Gun Haters Continue To Vilify Zimmerman, Gun Owners, Stand Your Ground Despite Jury Acquittal

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has become the latest American anti-gun group to exploit the tragic death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in order to undermine Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

The organization has released a deceptive online advertisement complete with a “reenactment” of the night Martin was killed, in an effort to abolish Stand Your Ground laws throughout the Nation.

An accompanying petition on the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence website reads:

The traditional presumption in the law—from the advent of the Hebrew Bible through the creation of Roman law, English common law, and American law—has been that if you could spare human life, it was incumbent upon you to do so.

With “Stand  Your Ground” (aka “Shoot First”) laws, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its partners in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have turned 3,000 years of jurisprudence on its head. Now you can provoke a fight, and if losing that fight, kill the person you attacked.

The NRA’s laws represent a dangerous and unprecedented escalation in the use of force in the public space, allowing individuals to kill when they merely fear “great bodily harm” (i.e., a fistfight, shoving match, etc.). The concept of responding with proportional force has been obliterated. Additionally, “Stand Your Ground” laws remove the duty to retreat from a conflict in public, allowing individuals to shoot and kill even when they could otherwise walk away safely from an altercation.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of any wrongdoing in Martin’s death by a jury of his peers last month.

Brit, U.S. Governments Bully NSA Reporter; The Tweakers’ Republic Of North Korea; The State Of Northern Colorado; Biden Thinks Biden Can Beat Clinton; Is Obama A Stalinist Constitution Scholar?; And Record Breaking Fed Debt—Tuesday Morning News Roundup 8-20-2013

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  • Now, it’s personal. Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the news about secret U.S. surveillance programs, said the authorities who took his partner into custody at London’s Heathrow Airport “are going to regret what they did.” Source: CNN… 
  • A nation of repressed, impoverished tweakers under the thumb of a boy dictator: North Korea is experiencing a methamphetamine epidemic, according to a study published in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal North Korea Review. Source: The Wall Street Journal… 
  • Northern Colorado to be a new State? Voters in several rural Colorado counties will be asked whether they want to form a new state tentatively named Northern Colorado in the November election, a reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature’s “war on rural Colorado.” Source: The Washington Times… 
  • It has become something of a foregone conclusion that if Hillary Clinton wants it, the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 is all hers. But, Joe Biden thinks Joe Biden could beat Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Source: The Week… 
  • Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches. Evidently President Barack Obama forgot to leave out an important fact when he claimed to be a Constitutional scholar: He studied the Stalin Constitution. Source: The Washington Post…
  • A new record: The Federal Reserve’s holdings of publicly traded U.S. Treasury securities—federal government debt—pushed above $2 trillion for the first time last week, hitting approximately $2,001,093,000,000 as of Aug. 14. Source: CNS News

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Amash Vows Renewed Fight Against NSA; Chicago Jesus Is No Profit At Home; Abusing Material Witnesses; Obama’s Job Approval Has The Summertime Blues; Cruz’s Dual Citizenship— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 8-19-2013

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No Prophet Is Welcome In His Own Land: Hometown Paper Torches Chicago Jesus; Obamacare

You know public will to embrace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in freefall when President Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper pens an editorial calling for the “monstrosity” to be dismantled. Read More… 

Amash Vows Renewed Effort To Stop The NSA

Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) vowed over the weekend to revive a legislative attempt to block the National Security Agency from collecting American phone and Internet data en masse following the narrow defeat of a similar effort last month. Read More… 

Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate In Anticipation Of 2016 Presidential Run

In a move that’s hard not to associate with his potential ambitions to seek the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News, which published a story with an image of the document on Sunday. Read More… 

ProPublica Explains A Powerful Legal Tool, and Its Potential for Abuse

Controversy arose around federal prosecutors’ deployment of material witness orders after 9/11, when it came to light that they had used the warrants to detain large numbers of people to provide information about terror cases. The orders can be a powerful tool for solving crime, and are easily abused. Read More… 

Gallup: President Obama’s Job Approval Ratings Steadily Dips In Summer

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has steadily declined during the summer months of his presidency since he took office, Gallup said Monday. Read More… 

Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate In Anticipation Of 2016 Presidential Run

In a move that’s hard not to associate with his potential ambitions to seek the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News, which published a story with an image of the document on Sunday.

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The birth certificate affirms Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. His mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, gave birth to Cruz in Calgary in 1970. Upon his birth, Cruz became an American citizen, though not a “natural-born citizen” as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The newspaper volunteers perhaps too many pejorative comments about Cruz’ dual citizenship, but his naturalization status at birth is a real topic that’s lit a fire under mainstream media pundits.

In a column published Monday, Personal Liberty’s Bob Livingston explained the U.S. Supreme Court precedent that, if we are still a Nation of laws, should keep Cruz out of the Presidential race.

Offer us your take on the Senator’s eligibility in the comments.

McCain Fashionably Late To The Foreign Policy Party; Dreaming Of Assange’s Drone Death; A Million-Muslim PR Play; Liberals Need No Facts On Voter ID; Greenwald Defiant As Governments Intimidate – Monday Morning News Roundup 8-19-2013

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  • Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) got on TV Sunday to talk about the United States’ “lost credibility” throughout the Middle East after failing to follow its own law that requires suspending aid to states overtaken by a military coup–though the U.S. has not officially described the recent regime change in Egypt as a coup. McCain, along with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, had traveled to Egypt earlier this month at the request of President Barack Obama to implore military leaders to begin holding elections and transition into a democracy. Source: CNN…

 

 

  • Less than one month after writing an article advocating the creation of a 1984-style police state within the US, TIME Magazine’s senior correspondent Michael Grunwald now says he ‘can’t wait’ to cheer on the death of Wikileak’s Julian Assange. In fact, he specifically can’t wait to support a drone strike on Assange. Source: StoryLeak…

 

 

  • Critics say a Muslim group picked the wrong day — Sept. 11 — to march on Washington to complain about religious profiling and President Obama’s handling of an investigation into the terror attacks that rocked America 12 years ago. The mass demonstration, called the “Million Muslim March,” was changed to a more mainstream-sounding event, “Million American March Against Fear,” but the name did not seem to gain much traction and has apparently reverted back to its original title. Source: Fox News… 

 

 

  • Last week, Hillary Clinton used a speech to the American Bar Association to rail against states that are requiring voters show a photo ID before they vote. She called ID requirements part of “the greatest hits of voter suppression,” but she was ignoring evidence that minority turnout has gone up in states with even the toughest ID laws, even in elections where Barack Obama isn’t on the ballot. Source: National Review… 

 

  • The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programs by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro under dubious “suspicion” of terrorism. Then Greenwald unloaded on the American and British governments in a defiant editorial. Source: The Guardian…

 

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EFF Explains The Fallacy Of Government Trust; Illegal Aliens Pay Union Dues; Judge Tosses L.A. Car Impound Policy On Illegals; It’s The Economy, Stupid — Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-16-2013

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen

With each recent revelation about the NSA’s spying programs, government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the Executive branch, the Judiciary branch, and the Congress—knowingly approved these programs and exercised rigorous oversight over them. But a story in the Washington Post makes it manifestly clear that these assurances are a total fallacy. It’s time to act. Read More… 

 

Union Boss Tells Breitbart All About Illegal Alien Union Members

Breitbart did a spot interview Thursday with a top official from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at an immigration reform rally in Bakersfield, California. Amazingly, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina didn’t flinch on the subject of whether illegal aliens form part of the union’s membership. Read More…

 

Judge Overturns Los Angeles Policy On Seizing And Impounding Cars Driven By Illegal Aliens

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the city’s policy on seizing and impounding vehicles violates California State law, and is too permissive and open to aggrandizement. Superior Court Judge Terry Green ruled that the LAPD had essentially invented a method for confiscating cars that was inconsistent with both the spirit and the letter of State law, finding that the department’s policy on seizing vehicles driven by illegal aliens wasn’t reasonable in cases when a legal resident and licensed driver was also present. Read More… 

 

Poll Finds Economy, Jobs, Employment Top Issues Facing Nation

Twenty-five percent of Americans list the economy as the most important issue facing the country today, a Gallup poll released Friday indicated. Following the economy, 19 percent of Americans said the most pressing issue was unemployment and jobs, followed by dissatisfaction with government at 17 percent, results indicated. Surprised? Read More…

Union Boss Tells Breitbart All About Illegal Alien Union Members

Breitbart did a spot interview Thursday with a top official from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at an immigration reform rally in Bakersfield, California.

Amazingly, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina didn’t flinch on the subject of whether illegal aliens form part of the union’s membership.

“Medina gave no indication that he thought there was anything wrong with violating U.S. immigration law,” writes Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan. “This is a stunning admission coming from one of the top union leaders behind comprehensive immigration reform: it suggests that the SEIU knowingly accepts dues from illegal immigrants working in the United States and advocates for them regardless of their violations of immigration and labor laws.”

