He wasn’t talking about glass-strewn streets of Ferguson or Show-Me State Governor Jay Nixon’s feckless, irresponsible handling of that situation. No, the real problem is the state’s “rapid rightward shift.” A cursory review of Lee’s “logic” reveals that what has really happened is that Democrats have long since left the center.
Don Lemon at CNN isn’t interested in being told what an “automatic” rifle is. He’s decided what it is, and the truth doesn’t matter. Even after recognizing after the fact that the person correcting him was right, he has no remorse for his demonstrated ignorance.
On Wednesday, as Charles C. W. Cooke noted at National Review’s The Corner blog the next day, Lemon claimed that “most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon,” because he was able to do so “within 20 minutes” in Colorado two years ago. Radio host, CNN political commentator, and author Ben Ferguson corrected him. It didn’t matter, because as Lemon lamely explained, “For me, an automatic weapon is anything that … can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly.” Video is after the jump, followed by Lemon’s vain attempt to recover the next day.
On Tuesday, Jackie Kucinich at the Washington Post wrote up a brief item about an ad released Monday by Everytown For Gun Safety, deep-pocketed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing group.
Kucinich reports that the ad “will air on cable television in Washington, D.C., and on network stations in New Hampshire, Arizona and Nevada, according to a release,” in an attempt to affect U.S. Senate races in those states. If Kucinich had actually watched the ad, it’s hard to imagine why she wouldn’t have noticed that the victim of domestic violence portrayed would have been far better off if she herself had been armed:
On Saturday, District of Columbia Circuit Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. finally ruled that the city of Washington’s ban on residents carrying firearms outside their homes is unconstitutional.
Emily Miller at Fox News calls it a decision which “leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.” But a Google News search on “Washington DC gun case” (not in quotes, sorted by date), returned only 16 items, only one of which — a terse five-paragraph Reuters dispatch carried at the New York Times and appearing in Sunday’s paper on Page A16 — is from a U.S. establishment press outlet.
In what appears to be an act of leftist self-defense, an unbylined story at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, describes certain Colorado Democratic politicians’ crticisms of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over recent “off-base remarks about two of its cities,” but noted no reactions from Republicans — who are genuinely outraged, as opposed to arguably trying to cover their political tracks.
In a story which was apparently prematurely posted at Rolling Stone Magazine’s web site (link is to a separately saved Google cache copy), Bloomberg told Simon Vozick-Levinson that in recent recall elections in the Centennial State, “The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Really.
Via emailer Dan Friedman, with the accompanying commentary:
An “incident” here and an” incident” there, to America’s eyes and its media, they all seem unconnected. But the origin of the current chaos circling the globe has a nexus – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where the man in the White House has, with malice aforethought, opened the Gates of Hell.
Buckle up friends, and say your prayers. This is going to be one for the ages.
Here are Dan’s headlines. It’s only a small sample of what he could have included:
- Floodgates open as ISIS takes over swaths of both Syria and Iraq
- Iran nuclear talks: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejects pressure from West
- Israel mulls Gaza ground invasion
- In Deep South Texas, a Daily Tide of Poor Migrants
- Yemeni Shi’ites capture city after fighting kills 200
- Chicago mayor: 82 shot, 14 dead over weekend is ‘totally unacceptable’
- Afghan candidate rejects election results as violence escalates around country
- Ukraine crisis: Bridges destroyed outside Donetsk
- The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013
- BBC investigation reveals Gaza pictures not what they claim to be
- Libyan ex-general battling Islamist militias faces dwindling support amid stalemate
… but I’m not. Far from it.
Today, the Supreme Court upheld Hobby Lobby’s position that it cannot be forced by the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage for “contraceptive” drugs which terminate preborn babies’ lives because doing so violates its owners’ consciences.
The court also struck down Illinois’ attempt to force collection of “fees” (read: “union dues”) onto private in-home care providers.
Those are obviously correct decisions. But they are decisions which should have been obvious to all nine justices. Instead, each decision was 5-4.
Make no mistake. The four dissenters are saying that the law means what they want it to mean, and that they could are less about what the Constitution says a law must be to conform to it.
Combined with other relatively recent 5-4 decisions, particularly those upholding self-evident natural law-based individual Second Amendment rights, it is clear that the country I have known and loved is literally hanging by a thread.
So while I’m breathing a heavy sigh of relief, there is no joy. So please hold the champagne.
November’s elections could not possibly be more important.
UPDATE: Regarding Hobby Lobby, John Hayward at Human Events understands the need to curb the enthusiasm and to remain appropriately alarmed (italics are his; bolds are mine):
For one thing, it should be patently obvious to every citizen of a free republic that Hobby Lobby was right about this. The notion of Big Government sweeping aside religious faith to compel obedience to a collective agenda is utterly incompatible with the American model of government. Explaining this case to the authors of the Constitution would make for a long seance, because they’d keep laughing in disbelief and asking you to start over.
