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

Category Archives: Constitution

Amy Coney Barrett: the Perfect Candidate to Replace Ginsburg?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 21, 2020:

At a North Carolina rally on Friday night, President Trump said, “I will put forward a nominee next week” to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He added: “It will be a woman … a very talented, a very brilliant woman. Who I haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”

On Monday he indicated he will announce his choice on Friday or Saturday.

Amy Coney Barrett was on his short list in 2018 and remains at the top of his expanded list in 2020, according to close associates of the president.

She is a nearly perfect candidate.

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Trump to Name Woman to Replace Justice Ginsburg; Expect Contentious Confirmation Hearing

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 20, 2020:  

At a rally in North Carolina on Friday night President Trump promised that he would nominate a woman to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I will put forward a nominee next week. It will be a woman … a very talented, a very brilliant woman. Who I haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”

Trump recently expanded that list, but two women vying for his nomination clearly appear to be Amy Coney Barrett, who presently serves as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A staffer listening in on the president’s call to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the matter said they were the top contenders. Trump is expected to make his choice public early in the week.

It doesn’t matter whom the president selects. The far Left has already announced that it will fight the nomination vigorously and viciously, making the confirmation battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh appear mild in comparison.

The battle lines have already been drawn. At issue will be

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California Mega-church Defies Latest Court Order Prohibiting Indoor Worship Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 14, 2020:  

When the senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, John MacArthur, opened services on Sunday, he said:

The question has come up a number of times about why Grace Church does not just comply with the orders that have been laid down for churches, and I thought it might be helpful to give you a list of the things that are required of us as a church, so that you understand how utterly impossible that would be.

He then ran through the list of restrictions Los Angeles County Health Officer Buntu Davis placed on the church in order for it to be able to hold services. It was a long list, and MacArthur was interrupted several times with laughter from his congregation.

Before moving on to the service itself, MacArthur added: “Obviously, this is not constitutional, but more importantly, it goes against the will of the Lord of the church, Who calls us together.”

That is the core issue: whether the county can prohibit the church from holding services indoors, claiming the right to do so in the name of public health, or whether such an order exceeds the state’s authority in light of both the Federal and California constitutions.

And that is the issue that Mitchell Beckloff, the Superior Court Judge, skirted in his 22-page ruling against the church on Thursday.

He danced around it, claiming that his order against the church was merely a temporary restraining order and not a ruling on the merits:

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Seattle Closes Park Ahead of Prayer Rally, Believers Worship Outside Anyway

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 9, 2020: 

Sean Feucht, head of the international Sean Feucht Ministries, planned to hold a prayer meeting at Seattle’s Gas Works Park on Labor Day, but the city issued a statement on September 4 saying that the park would be shut down on Labor Day due to COVID-19. Temporary fencing was set up to keep people out, with the city claiming that any Labor Day gatherings at the park could lead to “crowding that could impact the public health of residents.”

When Feucht learned of the shutdown, he posted the following to his Facebook page:

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Speaking of Dangerous Drones, Here Comes Breitbart

It was just a little over a year ago that Andrew Breitbart met an untimely end at the tender age of 43. I’m persuaded that he didn’t die of old age, but that’s a topic for another day. He left behind a thriving news aggregator called Breitbart.com which,

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Atlanta Mayor’s Spat with Street Vendors Goes National

A conservative journalist writing in the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution on Saturday, October 26th, claimed that Atlanta’s mayor blatantly broke the law and when a court demanded he uphold the law instead, he refused. The issue went national when the spat was picked up by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, the day before Atlanta voters were to go to the polls to

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NY Times Calls 38-Year-Old Pro-Gun Group an “Emerging Upstart”

With the background checks bill stalled in the Senate, the New York Times was surprised to learn that it may largely be due to the determined and noisy efforts of a pro-gun advocacy group less than one-tenth the size of the National Rifle Association (NRA) –

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Hillaryland Scrambles to Delete Damaging E-mails

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 10, 2015: 

When U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Hillary Clinton’s “right-hand person,” Huma Abedin, to attest under oath that she had in fact turned over all her e-mails to the Justice Department, he also included Hillary’s “left-hand person” as well: Cheryl Mills.

