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: Crime

A Red Flag Law is Giving a Mouse a Cookie

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 11, 2019: 

A boy gives a mouse a cookie. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw (to drink the milk), a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache), nail scissors (to trim his hair in the mirror), and a broom (to sweep up his hair trimmings).

Next he wants to take a nap, have a story read to him, draw a picture, and hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk.

 

The circle is complete when he wants a cookie to go with it.

With a hat tip to Author Laura Numeroff, the developer of this plot, this is exactly what is happening in California, and should anyone be surprised?

Unless California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes them by Sunday, all nine gun control bills presently sitting on his desk will become law.

Two of the most pernicious and dangerous concern expansions of the state’s already unconstitutional red flag laws, and illustrate the dangers of passing any such laws in the first place. Once enacted, politicians then find it easier to expand definitions to make them more draconian in their impact on precious rights. It isn’t hard to imagine a time in the very near future when red flag laws, all by themselves, will enable the complete disarmament of every law abiding citizen in the country.

As Steve Byas noted in his article appearing in the latest issue of The New American magazine,

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Mainstream Media Ignores FBI Report That Violent Crime Decreased Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 1, 2019:

When the FBI released its 2018 Crime Statistics on Monday, the silence from the anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment mainstream media was deafening. The Washington Post and the New York Times gave the report short shrift, while the Wall Street Journal ignored it altogether.

Apparently the mainstream media isn’t interested in listening to facts and data that contradict their preconceived ideology:

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China’s Celebration of 70 Years of Communist Oppression an Attempt to Mask Its Failing Economy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 30, 2019: 

Just as Adolf Hitler turned the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games into a propaganda spectacle, highlighting his “new Germany,” it appears that China’s extravagant display of military hardware starting tomorrow is meant to have a similar impact. And just in time, too, as more numbers showing China’s faltering economy are being released.

Those Olympic Games “provided Hitler with a showcase,” wrote University of Pittsburgh history professor Barbara Burstin on the 80th anniversary of those games. “It was a propaganda bonanza for him.” She added:

[They] … dulled the opposition to [Hitler] that clearly had been quite evident up to 1936. A lot of people felt he was clearly heading in the wrong direction, and by going to the Olympics [the West] gave [him] the opportunity to appear sane, rational and tolerant.

Starting Tuesday, October 1, the celebration of 70 years of communist oppression of the Chinese people will begin in earnest. The sheer enormity of the celebration is likely to mask any concerns about the country’s faltering economy. According to the BBC,

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40 of the 50 States Don’t Have Enough Money to Pay All Their bills

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 29, 2019:

Most of the “sinkhole” states with the most red ink are blue. But should we be surprised?

Now that states are required to follow new rules of full financial disclosure, the truth is coming out: Most of the states in the union don’t have enough money to pay all of their bills. In its latest report, Sheila Weinberg, head of Truth in Accounting (TIA), which prepares and publishes its Financial State of the States report every September, said:

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Democrat Bill to Prop Up Social Security Likely to Pass the House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 11, 2019: 

Social Security is in trouble. It has been in trouble for 84 years. Representative John Larson’s (D-Conn.) plan to prop it up is a mixture of the same old brew offered by past Congresses to keep the Ponzi-like scheme afloat for a few more years.

Called the Social Security 2100 Act, Larson claims to have 210 Democrat cosponsors for it in the House, which means it’s almost certain to pass the House later on this fall. It’s also all but certain that the Republican-controlled Senate will ignore the issue in light of it being the third rail of politics and as the 2020 elections draw ever closer.

On the surface the mixture appears enticing:

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler Breaks 200 Years of Precedent in Move to Impeach Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 9, 2019: 

So determined is House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to impeach the president that he is breaking 200 years of precedents to do so.

Two hundred years of precedents declare that the House must first authorize its Judiciary Committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry. Only then can that committee proceed with an investigation to determine if the president has committed crimes worthy of impeachment. If such evidence is uncovered, then the full House must vote to approve one (or more) of the committee’s articles of impeachment.

If an article is (or articles are) approved, then the Senate may approve but only through a “supermajority” vote, or 67 senators.

Nadler, apparently, couldn’t care less. On Monday

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Cory Booker’s Towering Duplicity on Full Display Following Saturday’s Texas Shooting

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 2, 2019: 

When the Pharisees became indignant over Jesus’ healing of a woman on the Sabbath, they became indignant. Jesus called them out and the people rejoiced.

