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Judge Roy Moore Known as Disciplined, Honorable During His Time at West Point, Vietnam

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

This does not sound like Roy Moore is the pervert the drive by media wants us to think he is. 

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has always enjoyed a good fight.

Born in 1947 at Gadsden, Alabama, into humble beginnings with no connections, he fought to enter one of the U.S. military’s most prestigious academies.

Moore had been inspired by the 1955 movie The Long Gray Line, about an immigrant who finds his life work at West Point.

He wrote to his congressman, then-Rep. Albert Rains (D-AL), and got a recommendation. He was confirmed by then-U.S. Rep. James Martin (R-AL). It was a competitive process, Martin said in an interview with local newspaper Montgomery Advertiser.

“I just saw in him some potential,” he told the paper. “I thought he had the ability to make the grade, and he did.”

Moore won a spot at West Point, and his father, a construction worker, borrowed $300 to pay for his son’s ticket and traveling expenses. Moore reported to West Point shortly after he graduated in high school in 1965.

West Point classmates remember him being disciplined about religion.

At West Point, Moore taught Sunday school, forgoing the one day a cadet could get a little rest or sleep, according to John Bentley, fellow classmate who entered West Point in Moore’s senior year and now a county circuit judge in Alabama.

He also credits Moore, who lived next to him, with saving his Southern accent, after some second year students (called yearlings) ordered him to get rid of it one day, he told the Advertiser. 

“(Moore) walks out and shoos these yearlings off and whispers, ‘Don’t you dare lose your Southern accent,’” said Bentley. “I credit him for saving my Southern accent.”

Writer and journalist Lucian Truscott IV, another classmate who was in Moore’s class of 1965, said he remembers Moore as a “pretty intolerant guy” over his conservative religious views.

Truscott was part of a group of cadets who were pushing to end mandatory Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish religious services. He told the Advertiser that other cadets had told him to “watch out” for Moore.

“Among the classmates I talk to, there’s a very strong memory among everybody that he was a pretty intolerant guy when he was a cadet,” he said. “Very, very conservative, and intolerant of people who had different points of view than he did.”

Moore lost his father while he was at West Point, and he briefly considered dropping out and returning home to care for his younger siblings, according to al.com. Moore was the eldest of five.

Other classmates urged him to stay, including Dick Jarman of Kansas City. Jarman told al.com that it was a difficult time for cadets at West Point — every week, bodies came back to the campus for burial, and graduates knew they were headed to the battlefield.

Jarman said Moore’s faith “set him apart,” but that he never pushed his beliefs on others. Sometimes, he would pray during grueling marches through nearby mountains, and other cadets would tease him, saying, “Roy, you know you can pray from the ground.”

Jarman also said Moore was untrained in gymnastics but was committed to learn the pommel horse and eventually earned a spot on the academy’s gymnastics team.

He graduated West Point in 1969. He then served as a military police officer at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Illesheim, Germany before deploying to Vietnam in 1971 as commander of the 188th Military Police Company of the 504th Military Police Battalion.

The unit supervised a military stockade in Da Nang, Vietnam. Jarman said Moore served in an area that saw heavy fighting.

In Vietnam, his soldiers said he was a stickler for discipline, which reportedly antagonized some of whom called him “Captain America.”

Moore wrote in his autobiography that he was “shocked” at the lack of discipline in the company, and began cracking down on drug use and issuing Article 15 charges, which are nonjudicial punishments. He focused on regulation haircuts and wanted to be saluted on the field, even though that could identify him as a target for the enemy.

He was so convinced that one soldier was going to kill him that he put sandbags under the bed, to keep grenades from being rolled under it, Moore wrote in his autobiography.

He set up a boxing ring in Da Nang, to ”meet all challenges from soldiers in the battalion.”

Barrey Hall, who served under Moore, told the Associated Press in 2003, “His policies damn near got him killed in Vietnam.”

But not every one felt that way about him.

Trial lawyer Bill Staehle of Asbury Park, New Jersey, served with Moore in Vietnam from  1971 to 1972, and said he was an “altogether honorable, decent, respectable, and patriotic commander and soldier.”

They were both captains and company commanders in the 504th Military Police Battalion, stationed at the base camp called Camp Land, west of Danang, he wrote in an open letter published by Yellowhammer News.

Staehle said he got to know Moore during his first four months in-country before he was reassigned within the battalion to another location, and grew to admire him. They wereboth 24.

