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The Nanny State Has Become Government’s Default Posture (Pussification of the USA)

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Published on: March 5, 2014

The origins of the term “Nanny State” can be traced back to British Member of Parliament Ian Macleod, who in 1965 penned a column under the name “Quoodle” for The Spectator. “In my occasional appearances as a poor man’s Peter Simple I fire salvos in the direction of what I call the Nanny State,” wrote Quoodle, before taking shots at various British ministers — in particular the Minister of Transport who recently had proposed a 70-mph speed limit on British motorways. Macleod also awarded medals for “resistance to Nanny” to organizations that objected to the creep of government paternalism.

I have a feeling The Right Honorable Mr. Macleod and I would have gotten along quite well.

However, a 70-mph speed limit and calls to limit homebuilding seem rather benign in today’s post-9/11 world of unchecked government snooping, invasive TSA “freedom pats,” and the continuing nightmare of ObamaCare. “Nanny State” barely begins to describe the unhealthy relationship between today’s citizens and their government. The term “Warden State” is more apt, especially under the Obama Administration.

The effects of this expansive government paternalism are not without cultural consequences, either. As government discovers more and more areas in our private lives in which to insert itself under the guise of “Nanny knows best,” people grow accustomed to — if not reliant on — its presence. Slowly but surely, people forget how to be free; even grow to fear the “risk” in being free. It makes for a society more prone to – perhaps even more comfortable in — restricting rights, than protecting them as was envisioned by our Founders.

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The 1984 Brady Law Has Done Little To Keep Guns Out Of Criminals’ Hands

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Published on: March 5, 2014

Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law, a federal gun control in honor of James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s former press secretary who was wounded in John Hinckley’s assassination attempt.

Since it requires background checks on all guns purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers, gun control advocates celebrated the law’s purported effectiveness.

The description by the Capitol newspaper The Hill was typical: “The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which took effect 20 years ago Friday, has blocked more than 2 million firearm sales, preventing ‘countless’ killings and other crimes, gun control advocates said at an event to mark the anniversary … .”

On Friday, the Brady Campaign claimed that half those blocked from purchasing a gun — over 1 million — were felons.

Impressive numbers. But, alas, both are gross exaggerations.

NYCG Radio Episode #57 – 3/4/14 “I Will Not Comply”

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New York City Guns Radio Episode
#57

IN THIS EPISODE: Riders slam Cuomo’s plan to raid $40M from MTA funds, De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC, Albany corruption a Shel game, 3 huge cities flirting with bankruptcy (NY IS #1), Video Prompts Changes To How NYPD Deals With Suspected Fare Beaters, Bronx man records police discussing controversial videotaped arrest, Assemblyman Will Barclay: SAFE Act Needs Repeal, Proves to Hinder Job Growth, More retired NY firefighters, cops arrested in pension fraud probe (Half A Billion Stolen So Far…), Fed-Up Navy Veteran Forewarned Conn. Lawmakers on Gun Registration: ‘I’m Telling You Right Now, I Will Not Comply’, California AG Appeals Ninth Circuit Concealed Carry Ruling, Facebook mulling policy changes on gun-themed pages (exclusive), Real estate agents grapple with Illinois’ new gun law, Glenn Reynolds: Americans embrace guns, Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun.

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Many Want Secession Because of Democrat Gun Bans in Their States

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Published on: March 4, 2014

If you mention the word “secession” most people think of the South during the Civil War. But today, a new movement is gaining steam because of frustration over a growing, out-of-control federal government.

A number of conservative, rural Americans are taking about seceding and creating their own states, meaning a new map of the United States of America could include the following:

  • A 51st state called Jefferson, made up of Northern California and Southern Oregon
  • A new state called Western Maryland
  • A new state called North Colorado

 

These are real movements gaining traction with voters across the country. Jeffrey Hare runs the 51st State Initiative in Colorado, an effort to fight an out-of-control legislature trying to ram big government policies down the throats of voters.

“We’re at this point of irreconcilable differences,” Hare told CBN News.

Secessionist talk has filled town hall meetings and the divide discussed is not just ideological.

“It’s predominately left versus right, but it’s urban versus rural because you typically find more typical conservative values in rural America,” Hare said.

An Attack on Colorado?

That’s the crux of the issue. Rural Americans across many states feel they’re not being heard. Their laundry list is long and at the top of that list are stricter gun control laws.

According to Weld County, Colo., Sheriff John Cooke, the state legislature is out of control.

“They are out of touch with rural Colorado,” he said. “There is an attack on rural Colorado and it’s not just on gun control laws. It’s on several of the other bills that they passed.”

Government mandates on renewable energy, environmental policies restricting oil and gas drilling, and controversial social issues like gay marriage have also led to this divide and talk of secession.

Organizers want to create “North Colorado,” an idea that went to voters in 11 counties this past fall. But not everyone in Colorado thinks secession is a great idea.

