Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Holder Wishes to Repeal Stand Your Ground

Okay, it's been awhile since I've put anything here, so I'm starting up again with this little gem from that idiot Eric Holder.

So now, our illustrious Attorney General, Eric Holder, made a speech saying he wants to put an end to "stand your ground" laws in the over 30 states that have instituted them, regardless of the fact that in the state of Florida, stand your ground laws have protected black people more than any other race within the state. Also, regardless of the fact that stand your ground laws are clearly a matter of state's rights and the 10th amendment applies: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

For those that don't know, stand your ground laws protect victims of crime from being forced to retreat in the face of violent crimes committed against them. Example: if you are with your kids and wife in a restaurant and a person comes up and tries to rob you or beat you or some other illegal thing. You do not have to retreat and can meet force on force, escalating to deadly force if the circumstances of the attack justify killing. An example of that is if you, or someone else, is attacked and there is great fear, or reasonable assumption that there will be significant harm done, death, or a violent felony is being committed. The laws vary from state to state, but this is generally the case. 

Forcing victims to retreat (when possible) does two very bad things: 1. it emboldens the criminal because they know that the person they are attacking can't fight back, but must run away. It's a purse snatcher's delight. 2. it shifts the burden of proof from the criminal to the victim. Why did the victim fight back? Why didn't you just run away instead? What justifiable cause was there to pull your gun and fight when you could have easily escaped? If you think that's reasonable, then you've never had to worry about your 100 lb wife going to an ATM after dark. 

So then in Holder's speech, he contradicted himself by saying that these run away evangelists "stand their ground" on this issue and not stop until stand your ground laws have been repealed. Well good luck on the federal level. Even after Sandy Hook, Obama and his goons couldn't get enough traction to get even a watered down version of their dumbass gun control laws passed, and many states around the nation passed nullification laws, and many sheriffs associations stood their ground saying they would not enforce them. How on earth do they expect to get a law repealing stand your ground passed, when the court precedent showed the victim (Zimmerman) to be found NOT GUILTY of any charges and justified in what he did, when they can't even get gun control passed in the wake of a massacre?

Once again, these idiots are on the wrong side of the law with this latest round of kneejerk reactions.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Victory Today

We gun owners said that this latest vote in the battle for gun rights is a victory.  Obama asked, "Victory for what?"  Allow me to answer:  It is a victory for the Constitution, for the 2nd Amendment, and for liberty.  That's what.

It is a victory because you didn't get your way after lying about how many people actually supported UBC.  90% of the American people don't support UBC.  Know how I know?  Because you can't even get 90% turnout at the polls, you fool!  How are you going to expect 90% of people to suddenly weigh in favor of such draconian legislation that does nothing but subvert the rights of American citizens.  Perhaps 90% of the people surveyed in downtown Manhattan were in favor, but that's certainly not a good representation of the rest of America.

This is a victory because it shows that the American People are starting to wake up to the lies and filth you spread.  It is not that the House caved to pressure.  It's that THE PEOPLE have spoken and our leaders finally listened.  You ought to thank those who voted to kill this piece of legislation.  They may have just averted a 2nd revolution.

James III%

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Steel Plate Target Holders - How To Construct

With the state of the Union being the way it is these days, there's not a whole lot we can do to sway the opinions and actions of our politicians short of beating our message into their head - and even that doesn't seem to work anymore.  With the threat of the UN Arms treaty looming over us, North Korea threatening the world, and our own government doing what they can to trigger the next Revolution, we need to start preparing for the worst.  That doesn't mean to give up on the political process; it's not totally broken.  But in addition to investing in beans and bullets, it's a good idea to get out there and train as much as you can... just in case.  One of the easiest and most fun way to practice shooting is to shoot at steel.  The unmistakable "thunk" from a high powered round, or a "ting" from something like a .22 LR or a handgun is an instant feedback system of pleasure that goes right to the center of my brain and screams "HELL YEAH!"

Getting the steel itself is pretty easy.  You're looking for high wear type steel used in mining operations or like you'd find on snow plows.  I have both AR400 and AR500 steel.  They are extremely resilient against most common rifle and pistol rounds, and that's a good thing because depending on your sources, armor plate is either going to be really inexpensive, or extremely expensive.  The best place to start looking is in your local classifieds under guns.  You can also put out a WTB (want to buy) ad stating exactly what you want.  I will go more into that in a bit.  First off, let's get to building... because building shit is stuff that real men like to do.

Okay, the parts and tools for this project are pretty simple.  Allow me to list them below:

(x1) Armored plate (AR400 or AR500) in the shape and size of your choice. This is a 12x12" AR400 steel plate that is 1/2" thick.  It can take just about anything up to a 308 WIN.  Just don't shoot a lot of 7mm Mag against it because it's not strong enough for that.  If you want to shoot big bullets, upgrade to 1/2" AR500.  Oh yes, and this metal is not easily drilled.  Have your holes pre cut with a plasma cutter if you can.  Offer to pay a few bucks extra.  It's worth it.
(x5) 2x4's in the length of your choice.  Since my steel is only 12x12", I bought 2 pieces of 96" 2x4's and had them all cut to 32" in length.  That gave me 6 pieces.  You only need 5.  Keep the spare one.  You'll see why later.
(x2) Metal Sawhorse brackets.  I bought these at Home Depot.  They are inexpensive and you won't cry if you shoot them to death.
(x2) Eyelet bolts.  These are rated at 75 lbs per eyelet.
(x2) Cheap carabiners.  These are rated at 150 lbs per carabiner.
(x2) Can of spray paint.  One can has your primer.  The other one is for the target area.

Drill bit, sized for the shank of your eyelet bolt.
Wrench, or some other tool that can get into the eyelet.  You'll see why.
Work Gloves.
Safety Glasses. Even though this is a simple project, it's still technically wood working, and I can't seem to get my Jr high school shop teacher yelling "Stop horsing around and put your safety glasses back on" out of my head

Step 1.

Organize your work space. Put the carabiners through the holes in your steel plate, and sort of center up the wood you intend to use to hang the plate from.  Make sure this wood is free of cracks, knots, or other defects.  Align your caribiners as shown above and drill two holes that your eyelets will be screwed into.  No points given for precision here.  That wood is going to get the crap kicked out of it once you start shooting it, as you can see below:

This wood has been on a few outings.  The eyelets on this one aren't the ones with lag bolts attached.  These go all the way through and a big washer and nut are used.  This is because I have an 18x18" 1/2" thick sheet of AR400 that I use as a 100 yard sight-in and target plate.  You can see how much of a beating the wood takes.  I've gone through two sets of carabiners, which is why you don't want to spend any more than you have to on them.  They receive a lot of splash from the bullet as it slams into the steel.  You can see where a knot is blowing out on this one.  I don't imagine there are many outings this will be able to take before I need to take the eyelets out and install them in a new piece of wood.  The good news is that the wood is cheap and the eyelets are cheaper.  Tip: Bring extra carabiners with you on your outing. I've already had some folks shoot them out.

