Saturday, November 22, 2008

Urine or You're Out

From my wife's friend:

(Whoever wrote this one deserves a HUGE pat on the back!)
Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ass doing drugs, while I work. . . . Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?
Pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don't. Hope you all will pass it along, though. . Some thing has to change in this country -- and soon!!!!!!!

I guess we could title that program, 'Urine or You're Out'.


Friday, November 21, 2008

ISRA Alert: This is a Great Weekend to Buy a Gun

From the Illinois State Rifle Association:

The ISRA is recommending that all law-abiding Americans celebrate their 2nd Amendment rights by purchasing a firearm or two this weekend. This recommendation comes as firearm dealers across the nation are reporting record jumps in sales of rifles, pistols and shotguns. Likewise, the FBI reports that requests for gun-buyer background checks are coming in at a frenzied pace.

This plus-up in gun purchases is being attributed to President-elect Obama's demonstrated hostility toward firearm owners and well-founded fears that his administration will implement Chicago-style gun controls across the United States.

"This is a perfect weekend to go out and buy a gun," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "There are only 9 more weekends until Obama is sworn in. After that, it's anybody's guess as to how many more weekends after that that gun sales will still be permitted. If you've been putting off purchasing your first firearm, do it now while you are able. If you're a long time shooter that has been dreaming about a certain rifle or pistol, buy it this weekend or you may soon have only your dreams to fall back on. Buy a gun now, because there may be no tomorrow for the 2nd Amendment."

"During the presidential campaign, voters were fed a line of bull about Obama's 'respect' for the 2nd Amendment - and a lot of well-meaning gun owners swallowed it," continued Pearson. "Well, that 'respect' was apparently very short-lived. Just two days after the election, the Obama transition web site listed a host of gun control objectives including a ban on semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns. Interestingly, once this list of controls drew public attention, it was promptly removed from the site with out explanation."

"The handwriting is on the wall," said Pearson. "It's a safe bet that the Obama administration will move swiftly to stifle the 2nd Amendment. Some gun owners take comfort in the assumption that Congress is too shy to pass the Obama gun control agenda. The truth of the matter is, Obama doesn't need the Congress to do his dirty work. His executive powers grant him a host of administrative options that would be equally effective in making private gun ownership a thing of the past."

"The best defense against the Obama Gun Grabbing Machine is a solid show of force by law-abiding gun owners," said Pearson. "The most forceful display of support for gun rights is for citizens to enthusiastically exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. By keeping the gun shop cash registers ringing and the FBI background check computers humming, citizens will send a very clear message that they do not take challenges to their rights lightly."

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Founded in 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

I'm planning to do my part and make a purchase. What about you?


ISRA Alert: County County Phone Poll For Gun Control Ordinance Is Still Active

Larry Suffredin and his cohorts on the Cook County Board are up to their old tricks again.

In order to justify passage of gun control ordinances designed to close all gun shops and ban and confiscate most guns owned by citizens of the county, the Cook County Board is conducting a telephone poll where callers can vote for or against the gun control ordinances.

Like everything else in Cook County, this poll is probably rigged. So, it’s very important that you do the following:

  1. Call 1-312 -603-6400 and select Option #1 when prompted. At the next prompt, select Option #1 again. Then, when prompted to vote on the gun control ordinance, press #2.
  2. You should also forward this alert on to all your gun owning friends and have them vote too.
  3. You should also post this alert to any and all Internet bulletin boards or blogs to which you belong.


Let’s beat Suffredin at his own game! And, save your guns.


Friday, November 07, 2008

I joined the resistance

I am not going to sit by silently as Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid re-make our nation in their liberal image.

That's why I just joined a grassroots conservative effort to RESIST Obama's liberal agenda. Please go here to join with me:



Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Oppurtunity vs Misery

Today we make a choice. On one hand we have the chance at opportunity through less restriction and lower taxes (John McCain). On the other hand we have equal misery by punishing those that may have been successful with more restrictions and higher taxes (B. Hussein Obama).

Here are some additional resources to consider before voting today:

The 2008 Presidential Scorebook:

Election 2008 -- Issues That Matter:

Which do you choose, Misery or Opportunity?


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Change we need?

Another interesting hidden truth from B. Hussein Obama - "Change We Need". Think about those words for just a minute. Let's decode the words behind the slogan:

  • Change = Your money
  • We = big government
  • Need = takes away from you

So, "Change We Need" is liberal code speak for "Your money big government takes away from you". Clearly this means that B. Hussein Obama is running on the typical liberal premise that the road to prosperity is higher taxes.

Like other liberals before him, B. Hussein Obama is no different in thinking that he can tax the Country into prosperity. Has there ever been any evidence of that actually working? No, none that I can find. Quite the contrary, history has clearly shown that lower taxes lead to greater prosperity for all, including the government!


The party of equal misery

Democrats will commonly use the term "redistribution of wealth". This is liberal code speak for "you have too much and you must be punished". Liberals are always talking about new ways of punishing (taxing) those that have some money (most often "rich" people and "big" business).

The fable of Robin Hood tries to glorify the "redistribution of wealth" concept. In reality, one who steals is a criminal. It really doesn't matter who you steal from.

A place where I have seen "equal misery" in action: Union offices. Here's a place where I would have expected to see the happiest people you could find. I couldn't been more wrong. The truth is that these are some of the most grumpy people around. Why is this so, you ask? By punishing the employer ("big" business) you bring about equal misery for all.

When I discussed this with my wife, she references "The Secret". She says that by thinking that money is in short supply and coveting the money of others your are thinking negatively and bringing on the shortage (misery) yourself.

What does this all mean? More taxes = more misery. Less taxes = less misery. Which would you choose?


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

B. Hussein Obama & Rashid Khalidi

The possible terrorist ties continue...


It also appears that the LA Times has video showing B. Hussein Obama toasting Rashid Khalidi. From the Liberty Counsel:


Now the Los Angeles Times is refusing to release a video in
its possession that reportedly shows Barack Obama toasting
Rashid Khalidi-a mouthpiece for the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) who espouses violent anti-Israel views.

In the toast, Obama is said to speak of his long friendship
with Khalidi. One speaker evidently compares Israeli "Zionists"
to Osama Bin Laden.


Of course, since the LA Times is supporting B. Hussein Obama, they are refusing to release the video. A bit of media bias?


Thursday, October 23, 2008


Thanks to all of you who called the campaign offices of Dianne McGuire to demand an explanation of her anti-gun views, including campaign worker promises to close down Naperville Sportsmen’s Club “. . .once and for all.”

Based on the feedback we got from many of you callers, the McGuire staff was generally rude to you and claimed that they, the McGuire staff, are actually NRA members and that the ISRA-PVF is lying about McGuire’s stance on guns.

