Monday, December 31, 2012

NRA: Deregulate Silencers For Guns & FBI And Pres. Obama Designate Occupy Movement As A " Terrorist Organization "


NRA pushing to overturn laws banning the sale of "silencers" for guns their excuse is supposedly their concern over protecting the hearing of gun enthusiasts and their children .
Occupy Movement designated a Terrorist organization by FBI and President Obama
Re-upping video of Sam Sacks discussion about FBI spying on and infiltrating Occupy Movement.

In the you can't make this shit up category NRA outdoes itself.

NRA's newest outrage as they put pressure on legislators to make silencers legal .
In order to push this batshit crazy marketing the NRA and arms industry are re-branding Silencers for guns as safety equipment for the gun enthusiast.

Arms manufacturers and the NRA are now insisting every gun owner should have silencers for their weapons to protect peoples' hearing especially children. But the legal selling of silencers they don't bother to explain has an unintended consequences since a silencer would help a would be killer or mass murderer to carry out their murderous rampage undetected for a longer period of time thereby allowing for the killing of more people before anyone notices.

New Outrageous Lie from NRA: Gun Silencers Protect Kids' Hearing Silencers could give the next Adam Lanza even more time to kill -- but to the NRA, it's got to be protected. by Alexander Zaitchik at Alternet.org, Dec. 30, 2012

A gruesome holiday season exercise: Think of some firearms and accessories that might have added to the body counts of Aurora and Newtown. More starkly, imagine the means by which coming Auroras and Newtowns will be made more deadly.

It should surprise no one that the NRA has recently thrown its weight behind an industry campaign to deregulate and promote the use of silencers. Under the trade banner of the American Silencer Association, manufacturers have come together with the support of the NRA to rebrand the silencer as a safety device belonging in every all-American gun closet. To nurture this potentially large and untapped market, the ASA last April sponsored the first annual all-silencer gun shoot and trade show in Dallas. America’s silencer makers are each doing their part. SWR Suppressors is asking survivalists to send a picture of their “bugout bag” for a chance to win an assault rifle silencer. The firm Silencero — “We Dig Suppressors and What They Do” — has put together a helpful “ Silencers Are Legal” website and produced a series of would-be viral videos featuring this asshole.

This Silencer Awareness Campaign is today’s gun lobby in a bottle. The coordinated effort brings together the whole family: manufacturers, dealers, the gun press, rightwing lawmakers at every level of government, and the NRA. Each are doing their part to chip away at federal gun regulation in the name of profits and ideology. Together, they plan to strip the longstanding regulatory regime around silencers, and reintroduce them to the gun-buying public as wholesome, children-friendly accessories, as harmless as car mufflers.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes, the gun lobby’s grand strategy rests grotesquely on fake concern for child hearing health. Among the opening shots in the campaign was a feature in the February 2011 issue of Gun World, “Silence is Golden,” penned by the veteran gun writer Jim Dickson. “One only has to look at children in the rest of the world learning to shoot with silencers, protecting their tender young ears, to see what an innocent safety device we are talking about here,” writes Dickson. “To use an overworked propaganda phrase, legalize silencers ‘for the sake of the children.’”

...“Billions of dollars are spent every year in our healthcare system for hearing loss conditions, such as shooting-related tinnitus,” explained the NRA. It was a very important point that had long been overlooked in the gun control debate; because if there is a single pressing gun safety issue in America today, it is the hearing, comfort and convenience of recreational shooters who find orange earplugs unsightly.

The NRA is also extremely concerned about the fright children may receive from shooting or standing near the reports of high-caliber weapons. These jolts could have a lasting and detrimental developmental impact, possibly imbuing America’s impressionable and tender young brains with the notion that guns are loud, dangerous things. The NRA firmly believes that American freedom is best served by giving 9mm gunfire the feel and sound of a toy cap gun. As the NRA’s Lacey Biles put it during last April’s Dallas Silencer Shoot, silencers are good for “getting younger folks involved [in guns]. They’re less afraid of the loud bang.”

For these reasons, the NRA believes America must “move to eliminate the laws, regulations and policies that discourage or prohibit suppressor use.”

And America's Rogue Sheriff Arpaio of Arizona jumps at chance to send armed deputies of his posse to protect schools. Interesting that Arpaio has deputies to spare on this school assignment but on crimes committed against supposedly illegal immigrants and Latinos in general such as sexual assaults, domestic violence against women and children Arpaio refuses to waste his time .

Arpaio plans to use armed volunteer ‘posse’ to patrol local schools by Arturo Garcia Raw Story, Dec. 28, 2012

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio said he plans to send members of his department’s volunteer “posse” to patrol schools as a response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Everybody else is talking about what their ideas are. They want new laws,” the Maricopa County sheriff told KPNX-TV on Thursday. “This is immediate. I don’t need a new law to send out my posse.”

Arpaio said his plan, which he hopes to put into effect next week, would have volunteers providing security at 50 schools that fall under his jurisdiction. According to the station, the group of about 3,000 members includes 300 to 400 allowed to carry weapons following 100 hours of training and background checks identical to the kind actual members of his department undergo. They also wear similar uniforms and drive Sheriff’s Department vehicles while on duty.

“The visual presence of a marked patrol car is a wonderful presence, and a deterrent for anyone that might think that they might want to go on school grounds,” said one volunteer, Jerry Johnson.


For more on Gun Control and the NRA and the Pro-gun lobby see end of post.
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Occupy LA sues city over mass arrests -Dec. 26, RT



Journalist sues LAPD over police brutality during OWS

Published on 12 Dec 2012

Last year, the Occupy Wall Street movement swept the nation and although most of the mainstream media ignored the protests many journalists took to the streets to report on the police brutality against peaceful protesters. Former reporter for the Los Angeles City News outlet, Calvin Milam, never expected police would brutality attacks him for doing his job. Now Milam is taking the LAPD to court. Ramon Galindo brings us the latest on the case.
RT America LIVE http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/


Due to technical issues we are re-posting video of Sam Sacks at The Big Picture talking about the FBI documents showing that the FBI, local law enforcement and other government intelligence agencies and Big Business and the White House were coordinating their operations to control and to suppress the Occupy Movement based upon their assessment that Occupiers were a "clear and present danger" to National Security and to local police and to the buildings and operations of Big Businesses on not just Wall Street but across the country.

FBI shared info based upon speculation or rumors with local police as if the intel had been vetted and was based upon FBI investigations ie snipers out to kill leadership of Occupy. This is odd since whenever police or FBI have such information they are required to tell the people or organizations which are being targeted. So at the least this would be a severe breach of protocol and possibly a criminal act of Ommission.

The FBI also shared dubious claims to local police such as that Occupiers were going to target and shoot police officers . But there is no evidence to show this claim had any validity -if it did the FBI should have informed Occup that there were such plans being made by people in the movement. The FBI with that sort of intel if it were supported by good evidence they should have been requesting Occupy leaders or spokespersons to be questioned about this issue or if they had some irrefutable evidence they could have arrested these so-called leaders. But none of these things happened so the intel was somewhat tenuous .

But telling local police forces what might have been a total fabrication on the part of the FBI may have had a profound effect on police in their treatment of the Occupy movement as a dangerous revolutionary or anarchist movement using any and all methods and tactics to bring down the US government. No wonder the local police forces viewed all Occupiers as potential threats and therefore a brutal crackdown was justifiable .

12/26/12: FBI on Wrong Side of History The Big Picture Sam Sacks filling in for Thom Hartmann.


FBI & Corporations Vs. the 99%
Citizens exercising their right to protest are characterized by the FBI and President Obama as dangerous unpatriotic "Domestic Terrorists" who are to be treated as if they were enemy combatants.


