By Ken Blackwell

The American Civil Liberties Union once deserved respect. The organization got a lot of issues wrong, but it consistently backed civil liberties.

Today the ACLU appears to be just another left-wing interest group. Civil liberties deserve protection if they’re favored by the left. Free speech for conservatives? Not so much.

Many of the Founders saw no need for what became known as the Bill of Rights. After all, they said, the Constitution gave the federal government only limited authority. Why forbid action that isn’t allowed?

However, those who insisted on adding the Bill of Rights proved prescient. It didn’t take long for politicians to claim and judges to rule that there was an ocean of federal government power with only a few islands of state authority and individual liberty.

Today freedoms not safeguarded by the Bill of Rights essentially don’t exist. The current Supreme Court occasionally limits Uncle Sam’s reach, but those opinions, unfortunately, are the exception rather than the rule.

Judges need to give the Bill of Rights full effect to protect Americans. For the First Amendment that means safeguarding religious liberty and free speech. The truest test of these provisions comes when they are applied to views and practices which are unpopular, even reviled, by those in power.

Big spending by George Soros, liberal groups fails to sway D.A. races in California

“Couldn’t have happened to a scumier bunch of scumbags…”

California voters appeared to reject liberal challengers in three closely watched district attorney races, delivering a sharp defeat to a national network that is attempting to reshape the criminal justice system by electing liberal prosecutors.

Incumbent district attorneys in Sacramento, San Diego and Alameda counties led by large margins, according to unofficial results posted Wednesday by county elections offices. A fourth contested race, in Contra Costa County, appeared headed to a runoff in November if results remain the same.

The elections, typically local affairs, garnered national attention this year after a consortium of wealthy liberal donors, headlined by New York billionaire George Soros, pumped millions of dollars into the races.

In Sacramento County, Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert, a prominent conservative voice in statewide politics, declared victory with 64% of the vote. Her Soros-backed challenger has yet to concede. In San Diego County, incumbent Summer Stephan won nearly two-thirds of the vote, according to the county elections office. In Alameda County, longtime Dist. Atty. Nancy O’Malley looked to have comfortably avoided a runoff with 60% of the vote.

Re: ‘Forever Changed’ Feels Awfully Familiar

Yeah. NRA membership bumps up 1 million.

In response to ‘Forever Changed’ Feels Awfully Familiar

Jim writes:

We’ve been assured that the Parkland students “changed the gun debate” and that the gun-control argument may be “forever changed.”

The only really noticeable change at this year’s National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Dallas was that it seemed more crowded than usual, even in a convention center with 650,000 square feet of exhibit space. This morning, the NRA confirmed a new record for attendance, 87,154 members. The previous record was 86,228 in Houston in 2013; most years the attendance is around 80,000.

I’d add another stat: The NRA now has almost 6 million members. At the beginning of this year, the outfit said it had around 5 million. That’s a big, big change in only a few months — just not in the direction that the press seems to believe is inevitable. Meanwhile, the NRA’s approval rating is back to its recent historical average and 58 percent say that owning a gun increases one’s safety. Count me as a skeptic of the revolution.

Wells Fargo says it will keep lending to gun industry

Two of its competitors, Bank of America and Citi, have taken a step away from the gun industry since a shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. But Wells chief financial officer John Shrewsberry told reporters Friday that the bank is “not currently setting policy in our extension of credit.” “As our CEO has publicly stated, we do not believe that the American public wants banks to decide which legal products consumers can and cannot buy,” spokesman Alan Elias said. “We believe this issue requires a legislative solution that allows the public to voice their concerns.”

Hi folks. Sometimes JohnBoy just takes a day off.
And tomorrow will be another (and possibly Friday as well).
Some know what’s going on, others don’t.
But don’t worry. I’m planning on remaining around for a while longer.

“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – – 1 Peter 1:3

In the West, Easter Sunday is today.  Christus resurrexit

The Florida Senate decided to arm teachers instead of banning assault rifles in a party-line vote

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers, weeks after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in US history.

An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland.

The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal, the Miami Herald reported.

The full bill, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, is expected to pass the state Senate on Monday, then go to the Florida House.

 

Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania

And now the reason for the demoncraps suing up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (controlled by demoncraps) for the congressional redistricting buy the republican controlled legislature becomes more clear. Put those illegal voters in the right places and ouila’ more demoncrap congresscritters in the US House. It’s all about political power and getting it back by any means necessary.

More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.”

But state officials have stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem, the group says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Harrisburg.

