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Yes, I said it. I am embarrassed. The world watches the United States. And I might say they watch what goes on here closely. Today, our country is more partisan than I ever recall it being – and that is saying a lot. Like many of you, I watched a most amazing State of the Union Address earlier this week. President Trump rightfully highlighted all of his major accomplishments. He was sincere. He offered to reach across the aisle to help with a school choice and an infrastructure bill. But everything fell on deaf ears on the Left.

We Learned our Lesson

The Republican Party has turned into the new party of inclusion. We learned our lesson when we rushed to impeach Bill Clinton – and Clinton actually broke the law. Not surprisingly, he was not convicted by the senate. We paid for rushing into a partisan impeachment during the next general election.

Then, starting in 2009, we managed to survive eight years of an Obama administration which had plenty of scandals of its own. Just in case you have forgotten them, here is a partial list of them:

  1. Operation Fast & Furious for which Attorney General Eric Holder refused to comply with House subpoenas
  2. Hillary Clinton email scandal
  3. IRS targeting of conservative organizations (Lois Lerner)
  4. Benghazi
  5. The hacking of the Office of Personnel Management which exposed personnel files of Federal employees
  6. Solyndra
  7. Paying the terrorist supporting regime of Iran for the release of American hostages
  8. Biden’s quid pro quo with Ukraine to fire a government prosecutor investigating his son – something which was largely unknown during Obama’s tenure but is well known now

There was plenty a Republican controlled House of Representatives could have used for impeachment – but we never yelled to impeach him. Republican freshmen representatives never screamed they were going to “impeach the mother fucker” on their first day in office – as Rashida Tlaib did. Conservative celebrities never threatened to move out of the United States. Conservatives were not pictured holding the severed head of Obama. There was no wide spread call for impeachment. Period.

Fast Forward to 2016

Even before Donald Trump was formally nominated by the Republican Party, there was noise of impeachment. Obama oversaw a FBI which illegally obtained FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page – an American citizen. Representatives such as Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff and others were screaming for impeachment while Trump was president-elect. It has not stopped since. When the Russian Collusion narrative failed, they jumped on an alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine as enough to impeach Trump.

After wasting their entire first year in the majority, the house Democrats impeached Trump over nothing. They have done absolutely nothing for their constituents for nearly 13 months. It is absolutely beyond despicable.

This is an embarrassment

This has been a week which has provided more evidence of an economy humming along in hyperdrive, falling illegal border crossings and a president willing to reach across the aisle to get things done for the people. Additionally, we got to hear the closing arguments of house managers and the president’s counsel. We knew going into last weekend that the Senate majority leadership had defeated the Left’s attempt to retry their impeachment case by inserting new witnesses. Throughout last weekend, and early this week, we heard nearly every Democrat say how unfair this was. They said, “How there could not be a trial without witnesses.” Blah, blah, blah! Cry me a damn river.

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My embarrassment increased exponentially with the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night – and it had nothing to do with the speech. President Trump had ever reason to be proud of the accomplishments of his administration. But it did not matter how good the news was for ALL Americans – the Leftist crybabies would not cheer for the good which is happening right in front of their damn eyeballs. The things which are positively impacting their constituents. The only exception was Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) who stood up and applauded very regularly while sitting next to two of the biggest sour apples of the bunch: Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Kamala Harris (D-CA). Even things which should have received bi-partisan support did not: an original Tuskegee Airman who was promoted to brigadier general, a young black girl who was given a scholarship to attend a school of her choice and most glaringly, a family reunited when the husband, who had been serving overseas, appeared in the stands to surprise his wife and two children.

But what really sealed the entire embarrassment deal for me was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). We had to sit through the entire SOTU while watching her make faces, roll her eyes or shake her head. And then at the conclusion of the address, while the house chamber was shaking with applause, she proved just how partisan of a damn witch she is by tearing up the official speech in front of all of America – and the world. Maybe it’s true that when an aging senior citizen starts going downhill they actually start acting like a little child again. Because that was exactly the way she acted. Like a damn child.

Wednesday Healed All Wounds

The Liberal rag, WAPO, proclaims, “Trump acquitted!”

While it was no secret that Donald Trump was not going to be convicted by the Senate, it was quite a relief when it really happened – made better by Chief Justice John Roberts proclamation that DJT was acquitted of all charges. The voting went fully along partisan lines, with the one exception of Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) voting to convict Trump of abuse of power. It goes to show just what a damn RINO he is – and in my humble opinion it will cause his constituency to fire him during his next election. I had hoped that Sinema would stray from her Leftist partisan hacks and vote against conviction, but after applauding during the SOTU address, I am sure she was dressed down by her party’s leadership.

