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Number 795, November 2, 2014

The current order of things that all of us in
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Neale's Gun Rant for 11-2-2014
by Neale Osborn

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This is the beginning. So OF COURSE it means Mama Liberty. Link This time, she discusses adrenaline, and it's effects.

Unless you live in a cave somewhere, you probably have experienced a rush of adrenalin from time to time, quite possibly not too long ago. You likely didn't give it much thought at the time, even if it was a major emergency, but you might consider doing so next time, after the threat is over.

Recently, when visiting a friend, I had to deal with a violent attack by a rooster! He came at me "out of the blue" and three times struck my upper thigh with his spurs. I've got the bruises to prove it.

Not life threatening, but the adrenalin rush was significant for a number of reasons. Describing the event to others subsequently, I had an opportunity to deconstruct what happened in some detail, and to analyze both what I did and how that might relate to other, more serious incidents.

And for all you city slickers—a rooster is NOT a friendly cuddly bird—there's a reason Cock-fighting became popular—roosters (cocks) are vicious birds who attack with a pair of sharp spurs they slash with. Ennyhoo, Y'all know what to do next, don't ya?

I'm sick and tired of crap like this being tolerated by one and all. Link Let me make this CRYSTAL clear—my dogs are family almost as much as my kids. Threaten to harm them and I WILL beat, shoot, run over, light on fire, or use any other means at my disposal to kill you first. I will NOT stop until the threat is eliminated, even if that results in dead cops (Or, dead Neale). It is my RIGHT to defend my property (which is what the law calls my dogs) AND my family (which is what I call my dogs).

First, do you remember the officer who was shot and killed after he tried to shoot a homeowner's dogs? He was instructed to do so by the police chief (see the Daily Mail link therein)

Secondly, former policeman Jim Osorio is featured in this extended trailer for the upcoming Puppycide documentary. He consults with departments on handling canines and propagates the "blame the owner" theory. But, he reveals the police perspective at 2 minutes, 14 seconds that officers need "to eliminate the threat as soon as possible." I would ask him if chained dogs, little kittens,chihuahuas, and pet parakeets qualify as threats.

Remember, Officer Idiot—the life you save by giving me the time to "control" my dogs WILL be your own.

We have discussed Civil Forfeiture (there's NOTHING "civil" about it) in the past. And yet, again, the IRS does what it wishes, and gets away scot-free with it. Link

And Carole Hinders, owner of an Iowa restaurant called Mrs. Lady's Mexican Food, said she made large deposits under $10,000 because her mother told her the bank had to do "extra paperwork" if she made deposits over that amount.

One day in August, two federal agents knocked on Hinders' door and told her they'd cleared all $33,000 out of her bank account. Now, the Institute for Justice is representing Hinders in her efforts to get that money back. Here's how the Institute for Justice summed up her defense:

In her defense, she will show that she had no intent to evade the reports that banks must file with the U.S. Treasury concerning cash transactions greater than $10,000. Rather, she had legitimate business purposes for her banking practices. Because her restaurant does not accept credit cards, and because it is unsafe to accumulate substantial cash on her premises, she goes to the bank often to make smaller cash deposits. For more than 30 years, she has kept her bank deposits to less than $10,000 because she was told that larger deposits cause an inconvenience to the bank. She had never heard of the term "structuring" until federal agents knocked on her door last year to tell her they had emptied out her bank account. But it's not illegal to run an honest cash business, and Carole Hinders is not a criminal.

There is no legal or Constitutional justification for even reporting deposits of $10,000 or more—it's not the government's business how I choose to do my business. I can save up my cash for 7 years, take in $20K in singles, and deposit it, and it's not the IRS's business. We need to shut these people down, prosecute them for their crimes, and take back our money, since, after all, the 16th Amendment was never even properly ratified in the first place.

This one pisses me off, big time! Link They vandalize your property then pose as repairmen to access your home. No, they aren't burglars—they are cops!!!! It's that old ploy we've all seen on the TV cop show—Police man suspects "The Bad GUY" has drugs, or guns, or a captive in the home. So they break a utility and pose as Jack the Lineman to gain access to the home to look for evidence to either get a warrant or just find the captive. They ALWAYS get what they need, and we always say "How clever!" But it isn't always successful. ANd it's NEVER actually legal—it's committing a crime in order to find evidence of a crime.

Eric Holder's Department of Justice (so-called) is now arguing in court, that the government can secretly vandalize your property, pretend to be repairmen, and then use their access to your property—which they gained through a criminal destruction of property and deception—to search your "persons, houses, papers, and effects." And all of this is warrantless. They can then use anything they find as the basis for a warrant. (For all I know their argument would actually say you can skip the warrant and use what they found as the basis for pressing charges.

I suppose the government might insist that disrupting utilities that you have paid and contracted for, so that you think you need a repairman, doesn't count as vandalism. That is a poor argument.

