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  • Get ready for new face of gun owners(FL)

    04/29/2012 6:33:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 29 April, 2012 | John Romano
    They stood side by side, staring intently at the iced tea jugs resting on the ground in front of them. The teacher. The widow. The student, the homemaker and the businesswoman. It is a Saturday afternoon, and they are among more than two dozen people who have paid $50 to be here. To watch videos, listen to instructors and feel safer than before. For just a few moments, it is virtually silent. And then comes an explosion of thunder as they begin raising pistols and blasting away at the doomed jugs before them. • • • Chances are, someone in...
  • Open Carrying of Firearms(MO)

    04/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    emissourian.com ^ | 28 April, 2012 | NA
    The Washington City Council is considering a ban on open carry of firearms. Police Chief Ken Hahn has asked the council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying a firearm in the city. There is no need for anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or the military, to openly carry a firearm in the city. We do have in Missouri a law that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon as long as a permit is obtained. To obtain a permit, the process includes a degree of training in the use of the firearm. The...
  • Texas Hunters Can Now Use Silencers On Their Firearm

    04/29/2012 6:13:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    the33tv.com ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Daniel Novick
    DALLAS— It is now legal in Texas to use a silencer on your firearm while hunting, after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules in late March. The main goal of a silencer is a pretty simple one: Hearing protection. "Anything over 140 decibels is by OSHA standards is too loud for the human ear, and most gunfire is over 160 decibels," said Joshua Waldron, CEO for Silencerco, a silencer manufacturing company. Silencers, legal in 39 states including Texas, are becoming more popular. The concept of hunters having silencers however has drawn some controversy. Some said having silencers...
  • Police Chiefs Focus on Disparities in Gun Violence, With an Eye Toward Solutions

    04/29/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 apr 2012 | ERICA GOODE
    WASHINGTON — In a single week last April, 3 people were killed with guns in Philadelphia, 14 more were shot and wounded, 68 robberies were carried out at gunpoint and a total of 144 crimes involving firearms were reported. During that same week in San Diego, a city of roughly the same size with far fewer police officers, there were no gun-related homicides, 2 people wounded by gunshots, 4 robberies committed at gunpoint and a total of only 20 gun-related crimes.
  • Crime and Courts: Television, 'preppers,' among factors driving gun boom (barf alert)

    04/29/2012 5:06:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 29 apr 2012 | Steven Elbow
    So the state has just passed the 100,000 concealed carry permit threshold. Does that mean people are buying more handguns? You betcha. And then some. Sure, a lot of the people applying for concealed carry permits already have guns. But the state Justice Department has seen record numbers of applications for background checks for gun buys, which hit 14,842 in February, the last month for which the agency supplied data. That’s more than double the 6,314 background checks in February 2011, which was up from the 4,994 background checks in 2010. The state’s new concealed carry law may account for...
  • Arizona v. United States: Reading the Tea Leaves of Oral Argument

    04/29/2012 1:38:22 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2012 | Herbert W. Titus and WIlliam J. Olson
    The issue arose early in the oral argument, even before the solicitor general could make his claim of exclusivity. Justice Scalia kicked off, asking Mr. Clement whether he would concede "that the State has to accept within its borders all people who have no right to be there, that the Federal Government has no interest in removing ... and the State has no power to close its borders to people who have no right to be there." This time Mr. Clement answered: "I think my answer to that is no." But he did not back up his answer with either...
  • Margie Omero’s Open Letter to Pollsters Seeks to Control Gun Control Debate

    04/28/2012 6:25:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Rober Farago
    Margie Omero [above] is a Democratic pollster and president of Momentum Analysis. She’s well-up on the dark art of creating a poll that delivers the results her client seeks. And Marge is pissed off that her competitors keep publishing poll results which show that most Americans don’t support gun control. So the Big O has written an open letter for the Huffington Post exhorting her colleagues to go all George Orwell and literally change the “terms” of the “gun control debate.” It’s a clever piece of writing that educates by example; ceding the right to keep (but not bear) arms...
  • Tea Party Battles GOP Establishment In Texas Senate Race

