All governments are evil, some just vastly more evil than others.
Let's not forget the jug-eared pipsqueak piece of shit only won by 3.8 percent — hardly a mandate.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Beginner's Introduction to Skeet
NOTE: This article was originally published in the Skeet Forum of the Shotgun World Message Board by member Henry Baker (Case). If you'd like to have the whole package to call up locally on your computer or put on your website, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.


Beginner's introduction
to a truly American shotgun game

By Case (Henry Baker)
Shotgun World Bonus Member

Newcomers to the game of Skeet will find the basics here — a brief history, field layout/measurements, shooting sequences, how the game's played and some useful references, plus geometric and dimensional trivia which may be of interest to those enamored of numbers or interested in building their own Skeet range.

Skeet's debt to a flock of chickens

Unlike trap, Skeet is a purely American shotgun game, born and bred not only in the U.S.A. but in the very cauldron of American independence — Massachusetts.

In 1920, several Andover bird hunters, casting about for a more realistic means of honing their wingshooting skills by duplicating all the shot presentations they might encounter in a live bird field, devised a scheme they called Shooting Around the Clock.

The "clock" was a circle with a 50-yard diameter, a trap placed at 12 o'clock to throw targets toward 6 o'clock and shooting stations at each of the hour numbers.
Each shooter took two shots from each of the 12 stations and used the 25th for a snap shot at the target from the center of the circle.

And the design served their purposes perfectly — leaving few, if any, possible field shots unpracticed.

The field was set up on the grounds of C. E. Davies' Glen Rock Kennels and all went well until a neighbor moved a flock of chickens onto the adjacent property, which were soon being showered with shot from gunners on the opposite side of the
wingshooting practice field.

Undeterred, the innovative Davies, his son Henry and their friend William H. Foster simply got a second trap and set it at 6 o'clock to throw toward the 12 station, thus cutting the range in half so all the shots went in a direction away from the beleagured cluckers, yet maintained all the left and right shot presentations from the original field.

But as shotgunning matters are wont to go, practice eventually gave way to the trio's competitive natures and the seeds of Skeet were sown.

Foster devised a shooting program containing all the necessary elements of wingshooting practice and a competitive sport, adding among other refinements four sets of doubles and an optional shot.

When the details of the sport were completed and tested and a set of rules drawn up, the idea was introduced to the public in the February, 1926, issues of two outdoors magazines of the day — National Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing.

A prize of $100 offered to the person who came up with the best name for the new sport went to Mrs. Gertrude Hurlbutt of Dayton, Montana, who suggested skeet, an old Scandinavian form of the word "shoot." So enthusiastic was the public's interest in the fledgling sport (and possibly the hundred bucks, which was meaningful money in 1926) that some 10,000 entries were received in the contest.

Thus, thanks to a flock of chickens, a casual wingshooting practice informally called Shooting Around the Clock evolved into today's popular sport, with national competition, rules and an officially sanctioned Skeet field, all governed by a central organization — the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), headquartered in San Antonio, TX.

Founded in the early 1930s, the NSSA is a non-profit organization owned and operated by its nearly 20,000 members, who are represented by a board of directors and an executive committee which employs an executive director to manage the association's affairs.

In addition to keeping member records of individual shooters and registered shoots, The NSSA hosts the World Skeet Shooting Championship, World Vintage Skeet Championship, Junior World Skeet Championship and an International World Skeet Championship annually.

Skeet has developed into much more than just an aid to better wingshooting or a substitute for hunting. It is now a competitive sport and matches are conducted in four gun gauges against others of like ability, depending on their classifications.

While many skeet shooters never feel the need to own or use more that one gauge of shotgun, a registered skeet competition typically features the most popular three gauges, 12, 20, 28 and the .410 bore, so named because it represents the bore diameter of the shotgun and not the gauge.

The "gauge" of a shotgun is a somewhat outdated measurement whose origins date back to the days of black powder guns and is determined by the number of pellets, each the size of the gun's bore, which would weigh one pound. Any one of 12 round lead balls, for example, would fit in the barrel of a 12-gauge gun and all 12 would weigh one pound. In 28 gauge you'd get 28 balls from a pound of lead.
TYPICAL SKEET SHOTSHELL CHARACTERISTICS
Gauge/Bore 12 20 28 .410
Ounce Weight 1 1/8 oz. 7/8 oz. 3/4 oz. 1/2 oz.

