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: Crime

Biden’s Baggage No Hindrance as Polls Show Him Way Ahead of Other Dems

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 20, 2019: 

With the latest polls showing Joe Biden increasing his lead over his rivals for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, even new evidence of his negative baggage is failing to shrink his advantage.

According to Real Clear Politics, which averaged the four latest opinion polls of Democrat voters, Biden’s lead is now nearly 20 points ahead of his nearest rival, socialist Bernie Sanders. Capturing support from more than 38 percent of those polled, Biden is leaving his competition in the dust. Sanders scored just 18 percent, while every other announced candidate remains way behind, in the single digits.

Revelations that Biden successfully pushed for a Ukrainian prosecutor to be relieved of his position because he was investigating corruption in a company whose board included his son, Hunter, seemed to have no effect on Biden’s widening lead over his rivals.

That Hunter was discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine in 2014 and left further evidence of drug use in 2016 has either been forgotten or is being ignored by Biden’s rivals and the compliant/complacent media.

That the launch attending his official announcement for the presidency over the weekend was poorly attended doesn’t seem to matter either.

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Rhetoric Escalates in Trade War as Trump Targets Huawei

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 16, 2019: 

Following Communist China’s reneging on a pending trade “deal,” President Donald Trump backed away, saying that any deal had to be in America’s best interests or there wouldn’t be any deal: “It must be a great deal for the United States or it just doesn’t make any sense,” he declared. He followed his rhetoric by raising tariffs further on some $200 billion worth of Chinese imports into the United States, and he threatened to place tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China.

Last Friday, Trump upped the ante further by signing an executive order banning the import of telecommunications gear from “foreign adversaries” [read: China]. This was followed by the Commerce Department declaring that it was adding Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, to its list of companies engaged in activities “that are contrary to American interests.” These moves were a belated recognition that, under Beijing’s command, every Chinese entity — individuals and companies — in the United States is tasked to conduct espionage for the homeland. These moves predictably elicited anger from the Chinese communists. One of its mouthpieces, Global Times, roared:

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Dems Call for More Gun Control After Colorado Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:

The shooting by two students at the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) high school in Highlands Ranch (a suburb of Denver) that left one student dead and eight others wounded, some seriously, predictably elicited calls for more gun control from a number of progressive Democrats. The fact that the school was located just seven miles away from Columbine High School, and that the shooting took place just three weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, was just gravy on that red meat.

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Anti-gunners’ Narrative Blown Up Again by John Lott

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 6, 2019: 

John Lott never intended to be a lightning rod in the war over the Second Amendment. He studied to be an economist, hoping to hide out in a think tank somewhere and crank out scholarly articles on economics, heavily laden with statistics. But in 1997, curious about how gun laws might be impacting violent crime, he co-authored an article with a fellow academic at the University of Chicago that concluded that the increasing presence of privately owned firearms was having a favorable impact on gun violence.

He published More Guns, Less Crime in 1998, which altered his professional life direction dramatically. Using his statistician’s mind, he proved that as more and more Americans took advantage of their right to keep and bear arms, gun violence began its decades-long decline.

Critics attacked his analysis, so Lott revised his study, republishing More Guns, Less Crime in 2010. Since then, he has written The Bias Against Guns and founded his Crime Prevention Research Center. Unwittingly, Lott has become what Newsweek called “The Gun Crowd’s Guru.”

And he’s done it again. Anti-gunners have protested that the presence of firearms on school campuses would lead to more violence: teachers should teach and not pack; students could snatch guns away from unsuspecting teachers; accidents could happen; etc., etc. With Texas and Florida proposing to expand the freedom of school teachers to carry concealed on campus, Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Moms Demand Action warned that this “would make school a much more dangerous place for our children.”

