Tag Archive: Constitution


The Most Depressing Chart You’ll See All Day

 

 

 

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” The American people are low-information voters.

  But their lack of information doesn’t just apply to the candidates they vote for or the issues that are important to them; it also applies to some of the most basic founding principles of this country — up to and including the First Amendment.

  The First Amendment Center has conducted yearly studies asking people their opinions of certain freedoms and how far they extend. But before they get to that point, they ask people to simply name the freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment.

  The results, as the below (see above) chart shows, are somewhere between depressing and less-than-inspiring.”

 

     It comes as no surprise that the more the State spends on “education” the less informed our youth become . For two generations the education system has been moving away from basic history and civics and into all of the touchy-feely , propaganda that serves to minimize the accomplishments of our forebearers and the individual and consolidate the belief in the all-powerful State , all with the help of our compliant “watchdogs” in the media …

 

 

 

 

 The State and their media lackies are proceeding with a systematic curriculum of misinformation designed with the specific intention of making the “common folk” forget about their basic rights under the Constitution and allow power to be usurped and aggregated in the hands of the politicians and the bureaucrats , all in the name of the “public good” .

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Report: Ordinary Americans Caught Up In Data Sweep

 

 

 

 

 

” When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post.

  Nearly half of those surveillance files contained names, email addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents, the Post reported in a story posted on its website Saturday night. While the federal agency tried to protect their privacy by masking more than 65,000 such references to individuals, the newspaper said it found nearly 900 additional email addresses that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or residents.”

The Snowden revelations continue to reveal the extent of State spying during the Age Of Obama …

” The material reviewed by the Post included roughly 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant-message conversations, some of them hundreds of pages long, and 7,900 documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts. It spanned President Barack Obama’s first term, 2009 to 2012, and was provided to the Post by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

  The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted were catalogued and recorded, the Post reported. The newspaper described that material as telling “stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.” The material collected included more than 5,000 private photos, the paper said.”

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A Lame Duck Country?

 

 

 

 

” Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.

  That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama.

  The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government. Once the country becomes disenchanted with a president during his second term, Congress has little incentive to cooperate with him — and, once Congress becomes uncooperative, there is little that a president can do on his own.

  That is, if he respects the Constitution.

  President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, that he has no respect for the Constitution’s limitations on his power. Despite his oath of office, to see that the laws are faithfully executed, Barack Obama has unilaterally changed welfare reform laws, by eliminating the work requirement passed by Congress during the Clinton administration.”

 

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A Most Pertinent Question From Erich Bridges At The Baptist Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If you want to stand in the room where America as an idea was conceived, visit Montpelier, where James Madison grew up, lived most of his life and died.

  Montpelier is a beautiful place, nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. On clear days, you can see the peaks rising in the distance through the second-floor window in the library of the restored plantation house. I stood in that spot recently and trembled at the magnitude of what took place there, in the mind of one man. “

 

 

 

 

 

” You can imagine Madison looking out that very window for inspiration during the months he spent alone there before the historic summer of 1787, poring over his own books and the many volumes of history, philosophy and politics sent to him by his friend and political ally Thomas Jefferson. When he emerged from his self-imposed intellectual retreat, Madison carried the ideas that would form the basis of the U.S. Constitution and its first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights

  Without those founding documents, our nation — which was then a shaky confederation of former colonies on the verge of squandering their hard-won independence from England — would not exist. And you would not enjoy the right to speak, worship, vote and assemble with others as you please. Neither would untold millions of other people across the world, freed from their chains by the ideas Madison not only forged but ceaselessly labored for, wrote about and campaigned to see ratified.

  To be sure, the encouragement of Madison’s great mentor Jefferson (who also wrote a little something called the Declaration of Independence) was crucial. So was the instant credibility George Washington brought when Madison persuaded the beloved revolutionary general to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Many others contributed to the basic principles that went into the Constitution, both during Madison’s formative years in the Virginia legislature and during the long, hot summer of the convention itself, where he spoke more than 200 times. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But without Madison in his finest hour, where would we be today?

” As a framer and defender of the Constitution he had no peer,” historian Garry Wills wrote. “No man could do everything for the country — not even Washington. Madison did more than most, and did some things better than any. That was quite enough.”

  He would go on to serve two terms as president, lead the young country through the War of 1812 and live until age 85, the last of the Founding Fathers to pass off the scene. Yet in that pivotal year of 1787, James Madison was 36 years old. And he was far younger when he began grappling with the ideas that would make him the “Father of the Constitution.”