    04/28/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    Enter the Texas Tea Party's favorite GOP Senate candidate, Ted Cruz. "These bureaucracies," Cruz recently e-mailed me, "must be reined in. Instead of allowing the people to participate in the democratic process, the bureaucrats create the rule and then declare that it will benefit society, sidestepping the constitutional legislative process. That's why we must re-establish the proper role of the federal government. To do that, we need new leadership in the U.S. Senate." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/04/tea_party_battles_gop_establishment_in_texas_senate_race.html#ixzz1tO4cHCNG
  • Conservative Candidate Fights RINOs in NC 13th District Primary

    04/28/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT · by Mustachistan · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/28/12 | Rich Stowell
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2012—In the 2010 midterms, voters sent two black Republicans to the House. Allen West (FL-22) and Tim Scott (SC-01) were the only two of a field of 32 to make it, and are currently the only African American Republicans in Congress. Bill Randall was in the field with West and Scott, and is coming back for a second try this year in North Carolina's 13th district. "The district has been redrawn, and now it is more favorable for a Republican," Randall said in an exclusive interview with the Washington Times Communities. North Carolina holds its primary on...
  • Bill Clinton to appear at fund-raiser with Obama on Sunday

    04/28/2012 3:51:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will appear Sunday alongside President Barack Obama at a fund-raiser for Obama's re-election effort, a campaign official told CNN. The fund-raiser will take place in Virginia at the home of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. More than 500 supporters will attend a reception with the two presidents, and 80 will attend a dinner at the house, the campaign official said. Tickets for the reception started at $1,000 a person and tickets for the dinner were $20,000 a person.
  • Barack Obama 'Making History' Again

    04/28/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    America has had 43 presidents, but only a handful of them are considered truly great. First, of course, is the humble general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington, and certainly right behind him is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and whose actions led to the abolition of slavery. Then there was foundational figurehead Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and doubled the size of the country; a surprising wartime leader named Harry Truman whose bold decision brought the end of WWII; and the incomparable Ronald Reagan, communism-buster and Cold War victor. Now, after just three...
  • N.H. gun law has controversial loophole(uber barf alert)

    04/28/2012 11:53:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    seacoastonline.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Michael McCord
    According to New Hampshire law enforcement officials, Brittany Tibbetts bought a Ruger .357 revolver at a gun show in Manchester during the weekend of Jan. 14-15. Three months later, the weapon was one of two handguns recovered by police in the home of Cullen Mutrie following the April 12 shooting death of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and the wounding of four other officers. Investigators have said Mutrie shot the officers and killed Tibbetts before taking his own life. Associate Attorney General Jane Young didn't say how officials discovered Tibbetts purchased the weapon at that gun show or whether the...
  • MMfA's Response to 'Fast and Furious' Plays Fast and Loose with Facts

    04/28/2012 8:34:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Mary Chastain
    The Department of Justice reportedly referred a journalist to this story by Media Matters for America, "Fast And Fallacious: Pavlich's Book On ATF Operation Filled With Falsehoods." The "research," presumably written by Matthew Gertz (M.G.), claims Katie Pavlich’s book, Fast & Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up, is filled with false claims. MMfA argues Ms. Pavlich played up the importance of Holder’s briefings, citing Mr. Holder's testimony that none of the memos say anything about "unacceptable tactics employed b ATF"--only "short summaries of matters that the agencies deem of interest that week." But look at Appendix 20...
  • Ted’s Own Words On “The Alaska Incident”

