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… the Shooting in Waco , Tx [#biker gangs]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 27th,2015

.. what a waste ..

.. the police did what they were supposed to , enforcing the law , and interdicting the biker gangs that started a fight at a local Waco restaurant ..

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the news footage ..

.. the cops did their job . The hoodlums died , and more than 170 bikers are in jail . Jeez , what a mess ! …

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… A Clear Ruling on Gun Rights in D.C. [#not a big surprise]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,May 26th,2015

.. Federal District Court Judge Frederick Scullin strikes again ..

.. and , once again , the political leadership in the District ends up looking like a bunch of damn fools ..

.. a new case came up . No , it is not the original one [Palmer v. D.C.] , which struck down the District ‘ s clear gun rights ban . This one is much different . It was brought by 4 individuals , each of whom wanted to own a gun in the District of Columbia . As you might expect , the District ‘ s P.D. [under the new restrictive ” may issue ” gun law ] refused to issue each of these individuals a license to own a gun …

.. Big problem for the District , however . The U.S. Constitution allows for individuals to own and ” bear ” arms . Plain and Simple . Also , no ” Mother , may I ” about it …

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news post ..

.. so , Judge Scullin struck down the District ‘ s ” good reason ” standard , stating …

“This conclusion should not be read to suggest that it would be inappropriate for the District of Columbia to enact a licensing mechanism that includes appropriate time, place and manner restrictions on the carrying of handguns in public,” Judge Scullin said in his ruling. “The District of Columbia’s arbitrary ‘good reason’/’proper reason’ requirement, however, goes far beyond establishing such reasonable restrictions.”

“Rather, for all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

“Rather, for all intents and purposes, this requirement makes it impossible for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens to obtain licenses to carry handguns in public for self-defense, thereby depriving them of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Well, that was the point. The district’s establishment wants to make it impossible or very nearly so for law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights in the nation’s capital, and they calculated this law to leave themselves enough room to guarantee it. This particular effort was so bad, though, that it was doomed to failure, and should embarrass everyone associated with it. The law essentially said that constitutional rights can be rationed by government only on the basis that government sees a “good reason” to allow it. I’m pretty sure that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind with the Bill of Rights.

The city tried to argue that the “good reason” requirement was connected to public safety, but Scullin rejected the argument :

While, as stated, Defendants argue that the District of Columbia’s “good reason”/”proper reason” requirement relates reasonably to its interest in preventing crime and protecting public safety, they have not established that relationship.

The fact that an individual may be able to demonstrate a greater need for self-protection, and therefore meets the “good reason”/”proper reason” requirement, does not indicate, in any way, whether that person is less likely to misuse handguns or may be less dangerous. See Drake, 724 F.3d at 454 (Hardiman, C.J., dissenting). Nor does the District of Columbia’s “good 12 reason”/”proper reason” requirement make it less likely that those who meet this requirement will accidently shoot themselves or others or engage in criminal activity than those who cannot meet this requirement. See id. The fact that a person may have a greater need for self-protection says nothing about how limiting the carrying of handguns to such individuals would result in a reduction of risk to other members of the public or reduce violent crime. Is the Court to conclude that people who do not have a heightened need for self-protection are more likely to commit violent crimes?

Furthermore, even if the Court were to accept the proposition that handguns are used disproportionately in the commission of violent crimes, how is that use related to whether or not a person has a greater need for self-protection? Moreover, isn’t it possible that even persons who cannot manifest a present need for self-protection are just as likely to be victims of a violent crime.

.. first Palmer , now this case . It is only a temporary injunction , but it is an injunction . To get one , you have to show  a very strong likelihood that you will ” win on the merits . ” This one may well skip the D.C. Appeals Court , and go right to the U.S. Supreme Court ..

.. I certainly would hope so ..

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… What Else Pruitt v Burwell does [#legal conflict between circuits]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,May 26th,2015

.. see above , you got it right …

.. it screws the pooch on the Government ‘ s game – playing in D.C. …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com(BenchMemos)]…
.. [link] to the district court ruling …

.. in D.C. , Halbig v. Burwell really dropped a bomb on the IRS tax subsidies case . It makes it extremely hard for the ObamaCraps to get the case overturned . Even so , they are trying . They have gotten it ” effectively ” overturned [vacated] by taking the case to the full D.C. Court of Appeals …

.. That court now includes 3 more radical activists , courtesy of Dingy Harry Reid . It should give the Government a change for a reversal . One of the new pups is proving to be highly unpredictable . Add in another [Sri Sarkinisian] , plus the 5 conservatives , and you have a problem for the ObamaCraps …

.. Oops …

.. not just that … Pruitt is now at the appeals level . It builds on Halbig , and extensively legally quotes from it . So , there is no a ” conflict between the appeals courts … ”

.. no matter what those dummies do . It gives the Supreme Court a perfect excuse to grab this case . They could choose to do it for this term , or for the next one . But , I am certain that the will do it …

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… Ramadi has Fallen [#strategic disaster]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 25th,2015

.. what a colossal botch ! ..

