NY Paper Doubles Down: Publishing More Gun Owner’s Names and Addresses

December 31, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York newspaper that drew criticism for publishing the names and addresses of hundreds of legal gun permit holders is doubling down by publishing the personal information of even more law-abiding gun owners.

To great criticism, the Journal News published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of the legal gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties just before Christmas.

Now the paper has announced it will next publish the names and addresses of permit-holders in Putnam County with an eye toward eventually politicizing the names and addresses of every gun owner in the state.

The Journal News has defended its controversial violation of the privacy of New York’s legal gun owners by claiming that since the records are open to the public to find in government archives, they should be allowed to publish all the names and addresses.
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‘Unbearable, Rambling, Tedious': Daily Beast Slams Sean Penn’s ‘Journalism’

December 31, 2012 | Filed Under Cuba, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Government, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, Progressives, Venezuela, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Right of center Americans have been ridiculing the vacuity of Sean Penn for years but he’s had his critics on the left as well and the Daily Beast recently joined that small group of left-wing sources critical of Penn with a devastating piece lambasting Penn’s pretensions at being a social commentator and journalist.

There is no doubt that Penn is a skilled actor. He’s turned out some wonderful performances over the years and deserves acclaim for it. But his penchant to support murderers, oppressors, and dictators makes of him a clown of the first order in his off-screen life.

For the left-leaning Daily Beast, Michael Moynihan was sharply critical of both Penn’s self-assigned label of journalist and his cozying up to oppressive dictators and did so in no uncertain terms at that.

Of Penn’s bloviating as a self-proclaimed journalist, Moynihan was unsparing.
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Obama to David Gregory’s Rescue

December 31, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, NBC, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last Friday NBC’s David Gregory announced a surprise visit by President Obama for the weekend’s Meet The Press.

Gregory made the announcement on his Twitter account saying, “Excited to announce that President @BarackObama will be my exclusive guest this Sunday on @MeetthePress.”

This reverses Gregory’s announced vacation. He was not scheduled to be on this weekend.

Host Gregory has been under a cloud of controversy since his December 23 gun stunt. During last Sunday’s broadcast Gregory broke Washington D.C.’s strict gun banning laws when he brandished an illegal 30-round rifle magazine on the air in the D.C. studios.

So what gives? Why did the President suddenly appear on Meet The Press? Could it be to help Gregory out of his troubles? This is obviously a presidential back patting for Gregory so that maybe the D.C. police will back off.
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What Fiscal Cliff? VP Biden, Gov’t Workers Getting Raises

December 30, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Joe Biden, Liberals, President, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Senate, Taxes, Unions | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Imagine you are working for a company that is going bankrupt, but everyone you work with and your bosses are getting pay raises. Seem absurd? Not if you work for the failing federal government because President Obama has happily decreed that Vice President Biden, members of Congress and most federal workers are getting raises for 2013.

As the U.S. government is losing its luster on the bond market and as the fiscal cliff looms, President Obama issued an executive order to give everyone raises.

Obama has generously bestowed a $6,379 per year raise on Sheriff Joe, he’s given members of the House a $900 increase, and he’s doled out a .5 percent pay increase to federal workers. (See a full listing of pay raises for Congressional offices at The Weekly Standard)
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NRA Still More Popular Than Media

December 30, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, House of Representatives, Liberals, Media, NRA, President, Progressives, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

For all the abuse the Old Media establishment has dished out to the National Rifle Association this month, polls show that the NRA is still more popular than the media.

Gallup released a poll this month stating that the NRA stands at 54 percent approval.

Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.

On the other hand, the same polling firm shows that the media is distrusted at 60 percent! Approval rates for the media are below 30 percent.

And Congress? Their approval rate was last measured by Gallup at 21 percent.
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CNN Gives Anti-Gun Talking Point Help to Dem Congressman

December 30, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN’s Victor Blackwell is big on helping. He proved that on December 26 by giving Democrat Representative Jim Moran (Vir.) a little help with his anti-gun talking points during a broadcast of CNN’s News Room.

Moran appeared with Blackwell to discuss a new gun control bill he co-sponsored, but the CNN reporter wasn’t satisfied with Moran’s efforts so he helped out a bit citing statistics straight from anti-Second Amendment group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).

After Moran told the CNN audience about his gun “reform” bill, host Blackwell offered statistics that MAIG have been shopping around since late July.

“You picked these five,” Blackwell interjected, “because there’s a poll over the summer by a GOP pollster that says that these are not only things that are mildly supported by NRA members, but they are in the 60, 70, 80 percentile of support from the membership.”

Mr. Blackwell also didn’t bother to mention that the “GOP pollster” he was citing, Frank Luntz, has for some time also been a hired pollster for MAIG.
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Matt Lauer ‘Freaked Out’ Over Hate He’s Engendered

December 30, 2012 | Filed Under Entertainment, Media, Media Bias, NBC, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Matt Lauer’s tenure at NBC’s Today show seems destined to end on the most sour note possible. Not only is he finding himself increasingly unhappy on the job, he’s also now being slammed by fans on the street whenever he and his morning show co-hosts try to do on location segments.

In fact, the hate has become so thick from fans that Lauer is reported to be “freaked out” by fans slamming him as the man who axed Ann Curry. And on the set he is “miserable” and feels “abused.”

The fans are just as “miserable” as Lauer.
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CNN’s Morgan: Both the Constitution and the Bible Need New Amendments

December 29, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Bible, Cable, Christianity, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, Religion, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Piers Morgan has done it again, this time saying that both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution are “inherently flawed” and need new “amendments.”

During Morgan’s Monday, December 24 broadcast of his cable spectacle, CNN’s British import once again attacked America’s most deeply held principles by slamming both the Constitution and the Bible.

Morgan was interviewing Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren when he essentially went for the throat.

“Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned, but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it. My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the bible,” the CNN host said.

Naturally, Pastor Warren told the cable talker that at least he didn’t believe the Bible was flawed.

But Morgan thought it was all pretty funny. “You should compile a new bible,” Morgan guffawed.

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Newspaper Posts Map of Gun Owner’s Homes, Blogger Posts Newspaper Employee’s Homes

December 29, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Newspapers, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Journal News of suburban Westchester, New York caused outrage by publishing an interactive map showing the names and addresses of New York’s legal firearm owners. In a sort of two-can-play-that-game reaction, a New York blog decided to create a map showing the names and addresses of employees of the newspaper.

The blog “Talk of the Sound” a New Rochelle, New York-centric website, decided that turnabout was fairplay by posting its headlined, “Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?.” The map replicates the idea of the gun owners map published by the Journal News replacing gun owners with newspaper employees.

When the Journal News published the names and addresses of New York’s legal gun owners the paper claimed that they were breaking no law as the information they published was all public record. The paper said it was just too bad if the gun owners felt their privacy was violated.
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ABC’s Matthew Dowd: All Solutions are ‘Right Down the Middle’

December 29, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On ABC’s, This Week With George Stephanopoulos for December 23, ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd uttered one of those phrases that always sounds nice, but is ultimately meaningless. Unfortunately, it is a phrase one hears all the time uttered by those low information-types in our political discussions.

During the panel discussion on the fiscal cliff, Dowd unleashed the rote claim that all good things for the nation are “right down the middle,” essentially claiming that compromise for the sake of compromise is the only real solution to anything in Washington.

The way out ultimately has to be right down the middle, right down the middle where there’s a series of compromises. Every good leadership is about both conservative ideas and progressive ideas we have to move forward we have to move forward in the future and also have to conserve the ideas and thoughts that actually are helpful to the country. Leadership is about both of those ideas.

This is a rote claim that isn’t necessarily a truism. For instance, Congress spent the first 70 years of our existence as a nation trying to go “right down the middle” on slavery. Neither one side nor the other made headway on the issue. It eventually led to civil war and the deaths of some 650,000 Americans! That “right down the middle” effort wasn’t so great for the country, was it Mr. Dowd?

The point is that being “right down the middle” is no panacea. There is a great quote about this sort of thinking. Jules Henri Poincaré once wrote, “To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” This bogus claim that the only thing that works is “right down the middle,” dispenses with having to think about what either the left or the right is saying and instead to just assume mere compromise is always the right answer.
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Marvel Comics Kills Off Spiderman’s Peter Parker

December 29, 2012 | Filed Under Comic Books, Entertainment, Magazines, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Peter Parker, Spiderman’s “normal guy” alter ego, has been killed in the 700th issue of Marvel Comic’s The Amazing Spiderman and reactions to the plot twist are decidedly mixed.

In an interesting turn, the mind of long-time Spidey foe Doctor Octopus, a metal tentacled killer, somehow inhabited Spidey’s body but experienced an epiphany turning him into a good guy that will try to carry on Spiderman’s heroic legacy. In the meantime, the mind of Peter Parker dies after being transferred into the failing body of Doc Ock.

Writer Dan Slott is excited about the new direction.
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After Gun Violation, Sen. Trotter Out of Race for Congress

December 28, 2012 | Filed Under Cook County, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Illinois, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

State Senator Donnie Trotter is dropping his bid for Congress.

Trotter expected to be a shoo-in when the Democrats met to anoint the candidate who would replace disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. earlier this month. But instead of picking Trotter, the cabal chose no one.

The many candidates will have to fight it out among themselves with no public nod.

But that aside, Trotter has had all sorts of problems with chickens coming home to roost and such.
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U.S. Already Hitting Debt Ceiling on Monday?

December 28, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Liberals, President, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is warning Congress that the U.S. is on the cusp of hitting the debt ceiling yet again, maybe as soon as Monday.

Geithner said that the Treasury Dept. will be taking some “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding the previous debt ceiling limit, measures such as a temporary halt of the reinvestment of federal workers’ retirement account contributions.

This, along with other measures might save the government $200 billion as the debt limit approaches to just under $95 billion below the $16.394 trillion debt ceiling limit.

A major problem with these “extraordinary measures” is that no one knows what effects the fiscal cliff may have on them. The biggest unknown is what effect new tax rules will have on the situation.
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Sen. Schumer Says Long Dead Assault Weapons Ban Responsible for Current Falling Crime Stats

December 28, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, President, Progressives, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Sunday Senator Chuck Schumer tried to pass off the 1994 assault weapons ban bill that was canceled eight years ago as the reason that today’s violent crime rates have been down.

In a discussion about gun control with Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) and Lindsey Graham (R, SC), David Gregory of NBC’s Meet The Press correctly pointed out that past gun banning laws like the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban didn’t work and that is a challenge to Schumer’s anti-gun position. Schumer answered to Gregory with a nice twist of logic saying,

“Well, the amount of gun violence since we passed the assault weapons ban and the Brady law is down considerably,” Schumer said.

This is a twist of logic. Firstly the assault weapons ban has been off the books now for eight years so it is a big stretch to say it factors into what is happening today. Further, since the Assault weapons ban lapsed every state but one (Illinois) has passed some sort of concealed carry law meaning that there are more guns “on the street” in as much as more law abiding citizens are allowed to carry their firearms everywhere they go.
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Report: Smaller Crowds for Obama’s Second Inauguration

December 28, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Officials in the District of Columbia estimated that 1.8 million folks attended President Obama’s first inauguration. But for his second inauguration, numbers appear to be down. Officials are only expecting up to 600,000 to 800,000.

One clue to attendance expectations is hotel room bookings. Four years ago hotels were sold out quite early across the city. This year, however, rooms are still plentiful.

“Very few hotels are actually sold out at this point, so there’s a lot of availability,” said Elliott Ferguson, CEO of the tourism bureau Destination DC, who added that he expected demand to pick up after Christmas.

In 2009, hotel bookings were at 98 percent capacity and due to supply and demand, prices remained high. For inauguration number two, however, most hotels are only half sold, so prices are dropping and staying times are increasing to entice guests.

Of course, posh spots like the Willard Hotel still have pricey packages to offer inauguration goers, but many deals abound throughout the city due to lower demand.
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David Gregory Suddenly On Vacation

December 28, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After a controversial appearance on the Dec. 23 broadcast of NBC’s Meet the Press where host David Gregory broke D.C.’s gun laws by brandishing a banned large capacity rifle magazine, NBC announced that Gregory will not be hosting this coming weekend’s show.

NBC announced that Gregory’s vacation was scheduled previous to the controversial Dec. 23 broadcast. He is scheduled to return on January 5.

Washington D.C. police reported that the Dec. 23 incident is being investigated.

NBC has released no statement on the investigation.
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Conflicting Info: NBC Told Rifle Magazine Stunt OK

December 27, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The story of David Gregory’s Meet the Press rifle magazine stunt is getting a bit more complicated. A new report says that NBC was actually told that waiving the 30-round magazine on TV would not be against the law.

The report says that law enforcement officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) were contacted by staffers from Meet the Press asking whether or not using the 30-round rifle magazine on the air, in the Washington D.C. studios, would be a violation of the law.

After the inquiry by NBC, the ATF contacted the D.C. police and report that the police told them that as long as the rifle magazine was empty, it would not be a violation of the city’s strict gun-ban laws.

D.C. police, however, are now saying quite then opposite.
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Chicago Tribune, Six Other Papers Drop Associated Press

December 27, 2012 | Filed Under Associated Press, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In perhaps an unsurprising move, the Chicago Tribune has announced that starting in January, the Chicago-based paper and several other Tribune-owned papers will be dropping the Associated Press as its chief wire service.

Along with Chicago, six other Tribune-owned papers will also be dropping the AP. Those papers are the Baltimore Sun; the Orlando Sentinel; the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; the Hartford Courant; the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania; and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.

Reports from Tribune insiders were confirmed Sunday by Paul Colford, director of media relations for AP. “We’re disappointed by this development but recognize this is a time of transition for these seven Tribune newspapers,” Colford said. “We hope they’ll return to AP as their circumstances change. AP continues to diversify its business to enhance the value of our newsgathering for our 1,400 member newspapers and other news organizations worldwide. The Los Angeles Times has indicated that it plans to stay with AP. The Times has been a great partner in innovation and developing new AP services for many years.”

This news shouldn’t really be a big surprise as the Trib had already started to scale back use of the AP. As far back as 2008 the Trib began using Reuters’ American wire content.
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Sam Donaldson Speaks for Minorities: ‘It’s OUR Country Now!’

December 27, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Long-time ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson has a message for “The Tea Party.” He wants them to know it isn’t their country anymore.

That is what he said on the Chris Matthews Sunday Show on December 23, anyway. Not only did Donaldson tell “The Tea Party” that they should be gotten “rid of,” but it appeared that he was deigning to speak for minorities on top of it. Yes, an old white guy presuming to speak for minorities.

The minorities re-elected president Obama, but I’m going with Katty. It’s the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don’t know something about the way the country’s changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back 25 or 30 years. The greatest slogan that I hated during this last campaign was “We want to take back our country.” Guys, it’s not your country anymore – it’s our country and you’re part of it, but that thinking is going to defeat Republicans nationally if they don’t get rid of it.

So, to recap: Tea Partiers should stop imagining it is their country because it is the minorities’ country and Tea Partiers should be gotten rid of. Isn’t it great when “reporters” don’t pick sides and just report the news?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years, America.

Donaldson was last in the news for having been arrested for drunk driving in Delaware. Maybe he was still drunk at the taping of the Matthews show?
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D.C. Police Investigating NBC’s Gregory For Violations of Gun Banning Laws

December 26, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, NRA, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has affirmed that the department is looking into allegations that NBC’s David Gregory violated D.C.’s gun banning laws during a recent taping of Meet the Press.

In a discussion about gun control on the December 23 broadcast of the NBC Sunday morning political talk show, host David Gregory brandished a 30-round magazine purportedly for an AR-15 or similar “assault rifle.”

Washington D.C.’s gun laws, however, state that even possessing such a device is a violation. Meet the Press is filmed at NBC’s D.C. studios.
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NBC’s Gregory Mocks NRA Security Guard Idea But Sends Own Kids to Guarded School

December 26, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, NRA, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On NBC’s Meet The Press over the weekend, David Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization’s idea of putting armed security guards in every school in America. But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a school that has armed security guards each school day.

Introducing the NRA’s security guard proposal, Gregory confronted NRA VP Wayne LaPierre saying, “You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. Is that a meaningful contribution, Mr. LaPierre, or a dodge?”

Gregory also claimed that security guards don’t work. “But you would concede that, as good as an idea as you think this is, it may not work. Because there have been cases where armed guards have not prevented this kind of massacre, this kind of carnage. I want you would concede that point, wouldn’t you?,” the NBC anchor said.

Armed security doesn’t work? Well, then the question must be asked of Gregory why he sends his own kids to a school with just that sort of protection?
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NBC’s Gregory Violates DC Gun Laws on Meet The Press

December 26, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, NRA, Progressives, Regulation, TV, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

While attacking National Rifle Association President Wayne La Pierre on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend, host David Gregory actually violated gun laws in the city where he broadcasts.

During the show, Gregory waved around a 30-round magazine for what he claimed is an AR-15 rifle. But since Meet the Press is taped in NBC’s Washington D.C. studios this is actually a violation of the city’s strict gun laws.

Washington D.C. specifically bans the very ammunition magazine that Gregory bandied about during his discussion.

DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (my bold)

(b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The term large capacity ammunition feeding device shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

Penalties include “a maximum fine of $1000 and/or up to a year imprisonment.”

Will D.C. officials prosecute Mr. Gregory? They would anyone else, wouldn’t they?
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Merry Christmas 2012: A Light Unto All Mankind

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under Christianity, Christmas, Holiday, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Merry Christmas, 2012

“And unto you a child is born.” With that promise Earth was given the promise of a light unto all men, a light that will lead us to our salvation if only we choose to accept that path.

Even if you are not a Christian, even if you’re not especially religious, if you claim another religion or none at all, the path that Christ walked when he was born into this world is a path from which we all can all learn. It is one worthy of study and acceptance even if only as an example of a way to live. Christ’s path is, indeed, a philosophy worthy of consideration for it is one based on service to your fellows, love for all, and a suppression of one’s selfishness in order to pursue a higher calling.

What could be a better path, even for the non-religious?

So, as we celebrate this Christmas Day, the day meant to memorialize the birth of Christ, and as we head into 2013 let us all strive to work harder to be of service to our fellows. Let us engage in those random acts of kindness that makes everyone’s lives so much more fulfilling — not to mention easier. Let us remember to say thanks to those who have done something for us and let us offer our own works for others without expecting immediate repayment.

Let’s try and leave this place a bit better off than when we came in.

I want to thank each and every one of you for having been such wonderfully loyal readers and for you folks that have only been recent visitors, may you find a home here for the upcoming days. We hope to give you a Christmas gift that never stops giving here at Publius Forum.

May God Bless you all and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and, if you don’t visit again before the end of the year, may you have a Happy New Year


Warner Todd Huston

NORAD: The Story of Tracking Santa Klaus

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under Christmas, Holiday, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Alright, kids, NORAD is once again tracking Santa’s progress across the world this Christmas season. If you kiddies want to find out where Santa is right this very minute, have mom and dad help you dial 1-877-446-6723 or visit NORAD’s Santa tracking website:

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa since 1955, and it all started by accident.

It is sort of a cute story, really, but what started NORAD’s Santa tracking effort was a 1955 Sears department store advertisement from Colorado Springs — where NORAD is based — that informed kids that they could call Santa on the phone. Unfortunately for the Sears promotion, the newspaper printed the wrong phone number and by sheer accident that number happened to take callers to the military installation’s switch board.

When dozens of calls from little kids started coming into what was then called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center, the officer in command, Colonel Harry Shoup, told his operators to go ahead and tell kids what they wanted to hear. He also ordered to tell kids that they were tracking Santa across the world with their radar installation.

Colonel Shoup passed away in 2009 and upon his passing NORAD created a little video of the good Colonel reciting that first Santa phone call.

Today, NORAD enlists the aid of volunteers to staff the phones and operate the website ( to handle the thousands of requests from the kids.

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CNN’S Maritn: Let’s See The Dead Bodies of Sandy Hook Kids

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, CNN, Connecticut, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Roland Martin wants us all to see the dead bodies of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school. He imagines that this is the only way stupid Americans can “get” the shooting.

In a new editorial, CNN contributor Roland Martin wants to put on display the murdered children of Sandy Hook in some grisly panoply that he thinks will help America agree with his anti-gun agenda.

Taking his cue from a message he received from another ghoulish CNN employee, Martin posited that the only way Americans can actually understand the weight of the massacre at Sandy Hook is to display the dead bodies of its children in the same way Emmett Till’s mother allowed photos of her dead son to be emblazoned on magazine covers in the 1950s.

Emmett Till, you’ll recall, was the black teenager that was mercilessly beaten to death in Mississippi in 1955 because the racists there claimed he had “flirted” with a white woman. The beating left the poor teen unrecognizable. When Till’s mother held her son’s funeral she left his casket open to show the evil perpetrated upon her son.
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Piers Morgan, the New Jerry Springer

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Britain, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After Wednesday night’s CNN special, Guns in America, it has become clear that Piers Morgan is one thrown chair away from being the newest Jerry Springer.

After he indulged his latest shoutfest and bout of name calling, Morgan has shown that he is no more serious as a commentator and interviewer than the syndicated tabloid talker.

Jerry Springer made himself famous for screamfests, fist fights, and name calling on his daytime TV show but who cannot see that Piers Morgan is only a few steps removed from Springerism?

Take Guns in America as only the latest example. Morgan sold the show as a “townhall,” a meaningful discussion about the “crisis” of guns. Instead of a meaningful discussion, however, Morgan screamed at guests, called them liars, cut them off from speaking, and generally acted the bore.

All it would have taken for a full Springer experience is for a chair to be thrown by a baby momma or two.
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Old Media Fail? No Gun Questions at Obama’s Gun Press Conference

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was a mixed message from the Old Media establishment at the President’s December 19 news conference about the newest “crisis” he is pushing. As Obama appeared before America to talk about the gun “crisis” and his decision to hand it off to Joe Biden, instead of asking about Obama’s gun agenda, the media deluged him with questions about the fiscal cliff.

It was so odd that even other members of the media criticized their brethren for ignoring what the press conference was called for and instead going off on tangents during the Q & A period.

Obama called his press conference to announce his new anti-gun agenda. But one might question the President’s dedication to the effort. After all Obama put Joe Biden in charge proving that he isn’t really that interested in the whole thing. Regardless, though, that was the main topic of the presser.

Interestingly, as soon as Obama’s statements were through, when the media joined the question and answer time, out of the many questions asked only 2 or so were about Obama’s gun agenda. Most were about the country’s financial woes.
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Bob Schieffer Illicitly Bestows Harvard Degree on Actor Affleck

December 24, 2012 | Filed Under CBS, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Hollywood, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Movies, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Recently on CBS, Bob Schieffer generously bestowed a Harvard degree on actor Ben Afflack — a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, no less. This would be a surprise to Mr. Affleck because the actor only attend a little college, never got a degree, and certainly never attended Harvard.

During a tease spot on Thursday, Schieffer told Norah O’Donnell how “serious” Afflack was and then ballyhooed about his “Harvard degree.”

He was here to talk about, he has this organization called Eastern Congo Initiative where he’s tried to do something. He appeared yesterday before the House Armed Services Committee to talk about some way to make things better over there… He’s a very committed – a very serious person. You know, he went to Harvard and majored in Middle Eastern studies.

Apparently all one needs do to be considered a “serious person” is to appear in a movie about something.

Still, this “degree” does not exist. Ben Affleck never got a degree in any Middle Eastern anything. He didn’t go to Harvard, either. He did briefly attend the University of Vermont and he played around with a few classes at Occidental College in L.A. when he moved west to become an actor. But he never graduated and got a degree from these institutions.
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Herman Cain: The New York Times is Racist

December 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Herman Cain, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Race, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain has had about enough of The New York Times and its racist columnists. The latest is the hate that The Times and guest columnist Adolph Reed, Jr. offered for South Carolina’s newest Senator, Tim Scott.

In an editorial Cain posted to, the one-time GOP candidate for President was incensed that Reed and The Times were so presumptuous as to imagine that no black conservative is smart enough to understand conservatism or even believe in what they claim to believe.

Reed, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, called all blacks in the GOP “tokens” and dismissed the “milestone” status that is Tim Scott’s advancement to the U.S. Senate saying it is no advancement for African Americans.

This is, of course, the ultimate insult. Reed is indulging the ages old epithet of saying that any black that doesn’t toe his extremist, liberal line of thinking is an Uncle Tom. It is the sort of dismissive attitude that assumes that black conservatives just aren’t smart enough to understand what conservatism really is. It is a way to dismiss the very intelligence of black conservatives not to mention their humanity.

As Cain noted, “Professor Reed makes it clear that he considers black Republicans to be little more than Stepin Fetchits, soulless black people who are willing to serve the white master at the expense of their true brethren”
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Assoc. Press Fearmongering About ‘Printable Guns’

December 23, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Associated Press, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, the Associated Press is again fearmongering over the idea of a “printable” gun. That would be a gun manufactured using a 3-D printer that prints in plastics instead of ink. Of course, this story is consistently misreported as no gun can be made in such a fashion, but the Old Media keeps regurgitating this claim anyway in order to push an anti-gun agenda.

In a December 21 report, the AP says that anti-gun groups are “worried” over new technology that utilizes downloadable plans, software and commercially available machines that can print fully realized items — in this case a fireable gun — in 3-D. This technology, AP claims, can “print” a firearm that will get around any gun regulations.

As the AP’s handwringing report begins, “Downloading a gun’s design plans to your computer, building it on a three-dimensional printer and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked.”

“Sound far-fetched? It’s not. And that is disquieting for gun control advocates,” the story continues.

Well, it might sound “far-fetched” because it is far-fetched. The truth is there is currently no such technology that can “print” a gun.
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