The real truth is that McGuire has been running on an anti-gun platform. Here is what we know to be the facts:

  1. McGuire campaign literature says she supports a ban on so called “assault weapons.” Well, as most of you know, these bans on “assault weapons” include provisions to ban and confiscate all semiautomatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Such legislation also includes licensing and registration of all guns and gun owners. Any person who supports an “assault” weapon ban is, by definition, “anti-gun.” McGuire is anti-gun.

  2. McGuire’s campaign literature bashes her opponent, Darlene Senger, for supporting laws that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. McGuire’s apparent opposition to Concealed Carry definitely paints her as anti-gun.

  3. The ISRA-PVF has it on very good authority that McGuire campaign workers have been telling Naperville residents that McGuire will use the Illinois EPA and State Police to shut down the Naperville Sportsmen’s Club. McGuire’s own web site makes note that she is an active member of the Naperville League of Women Voters. Many of you may know that the Naperville League of Women Voters has spearheaded persistent campaigns to shut the sportsmen’s club down. The League has compared trapshooting activities at the sportsmen’s club to gang activities at the Cabrini Green housing project. The connection between McGuire and the League of Women Voters is clear.

  4. McGuire has been endorsed by Sarah Brady and Handgun Control Incorporated ( Only anti-gunners like Dianne McGuire get endorsed by the Bradys.

So, today, we are asking you to once again take action to preserve and protect your right to keep and bear arms. . .

  1. If you have previously called the McGuire campaign office, and have been told that McGuire is not anti-gun and that the ISRA-PVF is lying, then please call the McGuire campaign office once again at (630) 579-6696 and tell the person who answers firmly, yet politely, that you do not appreciate being lied to and that you know the facts and those facts indicate that McGuire is antigun. Suggest to the person that McGuire read the U.S. Supreme Court’s Heller Decision so that she may come to the understanding that the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms and that individual right shall not be infringed through banning guns or shutting down shooting facilities.

  2. Please distribute this alert to all your firearm owning friends.

  3. Please post this alert to any and all Internet blogs or message boards to which you may belong.

  4. If you know people who live in the 96th House District, encourage them to vote for Darlene Senger – a true friend to the hunter and sportsman.

  5. Visit the ISRA-PVF web site,, to keep up to date with election developments in the state.

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The ISRA-PVF is a political action committee affiliated with the Illinois State Rifle Association. Donations to the ISRA-PVF are not tax deductible. A copy of our report may be obtained for a fee from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

Pull out of Iraq?

Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago!

Body count:

In the last six months:
292 killed (murdered) in Chicago ;
221 killed in Iraq .

Chicago.... Who Runs it:
Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin
Rep: Jesse Jackson Jr.,
Illinois Gov: Rod Blagojevich,
Illinois House leader Mike Madigan,
Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike),
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)
.....our leadership in Illinois .....all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .
Of course, they're all blaming each other!

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country.
Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. (Look 'em up if you want).
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.

This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois . And he's gonna 'fix' Washington politics for us!

Wake Up America !



Mayor Daley’s band of antigunners is on the move in the Western Suburbs.

Dianne McGuire, Democratic candidate for the 96th District House seat, is distributing flyers promising to ban and confiscate your semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and handguns.

McGuire’s campaign personnel are also telling citizens that McGuire will, “Shut the Naperville Sportsmen’s Club down – once and for all.”

All gun owners from across Illinois, and across the nation, must band together to put a stop to Dianne McGuire.

Here is what you need to do to help save your guns.

  1. Whether you live in the 96th District or not, be sure to contact that McGuire campaign headquarters at (630) 579-6696 and tell the person who answers the phone that anti-gun nonsense will not be tolerated. Remind them of what the 2nd Amendment says. Remind them that the Heller decision confirms that law-abiding citizens have an innate right to keep and bear arms. Tell the person who answers the phone that McGuire must end her attacks on law-abiding gun owners and end her plan to close down the Naperville Sportsmen’s Club.
  2. Visit the ISRA-PVF web site at to learn how you can help pro-gun candidates.
  3. Whether you live in the 96th District or not, be sure to visit the web site of McGuire’s pro-gun opponent, Darlene Senger at and do whatever you can to provide support to Darlene.
  4. Pass this alert on to all your pro-gun friends whether they live in the 96th district or not. Also, please post this alert on all internet blogs and message boards to which you belong.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Quote of the day 2008/10/10

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
  - Richard

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Affirmative action time-bomb has gone off

This is a "must read" post:

Here are some notable quotes:

"A decade later, the housing bubble burst and, as predicted, food-stamp-backed mortgages collapsed. Democrats set an affirmative action time-bomb and now it's gone off."

"Political correctness had already ruined education, sports, science and entertainment. But it took a Democratic president with a Democratic congress for political correctness to wreck the financial industry."



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Keep this circulating

From my friend Ron:

Some relevant information to ponder over when people open there mouth before.... well lets just say thinking.

It's all about Perspective! Perhaps the finest synopsis of recent history I've seen as it pertains to the perspectives of the political parties and the media. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said '.....truth is the perfect defense...' It's all about perspective!

In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. And the Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking.

For those of us who spent time in the military, believe in our military and support the men and women of our military, read on.............

John Glenn (DEMOCRAT) said this -- It should make you think a little.

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state the following:
FDR (DEMOCRAT) led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us ; Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ... An average of 112,500 per year.

Truman (DEMOCRAT) finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ... An average of 18,334 per year.

John F. Kennedy (DEMOCRAT) started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

Johnson (DEMOCRAT) turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost ... An average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton (DEMOCRAT) went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. And the Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking.

But Wait, There's more:
It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno (DEMOCRAT) to take the Branch Dividian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton (DEMOCRAT) to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!! Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB ! The Military morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts

But Wait, There's more!
JOHN GLENN (on the Senate floor - January 26, 2004) Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military. Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn): “How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?”

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio): “I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank.”

“I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day ... to a veteran's hospital and look those men ... with their mangled bodies, in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee ... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DAD'S didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags. You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you have the gall to tell ME that those people didn't have a job?”

What about Metzenbaum? For those who don't remember – During WW II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.

As the subject states - "keep this circulating"


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thought for the day - 9/11/2008

Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant'

Is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist'


Straw Poll invitation

I just took part in a 2008 Straw Poll of grassroots citizens. The results will be released to the national media as a measure of which candidates are currently receiving support from grassroots Americans.

Please go here to complete the Straw Poll.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Oppose anti-faith hate crimes efforts

I just signed a petition to stop anti-faith "hate crimes" legislation.
A vote could take place in Congress very soon. Please sign here:


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Quotes of the day - 8/21/2008

This one is from George Skelton at the Los Angeles Times:

"California is the nation's biggest consumer of gasoline - 45 million gallons a day, plus 10 million gallons of diesel. That makes us the third-biggest petroleum-consuming entity in the world, behind on the United States and China. ... So there's a gusher of hypocrisy here: The state that is the biggest consumer of gasoline in the nation - but produces less than 40% of what it uses - is opposed to drilling for more oil off its shores. We're slackers not pulling our weight."


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quote of the day - 8/19/2008


It is simply amazing when you think about it, but the Democrat nominee is trying to win the right to face the Russians, the Iranians, Bin Laden and a plethora of complicated and tough domestic issues by claiming the Republicans are too "mean" to be elected.


Drill Nothing, Tax Everything or Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less?

In a classic Democrats vs. Republicans battle, we now have the battle over energy. So far, it boils to two strategies:

  1. Democrats - Drill Nothing, Tax Everything.
  2. Republicans -Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less.

What do these statements mean, you ask?
  1. The Democrat's plan (Drill Nothing, Tax Everything), attempts to punish the people of this country for using energy by refusing access to domestic energy sources and taxing them at every opportunity. They also seek to punish (with taxes and penalties) "Big Oil" for their "huge" (7 - 10%) profits. They strongly support continuing to purchase oil from foreign sources regardless of how high the price is. Results, you've seen 'em, energy prices will continue to rise...
  2. The Republican's plan (Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less), attempts to empower the people of this country by providing access to some of the largest sources of energy in the world. By providing access to a rich source of domestic energy, two major things happen: 1. Far less money is spent on foreign energy sources, also helping to correct the trade deficit. 2. As supply exceeds demand, prices fall. Strong competition with an abundant supply will very much favor the consumer. Results, everything may be more affordable again...

Ask yourself, are you paying enough yet for your energy? Are you paying enough for food? Are you paying enough taxes? Maybe too much? Maybe much too much?

I see it like this:
  1. Why vote for Democrats? Because you haven't paid enough yet, and you need to pay more. Eventually even everything isn't enough.
  2. Why vote for Republicans? Because you have already paid more than enough and don't want to pay more. Enough is enough.
  3. 7 - 10% profits are not huge. The taxes alone on fuel greatly exceed 10%. Think about this way, the oil company that did all of the work gets paid less than the government that did none of the work. Doesn't that make "Big Government" more evil than "Big Oil"?
  4. Taxes and penalties will never lower the consumer's price. The only effect will be higher prices.

Don't get me wrong, the Republicans are far from perfect too. Many of them still want a government that's far too big (among other things). It's more like "not so good" (Republicans) and "really bad" (Democrats). Given only these choices, I would much rather have "not so good" than "really bad". Unfortunately, at this point, all of the "other" parties really don't have much of chance on a national scale.

As the people we have to continue to (strongly) remind our elected officials that they are in their position to represent their people. It is up to us to keep them in check...


Friday, August 08, 2008

Supply Matters

From the Heritage Foundation:

Look closely at the laundry list of plans the left has put forward (from both Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House and Barack Obama’s campaign): higher taxes on oil companies, new restrictions on oil commodity markets, forcing oil companies to drill where there is no oil, releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, free money for everybody, increased fuel efficiency mandates, increased infrastructure spending, government investments in electric cars, etc. What do all of these “solutions” have in common? None of them increase our energy supply.

For you "progressives" (liberals) out there, this isn't about "Big Oil", it's all about increasing our energy supply! Since when is Charles E. Schumer an authority on anything? Since your socialist school forgot to cover Economics 101, it all about "Supply and Demand". It's really quite simple, increase the supply such that it is greater than the demand, and the price falls. Now isn't that a novel idea?

Another questions for the liberals: In your mind, what makes domestic "Big Oil" more evil than the countries that would like to see the end of the US? And, why exactly do you like our country to be so dependent on other countries, especially for energy? Do you even have the "testicular fortitude" to answer?


Friday, August 01, 2008

Democrats: An Agenda Americans Just Can't Afford

Here's a clip from the NRCC that sums up the Democrats in Congress pretty well:


Thursday, July 31, 2008

President Bush to Congress: Don't leave town without lifting the ban

From the Desk of: Steve Elliott, President, Alliance

Dear Robert,

Our message has reached the President!

According to the Associated Press, President Bush, campaigning to lift
the offshore drilling ban said "All the Democratic leaders have to do
is allow a vote."

He concluded saying, "They should not leave Washington without doing so."

Robert, pressure is mounting for this "do nothing Congress
to do something," and once again Grassfire is in the eye of the storm--
delivering petitions EVERY DAY demanding the ban be lifted before
Congress takes a break.

Do your part and sign the petition today:

Send a message to the Democrat leadership and keep the pressure on to lift the drilling restrictions!


Monday, July 28, 2008

Evanston Handgun Ban

From the ISRA:

Evanston Board Meeting - Monday, July 28, 8:30pm
Repeal of handgun ban expected to be voted on

The City of Evanston is expected to vote on a repeal of their handgun ban Monday evening.

Here is a link to the meeting agenda. The repeal of the handgun ban is NOT listed in the agenda, but is indeed up for a vote, according to our sources.

ISRA members that are Evanston residents or in the area are urged to attend. The City Hall is located at 2100 Ridge Avenue.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Emergency Petition To Congress: “Lift The Offshore Drilling Ban Before Congress’ Summer Recess”


Before Congress has the chance to leave for their summer recess, sign the petition. Actually, sign it today!


ISRA Alert - Wilmette Handgun Ban Repeal

From the ISRA:

Wilmette Village Board Meeting - Tuesday, July 22, 7:30pm - 9:30pm Repeal of handgun ban to be voted on, anti-gunners to be in attendance

The Village of Wilmette is expected to vote on a repeal of their handgun ban Tuesday evening.

It is expected that anti-gunners will try to make some attempt to sway the board to keep the ban in place, or to make it difficult and embarrassing to own a handgun in the village.

Here is a link to the meeting agenda. The repeal of the handgun ban is listed at 6.64.

ISRA members that are Wilmette residents or in the area are urged to attend. The Village Hall is located at 1200 Wilmette Avenue.

Let's hope that the Wilmette ban goes the way of the DC ban!


Monday, July 21, 2008


How many people knew that we were all going to be required to use CFLs? Again, wrong-headed thinking by the left is making life more difficult for everybody.

I wonder what would have happened if he had dropped that light...

Mandating a particular technology is always a very dangerous proposition. This will likely ruin the market for better technologies to come. Why bother coming up with something better and safer when you know that the consumer has to use CFLs? See, everyone loses...


