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Fw: ATF's latest gun grab - Agency reduces due process for seizing firearms

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GHEI: ATF’s latest gun grab – Agency reduces due process for seizing firearms

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: To Keep and Bear Arms

[]The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.

It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized property ­ not a person ­ is put on trial. This allows prosecutors to dispense with pesky constitutional rights, which conveniently don’t apply to inanimate objects. In this looking-glass world, the owner is effectively guilty until proved innocent and has the burden of proving otherwise. Anyone falsely accused will never see his property again unless he succeeds in an expensive uphill legal battle.

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Welcome to the American Gulag: Using Involuntary Commitment Laws to Silence Dissenters

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Point Blank

[]What happened to 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub­who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning, labeled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys­has happened many times throughout history in totalitarian regimes.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum observes in Gulag: A History: “The exile of prisoners to a distant place, where they can ‘pay their debt to society,’ make themselves useful, and not contaminate others with their ideas or their criminal acts, is a practice as old as civilization itself. The rulers of ancient Rome and Greece sent their dissidents off to distant colonies. Socrates chose death over the torment of exile from Athens. The poet Ovid was exiled to a fetid port on the Black Sea.
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Chicago Teacher’s Strike Defines Election Issues

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Village of the Damned

[]Members of the Chicago Teacher’s Union have gone on strike, shutting down the third largest school district in the country with over 404,000 students now in disarray.

Chicago’s teachers have the highest average salary in the country at $76,000/year and according to the Mayor’s office, the financial side of the $400 Million deal is done. 4%/year raises have been agreed to, taking them to $88,900/year by 2016.

The Mayor’s office stated that:

“The two remaining stumbling blocks involve re-hiring laid off teachers from schools that get shut down or shaken up and a new teacher evaluation process that the union says puts far too much weight on student test scores.”

So while 404,000 students are missing school, the real issues are accountability and union job protection.
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Eleven Years Later

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Charles Dickens

America – The Lesser

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The anniversary of the September 11th ‘terrorist’ attack on America is upon us again. Television programs are rife and replete with memorials and “newly” discovered information regarding this event. Eleven years later we are still gathering information and discovering new data that should complete the puzzle but still leaves gaping holes in the picture. We have all the edges but the middle is still a mystery.

This tragic event was the culmination of years of planning and effort by an organization that appeared on our security radar years before but for some reason was ignored or passed-off as an anomaly and completely ineffectual. The two largest security services in this country knew of the plot but decided for whatever reason to hold the data confidential and not share it: How typically American. They were embroiled in a turf battle: they each wanted power; we suffered the result.

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[masked]: Mr. President…

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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“Get off my lawn!”

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I Want My Country Back

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Guest Commentary

[]I recently read article on the Federal Observer entitled, A Divided Country: The American Taliban VS American Marxists.

Our independently released country music video, I Want My Country Back , seems to be caught in the crossfire of this phrase, and we find ourselves being unjustly targeted as extremists, racists and rebels. You can only imagine my surprise when one woman informed me that I was racist–I just didn’t know it. What started out as merely a play on words regarding country music and politics in general has ended up in a whirlwind of accusations. Is this what people mean when they say they want their country forward, where a person is judged guilty by association without any hearing, evidence or facts presented?
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Caruba: Maureen Dowd Falls Out of Love

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Alan Caruba

[]I do not subscribe to The New York Times and do not read it with only one exception. Every Sunday I do read Maureen Dowd’s column. She is a very good writer which, in itself, is reason enough to read her, but more importantly she is a weather vane pointing the direction that liberals are taking on issues, individuals, and events.

Ms. Dowd joined The Times in 1983 as a metropolitan reporter, eventually becoming a columnist in 1995. Her columns regarding Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal earned her a Pulitzer Prize. She had become the rare doyenne of The Times ever since, known for not suffering fools easily and for drawing blood when her political antennas pick up an egregious deception. Despite her liberal credentials, she is far less easily duped than most.
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Cantor: Will America Survive?

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Aaron Cantor

[]With the current bunch of snakes inhabiting Washington D.C., there is much doubt as to the chances for our survival as a free republic.

Add to that mix, that little twerp currently serving as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, one General Martin Dempsey, who was quoted as saying “America will not be complicit in an Israeli strike on Iran”.

If you were a true American Officer living up to the oath you swore, you would be arresting that phony, usurping son of a bitch currently squatting in the peoples White House, but instead you abrogate your oath and your honor; to what end general, to what end?

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Opens[masked]: Last Ounce of Courage

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Sunset Boulevard

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Synopsis:
Last Ounce of Courage is the story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. Alongside fellow citizens of courage, faith, and integrity, he is a champion for the cherished principles we the people hold dear. A tale of family bonds and free expression, the film seeks to encourage all Americans to take a stand and raise their voices in support of their beliefs. Last Ounce of Courage and Veritas are proud to partner with StandUSA, an online community for American values, in standing up for the ideals of faith, family, and freedom in a pivotal time for our country. StandUSA, along with its partners and affiliates, encourages all Americans to take the inspirational message of the film to heart and let it spur them to raise their voices in support of freedom. Last Ounce of Courage opens September 14 in 1,200 theaters nationwide.
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The Empty Chair at the Edge of Darkness

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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“You’re getting as bad as Biden.”

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REAL UNEMPLOYMENT AT 19%

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Eye on America

[]Beneath the surface of Friday’s jobs report lies the reality of just how disastrous the Obama economy truly is.

Consider the following 11 economic facts:

1. When you include the underutilized labor figure with the eight million Americans who have lost hope altogether and stopped looking for a job, real unemployment now stands at just under 19 percent.

2. If the labor force were the same as when President Obama took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate reported on Friday would be 11.2 percent. 

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FACT CHECK: FIRST LADY’S FALSE FAIRY TALE OF STRUGGLE

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

[]First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last (Tuesday) night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years–about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out” and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale–however well-delivered–was one great, big, colorful lie.

Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School.

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Obama Screws our Soldiers – Again

Posted by: The Publisher on: September[masked] • Categorized in: Rear Window

Investors Business Daily reports in “Obama to Soldiers Overseas: No Voting for You“:

[]Military: The administration thanks the troops for their service by failing to comply with a law requiring that it help soldiers deployed overseas cast ballots in their home states.

The administration has taken various states to court to block voter ID laws on the grounds it will disenfranchise voters. But it has no qualms about the disenfranchisement of military voters overseas through its failure to comply with and enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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