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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gun Rights, Between Oregon and California

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

In California there is a ten-day waiting period before you may possess your firearm after purchase.  In Riverside County there is a longer than two year wait before you may obtain a concealed carry permit.  A California CCW also requires a just cause statement, meaning that the applicant must give a good reason for obtaining the CCW, and wanting to protect oneself is not a good enough reason.  California is full of gun-free zones, and some of the tightest gun control measures in the country.  California has outlawed a number of types of guns, larger magazines, and anything that allows ease of access when it comes to removing one's magazine so that you may reload your gun.  California is even placing more and more restrictions on the purchase of ammunition.  You may only discharge a firearm in California, for the most part, at a firing range, while hunting, or while defending oneself while in imminent danger.  If you wish to keep yourself safe, from a legal standoint, and you have to kill an attacker at your home, the body better be inside your house, and you have better not have shot the intruder in the back.

I've been visiting Brookings, Oregon this week, and it has been commented to me that it is legal to fire a gun pretty much anywhere inside Curry County.  We have some targets on the meadow below the main deck here at the house, and we have spent some time shooting at them.

While at a market in town, where the choice regarding firearm purchase was more extensive than any gun shop in Southern California, I asked the man behind the counter how long it would take before I could take my gun home.

"It takes about 30 seconds to do the background check," he said.  "Overall, it takes about five minutes, but that's only because that is about how long it takes to fill out the paperwork."

An Oregonian concealed carry permit takes about 45 days, and you don't have to explain why you need to carry a gun.  Open carry permits are also available.  There are virtually no "gun-free zones," save for places like Portland, and other hives where the liberal left population in Oregon gathers.  I could hear gunshots in the distance pretty much all day while relaxing on the main deck of the house.

According to Wikipedia, the gun murders rate per 100,000 inhabitants in California is 3.3; in Oregon that number 0.8.

USA Today, in their article, "States with the most (and least) gun violence," places California in the ten worst section with (according to their statistics) 7.9 per 100,000 overall firearm deaths per 100,000 people; total firearm deaths in 2016 at 3,184; and the violent crime rate at 445.3 per 100,000 (15th worst).  Oregon was much closer to the middle of the pack with 11.8 firearm deaths per 100,000; 513 total firearm deaths, and a violent crime rate of 264.6 per 100,000 (14th lowest in the country).  While USA Today claims that the firearms deaths per 100,000 is close, but slightly better in California, the violent crime rate statistics reveals that a vast majority of the gun violence in California is the result of bad guys with guns, rather than hunting accidents or suicides.

Bad guys with guns exist because there are people who are evil in the world.  Individuals make decisions.  There are influences, of course.  If someone was raised in a death cult where they have been taught all of their lives that anyone who disagrees with them must be either enslaved or killed, and to kill such a person is a guarantee to end up in paradise during the afterlife, the person may be more likely to use a firearm to kill.  If someone is raised to believe that life is not worth living because in their generation the environment will be so bad that life will be miserable, despite the fact that there is no true, hard science backing up the claim, suicidal thoughts or violent lashing out may become a factor.  If a person believes that anybody disagreeing with them is rude, and become so offended that they either curl up in the corner with emotional distress, or scream and yell at the person that it's offensive for the other person to dare say things that opposes their belief system, they might be prone to act violently, and perhaps even to the point of using a firearm on crowds of people, including schools, concerts full of people they believe are of the ilk that make them feel offended, or at political baseball game practices.

If a person is going to be dangerous with a firearm, no law is going to stop them.  They are already willing to break the law with murderous intent, so why would some gun control law stop them?  Also, if they are intent on injuring, or even killing, people, they will go where it is most likely they will face the least resistance, thus, providing for them the highest chance for survival.  Gun-free zones, and/or places where good guys with guns are likely to be at a minimum, will be their obvious choice.

The right to keep and bear arms does not exist just so that we may go hunting, or protect ourselves from mass shooters or home invaders.  While it is nice to have a firearm for those reasons, those reasons were not the deciding factors behind the Founding Fathers' decision regarding whether or not to write the Second Amendment.

