For most of this summer, much of the U.S. has been hit by historic heatwaves, crippling drought and unprecedented wildfires. But if the long-term forecasts that I am about to share with you are accurate, this winter could be bitterly, bitterly cold. The sun appears to be entering into a period of early hibernation, and that is a very troubling sign.
The primary driver of climate conditions is the giant ball of fire that our planet revolves around, and that ball of fire is beginning to behave in irregular ways. Sunspot activity is way, way below what was expected for this year, and that is one of the reasons why so many are calling for a “big freeze” this winter.
And if we experience an extended “solar minimum”, that could mean significantly reduced temperatures and crop failures all over the planet. At other times in history, such a scenario has meant global famine.
Things like this is one of the reasons the demoncraps are working overtime trying to derail Kavanaugh. When this case eventually makes it to the SC, the odds are better that after Kavanaugh is confirmed, the case will be heard and we can have a pretty good idea how the court will rule.
The Massachusetts attorney general’s decision to unilaterally expand the state’s ban of certain semiautomatic firearms is facing a new round of filings in state and federal court this month.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced on Wednesday a collection of gun-rights groups had filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Worman v. Healey. That case challenges the decision in the First U.S. Court of Appeals.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced earlier this month it would be supporting Baystate Firearms and Training, LLC and Downrange, Inc. in their effort to fight the action in state court. The retailers petitioned the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County to have the action invalidated under state law.
NSSF is also party to another ongoing federal challenge to the order, which a judge for the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts ordered could go to trial after denying Massachusetts’ request to dismiss the case in March 2018.
Democratic attorney general Maura Healey announced on July 20, 2016, that she would be unilaterally reinterpreting the state’s decades-old assault weapons ban to expand what constitutes so-called copycat gun designs. Healey accused the gun industry of using “copycat” designs to skirt the law. She vowed to take action against “combat-style weapons.”
Rules for Living as a Free Normal American:
1. Assume everything the Elite tells you is a lie
2. Understand that the Elite hates you and wants you dead or enslaved
3. Presume anyone using the words civility, reason or principles seeks to rule over you
4. Buy guns + ammo pic.twitter.com/aYbQu3lUxT
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 31, 2018
And the proggies call conservatives fascist and totalitarian.
Cody Wilson’s legal battle to post his plastic gun schematic is awful, pitting speech values against human lives, raising the specter of more mass shootings, and casting a dark shadow on what should be the bright new technology of 3-D printing. In times like these, it’s tempting to wish that a few magic words could make the schematic—and all its legal and moral baggage—simply disappear.
It’s possible those magic words actually do exist, but as with most quick fixes, they may come with troubling and unforeseen consequences. Here, a novel application of copyright law could effectively overcome or at least dampen the First Amendment challenge. This is because prevailing case law has held privately-owned copyright interests to be something of an exception to the First Amendment. To invoke this novel theory, however, may establish copyright law as a tool for censorship beyond this context. There is a serious and ongoing danger in the tendency to deem copyright and other intellectual property rights as exceptions to national policy interests such as free speech, because of how broadly copyright issues can be applied today.
Taking Copyrights, Seriously
Cody Wilson and his organization Defense Distributed possess a schematic for a 3-D printed plastic gun that he planned to place on the internet, where it would be publicly available to anyone who might wish to build one. Originally, the federal government sought to stop him from doing so, asserting a federal arms export regulation; now that the federal government has settled with him, several states have launched new effortsto block distribution of the schematic.
Wilson argues that the schematic is essentially a written computer program and thus a form of speech, so the First Amendment prohibits government actors from stopping its distribution. He also raises a Second Amendment challenge, but the First Amendment issue is the focus here. Whether a computer program or technical schematic qualifies as protected speech under the First Amendment is an interesting and difficult legal question, and is one that has come up in the context of encryption algorithms and DVD ripping codes. Indeed, in a recent preliminary injunction decision in Wilson’s case, Judge Robert S. Lasnik identified over half a page of “challenging issues” under the First Amendment (which he ultimately declined to decide given the preliminary stage of the case).
But the federal government or a state or local government could avoid this thorny question by using copyright law as the mechanism to stop Wilson from distributing the schematic.
Like a computer program, the plastic gun schematic is a document file. As such, it automatically receives a copyright owned by the creator of the schematic, namely Wilson. Accordingly, under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the federal, state, or local government could exercise eminent domain to take ownership of the copyright. Indeed, a fair number of legal scholars believe that copyrights are subject to the Takings Clause, and the Supreme Court has suggested a number of times that the clause applies to intellectual property. For example, in Ruckelshaus v. Monsanto, the court held that it applied to trade secrets; themselves a form of intellectual property.
That has to grate on his mind every hour of the day.
Those millions of ARs sold during the Obama administration alone provide background into why the rifles are so frequently described as “commonly owned semiautomatic firearms.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that the rifle was wildly popular during the Obama years because of its simplicity of use, the wide variety of accessories available for it, and the Democrats’ constant push to ban it from civilian ownership.
In total, “companies made 9.3 million AR-style and similar rifles in the U.S. for domestic sales from 2009 through 2016.” Only 2.1 million ARs were made for domestic sales during the 19 years leading up to Obama’s presidency.
And the love affair with ARs by no means ended when Obama left office. WSJ quotes the 2016 Shooter’s Bible Guide to AR-15s to show that “at least 143 companies” now make ARs, and that is “more than double the number of manufacturers from five years earlier.”
