From the article…
In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.
Well, almost outstanding. The judge seriously erred when he said, “In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.” That’s not quite the “fundamental right” our Founding Fathers penned into the Constitution via our Second Amendment.
Chief Judge William Traxler erred when he limited the scope of understanding to “in defense of hearth and home.” A “hearth” is the floor in front of a fireplace, where families of old would gather for dinner, usually cooked over that fireplace, and while away the evening hours basking in its warmth, discussing the day, and playing.
Our Second Amendment knows no such bounds, either on location or type and size of arms.
The Constitution states that all ratified amendments become a part of the Constitution. Thus, the Constitution states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
This prohibition against the right of the people to keep and bear arms is absolute. It’s application isn’t limited to a specific government entity. It applies to everyone. Furthermore, it’s scope isn’t limited, either. For example, it’s not limited to “hearth and home,” but rather applies every where a free man may travel.
It’s not even limited to “firearms.” Our Founding Fathers chose the term, “arms,” even though knew exceedingly well that the term “firearms” was a type of arms that used a rapidly-burning powder to discharge a projectile. A sword is also a type of arms, as is a club, mace, hatchet, machete, and knife. They are all “arms.” Thus, any restriction — infringement — on their size, length, weight, caliber, action, mechanism, or capacity constitutes an infringement, and an un-Constitutional one, at that.
On January 4, 2016, Obama issued an “executive order” directing the Pentagon to find ways to make not so much more lethal firearms, but safer ones” “Obama comes along and tells the Army that, in this administration, money is going into small arms to build — not a deadly weapon, not an effective weapon, not a dominant weapon, not a lifesaving weapon, not a technological cutting-edge weapon — but a weapon that prevents accidental discharge.” – Story
Yeah, I know. Stupid, right?
A White House fact sheet states: “The Presidential Memorandum directs the departments to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms, and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns. Within 90 days, these agencies must prepare a report outlining a research-and-development strategy designed to expedite the real-world deployment of such technology for use in practice.”
I have previously covered the absurdly dangerous idiocy behind so-called “smart guns.” Suffice it to say that they’re as ridiculously idiotic as so-called “gun free zones.”
By itself, this would only constitute a misuse of taxpayer dollars. As most people are well aware by now, however, this is a part of Obama’s plan of issuing more “executive orders” to make such technology mandatory, an action that far, far oversteps the bounds of Presidential authority while simultaneously and directly infringing on the Constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.
Just because Obama says his “executive orders” are legal doesn’t make them legal. Even if 51% of Congress agreed with him and said they were legal, it would NOT make them legal. In fact, even if 100% of Congress agreed with Obama, it would STILL not make Obama’s executive orders legal. They would REMAIN ILLEGAL.
The reason is simple: Congress can NOT amend the Constitution. They can only propose an amendment. Only the States ratify the amendment[SUP]1[/SUP], thereby transforming the proposal into an amendment.
And until such an amendment appears, giving the President authority to issue executive orders, all executive orders are ILLEGAL.
1. Our Tenth Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Thus, to see whether or not a U.S. President has the Constitutional authority to issue executive orders, we need merely examine the U.S. Constitution. Therein we find only one instance in which he can issue an order to a civilian. Article II, Section 2 states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices…”
His duties as “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States” involve members of the military, not civilians. He can, however, “Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
His authority to make treaties requires “the Advice and Consent of the Senate … provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.”
He has the authority to nominate “Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States,” but no appointment is final without “the Advice and Consent of the Senate.”
He can fill up vacancies during Senate recess, but those commissions expire a the end of the next session.
He is authorized to “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union” including his recommendation of measures for their consideration.
On “extraordinary Occasions,” he can convene one, the other, or both houses of Congress. If he disagrees with their solution during these conventions, all he can do is adjourn them for a while.
He can receive “Ambassadors and other public Ministers.”
THAT IS ALL, people. Neither Obama nor ANY U.S. President has the power or authority to issue “executive orders” dictating what We the People can and cannot do. The “supreme Law of the Land” () and its Tenth Amendment are exceeding clear on this point, and that’s all I need to tell Obama to take his executive orders and shove ’em.
