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PAGE NINE -- No. 24

by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America

 

 

I'm proposing a new page for newspapers ("Page Nine" regardless of the page it runs on), that covers stories afresh, not the way news rooms typically flavor things. It would help reduce the distrust so many readers feel. It could be the most read page in the paper.

Here's a casual sample. It might make you say, "We'll NEVER run that!" but the page is being built around ad revenues from clear-thinking mainstream businesses.

Alan Korwin, Author
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"The Uninvited Ombudsman"

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The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 24
by Alan Korwin, Jan. 25, 2007

 

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Contents:
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1- SHOT Show Explodes
2- Invader Story Changes
3- Saddam Influences Youth
4- Two Outperforms Three
5- 658 Resolutions Ignored (Guns)
6- Evenhanded Press Club
7- Guest Columnist Craig Cantoni asks:
    Can a "classical liberal" get elected?
8- Yes -- Counterintuitive Man examines
    the value of felonies -- no?

 

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1- SHOT Show Explodes
The lamestream media told you:
Guns are bad, and more people shot other people than usual recently. Observers have observed a noticeable uptick in guns-are-bad stories in the press since Democrats took control of Congress, which will hopefully convince those legislators to, "do something."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
This year's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show in Orlando encompassed 656,000 square feet of exhibit space, a gain of 40,000 over last year, with 1,870 exhibiting companies, up from last year's 1,846.

According to preliminary figures, SHOT attracted 20,390 commercial buyers, 1,342 members of the industry's trade press, 19,990 exhibiting personnel and 494 guests for a record total attendance of 42,216. Few lamestream reports came out on the massive business event for an unknown reason.

A news search on Google reveals more than 100 SHOT Show articles already published online, and one business segment scheduled on CNBC, confirming critics fears that the web carries news and the news carries nothing.

American consumers purchase between five and nine BILLION rounds of ammunition every year, according to an unpublished study done by the Uninvited Ombudsman for a think tank.

When the SHOT Show was held in Orlando in 2003 it spanned 511,600 square feet of exhibit space and drew 27,500 total attendance. The 2007 show is 28 percent bigger, with 53 percent more attendees.

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2- Invader Story Changes
The lamestream media told you:
Four Tennessee National Guard soldiers abandoned their post on the Arizona/Mexico border on Jan. 3 and retreated for cover when four men apparently carrying rifles approached their position from Mexico, from about 100 yards away.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
On Jan. 20, government officials responding to outrage from members of Congress and the public, clarified this tale by claiming six to eight men, "wearing bullet proof vests and carrying automatic weapons" approached the observation post and, having split into two teams, came within 20 yards of the Guard troops.

How four men became eight was unexplained by the "legislative liaisons" for the Guard and Border Patrol who delivered the prepared statement. How they determined the bulletproof nature of the clothing of the apparent intruders, or that their weapons were full auto was unexplained. Why the troops believed they could safely run from machine-gun wielding invaders who faced them nearly point blank on U.S. soil was not explained. Why the story changed was not explained, which, unlike the public, reporters didn't question. No shots were fired in the current version of the story.

Cynics believe it's business as usual, as the real details are materially suppressed by people in charge. National Guard Maj. Paul Aguirre said, "We truly consider it a professional response." No reporters asked how many invaders the guard would have to run away from before it was not a truly professional response.

Arizona Governor Napolitano's spokeswoman said the troops, "followed the rules of engagement precisely." No one in the public sector has any idea of what those rules are, or if the Guard actually followed rules of disengagement.

The current story is in direct conflict with the previous story, but papers issued no correction of their previous reports. "We accurately reported what the government told us, so no correction is needed," a reporter was overheard mumbling.

One National Guard officer known to The Uninvited Ombudsman, who served on the border recently, said he carried his loaded rifle and ammunition the entire time.

And in other news, Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Gus Hargett announced he will travel to Arizona to present a commendation to the four National Guard men who retreated from their post. "Who are these people?" members of the public wondered.

The soldiers names have not been released.

So think about this -- how will these men brag about what they did for their new award? It's hard to imagine how they will explain away the commendation to their kids and grandkids. Go ahead -- suggest an appropriate design for this award. A squad pictured from behind?

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3- Saddam Influences Youth
The lamestream media told you:
Boys are imitating the Saddam hanging by hanging themselves, according to widespread Associated Press and other wire service reports:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070115/ap_on_re_mi_ea/saddam_mimicry_hangings. "They don't realize it's dangerous," according to the news, and they just mimic what they see with deadly results.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The lamestream media steadfastly insists that popular entertainment they eagerly promote, including violent American TV programs, death-filled Hollywood films, blood-lust home video games and vicious gangsta rap music, have no effect on boys or our lifestyles, and efforts to control such things are just a sick plot by morally defective right-wing Christian zealots. Go figure.