Published on 28 Dec 2012

Massive surveillance by FBI of the Occupy Movement
Guest host Sam Sacks fills in for Thom Hartmann and discusses how the FBI is once again on the wrong side of history with new documents revealing their paranoid surveillance of peaceful Occupy Protests. Jason Leopold of Truthout.org who filed for documents on FBI investigation of Occupy Movement. FBI characterized the whole Occupy Movement as a terrorist organization.

The Big Pictire with Thom Hartmann-Sam Sacks filling in discusses new revelations of the Spying on and infiltration of Occupy Wall Street Movement. The FBI and other agencies shared with local police forces what appear to be false information in order to create a more hostile climate by the local police . The FBI for exampled claimed that they had evidence armed occupiers were out to kill local police. This false intel may have spurred on the over-reaction of police in a number of cities. Meanwhile president Obama has done nothing to prove that he wasn't in communication with the FBI or that he didn't approve their tactics. So Obama has failed the American people and especially those who believed he would be an agent of change taking on the status quo.



Death of Democracy and the Right to Dissent
Obama Wall St. and FBI War on Occupy
FBI America's Secret Police

Cenk Uygur The Young Turks
Occupy Movement Infiltrated by Spies

Published on 27 Dec 2012

" WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation used counterterrorism agents to investigate the Occupy Wall Street movement, including its communications and planning, according to newly disclosed agency records.

The F.B.I. records show that as early as September 2011, an agent from a counterterrorism task force in New York notified officials of two landmarks in Lower Manhattan — Federal Hall and the Museum of American Finance — "that their building was identified as a point of interest for the Occupy Wall Street."*

Are the people of the Occupy movement terrorists? They were investigated by the FBI as if they were. Why go to these measures? Whose interests are being protected, and whose are being stomped on? Cenk Uygur breaks it down.



FBI labels Occupiers "domestic terrorists"

Published on 24 Dec 2012 at RT

According to reports released by FBI local law enforcement officials teamed up with The Department of Homeland Security in order to deal with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Moreover, the FBI used the term "domestic terrorism" when referring to the non-violent movement. Foya request, an independent journalist and activist Anna Lekas Miller joins us to break it down.



Democracy Now.org Dec. 28, 2012
Secret Docs Reveal FBI Counterterrorism Monitoring of Occupy From Its Earliest Days




Democracy Now!
Secret Docs Reveal FBI "Counterterrorism" Monitoring of Occupy From Its Earliest Days 2 of 2
Dec. 28, 2012.



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And more on NRA and Gun Control:

NRA misleads on assault rifles ban
NRA ignores facts on public's desire for stricter gun control
NRA doesn't allow the government to do any research that might suggest that there is a need for better gun control laws.

New Poll Shows Surge in Support for Gun Control by Matt Pearce, LA Times, Dec. 29,2012

Public support for stricter gun laws has leaped to its highest point in eight years with 58% now in favor, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday. That's a 14-point jump from last year.

Of those surveyed, 92% of Americans want background checks for buyers at gun shows and 62% want to ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, which have played a frequent role in mass shootings.

But Americans still oppose a full ban on semi-automatic assault rifles 51% to 44%, and opposition to a full handgun ban is higher than it has ever been, at 74%.

The poll was conducted with 1,038 respondents by phone over Dec. 19-22, with a 4% margin of error.

NRA misleads on assault weapons
Don't believe the NRA spin: The '94 assault weapons ban was full of loopholes, but studies prove it was effective
By Alex Seitz-Wald at Salon.com, Dec. 26, 2012


There’s a dearth of quality empirical research on the efficacy of the ban, thanks in part to Congress’ statutory limitations on the type of gun violence research the federal government is allowed to conduct. Pro-gun lawmakers made it illegal for research agencies to advocate for gun control, which effectively means looking for any connection between guns and gun violence, but the evidence suggests the law had positive effects, if not as much as advocates would like.

The single formal assessment of the ban, as required by Congress in passing the law, was conducted by criminologists Christopher Koper, Jeffrey Roth and others at the University of Pennsylvania (Koper is now at George Mason). The National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Department of Justice, paid for the evaluation, which was first conducted in 1999 and updated in 2004, and looked at everything from homicide rates to gun prices.

A few key findings emerged. Overall, banned guns and magazines were used in up to a quarter of gun crimes before the ban. Assault pistols were more common than assault rifles in crimes. Large-capacity magazines, which were also prohibited, may be a bigger problem than assault weapons. While just 2 to 8 percent of gun crimes were committed with assault weapons, large-capacity magazines were used in 14 to 26 percent of of firearm crimes. About 20 percent of privately owned guns were fitted with the magazines.

But even though assault weapons were responsible for a fraction of the total number of gun deaths overall, the weapons and other guns equipped with large-capacity magazines “tend to account for a higher share of guns used in murders of police and mass public shootings,” the study found.

This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone paying attention to the recent history of mass shootings. In just the past year, the same .223 Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle was used in the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre, the shooting at the Clackamas Mall in Oregon, the Newtown elementary school shooting, and, just a few days ago, the killing of two firefighters in upstate New York. Jared Loughner used 33-round high-capacity magazines in a handgun to shoot former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and more than a dozen others. Seung-Hui Cho used a 15-round magazine to kill 32 and wound 17 at Virginia Tech in 2007.

also see: After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since. By Will Oremus at Slate.com, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Close Bachmann Ally Bradlee Dean Suggests Sandy Hook was a Government Plot by Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch on Friday, 12/21/2012

and : How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14. By Chris Kirk and Dan Kois at Slate.com, Dec. 29, 2012

Judson Phillips: 'If You Want to Pin Blame on Sandy Hook, Blame the Teachers Unions' by Brian Tashman at Right-Wing Watch.org, Dec. 20,2012

Pastor: 9/11 and CT School Shooting were 'Gracious' Acts of God's Judgment
by Brian Tashman at Rightwing Watch,Dec. 20,2012


Franklin Graham on Sandy Hook: 'This is What Happens When a Society Turns Its Back on God' by Kyle Mantyla at Rightwing Watch.org, Dec. 20, 2012

Wilson: Guns Are Not the Problem; Lack Of School Prayer is the Problem by Kyle Mantyla, Rightwing Watch.org,Dec. 22, 2012

Rejection of Faith, Values Leads to Social Mayhem and Murder in Newtown Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder at CharismaNews.com via RightWing Watch(leftovers) Dec. 19, 2012


And on the war on Christians Conspiracy theory: Christianity & gun owners in the crosshairs: Chilling tactic exposed by Doug Hagman at Canada Free Press.com, Aug. 17, 2012

and so it goes,
GORD.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Obama & FBI Branded The Occupy Movement As "Domestic Terrorists" Meanwhile Rightwing Blaming Secularism For Sandyhook Massacre & The Plot To Disarm Christian Patriots


FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.

The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.

Quote from : FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring at The Partnership For Civil Justice Fund ,Dec. 22, 2012

Roger’s note: The Empire Strikes Back. Those of us who oppose the imperial capitalism-on-steroids policies of the United States government are vulnerable to being labeled as terrorists. And targeted for assassination! As long as you behave yourself, as most Americans do, you are safe from government oppression (of course, you may lose your home or your job and go into bankruptcy over health care costs, but that is a horse of a different color). A police state does not attack all its citizens, only those who are uppity. 

Above Quote of Roger Hollander Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy December Naomi Wolf at the Guardian via Roger Hollander wordpress.com Dec. 30, 2012

The Occupy Movement (#OWS) from the very beginning even before the first protests occurred was labeled by the FBI and other agencies and the Obama administration as a"domestic terrorist organization" .

