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Month: August 2014

Why does SAF want JPFO so badly?

… given that JPFO board members appear to think JPFO is no more than a worthless burden to be shrugged off their shoulders? A businessman friend who is also a JPFO life member offers this insight. And ain’t it the truth? SAF is salivating at this “merger.” What’s not to like? They pay a few bills, but they get a great email and snail-mail list. They probably know that there is very little overlap between SAF members and JPFO members. But since SAF, Alan Gottlieb, and the lawyers he hires are unprincipled hypocrites, willing to compromise and toady at every…


A voice of experience on what it means to be bought out by SAF

I put this in comments on today’s earlier post. But I hear that JPFO’s board and SAF are continuing to move ahead with their plans as we speak. So it seems time to remind everybody what SAF does to its acquisitions. The following is a Facebook exchange. I know the people involved but have deleted their names for privacy: Former KeepAndBearArms Insider: is nothing like it was before the SAF takeover. The original writers were all hard line, “no compromise” firebrands. So it attracted that kind of stalwart. Now it’s vanilla by comparison, with a small fraction of the…


Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to post this, but now that we’re out of alternatives I’ll be as succinct as I can and attempt (no doubt unsuccessfully) to keep my most heated personal judgments to a minimum.


“A housewife and a cat will both chase mice out of the kitchen. But the cat wants more mice to come back.”

— Aaron Zelman

Somebody reminded me this week of that statement from Aaron, the late, great founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. That was how Aaron contrasted himself and JPFO with Alan Gottlieb and Gottlieb’s SAF/CCRKBA.

Aaron wanted to educate people so that victim disarmament would go away. He would have been thrilled to be able to close JPFO’s doors and say, “We’ve done it.”

On the other hand, he despised Alan Gottlieb and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. He saw Gottlieb as a person who needed and wanted “gun control” because that’s what kept the money and the publicity flowing.

Gottlieb certainly confirmed many of the things Aaron said about him when he supported the Manchin-Toomey (really Manchin-Toomey-Schumer) universal background check bill last year. He even boasted of having spent hours helping to write the bill.

Now, the JPFO board of directors has hatched a plan to hand JPFO over to SAF — a merger that is scheduled to be finalized next week if JPFO supporters don’t stop it.

At the end of this post, I’m going to ask you to take action and give you contact information. But first let me tell you what little I know.

One of the things I know — the biggest thing I know — is that a viable plan exists to keep JPFO healthy and independent. And so far the board won’t even acknowledge it.


New app for reporting police (and defending rights)

New phone app Five-O: A new phone application invented by some crafty teenagers will help citizens to keep track of incidents of police violence. The app called “Five-O” allowed users to record and document interactions with police, submit ratings of law enforcement, and allow people to see how their departments compare to others. Users can also rate specific officer’s behavior and ratings are public for everyone to view. Inventor Ima Christian spoke to Business Insider about her invention: “We’ve been hearing about the negative instances in the news, for instance most recently the Michael Brown case, and we always talk…


Thursday links

Eric Holder, peacemaker patron saint of violent cops. Failed rescue of Foley. Seems Obama is even more like Carter than it appeared. An Ayn Rand dollar? Smart homes are stupid. Maybe it’s only because the tech is new and just developing. Maybe … some of it’s actually stupid. (Not to mention intrusive and insanely insecure.) I have no idea whether the cop in the Ferguson shooting was justified or not. This cop in Ferguson should be busted below the level of janitor. UPDATE: He has at least been taken off duty. It’s a start. This authoritarian creepazoid judge in Maryland,…


Wednesday links

Safe spaces. Why not for geeks, too? Safe spaces for gun owners? Anarchists? Oh, the possibilities … So if you like both kale and bacon, does that make you a libertarian? (Via Alphecca) Oh, Kevin Wilmeth. Ouch. Only in The Onion: “The pros and cons of militarizing the police.” (Stolen from Wendy.) I think Egyptian officials are having a little fun at our expense. Not sure whether this is high-tech creepy or just Cold Warish enough to be weird. Gov’t listens in on scientists listening to marine life and … well, it’s complicated. (H/T H.) You have the right to…


Sometimes you just have to be a pushy b*tch

I think a few people were laughing about me feeling intimidated and being submissive to cranky county fair volunteers yesterday. Found it pretty funny, myself. In real life, I’m mostly just a person who’d rather get along or talk things out than make a scene — until you really offend my sense of right and wrong. Once you get my righteousness up, you’d best get out of my way. I’m dealing with an IRL situation like that this very minute. On Sunday I mentioned a Bad Thing I’d been told (not asked) to keep confidential. It already felt wrong to…


Okaaay. That went FAIRly well …

But I think the whole table thing is going to be a bust. I got my entries to the county fair today. Five arty items checked in at one building, two crafty projects checked into another. The art check-in went okay. The young girl accepting my work wasn’t sure about anything, but she was patient and asked. There was some intense discussion among the check-in ladies about whether colored pencil drawings actually qualified as pencil drawings since they weren’t black and white. Maybe because of the color they were actually pastels? (Fortunately the artists on the other side of the…


Monday links

Why we get only idiotic reporting on guns from the MSM: one more data point. (And this from one of the reporters who was on the scene in Ferguson where rubber bullets were actually fired!) Craigslist: Roof Koreans for hire. 🙂 (H/T AG) MJR reminds me that it’s time to revisit Robert Peel’s nine rules for policing. Sort of encouraging that an MSM source ran that (even if a Canadian one). “Paper Boys.” Inside the dark, profitable world of consumer debt collection. Eeew! “Cigars, But Not Close.” Mark Steyn on U.S. police overkill. “The Low-Information Diet.” A classic from Mr.…