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GOP Congressman: Republicans Have Effectively Given Democrats Control of Senate

(from Liberty Headlines)

(CNS News) Rep. Tom McClintock (R.-Calif.) said on the House floor on Thursday that Senate Republicans had surrendered operational control of the Senate to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)—and that the debt limit and spending dealt that President Donald Trump had made with Schumer was evidence of that.

 Tom McClintock photo

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Photo by Gage Skidmore p(CC)

McClintock argued that the ultimate problem was the Republican Senate leadership’s unwillingness to reform a cloture rule that allows the minority party to block virtually all substantive legislation that the minority does not want to see enacted.

He noted that, by contrast, the Senate had reformed the cloture rule on Supreme Court nominations, thus allowing the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. But, then, House leaders fearing a filibuster in the Senate declined to move forward with a substantial repeal of Obamacare.

 “Earlier this year, the Senate briefly recognized this and chose to reform cloture for Supreme Court nominations, but not for the legislation absolutely vital to the interests of our country,” McClintock said.

“The news yesterday that the President has now had to capitulate to Democratic demands on the debt limit should come as no surprise,” he said. “By failing to reform cloture, Senate Republicans have effectively given Chuck Schumer operational control of the Senate.”

“That is how we got wrapped around the axle on repealing and replacing Obamacare,” McClintock said. “The House could have passed a comprehensive bill that completely and cleanly abolished Obamacare and fully replaced it with all of the market and tax reforms that Republicans agreed with and campaigned on, popular reforms that put consumers back in charge of their healthcare decisions and placed those decisions within their financial reach…

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Now, I’m a libertarian, so I don’t have a dog in this fight.  (But, if I must choose, it’s more often with the Republicans than the Democrats.)

But, I did expect certain conservative Republicans to reverse some of the last administration’s follies.

Guess not.

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Now, For All You Arizonans Out There

(or any other interested parties)

New Arizona Laws

The 2017 legislative session ended on May 10.  Laws passed during a session are generally effective 90 days after adjournment.  The following pro-rights bills will become law on August 9.  You can view the status of all the bills AzCDL monitored during the session at our website’s Bill Tracking page.

Pro-rights Legislation

HB 2216 (Rep. Paul Boyer, R-LD20) makes it unlawful to require a person to use or subject themselves to electronic firearm tracking technology, a component of “smart gun” technology that limits the operation of a firearm as well as tracking its location and logging its use.

SB 1122 (Sen. Gail Griffin, R-LD14) prohibits a city, town, county, or the state from requiring the search of any federal or state database as a requirement for transferring personal property, such as your firearm.  Passage of this law should help complicate efforts we expect to see requiring “universal background checks” on private firearm transfers in Arizona.

SB 1344 (Sen. John Kavanagh, R-LD23) is the AzCDL-requested bill that clarifies that state and local governments cannot regulate the possession of weapons by employees or contractors in or on their privately owned property or vehicles.  This bill grew out of over-zealous local governments believing they can control all aspects of an employee’s or independent contractor’s private life.

Ballot Measure Reforms

The Constitution of Arizona, along with several other states, contains a provision influenced by the “Progressive” (i.e., Socialist) movement of the early 20th Century.  This provision allows for changes in state law, or even the Constitution itself, via a “citizen initiative” ballot measure bypassing the legislative process.  All that’s required to put an issue on the ballot are petition signatures from a small percentage of registered voters.  Unlike other states, once a citizen initiative ballot measure is passed in Arizona it can never be overturned by the Legislature.

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been exploiting this weakness in state constitutions to further his drive to disarm law abiding Americans.  In 2014 he successfully used the ballot measure process to achieve gun owner registration via “universal background checks” in the state of Washington.  In 2015, the Oregon legislature accommodated Bloomberg by passing similar laws.  In 2016, a Bloomberg backed ballot measure passed in Nevada.  We expect to see a Bloomberg backed ballot measure calling for “universal background checks” in Arizona, possibly in 2018.

