Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Right of The People To Bear Arms

The right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the law of society." Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England.

"Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual private self-defense." John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions (1787-88).

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams, during Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention (1788).

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." James Madison, The Federalist #46.

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence." George Washington.

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776), Jefferson Papers 344 (J. Boyd, ed. 1950).

"The great object is, that every man be armed...Everyone who is able may have a gun..." Patrick Henry, 3 Elliott Debates 386.

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding are deprived of the use of them." Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." Patrick Henry, during Virginia's ratification convention (1788).

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America can not enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States." Noah Webster, An Examination Into the Leading Principals of the Federal Constitution (1787).

"To disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them..." George Mason, 3 Elliott Debates (on the Constitution).

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms..."
Richard Henry Lee, Additional letters from The Federal Farmer 53 (1788).

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." George Mason, during Virginia's ratification convention (1788).

"Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American..The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."
Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788.

Current law: "The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age. The classes of the militia are (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard, and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members on the militia who are not members of the National Guard."
Title 10, Section 311(a) of the United States Code.

"On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying to determine what meaning can be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
Thomas Jefferson.

"We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of the government (but) upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
James Madison.

"Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any others."
John Adams.

"I feel no anxiety at the large armament designed against us. The remarkable interposition of Heaven in our favor can not be too gratefully acknowledged. He who fed the Israelites in the wilderness, who clothed the lilies in the field, and who feeds the young ravens when they cry...will not forsake a people engaged in so righteous a cause..if we remember His loving kindness."
Abigail Adams, June 18, 1776.

"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1) Those who fear and distrust the people 2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe depository of the public interest." Thomas Jefferson.

"A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted." Niccolo Machiavelli.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759).

"In Switzerland, where the citizens are most armed, they are most free." Niccolo Machiavelli.

"When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour." George Washington..

"There are more instances of abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments...than by violent and sudden usurpations." James Madison, June 16, 1788.

"As one studies history, especially the history of the Western Hemisphere, it is difficult to dismiss the premise that God had a plan for America."
George Will.

"The State, in its criminal code, forbids citizens to have firearms or other weapons, but does not undertake to defend them." Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago.

"I blame the deaths of my parents on those legislators who deny me my right to defend myself." Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp (referring to the incident at Luby's cafe in Killeen, TX, in which a murderer killed her parents and 22 other people in her presence).

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches us that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so." Adolph Hitler, Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuhrer's Headquarters, 1941-1942.

"Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana.

"Gun registration is not enough." Attorney General, Janet Reno, December 10, 1993 (A.P.).

"The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian population." Attorney General, Janet Reno, 1991 speech to B'nai B'rith in Fort Lauderdale (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 25, 1996, p. 3B).

"What good does it do to ban some guns? All guns should be banned." Sen. Howard Metzanbaum.

"Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control, to Sen.Howard Metzanbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, p. 3.

"We're going to have to take this one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily— given the political realities— going to be very modest. Our ultimate goal—total control of all guns—is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered, and the final problem is to make possession of all handguns, and all handgun ammunition totally illegal."
Nelson T. (Pete) Shields, III, founding Chair of Handgun Control, Inc.

"The only real justification (for the assault weapons ban) is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation." Charles Krauthammer, "To Control Crime, Control Guns" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 7, 1996, p.3B, emphasis added).

"All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately..The S.S., S.A., and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them, therefore, anyone who does not belong to one of the above organizations and who unjustifiably keeps his weapon...must be regarded as an enemy of the national government." SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz (March, 1933).

"I see creeping fascism in America, just as in Germany, a drip at a time: a law here, a law there, all supposedly passed to protect the public. The German people really believed that only hoodlums owned such (unregistered) guns. What fools we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government, media, and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset." Theodore Haas, survivor of Dachau and the Holocaust.

"The authority of the (state) is not limited by checks and controls, by special autonomous bodies or individual rights. The concept of personal liberties of the individual as opposed to the authority of the state had to disappear. There are no personal liberties of the individual which fall outside of the realm of the state. The Constitution is therefore not based upon a system of inborn and inalienable rights of the individual." Ernst Huber, 1933 speech to National Socialist Workers (NAZI) Party, quoted in The Ominous Parallels, Leonard Peikoff (Stein & Day, N.Y. 1982) p.6.

"Citizens! Turn in your weapons.." English translation of Soviet Union Poster (1919).

"Armas para que?" ("Guns for what?") Fidel Castro, 1959, in a speech urging the people to turn in their guns because they were no longer needed with him in control.

"In today's Cuba, only those who hold absolute power over the people are armed."
Max Jorge (Cuban exile).

Contrast with: "There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): A man's right to his own life. The Bill of Rights was not directed against private citizens, but against the government— as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power."
Ayn Rand, "Man's Rights," The Virtue of Selfishness, at 108, 110-112 (Signet Books, N.Y.., 1970).

