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January 5th, 2016

Militia in Oregon Asked to Leave by Sheriff

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward is asking the militia group in Oregon, Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, to leave. This past Saturday, the group seized the main office building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which is primarily a bird sanctuary. The militia group is led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of Clive Bundy, the Nevada rancher who was involved in a dispute with the federal government′s Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the Department of the Interior back in 2014. They claim that the seizure of the bird sanctuary in Oregon is in response to the resentencing of Dwight and Steven Hammond, a father and son team of ranchers. They were convicted of starting a brush fire which accidentally burned some 127 acres of federal land. The Hammonds, ages 73 and 46, were originally sentenced to serve three months in jail, but a federal judge claimed that this was well below federal sentencing guidelines. So both men were resentenced to serve one year and have turned themselves in.

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January 2nd, 2016

Barack Obama Gun Control Executive Orders Expected

Barack Obama is expected to announce more gun control laws and restrictions through executive orders and actions this coming week. The White House confirms that Obama will meet with his Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to go over the proposed restrictions shortly after the weekend. Obama may wait until going public with his plan until the State of the Union Address on January 12. Some of the proposed executive actions may include additional restrictions on obtaining approval during background checks, as well as expanding such checks on gun sales involving collectors and hobbyists. Currently, such sales are exempt by those who buy, sell or trade firearms as part of private collections. Naturally, the National Rifle Association, the NRA, and other pro-gun groups, are keeping a sharp eye on what Obama is planning.

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December 15th, 2015

FAA Drone Registration – Grinch Obama Levees Fees, Fines

Do not say I did not warn you, because I did! The Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that all users of drones and radio-controlled model aircraft, from the ages of 13 up, must comply with the new drone registration. Hobbyists who intend to operate such aircraft weighing 0.55 pounds to 55 pounds must register their toys at the FAA website starting on December 21 and no later than February 19. There is a $5 registration fee for each aircraft and failure to do so can result in fines from $27,000 to $250,000 and 3 years in prison. The certification you will receive for your $5 is only good for 3 years. With Christmas sales of some 400,000 to 700,000 drone and R/C aircraft expected this holiday season, along with all those already purchased, the Obama administration can anticipate quite the windfall of fresh cash.

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September 14th, 2015

Survey Says on Gov’t, Politicians – Dysfunctional, Untrustworthy

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows that 72% of Americans think that most politicians cannot be trusted. The same nationwide group shows 64% believe that our political system is dysfunctional. Another recent poll by YouGov indicates that a growing number of Americans think that a military coup is possible in our future. As for the latest 2016 presidential polls, outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson lead the crowded GOP field while Hillary Clinton′s leads in the Democrat Party are slipping. Bernie Sanders now leads in both Iowa and New Hampshire, where he has a whopping 20-point lead. Is the United States headed for rebellion in 2016? Have the voters decided that they have had enough of ′politics-as-usual′?

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August 29th, 2015

Feds, Conservationists Seek to Ban Guns at National Parks

There is a move to ban firearms and target shooting at our National Parks. Various groups, such as conservation and hiking clubs, are petitioning the Bureau of Land Management to exercise such a ban. The New York Times recently published a story on this. They cite a number of incidents, from Utah to Colorado to North Carolina, where target shooters have been causing damage to the parks. In one case a camper was killed by a stray bullet. The U.S. Forest Service claims that shooting violations at our national parks is up 10% from a decade ago. Naturally, the National Rifle Association is opposing moves by the Feds to close off some areas of the parks from hunters and sport shooters. The vast majority of the violations are from parks west of the Mississippi, where the federal government owns a sizable percentage of the land.

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July 30th, 2015

Bye Bye Boehner: Saying Goodbye to the Champion We Never Knew

Conservatives cheered in 2014 when Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened their hold on the U.S. House of Representatives in a monumental mid-term whooping of the Democratic Party.  I certainly remember grinning happily as race after race went to the Republicans.  “Finally,” we thought, “the near-daily erosion of our country’s present, our children’s futures, and the values which made this country great is over!”  Our jubilation was short-lived, however, as it quickly became strikingly apparent that the leaders of the two chambers of Congress – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) in the House and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Senate – were not the strong fortress wall that we hoped would halt (or at the very least slow) Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s liberal agenda. Instead, the past two years have demonstrated that neither “leader” is a fortress wall; even calling them a “gate” is generous as neither leader has demonstrated any intestinal fortitude to stand up for the conservative principles on which they campaigned and which helped send them back to Congress. For the past year-and-a-half, we have watched the Republican leadership in the House and Senate vote to give Obama and the Democrats most everything they have asked for with little fight and then bemoan their own perceived powerlessness.

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June 8th, 2015

Obama targets Gun Talk on Internet

There seems to be nothing sacred to Barack Obama, including free speech and private ownership of firearms. So says the the National Rifle Association, NRA, in an article in the Washington Examiner. Using federal bureaucracy and regulations, Obama is attempting to stop all blogs, chats, and even websites from talking about guns. The State Department is preparing to modify the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, ITAR, and the Arms Export Control Act, AECA, to restrict information on firearms. If it goes through, those who dispense even the most basic, technical information on guns and ammunition could face a fine of up to $1 Million dollars as well as a prison sentence.

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March 10th, 2015

ATF Reverses Ammo Ban, Claims ‘Publishing Mistake’

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, ATF, now say that they are not going to ban the so-called ′armor piercing′, green-tipped ammunition common;y used in the AR-15 rifle. That the alleged ban on the M855, 5.56mm NATO rounds was a ′publishing mistake′. A typo! This, despite the fact that they actually tried to justify the ban based on a law from 1986 against purpose-made ′armor piercing′ rounds which could be fired from pistols, or handguns, against law enforcement officers and federal agents wearing ′soft′ body armor. The green tipped ammunition, as I explained in a previous article on the subject, are tipped with a polymer which is designed to improve ballistic performance and actually make the round safer to use when hunting or target shooting.

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