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4- Two Outperforms Three
The lamestream media told you:
A review of records conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found a decline in cancer deaths for the second year in a row. This is "real progress" according to wire service reports that ran nationwide, "confirming that a corner has been turned."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
While a two-year drop in this medical field is heralded as tremendous progress, last year's announcement that it was only the third hottest year on record was featured as a terrible sign that global warming is rampant.

Why a two-year decrease is good but a three-year low is bad was not explained. Critics charge the news media is inconsistent because it follows a pre-set agenda, regardless of facts.

New reports now claim last year was the hottest on record. A reason for the discrepancy was not provided, and the discrepancy was not even mentioned.

News that cancer treatment is improving is good.

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5- 658 Resolutions Ignored (Guns)
The lamestream media told you:
Democrats congratulated themselves on passage of their six top-priority bills in their self-imposed 100-hour sprint for the 110th Congress. Whether the bills will pass the Senate, or survive a veto from the president, who is not a member of their party but is not very bright, is unknown.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The House introduced a mind-numbing 658 resolutions in the first 100 hours of congressional floor time, unreported by the "news" media.

All of the language appears to have been written before the session began, mostly by unelected teams of democratic operatives outside public view, presumably as part of the Democrats' promised ethics reforms.

For the six passed bills, the committee process, floor debate, floor markups, amendments, deletions, rules and procedural questions were avoided as part of new ethical policies. This eliminated from the process rank and file congressmen, including eager freshman legislators from both parties, none of whom were interviewed on how they feel about that.

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the highly admired first woman Speaker of the House, has called the new approach, "open, fair and full debate," and "open, honest and ethical government." She was not questioned on the discrepancy by the unbiased media.

No reporting covered the 658 resolutions, which are intended to become laws, and covered for example a Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, a Bring The Troops Home Act, a Coal to Liquid Fuel Promotion Act, and a NICS Improvement Act, H.R. 297, which affects national firearms background checks for the public. The reason for the "news" media blackout were unclear.

"The Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2007" H.R.256, has no details posted at this time. A toy gun ban, H.R. 428, involving the Consumer Products Safety Commission, has no details posted at this time.

The "Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2007," H.R. 96, is listed but no information is currently available. The previous and poorly named gun show loophole act, sponsored by Sen. John McCain, was designed to close down gun shows completely. That bill was thoroughly examined at gunlaws.com:
http://www.gunlaws.com/GunShows/index.htm

[Note: Because the Gun Law Update and Page Nine lists overlap, you may have seen some of this info already.] Under the original draft, currently legal gun shows are outlawed without prior federal permission. Gun show promoters must agree to warrantless searches in order to operate, and may be arrested if private citizens talk at the show about gun sales they wish to complete away from the show. I did not make that up. The right to assemble peaceably at a gun show or even plan for one, carries stiff prison terms unless federal licenses are issued in advance.

Massive new bureaucracy is created because all shows and their exhibitors must be registered 30 days before the show, then again 72 hours before the show, and again five days after the show. That's in addition to registering anyone who walks in, plus "any other information" the Secretary of the Treasury decides, by regulation, is necessary on vendors, attendees, and the show itself.

Critics pointed out that none of this deals with the criminals, or background checks, and the rest of the bill just gets worse.

See the 658 bills your House of Representatives introduced and that the lamestream media failed to tell you about here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/multicongress/multicongress.html, by clicking "110" and "All" and "House Bills Only."

The cost of the bills is unknown. The amount of tax increase included is unknown. The unpaid Uninvited Ombudsman cannot possibly spend the time to do that research, and invites readers to try. "News" outlets avoid that work because it is no longer their yob to inform the public. About 49,000 words of new law passed the House.

"News" reports did include the votes on the six bills that passed, like ball scores, but following standard procedure did not provide the bill numbers, which would allow the public to look up the bills themselves.

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6- Evenhanded Press Club
The lamestream media told you:
Nine-year-old Bindi Irwin, the adorable daughter of slain "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, melted hearts at a press conference at the Washington, D.C., National Press Club this week. She wants to help save animals just like her daddy did, who appeared on TV with all sorts of creatures in their wild habitats until one of them, a sting ray, heartlessly killed him by stabbing him in his heart.

Asked what her favorite animals were, Bindi gushed, "Crocodiles and snakes, because they're loving and caring," which brought oohs and ahhs from the entranced reporters. The jam packed conference was carried by the networks, cable channels and print media virtually everywhere.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
A news conference three weeks ago in the 14-story National Press Club building, which houses or is within walking distance of hundreds of Washington, D.C. journalists, featured representatives from some 60 organizations opposing the planned North American Union (NAU).

