Lightly Burnin’ – a rapper-style ode to the Second Amendment

Funny what gets into your head, sometimes.  Personally, I blame “Weird Al” Yankovic.  :-)

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

A few days ago, the idea occurred to me to do this rap song.  While it was inspired by a really funny parody, the subject here is actually pretty serious.  We’re having a midterm Congressional election tomorrow, and while the 2A isn’t the only thing we must consider, I’d say it’s up there, right along with the rest of the Constitution.

The goal here was to try to sound like the rappers do.  I’m a beginner with sound processing, but it seems to have turned out pretty decently.

I hope you enjoy it.  I call it, “Lightly Burnin’.”  Lyrics are located here.

http://www.sanfranciscoliberalwithagun.com/podcasts/LightlyBurnin-Lyrics.html

With all apologies to both Chamillionaire and Weird Al, the latter of whose parody of “Ridin’ (Dirty)” (called “White & Nerdy”) was the inspiration for this.

– T

Music Copyright (C) Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki
Lyrics Copyright (C) C. Terrell “Cowboy T” Prude’, Jr.

No, I’m not making any money off of this, so I firmly believe this falls under the “Fair Use” doctrine.

Mission: Impossible? A case for American Muslims to be armed!

WHAAAAAT!!??  ARM THE MUSLIMS??

But they’re MUSLIMS!!  Come on, that’s Terrorist Central, ain’t it?  We’re patriotic Americans!  It was bad enough with the Blacks; we don’t want THEM armed, too, do we?

Army Cpl. Khalid Rashad Sultan Khan

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014

I am taking on what may be an impossible mission for some folks.  We are going to discuss why it’s not just worth respecting, but also right and proper that American Muslims–or anyone else who supposedly “looks similar” (like Indian Hindus and Sikhs) should fully exercise their Second Amendment rights.  After September 11th, I’ve had just over a month to think about this, and I really wanted to take the time to consider it before addressing the subject.  Let’s face it; this idea’s going to scare the daylights out of some of our countrymen.

My fellow Liberals, if we really do believe in the egalitarian ideals that we claim to believe in, then this is something we should support.

The idea for this podcast came from something that a listener sent to me.  You know who you are.  Thank you.

A few reflections on liberty

Today is September 11th, 2014.

9-11Thirteen years ago, something terrible happened in, and to, this country.  Not only did terrorists strike us with unholy amount of evil…but something else struck us as well.

Last month, I made a road trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Here, an atrocity called the Massacre of Wounded Knee took place.  I also stopped to visit Fort Kearny, which was on the way.  Reflecting generally on the Indian Wars in this country, I couldn’t help but think, “this is what happens when you don’t keep your guns.”

After September 11th, we saw a huge uptick in the militarization of the civilian police forces.  The recent events in Ferguson, MO–the shooting of Michael Brown by Ofc. Darren Wilson–resulted in generally peaceful protests, which were met by military-grade hardware, and tactics, in the hands of the local police.  Now, finally, there’s a national conversation happening about this general police militarization.

This is the result of the post-September 11th mindset.  Security at any cost.  But security for whom, I wonder?  And at the cost of our Constitutional liberties?

Sure, you can trust the Government!

We also discuss what can happen when you don’t follow the Four Rules of Firearms Safety.  One grandmother violated those rules, with tragic results.

Finally got “Subscribe” button working

Folks,

Learning WordPress seems to be an ongoing thing.  :-)  Several of you have been asking a couple of questions:

  1. Where’s the “Subscribe” button?
  2. What’s your RSS feed?

Just this evening, I figured out how to do that in WordPress, and so they’re now on the top right of the main site.  Sigh…a systems engineer’s learning is never done….

The Race Card, the 2A, and AG Eric “Fast ‘N’ Furious” Holder

We will get more light-hearted after this episode, but in the meantime, there’s serious stuff we need to discuss….

We’ve taken on the subject of the Second Amendment and race before, but not this brazenly or blatently like we do this time.  This episode is sure to upset all of you at some point during it.

However, the subject needs to be broached.  There have been several racial incidents recently.  It’s all the more reason why I believe brown folks should be at the forefront of the pro-2A movement, if only for their own preservation.  The Deacons for Defense are probably the only reason why MLK Jr. and his demonstrators weren’t killed during those demonstrations by KKK terrorists.

How especially any–ANY–Black American politicians could possibly be anti-2A remains beyond me, in light of all this.

We finish up with Josh “No Blacks With Guns” Sugarmann.  We also have a former DHS official (Bush-43 era) reflecting on the NSA surveillance dragnet.  We even take on another piece by Eric “Fast ‘N’ Furious” Holder.

“War on Whites”?  Seriously, Rep. Brooks?  I’d say the “War on Brown Folks” never stopped.  And that’s why the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is so important…to THEM as well.