Step 2:

Insert your eyelets and begin screwing them down.  The wrench, as shown, has been inserted into the eyelet to give me the torque necessary to get it all the way down so no threads are showing.

Step 3:

Get your eyelets to the final depth and orientate them so that there is no binding with the carabiners, as shown above.  Pick up the combination by the ends of the wood, and verify no binding as the plate swings back and forth a bit.  If there is binding, get bigger carabiners, eyelets, or both.

Step 4:

Sadly, we are done playing with power tools and hand tools for the moment.  Assemble the saw horse by inserting the legs into the slots provided on the hinge.  Do this for both sides.  Then stand one side up, and just like you see in the picture above, place the cross beam and clamp it down so it doesn't move.  Note: Do not have the steel plate attached when you do this because it'd be a bitch and you could really hurt yourself if it falls apart while trying to assemble it.  Anyway, prop the other legs up and clamp them into the crossbeam. Now spread the legs out.  This will do two things: It will create a bigger footprint, and it will allow the hinge to clamp onto the crossbeam so it doesn't move when you shoot at it.

Step 5:

Attach the carabiners to the plate first.  Then carefully attach them to their respective eyelets.  Voila!  You have a self-supporting target stand!  The stand itself becomes stronger when the plate is attached.  Like a suspension bridge, the weight bearing down on the crossbeam exerts downward force onto the hinges, sort of locking them in.  What I like to do is kick the legs out at the bottom just a bit more so they plant onto th ground better.  You can use sandbags to stabilize them if you want, but my 4 ft high stand (that I use for my 18" plate) doesn't need it.

Cost to build without plate: Around $12.

Step 6:

Paint your plate.  I used a white primer.  This will not only protect it from corrosion while in storage, but it presents a nice contrast against the scenery you'll be shooting in.  I have found that white works extremely well in the desert, especially if the target is placed in an area with darker foliage.

Step 7 (Optional):

To make a simple bullseye, I repurposed a pizza box.  For this tutorial, I'm using my 18x18" plate as an example.

To get a perfect circle, you need a compass of some kind.  I found just the solution inside the box my Dremel Tool came in.  Overkill?  Yes.  But this is so me.

Place the newly made stencil over your steel plate.

And paint with the color of your choice.  In this case, United Nations blue (or the closest I could find) does the trick nicely.

The finished product!  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Believe me, after you take a few shots at this mother, your hard work won't look so awesome no more.  Just eyeball it and run with it.  Again, no points given for precision because you are going to take out a lot of pent up anger and frustration on this thing!

So how well does armor plate hold up to repeated hits?  Well take a look at this.  This is the bullseye area from my last shooting trip with my two buddies. Do you see the 4 really deep pot marks?  Those are from a 7mm Magnum from a Ruger M77 with one wicked hair trigger.  Each dude was given one round and at 100 yards, we all did pretty well.  These actually dented the back of the plate outward a bit.  The rest of the hits, by way of comparison, are 5.56/.223, 5.45, 7.62x54R, and a random combination of various handgun calibers at ranges from 50 to 100 yards.  Needless to say, they can take a beating.  I think we've dumped well over 500 rounds into this plate.  My smaller plates are virgins at the moment.  However, I do have a steel plate that has seen well over 1 thousand rounds shot into it at distances as close as 25 yards with a 308 Winchester.

This is my 8x8" 3/8" thick AR500 plate.  I use it as my balance of speed and accuracy target, mostly for pistols. But occasionally, we set this bad boy out to 150+ yards and shoot it with unmagnified optics from a variety of AR15's.  By way of reference, this thing was originally black, changed to white, painted pink, shot with a coat of red, and after our last outing, only the raw metal and bullet fragments remain in terms of color.  This plate was mounted to a stand, but we ended up blowing the thing off because the welds behind it broke - and the plate went flying.  This thing has been shot up, banged around, dropped, and shot up again.  Only the most powerful rounds have made impact craters, whereas something like a 5.56/.223 simply vaporize when they hit it.  In the YouTube videos I've made where I shoot at steel, this was the plate I was shooting at.  I shot this plate with a 12 gauge slug from 20 yards, and in the same video, I shot it at 25 yards with a Ruger SR9c.  This plate is fun to shoot with a 22 pistol or rifle.

Now, there are general rules regarding safe shooting of steel.  Generally, a rule of thumb is no closer than 25 yards.  I've shot steel at point blank range before without any problems.  Because these saw horse targets sway when you hit them, the fragments go straight down and up - not back at you.  A 5.56mm round destroys itself on impact with this plate.  Still, I would wear safety glasses and a medium shirt that has full sleeve coverage, as well as shooting gloves.  Never shoot while wearing shorts.  Wear good pants and medium to heavy boots.  That's just a good rule in general.

Obviously, the consumables in these targets are the wood legs and crossbeam as well as the carabiners and the eyelets if you blast them enough.  The hinges hold up pretty well if you don't shoot them.  I have a bullet hole in one of mine from another person who came shooting with me.  I make it a point not to shoot my target stands because even though they are cheap, they still cost money.  Your initial investment with vary, depending on where you source your steel.  But the hinges run about $6 bucks before tax.  I paid about a buck for the eyelets and a buck apiece for the carabiners.  If you go to Harbor Freight, you can find carabiners that'll work just fine for about 30 cents.  The wood ran me about $5 because the studs I found were 96 inches long.  Divided by 3, that's 32" per piece, and you need 5 pieces.  2x4's are easy to find and cheap.  You can check classified ads for people unloading them from a demolition project or people looking to get rid of scrap wood.  If you go to Home Depot, you can get them cut to your necessary size before ever leaving the store - and the boys in the orange aprons are happy to cut it for you.  I do it this way just because it's way easier to put them all in my Jeep and haul them home instead of lashing them to the roof, getting out my saw, and cutting them myself.  I save time.  It takes the guys at Home Depot all of 2 minutes to saw them to your specs.  And you don't have to clean it up.

Provided you take care of your target stands, you should expect multiple outings before changing the crossbeam.  The legs will get beat up too, but not nearly as bad as the crossbeam.  You should be able to get a lot of outings out of them before it's time to replace.  If you live in a wet environment, it might not be a bad idea to put a coat of paint on the legs and crossbeam to protect against moisture.  I live in the desert, so I just leave the wood as is, and store it in my garage.

Here's a short video of that small AR500 steel plate in action.  It's fun to shoot steel!


-James III%

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Training With the Utah State Miltia

In these troubling times, it is important to find like-minded citizens and organize.  The Second Amendment recognizes the right for the citizens to form militias.  The Utah State Militia is one such militia.  It's mission is to protect the Constitution of these United States and defend the rule of law in this nation, and in the state of Utah.  Unlike other so-called "militias," the Utah State Militia is not merely a rag tag armed group of people.  It falls under the definition of a well-regulated militia due to the scope of it's mission.  Everything is above board and legal.  There is no nefarious agenda, no racism, no hatred, and no law-breaking.  The people who comprise the Utah State Militia are concerned citizens, patriots, and 3 Percenters.  They love their country, and are willing to do whatever it takes to preserve it as originally intended.

I knew about the field training exercise (FTX) a few weeks ago.  Prepared to head out today, I found an inch or two of snow on the ground, I awoke to a little more than I bargained for.

By 06:00, there was already accumulation on the ground at my house.  I could only imagine the snow levels in the canyon we were supposed to train at.  The freeway was a mess, but we managed to get there safe and sound.  Yes, my wife came out to freeze her butt off with the rest of us patriots.

Getting set up was a bit slower than it would have been.  Temperatures were below freezing, and the snow was piling itself on.  We arrived at the muster point about a quarter to 08:00, and by the time we finished with formation, and getting all our gear situated (about 09:00), there was already 4" of accumulation on the roof of my Jeep Cherokee.  Needless to say, the makings of a very interesting day were in process.

At the start, we received some basic instruction on triage and first aid.  It was pretty basic, but much of the information made for a great refresher course for me.  I imagine that others with less first aid experience learned a lot of new things.  I also learned some really good things about triage, and determining who receives aid first on the battlefield, as well as how you know to triage someone out.  That's code for letting someone die because there is no way to treat them in the field, and you can't waste resources when other lives can be saved.

After our first aid lesson, we formed up into two separate squads.  One squad would head out on patrol to train on basic infantry movements and how to search and destroy the enemy position, a la Marine Corps style.  The Utah State Militia's SOP centers around Marine Corps theories and practical application because many of the commanders are US Marines.

I volunteered to be on the first patrol, and since my wife was attached to me, she came with.  My good friends both ended up in the same squad with me.  Given that we've taken to calling ourselves the Dirty Rotten Bastards, I knew this patrol could be very interesting to say the least.

Now mind you, this FTX is rudimentary and basic on purpose.  Many of us involved have never served, and while we have a general idea of how patrols are conducted, there were many things I did not know before that I know now.

Our goal was to march from "home" to a position and engage the enemy as we moved along.  Of course, there were no enemy combatants, so we designated deer sightings as contact, in addition to our commander telling the point main to engage in various enemy contact scenarios as we went.  Eventually, we ended up taking a restroom and establishing a perimeter around it.

The snow kept falling throughout the patrol, and didn't let up until we had made our way back "home."  The snow made it really interesting because as we would maneuver during enemy contact scenarios, we really couldn't tell what sort of stuff we might be stepping on beneath 5-7" of the white stuff.  At one point, I got up and tripped as I began my rush.  I'm glad my sling was squared away because I pitched my rifle into the snow and buried it.  As I stood up, I moved forward, blew the snow out of my Aimpoint lens, and provided cover for my buddy, who ran up to my position in some really dense scrub oak.

Throughout our patrol, we learned basic tactics on how to move when overtaking an enemy position, and moving beyond to avoid artillery fire.  We learned some basic ambush tactics and how to use the terrain to our advantage.  One thing I really took from all this was when scanning the area ahead and around me, I need to ask myself, if I was going to ambush me, where would I be?  Again, to the experienced warrior, this is very basic, but for me, and the patriots with me, the lessons we learned were priceless.

Aside from just learning basic infantry tactics, I got to know my gear a little better, and how my system interacts with me, my rifle, and my ability to use them all effectively.  They were the little things - like my idea that the Aimpoint lens covers should flip down because they create a lower profile wasn't such a great idea when I tried to flip down the rear cover.  I couldn't do it with winter gloves on because the brightness adjustment knob was too close.  Before I ended up turning the lens covers around so they flip up instead, I had to use my knife to open it.  That sucked.  However, I'm glad I moved my knife to the right hand side of my chest rig instead of the left.  That was a lesson I learned last time I took the rig out.

After we returned to our stationary point, we took a break for some lunch.  Some of these guys are a riot to bullshit with when we don't need to be serious.  My good friend Robert, shown left, is one of the most interesting guys that was up there.  And no rest for this US Marine.  He wore his body armor while cooking up a stew.  That's dedication right there!

I wasn't totally surprised with how little water I was using up there.  The cold air just didn't leave me all that thirsty.  Eventually, I forced myself to drink from my Camelbak so I wouldn't dehydrate.  Some of the work we were doing was really tough.  Running through the woods with our load-outs wasn't exactly easy.  Let's just say I have a lot more respect for the men who wear this crap every day and kick in doors for a living.  My plate carrier is on the way, so my load-out is only going to get heavier.  Time to hit the stair climber at the gym.

After lunch, we switched roles with the other squad and worked on defensive tactics and how to set up a defensive perimeter.

The lesson included a lot more than just defensive perimeters.  It looked at how to set up ambushes, communication, radios, etc.

One of the guys got an idea into his head that we should set up an ambush on the squad that should have been returning by the time we concluded our lesson.  We had a natural choke point right outside the stationary position, so myself and two other guys headed up to the top of a ridge, and dropped down into some thick trees, getting ourselves sufficiently set up to make an effective ambush.  To other guys were stationed down on the road in good fighting positions.  After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I gave the signal to my buddies that the patrol was in my sight.  Now, mind you, no live fire was conducted during this FTX.  So we basically waited until they were in the kill box and yelled "BANG! YOU'RE DEAD!"  It was a fun exercise to say the least.

All in all, it was a good time.  I met many fellow patriots who were willing to brave the cold and snow to make it out to where we were training today.  Nobody was injured, and everyone sucked it up without complaints, despite the cold.

I also want to add a final note.  Someone on Facebook saw a picture I posted, and criticized our lack of snow camouflage.  This was my response to him:

I should point out that all this gear is expensive. It took me well over a year to square away my first chest rig. When you have a family, a house, cars, and every other expensive thing that takes money out of your minuteman budget, like eating, you find that accumulating gear, especially gear that works, takes some time. In the meantime, however, we can train and learn the basics. And when we have the gear, and we've fully vetted it into our system, then no problem. Until then, we run what we brung. And I'll never EVER criticize a fellow patriot that comes out to one of these FTX missions with nothing more than blue jeans, a t-shirt, and a rifle. In my humble opinion, fancy gear is not a prerequisite for patriotism.


Monday, March 18, 2013

MRCOLIONNOIR NRA News Episode 1: Politics and Ignorance

MRCOLIONNOIR has this way of putting things so bluntly and eloquently.  Love this guy!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Media Portrayal of Patriots Vs Reality

In my last entry, I went to great lengths to talk about how the patriot in modern America is not a hate monger, and typically patriots are not part of hate groups.  Now, I will say that there are some hate groups out there.  But they are not patriots.  They are hate groups.  However, the vast majority of patriots and Three Percenters are just average citizens who care about this country and are preparing to defend her.  However, the mainstream media doesn't seem to care about the truth.  They are the fear mongers and they are the ones spreading the message of hate in this country.  Watch the video below and you'll see what I mean.  Also pay attention to the commentary afterwards from youtuber ThinkOutsideTheTV.  He makes the same argument I do.

After the beginning of that video, did you see how they painted patriots as a bunch of extremist KKK members and nut jobs who want to blow up buildings and cause all kinds of panic?  Did you get that vibe from this video?  What this man has said couldn't be further from the truth.  Take a look at this next video and watch me say exactly what we are, and take a look at the people in attendance at the Gunstock Rally we were at in Utah yesterday.  Click the link and the video will open in a new window:

At 1:24, I made a statement that is quoted as follows: "We've been characterized as extremists, racists, terrorists, and that's not what we are at all. We are families. We are husbands, We're wives, we're fathers, mothers, children - and all we care about is getting back to a constitutionally limited government."

And that statement is true.  Take a look at these pictures.  I've compiled them all in one place from our last few 2nd Amendment rallies and protests in Utah this year.

And now here's some photos from around the country, as liberty loving patriots gather to exercise their 1st Amendment right to protest.  I snuck in a couple more from Utah because... well, I have them.

I don't know about you, but I didn't see one KKK member clad in a pointed hood or some neo nazi in any of these pictures.  What I see are a bunch of people.  They are people like you and me.  They are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, fellow church goers. and they are families.  If you changed these signs around to any social issue that you champion - equality for instance - they'd looks like the people YOU'D be protesting with!  Just because these people feel the current administration is going too far with the gun control issue doesn't make them bad people.  It makes them people who care about this country.  It makes them people who are willing to show up to exercise their fundamental, inalienable right to tell their government enough is enough.  If it was something that championed the media's agenda, like gay rights or amnesty for illegals, or an Obama campaign rally, they would paint it in the best light they could.  They'd show how much the people care and how big their hearts are.  I tell you now, if you think that demonstrating for gun rights makes us heartless and cruel people, then you need to check your priorities.  The 2nd Amendment backs the first amendment.  Without it, your right to protest can be taken away with the simple stroke of a pen on a presidential executive order.

Our cause is more than just gun rights.  Oh sure, gun rights are part of it.  But the bigger issue we are fighting for is the cause of liberty.  Without liberty, you will be subjugated to the will and whims of the government.  You will no longer be the master of your own life.  Your destiny will not be your own.  That is reality.  It only takes a few minutes to go back through history too see how people suffered under totalitarian rule and tyranny.  Whether you like it or not, we patriots are on your side.  We are demonstrating for your right to protest as much as ours.  We are prepared to do whatever it takes to defend liberty so that you can have a voice.  We do this all for you, though you may hate us for it.

We can live with that.

-James III%

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Patriot Movement - The Three Percenters

The patriot movement has been gaining a lot of steam lately.  With the insanity surrounding the current administration, it's no wonder why people are waking up to the fact that they are at risk of losing the basic liberties that we've all taken for granted for so long.  So far this year, I've witnessed our President, as well as local governments, put our right to assemble, due process, keep and bear arms, right to be free of unwarranted search and seizures, right of state sovereignty, as well as a litany of other essential liberties being threatened and perverted in such a manner that the Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves right now.

Recently, the SPLC release a revised list of "extremist groups," which they somehow determined through whatever means I don't know.  Many anti-patriot groups have come out telling America that the modern American patriot is a racist and a conspiracy theorist, who bases their opinion on fabrications and hatred.  In fact, the list of hate groups in the state of Utah, where I live, went so far as to include entire counties as well as cities, which includes Salt Lake City.  How do you define an entire city as a hate group?  Did the Department of Homeland Security go through the area and count the number of Obama stickers stuck to the back of Toyota Prius's or something?  Or is is due to the fact that Utah, by and large, didn't vote for Obama?  It's been proven that if you are not in lock step with this president, you get ridiculed and booted out of his cabinet.  The Constitution Party is on this list.  How can that be?  When you look at the policies of this emboldened administration, you come to realize that since the Constitution Party seeks to return our republic to a constitutionally limited government, you bet the SPLC put them on an extremist list, IE: terrorist watch list.

Of course, militias of all kinds are on that list as well.  Now, in some cases, that may be founded in good information.  Some militias are nothing more than armed gangs.  They can be disorganized, hate mongering, groups of racists.  I get that.  But then there are others, like the Utah State Militia, which are bona fide militias in every legal sense of the word.  I can't speak to other state militias, but I can for the Utah State Militia.  If you go to their website ( and scroll to the bottom of the home page, you will find something of interest.  It is a warning to racists, anti-government, potential terrorists, and hate mongerers alike.  It clearly states that while they may not like those who are currently running the government, they respect the system and the seats in government.  In short, the Utah Militia is an organization, dedicated to the preservation of our form of government.

Modern patriots, by and large, are not racists.  We are not hate groups.  We are not anti-government.  In fact, the exact opposite is true.  We are families.  We are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who care about this country and are concerned about the direction it is heading.  We are hard working, independent thinking people.  We are your neighbors.  We are the people who come to your house when your furnace breaks down, or the real estate agent you know.  We are the people up the road that you can count on when you need to borrow an egg or a cup of sugar.  We are the first ones you call when you need a quick hand with a project in your back yard.  The difference between us and the rest of the mainstream people is that we are awake now, and we are concerned about what is happening to our country and liberty.  We are afraid that if we don't make a stand now by actively engaging in our political process, demonstrating, protesting, and voting, we will lose what we have left in terms of essential liberties that are supposed to be inalienable.

I want to talk about myself for a moment.  No, this isn't some need for me to satisfy an ego.  I have a blog.  I have a voice, and I want to make my voice heard.  If you've ever followed this blog before, I have spent considerable time talking about the importance of family.  I've also spent a considerable amount of time talking about the importance of self reliance and the need to be your own protector.  But now I want to get a little personal, because I feel it is the only way I can really talk about what the patriot movement is all about.  Now, of course, there are those with different beliefs than my own, and some may not even believe in God, but that's the beautiful thing about the modern American patriot movement.  We, who have come from all different backgrounds and who have different ideas can agree on one thing: liberty.

I, myself, I am a Christian.  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  That's a Mormon.  Shocking, isn't it?  A Mormon living in Utah.  Yeah, I know.  But more than that, I'm a father.  I'm a husband.  I'm a career-driving hard working man, who puts 110% out there every day to provide for my family in the best way I know how.  I have always been involved in the political process.  The first campaign I actively engaged in was a draconian handgun law in the state of Washington.  I was in high school at the time, and even though I couldn't vote, I put the word out.  I passed out fliers, and debated the matter.  I made sure that I reached as many people as I could.  Through the collective grassroots efforts of so many like me, the bill was put down, and the rights of gun owners in Washington State were preserved.  I've walked this line many times in my life.  It seems that as soon as one critical liberty has been saved, it, or another, comes under fire in two more years when new leadership is sworn in.  It's tiring.  It's monotonous, and it's frustrating.  But it's also a responsibility.

Too many people have given their rights away willingly.  The number 1 problem in America is that only 20% of the people actually get out and vote.  That's pathetic!  And when you look at how the votes are done, you see a lot of leftist elements rounding up the poor in buses and trucking them over to the polling places.  They are told to vote for such and such a candidate or such and such a bill, and you will be rewarded.  Because the people that these left wing extremist groups round up are either ill-informed or uninformed, they simply do what they are told.  Why?  Because they are not used to thinking for themselves!  They have become so accustomed to being told what to do that the mere thought of trying to figure out their own destiny scares the ever loving hell out of them.

The country, by and large, is pretty conservative.  It pretty much runs right down the center.  And you need it that way.  Too far in one direction, you have communism.  Too far in the other, you have fascism.  You need that happy medium of enough liberty to truly be free, and enough governance that you do not have anarchy.  Many people, if you asked, would run right down the center too.  The problem is that they themselves may be so wrapped up in their own lives that they "don't have time" to get involved.  Or maybe they are used to being spoonfed propaganda on CNN, MSNBC, or FOXnews that they don't feel it's necessary to do independent research and find out what the real deal is.   Maybe they themselves haven't really looked in a mirror and asked "Just who am I and what do I stand for?"  These people are the vast majority of folks.  They are good people, by and large.  It's just that they haven't been awakened to the serious problems that face America today.  They are more worried about who wins in American Idol or who the next Bachelor is going to pick.  They haven't yet been rocked to the core.

But they are starting to wake up.

More and more, my fellow coworkers have been coming up to me with information.  They have asked me, "hey have you seen this" or "did you hear about that" or "Can you help me figure out what gun I should buy for protection?"  I consider myself in pretty good company in the State of Utah.  My father in-law is a city councilman, and he knows a lot about the current leadership in the state.  People here are more friendly to the idea of the patriot movement.  Heck, people here are just more friendly than Washington State, where I escaped from.  In my work travels, I've gone from western Nevada and back, up to Wyoming, and out east in Utah, almost to Colorado.  I've covered a lot of ground, and I've helped spread the word, as well as take in the opinions and points of views of others, who live in these areas.  People have been so receptive out here, and people seem to have a common goal of getting back to limited government - not some overgrown monstrosity that serves to do nothing more than run our lives from cradle go grave, and tax & fine the very livelihood out of us every step of the way.

Most patriots agree, this nation has way overstepped it's constitutional limitations.  And most patriots agree, it's our own damn fault.  We have been asleep at the wheel far too long.  Luckily, fellow whistle blowers, and other patriots have been honking the horn loud enough that we might all wake up just in time to avoid the ditch that the current administration is driving us into.  All over America, people are starting to organize, to plan, to prepare, and they are watching our leaders like a hawk, speaking the praises of good leaders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Allen West, and calling for an end to the careers of turncoats like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the downright enemies of liberty like Dianne Feinstein.

It's not with just our words that we are exercising our freedoms.  We are exercising in through our actions as well.  Many people have been led to believe that preppers and patriots are terrorists in the making, but the exact opposite is true.  We are liberty loving men and women who want to see the rights that we have enjoyed for so long preserved for our children, and their children.  We are engaging politically.  But we are also preparing for a worst case scenario.  Much like the men and women of colonial America, we are not going to be caught off guard or left unprepared.

Three Percenters

I am a Three Percenter.  That doesn't make me a terrorist.  It makes me a patriot.  It makes me a concerned citizen of these United States.  It also means that I have vowed to protect liberty.  By ballot or bullet, we "threepers" are dedicated to the cause of liberty.  And to put it bluntly, we have not ruled out violence as a last resort in our political process.  "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty."

When King George sent British troops to put down the rebellion that started the Revolutionary War, it took just three percent of the population to harass, fight, demoralize, and force the British to leave America.  The modern III% movement is a group of citizens who will not disarm in the face of draconian gun legislation.  We will do our civic duty to what we must to insure that liberty is preserved.

Today, the III% movement is larger than three percent.  However, if only three percent of the nation decided to act upon the example of the Founding Fathers, then that still amounts to a substantial fighting force of about 3 million men and women.  In September of 2011, the total fighting forces of all military branches in the United States was about 1.5 million strong.  Keep in mind, that a very good portion of those military men and women are on the side of the patriots.  They won't shoot Americans.  They will join them!

