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FL: Man who shot would-be robber charged with manslaughter
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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ST. PETERSBURG - "A 22-year-old St. Petersburg man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting last month."

"Jovante R. Thomas was arrested Tuesday and charged with unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act. Police said Thomas caught a man who was trying to rob him, took his gun and shot him with it. 'Where we're drawing the difference is the robber had been subdued and disarmed,' said homicide Sgt. Mike Puetz. 'He no longer posed a threat.' " ...
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LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS: Many police officers have shot innocent, unarmed people dead and never been charged. This man shot a robber but faces manslaughter charges? OK, got it. Sounds about right in The New Amerika.
 

OnStar Online to U.S. Government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Every time my wife urges me to look into getting OnStar, the digital, computerized communications device installed in many newer-model GM vehicles, I have resisted."

". . . Now, even my wife agrees that OnStar would be a really bad idea. What changed her mind? In addition to the irrefutable eloquence of my arguments, it was a recent story, tucked away in an Internet news service, describing a recent federal court decision that confirms what my own conspiratorial-oriented mind always suspected was true. The FBI and other police agencies have been using these factory-installed tracking systems as a way to eavesdrop on passengers in vehicles, without the folks in the car even knowing the government was listening to their conversations!" ...
 

U.S. Court Strikes Down Part of Anti-Terrorism Law
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down part of a 1996 federal anti-terrorism law, saying the government's definition of what constituted 'material support' to foreign terror groups was too vague."

"At issue is a statute that was the first to criminalize offering 'material support' to foreign terror groups." ...

"In their decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier preliminary ruling that prohibited the provision of 'personnel' and 'training' to groups designated by the United States as 'terrorist organizations.'"
 

Patriot Act changes are dead
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A House measure rolling back part of the USA Patriot Act won't make it through Congress this year, but the measure's GOP author says he'll try again next year."

"The Justice Department, however, says it doesn't expect that Congress will ever pass Rep. C.L. 'Butch' Otter's legislation banning 'sneak and peek' searches."
 

The Beast Reawakens; A Personal Challenge to All Jews to Defend Themselves
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"You might have naively imagined that the murderous beast of anti-Semitism was slaughtered back in 1945. You might have thought it had slunk away forever in shame from images of the Nazi death camps. You might have hoped it had suffocated in the blood of six million dead Jews. You might reassure yourself that those today who rant about 'Jewish conspiracies' or blame Jews for their personal failures are ignorant, unstable—and certainly a tiny minority."

"But if so, you are wrong. And if you want to live—and want Judaism to live—you'd better understand that fact." ...
 

DC: 'SAFER' in Washington, DC; Second Amendment Sisters Announce Mothers Day Pro-Gun Rights Rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Sisters (SAS) are proud to announce that they will be holding the SAFER, or Second Amendment Freedoms for Everyone Rally on Mother's Day 2004."

" 'It is important that we continue to counter the anti-rights crowd head on. While we really would prefer not to have a rally on Mothers Day, we felt a great need to be there on this Mothers Day, yet again.' stated Dianne Sawyer, President of Second Amendment Sisters, 'Mothers are the backbone of this nation. Increasingly, more women are arming themselves. Women are realizing that they personally have to take steps to assure their own safety, and often the safety of their children. By far, the safest means of self-defense is a firearm.' "
 

Gun rights are at stake
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than two years after the 9/11 atrocities, nobody would consider thwarting honest legislation aimed at preventing terrorists from obtaining firearms for further attacks on American citizens."

"But there is good reason for Americans to be cautious about blindly endorsing the proposed Terrorist Apprehension Act, sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., a traditional opponent of firearms civil rights. That bill ostensibly would give law enforcement greater ability to monitor gun purchases by people on a 'terrorist watch list.' "
 

Why some gun owners are unhappy with Bush
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"Mr. Rosenbruch, a burly lifelong Republican and acquaintance of former President George H.W. Bush, also carried personal displeasure over the natural- resource agenda of Mr. Bush's son."

"In particular, Rosenbruch and a groundswell of other gun owners from the lower 48 are challenging the Bush administration's plan to undo protection of Alaska's Tongass and Chugach national forests by opening both to increased logging and road construction."

"For the current president, who relied upon unwavering support from the so-called "hook and bullet" crowd to win in 2000, the kind of public criticism now being voiced by political conservatives like Rosenbruch represents a potential problem in 2004, observers say."
 

WI: Preliminary deer gun season results in
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"Preliminary results for the 2003 gun deer harvest in Price County show a significant increase over 2002 numbers."

"Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources representative Jim Bishop told THE-BEE that hunters registered 5,547 animals over the nine-day season - up from 4,764 last year."

"This years' total comprises 2,679 bucks and 2,868 antlerless deer."

"Last year, 2,583 bucks and 2,181 antlerless deer were registered in Price County."
 

MN: Judge denies state's effort to move gun suit to Hennepin Co.
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"A Ramsey County judge has denied the state's request to move to Hennepin County District Court a challenge by 27 church groups and the city of Minneapolis of a state law that prevents them from banning guns from their parking lots and rental facilities."

"Judge John Finley ruled that it would not be more convenient for witnesses in the case to have the challenge moved to Hennepin County where a judge is hearing an earlier challenge to the law brought by other religious groups."

"An attorney for the state argued that moving the Ramsey County case to Hennepin County would be more convenient because it would allow the two cases to be consolidated. Attorneys for plaintiffs in the Ramsey County suit opposed the move."
 

IL: County Planning Committee rejects gun club request
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"Well, they may start hearing from the National Rifleman’s Association."

"In any case, DeKalb County’s Planning and Regulations Committee members, in a 6-3 vote, said 'no' to Douglas Massier’s request for an expanded, private gun club."

"The club is located on two acres of a 45-acre parcel on the west side of Anderland Road in Milan Township. The property is zoned agricultural."

"The issue next goes to the full County Board at its Dec. 17 meeting."

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National "Rifleman's" Association?
 

PA: Gun columns lack expertise (Letter)
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"Pitts says that a First Amendment attorney told him that the people have no written right to read or have access to this newspaper. That twit of an attorney should go back to law school and read the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Pitts should read the Second Amendment." ...

"As for your local boy, Mike Argento, he still hasn’t learned anything about the NRA or guns. I will concede to his expertise on 'beer-fueled' sports fans." ...

"Opposing views can be food for thought, but anti-Second Amendment columnists are notorious for their ignorance of the subject. Of course, as the old saying goes, the facts might just confuse them. You can recognize lazy journalists by their lack of subject knowledge."
 

SD: South Dakota civilians can purchase, own stun guns
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"According to Taser International of Scottsdale, Ariz., stun guns are available to civilians in 43 states, including South Dakota."

"However, the weapons are less powerful than those law enforcement uses, said Steve Tuttle, director of government affairs at Taser International. A Taser has a cartridge that shoots electrodes at an individual. When contact is made the person is shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity. The stun guns available to civilians have 18 watts of power while law enforcement's stun guns have 26 watts, Tuttle said."

"A second difference in the stun guns is the distance they shoot. Law enforcement's stun guns can shock someone 21 feet away. The civilian models extend 15 feet."
 

NJ: Shore police want people to stop carrying toy guns that appear real
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"Police in Wall Township say fake guns are creating a serious problem for law enforcement officers in the community." ...

"Wall police have already confiscated five imitation guns including two that belonged to children. ..."

"The phony plastic guns are easy to obtain because they are relatively inexpensive, costing as little as $20. To make matters worse, Wall police say 150 fake guns were stolen from a local shopping center. So far, they have only recovered 57."

"The Monmouth County Prosecutor's office is reportedly fighting to have the imitation weapons classified as handguns, which would require a permit."
 

IN: Officials will discuss guns in courthouse
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"Wayne County Board of Commissioners will meet soon with the county's judges to discuss the terms of a courthouse security ordinance."

"The bulk of Tuesday's discussion between commissioners and Wayne County Sheriff Matt Strittmatter revolved around whether law enforcement officers dressed in uniform or plain clothes should be able to carry guns into the Wayne County Courthouse, 301 E. Main St., Richmond."

"Commissioners and Strittmatter agreed that uniformed officers should be able to carry them into the courthouse, but they did not reach a consensus about officers in plain clothes."
 

Of guns, knives and other gifts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Christmas is just around the corner, so if you guys are thinking about buying the chillun a firearm or two, this is a great choice. Friend of mine just took his son home a Remington 700 .243 composite, and it’s a gun he’ll treasure for life, guaranteed. A few years back I got a wild hair about a .270, but when the cash was at last laid on the counter, I left with another .30-06. (On a hilarious side note, they wouldn’t let me take my bullets with me. Had to walk to the truck, stash the gun, walk BACK in and buy a box of 165-grains, then BACK out to the truck where the gun was. Now do you feel safer knowing you’ve elected such genius federal politicians???)"

