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4th Circuit Court Removes Protection From Semi-Automatic Rifles

“Appeals Court Rules Against Second Amendment and Semiautomatic Rifles”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit reversed a previous ruling which protected semiautomatic rifles from regulation – a serious blow for gun advocates who believe the Second Amendment protects such weapons from regulation.

The previous ruling came after Maryland passed a law in 2013, banning all semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15s and AK-47s. It also banned any form of copy of those firearms and large-capacity magazines.”

Read the rest at Outdoorhub

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Another Law Enforcement Shock From Trump Administration

Following the post below about arresting violent protesters here is news about increased enforcement of immigration laws.

“New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions”

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.”

This is from the New York Times which follows the news with arguments against increasing enforcement of immigration laws. Just as we would have expected from them.

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Of Course. Just Like Obama Did.

Barack Obama broke new ground during his Presidency. He expanded the authority of the Presidency into areas it had never been before. His ‘Pen and Phone’ scheme and his recess appointments allowed him to circumvent a Congress that was either hostile to his wishes or just reluctant to give him what he wanted.

As a result of that expansion, following Presidents will be empowered to do the things that he did. They may even try to push Presidential powers to new and even higher levels.

This is not good for the balance of power in the United States. It weakens the Congress and the Judiciary and allows the will of the people to be thwarted. But it’s true and we must understand that there is likely no way to reverse the President’s new powers.

“Conway: Recess appointments “on the table” in response to Senate Dems’ obstructionism”

Frustration mounts at the White House over the slow-walking of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees in the Senate, where Democrats have used delay tactics to the full extent on several confirmations. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Hugh Hewitt this morning that all options are “on the table” to staff up the open positions in the administration, including recess appointments”

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Oath Keepers To Leftists Pushing For Civil War: “Be Careful What You Ask For”

“‘Progressives’ Fantasizing about Civil War like Children Playing with Fire”

Have those cavalierly proposing such scenarios as the appropriate response to Donald Trump considered all the likely factors?

Chicago ‘scholar’ claims militias would be ‘toast’ if resisting military coup,” I posted last month. A “progressive journalist” was enamored of a “progressive academic,” both presuming the military is as predominantly subversive as they are. It would not only help them depose President Trump, the delusion goes, but would do all their dirty work for them.

And as for the fate of us “bitter clingers” and “deplorables”? They did their best to convince their echo chamber we’d be made short and effortless work of.

This presupposes those who support and defend the Constitution are the enemy. And the whole fantasy seems painfully unaware of the myriad factors that would rise to the surface and compete for dominance once disincentives against them were weakened or removed.

“I stumbled across this 9 minute blog cast from 2016, I think it’s dead-bang on,” “Enemies” trilogy author and former SEAL team member Matt Bracken advised in an email linking to “Former Red Team Planner For The Federal Government Talks about Civil War Scenarios.”

Language Warning:

From Oathkeepers

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So, Have Homes Evacuated Near Oroville Dam Been Looted?

Some sources say yes – and extensively. Others say there has been no looting.

“Here’s A Rundown of All the Looting and Robbery Incidents That Occurred During the Oroville Evacuation”

According to the Oroville Mercury register, there were multiple looting incidents which have led to the arrests of five different people. Several hours after the evacuation order was given, two people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General store. Another two individuals were arrested for looting a local market, one of whom was a 16-year-old carrying a shotgun. A fifth individual was arrested after he tried to steal a gun safe from a residence, and drive off with it in a four wheeler. During the evacuation there were a total of 240 911 calls, many of which were for crimes in progress.”

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The LA Times says there was no looting.

“No looting but some burglaries during Oroville evacuation, sheriff says”

Maybe someone can tell me what the difference is between looting and burglary.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea repeated his insistence Wednesday that there had been no looting while Oroville was under mandatory evacuation orders, but he conceded that the town had seen “burglaries.”

