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Pres Obama Says Buying a Gun Easier Than Buying a Book

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“It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book.”

The president was reportedly referring to poor urban neighborhoods which he believes lack bookstores but not guns. However, the president’s hometown of Chicago features dozens of bookstores but not a single gun store. Purchasing a book from a book store also does not require a federal background check or photo ID like buying a gun from a gun store does.

Even in context this is the most profoundly stupid thing President Obama has said about guns in a long history of saying stupid things about guns.  You have to be willfully ignorant to buy this hogwash.

People less than eighteen years of age can buy books.

People who have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to any mental institution can buy books.

People who are under a nonimmigrant visa (not to mention illegal aliens) can buy books.

People who have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions can buy books.

People who, having been citizens of the United States, have renounced their citizenship, can buy books.

People who have been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence can buy books.

People who are under restraining orders based on a credible threat to the physical safety of others can buy books.

People can buy books if they are under indictment for, or have been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.  Heck, people can still get books while they are in prison.

People can buy books if they are an unlawful (or lawful) users of or addicted to any controlled substance.

People can buy books if they don’t live in the State where the book is being sold.

People don’t need a Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in books.

Over the years I have bought books from a lot of different places: bookstores, grocery stores, dollar stores, thrift stores, convenience stores, game stores, restaurants, schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, flea markets, farmers markets… you get the idea.

There is no Federal Bureau of Books and Literature regulating what books can be imported or categorizing different types of books and book accessories as requiring invasive and expensive government issued licenses to buy and own.

No state bans ebook readers as “high capacity”

I could go on and on.  Media fact checkers will go after Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson for saying the sky is blue, but they let nonsense like this from Democrats pass by without comment.

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October 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

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The Six Day War: myths, facts and legalities

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The iconic photograph of Israeli soldiers gazing at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, after entering the city as Israel beat the invading Arab armies in 1967. Photo: Israel Knesset.

The 48th anniversary of the Six Day War was marked in Israel a few weeks ago on Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, and it’s civil anniversary, June 10th, was noted in several press reports both in Israel and overseas.

As the years go by it seems that Israel’s “crime” of winning the war and not allowing itself to be destroyed is the source of the “Original Sin” of which certain elements of the world community and media consider us guilty.

Robert Liebman in The Algemeiner has a very perceptive article on The Six Day War and the origin of the Left’s hatred for Israel:

Although Israel neither welcomed nor wanted this conflict, the Left declared that Israel, not the invading Arabs, had been ‘militaristic,’ ‘colonialistic,’…

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June 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm

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Stand UP

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According To Hoyt

No, I don’t care if you are counted or not. This is not about voting, or the more open forms of citizenship – it’s just about not shutting up.

My parents, of course, would have it that it’s not that difficult for me to not shut up. It’s sort of what comes naturally. I used to go on continuously, about something or another, even if another was something I read. I’m better now.

But the truth is that for over ten years, I wasn’t talking. Or at least I wasn’t saying anything about anything that was important to me.

We’ve talked about it before, and to long time readers of the blog, it’s certainly no news that for years I kept my mouth shut for fear that if my political opinions leaked to the ears of my New York publishers, my career would be most sincerely dead.

It would be…

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April 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

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Wired: The ATF Wants ‘Massive’ Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are

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Wired: The ATF Wants ‘Massive’ Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are.

The ATF doesn’t just want a huge database to reveal everything about you with a few keywords. It wants one that can find out who you know. And it won’t even try to friend you on Facebook first.

All for my own good I’m sure.  Big Brother loves us, yes he does!

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April 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

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I don’t watch TV, yet liberals always assume I’ve been brainwashed by Fox News

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Via Why Liberals Still Detest Fox News.

If Kakutani and the legions of liberals who blast Fox reporters for not reporting the news from a liberal perspective think there is something wrong about that it is because they are so used to dominating the news media, both print and broadcast, that they still think Ailes has done something wrong in providing viewers with another way of looking at the world.

Of course, the real difference between Fox and its competitors is not so much its divergence from liberalism as Ailes’s honesty about the fact that his network has a different frame of reference.

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March 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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But the current WH is totally pro-Israel

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Washington Free Beacon: Obama’s Middle East Map Erases Israeli Territory

The map of the Middle East displayed in an Obama administration video released days before President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel shows the Jewish state dispossessed of substantial parts of its current territory, including its capital.

The map of Israel, displayed repeatedly during the video, shows the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, northern Israel, and areas surrounding what is currently the West Bank as non-Israeli territory. The Golan Heights is shown as part of Syria; Jerusalem is shown as part of the West Bank; and northern Israel is shown as part of Lebanon.

I would say that I would love to watch Debbie Wasserman-Schultz try to spin this one, but the media has basically buried this story to save the Democrats the embarrassment.

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March 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

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Jonathan H. Adler: Haymarket Revisited

Miller’s article also recounts the initial reception to Messer-Kruse’s research among labor historians. Whereas most prior historians had relied upon an account of the trial prepared by the defense, Messer-Kruse combed through the actual trial records. More importantly, he was willing to follow the evidence, even if it undermined an ideologically convenient narrative about an important event in labor history. Yet old myths die hard. As Messer-Kruse recounted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, it took some time before Wikipedia editors would allow revisions to the Haymarket Affair page, even though Messer-Kruse was citing original source documents.

Yeah, Wikipedia is like that.  I got frustrated enough that I quit contributing.

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February 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

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How to Talk about Libertarianism

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David Boaz writing in the Cato Policy Report: Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism

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February 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

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Does this count as less government?

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January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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More people taking apart Obama’s executive action list

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A blogger I’m just being introduced to now, Stranger at Extrano’s Alley, has his annotated version of the list up on his blog.

Famous Libertarian author Michael Z. Williamson has also blogged on the topic in a post titled, “Dismantling the Mouthbreather in Chief’s Gun Policies.”

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January 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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