Posts in '5th Amendment'

Even when in my favor I reject the idea of “special” citizens – Gun Rights belong to all free Americans

As you have read in my past articles on NY’s SAFE Act, not only do I have a problem with nonsensical rights denying gun control, but I have as big if not bigger problem with the EXCEPTIONS to the laws that are given to politicians, the rich, the powerful and the police. Since I am not a raging hypocrite like my opponents I therefore will not support or encourage legislation that would make one class of people “more worthy” of a right than another. In Iowa, a bill has been proposed that will allow active duty military personnel to buy handguns without going through the arduous and Constitutionally unnecessary process of acquiring a permit. An Iowa house subcommittee passed the bill unanimously and now it heads to the House’s Veterans Affairs Committee. Currently in Iowa, atop the standard federal background check you need to meet “certain requirements” and PAY...

Don’t Resolve, Revolt! What Are Your New Year’s REVOLUTIONS?

A couple of days ago I heard a child misspeak about New Year’s Resolutions by calling them New Year’s Revolutions. After a quick chuckle I got to thinking.  Resolutions are cliche and pointless.  They breed crowds at fitness centers and health food stores for the month of January before they are abandoned completely come February. New Year’s Resolutions are dependent on a people’s resolve and that is too often all but lacking when people are squared off against themselves. But with New Year’s Revolutions you are actively and consciously saying that in the upcoming year, “NO, I will not stand for it”; the “it” being whatever you are revolting against.  Want a real world example of how long calling something a “revolution” can go on for? Look to Cuba, the Castro’s have maintained power for over 5 decades by promoting the idea that the Cuban revolution is STILL going...

What I learned In Court: Don’t Facilitate Your Own Injustice

I found myself in traffic court in the cesspool state of New York (from that you probably can tell how well this is going to turn out ) recently to fight a bogus violation of turning left at an intersection on Halloween a little over a month ago. Why was it bogus?  Because on top of there being no sign hanging next to the traffic light (which was green at the time) the secondary sign that was at the left corner had been bent to face another direction.  Probably some Halloween hooligans up to some mischief. Regardless, I was unfamiliar with the road and made a seemingly legal left hand turn.  I was subsequently pulled over and ticketed.  The officer asked why I turned left and I said there wasn’t any sign.  His response was “They’re all over the place”. So, thinking I might have missed something I went...

US Spymasters use octopus to mock Americans in regards to the death of privacy

The octopus.  For more than a century, it has been the animal of choice to illustrate an overreaching, omnipresent and nefarious organization with ill intent.  The Spymasters in the US feel that they are so above reproach that they freely advertise themselves with the symbol. While fitting, it is still a wonder at how tone-deaf the people at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office are that they have not only chosen the octopus as their mascot but have fully embraced its connotations. The new logo features a giant, world-dominating octopus, its sucker-covered tentacles encircling the planet while it looks on with determination, a steely glint in its enormous eye. The logo carries a five-word tagline: “Nothing is beyond our reach.” Nothing is beyond their reach.  No doubt.  The death of individual privacy, the shredding of the 4th Amendment, the tyranny of the State, nothing seems beyond the reach of the US...

Cautionary tale gun owners can take from Jameis Winston

In case you aren’t that into sports allow me to rehash the tale of Jameis Winston.  Winston is currently the quarterback for the FSU Seminoles, the #1 college football team in America and the presumptive Heisman Trophy winner. All that might have gone sideways if a recent case of “he said/she said” played out differently. One need look only to North Carolina where convicted murderer Crystal Mangum falsely accused the Duke Lacrosse team of sexual assault.  Without evidence, without corroboration and without anything more than the sensationalized media frenzy exploiting the lie of “privileged white students rape black stripper” 3 Duke students nearly had their lives ruined by a corrupt Prosecutor looking to make a name for himself. Fortunately for Winston he had a few things in his favor.  The prosecutor actually took the time to investigate, he had corroborating witnesses to his innocence and he was black while his...

Gun Controllers push for Robot Apocalypse rather than arming teachers

Sci-fi is only fiction until it isn’t. A company in silicon valley has created a 5ft tall, 300 lb R2D2 looking robot that they hope will keep tragedies like Sandy Hook and other school shootings from happening. “We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook,” said the company’s co-founder William Santana Li. “You are never going to have an armed officer in every school.” No, because an armed “officer” (could be a teacher) would be effective and since gun controllers in general have an aversion to logical solutions that work, they march out idiotic ideas like have a robot monitoring the halls. Let’s just touch base with the obvious problem as it relates to Mr. Li’s statement.  Unless this monstrosity is armed with kung fu devensive programming or armament itself (which is another HUGE problem if it were) what you basically have is an oversized, overpriced, overly intrusive smoke...

Private Gun Sales Are The Lynchpin of Liberty

There has been much talk from gun controllers about “common sense” gun control measures such as closing the so called gun show loophole and outlawing private sales of firearms between two people. Or the meltdown gun controllers are having over the private sale of firearms via instagram. You can read that story at Girls Just Wanna Have Guns. There are some usually level headed people who are buying into the controllers bunk and ask me what my problem is with the government checking in on the transactions of private citizens. My answer is quite easy to digest.  The government cannot be allowed to know, track and record every firearm transaction made.  The sake of our liberty demands that the government have a blind spot. The alternative is that they know the quantity, quality and model of every firearm that every law abiding citizen possesses.  The government doesn’t need to...

