Tuesday, May 3, 2011

GOA Alert: Vote Coming on Radical Left-Wing Ideologue to Federal Bench

-- Vote May Come as Early as Wednesday

Any doubt that President Obama is more anti-Second Amendment than perhaps any president in history can be laid to rest in the light of the characters he has nominated to the federal judiciary.

Obama’s latest nominee for a U.S. District Court post is John McConnell, a Providence, Rhode Island trial lawyer. In terms of being an activist for the far left, McConnell is right in line with Obama’s Supreme Court picks—Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

It comes as no surprise that leading gun control proponents in the Senate support McConnell: he has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to liberal, anti-gun candidates over the years, including Obama and Rhode Island’s two senators.

In fact, it appears that McConnell’s chief qualifications for this post are his generous contributions to liberal candidates and his long relationship with former Rhode Island attorney general and current Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse.

However, even in a world where political backers are often selected to fill openings for judgeships and other federal jobs, the size of McConnell’s contributions sets him apart from other nominees. In 2008 alone, for example, McConnell gave over $120,000 to Democrat candidates.

McConnell’s views on the Constitution are also extremely troubling. In written questions that were part of McConnell’s confirmation hearings, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked the nominee if he believed the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights protected fundamental rights. McConnell responded evasively and refused to declare what he considered to be fundamental, individual liberties.

Of course, McConnell repeatedly insisted that he would be “bound by applicable Supreme Court and First Circuit precedent” on Second Amendment issues. But nothing in the Heller and McDonald decisions necessarily preclude an anti-gun ideologue from ruling that almost any gun law short of a total ban on firearms—including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more—is consistent with the Constitution.

We’ve heard this tune before. Recall the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor, in which the Senate, and the American people, were assured that she accepted the Court’s ruling in Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

Yet, in the McDonald case, Sotomayor joined the dissent in writing that “I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”

Gun owners are sick and tired of nominees who hide behind the rhetoric of “precedent” and “settled law” during confirmation hearings, only to turn around and rule against the right to keep and bear arms once placed on the bench.

While McConnell does not have a record litigating in the area of the Second Amendment, his arguments in favor of massively expanding liability for manufacturers of products such as tobacco and lead paint are eerily similar to those used in attempts to bankrupt the firearms industry through frivolous lawsuits.

In fact, McConnell has not shied away from his willingness to use the courts to achieve his own version of “social justice,” as when he said in a 2005 interview that “[t]here are wrongs that need to be righted, and that’s how I see the law.”

In order to bring McConnell up for a vote as early as Wednesday, anti-gun Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked a parliamentary tactic that’s rarely used for district judge nominees. The so-called “cloture motion” filed by Reid cuts off the opposition from debate, but requires 60 votes to pass.

That means there’s a good chance we can win this vote. Reid and the Democrats control 53 seats in the chamber, so it’s imperative that we put the pressure on red state Democrats and weak-kneed Republicans.

ACTION: Please urge your Senators to vote “NO” on any votes related to John McConnell’s nomination.

Click here to send a pre-written message to your Senators.

The Fort Hill Address Of John C. Calhoun 1831

"[T]he more criminal the leadership of a country becomes, the easier it is for the average person to find himself labeled a criminal by that same leadership."
-- Giordano Bruno, in a post at Zero Hedge

The Virginia Resolution of 1798

The Kentucky Resolution of 1798

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"Short of reading Thomas E. Woods’ remarkable book, “Nullification”, the two resolutions linked above and the following address written by John C. Calhoun in 1831 comprise a condensed approach to understanding the intent of the Founders in drafting the Constitution for the united States of America. The two major approaches to interpreting the Constitution are, 1) the sovereign citizen approach, and 2) the national citizen approach. The first approach respects the rights of the individual citizen and also the rights of the sovereign States which formed the compact. The second approach would permit the national/general government an unwarranted authority over the States and the citizens of the several States. To see clearly the intent of the Founders, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and this essay by John C. Calhoun are necessary/required reading. Oath Keepers encourages all readers here to grant oneself the time to read these documents and absorb the remarkable lessons embodied in the language."