"So should you ladies be pondering the age-old question of 'What in the world am I going to buy Homer for the holidays?' there’s your answer: a good .243 or .30-06. Can’t go wrong either way. Oh, he’ll settle for a 7mm ‘08 or maybe a .44 mag or even an old standby .308. Just get him a gun."
 

ID: Guns stolen from vehicle of FBI agent
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"Federal and local police in Coeur d'Alene were searching Monday for weapons stolen from an FBI agent's car."

"The car, a 1998 Blazer, was not marked as a police vehicle and was parked in front of the agent's home when a neighbor noticed driver's side windows were broken out."

"A loaded H&K 9mm MP-5 and a shotgun with four slugs were taken from the car. Also stolen, according to a Coeur d'Alene police report, were a bullet-resistant FBI raid vest, a first-aid kit and a crime-scene evidence-processing kit."

"It is the second time this year a submachine gun was stolen from an FBI vehicle. An agent in Spokane was similarly victimized in early April, prompting a tougher policy there for locking down items in cars."
 

MN: Police Database: Crime data was available for months, hacker says
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"For months, access to a massive database of police files was available to anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of computers and an Internet link, according to a man who said he looked up files on the system several times." ...

"...he was able to search any of the system's roughly 8 million records, containing police 'contact' information on people who have been suspects, witnesses or victims in crimes in more than 180 law enforcement jurisdictions in the state."

"It also contains private information such as juvenile records and whether a person has applied for a handgun or a permit to carry a firearm in public."

 

Enemies of freedom using the threat of terror to relieve you of your rights (Again)
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is a top priority for the U.S. government. Ditto for getting information quickly to federal agents when a suspected terrorist tries to buy a gun - or worse, succeeds."

"But those goals are being undermined because the nation's chief law enforcement agency, the Justice Department, is using a loophole in federal law to let terror suspects purchase guns. Until recently, department critics contend, the loophole also denied FBI (news - web sites) terrorism investigators access to information that might help them track suspects."

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Hmmm. Let's see. You're an enterprising terrorist, and you have a choice: you can either spend a few hundred dollars on a firearm in a shop run by a law abiding citizen looking to make a profit; you can contact one of your terrorist pals from any number of countries who sanction and support your nefarious activities and get the gun smuggled into the country free of charge; or you can buy a cheap throwaway gun on a street corner - no questions asked. Which would you choose?
 

CSGV Statement On 10-Year Extension Of Undetectable Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The United States Senate yesterday (Wednesday) by unanimous consent approved a ten-year extension of a ban on firearms that can evade metal detectors and other security screening devices."

"Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, had this to say:"

"We are pleased that Congress has put national security above petty politics and extended the ban on 'plastic' handguns. While Congress should have made this ban permanent, as Senator Kennedy originally proposed, this measure will at least keep Americans safe for another ten years from criminals and terrorists who seek such weapons."

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What weapons!?! These guns don't exist!
 

CA: S.F. schools crack down on weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Weapon-detecting wands, metal detectors, surveillance cameras, or students toting transparent backpacks are some of the options officials with the San Francisco Unified School District are considering to address what they describe as an escalation of violence in schools and the surrounding community." ...

"...On Monday, 20 shots were fired outside of one of the school district’s child development centers..."

"Last week, five rounds were fired from a gun held by a 16-year-old former high school dropout as the young man exited a Muni bus that aimed for a busload of students."

"No one was hurt in that incident."

"DeShawn Dawson, a 15-year-old student who attended Balboa High School, wasn’t so fortunate when gunfire crossed his path while traveling on a Muni bus recently."

"The young man was killed three weeks ago when he was shot by another student aboard the same bus he was."

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And none of the proposed measures would have prevented these incidents. So what's next, orifice searches?
 

OR: Licenses to go on sale Monday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Caught in the middle of the shop-until-you-drop frenzy of one of the busiest buying weekends of the year, you just might want to gear up for one more purchase after the weekend crush."

"That’s because beginning Monday the 2004 fishing, hunting, combination licenses, the all-inclusive Sportspack license and tag package — as well as the new shellfish license — go on sale."

