Early Retirement

December 11, 2006

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Old Sayings

December 11, 2006

I got these from a friend, enjoy!

These have been around before, but it’s been a while.

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>
>> \The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the
>> water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things
>> used to be. Here are some facts about the1500s:
>>
>> These are interesting…
>>
>> Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath
>> in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were
>> starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the
>> body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting
>> married.
>>
>   Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the
>> house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other
>> sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all
>> the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose
>> someone in it. Hence the saying, Don’t throw the baby out with the
>> Bath water..
>>
>> Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood
>> underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm , so all
>> the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When
>> it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and
>> fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It’s raining cats and dogs.
>>
>> There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This
>> posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings
>> could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a
>> sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy
>> beds came into existence.
>>
>> The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
>> Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would
>> get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on
>> floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added
>> more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start
>> slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway.
>> Hence the saying a thresh hold.
>>
>> (Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)
>>
>> In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that
>> always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added
>> things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much
>> meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the
>> pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes
>> stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the
>> rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the
>> pot nine days old..
>>
>> Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
>> When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.
>> It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They
>> would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around
>> and chew the fat..
>>
>> Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid
>> content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead
>> poi soning death. This happened m ost often with tomatoes, so for the
>> next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
>>
>> Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom
>> of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or
>> the upper crust.
>>
>> Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
>> sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone
>> walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for
>> burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days
>> and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see
>> if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
>>
>> England is old and small and the local folks started running out of
>> places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and woul d take
>> the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these
>> coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
>> inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they
>> would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the
>> coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would
>> have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to
>> listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was
>> considered a ..dead ringer..
>>
>> And that’s the truth.Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

A Personal Right

December 10, 2006

I have long argued that one needs not be an attorney to understand the Constitution of the United States. The Founders were wise people, and wrote the document in a way that anyone with basic intelligence could easily understand what it means. Big government authoritarian types constantly challenge that premise though. Just what did my father, and so many others die for? Certainly not to be abused by power mad politicians.  Washington D.C. is constantly among the most crime ridden cities in the United States. It also has some of the most draconian laws regarding ones right to defend oneself, family, or others in distress. Whether there is a correlation between those ignominious status’s is irrelevant. What is relevant is that the common citizen is at the mercy of every petty thug that happens to come along.

What follows is a possible remedy to such government abuses of the people that reside, or visit the nations Capitol.

Media Contact: (202) 789-5200

Cato Legal Scholars File Second Amendment Challenge to Washington, D.C. Gun Ban
Regulations are unconstitutional; residents have the right to defend themselves in their homes

WASHINGTON – Two Cato Institute scholars announced today that they have filed a civil lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. federal court on behalf of six plaintiffs to vindicate the right of D.C. residents to defend themselves in their home. Robert A. Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies, and Gene Healy, senior editor, joined by two other D.C.-based attorneys, argue in their complaint that “the Second Amendment guarantees individuals a fundamental right to possess a functional, personal firearm, such as a handgun … within the home.” But D.C. officials “enforce a set of laws [that] deprive individuals, including the plaintiffs, of this important right.”

The Cato Institute is not itself involved in the litigation, but Cato scholars have argued consistently and vigorously that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of responsible adult citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense. That is the same position now taken by respected legal scholars − both liberal and conservative − by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the recent Emerson case, and by the U.S. Justice Department in friend-of-the-court briefs filed before the Supreme Court. Yet the D.C. city council, which is controlled by Congress and indisputably constrained by the Second Amendment, has enacted one of the most draconian gun bans in the nation. No handgun can be registered in the District. Even pistols registered prior to D.C.’s 1976 ban cannot be carried from room to room in the home without a license. Moreover, all firearms in the home must be unloaded and either disassembled, or bound by a trigger lock. In effect, no one in D.C. can possess a functional firearm in his or her own residence.

The lead plaintiff, Shelly Parker, resides in a high-crime neighborhood. As a result of trying to make her neighborhood a better place to live, Ms. Parker has been threatened by drug dealers. She would like to possess a handgun within her home for self-defense, but fears arrest, prosecution, incarceration, and fines because of D.C.’s unconstitutional gun ban. A second plaintiff is a Special Police Officer who carries a handgun to provide security for the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center. But when he applied for permission to possess a handgun within his home, the D.C. government turned him down. Other plaintiffs include a gay man who has been assaulted on account of his sexual orientation, and the owner of a registered shotgun who cannot lawfully render her gun operational.