Grain Weight 492 383 328 219
Shot Size 9 9 9 9
Shot Diameter .08 .08 .08 .08
Pellet Count 658 512 366 293


Most registered shoots comprise:

All Bore: 12 gauge or smaller.
20 Gauge: 20 gauge or smaller.
Small Gauge: 28 gauge or smaller.
Sub-Small Gauge: .410 bore only.

According to tests performed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 1980 and repeated in 1995, a beginner might be expected to break 11 out of 25 targets on the first try and gradually improve through the high teens and low 20s. A perfect score of 25 is a reasonable goal to shoot for. You can shoot skeet for practice, for fun or in a registered event.

To shoot registered targets, however, you'll need to join the NSSA, whose members receive classifications ranging from E to AA and AAA, determined by how well they shot registered targets in the various events. Details of the classification system are far too complicated to go into here.

Nor should you concern yourself with it or feel somehow "left out" if you have no interest in registered competition. Skeet is a game to be enjoyed by all — from top competitor to a shooter who simply wants to dust some clays with his old "huntin' gun."

You needn't feel you have to own a $10,000 Perazzi over/under, or even a $2,000 Browning or Beretta, to be accepted on the range. Fellow shooters will — or at least should — make you feel comfortable even if you arrive at the range with a slightly pitted Mossberg 500 you picked up for $150 at the pawn shop out on the highway.

You can learn the game and how to better your scores by getting help from experienced shooters at the club, you can hire an instructor or you can buy some good instruction books or videos.
Clockface to Skeet range: Just plane geometry

Dotted lines in the Skeet field diagram above are all that remain to hint at Skeet's early days, but they serve to illustrate the game's total dependence on the original circle for its very form and existence.

For the geometric-minded, the working area of a Skeet field is actually a sector of a large circle formed by the target flight paths originating from each side of the circumference and meeting in the circle's center at the target crossing point. The entire circle's circumference is 395.84 feet and its area is 12,468.982 square feet — or almost three-tenths of an acre. The sector's area is 5,091.501 square feet — or slightly over one-tenth of an acre.

The portion of that sector likely most familiar to a Skeet shooter is a segment of the circle described by the 120'-9" base cord running between the front edges of Stations 1 and 7 and the arc below comprising Shooting Stations 1 through 7. The segment contains 4,010.665 square feet and the stations arc length is 161.635 feet.

Admittedly, those square footage figures won't improve anyone's Skeet game, but knowing them is a big help for someone building a range and planning on instant grass in any or all areas using pallets of sod, each of which will cover 400 square feet. Sodding only the area inside the station arc out to the target crossing point and across to above both houses would require 16 pallets. To sod the entire rectangle you'd need 19.8 pallets.

The Skeet range has a High House on the left and a Low House on the right, each housing a trap machine which throws the targets from their windows at 17-degree angles from the base cord
across the target crossing point, which is 18 feet straight out from the center of Station 8. Each house sits three feet outside the circle, exactly at the rear of the shooting pads of Stations 1 and 7.

The center of the High House window is 10 feet above Station 1 and directly over the head of the shooter. The center of the Low House window is 3 feet, 6 inches above Station 7 and to the right of the shooter.

Regulation targets travel at about 45 mph in a rainbow trajectory for 60 yards and must cross the center stake at an elevation of 15 feet above the surface of the shooting stations, all of which must be at the same level.

Periodically, the trap machines are checked to make sure they're throwing regulation targets. This is done with a device called the hoop, a pole on the top of which is a metal circle 3 feet in diameter, the center of which must stand 15 feet above the target crossing point.

With someone holding the hoop at the target crossing point, another person adjusts the trap machines vertically and horizontally until they throw their targets pretty much through the center of the hoop.

The throwing arm of the trap has a rail against which the target rests and which imparts a spin to it when released, creating a gyroscopic effect which lends stability to the spinning disk.

The targets themselves are made of lime and pitch, which is poured into molds and "warmed up" but not baked, as in a kiln, then the colors are painted on. They're available for different games in a variety of styles, sizes and colors — standard, mini clays, midi clays, battue, clay rabbits — but the standard Skeet target is round, dome-shaped, 108mm (4-1/4") in diameter and about one inch high.

Around 1870, clay was first used to create targets, but it was difficult to attain consistent hardness. In 1880, the mixture of lime and pitch was found to create a target that had the ideal combination of sturdiness and brittleness.

