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

Obama’s Executive Orders Threaten Separation of Powers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 5, 2016:  

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There were few surprises in President Obama’s announcement of new executive orders on Tuesday as most of them had been deliberately leaked to the press in advance, reviewed by others sworn to anonymity, or covered in his radio address last Friday. Many of them are rehashes of previous attempts to nibble away further at Americans’ right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

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“Ferguson Effect” Blamed for Increase in Violent Crime

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 28, 2015:  

James Comey

James Comey

In late October FBI Director James Comey said in a speech: “Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year, and many of them have seen a huge increase.”

Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School, Comey posed a couple of rhetorical questions for his audience:

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New York Times: More Kinds of Guns and Ammo “Must be Outlawed”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, December 6, 2015:  

In its Saturday edition, the New York Times published a front-page editorial for the first time since 1920. The last time the Times gave one of its editorials this kind of prominence was when the editors criticized the Republican Party for nominating Warren Harding for president. Harding won anyway.

This time, according to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the Times and the chairman of the New York Times Company (which owns the paper), it was necessary “to deliver

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Detroit Police Chief: Terrorists Want Unarmed Citizens

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

Following the Paris attacks, Detroit police chief James Craig (shown above) reiterated his policy of encouraging his citizens to continue to arm themselves:

A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug: if you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.

Since his arrival in Detroit in 2012, Craig has seen his citizens heed his call and has simultaneously seen violent crime fall significantly. Seven thousand of them received their CPLs the year after Craig took over, and another 7,500 were added to the rolls a year later. At present nearly one in every 20 Detroiters is carrying concealed.

Added Craig:

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“Sheepdogs” Aren’t Allowed in San Bernardino, California

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

All it would have taken to end the massacre before it started at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday is one sheepdog. But in San Bernardino, sheepdogs aren’t allowed. Only sheep.

And wolves.

Sheepdogs – that rare breed of individuals who are willing to take on the responsibility not only of defending themselves but others as well – will be dismayed to find it

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Explaining San Bernardino: Massacres by Trousered Apes

Massacres by Trousered Apes, by Joseph Sobran, This column was published originally by Universal Press Syndicate on May 13, 1999.

The Littleton murders are still provoking “solutions” for the problem of youths who choose to shoot their classmates. The usual method of these “solutions” is to imagine how this particular horror could have been prevented, and then to generalize the answer into some sort of national law or social program. More gun control, better counseling, spotting “early warning signals,” and so forth.

But if any measures could have prevented these murders, they may not apply to others. The next crime to shock us as Littleton did won’t duplicate Littleton; it will be something else, something different in all the details the supposed “solutions” address. The uniqueness of this crime — and of many other crimes — gets lost in bogus analysis. A couple of specific teenagers were determined to do evil. If they had been prevented from doing it the way they did it, they could have found another way.

Maybe the real trouble is that modern culture simply refuses to face the fact of evil. “If God does not exist,” as Dostoyevsky wrote, “everything is permitted.” As if to underline his words, one of the killers fatally shot a girl when she said she believed in God.

If God does not exist, right and wrong are reduced to subjective preferences; even human life loses its dignity. “Thou shalt not kill” means no more than “I hope I won’t get shot.” Laws become the amoral collective preferences of the majority.

But what if the killers, as at Littleton, are prepared to die in the course of their crimes? There are always those who won’t be deterred by laws. This is a fact of life. Christian culture has always recognized original sin, man’s eternal and irrational inclination to do wrong. But to the denizens of modern culture, the idea of original sin is nonsense.

Modern culture is a negative, not a positive thing. It’s what is left when you subtract Christianity from Christian culture — so it’s a barren, bloodless, desiccated, and uninspiring thing, sometimes called “secular humanism.”

Modern culture recognizes nothing above man, so there is nothing worth dying for and sacrifice is absurd. It recognizes no God and denies the soul, the afterlife, and ultimate justice.

It tells us we should fight against Hitler (or some Hitler-of-the Month like Slobodan Milosevic), but it can’t explain why a young man should be prepared to give up his short life, the only existence he will ever know, when “sacrifice” means no more than suicide.

In a secularized universe, nobility and honor have no meaning. Neither does chastity. Yet these are virtues recognized by most other cultures. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought honor and chastity were worth dying for; they worshiped the virgin goddess Diana, and they praised the chaste matron Lucrece for killing herself, for honor’s sake, after having been raped.

Secularized culture, being negative, is only legalistic. It can’t move the heart or fill the imagination. It merely encourages grievances about an ever-widening range of supposed civil wrongs, under the general heading of “discrimination.” All social relations become legal and political relations.

We can even amend Dostoyevsky in light of the twentieth century: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted, especially to governments.” The state that recognizes no absolute right or wrong will keep trying to enlarge its own power, even to the point of declaring some people subhuman if they get in the way of social engineering or even personal pleasure.

Our own government has made abortion a legal right, while pretending to be “neutral” about religion and morality. Deciding that some lives may be taken at will is anything but “neutral.” It assumes that unborn children are nothing but biological matter. At bottom, it assumes the same thing about the whole human race. It assumes that for human beings, there is no higher happiness than unrestrained sexual pleasure; after all, “higher” and “lower” are only relative terms.

For some people, there may be something sweeter than sex: revenge. That was what drove the Littleton killers. And why not, if God does not exist? The Littleton killers were products of the very culture that is trying to disown them — a culture that has ignored Baudelaire’s words: “Satan’s cleverest wile is to convince us that he doesn’t exist.”

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Obama Seizes on Colorado Planned Parenthood Attack to Promote Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, November 28, 2015:  

Colorado Springs, Colorado  — True to form, President Obama once again saw the opportunity to promote his anti-gun agenda, this time following the shooting spree at the Planned Parenthood facility on Friday, declaring:

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Results of Efforts to Diminish America’s Freedom Being Tracked by Think Tanks

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 4, 2015:

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Looking east across 42nd Street at Ford Foundation headquarters on a sunny afternoon.

Norman Dodd, being interviewed by Ed Griffin in 1982, told of an interview he had with Rowan Gaither, head of the Ford Foundation in which Gaither exposed most clearly the foundation’s purposes. Dodd, at the time, was director of research for the Reese Committee, which was investigating American foundations’ undue and unknown influence.

Norman Dodd:

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Cato: American Decline Accelerating

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 3, 2015:  

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The 2010 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom.

The latest report from the Cato Institute comes on top of a long and increasingly unhappy series of reports on freedom’s decline in America. Enitled the “Economic Freedom of the World” and updated with the latest data available (through 2013), the report ranks the United States in 16th position, down from second place when the index was first published in 2000. The United States has fallen behind such countries as New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Jordan, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Chile.

Last year’s report showed the United States in 12th position.

The study measures freedom in five broad areas:

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Navy Chaplain Exonerated, Cleared, and Reinstated

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 30, 2015:  

In his letter exonerating Navy Chaplain Wesley “Wes” Modder in September, Rear Admiral David Steindl wrote: “I have found the evidence of substandard performance in this case does not meet the standard of gross negligence or complete disregard of duty … Modder will not be detached for cause.”

The incident will be removed from his official personnel file. Modder has accepted an order to serve as chaplain at the Navy’s base in San Diego.

Modder’s record as Navy chaplain is impressive.

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Appeals Court Upholds New York, Connecticut “Assault Weapons” Bans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 20, 2015:  

On Monday a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that bans on possession of “assault weapons” by New York and Connecticut did not infringe on rights of citizens in those states guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

According to Tom King, the president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, one of the numerous plaintiffs bringing the complaint, the decision was expected, was no surprise, and will be appealed:

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Obama Ramping up the Rhetoric on gun Control

This article appeared in the October 8, 2015 issue of the New American magazine:

 

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Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California

Ever since Barack Obama first surfaced in public, he expressed opposition to the private ownership of guns by American citizens, and has been working ever since to limit that ownership with the goal of eliminating it altogether.

In 1996 when Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate, he was asked if he supported legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” He answered simply: “Yes.” He also wanted to ban “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms) and supported mandatory waiting periods, along with background checks, in order to make it more and more difficult for Americans to exercise their gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In his third term in the Illinois Senate, he

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Obama Wants US to Emulate Australia’s Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

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Frustrated with the failure of his frontal attack on the Second Amendment, President Obama has chosen another approach: the United States should emulate Australia’s gun laws. A year ago, Obama said:

A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, Well, that’s it, we’re not doing … we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.

 

Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.

In June he iterated the meme:

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Where Did Sydney Jihadi Shooter Get a Handgun in “Gun-free” Australia?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 6, 2015:  

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Following the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of a Sydney, Australia police force employee by a 15-year-old jihadi last Friday, local authorities have been trying to find the answers to many questions.

