Sunday, June 28, 2009

Red Lake County Fair at Oklee

I put up photos from the fair at my flickr account. Our family had 34 entries, but we didn't win the $100 drawing. Rats! It was a wet weekend. Donna was probably the smartest one of us. She just enjoyed the water.

The RLC Fair has been dwindling over the past two decades. Much of it seems to be due to government regulation. Dairy farmers have gone out of business during these decades. Small family farms don't seem able to survive. So what is left for the fair are floral arrangements, cooking goods, and arts and crafts.

The other societal change that seems to have affected the fair is that more and more households depend upon weekday salary jobs for both parents. Doing things at a fair would require taking valuable time off. This has also affected congregations. Having a funeral, Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, or other event during a weekday is much more difficult than it was 20 years ago. Attendance at such events is thinned out. Serving a funeral during a weekday requires taking vacation time.

Next year is the Oklee Centennial. Hopefully, for this event, the Fair will be very well attended.

I put one of my kid bows in the fair this year. I won a prize. Next year I hope to put in a home made laminated recurve. I haven't done laminated wood bows yet. God willing, time allowing, I can make something beautiful and functional.

The Hog

There's an ad on the radio for STP that sounds like Owen Wilson. He voiced Lightning McQueen in the Pixar/Disney movie Cars. What stood out to me in this radio spot was Owen's typical whining and then saying "I want to be the guy who slaughters his own hog."

I laughed. I'm now envied by Owen Wilson (at least his character in the commercial).

I did just that this past week. Jaime and his family raised the hog. I slaughtered it. Jaime helped me get it in the trunk of the car. I went to Shane's home, he taught me how to gut and clean the hog. We cooled it off in freezers overnight. Then the next day I packed all the meat away in our freezers. It took me about 5 hours to cut and pack. Thank you to Amanda and Ethan for the help trimming and wrapping. Thank you to Jaime and Audrey for the food. Thank you to Shane for the guidance and help with the initial cleaning.

Oops, I just remembered, I have 1/2 a gallon of trimmings in the downstairs fridge. I guess I'll have to do those tonight.

I have another gallon of trimmings in a freezer for sausage.

So, when the Jacobsons get her tonight or tomorrow, we'll have hefty fresh organic pork chops.

No, no photos. I'll try to give a photo tutorial that next time. I'm sure you all would like that.

Now I've done several deer, a couple of sheep, and a hog. If anyone is butchering a cow, I'd like to come over to learn how and lend a hand.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Letter to our Minnesota Senator

I sent this this evening to our only senator.
Dear Senator Klobuchar,

Your website masthead says that you are "Working for the People of Minnesota."

The Cap and Trade bill will be coming before you for your vote. From what we have been able to read of this bill in this short time the destruction of jobs, private property rights, and extremely high energy costs will devastate Northwestern Minnesota.

Two major employers in our area are Arctic Cat and Digikey. They are already laying off large numbers of employees due to the recession. Higher energy taxes will cause them to close. Farming will become unprofitable. And thousands of Minnesotans in our area will become destitute.

Federal Government can never provide for citizens. The government must tax the productivity of citizens to carry out its Constitutional duties and other duties the government creates through legislation.

With the Cap and Trade legislation there will be no one left to tax. Citizens in our area are already stretched thin and bleeding by the recession. Additional energy taxes will be beyond our ability to pay.

Very few people are able to live off the land in these days. It is not like the time of the Great Depression when people still knew how to raise their own animals and crops. Now we are dependent upon foreign oil, coal, electricity, shipping and trucking just to get the food needed to keep our children healthy.

A vote in support of the Cap and Trade bill is a vote against the citizens of Minnesota. Those who live in large urban areas will be hurt first and hardest. But the hundreds of thousands of rural Minnesotans who depend upon trucking and grocery stores for their food will begin to hurt with them.

Please defeat this bill. It is not alarmist to say that the lives and livelihoods of the people of Minnesota will be destroyed if it should pass.

Joseph Abrahamson

Write to her. Her website is and the link to her phone numbers is write a message to her is at

Senator Klobuchar's website uses a web technology called cookies to keep track of who has already contacted her. The last link given above should give you a choice to give an opinion or choice on an issue. Select that. Then fill out the web form with all your personal information so she knows that you are a Minnesotan who is concerned about the Cap and Trade bill. Be polite in you comments, and tell her what you think.

