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James Madison On Firearms

From Federalist #46

The reasonings contained in these papers must have been employed to little purpose indeed, if it could be necessary now to disprove the reality of this danger. That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm, and continue to supply the materials, until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads, must appear to every one more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, than like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism. Extravagant as the supposition is, let it however be made. Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors. Let us rather no longer insult them with the supposition that they can ever reduce themselves to the necessity of making the experiment, by a blind and tame submission to the long train of insidious measures which must precede and produce it.

The argument under the present head may be put into a very concise form, which appears altogether conclusive. Either the mode in which the federal government is to be constructed will render it sufficiently dependent on the people, or it will not. On the first supposition, it will be restrained by that dependence from forming schemes obnoxious to their constituents. On the other supposition, it will not possess the confidence of the people, and its schemes of usurpation will be easily defeated by the State governments, who will be supported by the people.

On summing up the considerations stated in this and the last paper, they seem to amount to the most convincing evidence, that the powers proposed to be lodged in the federal government are as little formidable to those reserved to the individual States, as they are indispensably necessary to accomplish the purposes of the Union; and that all those alarms which have been sounded, of a meditated and consequential annihilation of the State governments, must, on the most favorable interpretation, be ascribed to the chimerical fears of the authors of them.

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New Java Update

Oracle is pushing out an update with over 50 fixes in it. Go get it, and lets hope it does not introduce anymore horrific issues

photo by p!xeltree

 

 

Looks like the offensive security guys have been busy

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“Feinstein: We cannot allow the rights of a few to override safety of all” This woman is treasonous

Dianne Feinstain and her fellow signers of the Declaration of Treason:

Mr. SCHUMER,
Mr. DURBIN,
Mr. WHITEHOUSE,
Mr. BLUMENTHAL,
Mr. LEVIN,
Mr. ROCKEFELLER,
Ms. MIKULSKI,
Mrs. BOXER,
Mr. REED,
Mr. LAUTENBERG,
Mr. “PedoBear” MENENDEZ, Mr. CARDIN,
Mrs. GILLIBRAND,
Mr. SCHATZ,
Mr. MURPHY,
Ms. WARREN,
Mr. CARPER

   S. 150. A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I rise today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation is urgently needed to help end the mass shootings that have devastated countless families and that lead too many Americans to live their lives in fear.

**snip** It will be an uphill battle–all the way. I know this.

But we need to ask ourselves:

Do we let the gun industry take over and dictate policy to this country? Do we let those who profit from increasing sales of these military style-weapons prevent us from taking commonsense steps to stop the carnage?

Or should we empower our elected representatives to vote their conscience based on their experience, based on their sense of right and wrong and based on their need to protect their schools, their malls, their workplaces and their businesses?

This legislation is my life’s goal. As long as I am a member of the Senate, I will work night and day to pass this bill into law. No matter how long it takes, I will fight until assault weapons are taken off our streets.

Put simply, we cannot allow the rights of a few to override the safety of all. That is not the America that our founding fathers envisioned. And that is not the America I want my children and grandchildren to live in.

So I ask everyone watching at home: please get involved and stay involved.

The success or failure of this bill depends not on me, but on you. If the American people rise up and demand action from their elected officials, we will be victorious. If the American people say “no” to military-style assault weapons, we will rid our Nation of this scourge.

Please, talk to your senator and your member of Congress.

SenFeinstein

 

She is right contact your member of congress and ask them what part of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” do they not understand

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2013-01-24/pdf/CREC-2013-01-24-pt1-PgS291.pdf#page=1

Quote of the day

“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

So I am scaling back my political posts, and getting back to more of what matters

Okay, so America chose one of the most biblically hostile presidents in the history of our nation to a second term. If you call yourself a Christian and voted for Obama, then shame on you. At this point I am scaling back the political posts and focusing on a couple of blog posts I am doing research for.  I have given too much time to politics, and it is time to get back to the only book that matters. Yup, the Bible. I ran across something that is awesome. If you are looking for some infographics to help in your church, homeschooling, or whatever. Here is a some links. They are downloadable and top quality. The main site is here http://www.challies.com/resources/visual-theology. Some of these graphics deal with reformed theology. Yet there is some good stuff here for every bible believer(such as books of the bible , and awaiting the messiah).

They cover such topics as:

Enjoy

Are teachers toast

My daughter entered school at a higher level than most children. She never attended pre-school, or any other education system. We started using phonics cards and the new england primer. This was the book used in all of our schools until the 20th century ( As well as our founding fathers). Which oddly enough, after we stopped teaching the primer is when we started seeing the great decline of morality in this country as well. Being a technologist, my daughter has had access to much technology. She devours new UI’s like cookies. (I am throwing windows 8 at her now. Lets see how she does. ) Anyway I was reading an article about the OLPC project on self education.

 

From The article:

Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. “I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,” Negroponte said. “Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.”

Elaborating later on Negroponte’s hacking comment, Ed McNierney, OLPC’s chief technology officer, said that the kids had gotten around OLPC’s effort to freeze desktop settings. “The kids had completely customized the desktop—so every kids’ tablet looked different.  We had installed software to prevent them from doing that,” McNierney said. “And the fact they worked around it was clearly the kind of creativity, the kind of inquiry, the kind of discovery that we think is essential to learning.

“If they can learn to read, then they can read to learn,” Negroponte said”

 So with Khan Academy, Codecademy,  and many free online college courses now, why are everyday teachers needed. My daughter goes to school for 7 hours a day. I bet 3.5 hours max are used for pure education. The rest is crafts and social interaction. It makes me wonder if her time could be better utilized. I know this will not change because teachers unions are concerned about milking dollars from taxpayers, not educating children. I am considering something called tutorial based homeschool. 3 days she works at home, 2 days she meets in a class with other children. So this is  kind of a hybrid solution. The school board in the state I live in is suing because they lost millions in funding last week for denying charters to some new schools. The schools looked awesome. I think they would have made our public education look like dirt. And with the first republican state congress since the civil war. We may actually get a voucher program in place as well. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are teacher really necessary anymore?