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

Questions for President Trump on Venezuela

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 14, 2017:

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Nicolas Maduro

Inquiring minds are asking: what on earth is the US doing meddling in the affairs of Venezuela? The media has broadcast the rolling and accelerating disaster taking place there, with some even properly blaming it on socialist practices unleased by Marxist Hugo Chavez (they are called “Chavism” and its supporters are called “Chavists”) and his protégé, Nicolas Maduro.

Those policies, enforced with increasing vengeance upon a powerless citizenry, have all but destroyed a country that once was one of the most prosperous in South America.

Grant the point. But does this justify in any way U.S. interference? Does it justify sanctions, freezing of assets of Maduro and his henchmen, and removing the freedom of Americans to do business with him, or them? Notice please that the sanctions only apply to about 30 of Maduro’s people and not to any of the 20 or so American oil refineries currently supporting Maduro’s Marxist regime to the tune of a billion dollars a month.

Here are some other questions:

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Far-left Congressman Tweets: NRA and Its Spokeswoman “Becoming Domestic Security Threats”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 11, 2017:

It all started when someone, incensed no doubt about conservative television host Dana Loesch’s latest NRA video, tweeted on Wednesday: “Philando Castile followed the safety rules he was taught and he was shot to death. NRA said nothing. They are usually quick to follow up.”

Loesch tried to condense the story of Castile’s death, covered in detail by The New American at the time, into her own tweet in response: “He was also in possession of a controlled substance and a firearm simultaneously which is illegal. Stop lying.”

That was just too much for far-left New York Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who entered the twitter conversation the next day: “So if a white guy [Castile was black] was shot dead during a routine stop w/ a legal gun & a joint in his car, NRA would remain silent? You’re the ones lying.”

Not hearing anything back from Loesch, Rice reentered the fray five minutes later: “I going to say it NRA & DLoesch are quickly becoming domestic security threats under President Trump. We can’t ignore that.”

Loesch was on Fox News, being interviewed by Mark Steyn, when Rice’s twitters popped up. Steyn told her on the air about them and Loesch expressed her surprise and disappointment that a member of the U.S. Congress was demeaning her rights under the Second Amendment. Immediately after leaving the show, Loesch tweeted Rice: “Rephrase. An elected gov’t official just labeled me and millions of others ‘domestic security threats.’ Wow.”

And then she asked Rice: “Hi Congresswoman, can you explain why you say I and millions of members are ‘domestic security threats?’ Thank you.”

Not getting an immediate response, Loesch then tweeted Rice: “Will ur secret police wear a certain uniform? I want to know who we should look for when we are all taken into custody.”

Loesch gets much credit for knowing precisely whom she is dealing with in Congresswoman Rice, and what Rice has in store for all Americans who own guns in the brave new communist world she is working to create. Unfortunately, most Americans watching the unfolding chatter, banter, and challenge on Twitter don’t know the back story. The New American is happy to provide it.

On her website Rice touts her experience as a former homicide prosecutor in Brooklyn followed by a stint as district attorney of Nassau County: “I aggressively enforced gun laws and led intelligence-driven investigations to take down gun traffickers and seize illegal guns before they reached our neighborhoods,” she asserted.

She is right about one thing: She was certainly aggressive in enforcing those laws. So aggressive in fact that in 2012 a federal jury tossed a case she brought against gun dealer Martin Tretola and awarded him $5 million for compensatory and punitive damages in an effort to offset the pain and suffering he endured for false arrest and prosecution by her.

So aggressive in fact was Rice’s enforcement of gun laws that this isn’t the only case staining her history as DA. Antowine Butts spent two years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit before being released as the case against him unraveled. Butts sued Rice, claiming that she and detectives involved in the case coerced witnesses into testifying against him. One of those witnesses even claimed, under oath, that Rice had arrested the wrong man but she ignored him. For that injustice Butts was awarded $220,000.

If these were the only instances, one might perhaps be persuaded to look the other way. But Newsday took a look and in October 2014 published a 16-page long exposé of her corruption while DA:

A Newsday examination of Rice’s career found at least five instances, including the troubled Butts case, in which Rice was accused of intentional misconduct or of committing a procedural effort serious enough to put her case in jeopardy.

 

At least two convictions Rice helped secure have been overturned for those reasons, and at least three sitting or retired judges have rebuked Rice over her handing of a case. A fourth judge sanctioned her in another case.

When House Representative Carolyn McCarthy from New York’s Fourth District retired in 2014, Rice left her position and ran a successful effort to replace her. She was sworn in under oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States on January 3, 2015, and has worked night and day to violate and undermine it ever since.

The week after the Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016, Rice joined about 20 other far-left members in an infamous “sit-in” — a communist tactic — that shut down the House for 24 hours. The protest was over the House not voting for a gun bill in response to the shooting. She joined other far-left members such as John Lewis and Nancy Pelosi in singing the communist anthem “We Shall Overcome” along the way.

