Message from Assemblyman Hagman

I received this message from an assemblyman earlier today:

As a California State Assemblyman and a fellow Second Amendment supporter, I wanted to be sure and update you on a few Assembly Bills that have been introduced this session.

AB 613 (Hagman) - I introduced this bill to repeal several provisions of last year’s AB 962 that either impinge on the Second Amendment rights of California’s gun owners or create restrictions that make the sale of ammunition costly or impractical. Under AB 962, handgun ammunition vendors are required to obtain a thumbprint and other information from ammunition purchasers. Additionally this law provides that the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition may only occur in a face-to-face transaction, with the deliverer being provided bona fide evidence of identity of the purchaser.

AB 962 places hardships on law-abiding citizens, increases small business costs, and creates a database of ammunition purchases that exposes personal information to identity theft and other misuses. An ammunition registry does not prevent crime, it only further restricts the rights of California’s responsible gun owners. Criminals who obtain ammunition illegally will continue to do so and now your local businessman will be stuck with the charge of a massive multi-million dollar record keeping system. We need to focus our limited resources on criminals, not our law-abiding citizens and small businesses.

Thank you for supporting AB 613 and my efforts to repeal AB 962.

AB 144 (Portantino) – This legislation would make it illegal to openly carry an unloaded handgun in specified public areas. Last session, we saw this same bill introduced under AB 1934, which failed to meet the required end of session deadline, but had majority support from both houses. This year, AB 144 has already passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a 5:2 vote.

AB 809 (Feuer) – This legislation would require California residents to register their shotguns and rifles in addition to their handguns. Again, we saw this same bill introduced last session under AB 1810 and it too failed to meet the required end of session deadline, but did receive support from both houses. So far this year, AB 809 has also already passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a 5:1 vote.

Both AB 144 and AB 809 are attacks on the Second Amendment which gives us the freedom and right to bear arms. It is outrageous that these kinds of bills are even being considered. We need to focus our efforts on strengthening the economy and creating jobs, not punishing and regulating law abiding citizens

I will not give up the fight to protect our basic rights and I hope you will also continue this cause. I urge you to contact your local Assembly representative and express your opinion on these bills. Thank you for your support.

It is an honor to serve you.

Assemblyman Curt Hagman
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Abolish the TSA

I received this email and thought I would share it with everyone. I am on the C4L email list and I support the cause of liberty.



March 26, 2011

Dear Liberty Activist,

In the past, I've written of abuses by the TSA, including its belief that you check your 4th Amendment rights the moment you purchase a plane ticket.

The TSA's invasive screening tactics shame passengers into their potentially harmful porno scanners with the horrific thought of being groped by an agent if you refuse.

As it turns out, while conducting tests on the radiation levels of these scanners, a number of them were coming back with higher levels than expected. "It would appear that the emissions are 10 times higher. We understand it as a calculation error," TSA spokesman Sarah Horowitz told Wired.

A "calculation error." And yet, these are the people we are told are "keeping us safe?"

Nevertheless, without hesitation, the government continues to install these scanners in airports across the country.

If you thought virtual strip searches were a violation of your privacy, just wait until you hear the latest claim from the Department of Homeland Security.

During oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), the DHS counsel claimed they have authority to "strip search every air traveler. The agency also stated that it believed a mandatory strip search rule could be instituted without any public comment or rulemaking."

Have we given up enough of our liberties yet?

Just when you thought flying couldn’t possibly get worse, union bosses are now trying to force union representation on TSA employees with a "vote" that is clearly stacked in the bosses' favor.

In other words, that creepy TSA agent that almost seemed to enjoy feeling up you and your child will now be virtually impossible to fire for inappropriate behavior.

From now on, security and passenger rights will play a secondary role to the union bosses' demands for "screener's rights."

Remember when House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica claimed the solution to TSA abuses was for airports to "opt-out" of the TSA? Well, his "solution" turns out to be nothing more than a distraction to appease angry constituents. In reality, it rings hollower than Jimmy Hoffa's coffin.

The "private screeners" are required by law to follow the same screening procedures as the TSA; in other words, even if the airports opt-out, nothing will change except the names and faces.

The only viable solution here is to abolish the TSA. Since 9/11, blue-shirted, rubber-gloved government agents have not thwarted the major terrorist attempts on our airlines. In the real world, only alert passengers and flight crews stopped these attacks.

It's time to bring a halt to our government's security theater. When the government claims to have a monopoly on keeping us safe, the chances of average people slipping into apathy are higher.

Airlines have a responsibility to keep passengers protected and their planes safe and in the sky. After the TSA is abolished, we must return the responsibility for security to where it belongs - the private sector.

Please consider chipping in $10 to help Campaign for Liberty continue to spread the message about the abuse of the American people's civil liberties by the TSA.

Before the TSA becomes a protected, public-sector union unlikely to ever be downsized or replaced, the American people must demand swift action to reign in the unaccountable, rogue agency.

In Liberty,

John Tate
P.S. C4L must expand its efforts if you and I are to stop the TSA and its assault on civil liberties. If you're able, please chip in just $10 to help my staff and me recruit even more Americans to this fight.

I suggest we all chip in a little something for this fight.

Will J. Robertson

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

I received this forwarded message and thought it sounds good, even though it would and could never happen, at least not with the gov't we currently have. I still think it is worth reading though.

This is something I will fight for and I hope you all read it all the way through. You will be glad you did.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

Thanks for reading.

Will J. Robertson

Top Gun 2 in the works

Located this Top Gun mash-up on the article from TechCrunch and it reminds me of how good that movie was and how much I love the theme. Will be interesting to see how well a sequel holds up. Tom Cruise will need a fairly major role to make the film work. Top Gun 2 cannot exist without Maverick.
On a side note, related to the film clip above, I have always considered the Top Gun theme to be the best of all themes as it contains all the elements of a movie within it. What I was thinking is putting clips of Top Gun to its theme as was done with the movie above. I am not sure how it would be done, but it is something that I would like to try. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


The September Update

It is the end of September, just days away from my 31st birthday, and I am thinking of what I should do with this blog.  I have not been very active with it and that is mainly because I use Facebook and Twitter to convey everything as they are so easy to use.  They might as well be my blog.  This platform, Posterous, is mainly good for long-form and maybe for audio posts.  I am just not sure what I will do with it.  Over the next several month, I will think about it and make a final decision probably by the end of the year, likely between Christmas and New Year's.  And right now, I am leaning towards dropping it.  I won't delete it, just cease posting.  Or, perhaps I will use solely as my audio hosting provider.  Will see what happens.  

If you have any suggestions or ideas, I am listening.  Add your comments and let me know what you think.  
Thanks for reading and have a great day!


p.s. Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter!

August Update

Hello there.  I know it has been awhile, actually over a month really, since my last posting, but here I am, typing away, spilling my guts to the world once again.  What shall I say in this posting?  I will tell you that I am still seeking employment, I have a girlfriend, and I am still living with my parents.  Two of those three items will hopefully change before this year is out.  You can guess which two. *wink, wink*  

So, what else shall I mention?  How about that I saw The Expendables recently and I must say that I highly recommend it for anyone who, like me, enjoys action/adventure and very little romance in their films.  It was thoroughly entertaining and had the right amount of humor, especially the inside joke regarding Arnold.  You need to be a Californian to get it, in my humble opinion.  

The other item on my mind is political in nature, as that is a subject that I fully enjoy and can rattle on about for a while, as anyone who knows me can tell you.  Politics is a blood sport, some would say, and I am ready for it.  Or am I?  Time will tell indeed.  So, the political item today that I am thinking of is Obama and the mosque issue.  Where to build a religious house of worship.  Should it be near where the twin towers once stood?  Is Obama anti-American?  I have nothing further to say on this topic, it bores me, and I will now move on to other, more important items of interest.  

Such!  Yes, the new NFL season is nearly upon us and, as always, I will be cheering on my Oakland Raiders with great delight.  They won the first pre-season game against Dallas and they will challenge the Bears next.  Go Raiders!!

That is all for this update, this random thought, this post.  Thank you for visiting and come back soon.


Sunday Fireworks

It was a wonderful Fourth of July and I had a great time, as always, shooting off the safe and sane fireworks that were purchased for oodles of dinero from local fireworks booths.  It's something about the smell of gunpowder that gets me excited and I always want to light some more.  Good stuff!  Hope everyone had an equally great time and can't wait to do it again next year! 

Have a great day!