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  • The Moral Hazard of the Export-Import Bank - Privatized Profits & Socialized Risk

    10/01/2014 3:19:19 PM PDT · by Noremac
    Communities Digital News ^ | October 1, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    There are a lot of solid reasons why federal programs like the Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank, should be terminated. I cover the majority of those reasons in the report I just filed on Communities Digital News. http://www.commdiginews.com/business-2/moral-hazard-at-the-export-import-bank-private-gain-vs-social-risk-26916/ Issues like questions of proper management, potential for fraud related to insider influence, unintended consequences of disruption of domestic markets, risk related to the volatility of the world economy, are all among them. Those are legitimate concerns and have demonstrated themselves to be problems. Above them all, and foremost is the essential consideration of legitimacy. The Ex-Im bank was spawned in illicit circumstances. Most...
  • fcc wants to ban 'redskins'

    10/01/2014 6:36:15 AM PDT · by shortstop · 32 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/01/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    The Federal Communications Commission is going to outlaw a word. Or at least it is going to give serious consideration to doing so. Yesterday, the FCC agreed to consider a petition asking it to forbid the use of the word “redskins” on the public airwaves. “Public” airwaves, of course, is the insane claim of the federal government that it owns the air and all things which pass through it. A broadcasting company builds a transmitter and the equipment necessary to broadcast, it purchases the electricity which is the substance of a transmission, and it sends a signal to receivers purchased...
  • The History and Danger of Administrative Law [Imprimis]

    09/30/2014 12:49:29 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 5 replies
    Imprimis Hillsdale College ^ | September 2014 | Philip Hamburger
    There are many complaints about administrative law—including that it is arbitrary, that it is a burden on the economy, and that it is an intrusion on freedom. The question I will address here is whether administrative law is unlawful, and I will focus on constitutional history. Those who forget history, it is often said, are doomed to repeat it. And this is what has happened in the United States with the rise of administrative law—or, more accurately, administrative power.
  • Habit and Voting.

    09/30/2014 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    We do most things in our lives out of habit. Each of us has various routines that outline our day, family and lives. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t step back now and then to consider change for the sake of improvement, for we should, yet just as the sun follows a predictable yearly path, man has a natural tendency to favor the familiar and regular. So, out of habit I will vote in the mid-term election. Aside from local and state officers, my representative Steve Southerland (FL-2) is in a tight race against a legacy candidate, the daughter of...
  • Hillary Clinton Adviser Calls for New Constitution w/Mandatory Service

    09/29/2014 9:43:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9/29/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Finally we can put that partisan bickering behind us with a moderate leadership that will… push for a new Constitution. According to Burstein, mandatory federal service, higher taxes on the rich and environmental radicalism — among other things — are needed to save American democracy. I can’t wait. What about you? And while we’re at it, let’s stop touting the “American Dream” Let’s call it the Communist Dream instead. The new Constitution would institute a two-year national service commitment
  • Not Progressive, But Rather Retrograde Government.

    09/29/2014 7:45:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    As we get worked up over the November mid-term elections, it is worthwhile to step back a moment from politics and take a look at an important facet of our current (as opposed to constitutional) government. The Constitution of 1787 provided Congress with plenty of authority to deal with the likes of a power grabbing FDR, LBJ or Obama. Make no mistake, Obama has UNITARY authority over the executive branch. Every freedom absorbing regulation or crime committed by the EPA, IRS, HHS etc. is his responsibility. The EPA shuts down coal fired electric plants, the IRS shuts down political opposition,...
  • We need a new constitution: How we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths & the 1%

    09/29/2014 12:26:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | September 27, 2014 | Professors Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg
    The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll says that a clear-cut majority is disgusted with the present political scene and retains little hope that future generations will fare as well as we have. As candidates get down and dirty in the lead-up to midterm elections, 60 percent say the country is in a general state of decline. A mere 19 percent of those polled have a favorable opinion of Republicans in Congress; their Democratic colleagues (or “colleagues”) poll at 31 percent. But the most remarkable number is 79: that’s the percentage of the politicized public that presently voices its discontent...
  • Taking the Fight to D.C.: Grass March Cowboy Express

    09/26/2014 7:25:24 PM PDT · by Baynative · 11 replies
    GrassMarchCowboyExpress ^ | 8/11/14 | staff-post
    The Grass March Cowboy Express is a coast-to-coast cowboy express relay ride, beginning at the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Bay, Calif., on September 26. Riders will travel a distance of over 2,800 miles to Washington, D.C., and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean. They will deliver county resolutions and petitions calling for relief from federal agencies which operate outside the laws of Congress and support for transfer of federal lands to the states. The Grass March calls attention to the plight of ranchers, miners, hunters and property owners everywhere carrying the slogan, “Government regulation without representation is tyranny.”
  • The Craziness of a ConCon [Constitutional Convention]

    09/21/2014 4:06:15 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 134 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    I keep getting asked about this and people keep advocating it, so let's talk about it. The issue is a Constitutional Convention, with the expressed intent being to return the United States to its Constitutional Roots. Sounds like a good idea, yes? Well, it quite arguably is, if you'd like to see the government return to its Constitutional boundaries. The problem is that this "remedy" isn't a remedy and if it comes to pass what you want won't happen. I know this for a fact and, if you think about it, so do you. I know what you're going to...
  • Why the Framers Relied on Constitutional Structure

    09/24/2014 6:14:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    A common refrain from Article V state amendment convention opponents is that all we need to do is follow the constitution we have. For the constitution to be implemented as it should ideally be, i.e. as our supreme law, we must send honorable, virtuous men and women to Washington DC to fulfill its purpose and tenets. Unfortunately, this belief falls into the same dangerous solution as offered by Socialists, who tell us socialism will finally work once the “right men and women” assume the reins of power. The reality is that the people we send to DC are like the...
  • Treason Outside the Constitution.

    09/21/2014 3:00:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    For the purpose of felony offense, treason in America is famously defined in our constitution. No longer may political opponents be brought before the equivalent of King’s judges and face charges for real or imagined insults or crimes. No, constitutional treason consists of making war against the United States or assisting its enemies. Oh, and unless the traitor confesses, two witnesses must observe the treasonous act. Put aside for a moment the constitutional definition and hurdles to be surmounted in order to obtain a felony conviction. Consider the broad, historic and popular concept of treason, the betrayal of one’s country....
  • Removing intolerant organizations that teach and practice the elimination of non-members.

    09/20/2014 8:53:44 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 18 replies
    I am the source | 20 September 2014 | Chuck Plante (backtothestreets)
    Our great nation was formed by people of diverse nationalities, primarily Europeans with differing religious identities. While some mistrust existed, occasionally igniting localized conflicts, the religions of these many cultures did not teach and engage in the extermination of people of differing faiths. The world is now facing such a religion of extreme intolerance. It has a toehold in the USA and most other western nations, but cannot be allowed to remain because a religion of extreme intolerance teachings that dictates the elimination by death of nonbelievers does not, nor ever will be compatible with our historical embrace of religious...
  • The survey that proves the republic is unsalvageable

    09/20/2014 1:04:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 19, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One in three Americans can’t name a single branch of the U.S. government, according to a poll from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The survey, which was conducted from July 8 to 14, and published Sept. 17, found that only 36 percent of respondents could name all three branches of government, while an alarming 35 percent of survey respondents couldn’t name a single branch. The poll, which contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.06 percent, surveyed 1,416 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The report also found that only 27 percent of...
  • Viciously anti-American Maxine Waters says Sharia Law and our Constitution can co-exist

    09/19/2014 10:48:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The stink of nervous sweat must be filling the air in the rooms where House Democrats meet. It must be palpable. The conversations about what to do must be totally free-wheeling and without boundaries. Questions of integrity and true patriotism are likely being pushed aside. Survival and maintaining power are the only things that matter. Never one to be concerned about looking anti-American, the extremely self-absorbed Maxine Waters had a thought cross her malevolent mind: “Let’s suck up to the Islamists who are here to kill Americans!” Her latest attacks on America came at a recent meeting of the Council...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    In honor of Constitution week... Stupid Things Democrats Say "It's time to take back America!" ~ Joe Biden (D) Delaware, 9/1/14 Just two points... a) you've had the White House for 6 years now, take it back from "what"? b) Eric Holder says that phrase is racist.***********************************************************President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” Well that sounds great... except for two very minor issues: 1) None of the founders were Muslim 2) We live...
  • ASU reverses decision, players can display crosses

