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

Tag Archives: Constitution

Supreme Court Decides Domestic Abusers Can Lose Their Gun Rights

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 28, 2016:  

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

On Monday the Supreme Court handed down a ruling, 6-2, that people convicted of domestic abuse can lose their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The only justice who even seemed to care about that was Justice Clarence Thomas, who dissented. Sonia Sotomayor also dissented, for different reasons.

Two Maine residents were convicted under state law — similar to laws in 33 other states — a decade ago of committing domestic violence. When it later turned out that they owned firearms, they were charged

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Federal Judge: BLM Rules on Fracking Are Illegal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 27, 2016:

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An Obama-appointed federal judge ruled last Tuesday that the Interior Department and its agency the Bureau of Land Management overreached its authority in issuing rules on fracking. He declared: “Congress has not delegated to the Department of the Interior the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing [fracking]. [Its] effort to do so through the Fracking Rule is in excess of its statutory authority and contrary to law.”

When the Fracking Rule was originally published by the BLM in March 2015, the Independent Petroleum Association of America immediately filed suit, which was joined by the states of Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, and Utah. Federal Judge Scott Skavdahl, the same judge who ruled on Tuesday, placed a temporary injunction on implementing that rule until he had time to review it in detail. That temporary injunction would have expired last Friday.

Skavdahl didn’t consider the Fracking Rule itself, which would have allowed government bureaucrats to swam all over some 100,000 oil and gas wells on federal lands while checking for water and chemical leaks; inspecting piping and tubing; and making sure all the new paperwork was in order, which includes listing publicly the various chemicals used in the fracking process. Instead he got to the core issue: Did the Interior Department and its BLM have authority to issue such regulations in the first place?

He said no:

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Retiring Senator Harry Reid Turns on His Former Supporter, the NRA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 24, 2016:

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Following the failure of any of the four gun bills presented earlier this week in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (shown) told the Senate how he really feels about the National Rifle Association:

Here is a little secret for my Republican colleagues: the NRA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care about your constituents. It doesn’t care about the constitutional rights of its followers. The NRA and its leadership care about two things: making money for gun manufacturers and making money for the NRA.

The decades-long love affair that has benefited both the NRA and Harry Reid is now officially over. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker confirmed it:

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Federal Judge: BLM Tries to Pull an “End Run” Around Congressional Limitations

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 27, 2016:

English: Oil well An oil rig used for training.

Scott W. Skavdahl was nominated as judge of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming by President Obama in February, 2011. The Senate voted 96-0 to confirm him in November. If Obama thought he had a friend he could rely on he was sadly mistaken. On Tuesday, June 21, Skavdahl came down hard on the BLM, accusing it of deliberately and intentionally ignoring Congressional intent when it prohibited the EPA from regulating fracking back in 2005:

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Progressive Democrats Shut Down House Over Gun Control Demands

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 23, 2016:  

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Official Congressional portrait of Congressman John Lewis.

Seeing an opportunity that couldn’t be wasted, Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) led a Progressive sit-in that brought to a halt the proceedings of the House of Representatives this week.

Lewis, a longtime radical revolutionary with Communist Party affiliations, led the sit-in, blaming it on Republicans’ unwillingness to bring to the floor a vote on expanding background checks and adding suspected terrorists to a “no fly/no-buy” watchlist. The sit-in began at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and, at its peak, numbered nearly 170 House Democrats (along with several Democrat senators) before it petered out around 3 a.m. today (Thursday).

Some called it grandstanding while others called it

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Senator Collins’ Anti-gun Bill Likely to Be DOA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 22, 2016:  

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Susan Collins (R-ME), member of the United States Senate.

The day after four anti-gun bills were defeated along party lines, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins rolled out her “Feinstein-lite” bill, claiming that it was a “bipartisan” measure sure to appeal to enough senators to pass.

Her bill would still infringe on precious rights in the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, just as the previous four bills would have, but she pressed on regardless, saying,

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Three Liberal Justices Dissent in Supreme Court Fourth Amendment Ruling

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 22, 2016: 

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The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2010.

Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented inUtah v. Strieff, a decision that was announced by the court on Monday. On the surface the decision appeared to allow an unconstitutional expansion of police powers.

In a case dating back to 2006, a narcotics detective in Salt Lake City was watching a suspected drug house. He noticed a man leaving the house and the detective stopped him, demanding to know what he was doing in the house. In the process he demanded his identification, which he forwarded to his dispatcher to run through the police database. When he learned that the man had an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, the detective, Douglas Fackrell, arrested Edward Strieff, searched him, and found various drug-related paraphernalia.

Strieff moved to suppress the damning evidence, claiming

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Justice Sotomayor Attacks Supreme Court Majority in Fourth Amendment Decision

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 21, 2016:  

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Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Utah v. Strieff that an illegal stop that uncovered evidence of criminal activity excluded that evidence from being used against the defendant.

There was no question that it was an illegal stop. In 2006, a police officer, after surveilling potential drug activity in a private home in Salt Lake City, stopped an individual exiting the house and asked him what he was doing there. He demanded his identification, and when the information was relayed to his police dispatcher, he learned that the defendant, Edward Strieff, had an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation.

That permitted the narcotics detective, Douglas Fackrell, to

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Senate to Vote on Four Gun Bills on Monday, Including NRA-backed Cornyn Bill

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 20, 2016:  

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The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution

Although none of four gun bills, offered as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill, is expected to pass the Senate on Monday, special attention is being paid to two of them. Both infringe on Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, one by a little, the other by obliterating them altogether.

In her efforts to have the Senate expand the two current watch lists — the no-fly list and the terror watch list — to prohibit anyone on either list from being able to purchase a firearm, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is presenting her “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act,” which would

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Is Fifth Amendment in Jeopardy as Trump and NRA Discuss No-Fly, No-Buy Watchlist?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 17, 2016:  

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia USA

NRA Headquarters, Fairfax Virginia

On Wednesday Donald Trump tweeted that he would shortly be meeting with top officials at the National Rifle Association (NRA) “about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no-fly list, to buy guns.” The NRA cordially responded, but with a warning:

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Trump, the Constitutionalist?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 17, 2016:  

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National Constitution Center

Missing from Donald Trump’s many public pronouncements and offerings is any clear understanding of the limitations, restrictions and “chains” of restraint placed on the federal government by the republic’s founders. In his business life he is certainly acquainted with at least one part of the Fifth Amendment: “no person’s private property [shall] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” He used that to wrest a private home from its owner simply because it was in the way of the parking lot of one of his casinos.

As for the other part, equally obscure but increasingly threatened by a government no longer bound by those chains, Trump may be ignorant:

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UN Demands “Robust Gun Control” After Orlando Terror

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 15, 2016:  

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Responding to the Islamist terror attack in Orlando that killed 50 people in a “gun-free zone,” the United Nations and its “High Commissioner for Human Rights” claimed again Tuesday that the U.S. government has an “obligation” to implement “robust gun regulation.” According to UN human-rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the terrorist massacre and other killings are a “direct result” of the U.S. government’s adherence to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the God-given right of Americans to keep and bear arms from infringement.

However, critics ridiculed both the idea and the UN itself, noting, among other facts, that the attack occurred in a “gun-free zone.” In light of the controversial remarks, gun-rights leaders also reiterated calls for the United States to withdraw from the UN and stop funding it with American taxpayer dollars.