So this is how President Obama and his administration viewed Occupy as domestic terrorists the irony and hypocrisy is astounding. When Obama and other officials supposedly praise Martin Luther King and the non-violent civil rights movement we should no longer take them seriously. Because given Obama's attitude towards the Occupy Movement we can assume if Obama and his friends in power were in power when Martin Luther King was organizing protests across the USA Obama being as we now know on the side of the status quo would have done as J. Edgar Hoover did that is to infiltrate and spy on MLK and other leaders of the movement and we can assume Obama would have stayed quiet when police used violent methods to try to put an end to the Civil Rights Movement .

If it had been up to President Obama he would have sent in the National Guard not to protect Civil Rights leaders and their followers but rather to use force to destroy the Civil Rights movement . As someone mentioned in their analysis of Obama's policies is that he more akin to a moderate Republican rather than a progressive and he manged to resell his brand to the American voters a second time.

So in fact the local police forces and the FBI and Homeland Security and other intelligence agencies were involved in a secret coordinated effort to stop even peaceful protests because Occupy was seen as a threat to America's national security and to the Big banks and big Corporations and Wall Street.

The documents released for instance shows there was talk about assassinating those who were considered as the leaders of Occupy but it is unclear who was threatening Occupy leaders the government or some other anti-Occupy organization or just individuals. If the threat was made by non-government or police officials then Occupy Movement should have been informed of such a threat.

Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy December Naomi Wolf at the Guardian via Roger Hollander wordpress.com Dec. 30, 2012
Naomi Wolf :

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”:

“FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.”

Verheyden-Hilliard points out the close partnering of banks, the New York Stock Exchange and at least one local Federal Reserve with the FBI and DHS, and calls it “police-statism”:

“This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

The GOP and the Tea Party extremist blame teachers, the teachers unions and the schools banning of prayer and expelling the Christian religion and its God from schools and teaching "Secular Humanist' values in schools including the teaching of evolution and America's allowing Gay Marriages

Judson Phillips: 'If You Want to Pin Blame on Sandy Hook, Blame the Teachers Unions' by Brian Tashman at Right-Wing Watch.org, Dec. 20,2012

Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips has been pushing out articles from his fellow TPN activists attacking teachers over the Sandy Hook shooting and is now finally out with a post of his own blaming teachers for the massacre. He said teachers’ unions are a “focus of evil” as they have turned the school into a “target rich environments for some lunatic or terrorist,” urging the government to ban unions and “break up the public school system.”


Pastor: 9/11 and CT School Shooting were 'Gracious' Acts of God's Judgment
by Brian Tashman at Rightwing Watch,Dec. 20,2012


Pastor Bill Elliff of the Arkansas-based The Summit Church and the Religious Right group OneCry appeared on AFA Today with host Buster Wilson this week where he explained that the September 11 attacks and the elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut were “gracious” acts of divine punishment. He said that God allowed the two tragedies to occur because of “our humanistic pride” and secular government in order to “bring us to our senses and bring us back to him.”

Wilson was positively dumbfounded as to why people would be offended by such rhetoric and similar language by AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer, who said that God refused to stop the school shooting because he’s a “gentleman,” and Elliff worried the U.S. is going the way of the Roman and British empires.

Franklin Graham on Sandy Hook: 'This is What Happens When a Society Turns Its Back on God' by Kyle Mantyla at Rightwing Watch.org, Dec. 20, 2012



A caller into AFA's Buster Wilson radio show and tells Wilson he owns an AR-15 assault rifle and suggest that he or someone else may try to eliminate Obama but surprisingly Wilson just agrees rather than point out that it sounded like the caller was going to assassinate Obama which Wilson is supposed to then report to the CIA/FBI Secret Service etc. just in case this guy is the real deal. Instead Wilson says there many Americans who feel the same way the caller does.

This should remind President Obama no matter how much he compromises with the extreme right controlling the GOP these right-wing leaders and their rank and file still hate him and do not wish him well.

They still believe that Obama has some sort of hidden agenda ie take away all of their guns or transform America into some sort of Fascistic Commie Marxist collectivist state in which all those who disagree with the government's new policies will be herded into the secret FEMA camps for re-education and or slaughter according to the Tin-Foil-Hat followers of Fox News Channel and who channel Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and other right wing opportunists who make money off of their apocalyptic conspiracy theories.

These supposedly Christian patriots include leaders and spokespersons and media personalities who are not at all sincere in adhering to the beliefs they peddle but are rather just con-artists or snake-oil peddlers who fill their listeners with fear as they predict a breakdown in society . This then becomes a golden opportunity for these entrepreneurial characters who then invest in companies which just-so-happen to sell the items most needed in order for their audience of gullible true-believers to have a better chance of survival . So these companies sell to this gullible crowd pricey "survival kits " to keep themselves and their families going as long as possible , and military style "firearms" flamethrowers, grenade launchers, rocket launchers, 50mm Machine guns which they will need to protect themselves from the Commie hoards and Obama's Gestapo and these flim-flam men also sell gold which they are told they will need since normal currency will have no value . So its quite a racket and they dare talk about Obama and government as being less than honest when they are running such a scam.

Wilson: Guns Are Not the Problem; Lack Of School Prayer is the Problem by Kyle Mantyla, Rioghtwing Watch.org,Dec. 22, 2012

...a caller tells AFA's Buster Wilson that he owns an AR-15 assault rifle, loathes President Obama and is absolutely fed up, warning that the government is turning him into a vigilante and that "when the bullets start flying, well, I got plenty of bullets."

Wilson's response to this caller was truly remarkable, as he declared that "those were the kind of sentiments" that were expressed by the Founding Fathers leading up to the Revolutionary War, saying that Americans "are not now willing to revert back to anarchy [and] to have our liberties stripped away from us" before blaming school shootings like Sandy Hook on lack of prayer and the Ten Commandments in our schools:



Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder argue it is not just that God and Christian values have been removed from schools but rather from American culture for example the movie and entertainment industry. But they fail to examine the prevalence or the lack thereof of as much violence and homicide in far more secular nations than America such as most European countries , Canada, Australia, Japan ,China etc. Because these entertainment industry products produced in the USA and elsewhere are available in many of these countries and yet the homicide rates are still much lower than the USA.

Rejection of Faith, Values Leads to Social Mayhem and Murder in Newtown Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder at CharismaNews.com via RightWing Watch(leftovers) Dec. 19, 2012

...We doubt if we will ever get a definitive answer, especially one that satisfies all people, or even most people. As God Himself says in Genesis 8:21, “The intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (all of the mass shooters seem to be men).

However, we urge everyone to consider this answer:

By removing God, the Bible, God's Law, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit from society, including the mass media and the schools, we are raising generations of people with no faith in God or Jesus and, hence, no moral conscience, and no self-control. If so many people have no faith, no moral conscience and no self-control, then it’s no wonder our society is suffering from all these mass murders by evil lone gunmen.

...Without God, without faith and values, we are just soulless meat machines who can kill without mercy. Apparently, that’s how too many of our fellow citizens have reacted lately.

Sadly, such evil is running rampant (and virtually unchecked) in our mass media of entertainment, whether it be the disgusting, totally gratuitous, ultraviolent bloodbath at the end of Quentin Tarantino’s Golden Globe nominated, new movie, Django Unchained, or the evil torture porn of recent movies like The Collection and the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-D.

People need to stop rewarding these movies with their patronage and their acclaim.
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Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy as explained by batshit crazy Michelle Bachmann and her friends.


Bachmann: Obama wants to 'Lift up the Islamists' and Impose Sharia Law Submitted by Brian Tashman at RightWing Watch.org, Dec. 11, 2012

Earlier this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that Muslim Brotherhood agents had penetrated the Obama administration, which she claimed was attempting to “enforce Islamic speech codes.” While Bachmann was roundly mocked and criticized for the baseless remarks, they were a hit in conspiratorial right-wing circles. Bachmann took her crusade against the supposed Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the government to Jan Markell’s radio show this weekend, where she again claimed that Obama is “aiding and abetting” radical Islamist groups.

