Wednesday, November 28, 2012

S.Ct. won't revive Chicago's Recording of Police ban

The Supreme Court let the Court of Appeals decision invalidating the law stand. The Court refused to hear Chicago's apeal. This law wasn't even close to being constitutional.  Just a hint at what it might be like to live in a police state.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Another challenge to Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court kept alive a challenge to  a portion ofObamacare on First Amendment grounds. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

TIH: 1963,1971, 2010


Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.


Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. His fate remains unknown.


A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on charges he'd illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. (DeLay is appealing a three-year prison sentence.)
P.S. I apologize for my low techiness.  Have been unable to post but now it is fixed (hopefully)


Saturday, November 10, 2012

TIH: 1942, 2009


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."[One of my heroes, great speaker and leader]


John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks that killed 10 in the Washington, D.C. region, was executed.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Bipartisan threats to civil liberties.

Some threats to civil liberties will probably not change no matter who is in the White House.  The "War on Terrorism," like the "War on Drugs," has, and will spawn threats to a free society (e.g. NDAA detentions without due process).

Is This a Great Country or What?

I'll try to make this a regular column with the latest "insanity" from American capitlists, public officials, media, wacko individuals, etc.  Just what we need--a breast-feeding baby doll?

Unaccountable Presidents a Huge Risk

Doesn't matter who is in the White House.  President's need to be accountable.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Some Comments on Recent Congressional Elections

Some comments on the recent elections (Bloggers' comments in [])
"Democrats in Illinois controlled the redrawing of congressional districts after the latest Census, and the new lines proved too tough for several Republicans. Conservative tea party freshmen Reps. Joe Walsh and Bobby Schilling lost, as did moderate freshman Robert Dold and seven-term veteran Judy Biggert, a social moderate." [Republicans did the same thing in Texas.  If you think either party is high in integrity, you are sadly mistaken.  This is a shameful practice that goes back many decades if not for two centuries in this country]

"One winner was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., the Chicago lawmaker who took medical leave from Congress in June and has been at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment of bipolar disorder."  [Is Illinois a great state, and Chicago a great city. or what?}

"Public corruption has been an unfortunate aspect of Illinois politics for a century and a half. Even before Governor Blagojevich tried to sell the vacant senate seat to the highest bidder, the people of the state were exposed continuously to outrageous corruption scandals. The state history of political corruption features Paul Powell, a former secretary of state, who died leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars hoarded in shoeboxes in his closet, 13 judges nabbed in Operation Greylord for fixing court cases, and a state auditor who embezzled more than $1.5 million in state funds and bought two planes, four cars, and two homes with the money.

Since 1972 there have been three governors before Governor Blagojevich, state legislators, two congressmen, 19 Cook County judges, 30 Aldermen, and other statewide officials convicted of corruption.1 Altogether there have been 1,000 public officials and businessmen convicted of public corruption since 1970."

Voters in 3 states endorse gay marriage

Voters in 3 states have endorsed legal gay marriages.  This could be a turning point on this issue in this country.  Look for more states to follow suit.  This cautious libertarian endorses the trend.  Equal protection means equal protection, and the Supreme Court has recognized that there are constitutionally protected rights involved.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Congrats to Obama & Biden

Congrats to Pres. Obama and VP Biden.  I wish I had bought some gun company (e.g. S&W, Glock, etc.) stock before the election.

Colo. & Wash. Legalize Pot

The states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize pot.  The topic was also on the ballot in a few other states.  Seems to be a trend here.  Perhaps Obama will deliver on his 2008 campaign promise to stop enforcding federal pot laws against medical marijuana.  He may go farther than than an "legalize" recreational pot use and possession under federal law. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Freedom of Religion and Equal Protection Challenges to Obamacare

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Commerce Clause and Taxing Power challenges to Obamacare, (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA) other significant issues remain outstanding.  The 4th Circuit will hear a challenge by a religious college that the requirement that they provide abortion coverage for their employees violates First Amendment freedom of religion.  They are also arguing that Equal Protection is violated because some religious organizations are allowed to opt out of the PPACA.  Stay tuned.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Chicago "violence" gun tax becomes law.

It seemed like just a looney idea when proposed, but now it's law in Chicago.  Left-wing political correctness goes amuck and becomes law.  Is this a great contry or what?  I wonder if re-elected, if Obama will carry this idea over from his old hometown and political stomping grounds?

Friday, November 02, 2012

Some good Second Amendment and gun law sites:

David T. Hardy

Michel and Associates, Firearms rights litigators

TIH: Various

[parentheticals added by blogger]


Gen. George Washington issued his farewell address to the Army near Princeton, N.J.


British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour expressed support for a national home for the Jews of Palestine in what became known as the Balfour Declaration.  [We know how this ultimately ended-up]


Charles Van Doren admitted to a House subcommittee that he had the questions and answers in advance of his appearances on the TV game show "Twenty-One."


South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.  [ The Kennedy administration was complicit in this assassination]                             


Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the Civil War.  [Good intentions, but largely a uninspiring and ultimately failed Presidency]


President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.


Californians rejected a ballot measure that would have made their state the first to [formally] legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

TIH: 1765, 1991


The Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.


Clarence Thomas took his place as a justice on the Supreme Court.

Blogger's comment:  Thomas is the most conervative member of the Supreme Court.  He is frequently way out in right field.  He is too far out for me. I don't think he gives enough respect to the rights of criminal suspects, defendants and convicts.

Freedom of Speech on Calif. Univ. Campuses

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ California Advisory Committee, has called on Calif. Universities to revise the "speech codes," to conform to the First Amendment.  "Each of the 32 universities in the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems maintains at least one speech code that restricts student expression. Eighteen institutions (56 percent)—including nearly two-thirds of CSU schools—enforce policies that clearly and substantially violate the First Amendment."  All of these speech codes lean to the Left.