[B]Two-Thirds Rule[/B]: Proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution require two-thirds consensus of either both houses of Congress (2/3 of the House AND 2/3 of the Senate) OR two-thirds consensus of the legislatures of the States.
[B]Three-Fourths Rule[/B]: Ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution (making them legal parts of the Constitution) require three-fourth’s consensus of the legislatures or conventions of the States.
Until they are properly ratified, they are NOT amendments. They are proposals.
His action directing the Army to do the research into a lamer, less effective firearm is entirely within his authority as “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States.” As a retired military officer, I think it’s insanely stupid, not to mention a waste of valuable military resources, as it is at odds with the military’s mission.
He can even take the results and submit them to Congress for their consideration.
What he can NOT do, however, is to mandate the use of such weapons or restrict the use of civilian firearms to such weapons, as that would be a direct and flagrant violation against the Second Amendment’s prohibition against any infringement on the right of the People to keep and bear arms. Such a change would require a fundamental change to the Second Amendment itself, and that requires consent of either three-fourths of the state legislatures or a convention of three fourths of the states.
I don’t see that happening.
Until then, all civilian, military, and law-enforcement officers remain bound by their oaths of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” INCLUDING sitting U.S. Presidents who, for whatever reasons of megalomania, insanity, or criminal activity, think they’re somehow above or beyond the law.
The article talks about corporate behavior “that trickled over into the company’s popular perception, as Microsoft customers and developers came to think of it as a company focused on strong-arm sales tactics, not innovation.”
Were those the same “strong-arm sales tactics” Microsoft is using to this very day, RIGHT NOW, by shoving Windows 10 down everyone’s throats “for free” just so they can force-sell it to us next year for THREE TO FOUR TIMES what we pay when we get it with a new computer and refuse to upgrade?
Windows 8.1 Home on Amazon: $143.49
Windows 8.1 Pro on Amazon: $196.00
Windows 10 SAS (software as a service) beginning roughly mid-summer, 2017: $10 a month ($120 per year).
The $200 you spend for Windows 8.1 Pro lasts for 3 years. Five years if you’re like me and take care of your computers. That’s a total of $200.
The $10 a month for Windows 10 (SAS) during the same time will cost you $600. That’s THREE TIMES as much.
Most people don’t need the Pro version, so that would be $600 / $143 = 4.2. That’s FOUR TIMES as much.
What do you call a software company that jacks its prices 300% to 400% from one product to the next? DEAD, that’s what you call it.
So, instead of their usual strong-arm sales tactics, this time Microsoft decided to hide their strong-arm tactics (poorly) in the hopes that *SOMEHOW* no one would notice. This time they tried deception, pretending to give Windows 10 away for “free” so they could sell it to us as “software as a service” at THREE TO FOUR TIMES what we pay for the Windows operating system now.
Here’s a word I’d like everyone to remember: Linux. It doesn’t matter whether you use Ubuntu, Red Hat, or Debian. What matters is that you get OFF of Microsoft’s gravy train. Their business model is so old school it’s not even funny. When 90% of the Internet runs on FREE operating systems and applications, it’s safe to say we no longer live in Microsoft’s world, much as they would like us to believe otherwise.
Stop believing their lies, people. It’s time to move on to a leaner, smarter path, one that’s free from their pick-pocketing and control over you.
PREFACE: Former FBI Special Agent K. Dee McCown wrote an open letter to Department of Justice head, Eric Holder. Even though it’s just over one year old, the letter is going viral as it apparently resonates with the vast majority of American citizens.
NOTE FROM EDITOR: I found this letter posted on a number of different websites. I reviewed several fact-checking websites, and it appears this letter is genuine. McCown has a LinkedIn page where his credentials are substantiated. I can find no posting where McCown himself denies writing the below letter. If I discover credible information to the contrary, I will remove this letter. In the meantime, I have no rational reason to assume this letter is anything but genuine.
K. Dee McCown
College Station, Texas
December 28, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder,
It is unlikely that we met while I served in the FBI. That being said, we served at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the same years and on the same “team” conceptually speaking. During my service in the FBI I worked with a number of U.S. Attorney Offices in the United States to include a tour at FBIHQ where I worked with the Department of Justice (Main) on a daily basis.