The Fort Hill Address Of John C. Calhoun 1831


The Fort Hill Address Of John C. Calhoun 1831

An Illegitimate Child, An Illegitimate President

Via The Cliffs of Insanity
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Talk about your proverbial can of worms. Clearly, Barack Hussein Obama's Immigration file was the impetus for President Obama to release his "long form" last week. If he thought that would put the matter to rest, it has had the opposite effect. It has all raised more questions than it answered, as does the release of shocking revelations in BHO I's immigration file.

Clearly, BHO I was never divorced from his first wife in Kenya. Further, INS suspected the BHO I/Stanley Ann Dunham marriage was a sham, arranged strictly to secure immigration status for him. But if Barack Senior was a Muslim polygamist, his "marriage" to Stanley Ann Dunham was invalid. Obama Senior was a Kenyan citizen. Kenya was still under English law at this time.

Illegitimate children had different rights -- at least they certainly did in 1789. There is no way that the founders of this great nation intended for an illegitimate child of a foreign bigamist to attain the highest, most powerful position in the new land.

Further, when BHO I returned to Kenya, he apparently lived with his Kenyan first wife and his American third wife, suggesting that the Dunham "divorce" was a transitory ruse

Gunwalker X2: Holder, Issa, Grassley, Jay Dobyns

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"Holder waffles under oath & new Grassley-Issa letter slams DOJ's "false statements." ATF agents jeer at Holder weasel testimony."

Eric Holder: “You have to understand the way in which the department operates. . . This has gotten a great deal of publicity.”

Darrell Issa: “There are dead Americans as a result of this of this failed and reckless program, so I would say it hasn’t gotten enough attention, has it Mr. Attorney General?” -- Testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee today.
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"ATF agent Jay Dobyns will be on Fox News tomorrow at 10am; Agents: "If Holder didn't know about 1000's of guns going into Mexico then he should have."

"HQ wouldn't listen when Dobyns told them that the future Gunrunner bosses were lying, cheating, deceiving and obstructing. Newell bought Gillett's lies. Carter and Hoover bought Newell's lies. Sullivan and Melson bought Carter's and Hoover's lies. DOJ bought Sullivan and Melson's lies. DOJ bought the whole package when Holder approved the legal assault on Dobyns orchestrated by Kiffner and ATF's Jack-Booted Attorneys.

Sounds just like Gunrunner before there was a Gunrunner. A bad event covered-up by perfect storm of liars, head-in-the-sand mid-levels, back-our-boys-at-all-costs senior levels and true-believer attorneys all being ordered into battle for an unrighteous cause. As was posted before, we don't work for the Department of Justice. With Holder running it we work for the Department of In-Justice."


4-12x40 Rifle scope by Bushnell
We just received a large quantity of Bushnell 4-12x40 AO scopes. These scopes are factory refurbished demo models which may show some blemishes, but still have factory lifetime limited warranty. 4x to 12x zoom power with a 40mm front objective lens. Features an Adjustable Objective, 1 inch tube, glossy black finish and includes lens covers.


White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Via Western Rifle Shooters Association
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"Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president."


The paragraph below comes from the bottom of page three and makes perfect sense, as looking at Obama, one sees him being totally out of place, a Johnny Come Lately, an embarrassed novice.

"A source indicated they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice President was made aware of that day’s events before the president was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that, of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates. The president’s role was minimal, including their acknowledging of his presence in the room."

NRA Drops King & Spalding as Clement Fallout Continues

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The National Rifle Association today is dropping King & Spalding as an outside counsel in the wake of the firm's decision last month to withdraw from representing House Republicans in support of the Defense of Marriage Act. The NRA's action follows a similar decision last week by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to end the commonwealth's relationship with the firm.

Former solicitor general Paul Clement, who resigned from the firm over its decision, represented the NRA in last year's Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which incorporated or applied the individual Second Amendment right to bear arms to state and local regulation. Following that successful representation, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA engaged Clement and the firm in reviewing briefs and evaluating other potential litigation.

The Civil War (sic) According to Hollywood

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“Film strongly influences perceptions of historical events.” Gary W. Gallagher: History Professor, University of Virginia

If there is a film genre that has been the source of more fiction and mythology than the western, that category would have to be the American Civil War. The difference seems to be that while some of the most persistent myths about the frontier West like the quick draw shoot-out are Hollywood fabrications that keep getting put into new movies, many of the contemporary beliefs about the Civil War are perpetuated because contrary facts get omitted from scripts. So whereas the reputation of Tombstone’s Johnny Ringo as a gunfighter is maintained on the screen even though he was never in a gunfight (nor was he killed by Doc Holliday as the movies have it) according to those who knew him like my grandfather and great uncle, a US Deputy Marshal and business partner of Wyatt Earp’s, we never see that Union general Ulysses S. Grant, the man supposedly fighting a war to end slavery, used his wife’s slave during that entire war or that Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the man supposedly fighting to protect slavery, considered it an evil and didn’t own any slaves. That’s just one of the numerous contradictions of this conflict that we have not seen on the screen that have created so many false perceptions of it.

Via laurencealmand, Belle Grove


The Civil War (sic) According to Hollywood

Obama to Add Bin Laden Assassination and Ground Zero as Campaign Props

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There are those who will find my words offensive and in poor taste while others have thought it but did not dare say it. I say to thin-skinned libtards, tough nuggets; the truth can sometimes be painful, deal with it but first, let me say may Osama Bin Laden burn in hell a trillion times over.

Now, let us move on.

The talking points memo instructing the lamestream media outlets and marionettes on its deliverance of Progressive propaganda and rhetoric had already been distributed by Monday morning’s first light.

I venture to say that the memorandum was likely prepared long before Bin Laden’s epiphany that he would not live to see another day.

Always willing to take advantage of the moment and forever willing to stoop just that low for his personal advancement, Barack Obama will visit Ground Zero on Thursday for the purpose of revisiting the so-called glory days while lathering in what Obama hopes to be, God-like praise from New Yorkers traumatized by the events of September 11, 2001.

In other words, Obama expects to receive mountains of praise from New York City’s moonbats. The anointed one expects New Yorkers to kiss his a$$ like dutiful serfs and say thank you master for taking out the evil jihadist.

New York City is simply the first stop on a shameless campaign tour where Obama will move to further deceive and manipulate the clueless while embarking on a tyrannical condemnation of those voices he wants silenced.

And the anomalies begin

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So no body, no photos, no witnesses, and the story is changing despite the report that the White House officials watched the entire raid on video. Conclusion: the tale of bin Laden's demise is possibly - though not necessarily - a fiction. That someone was killed at the compound by the Navy Seals is not in doubt, only the question of whom. And if it was someone other than bin Laden, one can only hope that the graphic artists at the White House now busily engaged in photoshopping the corpse images are more competent than those who produced the forged birth certificate.

1928 Daimler Double Six 50 Limousine

NC homeschoolers: '85/'86 = 381 schools with 809 students. '09/'10 = 43,316 schools with 81,509 students

Carteret Homeschoolers
State of North Carolina Home School Statistics

The home school statistical year begins each July 1 and concludes the following June 30.

'Natural-born citizen' targeted in more Web sanitizing

Wikipedia has undergone further sanitizing of the philosophical underpinnings of what it means to be a "natural born citizen" as the Constitution requires for U.S. presidents, the latest in an ongoing "edit war" at the online encyclopedia.

In the most recent development, an unnamed "editor" deleted in its entirety a section of a Wikipedia entry for Swiss legal philosopher Emmerich de Vattel, whom Founding Fathers such as Benjamin Franklin have credited for his influence on early American policy formation.

