pill in it, but I reckon he figured it'd get knocked out in the next bill.  It did not.

{Edit:  I found out from John Ross, author of "Unintended Consequences", that the poison-pil Hughes Amendment was not in the version Reagan signed, as it was added in the last 30 seconds before the vote.}

As Ol' Bob says on his blog, that means there ain't been no new machine guns since:
Val Kilmer was “Iceman” and Madonna was still newly-married to Sean Penn.
Heh, heh, heh.

What he media is trying to do is to conflate automatic weapons (like the M-16) with semi-automatic ones, like Ol' Backwoods' AR-15s.   Ol' Josh Sugarman, that city slicker from one of them gun-bannin' groups, got that particular LIE started in the late 80's:

"The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons – anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun – can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons." - Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center (VPC) - 1989

Make no mistake: it is a LIE.  And the media tries to tell it bigger and bolder all the time.

We gotta push back, people.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Gun Control for Dummies

Ol' Backwoods reckons that a picture sometimes is indeed worth a thousand words.

First Lie of the 2nd Term

'Ol Backwoods concurs.


Don't this guy know why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed?  Hint: homosexuality.

10 Things I Can't Believe

Ol' Backwoods posts some on Jack Spirko's The Survival Pocast Forum.  One of the posts that caught my eye this evening was by a fella called Twibble.  He had a list that was very thought provoking.  Share it with the gun-grabbers and their enablers that you know.
By asking us to relinquish our right to keep and bear arms (protected the 2nd Amendment), you are asking us to believe:
  1. ..we will never be a victim of a violent crime;
  2. ...the police can/will protect each person (Supreme Court says: NO);
  3. ...the government will never try to murder a particular group wholesale (again);
  4. ...our government will never try to put its citizens in camps (again) or massacre a peaceful gathering (again);
  5. ...our country will never again have riots;
  6. ...the 'War on Drugs' will never affect our cities, towns, or neighborhoods;
  7. ... criminals will also turn in their guns;
  8. ...our country will never be invaded (again) (again);
  9. will always be provided for us and our fellow Americans in quantities that mean we will never have to hunt or protect what we have;
  10. ...that our government will never need to be overturned because it has become tyrannical.
I edited it some, and added links.  Thanks Twibble!

City-think: The Guns of Obamerica

Ol' Backwoods has a high opinion of that Daniel Greenfield fella, down there in the city at Sultan Knish. More 'n once, his pieces have enlightened subjects that the mainstream media were trying to muddy. This piece is as good as any ol' Daniel has even done.

Greenfield makes the point that Prohibition, Gun Control, and the War on Drugs are all Progressive policies, and all utter failures when attempted at the Federal level:
Reformers in the twenties blamed the plight of the slums on the availability of liquor. They rammed through Prohibition for the entire country to fix the cities. The liquor went on flowing and the slums went on being slums. Gun control has been just as successful in healing the slums as whiskey control was. And like the dry reformers, gun control advocates insist on trying to apply their solution on a national level, when the problem is not nationwide.
Just read the whole thing, folks.

To my homeschooled daughter: Read It; There'll Be a Quiz

Y'all ought to read and understand it, too.

Even backwoods lawyer Abraham Lincoln understood the difference between malum prohibitum and mal in se laws.  Today, politicians think the former should have the weight of the latter.  Not so.

Innovation Defeats Gun Control, Every Time

Ol' Backwoods is puttin' together another AR, this time in .300 AAC Blackout.  That got me thinkin' about how little use the big-city, statist, tyrannical, gun-grabbin' Progressives' gun control plans are for actually limiting the possession of guns.  Technology is always advancing, but gun control is stuck on stupid, back in the '60s.

To wit, this is a gun:

Well, for the ATF's purposes, anyway.  This is a stripped AR-15 lower receiver, one of Ol' Backwoods favorites from New Frontier Armory LLC, lightweight as a hollow reed in a swamp.  When put together with a stock and 16" upper, makes a nice, lightweight semi-automatic rifle that Ol' Backwoods can pack for miles.

(And yes, Ol' Backwoods DOES hunt with an AR; they're pure-dee poison for wild hogs and coyotes.)

The lower in the picture up yonder was transferred to Ol' Backwoods on a Federal Form 4473, which the ATF can come and grab from the gun store at any time, even though there's a federal law that says they ain't supposed to use 'em for registration.

This is also a gun.  No Form 4473 needed.

That's Defense Distributed's downloadable AR-15 lower, printed on a 3D printer.  Sure, it cracked after a few rounds, but all technology has to start somewhere:

After that test, they analyzed the stress areas:

... and beefed up that part of the lower.  (Ol' Backwoods uses AutoCad Inventor for stress analysis, but I think that there's SolidWorks.)

Given that Ol' Backwoods has access to a few of them fancy 3D printers, he might just give it a try.  It worked pretty good with an FN 5.7mm upper:

As long as there are people around with skills, guns can never be truly banned.  What we can't buy, we will make.  Just like my Granddaddy did.