May that happen with Cory Booker and his running mates!

From The Message (Luke 13:10-17):

He was teaching in one of the meeting places on the Sabbath. There was a woman present, so twisted and bent over with arthritis that she couldn’t even look up. She had been afflicted with this for eighteen years. When Jesus saw her, he called her over. “Woman, you’re free!” He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall, giving glory to God.

 

The meeting-place president, furious because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, “Six days have been defined as work days. Come on one of the six if you want to be healed, but not on the seventh, the Sabbath.”

 

But Jesus shot back, “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water, and thinks nothing of it. So why isn’t it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her tied these eighteen years?”

 

When he put it that way, his critics were left looking quite silly and red-faced. The congregation was delighted and cheered him on.

Cory Booker and his fellow Democrats’ staggering hypocrisy was on full display following another mass shooting in west Texas on Saturday. Without knowing the details – who the shooter was, his mental condition, his history, his motivation – the fact that he apparently used a semi-automatic rifle to murder five people and wound more than 20 others was enough for them to vent their anti-Second Amendment spleens once again. In the process they exposed their dishonesty, duplicity and fraud.

Each had something to say following the shooting, but nothing matched the egregious rant from Booker:

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Hypocritical Politicians Condemn Texas Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 1, 2019: 

Democrats’ staggering hypocrisy was on full display following another mass shooting in West Texas on Saturday. Without knowing the details — who the shooter was, his mental condition, his history, his motivation — the fact that he apparently used a semi-automatic rifle to murder seven people and wound more than 20 others was enough for them to vent their anti-Second Amendment feelings once again. In the process, they exposed their hypocrisy.

Each of them supports abortion. In other words, murdering an unborn person is acceptable to these Democrats vying for their party’s nomination for president but, once born, a person’s murder is a terrible thing to contemplate.

Beto O’Rourke: “More information is forthcoming, but here’s what we know: We need to end this epidemic.”

Julián Castro: “My prayers are … that each will find the strength within us to act … to act boldly, swiftly.”

Joe Biden: “I’m heartbroken, sickened and angry. Weeks after the horror in El Paso, another community in Texas has been terrorized by gun violence. Enough. We must end this epidemic.”

Elizabeth Warren: “I’m heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn’t have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We’ve already lost far too many to gun violence — Congress must act now.”

Kamala Harris: “I’m sick of this. America is sick of this. We need to act.”

Andrew Yang: “We must do all we can to curb the scourge of gun violence in this country.”

John Delaney: “We have to take action. Universal background checks, banning assault weapons, [passing] red flag laws and more.”

The Texas Department of Safety reported that the rampage began when two state troopers attempted to stop a car on Interstate 20 that was travelling westbound near Midland, Texas at around 3:15 pm Saturday afternoon:

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What’s Wrong with Red Flag Laws? After All, They Don’t Apply to Me!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 14, 2019: 

Red flag laws are pernicious, not because they are evil (which they are), nor because they’re unconstitutional (which they are), nor because they don’t work (which they don’t). It’s because, says Missouri Representative Tony Lovasco, people who think about them (if they think about them at all) are certain they don’t apply to them. After all, who in their right mind would even dream of shooting up a Walmart?

Lovasco (R-Mo.), writing in The Hill, exposed the danger of the thinking by law-abiding citizens that such laws could never apply to them: “Proponents of gun control (and make no mistake, red flag laws are gun control) want you to think, ‘I’m not like them. This isn’t about me.’ But you are like them, and it is about you. It’s about everyone.”

Every American citizen, gun owner or not, has unalienable rights, wrote Lovasco: “The right to face your accuser. The right to due process. The right to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Every one of these rights is explicitly violated under red flag laws.”

Added Lovasco:

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What About Firearms That Saved Lives Last Month?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 8, 2019: 

Media hysteria over recent mass shootings just reached new highs. Rather than rehashing the ghastly atrocities committed over the past weeks, the Associated Press instead recounted the number of shootings committed since the first of the year and loudly lamented in its headline: “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

It proclaimed:

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Obama Judge Delays Arkansas’ Anti-abortion law, Hastening Supreme Court Review of Roe v. Wade

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

Within hours of an Obama judge blocking Arkansas’ strict anti-abortion law, a representative of the state’s attorney general announced she would be filing an appeal. This brings the day ever closer when one of many similar laws, and blockages by liberal judges, will be appealed to and reviewed by the Supreme Court. And that, according to many observers, will be the beginning of the end of the abortion holocaust that has haunted America since 1973.

