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  • Sources: Obama to nominate ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    06/29/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | 6,29/14 | Chad Pergram/AP
    President Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, sources confirm to Fox News.
  • Plaque will honor historic McDonald's drive-thru

    04/25/2014 7:26:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    The Sierra Vista Historical Society will dedicate a new historical plaque for its “An Historic Treasure Hunt; Sierra Vista’s Unique Past” at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the McDonald’s Restaurant, 1802 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. In November 1973, McDonald’s built its first Sierra Vista location adjacent to one of the largest military posts in the United States. While a significant number of its patrons were soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca, by 1974 a new U.S. Army regulation governing uniform decorum prohibited soldiers from entering local businesses while wearing their fatigues. The fast food chain responded by opening its...
  • Historic documents may be burned if Harvard does not cough up cash

    10/17/2013 5:35:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-17-13 | Thomas Lifson
    If Rufus McDonald were white, you'd already know his name, and he'd be on the path to pushing George Zimmerman aside as the most hated man in America. But because he is black, you probably have never heard of him, unless you live in Chicago. You see, Mr. McDonald was cleaning out an attic and discovered some papers. As Kim Janssen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday: Hidden in a dusty trunk in an abandoned and looted Englewood home, the papers of Harvard's first black graduate, Richard T. Greener, had long been thought lost to history. (snip) Several museums and...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holds that the Second Amendment applies outside the home

    12/11/2012 10:59:31 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 45 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | December 11, 2012 | John Pierce
    --EMBEDDED PDF HERE-- In an opinion issued today in the Illinois case of Moore v. Madigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense … implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.” --IMAGE HERE-- The opinion is a joy to read as Judge Posner proceeds to shred the historical and public policy arguments against carry put forward by Illinois. Here are some examples to warm your heart on this cold December afternoon: Both Heller and McDonald do say that “the need for...
  • An Act of Bravery: Otis W. McDonald and the Second Amendment

    09/27/2012 12:51:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 September, 2011 | NA
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- Otis McDonald, born and raised amidst the hardships of sharecropping in the cotton fields of Fort Necessity, Louisiana, overcame poverty and social prejudice to become the first in his family to earn a college degree and rise to the relative comfort of America’s middle class. With drug and gang activity on the rise in Chicago, McDonald’s home has become increasingly threatened by violent crime. With no other intent but to defend his family against life-threatening intrusion, McDonald encounters the dichotomy of gun-wielding criminals and a Chicago statute limiting the purchase of handguns. As lead petitioner in a Supreme...
  • McDonald to drop out of Senate race (NY 43)

    09/27/2012 8:40:10 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 18 replies
    The Times Union ^ | September 27, 2012 | Jimmy Vielkind
    ALBANY, NY — Sen. Roy McDonald will announce Thursday that he will not push forward with a third-party campaign, two people familiar with this campaign said. One source said McDonald, a two-term Republican incumbent who lost a GOP primary to Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, made his decision "for the good of the party." He has been largely silent since the Sept. 13 primary, as he weighed whether to push toward the November general election on the Independence Party line, which he secured over the summer. While she always maintained her platform was broader, Marchione's challenge to McDonald was shaped...
  • Kathy Marchione calls herself a 'true conservative’ (and she is)

    09/13/2012 2:53:16 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 4 replies
    The Register Star ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Billy Shannon
    Hudson, NY - Kathy Marchione, who has been Saratoga County Clerk since 1997, decided to challenge state Sen. Roy McDonald in the Republican primary for the 43rd District seat in part due to his 2011 vote in favor of same sex marriage in the state. “I would not have voted for gay marriage,” Marchione said in a phone interview last week. “He actually told people he was voting no and then he voted yes. I won’t tell people something and do something else.” Marchione calls herself a “true conservative” and said her belief is that the definition of marriage is...
  • NYS Primary Day! Call to Action!

    09/13/2012 5:56:05 AM PDT · by lowtaxsmallgov · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/11/2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    'TROY, N.Y. — Before State Senator Roy J. McDonald, a Republican, voted last year to legalize same-sex marriage, he told reporters that anyone unhappy with his position could “take the job and shove it.” Now comes the test.' 'Mr. McDonald’s challenger, Kathleen A. Marchione, the Saratoga County clerk, is running an insurgent campaign, dialing voters from a windowless office next to a Subway sandwich shop. She accuses Mr. McDonald of having deceived the voters who elected him by changing his position on same-sex marriage, which he voted to oppose in the past. “People feel betrayed,” Ms. Marchione said. “I’ve heard...
  • Letter: Keep McDonald doing good work (Sen. McDonald R. voted for gay marriage in NY)

    08/19/2012 4:21:42 PM PDT · by Sun · 15 replies
    The Saratogian ^ | August 19, 2012 | Gordon Boyd
    Republicans and Conservatives looking for a truly pro-family candidate on Primary Day, Thursday, Sept. 13, will vote for Roy McDonald. Sen. McDonald is not only the proven friend of families in our community, he is the No. 1 leader whose dedication and vision have helped our families to a better life. snip As senator, Roy has continued his dedication to the well-being of families, especially by sponsoring and seeing approved major legislation to assist individuals with disabilities. Sen. Roy McDonald has been doing right by our community, our families, for a long time. Let’s keep him on the job.
  • Michelle Obama Scolds Gabby Douglas for Eating an Egg McMuffin

    08/14/2012 12:51:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: By the way, did you hear what Michelle did? Gabby Douglas was on the Leno show, The Tonight Show. You gotta hear this. Gold medal gymnast, Gabby Douglas. She's on The Tonight Show with Michelle (My Belle) Obama. Leno says, "Gabby after you won your gold medal, how did you celebrate? What did you do?" DOUGLAS: After the competition, I splurged on a Egg McMuffin... LENO: Egg McMuffin! DOUGLAS: ...at McDonald's. (laughter) Michelle Obama Scolds Olympics Hero Gabby Douglas for Eating an Egg McMuffinOBAMA: Gabby, we don't... LENO: Egg McMuffin! OBAMA: ... don’t encourage him! I'm sure...
  • U.S. District Court Holds that NRA is Entitled to Attorneys' Fees for Lawsuits Against...

    06/26/2012 11:07:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 26, 2012 | NA
    U.S. District Court Holds that NRA is Entitled to Attorneys' Fees for Lawsuits Against Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois Fairfax, Va. –  The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division has conclusively held that the National Rifle Association has the right to recover attorneys' fees in the case of National Rifle Association v. City of Chicago and National Rifle Association v. Village of Oak Park, in which the NRA was a prevailing party. This District Court's decision, which held that the NRA is entitled to over $1.3 million in fees, follows a similar ruling by...
  • Supreme Court Plaintiff Speaks to NAACP About Gun Rights (IL)

    05/20/2012 6:26:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    guns.com ^ | 18 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    On May 17, Otis McDonald spoke at an Illinois NAACP office about the issues of gun rights. The chapter president invited Otis to speak because he felt it was important to let his fellow members hear both sides of the argument, especially considering that African Americans traditionally support guns less than whites do. A lot of you probably won't recognize Otis' name, but he was the lead plaintiff in the McDonald vs Chicago US Supreme Court case. The Court ruled that the Second Amendment also applied to the states, because as Justice Samuel A. Alito put it, rights that are...
  • The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

    04/25/2012 4:10:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    The New American ^ | May 2012 Issue | James O. E. Norell
    DID YOU KNOW SOUTH AFRICA HAS A CONSTITUTION THAT'S FAR SUPERIOR TO OUR OWN? THAT'S WHAT ONE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AS WELL AS SHADOWY ACTIVITIST GROUPS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO EFFECT CHANGE, BELIEVE. “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa … a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights …” -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jan. 30, 2012. That stunning disavowal—by an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court—of the Constitution she has sworn...
  • Four New York State Senators and Their Same-Sex Marriage Money Dance

