Ukraine is Defenseless Against Russian Attack Due to ’05 $48 Million Grant Senator Obama Secured To Destroy Its Guns, Ammunition

With much hype surrounding whether or not the U.S. should aid Ukraine against Russian attack this week, it’s imperative to note a fact going unnoticed by the media.

As Russia continues to reassert itself in the Eastern Bloc with its Neo-Soviet territorial ambitions, one cannot help but shudder at the fact that Ukraine will be defenseless with or without aid from the U.S. (As much as I want Ukraine to defend itself, I don’t think it’s smart to give them aid at this time.) In fact, they shouldn’t trust this administration with providing them aid given one of Obama’s actions as senator that’s continually thrown under the rug. In August 2005, he and former U.S. senator Dick Lugar visited Ukraine and traveled to Donetsk, which is the hotly contested region Russia is so eager to seize from Ukraine. Then-Senator Barack Obama secured $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy tons of thousands of guns and ammunition, which has now rendered Ukraine essentially defenseless against any future attack from Russia.

Here’s more from Daily Mail:

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

How ludicrous is that? As David Limbaugh said and famously wrote, Obama is- without a doubt-the great destroyer. Meddling with other countries and essentially making them weaker? He’s truly a great destroyer domestically and abroad.

University of California Further Embarrasses Itself By Divesting From America

It was recently brought to my attention that my alma mater, the University of California (UC) system, voted to divest from America.

The University of California Student Association Board (UCSAB), which represents over 233K students in the respective university system, approved the “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California.” It calls on leaders of UC to financially divest from the United States, citing our nation as an “evil” and “racist” country. The UCSAB voted in favor of this resolution by 11-1-3. The same board also voted to divest from Israel. (Not surprised.)

The University of California comprises 10 campuses and is considered the top public university system in the country. I’m proud to have graduated from the University of California at San Diego. Apart from some political correctness and a few questionable professors, I had a decent college experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time in La Jolla. I, like so many other California residents (though I call Virginia home now), chose to go to a UC school because of its prestige and name recognition. The political science department I graduated from is said to have the third highest return on investment (ROI). Sounds great on paper, right? In reality, UC’s good name is being tarnished by those who have tainted higher education with their leftist agenda. UC is no exception; it’s sadly leading the charge.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement – which targets Israel and equally castigates Jews – has plagued UC since before my freshman year at UCSD. (I entered college in September 2009 and graduated in June 2012.) BDS wants to impose sanctions on companies that deal with Israel; now its advocates want to push the same ludicrous campaign against U.S. companies. Below are some of my writings on BDS at UC, specifically at UC-San Diego.

I hope UC administrators, bureaucrats, and students relinquish their pensions, tenure, financial aid/scholarships, respectively, if our magnificent country is too barbaric and hateful for them. Why bite the hand that feeds you? To the students comprising UCSAB: if America is so evil and oppressive, why are you attending the University of California and receiving taxpayer-funded education? Why not be consistent and reject all American resources provided to you? Oh right, milking the system is perfectly acceptable in your view.

These hypocrites need to be excoriated, so I feel obligated as an alumna of the University of California to call them out.

As a 2012 graduate of UCSD, I feel incredibly embarrassed for my alma mater and its nine sister campuses comprising the University of California. The buffoonery that continues to emanate from UC undermines the institution and makes it less credible. Historically speaking, UC is one of the top institutions of higher learning in existence. Now it takes the cake for being a great perpetrator of stupidity and hypocrisy. Truly sad…

To my fellow UC graduates: I implore you to withhold any donations to our respective alumni associations. Until UC returns to its mission statement of being a light on truth (fiat lux), your donations will be directed to causes that undermine this country.

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Counter Cultured Joins Others to Protest ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie

My sister and I joined other organizations in formally boycotting the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie set to be released this week. Here’s our statement on the film:

“‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ gives Millennials a poor representation of what true love is all about, as it promotes abuse, narcissism, and misogyny,” said Counter Cultured co-founders Gabriella Hoffman and Anna-Maria Hoffman. “Our generation needs to tell Millennials the truth about this film and show them better alternatives to it through the power of social media and grassroots activism.”

Read the full press release here.

New Counter Cultured Article: Nanny Statists Gives Values A Bad Name

Last Friday, my sister Anna Maria and I published an article up at Counter Cultured titled, “Nanny Statists Give Cultural Conservatives A Bad Name.” Below is an excerpt:

Big government sadly pervades our country today.

Whether it’s the marriage of big business and government or the union of nanny statism and Cultural Marxism (political correctness), big government policies adversely affect people on the cultural and economic fronts. Though we are inclined to criticize and condemn the Left’s embrace of intrusive government, it’s imperative to criticize this when it plagues our side, as well.

As cultural conservatives who also believe in free enterprise, we cannot confidently stand by certain political leaders on the Right who want to remedy society through paternalistic means.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Guns.Com Article: Keep Virginia Gun-Friendly

I’ve penned my first opinion editorial (op-ed) at Guns.com today. It’s titled, “The fight to keep Virginia gun-free must continue.” Below is an excerpt:

Last Monday, the Virginia State Senate Courts of Justice Committee shot down another series of anti-gun legislation from Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Senate committee rejected a bill that would have imposed background checks on private firearm sales and another bill that would have limited firearm purchases to one a month.

Additionally, this Republican-controlled committee passed a bill that would allow for lifetime concealed handgun permits and a subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety scrapped some more anti-gun bills.

McAuliffe’s support for gun control shouldn’t come as a surprise. While campaigning for governor in 2013, McAuliffe pledged support for “mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule.” True to his word, McAuliffe introduced a series of gun control bills in January 2014–that were subsequently defeated in the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee.

Despite McAuliffe’s penchant for pushing gun control in our state and the impression it may give others about our feelings towards the Second Amendment, Virginians know how disingenuous the gun control lobby truly is.

Continue reading at Guns.com.

Grateful to Have Attended My First SHOT Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first SHOT Show convention in fabulous Las Vegas. As a relative newbie to the gun industry, I took away so much information from the event, met various people in the industry, and made some new friends along the way.

(I especially want to thank Michelle Scheurmann of Sportsman Channel for encouraging me to attend the conference. I can’t thank her enough!)

Below are some of my pictures from SHOT Show:

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Top Shot’s Chris Cheng and I!

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Here I am testing out the MMC Armory PDW 7 rifle.

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Was honored to be covering SHOT Show as a member of the press!

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Caught up with and interviewed Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich

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Hung out with some fellow Virginians, Ed Levine and Brian Griffiths of Virginia Citizens Defense League

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Modeling this cool gun coin at SHOT Show

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Was fun catching up with my pal Cam Edwards of NRA News

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Was also fun to run into Dana Loesch and her husband Chris at SHOT Show

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And topped off my trip to SHOT Show/ Vegas with a trip on the High Roller Wheel. It seriously has the best view of Vegas!

 

Here are some of the Counter Cultured articles I wrote for SHOT Show:

1) Counter Cultured Chats with Chris Cheng at SHOT Show

2) Katie Pavlich Talks ‘Safe Haven’, Youth Outreach at SHOT Show

3) More Women Are Flocking to the Gun Industry

4) New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

5) The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show

Some of my tweets and photos from SHOT Show were featured in this Twitchy article. (How cool is that?!)

To learn more about SHOT Show, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and familiarize yourself with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Hope to see you next year, Las Vegas!

 

Mari Vanna: Delicious Russian Food in DC

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my sister’s review of Mari Vanna in Washington, D.C.! It’s a Russian restaurant.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Last week, Gabriella and I went to Mari Vanna, a quaint Russian restaurant, with some friends. If you’re of Eastern European or Russian ancestry like we are, this restaurant will easily remind you of your grandma’s home. It’s got lovely home-like furniture and traditional Russian decorations, including a Cheburashka doll.

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If you’ve never tried Russian food before, you should give Mari Vanna a try! We went to its Washington, D.C., location, but if you’re not in the D.C. metro area, there are also locations in New York, Los Angeles, and even London!

Below are the delicious meals and tea we were lucky to have that evening. I ordered the Siberian pelmeni, which are traditional Russian dumplings made with beef and pork, and Gabriella had the mushroom blinis, which are sort of like Russian-style crepes. They were both served with…

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