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: War

Are Chicago’s gun permit laws racist?

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 1, 2014: 

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When John Lott, Second Amendment expert and author of More Guns, Less Crime, learned about how Chicago’s gun permit laws were impacting the city’s poor blacks, he said:

You really need to ask whether or not politicians are consciously trying to disarm certain groups of people. Why do they want a law that primarily disarms blacks and gives guns to the well-to-do whites? Don’t they think it should be equal for everyone to protect their lives?

Lott was referring to Chicago’s draconian gun permit laws which require an applicant to

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Gadsden Flag Carries Clout in Ocala

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 12, 2014:

 

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Illustration from High School textbook printed in 1885, titled “History of the US”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gadsden flag of a coiled rattlesnake on a bright yellow field with the words “Don’t tread on me” beneath it was designed by American General Christopher Gadsden in 1775 during the American Revolution. Benjamin Franklin explained what the flag meant to Americans then:

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Obama Pokes Putin in the eye; Putin Pokes back

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Putin yuks it up with another tyrant

Like two bullies taunting each other in a schoolyard, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been trading barbs since March. In response to Russia’s incursions into the Ukraine, on March 20 Obama blacklisted a bank and several wealthy businessmen with close ties to Putin. Obama targeted Sergei Ivanoff, the president’s chief of staff, Gennady Timchenko, a billionaire investor linked to Putin, and Yuri Kovalchuk, who is the personal banker for Russia’s leaders including Mr. Putin himself. At the time, Obama opened the door for additional sanctions against core elements of the Russian economy if Putin didn’t behave himself, including the oil and natural gas industries, metals and mining industries, and engineering and financial services industries. Taunted Obama at the time:

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Sanctions Boomerang, Threaten U.S. Supply of Russian Rocket Engines

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 4, 2014:

In response to sanctions announced by President Barack Obama in March against Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and some of his associates, and an escalation of those sanctions announced by the president in July, Russian Deputy Minister Dmitry Rogozin threatened to cut off all supplies of its RD–180 rocket engines to the United States. The engines are critical

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Response to Uzi Accident Ignores Kids Who Use Guns Responsibly

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

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In their reporting on the recent shooting death of firearms instructor Charles Vacca at the Last Stop gun range by a nine-year-old girl firing a fully-automatic Uzi, the major media have been quick to emphasize the danger of kids using firearms. But absent from media reporting is the fact that kids across America for years have used firearms safely and responsibly, sometimes even in defense of their own lives.

For example, less than 24 hours after the tragic accident, the Washington Post reignited the gun control debate by quoting

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Media Seizes on Uzi Shooting Accident to Promote its Agenda

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

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The temptation to turn the tragic shooting at a gun range in Arizona last week into another opportunity to promote its anti-gun agenda proved to be simply too much for the mainstream media. The Christian Science Monitor noted that “the United States has precious few rules when it comes to children handling firearms … [and the tragedy] raises difficult questions not just about parental culpability, but about whether states should ban at least heavy automatic weaponry from the hands of children.” After admitting that the shooting was an extremely rare event, quoting Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles: “shootings at gun ranges are freak accidents,” the Monitor then went on to quote Lindsay Zwicker of the San Francisco-based Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence:

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Armed Business Owners Scare Away Looters in Ferguson

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A QuikTrip store before it gets burned down

The night after Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, some business owners realized that their stores — their very livelihoods — were in danger. They also discovered that the police were busy elsewhere, or had been ordered to “stand down” in the wake of the looting that followed the shooting. They had two choices: run away and leave the fate of those businesses to the tender mercies of the looters, or stand and defend them.

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Celebrating James Brady’s Monumental Infringement

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

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When James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s former press secretary, passed away on Monday at age 73, the media predictably crowed about the success of the Brady Bill, giving him credit for pushing it through a reluctant congress back in 1993. Brady was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, resulting in massive brain damage and putting him into a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The New York Times called him

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James Brady’s Legacy: More Guns, Less Crime

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

James Brady in August 2006

James Brady in August 2006

On Monday the national media and the president noted the passing at age 73 of James Brady, the man who served briefly as President Reagan’s press secretary before being grievously wounded in an assassination attempt on the president nearly 33 years ago.