In history, and the Framers of the U.S. Constitution realized this, dictators, authoritarians, malevolent kings, and any other kind of tyrannical leader, places first and foremost among their policies controlling the populace so as to secure their own power.  Subjects who can fight back can be dangerous to a tyrannical regime, so they must be disarmed in order to be controlled.  The list of powerful tyrants who believed in gun control is long, with names like Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and pretty much every other communist leader in history on that list.  The American Revolution began when King George III decided it was time to disarm the colonists.  Concord, Massachusetts was a large armory where much of the colony's weapons and ammunition was stored.  The Redcoats were intercepted at Lexington, on their way to take the guns of the American Colonists, and it was at that point the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired.

Think about it, for a moment.  The British Empire had been unfairly taxing the colonists, had been imposing mercantilist restraints on the colonies, illegally searching the homes of the colonists, and had been requiring the colonists to quarter British troops against their wishes.  But, in the end, it was the move by the British of threatening to take the guns of the Colonists that was finally the straw that broke the camel's back.

Not only is Oregon an overall safer place than California (especially when it comes to violent crime committed with firearms) because of the lack of ridiculous stringent gun regulations in the State (as compared to California), but if one really thinks about it, California's gun control laws rank right up there with the nastiest of history's worst tyrannical regimes.

It's not about guns.  It's about power, control, and tyranny.  We can either be armed citizens, or unarmed subjects.  There is no in-between.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Austin Bomber Revealed, Reveals Democrat Party's Hate for Freedom

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

The liberal left wants desperately for the bombings to be a hate crime, because they want to launch a deeper war on the First Amendment.  They want to use racism to forward their leftist ideas because they are desperate.  They are tired of the war on ideas, because they hate that there are other ideas out there, and that people are allowed to voice opposing views.

The Austin Bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt, is a 24-Year-Old white kid.  Two of his victims were white, too.  So what?  The Democrats want to control speech and thought, so if it will further their crusade to control the narrative and push their tyrannical agenda, they will use the deaths of these bombings to do so.  That is why they are screaming the Austin bombings were "hate crimes."

The individual behind the bombings has turned out to be a messed up kid.  A product, likely, of the public school system.  What went wrong in his head?  Nobody will ever know.  He was evil, stupid, and now he is dead.  If he hadn't of blown himself up and died by his own bomb-making hands, I would say to give him the death penalty.

Oh, wait, the leftists are against that.  They love killing babies in their mother's womb, but killing serial bombers for crimes against humanity is going just a little too far.

His roommates are being questioned.  The whole thing is not over, yet.  There may be more explosives out there.  He may have had an accomplice.  Nobody knows.  But, this is not an excuse for hate crime legislation.   Remember the trip wire bomb?  That told us this was something he was doing randomly.  Random victims.  The kid was a piece of crap, but he was not targeting anyone.  The bombings were not racially motivated (and even if they were, that still does not give anyone an excuse for passing hate crime legislation that is Orwellian at best).

Still, the left calls for hate crime legislation out of this.  Not because they are sad.  Not because they are angry that some people died.  They are opportunists, and this is yet another opportunity.

It's all about control with these people.  They want to control what you say, what you do, and what you can purchase, because government has real power when it can tell you "no."

Guns?  They want to control them, and if you disagree, you must be bought by the NRA.  In New Jersey, a kid got suspended from school for going to a gun range with his family on his own time!  Control!  Tyrannical, authoritarian, leftist control.  The Democrats even want to control what you do on your own time, especially if you post it on social media!  In the gun debate one kid during the national student walk-out was suspended for refusing to take sides.  In their minds you are either with them, or against them, and if you are against them, they will punish you.

The liberal left Democrats hate the bill of rights, unless they can twist it to favor them. They don't want their opposition to have freedom of religion, but it's fine for Islam (which isn't a religion, but a political ideology that wants to replace the Constitution with sharia law).  Christians, however, are unacceptable, and the Democrats have been working ferociously to kill Christian speech.  They hate freedom of speech (it's hate speech to disagree with them) and they hate freedom of the press . . . unless you agree with them.  You will be censored, your books will be banned and burned, and you will be silenced online or through a fairness doctrine . . . controlled . . . if you dare to disagree with them.  They hate the right of assembly (IRS attacks on patriotic non-profits revealed that), or to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  In fact, if they don't like you or agree with you, they will not only punish you, but try to compel you to do their bidding.  Just ask pro-life pregnancy centers in California.