Her voting record reflects her ideology. The Freedom Index, published quarterly by The New American, is based on how closely her votes hew to the Constitution she swore to uphold and defend. Her rating is seven percent out of 100 percent.

Loesch, and now the readers here, know exactly who Rice is and what she stands for — all information that her website and the fake news media have hidden from view. Rice is using another well-honed communist tactic in her tweets: accusing Loesch and the NRA of exactly what she herself is guilty of.

Brady Campaign Hangs Anti-gun Couple Out to Dry When They Lose Lawsuit

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 9, 2017:

Brady Campaign

Three years after Jessica Ghawi was gunned down by mental case James Holmes in an Aurora, Colorado, theater, her parents, at the urging of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (aka the Brady Center), filed suit against the dealer, Lucky Gunner, who sold Holmes his ammunition. In August 2015, the judge threw out their case and required them to pay the gun dealer’s legal fees:

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Third Attempt by D.C. to Restrict Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 25, 2017:

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The flag of Washington. D.C.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday 2-1 that the district’s third attempt to keep guns out of the hands of its citizens is unconstitutional. The matter has been festering since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller that individuals have a right to possess a firearm. But that ruling left open the issue of whether that right extends beyond the individual’s home.

The District of Columbia has for 40 years fought to keep guns out of the hands of private citizens, claiming that the city was

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Disincentives Cut Food Stamp Use

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 24, 2017: 

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) reveals a sharp drop in participation in the program, touching lows not seen since before 2010. In 2016, 44 million Americans and immigrants (legal and illegal) took advantage of taxpayers’ largess, costing $71 billion. In 2010, there were 47 million receiving SNAP benefits, costing taxpayers closer to $80 billion.

The program, which began in 1969, has virtually exploded, from just two million that year (costing taxpayers a paltry $250 million) to a peak of 47.6 million in 2013, which cost taxpayers $79.9 billion.

Part of the decline is fueled by illegal immigrants fearing deportation if

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3,500 Colorado Voters Cancel Their Registrations in Protest

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 17, 2017:

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Hans von Spakovsky

When Colorado voters learned that their state is responding to President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter information, nearly 3,500 of them deregistered. The Hill made it political, claiming that they “have withdrawn their registrations … citing distrust of the [commission].” The news outlet also allowed that many didn’t know just how much of their personal information was already open to the public and, for whatever reason, decided to exercise their right to privacy.

The request from the commission stated simply that each state, and the District of Columbia,

provide all publicly-available voter roll data including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of Social Security number if available, [and] voter history from 2006 onward.

This was enough to trigger pushback and in some cases outrage at the obviously political overtones and implications of the request, in light of President Trump’s claim of voter fraud in the last election, and his selection of Hans von Spakovsky (shown) to the commission. Spakovsky’s initial appointment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by President George W. Bush back in 2005 was contested by Democrats and his nomination was withdrawn.

Some Democrats are claiming a witch hunt is taking place, and an effort to keep illegals from voting. As Alex Padilla, the Democrat activist who is California’s secretary of state, noted:

They’re clearly reached their conclusions already and have set up a commission to try to justify voter suppression measures being made nationally. It’s pretty shocking, the data request of a lot of personal information. I can’t even begin to entertain responding to this commission….

If you want to do [Russian President] Vladimir Putin a favor, put all of this personal voter information in one place, online, on the Internet.

Another Democrat who is also upset is Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Grimes, also echoed the “voter suppression” scheme of Padilla:

We don’t want to be a part of an attempt to nationalize voter suppression efforts across the state. Americans didn’t want, unanimously, a national gun registry, and they don’t want a national voter registry.

She added that the commission was “formulated on a sham premise” and violates states’ rights to run their own elections.

To hear von Spakovsky tell it, it’s all about the 2012 study done by the Pew Center on the States: “The whole point of this commission is to research and look at all of these issues, the issues the Pew study raised.” That study claimed that America’s voter registration system is “inaccurate, costly, and inefficient.” It also said the system “reflects its 19th century origins [which] has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society.”

Its conclusions included these:

Approximately 24 million — one of every eight — voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate;

More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters; and

Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.

Although the author of the study said it didn’t indicate voter fraud, “these findings underscore the need for states to improve accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency.”

The study, however, provided too great a temptation for the federal government to get involved — innocently involved, of course. Marc Lotter, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, claimed that the request was innocuous, and von Spakovsky claimed that opposition to the commission’s request was “bizarre” because the request only asks for information that is already publicly available. But Lotter let slip that the information would be “housed through a federally secure system”, adding that “this is nothing unusual.” (Emphasis added.)

This is a variation on the theme: “Trust us; we know what we’re doing. Go back to sleep.”