  I highlight Madison’s youth at the time in order to pose a question: Where are the Madisons of today? More specifically, where are the spiritual Madisons?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We keep hearing that the Millennials, born after 1980, are leaving churches in droves (or never joining in the first place), that they are wary of making commitments to faith communities, government, school, marriage or any other institution. They like having unlimited options, we’re told, and prefer digital social networks to joining or forming the groups that traditionally have held society together. 

  The Pew Research Center supplied more confirmation of those attitudes in its study released March 7, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.”

” The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood,” the study reported. “Now ranging in age from 18 to 33, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry — and optimistic about the future. … [H]alf of Millennials now describe themselves as political independents and about three in 10 say they are not affiliated with any religion.”

  Pew said Millennials are “at or near the highest levels of political and religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation in the quarter-century [it] has been polling on these topics.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” You have to give Millennials credit for being optimistic about the future, given the crummy economic and career prospects they’ve been handed. Maybe that’s the natural energy and hope of youth. The grim economic outlook of recent years, not to mention massive student debt, also explains part of their reluctance to get married and enter into other major social or financial commitments. The issue of trusting others, however, is revealing.

” Millennials have emerged into adulthood with low levels of social trust,” Pew reported. “In response to a longstanding social science survey question, ‘Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?’ just 19 percent of Millennials say most people can be trusted, compared with 31 percent of Gen Xers [born from 1965 to 1980], 37 percent of [the Silent Generation, born from 1928 to 1945] and 40 percent of Boomers [born from 1946 to 1964].”

  People tend not to interact with those they don’t trust — and definitely won’t willingly work with them, join churches or other voluntary organizations with them, or cooperate with them to keep civil society functioning. 

  Perhaps you’re a Millennial believer in Christ, but you’ve decided to take a pass on being part of a local church. It’s an outmoded institution encrusted with irrelevant traditions, you say. You’re “spiritual but not religious,” so you intend to worship on your own or with a few close friends. You plan to do ministry and missions that way, too, rather than bothering with bulky religious organizations that might waste your time and money. 

  It’s your choice. But consider this: What if James Madison had decided to go it alone after the American Revolution? He could have stayed at Montpelier and enjoyed his big Virginia plantation — and let others worry about a fledgling nation on the edge of collapse. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves and plunged into the long, exhausting task of dialogue, debate, compromise and coalition-building that went into creating the United States of America out of the competing interests of 13 ornery colonies.

  The church, a far older institution than the United States, is also the body of Christ. Christ commands that we not only worship, serve and proclaim the Gospel alongside other sinners saved by grace, but that we love them.

  In order to form a more perfect union, we must commit ourselves to renewing the imperfect one we have. We need you to be a part of it.”

 

 

 

Thanks to the Baptist Press and author Erich Bridges for bringing this thought provoking piece to us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Now Requires A Criminal Conviction Before People Can Lose Their Property To Forfeiture

 

Minnesota State Capitol building in Saint Paul...

 

” In a big win for property rights and due process, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill yesterday to curb an abusive—and little known—police practice called civil forfeiture. Unlike criminal forfeiture, under civil forfeiture someone does not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with one, to permanently lose his or her cash, car or home.

  The newly signed legislation, SF 874, corrects that injustice. Now the government can only take property if it obtains a criminal conviction or its equivalent, like if a property owner pleads guilty to a crime or becomes an informant. The bill also shifts the burden of proof onto the government, where it rightfully belongs. Previously, if owners wanted to get their property back, they had to prove their property was not the instrument or proceeds of the charged drug crime. In other words, owners had to prove a negative in civil court. Being acquitted of the drug charge in criminal court did not matter to the forfeiture case in civil court.”

 

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Police No Longer Need Warrants To Search Cars In Pa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A recent ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court could have a big impact on your privacy rights during a car stop. Pennsylvania traditionally provided broader privacy protection than the US Constitution.

  For decades, police in the Commonwealth had to get obtain warrant from a judge before they could do a car search unless time was of the essence or the evidence could be lost or destroyed. But now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 4 to 2 decision in Commonwealth v. Gary changes the rule.

There’ll be lesser protection of privacy in Pennsylvania,” says Dave Rudovsky, a professor at Penn Law school and a civil rights attorney.

“ The district attorneys offices will say this is about drugs and guns and that is true, but it does not end there,” says James Funt, an attorney with Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores.

“ Whatever is in the car can be searched,” he says, “it’s a slippery slope.”