They hate the Second Amendment the most, because, how can you be silenced if you have the ability to fight back?  How can they control you if you can defend yourself against their tyranny?  That's why they love the legalization of marijuana.  If you lose motivation, and are high, you won't care enough to fight back.  You are easier to control, that way.

And they will do anything to regain power, keep that power, and silence you. . . including importing voters across a wide-open border who don't even appreciate liberty, or the United States.  And if you disagree, that's fine.  They will simply call you evil and tyrannical (and purveyors of a new holocaust) for daring to try and stop their quest for ultimate power over America, and their quest to kill the freedom and liberty for you to disagree with them.

You didn't think they actually care about those people crossing the border, do you?  It's all about votes, demographics, and control.  The illegal aliens are useful idiots to the Democrats, being used for one reason, and one reason only: To develop more power.  The goal?  A one party system in the United States.

The Austin Bomber is not about evil, to them . . . it's just another opportunity for the liberal left to enact legislation to silence their opposition.  They are excited those people died, just as they were excited people died in Parkland, Florida.  To the Democrats, everything evil is an opportunity to expand their control over you.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Where are the Bomb Control Marches?

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Chad Prather has a great point. . .

Just sayin' ...

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

How do civil wars happen?

By Bonnie Parsley

Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge.

That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.

The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.

That’s a civil war.

There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.

This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.

Your very own dictatorship.

The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without his say so, that’s the civil war.

Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat's system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.

If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. His power is unlimited. He’s a dictator.

But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has “discretion” to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the “discretion” to reverse him. That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.

When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries.

The Constitution has something to say about that.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding: Professional government is a guild. Like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member. If you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals. If you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in a bunch of people who aren’t in the club with him.

Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them. They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail. They use the tools of power to bring them down.

That’s not a free country.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy wasn’t supposed to win.

Have no doubt, we’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

San Antonio FedEx Bomb Explodes with Shrapnel

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

The headline reads that President Donald Trump is being blasted for remaining silent over the bombings in Texas.  What is he supposed to say?  The modus operandi points towards Islam, but if he says such a thing before there is hard evidence revealing that the serial bomber is an Islamic terrorist, he would be blasted even worse.  Or, maybe he's being attacked because the bombings are happening in historically black and Hispanic neighborhoods, and his silence is being interpreted as some kind of sick approval.  But, if he'd said something, especially if he hinted that the attacks might be committed by Islamic terrorism, he'd be called a racist, bigot, and Islamophobe.  So, he holds back, and then he's blasted for saying nothing.

Since the bombings seem to be targeting blacks, the media is suggesting that the attacks may be hate crimes - and while it has not been said, since it is in Texas, I am betting that their assumption is that some republican redneck is behind it all. 

The first two bombs killed black men and investigators believed that the third, which injured a 75-year-old Latina woman, may have been intended for a black family's home.

There are no leads, so far, we are being told.  Even though it is early in the investigation, and Trump is simply waiting for hard facts before saying or Tweeting anything, the truth is, there is no satisfying the liberal left media.  In the world of Donald J. Trump, he's damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't.

The latest bomb was not in Austin, but exploded at a FedEx office in San Antonio.  The parcel was filled with 'nails and shrapnel'.  One female employee was taken to the hospital after suffering a mild injury caused by the concussion of the blast - ringing in her ears, and headache.  About 75 people were working in the plant at the time of the explosion, but the blast was small enough that it only affected the immediate area.

The package was bound for Austin where all of the other package bombs have gone off.  So far, prior to the San Antonio explosion, four other attacks this month in Austin that have left two people dead and four others injured.

Shortly after the explosion in San Antonio, emergency crews were called to a FedEx facility in Austin following reports of a suspicious package, as well.

The ability to delay explosions in the manner these packages have been rigged takes expertise as it is.  The police are saying that the devices appear to be getting more sophisticated each time.  The latest Austin explosion was triggered by a tripwire along a street in the city.  The first three explosions had been package bombs, which went off when the recipients went to open the packages.

The package at the FedEx facility in San Antonio detonated as it was moving from one conveyor belt to another.  The jarring motion likely set it off.  According to local media, the bomb had been mailed from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin.

