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Album Cover Project

How to create an album cover in 4 easy steps:

The album cover project…..

1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Here’s an example posted by Macie_and_Emma on the Goosemoose forum… It couldn’t get anymore redneck than a band named “To Russel, My Brother, Whom I Slept With” (oddly enough the name of a Bill Cosby album) and an album titled “You’ll Be Shot At”.  Thank goodness the picture wasn’t of some toothless barefoot lady in a mumu!  ?

Try it yourself and see what kind of cover you can create!

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Good Ideas | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welfare Poem

 Welfare Poem

I cross ocean,
poor and broke,
Take bus,
see employment folk.
Nice man treat me
good in there,
Say I need to
see welfare.
Welfare say,
‘You come no more,
We send cash
right to your door.’
Welfare checks,
they make you wealthy,
Medicaid it keep
you healthy!
By and by,
I get plenty money,
Thanks to you,
American dummy.
Write to friends
in motherland,
Tell them ‘come
fast as you can.’
They come in turbans
and Ford trucks,
I buy big house
with welfare bucks
They come here,
we live together,
More welfare checks,
it gets better!
Fourteen families,
they moving in,
But neighbor’s patience
wearing thin.
Finally, American guy
moves away,
Now I buy his house,
and then I say,
‘Find more aliens
for house to rent.’
And in the yard
I put a tent.
Send for family
they just trash,
But they, too,
draw the welfare cash!
Everything is
very good,
And soon we
own the neighborhood.
We have hobby
it’s called breeding,
Welfare pay
for baby feeding.
Kid’s need dentist?
Wife’s need pills?
We get free!
We got no bills!
American’s crazy!
He pay all year,
To keep welfare
running here.
We think America
darn good place!
Too darn good for
the American race.
If they no like us,
they can scram, 0A
Got lots of room in Pakistan .
It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can also get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of$2,470.00 .
This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Funnies | , , , , | Leave a comment

New School Prayer

Since the Pledge of Allegiance
and The Lord’s Prayer
are not allowed in most
public schools anymore
Because the word ‘God’ is mentioned….

A kid in Arizona wrote the attached
NEW School prayer: –
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Dealing with... | , , | Leave a comment

Downtown Memphis Walking Tour

This is an itinerary that covers a lot of the southern half of Downtown, and that I think really introduces people to the soul of the neighborhood.  Get your walking shoes on for this one – gonna be a long day.  This would be best done on a Saturday.

National Civil Rights Museum: Gotta start here if you’ve never been.  This, of course, is the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on April 4, 1968 (look for the wreath on the second floor).  It’s the old Lorraine Motel, converted into a museum full of items that tell the story of the civil rights movement in America.  It’s at the corner of Mulberry and Huling in the South Main District.

Then walk or trolley north on Main, and turn right on Beale to get to

A. Schwab: This is a “dry goods” store that has been on Beale Street since the 1870s.  You’ll find all kinds of mementos in there that you never knew existed.  Everything from 40 different kinds of hot sauces to size-70 overalls to funny hats to candles to Elvis memorabilia and much more.  Great place to get souvenir shopping and gift shopping done.  Get there before 5 PM; the upstairs closes at 5 on Saturdays and the entire thing closes at 5 the other days of the week (and it’s not open at all on Sunday).

Then walk west back to Main, then turn right and walk 1 block north to

Center for Southern Folklore: This little gem on the Main Street Mall is full of local artwork, Memphis music CDs and DVDs, books about Memphis music, and lots of related items.  They have live entertainment on stage from time to time – ask for a schedule.  They also sell coffee, food, and beer.  Over Labor Day weekend they sponsor one of the best street festivals in the area.  The employees and volunteers at CSF are great people to tell you all about local and regional music.

Then walk south on Main 3 blocks, turn right on Pontotoc, and walk 1 block to Front.  There you’ll see

Gus’s Chicken: Time for dinner.  This restaurant on Front has the best chicken in town.  It was won national awards, and people have been known to actually fly to Memphis just to pick up Gus’s.  Today’s special: CHICKEN.  It doesn’t matter what day you read this post – the special is always chicken.

