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

Is the Dingell Dynasty in the House Over?

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 7, 2014:

The encomiums poured in following the announcement by John Dingell (D-Mich.) last week that he wouldn’t be seeking a 30th term in the House. Tweeted Gary Peters (D-Mich.): “Today we honor the service and legacy of Michigan’s greatest Congressman. His accomplishments will never be forgotten.” Such praise would reasonably be expected from a hard-left progressive like Peters who

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First Senate Rejection of an Obama Appointee

For the first time since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the rules – installing the “nuclear option” back in November so that Obama’s appointments would find even easier approval in the Democrat-controlled Senate – on Wednesday the Senate rejected one of his nominees. The vote was 47-52 with seven reluctant Democrat senators, some of whom are facing reelection challengers in November, voting against their party and their president. The nominee, Debo Adegbile, was just too radical for them and

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Age and Acrimony End Dingell Dynasty in the House

Born in Colorado Springs in 1926, John Dingell (D-Mich.) took over from his father as a Representative from Michigan in 1955 and has never stopped promoting his father’s progressive agenda. On Monday, February 24th, Dingell announced that he would not seek a 30th term partly due to

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Appeal Filed in Court Decision Upholding Connecticut’s Gun Ban

When Rich Burgess, president of the pro-gun group Connecticut Carry, sent a memo on Monday to his membership, he said that Connecticut state officials “now look down the barrel of the laws that they created, and it is very probable that they now tremble as they rethink the extremity of their folly. Connecticut Carry calls on every official, every Senator, and every Representative, to make the singular decision: either enforce the law

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NYPD Surveillance of Muslims OK, Says Judge

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 3, 2014: 

When New Jersey District Judge William Martini threw out the complaint by some Muslims that New York City’s police department’s 10 years of surveillance had caused them economic pain and personal suffering, he used the “standing” argument: They didn’t have standing to bring the complaint in the first place. For standing to exist, the Muslims

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Anti-Gun Doctor Likely to be Confirmed as Surgeon General

With a Senate committee voting to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new United States Surgeon General 13-9 last week, he should easily win confirmation to the post by the full Senate on Tuesday.

If there were a candidate more perfectly qualified to occupy the bully pulpit as Surgeon General, one would be hard pressed to find him. Born to Indian parents in Huddersfield, England, Murthy and his parents moved to Miami, Florida when he was three. A child prodigy, he

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Judge Throws out Muslim Lawsuit Against NYPD over Surveillance Program

A New Jersey district judge threw out the complaint by some Muslims in New Jersey that the surveillance program operated by the New York City police department since 9/11 was illegal and had been causing them pain, suffering, and economic loss. In a bizarre ruling the judge concluded that

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Warrantless Searches Expanded Under Latest Supreme Court Ruling

This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 28, 2014:

On the surface, the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday in Fernandez v. California seems pretty innocuous. Only when the details are examined does it become clear that the Fourth Amendment has been

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Supreme Court Expands Police Power at the Expense of the Fourth Amendment

On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California that when a resident who objects to the search of his residence is removed through a lawful arrest, the remaining resident may give police consent to search without first demanding a warrant.

The back story is much more complicated than that official summary, and

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Stage Being set for Connecticut Confrontation

Speculation about how the state of Connecticut would respond to the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun owners who failed to register their firearms by December 31st ended when the state police sent out this letter dated January 2, 2014 to

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Momentum Gaining to Allow Firearms on Campuses

Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association in Columbus, Ohio, expressed confidence that Ohio will shortly join the growing number of states allowing concealed carry permit holders (CCW for concealed-carry-weapon) on school grounds and campuses around the country. Following the massacres [note the change in language here: these were no random shootings. They were deliberately carefully planned attacks by criminals] at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School and Sandy Hook, legislators have been conflicted as to the best way to protect students from

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The Surprise Decision from San Diego not to Appeal

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 24, 2014: 

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore is in a pickle. On February 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that California’s onerous requirement that an applicant must show “good cause” in order to receive a permit to carry concealed was an infringement of rights under the Second Amendment (MIA wrote about that decision here). Every sentient observer of the scene predicted that Gore would

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San Diego Sheriff Won’t Appeal Second Amendment Ruling

The announcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s office late Friday afternoon caught many observers by surprise. Said the sheriff in his letter to the County’s Board of Supervisors:

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion … that the State of California’s requirement of “good cause” … impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment….

Therefore, I see no need for me to

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ICE Solicits then Withdraws Bid for National car tag Database

The pushback from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s request for bids to build a national database of all license plate data now being collected elsewhere across the country was immediate, and for the moment at least, effective: within a week the agency withdrew its request.

ICE said such a national data base would just make its job of tracking illegal immigrants easier, that it

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Truth and Logic from a Surprising Place

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 17, 2014:

It’s a little early to celebrate but the decision announced on Thursday by the most liberal circuit court in the country is no doubt encouraging. However, the conclusion by a hyperventilating writer at Human Events was excessively optimistic:

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Connecticut gun Owners fail to Register their Firearms by Deadline

Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance reported last week on the failure of gun owners in the state to register their “assault” weapons, noting that fewer than 50,000 applications had been received from the owners of an estimated 350,000 weapons in the state. And even that number might be too small. In simple terms, thousands – perhaps tens of thousands, maybe totaling 100,000 – of gun owners have simply

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SWAT Team Member Killed in Another Botched Drug Raid

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 14, 2014:

Another botched drug raid in Texas in December led to the homeowner defending himself, shooting and killing a SWAT team member, and a grand jury declaring he was justified in doing so. It’s usually the homeowner who suffers death, maiming, or jail.

Hank McGee was sleeping in his trailer house near Dallas, Texas, with his pregnant girlfriend early Thursday morning, December 19, when

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Liberal Ninth Circuit Court Decision Strengthens the Second Amendment!

The decision rendered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday resulted in gasps of dismay from gun control advocates and cheers of delight from Second Amendment supporters. In writing for the 2-1 majority in the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, in his 70-page opinion said:

We are called upon to decide whether a responsible, law-abiding citizen has a right under the Second Amendment to carry a firearm in public for self-defense….

Because the Second Amendment has always been an individual right to defend oneself … states may not destroy the right to bear arms in public under the guise of regulating it.

At issue was the requirement,

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Judge Rules Against the DEA in Prescription Drug Privacy Lawsuit

The favorable ruling sought by the ACLU in Oregon in turning back the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) that its “administrative subpoenas” overruled Oregon’s privacy guarantees was satisfying but is likely to be challenged. Said ACLU attorney Freed Wessler:

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Holder’s Impeachable Offenses

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 12, 2014:

Jeffrey Toobin may have been a little too enthusiastic in his announcement in the New Yorker magazine (issue dated February 17th) that Attorney General Eric Holder was going to be leaving the Department of Justice before the end of the year, perhaps even sooner. It was based on an interview Toobin had with Holder in late December:

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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.

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