    04/28/2012 8:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    handgunsmag.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Bart Skelton
    If you haven’t heard all the recent chatter about Ted Nugent, you’re likely living in a hovel in the far reaches of Siberia. As a result of his highly outspoken views in support of freedom, the Second Amendment, and the American way of life in general, Ted has been persecuted by many. I have a number of things in common with Ted, as many of us do. I love music, guitars, and firearms, especially the 10mm automatic – Ted’s all-time favorite pistol cartridge. I caught up with Ted at his Mescalero, New Mexico concert the other night and had the...
  • 8 Ways the Media Doesn’t Understand Gun Owners

    04/28/2012 8:01:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Kyle Wintersteen
    This is a dire situation: I have three anti-gun media hit pieces left to read, and I’m down to my last antacid. I normally ration them, but that last story was a real doozy. Why endure such torture? If you can grasp the mindset of someone who fears gun ownership—who doesn’t even trust himself with the right, let alone you—you’ll be better equipped to articulate your point of view. The more we’re familiar with the other side’s argument, misguided as it may be, the better equipped we are to defeat it. I’ve learned something through this approach: Big Media does...
  • Feinstein continues to misrepresent Mexican gun tracing numbers

    04/28/2012 7:44:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    “New ATF Data Proves Overwhelming Majority of Guns Recovered in Mexico Come from U.S.,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., claimed yesterday in a press release. “Between 2007-2011, 68.5 percent of recovered weapons were of U.S. origin; more must be done to stop firearms trafficking to Mexico,” she declared. The senator is referring to data disclosed in yesterday’s “roundtable” hosted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), held with credentialed members of the media “to discuss firearms trace data from the Government of Mexico.” This column predicted yesterday that “What we will no doubt hear the loudest after the...
  • Rubio, Amnesty and Article II

    04/28/2012 7:40:56 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 119 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/28/2012 | JB Williams
    I realize that many Tea Party folks have fallen for leftist tricks aimed at keeping the current Article II constitutional crisis off the campaign table, but just how far are they willing to fall in the name of political agendas? Real “constitutionalists” are as concerned about Article II as they are any other constitutional text, maybe even more so since the current Muslim-n-Chief is a one-man constitutional crisis of monumental proportions. Faux “constitutionalists” are those who cherry-pick which parts of the founding document to take issue with, or make up new meanings for old words, all based on their individual...
  • The President Has a List

    04/28/2012 5:15:45 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Kimberly A Strassel
    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign. Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check. Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for "betting against America," and accuses you of having a "less-than-reputable" record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and...
  • The Man Who Should Be President

    04/28/2012 4:52:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 4/12/2012 | Chuck Baldwin
    Today, I am going to do something that I have never done: I am going to devote virtually my entire column to posting another man’s words. That man is the man who should be President of the United States: Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. The following is a written transcript of a speech Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the US House of Representatives back in 2007. Had Congressman Paul been elected President in 2008, the country would be four years into the greatest economic, political, and, yes, spiritual recovery in the history of America. As it is, the...
  • Social Conservatism’s Staying Power: A philosophy that the Right must not abandon

    04/28/2012 12:41:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies
    City Journal ^ | 27 April 2012 | Herbert London
    The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Need Social Conservatism, by Jeffrey Bell (Encounter, 322 pp., $25.95) I recently attended a political meeting in New York City at which the people tended to identify themselves as “fiscal conservatives and social liberals.” They argued that conservatives should focus on the nation’s economic challenges while either ignoring or downplaying social issues. It’s a point of view shared by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, among others. When he was considering a presidential run, Daniels memorably told an interviewer that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.”...
  • Paul Ryan’s Whittington Lecture

    04/27/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT · by No One Special · 2 replies
    The Corner ^ | April 26, 2012 | Paul Tyan
    Paul Ryan’s Whittington Lecture April 26, 2012 America’s Enduring Promise Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Chairman of the House Budget Committee The 2012 Whittington Lecture, Georgetown University April 26, 2012 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much for hosting this event. The challenges our country faces right now are complex and can be daunting, and the need for well-informed public discourse has rarely been greater. That’s why this lecture series is such a moving tribute to the memory of Leslie Whittington. This policy dialogue elevates our debates, and I am truly honored that you’ve asked me to participate...
  • Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

    04/27/2012 8:28:01 PM PDT · by Tabi Katz · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/26/2012 | Don Hudson
    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspx Can't copy article on IPad :-(
  • Angry Boehner to Dems: Enough with the “war on women” crap already

    04/27/2012 4:57:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 26, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The exciting conclusion to the great student-loan interest-rate debate. Remember, Romney sided with Obama on extending the current lower rate a few days ago so the questions for House Republicans were (a) whether they’d go along and (b) if so, how they’d pay for it. The solution: Extend the rate and offset the $6 billion cost by cutting a similar amount from the new Prevention and Public Health Fund in ObamaCare instead. No way were the Democrats going to let the GOP get away that easily, though, so here was Pelosi this morning demagoging the issue in the shrillest, most...
  • Obama Campaign Raises Money for Hillary Clinton

    04/27/2012 3:37:26 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 24 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | April 27 2012 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Four years ago, the Obama fund-raising machine worked to bury Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now his contributors are opening their wallets for her. Obama campaign officials have asked the president’s elite donors and fund-raisers to donate to Mrs. Clinton’s defunct presidential campaign committee, with the goal of retiring $245,000 in debt left over from her 2008 White House bid. As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton is barred from engaging in political activity or actively fund-raising for herself. People familiar with the effort said the campaign’s outreach grew out of discussions with Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, who has agreed...
  • The list: Obama’s campaign attacking private citizens again

    04/27/2012 3:24:54 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 26, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Kimberley Strassel explains it all to you. Actual quote from The One’s attack website: “A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them.” This from a guy who’s still using Jon Corzine as a bundler. Remember, when asked last month at his White House presser about Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke, the Unicorn Prince intoned...
  • Geithner Says US Can Withstand EU Debt Crisis(What about the U.S. Debt Crisis?)

    04/27/2012 3:19:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | 4/27/12 | Dow Jones Newswires
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the U.S. is now better positioned to deal with the European debt crisis and its economic relationship with China has improved, in an interview with American Public Media's Marketplace radio program. "The U.S. financial system is in a very strong position to withstand any pressures they may see from Europe," Geithner said in the interview. "But again it's important to acknowledge that Europe is a big part of the global economy so if they were to mismanage their crisis it would have a material impact on growth," he said.
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,April 27, 2012

    04/27/2012 2:46:44 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Sarah Palin: Mourdock For Indiana

    04/27/2012 12:29:10 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 24 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Friday April 27, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana. Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock. It’s not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons; the nation as a whole benefits, and that is one reason why the eyes of so many around the nation are focused on the Indiana race.   Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate who will fight for the Hoosier State, uphold our Constitution, and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent...
  • Don't diminish right of self-defense

    04/27/2012 12:06:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 27, 2012 | Will Weatherford
    Florida has been the epicenter of national attention in recent weeks as the heartbreaking events surrounding Trayvon Martin continue to unfold. His premature death has shocked and wounded us all, beginning with his grieving parents. As our thoughts and prayers go out to them and all of those involved, we long for the facts to be sorted out and justice to prevail. I want to commend Gov. Rick Scott for his swift and decisive action to appoint a special prosecutor. His methodical approach yielded a lawful and just path for resolution in this case. It was the right course to...
  • Property destruction: the new ‘free speech’?

    04/27/2012 11:48:45 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-27-12 | Ben Johnson
    Pro-life advocates, pro-family organizations, and traditional Christians do not expect to get a fair shake in the media, but the dogged, seasoned journalists of the prestige publications have overlooked a disturbing new trend: an increasing number of left-wing activists claim that destroying or defacing other people’s property is part of their First Amendment “free speech” rights. At LifeSiteNews.com, I have reported on the desecration of a pro-life display at Western Kentucky University. After a campus pro-life group got university permission to set up 3,700 crosses to represent the number of children aborted every day, a student named Elaina Smith placed...
  • Marco Rubio is a Natural Born Citizen, just like John Fremont and Chester Arthur

    04/27/2012 8:24:47 AM PDT · by vadum · 205 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 26, 2012 | Michael Zak
    According to the Constitution, to be eligible for the presidency (or vice presidency), a person must be a “natural born citizen” of the United States. The purpose of this restriction is to prevent a foreigner from becoming the nation’s chief executive. How can people become U.S. citizens? There are just two ways; either they are born citizens or they become citizens later in life. In the first case, anyone who is a citizen by nature of his birth is a “natural born citizen.” In the second case, anyone who is a citizen of another country at birth, but is granted...
  • Exclusive: Red State Founder Erickson Fires Back at Sen. McConnell

    04/27/2012 8:15:38 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 32 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 04-26-12 | Breitbart News
    Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on The Laura Ingraham Show and ripped into CNN contributor, radio talk show host, and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson. Erickson has been a consistent critic of McConnell’s; he recently stated in Roll Call that McConnell is “an appropriator before he’s a Republican.” McConnell responded, “That’s entirely inaccurate. I don’t even know who Erick Erickson is, but he has no audience as far as I’m concerned.” This was essentially an attack not just on Erickson, but on the new media as a whole. It suggests that those on the internet have no credibility, and...
  • Oklahoma advances open carry, multiple gun bills

    04/27/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | MICHAEL McNUTT
    Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law. But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carry of handguns anywhere without a permit. Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone with a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee. It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her...
  • Don’t Double My Rate on Gasoline, Mr. President

    04/27/2012 7:31:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Right Side News | 4/27/2012 | Douglas Carlson
    President Obama is out on the campaign trail this Spring Break with a message to students and recent graduates. He promises to work with Congress to prevent the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford Loans from doubling this July 1st, from 3.4% to 6.8%. 7.4 million students with federal student loans will see their interest rates double this summer if nothing is done to prevent it. The message the White House wants everyone to hear is how he supports the poor student or recent graduate in their plight to prevent personal economic collapse from the high cost of higher education...
  • ATF & U.S. DOJ Plan to Remove CLEO Signature Requirement for NFA Firearms Transfers

    04/27/2012 7:17:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2012 | CalGunLaws.com
    San Diego, CA --(Ammoland.com)- According to the National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are preparing to remove the often burdensome Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature requirement from Form 1 and Form 4 for NFA firearms. (see article here) “NFA firearms” are highly regulated devices meeting the specific and somewhat counter-intuitive definition of “firearm” as that term is defined under the federal National Firearms Act (NFA). These “firearms” include machineguns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, destructive devices, silencers, and “any other weapons,” as that...
  • CO: Colorado Bill to End Duplicative State Background Checks Dies in Anti-Gun State Senate

    04/27/2012 7:07:59 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- On April 23, House Bill 1048 had its hearing in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and was postponed indefinitely by a 3 to 2 vote, effectively killing this bill for this year. HB 1048, introduced by state Representative Mark Waller (R-15), would eliminate the duplicative state-run Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck system for the purchase of firearms and solely utilize the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-17) ignored the wishes of the thousands of NRA members who called the state capitol in support of a fair...
  • “Homer Simpson’s Dumber Brother” Is Back

    04/27/2012 6:41:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Bruce Krafft
    Former U.S.ambassador Dan Simpson is once again weighing in on the gun issue. Some of you may remember the “modest proposal” he came out with shortly after the VA Tech shootings, and while his new screed does not contain ideas like: The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty his proposals are still unacceptable. Perhaps he needs a reminder of just what sort of unintended consequences his anti-gun nuttery might produce . . . [Foreword by David Codrea: This may make some uncomfortable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And after all, it's just a hypothetical "ping,"...
  • Dem Rep: Jobless will vote for Obama to keep benefits flowing (Watch Video)

    04/27/2012 6:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Rep. Chaka Fattah's assertion on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show last night has received plenty of derision. Instapundit calls it "banking on the moocher vote", and Twitter pundit Keder derisively notes, 'Democrats would rather give you freebie "benefits" than do anything useful that might actually help you find a job. I know this may be hard for @TheDemocrats to understand, but the unemployed don't want "benefits", They want jobs.' Unfortunately, that may all be true, but that doesn't make Fattah wrong, either:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “We’re headed in the right direction. Unemployment continues to drop and those people who...
  • The New Nuremberg Defense

    04/27/2012 6:39:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 4 replies
    Liberty Legal Foundation ^ | 27 April 2012 | Van Iron
    A large part of Liberty Legal Foundation’s mission has become, by necessity, educating citizens and politicians alike about the foundational tenets of our Constitutional republic. America’s public school system has apparently been failing us for so long that we now have Congressmen and State legislators that don’t understand the basics about our form of government. This week I witnessed yet more proof of this fact.This week the Tennessee legislature unanimously passed a bill that seemed to be blatantly unconstitutional. When constituents e-mailed their state senators asking why they voted for the bill, the responses were very revealing. One Senator responded...
  • Will right questions be asked at today’s 'ATF Roundtable’?

    04/27/2012 6:25:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will hold a roundtable discussion Thursday, April 26, to discuss firearms trace data from the Government of Mexico,” an ATF Public Affairs Division press release advises. “The trace information discussed will cover firearms recovered by law enforcement and military officials at crime scenes in Mexico for calendar years 2007-2011 and submitted to ATF for tracing,” the release states. “This information will be available to the public on the ATF website following the roundtable.” “ATF will not discuss any other firearms recoveries in Mexico which have not been submitted for tracing or...
  • Judge Wants Definition of 'Natural Born Citizen'

    04/27/2012 4:48:20 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 145 replies
    WND ^ | 26 April 2012 | Bob Unruh
    U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson of Tennessee said the courts ultimately must define “natural born citizen,” affirming that the “issue of whether President Obama is constitutionally qualified to run for the presidency is certainly substantial.” “This specific question has been raised in numerous lawsuits filed since President Obama took office,” Anderson wrote in his opinion. “The outcome of the federal question in this case will certainly have an effect on other cases presenting the same issue about whether President Obama meets the constitutional qualifications for the presidency.” Van Irion, whose Liberty Legal Foundation brought the case, alleges the plan...
  • Judge Rules 'Amazon Tax' Unconstitutional

    04/27/2012 4:24:03 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 28 replies
    Chicago List ^ | April 26, 2012 | Prescott Carlson
    House Bill 3659, colloquially referred to as the "Amazon Tax," was passed in March of last year which broadened the scope of which companies would be required to collect use tax from its customers. ......... Now according to Crain's, Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Lopez Cepero ruled that the state overstepped its bounds with the law, and that it doesn't pass constitutional muster.
  • Obama Administration's Repeated Abuses Are Extension of Extreme Liberalism

    04/27/2012 4:17:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Every day, we get a new kick in the gut from the Obama administration. Most recently, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz was caught on video articulating his view of the agency's role in enforcing its regulations. Aremendariz said: "It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into a little Turkish town somewhere; they'd find the first five guys they saw, and they'd crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. ... It's a deterrent factor." This man...
  • The Square Can Win

    04/27/2012 1:29:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | David Paul Kuhn
    In 1972, a young aide named Patrick Buchanan suggested that Richard Nixon frame the presidential campaign as "square America" vs. "radical America." The square won 49 states. Pundits tend to describe Mitt Romney's vanilla disposition as a liability. The Washington Post recently asked, "Why does Mitt Romney seem so stiff?" But there's a more practical question: How much does it matter? Stiffs can become president, even in this television age. During the 1988 campaign, George H.W. Bush asked reporters, “What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy?" The answer came on Election Day. Americans backed the boring guy. Today,...
  • COPS CANCEL 'ABUSIVE' MIDNIGHT WAKEUPS

