Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Constitution

Dinesh D’Souza Pleads Guilty, Claims Selective Prosecution

 

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Cover of The Roots of Obama’s Rage

When Federal District Judge Richard Berman ruled that Dinesh D’Souza, co-producer of the documentary film 2016: Obama’s America, had provided no evidence that he was selectively prosecuted for arranging campaign contributions to a friend in 2012, D’Souza had no other defense. In his plea bargain with Berman on Tuesday, D’Souza pleaded guilty to one of the two counts in the indictment, saying:

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Obama Administration Choking off Bank Lending to Gun Dealers

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Cover of The Second Amendment

For seven years Theodore Roosevelt Liberti – known to his friends as “T.R.” – ran a retail gun shop in New Jersey and then moved it to Florida. T.R.’s bank had always been BankUnited (BU) which handled his accounts and cleared his customer’s credit card purchases. But when he decided to open an online store called Discount Ammo-N-Guns, BankUnited closed his accounts on March 12 “pursuant to the terms and conditions listed in our Depositor’s Agreement.”

When T.R. demanded a further explanation, the bank remained silent. T.R.’s wife and business partner, Elizabeth said:

I was very angry. They were very inconsiderate. We had all our credit cards going through that bank.

All of a sudden we had to run and find another bank to keep our business going. We [had to] shut down for two weeks.

[BUT] wouldn’t even tell us why.

When the bank finally responded, its explanation was unsatisfactory:

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Minnesotans Score Small Victory in Civil Asset Forfeiture War

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On August 1, citizens in Minnesota will rejoice that the police can no longer steal their property without being convicted – or even charged with – a crime. Until then Minnesota remains an upside-down world, and in many other states as well, where police can seize cash and property if they think that somehow the cash or the property was involved in a crime. Prior to August 1, citizens who have had their property seized will have to prove a negative:

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Playground Photo Reignites gun Control Debate

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Official logo of Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Heather Karenz of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, posted a photo of her son on a playground slide on Facebook and complained that the father in the background was carrying a sidearm, Police Chief David Beguhn responded by saying that a local ordinance prohibited openly carrying firearms at the Imagination Station children’s playground.

That sparked a call to the chief from Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry, a gun rights group, who informed the chief that a state law prohibited any local township from enacting gun laws more strict than the state’s.

Beguhn consulted with the city’s attorney, read the state law, realized his error and retracted his warning that the local ordinance would be enforced. In fact, he now wants the city’s Common Council to

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Latest Supreme Court Decision Already Impacting Prayers in Public Places

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East Carolina University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

On Thursday, May 1, an associate chemistry professor sent out his guidelines to his chemistry majors to use during their speeches upon graduation: 35 words max, and no mention of God. Here’s this from his email sent to his students at East Carolina University:

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The Supreme Court Passes on an Opportunity to Defend Freedom

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Call to Action! National Defense Authorization Act (S.1867) Makes America a Police State! (g1a2d0077c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 2, 2014: 

Rarely does the Supreme Court have the opportunity to rectify major wrongs and mend egregious infringements coming from an out-of-control federal government: wrongs so outrageous that they threaten the very basis of society, so extreme that they risk emasculating and eviscerating the legal basis of an ordered existence, so far-reaching that they neutralize major amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

On Monday, April 28, the Court had that opportunity, and they whiffed.

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Supreme Court Refuses to hear case Against NDAA Unlawful Detention

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September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within days of Congress reauthorizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in January 2012, Brian Trautman summarized it perfectly:

This pernicious law poses one of the greatest threats to civil liberties in our nation’s history. Under Section 1021 of the NDAA, foreign nationals who are alleged to have committed or merely “suspected” of sympathizing with or providing any level of support to groups the U.S. designates as terrorist organization or an affiliate or associated force may be imprisoned without charge or trial “until the end of hostilities.”

The law affirms the executive branch’s authority granted under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and broadens the definition and scope of “covered persons.”

But because the “war on terror” is a war on a tactic, not on a state, it has no parameters or timetable. Consequently, this law can be used by authorities to detain (forever) anyone the government considers a threat to national security and stability – potentially even demonstrators and protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.

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Could Drake v. Jerejian be the next big gun case?

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On Friday the Supreme Court will consider, for the third time, whether or not to review a case concerning the right to carry outside the home. The Court first met on April 18 and then again on April 25 to review the 3rd Circuit Court’s decision from New Jersey. If it agrees to look at it, Drake v. Jerejian could be the most important Second Amendment case since the Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald.

The lawsuit was originally brought by Jeffrey Muller, a New Jersey resident and business owner who

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Supreme Court to hear Critical Fourth Amendment Appeals Tomorrow

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David Leon Riley was driving through a residential area of San Diego in August of 2009 when he was stopped for having expired license tags on his car. A so-called routine search of his car turned up a couple of handguns whereupon he was arrested. The police took his smartphone and examined it down at the station house, discovering emails, text messages and videos implicating him in a gang-war drive-by shooting two weeks earlier. He was charged with and convicted of shooting at an occupied vehicle, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon along with other gang-related crimes and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Riley’s attorneys tried to have the evidence from his smartphone suppressed claiming that the police didn’t secure a search warrant first, without success. But

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The Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on Affirmative Action

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Constitution of the United States of America (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

On Tuesday, April 22, the Supreme Court ruled that Michigan voters who overwhelmingly approved an amendment to their state’s constitution back in 2006 banning affirmative action – called by some as “affirmative discrimination” – were free to do so as there was no part of the federal Constitution that prohibited them from doing so. Its holding was clear:

A ban on affirmative action through a state constitutional amendment is permissible under the Constitution of the United States.