He said the experience with Moore that best summed up his integrity was one day when another officer invited him and Moore to go with him into town after duty hours for a couple of beers. He said he and Moore both wanted to hear about his experiences in Quang Tri Province north of Danang.

When they arrived at the place and went inside, it became clear it was a brothel. “The place was plush. There were other American servicemen there. Alcohol was being served. There were plenty of very attractive young women clearly eager for an intimate time,” he said.

“In less time than it took any of the women to approach us, Roy turned to me and said words to this effect, ‘We shouldn’t be here. I am leaving,’” Staehle said. The officer told them to take his jeep back to the camp, and he could get a ride later. He and Moore drove back to the camp.

“That evening, if I didn’t know it before, I knew then that with Roy Moore I was in the company of a man of great self-control, discipline, honor, and integrity. While there were other actions by Roy that reinforced my belief in him, that was the most telling,” he said.

Staele told the story in light of allegations that Moore just a few years later behaved inappropriately towards women, which he said were “obvious, politically motivated allegations.”

“What I saw, felt and knew about him in Vietnam stands in stark contrast to those allegations,” he said. “I sincerely doubt that Roy’s character had changed fundamentally and dramatically in a few short years later.”

“Roy was a soldier for whom I was willing to put my life on the line in Vietnam if the occasion ever arose. Fortunately, it did not,” he said. “I was prepared to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him then, and I am proud to stand by Roy now.”

Moore left the Army in 1974 at the rank of captain, and would go on to attend the University of Alabama Law School, graduating in 1977.

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Travel Ban Back in Place, SCOTUS Halts Lower Court Injunctions

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

President Trump and the American people won with this decision.

President Donald Trump’s travel ban is once again to largely go back into effect after the Supreme Court of the United States stayed two lower courts’ injunctions Monday.

The orders come in response to filings by the Department of Justice Friday, asking the Supreme Court to stay the preliminary injunctions in the two main travel ban cases, Hawaii v. Trump in the Ninth Circuit and International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump in the Fourth Circuit. These cases have been proceeding up and down the federal court system for months.

The district courts, especially that of Barack Obama-appointed District of Hawaii Judge Derrick Watson, have repeatedly ruled that the bans must be blocked from going into effect or must, in the interim, be interpreted in such a way as to have little effect on the list of mostly Muslim majority countries from which travel is prohibited under the orders.

The petitions in the two cases were made to Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts respectively. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor declined to sign on to the orders staying the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

“This a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in statement after the orders were announced.

He continued:

We are pleased to have defended this order and heartened that a clear majority Supreme Court has allowed the President’s lawful proclamation protecting our country’s national security to go into full effect.  The Constitution gives the President the responsibility and power to protect this country from all threats foreign and domestic, and this order remains vital to accomplishing those goals.

With the order, the third – permanent – version of the travel ban, promulgated in September after an interagency review of the dangers posed by the different countries included, will go back into effect while the case on the merits works its way through the court system. The Supreme Court had dismissed the earlier lawsuits based on the earlier, temporary versions of the ban because they had expired.

The government, represented by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, asked the justices to re-instate the ban based in part on the findings of the review, which provided new security-based justifications for the inclusion of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen and, he argues, turns the likelihood of success against the plaintiffs.

21 Gun Controls Currently Being Pushed by Senate Democrats and Their Surrogates

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

DemocRats for as long as I can remember have been anti gun and anti Second Amendment.

The only exception to this was John F.Kennedy as he was a LifeTime N.R.A.member.

Senate Democrats and their surrogates in various groups are currently pushing 21 new gun controls for law-abiding citizens.

These controls range from an all-out ban on semiautomatic firearms to regulations on single shot muzzleloaders and limits on the number of guns someone can pass to a felon.

