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NUGENT: Black-Robers Need to Read the Constitution

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July 5, 2010 from http://www.ten8.wordpress.com

The Words Are So Simple This Rocker Knows What They Mean

From The Washington Times, Thursday, July 1, 2010

By Ted Nugent

With the beautiful Atlantic Ocean whitecapping out my hotel window on Fort Lauderdale Beach this fine American rock ‘n ‘roll summer morning, the only thing more beautiful is my handsome, oh-so-utilitarian Glock Model 20, 10 mm semi-auto pistol and 12 loaded high-capacity magazines sitting on the little table next to me. I am such a man for all seasons. Can you say cocked, locked and ready to rock, doc?

I’m on my 47th annual blitzkrieg rock ‘n’ roll tour across America. I have many guitars, oversized amplifiers and plenty of guns and ammo. The American Boy Scout lives. Prepared is good. Unprepared is for losers. Know it.

By all intellectually honest considerations, my gift of life qualifies as supreme, and not only worthy of defending, but clearly demanding to be defended by all moral beings.

And speaking of losers, sadly and frighteningly, some weasels made their way onto the Supreme Court who apparently do not agree with me. Fortunately, I am a self-made man, have a firm grasp of logic, self-evident truth and its history, and I wait for no one to authorize my pure instinct to defend myself and loved ones. When in doubt, I whip it out.

Like many real Americans across this great country, while we are relieved and pleased with the McDonald v. Chicago ruling of five Supreme Court justices, I am appalled that any clear-thinking human being, much less an American sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States, could possibly believe that individual Americans have no right to self-defense. That four of the nine justices believe this is a monumental indictment against the very precepts of the American experiment, the premise of God-given individual rights and a cruel bastardization of our sacred U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

If anyone thinks for one minute that I am waiting for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or anyone else to give me the green light to practice the religion of my choice or to speak my individual mind or to write what I damn well please in song or on the pages of newspapers, magazines or websites, he has another painful thing coming.

Heads up, black-robers. I am in charge of my life, survival, thoughts, statements, writings, religious practices and, without a shadow of a doubt, my God-given individual right to keep and bear arms to defend myself from evil in any shape or form. With all due respect, I see and know clear and present evil in tyranny, dictatorships, emperors, kings, despots, slave drivers and the history of abuse of power. And I defy it out of hand.

If ever there was an abuse of power, it would be most egregious when people are voted into public office by “we the people” of America and those elected people have the audacity to attempt to deny me the right to self-defense, then have the unmitigated pomposity to steal more of my hard-earned tax dollars to hire their own armed security detail with my money while forcing me into unarmed helplessness. It must stop now. Know it.

With the Mao Zedong fan club in the White House, a clueless, rookie president hellbent on spending like a maniac as unprecedented debt piles up all around him, and every other imaginable indicator of an America turned upside-down, it comes as no surprise that this insane level of madness has metastasized into a Supreme Court where the Bill of Rights is being trashed by clueless, dangerously insulated old people intentionally disconnected from the real world, where the possession of a firearm often means the difference between life and death for good, innocent Americans every day of the year.

Whose side are these “justices” on?

To dismiss this self-evident truth is literally to side with a failed court system and the evil perpetrators of its insidious, engineered recidivism, virtually guaranteeing stacks of dead victims at the hands of released monsters, while the supreme black-robers go about their professionally protected little lives.

Tell me these four Supreme Court justices don’t know this. Tell me they qualify to have any variation of the term “justice” associated with their names in any way, shape or form. Tell me you believe in forced unarmed helplessness of good American families. Tell me you care. Ask me if I do.

We’d better get crackin’, America. The Supreme Court indecision on the Second Amendment (and I don’t want to hear about the close call) is further proof that the American way is being attacked like never before. I hope all Americans are raising hell like I am, letting elected officials know that we are deeply offended by the course America is on. Fedzilla in all its ugly forms is beyond out of control. The Mao Zedong fan club is moving forward at a breakneck pace to disassemble fundamentally the American dream. It must be stopped.

This blatant disregard for the most basic human right and instinct to self-defense is as bad as it gets. It is time to clean house. Time for real hope and change. I hope we change back to the real America as fast as possible. My life is worth protecting, and my American dream is worth fighting to get back.

“To keep” means it’s mine – you can’t have it. “Bear arms” can only mean one thing: I’ve got some on me right here, right now. “Shall not be infringed” also needs no interpretation, unless you just don’t get it. Get it. And get it right.

Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

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July 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Census Worker Taken to Court for Trespassing

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July 5, 2010 from http://www.ten8.wordpress.com

HONOLULU – Census worker Russell Haas has come to expect a little resistance when he goes door to door to count the residents of the rugged communities near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. He didn’t expect to get arrested.

An attempt to get one resident, a county police officer, to fill out Census forms landed Haas in the back of a patrol car with a trespassing charge.

The case is now in federal court, the latest example of disputes this year between Census workers protected by federal law and residents who don’t want to deal with them. It has created a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have stepped in to serve as criminal defense attorneys.

“I was trained to encourage everybody to be in the Census,” said Haas, 57, a former New Jersey police officer.

Census officials weren’t aware of any other case where federal lawyers are defending an arrested employee.

Nationwide, Census workers have met more hostility than they did in the last count a decade ago. The agency tallied 436 incidents involving assaults or threats against its 635,000 enumerators through June 29, more than double the 181 incidents in 2000.

The increase came amid the resurgence of anti-government sentiment in the past year.

The Census intends to finish its count by the end of August, said Celeste Jimenez of the Los Angeles Regional Census Center.

“It is important for residents to participate,” she said. “It affects how over $400 billion of federal funding are allocated each year to states for infrastructure and services such as hospitals, job training centers, schools, emergency services.”

Hawaii had one of the nation’s lowest response rates in the 2000 count, and officials focused on getting a more accurate tally in 2010. They’ve tried to encourage people, especially Native Hawaiians, to be counted so the state gets its fair share of federal dollars.

In the Big Island’s Puna district — a craggy rural area where residents value privacy, independence and the simple life — Haas said he anticipated some resistance, especially from the area’s Vietnam War veterans and marijuana growers.

Instead, most of them took the census forms without a fight, “even the angry ones,” he said.

When he went out on March 20, he said, he found trouble when a resident refused to accept Census forms and told Haas to leave his fenced property. Census workers are told in their manuals that they should do their best to gain access to areas surrounded by gates.

“When this guy showed me his badge, I went, ‘Dude, you have to be in the Census, what are you talking about?’” Haas said.

The resident continued to refuse to take the Census, and Haas said he waited outside a chain-link fence while the resident called his co-workers at the Hawaii County Police Department.

When police arrived, instead of asking the resident to accept the forms as required by federal law, the officers crumpled the papers into Haas’ chest and handcuffed him, Haas said. The department hasn’t released the name of the officer who told Haas to leave his property.

Haas said he told officers that it was his duty to leave the Census forms with the resident, and that he would leave as soon as he did it.

The officers were enforcing state law and had not been trained on the federal Census law, Hawaii County Police Maj. Sam Thomas said.

When the case goes to U.S. District Court on July 22, Hawaii County Deputy Prosecutor Roland Talon will argue that Haas overstepped his authority by opening the resident’s unlocked fence, entering his property and refusing to leave until he had been asked several times.

“There were other measures that he could have taken which would not have risen to the level of him trespassing onto the property,” Talon said in an interview.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Butrick claims Haas is protected by the U.S. Constitution for actions taken in his capacity as a federal employee. Butrick filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the case.

“Haas was instructed that when dealing with a reluctant respondent he was to strive to gain the respondent’s cooperation and try to be persuasive,” Butrick wrote in the motion. “Haas was told to be persistent in his attempt to talk to respondents.”

Whatever the outcome, Haas hopes his ordeal sends a message.

“I’m looking to get the word out that the Census is a good thing to the public, so that next time, in 2020, everyone will just participate,” Haas said.

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July 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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SAF Sues To Stop Illegal North Carolina “Emergency Powers Gun Law”

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NorthCarolina Confiscates and Bans Firearms

The state of North Carolina crushed the Second Amendment putting law abiding citizens in danger during times of need. The unconstitutional “Emergency Powers Gun law” prohibits individuals from carrying firearms and blocks the sale of guns and ammunitions when the state chooses to declare an “emergency.” Firearms are our only means of self-defense in times of chaos, crime and the endangerment of our families. SAF is suing the state of North Carolina for destroying our Second Amendment rights and putting our lives and our families lives in danger.

