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IRS Tyrant Lois Lerner was former FEC Tyrant Terrorizing Conservative and Christian Groups while Refusing to Pursue Obama’s Illegal and Foreign Contributions
Did you ever wonder why the FEC (Federal Election Commission) never took any action on all the charges about Obama’s eligibility and foreign campaign donations? Longtime Atlas readers remember the blockbuster stories I broke during the early summer 2008 on illegal contributions, foreign contributions, contributions from Hamas-controlled areas in Gaza, and non-existent donors (scroll here). I documented it all in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Adminstration’s War on America. Good article on it here: Obama’s Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes
Lois Lerner, IRS official and director of IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division is at the center of the IRS scandal. Lerner was formerly head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) where there are reports of her politically motivated harassment of conservative groups, according to a May 20 report on “The Weekly Standard.”
Lerner brought her skulduggery and utter disregard for the law to her new job with the IRS. Another Obama socialist and lawbreaker on the warpath using the full authority and power of the US government to terrorize and bully American citizens. Has any other person so singlehandedly influenced not just one, but two elections? Obama always rewards his lieutenants. Think Jarrett, Axlerod, Emanuel, Holder, ad nauseum.
The government has been infiltrated by these Socialist Progressives and America haters who stuff themselves at the public trough while avoiding any accountability in their subversion of the law. The Obama years will be remembered most for their imperious lawlessness.
“IRS’s Lerner Had History of Harassment, Inappropriate Religious Inquiries at FEC Targeted Christian Coalition” Weekly Standard, May 20, 2013
Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency’s growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct.
Still, Lerner has her defenders in the government and the media. Shortly after the scandal broke, The Daily Beast published an article headlined “IRS Scandal’s Central Figure, Lois Lerner, Described as ‘Apolitical.’” Insisting Lerner, and the IRS more broadly, were not not politically motivated has been a central contention of those trying to minimize the impact of the scandal.
The trouble with this defense is that, prior to joining the IRS, Lerner’s tenure as head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was marked by what appears to be politically motivated harassment of conservative groups.
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
Scandalous Hat Trick
Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today’s dark clouds.
Surely you are aware that the Hatch Act prevents certain federal employees from engaging in political activity. Specifically, it’s illegal for these federal employees to engage in action in support of or in opposition to a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.
Yet that is exactly what’s happened within the IRS, the Justice Department, and in the Benghazi cover-up. This scandalous hat trick is on your watch. It is not believable that you knew nothing about Obama administration actions in dealing with these scandals. And in regards to Benghazi, when you should have taken appropriate action to save American lives – for instance by calling in the Marines – you were AWOL. Just weeks before the election your team scrubbed the Benghazi talking points in 12 different versions, lied to the American people about some YouTube video being to blame for the deaths of brave Americans who put our country first, and you prove Michael Barone right when he writes, “What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line.” That’s why you all did what you did. Pure raw politics were at play during a horrific time of loss.
For more evidence of Hatch Act violations right under your nose, simply consider DOJ’s “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the free press. Do you think they picked up some political talk when tapping the phones in the House press gallery?
Your team is out of control. Those who cannot remember the past and learn from it are doomed to repeat it, and that is exactly what is happening. Look back exactly 40 years ago this week and apply that disheartening chapter of American history to the team you’ve chosen and lead today.
Some of us warned America; we cautioned voters in 2008 that a community organizer with no executive experience and no sense of accountability would be a very poor choice for the nation’s top management position.
Mr. President, you said today that you have “complete confidence” in the Attorney General. America doesn’t. Eric Holder needs to appoint an unbiased Special Counsel to investigate the illegal political action of this administration. And then Eric Holder needs to resign.
Most Americans see ominous dark clouds looming beyond the White House Rose Garden, Mr. President. They’ll roll away only when light is shined on the Obama administration’s antics, and America will only recover when you cease avoiding responsibility in this mission of yours to fundamentally transform America. For that to happen, the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped and provide a deserving public fairer, more intelligent coverage.
Speaking of coverage, glad you finally called in the Marines… shame it was just to hold your umbrella.
It’s a shame they weren’t there to escort this disgrace from The White House grounds.
From Camp of the Saints: http://thecampofthesaints.org/
The Tea Party invested its energy into electing the right people, but as Rick Scott and Marco Rubio showed us, there may be no such thing as the right people. Politicians are in the business of selling out. The difference between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist was that Rubio hadn’t really been tested.
But that doesn’t mean politics is hopeless. It means politicians are hopeless. People however can still force politicians to do the right thing.
The NRA won its fight against gun control even though all the odds, political, financial and emotional, were stacked against it. Politicians had every reason to defect and evolve into a new understanding. And some did. But the ground held because enough of them knew that the NRA was in it for the long term and they would have to deal with it long after Bloomberg had moved on.
In 2012, amnesty and gun control both appeared to be equally unacceptable and were shunned by Republican politicians. If anything they shunned amnesty even harder than gun control. But one election loss later and most of the stalwarts, including Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan have jumped on the amnesty train.
Victor Davis Hanson observes that, “in these divided times ideology and politics can easily trump considerations about character.” But accepting that character doesn’t matter may just be practical politics.
There may be leaders of good character out there who firmly resolve to do the right thing and never waver from their course, but they are the exception and the political system is designed to weed them out.
The self-motivated politician who never wavers is a lot to ask of any man. Even Churchill eventually buckled to Stalin. What can one expect of the senator from Idaho or Virginia?
Politics is not about politicians. It’s about people. Politicians are just the brokers in the political process. The real lesson of the Tea Party is not that you can intervene in a primary for the most conservative candidate and then sit back while he does the right thing, it’s that the only way to get the right thing done is to have an organization that is constantly involved in the political process.
Prohibition, an insane policy, was largely rammed through by a clever and relentless organization that built alliances and forced the issue down the throats of politicians who didn’t agree with it. The same tactics have been used for a variety of causes, including, most recently, gay marriage. In each case, most politicians who did not agree with a cause, came around on it because it was smart politics.
The politician who evolves concedes that he is up for grabs. Evolutionary announcements should be met with contempt, but they also signal that a politician who flips can be made to flop back again. Treating him as if he were an intelligent thinking individual with principles may be a mistake. It may be easier to assume that he has neither principles nor character and that he will go whichever way seems easiest. And the trick then is to reshape his environment so that he evolves into another shape.
For all the complaints that we need leaders, leaders may be the one thing that we do not need. The sort of people that we associate with leaders tend to be self-willed men with their own agendas. Christie and Bloomberg are both leaders, but their version of leadership is to pursue their private agendas without any accountability or regard for anyone else. What we need are not leaders, but organizations that are better at holding politicians accountable.
Hunting for principled politicians is like searching for buried treasure. It’s nice if we find some, but we can’t assume that we will.
The professional politician excels at pretending to have principles and then selling them out. Finding an honest one is like trying to buy a Rolex watch at a folding card table near Times Square. You may get the real deal, but the odds are that you will be ripped off because the people you are dealing with are trained con artists. They have pulled the same scam a thousand times. They are better at reading you than you are at reading them.
What politicians really do is move money around. They push pork for their friends and supporters who then reward them by making sure that they get reelected. It’s a simple financial transaction and any principles can only get in the way of it. They are salesmen for government spending and like all salesmen, they need a pitch strategy because “I’m going to give 10 million dollars of your money to the people who contribute to my campaign and organize groups that support me” is not a winner.
We may have reached the point where it’s smarter to ignore the pitch strategy, the stories, the speaking style, the declaration of principles, the Heritage approved reading list, and reduce everything back to a simple business transaction free of any hero worship or commitments.
It’s not smart for small government conservatives to believe in politicians anyway. If politicians were worth believing in, then one of the main arguments against small government trickles away. If there were a breed of politicians that weren’t hungry for power and able to find the balance between rights and regulations, why shouldn’t we trust them to run things? Such a breed of philosopher-kings doesn’t exist. And will never exist.
Most people, of all factions, rightly hold politicians in contempt and are suspicious of governments. The Tea Party would have done better to keep its distance from politicians, instead of allowing too many of them to wrap themselves in the Tea Party brand. Too much energy was wasted in getting behind politicians, instead of getting on top of them.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”was the old Roman question. Who watches the watchmen? Politicians are a poor accountability method. They aren’t going to hold themselves accountable. Trying to play Diogenes hunting for an honest politician in Washington D.C. is an even bigger waste of time. There are hardly any and they may not be the ones you think are.
Politicians are tools. They were meant to be wielded by the people. A good politician understands that he is being held accountable. A bad politician doesn’t. Politicians don’t pay attention to people. They pay attention to organizations. The only way to lock in good behavior by a politician is to lock them into an organization that is capable of rewarding or punishing him.
The organization can’t just be money. There is an entire political class built around activism that consumes money and does nothing. The 2012 campaign should have been an education in that.
The left isn’t just successful because it has billionaires, but because it successfully organizes people. The successful organization of people is the difference between 2010 and 2012. If 2014 and 2016 are going to be any different, it will come down to building organizations that can transform the process.
Single-issue organizations like the NRA can be very effective. So can larger scale organizations. Many of them exist, but what they really require is ground level organizing. Money is cheap. People are hard to come by.
If conservative policies are going to win out, the decentralized conservative presence of the internet is going to have to be more directly leveraged in the real world. The people already exist. Bringing them into play in a structured way is what is missing.
The 2010 elections showed what is possible when the people get involved. And the 2012 elections showed what happens when the political class leaves the people behind. Sometimes the people class can win on its own, but even when it does, its victory, like all political class agendas, is a prelude to another sellout.
Principles can’t come from politicians because politics is now largely an economic transaction. They can only come from people who do not benefit from those government class transactions. The left has built a shadow government of organizations, but it has done so while linking those organizations to small, but sizable numbers of organizers and activists, who can rally the base. The right will have to duplicate its accomplishments if it doesn’t want to see the politicians that it wastes money and energy electing constantly “evolve” to the left.
Some readers have complained that this blog is too hostile or negative toward Republican politicians. If anything it’s not nearly negative enough. Cheerleading for favorite politicians is a waste of time. The solutions will not come from messiahs in suits. It will come when the number of conservative issues that politicians come to see as the third rail expands beyond gun control. It will come when the professional political infrastructure is contained by a conservative activist infrastructure that is as least as effective and powerful as its counterpart on the left.
It will come when we stop believing in electing the right man and accept that the honest politician is the one who stays bought. It may not be romantic or idealistic, but it is far more practical than waiting for the next Marco Rubio to come around.
Found at 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/
WARREN, N.H. – Bringing the national gun debate to a tiny New England town on Tuesday, the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte at the lawmaker’s first town hall meeting since she voted against expanded background checks on all commercial gun sales.