My family is dependent upon the willingness of our congregational members to support us. And we are grateful to them beyond our ability to express. This bill that was passed by the House will affect all of our members so adversely that they will not be able to support their pastor and his family.

That fact alone is reason enough for a pastor to speak out against a bill before our Senators. The Cap and Trade bill will destroy small and local congregations simply because their members exist on the free market. Cap and Trade destroys the free market. If you haven't read the bill, and it is big, You can read it here. None of the Legislators who voted for it have read it. They couldn't have. The time was too short.

So the Legislature passed a bill by a 4 vote majority that will impoverish most Americans and make them dependent upon the Federal Government. It would take 12 hours or more to read this bill. That's just reading, understanding takes a longer time. But none of the Legislators had this time to consider the bill before a vote was forced.

Now it is the Senate's turn. Our President wants this bill passed. Do your duty as an American citizen and plea for your right to private property and the basic freedom to trade with your neighbors. The Cap and Trade bill will take both private property and freedom to trade away.

I'm sorry this post was so political. I am concerned about my family and my congregation members. This bill will change too many things. It will destroy industry in this country and force jobs overseas. Gasoline will be in very short supply because the Fed. has prevented the U.S. from developing our own massive oil reserves and coal reserves. Every laborer is affected.

Tell Senator Klobuchar to vote against this bill. And contact other senators with the same message.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The New Building

The rainbow shows where the new building is located. Shane and his crew built this in four days.

Dig and lay out the foundation.

Here's the floor.

John tried to find out as much as he could about how the building went up.

While VBS was going on Shane and his crew set up the building.

I am amazed at how fast this was put up.

I remember when we built my grandparent's house in 1972 ( I think), and my job was to carry lumber from the table saw to my relatives who built the house. When I was in high-school we built an addition to our kitchen. I did lots of different jobs during that. And I remember smashing my thumb a couple of times when we put new shingles on our work-shed. Yeah, I bled on the shingles. And I wasn't afraid of heights then.

This is the front, not quite done.

An interior photo.

This is from the south east side.

The building is done now, except for hanging the garage door and routing electricity.

The kids want to sleep in it this summer. That sounds fun.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I need a new car

Friday evening got a call from Mavis. Louisa and I ran in to check on her. We had devotion with her and talked a while. She seems quite worried and a bit confused. Please keep her in your prayers.

Inge was croupy tonight.

It's early in the morning. About 2:45am or so we decided to take Inge into the ER in Fosston. Her breathing and coughing was pretty bad. And we've had plenty of experience with the other kids to know when bad is bad.

In Fosston at 3:50am or so. Nembulizer treatments and a prescription for Prednezone. Leaving Fosston by about 4:20.

Just a few miles north of Fosston a deer jumps out of the East ditch right in front of the car. I mean right in front. No way to steer any direction. Thankfully I wasn't doing above 50mph. None of us were hurt in any way. Just ticked off. I told Mary not even a mile before, "Let's be careful, this is a dangerous time of day for deer." The light from the sun was brightening the horizon, but left the ditches dark.

We stopped. I picked up all the plastic and glass debris I could find. I could hear the deer gasping and dying in the woods off the east side of the road. I left the guts on the road, got the nearest house number, and we drove home.

I'm afraid the damage to the hood, grill and right front quarter panel, the radiator mounts and probably a bunch of other things will add up to much more than this trusty little Ford Escort is worth. I bought it for $2100 and put another $1300 into it or so. I got 100,000 miles out of it at about 35mpg. I'm not complaining about the car. I'm complaining about the deer.

You can see the reasons we were able to make it home in this photo. First, the bumper didn't buckle. It deflected the deer away (and around to the top a bit) from the car without failing. Second, the alternator mount didn't move even though everything was jammed up against it. This preserved the serpentine belt. Maybe someone wants it for a fixer-upper. I don't.

Inge is doing better. She's sleeping now. Mary's asleep.

I'm too wound up to sleep.