    09/18/2014 7:45:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fred Jackson
    The Christian legal group Liberty Institute says the university has reversed an earlier decision in which it ordered the school's football players not to display a memorial cross decal on the back of their helmets. The football players decided to include the crosses to honor Markel Owens, who was killed in a home invasion, and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who died in a car accident. Liberty Institute calls it a "great victory for the players."
  • Constitution Day and My Birthday- Concurrent

    09/17/2014 8:37:36 AM PDT · by Vendome · 10 replies
    Vanity | Vendome
    So I’m at an observance of Constitution Day last week and in a contest, testing our knowledge of the constitution. Now, I’m gonna win and I’m one question away. The moderator asks: “Besides Constitution Day, what other day is celebrated concurrently? “. “My Birthday!” I yelled. “Wrong Answer” replied the Mod. “You call my Mom on Wednesday and tell her that!” I protested. The Mod says “Anyone know the answer?”. So I’m looking around and . . . Nothing. No one answered. I turned to the gal behind me and whispered “Citizenship Day” and she yelled out the same. Afterward,...
  • A Handy Guide to the Constitution is Reissued for Its Birthday

    09/17/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    On September 17, Americans will celebrate the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Convention President, George Washington, declared that it was “little short of a miracle” that deliberations were successfully concluded. Only three delegates who stayed to the end refused to sign the document and two of those, George Mason and Elbridge Gerry, later supported it with the promise that a bill of rights would be added.Rhode Island’s ratification of the Constitution on May 29, 1790 made it unanimous among the original 13 states, but the new republic began...
  • Top 10 myths about the Constitution on Constitution Day

    09/17/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    National Constitution Center via Yahoo ^ | September 17, 2014 | NCC Staff
    The Constitution is our most endearing document, but not everything you read online about the Constitution is accurate! Here are some of the top myths about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers still out there on blogs and websites. To be clear, these myths are not about interpretations of the Constitution; they center on people and events related to the founding document.
  • Hearing on 2012 Benghazi Consulate Attacks [9/17/2014 - 10:00 AM]

    09/17/2014 6:09:22 AM PDT · by struggle · 257 replies
    CSPAN-3 ^ | 9/17/2014 | struggle
    The House Select Committee on Benghazi hears testimony from Homeland Security and Secret Service officials on the implementation of the Accountability Board’s recommendations following the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
  • Legalized Highway Robbery – How the Government can Seize the Property of Innocent Americans

    09/16/2014 2:07:00 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 23 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-15-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Last week, The Washington Post published “Stop and Seize,” a three-part series chronicling the government’s seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from Americans not charged with a crime. Asset forfeiture laws are designed to protect the public and deter crime by taking property gained through criminal activity. However, criminals are not the only ones who have their property confiscated. According to The Washington Post, since 2001, police have seized $2.5 billion in cash from people who were never charged with a crime. Law enforcement must retain their ability to prevent criminals from bearing the fruits of criminal...
  • By Virtue of Their Silence

    09/16/2014 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 32 replies
    As the November elections approach, we’ve heard nothing but deafening silence from the GOP as to why the electorate should put Congress in its hands. Now, I have nothing against the ages-old stratagem of not interrupting an enemy in the process of making enormous mistakes. But, we’re not simply considering a ‘my team good’ vs. ‘their team bad’ situation, as if the outcome was nothing more than a sporting event to be remembered until the next big game. Some fundamental American freedoms have been under assault for decades, and Obama and his party have accelerated the trend. Where is the...
  • PBS is running a Ken Burns documentary on “The Roosevelts.” Here’s what he won’t show

    09/15/2014 11:42:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 83 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Ken Burns is at it again. The Left’s favorite propagandist has put together a 7 part series on the two Roosevelt presidents. Leaving aside what he is likely to show about Teddy Roosevelt, without seeing a minute of this presentation I’ll go out on a short strong limb and guess what will not be shown about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Even a very superficial study of FDR shows he was a consummate phony. He preached “There is nothing to fear but fear itself,” but everything he did was presented as a fearful crisis that could only be handled by giving him...
  • SELF-EXAMINATION: Are You to Blame for America’s Demise?

    09/15/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 33 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | September 15, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    There’s no doubt this column will anger many of you; however, I also think each one of us must occasionally ask ourselves if our beliefs and actions are not contributing to the ultimate demise of our precious nation. Therefore, I have compiled the following list of items that are increasingly responsible for the undermining of America’s great heritage and traditions. These items are not in any particular order. And they are by no means exhaustive. But I must say this: If you truly believe any more than a couple of the things listed below, then you need to dare to...
  • The Illusion of Neutrality: The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion

    09/13/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/11/14 | Anthony Esolen
    We have all heard what has come to be a liberal dictum, that the State must remain neutral as regards religion or irreligion. One can show fairly easily that the men who wrote our constitution had no such neutrality in mind, given the laws that they and their fellows subsequently passed, their habits of public prayer at meetings, and their common understanding that freedom without virtue, and virtue without piety, were chimeras. To show that that understanding persisted, all one need do is open every textbook for school children published for almost two hundred years; or recall that Catholic immigrants...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • God’s Call to Warriors

    09/09/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Decision Magazine ^ | April, 2014 | Gen. Jerry Boykin
    I love warriors. I love being with warriors. I don’t care how badly injured you are. I don’t care if you’re blind. I don’t care if you are missing limbs. You’ve got a warrior’s heart. You’re a warrior, and you need to continue being a warrior. Exodus 15:3 says: “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name” (NIV). Exodus is pretty early in the Bible. And then in the last book of the Bible, in Revelation 19, it says He’s coming back. As what? As a warrior. It says He’s coming back riding a white horse and...
  • Dr Alveda King Sparks Debate With Comments On Faith & ISIS Crisis - Cavuto

    09/09/2014 3:01:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 2 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Sept 9, 2014 | You Tube
    Why are people offended by "in God we Trust" and "one nation under God"? That's where authority and power comes from that's the source of our strength comes from. That's the foundation of this nation. Much more in the interview!
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Gun Ban in Northern Mariana Islands

    09/09/2014 4:33:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    With the 9th Circuit ruling in Peruta, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands can no longer sustain heavy restrictions on the ownership and carry of handguns.   Guam has already reformed its law.  Hawaii has a ruling against it and is waiting to see what  happens with the Peruta decision.   Now the Northern Mariana Islands have had a lawsuit filed against them to repeal the total ban on the ownership and carry of handguns.   It is hard to see how such a ban can stand, given the decisions in Heller, McDonald, and Peruta.   The lawsuit has been filed by...
  • Couillard reiterates wish for Quebec to sign Constitution at event with Harper

    09/06/2014 8:02:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/06/2014 | Canadian Press
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard took advantage of a public appearance with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to repeat his wish for the province to sign the Constitution. Couillard said he wants Quebec to sign on by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The premier made the comments Saturday during a Quebec City speech, at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, a French-Canadian statesman viewed as one of the Fathers of Confederation. Cartier’s vision for a united Canada that incorporates “a strong Quebec identity” could serve as an inspiration in future talks, Couillard said
  • Executive Powers, Barack Obama v. Charles I of England

    09/04/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    The Framers of our Constitution were well versed in the lessons of the mid-17th century English Civil War. It was in revolution that Parliamentary forces denied certain powers to Charles I. Obama, the pretend President of a formerly Free Republic, has claimed powers denied to an English king 370 years ago. During negotiations between royalist and parliamentary forces in 1643, Charles I itemized his demands and authority: 1. Charles I proclaimed to be limited by law and parliament. From his past actions, parliament knew this was a specious, dishonest assertion. Obama often recites his fealty to the law. Not even...
  • 14 of the best quotes from a U.S. president known most for his silence

