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  • New Jersey AG Attacks Right to buy Gun Parts & Learn How to Make Guns

    06/22/2018 4:33:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns have been made by individuals as long as there have been guns. In the United States, it has always been legal to own the means of production to make your own guns. It has always been legal to make your own. Hobbyists have been making firearms as long as the United States has existed. The national war on the Second Amendment started in the 1930's. Passed in 1934, the National Firearms Act required a license to make some guns for commercial sale. A federal tax stamp was required to own short barreled rifles and shotguns, and guns that can...
  • The conservative free speech dilemma

    06/17/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Jun, 2018 | Joshua Broom
    In a democratic republic, freedom of expression and enlightened, open-ended debate are paramount. Yet in America in 2018, First Amendment rights are vanishing for conservatives. There's a reason: Powerful entities such as online and televised media, many of whom are left-oriented, have gradually shape-shifted our nation's speech to match their political flavor. For progressives, this uneven playing field is a seismic boon. For conservatives, not so much, nor is it good for even moderate left-wing thinkers. Under such a regimen, though, a land and people once revered as freedom-loving now creep closer toward socialism. Yet there they stand: the venomous...
  • Supreme Court rules state law banning political apparel at polls is illegal

    06/14/2018 8:21:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 14, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political apparel to the polls, saying it was too draconian in stifling Americans’ First Amendment rights. The 7-2 decision said it may be possible for states to restrict stridently political T-shirts and buttons, but the justices said Minnesota didn’t justify why its law needed to be so broad.
  • First and Second Amendment Intertwined in Michigan Case

    06/06/2018 5:20:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Calvin Congden posted the above picture on facebook during December of 2015. It was taken in front of the Christmas tree in his home. He is a military veteran who has had extensive firearms training. Notice the correct trigger finger placement. Notice the military medals and the American flag. He routinely volunteered as a Santa Clause for Hillsdale Foster Care Children. He had recently transferred from Michigan Department of Corrections to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  His picture was used to denigrate him to fellow employees, his lawsuit contends. He was later "constructively terminated". From freep.com:...
  • Media, Celebs Slam SCOTUS’ Cake Ruling: ‘Abolish the Supreme Court’

    06/04/2018 12:05:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 76 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 6/4/18 | Corrine Weaver
    Progressives in the media have no respect for the traditions and structure of the branches of the government. As soon as one issues a decision based on anything but liberal ideology, the world is over. After the Supreme Court released their decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop LTD. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in favor of the baker, Jack Phillips, the media went on a rampage. Liberal book publisher Haymarket Books tweeted out on its verified account almost immediately after the ruling was released, “Abolish the Supreme Court.”
  • Liberals' worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump

    05/31/2018 12:35:29 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 162 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 31, 2018 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    hen, just weeks after taking office, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court, the newly minted US president made good on a central promise of his campaign: to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia with a bona fide conservative. That moment foreshadowed what is shaping up to be among the most indelible of Trump’s triumphs – the reshaping of the federal judiciary with the appointment of dozens of judges with an ideological bent toward the administration’s agenda. Republicans are working with Trump to make a record-breaking number of appointments to federal courts. These new, mostly young, white men...
  • New York Times editorial board begs Justice Kennedy not to retire

    04/29/2018 1:27:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    The New York Times never discouraged U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from retiring during the Obama administration, but the newspaper’s editorial board is now literally begging him to stick around. Headlined “Please Stay, Justice Kennedy,” the open letter in Saturday’s edition implored him to remain on the high court amid rumors of his retirement, saying “[y]our departure right now from the Supreme Court would have dire consequences for the country.” Why? If Mr. Kennedy leaves, his seat would be filled by President Trump, which would mean “the court will have a locked-in right-wing majority for the rest of most...
  • Trump really is restoring the constitutional order with his court picks

    11/22/2017 12:12:38 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | Ilya Shapiro
    As the political world obsesses over the latest sexual-harassment scandals and policy wonks scrutinize the latest tax-reform proposal, the Trump administration is quietly restoring constitutional governance. Although Congress has been unable to pass legislation and President Trump faces record-low approval rates, his hiring of “the best people” in certain key areas has enabled the transformation of the judiciary — as well as reworking the bureaucracy (often called the Fourth Branch). A president has few powers more important than picking judges. Tax deals can sunset and regulations can be rescinded — Congress has used the Congressional Review Act to eliminate 14...
  • A Baker’s First Amendment Rights

    12/05/2017 10:00:40 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2017 | ROBERT P. GEORGE and SHERIF GIRGIS
    You need the First Amendment precisely when your ideas offend others or flout the majority’s orthodoxies. And then it protects more than your freedom to speak your mind; it guards your freedom not to speak the mind of another. Thus, in classic “compelled speech” rulings, the Supreme Court has protected the right not to be forced to say, do or create anything expressing a message one rejects. Most famously, in West Virginia v. Barnette (1943), it barred a state from denying Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to attend public schools if they refused to salute the flag. In Wooley v. Maynard...
  • A Wedding Cake and the Blessings of Liberty

    12/06/2017 6:50:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Star Parker
    This week, the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to create a wedding cake ordered for a same-sex marriage on grounds that it would force him to create a cake expressing a value opposed to his Christian convictions. The gay men who ordered the cake filed a sexual orientation discrimination claim against him with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and the Commission ruled against Phillips. It was clear that this was not a matter of Phillips refusing to do business with these men because they are gay. He offered...
  • Supreme Court Reverses Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    06/04/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT · by CFW · 211 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | 6/4/2018 | Scotusblog
    "Whatever the confluence of speech and free exercise principles might be in some cases, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State's obligation of religious neutrality. The reason and motive for the baker's refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions." link to decision https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf
  • First Amendment paves the road to tolerance in Masterpiece case

    06/04/2018 3:16:02 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/1 | James Gottry
    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While the decision ends an almost six-year legal battle, a new journey begins. This nation stands at the proverbial fork in the road. One path will lead us closer to a society controlled by hostility — one in which those who hold the dominant view in society will use government as a weapon to punish individuals who fail to adopt the prevailing orthodoxy. The other path will move us toward a truly tolerant society — one with room for individuals who believe,...
  • Why the 'gay wedding cake' Supreme Court case is really about corporate governance

    12/04/2017 9:58:27 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4 | Erin Fuchs
    That case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, takes aim at a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation in places serving the public. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, says the law violates his free speech rights by forcing him to “create expression that violates his sincerely held beliefs about marriage.” The dispute has attracted a lot of attention from the business community, including an amicus brief signed by 35 companies including Amazon (AMZN), Pfizer (PFE), and Apple (AAPL), which asked the court to rule against Phillips. Another group with an interest in the...
  • Leftmedia Falsely Accuses NRA of Advocating Limits to Free Speech

    05/27/2018 5:07:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 25 May, 2018 | Political Editors
    Responding to an argument without fully understanding the point that is being made only serves to make the responder look foolish. Or as Proverbs puts it, “It’s stupid and embarrassing to give an answer before you listen.” Such was the case recently when the Leftmedia outlet Vice News published an article blasting the National Rifle Association for a video by Colion Noir. The article’s headline read, “NRA wants Congress to set ‘limitations’ on how the news can cover school shootings.” Gee, so Noir, a popular leader in the effort to defend Americans’ Second Amendment rights, was exposed for calling on...
  • Despite History of Silencing Conservatives, Joy Reid Suggests NFL Kneel Rule Violates 1st Amendment

    05/26/2018 8:58:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If there is one person on TV who should have the good grace not to raise the issue of the right of a private-sector entity to control speech within its domain, it’s Joy Reid. As the host of an MSNBC show, Reid has a notorious history of shutting down, correcting, reprimanding and even defenestrating conservatives who say things she doesn’t like. For example, when a Republican referred to the “Democrat party,” Reid reprimanded him:“on this show, we say Democratic,” warning him that “we’re going to have to sit down. We’re going to have a talking-to.” Reid similarly shut down another...
  • Fmr. NFL Union Head: Players’ Right to Kneel “Supersedes” League Rules

    05/24/2018 5:03:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    George Martin, the former head of the NFL players’ union, seems confused about the Constitution. Martin was interviewed on CNN this morning regarding the new NFL rule pursuant to which teams can be fined if players kneel during the Anthem. When Chris Cuomo pointed out that “the league is a private concession; they can make their own rules,” Martin responded: “I think they have the right to make those rules. And I think we have the right to either adhere to them or not. And I think that our right supersedes theirs.”Get the rest of the story and view the...
  • It’s Now 1984 at the University of Michigan

    05/14/2018 2:01:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 14, 2018 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Students at the University of Michigan, beware. If you say anything politically incorrect or out-of-line with the political and social orthodoxy on your campus, you may get a knock on your dorm room door from the university’s equivalent of the Thought Police, and be forced into a re-education camp. Or you may be suspended or thrown out of school, potentially damaging your educational prospects and your entire future professional career. If this sounds like an exaggeration, consider a new lawsuit filed in federal court in Michigan by Speech First, Inc., against the president of the University of Michigan, other...
  • Some Missouri Clergy Want State to Enforce their View on Church Carry

    05/05/2018 6:50:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri is one of nine states where the government generally prohibits people from carrying firearms in church. As in any question, the government may be neutral, which is the default position in the United States, or it may actively interfere.  According to concealedcarry.com, there are two states that ban concealed carry in churches, Nebraska and Louisiana. Nebraska allows a church to authorize an armed security team if the team members have carry permits and if written notice is given to church members.  Louisiana law is similar, but requires an extra eight hours of training every year. Seven states and...
  • Young America's Foundation Scores Victory Against Berkeley

    04/27/2018 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Young America's Foundation scored a legal victory against UC-Berkeley this week after a judge in San Francisco refused to dismiss the organization's lawsuit against the university for infringing on the First Amendment rights of conservative students and speakers on campus. “Young America’s Foundation looks forward to moving on to the merits of this case and vigorously defending our claims at trial. This ruling allowing YAF’s critical First Amendment case to move forward is a win for conservatives and free speech, and it shows that Judge Chesney believes there is significant evidence of Berkeley’s work to suppress conservative speech," Young America’s...
  • SB-1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan [California Legislature]

    04/09/2018 6:15:27 AM PDT · by ptsal · 30 replies
    California Legislative Information ^ | 22-March-2018 | Richard Pan
    SB 1424, as amended, Pan. Commercial law. Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan. Existing law prohibits a person, among others, from making or disseminating in any advertising device, or in any manner or means whatever, including over the Internet, any statement concerning real or personal property or services that is untrue or misleading, as specified. This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include,...