The NAU plan is to eliminate effective U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, establish appointed panels to regulate trade, set up trade courts superior to national courts, build a superhighway three football fields wide with dedicated lanes both ways for cars, trucks, trains, utilities and data, through Texas and up to Canada with a Mexican-territory terminal in Kansas, establish illegal residents as "trusted travelers," and more, in little more than a decade, under programs already underway and designed by the Council on Foreign Relations and others.

Only one traditional TV station had a single camera crew present, and the rest of the lamestream media chose not to cover the event, which was obviously less important than nine-year-old Bindi's opinion of loving caring snakes.

Google "North American Union" to shock yourself good, then ask your local media why they haven't covered this yet.

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7- Guest Columnist Craig Cantoni asks:
Can a "classical liberal" get elected?
Classical liberals need not apply
By Craig J. Cantoni

An ideology is a set of values, beliefs and philosophies. A political candidate who claims to be non-ideological is either lying, brain-dead or devoid of values, beliefs and philosophies.

The Founding Fathers thought of themselves as classical liberals -- limited government, free markets, individual responsibility -- no connection to what the word liberal means today (generally the opposite of those values).

Because the Democrat and Republican parties have merged into a combined party of big government, party labels no longer indicate ideology. Thus, to know a candidate's ideology, it's necessary to ask questions such as the following:

1. Is the primary purpose of government to protect our life, liberty and property, or to give us free stuff, wipe our noses, and tell us what we can do in our bedrooms?

2. Is it unethical, immoral or improper for individuals, groups or businesses to take money that taxpayers put into the public treasury, in the form of handouts, subsidies, grants or tax breaks?

3. Should riders of public transit pay the full cost of their ride at the fare box, or should they be subsidized by tax-paying non-riders; should patrons of the arts pay their full cost at the ticket window or should they be subsidized by tax-paying non-patrons; and should private owners of tax-subsidized sports teams be blasted as moochers or honored as visionaries?

4. Are businesses in the free market better at economic development than the government? If yes, why do both parties support constant intrusive government controls on free enterprise? If no, isn't that the central planning of socialism, which we know doesn't work? Isn't government, which produces nothing, totally dependent on businesses for economic development?

5. Is it wrong for government workers to have better pay, medical insurance, pensions and job security than private-sector workers who pay for those government-worker benefits? Similarly, is it in the public's interest for firefighters, police officers, school teachers and other public-sector workers to form unions when they already have massive civil-service protections?

7. Would moral citizens help the poor without being coerced to do so by the government? If government takes money from one person, and gives it to another it deems "worthy" or "needy," isn't that theft? Where in the Constitution is that sort of redistribution of wealth authorized? If it's not, does voting for such handouts violate your oath of office?

8. Do you prefer the philosophies of John Locke, Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson, or the philosophies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Georg W.F. Hegel and Franklin D. Roosevelt? Do you know the difference?

Few candidates can answer these questions (if they did so truthful) relying on the "classical liberal" ideology of our Founders. Accordingly, they would have no chance of being elected to mayor, dog catcher or any political office in today's USSA (United Socialist States of America).

An author and consultant, Mr. Cantoni can be reached at ccan2@aol.com.

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8- Korwin's new superhero idol, Counterintuitive Man, says:

Yes -- Felony convictions are good -- no?

Many of our greatest idols have them -- James Brown, Mike Tyson, G. Gordon Liddy, Billy the Kid, Martha Stewart, Jesse James, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Fuhrman, 17 Congressmen in recent years, 13 of them Democrats, Frank Abagnale (lookitup), many more!

Once convicted, you can just continue your behavior as long as you're not caught again!

Congress even gives its members a full pension after they get their felony!

Congressman Shadegg has introduced a felon pension ban every year, but Congress scoffs at him and ignores it, to help perpetuate felonies! They're Congress, they must know what they're doing!

How else could we prevent one black man out of seven from voting, if not for felonies?

Felony threats help keep gun dealers in line!

The threat of a felony helps keep everyone in line!

Felonies give legislators great new ideas for new laws every session!

Courts would be out of business if it wasn't for hundreds of thousands of felonies committed a year!

So would bail bondsmen, truckloads of attorneys and most police!

Why, government itself would have much less to do if it weren't for making up and enforcing felonies!

And gangs would have little to bond them together if it wasn't for felonies!

Many felonies don't even harm anyone, like owning a smoking pipe or prohibited plants, arranging for sex, skipping some taxes, missing deadlines, or making paperwork mistakes!

Yes -- felonies serve a valuable societal purpose we all want -- no?

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A great Page Nine, Alan. On number 8, I wouldn't say the phrase "Republicans, ever wary of big government" is disparaging as much as it is untrue. But your point is still taken. The last thing about liberals and conservatives was particularly nice.

The current "war on terror" is simply a modern version of this scam against American freedom. Soviet communism was never a real threat to Americans because its ideas are so stupid they can't possibly work. As history bears out, the Soviets were decades behind the freer countries economically, and their idiotic system simply imploded because it sucked.

The current so-called threat to Americans from Islamic Fundamentalist Towelheadism is at least as bogus as the threat from Soviet communism. The idea of a stone-age theocracy conquering the planet and taking over the US is absurd. --Eric H.

 

Alan, You didn't 'exactly' say it but gangs are also a good way for the druggy drop-outs of the country to actually learn a lot of other 'skills' that they failed to acquire in public education - they learn; marketing, advertising, territory management, free-market pricing, financing, money laundering (oops) management, marksmanship, and legal aspects of business in a complex environment. --Gary Christensen

 

[Readers remarked about the climate-change story last issue:]

The BBC reported some weeks ago that roughly 40% of the "man-caused" CO2
for the year was being produced by forest fires started to clear land in Papaua-New Guinnea [sp?]. What they DIDN'T report was that the reason the land was being cleared was to produce supposedly cleaner "bio-diesel".

 

A few years ago, I looked into the matter a bit, and came up with this tidbit: the termites of the world produce more CO2 than is produced by the vehicles operated in the U.S. --Clark Jones, MENSA

 

Alan, I wondered if anyone else would come up with the idea that humans must be to blame for at least some of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere! In 1900 there were about 1.7 billion people in the world. Now there are more than 6.5 billion. Cheers to another fun Page Nine! --Geri

 

Q. Should we be concerned with human breathing as a source of CO2?
A. No. While people do exhale carbon dioxide (the rate is approximately 1 kg per day, and it depends strongly on the person's activity level), this carbon dioxide includes carbon that was originally taken out of the carbon dioxide in the air by plants through photosynthesis - whether you eat the plants directly or animals that eat the plants. Thus, there is a closed loop, with no net addition to the atmosphere. Of course, the agriculture, food processing, and marketing industries use energy (in many cases based on the combustion of fossil fuels), but their emissions of carbon dioxide are captured in our estimates as emissions from solid, liquid, or gaseous fuels. [RMC] --Paul Benneche

[Very useful, thanks. This raises questions though -- population was c. 1.5 billion in 1900, c. 6.5 billion now, are we to assume the plant cycles have simply paralleled human growth, and so the closed loop was always applicable? Defies common sense... by what mechanism does wild plant growth match human reproduction (knowing only a few percent of land is cultivated for plants for food)? Alan.]

 

The amount of CO2 emitted by human respiration (not including animal respiration) is approximately equal to that from worldwide auto use. The figures were given in a presentation at the Engineers Club of Dayton (Ohio) last week. However, I didn't bother remembering the numbers because they're irrelevant. Every atom of carbon exhaled by a human being or an animal can be traced back down the food chain to a plant that first took it out of the atmosphere. Human and animal emission of CO2 is a wash, when you take into account the absorption of CO2 by plant material that goes into the food chain. This doesn't mean I buy into the anthropogenic global warming idea, but I believe in keeping the numbers straight. --Joseph P. Martino

 

Dear Alan, Actually, the "main" greenhouse gas by volume is water vapor. Let's see them try to get rid of water ;-) Water vapor is anywhere from 0-4% of the atmoshpere, depending on local conditions. As CO2 accounts for about 0.036% (see http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/7a.html), there is over 100 times as much water vapor in the air as there is carbon dioxide! --Jonathan Triggs, Lanham, MD

 

Dear Alan, I enjoy reading your Page Nine...I am a teacher with a master's degree in geography from ASU (specializing in climatology). I am ticked off with the current "Lamestream Media" reporting of global warming theory as fact! Your question about the amount of CO2 emitted by breathing interested me... From the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide
"According to a study by the USDA, an average person's respiration generates approximately 450 liters (roughly 900 grams) of carbon dioxide per day." 1 billion people would exhale 900 million kilograms per day, or 328,725,000,000 kg per year. <snip> Therefore, if my calculations are correct, 1 billion people exhale about 21% of the amount of CO2 that the US emits. Multiplying out, the world population exhales about 144% of the US 1999 CO2 emissions each year.

In summary, while global emissions of CO2 by human activity is relatively high, the simple act of human breathing seems to be responsible for a large portion of the global CO2 concentration!

Caution...1 thing in my calculations that bothers me is the term "carbon equivalent." Perhaps I am not comparing apples to apples, but I don't have the time right now to verify my calculations. --Jonathan Triggs

 

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