“I don’t think that’s necessarily the way to make something happen within the area you live,” Colorado resident Greg Howe told CBN News. “You’re supposed to work within our electoral services.”

The so-called secession movement in Colorado had mixed results this past November. Some counties approved it. Others didn’t.

But the organizers of the 51st State Initiative are undaunted, saying this type of movement takes time.

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Bloomturd Wants Facebook to Ban All Gun Related Profiles

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Published on: March 4, 2014

Facebook mulling policy changes on gun-themed pages (exclusive)

Facebook may announce company policy changes for gun-related pages in the coming weeks, VentureBeat has learned.

The social network has been under pressure from the powerful Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Moms Demand Action civic group to ban gun-themed fan pages on the site.

“Talks are progressing. The discussions are ongoing; there have been positive developments,” sources close to the conversations told VentureBeat.

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Real estate agents grapple with Illinois’ new gun law

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Published on: March 4, 2014

At homes listed for sale this spring, a prospective buyer may notice the manicured lawn, the pot of flowers by the walkway, and possibly the state’s official “no guns” sign posted by the front door.

Realty firms, like other businesses, are grappling with how to handle the state’s new concealed carry law. But in an industry whose very foundation involves strangers sitting in agents’ cars and offices and walking through private homes, devising guidelines is proving difficult.

Late last week, just as the state was mailing out the first 5,000 concealed carry licenses, the Illinois Association of Realtors unveiled a consent form that could take the conversation between real estate agents and home sellers into uncharted territory.

The form, if realty firms and agents choose to use it, allows homeowners to specify whether they would allow a potential buyer with a concealed firearm inside their property.

If the seller says “no,” an agent would display the state-authorized sign, a drawing of a black gun with a red circle and line through it, outside the home during all showings and open houses.

“Sponsoring broker … disclaims any and all responsibility for any personal injury or property damage caused by any guest or invitee who enters your premises,” the consent form states in part.

“We’ll put up signage, but we’re not going to put the brokers in the position of frisking down people as they walk through an open house,” said John Kauerauf, an attorney for the 41,000-member trade group.

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Glenn Reynolds: the trend is toward expanding gun rights

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Published on: March 4, 2014

At present, we’ve reached the point where the Second Amendment can be characterized as ordinary constitutional law. That is, it now protects a right that attaches to individuals, and that those individuals can enforce in federal court.

Of course “ordinary constitutional law” doesn’t mean that everything is settled — in fact, an area in which all the legal questions were settled once and for all would be more like extraordinary constitutional law. But it does mean that questions relating to gun ownership, gun carrying, and the like are now dealt with in the same way that federal courts deal with other questions of constitutional rights.

Overall, the trend of the past couple of decades seems to be toward expanding gun rights, just as the trend in the 1950s and 1960s was toward expanding free speech rights. America has more guns in private hands than ever before, even as crime rates fall, and, after a half-century or so of anti-gun hysteria, the nation seems to be reverting to its generally gun-friendly traditions.

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Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun – Nathan Entingh used a ‘level 2 lookalike firearm’

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Published on: March 4, 2014

America’s kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred to his weapon as a “level 2 lookalike firearm,” reports the Columbus Dispatch. Devonshire Alternative Elementary School’s principal says students have been frequently told not to play pretend gun games, with a district rep saying kids were warned consequences would follow.

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3 huge cities flirting with bankruptcy (NYC, Chicago, LA)

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Published on: March 3, 2014

Detroit’s looming bankruptcy is making news again, this time focusing on current restructuring plans aimed to wipe out $18 billion in debt by axing pension checks of city retirees, including police and fire.

Massive long-term retirement and healthcare promises were by no means solely responsible for the city’s fall, but these massive pensions coupled with a tax base weakened by high unemployment and housing vacancies caused the budget to bleed out quicker.

The Michigan city may be the most recent victim of bankruptcy, but many of the 61 largest U.S. cities have adopted the same retirement legacy leading to $118 billion in unfunded healthcare debts. Retired city workers stop contributing to the system; the system keeps paying them; and before you know, a fiscal crisis has begun.

If you think the three cities below are too big to fail, think again.

The solid performance in the stock market in 2013 may have allowed some of their investments within pensions to grow and cover costs. However, when the growth rate of investments slow, and the payout rate speeds up, expect to see any one of these cities next in line at bankruptcy court:

New York City

When adjusted for population, New York owes $20 billion more for retiree health care than Detroit, or a total of $88.2 billion.

On top of those obligations, the Big Apple owed pensioners $69.9 billion more than it set aside as of last year’s annual report. Again, adjusted for population, that’s $28 billion more than Detroit owes.

One of the reasons New York City can’t balance its annual budget is because it has to spend one-third of its revenues on health, retirement benefits, and debt. New York’s budget has run an operating deficit six of the past seven years (with the shortfalls covered by pre-2008 surpluses).