Gun Owner’s Property Stolen By Police Returned After Federal Lawsuit Settled

In a case rife with police corruption and officers acting with vindictive immorality, the city of Cleveland faced losing BIG in a 5th Amendment case brought by Derrick Washington who had his property stolen by police. The case stemmed back to an incident in the morning of February 10th, 2013.  Washington called the police at 2:09 in the morning to report a shooting in the 2800 block of East 116th Street.  When officers arrived on scene Washington informed them that he had a valid concealed carry permit and that his firearm was in his car. In lieu of doing any real police work that might involve looking for the actual shooter, the police officers involved at this point decided to arrest Washington.  The report they filed reported that he told them that he had been drinking.  Washington was arrested and charged with using weapons while intoxicated and illegally carrying a concealed...

It is the veteran…

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote.  It is the VETERAN, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag,  whose coffin is draped by the Flag. And for those who have passed; eternal rest grant them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  Veterans know that the oath of allegiance has no expiration date. Despite what messes politicians make that erode our liberty,...

The hypocrisy of gun controllers and the fallout

I just read an interesting article where political activist Adam Kokesh pled guilty to possessing a gun in DC. Adam Kokesh, the political activist who posted a video of himself pumping a shotgun near the White House, has pleaded guilty to weapons and drug charges. The 31-year-old Kokesh admitted in a D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of carrying a shotgun, possession of an unregistered firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possession of marijuana. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. applauded the conviction, pointing out that law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect national government facilities, landmarks and public servants working in the city. “Their jobs are hard enough without irresponsible people intentionally coming into the District of Columbia to brandish a loaded shotgun in the heart of the nation’s capital,” Machen said in a release....

Federal Judge Rules Lawfully Exercising Right = Nullification of 4th Amendment

While taking a walk one day,  legally open carrying a firearm, Christopher Proescher was stopped by police, questioned and arrested.  The local prosecutor, seeing the Mr. Proeshcer committed no crime dropped all charges.  In response to the false arrest Proescher reasonably filed a lawsuit against the officers. Fast forward to Federal judge William S. Duffey Jr. who made the inane decision that while the arresting officers were wrong in arresting Proescher (you know, because he didn’t break any laws) that carrying a pistol openly constitutes reasonable suspicion of a crime, which authorizes officers to detain the person who is carrying and as such the officers acted properly. Allow me to rephrase: By exercising your legal right, you have forfeited your 4th Amendment Rights and as such will be subject to detention and false arrest with no recourse. That is what Judge Duffey has ruled. I  think of other Rights that this could impact,...

If Gun Controllers Read The Other Amendments Like They Do The 2nd

Gun control zealots love to get hooked on the semantics of the 2nd Amendment. Due to the forefathers elegant writing that is more verse than prose, gun control zealots have harped on misinterpreted syntaxes of the 2nd Amendment for years. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed The gun controllers like to say that since there isn’t an “and” between State and the right of the people that somehow invalidates the intent of founders.   The intent being found in the other writings of the time. George Mason: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Sam Adams: “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the...

Lies My Government Tells Me

With the recent signing of the UN Arms Treaty and its potential to undermine American sovereignty in regards to the 2nd Amendment, Sec. of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration has assured the public that they are not going after guns.  History, both recent and spanned, tell us that taking the government’s word in regards to “what will and will not happen” is tenuous at best. Here is a list of just some of the lies our government tells us. Social Security.  Putting aside promises that may have been made by FDR that the number would not be used for identification or that the program would be voluntary (yeah right) there are concrete promises that have been quickly tossed out.  Did you know that when the government was trying to cram the social security ponzi scheme down the American throats they made a lot of promises and even...

9/11/13 : Twelve years of letting the terrorists win

I’m going to sidestep the normal gun heavy discussion I tend to have and focus on my Libertarian roots. I cannot help but look at the past twelve years and see all that we lost.  Starting with the 2700+ killed in New York, the 343 fire fighters who died in the line of duty, those in the pentagon and those in the plane that struck it. Then I think of Flight 93 and the heroes on board.  The first and the last victory the people of this country had against the war on terror. Because everything afterward has been a continued and steady victory for terrorism. See, when terrorists commit to something, dying is pretty much a moot point.  Therefore killing them doesn’t actually change the scoreboard.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for killing terrorists, but that is just a show to cover the continuing defeats that we...

I guess having to shoot someone who looks like the President’s pretend son means you face double jeopardy

I wanted the weekend to see where things were going to shake out with the whole Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.  As you may know if you are a regular follower of this blog that I believe that Zimmerman acted within the constraints of the law when he shot an aggressor who was trying to murder him. Whether the events that led to that moment were of the best choosing, I withhold judgment one way or the other.  But, I do not believe Zimmerman threw the first punch and I do believe that he had one two choices when he was pinned to the ground, either get beaten to death or shoot. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges despite the best efforts of a Judge who was completely in the tank for the prosecution as well as pressure from DC in the form of the Department of Justice rallying people...