The settlement is arguably a victory for the conservative students. As part of the agreement, UC Berkeley will change its policy regarding campus speaking events and pay $70,000 to the conservative student groups for their attorney fees. The lawsuit came in the aftermath of the campus’ decision to cancel scheduled speeches by pundits incluing Ann Coulter. The university claimed at the time that the cost of security was high to allow the events to go on as planned.
Now, UC Berkeley will adopt a new policy for campus events, one that should hopefully make it easier for conservative students to host speakers.
“While we regret the time, effort and resources that have been expended successfully defending the constitutionality of UC Berkeley’s event policy, this settlement means the campus will not need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrecoverable defense costs to prove that UC Berkeley has never discriminated on the basis of viewpoint,” Mogulof said.
One of the conservative student groups that was part of the settlement, the Young America’s Foundation, also claimed victory. Spokesperson Spencer Brown argued that UC Berkeley administrators can no longer weaponize free speech to benefit progressive groups and harm conservative ones.
“YAF’s landmark victory for free expression—long squelched by Berkeley’s scheming administrators who weaponized flawed policies to target conservatives—shows that the battle for freedom undertaken by YAF on campuses nationwide is a necessary one,” Brown added.
Voters in Washington state recently approved increased, statewide regulations on the Second Amendment. But one local police chief says he has no plans to enforce them, claiming they infringe on the Second Amendment.
According to KXLY-TV, the new regulations, which were approved by nearly 60 percent of Washington state voters, are some of the most strict firearm regulations in the country. KXLY explains:
Initiative 1639…raises the age limit for some gun purchases; it has a safe storage provision that can lead to criminal charges if gun owners allow someone not authorized to access a gun displays it or uses it to commit a crime; and puts an enhanced background check and waiting period in place for people who want to buy a semi-automatic rifle.
Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, a small town in northeastern Washington, took to Facebook last week to inform his citizens he will not enforce Initiative 1639, which the voters of Republic overwhelmingly rejected.
“I’ve taken 3 public oaths, one in the US Army and Two as a police officer. All of them included upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America,” Culp wrote. “The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!” he declared.
According to KXLY, 73 percent of voters in Republic voted against Initiative 1639.
In an interview with KXLY, Culp said he believes Initiative 1639 “completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and state constitution.”
In an effort to rebut the new alleged anti-Second Amendment regulations, Culp wrote on Facebook that he has proposed a city ordinance to safeguard firearm rights protected by both the U.S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution.
Culp proposed the ordinance be cited as the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance.”Chris is the Weekend Editor at TheBlaze. He resides in North Carolina. Email him: email@example.com
Taft, CA — In a reaction to the Parkland, Fl shooting, California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed the strictest gun control laws in the county into action this month—again. Despite already having the strictest gun laws in the nation, California took it one step further, making it that much harder for citizens to defend themselves. Luckily, however, one mom in Taft, California was able to acquire a gun that she used to protect her four children from a home invader.
Thanks to even more gun control measures, in California, residents will soon have to undergo background checks just to buy ammunition. Citizens’ AR-15 rifles must be modified to no longer fit the definition of what California calls assault rifles, or owners will become felons. And 18-20-year-olds will no longer be able to defend themselves with a gun.
Despite having the strictest gun control laws in the nation, however, six million California citizens have been able to cut through all the red tape, jump through the legal hoops, and obtain at least one. Brittany Morse is thankful that she is one of those six million.
Earlier this month, Morse’s 7-year-old daughter told her mom that she thought someone was in her home. Morse immediately went into fight or flight mode and decided to fight.
“She opened the door, she sees him there, and slams it shut, screaming, running back to me,” Morse told KGET.
Morse then corralled her children into a locked room where they would be safe and grabbed her gun and her phone.
While on the phone with police, Morse unlocked her pistol and loaded the magazine of the gun she had just purchased only two weeks prior.
She then confronted the robber, who she said had a knife on him, and held him at gunpoint.
“I told the dispatch, ‘I believe he has a knife on him.’ And I told him, ‘You come near me, you take one step toward me, I will shoot you,'” she said.
This man was clearly not concerned with the fact that there were people in the home as he had broken in at 6:30 in the morning.
“If he would’ve come in the house while me and my children were awake, I don’t know what he would’ve done,” Morse said. “But I wasn’t going to sit there and find out.”
The man had taken her laptop, her paycheck, and some food according to Morse.
“He went through my purse. He didn’t take my credit cards; he didn’t take the money I had in my purse. He took bananas,” Morse said.
Luckily for the man, Morse wished to preserve life, so she used only the amount of force necessary to protect her children and did not open fire on him, even though she would have been justified in it.
The same cannot be said about officer Amber Guyger who allegedly thought she was confronted by a home invader and opened fire on an innocent Botham Jean, killing him.
Morse held the man at gunpoint until police showed up and he was arrested and charged with burglary.
Thanks to Morse and her support for the Second Amendment, the burglar, 25-year-old Aoreliorho Velasco will have another chance at getting his life on the right path and Morse’s children are safe.Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project.
As the Senate is set to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday, it appears that the well-orchestrated attempt to derail his nomination has backfired.
Writing in a new essay for The Federalist, Adele Scalia — wife of Christopher Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — said she now supports Republicans after witnessing the embarrassing charade that sought to take down Kavanaugh.
I have become a unicorn. My metamorphosis didn’t require a magic spell or potion, or even a trip to a well-reviewed plastic surgeon to add a horn to my head. All it took was Democrats’ treatment of Brett Kavanaugh over the last few weeks to turn me into that elusive creature: a minority, immigrant woman who supports Republicans.
Scalia said some might assume she is Republican because of the family she married into, but she made it clear she is not. In fact, she wrote that she “sympathize[s] strongly with Democratic perspectives.” Now, however, Scalia said her eyes have been opened, and she sees “that Democrats are not who they claim to be.”Chris is the Weekend Editor at TheBlaze. He resides in North Carolina. Email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirteen-year-old Preston Sharp is doing something quite special to honor fallen United States servicemen, according to WLNY-TV.
Preston is traveling across the U.S., hitting each state, in order to put American flags and flowers on the graves of fallen veterans.
“I’m just trying to give back to all veterans,” Preston said. “They worked so hard, they went through so much training. And I’m just trying to give some of that back.”
Preston, who has his own web page to promote his nonprofit organization, Veteran Flowers and Flags, was inspired in 2015 after he visited his grandfather’s grave and took note of the lack of adornments on the surrounding vets’ graves.
“I got really frustrated that our veterans weren’t [sic] be honored on Veterans Day,” he said. “My mom taught me if you see something wrong, do something about it, don’t complain about it.”
The Redding, California, native visited Brooklyn, New York’s Cypress Hill National Cemetery on Saturday. New York is the 22nd state he’s visited so far on his goodwill tour.
Preston, who has partnered with various veterans groups and first responders from across the U.S., has placed at least over 180,000 flags on the graves of U.S. veterans.
He plans to complete all 50 states by Veterans Day 2019.Sarah is a journalist at TheBlaze. She resides in Delaware. Find her on Twitter @thesarahdtaylor or email her at email@example.com.
Janae Sergio, a 36-year-old mother living in Hawaii, is vying to win Maxim magazine’s Cover Girl competition and take home the $25,000 prize money.
Sergio, who’s also formerly homeless U.S. Navy veteran, plans to use some of the prize money to help veterans and at-risk youth.
Sergio is an assistant business and financial manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and is leading her category in Maxim’s annual competition.
The Cover Girl competition helps to raise money for Homes for Wounded Warriors.
The notion resonates heavily with Sergio, as she was once a homeless and at-risk youth herself.
“I always dreamt of being a model, but my life took a drastic turn when I became homeless at age 15,” Sergio’s profile reads. “I have been working tirelessly to change my story and my passion is to inspire those who are currently running out of hope for their futures.”
Should Sergio win the competition, she plans to donate some of her winnings to the Fisher House Foundation, which houses military and veteran families for free while their servicemember loved ones are in the hospital. She also plans to donate a portion of the prize money to Hawaii-based nonprofit organization, Hale Kipa, which assists at-risk youth in the state.
You can read more about the contest here.
In an interview published on Tuesday with the Military Times, the California native Sergio said that she lived out of homeless shelters during her high school years and joined the Navy at 18 while working to earn her GED.
Sergio was eventually able to utilize the GI Bill to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business management.
“I was kind of living day to day and trying to figure out where I would sleep at night,” Sergio said. “The Navy gave me that future and gave me that footing to establish myself as a successful businesswoman.”
She was deployed to Afghanistan twice before leaving the Navy in 2008.
The Environmental Protection Agency accelerated the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda Tuesday by announcing a proposed rule to replace the Obama administration’s “Clean Power Plan” with guidelines that give states more flexibility to determine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule rejects what acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler described in a conference call as the Clean Power Plan’s “top-down, one-size-fits-all” approach.
Instead, President Donald Trump’s administration embraces an alternative strategy, rooted in federalism, that allows states to reduce carbon emissions while providing their residents with reliable, affordable energy.
“The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over,” Wheeler said.
Obama’s Clean Power Plan, finalized in August 2015, set out to curtail carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants for the purpose of combating climate change.
However, the Trump administration views the Obama administration plan as an overreach of the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act of 1970, which requires the agency to set “national ambient air quality standards for certain common and widespread pollutants based on the latest science.”
“Replacing this disastrous plan with a more rational standard and empowering states in this effort is a welcome shift away from the Obama-era standards that would have fundamentally dictated what energy sources Americans could use,” Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said in a formal statement.
I guess these banks think they can just do what they want and the people will never fight back, never speak up and never challenge them. Looks like Louisiana has had enough of banks with an un-American attitude.
Remember when all those banks started following the lead of the Marxist Obama administration under Operation Choke Point? Yeah, well that anti-Second Amendment stance is now going to start costing some of them. Louisiana's states' bond commission voted on Thursday to ban both Citigroup and Bank of America from being able to work on their upcoming debt sale due to the banks' "restrictive gun policies."
The vote was 7 to 6 to ban both banks from participating.
According to The Daily Wire, the sale is worth about $600 million.
“I personally believe the policies of these banks are an infringement on the rights of Louisiana citizens,” Treasurer John Schroder said in a statement. “As a veteran and former member of law enforcement, I take the Second Amendment very seriously.”
“No one can convince me that keeping these two banks in this competitive process is worth giving up our rights,” he added.
He's right. This is nothing more than political correctness and abuse of the banks power to shut down gun dealers, which then affects gun buyers.
Citi spokesman Scott Helfman said in a statement, “Citi adopted this policy because we believe it is a positive and balanced step to promote gun safety without undermining free markets or Second Amendment rights. It is disappointing that the taxpayers of Louisiana will be deprived from competitive bidding for necessary public works because the process has been politicized.”
That's laughable. The bank wants it both ways. They didn't do this to promote gun safety without undermining free markets or Second Amendment rights. They did it in conjunction with the Obama Justice Department under former Attorney General Eric Holder.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (Aug. 1, 2018) – Last week, the Josephine County, Oregon, Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that will end local enforcement of some state and federal gun control laws.
Commissioner Simon Hare introduced The Josephine County Firearms Ordinance [pdf]. The new law bars any county law enforcement agency from using public funds, tax dollars or personnel “for the purpose of investigating, detecting, apprehending, or incarcerating persons whose only violation of law is that they carry, manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell or transfer firearms or firearm related items.” It applies the same prohibition to “investigating, detecting, apprehending, or incarcerating persons whose only violation of law is that they fail to secure, lock, register, or report the loss or theft of firearms or firearm related items.”
This prohibition of enforcement applies to both federal and state laws currently on the books, and would also apply to any gun control laws passed in the future.
This ordinance will end county enforcement of some federal firearms laws already on the books. For instance, under the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is illegal for an unlicensed individual to transfer a firearm to somebody out of state. It also places restrictions on importing firearms into a state. The National Firearms Act of 1934 restricts ownership of machine guns, and some short-barrelled rifles and shotguns. Under the new county ordinance, local police will not enforce these laws.
Supporters in Oregon said they consider passage of this ordinance a good first step and an important precedent. Activists say ideally, they would like to counties adopt these measure through a more permanent county charter amendment – a move that is similar to amending a state constitution.
The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify in effect many federal actions. As noted by the National Governor’s Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”
Based on James Madison’s advice for states and individuals in Federalist #46, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” represents an extremely effective method to bring down federal gun control measures because most enforcement actions rely on help, support and leadership from state and local governments.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed. In a televised discussion on the issue, he noted that a single state taking this step would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible” to enforce.
“Partnerships don’t work too well when half the team quits,” said Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center. “By withdrawing all resources and participation in federal gun control, states and even local governments can help bring these unconstitutional act to their much-needed end.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge’s decision not to let federal prosecutors reopen the criminal case against Cliven Bundy, his sons and supporters in a 2014 armed standoff with government agents could amount to the final act in the case, a lawyer for the Nevada rancher and states’ rights activist said Friday.
“It’s the final nail in the coffin, and completely expected,” attorney Bret Whipple said of the ruling in the criminal case that was filed in 2016 against 19 defendants and collapsed last December in a mistrial due to “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said again in a filing Tuesday that prosecutors “willfully” failed to disclose to defense lawyers evidence that government agents provoked the Bundy family into calling supporters to their defense by acts “such as the insertion and positioning of snipers and cameras surveilling the Bundy home.” Navarro said she found no reason to reconsider her dismissal of charges in January against Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and Montana militia leader Ryan Payne.
Whipple characterized Bundy, now 72, as relieved that the judge rejected Acting U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson’s argument that individual counts could have been dismissed rather than the entire case, and that scuttling the case set a dangerous precedent by encouraging the public to disrespect public lands law enforcement officers. “On the contrary,” the judge wrote, “a universal sense of justice was violated by the government’s failure to provide evidence that is potentially exculpatory.”
It was not immediately clear if Elieson would appeal Navarro’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Trisha Young, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, declined Friday to comment.
Whipple called Navarro’s 11-page order, issued Tuesday, “a direct rebuke to the federal government, the Bureau of Land Management and the different prosecuting agencies.” “I see a message and irony that it was released near Independence Day about freedom from federal overreach,” the attorney said.
The criminal case stemmed from a standoff in April 2014 involving hundreds of protesters and armed Bundy family supporters facing off against federal Bureau of Land Management agents and contract cowboys enforcing court orders to round up Bundy cattle.
The Bunkerville rancher refused for decades to pay government grazing fees for his cows on federal land in what is now Gold Butte National Monument, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas. He maintains that the federal government has no authority over state lands.
Commerce City,CO – Teachers in Colorado are taking action to carry concealed guns to school. The non-profit group FASTER, set up after 20 small children were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has trained more than 1,300 US school staff, mostly in Ohio, on how to use a handgun in the event of a school shooting.
Sixty-three of them have been trained in Colorado, home to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. The swing state has a Democratic governor and both a Democrat and a Republican in the US Senate.
“They just see the bad side, not the positive side of how guns can save people,” the 27-year-old told AFP.
She was a student this week at the three-day, $1,000 course in Commerce City outside Denver.
As shootings multiply and Congress remains paralyzed, FASTER saw an uptick in business, even before President Donald Trump supported arming teachers in the wake of a Valentine’s Day massacre in Florida.
“I had to add four additional classes to our schedule to meet demand this year, but I don’t think it was related to Trump,” Ohio director Joe Eaton said.
This week, 24 Colorado school staff, including principals, teachers and pastors, attended a three-day training led by four active duty law enforcement officers. Colorado law prevents anyone from carrying weapons onto school grounds with the exception of school resource officers — law enforcement responsible for safety in schools — and security guards. Many on the course are prohibited from being armed at school, but hope their training will help their districts change their minds.
The curriculum includes handgun basics, range shooting, casualty care tactics and roleplaying with an active shooter and simulated fire.
Two recent nonfiction books highlight the bravery of the previous generations. These adventure stories bring to the forefront those who seemingly have been erased from history. Thanks to Corey Mead, who wrote The Lost Pilots, and Carole Avriett, the author of Coffin Corner Boys, people will know about these heroes.
Coffin Corner Boys is a compelling read about a B-17 crew who escaped from Nazi-occupied France after their plane was shot down. This book is a reminder of the Greatest Generation's spirit, valor, and patriotism. The Coffin Corner is a particular position in the flying configuration where they flew "low squadron, low group, flying #6 in the bomber box formation [while] they were exposed to hostile fire."
On March 16, 1944, the ten-member crew had to bail out of their plane after it was shot down by the Germans. Each crewmember had to endure severe cold, wetness, hunger, and exhaustion. Irv Baum and Ted Badder had the misfortune of landing by two Frenchmen who turned them in to the Nazis for two thousand francs.
Baum, who was Jewish, tried denying that he was "[a] Hebrew. I was told, 'You're lying' and at the same moment was backhanded across the face hard enough to break open the corner of my left eye. We were sent to a processing camp near Frankfurt, where they questioned us about the names of our crew. I kept saying it was a crew I didn't usually fly with, so I didn't know any of them. About midnight, about five of us were taken outside. Then six or seven guards came out with rifles, lined us up and the officer, yelled, 'Ready. Aim. Fire.' But nothing happened. They put us back into our cells, and I spent a sleepless night."
Many people know of the Japanese Bataan Death March of Filipinos and American POWS, but the Germans also had one: the Black Death March. In February 1945, crew member Dick Morse told how the Germans starved the 6,000 POWS and marched them in the cold winter weather. Those lagging behind would be "gun-butted" by the guards, and sometimes a German would drop back and take one of them into the bushes or woods. "We would hear a shot – then the guard would return alone." They were provided little food and had to drink from streams that gave them dysentery. They suffered pneumonia, diphtheria, typhus, trench foot, tuberculosis, blisters, abscesses, and frostbite. The march lasted for three months, the men traveling six hundred miles until rescued on May 2, 1945, with only 20% surviving.
On Monday, a school district in Northern Texas approved a safety measure that actually will provide safety for students in their district by including a concealed carry program for its staff.
The Weatherford Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the measure on June 11, 2018 in addition to other safety measures.
According to the Weatherford ISD website, the concealed carry program will include the following specifics:
Details of the program will not be disclosed to "ensure the confidentiality" of the safety measure. Good thinking! However, the school district will create a timeline for when they expect to implement the measure.
I'm sure Colorado congressional candidate Levi Tillemann will be happy to know that the schools will have pepper spray in their classroom safes.Tim Brown is an author and editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com & TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his "more precious than rubies" wife, father of 10 "mighty arrows", jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit