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Angering Turkey Useful

The lamestream media told you:
Correcting decades of negligence, the U.S. House wisely voted to recognize the Turkish slaughter of helpless Armenians starting in 1915 as a genocide, infuriating the Turkish government.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Helpless in their attempts to cut off funding and strand American troops battling radical Islamist murderers and jihadis in Iraq, Democrats have crafted an extremely clever plan to outrage the Turkish government, and get them to refuse U.S. access to their land, sea and air bases. By some estimates, 70% of all U.S. support to Iraq goes through Turkey. Lamestream reports failed to mention this angle in covering the 90-year-old terminology debate.

In other news, a new study by Dave Kopel and co-authors has found that disarmament of the Armenians by the Turks lead to the massive slaughters, and those Armenians who retained arms were able to resist the attacks.

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Debate Lacked Debate

The lamestream media told you:
The recent Republican presidential debate saw candidates vying to appear as the most conservative of the lot. In various combination the crowded field of white males offered to eliminate IRS, close the borders, make tax cuts permanent, pass a fair tax, eliminate pork-barrel earmarks, stop social-security-tax increases, and institute portable health care plans, among numerous other promises.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
A debate is an event where people debate each other. The lamestream media has repeatedly and incorrectly labeled as "debates" the Republican (and prior Democrat) candidate auditions, also known as showcases or dog-and-pony shows. No debate took place during the prime time TV broadcasts falsely labeled debates.

"The promoters call them 'debates,' so we do too, so that's accurate," one newsman was overheard saying.

Reporters also failed to note that the policies promoted by the auditioners are not within presidential power to enact, a job strictly reserved to Congress. Congress could not be reached for comment on whether it might vote for any of the promises the showcasers promised.

Though the candidates differed little on "major fiscal policy issues," they were not asked significant questions about their positions, such as, "What is the purpose of government," or, "What are the limits on government power, has government exceeded those limits, and how would you address that if you're elected?" Additional unasked questions can be found in The Liberty Poll.

According to the Founding Fathers, the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect our freedom, and discharge those duties specifically delegated in the olden Constitution, nothing more. Both parties have flatly rejected this as a matter of policy for decades, but no arrests have been made. Yet. Large segments of the public still seem to think the Founders had a pretty good idea.

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Minutemen Spotting Many

The lamestream media told you:
The Minutemen, worthy of saturation coverage when they first began observing the borders for undocumented workers slipping into the country, must have evaporated, because there have been virtually no news reports about them for nearly a year.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Minutemen, in the latest of numerous ongoing campaigns, issued a status report, which is widely distributed across the web and by email to all interested parties.

"As of Sunday, the end of our first week (of this campaign), we had 146 volunteers that had signed in and pulled at least one shift. These volunteers came from all over this great nation. The following states are being represented in AZ on the border with the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps.: AZ(93), NY(3), VT(1), MA(1), ID(2), IL(1), MS(1), OK(1), IN(2), CA(4), TX(7), WA(7), AL(6), FL(6), OR(1), UT(1), NV(3), CO (4), KS(2).

"We have also been effective in supporting our United States Border Patrol. As of Sunday afternoon, Minutemen Civil Defense Corps volunteers had sighted 104 illegal aliens and the border patrol apprehended 46 of them. This comes out to 44%, which is up from years past. The Border Patrol agents have been great. Their response times have also been great."

MCDC is the original Minuteman organization, headed by Chris Simcox. Several splinter groups have also set up operations and are making similar reports, to total silence from the "news" media.

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Gun Policy Shaken

The lamestream media told you:
Referring to the Parker case, which challenges Wash., D.C.'s total ban on gun possession at home, professor Jonathan Turley, a declared liberal, said, "D.C. politicians have put gun-control laws across the country at risk with a (Supreme) court more likely to uphold the rulings than to reverse them. It has also put the rest of us in the uncomfortable position of giving the right to gun ownership the same fair reading as more favored rights of free press or free speech."