Looking Forward to 2020

I wish I believed this was the end of the partisan witch hunt. But old Jerry Nadler has said he may subpoena John Bolton to testify in front of his house committee. I am fairly certain we will see no mellowing of feelings on the left and nothing substantive will be accomplished by the House of Representatives before the 2020 General Election – an election I am hoping will sweep a Republican majority into the House of Representatives, increase our majority in the U.S. Senate and sweep Donald J. Trump into a landslide victory. Because the Democrats need to pay for acting like little children.

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Virginia is on a roll. Today, the Virginia Citizens Defense League held its annual lobby day in Richmond. VCDL has been very active over the years with all things Second Amendment related in the commonwealth. With the new Democrat majorities in the Virginia house and senate, Governor Ralphie “Blackface” Northam is salivating over the opportunity to impose punitive new gun regulations on the citizens of his state. Today’s lobby day was expected to be a showdown between far left protesters and the gun owners of the state – with a guest appearance by Antifa. Fortunately, according to Cam Edwards, of Bearing Arms, it was mainly a productive day with no serious protests.

But not able to contain himself, and not willing to miss an opportunity to bash his opponents, Ralphie Tweeted:

Wait, what? This is absolutely absurd. According to Virginia’s Capitol Police, nearly 25,000 Second Amendment supporters showed up today. With all of these gun toters running around there had to be violence, right? (Said tongue in cheek!) No, Ralphie there was no violence because these were law abiding gun owners wanting to protect their God given rights. The only arrest was a young woman who refused to remove her mask. And the Grey Beard Biker would bet that she was not there supporting the Second Amendment!

Sheriffs say they will not confiscate guns and they stand for the #2A

Besides all of the proposed restrictions on the Second Amendment, the senate just announced SB399, know as the “National Popular Vote Compact.” This bill would require that all of the state’s electoral votes be awarded to whichever candidate wins the nation’s popular vote – instead of each elector voting based on the majority of the voters they represent. Your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker can only assume the Liberal Wack Jobs (LWJ) in Virginia believe that only Republicans can win the Electoral College – and not the popular vote. How stupid can they be? (This is a rhetorical question. We all know they are retarded assknozzles.)

A Microcosm of the United States

The Electoral College Protects Against The Two Coasts electing the president

Over my 55 years, I have seen a lot of changes in the political landscape of the United States. I have also seen the Democrat party slide further and further to the left. Democrat presidents like John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton would seem quite conservative compared to the new batch of lawmakers and presidential hopefuls fighting for the DNC nomination.

But what we are seeing right now is a microcosm of what we see on the national level. Nationally, we see three states controlling huge amounts of votes: California, New York and Illinois. The majority of voters in these states are very liberal – mostly progressive. When combined with other states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Oregon, the combined votes are becoming more difficult to overcome allowing a few geographic areas to control the majority of the country.

This is exactly what has happened in Virginia. The densely populated areas of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Virginia Beach are decisively controlling the rest of the state. This has culminated in a perfect storm slamming into the rest of the largely rural state – threatening to take away Second Amendment rights. Additionally, besides trying to control how the commonwealth’s electoral votes are given, they want to expand abortion rights, make voting easier (Liberal speak for no restrictions such as Voter ID) and fight climate change. With their legislative majorities and control of the executive branch there is little standing in the Democrats’ way of achieving their utopian dreams.

This is a very sad commentary on a state which had voted Republican in every presidential election since Eisenhower was elected in 1952 – with the lone exception being Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. But everything changed in 2008 with the arrival of Obama. Now, it is hard to see a path where a Republican presidential candidate receives a majority of votes in this now Blue state.

Lessons Learned

The rest of the country is beginning to recognize what I wrote about recently – the Left winning the long game. For years they have focused on indoctrinating our children – making sure the education they received strongly supported progressive views. They have introduced hatred and race baiting into political discourse – which has set race relations back several decades. They are moving to red states in droves – turning states like Florida, North Carolina and coming soon – Texas – from Red to Purple. I guess even the liberals in places like Illinois, New York, California and New Jersey cannot stand to live in states controlled by progressives!

We must remain on guard. It’s not just guns they want to take away. They want to take away our freedom of speech, our freedom to assemble and use race to drive a wedge between us. Not to mention providing Federal funding for abortions until the very moment of birth. There is no easy solution short of building walls around Red states to keep leftist progressives out!

Praying for a return to sanity,

Grey Beard Biker
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Greetings fellow bikers! If you are like me, you feel a bit cheated this fall. Autumn is my favorite time of the year to ride. After riding all summer, fall usually provides a welcome relief from the heat with beautiful colors and mild temperatures. But this year, after having perhaps the hottest September and early October in history, we dropped into a deep freeze more like January than November. Fall literally lasted less than a week! But that will not keep your Grey Beard Biker from riding. It will just require full leathers, heated grips and heated seats.

Currently, we are living in a relatively quiet time with regards to threats against our Second Amendment rights – rights which we know are given by God – not the government. Because I used to shoot pistols competitively, I started reloading my own ammunition about ten years ago. This actually helped reduce the cost of shooting (which is very expensive when you shoot 7,500-10,000 rounds per year) and provided more consistent ammunition than store bought ammo. It also insured that when Obama and the Democrats in congress threatened punitive gun laws and restrictions after Sandy Hook, causing ammunition shortages, I had plenty of ammunition to continue shooting regularly.

Reloading Considerations

There are many things to keep in mind when you are considering reloading ammunition. The number one consideration is the cost. With ammo costs down, and plenty on the shelves of your local gun store, big box retailer and sporting goods stores, cost will be a major consideration. If you are going to start hand loading your own ammo, you will have to shoot a lot to get a return on your investment – think in terms of 10s of thousands of rounds. If you are going to reload rifle cartridges and handgun ammo, it will be easier to recover the costs of your equipment as rifle ammunition can be very expensive. Also, if you only shoot 9mm or .380 ACP, the time it will take to get a return on your investment is going to be VERY long.

The type of press you purchase will also be something to consider. If you are only going to reload rifle ammunition, you do not need a progressive reloading press. You can easily get by with a single stage press. With this type of press, you will de-cap the spent primers and install new primers outside the press. This is done with a hand primer tool. You also measure your powder outside the press. While you can reload handgun ammunition with a single stage press, it is VERY time consuming. A major benefit for a single stage press is cost: it is much less expensive to get started with the basic equipment to reload.

Hornady Lock-n-Load progressive reloading press

Grey Beard recommends a progressive press if you are going to reload a lot of ammunition. There are many very good presses on the market today. I use a Hornady Lock-n-Load press which has five separate stations. These stations are:

  1. Brass sizing and de-capping
  2. Brass flaring
  3. Case activated powder drop
  4. Bullet seating
  5. Brass crimping (not always used)

While you do not necessarily use all of these stages for every caliber cartridge, it is nice that you can do so. It literally creates an assembly line. Besides Hornady, other very good progressive presses are manufactured by RCBS, Redding, Lee, Dillon Precision and Lyman.

Another consideration will be how many calibers you reload. For each caliber you plan on reloading, you will need a die set and shell plate. I reload over two dozen calibers of rifle and pistol ammunition, so I have made a significant investment in just the dies and shell plates.

Lastly, you will need to consider where you will set up your reloading equipment. I have mine set up on an eight-foot workbench and I wish I had double the space. The area needs to be clean and well lit. You will also need plenty of storage as your reloading equipment and supplies take up a lot of space. I store brass in plastic containers on my table. I have an eight-drawer rolling tool box for my dies, shell plates, new brass, bullets, primers and other tools I use. My finished ammunition is stored in 50 or 100 count plastic cases in a locked storage cabinet. This is also where I store all of my powder – which numbers at least 30 different types.

RCBS Matchmaster Powder Dispenser

The Investment

Minimum Initial Investment for Progressive Reloading

DescriptionCost
Progressive reloading press$450
Dies (for each caliber)$50
Shell plates (for each caliber)$35
Loading manual (for reloading recipes)$30
Dial caliper (to measure overall cartridge length)$40
Electronic powder scale$40
Brass sonic cleaner$125
Case trimmer (if reloading rifle ammo)$90
Miscellaneous tools$100
Supplies (powder, primers, bullets)$175
Approximate Total Cost$1,135

Summary

Based on your initial investment, reloading may not be something which provides you a return on investment. Having shot at least 45,000 rounds over the past 10 years, I have recovered the cost of my investment many times over. But cost should not be the only thing you consider before reloading. If you enjoy working with your hands, you may get a lot of enjoyment sitting at your press rolling your own ammo. It is something your ever-lovable Grey Beard Biker enjoys immensely.

