“What was deadly at Fukushima?”

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It wasn’t the radiation. It was the over-the-top response. So says World Nuclear News.

What turned Fukushima from a medium-ranking industrial accident, of the kind that happens perhaps eight or ten times a year, into a disaster, with a reported death toll among the evacuees of over 1000? It wasn’t the radiation, writes Malcolm Grimston.

In common with Three Mile Island, Fukushima doesn’t seem to have caused any deaths from radiation; even at Chernobyl the demonstrable death toll which resulted from radiation exposure was small compared to events like Bhopal or the Banqiao dam failure.

What created the human misery at Fukushima was the response – not the immediate precautionary evacuation but what followed and ironically what preceded. The only other area currently excluded because of human activity is Chernobyl. It follows, to the rational non-expert, that the levels of radiation throughout these exclusion zones must represent a higher risk than any other man-made threat on the planet.”

So what was their mistake? They got crazy because of the levels of radiation in the area, which, as it turns out, are less than the naturally-occurring background radiation in much of the world.

First and foremost, around 100,000 people were evacuated from a 20 km radius zone around Fukushima Daiichi and have not (except for a few hundred very recently) been allowed back into their homes for over three years, causing untold misery. In much of the zone doses from radiation (from all sources) are below 5 mSv per year, with fallout dose below 1 mSv per year.

Secondly, there are areas like Ramsar in Iran (average 130 mSv per year) and Guarapari in Brazil (peak levels on the beach equivalent to 350 mSv per year) which are not evacuated. Indeed, there are almost certainly places in Japan (e.g. Kyushu island) where natural doses are above the total dose in some part of the exclusion zone.”

I know what you’re gonna say. “There you go again, getting facts involved with the panic.” Guilty as charged.

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LTC McSally Wins GOP Primary In AZ

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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally has won the Republican primary for the House seat once held by Gabrielle Giffords. She will face incumbent Rep. Ron Barber who was appointed to the seat when Giffords stepped down after being shot. McSally faced Barber two years ago and lost to him in a close race.

McSally was an A-10 pilot during her time in the Air Force. She was also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. She saw combat while flying her A-10 over Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Read more at Fox News

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Trick Question:

“If you’re travelling at 80 Miles an hour how long will it take you to go 80 miles?”

There is a bad word in this.

Their vote means as much as yours.

Found over at Moonbattery

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Erick Erickson Really Has Come Around

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Some time ago we noted in a post here that Erickson, head of the blog Red State, had turned right. For years he has been an apologist for Barack Obama. This summer he seems to have seen the reality of what Obama is doing to the United States and the world.

Today He has a very stong column that is titled ‘How Many Will Die?’. In it he predicts World War Three.

In six years in the White House, Barack Obama has fought more vigorously in rhetoric against Republicans than those who threaten the United States abroad. One could hardly be surprised if tomorrow he declared war on Ferguson, MO while sending John Kerry to negotiate a peace treaty with ISIS.

Our border is not secured, our allies no longer wish to bring us in to help in their plans, and our enemies are salivating at the thought of taking territory with no one to stop them.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is peeing sitting down.

The death toll from a world at war and terrorists on the march over the next decade will be far higher than it would have been had Barack Obama never held the Presidency. It is not just that we now have citizens and companies fleeing the nation for greener pastures, more and more Americans see the nation in decline.”

Welcome to the Real Revo, Erick.

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Obama gets a cool reception at the American Legion

Obama addressed American Legion’s 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. When the teleprompter told him to “pause for applause”, he paused but the applause was not really all that forthcoming.

“As we go forward, we will continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States,” he said, for example. Nobody anywhere believes that.

As a veteran and an officer in my Legion post, I have to say, he got a warmer reception than I would have given him.

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“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime.”

The IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry – and thus the emails it held – after the Congressional investigation was underway. That is a crime.

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

Add this to the fact that the IRS has backups of her other emails but feels it is “too onerous” to recover them.

George Will lays it out: “The IRS is the most intrusive and potentially punitive institution of the federal government and it is a law-enforcement institution and it is off the rails and it is now thoroughly corrupted.”