Erica Lafferty, who first met with the Republican senator in Washington earlier this month after she opposed the compromise negotiated by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., was visibly angry as she spoke into the microphone at the meeting, which drew more than 100 people who came to condemn or support Ayotte’s vote.
“You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm. I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn’t more important than that,” said Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down by Newtown shooter Adam Lanza.
I heard these remarks on my drive this morning and knew I had to respond to this pathetic display, but Jeff Goldstein beat me to it:
Answer: your mother was gunned down with a weapon stolen by a guy who killed his own mother by shooting her.
And perhaps had someone in the school been armed besides the murderer with the stolen weapon, your mother would still be alive. I know that’s no real comfort, but it has the luxury of being the truth. No extra burden put on law abiding citizens would have stopped that horror from happening. But perhaps had the murderer believed he wasn’t walking in to a turkey shoot, he would have thought twice.
Oh, and pimping out your own dead mother with the object of denying law abiding citizens their natural right to protect themselves — something your mother couldn’t do thanks to laws passed in your state — that’s some sick-in-the-head shit.
Indeed, it is, but that is the state of our Culture these days.
We live in a society where, thanks to the infection of Leftist Thinking, the personal has become political. Using one’s dead loved ones for political purposes is acceptable because this Society values ends more than it does the morality of the means. Nothing is beyond the pale. No behavior is proscribed. Prudence and discretion are seen as negatives.
But the situation is even more complex. American Society is also a Therapeutic Society, where feelings and emotions have been exalted, placed on a shiny pedestal, and where Reason has been delegitimized, where one no longer grieves in private, and where being a victim or related to a victim of crime grants someone expert status is the eyes of their fellow citizens.
Could This Be One Explanation?
American Culture is sick, it may be in grave condition because the minds within it are so poisoned.
For her own sake, for the sake of her sanity, Mrs. Lafferty should withdraw from the public eye and work on overcoming her grief in private and she should contemplate the horror that is her pimping of her murdered Mother.
_ *Enough with the exotic spelling of first names! Enough! One has to wonder if this practice isn’t a small tactic in the effort to undermine and destroy all things Western and especially all things English.
From Camp of The Saints:
Jay Carney: “Let me be clear. Benghazi happened a long time ago. We are unaware of any agency blocking an employee who would like to appear before Congress to provide information related to Benghazi. The politicization of this issue is unfortunate and it continues unabated.”
Senator Reid Trying to Resuscitate Gun Registration Help GOA put heat on Senators while they’re home on recess!
“Larry Pratt with the Gun Owners of America is effective. I don’t deal with them myself, but the fact is, they are effective.” — F-rated Congressman Peter King (R-NY), April 4, 2013
You guys won a tremendous victory two weeks ago. And the press had all but written off President Obama as having been dealt a major, crushing blow.
But now, the Left is relentlessly hammering those Senators who voted right. They are running ads in their states. Their minions are writing letters to the editor. They are using their platform in the media to relentlessly hammer those who voted for freedom.
And while all this is happening, look at what the New York Times reported on Thursday:
“Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week’s collapse … to overhaul the country’s gun laws.”
Plus, we have to stay active, and keep contacting each and every Senator.
The message is the same: No gun control! Not one word of gun registration, background checks or infringements. Nothing!
Can’t remember how your Senator voted? GOA has posted all the votes on its site.
We are so close to winning, but fighting gun control is very expensive. The Hill newspaper told Senators this past Wednesday:
“Gun Owners of America, which also vigorously fought the Senate bill, spent more than $313,000 on lobbying this past quarter, an increase over [what] they dropped at this point in 2012.”
ACTION: Congress is out of session this week. So please make sure that you visit your Senators when they are home — go to their town hall meetings … call their local district offices … write letters to the editor … do everything you can to make your voice heard.
Thank those who voted right. Rebuke those who voted wrong.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
Two weeks ago an amendment to the gun control legislation which would require universal background checks for the purchase of all firearm sales failed in the Senate and Harry Reid promptly pulled the entire legislation from the floor. But not before he voted against the background checks as well.
Harry Reid’s vote was simply a procedural maneuver which would allow the legislation to be taken up at a later date, so while those who are opposed to the legislation celebrated it was an incomplete victory.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
During her testimony on the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that she, President Barack Obama and other political officials at the top of this administration have the authority to decide which laws to enforce, and which ones to ignore.
Napolitano made the declaration in an exchange with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) when he was questioning her on how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have alleged that political officials in the Obama administration, including her, have blocked them from enforcing the law.
Sessions noted that ICE agents’ union president Chris Crane had testified on Monday “that agents are prohibited from enforcing the law and, indeed, the ICE officers have filed a lawsuit [to that effect].”
“I started out as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice in 1975,” Sessions said. “I have never heard of a situation in which a group of law officers sued their supervisor and you for blocking them from following the law. They weren’t complaining about pay, benefits, working conditions. They were saying their very oath they took, to enforce the law, is being blocked by rules and regulations and policies established from on high and that this is undermining their ability to do what they’re sworn to do.”
In her response to those remarks from Sessions, Napolitano said she believes she and other political officials have the authority to tell law enforcement agents which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore.
“There are tensions with union leadership, unfortunately, but here’s what I expect as a former federal prosecutor and attorney general, and that is that law enforcement agents will enforce the law in accord with the guidance they’re given from their superiors,” Napolitano said. “That’s what we ask of ICE, that’s what we ask of Border Patrol, that’s what we ask throughout the Department and I believe that would be consistent with all law enforcement. Agents don’t set the enforcement priorities. Those are set by their superiors and they are asked then to obey that guidance in accord with the law.”