Markell is an End Times broadcaster and a close ally of Bachmann, who attended her “Understanding the Times” conference this year. She has previously claimed that Mattel’s Little Mommy Cuddle ‘n Coo doll is promoting Islam to children, demanded the government begin monitoring mosques and in 2007 predicted a terrorist attack as a result of a Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate. Markell has also suggested that a tornado in Minnesota was a “warning from God” meant to punish the Lutheran Church for affirming gay pastors and alleged that the deadly 2011 earthquake in Japan was divine judgment.

Markell charged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and Barger said that the supposed rise of Sharia law in the U.S. is proof that the Antichrist is coming.

According to Doug Hagman the Obama administration being made up of mostly atheistic commies and Muslims has launched a war on Christians and especially Christians who own guns in order to push for their own agenda for America.

So besides the War on Christmas there is according to Doug Hagman and other Patriotic Christians the Obama administration has launched a quiet or stealth war on all Christians. The strategy to neutralize Christian Patriots is first going after spokespersons on the right who may have some influence and who are investigating members of the Obama administration and who may be getting too close to the truth . According to Hagman the authorities who are answerable to President Obama who is a secret Muslim and a Communist want to disarm outspoken Christians to intimidate all other Christian Patriots.

One of the tactics being used he believes is to have the Christian Patriot who is targeted by the government is to bring them into local police headquarters for interrogation and to then have the individual diagnosed as mentally ill to disarm preventing them form buying or owning guns and take away any they might already own to sully the person's character so that few will take anything the person says seriously because they have been diagnosed as mentally unstable rendering the person powerless and without any influence.

But the psychological or psychiatric testing of the suspect it appears was settled upon before evaluation by a professional Psychiatrist. With the psychiatric diagnosis the police get a free hand at preventing the suspect from buying or owning a gun and restrict his rights as a citizen.

Hagman refers to a couple of anecdotal cases to make his point.
Given the attitude of the FBI and President Obama labeling the Occupy Movement as a terrorist organization as we have noted above its noteworthy that many on the right see nothing wrong with the government spying on and infiltrating and harassing, intimidating, arresting, gassing and beating up Occupiers even if they are peacefully protesting that is exercising their right to dissent and to publicly protest to insist that the government take their grievances seriously.
So those on the right such as The Tea Party and Pro-life movement, anti-Gay marriage, and anti-Muslim groups etc. should not be spied upon by the government unless the government and its agencies have compelling evidence of wrong doing or plotting criminal activities such as the use of force such as guns and bombs etc.

The Tea Party has the same right to hold rallies and protest as do the Occupy Movement as long as their intentions and actions are peaceful . Those on the left should respect the sincere intentions and beliefs of those belong to the Tea Party and other similar organizations on the right. Though those who are on opposite sides also have the right to critique the other-side but not insist that the laws should be bent and twisted to favor one group or another as long as the leadership insist on non-violence and passive resistance etc. In other words we shouldn't simply demonize such groups because we disagree with their ideology as opposed to their actions or engaging in Hate Speech.

Christianity & gun owners in the crosshairs: Chilling tactic exposed by Doug Hagman at Canada Free Press.com, Aug. 17, 2012

...It’s one thing to say that there is a war against Christianity and an active agenda to disarm Americans, but it’s another thing altogether to watch it unfold, up close and personal. And yet another to actually document an insidious but effective tactic that is presently being used to silence and disarm Christians right here in America. In this report, I will expose a new tactic being used by the atheistic communist supporters of the Obama regime to silence Christian critics and to disarm them at the same time.

...part of a larger agenda to silence the Christian conservatives and critics of this administration. I am holding that information and documentation closely, as I feel that Jason and perhaps others might need it when they come for his guns or even him once again.

...Lest you think this is an isolated case, I have since heard from five-(5) other individuals in different parts of the U.S. that this has happened to within the last thirty-(30) days. It appears the war against freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, openly professing one’s belief in God and the right to bear arms is now sufficient to earn you a medical diagnosis of “psychosis.”

Christian gun owners of America, be forewarned.

and so it goes,
GORD.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thom Hartmann Billionaire-istan & Australia's Gun Control Model & Number of Homicides Since Sandyhook Massacre & Michelle Bachmann's Friend Calls The Massacre A "False Flag" Gov't Operation


How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14. By Chris Kirk and Dan Kois at Slate.com, Dec. 29, 2012

...Since this summer, the anonymous creator of the Twitter feed @GunDeaths has been doing his best to compile those statistics, tweeting every reported death he can find. He was inspired, he told us in a phone interview, by the Aurora, Colo., shootings and simply wanted to call daily attention to the toll that guns take. Now Slate is partnering with @GunDeaths to create this interactive feature, “Gun Deaths in America Since Newtown.”
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Above graphic is the body count of Americans killed by guns in America . While mass murders receive a lot of media and public attention numerous US citizens are dying on a daily basis in large part because of lax regulations on fire arms. The pro-gun true believers and arms dealers ignore the statistics and claim Americans are safer because of lax regulations but they go further and say it would be better if there were even fewer regulations on fire arms . So the accumulating dead are the "Collateral Damage" or "Martyrs" of the 2nd Amendment which itself is treated as sacrosanct . And note this list does not include suicides committed by guns.

* Number of Homicides the result of Guns
* Thom Hartmann on "Billionaire-istan"
* Anti-religion Secularists' values produces Massacres such as Sandyhook
* Conspiracy Theorist :Sandyhook Massacre viewed as a gov't orchestrated "False Flag * operation like most of these mass killings in the USA
* Australian Gun control model has been successful

Thom Hartmann attacks the members of the 1% who are the Billionaire's.

Thom Hartmann: The Ruling Party of Billionaire-istan by Thom Hartmann via DemocraticUnderground.com, Dec. 27, 2012

A lot of people are wondering what's wrong with the Republican Party. But if you're a resident of Billionaire-istan - then the Republican Party is acting JUST fine.

The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on RT TV & FSTV "live" 9pm and 11pm check www.thomhartmann.com/tv for local listings


Thom Hartmann mentioned an article at Slate discussing the Australian model of stricter gun control which has lessened the number of homicides dramatically. Though various right wing conservative groups have disputed the facts and have conducted their own studies to prove the opposite but their studies have been shown to be severely flawed and do not meet academic standards. As the author puts it :
There have been some contrarian studies about the decrease in gun violence in Australia, including a 2006 paper that argued the decline in gun-related homicides after Port Arthur was simply a continuation of trends already under way. But that paper’s methodology has been discredited, which is not surprising when you consider that its authors were affiliated with pro-gun groups.
The pro-gun groups often just make up stats and outright lies to fit their agenda to ensure the Arms Industry can continue to make huge profits with no concern for those killed by their merchandise.

After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since. By Will Oremus at Slate.com, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012


On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.

Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.

At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.

What happened next has been the subject of several academic studies. Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.

There have been some contrarian studies about the decrease in gun violence in Australia, including a 2006 paper that argued the decline in gun-related homicides after Port Arthur was simply a continuation of trends already under way. But that paper’s methodology has been discredited, which is not surprising when you consider that its authors were affiliated with pro-gun groups. Other reports from gun advocates have similarly cherry-picked anecdotal evidence or presented outright fabrications in attempting to make the case that Australia’s more-restrictive laws didn’t work. Those are effectively refuted by findings from peer-reviewed papers, which note that the rate of decrease in gun-related deaths more than doubled following the gun buyback, and that states with the highest buyback rates showed the steepest declines. A 2011 Harvard summary of the research concluded that, at the time the laws were passed in 1996, “it would have been difficult to imagine more compelling future evidence of a beneficial effect.”

