9/11, Remembering Fifteen Years Ago

On this day of reflection, we are all drawn to memories of where we were fifteen years ago and just how we came to be aware of the incredible occurrences on the east coast.  I remember that I was up north in Sacramento managing construction of a new restaurant, but unable to leave the coverage on TV to go out to the jobsite.  Later, I remember telling my crew of the events as they had arrived for work early and missed the news.

Most of us assumed it was just an accident.  I of course was no different and remember thinking that that first plane must have been an accident because growing up, I had heard a few times of small planes that had accidentally crashed into the Empire State Building before they developed no fly zones over the City.  Because of those memories, I naturally thought that it must have been an accident, as no one could conceive that someone could be so villainous to deliberately cause such a terrible crash. We watched hoping that they would get the fires out soon.  I, the contractor that I am, wondered about the fire sprinkler system and why it wasn’t doing its job.  It must have been compromised in the crash, I thought.

Oh My God! There’s Another One!!!

Then, the second plane crashed into the building as we all watched.  That moment of horror, as we all realized that this is no accident, is probably the most vivid of all our memories.  There, before our eyes, was evidence, that terrorists, yes terrorists, had actually aimed planes at these two buildings filled with people in a deliberate act against our country.

There was not much daily talk of terrorists prior to 9/11/01, but we weren’t oblivious to the fact that there were those in the world that might take aim at our country.  After all, they had tried to bring down the towers once before when a truck bomb went off in the parking garage below one of the towers.  But that attempt was not very successful, and in the aftermath, we had confidence that terrorists were largely incompetent, and would never be able to do anything major in this country.

Then on September 11, 2001, there was suddenly evidence that they were obviously behind this horrific act that was unfolding before our eyes.  This was no accident.  Somebody had actually planned this out and sent people on a suicide mission to hijack two planes that would kill so many innocent people.  In that moment, everything changed.   We would, moments later find out that two more planes had also been hijacked.  Our world, as we had known it, would be, forever different.  How?  We did not really yet know, but we knew that things were now different.  Our shock would turn to bewilderment, to anger, to sympathy, back to anger, and disbelief – disbelief that someone could be so callous.   But there it was.

As we came to realize that this had to be terrorists, we started to speculate on who could be the mastermind.  We knew it had to be Muslims.  Who else could be so callous?  We had seen them before, using the name of their God and religion to justify some other heinous bombing somewhere else in the world.  And what about that?  What kind of religion would place such a small value on human life, that they would sacrifice the life of a devotee and those of other innocents who may be in the vicinity, to make a statement?  How could this be a religion at all?  Our ignorance of Islam is what would not allow us to come to grips with this.  Our religion, and to our knowledge, most other religions, preach the love of life, love of God, love of fellow humans, love, love, love.  How could a religion be so,   so…….. demonic.

In that moment, we knew that Muslim Extremist terrorists had somehow, and for some unknown reason, committed an act of war against us, attacking us in a way we had not before dreamed could happen.  In that moment, we would all come together, united in our own disbelief, horror, sympathy and resolve.

Then, as if our disbelief and horror had not been tested enough, at 9:59, the South Tower collapsed. This pillar of American financial might, just crumbled before our disbelieving eyes.  Again, I as a contractor, had never conceived that it would be possible knowing how buildings are constructed.  It took only moments though for me to understand what must have happened. The heat was so intense that the columns and beams folded and could no longer support the millions of pounds of weight above such that it just came down.  The horror.  Those people.  My God.  Run!  Everybody Run!  Does this mean the other tower will come down too?  It must.  Please God, get the rest of the people out of there.

And of course, the second tower did come down.  We just found it so hard to believe.  We looked for someone to make some sense of it all.

Thinking back today, one other reoccurring thought I have is how glad I was glad that we had the President that we did in George W. Bush.  Could you imagine how different it would have been if the vote almost one year prior had provided a different result? Could you ever imagine Al Gore in the White House at that moment and how different things would have been?  My belief is that this country is so fortunate that our God had made sure that such a strong person as George W. Bush would be our leader in such a time of crisis.  Thank you God.

