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Then there have been the nation-wide protests against police brutality. And now there is the first major candidate in US campaign history that, along with the largest crowds ever, has raised such large amounts of campaign contributions from small donations. But young people stay home in droves during off-presidential election years.

That opens the door to the Tea Party. This is excellent, and I wanted to provide another excellent if chilling piece of supporting reading from The poor, white people are in fact too stupid to vote properly and amazingly enough selfishly. They are the ultimate suckers. They are just jokes and the joke is on them. This is a group of people who have almost effortlessly been manipulated by some pretty despicable people into voting against their own interests and aligning themselves with people who have nothing in common with them.

If allowed to rule this once great nation for too long, it will be game over, not just for the poor white people of this article, but for the entire Republic. Another 8 or 16 years of reasonable people in power in multiple branches of the government should set this country in a better direction. The author of this is both stupid and ignorant. I used to vote democratic all the time. But over time the democratic party has become the party of sin. The list goes on.

Please read our comment policy. Disagreeing with what the author has written is fine; name calling is not. We do not have a theocratic governing body nor are most of our communities. Meanwhile the elites steal your soul and keep you poor and dumb. Please reread the article and maybe it will all sink in? The obvious liberal agenda has reared its ugly head. I liked the article for its well researched data, but was saddened to see that it was just another whine-laden political rant in the end.

The author says that Muslims are not her enemy. How conveniently she ignores the Islamic method of subjugating women to second class citizens, which is the best they can hope for, or at its worst, condemns them to near slavery and death for the slightest perceived infractions against their archaic religious edicts.

Let us not tout his achievements in social programs when his goal was to keep poor people particularly blacks under the government thumb and believing that the Democratic party actually cares for them. Mark — Many Americans are Muslim. Some of the earliest Americans to experience religious oppression were Muslims, many of them brought here as slaves.

A large part of the Muslim population today still are blacks who descend from those slaves. So, an American is more likely to be harmed by a white Christian and then have their live saved by an Arab Muslim. Do you really believe that Muslim women in America are following their men 6 feet behind, unable to vote, drive, get educated, or hold jobs? The African slaves imported to the US were not Muslim, because they were sold by Muslims, and while Islam forbids Muslims to make war upon each other, slavery and sale of captives are explicitly permitted.

Religion had nothing to do with it — the issues were tribalism and greed, and that remains a constant in African conflicts today, particularly between African Muslims and kafirs. I have travelled in Islamic Africa and can tell you quite a bit about it. Finally, it is a fallacy to claim that Muslims in the US have a lower rate of violence than Christians, for at least two reasons.

Second, if you think Muslims are less likely to be criminals, I would recommend you spend some time in county prison in any metropolitan region. Many prisons no longer offer the Bible on the commisary order sheet and offer only the Quran. Did you know any of those facts about Islam, or Muslims in the US? Or did you arrogantly assume your Little Red Book-style ideology is all you need to know? The author repeatedly quotes historians, historical documents, and specific data.

For example, the amount of fines, taxes, etc for Tyson Foods is given. Also, the amount of federal funding for various things is detailed, along with defense contracts, income growth, and such. The personal aspects of the article simply showed what this data means for real Americans living their lives. Maybe you should read before commenting. Thank you so very much for illustrating the entire point of this article with your clueless commentary.

Who did Jesus side up with? Prostitutes, the poor, thieves, foreigners. Who was he constantly at odds with? I think I will take my chances in the party of sinners. After defending the prostitute, Jesus also told her to go and sin no more. Jesus loved the sinner, but hated the sin. The left conveniently forgets that when discussing Jesus. Nor did he imply that it applied to all Christians as a universal law of Christianity. The implication is that we should be aiming for God or a spiritual ideal.

Hamartia can even mean something as simple as being mistaken, not implying any absolute moral and divine failure whatsoever. There is no evidence that Jesus was pointing to a specific sin.

He often referred to sin in more general ways, as having fallen short. There is no evidence even that the accusations against this woman were true or that Jesus believed they were true, as he stated no opinion on the matter. Besides, that story about the adulteress in John is an interpolation. No one knows its origin, although by the 4th century there are mentions of it.

Some Christian humility is needed. The only thing I stated incorrectly was she was a prostitute, not an adulterer. But my point still stands. Micah — I simply proved that you were projecting your personal opinions onto Jesus. That is a bit problematic, if you consider yourself a Christian. Instead of embracing humility in trying to understand Jesus on his own terms, you attack others.

Is that what Christianity means to you? The sinners have much more fun. Man you may live in a delapidate trailer, but I have news for you. I am with you; I am 65 going on 66 , and am one more white poor mother fucker. The problem is whites , hispanics we all have been played for fools, why the rich manipulate the facts that place and hold them in power.

I just hope all people of the world realize that the average American is just one poor mother fucker. We mother fuckers are the True Average American. Best one yet on the Internet. SC, I think the author of this is brilliant and thoughtful. She did her homework. She considered the issue. She made a connection. And then she shared it. Why on earth would you call her stupid and ignorant?

If you have an opposing view, why not voice it in an intelligently written piece like hers instead of resorting to ridiculously broad generalizations? For the record, I am not gay, but I am an atheist who has had an abortion. She is also sharing her opinions.

She is not stupid or ignorant for having a different opinion than you. Attacking and judging her and the entire Democratic Party is close-minded and ignorant to me.

Some would rationally argue based on the evidence that the entire two-party establishment is bought by big money. It would be hard to argue the opposite based on what has become obvious over the years. Still, there are differences between the parties. Data shows that inequality increases, unemployment grows, recessions happen more often and last longer, and suicide and homicide rates increase under Republican administrations.

If one was to rationally choose between the two main parties, the Democrats are the lesser evil. With lesser evilism, fundamental problems are never solved and much needed reform never happens.

The lesser evil makes the greater evil possible, the sugar that helps the poison go down. That could not be further from the truth! This only serves to highlight just what you were trying to point out in your essay! This was the most articulate and honest approach to this phenomenon in America!

Thank you and I hope that you write more for us to enjoy and learn! I read your piece to my husband because it was so enlightening and captured truth! Keep up the good fight sister! God has been redefined and restructured in every age. Christians use every weird scriptural passage to justify their hate, racism, homophobia and misogyny. But our future leaders, the millenials, are decidedly secular, materialistic, pro-choice and find religion annoying.

Technology, reason, knowledge are all we need. Wow, what an amazing insightfully made point. Gawd, I hate it when comment sections are added to articles! Stir is a great name for this site, because, to make an equally insightful intellectual point: Lots of crap here. The whole point of this site is to start conversations. Some are better than others. We have one moderator right now. A fifth scenario described at the link you provided — i. The entire culture wars that have driven the political right for decades is the most paternalistic expression of politics around.

Most liberals want to increase opportunities and resources for people to improve their own lives, the complete opposite of paternalism.

Conservatives are paternalistic with their support of a strong militarized police state and neocon state building. As for white conservatives, more whites are on welfare, both as total number and as a percentage. The culture war issue is a bit more complex, but keep in mind that many of these people are members of very conservative religious groups.

The difference is the cultural frame of reference. This is not only true for political issues. They know what Donald Trump thinks: He jumped right in the ring! Most liberals would be horrified if conservatives said to Muslims what liberals say to conservative Christians without hesitation. Yet they are totally oblivious to how they are perceived or why their message is not well-received. Likewise, just like the people who are leading the fight against ISIS are Muslims, the people standing up to the actual Klan are the ones described in this article, but neither gets any credit for it from people thousands of miles away who have no idea what is going on.

Bill Clinton was a man with a foot in both worlds, much like the political version of Sam Walton or Don Tyson. He was the local boy who made good. But the people he won over so easily turned on him, not because of economic issues, but for violating cultural norms. Cheating on his wife, lying about it, then pretending nothing happened. This seems to be what Hillary herself thought. It showed that he could not be trusted. Nor did he do sufficient public penance for it to show that he knew he had messed up.

It generally involves crying, apologizing, and invoking Jesus. Alternatively, a very public reconciliation involving Bill crying, apologizing, and invoking Jesus would have worked too. Thus the bizarre theories about Hillary. As I said, no one paying attention could say this. Paternalism is the very heart of the conservative social order. Conservatism is first and foremost about social control, about maintaining the perceived moral hierarchy.