"And for those who didn’t follow the debates and votes during the 2003 Oregon Legislature, there might be some sticker shock."

"Faced with rising costs and expenses, officials for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requested — and most major hunting and fishing groups backed — across-the-board price increases in the department’s 2004-05 budget proposals."
 

UT: More Guns Appearing, Legally, in U.S. Schools
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"Utah has developed a reputation as an extremist state for its gun carriers and the broader domain they've been seeking-a brouhaha broke out there in 2002 when gun owners sought unsuccessfully to bring their firearms into Winter Olympics events. Another erupted when gun owners wanted to 'pack heat' at a dinner where Vice President Dick Cheney was the guest speaker. So if any state would remove schools' authority to ban guns, Utah ranks as a leading candidate. But according to Luis Tolley, legislative director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Utah is not the only state that now allows guns in school. According to Tolley, Alabama and Oregon already had allowed guns in schools at the time Utah passed its law. And this summer, New Hampshire joined the list when it put into effect a law that effectively removes school officials' powers to keep the guns out."

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Good to know that merely exercising your human right to defend yourself is considered "extremist" by the panty-wetters at JoinTogether.
 

Federal agents raid Hells Angels sites across the West, for guns
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"Federal agents raided Hells Angels motorcycle gang hangouts across the West Wednesday and made 38 arrests after a two-year undercover investigation into alleged violations of gun and drug laws."

"All 38 people arrested were either members or associates of the Hells Angels, according to Patrick Berarducci, senior special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Los Angeles."

"The San Francisco headquarters of the Hells Angels gang was targeted, and other search and arrest warrants were executed in Southern California, Arizona, Washington state, Nevada, and Alaska." ...
 

PA: Prison Guard Suspended after Police Found Drugs, Gun in Car
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"A state prison guard has been suspended following a traffic stop during which police said they found drugs and a semiautomatic pistol in his car."

"Erie Loe, a guard at the state prison near Somerset, was charged with drug possession and a weapons count."

"Police said they stopped Loe for a tail light violation and problems with his car's registration."

"During the stop, police said a passenger in the car was holding a bag of marijuana and both men were arrested."

"During a search of the car, police said they found five dozen more bags of marijuana, heroin and a .380-caliber pistol. Loe's permit to carry gun was revoked last month, police said."

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The criminals running the prisons. Comparable to the inmates running the asylum.
 

Silveira Suit Will Not Be Heard By the Supreme Court (Blog)
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"I think we dodged a bullet on this. This AP news story, however, is a bit misleading:"

"Many other groups wanted the court to take the politically charged case, including the National Rife Association, the Pink Pistols, a group of gay and lesbian gun owners; the Second Amendment Sisters; Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws; and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership."

"Actually, NRA was in opposition to this case going to the Supreme Court."

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Actually the NRA filed quite an excellent amicus brief in favor of Silveira after NRA attorney Chuck Michel tried to kill the case.
 

Australia: Buy back nets 35,000 guns
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"Taxpayers have spent more than $43 million buying back nearly 35,000 handguns across the country."

"In addition, more than 122,000 gun parts had handed in since the buyback scheme was introduced following the Monash University shooting last year."

"Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison said that 34,257 handguns had been bought back as at November 30."

" 'I can say to the Senate that as at the 30th of November this year, there have been a return, there have been a buyback of 34,257 handguns including 122,000 parts,' Senator Ellison said."

"A spokesman for Senator Ellison said $43,166,559 had so far been spent on the guns and parts."
 

UK: Amnesty demands medical trials for Taser stun guns
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"Electro-shock stun guns, handed out to some police forces here but banned for export, must be subjected to full medical trials before they are deployed throughout Britain, Amnesty International said yesterday."

"It said high-voltage 'Tasers', named after the US maker, had not been properly tested." ...

"Amnesty warned of the potential for abusing the Taser advanced M26 - which fires darts that can deliver a 50,000-volt electric shock - as it launched a report highlighting the growing trade by what it calls 'pain merchants'."
 

UK: Island police will have access to a £1.1 million database aimed at tackling gun crime.
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"The National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database was launched in the UK last week."

"Developed by the UK's Forensic Science Service and Association of Chief Police Officers the database will allow forces to link gun crimes more quickly."

"It will store details of weapons used throughout England, Wales and the Isle of Man and descriptions of crimes committed. Information will include makes, models and calibre."

"There will also be details of ammunition used in unsolved crimes and recovered weapons enabling officers to make links between offences."
 

Supreme Court justices sharply grill lawyer seeking Foster photos
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"Supreme Court justices sharply grilled a lawyer Wednesday who wants access to 10 police photos taken when the body of Clinton White House lawyer Vince Foster was discovered in 1993."

"Several government investigations concluded Foster killed himself, but conspiracy theories persist that he was murdered as a part of a government conspiracy."

"In a case with legal, political and personal implications, the court will decide whether the public's right to access graphic evidence related to a closed government investigation outweighs a family's right to privacy."

"The Justice Department is fighting a lower-court order to release four of the photos under the Freedom of Information Act." ...
 

CO: Response in fatal dog mauling case questioned
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"It took an hour and 10 minutes for a sheriff's deputy to reach the farm where a man had called 911, pleading for help after three pit bulls attacked and killed his partner, authorities said Wednesday."

"Horse trainer Jennifer Brooke was attacked as she cared for her horses early Sunday on the farm southeast of Denver. Her partner, Bjorn Osmunsen, was attacked after he went to look for her."

"He called Johnette Curtis, who rents a home on the farm, and warned her about the animals. After she arrived to help search for Brooke, the two drove inside the horse barn and shut the doors against the snarling, barking dogs."

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Meanwhile, a 71 year old man in St. Petersburg, Florida was arrested for using a firearm to defend his friend, who was getting beaten by three men. According to a Sheriff's Department spokesman, "The use of a weapon to stop a confrontation is not the right way. He would have been better off calling 911."
 

Supreme Court opinions not private enough
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"Judges are not our dictators. The only reason the nation defers to rulings of the Supreme Court is because of the very Constitution the justices choose to ignore. At what point has the court made itself so ridiculous that we ignore it? What if the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to cannibalism? How about fascism? Does the nation respond by passing a constitutional amendment clearly articulating that there is no right to cannibalism or fascism in the Constitution?" ...

"It would be nice to return to our federalist system of government with three equal branches of government and 50 states, but one branch refuses to live within that system. How about taking our chances with a president and the Congress?" ...
 

CA: Ninth Circuit Panel Wrestles With Prosecutorial Immunity Issue
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"A Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel appeared perplexed yesterday as the judges questioned attorneys on the limits of prosecutorial immunity from civil rights lawsuits."

" 'How can a lawyer who is suborning perjury be acting as an advocate?' and claim immunity from a suit by the injured party, Judge William Fletcher asked San Diego attorney Edward Patrick Swan Jr."

"Swan, who represents accused suborner and former San Diego Deputy District Attorney Peter Longanbach, noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has applied absolute immunity in the case of a prosecutor accused of using perjured testimony at trial."

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Get this straight: if you suborn perjury, you go to jail. But if the government suborns perjury, it has given itself immunity, and you go to jail. Got that?

A government that gives itself such broad immunity from prosecution is no longer a servant accountable to the people, but a tyrant subjugating the people.
 

Bush betrayal: smaller government
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"In 2000 George W. Bush campaigned across the country telling voters: 'My opponent trusts government. I trust you.' "

"Little wonder that some of his supporters are now wondering which candidate won that election."

"Federal spending has increased by 23.7 percent since Bush took office. Education has been further federalized in the No Child Left Behind Act. Bush pulled out all the stops to get Republicans in Congress to create the biggest new entitlement program - prescription drug coverage under Medicare - in 40 years." ...

"It's a far cry from the less-government, 'leave us alone' conservatism of Ronald Reagan."
 

U.S. to use bank blacklisting power aggressively
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"A senior U.S. Treasury official Wednesday warned the United States plans to be more aggressive ahead in blacklisting foreign 'rogue banks' from the U.S. financial system."

" 'We are looking at a broad range of institutions that are involved in an assortment of criminal activity. If we have clear enough evidence that will legally justify our actions, we want to take action to make the world aware and our financial institutions aware of these banks,' said Juan Zarate, deputy assistant secretary with Treasury's executive office for terrorist financing and financial crimes, in an interview with Reuters."
 

UK: Gun cops take to city streets
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"Armed police will mingle with shoppers in a bid to tackle terrorism, it was announced today."

"The move came as detectives continued to quiz three Midland men arrested yesterday under the Terrorism Act."

"West Midlands Police said the deployment of armed police foot patrols was not a response to any specific threat."

"But Birmingham is the UK's only major city so far this year to announce the deployment of armed police on the streets over the festive period."
 

IN: Family Files Lawsuit in Rainbow Death
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"Authorities say 28-year-old Rolland Rohm signed his own death warrant when he pointed a gun at an armored vehicle full of police officers."

"Rohm's family says the authorities are blatantly lying."

"And this week, the family of the slain pro-marijuana activist filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit alleging that Rohm, known as Rollie to his friends, was wrongfully killed during a police standoff at the Rainbow Farm Campground during Labor Day weekend 2001 -- and that investigators conspired to cover it up." ...

"Neither of the autopsies agree with what is in the reports... There is no way he was pointing a gun at them."

 

SC: Fraud trial leads to contempt arrests
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"A federal trial this week in Anderson for financial fraud involving a Greenville man has resulted in the arrest of the defendant and two of his friends on contempt charges."

"Bruce Hagen and David Cummings were arrested Monday and taken to the Anderson City jail, which houses federal prisoners. Bennie Gibbs, who was being tried on the fraud charges, was arrested Tuesday."

"According to arrest documents, U.S. District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson charged Mr. Cummings after he attempted to hand out flyers to passersby outside the G. Ross Anderson Federal Courthouse during jury selection at Mr. Gibbs’ trial on Monday. The flyers contained information from a group called the Fully Informed Jury Association of South Carolina about jury tampering and jury rights."

See, also: South Carolina
Patriots Jailed

 

NY: Veteran Detective Charged With Stealing $169,000 In Drug Money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The arrest appeared by-the-book: Two men in NYPD windbreakers, their guns drawn, grabbed a drug dealer carrying a black shoulder bag on a Queens street. One peered inside the bag and gave a thumbs-up."

"But authorities allege the scene was really a robbery. They say both men, including a veteran detective, planned to pocket the bag's contents: $169,000 in drug money."

"The detective, Julio Vasquez, and a retired officer, Thomas Rachko, were awaiting arraignment Wednesday in a corruption case that disrupted an unrelated money-laundering probe of a Colombian drug ring."

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And these are the sort of men that MMM, VPC, et al. say are the only ones who should have guns.
 

SC: Prosecutor to announce Thursday if charges will be filed against officers in drug raid
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"Prosecutor Ralph Hoisington says he will announce Thursday whether charges will be filed against Goose Creek Police in a high school drug search where officers drew guns as students were ordered to sit in the hallway."

"The November 5th search at Stratford High School attracted national media attention and is the subject of a 200-page report by the State Law Enforcement Division."

"Hoisington received that report last week. No charges have yet been filed."

"Videotape from surveillance cameras showed students restrained students with plastic handcuffs sitting on the floor while 14 officers, some with guns drawn, looked for drugs."

"No drugs were found, and no one was arrested."
 

Rush Limbaugh: Junkie or latest victim of our government's War on Drugs?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"Decades of drug laws have provided financial incentive for people to sell narcotics to people who are psychologically addicted and willing to do or pay whatever the cost. Outlawing certain drugs is nothing more than an attempt to legislate morality. A more viable alternative would be to tax all drugs and then use that money for education and treatment facilities. But with politicians controlling the purse-strings, that would be about as likely as lottery money being spent on education."

"Most Libertarians agree that our draconian drug laws cause more problems than they solve. One problem is this: If a multimillionaire like Rush Limbaugh, who can afford the best healthcare in the world, is in so much pain and agony that he accepts his housekeeper's offer to buy prescription painkillers on the black market, after his own doctors obviously failed to help him, then what chance does an average person have of finding effective pain management?"


"The best thing to come from Rush Limbaugh's plight would be an honest examination of our most expensive and disastrous 'War' to date. It could be the spark that leads to a real national debate and a complete overhaul of our country's drug laws."
 

Will Constitutional Law Survive High-IQ Decisions?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A few years ago, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that carrying a gun near a school was not interstate commerce. To most people, the decision was obvious. So why 5-4? You might think the decision should have been 9-0 and that it should not have taken more than one page to explain. Yet the good justices tied themselves into knots with lengthy explanations of their votes for and against."

"The reason this decision was so complex and caused such consternation among some legal scholars was that previous generations of Supreme Court justices had turned the Constitution's simple concept of interstate commerce into a complicated rationalization of Congress' ever expanding exercises of power that it was never given when the Constitution was written."
 