Gun Grabbers: Senator Kay Hagan

Alright, OK, Ol' Backwoods ain't seen Senator Hagan vote for much yet to limit our freedom (except ObamaCare).  But that don't mean we shouldn't call her office up and put a little counter-pressure on her.  The North Carolina Democrat Party has come out strong for gun bans, and we in North Carolina have dun been votin' NO with our wallets.

My friend Sean Sorrentino, down in the city at An NC Gun Blog, lays out the facts.
Let me tell you how Kay Hagan could ensure her defeat. She could come out for any of the gun control proposals being floated. The gun owners of this state, having been lulled to sleep by constant lies that Obama wasn’t anti-gun, are awake and pissed off. We can’t find an AR or an AK for sale anywhere in the state because people bought them all up. Normal capacity magazines are basically unobtainable. Ammo is GONE. The people have voted with their money, and they aren’t voting FOR gun control.
Let's keep a weather eye out on Senator Hagan's voting.  If'n she votes for that disgusting malum-prohibitum mess that Senator Feinstein put out, Hagan needs to be told to go git another job.  Politely, but firmly :-)

City vs. Rural

Now, my friend Jack Spirko has delivered many a smackdown on the website Natural News in general, and Mike Adams its editor in particular, mostly for overblown doom-mongering.

But this piece by Adams is an exception.  Yes, it has broad-brush generalizations, but they are by and large true, and Adams has facts to back it up.


City people tend to be socialist-minded. Their motto is: Conform! Obey! Be part of the collective!
Country people tend to be libertarian-minded. Their motto is: Survive! Work hard! Stand out as an individual!
City people are afraid of non-conformity. They're afraid of tractors, guns, farm animals and anything else they don't understand.
Country people are afraid of being told what to do by a bunch of city people who have no clue where their food comes from, where water comes from, what "growing seasons" are, or how to survive in the real world.
City people tend to believe in "living off the government" and collective welfare and other entitlements wherever possible.
Country people tend to believe in "living off the land" and finding ways to survive on their own or with the help of family. They feel a sense of personal shame if driven to use food stamps or other forms of welfare.
City people tend to vote democratic because democrats reflect the lean toward socialism and everything socialism brings them: welfare, subsidized housing, conformity, obedience, etc.
Country people tend to vote Republican because Republicans reflect more of a rugged individualism mindset that encourages business ownership, financial savings and living a more free life with fewer regulations and government controls.
If you look at every voting map of America over the last few years, you'll find that rural areas overwhelmingly voted Republican while urban areas overwhelmingly voted Democrat. 
Yep, these are generalizations, and there are city people (like my buddy Frank from Long Island) who are pretty tough, self-reliant and have skills to survive.  But most city folk don't; they just depend on the government.

Just read it all, and y'all will see what I mean.

Chinese American who understands Freedom better than most Natural-Born Citizens do

Some o' y'all may not know, but all across America this weekend, folks gathered to celebrate the right of the people to keep and bear arms.  They were peaceful, but they spoke out against the statists and Progressives who want to take our God-given rights.

Ol' Backwoods was choking back tears listening to this Chinese fellow, Yang Li, speak about what his people in China went through.  He is a gun-owning American now, and Ol' Backwoods would be proud to go shoot AK's with him.

Y'all can watch his speech on YouTube, or right here.  You should.

Here is the transcript of Mr. Yang Li's speech, provided by my friend Matthew Backen, the author:

The past Monday I decided to visit the Minuteman Park in Lexington and pay tribute to Captain John Parker and his fellow minutemen. A thought came to my mind, that the founding fathers of the United States and Chairman Mao had one thing in common: they all realized that guns are important political instruments. Their similarities, however, ended there: 
Chairman Mao wrote: ‘Political power grows out of barrel of a gun’, and he dictated: ‘The party shall command the gun’. James Madison and his compatriots, however, believing that the power of the state is derived from the consent of the governed, ratified that ‘the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed’. 
23 years ago, I was a college freshman exercising my freedom of speech and assembly in Tian’anmen Square, much like we are doing here today. We grew frustrated by the restriction of personal freedoms and the corrupted Chinese government, and we thought peaceful protest would make the country better. Our young passion and patriotism was crushed by hails of full metal jackets out of AK47’s. (Some AK purists here would argue they were really type 56’s). We could not fight back, because we did not have an inch of iron in our hands, to borrow a Chinese expression: we were unarmed.
Gun owners like us often say: the Second Amendment is the protector against a tyrannical government. Some may argument that a man with a rifle is no match to the military machines of today, so such beliefs are no longer relevant. However, 20 million peaceful Beijing citizens in 1989, sure wished that they had a few million rifles in their hands!
Freedom is not free. Liberty has costs. We recognize that in this free society, criminals or mentally deranged could get weapons and murder the innocents. The answer, however, is not to disarm the law abiding citizens. Not only criminals and the deranged will violate the laws anyway, but more importantly, when a government turns criminal, when a government turns deranged, the body count will not be five, ten or twenty, but hundreds, like in Tian’anmen Square, or millions, counted in the 90-year history of the Chinese Communist Party. 
Our constitutional republic may look fuzzy and loving today (if you think so, I’ve got a TSA agent you should meet), but keep in mind that absolute power corrupts absolutely! And when a government has monopoly on guns, it has absolute power!
Do you know that the Chinese Constitution guarantees almost all the nice things we have here? It is written that Chinese citizens enjoy freedom of speech and religion, they have human and property rights, and that such rights cannot be taken away without due process of the law. And do you know what? Chinese people do not have the right to keep and bear arms. I assure you all those nice guarantees, are not worth the paper they are printed on, because when the government has all the guns, they have all the rights. 
I was not born a citizen of the United States, I was naturalized in 2007. In 2008, I became a proud gun owner. To me, a rifle is not for sporting or hunting, it is an instrument of freedom. It guarantees that I cannot be coerced, that I have free will, and that I am a free man. 
Now suppose the 20 million Beijing citizens had had a few million rifles, how many rounds should they have been ALLOWED to load into their magazines? 10? 7? How about 3? 
Never, never, never give up the fight, my friends. It may be a small step that you give up your rifle, or a 30-round magazine, but it will be a giant leap in the destruction of this great republic.
In closing I will quote the words of Captain John Parker: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want to have a war, let it begin here."

About that Gun Show Shooting...

Some o' y'all know that Ol' Backwoods was aimin' to go to that gun show down in Raleigh this past weekend.  Yep, I was, but didn't make it, because I was attendin' to other business, namely getting my pantry stocked back up.  But a good friend o' mine was about 50 ft away when that guy's shotgun "went off".

Y'all know guns don't just "go off"; either the guy was negligent in handling or maintaining his shotgun.

Still, the media is making a big, hairy deal about this, like gun shows ain't safe or something.  I've been going to them shows most o' my life, folks, and I have NEVER seen a negligent discharge.  Still ain't :-)

But them folks in Chicago get shot by "gang-bangers" every day.  So, let me use a little bit of that math trainin' I got in engineering school and do a comparison (hat tip to ol' SooperMexican for this):

That right there represents a 177 times greater chance of being shot anywhere in Chicago than at a gun show on "Gun Appreciation Day."  That is 17,700%, people.  

You ain't gonna catch ol' Backwoods disarmed on the streets of Chicago.  I ain't never gonna show my face there again.


Howdy, folks, Backwoods Engineer here.  Some o' my kin have got tired of hearin' me rant on Facebook, while others watch every post.  I've started this blog to share with y'all some of the things I love, hoping to gather some of the latter folks, who love these things, too.

Now, Ol' Backwoods Engineer has been educated and taught fancy city-folk grammar, but here among my kin and my buds, you'll see Ol' Backwoods slippin' back into his native tongue from time to time.  I hope y'all will bear with me, like the Good Book says.

Hereabouts, we're gonna discuss (but not cuss) about:

  • Christianity.  Yep, Jesus.  Most 'o these posts will be on Sunday, so if'n that ain't yer cup o' tea, you can skip that like ya skip church.  But I'd encourage everybody to read these posts; I'll try not to bore y'all like the Parson does.
  • Guns.  Of all kinds.  Yep, and pictures of 'em.  Pictures of me and mine shootin' up all that ammo that we bought cheap and stacked deep.  I'm mostly a rifle and handgun enthusiast, although I own several shotguns, and enjoy wingshooting.  I ain't no fancy shooter, no IPSC or IDPSA champion, and I sure ain't never won no Camp Perry match, but I love it nonetheless, and I aim to get better all the time.

    And I aim to fight for my rights here, usin' all the weapons of rhetoric available.  Even y'all city folk oughta pay attention, and fight for your right to keep and bear arms.
  • Politics.  Given the first two, this cain't be avoided.   My rhetorical crosshairs will be boresighed mostly on the statist, collectivist, malum-prohibitum-writin', gun-grabbin' Progressives, although statists on the Right will get their "fair share" of my keyboard-bangin' righteous wrath, too.
  • Emergency Preparedness.  "A country boy can survive."  And a country girl, too.  Even y'all city slickers can make out OK if'n you just prepare a little bit.  It burns me up to see good people, city or country, runnin' to the gubermint whenever the power goes out for a few days.  Follow my lead, and y'all ain't gonna have such a bad time of it.
  • Tech.  I love designin' things, especially things that have to do with electronics, control systems, guns, amateur radio, and/or CAD/CAM.  This is the part of my personality that my kin just cain't understand, but I hope y'all will find interesting.  I am an electronics engineer by trade, and I like designin' things, and I hope to share that with y'all.

Anyhow, welcome to my blog, and let's git started.