Winston Churchill said
Si Vis Paceum Para Bellum

Sam Adams, more than beer

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen”
Samuel Adams

Lincoln on power

"We must prevent these things being done, by either congresses or courts — The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it —" Abraham Lincoln

Friday, August 23, 2013

More Ayoob on Zimmerman

A while back, Massad Ayoob Started through the process of dissecting the Zimmerman trial.
You can find links to the first three installments here.

Here are the rest;
Part 4
Few elements of this case have been more widely misunderstood than the “stand your ground” (SYG) element.  Quite simply, Florida’s SYG law, statute 776.012, simply rescinded a previous requirement that one had to retreat if possible before using deadly force in self-defense. This did not particularly change the rules of engagement. The previous law had demanded retreat only if it could be accomplished in complete safety to oneself and other innocent people present. It is hard to imagine a situation in which one WOULD kill another person if they could have simply walked away unscathed.

Part 5
The firearms and ballistics evidence in this case was very important, one reason why the Kel-Tec PF9 9mm death weapon was first and foremost in the minds of journalists reporting on Eric Holder’s recent decision to have all evidence in this case held pending Federal investigation (again).  One of the area newspapers reported in March that the death weapon was found with a spent casing still in the chamber. This would have been consistent with someone’s hand grabbing the gun and retarding the slide mechanism at the moment of the shot, and I surmised as much in the one blog entry I made on it at that time, prior to being contacted by the then-defense team and confidentiality issues kicking in from then on.

Part 6
Much of this case came down to speculation versus fact. We saw it in the trial, we saw it in the prosecution’s case, we see it even in comments on this blog.  In the spring of 2012, in the question/answer session that followed the CATO Institute “Stand Your Ground Symposium”, a sincere young man who happened to be African-American asked me if SYG protection would have been in effect for Trayvon Martin if he had been violently attacked by George Zimmerman, and had killed Zimmerman in self-defense.  My answer was “Yes, of course.” And I would give the same answer now.

Part 7
The discovery materials which the defense finally received from the prosecution after a long and arduous fight revealed Trayvon Martin to be deeply into drugs, and a young man who reveled in street fighting, and more.  (Didn’t seem to have much respect for women, either.) None of that was allowed in.

Part 8
Professionals in the justice system knew that the prosecution was desperately scraping the bottom of the barrel when they tried to make it look as if George Zimmerman wasn’t justified in shooting Trayvon Martin because Martin hadn’t hurt him badly enough yet.
Part 9
Can someone spoon-feed BS to the media and sucker them into believing it?
Part 10
Anyone who has trained with me in the last few years has heard me talk about what I call “combat semantics.” Smart debaters know that many words in our language have multiple shades of meaning, and they’ll often try to tell people that one of those words meant “B” when you used it, when in fact you really meant “A”. We saw this in more ways than one in the Zimmerman case.
Part 11
Watching the Zimmerman trial in 2013 was like watching the OJ Simpson trial in 1995: while the general public got a hell of an education on how these things work thanks to live TV trial coverage, those “in the business” were assessing the skills and strategies of the key players.
The face of the defense was that of a two-man team, Mark O’Mara and Don West. The general consensus was that they did a helluva good job, and that O’Mara was the best lawyer in the courtroom during that trial
Part 12
While there were two lawyers at the defense table, there were three at the State’s: Bernie de la Rionda, John Guy, and Richard Mantei.  With about a hundred lawyers to pick from, knowing her office would be in the spotlight, State’s Attorney Angela Corey wouldn’t have put anyone on the team she thought would make her look bad.

Part 13
In the last installment, I said that it was the coach who sent the prosecution team in to try to win a game that never should have been played. The police had determined they didn’t have probable cause. The highly respected state’s attorney who had responsibility for the case, Norman Wolfinger, apparently agreed. When the plaintiff-orchestrated cause celebre created public outcry, Wolfinger scheduled the matter for the grand jury.  But Florida Governor Rick Scott turned it over to Angela Corey, the state’s attorney for the Jacksonville area, to act as special prosecutor.
Part 14
Of all the key figures in the courtroom during the Zimmerman trial, I found Judge Debra Nelson the most enigmatic'
Part 15
Many advise people involved in shootings to say nothing to the police.  I’m not among them. I've seen too many cases where declining to speak is heard as “I ain’t sayin’ nuttin’ ‘til my mouthpiece gets here,” and only the bad guy’s side of the story gets told or assumed.  I do recommend that people caught up in these things tell the responding officers the nature of the attack on them which forced them to fire, and indicate that they’ll sign a complaint on the perpetrator. I also recommend pointing out evidence and witnesses, because both tend to disappear otherwise. From there on, I strongly suggest that they advise the police that they’ll fully cooperate after they've spoken with counsel.
Read them all. By the time I did, I felt that he did a great job of explaining things.

The War on Guns: Secret Power

The War on Guns: Secret Power

Everyone should learn about jury nullification and what it means. The Founders knew and understood.

Theo Spark: Does anyone know how to cancel an eBay bid?

Theo Spark: Does anyone know how to cancel an eBay bid?: I put in a $7 bid for a "Mickey Mouse Outfit" on EBay, and now it seems I'm only nineteen minutes away from owning Obama'...

Now that's funny

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Illegal Mayors

Bloombergs Mayors against Illegal all guns seems to be in the news a lot and for all the wrong reasons.

New York Mayor Bloomberg, America’s self-appointed gun control financier and front man, established the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). The group’s typically innocuous and benign sound bites actually conceal an aggressive and extreme agenda, some rather disastrous shenanigans (such as a Keystone Cop style “sting” operation on southern gun stores), and funding from the primarily gun control financier (the Joyce Foundation, where Barack Obama spent eight years on the board). MAIG is dedicated to nationally making firearm acquisition as difficult as it is in New York City.But as it turns out, Bloomberg and the mayors who joined his cabal are often ducking the law thanks to their habit of breaking the law.
These folks have a great slide show, it has the pictures of the criminal Mayors with a description of their crimes.
Stop illegal Mayors.

Such a wonderful bunch.

Like This one
Or this one
The list seems to grow every day

Over 50 mayors have left the organization in the last few months and many more have trickled away in the preceding years.Nashua, New Hampshire Mayor Donnalee Lozeau summed up the sentiments of many former Bloomberg associates saying “Wait a minute, I don’t want to be part of something like that. I told them, ‘You’re Mayors Against Illegal Guns, you’re not mayors for gun control.’”“The reason why I joined the group in the first place is because I took the name for what it said – against ‘illegal’ guns,” echoed Rockford, Illinois Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, who left the group in June. “The original focus, I thought, was going to be focusing on better on enforcement of our existing laws. As the original mission swayed, that’s when I decided that it was no longer in line with my beliefs.” He also opined “If anything, [locally] we have talked about not getting involved with things like banning assault weapons and banning magazine clips.”

They are bleeding Mayors at a higher rate than the ones going to prison.  Read it all, it's funny in spots and in a way, it sad. These people that took a oath to "support and defend the Constitution"  have no problem trying to take away your rights while they feather their own nests. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

The War on Guns: Enough with the Hyperbole

The War on Guns: Enough with the Hyperbole

Christie is the worst kind of RINO. Be sure to follow all of the links, there's a lot of good information that shows just what a scumbag he truly is.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Angrymikes hood: The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes Of The Last Decade...

Angrymikes hood: The 25 Stupidest Liberal Quotes Of The Last Decade...:

It's hard to believe that these people actually said these things. Read them all and pick your favorites. This is one of mine;

16) If we want to keep our reproductive rights, we must be willing to tell our stories, to be willing and able to say, “I love my life, but I wish my mother had aborted me.” -- Lynn Beisnerthe Guardian

The gift that keeps on giving.

The Brotherhood’s Currency of Blood

The Brotherhood’s Currency of Blood

Like all terrorist organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood has only one commodity to trade in. Blood. In the war of ideas for the future of Egypt, the Brotherhood had nothing to offer but the blood of its followers and victims. It has no new ideas. It has no record of accomplishments. It has no vision for the future except the same old corruption and authoritarianism cloaked in a deceptive Islamist garb.

 Like their Hamas outlet in Gaza, like their Syrian brigades who have wrecked entire cities and filled them with corpses, and like Al Qaeda, whose leaders have always been Muslim Brotherhood members; the Brotherhood does not care whose blood it spills.

The Brotherhood is nothing but a terrorist organization and some in our government think they should be the ones in charge.  These are the people that will stone a woman to death because she was raped. They are so tolerant, they kill Christians because they don't believe the same. The sooner we send their leaders to hell the better off we will be.

Pete the Penguin

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