Is there anything similar about the recipients?  Are there ties to political figures?  Have the recipients been critical of a particular group, or belong to a particular group, therefore, making them targets?  So far the only thing they seem to have in common is that they all live in Austin, Texas.  There's that, and since one of the blasts was a tripwire in a public area, that suggests no particular target, which means this may all be simply random attacks.

FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee, who is a part of the investigation, said although it is still early in the investigation, it is likely all five bombings are related.

The trip wire bomb does show a level of sophistication higher than the previous bombs.  While it does not necessarily suggest a military background, that could be a possibility.  

Since the emergence of the bombings, Austin Police have responded to more than 1,000 calls of suspicious packages.

Local and state police and hundreds of federal agents are investigating, and the reward for information leading to an arrest has climbed to $115,000.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Monday, March 19, 2018

Oregon Blue, Straight Outta Brookings

Voter Registration, State of Oregon, 2017
By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

When my father passed away in 1999 he left me some property in Brookings, Oregon.  We used to make a trip up to house and 80 acres one to two times a year.  However, as time has passed, work hours have increased, and affordability has decreased, so it's been a few years since we've been up here.

With some personal business calling us, and the need for the therapy of a vacation, my wife and I decided this week would be the week we'd make our return.

I have been talking for years about the possibility of moving to Oregon from California.  People try to coach me back from the ledge, constantly, arguing that Oregon is also very liberal.  Compared to California, the progressive madness in Oregon is not as bad, though the liberal left has been gaining strength and has a firm foothold in places like Coos Bay, the northwest corner of the State, Portland and its suburbs, and the college towns along the I-5 corridor.  Unfortunately, the population centers, as in any State, controls which party has the majority in the State legislature - making Oregon a firm blue marker on any election map.

Don't worry, those of you, who attend my constitution classes, enjoy my public speaking, and are attached to the Constitution Association, I am not leaving Southern California for the peace and serenity of the Oregon Coast any time soon.

While Oregon is liberal, one thing is for sure, these liberals love their guns . . . for now.

In fact, in the mid-term election of 2014, Oregon voters stood against liberal left policies on the immigration issue by overwhelmingly voting to cancel a new State law that would have allowed driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally.

Immigration is a losing issue for the Democrats, and that is one of the reasons Donald J. Trump vaulted into the presidency during the 2016 election.

The importance of controlling the invasion of illegal aliens is a big deal in Oregon, as well.  In 2014, The State law in Oregon giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens seemed popular on the surface, and the drive to gather enough signatures to put the repeal question on the ballot barely reached the minimum number needed. During the campaign, pro-amnesty groups outspent their opponents 10-1. Yet, when it came to the polling place, the effort to repeal the law in the State of Oregon won with 66% of the vote in their favor.

As for Brookings, it's a pretty conservative area . . . for the most part.

Here's the pictures I've taken so far during my trip to the American Northwest:

The artery you must get through to escape the Los Angeles
Basin, and pour into Central California is the Grapevine.
The Interstate 5 drive tops out at over 4,000 ft. above sea level,
and when we got to Gorman, the town near the zenith of the
elevation during our trip out of Southern California, we hit
a pretty solid snowfall.  We stopped for a quick meal at
Carl's Jr., and then got out of there.  The temperature dropped from
39 degrees to 35 degrees during the short time we went through
the fast food restaurant's drive-thru.

Once we got over the grapevine, my wife took over driving.  Basically,
the rule is, she drives the long straight safer parts of the journey, and I
drive the scary parts (inclement weather, mountain passes, winding roads,
and through busy city areas).  So, while she was driving, I told her take to take the I-5
to I-580, and then take the 580 to the U.S. 101 at San Rafael.  When she got to the
Bay Bridge (I-80) I woke up and she said, "I thought you said there were no tolls."
I replied, "There isn't."  I snapped this picture, thinking at first we were north
of San Francisco, then I realized at the split where the 580 went one way,
and the I-80 was your other choice, she had mistakenly taken the 80.
So, we paid our toll of $5.00 (weekend rate), and drove through San Francisco.
Good thing it was the middle of the night.  During the day, with the traffic and stoplights,
getting through Frisco would have taken an hour and a half. 
Once you get past Sausalito and the other towns on the north side
of the San Francisco Bay, the scenery opens up into incredible scenes of
forests you just don't see much of down in Southern California.  This is a shot
of the beginning of that part of our journey.
When we got to Eureka, the U.S. 101 goes through town as it does in
San Francisco.  When I saw signs about a historic old town,
I had to see it.  This was one of the views we got.  This is
the Ingomar house in Eureka, California, built 1885.

