Restricting guns one court case at a time

Another court case, another assault on gun rights and an expansion of “gun-free zones,” also known as killing fields.

On June 26, the 10 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled possessing a gun in U.S. Postal Service parking lots is illegal. In doing so, the court broadened the parameters of the case before it. The original case applied to whether someone could legally carry a concealed weapon into a post office lobby that is open to the public at all times and has no security.

As is usually the case, the court used pretzel logic to expand the definition of a government building to determine that a building is more than a building. It now, according to the court, also encompasses the post office parking lot because drive-up mailboxes are found there.

The Donald’s trump card on illegal aliens is the truth, but he can’t play it

“You know, going into this weekend the media was consumed with stories about, you know, Americans have to be on the lookout for ISIS attacks and terror attack expected, and oh, shark attacks… I will bet you by the end of the weekend, more Americans will have been killed by Mexicans than by ISIS or by sharks.”Anne Coulter, speaking on “Fox & Friends” 

It’s no surprise that Jeb Bush, Republican front-runner for the presidency, is upset with Donald Trump and his views on Mexican illegal immigrants. Bush loves the established way. It served his father and brother when they were presidents.

Trump made headlines when he said:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

EU Makes Greece ‘An Offer They Can’t Refuse': Agree To A Deal By Sunday Or Go Bankrupt

Gangsters - Public DomainIt looks like we aren’t going to have to wait much longer to see if Greece remains part of the eurozone or not.  Instead of softening their demands in the wake of the Greek referendum, European leaders have given the Greek government an ultimatum.  On Tuesday night, EU officials gave Greece a deadline of Thursday to submit a new proposal and a deadline of Sunday for agreeing to a deal.  If a deal is not reached on Sunday, all aid to Greece will be cut off and the nation will be faced with financial oblivion and a forced exit from the common currency.  But Angela Merkel has already made it abundantly clear that any new deal will not include a debt haircut – one of the key things that the Greek government wanted.  If a deal is actually made, it is almost certainly going to look very much like what Greece’s creditors have been offering all along.  Needless to say, this is precisely what the Greek people just voted against, but the pressure on Greek leadership is immense at this point.  In essence, they are being given “an offer they can’t refuse”.  So will the Greek government buckle under this mobster-like intimidation?

European Stocks, Chinese Stocks And Commodities Are All Crashing – Are U.S. Stocks Next?

European Stock Market Crash - Public DomainA global stock market crash has begun.  European stocks are crashing, Chinese stocks are crashing, and commodities are crashing.  And guess what?  All of those things happened before U.S. stocks crashed in the fall of 2008 too.  In so many ways, it seems like we are watching a replay of the financial crisis of 2008, but this time around the world is in far worse shape financially.  Global debt levels are at an all-time high, the 75 trillion dollar global shadow banking system could implode at any time, and there are hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives that threaten to wipe out major banks all over the planet.  The last major worldwide financial crash was almost seven years ago, and very little has been done since that time to prepare for the next one.  If global markets do not calm down, we could see carnage in the months ahead that is absolutely unprecedented.

Beat Clinton now and never hear from her again

Good news: Aging political fixture and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton claimed Tuesday that her current campaign is her “last rodeo” in American politics.

The former first lady’s remark came during a speech in Iowa City, Iowa, aimed at making her more appealing to working-class families.

“When people dis the government, we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy,” Clinton said. “This is my last rodeo, and I believe that we can leave not just the country in good shape for the future, but we can get a deep bench of young people to decide that they want to go into politics.”

Clinton, of course, hopes to win the election, meaning that conservatives’ painful ride would last until 2025 if Clinton manages to win a second term. It’s ironic that Clinton mentions her desire to get young people interested in politics, considering she will be 77 years old by then.

Get a license for that puppy or go to jail in Kalamazoo, Michigan

It’s apparently not too hard to wind up in jail for neglecting to obtain a license to own and register your pet puppy dog in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

One area woman forgot to renew (yes, renew) her license on her 11-year-old dog, and she ended up in the slammer.

Because some people — as the local animal control director told The Associated Press — “like to make it hard on themselves.”

What animal control director Steve Lawrence meant by that is that the accused perpetrator, Cooper Township resident Becky Rehr, had received ample notice in the mail that it was time to renew the license on her dog, a border collie-springer spaniel mix named Dexter. She’d gotten tons of warnings that renewal time was approaching, as well as reminders that the penalty for failing to obtain a license for your pet can net you 90 days in jail and a $100 fine.

Even your beer is sexist

A writer over at Slate is ticked off that the craft beer revolution that has taken hold across America has led to beer labeling that at times conjures sexual images that are “inherently degrading to, or unpleasurable for, women.”