This year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, two laws that restore integrity to Arizona’s petition gathering process for ballot measures.

HB 2244 requires strict compliance to the ballot referendum constitutional and statutory requirements.

HB 2404 prohibits payment to petition “circulators” based on the number of signatures collected.  It also invalidates signatures collected by a paid circulator who fails to register with the Secretary of State.  New provisions have been added for challenging a ballot measure.  Apparently this new law is so threatening to those who want to take your rights away that a ballot petition has already been filed to overturn the provisions of HB 2404 in 2018.

We expect bigger challenges next year.  Those who want to disarm you, realizing that there is little chance of restricting your rights at the national level, are redoubling their efforts at the state level where they have the greatest chances to succeed.  Arizona is their number one target.  Stay alert.  Don’t succumb to “Trump Sleep.”


These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

AzCDL – Protecting Your Freedom

United Nations Urges US to Give Up Free Speech to Combat Racism

(from Liberty Headlines)

(LifeZette) The U.N. issued an “early warning” Wednesday for the United States, urging that the government take immediate action to confront white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump Budget Signals Tougher Approach to UN 'Social Club'

Photo by sanjitbakshi

But the warning and call for the U.S. government to act contained a little-noticed last paragraph, urging the U.S. to make sure that the “rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly” are not exercised to deny rights or freedom to others and pressing the U.S. government to “ensure that such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”

But as many legal scholars have noted, there is no hate-speech exception to the First Amendment; that is, the government cannot limit a person’s speech because it is considered hateful towards any person or group.

The United Nations hasn’t been valid for years.  Maybe it’s never been valid.  Many of the international wars have been started or escalated by the U.N., which seems to have few teeth when it comes to individual liberties.

And then there’s THIS:

Members of The United Nations Human Rights Council


COUNTRY



TERM EXPIRES ON


Albania 2017
Bangladesh 2017
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
Botswana 2017
Congo 2017
El Salvador 2017
Ghana 2017
India 2017
Indonesia 2017
Latvia 2017
Netherlands 2017
Nigeria 2017
Paraguay 2017
Portugal 2017
Qatar 2017
Belgium 2018
Burundi 2018
Côte d’Ivoire 2018
Ecuador 2018
Ethiopia 2018
Georgia 2018
Germany 2018
Kenya 2018
Kyrgyzstan 2018
Mongolia 2018
Panama 2018
Philippines 2018
Republic of Korea 2018
Slovenia 2018
Switzerland 2018
Togo 2018
United Arab Emirates 2018
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018
Brazil 2019
China 2019
Croatia 2019
Cuba 2019
Egypt 2019
Hungary 2019
Iraq 2019
Japan 2019
Rwanda 2019
Saudi Arabia 2019
South Africa 2019
Tunisia 2019
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2019
United States of America 2019
 See any nations that are specifically NOT famous for human rights?
Me, too!

 

 

 

Is Trump Causing a Slowdown in Gun Sales?

Politics works in mysterious ways. The more firearm regulations former President Obama tried to push through Congress, the higher gun sales became. Obama himself was lampooned as “the best gun salesman on the planet” by some industry insiders.
Obviously, the threat of overbearing regulation has faded in the era of the Trump administration. While one may think that a loosening of the reins would encourage more gun sales, the exact opposite has occurred. Gun stocks are down, and so are profits.
What is the explanation?
For all of his bluster, Obama was actually able to do very little about regulating firearms during his time in office. Yes, he was successful in bolstering the amount of total background checks processed. However, the Congress blocked all of his traditional legislation on the issue, and his Executive Orders addressing the topic have been all but completely overturned.
As it turns out, Americans were buying more guns on the threat of gun regulation rather than on any actual policy. Because Americans thought that certain types of rifles and add-ons such as sidearm silencers would soon be difficult or impossible to get, they stocked up. With Trump, there is no talk of gun regulation. Second Amendment rights advocates are no longer in a frenzy thinking that gun rights will disappear in the near future, so the new additions to the cache can wait.
The second factor that may account for a drop in gun sales is a level of satiety in the market. When Americans stocked up on guns during Obama’s term, they really stocked up. Contrary to popular belief, the modern American under Trump believes that they have enough guns – for now.
The Trump slump is a serious issue for the firearms industry. Mid America Armament gun show sales have dropped 50%, with total sales down about 25% from Obama administration years. The former Smith & Wesson, now known as the American Outdoor Brands Corporation, had its stock price drop significantly on election day. Sturm Ruger faced similar losses in its stock price.
Financial analysts predicted firearm sales would take a hit as far back as November. Learn why in the video below.
~ Firearm Daily