.. now I.S.I.L. controls significant swaths of both Iraq and Syria [especially Syria] . I.S.I.L. also controls significant oil and other resources , and othernations are feeding at that trough . So I.S.I.L. right now is a self – supporting entity , so it can conduct military ops against vulnerable countries [at least for right now] while the ObamaCraps have their collective heads up their rear ends ..

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. if the ObamaCraps are not careful , there could end up being several hundred to a few thousand US citizens [military and civilian] being held hostage while Iraq effectively falls to I.S.I.L. …

.. think that it cannot happen ? It can , and it just might , at the rate things are going . The ObamaCraps are so arrogant and in denial , they could end up up being put into one hell of a fix …

.. which will , at current timing , come right in the middle of the coming election campaign …

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… Big Oops !! [#George Stephanoupoulos]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 17th,2015

.. well , well , well .

.. nice going , Georgie ..

.. hey , dumb – dumb , you are a member of the media , now . You are damn well supposed to disclose this . Not just to ABC , but to Peter Schweizer …

.. what is it ? Georgie made a series of $25k contributions to the Clinton Foundation . He did it in 2011 , 2012 , and in 2013 . It adds up to a total of $75,000 . Not exactly chicken feed , huh …

.. [h/t — WFB.com]..
.. [link] to the blog report …

.. is it a fireable offense ? No . But , is it a suspension – level offense ? Yes , it is . Good ol ‘ Georgie needs to pay a price for his lack of ethics in his profession ..

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… Poor Michelle [#Obama]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 17th,2015

.. she could not help it .

.. she stuck both feet in her mouth , and bit both of them off …

.. she recently made a graduation speech the other day at Tuskegee University in Alabama . It should have been an inspiring and uplifting event , especially by the nation ‘ s first black FLOTUS . But , was it ? …

.. [h/t — BloombergNews.com]..
.. [link] to the news article ..

.. Noooooo ! … She went into a racially – tinged diatribe . Basically , a woe – was me litany of race in America . In particular , it was tinged with recent events , such as Ferguson , Mo , and Baltimore , Md . Some coverage would be expected . Harping on it and whining about it — that was grossly undignified …

.. a speech by a major figure in the Administration gets vetted by many people , in order to project symbolism and a message . In particular , one by FLOTUS is ” scrubbed ” by the ” west wing ” to carry through the desired message . So , this speech got thru , and that is a disgrace that they let her get away with this racial diatribe . It was undignified of any Administration , and especially of FLOTUS …

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… Why the Tory Surprise ?? [#Great Britain]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 16th,2015

.. several reasons ..

.. [-] the economy — the British economy was not exactly going great shakes , but it was improving , on a slow and steady path . Given the chaos in other parts of Europe and the world , the voters could appreciate that , and gave the Tories [and not the Liberal Democrats] a lion ‘ s share of the credit ..

.. [-] tactical voting — Britons are experts at this . They do support their party at the national level . However , if it can help their party [nationally] , they will switch their vote to another party in order to help their preferred party nationally ..

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column …

.. [-] Scotland — Labour was expecting the Scottish National Party [the S.N.P.] to gain seats . They wre not , nor does most anyone expect the SNP expect to gain as may seats as they did . This seriously undermined Labour ‘ s base , and made them a great deal more dependent on marginal seats in England and Wales . There were not enough of those …

.. [-] more Scotland — the SNP was going to end up supporting Labour . The voters understood that that was going to mean a great deal more in taxes on spending . The voters did not like that idea one bit , no matter what the leaders of the Labour party were saying …

.. [-] —

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… One of the All – Time Worst Interviews [#Mark halperin]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 16th,2015

.. once this guy had some ounce of credibility …

.. whatever shred of decency and credibility this guy had is now gone …

.. in a recent interview he went waaay above and faaar beyond libel and slander in his treatment of US Senator [and presidential candidate] Ted Cruz [R-Tx] …

.. [h/t — pjmedia.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. how bad was it ? Even the uberliberal website ThinkProgress could not stomach it ..

.. yes , it was that bad . No , I do not care to comment on what Halperin did . I think what he did was the height of racist and despicable …

.. Halperin should resign from Bloomberg News …

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… Surprise in the U.K. [#Tory majority]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 15th,2015

.. I did think that the Tories [the Conservatives] would win the election in the U.K. . I was not sure on the percentage , though . Great Britain ‘ s quirky first-past-the-post system of constituencies is a little bit goofy to read …

.. but I did think that the Tories would win . But not like this , though ..

.. PM David Cameron and his campaign team did a magnificent job . Even with the marked increase in the vote by the right – leaning UKIPs , the Tories won , and did so convincingly …

.. [h/t — pjmedia.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. they won a majority of 331 seats . Add in the seat of their allies [the DUP in Northern Ireland] , and their majority will increase to around 342 seats …

.. not a bad job …

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… States can Set some Limits [#vanity license plates]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,May 14th,2015

.. but Texas really goofed on this one ..

.. States should be able to set some simple guidelines , ones that everyone has to follow . One is a minimum [reasonable] number , or one that is financially guaranteed by a bond by the group in question . Subject material is another …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog news post …

.. States are notorious for their censorship of license plate messages . They are especially on the hunt for ones that are obscene , no matter what the language . California got filleted recently for letting one through that was patently obscene , but in Vietnamese . San Jose [Ca] is a heavily Vietnamese area , and they easily understood the meaning , one that Caltrans definitely whiffed on . So , they do not like them …

Sons of Confederate Veterans [Texas] license plate

.. But , censoring one like this for the Sons of Confederate Veterans is going a bit too far . It is clearly not obscene . A flag is clearly within good taste . So , Texas , what gives ?? …

.. The Supremes are going to fix this issue for Texas and many other states , and , if need be , set some rules , if the legislature does not beat them to it …

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… Surprise in the U.K. [#Tories]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 13th,2015

.. to be honest , I was not expecting this ..

.. I also thought that Labour would do better . Much better . Around 260 to 270 seats would have been my mark ..

.. but 229 seats ? P. U. .. boy , did Labour do lousy …

.. [h/t — pjmedia.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. but the Liberal DemoCraps did even worse . They once had 59 seats , and a seat in government . They now have only 10 seats at Westminster , and no seat in government at all …

.. Ouch ..

.. oh , you can guess what happened . Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg [the respective party leaders] , along with Nile Farage [the UKIP leader] all quit . It is the British tradition to take responsibility …

.. now comes redistricting , and both Labour and the LDP really get screwed …

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… Ben Carson is in [#Campaign 2016]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 10th,2015

.. I wish him luck ..

.. Ben Carson does not have an easy task ahead . He has one hell of a resume . Even better yet , he has a fantastic life story . A Conservative who happens to be black , he would be a huge vote magnet for Black voters to attract them to the GOP . Even with the Age of Obama …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. he has no political experience . He has never served in any political office . Most years , that would be a negative . This time around , that many not be the case …

.. he has tremendous support from the Tea Party crowd . Because of that , he may well be able to raise more money than most people think . He is going to need it in order to compete , even in the ” Invisible Primary . ” if he can survive that , then he may well just stand out enough to make a significant difference in the campaign …

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… and the Winner is … [#Mohammed Drawing Contest]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 6th,2015

.. this cartoon ..

.. this cartoon was the winner of the contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative the other night in Garland , Tx . The AFDI sponsored the event in the same facility that earlier this year sponsored a very obscene pro – Islam event in the same school facility …

mohammed contest cartoon winner

.. that night , two Islamiscist goons attacked the event . Or , well , they tried to . In Texas , especially Texas , you come prepared , and you come prepared with plenty of arms and ammo ..

.. [h/t — theGatewayPundit.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. both of these guys were shot and killed by event security . Oh , by the way , it was not just Garland , Tx P.D. . There were FBI agents , AND atf AGEnts present as backup to backup the good guys . So there were plenty of good guys to protect the AFDI last night …

.. I worry when Pam Geller and the AFDI have an event in an area that is not so safety conscious . Especially when there are not very many private people packing heat …

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… Why will it be So Crazy [#UK General Election]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 3rd,2015

.. well , it is coming ..

