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Gun Owners of America: Good News … and Some Bad News

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This is from AmmoLand.

If both men can legally own a firearm why would this be a straw purchase?

My understanding of a straw purchase is a person that can legally

own a firearm for someone that was unable to purchase a firearm.

Not the SCOTUhas shot that all to Hell with their ruling.

A ruling that I personally believe in a erroneous ruling, but then who am I, just a law-bidding Patriot. 

 

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- We start with yesterday’s bad news.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Abramski case was a lawless decree imposed by liberal judges who are way out of step with the American people — as nearly 75% of them agree that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own and sell guns.

Gun Owners of America filed two amicus briefs in support of James Abramski, a former police officer who was eligible to own firearms and who bought a handgun for his elderly uncle who was also eligible to own firearms.

Both men passed a NICS background check, yet ATF claimed that Abramski lied on his Form 4473 when he claimed he was the “actual buyer” of the firearm.

This case involves one of the greatest instances of regulatory and prosecutorial abuse that we have ever seen.

The concept of a “straw purchase” is a “doctrine” created by ATF and the courts, rather than a “crime” enacted by Congress.

ATF argued that Abramski’s statement was “intended or likely to deceive” the Federal Firearms Licensee (“FFL”), even though he specifically asked two FFLs who both told him that he was following the law.

Click here to see the analysis of the Abramski decision by Gun Owner’s legal team.

The Abramski decision throws gun laws into great confusion. After all, even Sarah Brady has admitted — on pp. 223-224 of her book, A Good Fight (2002) — that SHE BOUGHT a hunting rifle for her son for Christmas one year.

She did exactly the same thing that James Abramski did, who has been viciously prosecuted by an anti-gun Obama administration!

Maybe the Obama Administration should now open a case against Sarah Brady, who is the founder of the Brady Campaign — an organization which is, ironically, championing yesterday’s Supreme Court decision.

They should prosecute her, too, but don’t hold your breath.

This just shows the importance of this year’s elections, when voters will have the opportunity to take the gavel out of Senator Harry Reid’s hands. The Senate Majority Leader has been busy packing the courts with far-left judges who don’t respect the Second Amendment, and now the “chickens are coming home to roost.”

Now that two anti-gun judges have been confirmed to the Supreme Court under Obama’s presidency, we have an anti-gun decision authored by Justice Kagan — who was supported by Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), among others.

Click here to see if your Senator voted for Justice Elena Kagan — and let them know your displeasure if they voted to confirm her.

Two Things to be Happy About

First, the impact of the defeat of Eric Cantor on the anti-gun amnesty bill, which would have created over 8 million anti-gun voters.  We reported on that election last week, but didn’t discuss its ramifications.

But there was every evidence that, once Cantor had passed his primary, he intended to bring up immigration amnesty in July and slam it through the House with Democratic votes.  The notion is that Cantor would have thumbed his nose at Republican conservatives, who would, in Cantor’s mind, not have been able to do anything about his perfidy.

Now that is much less likely to happen.

Pundits of all political stripes spent election night last week throwing dirt on the grave of immigration amnesty, which had been the central issue in David Brat’s defeat of Cantor.

National Review Online has not exactly been the biggest opponent of amnesty.  Yet, last Wednesday morning, NRO columnist Jonah Goldberg said that amnesty has had “a stake driven through its heart; it was drawn and quartered; it is dead; the earth was salted.”

Goldberg went on to observe that anti-amnesty Americans could not have sent a stronger message if “the Potomac turned to blood and frogs rained from the sky.”

Final victory for this year will happen only when Congress adjourns sine die.  But an attempt to ambush us appears to have been headed off at the pass.

Second thing that will make your day:  Also last week, Barack Obama was asked what was the biggest frustration of his administration.  He replied:  “My biggest frustration is that society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage.”

Obama went on to claim that the difference between the U.S. and countries like Finland is that, in the U.S., “these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses and that’s sort of par for the course.”  [Of course, 1968 Gun Control Act regulated ammunition, but the 1986 McClure-Volkmer Act deregulated it.]

This tells us a lot about Barack Obama, who has been open about his intent to implement universal background checks, but now has made it clear that he sees this as a stepping stone to regulating and banning ammunition as well.

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The Most Out-Of-Touch Politician in Washington

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This is from Tea Party Update.