The same tune was sung by the Giffords Law Center (GLC), which this writer took to task last month here, calling its study of how teachers were mishandling their firearms “laughable.” (See Sources below)

We wrote at the time:

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John Lott’s Latest Study Refutes Claims That Schools With Armed Teachers Are Dangerous

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 6, 2019:

John Lott couldn’t find a single instance of a shooting on a school campus where teachers and staff were permitted to carry concealed, going all the way back to 2000.

John Lott’s latest study refutes claims by anti-gunners that the presence of firearms on school campuses increases the chances of gun violence. President of his Crime Prevention Research Center, Lott’s study answered two questions raised by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Giffords Law Center and others: 1) Does letting teachers carry a firearm on campus and in the classroom increase the chances of gun violence?; and 2) Does the presence of those teachers carrying legally deter mass shooters?

The study, released last month, found: “We don’t need to guess how the policy would work. There has yet to be a single case of someone being wounded or killed from a shooting, let alone a mass public shooting, between 6 AM and midnight at a school that lets teachers carry guns” since at least January 2000. Fears that a student might grab a firearm from a teacher and use it to commit gun violence are groundless as well, said Lott’s study: “Students obtaining teachers guns have not occurred at all.” Appropriately, Lott entitled his study: “Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe.”

On the other hand, shootings on campuses where teachers and staff are prohibited from carrying concealed have “increased significantly — doubling [in number] between 2001 and 2008 versus 2009 and 2018.”

The study concluded:

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House Committee Hearings Are Becoming White Noise

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 3, 2019: 

The endless hearings over the Mueller Report are becoming white noise to that part of the voting demographic that Democrats need the most to have any chance of ousting Donald Trump in 2020: the independent voter. As Karl Rove (George W. Bush’s campaign manager and Republican policy wonk) wrote:

House committee chairmen won’t stop trying to oust Mr. Trump. Reps. Jerry Nadler (Judiciary), Adam Schiff (Intelligence), Elijah Cummings (Oversight), and Maxine Waters (Financial Services) will keep issuing demands and subpoenas.

 

The country will have to put up with endless hearings built around five minutes of questions of varying quality by mostly forgettable members of Congress, punctuated by a few moments of drama.

And just who are these “mostly forgettable members?” Without exception they are far-left liberals with simply awful voting records. For those who consider elections as nothing more than popularity contests, voting records mean little. But for those who understand the underpinnings of the republic, they mean everything. The founders built in numerous limitations and restrictions to keep people like Nadler, Schiff, et al from wreaking their totalitarian havoc on the citizenry. As Thomas Jefferson noted: “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government; so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become a legalized version of the first.”

This writer prefers the Freedom Index (FI), published by the John Birch Society, because it compares politicians’ voting records to those “chains of the Constitution” and creates an index from zero to 100 depending on how closely their votes hew to those chains and limitations.

For Nadler, his FI is 24 out of 100. Translation:

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Rosenstein Hopes No One Will Notice the Damage He Wrought

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 1, 2019: 

Former President Harry Truman said it best: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is taking Truman’s advice: things are likely to get hot for him and he’s getting out while the getting is good.

His letter of resignation to his boss – the one whom he schemed to oust using a wire and the 25th Amendment – was lavish in praise and thin in substance. (His letter is available in Sources below.)

Wrote Rosenstein:

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Deputy AG Rosenstein Resigns, Says Nothing About Mueller Witch Hunt, FISA Surveillance He Ordered

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 30, 2019:

In his resignation letter to the president on Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was all sweetness and light:

I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education, and prosperity…. The Department of Justice pursues those goals while operating in accordance with the rule of law. The rule of law is the foundation of America. It secures our freedom, allows our citizens to flourish, and enables our nation to serve as a model of liberty and justice of all.

His letter, which announced his resignation effective May 11, sounded corny. He lavished praise on his boss whom he once considered attempting to oust under the 25th Amendment. He didn’t mention anything about the “wire” he allegedly jokingly suggested wearing as reported by the New York Times.

And he most certainly didn’t mention the pain and suffering he unleashed on his boss by giving Robert Mueller virtual free rein to investigate him and anyone in close proximity to the president in an attempt to find something — anything — to hang around his neck and bring him down.

And Rosenstein didn’t say anything about the five articles of impeachment that were drawn up against him last summer after months of his stalling to provide important and likely revealing documents to a House committee.

Now that the Mueller investigation is over, Rosenstein is heading out the door. It’s clear that he wants to put some distance between himself and his past.

On May 17, 2017 Rosenstein

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Early Polling puts Biden Ahead of Trump

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 29, 2019: 

Joe Biden has one thing going for him: he appears to be an affable, low-key, friendly, warm human being, which appeals to independent voters put off by Trump. That was enough to propel him to an eight-point lead over the president in early polling after he officially announced for the presidency on Thursday. It’s clear that voters couldn’t care less about his peccadilloes with a number of women who have accused him of inappropriate touching, kissing, caressing, or smelling, even when they have provided videos of his creepy behavior.

They seem impervious to claims of his shady involvement, along with his son Hunter, with Ukraine. Hunter, it will be remembered, took a lucrative job with a major Ukrainian energy company, but when it became the target of a corruption probe there, the senior Biden used his influence to have the prosecutor fired.

He wasn’t on camera when the following conversation took place with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

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County Sheriff Blasts Colorado’s Red Flag Law on Facebook

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 15, 2019:

More than half of Colorado’s county sheriffs are on record opposing the Red Flag (ERPO) bill signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Friday. One of them went a very large step further: He posted the reasons for his opposition to it in a carefully crafted, thoughtfully drawn six-page statement on his Facebook page.

Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek wrote that, under the new law to be effective January 1, 2020:

A household/family member could petition the court for an order requiring the Respondent to immediately surrender all firearms and any concealed carry permit. A law enforcement agency could also petition the court for a search warrant, based upon presumptive criminal acts.

 

Upon a judge’s order, without notice, or the accused’s ability to defend charges, his property is taken away. Imagine … their first awareness of an issue is when police arrive at their home stating that they represent the government and are there to confiscate their guns.

 

It’s not hard to imagine how that could elicit conflict, which could easily escalate to a physical encounter, as the defendant attempts to protect their property, placing deputies in immediate danger.

This was the story of Gary Willis, as covered by The New American. Awakened early one morning by sheriff’s deputies from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Willis answered the door “with a gun in his hand,” according to a department spokesman. According to that spokesman, Willis put his firearm down to read the ERPO but then, apparently recognizing that it wasn’t a legal search warrant issued by a judge in accordance with protections guaranteed to him by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but instead was issued by a local judge under Maryland’s newly minted “red flag” law, he retrieved his firearm.

The spokesman said that Willis “became irate.” In the melee that followed, one of the firearms carried either by one of the deputies, or by Willis, went off. One of the officers then shot Willis dead.

The problems with Colorado’s new law are the same as those with Maryland’s, wrote van Beek:

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Could Trump’s Reelection Results beat Nixon’s in 1972?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 15, 2019: 

The Democrat Party seems intent in its own self-immolation. It banked everything on the Mueller Report, knowing that there was something – anything – that the special prosecutor (a Deep State insider) would find that would finally sink the Trump administration into oblivion.

When it didn’t, Democrats shifted gears and moved to obtain Trump’s tax returns, knowing – just certain – that he was hiding something. Once again they are banking everything (what little cred they might have left) on finding something to destroy him and his administration.

If this bet goes against them, the rout in 2020 could be epic. It could be something for the ages. It could even exceed the obliteration of George McGovern and his running mate, Sargent Shriver, in 1972. When the dust had settled, McGovern couldn’t even win his own state, South Dakota. He and Shriver took Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. The McGovern/Shriver ticket won just 37.5 percent of the popular vote to Nixon’s 60.7 percent. In the Electoral College, the defeat was even worse, if possible: McGovern got 17 votes while Nixon got 520.

Following the president’s refusal to meet the demand from the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), last week, he made another demand:

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Venezuelan Crisis Deepens as U.S. Tries to Isolate Venezuela From Cuba, Russia

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 8, 2019:  

During his speech to Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence announced additional sanctions against the rogue Maduro regime running Venezuela: “The United States will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy…. The time has come to liberate Venezuela from Cuba.”

Immediately following his speech, the U.S. Treasury Department levied sanctions on 34 oil tankers owned or operated by PdVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, along with sanctions on two international shipping companies involved in shipping oil from Venezuela to Cuba. Said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: “Treasury is taking action against vessels and entities transporting oil … providing a lifeline to keep the illegitimate Maduro regime afloat. Cuba continues to profit from, and prop up, the illegitimate Maduro regime through oil-for-repression schemes as they attempt to keep Maduro in power.… Cuba has been an underlying force fueling Venezuela’s descent into crisis.”

Up until Friday, U.S. sanctions on Maduro and members of his Marxist regime have had little impact. Despite international pressure from more than 50 countries supporting Maduro’s opponent, interim president Juan Guaidó,

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Venezuela’s Marxist Leader Raises the Stakes in Bid to Retain Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 3, 2019:

Venezuela’s dictator Nicolas Maduro has upped the ante. He ordered his Supreme Court to ask his Constituent Assembly to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of his parliamentary immunity against arrest. On Tuesday the Constituent Assembly dutifully responded, voting unanimously to approve the court’s request, opening the door for Maduro to order the arrest of Guaido.

Guaido is being accused of violating a court order to remain in the country while Maduro’s attorney general is considering various charges against him. Instead Guaido left the country for a 10-day goodwill tour of neighboring South American countries to drum up more support for his efforts to unseat and replace Maduro.

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Sheriff Says He’ll Go to Jail Before Violating Citizens’ Rights Under Red Flag Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 1, 2019:  

With Colorado, now firmly in the grasp of progressive Democrats from the Governor’s Mansion to the State House and Senate, about to pass and sign into law its own odious “red flag” law, a reporter from CNN couldn’t wait to interview Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams about his threat to go to jail before he enforces it on any of his county’s citizens:

“Are you willing to sit in your own jail to avoid enforcing this law?” CNN asked Reams. His reply:

Well, obviously, no sheriff wants to be confined in [his] own jail, but if that’s what it takes to get this bill ironed out, then I guess that’s a sacrifice I’ll be forced to make. The worst way to bring attention to it is for me to be put in that position, but I’ll do that before I’ll violate somebody’s constitutional rights.

 

We’re working hard to try to figure out a mechanism to get this into the courts before somebody is harmed by it. Unfortunately, someone has to be damaged by it first. It comes down to whether I want to take this to court for violating somebody’s rights, or for me [for] refusing to enforce a court order.

It comes down to Reams taking his oath of office seriously, or not. His oath is to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

Reams has a lot of support.

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Trump Cuts Foreign Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Over Caravans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 31, 2019: 

After earlier threatening to end foreign aid to three Central American countries whose citizens make up a large percentage of the caravans overwhelming U.S. border security services, on Friday President Trump directed State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo to cut direct aid to the three countries making up the Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. At stake is about $500 million in aid.

Said the State Department: “At the Secretary’s instructions we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle.” It noted that it would coordinate these actions with Congress.

The announcement followed a tweet from the president that morning:

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Bump Stocks Now Illegal, With One Exception

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 26, 2019: 

The 90-day waiting period for banning bump stocks ended on Tuesday for every owner of the now-illegal firearm accessory, with one exception: Clark Aposhian. With the assistance of the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), Aposhian obtained a temporary stay of the new administrative decree. It only protects him, but it opens the door for its eventual reversal.

Said NCLA’s lead counsel, “Today [March 22] the [U.S. 10th Circuit] Court of appeals told the ATF that it could not rush through the bump stock ban without meaningful judicial review. The court understands the stakes and is refusing to let an innocent owner be declared a felon, as scheduled [on March 26].”