If you travel along the Northern California Coast, the redwoods are
definitely something you should stop to appreciate.  some of the trees
are massive.  There is one place where you can drive through a tree (tunneled
through the trunk of a very old one).  This is a rest area along the 101 that
also has some paths to walk through the trees, allowing you to enjoy the
scenery.  This is about ten miles away from the
Redwood National Park, tucked north of Eureka, and south of Klamath.

This is what the California Coast looks like around
Klamath, California.
The Oregon Coast is my favorite drive in the United States, with
The California Coast (shown above) as my second favorite, the
New England Coast (Connecticut to Maine) is in a very close third place,
and Georgia and South Carolina are tied for fourth.
I have yet to drive the Gulf Coast and North Carolina/Virginia.
I've been to all of the States along the Gulf Coast, but never drove
along the coast.  That said, New Orleans and Pensacola are pretty cool.
The Florida Space Coast is definitely a nice trip, too.  The State of
Washington is not as filled with forests as the Oregon Coast, but the
Puget Sound area makes for a great trip, as well.

When we arrive at the house in Brookings, Oregon, this little critter,
and friends, were watching us carefully.

The deer daily come to graze in the meadow just below the
main deck on the side of the house.

The caretaker of the property, who was like an uncle to me
when I was growing up, told me they come up in the morning,
and the evening.  Sometimes, they will take pieces of apple
right out his hand.  Roosevelt Elk used to frequent the property,
as well, but since the golf course down the hill put in electric
fencing and warning cannons to keep the wildlife off the course,
the elk have not been seen by him on the property for two years.

This beach is right next to Brookings Harbor.  It's about five minutes from the house.
Another beach is south of here, pictured below . . .

Harris State Beach.  Image taken during my trip in 2007.

Brookings Harbor.  The Hungry Clam (right side of photograph), in my opinion,
serves the best clam chowder on the West Coast.  The only chowder I've had
that was better was at a place in Mystic, Connecticut . . . and it was close . . .
they are both fantastic.  There's another place in the harbor here where you can buy
a whole crab, cleaned up and steamed, caught only hours before.  Nothing
better than having a fresh crab and bowl of clam chowder while sitting
on the deck enjoying the scenery.

It's a busy harbor.  This is a picture I took of it back in 2007.

Here I am standing on the corner of the main deck at the house.
Behind my wife, who took the photo, is the top of the driveway.
slightly to the right in front of me is the main window of the living
room, which means the scenery behind me is what you see through
the windows of that side of the house.

On the opposite side of the house is the game room.  There is also a television, ample seating,
a pinball machine, and as you can see on the far side of the room, a bar area. 
That's one of the two places I tend to set up my computer.  The other is at the
bar between the kitchen and the living room . . . you know,
so that I can write as I soak up the scenery.

This was the view form the deck this morning.  The white area you see
is fog.  When there is fog in the hills, that means its foggy in town.  When it
clears the hills, town is clear.  At 500 ft., we are above the fog, in the woods, yet only
five minutes from the harbor.

After taking a short walk, twisting my back into usability, and
getting the blood pumping, I walked over to try to get a shot of
a bunch of bunnies watching me.  The moment I headed in their
direction, they scattered, as expected.  This is the shot from where the
firewood is stacked up, and where the rabbits like to hang out.

Rick has become such a part of the environment, that even the chipmunks
come right up to him.  He feeds them, and pets them as they eat.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, March 18, 2018

To Hijab or Not to Hijab

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

After Pearl Harbor the United States did not bend over backwards to appease the Japanese.  We went to war with Japan.  After war was declared between Nazi Germany and the United States, we did not open up Nazi gathering and training centers, and welcome the sale of swastika arm bands in our stores.  We went to war with Germany.  Yet, after 9/11 in 2001, while we sort of went to war with elements of Islam, our overall response has been appeasement, and bending over backwards to assist Islam in their war against The West, and their invasion of non-Muslim countries in the name of migration and refugees.  In fact, department stores in America, such as Macy's, are doing what they can to provide Hijabs for Muslim women in the United States - a wardrobe accessory that represents the exact opposite of the demand for women's rights we normally see from left-leaning establishment - the Hijab is a symbol of oppression.