Budweiser caught flak from beer aficionados earlier this year with a Super Bowl spot that pegged microbrew fans as some sort of sissified hipsters who can’t even drink beer that isn’t flavored like something from Starbucks.

The gist was that real men — men being the natural target of beer advertising — drink pale yellow “macro” swill that can be guzzled instead of “fussy” small batch beer meant to be sipped and “dissected.”

Despite the beer giant’s attempt to portray craft brew drinkers as the overly sensitive, millennial types who seem to be ruining everything fun these days, Slate writer Will Gordon has discovered an opposite trend among craft beer lovers.

Ranking the states according to their ‘fiscal health’

Rural states with a history of conservative leadership generally fare better than urban ones with a history of progressive leadership — but there are exceptions in this latest study by George Mason University, ranking the 50 states in terms of their governments’ financial health.

The Mercatus Center, a pro-market think tank at George Mason, released this year’s version of “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition,” a remarkably well-named look at how each of the 50 states is faring when it comes to stewardship of public funds.

Alaska tops the rankings, with the Dakotas, Nebraska and Florida rounding out the top five.

Illinois is dead last, followed (led?) by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. California is just two spots farther up the rankings at No. 44.

Here’s how Mercatus explains its criteria for tallying the list:

If we are what we eat…

Why do we consume so much junk?

The answer may surprise you — or maybe not. Junk food is as addictive as drugs.

Foods with high glycemic index — processed foods — alter parts of the brain responsible for hunger, thirst and the natural rhythms and body cycles, according to a study by PubMed. High-glycemic foods are highly processed and highly refined. Consuming them creates a spike in blood sugar levels.

In the PubMed study, researchers split study participants into two groups. One was given a high-glycemic milkshake; another was given a milkshake with the same calorie content and flavor, but with a low glycemic index.

The group fed the high-glycemic shake was hungrier after four hours than the group given the low-glycemic shake. Brain scans revealed that those who consumed the high-glycemic shake had an intense response in the area of their brains responsible for pleasure similar to responses when taking heroin or cocaine, indicating the foods were highly addictive.

Preparedness critics are history’s cannon fodder

The world is entering a kind of no man’s land, in between the realms of insane denial and utterly obvious crisis. Europe is now destabilizing amid the Greek soap opera (an event that I predicted in January would occur in 2015); China’s stock market bubble is bursting; and the U.S. dollar’s world reserve status is about to be decimated by the global shift toward the International Monetary Fund’s basket currency reserve system. I’m afraid I’m going to have to say this because I don’t know if anyone else will: Alternative economic analysts were right, and the mainstream choir was either terribly wrong or disgustingly dishonest. However, as most of us in the liberty movement are well aware, being right is not necessarily a solution to disaster.

This shooting should have been prevented

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez allegedly shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco last week.

If it weren’t for our insane policies regarding illegal immigration, it’s likely that Kate Steinle would be alive today.

In case you’re not familiar with the story, Kate was a 31-year-old woman who was walking with her father last week on a busy pier in San Francisco when a shot rang out and she fell to the ground, mortally wounded.

Several witnesses identified the shooter. A few even took his picture with their smartphones. He was arrested a short time later. His name is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He is an illegal alien (or as CNN likes to describe him, an “undocumented immigrant”) who had been deported from this country and returned to Mexico on five separate occasions.

The German Siege Of Greece Begins (No, This Is Not A Repeat From 1941)

Siege - Public DomainDid you notice that Greece’s creditors are not rushing to offer the Greeks a new deal in the wake of the stunning referendum result on Sunday?  In fact, it is being reported that the initial reaction to the “no” vote from top European politicians was “a thunderous silence“.  Needless to say, the European elite were not pleased by how the Greek people voted, but they still have all of the leverage.  In particular, it is the Germans that are holding all of the cards.  If the Germans want to cave in and give the Greeks the kind of deal that they desire, everyone else would follow suit.  And if the Germans want to maintain a hard line with Greece, they can block any deal from happening all by themselves.  So in the final analysis, this is really an economic test of wills between Germany and Greece, and time is on Germany’s side.  Germany doesn’t have to offer anything new.  The Germans can just sit back and wait for the Greek government to default on their debts, for Greek banks to totally run out of cash and for civil unrest to erupt in Greek cities as the economy grinds to a standstill.

Americans perceive increasing threat of U.S. terror attack

New polling data suggests that a growing number of Americans feel that the U.S. is vulnerable to a major terror attack.

According to recent polling from Rasmussen, just 32 percent of likely U.S. voters think that the U.S. is safer than it was prior to the 9/11 terror attacks.

The number, Rasmussen reports, “has been steadily decreasing since last fall and is now at its lowest level since May 2011.”

Fifty-two percent, meanwhile, feel that the nation is a more dangerous place than it was pre-9/11 and 16 percent said they weren’t sure.

According to the polling data, Americans are now equally worried economic threats and terrorist attacks.

From Rasmussen:

In July 2014, 51% said economic attacks, 39% terrorist attacks. Now, 46% see economic attacks as the bigger threat, but nearly as many (43%) rate terrorist attacks as the bigger danger. Basically unchanged in surveying since January 2013 are the three percent (3%) who are most concerned about military attacks from other nations.

Clinton camp acknowledges Sanders as real presidential competitor

For months, Hillary Clinton has been pegged as “the inevitable” 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. But a top Clinton aide admitted on Monday that Clinton 2016 is worried that liberal outlier Bernie Sanders could pose a real threat to the former first lady with his populist messaging.

“We are worried about him, sure. He will be a serious force for the campaign, and I don’t think that will diminish,” Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Sanders recently has seen a spike in polling numbers, though he is still trailing Clinton by about 40 points in most national polls. On a recent swing through Iowa, however, massive crowds caught the mainstream media’s attention as they gathered to listen to the Vermont senator pontificate a growing gap between the rich and poor, corporate influence, and the need for reforms to help poor and middle-class Americans catch up.

Who the Heck thinks he can replace Harry Reid?

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is “retiring” — that is, choosing not to run again — after his current term expires. Republican Joe Heck is aiming to bring Reid’s seat back into the GOP fold.

Heck, a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and Iraq war veteran, is currently serving his third term representing Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. But on Monday, Heck announced he will raise his aim by seeking to fill Reid’s Senate seat, which will open up when Reid’s current term ends in 2016.

“I see a Nevada of unlimited opportunity, a place with better jobs, higher wages, and the chance to rise as far as the path will take us. And that’s why I’m running for the United States Senate,” Heck said in his announcement video.

In double win New Mexico civil forfeiture ban inhibits failed war on drugs

Cops in New Mexico are complaining that a new law requiring them to obtain a conviction before taking residents’ property via civil forfeiture is hurting their ability to perpetuate the government’s long-failed war on drugs.

New Mexico House Bill 560, which takes effect this month, effectively bans civil forfeiture in the state by requiring police to prove in court that property has been used in the commission of a crime before confiscation. The law also disallows local departments the ability to profit from seizing property, requiring that all proceeds from auctioning the property be put into the state’s general fund.

According to Farmington Police Sgt. Kyle Dowdy, director of the New Mexico Region II Narcotics Task Force, money from civil forfeitures has yielded about $100,000 a year for his anti-drug operations, about a quarter of his annual operating budget.

Eric Holder gets asked whether he’d like to serve on the Supreme Court

If you think the Supreme Court is politicized now, just imagine it with Eric Holder.

In a recent interview, the former U.S. attorney general fielded the inevitable question of whether he’d be willing to serve on the nation’s high court, should some future Democratic president — like Hillary Clinton — ask him to do so.

Holder, now returning to private practice with the same Washington, D.C. law firm where he held a partnership before joining the Justice Department, demurred when asked whether he could be drafted into further public service under a Clinton administration.

From an interview published July 5 at The National Law Journal:

What if Hillary Clinton wins the election and calls up and says she’d like to appoint you to the Supreme Court. What would you say?

I’d say, ‘Madame President, with all due respect, you need to pick somebody who’s a) younger and b) who’s a lot more interested.’ That’s not something I want to do.

Paul is DNC’s top target

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is catching flak from both sides of the aisle as he continues his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

According to an election analysis from The Hill, Paul currently ranks as the Democratic National Committee’s top target for social media attacks.

From the analysis:

The Hill tallied the DNC’s social media mentions of Republican presidential contenders, scanning press releases, tweets and Facebook posts from July 2014 through June 2015, to see whom the group has been hitting the most over the past year.

Paul ranks as the DNC’s top target, with 203 mentions. Christie follows with 202 attacks, and Bush trails closely behind him with 199.

The number of negative DNC mentions the GOPS candidates have received correlates to their standing in national polls, but the number has also tended to spike when a candidate first enters the race.

How have we fallen so far?

Is it philosophically wise to dwell upon the morality of government? Are we frivolous and diverted from more serious concerns? Should we be reading poetry, watching TV, playing golf or listening to Mozart?

A discussion of the morality of government is more than an intellectual exercise. It has to do with understanding force and raw political power hidden behind the cleverest of disguises. Our perception of government morality directly relates to our quality of life and whether or not we pass human liberty to our heirs. There can be no perception of reality without inquiry into the nature of political authority. We must understand we are born into a system of thought that is rarely challenged.

More and more, we are beginning to feel the presence of authoritarianism. We are coerced into conformity and obeying the demands of “society.” We quite naturally feel oppressed. We know that there is deceptive manipulation of the public will. We know that subtle political forces are extracting our wealth and crushing our liberties under altruistic pretenses.