Meanwhile, at the “IRS Ethics Office”… That’s right, the Ethics Office.

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.

Is this thing coming to a head? I doubt it. I predict that, a year from now, Lerner will still be getting her government pension, Eric Holder will still not have appointed a Special Prosecutor, Tea Party groups will still get special scrutiny and Obama will contend there isn’t a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.

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Obama to self-ratify climate treaty?

The Constitution explicitly requires that the Senate ratify international treaties. Obama doesn’t care what the Constitution explicitly requires.

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

This should cause a storm of controversy that draws attention away from the storm of Administration failures foreign and domestic.

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Why you don’t give a little slip of a girl a full auto weapon

The instructor is dead and the child is doubtlessly scarred for life.

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials released this video of shooting instructor Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, moments before he was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl he was teaching. Authorities say the girl pulled the trigger and the recoil send the gun over her head. Vacca later died of his injuries.

When you fire a single shot, the round is gone and down range with a trigger pull. Losing control of a single shot weapon due to recoil is not a problem. When recoil causes you to lose control of an automatic weapon, rounds fly everywhere.

No nine year old child should be driving 18 wheel trucks, flying attack helicopters, operating diesel locomotives or firing automatic weapons. It is just common sense.

I feel so sorry for this little girl. It isn’t her fault.

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Blame it on Bush

Damned good video this is…

H/T to Barb

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Remember when missile defense was a big, fat joke for the left?

Sure you do…

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Carl Sagan even criticized Israel for working with the US on missile defense. This is from March of 1986.

Dr. Carl Sagan, the space scientist known for his struggle against the nuclear arms race, has voiced strong opposition to Israel’s joining the U.S. “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense Initiative) program, which Israel has indicated it is ready to do.

“Star Wars is bad for the world, which includes Israel. Anything that is bad for the world is bad for Israel … If the world is destroyed, Israel is destroyed as well, Jews are destroyed as well,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Well, the Iron Dome in Israel just took out 15 incoming missiles at once. Watch it happen.

I should think the left would tire of being wrong about everything, every time.

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Burger King to bail out?

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Burger King plans to merge with a Canadian company and incorporate the new entity in Canada. Why? Because the US corporate tax rate is 35 percent and the rate in Canada is 15 percent.

One Democrat is calling to boycott the Whopper.

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released a statement Monday calling on consumers to boycott the home of the Whopper after Burger King announced late Sunday that it was in talks to buy Tim Hortons, creating the world’s third-largest fast-food company in the process.

Burger King confirmed the deal on Tuesday; as part of the plan, Burger King would relocate its headquarters to Canada, a move that could lower its corporate taxes.

“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” Brown said. “Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.” Wendy’s is based in Dublin, Ohio, while White Castle is headquartered in Columbus.

Yeah, good, old fashioned, thoughtless, nationalist drivel…

Corporations and a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximize their return on investment. Taxes are more than 50 percent less in Canada. The problem here isn’t Burger King. Burger King is doing exactly what it should do: Maximizing return on investment.

The problem is that the United States is, increasingly, an noncompetitive business environment. If you are shopping at Uncle Sam Mart and can get a deal that costs less than half over at a the Maple Leaf Boutique, you should take it. If the Uncle Sam wants to keep your business, he should reduce his prices. It is no more complicated than that.

The US will continue to lose business to its international competitors if it refuses to create a better business environment. That isn’t a bug. That is a feature of international trade.

I think I will have a Whopper for lunch.

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Danger in Europe

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This is a very volatile situation.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday that Russian Mi-24 helicopters had attacked a border post in Luhansk region the previous day, killing four border guards.

“Yesterday, during the day, at the border post of Krasnatalovka, Russian Mi-24 helicopters attacked Ukrainian border guards. As a result of the attack, four guards were killed, three were injured,” Lysenko told Reuters.

Allow me to quote Fred Thompson playing Admiral Painter in The Hunt For Red October…

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Andrew Klavan And The History Of Democrats At War

He has his facts right and he presents them in an entertaining way.

