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28FEB09 Graphic Novel update- John Parker interview

John Parker is one of the first artists to pick up on the idea with Clayton, he was interviewed here: ABC affiliate

John is also working on one of the stories I'd submitted...

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27FEB09 SITREP

Articles of concern:

From the North...
Russian TU-95 Bomber (with a reconnaissance payload no doubt) was interecepted by CF-18 fighters approaching Canadian Airspace, during President Obama's trip... Something that was quite normal during the Cold War and has been happening to Alaska and Canada more often these days...

TU-95 info from Global Security

...To the South:
Mexico, Iran, and Assault Weapons?!
Iran seeking to deepen trade relations with Mexico
Drug War in Mexico, lends to the instability...
Of course, Robert Holder thinks that banning Assault Weapons will help Mexico more than a fence. Maybe if Mexico actually built a fence on they're side, weapons wouldn't wind up in Mexico... Of course, we need to build a fence on our side too to keep the drugs out... Anyone else scared about that 'perfect storm' Glenn Beck refers too here?

As if that wasn't concern enough, Argentina got bent out of shape over some CIA comments about the economic crisis causing instability of regimes in South America (while Iran flirts with South America...).

To his credit, Obama isn't completely screwing up in Iraq! This part really gets his base upset at him: "The president will also order U.S. military commanders to leave a residual force of between 35,000 and 50,000 troops in Iraq. Under the Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, the U.S. must remove all military personnel by Dec. 31, 2011." Well, at least there is a SOFA, and its at the behest of the Iraqi Government very nearly on their feet solidly (they are on their feet now and learning walking again, soon they shall run...).

Typical, folks in the concrete jungles with heads stuck up they're anus! They propose taxing by the mileage to fund Federal highway projects. In other words, folks in sub urban or rural areas will be hit the hardest, while all those city folk will just decide to start walking or riding bikes... Yeah right. We already pay 18.4 cents to the feds on a gallon of gasoline (24.4 cents for diesel) and its not enough they say. Well, maybe its high time to turn the interstates over to states to maintain and let each state determine who they are going to raise the capital to repair and maintain the interstates. Holy smokes, what an idea, going back to the Constitution and LIMITING the Federal Government... As far as taxes go, our glorious leadership needs to quit hanging around DC and the country clubs and start driving on those highways too and from they're home states. Especially Nancy Pelosi. She needs the sticker shock of gasoline prices driving in the winter across the country from San Fransisco to Washington DC in her Prius. But then, she would actually have to interact with REAL Americans along the way in the mid west... You know, the ones who get shafted with her tax policies...

27FEB09 Graphic Novel Update

From Clayton Murwin:

News And Updates

February 26th 2009

Hello Everyone I will be announcing some big news in the next week or so regarding the Graphic Novel progress. But right now I wanted to Bring you all up to date on some things I am working on. On June 13 2009, I will be heading up a Fundraiser for the printing cost of the book which is $6,294 for a 5000 print run. This will be in Broadway VA at Broadway Heritage Park.or at the VFW on route #259 if it rains out. This is going to be a one day event. There will be a cover charge to attend the event, which is where we will make our money for the book. But it will be well worth it as we will be having comic book artist, bands, refreshments, Military servicemen as Guest of honor that we will be honoring for their service. Also there will be a few Hollywood actors attending as well. Keep your eyes on this page as I will be announcing guest names in the coming weeks upon confirmation. Also my good friend John Parker of Post Mortem Comic Studios will also be holding a Fund raiser for the printing cost of the book in his state of N.C. on August 7th and 8th I will give location details as I receive them. The stories for the novel have started coming in now and I have started sending out the stories to various people so far , as more come in the rest of you that have agreed to work on the book will be getting something shortly from me.Well that's the most recent News I have for everyone so just remember and if you close to or in the area please come to the fundraiser and show your support for what we are trying to do. Thanks for reading speak to you soon!

The Hero Maker

Project webpage

20090224

24FEB09, an enraged Veteran!

Military Times Article 11FEB09

After reading the above article, several times due to disbelief, and letting it sink in a few days, I got mad. Real mad. Mad enough to write three letters to my US Senators and Representative!

Here is what I wrote to them:

"I am an Air Force veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I served in the United States Air Force as a 1C4X1 Tactical Air Control Party Radio Operator Maintainer and Driver (TACP ROMAD) for six years and eleven months. My duties required that I be collocated with US Army combat units from Corps level headquarters on down to the Battalion level headquarters for the command and control aspect along with filtering down to the battlefield to work with US Army Forward Observers, Scouts, Infantry, and Tankers to control fixed wing Close Air Support. From 02AUG00 to 01JUL07 I have served in many places; from Ft. Riley Kansas where I deployed with the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment in support of Intrinsic Action and Operation Southern Watch at Camp Doha Kuwait from APR02-JUN02, to Camp Casey Korea, and finally to Ft. Wainwright Alaska where I served with 172nd Stryker Brigade and 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Airborne Brigade Combat Team. My entire career revolved around supporting the Army, which entailed training and deploying with them to the battlefield as a Battlefield Airman.

Because of this background, I was deeply disturbed by an article I read on the Military Times website dated 11FEB09 (http://www.military.com/news/article/February-2009/deployments-scrubbed-from-af-promotions.html?ESRC=airforce-a.nl also see attached). Having spent so much time on the battlefield and on the training fields with the US Army as part of my career, I enjoyed the benefits of using those experiences for my promotions; however it appears that this will no longer be the case for those of my comrades who are still in the service. For whatever reason, the US Air Force has seen fit to 'scrub' a significant portion of my old career fields PRIMARY occupation from any promotion board. This is simply unacceptable. This is insulting.

There are many ways in which the US Air Force can make promotions for Airmen who never deploy to the battlefield more competitive, most especially when they compete with Airmen within they're specialties! 'Scrubbing' battlefield deployments is a slap in face to the Airman who voluntary have placed themselves in harms way to carryout their daily duties, all because somebody feels left out because they didn't deploy for six months on the ground with Army and sat in an air conditioned trailer on Nellis AFB looking at a screen figuring out what a Predator UAV was seeing? What kind of military organization is this? I understand that staring at UAV feed is incredibly stressful, especially watching people die real time knowing its not a movie, Lord knows I've spent hours doing that myself within the Tactical Operations Center on FOB Kalsu with 4-25 ABCT! But its not combat, and its certainly not the same as my brothers in arms who were outside the wire that night! They have earned the honor, and they have earned the right to use those experiences whenever they face a board for promotions or anything else!

Please look into this! Please get answers from the Secretary of the Air Force if you must to figure out why this is taking place! I've seen the Battlefield Airman program grow from infancy just prior to 9/11/01 when all we got was the new PRC-117 multi-band man portable radio through two invasions and the much needed influx of newer tactical vehicles to replace Desert Storm era equipment that was no longer reliable! We have seen Air Liaison Officer (ALO) tours go from being a dead end career in the USAF for pilots to having one of our own former ALOs become the first female Thunderbird Pilot! Yet now, this. This is a step backward that is completely unacceptable and must be corrected. Non-combat positions in the USAF have always been competitive and viable for promotions, and taking away the ability of those who have shed sweat, blood, and tears on the battlefield shoulder to shoulder with the Army is no way to improve the chances of non-combat promotions.

Sincerely,




Michael “Sudsy” Sutherland
OIF 172 SBCT 15SEP05-15FEB06, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron
OIF 4-25 ABCT 01NOV06-05MAY07, Det 1 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron"


Yeah, I may be out now, but I'm not going to stand for guys in my old job getting screwed in the anus by a bunch of assholes who fly desks all day then bitch about not getting promoted because someone who has had their ass shot at got the stripe or oak leaf before them. Boy it feels good to say that! YUP, couldn't get away with it before, but now I can! Even if its just the SNCO's and ALO's who are getting screwed, right now... I've had my share of bad ones in both categories, but that doesn't justify this bull shit! I'd rather see a dirtbag TACP MSGT who was outside the wire in Iraq get promoted over some spit and polish desk admin jockey who save the Air Force 'xx manhours of labor and xx dollars during his TDY to Al Udeid AB Qatar'. The worst part of "Big Blue" strikes again.

24FEB09 Islamic Rage Boy, just for fun... well... sorta... sad but true!

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23FEB09 Startup, and my new toys...eh..er...duty rig!

I deposited my first check from my first painting commission into my new business account! I suppose that counts as Start Up for my small business, Sutherland's Ink!

That and I just got my new holster in the mail from Tactical Tailor! I love those guys! Good gear made here in the US of A (unlike they're competitors who charge twice as much for gear that wears out faster and is made in Vietnam, *cough* Craphawk *cough*).

http://www.tacticaltailor.com/modularlightholster.aspx This holster is about $40.00 and fits my Kimber Warrior 1911 with a Streamlight M-3 flashlight perfectly! It needs breaking in... But thats normal! Good nylon!




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19FEB09 Reponses from our politicians

Tuesday I spent a lot of time calling as per the blog entry on 16FEB09. Good responses from the offices that had people answering... Too many machines!

Earlier, I'd emailed Senator Theriault:

Dear Senator Therriault,

I've just heard about some of New Hampshire's legislature's members proposing the following resolution based on Jefferson and Madison's Kentucky Resolutions of 1798:

“That the said committee be authorized to communicate by writing or personal conferences, at any times or places whatever, with any person or person who may be appointed by any one or more co-States to correspond or confer with them; and that they lay their proceedings before the next session of the General Court; and

That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such a nullification include, but are not limited to:

I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.

II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.

V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.

VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; and

That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government; and

That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State’s legislature.”

Unfortunately in these times with US House ruminating over House Resolution 45 imposing further licensing over firearms sales and transfers threatens the personal freedoms of not only gun owners, but every American. Thats just one issue, it threatens the States ability to determine laws within their own borders over issues ranging from freedom of speech to freedom of religion in regard to determining marriage.

