My daughter, Kayla, has started her own blog called the Primal Otter. It is a blog about sustainable living, the paleo “lifestyle” and many other things that interest her. I am very proud of what she has done with this blog even though she makes me look bad in comparison (she is a much better blogger then me). Anyway she is just getting started and is off to a great start but could use some new followers. Check here out here.
I am hoping that I can talk her into posting some political stuff here when she gets settled in a little more.
MSNBC promos a show that speculates the problem with education today is that kids have been thought of only in a private sense and not a collective one. And supposedly when we recognize that children belong to the community and not to a household, we as a society, will make better educational investments.
Lately I have noticed a lot of web traffic coming from other South West Michigan Cities outside of the Saint Joseph County area, which is where the Liberty1st forum was started and has spent most of its focus on. And while the current L1 forum doesn’t have anything close to the kind of traffic it was getting two or three years ago (from the old forum) there is still enough interest to keep it going. However I am starting to wonder if I should consider outreach to, at least, the counties surrounding Saint Joseph County.
The cities I see the most traffic from are Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, and Portage, which are all in Kalamazoo County. If you are one of the visitors from those cities or any of the city in the area and would like a forum specific to your area let me know with a comment to this post.
I ran across this site a couple of weeks ago and wanted to pass it along because I have had many conversations with women who are interested in exploring the “firearm” lifestyle but don’t know where to start. Well if you are such a women reading this blog this may be a good place to start.
Why Did I Create The Well Armed Woman As A Resource For Women Gun Owners?
When I began thinking about purchasing and carrying a gun several years ago, there was no single resource for a woman gun owner and shooter. I was frustrated and disappointed to discover that there were so few resources out there that provided straight forward and complete information and products geared specifically toward me as a woman gun owner in this male-driven industry. The information I did find was often condescending and sometimes downright insulting. They simply weren’t talking to me or meeting my needs as a woman interested in gun ownership. Now, The Well Armed Woman is the complete resource for the woman gun owner.
The greater my interest and passion for guns grew, the more I found that the women I knew and worked with responded with excited curiosity to my new enthusiasm. Women wanted to know more and couldn’t wait to try firing a gun! I began to realize that there was a great divide between women’s interest in guns and the male dominated “camo and ammo” firearm industry.
I’ll introduce you to the ins and outs of armed self-defense, gun ownership, gun safety, shooting skills and products for women shooters. We’ll discuss everything from permits to holsters and we’ll do it in a candid and concise manner. I created The Well Armed Woman, LLC to be a complete resource without fluff or frills for women gun owners of all ages.
Check out the site and let me know what you think in the comments.
By the way my wife and daughter are among the Well Armed Women – And I love the fact that my wife is planning a girls night out that includes a couple of hours at a gun range. How awesome is that?
Update Added 4/8/2013: The Well Armed Women West Michigan Chapter is the newest in a nationwide movement to educate, equip and empower women to protect themselves with firearms. Read More here Well Armed Women West Michigan group forms.
The big story of the moment is that President Obama has suddenly decided to talk with lesser political beings. The famously aloof President who began his second term as if the 2012 election campaign wasn’t over is inviting Members of Congress, and even some of its evil Republicans, to lunch and dinner. The question is whether this is merely a tactical feint or if Mr. Obama really wants to accomplish something in the next two years and realizes he needs Republicans to do it.
The appearance of a new bipartisanship is perfectly consistent with such a partisan 2014 strategy. The more reasonable he appears today, the better positioned he might be to blame Republicans for failure next year. Independent voters love to see politicians working together, however haplessly, so Mr. Obama may figure he has nothing to lose by dropping his Democrats-only strategy for now. He can always sandbag the GOP again later. In particular, he’d love to carve out deals in the Senate that isolate House Republicans.
Our advice to the GOP opposition in the meantime is—adapting the Reagan arms-control maxim—don’t trust but verify. Mr. Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that he can’t be trusted in backroom negotiations where he can later claim to support something he really didn’t. Republicans need to test his seriousness in the sunlight where voters can better see who is the real obstructionist.
I am really trying to be a better “blogger” and actually post something (thoughts, opinions, etc.) along with the links and introduction to the news stories I post here. However this is proving to be harder for me then what I thought (before I started this)
While several other states and President Barack Obama are trying to tighten gun controls, Michigan is going in a different direction, introducing legislation that would either expand gun rights or work toward making the state immune from any new federal regulations on weapons ownership.
The first of more than a dozen bills — a technical fix to the definition of a federal firearms dealer — got final approval in the state Senate on Tuesday and will go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. But many more far-reaching bills expanding gun rights — such as a bill that would allow those licensed to carry concealed weapons to be able to do so in previously forbidden areas, such as schools — have been introduced or reintroduced in the Legislature this year.
Among the legislation introduced in Michigan, some would:
Exempt the state from federal gun regulations for weapons made in Michigan. Another bill would exempt Michigan entirely from “unconstitutional” federal firearms legislation.
Allow anyone to carry a gun in a school. Another bill would allow school employees to carry weapons into schools.
Exempt firearms registration and license information from the Freedom of Information Act.
Eliminate firearms licensing databases in certain circumstances and prohibit firearms dealers from taking pictures of people who are buying and getting licensed for guns.
Shift the responsibility for issuing concealed weapons permits from counties to the Michigan State Police.
Include libraries in the facilities that can choose to be a gun-free zone, where people could not carry concealed weapons into the building.
An internal government email sent Monday instructed an official with a subdivision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure that sequester-related cuts inflict as much pain as possible to make sure “you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
Read the rest at breitbart.com and remember that the $85 billion sequester cuts represent just .5% of the national debt.
Documents obtained by the ACLU have revealed that the U.S. Marshals Service has experimented with using drones for domestic surveillance. The documents, available on the ACLU website, were released via a Freedom of Information Act request. The rights group says that although the Marshals Service admitted it had found 30 pages of information pertaining to its use of drones, it only actual handed over two, which were heavily redacted, containing only two short paragraphs of visible information. Under the heading “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Man-Portable (UAV) Program,” an agency document overview states.
Senate Bill 213 is the bill number for the newly re-introduced version of last year’s vetoed SB 59. Along with a number of other positive changes, it would:
Eliminate County Gun Boards and move their responsibility to the Michigan State Police. The task of accepting the application and printing the CPL would remain with your county clerk.
Reduce the price to get a CPL from $105 to $90. For first time issuance, finger printing is still required and a police agency may charge you an additional fee (on top of the $90) of up to $15 in order to finger print you. Renewal CPL applications would not require a fingerprinting, thus saving you $15 compared to the status quo.
Repeal Several of the Pistol Free Zones found in MCL 28.425o outright (No compromising open Carry, no additional training). Zones being repealed include: (b) public/private daycare or public/private child placement agency, (c) sports arena or stadium, (d) a bar or tavern, (f) an “entertainment facility” where the seating capacity is over 2,500 people, (h) a dorm or classroom of a community college, college, or university. No additional training would be required to carry there. Remaining pistol free zones (schools, churches, hospitals) would have an “opt-in” ability similar to what churches have right now — this would allow the people in charge of these facilities to allow conceal carry on their premises. Currently schools and hospitals cannot even grant permission to someone to carry concealed on their premises.