Here’s Why the NRA Won and Gabby Giffords and Mike Bloomberg Lost | Mother Jones

And as a partial counterpoint to the WSJ article on the same subject, I post this for your consideration.  In a nutshell, the progressives at Mother Jones see gun supporters in the same bile-green light of disgust and noblesse oblige as they have always.   Mother’s view of the NRA, however, as some disembodied corporate entity unrelated to the will (and money) of a large number of American patriots is logically dissonant.  I.e.:

Money, a tragic moment, and public support do not equal political power

Mother Jones —By | Thu Apr. 18, 2013 1:45 PM PDT

On NBC’s Meet the Press last month, National Rifle Association honcho Wayne LaPierre, the face of the American gun lobby, delivered this message to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg: “He’s going to find out that this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people, and he can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public. He can’t buy America.” The day before, Bloomberg had announced that he would spend $12 million of his own money on an ad blitz pressing members of Congress to pass new legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases. LaPierre went on national television to tell the mayor that all those millions wouldn’t make the difference in the fight in Congress over new gun laws.

Guess what? LaPierre was right… Continue reading

Senate Panel: Homeland Security Data Centers Mainly Terrorize Citizens | DailyTech

Report finds that while the centers may lead to civil liberties violations, they don’t do much to catch terrorists

In a new 146-page report released by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, a bipartisan panel of senators calls into question the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) claims that so-called “Fusion” data centers have successfully been employed to stop terrorists. Continue reading

URGENT: Obama Will Sign Gun Control / UN Arms Trade Treaty on July 27 2012 | Dick Morris

Bill empowers IRS to take your guns | American Vision News

The collection agency for the Federal Reserve known as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working with legislators to gain control over the rights of Americans.  Without the right to due process, the IRS can simply claim a citizen owes $50,000 dollars or more to their illegal operation.  This accusation alone will give their agency the right to revoke American’s travel rights and even remove the right to own a firearm…. via American Vision News.

Outrage of the Day – NDAA 2012 | Ol remus and the woodpile report

Outrage of the day.   The lights are going out all over America. The House and Senate have passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Sections 1031, 1032 and 1034 of which allow the arrest of U.S. citizens by the armed forces, without laying charges, without evidence or legal representation, with indefinite detention. The Senate passed it 93 to 7 as S. 1867art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only.gif. The House passed it 283 to 136 as H.R.1540art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only.gif. Those who pose as our representatives have committed yet another egregious act of betrayal, and as is becoming routine, the Senate did it largely behind closed doors. Mr. Altenhofel summarizes it this way:

No due process or evidence required—just a unilateral accusation that you may be involved in or supporting terrorism. Part of the DOJ/FBI criteria for being a terrorist is having at least one of the following traits: large amounts of ammunition, more than a week’s worth of food, a finger that is damaged or missing, etc. Brian Altenhofel, altenhofel.com/blog

These are the same powers Beria’s NKVD and Himmler’s Gestapo employed. Both relied on anonymous tips and extrajudicial proceedings—no evidence, no trial, no accountability, the populace was merely violated and terrorized as a sort of perpetual preemptive strike. Now the entirety of America is declared to be a wartime battlefield and the enemy has been identified. Even if we were to believe DC’s intentions are honorable, or that the stated bounds will respected, or that there are no secret provisions, or that state and local police won’t be federalized outright—even if we believed all this, it’s an open-ended enabling act without so much as a sunset clause. And there’s another dimension, a truly malignant dimension, one which alarms every student of history, one which humiliates every parent and every veteran, perhaps intentionally:

This would violate not only the spirit of the post-Reconstruction act limiting the use of the armed forces for domestic law enforcement but also our trust with service members, who enlist believing that they will never be asked to turn their weapons on fellow Americans. US Marine Generals (Retired) Krulak and Hoar, nytimes.com

DC should pause in their dismantling of the Constitution long enough to consider, it protects us equally from each other, governance and governed. One part can’t be obviated without deligitimizing the entirety of it. Put another way, just because the hole is in the back of the boat doesn’t mean the front won’t sink with it. Should DC believe itself comfortably and decisively distanced from the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, to which the Consitution is pendant, plainly put the obligation of free men. Incarceration without warrant or redress is kidnapping, no light and transient cause. We’re a ways yet from appointing new guardians of liberty, and may it remain so, but with state sanctioned vigilantism and summary justice in the offing the notion seems less remote. DC should have a care, they’ve not yet seen a genuine civil rights movement.

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. Ayn Rand

via ol remus and the woodpile report.

The entire United States is now a war zone: S.1867 passes the Senate with massive support | Activist Post

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer | Activist Post

“This is one of the most tragic events I have written about since establishing End the Lie over eight months ago: the horrendous bill that would turn all of America into a battlefield and subject American citizens to indefinite military detention without charge or trial has passed the Senate.

To make matters even worse, only seven of our so-called representatives voted against the bill, proving once and for all if anyone had any doubt remaining that our government does not work for us in any way, shape, or form.S.1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for the fiscal year of 2012, passed with a resounding 93-7 vote....”

[Please thank your Senators for this advance of the police state and loss of your Constitutionally- enshrouded God-given rights]  via Activist Post: The entire United States is now a war zone: S.1867 passes the Senate with massive support.

And, see here: Do Not Be Deceived: S. 1867 is the Most Dangerous Bill Since the Patriot Act via IntelHub