Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama's Back-door Attack on 2nd Amend: Starve the Guns

Is this just amazing what is happening?
To members of Stand Up America USA

Major General Paul Vallely, US Army, ret.
Georgia Arms is the 5th largest retailer of .223 Ammo in America. They sell 9mm, .45, ..223 ammunition. They normally buy spent brass from the US Department of Defense. Spent brass is "one time used" shell cases used by our Military for training purposes.

They buy the brass, recondition it, and then reload the brass for resale to Law Enforcement, Gun Clubs, Gun Shops, and stores like Wal-Mart. They normally buy 30,000 lbs of spent brass at a time.

This week the DoD wrote a letter to the owner of Georgia Arms and informed him that from now on the DoD will be destroying the spent brass, shredding it. It will no longer be available to the ammo makers, unless they buy it in a scrap shredded condition (which they have no use for). The shredded brass i s now going to be sold by the DoD to China as scrap metal, after the DoD pays for it to be shredded. The DoD is selling the brass to China for less money than the ammo makers have been paying, plus the DoD has to pay to have the brass shredded and do the accounting paperwork.

This sure helps the economy now doesn't it? Sell cheaper to China, and do not sell at all to a proven US business. Any hidden agenda working here? Obama going after the Firearms Industry and our ammunition!!

The Georgia Arms owner even related a story that one of his competitors had already purchased a load of brass last week. The DoD contacted him this week and said they were sending someone over to make sure it was destroyed. Shell cases he had already bought!  [Isn't that confiscation without due process? -rw]

The brass has no value to the ammo maker if it is destroyed/shredded/melted. The ammo manufacturer only uses the empty brass cases to reload different calibers, mainly .223 bullets.

The owner of Georgia Arms says that he will have to lay off at least half of his 60 workers, within 2-3 months if the DoD will no longer sell spent brass cases to the industry. Georgia Arms has 2-3 months of inventory to use, by summer they're out.

If the Reloading Industry has to purchase new manufacture brass cases, then the cost of ammunition will double or even triple, plus Obama want to add a 500% tax on each shell.

You can read the information and see the DoD letter to Georgia Arms here:

The Shootist Site

If you're not outraged at what this administration is doing you should be! Be Afraid! Be Very Very Afraid! Get involved! It's Your Freedom and Our Country They're Stealing! If You Fail to Act Now, there may not be a Free United States tomorrow!

I implore you to get involved and forward this to as many people you can. Contact your legislators and put them on notice, We're fed up with what's going on! This is a call to action. Act now while you still can, or stay silent, roll over, and watch our country die!

Paul Vallely
Protect our 2d Amend2

Sad. Very Sad.

An elderly man suffered a massive stroke. The family drove wildly to get him to the emergency room, but their efforts didn't matter.

After what seemed like a very long wait, the ER Doctor appeared, wearing his scrubs and a long face. Sadly, he said, "
His heart is still strong, but I'm afraid he is brain-dead."

"Oh, dear Lord," cried his wife, her hands clasped against her cheeks with shock! "
Nobody in our family has ever been a Democrat before!"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons within Us All

This was the most wild and crazy thing I've done in ages -- going to a midnight movie showing.  I had to be at the theater by 11:45 and I wanted to be a few minutes early for once.  Early in the evening I was lucky to get to watch The Da Vinci Code on the SciFi channel.  I almost missed the midnight movie, though, because I took a nap at 10 PM, setting my cell phone's alarm to 10:55.  Instead, I woke up startled at 11:20.  I do not know how I knew that I was late, but I jumped out of bed even before I looked at the clock.

As I approached the left turn off 9th Street to the parking garage, it looked like emergency vehicles blocked the entrance, so I kept going.  All the streets to that area were blocked, so I had to continue about four blocks before I could turn left and circle back around.  I started to panic that I wasn't going to find parking soon enough or close enough to get my ticket, but I was surprised when I found myself passing the rear entrance of the parking garage and even more surprised to find the lower level almost empty.  I even had a few minutes to spare.

Dave! Diamond met me outside the theater and told me to just go to Customer Service, but I stuck around and talked with him and Tom Killian, the
recently retired CHP Commander for our area.  The mercury should top 100 this weekend, so standing outside wearing a t-shirt was strangely comfortable, even though I've had a mild fever the last couple of days.  Dave! seems real, open, and down-to-earth.  Tom was more guarded.  Still, it was pretty cool; and in my estimation, it was also the main event.

My alarm went off on the way into the theater at 11:55.  That's when I figured out why it had not wakened me.  I had set the alarm to
11:00 and then, setting the minutes back to :55, had forgotten that this made the time 11:55, not 10:55.  Duh!

They gave out T-shirts before the movie, but I had underestimated the crowd and gone in too late, so the shirts in my size were all gone.  The seats were about two thirds full.  I found one right in the middle of the theater and did a little internal victory dance.

The movie started with great footage of what it purported to be CERN, a giant European facility for studying exotic, sub-atomic matter.  It didn't take long, however, for one glaring error to almost spoil the movie for me.  Tom Hanks' character defined anagram using the definition of palindrome, then compounded it by saying that illuminati met that definition!  I thought I was hearing things and was quite distracted from enjoying the movie until I heard it again several times, verifying that the idiocy was Ron "Pinko" Howard's and not mine.  OK, that might not bother most people, but it bugs the tar out of nerdy writers and rocket scientists.

Another clear goof happened when
a policeman's LASER sight (the red beam from a light that attaches to a gun to show the shooter where the bullet will hit) shone on the wall in front of and to his left, but his weapon pointed directly ahead.  I'm sure they did it for dramatic effect, but it distracted me.

The plot followed the traditional roller coaster of building and relaxing the level of suspense, had enough humor to add some variety, and had a great twist toward the end.  I disliked the way Hanks' character always had the right academic information to figure out every clue.  It reminded me of Adam West in the Batman TV series.  It also seemed incongruous that a prof who researched the sort of stuff that winds up in the Vatican Archives would never have learned Latin. 

Another inconsistency showed up when someone told me that in Dan Brown's book series, this plot takes place before The Da Vinci Code.  This confused me because, during the movie, Vatican officials made several references to Hanks' character's previous incident with the Church.  Maybe there's a prior book in the series, but I think the timeline would confuse thinking movie-goers.

The threat in this plot didn't go as far as the sacrilege in The Da Vinci Code.  In fact, while it drove home the point that the Roman Catholic Church commits as much error and harbors as much corruption as do the people who run it, the movie makes an appeal for cooperation between science and faith, even acknowledging that faith serves a vital role by checking runaway science.  The plot also allows that, despite the machinations of corrupt clergy, the system self-corrects.  That message might reassure Roman Catholics, but it flies in the face of centuries of history explained in the course of the movie because one not only cannot undo the evil done in God's name, but -- as any person of faith who has tried to profess their faith, for example, in a secular college dorm -- one cannot undo the damage to God's reputation.

The best music came during the credits.  Unlike most movies, Hans Zimmer stayed with the soundtrack instead of making an incongruous switch to pop or rap.  In fact, the music during the credits outshone that during the body of the movie.  Perhaps I had not noticed the music through all the action and foley, but that's how it seemed.  The producers chose well with Zimmer.

Finally... I won!  I outlasted everybody except the projectionist and the two nice guards who escorted me through the darkened theater to the exit.