Breitbart News outlined the first nine of these gun controls on October 11. They were:

  1. Ban on Bump Stocks – Sen. Dianne Feinstein is pushing this with her Automatic Fire Prevention Act. She admits that bump stocks are an accessory—that they do not convert semiautomatics into automatics—but she wants to ban them anyway. Her bill explicitly bans any accessory that allows an increase in rate of fire in short bursts but does “not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.”
  2. Ban on Trigger Cranks – Sen. Feinstein’s bill bans trigger cranks too. Like the bump stock, trigger cranks are another novelty that gun owners can use to achieve short, rapid bursts of fire. Such cranks allow a gun owner to mimic automatic fire yet do not convert a semiautomatic gun into an automatic one.
  3. Ban on Semiautomatic firearms – Sen. Feinstein voiced support for this ban during her appearance on Face the Nation, and the Washington Post pushed for such a ban two days later.
  4. Implementation of Universal Background Checks – Sen. Chris Murphy used an appearance on State of the Union to stress that a bump stock ban is only the beginning for Democrats. They plan to follow that ban with the implementation of universal background checks, which means private gun sales would require a background check just like retail sales. Democrats claim these checks would save lives, yet Sen. Murphy and others ignore the fact that the Vegas attacker purchased his guns via background checks, as did so many attackers before him. The real reason Democrats want universal background checks is because such checks require a gun registry to be enforceable. Therefore, the implementation of such checks would immediately lead to one more gun control: a gun registry.
  5. Ban on “Assault Weapons” – Sen. Murphy also mentioned an “assault weapons” ban, suggesting it would be next in line after background checks. The Los Angeles Times called for an “assault weapons” ban as well.
  6. Ban on “High Capacity” Magazines – The Los Angeles Times also called for a ban on “high capacity” magazines, describing them as one of the most dangerous aspects of “assault weapons.” The Times points to attacks like ones on Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and the San Bernardino County Building as justifications for an “assault weapons” ban that contains a “high capacity” magazine ban. In so doing, the Times overlooks the fact that all three attacks—Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and San Bernardino—occurred in gun-free zones. This means the attackers had no threat of armed response and could take their time, reloading as often as needed. In such scenarios magazine capacity is a moot issue.
  7. Opposition to Concealed Carry – Breitbart News reported that Sen. Feinstein took time to argue against concealed carry for law-abiding citizens during an appearance on Face the Nation. Speaking of concealed carry she said, “I don’t believe it’s protected by the Constitution.”
  8. Opposition to National Reciprocity – Sen. Feinstein also voiced opposition to the national reciprocity legislation currently pending before Congress. She said, “Well, my opinion of that bill is it’s terrible. … [Do] we want every American to feel comfortable packing a concealed weapon around the country?”
  9. Australian-style Gun Ban – The Washington Post put forward the idea in an October 9 editorial.

Numerous others have flooded in since the introduction of those original nine. The newest suggested controls include regulation on single shot muzzleloaders. In fact, Gabby Giffords gun control group suggests muzzleloaders could be the next bump stock. Her group also wants gun control on “high capacity shotguns,” binary triggers, “AK and AR style pistols,” arm braces for AR style pistols, “AR pistol blade stabilizers,” .50 caliber rifles, .50 caliber ammunition, and tracer rounds for various calibers of firearms.

Giffords’ group seeks to substantiate their call for a ban on tracer rounds by writing, “Tracer rounds allow a shooter to see where rounds are tracking at night.”

Two other gun controls are being pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The first of the two is a federal ban on firearms trafficking. She is pushing this ban although such trafficking is already clearly prohibited via ATF background check form 4473. LIBN reports that Gillibrand is also again pushing the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act, which “would make it illegal to sell purchase, or transfer two or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows, or has reasonable cause to know, is a felon or convicted domestic abuser.”

Lastly, the 21st gun control currently being pushed is regulation on so-called “ghost guns.” These are guns that are legal to manufacture at home, but require a significant amount of know-how and equipment to accomplish. The establishment media is currently pointed to two crimes committed with “ghost guns” as justification for a new federal law to regulate the sale, manufacture of the firearms.

On October 19, 2017, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged his Democrat colleagues to drop gun control. He worried that it will politically hurtful for those trying to get re-elected in red states in November 2018. Apparently, Schumer’s colleagues are not listening.

 

Bump Stock Ban Fails in Deep-Blue Illinois

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

I am shocked.

AWR Hawkins

 

A bill to ban bump stocks in Illinois was voted down Thursday after lawmakers viewed the ban as overreaching and an endangerment to law-abiding gun owners.

State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) put forth the ban in response to the October 1 Las Vegas attack.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Moylan introduced his legislation by saying, “Today, we are taking the first step towards better protecting our loved ones and preventing this horrific violence from happening in Illinois.”

His legislation banned bump stocks and regulated Tannerite. Moylan justified regulating Tannerite by citing that the Las Vegas gunman had some of the material in his car.