Moreover, ARs made up more than $2.5 billion of the overall $10 billion firearms market in the U.S. last year.
As a legendary community organizer once opened his yap:
“Elections have consequences…”
Just like a stiff punch in the nose; The proggies might be realizing we’re in it for the win.
CNN commentator Symone Sanders said Wednesday the Trump administration is enacting a “hostile takeover of the courts,” complaining some of the judges weren’t approved by the American Bar Association.
Senate leaders struck a deal on Tuesday to quickly confirm seven more federal district court judges, meaning President Donald Trump has now had 60 judges put on the bench. That includes Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Sanders, who served as press secretary for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), said it amounted to a hostile takeover and was “very underreported.”
“This has been very underreported, but folks do not understand that a hostile takeover of the courts by folks who are not even approved by the American Bar Association is happening,” she said. “There are judges on the list right now that are not approved by the American Bar Association, and Donald Trump’s lasting legacy, among other things. will be that he was able to reshape the courts for a generation, and that is something Grassley and McConnell are very tied to, and I think they don’t want to see their ally in this effort go.”
The judges have been chosen based on counsel from the Federalist Society, a conservative organization. The group was also instrumental in steering Judge Brett Kavanaugh to his nomination to the Supreme Court; his hearings begin Sept. 4.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) canceled the annual August recess to accelerate the process, and his chief of staff Don Stewart said eight more of Trump’s district court nominees are set to be confirmed next week.
Liberals are furious with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) for making the most recent agreement with McConnell to fast-track the confirmations.
FRESNO, Texas (KTRK) —
Investigators say a homeowner shot a suspect who broke in while he and his family were sleeping inside their house in Fresno.
According to authorities, the homeowner called them around 4 a.m. Wednesday to report that someone was inside his house in the 4100 block of Emerald near W Palm St.
The homeowner’s brother, who lives next door, tells Eyewitness News, a man kicked down the front door of his brother’s home.
The suspect then yelled that someone was trying to get him. The homeowner shot the suspect twice, hitting him in the arm and leg, after pleading with him to leave his home, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim, Donnie Parker, said he was leaving for work when the suspect, dressed in dark clothing with a cover over his face, came out from behind some bushes and attempted to rob him at gunpoint.
Parker said he was also armed and fired back at the robber.
Many on the left will be repulsed by the notion that they are following the dictates of a religion. They view themselves as the ultimate secularists. It may be that they cannot see the forest for the trees. Progressives have great passion for their cause, and we have seen throughout history the way religion can incite the greatest passion, often leading to murders and wars. Perhaps if we look at Progressivism through the religious prism, we may better understand the actions of its minions.
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all profess an all-knowing and all-powerful supernatural being: God. Progressives may say they do not belong to a religion because they do not believe in God. But Progressivism professes an all-powerful State. The State is Progressives’ god and determines what is moral and immoral and has the power to destroy whom it wants.
Some I see as easily done, not for some others
Republicans are bleeding their traditional suburban voters at a quick pace. They are without a narrative and nearly out of time to make a difference for this election. When they return from summer recess, they have one final opportunity to either make a big play on the top issue on voter’s minds. Or they could simply monkey it up by running out the clock while they are losing.
According to recent polls, immigration is the top concern of voters. And for good reason. It touches on every important economic, security, and cultural issue voters care about, and unlike other issues, it is amazingly simple to solve. We can choose our own immigrants, period.
Here is a list of 25 ideas, most of which have already been introduced as legislation, that are political winners and will completely reorient the narrative of this election. This is not a complete list of the best ways to deter illegal immigration and reform the broader system, but they are all commonsense reforms that are easy to communicate and would effectively deter illegal immigration without touching on certain sensitivities of weak GOP members (assuming they really want to solve the issue).
1) Fund the wall with foreign aid from home countries of illegal aliens
2) El Chapo Act
3) End visa overstays by requiring bond
4) End Central American fleecing of America
5) Make visa overstays and first-time border crossings felonies
6) No citizenship for MS-13
7) Mandatory deportation of drunk drivers
8) Deport criminal aliens
9) Deport those on terror watch list
10) Forge ties with local law enforcement
11) Davis-Oliver comprehensive interior enforcement
Ending Stolen Sovereignty
12) End identity theft
13) No employer tax break for illegal hires
14) Stop counting illegals in the Census
15) Stop non-citizens from voting
16) No welfare for illegals
17) Make English the official language
18) Remove immigration from lower federal courts
19) No in-state tuition for illegal aliens: H.R. 5229, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., would bar states from offering in-state tuition to illegals when not all Americans are offered the same discount.
Stopping sanctuary cities
20) No block grants for illegal aliens
21) Jail time for sanctuary city officials
22) Defund sanctuaries and fund ICE
23) Cut off funding to sanctuary collegesn authorities.
True Immigration Reforms
24) Allow states to block refugee resettlement
25) End visa lottery:
A Texas federal judge ruled on Friday that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program for illegal aliens violates federal law, but declined the request of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other states to issue an injunction blocking the program immediately, and instead certified his order for immediate appeal, fast-tracking this case for quick resolution.
The FBI announced Friday that it had arrested all five New Mexico compound suspects, days after multiple charges were dropped. The suspects were now being charged with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The announcement comes after local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the compound site. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office would now seek grand jury indictments involving the death. Gallegos said seeking indictments would allow more time to gather evidence.
All five defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in Albuquerque on Sept. 4.