“When in danger or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout!”  (from a 1920’s Naval Academy magazine)

We political gun folks seem to become apoplectic when those in power even suggest possible gun control legislation.  But we become complacent when the people in power seem to support gun rights.

Not so fast, there, Bucko!  Historically, there have been a number or Republicans (Conservatives?) in power who signed in legislation which was antithetical to the Constitution, and that which is near-and-dear to us.

Tried to buy a newly-made European machine gun lately?

We must remain vigilant and (if we are able) support the marketplace.

Lest more of our rights whither or be taken away!

Second Amendment Guarantee Act Would Protect Popular Rifles, Shotguns from Antigun Politicians

(from NRA/ILA)

This week, Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced legislation that would shield popular rifles and shotguns, including the AR-15, from being banned under state laws. The bill, known as the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), would also protect parts for these firearms, including detachable magazines and ammunition feeding devices.
The bill is a response to antigun laws in a small handful of states – including California, Connecticut, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – that criminalize the mere possession of highly popular semiautomatic long guns widely available throughout the rest of the country. Although rifles or shotguns of any sort are used less often in murders than knives, blunt objects such as clubs or hammers, or even hands, fists, and feet, gun control advocates have sought to portray the banned guns as somehow uniquely dangerous to public safety.
Ask Your Representative to support the Second Amendment Guarantee Act
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 3576, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act. You can call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
Anti-gunners’ focus on these so-called “assault weapons” was renewed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. That decision made clear that handguns – by far the type of firearm most commonly used in crime – were subject to Second Amendment protection and could not be banned. This led gun control advocates to seek out other sorts of guns to demonize, and they’ve since been strenuously promoting the myth that semiautomatic rifles and shotguns with certain features such as detachable magazines, pistol grips or adjustable stocks are “weapons of war” with no legitimate civilian use.
Yet Americans overwhelmingly choose these types of firearms for legitimate purposes, including protection of their homes and properties, “three-gun” and other practical shooting sports, and hunting and pest control. And, indeed, the states’ legislative attempts to ban these guns has spurred a market for innovative products that use the same basic calibers and firing mechanisms, but with stock, grip, and accessory configurations that comply with legislative guidelines.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to review any of these state bans, lower courts have come up with increasingly strained readings of the Second Amendment and Supreme Court precedents to try to justify them. The Seventh Circuit, for example, held that even if a ban’s incursion on Second Amendment rights had no beneficial effect on safety whatsoever, it could still be justified on the basis of the false sense of security it might impart to local residents with exaggerated fears of the banned guns. “[I]f it has no other effect,” the majority opinion stated, the challenged “ordinance may increase the public’s sense of safety.” That’s hardly an acceptable offset for the infringement of a constitutional right.
Members of the Supreme Court have criticized their colleagues for failing to review these cases and the lower courts for misapplying Supreme Court precedent. As noted in a dissent filed by Justice Clarence Thomas and joined by Heller’s author, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, “Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles.” Moreover, the “overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting.” “Under our precedents,” Thomas concluded, “that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons.”
With states’ violating Americans’ rights and federal courts allowing them to act with impunity, it is up to Congress to ensure that all Americans, wherever they may live, have access the best, most modern and innovative firearms for their lawful needs, including the protection of themselves and their families.
The SAGA would ensure that state regulations could not effectively prevent the manufacture, sale, importation, or possession of any rifle or shotgun lawfully available under federal law or impose any prohibitive taxes, fees, or design limitations on such firearms.
The NRA thanks Rep. Chris Collins for leading this important effort and urges his colleagues to cosponsor and support this staunchly pro-gun legislation.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 3576, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act. You can call your U.S. Representative at 202-225-3121.

IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Where were bills like this when the various ‘assault weapon bans’ were introduced?  Of course, the political climate has changed.

Let’s support bills like this before the pendulum swings back again the other way!

The truly sad part is if State and federal legislators truly followed their oaths, none of this would be necessary.

Freedom-Of-Speech On One College Campus…

Or not…

“I was told that I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t express my concerns, and I couldn’t ask any questions because I’m White.”

McKenzie Kyger is a white Evergreen State College student who made news when she appeared at a public legislative hearing about the problems at Evergreen related to Prof. Bret Weinstein.

Kyger told the legislators about her experience with pervasive anti-white racism being taught as part of the integral model of social justice learning currently foregrounded in American universities.

We covered her testimony in the post Evergreen Student: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white’.

(…)

Kyger sat down for an interview with Benjamin Boyce (Patreon page here) and shared her thoughts on “social justice” and the distressing state of Evergreen. (h/t Badger Pundit)

Kyger is the type of student whom colleges embraced only a few years ago.  She’s open-minded, has absorbed and speaks fluently the language of the regressive handbook on “diversity” and “social justice,” she’s not a conservative, and she’s definitely not a racist.  That she is now experiencing what so many white college students across the country are should sound alarms on the left, particularly among white progressives.

Kyger talked about her experience at the college and how it affected her.  For example, she discusses her experiences with the faculty and students who “overgeneralize” and state that “all white people” are the root of all problems, she explains how “social justice” has become a battering ram and weapon that is hurting higher education and students, and she describes her experience being shut out of a student event on campus explicitly because she is white.  After walking down a hallway lined with other white students denied admittance, she agreed to the terms (that she not speak and stand in the back).

h/t truthrevolt.org, Legal Insurrection

I remember being on a college campus in the 70s.  There were folding tables set up on the mall.  Some for the Vietnam War; some against.  Some about saving the planet.

Some about Greek Week!

ALL speech was welcomed!

And sometimes, there were confrontations…

What happened?

But, The Gov’t SHOULD Support The Arts, Right?

(from FNC)

Feds Spend $20,000 on Musical About Illegal Immigrant Lesbian

Via Billy

Socialist theater group has received $461,000 from

the NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts is spending $20,000 for a musical about a lesbian illegal immigrant who is in love with an ICE agent.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe, a self-described socialist theater group, received the funding in the first round of grants awarded under the Trump administration. Jane Chu is the current chairman of the NEA, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama in 2014.

The musical is entitled “WALLS!” and stars a “bad hombre,” mocking a phrase used by Trump to describe criminal illegal aliens during a presidential debate.

Our tax dollars at work!
I do wonder if the uproar would be the same if they were portrayed as a heterosexual couple, though…
Regardless, I do understand this is a drop in the bucket, compared to FISA funding to continue to spy on law-abiding Americans, and military spending.
(Or rather, I assume so, as most intelligence funding is clouded in secrecy.)

It Happened Again…

A leftist, Democrat, criminal shot up the place!

Four people, including United States Congressman Steve Scalise were shot, the congressman critically.  The shooter reported had asked if the folks on the field were Democrats or Republicans, upon finding out they were the latter, returned to his car, obtained a rifle and handgun and began shooting.

The shooter’s (name redacted) Facebook page was rife with hate toward the Republicans.  He was also a Bernie Sanders supporter.  Bernie has expressed shock at this grievous act.

Of course, if these weren’t politicians, it’d only be a blip on the radar.

In Chicago last weekend, 43 people were shot, 6 of those fatally.

Do we know any of their names?

And, while we’re on the subject, when was the last time a right-winger, Republican, someone NOT a leftist shot up the place?

How many serial shooters are right-of-center?  Or libertarian?

I’ll bet the numbers are small, if any (?)

The Left constantly accuses The Right (tea partisans?) of being violent, bitter, gun owners.  But, when violence occurs, be it shootings, riots, stabbings, WHO are the responsible parties?

And then The Left screams for more gun control, when the police officers doing security on the scene stopped the shooter.  With firearms.

Prayers for all who are injured.  None (from me) for the suspect, who reportedly has been dispatched.

Poll Is Now Open: Begin Voting For The Fifth Annual Paul Revere Award

The number of small conservative blogs nominated since the inaugural award presentation in 2013 has tripled.  We here at Political Clown Parade are indebted to everyone who took the time to submit the names of blogs who are the modern-day offspring of the American Revolution’s pamphleteers—the brave and resolute men and women who feed our soul, who make us laugh about ourselves or life and restore our buoyancy in a troubled world.

The Paul Revere Award is dedicated to those bloggers who hold down jobs and raise their families while standing guard over liberty.  The icon for the award is American patriot Paul Revere who’s legendary “Midnight Ride” to warn the colonists of Massachusetts before the historic battles of Lexington and Concord played a vital role in America’s struggle to gain independence from Britain.

An obituary in the Boston Intelligence solemnly noted, “Seldom has the tomb closed upon a life so honorable and useful.”

Below you will find our poll.  You may cast your vote for multiple blogs but you will only be allowed to vote once.  We run a square house here.  Make sure you vote for all the blogs you consider your favorites.

Voting will close at 11:30 PM ET on Saturday, June 17.  The winners will be announced on Sunday, June 18.

The winners will be presented with a personalized award in the form of a badge which can be displayed on their website if they so choose.

Good luck to everyone!

I was brought to the attention of the vote for this award by my friend Jim (Nobody Asked Me – Old NFO)

I have cast my vote.  There are many worthy candidates.  You might stop by Political Clown Parade and cast yours!

 

Climate March!

(Naw – no political agenda attached here…)  😛

I attended a small, non-political meeting of personal interest to me yesterday morning.  One of the ‘rules’ is we don’t discuss politics – AFTER the event begins.

BEFORE it began, however, one of the participants began whining how later Saturday morning there was scheduled to be a ‘Climate March’.  I inquired if it was for or against the climate.

She didn’t get it.

I saw THIS, this morning on Free North Carolina

REVOLUTION: Leftists March With Communist Flags in Front of the White House

Via Billy

Leftists commies marched today to protest ‘climate change justice’ whatever that means, and did so by marching with Communist flags in front of the White House.

I guess an ideology that killed over 100 million people will bring justice to the United States. Leftists don’t even hide their support for Communism anymore. These people are historically illiterate, most likely a product of ‘higher education’.

More with video @ The Gateway Pundit
Climate Change Justice?  I guess Lenin’s Useful idiots* were out in full force, yesterday.
The idea that humanity (read Western Civilization) is responsible for all of the problems in the World, including changes in the climate (due to industrialization, pollution, and probably being White) is ludicrous, especially given the freedom and prosperity brought to more individuals from these systems that at any time in recorded history.  (And ignoring the blackmail and bribery used to fudge the climate figures!)  The fact they see the solution to this situation as rampant globalization, human rights abuses, and income redistribution (leveling the playing field) and refusal to acknowledge the continued failure of collectivism toward these ends points to the useful idiots part.
*Lenin’s Useful idiots – how Vladimir Ulyanov characterized college students as easily-manipulated dupes, because of their unformed idealism and lack of Life experience.

 

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…