The deleted segment, titled "USA Constitution," had included a reference to de Vattel's 1757 treatise "The Law of Nations," which defined natural-born citizenship as "those born in the country, of parents who are citizens."

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On Constitutional Concerns

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Last week the media focused on President Obama’s basic eligibility to be president while ignoring the unconstitutional manner in which he governs. For example, his recent use of a signing statement to affect a line-item veto on a bill he signed into law as president. The recent continuing resolution to fund the government through September had an amendment that defunded four of his czar positions as a cost-cutting measure. These “czars” are administration appointees who exercise influence on policy matters, yet because they are classified as “advisors” and not cabinet officials, the President is able to avoid the Senate confirmation process.

President Obama agreed to defund the czar positions before passage as part of some very tough negotiations, and then afterwards “clarified” his position with a signing statement saying that he would ignore that portion of the law. Many battles have been fought in the past over whether or not the president should have line-item veto power. That debate is essentially settled. The president does not have that power, as that gives the executive too much legislative power. This administration just over-rode all of those debates with a single signing statement and assumed the power that no one would willingly give him.

This comes on the heels of this so-called peace candidate, who hasn’t ended a single war, taking us into yet another war without a declaration from Congress.

Bump chart for Presidents

There's no question President Obama will garner a higher approval rating in polls following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan. But it's unclear how long that new appreciation will last.

GOP pollster Glen Bolger assembled the graphic below that puts Obama's job approval bump into historical perspective.


North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory?

Dr. Robinson's Self-Taught Curriculum
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."
--Vladimir Illich Lenin

"Speaking on NC talk radio yesterday, Charlotte mayor and Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory praised DC’s ongoing war on terror and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guliani for his heroism on and after September 11, 2001. This was in response to yet another report that Osama bin Laden had been killed, though many believe this is media hype designed to promote Obama bin Barack’s “tough guy against terrorism” profile and distract attention from Donald Trump’s questions about his being US born. It sounds like McCrory would not ask serious constitutional questions about an undeclared war against undetermined and ill-defined assailants, and would toe the national GOP line.

Abundant questions exist about how different North Carolina politics would be under a Republican governor rather than our usual Democratic governor: e.g., would a Republican governor promote North Carolina interests over national, would he/she support stringent immigration laws like Arizona, and would we see an end to the endless scandals and corruption typical of Democratic administrations?

This timely topic will be one of many about North Carolina’s political landscape at the Spring Conference detailed below, please plan to attend and join in the spirited and always revealing discussion!


Saturday, 28 May 2011, 11AM-3PM

North Carolina LS Spring 2011 Conference

“Under Washington’s Control: The New North State”

Burlington, North Carolina (note venue change below)

Speakers Dr. Tom Minsel, Carlton Huffman and Alexander McAllister Cheek

Regardless of the downward spiral of the national economy, incessant wars and rampant political corruption, the government of North Carolina remains our primary concern. And as the expected devolution increases speed, how do we return to the responsible, frugal and honest governing principles of the great North Carolinian Nathaniel Macon? How do we encourage our elected representatives to emulate the best statesmen of our past?

Our Spring 2011 Conference focuses on North Carolina’s economic and social dependency on the DC-centered regime, and how our State Legislature must return to the view that North Carolina’s primacy and sovereignty is supreme. Speaking in tandem on “The Welfare-Warfare State: Nathaniel Macon’s Worst Nightmare” will be Alexander M. Cheek and Nathaniel Macon Institute Director Dr. Tom Minsel. Also with us will be former Legislative Aide and NC LS member Carlton Huffman will discuss the North Carolina Legislature, its current activities, and new Republican party control. Please join us for an interesting, informative and interactive day of learning and dialogue with North Carolinians concerned about our State’s political future.

The Spring Conference will be May 28th, 11AM-3PM in the Allred Banquet Room of the K&W Restaurant, I-40/85 Exit 143 in Burlington.

Please monitor our State website regularly for further information and final speaker lineup. Admission is $10 per person; $15 per married couple.

Members expected, guests are very welcome!