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De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC

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Published on: March 3, 2014

De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC

Money — it’s the root of all evil. Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Or at least an unfair advantage.

That’s the gist of the liberals’ creed and justification for their war on wealth. The other half of their view holds that the poor are innocent victims of life’s rigged game.

Their narrative of evil winners and noble losers clears the way for self-heroic redeemers. They will deliver social justice by meting out punishment and spreading the wealth around. Their virtue entitles them to power.

It sounds like a comic-book view of life, but it’s the reality of liberalism today. And thanks to the de Blasio administration, New Yorkers are getting a bitter taste of its divisive nature. So much so that talk about quitting Gotham is surging in some circles.

One friend says 10 wealthy people have told him they are leaving and another says disgusted New Yorkers bought $1 billion in residential property in Florida since the November election. The Sunshine State confers an automatic tax cut of about 12 percent because it has no city or state income tax, nor does it have an inheritance tax.

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Connecticut Police to Begin Door-to-Door Gun Confiscations (Police State Gone Wild)

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Published on: March 3, 2014

The State of Connecticut says that all citizens must register rifles and high capacity magazines, or be charged will a felony. As many as 100,000 people could face heavily armed police smashing down their doors and be charged with a felony.

The legislature of CT says that a registration is needed so they can know where the guns are. Yet at the same time, they are sending threatening letters to gun owners. So they already have records of who has purchased certain guns. The fact is, that the CT legislature fully intends to confiscate hundreds of thousands of firearms anyway. The registration process will simply make it easier to confiscate, because you acknowledge that you still own a firearm that the state already suspects that you own.

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CNN: Gun Hater Piers Morgan Out – Gun Banner Sarah Brady In!

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Published on: March 3, 2014

Like certain other TV networks, CNN likes gun control supporters. For more than a year, it allowed Piers Morgan to relentlessly and viciously attack the Second Amendment and anyone who supports it, until Morgan’s perennially low-rated show had cost the network so much in lost advertising revenue that keeping him on the air was no longer financially sustainable.

As noted in the previous Alert story, CNN recently made the decision to cut “Piers Morgan Live” from its lineup. However, from the network’s perspective, the problem was the messenger, not the message.

So, this week, with Morgan on the way out, CNN teamed with another anti-gun messenger—Sarah Brady, chairwoman of the anti-gun Brady Campaign–to promote federal legislation that would require a background check, through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), on anyone who acquires a firearm from someone who is not a firearm dealer. Mrs. Brady was on CNN and wrote an opinion piece for CNN’s website, because today is the 20-year anniversary of the Brady Act, which created NICS.

Bypassing Congress, Obama & DOJ to Announce Expansion to Gun Background Checks

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Published on: March 3, 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to announce an expansion of background checks based on executive orders president Obama issued in January 2013.

According to The Hill, the expansion consists of “three changes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).”

Two of the changes “will grant tribal access to NICS and authorize law enforcement agencies to use the system to run full background system checks before returning guns that have been seized or confiscated during the course of investigations.”

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Bronx man records police discussing controversial videotaped arrest

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Published on: March 3, 2014

Dariel Reyes recorded a man getting arrested by NYPD officers in the Bronx. The video has prompted calls for an investigation.

Let’s go to the videotape.

So says the man behind a viral video of a Bronx police arrest that sparked a firestorm of outrage last week.

Daniel Reyes maintains he is not a provocateur, and insists he never taped an arrest before the Feb. 23 incident, but the 24-year-old Bronx Park East resident was evidently bitten by the bug.

Days after Reyes posted the video, he walked into the Lydig Coffee House in Pelham Parkway, approached two uniformed cops, initiated a discussion about the video and secretly videotaped it.

He posted that conversation, in which the unaware cops purportedly discussed the rough arrest, to Facebook and then, Friday, to YouTube.

“These two seemed like decent guys,” Reyes said of the duo he recorded. “But (the NYPD) shouldn’t feel like they can do whatever they want and get away with it. We should all be out there holding them responsible.”

Video Prompts Changes To How NYPD Deals With Suspected Fare Beaters

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Meshach Stachan being arrested by officers from the 49th Precinct on Sunday, Feb. 23. The arrest was videotaped by Dariel Reyes.

The New York Police Department has issued changes to how its officers deal with fare beaters following an internal review and a controversial arrest made in the Bronx last week.

As TV 10/55′s Don Champion reported Friday, a tense cellphone video has not only gone viral, but also sparked changes within the NYPD.

“I just thought somebody needs to see this,” said Dariel Reyes, who shot the cellphone video.

Moments before the video started, officers had approached the man at the center of the incident and asked to see his bus receipt as he exited the BX12 bus at Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road, Champion reported.

“The officer just held him tight. The guy is saying ‘I have my ticket, I paid and I have proper ID’ and as you can see in the video, it escalated from that,” Reyes recalled.

The incident escalated to the point that the man was arrested, even though it was later determined that he did indeed have a bus ticket, Champion reported.

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