Devastating, really.

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“That First ‘I’ In ISIL Isn’t Really There. It Doesn’t Mean Islamic.”

“And, and, and, they’re not at war with us! Listen to meee!”

What is the right word? ‘Inept’? ‘Stupid’? Nah, let’s just go with paid liar.

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Thursday at the daily briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf declined to acknowledge ISIS’ declaration of war with the Untied States of America.

When a reporter said,”The reality is ISIS has announced it’s in a war against America,” adding, “Right or wrong that is what they are saying.”

Harf replied, “Well, they can say whatever they’d like, but what I am making clear is that’s not what ISIL represents. And they don’t represent any religion. They are at war with everybody they come into contact with.”

Read more here where they are calling her ‘State Department Barbie.

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CBC Wants Federal Control Of Local Police

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The Congressional Black Caucus wants President Obama to appoint a ‘Police Czar’. They say they want to prevent ‘More Ferguson’s’. That could mean that they want looting stopped but I take that to mean they want a task force to prevent young black men from getting shot by white cops.

Speaking for the CBC, Rep. Elijah Cummings believes that this utopia can be attained if only the federal government is given just a little more control over Americans.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement.

“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”

In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Department to monitor and oversee local police departments that receive federal funding.”

OK. Now I understand. They want this oversight under the control of the Department of Justice whose head is Eric Holder.

Bad idea… as a matter of fact it’s a terrible idea. Holder has shown himself to be uninterested in justice. He is a revolutionary whose focus is on control. That is not American.

Read more at Politico

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Feminists hate roofie detecting nail polish

A group of four college whiz kids invented a new kind of fingernail polish. This type detects date rape drugs in drinks. ‘Roofies’ are revealed when they come in contact with the polish by changing its color. Pretty cool, huh?

Not so fast. Feminists hate it.

“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”

According to Alexandra Brodsky, one of the founders and current co-directors of Know Your IX, a survivor-led group working to address campus sexual assault, well-intentioned products like anti-rape nail polish can actually end up fueling victim blaming. Any college students who don’t use the special polish could open themselves up to criticism for failing to do everything in their power to prevent rape.

“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place,” Nagle pointed out.

This really gets to the heart of the left/right divide in America. Leftists aren’t interested in the possible, they are only interested in achieving utopia. Focusing on the possible, they believe, gets in the way of the impossible dream of utopia.

“The problem isn’t that women don’t know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place.”

Don’t even attempt to protect yourself. Instead, demand a perfect world.

Don’t lock your front door. The problem isn’t unlocked doors. Demand a home invasion free world.

Don’t own a gun. The problem isn’t your inability to defend yourself. Demand a violence free world.

Don’t remove the keys from your car. The problem isn’t keys left in the ignition. Demand a theft free world.

Don’t purchase health insurance. The problem isn’t paying for health care. Demand free health care.

Don’t save for the future. The problem isn’t your lack of savings. Demand government pensions for all.

Don’t avoid female grizzly bears with cubs. The problem isn’t you enjoying the woods. Demand cuddly, gentle bears.

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Unarmed black man shot by white police officer in Utah

It is Ferguson all over again.

It could be several weeks before investigators probing Salt Lake City police officers’ fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man present their findings to prosecutors, police said Friday.

“The only thing new I can tell you is that our investigators are optimistic that they will have a case ready for review by the [Salt Lake County] district attorney’s office in the next two to three weeks,” South Salt Lake police Sgt. Darin Sweeten told The Tribune.

The South Salt Lake police department, which is investigating the incident, has declined to say whether a weapon was found, or what actions by Taylor — verbal or physical — were deemed threatening enough for police to fire at least twice.

Meanwhile, Jerrail Taylor insists his brother did not have a handgun on him.

Wait. I had that backward. In this case it was an unarmed white man shot by a black police officer.

Never mind. No big deal. Nobody cares.

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Government to monitor truth

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The feds are planning to track lies on the Internet. I suggest the name the tracking organization the Ministry of Truth.