Corey Robin explains this well about the reactionary mind. You must not read as many conservatives as I do. I regularly come across conservative pundits and authors offering condescension to poor whites. There is nothing complex about it, not essentially. The culture wars are what conservatism is all about. Many urban liberals were raised in rural and suburban conservative communities. I live in a farming state and the younger generation have left the rural areas for the bigger cities.

I was raised by conservative parents. And I spent a large part of my life in the Deep South growing up. Plenty of liberals are Christians. In fact, most liberals are Christians. Also, plenty of liberals are equally critical of fundamentalism in other religions. As far the Klan, the people opposing it have been diverse.

It actually was found largely in urban areas and its membership was mostly the middle-to-upper class. The Second Klan was mostly found in the more liberal North, not the South. Sure, right-wingers and reactionaries turned on him, but they never liked him in the first place. Give me specifics and back it up with data or at least examples. There are many ways to try to make sense of it all. Please enlighten us with specifics to make your case that liberals are patronizing toward poor whites.

Just please be specific. BDS, you are proof of what George Will succinctly stated last month on television: Two shining examples of the idiocy produced by visceral thinking are primary leaders D. Lunacy on both sides. While the field may indeed be unfair, voting in a hard core socialist will do nothing but bankrupt people on all levels with huge tax increases.

I wrote numerous comments here describing in great detail my reasons. I have indeed reasoned myself into these positions. How dare they have different opinions based on different reasons! A lot of sound and fury, but not much sense, as far as I can tell.

Nothing you said in your comment applies to me, that is for sure. Anyway, anyone who knows American history and knows socialism would know that Sanders is what used to be considered a moderate liberal and old school progressive.

He is no where near as far left as FDR. Sanders is only socialist in the old sense of the word as a social reformer, although more accurately he is what is known as a social democrat. None of this is worth getting an aneurysm over. But my understanding of his politics is the opposite of selfishness. And laziness is not party- or candidate-specific.

There is not a candidate on any ticket who appeals to me. Not sure what you mean when you say that BDS has been asking me to explain, as I have only just begun to post to this forum. That being said, I stand by the quote from George Will. It is impossible to believe that anyone came by their political stance out of sheer logic. We are human and prone to emotion. I guess I have to remember when pointing at someone that there are three fingers pointing back at me. Shame on you if you are unwilling to apply that George Will quote to your own political position, but only to people who disagree with you.

And shame on you if you are unwilling to admit that the reason you employed it was because you thought the opinions of the person to whom you were responding were not worthy of consideration. It had nothing to do with wanting us all — together — to admit that emotions play a role in the formation of our political opinions.

You clearly sought to exclude yourself from that, as you clearly believe that your political opinions were arrived at solely through reason. And yet you can look at an article like this, which even gives you the data that shows how radically different income growth has been distributed during economic expansions over the last sixty years, and just repeat tired tropes about the poor being selfish and lazy.

Of course, back then we had tax brackets that went up into the millions of dollars before accounting for inflation! Not surprisingly, rural whites were the most likely to be kicked off those systems. No they just tapped into the resentment of those who have some knowledge about the system. For example, a relative of mine is a social worker in Louisiana. She originally got into that line of work because she wanted to make a difference and help people.

She is now jaded and tells of people who have been in this situation for generations. They do not want to better themselves. They want to keep whatever freebies they have coming just like their parents and grandparents did. Their ailment according to him: Years ago when I was working a night shift, one co-worker was giving another one a hard time: They just shined a light on the problem. I admire them greatly for that. If the poor white or black trash Americans put in half as much effort as the illegals do day in and day out, this place would be much better off.

Drgrad68 — I wrote you a long comment. I also had a bunch of links. So, to keep the moderator happy, I posted it as a comment at my blog. I offer you the link, if you so desire to see my response:. Nice to meet ya, Laurel. I love info and I want to spread it far and wide. Actually, loathe is a strong word for me. These are also the sort of people who tend to be extremely controlling in relationships and more likely to physically or psychologically abuse women.

I am genuinely curious. I know many from my own family, from the colleges I attended for my BA and MA, from various jobs and from my church. I know social conservatives who are rich, poor, from rural areas and urban areas, from the U. I am wondering if your prejudice springs from a bad experience with one or two bad apples there are nasty folks from all parts of the political spectrum!

I used to vote Democratic, but I finally matured and grew up and grew out of my ignorance of believing rich Liberals! No, I am truly voting for my interests, values, and morals!

What is it that your party offer you being on the low social economic ladder? What is it that offer you in terms of hope that your situation will get better.

Such a stunning, sweeping, urgent piece of commentary, written in a language accessible to any poor white motherfucker. Thank you so much for writing this, Jonna! The wealthy elite, and their stooges, the Republicans, have assassinated all those of influence who were committed to economic equality.

I thought they fell victim to a communist, a Palestinian [activist terrorist], and a white supremacist who all had guns, respectively. Really they all fell victim to a communist, a Palestinian, and racist? It seems if you study history, guns are just a tool, the people behind them and their motives are what actually matter.

Case in point, the last civil war was won by oppressed people with guns, thus their use of guns is the reason for the abolition of slavery and the enforcement of subsequent civil rights for freed blacks. You are right on Desmond. Articles like this get us communicating and thinking seriously about change and what we can do. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist sympathizer who, most likely, acted alone.

Martin Luther King was shot by James Earl Ray, a petty criminal with a long rap sheet who was known to strongly dislike black people. These are the guys who fired the guns. These were all political acts, but all evidence was that they were the acts of a single person.

Each had sufficient motivation and ability to pull the trigger without any greater conspiracy. Gerald Ford was shot at twice by two unassociated unstable women, and Ronald Reagan was wounded by a mentally disturbed man who wanted to impress Jodie Foster. Going farther back, President Garfield was shot by an mentally ill man who believed that the Vice President would reward him with a civil service job.

All it takes is one person with a gun to assassinate somebody. I going to say the party i support is the American People, Please Im begging you just admit you are racist. History; not the one you read in the class rooms of modern day Schools. Tell history in a way that its not offensive.

Our country was founded on, how can i say this … On the backs of people, was stolen from people, denied and continue to be denied to others. So a few Greedy people can profit. For some one to talk about sin, I must ask this question. Sir are you with out Sin, If so continue to throw stones. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated not murdered! Kennedy was assassinated not murdered!

These people where considered a threat not to a poor white man who disliked people of color or a terrorist. They was a threat to the people who wanted to keep the average American Male and Female from seeing the truth! When a person gains knowledge they are no longer ignorant they become aware. Book Smarts do not equal out to common sense, which is not really common any more. You learn by sitting back and watching people, I do apologize for calling you a Racist but your remarks are in line to what this article is talking about that sense of being superior to others.

Just rhanting is what you doing. I know its not Dump. We have bigger issues in America than kicking Muslims out of our country and Mexicans and what ever type of people he uses to gain favor. Just look at all the HATE surrounding his campaign. Nothing good ever comes out of negativity. We as a country need to come together. Whats so different between the Poor and the Wealthy. We all Bleed the same color, We will all leave this earth when our time is up.

I dare you to care about others, kindness is the biggest weapon of all. For you to feel the way you do I believe this article offended you.

But what do I Know im just a poor motherfucker from a Slave State. Excellent article, really hits the nail on the head in terms of the situation in America today. I have an interesting perspective to contribute, if I may. My father was much like one of the white underclass you mention. It was odd he even met and dated my mother Hispanic in the first place, but perhaps beauty got the better of him. My dad was an honest mechanic, and perhaps because of that he was always broke.

He made enough to keep the shop afloat which he built with his own hands, practically alone but not enough for much else. I spent my childhood in a rather strange dichotomy. One side was my Hispanic family who were well respected among the community in a poor, primarily Hispanic neighborhood, in a rather comfortable house with a large yard that was always bustling with my cousins, aunts, and uncles.

It was a comfortable life but money was never spent unless on something needed. The other side was my white family, consisting of my father, and my grandparents divorced, separated, and in different homes, yet who still hung around each other a lot for the sake of me and their sons. My grandma lived in a four bedroom middle-class house in a nice area of town. My father, being uneducated barely finished high school , was unaware of the legal agreements ramifications.

He basically handed everything over without any sort of guarantee that he would be entitled to its wealth or earnings later on. At first things were good, as my dad worked for his best friend at his right-hand man, making comfortable amounts of money. It was during this time that he came into close contact with a primarily Mexican labor force. He developed a deep respect for their everyday struggle because he knew it was the same as his. This led to significant tension as my dad saw it as a betrayal.

It was his property he had given up, and it was him who kept the business afloat by fixing machines when they broke, drilling foundation holes, keeping the other workers organized and directed. He was truly a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-all type guy.

Realizing it was a futile battle, he abandoned it all and walked away. He met an immigrant wife from Moldova who made him very happy in his final years his relationship with my mom was completely finished sometime during my high school years. He lived in a house in Gulf Breeze, FL, that was bought and paid for by my uncle also an airline pilot on the side. He had not a penny to his name when cancer took him in the spring of The thing that is most interesting to me is that, every time I can remember him talking about anything political, it was usually in favor of Republican candidates.

I think it was more about the narrative of the right vs. It had to be the narrative about hard work that so easily lulled him in to voting for Republicans. All he knew was that he worked hard his whole life and was never rewarded for it. By the end of his life he seemed just so sick of it all. He just walked around meeting and talking with people, enjoying life for the small things.

No one had to pay him to help the homeless man down by bay fix the boat he would sleep in. No one paid him to take a look at their car and fix the problem if he could.

I like to think that because he understood this concept of selfless giving, of helping all of those people who were down on their luck including the homeless man , then he could understand the concept of why we need an economic and political system that works for us all. I know he probably still would have voted for conservative candidates had he survived to this election, perhaps I could have easily changed his mind with a 30 minute discussion where I talk about some of the things mentioned in this article.

I know he would be able to relate because he pulled a complete on his views on Mexicans. I even saw a certain sadness in his eyes when he talked about my mom, as if he finally realized how petty all of those tensions that made their relationship dysfunctional were. Nevertheless, I fear for what it means, in terms of the minds of the American people, if we pass up Sanders.

Hang in there, Matt. Thank you, Colton, for sharing your story. You have given a perfect first person account of what I was speaking to when I wrote this piece. I have known so many men and women like your father and what you said is so dead right. It triples the difficulty when the media who is supposed to tell the truth is part of the complicated machine. I imagine that brought him some comfort and peace. Thank you for the work you are doing in New York.

Your story is deeply resonant with my own life experience, growing up in a tiny town halfway between Tulsa and Little Rock. What a great read — tremendous stuff. Thank you so much! Several others would be interested for sure. I do worry that many decades of racism and misogyny are now entrenched, despite the solidarity the guys in your Arkansas bar showed you.

Could have gone either way, right? Anyway, much gratitude for your thoughtful analysis of the problem, your effort to unify folks, and for the eloquent pride that whatever your working class roots some effective English teacher s or others passed along to you! I am sure many of our politicians, especially Bernie Sanders probably are aware of the information in which you speak in your article. My small town has been drastically affected by the wealthy bringing in immigrants and forcing poor white workers to look for work and it has destroyed our town.

Drugs are rampant, businesses closed, and all people see are immigrants form Mexico and Guatemala who have taken their jobs, and who have children living off the system. This is not a myth this is a reality, so many people see a man who has promised to give them back their jobs, bring back the old ways, when jobs were plentiful and times were great.

Why has Bernie not shared with the people of these areas his views on how he will help them work again, and share what you have written, why are politicians afraid to share this information. Your reference to wealthy Americans like Tyson bringing in workers during the recession was spot on that is exactly what happened in this small town, and there have been massive ripple affects. I truly believe that bringing people together for a cause is the answer, but we need to speak in a language that all can unite under, we need someone who can speak to the progressive and the conservative and until we can find a happy medium we always have pitted sides.

Great piece, I am a 28 year Army Veteran who likes Trump, and I do agree he is a Wealthy all for him Billionaire, but I also believe that we need to enact regulatory policies, rules and actions that enable our tax dollars to be used properly. I like both Bernie and Trump, I think they both stand for true change, but I also believe that we will not see either of them on the podium during the coming elections.

Break it down further — on TV, talk shows vs. If you mean TV specifically, or better yet specific news organizations, please say so! I was about to thank Colton as well.

Nor in your father. He understood in the end, right? Good to give back, even better when no strings are attached. And author Jonna Ivin is one in a million.. Heck, even that would be selling you short. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. And anyone slinging mud here needs to find a friend. I have one lol. Second — Regardless of your skin color or net worth, I offer this rebuttal.

And last but not least, meet one more of the many people who do care about you. Thank you for sharing your deeply insightful and personal story, Colton. I was about to share this article on Facebook, but have been struggling to adequately summarize the totality of the message and to do so in a manner that is also succinct enough to encourage as many people as possible to read it.

Then I read your remarks. Would you mind if I quoted your second-to-last paragraph with proper citation, of course as the header to my FB share of this article? Thank you so much for your story…it is amazingly thoughtful and educational at the same time! I am with you all the way brother!

I know that Bernie is our only chance to correct this awful mess that we are all in! I, too, am scared that they are going to screw this up! I am trying to find Bernie signs to put up here in Nunda, NY! This is a small, rural community and they vote Republican! It is always the have-nots who are the staunchest republicans and makes me shake my head!

What is this March that you speak of? I would like to go! This was well-written and a powerful story, Colton. I firmly believe that education, income inequality, and a corrupt political system are all tied together. I know that having a strong middle class with disposable income will boost the economy: The United States is probably the wealthiest state on the Earth in the history of mankind.

It is incredibly frustrating to me that the slavery narrative, that the rugged individualism narrative, that the free-loader narrative continue to be perpetuated by the top — and then believed by the poor. With proper education, that can be changed. He is not more of the same. None of the Republican candidates are suitable. Sanders is what this country needs. The premise that Trump is wealthy and therefore is going to be like a slave master and not care about others is a false equivalency.

More importantly the premise that forms the basis of the conclusion Bernie is more economically like the majority he therefore must care about us was refuted by Sanders himself. See for yourself the most racist thing said by a candidate so far: The bizarre, unnecessarily sexualised and highly racially-charged slur useful mainly for identifying people whose views can immediately be disregarded. The most racist thing said by a candidate so far?

You would fit right in with the KKK. He said a temporary Ban in order to create a better system to ensure safety.. This has been done in the past by Banning people of other countries on a temporary basis. This is not Racist, it is common sense. No one wants to put a complete stop to immigration, how is a wall racist? A wall is for security. If you read the article you will note that the Wealthy Americans purposely brought illegal immigrants to this country for their own financial gain, to exploit them.

Had they been legal citizens they would know their rights! Yes, it was done in the past and it was done for racist, ethnocentric, and xenophobic reasons. When compared to non-Arab and non-Islamic Americans, Arab and Islamic Americans have lower rates of violence and higher rates of education, wealth, and professional careers.

In terms of both total numbers and per capita of each demographic, Americans are more likely to be attacked by a white Christian and then have their lives saved by an Arab-American Muslim. This is because the kinds of Arabs that immigrate to the US tend to upper class professionals, not poor refugees.

This is the kind of fact that Trump ignores in his race-baiting. His proposal of a wall is a distraction. No one is going to build a wall. All the Huns had to do was to bribe the border guards. A border wall would be as pointless and destructive as the drug wars. Besides, building a wall would be a near impossible project that would be one of the most costly projects in US history.

And only a complete idiot thinks the Mexican government is going to pay for it. Anyway, undocumented immigration is at its lowest point in a long time. The US economy is bad even for undocumented immigrants. The only major wave of undocumented immigrants in recent history was those who were escaping the Honduran violence that the US government promoted by helping to overthrow a government.

They actually were refugees and ironically refugees of US policy that destroyed their country. If you want to stop such people ending up at the US border, the first thing to do is to stop promoting foreign policies that create political and economic refugees in the first place.