LA Times

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Program Allows Mexican Farm Workers To Work In US Legally

“Oaxaca farm workers off to Florida to pick tomatoes through federal labor program”

The Mexican state of Oaxaca

A variation on the American dream will send 56 farm workers from Oaxaca to Florida next month and all of them will cross the border legally.

The workers, aged 23 to 40, will work on the tomato harvest through an agreement between the federal labor service and the United States firm Lipman Produce.

Depending on the work available and their performance, the laborers will be able to remain employed for three to eight months.

A Oaxaca farm worker will earn on average 150 pesos (less than US $7.50) per day. In the U.S. that worker will earn just over $11 an hour.”

Read the rest here

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When Is It OK To Punch Anyone?

Seriously, when is it acceptable? I’d say it’s OK to punch back if attacked. But that’s not what’s happening. Leftist organizers are telling rioters to hurt anyone they don’t agree with. Some have been punched in the face, there is an instance where someone set afire the hair of a woman. Others have been knocked down and beaten by a crowd of demonstrators.

“About That “Punching Nazis” Thing”

Encouraging people to punch Nazis

Alleged Nazi Richard Spencer got punched last month. Then rioters at UC Berkeley beat people for going to see conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopolous, who is apparently also a Nazi. Since Milo’s a Nazi, the people who wanted to see Milo must also have been Nazis. One of the Nazis who wanted to see Milo was beaten unconscious, others were bloodied. For the last month, there’s been tons of Nazi-punching going on.

Who likes to see Nazis gets punched? Everyone, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out, punching Nazis isn’t as good an idea as one might think.”

Richard Spencer is in fact a white nationalist, but he doesn’t actually do anything except talk. Milo Yiannapolous is a gay Jew with an affinity for black men, which would have gotten him killed three times over in Nazi Germany. The people who went to his event at Berkeley weren’t Nazis at all, they were just regular people who wanted to hear a dissenting opinion. One was just a young girl who didn’t agree with the mob. She wasn’t punched, she got pepper sprayed for it.”

When we cheer a violent rioter because “he punched a Nazi!”, without having any actual evidence the victim was a Nazi, what we’re really saying is, “It’s okay to use violence on people because I think I know their opinions, and I’ve decided some opinions aren’t allowed.”

But hey, Nazi opinions shouldn’t be allowed. Right?

Yes, they should. Nazis suck, and Nazi opinions suck, but we live in America. ANY opinion is allowed; not every opinion is valid, not every opinion is respectable, not every opinion is or should be safe from well-deserved ridicule. But an opinion – ANY opinion – is harmless. In America, we don’t beat people up for their opinions.”

Chris Hernandez is a 22 year police officer, former Marine and retired National Guard soldier with over 25 years of military service. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and also served 18 months as a United Nations police officer in Kosovo. He writes for BreachBangClear.com and Iron Mike magazine and has published three military fiction novels”

And leftists continue to try to say that Conservatives cause violent campus riots, too. Have any of you seen evidence of it?

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He Did It At Just The Right Speed

If you watch it full screen you can see one of the protesters reach through the car’s open window and it looks like he slugged the driver. If you’re going to do this close your windows and lock your doors.

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It’s Not Just Computers Running Windows 10 That Are Spying On Us

“Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs”

Samsung has confirmed that its “smart TV” sets are listening to customers’ every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.

The company revealed that the voice activation feature on its smart TVs will capture all nearby conversations. The TV sets can share the information, including sensitive data, with Samsung as well as third-party services.

The news comes after Shane Harris at The Daily Beast pointed out a troubling line in Samsung’s privacy policy: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

The third party is Nuance Communications, Inc.

From here

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Should We Help Repair California’s Neglected Oroville Dam?

By ‘We’ I mean we, the people of the United States who live in the 49 other states not called California. There was no interest among California’s political leaders to inspect, maintain, or repair the highest dam in the country during the droughts of the last several years. It’s a lot like not fixing the hole in your roof because it doesn’t leak when it doesn’t rain.