  Funt says the ruling severely erodes Pennsylvania’s privacy protections by essentially concluding that citizens have less privacy in their cars than in their homes. He says people carry cell phones and other electronic devices in their cars and the court’s ruling means these items could be vulnerable as well.

Where does it stop? It doesn’t,” says Funt, “It will not end with guns and drugs.” “

 

    The courts no longer represent the interests of justice and the people who empower them . They stand as willing facilitators of the State . We are at war with the State and can no longer expect to seek redress through checks and balances . Read more .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Levin NRA-ILA Leadership Forum 2014 – Full Speech

 

 

 

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New York Gun Owners Face ‘SAFE Act’ Registration Deadline

 

 

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New York gun owners who possess firearms classified as assault weapons under a new state law have until the end of Tuesday to register their guns — or face potential criminal charges.

  The requirement is part of a provision of New York’s so-called SAFE Act, the package of tighter gun restrictions signed into law  in Albany months after the Sandy Hook school massacre. The law broadened the state’s “assault weapons” ban to cover more kinds of semiautomatic weapons.

  Gun owners who lawfully possessed guns that are now on the banned list were allowed to keep their weapons, but had to register them with the state police. They were also given the option of selling their guns to a licensed New York dealer or out-of-state buyer by Jan. 15 of this year.

  Those who fail to comply could face a misdemeanor charge or — if they were already disqualified from owning a gun because of a prior criminal conviction or other reason — a potential felony.

  Some gun owners say they have no intention of obeying the edict, reports the Daily Gazette of Schenectady:

  Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said he has attended pro-gun rallies in the Capital Region over the past year at which thousands of people from across the state said they do not plan to register their assault weapons.

“ So many people have said they won’t register their guns. I haven’t been told personally, but I’m sure there are some people who have not registered in Fulton County and some who have,” Lorey said. “But I think everyone who plans to register their weapons has already done so.”

 

   Do not expect huge lines at your local State trooper barracks , as Sheriff Lorey says , whoever is going to register has most likely already done so , and we’ll wage it’s damn few .

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Ex-Judge Napolitano: Govt’s Raid On Nevada Ranch ‘Draconian’

 

 

 

 

 

” The federal government used draconian methods in its raid involving Cliven Bundy in an attempt to scare the Nevada rancher in their dispute over grazing rights, said former Judge Andrew Napolitano.

” The draconian, authoritarian way that the government is going after Mr. Bundy is obviously to try and scare him, and scare ranchers, and send a message which is utterly un-American and not consistent with a free people,” Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.

  Napolitano said the proper procedure for resolving a dispute would be to file documents in the court system, not through the use of force by the government.

” When you owe the government money, they don’t come with guns and troops. And they don’t threaten the media that are there to cover it. You file a document in the courthouse, and it’s a judgment on the property,” Napolitano said.

  Napolitano said he was “shocked” to see federal agents dressed like troops “in camouflage and with M-16s” adding that the BLM is not “a military or a law-enforcement entity.” “

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‘Expect To See A Band Of Soldiers’: Militia Members Arrive At Nevada Ranch

 

 

 

 

” Militia groups are rallying behind a rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government.   The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. “ We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants,” Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. “Expect to see a band of soldiers.”   Payne said that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch. “ They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak,” Payne told the Review-Journal, adding that hundreds of militia members are expected.”

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“The First Amendment Is Not An Area”

 

 

Bunkerville mentality: Dissident rancher Cliven Bundy walks past the Bureau of Land Management’s designated First Amendment Area in Bunkerville, Nevada. The land outside the orange fencing stretching as far as the eye can see is the federally designated Non-First Amendment Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Indeed. The “First Amendment Area” is supposed to be something called “the United States“. If the Bureau of Land Management gets to determine which sliver of turf you can exercise your right to freedom of expression in, then it isn’t freedom of expression at all, is it? I’m less impressed by the First Amendment then I used to be, mainly because I’m having to spend a half-decade in court and a seven-figure sum for the privilege of hearing some judge years down the line inform me that my 270-word blog post is, in fact, permitted under the US constitution. (If you’d like to help lessen the toll of that seven-figure sum, I’d be awfully grateful.) But even so it’s extraordinary that even twerp bureaucrats from the Department of Compliance feel comfortable setting up an “orange plastic pen” labeled “First Amendment Area”. If an anonymous pen-pusher in the permanent bureaucracy can confine the Bill of Rights to tiny enclaves where it will be entirely ineffectual, then there is no Bill of Rights.

