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Mississippi Supreme Court upholds state’s open carry gun law

by John Lott on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

This is article 466 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

Have we heard these types of concerns before?  Who wants to bet that a year from now these concerns will be found unjustified?  From Fox News:

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the state’s open carry-gun law, allowing it to take effect after a circuit judge’s order had kept it on hold about two months. . . .

. . . Several officials, including the Hinds County district attorney, sued to block the law, saying there could be chaos if people were openly carrying guns in public places. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd put the measure on hold just before it was to become law July 1.

After hearing arguments, Kidd issued an injunction July 12, saying the law was on hold until the Legislature can clarify it. . . .

So the official date that the law goes into effect is August 29th.

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Oregon teenager caught in plans to use bombs at his school

by John Lott on Sunday, May 26th, 2013

It is always amazing how many different types of bombs people can make.  Who knew that you could make an effective bomb from Drano (directions available here and to a simpler design see here)?  All you need is aluminum foil, Drano, and seltzer water.  From Fox News:

An Oregon teenager was arrested Saturday after he allegedly built bombs with the intent of waging a “Columbine-style” attack on his high school, authorities say.

17-year-old Grant Acord will be charged as an adult with attempted aggravated murder and also faces six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device after investigators found six bombs in a secret compartment in his bedroom, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said. . . .

He said Acord had written plans, a checklist and a specific timeline for the attack. The bombs investigators found included pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb, Haroldson said. . . .

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CELEBRITY JUSTICE? How many people in Harlem or other areas of New York get released with Heroin and Drug Paraphernalia?

by Stephen Levine on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This is article 39 of 61 in the topic Courts

How convenient?

DA drops heroin charge against Bon Jovi’s teenage daughter

Drug charges against rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter have been dropped, prosecutors said yesterday. Stephanie Bongiovi was found unresponsive by medics Wednesday after she apparently overdosed on heroin in a dorm at upstate Hamilton College. She and a fellow student, Ian Grant, both of Red Bank, NJ, were subsequently charged with possession of a small amount of heroin and marijuana.

But Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara yesterday said he was dismissing the charges because, under the law, someone suffering a drug overdose or seeking help for an overdose victim cannot be prosecuted for possessing a small amount of heroin or any amount of pot.

Hamilton College: between a rock and a hard place?

Bon Jovi, 50, is scheduled to perform at a concert to benefit Hamilton’s scholarships and arts programs in Times Square on Dec. 5.

Will the school toss her out before or after the concert?

Bottom line …

From Lindsey Lohan to Bon Jovi’s daughters, high-powered attorneys who have the “respect of the prosecutors and the courts” seem to work magic in criminal cases, where ordinary citizens would be on their way to prison.

It appears to be a new “best practices” to simply dial 911 and complain of an overdose as the police move it. Might get you that golden “get out of jail free” card. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy of a city allowing a pass on hard drugs while seeking to ban smoking and large sodas?

Reference Links …

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Bankrupt green loan loser Abound Solar now under investigation in Colorado

by Michelle Malkin on Monday, October 8th, 2012

This is article 202 of 270 in the topic energy

If it’s a day that ends in “y,” it’s a day of trouble for an Obama green loan recipient somewhere in America. Like Mitt Romney said during the debate last week, the crony-in-chief doesn’t just pick winners and losers, he picks the losers:

Doug Powers and I continue to chronicle the world of failed, federally-funded eco-boondoggles for you — including Colorado’s own Solyndra, Abound Solar. Two weeks ago, the bankrupt firm went to auction. Now, its shady finances are investigation by local authorities — and Congress may be enlisted as well:

The bankrupt Longmont-based company that received $68 million in stimulus money is under investigation by the Weld County district attorney’s office.

7NEWS has confirmed Abound Solar is under investigation.

Abound made solar panels which it sold across the country, Europe and India.The Department of Energy approved nearly $370 million in federal stimulus money for Abound. The company received $68 million before payments were stopped in 2011.

Sources tell 7NEWS that the company’s finances are under scrutiny.