The Hijab is a part of Muslim attire, at least for women.  The Hijab is a veil or a headscarf.  Hijab is an Arabic word meaning “cover.”  The Hijab is worn as a means of showing modesty, according to Islam.

In Iran, women are protesting against Islam by freeing themselves from the Hijab.  Women across Iran have been removing their headscarves in public to protest Iran's strict Islamic dress code. Videos and photos shared on social media have shown demonstrators standing on utility boxes on street sidewalks, defiantly waving their hijabs.

Tehran police suggested that their actions were incited by foreigners, saying those arrested were "deceived" into removing their hijabs.  There have been many arrests of women following the movement, after removing their Hijabs in public.

"The movement started inside Iran. It has nothing to do with forces outside of Iran." says one Iranian.  "This is a campaign that's been going on for years and years. The women of Iran have long been ignored. We're just giving them a platform."

News of the arrests came just days after the release of Vida Mohaved, a woman who was detained in December after removing her headscarf at an anti-regime protest.

There have been other protests, as well, such as the ones last month sparked by concerns over rising living costs and a stagnant economy.

In the case of the women, they have been required by Muslim law in Iran to wear the hijab since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The women's revolution regarding their Hijabs are now held every Wednesday.  Images of Iranian women, hair uncovered and hijabs held aloft, pop up every Wednesday on social media.

The movement was initially called “My Stealthy Freedom.  Now, they share photos and videos of themselves holding up their hijabs using the hashtag #whitewednesdays.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Billy Graham's Final Message to America . . . and the World

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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First Guest: The Riverside County Sheriff race pits Sheriff Stan Sniff against challengers Lt. Chad Bianco (25 year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department) and former Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown.  Bianco ran four years ago, and in retaliation, Sheriff Sniff disallowed him from wearing a uniform, driving a patrol car or responding to calls.  "Everything has been taken away from me," said Bianco.  "I have zero responsibilities at the station."  Bianco is heavily supported by law enforcement leadership, and the Riverside Sheriff's Association.

Second Guest: Judge Steven Bailey is a retired Judge of the Superior Court of California.  He has seen the impact of not following the Constitution, and believes we must enforce our laws according to our Constitution – not the political whim of the day. Law enforcement agencies have endorsed the Judge because they know his proven record of standing on the side of public safety and the rule of law. Judge Bailey will join us during the second hour of the program.


CarStar/AllStar Collision Big Stories of the Week, March 17, 2018:

⬝ Pennsylvania Special Election

⬝ Trump Brings North Korea to Negotiating Table

⬝ House Committee Russian Collusion Investigation: Case Closed, No Collusion

⬝ Gun Control

⬝ Austin, Texas Bombings

⬝ You're Fired!

⬝ Trump Visits California

⬝ Technology Killed the Radio Star

⬝ Removing God

FBI's Andrew McCabe Fired

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

The firing of Andrew McCabe followed a recommendation to do so due to "lacking candor while under oath."  Since his firing is associated with lying to investigators while under oath, a violation of the FBI's code of conduct, his troubles may be only beginning.

The cover-up is often worse than the offense.

While Democrats calls yet another firing by the Trump administration a sign of chaos, Republicans hail the moves as the necessary moves by a business owner when cleaning house.

McCabe took over as acting chief of the FBI when James Comey had been terminated.  The timing of McCabe's firing is significant, because it occurred two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits.

McCabe actually had already stepped down a couple months ago after President Donald Trump delivered some choice words about the performance by the deputy director.  But, he remained on the federal payroll, planning to retire on Sunday. The firing places his federal pension in jeopardy.

The unique circumstances in McCabe's firing, however, is that it was not only a move by Trump.  The FBI itself recommended the termination of McCabe.  The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility proposed the termination, based on the findings of the Justice Department's inspector general. That office has been examining the bureau's handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation, and McCabe has been shown to be a liar - a lack of integrity not acceptable by the FBI.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility," Sessions said in a statement at about 10 p.m. ET Friday night. "The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions."

In statement released after the firing was announced, McCabe said: "This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work."