Sessions was not pleased with Napolitano’s response, so he followed up by asking: ““Well, what Mr. Crane testified to was that there are law provisions that say an agent shall do this, that and the other, and that the policies set by their political supervisors refuse to allow them to do what the law plainly requires. You are not entitled to set policies, are you, that violate the mandates of congressional law?”
Napolitano answered that question by saying she “disagree[s] with almost everything” Sessions has said, “but we’ll just have to respectfully disagree with each other.”
There’s no respectful disagreement allowed on this kind of matter, Secretary Napolitano.
You see, there’s this thing called ‘The Constitution Of The United States Of America’ and it demands that ‘[the President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed’ [Art. II, s.3]
The one situation where a President [or his agents acting in his name] can refuse to enforce a law is if they believe it violates that pesky little Constitution document. But, clearly, that doesn’t apply here.
At least they’re upfront about it now.
And that is a good thing, but will both houses of the Congress rise-up and fight the Executive because this is a grave Constitutional crisis? —No need to reply.
Ernst Schreiber has the answer to the question, ‘What can we the people do about this?’, although he phrases it as a question:
If the government can pick which laws it’s going to enforce, and when, does that mean I can decide when and which I’m going to obey?
Short answer: Yes.
When a government set up by the Sovereign People becomes Tyrannical, the People have a right — nay, they have a duty — to disregard all of the unconstitutional laws, policies, and regulations passed or issued by said Tyrannical Government.
In The American Republic, all power is held by it’s citizens. They are the Sovereignty. All power rests with them collectively and is under their control. ‘[I]n Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity’, the Sovereign People agreed to cede certain powers to a central, national government. These they enumerated in The Constitution Of The United States Of America. Those powers not granted to the national government, the Sovereign People reserved to themselves or to the governments of the Several States, but they always retained ultimate control over all the powers of the earth.
Those who are elected or are appointed to offices in the national government act as agents of the Sovereign People and agree, when they assume their positions in said government, to preserve, protect, and defend The Constitution Of The United States Of America — this they swear before God.
When these officials promulgate laws, regulations, and policies that are repugnant to The Constitution, the Sovereign People have a duty to see that such actions are reversed. The normal means for this is through their elected representatives and/or through the Federal Court System.
When such avenues of redress are not available or made too difficult to obtain, the Sovereign People have a right and a duty to:
to alter [the government] or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
They are also under no obligation to respect any laws, regulations, and policies that are promulgated by the Tyrants in the national government, because the contract between them and the government has been grossly violated by the latter — they are freed from their moral and legal obligations to do so.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but there is a higher law. It is the one the grants the people their Sovereignty, the one that entitles them to assume the powers of the Earth. I speak of The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.
No man can revise or revoke the Laws Of God. No man is possessed of the knowledge of God, so no man is fit to assume the powers of God.
As the children of God, we are under no obligation to obey the commands of any man, or group of men, who act in defiance of The Laws Of Nature.
The current national government of The United States Of America is Tyrannical.
It governs as if it is not beholden to any restrictions. It ignores the Truth that all of it’s Power derives from the Sovereign People and that said People have restricted said Power.
We, therefore, are under no obligation to heed or adhere or feel compelled to obey any of this Tyranny’s laws, regulations, and policies that violate our God-given rights as Free Men with Free Will.
Resistentiam Tyrannis nunc. Resistentiam Tyrannis saecula. PROSCRIPTUS!
Resistance to Tyranny now. Resistance to Tyranny forever. OUTLAWS!
From The Camp of the Saints: http://thecampofthesaints.org/
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/page/2/
Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution.
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From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
Congress Can’t Control The Border or Reduce Crime – Yet They Think They Can Stop Criminals From Getting Guns?
Gun Control Derangement Syndrome
Activists pushing for gun control are peddling contradictions and strange logic.
Will the ATF’s “No Buy” list be any more accurate than TSA’s “No Fly” list? If lists are not accurate or meaningful, background checks won’t succeed. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (R-WV) released a gun-control bill on April 10 that leans heavily on expanding background checks. However, their proposal is only as good as the lists used for the background checks.
First, what happened to patient privacy? The Toomey/Manchin proposal proudly announces that their bill “Clarifies that submissions of mental health records into the NICS system are not prohibited by federal privacy laws (HIPAA).” A retired emergency room physician — my Dad — quips that HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) means everyone but the patient can see the patient’s medical records. So now every time a patient sees a therapist, the whole world will know?
Gun-control activists want background checks to keep people with mental illness from buying a gun. That’s sounds like a great idea. But now thousands of private gun dealers will be reading your confidential and sensitive medical records? I recently worked on a political campaign in which the candidate’s medical records were publicly revealed — taken from divorce records. Gun control will erase the privacy protections of HIPAA.
Red State is reporting that, tipped off by Congressional staffers reviewing the legislation, doctors will be required to add a patient to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without ever telling the patient. There won’t be any due process — a chance for you to dispute inaccurate information. And everyone’s medical and psychiatric records have to be reported, because who knows who is going to walk in tomorrow and ask to buy a gun?
Second, who will be considered mentally ill? According to WBEN in Buffalo, a prescription for anti-anxiety medications can cost you your Second Amendment rights. Buffalo attorney Jim Tresmond reports that he has actual lawsuits underway for two clients whose gun permits were suspended because they were prescribed anti-anxiety medication.
Ashley Judd recounted in her autobiography about her bouts with suicidal tendencies. She was playing the Hollywood victim card in her book. But when she confesses to fighting suicidal temptations, should she be prohibited from buying a gun? I don’t think so. But this illustrates how vague and ambiguous the gun control argument is.
What if someone is going through stress or feeling depressed? What if they need help coping with insomnia or phobias? What if they want to home school their children? What if someone thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old, doesn’t believe in man-made global warming, or thinks Barack Obama was born in Kenya? Suppose they listen to Rush Limbaugh? If someone was born a man but wants to be surgically altered to become a woman, are they emotionally stable enough to buy a gun?
The point is how overwhelmingly vague and sloppy this gun control “debate” has been (if you can call it a debate). Only certain illnesses present dangers. So why aren’t politicians being specific?
Third, however, can anyone really predict future violence? In a Tom Cruise movie Minority Report psychics were used to indict people of “Pre-Crime” – crimes they have not yet committed. The goal is for psychiatrists to predict who is likely to commit future violence. Truth is, they really can’t.
Fourth, liberals think they can keep criminals from having guns. Yet they won’t secure our borders. Drug smugglers can walk freely across our borders any time they want. So how hard will it be to smuggle illegal guns and ammunition into the country as long as they are already making the trip? When criminals smuggle in illegal, high-power weapons, unarmed citizens will become even more vulnerable.
Fifth, which are the ‘criminals’ who shouldn’t own guns? Should the Grandmother who was caught voting twice be forbidden from buying a gun? Littering is against the law. People caught possessing marijuana? People guilty of identity theft? Call girls? Drivers convicted of DWI’s? In Virginia, there is still a criminal law on the books against “insulting words” and another law criminalizing oral sex even among adults. Someone fraudulently selling poor-quality products? Tax cheats? Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner? A doctor performing an illegal abortion like Dr. Gosnell?
Sixth, background checks catch only convicted criminals. Those who commit crimes but haven’t been caught yet can still buy guns. Adam Lanza, the shooter in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, would not have been stopped from buying a gun.
Seventh, illegal immigrants are breaking the law. They break the law to enter the country. They break the law a second time by working without a work permit. Many of them break the law by committing identity theft to steal someone else’s social security number and identity. Many trespassers break the law again by doing home improvement and construction work without a contractor’s license.
Will proof of U.S. citizenship be required every time someone tries to buy a gun? Don’t hold your breath waiting for gun control activists to screen everyone for legal immigration status. Do we want foreigners buying guns inside the United States?
Eighth, as we’ve seen with the “No Fly” list, many people have similar names or the same name. When I asked Delta to look up my frequent flyer number years ago, they responded that Delta had 245 Jonathon Moseley’s in their computer system.
Finally, some gun control legislation is being designed around a requirement for gun owners to report stolen weapons. That way if a gun is later used in a crime, if the registered owner didn’t report it stolen, they are presumed guilty. Apparently, these activists have never heard of criminals filing the serial numbers off of a gun. Unfortunately, the criminals have heard of it.
Even for those who might not care much about an issue, sometimes the arguments offered just make you want to tear your hair out.
But maybe that’s the point.
O’Hellno and the Commie Congress Want to Turn 95% of U.S. Citizens into Criminals Because of Gun Ownership
Market Ticker: Go To Hell Harry Reid and Dianne Feinswine:
This bill goes far further and effectively bans lawful gun retailing!
I wondered why they were talking about “Straw Purchasers” in their news releases when straw purchasing is already illegal and exposes the person who does so to severe criminal penalties.
The reason is that now they intend to steal all property involved in the straw purchase even for an unaware participant — such as a gun store where a straw purchase takes place!
‘(a)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of section 932 or 933 shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law–
‘(A) any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of such violation; and
‘(B) any of the person’s property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, such violation.
Note the language. Not only will this be construed to steal the house, vehicle and other property of both the straw purchaser and the ultimate recipient as-written it can and probably will also be construed to attack a retailer who has an employee that is involved in such a transaction.
If you didn’t understand Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell’s filibuster intent (along with others) you should now understand it quite-clearly. Not only is there an attempt to define the victims of a crime as federal felons in this piece of blatantly unconstitutional trash but in addition there is a thinly-veiled attack upon lawful firearms retailers in the form of forfeiture provisions that can be (and presumably will be) easily abused to seize property upon the flimsiest of pretext.
From Nice Deb:
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Posted on | April 11, 2013
is there anything more disgusting than a Republican senator in bipartisan compromise mode? Bloomberg’s anti-gun group starts running ads in Pennsylvania and Pat Toomey folds like a cheap suit. Say the magic words: Bipartisan compromise!
Senators struck a bipartisan deal Wednesday to expand background checks in gun transactions, inflaming the National Rifle Association while drawing support from a growing number of lawmakers. The proposal, drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), calls for an incremental expansion of NICS background checks for sales at gun shows and over the Internet.
I could think of another magic word, denoting a person who performs fellatio, that would describe Pat Toomey. I mean, we were on the verge of winning this thing — that is to say, the endless anti-gun drumbeat of media noise was becoming tiresome and people were losing interest — and suddenly, because of some TV ads, Toomey crumples. Meanwhile, more bipartisan compromise news:
A bipartisan group of senators has largely agreed on a broad immigration bill that would require tough border measures to be in place before illegal immigrants could take the first steps to become American citizens.
Persons performing fellatio!
And did I mention that a bunch of these Republican fellatio performers had dinner at the White House last night?
Please, somebody, tell me again how important it is to help elect Republicans to the Senate. Because I’m kind of having trouble right now seeing any point in it at all.
From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/
Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings: “We Have To Get The NRA” … Bring Maryland’s Strict New Gun Control Law Nationwide…
Via Washington Secrets:
Democrats are not giving up the fight for strict gun control that limits what kinds of weapons American can buy, with a key House Democratic leader urging Congress on Wednesday to “ignore the NRA” and adopt the tough bill Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley just pushed through the legislature in Annapolis.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore said the Maryland law combined with similar efforts approved in Colorado and Connecticut should be the model for the rest of the nation, not just the watered-down background check compromise that appears the only gun control measure the Senate will approve this week.
“We have to get the NRA, move the NRA to the side,” he said of the gun rights lobby.
“We’ve got to ignore the NRA,” Cummings told Harvard University’s Institute of Politics website, “and do what is right for people as they have done in my state of Maryland just last night, Connecticut and Colorado, very strict gun laws and I think we have to do that.”
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
Urgent action required. It is urgent that every gun owner call their Senators today and demand that they oppose the “See a Shrink, Lose your Guns” sell-out bill that is being authored by Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Joe Manchin (D) – but which also has Chuck Schumer’s fingerprints all over it. Call immediately at 202-224-3121.
See a Shrink, Lose your Guns. The anti-gun “ranters” have spent the last week telling us that Republican Senators can’t filibuster Harry Reid’s gun control bill; that they can’t cut off debate to a bill they haven’t seen yet. “Let the bill come up,” they say. “We need to see the bill” before Senators can vote against cloture to proceed to it.
Well, we’ve seen the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer sell-out, and it’s worse than the Feinstein gun ban, which will reportedly be tied to it and offered simultaneously in a Senate procedure known as an “amendment tree.”
Toomey and Manchin will claim that their bill only covers “gun show sales” and Internet sales. But if you’ve ever talked about your gun and /or let it be known you’d like to sell or buy a gun on the Internet, this language covers you. If you advertise your gun in the church bulletin and the bulletin is put on the Internet, you’re covered.
The only exemption is for sales that are sold exclusively by word of mouth. The increased number of background checks would likely exacerbate the system breakdowns (inherent to NICS) which have shut down gun shows over and over again. It would mean that Americans who were illegally denied firearms because their names were similar to other people’s would effectively be barred from owning a gun. (We would never tolerate such delays for voting rights or other freedoms that we are guaranteed.)
And for those Republicans who think they’re going to be able to offer their useless amendments, guess what? Reid is reportedly going to use a procedure to block out all amendments (called an “amendment tree”). And there are plenty of Senators standing in line to make sure that the Senate doesn’t give “unanimous consent” to let those Republicans offer their amendments.
So if you live in a rural area, you’re effectively barred from selling or buying a gun – or it at least becomes very, very difficult.
Incidentally, the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer “national registry” language is full of holes. There will be a national gun registry as a result of this sell-out.
But that’s not the worst part. Under an amendment in the bill to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), you could have your guns taken away because your private shrink thinks you’re “dangerous” and could send your name directly to the FBI Instant Check system.
Did you think it was terrible that 150,000 military veterans had been added into the NICS system because they’d seen a VA shrink about their PTSD? Well guess what? Now it’s going to happen to the rest of the population … by the millions!
And the next step, of course, will be to begin to sue psychiatrists that don’t send every single patient’s name to the Instant Check system, and to make sure that their lives are ruined if they don’t send a patient to NICS and anything goes wrong.
The bottom line: “See a shrink; lose your guns.”
All of this will reportedly be on an amendment tree with the Feinstein gun ban and magazine bans.
Repeal of gun owner protections. In addition, Toomey no doubt unintentionally agreed to repeal one of the most important protections for gun owners that was included in the 1986 McClure-Volkmer Act – the provision that would allow you to take an unloaded, locked-up gun through states like New York without being stopped. Under a new subsection (c), the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer bill would require you to “demonstrate” to the satisfaction of New York police where you were coming from and where you are going to. And, if you don’t do that to their satisfaction, they can arrest you.
Please keep in mind, nothing in this bill would have stopped Newtown dirtbag from killing his mother and taking the firearms that she owned and perpetrating the horrible crimes that he committed.
Nothing is this bill would actually make children safer at schools. There is nothing that will actually keep bad guys from stealing or illegally acquiring guns, but there’s plenty that will threaten our gun rights!
ACTION: Click here to contact your two senators immediately. Tell them the “see a shrink; lose your guns” sellout is even worse than the Feinstein gun ban which will reportedly be on the same amendment tree with it. Distribute this alert far and wide.
Time for the GOP to put up or shut up.
Washington (CNN) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Tuesday that he will force a vote on Thursday on whether to open debate on tougher gun laws, increasing pressure on legislators from both parties negotiating a possible compromise on a package that some Republicans have threatened to filibuster.
A GOP filibuster would mean Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes to begin Senate consideration of the package based on proposals by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre in December that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
Obama has made the gun measures a major focus of his second term agenda, holding events across the country to push for Congress to vote on the package. He spoke Monday in Connecticut, the state where the Newtown shootings occurred.
Reid told reporters he hoped to get a bipartisan deal before the procedural vote on Thursday.
Talks involving Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have focused on a compromise on expanding background checks of gun buyers.
Even without a breakthrough, Democrats may be able to get enough Republicans to vote with them to overcome a GOP filibuster.
At least three Republicans have publicly opposed the filibuster pledged by 14 of their Senate colleagues, including GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
From Weasel Zippers:
The liberal-run Department of Defense is adamant: no Purple Hearts will be awarded to those wounded in “Soldier of Allah” Nidal Hasan’s terror attack on Fort Hood. Here’s why:
A Pentagon position paper, delivered to congressional staff on Friday and obtained by ABC News, says giving the award to the Fort Hood victims could “irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration” and “undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan [the alleged Fort Hood shooter] by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan’s ability to receive a fair trial.”
It’s all about priorities.
Due to the soldiers at the base having been disarmed, Hasan managed to kill 14 Americans and wound 32 others. As if indulging in black humor, the Obama Regime absurdly instructed us to regard the incident — during which Hasan screamed “Allahu Akhbar” — as random “workplace violence.” Political apparatchik General George Casey Jr., serving as Army Chief of Staff, declared of the bloody assault that had been made possible by political correctness pushed to the point of insanity:
“[I]t would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty…”
America’s enemies control the command structure. This doesn’t do much to enhance the morale of those stopping bullets to defend Western Civilization from Islam.
On tips from Clingtomyguns and Muddypaw.
Stop Reid & Feinstein’s Palace Coup To Overthrow
The Constitution and Bill of Rights
Notice in the video how Senator Feinstein takes issue with Senator Cruz when he refers to her “ban” of certain weapons. Even though she titles her bill the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,” she insists it doesn’t really “ban” weapons; it exempts specified weapons from Second Amendment protections. In other words, her bill strips away Second Amendment protections from applying to weapons not granted a specific exemption in her bill. Here’s the bottom line: Senator Feinstein and her crony co-sponsor Senator Dick Durbin believe Congress has the power to limit Bill-of-Rights guarantees by exempting certain people, places, acts and things from constitutional provisions, such as the inalienable right to own and bear arms. Make no mistake; this legislation is nothing short of a constitutional coup de grace.
Senator Feinstein wails that her bill would permit, mind you PERMIT, 2,271 guns to remain protected by the Second Amendment, so it isn’t a “ban” at all—it is congressional PERMISSION to own certain guns, an indulgence granted by the almighty Congress. This turns the Constitution on its head and makes a mockery of the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights doesn’t PERMIT people anything; it PROHIBITS governments from doing certain things that limit people’s freedom to behave anyway they see fit. It is the Bill of RIGHTS, not the Bill of PRIVILEGES, not a Bill of PERMISSIONS.
Senator Feinstein, are you smarter than a sixth grader? Obviously not, or you wouldn’t say such stupid things about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Stop Reid & Feinstein’s Palace Coup To Overthrow
The Constitution and Bill of Rights
What will be the practical consequences of enacting S. 51 and selectively ignoring the Second Amendment? PRECRIME—a complete reversal of the ancient rights of Englishmen and Americans where the people are guaranteed there will be no detention without charge of a crime; no charge of a crime without probable cause; no conviction of a crime without a trial; no trial without a jury; no conviction without proof beyond a reasonable doubt; no punishment without conviction; no cruel and unusual punishment and no excessive punishment disproportionate to the crime.
The smoking gun that the Feinstein weapons ban bill is the precursor to PRECRIME is that fact that she refused to expand the bill (S.150) to exempt military veterans because they might be “mentally incapacitated.” She would turn “veteran” into a suspect class of likely criminals thus “exempt” from, which is to say make them ineligible for Second-Amendment guarantees. But the “exemptions” from constitutional rights in Queenie Feinstein’s Wonderland don’t stop there.
Consider how under the Patriot Act the government already decides whether any random person might be a terrorist and thus subject to dodgy anti-terrorist PRECRIME actions, which Senator Feinstein’s weapons-ban bill would only exacerbate. The ACLU reports that the law treats a person as a domestic terrorist if they engage in any “act dangerous to human life” that “appears to be intended to (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.”
As Senator Rand Paul said when the National Defense Authorization Act was passed last year expanding PRECRIME powers for “suspected terrorists,” the government now claims under the color of law the power to “arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail,” and as a result, “We have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.”
The Feinstein gun-ban bill is another stab in the heart of the Constitution, a mortal blow to the Bill of Rights.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
Another Battle in The War Over Constitutional Gun Rights – Please Contact Your Senators – It’s Easy With the Included Link
Sen. Reid Beefs up “Base Bill” to
Destroy Gun Ownership
“Unholy alliances” could become a concern
We now know a lot more about what’s going to happen with gun control legislation than we did a few days ago.
First, the number of the bill we are fighting is S. 649. Harry Reid introduced it on Thursday and brought it directly onto the Senate calendar. This means the bill can now come up at any time — probably soon after the Easter recess is over.
Second, the bill is a lot worse than even we anticipated.
We expected it to contain the Veterans Gun Ban, which would mean that you would sell, gift, or raffle a gun in America at the risk of a 15-year prison sentence because of something you didn’t know about the veteran/buyer.
But, surprisingly to us, the Far Left has convinced Reid to include the original Schumer version of the Universal Registry Bill. This would ban private sales of firearms, unless purchasers first get the permission from the government. If Senators can pass this de facto registration bill, they will be well on the way to confiscation (see, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, who has a gun owner registry and has called for gun confiscation). If this bill is passed, Senators will claim that they “broke the back” of gun owners in America.
Third, there is still every evidence that Reid will move to proceed to the bill under “regular order,” which means he will need 60 votes to advance to the “gun control buffet.”
GOA has been talking and making our case with a host of Senate Republicans, and we would hope that everyone in the Senate understands the importance of stopping the “motion to proceed” to Reid’s gun control legislation.
Fourth, as we predicted, anti-gun zealots have begun to use the “ObamaCare Paradigm” to threaten, bribe, and coerce senators into submission on the most far-reaching aspects of gun control, including Feinstein’s proposal to ban shotguns, rifles and handguns that millions of Americans legally own. So if the “motion to proceed” to S. 649 is adopted with 60 votes, then Feinstein’s ban could be passed in the Senate with only 50 votes (plus Biden). Click here for a more technical explanation as to how this would occur.
Already, articles are being published to intimidate any Democratic Senator who votes against any gun control and threatening them with the prospect of facing an anti-gun primary challenger — just like we saw on ObamaCare.
Fifth, there may be unholy alliances at work which could succeed in achieving a dangerous gun control compromise. One Capitol Hill newspaper is now reporting that “Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association are quietly engaged in private talks on a proposal to broaden background checks on purchasers of firearms.” We hope this is not true, however you should be aware of this report and use whatever contacts you have to prevent this from happening. Be assured, you can rely on Gun Owners of America to never engage in any compromises!
ACTION: The strategy remains: We need to defeat this bill by filibustering and voting down the “motion to proceed” to S. 649. Please contact your senators and distribute this alert far and wide.
Show up at their offices with a delegation during the congressional recess. Rally and conduct demonstrations and call-a-thons and writing campaigns. Know that the anti-gun Left will be doing the same.
From Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
Note to Dianne Feinstein:
You Do Need to be Lectured on the Constitution
In case you missed it, an interesting exchange took place in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz politely asked gun-control crazy Dianne Feinstein how she would feel about applying her minimalist view on the Second Amendment to other parts of the Bill of Rights.
Feinstein went into orbit. “I’m not a sixth grader,” she huffed. Invoking her extensive Senate history of spitting on the Constitution, she made it clear that she didn’t appreciate being reminded of the Constitution’s restrictions on her legislative will.
Feinstein suggested that Congress should pass anti-gun legislation without considering the Constitution, in the expectation that the courts will sort it out. Notwithstanding the fact that Feinstein and every other senator had taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution.
So here’s where we are: In a few weeks, after Easter recess, Harry Reid will move to proceed to some gun control proposal, probably the Veterans Gun Ban (S. 54). He’ll then use his privileged recognition to set up a whole lot of votes intended to get Democrats reelected in 2014.
Democrats will be given a shot at voting against the crazy Feinstein gun ban. But then Reid will do what he did on ObamaCare and play let’s-make-a-deal for votes on other gun control.
Bribes and tradeoffs will be made. And votes will be scheduled with a view to making Republicans maximally vulnerable by making them vote against measures which biased polling shows are popular in their states. Republican senators need to join together as a caucus to oppose the “motion to proceed” to any gun control legislation.
Let the Democrats be the ones forced to bite the bullet and vote for a “motion to proceed” which is framed as a vote in support of the Feinstein gun ban.
Under regular order, 41 Republicans can block any gun control this way. Harry Reid can use a special procedure under the anti-gun rules changes to force a vote with 51 Democrats, but, if he does, Mitch McConnell gets to “stop the trains” by offering the first unamendable amendment – a process which Reid cannot relish.
ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators. Demand that they vote against any “motion to proceed” to any gun control proposal. Demand that he oppose a motion to proceed to the “gun control buffet.”
From mad Medic: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/
BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- Thursday’s strict party-line vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to move anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s measure banning so-called “assault weapons” was an insult to millions of law-abiding American citizens who own such firearms and have harmed nobody, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
“Instead of banning the most popular firearm in the country,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we need to ban politicians who assault our rights. We are appalled and disappointed that Sen. Feinstein and her cronies have advanced this measure, which demonizes firearms that are used thousands of times each year to protect lives and property from criminal attack.”
Gottlieb noted that FBI crime data says that rifles of any kind are used in only a fraction of violent crimes annually, “yet Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have allowed this legislative travesty to move forward.”
“Demonizing certain firearms, and by default the people who own them, has become a scapegoat strategy by politicians who have allowed a broken justice system to release violent offenders back on the street while disarming their potential victims,” Gottlieb said. “By focusing their energy on disarming law-abiding citizens, politicians like Sen. Feinstein are perpetuating a myth that firearms cause crime. That’s as foolish as believing that cars cause drunk driving.”
Sen. Feinstein acknowledged that her legislation faces an uphill battle when it reaches the full Senate.
“We will encourage our members to contact their senators about this legislation,” Gottlieb said. “Public policy and constitutional rights should not be subject to the whims of gun prohibitionists who are quick to exploit the crimes committed by a few crazy people, in order to advance their agenda of public disarmament.”
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.
Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/03/ccrkba-blasts-party-line-passage-of-feinstein-gun-ban-measure/#ixzz2Ndw0QIFb
Found at Mad Medic: http://maddmedic.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/rhinos.jpg