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  • 01/11/2024 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Lawsuits Aren’t All About Right and Wrong: Sometimes Strategy is a key factor.  by Tom Reynolds

    Many SCOPE members – and 2A defenders in general – are confused by the number of lawsuits and rulings that are occurring.  There are some legal strategy decisions to be made which have nothing to do with right or wrong.  SCOPE would like to try to simplify some very complex behind-the-scenes issues and give you some insight into the decisions that must be made.

    On December 12th, we wrote an email to members about the 2nd Circuit Court’s decisions on several lawsuits brought against N Y State.  S.C.O.P.E. Shooters Committee On Political Education - 2nd Circuit Decision (  The decisions now faced in those lawsuits are typical of those faced by all 2A lawsuits, so let’s use it as an example.

    Under this ruling, the following provisions on New York’s law are stopped by temporary injunction (enjoined):

    • Requiring applicants to disclose social media accounts for review.
    • The restrictions on carrying on private property that is accessible to the public, as well as the restriction on carrying in houses of worship.
    • The “good moral character requirement” in place for those seeking a concealed carry permit. 
    • The prohibition on concealed carry in so-called sensitive locations, a category that includes government buildings, airports, public playgrounds, schools, theaters, establishments that serve alcohol and Times Square.

    Under this ruling, the following provisions of New York’s law are not enjoined and remain in effect for now:

    2A advocates may look at the 2nd Circuit’s decisions and say those decisions that were not enjoined were wrong and let’s keep suing them.  But there are other considerations.

    First, the recent decisions only dealt with temporary injunctions to stop enforcement of the ‘Concealed Carry Improvement Act’ (CCIA) while the court cases are being decided.  They did not decide the cases, themselves.  The ruling by the appeals court was at an early stage of the legal battle, which is seen as likely to wind up before the Supreme Court, again. 

    Some other considerations:

    NY and other blue states pass unconstitutional laws and basically say, ‘If you don’t like it, sue me.  I – the state – am going to run up your legal bill in an attempt to bankrupt your effort while I – the state – will operate on the bottomless taxpayer dime.’   

    There is a business principle called “Opportunity Cost.”  Basically, if you use your resources (time, energy, money) on one thing, those resources are gone and will not be available for other things.  Each of these lawsuits will cost 2A advocates hundreds of thousands of dollars – approaching or exceeding a million dollars if they go to the Supreme Court.  What’s the best use of the limited financial resources available under the ‘Opportunity Cost’ principle? 

    There are other factors.

    Do the 2A litigants in these cases want to keep fighting for the injunctions or accept what victories and defeats we have and concentrate their efforts on winning the actual cases?  It’s been a year and a half just to get to this point and gun owners are still subject to much of CCIA’s unconstitutional laws.  (It was twelve years between the Heller decision and the Bruen decision.) 

    The 2nd Circuit decision was made by a three judge panel, not the full 2nd Circuit court.  Do the 2A litigants want to appeal for a hearing on the injunctions before the full court or, if possible, go straight to the Supreme Court on the injunctions?  More time and more money, either way. 

    Or do they stop fighting for injunctions and switch to fighting for the meat of the cases?

    Until there is a final decision, we continue to be subject to these unconstitutional laws.  This is particularly acute in the Gazzola case which centers around retail stores. (Federal Firearms Licensees - FFL’s.) 

    FFL’s are being attacked at both the federal and state level.  Federally by Biden’s  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) which is revoking FFL licenses at an unprecedented rate, many for minor technical violations.  Under NY State’s CCIA, NY State is driving FFL’s out of business.  (GOA-NY reports that we have lost seventy-three 2A businesses in NY State this year.)  Those are businesses that will never come back in a state that is generally unfriendly to all businesses and hates 2nd Amendment businesses, in particular.  The longer this drags out, the more FFL’s that will close.