There are more out of touch politicians in Washington  who could rival Tad’s claim to the out of touch king.

You’ve probably seen the Dos Equis beer commercials for the Most Interesting Man in the World.

A recent statement by a long-time U.S. Senator has led us to nominate him for a similar but less-flattering title: The Most Out-Of-Touch Politician in Washington.

That’s quite an accomplishment given the stiff competition for clueless (and outright dumb) statements from our CongressCritters the past few years.

If you’ll recall, during the ObamaCare debate Nancy Pelosi famously said that we “have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

More recently, the math-challenged Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee declared that our Constitution has been around for 400 years.

And the “Honorable” Corinne Brown gave us a rousing rendition on the House floor of “Go Gata,” praising the University of Florida football team for another national championship.

It’s obvious that our elected officials in Washington seem to live in a parallel universe. The longer they serve, the more out-of-touch they become with the real world. That’s why this latest statement is so dumbfounding. It makes you wonder whether this guy has ever traveled outside of Washington D.C.

Here’s the quote that lead us to nominate this six-term Senator for the title of The Most Out-Of-Touch Politician in Washington:

“The Tea Party is something I don’t really know a lot about… It’s a free country. We have open opportunities for people to participate in the election process.”

The winner? Senator Thad Cochran, Republican from Mississippi.

I know you’re busy, Senator, it’s no big deal. This Tea Party group you don’t know much about is “merely” the group that helped Republicans re-take the House in 2010… and has been a political force around the country for the past five years.

Cochran has served in Congress for 42 years; six in the House and 36 in the Senate. He’s running for a seventh Senate term and his GOP primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, is supported by the Tea Party.

During a campaign stop at Nucor Steel in Flowood, the Senator admitted he didn’t know much about his primary opponent, either.

“Really haven’t looked at his characteristics. I’m just running my campaign, based on my qualifications to continue to serve as a United States Senator.”

McDaniel quickly responded to these incredible statements:

“The idea that he doesn’t know me or is not paying attention goes to show he hasn’t been in the state very often. Anyone who refuses to balance the budget is out of touch. Anyone who votes for tax increases is out of touch. The people of this state have demanded that he be a conservative. To that extent, yes his record is not conservative. So he’s out of touch.”

Cochran responded by saying: “He’s wrong. He’s flat wrong. I’m as in touch with the people of Mississippi as an elected official can be.”

Well, Thad, if this is what you consider to be “in touch,” I’d hate to consider what you think “out of touch” looks like.

Incredibly, Senator Cochran repeated these remarks to a television reporter about a month later:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiMtIc5XVYw

 

 

UAW to Try U.S. Senate ‘Fix’ for Survival

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This is from Town Hall.

The union thugs are hoping the DemocRats they own in the Senate will help force Volkswagen to unionize.

 

Bob King and the United Auto Workers have decided to pull their objections to the results of the Volkswagen union vote at the Tennessee plant.

“The United Auto Workers union on Monday said it was withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in the result of a February election it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee,” reports Reuters. “UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union on Monday, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years.”

 

But don’t celebrate quite so quickly. Because the UAW isn’t so much withdrawing their complaint as they are changing venue. King and company have decided to appeal to Congress, instead of going through the grievance process at the NLRB.

If you’re like me, this should make you very suspicious.

After all, this is likely the most radical NLRB we’ve had in the history of our country. This is the National Labor Relations Board that decided that NCAA athletes are employees of their respective universities, and thus should be allowed to unionize.

I mean how much more commie can you get than attacking college football and college basketball?

Go Big Red! doesn’t mean what it used to.

When the UAW says that they are going to appeal to Congress, they really mean the United States Senate, because the Republicans, who would not be very sympathetic, control the House.

So if United Auto Workers believe that the National Labor Relations Board won’t give them a better deal than the United States Senate will, it bears looking at the case they’ll make.

At issue is whether the state of Tennessee offered $300 million worth of incentives– cash and cash equivalents– to Volkswagen on the condition that the Volkswagen workers rejected union overtures to organize.

A local Tennessee station, NewsChannel5.com, has published a dozen documents that show that the state of Tennessee offered incentives to Volkswagen, provided that the company promised to create additional jobs in the state. That those additional jobs were dependent upon workers rejecting the union is kind of a big “Duh.”

