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Kathleen Kane won’t defend NRA-backed PA law on firearm rules (Dems Are Lawless)

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Published on: December 5, 2014

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is leaving it to the governor’s office to defend a lawsuit challenging a National Rifle Association-backed law that was designed to dismantle illegal municipal firearms ordinances, officials said Friday.

A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett said the governor’s legal office will defend the law against the challenge led by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. Kane’s office sent word earlier in the week that she would not take the case.

Corbett, a Republican who opposes new forms of gun control, signed the law last month. The law widens the ability of the NRA or gun owners to successfully sue over municipal firearms ordinances.

“We can find no legitimate reason for the attorney general to decline to defend the commonwealth in this case,” said Corbett’s spokesman, Jay Pagni.

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Newly Designated Nevada GOP Majority Leader: We’re Here to ‘Get our Gun Rights Back’

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Published on: December 5, 2014

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Newly designated Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore (R-Las Vegas) says Republicans were elected to the majority to defeat liberalism and that includes doing what has to be done to recover gun rights in Nevada.

Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on December 3, Fiore said: “We’re getting our gun rights back this session, period.”

She said constituents can expect to see bills allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry guns for self-defense on campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. She also says she wants to see high schools adopt “rifle clubs” again, so young people are exposed to firearm safety and responsible gun ownership.

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Says He Wants Change to Prevent the Next Eric Garner. He’s Not Being Honest.

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Published on: December 5, 2014

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Let’s stipulate a few things up front. I don’t think that the fatal police takedown of Eric Garner was justified, based on the offense that was in play. That offense was selling illegal cigarettes out of their manufacturer’s packaging — so-called “loosies.” Eric Garner did that, repeatedly, and had been arrested for it previously to the day that he died.

However, my information in this case is incomplete, as is the video we have all seen, as is your information. The grand jury may have gotten it wrong when they declined to indict, but they do know more about this case than any of us knows.

Eric Garner was well known to the NYPD. In 2007, while he was in prison at Rikers Island, he wrote a civil rights case against the NYPD alleging that an officer had sexually assaulted him during another arrest. That case was dismissed, but not on the evidence or lack thereof. It was not adjudicated because Garner failed to provide the court a forwarding address when he left prison.

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thumbAndrew Klavan: #GamerGate Forever! (Video)

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Published on: December 4, 2014

Why Bill De Blasio’s Comments on Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Are Full O’ Crap!

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Here’s what Bill de Blasio, New York City’s Democratic mayor, said today about the grand jury decision not to indict the cop who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold:

These goals – of bringing police and community closer together and changing the culture of law enforcement — are why we have introduced so many reforms this year. It starts at the top with Commissioner Bratton – a strong, proven change agent. We have dramatically reduced the overuse and abuse of stop-and-frisk. We have initiated a comprehensive plan to retrain the entire NYPD to reduce the use of excessive force and to work with the community. We have changed our marijuana policy to reduce low-level arrests, and we have launched a new pilot program for body cameras for officers to improve transparency and accountability.

You can read the rest of his bloviating here. Keep in mind de Blasio is not a community organizer or even a council man, he is the mayor of New York City, the chief executive of the municipal government. In days gone by, you could say the buck “stopped with him.”

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Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Was Previously Kicked off Force for ‘Dismal’ Gun Performance, Emotional Instability

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering the boy, was deemed “unfit for duty” while serving on another police force. Supervisors specifically cited his “dismal” handgun performance and emotional instability when they forced him to resign in December 2012.

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Charles Barkley doubles down on Ferguson: ‘We as black people, we have a lot of crooks’

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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Charles Barkley of NBA fame said he’s not backtracking on his earlier characterization of Ferguson violent rioters and looters as “scumbags” — and moreover, the grand jury was quite right in not indicting policeman Darren Wilson.

In an interview on CNN, Mr. Barkley, who now serves as a basketball analyst for Turner Sports, said he doesn’t think white police officers are simply out to get black people and shoot them based on the color of their skin.

