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

Soaring Gun Sales Cause Crime Rate to Plummet

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 29, 2016:  

Following the record-setting year of gun purchases and ownership, Smith & Wesson projected increasing sales for 2016, coming in at between $150 million and $155 million for the first quarter of the new year. Once all the data was in, however, the nation’s oldest gun maker was forced to revise those numbers upward by 16 percent, to between $175 and $180 million for the next quarter.

This squares with the increasing number of background checks, which

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Council on Foreign Relations Doesn’t Understand Voters’ Anger

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 25, 2016:  

In his article published by the Project Syndicate on Thursday, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) revealed that he doesn’t understand voters’ anger manifesting itself in the unexpected success of candidates viewed as establishment outsiders such as Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

He noted voters’ “considerable anxiety” and even their “outright anger” but cannot understand why they feel that way. After all, he said,

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Federal Court Slams IRS in Tea Party Targeting Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 24, 2016:  

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...

On Thursday a federal appeals court finally ran out of patience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and slammed the attorneys defending the agency. Judge Raymond Kethledge, writing for the three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, said:

Among the most serious allegations a federal court can address are that an executive agency [such as the IRS] has targeted citizens for mistreatment based on their political views. No citizen … should be targeted or even have to fear being targeted, on those grounds.

 

Yet those are the grounds on which the plaintiffs allege they were mistreated by the IRS.… The allegations are substantial.

Kethledge then directed his ire specifically at the IRS:

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Exposing Judge Merrick’s Anti-gun Bias

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 18, 2016:  

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The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States in 2006.

Merrick Brian Garland, nominated by President Obama on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court with the untimely passing of Antonin Scalia, has left footprints. They tell of a judge who isn’t interested in supporting the rights America’s citizens enjoy under the Second Amendment.

In 2007, Garland voted to rescind a D.C. Circuit court’s decision that invalidated Washington D.C.’s strict ban against handgun ownership. That law, which even prohibited guns citizens might keep at home for self-defense, was struck down by a three-judge panel, but Garland voted

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Clinton Ramps Up Her Rhetoric Against the NRA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 11, 2016: 

In attempts to differentiate herself from her Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton is ramping up her rhetoric against the National Rifle Association (NRA). During a town hall meeting in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday, Clinton said, “I will take on the gun lobby.… It is time, my friends, [to] stand together and say enough.”

On stage with her was a recently formed group called Mothers of the Movement including the mothers of victims of gun violence, such as the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton. The group first popped up four days before the Democratic primary in Columbia, South Carolina, in February to voice their support for Clinton’s anti-gun agenda. At that meeting each of the mothers shed crocodile tears over the loss of their sons who, they said, were killed not because they were committing a crime but instead because they were “racially profiled” and “mistreated” because of their skin color.

This was red meat for Clinton, who outlined an updated and refined agenda that she promised to enact if elected president. She said she would move ahead by executive order if Congress didn’t go along. Her agenda includes:

  • Reinstate her husband’s ban on assault weapons, enacted in 1994 but allowed to expire 10 years later because of its ineffectiveness;
  • Provide more federal aid (and strings) to “support” local police departments;
  • Expand domestic violence to include not just married people, but also anyone dating someone, as well;
  • Pass a bill repealing the ban on suing gun manufacturers over illegal use of their products by criminals;
  • Turn gun hobbyists into gun dealers by redefining just how many guns a hobbyist is allowed to sell privately before having to register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and
  • Close the “Charleston loophole,” referring to the current rule that if a background check hasn’t been completed within three days, that the purchase is allowed to be completed. The criminal who gunned down churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was allowed to purchase his weapon after three days when the FBI hadn’t blocked the purchase within the three-day period.

Clinton continues to promote her anti-gun agenda in the face of increasing public support not only of private ownership of firearms, in accordance with rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, but for the NRA itself. A Rasmussen poll in December last year asked those polled if they agreed, or disagreed, that “the NRA supports gun policies that make all Americans safer.” Sixty-one percent of those polled agreed, with 35 percent indicating that they agreed strongly.

Previously a poll conducted by Gallup last October asked those polled if they held a “favorable” or “unfavorable” view of the NRA itself. Fifty-eight percent held a “favorable” view, with 26 percent holding a “very favorable” view of the group. An indication of just how much the culture has shifted in favor not only of the NRA, but gun ownership in general, can be shown: When Gallup asked that same question in 1995, just 42 percent of those polled held a favorable view, a 16-percentage point improvement in just 20 years. As Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist noted: “These poll results are even more striking given the negative attacks leveled at our organization during the last several months by President Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, [Hillary] Clinton, and other anti-gun elites who leverage vast media conglomerates to do their bidding. That a majority of Americans are able to see through the propaganda shows how much anti-gunners continue to underestimate the NRA.”

And not just the NRA, either. Support for Clinton’s reinstatement of her husband’s assault-weapons ban continues to diminish, as well. A poll conducted by the anti-gun establishment ABC/Washington Post following the shooting in San Bernardino, California, showed a majority opposed to reinstatement of the ban. Back in 1994, support for the ban touched 80 percent. Now it’s just 45 percent.

Clinton is speaking into the wind. Her message is not resonating in an increasingly pro-gun culture, but it does serve as reminder that the attack on the Second Amendment continues despite that cultural shift.

$3.6 Million for Baby Bou Bou; Nothing for the Fourth Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 2, 2016: 

Last Friday a federal judge signed off on settlements totaling $3.6 million to be paid to the family of Bou Bou, an infant who was blown up in his crib during a no-knock raid in May, 2014. Said the family’s attorney:

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Family Gets $3.6M; Deputy Gets Off; 4th Amendment Gets Trashed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 1, 2016:  

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, nine sheriff’s deputies from Rabun, Stephen, and Habersham Counties in Georgia enforced a “no-knock” warrant at 2:25 a.m. by battering down the door where Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh and their four children were staying. To stun and incapacitate them a deputy launched a “flash-bang” grenade, which inadvertently landed in the crib where 19-month-old “Bou Bou” was sleeping, nearly killing him.

According to Jacob Sullum at Reason magazine, baby Bou Bou suffered

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An Atlanta Business Owner Gets It

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 26, 2016:  

Gun-maker Taurus International calls it The Judge “because of the number of judges who carry it into the courtroom for their protection.” Lance Toland calls it a “hand cannon”; perfect as a gift to his employees once they obtain their concealed carry permits.

Six months ago Toland, the owner of a high-end aviation insurance agency in Metro Atlanta, had a heart-to-heart conversation with his long-time employee Mary Brannon, who was about to retire. Brannon is also an NRA instructor and has been carrying a sidearm to work for 30 years. But, asked Toland,

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Business Owner Requires Employees to Carry in the Office

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 25, 2016:  

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Taurus’ The Judge revolver, chambered to fire both .45 Long Colt and .410 Bore shot shells.

After WSBTV aired the story of a business owner in the Atlanta Metro area who requires all of his employees to get a permit and carry a firearm in the office for self-defense, it went viral and reporters inundated him with questions as to his reasoning.

Lance Toland, who founded Lance Toland Associates in 1975, has three offices near downtown Atlanta, staffed and run mostly by professional women. The company insures corporate aircraft and represents a number of main-line aviation insurers.

One of his employees, Mary Brannon, has been with Toland for nearly 30 years and was about to retire. Also an NRA instructor, Brannon talked with Toland about how his employees could best protect themselves in the future.

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Media and the President Ignore Mass Shootings that Never Happened

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 24, 2016:  

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Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Round-topped towers are the Radisson Plaza hotel.

The media’s rush to support the president’s call for more gun controls following the shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday was breath-taking. Sunday morning the Washington Post editorial board hurriedly issued this predictable homily:

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NYPD “Stingray” Use Exposed by the NY Civil Liberties Union

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 12, 2016:  

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NYPD Communications Division van

In November the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) received part of what it requested from the New York Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act: What is “stingray,” and how often are you using it, and under what conditions and restraints?

The rest of the information requested arrived earlier this week, and NYCLU went public with what it found.

A “stringray” is

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Article I Project Aims to Restore Balance Between Congress, White House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 5, 2016:  

Following the three-day National Lawyers Convention in Washington in November sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Article I Project was announced. Designed to restore the balance of powers provided for by the Founders in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the project was picked up quickly by Representatives Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

The project is necessary, according to the Federalist Society, because

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Angst over Federal Government Continues to grow

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 27, 2016: 

Two of the best-known aphorisms on freedom come from Samuel Adams and Anonymous. First, Anonymous: “The essence of freedom is the limitation of government.” Samuel Adams expanded on it with this:

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Gun Permit Applications Swamping Local, Federal Agencies

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016:  

In the month following the San Bernardino shooting, applications for concealed weapons permits in San Bernardino County and neighboring Riverside County jumped from the usual 80 requests per month to more than 750, swamping officials in both counties. In San Bernardino, applications are being delayed up to 18 months, while in Riverside application appointments are being scheduled out to September.

John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, expressed the frustration of many:

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Oregon Gun Bill “Most Dangerous” Ever Offered

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 19, 2016:  

When the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) received a copy of draft legislation that could end a citizen’s Second Amendment rights with a phone call or an e-mail, it called it “one of the most dangerous pieces of anti-gun legislation we have ever seen.”

The bill, LC 250, offered by “committee” but drafted with the help of Democrat Senator Floyd Prozanski (who has a photo of himself shaking hands with President Obama on his Facebook page), states that “a reporter”

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Second Amendment Momentum Builds; More Law Officers Urge Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

An increasing number of law enforcement officials are publicly encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Florida Sheriff Grady Judd was blunt in speaking to criminals considering invading any citizen’s home in Polk County: “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot.”

In speaking to his constituents, he was equally blunt:

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Ignoring Due Process is now the Weapon of Choice by Anti-gunners

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 20, 2016: 

The history of due process reaches far back into history, farther than the Fourth Amendment’s guarantees of citizens’ rights to “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures … [and that] no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” It goes back to Clause 39 of the Magna Carta:

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Does Nicholas Kristof Speak for the Establishment?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

Nicholas Kristof certainly has all the credentials to be such a spokesman. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a degree in government, he studied law at Magdalen College in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with first-class honors and won an academic prize.

He joined the staff of the New York Times in 1984, eventually being promoted to associate managing editor responsible for the Sunday edition. He has more Twitter followers – 1.5 million – than any other print journalist in the world.

Another establishment voice, that of Jeffrey Toobin, called Kristof

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Canadian Oil Company Thinks the U.S. Constitution is Still Relevant

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 15, 2016:  

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

The blogger at InvestmentWatch concluded last June that the “Constitution Is Irrelevant. Rule Of Law Is Dead. Ruling Class Oligarchy Is The Power.” In less histrionic terms, the New York Times agreed, noting that the Constitution is “losing its appeal” with people around the world. Some want to replace it, including a Supreme Court justice. Some want to amend it. The present administration apparently doesn’t bother itself over the matter. On the day after the State of the Union speech, Obama’s chief of staff, ignoring any Constitutional limitations on the power of the president to issue executive orders, said to get ready for “audacious executive actions” by the president in the last year of his second term.

But a Canadian oil company still thinks there’s relevance in the language of the Constitution,

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TransCanada Sues Obama for Exceeding his Authority in Rejecting Keystone

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 14, 2016:  

When TransCanada filed its two lawsuits on January 6, company spokesman Mark Cooper said, “TransCanada has undertaken a careful evaluation of the [Obama] Administration’s action and believe there has been a clear violation of NAFTA, and the U.S. Constitution, in these circumstances.”

In the federal lawsuit, filed in Texas, TransCanada is seeking to limit presidential powers to prohibit future presidents from unilaterally rejecting such projects based on how the United States might be perceived by the international community.

Environmentalists want to leave untapped oil reserves in the ground and fought successfully over the past seven years to have the president finally reject the project altogether last November. TransCanada wants to complete the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring crude from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines. If and when completed,

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