The Oroville Dam is higher than the reinforced concrete Hoover dam but is made from earth. The concrete-lined spillway has lost a bunch of its lining, allowing the water access to the soil below. The emergency spillway surface is not armored with concrete and water has been running over it, causing erosion of the dam itself.

The damaged spillway

The state’s leaders are acting like federal laws don’t matter. But they want a federal bailout for their foolishness.

Instead, the brain trust are spending at least ten billion on a ‘Bullet Train’ concept that is planned to run from one central valley town to another central valley town. The projected cost of the project is at least $100 billion.

They are also spending more than $25 Billion a year to support illegal aliens.

Then there is this from the Washington Times:

“Environmental groups warned of a disaster at Oroville Dam 12 years ago”

Built in 1968, the Oroville Dam, located about 70 miles north of Sacramento on the Feather River, is the tallest dam in the nation at 770 feet, but environmental groups argue that the project’s infrastructure needs have been a low priority.

In 2005, advocacy groups led by Friends of the River urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the state to reinforce the dam’s earthen walls with concrete, citing the erosion risk, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The agency rejected the request on the recommendation of the state Department of Water Resources and local water agencies, which would have been on the hook for improvements that could have cost as much as $100 million.

Reinforcing the Oroville Dam was not included on Mr. Brown’s $100 billion wish list of projects prepared last month at the request of the National Governors Association in response to Mr. Trump’s call for $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements, CNBC reported.”

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Here’s A Thought…

“It’s Time to Start Indicting Mayors of Sanctuary Cities”

Aiding, Abetting, Harboring, Encouraging Illegals is a Felony

Federal Immigration and Nationality ActSection 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

“Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324

From Diogenes

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A Day Without Screeching Harpies Would Be Heavenly

And pink vaginas.

“Women’s March calls for General Strike and Day Without A Women”

A day without a socialist, communist, and terrorist woman?

That’s a movement I could support. But could we make it a year?”

From Professor Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection

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I Always Wondered What ‘Nittany Lions’ Were

It must have something to do with supporting lawbreakers. It was Penn State that allowed a football coach to sexually molest young boys for years.

“Penn State calls immigration posters ‘deeply offensive'”

Penn State Officials found this poster ‘Deeply Offensive’ and ” designed to provoke anger, fear and hate”.

They look pretty innocuous to me.

Penn State says posters that someone has put up on university bulletin boards calling on people to report those in the country illegally are “deeply offensive,” saying they “appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear and hate.”

Officials said the posters began appearing on public bulletin boards on the main campus at State College. The university’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, said images of the posters had been circulating on social media earlier in the week. An image published by the paper included the message, “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens. They have broken the law.”

“The posters are unsigned and appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear and hate. The university finds them deeply offensive,” Penn State said in a statement.”

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Is The 5.56 A 300 Yard Cartridge?

Of course it will shoot that far – and much farther. It’s plenty accurate in a decent rifle. But is it something a rifleman could use against an enemy combatant at 300 yards/meters?

What do you think? It’s not enough for reliable kills on 100 lb deer but does it do an acceptable job on 200 lb animals? Some of our readers have experience in these matters.

Here is a video about sighting in an AR pattern rifle. The shooter uses iron sights. My eyes are more than 40 years old so I tend to rely on optic sights. They can make the groups smaller but they won’t make the round any deadlier.

What about different loads? Are some more effective at longer range?

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Why Was The Obama Administration Protecting Them?

And why are there people protesting the arrests?

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What Would It Mean If You Offered Muslim Groups Big Money To Counter Extremists And They Refused It?

It’s happening. So far, in the last month, four groups have turned down the six figure incentives.

“Fourth Muslim group rejects federal grant to fight extremism”

This May 16, 2015 handout photo provided by Bayan Claremont shows Bayan Claremont’s founding president Jihad Turk speaking to their graduation banquet in Claremont, Calif. Bayan Claremont is rejecting $800,000 in federal funds aimed at combating violent extremism less than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency. Bayan Claremont via AP)

His name is Jihad Turk? Does that mean anything?