During an emergency is when citizens need the Second Amendment most. We all saw what happened during hurricane Katrina. The government confiscated guns from law abiding Americans who only wanted to defend their homes and loved ones. Rampant crime and chaos erupted. Innocent people were murdered, raped and left for dead. Criminals grabbed guns, looted homes and terrorized families. Without guns regular Americans were left defenseless on the bayou. Ironically, our government told the residents of New Orleans they would be safer without guns. That is like telling them to carry a knife to a gun fight.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the case brought by The Second Amendment Foundation known as McDonald vs. Chicago and determined that citizens have a right to bear arms and defend themselves. In a historic ruling, the court affirmed that the Second Amendment could be incorporated into states. The Second Amendment not only gives citizens the ability to defend themselves, it also protects Americans from OVERREACHING governments that think they can adequately protect their citizens. Like any other task the government thinks it can handle, its outcome is always a GIGANTIC failure. Historically, the government has done a disastrous job at ensuring the safety of Americans. You should NOT trust the government to protect you.

The “Emergency Powers Gun Law” is ILLEGAL. The Supreme Court just ruled that the Second Amendment MUST BE APPLIED AND UPHELD BY ALL STATES. “The Emergency Powers Gun Law” does not uphold the recent Supreme Court ruling; it has destroyed a hard earned victory for gun owners across America. “Through this lawsuit in North Carolina,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb,” we intend to show that state emergency powers statutes that allow government officials to suspend fundamental civil rights, including the right to bear arms, are unconstitutional and therefore should be nullified. Citizens do not surrender their civil rights just because of a natural or man-made disaster.”

We WON but protecting our gun rights is expensive and it’s impossible to put a price tag on. This time freedom will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend your Second Amendment rights in this challenge by North Carolina’s “Emergency Powers Gun Ban.” SAF stands firmly committed to defend these rights and we are asking you to stand with us and we need your help to stop the anti-freedom extremists now!

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July 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Ted Kennedy’s FBI File: ‘Sex Parties’ in New York

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From: www.newsmax.com

An FBI memo dating from 1965 linked Sen. Ted Kennedy to “sex parties” in New York that also allegedly involved his brothers, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe.

That’s just one of the revealing documents contained in Kennedy’s massive FBI file, which was obtained by Newsmax under the Freedom of Information Act.

The memo states: “It was reported that Mrs. Jacqueline Hammond, age 40, has considerable information concerning sex parties which took place at the Hotel Carlyle in NYC, and in which a number of persons participated at different times. Among those mentioned were the following individuals: Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe.”

The document was dated July 14, 1965, a year and a half after John Kennedy’s assassination. It does not state how Hammond might have come upon this information, but it does note that she is “reportedly very wealthy” and “maintains a room at the Hotel Carlyle.”

Ted Kennedy’s 2,352-page FOIA filed was released Monday. Kennedy, who was first elected to the Senate in 1962, died last August at age 77 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Surprisingly, the FOIA file contains almost no original information regarding Kennedy’s 1969 vehicular accident at Chappaquiddick Island that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The FBI pointed out in a statement that it “had no investigative role in this case, since there were no violations of federal criminal law involved.”

However, there is one document transmitted just hours after the accident that mentioned “Mary Palporki” and said the local chief of police “confidentially advised that driver of automobile was Senator Edward M. Kennedy who was uninjured. Stated fact Senator Kennedy was driver is not being revealed to anyone.”

Much of the material in Kennedy’s FOIA file relates to numerous threats he received over the years from people disturbed either by his political actions or by his involvement in Kopechne’s death.

