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Posts by aragorn

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  • Decentralize the Gun Laws

    08/17/2017 3:47:56 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    aragorn to Wonder Warthog
    From just this text, that appears to be true. Later jurisprudence (Supreme Court) interpreted it differently...

    One could argue that the Supreme Court got it wrong... They did, as we know, assign to themselves powers that were not originally delegated...

  • Decentralize the Gun Laws

    08/17/2017 8:00:17 AM PDT · 19 of 27
    aragorn to Wonder Warthog
    Which is exactly the way it was originally put fetters on the NATIONAL government, not the states.

    Yes, and no.

    I present Article VI, Clause 2:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    Seems clear to me that they intended the Constitution to apply to the States as well - and that the States agreed to this by ratifying the Constitution.

    However, as has been pointed out, the Bill of Rights is mostly a list of things that the FedGov must keeps its dirty paws off of, and pointedly states that, essentially, "anything we didn't specially state the FedGov was required or allowed to do is within the jurisdiction of the States, or the People." (Of course, as was feared, the problem with enumeration is that there are those who will insist that it is an all-inclusive, instead of a representative, set.)

    Now then, compare the language of the 1st Amendment - "Congress shall make no law" - versus the 2nd - "shall not be infringed". Given the Supremacy Clause, I submit that the 2nd is a more stringent prohibition not only on the FedGov, but on the States as well than is the 1st.

    Your thoughts?

  • Need suggestions for college paper on second amendment

    07/26/2017 12:32:14 PM PDT · 15 of 44
    aragorn to greylurker
    If you have not done so, I suggest that you read the The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session. It is available a lot of places on line, including here. It won't give your the stats that you are seeking, but it has a lot of good information.

    As others have already stated, John Lott is probably your best source for the stats and analysis.

  • OK: Governor Fallin Signs SB 397 Restores Carry on Buses

    06/02/2017 9:29:25 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    aragorn to marktwain
    It has been very disappointing that with Republican super-majorities in the Oklahoma legislature, the Republican leadership has blocked a referendum on the reform of the Oklahoma state Constitution’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms.

    Oh yes it has! Too much listening to the Chamber of Commies and David Boren (President of OU) and the rest of higher ed., et. al. We'll get there, but we'll have to fight the whole way. This is one of the reasons I have personally met and talked to my state senator and rep, and other state legislators, been down to the Capitol and so on.

  • OK: Governor Fallin Signs SB 397 Restores Carry on Buses

    06/02/2017 7:15:18 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    aragorn to Okieshooter
    The Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association has been doing an outstanding job this year shepherding legislation though the House and Senate to the Governor’s desk.

    Indeed they (we - I'm a member) have. See page for details.

    It is sad, but important to note that in Oklahoma, with a Republican super-majority in the House, a Republican super-majority in the Senate, and a Republican Governor, it is Republicans that kill (and have killed) good pro-gun legislation. Some of the freshmen 'pubbies this year, including Dave Rader (former football coach), really need their constituents to sit down with them and help them understand what is expected of them.

  • The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Bible (Evidence Tower of Babel Really Existed)

    05/04/2017 10:51:25 AM PDT · 2 of 15
    aragorn to nickcarraway

    Bump for later review. We’re in the middle of a Genesis Bible study this month.

  • ‘Don’t Mess With Texas!’ No-License Gun Carry Approved By House – A TEXAS FIRST

    04/26/2017 12:46:52 PM PDT · 27 of 53
    aragorn to SerpentDove
    Go Texas!

    With a Republican Governor, and a Republican majority in both our House and Senate, we can't get these kinds of bills passed here in Oklahoma. Bunch of back-stabbing, money-mishandling, Chamber of Commerce luvin' cucks up here. (Oh, we have some good ones, but we have a lot who only run as Republican because they know they'd never get elected otherwise, but people don't pay enough attention to what they DO once they get in office. Grrr...)