The plaintiffs are asking the federal court to prevent D.C. from barring the registration of handguns, banning the possession of functional firearms within the home, and forbidding firearms from being carried from room to room without a license. “This is not about carrying a machine gun on the streets,” says Levy. “It’s about having a garden-variety handgun in your own home.” Healy adds that “the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to defend your property, your family, and your life. No government should be permitted to take that right away.”

The lawsuit is Parker v. District of Columbia and the full text of the complaint is available at http://www.cato.org/pubs/legalbriefs/gunsuit.pdf.

More about this; Appeal

http://www.tomgpalmer.com/papers/appellantsbrief.pdf

Self-Defense vs.Municipal Gun Bans

When Hale DeMar shot an intruder in his house, he may well have saved his children’s lives. So why was he charged with a crime?

On the night of December 29, 2003, Morio L. Billings was AWOL from the Army, in violation of his probation, and driving a BMW X5 sport utility vehicle he’d stolen less than a day earlier. The 31-year-old was staying with his mother in Chicago, but he wanted “blow and crack” badly enough to risk yet another jail stay. He had been taken into custody at least six times in 2003, with police alleging residential burglary, receiving stolen property (twice), driving while suspended (twice), auto theft (three times), and possession of a controlled substance.

Source: http://reason.com/news/show/36162.html

Another Perspective
Playing Chicken Roulette
By Robert A. Levy & Alan Gura
Published 3/15/2005 12:05:47 AM

Imagine that your local government makes it a crime to engage in an activity that you believe to be constitutionally protected — like possessing a handgun in your home for self-defense. Imagine further that the weight of legal scholarship, from liberals and conservatives alike, holds that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and bear arms. Too bad if you live in Washington, D.C., where you may be faced with a Hobson’s choice. You can forego possessing a gun for self-defense, and perhaps suffer personal injury. Or you can defy the law, illegally own a gun, use it to defend yourself, then risk arrest, prosecution, fine, or even incarceration when D.C. authorities investigate your “crime.”

Source: http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=7882

The times have changed

December 9, 2006

My Chiropractor sent this to me. It would be laughable if it were not so true in this day and age.

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

 
1973 – Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack’s rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

2006 – School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

 
1973 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.   Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++++++++

 
Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1973 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal.  Sits still in class.

2006 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ +++++

 
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

 
1973 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 – Billy’s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++++++

 
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to

school.

 
1973 – Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2006 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++

 
Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1973 – 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 – Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ +++++

 
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1973: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006: Pedro’s cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.

++++++++++++ +++++++++

 
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1973 – Ants die.

2006 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

++++++++++++ +++++++++

 
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.  He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.

 
1973 – In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in State Prison.

Sculpture to honor fallen SEAL

December 9, 2006

Another fine young man to be honored. 

Sculpture to honor fallen SEAL

Fundraiser aims to lure $30,000 for Littleton memorial

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LITTLETON – Danny P. -Dietz, the 25-year-old Navy SEAL killed last year in one of the worst single combat losses of life for American forces since 2001, will soon be immortalized in his hometown with a bronze sculpture.”A memorial in honor of my brother is just one more piece of the puzzle that helps our family cope with his loss,” said Dietz’s sister, Tiffany Bitz, during a fundraiser Friday at the Littleton Historical Museum.

Just feet from where Bitz stood as she delivered her speech, her brother’s faded boots and his camouflage pants sat in a glass case. The clothes were some of the items the Dietz family received a couple of months after his death.

The fundraiser, which featured a silent auction, was co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Littleton. The money raised will go toward the $30,000 memorial next to Berry Park, 3400 W. Berry Ave.

Dedication of the memorial is planned for next year on the Fourth of July, the day Dietz’s body was recovered.

Dietz, a graduate of Heritage High School, was part of a four-man reconnaissance team in Afghanistan looking for a key militia leader.

He died June 28, 2005, battling as many as 40 Taliban fighters who surrounded Dietz and his team members at nightfall in the Afghan mountains.

A Chinook helicopter carrying eight other SEALs and an eight-member Army NightStalker team sent as reinforcements was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing everyone aboard.

Dietz’s actions have been recognized as having enabled the rescue of the lone survivor from his team.

“He would never let anything happen to anyone,” said Bitz, 24. “He would’ve done anything to save somebody else over himself. And I truly believe that’s why there was one survivor.”

In September, Dietz was awarded the Navy Cross, an honor second only to the Medal of Honor, and the Navy’s highest accolade.

The plaque recognizing Dietz read that he “fought valiantly against the numerically superior and positionally advantaged enemy force.” Even though he was wounded, “he bravely fought on, valiantly defending his teammates and himself.”

“I love my brother – I am so proud of him,” Bitz said.

The times have changed

December 3, 2006

My Chiropractor sent this to me. It would be laughable if it were not so true in this day and age.

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

 
1973 – Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack’s rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

2006 – School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

 
1973 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.   Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++++++++

 
Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1973 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal.  Sits still in class.

2006 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ +++++

 
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

 
1973 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 – Billy’s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++++++

 
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to

school.

 
1973 – Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2006 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ ++++

 
Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1973 – 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 – Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

++++++++++++ +++++++++ +++++

 
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1973: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006: Pedro’s cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.

++++++++++++ +++++++++

 
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1973 – Ants die.

2006 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

++++++++++++ +++++++++

 
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.  He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.

 
1973 – In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in State Prison.

A day to remember

December 3, 2006

Any day hunting or fishing is better than any day at work, correct? Well, here is a little story about a trip from some 20 or so years ago.

Seeking a bit of adventure my brother in law, and son persuaded me to take a “shortcut” to the fabled Frying Pan river. They did a map recon and decided that the “best” way to get there would be by going through Leadville, and over the mountains via Hagerman Pass. I looked at the map, and thinking that it shouldn’t be a problem since it was the middle of August… ~ Best laid plans of mice, men, and Paramedics~

Off we went on our adventure, west on Interstate 70. I should have known something was up when we were delayed at the Eisenhower Tunnel when a semi jackknifed and blocked the freeway for more than two hours. Once again on our way I took the exit to Leadville. The talk was all about which fly to present to the university educated trout that resided in ” The Pan.”

Turning west we admired the beauty of Turquoise Lake as we headed higher in the majestic rockies. The warning sign said use caution closed in winter. Heck, it was the middle of August… Soon the “road” became one lane with the occasional turn out to allow for two way passage. Trees became something to look down at from the road. Snow drifts close to fifteen feet high bordered the roadway. The vehicle became stuck several times and getting going again was an adventure in itself.

~ see pictures at~ http://search.msn.com/images/results.aspx?q=Hagerman%20Pass%20Colorado&FORM=BIRE

I remember thinking how glad I was that I had three boxes of ammo for my Ruger 41 magnum if emergency signaling became necessary. Four hours into the trip up the pass I became convinced that it was no shortcut at all. I mean, after all, our company for the most part were Bighorn Sheep, and Elk. My son even said that he saw a bear but I seriously doubt that any bear would be dumb enough to go to such a place.

Finally, we were at the summit, and could see seemingly forever across the Roaring Fork Valley. The trip down was nearly a vertical drop. I attribute that fact as the reason we didn’t get stuck again. Even disk brakes will heat up on that drive, and I didn’t want to frighten my fellow adventurers by telling them that the reason I was taking the turns so fast was because I had no choice! When I saw paved road ahead I nearly lost my breath the relief was so great. I stopped so we could relieve ourselves, and a Ram looked at us like we were fools to even try entering his domain. ( I will try to upload a pic of him taken by my son.)

Normally, a trip to the Frying Pan took about three hours travel time to get there from Arvada. We had left at 0530, we arrived at 1830. Just in time for the evening hatch and the fishing was fantastic.

If you are ever in Colorado, fish the Frying Pan. Just don’t take “shortcuts” to get there!

Captain John W. Maloney USMC

December 3, 2006

Capt. John W. Maloney USMC

Capt. John W. Maloney USMC, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Iraq CAMP PENDLETON —- Minutes after a Bronze Star Medal with Valor was pinned on the shirt of the young son of a Marine captain and company commander killed last year in Ramadi, Iraq, 1st Sgt. Michael Brookman stooped and delivered a message to the boy.

“Your father is a hero,” Brookman told 6-year-old Nathaniel Maloney, son of Capt. John W. Maloney. “Don’t ever forget it.”

Brookman’s message was delivered during an award ceremony Friday afternoon at the base’s Camp San Mateo, the home of Marines from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

The fallen Marine died in Ramadi on June 16, 2005. He was leading a patrol when his truck was blown up by a roadside bomb.

For Brookman and members of his unit known as the 1/5s Charlie Company, Maloney’s death hit hard because of the respect he had earned through what several said were his caring ways and leadership.

“Marines know that people like him are special,” Brookman said after the outdoor ceremony at San Mateo Memorial Park. “We respected Capt. Maloney and losing him was a big loss for the entire company.”

Maloney, 36, had been featured last spring in a Marine Corps-written story that told of how he and his troops had taken extra steps to keep a Ramadi hospital stocked with medications and supplies.

In a quote from that story, the native of Chicopee, Mass., said the hospital effort “shows the Iraqi people that the Marines mean well.”

One month later, Maloney died.

Lt. Col. Eric Smith said Friday’s event was intended as a celebration of Maloney’s life and his heroism in leading numerous patrols and directing his Marines during several firefights in Ramadi. Earlier memorials took place in Iraq, at Camp Pendleton and at Arlington National Cemetery.

“This is an award which he earned,” Smith said. “John Maloney did valorous things in Ramadi and this is an opportunity to remember those acts. Ramadi is a tough place and it’s even tougher to be a platoon commander out there.”

In a citation accompanying the Bronze Star, Maloney was recognized for “heroic achievement as the commanding officer of Charlie Company.”

He had led the company while in Iraq from March until his death. On March 18, he had a close call when another roadside bomb was detonated while on patrol.

About a dozen family members attended Friday’s ceremony at the memorial park, which is surrounded by markers of legendary Marine battles around the world. The most recent addition includes an arrow pointing east and reads “Baghdad 2003, 7701 miles.”

Maloney’s widow, Michelle, did not speak to reporters at the ceremony. But some of the dozen other family members did, including his brother-in-law, Mike Keil of Simi Valley.

“I don’t know if there will ever be closure,” he said. “But it’s an honor for his son to know that his dad did not die in vain.”

One of the Marines he had led, Lance Cpl. Brandon Phillips, said Maloney stood out as a commander.

“He was an officer who really looked out for all the young guys like me,” said Phillips, who returned to Camp Pendleton in October. “He helped us out, and in Ramadi, he always showed how much he cared about us.”

Brookman, who called Maloney his best friend, said he will carry his memory with him for the rest of his life.

“Because of what he did there, I was able to bring 150 Marines home.”

Maloney is survived by his wife and son, as well as a young daughter, McKenna.

As the ceremony was taking place, about 250 members of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment were preparing to say goodbye to their loved ones as they headed for the Anbar province of Iraq for a seven-month deployment.

Source: http://www.850koa.com/pages/shows_gunny-heroes.html

This story was especially difficult for me. Same place, different award, and more than forty years ago. I feel for that young man in a way that I simply cannot describe.

A local son of Colorado

December 3, 2006

PO2 Micheal Monsoor US Navy, SEAL Team 3, Iraq

Gunny’s Note: It has been my distinct privilege to serve with many SEALs. I never met one who didn’t have big brass cojones. Petty Officer Monsoor now cavorts with his brother SEALs and one Minnie the Mermaid, down at the bottom of the sea. “Great love hath no man . . . “

Coronado, CA (AHN) – Navy Seals are known for their rigorous training, elite skills, and dangerous duties.

Seals at the Coronado military installation report that one soldier, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, used his training, courage, and selflessness, to save the lives of his comrades by throwing himself atop a live grenade tossed by an Iraqi insurgent, which took his life.

While posted along a rooftop in Iraq, Monsoor and an undisclosed number of fellow Seals, positioned themselves for sniper duty when a live grenade landed in their position. The explosive first his Monsoor in the chest and then rolled to the floor. The Seal then quickly lunged atop of the grenade softening the explosion for his comrades and ending his life.

In an interview with the pess, four Navy Seals discussed the heroic actions of Monsoor but withheld their names because of the secrecy of there work

“He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,” said one of the soldiers whose life was saved. He did not, however, walk away unscathed. He took shrapnel in both legs.

“He undoubtedly saved mine and the other Seals’ lives, and we owe him.”

Monsoor, who was killed in Ramadi, a city west of Baghdad, is the second Seal to die in Iraq.


source: http://www.850koa.com/pages/shows_gunny-heroes.html

Barbarians

December 3, 2006

Well folks guess what? With the Democrat landslide the things that I warned about will indeed come to fruition. Especially more so with regards to gun control. This will be happening on the national level to be sure. It will also hit hard at the state Capitol.

To those of you that supported Democrats out of sheer hatred for George Bush; Those of you that decided that it was just fine to take civil liberties from people based upon non felony crimes; For those of you that allowed for politically correct ex post facto laws to be enacted without resisting them.

You have chosen to forfeit some small liberty for for security. Soon, you shall have neither, as was said by B. Franklin.

From GOA

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org/ordergoamem.htm

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Brady Bunch is already licking their collective lips in
anticipation of the new Congress being seated. Visit the Brady
Campaign’s website and you will see talk of a “momentum
shift” in our
nation’s capital that will “make it hard for the gun lobby to weaken
gun laws and creates opportunities for passage of common sense [sic]
gun proposals.”

Indeed, the attack has already begun.