I begin my letter with this comment to highlight that I am not a bystander on the topic of law enforcement in the United States. I worked and managed a variety of federal investigations during my 12 years of service in the FBI, to include the management of several Civil Rights cases in the State of Texas. In fact, during my last tour in the Bureau, I was an FBI Supervisor responsible for managing federal investigations in nine (9) Texas counties, many of which were rural; in places where one would suspect racism to flourish given the narrative often pushed by Hollywood and urban progressive elites like yourself. I performed this mission diligently and under the close supervision of two FBI managers; an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC,) both of which happened to be African American and outstanding law enforcement professionals. I also performed this mission serving side by side with a variety of law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local level.
I have observed you closely during your tenure as Attorney General and notably during these last tumultuous years; watching you negotiate a number of controversial public matters to include the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panther Party intimidation at voting booths, IRS targeting of American citizens (citizen groups opposed to the Obama Administration,) the ignoring of US Immigration laws, DOJ criminal indictments of select news reporters and your management of several high profile criminal investigations involving subjects of race, notably African Americans.
Until today, I chose to hold my tongue. However, with the assassination of two NYPD Lieutenants last weekend in New York City, at the hands of a African American man with a lengthy criminal record, fresh from his participation in anti-police activities; coupled with numerous “don’t shoot, hands up,” and “black lives matter” anti-police protests (some of which are violent) occurring daily around the nation, I am compelled to write you this letter.
To be blunt Mr. Holder, I am appalled at your lack of leadership as the Attorney General of the United States and your blatant politicizing of the Department of Justice. Your actions, both publicly and privately, have done nothing to quell the complex racial issues we face in our country and have done everything to inflame them. As the “top cop” of the United States, you share in the blame for much of the violence and protests we are now witnessing against law enforcement officers honorably serving throughout our nation.
During one of your first public speeches as Attorney General you made it a point to call America “a nation of cowards” concerning race relations. That speech, followed by other public announcements where you emphatically opined that the odds were stacked against African Americans in regard to the enforcement of law, your intention to change the law and permit convicted felons to vote after incarceration, and your changes to federal law ending “racial profiling,” are poignant examples of how detached you remain from the challenges faced by law enforcement officers serving in crime ridden neighborhoods throughout the nation.
These opinions are also indicative of a man that lives and works in the elitist “bubble” of Washington D.C.
Your performance, as the nation’s Attorney General, during the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri clearly highlights your myopic view on this topic. Contrary to your embarrassing prejudgment in the Brown case and evasive post trial remarks on the Martin case, neither Brown nor Martin were targeted and/or killed because of their African American race.
Rather, as non-emotive investigations determined, both teens died as a consequence of their own tragic and egregious behavior; behavior that involved a violent assault on a law abiding citizen in the Trayvon Martin case, and a violent assault on a young police officer in the Michael Brown case. Yet you, as the number one spokesman for law enforcement in the country, blame the deaths of these men on years of institutional racism and the alleged epidemic targeting of African American men by police departments around the country; nothing could be further from the truth. Following the Michael Brown case Grand Jury decision all you could muster was the following comment: “The Department of Justice is currently investigating not only the shooting but also the Ferguson police department in what is called a “patterns and practices” inquiry to determine if the police department has engaged in systematic racism.”
So, let’s get this straight. At a decisive moment in history when our nation required a strong and unbiased voice from its’ senior law enforcement official, you Mr. Holder, made it your personal mission to join with other racial antagonist and politicize a tragic event, accusing a young white police officer of a racially motivated killing in what we now know was a justified self-defense shooting of a predatory felon. Your behavior is unbelievable. You sir, have sacrificed your integrity on the altar of political expediency. You, Mr. Holder, are the “coward” and hypocrite you so loudly denounce when speaking of broken race relations in America.