I'll have church and Sat. School then come home, get Mary, and go to Fosston for shut-in visits. Mary will pick up the prescriptions.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, it's Mary's birthday today.

Happy birthday, Mary! I love you. Thanks for marrying me.

Grandpa, given that Inge is sick and I'm now without a car, I won't be able to come and see you this Monday. I'll try to get new wheels soon so I can get down to you and Grandma. Love ya.

Inge just puked up her first dose of Prednezone.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 11th Teaparty in TRF

I'm sorry this is late and backdated. I hope it doesn't mess up you life too much for me to be a bit behind in my postings. I was asked to speak at a Teaparty in Thief River Falls on June 11th. The topic was Socialism and Gun Control. I was given 30 minutes. I used about 40 minutes of that.

What I post here is the text of my notes. I did the speech without referring to my notes very much. I hope to have a video of the speech sometime in the next month or so. That way I can find out what I actually said.

These notes are incomplete. They are written as I intended to deliver the speech. The notes say what I covered in the speech.

So, it is:

Socialism, Gun Control, The Founding Fathers, and Tyranny

"It couldn't happen here"?

Good evening. My name is Joseph Abrahamson. I am pastor of Clearwater Lutheran Parish. I'm not here as a pastor today. I'm here as a citizen of the United States. I'm here because I am concerned about the direction our elected officials have taken. I'm concerned for my children, because I want them to grow up in a nation where the law respects private property, individual liberty, and life. I am here today because I have studied history, and I have seen where fascism, socialism, communism, and all forms of statism lead. They lead to poverty, inequality, enslavement of populations, and very often the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians at the hands of the government which was supposed to protect them.

So permit me to start with some basic things which many of you may already know and understand. I can't assume that everyone does.

First: There is a direct link between private property and individual freedom. The founders of our country knew this and incorporated this understanding into both the Declaration of Independence and into the U.S. Constitution.1

The Founders sought in the Constitution to create a document that preserved the citizen's intellectual and real property from the whims of government. They sought to safe-guard the citizens by establishing in the Constitution that the rule of law would be predictable, applied to every citizen equally so that there would be no arbitrary use or abuse of power by the government.2

The United States is the oldest government in the world. There is only one other government in history that has lasted longer: the Old Roman Republic before Julius Caesar. Our country has suffered Constitutional crisis, as during the Civil War. But it is only since Progresivism, Fascism, Socialism, and Communism raised their heads in the early 20th century that our Consititution has become a less and less relevant document in the Government's running of the country and the use of power more and more arbitrary.

Second: We need to remember that the U.S. Constitution does not grant rights to the citizens of the United States. Nor do our rights come from the government. The Constitution was written to protect our rights from the powers of the government. The Preamble shows that the Founders understood and meant that the government existed only because it was authorized certain limited powers by the people of the United States. The government was limited to very specific duties by the Constitution. And the government was explicitly forbidden by the People of the United States through the Constitution from infringing on not only the rights listed in the first eight Amendments, but any other right that the people may have, or that the people might grant to their states.3

From the very outset the Founders distrusted not only the government of England from which they rebelled, they distrusted every form of government—even the one they were bringing into existence through the writing of the Constitution.

They feared the monster it could become if the original meaning of the Constitution were disregarded. James Madison wrote to Henry Lee in 1824:

I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful exercise of its powers. If the meaning of the text be sought in the changeable meaning of the words composing it, it is evident that the shape and attributes of the Government must partake of the changes to which the words and phrases of all living languages are constantly subject. What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense. And that the language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders, will I believe appear to all unbiased Enquirers into the history of its origin and adoption.4

Private property and liberty, preventing the arbitrary use or accumulation of power in the government, and the original sense of the Constitution are the bedrock upon which the Founders established this nation. The Founders trusted in the judgment of the individual citizen. They trusted that individual citizens are best able to acquire, produce, own, trade, or dispose of their own intellectual or real property. They had seen what the loss of this liberty had done to nations throughout history. They all had fallen or were about to fall.

The current behavior of our elected officials, and of certain members of the Judicial branch stand in stark contrast to this Foundation. Exorbitant taxation is only one symptom, however painful, of the problem our nation is facing.