On Friday Mills’ attorney told the federal judge to take a hike — that he has all he’s going to get and that the other e-mails have been deleted:

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Regulators are now going after the Bitcoin

This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013:

 

Six federal agencies were invited to a Senate committee hearing on Monday to explain why each should be granted the privilege of regulating the Bitcoin. Four showed up:

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Ginsburg Says She Can Still Do Supreme Court Job Despite Cancer Recurrence

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, July 18, 2020:  

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , age 87, is the oldest member of the high court. She also has had a long history of health issues, and she announced another one on Friday:

On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer. A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence.

 

Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results….

 

My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.

And, in case anyone missed the point, she said she’d continue to work until she can’t:

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Trump Waffles on Ending ObamaCare Subsidies to Insurance Companies

English: Signature of US Senator John McCain.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 18, 2017: 

For a moment there, it looked like the president was going to follow through on his promise to cut off the illegal and unconstitutional ObamaCare subsidies to health insurance companies providing coverage. But it turns out it was just a ploy, a negotiating strategy, to get liberal politicians from both parties to cobble together something in the middle. Said the president after his announcement, “If the Democrats were smart, what they’d do is come and negotiate something where people could really get the kind of health care they deserve.”

If the threat had been carried through, those subsidies, called “cost-sharing reduction payments,” which go to insurance companies to offset their costs of reducing out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and co-pays for low-income customers, would end. Under ObamaCare, however, those insurance companies would still be on the hook to provide coverage for those customers, forcing them to increase premiums. As the New York Times noted ruefully,

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Appeals Court Allows Lower Court’s Persecution of Michael Flynn to Continue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 1, 2020:  

As expected, the liberal, Democrat-appointed majority of judges populating the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ignored the Constitution, its separation of powers doctrine, and judicial precedent.

On Monday it ruled that District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan may continue his vendetta against former Trump National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn. Eight of the 10 judges approved of the move, while two, both appointed by Republican presidents, dissented.

Judge Sullivan now has full rein to become the prosecution, the judge, and the jury in continuing a case that both the federal government and Flynn have asked to be dismissed. It’s clear from the testimony given prior to the court’s decision that Sullivan wants to know why the government wanted to drop the case. It’s increasingly clear that the move is entirely political: He and the appeals court are hoping to find a “smoking gun” behind the government’s move to dismiss its case against Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to two federal agents over a conversation he had with a Russian diplomat earlier that year. It turned out later that that “conversation” was planned in advance to entrap Flynn. When the government learned about the entrapment, it sought to dismiss its case against Flynn.

The judge, instead of dismissing the case against Flynn, delayed, forcing Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, to ask the District Court to intervene and demand that the lower court judge dismiss forthwith. A three-judge panel ordered him to do so.

Instead, the judge, Emmet Sullivan, asked the entire appeals court to consider Powell’s demand and reverse the three-judge panel’s order.

On Monday, the full court agreed with Sullivan and now Flynn’s retrial begins, just in time for the election.

The Wall Street Journal weighed in on the extra-legal nature of the court’s decision:

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Los Angeles Cancels Lease on Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 31, 2020: 

In a staggering show of vindictiveness, Los Angeles County served notice this weekend on Pastor John MacArthur that it was canceling his church’s lease on County property. The land the church sits on belongs to the county, and they want it back. They also want revenge.

Four times the county has tried to shut down MacArthur’s Grace Community Church over its refusal to follow COVID edicts against indoor church services, and four times it has been rebuffed.