Among the curious items Newsmax has gleaned from the FBI file:

  • Typical of the threatening correspondence is a letter sent to Kennedy in 1970 calling him an “idiot,” “pig,” “goon,” and “dirty Democrat,” and stating that “some jerk will shoot you.”
  • Other letters stated that “Mary Jo will haunt you” and “you killed Mary Jo in your back seat of hired car because she told you she was pregnant.”
  • Conservative icon William F. Buckley, who was certainly no fan of the liberal senator, notified the FBI that a woman in his office had received a call from someone warning that there was a plot hatched in Havana, Cuba, to target Kennedy for assassination on Nov. 15, 1969. Kennedy’s offices in Washington and Boston were notified.
  • A deputy sheriff in Virginia may have accidentally listened in on phone call ordering a murder. The deputy told the FBI he was dialing a number when he was suddenly connected to a phone conversation between two men. One said: “I want Kennedy shot Monday morning.” The second man asked: “What should I use?” The first man: “An eight six five carbine.” The second man responded: “Is there a contract?” The first man again: “Will pay ten thousand dollars.” There was no indication that the Kennedy mentioned was in fact the senator, but the information was included in Ted Kennedy’s file nevertheless.
  • The FBI in April 1970 received a letter from an individual who claimed to have attended a Mafia meeting at which the killing of JFK and Martin Luther King was discussed. The letter also claimed that the real killer of JFK was still at large and planning to kill Ted Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  • A November 1969 letter, postmarked in Atlanta, was sent to Kennedy’s Washington Office by a person claiming to represent a group of World War II veterans called “The Committee of Two Hundred.” The letter called Kennedy “a disgrace to the Senate,” and stated: “We are after you, Mr. Kennedy, and one of us will get you.” The bureau actually spent taxpayers’ money to ascertain that the Atlanta telephone directory, not surprisingly, contained “no information or reference to the ‘Committee of Two Hundred.’”
  • A woman appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in 1972, warned of a plot to kill Kennedy originating in Hawaii — and claimed that Richard Nixon was the father of her 10-year-old son.
  • The writer of a letter warning of an assassination attempt against Kennedy and other political figures wrote that “this letter was dictated by Ouija Board.”
  • A “suspicious package” that arrived at Kennedy’s office in Washington was found to contain Lifesavers candies, a book by Alfred Hitchcock, wire, and a small globe.
  • In July 1965, a “confidential source” who had supplied “reliable information” in the past said the Mafia wanted to place women supplied by “associates of Frank Sinatra” in “compromising situations” with Ted and Robert Kennedy and their brother-in-law Peter Lawford. The FBI did not investigate the claim.
  • An FBI memo dated June 6, 1968 — the day after Robert Kennedy was shot — asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to “make certain that Ted Kennedy gets all the protection he needs. We are down to one Kennedy.”
  • In May 1954, Kennedy’s father Joseph P. Kennedy called the FBI and said he had learned that columnist Drew Pearson was going to write that Ted had not been permitted to undergo Army intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Md., because an FBI report linked him to a group of “pinkos.” The elder Kennedy was informed that the Bureau had conducted no investigation concerning Ted Kennedy.
  • Kennedy left a notebook aboard an airplane after a Pan American flight to San Francisco in July 1961. It was eventually turned over to the FBI. According to a Bureau document, the notebook was in fact a diary, and an early entry disclosed that Kennedy had run out of gas and had to walk home for another car. It also referred to Kennedy’s recent visit to Latin America. About the Mexicans, he wrote: “They hate us. One, because we are rich, two, war of 1847, three, occupation of Veracruz.” He also described a meeting with students in Venezuela who he said were “all real communists.”
  • Another document reveals that during his visit to Mexico City, Kennedy was interested in talking with “leftists” to “determine why they think as they do.”
  • An October 1969 memo said Nixon administration official John Dean said Attorney General John Mitchell were “anxious to discreetly find out if Mary Jo Kopechne had visited Greece in August 1968.” The memo also disclosed that the FBI had investigated reports that Kopechne “spent some time with a young hoodlum who is now behind bars for cashing hot checks.”
  • In December 1969, a Kennedy aide asked for the FBI’s help after Kennedy received a blackmail letter and “three obscene Polaroid photographs which obviously had been doctored.” The photos placed the heads of Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Kopechne, Jacqueline Kennedy and Coretta Scott King on the bodies of other people. The letter threatened to turn the photos over to newspapers unless a payment of $100,000 was made.

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June 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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He’s heard it before

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Opinion

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Having grown up in Soviet-controlled Poland, I remember the Communist Party bosses branding the Solidarity-led protests in the 1980s as “unpatriotic.”