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting — that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

He said Pennsylvania had already admitted to a “glitch” dating back to the 1990s that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driver’s licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote. Mr. Adams said he now wants to find out how bad the problem is overall.

Bret Stephens: Repeal Second Amendment; Restrictions On “So-Called” Gun Rights Imperative For Safety

When they say “We don’t want to take your guns” well…if you don’t already know they’re lying, this should clear things up.

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who identifies as a conservative, defended his call to repeal the Second Amendment in an MSNBC roundtable discussion on Thursday about guns.

Stephens said there has not even been a “moment of silence and compassion and thoughtfulness” by gun advocates and called it “inhumanly repetitive” to say guns are essential to American liberties.

“There doesn’t seem to be even a moment of silence and compassion and thoughtfulness on the part of gun advocates for what has happened,” Stephens said to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “There is something kind of aggressively and inhumanly repetitive about this line that guns are essential to American liberties, hard one to stomach when so many thousands of people are dying every year for this so-called liberty.”

 

Media confused after Trump pushes agenda he was elected to enact

They’re so used to lying politicians that they’re stunned when one comes along trying to keep the promises made. 

President Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday to push many of the issues he campaigned on, just as his predecessors have done before him, and yet many in the news media were disappointed and confused about why he brought them up at all.

Trump’s speech was heavy on illegal immigration, one of his defining campaign issues, the threat of Islamic terrorism and international trade.

But on NBC, “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd bemoaned that those themes were so central in the address, and suggested that Trump should have been more conciliatory toward Democrats.

“I expected a lot more actual outreach,” said Todd. “It was a few things at the beginning, but then it was, you know — he didn’t lead with a conciliatory tone on immigration. He didn’t lead with a conciliatory tone on Gitmo. He didn’t lead with a conciliatory tone even on some things like the infrastructure plan. It was — I felt like he spoke more to his base than I expected him to, particularly on immigration and that could be part of his sales pitch.”

Trump, however, campaigned on taking a tough line against illegal immigration, aggressively combating Islamic terror and repealing Obamacare, among other contentious policy issues.

In his State of the Union speech, he announced he was “keeping another promise” and had just signed an executive order that would keep Guantanamo Bay prison open to detain enemy combatants. He also highlighted guests he had invited, among them, two families whose daughters were killed by illegal immigrants.

Accused N.Y. Subway Bomber Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

Yeah, I think I know how the jury is going to find the defendant. 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal terrorism charges.

“At this moment, not guilty,” said Akayed Ullah, 27, when U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan asked him for his plea at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan.

The charges against Ullah include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted.

Ullah was arrested on Dec. 11 after trying to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his body in a pedestrian tunnel in New York City’s subway system, according to federal prosecutors. The tunnel is in a busy subway station in Manhattan’s Times Square that is connected to the busy Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is used by commuters from New York’s suburbs as well as out-of-town travelers.

Ullah was hospitalized for injuries suffered after the bomb ignited but failed to detonate as intended, while three other people suffered minor injuries, according to prosecutors.

Ullah told police officers after the blast that he “did it for the Islamic State,” according to a criminal complaint filed on Dec. 13.

LEAKED MEMO:
DREAMers Are ‘Critical’ To Dems ‘Future Electoral Success’

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called “Dreamers” — a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

President Donald Trump’s administration moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in September, which former President Barack Obama instituted through executive order to keep immigrants who came here as children from being deported.

Trump called on Congress to find a legislative fix for young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” facing deportation. House lawmakers recently put forward a bipartisan DACA compromise bill that also claims to address worries over chain migration. However, it’s unclear if the bill will pass.

CAP Action’s memo says protecting DACA is not only a “moral imperative” for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

New Missouri Concealed Carry Law Would Shield Churches

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In the wake of the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Missouri State Representative Rocky Miller says he’s taking action to help keep local congregations safer.

Miller has filed a bill for the 2018 legislative session that would remove the liability for churches if their members opt to carry a weapon on the premises.

On Friday, Miller announced, “House Bill 1382, takes this liability away and allows for people that attend church to defend themselves or at least have someone nearby that can.”

He added, “If a church decides it does not want to protect its members, then they still can post ‘no weapons.’ I unfortunately I do not have this level of faith that I want to be in an area that declares itself a target.”

Missouri law creates provisions for citizens to concealed carry and open carry a weapon. But there are plenty of places where concealed carry is restricted: schools, government buildings, polling places, and churches.

Missouri Revised Statute 571.107 lists the places where a person—even with a concealed carry permit—may not carry a weapon. Subsection (14) states:

Any church or other place of religious worship without the consent of the minister or person or persons representing the religious organization that exercises control over the place of religious worship. Possession of a firearm in a vehicle on the premises shall not be a criminal offense so long as the firearm is not removed from the vehicle or brandished while the vehicle is on the premises;

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Handsfree calling if you can folks, and just don’t text.

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability.

A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted and cited as the catalyst of the fatal event.

“He was remorseful,” Smith, now 43, said. “He never changed his story.”

Yet in federal records, the death isn’t attributed to distraction or mobile-phone use. It’s just another line item on the grim annual toll taken by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA]—one of 37,262 that year. Three months later, Smith quit her job as a realtor and formed Stopdistractions.org, a nonprofit lobbying and support group. Her intent was to make the tragic loss of her mother an anomaly.

Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, U.S. traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent. In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade.

There are however three big clues, and they don’t rest along the highway. One, as you may have guessed, is the substantial increase in smartphone use by U.S. drivers as they drive. From 2014 to 2016, the share of Americans who owned an iPhone, Android phone, or something comparable rose from 75 percent to 81 percent.

Gun control proponents not making sense

Well, it’s not like they really can make sense. 

As I went to bed a week ago Sunday, my wife was watching coverage of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Two dead and 24 injured flashed across the screen. I was tired and didn’t get too deep into the coverage. When I woke up, the numbers were gruesome: 58 dead, 529 wounded. Absolutely shocking. And almost immediately the social media comments turned into a pro-gun versus anti-gun debate. I thought, they’re still transporting bodies and notifying next of kin. We don’t have enough respect to allow a grieving period before we start those tired arguments?

As the week progressed, so did the dialogue. And then it became a game of who can make the better point about guns and gun laws. That Monday night Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea about gun control. “The Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.”

But Kimmel seems to make an emotional plea about something every other week. I’m just wondering who told Kimmel he is the nation’s conscience. If someone tried to step in and ban his show because they didn’t like his politics he would surely invoke the First Amendment. I guess our forefathers had the foresight to give us the right to watch clips of his show on Facebook.

 

Then on Saturday, SNL Weekend Update host Colin Jost said: “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, the guy (shooter, Stephen Paddock) has 47 guns. No one should own 47 of anything, If you own 47 cats you are not a responsible pet owner, you’re a crazy cat lady. And unlike with guns, the government will actually come and take your cats away because everyone agrees that’s insane.”

Should we be able to own 47 guns? I know a man who probably owns over 100 guns and most are still in the original box. Typically their value increases over time. We should place stock in SNL weighing in on whether a stamp collector is allowed to have 47 stamps or a coin collector is allowed to have 47 coins? Silly comparison? So is comparing owning 47 cats versus 47 guns.

Locally, blogger Shannyn Moore, one of the cadre to gain 15 minutes of fame when Sarah Palin rose to prominence, wrote a column in the Alaska Dispatch News earlier this week, blistering gun owners and gun rights. In it, she stated that If one is hoarding auto or semi auto weapons then ‘you need Viagra.’ She also cited one aspect of the Second Amendment concerning a ‘well-regulated militia,” stating that if you’re going to overthrow the government you’re going to need more than a few guns and monster clips. Oh, and she said the same founders who thought a ‘well-regulated militia’ was a good idea would have never expanded gun ownership to blacks because of the whole slavery situation. Oh, and she included, apropos of almost nothing, that her ‘uterus is more regulated than guns,’ quick to remind you, however, that she’s a gun owner and wouldn’t give up her guns, but she wants to tell you what guns you can have, how many you can own. Apparently the only appropriate use for them is to fill up your freezer.

No mention of self-defense or protecting one’s property or your loved ones.

Gun laws would not have prevented the tragic events in Las Vegas. The perpetrator was not a criminal prior to his unfathomable actions. Background checks would have done nothing to stop him.

Petition of White House to declare Soros terrorist tops threshold

Something with the words “extreme prejudice” included comes to mind as suitable action.

More than 100,000 US citizens have signed a petition requesting the White House to declare a currency rogue, George Soros as a domestic terrorist.

The Washington Post reported that the petition had been published in the We The People section of the country’s administrative center on August 20 which required more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days for official feedback.

However, early Saturday afternoon, the petition was digitally signed over 110,000 times.

“George Soros deliberately and continuously tries to undermine stability and engage in seditious acts against the US and its people.

“In the petition, Soros was alleged to have created and funded an organization that simply facilitated the collapse of the US Constitution and system,” the report said.