A California Islamic school wanted to keep an open mind before Donald Trump took office. But less than a month into Trump’s presidency, the school rejected $800,000 in federal funds aimed at combatting violent extremism.”

Read it all at the Sacramento Bee

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Don’t Point A Gun At A Cop

Graphic body cam footage but it looks like it was handled right. The officer must have gotten some good training. He didn’t fire until the BG started to point his gun at the officer.

Baltimore.

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He Felt Threatened. I Can See Why…

He carried a gun because he had been injured by a protester before. If you watch the video you will see that he backed off and continued to back off for several blocks while the protesters pursued him. As a result he was arrested.

Of course it happened in Portland, Oregon, but if you carry for protection be advised. The pprotesters are trying to create a scene like this – and more.

Conservative blogger, Michael Strickland, a former contributor at The Gateway Pundit and Progressives Today, was jailed in Portland, Oregon in July of 2016 after he pulled a gun on a gang of thugs who were going to attack him at a black lives matter protest.

In 2015 Michael was jumped by an anti-gun activist who broke his arm in three places at an anti-Second Amendment event.

Victoria Taft reported on Mr. Strickland’s 21 count felony indictment which you can read in full here
More here.

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Democrats In Their Own Words Opposing Illegal Immigration

Every one of them uses the term, “Illegal Immigrants”.

Well done.

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Shhh. Don’t Tell Them. Democrats Are Still Pushing Losing Causes.

Hillary Clinton embraced gun control in her campaign for President. She grabbed firmly onto what has always been considered the third rail of politics and hung on. She lost like nearly every other anti-gun candidate in US history. But Democrats are still pushing the losing idea.

“Democrats continue to push gun-control lie”

Democrats are living a delusional lie.

Looking to gin up gun-control activists, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to use a Tuesday hearing on Social Security to lament a noncontroversial vote last week to do away with an Obama-era rule designed to get certain beneficiaries’ information into the national gun-purchase background check system.

Their complaints were all fear-mongering and separated from reality — undoubtedly designed to catch the ear of a sympathetic, and naive media looking to advance its gun-control narrative.”

More at the Washington Times

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And Now A Word From A Self-Described Married Gay Man

Dave Rubin tells us why he is no longer a progressive.

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Greta Van Susteren Calls Out Western Feminists For Ignoring Islamic Mistreatment Of Women

Finally a rather high visibility American woman takes on western feminists on their double standard.

From here

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Kurt Schlichter Has A Warning For Us

“The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.”

Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.

You are normal, and therefore a heretic. You refuse to bow to their idols, to subscribe to their twisted catechisms, to praise their false gods. This is unforgivable. You must burn.

Crazy talk? Just ask them. Go ahead. Go on social media. Find a leftist – it’s easy. Just say something positive about America or Jesus and they’ll come swarming like locusts. Engage them and very quickly they will drop their masks and tell you what they really think. I know. I keep a rapidly expanding file of Twitter leftist death wish screenshots.

They will tell you that Christians are idiots and vets are scum.”

More at Townhall

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Congress Moves To Control Federal Reserve

“House Financial Services Committee Sends Warning Letter to Yellen “This is Unacceptable””

Janet Yellin

The Trump team wasted no time in telling Fed Chair Janet Yellen what is and is not acceptable.

Patrick McHenry, the vice chairman of the House financial services committee, sent Yellen a letter of admonishment regarding international negotiations the Fed conducts in secret, with no oversight.

One line stands out: “This is unacceptable”. The preceding paragraph tears into the Fed’s secret negotiations with foreign bureaucrats, “without transparency, accountability, or the authority to do so.”

More here

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Mental And Physical Midget Says Berkeley Rioters Were Right-Wingers

Bill Clinton, Robert Reich

CNN let him say it and Don Lemon gave him credence. He said some terrible things about Milo, too.

On CNN Thursday, UC Berkeley professor and former Democratic Secretary of Labor Robert Reich suggested the anti-Trump riots on campus were actually a right-wing plot to delegitimize liberals.

“I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

“There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.”

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