Instead of attacking the victims of our own policies, maybe we should change our policies. We have met the enemy and he is us. And wealthy Americans like Trump and many others love to scapegoat immigrants. Immigrants make up large portions of the workforce on numerous industries, including agriculture and construction. Immigration opponents have long argued that immigrants are taking jobs that would otherwise be filled by Americans who are out of work, but numerous studies have found the contributions of immigrants to the U.

Among them, 50 percent of Republicans support a path to citizenship for those already residing in the U. A Pew study released in found that the figure had actually reached net zero, and possibly less.

This means that any Mexican immigrants arriving in the U. Those factors included the weakened U. That was an increase from 39, in and 24, in Of those apprehended, 15, were Mexican. The most came from Honduras, at 18,, followed by Guatemala with 17, and El Salvador at 16, The rate at which Mexicans are moving to the US has been negative since in large part due to the economic conditions in both nations.

Low margin manufacturing requiring lots of manual labor is an endangered species in US and Europe alike. IMHO, if things are to be outsourced, keep it on the same continent. It makes logistics, planning, and a host of other issues much simpler as well as strengthening immediate neighbors.

Construction of it would be tied up in legal battles long after he was out of office anyway. The only person Trump cares about is Trump. Perhaps the truth is that Americans, collectively, are not very bright? Maybe a nation gets just the pizza it has ordered. Thorough and insightful though long! Your story is very informative enjoyed it a lot.

It got me thinking of all the different ways we keep each other down doing the work for the upper class. We have a system in place of keeping us occupied with constant bickering and never solving anything of importance mostly equality in pay!

We fight over guns, marriage, health care, abortion, Democrat vs Republican, rich vs poor, But so seldom do we agree on anything.

Which is ludicrous so many issues should be so easy. Should a person working 40 hours at Mcdonalds be able to pay rent and eat? Should a person working 40 hours have health care? Should every man woman and child have the same rights as others? How can any person on any side of the isle not say yes to all of the above? But people fight over these issues.

As long as we are busy fighting with each other. Wal-Mart, Mcdonalds, and every other employer gets to keep doing business the way they like! But what about what happened in the s? In , Congress passed a law essentially halting all immigration — with Samuel Gompers, the George Washington of the American labor-union movement, leading the campaign to have it passed.

Gompers wanted to create labor shortages that would drive up wages and give unions more bargaining power. By , unemployment was 1. And even when the Great Depression hit three years later, the lack of immigration prevented the economic carnage that would follow from being a lot worse than it actually was. Donald Trump is reminiscent of Samuel Gompers: Even a flat tax with no standard deduction or personal exemption would still need a discrete agency to administer it; Pennsylvania, which has such a state income tax, is living proof of this.

Thus Donald Trump is indeed a different breed of cat — so let him scratch out the eyes of the Ayn Rand crowd and win the GOP nomination. His polled support is extraordinarily broad — he draws almost equally from all demographics. I think that his broad support comes from his nationalism.

His positions stand in sharp contrast to the rest of the Presidential field, all of whom are globalists. To avoid confusion, let me provide working definitions. A globalist is someone who seeks to balance the interests of their own country with the interests of the rest of the world. A nationalist is someone who seeks to put the interests of their own country ahead of the interests of the rest of the world.

In many cases, advancing the interests of the rest of the world advances the interests of the United States as well, but the nationalist sees helping the rest of the world as a means to an end — advancing the interests of their own country. His supporters know that companies are sending manufacturing jobs overseas, bringing in cheap imported foreign labor legally to replace them in the domestic workforce, and standing by while floods of illegal aliens self-import themselves to undercut their job opportunities.

Trump promises to oppose all that and try to reverse it. Trump says that our trade agreements are one-sided against us and are fueling the exodus of American jobs. His followers believe him, and he gains a lot of support from his promises to renegotiate our trade agreements to improve the value of American labor by American citizens in America. Trump spends a lot of talk promising to build a wall.

Yet if you read his policy papers he also talks about mandatory instant employment verification to make it virtually impossible for illegal aliens to get jobs with fraudulent paperwork. The latter would be a hundred times more effective than the wall, but doubling down on the wall is a sign of commitment to his supporters.

There are a few other key issues in which Trump clearly differentiates himself from the rest of the field. But to return to the article itself, this may be hard to accept, but no one cares about class in America except for leftists. They see themselves instead as middle class people who are currently struggling. They hope to do better some day. They understand that in a free market rich people can become poor and poor people can become rich. They understand that it is Socialism that cements people into those classes.

Socialism is all about keeping the rich people rich and keeping the poor people firmly in their place, while ostentatiously showering them with benefits and handouts that really came out of their own pockets. The Trump phenomenon is really a throwback to the old-school American dream as opposed to the thin gruel of a compromise offered by the modern welfare state, where all the jobs disappear but you get a welfare check instead.

A check is a check? Or are you referring only to the Republican hopefuls? What does your comment even mean? I think I see what you mean now. I was confused when I first read your comment. Thanks for the clarification! It is so easy to misunderstand on the internet. I mostly meant the Republicans, but since you brought up Bernie Sanders, I think that he would be such a weak President that he would be a functional globalist.

To me, the defining moment of his candidacy was when two young BLM activists took the microphone away from him, he stepped away in confusion and a few days later his platform was bristling with BLM talking points. He was rolled so easily!

Bernie Sanders is all about the economic equality aspect of socialism; He has nothing to offer poor whites but more welfare. One of the big things poor white people take pride in — when they can — is staying off welfare. Welfare is viewed as sort of like economic heroin. Welfare is considered a moral failure. Of course a lot of poor whites are on welfare, but they want a paycheck, not a welfare check. This is what keeps Americans divided.

The underlying distaste you feel is that Sanders, a white politician, chose to listen to rather than shut down the voices of blacks. What he did is what democracy is about. Politicians are supposed to represent us. You see the world in terms of power.

Either a politician is bullied by others or he becomes a bully himself, which I assume is probably why you support Trump who is the ultimate bully.

But you must realize not everyone sees the world that way. He is only a socialist in the oldest sense of the word, as a social reformer. His politics are rather moderate in comparison. He is a standard moderate liberal and only seems radical because the political spectrum has shifted so far right.

Even on immigration, he is a moderate. He has no desire to simply open the borders, as he has voiced concern that immigration can be used as a way of driving down wages. But neither is he one to use immigrants as scapegoats for problems of American capitalism.

As she explained, she has been on the low end of the income scale before. She also knows that poor blacks deal with the same problems as poor whites, only worse than poor whites. Generations of racism and white affirmative action have taken their toll on the black community, which sadly too few whites understand.

One of the big things poor black people take pride in—when they can—is staying off welfare. Only a racist would think that this is a trait limited to whites.

Even if we are to make it racial, your argument is proven false. Explain why most welfare recipients are white. And explain why a greater percentage of poor whites are on welfare than the percentage of poor blacks. If poor white people take so much pride in staying off welfare, why are they more prone to being on welfare than almost any other demographic? This is severely uninformed and misinformed. There are two basic facts about welfare recipients.

Most of them are employed, not unemployed. And most of them are only on welfare temporarily. Few people need welfare permanently.

Even for those who do need welfare permanently, our laws are set up to make it hard for many people to maintain long-term benefits. Almost everyone of all races wants the respect of supporting themselves and their families.

But in many communities, there simply are few jobs available. And if they take a job, they might not be able to get welfare benefits.

People have to be desperately poor before welfare kicks in. In a general election, polls Sanders would not only beat Trump but destroy him: Reuters currently has him up by nearly 10 per cent overall, and that with far less media coverage. Among unemployed white voters, that number rises to 16 per cent.

The ugly, dumb xenophobes and actual Nazis supporting Trump are older than the U. By mega-racist whites will, one hopes, be a minority of what for sure will no longer be the racial majority in the United States, border wall or not.

May we all live to see it. She never purported to understand ALL the idiots supporting him. Maybe they want opportunities brought in by more and better paying jobs instead of free stuff, which is just keeping them down. There are more poor whites than poor blacks. There are more whites than blacks receiving welfare. In fact, a larger percentage of whites than blacks receive welfare. Poor whites also defend social security and medicare.

Social Security in particular is considered to be an exception. You pay into that. I agree that Social Security is an exception. But what about Medicare and welfare? Being sensitive to their request and of the situation as a whole, in no way negates our staunch avocation to our right to own and collect guns; and of advocating our rights according to the Second Amendment, it should not be infringed!