Taxation is the seizure of private property by the government. Most citizens do not object to taxation if it is for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the Government which have been limited by the Constitution. But the Constitution hasn't stopped the Government from taking money from citizens for other reasons since F.D.R.'s New Deal. At first the Supreme Court rejected F.D.R.'s social spending. But through several Supreme Court appointments F.D.R. was able finally to get whatever social programs and social spending he desired.

So whit is it that we are concerned about and what is it that we need to study so that we can return our country to its Constitutionally limited form of government?

The basic political philosophy which the Constitution opposes, and which we oppose is this: The government, or the State, knows best how to provide for the people and can best manage the production of resources, their distribution, and best ensure that all citizens are treated equally.

There are several types of Government that share this philosophy: Feudalism, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, and Sharia Law, among others. These are all Statists, meaning that they think the State is the source of rights, property, goods, and services.

What these political philosophies share is the rejection of the notion of private property. Every thing and idea is subject to the government, usually in the name of the people. Taxes are something which each citizen should desire to pay their fair share for the privilege of being in this country. Property can be seized by the government at any time since, in the Statist's view, all property really is a resource for the government. And the Statist, whether socialist, fascist, communist or other; the Statist fears an armed populace.

We need to have a bit of a wake up call. How many times have we heard the sentiment: “It couldn't happen here?”

Which government in the 20th Century mandated that a farmer could no longer farm productive land but still required the farmer to pay full taxes on it for the privilege of ownership? Yes, this happened in socialist countries and communist countries. Their governments limited the means of production by reducing land available for food production, and hence profit for the farmer. They limited the rights of property owners so that farmers needed government permission to grow certain crops, to remove trees, to graze cattle.

“It couldn't happen here.” Surely in the U.S.A. the government wouldn't take the use of private property from farmers and still require them to pay property taxes on land that the government forced out of productivity?

But this same property grab happened here in the United States in the late 20th Century. Just ask farmers in our area what the Wetlands Act is and how it affects them or other farmers they know.

This is just one example of many others that you could relate which fall under the category of Environmental Activism.

And, despite the claim “It couldn't happen here,” local, city, and state governments are now confiscating the private property, the land, of citizens for the purpose of selling it to other private concerns that the governments think would pay more taxes.

When Hugo Chavez nationalized the oil fields of Venezuela citizens of the U.S.A. rightly pointed out the socialist power grab for what it was: the desperate power of a nationalizing Socialist dictator. Despite the claim “It couldn't happen here,” two major automobile industries have been nationalized.

In Argentina Juan Peron was elected in 1948. From that time he nationalized the largest banks and then bought industries through those banks, effectively nationalizing those industries which were then controlled by the government through government appointments.

“It couldn't happen here?” It has happened here. Where is the outcry of the media? The reason I bring these examples to your attention is to show you that the information is out there. History has shown these nationalist and socialist policies to fail.

Gun control is just one more aspect of how the Statist wants to control the citizenry of our country.

The Founding Fathers of our Republic stated clearly, repeatedly, and forcefully that the right of the citizen to own and carry weapons is the only guarantee that the Republic can remain free of tyranny from its own government.

They never said "It couldn't happen here." They recognized the Statist, the socialist, the fascist, and they called him a tyrant.

St. George Tucker, Revolutionary War veteran, wounded at the Battle of Yorktown, a Legal Scholar, a Family Man, and a U.S. District Court Judge appointed by James Madison in 1813 wrote:

The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.5

The excuse for gun control laws has been from its beginning in 1934 the desire to either keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys, to protect innocents from gun crime, or that citizens don't really need such and such for their own use.

The Constitution sets out specific limits to the powers entrusted to the three branches of the Federal Government. The Bill of Rights was worked out as a list of specific items that the Federal Government was forbidden the power to regulate or take away from law abiding citizens.

They did not say: "It couldn't happen here." They were pessimistic about government. They were students of history. They had experienced tyranny first hand. So they wrote what shouldn't happen here. But they knew it could. Noah Webster wrote on the Constitution in 1787:

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive."6

The Second Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

But it did happen here.

