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Betrayed by the bailout: The death of democracy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With almost a trillion dollars picked from their pockets to reimburse reckless Wall Street gamblers, many Americans righteously feel betrayed. A majority will elect a new president next month, and most will wait to see who it will be, and what if anything he can or will do to alleviate their suffering.

There are others, undoubtedly, who agree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is individually held, and who believe that the use of their personal weapons is justified to overthrow a government that betrays them and which destroys their very means of existence. The right of legitimate self-defense is recognized by every criminal law in America.
 

TN: Problems we face have many causes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Criminals are protected more than victims in many instances.

Our Constitution has been placed in danger by those who attempt to dismantle it piece by piece.

Our Second Amendment rights are constantly challenged by those who want to abolish it. However, criminals will still have guns to kill and rob honest citizens.

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I, as well as millions of others, fought for this country and our freedoms. Many are still serving honorably, and many made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms we enjoy and cherish are not taken from us by those who have no honor. Our country must come first.
 

Seeking to Shift Attention to Judicial Nominees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Indeed, Mr. Obama already has some experience with blowback from the right and the left over Supreme Court issues. Critics accused him of slipperiness in June for praising the court’s decision in a Second Amendment case overturning the District of Columbia’s ban on personal gun ownership, and for his attack on another ruling that outlawed the death penalty for people convicted of child rape.

For Mr. McCain’s part, conservatives remember with antipathy that he was part of the so-called Gang of 14, Republican and Democratic senators who forged a compromise that allowed for confirmation votes on some of Mr. Bush’s judicial appointments.
 

PA: Pointless noise about stolen gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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...[Lehigh County District Attorney James] Martin told City Council in a letter that he considers the ordinance to be unconstitutional and unenforceable. At least, he'll stop anyone from trying. His issue isn't the Second Amendment, nor should it be. The ordinance says nothing about owning or buying guns. It says that if you discover a gun missing or stolen, you must report it within 24 hours. His concern, rather, is whether even a home rule charter city like Allentown can draft such a law. He believes only the state Legislature can write gun-related laws.
 

MI: Dire economy steering Mich. voters to Obama
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We know the economy is getting bad," said Horsman, 62, of Spring Valley, Minn. "We're not busy anymore."

But both said they will vote for McCain, for reasons that have more to do with social concerns than economic ones. They do not believe Obama is sufficiently supportive of the Second Amendment.

"I'm pretty well set on McCain. He believes the way I do," said Niewahner, a 61-year-old from Toledo, Iowa.

Besides, Horsman said, why lay the blame for the economic crisis solely at the Republicans' feet?

"Democrats have been pretty much in charge, too, haven't they?" said Horsman, who said he has not always voted Republican.
 

Australia: A bazooka in the hand is worth coup in the Bush
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But back to the looming coup. The only thing I can see potentially stopping Bush is 300 million Americans who are armed to the teeth courtesy of the Second Amendment. The founding fathers had this in mind when they drafted the constitution.

Wait, I knew this tattoo would come in handy. I'll read it off my bicep: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Could be the old slave shagger Tom Jefferson was thinking of people like Bush and Paulson and the First Armoured when he wrote that.

Ed.: Obligatory quadrennial conspiracy.
 

Finland: School shootings raise questions about society, gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This sparsely populated nation near the Arctic Circle has long clung to an ethos of rugged individualism where, unlike in most of Western Europe, the right to bear arms is deeply ingrained in the culture.

Stunned by the second school massacre in a year, however, Finns are questioning their gun laws and other social problems such as rampant alcoholism and high suicide rates.

Leading newspapers splashed the word "Why?" on their front pages, seeking answers into what drove Matti Saari, a 22-year-old student with no previous criminal record, to kill 10 people in a shooting spree at his vocational college before killing himself.
 

SC: Throw away your guns and explosives on sheriff's amnesty day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Saturday, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office will collect and destroy weapons, ammunition, explosives and fireworks -- with no questions asked -- during an amnesty day.

The goal is to get the dangerous items out of circulation to prevent injuries and crime.

Those who get rid of weapons or other items Saturday won't face charges for possessing them, officials said.

Serial numbers will be run through a national crime database and, if they are determined to be stolen, they'll be returned to their rightful owner. The rest will be destroyed by the State Law Enforcement Division, which is assisting in the collection.

A U.S Marine Corps bomb squad will help dispose of all military ordnance.
 

Army on U.S. patrol?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's painful for us in the mainstream media to concede points to the online blogosphere, but sometimes things are the way they are.

Recently, except for bloggers, most media, online or otherwise, pretty much ignored another egregious executive power grab by the Bush administration, this time in the potential use of active military units inside the United States for domestic law enforcement. (To his credit, Constitution Party presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin of Pensacola also raised the issue.)

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In 2006 Congress, ... gave President Bush authority to ... ignore the Posse Comitatus Act, which in the 1870s statutorily enshrined the Founders' fear of a president's ability to use the Army to quell public dissent.
 

ID: Have we evolved: The Dog and Biden Show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What would Joe say about last Thursday? I couldn’t tell you really, just that he would mention his hometown Scranton about 47 times. I imagine he would probably tell me that people who own guns are mentally ill.

Which would be interesting, because I didn’t even ask him a question about Scranton or guns.

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You can go back and watch the early vice presidential debates. Watch specifically the debate between George Bush Sr. and Geraldine Ferraro. Bush debated against a female candidate. He attacked his opponent, he ridiculed his opponent and the best part was that she fired back. They argued about policy and they argued about issues. Hey, they freaking debated!
 

The 'Bradley effect' in 2008
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Below Bradley's name on the California ballot was Proposition 15, requiring the registering of handguns. On election day, Proposition 15 flushed out voters in rural precincts, places where politicians didn't campaign and pollsters didn't poll. And as long as they were in the booth, why not also vote against that black big-city mayor who was just the kind of liberal who'd love to take their guns away?

But it wasn't guns alone that sank Bradley; two white Democrats also running for statewide office won by double digits. I'm inclined to think the Bradley effect was born earlier, during Bradley's 1969 run for mayor.
 

SAF Files Amicus Brief in Nordyke Case Seeking 2nd Amendment Incorporation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"It is unfathomable," [attorney Alan] Gura writes, "that the states are constitutionally limited in their regulation of medical decisions or intimate relations...but are unrestrained in their ability to trample upon the enumerated right to arms designed to enable self-preservation."

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the brief "covers every argument supporting incorporation in remarkably concise language that is well-supported by court precedent, historical documentation and just plain common sense."
 

Justices Return to Work, With Less Meaty Docket
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The two cases are the most colorful of the term so far, and they involve significant but perhaps not momentous First Amendment issues. Compared with the last term, which included historic cases concerning Guantánamo Bay, the Second Amendment and execution by lethal injection, the new term is a buffet without entrees. This year’s intellectual feast — Judge Robert H. Bork’s hopeful description of the work of a Supreme Court justice — is less filling.
 

AZ: Ex-tribal officer guilty in sex for freedom case
Submitted by: Wildfire

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A former Fort Mohave tribal police officer faces up to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from demands for sex that he made to a woman he arrested.
Michael Phelps admitted in a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that he arrested the victim for a driving offense and threatened to jail her unless she had sex with him. He released her after she complied.
The 36-year-old resident of Needles, Calif. pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation and to lying to FBI agents who investigated after the woman complained.
 

Canada: Boy, 13, shoots youth with Nazi-era handgun, say police
Submitted by: R. Smith

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WINNIPEG - Police say a 13-year-old boy got on his bike Wednesday afternoon and used a Nazi-era handgun to shoot an unsuspecting stranger.

A justice system source said the 15-year-old victim was leaving the home with three relatives when he was spotted by the boy and an unidentified friend as they rode by on their bikes.


"It's frightening that a 13-year-old kid can be in possession of this weapon and using it," said Const. Natalie Aitken Friday.

Police arrested him and claim they recovered a semi-automatic handgun - a model originally manufactured for use by the Nazis in the Second World War. There's no indication of where the gun came from, police said.



 

SC: Granny Get Your Glock - More citizens apply for gun permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Buck Sawyer starts every class with a prayer thanking God for keeping his family safe. He also prays he'll know when to draw his gun. The soft-spoken, retired law enforcement officer teaches a concealed-weapons permit class for legal residents over the age of 21 who don't reside in a mental institution, have a criminal history or harbor a notion to overthrow the government. These days, a lot of law-abiding folks who never had much interest in gun ownership are rethinking self-defense.
 

Is This the Time For Violent Overthrow?
Submitted by: Barry Bright
Website: http://willowtown.com/

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"An illegitimate regime might struggle on for awhile through police state tactics, martial law and the like, but such things do not last for long."

Well gee, the Soviet Union only lasted for 70 years or so...
 

NY: Gun lovers get their kicks at Chelsea shooting range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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At street level, you would never know bullets are flying below. Pedestrians stroll these Chelsea sidewalks, walk crosstown toward Fifth Avenue or Broadway to have their nails painted blue at a salon or to purchase proper fashion accessories at United Colors of Benetton. They don’t notice the small plaque on the outside of the building at 20 W. 20 St. that advertises, “West Side Rifle and Pistol Range.”
 

FL: Judge approves ACLU lawsuit against ATF
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The ACLU filed the case on April 18, 2006, on behalf of Karen J. Kilpatrick, who claimed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) violated her Free Speech rights.


Kilpatrick was driving her blue van in Pensacola on April 19, 2004, with the slogans “Remember the Children of Waco” and “Boo ATF” written on some of the windows when she was pulled over by police for questioning by the ATF.


The ACLU argues in the lawsuit that her First Amendment Rights to Free Speech and her Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure were violated when officers detained her for an hour, searched her car without consent, and ordered her to remove the writing on the side of her van.

 

NJ: Cop indicted for moo-ving violations
Submitted by: Wildfire

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A Moorestown, N.J., police officer was indicted yesterday on sexual-assault and animal-cruelty charges for allegedly having sex on several occasions with girls and cows.
Officer Robert Melia Jr., 38, a patrolman in the Burlington County township, was arrested April 12, when investigators seized child pornography and his home computer.
Two weeks later, authorities filed animal-cruelty charges and official-misconduct charges against him, alleging that he had performed sexual acts on cows in rural Southampton, Burlington County, several times in 2006.
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office declined to comment on the indictment yesterday, or to elaborate on Melia's alleged trysts with livestock.
 

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