Although the targets are no longer made from clay, the name has carried over. And no doubt even the new biodegradable targets, constructed of finely pulverized limestone, sulfur and some other binders, which supposedly self-destruct in about two years with enough rainfall, will continue to carry the "clays" moniker.

How the game's played

While it's readily apparent that geometry, mathematics and precise measurements are important in the construction of the Skeet range itself, the math doesn't end there.

It also plays a significant role for the shooter, whose goal is to break targets — even though he may be completely oblivious to what a mathematical feat he's performing when he breaks one.

Skeet is a game of angles and mathematical formulas involving time, speed and distance, which translate into the necessity of shooting a certain distance ahead of each target so that shot string and target meet physically somewhere along the target's flight path, resulting in a "dead" bird.

This is known as lead, and the lead necessary for breaking each target changes by some amount from Skeet station to station because the shooting distances and angles change.

And that's the challenge of the game, but more on that shortly...

At its most basic, a round of Skeet involves one box of 25 shotgun shells per shooter, which will be fired at eight stations, the usually concrete pads on which each shooter stands to take his turn. Normally, no more than five shooters, called a squad,
are involved in a single round of skeet at one time.

The shooters begin a round at Station 1 in front of the High House and progress around the arc to Station 7 in front of the Low House, ending at Station 8 exactly at the middle between the two houses.

Target shooting sequences at each station:

Stations 1 and 2: High House single, shot first; Low House single; High and Low House doubles, with the High House shot taken first. (Four shots at each of the two stations.)

Stations 3 through 5: High House single, shot first; Low House single. (Two shots at each of the three stations.)

Stations 6 and 7: High House single, shot first; Low House single; High and Low House doubles, with the Low House shot taken first. (Four shots at each of the two stations.)

Station 8: High House single, shot first; Low House single. If by now the shooter has missed no targets, the 25th shot is taken at the Low House.

Optional shot: This, which would be the 25th shell for a shooter who has missed no shots through Station 8, is taken for a second try at the first target missed at any station.

NOTE that at every station the High House shot is taken first except on doubles at Stations 6 and 7, when you shoot the Low House target before the High House. Just remember that and you won't get confused over which house to shoot first.

Now, back to some basics on that tricky business of lead — shooting ahead of a target.

Mathematically, one could stand and point the shotgun like a rifle at a certain spot ahead of the target in its flight path (gun point), then pull the trigger when the target reaches a certain point on its path (pre-intercept point) — and break the target without ever moving the gun from its static position.

Mathematically, it's just a time, speed and distance equation.

The only problem is, it won't work in the real world, because on a practical basis no shooter could consistently know or time his shot at the exact gun point and pre-intercept point.


So the shooter must swing with the target and lead it by a certain distance to account for the time it takes to pull the trigger, the shell to fire and the shot string to travel into the target's path so the target runs into it.

There are three methods of leading a target, but we'll not dwell on them here beyond a simple description of each, since the purpose of this introduction is only to serve as an overview of Skeet and there's much material available elsewhere on the pros and cons of each.

Sustained, or maintained, lead: The shooter picks up the target in his peripheral vision as it emerges from the window, immediately begins moving ahead of it, adjusts for the correct lead distance and fires the instant that distance is seen, keeping the gun moving after the shot. This is the lead used by most Skeet shooters today.

Swing-through lead: The shooter allows the target to get ahead of the gun, swings through it and fires the instant he judges he has the correct lead, keeping the gun moving after the shot.

Pull-ahead lead: The shooter swings to the target when he sees it, then quickly pulls ahead to what he considers the correct lead and fires instantly, keeping the gun moving after the shot.

Notice that no matter what method is used, the shooter fires instantly when he sees the necessary lead. This is important because these targets are moving fast and offer little or no margin for tinkering around with minor adjustments.

The beginning shooter will likely anquish for some time over exactly which lead method is best for him, and only he can decide that, but there should be no indecision nor questioning the need to keep the gun moving after the shot — known as follow-through.

Without follow-through, no matter what lead method you use or what distance your lead, you'll almost certainly miss the target. It's called stopping the gun, and it probably accounts for more misses on a Skeet range than any other mistake.

And, of course, you must be swinging the gun on the same horizontal plane as the target. Shooting over or under the target causes many misses and shooting over it accounts for most of those. If you don't see the target on or just above the front bead of your gun, you're probably about to shoot over it.

SUGGESTED HIGH AND LOW HOUSE LEADS AT EACH STATION
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
High:
None
Low:
10"-12"
High:
1'- 2-1/2'
Low:
2'- 2-1/2'
High:
4' - 4-1/2'
Low:
4 - 4-1/2'
High:
4' - 4-1/2'
Low:
4' - 4-1/2'
High:
4' - 4-1/2'
Low:
4' - 4-1/2'
High:
2' - 2-1/2'
Low:
1 - 1-1/2'
High:
10" - 12"
Low:
None
None:
Cover each
target
and shoot


The leads in the table were taken from Skeet Shooting with D. Lee Braun and the Remington Pros, an excellent book by a champion Skeet shooter who shot on the Remington Firearms Company's team for many years. Even so, they're not chiseled in stone.

The amount of lead required to break a target is highly variable from shooter to shooter because it depends greatly on how fast the shooter swings the gun. Only with constant and consistent practice will you get the feel of how much lead on each station works best for you. When you break a target, try to remember the sight picture and lead that did it, then try to repeat it the next time on that target.

In general, try to break going-away targets before or near the center stake and let incoming targets go past the stake and come to you. There's no sense in trying to break an incoming target while it's still far away from you, when you can break it easily when it's nearby.

Station 8... Grrrrrrrr...

If not actually trick shots, the High and Low House targets from Station 8 are definitely tricky and guaranteed to frustrate the beginning shooter. At this station, you're a mere 18 feet from the target crossing point and must break each target before it passes that or it's counted as a miss.

And since you're also only about 20 yards from the window and the target is coming almost straight at you, it will be at and beyond you before you know it if you're not fully alert and prepared.

Give yourself the maximum advantage on this close-in target by standing in the right-rear corner of the pad for the High House and the left-rear corner for the Low House.

Station 8 can be extremely daunting, but there's a way to avoid the angst and ease into this bugger
gradually until you get the hang of it. And once you do, you'll wonder how you ever missed it, because it's actually one of the easiest targets on the field.

How to learn Station 8: Don't start out shooting from Station 8. It's that simple. To learn the High House, for example, walk about halfway between Station 8 and the Low House and shoot it from there. Then as you begin breaking targets gradually move closer to Station 8 until you can break them from there. For the Low House, do the opposite.

For all Station 8 shots, start with the gun pointing about three feet outside the window on the target's flight path and look at the window. When the target appears, swing at and with it smoothly and quickly, cover it up and shoot the instant it's covered — and keep the gun moving.

And the more open your choke is on this face-hugger, the better chance you'll have of breaking it. It can be broken fairly easily by an accomplished shooter with a modified choke — or even a full — but you should avoid any choke of tighter constriction than improved cylinder, at least while you're learning.

To shoulder or not to shoulder

Should you pre-mount the gun before calling for a target — or should you use the unmounted gun method, pushing the gun five or six inches away from your shoulder and dropping the bottom of the butt just below the elbow?

Virtually all the oldtimers of decades ago started with an unmounted gun. Virtually all skeet shooters today start with a mounted gun.

Only you can decide which works best for you. Try it both ways and decide for yourself.

International (Olympic) Skeet

International is a variation of American Skeet and is the style shot in the Olympics. It has an eight-station format like American Skeet but with faster targets thrown at 72 meters (78.73 yards). The shooter is required to hold the butt of the gun at hip level until the target is seen, which may be delayed for up to 3.5 seconds after the target is called for.

Single and double target sequences are slightly different from American Skeet, with a high single and one pair of doubles from Stations 1 & 2; high and low singles and one pair of doubles from Stations 3, 4 and 5 (on Station 4, the high bird must be attempted first in doubles); a single low and a double from Station 6; one pair of doubles from Station 7; a single high and a single low from Station 8. A round is 25 targets, with no option shot.

The shot charge is restricted to 24 grams (approx. 7/8 oz.), with any safe powder charge. For tournaments, all shells must be of the same type and load.

Safety and Skeet range etiquette

When you're not on a station getting ready to shoot, ALWAYS keep the receiver of your gun open so there'll be no question in fellow shooters' minds whether it's loaded or not.

Open your O/U or the bolt on your semi-auto or pump shotgun. It's just the safe and sensible thing to do. Also, you won't look like an amateur and draw the scorn of other shooters.

NEVER load your gun until you're on a station and it's your turn to shoot.

Call for the target so the puller won't have to strain to hear you. Occasionally, a shooter will have his own pet word to call for a target, but the traditional words are PULL! for the High House and MARK! for the Low House. However you call for the target, do it in a strong, commanding voice.