Gun Control began in 1934 when Congress passed a tax law called the National Firearms Act of '34. The law was designed to discourage the purchase of fully automatic weapons, silencers, shortened rifles and shotguns, and explosives. The law did not make these items illegal to possess. The law required the owners of such tools to register them, their serial numbers, and to pay for a $200 tax stamp whenever such an item was made or transfered. This gave the government a legal basis for charging and holding certain infamous gangsters since they would be unlikely to register their weapons and pay the tax. The purpose of the law was to diminish the number of such guns in the hands of criminals.

Then followed the Federal Firearms Act of 1938 which required sellers and gunsmiths to be licensed by the Federal Government, prohibited sale of firearms to felons, made a crime of owning a gun with an altered serial number, and required sellers to keep records of who bought which guns and which ammunition from them. Based on the Interstate Commerce clause in the Constitution, the goal of the law was to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and to ease the Government's ability to trace purchasers though sales records.

Already, from its start in the United States, the advocates of Gun Control have used the argument that such controls were necessary to keep bad guys from getting guns. The right of the public was infringed in the name of greater security for the public from criminals.

Benjamin Franklin wrote: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."7

He did not say "It couldn't happen here."

The Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 introduced the notion that the Second Amendment is supposed to protect guns with a "sporting purpose." by prohibiting import of firearms "with no sporting purpose." It implemented a registration system for all purchases via Form 4473 (the yellow form each of us has had to fill out when we buy a gun from a dealer). It prescribed stronger restrictions on automatic weapons. And it prohibited the import of small handguns, then called "Saturday Night Specials."

The FGCA1968 was a late response to the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. As in 1934 notorious public crime played highly in the passing of these restrictions. But the restrictions passed in 1968 had nothing to do with the kind of weapon used by Kennedy's assasin.. 8

There is more legislation. And there are many court cases all of us should read and learn. But these examples show the outward reasons given the Gun Control movement. The examples for stronger gun control laws are paraded through the news almost daily. Bad criminals, mass murderers, crazy shooters, innocent children killed by mishandling guns, and the victimization of women. All the while there is the consistent claim "We're not going to take your guns."

Now we have so-called Gun Free Zones that infringe on a citizen's right to keep and bear arms. Let us list just a handful of the more well known Gun Free Zones:

  • Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado USA, April 20th 1999
    Casualties: 14 dead including the shooters(2) & 23 wounded
  • Rocori High School Cold Spring, Minn. Sept 24, 2003
    Casualties: Two students are killed by John Jason McLaughlin, 15. Sept. 28, 2004
  • Red Lake High School, Red Lake, Minn. March 21, 2005 Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.
  • Trolley Square Mall, Salt Lake City, Utah USA, February 12th 2007
    Casualties: 6 dead including the shooter & 4 wounded
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia USA, April 16th 2007
    Casualties: 33 dead including the shooter & 15 wounded
  • Tinley Park, Tinley Park, Illinois USA, February 2nd 2008
    Casualties: 5 dead
  • Kirkwood City Council, Kirkwood, Missouri USA, February 7th 2008
    Casualties: 6 dead including the shooter & 2 wounded

Since 1966, there have been almost 200 killed in schools that prohibited possession of firearms.9 This is not counting mall shootings, nursing home shootings, or shootings in other public space gun free zones. These always make the front page.

On the other hand are the 1.5 to 2 million, yes "million", incidents per year where law abiding U.S. citizens use firearms to defend themselves.10 These rarely make the news. Even in the Trolley Square mall incident there was an off duty police officer named Kenneth Hammond, who carried his gun in violation of the mall's ban. That officer stopped that massacre. But that was not in the news.

And while Self-defense is the essence of the 2nd Amendment, the intent and application goes specifically to one kind of self-defense: Defense against tyrannical governments.