The recommendation of his firing circles around instances including McCabe not being completely candid in investigations, such as when he was questioned about conversations FBI officials had with a reporter in October 2016 regarding the FBI's investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe also came under fire when his wife, Jill, ran for the State Senate in Virginia in 2015.  During the campaign, she accepted a donation from a political action committee controlled by Governor Terry McAuliffe, a friend and supporter of Hillary Clinton's.  Trump tweeted about it.

"Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!"

In response to criticism that McCabe should not have played a role in the Clinton investigation, the FBI said he consulted with internal ethics officials who concluded that because his wife's campaign ended before the investigation began, there was no conflict.

The new acting FBI Director is David Bowdich, who supervised the investigation of the deadly 2015 shooting at the San Bernardino, California, community center.  Hopefully Bowdich is not a liar, or a Democrat Party political actor, like McCabe.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Conservative Radio: Chaos of Socialism

Saturday 8:00 am: 
Conservative Voice Radio
Conservative Voice Radio
Saturdays, 8:00 am Pacific
KMET 1490-AM

Conservative Voice Radio is hosted by Douglas V. Gibbs, with members of the Banning-Beaumont-Cherry Valley Tea Party (Glenn, Jan and Diane) on KMET 1490-AM every Saturday at 8:00 am Pacific Time.

Podcast available at

Here's the topics for this week's program:
↦ Border Wall Rally

↦ Rex Tillerson Fired

↦ House Intelligence Committee: No Collusion

↦ Violence of Liberal Left

↦ Jordan Peterson at Queen's University

↦ Bombs in Austin, Texas

↦ Daylight Savings Needs to Go

↦ Socialism fails

↦ Redistribution

↦ NRA, Guns, Trump, and Melania

↦ Student Protests with Arm Bands

↦ Brad Thor: "Don't Arm Teachers, Allow Them to be Armed."

↦ Tyranny of Oppression

↦ A Wrinkle in Time ditches God

Friday, March 16, 2018

Democrats Using Alex Jones to Kill Freedom Of Speech

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
I like Alex Jones.  He's entertaining.  Usually, his news is spot on.  I, however, am not in the same mindset as he is on a number of issues people would consider conspiracy issues, but overall, he's an ally in the fight for liberty.

One thing the liberal left hates is a right-wing loudmouth who gets a lot of attention . . . and Alex Jones does . . . so he's been targeted to be shut down - and if the Democrats and the establishment liberal left succeed in shutting down Alex Jones with a current lawsuit, it could create judicial case law enabling the leftists to kill the First Amendment.

The Democrats and the leftists are simply following the teachings of their big government heroes:

"The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism." - Karl Marx 

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly: John Sullivan

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wrinkle In Time removes God, I Can Only Imagine focuses on God

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

One of my lines when I give speeches about America's Liberty that I give to crowds is that if we are not a Godly nation, we are not capable of the U.S. Constitution.  Our Natural Rights are God-given, and the principles of the U.S. Constitution are based on that premise.

The beginning of Aerosmith's "Living on the Edge", I believe, reveals that Christians like myself are not the only ones noticing that we've taken a route different than what God wants.

There's somethin' wrong with the world today
I don't know what it is
Something's wrong with our eyes
We're seein' things in a different way
And God knows it ain't his
It sure ain't no surprise
The Founding Fathers warned against our society rejecting Godly values, and following the rule of man, rather than God's rule of law.

Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function.  He said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

With freedom comes responsibility.  A responsible society is one that is virtuous. A man with virtue is a man who possesses "sacred honor." It is for the sake of a free society that men must deny the evils of human nature, and implement the principles of being virtuous into their own lives. It is best for society, and for one's own existence, to strive for betterment, to strive to improve oneself each and every day. To be civilized, and be restrained from the temptation of mob rule, is among the cornerstones of a free society.  Morality must be at the center of any design of liberty.

