Justice Ignored is Justice Denied

One day after striking down a portion of a pro-life law in Texas the supreme Court has made a second anti-life decision. This time the court refused to hear an appeal from the Stormans family in Washington State who are challenging a state law forcing them to sell  abortion-causing drugs that violate their conscience as Christians.

In 2007, abortion activists convinced the Washington Board of Pharmacy to pass regulations that force pharmacists in the state to dispense abortion causing drugs and the state adopted a new law making referrals for reasons of conscience illegal. The bill was signed into law by then-Governor Christine Gregoire.

The family eventually filed a lawsuit against the state for violating their First Amendment rights. After a twelve-day trial, a federal court in February 2012 struck down the law as unconstitutional, finding “abundant evidence” that the law forced religious pharmacists and pharmacy owners to violate their faith.

But last July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, upholding the law. That resulted in a legal battle which made its way to the Supreme Court, but the court refused to take the case — making it so the law stands.

Justices Samuel Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented from the denial, writing:

“[Yet] the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern…”

So say your prayers – if you’re inclined – while there’s still time.

High Court Ruling Further Erodes Constitution

This past Monday, the supreme Court handed down a 6-2 ruling that a person convicted of ‎domestic abuse can lose their ‎Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms.” The case, Voisine et al v. United States, involves two Maine residents, under state law a decade ago of committing domestic violence and later charged for violating federal law for owning guns.

The only justice who seemed to care about the Second Amendment was Justice Clarence Thomas and seeing that the case had Constitutional ramifications, he asked one of the prosecuting attorneys: “Ms. Eisenstein, just one question: can you give me — this is a misdemeanor violation, it suspends a constitutional right. Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?”

The question left Eisenstein stumped.

In the end, Thomas wrote in his dissenting opinion, “We treat no other constitutional right so cavalierly. At oral argument the Government could not identify any other fundamental constitutional right that a person could lose forever by a single conviction for an infraction punishable only by a fine.”

“I have little doubt that the majority would strike down an absolute ban on publishing by a person previously convicted of misdemeanor libel,” he added. “In construing the statute before us expansively so that causing a single minor reckless injury or offensive touching can lead someone to lose his right to bear arms forever, the Court continues to ‘relegat[e] the Second Amendment to a second-class right.’”

The supreme Courts’ decision not only validated the removal of Second Amendment protections, but it has now expanded the reasons for removing them as well.

Hillary Clinton Builds Legacy on American Deaths

The U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final report comprising it’s of investigations and conclusions. It shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration was derelict in their duty to protect American diplomats and how the Obama administration contrived to misinform the public about the cause of the attack.

Despite all of this the Progressive media is crowing that the report has found no ‘new evidence’ of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. And worse yet, this woman could very well become our next President of the U.S.

Let’s go through the first 150 pages or so…

During deliberations within the State Department about whether and how to intervene in Libya in March 2011, Jake Sullivan listed the first goal as “avoid(ing) a failed state, particularly one in which al-Qaeda and other extremists might take safe haven.” (pg. 9)

Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real-time.

The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli.

There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks– one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died — said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. (pg. 28)

The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning…Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” (pg. 39)

Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” (pg. 44)

The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points.

The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred before the attack on September 11. (pg. 47)

According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call.

While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. (pg.98)

A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.”

That small but vital difference — from Cairo to Benghazi — had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. (pg. 52)

The administration’s policy of no boots on the ground shaped the type of military assistance provided to State Department personnel in Libya. The Executive Secretariats for both the Defense Department and State Department exchanged communications outlining the diplomatic capacity in which the Defense Department SST security team members would serve, which included wearing civilian clothes so as not to offend the Libyans. (pg. 60)

When the State Department’s presence in Benghazi was extended in December 2012, senior officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security were excluded from the discussion. (pg. 74)

In February 2012, the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at Embassy Tripoli informed his counterpart in Benghazi that more DS agents would not be provided by decision makers, because “substantive reporting” was not Benghazi’s purpose. (pg. 77)

Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate. (pg. 96)

In August 2012 — roughly a month before the Benghazi attacks — security on the ground worsened significantly. Ambassador Stevens initially planned to travel to Benghazi in early August, but cancelled the trip “primarily for Ramadan/security reasons.” (pg. 99)

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. (pg. 107)

With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “(i)f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “(w)ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” (pg. 115)

After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” (pg. 128)

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta bluntly told the committee “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell also acknowledged multiple times an intelligence failure did in fact occur before the Benghazi attacks. (pg. 129)

Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.”