7NEWS obtained internal documents from 2012 that show orders for tens of thousands of replacement solar panels. The orders cite different reasons for the replacements including, “low performance,” “under performance” and “catastrophic failures.”

The orders are for replacements requested after the Department of Energy stopped stimulus money payments to Abound.

“These are solar panels we are now seeing reports that said they worked as long as you didn’t put them in the sun,” said Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. “Now the question is did the (Department of Energy) — did they know something that the rest of should have known? Did Abound not tell the DOE something? These are questions that need to be answered.”

Gardner represents northern Colorado in Congress. He confirmed with 7NEWS that he will be sending a letter to the Department of Energy seeking records and information about what it knew while providing money to Abound. Gardner sits on the Energy and Commerce committee which oversees the Department of Energy loan program that provided money to Abound.


Much more from Michael Sandoval at Heritage and Amy Oliver Cooke of the Independence Institute, who did ground-breaking work on the story, along with Todd Shepherd of Complete Colorado.


MARCH 9, 2012
Hope-a-nomics: Colorado’s own green loan sinkhole
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

Hope-a-nomics: Colorado’s own green loan sinkhole
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

There’s no escaping Solyndra Syndrome. Here in my home state of Colorado, citizen journalists have uncovered our own gaping government green loan sinkhole. The stench of Chicago-on-the-Potomac is fouling the fresh Rocky Mountain air.

Meet Loveland-based Abound Solar, the lucky winner of a $400 million federal loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Earlier this month, the thin-film cadmium telluride solar module-maker announced layoffs of nearly 300 employees (70 percent of its workforce). In addition, the firm froze plans to build a new factory in Indiana. Abound says it will ride out bad market conditions and “hopefully” survive until the market recovers.

But White House hope-a-nomics is what got Abound and taxpayers into trouble in the first place.

Back in 2010, President Obama promised America in his weekly radio address that Abound would “manufacture advanced solar panels at two new plants, creating more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.” Energy Secretary Steven Chu waves his green pom-poms, too.

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WORLD: ‘Failure of Leadership’ at Penn State

by La Shawn Barber on Thursday, March 15th, 2012

This is article 116 of 341 in the topic Criminal Activity

On Monday, the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees released a reportexplaining why they “removed” the late head football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier last November. Penn State alumni, students, and others complained about the firings and asked the trustees to “state clearly” why they did so. The report is their response.

According to the grand jury presentment, graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary said he witnessed former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky raping a child in the shower in 2002. McQueary went to Paterno’s house and told him what he saw. Paterno reported the incident to athletic director Tim Curley. Paterno testified that McQueary said Sandusky was “in the Lasch Building [on campus] showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.”

I’ve read some of the grand jury presentment, and it’s not for those with weak stomachs. What Sandusky reportedly did to those children is sad, nasty, blood pressure raising, and evil.

Although Paterno, according to the report, “did his legal duty by reporting” the crimes to Curley, his decision not to do more to follow up “constituted a failure of leadership.” The trustees also concluded that Spanier “took insufficient action” after he learned of the child’s rape.

Sandusky coached from 1969 to 1999, and in 1977, he founded The Second Mile, a charity to help “troubled” boys. In 1998, State College, Pa., police, the Centre County district attorney, and other agencies investigated Sandusky for sexually abusing a child. Incredibly, no charges were filed against him, and he continued his alleged perverted crimes. Last November, Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period, with some of the incidents occurring while he coached at Penn State.

We didn’t need a report to tell us Paterno showed a failure of leadership or that Spanier’s actions were insufficient. Is there any doubt the “winningest” coach held the kind of power at Penn State to blow the lid off such heinous and disgusting attacks on vulnerable children? Of course, he did. So why didn’t he go to the police? And why didn’t McQueary, who witnessed the rape of a 10-year-old boy, clobber the pervert over the head and rescue the child? According to an ESPN timeline of events, a janitor named James Calhoun also saw Sandusky abusing a young boy in the shower. Why didn’t he help?

What kind of man sees or hears a child being raped, or suspects rape, and leaves the child to his fate? The kind of man with low character and a heaping helping of cowardice. What must a child think when a man rapes him or when another man sees him in peril and walks away? Was Paterno disgusted when McQueary told him about it? Every person who knew or suspected what happened bears some of the blame.

But wait … aren’t I being judgmental? Bad girl. Politically incorrect girl. When it comes to the protection of children, may we all be so judgmental. I’m certain an abused child would have welcomed such judgments from Paterno or McQueary.

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Why carry concealed in national parks?

by John Lott on Friday, January 27th, 2012

This is article 119 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

Aren’t parks safe? Why would anyone need to protect themselves? Surely this 65 year old man is glad that he had his permitted gun with him. I only wish that the news story explicitly stated that he had a concealed handgun permit. Story from WFMZ-TV about a Cumru Township, PA case:

A 16-year-old boy is dead, another teenager is wounded and another was arrested after a shooting on a popular trail in Cumru Township.

Wednesday night the Berks County District Attorney gave police the go ahead to release the man they say shot at the teens.

Wednesday morning police from multiple departments responded to the Thune Trail near the Bertolet Fishing Dock at S. First Avenue and Chestnut Street in West Reading after reports of shots fired. . . .

Police say four people were involved: three teenagers and a 65-year-old man.

“He was riding a bicycle,” said Habecker.

Police said the teens knocked the man off his bicycle and onto the ground.

They said two of the teens were assaulting the man when he pulled out a gun and shot them. . . .

Thanks to Tony Troglio for this link.

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“Wisconsin ‘concealed carry’ gets support from cops”

by John Lott on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This is article 77 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

This Sheriff makes the case pretty clearly.

A local sheriff’s captain thinks recent criticism by a county prosecutor of the state’s new concealed carry gun law is off base, asserting that the new law won’t endanger police officers.

“It’s not the law-abiding folks with permits that will hurt you,” said Brown County Sheriff’s Capt. Randy Schultz. “It’s those that don’t follow the law that are the ones that are going to hurt you.”

Schultz was responding to a statement issued Wednesday by Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco, who blasted state leaders in Madison for passing the concealed carry gun law. . . .

“I have yet to speak with an officer over my 22 years as a prosecutor who doesn’t want as much information as possible when responding to a call or performing a traffic stop, especially if that information indicates there may be a firearm present,” DeCecco said in the news release.

Schultz said that viewpoint runs contrary to standard police procedure, which is to treat everyone as being potentially armed.

“The message that law enforcement needs to keep is to approach everyone as if armed, because as soon as we look at it differently, we lose,” Schultz said. “I don’t approach a car on a traffic stop saying this guy is not a permit holder so he’s not armed. . . .

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Tea Party Must Tone Down Violent Rhetoric (Also, Lefty Charged for Threatening to Kill Wisconsin GOPers)

by Doug Powers on Friday, April 1st, 2011

This is article 63 of 341 in the topic Criminal Activity

Will the hard left sentence her to three months at HW & Bubba’s Institute for Civil Discourse for extensive “new civility” re-education, or have a parade in her honor? That was just a rhetorical question, by the way.

From the Journal-Sentinel:

Madison — A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts accusing her of making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Windels sent an email threat to state Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) on March 9, the day the Senate passed a measure to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public workers. Later that evening, she sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the complaint says.

The subject of the second email was: “Atten.: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!” In that email, she purportedly wrote, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”

“I hope you have a good time in hell,” she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email that listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by “putting a nice little bullet in your head.”

According to the complaint, Windels told investigators, “I sent out emails that I was disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.” Asked if she intended to follow through, Windels said, “No,” according to the complaint.


According to the complaint, investigators read Windels excerpts from the e-mails, and she replied, “I know I said that, but I don’t know why I said that.”

Windels allegedly told police that she did not intend to follow through on any of her statements.

Underground Conservative:

She is a 2010 graduate of Madison Area Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

Which leads Ed Morrissey to this:

More importantly, the parents of children at the school might want to know that someone unstable (and stupid) enough to send terrorist death threats to politicians from her home computer is being entrusted with the students.

Here’s a big surprise — it looks like the Democrat D.A. has been dragging his heels like Fred Flintstone trying to stop his car on Filbert Street when it comes to pursuing the matter. I’m only guessing that if this had been a Tea Party member she’d have been in custody by last weekend, but not in this case:

Windels is not in custody. The D.A.’s office says she won’t be arrested.

Arrested? At worst she might be whisked away for a few weeks in the Fleebagger wing of the Heritage Inn & Suites in Illinois. If she’s found guilty her punishment will be no MSNBC for 24 hours.

Big Government posted a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Justice concerning the amount of time the situation has been gathering dust on the D.A.’s desk.

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Vote fraud in Pennsylvania?

by John Lott on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Absentee ballots are often problematic for many reasons.

A trio of Bucks County residents backed by the county Republican committee say they have evidence linking Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy’s campaign to a scheme to flood the county voter registration office with fraudulent applications for absentee ballots.

In a petition filed Tuesday, county Republicans say the name of Murphy’s campaign manager appeared on a Bristol post office box where voters were urged in a series of letters paid for by the state Democratic Committee to send absentee ballot applications.

The county Republicans submitted with the petition a photograph of a note inside the mailbox that said, “Tim Percico and Paul Hampel only pick up mail.” Tim Persico is Murphy’s campaign manager, although his name is misspelled in the note. Hampel is a volunteer for the Democratic state committee who said he collects mail from the box.

While county and state Democratic officials denied involvement in the letter campaign or refused to discuss it, Persico said Tuesday that the “PA Vote 2010″ project that paid for the letters is a partnership between Murphy’s campaign and the state Democrats.

Persico said the goal of the project is to help eligible Democratic voters obtain and cast absentee ballots. . .

The petition is the latest in a series of alarms county and state Republicans have sounded over an influx of questionable absentee ballot applications. Last week, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said his office would investigate allegations of fraud leveled by state and county Republican officials.

Voter Registration Director Deena Dean said her staff had rejected more than 600 defective absentee ballot applications as of Friday. Although the voter registration office continued to accept applications until the close of business Tuesday, Dean was unable to provide an updated total. . . . .

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Local Tea Party group may have uncovered massive vote fraud in Texas

by Jayme Evans on Monday, September 27th, 2010

This is article 1 of 8 in the topic Federal Lands

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer

The Examiner’s Mark Tapscott wrote about this story over a week ago, but now Fox News is reporting on Tea Party activists in Texas uncovering vote fraud:

When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.

“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”

Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening — and that it was happening everywhere.

“It was a true Tea Party moment,” she remembers.

True the Vote appears to have made some pretty significant discoveries, including one blockbuster revelation possibly connecting the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to vote fraud in Houston:

Their work paid off. Two weeks ago the Harris County voter registrar took their work and the findings of his own investigation and handed them over to both the Texas secretary of state’s office and the Harris County district attorney.

Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Steve Caddle, who also works for the Service Employees International Union. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures.

Caddle told local newspapers that there “had been mistakes made,” and he said he had fired 30 workers for filing defective voter registration applications. He could not be reached for this article.

There’s a lot more to the story at the link. It’s an inspiring example grassroots activism.


God bless Texas

This documentary is one of the best pieces of evidence of election law violations by AKA Obama and his thugs stealing the primaries in Texas! . If you haven’t seen this documentary it is available on YouTube. This extensive collection of evidence was done by Democrats who were primary workers in Texas. Which just goes to prove that Democrats also recognize when they are being worked over by a Chicago con-man political gangster.

We Will Not be Silenced — A Documentary by Gigi Gaston

As Americans, we expect certain liberties and rights that were granted us by our forefathers, who wrote documents like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. “We the people” expect that these fundamental rights will always be protected. However, in the current Democratic Presidential Primary, this has not been the case.

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