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  • Democrat Doug Jones: Second Amendment Has ‘Limitations,’ Wants ‘Smart’ Gun Laws

    11/20/2017 7:45:10 AM PST · by Cheerio · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Nov 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Doug Jones, the Democrat running for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, says he loves to hunt but the Second Amendment has “limitations.” He believes that every right enumerated in the Bill of Rights is limited, and the Second Amendment is no exception. According to the Alabama Political Reporter, Jones described himself as “a Second Amendment guy,” but stressed that some gun control is necessary. He said, “We’ve got limitations on all constitutional amendments in one form or another.” This position is contrary to the clear language of the amendment, which states that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not...
  • Looking for a good book about the Constitution and its amendments (vanity)

    11/17/2017 1:11:39 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 44 replies
    None | 11.17.2017 | Me
    I'd like to study the Constitution and its amendments in greater depth to learn of the historical circumstances and reasoning that led to each amendment's ratification as well as some of the significant case law that has since stemmed from each one. As I've searched for a good book, it seems a lot of them are written by people who have a liberal slant and hence, whose judgment I don't trust. Can any of you recommend a well-rounded, reasonably understandable book that is written by someone with a more conservative mind? Any suggestions along that line would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • A Senate of the States: July 2nd, 1787

    11/16/2017 2:15:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 16th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Gouverneur Morris Warns of a Uniparty. The convention slogged on as the large/small state standoff continued over the question of representation in the senate. I will follow a different course today and let a little-known Framer, Pennsylvania’s Gouverneur Morris take center stage. We can thank Morris for the precise text and prose of our Constitution. As chairman of the Committee of Style, he not only smoothed and connected resolutions, he occasionally inserted clauses on his own initiative, which the convention typically accepted as written. Where history tagged James Madison as the father of the Constitution, Morris was its acknowledged...
  • No, Vox, ‘Small Government’ Does Not Mean White Nationalism

    11/14/2017 4:21:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 2, 2017 | Amy Swearer
    According to a recent article in Vox, conservatives who denounce government overreach aren’t really concerned about burdensome regulations. No—it turns out the “language of small government” is really just “a handmaiden to ethno-nationalism.” Proof? The author, David Roberts, points to a 2016 New York Times story that depicted a few white men in rural America venting their anger over regulations against “coal rolling”—the practice of modifying diesel truck engines to spew thick black smoke. Apparently, being a blue-collar white man who likes spewing black smoke into the air makes you a white nationalist. And apparently, spewing black smoke into the...
  • State Governors’ Unconstitutional International Climate Change Deal

    11/13/2017 3:25:52 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/17 | Douglas Gibbs
    Jerry Brown, and his fellow governors and mayors seeking a climate agreement with foreign entities should be arrested, removed from office, and replaced by special election for their seditious and illegal behavior Since the current White House disagrees with his liberal left philosophies, and his blind religiosity concerning the man-made climate change myth, California Governor Jerry Brown has decided to go over the head of the President of the United States in a manner some may consider seditious. Governor Brown is in Germany, right now, negotiating an alliance with foreign countries, in defiance of the Trump administration, and the United...
  • A Senate of the States June 29th – June 30th, 1787

    11/13/2017 1:29:45 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 13th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    While we take for granted today that the Framers breezily agreed to a compound republic of the people and the states, the issue still was unresolved five weeks into the convention! Tempers flew as arguments ranged on the one hand, from forming a national, democratic republic which did away with the states, and on the other, to keeping the existing Articles of Confederation. In late June, delegates far more resembled steely political negotiators than a band of brothers. What kept them going through the long summer was fear of the future if they did not come up with an adequate...
  • Transgenders in the Military – Who Decides: Congress, the President, or Federal Judges?

    11/06/2017 4:29:37 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 15 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-06-2017 | Publius Huldah
    In a case now pending before the US District Court for the District of Columbia,1 the trial judge recently granted a preliminary injunction which purports to temporarily stop the Trump Administration from banning so-called “transgender” persons from serving in the Military. But we will look at the real issue:  Does the Judicial Branch of the federal government have constitutional authority to require the Legislative and Executive Branches of the federal government to permit transgender persons to serve in the Military? Instead of going along with what everybody says - or expounding on one’s personal views on the topic –let us...
  • Trump's Frustrated He Can't Order The DOJ To Investigate Hillary? He is The Justice Dept

    11/06/2017 11:11:00 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 65 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-06-2017 | Tim Brown
    This is why any person seeking any office should know their responsibilities, duties and authorities granted under the Constitution before seeking for people to support them for office and taking an oath before God and the people to uphold that Constitution. In another pitiful excuse for an excuse for not investigating Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump claims that he is "frustrated" that he can't order the Justice Department to investigate her. “But you know the saddest thing, because I’m the President of the United States I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed...
  • A Senate of the States: June 27th – June 28th 1787

    11/06/2017 1:26:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 6th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In fits and starts, often one step forward and two steps back, the convention slowly shaped the pieces to its constitutional jigsaw puzzle. Incredibly, as a few delegates seemingly wished to flip the table over and scatter the pieces, enough of the remaining delegates stood fast to grind out our beloved Constitution. On June 27th, rather than address the question of congressional powers in Resolution 6, the convention mired once again in the nature of representation, Resolutions 7 & 8. On the question of an equitable ratio in the House of Representatives: From Madison’s notes, Luther Martin (MD), the State...
  • NPR Legal Reporter Criticizes Gorsuch for Citing the Constitution

    11/02/2017 5:16:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Stream ^ | 11/1/17 | Elizabeth Slattery
    The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, has made headlines since joining the court last spring—and not just for his written opinions. Pedantic. Boorish and juvenile. Annoying. In his colleagues’ faces. These are some of the harsh things liberal Court watchers have had to say about Gorsuch.It’s hard to square these comments with the outpouring of support Gorsuch received from former clerks, classmates, and others after he was nominated to the Supreme Court earlier this year. Just watch a few minutes of this speech by Mark Hansen, Gorsuch’s former law partner, who was close to tears at the end, talking about what an honorable, decent (and...
  • A Senate of the States: June 26th, 1787

    11/02/2017 1:30:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Swamp-Creatures. Meeting in Convention, delegates once again considered the Fourth Resolution, which dealt with senatorial elections, term length, age qualification, salary, and eligibility to additional offices. The answers to these issues will frame the senators’ dual-loyalty to the general government and their states. Under the Articles of Confederation, allegiance to the states was so strong that state interests typically superseded the interests of the nation. In turn, this led in part to the deteriorating social and economic conditions which pushed reluctant states to convene in Philadelphia. On the other hand, too strong an attachment to the capital city was...
  • Robert Mueller: Dirty Cop – Dispatches from the 15th District

    10/30/2017 12:02:31 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 16 replies
    Fighting ^ | August 3, 2017 | Jeffery Marty
    A former colleague recently characterized Robert Mueller as “ramrod straight” and “utterly incorruptible.” Similar language was breathlessly repeated in mainstream media biographies on Mueller in Politico, BBC, and Time magazine. Mueller’s Vietnam-era service in the United States Marine Corps and 2004 tag-team with then-Deputy Attorney Major Scandals During Mueller’s FBI Years: Falsification of Iraq War intelligence (2003) Vanishing Currency (2003) NSA Warrantless Surveillance (2001-2013) Emailgate (2007) Walter Reed Neglect Scandal (2007) IRS Targeting (2010-2013) Fast and Furious (2010) Associated Press Spying (2012) Clinton Foundation Pay-for-Play (2009-2013) Russian Uranium Deal (2009-2013) Clinton Private Email Server (2009-2013) HSBC Bank Money Laundering Scandal:...
  • Dem proposes constitutional amendment to limit Trump's pardon power

    10/30/2017 11:11:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2017 | Cristina Marcos
    <p>A House Democrat plans to propose an amendment to the Constitution that would limit presidential pardoning authority in the wake of three Trump campaign aides facing indictments in the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.</p> <p>Under Rep. Steve Cohen ’s (Tenn.) proposed constitutional amendment, presidents would be prohibited from pardoning themselves, their families, members of their administrations or people who worked on their presidential campaigns.</p>
  • A Senate of the States: June 19th – June 25th, 1787

    10/30/2017 1:32:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 30th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Second American Revolution. June 19. In perhaps his best speech of the summer, James Madison carefully shredded the New Jersey Plan. The confederate form could never do across an extensive country. So, with the Hamilton sketch and the New Jersey Plan before them, delegates confronted two unacceptable alternatives. It startled them into recognizing they must either shift positions toward a compromise in which each would win, and each lose something, or they would all lose and win nothing. The Committee voted to continue with the Virginia Plan by a vote of 7-3-1. The no votes were NY, NJ,...

    10/29/2017 4:41:13 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 10/29/2017 | Alicia Powe
    'We will be destroyed from within when we give up an understanding of the Constitution' Much ado has been made in recent political campaigns about identifying America’s biggest threat. Is it ISIS? Russia? China? North Korea? Actually, the greatest threats to the United States and the preservation of its freedoms come from within, Republican Alabama Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore believes. Moore became the GOP nominee for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general, by defeating establishment-endorsed Luther Strange in the primary. He will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 election. Moore told...
  • It’s Not 1 or Even 2 Scandals While Mueller Was at the White House

    10/28/2017 11:49:00 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    Conservative ^ | August 7, 2017 | Benjamin Arie
    Robert Mueller is as upstanding as any investigator comes — that is, at least, if you listen to the mainstream media. snip A report from attorney Jeffrey Marty on American Lookout paints a picture of Robert Mueller which shows he might be part of the D.C. “swamp” that Donald Trump was elected to drain.
  • That Russian Trump blackmail dossier here is how it finally came to light

    10/27/2017 10:36:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 20 replies
    Business ^ | January 11, 2017 | Jim Edwards
    The 35-page document of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump's links to Russia and compromising information the Russian government might have on him that BuzzFeed published on Tuesday is actually fairly old. Snip Both Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. John McCain knew about the dossier over a month ago. Both thought it was serious enough to warrant an FBI investigation.
  • Can the Feds Prosecute Foreigners if Their Actions Are Legal Where They Are?

    10/26/2017 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | October 26, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of personal liberty to keep those who are demanding it at bay. Throughout history, kings and other tyrants have, from time to time, given in to pressures from folks to recognize their natural rights. These instances of "power granting liberty," as the practice has come to be known, usually have come about to avoid further bloodshed. In the...
  • Senators Develop Selective Amnesia About U.S. Troops in Niger

    10/24/2017 11:45:42 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 30 replies ^ | Oct. 23, 2017 | Patrick Poole
    Congressional oversight of the executive branch is only as useful as the members of Congress doing the oversight. That's the lesson to be learned from media reports filed yesterday and today in which U.S. senators claimed they had no idea the U.S. military had about 1,000 soldiers in Niger. The reports followed the combat deaths of four U.S. Special Forces soldiers after an ambush in Niger near the border with Mali earlier this month: CNN reports today: "I did not," Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, responded to CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Monday whether he knew there were troops in...
  • A Senate of the States: June 14th – June 18th, 1787

    10/23/2017 2:11:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 23rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    June 14. William Patterson (NJ), spooked by the developing Virginia Plan, asked for a one-day adjournment to work on an improved federal design. June 15. He submitted the New Jersey/Patterson Plan. The Committee of the Whole will take up the amended Virginia and New Jersey Plans tomorrow. June 16. Since I previously blogged my observations of the New Jersey Plan here, I intended to overlook the proceedings of June 16th. However, the day had an impact on the issue of proportional v. equal representation of the states in the senate and is therefore worth a look. John Lansing (NY) and...