US Entering Dangerous New Era in Religious Hostility

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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A school tells a student that he can’t attend because God’s the most important thing in his life. A public health official gets fired for sermons he gave in his off-hours as a lay pastor. A congregation is told they may not be able to locate downtown just because – and only because – they’re a church.

These are all real examples of cases in the past several months showing your religion can get you in real trouble in today’s America.

For the last three years the Liberty Institute and the Family Research Council has published Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America. The legal group says they’re seeing cases of discrimination against those of faith rising rapidly.

“The first time we did it, we collected about 600 cases,” Jeff Mateer, general counsel of the Texas-based Liberty Institute, told CBN News. “We went from 600 to 1,200. And this year we’re up to about 1,600. So, the threats are continuing to increase at a dramatic pace.”

Often these threats take place in school settings.

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No indictment for Eric Garner unites the right and the left… for now

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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In a way, this is all eerily familiar. The failure of a New York City grand jury to indict a police officer who killed a large African-American man for resisting arrest seems prima facie to be quite similar to the facts of the case which set the town of Ferguson ablaze.

But the similarities end there. The Eric Garner’s killing was captured on camera. He was confronted by a number of NYPD for being suspected of selling loose cigarettes, and for robbing the city of the exorbitant taxes placed on the sale of that product. Thought to be resisting arrest, he was jumped on by several officers – one of whom used a prohibited choke hold on the suspect. Garner, a heavyset man who suffered from pulmonary issues, succumbed and later died as a result of the injuries he incurred in that altercation. While it was not a finding of criminal intent, a coroner later ruled Garner’s death a homicide.

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Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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From Matt Bracken:

In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.

We have seen them all before, and we shall see them all again as history rhymes along regardless of the century or the generation of humankind nominally in control of events. But the next time we are visited by widespread, large-scale urban riots, a dangerous new escalation may be triggered by a fresh vulnerability: It’s estimated that the average American home has less than two weeks of food on hand. In poor minority areas, it may be much less. What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but ERROR? This could also be the result of deliberate sabotage by hackers, or other technical system failures. Alternatively, the government might pump endless digits into the cards in a hopeless attempt to outpace future hyperinflation. The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, and it can even set price controls, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.

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NJ “Smart Gun Law” Not Invoked in Spite of Recent Anti-Gun Lawsuit

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Published on: December 3, 2014

The New Jersey Attorney General has issued a legally-mandated report to the Governor and the Legislature finding that the Armatix iP1 handgun does not qualify as a “smart gun” under New Jersey’s 2002 smart gun law.

The report includes the following statement:

After careful consideration of the iP1’s design, we have determined that it does not satisfy the statutory definition because, as a matter of design, the pistol may be fired by a person who is not an authorized or recognized user. That is, as long as the pistol is situated within 10 inches of the enabling wristwatch, it may be fired by anyone – the authorized user or any other person who is able to pull the trigger. While the system does incorporate a PIN code or a timer to disable the handgun, when the weapon is enabled, there is nothing in the technology which automatically limits its operational use so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user (so long as the pistol is within a 10-inch proximity to the wristwatch component).

Situations may readily be envisioned in which an unauthorized individual gains access to the pistol in close enough proximity to the wristwatch component (by either maintaining possession of the pistol within 10 inches of the authorized user’s wrist on which he or she is wearing the watch, or by forcibly taking possession of the wristwatch), and therefore would be able to fire the weapon, despite the limiting technology. Accordingly, we are unable to conclude that the iP1 design meets all the elements of New Jersey’s statutory definition of a personalized handgun under N.J.S.2C:39-1(dd), and therefore its availability for retail sales purposes will not trigger the operation of N.J.S.2C:58-2.4 (requiring the promulgation of a list of personalized handguns) and N.J.S.2C:58-2.5 (prohibiting the sale of non-personalized handguns).

The report was likely issued in connection with pending litigation in which the Brady Center has tried to force the Attorney General to issue a report that would trigger New Jersey’s smart gun law by finding that the Armatix gun satisfied the law.