.. and it will be as unpredictable a General Election in the U.K. as there has been in at least 40 years , at the least …

.. why ?? …

.. [h/t — en.wikipedia.org]..
.. [link] to the blog article …

.. [-] strategic voting — people will not necessarily ” waste ” their vote on someone of their own party , if there is a possibility that their vote will put someone else into office other than who was expected to win …

.. [-] no majority — no party is likely to win an outright majority , at least that is the belief . with strategic voting , there is likely to be some very interesting and unpredictable results …

.. [-] Scotland — the SNP is likely to displace Labour in Scotland . As a result , the SNP is one possible kingmaker . The LDP and the UKIP are the other two …

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… So it is Confirmed [#stand down order]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 3rd,2015

.. so what has been rumored has been proven : Mayor Stephanie Rawlings – Blake issued a stand – down order to her police department …

.. c ‘ est incroyable !! … [it is incredible !!]…

.. [h/t — CBS.Baltimore.com]..
.. [link] to the broadcast link ..

.. what the hell was she thinking ? how in the hell do you expect your police department to have a prayer of a chance of keeping things in public order , when you order the cops to back off … simple , the cops cannot do it when you do that …

.. it is why I believe that Stephanie Rawlings – Blake must resign . She has let her city down , and very severely …

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… George W. Bush ‘ s re – entry into politics [#class]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 3rd,2015

.. well , Dubya has , but quietly , re – entered politics ..

.. his father [Bush 41] never really has . However , his son has taken a different path …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog article]…

.. however , it was classic Bush …. quiet , dignified , and classy …

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… the Next General Election is Going to Be a Wild One [#Great Britain]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 2nd,2015

.. you heard it here , first ..

.. there is , very likely , to be a coalition government coming out of it . The question is , though , is who will be in it ?? ..

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com(corner)]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. my guess is that it will be a right – leaning one , with the Tories [the Conservatives] , the UKIP , and the Liberal DemoCraps in it ….

.. you will have a wild fight . Add in the S.N.P. [smarting coming out of the loss in the Scottish independence vote] , UUP [Ulster Unionist Party (right – leaning)] , and Labour , then you will get a crazy fight …

.. What kind of margin ? .. Who knows ? … The impact of the UKIP [United Kingdom independence Party (or , Euroskeptic)] will make things extremely unpredictable . you normally think that they would take votes from the Tories , Right ? WRong ! …

.. the UKIP has , so far , been taking votes from Labour , and the SNP , but especially the Liberal Democrats . So , buckle your safety belts , folks . Ed Milliband will not be the new PM , that is for sure . David Cameron might be back in , maybe . Nigel Farage also could make it …

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… an Election is Coming [#Great Britain]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 2nd,2015

.. and it is going to be a wild one ..

.. when is it ? May 7th , 2015 ..

.. Great Britain has the House of Commons , which is where the election is for . There are a total of 650 constituencies in the House of Commons …

.. [h/t — en.Wikipedia.org]..
.. [link] to the blog article …

.. how many parties …

[at least the significant ones]

.. Conservative [Con] .. (right wing)

.. Labour [Lab] .. (left wing)

.. Liberal Democrats [LDP] .. (left of center moderate)

.. Green [Grn] .. (socialist)

.. UK Independence Party (right of center to conservative) [UKIP] ..

.. Democratic Union Party [DUP] (Northern Ireland) … (unionist)

.. Sinn Fein [SFN] (NI) .. (irish nationalist)

Sinn Fein does affect the number of seats needed to achieve a majority , because they do not actually take their seats . As a result , the actual total is reduced to 645 , and the # needed for a majority is reduced from 326 to 323 …

.. Scottish National Party [SNP] (Scotland) (left wing)

.. there are many other parties , but these are the ones that matter …

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… Unfortunately , Chris Matthews is Right [#fast track negotiating authority]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 1st,2015

.. in this clip , Chris Matthews discusses the political fight , in particular among the DemoCraps . You would think that the GOP would be divided on ” fast track . ” It is not …

.. the Demos are at loggerheads with each other over this . Labour hates it , because of competition and the effect on jobs . Many others support it , still …

.. the GOP just does not trust potuS ON this . Given his misbehavior on other issues , such as immigration , a President is expected to faithfull EXECUTE THE Law . The POTUSdoes not do so . The GOP is going to makeTHE dEMOS SUPPORT ” fast track ” as well …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post // video clip ..

.. well , the loonies are winning right now . As a result , POTUS is going to have a really hard time getting fast track passed . Simple reason why (on bot sides of the fence) if you want to know : He is not trusted , nor is he believed …

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