Stand up and be counted … because all the politicians do is count the numbers who will be supporting them in their coming election. Make sure at this count they have to use more than their fingers and toes! When you come to our show this weekend please keep your firearms in cases so as not to walk the busy streets of Saratoga Springs with threatening-looking weapons slung on shoulders. Let us be sensitive to the wishes of the City Council and the past and present rules and ordinances of the city.

There will probably be protesters near the entrances so, again, please be civil and do not antagonize so as to reflect badly on our NEACA Arms Fair or on the gun fraternity in general. Still Good ol' News You're going to like this! Dave has been so busy recently, he forgot about his world in cyberspace If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.

Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some. When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force.

You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a pound woman on equal footing with a pound mugger, a year old retiree on equal footing with a year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunken guys with baseball bats.

The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender. There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job.

That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst.

The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid.

It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.

Very nicely put into perspective for the gun grabbers! Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cyber security bill.

Democratic senators have offered an amendment to the cyber security bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity gun magazines for some consumers.

Shortly after the Cyber security Act gained Senate approval to proceed to filing proposed amendments and a vote next week, Sen. The amendment was sponsored by Democratic Sens. The amendment is identical to a separate bill sponsored by Lautenberg. Feinstein was the sponsor of the assault weapons ban, which expired in The proposed amendment would only affect sales and transfers after the law took effect. Schumer defended the Brady law and assault weapons ban on the floor Thursday evening, perhaps in preparation for the coming fight with Republicans and gun rights activists.

Schumer suggested that both the left and right find common ground. He suggested that Democrats make it clear that their goal is not to repeal the Second Amendment.

Schumer also pointed out that it would be reasonable for the right to recognize that background checks on those buying guns is necessary — as called for in the Brady law. Next week the Senate is expected to debate and vote on proposed amendments to the cyber security bill. I guess there are some people who actually read the member letters I send out for our New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates; the last and most current one was about the ongoing saga of the possibility of the elimination of New York State Gun shows.

Some of you have gone the extra mile and I want to recognize several members here and now. Just got off the phone with Brian Sherwood in Tupper Lake who called to request an extra table for display at our Clifton Park Show and he explained how one of his friends and one of our members was on a phone campaign urging members and dealers to either send a contribution to the war chest or take an extra table at Clifton Park. After my prodding he told me the caller was Terry Perrigo, also from Tupper Lake, apparently, Terry is going the extra ten miles.

Before she uttered a word and I saw there was no application for the upcoming show I knew exactly what the letter said and what the check was for. While she read it you could have seen tears in my eyes. The letter is below. I know all the above named would not want me to even mention what they do but I must. There are many more among the nameless who contribute in a large or small way to make our shows a success.

I am proud to call them friends. Dave and Cathy Petronis. As you know I am one of your friends and of course a vintage gun collector. I am also very disappointed in the AG and his under handed tactics to persecute gun enthusiasts and the unconstitutional effort to coerce honest US and NY citizens. This governmental injustice is all very sad and a blemish on America and free societies. As you know I have set up at a few shows in an effort to reduce my gun collection since the apparent goal of these tyrants is to subvert the laws of this fine country and disarm its citizens.

I have been a hunter, trapper and fisherman all my life. I was raised on a small farm in the Adirondacks where bringing home some game for the table was greatly appreciated by my grandparents from Austria. They worked hard and honestly to meek out a living in difficult times and terrains.

It took me years of hard work to earn enough extra money to put together a collection and hoped it would be an investment and fun in my retirement years. I have worked 50 years building roads, bridges, railroad crossings, wastewater treatment plants, airport improvements, power lines, and many other public domain improvements.

I fan a fur business for 27 years, a motel for 8 years and a construction business for 2 years. I was president of our local rod and gun club and founded the Adirondack Trapper Association. At nearly 68 years old, I have just signed up for another two years for an engineering company to rebuild a local road and bridge a 7 million dollar project. I was born in Syracuse and since my birthday present each year in my youth was a trip to the state fair, I really enjoy that show. I will endeavor to make it to your shows when it is viable.

I am enclosing a check, which I hope you can use toward legal defense of this outrageous onslaught on your family and our constitutional rights. This is the first time I have done this but it is my way of contributing toward honesty in America. I will spread the word hoping to encourage others to do the same. God Bless America and god bless you Dave and Cathy in these desperate times of injustice.

Terry, I want to thank you personally and one of these days, Cathy and I will really stop in and have that coffee. What he considers is a loop-hole in the Gun Show Business Law is actually the right an individual has to sell personal property. Any man or woman who owns a gun can legally sell it to anyone else! That right should not cease at a gun show. Because he says it is. How much do you want? You could give it to him for free on the spot or sell it for fifty dollars.

And your brother-in-law has just committed a crime of receiving a firearm without going thru a Federal background check. If spotted by any police officer in New York State you are subject to arrest, imprisonment and fines.

Did you know it is a crime to do what transpired? The answer, it appears, of educating the NY State populace of this law is on my shoulders and the responsibility of other Gun Show Promoter. And give a deposition under oath! But, I could agree to this new demand, pay the fine and watch my step in the future. I thought blackmail was illegal. As a citizen, you have a perfect right to sell your personal property anywhere, anytime and to whom you wish.

That is, except your legally owned guns at gun shows! Of course, if you were at a show in our adjoining states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Ohio you could still do the same thing. Only in New York is it a crime. In New Jersey there are no gun shows but you can own a machine gun.

Schneiderman may be looking to mimic New Jersey without the machine gun part. I still have my sights set on Jersey though. If you as a free citizen of this New York State agree that this whole charade is just that, a political move to enhance a resume, then help me and the other promoters of Gun Shows by letting your elected representatives know how you feel about your rights being violated.

This is not about guns; this is and always will be about control! Guns will never go away, they are a part of the American Tradition. Guns make us Americans. Whether you like or dislike this is, not the question. Whether you can sell your personal property is. Perhaps our Second Amendment Protection Union should be formed. You may not sell your gun to anyone while on the show grounds or adjoining parking lots without having the buyer go through a NICS check, this is illegal. You can, however, sell your guns to any FFL dealer.

They are there, in fact, not only to sell but to buy new inventory. We can still do business but in a far more intrusive way. It should be the responsibility of the State, not mine. Commentary by David Petronis, Dec. A Gun Lover Poem. In earnest response to a Viewpoint in the Sunday Gazette dated April 29, I respectfully disagree with the author and her views but staunchly defend her right to flowingly air them.

I humbly submit a gun lover poem:. Barbara DeMille of Rensselearville. At writing has really a fine wit. But with accuracy become more a nit-wit. Automatic weapons were never used. While her facts they were quite abused. For protection in homes today.

Reasons schools should teach aim and accuracy again. I long for the day when kids went afield and about. Responsibility with ownership is more what we need. As for a hooded perp with a burglary history. A security shooting should not be a mystery. Threats to my person or force into my house. I should not be required to run like a mouse.

Our gun control to be strived more. Should be to hit what is truly aimed for! Seems like all the major gun companies have figured out that with all the buying activity, they can raise their prices to distributors. Naturally they then pass it on to us dealers who in turn — guess what — have to pass it on to our customers.

You may want to stop by and get yours before the summer fun begins and none are around. Also, just got resupplied with the Russian Moisan Nagant, both round and octagonal receivers. But they are in super condition with accessories and are still fairly cheap considering the overall market on guns in general. We also have the 7. Been to an auction lately? The guns usually end up costing more than for what I sell the same thing at my store, no bargains there.

And I give a guarantee. See our Gun Show page for details. Click on our link to join, lots of guns and stuff at our shows. Hudson River Trading Company. To My Wife and the Rest of the World …. Living married with me for nearly 50 years and working in our business's together since , that alone should warrant a woman of the year award.

And I do remember that time she helped me with an engine overhaul! And for keeping up with me to reach our fifty years of marriage on June 30, , any wonder I want to keep her happy? Or that she is still the apple of my eye and my best friend? All in all I think I may have scratched the surface of what Cathy Petronis, my wife and life partner, has done and continues to do on a daily basis. We survived the Mechanicville Tornado that ruined our home and plans then worked together to rebuild our lives.