Federal agents, as NPR reports, disrupted the internet service of a rented villa in order to make the tenants believe they needed repairmen to come and fix it. Then they posed as the needed repairmen and used the access they gained to "just look around and see what we see.

Are you OK with that? 'Cause I sure as shit am not!!!!

I am going to borrow most of the title of this section from the NRA's American Rifleman magazine—The Properly Armed Citizen. We shall present some cases of American citizens (and others) defending themselves and others from thugs—be advised—people ARE going to die in some of these stories.

We start with the case of Dondi DeCosta, the knife-wielding entrepreneur who (mistakenly) thought a knife would grant him power. Link

What Dondi DeCosta didn't know when he approached William Lawler and his girlfriend with a 13-inch-knife were the factors that would be working against him.

You see, William Lawler is a 38-year-old army veteran.

He also happens to be a longtime firearms instructor. He legally carries his 9mm Glock with him wherever he can. And for good reason. He knows he needs it to protect himself.

When 37-year-old DeCosta approached the couple as they came up to their home in Philadelphia, he thought he was going to get what he wanted. Threatening to "cut them up" if they didn't listen to his demands, he seemed dead-set on hurting the couple.

DeCosta is a career criminal with a rap sheet as long as a country mile. He's been arrested 21 times on charges like assault and theft. And now he's going to have a 22nd arrest to add to his rap sheet when he gets out of the hospital.

Regardless of his many run-ins with the law, it didn't stop the crazed man from advancing on Lawler and his girlfriend, even when he was repeatedly warned not to.

As Lawler recounts, "At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop," Lawler told the Philadelphia Daily News. When DeCosta kept coming, he yelled, "I don't want to shoot you, but I will."

Lawler eventually had to make good on his threat. When DeCosta was only five feet away, Lawler pulled out his gun and shot DeCosta in the groin.

The article says Lawler only made one mistake—I say he made two. The first mistake was, as the article points out, allowing DeCosta inside the 21ft safety zone. But the second may well bite him in the ass—he didn't shoot to kill—he shot the bastard in the groin. He is most likely going to be sued for all kinds of shit for that, and the turd's lawyer will point out that Lawler "could as easily have shot my client in the leg, Instead he deliberately mutilated my client's sexual organs. 10 million dollars, please!" And DeCosta might well win.

Next, there's the case of an under-armed bus driver who still got the job done in Chile (watch the video—it rocks! It's a shame I can't speak Spanish to get the full effect) Link

Passengers climb aboard this bus in Chile in July, paying their fares and moving to their seats. Then, a would-be robber pushes his way on and attempts to grab a female passenger's purse. Unfortunately for the robber, the bus driver was well prepared to deal with trouble.

The driver secured the door to prevent the robber's escape, trapping his hand in the process. Then the driver pulled out his trusty baseball bat and hit the man repeatedly, until he was cowering in submission. The police arrived soon after and arrested the man, who by that time was probably relieved. Then the bus driver resumed his route.

Gotta admire the driver—one hand beating down the criminal, one hand driving the bus to the police!

And finally, we have an upset mother lamenting that her darling little thief dies at the hand of the man whose home he was burgling.

Chris Bane has an 11-year-old son. And after having to endure a series of home invasions, Bane knew had to do something to help protect him. So he did what any sensible American would do. He went and purchased a handgun for self-protection.

That's why when Bane heard the sound of glass breaking, he grabbed his gun and walked out into the hallway.

To protect his son.

A moment later he saw Calvin Yoder. He recognized Yoder because he was both a neighbor and acquaintance. But it was obvious Yoder was doing more than just stopping in to grab a cup of sugar.

He was committing a crime.

When Yoder saw Bane holding a gun, he fired at him. Bane returned fire, striking Yoder—stopping him with a deadly shot.

The police arrived on the scene and here's what they had to say about the incident.

'The burglar fired a shot and the homeowner returned fire, striking and killing the intruder,' Wendy Rose, a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, told a local Fox affiliate.

'Apparently the homeowner has been the victim of burglary recently so he was on alert, he was on edge, and as soon as he heard glass breaking he armed himself to protect himself and his 11-year-old child who was in the home.

But wait, there's more!

The complication is since Bane knew Yoder, it makes things much more emotional. Calvin Yoder's mother said, "He was a good kid, loving, caring, very laid back." For some strange reason she thinks it's Bane's fault.

Bane is grief-stricken about the incident.

His pastor relayed to a local ABC affiliate that he's been devastated by the shooting.

"He is torn up and really wants to convey to the victim's family how sorry he is about what happened, but felt like he had no choice and was actually returning fire," his pastor said.

According to his mother, Yoder and his brother Leon were just going to Bane's house to hang out.

Seems a bit odd to break into a person's home to hang out at 5:40 in the morning, don't you think?

No charges have been made against Bane.