"The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are constitutional rights secure." Albert Einstein.

"The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically had proved to be always possible." Senator Hubert Humphrey.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Ronald Reagan.

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go around repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence." Charles A. Beard.

Thomas Jefferson carefully hand-copied the following passage into his personal journal from renown 18th century criminologist, Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, 87-88 (Henry Palolucci trans., 1964. 1764). Beccaria is generally regarded as the founder of criminology. The complete quotation, without editing:

"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary of trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evil, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put an end to personal liberty -- so dear to men, so dear to the enlightened legislator -- and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree."

Second Continental Congress July 4, 1776

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.." Unanimous Declaration of the Second Continental Congress.

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Penny and Doug
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Your Meta Descriptions Now Affect Your Google Rankings Again

2010 Thursday 21 By Richard Gilmore in Featured, SiteProNews

Meta descriptions (the text snippets of the webpage you see in search results) used to be an important ranking factor. Until not too long ago both Google and Yahoo! officially announced they no longer used Meta-descriptions in their search algorithms. But recent developments in Google’s search algo bring Meta description back to life as a ranking factor.

No, Google did not back out of their decision to discount Meta descriptions as a ranking factor. However your site’s search snippet can now significantly affect your rankings. Here’s the deal.

See entire article here: Meta Descriptions & Google Ranking

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Penny and Doug
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Quote of the Day:
"He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing." --Benjamin Franklin, writings, 1758

PP's Listing of the Day, pictured above:
Antique Wedgwood Jasperware Etruscan Jug

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January Sale At Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

Through January 31, 2010, every New or Nearly New Clothing item in our online store will be 20% off! Take advantage of great bargains in Children's, Men's, & Ladies' clothing.

Pictured here: Ladies' V-Neck Short Sleeve Sweater, 100% Cotton, New

New listings at Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry:
1. Shot Glass W/Gold Rim
2. Oriental Bud Vase W/Stand
3. Satin Glass Tidbit Dish
4. Smithsonian Vintage Postcard, "Zero"
5. Ruby Red Depression Glass Tidbit Dish

Penny and Doug
Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

Quote of the Day:
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let's Recap 2009 - Author Unknown

So, Let's Recap
"2009".........what a year! Author Unknown

1. The American people elect a black president with a total of 142 days experience as a US Senator from the most politically corrupt state (city) in America whose governors have been ousted from office. The President's first official act is to order the close of Gitmo and make sure terrorists civil rights are not violated.
(honest mistake?)

2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm a black Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.
(An honest mistake?!)

3. The CIA Boss appointee, Leon Panetta, has absolutely no experience, has a daughter Linda, we find out, who is a true radical anti-American activist and a supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western hemisphere.
(There were socio-economic factors involved!)

4. We got the second most corrupt American woman (Pelosi is #1) as Secretary of State; bought and paid for.
(You can put lipstick on a pig, but it still stinks!)

5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who did not properly file his own taxes for 12 years.
(He misspoke!)

6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.
(Another honest mistake???)

7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.
(Hmmm... another screw-up?)

8. A Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical conduct.
(Ok, maybe this person was just plain stupid.)

9. A Secretary HHS nominee (Daschle) who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.
(I'm running out of excuses for these idiots!!)

10. Multiple appointments of former lobbyists after an absolute campaign statement that no lobbyists would be appointed.
(Dear God, I am getting a headache!)

All this occurred just during the first three weeks. . . but who's counting?

America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges; Barry, Nancy and Harry and they are still trying to define stimulus..."it's spending!!!"

The congress passes the $800,000,000,000 (that's $800 billion) pork-loaded spending bill where the government gives you a smidgen of your tax dollars ($13 per week), making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated], that you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch Telemundo!

Only with the Liberals...

Pray for our country.

Here's the good news though - Obama took Air Force One to Denver to sign the stimulus package, wasting as much as 10,000 gallons of fuel OR 24 JOBS FOR ONE YEAR.

Don't you just love hypocrites?

Speaking of praying, Obama has now been president for eleven months and yet he & wife (first lady) Michelle, the Christian family they claim to be, have not attended church since the inauguration.

He must miss Reverend Wright!

In these times I'll keep my God, my freedom, my gun and my money.

Anyone that supports this insanity can keep "THE CHANGE".

When you are down in the dumps and think you have real PROBLEMS, just remember: SOMEWHERE IN THIS WORLD, THERE IS A MR. PELOSI.....

Penny and Doug
Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

Quote of the Day:
"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, 1802

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Meet a Real Hero

Meet a REAL HERO, this is a good read

Hero from Edinburg not good at backing down -- Author Unknown

Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Head east from Carthage on Mississippi 16 toward Philadelphia and after a few miles a sign says you’re in Edinburg. It’s a good thing the sign’s there, because there’s no other way to tell.