What’s at stake is the very functioning of the federal government under the Constitution. The NCLA makes that clear from its mission statement:

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How Is the Justice Department Going to Enforce the New Bump Stock Ban?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 27, 2019: 

Ryan Liskey has a problem. A law-abiding citizen and gun owner living in Virginia, he happens to own a bump stock. On Monday it was legal for him to do so. On Tuesday possession became illegal. Liskey raised the key question:

Do they [the ATF] have authority to do this? No. Is it a machine gun? No.

 

So do I follow an unconstitutional edict from the Department of Justice or do we stand our ground?

If Liskey “stands his ground” and is arrested for owning the newly illegal piece of plastic, and convicted, he becomes a felon, risking huge fines and up to 10 years in federal prison.

All without Congressional assent, thanks to the burgeoning administrative state exemplified by the ATF.

But just how is that arrest going to take place if Liskey fails to comply with the new administrative edict emanating from the ATF? When Justice Department officials were asked that very question last year when the ban was being announced (albeit with the 90-day waiting period which ended on Tuesday), they waffled:

We have no plans to go door to door, nor do we have the resources. The Department of Justice primarily relies on voluntary compliance by citizens. Most firearms owners are law-abiding citizens.

Numerous lawsuits against the administrative ruling have been filed, and all but one has been tossed. The single exception affects a single individual, Clark Aposhian, who had the help of the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), Aposhian obtained a temporary stay of the new administrative decree. It only protects him but it opens the door for the decree’s eventual reversal.

Said NCLA’s lead counsel, “Today [March 22] the [U.S. 10th Circuit] Court of appeals told the ATF that it could not rush through the bump stock ban without meaningful judicial review. The court understands the stakes and is refusing to let an innocent owner be declared a felon, as scheduled [on March 26].”

What’s at stake is the very functioning of the federal government under the Constitution. The NCLA makes that clear from its mission statement:

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An Open Letter from Pastor Chuck Baldwin on Red Flag Laws

The following letter appeared in a full-page ad that Baldwin put into the Helena, Montana Independent Rccord last Thursday. I am pleased to make it available here due to its importance.

My Open Letter To Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Et. Al

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2019

I know I am speaking for tens of thousands of my fellow Montanans and tens of millions of my fellow Americans when I say what I’m about to say.

“Red flag” gun confiscation laws violate every principle of liberty upon which our country was founded. There is no due process associated with “red flag” laws. A judge’s order to seize the firearms from an American citizen who has not been accused of a crime, charged with a crime, convicted of a crime—or who never even threatened to commit a crime—based on the accusation of a single individual is anything but due process.

Our accuser could be

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New Zealand’s PM Announces Gun Ban Following Mosque Attacks

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 21, 2019:

As The New American surmised on Monday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a country-wide ban on Thursday on “military-style semi-automatic weapons” in addition to “all assault rifles” which she hopes will be effective on April 11.

In New Zealand they do things differently than in America: Ardern announced the ban before the legislation had even been written. Included in her announcement (and presumably in the legislation, when it is written and passed by the compliant Parliament) will be a gun “buy-back” program to relieve gun owners of their firearms that will be criminalized under the legislation.

Said Ardern:

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Newark to Study “Universal Income Plan” for Its Poor

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 

During his State of the City address last Tuesday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced plans to create a commission to study the concept of a “universal” income plan to help the more than one quarter of the city’s population living in poverty, i.e., taking money from those who earned it and giving it to those who didn’t.

Baraka touted the plan’s collectivist benefits without mentioning its individual costs: “The problems we have belong to all of us, not just a few of us, so the solutions must be collective and not individual.We believe in universal basic income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even possible, to recover from.”

Baraka left it at that, with details to follow. He didn’t provide estimates of just how much that free monthly income would be, to whom it would flow, how long the program might last, or what it would cost.

A possible model for Baraka might be

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