BRADY BUNCH ATTACKING GOA

Earlier this month, the Brady Campaign asked the Federal Election
Commission to investigate GOA’s practice of posting its candidate
ratings on the Internet. Millions of gun owners rely on these
ratings, and that is something the Brady Bunch would like to halt.

In 2002, the Bradys rejoiced when Congress passed the Incumbent
Protect Act, stating that “now the gun lobby’s stranglehold on
Congress will be broken.” Indeed, they want to make it illegal for
GOA to tell gun owners what their legislators are actually doing.

But it should not surprise anyone that a group which doesn’t
understand the Second Amendment does not understand First Amendment
freedoms as well.

Realize that we are going to need your help more than ever in 2007.
Because of this recent Brady assault, we could be looking at a very
costly court battle that could eventually go all the way to the
Supreme Court.

Gun Owners is not going to back down, however, from the Brady
Campaign’s intimidation tactics. We realize that these candidate
ratings are extremely important, for they force your legislators to
stay in the light.

But the Brady Bunch wants to keep you in the dark! They don’t want
you to know the truth. The more they can hide what anti-gun
legislators are doing, the greater their ability to take away your
guns.

Oh sure, they say they just want to take guns out of the “wrong
hands.” Yeah right. If that were true, then why don’t they support
legislation to repeal the DC gun ban?

The answer is obvious, they support the DC gun ban, and they want to
export it to the rest of the country. Do you remember them joining
with us to work for the DC gun ban’s repeal? Of course not! Do you
remember seeing them on our amicus brief to strike down the recent
San Francisco handgun ban? No way! They support gun bans, despite
all their claims for only supporting “common sense” gun
restrictions.

For them, “common sense” gun control means that only the police and
the military have free access to guns… just like in England.

GOA SUPPORTING BILL TO REPEAL NATIONAL PARKS GUN BAN

Well, GOA is going to stand in their way, even if it means that we
have to fight a lone battle for gun owners, as we did earlier this
year when we were the ONLY gun group in Washington opposing the
McCarthy gun grab.

Even now, there is still work to be done. GOA helped Sen. George
Allen (R-VA) draft legislation to repeal the gun ban in national
parks. (Two other Virginia groups — Virginia Gun Owners and VCDL —
did a lot of heavy lifting on this issue as well.) There is little time
left for this legislation to pass, so gun owners should call Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) at 202-224-3344 (or fax him at
202-228-1264) and ask him to fast track the Allen bill (S. 4057).

BIG THREAT POSED BY DEMOCRAT ANTI-GUN CONGRESS

But the real challenge to our gun rights is that we will have to
spend a good bit of the next two years fighting defensive battles, as
we will see the following types of legislation:

* Bans on ammunition

* Expansion of the Brady data base to include the names of countless,
law-abiding gun owners

* A re-authorization of the semi-auto gun ban (a ban which President
Bush is on record as supporting!)

* A prohibition on gun shows

* A gun ban that will prohibit any handgun from being sold which can
not be “personalized” — thus preventing loved ones from using a
spouse’s firearm in an emergency.

All of these ideas were introduced by Democrat congressmen this past
year. With their new majority, you can expect these bills — and
others — to start moving quickly.

STOPPING BRADY EXPANSION JUST GOT MUCH TOUGHER

Because of your efforts, GOA was able to single-handedly kill the
Brady expansion this year. The bill was introduced by Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-NY) and was expected to pass easily. It was considered
to be “non-controversial” because pro-gun lobbyists in Washington
were telling legislators they could vote for the bill.

But congressmen didn’t hear that from Gun Owners. You can read the
details in our upcoming newsletter, to find out just how we fought
the lone battle to kill this pernicious piece of legislation.

The December issue of The Gun Owners will encourage those of you who
are already receiving our newsletter. However, you should realize
that the attacks on our gun rights are about to escalate, as a result
of the new Congress that was just elected.

With only GOA opposing this insidious gun grab, it is going to be a
lot harder to stop in the new Congress.

GOA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

As you can see, GOA is going to need a huge war chest over the next
two years, if we are going to stay in the fight and protect your
Second Amendment rights — as well as GOA’s ability to keep you and
the public informed.

The FEC court battle alone could cost thousands upon thousands of
dollars. In real terms, we could be fighting battles at every level
of the federal government — in the legislative, judicial and
executive branches. (Don’t think for a moment that President Bush —
who is himself a supporter of the semi-auto gun ban — is going to
lift a finger to help us.)

We look forward to the fight, but we can’t fight these battles
without YOU. Our members are our strength. It is because of you
that one legislative office told us this year: “Oh s–t! We got a
lot of postcards and e-mails from GOA members.”


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