Instead of having the executive branch of the government get involved with vote-fraud investigating, which is unconstitutional, David Becker, a Pew director, has already organized a joint pilot project involving eight states to try to make their voter lists more accurate. Said Becker: “What this system will do is it will take in data from the states who choose to participate … and it will be matched … [with] national change of address data from the Postal Service.”

Note the words “who choose to participate” as opposed to the innocuous “request” from Trump’s commission that comes with the unspoken threat of force. According to von Spakovsky, federal statutes already give the public the right to inspect publicly available voter registration records, adding that the attorney general can demand copies of records related to federal elections, if it comes to that.

How much better to keep the federales out of the matter altogether, and let Becker’s pilot program accomplish the same thing.

Perhaps Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann from Mississippi has the right idea. In response to the commission’s “request”, he replied:

They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to launch from.

College Professors Have Their Incoherent and Illogical Lawsuit Tossed

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

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Littlefield Fountain and Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.

Three members of the 16,500 faculty of the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) became so incensed over the passage of Texas’ concealed carry on campus law that they decided, along with the assistance of a local Austin attorney, to file suit against everyone in sight to block its implementation scheduled for August 1. The district judge tossed it last week for lack of standing.

The lawsuit exposed not only the lack of standing, but the lack of understanding by the trio and their attorney, not only of the law, but the complete waste of time and Austin taxpayer money required for this frivolous complaint that resulted in nothing but bad publicity for the attorney and exposure of the silliness of professors with nothing better to do.

Hicks is a sole practitioner in Austin, while the three complainants were predictable liberals teaching at UTA:

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Texas Professors’ Frivolous Concealed-carry Lawsuit Tossed Due to Lack of Standing

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 11, 2017:  

When District Court Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed the frivolous lawsuit last week brought by three University of Texas professors against the state’s attorney general and numerous others, he claimed the trio had no standing. It’s also clear from the details that the professors also had no understanding of the issues involved. Instead they invoked conjecture over cogency, and the judge rightfully threw out the suit.

The three female professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore, and Mia Carter — with the help of a local attorney, made up their case against the law that allows concealed carry on the public campuses of Texas effective August 1. They feared that, somehow, armed students in their classrooms would

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Judge Declares Florida’s Expansion of “Stand Your Ground” Law Unconstitutional

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  

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The decision by Florida Circuit Court Judge Milton Hirsch on Monday delighted opponents of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. Declaring on procedural grounds that changes just enacted into law by the Florida legislature were unconstitutional, Hirsh’s decision “totally derails these changes to ‘stand your ground’ [law],” chortled Tamara Lave, law professor at the University of Miami’s School of Law. She added that an appeal could put the matter before the state’s Supreme Court.

The original “Stand Your Ground” law passed by Florida’s legislature in 2005 opened the door for nearly two dozen other states to pass similar laws. They expanded the so-called “Castle Doctrine” — no duty to retreat from a threat of violence in one’s home — to include

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Florida Judge Rules that the Legislature Cannot Modify a Law it Passed Earlier

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  

One of the essential doctrines involved in limiting government is the separation of powers. By putting governmental powers into separate hands, the founders hoped that each would constrain the other and thus protect liberty. Article I of the federal Constitution states that “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Article III states that “The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

Florida’s constitution is very similar:

The judicial power shall be vested in a supreme court, district courts of appeal, circuit courts, and county courts. No other courts may be established by the state, any political subdivision, or any municipality.

When it comes to practices and procedures, however, it’s different:

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Mayors Push Back Against National Reciprocity for Gun Owners

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 3, 2017: 

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Michael R. Bloomberg

As national reciprocity legislation continues to gain momentum, it is predictably attracting opposition from groups such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown.” Meeting last week in Miami, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a resolution for the Conference of Mayors blasting national reciprocity for licensed gun owners. It said in part,

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California Judge Blocks Implementation of Magazine Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 30, 2017:

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez issued a temporary injunction against implementation of a California law passed last year that would have turned most of the state’s six million gun owners into criminals overnight. Previous law banned high-capacity magazines (containing more than 10 rounds) but grandfathered in those owners who already possessed them. The new law repeals that exemption and punishes mere possession of the offending magazines with fines and possible jail time, starting on Saturday, July 1.

Said Benitez:

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Australia Tries Again to Eliminate “Illegal” Guns Through Amnesty Program

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 28, 2017: 

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Location of Port Arthur, where the majority of the shootings occurred

Australia’s Justice Minister Michael Keenan announced two weeks ago that his government would be trying once again to remove “illegal” guns (that is to say, privately-owned firearms that the government doesn’t know about) from society. This time it would not be a mandatory buyback program such as the one that followed passage of the country’s draconian gun-control laws back in 1996, but instead an “amnesty” program where those “illegal” guns could be turned in without fear of prosecution of their owners. It starts July 1 and runs through the end of September. After that, the hammer comes down on anyone found to own one of these “illegal” guns.

