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The Second Amendment Has Nothing to Do with Gun Ownership

The Gun Lobby's interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American People by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies - the militia - would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.


Retired Chief Justice Warren Burger, "The Right to Bear Arms," Parade Magazine, January 14, 1990.
In 2008, this fraud was furthered by Mr. Scalia, joined by his fellow ideologues Thomas, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy. Yet five zealots in black robes cannot change the historical record. Writing something down on paper or pushing the send button to the internet doesn't make it so. Scalia and gang, in ganging together to pen District of Columbia v. Heller, cannot change history, anymore than a Truther diary about how the 9-11 hijackers were Republican ideologues giving their lives for Bush and Cheney, makes such idiocy so.

In its 2002 decision Silveira v. Lockyer, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals provided a very detailed, extensive, and well researched examination of the historical record surrounding the adoption of the Second Amendment. Although Silveira v. Lockyer would overturned by Messrs. Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy in 2008, the 9th Circuit's outstanding research surpasses both Scalia's NRA talking points that passes for a Supreme Court decision, as well as Justice Stevens' far more persuasive dissent. This diary provides a summary of the Ninth Circuit's research that led to that court's conclusion that the Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of the states to form militias, and was not intended to allow anyone and everyone without restriction to buy whatever guns may be on the market. I hope, in a future diary, to analyze Scalia's Heller opinion and illustrate why Scalia is wrong and a hypocrite to claim that he is governed by original intent.

The Second Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

"he original intent of the Second Amendment was to protect the right of the states to form and maintain state militias"


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/25/1171716/-The-Second-Amendment-Has-Nothing-to-Do-with-Gun-Ownership#

State Militias = National Guard!

Well regulated could be restrictions on certain types of weapons.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:22 AM (72 replies)

Fiscal cliff failure looks likely due to Boehner's House 'dictatorship'

By Michael O'Brien, NBC News
The Senate’s top Democrat said Thursday that he was pessimistic that Washington could avoid the impending fiscal cliff, accusing House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, of running the lower chamber as a “dictatorship.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was unsure there was enough time between now and the end of the year to reach a deal to avoid the combination of spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect on Jan. 1. Reid said “the only viable escape route” was for the GOP-controlled House to give its approval to a Senate bill that would preserve existing tax rates on income under $250,000.

“Everyone knows that if they had brought up the Senate-passed bill, it would pass overwhelmingly. But the speaker says, no we can't do that,” Reid said on the Senate floor this morning. “It's being operated by a dictatorship of the speaker.”

In response, a spokesman for Boehner said in a statement, "Senator Reid should talk less and legislate more. The House has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. Senate Democrats have not."

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/27/16190675-reid-fiscal-cliff-failure-looks-likely-due-to-boehners-house-dictatorship?lite
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:46 AM (1 replies)

The iEconomy: Factory Upgrade

New York Times segment on changes to Chinas factories.


http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/12/26/business/100000001974026/the-ieconomy-factory-upgrade.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121227#100000001974026
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:24 AM (0 replies)

Two completely random but similar pictures from Facebook

These are pictures from two unrelated/connected people who posted pictures on Facebook that showed up on my wall.

At first I thought it was a comparison picture until I realized the posters did not know each other.







Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:11 PM (0 replies)

Proposal for gun safety...

We create a national arms database we can call it NADs

Every firearm manufactured or imported would be registered in the database, manufacture, manufacture data, seller, sold date, owner(s).
The database would identify what type of weapon it is, and where it is located, how it is stored (locked in gun case, hung in the back window, set in the corner of the dining room).

As well, every piece of ammunition would likewise be registered, where made, sold, owner, expended.

Owners would be required to report an inventory either on line or through a mail in survey for the really back woods rednecks. This could be an annual task or whenever there is a transaction or ammunition use.

Freedom ain't free and citizenship requires some responsibility! The gun owners need to man up and take responsibility for their right to bear arms.

Our automobiles are in a database, we have to keep that information current and take responsibility for our automobiles, so why not guns?
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:13 PM (3 replies)

End-of-world rumors prompt Michigan officials to close 33 schools

Michigan education jumps the shark:

More than 30 Michigan schools closed for the holidays two days early, in part because the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on Friday, an official said.

Matt Wandrie, superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools, said doomsday "rumors" are running rampant in several districts, adding to fears raised by last week's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"Given the recent events in Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors circulating in our district, and in neighboring districts, about potential threats of violence against students," Wandrie wrote on his website.

"Additionally, rumors connected to the Mayan calendar predicted end of the world on Friday have also surfaced," he added.


http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/20/16042653-mayan-end-of-world-rumors-prompt-michigan-officials-to-close-33-schools?lite
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:47 PM (21 replies)

For us future retirees, Social Security will only be coffee money.

It will not be a the safety net we expected.

We have paid into this program for 40 or more years and the rich fuckers need it worse than we do.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:25 PM (45 replies)

Who wants to do this on 12/21?



Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:04 PM (8 replies)

I found where D U meets in Missouri

Saw this on a recent trip through back roads of Northern Missouri

http://binged.it/12nk9Bm

Tried to do street view to show the sign for D and U intersection but Google Earth was not clear and Bing did not have a street view for this area as it is extremely remote.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:02 PM (0 replies)

Mom says 'I am Adam Lanza's mother,' details life with terrifying son




In the post-Newtown debate over mental illness, a distraught and exhausted mother has written a chilling article describing life with her troubled son and the health care system's shortage of options. The boy, "Michael," remains undiagnosed, and despite medication he continues to exhibit a hair-trigger temper. His mother says Michael shares characteristics with gunman Adam Lanza and other mass killers, and during his unpredictable episodes he makes frightening and violent threats. The mother's lack of help is typified by her meeting with a social worker who informed her that their best option is to get Michael charged with a crime, because "That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges."

The entire article is republished below with permission from "The Blue Review."

Friday’s horrific national tragedy—the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Connecticut—has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

“I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.

“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”

“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”


http://now.msn.com/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-says-mom-of-mentally-ill-son

With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill... What does that say about US as a country?
Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:02 PM (2 replies)
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