… would make the judiciary a despotic branch


“Nothing in the Constitution has given [the judiciary] a right to decide for the Executive, more than to the executive to decide for them. Both magistracies are equally independent in the sphere of action assigned to them… the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional, and what are not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature & Executive also, in their spheres, would make the judiciary a despotic branch.”

— Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: Letter to Mrs. John Adams, September, 1804

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Different licenses


The shootings last night in Dallas using an AR-15 or variant caused me to rethink once more the background check system currently in place. Ruger makes a very nice 5 round .38 I’d like to have called a LCR. Being a revolver, it takes several seconds to reload the 5 rounds. But for its purpose, it is a very useful weapon.

It bears no resemblance to a Beretta 92. That pistol in 9mm has an optional 20 round removable magazine. With a pushbutton thumb release, the magazine can be replaced in about 1.5 seconds. With just 5 magazines you can have virtually uninterrupted shooting of 100 rounds. A formidable weapon.

The  ArmaLite rifle, AR-15 has magazines of 5, 10, 30 and 60 capacity. It fires a rifle cartridge with a ballistics potential 2 to 4 times that of a pistol cartridge. Four 30 round magazines gives you a weapon that easy extends its range with just a moderately trained shooter of 100 yards (versus say 10 yards for a typical pistol shooter). A much more powerful weapon indeed.

The analogy is with driving. Most anyone can get a drivers license to operate a passenger vehicle or pickup. If you want or need to drive a multi-passenger bus, that requires a different license. The same goes for a straight truck, or a semi trailer. Each has different requirements for a commercial drivers license. The speed freak can get involved in various forms of racing at a racetrack.

But that’s the point, a Volvo is not a semi. A Ford Fiesta is not an Indy car. It all depends what qualifications and effort you are willing to put into it that determines what you can drive. You don’t turn a GT driver pictured above loose on the highway doing 180 mph while everyone else is doing 65 mph. And, around the time a person turns 90 or so, or has other medical issues, it is determined sometimes they don’t have the capacity to drive at all.

Turning 3 to 4 shooters loose last night with semi automatic rifles in Dallas was insane. A vigorous background check involving interviews with neighbors and employment verification and evaluation of arrest records, and throw in a mental health test, most likely would have disqualified those murderers from owning those weapons. Line of sight in all 4 directions for 100 yards last night was a kill zone. That’s nuts.

The little old lady wanting a LCR doesn’t need the same scrutiny.

James Roach

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The government will take virtually everything a person saves over a lifetime


“Inflation has now been institutionalized at a fairly constant 5% per year. This has been determined to be the optimum level for generating the most revenue without causing public alarm. A 5% devaluation applies, not only to the money earned this year, but to all that is left over from previous years. At the end of the first year, a dollar is worth 95 cents. At the end of the second year, the 95 cents is reduced again by 5%, leaving its worth at 90 cents, and so on. By the time a person has worked 20 years, the government will have confiscated 64% of every dollar he saved over those years. By the time he has worked 45 years, the hidden tax will be 90%. The government will take virtually everything a person saves over a lifetime.”

— G. Edward Griffin

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The state of America

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By gawd that’s what a flag should look like! If that doesn’t make you salute the flag, nothing will. The eve of Independence Day causes me to evaluate how far we have come as a nation since July 4, 1776. 240 years have passed. Where did our Founders think we would be? What path did they recommend? I know they advised avoiding foreign entanglements. I know they did not trust a centralized power. I know they felt the freedoms offered by the Constitution were too much for an immoral people. I know they said Congress should coin money. I know they said Congress should declare war.

I know at this moment the national debt is $19,337,689,317,737.22 trillion dollars. Hmm… probably not what they recommended. We’ve been at war in its latest incarnation since 2001. Hmm… we beat Germany and Japan at the same time in 4 years. I know the federal government decides what size toilet tank we will have. What type of light bulb. That we would all have to buy new TV’s. I know the federal government decides at what age we will retire. What our kids are taught in K-12. The Federal Reserve coins money, not Congress. The President declares war, not Congress.

Is Congress “protecting the States from foreign invasion”, as required by Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution? Hardly. Not only do they have no control of the southern border, they have ceded a 75 mile swath to Mexico because of incursions from drug cartels. Then, under UN direction and using your tax dollars, they are flooding the country with Muslims from the Middle East that bring their own form of government (Sharia) and a hatred for the West.

Instead of a solid manufacturing base producing goods created from the raw materials of the earth to increase the wealth of the nation, we make trade deals where foreign countries keep the tariff on our goods and open our markets to their goods unfettered. To question any of this is to be called an isolationist and xenophobic.

So if our Founding Fathers intended us to be a warring nation deeply in debt with no control of its borders and no jobs, then we are exactly where they intended us to be.

Jim Roach

Biker (2) ;f;psi

“The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.”
— Bill Clinton


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Like making a tar baby out of Trump

“No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”

— Alan Bullock       (British historian)

[It reminded me of the way the establishment tried to paint even the most obvious things Trump said as somehow screwball. How can you argue with America First? Fair Trade? Not fighting everybody else’s damn wars? Having a border? The Insiders are trying their damnedest to paint him as a nut for proposing the most obvious ideas in the world. He’s a patriot, and that’s a dangerous thing to be in a world controlled by globalists.]

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“… can hardly be described as democracy either.”

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“I wouldn’t call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either.”