    Finally, as a general rule, the Supreme Court avoids making a ruling on a constitutional issue until it has “percolated”through the lower courts. Under “percolation,” the Supreme Court normally let’s stand a lower court ruling or injunction until multiple lower courts have weighed in on a legal question that the Court is bound to decide. 

    Certainly, there are other issues and each case has its own peculiar circumstances.

    SCOPE hopes that this has given you some insight into the behind-the-scenes decisions that must be made.  Few want to make these decisions and it would be nice if all decisions were limited to right-or-wrong, but they cannot be avoided.

  • 01/10/2024 4:27 PM | Anonymous


    by Bohdan Rabarsky

    When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, several states would not ratify it (New York being one of them) unless a Bill of Rights was added.  These rights were vital to the well being of a newly formed country and not one of the Founders Era would ever have envisioned having to fight for those rights 250 years later. 

    Welcome to the Biden Era.

    Of all the Amendments in the Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment has been the most under attack for many years by those wanting to gain control of the ‘masses’. To accomplish that, they first had to disarm those masses, just as Stalin, Mao, Castro & Pol Pot had done.

    Recently, court rulings have been striking down anti-gun regulations created by government agencies.  These rulings resulted from lawsuits brought by organizations and individuals against various state officials or federal government agencies.

    A three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled against the ATF’s 80 % Frame Rule, finding that the ATF overstepped it’s bounds in issuing it’s ruling. Fifth Circuit Delivers More Wins for Gun Owners, But Will They Stick at SCOTUS? – Bearing Arms

    In another case, Garland v Cargill, SCOTUS has granted “certiorari”, which means they have agreed to review the case. In 2018, then President Trump used an Executive Order to ban bump stocks in the wake of the mass shooting which had taken place at a music festival in Las Vegas. Donald Trump and his ATF overstepped their authority in banning the bump stocks and a lawsuit followed. The suit has worked its way through the court system in the 5th, 6th and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, before SCOTUS granted certiorari.

    SCOTUS also granted certiorari to a 2nd Amendment case in NRA v Vullo. The court will decide whether the New York State Department of Financial Services violated the 1st Amendment Rights of the NRA. SCOTUS Grants Cert to Bump Stock Case – Bearing Arms

    Government officials have found that, instead of trying to ban guns through legislation, which is never popular with the public, it’s easier to go after gun owners using state and federal agencies’ regulations.  This way, the government (state or federal) can use taxpayer funds while the gun owners or 2nd Amendment organizations have to raise funds to support the lawsuits. (The gun owner is paying for both sides of these lawsuits fighting for the God given right to bear arms.)

    In addition, these agency regulations violate the ‘Separation of Powers” central to the U. S. Constitution, because the Executive branch is taking on legislative powers. 

    Hopefully SCOTUS follows the Constitution, which they all took an oath to uphold.

  • 01/09/2024 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    A8443  by Tom Reynolds

    SCOPE sends out information on various gun control laws proposed federally or in NY State and usually these notices can be relatively brief and still get the message across.  But occasionally – or more often - a bill is proposed that is so outrageous and strikes so straight at the heart of the Constitution that it requires further explanation.

    Assemblyman Phillip Steck (Democrat 100th District – Schenectady Albany) has climbed that mountain when he proposed Assembly bill A8443.

    As many of us have unhappily experienced, NY State now requires a background check on purchases of ammunition which has resulted in frequent and unnecessary delays.  (All a part of Hochul’s plan?)  Many NY residents, with easy access to another state, have chosen to cross the border for ammunition purchases and bypass the NY background check and related fee.  (A reaction not unexpected by anyone.)  

    Under Assemblyman Steck’s bill, the NY Attorney General can bring civil and criminal actions in NY State courts against any NY State resident or the ammunition seller in another state, when ammunition is purchased in another state and it does not go through NY State’s background check.

    For example, a NY State resident in Waverly NY drives a couple miles south into Sayre PA and buys ammunition without undergoing a NY background check.  NY Attorney General (Leticia James) can have him and the seller arrested, in NY State.