    04/27/2012 12:22:30 AM PDT · by aknkate · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-26-2012 | Bob Unruh
    Only some 12 hours after WND reported on a letter from the Rutherford Institute alerting Richmond, Va., authorities to the dangers of a midnight police “wakeup call” program, city officials have announced it is being discontinued. WND learned in an email from the city early today that the program that was launched earlier this month is scheduled to be terminated May 1. The institute, which had sent a letter to the city regarding Fourth Amendment rights and several safety concerns, were pleased when the city’s announcement came today. “This is a victory for the Fourth Amendment and the privacy and...
  • Justice Department Wins Rosemary Award for Worst Open Government Performance in 2011

    04/26/2012 10:32:58 PM PDT · by uncommonsense
    National Security Archive ^ | February 14, 2012 | Tom Blanton, Nate Jones
    The U.S. Department of Justice has won the infamous Rosemary Award for worst open government performance over the past year, according to the citation posted on the Web today by the National Security Archive (www.nsarchive.org). The award is named after President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, who erased 18 1/2 minutes of a crucial Watergate tape. The Rosemary Award citation includes a multi-count indictment of Justice's transparency performance in 2011, including: selective and abusive prosecutions using espionage laws against whistleblowers as ostensible "leakers" of classified information, with more "leaks" prosecutions in the last three years than all previous years combined,...
  • 8 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Is More Right Wing Than George W. Bush

    04/26/2012 8:47:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 71 replies
    americablog.com ^ | April 26 2012 | By Judd Legum and Alex Seitz-Wald
    1. Bush passed a huge tax cut plan, mostly benefiting the wealthy. Romney’s tax cut plan is four times larger, more heavily weighted to benefit ultra wealthy. 2. Bush signed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Romney supports repealing virtually all campaign finance laws. 3. Bush supported comprehesive immigration reform, a path to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants and provisions of the DREAM Act. Romney opposes all of it.
  • House approves CISPA despite last-minute push by opponents

    04/26/2012 8:08:39 PM PDT · by voicereason · 32 replies
    Cnet.com ^ | 04/26/2012 | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a controversial Internet surveillance bill, rejecting increasingly vocal arguments from critics that it would do more to endanger Americans' privacy than aid cybersecurity. By a vote of 248 to 168, a bipartisan majority approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, which would permit Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records and communications to the National Security Agency and other portions of the U.S. government.
  • Obama site touts 40 accomplishments for gays

    04/26/2012 7:41:24 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    bpnews.net/ ^ | April 24 2012 | Michael Foust
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Perhaps trying to send a message to gay activists who want him to do more, President Obama's re-election website has posted a timeline of 40 specific accomplishments his administration has made for the gay community -- a timeline that no doubt will be referenced both by his supporters and opponents in the coming months. The rainbow-colored timeline begins in June 2009, when he ordered the federal government to extend some benefits to the partners of gay federal employees, and ends in March of this year, when he announced his opposition to a North Carolina constitutional amendment that...
  • Toomey to replace DeMint as head of GOP Steering Committee

    04/26/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | 4-26-2012 | Colby Itkowitz
    Toomey to replace DeMint as head of GOP Steering Committee By Colby Itkowitz Call Washington Bureau April 26, 2012 Washington— Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate GOP colleagues have tapped him to take over as head of the Senate Republican Steering Committe, a group that shapes conservative policy making on Capitol Hill. Toomey will replace South Carolina Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint. In handing over the job, DeMint in a statement said, “Sen. Pat Toomey is a proven and trusted conservative, and I'm very glad he's taking on this new role. I've fought hard over the last few years to help elect...