Tuesday Morning News Roundup 1-15-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • But President Barack Obama is so busy working on ways to disarm America that he isn’t going to be able to send Congress a budget by the legal deadline.
  • Scrapping the Federal gas tax sounds good. But the pay-per-mile scheme that would likely replace it amounts to a 250 percent tax hike.
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants the United States to be able to spend, spend, spend without that pesky debt ceiling getting in the way.

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Clothing For The Surveillance State

In an apparent sign of our surveillance state times, one New York-based artist is designing the fashion-forward equivalent of tinfoil hats.

Artist Adam Harvey has created a line of high-tech clothing that helps wearers avoid the prying eyes of facial-recognition technology and unmanned aerial vehicles. Another of his garments has pockets that prohibit a wearer’s cellphone from being tracked. Harvey also has created an “XX-Shirt” which he claims is made of material to protect the heart in the event you are forced to walk through an X-ray machine.

“Military technology is coming home from the war,” Harvey told Slate. “These pieces are designed to live with it, to cope with it–to live in a world where surveillance is happening all the time.”

One example of Harvey’s attempt to use fashion to thwart the surveillance state the anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf he has designed. The garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.

Harvey has worked in the past to come up with ways to obscure facial features and hairstyles so that they are not picked up by facial recognition cameras, which are becoming more common in cities throughout the world.

Texas Representative Threatens Obama Impeachment Over Guns

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said yesterday that he would “seek to thwart” any attempts of executive action to implement stricter gun-control laws in the United States, even if it means “filing articles of impeachment” against President Barack Obama.

In a press conference yesterday, the President said that he was exploring what options he has for implementing stricter gun laws without Congressional approval.

“My understanding is the Vice President’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence,” said Obama. “Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as President, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it.”

Stockman issued a statement after Obama’s remarks calling the President’s possible use of executive action “an existential threat to this Nation.”

“The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic,” Stockman said. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”

Though Obama said that “responsible gun owners” have no reason for concern, Stockman said that the potential for executive action should worry all Americans.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years,” he continued. “The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible.

“Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court. The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office,” he continued. “They are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”

Obama: Certain Gun Control Measures Can Be Accomplished Via Executive Order

At a press conference today President Barack Obama reiterated his willingness to use executive action to implement stricter gun laws.

 

“My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence,” said Obama. “Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as President, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it.”

Monday Morning News Roundup 1-14-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Action star Jackie Chan has sparked controversy by branding America the world’s “most corrupt” country in a TV interview.
  • Ted Nugent took the Administration of Barack Obama to task Sunday evening for pledging to make gun control a priority, telling a radio host the President’s plans are practically “psychotic.”
  • A residence pinpointed on a New York newspaper’s controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.
  • A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan to build an armed community to protect their liberty.

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NRA Criticizes Administration, Membership Grows

Last week, the National Rifle Association had a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder after which it told supporters that the Presidential Administration wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment.

In a statement following the meeting, the NRA proclaimed:

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.

As the government’s gun grab rhetoric continues, it seems a growing number of Americans are joining with the NRA in concern for the right of Americans to keep and bear arms in the United States. POLITICO reports that more than 100,000 new members have signed with the organization. NRA membership currently rests at about 4.2 million and the organization says that by the time the dust begins to settle on the gun-control debate, it would like to be up to 5 million.

Individuals can sign up with the organization online.

State Of The Union: Guns, Economy, Immigrants

On Feb. 12, President Barack Obama will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address. The speech is expected to focus on the economy and gun violence in America.

Just weeks after his Jan. 21 swearing in and weeks before the government reaches its next economic breaking point, the President’s speech is expected to include a call to action for lawmakers to turn around the economic situation.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited the President to make the speech in a letter sent to the White House on Friday.

“Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions,” Boehner wrote. “This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome to an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges. Therefore it is my privilege to invite you to speak before a Joint Session of Congress on February 12, 2013 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building.”

Following meetings last week between the Administration and gun-control and gun-rights groups, Vice President Joe Biden is slated to deliver a working plan on curbing gun violence in America to the President on Tuesday. This plan will likely also be a topic during the State of the Union speech.

Obama press secretary Jay Carney also alluded to the President’s interest in addressing immigration reform in the speech, something Obama has vowed to make a top priority in his second term.

Some Local Sheriffs Will Fight The Gun Grab *UPDATED

Sheriff Danny Peyman of Jackson County, Ky., reminded Americans who are concerned about the Federal government’s continued efforts to destroy the United States Constitution that there is still a powerful and peaceful means of resistance: the county sheriff.

We do our fair share of calling out crooked, Constitution-abusing police officers in the United States here at Personal Liberty Digest. So it’s nice to speak to and have the opportunity to write about members of the American law enforcement community who know the true meaning of the oaths they have taken. Peyman is most certainly one of them.

The Kentucky sheriff, speaking about the current gun control debate that has raged throughout the Nation, said last week: “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold. Let them pull that stuff in other places if they want, but not in Jackson County, Kentucky.”

The brave officer hopes that his public message will encourage other members of the law enforcement community to join him in resisting Federal abuses of power.

“Just a few of us have to be willing to stand up to political opposition putting our people at risk,” Peyman said. “The other side will back down.”

That is a message that resounded with Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) Founder Richard Mack, who said in an interview with Personal Liberty: “I congratulate and applaud that sheriff for standing up for the Constitution and for the people of his county.”

Mack — who in 1997 won a Supreme Court case that allows State and local officials to refuse to enforce certain regulations that curb individual rights — asserts that sheriffs throughout the Nation should follow Peyman’s lead in protecting the Constitution against Federal overreach.

“Plain and simple, the sheriff of every county has taken an oath to not only protect his people from gangs and burglars, but also from anyone who threatens their Constitutional rights,” Mack said. “If any sheriff in the Nation says ‘well, I’m busy out here fighting the drug war, so it’s ok for the Federal government to come in and violate people’s rights,’ he’s not doing his job.”

Mack said there are some sheriffs throughout the country who haven’t been receptive to the CSPOA message. That, he blames on the possibility that they are afraid to lose out on the massive amount of Federal grant money that is doled out to law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation every year.

“I’ve told sheriffs throughout the country that they should stop taking this money,” Mack said. “It should be illegal and is certainly immoral. Sometimes, grants are given freely; and sometimes, they require some sort of compliance with the Federal government. But the same thing that we tell kids in stranger-danger classes applies: Sometimes, people handing things out freely are up to no good.”

The bottom line, according to Mack, is that the policies that the Administration of Barack Obama is pushing — even beyond gun control — will have a severe impact on American liberty. And the Nation’s freedom-loving people, the sheriff contends, so far have not been able to rely on even most members of the GOP to reverse them.

Asked what he believes the Federal government’s ultimate gun control goal is, Mack responded: “Registration and confiscation. They’re already talking about complete registration of firearms; well, history tells us what the next step is: confiscation. Hitler did the same thing in Germany and other countries that mandated complete registration did, too.”

Mack believes that the gun-grab agenda could be halted if just one-third of the Nation’s 3,100 sheriffs took the same position as Peyman.

“Every sheriff in this country can stop it,” he said. “And can you imagine how cowardly sheriffs that would stand by and let the Federal government come in and take guns and property — whatever they want — would have to be not to stand up for their people.”

CSPOA advises Americans to get in touch with their local sheriff and make sure that they vow to uphold the Constitution and protect local interests.

“It’s like Thomas Jefferson said; local government governs best,” Mack said. “And sheriffs should understand that and involve the community in keeping the area safe. Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio is setting an excellent example of that right now.”

Mack was referring to a program Arpaio, the sheriff of the Maricopa County, Ariz., has put in place whereby responsible, local gun owners who are trained by the department are patrolling streets around schools in a bid to deter crime and possible gun violence.

“The Sheriff is starting this School Posse program in order to allow everyone to feel safe sending their kids to school,” Arpaio spokesman Brandon Jones told The Daily Beast. “Using the history of his Mall Patrol Posse, statistically driving down crime at the local malls, he believes this is an appropriate way to address the public’s outcry for more security in and around schools.”

Mack said that people throughout the Nation should call their sheriffs and suggest similar approaches to making the ties closer between law enforcement and the general public.

“Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?” Mack asked. “Neighbors looking out for neighbors.”

Learn more about the CSPOA here. And don’t forget to encourage your local sheriff to join the mission to protect the Constitution from Federal meddling.

Update: Find below a video of a press conference Sheriff Peyman held Saturday explaining his reasons for staunchly defending the Second Amendment.

Friday Morning News Roundup 1/11/2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • As President Barack Obama continues to try to grab Americans’ guns, he has repealed a cost-cutting measure that ended ex-President Secret Service protection once they had been out of office for a decade.
  • The U.S. Border Patrol is still intercepting only about 61 percent of would-be illegal aliens along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • In Northhampton, Mass., police who found a threatening note in a high school tricked the entire student body into signing an anti-violence pledge to gather handwriting samples.

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Federal Government: What Is ‘Homeland Security’ Anyway?

The Federal government has implemented a massive security/surveillance apparatus in the years since 9/11 under the guise of homeland security, but a new report indicates that the government doesn’t know what “homeland security” actually means.

A report out Tuesday from the Congressional Research Office details how 30 Federal entities handling everything from social security to agriculture are receiving Homeland Security funding because the government has no clear designation as to what constitutes spending to secure the homeland.

From the report:

Ten years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. government does not have a single definition for “homeland security.” Currently, different strategic documents and mission statements offer varying missions that are derived from different homeland security definitions. Historically, the strategic documents framing national homeland security policy have included national strategies produced by the White House and documents developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to the 2010 National Security Strategy, the 2002 and 2007 National Strategies for Homeland Security were the guiding documents produced by the White House. In 2011, the White House issued the National Strategy for Counterterrorism.

In conjunction with these White House strategies, DHS has developed a series of evolving strategic documents based on the two national homeland security strategies and include the 2008 Strategic Plan—One Team, One Mission, Securing the Homeland; the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and Bottom-Up Review; and the 2012 Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan. The 2012 DHS strategic plan is the latest evolution in DHS’s process of defining its mission, goals, and responsibilities. This plan, however, only addresses the department’s homeland security purview and is not a document that addresses homeland security missions and responsibilities that are shared across the federal government. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is developing the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, which is due late 2013 or early 2014.

Translation: The government designates whatever it wants to as homeland security spending. According to the report, the actual Department of Homeland Security receives only about 52 percent of the money spent on “homeland security.” The rest is split up among 30 other Federal agencies, leading to a notion that “funding is driving priorities rather than priorities driving the funding,” according to the report.

Wyoming Lawmakers Seek To Protect State From Gun Grab

Lawmakers in Wyoming are gearing up to take action against any Federal, State or local threats to the 2nd Amendment rights of the State’s residents.

The State’s proposed bill, the Firearms Protection Act (HBO104), would nullify any Federal restrictions on guns. It threatens to jail Federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, magazines or ammunition, thereby allowing rightful State gun regulation.  The rule would apply to those firearm products manufactured and kept in the State.

The bill, sponsored by eight Wyoming State Representatives and two State Senators, would declare any Federal gun regulation created on or after Jan. 1, 2013 to be unenforceable within the State if it passes. It would also give State authorities the ability to arrest Federal officials attempting to enforce Federal firearm laws and would make said Federal officials making them “subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”

It would also grant Wyoming’s Attorney General the power to defend State residents brought up on Federal firearm charges.

Wyoming State Senator Larry Hicks said the legislation should send a message to Federal gun grabbers.

“It says that your one size fits all solution doesn’t comport to what a vast majority of the State believes,” Hicks explained in an interview.

Vice President Biden signaled yesterday that President Barack Obama was willing to issue an executive order to tackle the gun issue — something Hicks says his constituents are livid about.

“They are very, very upset that we’re going to see some level of federal takeover of our weapons and abuse of our rights given to us by the Second Amendment,” Hicks stated. “Also that the Federal government will bypass our legislative officials and confiscate our weapons through executive order. This gives citizens of the Western United States a great deal of concern.”

The Wyoming bill is based on a law passed in Montana in 2009 that exempts firearm products made in the State from draconian Federal laws.

On Stomping The American Flag

Scott Compton, a high school English teacher in Chapin, S.C., is in hot water for taking the American flag from its place in the classroom and stomping on it during an honors English lesson on symbolism.

“He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, ‘What does this represent,’ and everybody said, ‘Christianity,'” said the parent of one student in the class who is a veteran and upset about the teacher’s actions.

“Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ‘This is a symbol, but it’s only a piece of cloth. It doesn’t mean anything,’ and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it, repeatedly.

“I asked what was he trying to get, the point across? And [my daughter] said, ‘I don’t know,’ and he said, his explanation was there would be no consequences, it’s just a piece of cloth that doesn’t mean anything.”

School administrators thought Compton’s actions were abhorrent and have placed him on leave for at least the remainder of the school year, according to reports.

“Our superintendent served in the military, I served in the military for 20 years, our flag is a symbol of our freedom, and so many people have fought and died for that liberty, and so we take this action very seriously,” said Mark Bounds, a spokesperson for the school district Lexington-Richland 5.

According to Compton’s attorney, the teacher was attempting to show his classes that America is an “inspirational idea,” greater than the “material objects that represent it,” during a lesson on symbolism.

“He made only positive comments about America throughout this lesson,” wrote attorney Darryl D. Smalls in a statement. “The version of events currently circulating is incomplete.

“He meant no intentional disrespect to those men and women who served our country or to America itself,” continued Smalls. “Several members of his family served in the Armed Forces and they have his total support given all of the facts of the lesson.”

And there is no legal basis that Compton actually did anything wrong, as the Supreme Court has protected “symbolic expression,” even including the burning of the flag, in the past.

The flag is a symbol of American sacrifice and bravery. But is it also a symbol of the abuses of the American government? Furthermore, as the rights of Americans become more endangered with each legislative movement in Washington, is patriotism and flag-worship wise in the United States of today?

The public education system — because it is a product of American bureaucracy and tyranny — has effectively become the initial point of indoctrination for Americans to the propaganda that has come to rule over our society. These schools also serve more and more as the places where the Nation’s youths learn to accept less liberty for more safety.  So perhaps Compton’s act of defiance against the idea that America is a flag before which each citizen must bow should be applauded.

It’s obvious that the idea that Compton acted nobly in stomping the flag and informing his students that America is more than the symbols that evoke tears during the national anthem would not be popular with conservatives. Flag destruction conjures images of hippies, America-hating liberals and any number of anarchy-espousing wackos. But the teacher was well within his 1st Amendment rights in stomping the flag. To be a conservative, one must unconditionally support the rights afforded the American people in the Constitution.

Another argument could be made that now is absolutely no time for Americans to be patriotic, at least in the connotation that that word has come to mean in the years since Sept. 11, 2001. The public, through cleverly named legislative and executive actions (PATRIOT, National Defense Authorization) has been conditioned to believe that at all costs Americans must support a governmental crusade against the world’s “evildoers,” “axes of evil” and whatever other convenient terms for imaginary forces fit the needs of the Nation’s leaders at the moment.

President Barack Obama, George W. Bush and their respective Administrations and Congresses are all culpable in using subversion to take away freedom from Americans by evoking patriotic vigor or fear.

Webster defines “patriotism” as follows: “love for or devotion to one’s country.”

If what Compton did to the American flag in his South Carolina classroom was wrong and unpatriotic, what Congress and the current and previous Presidential Administrations have done to the U.S. Constitution is purely treasonous. The Nation the flag has come to represent is no longer under the control of honest men who share a love and devotion to their country, and Americans would be remiss to allow the symbolism of the cloth to blind them to the fact that America is nearly completely destroyed. It now represents colonized land under British rule more than the Revolutionary new country that inspired true patriotism more than two centuries ago.

Americans should revere the men and women who have given so much throughout the course of our Nation’s history to protect what this Nation was founded upon; but Compton is correct, the flag has very little to do with any of that. If the Nation’s people aren’t careful to remember that the America isn’t simply a flag filled with the memory of our war fallen, the very same piece of cloth will be used as a blindfold to dissidence as, for the benefit of the few, Washington’s criminal class undo everything those millions of dead fought to protect.

If you must pledge your allegiance, pledge your allegiance to the Constitution — if only until the Nation is able to clean the stains of evil and corruption from the cloth of its flag.

Thursday Morning News Roundup 1/10/2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Public schools have become prime targets for jackboot cops who wish to overexert their power by arresting kids for everything from talking too loudly to farting.

 

 

  • The Administration of President Barack Obama is sitting down with gun owners groups today — including the National Rifle Association — as officials look at ways to curb gun violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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America: Congress Sucks More Than Nickelback, Carnies And Colonoscopies

It has officially been confirmed that the 112th Congress, which came to a close last week, was the least productive on record.

Despite attempting to make massive gains in eviscerating American liberty with indefinite detention, online spying, Internet control bills and wasteful spending, the recently closed Congress held the lowest number of meetings and passed the fewest bills since The Washington Times began tallying legislative progress with its Futility Index. The latest Congress achieved a Futility Index of 330, according to the newspaper’s calculations; that’s 10 percent worse than the previous most unproductive Congress, the 107th in 2001 and 2002.

Lawmakers blame the lack of cooperation between the Democratic Senate and Republican House for the constant state of legislative gridlock that Americans have come to expect from Congress.

Whatever the cause of the Congressional dysfunction, a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) demonstrates how frustrated a majority of Americans are with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill. PPP found that Congress currently has an approval rating of just 9 percent. Here is a list of things the polling agency determined have a higher approval rating than America’s legislators when respondents were given a choice between the two:

  • Lice, 67 percent : Congress,  17 percent
  • Brussels sprouts, 69 percent : Congress, 23 percent
  • NFL replacement refs, 56 percent : Congress, 29 percent
  • Colonoscopies, 58 percent : Congress, 31 percent
  • Root canals, 56 percent : Congress, 32 percent
  • Used car salesmen, 57 percent : Congress, 32 percent
  • Traffic jams, 56 percent : Congress, 34 percent
  • France, 46 percent : Congress, 37 percent
  • Carnies, 39 percent : Congress, 31 percent
  • Nickelback, 39 percent : Congress, 32 percent
  • Genghis Khan, 41 percent : Congress 37 percent
  • Political pundits, 37 percent: Donald Trump, 44 percent : Congress, 42 percent
  • Cockroaches, 45 percent : Congress, 43 percent

America’s lawmakers, however, did beat some of the choices: Lindsey Lohan (45/41), playground bullies (43/38), telemarketers (45/35), the Kardashians (49/36), John Edwards (45/29), lobbyists (48/30), Fidel Castro (54/32), gonorrhea (53/28), ebola (53/25), communism (57/23), North Korea (61/26) and meth labs (60/21).

Here’s to you, Congress:

A Gun Control News Roundup

Here is a collection of some of the latest stories coming from the American gun control debate. Gun grabbers are making a great deal of noise and using underhanded tactics to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” *

Vice President Joe Biden Makes Clear The Executive Threat To The 2nd Amendment
 

The Vice President, who is currently in the midst of a series of meeting focused around gun control efforts, said at a news conference Wednesday that gun control is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.” That’s why, he said, the President is putting together a comprehensive plan that includes gun control via executive order.

“The president is going to act,” said Biden. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”

Biden spent Wednesday in meetings with organizations that support gun control and shooting victims. Today, he is slated to meet with gun-ownership organizations and sportsmen’s groups. He is also planning talks with video-game makers and other members of the entertainment industry to discuss gun violence.

Former President Bill Clinton Turned A Consumer Electronics Show Speech Into A Gun Control Diatribe

According to CNET, Clinton was expected to talk about closing the technology gap between rich and poor countries. Instead, he veered into talking about America’s “unjustifiable neglect of gun safety.”

From CNET:

Clinton talking about gun control and the death rate in the U.S. compared to other countries. “I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts,” Clinton says. “Why does anybody need a 30-round clip for a gun?” Half of all deaths have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired, Clinton offers.

New York Governor Outlines His Own Gun-Grabbing Plan

Andrew Cuomo said in an address to lawmakers in his State Wednesday, “Guns have both a noble and tragic tradition in America and in New York State.”

That’s why he wants to implement some of the (so far) most draconian gun laws in the Nation. His plan includes:

  • Confiscation of firearms by police if a psychiatrist determines you have mental problems.
  • Banning all assault weapons “with military features.”
  • Limiting magazines to seven rounds.
  • Confiscation of pre-1994 assault weapon ban banned weapons.
  • Shorter renewal periods for gun licenses.
  • Requiring background checks on private party gun sales.

A Representative In Iowa Calls For Gun Confiscation

State Representative Dan Muhlbauer (D- Manilla) said he believes that the government should simply begin confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other “big guns.” He said that he owns a .410 shotgun, a .22 rifle and a .22 pistol.

“We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” Muhlbauer told the Daily Times Herald. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.”

“We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively.

“We need to get them off the streets — illegally — and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer went on. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”

Connecticut Senator Wants Background Checks For Ammo Purchases

Senator Richard Blumenthal (R-Conn.) said he wants Federal legislation in addition to an assault weapons ban that would require instant background checks for the sale of ammunition. He is expected to take up the proposal once Congress reconvenes.

“They can be done in 30 seconds,” he said. “The vast majority are, and they would prevent people who should not have ammunition or firearms from actually buying it.”

On The Bright Side For 2nd Amendment: A Utah Town Is Making Armed Homes A Priority

Councilman Neil Sorensen of Spring City, Utah, proposed an ordinance requiring a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. The Council did not make it a requirement, but they unanimously agreed to move forward with an ordinance “recommending” the idea.

“It sends a statement that criminals better think twice,” Sorensen told The Associated Press. “If a teacher would have had a concealed weapon in Sandy Hook, I think the death loss would have been fewer. If sane, trained people had guns, they could have shot back.”

Here are links to a other gun control topics to help you stay abreast of the issue:

*In 1995 Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the need to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

 

 

Federal Judge Rules Against Stop And Frisk

A Federal Court in New York City ruled this week that the New York Police Department must cease its practice of stopping and frisking innocent people in public areas outside thousands of private apartment buildings in the Bronx through its controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin barred NYPD’s enforcement of Operation Clean Halls, a New York City program within the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy that allows police officers to patrol in and around certain private apartment buildings stopping residents at random. Scheindlin said that NYPD officials know, or should have known, that the stops are unConstitutional.

“The evidence of numerous unlawful stops at the hearing strengthens the conclusion that the NYPD’s inaccurate training has taught officers the following lesson: stop and question first, develop reasonable suspicion later,” she wrote in her decision.

The ruling, civil rights advocates say, is a major step in entirely dismantling NYPD’s unConstitutional stop-and-frisk policy.

“Today’s decision is a major step toward dismantling the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk regime,” said NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman in a statement. “Operation Clean Halls has placed New Yorkers, mostly black and Latino, under siege in their own homes in thousands of apartment buildings. This aggressive assault on people’s constitutional rights must be stopped.”

This is the first time a Federal court has ruled against the intrusive stop-and-frisk policies of the NYPD.

Wednesday Morning News Roundup 1-9-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

 

 

 

  • In a segment on Piers Morgan’s CNN program, sports columnist for the Daily Beast Buzz Bissinger called for Alex Jones to be shot the day after his heated exchange with the British blowhard Morgan.

 

  • Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices.

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DNA To Be As Common As Fingerprinting

Pretty soon, the government may be able to analyze your DNA in as little time as it takes to take someone’s fingerprints; the technology could be coming to a police station near you.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, DNA machines that process DNA in 90 minutes or less and designed to be used in the field by non-scientists exist and are being marketed heavily to the Federal government and State and local law enforcement agencies by key players in the military-industrial complex.

A white paper published by one manufacturer of rapid DNA technology, IntegenX, says:

Rapid DNA analysis is a transformative technology that promises to fundamentally change the way investigations are conducted by enabling law enforcement personnel to quickly and definitively identify suspects while they are still in custody. The technology has the potential to help create safer communities through its many applications from policing to homeland security and defense. With the introduction of the first commercial Rapid DNA systems in 2012, a new standard will emerge in the usage of DNA profiles as an actionable biometric

The FBI got its first “rapid DNA” equipment in September. The agency reportedly has about 10 million DNA records on individuals already stored in databases and will likely significantly expand DNA collection by means of rapid DNA equipment.

California Medical Marijuana Dispenser Gets 10 Years From Fed

A former California medical marijuana dispensary owner was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for operating three facilities in the State where marijuana is legal.

Aaron Sandusky is one of a handful of defendants that have been singled out by Federal authorities for running medical marijuana dispensaries in States where possession of the plant is legal under State law. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson gave him the minimum sentence possible under Federal guidelines.

“In this case, as the defendant was warned, the court’s hands are tied,” Anderson said, “whether you agree with the defendant’s position or not.”

The 42-year-old defendant was convicted in October on charges of conspiring to manufacture and possess marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiring to operate a drug-involved premises and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it.

In sentencing the man, Anderson wrote that Sandusky “used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the collapse of his real estate business. Defendant built a veneer of legitimacy around his criminal enterprise using his customers’ good-faith search for pain relief.

“There is absolutely no altruistic component to defendant’s continued and sustained criminality.”

Sandusky’s lawyer Roger Diamond is filing an appeal on Sandusky’s behalf in an attempt to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Aaron was in full compliance with California law, but the federal government says that California law is irrelevant,” said Diamond.

Peace Prize President Prepares For All-Out Drone Assaults

So far, 2013 has been a busy year for Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Barack Obama, as his Administration launched six drone strikes in Pakistan during the first eight days of the year. The strikes have been blamed for an estimated 35 deaths.

According to reports, the United States launched 43 drone strikes in Pakistan last year, less than half of the number of strikes during the most aggressive bombardment of the nation in 2010. But the frequency of drone strikes in the initial days of 2013 and other indicators likely offer telltale signs that the drone war will ratchet up again.

On Monday, Obama nominated counterterrorism adviser and drone murder aficionado John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency, which has taken a primary role in drone assaults in recent years.

While the number of civilian deaths that have occurred from drone warfare is widely disputed (some international agencies have estimated the civilian death toll to be anywhere between 5 percent and 20 percent of all drone-related deaths in Pakistan), Brennan has publicly supported expanded drone warfare. According to The New York Times, Brennan even claimed in 2011 that for more than a year there wasn’t “a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.”

Because the CIA is the primary operator of America’s deadly drone program, there are no concrete, publicly available numbers related to civilian death tolls from drone strikes. But Brennan critics say his earlier assertions are ridiculous, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimated the number to be near 500 civilian casualties late last year.

Another caveat of the policy of constantly pummeling tribal Pakistan with drones is the psychological impact it is having on the non-militant population of the region. People terrified of the American death machines in the skies are more easily co-opted into anti-Western extremist groups.

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 1-7-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Need a creepy new weight-loss gadget? Check out this fork that watches you eat.
  • A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversy at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all.
  • A technology expert says that in today’s always-connected world, getting your privacy back is just as likely to happen as getting your virginity back.
  • According to reports, cops took four prescription pill bottles from the home of accused Aurora, Colo., mass murderer James Holmes. No information about what drugs he was on has yet been released.
  • Is there life out there? NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered four new planets that are less than twice the size of Earth and which orbit in their star’s habitable zone. They say there are likely billions more.

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Celebrate Gun Appreciation Day

The gun grabbers in Congress have made it known that an onslaught of draconian anti-2nd Amendment legislative efforts is in store for Americans. But now gun rights supporters have a plan to fight back by supporting 2nd Amendment rights en masse on Jan. 19 during the newly created Gun Appreciation Day.

A coalition of political organizations, including  the Second Amendment Foundation, Revolution PAC, Citizens and Country, Conservative Action Alerts, Women Warriors PAC and others, have popularized the idea to organize against the President’s and Congress’ “post Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.”

“We have never had a president who so callously disregards the Constitution, Congress, the courts and the will of the American people,” said Gun Appreciation Day Chairman Larry Ward.

Organizers have called for supporters to celebrate the day by making gun purchases, visiting gun stores or simply wearing 2nd Amendment-supporting T-shirts and ball caps.

“We felt that there needed to be a swift, strong statement, Chick-fil-A style, to show that we’re not only here but we’re vocal,” Ward said, referring to the outpouring of conservative support for the chicken sandwich chain last year following statements made in support of traditional marriage by its president.

Jan. 19 is the day before Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) likely will introduce legislation for a harsh new assault weapon ban. It is two days before President Barack Obama, who has promised to initiate new gun control measures, is inaugurated for his second term.

Learn more about Gun Appreciation Day here.

Rand Paul Calls For Israel Aid Cuts In Israel

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for a reduction in U.S. aid to Israel on Monday during his first visit to the nation.

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Republican fielded reporter questions which allude to the possibility that he is gearing up for a 2016 Presidential bid, speculation the Senator neither confirmed nor denied. His call for reduced American aid to Israel — an unpopular policy position among most Republicans — came during a press briefing.

Paul said that the $3 billion a year the U.S. provides its Mideast ally could possibly weaken both countries as the United States continues to battle massive debt and deficit spending.

“It will (be) harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process,” he told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an Israeli think tank. “I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits … you destroy your currency by spending money you don’t have.”

Paul has long been a critic of American foreign aid spending. He penned a letter to fellow lawmakers late last year calling for cuts in foreign aid spending to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya.

The Senator explained in his most recent call for cutting foreign aid that American money is being used to fuel an arms race in the Mideast that will ultimately make the region more dangerous for Israel.

“I’m concerned that some of the weaponry that we are currently giving to Egypt may one day be used against Israel,” he said.

Paul also said that reduced aid to Israel would give leaders of that country more room to make defense decisions without first having to acquire U.S. permission “on bended knee.”