Over the years, I have heard similar statements from regimes in other Communist-ruled countries in Europe (as well as from China, North Korea and Myanmar, the former Burma) that used such statements to disparage anyone who dared to disobey the party’s rule.

Hearing the same ploy used by the speaker of the U.S. House comes as some surprise.

 Pawel Kalinski

Pine

A Pandora’s box on speech

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By George F. Will Thursday, August 20, 2009
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review August 21, 2009

WASHINGTON

It began with the proliferation of campus “speech codes” ostensibly designed to promote civility but frequently used to enforce political conformity. The new censorship accelerated with the McCain-Feingold legislation that licenses government regulation of the quantity, timing and content of speech in political campaigns.

Now the attack on First Amendment speech protections has taken an audacious new turn, illustrated by a case being pondered by a Texas judge. He is being asked to collaborate in the suppression of a book, and even of expressions of approval of the book.

The book arises from an abuse of the power of eminent domain by the city of Freeport, Texas, but the story really begins in Connecticut. There, in 2000, New London’s city government condemned the property of middle-class homeowners in an unblighted neighborhood for the purpose of getting the property into the hands of commercial interests that would pay more taxes. In 2005, in the Kelo case, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, 5-4, New London’s rapaciousness as a constitutional taking of property for what the Fifth Amendment calls a “public use.”

When Kelo was decided, H. Walker Royall, a Dallas developer, already had designs on some property that for more than a decade has belonged to the Gore family shrimping business in coastal Freeport. In 2003, Royall signed an agreement with that city’s government to build a yacht marina, hotel and condominiums using property the city would seize by eminent domain.

The day after the Supreme Court made its Kelo mistake, Freeport intensified its pressure against the Gores, whose stout resistance caught the gimlet eye of Carla Main. An experienced journalist, Main has recounted the case in her book “Bulldozed: ‘Kelo,’ Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land.” Her thesis is that many “takings” of property for economic development are taking a terrible toll on the rights of everyday Americans.

In October 2008, Royall sued Main and her publisher (Encounter Books), seeking monetary damages and a ban on further production and distribution of the book. He also sued the Galveston newspaper that reviewed the book and the reviewer. A judge dismissed, on jurisdictional grounds, Royall’s suit against Richard Epstein, professor of law at the University of Chicago and New York University, whose offense was a dust-jacket endorsement of the book as a report on an “unholy alliance” between government and a private interest.

Royall’s suit charging Main with defamation is, her lawyers document, riddled with mischaracterizations of what Main writes and about whom she writes it, and ignores long-established criteria of defamation law, which holds that a statement is not actionable as defamatory if the speaker obviously is expressing a subjective view or an interpretation, theory, conjecture or surmise.

Indeed, so slapdash are Royall’s accusations against Main that his suit seems to reflect nothing more substantial than his dislike of her opinions and those of people she accurately quotes. It seems intended to chill commentary on eminent domain abuse by exposing commentators to the steep costs of deflecting even frivolous litigation.

The Supreme Court is blameworthy for two entangled abuses. It diluted property rights in the Kelo case and it weakened freedom of speech by not overturning McCain-Feingold. Fortunately, in an unusual Sept. 9 session, the court will hear, for a second time, oral arguments in a case arising from that law’s speech restrictions.

The court should be cognizant of the attacks on property rights that its Kelo decision incited. And on Sept. 9 it should remember the increasing resort to restrictions of speech. McCain-Feingold is both a symptom and an encouragement of such restrictions.

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August 21, 2009 at 11:59 am

Milwaukee mayor wounded after being hit with pipe

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From The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was in the hospital on Sunday after he was attacked by a person using a metal pipe as the mayor and his family left the Wisconsin State Fair.

Barrett was in stable condition Sunday at a local hospital and was alert and talking when he arrived there on Saturday night, the Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement. It did not provide more details, and a spokeswoman for the police department did not have any further information.

Police said Barrett was leaving the state fair on Saturday night when he heard a woman crying out for help in the city of West Allis, about six miles west of Milwaukee.

Police said Barrett began calling 911 when the suspect who was attacking the woman charged at the mayor and began hitting him with a metal pipe. The suspect then fled the scene, authorities said.

The woman was not injured, and police were still searching for the suspect, who has a criminal arrest record, authorities said.

No other details were immediately available Sunday