Check out Grey Beard Biker’s YouTube video on reloading:

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ,
The Grey Beard Biker
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It’s happening right before our very eyes. America is in a state of decay. What happened to our great country? Our Founding Fathers, nearly 2 1/2 centuries ago, took 13 small British colonies and declared them independent of the British throne. They knew that the throne would consider them traitors and that they may all swing from the nearest tree. But these brave men created the greatest country on the face of the earth. Since then, we cleansed ourself from the shackles of slavery – with a loss of nearly 10% of our men – in the Civil War, fought fascism and Nazism in Europe and became the world’s greatest superpower. The Patriots who founded our country, and those who paid the supreme sacrifice to promote freedom, must be ashamed of what we have become.

Main Stream Media

One need look no further than the current Main Stream Media (MSM) to see the decay. While they claim to be presenting the news, nearly everything they report as “real” news is shrouded in a blanket of ideology. Their ratings have continued to decline over the past decade, but their followers believe what they spew because it validates their own beliefs. This is not journalism – this is the promotion of one political viewpoint over another – which is not American. 

Leftist Politicians

This same MSM provides a platform for politicians they agree with: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, Ilhan Omar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and all the other leftist politicians. Some of those they are providing a microphone to preach anti-American garbage, anti-Semitic trash and socialist doctrine. These politicians do not hold the same views as the average American and are chipping away at what has made America great for over 200 years.

Their policies promote open borders, expansion of the welfare state, Medicare for All, free secondary education and the slow erosion of our Second Amendment. They cannot win on the battlefield of ideas. Their platform is hollow and revolves around class warfare, racism and redistribution of wealth. Simply put, they have to give things away to receive votes. Unfortunately, the entitlements they promote will come at a punitive cost to the American taxpayer.

Antifa

Antifa is a stain on the great fabric of our country. While peaceful protests and civil disobedience have been key to the advancement of our great nation, Antifa represents neither. Antifa is an acronym for Anti-Fascist and represents a broad militant group. Fascism, according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as:

“A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

Nazism during Adolph Hitler’s formation of the Third Reich has many of the same traits as fascism: nation above its people, centralized autocratic government, a dictatorial leader and suppression of opposition.

Antifa claims to be anti-fascist, often trying to suggest President Donald J. Trump is a fascist, but this is simply not true. Trump is not a fascist. He does not forcibly suppress those who disagree with him. Rather, he calls out his opposition to ensure the people understand what he is dealing with. He is not in charge of an autocratic government. He is the chief executive of a government which still has three distinct branches. Lastly, Trump does not promote the government over the people. He understands that the government is the subject of the people and not the other way around. 

Antifa, on the other hand, is fascist in nearly every way. While their chosen name may lead one to believe they are truly anti-fascist, their actions do not support that position. They are protesting a government in which the people vote their legislators and president into office – far from an autocratic form of government. Unlike in a fascist government, the President of the United States can only serve two terms. Antifa members have become violent against many of those they protest, recently beating up a gay reporter, confronting Pro-Life marchers, attacking Trump supporters and blocking traffic. This is nothing like the civil disobedience Henry David Thoreau promoted from Walden Pond. Lastly, they claim to be against white supremacy but come to their protests behind masks – much like the Ku-Klux-Klan did during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is unacceptable in a country which was built upon providing its citizens the freedoms enumerated in our Bill of Rights.

Indoctrination of the People

The Democrats having been losing in the arena of ideas since the Ronald Reagan years. Since the election of William Jefferson Clinton as president, this country has been moving more towards a far-left ideology – one drip at a time. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack H. Obama are disciples of the teachings of Saul Alinksky. Alinsky was the first “community organizer” and wrote the book, “Rules for Radicals” – which provides the modern Democrat Party many of the tactics they use today. The current hatchling of Democrat 2020 hopefuls, and their minions in congress, have not mastered all of Alinsky’s Rules, but some of them they have. Grey Beard has graded their mastery of each one:

  1. Power is not what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have: B- (they attempt to show their power, but the majority of Americans still recognize them as weak – especially on the laws of the land)
  2. Never go outside the experience of your people: D– (they are constantly failing here – with the same tired old faces spewing the same old hatred)
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the experience of your enemy: C- (Trump usually has them tongue tied and resorting to the same old talking points)
  4. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon: B+ (Ridicule and class warfare is literally the only thing many of them are accomplished at)
  5. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy: A- (Their people love to see them attack Trump, capitalism and religion)
  6. A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag: F (Their call for impeachment and continued investigations of Russian Collusion is way beyond its expiration date – move on already)
  7. Keep the pressure on: B (One must give them credit – they are trying)
  8. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself: C (most of their plans are still quite terrifying to Patriots)
  9. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition: B (They have been building their organization through societal indoctrination for many years)
  10. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive: B (Medicare for all is a good example of their success – the more moderate Democrats have been slowly coming around to this)
  11. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative: C- (This may be the least understood of Alinsky’s Rules – the newest socialist members are trying to do this by throwing out something really unacceptable – like the Green New Deal – with the more moderate Dems offering a compromise which a short time ago no one would have ever seriously considered – this is perhaps the most dangerous of the Rules)
  12. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it: A+ (Credit where credit is due – the Left has built an entire political agenda around attacking Trump and impeaching him)

Grey Beard Biker’s Summary

Do not underestimate the power these far-left ideologues have to fundamentally change our country. For years they have been formulating their tactics and have quietly worked to take over our education system, starting with the most malleable in society: our children. The leftists knew this was a long-term play – sowing the minds of these children would take a great deal of time before bearing fruit. Today’s Millennials represent a bumper crop for the Left. They have been patient, and unfortunately, they have succeeded in brainwashing an entire generation. All of us Patriots need to start taking these young people back. The risk of not doing so is beyond grave.

Grey Beard Biker

It was not difficult to pick a winner for the Grey Beard Biker’s Bloviator of the Day Award. Last Friday, Obama’s first term attorney general, stated he was, “surprised and extremely disappointed” by Attorney General William Barr.

Holder: “I actually thought he was an institutionalist..”

Speaking during an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, Holder would go on to say, “I actually thought that he was an institutionalist and I thought that he would actually be at odds with President Trump relatively soon in his tenure, and he has proved to be anything but that.”

Holder would go on to say, “[Barr] has become the defender of the president, a protector of the president and has done things inconsistent with what I think an attorney general is supposed to do. I think he has tended to think of himself as the lawyer for the president as opposed to the attorney for the people of this country.” How ironic is this coming from a previous attorney general who was held in contempt of congress for withholding information on the Fast & Furious operation – an operation which resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent, Brian A. Terry? Obama would later claim Executive Privilege to all documents related to Fast & Furious, forever making the congressional contempt of congress charge meaningless.

Your lovable Grey Beard Biker remembers clearly when Holder stated in a 2013 interview, on Tom Joyner’s radio show, “I’m still enjoying what I’m doing, there’s still work to be done. I’m still the President’s (Obama) wing-man, so I’m there with my boy…”

The Grey Beard Biker’s Bloviator of the Day Award

Congratulations, Mr. Holder! Besides being a wing-man to your previous boss, you also have been officially awarded today’s Bloviator of the Day Award from the Grey Beard Biker. It is a highly sought after award for liberal clodpolls, like yourself. After all, it is awarded by one of the most deplorable conservative patriots you could ever possibly encounter.

Grey Beard Biker

Hold the presses! Wait just a minute! Your lovable Grey Beard Biker just learned something. The leading Democratic candidate for POTUS 2020 yesterday stated, “Know what I was most proud of? For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.” – Joe Biden at campaign stop in Iowa on June 12, 2019. This author is taken aback and apologizes to Biden, and Barack Obama, for ever claiming there was a scandal during their years running the Executive Branch! Really!

You know your Grey Beard Biker buddy is being sarcastic, right? Hell, sometimes I don’t even know when I am being serious. So, obviously, Joe Biden is either mentally deranged, forgetful or just a plain liar. Let’s recap a few scandals which embroiled the Obama/Biden administration, shall we??