The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH (White House) very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” (pg. 132)

On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS (Secure Video Teleconference) group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” (pg. 135)

Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. (pg. 141)

The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. (pg. 144)

None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. (pg. 150.) Finally, a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. (pg. 154)

As I wrote on September 16, 2012: “A southern Nevada man is one of those killed in Libya during the Benghazi attack on the U.S. Embassy.  Tyrone Woods most recently lived in San Diego before moving to Henderson…” and sadly it seems everyone has forgotten those who died because of this administration’s dereliction of duty and building Hillary’s so-called ‘legacy,’ heading into 2016 presidential election cycle.

The High Court Side-steps the Real Argument

The U.S. supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups and our Progressive media continue to claim, “would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down.” This is only a part of what the legal battle was over though.

There were two provisions of the law at issue and neither were over the direct closure of these so-called ‘health clinics.’ The first said that doctors had to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals; the second said clinics had to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards.

But Justice Stephen Breyer, who is so deeply ensconced in the fundamental destruction of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. as a whole, couldn’t see his way clear to see these two provisions as he demonstrates in his majority opinion:

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

Where in the U.S. Constitution does it state access to abortion is a right? It doesn’t!

We no longer have a supreme Court, instead it’s a bench filled with a rubber-stamping Progressive legislative body.

Seventy-five Things Bigger than Brexit

While the news about Brexit flooded across all the various news agencies, there is one news item that is more important and it is being completely ignored — the Associated Press discovered that Hillary Clinton held dozens of meetings with political donors and other operatives during her time as secretary of State and that they were left off of her official schedule.

Documents show at least 75 meetings with longtime backers of her political efforts, the Clinton Foundation and other interests that were not included on her official calendar or whose names were not disclosed. This includes at least 114 nongovernmental officials.

The AP found the so-called ‘discrepancies’ between Clinton’s schedule and her 1,500-page official calendar by comparing notes compiled by Clinton’s aides each day. The omissions won’t amount too much are an example of excessive secrecy and a questionable mix of government business with outside interests.

We already know Hillary Clinton was enriching her personal interests through things like donations from foreign governments; a $55 million State Department grant to a university which paid her husband $16 million; and Wall Street speeches, which she’s attempting keep private as well.

Now, these 75 off-the-record meetings show dealings with financiers and CEOs of major companies, as well as major political donors, who also lobbied the government and donated to Clinton’s personal interests. This misuse of her political position to line her many pant-suit pockets should disgust any American who is awake and still values integrity.

SCOTUS Sets Obama’s Amnesty Legacy Back

The supreme Court did nothing to halt President Obama’s illegal amnesty push. The program would have shielded as many as five million illegal aliens from deportation while allowing them to legally work in the U.S.

The case, United States v. Texas, No. 15-674, concerned a 2014 executive action by the president to allow as many as five million illegal’s who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program that would keep them from deportation and give them work permits. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Obama’s action “an unauthorized abuse of presidential power that trampled the Constitution.”

In February 2015, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas entered a preliminary injunction shutting down the program. The government appealed, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans affirmed the injunction.

In their briefs, Texas claimed that the president ‘had wide authority over immigration matters’, telling the justices that “the executive does have enforcement discretion to forbear from removing aliens on an individual basis.” Their problem, they argued, was with what they called a blanket grant of “lawful presence” to millions of illegals entitling them unfunded benefits.

