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Appeals court blocks DC’s conceal-carry law on Second Amendment grounds

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The Constitution prevails.

From Fox News: A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a District of Columbia gun-control measure that the court said is essentially an outright ban in violation of the Second Amendment.

D.C. requires gun owners to have a “good reason” to obtain a concealed carry permit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the regulation as too restrictive in a 2-1 decisionThe Washington Post reported.

“The good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs,” Judge Thomas B. Griffith (appointed by George W. Bush) wrote, according to the paper.

“Bans on the ability of most citizens to exercise an enumerated right would have to flunk any judicial test.”

Judge Stephen F. Williams (appointed by Ronald Reagan) joined Griffith in the decision.

The decision deals another legal blow to efforts by city officials to rewrite gun regulations since the Supreme Court declared a Second Amendment right to gun ownership in a 2008 D.C. gun case, the paper reported.

John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center called the decision huge.

Right now, there are about 124 concealed handgun permit holders in D.C., Lott told Fox News. “If D.C. were like the 42 right-to-carry states, they would have about 48,000 permits. Right now D.C. prevents the most vulnerable people, particularly poor blacks who live in high crime areas of D.C., from having any hope of getting a permit for protection.”

The lone dissenter, Judge Karen Henderson (appointed by George H.W. Bush), said the district’s regulation “passes muster” because of the city’s unique security challenges as the nation’s capital and because it does not affect the right to keep a firearm at home.

Gun rights groups and Republican attorneys general from more than a dozen states told the court that the District’s system is unconstitutional because the typical law-abiding citizen could not obtain a permit, the paper reported.

City officials could ask all the judges on the circuit to rule on the matter, if they elect to appeal the decision.

DCG

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Ellen DeGeneres won’t invite Donald Trump on her show anytime soon

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Ellen DeGeneres: Tolerance is a one-way street…

Well, I’m sure Trump is devastated.

From Yahoo:  Ellen DeGeneres has hosted a number of presidents on her show — Barack Obama came on to dance with her and George W. Bush joined to talk about his paintings. But there is one person you won’t see anywhere near DeGeneres’ pristine white armchairs: Donald Trump.

After Ellen interviewed Matt Lauer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, Lauer turned the tables on her, interviewing DeGeneres about several topics for The Today Show, including Donald Trump.

After discussing the impact of coming out on television 20 years ago, Lauer asked the talk show host whether or not she would invite the current president on the couch. 

“What’s your relationship with Donald Trump — do you know him at all? Have you had a chance to interview him or talk to him?,” he asked. DeGeneres explained she knows him from the show Celebrity Apprentice, but has not spoken to him since his political career. 

Lauer then asked Degeneres if she was interested in having Trump on the show, to which she responded with a simple, “um, no.” 

Donald Trump might not be a fixture on the talk show circuit now, but during the election season, Trump’s appearance on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon drew a number of criticisms about normalizing the then-candidate and his policies—all of which have been far from “normal.”

DeGeneres, on the other hand, is doing the opposite.

“I’m not going to change his mind,” DeGeneres explained to Lauer. “He’s against everything that I stand for. We need to look at someone else who looks different than us and believes in something that we don’t believe in and still accept them and still let them have their rights.”

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Federal judge who halted Trump’s temporary immigration ban is a proponent of Black Lives Matter

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order on Trump’s Executive Order on the temporary immigration ban. The judge, appointed by George W. Bush, said the state of Washington proved that the local economy and citizens have suffered “irreparable harm” and an injunction should be applied.

This same judge presided over a case of overseeing the reform of the Seattle Police Department due to allegations of excessive force and “biased policing.” According to Wikipedia, Judge Robart presided over a 2012 consent decree requiring the Seattle Police Department to address federal allegations of police bias. During the hearing, he declared “black lives matter.” See the video below.

The judge ultimately sided against the Seattle Police Department. According to the Seattle Times, Robart ended the hearing with deeply personal remarks, in which he noted a statistic that showed, nationally, 41 percent of the shootings by police were of blacks, when they represented 20 percent of the population.

“Black lives matter,” he said, drawing a startled, audible reaction in a courtroom listening to the words coming from a federal judge sitting on the bench. Read all about the Seattle Police Department case at the Seattle Times here.

Appears the good judge is nothing more than an activist judge. Just what the libtards needed to stick it to Trump.

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Betrayal: George W. Bush may also vote for Hillary

George W. Bush hugs Hillary at Nancy Reagan funeral

Texas land commissioner George P. Bush is the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush, and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.

Although Donald Trump had defeated his father in the Republican primaries, last August, George P. Bush endorsed Trump, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

But according to Dallas News, last night, Nov. 1, 2016, speaking to a small Republican rally in San Marcos, Texas, George P. Bush says his uncle and grandfather may vote for Hillary Clinton:

“George P. Bush says he’s the only member of his powerful political family who will be voting straight-ticket Republican and says his grandfather and uncle, both former presidents, could ‘potentially’ cast ballots for Hillary Clinton. […]

He was pressed later by The Associated Press to clarify his remarks. He said then of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush: ‘I don’t know how they voted. I’m speculating, to be honest.’

Asked if either could vote for Clinton, Bush answered: ‘Potentially. But hard to speculate.'”

Last September 19, on her Facebook page, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend posted a picture of herself shaking the hand of George H.W. Walker Bush, with the caption:

“The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

Townsend is a former Lt. Governor of Maryland and the daughter of the late Robert “Bobby” Kennedy.

A spokesman for George H.W. Bush did not deny it.

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~Eowyn

Obama administration refuses to declassify 28 pages of 9/11 report on foreign governments’ involvement

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The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (henceforth, Joint Inquiry) is the official name of the inquiry conducted by the U.S. Senate and House committees on intelligence into the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies (like the CIA and NSA) in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The investigation began in February 2002, but quickly ran into stonewalling, delays and attacks from then Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, especially after an alleged leak from the committee to CNN, which reported that the National Security Agency had received warning about the attacks on September 10, but failed to translate and forward them.

In August 2002, four months before the release of the final report of Joint Inquiry, unnamed individuals who had read the report revealed it contained accusations of links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the attacks. As the New York Times put it, “two Saudi citizens who had at least indirect links with two hijackers were probably Saudi intelligence agents and may have reported to Saudi government officials, according to people who have seen the report.” The Saudis denied this and asked that the section be made public, but then-President George W. Bush refused.

Obama bows to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, April 2009

Obama bows to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, April 2009

On December 11, 2002, in a PBS Newshour interview, Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said:

“I was surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments [note the plural ‘governments‘] involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.

I am stunned that we have not done a better job of pursuing that to determine if other terrorists received similar support and, even more important, if the infrastructure of a foreign government assisting terrorists still exists for the current generation of terrorists who are here planning the next plots.

To me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that we face in terms of foreign government involvement….

I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing — although that was part of it — by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down….”

On December 20, 2002, the Joint Committee released its final report, Report of the Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The report detailed failings of the FBI and CIA to use available information about terrorists the CIA knew were in the United States — information that could have disrupted the terrorist plots.

However, the George W. Bush administration redacted 28 pages of the report which contained information concerning foreign governments’ involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those pages remain “classified” to this day, despite Congressional efforts to declassify them.

The most recent effort was more than two years ago.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

On December 2, 2013, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced House Resolution 428, urging President Obama to declassify and release those 28 pages of the joint House and Senate Intelligence Committee report.

HR 429 was a bipartisan resolution, with 21 cosponsors (11 Democrats, 10 Republicans). Jones’ resolution was not enacted.

Below is the full text of H. Res. 428.

H. Res. 428

RESOLUTION

Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.

Whereas President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001;

Whereas the contents of the redacted pages are necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States;

Whereas the Executive Branch’s decision to maintain the classified status of these pages prevents the people of the United States from having access to information about the involvement of certain foreign governments in the terrorist attacks of September 2001; and

Whereas the people of the United States and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserve full and public disclosure of the results of the Joint Inquiry: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that–

(1) the President should declassify the 28-page section of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001; and

(2) the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States.

On October 28, 2003, there was a debate in the Senate on an amendment similar to H. Res. 428. In the debate, Sens. Bob Graham and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) argued for a “yes” vote. Immediately following their speeches, debate was shut down and a vote prevented based on an objection made by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that “the amendment is not germane”. Read the debate here.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Graham and Dorgan are no longer senators.

Recall that Sen. Graham, who was the chair of one of the committees of the Joint Inquiry, had said he was surprised by “the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.”

Note that Graham used the plural “governments,” not “government’.

According to longtime D.C.-based investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, in his 2014 book The Star and the Sword, both Israel and Saudi Arabia were intimately involved in planning and carrying out the 9/11 attack on the United States. Both countries, while seemingly enemies, have been longtime secret allies. They share a number of common enemies, including Iran, Shi’a Islam, pan-Arab nationalism, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Their intelligence chiefs often meet and conspire in utmost secrecy. The Saudis and Israelis had the motive and the means to cooperate in launching a “false flag” terrorist attack on the United States in order to plunge America into endless conflicts to bolster the positions of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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~Eowyn

Death Panel in Texas: Houston Methodist Hospital consigns man with no insurance to death

At the time when the Democrat-majority Congress was considering the misnamed Affordable Care Act, better and more appropriately known as Obamacare, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.”

A physician called into a radio show and said: “That’s the definition of a stool sample.”

But what is happening to 46-year-old Chris Dunn, a former EMT and Homeland Security officer, is no joke.

Sara Gonzales reports for Red State, Dec. 7, 2015 that Dunn is fighting to stay alive, against a death panel at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, because despite indicating his wish to stay alive, the hospital plans to terminate his life.

In the video below, Chris’s family attorney asks him: “Chris, we’re trying to make sure the hospital will continue giving you good care. Do you want to stay alive?”

Unable to speak, Chris answers by nodding his head and placing his hands together in prayer and supplication.

In August 2015, Dunn went to Urgent Care for severe abdominal pain. A CAT scan was performed, which found a mass on his pancreas.

Dunn is uninsured and has applied for a Harris County Gold card (Medicare), which would provide him with subsidized health insurance to pay for a biopsy of the mass which would enable doctors to make a diagnosis. In the meantime, Dunn began vomiting blood and became so ill he was rushed to the emergency room and admitted to a small hospital in Pasadena, Texas on October 12.

Dunn was stabilized and put on a ventilator at Pasadena, but the hospital would not inform his family why the ventilator was necessary or if there was another option. Once stable, Dunn was transferred to Houston Methodist Hospital because the local facility simply could not accommodate the level of care he needed.

Dunn’s mother, Evelyn Kelly, said her son has fluid constantly building up in his abdomen and the mass in his pancreas is squeezing his small intestine, which affects his liver and kidneys. The family has asked for a procedure to put in a drain to allow the fluid building up in his abdomen to drain by itself, but the doctors reportedly refused, stating that the drain could become infected and was not worth the risk.

Dunn’s sister Holly said her brother has been on the ventilator for eight weeks now, although a pulmonary technician candidly had advised her mother they shouldn’t have the ventilator in longer than three weeks. When Evelyn asked one of Dunn’s doctors about performing a tracheostomy to remove the ventilator and allow Dunn to breathe, the doctor refused.

But the ventilator has been in for so long, Dunn can no longer breathe without it, even though his lung function was never the problem.

In a meeting shortly after arriving at Houston Methodist, the hospital staff told Dunn’s family that he was in systemic organ failure and would die within 2 to 3 weeks. Dunn has now been there 8 weeks with no additional explanation being offered.

It gets worse.

Doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital are treating this case as an end-of-life treatment due to cancer — a diagnosis that is a death sentence for Dunn, although:

  1. The doctors have no conclusive evidence that the mass on Dunn’s pancreas is cancerous.
  2. The hospital has not asked an oncologist to examine Dunn, his lab work and imaging, so as to confirm a cancer diagnosis.
  3. According to Evelyn, the hospital has conducted tests on Dunn’s blood and fluid multiple times. Each time, the result was no positive markers for cancer.

What happened next was shocking: Evelyn said 11 hospital employees, including lawyers, marched into her son’s hospital room and handed her a notice explaining their plans to end life-sustaining treatment, invoking the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA), a law enacted in Texas in 1999 while George W. Bush was governor.

