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  • The Trump Campaign Says Exploiting Hacked Emails Is Free Speech [BARF}

    10/10/2018 10:12:06 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/10/2018 | Natasha Bertrand
    In a motion to dismiss a new lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign team of illegally conspiring with Russian agents to disseminate stolen emails during the election, Trump campaign lawyers have tried out a new defense: free speech. The lawsuit, filed last month by two donors and one former employee of the Democratic National Committee, alleges that the Trump campaign, along with former Trump adviser Roger Stone, worked with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked DNC emails, thereby violating their privacy. But the Trump campaign—represented by Jeffrey Baltruzak, Michael A. Carvin, Nikki L. McArthur, and Vivek Suri, all of the...
  • Attorneys On What the Kennedy Supreme Court Retirement Means for Gun Owners

    06/29/2018 10:49:15 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 06/29/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    The frustration for 2A supporters of late has been “why won’t the Court take any 2A cases to enforce Heller?” The short answer has been that the Court was in a classic Mexican standoff, with four justices (Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch) being strongly pro-2A and four (Ginsburg, Breyer, Karen, and Sotomayor) prepared to gut Heller . . . and a notoriously unpredictable Anthony Kennedy with the swing vote. Neither side could be sure which way he’d go, and thus neither side wanted to risk losing. And so lower courts learned that they could defy Heller with impunity. Assuming that...
  • The Best Explanation for Our Spate of Mass Shootings Is the Least Comforting

    05/21/2018 9:33:48 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 67 replies
    National Revies ^ | 5/18/2018 | David French
    On another terrible day, I hate to introduce even more pessimism, but when we discuss mass shootings, one of the first questions we ask is the simplest and also the hardest to answer. Why? Why does this keep happening? Those who advocate for gun control have an immediate answer — the prevalence of guns in the United States. Yet guns have been part of the fabric of American life for the entire history of our republic. Mass shootings — especially the most deadly mass shootings — are a far more recent phenomenon. But Granovetter thought it was a mistake to...
  • Are There Any Adults Left in Washington, D.C.?

    04/25/2018 11:32:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2018 | Brian C. Joondeph
    As America approaches her 250th birthday, her instruction manual, the U.S. Constitution, is under assault as never before. The First Amendment is under attack by campus speech police and social media, censoring and deciding which political statements are welcomed and which are verboten. The Second Amendment is threatened by leftist elitists happy to ban guns for the law-abiding as long as they can have armed guards protecting themselves and their families from the criminals who don't give a whit about whatever gun laws the left proposes. It's not only the Bill of Rights under assault, but also Article Two of...
  • What would Patrick Henry's opinion of the Incorporation Doctrine be?

    04/07/2018 10:49:08 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Founding Father Patrick Henry famously proclaimed "I smell a rat!" What did it smell like? What was that rat's name? What was the rat's color: brown or grey? What was the rat's purpose? The rat's purpose really is the only important question here. I asked the other questions mainly in jest. Welcome to the 6th and final posting in this series examining the claims that progressives make in regard to Marbury vs Madison. In parts 1 through 5, I mainly examined some of the inconsistencies relating to the progressives' claims. Here in part 6 I highlight where the problem actually...
  • Is the Second Amendment for Just the Militia?

    04/05/2018 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies
    American ^ | April 5, 2018 | William Sullivan
    Let's begin with the simplest of observations.  Our United States Constitution serves two distinct purposes.  The first is to explicitly enumerate the powers and procedures of our nation's central government, which was defined as the three distinct bodies (which, by the way, two thirds of the high school students currently lecturing us about the Second Amendment cannot name) – the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial, with levels of authority descending in that precise order. The second is to explicitly enumerate the limitations of that central government's power, which is the sole reason why our Bill of Rights exists.  The Constitution would...
  • The Bill of Rights and the Failure of Education

    04/04/2018 6:04:08 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 4, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What have we learned, in the weeks since the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland, Florida? We have seen the same well-intentioned but utterly misguided efforts that we always see after such horrors: a focus on banning one weapon out of many, as if that would make a difference, while closing our eyes to the real perpetrators and the actual causes of vulnerability. But we are used to that. What we are unused to, however, is the removal of the façade that for so long as hidden the Left’s efforts at the banning, and even outright confiscation, of firearms from law-abiding...
  • What is the purpose of a bill of rights anyways? To expand government? Or to limit it?

    04/04/2018 5:20:51 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 22 replies
    In parts 1 through 4 of this series (Scroll to the bottom for more detail about the parts) I have been examining progressivism and its relation (or lack therof) to the 1803 court ruling Marbury vs Madison. Here in part 5, I just want to ask two questions. First, what is the purpose of a bill of rights? We could be talking about the Bill of Rights of the Federal Constitution, or the Bill of Rights that exists in your State constitution. It doesn't matter really, where that bill of rights happens to exist. What is it for: Is it...
  • You Can Try to Repeal the Second Amendment, But You Can't Repeal History

    03/30/2018 8:08:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | March 30, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    This week, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that advocated a position most liberal pundits and activists have been incrementally working toward for a long time: repealing the Second Amendment. And while many liberal columnists argued that Stevens had only given fodder to gun advocates -- because his position is unfeasible right now -- not one whose piece I read argued that Stevens was wrong on the merits. Not one claimed that American citizens do, in fact, have an inherent individual right to protect themselves with firearms. Whether repeal of the...
  • ‘First They Nudge . . . Then They Shove . . . Then They Shoot’

    08/05/2013 8:30:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | August 5, 2013 | Common Constitutionalist
    Rush Limbaugh says Obama's “Nudge Squad” is designed to promote certain behavior. I'm sure he just misspoke. The Nudgers themselves admit they are attempting to do much more than just promote. Government can and already does produce commercials that merely promote an agenda. No, the “Nudge Squad” is not a promotional group. These “behavioral scientists” are charged with steering us into making the “correct” decisions.And who gets to determine what’s the correct decision? Why, the administration. They are the arbiters of right and wrong, good and bad behavior.Do you recall the statement by Bill Clinton, circa 1999? Thanks to the...
  • Rand Paul denounces 'disgraceful' ex-CIA chief Brennan over anti-Trump tirade

    03/18/2018 10:01:25 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18 2018 | Joseph Weber
    Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday blasted former CIA Director John Brennan for suggesting that President Trump will be remembered as a “disgraced demagogue,” saying that Brennan spying on Americans while running the agency was disgraceful. “This man had the power to search every American’s records without a warrant,” Paul tweeted Sunday. “What’s disgraceful is attacking the Bill of Rights and the freedom of every American.”
  • The Zombie Amendments To The Constitution You've Probably Never Heard Of

    03/11/2018 6:03:22 AM PDT · by Fzob · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | March 10, 2018 | Ron Elving
    The first 10 changes to the Constitution were easy. Since then, it has been an uphill battle every time, and some of those battles are, at least technically, still undecided. We are speaking of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and those first 10 are, of course, better known as the Bill of Rights. They provide some of the most important guarantees of freedom associated with the U.S. Constitution — even though they were added years after the Constitution was first written in the summer of 1787. It wasn't that the framers of the Constitution didn't believe in freedom of...
  • Our Constitution: History’s Guide to Free Government

    03/05/2018 1:54:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | March 5th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Continuing the March of Folly. The eight Obama years felt something like a sequel to Barbara Tuchman’s The March of Folly. Didn’t you scream inside every time he usurped or ignored the law and congress did nothing about it? His election and reelection lent credence to the sorry fact that nations often disregard the lessons of history. This wasn’t so with our Framing generation. From history’s offerings they embraced the good and shunned the bad. By a large measure our Constitution is a compilation of dos and don’ts, of lessons learned from England’s Stuart Age (1603-1714). Without a written...
  • Indiana lawmaker drafts bill that would require journalists to be licensed by state police

    10/14/2017 6:47:23 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 35 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 10-12-17 | FOX59
    Lucas, from Seymour, has been critical of the media’s coverage of his efforts to repeal a state law that requires a permit to carry a handgun. He has stated reporters, columnists and editorial boards mischaracterize his idea, which is sometimes referred to as “constitutional carry.” “If I was as irresponsible with my handgun as the media has been with their keyboard, I’d probably be in jail,” Lucas said. The proposal would require professional journalists to submit an application with Indiana State Police. They would be fingerprinted and would have to pay $75 for a lifetime license. If journalists have been...
  • Our Constitution: “Living, Breathing” or a Standard of Liberty?

    10/04/2017 8:45:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/4/17 | KrisAnne Hall
    When a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government had been created by he and the other gathered founders, Franklin famously replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” One key to keeping that Republic exists in understanding how the Constitution was designed to function. The Constitution of these United States is not arbitrary. It is a document of standards established to keep the GOVERNMENT from becoming arbitrary. These standards were not invented by the men who created the document. These standards were axiomatic truths that had proven themselves for over a millennium. Many of these truths can be...
  • Is the Bill of Rights Hateful?

    09/26/2017 8:20:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 25, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    About a decade and a half ago, our friend David Horowitz proposed an academic bill of rights for students but back then collegians were a bit more familiar with the original. A recent Brookings Institution survey, for example, found that 44 percent of students believed so-called "hate speech" is not protected by the first amendment while another 16 percent answered "don’t know." Similarly, according to the Brookings web survey, 51 percent of students thought it was okay to shout down a speaker. As you might expect, the study drew detractors from academe. "I must say that from the start I...
  • If You Feel Like Your First Amendment Rights Are Being Trampled On, This Could Be Why(poll results)

    09/13/2017 5:54:36 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 21 replies
    RedState ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jon Street
    If you feel like your First Amendment rights as an American are being trampled on, it might be because a staggering number of people don’t know what they are. According to a recent survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a mind-boggling 37 percent of respondents either didn’t know or couldn’t name any of the five First Amendment rights guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution: speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. The survey was conducted August 9-13 among a group of 1,013 U.S. adults who were 18 years old and older. Respondents were from...
  • Vanity: Freeper ideas on decorating kids rooms for patriotic/religious/educational

    08/15/2017 10:25:43 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    15 AUG 17 | dcbryan1
    Wife unit and I just completed painting our childrens rooms. Theme should be between K-3 , boy and girl. What posters/themes centered on education and religion would you put in their room? Below is a small list I have brainstormed, and I am interested in things that just ARENT taught as much anymore or not emphasized enough. When I was growing up my room was filled with posters to keep my mind going......most were hand made by mom. I'm sure there are nice ones that homeschoolers and teachers use that maybe I'm not thinking of. Thanks! FReegards!
  • Let’s Study the Constitution, Part 9

    08/05/2017 12:21:12 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/5/17 | Susan Frickey
    The Ninth Amendment, also known as the “silent” Amendment, says “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” What does this mean? What makes the Ninth Amendment unique is that it guarantees protection of all our rights even though they may not be specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Just because the document is silent on some natural rights does not mean they do not exist. The Ninth Amendment closes the loophole. James Madison was concerned that any attempt to enumerate fundamental liberties would be incomplete and might...
  • Frum (Religious) Mom of 6 Thrown in Jail

    07/11/2017 1:31:57 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 16 replies - Chabad Online ^ | 7/11/17 | COL Staff
    An Orthodox Jewish mother of six who was barred from speaking with her own children because she insisted on raising them in a religious home has been thrown in jail because she lacked the financial means to reimburse her wealthy ex-husband $10,000 in court costs as order by an Ohio judge. Julie Goffstein and her husband Peter Goffstein had been raising their boys as members of the Chabad community in Cincinnati when Peter Goffstein decided that he no longer wanted to live a religious lifestyle. Given an ultimatum of choosing between her religion and her marriage, Julie chose to continue...