    10/20/2011 12:56:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Let The People Vote ^ | October 20, 2011 | NA
    Senators James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland Benefiting from Bloomberg-Hosted Fundraiser This Evening New York, NY---- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced it is running an online advertisement throughout New York state in response to a Bloomberg-held fundraiser this evening for the four GOP senators that betrayed the trust of New Yorkers last summer by exchanging a vote for same-sex marriage for campaign contributions. The advertisement, called "Money Dance," is modeled after the practice of some brides and grooms dancing for money with supporters at their wedding. In this case, the four Senators -- Roy...
  • Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News

    09/30/2011 2:24:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.  Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.  Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would "go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets . . . ."  The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court's "unwise" decision that...
  • "Gay Marriage- A Milestone" [NY Times Editorial Applauds Four NY Turn Coat State Senators!]

    06/26/2011 10:05:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NYTimes ^ | June 26, 2011
    Gay Marriage- A Milestone Though there was unnecessary secrecy in the negotiations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a determined effort to achieve marriage equality in New York. He shares credit with the four Republican state senators who bucked their party and threats from conservatives to do what they knew was right. State Senators James Alesi, Roy McDonald, Mark Grisanti and Stephen Saland, all from upstate districts, deserve the support of their communities. They showed the kind of strength that is extremely hard to find in today’s politics. In drafting a compromise, however, Senator Saland and other Republicans insisted on language that...
  • GOP swings both ways on gay-marriage bill (New York)

    06/13/2011 2:02:06 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2011 | Frederic U. Dicker
    Seven or more Senate Republicans have signaled Gov. Cuomo that they're ready to legalize same-sex marriage, more than enough to put the controversial and historic measure over the top this week, The Post has learned. A highly knowledgeable Senate insider said yesterday that "far more of the [GOP] members are in play than anyone realizes, including some surprising names from conservative upstate areas." [Snip] Influences contributing to the changes of heart are secret Republican polls showing majority support for gay marriage in key swing districts and the strong possibility that the GOP could lose control of the Senate next year...
  • Heh! Chicago Has To Pay Up. (McDonald Second Amendment)

    06/03/2011 2:43:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    onlygunsandmoney ^ | 2 June, 2011 | John Richardson
    After the City of Chicago lost McDonald et al v. City of Chicago et al in the Supreme Court, they changed their gun ban ordinances. Because of this, they argued that the plaintiffs were not "prevailing parties" and thus weren't entitled to attorneys' fees. U.S. District Court Judge Milton Shadur agreed with them and denied Alan Gura and the attorneys for the National Rifle Association the attorneys' fees that should have been due them. Today, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision overturning Judge Shadur and ordering "reasonable attorneys' fees under §1988." This decision applied both to the...
  • Lauderdale Lakes teen who stabbed neighbor more than 100 times gets 30-years in prison

    04/09/2011 11:44:39 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | April 8, 2011 | Tonya Alanez
    Two dozen strong, Vibbins Williams' loved ones packed into a Broward County courtroom Friday to tell a judge that despite their grief, they agreed that a 30-year prison sentence would suffice for the teen who fatally stabbed the great grandmother more than 100 times and took $34 from her purse. Justin McDonald, 17, was Williams' Lauderdale Lakes neighbor. When she refused to give him $5 to buy marijuana, McDonald stabbed her 105 times and grabbed what money the 62-year-old woman had in her purse, prosecutor Maria Schneider said.
  • CCRKBA 'Guns Save Lives' Friday Event Features Otis McDonald

    03/04/2011 3:52:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    CCRKBA ^ | 3 March, 2011 | CCRKBA
    BELLEVUE, Wash., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Otis McDonald, the cornerstone plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court Second Amendment Case McDonald v. City of Chicago, will appear Friday in Chicago, Illinois at a special event featuring the rolling "Guns Save Lives" billboard sponsored by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Mr. McDonald will appear at a press conference at 3 p.m. at the Jewels Store parking lot at 87th Street and Lafayette on the west side of the expressway. Joining him will be Valinda Rowe, spokesperson for IllinoisCarry.com; Mike Weisman, vice president of the Illinois...
  • McDonald's employee fired for letting Peterson use the restroom

    01/14/2011 2:57:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Chris Chase
    An assistant manager at McDonald's was fired after allowing Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson to use the bathroom while the restaurant was closed. While working the late-night drive-thru shift at 3 a.m., a female employee encountered a man standing outside the window who asked to come inside and use the restroom. After a little while, she realized it was the popular Minnesota Vikings star and opened the door for him to come inside and use the facilities. (The seating area at the restaurant is normally closed during the late-night hours.)
  • Md. Court of Appeals upholds state's handgun laws

    01/06/2011 12:51:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | January 5, 2011
    BALTIMORE - Maryland's highest court has ruled the state's handgun laws are still constitutional despite a 2008 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that gutted gun statutes in D.C. In an opinion issued Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed a gun possession charge levied in Prince George's County against Charles F. Williams, Jr. Williams said the state's gun regulations violated his right to "keep and carry arms" under the Second Amendment, and based his argument in part on the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. The high court in that case said barring a person from...
  • Biggest gun rights story of 2010 based in Bellevue, ignored by local press(WA)

    12/30/2010 6:25:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 13+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 December, 2010 | Dave Workman
    The biggest constitutional civil rights story of 2010, maybe of the decade, was based right here in Bellevue, yet as the on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer is currently beginning its “Top Stories” reviews, should we expect to see a single word about the Second Amendment Foundation’s landmark gun rights victory before the U.S. Supreme Court? Don’t hold your breath. Local news agencies have less than 72 hours to prove this column wrong. Were this any other civil rights ruling by the High Court, the SAF victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago would have been big news. But this one involved gun...
  • McDonald of McDonald vs Chicago Endorses Pro-Second Amendment Brady for Governor(IL)

    10/28/2010 5:03:57 AM PDT · by marktwain
    ammoland.com ^ | 27 October, 2010 | IllinoisCarry.com
    IllinoisCarry.com IllinoisCarry.com Illinois --(Ammoland.com)- Supporters of the Second Amendment battle to defeat the Chicago handgun ban know and revere Mr. Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff in the landmark case which is bringing about change in gun laws all across the nation. What many may not know is that this quiet, unassuming gentleman is a stalwart Democrat who has turned to Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, in order to preserve and protect what he and the other three plaintiffs in the case fought so hard to win. When incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn pushed for a ban on all...
  • Md. high court hears state gun law arguments

    10/08/2010 9:56:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    AP ^ | October 7, 2010 | NA
    Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told members of the state's top court Thursday that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings prove state laws restricting people's right to carry guns in public are constitutional, despite the arguments of a man seeking to overturn the law. An attorney representing Charles F. Williams Jr., who was arrested in 2007 for carrying a handgun in public in Prince George's County, argued the same two recent rulings protect his client's right to bear arms. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a D.C. ban on handguns and a trigger lock requirement...
  • You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: The Second Amendment finally applies to the states. Now the fight...

    09/13/2010 12:38:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | October 2010 | Brian Doherty
    The Second Amendment finally applies to the states. Now the fight over gun rights really begins. It was the morning of June 26, 2008, and Alan Gura had just won the first case he’d ever argued in front of the Supreme Court. Before taking a media victory lap to celebrate his historic vindication of the Second Amendment in D.C. v. Heller, Gura headed to the Court’s public information office for a moment of privacy. He called an old buddy from law school, the Chicago attorney David Sigale. “File it,” Gura said. “It” became, almost exactly two years later, Gura’s second...
  • Why won't NRA give proper credit in McDonald case?

    09/01/2010 7:48:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 August, 2010 | David Codrea
    "What is the NRA thinking?" Tom Gresham asked on last Sunday's Gun Talk Radio Show. "You know, I've had some problems with NRA in the past," he explained, "but when you start taking credit for what other people are doing, that's over the line." Tom's guest was Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb, and they were discussing "Victory in Chicago" by NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, a recapping of the McDonald v Chicago case that resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment applies not just to the national government, but also to state and local ones. So...
  • SAF Files Amicus Brief in Nordyke Case, Argues for Strict Scrutiny(Second Amendment,CA)

    08/20/2010 5:07:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    prnewswire.com ^ | 19 August, 2010 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation has filed an amicus curiae brief in the long-running Nordyke v. King case in California, arguing that Second Amendment issues must be decided on a "strict scrutiny" basis, and that an ordinance in Alameda County banning gun shows at the county fairgrounds is unconstitutional because it would not withstand that standard of review. This case was a catalyst for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear SAF's case challenging the handgun ban in Chicago, because in an earlier Nordyke ruling – subsequently set aside in favor of a full en banc...
  • Op-Ed: Throwing the book at gun laws(NJ)

    08/02/2010 4:47:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 3+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 1 August, 2008 | DANIEL SCHMUTTER
    Some gun control advocates have declared that the McDonald case (and the Heller case before it) will not affect most laws currently in place because they simply constitute “reasonable regulation” of the purchase and possession of guns. However, nowhere in either Heller or McDonald did the Supreme Court rule that so-called “reasonable” laws are valid under the Second Amendment. Accordingly, anyone who defends a law claiming that it is “reasonable” is not stating any legal standard or offering any basis upon which to judge whether such a law would survive a legal challenge. As it turns out, New Jersey gun...
  • One Month after McDonald - The state of the Second Amendment.

    07/29/2010 12:54:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 3+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 29, 2010 | David Rittgers
    One Month after McDonaldThe state of the Second Amendment.  One month ago, the Supreme Court held in McDonald v. City of Chicago that states, not just the federal government, are prevented from violating Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court did not, however, define the full scope of the right, nor the standard of review by which challenged statutes will be judged. In other words: It ain’t over yet. A number of pending lawsuits across the country will further shape how the Second Amendment will be applied. The first lawsuit of note comes from Chicago....
  • The Ninth Circuit Panel in Nordyke v. King Seems Open to Reconsidering Its Earlier Decision About...

    07/20/2010 1:14:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | July 19, 2010 | Eugene Volokh
    The Ninth Circuit Panel in Nordyke v. King Seems Open to Reconsidering Its Earlier Decision About the Second Amendment and Gun Shows In 2009, a Ninth Circuit panel held (in Nordyke v. King) that the Second Amendment was incorporated against the states, but concluded that a ban on gun possession on county property was nonetheless constitutional. The Ninth Circuit then agreed to rehear the matter en banc, but then suspended its consideration of the case while it waited for the Supreme Court to resolve the incorporation question in McDonald v. City of Chicago. Following McDonald, the Ninth Circuit sent the...
  • Gun Sales Expected to Shoot Up - Supreme Court Ruling Seen as Windfall for Firearms...

    07/19/2010 10:00:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 16, 2010 | RICH BLAKE
    Supreme Court Ruling Seen as Windfall for Firearms Manufacturers, Dealers After a Supreme Court decision affirming the right to bear arms was handed down in June, the owners of Midwest Sporting Goods, just outside of Chicago, started noticed something any retailer would find encouraging  an increasing number of customers. With Chicago's 28-year ban on handgun ownership rendered unconstitutional, more people were coming into Midwest, in Lyons, Illinois, to exercise their Second Amendment rights, according to Noel, the store's owner. He asked that his last name not be published. Lock and Load "It's not like sales suddenly went through the...
  • The Ugly Racial History of Gun Control

    07/19/2010 8:34:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | July 18, 2010 | Staff
    Editor's note: In his concurring statement in 'McDonald v. Chicago' -- the Supreme Court case affirming that the Second Amendment ensures an individual right to own firearms -- Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the history of gun-control laws, whose purpose was to stifle the rights of minorities and to prevent African-Americans from defending themselves against the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Excerpts from Thomas' opinion appear below.In the contentious years leading up to the Civil War, those who sought to retain the institution of slavery found that to do so, it was necessary to eliminate more and more of the...
  • The Aftermath of McDonald v. Chicago - What's next for gun rights?

    07/09/2010 11:17:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | July 1, 2010 | Brian Doherty
    The Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. Chicago came in this week, with Justice Samuel Alito writing for a plurality that the Second Amendment right to own guns applies to all levels of government—in the legal lingo, that the right is “incorporated” against the states via the 14th Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas also elected to reverse the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, laws that essentially banned handgun use in the home couldn’t be challenged on Second Amendment grounds. But he did so in a more radical way. Indeed, Thomas's concurrence was radical...
  • Michael Barone: Thomas’s Principled Jurisprudence in Arms Case - Justice Thomas correctly applied...

    07/08/2010 10:22:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 8, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Thomas’s Principled Jurisprudence in Arms CaseJustice Thomas correctly applied the privileges and immunities clause in the McDonald case.  In 1978, Justice Lewis Powell wrote an opinion in the Bakke case asserting that the need for diversity could justify racial preferences in university admissions. No other justice joined this opinion, but because the other justices were split 4-4, Powell’s opinion decided the case, and in time his argument has been embraced by a majority of the Court. A regrettable result, in my view, but a consequential one.   Last month, Justice Clarence Thomas delivered a similarly decisive opinion in McDonald v....
  • Gun Rights Are Civil Rights - The majority opinion in McDonald v. Chicago shines a light on a...

    07/07/2010 2:23:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 7, 2010 | Robert VerBruggen
    Gun Rights Are Civil RightsThe majority opinion in McDonald v. Chicago shines a light on a dark period in American history.  Reading the opinions in McDonald v. Chicago, you might think it was as much a civil-rights case as a gun case. In the ruling, the Supreme Court decided 5–4 that the Second Amendment applies to states and localities, not just the federal government, and struck down Chicago’s handgun ban. The four conservative justices, along with Justice Anthony Kennedy, formed the majority. One of the conservatives, Clarence Thomas, also filed a concurring opinion. The main disagreement betwee the two opinions concerned whether the...
  • Political Cartoon - Gun Bans by Lisa Benson

    07/04/2010 9:33:14 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies · 3+ views
    The Californian/North County Times ^ | July 1, 2010 | Lisa Benson
    Political Cartoon - Gun Bans by Lisa Benson
  • In Clarence Thomas's gun rights opinion, race plays a major role (Courtland Milloy moonbat alert!)

    06/30/2010 5:04:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2010 | Courtland Milloy
    He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench. But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life. Referring to the disarming of blacks during the post-Reconstruction era, Thomas wrote: "It was the 'duty' of white citizen 'patrols to search negro houses and other suspected places for firearms.' If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black 'to the nearest justice of the peace' whereupon...'" --snip-- Thomas made no mention of the black loss of life and liberty...
  • Chicago Mulls Gun-Ban Alternatives (looks to circumvent the high court's ruling!)

    06/29/2010 10:48:35 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/30/2010 | Wall Street Journal
    CHICAGO—The day after the Supreme Court cleared a path to overturn this city's ban on handguns—among the toughest in the U.S.—frustrated city officials began Tuesday to consider new measures to circumvent the high court's ruling. At a tense City Hall meeting packed with citizens holding up photos of children who'd been shot, city aldermen discussed forcing gun owners to purchase liability insurance and to undergo criminal background checks and periodic firearms training. They also peppered a firearms-law expert and Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis with questions while promising to pass something meaningful. If the city can pass a dog ordinance...
  • Why the 14th Amendment and the McDonald Ruling Matter

    06/30/2010 7:24:35 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 6/30/2010 | Nancy Tengler
    "It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is." William Jefferson Clinton, 1998 testimony to the Grand Jury on the question of his relationship to Monica Lewinsky prior to his impeachment It should not be lost on any of us that the recent Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago was more than a referendum on our right to bear arms, it was confirmation of the critical importance of the Fourteenth Amendment to the protection of our individual rights. In particular, the Privileges or Immunities Clause and the Due Process Clause. In short the court held that the...
  • Al Sharpton surprised at the support from the black community for the Supreme Court gun case

    06/30/2010 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 25 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | June 30, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    On his radio show yesterday, Al Sharpton surprisingly reveals an overwhelming support for Supreme Court Second Amendment decision in the black community. Sharpton: "I would say 90% of the calls I received yesterday were in support of the Supreme Court and people say they want to bear guns. They’re tired of the violence and it’s very very interesting. I have had a few on both sides today, but yesterday was overwhelming, it was stunning to me." Political correctness has masked the true intent of big city Democrat mayors for their support of gun control. Quite frankly it is and has...
  • Poll to FREEP Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision about gun rights?

