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Rifles, Weapons & Guns, Oh My!

The Second Amendment is about much more than putting food on the table or providing a ready militia in the event of an attack on the homeland. Our freedom loving founding fathers were very obvious and outspoken in their belief that the citizens’ right to posses the most dangerous personal weapon of that day was absolutely necessary in order to have the means of defense against a tyrannical government. I do not think they believed that the fledgling American Republic was going to morph into a repressive regime in ten or twenty years, no..they were looking into the future as they did with all aspects of our beautiful Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It should come as no surprise that the US government refuses to acknowledge this truth and seems to be determined to assemble a national gun registry and as many limitations on the Second Amendment as possible. Illegal guns are so readily available on the black market that gun control does not meet the common sense test. These mass shooters are almost all suffering from some sort of mental health problem, however, that is a difficult issue to define narrowly enough to keep guns away from those who are dangerous without:

  • Taking the Constitutional rights from those who may have issues that do not make them dangerous to themselves or others, arachnophobia, agoraphobia, mild depression, hypochondria, etc.
  • Some type of mechanism to control the decision process so that it cannot be abused for political, inheritance, revenge or any other nefarious reason.
  • There must be an appeals process with final determination by a court since it involves a God-given right enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

This afternoon when I heard one of the victim’s father speak on Fox, he was most elegantly focused on the simple truth-

  • It isn’t about the gun debate, which will not fix anything.
  • The country will not come together over gun bans or gun limits.
  • We protect our courthouses, our airports, concerts, football games, etc. The schools we send our children to deserve at least as much! The entire country can come together to see that this is done

There is the eternal question that lurks in the background, everyone is aware of it but no one in the media will talk about it or ask. Why do the Democrats attack the Second Amendment at every possible opportunity when they know as well as we do that it will do nothing to help prevent mass shootings. Is it not strange that they ignore things that would actually help in order to propose legislation which would just take guns out of the hands of honest law abiding citizens leaving them helpless and vulnerable to both easily armed criminals and a repressive tyrannical government.


The Tin Man Incident

Seeing the news this morning about the power plant in Puerto Rico reminded me of the business trips I took there years ago. I don’t want to bore anyone, but there is actually a point to this story.

For those who have been there, all the effort goes into maintaining the tourist areas (or so it always seemed to me) which makes a good deal of sense when it brings in so much money to the island. My job covered random air conditioning equipment in malls concerning contract breaches and problems. The island people are warm and welcoming, always eager to help and kind to strangers. However, off the beaten path in the local residential areas it could get rough. Non-tourist areas were not maintained at all and could be dangerous. Some malls had armed guards in the parking lots. Flying into San Juan was always depressing since there were beautiful resort hotels and there were destroyed half-hotel resort remnants from the last hurricane to come through. There were always destroyed neighborhoods and partially rebuilt ones. I once told my boss that it was as close as I ever wanted to get to mass destruction. It was just sad to see. Once there, it is worth noting that business was conducted a little differently and there were expenses built in to the contracts for bribes and “greasing palms”. It is not official, and it is fair because everyone does it, but it is wrong and it is illegal. This is common knowledge there, you cannot do business in Puerto Rico successfully unless you play by their rules. I have heard that it is still true.

Our reason for so many trips to the beautiful island over such a short time in the nineties was a panicked call from the cooling tower manufacturer. They claimed that the contractor in PR did not know what they were doing. I will never forget what they said, “We’ve never seen anything like it! It looks more like the Tin Man from Oz than a cooling tower!” Of course, we hopped a plane and flew straight down, the problem was….they were right. It did look a lot like the Tin Man. It turned out that every mechanical contractor on the island had the same last name. To shorten the story, we had to import a Florida contractor at an exorbitant sum to straighten out the mess.

Although I had many more occasions to go down to PR before and after “the Tin Man incident”, none of the trips or problems were ever as memorable, as funny or as much trouble as this one.

Moral of story: There is surely much more going on in Puerto Rico than the media is telling us!

President Trump

I do support the fine job that President Trump is doing and I feel absolutely no need to defend him. As far as I am concerned, he has done nothing out of the ordinary and has only the best interests of the United States in his sights. No other president has ever been subjected to such close scrutiny by the media. Every private conversation is invaded and reported. Every good and noble deed is buried and ignored. No privacy, many betrayals and outright lies about his motives and thoughts. ( We have thought police now?)

It is an incredible sight to see how organizations like CNN subtly utilize the English language to manipulate feelings. Adjectives are used in places where news stories do not usually have adjectives. Panels of talking heads are not divided between Democrats and Republicans…they are all Democrats discussing with backgrounds in various branches of liberal extremism. I watched for almost an hour (it was as much as I could take) and I did not hear one single conservative idea or common sense point of view. If it wasn’t so real it would have reminded me of a bad Saturday Night Live episode from the seventies.

Former President Obama used his eight years in office to create a race problem in America. Since the sixties progress might not have been as rapid as some would want, but morality cannot be legislated, it just does not work! From slow and steady forward progress we began to regress. Now there is rampant racism against blacks and whites. Those of us who helped lead the way to honest social acceptance, who ostracized the people who told racial jokes, who raised our kids to accept everyone as a child of God are now faced with inexplicable hostility from blacks.


I am not angry with my president, I am angry with Dick Durbin for having such a big mouth and reporting a private conversation to the media. I am disgusted with a senator who spoke into the microphone with absolutely no concern for how his words would affect our relationships with other nations. Dick Durbin is a prime example of a liberal who obviously places political party affiliation ahead of loyalty to his country.

Meanwhile, from the shady underhanded negotiations and shenanigans leading up to and the hidden side agreements included in the deal itself, not to mention the illegal way that the former president got it approved (or not) all the way to the four men callously left to die in Benghazi along with the entire embassy. Has anyone forgotten the famous phrase,”If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”? Or we could remember monumentally embarrassing Obama actions, who else would return Churchill’s bust to the English? (Rude, crude and socially unacceptable)


Why is the media trying to make Donald J. Trump into such a train wreck. By every measure of honesty, the train wreck is not President Trump regardless of how hard the media works to make it so. And it is so very obvious that they are working overtime to create that image as hard as they can. As President Trump keeps the economy on track and keeps Congress scrambling in the right direction, there is little doubt that the media will just become more hateful and childish. Be prepared.

Just one more random point: the Statue of Liberty was given to us by France. The poem about immigrants which was inscribed at the base was added later and was never meant to be a promise or a policy statement. The poetry is a tribute to America’s melting pot, it is not a mandate or requirement to open our borders!

Post Script on the Senate Race

Alabama has some pretty convoluted election laws. There is no real need to get into the nuts and bolts, but it makes me angry when these ignorant know-it-alls on talk shows claim an accusation equals an assumption of guilt. Almost every single talking head calls for Roy Moore to step aside. If he did, a liberal, anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, anti-tax cuts, pro-Obamacare, Democratic Party Line Voter will be guaranteed the seat with no competition. Write-in votes have very little chance of ever even being counted. When these accusations were made it was too late to withdraw Moore from the ballot and no substitutions could be made.

So, Alabamians are left with a true ethical quandary. Fortunately, we have more information on the facts and the accusers than is reported on the national media. Also, we have finally begun to see more conservative ads challenging Doug Jones on what he claims are his mainstream views and policies but which do not conform to mainstream Alabama views and opinions at all! 

December 12 Alabama voters will decide what to do, not America and not the media and not Washington.

It is a conundrum.
“The Alabama Legislature passed a law in 2016 so that write-in votes are not counted on election day. The law stipulates that write-in votes for a particular contest are not counted unless the total number of write-in votes is greater than the difference in the number of votes received by the first place and second place candidates. If that takes place, write-in votes are counted on the seventh day after the election. If the number of write-ins doesn’t meet that threshold, they are not counted.”
I know people were wondering why every democrat and every media outlet was so helpfully recommending that some trusted Republican be put forward for a write-in campaign, they never mentioned this though!

Muddying the Waters……ANOTHER REPOST!
I won’t be at home much longer canvassing the news, but this is out and available to everyone. I am very disappointed to see, however, that FOX has refused to pick it up.

REPOST: Who Is At Fault?

Quin Hillyer: Mitch McConnell helped create this mess in Alabama


If ever there is legitimacy to playing a “blame game,” it exists right now with regard to the mess Alabama Republicans face in a special U.S. Senate election that should not be occurring in the first place.In order of approximate chronology rather than of seriousness, here are all the places the blame lies – with the obvious caveat that by far the largest part of the blame lies with Roy Moore, if the allegations against him are even close to being true.
1) Luther Strange. I am reliably informed that numerous people, wise and experienced, advised Strange not to allow his name even to be considered for appointment to the Senate under the unique circumstances then existing. If he wanted to be the senator, he should have run under his own power, not as the selection of the very governor Strange was supposed to be investigating on criminal charges. The appearance of a conflict of interest was too obvious and too appalling.
2) Robert Bentley. Of course the governor should not have done any of the things that compromised himself in the first place – but, having done so, he should never, ever have considered Strange for the appointment. See above.
3) Mitch McConnell and his minions/Political Action Committees (henceforth: MMMPACs). MMMPACs, having failed to learn the lessons of earlier interferences in state elections (for example, opposing Marco Rubio in Florida, Ben Sasse in Nebraska, and others who proved to be excellent senators), decided to waste some $9 million on behalf of the un-re-electable Strange. Even worse, MMMPACs tried to act as bully-boys, threatening candidates and campaign consultants that if they opposed Strange, they would never work in/have no future in Republican politics ever again. Potentially strong candidates – ones who could have defeated both Strange and Moore – were thus bullied out of the race.
4) Governor Kay Ivey. She was wrong, both practically and I believe legally, to call for the special election this year. Practically, a cash-strapped state should not be spending $15 million to run an election when there would really have been no harm in waiting until a regular election in 2018. Also practically, the unique circumstances of the Bentley scandal meant that the political waters were too roiled to allow the public a “normal” and thoughtful consideration of the potential candidates, with too little time for some potentially good candidates to get organized enough to make the race. Finally, while nobody challenged her in court, I am convinced that once Bentley had called the election for 2018, nothing in state law allows a governor the power to unilaterally change a duly called election date. In short, this election should not have been held until November of 2018.
5) Mo Brooks. This is the least of these blame points but it warrants inclusion on this list. The conservative with the best chance of sneaking past Strange into the runoff with Moore chose an ill-conceived tactic that blew up in his face, by airing a TV ad with video of Brooks being interviewed at the scene of the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Scalise’s staffers themselves were outraged, and were quoted complaining that Brooks appeared to be trying to profit politically from the assassination attempt.
6) Strange and MMMPACs. Together, they ran one of the most despicable campaigns I have witnessed in more than four decades involved in or covering politics. They poisoned the well with harshly negative, even vicious, and at least somewhat untrue attacks against both Moore and Brooks. (The worst was the one insinuating that Brooks somehow was weak against ISIS!) And when they weren’t wrongly attacking their opponents, they were running ads for Strange that were so trite they insultingly played into national stereotypes about supposedly simple-minded Alabamans. So obnoxious were their tactics that, if basing the judgment on the campaign alone, neither Strange nor McConnell should ever hold office again.
7) Donald Trump. He, too, should have stayed away from a state’s party primary. By jumping in before the first primary, he helped (at least at the margins) Strange ward off the challenge from Brooks. Well, if the national pooh-bahs wanted “anybody but Moore,” the only way by then to stop Moore was for Brooks to edge past Strange into the runoff. As I said the very day qualifying for the race closed, Strange had no chance on God’s green Earth to defeat Moore in a runoff if those were the two candidates who emerged.

It is time for a hard and fast new rule: National party committees and so-called “Leadership PACs,” and their affiliates, should avoid all direct financial involvement in party primaries. Sure, they can and ought to try to recruit good candidates, but their recruiting pitch should be this: “We can help line you up with good strategists and workers and policy briefings, and we will commit to raising X amount of money for you if you emerge as the nominee. But aside from that, winning the nomination is up to you; we are holding our money and our clout for use against Democrats in the general election, not to trash fellow Republicans in a primary.”

Mitch McConnell, Luther Strange and company utterly screwed up this whole election. They should hang their heads in shame.

Yellowhammer Contributing Editor Quin Hillyer, of Mobile, also is a Contributing Editor for National Review Online, and is the author of Mad Jones, Heretic, a satirical literary novel published in the fall of 2017.

OK, This is Personal

Everyone knows that I live in Alabama, so please do not be irritated with me because I have to express an opinion on these latest Democratic accusations.

Even though I am not a young lady, Roy Moore has been around as a political figure in this state for a long long time. He has been in some of the nastiest, low down and dirty campaign battles some of which were probably deserving of cat scratch fever. He has lost some and won more. Through it all, the man has always been known to be devoted to family, I mean there was never even a rumor. He is not perfect and has had problems but none of them have been of this order. In fact, this does not fit his MO in general.
Suddenly, he is running in a national election that is extremely important to the National Democrats as the Republican Nominee. Suddenly, the Democrats come out with a woman who claims he sexually harassed her 40 years ago along with 4 more for good measure. It does not pass the smell test!

I have not heard ONE NEWS ORGANIZATION or ONE REPUBLICAN say anything about investigating the allegations to determine whether or not they are true. It smells an awful lot like swampy politicians in Washington will do anything, ANYTHING, to avoid having another elected Senator who cannot be bought, operates on principle, believes in the Constitution over political party and the Bible over lying lobbyists.

Yes, I am angry.

Today I am seeing every single establishment republican stand up, grab any microphone in sight and jump on Judge Moore without even knowing whether these highly suspicious charges (which any woman can step up and make) are true. Not only did this woman wait 40 years, she also cleverly timed it so that no time would be left for an official investigation before the election. Does no one even question THAT?? Five women who have suddenly sprouted out of the woodwork. Does no one wonder why this was never done before in any of those other rough and tumble elections? Maybe because the allegations are not true and you cannot get away with that on a state level…….

I am a little under the weather and so have been on Fox sporadically for most of the day, even they are just playing the Democratic talking points. Those talking points were obviously prepared well ahead, at least in Alabama, and have been saturating Twitter and social media here. The whole Washington Post story broke with its accompanying campaign in 24-36 hours. It looked like the Republican leadership certainly were marching happily together and the MSM threw a party.

As far as I am concerned, every single person – black, white, rich, poor, Latino, Chinese, Native American, Democrat, Republican, male, female, LGBTQ – I mean every single person in this country is innocent until proven guilty. Otherwise, all of our elections are nothing but fodder for manipulation by those who do not want the status quo upset in Washington.

I hope Conservatives keep Alabama and Judge Moore in their prayers. He is not like what the media portrays…….lol, but then neither is Alabama.

UPDATE: I have posted this in greater detail in comments, but for whoever is interested there is evidently a telephone poll being conducted today (10 November 2017) in AL not 100% conducted for clarity or to reflect actual reality. I do not know who is sponsoring this poll, but I do have just enough education to recognize that the methodology stinks!

UPDATE: As I consume more details I am still convinced that no person should ever be convicted without due process. However, I have blogged a repost (is that even possible?) from and am praying every night for my poor bedeviled state. (14 November 2017)

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