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NSA Audit Reveals What You Already Knew; Obama’s Two-Faced Mideast ‘Policy’; Newtown Gun Permits Set To Double; President’s Apathy During Bin Laden Raid Outed, Redacted; Chris Christie Pep Rally Foreshadows 2016 – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 8-16-2013

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  • The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. Source: The Washington Post… 

 

 

  • As Egypt descends into chaos, President Obama is facing increasing criticism that an “incoherent” policy toward the country – much like U.S. policy toward Syria – is putting U.S. money and influence on the line without a clear end-game. The Obama administration claims to be staying neutral in the violent confrontation between the military-backed government and Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi – but it’s sending mixed signals. Source: Fox News…

 

 

  • There has been a run on guns in the Connecticut town where a madman armed with a Bushmaster assault rifle turned a grade school into a slaughterhouse. Requests for gun permits are on track to double this year over last year in heartbroken Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec. 14, police said. Source: New York Daily News… 

 

 

  • A YouTube video featuring an interview with former Obama bodyman Reggie Love was removed after his comments surfaced in news reports highlighting some private details from President Obama’s life in the White House, including the historic day when Osama bin Laden was killed. While advisers huddled in the situation room, Love revealed that he and Obama played cards during part of the day. “[The President] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.” Love also joked about the day that Obama “finally found his birth certificate.” Source: Washington Examiner…

 

 

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laid out his ideas for saving the Republican Party at a gathering of the Republican National Committee on Thursday, in remarks that offered sharp criticism of rival Republicans and a window into his own potential 2016 platform. “The emphasis was on electability,” said Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri. “And he made the case that he is electable, so I think you saw a foreshadowing of 2016.” Source: TIME…

 

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EPA Assumes Congressional Powers; Obama Administration’s Ambivalence On Justice; Public Sours On Economic Policy Pivots; Sheriff’s Department Proud To Be ‘Paramilitary’ — Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-15-2013

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More Obama Administration Steamrolling Of Congress: EPA To Act On ‘Climate Change’

Really, who needs Congress anymore? Certainly not the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, which is busy game-planning end runs around Congress on education, wireless infrastructure, immigration and now climate change. Read More…

 

The Sweeping Presidential Power To Help Prisoners That Holder Didn’t Mention

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against the impacts of “draconian” sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason,” said Holder. But in unveiling the new “smart on crime” initiative, Holder skipped mention of the sweeping power the president has to shorten or forgive a federal prisoner’s sentence. Read More…

 

Poll: Obama’s Approval Slips On Economic Issues

U.S. public approval of President Obama’s handling of the economy has dropped significantly this summer, a Gallup poll indicates. The latest poll, taken between Aug. 7 and Sunday, found that 35 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s economic policy, down 7 percentage points from June. Read More…

 

Orange County, Florida Sheriff Blithely Proclaims: ‘We Are A Paramilitary Organization’

A Wednesday Orlando Sentinel report on a hiring spree at the burgeoning Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office quoted Sheriff Jerry Demings unironically describing his department as a “paramilitary organization.” Read More…

 

A Kinder, Gentler Drone; Panhandling’s Constitutional; Newt’s Peanut Gallery GOP; ‘Million Muslim March’ On Sept. 11; Jack Lew’s Magical Icebound Federal Deficit – Thursday Morning News Roundup 8-15-2013

 

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • Efforts to stop journalists, and the public at large, from using the word “drone” have failed miserably, but the industry hasn’t given up trying. “Drone” is a dirty word at this week’s drone industry convention in Washington. Source: The Washington Times…

 

 

  • A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan’s Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates free speech rights. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change. Source: The Detroit News… 

 

 

  • Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing “zero” alternatives to President Obama’s health care reform law. “I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich said. Source: CNN…

 

 

  • A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The group seems to rationalize the date chosen for their march by claiming that the media has been lying to the American people with regard to the role Islam played in the 9/11 attacks. Subtle. Source: Breitbart…

 

 

  • If the Treasury Department’s daily statements were to declare that the government had borrowed an additional net $98 billion to cover the $98 billion deficit the Treasury declared in its monthly statement for July, the Treasury would be conceding that the government had already surpassed the legal limit on the National debt – and has been violating the law by continuing to borrowing additional money. Instead, even as Jack Lew’s Treasury was running up the $98-billion deficit it reported in the July Monthly Treasury Statement, every one of the 22 Daily Treasury Statements published for July said the Treasury had closed out the previous business day with exactly $16,699,396,000,000 in debt. Source: CNS News… 

 

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