Writing for USA Today's online opinion column, he refers to, "the part of the Bill of Rights that shall not be named by liberals. For more than 200 years, progressives and polite people have avoided acknowledging that following the rights of free speech, free exercise of religion and free assembly, there is 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms.'"

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
In an extraordinarily rare event, a plain and simple statement of the left's distaste for the civil right to arms has been widely published. Turley refers to the case as D.C. v. Heller, using what many observers see as the D.C. lawyers' effort to obscure the fact that Parker, originally named in the case, is a black woman living under difficult conditions, whose life has been threatened by warriors in the drug war near where she lives. Heller is a special police officer permitted to carry a handgun on duty as a guard at the Federal Judicial Center, but not at his home.

"Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda. Yet, two related cases could now force liberals into a crisis of conscience," Turley says. "Principle is a terrible thing, because it demands not what is convenient but what is right. It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right...

"None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that -- here's the really hard part -- the NRA may have been right."

Concluding, he says, "while we might not celebrate it, it is time that we recognize it."

Why USA Today, which exhibits constant bias and hostility to the right to keep and bear arms, would publish such opinion from one of its own (Turley is on their board of contributors) is unclear -- unless, by openly recognizing that RKBA exists, they can REALLY start regulating it now, especially is the Supreme Court really takes it out of the closet.

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Columbia Earns Rebuke

The lamestream media told you:
Iran's president gave a speech at Columbia University, to mixed reviews.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Mahmoud Ahmabadjihad's speech at Columbia University was a good thing.

Nothing else could have brought the well-deserved and heartily earned shame and disgrace, that this dictator's appearance brought to the school.

No amount of commentary by U.S. commentators could have demonstrated the politicized education the students must be getting, as they cheered the man's bald-faced lies and total evasion of the questions he was asked. No one else could have sparked the national debate about this enemy that wraps itself in a cloak of dignity, virtually abetted in some respects by the U.S. media.

Only Ahmabadjihad's appearance could have shown the world the sniveling, spineless, groveling cowardice and anti-American sentiment of the school's feckless leader, Lee Bollinger, who balanced his approach with a caustic introduction.

The Iranian's biggest misstep may have been insisting there are no gays in Iran, shaking the multicult students' faith in the gay agenda and provoking the only boos and laughter of the event. Was the true nature of the student body ever revealed in that or what.

Other outrageous lies and distortions met with silence or applause from the assembled students, who recently booed, attacked and forced secure-borders advocate Jim Gilchrist from their hallowed halls. No reprisals from Bollinger or the school were taken against the hooligans.

Yes, the Iranian mullahs' hand-picked puppet's visit here was a good thing.

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Criminal Funds Democrats

The lamestream media told you:
Captured bail-jumper Norman Hsu has been running ponzi schemes and has bilked $60 million from people nationwide. He used the money to help get Democrats elected, none of whom knew Hsu was involved in criminal activity. Hillary Clinton, who got a lot of the money, has agreed to give $850,000 of it back.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
News reports have failed to say who Hillary is giving this money back to. To Hsu, who stole it in the first place, to use for his legal defense? Government agents, as a gift? Some other campaign fund? If reporters reported, the story would say where the money is going.

It's too late now to get the criminal-fund financed Democrats out of office, assuming they would have lost the elections without all the tainted money. Perhaps they would have won anyway, since they all seem to have enough cash to "give it back."

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ACLU Re-arming Felons?

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The ACLU has begun a campaign to restore the rights of felons. In Arizona, the "civil rights" groups claims it would add 166,000 new voters to the rolls. People with felony convictions automatically lose the right to vote, run for or hold office, circulate candidate or referendum petitions, or to own, have, buy or use guns.

The current plan is to only restore the right to vote however, treating these people as half citizens whose rights are not really restored, but who, it is believed, will tip the voting balance in the country.

Felons, or so the thinking goes, will vote largely with the various takings coalitions, and the people running the restoration effort, who are essentially Democratics.

"America is the land of second chances," the ACLU claimed in its Fall, 2007, Arizona newsletter, "and when the gates of prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life."

That path is less than clear however. "If a person is now whole, and the right to vote is reinstated, then surely that person should have all rights intact, and be free from the disabilities that a felony conviction imposes," said the Uninvited Ombudsman in an interview.

"If the person remains dangerous, or is not sufficiently free of the past to exercise all civil rights, then how can such people be given the vote? Can the ACLU truly justify marginalizing that group by declaring them fit for only a single civil right? Are these felons members of society or aren't they?"

Critics charge that the ACLU's move is a perverse attempt to tip the nation in favor of Democrats in the upcoming presidential election, by adding a new voting bloc to that party. Whether being known as the party of former felony convicts with a single civil right is a good thing is unclear, though the extra votes might swing elections, so who cares.

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Gun-Crime Offsets

The lamestream media told you:
Hollywood movie stars who emit 100 times more CO2 flying in their private jets than public airliners are buying "carbon offsets," so their "carbon footprint" is erased, and they live "carbon-neutral" lives. This will help save the planet, and removes any nasty guilt the stars might otherwise have to endure. They are fortunate to have the vast sums of money needed to live lavish lifestyles without harming the Earth.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Gun owners concerned about the amount of criminal activity that involves firearms, which casts their own guns in a bad light, can now buy "gun-crime offsets" to ease their consciences and help do good.

When you buy a gun-crime offset, the money buys ammunition for poor people in bad neighborhoods so they can go to the range or back alley to practice, thereby providing a deterrent to local crime.

For every 1,000 rounds of ammunition you fire in practice, a poor person gets ten rounds, reflecting the national average ratio of good-gun-to-bad-gun use of 100 to 1, unreported by the "news" media.* This makes you "gun-crime neutral" and is a good thing.

You can continue to build your gun collection, support the industry, join the clubs, go to the range, plink, hunt and defend your home, while helping your fellow man by being gun-crime neutral. Thanks go to liberal Democrats for introducing the idea of carbon offsets so we can continue to enjoy our lifestyles while easing any guilt we may feel.

*The 13 scholarly studies that back up this ratio are cataloged in Armed, by Gary Kleck and Don Kates, available from Bloomfield Press, and will be posted at gunlaws.com soon.

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Gun Arrests Working

The lamestream media told you:
Mexican police officers came to a gun show in Phoenix and illegally bought guns for smuggling back to Mexico. Gun shows make it easy for criminals to obtain guns due to lax laws.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Proving again that we do have gun laws in this country, and that enforcement not additional statutes is what's needed, officials in Phoenix arrested Mexicans buying guns in Phoenix recently. The arrested alleged criminals are employed by the Mexican police dept. Any gun obtained for criminal purpose has been severely illegal for decades, though officials admit enforcement is spotty.

In other news, at least six discount airlines have sprung up in Mexico, offering one-way fares to the U.S.-Mexico border that rival the slow and uncomfortable bus fares immigrants used to rely on for sneaking into (or legally entering) the country. Locals have nicknamed the carriers Aero Migrante.

Mexican officials, who have pledged cooperation in resolving the border crisis, insist that their laws prevent them from determining if one-way ticket buyers from south and central Mexico plan to illegally slip into America. As undocumented immigrants such people would not be in the NICS background-check system, and might be able to buy guns here, even though it would be illegal.

Mexico prevents most gun possession within its borders except for authorities, the rich, and heavily armed para-military drug gangs that provide a significant portion of the nation's revenue.

Although gun-crime arrests have been seriously abused in the past by some authorities, gun-rights advocates typically support arresting armed criminals who are up to no good.

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Empty Holster Protest

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
During the week of October 22-27, 2007, college students throughout America will attend classes wearing empty holsters, in protest of state laws and campus policies that stack the odds in favor of armed killers.

By disarming law-abiding citizens who are licensed to carry concealed handguns virtually anywhere else, misguided officials create dangerous and reckless "supposedly gun-free zones," where only criminals will be armed.

The Gun-Free Zone Liability Act, which would allow such zones but make the people setting them up liable for any harm they cause, is posted at gunlaws.com.

Details on the empty-holster protest are here.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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