Otherwise, don't blame the guy with the switch in his palm for giving you a slow pull.

And if you're the guy with the switch, focus your attention on the current shooter and not the other shooters' chit-chat going on around you.

Have fun and best of luck to you
at a great American shotgun game!


Useful references


General

National Skeet Shooting Association — Official website of the NSSA, where you can learn more about the organization and join, look up members and their records and upcoming registered shoots, order professionally drawn blueprints for a Skeet range and even buy once-fired shotshell hulls.

USA Shooting — The national governing body for the Olympic Shooting Sports.

Armed Forces Skeet Association

History of Skeet — Slightly more detailed account of the game's beginnings.

Instruction

Videos by top competitors

Skeet Fundamentals — Good basic instruction from the Remington website.

Skeet 101 — Good advice from the Virginia Skeet Shooting Association website.

Skeet Shooting, International Style — Step by Step — Excellent advice on shooting the more difficult International variation of American Skeet — the style shot at the Olympics.

Match Nerves & Pressure — Overcoming it

Basic Skeet by Max Weston. (PDF file)

Score Better at Skeet — Excellent book by champion shooter Fred Missildine, now out of print but occasionally you'll find one up for auction on eBay.

Skeet Shooting with D. Lee Braun and the Remington Pros — Another excellent book by a champion shooter, also out of print but sometimes available on eBay.

Skeet scorecards

Skeet scorecard (PDF file, 188 kb)

Doubles Skeet scorecard (PDF file, 216 kb)

Firearms, ballistics and shooting calculators

Shotgun & shotshell facts — shot sizes, pellet counts, dram equivalents, chokes, game/gun selection, etc.

Shotshell Reloading Cost Calculator

Shotgun Recoil Calculator

Shotgun Pattern Density Calculator

Standard Deviation Calculator

Clay target manufacturers

Champion Targets

White Flyer Clay Targets

Remington STS Clay Targets (Guess the Blue Rocks have been consigned to history.)

Trap manufacturers

Atlas Traps

Champion Traps

GMV Super Star Traps

GP Traps

Hunters Pointe Traps

LaPorte Traps

Lincoln Traps

Pat Traps

Pro-Matic Traps

Trius Traps

Skeet releases (remote wireless and cord)

Shoot alone with the Autopuller by Clay Delay — Easily adapt your Skeet, Trap or Sporting Clays cord to use either the standard button switch or this unique voice release. Works great.

Clay Delay Voice Release

Canterbury Voice Release Systems

Ventriloquist Voice Release Systems

Three-button release sets, foot pedals, electrical wire and parts

Typical (Winchester-Western) 3-button Skeet release schematic


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Random thoughts on Boston...

• The event is almost certain to divert emotions and media madness away from Sandy Hook and gun control. This story's got legs longer than a Boston marathoner's. Big Media loves the drama and gore of a good domestic bombing and the ongoing whodunit that can grind on for months and even years thereafter. I can almost hear Newtown plunging from the 1-As to the back of "B" sections in Big Media's newsrooms. Now, if we can just get the Boston diversion moving all the way to The Hill...

• Lotsa luck on tracing those explosive pressure cookers... I don't think I've ever been to an average-sized yard sale where there wasn't at least one old kitchen bomb offered for a buck or so. Thrift and second-hand shops are usually over-inventoried with those old rattlers ranging in size from stovetops to big canners — the ownership chain of each hopelessly untraceable.

• Are universal pressure-cooker background checks and registrations next? Thanks to the druggies and meth mechanics, you can't buy a bottle of Sudafed now without baring the history of your common cold to an anonymous white-smocked Wally World or some other pill pusher, who is compelled by law to commit your name and each purchase to an eternal journal — and Sudafed never maimed or mangled anyone. (Okay, except for a few kitchen meth chefs who deservedly got their asses blown off.)

• As a lifelong asportual (non-jock), I've never participated in any of these moronic marathons and in fact always considered systematic jogging and any other form of foot racing for any reason other than escape from an angry, cuckolded husband to be silly, life-threatening pursuits. Check the stats, for example, on how many joggers are run down by texting teenagers or chewed and bloodied by frisky pups. Having been ridiculed for years as a wimp by yuppies (yeah, wussy-pussy yuppies, for god's sake!), I feel I've now been vindicated. Boston proves the damned marathons are life-threatening. And what do those other neighborhood sprinters get? Joggers' knees, which in advanced years almost always have to be replaced at great expense with plastic joints, whose manufacture is based in the same petroleum many of those phony Mother Earth vegetarians constantly condemned and loudly protested.

