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Number 778, July 6, 2014
Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the
land unto all the inhabitants thereof.

Never Heard of
Never Heard of
by Rex May


The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 5 parts.

Letters to the Editor
from Mama Liberty (a.k.a. Susan Callaway) and Rex "Baloo" May

A Declaration of Independence from Republican Rejects
by Thomas L. Knapp
In 2008, the Libertarian Party nominated former US Representative Bob Barr (R-GA) for President of the United States. There was no coronation—it took six ballots and the support of another Republican aspirant (Wayne Allyn Root, who got the veep nod in return for his endorsement) for Barr to get past his libertarian opponents—but what's interesting are the "befores" and "afters."

New Study: Criminals Prefer Handguns, Not "Assault Weapons"
by C.D. Michel
Thugs prefer handguns. Go figure. According to a study published on June 16, 2014, most of the guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers were handguns, not the automatic "assault weapons" often depicted in Hollywood crime stories. This is nothing new. For decades criminologists have told us this, and they note it is because petty street crime is best done with small weapons that can easily be hidden and disposed.

"They" Lost
by A.X. Perez
Progressives are upset. >From a recent article in Slate comes an article that young people are "color blind", or at least put a value on being "color blind" and don't get racism. Arguably racism has left its scars that will require healing and the sociological equivalent of physical therapy and these kids need to learn this. However, this also means that bureaucrats who earn a living and gain power by administering "racial equity" programs are watching their rice bowls break. The projected 2025 end of racial inequality in America begins to believable. An excuse for statism is nearing its death.

Escapist Literature and The Great Escape
by Jeff Fullerton
Been quite a week. Between working hard on the job and projects at home plus the never ending exploration and discovery that life always ought to be. In addition to the usual revelations and epiphanies, I just found out the shadow government has a top secret space fleet. Based on a moon of Saturn. Latest word of mouth from a guy I talked to last week—probably second hand from Tinfoil Theater. Had to say something funny to take the edge off the less amusing stories in the news.

Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 7-6-2014
by Neale Osborn
We're going to start this off with Mama Liberty's thoughts on armed teachers.

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This issue's Motto is the inscription on the Liberty Bell.

Some heavy-duty reading recommended this week:

Fifteen Things You Probably Do Not Know about Psychopaths
by James G. Long

Have you ever worked for someone who you seriously thought might be crazy? About half of all workers have such an experience within a lifetime. The other half misses out on one of life's most perplexing and educational opportunities.

The subject is psychopathy. Knowledge and understanding of psychopathy is now advancing, and at an accelerating rate, after a decades-long period of no growth and slow growth. Good thing! Psychopathy is the very worst mental disorder; psychopathy and related conditions have cost millions of lives lost and trillions of dollars wasted, though it is still very poorly understood by most people. I am now speaking not as a medical or psychological professional, but as a professional project engineering manager who has been faced with numerous severe personnel and management problems not addressed in engineering or business school.

Psychopathy is without a doubt the most destructive, the most deadly, and the least comprehensible of mental disorders. So, to promote understanding of psychopathy, the following points are offered:
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Why the Gun is Civilization
by Marko Kloos

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
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Hillary Clinton: Pro Gun People Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint

Charlotte, NC—(Ammoland.com)—Hillary Clinton hasn't said that she's running for the Democrat Party's 2016 presidential nomination, but lately she's been going out of her way to make sure that gun owners know what a Hillary presidency would be like for them.

On Monday, during an interview on CNN Newsroom, Mrs. Clinton made clear that at age 66, she still hasn't outgrown the zealotry of her youth. With anger characteristic of the political fringe, Mrs. Clinton said of gun control opponents, "We cannot let a minority of people—and that's what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people."

Mrs. Clinton was asked by a member of CNN's TV studio audience "... as it pertains to school shootings. Do you think that reinstating the ban on assault weapons and banning high capacity magazines would do any good?" Mrs. Clinton responded "Yes, I do. I do." As she went on, she twice confused semi-automatic firearms with "automatic" weapons.
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And finally, this fine meditation on Independance Day:

I Was Born American
by Sarah A. Hoyt

Yes, I was born in another country of foreign parents who would no more become American than fly unassisted, but I figure that was an accident of circumstance. What really matters is that I was an American in my heart. I just had to get here and become one in truth. (And that, by itself, is an American attitude.)

This week while talking to a friend about a foreign SO, I found myself explaining that other people, in other countries, have a hierarchy in their heads all the time—who is powerful, who isn’t, what attitude is proper. You can find it (if you know where to look) even when reading British novels.

We’re not like that. Whether we were born elsewhere or here, Americans—those of us who are proud of the name—are rebels, revolutionaries, something new under the sun: a people who believe people should be equal in their right to life, the right to liberty, the right to pursue their happiness undisturbed by either inimical neighbors or oppressive “betters.”

We have no betters. We are American. When I got citizenship I had to swear never to accept foreign titles of nobility. I thought it was silly. What title of nobility could compare to being an American?
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And that's the way it is in the American Police State™, July 6, 2014

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