    06/29/2010 7:55:25 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 9 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | June 29, 2010 | steelers6
    Poll Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision about gun rights? Yes No or view results Thank you for your vote. Yes 78% No 21% It's at bottom of page 1
  • Stare decisis, sometimes

    06/29/2010 1:33:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 29, 2010 | Aaron Gee
    Can we stop pretending that liberal jurisprudence is anything but warmed over politics in a judicial robe?  Yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the left-leaning justices will vote what they believe regardless of what a law's intentions were.  Concepts like 'stare decisis' (the legal principle that obliges judges to respect precedents established by prior decisions) that were so important during the confirmation hearings of Justice Roberts, mean nothing to the sitting liberal justices.  Each of the left leaning judges voted as if The District of Columbia vs Heller...
  • Lock and Load?

    06/29/2010 1:48:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | June 29, 2010 | Staff
    One of the most illuminating questions in respect of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the right to keep and bear arms is whether it should be applauded by the liberals or by conservatives — or both. The court, in a case called McDonald v. Chicago, followed a ruling two years ago, in a case called District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the court said that the federal government could not infringe the rights vouched safe by the Second Amendment. In the latest case it extended that logic, deciding that the Second Amendment does apply to the states and municipalities....
  • The New Normal: The Second Amendment After Heller and McDonald

    06/29/2010 11:32:20 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 28 | Glenn Reynolds
    I’ve been interested in the Second Amendment for a long time, but for a long time, it wasn’t really part of the Constitution. Oh, I mean it was part of the Constitution — right there between the First Amendment on one side, and the Third Amendment (the only part of the Bill of Rights that really works — when did you last hear of troops being quartered in someone’s house?) on the other. But in “mainstream” constitutional discourse, it just didn’t exist.... /////
  • John Lott Jr.: Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Can Make Us All Safer

    06/29/2010 11:25:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | June 28, 2010 | John Lott Jr.
    In a sharply divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that state governments are not able to ban most Americans from owning most types of handguns. The majority decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, stated that firearms are "essential for self-defense." Predictably, gun control advocates bemoaned the ruling. But the court's decision is not just correct on constitutional grounds. It will help make the country safer. Another View The gun pushers lobby must be disappointed, since the Supreme Court ruling continues to allow for a wide variety of reasonable gun laws, says Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center...
  • Contempt of court George Wallace style

    06/29/2010 10:58:48 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 6 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | june 29, 2010 | John Pierce
    Hard on the heels of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects an individual right to bear arms for self-defense and that the right thus protected is incorporated against state and local governments, Chicago Mayor Daley expressed his contempt for both the Court and the citizens whose rights he has trampled.
  • Second Amendment Advocate John Lott

    06/29/2010 9:40:53 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Second Amendment advocate and author John Lott was on Coast to Coast last night to discuss the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision recognizing the individual right of citizens to own guns but he stressed that a change in the balance of power on the court could change all that. Accordingly, he stressed the need for an informed electorate at the ballot box to ensure that only Presidents and Senators are elected who will appoint and confirm pro-Second Amendment judicial nominees. He mocked President Obama's professed commitment during his campaign to support gun rights but who then in office appointed Sotomayor to...
  • Our Supreme Court Hanging by a Vote

    06/29/2010 8:12:45 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 4 replies
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 6/29/10 | Nancy Tengler
    Yesterday the Supreme Court overturned the previous judgments in McDonald v City of Chicago, a case brought in opposition to Chicago's ban against citizens' possessing handguns. The ruling was cheered by Second Amendment rights advocates and a collective sigh of relief was exhaled by all those who cherish the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But there was bad news amidst the good. The ruling was 5-4. According to the opinion published by the Court yesterday, Mr. McDonald, the petitioner argued that his "right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth...