Feinstein's Shot Heard 'Round the World
U.S. HOUSE RECORDS will show; On the Floor of the U.S. House Dianne Finstein stated: "MY FIRST LOYALTY IS TO MOTHER ISRAEL".. If I remember correctly this was either the 104th or 105th U.S. Congress. That statement on the Floor of the U.S. HOUSE IN SESSION, SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING! [VKD]
Feinstein's Shot Heard 'Round the World
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." --Patrick Henry
A troop of utterly shameless stage actors and demo-gogues took to the microphone Thursday to assist Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in announcing "The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." These petty NeoCom tyrants tugged at the heartstrings of the nation by once again stacking up the coffins of children as their platform to call for the disarmament of law-abiding citizens.
"If 20 dead children in Newtown wasn't a wakeup call that these weapons of war don't belong on our streets, I don't know what is," Feinstein thundered. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tearfully named all 20 children. But as emotional as that appeal is, the issue isn't about those kids. It's about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- which is about the preservation of Liberty.
Feinstein officially introduced her new gun ban, and, as we expected, it's much worse than the 1994 version. Among the details: It bans the sale, transfer, importation or manufacture of semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns with any one of a list of undesirable features. Also banned: 157 specifically named semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns, though there is also a whitelist of 2,258 "legitimate hunting and sporting" firearms.
Furthermore, the bill requires a background check on all sales or transfers of grandfathered weapons, and prohibits the sale or transfer of legally owned but newly banned "large-capacity" magazines. It also requires safe storage of grandfathered firearms. The bill has not yet been released to the public, but at this point it does not appear to contain the registration requirement for legally owned firearms that was in Feinstein's original summary. If this ends up being the case, we suspect that it was practically unworkable for the ATF. Finally, unlike the 1994 ban, the bill has no sunset.
The only effects this bill will have on crime is to turn law-abiding citizens into felons and to make everyone less safe. Not to mention that it tramples the Constitution.
Contrary to media myth, of course, these are not "assault weapons." Indeed, this bill is written by people who don't even know what an "assault weapon" is, other than the Left's prevailing definition: "Assault weapon -- noun, 1. a scary-looking black rifle, 2. anything a politician says it is." Indeed, to determine the restrictions in both her bills, Feinstein recently admitted that she looked at pictures of guns.
Meanwhile, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) introduced separate companion bills to ban magazines with a capacity of higher than 10 rounds. In other words, standard-capacity magazines for most handguns and semi-automatic rifles.
We encourage you to contact your senators and representatives to express your opposition to these unconstitutional bills. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vows to do whatever he can to block the bill. Even Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is opposed and indicated he won't allow a vote on a bill that couldn't make it through the House, though he will allow the bill to proceed with open amendments. We suspect the legislation will face tough sledding, but we're not taking that for granted.
We also strongly encourage you to sign the 2A pledge telling Feinstein and her gun-grabbing cadres that we will not stand by while they infringe the Constitution.
You may not be a gun owner, but if you like to be safe in your home, thank a gun owning neighbor -- because violent criminals don't know which homes are occupied by somebody able to defend themselves and their families. Violent felons prefer unarmed victims.
As Thomas Jefferson noted in the year our Constitution was written, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." And on that note, make no mistake: Obama's current assault on the Second Amendment has nothing to do with "keeping children safe from harm," and everything to do with the confiscation of the type of weapons that have one primary purpose under the Second Amendment -- defending our Constitution.
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The BIG Lies and 'Braying Jackasses'
"Today we are introducing legislation that will help end the mass shootings that have devastated countless families and terrorized communities. ... [O]ur weak gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again, and again, and again in this country. ... No weapon is taken from anyone. The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time, therefore, there is no sunset on this bill. ... We must balance the desire of a few to own military-style assault weapons with the growing threat to lives across America." --Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
"Senator Lautenberg and I have reintroduced the bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines because they're the common thread in every major mass shooting in recent history and taking them off the market can have a major impact on saving lives in America. The horrific murders in Newtown have shown how our nation's lax attitude towards gun violence has gone too far and we must take action to save lives." --Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
"This just isn't a matter of an issue of the Constitution, it's an issue of conscience, an issue of conscience." --Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
"Kids would be alive today in Newtown, Connecticut, if the law that we're proposing today were in place on December 14th of last year. It's as simple as that." --Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
"[T]here's no right to use 100 round clips in assault rifles." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
"The latest tragedy in Newtown was a wake up call for our nation, and now we must now turn our grief into action to reduce further tragedies. It is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for military-style super-sized magazines like those used inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Aurora, and in Tucson, and I will keep working to reinstate the ban on them." --Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
"I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby. ... [B]less our elected leaders with the wisdom and the courage needed to bring about the changes that the people demand." --Dean of the National Cathedral Rev. Canon Gary Hall, who prayed before the circus
"A shotgun will keep you a lot safer ... than an assault weapon in somebody's hands who doesn't know how to use it -- even one who does know how to use it. ... So you want to keep people away in an earthquake? Buy some shotgun shells." --Joe Biden, who clearly thinks the Framers gave us the Second Amendment to discourage looting
Government and Politics
News From the Swamp: House Passes Temporary Debt Ceiling Deal
The battle over Washington's spending troubles took a new turn this week as the House passed a bill that postpones enforcement of the debt ceiling limit until May 18, giving Capitol Hill some wiggle room to keep debating spending issues. The No Budget, No Pay Act passed 285-144 with the support of 199 Republicans and 86 Democrats, and it calls for both chambers of Congress to pass full budget resolutions by April 15 or have their pay withheld. The postponement will allow the Treasury Department to continue paying the government's bills until May 18 by essentially ignoring the debt limit. This exercise is pathetic in itself, but with Barack Obama and the Democrats refusing to negotiate in good faith, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had little choice. Republicans are now absolved of supposedly threatening to shut down the government, and the responsibility for moving toward an agreement is placed on the Democrats -- or so the playbook says.
It doesn't take a cynic to recognize that this latest play to get the government's fiscal house in order is still fraught with problems, but Boehner's plan may be the best yet to break the endless cycle of manufactured crises over spending. The Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has steadfastly since 2009 ignored its lawful duty to produce a budget. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suddenly welcomes the idea of pushing for a budget resolution, calling the vote in the House a "major victory for the president." Schumer also says that by producing a budget, Democrats would have the opportunity to raise more revenue through further tax hikes on businesses and the "wealthy." Beyond the tax fight, which was supposed to have been put to rest after the fiscal cliff resolution (cough, cough), Congress will still have to deal with the automatic cuts that are expected to hit defense and domestic programs on March 1. The GOP remains firm that any change in those cuts must be met by trimming spending in other places.
Barack "No Negotiations" Obama has noted that he won't oppose the Republican plan to postpone the debt limit, but he isn't exactly prodding the Senate into action either. He will likely stand aside for the moment while House Republicans and Senate Democrats duke it out over the 2014 budget and how seriously it will address our nation's perilous spending problem -- the problem that NeoComs deny exists. Whether the final plan includes tax hikes, spending cuts or more likely both, the fact is that the government is running out of time to get its house in order. Washington is digging America's fiscal grave at an ever-increasing rate. In 2001, the debt ceiling stood at $5.95 trillion. It has been raised 13 times since then, and is currently $16.4 trillion.
Obama again fumbled the recitation of his oath, as he did in 2009. This time he was unable to say "United States" correctly, and smirked. We mention this because there are two distinct "poker tells" that betray Obama's efforts to deceive. One is the prolific use of "uh" when he is telling a lie that is not scripted from a teleprompter. The other is when he fumbles the simplest of words, as he did once again with his oath.
Read the rest of Mark Alexander's essay, 'I, Barack Hussein Obama...'.
Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Upheld
Public sector unions in Wisconsin seeking to undo Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining reforms were dealt a blow last week when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in a 2-1 ruling. The ruling didn't explicitly reverse an earlier state court decision that prevents the law from being enforced, but it does mean that the case will have to be revisited. Recent legislative actions in Michigan pushing for right-to-work laws also bode well in the continuing fight to loosen the fiscal stranglehold the public sector unions have placed on government.
Ray Nagin Indicted
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin was indicted last week on 21 counts of fraud, bribery, money laundering and tax falsification related to kickbacks he took from businesses looking to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. The indictment accuses Nagin of using his office to enrich himself and business associates through wire transfers, free travel and other illegal means. Nagin's indictment is no surprise, considering the corrupt history of New Orleans politics and Nagin's own reputation. It's also no surprise that only one major news outlet reporting of the event identified Nagin's party affiliation. In case you were wondering, he's a Democrat, through and through.
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