But Moylan’s ban was met with opposition from members of both parties who viewed it as too broad. It was voted down by a vote of 54 to 48. State Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton) said, “I don’t view this as a bump stock ban, I view this as a ban on 40 to 50 percent of the guns in the state.”

A competing bump stock ban was put forward by Republicans; it deals with bump stocks but does not contain the additional language impacting Tannerite and other firearm accessories.

State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) spoke to the overreaching nature of Moylan’s bill, urging clear language with a focused approach. But Moylan made clear he opposes the Republican approach, as he believes it does not go far enough.

The push to ban bump stocks on the federal level floundered after American voters made clear they were more concerned with gun rights than gun control.

Gun Control Groups Pressure Underwriters to Blacklist NRA’s Carry Guard Insurance

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

These uninformed asshats in guns down are trying to destroy free enterprise and harm legal gun owners when God forbid they are forced to use their firearms.

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The gun control group Guns Down is launching a new ad campaign aimed at portraying the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance as “murder insurance,” with the goal of getting underwriters to abandon the coverage.

Guns Down admits that the insurance is nothing new–the “United States Concealed Carry Association has been in the business much longer”–but they claim to be targeting the NRA because its insurance is “more comprehensive.”

According to the AP, the Guns Down advertising campaign “casts a spotlight on the policies and asks the two insurance companies involved with [Carry Guard] — Lockton Affinity, which administers it, and Chubb, the underwriter — to drop it.” And the Guns Down ads include “a video message from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.”

Scenes of racial division appear on the screen and Fulton says, “They spend millions lobbying for laws that allow them to ‘shoot first’ and ‘stand their ground.’ But that just makes it easier to get away with murder.”

Two things need to be noted here. First, Zimmerman and the allusions to racism are straw man arguments which serve to incite anger that can then be directed toward Carry Guard, even though Carry Guard has nothing to do with Zimmerman or racism. Secondly, Zimmerman was tried by a jury of his peers and acquitted on charges of second-degree murder in July 2013. The following year, Barack Obama’s DOJ announced there was no evidence to support bringing federal charges against him either.

The shooting was done in self-defense.

AP reports that Carry Guard underwriter Chubb responded to a request for comment by saying “it provides insurance for a wide range of risks…when customers are engaged in ‘lawful activity,’ including hunting, shooting at gun ranges or when a firearm accidentally discharges. It noted that Carry Guard includes training and safety courses.”

 

Bannon: Corker Should ‘Resign Immediately’ After Revealing GOP Establishment Wants to Nullify ’16 Election

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

Little Bobbie Corker will not resign as he has no honor as he is an establishment swamp monster.

The Associated Press

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to “resign immediately” on Monday evening after Corker revealed on Sunday that Bannon was right when Bannon said the Republican establishment wants to “nullify the 2016 election” in which Donald Trump won the White House by aggressively running on an economic nationalist agenda.

Corker got into a Twitter spat with Trump on Sunday, tweeting that, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

He then told the New York Times that “except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here.”

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Bannon said that Corker “is an absolute disgrace” and should “resign immediately” and allow a real conservative like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to be appointed if he has “any honor, any decency.” Bannon said Corker decided to not run for reelection “because he saw what happened in Alabama” and knows he would “get crushed in a primary.”

“He doesn’t have the guts to get back in the race,” Bannon added.

The Times wrote that Corker “seemed to almost find cathartic satisfaction by portraying Mr. Trump in terms that most senior Republicans use only in private” and was “all but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about the president.”

Corker told the Times about the “tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.” Previously, Corker has said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “help separate our country from chaos.” He has also questioned Trump’s fitness to be president.

Corker’s comments proved that Bannon was correct when he told CBS anchor Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes that the “Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election.”

“I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented,” Bannon added. “It’s very obvious.”

Bannon also told Rose that Ryan and McConnell will not help Trump implement the agenda that got him elected “unless they’re put on notice. They’re gonna be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States. Right now there’s no accountability. They do not support the president’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it.”

Bannon told Hannity that he is declaring war against the “establishment, globalist clique” on Capitol Hill that opposes Trump’s agenda. He added that “nobody’s safe” in 2018.