For this life and in the next, I nominate Cathy Petronis for woman of the year. See our Sunday Gazette! Happy New Year to all us Primates! This is my Niece, Jill Andrews, with the little guy. For the full story click here! Our organization does not engage in criminal activity. The purpose of our organization is to promote our arms collecting hobby and provide a forum where arms can be traded or acquired and educational displays can be presented.

We have organized and promoted gun shows since We have never experienced a bad incident or problem of any sort and during the past 30 years we have provided safe and enjoyable events to hundreds of thousands of people through the Northeast from Maine to Pennsylvania.

Evidently, now we are somehow to be looked upon as criminals by the Attorney General, and our past three decades of professionalism mean nothing.

I am not quite sure if the Attorney General actually believes that our hobby provides places where criminals gather to do evil, but let me assure you, that concept is as far from the truth as possible. Gun shows have been held throughout New York State for decades with no problems. In fact, there are existing laws regulating gun shows, and even a designated group of New York State troopers to enforce those laws.

We conform to this requirement and have done so since we were notified of it. This rule also applies to all persons entering the show, even to individuals who meet at the show, discuss the purchase of a firearm that one of them owns, then leave the show together. They are still legally liable to obey the regulations of the NICS check if they finish their transaction outside.

By the way, let me explain that the above rule with respect to private sales is only for us New Yorkers. An even more bizarre situation concerns the person who arrives at the gun show with a private firearm and sells it to someone before ever entering the building.

I hear in conversations that this may be exactly the situation that I am now being investigated for. I have had many calls of inquiry and support from people who have attended our shows and from our NEACA members. Many have asked to send a letter of support saying that our practices at the shows have always been above board and according to regulations. To all those people, I say Thank You! Show your support for someone who has stringently obeyed the laws and has probably annoyed some of our show attendees by stressing in word and practice that we all have a responsibility.

I urge you to support our local shows, our NEACA organization and most of all our constitutional rights. It has been said to me that our new Attorney General is an anti-gunner, a staunch liberal in favor of eliminating gun shows and possibly our gun rights. I do think, however, that like many public officials he may have an agenda. A lot of progressives feel that gun control is righteous and will save lives. Again, thanks to everyone for your continued support and we hope to see you at our next City Center, Saratoga Springs Arms Fair on January 28, 29, Download the complete story as a PDF.

It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on on-going financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Six years later America will do a lot better As a firearms dealer, I read with some interest the Pastor initiated gun buy-back program offered in Schenectady and reported in your Gazette on June 19, I question the lawfulness of such an event.

As a state and federally licensed dealer in Mechanicville, I applaud the attempt of removing illegal guns from city streets as the Pastors Charlie Muller of Albany and Ted Ward of Schenectady have envisioned. But at that time there were so many legal hurdles to address which made such an attempt to retrieve stolen and illegal guns near impossible, I wonder what now has changed; not much, I believe, perhaps attitude.

Our New York State laws still insist that a handgun be registered by name, serial number and caliber to an individual holding a valid and current pistol license. The point is, regardless of the noble intent, the picture your photographer snapped of the Rev. Charlie Muller holding that.

Dumb as it is, that is the way it is. It is not my intention to undermine the efforts of these fine and responsible people but rather to raise awareness of some of the stupid rules that try to run our society.

So what does Charlie do with an illegal handgun? Give it to the police who then need to find out where it came from? That could well be their job. If it was found to be a stolen weapon, which in most cases it probably is, do they return it to the rightful owner? And by simply getting a murder weapon off the street, if that is what we are most concerned with, is the evidence of that gun and its ballistics now useless to track and prosecute the murderer?

Why not let plain folks who find old guns in their attic just turn them in to their local licensed gun dealer who in turn can help them be registered or sold as a collector piece? Why can one scenario be solemn and good while also being lawbreaking, the other be impossible? The Real Gun Show Story 2.

This next event will also mark our 28 th year producing shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center, this one being number eighty-four! To see some of our prior exhibitors and their presentations click to Saratoga Arms Fair. Over the years we have had many highly creative people included in our Arms Fairs and this is a great opportunity for many of them plus new artists to pool together in our show and make August in Saratoga not just the place to be for horse folks but for Artists and Artisans as well.

That is why our Saratoga show has been running fine for these nearly three decades! To toot our own horn, we try harder and work friendlier. This is a great little village in the beautiful Central Adirondack Mountains of New York State, truly a world away from city trials and troubles; though the traffic does get backed up when the whitetails wander the main roads!

Our business is good, we at New East-Coast Arms Collectors Associates or NEACA, are all well and in fine health; we like what we do and have friends across the country … what else can there possibly be to better enjoy the continued good life? I know, for you to check out our shows as an exhibitor or attendee, better yet, join us and become a Member.

You will enjoy what you have been missing. The Real Gun Show Story 1. Our company actually staged the first large event at the budding building when we opened with an exquisite Antique Show. I think the sign announcing something about a new Convention Center brought me to an abrupt halt and I found Mark Baker on site doing things in a small construction trailer. Mark is still there issuing our contracts and now overseeing the expanding show area.

We now routinely fill the hall with exhibitors and public has been flooding in four times a year to buy, sell and trade firearms of all makes and models plus taking home antique war weapons and accoutrements of every description. Ours has been an ever changing business; we routinely must revise our shows to comply with new rules and regulations.

Not only are there changing Federal laws to stay abreast of but New York State is one of the most restrictive in business with its own laws, taxes and compliances that we must follow, and being in the gun business we must abide by many more specific regulations. To buy a firearm there are forms to fill out, instant background checks to be made and hopefully received back in a timely manner, and delivery to be accomplished.

What used to be a lightly regulated swap meet 30 years ago is now a full time, well managed business. And years ago when these meets were few and far between today there are literally dozens of gun shows that go on simultaneously each and every weekend across these great United States.

Business has been good; while other businesses may be feeling the recession, the gun makers and sellers have been doing fairly well. It seems that people who never expressed an interest in owning a gun now want one in their home. Pistol permit applications are way up and background checks for purchases are at record levels. Whenever a Democrat administration is in power just the threat of more rights being compromised or more restrictive gun laws enacted seem to be enough to spur our business on.

Now with the Obama nation in charge of both the Congress and the Whitehouse, the fears stated are present once more. Guns and ammunition sales were at record levels last year and continue to be strong. The recent Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment to our US Constitution actually means what it states, that individuals have the right to own guns, now is being exercised at a brisk pace.

It is also widely believed that after this election in November that a left over Democrat lame-duck Congress will try to ram through new laws or regulations that will be very adverse to gun owners nationwide. There has been little to no conversation over the past year and a half about any restrictive gun legislation which is most unusual. This, we believe, is not by chance but by design and meant to lull the gun owning majority to dampen their guard over our freedom.

This may sound like the popular conspiracy theories, but never the less, that belief is another driving force for immediate and continuing gun purchases. Aside from fear of losing or having the future ability to buy or own guns there is another, though less known aspect in the collecting of guns; their strong resale market and retained or increasing value.

Prices of quality collector firearms have been sky rocketing; auction houses routinely break individual record sales. Highly engraved, rare or historically attributed firearms are now one of the best of investments. Usually a better return on investment than the stock market, especially so over the last several years; and honestly what would you rather have trying to protect your home one of these nights, a piece of paper portfolio or an antique, highly engraved, still functional Smith and Wesson revolver with a box of 50 rounds of.

Today, high tech manufacturing and laser engraving has brought the price considerably lower for a fine and fancy firearm. Visiting one of our shows is still a walk through history but also, unlike a museum, you can actually purchase and go home with a true historical artifact or museum quality firearm. Not just guns but all sorts of sporting antiques, military collectables, investment quality custom knives, old hand crafted hunting decoys, traps, artwork, or Americana plus reference books and shooting accessories of all types can be found among the myriad of tables manned by the most extraordinary of throw backs to a different age; the gun dealer.

Come visit them at our next show in the newly expanding Saratoga Springs City Center on August 28 and Getting an average of over 6 million plus hits a month must define that there is ample interest in what we do.

