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The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 51
by Alan Korwin, Aug. 23, 2008

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Contents:
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1- Not Much Ammo
1- BIDS v. NICS
3- Student Shotgun Programs
4- Gun Sales Rising
5- Islamist News Vacuum
6- ChiCom's Muslims Active
7- Indians Screwed Again
8- Government Represses Economy
9- Shooting, Not Buying
10- China's World Stage

 

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1- Not Much Ammo

The lamestream media told you:

According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, a man was arrested after threatening to assassinate the President. In his car police found a loaded 9mm pistol and dozens of rounds of ammunition.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A man was arrested after threatening to assassinate the President. In his car police found a loaded 9mm pistol and less than one box of ammunition.

 

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2- BIDS v. NICS

The lamestream media told you:

Both presidential candidates support reasonable gun-control laws, although the Democrat's idea of "reasonable" does include total gun bans like the one in D.C. recently overturned by the Supreme Court.

That decision in the Heller case did allow for "imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms," a direct reference to the NICS background check enacted under the Brady law.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The gun policy posted by Obama is, well, there isn't one. His voting record on the subject earns an F-.

The gun policy posted by McCain is actually pretty good on its face, though confidence in such political posturing is less than robust.
http://tinyurl.com/2t5ssr

But that's not the point, the regulation of commercial sales is. The current NICS system cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and run. It's a fortune. But the big problem is that it keeps records of everyone who buys a firearm, which is specifically prohibited by federal law -- it is a national firearms registry.

The FBI swears they destroy the records, eventually, but confidence in that is virtually nonexistent, and there is no way to confirm or deny their statement. When Janet Reno built the thing in 1994, she had the gall to say it was incapable of deleting a record. What is well documented is government use of gun registrations to disarm a public prior to tyranny, here and abroad. History is replete with monstrous examples.

Despite dreamlike hopes, eliminating background checks is not going to happen in the foreseeable future, and besides, there may be some value in keeping felons on the lam and other miscreants from buying guns at retail.

The BIDS system is the alternative to NICS. It costs little, works just as well in screening out bad apples, and cannot create a registry. Did I mention that instead of squandering hundreds of millions of our national fortune, it costs little?

America needs BIDS. Arguing for no background checks is just not going to carry the day. That used to work, but these times aren't those times. BIDS is the answer. Low cost. Works fine. No registry. Take a look. Start talking about BIDS. Save the money.
http://www.gunlaws.com/BIDS%20v.%20NICS.htm

 

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3- Student Shotgun Programs

The lamestream media told you:

Guns and schools don't mix. The federal ban on guns around schools is a good thing, even though we keep reporting on school shootings and fail to connect the dots. All sensible teachers are against guns in the hands of school kids, because guns are so dangerous. Any child who even mentions the word gun, sketches a gun, wears a gun t-shirt or points a finger in a gun-like manner, will be dealt with harshly, get a severe blemish in the record book forever, and be covered in national "news" reports.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In terms of sheer numbers of participants, the eight-year-old Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has been the most successful youth-oriented program in National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) history. Nearly 30,000 middle and high school students have participated in the program, which includes trap, skeet and sporting clays competitions. The competitions are held with real shotguns and live ammunition, safely.

With SCTP now of a size and scope beyond the NSSF's mission parameters, responsibility for its continuation and development is being passed along to the newly formed Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). http://www.nssf.org/sctp

 

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4- Gun Sales Rising

The lamestream media told you:

The economy is in the doldrums, business is bad, people are hurting, spending is down, consumer confidence is down, unemployment is up, good jobs are scarce, foreclosures are up, the market is down, gasoline is expensive, food prices are up, blah, blah, blah.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Gun and ammunition sales are up 9.7% in the first quarter of 2008, according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation analysis.

Sales were led by a 17.3 percent increase in ammunition sales, a 5 percent rise in handgun sales and a 6.7 percent increase in long gun sales. The statistics come from the Pittman-Robertson federal excise tax collection report, calculated as a percentage of wholesale receipts, paid quarterly by firearm and ammunition manufacturers, and earmarked for state wildlife conservation and habitat restoration programs.

The stats reflect solely U.S. civilian sales and do not include sales to military, police, etc. During the quarter, $76.8 million was generated for conservation through excise tax collections, compared to $70.1 million in the same period in 2007. From January through March, $19.9 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $30.3 million for long guns and $26.4 million for ammunition. The latest tax collections suggest overall sales of $716.4 million, not including retail markup or final retail sales.

In other news, ATK Armament Group sales were up 32 percent in the first quarter of 2008, to $442 million, compared to $336 million in the prior-year quarter. The division of ATK produces commercial and military ammunition and gun systems, propellants and advanced energetics. ATK's overall first-quarter earnings rose 9 percent when compared to the same period the previous year, with sales for the quarter surpassing $1.1 billion. "ATK" trades on the NYSE and closed Friday at $105.90.http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=atk

 

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5- Islamist News Vacuum

The lamestream media told you:

Islam is the religion of peace. "Islamic terrorist" and "jihad" are words that no longer appear in lamestream reports, because the Society of Professional Journalists recommends against using them -- it casts fundamentalist terrorists in a bad light. It's part of their diversity guidelines, which are good.
http://www.spj.org/divguidelines.asp

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Activities concerning the religion pf peace have virtually fallen off the radar in U.S. news reports, as "commentators" eat up endless hours with their empty opinions about the two U.S. presidential candidates, avoiding almost any real news on even that subject. Many people have forgotten about the culture war being vigorously pursued by Islam, now that it gets little mention. Britain though is suffering greatly under the culture attacks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8aQtoE4nZM

Commentator Pat Condell has a new scathing short video about Islamofascism, but he starts with an apology to members of the religion of peace who have sent him death threats lately. British TV recently suggested that Muslims are the victims of British intolerance, but in fact, Britain has recently tolerated the building of 1,600 ideologically-driven mosques in the country, funded by the Saudi Arabian Muslim dictatorship. The regime has declared all other religions "haram" and forbidden on the Arabian peninsula.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F5aCUNE4Z8

Author Mark Steyn, being sued in Canada by Muslims, because he noted that many of them are waging holy war on the western civilization, clarified an important point recently.  "On the matter of Muslims being 'sheep-shaggers,' this was not my assertion but that of the late Ayatollah Khomeini on the important question of whether one may eat, post-coitally, one's sexual partner: 'A man who has had sexual relations with an animal, such as a sheep, may not eat its meat. He would commit sin.' Good to have that cleared up."

During WWII, the U.S. press reported on the activities of our enemies. Times have changed, according to unnamed spokespeople. A noticeable reduction in Islamist attacks recently has been attributed to the fact that U.S. and allied forces have found and killed many of their leaders and followers.

 

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6- ChiCom's Muslims Active

The lamestream media told you:

Chinese paramilitary police kicked and beat journalists who were covering a deadly assault by "Muslim separatists" on police that left 16 dead in a remote area of the vast nation.

Writing for the McClatchy news syndicate, reporter Tim Johnson says, "A top Communist Party leader in this gas-rich region, meanwhile, said assailants had left literature at the scene of an attack a day earlier pledging 'holy war' in China."

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

It is unclear whether "holy war," published in quotes, was actually "jihad," a commonly used Muslim word the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) officially recommends not using in news reports. http://www.spj.org/divguidelines.asp

According to knowledgeable Muslim sympathizers, "jihad" simply means "struggle," and is a good word. The meaning gets confused however, because radical Muslim Islamofascists waging war on western civilization use the word as part of a campaign where women, men and children wrap themselves in nails and explosives and blow themselves up on public streets, killing innocent people, as part of their "struggle." The actions give a bad name to Muslims, Islamofascism, and the word "jihad," and SPJ seeks to avoid creating unfair stereotypes.

(From SPJ: "Avoid using terms such as 'jihad' unless you are certain of their precise meaning and include the context when they are used in quotations. The basic meaning of "jihad" is to exert oneself for the good of Islam and to better oneself.")

The Turkic-speaking Uighur Muslims  near the Pakistan/Russia frontier are distinct from the rest of Communist China in most respects.

In the interest of fairness, openness and clarifying any potential conflicts of interest, the Uninvited Ombudsman notes that he is a 20-year member of SPJ, which did not approve of this memo.

 

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7- Indians Screwed Again

The lamestream media told you:

American Indian plaintiffs, who had sued the U.S. government for unpaid back royalties on natural resources extracted from their lands, were awarded $455 million by a federal judge, a fraction of the $47 billion they sought, according to Mary Jalonick, writing for the AP.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Reporters and editors, who are known to have little command of math, recognized that the award to American Indians was a fraction. The fraction is less than one one-thousandth of the unpaid fees the tribes had sought. That's a small fraction. The original demand had been for $100 billion.

American taxpayers needn't worry however, because the court didn't decide who should get the money, meaning it will not be paid for a long time, if ever. The back payments are as much as 121 years overdue. Taxpayers did however get the benefit of the oil, gas, timber grazing and other resources which they got by promising to pay, without actually paying.

The half million Indians in the class action suit would get $910 each, for the unpaid royalties since 1887, if the award is divided equally. Because this is a number that requires use of a calculator, it was not reported.

 

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8- Government Represses Economy

The lamestream media told you:

Most Americans believe the presidential candidates need to take a highly aggressive stance on the economy, the number one issue for most voters, which must be true because virtually every news outlet in America has reported the same thing.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Smart Americans understand that the economy is a function of the private sector and not the government, and that most government involvement with the economy adds baggage, is costly and drains energy from the world of business that finances everything.

Understanding this, the nation's Founders provided for very tiny government involvement in the business of the people. Those principles have evaporated, or been declared illegal by the government itself, according to industry experts.

Government produces no wealth at all, it merely saps wealth from the private sector that produces it. Every dollar spent by government is a dollar taken by force through taxes from the capitalist economy that produces the products, services and profits the government leaches off.

Government programs and regulations cost the people money, and redistribute wealth from those who earn it to those who use it in a generally parasitic way. Some uses are easy to justify when they are for the common good, such as road building. Others are a total bureaucratic drain on the economy, such as huge legal and accounting industries designed to manage the incomprehensible burden of 17,000 pages of federal tax rules. American bookkeeping, which used to be a management tool for running a business, is increasingly a tax management and accounting tool for government, to keep armed tax agents away from a business' door.

For a candidate to truly have an aggressive stance on the economy, the platform would have to include massive reduction in government interference, regulation, redistribution, social management and general spending. No such candidate could be reached at press time.

The major-party candidates all propose gigantic increases in government spending, (with accompanying tax and debt increases), as a way to "boost" the economy, vigorously encouraged by sycophants who expect to get the money for themselves. The idea is so outlandish and regressive, our language lacks words to describe the insanity. No lamestream reports address the problem, preferring instead to promote aggressive presidential "action" on the economy.

 

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9- Shooting, Not Buying

The lamestream media told you:

The Heller case, which overturned D.C.'s 32-year-old gun ban, will lead to the Wild West days of Dodge City, with shootouts happening on a regular basis. "Eighty people a day die at the hands of guns," said NYC Mayor Bloomberg. "It's just completely befuddling that our Supreme Court would be in alliance with the gangbangers," said Tom Barwin, village manager of Oak Park, Ill., which has a now-endangered gun ban in place.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Residents of Washington D.C. cannot legally buy guns, since there are no gun stores in the city, and direct sales across state lines have been banned by federal law since 1968. People lucky enough to already own guns in the District have not been involved in the much-feared public blood letting officials are now afraid of. How any of this will lead to shootouts was unclear at press time.

Mr. Barwin's inane statement is very valuable, in showing how hopelessly ignorant some elected officials are. "Arguing with such vapid stupidity is less than worthless," said an observer who refused to be named. "The man has no understanding of the good that guns do or the difference between criminals and the rest of the citizenry. He needs education along with well-deserved scorn."

Someone needs to tell Mayor Bloomberg that guns do not have hands, and that people die at the hands of something known as criminals. Reporters failed to question the mayor about the obvious gaff. More than half of all U.S. firearm-related deaths are suicides, many related to poor care for the destitute elderly infirm. Japan suffers a far higher rate of suicides, despite a near total ban on guns (people often throw themselves under trains).

Despite an inability to get guns, D.C. residents will be able to get gun training, thanks to the NSSF "First Shots" program that teaches newcomers how to use and enjoy firearms safely. Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio Show featured an interview with NSSF President Steve Sanetti on the upcoming program for the district's residents.
http://tinyurl.com/4ez48u

 

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10- China's World Stage

The lamestream media told you:

China is on the world stage hosting the Olympic Games, and it wants to shine while on the world stage, having done all sorts of wonderful things for its time on the world stage.

 

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

"The world stage" is an effete, self-serving, self-congratulatory invention of the "news" media that creates this highly managed stage and then blows its own horn about how wonderful it is.

The communist Chinese have brutally suppressed opposition to its plans, and forced the closure of industry and banned vehicle traffic, to falsely present a world stage where you can actually see through its grossly polluted air.

The Uninvited Ombudsman admits to watching and enjoying the games on some evenings, and marveling at the prowess of the athletes, while recognizing and steadfastly resenting the "news" distortions and omissions about the vicious ChiCom dictatorship hosts and the media's sniveling gutless groveling pandering.

 

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Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105  1943
"A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the Federal Constitution... A person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the Constitution.'"

"This does not apply to the Second Amendment," said LawyerMan, because it has been "distinguished." That means courts have decided the words only apply in some special context. "I vote for the words meaning what they mean," said LaymanMan. No public rioting has been reported yet.

 

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