Category Archives: Amendments

Common Core strikes again…

Middle School Workbook Reportedly Includes What Could Be the Most Outrageous Definition of the Second Amendment Yet

An Illinois father claims a workbook that teaches the Second Amendment comes with a requirement to register firearms was handed out to seventh-graders at Grant Middle School in Springfield, including his own son.

An image posted on the Illinois Gun Owners Rights Facebook page shows a worksheet that defines the Second Amendment as the following:

“This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”

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Say what???

My thoughts exactly…

After Ukraine, We Need an American Spring

We need some government, obviously, but at this point in American history, in order to save our nation, we need to get the state as much as possible out of our lives, to cut its functions with a meat cleaver to release our better impulses, to have the renewal of Spring. Deep down even some modern liberals realize this. (Bill Clinton famously said the era of big government is over before running the other way as if in fear of his own honesty.)

In this coming crucial year, those of us who feel the overweening state is the problem must reach out our hands to our fellow citizens as never before.  My sense is that many of them are ready to hear our message.  (The fiasco of Obamacare has been a gift in that regard.) And if we don’t reach out our hands, there will be no American Spring. Things will only get worse.  (The horrific attempt of the FCC to monitor newsrooms is a harbinger of totalitarian things to come.)

I am one of those eternal optimists who think we are on the brink of this American Spring.  Another, whether he knows it or not, is ironically Joe Trippi, once the campaign manager for Howard Dean, a statist of the first order.  (See Trippi’s interview with Reason magazine in which he foresees a libertarian-oriented president in the near future.)  Possible allies can be found in more quarters than we know.

But in order to achieve this American Spring, those who favor  a diminished state must exercise discipline and kindness as never before.  They should avoid internal rectification campaigns (shooting their own, looking for ideological perfection that doesn’t exist).  We are not communists.  That’s what they do.

CARSON: Secular progressives can’t keep God out of public life

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The separation clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is being inappropriately applied to a host of situations that involve religion.

By reinterpreting the law to mean separation of God and state, as opposed to the original intent of keeping the church from having undue influence over state affairs and keeping government from ruling the church, the secular progressives have succeeded de facto in redefining part of the Constitution.

Such success, however, can only be lasting if “we the people” continue to yield our values and beliefs in order to get along.

As the secular progressives try to remove all vestiges of God from our society, let us remember the godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighborhoods, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high principles that govern our lives.

Why global warming theorists swoon over Communism…

How high shall we jump, Comrade?

The key sentence in the dopey pronouncement of that U.N. official is the part where she praises their political system for “avoiding some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S.”  That’s what matters to the Church of Global Warming: raw power.  The hard Left is dizzy in love with authoritarianism, which they of course plan to implement with benevolent wisdom and scientific precision.  Global warming theology is the perfect excuse for seizing power.  It can’t be disproved, it’s considered morally wrong to resist its demands, and it has a delightful aura of intellectual snobbery about it.

Every authoritarian dreams of the day people submit to his will because they no longer believe they can be trusted to manage their own lives.  The climate change fanatics have made great strides in that direction.  Even now, with oceans of data surging against their beliefs… and their little propaganda stunts getting stuck in literal frozen oceans… it’s hard to imagine what it would take to get their hands out of our wallets, and off our throats.  We’re standing at 16 years without any global warming now; every single climate model from the past three decades lies in ruins.  When we hit 20 years, do you imagine we’ll have yet freed ourselves from hugely expensive regulations written in the name of fighting a non-existent threat?

Push back harder…

States revolt against EPA’s global warming agenda

“The impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska,” Bruning said in a statement. “This federal agency continues to overstep its authority at the detriment of Nebraska businesses.”

Nebraska is the most recent state to challenge the EPA’s attempts to regulate carbon emissions and fight global warming. Late last year, Texas and twelve other states challenged the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other stationary sources.

That’s the whole point of this exercise, Attorney General Bruning…

Study shows concealed-carry laws result in fewer murders

Can’t fight the science…

Yet another bit of data to mull over in the gun-control wars, courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s Mark Gius:

The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).

Why do progressives always want the government to intrude in their bedrooms?

You want free contraception? Good for you. Go work at a place that will provide it. Or pay for it yourself. Or stop having sex. Or have sex without “protection.”

These are all options. Which one should you choose?Well, it’s none of my business, remember? And it isn’t. It’s up to you. You’re an adult. Act like one.I could argue against the birth control mandate in about a dozen different ways.

But I’m too lazy to get my own weapons, so I’ll just steal yours and use it against you. So, yes, let’s “get the government out the bedroom.”And here’s a good place to start.

via Why do progressives always want the government to intrude in their bedrooms?.

A paradoxical question…

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Also, the Colorado State Marijuana Inspectors- are they subject to Colorado’s pre employment drug screening?

And if they test negative after they are hired, is that grounds for termination?

Because how could they be inspecting if they aren’t around it?

One wonders, is there a badge that comes with the job? I want to see a photochop of Jack Webb flashing “Marijuana Inspection Officer #714″, y’all, because this is comedy gold.

One of the chores the inspectors will be tasked with is making sure the “legal registered pot” and “illegal black market pot” streams don’t cross, which… you know, do they realize it’s called “weed” for a reason? How many new marijuana-related offenses did legalization create, anyway?

I swear, there anything government sets out to fix that it doesn’t just wind up breaking worse?

Liquid Pork

Senate goes after corn ethanol targets for fuel

Senators on both sides of the aisle are pushing measures that would whack the corn ethanol portion of federal biofuel blending targets, unswayed by a recent Environmental Protection Agency proposal to slash next year’s goal.

The efforts come as the House remains stalled on its legislative proposal, and after some lobbyists have suggested the EPA action last month could reduce congressional appetite to change the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“The hearing on Wednesday was a bit of a surprise,” Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, said of a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard. “A lot of people thought that when the EPA released the rule that it would cut the legs out of doing anything legislatively.”

But now lawmakers are concerned about letting the EPA take the reins on the fuel rule, which Congress passed in 2005 and expanded two years later to include advanced and cellulosic — made from cornstalks — biofuels as a way to reduce oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions.

I bet he would…

Obama: If I Could Bypass Congress on Immigration, ‘I Would Do So’

During remarks on immigration, President Obama was confronted onstage by a protester calling on him to use executive power to bypass Congress on the issue.

The protester, standing behind the president during a speech in San Francisco, was joined by others who began to chant “Stop deportation!” “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so,” President Obama responded. “But we’re also a nation of laws.”

Something he forgets repeatedly and with great frequency…

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