"Guard with jealous attention the public
liberty. Suspect every one
who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately,
nothing will preserve
it but downright force. Whenever you give
up that force, you are
inevitably ruined." ---Patrick Henry


On Thursday, Governor Sebelius' (D) veto of NRA-backed Right-to-Carry
legislation, Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act," was

"After 12 years, it took a collective, bi-partisan effort to win this fight," NRA-ILA
Executive Director Chris W. Cox declared.  Kansas now joins 38 other states that
respect the Right-to-Carry and allow their citizens to carry a firearm for personal

The Kansas State Senate voted 30 to 10 to override Governor Sebelius' veto of
the Right-to-Carry legislation.  Less than a day later, the Kansas House of
Representatives voted 91 to 33 to sustain the override.

Cox continued, "We want to recognize the steadfast support of several state
leaders.  Without their hard work, Kansans would still be deprived of this valuable
law.  Senator Phil Journey (R-26), Representative Candy Ruff (D-40), and
Representative Gary Hayzlett (R-122), worked tirelessly on this measure and we
thank them."

"As always, we appreciate the commitment and participation of our members in
Kansas for helping pass this legislation and helping override the Governor's veto
of this law that will serve to protect law-abiding Kansans and their families,"
concluded Cox.

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10

  He stays up for days on end.

  You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

  He goes days or weeks without running water.

  You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick.

  He gets shot at, as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

  You put on your anti-war/don’t support the troops shirt, and go
  up with your friends.

  He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

  You make sure your cell phone is in your pocket.

  He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dogtags.

  You talk trash on your “buddies” that aren’t with you.

  He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

  You don’t feel like helping out your dad today, so you don’t.

  He does what he is told.

  You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

  He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

  You complain about how hot it is.

  He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe
  his brow.

  You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your
  order wrong.

  He does not get to eat today.

  Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

  He wears the same things for months, but makes sure his weapons are

  You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

  He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.

  You are angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

  He is told he will be held an extra 2 months. He does as he is

  You call your girlfriend and set a date for that night.

  He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

  You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do every day.

  He holds his letter close and smells his love’s perfume.

  You ditch class to go to a movie.

  He goes where he is told.

  You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

  He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if
  they’ll ever meet.

  You criticize your government, and say that war never solves

  He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own government
  remembers why he is fighting.

  You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of the men like him.

  He hears the gunfire and bombs.

  You see only what the media wants you to see.

  He sees the bodies lying around him.

  You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t.

  He does what he is told.

  You stay at home and watch tv.

  He takes whatever time he is given to call and write home, sleep,
  and eat.

  You crawl into your bed, with down pillows, and try to get

  He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be
  awakened by gunfire.

  You sit there and judge him, saying the world is a worse place
  because of men like him.

  If only there were more men like him


Shots rout 2 teens in heist

Security guard gets drop on gunman, partner at Vulcan St. credit union

By VANESSA THOMAS Buffalo News 3/22/2006

    Two teenage boys attempted to rob a Vulcan Street credit union at gunpoint
Tuesday morning, but ran out empty-handed when a retired Buffalo police
officer, working as a security guard, fired three shots at them.

    The robbers apparently were not struck by any of the bullets.

    The shooting happened inside the Riverside Credit Union, 245 Vulcan St., in
the presence of a few employees and at least two customers.

    Buffalo police officials said they believe the guard's use of his weapon was
justified because people's lives were in imminent danger.

    "The security guard was protecting his life and the lives of everyone in the
credit union before the situation escalated," said Chief Arturo Salas, who
oversees the city's Northwest District.

    "Whenever someone points a deadly weapon at you, you have the right to
defend yourself--especially when it's in the commission of a felony.”

He never passes judgement on your life. //

Philly Prison Guard Can't Locate Gun


    City prison officials said they did not think an inmate got hold of a guard's gun
that had been missing for several days, but had no clue where to find it.

    The loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver disappeared as the officer
was transporting 10 inmates from one jail to another on Sunday, officials said.

    “We are continuing to search and interview people to try to understand what
happened,” said Bob Eskind, a spokesman for Prison Commissioner Leon King.

    The guard, described as a veteran corrections officer, was on a 20-day
suspension pending the outcome of the inquiry, said King's chief of staff, Michael
Resnick, who declined to identify him.

    The officer checked the gun out of the Curran Fromhold prison armory before
taking the inmates to a nearby jail called the House of Correction. According to
Resnick, the officer said he put the gun in a weapons locker in a guard shack
outside the House of Correction but said it was missing when he returned for it.

Congratulations to Kansas for joining the ranks of States that recognize
lawful concealed carry.  The State Senate voted for the override by 30 to
10, a margin of three votes.  The State House vote was 91 to 33, seven
votes over the two-thirds required to override the veto.  The law goes into
effect on July 1, 2007.

BELLEVUE, WA – On the day that the Pacific Northwest’s most extreme anti-gun
rights organization plans to honor Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, the
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is asking why.

“Friday at noon, Washington CeaseFire is going to honor Chief Kerlikowske for
his efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, when he can’t even
keep track of his own firearm,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “More than
a year ago, the chief’s personal 9mm Glock was stolen from his city-owned car
while it was parked on a Seattle street, while he and his wife were shopping. Such
negligence should not be rewarded.”

Gottlieb noted that CCRKBA’s $1,000 reward for the recovery of Kerlikowske’s
pistol still stands.

“This is CeaseFire’s payback to Kerlikowske for supporting their attempt to close
a mythical ‘gun show loophole’,” said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron.
“Perhaps the citizens of Washington State would be better served if CeaseFire
tried to close the parked police car loophole. With more than one million law-
biding gun owners in Washington, Chief Kerlikowske has joined that small group
of irresponsible individuals who leave guns lying around where thieves can easily
steal them. By now, his missing gun may have been involved in a crime.

INSIGHTS        A Third Way?

A Must-Win War

Hollywood's 'Crash' Landing

Journalism's Mission

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Declassified Truth
Posted 3/16/2006

The War On Terror: The government is finally getting around to unloading some
of Saddam Hussein's secret documents. A look at just a few pages already leads
to some blockbuster revelations.

In the early stages of the war that began three years ago, the U.S. captured
thousands of documents from Saddam and his spy agency, the Mukhabarat. It's
been widely thought the documents could shed light on why Saddam behaved as
he did and how much of a threat his evil regime represented.

Yet, until this week, the documents lay molding in boxes in a government
warehouse. Now the first batch is out, and though few in number, they're loaded
with information.

Among the enduring myths of those who oppose the war is that Saddam, though
murderous when it came to his own people, had no weapons of mass destruction
and no terrorist designs outside his own country. Both claims now lie in tatters.

As we've reported several times, a number of former top military officials in
Saddam's regime have come forward to admit that, yes, Saddam had WMD, hid
them and shipped them out of the country so they couldn't be detected. And he
had plans to make more.

Now come more revelations that leave little doubt about Saddam's terrorist
intentions. Most intriguing from a document dump Wednesday night is a manual
for Saddam's spy service, innocuously listed as CMPC-2003-006430. It makes
for interesting reading.

Here, for instance, are the marching orders for Directorate 8, the Mukhabarat's
"Technical Affairs" department: "The Eight Directorate is responsible for
development of materials needed for covert offensive operations. It contains
advanced laboratories for testing and production of weapons, poisons and

It goes on. Directorate 9, we discover, "is one of the most important directorates
in the Mukhabarat. Most of its work is outside Iraq in coordination with other
directorates, focusing on operations of sabotage and assassination."

The document also discusses the Mukhabarat's Office 16, set up to train "agents
for clandestine operations abroad." The document helpfully adds that "special six-
week courses in the use of of terror techniques are provided at a camp in

Got that? Terror techniques.

Even as the media studiously avoid these new documents — just as they avoided
500 hours of Saddam's personal tapes showing his scheming on WMD — it's
clear the U.S. did the right thing in invading Iraq and taking out a formative
terrorist threat.

Saddam had close ties to al-Qaida. That's not just our opinion, but also that of
the 9-11 Commission Report that so many in the media have selectively cited to
bolster the case against the war.

As Chairman Thomas Kean said the day the report was released: "There was no
question in our minds that there was a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida."

As such, we were heartened to see that President Bush on Thursday reaffirmed
the U.S. will continue to fight a pre-emptive war on terror — accompanied by
news that the U.S. had launched Operation Swarmer, its largest anti-insurgent
offensive since 2003.

Polls be damned — that's how a war is fought.

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