Then walk back to Main, and walk or trolley south 5 blocks to

Earnestine & Hazel’s: This is a little bar at Main and G.E. Patterson that has the best jukebox in town and a burger, the “Soul Burger,” that is among the best Downtown.  Be sure to walk through the upstairs if it’s open.  For years and years (up until about 18-20 years ago) this place was a brothel, and they have not redecorated the upstairs at all since those days.  In the very back corner of the upstairs there’s a tiny bar run by a guy named Nate on the weekends – one of the best bartenders in the city.

Then walk half a block east on G.E. Patterson to

Calhoun’s: This one is a little bit different.  All the places I’ve named up ’til now have been around for years and years, and represent the soul, the history, of Downtown Memphis.  Calhoun’s Sports Bar, on the other hand, is barely more than a year old, but I’m including it because I feel it represents the current history, the present, of the South Main area.  There you’ll meet the owner, Max, and the locals, who will tell you more about Downtown Memphis than I can possibly include in this post.  You haven’t truly experienced Downtown until you’ve met its best feature – the people.  Drink some beer, watch some sports on their TVs, play some Buzztime Trivia or poker.

– For the last stop of the evening, it’s time to go dancing.  Hollywood Disco at Mulberry and Vance is my recommendation for now; however, as of the first weekend in April, you have your choice between Hollywood and Paula & Raiford’s Disco on Second just north of Monroe.  (I’ll leave it to locals you meet at the earlier stops to recommend one or the other.)  In either case, you’ll get a club experience unlike any other you’ve had.  Great disco and ’80s and soul music.  Leather couches, handprints on the wall, fog machines, disco balls and lights.  Forget everything you know about clubs; this is something completely different.

You may want to get a hotel room to crash for the night, rather than driving to other parts of town after a long day out.  I recommend the Sleep Inn at Court Square if you’re looking for value, and the Westin if you want something upscale.  Hotels with rooms for less than $50/night that are within walking distance of Downtown should be avoided at all costs.

There ya go… that should keep you busy for about 12 hours on a Saturday – probably 2 PM to 2 AM or thereabouts.

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Downtown Memphis Walking Tour, Information Please | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sack Lunches and Honor

I thought this was a nice story and wanted to pass it along.

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down

in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.

‘I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will

get a short nap,’ I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the

aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding

me. I decided to start a conversation.. ‘Where are

you headed?’ I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

‘Petawawa. We’ll be there for two weeks for special

training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made

that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It

would be several hours before we reached the east, and I

quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his

buddy if he planned to buy lunch.

‘No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack

lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll
wait till we get to base’

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying

lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the

flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. ‘Take a lunch to

all those soldiers.’ She grabbed my arms and squeezed

tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. ‘My

son was a soldier in Iraq ; it’s almost like you are

doing it for him.’

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the

soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked,

‘Which do you like best – beef or chicken?’

‘Chicken,’ I replied, wondering why she asked.

She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a

minute later with a dinner plate from first class.

‘This is your thanks.’

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the
plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me.
‘I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here,
take this.’ He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain
coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he
walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he
was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane.

When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand,
and said, ‘I want to shake your hand.’

Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the
Captain’s hand. With a booming voice he said, ‘I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought
me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never
forgot.’ I was embarrassed when applause was heard
from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch
my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me
reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left
another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to
deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who
stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and
walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five
dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering
for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and
handed them seventy-five dollars. ‘It will take you some
time to reach the base. It will be about time for a
sandwich. God Bless You.’

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect
of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car,
I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers
were giving their all for our country. I could only give
them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little…
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a
blank check made payable to ‘United States of
America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my
life.’

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this
country who no longer understand it.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Heros | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What the Canada Free Press says about Americans…

This article was taken from the Canada Free Press newspaper…

Doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I am willing to view other ideas…remember what Patrick Henry said.