• Never to be caught speechless by an egregious atrocity or bereft of political profit from a crisis, Dear Leader promptly prounounced the Bean Town bombing a "tragedy" but, as usual, stopped short of attributing it to terrorism, which would have let the cat even further out of the bag that his boasts of putting terrorists and terrorism on the run have all been total bullshit — to put it mildly, considering Benghazi.

• The Boston Marathon will now rise to 9/11 sanctity and reverence. Never again will it simply be known as the most famous yuppie gut buster on the planet.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Must-see TV: Your Secret's Out

Still mind-blown over how a communist community organizer from the most corrupt city in America — who has turned out to be the most dangerously un-American president in American history — was reelected over a highly successful businessman with an impeccable record and solid history of accomplishment?

Tune in to Your Secret's Out on Fox News this Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT.

You'll learn not only how the Democrats' election machine data-mined American voters, allowing Obama to squeak past what should have been a crushing defeat, but how your private life and laundry is being hung out for public viewing and use by clever marketers and the federal government, which itself is building the largest, most secretively intrusive data accumulation and storage center on the planet to monitor and record your every move.

If you care about your life and your privacy, you simply cannot afford to miss Your Secret's Out.

Even as you watch this shocking special report, Big Brother will be watching you.

Make no mistake about it: George Orwell's nightmare is real, and it's all over your life...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Who are really the lunatics?

By Henry Baker

News item: 'Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws'

"Shooting-victim" states are now competing with each other for who can pass the most ridiculously draconian and useless new gun laws — notably Connecticut, Colorado and New York so far.

Still, the gun haters aren't satisfied — and never will be until the 2nd Amendment is repealed and private ownership of firearms is abolished in America, which will then be totally vulnerable to "progressives" and the creation of their utopian dictatorship.

This is pure emotional grandstanding, removed from any semblance of common sense and reality. Who do those numbskulls think will actually obey their absurd new strictures on a constitutional dictate? No one but already-law-abiding people will, of course, and any among those knee-jerk fools with any sense at all know that. But that never stops politicians from shamelessly pandering to an emotional moment.

"The legislation also breaks new ground," says the story. "Legislators said that the provision that would mandate that weapons offenders be registered was the country’s first statewide measure of its kind."

So Connecticut wants to create yet another "class" of citizen to be registered by the state and hounded throughout his or her entire life as lepers once were — very likely including many citizens who broke no law except possession of the "wrong kind of gun."

Such idiocy already exists for "sexual offenders" in almost every state, thanks to the hysterics of top talk-show bully Bill O'Reilly on the Fox News Channel. O'Reilly's "Jessica's Law" would require registration of scumbags like John Couey, who in 2005 molested and murdered little Jessica Lundsford in Florida.

Okay, I've got no problem with that, except lowlifes like Couey and real child molesters should be strung up, to hell with some silly registration scheme.

But here's the problem with such emotional, knee-jerk laws: They never differentiate between maggots like Couey and an innocent 18-year-old whose sexual encounter with his 15-, 16- or 17-year-old girlfriend comes to the attention of a politically ambitious prosecutor. So the kid gets stuck with a millstone around his neck for the rest of his life for doing what thousands of red-blooded, testosterone-hyped teenagers all over the nation do every night and day.

That's the same brand of insanity that would encumber law-abiding citizens with draconian laws that criminals and lunatics will ignore.

Everyone, even gun-control fanatics, pretty much agree that the perpetrators of these mass shootings are mental cases, but not once does that story say Connecticut has done a single thing to address mental illness in its mania to restrict gun ownership.

So the gun, an inanimate object, continues to be blamed for the insane acts of lunatics, which begs the question:

Who are the real lunatics here — the nutcase perpetrators of mass atrocities, or the pandering politicians who pass more uselessly ineffective laws infringing a constitutional amendment and needlessly restricting a legal product?

Clearly, both.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Obama's campaign-machine thugs going
for GOP jugular in red-state strongholds

By Dick Morris

Published on DickMorris.com Feb. 26, 2013

The never-ending Obama campaign announced this week that it was raising funds from big donors — only a relative handful — to put together a $50 million fund for an army of grass-roots activists in swing states to go after Republican Congressmen and Senators who dare to vote against the president's wishes.