In simple terms the Supreme Court ruled that

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The Left Attacks Pulitzer for its Public Service Award to Washington Post

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This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

Instead of supporting the Pulitzer Prize Committee’s decision to give its coveted Public Service award to the Washington Post for publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations over NSA’s spying on innocent Americans, the Left (i.e., those supporting the surveillance state) has instead rather come unglued over the matter. Rep. Peter King, the noisy center-left RINO from New York, was first out of the box:

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Zero School Tolerance Ends a Promising Career in Law Enforcement

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Jordan Wiser, an 18-year-old student at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) in Jefferson, Ohio, about 60 miles northeast of Cleveland, has been snared in the zero-tolerance web. His plans to become a police officer are probably ended. He’ll be lucky to find work anywhere if

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Pulitzer Prize Award Over NSA Revelations Generates Vitriolic Criticism

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The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Washington Post’s Executive Editor Martin Baron anticipated that there would be strong criticism voiced when those opposed to Edward Snowden’s revelations learned of the Pulitzer Prize Committee’s decision to award its prestigious Public Service award to his paper. He may not have estimated the degree and extent and especially the vitriol of that criticism.

Said Baron:

Disclosing the massive expansion of the NSA’s surveillance network absolutely was a public service. In constructing a surveillance system of breathtaking scope and intrusiveness, our government also sharply eroded individual privacy. All of this was done in secret, without public debate…

[Without Edward Snowden’s disclosures] we never would have known how far this country had

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Supreme Court: “Involuntary Servitude” OK in New Mexico

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Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to consider a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling could have vastly greater consequences than just hurting a photographer in Taos.

When Elaine Huguenin received an email request to shoot a same-sex “wedding” in the summer of 2006, her polite reply sent Vanessa Willock over the edge. Doing the shooting was against her religious beliefs, said Huguenin, but

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Supreme Court lets stand New Mexico Court Ruling in sex Discrimination case

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On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear on appeal the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, giving tacit approval of the ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

In 2006 Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Taos, New Mexico, received an email from Vanessa Willock asking her to photograph her upcoming “commitment ceremony” with her same-sex partner, Misti Collinsworth. Huguenin respectfully declined and referred her to another photographer who handled the task. When Willock learned that Huguenin declined because of her Christian beliefs, Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. It was all downhill from there.

The commission not only

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Requiem for a Courageous Everyman

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20120429 – yardsale booty – Second Amendment sign – IMG_4099 (Photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL))

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 7, 2014: 

Few knew Otis McDonald. Fewer still knew how he became the lead plaintiff in the historical Second Amendment lawsuit McDonald v. Chicago, decided by the Supreme Court in 2010. With his passing from this life last Friday, one thing is certain:

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Otis McDonald, lead Plaintiff in McDonald v Chicago, passes at age 79

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English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Otis McDonald, a long-time Chicago resident and the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago, passed away on Friday, April 4. He was 79. It’s likely that he didn’t fully appreciate the impact the decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 would have in the freedom fight in America. What is clear is that impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

Within two years of that decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled

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Using “Mental Health” to take away guns

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Following the second Fort Hood massacre in five years, the post’s commanding general, Lt. General Mark Milley, told reporters on Thursday that the root cause of the attack was attacker Ivan Lopez’s mental illness:

We have very strong evidence that [Lopez] had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. We’re going through all records to ensure that is, in fact, correct. But we believe that to be the fundamental underlying causal factor [in the massacre].

Lopez was undergoing a number of treatments for depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, including being prescribed

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Self-Defense Shootings up, Crime down in Detroit

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English: Montage of Detroit images on Commons. Français : Montage d’images sur le Détroit communes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday morning, March 25, two young men trying to break into a home on Detroit’s west side aroused the homeowner who went outside to see what was going on. The confrontation led to a fight which led to the homeowner drawing his sidearm in self-defense and shooting them. Both attackers died at the scene. This brings to 10 the number of fatal self-defense shootings so far this year. This is ahead of the 25 justifiable homicides recorded in Detroit in all of 2012, the latest year for which data are available.

At the same time violent crime in Detroit continues to decline, just as the new police chief, James Craig said it already had back in January. Following the shooting, Craig said at a press conference:

 It does appear that more and more Detroiters are becoming empowered. More and more Detroiters are getting sick of the violence. I know of no other place where I’ve see this number of justifiable homicides.

People who are faced with a dangerous situation are taking matters into their own hands. We’re not advocating violence; we’re advocates of not being victims. We’re advocates of self-protection. We want people to be safe.

This should be a message to those who continue to perpetuate violence on Detroiters that enough is enough … Detroiters are fed up and they are taking action.

A 35-year veteran law enforcement officer, Craig started his career in Detroit as a beat cop, moved to Los Angeles, then to Portland, Maine, on to Cincinnati, and then back to Detroit as chief of police. Upon taking office last June he announced his intention to do something about Detroit’s spiraling crime rate: 

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Anti-Gun California State Senator Charged with Gun Trafficking

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Leland Yee, Member of the California State Senate from the 8th district (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a move that surprised nearly everyone who knew him, California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday on felony charges ranging from gun trafficking to soliciting illegal campaign contributions in exchange for political favors. At about the time he was released on a $500,000 bond the State Senate’s President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg called for Yee to resign or else be suspended. Steinberg also

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.