Democrats and liberals want to ban gun ownership for Americans who obey the law. They point to the 26 children who were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School as their justification for gun control. Yet, these very same people reelected one of the most brutal slaughterers of children in my lifetime–Barack Obama.
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Judge Robert H. Bork, RIP
by The Editors,
December 19, 2012
Had Robert H. Bork never been nominated to the nation’s highest court, he would still have been an important figure in American law. As a professor at Yale Law School; as a scholar who blazed a trail to the reform of antitrust jurisprudence and made important contributions to the emergence of originalism in constitutional law; as a highly regarded solicitor general who stepped in to be acting attorney general at a moment of political crisis; and as an appellate judge who improved the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by his presence on it, Bork made his mark on the theory and practice of American law before Ronald Reagan ever sent the Senate his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
But it was Reagan’s nomination of Bork, in the Constitution’s bicentennial year of 1987, that vaulted him to national prominence. One year earlier, another well-known originalist appellate judge and scholar, Antonin Scalia, had been confirmed by the Senate 98–0. But now the seat in question was the one being vacated by “swing justice” Lewis F. Powell, and the Democrats had regained control of the Senate in the 1986 midterm elections. And so the knives came out, [….]
The NFL Needs Its’ Head[s] Examined Before It Advocates Gun Control
by John Myers,
Personal Liberty Digest
December 19, 2012
December has been a tough month in the National Football League and not just because of the hard-fought games that were played by teams racing to the playoff finish line. The NFL was rocked by a gun crime, and now some around the league are advocating tougher gun laws. According to Kansas City police
, on Dec. 1, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of his 3-month old daughter, after waiting outside the house that he and Perkins shared. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where he encountered Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. “I’m sorry, Scott,”
he said. “I’ve done a bad thing to my girlfriend already. I want to talk with
(linebackers coach Gary) Gibbs and
(head coach) Romeo
(Crennel).” Belcher thanked them for all they had done for him. He then [….] http://personalliberty.com/2012/12/19/the-nfl-needs-its-head-examined-before-it-advocates-gun-control/
Here’s One Girl Who Understands REAL Gun Control
December 20, 2012
When one Oklahoma girl found herself in a tough spot, she took matters into her own hands.
Everything In Flux
by Victor Davis Hanson,
December 18, 2012
Amid the Republican doom and gloom, there are lots of factors on the near horizon that could make 2014—and 2016—very winnable years. For all the Obama talk of high taxes, we have not yet had higher taxes. Those that are proposed, along with an envisioned loss of deductions down the road, will fall inordinately on the upper-middle class, perhaps a majority of it blue-state. It is one thing to talk loudly about the “Bush tax cuts,” quite another to pay thousands of dollars more per year, without any real commensurate belt-tightening that might make such higher taxes bearable in the sense that they are part of a shared national effort to reduce the debt. So far Obama’s proposals seem like ways merely to service rather than reduce the expanding debt. Obama has tried to paint the fiscal-cliff battle as a war of the 1 percent against the 99 percent; more likely in the next few years it will be the 53 percent who pay federal income taxes and receive fewer entitlements versus the 47 percent who don’t and receive more—a question quite apart from taxing the very rich and helping the very poor.
Obamacare is finally almost here. Prices will go up, coverage ranges will be curtailed, and there will be a great leveling effect as those who budgeted or who carefully planned for their health care must give back some for the greater collective good—something they were told would not happen. People react to sudden changes in the conditions of their doctor visits as they do to spiked prices at the gas pump—ballistically. Obama’s election did not heal divisions, but exacerbated them. The recent abjectly racist comments of Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Joseph Lowery, and Rob Parker are symbolic of a new racialism, in which [….] http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/335974/everything-flux-victor-davis-hanson
Five Budget Tactics To Reject
by Patrick Louis Knudsen,
December 12, 2012
If plunging over the fiscal cliff
in January would threaten the nation’s economy, Congress and the President could also do harm in another way: by dodging the cliff through gimmicks and bogus budget cuts that create only illusory savings in a “grand” budget bargain. Both the White House and lawmakers have shown a propensity for claiming savings where none exist. Doing so as part of a grand deficit reduction plan would drain the credibility from any agreement they might reach. Such tactics would further diminish the confidence of financial markets and the American public—an outcome almost as bad as no agreement at all. Here are five such devices lawmakers should avoid. 1. Phantom War Savings
This is the largest and most egregious practice under consideration. It claims savings that result purely from artificial budget conventions.
Budget estimators at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) project future spending for overseas contingency operations (OCO) in Iraq and Afghanistan by taking today’s amount ($99.9 billion for fiscal year 2013) and then increasing that figure for inflation in each of the subsequent years. This is called the “baseline.” The President’s budget claims to [….] http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/12/fiscal-cliff-5-budget-gimmicks-to-reject?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=BudgetSense
Distributed Denial of Service Attacks and Customer Account Fraud
by Comptroller of the Currency,
District of Corruption
December 21, 2012
Recently, various sophisticated groups launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks directed at national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks). Each of the groups had different objectives for conducting these attacks ranging from garnering public attention to diverting bank resources while simultaneous online attacks were under way and intended to enable fraud or steal proprietary information. This alert provides a general description of the attacks, along with risk mitigation information and sources of related risk management guidance. The alert also reiterates the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) expectations that banks should have risk management programs to identify and appropriately consider new and evolving threats to online accounts and to adjust their customer authentication, layered security, and other controls as appropriate in response to changing levels of risk. Attack Description
A DDoS attack seeks to deny Internet access to bank services by directing waves of Internet-based traffic from compromised computers to the bank. In some instances, sophisticated groups shift their tactics during attacks and target Internet service providers (ISP). Fraudsters also use DDoS attacks to distract bank personnel and technical resources while they [….] http://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/alerts/2012/alert-2012-16.htmlThe Fiscal Cliff and Beyond
by Alison Acosta Fraser; William W. Beach; Stuart M. Butler, heritage.org December 11, 2012 Abstract: Unless Congress and the President act promptly and wisely, sequestration under the Budget Control Act (BCA) will undermine military readiness, and the nearly $500 billion tax increase starting on January 1, 2013, will greatly harm an already weak economy. However, this fiscal cliff can be avoided. The key to avoiding this and future fiscal calamities is reform of the mandatory spending programs, from welfare to Social Security, that currently drive federal deficits. The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream plan would rein in spending immediately, restructure the major entitlement programs to bring entitlement spending under control over the long term, and strengthen the core foundations of these programs.
Since the Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream
was first published in April 2011, there has been almost no substantive progress on spending control. The only plausible exception was the flawed Budget Control Act (BCA), a product of a contentious debt limit debate. The complete failure of the resultant bipartisan “supercommittee” to reach agreement was a sad reflection on a Congress that is divided and unwilling to pass the legislation necessary to rein in spending. As a result, [….] http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/12/saving-the-american-dream-the-fiscal-cliff-and-beyond?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=BudgetSense
U.S. Government Redistributes Wealth…to the Rich
December 24, 2012
For about thirty years now, the federal government has been implementing policies that take tax dollars from middle class Americans and give them to the rich, supposedly as a way to spur economic growth. Although Americans actually want greater economic equality, the net effect has been to redistribute wealth to the rich and create the most unequal developed society on earth. According to a series of reports
by Reuters, since 1989 inequality has risen all across the U.S. to levels not seen since before the Great Depression:
• Inequality has increased in every state except Mississippi, which is the poorest state in the Union;• The poverty rate increased in 43 states; • In 28 states inequality and poverty rose while median income fell; • In every state, the richest 20% of households far outpaced the income gains of any other quintile; • Income for the median household fell in 28 states.
Three specific aspects of federal policy— [….] http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/us-government-redistributes-wealthto-the-rich-121224?news=846571
Part 2 to follow….