  By the way, what’s depressing about this is, if the issue worked its way in front of a judges or judges, the genius jurists would undoubtedly rule that, while an 11-foot wide free-speech zone is too narrow an interpretation of the First Amendment, it would be acceptable if you widened it to 17 or 18 feet.

~ I was on The John Oakley Show in Toronto yesterday, and, noting my reference to Magna Carta, a handful of American listeners emailed to ask why I only mention laws eight centuries old. Yeah, I’ve noticed that, too – not just Magna Carta, but the Assize of Clarendon and the Charter of the Forest:

  In 1217, King Henry III signed the Charter of the Forest, which despite various amendments and replacement statutes remained in force in Britain for some three-quarters of a millennium, until the early Seventies. If Magna Carta is a landmark in its concept of individual rights, the Forest Charter played an equivalent role in advancing the concept of the commons, the public space. Repealing various restrictions by his predecessors, Henry III opened the royal forests to the freemen of England, granted extensive grazing and hunting rights, and eliminated the somewhat severe penalty of death for taking the king’s venison. The [National Park Service] have not yet fried anyone for taking King Barack’s deer, but it is somewhat sobering to reflect that an English peasant enjoyed more freedom on the sovereign’s land in the 13th century than a freeborn American does on “the people’s land” in the 21st century.

  And so, as happened to Japanese and European tourists at Yellowstone, you can be arrested for photographing the King’s deer. That’s why I quote this stuff: if a 13th century peasant enjoyed rights a 21st century American doesn’t, something’s gone badly wrong.”

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Some Videos From The Web From CCDL Rally @Hartford Statehouse Saturday April 5th

 

   We are still trying to process our large collection of photos from the pro-gun rally in Hartford this weekend . WordPress does not seem to like our high resolution photos very much as it takes in excess of twenty minutes to upload a single photo . We are thinking that perhaps we should host the pictures elsewhere and just post a link to them . Does anyone have any helpful hints to offer ? Should we use Imgur , Instagram , photobucket ? 

   Any advice would be very welcome as up to this point we have not tried to post many of our own original photos at one time . We are open to all suggestions as we have a couple hundred photos from the event and while many are similar we would prefer to post them all and let our readers decide which to view . 

   Another question for the masses: We are starting to photoshop and desire to label our original photos with a YouViewed tag . Up til now we have put text on each photo individually and this is very time consuming . Does anyone know if we can save our “YouViewed.com” layer in Photoshop and simply add it to each photo instead of having to type it out and arrange the type size and location on each photo ?

 

 

 

Gun Rights Rally Hartford Connecticut 4 5 2014

 

 

 

2014 CCDL Hartford 2nd Amendment Gun Rally

 

Hartford Gun Rights Rally April 5, 2014

 

2014 CCDL Gun Rights Rally in Hartford Connecticut

 

CT Gun Rights Fight (Update)

 

    We hope these videos will keep your interest as we try to put together our collection of photos of the event . Again , if anyone has some tips for us to deal with our large collection of pics please leave a comment . Thanks , hope to have more for you all soon . 

 

 

 

Daily Video 3.23.14

The Pope, The Constitution, and Economics 101

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

 

 

Published on Mar 22, 2014

” The Lou Church Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Lou Church Foundation. Recorded at the 2014 Austrian Economics Research Conference in Auburn, Alabama, on 20 March 2014. Includes an introduction by Joseph T. Salerno.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial: ATF Gone Wild

 

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” When President Obama rewrote inconvenient parts of his very own Obamacare law, he undermined more than health care. The attitude of “we can do what we want” trickles down to the lowliest federal agencies. That’s what several federal judges are saying about the schemes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

  The ATF is the Rodney Dangerfield of law enforcement; among its peers it “don’t get no respect.” So the agency devises creative ways of proving itself, if only to itself. For example, ATF agents posing as cocaine couriers in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Los Angeles boasted of big plans to steal the narcotics they were supposed to deliver. They did this to goad “small-time crooks” into joining a high stakes fake “stash house” raid to obtain fake cocaine. The hoods would then be arrested.

  Agents are allowed to infiltrate a criminal enterprise, but this sting constituted what a federal judge called an outrageous fishing expedition. “In these stash-house cases,” said U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, “the Government’s ‘participation in the offense conduct’ is what makes them particularly repugnant to the Constitution. Everything about the scheme — and therefore almost everything bearing upon a defendant’s ultimate sentence — hinges solely on the Government’s whim.”