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

The New Yorker Cover

No this is just too funny not to see:

From Patrick J. Buchanan on Human

For 48 hours, editors Rick Hertzberg and David Remnick fended off attacks, assuring media interrogators the cartoon's purpose was not to satirize the Obamas but to satirize the caricature of Michelle and Barack in the mind of the paranoid right. Remnick insisted to The Huffington Post, "It's not a satire about Obama -- it's a satire about the distortions and misconceptions and prejudices about Obama."
Apparently,Barry Blitt at the New Yorker was trying to poke fun at the "conservatives' image of B. Hussein Obama and his wife". Unfortunately (for him), his attempt at satire has backfired in a big way.


Demand Congress take Immediate Action to Lower Gas Prices!

Here's another petition demanding that Congress take Immediate Action to Lower Gas Prices!



Democrats in Congress REFUSE to hold a vote on drilling for more oil in America.

Nancy Pelosi has promised to send Congress home for a month-long vacation WITHOUT PASSING AN ENERGY BILL to lower gas prices.

The Democrat Majority is putting their extremist ideology ahead of common-sense solutions.

We, the American people who are paying a national average of more than $4 per gallon of gas, demand Democrats in Congress VOTE NOW!

Were up against a battle here. Here's an excerpt from Nancy Pelosi's most recent CNN interview:
The House speaker has faced heavy criticism from House Republican leader John Boehner, who is leading a congressional delegation to ANWR this weekend and has said Pelosi's action does not adequately address the problem.

He's also said Pelosi is leading the moderate faction of her party "off a cliff" by refusing to allow a vote in the House on offshore drilling.

"Just because John Boehner, who is my friend, has my respect, says it doesn't make it so," she responded, reiterating that she will block any vote to allow lifting the ban.
Read the rest here:


Dear Congress: No recess until the drilling ban is lifted

I just signed a petition demanding that Congress lift the federal ban on offshore drilling immediately -- before they take their month-long summer break. Members of Congress are doing nothing while gas prices soar. Let's put their feet to the fire! Join me in signing here:

Here's more on the issue (from

It is outrageous that as gas prices have soared for months, Congress has done nothing. Unlike Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the big government liberals, we don’t want our government to solve our problems -- we just want the government to get out of the way!

And right now, Congress is the last blockade stopping more offshore drilling.

This is absolutely urgent. Again, your Senators and Representative will soon be leaving D.C. for a long, summer recess.

We must band together and demand action...


Sign the petition now:

Also, please continue to support the "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less." campaign.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

I told McCain/Obama: 'I Object!'

I just signed a Citizen Letter opposing the appearances by John McCain and Barack Obama before a group called "La Raza," which is Spanish for "The Race." La Raza has pushed for the rights of illegal aliens and given legitimacy to radical, anti-American ideals.

Please join me in this Citizen Letter of protest by going here:


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Voids D.C. Gun Ban

Finally, some good news on the second amendment front:


"The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history."

Read the rest...


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Coming Obama Stock Market Crash

Just when you thought that it couldn't get worse, we now have The Coming Obama Stock Market Crash!

Brace yourselves...


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Weather Channel founder: Al Gore to blame for gas prices


John Coleman, the Founder of the Weather Channel, recently made a case linking Al Gore’s Climate Alarmism with the rising gas prices.

Go here to access that article:

It is clear that radical environmentalism must take much of the blame for our current gas crisis. Consider this:
  • No nuclear plants in the past 20 years. Why? Environmentalists will not allow it.
  • Our domestic oil production has dropped by 22 percent since the last energy crisis. Again, radical environmentalism is working against any new drilling.
  • Did you know that Rocky Mountain shale oil holds more than six times as much potential oil reserves as Saudi Arabia -- enough to fuel America well into the next century? Environmentalists don't want this resource to be touched.

And the bogus threat that CO2 is destroying the planet will make it virtually impossible for America to expand our own capacity.

Robert, that's why I want you to have a powerful DVD that exposes the fallacy of man-made global warming.

Go here to request your copy in appreciation of a gift of any amount to Grassfire:

Unless we expose the fallacy of Climate Alarmism, we will never break free from the tyranny of foreign oil and gas prices will never recover. The environmentalists simply will not allow it!

I hope you will take advantage of this resource -- again, in appreciation of your gift of any amount to Grassfire.

Thank you so much for standing against the radical agenda of the Climate Alarmists.

Steve Elliott


Petition to stop the North American Union

Momentum is building in our government to create the "framework" for a North American Union that would undermine our nation's sovereignty and open our borders.

I just signed an important citizen petition opposing these latest efforts. Please go here to sign:



Thursday, June 12, 2008

Flooding at Hononegah Forest Preserve

Today, quite a storm came through the area. In honor of Carbon Belch Day we decided to take a drive and look around.

Here is pictures of what we found at the local Forest Preserve (Hononegah Forest Preserve):

Looks fine so far...

As we enter the picnic area, things change.

Getting a little damp...


Where did the road go?


It's starting to look more like a swamp...



In another part of the picnic area:

Looking more like a boot launch than a road. Notice the road is just barely visible through the water?


The view further to the left. Notice the outhouses and the picnic tables under water?


Update: 6/13/2008 - My pictures have made the Weather page at Check it out!


Sunday, June 08, 2008

Obama's a 'Post Turtle'

This one came from one of the mailing lists that my wife subscribes to. It's so funny, I couldn't help but to post it here:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our President.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'post turtle'."

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was. The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'."

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass put him up there to begin with."


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Stop the Green Pig: Defeat the Boxer-Warner-Lieberman Green Pork Bill Capping American Jobs and Trading America's Future

A must read: Stop the Green Pig: Defeat the Boxer-Warner-Lieberman Green Pork Bill Capping American Jobs and Trading America's Future:

Instead of acting to lower gas prices, your representatives in the Senate began debate yesterday on a measure that will increase gas prices.

Instead of heeding your voice, Congress is acting in defiance of it.

Instead of giving you relief from high gas prices, your elected representatives are debating how to give even more handouts to lobbyists and special interests.

To top this off, here is the response I received from B. Hussein Obama today:
Dear Robert:

Thank you for contacting me about the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate and your views regarding the Lieberman-Warner proposal to address this issue.

I agree that the issue of climate change requires decisive and urgent Congressional action. I am a cosponsor of the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (S. 309) introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders in January. This proposal outlines a long-term plan which would cap greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide beginning in 2010, with a goal of reducing emissions by 80 percent of 1990 levels by the year 2050.

I also authored the National Low Carbon Fuels Act, which requires a net 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our transportation fuels by the year 2020. That bill, coupled with my Fuel Economy Reform Act, which requires vehicles to achieve 40 miles per gallon by 2020, would together result in the greenhouse-gas-equivalent of removing more than 50 million cars off the road in twelve years.