Meanwhile other mainly Christian Conservatives and conspiracy minded twisted libertarians and others believe these massacres are a set up or "false Flag' operations staged by the government to get the citizens to be more compliant in handing all their guns over to the state to advance a Secular New World Order or even one run by the anti-Christ or as a prelude to World Wide Islamic state or Caliphate. All of these conspiracy theories are conjured up by and adopted by those who often find the world around them confusing and perplexing and these conspiracy theories have as part of their appeal an explanation for everything in which all of the chaos around us is given order. The Chaos we see then is tamed and rendered knowable as being the result of some hidden cabal from the coming of the Anti-Christ to the Islamic Caliphate waiting to take over the world to the New World Order or the Masons or David Ickes Lizard People which include Queen Elizabeth and President Obama who supposedly came from in side our hollow Earth or they claim everything is being controlled by an alien race from another Galaxy or even from another dimension. The problem from the rationalist point of view is that there is no way to ever test these so called theories whenever a suggestion for testing them is made the result to the conspiracy adherent or True Believer will not be conclusive . There will always be an explanation offered for all the myriad possibilities.

Close Bachmann Ally Bradlee Dean Suggests Sandy Hook was a Government Plot by Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch on Friday, 12/21/2012


Bradlee Dean, whose close ties to Rep. Michele Bachmann are well-known and well-established, published a column in WND (Rick Santorum's new home) suggesting that, just as the Nazis burned the Reichstag, the shootings at Sandy Hook and in Aurora, Colorado were orchestrated by the government:

The Sandy Hook shooting occurred just days after Sen. Rand Paul sent out an alert that the U.N. was set to pass the final version of the Small Arms Treaty, supported by Obama the day after election.

Part of the treaty bans the trade, sale and ownership of all semi-automatic weapons … like the one Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and 6 adults.

The “Batman shooting” in Aurora, Colo., also happened to coincide with the same time as negotiations of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.

The timing is impeccable.

As we reflect upon massacres such as Sandy Hook, Aurora, the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, Tuscon, Ariz., and Columbine, we cannot help but see the similarities: conflicting news reports on what happened, who did the killing and the number of shooters. Eyewitnesses in all of these massacres said there were more shooters than the media maintain, indicating the shootings were coordinated and planned.

When the “fire” is started, these government gun banners are right there to strip away your rights in an attempt to gain control under the guise of “putting out the fire.”

Adolf Hitler was responsible for attacking his own Reichstag to start a world war. Hitler was also responsible for sending his brownshirts to incite the people so he could play the role of solving their problems. No one believed Hitler was guilty of these crimes until after the fact.

Then it was too late.

It turns out that not only was the government behind these two shootings, but also Columbine, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, and 9/11, according to this new video produced and narrated by Dean:



and so it goes,
GORD.

Friday, December 28, 2012

US Gov't Spying on Occupy " Terrorists"? & Thom Hartmann Now In Favor Of Gun Control & US Fronteirsmen Mentality


Gangsta Jesus-Convert or Die






Above photos from:
Thousands in Los Angeles Exchange Guns-for-Groceries In wake of Newtown tragedy, more cities look to gun exchanges 'to remove unwanted guns from communities'
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer CommonDreams.org,Dec. 27, 2012


It would be a start if this type of no questions asked gun exchange were adopted by other municipalities and states and the US federal gov't .
 Obama's FBI spies on and has infiltrated peaceful Occupy Movement
 FBI ,Homeland Security on Obama's watch harassing Muslim-Americans
Thom Hartmann now in favor of gun control
 America's cculture of violence and the gun Frontiersmen mentality of a perpetual struggle against nature and his fellow humans embedded in American culture

Journalist Thom Hartmann changes his mind about 'gun control' as others have after the gruesome murder of children and adults in the Sandyhook Elementary School Massacre. He used to believe an issue such as gun control should be left up to the states or communities. But he says that approach has not worked in America.

Published on 17 Dec 2012

Thom Hartmann says its time for the U.S. to adopt gun laws like countries such as Australia, Israel and Switzerland
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Buy back guns programs gaining in popularity with municipalities

Thousands in Los Angeles Exchange Guns-for-Groceries In wake of Newtown tragedy, more cities look to gun exchanges 'to remove unwanted guns from communities'
- Lauren McCauley, staff writer CommonDreams.org,Dec. 27, 2012


Thousands of people lined up on Wednesday in Los Angeles to take part in a guns-for-groceries exchange program that was called in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

Spurned by the tragic Dec. 14 killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a number of cities have joined this growing trend, scheduling similar programs with an uptick of support from resident gun-owners.

Gun exchanges have become popular in recent years in cities including Detroit, Boston and Camden, NJ. Last week, at San Diego's annual buyback, law enforcement officials announced additional exchanges within six months.

On Wednesday, the upstate college community of Ithaca, NY announced the installment of a new cash-for-guns program there. “The goal of the program is to remove unwanted guns from our community before they fall into the hands of those that may do harm,” said the Ithaca Police Department in a Christmas Day statement.

Los Angeles's anonymous buyback program allowed weapons to be turned in with no questions asked in exchange for grocery store gift cards worth up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

OWS and other peaceful protest groups under surveillance during Bush and Obama administrations by FBI, Homeland Security etc.

12/26/12: FBI on Wrong Side of History The Big Picture Sam Sacks filling in for Thom Hartmann.

Published on 26 Dec 2012
FBI & Corporations Vs. the 99%

Massive surveillance by FBI of the Occupy Movement
Guest host Sam Sacks fills in for Thom Hartmann and discusses how the FBI is once again on the wrong side of history with new documents revealing their paranoid surveillance of peaceful Occupy Protests. Jason Leopold of Truthout.org who filed for documents on FBI investigation of Occupy Movement. FBI characterized the whole Occupy Movement as a terrorist organization.




But Occupy wasn't the only group unjustly targeted by the FBI and Homeland Security in 2012 or earlier .

Muslim Americans have also been under widespread surveillance including infiltrators or paid informants. But we can understand such tactics and wide spread spying on American Muslims during the Bush regime but it appears during President Obama's administration and even at present the FBI and Homeland Security have continued surveillance on Muslim Americans and unjustly bringing innocent Muslim Americans into police stations for questioning . So American Muslims are being terrorized by US government officials as if all Muslim Americans are potential terrorists or in fact have ties to terrorists or those who might support terrorists .

War On Islam FBI spies on US Muslims living in fear
Published on 26 May 2012

Let's get this now. It is the US and it allies attacking Islamic countries and killing civilians in their millions all over Islamic nation.




Gun Control : Gun Culture ,Violence &  the Frontiersmen mentality.

Many Americans still see themselves as if they were struggling to just survive and maintaining what they have against those hostile forces human and natural which might take it all away. The frontiersmen believed they were under siege by hostile Native Americans and cattle and horse thieves and animal attacks. They therefore believed that needed own guns to protect themselves and their families and their property.


America’s Frontier Mentality On The Killing of Children and Others, Domestic and Foreign By Lawrence Davidson Information Clearing House, Dec. 27,2012

Historically what is life on a frontier like? It is usually unsettled, without the secure rule of law. In the case of the United State, the frontier was a semi-militarized place with an enemy just over the horizon, violence common, and guns for just about every settler.

Out of this environment grew the perverse ideal of power and freedom embodied in the “rugged individual” who uses force (coming literally out of the barrel of a gun) to tame an “uncivilized” world and thereby obtain what he needs and protect what he has. That heritage might partly explain why, out of a population (as of 2011) of almost 312 million, there are an estimated 270 million firearms in the hands of the civilian population.