The Founding Fathers lived through tyranny, they knew the real danger

© 2002




Civilians Killed

"Gun Control" Laws

Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme

Ottoman Turkey


(mostly Christians)

1-1.5 million

Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915

Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession

Soviet Union


Political opponents;
farming communities

20 million

Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926

Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties

Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe


Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples"

20 million

Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938

Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession

China, Nationalist


Political opponents;
army conscripts; others

10 million

Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935

Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership

China, Red


Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state

20-35 million

Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957

Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"



Mayans & other Indians;
political enemies


Decree 36, Nov 25 •Act of 1932
Decree 386, 1947
Decree 283, 1964

Register guns & owners •Licensing with high fees
•Prohibit carrying guns
•Bans on guns, sharp tools •Confiscation powers



Political enemies


Firearms Ordinance, 1955
Firearms Act, 1970

Register all guns & owners •Licenses for transactions
•Warrantless searches •Confiscation powers

(Khmer Rouge)


Educated Persons;
Political enemies

2 million

Art. 322-328, Penal Code
Royal Ordinance 55, 1938

Licenses for guns, owners, ammunition & transactions
•Photo ID with fingerprints •License inspected quarterly



Tutsi people


Decree-Law No. 12, 1979

Register guns, owners, ammunition •Owners must justify
need •Concealable guns illegal •Confiscating powers

From the Book Death by Gun Control by Aaron S. Zelman; Richard W. Stevens11

“When the gun prohibitionists quote a statistic about how many people are killed by firearms misuse, the discussion sometimes bogs down into whose crime stats to believe and how to count crimes vs. the defensive firearm uses.

“In the 20th Century:

  • “Governments murdered four times as many civilians as were killed in all the international and domestic wars combined.

  • “Governments murdered millions more people than were killed by common criminals.

“How could governments kill so many people? The governments had the power - and the people, the victims, were unable to resist. The victims were unarmed.”


Whether it is income, banks, property, purchases, production, sales, housing, land, or guns, the Statist believes that he and the state know what is best for the population. He believes that individual citizens are unpredictable, they cannot be managed if they have the absolute right to the fruits of their own labor. The Statist believes that such rights held by individuals are dangerous and must be reigned in so that the less fortunate and others that the state chooses to favor can be helped by the state. That is, made dependent upon a government check. This helps to ensure the Statist's power.

But most of all the Statist fears the armed individual citizen. Socialism depends upon blaming someone for its failure. Socialism cannot produce anything new, it and all other forms of Statism depend upon production by subjugated citizens. And socialism needs a focus for its hatred. As long as the citizens are armed, socialists will fear taking the steps of the other governments listed above.

But how long will that be if we don't get involved in convincing other people of their need to know what is going on.

Convince just one other person.


Tucker, St. George

1083 Blackstone's Commentaries with Notes of Reference to the Constitution and Laws of the Federal Government of the United States, and of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 5 Volumes, William Young Birch and Abraham Small, Publishers, Philadelphia.

[Tucker's work is available online at ]

Lott, John R. and Landes, William M.,Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement(April 1999). University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 73. Available at SSRN: or DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.161637


1Article I, Section 8 recognizes the duty of the Legislature to protect private intellectual property; I Section 9 preventing Bills of Attainder to protect private property and business from legislation that would punish those businesses. The first five amendments in the Bill of Rights explicitly protect civilian intellectual, and real property from the Government.

2See Levin's phrasing on p. 4.

3Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

4TO HENRY LEE. mad. mss. - James Madison, The Writings, vol. 9 (1819-1836) [1910] at
Also cited in Levin, p. 37.

5 Online version of Tucker's work.

6--Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

7 Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759. Found at

8The rifle used by Oswald was a Carcano M91 bolt action. The rifle was designed in 1891 and used in WWI and somewhat in WWII. It was not a machine gun or "assault weapon." In 1962 this rifle was already considered outdated by the military.


10Gary Kleck is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University found 2 million annual incidents in his 1993 study

"Subsequent to Kleck's study, the Department of Justice sponsored a survey in 1994 titled, Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms (text, PDF). Using a smaller sample size than Kleck's, this survey estimated 1.5 million DGU's annually" same link.

11See the Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership page at

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vacation Bible School!!!!

Oak Park and St. Petri held VBS together at Oak Park this week.
Most of the kids, gathered for Matins.

It was Chloe L's birthday, so there were treats for all on Monday.

Playing in the Sky Fort during noon break.
Our schedule started at 9am with Matins, 9:30 Craft or Lesson time, classes switch at 10:30 for Craft or Lesson, 11:30 noon break; 1pm Sing along; 1:30 Lesson time; 2:30 Vespers; 3pm release.

Alison leading the younger children in assembling a craft.

Connie and Laura looking official at the craft table.