Under TADA, if a hospital or physician decides for any reason they disagree with a patient about his/her medical care, the medical provider may invoke TADA and override the patient or family’s decision about their medical treatment. TADA does not even require the medical provider to give a reason for their decision, specifically whether the decision is financial, i.e., to continue providing care to the patient would be cost-prohibitive for the hospital.  All that TADA requires the medical provider to do is serve the patient or patient’s representative with 10-day notice.

Evelyn contacted Texas Right to Life, who helped her file the necessary paperwork to request an extension with the courts. So far, a judge has granted her a 2-week extension to keep her son from being murdered.

But Houston Methodist Hospital countered the judicial extension with a lawsuit on December 5 to remove Evelyn as Dunn’s power of attorney, and place that power into a third party’s hands. The hospital also brought a psychiatrist to interview Dunn, mere hours after he had a procedure that required high doses of pain medicine, which rendered him unable to effectively communicate. His sister Holly believes the timing of the psychiatrist’s visit was deliberate so as to facilitate a diagnosis that Dunn is incoherent and unable to make decisions for himself.

If the hospital gets its way, Evelyn says they will unplug Dunn’s ventilator, administer a drug to make him “more comfortable”. Dunn will die within 3 to 4 minutes due to the fact that his lungs have been on the ventilator so long they are not strong enough to breathe on their own.

Dunn’s family goes back to court on December 16th, when a judge will determine what happens next, and whether or not Dunn has a right to the medical care he has pleaded for.

Chris Dunn

If anyone is able to make a donation to Chris Dunn’s medical expenses, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/pn8gna2c

H/t FOTM‘s Lana

~Eowyn

Former Muslim says Islam is the religion of war

Mosab Hassan Yousef

Mosab Hassan Yousef

Mosab Hassan Yousef is a Muslim who converted to Christianity and the bestselling author of Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.

The son of one of the founding members of Hamas, Yousef worked as a spy for the Israeli intelligence service after beginning to question the religion-ideology in which he had been raised. Yousef’s family publicly disowned him after he wrote Son of Hamas, and he said he lost “everything.”

Yesterday, March 30, 2015, Yousef appeared on The Glenn Beck Program to discuss how he rejected radical Islam and converted to Christianity. As recounted by Erica Ritz in The Blaze, Yousef admitted that Islam’s goal is to conquer the world.

He said “I was brought up in a state of delusion, believing the Islamic theory that once we control the globe and build an Islamic State we can bring humanity, justice and happiness and solve the human condition. Islam is a very dark theory and we need to face this reality.”

Instead of former president George W. Bush’s characterization of Islam as a “religion of peace,” Yousef said “Islam is the religion of war.” He explains:

Islam is at war with everything that is not Muslim. Islam has been in a war against the west and its foundations for the last 1,400 years. This is a fact. The Islamic phenomena that we see in ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Taliban — this is not just a new phenomenon. It has been out there for the last 1,400 years. And I think this is the time for humanity to have the courage to say no to the Islamic theory.

On the appeal of Islam, Yousef explains that “it’s easier for them [Muslims] to listen to the leader who is blaming all the social problems and many other problems on Israel and the United States of America. I was brought up believing in the conspiracy theory that the United States of America and the west, including Israel, is plotting day and night to destroy Islam and the Muslim world, which is a lie. And this is how terrorist organizations kept pushing the average person to fight on their behalf against the United States of America and against Israel.

While Yousef believes that George Bush and Barack Obama have good intentions in the Middle East, he vehemently disagrees with Obama’s insistence that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. Worse still, Obama’s characterization is neither inconsequential nor harmless because “When the president of the free world misleads the public, this is a big, big problem I believe. ISIS is the real face of Islam. ISIS is the real manifestation of the Islamic ideology, of the Islamic theory.”

And unlike some who believe Islam can undergo a reformation like Christianity, Yousef believes “Islam cannot be reformed” because at its core, it is based in tribal conflict and “the mentality of the 7th century.”

However, Middle Easterners are beginning to recognize the danger of ISIS because of the latter’s brutal treatment of fellow Muslims. Yousef says, “I think today, Middle Easterners see the enemy is within. They see ISIS. They see their brutality. Even the Palestinians in Gaza, they see the brutality of Hamas and their absolute control over their lives. And [for] the first time, they come to realize that this is the Islamic theory in action. This is the Islamic theory manifestation.”

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~Éowyn