Fill out your door prize coupon at any of our shows and be among the nearly 30, households who regularly get a mailing of our upcoming events. As the saying goes, timing is everything. Then came an e-mail. Only about 40 minutes north of our home this intimate dinner for two was to be our celebration of another milestone in our loving lives; well, almost. Cathy and I produce Arms Fairs for exhibitors and public to gather for the purpose of selling and buying firearms and related accessories.

As such we have been utilizing the banquet room at the Holiday Inn Turf for a February Gun Show for over fifteen years, so we knew the facility and our dinners there were always top notch. A Friday evening seafood buffet is a highlight for the locals and guests and we have made it a point to partake of the fare. With our pleasant experiences already, we knew this intimate five course dinner was going to be great. But intimate, not so much.

A few hours later a return call from Jan was that they would also like to go and wanted to treat us for our anniversary dinner. Not a proposition to refute and their company is excellent. This deal is looking better all the time, I thought — great dinner, fine company and now a gift! Including an appetizer, a salad, a special appetizer, filet mignon and dessert; a hundred dollars a plate would not be a lot.

The entire mouth watering menu was in our original e-mail and we were ready to party. So intimate dinner for four, here we come. The Turf Hotel group owns several in the area and have been upgrading their Holiday Inn property overlooking Lake George for a year now.

The place is beautiful, with accommodations, lobby and patios very comforting and eye appealing. The view of the lake is great and an evening cocktail near the outside fire pit is simply relaxing. From past experience we knew pretty much what to expect with dinner seating and service, but for this evening a surprise awaited.

On arrival we were greeted by the hostess, who knew us from our Arms Fairs, and led us into a special newly remodeled private room with doors opening to a private patio. A table for eight was nicely set up and we were motioned to pick our seating.

I immediately mentioned that some confusion must be happening as we only had a reservation for four. We were a little early so we started on a bottle of the first wine offering of the evening, a Chardonnay from California. Our conversation began with how meeting new people should be an interesting one but I wondered what was in store. In a few minutes our Executive Chef, Michael Squires came in to greet us and explained a bit about our meal and that four other guests will soon be arriving.

Then a couple from Niagara Falls, who were staying at the hotel, also joined us at the table. They were about our age, married 46 years, and complemented the group very well. All were in attendance and our night began. A Jumbo Shrimp Francaise with lemon and saffron beurre blanc was placed in front of us and more Chardonnay was served. Chef Michael explained about the serving and what was to come and our mouths began to water.

But 3 large shrimp covered in a butter sauce needed to be dispensed with first; they were delicious — could have been equally sufficient with only two! It was then divulged by manager Mike that this was the first offering of this dinner with real live customers, us, and that they sincerely appreciated our reservations. Prior dinners were for the staff where they tweaked the menu and service and were still seeking input as to how everything is served, amounts of food and style.

And what little piggies we were to become! Cleanse our palette, here comes a Pinot Grigio from Tuscany and our Belgian endive salad with walnuts and apples slices.

Of course, nothing is as simple as it sounds. Not just walnuts, but ones that were roasted with honey and sprinkled with confectionery sugar. Thin slices of apple arranged in a perfect circle surrounding endive leaves in citrus vinaigrette. The fruity wine was a wonderful pairing. We were beckoned that it was time to stretch our legs and retreat to our private patio where Chef Michael was grilling our special rack of lamb. Michael was finished grilling; we knocked off our Pino Grigio and returned to our seating among interesting conversation and awaited our next course.

Our server appeared with a California Pinot Noir, supple in texture, with rose petal and red fruit aroma. Chef arranged these two great looking little chops with bone handles in a crossed arms fashion, almost in honor of our NEACA emblem of crossed rifles, he placed them over a mound of pesto risotto and sided with sun dried tomatoes.

These were grilled to perfection with an applied herbed au jus and they were superb. The mound of soft, short grain rice was tasty but much more than I could handle for an appetizer.

My buds were working overtime as it was. Cathy and Jan were contemplating how to duplicate the lamb as a meal when our fourth wine was uncorked, a dark Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, this flavor of plums and Bing cherries perked the palette for our coming main course; anticipation was in the air. Adjoining each side were Yukon smashed potato and a roll of asparagus tips; a sight fit for the God of Goodness and a taste to please any King.

The company ceased all chatter and the business beforehand was indulged upon. And indulgence indeed was this fine food and drink. The serving and meal so far spanned about two hours then our table was cleared while our very competent and lovely server opened a slightly bubbly Rosa Regale from Strevi, Italy. Aromatic and tasteful of ripened raspberries the sweetened taste created an anticipation for dessert and coffee. Then Chef Michael produced a Chambord bunt cake with chocolate raspberry ganache.

It was a temptuous finale to a wonderful meal. Over coffee we expressed our opinions amongst ourselves, Chef Michael and our hosts.

The unanimous consensus was that the idea and setting was great, the meal was handled perfectly and the food was superb. Chef Michael said he already went to three shrimp from five and said they were still exploring the serving time and portions.

Two and a half hours for a great meal with a patio break at half-time seemed to fit the optimum dining experience. Jan wanted the recipes. All of us were well pleased. Whether you like to dine as a couple, foursome or want the experience of joining a group table, all requests seem to be accommodating but their intimate private area appears to be designed for less than twenty adult people.

His old politics may not be credible to all but his namesake overlooking Lake George is truly a remarkable establishment and surely will become a destination to partake of beauty, friendliness and a wonderful dining experience. Now you know why I start my home page with Buy a Gun! Just received my Valuable Life Insurance Info from AARP; you know them as the modern leaches of the elderly as opposed to the olden times blood suckers that were thought to help with physical ills.

I must say though, reading their policy proposal gave me a good morning laugh. Most large organizations make a lot of money simply lending their name to a product or, in this case, an insurance policy. AARP is no different. Then I noted I get to keep this coverage to age 80 then I get to pay much more for something, I guess, new?

And premiums, meaning monthly payments, are not at a guaranteed rate but I am told only if AARP raises all the rates in my same class at the same time will they raise mine.

Well, I feel safer with my stated payment now. Well, just for a little while … until he gets all his grand plans in motion. I saved the best laugh till last. I swear, every day the crap I hear on the news is steadily worse than the day before; actually I find myself swearing at the news! When we start getting rid of the permanent fixtures imbedded in the government is the day we start improving America. You think teachers have tenure … ever try to fire a State Worker? Today, Obama tells us that the illegal aliens will have to pay a fine, pay their back taxes and go to the rear of the line for US Citizenship; is that what he plans to do with the several hundred Somalia Muslims that recently crossed from Mexico?

They would love US Citizenship so if they are caught doing damage they can get your AG Holder to give them their days in court to ridicule you for being an Ass! I have my own way to stop border crossings. Oh, glad you asked. BO, do you know how many folks would gladly volunteer to set up camp on a desert ridge in Texas, Arizona or New Mexico and set their sights on a moving target? A scoped M would be a handy deterrent and a couple of boxes of. Drug smuggling would be at a halt and people in slavery would be replaced with people power.

Instead of being apologetic to the commies in China get some gonads and enforce the US Immigration Laws so States like Arizona can get on with tourism instead of having to do your job! Before the States number one business is replaced by exporting illegals. Unfortunately, deal with the devil and face the consequences has been one of the forgotten rules.

Now even that is dominated by China, want to walk to war, first place your boot order with the commies. Want to send your son or daughter in Afghanistan a combat knife or even a large pocket knife? Make sure it is less than three inches; otherwise they may hurt someone with it.

That gallant bayonet charge of yesteryear; forget about it. Our Army threw your kids bayonet away, into the scrap heap … too violent a weapon and deemed it too cruel for use in combat. The MI Garand , the weapon that won WWII and is probably still one of the greatest effective combat weapons in use today, well the Army has destroyed most of what they had left; instead of selling them to the civilian US marksmen. Heaven forbid we should have the power of the Minutemen of Remember movies where Audie Murphy stood his ground with a.

Today your kid would win a Court Martial for shooting a. Don't see much about the facts above on the crappy news … at least not knowing keeps me from swearing! To teach a kid a lesson is a great service, to learn from experience is a great teacher, to learn a lesson from a masterful teacher is a great experience. Children of the greatest generation have faltered to teach those of the next generation about the values and sacrifices those before us have endured.