Said Keenan, “This is an opportunity for people to present the guns to authorities, no questions asked and with no penalty. If people don’t take that opportunity, the penalties for owning an unregistered or illegal gun in Australia are very severe.”

Yes, they are. Those caught in violation of the law after September 30 face fines

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Anti-gunners’ Victory Celebration in Peruta v. San Diego Likely to be Short-lived

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

In one of the more inane and nonsensical effusions of rejoicing over the Supreme Courts decision on Monday to let stand a lower courts anti-gun decision, Californias Attorney General Xavier Becerra sullied his credibility and those of similar view with this:

[Its] welcome news for California and gun safety everywhere. It leaves in place an important and common-sense firearm regulation, one that promotes public safety, respects 2nd Amendment rights and values the judgments of sheriffs and police chiefs throughout the state on what works best for their communities.

This packs more misstatements, half-truths and just plain damnable lies into one paragraph than has been seen in recent years. By disarming its citizens, California has virtually guaranteed an increase in violent crime, especially gun violence. The onerous restrictions on the Second Amendment applied to law-abiding citizens fail to respect it but instead do serious if not fatal damage to it. And as far as judgments by local sheriffs and police officers as to the applicability of the Second Amendment to its citizens, one needs only to bring to mind the history of tyrants operating without restraint.

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Supreme Court Again Refuses to Settle Second Amendment Issue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 27, 2017:  

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member on the court.

By refusing to consider Peruta v. San Diego on appeal on Monday, the Supreme Court once again sidestepped an opportunity to clarify the Second Amendment issue of carrying a firearm outside the home. That issue has remained open since the court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, dating back to 2008 and 2010, respectively. Those cases didn’t clarify whether the right guaranteed in the Second Amendment extends to public places, and anti-gun states such as California have rushed in with state laws that virtually prohibit the exercise of rights guaranteed by that amendment.

That was the problem faced by Edward Peruta back in 2009.

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Pew Research: Americans Getting More Comfortable With Firearm Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 23, 2017:  

Pew Research Center’s latest in-depth report on what it calls “America’s Complex Relationship with Guns” is revelatory. According to the report, released on Thursday, Americans are becoming more and more comfortable with guns and gun ownership, and less and less enchanted with more gun laws to fight perceived gun violence.

When 3,390 U.S adults were polled in March and April, they were asked whether it was more important to protect gun rights or to control gun ownership. In the year 2000, two-thirds of those polled then favored more gun control. Today, that has dropped to less than half,

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Rotary International Reverses Its Anti-gun Policy Following Membership Complaints

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 19, 2017: 

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International, the international service organization with 35,000 chapters and 1.2 million members worldwide, reversed itself last week and lifted nearly all of the board’s anti-gun policies inserted surreptitiously into its Code of Policies in January.

One is hard-pressed to find the anti-gun language in the Code, which runs to 461 pages. But it is found on pages 227 and 228, under Section 36.010, Paragraphs 2 and 8:

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Why Mainstream Media Ignored the Story of the Capture of Two Escaped Convicts

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 19, 2017: 

At a press conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, homeowner Patrick Hale gave all credit to Jesus Christ for the anti-climactic capture of two escaped convicts that occurred on his driveway last week. Though there were a dozen microphones lined up to hear his story, few, if any, were from the mainstream media. Said Hale:

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The NRA Uses its Muscle to Overturn Rotary’s Anti-gun Policies

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 19, 2017: 

It wasn’t Thomas Jefferson who said that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” but an unknown Irish politician, John Philpot Curran. And Curran said it even better:

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance, which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

But it takes more than vigilance to protect freedom. It takes a strategy, backed by muscle, as Rotary International just found out.

Rotary has been around since it was founded by Paul Harris along with three friends in downtown Chicago in 1905. And for the first 111 years of the organization, now with 1.2 million members worldwide in 35,000 chapters, there was no lack of clarity about the group’s position on firearms: they had none. But starting in 2016, some on the 19-member board (only four of them are Americans) discovered a need to impose a complete ban on any association by any Rotary entity

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Another Kansas Prof Declares Herself Mentally Ill and Retires

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 14, 2017:

schoolDeborah Ballard-Reisch’s letter to the president of Wichita State University (WSU) announcing her unexpected retirement certainly sounded reasonable:

Dear President [John] Bardo,

 

I am grateful for the amazing opportunity I’ve had for the 10 years I’ve spent at Wichita State University. Serving as the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication / Professor, Elliott School of Communication has been an honor and a pleasure. I have found dedicated colleagues, an administration supportive of faculty innovation, and motivated and engaged students who have inspired me.

But then she admitted that she had good reasons for leaving:

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