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Number 708, February 17, 2013
The real "progressive" agenda isn't about
gun control, but population control.
They talk a lot about "a really good plague".

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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
Part 4

by Terence James Mason
Commentary on Part 3 (from one reader) has centered on the issue of immigration. To reiterate the key point (with which the reader agreed), immigration law is what it is. In an ideal world, we all might want it to be different; but the President lacks the executive power to rewrite it unilaterally. This is particularly true in that there is no evidence that he is doing so out of any Constitutional or moral principle other than his personal, and his party's political expediency.

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Things I Know But Can't Prove
by L. Neil Smith
"It's a mad house! A mad house!" Like most people reading this, I've spent the past several weeks writing and talking—again—about very little except the most recent effort of collectivist demagogues to illegally suppress the unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right of every man, woman, and responsible child to obtain, own, and carry weapons. They call it "gun control". Its real name, as you will see, is "victim disarmament".

A Letter From The Special Forces Community Concerning The Second Amendment
We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to " and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...." The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.

by Chris Claypoole
I was re-reading "Individualism and Economic Order" by Friedrich A. Hayek when I came upon the following passage and footnote: That the existence of common conventions and traditions among a group of people will enable them to work together smoothly and efficiently with much less formal organization and compulsion than a group without such common background, is, of course, a commonplace. But the reverse of this, while less familiar, is probably not less true: that coercion can probably only be kept to a minimum in a society where conventions and tradition have made the behavior of man to a large extent predictable....

Blunt Answer to a Rude Question
by L. Neil Smith
I received a message on Facebook last night, from an individual who explained that he is a European, and that, although he understands the desirability of a handgun for self-defense, he wanted to know why anyone would have a Bushmaster. He didn't know that that's a rude question, but he will when he's received my answer, which you see below: The short answer to your impertinent question, "Why would anybody have a Bushmaster?" is this: "Because I want one, and my reasons,—on the assumption that I even have any—are none of your bloody business."

A Word From A Friend
by Buster Bullet
You don't know me personally. You don't even know my real name. Oh, sure, back there where I keep my powder and primer, it might say I'm .22 Long Rifle, or .38 Special, or 9 millimeter, even .45 ACP or .44 Magnum. But up here, where it counts, I'm Buster Bullet, and darned proud of it. It's my job—mine and that of my friends here in this cylinder or magazine—to keep you safe. To keep you and your family safe.

Open Letter to the Overseers of Mary Blair Elementary
by L. Neil Smith
The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your actions of the past several days in the matter of the seven-year-old you suspended (in your initial account of those events) for throwing an imaginary grenade.

America: Extorting Data Access
by Wendy McElroy
Napoleon Bonaparte once stated, "We often get in quicker by the back door than by the front." U.S. law enforcement wants companies to covertly install so-called "computer back doors" in the software they produce. This would allow the government to access information on any computer using the software without being detected and without going through an authentication process that protects privacy. As well, the untraceable e-wiretaps would de facto bypass the sticky question of obtaining warrants.

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