WORLD CHANGES

The attack caused a lot of changes in our world.  The first being how we board planes.  No longer can your loved ones go with you to the gate to see you off or welcome you home.  Security checks are ridiculous now, sometimes waiting hours to pass through and nearly having to strip down naked to do it.

ISIS CombatantsTwo wars have been fought in the Middle East, one of which Barrack Obama cut and ran from.  We have seen the birth of ISIS since Obama cut and ran out of Iraq.  There have been stepped up Muslim Extremist attacks on our country at places of work (San Bernardino), places of entertainment (Orlando), attacks at Military installations (Fort Hood and Chattanooga), and the list goes on.  Barrack Obama appears to be intent on repopulating our country with a large percentage of MuslimsSyrian Refugees as he is importing them by the tens of thousands.  He has also opened up our borders to anyone who wants to walk across, hugely inflating the Hispanic population as he endeavors to inflate the Democrat voting base and thereby ensuring that Liberals will be in power from now on.

We have seen horrific terrorist attacks in Europe like Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Nice, France.  Muslims are running a muck in Germany, raping women as their populations have seen an influx of Muslim refugees.

Four years ago today, 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, trying to defend the American Embassy that was left nearly defenseless by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  We found out later that she ignored over a hundred requests for more support and security.  But that is in the past as far as it goes for Hillary as she remarked to Congress, “But what difference now does it make”.

MOVING ON

And now, on this fifteenth anniversary, I am embarrassed that we still have the President that we do in the personage of Barrack Obama.  That this man would actually attempt to stand up and speak for our country on this auspicious day is another sad moment.  This man does not respect this country.  He hates the tenets upon which is was founded and is trying to change it into a third world Oligarchy.  He is not a leader.  He acts in so many ways as he does, to stifle this country, stifle our belief in God, and to bring this country down.  As I see him stand at the Pentagon Memorial speaking, I am embarrassed.

I pray to God that He would once again try to protect us and allow us to elect someone who take the measures we need to Make Our Country Safe Again.  I pray, “Please do not allow Hillary Clinton to be elected President”.   Of course that means that the only other Real Choice is Donald Trump.  Of course, even if Trump is successful, it could be as soon as the next election cycle that give us again a Liberal and a Country Hater.  So who knows how long our Country is going to be able to survive the attacks from the Liberal Left.  I probably won’t be alive, but my children may have to live through it.

God Bless this Country and God Save our Country.  It is the only country in the world that was founded embracing a strong belief in God.

Gun Enthusiast

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Rules for a Gunfight

GunfightOver the years I have heard these from gun training instructors and others so I did not write them. But they are good and deserve recognition here. If you own a gun you will probably appreciate these. Of course, if you don’t own a gun, get one, learn how to use it responsibly, perhaps by going to Front Sight, then remember these rules.

GUNFIGHT RULES:

In a gunfight, the most important rule is     Continue reading

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Is the Constitution Outdated?

I had someone stop by here asking if the Second Amendment, and thereby the Constitution I assume, is outdated. The Constitution after all, was written back in the eighteenth century by a bunch of guys who aren’t around any more, back when they still used muskets and black powder pistols. How could this Constitution they put together apply today? It does not speak to today so how can it still be relevant?Signing the Constitution

Well, I suppose that is correct in one sense that the Constitution does not speak to today.  For that matter it did not speak to the late eighteenth century either.  It speaks to men, man if you will, acknowledging that we are imperfect, and that whenever power is given to one man, say a king, emperor or dictator, it corrupts.  Power will turn the ambition of most men who achieve power to that of personal enrichment, just as we see what is happening in our government today, unfortunately.  That is why so many of the Republican leadership do not want Trump to become President, even if it means electing Hillary.  Trump represents someone who could upset their gravy train and ruin the good thing they have going for themselves.  He could be their spoiler.  But I digress.

The Constitution tries to limit the corruption of power by allowing us to chose the ones who will govern us, from the people – not a ruling class or family (So what about Hillary?, you say – again I digress – sorry).  It further sets out to limit       Continue reading

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Open Carry in Arizona

Guns and RestaurantsSomeone stopped by looking for information on “Open Carry in Arizona”.   I often get people curious about this from other States as well.  So I am posting a list of States that currently allow “Open Carry”.

Currently most states do allow “Open Carry” in some form. Arizona does allow Open Carry without a permit.  Some states require a permit to Open Carry, while others do not.  Some States allow the open carry of Long Guns whereas many do not.  And best of all, some States     Continue reading

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Mass. State Senator to Strip AG of Power

Bruce TarrA bill has been filed in the Massachusetts State Senate that will remove power from the State Attorney General. Bruce Tarr (R) Minority Leader of the Senate filed the bill which he calls an “act to protect due process and strengthen public safety” 12 days after State Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she would outlaw     Continue reading

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Gun Law That May Really Save Lives

I came across a new Gun Law that has passed the Mississippi Legislature and has been signed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, that may actually save lives. One of the things that I am always complaining about is that of the more than 22,000 gun laws on the books now, none of them has ever saved a life. But alas, we may now have one, and it goes into effect immediately.

Baptist ChurchOf course, this law would not even be necessary if they hadn’t previously passed a Gun Control law that made it illegal in the first place, but this new law now makes it legal for a     Continue reading

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Democrats and Liberals are Mentally Ill

According to a Veteran Psychiatrist, liberal thinking individuals actually suffer from a mental disorder. They are Mentally Ill. An acclaimed veteran psychiatrist is making a case that the ideology motivating liberals is actually a mental disorder.  To my thinking, that makes a lot of sense. I don’t know how many times I have heard a liberal democrat, like Debbie Wasserman Schultz or even Hillary Clinton, making statements that just seem 180 degrees out of phase and I think, “How can she say that? It’s so not so.  She’s totally backward.”  But with Hillary we know that she believes that if you keep saying the same lie over and over that eventually the people will believe it.  That propensity though, may be linked to the problem described here.

Dr. Lyle Rossiter, is author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness”, Liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded. He says, Continue reading

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Governor Brown Signs 6 New Gun Control Bills

Governor Moonbeam Removed Some More of Our Freedoms

Governor BrownOn this 4th of July weekend and Holiday, we here in the Socialist State we refer to as the People’s Republik of Kalifornistan, we get to also celebrate the loss of some more of our Freedom; Freedom that we thought was guaranteed by our Constitution and the Second Amendment. But when the people continue to vote Democrat they elect a Legislature that is 2 to 1 Democrat to Republican. As a result the Liberal Gun Grabbers are undeterred. The Republicans can do nothing and they watch the Dems, our Moral Superiors, pass whatever gun control law they want, no matter how much it infringes on our Second Amendment Right. And with an Uber Liberal Democrat Governor, Jerry Brown, they get signed into law at about the same ratio.

This is now Illegal

This is now Illegal

Signed Bills

This weekend we celebrate the loss of our AR-15s, AR-10s, AKs and so on.  On Friday before the 4th of July weekend, Governor Moon Beam signed Continue reading

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The U. S. A. is Number ONE – in Gun Ownership

Proof Positive for the Liberal Left Antis that we need to Ban Guns.

Every time there is a horrific mass gun killing like we had in Orlando, the rabid left wing of our countries political governance, starts immediately crying for more gun control. They pull out their arsenal of agenda topics, their most favorite rant, Gun Control. House Sit-in (3)This time the Liberals in the House of Representatives weighed in, apparently thinking they were back in the ’60s, as they staged a meaningless and embarrassing “sit in” on the floor of the House.  They point to our sick, twisted obsession with personal gun possession in this country, our fanatical gun culture that is embarrassing to them when compared to their socialist European friends with highly superior gun control laws. We must be the most murdering country in the world, especially after Orlando.

So if we look at the statistics you would expect to find us at the top of the list. Any yes, according to statistics for 2014, the United States tops the list in Glory. We are indeed ranked number 1 in the world with gun ownership at 90 guns per 100 people or .9 per person.  Foam FingerIf you had a random gathering of 1000 people, and you got an honest tally of how may guns they own among them, according to the statistics you would find 900 guns in the crowd. Amazing. The next country does not even come close with almost half as many guns at 58.2 guns per 100 people and that would be Serbia. Even Switzerland, where gun ownership almost required, is ranked fourth behind us with only 45.7 guns per 100 people.

There you have it. Something of which Rick Wyatt, Paige Wyatt and the entire crew at Gunsmoke Guns would be proud.  It is proof positive that the United States with their fanatical obsession with guns tops the list by far and we have far too many guns. This is surely evidence to the Progressive Left that they surely do live in the murder capital of the world with 90 guns per 100 residents. We must be the most murderous country in the world with those numbers.

So using Liberal gun thinking, all we have to do to prove the left wing Progressive case for banning guns is look at the Per Capita Intentional Homicide statistics for the murder rate in the world. Surely we must top that list as well. We should be number 1 again. Right?  Wrong.  We are      Continue reading

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Gun Control Laws Should Be Repealed

Gun & Constitution 2If you take a look at the more than 13,550 gun laws we have in the United States including federal, state and local laws, I defy you to find even one that has saved a life, prevented a crime, prevented a mass murder or political assassination. It can’t be done. Gun Control laws do not save lives or make people safe. To the contrary, they make people less safe by denying them the ability to defend themselves from predation.  So now they want what they like to call “Common Sense Gun Laws”.  There is no such thing.  They all make citizens less safe.

Most gun laws on the books today are there as a result of an emotional, irrational over reaction to some tragedy or sudden perceived threat.  None of the laws are based on Constitutional Law, or are consistent with overall dominant public opinion. Each and every gun control law is Unconstitutional by     Continue reading

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Should We Just Give Up Our Rights? Surrender Our Guns?

Today, a week after the horrific slaughter in Orlando, the battle lines have clearly been drawn. Problem is, the Liberal Democrats seem to be better at staying focused on their agenda and hype. They seem to keep the drum beat for Gun Control banging in every direction you look.

The Liberals want to take the guns out of our hands and the Republicans believe we need to fight the war to defeat terrorism – “Militant Islamic Terrorism”.

Obama at PodiumThe idea of people walking around with concealed carry weapons is abhorrent to our President.  Obama actually said “the notion that the answer to this tragedy would be to make sure that more people in a nightclub are similarly armed to take out the killer defies common sense.”, – his words.  More correctly, his statement defies common sense.  People with their own weapons in the club could have     Continue reading

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It’s Time To Eliminate The Gun Control Laws: Yes, All Of Them

By Michael Z. Williamson

Behavioral laws require three components to be effective.  They must accurately describe an action that causes harm to others. They must propose a penalty that disincentivizes the activity. They must be enforceable.

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Michael Williamson at Book Signing

Let’s consider the laws against murder. The harm done is obvious. The penalties range up to death. They can be enforced by an examination of the evidence during trial, and punishment.

How about “disturbing the peace?” If you plug in a Gibson ES35 guitar and a stack of Marshal and Hi-Watt amps at 2 a.m. and start playing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” there’s a good chance your neighbors will complain.  If they do, we have a clear report of harm done (minor harm, but relevant), and can again have an examination, trial and punishment, probably a fine.

Of course, we could prevent some of those incidences by licensing guitars, having waiting periods on amplifiers, and requiring proof of need for any amp over 20 watts.

Wait, how would that work exactly?      Continue reading

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