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Nation

Thousands defend Second Amendment at Conn. gun rights rally: Twitchy
Finally: Issa Schedules Lois Lerner Contempt Vote for Next Thursday: John Hawkins
99% in NY Refuse To Register “Assault Weapons” Ahead of Deadline: Bob Owens

Obama’s Transformation of America: Outpost
No regrets: Mark Pryor would vote for Obamacare all over again: Hot Air
Hillary struggles to list accomplishments as Secretary of State: CCP

Common Core-approved Textbooks Rewrite Second Amendment: NewAm
Report: 99% of New Yorkers refuse to register their “assault” weapons: Bob Owens
Why NRA battles courts for right to carry a concealed weapon: CSM

The Premature Obamacare Victory Lap: Rick Jensen
I am reassessing my support of full disclosure of campaign contributions: Moe Lane
Obama’s gun-control dictate on ‘mental health’ threatens veterans’ rights: Times

Economy

Democrat Senator Tells GM Car Owners to Stop Driving Immediately: Jim Geraghty
Dartmouth University Parkhurst Occupation: AmPower
Students Fed Up With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul: Blaze

Scandal Central

How Cory Booker’s Friends Made Out Like Bandits : NRO
GOP Establishment uses Left-Wing Race Attack Against Conservative Chris McDaniel: R.S. McCain
Mozilla Clams Up: Tatler

Climate & Energy

Debunking a Few Commonly Held Fracking Myths: Jazz Shaw
Hooray! How To Talk To A Climate Contrarian (If You Must): Cove
Welcome to the party, guys: Cold Fury

Media

If CEO had to resign for views on gays he held in 2008, shouldn’t Obama do the same?: BPR
Krauthammer calls for ‘counter boycott’ over Mozilla CEO’s forced resignation: BPR
I Take Exception To Mr. Sowell’s Targeting of Ted Cruz: Primordial Slack

Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America: Jen Kuznicki
Scarborough: Reid, Dems “too stupid to be in politics”: Hot Air
‘Don’t Think That Can’t Happen’: Rush Limbaugh’s Terrifying Vision: Blaze

Free Speech “Evolves” to Pro-Choice: “I Choose Who Gets To Enjoy It.”: MOTUS
Axelrod admits Dems have ‘major hurdles,’ after new poll: Fox
Instapundit schools Jesse Jackson on ‘immorality’ of Hiroshima bombing: Twitchy

World

Bush B**** Slaps Obama: The Leadership of Personal Diplomacy: MagNote
Photos capture Afghan women defying Taliban threats of violence to vote in election: Twitchy
U.S. Warns China Not To Attempt Crimea-Style Action In Asia: HuffPo

South Korea: Soldiers Find 3rd Suspected North Korean Drone: Stratfor
ABN Amro Ex-CEO Found Dead: ZH
Bananageddon: Millions face hunger as deadly fungus decimates global banana crop: Independent

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs: Lipstick & Politics
‘An American Nightmare’: The Story That Made Beck Say ‘We Are Becoming a Thugocracy’: Blaze
How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?: PopMech

Cornucopia

Just A Girl In A Bikini Getting Tasered For Climate Change: Cove
BOOK DOWNLOAD: Thud Ridge by Jack Broughton: The Learned Turtle
Top 10 Most Powerful Sedans: AutoGuide

Image: Debunking a Few Commonly Held Fracking Myths
Sponsored by: Matt Bevin for Senate — Help Fire Mitch McConnell

QOTD: “Comments on Mozilla Firefox reflect that the ouster of CEO Brendan Eich is not exactly going over well with the general public. In the past day alone, the website has received over 13,000 comments, with the vast majority expressing anger over the decision…” –Renee Nal

Doug Ross @ Journal

California’s Diabolical Plans to Shred the Bill of Rights

Guest post by NRA-ILA

In 1976, the Brady Campaign, then known as the National Council to Control Handguns, said that the first part of its three-part plan to get handguns and handgun ammunition made “totally illegal” was to “slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country.” This month, anti-gunners finally got that wish in California.

America’s two largest handgun manufacturers–Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger–have announced that they will stop selling new semi-automatic handguns in California, rather than comply with the state’s “microstamping” law. The law applies not only to entirely new models of handguns, but also to any current-production handgun approved by the state’s Roster Board, if such handgun is modified with any new feature or characteristic, however minor or superficial.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the law was “intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun.” That’s pure spin, however. In reality, the law, signed in 2007 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is intended to terminate semi-automatic handgun sales and, over time, semi-automatic handgun ownership in the state. “Microstamping” will solve few, if any crimes and it is only a matter of time before a proposal to expand the law to include other firearms will follow.

Meanwhile, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced that it and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute have filed suit against the law in Fresno Superior Court “seeking both declaratory and injunctive relief against this back-door attempt to prevent the sale of new semiautomatic handguns to law-abiding citizens in California.”

Anti-gun activists often refer to California as the test bed for gun control laws they would like to have imposed throughout the country. Thus, it goes without saying that gun owners outside California should anticipate “microstamping” efforts in their states, and do what it takes to elect pro-Second Amendment governors and state legislators to deny the anti-gunners additional victories.

However, making sure that what has happened in California doesn’t happen elsewhere is not the only reason to step up our election year efforts. California accounts for 12 percent of the nation’s population and approximately eight percent of its handgun owners. We owe it to our fellow countrymen–our Second Amendment brothers and sisters–to elect a pro-Second Amendment president and senators who will approve that president’s nominations to the federal courts, where California’s “microstamping” law might one day be challenged. What is true in football is also true in the effort to keep America’s most popular type of handguns legal and affordable: the best defense is a good offense.

Hat tip: BadBlue Gun News

Doug Ross @ Journal

New Jersey Says You Must Have a “Justifiable Need” to Exercise Your Constitutional Rights

Guest post by Brian Kelly

Picture a woman going to register to vote in New Jersey only to find the State has passed a law requiring her to undergo a background check, pay a fee, show proficiency in civics and, after meeting all those requirements, having to write a summary justifying her Need to vote.

Now, after attempting to justify her need to exercise her right (let that statement sink in) she is denied by a judge who has arbitrarily determined that she didn’t have an urgent need to vote.

That judge’s lover and the local police chief’s sister-in-law however have miraculously passed all the above hurtles and can freely exercise that right with gleeful abandon.

Too farfetched? How about in the aftermath of 911, New Jersey passes a law requiring anyone wishing to practice Islam must apply for an Islam permit and show ‘justifiable need’ to pray to Allah. The State justifies this by claiming a large amount of terrorists are Islamic and therefore the Islam Permits will only be issued to very few people in order to protect the public, after all they can’t have NJ turn into the Gaza Strip.

If you find these examples offensive, you should, as they clearly violate an American’s rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and no amount of fearful justification merits such infringement. Unfortunately that same, arbitrary, subjective standard applies to most New Jersian’s right to protect themselves and their loved ones in public with a firearm.

New Jersey’s ‘Justifiable Need’ requirement to obtain a carry permit is the self defense equivalent of ‘Separate but Equal’ Jim Crow laws.

In a recent Appeal (http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/a3704-11.pdf) the judiciary continued to defend the reprehensible concept of ‘justifiable need’. “applicants for carry permits generally must show “‘an urgent necessity . . . for self-protection’” by pointing to “specific threats or previous attacks demonstrating a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by other means.” Preis, supra, 118 N.J. at 571 (quoting Siccardi, supra, 59 N.J. at A-3704-11T4 17 557).”

Think about that for a second. So in order to show you need to carry a weapon for self-defense, which is a basic human right, guaranteed by the constitution, you have to first suffer an attack. So in the case of the recent Short Hills Mall Shooting, now that the victim is dead at the hands of violent criminals, he might meet the ‘justifiable need’ which doesn’t do him or his grieving family any good now.

It is tantamount to the government claiming you have no justifiable need to carry an umbrella because it isn’t currently raining. Ask yourself why do we as law abiding citizens have to wait until we are raped, beaten and killed before the State can see fit to grant us a right to self-defense which is a basic human right dating back to caveman times?

The other justification sited for the clear infringement on our right to defend ourselves before we are crime statistics is unfounded fear, “And the demonstration of particularized need that serves to limit “widespread handgun possession in the streets, somewhat reminiscent of frontier days, would not be at all in the public interest.” Siccardi, supra, 59 N.J. at 558.”

This is completely proven false by the overwhelming data available from the 41 states that actually allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons, five of which are Constitutional Carry not requiring any separate permit.

They have not turned into the Wild West with people shooting each other over parking spaces. In fact, in every state that has enabled their citizens to protect themselves with a firearm violent crime has gone down across the board. Here in NJ, violent criminals know they have little to fear from their disarmed, helpless victims unlike the majority of the other States in the Union where a criminal cannot be sure their target is defenseless.

The bottom line is, we are on our own and responsible for the defense of ourselves and our loved ones. The Supreme Court ruled that individuals have no right to expect protection from the police. (Castle Rock v. Gonzales, No. 04-278). It was also held the Police do not have a duty to provide police services to individuals (Warren v. District of Columbia). We are on our own when the majority of violent crime occurs and we require the means by which to defend ourselves. You ask for ‘Justifiable Need’ and the answer is simple, self evident and at the core of our founding as a nation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

If you are uncomfortable and wouldn’t dream of owning, let alone carrying a gun for protection that’s ok. Please, don’t deny law abiding citizens, like myself, the right a large majority of States already afford their citizens. My ability to carry is not only my best chance to protect myself and my loved ones; it could also save you and yours. In conclusion I leave you with the words of Thomas Paine from Thoughts On Defensive War,

“[A]rms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”

Hat tip: BadBlue Gun News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

9 Ways the Federal Government has Hijacked your Rights & Taken over the Country

To be honest, we probably could have listed hundreds of different examples of government abuse. But we wanted to specifically focus on topics that we’ve covered over the last couple of years in relation to the Federal Governments attempts to Limit State Rights, Federalize local Police Forces, and most importantly how they are actively attempting to take away your freedoms and your liberty.

