Go Where the Wild Things Are With the Help of Outdoor Retailers

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Last week, I made my first trip to Cabela’s in Delaware after assisting University of Delaware’s newly-forming gun club at their Criminals for Gun-Free Zones event . This Cabela’s store is the closest location to the D.C. metro area, so I couldn’t resist making a pit stop there.

While some women go crazy for shoes, I – like so many others – go crazy for outdoor gear and supplies. (Don’t fret–I like fashion as much as the next girl, but there’s much more utility in the latter.)

I’ve been aware of this outdoor retailer for several years and have followed their activities over social media. Prior to Friday, I had only ventured to Bass Pro Shops in Hanover, MD  which is just outside of Baltimore, MD. (Sadly, back in California, the closest Bass Pro Shop was located several hours away from Orange County, while Cabela’s hasn’t open shop in the formerly Golden State yet.) Now that I live in Virginia, I can choose from three nearby Bass Pro Shops locations (Hanover, MD; Hampton, VA; and Ashland, VA) and two future Cabela’s stores in 2015 (Bristol, VA)  and 2016 (Henrico, VA).

As a recreational female angler, Bass Pro is certainly a better fit for me since it caters to fishing more. However, fishing is a gateway activity that has lead me to embrace guns–I expect hunting to follow suit! As a proponent of free markets, I like consumer choice and will shop at Cabela’s too.

“Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest three by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find three by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.” – Henry David Thoreau

Though colder weather is imminent, get outfitted with the latest clothing and  fishing/hunting accessories, or just explore these outdoor retailers for fun.

Fellow D.C. area transplants who fish and hunt: do you plan to visit Bass Pro or future Caleba’s shops here? Weigh in below!

Counter Cultured Interview with Julie Borowski

Today, we published an interview with libertarian activist and policy analyst Julie Borowski regarding her thoughts on pop culture, radical feminism, Millennials, and big government. Below is an excerpt:

We recently asked Julie some questions on how to combat radical feminism and big government.

CC: Julie, thank you for allowing us to interview you for our website. We love your videos. Do you consider yourself counter cultured? 

JB: Thank you so much! In some ways, I do consider myself to be counter cultured. I’ve never been one to embrace something just because it’s popular or someone told me to. I attended public school. I remember being taught that FDR was a savior, government spending boosts the economy, raising the minimum wage helps poor people, etc. One thing that fascinated me about libertarian thought is that it often debunks conventional wisdom. I always recommend the book “Economics in One Lesson” by Henry Hazlitt because it just takes a hammer to mainstream thought about economics and it makes perfect sense to me. For me, libertarianism really makes you see the world in a different way.

CC: Your videos greatly appeal to millennials. Why is that? 

JB: I think it helps that I’m a millennial myself. A lot of political commenters are older and stuffier. YouTube is a medium that a lot of young people watch and I’m not afraid to get a little goofy to get a point across. My favorite messages, though, are from little kids who watch my videos or their parents. I’ve heard that kids as young as 4 years old enjoy watching my videos with their parents because they like to laugh at me. I don’t know if they agree or not, but I think it’s cool that they are being exposed to alternative views at least.

 Read the full article at Counter Cultured.

Magical Things Do Happen in Old Town Alexandria

I’m not one for superstition or Disney make-believe, but I’m convinced that magical things do happen in Old Town Alexandria.

I’ve lived in the Alexandria area ever since I moved here nearly two and a half years ago. The place grows on you–making it impossible for one not to love it. Its charm, its ambiance, and its rich colonial history whisk you away from the heyday of the present by putting you back in the past. In 2013, Amazon ranked it the most well-read city in all of the U.S. Additionally, Alexandria is the fifth most romantic city in the U.S. (Also, for those of us who are conservative, Alexandria is the most liberal city in all of Virginia. *Shrugs*) However, there’s a lot to love about ALX.

Yesterday, my friends and I went to historic Gadsby’s Tavern for dinner. Many people recommended I try it, so we decided to go there.

This establishment’s claim to fame is that President George Washington frequently visited and was a patron. The tavern also held events in his honor. Other notable guests included John Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and even the Marquis de La Fayette. (Check out the menu here.)

And an authentic Alexandria experience wouldn’t be complete without several random encounters with transplants. My girlfriends and I chatted it up with some guys who work for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (especially the Russian guy who had favorable views of conservatism – you know who you are! ) and some journalists from Kurdistan. So random!

We topped off the evening lighting up some sparklers by the water. Below is a picture of me doing just that:

To my friends and fellow D.C. area transplants: make a trip to Old Town. 9The bar scene is FAR better than Arlington’s bar scene, trust me.) Great food, great entertainment options, great location. Hope you make it down there!

 

New Townhall Column: Online Abortion Class Demeans Free Thought at University of California

I’ve penned a new column for Townhall.com. Here’s an excerpt:

The University of California (UC) system is one of the most reputed institutions of higher learning here in the United States. Boasting 10 campuses stretching from Davis in Northern California to San Diego in Southern California, the UC system is historically regarded for molding future leaders and pioneers. Unfortunately, intellectual diversity and tolerance of differing opinions are concepts largely absent in the UC system today.

UC-San Francisco (UCSF)—UC’s medical school—is one of the first universities offering a free online course on abortion. The free six-week course is titled “Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications.” It is taught by Dr. Jody Steinauer, a noted pro-abortion OB/GYN and former president of Medical Students for Choice. The course started on October 13 and will conclude on November 24. It is open to the public for enrollment.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

More Power to Millennials Getting Married in Their 20s

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Who says Millennials–young adults ages 18-33–are balking marriage? Quite the contrary!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of two young conservatives who are very close friends of mine. Let me introduce you to the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Meyer!

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Congratulations to the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Ron Meyer! #CeliaAndRonFromThisDayOn

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I love seeing my friends get married.  I attended two weddings this past year–a West Virginia wedding for my dear friend Angela in July and the aforementioned Virginia wedding this past weekend. It truly warms my heart that more Millennials are realizing that the institution of marriage is not a lost cause–or an institution rooted in slavery as some women have claimed. (Yes, some hold this bizarre belief that marriage is slavery.)

Notwithstanding, people–particularly Millennials–shouldn’t fear or loathe marriage. In fact, they should look forward to it one day. (I wrote about this subject in an article titled “We Should Look Forward to Marriage” for Marriage Generation in May 2013.) Though few of my close friends have taken the plunge, I expect more of them–myself included–to experience marriage in the future.

Though today’s culture reduces marriage to planning the ‘perfect’ wedding, having the ‘perfect’ diamond ring, and saying “Yes to the Dress,” many Millennials thankfully refuse to cheapen the institution.

A March article in Forbes highlighted this trend:

Once, marriage was seen as a “cornerstone” in life. Today’s Millennials see it more as a “capstone.” The marriage rate among 20-somethings may be at an all-time low, but not for lack of desire.

Due to many factors — a lackluster economy, radical feminism, marriage redefinition, divorce, infidelity, etc. – Millennials are skeptical about jumping into marriage. Those of us who regard the institution highly don’t want to settle for less or get divorced, so we delay marriage. Others wait until they’re financially secure to take the plunge. Whatever a Millennial’s reason to delay marriage, have discernment, practice delayed gratification, and remember to love yourself before you can love someone else.

To my fellow Millennials who are newly hitched or engaged–thank you for proving that marriage is still worth pursuing!

New Counter Cultured Article: Be an Individual in the Era of Big Government

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today titled “Be Classic in the Era of Big Government.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I was recently listening to MKTO’s megahit “Classic” for some inspiration. While this song is centered on love, it can be applied to anything. If you haven’t heard the song, below is a sample of the song’s lyrics:

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish (I kinda like it, like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

While government may not have direct involvement in every cultural phenomenon, its promotion of paternalism and complacency is greatly seen in pop culture, religion, business, and politics today. It’s better to be classic, or independent-minded, than a conformist in an era marked by invasive big government.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Winning: More Lithuanians Are Purchasing Guns for Self-Defense

You might be thinking, Why should I care about people in Eastern Europe buying more guns for self-defense? Let me tell you why: These people, with whom I share a similar heritage, realize that gun control will lead their country into disarray and tyranny that once befell the nation during Soviet times.

Here’s more about the trend from Lithuanian Tribune:

Audrius Čiupaila, the head of the licensing division of the Public Police Board under the Police Department, said the number of weapons bought between March and October went up by 7 percent year-on-year.

In his words, the gun arsenal owned by Lithuanian citizens increases by 3,000-4,000 various weapons every year.

People in the country currently own over 100,000 various pistols, revolvers and different shotguns. Some of them are highly spectacular guns that can be used for more than just self-defence, sports or hunting, but also for a guerrilla war.

Compared to the United States, most of Europe has strict laws against gun ownership or boasts laws that prohibit concealed carry. Lithuanian gun laws are quite restrictive as they’re regulated by the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance, and the Weaponry Fund of the Republic of Lithuania, and the European Commission. (Yikes!) However, Lithuanians may privately own semi-automatic firearms and handguns with a permit.

Compared to the U.S., Lithuanians must present a reason to purchase a gun as ordained by the Holder’s Right to Acquire and Possess Weapons and Ammunition Law of 2002. Its provisions are outlined below:

1. Permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania may acquire and keep weapons, ammunition for the following purposes:
1) hunting;
2) sports;
3) self-defence;
4) professional activities;
5) collection;
6) training;
7) scientific research;
8) other purposes, if they are in conformity with laws and international agreements and treaties.

2. Permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania shall have the right to acquire ammunition for weapons which they are entitled to possess.

Unlike the U.S., Lithuania doesn’t permit open carry or conceal carry in public. Their age requirements are different, as well. Under ‘Requirements for Permanent Residents of the Republic of Lithuania, Legal Persons Registered in the Republic of Lithuania in Order to Acquire and Possess Arms and Ammunition of Certain Categories or Types’, these requirements must be met in order for citizens to acquire a handgun or semi-automatic firearm:

2. Long firearms with rifled barrels classified in Categories B and C, and cartridges for them may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, have a valid hunter’s licence and at least 3 years of hunting experience, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire weapons, upon having obtained a permit.

3. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels, pneumatic weapons, archery weapons classified in Categories B and C, their ammunition may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, have a valid hunter’s licence, as well as by legal persons, having a licence to hire weapons, upon having obtained a permit.

4. Weapons classified in Categories B and C, and their ammunition may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 16 years of age – members of shooting sports organisations, as well as by legal persons, upon having obtained a permit.

5. Short firearms classified in Categories B and C for self-defence, cartridges for them may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 23 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

6. Long firearms with smooth-bore barrels classified in Categories B and C, cartridges for them for self-defence may be acquired and possessed by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 18 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

7. Weapons classified in Categories B and C, their cartridges for the purpose of professional activities may be acquired and possessed by natural persons and legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having obtained a permit. The said weapons may be carried by permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age – employees of legal persons registered in the Republic of Lithuania, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit. Automatic firearms, ammunition for them may, upon having obtained a permit, be acquired and possessed by the Bank of Lithuania; the said weapons may, in the course of official duties, be carried by employees of the Bank of Lithuania – permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania who are at least 21 years of age, upon having passed an examination and obtained a permit.

Though gun laws in my ancestral homeland are quite restrictive compared to American gun laws, particularly that of my adopted home state Virginia, it’s encouraging to see more Lithuanians keep and bear arms. The Soviet tried to put a muzzle on Lithuanians with gun control before. Let’s hope Lithuanians and others in Eastern Europe take matters into their own hands to prevent tyranny from rearing its ugly head again in the region.