hava fundraiser rule changes

… But ones I guarantee you will like. 

Thanks to receipt of a shipment from the folks at Honored American Veterans Afield themselves, the following rules have been added to the “How to Earn a Ticket” section

6.  Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a copy of either This is War: Memories of Iraq or Shepherds of Helmand, randomly chosen by me. 
7.  Anyone who donates at least $50 will receive their choice of a copy of This is War: Memories of Iraq or Shepherds of Helmand
8.  Anyone who donates at least $100 will receive both This is War: Memories of Iraq and Shepherds of Helmand

These rule changes are retroactive, and if you want to donate more to HAVA to pick your DVD or get both, you certainly can. 

Here are the front and back covers of both (apologies for the shoddy photography): 



And here is the synopsis for This is War: 

In 2004 a battalion of National Guard soldiers from Oregon departed for a one year mission to Iraq. 

Patrolling against IEDs, under constant threat of ambush and subjected to combat of epic intensity, they fought to rebuild a country. 

Some of them never returned. 

Those that did were changed forever. 

… And for Shepherds of Helmand: 

In 2008, a group of 17 volunteers from the Oregon National Guard volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to train a battalion of the Afghan National Army.  Their mission was to conduct counter narcotics patrols in the deadly Helmand province, a region notorious not only for its opium production, but also as a Taliban stronghold.  This is the story of one of the most decorated units in Oregon National Guard history. 

Both are productions of HAVA, both are not rated, and both have “Graphic Violence and Language” warnings on them, so bear that in mind; I have not watched either yet, but they sound like a “been there, done that, here’s how it is” kind of production. 

The box these came in is frankly huge, but there is a finite number of them; if you want one, or if you want to be sure you get a specific one, get your donations in soon!  They will be sent out on a first-come-first-served basis, but I will not send any of them until after the drawing is concluded, so I can include them in prize packages if you happen to win one. 

There, now you are almost guaranteed something for donating – what is stopping you?  And just wait until I unveil the other stuff that arrived in the mail today… 

Today I would like to thank Fill Yer Hands and Wfgodbold for linking to the fundraiser; thanks to you all spreading the good word, we broke $1000 raised this weekend! 

why we win

CSGVBloodDancingIt really boils down to a difference in perceptions.

On the one hand, "gun control" fetishists gleefully dance in the blood of victims and exploit the murder of innocents to further their own, personal, unjust, totalitarian, anti-Constitutional dreams, as documented in the image to the right. (Highlights added to really bring out the crazy in those cultists’ eyes.)

On the other hand, we quite cheerfully and respectfully celebrate the lawful, peaceful defense of civil rights and the restoration of the same to an entire state of people for whom certain aspects of the United States Constitution might as well have never existed.

Now, tell me – to an outside observer, which group of people would appear to be the more rational, reasonable, well-adjusted, and positive? And which would be perceived as being destructive, irresponsible, and negative? Hm.

In other news, I am very thankful I am not the only person who considered the Portland, OR mall shooting yesterday to be remarkably… coincidental… what with it happening on the same day as the decision in Moore v. Madigan being passed down. Obviously I am not hypothesizing that "gun control" extremists keep spree shooters locked in a big pen until they are needed, and then release them into the wild to distract/detract from pro-rights victories; that would require more coordination and intelligence than those organizations are capable of. But I do think the media sees incidents like these transpire on the same day as something major like that court case, and think, "Oh, hey, this would make a great counterpoint; let’s blow this out of proportion!"

After all, more people were murdered in Chicago on the 30th than were murdered in the Clackamas Town Center on the 11th, but the former is the "gun control" capitol of the country, and we would not want to highlight the fact that such policies demonstrably do not work, now, would we?

(And for a dose of humor, that Michael Barkley character at the bottom, whinging about not being supported by his anti-rights cultist ilk? We have discussed him before, and apparently even his fellow fetishists think he is too far out in the weeds to really care about – he admits to coming in "a distant fourth" in his district. Poor baby.)