But instead, we get a 5-4 bullet-dodging decision, and it’s not one of those sweeping citizenship-redefining judgments liberal courts love to hand down. It’s very narrow in terms of who and what it covers. A different Court shouldn’t have too much trouble reversing this, and in the meantime it doesn’t fatally injure ObamaCare. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this decision folded into the talking points of single-payer socialists – they’ll cite it as proof that leaving any degree of private-sector control over health care corrupts the pure vision of government-administered Free Stuff For All.
… So this isn’t really a sweeping First Amendment beatdown, as it should have been; it’s a narrow decision upholding a law signed by Bill Clinton, a law the left-wing justices are chomping at the bit to quash, because the ideal of a self-described “benevolent” tyranny using a thicket of laws to micro-manage the lives of its unworthy citizens is so close they can taste it. They’re growing quite insistent that the only alternative to that benevolent tyranny is anarchy, chaos, and hatred. The Supreme Court may have registered a judgment against ObamaCare’s silly mandates today, but the Left is still burning to render a far more terrible judgment against the people of the United States, and there won’t be any appeals once they hand it down.
As noted, November’s elections could not possibly be more important.
CNN Trio Debunks Bloomberg Group’s School Gun Violence Claim, But Still-Present Video Report Gives It Credibility
First the good news: Ashley Fantz, Lindsey Knight and Kevin Wang at CNN did a very good job this morning in an online writeup debunking Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group’s claim “that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.”
The bad news is that the web page still contains the CNN video which aired the Bloomberg claim without challenging it, thereby continuing to give it credibility.
A month ago, I noted that the establishment press has ignored an especially pernicious program undertaken by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice and the Obama administration’s regulatory apparatus, namely Operation Choke Point.
On Thursday, a strong 321-87 bipartisan majority of the House passed H.R. 4660, the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (of) 2015.” Among its provisions: “Sec. 554. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to carry out Operation Choke Point.” The final bill’s supporters included 204 Republicans and 117 Democrats. The establishment press has ignored the vote. Excerpts from Kelly Riddell’s Friday coverage at the Washington Times follows the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Everytown For Gun Safety was also present — but barely. Media coverage of that group’s activities largely tiptoed around the tiny number of people, some allegedly paid, the group was able to gather. Let’s start with a Sunday morning report from NPR’s Bill Chappell (bolds are mine throughout this post):
Last Tuesday, in an incredibly childish piece, even by his non-standards, Politico’s David Nather acted as if the resistance at Clive Bundy’s ranch was endorsed and supported entirely by the tea party movement and/or Republicans and/or conservatives, so he could then characterize their post stand-off behavior — i.e., pursuit of their longer-term political goals — as some form of abandonment.
I was tempted to ignore Nather’s nattering, but a couple of subsequent events are making Nather look even more foolish than usual. The first is the fact that Bundy still has significant armed assistance, something the Politico reporter appears not to have anticipated. The second relates to allegations of misbehavior, including illegal property destruction, by Bureau of Land Management agents. First, let’s get to some of Nather’s blather (bolds are mine throughout this post):
Positivity: Family Armed With Guns Did Exactly What You’d Expect After an Intruder Charged Into Their Kitchen
Apr. 9, 2014 11:40am
Police told TheBlaze on Wednesday that no charges will be filed against a Florida father and mother who armed themselves after hearing an intruder breaking into their home and fired shots at the man, killing him.
“If this guy would’ve stayed home, he’d have been alive right now,” Denver Kemp, a neighbor of the family, told WTVT-TV in Tampa Bay.
Public Information Officer Jamie Brown told TheBlaze on Wednesday that a son who was armed along with his mom and dad “fumbled around with the weapon and did not fire.”
Luis A. Pena, 54, told police when he investigated the noises he saw a man trying to open the French doors leading off his back porch, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Pena fired a warning shot above the back door to deter the burglar, but the man continued to work his way inside the home in Winter Haven, which is about 50 miles east of Tampa.
“That warning shot did not deter the intruder,” Police Chief Gary Hester told WTVT about the Monday morning incident. “The intruder didn’t retreat.”
But by the time Mitchell G. Large, 40, made it into the kitchen just before 7 a.m., Pena’s wife and son had also armed themselves and the three of them were waiting for the intruder. When Large charged at Pena, he shot the man in the torso at least once, police said, noted the Sentinel.
“It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” Hester told WTVT.
While investigators don’t believe Large was armed, Hester said it appears as though the mother and father were within their rights to fire their weapons. …
Of course they were.
Go here for the rest of the story.
Well, the problem is that this isn’t our federal government.
It’s the Washington establishment’s federal government, in this case attempting to benefit the family and cronies of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
- Dana Loesch (“The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment”; links are in original and bolds are mine throughout this post) —
A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.
BLM has also tried to argue that the rules have changed, long after Bundy claims he secured rights and paid his dues to Clark County, Nevada.
… *UPDATE: Those who say Bundy is a “deadbeat” are making inaccurate claims. Bundy has in fact paid fees to Clark County, Nevada in an arrangement pre-dating the BLM. The BLM arrived much later, changed the details of the setup without consulting with Bundy — or any other rancher — and then began systematically driving out cattle and ranchers. Bundy refused to pay BLM, especially after they demanded he reduce his heard’s head count down to a level that would not sustain his ranch. Bundy OWNS the water and forage rights to this land. He paid for these rights. He built fences, established water ways, and constructed roads with his own money, with the approval of Nevada and BLM. When BLM started using his fees to run him off the land and harassing him, he ceased paying. So should BLM reimburse him for managing the land and for the confiscation of his water and forage rights?
Cliven Bundy’s problem isn’t that he didn’t pay — he did — or that his cattle bother tortoises — they don’t — it’s that he’s not a Reid donor.
- InfoWars (“Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch”) —
The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.
FreeRepublic activists have preserved them here and have posted them in the comments (spread through several web pages).
- The standoff story, per Infowars (“Feds Back Down In New Bundy Standoff, Agree to Release Cattle”) —
In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.
Despite the fact that Bureau of Land Management officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash, Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows.
When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.
In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles.
… Despite threats such as “one more step and you’re dead,” the protesters continued their slow march towards BLM agents as bullhorns blared.
Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.
Sheriff Gillespie eventually appeared to inform Bundy supporters that the BLM had finally caved and agreed to release the 100 cattle they had seized that were inside the pen.
After around 30 minutes, Bundy supporters saw the cattle being released about a mile away in the distance.
It cannot be overstated how much of a gargantuan victory this represents for the American people in their battle against big government tyranny.
“The people have the power when they unite,” Ammon Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The war has just begun.”
I understand the exhiliration and am impressed and heartened by the courage of those involved, but this is no “gargantuan victory.” It’s more like an opening skirmish — and not just at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. The government is surely recalibrating its strategies, there and elsewhere.
Special kudos go to Matt Drudge, who took the risk of citing stories originating from so-called “fringe” sites (some of the leading lights of the center-right blogosphere did not cover themselves with glory in this regard).
Make no mistake: This standoff ended when it did because Harry Reid cannot afford to let his cronyism get widely exposed, which was certainly going to happen if it had lasted into Monday. Perhaps it still will, but establishment press resistance and attempted ridicule will be substantial.
EXIT QUESTION: Does anyone still believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment isn’t as much about citizens defending themselves against an out-of-control government as it is about the natural-law right of self-defense?
UPDATE, April 13: Received an email from a trustworthy source claiming that “the number of citizens who WOULD have shown up at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the standoff, and the number of eyewitness reports about federal abuses on the way would have been overwhelming if the feds had not illegally blocked their travel.”
UPDATE 2, April 13: Jerome Corsi — “REID SMELLING ANYTHING BUT ROSY IN RANCH FIGHT; Desert showdown blows lid off long-standing plans with Chinese”
Let it be noted that at 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, CNN.com finally broke down and posted a story on the alleged criminal behavior of California State Senator Leland Yee. The headline at the story by Matt Smith and Jason Carroll (“Feds: Calif. pol Leland Yee schemed to trade arms for campaign cash”) gets to the heart of the matter — unlike the headline (“LAWMAKER YEE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES”) at the Associated Press’s most recent story on Yee. But Smith and Carroll waited until the fourth paragraph to tag Yee as a Democrat (the AP story at least got there at Paragraph 3).
CNN’s story arrives 13 days after Yee’s initial arrest, and 11 days, 9 hours and 58 minutes after a snippy person at the “CNN.com Writers” Twitter account — apparently one Eliott McLaughlin, according to the account’s home page — claimed that its non-coverage of the Yee story was “in line with us covering state senators & state secretary of state races just about never.” Yours truly disproved that assertion in about three minutes on March 29.
When an unmistakable embarrassment to liberalism occurs, a standard establishment press fallback tactic is to accuse conservatives of some form of incivility — and if there really isn’t one, to make up a story about it anyway.
That’s exactly what Bloomberg Businsessweek’s Paul M. Barrett did on Tuesday in covering the NRA’s reaction to the arrest of California State Senator and ardent gun control advocate Leland Yee on gun trafficking charges. The story’s headline claimed that the group did “a victory dance.” Barrett’s content claimed that it was “gloating” and “strained to veil its pleasure.” In truth, the group was doing nothing of the sort — unless the speech police now believe that making any kind of obvious observation about a liberal’s failure is inherently unfair:
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