    09/02/2014 1:57:47 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-09-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "A President should not only not be selfish, but he ought to avoid the appearance of selfishness. The people would not have confidence in a man that appeared to be grasping for office. It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”
  • Top Soil may be Blown Away, but Subsoil will Restore it

    09/02/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/2/14 | Jerry Todd
    The fragile topsoil of freedom and enterprise can be clogged with the hardpan of regulations or blown away by the evil winds of “progressivism.” There are simple ways to draw from Subsoil (the combined application of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity)… See here for more details: http://www.principia-scientific.org/chaos-and-subsoil-where-science-prospers.html Lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate Subsoil into the conception, design and government operations to preserve the American Way of Life as the Founders intended. Sworn Constitutional officers must honor the solemnity of their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution in spite of political agendas. Five important questions must be asked, truthfully...
  • Watch Ted Cruz’s FANTASTIC speech at Defending the Dream Summit 2014

    08/30/2014 6:10:46 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | August 30, 2014 | Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz gave a great speech today, hitting four topics he said would be at the forefront between now and the elections in November: Amnesty, Obamacare, National Security, and the Rule of Law. His biggest applause line came when he called for the impeachment of Eric Holder, where he got a big standing ovation. There’s so many good soundbites you might as well watch the whole speech and you can do that below:
  • McInerney: The U.S. Is Losing Its Global Status (Video)

    08/30/2014 8:39:01 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | You Tube
    We have never seen leadership like this out of the White house -that I know of- in our history. There’s a difference between civilian rule and authority and their allegiance to the constitution to protect the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and we are getting into that crossover point where the president and the white house is moving into dereliction of duty because we are not at an increased readiness state and we are taking no steps to respond like we should have done in Benghazi and so we are in a very dangerous situation where the...
  • No One Voted

    08/29/2014 3:13:35 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Everyone has wondered if his vote would be the one that put a candidate president, senator, . . . county commissioner over the top. We vote more out of habit and tradition, rather than a conviction that “our guy” will work toward restoration of the American republic. Can the November election reverse Obama’s law making, treaty making, his control over spending, and oppression of conservative groups? Who can name the powers Obama does not have? Of course, my title implies something that could never happen. Not a chance. But what if wide swaths of the American people become so disgusted...
  • The “Living Constitution”: Trojan Horse of Progressive Politics

    08/28/2014 3:42:43 PM PDT · by betty boop · 39 replies
    self | August 28, 2014 | Jean F. Drew
    Progress: “Forward or onward movement towards a destination…. Development towards an improved or more advanced condition.” Progressive: “Happening or developing gradually or in stages.” [Compare with Darwinist evolution theory.] “(A person or idea) favouring social reform; Favouring change or innovation.” Progressivist: A person who is “modern, liberal, advanced, forward-looking, forward-thinking, go-ahead, enlightened, enterprising, innovative, up-and-coming, new, dynamic, avant-garde, modernistic, disruptive; radical, left-wing, reforming, reformist, revolutionary, revisionist” So much for definitions provided by the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language . It seems to me there is a whole lot of pure hope (and hype) associated with the idea of “human...
  • LA:Baton Rouge Ban on Guns in Places that Serve Alcohol Unconstitutional

    08/27/2014 3:17:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has struck down the City of Baton Rouge's ban (pdf) on the possession of firearms or other weapons in places that sell alcohol, and their parking lots.   The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983.   The court granted default judgment to the plaintiff.   A  permanent injunction was ordered against enforcement of the ordinance, which was passed in 2012.   A hearing to determine the amount of damages will be held on October 23, 2014. The facts are clear and undisputed.  On October 13, 2012, at about 1:35 a.m., Earnest Taylor was...
  • Obama plans to ink climate deal without Senate approval

    08/27/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    President Obama is planning to use some legislative trickery to write a new climate change accord and bypass the Senate's historic responsibility to approve treaties. Hey! At least he's consistent in his lawbreaking.
  • CA:Federal Court Finds 10 Day Waiting Period Violates Second Amendment (mostly)

    08/25/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In JEFF SILVESTER v. KAMALA HARRIS, the United States District Court for the eastern District of California found that the 10 day waiting period to receive a firearm after a background check, was a violation of the second amendment for people who already owned a firearm (and could be shown to do so in the California database), who had a valid CCW license in California, or who owned a firearm and had a Certificate of Exemption (COE).  This is a significant win for restoration of second amendment rights in California.   The court gave the government of California 180 days...
  • A Presumption of Liberty

    08/24/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Should I be charged with a felony and end up in a courtroom, I know that as an American I am presumed innocent. There is a presumption of liberty. I may not be deprived of freedom or property unless I forfeit them through violence or fraud. In order to lose personal liberty, the state must prove my guilt. If I’m found guilty, the liberty of one person is affected. Step back for a moment and consider, “presumption of liberty.” When federal courts hear cases that may detrimentally affect the liberty of millions, where is the presumption of liberty? It doesn’t...
  • Freedom OF Religion, Not Freedom FROM Religion

    08/24/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/24/14 | Alan Caruba
    A relatively small Freedom From Religion Foundation will continue to use the courts to impose their atheistic views on any public institution The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution do not abandon religion, they embrace it. They do not, however, require that Americans believe in God, nor punish them for failing to do so. Central to the liberties enshrined in these documents is the belief that they come from a higher power and America exists because of that belief. Without it there would have been no America. There are those among us who insist that, as a nation, we...
  • The Constitution Lives in Ferguson - Michael Brown, James Foley, and the rule of law

    08/21/2014 4:45:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 21, 2014 | Jeffery Lord
    The Constitution lives. Even as the news is brutal — it instructs for those willing to pay attention. American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by ISIS. And an American teenager named Michael Brown was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson. In the case of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri remains in an uproar. The town is awash in protesters, both from Ferguson and outsiders. There has been a steady diet of rioting and looting. The President of the United States is involved. The Attorney General of the United States is involved, going to Ferguson personally...
  • Atheists and IRS Against the US Constitution

    08/20/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 13 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The American tax authority, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), will monitor churches for electioneering in a settlement reached on 18 July with an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). In 2012 the FFRF filed a lawsuit alleging that "the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues, or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity." Monitoring what is said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be...
  • The Hell That Is the Obama White House

    08/19/2014 9:58:11 AM PDT · by dvan · 41 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | August 19, 2014 | David Horowityz
    Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is...
  • Rule Of Law vs. Rule Of Man (Larry Schweikart - A Patriot's History of the US)

    08/19/2014 4:24:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | You Tube
    Video: Beck invited historians David Barton and Larry Schweikart on the program to analyze what America can learn from tumultuous periods of history, and the two repeatedly warned that America is starting to view people as groups, rather than individuals, and doing so has been extremely destructive throughout history. “That’s where France was [in the 18th century] … and that’s why they went through so many revolutions so quickly,” Barton explained. “Whoever won the first revolution, that was the enemy for the second revolution. The second group came in and said, ‘They’re not of our group, we’ve got to get...
  • The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Reviving the 'vigilant and manly spirit' of republicanism

    08/18/2014 6:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | Professors David Corbin and Matt Parks
    In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst...
  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/18/2014 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Philip Klein
    It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government. To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of...
  • Gun Sales Up Across Area [St. Louis, in wake of Rioters and Looters]

    08/13/2014 9:26:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    CBS St Louis ^ | August 12, 2014
    Gun sales are up across St. Louis since the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent nights of violence. Sales have quadrupled at ‘Metro Shooting’ in Bridgeton according to owner Steven King. He says sales have mainly been to men, but not all: “Probably a dozen or two dozen guns to females, single mothers. We’ve sold to black people, white people. We’ve sold to asians who have businesses on West Florissant.” said King. “They’re just afraid of whats going on and they’re coming in to purchase either additional firearms or their first firearm.”
  • Who rules America? [Great, but unsurprising, read]

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Allan J. Lichtman
    "The public be damned!"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our governmentThe new study, with...