  Threatened with stiff drug penalties, few perps challenge the charges, and federal prosecutors add easy convictions to their trophies. No drugs were taken off the street. “That’s the problem with creating crime,” observed Judge Wright, “the Government is not making the country any safer or reducing the actual flow of drugs.” The judge dismissed all charges against defendants, saying: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement — not crime creation.” “

 

Read the whole thing and ponder a life under a government of lawbreakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter From Team Sergeant At Professional Soldiers.com

 

 

” We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.

  Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem. However, unlike much of the current vox populi reactions to this tragedy, we offer a different perspective.

  First, we need to set the record straight on a few things. The current debate is over so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The terms “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” are often confused. According to Bruce H. Kobayashi and Joseph E. Olson, writing in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, “Prior to 1989, the term ‘assault weapon’ did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term [underline added for emphasis], developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of assault rifles.” 

  The M4A1 carbine is a U.S. military service rifle – it is an assault rifle. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. The “AR” in its name does not stand for “Assault Rifle” – it is the designation from the first two letters of the manufacturer’s name – ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-15 is designed so that it cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute. In 1986, the federal government banned the import or manufacture of new fully automatic firearms for sale to civilians. Therefore, the sale of assault rifles are already banned or heavily restricted! 

  The second part of the current debate is over “high capacity magazines” capable of holding more than 10 rounds in the magazine. As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not. Outlawing such “high capacity magazines” would, however, outlaw a class of firearms that are “in common use”. As such this would be in contravention to the opinion expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court recent decisions.

  Moreover, when the Federal Assault Weapons Ban became law in 1994, manufacturers began retooling to produce firearms and magazines that were compliant. One of those ban-compliant firearms was the Hi-Point 995, which was sold with ten-round magazines. In 1999, five years into the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the Columbine High School massacre occurred. One of the perpetrators, Eric Harris, was armed with a Hi-Point 995. Undeterred by the ten-round capacity of his magazines, Harris simply brought more of them: thirteen magazines would be found in the massacre’s aftermath. Harris fired 96 rounds before killing himself. 

  Now that we have those facts straight, in our opinion, it is too easy to conclude that the problem is guns and that the solution to the problem is more and stricter gun control laws. For politicians, it is politically expedient to take that position and pass more gun control laws and then claim to constituents that they have done the right thing in the interest of protecting our children. Who can argue with that? Of course we all want to find a solution. But, is the problem really guns? Would increasing gun regulation solve the problem? Did we outlaw cars to combat drunk driving?

  What can we learn from experiences with this issue elsewhere? We cite the experience in Great Britain. Despite the absence of a “gun culture”, Great Britain, with one-fifth the population of the U.S., has experienced mass shootings that are eerily similar to those we have experienced in recent years. In 1987 a lone gunman killed 18 people in Hungerford. What followed was the Firearms Act of 1988 making registration mandatory and banning semi-automatic guns and pump-action shotguns. Despite this ban, on March 13, 1996 a disturbed 43-year old former scout leader, Thomas Hamilton, murdered 16 school children aged five and six and a teacher at a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland. Within a year and a half the Firearms Act was amended to ban all private ownership of hand guns. After both shootings there were amnesty periods resulting in the surrender of thousands of firearms and ammunition. Despite having the toughest gun control laws in the world, gun related crimes increased in 2003 by 35% over the previous year with firearms used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the preceding 12 months. Gun related homicides were up 32% over the same period. Overall, gun related crime had increased 65% since the Dunblane massacre and implementation of the toughest gun control laws in the developed world. In contrast, in 2009 (5 years after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired) total firearm related homicides in the U.S. declined by 9% from the 2005 high (Source: “FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Master File, Table 310, Murder Victims – Circumstances and Weapons Used or Cause of Death: 2000-2009”).

 

1100 Green Berets Signed this Letter

  We have a list of all their names and unlike any MSM outlets we can confirm that over 1100 Green Berets did sign. The list includes Special Forces Major Generals & Special Forces Command Sergeants Major down to the lowest ranking “Green Beret”.

The letter stands for itself. 

Read it and send it everywhere.

