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  • California’s Abortion Insurance Mandate Spotlights the Left’s 40-year Devolution on Conscience

    09/07/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 7, 2014 | Casey Mattox
    At the Supreme Court oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases in March, Justice Anthony Kennedy tested the limits of the governmentÂ’s argument by asking if, under the governmentÂ’s theory, people could be forced to pay for othersÂ’ elective surgical abortions through their insurance plan. The solicitor general dodged, responding (somewhat inaccurately) that there was no law like that at present, and did so in a tone that indicated he was happy not to have to defend such an illiberal and unwise law. Cue California.On Aug. 22, prompted by two Catholic universitiesÂ’ refusal to provide abortion...
  • Schoolhouse Rock! Revised: Obama Edition

    08/27/2014 6:57:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 27, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    "I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill." Those who watched Saturday morning cartoons from 1975-85 and 1993-99 will not easily forget the animated character "Bill" and his forlorn song about his "long, long wait" on Capitol Hill, hoping and praying he would become a law. The Schoolhouse Rock! educational video explains that most bills die before they "even make it to committee," and that if the House of Representatives approves a bill, the Senate must do likewise before it becomes a law. Thus, by the age of about eight, children in America...
  • Reid Says He Will Make No Apologies for Defending President’s Credibility

    08/10/2014 8:48:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    A big part of President Obama’s political message has been the travails he’s suffered because of a “do nothing” Congress. The fact that there are over 300 bills passed by the House that are currently being blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) would seem to rebut the President’s contention. Of these House passed bills, 50% passed unanimously, 70% passed with a 2/3rds majority, and 55 were introduced by Democrat members of the House. “The House has been active trying to craft legislation to address an array of problems,” Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan) pointed out. “The charge that we...
  • The ‘Do Nothing’ Congress: Repealing bad, outmoded laws is often better than passing new ones.

    08/05/2014 5:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/05/2014 | Mona Charen
    Meet the Press featured a segment this Sunday that illustrates the planted liberal axioms that dominate our political culture. The topic was Congress’s failure to “get anything done” this term. NBC News’s chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, set the stage: New polling from NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist . . . shows that three out of four voters agree that Congress hasn’t done much this year . . . And guess what? The public’s right. Congress hasn’t been productive. In fact, this Congress . . . is on track to be the least productive in...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

    07/24/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people's understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything...
  • One Year Later: HB 2 and the Pro-Life Movement in Texas

    07/19/2014 6:24:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Dewherst
    One year ago today, I had the immense privilege of watching Governor Rick Perry sign House Bill 2 (HB2), one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation in Texas history. In addition to saving lives and protecting women’s health, its passage emphatically serves as a symbol of the rule of law, the will of a majority of Texans, and the capstone to more than a decade of passing pro-life legislation. Women’s health and life issues are always a lightning rod in politics, but I never wavered in my resolve to get this bill through the Legislature because it was...
  • Our Wonderful Politicians -- Why Do They Pass So Many Bad Laws And Repeal So Few?

    06/27/2014 11:58:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 27, 2014 | George Leef
    Why is it that democracies so often generate public policies that are wasteful and unjust? Why do such policies persist over long periods of time, even when they are known to be harmful? Assuming that you’ve pondered those questions, you’d probably also like to understand why, on rare occasions, bad policies do get repealed. If you have entertained those questions, or now see that they are worth entertaining, here is a book you’ll want to read. In Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers, economics professors Wayne Leighton (of Universidad Francisco Marroquin) and Edward Lopez (of Western Carolina University) take readers on...
  • Obama Backs New Surveillance Legislation, but Tech Companies Reject (big loophole)

    05/22/2014 3:44:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    CIO ^ | 5/22/2014 | John Ribeiro
    A tech industry group that has Facebook and Google as participants has rejected the latest draft of a U.S. legislation that aims to put curbs on surveillance by the National Security Agency.The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said it supported swift passage of the USA Freedom Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, and urged the Senate to follow suit."Overall, the bill's significant reforms would provide the public greater confidence in our programs and the checks and balances in the system," the White House said in a statement.But the tech companies, which also include Yahoo, AOL, Apple,...
  • Paranoia Has Its Limits As Gun Sales Slump

    05/20/2014 6:04:23 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 5-20-2014 | Steve Goldstein
    <p>Dick’s Sporting Goods issued a profit warning Tuesday, and the biggest concern from management is over golf equipment. But that’s not the only reason the sporting-goods retailer is struggling.</p> <p>The firm DKS +0.37% also warned over its hunting division, and on a conference call, management made it clear what’s going on.</p>
  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 3 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • Comment on FDA's proposed deeming regulations on e-cigs. 75 days public comment period has started.

    04/25/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 30 replies
    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products. Thank you for your petition on electronic cigarettes . First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them. Some background, which you may already know: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the Federal Food, Drug, &...
  • Cigars and the FDA

    04/24/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies is the docket reading
  • White House, Democrats Cry Foul Over GOP Push to Enforce Immigration, Other Laws

    03/13/2014 2:04:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 12, 2014 | Emma Dumain with Steven T. Dennis
    A House Republican bill aimed at forcing President Barack Obama to enforce immigration and other laws as they are written drew sharp rebukes Wednesday from the White House and House Democrats, who ripped the measure as anti-immigrant. The legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to suspend deportations for people brought to the country illegally by their parents, known as “dreamers,” has split the GOP and Democrats before. But on Wednesday the dispute threatened to end any lingering goodwill Democrats were inclined to extend toward GOP leaders, who just weeks earlier unveiled a set of immigration principles for overhauling...
  • Obama: ‘Whenever I can take steps without legislation,’ I will

    02/09/2014 3:42:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/08/14 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama said Saturday that he’s doing everything he can to reduce income inequality in America. In his weekly address, Mr. Obama said too many Americans haven’t seen increases in their wages, while the wealthy “are doing better than ever.” “We’ve got to reverse those trends,” Mr. Obama said. “We’ve got to build an economy that works for everyone, not just a fortunate few.” Toward his goal, the president noted that he’s taken steps through executive action in recent weeks to boost job training, to guarantee every child has access to quality education, and to boost income and retirement savings.
  • Colorado legislators propose repeal of anti-gun laws as local district ends ban on open-carry

    01/31/2014 5:41:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    Guns ^ | 1/31/14 | Max Slowik
    With two anti-gun Colorado state legislators recently voted out of office and a third retiring facing another recall election it’s clear that gun control isn’t the non-issue so many in office assumed it would be. Now several legislators are working to repeal the laws passed early last year in Colorado, with a new package of house bills that would roll back the recent changes. Although Colorado citizens recently voted to recall two proponents of the gun control package, including then state senate president John Morse and senator Angela Giron, the Democratic Party still holds a majority by one vote. A...
  • Arkansas Accidents

    01/20/2014 1:36:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | January 19, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Call OSHA. Quick! We desperately need the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to take a look at the incredibly dangerous flooring in the Arkansas State Capitol. This federal agency could determine why the state’s legislators are slipping or stumbling or tripping (that’s it!) so badly that legislative provisions they never, ever intended to enact are flying out of their briefcases or folders (or you-know-what) to land inexplicably into law. Laws they pass without having read. Of course. In last year’s legislative session — the first with both chambers of the state’s General Assembly controlled by Republicans since the century before...
  • When Ignorance Is an Excellent Excuse: Stop fining and jailing unwitting criminals.

    01/13/2014 7:42:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2014 | Evan Bernick
    In the wake of media reports that 40,000 new federal, state, and local laws will go into effect this year, there’s no better time for Americans to revisit the old maxim that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” An unknown number of these new provisions are criminal laws that can deprive us of our liberty and brand us for life. No ordinary American can be expected to know every law, new and old, on the books, not even every criminal law. Anyone concerned about Americans’ being locked up for innocent behavior should resolve to help end overcriminalization. Overcriminalization strikes...
  • Failed Strategy of the Pro-Life Movement [Persuasion needed, not legislation]

    01/05/2014 4:14:57 PM PST · by Moseley · 8 replies
    Delaware Politics ^ | January 5, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party has been clobbered in recent elections by a mythical “war on women” largely driven by abortion. Hysteria about a war on women was fueled by a Republican proposal in Virginia’s General Assembly about trans-vaginal ultrasounds before abortions. Conservatives who think people should pay for their own birth control were misrepresented as woman haters. Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory attack on flaky Sandra Fluke upset superficial people. Somewhere in the last ten to fifteen years, the Pro-Life movement took a massive detour – for the worse. Pro-Lifers stopped trying to educate the public and persuade people of the very obvious...
  • Professors question enforceability of 3-D printer legislation

    12/23/2013 8:11:19 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 8 December, 2013 | Jill Castellano
    While it is now illegal to use 3-D printers to manufacture firearms without proper licensing, some Penn professors question the significance of that legislation. In September, Philadelphia became the first city to ban the use of 3-D printers to create part or all of a firearm by anyone other than a licensed gun manufacturer. The legislation follows debate over 3-D printed guns, which stems from a public computer file released by the Texas company Defense Distributed in May, which could be used to create a firearm called “The Liberator” on a 3-D printer. This November, the manufacturing company Solid Concepts...
  • One Cheer for Our Unproductive Congress: Legislative Inactivity is Actually a Blessing

    12/11/2013 7:37:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2013 | Michael Tanner
    As this session of the 113th Congress draws to a merciful close, much of the punditry has picked up on the refrain that this is the “most unproductive Congress in history.” Indeed, this Congress has passed just 28 bills, easily eclipsing the previous record for inactivity set by Congress in 2012, when it passed just 68 new laws. But why, we might ask, is this such a bad thing? Sure, there are things we might have wished Congress had accomplished. Something to address immigration or entitlement reform springs to mind. And it certainly would have produced less chaos if Congress...
  • YOUR GOVERNMENT: 1. Legislation [part 1 of new 11-part series from "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE]

    11/04/2013 1:13:59 AM PST · by RonDog · 9 replies ^ | October 11, 2013 | Bill Whittle
    YOUR GOVERNMENT: 1. Legislation 10.11.13 YOUR GOVERNMENT: 1. LEGISLATION My fellow Americans. Either the government belongs to you, or you belong to the government. It’s either one or the other. This government no longer belongs to you, and it hasn’t for a long time. But we can fix that. We can make it your government again. Which is why, as your Virtual President, I would like to have a series brief discussions about the practical ways we can return your government to it’s original owners: you, the American people. Channel: Mr. Virtual President
  • Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation... (Hussein's background still @

    10/03/2013 4:34:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    White Hut ^ | 10/03/13 | Hussein
    Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries. Barack H. (Hussein) Obama is the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. With a father from Kenya...
  • Is Legislating Morality Biblical?

    09/01/2013 5:52:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Research Institute ^ | 08/31/2013 | Frank Turek
    Why Christians Must Legislate Morality by Frank TurekWhen I have just a minute to communicate the importance of Christians being involved in politics, I call up this satellite picture of the Korean peninsula on my iPhone.1 Here we see a homogenous population of mostly Koreans separated by a well-fortified border. South Korea is full of light, productivity, and the gospel. They are a free country and one of the most Christianized countries in the world. North Korea is a concentration camp. They have no freedom, very little food, and almost no Christianity.I then ask, “What is the primary reason for...
  • Barack the Lawgiver

    08/16/2013 6:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>As a reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, many federal drug laws carry strict mandatory sentences. This has stirred unease in Congress and sparked a bipartisan effort to revise and relax some of the more draconian laws.</p> <p>Traditionally — meaning before Barack Obama — that’s how laws were changed: We have a problem, we hold hearings, we find some new arrangement, which is ratified by Congress and signed by the president.</p>
  • Freshman Democrats Cause Pelosi Problems

    08/02/2013 7:12:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 8-2-13 | Mary Chastain
    Many freshman Democrats in the House are defying Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and not voting with the party on key issues. They told Politico they are there to represent their constituents and not make big points with House leadership. Dan Maffei (D-NY) has voted less with his party than any other freshman Democrat. He voted with Republicans to delay the mandates in Obamacare for one year. Fourteen of his colleagues joined him and Pelosi accused them of undermining her. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL) took to the House floor to attack the defectors, but Maffei does not regret his actions:...
  • LePage beats veto record of recent Maine governors [Quotes Calvin Coolidge!]

    07/06/2013 5:37:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has wielded his veto pen more than any other Maine governor in recent history — and the session isn't over yet. Throughout the contentious session, the Republican governor has spiked 57 bills the Democratic-led Legislature sent to his desk, recently surpassing former Independent Gov. James Longley, who previously held the record for single-session vetoes with 49 in 1977. In a statement, LePage quoted former President Calvin Coolidge, who said, "It is better to block a bad law than sign a good one."
  • Pro-Life Bill Officially Filed In Texas State House

    07/02/2013 10:12:46 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 2, 2013 | Tim Brown
    A new bill that limits the murder of the unborn to 20-weeks and requires abortion clinics to meet basic medical standards has been officially filed in the Texas State House. HB 2 declares that the state has an obligation to protect the unborn. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, called a second special session of the Texas legislature to pass the late-term abortion ban bill. “I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities...
  • NC:It Is Time To Demand Concurrence On HB 937

    06/25/2013 5:18:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 25 June, 2013 | John Richardson
    The North Carolina Senate took the House-passed HB 937 and made a good gun reform bill into a near great one. The North Carolina Sheriffs' Association in now balking on passage of the bill due to the elimination of the archaic and racist pistol purchase permit system run out of each county's sheriffs' department. As the alert below from Grass Roots North Carolina makes clear, what they really object to is a loss of power and a loss of revenue. News stories about the recent shooting in Greenville, North Carolina are now trumpeting that the Pitt County Sheriffs' Department...
  • Wave of legislation would expand gun rights in Ohio

    06/25/2013 3:40:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 22 June, 2013 | Brandon Blackwell
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Republican lawmakers have introduced a new wave of legislation that would continue to expand gun rights in Ohio. Among the proposed changes are measures that would allow public officials to carry firearms in the Statehouse and other "non-secured" public buildings, ban law enforcement from melting down confiscated guns and loosen the state's definition of "automatic firearm." The fresh legislation piggybacks on years of significant changes to Ohio's gun laws, which began in 2004 when Republican Gov. Bob Taft signed a law legalizing concealed handguns. The proposals have gun advocates rejoicing and opponents reeling. House Bill 191, introduced...
  • How America Lost Its Way

    06/09/2013 11:29:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2013 | Niall Ferguson
    It is getting ever harder to do business in the United States, argues Niall Ferguson, and more stimulus won't help: Our institutions need fixing. Not everyone is an entrepreneur. Still, everyone should try—if only once—to start a business. After all, it is small and medium enterprises that are the key to job creation. There is also something uniquely educational about sitting at the desk where the buck stops, in a dreary office you've just rented, working day and night with a handful of employees just to break even. As an academic, I'm just an amateur capitalist. Still, over the past...
  • This NEEDS FREEPING please!join a lawsuit opposing new gun legislation in Colorado?

    05/28/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT · by Internet Walnut · 11 replies
    Steamboat today ^ | 5/28/2013 | Steamboat Today
    Do you support Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins’ decision to join a lawsuit opposing new gun legislation in Colorado?
  • Wall Street Writes Bills, Washington DC Passes Them

    05/26/2013 7:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 05/25/2013 | By BRIANNA EHLEY
    In a stunning sign of the political resurgence of bankers, Wall Street lobbyists not only have the ear of lawmakers, they have their pens as well. Rather than leaving it to members of Congress to draft legislation that softens financial regulations, bank lobbyists are helping to write it themselves, emails reviewed by The New York Times show. One bill that sailed through the House Financial Services Committee this month was essentially written by lobbyists for giant Citigroup. After the House committee drafted a bill that would force regulators to exempt trades of certain types of derivative trading from the new...
  • Lone Star Tea Party State Legislative Alert

    05/23/2013 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Windflier · 44 replies
    Lone Star Tea Party ^ | 22 May 2013 | Patriot Staff
    I wanted to give you a quick summary on the 3 urgent bills that need attention IMMEDIATELY. They are: Senate Bill 346 (SB 346) is designed to discourage people from giving to Tea Party groups who wish to replace RINO's with conservatives. It is a Saul Alinsky device to identify donors so they can be targeted and then discouraged from giving to conservatives. It is incredible, as the WSJ points out in an editorial in today's paper, that a Governor in Texas would even contemplate such a thing. But such is the fear in the RINO Establishment's nostrils. It not...
  • Nevada SB211 Goes to Nevada Assembly. Universal Background Checks.

    05/23/2013 6:41:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    5/23/2013 | Self
    Since the Reno Gazette Journal can't be linked, here is a short blip from today concerning Nevada and Universal Background Checks. A bill mandating background checks almost every time a gun changes hands has cleared the Nevada Senate. After a lengthy debate Wednesday, senators voted 11-10 along party lines advancing SB221. It now heads to the Assembly. Several Democrats say the bill is the start of better gun policies in the Silver State. In an effort to eliminate any cost to the state, the bill was changed to funnel background checks on all private sales directly to the National Instant...
  • Gun Rights Speaker Forcefully Ejected from NJ Public Hearing (VIDEO)

    05/19/2013 5:52:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 5/17/2013 | Chris Mandia
    Tensions were high as both sides of the gun control aisle spoke during a Senate Law and Public Safety Committee held earlier this month in Trenton, NJ. As the hearing progressed, gun-rights supporters grew frustrated at the legislators move to amp measures that would only pertain to law-abiding gun owners and not the criminals they aimed to stop. In a particularly heated exchanged, 2nd Amendment advocate James Kaleda, 36, was asked to keep his comments relative to bills being heard. “I am on the bill. And I will be heard,” Kaleda said. But Committee Chairman Donald Norcross (D-Camden) called Kaleda...
  • 03 May 2013 Five Ways Lousy Gang o' 8 Immigration Bill Resembles Obamacare

    05/03/2013 6:32:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I thought that stench smelled familiar... Heritage Foundation   h/t Doug Ross

    05/02/2013 9:22:27 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 39 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Looks like you've lost The National Review, Senator... More- RUBIO: Gang o' 8 Immigration Bill 'Might Have Trouble in the Senate' and 'Can't Pass the House' Rubio Flushing His Political Aspirations -and the Entire GOP- Down the Toilet _________________________________________________________________ -h/t Drudge-
  • Boston Bombing Demands a Pause in Legislation

    04/30/2013 7:55:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 30, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The Boston Marathon Bombing, where three people were killed and 264 wounded, many with legs or feet blown off, continues to be a big media story, but we are still waiting for answers to many questions. How did our government miss so many clues that the Tsarnaev brothers were a deadly danger to Americans? They came into the United States as visitors from Kazakhstan, where many ethnic Chechens live without persecution and then cooked up a claim to be refugees, which was a fraud. After a few years, the father returned to Dagestan, Russia, where he now lives safely. Once...
  • Disorderly Conduct

    04/26/2013 5:24:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 26, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: check out for a free chapter of my latest book. Students and their parents need to be warned about the latest serious threat to liberty on America's college campuses. They have probably already heard of campus speech codes, anti-discrimination clauses, and sexual harassment tribunals. The latest threat takes the form of "disorderly conduct" hearings. Many readers are wondering what exactly constitutes disorderly conduct. The more appropriate question might be "what does not?" Of course, it is natural for students to have conflict in college. Many are away from home for the first time and they are...

    04/20/2013 9:37:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 4/18/2013 | Massad Ayoob
    When I heard the news that the Senate had failed to pass a Universal Background Check, I was at a police seminar on the topic of active shooters. The panelists had agreed that “active shooter” was a poor descriptor, one noting that some attackers use other weapons, such as the blade-wielder in the recent Texas case.
  • Fact-free gun-control crusaders

    04/16/2013 7:22:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/16/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Amid all the heated, emotional advocacy of gun control, have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun control laws have in fact reduced murders?
  • Obama pulls out all stops on guns; Grassley preps alternative

    04/10/2013 6:04:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 April, 2013 | Dave Workman
    As President Barack Obama pulls out all the stops to push his gun control agenda, even using Air Force One to fly parents of Sandy Hook victims to lobby on Capitol Hill, the man who launched the first inquiry about Operation Fast and Furious more than two years ago may be poised to derail the president’s runaway train. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley is still working out the details of an alternative bill that, according to spokesperson Beth Levine, will emphasize mental health, protecting veterans from losing their gun rights, and improving school security. It will not erode Second Amendment rights...
  • Vote On Switchblade Repeal In Texas

    04/08/2013 7:18:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    8 April, 2013 | John Richardson
    This weekend Knife Rights issued an alert regarding a repeal of the ban on switchblades in Texas. They are asking that those who reside, work, or travel to Texas contact the legislators below urging their support for HB 1862 which would repeal the ban. I'm glad to see that Knife Rights is working so hard on the second front for the Second Amendment. In Texas, Knife Rights supported HB1862 has been scheduled for a hearing this Tuesday, April 9, before the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. HB1862, sponsored by Representative Harold Dutton Jr., will repeal the antiquated, senseless ban...
  • Alaska Legislation Will Legalize Switchblades, Gravity Knives

    04/06/2013 9:35:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 2 April, 2013 | AKTI
    UPDATE (April 2, 2013) – Yesterday was a landmark day for Alaskan knife owners. HB 33 and SB 11 were combined. What is needed now before the session ends on April 14 is for HB 33 to pass the Senate and receive a concurrence in the House. Doing so will make it legal for an adult 18 years and older to own a Switchblades and Gravity knife. The American Knife & Tool Institute continues to stay in touch with Rep. Mark Neuman’s office to provide support. Alaska Bill Would Better Define Gravity and Switchblade Knives and Enact Knife Preemption“House Bill...
  • The Destructive Influence of Imaginary Peers(good read, MSM creates fake peer pressure and u can 2)

    We humans irrationally think we’re rational. We think that we decide how to behave by weighing the pros and cons. In reality, the strongest influence on our decisions is the example of the people around us — even, oddly enough, when they are imaginary. =snip== It seems that almost anything you would want to nag people about can be more effectively done by instead telling them how much everyone else is doing the right thing. If you want young people to vote, don’t tell them how many people aren’t voting. Tell them how many are. Safe sex, anyone? Hand washing?...
  • Montana Shooting Sports Association Legislative Update for Friday March 22nd 2013

    03/24/2013 6:57:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 March, 2013 | Gary Marbut
    Missoula, MT --( A lot of action is happening on MSSA bills right now. The full rundown is below, so I’ll only cite bill numbers for the ones which need your action. Contacting the Governor: You can email Governor Bullock at, or use the message form at If emailing, put the requested action in the shortest possible Subject line, such as “Please approve SB 145.” With either email or Webform, BE NICE. You may say you feel strongly, but do not threaten or browbeat. Keep your email or Webform body to three short sentences (one short sentence would...
  • GOP lawmaker seeks 'virtual Congress' with telecommuting plan (finally took my idea)

    03/22/2013 8:34:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/22/13 06:22 PM ET | Jennifer Martinez
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a "virtual Congress," where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts. Under a resolution Pearce introduced on Thursday, lawmakers would be able to hold hearings, debate and vote on legislation virtually from their district offices.
  • MILLER: The illogic of Feinstein’s ‘assault weapons’ ban

    03/14/2013 9:50:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 May, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Thursday Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “assault weapons” ban by a straight party-line vote, despite Republican efforts to point out the obvious holes in the legislation. The California Democrat’s bill — which prohibits 157 specific firearms, those with a single cosmetic feature she thinks is scary looking and standard magazines that have over 10 rounds — applies to all Americans except current and retired law enforcement officers. She believes this one class is able to use the firearms for self defense. Sen. John Cornyn attempted to point out the flaws in the logic of her legislation. During...
  • Kansas: NRA-Backed Bills Advance in the Sunflower State

    03/13/2013 6:23:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 March, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Today, the Kansas Senate voted 32 to 8 to pass Senate Bill 45, an important pro-gun reform that would prohibit taxpayer money from financing gun control campaigns in any manner. This bill now goes to the state House of Representatives where it will be assigned to an appropriate committee for further consideration. SB 45 is a common sense reform that would help preserve the rights of taxpayers to ensure that public funds are not used to pursue a political agenda against our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Another bill of interest to sportsmen and hunters in Kansas has been...