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: rights

Supreme Court Expands Police Power at the Expense of the Fourth Amendment

On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California that when a resident who objects to the search of his residence is removed through a lawful arrest, the remaining resident may give police consent to search without first demanding a warrant.

The back story is much more complicated than that official summary, and

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Momentum Gaining to Allow Firearms on Campuses

Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association in Columbus, Ohio, expressed confidence that Ohio will shortly join the growing number of states allowing concealed carry permit holders (CCW for concealed-carry-weapon) on school grounds and campuses around the country. Following the massacres [note the change in language here: these were no random shootings. They were deliberately carefully planned attacks by criminals] at Virginia Tech, Columbine High School and Sandy Hook, legislators have been conflicted as to the best way to protect students from

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The Surprise Decision from San Diego not to Appeal

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 24, 2014: 

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore is in a pickle. On February 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that California’s onerous requirement that an applicant must show “good cause” in order to receive a permit to carry concealed was an infringement of rights under the Second Amendment (MIA wrote about that decision here). Every sentient observer of the scene predicted that Gore would

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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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Detroit’s Bankruptcy plan Reveals Fraud in Funding Pensions

Once Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency financial manager during the city’s bankruptcy, presented his “plan of adjustment” – code for compromise in which no one is going to be happy – criticism was most loudly proclaimed by two people who have no financial interest in the outcome:

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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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Supreme Court to determine the validity of “straw man” gun sales

On Wednesday the Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments in Abramski v. United States that, except for a miscarriage of justice, probably wouldn’t have been heard at all.

At issue is whether the Congress intended to have the Gun Control Act of 1968 keep guns out of the hands of criminals through requiring background checks of individuals purchasing guns, but not allow law-abiding individuals to

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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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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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Swiss Banks are now Virtual Agents of the IRS

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 30th, 2013:

Writing from his jail cell, former UBS banker and present whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld took pains to justify himself and his actions:

With the expansion of criminal conduct in the world (including, but not limited to: intelligence agencies, corrupt dictators, drug cartels, arms dealers, corporate malfeasance, individual tax dodgers, etc.) Switzerland was the ideal offshore jurisdiction to

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Swiss banks are now IRS agents

Bloomberg’s note on Monday that Swiss banks were having a hard time complying with the terms of an agreement between the Swiss government and the US Department of Justice hardly caused a ripple of media concern much less outrage. The time for such expressions is long past.

In accordance with the deal cut back in August 2009 the Department of Justice now has the power to force Swiss banks to

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Plastic Water Bottle Ban Proposed for San Francisco

The popular three-term President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chiu, unveiled his proposal on Tuesday which would ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city property. Initially the ban would only apply to sites where there are already alternative water sources like drinking fountains, but would eventually apply to all events on San Francisco property. By 2016 the ban would also apply to outside vendors as well.

Said Chiu:

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U S District Court Rules that Colorado Sheriffs Lack Standing to Sue in Gun Lawsuit

The lawsuit brought back in May by 54 Colorado county sheriffs and 21 other parties complained that two recent laws enacted by the Colorado legislature violated the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. Without ruling on those complaints, Chief Judge Marcia Kreiger of the U.S. District Court of Colorado said that the sheriffs lacked

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Atlanta Reelects another Hubris-lathered Politician as its Mayor

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013: 

Atlantans obviously weren’t paying attention when President Obama flew into town to endorse and promote their mayor in his reelection campaign. If they had been, they would have known something was wrong. He praised the mayor for his

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First Recall in Colorado History Ousts Two Anti-Gun Senators

With the concessions of defeat by former state senate president Democrat John Morse and Democrat senator Angela Giron came cries of jubilation and disappointment in the first recall election in Colorado’s history. In the recall election first allowed by Colorado in 1912, more than $3 million was invested in the elections, most of it from

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District Court Judge Rules New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy is unconstitutional

In District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling in Floyd v. The City of New York on Monday, there was both good news and bad news. The good news is that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy, with the enthusiastic cooperation of his police commissioner Ray Kelly, violates both the Fourth and the Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The bad news is that,

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Black Man Shoots White Teenager – Where Was the Media?

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 2nd, 2013:

At about 3AM on April 4th, 2009, Roderick Scott was asleep when he heard strange noises coming from the street out in front of his house. Three people standing in his driveway crossed the street and begin to rifle through the contents of a neighbor’s truck. He told his girlfriend to call 911, retrieved his pistol for which he had a permit, and left the house to

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Backpacks, Pressure Cookers and Baloney

When Michele Catalano blogged yesterday using the title “Pressure Cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!” it didn’t gain purchase until it was picked up by the Guardian. From there the story jumped to The Atlantic which, 24 hours later, had more than a third of a million views.

Catalano used to be the music editor for Forbes but now

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CFR Steps Up Attack on the Second Amendment Using Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

When Julia Sweig, the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), released her memorandum on how to reduce gun violence in the US and Latin America, it revealed not only the CFR’s blatant disregard for American’s Second Amendment rights but also her proclivity to

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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.