Campfire and marshmallow roast on Wednesday.

One part of the sing along after dinner break.
The kids memorized Hymn 384 "Our Father Throned in Heaven Above" and sing it in round.

The ice cream treat on the last day.

Triumphant ice cream eaters.

Most of the group, except Alison and me, out by the campfire ring.

And here's a video of the kids singing 384 in round. Sorry the sound isn't so great on my camera.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

David's Graduation

Sunday morning, three services, all went well. VBS tomorrow through Wednesday!!!

David S and his family have gone through a great deal of struggle since David's neck was broken back in January 2006.

From being told that he would never walk again he was able to do this a few months ago:

Since then he has been able to walk with braces and just one person holding on to his waist.

And this past Sunday we celebrated his graduation from Highschool. Congratulations, David.

We spent the afternoon at David's place.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Our Oldest is 16 years old!

"Is this the little boy at play?"

Jeremy turned 16 years old! He is taller than I am. And, he knows that he's smarter than I am too. Showered by the companionship and love of 9 siblings and both parents in his home, we had a blast celebrating with him.

John even gave him one of his favorite stuffed toys. He wrapped it himself.

I think I have to go back and check. I don't recall If I posted Louisa's birthday last March. Shame on me.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The first weekdays of this June

Get ready for VBS. We're using Pax Domini's VBS on The Office of Keys and Confession called "The Remission of Sins."

I've also been working on my speech and my sermons.

Alyssa, the parish secretary, has been under the weather with her pregnancy. Twins, it seems, do affect the mother much more. Please keep her in your prayers. Check her blog out Nelson Acres.

The sounds outside were of lawn mowers and kids making bargains about who does what part of the lawn.

Monday, June 01, 2009

End of May First of June (backdated)

Spring has arrived. Although the weekend of June 1 there were still snow flurries in North Dakota, throughout Canada, and frost on our ground in the morning even to the 6th of June.

Friday we went to TR to get stuff for Mary and the kids' trip to grandma and grandpa's this weekend. Matt and I went to do a shut-in visit for Mavis. Actually we met her and her daughter at the Hosp. door. She was being admitted for Congestive Heart Failure. I spent some time with her. Then home to help the kids get ready.

Saturday 5/30 I had worship at Mt. Olive, followed by Sat. School. Then home. Mary was taking the kids down to my folks' place to pick up Jeremy from his school year so he can spend the summer with us. Just after I got home from Mt. Olive Mary called: "Joe, I got a flat tire. We're somewhere. I don't know, north of Wadena, maybe?" And then Matt got someone from a farm about 1/2 mile away. Mary hung up. I had to go to TRF for Cora R's funeral. Please keep her family in your prayers.

After the funeral I went to the Hospital to check on Mavis, she was still weak, but doing somewhat better. Please keep her in your prayers.

The back to the funeral home and out to St. Petri for committal. The ground was too wet to have the grave dug beforehand. The undertaker and I stayed after the service with the grave diggers and saw to it that Cora was buried properly.

Then off to Radium for Caleb L's Confirmation. It was nice to see all the folks at Radium again. I got home about 10:15pm or so.

Sunday morning I had a gluten reaction. It started around 4am. I couldn't get it under control until about 9am. I swallowed a lot of Immodium.

Eye candy.
I was able to hold services at Oak Park and Nazareth, but I didn't stay for the meal at Nazareth. I needed to recover.

Monday I worked on a speech about Socialism and Gun Control for a Tea Party coming up on June 11 at Thief River Falls.

Mary and the Kids got home Monday evening.

What a girl does with lipstick.

During the day Monday I also worked a bit on splitting out bow staves from the Ash log Kim and Barb dropped off. I've got two blanks now that are shaping up as Holmegaard style bows.
A fuzzy photo of Jeremy
We put the kids to work mowing right away. It took a while. I did the longest grass around the garden on Monday. They all want to use the rider. We make them use the push mowers. Physical exercise. Perhaps I should get an old human powered push mower for them!

Monday, June 1, would have been my brother's 40th birthday. I'm glad mowing doesn't take much thought. Rather, it allows a person to think, to remember, to look back, and to look forward. And though sad, it is good.