Over the next two years, they will be spreading their tentacles all over the nation to invade districts which are now in Republican hands but might be turned to blue in 2014 in pursuit of a House majority and of a sixty vote Democratic Senate.

This "purge" of Republicans is reminiscent of 1938 when FDR tried to oust conservatives — Democrats and Republicans alike — who had the temerity to oppose his New Deal measures. His efforts were soon overtaken by the double dip recession of 1937-38 that his economic and tax policies triggered, but it was not for want of trying that Congress remained independent.

Now, we Republicans must hunker down to fight the attempted Democratic purge of our Congressional representatives. For the cynics among us who wonder whether having a Republican House means anything at all, just bear in mind how firmly our ranks are holding in the House in favor of sequester. Does anyone think that there would be any bar to new tax increases and more spending if the Democrats had the kind of majorities Obama seeks?

Indeed, our stand in 2014 may be the most important of the eight year Obama nightmare. If he can acquire the same kind of mandate in his last two years as he got in his first two, God only knows where he will stop.

His donors will enjoy tax exemption on their contributions since the army is to be organized as a "social welfare" organization, not a political effort. Big donors and hard workers will be invited to meet with the president every quarter as the army focuses on building up grass roots organizations to topple Republican incumbents.

Normally, the sixth year of an eight-year tenure spells disaster for the governing party. I doubt that this year will be an exception. Obama's economic policies are plainly leading us into a double-dip recession and the evidence of their failure will soon be too widespread for any but the most deluded to ignore.

But, the Republican Party is a mess. Morale is shot. Finances are wiped out. Activists are cowering in their basements, unable to watch TV as the Obama tyranny unfolds. In this state, we may make easy prey for the Obama legions. The message is to mobilize, pull our heads out from under the bed, and get moving to protect our democracy and free market economic system.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This hypocrite bitch owns and packs
guns, travels with armed bodyguards



Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004 — has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced.

On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, "I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation" and "It will be carefully focused." Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.

According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein's website and a draft of the bill obtained by NRA-ILA, the new ban would, among other things, adopt new definitions of "assault weapon" that would affect a much larger variety...MORE

Sunday, January 20, 2013

As dangerous as dangerous gets...

"CBS News political director: Obama must 'destroy' Republican Party"

That degree of sheer loathing for an opposing political party is precisely why Barack Obama is not a conventional American president, Democrats are no longer conventional Democrats and these are not conventional political times.

But unfortunately loathing all conservatives is pretty much the systemic mindset of today's unconventional national press.

If that press had adhered to one of its primary reasons for existence — investigating and exposing politicians' pasts and hidden agendas — the mysterious upstart "community organizer" Barack Obama would never have been elected the first time, let alone the second.

What electorate in its right mind would place the leadership of the most powerful nation on earth in the hands of a nobody politician whose cloudy past is highly suspicious at best and whose total qualifications consist of nothing more than rabble rousing in the slums of the most corrupt city in the nation? No electorate except one kept in the dark by a corrupt press would do that. An objective, honest press would have returned Obama to oblivion within the first month of his campaign. Instead, it turned him into a phony messiah.

This nation is in the throes of a major political and cultural upheaval that's about as dangerous for its future as dangerous can get. Obama and his fawning sycophants in the press are destroying America just as in 2008 I predicted they would. And that traitorous press has now colluded to give him another term to finish his evil agenda.

It's obvious the communist thugs of the insane 1960s have hijacked the Democratic Party, but that's not the major threat: The truly serious cancer that's afflicting this republic is that those same communist thugs and radicals also have commandeered and corrupted the "Fourth Estate" — the American press, both print and television.

The story Breitbart.com references is not just an isolated, flagrant example. And it's not just CBS News; it's ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the newspapers of chains such as Gannett, Cox, McClatchy and virtually every other major news provider in the nation. Historically, newsrooms have always leaned heavily toward a liberal political and cultural persuasion, but they've now tipped totally over to a stealth espousal of European-style socialism, if not pure Marxism.

Both of those political philosophies have proved to be miserable failures, but the 60s gang doesn't care.

And of course the national press is solidly in the bag for the Marxist con artist, psychotic narcissist and pathological liar whose election and reelection it assured. The only statement Barack Obama has ever made that wasn't a lie was that he would "transform America." With the help of a fawning press, he's certainly doing that.

Fox News is the only media outlet that makes any attempt whatsoever to practice objective journalism, but so far as depth goes, it's about as shallow as Gannett's uber-liberal commuter rag, USA Today.

Thanks to the U. S. Constitution, the American republic can survive any number of political scandals, outrages, upheavals and calamities, but it cannot survive a totally biased press in collusion with political and cultural forces clearly out to destroy its constitution and the traditions and core values that made it the stellar beacon of freedom and liberty among all the world's nations.

The America most of us know and love is dying, and its own Fourth Estate is killing it.

As the dictator and con artist in chief polishes and tunes his teleprompters preparatory to a glibly, gloriously mendacious inauguration speech, those of you who are still in control of your faculties and still give a damn about your country may be wondering how he'll gloss over the fiscal, unemployment and divisive cultural disasters that have been his first four years — and aren't likely to improve in the next four.

I'm wondering how his sycophantic press will spin his soaringly eloquent lies into something other than the total bullshit they are.

Monday, January 21, 2013, should go down as a day of national mourning.

Monday, January 14, 2013

TYRANNY
    Kill the 2nd Amendment, then the 1st?

KNOXVILLE — A West Tennessee man can no longer legally carry a handgun after he made "threatening" remarks in a video posted to the website YouTube. The video has since been removed by YouTube for what it claims were complaints of copyright violations.

WBIR-TV in Knoxville reported that the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Friday that it had suspended James Yeager’s handgun carry permit.

Yeager, 42, of Camden, posted a video claiming he would “start killing people” if the Obama administration took executive action to pass gun control measures.
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"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
   —George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment during the Virginia Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788.


George Mason would see nothing whatsoever wrong with James Yeager's video, and neither do I.

The Second Amendment is not about hunting and target shooting. It's all about the natural right of a person to own the highest and best means of self-protection from others, and a population to be armed with the highest and best means of protecting itself from the ever-present potential tyranny of its own government.

Thanks to an ignorant, dumbed-down electorate, we have a communist dictator in the White House for another four years.

We're in grave danger of losing not only the Second Amendment but also the First with this maggot tyrant driving the country into tyranny.

The Second Amendment's only reason for existence is to put a stop to such as that, and that's exactly what James Yeager was talking about.

Lock and load...

Mark Levin elaborates:

Friday, January 11, 2013

The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting and target shooting; it's about protection from a potentially tyrannical government

The Second Amendment is not about hunting and target shooting; it's all about the individual's inalienable constitutional and God-given right to the most effective means of self-protection and the population's right to own the weapons to protect itself from a tyrannical government.

What to do about private ownership of guns? Absolutely nothing. Life is fraught with peril, and freedom is not free. Tragic events such as Newtown are simply the terrible price we pay for freedom — but that price is not unique: we've also paid terrible prices in wealth and American lives to protect that freedom.

It's absurd, if not insane, to blame, condemn and restrict the freedoms and civil rights of millions of law-abiding citizens simply because of the isolated, random acts of lunatics.

The law does not exist that could prevent those atrocities, simply because criminals and lunatics don't obey laws.

All more of these useless laws will do is encumber honest Americans in their attempt to obtain the tools of self-defense against each other and their own government.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gunfight of the Century
   Showdown at America's new 'OK Corral'

By H. B. Baker

It's coming...

The halfbreed commie dictator is arming up for it right now with all the crony capitalism he can blackmail, extort and intimidate out of Big Business and probably even some major firearms manufacturers — exactly as he did with Big Pharma when he illegally rammed DictatorCare through the Senate without a single Republican vote. ("Illegally" because the communist turd Al Franken, who made the difference, was fraudulently elected.)

And of course the dictator's faithful commie Hollywood hypocrites will quickly queue up behind him in full force.

Crony capitalism: Obama going for gun control with tactic used to pass Obamacare

What to expect on gun control in the coming months

Walmart could be one of the major players, since the elimination of competitors such as gun shows and private person-to-person sales means more business for that monopolistic importer of Chinese crap.

Prepare to watch the most amazing extravaganza of con artistry and lying, phony alarmist bullshit you've ever seen — a curtain call of the DictatorCare show.

The dictator — who absurdly considers his 3.8 percent popular-vote reelection margin a "mandate" — will travel the nation at huge taxpayer expense to spread the lies. Tagging along like lemmings will be an army of gun-hating psychologists and other "experts," bawling brats, teary, whining mothers, brothers, sisters and other "victims" of the evil gun.

But there'll be little to no mention of the certifiable mentally unbalanced, the loose cannons and the lunatics who actually commit the atrocities...