I will remind you that the Three Percenters are not war mongering hate groups.  We are citizens who are working hard within the limitations of our laws and government to restore it - not destroy it.  We want to see a return to our constitutionally limited government.  We are waking up the sheep.  We are activating.  We are organizing, and we are training.  We are not interested in killing innocent people.  We are only interested in preserving liberty and defending the rights we have left.  If you think that language is extreme, then chew on this: The Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling billions and billions of hollow-point ammunition, is purchasing large amounts of the very rifles that the government is seeking to take away from us or ban completely, has purchased thousands of armored vehicles and retrofitted them for use on American roads, and they have done all this in spite of the fact that our government spending is out of control and while the economy is in a deep recession.  Why does the DHS need enough rounds of ammunition to engage in a hot war for over 20 years?  Hollow-point bullets are banned by the Geneva Convention.  They can't be used in war.  And because hollow-point rounds are expensive, they aren't practical for target practice.  Just some food for thought.  If the DHS and the government haven't ruled out violence as a means to a political end, then we Three Percenters are preparing to match them force on force.  Believe it or not, rebellion is a part of our political process.  The Second Amendment makes that perfectly clear.  It is a final check and balance, should the executive, legislative, and judicial branches all fail us.  WE THE PEOPLE are the final check.

And it wouldn't have to be this way, except so many are just willing to roll over and let the government do what it wants because it's for the greater good.  The problem with the greater good is that we are a constitutional republic.  That means that even if 9 out of 10 people wanted an outright ban on guns, the government has a responsibility to uphold the Constitution and tell them that they can't do it because it violates the supreme document that we use for laws and governance in this country.  You need to stop watching Piers Morgan make an ass out of himself when he tells the American people that you need to do what Congress tells you.  It's the opposite, folks.  Congress was put there to do the will of THE PEOPLE!  They are public servants!  They are not royalty.  And if the masses would get their asses out and vote, the bad leaders in this country would get pink slipped in just one or two election cycles, guaranteed!

I truly believe that the Founding Fathers were inspired men.  It is no coincidence that this group of men were all in the right place and the right time to change history for the better.  No matter what you believe, America is still the greatest country on earth.  Despite her faults, and there are many, no one in the world still enjoys the most basic and simple liberties as we do.  Just the idea that we have the ability to think and act as we please, to create our own destiny, and to exercise our political might is completely foreign to people who still live under monarchical rule or other soft tyranny.  A good example of this is what my father in-law told me last night.  He and his wife were in Dubai on vacation recently.  While participating in a dune run, they asked the driver of the Toyota they were four-wheeling in if he liked his job.  The man's response was "I have to like my job."  It was a simple thing, but it spoke volumes of the freedoms we have taken for granted in this nation.

Because I believe the Founding Fathers were inspired men, I do not believe they have simply abandoned us because they are dead.  I firmly believe that they are working on the other side to inspire men like me, as well as the other patriots in this nation, to become vocal about the preservation of liberty, and to do whatever it takes to make that happen again.  God is on our side because God inspired these men.  God will not fail us if we do not fail him.  If this offends you, I do not apologize.  It is my belief, and you can take it or leave it.

Now I'm not saying it won't get any worse.  I think it will get a lot worse before it gets better.  Things aren't hard enough for the citizens who are still in a deep deep slumber.  Something extreme will have to happen to awaken them.  And it won't be something the Three Percenters will do.  It's something the government will do.  It's something the government has done.  With more and more draconian laws and bills coming at us from every direction, it's only a matter of time before our constant vigilance fails us, and they sneak something by us in the middle of the night to subvert our liberties.  They have been going after the low hanging fruit.  They are going after magazines for guns, soda pop for fat people, internet restrictions, etc.  They have voted to make it easier to label someone a terrorist so due process gets thrown out the window.  Three Percenter?  Drone strike!  It's legal now.  Go look it up.

Some folks have said I need to stay quiet about this if I intend to see myself free in the future.  They say I'm going to be put on a watch list or some crap.  Well, if I'm on a watch list, there is a good chance I won't get off this list.  And if this be our end, then I choose to die a free American than live on my knees as a slave to a government that wishes to leech the last ounce of freedom I have before it spits me out and throws me into a dumpster.  The time for being quiet is over.  We need to let our voices be heard. We need to shout it loud enough so that the propaganda machine is drowned out.  We need to organize, prepare, and we need to show the nation that we are just normal people who care about this country and want to see it preserved, not just for ourselves, but for those who hate us.

Many people voted for Obama, or other senators and representatives based on one reason, ignoring the 25 others that affect them in ways they do not yet know, nor care about.  Gun rights?  Eh, who needs em?  But abortion on demand?  I can get on board with that!  Seriously, folks, that's how some people think.  They are so hyper-focused on one thing that they cannot see the forest through the trees.  As for me, my only focus is liberty.  You can be a conservative, democrat, or liberal, but as long as you support liberty, I support you.  Because my support of liberty gives you and me all the rights that we hold dear to us, I am working for you, even if you hate me or disagree with me.  But that's fine.  Should the day come where I have to take up arms to preserve liberty for you, my only wish is that you understand that if they find me face down in the dirt with an empty magazine and a hot barrel, I did it for you.

James III%

Monday, March 11, 2013

American Freedom Designs

I'm going to take a moment to plug a cool business that my wife created.  It's called American Freedom Designs.  It's a vinyl graphics business dedicated to celebrating patriots all across America.  Started at the beginning of this year, American Freedom Designs was born from the realization that there is a need for patriots to show their pride in a unique way.  It started with the purchase of a vinyl cutting machine, and a custom graphic for me.  You can see it below.

The snake, wrapped around an AR-15, with the words "Molon Labe" (Come and get them) below, was a design I wanted to adorn my 5.56mm ammo box.  Of course, after posting it on Facebook, it spurred a controversy among some of her "friends" and we knew we had a hit.  I have seen her make this snake as big as you see on this standard size Cabelas ammo box to really small - small enough to fit on the back of a cellphone.  Her plotter is capable is making some really intricate vinyl decals for your car, truck, ammo box, laptop computer, or anything you can imagine.  With standard pricing for graphics that she's already designed, she can also make custom vinyl decals with pricing available depending on size.  I encourage you to take a look at the American Freedom Designs (AFD) website at:

Our 2001 Jeep Cherokee.  Adorned with a couple examples of what AFD is capable of doing for you.  Of course, the company logo and website are center stage.  The logo itself is a Spartan Basher Shield.  The purpose of the Basher Shield was mostly defensive, but because of it's weight, and sharp edges, it could be used to kill or maim an opponent.  Obviously, the Basher Shield was a natural choice for the company logo because it represents, not only a patriot's willingness to defend themselves, but the ability to take the fight to the enemy, should our political system fail us completely.  This shield was also used by the legendary 300 Spartans, who defended Thermopylae from the Persian hoards of King Xerxes army.  Fighting to the death, King Leonidas and his brave 300 killed over 20,000 Persians before eventually being overrun, giving Greece enough time to muster armies to come to her defense.  Molon Labe was the battle cry for this epic battle, as King Leonidas defiantly told the Persian army's demands for the Spartans to surrender their weapons.  This same battle cry is echoed over thousands of square miles in these United States as patriots defiantly, and openly, tell our draconian government to "Come and get them" when new anti-gun legislation is introduced.

