Yesterday former United States Representative and 2012/2008 Presidential Candidiate Ron Paul interviewed Edward Snowden (the NSA contractor who leaked large amounts of information revealing mass NSA surveillance). The interview is over 34 minutes long, and can be viewed below:
Earlier today I received an e-mail supposedly from Ron Paul about financial problems at Campaign for Liberty. Here's a few quotes from the e-mail for context:
"Some essential programs have been put on hold. Senior staff have volunteered to cut their own salaries. Others have left, with their positions unfilled."
"I have invested tens of thousands of my own personal money to try and keep Campaign for Liberty afloat."
"... without an immediate influx of funds from my loyal supporters, we may have to turn out the lights and lock the door at Campaign for Liberty forever."
It's sort of typical of the "give us money immediately or everything you care about will be gone" scare tactics that every political organization uses, and it's one of the main reasons why I stopped giving them money a long time ago. As a fan of Ron Paul, and a fan of the Liberty movement, I feel it's important for the Liberty movement in general to understand that these sort of tactics to raise money simply make an organization look bad, make them look like everyone else who's begging for money, and destroy their credibility.
When every e-mail you get from a supposedly good organization is nothing more than an attempt to scare and manipulate you into sending them money, then eventually there comes a time when you feel like you can no longer trust them. Or, at least, where you feel that you can no longer trust the people editing and sending the e-mails begging for your hard earned money, even if the people at the core of the organization are doing good. It's even worse that the people sending the e-mails will send you one claiming to be from Ron Paul, his wife, or other high ranking members of Campaign for Liberty, and then forward the same e-mail to you from several other addresses all demanding your immediate attention, and your money. Sometimes you get numerous e-mails from them each day, all about the same thing, all demanding your money with some sort of frightening story about what will happen if you don't donate, or some cute little story intended to appeal to your emotions and get you to click on that donate link.
After being flooded with e-mails like this for a while, you eventually get sick and tired of all of the ridiculous tactics they use to wring every cent they can out of you, and you just stop reading the e-mails and stop donating money. After a while I even stopped entering their contests to win the AR-15s that they occasionally give away. These days the only participation they get out of me is the occasional "write to your Congressmen" things they send out.
I want to emphasis the simple fact that if it were not for the over-the-top e-mails they send to try to get money from people, I would more than likely still support Campaign for Liberty. If they had sent out a once-a-week e-mail with an occasional emergency e-mail about last minute donation drives, then that would have been fine.
Have you ever heard the phrase "Don't flog a dead horse"? Well Campaign for Liberty, if you really are experiencing financial trouble, then you only have to look at your dead-horse to figure out why all of your supporters have stopped giving. And if you aren't actually having financial trouble, then shame on you for allowing your PR department to send out e-mails claiming you are. Either way, I think what you should be restructuring is the department in charge of contacting donors. All they're doing is driving away people who believed in your cause.
For those who are curious, the full content of the e-mail (censored to remove any personal information) can be found at this link.
Once upon a time, the Confederate flag was tolerated, even by those who didn't like it or understand it. Today, however, the flag is under attack from almost all sides. State, county, and city governments are being forced to remove the flag from their buildings, cars, uniforms, etc. by activist groups who are suddenly gaining national spotlight. We're told that it's because these are symbols of hate, but even blacks are standing up and saying that's not true. We're told that it's good for people to remove the so-called symbols of hate, but since when did anything that was actually good for people become a matter of national controversy?
Eric, from Eric Peters Autos, has a different explanation:
There is a very good reason why the Confederate flag is under attack. It is because it is the rebel flag. The flag of resistance, of (as columnist Fred Reed so neatly – so accurately – put it)… leave me the hell alone. This is why it’s favored by rural whites whose great-great-great grandparents never owned slaves nor wanted to – but who can’t stand annoying busybodies (they call ’em Yankees down South but the principle applies generally) who seem to think they are god’s anointed, sent hither to instruct and enlighten.
Who cannot stand the idea that others (anywhere) might hold differing opinions, do things differently – and so must be compelled to hold the right opinions, do the right things.
As the Yankees define these things.
Think Hillary Clinton.
But Bill will do, too.
For that matter, so will George Bush. And Chris Christie.
They’re all the same, notwithstanding the color of their skin. Or of their party. The federal party. The party of government. Of control.
Absolutely every last little thing. Down to the size of the cola you’ll be allowed to buy. And very soon, the opinions you’ll be allowed to hold.
Or at least, to express.
As many people have already heard (thanks to groups such as the NRA widely circulating news about this), the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) has proposed a ban on the popular M855 rifle cartridge (often called "Green Tips" due to the green paint on the tip of the bullet) for firearms that are designed to shoot the popular .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO caliber bullet (such as AR-15 rifles, and many others). For those who want more information about the ban and why it has been imposed, but do not want to read the NRA's article, then here's a link to an article from Forbes about the proposed ammunition ban.
It is, of course, important to understand that this ban has merely been proposed, and that it has not been made an official regulation yet and will not be enforced until it makes the change from being proposed to actually becoming a regulation. It is also important to note that the change to the way M855 ammunition is being handled by the ATF is not an actual change in law, but simply a change in whether or not the ATF considers the M855 ammunition to be considered an "armor piercing" ammunition "which may be used in a handgun", which would make it illegal under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (as mentioned in the article from Forbes).
For the purposes of understanding what the Gun Control Act of 1968 does define as "armor piercing", here are the two criteria listed on the ATF website:
- A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium;
- A full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
For those who don't already know, the .223/5.56 bullets are ".22 caliber", and thus the second criteria does not apply. Therefore, we have to establish whether the first one can apply. Forbes already discusses whether or not .223/5.56 ammunition can be used in a handgun, and while they do briefly mention whether or not the core of the bullet is made of the metals listed in the first criteria, I thought it might be a good idea to have a firearms expert show exactly what is inside the M855 "green tip" bullet. Here's a video from Jerry Miculek where, after 2 minutes and 30 seconds of satire (you can feel free to skip that part) he shows a few examples of bullets that have been cut in half so that you can see the inside, and explains what makes up the M855 bullet:
For those who are opposed to the proposed ban, the NRA has a form to contact your legislators and the ATF about it at this link.
According to the below video, the United States government has been actively trying to cover up a connection between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the standoff between the Bundy family and the BLM:
So, if the United States government is actively trying to cover this issue up, then where is this proof that the video is talking about? Well, fortunately for us, the article at InfoWars with the screenshots of the documents that were taken offline by the United States government is still available. Some, such as former United States Congressman Ron Paul, are warning that it would not take much for this to escalate into another Waco, Texas style confrontation between civilians and the United States government.
In a recent confrontation between Cliven Bundy, a cattle rancher in Nevada, and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), the agents of the federal agency were forced to back down in a historic confrontation between protesters and the federal agency's agents.