Feds Using National League of Cities & State Municipal Leagues to sidestep State Rights

national league of citiesNot many Americans have even heard of these organizations, yet they wield a huge amount of power and have managed to take over almost every level of local and state governments across this country. The National league of Citiesrepresents over 19,000 cities, towns, and villages; they actively push their agenda – which matches up with this current administration’s policies – on a local and state level.

Both of these organizations have done more to limit your rights to own a gun than any other organization currently active in this debate. If you live in a town where guns are banned in parks, libraries, and other public places, there’s a good chance that someone in one of these organizations drafted your local legislation.

Supreme Court Says, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO YOUR DNA

DNA StrandThe Supreme Court is supposed to be our last line of defense against unconstitutional laws that limit our freedoms and liberty; unfortunately, over the last couple of decades this court has increasingly begun to rule in favor of the federal government and their large corporate partners.

The latest, in a long string of unconstitutional rulings, is probably one of the most shocking and far reaching rulings out if this court in quite some time.

According to this new ruling, you’re DNA can now be collected and stored in a DNA database, without a warrant or without even being found guilty of a crime. Those pulled over for even a minor traffic offense, are now subject to local and state law enforcement officials collecting and storing their DNA.

Green Police Cracks Down on Liberty to Defend the Environment – DHS Launches Environmental Justice Unit

I bet you didn’t know that the Federal Government actually has a Green Police Force…. Across America the government is using the environment as an excuse to take peoples land, steal land for corporations, and imprison people for trying to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

The American Dream: One of our most precious freedoms, the right to own land, is becoming  a nightmare. From the heartbreaking story of Andrew Wordes, who took his life after code enforcement teams seized his home, to the Off-Griders in California who are being illegally forced back on to the grid, our government is increasingly cracking down on your right to own and use your land in the way you see fit.

Feds Using Groups like Mayors against Illegal guns to sidestep the Constitution

Mayors against Illegal Guns, sounds innocent doesn’t it? I mean who wants a bunch of dangerous criminals having access to illegal guns?

Well the problem with this organization, just like most of these radical left-wing gun groups, is their agenda has nothing to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Instead, this group of over 900 mayors – most of whom have very close ties to the Obama administration – are doing everything they can to make it impossible for law abiding citizens to own a firearm.

The other problem with groups like this is the insidious way they do business. While most people believe their state and local governments are passing these laws, they are oblivious to the fact that the ring leaders in the federal government are using groups like this to slowly but surely take your state rights.

The feds now use these types of groups to basically sidestep the constitution, and screw you at the local level where the courts are much less likely to step in.

The Federalization / Militarization of your local Police Departments

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As we pointed out earlier in the week, the federal government has spent billions of dollars turning your local police departments into a de facto federal military force. Through the guise of “fighting terrorism” or “National Preparedness”, the Federal government (the Department Homeland Security) has essentially taken over your state and local law enforcement.

From equipping them with billions of dollars in military equipment, e.g. tanks, drones, and armor personal carriers, to actively training them in military tactics, the feds have essentially created a private military force that answers directly to the Department of Homeland Security.

Feds use Tragedy after Tragedy to Promote Anti-American Agenda

From using Sandy Hook to push their gun control agenda, to exploiting the Zimmerman case to “retrain police departments” across the country, this administration never misses a chance to exploit a tragedy for their own personal gain. In fact, they openly admit to using these tragedies to push their agenda.

Before current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, left the Obama administration, he was quoted saying “you never let a serious crisis go to waste”… “It’s an opportunity to do things that you could not do before.”

Local Governments Collecting Data on Gun Owners & Forwarding it to DHS

Earlier this year, we reported on Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s attempt to stop a program that was collecting data on gun owners and then sending that information directly to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Missouri Department of Revenue, who issues concealed carry permits in Missouri, was transmitting private information on Concealed Carry Permit Holders to the Department of Homeland Security. The Lieutenant Governor became involved after a citizen was denied a concealed carry permit when he refused to let the Missouri Department of Revenue scan and transmit his private data to the feds.

Obama Administration Shreds the 4th Amendment

How quickly most Americans forget; only a month ago we learned (not that we didn’t already know) that the federal government was actively spying on pretty much every American Citizen. From collecting phone records from all major cell carriers to spying on your audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and internet connection logs, the government now knows more about you than you probably know about yourself.

The 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures, it reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Unfortunately, this government has deemed themselves to be above the law, and above the principles in which this country was founded. Even worse, is how little Americans seem to care!

Indefinite Detention of American Citizens

While losing your 4th Amendment rights is an absolute travesty of justice, losing your 6th amendment rights, your Habeas Corpus rights and your ability to defend yourself in the court of law is almost unbelievable – unfortunately it has happened.

The 6th amendment reads:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Habeas corpus

The Suspension Clause of the United States Constitution specifically included the English common law, Habeas corpus, procedure in Article One, Section 9, clause 2, which demands that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”

Last year people were up in arms over the Obama administrations passage of a provision in the NDAA, a provision that would allow them to indefinitely detain American Citizens without a trail, unfortunately Americans seem to have a short attention span and have already forgotten that the feds granted themselves these new unconstitutional powers.


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