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

Truth and Logic from a Surprising Place

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

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

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Connecticut gun Owners fail to Register their Firearms by Deadline

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

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Liberal Ninth Circuit Court Decision Strengthens the Second Amendment!

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

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

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

At issue was the requirement,

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Judge Rules Against the DEA in Prescription Drug Privacy Lawsuit

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

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Holder’s Impeachable Offenses

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

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

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Announcement of AG Eric Holder’s Departure may be Premature

In the February 17th issue of the New Yorker magazine Jeffrey Toobin wrote that, based on an interview he had with Attorney General Eric Holder back in December, Holder would be leaving office sometime this year, sooner perhaps than later. Almost immediately the Justice Department said that Toobin was misinterpreting what Holder meant, and

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Why do Tea Party Groups Seek Tax Exempt Status in the First Place?

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

Midst the outrage following President Obama’s declaration that there’s “not even a smidgen of corruption” inside the Internal Revenue Service have come some interesting questions: just how far up the chain of command does the corruption go? Does it reach to the top levels of the IRS? Does it reach to the White House? Does it reach to the president himself?

Who cares? Those are the wrong questions.

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David versus Goliath: David Welch versus California’s Teachers’ Unions

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 31, 2014: 

By all accounts David Welch is a modest man. An engineer by training, he founded an obscure company in Silicon Valley that makes fiber optic communications equipment. His company, Infinera, now employs 1,000 people.

Hardly headline news.

But when he sent his kids to public schools, he

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Supreme Court hears forced unionism case brought by Illinois mother

When Pam Harris responded to a knock on her door on a Sunday morning back in 2009, she was surprised at the presence of a union organizer asking her to join his union. When she pressed him for details she learned that because she was accepting state Medicaid funds to help care for her disabled son she was now considered a state “employee” for union-organizing purposes and was required to join his union.

Harris said no thanks and began

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Pete Seeger, the Grand Old Man of American Folk Music, Was a Hard-Left Radical

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 29, 2014: 

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the activities of people like Pete Seeger were considered traitorous. Now they are celebrated. How far down the culture has descended into the world dreamed of and sung about by the likes of people like Seeger.

Seeger met his Maker late Monday night, at the age of 94, and the controlled media rolled out its big guns for the celebration of his life. To its discredit, the Washington Post

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Microstamping Does Work in Reducing Gun Sales in California

This article first appeared in The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 27th, 2014:

This from Smith & Wesson’s press release is most revealing. On Wednesday the gun maker explained why it would no longer be selling its semi-automatic pistols in California. Note particularly the second paragraph:

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Gun makers stop selling guns in California thanks to the new microstamping law

Following Sturm, Ruger’s announcement last month that it would no longer be selling its semi-automatic handguns to California residents because of the state’s new microstamping law, Smith & Wesson announced on Wednesday, January 22, that it was following suit. From its press release, the company said:

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Birch Society smeared for opposing the Article V convention push

Joe Wolverton is one of the leading lights among the gifted writers and investigative journalists regularly having his articles appear in The New American magazine and its companion website, TheNewAmerican.com.

A constitutionalist attorney who not only writes but speaks around the country for the John Birch Society (the publisher of The New American), Wolverton saw the dangers inherent in efforts by Mark Levin to promote a constitutional convention – a “con-con” – in order to rein in out-of-control government spending. Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, has formed the basis for a movement to call a convention of the states that would be limited in scope to addressing just the issue of spending.

Wolverton disagreed and

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Pushback increasing against Federal government roadside checkpoints

With some 60 cities participating in federal checkpoints, pushback from citizens and local police and sheriff’s departments is increasing. In its defense, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in an email:

Each year, close to 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes: 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes, according to [our] data.

To better understand the issue, the agency has regularly conducted its National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving in communities across the country for over 40 years. The survey provides useful data about alcohol and drug use by drivers, and participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. More than 60 communities across the country will participate this year, many of which participated in the previous survey in 2007.

NHTSA always works closely with state and local safety officials and local law enforcement to conduct these surveys as we work to better inform our efforts to reduce drunk and drugged driving.

This disclaimer neatly avoids any discussion of

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Obama-appointed Judge rules Chicago’s gun ban is unconstitutional

The gushing of victory voiced by National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesman Todd Vandermyde on Monday following U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang’s ruling was predictable. The fact that a federal judge appointed by President Obama “ruled in favor of the Second Amendment shows how out of step and outrageous Chicago’s ordinances really are,” said Vandermyde.

What Vandermyde was celebrating was the

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Debtors’ Prisons – Again

Dana Burdette, after being incarcerated for being unable to pay her fine to the Harpersville, Alabama court, filed suit in 2010 claiming that her civil rights were violated. She was not alone. Joining her were Richard Garrett, Terrence Datcher and Debra Ford. The lawsuit claimed that the city “automatically incarcerates indigent defendants for failure to pay fines and costs,” among other indignities and constitutional violations. The case wound up in front of Shelby County Judge Hub Harrington who tore to shreds the defendants’ arguments that

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Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn Releases His Annual “Wastebook”

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 20th, 2013:

In his press release announcing the publication of his annual “Wastebook” summarizing 100 examples of egregious, wasteful, and outrageous government spending, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn tried to make himself appear “holier than thou” by

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Senator Tom Coburn’s “Holier-than-Thou” release of his 2013 “Wastebook”

In Tuesday’s press release Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced the publication of his annual “Wastebook” which highlights Congress’ “most egregious spending” while at the same time distancing himself from the big spenders and earmarkers in Congress who provided fodder for his book:

While politicians in Washington spent much of 2013 complaining about sequestration’s impact on domestic programs and our national defense, we still managed to provide benefits to the Fort Hood shooter, study romance novels, help the State Department buy Facebook fans and even help NASA study Congress…

What’s lacking is the common sense and courage in Washington to make those choices – and passage of fiscally-responsible bills – possible.

Coburn then provided some teasers out of the 100 examples in his Wastebook:

The Popular Romance Project has received nearly $1 million from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) since 2010 to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs and internet fan fiction…

The military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of useable vehicles and other military equipment [in Afghanistan] … rather than sell it or ship it back home…

In January, 2013, Congress passed a bill to provide $60.4 billion for [victims of] Hurricane Sandy. However, instead of rushing aid to the people who need it most, state-level officials … spent [$65 million of it] on tourism-related TV ads…

Since NASA is no longer conducting space flights, they have plenty of time and money to fund … the “Green Ninja” in which a man dressed in a Green Ninja costume teaches children about global warming.

While promoting his book recently on CBS News, Coburn tried to distance himself from any responsibility for such “egregious spending” by asking rhetorically: “Where was the adult in the room when this was going on?” Interviewer Nancy Cordes then asked if any of his previous editions of Wastebook had made any impact or had reduced or eliminated any of the more outrageous examples of waste:

Cordes: Have you ever gotten any traction in Congress, where members say “We’re actually going to get rid of this?”

Coburn: No. They don’t pay attention to it. It’s hard work to get rid of junk, it’s hard work to do oversight, it’s hard word to hold agencies accountable. And so what they would rather do is look good at home, get re-elected, and continue to spend money, and that’s Republican and Democrat alike.

What Cordes failed to ask at that moment would have been the perfect follow-on question:

How does your effort, then, and your voting record, separate you from them? Doesn’t this Wastebook of yours cost a lot of taxpayer money? Isn’t this part of your attempt to look good at home while providing cover for your own votes for some of these projects? Isn’t this part of your attempt to continue to get reelected?

Unfortunately there is no record of Cordes asking, or of Coburn’s response. But in July 2007 when Coburn criticized pork-barrel spending by Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson that would benefit Nelson’s son’s employer with millions of dollars of taxpayer money, newspapers in both Nebraska and Oklahoma noted that Coburn himself failed to criticize similar earmarks that he voted for that benefited his own state of Oklahoma.

In May, 2012 Coburn voted for H.R. 2072, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank with increased lending limits backed by taxpayer monies from $100 billion to $140 billion. According to analysts assessing his vote, the federal government has no constitutional authority to risk taxpayers’ money “to provide loans the private sector considers too risky to provide.” Those analysts added:

Indeed, U.S. government-backed export financing is a form of corporate welfare, and if the Ex-Im Bank goes bust (as happened to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), the taxpayers will get stuck holding the bag.

Perhaps Coburn can be forgiven for not knowing that such wasteful spending is part of a plan to reduce America’s influence in the world, first clearly laid out when Coburn was just 10 years old, in 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At a meeting in December, candy maker Robert Welch spoke for three days to some friends about the direction the country was headed, claiming it was part of a plan to “surrender American sovereignty, piece-by-piece and step-by-step, to various international organizations…”. Part one of that plan was:

Greatly expanded government spending for every conceivable means of getting rid of ever larger sums of American money as wastefully as possible.

Other parts included:

Higher and then much higher taxes…

An increasingly unbalanced budget despite the higher taxes…

Greatly increased socialistic controls over every operation of our economy and every activity of our daily lives. This is to be accompanied naturally and automatically by a correspondingly huge increase in the size of our bureaucracy and in both the cost and reach of our domestic government.

Coburn’s report illustrates the success of that plan to which he himself is contributing. The man has feet of clay. He not only is the author of Wastebook but a contributor to it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

CBO report: the rich pay most of the taxes while the poor get checks

Jane Wells, a business news reporter for CNBC, after reviewing the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on who pays income taxes in America, claimed that the rich pay them all. The CBO, wrote Wells, showed that the top 20 percent pay nearly 93 percent of all income taxes, while the top 40 percent

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Paul Ryan is a pragmatist after all

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 13th, 2013:

The old saying, “The measure of a man is the size of the thing that gets his goat” certainly applies now to the erstwhile conservative Republican from Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan. Working in closed-door sessions with liberal Democrats over the past two weeks, Ryan has finally revealed the size of his goat:

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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.