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: Politics

Dick’s Sporting Goods Doubles Down: Hires Three Anti-Gun Lobbyists

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 14, 2018: 

Lobbying records uncovered by The Federalist in early May show that Dick’s Sporting Goods hired three anti-gun lobbyists to push for gun-control legislation in Washington. The Federalist noted:

The three lobbyists tapped by Dick’s to push for gun control are … Joel Johnson, who worked for both President Bill Clinton and Senate Democrat leadership; Andrew King, who worked for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); and Christina Brown, a former staffer for Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

This latest development is more evidence of what the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls the “irrational” behavior of Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack, son of the chain’s founder, Dick Stack. First, Stack announced in February that his stores would no longer be selling handguns to anyone under age 21, that he was removing all AR-15 semi-automatic rifles from his stores’ shelves, and that those stores would no longer sell “high-capacity” magazines that carried more than 10 rounds.

Next, Stack announced that, rather than return that inventory to the gun manufacturers under their return policies — or donate them to local police departments or armed security service companies — he would have his company destroy them.

In conjunction with his first announcement in February, Stack issued this statement:

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Is Edward Stack Insane?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 14, 2018: 

Two lifetimes of blood, sweat, effort, and tears have gone into building Dick’s Sporting Goods from a small bait and tackle fishing supply store in Binghamton, New York into a corporate giant. Its chain of 610 stores plus Field & Stream, Affinity Sports, Golf Galaxy, Oshman’s Sporting Goods, and True Runner generates, until recently, $8 billion in annual sales with a total asset value of over $4 billion.

So why would Dick’s Chairman and CEO, Edward Stack, son of founder Dick Stack, want to burn the place down, just to make an ideological statement? The NRA has called his actions “irrational” and “strange” while other observers have called them bizarre, inconsistent, and hypocritical.

It started in February, following the high school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. One of his stores sold a shotgun to the perp and Stack felt personally responsible even though it wasn’t used in the massacre. Something had to be done, he felt, even if it was irrational. In announcing that his stores would no longer sell AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, nor handguns to anyone under age 21, nor “high capacity” (over 10 rounds) magazines, Stack said:

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What a Week for President Trump!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 11, 2018: 

It began on Monday with the resignation by one of the president’s fiercest critics who has been after him for years: Eric Schneiderman, the now freshly disgraced New York attorney general. He resigned Monday night when it was revealed that this lowlife – a supporter of “women’s rights” – had physically abused not one but four women “with whom he was romantically involved.” Schneiderman is now a target himself: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was launching an investigation into the four women’s charges that were published by the New Yorker magazine.

On Tuesday, Trump’s policies were touted by winners in three states’ primaries, blunting the expectations of a “blue wave” that Democrats have been predicting was about to engulf both houses of Congress in November.

On Wednesday, Rasmussen reported polls showing that voters are finally getting tired of the endless, useless, fruitless investigations by Mueller into Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians during his campaign. Rasmussen wrote:

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Pro-gun “Sanctuary” Counties in Illinois Are Putting Democrats in a Bind

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 7, 2018:  

When Effingham County, Illinois, passed a resolution declaring itself a sanctuary county for gun owners, The New American failed to give sufficient credit to Effingham’s state attorney Brian Kibler for generating the idea. Joe Thoele, an Effingham County board member, took the idea and ran with it, persuading seven of the eight members of the board to pass it. Said Kibler at the time: “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms [owners]?”

It was later revealed that Kibler’s use of the word “sanctuary” was deliberate and intentional:

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Latest Poll: Republicans Likely to Gain at Least Six Senate Seats in November

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 4, 2018:

Morning Consult, founded in 2013, is not the typical political opinion pollster. Instead of polling small samples designed to reflect the general public’s opinion on political issues (ranging from 500 to 1,500 contacts and then extracting results), the company surveys 5,000 people every day.

For its latest survey, “2018 Midterms,” the company said the results were compiled from surveys of more than 275,000 registered voters across the United States from February 1 through the end of April. And it’s bad news for Democrats hoping to take back the Senate:

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Recession in Trump’s First Term?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 3, 2018:

A historical anomaly is making investors nervous: Since 1909 every single Republican president has experienced a recession during his first term in office. Ryan Vlastelica, writing for MarketWatch, calls it a “curious trend” that could serve as “yet another reason to be cautious” about holding stocks now.

There are certainly plenty of reasons to be cautious:

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The “Blue Wave” in November Diminishing to Merely a Hope and a Dream for Democrats

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, May 3, 2018: 

John LeBoutillier, a one-term Republican congressman from New York more than 30 years ago and now a self-styled political commentator, thinks the Republicans are in deep trouble come November. Boasting two degrees from Harvard, LeBoutillier has a distinctive progressive viewpoint on the matter. Nevertheless, taking that into account, LeBoutillier writes that the “2018 midterm defeat will be even worse than Republicans let on.” He asked rhetorically at TheHill.com, “Will the Democrats win back control of one or both houses of Congress? And is the blue wave so big that it might hurt GOP control of state houses and governorships [as well]? Seven months is still too far away to predict anything, but there are preliminary indications that should deeply worry Republicans.”

He’s not the only one declaring a takeover of at least the House of Representatives by Democrats in November. Politicos tout the historic tendency of the incumbent party to lose seats in both houses in the midterm elections, but with President Donald Trump on the political scene, Democrats are hoping the distaste many have for him and his policies will turn into votes come November.

Out of the blue comes this from the Reuters/Ipsos poll results, which were released on Monday: the critical core, the dependable base among millennials that Democrats are relying on to carry them to victory in November, is melting away.

When millennials aged 18 to 34 were asked this question two years ago, their answers were reflected in how they voted in the 2016 Presidential election:

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More Fake News: NRA Bans Guns at Its Own Convention!

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

It all started with an Associated Press (AP) tweet: “NRA bans guns at President Trump, VP Pence speeches during it’s [sic] annual meeting in Dallas.” The Washington Post jumped on it, as if it were real news, offering a misleading headline to its story: “The NRA said guns will be banned during a Pence speech; Parkland students see hypocrisy.”

This likely reflected a tweet from one of the “heroes” of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, Cameron Kasky, who is credited with founding the anti-gun group March for Our Lives. Tweeted Kasky: “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself.”

The Huffington Post chimed in:

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Banks, Credit Card Companies Attack Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 30, 2018: 

When the Bank of America (BofA) and Citigroup announced changes in their policies earlier this month restricting loans to companies that sell or manufacture firearms, Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to the CEO of each bank:

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The War Against Guns Ramps Up

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 30, 2018: 

This writer remembers a time in this country when a customer could purchase a firearm over the counter at Sears. “Did you want some ammunition with your purchase, sir?” and out the door. No showing of a driver’s license. No Form 4473 to complete. No phone calls to the NICS to see if you had a criminal record.

Then came the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the war against the private ownership of firearms began in earnest. Most Americans weren’t aware that war had been declared until 1994, with the Clinton gun law banning semi-automatic rifles.

Since then, the NRA and its variants have awakened from their slumber, and, with the help of the internet, the war has been joined.

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Would Ed Stack Burn His Company to the Ground Just to Make a Point?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 23, 2018: 

Dick Stack opened his first store – a “bait and tackle” fishing supplies store – in Binghamton, New York in 1948. By the time his son Eddie was born in 1955, Dick had grown the business to include general sports merchandise, and by the early 1960s he built his first store, calling it “Dick’s Sporting Goods.” When son Eddie entered the business in 1977 they had two stores. Eddie had a knack, and the business grew. Dick let Eddie take over the business entirely in 1984 (Eddie was 29) and the two-store business became a chain operation by the early 1990s.

Today the business has 800 stores mostly in the Eastern United States, and owns and operates a golf specialty retailer, Golf Galaxy, True Runner and Field & Stream (no relation to the publication). Its Sports Authority and Golfsmith operations went bankrupt in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The business turned Eddie into a billionaire.

And, apparently, a liberal. When the Parkland, Florida massacre took place in February, Eddie issued a press release saying that one of his stores had sold a shotgun to the perp although he didn’t use it in the massacre. But Eddie used the incident as a reason to stop selling so-called “assault” rifles – semi-automatic (one squeeze, one shot) rifles at his primary outlets, numbering about 650 at the time. He said:

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Effingham County, Illinois, Declares Itself a Sanctuary — for Gun Owners!

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 19, 2018:

Joe Thoele, an Effingham County, Illinois board member, was tired of his state’s continued assault on the Second Amendment and decided to do something about it. On Monday he persuaded seven of the other eight board members to declare his county a “sanctuary” county, ordering county employees not to enforce any new infringements coming from Springfield, the state’s capitol. Said Thoele, “I would just like to send a statement to Springfield that I don’t want them to be infringing on our Second Amendment rights as legal gun owners.” After all, echoed Effingham state’s attorney Bryan Kibler, “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms?”

The board meeting was attended by a near-record number of Effingham County’s 34,000 residents, according to local news sources. The Fox News affiliate reported that the resolution was motivated by a similar resolution passed by Iroquois County, Illinois, in March, “opposing the passage of … any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the individual right of U.S. citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.” That resolution resolved

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Donald Trump, Meet Randolph Bourne

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 16, 2018:  

The Founding Fathers, through their study of history, personal experience, and the Holy Scriptures, knew the nature of man. Accordingly, they did everything they could think of to, as Jefferson put it, “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Jesus asked, “Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone.” The Apostle Paul said, “All of have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” adding “There is no one righteous, no, not one.”

George Washington put it this way: “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is both a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

But President Donald Trump, although he may be generally aware of the Founders’ distrust of man, is not likely to know anything about Randolph Bourne. That’s unfortunate because what Bourne wrote back in 1918 would certainly be helpful right about now.  Titled “War is the Health of the State,” Bourne explained:

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In its Attempt to Destroy Trump, the Mainstream Media is Destroying Itself

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 6, 2018:  

So committed is the mainstream media in the United States to their purpose – destroy Trump in any way they can – that it took a foreign journalist to point out to them what they are really doing. Writing in the U.S. edition of the liberal British news magazine The Week, journalist Matthew Walther, said:

It’s not surprising that after little more than a year in office, many people who voted for the president still support him. But it’s also surprising that a president who has been the object of more negative reporting than any in our history still enjoys something like the same middling base of support he had before taking office.

 

Unless it’s the negative reporting that is the problem, which I suspect is very largely the case….

Walther makes the case that if the mainstream media hadn’t abandoned its primary mission as the fourth estate – to bring full-blown fair and honest conversation about current affairs to the public – and instead decided to make its primary, if not only, mission to destroy Trump and his administration, things might be turning out differently:

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Ninth Circuit Vacancies Present Trump With Incredible Opportunity

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 2, 2018: 

Map of the geographic boundaries of the variou...

Map of the geographic boundaries of the various United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts.

With the death last week of “liberal lion” Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, there are now seven vacancies on the 29-judge court  — a court so liberal that 80 percent of its decision are reversed when appealed to the Supreme Court. However, the unusual number of vacancies means one fourth of the composition of the Ninth Circuit could be Trump nominees, not enough to make it conservative but enough to move the court to the right.

After Reinhardt’s passing, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Sidney Runyan Thomas offered his condolences:

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Is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Impervious to Change?

his article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 2, 2018:

English: George Armstrong Custer.

English: George Armstrong Custer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The president’s problem with the 9th Circuit – provably the most liberal court in the land with a nearly 80 percent reversal rate on rulings that are appealed to and considered by the Supreme Court – may be the same faced by George Armstrong Custer: there were just too many Indians! In Trump’s case, there may be too many liberals, both on the court and in the Senate for him to make any substantive change, no matter how desperate the need.

Custer didn’t recover, but, over time, the American Republic just might. With the death of the court’s most liberal judge, “liberal lion” Stephen Reinhardt, law professor Carl Tobias got excited:

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New Unemployment Claims Drop Further, Beating Estimates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 30, 2018: 

English: A map of the 12 districts of the Unit...

A map of the 12 districts of the United States Federal Reserve system.

New claims for unemployment insurance dropped last week to the lowest level in 45 years, according to the Department of Labor: “Seasonally adjusted initial claims [for unemployment insurance benefits were] 215,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s level [which was revised downward].”

Once again the economy is beating forecasters, who expected new claims to come in at 230,000. Either way, the performance of the economy continues to astound Democrats increasingly worried about the midterms and delight Republicans who voted for tax cuts and tax reform.

The last time new claims were this low was in 1973, when the labor force was much smaller. In 1973, the U.S. labor force was 100 million; today it is more than 160 million. Translation: Unemployment claims are the lowest in U.S. history when compared to the workforce.

It gets better.

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Other Gun Makers Nervous Over Lawsuit Against Remington

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 28, 2018: 

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut

One of the many factors behind the decision by the board to seek bankruptcy protection for Remington Arms on Sunday was likely the pending lawsuit against the company stemming from the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

The 40-page lawsuit, filed two years after the horrific murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, names as defendants not only Remington Arms (the maker of the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used on December 14, 2012 to commit those murders) but the entire supply chain. The suit named Camfour, the distributor; and Riverview Sales, the retail gun store where Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, purchased the weapon.

The lawsuit begins by claiming

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Glocks Versus Rocks

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 26, 2018:

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County

It’s no wonder they laughed. When testifying before the Pennsylvania House Education Committee, Blue Mountain School District superintendent Dr. David Helsel told about a plan he installed two years ago to defend his students against an armed shooter intent on shooting them:

Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks and [he] will be stoned.

He added:

At one time I just had the idea of river stone: they’re the right size for hands, you can throw them very hard, and they will create or cause pain, which can distract.

He failed to mention that “very hard” meant hurling a 3- to 4-inch diameter stone at speeds up to 60 mph compared to a round exiting the barrel of a Glock handgun (the firearm of choice among most mass shooters) at 900 feet per second.

But that’s what happens when common sense options aren’t allowed. What’s left are options that appear laughable. One of the legislators asked Helsel, “Can I come out and watch?” which was greeted with laughter from others on the committee.

But Helsel is serious:

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New Poll a Healthy Antidote to Adolescents’ Phony “March for Our Lives” Rantings

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 25, 2018:

A healthy antidote to the histrionic rantings of propagandized and beguiled students flooding the Washington Mall on Saturday was released on Thursday. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey found that the average American has an increasingly favorable view of the legal possession and use of firearms when it comes to self-defense. The polling results were based on questioning 1,100 adults, in contrast to the adult-manipulated adolescents who participated in what amounted to a day-long temper tantrum.

The key questions asked were:

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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.