Monthly Archives: January 2010

Want to Get NRA’s Attention? Criticize the Hell Out of them!

My Statcounter Web Counter logged the NRA again today, January 28th visiting my post, “Is the NRA Finally Taking Notice of this Blog?” as noted below. The question now is will the NRA contact me by email with their offer of help? I will gladly email the NRA my PDF version of my forthcoming “Verified Admiralty Complaint” for their review. If only the NRA will contact me.

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HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF: Words of Civil War from Glenn Beck and Frederick Douglass

Glenn Beck, Fox News, Tuesday, January 26, 2010:

“We’re not a democracy. We’re a republic. And the Founders put those first three words in the Constitution in really big font for a reason, as dumb as we may be, ‘We the People’ still run the country. And it’s our damn country. The Founders like Thomas Jefferson knew the People would make mistakes. ‘Cuz yeah, sometimes we are dumb as a box of rocks. We usually miss it. It takes us a while. But the Founders, including Jefferson, also knew when the government got too big and too out of control the politicians would figure out they could bribe there way into more power. And time and time again it has happened. But the founders said even if the People make that kind of mistake the People would eventually figure it out and fix it. Get out of our way elites. Get out of our way corrupt politicians. It’s time for the People to role up their sleeves and fix it. Maybe, maybe the Founders were wrong as all the elites will tell you know now. It don’t think so.”


Frederick Douglass [1857] (1985). The Significance of Emancipation in the West Indies. Speech, Canandaigua, New York, August 3, 1857; collected in pamphlet by author. In The Frederick Douglass Papers. Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews. Volume 3: 1855-63. Edited by John W. Blassingame. New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 204:

“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North, and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages, and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get. If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and if needs be, by our lives and the lives of others.”

I’m Slowly Joining the Big Dogs in the New Media

Since I got official recognition from the ISSN Division of the Library of Congress I have the authority to issued a PRESS PASS to myself in the name of my own magazine: American Common Defence Review. I stamped “Sample” over it and used the black/white photo to prevent fraudulent use of my press pass.

I also bought the Sony IC Recorder, ICD-PX720 with companion software at Office Depot for $60.

The Digital Recorder is the perfect tool for transcribing interviews directly on my laptop through the USB Port, the fundamental function of a reporter.

However, the Sony install CD does not provide a device driver for Windows 7. Sony has not updated the support web page for the Windows 7 device driver even though Windows 7 was released three months ago in October 2009. Why Sony USA is dragging their feet on the Windows 7 device driver is a question I could not get an answer. All answers from their online chat sessions were vague and uninformative.

A Google search revealed that Sony ASIA does have a new version of the companion software and the Windows 7 device driver but when I tried the download the ERROR message stated that their server was under mainenance and to try again latter. Two days of attempted downloads were unsuccessful. I finally made the call to Sony USA 800 tech support provided the answer. After the installation of the companion software you will have to manually update the driver for Windows 7 by using Windows Vista 64 bit driver.

I did not keep exact notes on how I installed the device driver but it involved Device Manager and a Device Driver Install Wizard, a right click on something, then the Browse Button to get to: C:/Program Files (x86)/Sony/ICD-PX Series Driver as per Sony Tech Support Telephone Operator. However, a simpler way may be to go straight to the folder and double-click on PXDriverSetup.exe.

Is the NRA Finally Taking an Interest in This Blog?


The NRA in 2002 didn’t give a rat’s ass about my Second Amendment case for National Open Carry Handgun from a merchant seaman’s point of view.

Today, I caught the NRA with their hand in the Cookie Jar!  (Statcounter web logger, see below).

Today, January 27, 2010, the NRA came snooping around my blog, excuse me, reading my blog 3 times after I posted my damning commentary slamming the NRA in my response to Ilya Shapiro’s article at the Cato Institute. What is the NRA up to.  Damage control?

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Ilya Shiparo of Cato Institute Confirms my Suspicion that the NRA (and SAF by Association) are More Interested in Glory for Themselves than for Your Constitutional Rights

Cato Institute – NRA Cares More about NRA Than Gun Rights, Liberty, Professional Courtesy, Tuesday, January 26, 2010:

by Ilya Shiparo, Cato Institute:

Yesterday the Supreme Court granted the NRA’s motion for divided argument in McDonald v. Chicago.  What this means is that Alan Gura’s 30 minutes of argument time on behalf of Chicagoland gun owners just became 20, with 10 going to former Solicitor General Paul Clement, whom the NRA hired at the last minute to pursue this motion and argument.  (Full disclosure: Alan Gura is a friend of mine, and of Cato.)

The NRA’s motion was premised on the idea that Alan had not fully presented the substantive due process argument for selective incorporation of the Second Amendment — presumably out of an outsized concern for the Privileges or Immunities Clause arguments about which I’ve previously blogged and written a law review articleThis is a highly unusual argument and is a facial slap at Alan’s abilities as an advocate.  Sadly, it’s also typical of how the NRA has behaved throughout this case and before that during the Heller litigation — sabotaging Alan at every turn and showing again and again that, even in the face of winning arguments that fully support its legal positions, the NRA prefers to seek glory for itself rather than presenting the strongest case for its purported constituency of gun owners.

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Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Failure with Hodgkins Case Has Improved My Standing to Sue on “Preenforcement Challenge” Grounds!




A. Preenforcement Standing Under Maxwell Hodkins, et al, v. Eric Holder, U.S. District Court for DC, No. 09-0587-JR (January 5, 1010)

The Memorandum of Judge James Robertson, U.S. District Court for DC dismissing Maxwell Hodgkins, Steven Dearth, and Second Amendment Foundation v. Eric Holder, No. 09-0587-JR (January 5, 1010) for lack of standing in any of the plaintiffs. The presented constitutional challenges to 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(9) (does not allow any person “who does not reside in any State to receive any firearms unless such receipt is for lawful sporting purposes”) and 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(5) (prohibits the transfer of firearms to any person “who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in . . . the State in which the transferor resides”). See ATF Form 4473, and 27 C.F.R. § 478.124(c)(1).    

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U.S. Department of Justice, Arlington, VA (Robot?) Checked Out my Blog on Hodgkins v. Eric Holder Within 3 Hours of Posting!

CURIOUS EVENT! Is the U.S. Department of Justice using a CyberBot to collect data? Does anyone have information on this possibility?

On January 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM (East Coast Time) the U.S. Department of Justice, Arlington, Virginia got logged by my Statcounter WebLogger visiting my blog and clicking to read my posting on Maxwell v. Eric Holder case within 3 hours of my posting that commentary.


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