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Civil Rights Victory

Via Joe:

“[T]he Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home.

As Joe notes:

This is a stepping stone to slap down California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Maryland, and others that have “May Issue” permitting for carry. It may even enable nationwide Constitutional Carry.

Hooray for civil rights!

 

That high-pitched squee you’re hearing?

Yeah, that’s me. From StarWars.com:

New Spinoff Films Set to Expand the Star Wars Galaxy

February 05, 2013

The Star Wars cinematic galaxy is about to experience a Big Bang. Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways.

One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.

In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed that while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. “We are in development of a few standalone films,” he said, “that are not part of the Star Wars saga…there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films.”

Stay tuned to StarWars.com as more exciting developments unfold.

Would it be too much to ask for a 4-hour Star Wars: Yoda? Do want.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Movies, Really Excited

 

Contact Your US Senator!!!

Sebastian says the fight is shaping up in the Senate. I echo his call:

Every gun owner’s voice must be heard…STARTING WITH YOURS!!!

Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators by name. Or, email your Senators by going to NRA-ILA’s “Let Your Voice Be Heard” webpage.

He continues:

We are not facing the anti-gun crowd, save Bloomberg. We’re facing the left-wing of the Democratic Party, and they mean to destroy us. They are betting this trend is real, that the country will be increasingly urban, left of center, and more in favor of gun control. They are betting the farm that we’re on our way to extinction. Are we?

Do. Your. Part.

 

The Once and Future… Part II

I’ve been re-reading Mead’s article and thinking on it quite a bit. What he is saying is resonating with me. One of my Facebook friends commented that she is disappointed that Mead did not provide any solutions. For my part, I think that outlining the problem is one of the largest parts of the solution.

What I understand Mead to say is that our current society has outgrown the structure of liberalism 4.0 and that 4.1 is working against the true nature of liberalism. The next logical step is to move on to 5.0. He frames his argument in these terms:

A liberal is someone who seeks ordered liberty through politics—namely, the reconciliation of humanity’s need for governance with its drive for freedom in such a way as to give us all the order we need (but no more) with as much liberty as possible. In this sense, liberty isn’t divided or divisible into freedoms of speech, religion, economic activity or personal conduct: Genuine liberals care about all of the above and seek a society in which individuals enjoy increasing liberty in each of these dimensions while continuing to cultivate the virtues and the institutions that give us the order without which there can be no freedom.

The question becomes then, where do we go from here? Many claim that America’s two party system is broken and propose moving toward a more European type system with many parties. That might be an answer. My primary issue with Parliamentary systems is that parties tend to focus solely on narrow wants and desires, rather than seeking broader bases. The American system creates, or used to create, coalitions within the party structure. We see this breaking down as the divide between Left and Right continues to widen. As the two primary American parties now stand, I see and understand why voters feel disenfranchised and unheard by their political representatives.

Have we simply outgrown the two party political model that we inherited?

Mean concludes his article:

Now it has happened again. The success of our institutions and ideas has so changed the world that they don’t work any more. We cannot turn back the clock, nor should we try. America’s job is to boldly go where none have gone before, not to consume our energies in vain attempts to recreate the glories of an unattainable past. We need to do for our times and circumstances what other Americans have done before us: Recast classic Anglo-American liberal thought, still the cultural and moral foundation of American life and the source of the commonsense reasoning that guides most Americans as they evaluate policy ideas and party programs, in ways that address the challenges before us.

For those blue Democrats clinging to liberalism 4.1, this is a time of doom and gloom. For those red Republicans longing for a return to liberalism 3.0, it is a time of angry nostalgia: Ron Paul making a stump speech. This should be a time of adventure, innovation and creativity in the building of liberalism 5.0. America is ready for an upgrade to a new and higher level; indeed, we are overdue for a project that can capture the best energies of our rising generations, those who will lead the United States and the world to new and richer ways of living that will make the “advanced” societies of the 20th century look primitive, backward and unfulfilled.

We’ve wasted too many years arguing over how to retrieve the irretrievable; can we please now get on with the actual business of this great, liberal, unapologetically forward-looking nation?

Perhaps this is what the Tea Party (in its original incarnation as a fiscal movement) and No Labels movements are trying to do: move beyond our current political structure of stiff, ridged parties, and seeking common ground solutions to the problems that our country is facing.

The American Republic is the greatest nation in the history of the world. Let’s find a way to continue that success.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Follow up, People, Politics, Really Excited

 

Winning

The left own’t worried about her demographic. That’s why we win.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Education, Guns, People, Really Excited

 

Sig 227

Sig Sauer is set to release the P227, a double stack version of their P220. Do want. More info at Guns Holsters and Gear.

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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Guns, Really Excited

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

Okay, so it’s not my birthday – yet.  Friday, April 8th is.  I am turning 30 and this birthday is quite different than any that I’ve had previously.  When I was younger, even just 10 years ago, I’d imagined that I’d be so much “further along in life” than I am right now.  Initially I felt frustrated with my perceived lack of progress in life.  But then I decided to take stock of my accomplishments and blessings and life is actually treating me pretty well.  Here is a short and incomplete list:

  • I’m married to the most wonderful woman in the world and we recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. 
  • I have two beautiful and smart children.  Two boys that I love more than I can describe.
  • I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in December 2009 and am very close to being accepted into a graduate program at Gonzaga University. 
  • I live comfortably.  Our bills are paid, there is food on the table and clothes on our backs.  We have enough for simple comforts and even a little to put into savings. 
  • I live in the greatest country that has ever been created on the face of this planet.
  • I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I know who I am.  I know God’s plan.  I’ll follow Him in faith.

But now on to the big news – my birthday present!

Last year I broke the pinky finger on my right hand, as described here, which led to me purchasing a Ruger LCP for carry until my finger healed.  No longer having a need for Elsie Pea, other than for discreet carry when the XD is just too big, I decided to sell her off and search for something better. 

Ah yes, “better.”  That’s a tricky word for gunnies.  What does “better” mean?  Well, that depends on who you ask.  For me, better meant a Sig Sauer P238. 

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Introduced at the SHOT Show in 2009, the P238 is Sig’s remake of the Colt Mustang.  Chambered in .380 ACP and holding six in the magazine plus one in the chamber, the P238 packs plenty of firepower for a pocket pistol.  It’s the perfect compromise of size, firepower and discreet concealed carry, I feel.

I hope to get out and shoot her this weekend and with a snow storm blowing in I’ll most likely be forced into an indoor range (I prefer outdoor). 

I have to give a super big THANK YOU to my sweet love for giving me the green light on my birthday present.  So far, my 30th birthday has been the one causing the most stress.  I mean, I’ve never been this old!  Now I have the perfect gift to memorialize it.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Birthdays, Guns, Really Excited

 
 
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