But since the supreme Court split its opinion, the lower court opinion stands, which ought to mean the States have control over the enforcement immigration laws — specifically deportations. This would also mean the States are the only entities authorized to enforce the federally established Rules of Uniformed Naturalization.

This is all contingent on their operating constitutionally, which unfortunately, they don’t. And if the federal government operated constitutionally there would be no “exceptions” to the Uniformed Rules of Naturalization.

The solution is so simple: follow the U.S. Constitution word for word and quit trying to interpret it, forcing it to fit some agenda, as it is not a play-thing.

Where the Law Doesn’t Matter

Clark County Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Stefany Miley has denied a Las Vegas woman’s motion for a preliminary injunction after she received a one-year trespass notice from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District as a result of openly carrying her .38-caliber pistol. Michelle Flores was given the notice at the Rainbow Library on March 16.

Her arrest lead to a meeting with Henderson Police officer Zane Simpson, and a couple of months later the Henderson library staff received a notification that read: “Generally, a person has the right to carry a gun openly, and he/she is not required to verify legal status with paperwork of any kind.”

Since then, Henderson Libraries has complied with the law. However they tried to argue that the district falls under NRS.265, which says a person shall not carry or have a dangerous weapon while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or child care facility, or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or child care facility.

They found out they were wrong.

But not to be deterred, the district quickly changed the argument from the right to ‘open carry’ to ‘disruptive conduct.’ And yet, as the districts own lawyer admits, a security guard told Flores that she was not allowed to bring her firearm into the library upon return visits and furthermore, the trespass notice given to Flores by library staff did not state that as the reason for her one-year ban.

Despite all this, Judge Miley somehow concluded that the evidence indicated that the trespass notice was a result of her disruptive behavior agreeing with the library’s attorney who went on to claim about Nevada’s open carry gun law, “The law at issue applies to counties, towns and cities. This is a library district. It is not a city, it’s not a town, (and) it’s not a county.”

But according to the law, the district isn’t permitted to restrict the open carry of firearms as noted in part by Senate Bill 175, signed into law last year: “…expanding the rights and powers reserved for the Legislature relating to the regulation of firearms and ammunition; requiring the governing bodies of certain political subdivisions of this State to repeal certain ordinances and regulations; authorizing a person adversely affected by the enforcement of such an ordinance or regulation to seek declarative and injunctive relief and damages; providing that such a person is entitled to certain damages , which reserves the authority to regulate the possession of firearms solely to the state Legislature.”

Yet, somehow Judge Miley claims a simple posting on the library door reading, ‘firearms prohibited’ “clearly indicates” openly carried guns in a publicly funded building is unlawful and that such signage supersedes Nevada state law.

A Progressive is a Progressive is a Progressive

Senate Republicans say they’re going to bring a ‘compromise gun control bill’ to the floor, possibly by the end of this week. This comes after lawmakers defeated four gun-grabbing measures, each a knee-jerk response to the terrorist attack in Orlando, jus’ yesterday.

In fact, Progressive GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to hold a vote on legislation sponsored by fellow Progressive, GOP Senator Susan Collins.

“Essentially we believe if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun,” Collins said.

It would authorize the federal government to block gun purchases by people who appear on the “no-fly” list or who are on a “selectee” list that requires them to receive extra scrutiny before flying. Collins’s bill uses a smaller list of 109,000 ‘suspected’ individuals and not the full terror watch list.

So, to hell with the U.S. Constitution and to hell with ‘due process,’ as the Senate continues to sacrifice our God-given liberty’s in order to keep ‘Americans us safe.’ If this passes, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, we deserve neither liberty not security.

The Truth About Harry ‘Assault Weapons’ Reid

In 2010 Senator Harry Reid received a lot of financial help from the NRA, in fact Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre came to Nevada to help Reid get reelected. And proving what sort of personal character he embodies – Reid has time and again done his best to distance himself from the organization – especially when it is politically expedient.

In fact, Reid attacked the NRA, the GOP and another gun-rights group in a speech shortly after the Orland terror attack:

“Yet in spite the public’s demand for action Senate Republicans continue to cower – cower before the NRA and the Gun Owners of America. The NRA is bad, really bad. Gun Owners of America is even worse than bad. These two organizations are competing — seeing just how extreme they can be in pushing for more guns and fewer protections,” Reid said.

What most people don’t know is that in 2009 Harry Reid was instrumental in building the largest gun park in the world under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, at a cost of $61,000,000 of taxpayer money — Clark County Shooting Complex. And while the Complex rents ‘assault weapons,’ they don’t describe them as such but rather as “rifles.”

One of the more their popular rentals is the Beretta ARX100, which is comparable to the AR-15, (that’s Armalite Rifle 15, not Assault Rifle 15.) They both shoot the same ammunition (.223) and can be loaded with a 30-round magazine.

From Beretta’s website: “This rifle was designed to be completely ambidextrous, and all the critical controls on it may be operated right- or left-handed. These include the 2-position safety, the magazine release, the bolt release and charging handle and the case-ejection selector, which determines whether spent brass is ejected to the right or left.

The flip-up backup sights that come standard on the ARX100 are also versatile, offering an easily-adjustable diopter system ranged from 100 to 800 yards. The barrel is also easily replaceable in seconds, making is possible to use different lengths and calibers without any tools required.

Lastly, the folding stock is adjustable for length of pull at the touch of a button, using a simple and rugged telescopic construction.”

As you can see, Harry Reid isn’t interested in stopping what he calls the ‘extreme’ activities of the two groups – rather it’s all about the money and the power.

Four Senate Gun Control Bills on Tap

The U.S. Senate plans to vote tomorrow on four gun-control bills as part of a Justice Department spending bill. This vote is so important to Progressives that Presidential candidate and current Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders will be casting his first Senate votes since January.

One bill from Senator John Cornyn would require that law enforcement be alerted when anyone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a weapon from a licensed dealer. If the buyer’s been investigated for terrorism within the past five years, the attorney general could block a sale for up to three days while a court reviews the sale.

Another popularly known as the “no-fly, no-buy” amendment from Senator Dianne Feinstein would allow the attorney general to deny a gun sale to anyone if she has a ‘reasonable belief’ that the buyer is likely to engage in terrorism. ‘Reasonable belief’ is a lesser standard than ‘probable cause.’

An amendment by Senator Chris Murphy would close the “gun show loophole” by requiring every gun purchaser to undergo a background check, and to expand the background check database. And finally, an amendment authored by Senator Chuck Grassley would make it more difficult to add mentally ill people to the background check database, giving people suspected of serious mental illness a process to challenge that determination.

All four bills must first gain at least 60 votes to overcome procedural hurdles before heading to debates and final votes. And lastly, to prove that the elites in Congress are hungry for more power and control, none of these four proposals would have stopped the Orlando terrorist from buying his weapons had they been in place – and it is even more doubtful that any of them will halt a future attack.

We are living in dangerous times, not only from possible terror, but also from further encroachment upon our God-given civil liberties.

We Are Governmental Slaves

The U.S. national debt has exceeded $19 trillion, more than $58,000 for each person who lives in the U.S. today including children. The main culprit behind the rising deficits and debt is growing federal spending — especially among Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office projects that outlays will grow from $3.7 trillion to $6.4 trillion in 2026. Moreover, spending growth’s expected to outpace economic growth, growing from 20.7 percent of gross domestic product to 23.1 percent of GDP by 2026.

Deficits will reach the trillion-dollar level by 2022 and continue growing from there. In total, the federal government’s projected to rack up an additional $9.4 trillion in deficit spending over the next decade and that the debt will be $26.3 trillion by the end of the decade.

We Now Have One Party Rule

Here’s why I keep saying that there is no difference between the Republican Party and the Democrats. House Speaker Paul Ryan told the HuffPo regarding Donald Trump’s claim that he’d ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.:

“That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about. On the broader question, are we going to exert our Article I powers and reclaim this Article I power no matter who the president is? Absolutely, I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers.”

Oddly – though he claims he would sue ‘any president,’ — he has yet to ‘sue’ President Obama with regard to his federal overreach. Unfortunately, it seems more and more that we have a one party ruling class — and then we have Trump.

There are at least 76 times Obama has unlawfully overreached his executive powers, so we’re waiting Mr. Speaker for you to act.

The Wall in Between

The man, who killed 49 Americans at a Orlando nightclub, came from a network of radical mosques shielded from federal investigators. FBI agents were helpless to stop the terrorist because of constraints imposed on them by the Obama administration.

Since 2012, Department of Homeland Security has routinely shut down investigations over concerns for the civil rights of the individuals or organizations. These restrictions were officially published in “The FBI Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.”

The guidelines say:

“Extremist speech rarely is [consequential enough for an investigation] unless it incites imminent lawless activity or constitutes a true threat…”

“FBI training must emphasize the protection of civil rights and civil liberties … [a suspects’s] mere association with organizations that demonstrate both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objective(s)…”

“[FBI] Training must focus on behavioral indicators that have a potential nexus to terrorist or criminal activity, while making clear that religious expression, protest activity, and the espousing of political or ideological beliefs are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism or criminality absent other indicia of such offenses…”

“Relevant training material and feedback must be solicited from other agencies or FBI audiences who have received training, and when feasible, feedback should be solicited from knowledgeable community partners [including Islamic political groups].”

Along with the guidelines, officials purged the words “jihad,” “Muslim,” “Islam,” “caliphate,” “Muslim Brotherhood,” “al Qaeda” and “Shariah.” This all began in 2009 when officials decided to delete or change several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS.)

Officials also deleted 67 critical documents related to a Islamic terror network connected through a system of mosques throughout the U.S. linked. National security and law enforcement agencies were also ordered to reach out to Muslim political activists (like The Council on American–Islamic Relations or CAIR) and include them in the investigative process.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues to blame the ‘gun.’

Selling Our Security

Iran says it’s reached a deal to buy passenger planes from U.S. plane maker Boeing, contingent upon the approval of Congress.  Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, with revenues expected to surge past $96 billion this year.

“Follow the money” is a common refrain about political activity and Boeing is a major GOP donor.  For the 2014 campaign cycle, the company gave about 60 percent of its whopping $3,250,000 in donations to the GOP

Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran. The rigged law authorizes President Obama to lift sanctions while blocking any resolution of congressional disapproval.

It is so fatiguing to watch the so-called ‘elite’ in Washington D.C. sell our nations security as they line their personal pockets.

Another Failed Gun Narrative

Once again the same-stream Progressive media’s got it wrong and as usual the anti-gunners swallow every drop of the pabulum that’s being spoon fed to the American public:

  • “AR-15 Rifle Used in Orlando Massacre Has Bloody Pedigree,” an NBC News headline reads.
  • “Orlando Shooting Puts Spotlight on AR-15 Rifle,” Newsweek declared.
  • The Washington Post offered, “The history of the AR-15, the weapon that had a hand in the United States’ worst mass shooting.”

The radical Islamic terrorist didn’t actually use an AR-15 to carry out the insidious at a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. He was armed with a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina initially described the weapon as an “AR-15-style assault rifle” but press outlets ran with the classification, dropping “style” from the description. This of course, will make no difference at all to the polimedia, who don’t particularly care about factual accuracy and who likely wouldn’t be able to tell an AR-15 from a toaster oven if their lives depended on it.

Where Are the Progressive Protestors?

Last June, a murderer walked into a Charleston South Carolina church and killed nine people. Shortly after photos began surfacing on the Internet of gunman with a Confederate flag.

Confederate flags were immediately pulled off store shelves and removed Internet retail sites. Progressives also began defacing statutes and other historic monuments, forcing some to be removed entirely.

So now, following the murders of 50 people at the hands of an American-born Islamic Jihadi, will those same Progressives begin calling for mosques to be torn down? Will they begin defacing them is the officialdom doesn’t move fast enough for them? Will there be protests and will they burn the ISIS flag? Will they protests at all?

Nope.

Instead Progressives are calling for ‘tolerance and understanding,’ thus proving once again that not all violent activities against American citizens are equal. It also goes to show that they don’t care about all peoples – only those that fit their agenda.

Black lives matter — but Gay lives — not so much to Progressives.

Understanding the Lord’s Prayer

As our Jewish friends around the nation celebrate Shavuot, I got to thinking about the Lord’s Prayer. It’s possibly the most well-known and recited set of verses in the bible and can be found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Unfortunately, it may also be the least understood set of verses as it’s offered up so often by memory. Rarely is it taught — especially in more formalized gatherings of the body of Christ — that the Lord’s Prayer is but a model demonstrating how we are to pray to our Heavenly Father.

“Our Father, who art in heaven” teaches us who to address in prayer. “Hallowed be thy name” calls us to respect and to humility, and is a reminder that we are to worship and revere God as he is holy.

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven” reminds us to pray in alignment with Gods will and not jus’ our own selfish desires. “Give us this day our daily bread” encourages us to ask God to meet our daily needs and serves to remind us theat worry is an unnecessary action.

“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” reminds us to confess our wrongs to God and to also forgive others as we’ve been forgiven by God. And in conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, “And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” is a plea for help in achieving victory over our shortcomings, moral failures and against the evil that resides in this world.

Often this prayer is ended with an “Amen, which simply means meaning ‘so be it.’ Also, and though it is not believed to be a part of original biblical text, there are some denominations which add a short praise line known as a doxology, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

When Law Violates Law

“Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.” — Maximilien Robespierre

So goes Proposition 47, also known as the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.’ It’s a referendum passed by voters of California in 2014.

It categorized several ‘nonviolent’ felonies into  misdemeanors. By the following year, San Diego’s police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, had come to describe Prop 47 as “a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card.”

She also expressed concern about the criminals who exploit Proposition 47 to commit crimes.

For example, one criminal in San Bernardino brought a calculator into a store to avoid stealing more than $950 worth of goods, while another man in Palm Springs was caught with a stolen gun valued at $625. Police reports show that when the arresting officer explained he would not be taken to jail but given a ticket he reacted, “But I had a gun. What is wrong with this country?”

Good question. Prop 47 does nothing to protect the owner of the property being stolen and that’s where “the inalienable right of man” is being violated.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads in part, “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

You Are What You Eat

No doubt that at some point in your life you’ve heard someone say, “That baby is so cute I could eat them up.” Well, be careful what you wish for as a number of famous companies including Pepsi, Sanofi Pasteur, Nestle, Glaxo smithkline, Kraft, Amgen, Cadbury Adams, Genetech, Merck, Neocutis are working with California-based Semonyx using tissue from aborted babies to make flavor additives in processed foods and other products.

They include:

All Pepsi soft drinks
Sierra Mist soft drinks
Mountain Dew soft drinks
Mug root beer and other soft drinks
No Fear beverages
Ocean Spray beverages
Seattle’s Best Coffee
Tazo beverages
AMP Energy beverages
Aquafina water
Aquafina flavored beverages
DoubleShot energy beverages
Frappuccino beverages
Lipton tea and other beverages
Propel beverages
SoBe beverages
Gatorade beverages
Fiesta Miranda beverages
Tropicana juices and beverages
All coffee creamers
Maggi Brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasoning, instant noodles
Black Jack chewing gum
Bubbaloo bubble gum
Bubblicious bubble gum
Chiclets
Clorets
Dentyne
Freshen Up Gum
Sour Cherry Gum
Sour Apple Gum
Stride
Trident
Sour Cherry Blasters
Fruit Mania
Bassett’s Liquorice
Maynards Wine Gum
Swedish Fish
Swedish Berries
Juicy Squirts
Original Gummies
Fuzzy Peach
Sour Chillers
Sour Patch Kids
Mini Fruit Gums
Certs breath mints
Halls Cough Drops
Bio-Gel Prevedem Journee
Bio-Serum Lumiere
Bio Restorative Skin Cream
MMR II
ProQuad
Varivax
Pentacel
Vaqta
Havrix
Twinrix
Zostavax
Imovax
Pulmozyme
Enbrel

And here you’ve been bitching about all the genetically modified foods introduced into our unsuspecting world. Welcome to ‘Soylent Green.”

Master Race

Latino scholars say “la raza” means “master race.” The term emerged in Mexico in the 1920s partly in reaction to the “Aryan” concept in soon-to-be Nazi Germany. Aryan means “noble” and was used as a self-designation by Indo-Iranian people.

The term was adopted as a racial category through the work of Arthur de Gobineau, His ideas later influenced the Nazi racial ideology, which also saw “Aryan peoples” as innately superior to other putative racial groups. And yet today people treat groups like “la raza” as if they’re normal.

My Challenge to Me

Recently, I issued a challenge to myself to post more patriotic items than news items on Facebook:

“Over the weekend, somewhere between a silly thousand foot water slide and the excessively loud roar of thundering motorbikes, I came to realize that we don’t need more ‘news feeds’ to worsen or moods — we need “feeds of patriotic encouragement.” And we need them from one another because neither the government nor the media can or will do it for us.”

Unfortunately, I forgot that patriotic fervor is useless when we don’t know or understand why we feel about our nation as we do. Such enthusiasm is nothing more than nationalism as those in the Progressive party like to express it.

That patriotic devotion that beats within your breast and mine is good for the nation – and bad for the Statist. The only way we can avoid this Progressive pitfall is through educating each other.

Not only must we know and understand our history beyond our founding documents and their authors, we must know what is happening in our lives now. If we study each at the same time, we are sure to see how we have slipped from our mantle of greatness into a debauched society.

Furthermore, we will see the narrow path and the wide gate which leads the way back to being that shining city on the hill once again.

The Battle for Nevada Cities

The U.S. Marines and Chinese forces faced off four months before the end of the Korean War in a battle that’s considered among of the bloodiest of the Korean War. For five days, beginning March 26, 1953, the Chinese army launched wave after wave of attacks on the Nevada Cities complex.

The complex included outposts named Vegas, Reno and Carson and were manned by elements of the 1st Marine Division. The complex got its name after Lieutenant Colonel Tony Caputa was overheard saying “it’s a gamble if we can hold them.”

A rifle platoon of 40 Marines and two Hospital Corpsmen manned each outpost. Over 250-yards of trench line surrounded each position, ranging from four to eight-feet in depth followed by two parallel lines of barbed wire laid beyond the trench works.

Earlier on the day of the 26th, and by chance, Marine tanks and artillery had been positioned along the Main Line of Resistance (MLR) to support an infantry raid to destroy Chinese bunkers scheduled for the next morning, designated “Operation Clambake.” The MLR in this case was the roughly along the same 38th Parallel, which separates South and North Koreas.

Small arms and machine gun fire erupted from the Chinese positions against the Marines’ position atop Vegas at 7 p.m. This was followed by 15 minutes of mortar and artillery fire on the Marines’ rear areas and supply routes along the MLR.

Ten minutes after attacking the rear area over 3,500 Chinese soldiers swarmed towards the three outposts. Marine artillery responded to the attacks, however overwhelming Chinese numbers forced the Marines to abandon Vegas’ outer ring of less easily defended trenches.

Within 40 minutes much of the communication between Vegas and 1st Battalion Command Post had been lost and by 7:50 p.m., more than 100 Chinese soldiers occupied the lower trenches of outpost Vegas. Finally, at 11:57 p.m., all communications was lost with Vegas and all the Marines still there were either killed or captured.

By the fifth hour of combat, the Chinese attack had been somewhat successful. They had captured Vegas and Reno and Marine reinforcements to those outposts had been thwarted, yet Carson was still controlled by the Marines.

Shortly after midnight of the 27th, the Marines made an effort to recapture Vegas, but the lead platoon only managed to get close enough to confirm that Vegas was in enemy hands and by three in the morning, the remaining Marine elements had fallen back to the MLR.

After the Marines abandoned their initial attempts to fight their way to Vegas, observation planes were sent in to direct fire for both ground artillery and Marine and U.S. Air Force aircraft. This fire began at nine a.m. and was directed at Chinese artillery located behind their front lines as well as Chinese fortifications atop Vegas.

This was followed shortly afterwards by an assault by the Marines; however, they never reached their objective, pulling back with only nine able-bodied Marines remaining. At the same time, a company of Marines found itself pinned down along the lower slopes of Vegas.

With the help of air support, it took the Marines four-hours to gain control of the lower slopes of Vegas. Thirteen minutes later the Marines had “gone over the top” of the outpost’s hill, gaining control by 1:22 p.m. and securing the outpost by 3 p.m.

That night, an hour or so before midnight, with more than 200 wounded Marines being treated at a makeshift hospital on the slope of Vegas, it was learned that the Chinese were gathering for massive charge. Armed with as many grenades as they could carry, wounded Marines threw the explosives down the slope slowing the Chinese attack.

For two more days the Chinese continued to try and take back Vegas. The attacks eventually came to a stop on March 30 as Marine artillery pounded Chinese positions.

The Battle for Nevada Cities was over.

In the end the Marines lost nearly 70-percent of their total strength with 1,015 casualties including those killed, missing or wounded. Chinese losses included over 6,500 killed, wounded and captured.

The Illegality of Running Mates

We no longer have an understanding of our electoral system and it has been like this since Dwight Eisenhower was in office. The 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution instructs us on how the vice-president is to have a separate election from the presidential election:

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.”

Instead, we now have both the office of president and the vice-president running on the same ticket as ‘running mates.’ This is further worsened by the very fact that the vice-presidential candidate’s selection isn’t through the electoral college,  but rather by a political party, which are actually a private corporations.

Georgiana Pomeroy’s Bible

Since I was in town, I stopped at local book store to have a look around. As I drifted aimlessly from one section to another, looking, pausing to pull an interesting looking tome from the shelf, I discovered a book that appeared out of place.

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Upon a closer examination it was a Holy Bible tucked between two larger volumes on the history of World War II. The binding was stiff, so I opened it as gently a possible to have a look at the title page:

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Continuing to leaf through it I also located an extremely faded inscription, written in leaded-pencil. The writing is a beautiful and delicate cursive, that is typical of previous generations and which reads:

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Deeper still inside the bible, between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament, are two pages labeled with the heading of ‘Family Record.’ On each page are the subheadings, ‘Marriages,’ ‘Births,’ and ‘Deaths.’

Under the marriage subheading it reads:

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Under births:

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And finally, under deaths:

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In the back of the Bible, on the insert is written in ink, the inscription:

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An Internet search shows that Georgiana Pomeroy was born in 1862 in Canada. U.S census records show that between July 1870 and June 1880, she lived at 190 Curtis Street in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, with her father Thomas, stepmother and brother Richard.

A 1904 book, edited by John Thomas Brown, states that Thomas was instrumental in the founding of the Central Christian Church of Denver in 1871. A year later, this church disbanded and the Church at Denver was formed two years later, again under the direction of Thomas.

Those services were held over a saloon and that necessitated a new sanctuary. By 1874, the church had built a new place of worship, complete with a baptistery.

It was there that on April 23, 1874, that the first baptisms within the Church at Denver took place – including “Miss Georgie Pomeroy,” Thomas’ daughter. The same book also mentions a “Mrs. Ann Pomeroy,” whose name is written in under deaths.

Still known as the Central Christian Church at Denver, this much-storied and historical ‘body of Christ’ can be found at 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive.  And you know I’d love to return this cherished bible to the family should they want it.