    Or, a NY State snow birder in Florida buys ammunition in Florida, without a NY background check, and uses it there.  Leticia James could come after him and the seller under A8443.

    By the way, it is bureaucratic to get licensed to use the NY background system so an ammunition seller in another state has little incentive to do it. 

    And what about on-line purchases, which have to be accomplished through a NY FFL who would has to perform a NY background check.  Will the on-line seller also have to duplicate the NY background check to be legal under A8443?

    Basically, Steck wants to prosecute you if you legally (under the laws of 49 states and federal law) buy ammunition in another state.

    Imagine, for a moment, that NY State passed a law setting the maximum speed limit at 55 mph everywhere in NY State.  Afterwards, a NY State resident while in Pennsylvania drives 65 mph – where the speed limit is 65 MPH.  Using his logic, NY Assemblyman Phillip Steck believes the NY Attorney General should prosecute that motorist in NY State for exceeding the NY speed imit.  (After all, it would be good for ‘Climate Change’.)

    One of the reasons that the Articles of Confederation were abandoned in favor of the U S Constitution was interstate issues.  The founders knew that a federal government was necessary to handle interstate issues.  But even in the 1780’s, who would have imagined a Phillip Steck?

    Article I Section 8 of the U S Constitution says that the U S Congress regulates interstate commerce.  Assemblypersons take an oath of office to, “support the Constitution of the United States…”  Can we anticipate an impeachment proceeding against Assemblyman Steck for violating his oath of office?

    F Y I, the related parts of the bill are as follows:  A08443

    “The (N Y State) attorney general shall have the power and duty to…Seek and obtain injunctive relief to prevent any individual seller of firearms or retail firearms dealer from knowingly selling ammunition to a resident of the state of New York or to an individual who purchases ammunition on behalf of a New York state resident without contacting the New York state police for authorization pursuant to section two  hundred twenty-eight of this chapter and any other law, rule or regulation. “

    “The attorney general shall have the power to enforce the provisions of this  section  by  bringing  civil and criminal actions in the state courts of New York.”

    Obviously, SCOPE opposes this bill as should anyone who truly believes in the U S Constitution.


  • 01/08/2024 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Island of Romance, etc.  by Tom Reynolds

    People my age will remember the hit song by the Four Preps about Santa Catalina Island (California): “The island of romance, romance, romance, romance…A tropical heaven out in the ocean covered with trees and girls.”

    Apparently, Californians can even screw up a place like that!

    Santa Catalina Island (or just plain Catalina Island) has a mule deer herd that was introduced on the island in the 1930's.  The island has an extended hunting season but the mule deer are ‘over producing’.

    The Catalina Island Conservancy which manages 90% of Catalina Island–says that the mule deer population has grown to around 1,800 deer and they are destroying the island’s ecosystem, causing soil erosion and threatening native species.

    Deer hunting is legal on the island but the permitting process is very bureaucratic and expensive. SCOPE is told that, if you want to hunt the island you have to use non-lead ammo and be a member of the Conservancy, which costs $65 per year. You have to have firearms liability insurance in the amount of $500,000. You must hold a public lands management tag for a cost of $100 if you are a resident of the island, while nonresidents pay $200. Daily vehicle or camper use on the island costs $45.   (It was easier to get there, back then, for the Four Preps: “40 kilometers in a leaky old boat, any old thing that'll stay afloat.”)

    The hunting program allows 300-400 deer to be harvested, annually, but hunters only take about 244 deer. This isn’t enough to reduce the population to acceptable levels.  And the deer that are taken tend to be older males.  (Apparently, hunters prefer large Bucks rather than Does.  What a surprise - to no one who hunts.)

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife backed a management plan that involves culling the herd, but it hasn’t been enough to stop population growth.


    White Buffalo Inc. will begin shooting the deer next fall. Hunters will use AR-15 style rifles with non-lead bullets, and the hunted deer will be left where they lay.  (They are using the hated ‘Assault Rifle, but in a sop to the Left they will use non lead bullets.)

    It goes almost without saying that there are opponents of the hunt and they responded that the Conservancy should have done more to solve the barriers to successful hunts. (Ya think!)

    The Coalition Against the Slaughter of Catalina Deer are circulating a petition to “Stop the Slaughter of Mule Deer on Catalina Island” which has gathered 15,863 signatures.

    One group has proposed another option to the hunt; sterilizing the deer.

    Before you laugh…

    This option may sound familiar to New Yorkers as Cayuga Heights (Ithaca) had a huge deer problem and in 2012 they tried to address it by, primarily, sterilizing deer and they hired White Buffalo Inc. to also cull the herd.  Ithacans, of course, objected to shooting the deer, but they were overruled.

    According to the Village of Cayuga Heights report in 2019*: Having professionals cull the deer is expensive. Since 2013, we have spent $117,100 on camera surveys and $304,616 on White Buffalo.”  ($421,716 total.)

    As best we can tell from the report, Cayuga Heights sterilized or culled about 225 deer, since the process began.  That’s about $1,900 per deer.

    At this point, SCOPE members are saying to themselves that there is another way to cull the herd that will, in addition, bring in revenue and also provide food.  But the Democrat leadership is so anti-gun that they would rather bankrupt the state than admit that hunting is the answer to deer overpopulation.  This is the mentality we (and Californians) are facing.

    *Deer Management - Village Of Cayuga Heights (

  • 01/04/2024 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Hamilton Speaks Today  by Tom Reynolds

    Even before he had a Broadway Play about him, Alexander Hamilton was considered a really smart guy.  Amongst other things, his ‘Federalist Letters’ (along with James Madison and John Jay) helped secure passage of the Constitution.

    On Wednesday, SCOPE wrote about the unconstitutional attempts to deny the American people the right to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice.  In a Letter from Phocion to the Considerate Citizens of New York On the Politics of the Day, Hamilton warned of something that sounds eerily familiar to what is currently happening. 

    While he wrote this of the dangers of legislatures disenfranchising people, the principle also applies against government officials disenfranchising voters.  And when we are not allowed to vote for the candidate of our choice because he was illegally removed from the ballot, we are, in effect, disenfranchised.

    Alexander Hamilton wrote:

    Nothing is more common for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwords prove fatal to themselves.  Of this kind is the doctrine of disqualification, disenfranchisement and banishment by acts of the legislature.  The dangerous consequences of this are manifest.   If the legislature can disenfranchise any number of citizens at pleasure by general descriptions, it may soon confine all the votes to a small number of partisans, and establish an aristocracy or an oligarchy; if it may banish at discretion all those whom particular circumstances render obnoxious, without hearing or trial, no man can be safe, nor know when he may be the innocent victim of a prevailing faction.  The name of liberty applied to such a government would be a mockery of common sense. 

    I wonder how many people seeing the play ‘Hamilton’ are appalled by current events?  Alexander Hamilton would be!

  • 01/03/2024 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Trump Disqualified?  by Tom Reynolds

    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled, in an unprecedented decision, to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment

    The Maine Secretary of State barred former President Trump from Maine’s primary ballot. The official statement on the Secretary of State’s website says that Trump: ”…is not qualified to hold the office of the President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment”(Emphasis added.)

    Both disqualifications are under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.  That these were obviously partisan decisions that ignore the law and prior precedent goes beyond question.  (But that has never stopped the Left, so why would it now?)

    A little more about Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.


    The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.  The basis of Colorado and Maine’s decision was Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment which prohibits the election or appointment to any federal or state office of any person who had held any of certain offices and then engaged in insurrection, rebellion, or treason The last sentence in Section 3 states: “But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each house, remove such disability

    Congress removed that disability from most of the people covered.  The pertinent parts of Section 3 don’t exist anymore because the Amnesty Act of 1872 was passed by the 42nd United States Congress (voice vote in the House and 38-2 in the Senate.) 

    The 1872 Act removed office-holding disqualifications against most of the secessionists who rebelled in the American Civil War, except for "Senators and Representatives of the thirty-sixth and thirty-seventh Congresses, officers in the judicial, military, and naval service of the United States, heads of departments, and foreign ministers of the United States.”  (Note: The Presidency is NOT one of these exceptions that are still ineligible.) 

    For their rationale, Colorado and Maine cited a law that does not exist anymore.


    Amendment V states that no person shall: “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law.”  Certainly, the right to run for the presidency should be covered by that. 

    No federal court has convicted Trump of engaging in ‘insurrection or rebellion.’ The only thing resembling a trial was Trump’s second impeachment - which acquitted Trump.  

    There has been no due process of law.  (Another one of those constitutional issues the Left conveniently ignores.)


    Section 3 of the 14th Amendment originally applied only to individuals who were previously a ‘member of Congress,’ an ‘officer of the United States,’ or a state official who had previously taken an oath to support the U S Constitution.  Individuals who are elected—such as the president and vice president—are not officers within the meaning of Section 3 both before and after the Amnesty Act of 1872. 


    Section 5 of the 14th Amendment says: “The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article”. 

    Prior court rulings have held that Section 3 is not self-executing and Congress has never passed any federal law providing for enforcement, meaning that courts such as the Colorado Supreme Court and Maine’s Secretary of State have no legal authority under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.  It is federal law and they cannot enforce Section 3 because they are not federal authorities and because Congress has not given anyone the power to enforce it.. 

    Colorado and Maine decided to remove the constitutional right of American voters to make their own decision on who they believe should be president.

    This election interference should swiftly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which should take this case in order to short-circuit all the similar meritless challenges that are being filed in numerous states to remove Trump from the ballot.

    But this is more than just an attempt to keep Trump off the ballot, it is a blatant attempt to distract him from campaigning by tying him up in court cases that have no legal foundation.

    It is also a message to all Americans; don’t disagree with Democrat run governments or they will get you.  The U S Constitution does not exist in “Blue states.”

    And the Democrat media is saying that Donald Trump will destroy democracy if he is elected!  (Which ignores that the USA is a Republic.)

  • 01/02/2024 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    2024 A Happy New Year!  by Tom Reynolds

    During World War 2, from 1939 through mid-1942, the Germans and the Japanese were on the offensive and scored many victories.  In 1942, the first early hints of change began to emerge.  After over three years of mostly defeats, on January 1, 1943, the allied leadership must have sensed there was an opportunity to turn the war around and win it.

    Eighty one years later, entering the new year of 2024, we should also embrace the possibilities before us.  People who defend the U S Constitution - and especially the 2nd Amendment - should be thrilled at the possibilities before us.  After being on the defensive with only lawsuits as a way to defends us, we can strike back.  We have the equivalent of another D-Day in front of us, minus the violence and death. 

    Every member of the NY State Senate is up for election.

    Every member of the NY Assembly is up for election.

    Every member of the House of Representatives is up for election.

    NY Senator Kristin Gillibrand is up for election.

    President Joe Biden is up for election.

    We have the opportunity to turn the tide on the gun grabbers and anti-constitutionalists and take back control of our government from those that have used their government positions to thwart our rights and for personal gain. 

    All we need do is get involved and vote.  Was Hochul’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act our Lexington & Concord?  Are Biden’s ATF regulations our Tea Party?  And most importantly, will this November’s elections be our Declaration of Independence? 

    One of the great abilities of our Founding fathers was their understanding of - and the dangers of - big government.  The issues today are much the same as the Founding Fathers experienced 250 years ago.

    In 1774, John Adams recorded a conversation he overheard: “What would you say, if a fellow should come to your house and tell you he had come to take a list of your cattle that Parliament might tax you for them at so much a head?  And how would you feel if he should break open your barn to take down your oxen, cows, horses and sheep.?”

    “What would I say, I would knock him in the head.”

    “Well, if Parliament can take down Mr. (John) Hancock’s wharf…they can take away your barn and my house.

    Many gun owners have not gotten involved because they believed when Biden and Hochul came after Modern Sporting Rifles, it didn’t involve them.  And when Biden and Hochul came after pistols and revolvers, it didn’t involve them.  But if Hochul can charge ammunition buyers for a background check that delays or denies their ammo purchases and drives gun stores out of business, that involves all gun owners.

    Yes, if the government “…can take down Mr. Hancock’s wharf” they can take away your right to carry a firearm.  It may take them awhile, but they won’t quit - as opposed to many gun owners who won’t get started.

    Our fathers and grandfathers fought and bled to stop socialist tyranny during World War 2 and then spent 45 years opposing communist / socialist tyranny.  We won.  Socialism lost.

    Today, the socialists in the American government want to destroy every Americans’ rights under the U. S. Constitution, as those rights are a major impediment to the Left’s complete and permanent control.  There are too many examples to list of the Left’s attack on: the 1st Amendment; the 2nd Amendment; the 12th Amendment; and Article II Section 1 of the Constitution.  (Before you go running to look them up, the last two have to deal with ‘We the People’ choosing the President of the United States of America.)

    We can’t depend upon the Supreme Court to always be there to fight our battles. 

    We have a marvelous opportunity to take back our Constitution and our government from the Constitution hating, gun grabbing swamps in D.C. and Albany.  Those of us already involved need to ramp up our efforts and, especially, to get those involved who have, till now, evaded their duty.  Make 2024 the year of the Constitution.        

    When we were born in the United States, we won the lottery.  It’s time to pay for that ticket.

  • 12/31/2023 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) has made some more “equal” than others. 12/31/23, 7:50 AM LETTER: State's gun laws highlight inequality | Opinion |

    by Bohdan Rabarsky, Oneida-Herkimer chapter chair

    New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) has made some more “equal” than others.

    Until July of 2022, pistol permit holders were allowed to carry conceal in New York State as long as they had a valid New York State pistol permit.

    The 2022 act changed all of that — basically turning the state into a giant “Sensitive Zone.” As usual, these laws are never thought out in advance as to their outcome and how they’ll effect everyday citizens.

    Judges, district attorneys and assistant DA’s in rural areas were hesitant to appear in town and village court proceedings, since quite often there wasn’t any presence of law enforcement when a defendant was brought in or dropped off for an arraignment as they weren’t allowed to carry conceal even if they had a pistol permit as “All Government Buildings” is one of the categories within the Sensitive Zone that was created when the CCIA took effect.

    Now you see, that doesn’t sit well with the elites in New York State when it comes to who can have a conceal carry permit and where they can carry concealed.

    This reminds me of the famous George Orwell “Animal Farm” quote on equality: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

    All New York State citizens are equal, but when it comes to the ability to carry concealed, judges and district attorneys, some citizens lives are more valuable than others.

    All this is doing is creating a separate class of citizens and a division among citizens, which is wrong. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment it didn’t discriminate by employment, wealth or social status, it applied equally to all citizens of America.

    Here come our state legislators with bills as they were asked to remedy the situation. In October, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-53, sponsored state senate bill S7712 which would allow judges, justices and criminal prosecutors that are licensed to possess a concealed firearm in court where no magnetometer or security personnel are present.

    Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, sponsored a similar bill in the Assembly.

    Why is it law abiding gun owners of New York State have to live by the rules of the new CCIA but as soon as the safety and well being of certain citizens is threatened, they come up with exceptions to the rule? Are their lives any more valuable than ours or are they just selective in whose life is more valuable? Maybe the legislature should be proactive and think these things through before passing these bills into law. The New York State legislature passed the CCIA of 2022 into law, and we all should live by it or abolish it completely as it’s unconstitutional to begin with. States gun laws highlight inequality.pdf

    — Bohdan Rabarsky, Oneida-Herkimer SCOPE chapter chair

  • 12/29/2023 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Festivus Report  by Tom Reynolds

    Let’s finish the old year in a way that aptly summarizes the year under the guidance of the Biden /Harris administration.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shared his annual “Festivus” report, showing Americans how some of their tax dollars were tossed down the drain in 2023.  Paul’s report showed how the U S government wastes money.

    Below is the link to the actual report.  You will not enjoy reading it!

    Note the last item: $236 billion ($236,000,000,000) in improper payments.

    Festivus-2023.pdf (

    Some of the highlights:

    Barbie Doll Photo Used to Get COVID PPP Funds…………………….portion of $800,000,000,000

    In the RED: Interest on Our National Debt is Expensive ……………..………...….$659,000,000,000

    Dr. Fauci’s Monkey Business on NIH’s “Monkey Island”……………………..………..….$33,200,000

    USAID Fund to Boost Egyptian Tourism...........................................................................$6,000,000

    SDA’s Cutting-Edge Research: Walking Dogs in the Summer……………...…...………..Unknown

    DHS Training Employees to Be Their “Authentic & Best Selves”……………..…...………..Unknown

    Russian Cats-On-A-Treadmill Studies Funded by NIH……...………........…..portion of $2,700,000

    The Government Pays Dead People … Again!.....………………………………………...$38,000,000

    DOD’s Lobster Tank………………………………………………………………………………….$8,395

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 1: Engines………………………...……$89,000,000

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 2: Transmissions……………………....$12,600,000

    How to Ruin Expensive Military Equipment Part 3: Tank Treads………...……………....$68,000,000

    “Real Fake”: DHS’s 1st Graphic Novel About Disinformation………………………………...Unknown

    DHS’s 2 nd Graphic Novel: COVID Disinformation…………..………………………………...Unknown

    NIH’s Meth-Head Monkeys………………………………………………………portion of $12,000,000

    Treasury’s Pot of Cash for Political Campaigns……………………………….……….…$400,000,000

    NIH’s Monkey Casino: Gambling for Drinking Water………………….…….....portion of $3,700,000

    SBA’s Ticket to Backstage………………………………………………….……………….$200,000,000

    Studying COVID-19 “Misinformation” On Social Media In Black & Rural Communities…$3,800,000

    Dr. Fauci’s Transgender Monkey Study………………………………………………………...$477,121

    Whoopsie: Improper Federal Payments………………………………………………$236,000,000,000

    FLASHBACK: The Government Likes Its Gambling Monkeys…………………………….…$171,000 T

  • 12/22/2023 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    A Christmas To Remember

    The July 4th 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain had real world consequences for the signers.  One of them, Benjamin Rush, recalled: “Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after the other, to the table of the President of Congress, to subscribe what was believed by many at the time to be our own death warrants?”

    While independence was being celebrated in Philadelphia, 23,000 British soldiers and 10,000 Hessian mercenaries were being unloaded from ships in NYC Harbor, where George Washington, by order of the Continental Congress, had to defend the undefendable.

    On August 26th, the battle began on Long Island and the right wing of the American forces was about to be cut off and destroyed.  But a group of Americans who were variously called “Washington’s Immortals” and the “Maryland 400” did not retreat. Instead, they made a suicidal charge which bought time and allowed the American army to survive.  For their efforts, the Americans were bayoneted by the Hessians.

    A large portion of the American army had retreated to Brooklyn with the East River at their backs.  The British generals did not recognize the appalling state of the Americans and, more importantly, remembered their horrendous losses taking Bunker Hill. So, they laid siege and used the Royal Navy to attempt to cut off the East River from retreat.

    Washington’s only chance was to cross the mile wide East River - with its treacherous tidal currents - to the temporary safety of Manhattan.  Security was airtight and so secret that John Glover, the leader of the “Marblehead Regiment” of mariners that would ferry the army across, was not told of the purpose until it was time to man the boats, which were a combination of rowed and sailed boats.  The crossing would be made in total darkness in a horrendous rain storm with the mariners depending on their experience to guide them to the other shore. 

    The tides and winds cooperated for the first two hours and multiple crossings went well.  Then, the tides and winds shifted, and the mariners were unsuccessfully rowing against tides and wind, making it impossible to complete the retreat before sunrise and the British becoming aware of what was happening.  Suddenly, the winds died and shortly thereafter shifted in the American’s favor.

    When dawn arose, some Americans were still in Brooklyn, but a thick fog covered the Brooklyn side - but not the Manhattan side.  A fog was very unusual at that time of the year and it hid the Americans and allowed the complete evacuation.  Only one boat and three men were captured by the British.

    Eventually, the colonial army was completely driven out of New York and it retreated across New Jersey to Valley Forge Pennsylvania, where things became even more desperate.

    The enlistments of the bulk of his army were due to expire in a few weeks and there was little hope of many reenlistments.  Not just because of the devastating defeat in New York but the army was undersupplied in almost every area; many soldiers had no shoes and had been wearing the same clothes – now rags - for months.  Food was scarce.  Defeatism ran through the army.

    There is no record of Washington contemplating giving up.  Instead, Washington gained control over whatever negative emotions he had and formulated a plan, which led to the most important Christmas in American history.

    On the early evening of December 25, 1776, with the temperature barely above freezing and in a freezing rainstorm that lasted all night, the Continental Army loaded onto boats and crossed the ice clogged Delaware River in three groups.  The crossing was so treacherous that one group did not make it across and a second group, that did make it across, turned around and went back.  Only Washington’s group was able to march to the attack.

    Hours behind schedule, with one-third strength, the army arrived at their target, Trenton New Jersey. 

    Officers reported to Washington that the ice storm had soaked the muskets and many could not fire because of wet powder.  These officers suggested that the attack be abandoned.  Washington’s reply was the equivalent of “fix bayonets”.

    While the enemy was yawning and waking up, what looked like the army-from-hell had come screaming from the depths to kill them; the Continental Army was in rags with long hair and matted beards coated in rain and mud.  The battle was brief and the Hessians surrendered. 

    In what was the potential breaking point of the Revolutionary war, when all hope seemed to be lost, Washington did not lose hope.  When his officers despaired, he never lost sight of his goal.  He and his army persevered and they eventually won.  They set an example that should live today; we’re Americans, we’d cross a frozen river on Christmas to kill our country’s enemies. 

    Of late, our forefathers have come under a lot of undeserved criticism.  All but forgotten is the immense personal courage that it took to sign the Declaration of Independence and the physical courage for the “Maryland 400” to make a suicidal attack. As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for at Christmas and those that risked their lives to gain us our freedom need to be honored, not denigrated.

    Luck certainly played a part in the successful American Revolution: the unusual fog covering the retreat from Brooklyn, for instance.  At times, God is on our side.  Another reason to be thankful this Christmas.

    Today, many are dejected and in a funk over the politics.  Summoning the energy to continue the fight to preserve the Constitution seems beyond some people’s wills.  To them it would be easier to, in a very real sense, surrender to the likes of Alexandria Octavio-Cortez and tell her, “You win.  We give up.  Do with the USA what you will.”   

    We need to remember that many of us took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  That oath had no expiration date!  If you didn’t take that oath, it’s not too late to commit yourself to that principle. 

    Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.  The sunshine soldier and the summer patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country…”

    Are you a sunshine soldier and summer patriot that will find other excuses to occupy your time, in this modern crisis, and let the Constitution be shredded by the forces of Socialism?  Do you believe our current situation is less winnable than it appeared on Christmas morning, 1776? 

    Paine also wrote, “Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered.”

    When we were born in the USA, we won the lottery!  It’s time to pay the price of that lottery ticket.  Our forefathers were willing to pay that price and we need to join with them. Are you willing to stand up and fight for the USA: its Constitution; its traditions; its future; and your family?  The choice is clear - get engaged or surrender.

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