The Arkansas law bans abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy (with very limited exceptions). It also mandates that physicians performing abortions must be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. This requirement would be the death knell for the only remaining abortion clinic still operating in the state. In addition, it would prohibit an abortion sought solely because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Wrote U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker, appointed to the position by President Obama in 2012:

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“If It Bleeds, It Leads.” But What if It Doesn’t?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 9, 2019: 

According to the Urban Dictionary, “‘If it bleeds, it leads’ basically means that the media loves violence: television, radio, and film for the most part have much higher ratings if it’s about a bunch of people getting murdered rather than something nice, like somebody saving a cat from a tree.”

And the slogan first created by New York Times‘ owner Adoph Ochs in 1897, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” remains on the masthead of the paper today.

But what if the news doesn’t “bleed?” What if it doesn’t “fit?”

There’s been plenty of blood lately, goodness knows. The Associated Press raised the level of hysteria to a new high with its headline, “U.S. Mass Shootings This Year Nearly Reach 2018 Levels, and It’s Only August!”

The AP proclaimed that “Just seven months into 2019, the U.S. has experienced almost as many mass killings as occurred in all of 2018 … mass killings so far this year [total] 23, leaving 131 people dead. There were 25 mass killings in 2018 … according to a database complied by the Associated Press, Northeastern University and USA Today.”

The AP went on to explain how it defined “mass killings” – now apparently no longer referred to as “mass shootings” – “as killings involving four or more fatalities, not including the killer. What the AP failed to explain is how they missed reporting on those incidents where firearms were used to prevent injuries and killings.

Back when Obama was president,

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President Trump and Marxist Dictator Maduro Using Same Tactic, but for Vastly Different Purposes

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

This writer was too optimistic back in June when he prematurely rejoiced that Trump’s sanctions on Maduro’s totalitarian regime in Venezuela appeared to be working (see Sources below). It seemed reasonable at the time. After all, similar sanctions applied by President Reagan to the Noriega regime in 1989 had the desired effect.

When one of Russia’s suppliers of military equipment to Venezuela pulled out, it was easy at the time to report that it represented “a body blow from which it [Maduro’s dictatorship] might not recover.” In cocktail party parlance, “the first olive out of the bottle is always the hardest; the others come out a little more easily.”

It didn’t happen. And so, on Monday night, President Trump went for broke. He issued an executive order placing an immediate and total embargo on Maduro’s regime, and explained why in a letter he sent to Congress at the same time:

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Trump Imposes Full Embargo on Venezuela in Effort to Remove Maduro

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 6, 2019: 

As he signed an executive order on Monday night placing an embargo on Venezuela, President Trump explained why he did so in a letter to Congress:

I have determined that it is necessary to block the property of the Government of Venezuela in light of the continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate Nicolas Maduro regime … [which includes] human rights abuses, arbitrary arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim President Juan Guaido of Venezuela and the democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly.

The extraordinary escalation exceeds previous sanctions against some 100 individuals associated with Maduro’s inner circle. The executive order now blocks anyone

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Motives in Recent Mass Shootings Should Include Impact of Violent Video Games

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 5, 2019: 

As hundreds of law-enforcement personnel and forensic examiners explore the three shootings over the past week, searching for motives behind the violence, one common element keeps bubbling to the surface: anger.

It surfaced when the Garlic Festival shooter, 19-year-old Santino Legan, told a witness that he was shooting people there “because I’m really angry.” He left a clue on Instagram, referring his readers to a rancid, racist, and anti-Semitic book that was so hateful and vitriolic that it was banned for several years.

Part of the “manifesto” published by the El Paso shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, just before his rampage revealed his anger at the immigration of Mexicans crossing the border into Texas, declaring: “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me.”

The Dayton shooter, 24-year-old Connor Betts, planned his attack carefully, dressing himself in riot gear including a face mask and a bullet-proof vest. When he was denied entry into Ned Peppers Bar at 1:30 Sunday morning, he began shooting people indiscriminately, killing eight and wounding another 27 before law officers ended his rampage.

Maureen Callahan, a writer on pop culture for the New York Post, saw the link and wrote:

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The Hunting Season on Unarmed, Unaware Human Beings by Angry Young Men Is Far from Over

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 5, 2019:  

Three mass shootings in a week are more than sufficient proof of at least two things: law enforcement and local security cannot protect innocents; and angry young men will continue their rampages regardless of their motivations.