Bannon’s first battle outside of the White House against the establishment was in the Alabama GOP Senate runoff. Voters in Alabama realized that the Republican establishment lawmakers in Washington, DC were not on their side, and that is why they voted for conservative grassroots candidate Roy Moore over establishment Senator Luther Strange even though Trump had endorsed Strange. Corker, as the Washington Postreported, in fact begged Trump “to visit Alabama and campaign alongside Strange in the closing days of the runoff campaign.” But Trump reportedly “now partly blames Corker for encouraging him to get involved in a contest that has hurt his political standing,” according to the Post.

Though Trump ultimately campaigned for Strange, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s message that a vote for Moore would be a vote for the agenda that got Trump elected resonated across the state.

“A vote for Judge Moore isn’t a vote against the president,” Palin said while campaigning for Moore. “It’s a vote for the people’s agenda that elected the president.”

Bannon, who had a whiteboard with all of Trump’s campaign promises scrawled on it, is now seeking to find more economic nationalist candidates who will support Trump’s agenda instead of the GOP establishment’s.

Axios national political reporter Jonathan Swan reported that “Bannon and his allies are planning a hostile takeover of the Republican Party” and only Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will get a free pass.

According to Bloomberg News, Bannon will “support only candidates who agree to two conditions: They will vote against McConnell as majority leader and they will vote to end senators’ ability to block legislation by filibustering.”

The Bloomberg report noted that “Bannon plans to support as many as 15 Republican Senate candidates in 2018, including several challengers” to incumbents who are “some of McConnell’s most reliable supporters in the Senate” like Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).

“McConnell himself won’t be up for re-election until 2020, but by targeting his supporters, Bannon might be able to force him from leadership in the Senate,” Bloomberg News pointed out.

Breitbart’s Matt Boyle wrote that “movement leaders view establishment Republicans and Democrats alike as a force blocking, slow-walking, or stonewalling the agenda that President Donald J. Trump campaigned on, and aim to elect new voices by riding a new economic nationalist electoral wave in 2018 meant to mirror and surpass what happened in previous wave elections like 2010—which saw the rise of the Tea Party.” He noted that some are referring to this “distinct slate of U.S. Senate and House candidates” as the “The League of Extraordinary Candidates”

“We’re planning on building a broad anti-establishment coalition to replace the Republican Party of old with fresh new blood and fresh new ideas,” Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to the Great America Allia

 

Fail: Montana Democrats Distract from Sen. Jon Tester’s Gun Control Vote

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H/T Breitbarts Big Government.

Politifacts like Snopes has zero credibility.

In 2013 Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) voted for a body of gun controls pushed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Montana Democrats are now employing a bait-and-switch tactic to get Tester re-elected in 2018.

Here is how Tester’s support for gun control unfolded–shortly after the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary, Manchin began pushing universal background checks for gun sales. Such checks have long been a dream of gun-grabbing Democrats and were one of the big gun control goals of Barack Obama.

Would the checks have prevented Sandy Hook? No. The gunman who attacked Sandy Hook stole his weapons, so point-of-sale gun controls were powerless. Yet Manchin pushed the gun controls because there was an emotional window of opportunity. And Tester voted for the gun controls when they came before the Senate.

The gun controls failed, but that does the change the fact that Tester supported them.

Fast forward to 2017 and Republican Matt Rosendale is running to unseat Tester. One of the first things Rosendale did was focus on Tester’s support for gun control. Politifactquoted Rosendale saying, “Tester believes that we should have a national registration so that the people of Montana should have to ask permission before they purchase a gun, ask permission from the federal government.”

Politifact said Rosendale’s claim that Tester supports a gun registry is “absurd,” and in so doing, may have just proven that Politifact does not understand how a gun registry works (or what purpose it serves).

For example, Breitbart News and the NRA warned again and again that Senator Manchin’s universal background check bill would require a gun registry in order to be enforceable. The need for an accompanying registry is easy to understand when one grasps the fact that universal backgrounds are based on a government’s knowledge of the location of every gun and every gun owner; without knowing both these things government could never know when a gun is changing hands. And the only way to know these things is a gun registry.

More recently, when Michael Bloomberg was pushing universal background checks in New Mexico, 32 of the state’s 33 sheriffs signed a letter warning that the implementation of such checks would lead to a gun registry. And we have seen this work out in real time in California, where universal background checks led to gun registration requirements and gun confiscation laws.

Therefore, Rosendale’s claims about Tester are not as “absurd” as Politifact would have you believe.

Perhaps the best way to put it would be to say that Tester voted for post-Sandy Hook gun controls that would not have been enforceable without the creation of a national gun registry.

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