  • Massive Amount of Data on 47 HARD DRIVES from Whistle Blower Proves Obama and Crew Spied on Everyone

    03/23/2017 5:02:21 PM PDT · 41 of 95
    aragorn to frnewsjunkie
    obama spent a lot of time gathering a data base on all the citizens in the U.S.

    Please recall that, during the last census, he also collected GPS coordinates of our addresses of record (I witnessed this firsthand at my rural location, and recall other FReepers recounting the same.)

  • Prayer and favor request from a FReeper / potential Oroville Dam evacuee

    02/14/2017 6:57:08 AM PST · 14 of 39
    aragorn to Texas Eagle

    Prayers for you and your wife, brother. Too far away to offer shelter, but I have asked the Lord for His blessings and comfort for you, and for the others like you who are facing this time of trial.

  • FBI search warrant: Hillary Clinton put US at 'exceptionally grave' risk

    12/21/2016 6:56:06 AM PST · 39 of 60
    aragorn to USCG SimTech
    The lack of security on the Hillary server was the intentional delivery courier of paid for secrets...

    I've believed that to be the case since I first heard about this story, that it was done deliberately for just the reason you state. I admit, though, that this is the first time I've seen the phrase "passive courier delivery agent".

  • Nancy Pelosi's Daughter, an Elector, Calls for Hijacking Presidential Election

    12/12/2016 2:03:09 PM PST · 47 of 99
    aragorn to detective
    This is all starting to look a bit ominous.

    These people must have a LOT to lose once their crimes have been exposed to go to this extreme.

  • Trump attorney: Electoral College lawsuit could 'undermine' election results

    12/12/2016 2:01:28 PM PST · 107 of 169
    aragorn to quesney
    This is all starting to look a bit ominous.

    I see this as two-fold: 1. Many [of the criminals, politicians, bureaucrats, hangers-on, jackwagons, etc...] have a just fear that they will end up in prison once their crimes are exposed; and

    2. Many of the remainder fear their loss of perks, the significant change in their livelihood once the graft, corruption and deceit that is Washington is exposed and eliminated under a non-corrupt leadership.

    I say, "sucks to be you".

  • Penzey's Spice Owner Calls Trump "Openly Racist" in Newsletter

    11/17/2016 4:29:38 PM PST · 80 of 107
    aragorn to DJ Frisat
    I used to buy quite a lot of their products. Then, in June 2015 when Bill Penzey just had to "Celebrate Love" in his newsletter regarding the contrived Supreme Court decision regarding so-called "gay marriage", I decided I could no longer deal with such an ideological tool. I wrote and told him so, and have ceased to do business with him.

    Leftist ideologues will never understand, and will always accuse us of that which is in their own hearts, their own minds, and which are their own intentions. Sad, really.

  • UMich to profs: don't say ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ ‘mom and dad’

    11/10/2016 8:28:16 PM PST · 36 of 46
    aragorn to GuavaCheesePuff
    It amazes me that there are no "non-traditional" students that push back on these profs.

    I worked for a university when I was in my 30s, and attended class when my duties would allow. I attended a CHEM 101 class wherein the prof stated that we all must memorize the periodic table of elements.

    When I stated my flat refusal to do this, citing the fact that I could look up the data any time I needed it, the little 19-year-old snowflakes all had a collective heart attack! Who was I to argue with the professor!

    I told the prof that I had no intention of doing such an unnecessary thing, and if he had any test questions that demanded unnecessary memory efforts, to go ahead and grade me accordingly, but that I thought it was ridiculous to be forced to commit to memory that which was easily and accurately available on demand from many sources.

    He pointed out that I was in charge of the central computers and the university network, and asked me if I had not memorized many of the commands I used in my daily work. I admitted that I had, though not out of the effort of memorization, but from sheer repeated usage. I also pointed out that I had eight shelf feet of manuals, plus electronic references, that I could consult at any time to ensure that I had the right answer,and that I did not have to resort to my memory for some esoteric syntax ('find' users will appreciate that).

    The kids in my class all looked at me like I had a third arm...

  • 10 Science Fiction Books about Politics

    11/08/2016 6:51:25 PM PST · 40 of 50
    aragorn to null and void
    Odd that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress didn’t make the cut.

    Yes it is, though Starship Troopers did deserve to be on the list.

    Another one that deserves honorable mention is Voyage from Yesteryear by James P. Hogan.

  • BOOM! Trump Makes AMAZING Promise If He Wins – Audience Loses It!

    10/10/2016 8:07:14 AM PDT · 103 of 130
    aragorn to Little Ray
    I'm not willing to give them a pass just because they believe that there are different standards, different laws for them versus us. They work for us, and they are supposed to come "from" us, the body of this Republic, to represent us both in who and what we are, and in our choices on how to deal with those issues that are within their scope and authority. They are not our "betters", they are our servants, out employees, and need to be reminded of that. Forcefully if needs be.

    If holding them to the proper standard makes CWII inevitable, then perhaps we need to make that clear (and be prepared and determined to follow through), and to not shirk from our responsibility to insist upon and enforce the idea, the standard, that those who choose to represent us be held accountable to the same laws that apply to the rest of us. No exceptions.

    If the laws are too stringent for them, then they are too stringent for the rest of us as well.

    I believe that, once it is made clear that they are to be held strictly accountable, the consequences you fear would actually amount to having better candidates and other public servants representing and working for us, people who understand their role and awesome responsibility. Statesmen, rather than just politicians. Public servants rather than just bureaucrats.

  • BOOM! Trump Makes AMAZING Promise If He Wins – Audience Loses It!

    10/10/2016 6:56:00 AM PDT · 97 of 130
    aragorn to Little Ray
    once a government official, upon leaving office, is, and probably should be, immune to prosecution for his crimes him office.

    I just cannot agree with you here. Protected from political persecution perhaps, but not from criminal prosecution. There is no reason on earth that any politician, bureaucrat or public employee should be able to break the law (in many cases, we see it being done flagrantly) and get away with it just because of who they are or the office they hold/held. In fact, I argue that they must be held to a much higher standard. Perhaps the threat of prosecution and accountability might give them incentive to obey the law in the first place!

  • Retired police officer sets CNN panel straight on Tulsa shooting

    09/23/2016 1:16:17 PM PDT · 96 of 99
    aragorn to BlueLancer
    Rest assured, your comment was not taken as anything other than jest made in good nature.

    Interestingly, my mom and step father (and to some extent, me, my brother and sister lo these many years ago) have been involved in square dancing here in Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma and in the region for many years. I knew a lot of these folks as I was growing up, and had a lot of fun! The festivals were amazing!

  • Retired police officer sets CNN panel straight on Tulsa shooting

    09/23/2016 10:51:11 AM PDT · 88 of 99
    aragorn to HiTech RedNeck
    I think she screwed up - perhaps fear, perhaps accident, who knows yet - and it seems there is no way that she won't pay the price. It should be that way for any officer of the state. I also suspect that, had the vic been Caucasian, we would not be seeing this on the news. Good thing or bad thing? Depends, I guess, on your perspective.

    I understand that her husband, also a TPD officer, happened to be riding in the helicopter observing the events real time. He must be sick with grief about how all of this went down, and watching what is happening to his wife.

    I wonder what effect this will have on long term willingness and/or ability of authorities to confront black males.

  • Retired police officer sets CNN panel straight on Tulsa shooting

    09/23/2016 10:43:07 AM PDT · 86 of 99
    aragorn to BlueLancer
    Well, like, who REALLY wants to go to Tulsa?

    You are cordially invited to steer clear if it makes you happy. :)

    Actually, Tulsa is not a bad place to live. I just wish that the local "leaders" would stop trying to attract more people to move here! I kinda like it the way it is! :)

    I tell people that Oklahoma has tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricane (remnants), ticks, chiggers, wait-a-minute vines, floods, droughts and a small crop of Progressives. Stay away!