Gun culture was an integral part of the frontier culture and is still, for many Americans, symbolic of their personal liberty. But in the end the gun is only a device through which to wield power and it is power that Americans aspire to above all. It is their “manifest destiny.”

Too many Americans see themselves as exceptional: blessed by God, expert practitioners of free enterprise, and the people who really know what freedom and rights are all about. And, in the process of using power to demonstrate this exceptional status, both as individuals and as a nation, they consistently make a bloody mess.

... Many Americans are dismayed, as they surely should be, by the domestic massacres of their children. These are the deaths closest to home and the ones they are forced to face up to due to media attention. They are also confused about what to do because, for so many, guns and freedom are synonymous.

All the other instances of violence: the nightly murders in poor districts of cities and towns across the nation, the piled-up bodies of adults and children in places like Vietnam and Iraq, are largely hidden from the citizenry. And certainly the consequences for the average of citizen of Iran of the U.S. government acting out in a powerful way, will be kept remote enough so as to avoid all empathy.

Whether Americans are paying attention or not, their government, their elected officials, continue to make sure that the U.S. remains out and about across the globe, projecting the nation’s power via guns and sanctions, and thereby helping to lower the world’s burgeoning population in the most negative of all possible ways.

The politicians who initiate these murderous policies may hardly know, in any fully analyzed way, why they do so. But they know it feels culturally comfortable to persist. They have their superficial ideological conviction that there must be an evil enemy to fight and, in juxtaposition to that enemy, they are always the good guys.

and so it goes,
GORD.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gun Control What Would Jesus Do? & Guns As Sacred Objects In America's "Civil Religion " & Pope Attacks Gay Marriage


What Would Jesus Do?





The Pope's condemnation of homosexuality and same sex marriage is predictable with a tinge of hypocrisy. If the Pope were so concerned about biblically illicit sex then why hasn't he been more forthright for instance in the numerous cases of Catholic Priest sexually molesting children instead of making excuses and blaming it on modernity.

To take another egregious sin of ommission by the Catholic Church was the deafening silence delivered by the pope and the Church during the holocaust. Many believed if the Pope had spoken out against Hitler's brutality towards the Jews in Germany before the the start of WWII threatening to excomunicate all those who took part in the violent anti-semitic violence that occurred on Kristalnacht then the Germans who followed Hitler might have been less reluctant to do so in the case of repression and mass murdering of the Jews of Germany and of Europe. Instead the Pope by not defending the Jewish people followed a long tradition of Catholic Anti-semitism going back some 1600 years or so. (see pages on Anti-Semitism & its Institutionalization by the Church on this blog & )

Later when the Pope was given information on Hitler's Final Solution and his plans to wipe out all of the European Jews the Pope refused to take action.

Near the end of the war and after the holier than thou Vatican in fact protected a number of NAZIs who happened to be Catholic from being brought to justice for their war crimes and crimes against humanity. Given these actions and silence over the issue of Genocide it becomes a fair question to wonder if after all is said and done that the Vatican at that time considered the Jews deserving of death and utter destruction because according to the Church the Jewish people in Judea were guilty of Deicide that is killing Jesus the living God in human form. The main protest against the murdering of all Jews was a theological dispute on the part of the Vatican which throughout its history was that not every single Jew be killed because according to the Biblical Second Coming a remnant community of Jews were to be allowed to live in order to witness the Second Coming of the Christ and therefore be forced to realize that their rejection and killing of of Jesus was in defiance of God.

Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech On Family Values by nicole Winfield at Huffington Post, Dec. 21, 2012

VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of gains by same-sex marriage proponents in the U.S. and Europe and efforts to legalize gay marriage in places like France and Britain.

In his remarks, Benedict quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, in saying the campaign for granting gays the right to marry and adopt children was an "attack" on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.

... Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," though it stresses that gays should be treated with compassion and dignity. As pope and as head of the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog before that, Benedict has been a strong enforcer of that teaching: One of the first major documents released during his pontificate said men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies shouldn't be ordained priests.

For the Vatican, though, the gay marriage issue goes beyond questions of homosexuality, threatening what the church considers to be the bedrock of society: a family based on a man, woman and their children.

In his speech, the pope cited Bernheim as lamenting how a new philosophy of sexuality has taken hold, whereby sex and gender are "no longer a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society."

He said God had created man and woman as a specific "duality" – "an essential aspect of what being human is all about."

Now, though, "Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his own nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will."

The Vatican's opposition to gay marriage has been falling largely on deaf ears. In addition to the U.S. election gains, the Constitutional Court in largely Roman Catholic Spain upheld the law legalizing gay marriage last month. Earlier this month, the British government announced it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage, though it would ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.

It is odd that a supposedly Christian nation such as the USA is such a violent nation arming its citizens against each other and against the government while as a nation America launches one war of Aggression after another . America since 9/11 has put itslef on the path of perpetual war and seeking revenge by spilling the blood of those who were involved with the 9/11 attacks while Jesus said we should forgive even our enemies .

The USA has gone even father down the opposite path as that preached by Jesus by adopting unjustifiable policies allowing for kidnapping /renditions to denying the humanity of those they imprison in order to facilitate the use terror tactics such as torture to make others they hope more compliant. America since 9/11 has maimed ,tortured and killed over 1 million innocent people which they depict as merely "collateral damage " in their pursuit of these supposed enemies of America . And yet America still prides itself on being morally superior to all other nations and of being a Christian nation blessed they claim by God Himself. So America like the ancient Israelites are commanded by God to hunt down all the evil doers around the globe and to crush any resistance to America's claim to being God's Chosen nation to eventually usher in the Second Coming and the 'End Of Days".

This is why it is more appropriate to call the religious beliefs of America not as merely or primarily traditional Christian but as a different brand of Christianity which can be referred to as "Americanized Christianity" with its founder the "Americanized Jesus" who would advocate the use of violence against those who are violent or who represent a possible future threat of violence.

As part of this Americanized Christianity God by way of the Founding Fathers made visible His presence by the issuing through these human intermediaries the new documents that is The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution , The Bill of Rights and the Amendments to be appended to the Bible itself. So belief in these documents is in tandem some might argue with a belief in the Holy Bible . So that there is then no real separation of Church and state since they are both born out of the "will of God".

What Would Jesus Say to the NRA? by Shane Claiborne at Huffington Post ,Dec. 24,2012
...When soldiers come to arrest and execute Jesus, one of his closest friends defensively picks up a sword to protect him. Jesus' response is stunning: He scolds his own disciple and heals the wounded persecutor. It was a tough and very counter-intuitive lesson: "The one who picks up the sword dies by the sword ... there is another way."

That lesson that Jesus taught his disciple is as relevant to us, and the NRA, as it was the early movement of Christians in the first century. Violence will not rid the world of violence. You do not use swords to get rid of swords or guns to get rid of guns. There is another way.

Many Christians have begun to speak of Jesus as an interruption to the "myth of redemptive violence," the assumption that we can use violence to get rid of violence or that we can destroy a life to save a life. The myth of redemptive violence has many ugly faces. It teaches us that we can kill those who kill to show that killing is wrong. It teaches us to live by the law of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" a law that Jesus firmly spun on its head, saying, "You've heard it said 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth ... but I tell you..." There is another way. Killing to show that killing is wrong is like trying to teach holiness by fornication. The cure is as bad as the disease.

At one point Jesus even weeps over the violent world he lived in, lamenting that "they did not know the things that would lead to peace." The fact that Jesus carried a cross rather than a sword has something relevant and redemptive to offer our violent-possessed world. After all, the Bible has a lot to say about loving enemies, and "Thou shalt not kill," but doesn't even mention the right to bear arms.