— Edward Zehr
(1936-2001) Columnist

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Hillary did what Hitler couldn’t

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Women and children flooding Europe from the Middle East

Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State was focused on extorting money from foreign governments through the sale of access to our government. It wasn’t focused on smoothing the rough seas of a geopolitical tempest. While she enriched the Clinton Foundation, her actions and inaction essentially lit a match to the volatile Middle East. Decisions made were based not what was best for America and for the world, but what her donors wanted.

Never a garden spot, the Mideast was transformed into an unlivable hellhole. “Refugees” poured out of the region. It was reported on the news today that the flood has hit the 60 million mark. 60 million (mostly men) have invaded Europe. The fertility rate of this group will of course soon swamp and destroy the culture of Europe. This one time productive and stable continent will soon be overcome by the hatred and bloodshed of the invading Islamic forces.

Europe will accomplish through stupidity, what Hitler couldn’t do through force. The saving grace of World War Two of course, was America. We were able to ride in on a white horse and save the day. We can’t do that this time. Europe has invited this cancer into the very marrow of its body. The vacuum created by a post-Christian society will indeed be filled by the Islamic death cult.

It will no doubt descend from being a highpoint of civilization, into some sort of medieval anarchy, where only the fittest survive.  America as noted cannot ride in to save the day, we are only 10 to 15 years behind them. The lie of multiculturalism will be our death knell also.

Jim Roach

Waiting for food

“The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people.”
— Bill Clinton

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Its not 1960 anymore

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The recent mass murders in Orlando, Florida by a Muslim extremist caused me to rethink what laws should govern the purchase and carrying of weapons. When I was a kid in the 60’s in Iowa, very few people had a carry permit. If a man had a license to carry, you could pretty much count on him being one hell of an upstanding citizen. Sober, didn’t beat his wife, mowed his lawn… you know.

That’s not the case anymore. Nowadays our country is being overrun by Muslims from war torn areas of the globe where life is cheap. Being overrun by Mexican drug runners here illegally. Being overrun by a climate of lawlessness from a government who picks and chooses what laws to enforce. A government whose IRS picks and chooses what 501 C 3’s to target.

Nutcases in modern day America are not cared for in mental health hospitals. Those hospitals are far too often being closed down,  like Clarinda and Mount Pleasant in Iowa by that idiot Governor Branstad. Our gun laws are so screwed up, unbelievable as it sounds, when an application goes through the county sheriff’s office, amazingly the county mental health authority is not being asked to sign off on an individuals application.

We end up with a scenario where criminals and nutcases are buying weapons. Question #5 on the Iowa form deals with mental health, “Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective?” (Good question, but strictly asking you to self identify? That’s crazy.) Itshould require a county agency to sign off. Have you made threats, how many OWI’s, job losses, police calls, hospital stays at a treatment facility…. there are all kinds of indications that need to be checked on the mental health side.

Why not a 10 question mental health test to go along with the 10 question legal questionnaire? Being cleared by a county mental health records check and questionnaire may not be perfect, may not catch everything, but my guess is it would catch one hell of a lot! Say for instance this couldn’t be implemented for every gun purchase, but it should be required for any rifle that has a magazine with a greater capacity than 5 rounds. The sad fact of the matter is that the cop at the door of the nightclub in Orlando, was outgunned. He had a sidearm, it was simply no match for a semiautomatic rifle with 30-round capacity magazines.

As I write this I realize I am answering my own question. The government creates this problem by an insane immigration policy and no control of the border, then asks you to take it in the shorts by giving up your guns. Still, I can’t help but feel there needs to be a “two-tier” licensing strategy.  A lower threshold for limited capacity weapons, and a higher threshold for high capacity handguns and rifles.

A way for my fellow gun nuts  to have any weapon they want, but a screening process that better protects the public from homicidal maniacs. Too many mass murders. Too many of the authorities not being held responsible for the lack of prosecution on cases that would have stopped these people before they killed (Omar Mateen beat his first wife, he should have been prosecuted for domestic violence. That would have prevented him from purchasing weapons).

So yes, the government needs to come up with a rational immigration policy. The government needs to control the border. Local authorities need to prosecute criminals BEFORE they kill. And gun owners need to work on perfecting the screening process. We have no more interest in nutcases being armed than anyone else. Its not 1960 anymore. We are no longer homogenous Iowa.

Jim Roach

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“The peaceful majority was irrelevant!”

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“Nothing we would do differently”


FBI Director James Comey typifies everything that is wrong with bureaucrats. His agency interviewed the Orlando murderer twice and saw no way to stop him. His agency also failed with the San Bernardino killers. The honorable thing to have done (which is not common in modern America) would be to resign after the loss of life which you are responsible for.

Not Comey. He doesn’t even see a reason to change tactics! Crazed Islamic killers continue to wreak havoc in American society and he insists on repeating failure! Amazing. It is one thing to fail, it is still another to consciously repeat that failure. The words that should have come out of his mouth are, “We will stop at nothing till we get this right!”

Not Comey, he circles the wagons and says, “We did nothing wrong”, in effect. Bullshit.

It’s much like our 15 year “war on terror”. If you can’t beat a bunch of sand people with no infrastructure in 15 YEARS, maybe you need to change tactics! Isn’t that a reasonable assumption? If it isn’t working, try something different? Makes sense to me! But that’s the trouble with bureaucrats, they’re not leaders, they’re wagon masters.

Jim Roach

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