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg. Probably didn’t make much news.

Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy, Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a minefield, took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned with 17 prisoners of war.

If that wasn’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions. That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam, a Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make news last week was a neighborhood association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be flown on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.

He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and was facing court action if he didn’t take it down. Since the story made national TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position and agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among them.

“In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference,” Barfoot told The Associated Press.

As well he should.

And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to read his Medal of Honor citation.

It indicates he’s not real good at backing down.

Van T. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation:

This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of point blank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.”

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Penny and Doug
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Quote of the Day:
If not for the Military, there would be no USA.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuesday's Twitters

Here are more Tuesday's Twitters--some funny--some not so.

Socialism has never made life better,except 4 those in charge! Socialism

Cost Analysis: Cost Analysis WHEE!

AARP endorsed HC plan w/o consent of members. Go 2 AMAC & sign on as a member. AMAC will work 4U--not big gov't.

Chuck Schumer Chuck Schumer shows the world what a defender of womens rights he TRULY is! PIG!

Obama gone outta the counrty-- can we change the locks?

You know GLSEN, who protects Jennings and promoted "fisting" to kids? Here is their sponsor list: GLSEN Sponors

Frozen Gore: Smokin' and Frozen Al Gore! January, 2010 - Fairbanks, Alaska

'We're delivering this crowd right to the White House' Tea Party April 15 2010

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

Hey, Obama! Hey Nancy P! Snow Storm 2 Hit DC! Snow Storm How's Global Warming Workin' 4 Ya? God is laughing.

Germany adopts Merkel’s tax cut bill.Tax cuts 2 spur an economy? How novel: Angela Merkel’s new... Tax Cut Bill

How convoluted are the liberal Dems? They want us to vote for their right to take away our vote.

NEW! CODE RED Rally: Arlen Specter's Guestbook!!! Specter's Guestbook

Penny and Doug
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Quote of the Day:
"[A] rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 1823

Monday, January 04, 2010

Get Me A Google Number 1 SEO Rank

Posted by seodesignonline on November 11, 2009

Over the last couple of months we’ve had a lot of interest from individuals and organizations with existing websites keen to reach the Holy Grail of internet marketing, or to put it into my customers words “getting to the top of Google (…and making money from it)”. There are numerous “SEO, or Search Engine Optimization experts” out on the web and some 37 million entries in Its a hot topic and now more than ever with the global downturn, businesses large and small are looking to the digital world for a cheap quick fix.

Not being the one to bite the hand that feeds, I have come to realize that a bit of gnawing actually does no harm either. What do I mean by that you ask?! Well let’s just say that in my experience a certain amount of realigning of customer expectations needs to happen when it comes to SEO. Whilst yes it is possible to get a site ranked highly in Google (and we have demonstrated this with our customers) there really is no quick fix and no cast iron guarantee either. Whilst the customers search for their elusive number ones so too do the SEOs, keen to tap into the secrets of the Google search algorithm. Sites offering immediate rankings and guaranteed results really do need to be approached with caution: a case in point is the Google Money Tree, which unlike its name has absolutely no affiliation with Google whatsoever. But still people have been duped and will continue to be when the product or company offering the service looks genuine, has a nice professional site and says all the things you are looking for. It’s marketing…dubious marketing, but it appears to work.

See entire article at: SEO Design

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Penny and Doug
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Quote of the Day:
"The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... [I]t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." --Albert Gallatin, letter to Alexander Addison, 1789

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Amateur Radio Hamfest Calendar for January 2010

January 2010 Hamfest Calendar
See You There!

Pictured Here: N3DAB's repeater room

Jan 9: Westfest, ThunderBird ARC, The Activity Center, Glendale, AZ
ThunderBird ARC

Jan 9: TechFest,Gwinnett ARC St. Marguerite Church,Lawrenceville, GA
Gwinnett TechFest

Jan 9: Winterfest 2010,Skyline ARC,Marathon Civic Center,Marathon, NY
Skyline ARC

Jan 15-16:Cowtown Hamfest,Lockheed Martin ARC,Lockheed Martin Rec Area,Fort Worth, TX
Cowtown Hamfest

Jan 16: Fort Myers ARC, Araba Shrine Auditorium, Fort Myers, FL
Ft Myers ARC

Jan 16: Harrisburg ARC, Paxtang Firehouse, Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg ARC

Jan 24: Wheaton CRA, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL
Wheaton CRA

Jan 29-30: Jackson ARC, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, MS
Jackson ARC

Jan 31: Maryland Mobileers ARC,Odenton Volunteer Fire Department Hall,Odenton, MD
Maryland Mobileers ARC

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Penny N6HWB
Doug N3DAB
Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

Quote of the Day:
"In days of old, when ops were bold and sideband not invented, the
words were passed by pounding brass, and all were quite contented."