FL: AFL-CIO Calls for Probe Into Miami Police
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"The AFL-CIO asked Wednesday for state and federal investigations into police conduct during protests outside the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting last month."

"The protests grew sporadically violent in the final days of the trade talks. Some of the thousands of demonstrators threw objects and fired slingshots at officers; police hit protesters with batons, zapped them with stun guns and dispersed them with tear gas and pepper spray balls. More than 200 people were arrested."

"The letter from AFL-CIO president John J. Sweeney said police blocked access to a union rally, cut off a peaceful march and, once confrontations started, did not give the crowd a safe route to leave."
 

OH: AG Petro says GOP infighting hurting Bush reelection (you heard it here first)
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"According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a Nov. 26 letter from Attorney General Jim Petro, one of three Republicans vying to be governor in 2006, told 400 party leaders 'I fear we are losing sight of our immediate goals and committing a mistake that could cost us everything during the next three years.' "

"Although Ohio is expected to be pivotal in next year's presidential race, intra-party feuding among those interested in the 2006 governor's contest has dominated the political landscape." ...

"The issues over which these candidates are fighting highlight the larger problem at work within the Ohio GOP."

"A liberal vs. conservative tug of war has been at work for some time within Ohio's Republican party, and the early and frequently contentious debates between gubernatorial wanna-be's feed directly from this larger battle."

"More than the battle itself, it the problems which are causing the battle which threaten to split the party on the eve of a Presidential race." ...
 

OH: Sen. White's latest survey reveals 'ability to override a veto' on HB12
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Can it be that Sen. Pres. White only made these statements to this one newspaper, or is it perhaps much more likely that the larger Ohio dailies, in collusion with Taft on opposing concealed carry, simply refused to print this major news?

"Gun-rights organizations insist that as a candidate for governor in 1998, Taft initially said he'd sign a concealed-carry bill. But Taft amended his position to say he'd only sign a concealed-carry law that had the support of the law-enforcement community. Then last week, Taft declared he would veto a bill that didn't publicize information about gun permit holders."

"This, of course, was after White had gone to the trouble of getting a majority of Ohio police groups to support the Senate's concealed-carry bill."

"There was a lot of discussion and hard work - many hours on the Senate side - because we thought there was a parameter of: If you do X, then I'll do Y."

"Then Taft kind of moved the goal posts." ...

"Now, Taft's clumsy maneuvering on guns could inspire the legislature to pass a concealed-carry bill just for spite."
 

AZ: Grinch runs smack into Cosmic Justice
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"A man who stole a Salvation Army donation pot from a disabled woman Tuesday was hit by a car when he tried to escape, police said."

"Police captured Edward Sanders, 40, after the collision. The pot and the $53.97 inside were returned to the Salvation Army, Snyder said."

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KABA NOTE: This is definitely off topic as far as firearms go. But every now and then, when the Law of Cosmic Justice enforces itself against a bad person, it's nice to sit back and laugh at the fool and give thanks. Sorry we don't have a video of this event. If we did, we'd surely publish it with a smile.
 

Australia: Police to Question Man Shot by Constable in McDonalds Parking Lot
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"POLICE were today expecting to interview a man shot by an officer in the car park of a fast food restaurant in Brisbane."

"The senior constable at the centre of the investigation said he opened fire after 30-year-old Tony Lopez allegedly tried to run him down."

"The officer and his partner had been on a meal break at McDonald's, when he saw two cars, one of which was wanted by police in relation to an armed robbery."

"He ordered the drivers to stop but one of them ignored the direction and appeared to drive straight at him."

"The senior constable fired three shots, one of which struck a nearby building before the car sped away."

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NOTE: Only the driver's side window and rear windows were damaged.
 

Philippines: Notorious 'Bonnet Gang' Members Slain
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"Six suspected members of the notorious 'Bonnet Gang' were killed in an alleged shootout with policemen in Manila yesterday afternoon."

"Police said the suspects, who included former military men, were spotted during a routine patrol."

"Superintendent Edgar Danao said plainclothes agents of the anti-carnapping unit chased the suspects but were fired upon by another group who were tailing the lawmen in a Toyota Tamaraw FX van. . . triggering a three-minute gun battle which left all of the six suspects dead."

"Police identified two of the slain suspects through their identification cards as Army Sgts. Cenando Lannu and Romeo de los Santos."

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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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