On October 18, 2007, Senators Lieberman and Warner introduced America's Climate Security Act of 2007 (S. 2191). In the following weeks, the Senate Environmental and Public Works panel held both subcommittee and full committee hearings on the bill. On December 5, the panel favorably reported S. 2191 by a vote of 11-8. First and foremost, the Lieberman-Warner proposal contains a cap-and-trade framework for addressing greenhouse gas reduction, an approach that I have consistently endorsed. Next, the bill sets targets for a phased reduction in emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 70 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. S. 2191 also includes some important provisions such as energy assitance for low-income households, new efficiency standards for appliances and buildings, and incentives for the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies.

The evidence is compelling that even if carbon dioxide emissions are restricted to today’s levels, the earth’s climate could be several degrees warmer in the next 50 years. My two daughters were born in the late 1990s, and if this problem is largely unaddressed, they will likely experience the effects of global climate change in their lifespan. I agree with your views that carbon control legislation must have targets that achieve bold and real reductions in greenhouse gases, both in the near term and mid-century, to prevent irreversible damage to the climate, and I will communicate these concerns with my Senate colleagues.

Again, thank you for contacting me. You may rest assured that I will continue to be an advocate for strong and timely action on the global climate change problem.


Barack Obama
United States Senator

P.S. Our system does not allow direct response to this email. However, if you would like to contact me again, please use the form on the website:
What did I write to B. Hussein Obama, you ask? Here it is:
Senator Obama,

As you know, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191/3036) AKA the Boxer-Warner-Lieberman Gas Tax Hike bill is currently being debated in the Senate. This bill if passed, could cause gas prices to increase by more than $3.00 per gallon. Gas prices are already way too high due to current policies. This bill would only serve to drive prices higher.

We need real solutions to this problem. There are plenty of domestic sources of oil (and other resources) available. Instead, we have surrendered control to the Middle East and other hostile countries. Please explain exactly how higher taxes, and the resulting higher gas prices will prevent this situation from getting even worse? This problem can be solved and higher taxes are not the answer.

Please do the right thing and strongly oppose S. 2191/3036. The People of Illinois already have a hard enough time affording enough fuel in their cars just to get to work. Taxes on fuel are already way too high. Please don't make it worse. Oppose S. 2191/3036.

Any idea, why he thinks that I agree with him at all? I didn't even mention "climate change" or "Global Warming". I told him to oppose the bill on the basis of gas prices...

As Newt puts it so well:
I've long maintained that there are two ways to protect the environment: There is the old-style, command and control, government regulation and litigation approach. Or there is the new way which uses technology, innovation and incentives to protect our environment.

Of these two approaches, the Boxer-Warner-Lieberman bill is definitely of the old school. The Wall Street Journal calls it "the most extensive government reorganization of the American economy since the 1930s."

Which way do you think will actually work? I'm all for option #2!


Monday, June 02, 2008

Dick Durbin wants lower fuel prices and higher fuel taxes

Leave it to a Democrat to try to play both sides. Tonight I watched two videos from Dick Durbin's senate web site:

  1. - 5/28/2008 - Durbin talks about high gas prices, how it's hurting our state, and what he'd like to do about it (put the screws to "big business"). Of course, he doesn't admit that he's partially to blame for this situation.
  2. - 5/30/2008 - Durbin talks about Al Gore style Global Warming and what he'd like to do about it. He's clearly buying into Al Gore's Carbon Credit scheme (swindle would be a better word for it). What he didn't mention is the 1.2 Trillion Dollar Carbon tax and how much high it's going to drive gas prices.

So, what must be going through Dick's mind? Here's my take:
  1. Oil Companies ("big business") are evil and have conspired together to raise gas prices to record highs. They have no concern for the economy. They just are out to "make a buck".
  2. The government can pressure the Oil Companies into operating at a loss (or at least without profit) by telling them "it's the right thing to do". This will correct their "evil ways" and bring gas price back down to more palatable levels.
  3. Al Gore knows more about Global Warming than any real scientist.
  4. Al Gore's Carbon Credit scheme is the solution to all of our problems.
  5. Because he'll be able to make the Oil Companies correct their "evil ways", we won't notice the 1.2 Trillion Dollar Carbon Tax that drove the fuel prices even higher.

Back to reality. What's really going on?
  1. Oil Companies are like any other business. They expect to bring in more money than what they spend (that's called "profit"). They have to get the oil that becomes gasoline somewhere. Today, that means buying it from other countries (including those that are hostile to the US) that have worked together to drive prices higher. In true capitalism price gouging is quickly corrected by market forces. The Oil business has historically been a business of higher than average prices. Hence the phrase "strike it rich" in reference to discovering oil.
  2. The Democrats have worked very hard to prevent the Oil Companies from obtaining their oil from domestic sources. Examples of untapped domestic sources blocked by Democrats include:, ANWR Democrats, oil shale in Colorado, etc. The Democrats have also worked hard to keep gas prices high. As Newt Gingrich Posted on 05/20/2008: Saudi Arabia Did More Last Week to Lower Gas Prices Than Congress Did.
  3. Al Gore appears to have have no idea what he is talking about. As I have written about before, and Al is frequently putting the "cart before the horse". As seen in Unstoppable Solar Cycles, An inconvenient Truth, and The Global Warming Swindle. It appears that any real scientist that looks at our climate over a significant span of time (much, much more than 100 years) find that our climate changes over time, and this change has little to do with humans.
  4. The Democrats believe that we can be "taxed into prosperity". With this in mind, a 1.2 Trillion Dollar tax should make us all rich (exactly how does that work anyway?). In reality, we will all be poorer (except a few politicians...).
  5. Exactly how does a Carbon Credit "fix" "Global Warming". Does that mean that if you have enough money, you can just "fix" the "problem"? Why hasn't someone like Bill Gates bought enough Carbon Credits to solve it once and for all? Answer - if the problem is real (a real question), money won't fix it. If anything, it's an engineering issue, not a money issue (as in buying Carbon Credits, see: Again, the reality: A Carbon Credit is a license to pollute, nothing more.
That's enough venting for now from me. What do you have to add?


Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fox News Highlights the Kings of Pork and More



Dear Robert,

Because you have taken such a strong stand with us against pork-barrel spending, I wanted to alert you to a FOX News investigative special, hosted by Chris Wallace.

I was told FOX reporters expose more than a colossal waste of your tax dollars from pork-spending lawmakers, but also a fattening of their bank accounts!

This is a FOX exclusive not to be missed!

WHAT: Porked: Earmarks for Profit
WHEN: Saturday, May 31 at 8pm ET
WHERE: FOX News Channel

You can sign the national petition opposing earmark spending (I did!) by clicking here:


Friday, May 30, 2008

Untied Against Homeskooled Kidz

What idiot thinks that excluding home schooled children is a good idea? See:

Both California and Tennessee have done their best to shut down the home school movement in the past year. First California made it illegal to home school children unless the person teaching the child could show grade level certification. Then Tennessee’s Board of Education ruled that diplomas from home school affiliated organizations were invalid to show proof of high school graduation.

Now, Subway has gotten involved. The sandwich restaurant chain is holding a competition called “Every Sandwich Tells a Story.” Children can win prizes for their schools. But, the rules state, “Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted.” [Emphasis added]

Read the rest at

Doesn't this show just how afraid government sponsored schools (public schools, for those readers in Rio Linda) are of home schooling? Like virtually every government agency, they are deathly afraid of compitition. Only in public schools do they strive to achieve the lowest possible level of achievement (think, "outcome based education"). I guess they know that there isn't a Spelling Bee win in sight until home schooling is eliminated.

This is just my guess, but, I suspect that home schooling yields more conservatives than liberals. Of course, the liberals won't stand for that...


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

You Can't Appease Everybody


After decades of comparing Nixon to Hitler, Reagan to Hitler and Bush to Hitler, liberals have finally decided it is wrong to make comparisons to Hitler. But the only leader to whom they have applied their newfound rule of thumb is: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

While Ahmadinejad has not done anything as starkly evil as cut the capital gains tax, he does deny the Holocaust, call for the destruction of Israel, deny the existence of gays in Iran and refuses to abandon his nuclear program despite protests from the United Nations. That's the only world leader we're not allowed to compare to Hitler.

Read the rest...


Kudos to Congressman Green


I also want to take the time to congratulate a principled Democratic Representative who had the courage to break with his party leadership last week on the issue of domestic energy production.

Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) told CNBC, "We also need more exploration. But we really need to get more oil to the market, particularly from our own country. The best signal we can send to OPEC and anywhere else in the world is maybe not filing a lawsuit against them but actually saying 'we are going to start producing in our own country.'"

All Americans who are concerned about out-of-control prices and our vulnerability to energy blackmail by foreign dictators should appreciate and acknowledge Congressman Green's stand. The only question left is the one posed to Green by the CNBC anchor: "Can you convince the other wings of your party to think like you do?"

Good job Mr Green!


Oppose the 1.2 Trillion Dollar "Carbon Tax"


Next week, the Senate is set to begin debate on a bill that will raise the price of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil and aviation fuel. (view this Heritage Foundation state-by-state breakdown to find out how much Warner Lieberman will cost you).

It's the Warner-Lieberman global warming bill, and its supporters are as misguided and out-of-touch with the American people as the supporters of last spring's immigration amnesty bill - and we all remember how that turned out.

There are two things you can do now to fight back.

First, call or email your Senator and tell him or her to vote "no" on Warner-Lieberman - "no" on raising the cost of driving to work, heating your home, and feeding your family.

Second, visit and sign our "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition. The petition is simple but powerful. It says:
We, therefore, the undersigned citizens of the United States, petition the U.S. Congress to act immediately to lower gasoline prices by authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries.

And with your help, as the Senate begins to debate Warner-Lieberman, American Solutions will present the names of 100,000 of their constituents who will hold them accountable if they fail to allow America the freedom to use its own energy resources instead of relying on foreign dictators.

Americans truly have a choice - a choice between the Pay More, Send More Money to Foreign Dictators and Cripple America Left and the Produce More, Enjoy More, Pay Less, Strengthen American Center-Right Majority. Make your choice by visiting

For more on the problems caused by this legislation, watch this video:

Can I count on you to do your part to lower gas prices (and taxes)?


Every adult to carry "Carbon Ration Card"

From the "Governments' going too far department" (as reported by

The Daily Mail is reporting that Britain's Environmental Audit Committee is pushing the idea that "every adult should be forced to use a 'carbon ration card' when they pay for petrol, airline tickets or household energy."

Climate Alarmism in England has gotten so bad that the British face the prospects of having to punch their "carbon card" every time they fill up or fly a plane!

The next thing to expect is that our Democratic-controlled Congress will jump on this bandwagon and push for a "Carbon Ration Card" here in the US as well. As we well know, the Democrats would hate to miss out on a bad idea that has been forced on people in other countries (they hate to be "left behind"). Of course, there will be an additional "tax" associated with so that "well meaning" Democrats can buy additional "Carbon Rations" (think "Carbon Credits"). Given Al Gore's house, he would be the first in line to get additional "Carbon Rations"...


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Help me stop the California anti-marriage ruling

I just signed a petition supporting an emergency suspension of California's outrageous court ruling that sanctioned homosexual marriage. Same-sex marriage licenses will be issued by June 15 at the latest. We have very little time to stop this ruling. Please go here to sign:

The expansion of "Marriage" by the government is very a "slippery slope" sort of issue. At some point, all of these "special cases" will invalidate the original concepts, ruining it for everyone.

Think about it this way:

Shouldn't single people, that have no desire for a "partner" receive the same government benefits? Aren't single people being discriminated against?

We don't need bigger government. If anything, government needs to be smaller. How about we eliminate government sponsored marriage all together? Wouldn't that simplify things?


Float in a German Parade

This one comes to us from my wife's friend Betsy:

A float in a German parade.... SO, you think the world isn't watching the fiasco in the USA?
Obviously, the rest of the world can see what Hillary and B. Hussein Obama are up to. Can you?


Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less - Sign the petition today!


A Real Change Campaign to Lower Your Gas Prices:
Sign the petition today. Urge Congress to act to lower your gasoline prices. Stop the pain at the pump!

Watch the video:

I've signed the petition. Have you?


Thursday, May 08, 2008

One Down, Two to Go

Ann Coulter puts it so well:

"Clinton's vice president, Al Gore, lost an election that should have been his in a walk. In fact, he was the first incumbent president or vice president in 100 years to lose an election in peacetime with a good economy. Mind you, that was before we even knew that Gore was a deranged conspiracy theorist who believes the Earth is in serious peril from cow flatulence." ...

Read the rest here:


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Unstoppable Solar Cycles

This is a "must see" video about "climate change". It clearly shows that there are factors at play that are much, much stronger than man in effecting climate change.

The chart showing the relationship between temperature and CO2 is also very interesting. Over the span off 600,000 years, temperature change has always led CO2 change by about 600 years.

I have to wonder what Al Gore thinks of this Video. Obviously, since it flies in the face of his agenda, he would likely pass it off as being false.

The scientists put it best: "Science is about being skeptical. There is a quest to always verify what we know."

What's most important here? Keep politics out out science. I want to see real science applied to this "issue". I'm not at all interested in the false "science" of those groups that are pushing for the "science" to fit their agenda.

Obviously man has an effect on the environment. But, it appears that many appear to think that we are far more powerful than we actually are...


Friday, May 02, 2008


I just saw a piece about Obama on the Fox Report. I didn't hear the audio, so I don't know the context, but, there was a bunch of people holding banners saying "Change".

What came to mind, you ask?

All I could think was "how fitting!" The democrats are famous for taking our dollars and giving us nothing but change (if anything at all). At least Obama is up front about it. I just can't figure out why everyone appeared to be so happy about it.

As far a I am concerned, I just want to keep my dollars...


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day Al Gore!

I guess I'm a little slow, tonight I figured out how Al Gore is going to save the planet! He's intends to do it by killing off all of the humans (except of course, himself and his buddies). It appears the the agenda that he is pushing to "save the environment" is doing far more harm than good.

As said on, "the rush to replace fossil fuels threatens global famine." Further on, we find that rain forests (the haven of the "greenie") are continuing to disappear, this time to grow crops to produce more ethanol (and even more greenhouse gases).

Given that he is driven by emotion and bad "science", he can't possible understand why all his "good" is doing more harm...

Happy Earth Day Al Gore!


Saturday, April 19, 2008

TIME disgraces war heroes for global warming

Here's an update on Al Gore's Carbon Tax from

From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott, President, Alliance


We knew Time Magazine had already sold out to the radical Al Gore Global Warming hysteria...

But the latest cover goes even further by picturing a fallen tree in the arms of the Iwo Jima Marines and equating the "War on Global Warming" with America's struggle to save the world from fascism.

This is a disgrace to those Marines and every American who has worn the uniform to defend our nation!

Go here to see the outrageous cover:

+ + "Going Green" the new red, white and blue?

Time says the "war" on global warming is a "similarly momentous challenge" to our World Wars, the Great Depression, putting a man on the moon, the intercontinental railroad and beating polio!

Time concludes by saying "going green" is the new red, white and blue -- the height of patriotism.

+ + $1.2 Trillion Al Gore Tax coming before summer!

Al Gore and the radical Climate Alarmists are using unfounded science and the willing spin of the media elites to push a massive, $1.2 Trillion Global Warming Tax. We have less than two months to stop the new tax. But the fact is, as this TIME article shows, the entire political, entertainment and media establishments are lining up to push this oppressive new Carbon Tax down our throats.

Will you please sign the petition by going here?

We already have 23,038 signers. I want to reach 100,000 in the next week and work with our key contacts on Capitol Hill to release this news to the media.

But I need your help.

Please see Time's outrageous cover. Read our backgrounder. Sign the petition. And please alert your friends.

Steve Elliott, President

Please do your part to oppose this tax!


Friday, April 18, 2008

Help stop Al Gore's $1.2 trillion carbon tax


Congress is moving quickly to pass a $1.2 trillion Global Warming Tax that is based on unfounded science and could cripple our economy. A vote is expected before summer.

I just signed a petition and am asking you to join me.
Please go here:


Wednesday, April 16, 2008


LCAV attempts to persuade the public...

Organizers of a Naperville gun control rally were treated to a healthy dose of unintended consequences Monday night when firearm owners packed the rally by a better than ten to one ratio. Billed by organizers as an “educational forum,” the rally was actually nothing more than an airing of well-worn lies and dubious public opinion polls aimed at supporting gun control legislation now pending in the state capitol. During a Q&A session, attendees soundly rebuked the organizers for their divisive perpetuation of half-truths about the role of firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens.

Held at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University, the gun control rally was sponsored by the Illinois chapter of California-based gun control group, Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV). Moderating the forum was gun control movement veteran Steve Young. Young is the former Illinois chapter organizer of the now-defunct Bell Campaign. Young also served as the Illinois chapter head of the now-defunct Million Mom March. Of the approximately 175 attendees, all but a handful were gun rights supporters.

“It was gratifying to see such a large turnout by law-abiding gun owners,” said ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “It was probably the first time that many of them have come face to face with the people who want to take their guns away. This was an opportunity for them to hear first hand the deception and outright lies that are the underpinnings of the gun control movement. For nearly an hour, gun owners in the audience sat through presentations that assailed their sensibilities. When it came time for attendees to speak out, gun owners made it clear that they were not buying the gun control song and dance. I actually think the event organizers thought they’d win some converts last night. I’m sure they’re sorely disappointed this morning.”

“The LCAV claims to have not only broad, but active support for their gun control policies,” continued Pearson. “Yet, despite plenty of publicity, they were not able to generate much in the way of support for last night’s forum. Everywhere I looked, I saw IGOLD hats and NRA hats and ISRA sweatshirts. Our people packed the forum just like our people are lighting up the general assembly’s phone lines to express opposition to gun control bills now under consideration.”

“Probably the biggest blow to the LCAV’s credibility came when Young rolled out polling data that supposedly shows that better than 80% of Illinois gun owners support LCAV gun control policies,” said Pearson. “After the snickers died down, I asked gun-owning members of the audience who support LCAV gun control policy to please stand. Not a single person stood.”

“If the state’s gun owners support gun control as strongly as claimed by the LCAV, then why aren’t gun owners marching on Springfield to demand passage of gun control laws?” asked Pearson. “If 75-plus percent of gun owners want so-called ‘assault weapons’ banned, then why are they buying them up like hotcakes? If Illinois gun owners are as ‘anti-gun’ as the LCAV polling data suggests, then why do they even own guns in the first place? It just doesn’t make sense. But, then again, the ‘facts’ presented by the gun control movement rarely make much sense.”

Thanks to all of you who came out to protect freedom in Naperville on Monday night!

Remember, gun control is a disease - YOU are the cure.



Here's the latest from the ISRA. Please act now!

As many of you may already know, HB 4357, the 2008 version of the Daley “assault weapons ban” will probably be voted on this week in the Illinois House. This bill would ban most, if not all of the guns you own. Banned guns would include most semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns. If this bill passes, you would be forced to suffer the indignity of registering with the State Police just like a sex offender. If you choose to preserve your dignity, then you would have to move either yourself or your guns out of state. A second bill, HB758 would ban private sales of firearms. That means that you would have to find an FFL to complete private sales from your collection. Both bills are clear infringements on your 2nd Amendment rights. Only you can protect your rights. You must take action, NOW!