The scandal-plagued UN human rights boss, currently under fire worldwide for persecuting whistleblowers to protect child-raping UN “peace” troops, used multiple outright falsehoods to demonize the rights of Americans. Among other claims, the Islamic UN bureaucrat insisted that

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9th Circuit: Second Amendment Doesn’t Guarantee Right to Carry Concealed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 10, 2016:  

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Thursday’s decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was highlighted by nearly every media outlet with some rejoicing and some lamenting. The majority decision in the 7-4 ruling, which decided two nearly identical cases, was written by Judge William A. Fletcher , a Clinton appointee:

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United States No Longer First in Global Competitiveness

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 1, 2016:  

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Thomas Jefferson

According to a study just released by the International Institute for Management Development (IIMD), the “U.S. economy is no longer the most competitive and pro-business in the world.” It has held the top spot for the last three years but has, thanks to increasing government regulation and taxation, slipped to third place. Said Arturo Bris, IIMD’s director, “The U.S. still boasts the best economic performance in the world, but there are many other factors that we take into account when assessing competitiveness. The common pattern among all of the countries in the top 20 is their focus on business-friendly regulation, physical and intangible infrastructure and inclusive institutions.”

Based on its analysis of more than 300 criteria, the United States no longer excels based on

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Seattle Gun & Ammo Tax Appealed to Higher Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 25, 2016:  

Map of Washington highlighting King County

Map of Washington highlighting King County

When Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last August taxing guns and ammunition ($25 per firearm and 2¢ to 5¢ per round, depending upon caliber), it was sold as a revenue-raising tactic and not an attack on gun owners’ rights or the Second Amendment. It was sold as a way to raise between $300,000 and $500,000 to “study” gun violence and implement programs to reduce the excessive gun violence in Seattle.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), along with some gun owners and gun-store owners, filed suit. They claimed that the tax was in effect a

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Trump vs. Clinton on Gun Control & Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 23, 2016:  

Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, perceived as far back as last October that gun control (i.e., control of people owning guns) would be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election, and Trip Gabriel picked up on it in his comments in the New York Times this weekend. Said Gross: “This issue is at a tipping point. You’re going to hear about it as a differentiator for the first time in decades.… Change is in the air.”

Gabriel is right about one thing:

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Brazil’s Interim President Says “Trust Me,” Installs Corrupt Bureaucrats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 16, 2016:  

Upon taking over Brazil’s presidency from disgraced former President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday, interim president Michel Temer asked his skeptical citizenry to “trust” him, saying that his new administration would be Brazil’s “salvation”:

Trust me. Trust the values of our people and our ability to recuperate the economy…. It is essential to rebuild the credibility of the country abroad to attract new investments and get the economy growing again…. It is urgent to restore peace and unite Brazil. We must form a government that will save the nation…. It’s urgent to seek the unity of Brazil. We urgently need a government of national salivation.

Even if he truly intended to do any of that, the challenges he faces almost defy description.

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Driver Arrested for Remaining Silent, Sues Police and State

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 9, 2016:  

American Civil Liberties Union

At 9:30 p.m. on October 16, 2015, attorney Rebecca Musarra was driving in Warren County, New Jersey, when she was pulled over by two state troopers. Trooper Matthew Stazzone followed protocol and asked to see her driver’s license, her vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. While she was providing them, Stazzone asked, “While you’re looking for that, do you know why you’re being pulled over tonight?”

Musarra, aware of her right to remain silent, remained silent. Stazzone asked her again, “Do you know why you’re being stopped tonight?” Again, no answer.

Things then went off track. Stazzone said,

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During a Traffic Stop, What Happened When She Remained Silent?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 9, 2016;  

New Jersey State Police

For years the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through its FlexYourRights.com website, has been teaching what to say – and what not to say – during a traffic stop:

You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

 

You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.

 

If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.

 

You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.

It also teaches what else to do:

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A Tipping Point in Texas? It’s Building Its Texas Bullion Depository Bank

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 6, 2016:  

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Description: Newspaper clipping USA, Woodrow Wilson signs creation of the Federal Reserve. Source: Date: 24 December 1913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A modest bill, getting little press and clothed in innocuous terms, could spell the end of the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on its “federal reserve note” currency. When Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed it into law almost a year ago, he said:

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