Please ask your children this question, "What is the Constitution? Did you watch the second video in the headings above, where a lineup of leading Russians refuse to shake Obama's hand? This is "hard ball", Soviet Style. After the third handshake refusal, it becomes obvious and Obama's facial expression is priceless. Sarah Palin was spouting to the Tea Party crowd a mile away, you know the folks who rant about God, guns and Freedom.

I assume there was no time in your schedule to meet and greet the street folks who will be turning your buddy to pasture in November. I also don't drink beer and I vote! Then was appointed to the Senate and we got Obamacare. Are you now out stumping for Harry Reid so we can get Socialism in our lifetime? It is just great that good old Harry is a hunter or voted one time for our cause to keep our guns.

There is a bigger picture here, Wayne. But even good gun guys can go wrong, as you guys did. Don't repeat your stupid mistakes and give Sarah a call. It is of no use to have the right to buy and sell over the backyard fence if you can't afford to buy groceries or ammo and your grandchildren can inherit our collections but need to sell off to pay for the ridiculous Federal debt we are in.

Get real, have a cup of tea, Wayne. The former Alaska governor, whose book, Going Rogue: An American Life, became a bestseller weeks before it was released and remains No. She will also participate in special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting. It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news," Palin said in a written release.

Palin will also host periodic episodes of Fox News Channel's "Real American Stories," a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in Prior to joining Sen. John McCain on the presidential ticket, Palin was the first woman to serve as governor of Alaska, taking the oath in As governor, she worked on improving resource development, education, health and transportation and infrastructure development.

Prior to holding the office of governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council in Alaska as well as two terms as the mayor and manager of Wasilla, and worked as an oil and gas industry regulator. Owned by News Corp, Fox News Channel is a hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news, and has been the most-watched cable news channel in the country for eight years running.

It features the top 13 programs in cable news and can be seen in more than 90 million homes. Nearly 75 years ago Roosevelt said: I don't know who wrote this piece about the "Change" that has been happening in America but the logic and the history lesson should be heeded. I could have written it because I feel the same way, uneasy and questioning … why? Why is the Country I grew up in so different from the memories of my youth fifty years ago?

Is it Progress … or are we simply repeating the dark side of history? David Petronis … 26 October The Observation … Anonymous. I have come to think there is something monumentally large afoot and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years.

The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two. We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back?

That is our money; yours and mine. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? I thought this was a government of "we the people," who loaned our powers to our elected leaders; apparently not. We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy.

We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history and no longer teach our founding documents; why we are exceptional and why we are worth preserving.

Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing and school boards continue to back mediocrity. We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election, violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial, one that simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman.

Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago? We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life and then allow mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic; to what purpose?

Now, our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke I teach college and I know precisely what I am talking about the list of problems is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.

It is potentially times ten. Someone asked me why I bother to write Letters to Editors or commentary articles on various subjects. Was I the type of person who just wanted to see his name in print? I have found that very many young people today do not know what is happening around their lives. Very few young people, I put young at under 45 years old, read a daily paper or watch the evening news.

They seem to be too busy with daily life. Ask who the Vice President is or the name of their representatives to the State Legislature are and more than not a blank stare will be your answer. Elections have consequences and knowing who and what policy to back are important to your future. When these things are thought up they seem so reasonable, being their purpose is to curb crime, burglaries or drug use, all good targets of concern.

The Schenectady City Council wants to pass a law that will allow their police to crash a private party held in a commercial building, ostensibly to stamp out drug use because there were three homicides at private parties last year. There must be hundreds of pros and cons on that issue. Probably more a problem of who is having the party instead of the function in general.

The problem seems to have solved itself though, private party bookings have moved out of Schenectady; great business outcome. In other words, people who have a lot of money are good; people with little money are bad. I wonder who decides between the good and evil among us. Way to go, bro! My solution; why not just lock up the filthy burglars in the first place and hide the freaking key! Point is I could not have passed their test for capitalization.

But not from that friendly business city, Schenectady. I ran a gun show within the City limits some years ago and it was the only time I had to jump through hoops, pay extra cash and obtain permits to do so in over 25 years in my Show Promotion business.

When our Congress and Federal workers try it out first for a year or two, talk to me then! Or, do you see folks flying to England or Canada for medical aid? Wake up folks, smell the roses at home before you whiff the cesspool leaking out of Washington. Let your voice be heard now.

Reading about these Unions is drying my throat! I love Carl Strock when he agrees with me but he can be a real … well, pain sometimes. He did show up and said hello. Gun sales would probably go even higher if that proposed legislation got wings.

I wonder, could it be that this lingering small amount of unionized workers in the private sector and the overwhelming number of governmental unions combine so that it generally costs a million dollars a mile for roads? No wonder there is so much unemployment today, the brainwashing of living minimum wages precludes workers from taking a menial job … or two, to get by while working towards something better. It is not a permanent solution but it would put money in some pockets right now.

It should not be up to the business owner to create careers out of dead end jobs. Well, not likely to be much incentive to look harder when one can now get 72 weeks of unemployment benefits; that is some paid vacation. She saw what I was writing. I got to the Opinion Section; skip that.

If I wanted your opinion I would have given it to you. Cathy says I got to get off my duff and mow the lawn. At least I can hide in the bathroom and finish the paper. I still have the financials and the rest of the comics but may only have time for the most important. Just like the cherry with a sunday desert, I leave the best till last.

What a word it is! What a scenario those two syllables can put together. Know that life is hard enough but when assumption enters a phase of it the process is usually a learning experience. I have been in sales, in sales management and now own several businesses. I have been trained in and also taught sales, closings and time management. I am of retirement age but choose to be working. I have what some people would call a type A personality. The point is, I have lived a full life and quite probably know what I write about.

Many years ago while attending a seminar, my mind was opened to a very interesting question; Who is the ass in assume, you or me? A contractor stopped in to my gun shop and asked if I still needed brick work, we made a deal and I hired him.

I knew of his work and he seemed reliable, especially after showing up on time for several days. He was working by the hour and he and I kept time schedules. When his bill came to me I assumed our hours would basically be the same; they were not.

His included leaving his house and picking up material on his way to the job and lunch time. Whether his or mine were correct was not the lesson here, the learning experience was twofold; I assumed I was paying him for brick work performed and not travel time; lessons learned, I was the ass in assume. Been there for over a hundred years so they must know and care about their business. When I phoned, the fellow who answered sure sounded like he knew what I needed and I left. On arrival at this very large facility of cement and stone products, I found who I was talking to and we checked a color chart, picked out what I needed, ordered five, five pound boxes and pulled my vehicle up to a delivery area.

He observed while I pulled my trusty pocket knife, skillfully inserted the blade to the taped box and exposed six boxes of coloring. They were closing shortly and would be open at 7AM on Monday, no time left this Friday to go back and get an exchange. Lesson learned, I assumed I got what I paid for and hoped the problem could have been easily corrected, it was neither. I was the ass in assume. When he showed up just before 9: Moose goes down, gets the right color, leaves at 9 and returns at You know the lesson, it rhymes.

You would assume when a bill comes in the mail it is correct, not always. Assume the grocery clerk and the scanner are adding things up right and learn the lesson at home that they were wrong. When you assume, it costs you time and money. If not they may charge for the incorrect item. Never assume your grocery trip is an outing, it is a chore, a job, often a learning experience. I have an answering machine on a particular phone line and the line is set up so no outgoing calls can be made.

Cathy checked the phone bill and found a charge that my answering machine accepted a collect call. I will have to speak with it! Assume ignorance and train. One would assume that our legal system is generally correct in its outcome.

On the subject of law and lawyers, today at 1PM Cathy and I go to a closing of understanding on a restaurant we wish to purchase. Will our lawyers be on this same plane, the same field of view, the same page as we are.

Donald Trump gave advice as to always be ready to walk away from a deal until the very last moment of signature. We adhere to that advice and are willing to do so with this deal. If it is not exactly how you want it, decide beforehand on what you will do. Walk away if necessary. Never assume it will work out, it usually will not. Yesterday I was met at my shop by a customer and I was a bit rushed for time anyway and events got carried away.