Here’s what you must do to preserve your rights:

1. Call your legislator and POLITELY tell him or her that you oppose HB4357, and HB758.

2. If you do not know who your legislator is, or how to reach them, visit the following link and follow the instructions:

3. Pass this alert along to all your gun owning friends. Also, please post this alert to any and all Internet bulletin boards to which you belong.

It appears that the People's Republic of Chicago Criminal Empowerment Program is at it again. Please do all that you can to prevent this from happening!


Texas Survey

This one also come courtesy of my friend Hank:

The latest telephone poll taken by the Texas Governor's office asked whether people who live in Texas think illegal immigration is a serious problem:

29% of respondents answered: "Yes, it is a serious problem."

71% of respondents answered: "No, esto no es un problema serio."

What do you think?


Monday, April 14, 2008

This should clear the air for some folks......

This one came from my friend Hank:

The Difference?

John McCain and Hillary Clinton were walking down the
street and came to a homeless person. The Republican, John McCain, gave
him his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He
then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

Hillary was impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she
stepped forward to help. She gave him directions to the welfare office,
then reached into McCain's pocket and got out another $20. She kept $15
for administrative costs and gave the homeless person $5.

Now, do you understand the difference?


Saturday, April 12, 2008

ISRA Alert - Anti Gun Rally in Naperville

Here is the latest from the ISRA

ISRA Alert:

The San Francisco-based “Legal Community Against Gun Violence” (LCAV) will be holding a gun control rally in Naperville on Monday, April 14, 2008.

The LCAV plays a crucial supporting role in Chicago Mayor Daley’s attempts to take your guns away from you. California lawyers write the actual legislation designed to ban and confiscate your guns, tax your ammunition, ration your ammo purchases and register you like a sex offender.

It’s time for Illinois gun owners to tell these Californians, “MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!”

Here is what you need to do:

1. Gather up all your firearm owning friends and assemble at the Naperville Campus of NIU, 1120 East Diehl Road, Room 101C, Naperville, IL. The campus is on the south side of Diehl Road, approximately 1/8 mile west of Naper Boulevard. Plan on arriving no later than 6:45 PM.

2. If you still have your iGOLD t-shirts or hats, wear them. If you have NRA or ISRA hats, wear them. DO NOT bring signs or other items that might get you kicked out before this thing gets under way.

3. Be advised that you will be in close proximity to people that hate your guts because you own guns. They will attempt to insult you and provoke you. Stand your ground, challenge their every assertion. Freedom is at stake here.

4. Please distribute this alert to all your gun owning friends and post it to every Internet bulletin board to which you belong.



Friday, April 04, 2008

San Francisco a Sanctuary city?

As reported by Grassfire today:

Dear Robert,

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is launching an $83,000
outreach campaign designed to attract illegal aliens.

Using television, radio, posters and brochures
in five different languages, Newsom says, "We're
going to spend resources, time and energy to do
PSA's, to do campaign outreach into community clinics,
into public schools, into our police stations to
let people know what a sanctuary city is all about...

Newsom says illegal aliens answering his call need not fear
deportation. "We are doing the right thing," he said.

Robert, this arrogant thumbing of the nose by SF City
officials to the established laws of our land and the blatant
disrespect for those citizens who will be required to foot
the bill for these illegals is reprehensible, and demands
a strong reaction!

That's why I'm asking ALL members of our Grassfire team to take
a few minutes to contact Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Supervisor
Tom Ammiano.

++Action Item--Contact SF City Leadership

Mayor Gavin Newsom
phone: 415-554-6141

Tom Ammiano, City Supervisor
phone: 415-554-5144

Please contact both of these city leaders and express your
outrage over their public outreach effort welcoming illegal aliens.

Let them know that their plan is a "ringing dinner bell" that
will attract even more illegals--increasing the burden for
those living in San Francisco legally!

Urge them to do the right thing by enforcing our laws.

My e-mail to the Mayor of San Francisco:

Mayor Gavin Newsom,

I read today that you are undertaking an effort to turn San Francisco into a "Sanctuary City" for illegal aliens.

It's sad to learn that yet another government official is ignoring the rule of law in support of illegal aliens. I have to wonder "what's in it for you"? Given the exceptionally high costs involved, and the strain on law enforcement that this causes, you would have to be getting something in return.

I'm glad to hear that you have gone public with this. That way the law abiding citizens of you city can "get out" before their property values drop so low that they can't afford to leave. I'm sure that they will, given that they will have no interest in funding your illegal activities. The most "well to do" citizens (the ones that pay the highest taxes!) will be the first to go, as they typically have the most liquidity. As time continues, more and more tax payers will leave for other cities that follow the rule of law. Eventually, San Francisco will suffer the same fate as Detroit, MI, and be only a skeleton of what it once was. In the end, only the criminals will remain, of course, that includes the members of government that thought this was the "right thing".

My final question to you: Should this be a country in which every person learns to work, every person learns to save, every person learns to have a better future, and, by the way, is therefore responsible for working, saving, and creating a better future? Or is this a country where you shouldn't have to do all those things because it's too hard, and someone should take care of you? In which case, the question becomes: who's the someone, and why do you think they'll stay here?



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Thursday, April 03, 2008

ISRA Statement on Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan

ISRA Press Release:
ISRA Statement on Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan

CHICAGO, April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan stood at a lectern in the Thompson Center Plaza and essentially blamed the state's hunters and sportsmen for the murders of 20 Chicago school children. Duncan made his appearance during a gun control rally sponsored by Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina's Catholic Church. Pfleger is best remembered for his speech at an earlier gun control rally during which he called for the murder of gun shop owners and state legislators who oppose gun control laws.

Interestingly enough, at about the same time that Duncan was delivering his rant against the state's law abiding firearm owners, a report was released in "Catalyst Magazine" that indicates that just 51% of freshmen enrolled in Chicago public high schools stick it out to graduate.

"Studies by the Chicago Police Department indicate that 88% of murders are committed by people with previous criminal records," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "Likewise, those same reports show that about 76% of murder victims had records as well. Nonetheless, opportunists like Pfleger and Duncan persist in shifting the blame away from failed public policies and towards law-abiding hunters and sportsmen. The gun control measures these people advocate will never succeed in thwarting crime because they totally ignore the criminal element."

"It's ironic that the truth about Duncan's administration was being released just as he was damning the state's law-abiding gun owners," continued Pearson. "Maybe if Duncan did a better job keeping his charges in school, they wouldn't be out on the streets beating, knifing and shooting one another to death. If Duncan had any sense of responsibility at all, he would have been at the microphone apologizing to the people of Illinois for wasting their time and tax dollars. By all rights, Arne Duncan should be returning 49% of his $200,000 annual salary to the Chicago treasury. He's doing half a job -- so he deserves half his pay."

The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.