BREAKING: Clinton Judge Blocks, Billions In Funding For Border Wall

H/TRight Wing Tribune.

No big surprise a judge appointed by an open borders President Clinton would try to stop a President Trump that wants to control our borders.

A federal judge, who was appointed by Bill Clinton has ruled that the Trump administration cannot use several billion dollars in military funding to pay for border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico wall.

The liberal judge, David Briones has served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas since his appointment by former President Bill Clinton in 1994.

“After due consideration, the Court is of the opinion that a declaratory judgment and permanent injunction shall be granted in Plaintiffs’ favor,” Briones wrote in the court ruling.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that the decision regards a lawsuit brought by Border Network for Human Rights, an immigration-rights organization, and El Paso County, Texas. The plaintiffs argued that President Donald Trump overstepped his authority when he declared an emergency at the southern border earlier in 2019, allowing him to reallocate more funds for the border wall on top of the $1.375 billion Congress had just appropriated for construction at the time.

Border Network for Human Rights and El Paso County were represented by Protect Democracy, a progressive group that regularly litigates against the Trump administration, the DCNF reported.

“The president’s emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress. Today’s order affirms that the president is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds. This is a huge win for democracy and the rule of law,” said Kristy Parker, counsel for Protect Democracy.

The ruling would affect Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s recent move to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds to numerous projects across the U.S.-Mexico border. However, there are other funds of which the judge’s decision has not affected. The White House, like many other unfavorable court decisions in the past, is expected to appeal the ruling.

The Trump administration has completed about 83 miles of barricade along the southern border, but most of these sections have been the replacement of old, dilapidated walls with newer ones. The administration, spearheaded by Jared Kushner, is aiming to complete at least 400 miles by November 2020.

These radical leftists are out of control.

Open borders, sanctuary cities, abolishing ICE, ripping live babies out of the womb and killing them alive and the list goes on and on.

Total insanity.

We have to stop these people before America is completely destroyed.

Virginia Democrats Take A Step Back From Gun Control Plan After Receiving Major Backlash From Gun Owners

H/T Flag And Cross.

Gun Owners are pushing back hard in Virginia on the DemocRats gun control schemes.

Democrats in the state of Virginia have discovered that a great many folks who make up their constituency are supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms after they received massive backlash from gun owners after unveiling their gun control plan.

Now, in light of the all the criticism, Democrats in the state have decided to take a step back from the proposal.

Check out the details from TheBlaze:

Democrats will assume control of the Virginia General Assembly next year, and lawmakers quickly began submitting gun control bills that previously had little-to-no chance of passage. Gun-rights advocates statewide responded by forming “sanctuary” counties in which enforcement of new gun control laws would be de-emphasized or neglected altogether.

Monday, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and incoming Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said they were adding a “grandfather clause” into the proposed assault weapon ban, which would allow gun owners to keep weapons under the policy that were already legally owned — as long as they register them.

“I’m not going to lock up a large part of Virginia,” Saslaw told the Virginia Mercury, acknowledging that a grandfather clause would “make sense.”

Gun-rights activists in Virginia are not letting their guard down after what seems like a victory, being well aware of the fact that the left will keep pushing for further restrictions on the Second Amendment.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League said, “We’ve been down this compromise road and their version of a compromise is they never give up anything. We are expected to give up something every time and we’re not doing it anymore. I think gun owners are tired of this and they’re gonna stand up and fight this stuff.”

Gun Control Grinches Hijacking Holidays with 2020 War Cries

H/T AmmoLand.

Gun Owners need to bring our “A” game or we are going to be seriously beaten.

 

There’s an anti-gun juggernaut building momentum and money over the holidays for political warfare in 2020. Small crowds like this on capitol steps around the country will not be sufficient to stop it. Now is the time for gun owners to get in the game. (Dave Workman photo)

 

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Uniformly characterizing themselves as concerned citizens working together “to end gun violence,” gun prohibition lobbying groups from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the Cascades of Washington and Oregon are using the holidays to raise funds for what promises to be a combative new year in their efforts to reduce the right to keep and bear arms to a government-regulated privilege.

At least, that’s how Second Amendment activists from the Potomac River to Puget Sound and Portland look at it, and they only need point to the proposed agendas of organizations including anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety to Seattle’s Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Portland’s Lift Every Voice Oregon for proof. The latter group, a self-described “coalition of faith-based communities” has just launched a new effort to regulate so-called “assault-style weapons,” according to KGW News.

The report says this group “will embark on a two-pronged initiative effort targeting the sale of assault-style rifles and magazine sizes. If successful, they would be on the November 2020 ballot.”

They plan a pair of initiatives, one to require background checks (that are already required), plus training, a five-day waiting period and no sales of such firearms to anyone under age 21. A second measure will limit magazine capacity to ten rounds of less for so-called “assault-style rifles.”

AmmoLand News previously exposed the sweeping gun control agenda of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility aimed at Washington residents.

And now Everytown, which Bloomberg helped found and bankroll, has launched the Everytown Victory Fund to match what it fears will be multi-million-dollar spending by the National Rifle Association to “re-elect Donald Trump and keep control over the Senate.”

The fund-raising sales pitches from all of these groups may read differently but say the same thing. They are looking to pass more restrictive laws that will essentially discourage Americans from exercising their state and federal firearms rights. As noted in the recent money beg from the billionaire-backed Alliance in Seattle—looking ahead to January’s legislative session in the state capitol at Olympia—“we have the opportunity to enact more innovative policies that will close deadly loopholes, keep guns out of dangerous hands, and ensure our existing laws are effectively implemented.”

Everytown’s message tells potential donors, “The Victory Fund exists for one single reason: To destroy the NRA’s stranglehold on politics in Washington by electing Gun Sense Candidates and defeating gun lobby-backed politicians.” Nothing could be plainer than that.

In Virginia, Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins has promised to deputize citizens in his county if Democrats now controlling the Assembly move forward on threatened gun control legislation.

Meanwhile, out in Colorado, CPR News is reporting that Democrats in Denver are “poised to make a bid for stricter gun policies during the 2020 legislative session” as well.

It is as if Democrats believe their last stand could be coming with the new year, and they want to make the most of it. This is happening after “at least a dozen Colorado counties have designated themselves ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ and said they will not enforce…red flag laws because it violates the Constitution.”

Through it all, gun control crusaders portray themselves as defenders of public safety, while continuing to demonize anyone or any entity that stands in their way, be it the NRA or any other Second Amendment organization.

The Centennial State situation might best be summed up in the words of Dick Wadhams, former chair of the Colorado State Republican Party. Quoted by CPR News, he said about gun control efforts, “Just like red flag, these bills sound good on the surface but underneath there could be an extraordinary abuse of gun rights with no increase of public safety.”

This has long been the position of Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Often he has cautioned that “the Devil is always in the details,” and rarely has that advice been wrong.

The next 11 months leading up to the 2020 elections will be politically brutal, that much appears certain. Gun rights activists seem at times to be fighting an uphill battle in their efforts to rouse gun owners out of their lethargy. Legislative sessions begin in January, and that’s when Second Amendment advocates will get the full measure of what they will face if Democrats take control of Congress and the White House.

The proverbial writing is not only on the walls, it’s on the front page of every newspaper, in the headlines found online from major news agencies and in the language of legislation both state and federal that the gun prohibition lobby hopes to make law either this year or in 2021 when they hope there will no longer be any barriers to their agenda.

Americans Have 423M Guns, And 8.1B Rounds Of AmmunitionWere Produced Just Last Year

H/TConcealed Nation.

With this many guns and ammo out there if the gun owners were a problem the whole world would know it.

America’s love for guns isn’t slowing down anytime soon, as new data from the ATF shows.

In total, Americans own an estimated 423 Million firearms. Couple that with the industry producing 8.1 Billion rounds of ammunition, just last year alone, and it’s clear to see that support for the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership is strong.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, president of the NSSF, in a statement releasing the group’s new report.

“The modern sporting rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today. The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes and to participate in the recreational shooting sports,” he said.

Handguns are a hot seller, especially anything that can be easily concealed. That doesn’t surprise me, as the concealed carry category is the fastest-growing in the entire industry.

Other hot sale items are AR-15’s and AK-47’s, with some credit given to ex-presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke.

The data from the ATF was put into a report by the NSSF. Other details from that report are;

  • Of all rifles produced in 2017, 54% were modern sporting rifles.
  • In 2017, 7,901,218 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,411,923 were pistols and revolvers, 2,821,945 were rifles, and 667,350 were shotguns.
  • An interim 2018 estimate showed 7,660,772 total firearms were produced and imported. Of those, 4,277,971 were pistols and revolvers, 2,846,757 were rifles, and 535,994 were shotguns.
  • Firearms-ammunition manufacturing accounted for nearly 12,000 employees producing more than $4.1 billion in goods shipped in 2017.
  • An estimated 8.1 billion rounds, of all calibers and gauges, were produced in 2018 for the U.S. market.

Those are big numbers.

Current News – Japanese Librarian

Pacific Paratrooper

TOKYO — Thousands of newspapers dating back to 1945, countless clippings of old stories and half a million priceless photographs fill a room that Norio Muroi has tended for the past 42 years.

Stars and Stripes’ library in Tokyo preserves the stories and heroics of countless service members from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars alongside records of newsworthy events on American bases in the Far East over the past 75 years.

A tailor’s son from Otawara in Tochigi prefecture, Muroi in 1977 was studying economics at Hosei University in Tokyo when he started as a Stars and Stripes copyboy, he recalled during a recent tour of the library at Hardy Barracks, the newspaper’s Pacific headquarters in the Japanese capital.

“It was rare to see American people so much in those days and to have an opportunity to talk with native speakers,” he said of his first…

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Emperor Hirohito

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Japanese public broadcast service, NHK has obtained documents showing that former Emperor Hirohito repeatedly felt sorry about World War II and tried, unsuccessfully, to express his feelings by using the word “remorse” in a 1952 speech.

The records of conversations with Hirohito spanning several years were kept by Michiji Tajima, a top Imperial Household Agency official who took office after the war.

Although it’s not surprising that Hirohito had deep regrets about the war, the documents highlight how painfully strong such emotions had been.

The Imperial Household Agency declined to comment on the report.

As he was preparing his 1952 speech at a ceremony to commemorate Japan’s return to independence with the end of the U.S. occupation, Hirohito insisted to Tajima that he “must include the word remorse” in his speech, according to NHK.

That wish was relayed to then-Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, who advised against it, NHK said.

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