When a society abandons its virtues, the people become corrupt, and unwilling to abide by the rule of law. A viciousness blankets the people, which leads to violence and lawlessness. In response, unable to restrain the mobs, the people in the position of power feel the need to crack down on the people who are partaking in violence and disorder in order to attempt to restore peace and safety. Laws become more strict, and the servants in place to govern become masters who rule over the populace. Then, the vicious debauchery that caused the society to become a violent mob in the first place infects the society throughout every portion of the culture, and throughout every hall of law enforcement and government, leading the society to no other way out than to commit suicide, and die a bloody death through societal collapse, a bloody revolution, and the chaos of transition into bondage. We are now beginning to see the early stages of that death in our world, and though the Constitution is the political solution, we are incapable of restoring the republic or abiding by the principles of the Constitution if we refuse to return to the moral standards that built his nation, and made it a virtuous society in the first place. Without having a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, the moral standards necessary to maintain an orderly and virtuous society are impossible. Without God, people are not capable of freedom, and therefore, if we do not restore our society as a virtuous one, liberty will be lost.

John Adams said, "The Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Frederick Douglass, a former slave who achieved freedom in 1838, escaping by boarding a train, agreed with the Founding Fathers regarding the necessity of being a virtuous people. He said, "The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."

George Washington said, in his Farewell Address, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

About 79 B.C., a young lawyer, Marcus Tullius Cicero, preached that it was time to return to honest government. He felt that Rome could still be saved. Cicero recognized that though they were tossing aside standards set by the early Romans, and the citizens were no longer worried about defending their rights, instead living on the gifts from the treasury the politicians had offered them for their votes, he believed that they had not passed the point of no return. They were fat, immoral, careless, and happy to live on the government's offerings, which had been taken by bureaucratic chicanery from the substantial men of business, but if the people would only realize their folly, and fight to restore the republic, Rome could be turned around.

In the book "Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician" by Anthony Everitt, the author states on page 182 that Cicero was concerned because "There had been a decline in moral standards and a corruption of old habits of responsibility in public life. All would be well if only there were a return to traditional values."

Rome refused to change its ways, and ended up under the rule of a string of dictators, beginning with Julius Caesar, which eventually led to the empire's collapse, largely initiated by the corruption and debauchery from within.

We, here in America, and worldwide, are once again rotting within.

Growing up, among my favorite books was "A Wrinkle in Time."

Disney has put out a film based on the novel, but the movie has been slammed by a long list of negative reviews and reactions from both critics and moviegoers.  The film opened earning only $32 million, a weak opening for a movie that needs to gross at least $250 million just to break even.

A part of the problem is that word got out that the movie has eliminated what it considered to be overt Christian content and themes which were originally included in the book written by Christian author Madeleine L’Engle. Even the secular website BusinessInsider published an article titled “’A Wrinkle in Time’ ditches the book’s explicit Christian references — and the movie really suffers because of it.

Without the Christian themes and devices, the reason behind the actions of the Mrs. W's, and even an explanation of who the mysterious beings are, becomes lost, and leaves the story both empty, and confusing.

The screenwriter, Jennifer Lee, defended her exclusion of the Christian elements, arguing, “What I looked at, one of the reasons Madeleine L’Engle’s [book] … had that strong Christian element to it wasn’t just because she was Christian, but because she was frustrated with things that needed to be said to her in the world, and she wasn’t finding a way to say it, and she wanted to stay true to her faith, and I respect that and I understand those feelings of things you want to say in the world that need to be said that are out there. In a good way, I think there are a lot of elements of what she wrote that we have progressed as a society, and we can move onto the other elements.”

Did she mean New Age elements?  Are we talking about the same kind of elements who hates God and Christianity, like we've seen throughout the entertainment industry?

The movie celebrates individuals like Gandhi and Buddha, but there is no mention of Jesus - as there is in the book.

Jennifer Lee alienated a large Christian audience that has proven time and time again to be a major factor in the success of a film.  Jennifer Lee’s christophobia reveals where we are headed, internally.  America is literally committing suicide by turning its back on God.

All is not lost, however.  There are projects with a different message than the anti-God one sadly portrayed in most Hollywood films.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE is the story behind the most-played Christian contemporary song, “I Can Only Imagine” by the band MercyMe. Since he was a young boy, Bart Millard’s father, Arthur, was emotionally and physically abusive. When Bart isn’t able to fulfill his own father’s dream of being a football star, Bart enters the world of music. Eventually Bart becomes so fed up with his father, he leaves for good and joins a band. The band struggles to find success. Bart realizes he needs to return home and somehow find resolution with his father, who’s dying. What Bart doesn’t know is that his father has found Jesus.

I Can Only Imagine hits theaters today, March 16, 2018.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary