Chaffetz Hearing for Federal Online Gambling Ban a Total Failure

In an effort to promote a federal ban on internet-based gambling, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) opened a hearing recently titled A Casino in Every Smartphone - Law Enforcement Implications. The hearing, before the House Oversight Committee that Rep. Chaffetz chairs, not only failed to make the case for his Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), it also made a strong case against the bill. Members of Congress of both parties, as well as the witnesses Chaffetz invited to the hearing, gave strong testimony in favor of legal and regulated in-state online gambling.

Rep. Chaffetz opened the hearing making a statement about how RAWA would supposedly restore what he claims is the previous interpretation of the Wire Act against online gambling that he says was overturned by the interpretation by the Office of Legal Counsel in December of 2011. Chaffetz, who is advancing RAWA on behalf of Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, argued that legalized internet gambling in any states will make it impossible to prohibit it in any states, such as his own state of Utah, which has legislated against online gambling in that state.

Speaking about RAWA, which would effectively ban internet-based gambling in all states, Chaffetz quite absurdly stated, “I believe the piece of legislation that I introduced, Restoring America’s Wire Act, is a states’ rights bill.”

Obama Proposes Stripping Rights to Combat Terrorism

Last Sunday, in a speech he clearly had no interest in giving, Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office in an attempt to address the fears of many Americans following attacks in Paris (132 dead, almost 400 wounded) and San Bernardino (14 dead, 21 wounded) by Islamist jihadists. He failed to assuage those fears, primarily because he once again proved that he is clueless as to the real threat and the real enemy.

While acknowledging (finally!) that mass shootings at Fort Hood, and in San Bernardino and Chattanooga, were indeed driven by a virulent Islamist ideology, he once again lectured us against criticism of Muslims, proclaiming these actions represented a “perverted” interpretation of Islam (even though Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the supposedly “moderate” Council on American-Islamic Relations, once declared “Islam isn’t in America to equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion.”).

Then, to no one’s surprise, Obama used these recent tragedies to renew his push for more gun control. Under the guise of combatting terrorism, Obama declared, “To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? …We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino. I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures.”

There are three glaring problems with Obama’s proposed “solutions”; one practical, one political, and the other constitutional.

No, Donald Trump is not a fascist. He’s something worse.

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Six months ago when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States, I had a simple reaction: No. We all knew that no good would come of this.

Three months later after he didn’t seem to have a problem with a supporter’s desire to “get rid of” Muslim Americans, I had a sinking feeling.

But I held my tongue (at least in long-form). Now that everyone else has caught up, I have an even worse suspicion. No, Donald Trump isn’t a fascist. Rather, he’s not just a fascist. He’s a nihilist.

In most previous cases, fascism rose to power ideologically. A strong man with big (terrible) ideas whipped the people into a frenzy behind him and was elected or took power by force with his own heinous vision for the future. A casual look at Trump’s campaign slithering from one outrageous xenophobic proposal to the next has led some to smack him with the fascist label.

But I think most people are missing an important aspect of Trumpism. He doesn’t actually believe anything he says. In fact, he may not have any beliefs at all.

Now there Are Three: Another Honest Liberal Pours Cold Water on Gun Control

 

Originally posted at International Liberty ~ Ed.

 

In 2012, I shared some important observations from Jeffrey Goldberg, a left-leaning writer for The Atlantic. In his column, he basically admitted his side was wrong about gun control.

Then, in 2013, I wrote about a column by Justin Cronin in the New York Times. He self-identified as a liberal, but explained how real-world events have led him to become a supporter of private gun ownership.

Kudos to both gentlemen for putting accuracy ahead of ideology (just like I applauded the honest liberal who wrote how government programs subsidize dependency).

Well, we can add another person to our list of honest liberals. Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, just authored a piece that says it is downright silly to fixate on so-called assault weapons and to try to deny people their 2nd-Amendment rights based on the TSA’s no-fly list.

Obama Lecture Series: What We Shouldn’t Do, Not What We Should

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Watching Obama’s speech from the Oval Office last night was an exercise in codebreaking. From the repeated use of the term ISIL — reference to the Levant is surely a continued message to Bibi Netanyahu of Obama’s reluctance to “follow the group into Syria” — to the subtle charge that Americans should refrain from fearmongering and targeting Muslim Americans as terrorists, there were stern, if not outright, admonitions to the American people of what they should not do and how they should not feel. Byron York has a pretty complete breakdown of the speech here.

But there was something else, and it was pregnant in the decision to make the speech at all: the president, in referring to how the terror threat has “evolved” was saying one thing alone, (in this writer’s opinion, it was the sole reason for the speech): the terrorists, if it hadn’t been clear before, are here among us. So be careful out there, kids. But don’t hate!

NYT Editors: Lying In Service Of A Radical, Gun-Grabbing Agenda

Originally published at The Ancient & Noble Order of the Gormogons. ~ Ed.

 


Hello Kitty says the New York Times editors and their prettied-up gun confiscation agenda can kiss her soft, cute kitty ass. Two times. Real hard.

Distrust in Government at Historic Highs Under Obama

“…generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.” ~ Senator Barack Obama, 3 June 2008, speech to supporters in St. Paul, MN, at close of primary elections

 

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In 2008, much of America was swooning over the charismatic, hopeful rhetoric of an inexperienced senator from Illinois. Barack Obama, having clinched the Democrat Party nomination for president, spoke the words above to throngs of cheering, weeping supporters, who sincerely believed this community organizer with no prior executive experience would completely change the face of politics for decades to come.

Alas, the Pied Piper of Progressives, the great Obamessiah, has been exposed as a naked emperor.

Obama’s “Read My Lips” Moment That No One Cares About

Almost thirty years after he took office, George HW Bush is still remembered as a weak-willed moderate because of six words in his inaugural address: “Read my lips: no new taxes.”

Bush pledged not to raise taxes no matter how much his Democratic Congress demanded it. Just two years later he reluctantly agreed to a budget deal that raised gas taxes and the top income tax rate. His approval rating and overall image never recovered.

President Obama made a similarly strong and explicit pledge, but on a much more vital issue. Beginning in August 2013, as hawks were begging for the US to intervene in the Syrian civil war, Obama said that there would be no “boots on the ground” there.

“Antiabortion rhetoric” is as responsible for Planned Parenthood shooting as Black Lives Matter is for cop killings

That is to say, not at all.

On Saturday someone (see the person responsible above) shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic. As is typical of the proto-fascist left when one of their holy sanctuaries is targeted, the condemnation of free speech was immediate. The Washington Post claims the “link” between “antiabortion rhetoric” is being “dismiss[ed]”. Probably because there is none.

“We’ve seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months,” Cowart said in a statement. “That environment breeds acts of violence.”

But you could (but shouldn’t) make the exact same statement about anti-cop rhetoric in light of recent (though dramatically declining) killings of law enforcement officers.

“We’ve seen an alarming increase in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against [law enforcement officers] over the last few months,” [someone] said in a statement. “That environment breeds acts of violence.”

Be Thankful Anyway

Despite our president acknowledging — finally — that Russia is teaming up with our former bestie Iran to support Assad, and that apparently environmental concerns are taking precedence in fighting terror, there is reason to be thankful this holiday.

Addmittedly, they’re hard to see as I sit here listening to our President talk about having had a meeting with HIS National Security Advisors on this Thanksgiving Eve — presumably because there may be some threats to us this weekend — to let us know there are no credible threats to us this weekend.

And it took a minute.

But when it came, it was an epihpany.

It may have taken a nearly direct threat to Obama himself to make it happen, but I think our president finally accepts we are at war, we are in danger, and we must remain vigilant.He’s late, yes. And it’s impossible to know what could have been accomplished had he ackowledged theses things earlier. But he’s finally there.

Oh, and also his administration will be out of the White House in just over a year.

Keep the faith, America. We’ll survive. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 


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