Month: February 2013

Liberty1st Forum 2.0

I am working on replacing the forum software used here on Liberty1st. The current forum has been in place for over 10 years now and is really showing its age (both in the technology used and the available features). The new forum is based on newer technology and contains many new features that the old forum did not. At this point I am still figuring out how to enable and modify the feature set so things are probably going to be fluid for a while more. 

I have put this off for a couple of years now because I was hoping that I could find a way to import everything from the old forum into the new one. However, turns out, the task wasn’t a trivial one and although I would have preferred to migrate the posts I no longer think it can be done without a tremendous amount of time and or money.

So I am essentially starting over. If you haven’t ever been to the Liberty1st forum or if it has been a while since you visited please stop by and say hello. The forum is a place where you can discuss topics concerning St Joseph County, MI (and beyond).

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I will probably still be tweaking the template and settings a week or two yet so don’t be surprised if it looks different from day to day. The old forum will stay up as an archive and although I am going to allow the current members to post I am going to block any new members from signing up there.

I apologize that you cannot use your old account to sign into the new forum but the new forum does allow you to use your Facebook sign in to log on and post to the site, or you prefer, you can register for an account the traditional way.

I hope to see you there,


Michigan’s Second Amendment March


Michigan’s Second Amendment March will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at Michigan’s Capitol. The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a sidewalk procession from the corner of Michigan and Pennsylvania to the Capitol. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. people will meet with their state representatives. Musical entertainment and pro-gun speakers will take the stage from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. From 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. people will meet with their state senators. The Michigan Legislature is in session that day. We’ll be showing them the political strength of Michigan’s legal gun owners. The march is being organized by Skip Coryell’s Second Amendment March and jointly promoted and funded by the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Michigan Open Carry, Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Students for Concealed Carry.

For more information go to the Michigan Second Amendment March site here.

You say you want a revolution

USA Today has this from Glen Reynolds

Americans are out of sorts, and increasingly they’re unhappy with the government.  According to a Pew poll released last week, more than half of Americans view government as a threat to their freedom.

More then half? Who are these people? Probably just the right wing Republican gun nuts afraid Obama is going to take their guns away.

And it’s not just Republicans unhappy with Obama, or gun owners afraid that the government will take their guns: 38% of Democrats, and 45% of non-gun owners, see the government as a threat.

Wait. What?

Add this to another recent poll in which only 22% of likely voters feel America’s government has the “consent of the governed,” and you’ve got a pretty depressing picture — and a recipe for potential trouble. Governments operate, to a degree, by force, but ultimately they depend on legitimacy. A government that a majority views as a threat, and that only a small minority sees as enjoying the consent of the governed, is a government with legitimacy problems.

Read the rest here.