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  1. Hi Gain,

    Thanks for the link. This kind of stuff makes liberals poo poo their panties!

    This is from USAtoday!

    Supreme Court issues ruling on gun-control law

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    The Supreme Court just struck down one of the nation's strictest gun-control laws, according to reports from Capitol Hill.

    In a decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, SCOTUSblog says the majority ruled that individuals have the right to own firearms, meaning that it was unconstitutional for local officials to prohibit the vast majority of Washington, D.C., residents from owning handguns.

    Stay tuned to On Deadline for more details from the decision.

    The folks at SCOTUSblog are covering the proceedings on their nifty little live-blog.

    Update at 10:16 a.m. ET: USA TODAY's Joan Biskupic notes that it's been nearly 70 years since the Supreme Court last looked at the Second Amendment, which says, “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.”

    Most lower court judges have ruled in recent decades that the Second Amendment protects a right to arms associated with service in state militia, such as a National Guard unit. That was also the general consensus of legal scholars.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia set the stage for today’s case when it challenged the legal trend and ruled that the Second Amendment “protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for such activities as hunting and self-defense.”

    The high court just affirmed that ruling.

    Today’s decision is likely to spawn controversy in the nation's urban areas, where local officials have tried to implement stricter gun control. Forty-two states already have constitutional provisions protecting an individual right to guns. One city even requires gun ownership.

    Here's audio from oral arguments in D.C. v. Heller and a "quick question" that we first posted last November. Earlier today, we asked readers how many guns they own.

    Update at 10:20 a.m. ET: Bloomberg News reports that the 5-4 decision may make gun-control laws in "Chicago, New York City and other cities more vulnerable to legal challenges."

    Update at 10:23 a.m. ET: Read the decision here.

    Update at 10:25 a.m. ET: Here's an excerpt from the syllabus, or summary, at the beginning of the 157-page ruling:

    1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.

    (b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. The Antifederalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved.

    ...

    2. Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.

    3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense. Under any of the standards of scrutiny the Court has applied to enumerated constitutional rights, this prohibition—in the place where the importance of the lawful defense of self, family, and property is most acute—would fail constitutional muster. Similarly, the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional. Because Heller conceded at oral argument that the D. C. licensing law is permissible if it is not enforced arbitrarily and capriciously, the Court assumes that a license will satisfy his prayer for relief and does not address the licensing requirement. Assuming he is not disqualified from exercising Second Amendment rights, the District must permit Heller to register his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.

    Update at 10:35 a.m. ET: Here's an excerpt from the dissent authored by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    The majority’s conclusion is wrong for two independent reasons. The first reason is that set forth by JUSTICE STEVENS—namely, that the Second Amendment protects militia-related, not self-defense-related, interests. These two interests are sometimes intertwined. To assure 18th century citizens that they could keep arms for militia purposes would necessarily have allowed them to keep arms that they could have used for self-defense as well. But self-defense alone, detached from any militia-related objective, is not the Amendment’s concern.

    The second independent reason is that the protection the Amendment provides is not absolute. The Amendment permits government to regulate the interests that it serves. Thus, irrespective of what those interests are— whether they do or do not include an independent interest in self-defense—the majority’s view cannot be correct unless it can show that the District’s regulation is unreasonable or inappropriate in Second Amendment terms. This the majority cannot do.

    (Top photo by Alex Wong, Getty Images; Bottom File photo taken Oct. 25, 2007, by Brian Albert Broom, The Clarion-Ledger.)

  2. Hi Ron,

    Nasty lesson for some poor soul. A lot of us carry tweezers in our packs but, I want to encourage people to also carry a cheap plastic comb. When you get a "clump" on your leg or whatever, just slip the comb between yourself and the clump, and pull away. Removes all or most of the spines RIGHT AWAY. Anything left is tweezer material. Works like a charm.

    Ben

    Yep the Comb is your Friend!!!

    I spent 13 years in the Tucson area as a kid.

    One time while out in the boonies, I got the Urge! Went out behind the hill and did my thing.

    Didn't take long to figure out I had a problem! :laught16:

    I had a peace of Cholla stuck between my ankle and my hiney!

    Not Good!

    I had a freind driving a dirt bike that came out looking like that kid one time. It took us a hour getting out the most of it!.

    God was upset when he came up with that stuff.

  3. Dean it sounds like you guys had fun out there and thats what this is all about!

    Sheesh Bob... your a research machine! Keep at it man because it sounds like you've learned what type of ground is favorable for preserving meteorites.

    I don't know if you guys have researched what's been found in Roosevelt county yet... I think if I we're in New Mexico I'd probably start there.

    Good luck!

    Del

    I've been out there a few times. Mostly just putzing around.

    Nasty stuff when the wind blows it up into your eyes!

    I always though it was Alkaline, not just salt.

    Not being a chemist, I don't know what Alkaline does to metals.

    I know it's the opposite of Acid and Jacks it up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playa

    If you use a house hold cleaner that contain a alkali on Aluminum you will watch it go away before your eyes!

    On Iron, Nickel it seems to be much less effect.

    I can not find any place on the net that if has a effect on Iron, Nickel compositions.

    Bottom Line! They May Be There!

  4. Got stpped at the tracks today, by a train heading across the border, into Mexico. There was approximately 70 container cars marked "Mexico Grupo" and Minerva Copper Mine. They were also all marked containing sulfuric acid. Can someone please explain how that is used in a copper mine? Also 70 cars thats a lot of freakin acid!

    Thanks in advance

    Here you go:

    http://www.mine-engineer.com/mining/copperm.htm

    I believe the smelting process also produces sulfuric as a buy product.

    http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/phy...ml&edu=high

  5. NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 7 MAY 2009

    On 6 May 1982, Ronald Reagan offered these words: "Today, prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are 'one nation under God,' and our currency bears the motto, 'In God We Trust.' The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they've forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?"

    History of the National Day of Prayer

    1775 The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer.

    1863 Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.

    1952 Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.

    1988 The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, to be the first Thursday in May.

    Cool! Just don't put a Cross in a school or your in deep Doo Doo!

    Some Kids wanted to start a Bible Study Club during their Lunch Hours and it was Quashed!

  6. Try the main canyon on the back (south) side, leading from the western range (there is a saddle in the middle). It heads down from the top to the southwest. No nuggets, just fine color. All against bedrock. No color in the alluvium at all (precious little on bedrock, but it is there). I have found gold in one canyon down by the highway leading off that western end too.

    Check LR200 on those lode claims. I would imagine there is VERY LITTLE interest in this area. It would not surprise me if the whole shooting match is open ground. The old Peru Mills in Deming used to have a stake up here and they are long gone.

    Go a little farther to Lordsburg and check out the Pyramid. There IS placer in several spots around there. Again, it is not good, but you can get some color.

    Bob

    Cool Beans!

    Asper Geo Communicator, the whole shooting match is claimed by some outfit up in SantaFe! No one is going to get shot! :laught16: Border Patrol are a pain out there though! Got chased by a P.O.ed Cow one time.

    Next I'm out there I'll root around some.

  7. I have been out to this area ton's of times.

    Mostly just rooting around and detecting around the old buildings. Littered with ton's of Prince Albert cans and junk.

    Have found some cool samples within the tailing of various goodies.

    Question Is,,, Has Any One found any gold out there?

    The whole are is claimed up as per Lode Claims but you can still surface hunt.

    There are few Patented claims that must be treated as Private Properties and all is well.

    Any and All Gold mentioned within the Reports came from Lode as composite or complex ore.

    Eddit: My attachment will not go. Anyone wants to see it I can Get it to you some how. PDF file.

    Do you think there could be any chance of finding Placer, or small Nuggets in the Area?

    Page 93 of the report shows mineral types and locations. I was thinking of looking down hill from the copper vains.

  8. One time in the Tucson area I got the urge! I got my left heal stuck to my buttock! I know how the little guy felt! :laught16:

    You done Did Good Sir!

    When around that stuff be sure to carrie a hair comb with you at all times. Just get it between the stuff and you and pull like hell!

    :innocent0002: Uncle Ron

    Great Story, and i thought that I was the only one that got stuck by those dog gone cholla's :laught16::laught16: That is why I tell my wife and kids to always have their gerber or leatherman pliers with them when they go out in the desert. :twocents:

    Thanks again

    RANGERMG

  9. Cool! Warning Headed.

    Funny part is everything in the story was true.

    I've been in Deming since 1990. It's nice to see there are others around here.

    I really would like to go detecting, panning or what ever with someone from these parts.

    If you can't laugh at your self, then who can you laugh at?

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  10. Hello Self! Hello me!

    Just what do you know about this stuff?

    Oh , You Know. Gold!

    Oh. How much gold have you found.

    Not much.

    Found a bunch of color , here and there.

    Up in P.A. New Mexico I got lucky and turned over the right Rock. Found 1/4 oz that day.

    How do you hunt gold?

    Just like the old timers I am, I go were gold has been found before.

    Any time I'm out in the hills, I take my pan and check the wash over yonder.

    Hell, One time I found this Red and White rock that I took a fancy too. Poked it in my pocket and took it home I did!

    Checked it out and it turned out to be Quartz Masonite. Chucked Full of specks of Gold. Went back and Snatched up a pile of if it !

    Got me a solid Oz out of that lot.

    Yep! Gotta do it like the old folks!

    What about the other tons of folks out there looking fer gold?

    Well Self, You just steer Clear of em and find yer own wash.

    Some are OK and Some Ain't!

    Best stay away from em all!

    If they will come into camp and eat yer beens they are OK! Most Likely!!!!

  11. What a Hoot! It's our Fault!

    Over the past few weeks, the number of stories in the press regarding the escalating violence in Mexico has dramatically increased. Now, hardly a day goes by when another story describing the atrocities committed by violent drug cartels cannot be found in an American newspaper or on a cable news channel.

    Gun owners need to pay attention to these stories, because the opponents of our Second Amendment rights are starting to use this situation as a pretext to push their gun ban agenda here in the United States.

    New Attorney General Eric Holder is the first Administration official to cite Mexican drug cartel killings as an excuse to reinstate the semi-auto ban. And now some in Congress have jumped on the bandwagon.

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