This writer covered the first, the Garlic Festival shooting, here on July 31. Various motivations were covered, but the one that kept bubbling to the surface was anger by the shooter, Santino Legan. Maureen Callahan, writing in the New York Post, said this:

From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger – deep, repressed, biblically vengeful – felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized, and all too often rejected by women.

 

Their chosen outlet is the mass slaughter of innocents, carnage at places the rest of us once deemed safe – schools, hospitals, places of work and worship, concerts, carnivals – all meant to hold us hostage, in fear of the next reprisal we’re not responsible for and won’t see coming.

On Saturday, another angry young man inflicted horrific pain and suffering on innocents in El Paso, Texas, at a Walmart store full of back-to-school shoppers. The shooter, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius (a resident of Allen, Texas, a nine-hour drive from El Paso), approached the Walmart store in the Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday morning carrying a semi-automatic rifle. He began shooting at people in the parking lot and then took his rampage inside the packed store. During the 20 minutes before local police were able to capture him, he had shot 46 shoppers, killing 20 of them.

He expressed his anger at the immigration of Mexicans crossing over the border from Juarez by telling law enforcement officials that he wanted to inflict the maximum number of Mexican casualties as possible. This squares with his anger reflected in the introduction to a manifesto he posted online just 27 minutes before launching his attack:

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El Paso Mass Shooting Elicits Calls for More Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, August 4, 2019: 

The reactions following the ghastly atrocity that took place outside and inside a Walmart store in El Paso on Saturday morning were predictable. The president called it hateful and offered his sympathies and prayers, the state’s lieutenant governor warned Antifa to stay out, and Democrats called for more gun control.

Tweeted the President:

Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News:

I just saw … where Antifa is posting they want to come to El Paso and do a 10-day siege. We don’t need them coming in on September 1.

 

We didn’t need them to begin with before this happened. I would say to Antifa: scratch Texas off the map and don’t come in. It’s not the time or the place for them to come at any time, but particularly in the aftermath of what just happened in El Paso.

Bodies of slain victims weren’t even cold before Democrats running for president saw another opportunity to burnish their anti-gun credentials. Elizabeth Warren tweeted:

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New York Post Writer Comes Closest to a Motive Behind Garlic Festival Shooting

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 31, 2019: 

For Maureen Callahan, the Garlic Festival shooter fits the profile, and it has nothing to do with his choice of weaponry: his semi-automatic rifle was just a tool he used to express his anger. The day after the shooting that took the lives of three innocents in Gilroy, California, Friday night, she wrote this:

From those mass shooters who have attacked the innocent before, we know it’s a specific strain of anger – deep, repressed, biblically vengeful – felt most commonly by young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized, and all too often rejected by women.

 

Their chosen outlet is the mass slaughter of innocents, carnage at places the rest of us once deemed safe – schools, hospitals, places of work and worship, concerts, carnivals – all meant to hold us hostage, in fear of the next reprisal we’re not responsible for and won’t see coming.

The shooter, 19-year-old Santino Legan, fits the profile:

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Garlic Festival Shooting: So Many Questions, So Few Answers So Far

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 30, 2019: 

Almost immediately after 19-year-old Santino Legan was killed by police within a minute of beginning a shooting rampage that left three dead and a dozen wounded at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, Sunday night, questions began: How did he get into the festival? Where did he get this weapon? Why the festival? What motivated him? Why didn’t California’s strict gun laws keep this from happening?

There are, at this writing, precious few answers, but a few clues.

Santino had been planning the attack for some time. He knew California’s strict gun laws would keep him for being able to purchase a firearm, as he was only 19 (California restricts firearm ownership to those age 21 and older). He knew that security at the food festival — one of the nation’s best known and most popular — would be extremely tight, with metal detectors at the main entrance.

The shooter’s solution:

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Budget Deal a Win for Everyone Except Taxpayers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 23, 2019: 

The budget “deal” cobbled together over the last couple of weeks is a win for every vested interest but one: the U.S. taxpayer. It provides proof about what can be accomplished, even by Congress, when the motivation is sufficiently strong.

That motivation was provided by a letter from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 12 that his “extraordinary measures” being employed since the debt ceiling was reached in early March were about to be “exhausted.” This move allowed him to conduct budget negotiations directly with Pelosi, sidelining Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney and resulting in a deal that was a win for nearly every vested interest in Washington.

First and foremost

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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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