Further to this point Mr. Holder, law enforcement officers around the country remain dismayed and shocked at the counsel you keep; that being your close relationship with none other than Al Sharpton, a racist “shake down artist” who spreads hate, divisiveness and the promotion of anti-law enforcement sentiment throughout the country; a tax evading fraudster who has unbelievably visited the White House over 80 times in recent years. It is simply beyond my comprehension as a former federal law enforcement professional, that you, the Attorney General of the United States, joined arms in common cause with a charlatan like “the Reverend” Al Sharpton; and it speaks volumes to your personal character and lack of professional judgment.
Violent crime, out of wedlock births, drug abuse, rampant unemployment and poverty found in many low-income minority neighborhoods are not a result of racist community policing and racial profiling as you so quickly assert, and frankly most law abiding Americans are exhausted of hearing this false narrative repeated time and again by you and others in the racial grievance industry. While no one, me included, would ever suggest that African Americans have not suffered from institutional racism in the past, I would strongly argue that we no longer live in the Mississippi of 1965, nor do we live in a country that even closely resembles the “Jim Crow” South of yesteryear. Those days, thankfully, are in the past as are the generations of Americans that supported such egregious behavior and endured such suffering.
Rather, Mr. Holder, we live in a day and time where the root cause of many problems faced in our African American communities can be attributed to the breakdown of civil order due to the rejection of institutional and family authority and the practice of counter-culture values; and most notably, from the absence of strong male leadership in fatherless black families. The reason that our local police officers are so often entwined in tragic events in black communities is because it is the police that have filled the void in these communities that should be occupied by moral and strong black men leading family units with Godly values. You, Mr. Holder, especially, should be thanking the police rather than persecuting them for the gap they fill in these communities because if it were not for the intervention of local police many African American neighborhoods would be in a state of total anarchy.
Yet tragically, you and your race-baiting colleague Al Sharpton (a paid media personality under contract with MSNBC news) choose to remain silent because to publicly speak this self-evident truth threatens to not only alienate and offend the most loyal voting constituency of the Democratic Party but diminish your and Al Sharpton’s self-serving power base in these suffering communities. God forbid that you would suggest individual citizens accept responsibility for their own behavior and the collective failure of their communities; it is so much easier for you and others like you to make excuses, play the victim card, and pander rather than address the real root causes that plague many low income neighborhoods.
Mr. Holder, the public is aware of FBI statistics that tell a different story than the one you and Sharpton preach. We know that young African American males, representing a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, are by far the greatest perpetrators of violent crime in America when compared to their peers in other ethnic groups, and, we know that citizens of African American descent overwhelmingly make up the majority of their victims. We also know that incidents where white police officers shoot and kill black perpetrators are rare and on the decline. We know further that although there are legitimate and bona fide Federal Civil Rights investigations in the United States worthy of pursuing, they are miniscule when compared to the false narrative portrayed by you, President Obama and Sharpton declaring rampant discrimination against African American men by police officers throughout the country. You are just plain wrong.
In closing Mr. Holder I will leave you with this thought; you were given a rare opportunity to lead with integrity during a variety of divisive and controversial issues during your tenure as the 82d Attorney General of the United States and rather than be a man of moral courage you chose instead to cower, further inflame racial tensions, advance false narratives and play progressive political activist.
Time and again you chose to “politicize” the mission of the Department of Justice rather than pursue justice and now, tragically, we are witnessing the fruits of your irresponsible behavior in the murder of two innocent police officers in New York City, assassinated by a man motivated by the flames of racial hatred that you personally fanned. How many more police officers will be injured or die in the coming days because of the perilous conditions you helped create in this nation. You, President Obama and Al Sharpton own this problem lock, stock and barrel and now it is your legacy.
As thousands of NYPD officers turn their collective back on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, another dishonest politician and Sharpton disciple, so too do countless Federal law enforcement officers turn our backs on you.
K. Dee McCown
FBI (1997 – 2008)
CC: Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Harry Reid
The Honorable Bill Flores
The Honorable John Boehner
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
The term “infringement” doesn’t mean “prohibition.” It means “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege.” If I were to move off the sidewalk and walk through my neighbor’s grass, I would be infringing. It does little direct damage, but over time, that section of grass would die. If I then moved over to a fresh strip of grass, that would die, too. When our Founding Fathers penned “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” in our Second Amendment, they created an absolute prohibition against any and all infringements, no matter how slight, in order to protect — absolutely — the right of the people to keep (own/possess) and bear (carry) arms. Furthermore, this prohibition not limited to the federal government. It doesn’t not say, “Congress shall not…” It simply states that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This applies to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, and FOR ALL TIME, WITHOUT CESSATION. It is an absolute right, to be protected at all costs, without question.
BIG FAT FAIL
In the same vein, when you’re faced with the situation depicted by this graphic, we find three different corners of a very similar and similarly dysfunctional triangle, only this time, the dysfunction doesn’t stop at family arguments, but dives all the way down to the deep destruction of society itself.
Regardless of where others want to put you on the triangle — persecutor, victim, or rescuer — the only sane, safe place in the world is OFF the triangle.
In this case, the corner of political correctness represents egalitarianism (the Rescuer), while Islam represents (obviously) the Victim. Both of them paint common-sense Constitutionalism — the glue that’s held our society together for more than two centuries against all odds foreign and domestic — as the “persecutor.”
Yes, folks, the powers assailing our nation right now are painting “that which is good” as evil, and “that which is evil” as good.
Remind you of a Bible verse or three? It certainly does me. Google it. Look it up.
Remember – on the Karpman Drama Triangle, the roles don’t always coincide with what they actually are, but rather, with what they portray themselves to be, as well as what others portray them to be. The persecutor often portrays themselves as the victim, while rescuers often get tired of rescuing, and turning on the “victims” that take advantage of them time and time again, they wind up being the persecutors, even though the only thing they’re trying to do is get off the damned triangle.
Thus, both the politically correct “rescuer” i.e. every liberal bleeding heart FOOL on the planet, as well as the Satanically manipulative Islamic adherent and self-painted “victim,” will always paint honest, God-fearing Americans as their “persecutor” in order to undermine their position and eradicate their idea of an “enemy opposition.”
So, here’s a thought: STOP BUYING IN TO THEIR BULLSHIT.
Islam is NOT the victim – they ARE THE PERSECUTOR.
America is NOT the rescuer – we ARE THE VICTIM.
We the People are NOT the persecutor – WE ARE THE…
Almost caught you, didn’t I?
You see how this goes? The only way off this ridiculously fucked-up merry-go-round is to get OFF the quite literally God-damned merry-go-round and call it like you see it.
Here’s a sample:
1. Islam is an insanely screwed up philosophy, so much so that murders committed under the name of Islam have far, far eclipsed those by any and all other sources combined, including Hitler, Mao, Stalin, and many more. To date, Islam is responsible for more deaths than World Wars I and II combined.
2. Those who side with Islam are rescuers looking for a cause without knowing what the hell they’re getting into.
3. We the People — OF ALL NATIONS — Need to GET OFF THE DAMNED TRIANGLE and stop worrying about who might be offended and instead, start addressing the simple matter of what’s right vs what’s wrong in this world of ours today, the same as every other day.
A. STOP being a “victim:” Get OFF the DDT.
B. STOP being a “rescuer.” Get OFF the DDT.
C. STOP being a “persecutor.” Get OFF the DDT.
Here’s a thought: Start calling what’s wrong, WRONG, and start calling what’s right, RIGHT. There ARE absolute rights and wrongs in this world, and it’s high time We the People pull our heads out of our asses and start ACTING like we have a pair.
Write your Congressman. Stop asking and START DEMANDING. Demand your Congressmen adhere to their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. If they refuse, demand they be tossed out on the street. Demand our Constitution reign supreme as our Founding Fathers intended and for damned good reason.
Demand our country back. Demand those who would take it away from us be deported, unless they hold government office, at which point you should demand they be held liable and accordingly punished for treason.
Demand your rights as the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle” you! (Declaration of Independence)
This is YOUR country, people. PROTECT IT!!!
And may God Bless America!
In case you’ve forgotten, or are one of the pinheaded, brain-dead numbnuts who’ve swallowed Satan’s lie that this is somehow some pathetically ignorant conspiracy theory, I say this: Pull your head out of your ass and get on with reality, real life, and start embracing the truth, for as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our God throughout his Word reminded us, the truth shall set you free.