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”

There is much misinformation and many lies on the Internet. Hell, I can get their project off to a quick start right here…

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Colleges pass costs of Obamacare on to the covered

There is a cost associated with casting your lot with political hucksters.

Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused them to pass on some costs to employees, according to a new survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Since the act began to take effect, some 20 percent of institutions have made changes to benefits in an effort to control associated costs, the survey says. About the same percentage of colleges are considering making changes, or making further changes, in the year ahead. Of those institutions that have made changes so far, 41 percent have increased employees’ share of premium costs. Some 27 percent have increased out-of-pocket limits, while about one-quarter increased in-network deductibles or dependent coverage costs, or both. Some 20 percent increased employees’ share of prescription drug costs.

And now they know.

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Warmists down under cook the books

As I have said over and over, climatology has become so polluted with political corruption, it is near impossible for a lay person to discern the truth. The warmists have an agenda and have been caught falsifying data so often, they have no credibility whatsoever.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

More here.

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The New York Times said Michael Brown was ‘no angel’…

Now they are in big trouble. The paper of record is apologizing like mad.

Two words — “no angel” — have become a flash point for many of the difficult, contentious, entrenched issues that have arisen in Ferguson, Mo. On Twitter, in my email queue and across the Internet, many Times readers are angry and disappointed about the use of those words, which have become yet another Ferguson-related hashtag.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was “no angel” in the fifth paragraph of Monday’s front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.

Some people take their protests further; they say that The Times is suggesting a truly repellent idea — that Mr. Brown deserved to die because he acted like many a normal teenager.

This is what it has come to. A man who engages in a strong arm robbery of a convenience store cannot be described as “not an angel”. In other words, it is inappropriate to define him as something other than angelic.

In fact, it is axiomatic that Brown was not an angel. If we are speaking literally, no human is. If we are speaking figuratively, Brown was far from angelic in his behavior.

If Michael Brown cannot be referred to as “not an angel” without those who do so being forced to issue apologies, truth is dead. Reality is meaningless and we have become a manifestly unserious people.

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Petty Thief vs The Iron Lady

To which funeral did the Obama White House send more delegates? The funeral of Margaret Thatcher or the funeral of strong arm robber Michael Brown? You know the answer don’t you?

The White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis — three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last year.

The administration’s handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two.

For Monday’s funeral, the White House sent two officials with the White House Office of Public Engagement as well as Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

No White House officials, though, were part of the presidential delegation sent last year to Thatcher’s funeral.

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Government has all of Lois Lerner’s emails…

They just don’t want to turn them over. Too much bother…

A Justice Department official admitted that former IRS official Lois Lerner’s apparently missing e-mails actually exist on a backup server, but the government doesn’t plan to retrieve them.

“A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’s Shannon Bream.

“But it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s e-mails from that backup system,” Fitton continued, paraphrasing the DOJ official. “So, everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing e-mails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to.”

I suggest the House Leadership prepare and submit a “Writ of What the Fuck?!” immediately.

Now would be a fine time for a ambitious IT worker who works a the IRS and is a Snowden admirer to download those emails onto a 100 Gbyte thumb-drive and make a name for himself.

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Evidently this pissed off some folks


The perennially outraged were, unsurprisingly, outraged.


Despite the passage of two centuries, many Twitter users were less than amused. As Yossi Gestetner put it: “WWHHAATT??? Is this suppose to be funny?”

Given the thawing of relations that have occurred between the two countries since the White House was set ablaze on 24 August 1814 as part of the 1812 war, US diplomatic forces swiftly came to the British embassy’s assistance. A senior US state department official retweeted the photo of the cake, saying: “The difference 200 years can make in foreign relations”.

Americans who weren’t pissed off said, “FAIL! War of 1812? Yeah, right. Totally fake.”

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California’s ten day waiting period deemed unconstitutional

A big Second Amendment win in the land of the gun grabbers.

California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that “the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and “burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs.”

“This is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,” said Jeff Silvester, the named individual plaintiff. “I couldn’t be happier with how this case turned out.”

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