  1. The New Black Panther Party indictment on voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the 2008 General Election – the charges were conveniently dropped by Obama AG Eric Holder (NBPP did not even show up to court before the charges were dropped)
  2. Green Energy Federal Loans to energy companies who supported the Obama presidency – including Solyndra – these cost taxpayers $80 billion – with nothing to show for it
  3. Iranian Ransom Payments – the Obama Administration sent plane loads of cash to Iran to release hostages – $400 million dollars in foreign currency was secretly sent by plane to Iran. But even a bigger sub-scandal was the fact that AG Loretta Lynch refused to answer Congress when they wanted to know where the “People’s Money” went! I guess Obama/Biden forgot the US policy on not paying ransom for hostage. How convenient!
  4. Fast & Furious – the gun running scandal which set up straw purchasers to obtain guns and send them to Mexico – it was proven that one of these guns was used to kill Border Patrol Agent, Brian A. Terry. After falsely claiming to have no knowledge of this illegal operation, AG Eric Holder, refused to answer Congressional questions or appear before Congress. Obama conveniently claimed Executive Privilege to all documents related to the operation – effectively sealing everything. Holder would be held in contempt of congress.
  5. The IRS Scandal – Remember how the IRS, with the complicit consent of Lois Lerner, targeted the tax exempt status of conservative groups? The Grey Beard Biker does! And the very worst scandal;
  6. The Benghazi Cover Up – After J. Christopher Stevens, US Ambassador to Libya, and three other people were killed in the terrorist attack at the US Embassy facility in Benghazi, the Obama administration quickly went to work to cover their tracks. Realizing this “non-scandal” could threaten their reelection in 2012, they quickly blamed an unknown producer of an anti-Muslim YouTube video for inciting the uncoordinated attack at the consulate, instead of confirming it was a well planned terrorist attack by Ansar al-Sharia. Additionally they claimed that no military assets were available even when they were. To add insult-to-injury, their administration stonewalled a congressional investigation by claiming they were in the midst of an internal investigation – code speak for coverup.

Obviously Joe Biden was simply mistaken when he made the bold claim of having no scandals during the Obama/Biden administration. But your lovable Grey Beard Biker thinks he was just acting like a normal Democrat – throw up a smoke screen and lie when the truth would hurt your narrative.

Grey Beard Biker

Biden’s Campaign Speech – Iowa – June 12, 2019

As reported on Bearing Arms, Obama was caught mischaracterizing Federal regulations regarding the buying of firearms in the United States. Coming from President Barack Obama, this does not surprise The Grey Beard Biker in any way. What does is the reaction it got from Politifact, which headlined its story with: Barack Obama wrong on limits of US gun laws, machine gun sales…

Here are some of Obama’s outrageous comments made at a technology conference in Brazil on May 9:

“Anybody can buy a gun at any time.”

This is patently false. There are lots of people who cannot purchase a firearm – legally:

  • Anyone convicted of a felony
  • Anyone involuntarily committed to a mental institution
  • Anyone who has renounced their citizenship
  • Anyone subject to a court order against harassing or threatening an intimate partner
  • Anyone dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Anyone under 18 for a long gun or 21 for a handgun

“They can buy it over the internet.”

This is also untrue. Guns purchased from gun sellers on-line have to be sent to a FFL in the buyer’s state. Plain and simple.

“They can buy machine guns.”

This may well be the most outlandish claim Obama made. Machine guns are automatic weapons – not semi-automatic. While specially licensed individuals can buy machine guns, ownership by the general public has been illegal since the passage of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act in 1986.

The Grey Beard Biker also found FactCheck.org rated Obama’s remarks as “untrue.”

Most of the fact-checker websites are very supportive of Obama. It is refreshing to see that they gave him Pinocchios for his comments in Brazil.

The Grey Beard Biker

How is it that over the past ten years or so, we have come up with themes like Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and Biker Lives Matter? Your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker was obviously raised in a different time in a galaxy far, far away. Back in the old days, we were raised to believe all lives mattered.

While race relations have continually improved over my 55 years of being on this orb, it seems to me that since Michael Brown, a black man who had just strong arm robbed a gas station, was shot and killed by a white police officer, race relations started to slide. What happened after Michael Brown was shot was especially horrifying for me, as I spent 20 years of my life in Saint Louis. Ferguson, a suburb of “The Lou,” swirled into a state of anarchy, with the black community burning businesses down, throwing molotov cocktails at police cars and the Missouri National Guard being called in to restore order. In the aftermath, the Obama administration sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Brown’s funeral – and Obama, himself, claimed that if he had a son, he would look like Michael Brown. In my humble opinion, this was the start of our current slide in race relations.

Grey Beard will go on record saying that he still believes ALL LIVES MATTER. Since when do we accept the notion that one group’s lives matter more than another’s? That said, I have a very special place in my heart for Blue Lives. My son-in-law was an Orange County, Florida sheriff’s deputy. Soon, he will be graduating from exhaustive training to be a DEA agent. So when I read about a law enforcement officer being killed in the line-of-duty, it hits too close to home for me. So today, I am sharing the story of a police officer, veteran and father who was killed in Savannah, Georgia. Rest in Peace, Sergeant Kelvin Ansari! And thank you for your service as a first responder and your 20+ years serving for all of us in the U.S. Army.

Grey Beard Biker