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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.

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A classic: Ronald Reagan’s Memorial Day speech

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Michigan win pushes Trump’s Electoral College votes to 306

The AP reports (via ABC News) that shortly after 2 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers unanimously certified Donald Trump as the winner in the state’s presidential election.

Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 0.2%, making 2016 the tightest presidential race in the state’s almost 200-year history:

  • Trump 2,279,543 (47.6%)
  • Clinton 2,268,839 (47.4%)
  • Johnson 172,136 (3.6%)
  • Stein 51,463 (1.1%)

The result pushed Trump’s total Electoral College (EC) votes to 306 (vs. Hillary’s 232).

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Trump’s 306 Electoral College votes places him above these U.S. presidents in modern history (Wikipedia):

  • Harry S. Truman, 1948: 303 EC votes
  • John F. Kennedy, 1960: 303 EC votes
  • Richard Nixon, 1968: 301 EC votes
  • Jimmy Carter, 1976: 297 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2000: 271 EC votes
  • George W. Bush, 2004: 286 EC votes

Ronald Reagan in 1984 received the largest number of Electoral votes of any president in U.S. history: 525 (vs. Walter Mondale’s 13).

Trump’s 306 Electoral votes, while 74 votes more than Hillary’s 232, are not a landslide victory because his votes do not constitute an “overwhelming majority” in the Electoral College, being but 56.9% of the 538 total. An “overwhelming majority” is defined as at least 80% of the total EC votes.

H/t GiGi and The Last Refuge

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Obama: ‘Donald Trump will never be president’

To Obama, SNL’s Seth Myers, Ron Reagan, Jeb Bush, Nate Silver, Stephen Colbert and other arrogant dolts who said “Donald Trump will never be President”:

Eat Crow!

According to today’s International Business Times:

Almost a week has passed since the presidential election and still all the votes have not officially been counted. The Associated Press has not yet called the last states standing, Michigan and New Hampshire, because recounts in both are still possible. Michigan and New Hampshire’s unofficial vote tallies, however, are in, and the margins are slim.

President-elect Donald Trump is currently winning Michigan by 13,107 votes and at 47.6 percent, compared to Hillary Clinton at 47.3 percent. Clinton leads New Hampshire by 2,701 votes at 47.6 percent, compared to Trump at 47.2 percent.

If these margins hold, Trump will officially take 306 Electoral College votes from 30 states and Clinton will take 232 Electoral College votes from 20 states plus Washington, D.C.

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By the way, do you know which U.S. president received the greatest number of Electoral College votes?

Answer: Ronald Reagan in 1984, with 525 Electoral College votes (Reagan’s opponent Walter Mondale got only 13 EC votes). Reagan carried 49 of the 50 states.  (Source)

H/t FOTM‘s Longknife 21

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HuffPo writer: “We Must Admit That More Than One Person Is Guilty in the Orlando Shooting”

As well as the expected blame of the NRA, Donald Trump and republicans, there are A LOT of people he’s going to blame. I’m on the list and I’m pretty sure you are as well as.

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About the author Andrew Sotomayor: He is a celebrity makeup artist, Mexican American, tall vegan gay guy, with two adopted chihuahuas. The grandson of rancher and a contractor, the son of two journalists, Andrew Sotomayor is one of the “artsy” kids in his family. His earliest creative memories involve his childhood hands regularly stained by Crayola markers. The frequent lipstick swatches of today were inevitable.

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From Huffington Post: This past weekend, a man was stopped on his way to the Los Angeles Pride event with a car full of assault rifles and ingredients to make pipe bombs. Thankfully, he was caught, but on Saturday night in Orlando, there was the largest mass murder of ‪LGBT people, their friends, and family. It is the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Two friends of my best friend who grew up in Florida were killed. Grieving, sadness and vigils are appropriate and necessary as we join together to begin healing, and we cope with a horrific reminder that while this month marks the one year anniversary of marriage equality in America, we have not yet achieved complete legal equality or freedom from discrimination and hate. If we want to honor the 49 people who were killed and the dozens more who were injured, we need to remember that those are only the first steps.

The gunman was an American citizen who had been identified by the FBI as a known ISIL sympathizer, and according to his father had become enraged a few months ago when he saw gay people kissing in public. He beat his wife before they divorced. He had been reported to his boss as unstable. None of these things prevented him from being able to buy an assault rifle that shoots off forty five rounds a minute. While the person who pulled the trigger is dead, the people who made this possible are still alive. Horrific tragedies like this flourish after being nurtured in an environment where hatred is perpetuated in subtler ways on a daily basis.

Everyone who’s ever gone on FOX News and said gay people dont deserve equal rights contributed to this murder. Every politician who voted for military intervention that contributed to the destabilization of a country that lead to the creation of more religious extremists abroad and strengthening of ISIL contributed to this murder. Every politician, or TV contributor who included all the 1.6 billion muslims in the world while calling out very distinct, small hateful group of people who’ve committed atrocities simply because it was easier to scapegoat than to tell the full story, contributed to this murder. Every politician who’s taken money from the NRA and later voted against gun control laws contributed to this murder. Every card carrying member of the NRA, whether they are shooting animals for sport or for food contributed to this murder, because even if you would never condone or commit such violence, by continuing to be a member of this organization that essentially legally bribes politicians and obstructs reasonable measures of gun safety, you’re contributing to the problem.

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Every preacher, pastor, or priest who’s falsely claimed that LGBT people are “sinners”, “perverts”, or told someone to “pray the gay away” contributed to this murder. Everyone who’s ever heard the leader of their church say that gay people are going to Hell and didn’t speak out against their preacher contributed to this murder. Every pastor who went overseas to countries like Uganda and convinced people that gay people were “pedophiles” contributed to the murders in Orlando and the countless ones internationally. Everyone who watches ‪Pat Robertson, Bill O’Reilly, FOX and Friends (or supports them with ad dollars) or bought books by ‪Anne Coulter or Laura Schlessinger book contributed to this murder. Every school administrator who turned gay teen couples away at their prom, or made a trans student dress a certain way, or didn’t fairly punish a student for bullying an LGBT kid, contributed to this murder. Every “therapist” who pushed “gay conversion ‘therapy’” on a client contributed to this murder. Everyone who voted for a ‪Republican candidate that supported Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” law contributed to this murder. Every baker or florist who refused to sell their goods for a gay wedding contributed to this murder.

Every American President or presidential candidate who ever said that “marriage is between a man and a woman”, or supported “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, or supported The Defense Of Marriage Act contributed to this murder. Donald Trump is a hate filled atrocity and his candidacy is the result of eight years of the Republican party saying that the LGBT community and the muslim community are “less than”. ‪We must never let him take office, but in efforts to defeat his candidacy, we cannot allow ourselves to believe that Hillary Clinton or any other politician has been perfect. She failed the gay community on all three of the examples above. We need to demand that she do better as a leader, and make sure that she follows through.

I do not believe I have politicized this tragedy in any sort of negative way. It was politicized when Marco Rubio said this could have happened anywhere, but that it was “Orlando’s turn”. It was politicized when the Republican party on Twitter (@GOP) failed to make any mention of the murders in Orlando whatsoever. They did, however acknowledge George H. Bush’s birthday, who (it’s worth mentioning) said in the 90s that he believed no one needed an assault rifle. Ronald Reagan said the same thing too. In spite of this, when asked what Americans could do to help prevent this from happening again, Florida Governor Rick Scott would only tell reporters that they should pray.

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I do not believe any of this is an overstatement. Ugliness and hatred grow and get out of control. EVERY DAY, we have opportunities in small and big moments to MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN, or allow goodness to decompose. We cannot just say how tragic this is. We need to demand change from our government, and we need to change ourselves. Demanding our government work better is the most patriotic thing we can do.

Read the whole diatribe here.

h/t Newsbusters

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Will Ferrell to Play President Ronald Reagan in ‘Reagan’ Film

I work at a retirement/assisted living center. Many residents there have had to leave their homes and move into the facility because they are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. It is frustrating to deal with them and I can only imagine how difficult it is for their family members. I guess it helps to have a sense of humor when dealing with people who suffer from these diseases.

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That being said, Ferrell is certainly entitled to make whatever movie he wants. Somehow I envision that his “comedy” will be rather mean-spirited. I won’t be going to it. I hope it BOMBS.

From the Hollywood Reporter: Will Ferrell is feeling presidential. The comedic actor, who has already portrayed President George W. Bush in skits and onstage, has set his sights on another Republican, President Ronald Reagan.

Ferrell is attached to star in and produce Reagan, a Black List script by Mike Rosolio, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Ferrell will produce via his production banner Gary Sanchez Productions.

Our 40th President of the US

Our 40th President of the US

No director is on board but the project is being packaged in order to be shopped.

The logline, via the Black List, describes the story thusly: “When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie.”

The Black List did a live reading of the script in March and even saw James Brolin act as Reagan while John Cho played the intern. Lena Dunham and Nathan Fillion were also on the playbill.

Patti Davis is not too happy about this. “Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous,” Davis wrote on her books blog in an open letter to Ferrell.

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Higher Education: College students don’t recognize Reagan

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