Confusion exposed by debate over Sunday Hunting in NC

by C. Edmund Wright on May 10, 2015

Sometimes a law impacting only a tiny handful of people teaches us so much about bigger picture things in our politics. Consider this:

The North Carolina House recently passed a bill, HB640, that did among other things loosen up some of the restrictions on hunting on Sunday. The vote was a solid 83-35.  And by loosen up, all this bill does is allow people to hunt on their own land on Sundays in rural counties, and they cannot hunt close to a church or to someone else’s house. Migratory bird hunting, which is done on public waterways, is not touched by this bill. And if local counties don’t want to allow Sunday hunting, this state bill allows  those counties to re-install the ban for their constituencies.

In other words, this is not only one of the most sensible and Constitutional friendly pieces of legislation to ever come down the pike, it is the rare occasion when government willingly gives up some power and control over us. It is also the rare occasion where centralized power divests itself of that power in favor of more local control. Both of these are very very good things!

Thus, regardless of where you come down on hunting, you should celebrate this. FTR, I do not hunt – I would just rather do other things – but this bill is long overdue in my opinion, and as a matter of faith and a matter of politics, I am offended by the absurd reasoning of  those who oppose it. More on that in a minute.

Currently, North Carolina is one of 11 states in the country that ban hunting with firearms on Sunday. The bill must pass the Senate and then get the Governor’s signature to become law.

Keep in mind that the key here is not Sunday hunting in one state at all. It is about what is, and is not, the proper role of government into the daily lives of law abiding citizens who are on their own property. If they are law abiding and on their own property – I say that role is virtually NONE.

What is fascinating, and disturbing really, is how wrong headed so many proponents of both sides of the argument are. And since I am firmly in the “pro” camp on this, I’ll slice up the lobbying efforts for my point of view first.

As stated above, the big reason to lift the ban is that simply that it is none of government’s business what legal activities property owners do on their own time and on their own property. To single out one activity is capricious and arbitrary. Our Founders warned us about this.

Seriously, how can government possibly justify intellectually that hunting with a firearm is bad on Sunday while hunting with a bow is fine? How can fishing – which is really nothing more than hunting for fish – be okay on Sunday while hunting with a firearm is not? In fact, almost all the fishing is done on public waterways, so fishermen (and I do fish) don’t even have the private property claim on their side. The point is, obviously all the activities are morally fine, and all should be allowed.

The Sunday ban is not, and never was, inside the proper role of government. Yes, I know people accepted it, but it was never the right thing to do.

These principles however were not even mentioned by the lobbying efforts – led by sporting goods chains, hotels, restaurants, the NRA, etc – to get this bill passed. In a coordinated effort across all 11 states, this group concocted an absurd report about the “economic benefit” of Sunday hunting. They want us to believe that somehow allowing folks to hunt a few extra days a year, on their own land, with stuff they have lying around the house, is going to create 27 thousand new jobs and generate all kinds of other financial goodies.

I’ve no idea what kind of voodoo economics they used to get to those figures, but one of the flaws is certainly that they assumed these new Sunday hunters are currently not participating in the economy on Sundays at all. Ridiculous. Whatever the economic impact will be, it will be a minor rounding error. It’s not the reason to pass this bill.

This is so illustrative of a much bigger problem that impacts every single issue:  even with those on the right side of issues in the political class,  they never seem to even contemplate the right thing to do It’s just not part of their calculus.  Moreover, they don’t think anyone else does either. They live in a world where it’s all about economics, and thus they project that we do too. Thus they think it’s advantageous to cook the books to make their argument look economically advantageous. It backfired this time.

In doing so, they enraged and animated their opposition, which is largely what I’ll call the “angry preacher caucus.” This focus on economics gave life to the preachers the self righteous “God and mammon” argument. The opposition is all about the Sabbath and God and Christian heritage.

The problems with those arguments are many. First, the Bible never shows Jesus or Paul using the power of secular government for enforce faith traditions. (In the Old Testament, government was rarely secular, and God changed that paradigm, so don’t even go there). Second, to assume the Sabbath as midnight Saturday/Sunday to midnight Sunday/Monday is just not accurate, let alone universal. That’s merely a western church tradition, not a God tradition.

And while we’re at it, the “rest” on the Sabbath concept does not mean just lay around and do nothing. It means rest from your labors – your job in other words. Here these preachers are, many of whom go to Golden Corral or somewhere like that with their congregants after service, forcing people to “labor” on the Sabbath simply to satisfy their selfish wants. They probably think frisbee, fishing, watching football or NASCAR, or going to the grocery store is okay too. Why?

Can you say hypocrites?

Third, this law does not force anyone to hunt on Sundays, nor does it force anyone to hear others hunt on Sundays. That’s the great thing about the law – it reduces what government forces us to do or not do – while protecting the rights of those who do not hunt as well. Win-win.

And fourth, the bill does allow the county commissions to reinstate the ban for their counties if they deem it the right thing to do. These pastors should concentrate on their own counties and leave the rest of the state out of their pharisaical beliefs.

And I would add a fifth: I’m not sure that rigid legalism has any profitable place in the Kingdom of God. I don’t think it brings anyone closer to God. In fact, I think the opposite. That’s why I say as a Christian, a patriot, and a non-hunter, I strongly support lifting the ban on Sunday hunting on private lands.

It’s the right thing to do.

Has there ever been a gay couple who wanted pizza at their wedding? I mean, is pizza a big wedding food anywhere?

And are there gay couples who can’t find flowers for their ceremony. Heck, we all know florists – shouldn’t take all that long to find one who specializes in same sex ceremonies.  Uh, ditto bakers of cakes and cupcakes too.

Obviously, all of this hullaballoo over Memory’s Pizza and the state of Indiana and the RFRA is purely fabricated, purely political, and so damned out of proportion. There is no shortage of places that gay couples can marry, honeymoon, live, etc, with all the trimmings. Even in Indiana, which by the way, does allow gay marriage.

To here Tim Cooke and ESPN and the entire Jurassic Media, however, you would think Indiana is under Sharia Law. Actually, Cooke and Apple does a lot of business in Sharia Law countries – but what the hell – hypocritical is the nature of liberals. SOP.

The silver lining is that the O’Connor family of Memory’s Pizzeria is on the way to raising 750 grand on GoFundMe – and will be more modern, more cash flush, and more popular than ever.

Uh memo to all GOP candidates and would be candidates: 25 thousand some odd people will donate to this cause. Maybe 15 or 20 gaystapo types started it. Do the math.

 

AS PUBLISHED AT BREITBART SPORTS:

Clank!

When March Madness rolls around, the NCAA falls in love with big football domes as venues for much of the basketball tournament. Yes, I know – it’s all about the money – tons of it generated by selling 40-50-60 thousand tickets to a game normally played in front of 15-20 thousand. I get that.

The problem is, these domes are constructed for football – and their configurations for basketball are cavernous and awkward. As such, the outside shooting in almost all of these domed stadium games is abysmal. This has been known, and been discussed at this time of year for a couple of decades – by coaches, commentators and players – as the bigger arenas started to come into play in the Regionals and Final Fours.

(Note: the Carrier Dome in Syracuse was built for basketball as well as football, thus it is less than half the size of most football domes, and does not have the unwieldy background for shooters.)

There was one regional – the South – played in a dome this year. In the Sweet 16, at Houston’s NRG Stadium, which holds up to 80 thousand plus for basketball, Gonzaga, UCLA, Utah and Duke combined to clank nearly 80% of their three point attempts off the rim. UCLA, which has hit a 3 pointer in well over 500 consecutive games (about 17 full seasons) was 3 of 13 – and none of those successes came until the game’s final minutes. Gonzaga doinked 16 of their 19 attempts, yet managed to win anyway.

During game one – and in between games, the CBS/TBS crews at the stadium and in studio again mentioned the problem with shooting in a large stadium – because it distorts the perspective these players are used to in every other game they play all year. The way the eye, brain and muscle memory work together, depth perception is key to targeted activities.

The game becomes, in a way, a totally different game. It’s like playing outside in a large open field. Former Georgetown Coach John Thompson was famous for saying that things were different “under the big top.” And they are.

In the second game Friday, Utah bricked 12 of their 16 attempts, while Duke was the night’s long range winner at 33% – but only on 3 of 9 shooting. The feel of the stadium backdrop was so out of kilter that Duke’s three best shooters on the season only attempted 5 shots between them – and missed all of them. None were even close. A hometown freshman went 3-4, else Duke would have goose egged the trey.

Keep in mind, all four of these teams have a long tradition of successful three point shooting. Friday they were a combined 22.8% from behind the arc. In the Regional Final, Duke warmed to 8 of 19, but Gonzaga was poor again – going 2-10. For the entire regional, the teams – all good shooting teams – combined to brick more than 70% of their treys.

That’s painful to watch. March Madness shouldn’t be painful to watch.

This is adding to the mounting list of problems that seem to be plaguing the college game, most of which have to do with a lack of fluidity and poor offense. There are many reasons for this – and some will be hard to address – but these big domes are among them and the solution is easy. Just don’t schedule the NCAA Tournament in these stadia.

And the South Regional  – the only one in a dome – predictably compared poorly with all other regionals, even though it had the best four team combined collection of three point shooters. At the Staples Center, the West was won by Wisconsin – but all four teams combined to shoot over 40%, and winners shot 43%.

In the East Regional, played at the Carrier Dome (which as noted above, is configured specifically for basketball), the teams combined for 35% shooting, even though poor shooting Louisville was in the mix in two of the three games.

In the Midwest Region, played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the teams topped 30%, which was misleading. If you the out the un-competitive Kentucky West Virginia game – where no shots were meaningful, the field shot 34%, and the winners of the 3 games topped 40%.

It is pretty clear: games in the domes will be more defensively oriented because the outside shooting is simply more difficult without the normal backdrop perspective. This is just a fact, and its pretty clear to anyone who’s shot in a dome before. These tournament games should move back into basketball arenas.

But wait. What about the revenue? What about tens of thousands of fans who won’t now be able to get tickets?

Uh, not really a problem. Friday there were less than 22 thousand spectators at NRG Stadium. There were barely 20 thousand on Sunday. So in addition to having a cavernous backdrop to the baskets from every angle, most of what was in the background were empty seats. And at NRG, the seats go up so gradually that even most of the full seats were a long long way from the court – and peaking over the shoulder of the person in front of you was a chore for spectators.

In other words, it was an awful atmosphere for players and spectators alike. It created a root canal of a TV show too.

Besides, there are a handful of arena’s in the greater Houston area that could easily handle a crowd of that size – and they are all real basketball arenas. This is true all over the country. And a little supply and demand pressure on tickets is not a bad thing.

And then there’s this: no sport should fundamentally change the game in their championship tournament. I understand that the big revenues allow the NCAA to disperse nice checks to all the participating schools, and many of the mid majors and others need this check to make budget. Contrary to popular belief, most schools lose money on athletics, so this is a good thing – especially to a Davidson or Georgia State.

But it’s hurting the game, both in person and on TV. And now we’re off to the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Consider: Five years ago, Duke and Butler – both outstanding shooting teams, combined to go 11-35 from behind the arc in the Title game at this very same stadium. Duke was below even 30%…and they won! Prepare for some more clanking this weekend, probably from all four teams.

The author is contributor to Breitbart, American Thinker, Newsmax TV, Talk Radio Network, and author of WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost…Again.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m making a list, and checking it twice – gonna expose who’s wrong and who’s right. Senator Cruz is coming to town!

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan's work is so much babbling....

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan’s work is so much babbling….

This is not a flat out prediction that Cruz will win the nomination, though I could easily see that happen. What this is a flat out prediction of is this: the infantile and shallow metrics used by the Cruz naysayers will become embarrassing to those making the most preposterous pronouncements. This includes practically the entire Democrat Party (and their Jurassic Media wing) – as well as the Republican establishment and their out of touch media wing.

Having said that, the most absurd of all the Cruz panning is coming from other Republicans – the idea that we’ve tried a first term Senator, and that didn’t work (Obama).

Really? Is that the best ya got?

Is Obama’s problem that he’s a one term Senator? If so, that means Obama’s problem is that he simply hasn’t the executive experience to get his wonderful agenda passed and implemented. Do you Peggy dear, and wheels Krauthammer, really believe this?

Frankly, Obama has been astonishingly successful in getting his agenda forced on us. His lack of experience hasn’t hurt him a damned bit.  So, why is this:

Easy. The Presidency is not an executive administration position. Perhaps it has been in the past, but those years are long long gone. The Presidency is a vision position, a direction setting agenda, a big picture bully pulpit positioAs Mark Levin said, elect a visionary and “let him hire the managers.” So Peg, Chaz – get out of your little beltway/Manahattan comfort zone and talk to some real people for a change.

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