On Friday afternoon, 4:30 p.m. local time, Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad, dressed in Islamic garb, walked up behind Curtis Cheng as he was leaving police headquarters in Parramatta on Sydney’s west side, pointed his handgun at the back of Cheng’s head, and squeezed the trigger. Cheng was dead before his body hit the ground. The teen then danced a jig in the street, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” Constables from headquarters who rushed outside found themselves targeted by the teen before they returned fire, killing the assassin.

The investigation, which is ongoing, determined that the youth,

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Tracking Freedom’s Decline in America

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 17, 2015:  

Fraser Institute

A recent spate of reports, analyses, and indexes continue to confirm the decline of personal and economic freedom in the United States. The Fifth Annual report from the Fraser Institute, “The Human Freedom Index” published last month shows the U.S. falling from 17th place worldwide to 20th in the areas of personal, civil, and economic freedom.

Ian Vasquez, one of the report’s authors, wrote:

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Chinese Economy, Stock Market Continue to Crater

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 14, 2015:  

News that China has offloaded more than $100 billion of U.S. Treasuries in August to support its currency and its cratering stock market caused many observers to raise concerns about China waging an “economic war” against the United States. It’s a threat the Chinese last expressed during the 2012 presidential election, that Beijing would “use its financial weapon to teach the U.S. a lesson” if it insisted on flouting Chinese interests, i.e., by selling arms to Taiwan, for example.

It now appears that the shoe is on the other foot. The Asian tiger is now a pussy cat, as its economy continues to crater and the Chinese central bank moves to weaken its currency and shore up its stock markets.

In the days following Beijing’s surprise announcement on August 11 that it was devaluing its currency by two percent, the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note jumped 10 percent, from

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Hillary to Pick Up Where Obama is Leaving off

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 4, 2015: 

Now that President Obama has essentially given up in his efforts to foist further restrictions on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, and political odds makers have virtually declared Hillary Clinton as president of the United States in 2017, she now is feeling free to tell everyone how she really feels about the Second Amendment. If those pollsters are right (and they have an uncanny and unsettling history of being right), the long war against private gun ownership will continue long after Obama is gone.

Chris Cillizza, a staffer at The Washington Post, first noticed the change in Obama’s demeanor back in June when he spoke about the murders of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina:

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Hillary Taking on NRA in Quest for More Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 3, 2015: 

With the odds makers continuing to pick Hillary Clinton not only as the Democrat Party’s nominee but the odds-on favorite to win the White House in the November 2016 elections, she has decided to take the gloves off. She is now blatantly targeting and challenging the gun rights movement and the National Rifle Association as obstacles to be overcome in her drive to diminish further Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

Following the on-air shooting of two television reporters in Roanoke, Virginia, she declared:

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With Constitutional Limitations Absent in Red China, Chinese-Americans are being Forcibly “Repatriated”

One enduring myth concerns an incident that allegedly occurred early in OJ Simpson’s career with the Buffalo Bills. He became so infatuated with himself and his ability to run the ball that he boasted one day that he really didn’t need the offensive line to block for him – that he could manage all by himself, he was that good.

The legend goes that during a series of three running plays the offensive line decided to show OJ just how much he could accomplish without their protection. They didn’t block for him, and OJ failed to gain one single yard.

That must be how Ling Wancheng feels, that is if he feels anything at all. Ling was born in China and built a successful business and settled in the United States in the early 1990s. He was protected by the Constitution, and his brother was a good friend and top aide to China’s then-president Hu Jintao. In addition, the US didn’t have at extradition treaty with China. So he was protected, or so he thought.

So he enjoyed life, American style. He played enough golf to get very good at it. He developed a wide network of friends, dressed flamboyantly, and was always the life of the party, to which he was frequently invited. He lived well too, in a gated community in Loomis, California.

And then he and his wife suddenly disappeared.

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Chinese Agents “Persuading” Chinese Nationals in U.S. to Return Home

The article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 1, 2015:  

Xi Jinping 习近平

Xi Jinping, beloved leader of China and great friend of the United States!

Two weeks ago the Obama administration delivered a warning to China about the presence of covert Chinese government agents working secretly inside the United States to “persuade” prominent Chinese expatriates to return home immediately, or face the consequences. The administration demanded an immediate halt to such activities.

The Chinese government blew off the demand in headlines such as

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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.