Conversations Under The Wine Tree

imageHave you ever done something in your life for a very long time, but still have that nagging feeling that’s there’s more or you’re missing something. Then one day you do or hear something that just clicks in the brain, and suddenly, it all comes together in harmony. Then, you look back and say, how simple? How could I have not seen it from that perspective?

Last week was the world’s largest blade show, an annual event, in which Bram Frank and I do together every year. He always stays at our home, we do the show, and we train, talk, train and talk some more. This year was different. It was as if, a different energy had entered the room. It wasn’t on the training floor that it finally happened; it was during a talk late, the night before he left. We were talking about entry points, and how…

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SC Resident Uses Gun to Stop Possible Killing Spree of Recently Released Convict

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves


Lancaster County, SC – 29 year old Jermaine Grier (pictured) was just released from prison on June 2nd after serving his most recent sentence in prison. According to The State, South Carolina’s Homepage, Grier was no stranger to the criminal justice system,

Grier’s criminal history dates back to 2002 when he was convicted of accessory after the fact to a felony, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

A year later, he was convicted again of the same charge and then sentenced to a year in prison in 2004. He was released on probation in 2006, said Stephanie Givens, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

In 2007, Grier again was imprisoned after he violated his probation, Givens said. He had just been released from the Department of Corrections [on June 2nd]

Based on his past, one would think it wouldn’t be hard to be surprised by Grier’s actions…

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Have There REALLY Been 74 Mass School Shootings Since Newtown?

If you have been doing as little as surfing the web these past few days, I am sure you’ve stumbled across liberal media claiming that there have been 74 school shootings since Newtown. I found this a little hard to believe so I started doing some searching of my own to check the facts (which apparently people don’t do anymore).

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My first find was a journalist by the name of Charles Johnson, who has been looking at the underlying data to support Mom’s Demand Action’s claims.

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Second find: Even CNN determined that the number is more like 15. Which I don’t know if Mom’s Demand Action can count but that is WAY off from 75. CNN! A well-known liberal news source!

So much for 74 shootings. Does Mayor Bloomberg care about his credibility at all? Why is no one fighting these false claims made by founder of Mom’s Demand Action, Shannon Watts, and Erika Soto Lamb from Everytown? Why are we allowing people to continually supply the media with deceitful and false information? Worst thing is, people are buying into it!

Now I wouldn’t go as far as to say these incidents are/were fake because they happened. However, comparing a suicide, an accidental firing, or a non-fatal shot to the Newtown shooting is not the same BUT they want you to THINK it is.

I reblogged this article because it goes deeper into each shooting that these gun control groups keep using to manipulate public opinion.

The death toll for all of these shootings combined compares to the average weekend in Chicago at 31 fatalities. Of those thirty one lost lives ten were non-students who were found/killed on school property after hours , eight were suicides , three were the perpetrators themselves and one was a criminal killed in self-defense which leaves nine students and/or teachers killed . 

It goes without saying that any loss of life is a tragedy but at the same time it is just as unseemly to dishonestly climb atop the graves of these unfortunate lost souls and attempt to gain cheap political points in order to further one’s personal agenda and that is what is taking place here .

    Bloomberg and his allies , like the progressives in general , are attempting to tug at the heartstrings and push their legislative goals wrapped as a moral imperative that is not to be questioned under pain of being called uncaring . It’s just another card out of the “racist” deck cavalry . Whenever they are losing an argument on the merits they jump up , knock the cards from the table and cry “have you no decency” ?

Just an aside before we leave you . The number of children that die at the hands of their parents every year in America dwarves the numbers above . Yes , you read correctly . It is estimated that somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 children under the age of five are killed each year by their parents. Think about that before deciding that school shootings are some sort of epidemic 

What do you think? Should all 74 incidents be consider “mass school shootings”?

About That 74 School Shootings Meme/Map … Here Are The Facts


As With All Things Progressive It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Is” Is

    By now everyone has heard of the latest effort from Nanny Bloomberg as the astroturfers in the liberal media regarding the epidemic of “school shootings” since Sandy Hook . 74 of them if the usual suspects are to be believed . Since this meme seems to be spreading like wildfire across the web we thought we would make a concerted effort to quantify exactly what the gun grabber Statists consider to be “school shootings” .

   Below is our result . Make of it what you will and please understand that by quibbling with the Statist’s methodology we are in no way minimizing the pain and horror felt by the families that are made to suffer at the hands of thugs with guns .  However , all sympathies aside , that does not…

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Police Chief Thanks School Resource Officers for Stopping Reynolds High Shooter

It’s interesting. When a bad guy with a gun shoots and kills innocent people, we never hear the end of it. We hear that guns people, guns are bad, BAN GUNS! But what happens when lives are saved BECAUSE of a good guy with a guy? We don’t hear anything. Heck, even the mainstream media won’t cover it!

ABC News cut off Anderson’s speech right before he thanks the school security officers. Why? Because once again, stories of guns being used to save does not fit their agenda.

This shooter was stopped in less than 60 seconds. Forget the stupid blankets. If you want to stop school shootings, hire on campus security.


Georgia Home Owner Holds Shotgun on Burglar

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Waylon Griner, 42, was woken up by his doorbell early Sunday morning. As he was getting out of bed, he noticed a man running from his shed to a green Chevrolet SUV. Griner then grabbed his shotgun and decided to have a little chat with his new burglar friend, who at the time was attempting to steal a Murray lawn mower.

When Griner confronted Larry Jason Hood, he held his shotgun on him until police arrived.

When Hood was arrested in 2008 for a series of 9 burglaries, the sheriff’s office determined that the perpetrator would knock on the front door in order to see if the owner was home. If someone answered the door, he would play it off as though he had the wrong house.

Out of his many arrests, Hood has never been held at gun point by the owners. Maybe this time he’ll think twice about taking what doesn’t belong to him.

Read the full story here!

Recent Article Asks Gun Owners What Happened in Vegas

A recent article posted in wake of the Las Vegas shooting asks ‘gun nuts’ what they have to say now that a good guy with a gun was killed. Well, luckily for them, I usually have loads to say.

First of all, the title of that article is COMPLETELY insensitive. Mr. Wilcox had a gun and was willing to defend himself as well as others instead of sitting around in a fettle position doing nothing. Had he known about the second shooter (Jerad’s wife Amanda), this could have ended differently. What comments would the liberals have then on concealed carry? I’m curious to know because my best guess is there wouldn’t be any comments. Heck, it’s possible that the media wouldn’t even have covered it. Instead, the media zooms in on this event in hopes to draw attention away from the deaths in Chicago, where up until recently only cops and criminals had guns.

Now, THINK for once about what we say about concealed carry. We say that it serves as a deterrent and can help PREVENT gun related crimes. Prevent being the key word here. It is irrational to think that no one will be hurt/killed ever. We have sick people in this world who don’t know or care about the value of a human life. However, more guns in the hands of the good guys will PREVENT more crimes from happening. Being armed gives an individual a better chance to stop a deadly attack. That’s what we’ve always said.

Next, all of you anti-gun advocates talk about how we should rely on police protection in situations like this. Let me ask you this- where were the police when Mr. Wilcox was shot trying to defend innocent people? Where are the police during all the gun-related crimes committed in Chicago on a daily basis? Mr. Wilcox took this into his own hands because he had a defensive weapon and there was no one else around to defend him. A second shooter can take anyone off guard, including the 2 officers that were killed. He didn’t know she was a threat because her gun was hidden, which is the only reason this situation ended the way it did.

If everyone carried concealed, there would have been multiple people who could have drawn their weapons to the killers. Heck, it probably would have ended before they even left the pizza place had there been good guys with guns.

Finally, I am tired of seeing ‘Mass Shooting’ thrown across the screen. Misuse of terms by the media is one of the main reasons America thinks the gun homicide is increasing instead of decreasing. As horrible as it is that honorable men lost their lives, this is in no means a ‘mass’ shooting. The Obama Administration and organizations like Mom’s Demand like to use public shootings and label them as mass shootings to scare the public into thinking things are way worse than they actually are. Haven’t you heard the Obama administration claim “there have been 23 mass shootings since Sandy Hook”? That isn’t true even when looking at the FBI definition of ‘mass murder’ (need I point out that they don’t actually define how many deaths to be consider ‘mass shooting’). Anyway, for arguments sake I will use the FBI definition of mass murder which is ‘a single incident in which a perpetrator kills 4 or more people not including his or herself’.

Let’s take this recent shooting for example. 3 innocent people died; 2 police officers and Joseph Wilcox. News sites are saying there are 5 fatalities because they are including the deaths of Jared and Amanda Miller. Why are they including the shooters’ fatalities? Because then they can classify this event as a ‘mass shooting’. See how terms are being misused to manipulate you? Newton- THAT is a mass shooting. Aurora- THAT is a mass shooting. Las Vegas? Not a mass shooting and I am sure you’ll find the same pattern if you look into other recent events.

Obama Administration Involved in Making the Video They Blamed for Benghazi

Author and talk-show host Ben Barrack recently interviewed actress Cindy Lee Garcia about her role in Innocence Of Muslims. Listen to the full 6 minute interview here on SoundCloud.

This is a SHOCKING phone recording with one of the actresses in the now infamous Innocence of Muslims video that was blamed for the Benghazi attacks.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who was deceived by the producer of the anti-Muhammad video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks, has come forward to say that Nakoula Bassely Nakoula told her twice that he is a Muslim.

This STUNNING revelation torpedoes not only the Obama administration’s narrative after Benghazi but implicates the administration itself in the production of the video.

Nakoula was confirmed to be a federal informant at the time the video was produced.



Obama Openly Lies About Background Checks to the Media

Wait..what?! What rock are these people hiding under?

First lie:

My biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.

Obama, let’s be real here. First of all, your ‘basic steps’ are not aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Your ‘basic steps’ are aimed to disarm law-abiding citizens. Secondly, I HIGHLY doubt this is your biggest frustration as president. If it is, then you have a serious mental issue. What about Benghazi? Fast and Furious? ObamaCare? Driving our country into severe debt? TRADING 5 ISLAMIC TERRORISTS FOR A TRAITOR?

Second lie:

We’re the only developed country on earth where this happens.

FALSE. We are not the only developed country that is exposed to gun crime. How about the 69 killed on Utøya Island in Norway? Or how about the gunmen that shot and killed 16 teens at a school in Germany? Oh and let’s not forget the fact that Germany is considered to have the STRICTEST gun control laws in the WORLD.

Third lie:

Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.

Also not true. Gun homicides and gun-related crimes have actually DECREASED by 50% in the past 20 years. In my previous posts, I provide more data and information, including a study showing that a majority of American citizens believe gun crime has increased (gee, I wonder why).

But wait! If our levels of gun violence are “off the charts”, than why do you see in this video that “the world is less violent than it has ever been”? Because I am pretty sure you aren’t talking about Iraq, The Russian/Ukrainian border, Libya, Egypt, the soccer riots in Brazil, the girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Or what about all of the Christians being slaughtered through out the Middle East? Surely you couldn’t be talking about that.

Fourth lie (start at marker 1:23):

I respect gun rights. But the idea, for example, that we couldn’t even get a background check bill in, to make sure that if you’re going to buy a weapon you have to actually go through a fairly rigorous process so that we know who you are, so that you can’t just walk up to a store, and, um, buy a semi-automatic weapon… um, it makes no sense.

Now listen (or read..) closely. ALL FIREARM PURCHASES FROM GUN STORES, RETAIL CHAINS, PAWN SHOPS, GUN SHOWS FROM FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES, DEALERS, AND TRANSFERS REQUIRE A BACKGROUND CHECK. It’s called the Brady Bill, which went into effect in 1993 and requires that background checks are conducted before purchasing a firearm.

And lie number 5:

I respect gun rights.

HA! Obama doesn’t respect anything in the Constitution which is why New York Rep. Jose Serrano, a Democrat and ally of Obama’s, introduced a bill(H.J.RES.5) proposing the repeal of the 22nd amendment, which limits presidents to only 2 terms. He most certainly doesn’t respect gun rights. If he did, he wouldn’t be lying to the public to promote his agenda. Ok, so this leaves 5 lies in under 2 minutes..When are you all going to get mad? This guy BLATANTLY lies to your face every time he opens his mouth. WAKE UP, AMERICA!