I believe its time for Alaska to join New Hampshire, Montana, and other States in considering sending the message to the US Congress that they serve us and not the US Federal Government. Its time to remind the US Federal Government that the Constitution limits the powers of the Federal Government and that States have the right to determine their fate within reason and within the same limitations of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

Thank you,

Michael "Sudsy" Sutherland



He responded:

Dear Michael,

Thank you for contacting my office to express your desire for the State of Alaska to join a growing number of Lower 48 states in introducing legislation reaffirming the United States Constitution's declaration of state sovereignty under the 9th and 10th Amendments.

The continual struggle between state and federal power is an integral part America's history dating back to the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, and Constitutional Convention. This struggle culminated in the American Civil War, where the federal government's supremacy was permanently established in American jurisprudence. Over the past 8 years, our nation has seen a rapid and troubling expansion of federal power beyond the Constitution's enumerated powers courtesy of the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, Real ID, and legislating through federal court decisions. For many Americans, the financial industry bailout and passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act represented the final straw in the fight to preserve our country's republican principles.

In response to this expanding federal prerogative, state legislatures are introducing bills and resolutions reaffirming their constitutionally protected sovereign right to preside over affairs not specifically enumerated in the Constitution. I have received many emails and calls from constituents expressing concern over the federal government's encroachment into affairs traditionally in the jurisdiction of states and individual citizens. I assure you I share your concerns and am working to protect and restore the Founding Fathers' vision of federalism as a co-equal relationship between state and federal power.

During the 25th Alaska Legislature, I worked with members on both sides of the aisle to help pass HJR 19 "Encouraging repeal of the Real ID Act of 2005" and SB 202 "Prohibit State Spending for the Real ID Act." This year I introduced Senate Joint Resolution SJR 6 which calls for Congress to reject House Resolution HR 45. If passed, HR 45 would make it a felony to possess clip fed handguns or semi-automatic rifles without a federal license. In addition, it would be a felony to fail to report the transfer of a firearm, to transfer a firearm to a non-licensed individual, or failure to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours.

In addition to SJR 6, I am co-sponsor to Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR 3 sponsored by Senator Con Bunde. SCR 3 encourages the Governor of Alaska, under the authority of the Equal Footing Doctrine, Alaska Statehood Act, and the Alaska Submerged Lands Act, to reassert Alaska's sovereign right to manage the submerged land of its navigable waters. It also requests the Governor to use all available legal resources to resist efforts by federal agencies, like the National Park Service, that impose regulations and permits stripping Alaska of its sovereign right to manage its own resources.

Thank you again for contacting my office. After decades of growing federal encroachment, Americans are starting to push back and demand a return to a "government for the people, by the people, and of the people." I support these efforts and will continue to introduce and sponsor legislation that restores our republican and federalist principles. I am currently working with like-minded legislators considering the introduction of legislation similar to those considered in other states.

Sincerely,

Gene Therriault
Senate District F


That gives me a warm fuzzy that someone is paying attention!

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16FEB2009 Updates on may things...

...But first and foremost, Happy Birthday Kevin! My little brother has turned 25 today, he is now entering the complete frosting melting point on the birthday cakes.

Untold Stories from Iraq Update!

Clayton Merwin was interviewed by his home news paper the Daily News Record, you can read more about here on his art blog

I'm also penciling about three new cartoons from the soon to be infamous “Morale File” to send Clayton's way! Should be good content! I might try to squeeze in a few more as appropriate! I'm also working with one of my old co-workers on an interesting incident while we were in Iraq for the graphic novel, I'll have other updates about that Friday, and maybe even his permission to post a video clip on the blogs about the incident...



Finally, something very near and dear to my heart these days, the Second Amendment. Our unit's fund raising group, Alaska Territorial Guard Inc., carried out our annual Gun Show! We had record attendance and sold out of all raffle tickets! It was a smashing success! For more information on ASDF or the original WWII era ATG, click on the patch on the page.

Also, our community is getting together and sending a clear message to our national politicians, state politicians, local government, courts, etc. Tonight I attended the second meeting of our local 2nd Amendment Taskforce to listen to what they came up with at the first meeting and discuss various House Resolutions, Senate Resolutions, etc. that have come up. Schaeffer Cox spent a great deal of time discussing each one and whom to call about what. Needless to say, I've got some phone calls to make tomorrow (along with email, and letters).



First we discussed HR 833, a Resolution demanding the end of the Federal Reserve system. If you haven't noticed, it only benefits the few and leaves our currency in tatters... Its a demand that Congress take charge of our currency and not a Federal Reserve Bank that is NOT a government agency at all, and a return to the good ol fashioned gold and silver standard. Then Congress can't pass the buck about why theres so much inflation... We all will be calling US Representative Don Young at (907) 456-0210 and urging him to support this resolution. Yes, this deals with the second amendment, because it deals with the Constitution and the return to Constitutional ways of doing business and prevents the government from saying “you want food, give us your guns and we'll give you food”.

Next we discussed Montana's HB 246 that just passed the Montana State House (bill text). We need to contact Alaska Representative John Harris to introduce a similarly worded measure!

Next was Alaska HR 463 Jury Rights Notification, and we were urged to call Representative John Coghill (blog) at 877-465-3719 to reintroduce and support the measure.

Also Michael Dukes (blog) read a 10th Amendment State Sovereignty Act that should be introduced into our House and Senate declaring the 10th Amendment and reminding Congress, the President, and the Courts, that it is the States rights under the constitution to regulate within they're own borders and NOT the job of the Federal Government who's purpose is to deal with the arena outside the country (diplomatic, military, foreign trade, etc...). This is mostly in response to DC trying to get states in lockstep by cutting off Federal Highway funding if they don't do certain things the Federal Government wants (Real ID Act, Speed Limits, you name it...) along with the un-Constitutional gun legislation.

Finally, I signed the following letter that was drafted at the first meeting last Monday at Denny's and signed by 120 people:

“Let it be known that we, the people of Alaska, stand in recognition of the true principle that whenever a government abandons the purpose for which we have created it and even becomes hostile towards that which it was once a defender of, it is no longer a fit steward of the political power that is inherent in the people and lent to this government with strict conditions. These conditions are clearly defined in the United States Constitution and understood by the common man. Furthermore, to the extent that our government violates these conditions, they nullify their own authority, at which point it is our right and duty, not as subjects but as sovereign Americans, to entrust this power to new stewards who will not depart from the laws we have given them.
This being the case, let it be known that should our government seek to further tax, restrict or register firearms or otherwise impose on the right that shall not be infringed, thus impairing our ability to exercise the God-given right to self-defense which precedes all human legislation and is superior to it, that the duty of us good and faithful people will not be to obey them but to alter or abolish them and institute new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to us shall seem most likely to effect our safety and happiness.”

Tonight, there were nearly 500 people or more sitting in Friends Church (my guesstimate based on the fact that there were seats for 700 people)

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14FEB09, Operating System Blues...

...well, really its the fact that I dropped my lovely wife off at the airport so she could fly out on a business trip on Valentines Day that causes most of the blues (something about needing so many hours of continuing education to keep her Veterinary License... She mentioned that the state audits them too... gee, like that every really scared anyone...).

Well, Friday I purchased a new 120GB HD for my IBM Thinkpad R50e that only had a 30 GB with a dual boot of Windows XP Pro (OEM XP Home+ XP PRO SP upgrade) and Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS. I took that out and and stuck the new 120GB in, and loaded up my beta version of the 32 bit Windows 7. It worked, sorta. Its missing the drivers for my built in WAN, and Intel graphics chipset. So, everything worked but the games, and I'm sure Blender wouldn't run to good either... Then I really threw a wrench into the works when I only had Windows 7 take up 60GB of the 120 in one partition, and then I try to install the latest version of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu didn't want to go on the empty partition, oh no, it wanted to be on the same damn partition as Windows despite the 60GB of completely unused space! Then Ubuntu chokes out on, and my display seems out of whack, it gives me the "your display screwed up 6 times in 90 seconds, waiting two minutes to start again" several times. It never makes it. Windows does the check disk, and so when Windows wants me to log on, I restart and have Ubuntu take over the ENTIRE HD, so far, nothing has happened.

I'm attempting to reinstall the Beta of Windows 7, so far it seems impossible... All well, back to square one! Put in the old HD with good ol XP again! At least my games and Blender will work...

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09FEB09 Nostalgic....


Who wants to sign up? Come on! If I could do it, any can...

...besides, you get to do this:






Now, back to my life at is and not as it was...

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06FEB09 Untold Stories From Iraq

On my last deployment to Iraq as a member of the 3rd ASOS supporting the 4th BDE 25th Infantry Division I maintained a file of cartoons called "The Morale File" with some inventories on our desk at the Tactical Operations Center (TOC). I'd promised the guys I was with that I would try to publish some of these professionally...

...well, that was in 2007. Now its 2009, and I'd just about given up any ideas of publication when I ran across a posting at the IAVA Community of Veterans Forum by Victor Castro asking for cartoons/stories/and comics from soldiers about experiences in Iraq. So I answered, and sent in these pictures, all of them done on cheap paper with cheap pens in the middle of the desert and scanned in with the only scanner that could be found (and done in the middle of the night where no Senior NCO's could get touchy about an Airman using they're equipment...). For the graphic novel, I've given the royal treatment as the penciler, I used 2H and H pencils on fine 100 lbs vellum Bristol for the inker, Peter Palmiotti (Highburn Studios, about 1/3rd of the way down).

So my dream has come true, I'm contributing to a graphic novel, being published in the small press of the comics industry! On top of that, all proceeds go to the USO, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America! Good causes! Clayton Merwin is the point of contact for this project, he is also a blog follower! He was interviewed by Blog Talk Radios "You Served" in Episode 24 and maintains a project site Hero's Fallen.

See my Simple Analysis blog for the pictures...

06FEB09 House Resolution 45...

HR 45 Printer Friendly Version from the House website

So, you can't give pass your guns to your family in the Lower 48 without this license... Having this license allows the government to come in and inspect:
"SEC. 403. INSPECTIONS.
In order to ascertain compliance with this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the regulations and orders issued under this Act, the Attorney General may, during regular business hours, enter any place in which firearms or firearm products are manufactured, stored, or held, for distribution in commerce, and inspect those areas where the products are so manufactured, stored, or held."

Hell, here is the whole shabang! Check out what you have to provide to get the license to sell or transfer firearms, along with the penalties and restrictions!

HR 45 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 45

To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2009

Mr. RUSH introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as `Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009'.

(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Findings and purposes.

Sec. 3. Definitions.

TITLE I--LICENSING

Sec. 101. Licensing requirement.

Sec. 102. Application requirements.

Sec. 103. Issuance of license.

Sec. 104. Renewal of license.

Sec. 105. Revocation of license.

TITLE II--RECORD OF SALE OR TRANSFER

Sec. 201. Sale or transfer requirements for qualifying firearms.

Sec. 202. Firearm records.

TITLE III--ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS

Sec. 301. Universal background check requirement.

Sec. 302. Failure to maintain or permit inspection of records.

Sec. 303. Failure to report loss or theft of firearm.

Sec. 304. Failure to provide notice of change of address.

Sec. 305. Child access prevention.

TITLE IV--ENFORCEMENT

Sec. 401. Criminal penalties.

Sec. 402. Regulations.

Sec. 403. Inspections.

Sec. 404. Orders.

Sec. 405. Injunctive enforcement.

TITLE V--FIREARM INJURY INFORMATION AND RESEARCH

Sec. 501. Duties of the Attorney General.

TITLE VI--EFFECT ON STATE LAW

Sec. 601. Effect on State law.

Sec. 602. Certification of State firearm licensing systems and State firearm record of sale systems.

TITLE VII--RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAW

Sec. 701. Subordination to Arms Export Control Act.

TITLE VIII--INAPPLICABILITY

Sec. 801. Inapplicability to governmental authorities.

TITLE IX--EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 901. Effective date of amendments.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

(a) Findings- Congress finds that--

(1) the manufacture, distribution, and importation of firearms is inherently commercial in nature;

(2) firearms regularly move in interstate commerce;

(3) to the extent that firearms trafficking is intrastate in nature, it arises out of and is substantially connected with a commercial transaction, which, when viewed in the aggregate, substantially affects interstate commerce;

(4) because the intrastate and interstate trafficking of firearms are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce;

(5) gun violence in the United States is associated with the majority of homicides, over half the suicides, and two-thirds of non-fatal violent injuries; and

(6) on the afternoon of May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting.

(b) Sense of the Congress- It is the sense of the Congress that--

(1) firearms trafficking is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate trafficking and interstate trafficking; and

(2) it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of firearms is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace firearms used in crime, and that firearms owners know how to use and safely store their firearms.

(c) Purposes- The purposes of this Act and the amendments made by this Act are--

(1) to protect the public against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of qualifying firearms to criminals and youth;

(2) to ensure that owners of qualifying firearms are knowledgeable in the safe use, handling, and storage of those firearms;

(3) to restrict the availability of qualifying firearms to criminals, youth, and other persons prohibited by Federal law from receiving firearms; and

(4) to facilitate the tracing of qualifying firearms used in crime by Federal and State law enforcement agencies.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

(a) In General- In this Act:

(1) FIREARM; LICENSED DEALER; LICENSED MANUFACTURER; STATE- The terms `firearm', `licensed dealer', `licensed manufacturer', and `State' have the meanings given those terms in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code.

(2) QUALIFYING FIREARM- The term `qualifying firearm' has the meaning given the term in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, as amended by subsection (b) of this section.

(b) Amendment to Title 18, United States Code- Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(36) The term `qualifying firearm'--

`(A) means--

`(i) any handgun; or

`(ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device; and

`(B) does not include any antique.'.

TITLE I--LICENSING

SEC. 101. LICENSING REQUIREMENT.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(aa) Firearm Licensing Requirement-

`(1) IN GENERAL- It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to possess a qualifying firearm on or after the applicable date, unless that person has been issued a firearm license--

`(A) under title I of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under that title; or

`(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under State law.

`(2) APPLICABLE DATE- In this subsection, the term `applicable date' means--

`(A) with respect to a qualifying firearm that is acquired by the person before the date of the enactment of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, 2 years after such date of enactment; and

`(B) with respect to a qualifying firearm that is acquired by the person on or after the date of the enactment of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, 1 year after such date of enactment.'.

SEC. 102. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

(a) In General- In order to be issued a firearm license under this title, an individual shall submit to the Attorney General (in accordance with the regulations promulgated under subsection (b)) an application, which shall include--

(1) a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;

(2) the name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant;

(3) any other name that the applicant has ever used or by which the applicant has ever been known;

(4) a clear thumb print of the applicant, which shall be made when, and in the presence of the entity to whom, the application is submitted;

(5) with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm;

(6) a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(7) a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding--

(A) the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(B) the safe handling of firearms;

(C) the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;

(D) the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms; and

(E) any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;

(8) an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records pertaining to the applicant;

(9) the date on which the application was submitted; and

(10) the signature of the applicant.

(b) Regulations Governing Submission- The Attorney General shall promulgate regulations specifying procedures for the submission of applications to the Attorney General under this section, which regulations shall--

(1) provide for submission of the application through a licensed dealer or an office or agency of the Federal Government designated by the Attorney General;

(2) require the applicant to provide a valid identification document (as defined in section 1028(d)(2) of title 18, United States Code) of the applicant, containing a photograph of the applicant, to the licensed dealer or to the office or agency of the Federal Government, as applicable, at the time of submission of the application to that dealer, office, or agency; and

(3) require that a completed application be forwarded to the Attorney General not later than 48 hours after the application is submitted to the licensed dealer or office or agency of the Federal Government, as applicable.

(c) Fees-

(1) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General shall charge and collect from each applicant for a license under this title a fee in an amount determined in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) FEE AMOUNT- The amount of the fee collected under this subsection shall be not less than the amount determined by the Attorney General to be necessary to ensure that the total amount of all fees collected under this subsection during a fiscal year is sufficient to cover the costs of carrying out this title during that fiscal year, except that such amount shall not exceed $25.

SEC. 103. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall issue a firearm license to an applicant who has submitted an application that meets the requirements of section 102 of this Act, if the Attorney General ascertains that the individual is not prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm.

(b) Effect of Issuance to Prohibited Person- A firearm license issued under this section shall be null and void if issued to a person who is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm.

(c) Form of License- A firearm license issued under this section shall be in the form of a tamper-resistant card, and shall include--

(1) the photograph of the licensed individual submitted with the application;

(2) the address of the licensed individual;

(3) the date of birth of the licensed individual;

(4) a license number, unique to each licensed individual;

(5) the expiration date of the license, which shall be the date that is 5 years after the initial anniversary of the date of birth of the licensed individual following the date on which the license is issued (or in the case of a license renewal, following the date on which the license is renewed under section 104);

(6) the signature of the licensed individual provided on the application, or a facsimile of the application; and

(7) centered at the top of the license, capitalized, and in boldface type, the following:

`FIREARM LICENSE--NOT VALID FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE'.

SEC. 104. RENEWAL OF LICENSE.

(a) Application for Renewal-

(1) IN GENERAL- In order to renew a firearm license issued under this title, not later than 30 days before the expiration date of the license, the licensed individual shall submit to the Attorney General (in accordance with the regulations promulgated under paragraph (3)), in a form approved by the Attorney General, an application for renewal of the license.

(2) CONTENTS- An application submitted under paragraph (1) shall include--

(A) a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;

(B) current proof of identity of the licensed individual; and

(C) the address of the licensed individual.

(3) REGULATIONS GOVERNING SUBMISSION- The Attorney General shall promulgate regulations specifying procedures for the submission of applications under this subsection.

(b) Issuance of Renewed License- Upon approval of an application submitted under subsection (a) of this section, the Attorney General shall issue a renewed license, which shall meet the requirements of section 103(c), except that the license shall include the current photograph and address of the licensed individual, as provided in the application submitted under this section, and the expiration date of the renewed license, as provided in section 103(c)(5).

SEC. 105. REVOCATION OF LICENSE.

(a) In General- If an individual to whom a license has been issued under this title subsequently becomes a person who is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm--

(1) the license is revoked; and

(2) the individual shall promptly return the license to the Attorney General.

(b) Administrative Action- Upon receipt by the Attorney General of notice that an individual to whom a license has been issued under this title has become a person described in subsection (a), the Attorney General shall ensure that the individual promptly returns the license to the Attorney General.

TITLE II--RECORD OF SALE OR TRANSFER

SEC. 201. SALE OR TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFYING FIREARMS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by section 101 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(bb) Unauthorized Sale or Transfer of a Qualifying Firearm- It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a qualifying firearm to, or for, any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, or to receive a qualifying firearm from a person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, unless, at the time and place of the transfer or receipt--

`(1) the transferee presents to a licensed dealer a valid firearm license issued to the transferee--

`(A) under title I of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009; or

`(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 established by the State in which the transfer or receipt occurs;

`(2) the licensed dealer contacts the Attorney General or the head of the State agency that administers the certified system described in paragraph (1)(B), as applicable, and receives notice that the transferee has been issued a firearm license described in paragraph (1) and that the license remains valid; and

`(3) the licensed dealer records on a document (which, in the case of a sale, shall be the sales receipt) a tracking authorization number provided by the Attorney General or the head of the State agency, as applicable, as evidence that the licensed dealer has verified the validity of the license.'.

SEC. 202. FIREARM RECORDS.

(a) Submission of Sale or Transfer Reports- Not later than 14 days after the date on which the transfer of qualifying firearm is processed by a licensed dealer under section 922(bb) of title 18, United States Code (as added by section 201 of this Act), the licensed dealer shall submit to the Attorney General (or, in the case of a licensed dealer located in a State that has a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of this Act, to the head of the State agency that administers that system) a report of that transfer, which shall include information relating to--

(1) the manufacturer of the firearm;

(2) the model name or number of the firearm;

(3) the serial number of the firearm;

(4) the date on which the firearm was received by the transferee;

(5) the number of a valid firearm license issued to the transferee under title I of this Act; and

(6) the name and address of the individual who transferred the firearm to the transferee.

(b) Federal Record of Sale System- Not later than 9 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall establish and maintain a Federal record of sale system, which shall include the information included in each report submitted to the Attorney General under subsection (a).

(c) Elimination of Prohibition on Establishment of System of Registration- Section 926(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the second sentence.

TITLE III--ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS

SEC. 301. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101 and 201 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(cc) Universal Background Check Requirement-

`(1) REQUIREMENT- Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a firearm to any person other than such a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with subsection (t).

`(2) EXCEPTION- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the infrequent transfer of a firearm by gift, bequest, intestate succession or other means by an individual to a parent, child, grandparent, or grandchild of the individual, or to any loan of a firearm for any lawful purpose for not more than 30 days between persons who are personally known to each other.'.

SEC. 302. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN OR PERMIT INSPECTION OF RECORDS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, and 301 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(dd) Failure To Maintain or Permit Inspection of Records- It shall be unlawful for a licensed manufacturer or a licensed dealer to fail to comply with section 202 of Blair Holt's Handgun Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, or to maintain such records or supply such information as the Attorney General may require in order to ascertain compliance with such Act and the regulations and orders issued under such Act.'.

SEC. 303. FAILURE TO REPORT LOSS OR THEFT OF FIREARM.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, and 302 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(ee) Failure To Report Loss or Theft of Firearm- It shall be unlawful for any person who owns a qualifying firearm to fail to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours after the loss or theft is discovered.'.

SEC. 304. FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, 302, and 303 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(ff) Failure To Provide Notice of Change of Address- It shall be unlawful for any individual to whom a firearm license has been issued under title I of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 to fail to report to the Attorney General a change in the address of that individual within 60 days of that change of address.'.

SEC. 305. CHILD ACCESS PREVENTION.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, 302, 303, and 304 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(gg) Child Access Prevention-

`(1) DEFINITION OF CHILD- In this subsection, the term `child' means an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.

`(2) PROHIBITION AND PENALTIES- Except as provided in paragraph (3), it shall be unlawful for any person to keep a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, any 1 of which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, within any premises that is under the custody or control of that person, if--

`(A) that person--

`(i) knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child is capable of gaining access to the firearm; and

`(ii) either--

`(I) knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child will use the firearm to cause the death of, or serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title) to, the child or any other person; or

`(II) knows, or reasonably should know, that possession of the firearm by a child is unlawful under Federal or State law; and

`(B) a child uses the firearm and the use of that firearm causes the death of, or serious bodily injury to, the child or any other person.

`(3) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (2) shall not apply if--

`(A) at the time the child obtained access, the firearm was secured with a secure gun storage or safety device;

`(B) the person is a peace officer, a member of the Armed Forces, or a member of the National Guard, and the child obtains the firearm during, or incidental to, the performance of the official duties of the person in that capacity;

`(C) the child uses the firearm in a lawful act of self-defense or defense of 1 or more other persons; or

`(D) the person has no reasonable expectation, based on objective facts and circumstances, that a child is likely to be present on the premises on which the firearm is kept.'.

TITLE IV--ENFORCEMENT

SEC. 401. CRIMINAL PENALTIES.

(a) Failure To Possess Firearm License; Failure To Comply With Qualifying Firearm Sale or Transfer Requirements; Failure To Maintain or Permit Inspection of Records- Section 924(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(8) Whoever knowingly violates subsection (aa), (bb), or (dd) of section 922 shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.'.

(b) Failure To Comply With Universal Background Checks; Failure To Timely Report Loss or Theft of a Qualifying Firearm; Failure To Provide Notice of Change of Address- Section 924(a)(5) of such title is amended by striking `(s) or (t)' and inserting `(t), (cc), (ee), or (ff)'.

(c) Child Access Prevention- Section 924(a) of such title, as amended by subsection (a) of this section, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(9) Whoever violates section 105(a)(2) of Blair Holt's Handgun Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, knowingly or having reason to believe that the person is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

`(10) Whoever violates section 922(gg) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.'.

SEC. 402. REGULATIONS.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall issue regulations governing the licensing of possessors of qualifying firearms and the recorded sale of qualifying firearms, consistent with this Act and the amendments made by this Act, as the Attorney General determines to be reasonably necessary to reduce or prevent deaths or injuries resulting from qualifying firearms, and to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of owners or users of qualifying firearms used in criminal activity.

(b) Maximum Interval Between Issuance of Proposed and Final Regulation- Not later than 120 days after the date on which the Attorney General issues a proposed regulation under subsection (a) with respect to a matter, the Attorney General shall issue a final regulation with respect to the matter.

SEC. 403. INSPECTIONS.

In order to ascertain compliance with this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the regulations and orders issued under this Act, the Attorney General may, during regular business hours, enter any place in which firearms or firearm products are manufactured, stored, or held, for distribution in commerce, and inspect those areas where the products are so manufactured, stored, or held.

SEC. 404. ORDERS.

The Attorney General may issue an order prohibiting the sale or transfer of any firearm that the Attorney General finds has been transferred or distributed in violation of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or a regulation issued under this Act.

SEC. 405. INJUNCTIVE ENFORCEMENT.

The Attorney General may bring an action to restrain any violation of this Act or an amendment made by this Act in the district court of the United States for any district in which the violation has occurred, or in which the defendant is found or transacts business.

TITLE V--FIREARM INJURY INFORMATION AND RESEARCH

SEC. 501. DUTIES OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall--

(1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse to collect, investigate, analyze, and disseminate data and information relating to the causes and prevention of death and injury associated with firearms;

(2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and

(3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures for each licensed manufacturer.

(b) Availability of Information- Periodically, but not less frequently than annually, the Attorney General shall report to the Congress and make available to the public a report on the activities of the Attorney General under subsection (a).

TITLE VI--EFFECT ON STATE LAW

SEC. 601. EFFECT ON STATE LAW.

(a) In General- This Act and the amendments made by this Act may not be construed to preempt any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision of that State, or prevent a State or political subdivision of that State from enacting any provision of law regulating or prohibiting conduct with respect to firearms, except to the extent that the provision of law is inconsistent with any provision of this Act or an amendment made by this Act, and then only to the extent of the inconsistency.

(b) Rule of Interpretation- A provision of State law is not inconsistent with this Act or an amendment made by this Act if the provision imposes a regulation or prohibition of greater scope or a penalty of greater severity than a corresponding prohibition or penalty imposed by this Act or an amendment made by this Act.

SEC. 602. CERTIFICATION OF STATE FIREARM LICENSING SYSTEMS AND STATE FIREARM RECORD OF SALE SYSTEMS.

Upon a written request of the chief executive officer of a State, the Attorney General may certify--

(1) a firearm licensing system established by a State, if State law requires the system to satisfy the requirements applicable to the Federal firearm licensing system established under title I; or

(2) a firearm record of sale system established by a State, if State law requires the head of the State agency that administers the system to submit to the Federal firearm record of sale system established under section 202(b) a copy of each report submitted to the head of the agency under section 202(a), within 7 days after receipt of the report.

TITLE VII--RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAW

SEC. 701. SUBORDINATION TO ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT.

In the event of any conflict between any provision of this Act or an amendment made by this Act, and any provision of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751), the provision of the Arms Export Control Act shall control.

TITLE VIII--INAPPLICABILITY

SEC. 801. INAPPLICABILITY TO GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall not apply to any department or agency of the United States, of a State, or of a political subdivision of a State, or to any official conduct of any officer or employee of such a department or agency.

TITLE IX--EFFECTIVE DATE

SEC. 901. EFFECTIVE DATE OF AMENDMENTS.

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

END

Makes you sick don't it!

06FEB09 Yet another sick affair involving legal infantacide, aka abortion

http://www.buffalonews.com/260/story/570428.html

Doctor in Florida, never performed the abortion he was scheduled to do. The woman gave birth to a premature baby, and one of the medical personnel just took the baby, threw it in a bag and it went out with the garbage until the police found the remains rotting weeks later. Sick...

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04FEB09 Mind blown....



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Never mind the law... Planned Parenthood does as they please.

As a parent, this pisses me off. Until my kids are 18, I have a right to know everything they do, especially when it comes to something like this! As a parent, I have a right to say to my children, "too bad, your going to have the baby and you are going to give the baby up for adoption if you don't want it! Oh, and by the way, you have to pay me back for all the expenses at the hospital". That, and if its statutory rape, I need to know so I can a) castrate the offender or b) be rational and call the police. I have a right to say "NO!" to my children if they seek an abortion, because they are MY children and while they live in MY house there will be no legalized murder committed under my roof. If that means casting them out into the cold cruel world, I'll turn them over the State myself and emancipate them!

Obviously, Planned Parenthood in Arizona needs raided by the law enforcement agency responsible for investigating any possible rapes covered up by these actions. They clearly violate the law in this example, and clearly the counselor is so experienced with that situation that they need to be brought before trial. Close the courts, seal the records, do what is necessary for patients privacy, but by golly SEEK JUSTICE and hunt the damn sicko molesters out there (and I'm not talking about the 19 year old guys with 16 year old girlfriends that they met a year ago in high school, we are talking about the more than 10 year difference between the 27 year old and a 15 year old).

I'm off to puke now. God help us all!

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