The New York Times called Brady “a symbol of the fight for gun control,” while President Obama declared, “An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.” Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, agreed, saying that the law named to honor the former press secretary, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, has blocked about two million sales of firearms “to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people.” Echoing the president, Gross added that there are

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NATO head claims Russia is Funding anti-Fracking Movement

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When the head of NATO announced on Thursday that Russia is engaged in promoting the anti-fracking agenda to protect its interests, anti-fracking groups asked what he had been smoking.

Speaking at the British counterpart of the American Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House (otherwise known as the Royal Institute for International Affairs), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary-General of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), said: 

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Defense Department Announces Latest Presidential Helicopter Contract

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UTC Sikorsky logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It didn’t take long for the skeptics to scoff at the costs of the latest effort to upgrade the fleet of presidential helicopters announced by the Defense Department on Wednesday, May 7. They say the $1.2 billion contract awarded to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation will be just the beginning.

There are at least two reasons to be skeptical: the open-ended nature of the White House requirements and recent history. The Department of Defense outlined its requirements, stating that Marine Helicopter Squadron One which currently operates 19 presidential helicopters, must provide

 

Safe and timely transportation for the President and Vice President of the United States, heads of state and others as directed by the White House Military Office.

In addition, each aircraft must be equipped with various self-defense features such as bullet-proof glass and body panels and specialized communications equipment that allows the president to maintain “critical command functions” while airborne. Each needs to be large enough to carry up to 14 passengers and several thousand pounds of baggage while being small enough to operate from the White House lawn.

Each must have a minimum range of 300 miles and carry a full complement of defensive countermeasures to thwart heat-seeking and radar-directed missiles and also be hardened against an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), either from an enemy or from the sun. It must be able to send and receive encrypted communications and hold secure teleconferences while in flight.

And each must have air-conditioning and a toilet.

Under the contract Sikorsky promises to deliver two prototypes by 2016, with another 21 fully operational aircraft six years later.

Several questions arise. First,

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Latest Supreme Court Decision Already Impacting Prayers in Public Places

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East Carolina University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

On Thursday, May 1, an associate chemistry professor sent out his guidelines to his chemistry majors to use during their speeches upon graduation: 35 words max, and no mention of God. Here’s this from his email sent to his students at East Carolina University:

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America’s Welfare State is Thriving

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This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 30, 2014:

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s famous dictum, “The only trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money” isn’t factually correct, nor is it complete. Lazy thinkers assume from this that eventually the welfare state will just fade away like a bad cold or a nightmare, and that everything will be okay in the morning.

Here is what Thatcher actually said during an interview in 1976:

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Interim Ukrainian Government Orders its Citizens Disarmed

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest iteration of the Ukrainian crisis started late last year when the country’s quasi-legal President Viktor Yanukovych, in violation of the country’s constitution, decided that his country would be better served allying itself with the Russian Bear rather than Brussels diktats buried in European Union offers of financial aid. This proved to be the spark that led to non-violent protests which turned violent when

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Bill to Register all Firearms in Illinois Introduced by Far-Left Democrat

Another anti-gun bill mandating (this time) the registration of every firearm in the state of Illinois (plus permission slips to purchase ammunition) was introduced last month by self-proclaimed LGBT activist and progressive Democrat Kelly Cassidy. Representing state district 14, Cassidy’s bill is called simply: “Firearms Registration Act.” Cassidy’s goal is simple:

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NRA Warns of Potential Breakdown of Law in Connecticut

On Friday the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) published an update on the situation in Connecticut, claiming that confused answers to pointed questions about how the state will respond to gun owners who haven’t registered their now-illegal “assault” weapons and magazines, risks turning the rule of law in Connecticut into

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Warrantless Searches Expanded Under Latest Supreme Court Ruling

This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 28, 2014:

On the surface, the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday in Fernandez v. California seems pretty innocuous. Only when the details are examined does it become clear that the Fourth Amendment has been

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Stage Being set for Connecticut Confrontation

Speculation about how the state of Connecticut would respond to the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun owners who failed to register their firearms by December 31st ended when the state police sent out this letter dated January 2, 2014 to

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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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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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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.