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Face It: Republicans Want Amnesty

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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Since I have explained all this logically — and the end result of explaining this logically is to illustrate the on-the-surface illogic of all of these people afraid of the government shutdown. It simply is illogical. Everybody bleating about, “No, no! No, no! Ohhhh, no! Shut down the government? Oh, my God! Shut down the government? We’re gonna get blamed. We’re gonna get creamed! No! No!” They don’t really mean that. Here’s what it all means.

They may mean that, but when you strip all this away, what it really means is — and batten down the hatches here. It means that the vast majority of the membership of the Republican establishment and their donors want amnesty. That’s what all this means. You’ve gotta cut through the noise here, which is one of the things I always try to do, not get distracted, ’cause all of this talk about a government shutdown is a sideshow. These people are smart enough to know.

Hell, if I can figure it out, they can.

“A government shutdown is so devastating that we can’t recover! Oh, my God,” and we only won a landslide election? What this is about is the establishment concocting an excuse where they don’t have to stop Obama because they don’t want to, folks. That’s the only logical interpretation for all of this. The election results are clear. The voters don’t want any more of what Obama is promising, implementing or offering. They don’t want any more of it.

The election was the only way people in this country have of saying “stop.” Well, the people they elected to stop it, at least in the case of amnesty, don’t want to stop it. But they can’t come out and say that. They can’t come, after all of this, and act like they are as eager for amnesty as Obama, but they are. We know it to be true. We know the Republican establishment, we know the Chamber of Commerce, we know that many of the donors want amnesty.

They want all of these low-skilled and low-educated workers because they’re low-wage. They’ve not even denied this, in recent months/years. So what this is really all about is it’s just easier for these people to hide behind the dangers of a government shutdown as the excuse for not stopping Obama. That’s all this really is, because they’re not this shortsighted.

They don’t really think we can’t shut down the government and stop Obama because of a poll in the Washington Post about being blamed for a shutdown. It’s that they don’t want to. The polling data is a convenient excuse. “Hey, look, if we do it we’re gonna get creamed! We just won, and you want us to throw away this victory by ticking off the people who just elected us?” It’s a sideshow excuse. That’s what it is. Face it.

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No indictment for officer in NYC chokehold death

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim’s family said.

The decision in Staten Island not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo threatened to add to the tensions that have simmered in the city since the July 17 death of Eric Garner – a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Concealed Carry is a RIGHT Not a Privilege

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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The federal courts would never uphold a law requiring people to show “good cause” before they could speak in public or march in a parade. It would be a violation of our First Amendment rights. Yet an ongoing court battle examines whether similar rules regarding the carrying of firearms is an equally outrageous violation of the Second Amendment.

The case started in 2008 in San Diego County, when Edward Peruta and other gun owners challenged San Diego County’s process for issuing concealed-carry permits. State law gives sheriffs the power to determine “good cause” – and San Diego County required documentation showing the applicant faced some sort of specific threat to merit one.

The result in restrictive counties is a small number of residents — people connected to law enforcement, lawyers, business people facing security risks and influential people — were free to exercise such “rights.” Actually, it became a “privilege.” In February, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the gun owners.

“Because the Second Amendment ‘confer(s) an individual right to keep and bear arms,’ we must assess whether the California scheme (in light of San Diego County’s policy) allows some people to bear arms outside the home in some places at some times; instead, the question is whether it allows the typical, responsible, law-abiding citizens to bear arms in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” ruled the court. “The answer … is a resounding ‘no.’”

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Bizarro-World View of Self-Defense on Display in Ferguson (Self Defense is Bad But Crime is Good!)

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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Last week, residents of Ferguson, Missouri might have noticed a strange sight amidst the scenes of burning buildings, overturned cars, crazed rioters, and police in full military dress. Standing stoically on the rooftops of buildings in areas threatened by prolonged rioting were men dressed in masks and camouflage, armed with buckets of water, fire extinguishers, and occasionally AR-15 rifles.

These men were not members of the Ferguson Police Department or the Missouri National Guard. They were members of the Oath Keepers, a nationwide collective of military veterans, former law enforcement officers, first responders and other concerned citizens who have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They were drawn to Ferguson to help protect the people and property of the town from the rioters and criminals, who largely had avoided being stopped by the police and National Guard troops.

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