Gun Talk, Child Abuse, and Pro-2A Diplomacy

We’re talkin’ Mosins again, but this time, with military surplus (“milsurp”) ammo.  I had a fun time with my Mosin and a fellow Liberal’s VEPR in 7.62x54R recently.  We used exclusively milsurp ammo rounds.  You’ll hear about that, and it brings to mind a bit of perspective of our relationship with the people of Eastern Europe.

We follow that with a very difficult story to tell you.  The short version:  some prosecutors and police in Prince William County, VA did something egregious to an underage high-school boy.  We need to call out such abuses.  I strongly suspect most police officers will be outraged by what was done here in the name of official authority.

And finally, we talk about the recent events with the folks at Open Carry Texas.  We use this as an example of the importance of diplomacy.  Yes, diplomacy matters.

A Fourth-Of-July Realization About the Antis–Yes, They Really Do Want Full-Blown Confiscation

We celebrated the 238th birthday of our nation, the United States of America, just a few days ago.  It’s a good opportunity to again consider the history of this country and the liberties that we have, and what they mean to us.  It’s also a time to remember that freedom isn’t free.  It takes work.

Civil Liberties need defending

America Means Civil Liberties, Patriotism Means Defending Them

There’s an old parable about dropping a frog into boiling water vs. gently and slowly heating the water the frog’s in.  The first method will see the frog jump out.  The second method, the frog won’t notice until it’s too late and won’t realize it needs to do something to avoid being cooked.

The antis have also learned from that parable.  They want to try to take it one step at a time, hoping that they can get rid of the Second Amendment bit by bit.  They’ve learned not to try a “radical” ban right away, from their previous failures.  We’re going to talk about that.

But now, apparently they’ve decided to go blatantly racial, in this “post-racial” society–well, at least that’s what they keep saying.  Yes, folks, the antis are blatantly calling Black people dangerous and saying they shouldn’t have guns.  Funny that I don’t hear them saying that about the bodyguards for Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, or Michael Bloomberg.

We’re going to talk about that.  Because it’s important.  Black people have just as much right to defend themselves from harm–just as much!–as those aforementioned White people do.  And Cowboy T is going to call them on it, here and now.

Liberty, folks–it takes work, and it’s worth that work–and that’s something worth celebrating in this time of our nation’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, United States of America.  Even with our faults…I love you and cherish you.

American Flag

American Flag

Only the Police and Military Need Guns?

A lot has happened since the last episode.

Many antis like to say, “only the police and the military need guns!”  They especially say this when talking about modern sporting rifles like the AR-15.  Well, apparently the police have been taking quite the cue from, well, the military.  They’re arming up as if they were the US Army or the Marines.

This podcast talks about what happens when you have that kind of society.  These are recent examples, from just last month.

We do some difficult episodes sometimes here on the Liberal’s Gun Corner.  This is one of those.  Seriously, this was a hard episode for me to do.  That’s probably a good thing.

Thanks to listener “Jim”, a retired policeman, and some other still-active police officers over on Ammosmith.com, for the examples provided here.

 

Liberal In The Lions’ Den, California Confiscations, Adventures with a Loadmaster, and the Taurus Raging Bull 454

Ah, a lot to talk about in this episode.  The San Francisco Liberal really did it this time!  Turns out Sen. Rand Paul was having a discussion this week at a Conservative (thus nearly entirely Republican) function, and so on “Miss B.H.C.’s” advice, I attended.  Even got to put a question about the militarization of the local police forces to the Senator…and he answered!  You’ll  hear all about it.

Yes, I’m bold and fearless, but still, why did I do this?  Me, a Liberal going into what you’d think would be the lions’ den?  Well, there’s a confiscation action going on in California these days.  The officials there are using their gun registration database to go confiscate people’s guns.  Now, I’m all for keeping ‘em out of the hands of people who really shouldn’t have ‘em, like violent criminals and such.  But this case…I really gotta wonder what’s going on here.  If you think “it can’t happen here in America!”, well, it is happening.  Here in America.

Is this really what we want, my fellow Liberals?  I sure hope not.

Civil Liberties need defending

America Means Civil Liberties, Patriotism Means Defending Them

Then we get into the Lee Loadmaster progressive press.  I’ve heard all sorts about this press, mostly bad, so I decided to plunk down some cash and see if the rumours were true.  You’ll hear about that.

And finally, we discuss one of our shop’s rental guns, the Taurus Raging Bull in .454 Casull.  Yep, this is another one I’ve spent plenty of quality time with.

As with all reviews of any gear we do here, you’ll hear the good, the badk and the ugly.  We don’t pull punches here; that’s not the Liberal way.  You get it as we actually see and experience it.