310 million Americans have allowed 546 political pigs in Washington DC to completely destroy the greatest nation ever known to mankind. The people didn’t destroy the nation themselves, even though they will be the ones who will have to pick up the pieces and start all over, once it all comes unhinged… But they have allowed it.
We have one president, one vice president, nine Supreme Court justices’, 435 members of the people’s House and 100 US senators. That’s 546 people responsible for forcing 310 million Americans into the proverbial soup line, where 546 political pigs hope Americans will choose global secular socialism as a lesser evil to a complete socio-economic meltdown.
What are the People Thinking?

What makes 310 million Americans feel like they are held hostage by 546 political thugs? Why are modern Americans afraid of self-governance? Why are freedom and liberty no longer worth fighting for in the land of the free and home of the brave? The Founders would be taking us all to the woodshed for what we have allowed to happen in this country…
I don’t care what political party you think you belong to. If you are not willing to stand and fight for personal freedom and individual liberty, the fundamental unalienable rights which our Founders established as gifts from our Creator, then you my friend are NOT American…
If you are American, then no matter what party you think represents you in Washington DC, I’m here to tell you that nobody in Washington DC represents you today. We have 546 idiots running legislative roughshod over 310 million American citizens and it appears that the average American has either not figured this out yet, has no idea what to do about it, or has entirely lost their will to be free.
Which Straw will be the Last?

Every American needs to read the facts about how we got in this mess and who put us here. On January 28, 2009, I released a column titled Congressional Democrats Bankrupted the Nation. If you don’t know this already, then read the column. That’s why I wrote it; so that American citizens would know what went wrong and who is really responsible for it. If you don’t know who or what is wrong, you can’t fix it.
It took leftists just under a hundred years to accomplish it. You have only days or weeks to reverse it… and you are working against massive odds, or so it would seem according to the leftwing propaganda press. I’m not sure how 546 thugs and pigs have an upper hand over 310 million American’s, but that’s what they tell me… 310 million wimps, sure, – but American’s, no…
In case you have not noticed, the Obamanation is not trying to stimulate the recovery of the free market economy. That’s why every move they have made since taking control of the fed has driven the free market economy right off the cliff. It is global Marxism they seek to stimulate, with your assets, and investors know it even if you don’t!
No, Obama and company have not made a single mistake since taking office. They have not skipped a single beat in their evil march towards global Marxism. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is at the White House today, carrying with him a plan for US led international socialism, all at the expense of American sovereignty, security, freedom and prosperity.
US Unemployment is shooting through the roof and you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Your new “no earmark” Resident-in-Chief has already agreed to 9000 pork barrel earmarks in his first annual budget. That was easy! And that’s in addition to his trillion dollars in socialist earmark spending fraudulently disguised as a “stimulus package.”
In the 40 days since Obama was sworn into office, Obamanation fiscal policies have cost American citizens trillions in new tax debt and trillions more in life savings. The DOW has lost another 20% of its value just since Obama set up his crib at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
If you are wondering where the bottom is, it is somewhere around 3000, not the 6800 it is today, according to investment experts currently running for cover in search of free foreign markets moving towards capitalism, instead of away from it.
What do you think the US unemployment rate will be when the DOW hits 5000, then 4000 and then 3000? Refer to my column Congressional Democrats Bankrupted the Nation if you care to know the real truth about how we got here. How we get out of here is not nearly so clear now.
If you bought the campaign lie that Obamanation would never come after your guns, you had better take a look at H.R. 45 real soon! Study how England removed guns from the hands of honest citizens and then see how citizens of England feel about that today. Obamanation is on the same path.
My name is “change” – How do you like me now?

Had enough yet? Your dollar is worth .35 cents and it will soon be worth less than a dime. Your 401k savings are now worth less than half of what they were worth one year ago and in the coming weeks and months, they will be worth even less.
Your home is worth at best 75% of what it was worth a year ago, thanks to “toxic” mortgages put in place by guess who? That’s right, congressional Democrats. The stock market is down not only due to “toxic” stocks backed by “toxic” mortgages. It’s continuing down because private investors will never invest in a government run economy which seeks only to enrich itself, stupid!
It took congressional Democrats almost a hundred years to spend American taxpayers into the first trillion dollars in debt, despite ever increasing federal taxation that went from 5% of GDP to 40% of GDP during the NEW DEAL 20th century.
Obamanation has quadrupled that debt during their first 40 days in power! And, just in case you missed the daily headline of the last 40 days, your trillions in new tax debt has only made matters worse.
What are 310 million people thinking?

In Obamessiah Global Socialism, the government now trusts. Not in you, the average American!
According to Plunkett Research, American home ownership hit an all time high of 68.1% at the end of 2007. More than 2 of 3 American families were able to live the dream of homeownership.
Total outstanding US mortgage balances were only $14.8 trillion dollars and according to all reports, less than 10% of those mortgages are “toxic,” or, $1.48 trillion dollars worth.
If it were the people politicians trusted, the fed could have paid off all $1.48 trillion in “toxic” loans for less money than they just spent on their wish list of leftist entitlement programs, including $4 billion to the criminal thug organization, ACORN.
If “toxic” mortgages were the only problem and we were seeking a real solution to the impending economic meltdown of the world’s most prosperous nation, Washington DC would have directly addressed these mortgages instead of going on a Marxist spending spree, leaving American homeowners headed for foreclosure and falling property values.
The American people are kidding themselves to think any other way…
546 Thugs and Pigs run this Place?

Are you kidding me? While Obama throws hip-hop parties, buys his wife top shelf designer gowns, flies across the country in your jet just to sign a bill you don’t even want, drives your country off an economic cliff and even goes so far as to discourage private charitable donations so that he can control who gets that money too, you sit on your hands like you have no say in these matters?
Are Americans terminally stupid, or are they just plain ole cowards?
Of the people, by the people, for the people, my eye! Tell me how many of the 546 Washington dimwits actually represent the people today? How many represent you?
Why do you think that 310 million Americans are powerless against 546 political pigs currently rushing to destroy your country?
And the only people protesting in the streets are Obama-fools duped hook, line and sinker into believing Al Gore’s Global Warming Swindle, through which Gore himself has pocketed millions in his Carbon Deposit Offset scam?
3000 march on the coldest day of the year to protest alleged global warming. 200 march to protest a very real runaway federal government. What? Say that again?
Home of the Brave, huh!

America is a land full of cowards in search of a free-ride, nothing more. We have a government of children, for children. America is more like the land of the village idiot and home of the defenseless coward today. I am ashamed!
I am ashamed that hundreds of thousands of decent Americans have volunteered to put on a uniform and die for freedom and liberty, just so that cowardly civilians back home, could toss it all away from the comfort of their Lazy Boy recliner in the end.
Globalization has already failed, in case you haven’t noticed. The entire world is in economic meltdown. But that doesn’t even provide a moment’s hesitation in Obamanation’s plan to globalize some more.
For more than 230 years, America was the one nation on earth that fed a globe full of nations unable to feed themselves under some variety of socialism or communism. Today, America is on the verge of not being able to feed itself and the rest of the world is in even worse shape.
When America can no longer feed itself, who will feed the world then? The people we have been feeding for the last 200 years or so?
Americans had better wake up and grow the peaches to take their nation back while there is still a nation to take back. I have never met a politician I trusted 100%. Up until now, I’ve always relied upon my fellow Americans to right all wrongs.
Where are those Americans now?

By the way… While you are busy losing your savings, your jobs and your homes, federal employees will get a 3.9% pay increase this year and no private citizen has benefits equal to the federal employ they pay for!
My name is “change.” How do you like me now?

If you’re still not sure how we got here and where we are headed, take a moment to look at how the left has run major US cities into the ground. Start with America’s greatest proletariat city, Detroit… Detroit’s outlook falls along with home prices!
The folks who ran Detroit and Chicago into the ground now run the nation. Unless and until, you are truly ready to take your nation back!
How did 310 million American’s come to fear 546 idiots so deeply? I’ll never figure that one out!

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Economic news | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Father of the Child

From the SV1000 web site:
British Child Support Agency Forms…

The following are all real replies that British women have put on Child Support Agency forms in the section for listing father’s details:

These are genuine excerpts from the forms. Be sure to check number
11, it takes the prize.

1. Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, child A was fathered by Tyrone Munson. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of child B, but I believe that he was conceived on the same night.

2. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being
sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.

3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived
at a party at 36 Nottingham Avenue where I had unprotected sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you send me his phone number?
Thanks.

4. I don’t know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW
that now has a hole made by my stiletto in one of the door panels. Perhaps you can contact BMW service stations in this area, and see if he’s had it replaced.

5. I have never had sex with a man. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope
confirming that my son’s conception was immaculate and that he is Christ risen again.

6. I cannot tell you the name of child A’s dad as he informs me that to do
so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications
for the British economy. I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country. Please advise.

7. I do not know who the father of my child was as all squaddies look
the same to me. I can confirm that he was a Royal Green Jacket.

8. Leroy Smith is the father of child A. If you do catch up with him,
can you ask him what he did with my AC/DC CDs?

9. From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Euro
Disney; maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom.

10. So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for
sure is Delia Smith did a program about eggs earlier in the evening. If I’d have stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 146 Miller Drive , mine might have remained unfertilized.

11. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby, after all when
you eat a can of beans you can’t be sure which one made you fart.
__________________
Doing his best to increase the population of the UK !!!

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Funnies | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Real Reason for the Ammunition Shortage

Nationwide Ammunition Shortage Hits U.S.

Skyrocketing demand has been emptying the shelves of America’s gun stores. Here’s why.

February 28, 2009 – by Bob Owens

If you, like thousands of other Americans, have Googled to find out why we are in the middle of a nationwide ammunition shortage, you would have stumbled across this 2007 blog entry.

In it, I corrected a poorly researched Associated Press story by Estes Thompson that claimed the military’s consumption of ammunition was responsible for police ammunition shortages here in the United States. Few things could have been further from the truth, but it seems rather apparent, in retrospect, that the goal of that AP article wasn’t to find the truth as much as it was to (falsely) lay blame for the police ammunition shortages at the feet of George W. Bush.

The real fact of the matter is that the military got the bulk of its small arms (pistol, rifle, machine gun) ammunition from one contracted ammunition plant, and that plant wasn’t even running near capacity. The military’s consumption clearly wasn’t to blame, and anecdotal evidence and statements from ammunition manufacturers strongly suggested that police departments themselves caused the 2007 ammunition shortage by purchasing far more ammunition than they had in the past.
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But what is causing our current ammunition shortages here in 2009?

Much of the demand comes from continued high law enforcement demand, the same demand that led to shortages two years ago. Police agencies around the nation have become more militarized in recent years and two trends within this militarization have led to greater police ammunition demand.

An increase in the size and number of paramilitary police units

Once upon a time, highly trained, heavily armed police units with alphabet-soup acronyms such as SWAT, SRT, SRU, or ERT were generally found as part of large, metropolitan police departments. Today, law enforcement agencies of every size — including some university police forces — have SWAT-type units armed with some combination of submachine guns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles to add to the traditional compliment of pistols and shotguns. To become proficient to the level expected of these units, each officer must fire thousands of rounds in training every year.

