U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup turned down a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss former Stanford student Rahinah Ibrahim’s lawsuit against various federal government agencies over her reported inclusion on the no-fly list as well as an incident in September 2005 where she was barred from taking a flight from San Francisco and detained for a couple of hours. Alsup, who sits in San Francisco, also refused the Justice Department’s offer to show him affidavits from law enforcement officials which the government would not share with Ibrahim or her attorneys…
“Here the government seeks to affirmatively use allegedly privileged information to dispose of the case entirely without ever revealing to the other side what its secret evidence might be … Only in the rarest of circumstances should a district judge, in his or her discretion, receive ex parte argument and evidence in secret from only one side aimed at winning or ending a case over the objection of the other side. Here, the government has not justified its sweeping proposal. It has gone so far as even to redact from its table of authorities some of the reported caselaw on which it relies! This is too hard to swallow…” Alsup wrote.
…Merely to avoid going deeper into debt, to cope with the speed at which compound interest is growing the real debt annually, we would have to collect $8 trillion in taxes each year, Cox and Archer point out. And here’s the nub of it: All individuals filing tax returns in the country with incomes over $66,198 have a total adjusted gross income of about $5.2 trillion. The total corporate taxable income (at its peak in 2006) amounted to $1.6 trillion. This means that we have a maximum of roughly $7 trillion available if the government confiscated the entire gross income of individuals and corporations—not nearly enough to cover the yearly growth of U.S. liabilities…
Originally posted on Out of the Crab Bucket:
All over the world; every people group has been affected by misguided minds that:
1) Value others as Nothing, worst than Nothing!
2) Lack a sense of Right & Wrong
3) Take what Belongs to Others
4) Exploit the Labors of others
5) Rape and Torture to Death others
6) Use Starvation as a way to eliminate those who aren’t warped like themselves
7) Create a Wasteland in the culture they overpowered
Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:
In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
To receive updates on this legislation, click here.
- Feinstein to Introduce Updated Assault Weapons Bill in New Congress, December 17, 2012
- Feinstein Statement on Connecticut School Shooting, December 14, 2012
Summary of 2013 legislation
Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:
- Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
- 120 specifically-named firearms;
- Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
- Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
- Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
- Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
- Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics…
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Originally posted on Mountain Republic:
Following the recent school shooting in Connecticut, American citizens have once again displayed their total ignorance concerning the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment. Facebook postings, comments to so-called news articles and letters to the editor are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. These individuals believe the right to own a firearm is based on the Second Amendment and the right will vanish if the Amendment can be repealed. Unless the Second Amendment created the right, then repeal of the Amendment cannot constitutionally abolish the right.
Following the Federal [Constitutional] Convention of 1787 and the subsequent ratification of the Constitution in 1788, the several States began submitting amendments to Congress for consideration. By September of 1789, Congress had reduced approximately 210 separate amendments to 12. The amendments were inserted into a congressional resolution and submitted to the several States for consideration. Of these…
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… Louis: People say money makes the world go around, and they are right. Or as I tell my students, there are two basic ways to motivate and coordinate human behavior on a large scale: coercion and persuasion. Government is the human institution based on coercion. The market is the one based on persuasion. Individuals can sometimes persuade others to do things for love, charity, or other reasons, but to coordinate voluntary cooperation society-wide, you need the price system of a profit-driven market economy.
Doug Casey: And that’s why it doesn’t matter how smart or well-intended politicians may be. Political solutions are always detrimental to society over the long run, because they are based on coercion. If governments lacked the power to compel obedience, they would cease to be governments. No matter how liberal, there’s always a point at which it comes down to force – especially if anyone tries to opt out and live by their own rules.
Even if people try that in the most peaceful and harmonious way with regard to their neighbors, the state cannot allow separatists to secede. The moment the state grants that right, every different religious, political, social, or even artistic group might move to form its own enclave, and the state disintegrates. That’s wonderful – for everybody but the parasites who rely on the state (which is why secession movements always become violent).
I’m actually mystified at why most people not only just tolerate the state but seem to love it. They’re enthusiastic about it. Sometimes that makes me pessimistic about the future…
…The Senate and House had the opportunity this month to include in the 2013 version of the NDAA an unequivocal statement that all U.S. citizens would be exempt from 1021(b)(2), leaving the section to apply only to foreigners. But restoring due process for citizens was something the Republicans and the Democrats, along with the White House, refused to do. The fate of some of our most basic and important rights—ones enshrined in the Bill of Rights as well as the Fourth and Fifth amendments of the Constitution—will be decided in the next few months in the courts. If the courts fail us, a gulag state will be cemented into place…
via Chris Hedges | The Final Battle.
Originally posted on DaddyBear's Den:
The BATFE has proposed the reclassification of rifle ammunition that can be shot out of guns like the Thompson-Center Contender and regulate it like pistol ammunition. What that means to us is that rifle ammunition that they would consider “armor piercing” would become more tightly regulated, which is my euphemism for “impossible to get”. This would include the inexpensive surplus and Eastern European ammunition we use for plinking. It will also restrict full metal jacket rifle ammunition, which is the bread and butter of anyone who enjoys precision shooting.
Please reach out to the BATFE and tell them that you disagree with these proposed regulations. Be respectful, but be firm. If we’re going to fight gun control in the legislature and the courts, we have to fight unreasonable regulation of the ammunition for those guns.
Addition – I forgot to mention that the window for comments closes on December 31…
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UPDATE 3: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names – Contact & Home Address info for Janet Hasson, President & Publisher, LOHUD.com
President & Publisher,
Journal News Media Group, is reported to dwell at 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543, and with a home or work telephone number of (914) 694-5204 and / or -5203. Janet reportedly takes her email at email@example.com
UPDATE 2: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names – Contact & Home Address info for CynDee Royle / Cynthia R. Lambert, Editor & VP, LOHUD.com
The editors of the Gannett Newspaper site LOHUD.com seem to cherish public disclosure of all sorts of information so much, that we are proud to stand with them by publishing the reported home address of their intrepid, fearless and disclosure-devoted Editor and Vice President – Mrs. Cynthia”CynDee” R. Lambert (nee Royle.) 17 Mcbride Ave., White Plains, NY 10603.
Her home telephone number is given as (914) 948-9388, work is given as (914) 694-5001
Email here at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Lambert, readers of this site will recall, was kind enough to publish the names and home addresses of many handgun permittees in Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York. Here’s looking at you sir!!
Here is her nifty little red convertible:
Here is an oblique aerial of her neighborhood. I am unsure if there are any guns there or nearby, but I might check the LOHUD.com database….
This is reportedly a photo of CynDee and some other people. I am unsure if any of these people have firearms permits. Perhaps CynDee knows.
Here’s looking at you CynDee!
hattip to: For What it’s Worth blog who originally posted much of this info
UPDATE 1: NY Paper Publishes Legal Gun Permit Holders Names – Home address of Gannett columnist Dwight R. Worley
The editors of the Gannett Newspaper site LOHUD.com seem to cherish public disclosure of all sorts of information so much, that we are proud to stand with them by publishing the reported home address of their investigative, muckraking columnist and staff member Dwight R. Worley, 230-6, 139th Ave., Springfield Gardens, NY.
Further his telephone number is given as (718) 527-0832, and you should feel free to email Dwight at dworley@ lohud.com
Mr. Worley, readers of this site will recall, was kind enough to publish the names and home addresses of many handgun permittees in Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York. Here’s looking at you sir!!
…December 23rd 2012 a New York Newspaper Printed the names and addresses of every Licensed Pistol Permit holder in two Counties [poster's note: Rockland and Westchester] and another County is being posted shortly! This is a massive privacy breach and the latest in a series of over the top emotional reactions to the latest shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook CT meant to intimidate the lawful and prey on peoples fears to exploit the gun grabbing agenda.
In an article title “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood” the paper linked to an interactive map titled: “Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?” where you can search neighborhoods to see who received a legal permit to own a hand gun license listed by name and address…
… So reports a press release from last week; note these details:
A Justice Department study found the Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decline in total gun murders. However, since the 2004 expiration of the bill, assault weapons have been used in at least 459 incidents, resulting in 385 deaths and 455 injuries.
1. The study that Sen. Feinstein is apparently referring to did seem to find that states in which an assault weapon ban was first introduced (but that lacked certain other confounding factors) “were 6.7 percent below the projection” of what the gun murder rate would be without the assault weapons ban. But in the very next sentence, the study says, “Random, year-to-year fluctuations could not be ruled out as an explanation of the 6.7-percent drop,” and later says, “The public safety benefits of the 1994 ban have not yet been demonstrated.” Read more…
How many of those calling for gun control have ever killed another living thing?
I mean up close and personal. Not eating a hamburger that was in a package in the store, or grilling some chicken breasts that were all nicely-packaged in cellophane?
And I’m not talking about smashing a mosquito, spraying a hornet’s nest with wasp spray or similar or taking a shovel to a rattlesnake in the back yard either. Read more…
Note: This article was written by Daisy Luther and originally published at The Organic Prepper.
Last week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”.
My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of people felt compelled to leave angry and rather ignorant comments on my website. I got messages from people that called me “batshit crazy”, messages from gun control advocates, messages from people who directly blamed me and all other preppers for the massacre, and even one particularly hate-filled email from a person who said “I hope that your kids are killed at the next school shooting.”All of this leads me to reconfirm my belief that people sincerely do not understand why we do what we do, and that ignorance leads to fear.
People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer. — Andrew Smith…
…With a big city politician in the White House, for the first time in a long time, the progressive impulse to extend that total net of control over everything and everyone seems to have come together. The old urban muckrakers became sociologists and community activists and then community organizers all over again in the great circle of rich kid busybodying. They are still looking for the worst possible examples of human behavior to justify total crackdowns on everything and everyone… via Sultan Knish
…We’ve seen this before. Activists stampeded the Gun Control Act of 1968 through Congress after a series of political assassinations. Advertised as their full and final demand, it was in fact a mere tactic in a string of Hegelian maneuvers. Similar stampedes got us the Patriot Act after 9/11 and the bailouts. Again, as in 1968, anti-gun partisans ask us to believe fear and outrage is a sufficient argument for whatever restrictions they care to imagine. And once more they’re throwing feces and calling their own tantrum a “tipping point” and a “watershed”. Whether the will of the people will be set aside again remains to be seen…. via ol remus and the woodpile report.
Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:
” If you want to get a taste of how a state treats citizens who refuse to submit to big government tyranny yet who are completely disarmed, look no further than China itself.
As we reported earlier this year, a villager in northern China attempting to resist a forced government relocation by remaining on his land was brutally crushed to death by a road flattening truck on the orders of a Chinese government official.
China is routinely rocked by riots staged by residents furious at the arbitrary theft of their land by the state, which under the Communist system claims that the government owns all land and that private property rights are non-existent. However, the state-owned media ensures that news of the protests does not reach a national audience.
Since the state has all the guns, the idea…
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Originally posted on DaddyBear's Den:
- To Piers Morgan, talk show host on the biggest failing news network on the planet, bite me. Anencephalic prats like you are the reason we had so much unpleasantness in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and are also why my Irish ancestors preferred poverty in Massachusetts to middle class in Ireland.
- To Governor Mario Cuomo of New York, who has proposed firearm confiscation, bring it. In fact, I wish you luck. In the unlikely event that you can get your state legislature to commit suicide, political or otherwise, you’re going to have a hard time finding National Guard and police personnel willing to carry it out.
- To Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, I suggest hydrogen peroxide to get all that blood out of your socks now that you’ve been dancing in it for a week.
- To Wayne LaPierre of the NRA – really? Creation of an entire class of…
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Originally posted on Spec Bowers:
Last night I read a fascinating article by an extremely well informed guy. He has been a Concealed Weapon instructor, worked extensively with military and law enforcement, and studied “the heck out of actual events”. He has “heard every argument relating to gun control possible.”
Here are some extracts from a long, thorough article:
“The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.”
“Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. … in some cases that means the bad guys can have ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes to do horrible things with nobody effectively fighting…
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Originally posted on Caveat Lector:
I have to say, this is getting harder and harder to refute.
This is probably the most informative article I’ve yet read on the Newtown shooting. It is brought to us by none other than the Wall Street Journal. I encourage everyone to read it, then read it again, and then forward it to people you know.
As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I’m generally a left-leaning moderate (or at least that’s what I aspire to). I began, one week ago, on the left-leaning side of this issue. Though I’ve never been in favor of much harsher gun laws, the idea of more guns in that school seemed, at first blush, preposterous. But I’m having a hard time even holding the line on that. Though some of their rhetoric can be pretty batty (see Wayne Lapierre’s long-winded statement today at the world’s most bizarre press conference), and…
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Originally posted on END TIME HEADLINES:
Researchers report for the first time the seroprevalence of three strains of avian influenza viruses in pigs in southern China, but not the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Their research, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, has implications for efforts to protect the public health from pandemics.
Influenza A virus is responsible both for pandemics that have killed millions worldwide, and for the much less severe annual outbreaks of influenza. Because pigs can be infected with both human and avian influenza viruses, they are thought to serve as “mixing vessels” for genetic reassortment that could lead to pandemics, and pigs have been infected experimentally by all avian H1-H13 subtypes. But natural transmission of avian influenza to pigs has been documented only rarely.
In the study, from 2010-2012, Guihong Zhang and colleagues of the College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China…
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“…Please bathe us in radiation to protect us from men in caves…”
“Please conjure infinite money out of thin air to protect us from bank failure…”
And now it seems to be “Please disarm the population to protect us from crazed killers…”
Each time this happens, national dialogue comes to a screeching halt. There is no debate over policy, and any dissent is branded as unpatriotic and disloyal….
Originally posted on SlowFacts:
466 shot in Chicago during 2012 while Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country.
This is what the MSM trumpets as a solution for the rest of us. The almost four million people in Connecicut have relatively few gun murders. The almost three million people in Chicago have many gun murders. That is why we should make Connecticut adopt Chicago’s gun laws.
Huh? That is stuck on stupid! Every life is precious. Every murder is a tragedy. We love our children too much to turn Connecticut into Chicago. That is why we do not want to make things worse with bad laws.
Originally posted on Wintery Knight:
Oh, here’s a story from the Philadelphia Daily News that won’t get national media attention and crocodile tears from Obama.
A 17-year-old learned the hard way that breaking into houses is a pretty bad idea after police say a woman he attempted to stab during a home-invasion in Northeast Philadelphia shot him early Saturday morning.
Cops said the teen was one of about 10 men who kicked in the door of a house on Greenmount Road near Millbrook shortly after midnight Saturday and started fighting with two men, ages 26 and 42, who were inside. During that fight, one of the thugs threw a 40-ounce beer bottle and hit a 49-year-old woman who was also in the house at the time in the stomach.
Police said the 17-year-old who was shot during the melee went after that woman with a knife, so she pulled out a gun and shot…
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Originally posted on Flyover-Press.com:
Thanks to the fabricated “rights” movements (from feminists to fags to animals), there are no more “men.” Only women. Due solely to the mathematical machinations of the X and Y chromosomes, half of us have a penis. — jtl, 419|
Via The Economic Collapse Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:09 PM PST
When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words. We have raised an entire generation of young males that don’t know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost. Sometimes they feel so lost that they “snap” in very destructive ways. Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two names that come to mind. Why is it that mass murderers are almost always…
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Mark Levin: Did you notice Obama didn’t mention Fort Hood as a massacre at Sandy Hook vigil? Here’s why…
Originally posted on Cummings America:
“But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.”
” ... Taking into account that most physical violence is male-driven, it’s clear that “the transition from boy to man is a risky endeavor,” says Erika Christakis at TIME, “and there can be a lot of collateral damage.” So what’s to be done?
Charles and Kennedy-Kollar note that “the positive presence of a father in the life of a son constructing his hegemonic masculinity identity is a key means of preventing the emotional problems that trigger male violence.”... In addition, educators and officials probably need to view mass murders not as random events, but as stemming from a common cause. “Our refusal to talk about violence as a public-health problem with known or knowable risk factors keeps us from helping the young men who were at most risk,” says Christakis, “and, of course, their potential victims.” via Business Insider.
Your Cellphone Is Spying on You: How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology | Reason.com
…There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions—about 20 million more than there are residents—in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult Americans carry at least one phone. The phones communicate via a nationwide network of nearly 300,000 cell towers and 600,000 micro sites, which perform the same function as towers. When they are turned on, they ping these nodes once every seven seconds or so, registering their locations, usually within a radius of 150 feet. By 2018 new Federal Communications Commission regulations will require that cellphone location information be even more precise: within 50 feet. Newer cellphones also are equipped with GPS technology, which uses satellites to locate the user more precisely than tower signals can. Cellphone companies retain location data for at least a year. AT&T has information going all the way back to 2008. Read more…
…You wouldn’t blame a dog for overeating; you blame the owners for overfeeding him. Nor do you blame a dog for biting a neighbor. You might punish him, but the punishment is training, not a recognition of authentic responsibility on the part of the canine. And the way that you think of a dog, is the way that the left thinks of you. When you misbehave, the left looks around for your owner.
The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been “liberated” to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses… via Sultan Knish
…Again, none of this is to say that any of these measures, individually or in concert, would necessarily prevent another Sandy Hook. There will always be psychopaths who figure out ways to kill people. But it is to say that there are gun-control options that either make it harder to pull off a mass-casualty shooting or can mitigate its effects, short of the unrealistic demand that Americans surrender their hundreds of millions of guns. If we’re willing to discuss them, that is.... via Danger Room | Wired.com.
Originally posted on Cummings America:
Now, Mr. Holder, would that be black guns or white guns?
Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:
” The finger of blame for Friday’s Sandy Hook school massacre has been firmly pointed at gun owners since the very first moments after the tragedy became public, but an additional scapegoat has now been identified – preppers.
“The mother of Adam Lanza, the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults in one of America’s worst ever school massacres, was a “survivalist” preparing for economic and social collapse, it has emerged,” reports the London Independent.
Lanza used three of his mother’s guns to carry out the shooting. Marsha Lanza underwent rigorous background checks and waiting periods before she was allowed to purchase the firearms.
It is now being implied that because Marsha Lanza was “self-reliant,” had readied herself for an “economic collapse,” and was proficient with firearms, that this rubbed off on her son and was a…
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