Team Sergeant “

 

 

    This is the famous letter that over a thousand Army Special Forces soldiers signed a year ago . We’ve published it before but given what is going on in New York , New Jersey and Connecticut right now , we thought it deserves to be publicized again , and again , and again . Be sure to read it all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

CT Governor Dannel Malloy To Gun Owners: “You Lost,” Get Over It

 

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” As Connecticut is in the midst of a very serious situation regarding guns and gun registration, Governor Daniel Malloy attended a town meeting this week to address constituents at John Barry Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut. During that event, a pro-gun citizen, who has opposed the legislation signed into law by Malloy, which requires gun owners to register their semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines or be considered felons, asked how Malloy could push legislation that is against law abiding gun owners while abolishing the death penalty and offered early release for violent criminals. Malloy’s answer was not to point to the State Constitution, but to point to the people’s desire to “feel safe.” In that respect, he told the questioner that the legislation regarding gun registration had gone through each branch of government and “your side lost.” In essence, Malloy said, “Get over it.” “

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New York High School Student Suspended For NRA Pro-2nd Amendment T-Shirt

 

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” A high school student in upstate New York was suspended for wearing an NRA T-shirt that touted the second amendment after he refused to turn it inside out or cover the words with duct tape.

  Shane Kinney, a 16-year-old sophomore from Grand Island, located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, said he served a one-day, in-school suspension Monday after he refused last Friday to turn his T-shirt inside out at the request of the vice principal at Grand Island High School. The shirt was emblazoned with the NRA logo and the words, “2nd Amendment Shall not be Infringed” across the back.

“ Mr. Lauria [the vice principal] told me I had to either turn the shirt inside out or put duct tape over the words,” Shane Kinney told FoxNews.com. “I told them that I wasn’t going to do it. I had to sit in the suspension room and eat lunch alone until my father brought me a new shirt to school.” “

 

Fox News has the whole story which is eerily reminiscent of Jared Marcum’s plight except that Jared was also arrested .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratic Congresswoman Claims Constitution Is 400 Years Old On House Floor

 

 

    What an idiot . Sheila Jackson Lee doesn’t even know how old our constitutional republic is yet she’s sure that she knows an unconstitutional law when she sees it . The voters of her congressional district must be proud … or just as ignorant as she given that the Honorable Jackson-Lee is the source of one moronic statement after another.

   Since Rep Lee has once again brought herself to our attention with another nearly incomprehensible utterance perhaps now is a good time to take a look at the people responsible for foisting the woman on us . The Honorable Jackson Lee represents the people of the 18th congressional district in Texas which encompasses Houston and parts of the surrounding area .

   The district which achieved it’s present makeup in a 1972 redistricting has voted completely Democratic since that time . It’s population consists of :

People Demographics

Age Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Residents younger than 5 8.9% 3rd 7.5% 6.4%
Residents younger than 18 28.1% 10th 26.8% 23.5%
Residents 65 or older 8.4% 31st 10.9% 13.7%
Education Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Residents with high school diploma (older than 25) 74.0% 29th 80.4% 85.4%
Residents with college degree (older than 25) 18.9% 25th 26.1% 28.2%
Race Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Race – White 45.4% 34th 80.6% 77.9%
Race – Black or African American 39.9% 2nd 12.3% 13.1%
Race – American Indian or Alaska Native 0.5% 19th 1.0% 1.2%
Race – Asian 3.3% 14th 4.2% 5.1%
Race – Two or More 1.2% 34th 1.7% 2.4%
Race – Hispanic or Latino 39.1% 12th 38.2% 16.9%
Race – White, not Hispanic or Latino 17.1% 29th 44.5% 63.0%
Misc People Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Female residents 50.3% 20th 50.3% 50.8%
Foreign born residents 21.1% 10th 16.2% 12.8%

Housing Demographics

Housing Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Housing units 287,511 18th 10,098,750 132,312,404
Units inside multi-unit buildings 35.2% 5th 24.0% 25.9%
Households 244,986 23rd 8,667,807 114,761,359
Home ownership rate 48.3% 36th 64.5% 66.1%
Home median value $98,500 29th $126,400 $186,200
People per household 2.6 18th 2.8 2.6

Income Demographics

Income Demographics
  18th Congressional District Rank Texas US
Income per capita $20,112 27th $25,548 $27,915
Income per household $37,938 33rd $50,920 $52,762
Income below poverty line 27.0% 6th 17.0% 14.3%

 

 

      Ms Lee has been the 18th district’s representative since first winning election in 1994 . She won the election with over 70% of the vote and during the course of her tenure in the House has never seen less than that and has even approached 90% on several occasions .

     Her district went for Obama by 77-23% over McCain in the 2008 presidential election and again for Obama by a nearly identical 76.1-22.8% margin over Romney in 2012 .

  As the numbers indicate the job of representing the people district 18 is hers for as long as she desires it and we will have Sheila Jackson Lee and her wisdom to guide us into the foreseeable future . If there is one bright spot in Ms Lee’s history of which Texans can be proud it is the fact that Sheila Jackson was born , raised and educated in New York:

 

  • ” Born in Queens, Queens County, N.Y., January 12, 1950
  • Graduated from Jamaica High School
  • B.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1972
  • J.D., University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Va., 1975
  • Lawyer, private practice
  • Staff counsel, United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, 1977-1978
  • Member of the Houston, Tex., city council, 1990-1994
  • Houston, Tex., municipal judge, 1987-1990
  • Elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-present).”

 

    We’re guessing that Yale University is not strong on American history requirements considering that Ms Lee is a storied alumnus , but then again she rose through the educational ranks on the rising tide of affirmative action so that may explain the disconnect between her official educational pedigree of Yale and UVa and her many inane public utterances . 

 

 

     No history of a politician would be complete without a quick look at the money behind the candidate to see just who they are obliged to represent and so we give you a snapshot of Sheila’s sugar daddies , the ones that have bankrolled her career from 1994 to the present … there are no surprises … unions , unions , unions .

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Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Campaign Finance Cycle:  201420122010200820062004200220001998Career

Communications Workers of America $96,500 $0 $96,500
Laborers Union $79,000 $0 $79,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $73,908 $0 $73,908
National Assn of Realtors $67,500 $0 $67,500
AT&T Inc $64,850 $4,350 $60,500
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $62,500 $0 $62,500
Association of Trial Lawyers of America $60,000 $0 $60,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $56,500 $0 $56,500
Teamsters Union $48,000 $0 $48,000
Operating Engineers Union $44,000 $0 $44,000
National Auto Dealers Assn $43,500 $0 $43,500
Enron Corp $40,200 $20,700 $19,500
Service Employees International Union $35,000 $0 $35,000
International Longshoremens Assn $34,000 $0 $34,000
American Assn for Justice $33,000 $0 $33,000
International Assn of Fire Fighters $32,000 $0 $32,000
Transport Workers Union $32,000 $0 $32,000
Vinson & Elkins $31,250 $7,750 $23,500
United Continental Holdings $27,500 $4,000 $23,500
Air Line Pilots Assn $26,000 $0 $26,000
American Medical Assn $26,000 $0 $26,000

 

 

 

    One last parting shot … when you hear the Dems refer to the Republican’s “war on science” bear in mind that the brilliant Jackson Lee at one time sat on the House Science committee and helped oversee space policy . That’s right , she of the “Is Mars Rover going to visit the site where the astronauts planted the American flag” comment is a recognized “expert” on science and space . Scary , isn’t it ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Staffers Slipped Secret CIA Documents From Agency’s Headquarters

 

 

 

 

” Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s unreleased study of the CIA’s secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency’s fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren’t authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.

  After the CIA confronted the panel in January about the removal of the material last fall, panel staff concluded that the agency had monitored computers they’d been given to use in a high-security research room at the CIA campus in Langley, Va., a McClatchy investigation found.”

 

Dishonesty at every turn . It seems the “Tree Of Liberty” is mighty parched ?

 

” It remained unclear Wednesday if the monitoring, the unauthorized removal of classified material or another matter were the subject of a recent CIA request to the Justice Department for an investigation into alleged malfeasance in connection with the committee’s top-secret study.

  Some committee members regard the monitoring as a possible violation of the law and contend that their oversight powers give them the right to the documents that were removed. On the other hand, the CIA considers the removal as a massive security breach because the agency doesn’t believe that the committee had a right to those particular materials.”

    When those that govern place themselves above the law they can harbor no expectations of the governed respecting them . McClatchy has more on our government of thieves and liars .

2nd Amendment Rally – April 5th

 

 

 

 

” So, the rally we’ve mentioned before is now only a month away. Time to kick things into high gear!

  On April 5, 2014, we’ll be gathering on the North side of the State Capitol Building at high noon to mark the first anniversary of the the signing of one of the most unconstitutional gun laws in the nation. Our keynote speaker will be noted gun rights activist and writer David Codrea. David has been featured in Guns and Ammo, Handguns, and Guns Magazine, where he writes the monthly “Rights Watch” column. He is also the National Gun Rights Examiner for Examiner.com, and writes the blog “The War on Guns”. He and Mike Vanderboegh (who spoke at our rally last year) were the ones that originally broke the story of Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal.

  We’ll have other speakers yet to be announced, as well as some candidates who we are hoping will oust the gun grabbers in November with your help.”

When: April 5, 2014 from noon until 3pm
Where: Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

 

 

CT State Capital

 

 

 

      Here is a link to parking information around the State House , a link for directions , and a link to the Cross Sound ferry should any Long Islanders want to make the trip . Please attend if you are able . Connecticut has become the front line in the battle for our rights and liberties and they need all the support we can muster .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Gun Owners: “Come And Get Them!”

 

 

It's Called The Constitution State For A Reason

” Connecticut gun owners are calling the state’s anti-gun bluff. The state recently passed a slew of anti-gun legislation, including a gun registration program for so called “assault rifles” that has been received with less enthusiasm than Obamacare. In fact, many gun owners in Connecticut have elected to ignore the patently unconstitutional law in the same way that Millennials have ignored the IRS requirement for health insurance. And now, as the state issues threatening letters and increased confiscation rhetoric, citizens are telling the state: “Come and take them.

” Despite the strong rhetoric, and threatened legal action, citizens have remained stunningly unfazed by the authoritarian nature of Connecticut’s gun registration scheme. In fact, Connecticut Carry (a decidedly pro-Second Amendment group) has even gone so far as to challenge the state to go door-to-door:

Connecticut Carry calls on every State official, every Senator, and every Representative, to make the singular decision: Either enforce the laws as they are written and let us fight it out in court, or repeal the 2013 Gun Ban in its entirety.

  Connecticut Carry has essentially called their state’s bluff: “Repeal the law, or start confiscating”. After all, going door to door, in an effort to confiscate the guns of well-armed citizens, seems like a mildly insane idea… Even in wildly liberal havens such as Hartford.”

 

 

 

    This can only end badly . We are about to witness a showdown between law-abiding citizens and the arrogant “public servants” who , up until now have never seen the price that can be exacted for their routinely statist votes . Of course initially the only ones to pay a price , in blood and treasure , will be the patriotic citizens and the State’s enforcers , namely the Connecticut State Police , but that will change when the first antagonist(s) are killed during the confiscation attempt .

    How soon will it be before the only avenue for the citizens to achieve a “redress of their grievances” is to start attacking the members of the legislature ? We’ll wager that once the danger that this instant-felon law brings to the police and tax-payers becomes a threat to the elitist fools in Hartford they’ll see the error of their ways . The politicians would do well to remember that their addresses are a matter of public record just as their voting records are .

Townhall has more

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Police:”If Necessary”… Will Go Door To Door To Take Your Guns…

“We Are Your Masters”

 

 

 

Published on Feb 28, 2014

http://www.UFPnews.com

” GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley contacted Connecticut State Police to inquire about the recent letter sent to residents regarding gun confiscation in Connecticut. “Sandy Hook” State Police Spokesman Lt. Vance answered the telephone and spoke to Ashley. The recording of the call reveals the shocking disregard this sworn peace officer has for the U.S. Constitution, and even goes so far as to call Ashley “un-American” for inquiring about the constitutionality of the gun confiscation law.

In Lt. Vance’s own words, “…I am the master….”

Please contact Lt. Vance directly at (860) 685-8290 and give him a piece of your mind.

GuerillaMediaNetwork.com http://ow.ly/o7pRT “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yahoo Webcam Images From Millions Of Users Intercepted By GCHQ

 

GCHQ Yahoo Webcam Spying

 

 

” Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

  GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

  In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

  Yahoo reacted furiously to the webcam interception when approached by the Guardian. The company denied any prior knowledge of the program, accusing the agencies of “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy“.

  GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.

  The documents also chronicle GCHQ’s sustained struggle to keep the large store of sexually explicit imagery collected by Optic Nerve away from the eyes of its staff, though there is little discussion about the privacy implications of storing this material in the first place.”

 

 

    While the webcam intrusions allegedly took place between 2008 and 2010 the Guardian says that Operation Optic Nerve was ongoing at least as late as 2012 …

 

 

” Optic Nerve, the documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show, began as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012, according to an internal GCHQ wiki page accessed that year.

  The system, eerily reminiscent of the telescreens evoked in George Orwell’s 1984, was used for experiments in automated facial recognition, to monitor GCHQ’s existing targets, and to discover new targets of interest. Such searches could be used to try to find terror suspects or criminals making use of multiple, anonymous user IDs.”

 

 

 

   The Guardian has much more on the latest revelations of Statism brought to light by Edward Snowden’s courageous act of defiance . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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