A signature design made in collaboration with the Utah State Militia and American Freedom Designs, the Three Percenter logo is surrounded by 13 stars with 1776 below it.  Around those stars is the saying, "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty."  This is the cornerstone of the modern Three Percenter movement.  Getting its heritage from the militias of the Revolutionary War, only 3% of the colonies actually rose up to fight the British.  The guerrilla war that followed demoralized the British Army, as well as Parliament back in England.  The war became so unpopular that eventually the British gave up and left America to its own devices.  The sacrifice of the Three Percenters in those days secured for us the mechanism that allowed the new American Government to draft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - the supreme document that this nation was founded upon.  Modern Three Percenters believe in getting back to liberty and fundamental constitutional laws.  With the sudden and far reaching movements by the liberal left, and their leaders in government, the modern Three Percent movement is gaining steam.  Their message is liberty.  They want to be left alone, but they are not going to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that liberty isn't at risk of being destroyed.

A customer took this photograph for AFD.  This is actually two vinyl designs combined to make one seriously awesome logo.  A fellow Threeper, he is not ashamed to show the world he is a patriot in every sense of the word.  The words, "Give me liberty or give me death" are credited to founding father Patrick Henry, who used the words in his speech to the Virginia Convention and swayed the vote to deliver American troops to the Revolutionary War.  Among those in attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.  Both men would go on to be the leaders of these new United States of America.  This phrase helped embolden patriots to stand up for their country and put down tyranny.  We owe these men nothing less than our best.

Other designs are shown on the American Freedom Designs website.  I also encourage you to take a look at the photo gallery: A couple of more notable pictures there are the snake with Molon Labe, custom designed to fit on the back of a cellphone.  Another are the little Molon Labe stickers that are about 3" across, and can go anywhere.  The AFD Jeep has one on it's liftgate strut, so even when the tailgate is open, you know that if you want our weapons, then come and get them!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

When the news hit that Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was killed on a rifle range on Feb 2, 2013, a range of emotions came over me.  It was weird because I had only really heard of Chris Kyle a couple of times before.  I knew he was a SEAL and that he served admirably in the Iraq war, but I didn't know very much about him beyond that.  I was pissed off because his death seemed very suspicious and tragic to me.

I didn't know this at the time, but he had written an autobiography about his experiences in the Iraq war.  I decided to buy the book because of two reasons: I felt it necessary for me to do some catching up and really understand this hero.  I also felt that by purchasing the book, I'm helping out his family in a small way.

I dove into the book after it came to my house.  I read it on and off during those periods at work where all I was doing was monitoring equipment as it operated.

Without getting into too many details about specific missions, Kyle went to great lengths to put as much nitty gritty details about what life in Iraq was like, and just how dangerous places like Ramadi and Sadr City were.  He was involved in 6 explosions that he notes, and shot twice.  He also soldiered on with injured knees after a wall collapsed on him during a fight.

Racking up an impressive number of confirmed kills, he is credited with 160 out of what is commonly said to be 255 claimed.  I believe it.  Kyle was such an effective sniper, and bad ass warrior, that the Iraqi insurgents officially dubbed him Shaitan Ar-Ramadi (Devil of Ramadi) and put a substantial bounty on his head.  Kyle took the title and bounties as badges of honor.

In the book, we also get his wife's point of view.  Written in italics in various places around the book, his wife Taya gives a no BS description of what it was like to be alone with two kids while her husband was away at war.  I think it is a perspective lost on many other accounts of what war is.  Oftentimes, we focus so much on what the warriors are doing that we forget the ones they leave behind.  I appreciated her no BS approach to her feelings and just what she felt.

Kyle served 4 tours in Iraq and served with distinction on SEAL team 3 for the bulk of it.  His longest shot in the war was 2100 yards.  He claims it was dumb luck that got him that kill.  He shot an insurgent after watching him to ensure that the Rules of Engagement were followed.  His shot was taken with a .338 Lapua rifle.

Though Kyle talks of war as if it was fun for him, he wholeheartedly believed that every person he killed was evil and deserved to die.  He hated the insurgents and from how he describes what he saw, I can't blame him.  The fact that he had very few questionable kills (which were then determined to be within the ROE) suggests that he truly believed in what he was fighting for and that he was an honorable man.

I think the part that saddens me the most was when I was reading toward the end of the book.  Kyle talked about his plans and aspirations for the future with his career and his family.  He spoke of teaching his son to shoot, and raising his daughter.  I think that saddened me the most.  The man was a family man, and after his honorable discharge, he switched gears from the warrior to the father and husband.  I think if he was alive today, he would still be one of the best fathers and husbands that this nation could have at a time like this, when all hell seems to be breaking loose.  We lost a good American in a senseless tragedy.  Though I've gone on record to call it an assassination, and I still stand by that claim, the fact that remains is a good man died far before his time.

Today is March 2, 2013.  Flags at half mast in honor of a great warrior, father, and husband.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Emboldened Little Hitlers Popping Up Everywhere!

Take a good hard look at this little dictator.  Yep, you guessed it.  It's Mayor Bloomberg, or as I was told today, Broomturd!  This little Hitler somehow pulled the wool over the eyes of the citizens of New York City and was able to ban soda in containers larger than what, 20 ounces?  16?  I can't remember the figure anymore, but he actually put a limit on the capacity of the container you could drink from.  Oh, you can order more than one drink if you want, but he wanted to limit the volumetric capacity of the vessel said refreshment comes in.  It's a lot like that magazine restriction that the legislators passed for the rest of New York State, only more pathetic and even more meaningless.  He actually thinks that people will somehow drink less soda if restricted in the size of the container it comes in.  No, he must be right.  This pseudo dictator would have you believe that this is actually for your own good.  I guess he's never heard of a refill before.

And now, according to the Washington Times, Mayor Doomberg has extended his ban on high capacity assault soda to officially putting the kibosh on 2 liter bottles of soda with pizza delivery!  You read that correctly.  He has banned the sale and/or transfer of high capacity sodas with your pizza.  No more assault Mt Dew will be coming to your door when you call up Domino's.  Nope, your done!

Got some friends over for a football game?  Wanna order a couple of pies? Then you'd better be willing to shell out some extra greenbacks for your sodas.  According to the Washington Times, you can expect to pay $7.50 to pay for the restricted capacity soda bottles that would only cost you $3 if you bought the high capacity 2 liter soda.  Kid's birthday at the pizza joint?  No carafe of soda for you!  You'll have to order individual sodas instead of the higher capacity, and more economical containers.  Going to a nightclub?  No high capacity bottle mixers for you!  Herr Broomturd has made it illegal to have high capacity fun.  The penalties for such offenses as delivering a 2 liter with your order of pizza?  Hard to say.  But if the treatment of a certain veteran, who was convicted of having a gun magazine with a capacity of over 7 rounds is any indication, I expect you will be incarcerated for next 10 billion years.

I might be mistaken, but my guess is that Dear Leader Bloomberg may have overlooked something.  Normal people only eat about this much pizza (photo to the left) and drink about this much soda.  Yeah, I don't know a lot of folks that'll sit there and wolf down an entire pizza and 2 liter in one sitting, but I suppose it could happen.  But like mass murders with high capacity rifles, it's a rare thing.  In 99% of the cases, a pizza is ordered for a group of people, say a family of four.  The pizza is then split between the interested parties as well as the soda poured into separate, smaller containers, which are then consumed by people.  How this was lost on the almighty wisdom of the Anointed One boggles my mind, and will likely consume my soul for the rest of my years, as I walk this earth trying to understand the logic that this man uses to make decisions in his office.

 In all seriousness folks, what the hell is wrong with this country?  How have we fallen so far that we have allowed ourselves to elect leaders who are more concerned about the size of our soft drink container than they are about our increasing debt crisis?  How did NYC even allow Herr Bloomberg to limit the size of their drinks in the first place?  Are people so lazy, so uncaring, so unconcerned that they don't see the writing on the wall?  These power hungry monsters are testing the waters to see how ready we are to accept tyranny in our time.  Honestly folks, I think we are ripe for the plucking.  The sheeple of this country, by and large, have remained silent far too long.  They don't care about what is written in the Constitution, or what their rights are.  They can't name the Bill of Rights, or describe how each one backs the other.  They are content to buy and buy and buy, and as long as you let them consume, they are happy.  Stomp on my rights all you want, but don't take away my ability to watch the President make an ass out of himself on The View.

It's our fault, people.  It really is.  We have stood idly by far too long, and the uninformed voter, the low informed voter, the Unions, the banks, the Fed, and our educational system have been indoctrinating us far too long.  I would like to think that a peaceful solution to this mess we are in is possible, but the more I see of these emboldened little Hitlers popping up in every state, the more and more I feel that my worst fears will come true: There will be an armed revolution.  My children will live to see it.  We will all lose in one way or another.  And whom do we have to blame but ourselves?  If you want to point the finger at somebody, just look in the mirror.  Yes, I know some have been out there, beating the drums and blowing the whistles and sounding the alarm bells, but as much as I praise you, you have been outgunned.  It's far easier to keep people ignorant than it is to keep them informed.

And now our government is emboldened by our President.  His socialist policies, usurpation of the political processes through executive orders, his naming his political opponents in Washington enemies, and his blatant disregard for the Constitution stand as a rallying cry for all the little bastard politicians who would use their position of authority to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens who just want to be left alone.  It is at all levels that you see this. From corrupt politicians to gestapo police officers who think that they can trample a man's rights just because they are an authority figure.  Welcome to the New World Order.

You people need to wake up!  I know I'm just beating my head against the wall when I say this.  But no matter.  I'm going to keep screaming it until I can't draw breath any longer.  At least when we're all dead, I can stand at the Pearly Gates and say, "I told you so!"  We need to have our politicians vetted properly.  We need to know who they are BEFORE they get into office.  We need to read the Constitution and know the laws and statutes that govern our states, counties and cities.  We need to know what our rights are so that when ignorant cops stop us for open carrying our firearms, we can tell them, with confidence, "no, I won't show you my ID, and you need reasonable suspicion that I am committing a crime in order to detain me."  We need to know the differences between a right and privilege.  We need to stand together.

I demonstrated, along with fellow patriots, at the Capitol steps yesterday.  Despite horrible weather conditions. we stood there, freezing our asses off, with our spouses, our children, and our friends to protect rights that were granted to us by a higher power - not some arbitrary supreme court justice.  Yet, despite the fact that I was proud to be standing among so many like-minded individuals, who wouldn't miss this event for the world, we could have had more; a lot more.  We need to have a ground swell at our demonstrations.  We need the very earth beneath our feet shake as we march on the Capitol.  We need to pack our government buildings when bills are sent in for committee or a vote.  We need to make every effort to make our voices heard to our representatives so they vote in the favor of THE PEOPLE - not the special interest groups that buy them off.

We need to hold our politicians, judges, and police accountable for the wrongs they commit.  Just yesterday, I was told that a man and his son were accosted by a Utah Highway Patrol officer, who said that his son carrying a rifle on his back was illegal since he was under age.  That's bullshit!  The only requirement that this kid needed was that a responsible adult, his father, was escorting him!  Don't believe me?  Google this: U.C.A 76-10-509(2)  That child learned yesterday just what tyranny felt like.  His rights were being trampled, and he witnessed it.  He didn't learn of it from a history book, or some novel.  He didn't have to imagine what it must have felt like.  He was a victim of it!  He tasted Statism through his own experience.  I hope that awful taste lingers in his mouth for the rest of his life, and that he fights it wherever and whenever it occurs.  I hope that boy grows up to be a champion of freedom - to protect those who need protecting.  I hope he becomes a voice for those who have no voice.

My children will learn of patriotism through their lives.  They will learn by my example, my teachings, and my guidance.  I hope that all that I do today will help preserve what I have been able to take for granted for so many years.  I hope they grow up to be patriot activists like me, willing to be inconvenienced to stand up for what I hold so dear, willing to stand in the cold to demonstrate, willing to encourage others to get active and involved, willing to fight and die to protect freedoms for their posterity.

If we leave this country in worse shape than we inherited it, how can we look at ourselves in a mirror?  I, for one, will do everything I can to preserve the freedom we have left, and - God willing - take back some of what we've lost so that my children, and your children will taste the sweetness of freedom and liberty.