So let's imagine. What would Jesus say to our nation, where these are things are true:

10,000 people die from gun-related homicides each year, that's one Sandy Hook massacre a day, every day
There are nearly 90 guns for every 100 people
There are more than 51,000 licensed gunshops (and 30,000 supermarkets)
Guns that can shoot 100 rounds a minute, and are only designed to kill, are still legal
Other than auto accidents, gun violence is the leading cause of death of young people (under 20)
$20,000 a second is spent on war


There is a reason we talk about "Peace on Earth" so much around Christmas. There is a reason why we talk about Jesus as the "Prince of Peace." He consistently taught that we can disarm violence without mirroring it, and that we can rid the world of evil without becoming the evil we abhor. So let us recommit ourselves to Peace this Christmas season and new year -- in honor of Jesus, and in honor of the holy innocents.

It can be argued as the authors of the article below do that the attitude towards the 2nd Amendment by those who are pro-gun and view gun ownership as a right as being inviolable like all other rights is in fact akin to making gun ownership a right which is guaranteed not just by man's law but as a right issued from God and not the state . Thus gun ownership is a duty which can be viewed as part of America's "civil religion" in which Guns themselves are seen as sacred objects . This attitude towards guns and gun ownership according to the Bible is a form of idolatry. That is this object is seen as holy as a cross or a Church or the Eucharist . As we see gun ownership and the "right to bear arms " is part of America's "civil religion" which adds to or substitutes or takes precedence over Christianity. As these writers put it " That is, people (notably NRA members) have turned their guns into an extension of God, sources of security (supposedly) in any storm. That this is, theologically speaking, idol worship - that which is not God being revered as God - should go without saying."

The pro-gun believers in America having taken the 2nd Amendment out of context ie "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." are mistaken in their belief that the 2nd Amendment was aimed at individual citizens rather than citizens as part of a collective ie armed militias . These militias in this age have been made redundant with the formation of a professional military to protect the populace as a whole and that citizens are not expected to arm themselves with their own weapons since these are now provided for them .

Another problem with the 2nd Amendment is that the weapons America's founding fathers were referring to were owned by individuals but now anyone joining the US military is provided with the weapons and gear they will need.

The NRAs interpretation of the 2nd Amendment again ignores the context and reality of the time the amendment was passed. That is citizens in that period of time only had access to muskets which did not have the deadly firepower of the weapons available now. One need not reload these modern rifles after each shot and can have the ability to fire off 30 to a hundred rounds per minute. This makes these weapons in the hands of the average citizen quite deadly. In just a few minutes a shooter can wound and kill dozens of people as we saw at Sandyhook elementary school.

The Bible and the Second Amendment by Rev. Wil Gafney Ph.D. and Jon Pahl,ph.D, at Huffington Post, Dec. 27,2012

...Among other features, the American civil religion is marked by sacred places--the Lincoln Memorial, Gettysburg Battlefield, the Liberty Bell; sacred times--the 4th of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day; and sacred texts--notably the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

...First the immediate literary context, the entire Second Amendment:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The literary context provides the socio-cultural context of the Amendment, namely the American Revolution and establishment of new nation, one without a standing army. In that context, people owned the weapons they would use in defense of the common good...

The Revolutionary Era militia has been superseded by an Army and Navy, which spawned the Air Force (formerly Army Air Corps), and Marine Corps, now augmented by state and local police - which have their own colonial and pre-colonial predecessors, National Guard and Coast Guard. And in each case those women and men have their firearms supplied by the governments (local, state, federal) that employ them. The necessity met by a "well regulated militia" in the Revolutionary Era and its aftermath is now met without militias. The originating context of the Second Amendment no longer exists.

Next, arguably, one of the most significant terms in the passage is "infringed." What did it mean to "infringe" upon the rights of people to "keep and bear arms" in the Revolutionary Era? What does the right to "keep and bear arms mean" in our current context? A simple and straightforward understanding might seem to be that nothing should prevent the people (note this is a collective term and not the same as every individual) from keeping and bearing arms - in the context of militia service from which this text cannot be severed. The courts have ruled that individuals do not have the absolute right to keep and bear arms; that is why felons can be deprived of the right to keep and bear arms, which is entirely consistent with the original context of the Amendment.

At present, we contend that an individualist interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that has been read to uphold a universal "right to bear arms" of any kind, in any context, serves functions that are more accurately described as theological than legal. That is, people (notably NRA members) have turned their guns into an extension of God, sources of security (supposedly) in any storm. That this is, theologically speaking, idol worship - that which is not God being revered as God - should go without saying. That it has proven destructive is repeatedly evident historically. But until we address the sacred functions of the language that legitimizes this idol we will not likely get far in fostering rational limits on gun owning in America, because the religious needs being met by this interpretation (and by possession of the fetish object of the handgun or assault rifle) will continue to operate unabated.

...A pressing issue emerging from our contemporary interpretive context not present in the originating is the nature and kind of "arms" to which the people - again collectively, not individually - have a right. We are no longer talking about muskets. And since the general citizenry does not form the basis of a militia or army charged with the security of the nation they do not have a Constitutionally enshrined right to military-grade arsenals.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NRA Xmas Eve Bloody Present Of More Murder & Majority Of Americans In Favor of Gun Control "Court Rules Antiwar Activists Can Sue Gov't Spies


Larry Pratt and Wayne LaPierre are two Americans who never got into the Christmas spirit at least this year as they write off murdered children by a crazed gun man as the price of freedom in America . But Americans need to seriously consider is this prize too high to pay ? Those twenty dead children in Sandyhook according to the pro-gun lobby and the arms industry are just 'Collateral Damage" or unintended consequences of the 2nd Amendment.


Above image Larry Pratt exec. of Gun Owners of America

Above image :National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

And thanks to the US arms industry; its pro-gun stooges the NRA and Gun Owners of America and Senators and Congress legislators whom they have bought for a few pieces of silver the American people are rewarded with yet another blood stained Christmas gift of another mass murder all wrapped up in the 2nd amendment.

Another mass murder on Christmas Eve care of NRA and Gun Owners Of America. The arms industry is driven by the main character trait of all true Americans Greed; unabashed selfishness and self-preservation .

What matters most profits or the lives of citizens both young and old ? Well in America it is always profit first. They even tell us that Jesus of Nazareth also supported the super rich and Greed and hated the poor and unsuccessful and the weak. Real Christian men carry rifles and other guns wherever they go. And they want to remake all other nations into their image.

William Spengler's Note Before Killing Webster Firefighters: 'Do What I Like Doing Best, Killing People'By GEORGE M. WALSH and MARY ESCH at Huffington Post, 12/25/12

WEBSTER, N.Y. — An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

William Spengler, 62, who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter in the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, set his house afire before dawn Christmas Eve before taking a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle to a sniper position outside, Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.

The death toll rose to three as police revealed that a body believed to be the killer's 67-year-old sister, Cheryl Spengler, was found in his fire-ravaged home.

Authorities say he sprayed bullets at the first responders, killing two firefighters and injuring two others who remained hospitalized Tuesday in stable condition, awake and alert and expected to survive. He then killed himself as seven houses burned on a sliver of land along Lake Ontario.

Police recovered a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26, including 20 young children, Pickering said.

The chief said it was believed the firefighters were hit with shots from the rifle given the distance but the investigation was incomplete.
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And the NRA reiterates its mantra of "more Guns " as the solution to so many mass murders and killings in America. But nations with stricter gun control have far fewer mass murders and homicides than the USA which has such lax regulations on gun control.

As First Graders and Firefighters Are Gunned Down, the NRA Calls for More Firearms :The NRA's post-Newtown sabre rattling is not the first time it has responded to massacres by reaffirming its More! Faster! Bigger! Stronger! Better! firearm extremism. by Martha Rosenberg at Alternet.org, Dec. 25, 2012


...the NRA said we need more guns not less to protect ourselves against the bad guy criminals the gun lobby arms. How does it arm the bad guys? Through patty cake background checks that many, perhaps most mass shooters pass. Through obstructing background check laws governing private sales and gun shows which account for 40 percent of weapons sold. And through obstructing "one firearm a month" sale limits which give green lights to straw buyers to arm the "bad guys" and keep illegal guns on the street.

It is almost like the NRA is working for the bad guys! Who realizes the gun lobby has put "Tiahrt restrictions" on the books that literally obstruct prosecution of criminals with illegal guns by restricting law enforcement officials from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, which can show where illegal guns come from, who buys them and how they get trafficked across state lines and into our communities.

The gun makers also seem to be working for the bad guys. Three years ago in Connecticut, where the first graders were killed this month, they defeated a "microstamping" bill that would require new markers on guns to make them easier to trace. Gun makers routinely tell state officials if gun legislation is passed, they'll move their operations to another state, taking the jobs with them. Are they including the jobs they create in emergency rooms, operating rooms, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and morgues?

The NRA's lobbying also lets criminals carry concealed weapons. More than 1,400 probable felons in Florida were granted valid concealed weapon licenses reported the Sun-Sentinel a few years ago, including a man who shot his girlfriend in the head as she cooked breakfast, a pizza deliveryman wanted for fatally shooting a 15-year-old over a stolen order of chicken wings, and six registered sex offenders. Lest someone should go unarmed just because they are a violent criminal, the NRA also got a program passed to help people whose gun purchasing rights were revoked petition for them to be restored as part of a provision for states to share more illegal firearm information with the federal government. What?

Wild eyed and his voice croaking, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said at a press conference last week, "The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters -- people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them." Was someone holding up a mirror?

In the meantime for years children especially in inner cities have been murdered through gun violence and yet the President and others refuse to speak up on behalf of those kids who have been murdered and who's family are left devastated and neighborhood left only to mourn and to wait for the next murder and who's child they maybe.

260 School Children Killed in Chicago in 3 Years -- Where Are the Tears for Them? What makes the victims of everyday inner-city gun violence expendable? by David Muhammad at Alternat.org, Dec. 24, 2012

In 2010, nearly 700 Chicago school children were shot and 66 of them died. Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended a memorial for 260 school children who had been killed in just the previous three years. On several occasions in the past year, tens of people have been shot in a single weekend on the streets of the city. The worst three-day stretch saw 10 killed and 37 wounded in gun fire. But Google the term “Chicago weekend shootings” and the results are far too many deadly weekends to count.

Oakland, Calif. has seen a huge increase in shootings. Last year, three small children were murdered in shootings. The youngest victim hadn’t yet turned 2. Oakland has become the first city in the country to have its police force taken over by a federal court. Because of a lack of resources, the city has one of the lowest police to resident ratios in the country.

Gun violence in America is a pandemic, but there is no round-the-clock news coverage. No national address from the President with tears. No pledge for urgent change.

Why? Is it because the children who die on the streets of America’s cities are black and brown? Is it because they are poor? What makes the victims of everyday inner-city gun violence expendable?

Like the horrendous shooting in Newton, easy access to guns and the challenges of mental illness contribute to the violence on America’s streets. Like the calls for change in guns laws that have been heard following this massacre, so too do we need tighter gun control because of the death and destruction that touches the hearts of mourning mothers in American cities every day.

Meanwhile a more sensible voice than that of the gun nuts and the arms industry is that of Deepak Chopra who argues that those in favor of 'Gun Control' makeup a silent majority while those not in favor of 'Gun Control' are a minority but their small numbers is offset by the deep pockets of the 'arms industry' and its battalions of lobbyists in Washington who are able to bully and buy enough politicians to ensure no tough regulations on guns will be adopted the legislatures or the White House.

Deepak Chopra points to the Australian solution to reduce Mass Murders and homicides by banning semi-automatic weapons and buying back weapons from citizens. This would not be anything like a blanket use of brute force to seize weapons from US citizens without any remuneration and it would only apply to certain weapons and not all.The US second amendment is merely a legal ploy used mainly by gun manufactures to maintain their sales and profits.

Gun Control Is About the Silent Majority by Deepak Chopra via Huffington Post Dec. 24, 20122012

It's time to test if there is a silent majority that is willing to come together for issues that stand for a healthy moral sense -- not social resentment and "values" issues that revolve around prejudice and reactionary religion. In his speech last week on gun safety, President Obama rightly said that incidents like Newtown reveal a complex issue, where guns are entangled with issues over mental health, the Second Amendment, police safety, school security and more. But he was also right in saying that complexity isn't an excuse for not acting.

The public has become lax over the past thirty years. The shock of the Newtown shootings has suddenly created a shift. According to the latest CNN poll, 62 percent of respondents favor a reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons, and the same majority would support a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. But opinions don't create action when an entrenched minority wields political power. The NRA is doing what it has always done when the public gets aroused by a mass killing -- they lie low for a while, wait for the outcry to die down, and then move in to make sure that Congress is still under their control.

...Grief and shock should lead to an aroused majority that doesn't aim to change gun culture but simply to exert the will of the country. In 1996, Australia reacted to the crazed killing of 35 people in Tasmania by passing stiff gun control that included buying back semi-automatic weapons. Australia has a Wild West culture that dates back to its frontier days, and so there were plenty of semi-automatic weapons out there. The buy-back amounted to 600,000 weapons. The same thing needs to happen here. We can't shrug our shoulders once more, using "culture of violence" as an excuse for doing nothing. The rights of the minority have been tolerated too far when that minority stands for intractable intolerance itself
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 And here's another broken promise of Obama to take action so police and intelligence agencies are not infiltrating legitimate groups of protesters. In fact Obama is fighting against revealing information about these ongoing spying operations which have been going on in the last dozen years and of course date back to the the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement , feminist organizations, black rights organizations including of course the Civil Rights Movement.

Liberals and progressives in the USA complained when Bush was sending out spies to infiltrate non-violent protest groups such as the Occupy and antiwar movement or pro & anti abortion protesters etc. But while Obama is the one spying on legal peaceful protest groups liberals and phoney progressives are silent. So where's the outrage ? Obama's true believers are no better than those who defended everything Bush did.

Court Rules Antiwar Activists Can Sue Government Spies by John Glaser, Antiwar.com via Truthout.org, Dec. 26, 2012

A federal appeals court involving antiwar activists who were secretly infiltrated by US military spies has ruled in favor of the activists, marking the first time a court has endorsed the people’s ability to sue the military for violating their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

“Declassified documents obtained by Students for a Democratic Society and Port Militarization Resistance,”reports Democracy Now, “revealed a man everyone knew as ‘John Jacob’ was in fact John Towery,” who was assigned by the government to spy on the Washington state-based antiwar groups.

Towery was dispatched from a “fusion center,” or intelligence center, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance powers.

In October, the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee reviewed more than 600 reports that had come out of these so-called fusion centers and found the giant bureaucracy surrounding the program produced almost nothing that had to do with countering terrorist threats.

Instead, the government spy networks snooped on political activists and infiltrated groups that were peacefully exercising their constitutional rights to free speech.

“The centers have made headlines for circulating information about Ron Paul supporters, the ACLU, activists on both sides of the abortion debate, war protesters and advocates of gun rights,” according to the Associated Press.

“This has never been done before,” said Larry Hildes, an attorney with National Lawyers Guild, who is handling the case. “The US government has spied on political dissidents throughout history and this particular plot lasted through two presidencies, but never before has a court said that we can challenge it the way we have.”

and so it goes,
GORD.