An increase in the use of “patrol carbines” in law enforcement

Some agencies prefer to call them “patrol carbines”; others refer to them as “tactical rifles.” But whatever you call them, rifles based upon the AR-15 are becoming increasingly common as a weapon deployed to police officers outside of SWAT units, for some very logical reasons. AR-type rifles extend the range at which patrol officers can engage armed criminals, and because rifles have more practical accuracy than pistols, they can potentially reduce the number of shots fired to neutralize a suspect. Paired with the right kind of ammunition, the .223 Remington/5.56mm caliber rifle also has surprisingly less over-penetration, theoretically reducing threats to civilians who might be downrange. Each of these weapons will also require officers carrying them to fire hundreds of rounds in training each year, and in a city that rotates rifles from one shift to another among their patrol units, this can necessitate tens of thousands of rounds of training ammunition.

Fears of draconian gun and ammunition restrictions

The 2008 elections that saw the Democratic Party extend their power in both houses of Congress and saw Barack Obama elected president made gun owners very nervous, and with good reason.

We have a president that has favored gun bans and who desires to reinstate the horribly flawed 1994 assault weapons ban authored by our rather dim vice president. We also have radically anti-gun majority leaders in both the House of Representatives and Senate, and a Congress quite willing to pass massive, bloated laws without even bothering to read the contents. Fears of encroachment are certainly warranted.

Economic instability

As economies become unstable and people lose jobs, crime rates go up. It is an economic fact of life. Many people who are worried about an increase in crime arm themselves during economic downturns, leading to an increased demand for firearms and ammunition.

As a result of all of these factors, manufacturers of firearms and ammunition saw demand increase to unprecedented levels as civilians have made a run on the kind of firearms they suspect that gun control advocates presently in charge will try to outlaw.

This includes all handguns, all semi-automatic rifles (especially those targeted by the 1994 assault weapons bill that expired in 2004), and most semi-automatic shotguns.

Matt Reams of Sierra Bullets noted that after the 2008 presidential election demand shot up 50%-100% for bullets used by handguns or rifles in military calibers, and says, “Law enforcement has seemed to increase quite a bit the last year or so. The individuals jumped in after the elections and pushed our orders over the top when we were already running in high gear.”

Federal Premium/ATK is the largest ammunition manufacturer in the world, running the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for the U.S. military under contract; it also is a major supplier of law enforcement and civilians. In a statement, the company noted “unprecedented demand” for law enforcement ammunition. While other corporations are presently laying off workers and shutting down operations, ATK is in the middle of capital improvements to further increase production capability.

Rick Shoupe of PMC Ammunition, which has a more civilian-focused market for his company’s products, reflected in his explanation:

Shortly before the presidential election the dam broke as far as U.S. gun and ammunition sales are concerned. I believe it is a reaction by the general public because of two main reasons. Number one, the political environment which results from the attitudes about gun control in the majority of Congress and the president himself. They are anti-gun. Number two, the current financial crisis in the U.S. has added to the frenzy, causing again the general public to want some sort of personal protection. Just in case they need it.

We are seeing a bubble in demand like I have never seen before and I have been in this business for 35 years. This demand is in addition to the military and law enforcement that also continues. PMC has expanded production to try and handle as much of the demand as it can before the demand starts to drop. Even so, the first scent of legislation being introduced to Congress will light another candle in the demand for these products. It will not end until the legislation is passed.

Individual shooters are stockpiling thousands of rounds of ammunition because of fears of future punitive taxation or outright bans of certain kinds of ammunition. Law enforcement agencies are also stockpiling ammunition to make sure they have enough on hand to meet training requirements. The shortage we are seeing is the result of both agencies and private citizens hoarding the most sought-after ammunition.

Thus, this shortage is the result of an accordion effect that has developed over the past few years.

Law enforcement agencies have been rapidly increasing their ammunition consumption because of how they are rearming, causing a permanent increase in demand. Just as ammunition manufacturers began to cope with that increase, a second run, based upon a downward-turning economy and rising fears of laws targeting gun and ammunition, dramatically expanded demand yet again.

Shortages of ammunition and firearms can be expected to continue for as long as it appears our overreaching federal government is a threat to our individual liberties, our economy continues to falter, and our police agencies keep militarizing.

It’s going to be a long ride.

Stock up while you can.

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