Sorry, Mom, but the little bastard FIRED A GUN AT THE HOMEOWNER. He committed suicide. And poor Mr. Bane has to live with the little shit's death forever. YOU should have trained him better.

Last week, we talked about that Minnesota woman who posted a photo of a Dad carrying a pistol, so the "families would know who is among their children". I received the following responses to it—

Howdy Neale, A wonderful column, made even more so by the mention of my home state of Minnesota. I'm not sure if your source on permitted carry told you this, but if and when Mr. Halleck elects to drive his daughters, it is quite legal for him to drive into the school parking lot while carrying and drop them off.

Another thing sort of unique to Minnesota is that permit holders are permitted to carry in the State Capitol building. They only have to notify the Capitol security department of their intent. It isn't asking permission, its telling them. And its good until you renew your permit. Then just send another letter or email.

Not too long ago, there was a bit of a perfect storm of attempts to pass the "common sense" gun laws and the response period turned into what amounted to a giant open carry event with those with guns greatly outnumbered the supporters of the legislation. And there wasn't a single problem that required police intervention. And the bills didn't pass.....

Take care, Mark

I asked for links to it, and he replied with

The group that spearheaded the open carry events during the legislative session is the Minnesota Gun Owner's Civil Rights Alliance. Here is their page on Capitol carry,

It wasn't really a rally, just a whole bunch of permit holders who came to observe and testify who also carried. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help.

Interesting reading, my friends. And a textbook example of grass-roots politicking. Thanks, Mark.

Another example of a parent doing the right thing, but not going anywhere near far enough, when confronted with a public, EDUCATION "official" in full blown asshole mode. Please note, I have no problem with the father's profanity. Link He makes a very good point here—

"I told her straight up 'you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white [expletive]," Kevin Wood said in an interview. "If [students] can't practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school."

His daughter was apparently assigned to read a paper on Islam for a school history class, yet Christianity is a prohibited topic. Now, MY view is simple—teach about them all, or else you can't teach about any. And, since idiots murdering each other AND Innocents over "GOD" from any faith has been a driving force in exploration, exploitation, nearly every war, and most genocides, we MUST teach about religion. However, Dad, I have a question for you—the same question I find myself asking quite regularly in this (and other) forums—Why the hell is she still going to that school? MY kid, confronted by this hypocrisy, would be out of the hands of these idiots faster than you can say "First Amendment!" MY kids are home schooled, and still the school board hates ME for my stances on public indoctrination, um, incarceration.... DAMMIT! I meant EDUCATION! Even though it isn't education at all these days...........

It's only 2:30 long, but you HAVE to watch these two clips on this video. It is amazing what people put up with. Link For saying "God Bless" to a cop (a pleasant way of ending a tense conversation, even to one who is not religious, such as myself) this Sturmtrooper threatens this kid with arrest and jail. I have to say I wish the kid had said it again. This cop is an asshole, no matter what may or may not have occurred prior to the "God Bless". And then, the video continues with a clip of a black cop telling a black youth that "I will beat the shit out of you if you make eye contact with me again".

Why should all police officers and citizens be equipped with a camera during their interactions?

These two clips are only the tip of the iceberg.

After being ticketed by a police officer one man said "God Bless You," only to be lambasted and threatened with arrest. For what is not exactly clear.

As Paul Joseph Watson explains, it may be because police officers have been trained in a culture where they believe that the people are their servants, rather than the other way around:

These clips only serve to highlight the fact that many officers across the country see the American public as their slaves and they think they can abuse and threaten violence against for no reason whatsoever.

One wonders what punishment the review boards may hand out for these actions. Both these events are supposedly facing internal reviews. Personally, I'd file a civil rights suit if I were the victim of either of these events.

'Tis time to be wrapping this up, but I haven't forgotten to do the Quote of the Week. This one is a single long quote from L. Neil Smith on trust and politicians and, of course, guns.

"[I]f a politician won't trust you, why should you trust him? If he's a man—and you're not—what does his lack of trust tell you about his real attitude toward women? If 'he' happens to be a woman, what makes her so perverse that she's eager to render her fellow women helpless on the mean and seedy streets her policies helped create? Should you believe her when she says she wants to help you by imposing some infantile group health care program on you at the point of the kind of gun she doesn't want you to have?

"On the other hand—or the other party—should you believe anything politicians say who claim they stand for freedom, but drag their feet and make excuses about repealing limits on your right to own and carry weapons? What does this tell you about their real motives for ignoring voters and ramming through one infantile group trade agreement after another with other countries?

"Makes voting simpler, doesn't it? You don't have to study every issue—health care, international trade—all you have to do is use this X-ray machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to get beyond their empty words and find out how politicians really feel. About you. And that, of course, is why they hate it."L. Neil Smith, Sept, 1999, "Why did it have to be guns?"

'Bye, Y'all!

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