When Jenna Ellis, the lead attorney from the Thomas More Society  which is helping defend the church against the onslaught from the county, learned about it, she called it out for what it was: government tyranny through retaliation. Ellis remarked,

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Could Five Million New Gun Owners Swing the Election?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 30, 2020:  

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported last week that from January through July more than 12 million background checks for the purchase of firearms were processed, an increase of 71 percent from the same period a year earlier. “That equates,” said the group, “to nearly 5 million first-time gun owners in the first seven months of 2020.”

An analysis of those background checks by the NSSF further revealed that almost 60 percent of those purchases “were among African-American men and women, the largest increase of any demographic group. Women comprised 40 percent of first-time gun purchasers.”

The NSSF opined that it was the combination of mayors and governors emptying prisons of violent felons in response to the COVID threat, the “peaceful protests” being taken over by radicals such as Antifa and BLM, and the resulting looting, burning, and riots that were followed by calls to defund the police that “continued to spur sales.”

Further encouraging sales, said the NSSF, was the fact that “Democratic candidates Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are calling for stringent gun control measures, including forcible confiscation, banning entire classes of firearms from lawful possession, licensing schemes and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act which would expose the firearm industry to frivolous and harassing lawsuits.”

The NRA welcomed the new owners, tweeting that “New Gun Owners Could Sway Future Elections,” adding hopefully that “voters who recently bought guns for self-defense will join other 2A voters and be an even more formidable voting bloc. They know anti-gun politicians are the biggest threat to their fundamental right to self-defense.”

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), called it a “sea change”:

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Trump: Four Nominees to Supreme Court in Next Four Years “Not a Stretch at All”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 24, 2020: 

In speaking to the Council for National Policy on Friday President Trump spoke of his success in transforming the country’s judicial system:

By the time we are finished, we will have in excess of 300 [federal judges confirmed], including the court of appeals, and of course two very exceptional Supreme Court justices….

 

We could have two, to three, to four, maybe even five [vacancies to fill in the next four years], but four is not a stretch at all. That would mean the entire balance of the court doesn’t just shift. It becomes dominant.

 

I can tell you, it’s driving [Democrats] crazy.

They already are crazy.

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New Jersey Gym Now Campaign Headquarters for Senate Hopeful, Blocking State From Interfering

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 23, 2020: 

In what appears to many to be a brilliant chess move, Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, is now a political headquarters, thus insulating it from state interference.

Rik Mehta, a Republican candidate working to unseat first-term New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, made the announcement on Friday:

Today, I am proud to announce that the owners of Atilis Gym, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, have joined the Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate campaign Finance Committee. Effective immediately, our campaign will begin holding daily political rallies by those members who volunteer on our campaign at the Atilis Gym location in Bellmawr….

 

I stand shoulder to shoulder with Ian, Frank and all of the hardworking dedicated small business owners who just want a fair shake and I will continue to fight alongside all of them. Together, we will make New Jersey a place to live, not leave.

Included was an invitation to the gym’s customers not only to work out but to exercise their First Amendment-protected rights (freedom of speech, assembly, etc.) without government interference: “Come join us every day from now until Election Day to join our political workout fundraisers and at the same time, exercise your 1st amendment rights. Stand up in defense of our fellow citizens, our Constitution, and our great nation and together, let’s be Jersey Proud!”

After notifying the state that the gym was now an official campaign headquarters, Smith issued this statement:

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California Threatens Fines and Incarceration for Preachers AND WORSHIPPERS Who Defy COVID Mandates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 20, 2020:  

Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, isn’t the only mega-church defying Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-inspired edicts and mandates against worship services being held indoors.

Following Newsom’s edict on July 13 moving most of the state back to Phase 1 — a complete ban on businesses and churches from operating indoors — Greg Fairrington, pastor of Destiny Church in Rocklin, video-taped his response. He said,

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New Jersey Gym Owners Expecting to Be Arrested; Barriers to Be Installed by State

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 19, 2020: 

The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, are expecting to be arrested before this day is out. They are also expecting the state to move barriers in front of their gym to keep them and their customers out.

Back in May New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy decided to make the owners an example for anyone else daring to defy his stay-at-home edicts.

When Murphy learned of the intransigence of the two owners, Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, he said, “I’m not concerned [that the situation in Bellmawr] will spiral out of control. If it does, we will take action.” And then, addressing the violators directly, he added: “If you show up at that gym tomorrow [May 25] … we will … enforce this.”

Murphy should have quit while he was ahead. He didn’t know whom he was targeting. Smith said, “We’re opening up tomorrow morning, no matter what.”

When sheriffs boarded up the gym the owners kicked the boards aside, posting the event on Instagram along with this directed to Murphy:

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California Mega-church Defies Appeals Court Override, Opens Unmasked Without Social Distancing

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 17, 2020: 

On condition that his congregation wear masks and follow social-distancing guidelines, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, was prepared to hold indoor services on Sunday.

Those were the conditions set by a lower court on Friday, which turned aside Los Angeles County’s demand to close the church to inside services altogether. MacArthur said he’d be willing to follow those guidelines as a gesture of good will, in anticipation of a full hearing on the matter on September 4.

But that wasn’t good enough for Los Angeles County and its health official. Late Friday night, they appealed the decision to the Second Appellate District’s Court of Appeals, asking it to set aside the lower court’s agreement with the church.

On Saturday, a three-judge panel of that court tossed that lower court’s ruling and agreement and said that the county could continue to ban indoor services at Grace Community Church.

The panel said they couldn’t decide the issue instantly, that the issues were too involved, and consequently the county’s demands must remain in place:

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New York City’s Largest Police Union Endorses Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, August 15, 2020:  

The endorsement of President Donald Trump for president by the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) on Friday comes just a month after a similar endorsement from the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

Said PBA President Patrick Lynch:

I have 36 years in this job, 21 as a president of this fine organization. I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for the office of president of the United States until now. That’s how important this is.

 

Mr. President, we are fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of this country.

 

Now, many times people say that a union like ours, a law enforcement group, gives endorsements [freely]. Not in the New York City PBA, sir. In the New York City PBA, Mr. President, you earn the endorsement and you’ve earned this endorsement. I’m proud to give it.

The two police organizations together represent more than 275,000 law-enforcement personnel. What’s remarkable is that NAPO endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and in 2012, while the PBA in the past has endorsed anti-gunners Michael Bloomberg for mayor of New York City and Andrew Cuomo for governor.

It’s also remarkable that citizens are exercising their Second Amendment rights by buying firearms at record rates. The Washington Free Beacon, after analyzing FBI data, reported that July 2020 saw an estimated 1,795,602 gun sales — a new record and an increase of 133 percent over July 2019. It was the fifth straight month of record gun sales.

The Second Amendment also enjoyed a victory with a ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday that California’s ban on “high-capacity” firearms magazines violated it.

Judge Kenneth Lee wrote the majority opinion:

California’s near-categorical ban of LCMs strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense. Armed self-defense is a fundamental right rooted in tradition and the text of the Second Amendment.

 

Indeed, from pre-colonial times to today’s post-modern era, the right to defend hearth and home has remained paramount.

 

California’s law imposes a substantial burden on this right to self-defense. The ban makes it criminal for Californians to own magazines that come standard in Glocks, Berettas, and other handguns that are staples of self-defense.

 

Its scope is so sweeping that half of all magazines in America are now unlawful to own in California. Even law-abiding citizens, regardless of their training and track record, must alter or turn over to the state any LCMs that they may have legally owned for years — or face up to a year in jail.

But the Second Amendment overrides California’s zeal in banning LCMs:

The Second Amendment limits the state’s ability to second-guess a citizen’s choice of arms if it imposes a substantial burden on her right to self-defense….

 

California’s almost blanket ban on LCMs goes too far in substantially burdening the people’s right to self-defense.

 

We affirm the [lower] district court’s summary judgment, and hold that California Penal Code section 32310’s ban on LCMs runs afoul of the Second Amendment.

Lee concluded:

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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.
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