The UAW and its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Democrat party, will try to make the case that the Volkswagen deal was just a case of crony capitalism at the expense of ordinary workers.

And all they need to make the case is a few moderate, centrist Republicans, who are willing to do a little horse trading to get, for example, perhaps a bigger defense budget or a more belligerent stand on foreign-policy.

The Obama administration has made a specialty out of cronyism, graft and corruption along the blueprints of Chicago.

But the real danger to our Republic is not from Obama following the Chicago Way, it’s if he follows the Illinois “combine.”

The “combine” controls the state with Republicans outside of Cook County, and Democrats inside of Cook County. And they divide the spoils. It’s a plague that comes from both houses, not just Democrats.

And there are many in the corridors of Washington DC power who believe, really truly believe, that not only is this the best way to govern, but that it’s the only way to govern.

These are the people who believe that Obama’s only real sin is not negotiating in good faith. These are the people who believe that there’s nothing wrong with Obamacare that a little compromise from the Democrats can’t fix.

And when I say fix, I mean fix.

Because the UAW has said that the fight in the South for autoworkers is a win or die proposition. Everything is on the line for them.

Their move from the National Labor Relations Board to the United States Senate would only make sense if: 1) They were nuts; or 2) The fix were already in.

DC Police to Law Abiding, Re-Register Your Guns or Pay Fines, Go to Jail

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This is from AmmoLand.

This will be happening across America if Obama gets his way.

This why we must  make the RINO‘s in both houses extinct.

Then replace them with true Conservatives also replace

several DemocRats in both with Conservatives.

You noticed I said Conservatives not just Republicans.

I will not register my guns

I will not register my guns

Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  Beginning January 1 2014, all Washington, D.C. gun owners are being required to re-register any guns that were registered “between 1976 and 2010.”

According to NBC Washington, this re-registration will take place every three years from this point forward.

Every three years, the Washington Metro Police Department (MPD) will send out forms requiring gun owners to verify that they “still live in the District and… still have your firearm.” The penalties for not complying with re-registration range from “a $13 fee to a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.” 

When Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed universal background checks earlier in the year, Breitbart News warned that the federal government would have to create a gun registry to make Manchin’s plan work. The government would have to know where every gun is and who owns it in order to know whether people are submitting to background checks or selling privately.

Similarly, the D.C. universal background check policy has led to a gun registration program for just this purpose. 

Dick Heller–the D.C. resident behind the famous District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) case which struck down the handgun ban in the district–says he will sue over this re-registration requirement as well. He said this requirement punishes law abiding gun owners because “you don’t see criminals registering guns.
Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/12/dc-police-to-law-abiding-register-your-guns-go-to-jail/#ixzz2nybtSKOd
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Obama Omits “Under God” From Gettysburg Address

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This is from Breitbarts Big Journalism.

I defy anyone to say Obama is not anti Christian.

Like all Socialists Obama hates Christians and all

they stand for.

 

Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.

Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today.

Plante broke the story on Washington DC talk radio station WMAL on his mid-morning program, “The Chris Plante Show.”

WMAL reports:

Curiously enough, in his version of the speech, President Barack Obama’s delivery contained an omission – in a line that every other celebrity delivered as “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom,” the President left out the words “under God.”

UPDATE: A text box now appears on the Ken Burns website www.learntheaddress.org which states: “Did you know there are five versions of the Gettysburg Address? We asked President Obama to read the first, the Nicolay Version.”  A cached version of the same webpage from several days ago shows no such reference.

The video of Obama’s rendition of the speech can be seen below. It is unlisted (for now) on the Ken Burns YouTube page.

 

 

Gabby Giffords, Sandy Hook Mother Ask Children & Schools to Push Gun Control

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This is from AmmoLand.

More Nazi Propaganda from the anti gun twits.

More dancing on the graves of the Sandy Hook victims and

others murdered because of the lefts gun free zones.

School Gun Control Propaganda

School Gun Control Propaganda

Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is teaming up with Sandy Hook mother Nicole Hockley to push gun control on the first anniversary of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The crime took place on December 14, 2012, and beginning on November 14, 2013, Giffords and Hockley are encouraging schools to talk to students about gun violence.”

According to The Sacremento Bee, Giffords and Hockley are asking teachers to talk to K-12 students about “[responding] to tragedies like Newtown and working to prevent them from happening in the future.”

To this end, participating schools will have students trace the outline of one of their hands and write a sentence under the drawing beginning with the words, “I hope…” Students can then write things like “I hope no more tragedies happen,” or “I hope mom and dad are safe,” or the ever-popular “I hope Congress passes the Manchin/Toomey gun control bill.” 

Schools are then asked to display “these drawings in classrooms, hallways, and auditoriums.”

Said Giffords:

Stopping gun violence takes courage and new ideas. We are proud to bring students together to honor the lives lost in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and encourage them to envision an America that is both free and safe.

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/11/gabby-giffords-sandy-hook-mother-ask-children-schools-to-push-gun-control/#ixzz2kr5ino1L

 

D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing

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This is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

Obama wants all of America to become this type

of a police state.

 

By Emily Miller, The Washington Times, October 23rd 2013
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Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.

The police banged on the front door of Mr. Witaschek’s Georgetown home at 8:20 p.m. on July 7, 2012, to execute a search warrant for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts.”

Mr. Witaschek’s 14-year-old daughter let inside some 30 armed officers in full tactical gear.

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with the police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Police based their search on a charge made by Mr. Witaschek’s estranged wife, who had earlier convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order against her husband for threatening her with a gun, although a judge later found the charge to be without merit.

After entering the house, the police immediately went upstairs, pointed guns at the heads of Mr. Witaschek and his girlfriend, Bonnie Harris, and demanded they surrender, facedown and be handcuffed.

In recalling what followed, Mr. Witaschek became visibly emotional in describing how the police treated him, Ms. Harris and the four children in the house.

His 16-year-old son was in the shower when the police arrived. “They used a battering ram to bash down the bathroom door and pull him out of the shower, naked,” said his father. “The police put all the children together in a room, while we were handcuffed upstairs. I could hear them crying, not knowing what was happening.”

 

Police spokesman Gwendolyn Crump would not provide further information on the events in this case.

The police shut down the streets for blocks and spent more than two hours going over every inch of his house. “They tossed the place,” said Mr. Witaschek. He provided photos that he took of his home after the raid to document the damage, which he estimated at $10,000.

The police found no guns in the house, but did write on the warrant that four items were discovered: “One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition,” which was an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier. Mr. Witaschek had kept it as a souvenir. “One handgun holster” was found, which is perfectly legal.

“One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition,” which was a spent brass casing. The police uncovered “one box of Knight bullets for reloading.” These are actually not for reloading, but are used in antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.

This was the second police search of his home. Exactly one month earlier, Mr. Witaschek allowed members of the “Gun Recovery Unit” access to search without a warrant because he thought he had nothing to hide.

After about an hour and a half, the police found one box of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition, one gun-cleaning kit (fully legal) and a Civil War-era Colt antique revolver that Mr. Witaschek kept on his office desk. The police seized the Colt even though antique firearms are legal and do not have to be registered.

Mr. Witaschek is a gun owner and an avid hunter. However, he stores his firearms at the home of his sister, Sylvia Witaschek, in suburban Arlington, Va.

Two weeks after the June raid, D.C. police investigators went to his sister’s house — unaccompanied by Virginia police and without a warrant — and asked to “view” the firearms, according to a police report. She refused. The next day, the D.C. police returned to her house with the Arlington County police and served her with a criminal subpoena.

The Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia Irvin Nathan signed an affidavit on Aug. 21, 2012, in support of a warrant to arrest Mr. Witaschek. A spokesman for Mr. Nathan would not comment on a pending case.

Mr. Witaschek went to the police station on Aug. 24 at 5:30 a.m. to turn himself in, but was not transferred to central booking until 11:30 a.m., at which time he was told it was too late to be arraigned that day. He spent the night in jail and was released the next day at 10 a.m.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier reserves such harsh tactics for ordinary citizens. When NBC News anchor David Gregory violated the gun-registration law last year by wielding an illegal 30-round magazine on live television, he was not arrested.

Mr. Nathan also gave Mr. Gregory a pass, writing that prosecuting him “would not promote public safety.”

Mr. Nathan, who is unelected, showed no such leniency to Mr. Witaschek. In September 2012, the attorney general offered Mr. Witaschek a deal to plead guilty to one charge of unlawful possession of ammunition with a penalty of a year of probation, a $500 fine and a contribution to a victims’ fund.

Mr. Witaschek turned down the offer. “It’s the principle,” he told me.

To increase the pressure a year later, Mr. Nathan tacked on an additional charge in August of illegal ammunition from the first, warrantless search. Mr. Witaschek chose to accept the risk of prison time by going to trial instead of pleading guilty.

The firearms laws in places such as the District of Columbia, Chicago, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey do nothing to reduce violence, but merely infringe on the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding.

However, if these laws are going to be enforced, the police and government must treat everyone equally.

The charges against Mr. Witaschek should be dropped.

 

Emily Miller is a senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).
(JPFO note: Emily Miller was a recent recipient of the JPFO ‘David and Goliath‘ award.)

DEA Warns Federal Shutdown Will Lead to Resurgence of Illegal Lemonade Stands

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This is from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS SATIRE:

Washington DC– In the wake of the shut down of the Federal Government, DEA officials warn the public of the impending resurgence of illegal lemonade stands. Reports of children as young as five years old selling lemonade on street corners all across the country have been pouring in ever since the shut down of the federal government. Officials warn that, if gone unchecked, these stands will engulf every street corner in every suburb across the country.

Using children as underage laborers, these stands make hundreds of dollars every year in non taxable income. Illegal lemonade is, of course, an all cash business, making the flow of the money very difficult to trace. While authorities are unsure, it is estimated that over one thousand dollars of illegal lemonade were purchased in the last week alone, and that anywhere from 300-500 children in any given city are involved in the manufacturing and distribution of illegal lemonade.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters today that these illegal stands contribute to one of America’s most dangerous black markets, and that “immediate action must be taken to keep this scourge off the streets”.

“Not only do these illegal lemonade stands violate minimum wage laws, they violate child labor laws, and health codes as well. We don’t know what are in these toxic concoctions. There can be as much as 20 grams of sugar per cup, and this street lemonade is almost always made by children under ten years old in unsanitary conditions. There have even been reports of lemonades being sold in quantities over sixteen ounces.”

In a harrowing study commissioned by the DEA, researchers outline the structure of the underground lemonade market and study the unintended consequences of illegal street lemonade.

“Not only are children forced to make these drinks, but children are the target market as well. These lemonade pushers will set up near suburban areas, parks, and playgrounds where they know they can find kids, and get them hooked. While the first glass may cost only twenty-five cents, lemonade pushers know once they can get a child to try it once, they’ve got a customer for life. Soon these kids will become so dependent on the saccharine drinks that they will go into the illegal manufacturing of lemonade themselves, thereby perpetuating the circle of abuse and addiction.

Street lemonade has become such an epidemic, that the DEA has set up an entire branch just to deal with street corner lemonade stands. When interviewed, an anonymous DEA agent told reporters that before the shut down, the DEA staffed almost three thousand armed agents to investigate and prosecute lemonade related offenses. However, since the federal government shut down, the DEA has had to rely solely on volunteers and vigilantes to help curb street sales of illegal lemonade.

“We’ve been working around the clock to try and keep this garbage off of the streets. Thankfully we’ve had some volunteer support from local busy bodies and control freaks, but it just isn’t enough to stop the organized juggernaut of street lemonade.”

While it is an uphill battle, authorities have made some encouraging progress in stopping the flow of illegal lemonade since the shutdown. In a raid conducted tuesday in a small DC suburb, authorities were able to confiscate over four kilos of uncut South American cane sugar, over 10 bags of Quicktime lemonade mix, and almost forty-five dollars in marked bills. Three area elementary school students have been taken into custody awaiting a trial.

“We need to send a message to people everywhere that if you want to sell lemonade on the streets, the government is watching you, and we will catch you.”
Read more at http://girlsjustwannahaveguns.com/2013/10/dea-warns-federal-shutdown-will-lead-resurgence-illegal-lemonade-stands/#GAHIAc4Sp7tUl7QC.99

House votes down GOP’s piecemeal spending bills

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This is from The Hill.

I am confused I thought only Republicans wanted the government shut down.Snark

Obama and his goon squad are trying to make sequester or the shutdown to spread as

much misery as possible.

He wants a misery index like his daddy Jimmy Carter.

 

The House on Tuesday night rejected three appropriations resolutions that would have funded the District of Columbia, veterans programs and national parks, after House Republicans set them up in a way that required Democratic support for passage.

GOP leadership decided earlier in the day to advance smaller spending resolutions as a way to ease the impact of the government shutdown that started today. But Democrats held out against this tactic, and most voted against the three bills in order to keep up pressure for a comprehensive spending package.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the piecemeal strategy would allow Republicans to pick and choose which parts of the government to fund, which she compared to a slow release of hostages.

“They took hostages by shutting down the government,” Pelosi said. “Now they’re releasing one hostage at a time.”

She and other Democrats said the approach was part of the ongoing GOP strategy to chip away at ObamaCare, which was at the center of the fight that led to the government shutdown.

House Democrats were backed by their Senate colleagues and the Obama administration, both of which said they would oppose a piecemeal approach.

“These piecemeal efforts are not serious, and they are no way to run a government,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded by pointing out that President Obama already signed legislation last night to ensure funding for troops.

“How does the White House justify signing the troop funding bill, but vetoing similar measures for veterans, National Parks, and District of Columbia?” Michael Steel said. “The White House position is unsustainably hypocritical.”

Nonetheless, the failed House votes will once again require Republican leaders to figure out the next step. One option is bringing them up under a regular order later in the week, which would allow them to easily pass in a simple majority vote.

Today, Republicans brought up the resolutions under a suspension of House rules, which required a two-thirds majority vote. While that led to the failed votes, it will let Republicans argue that House Democrats are the ones in the way of funding these specific priorities.

The closest vote for Democrats was on a resolution to fund the District of Columbia — that proposal drew support from 34 Democrats, although it still fell short of a two-thirds majority and failed in a 265-163 vote.

Washington DC is in the unique position of needing congressional approval for its budget, even though the money it spends is raised within the District. That reality, and a plea from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), seemed to prompt some Democrats to vote for it.

Norton herself said she was torn on the vote, because while she had to support the DC funding bill, she realized other Democrats were opposing the GOP’s plan to pass piecemeal resolutions.

“It puts me in an impossible position,” she said. “I have a greater number of federal employees than any part of this region, and of course because I must support this piecemeal approach, I’m leaving them behind. But what am I to do?”

“I am asking, keep the district open. Don’t dare compare us to your appropriations,” she pleaded.

The House also turned away a resolution to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, in a 264-164 vote that won 33 Democrats. Here again, Republicans questioned how Democrats could vote against legislation they would normally support.

“I’m shocked to hear our friends on the other side of the aisle who are unwilling to help our veterans receive the benefits that they have earned,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.).

As they did with other bills, Democrats insisted that they support the goals of the bill, but not the tactics.

“Of course we support funding for our veterans. The proper way to do that… is to fulfill our constitutional responsibility, make the hard decisions, pass regular appropriations bills.”

A third resolution would have funded the national parks, the Smithsonian museums, and the Holocaust Museum. This proposal failed 252-176 and won 22 Democratic votes.

That vote came after Republicans charged that the Obama administration put up fencing around certain monuments in response to the shutdown, even though they are normally left unguarded.

“It appears to me the Obama administration is choosing to make this shutdown as painful as possible by unnecessarily preventing public access to open-air spaces and monuments,” said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.).

Hastings said several World War II veterans tried to visit various monuments today but were blocked by Park Police. “The Obama administration is going out of the way to erect barricades that have people manning them in order to keep people out of these monuments,” he said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/326003-house-votes-down-gops-piecemeal-spending-bills#ixzz2gZlPR8h3
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Why I Love America

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This is from The Black Sphere.

There are many reasons I love America.

Seeing these bikers make me proud of them and their patriotism.

I am including John Wayne‘s America Why I Love Her. 

 

America

OOH RAH TO THE BIKERS WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICA PATRIOT! This is from my friend Lori Boxer, but I believe it captures what many patriotic Conservative Americans stand for, and how we treat those who protect us.

The Marine pictured standing in dress blues in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees will hold his salute for the entire duration of Rolling Thunder, the recent 9-11 event where 2 million bikers, American patriots all converged on DC. 2 biker-patriots, former Marines stop to give the young Leatherneck support.

One biker provides water to hydrate the young Marine, while the other puts a cold compress on the back of his neck. As Lori pointed out: And THIS, my fellow brother and sister patriots, is why I am so DAMN proud to be an American. NO lib could ever, EVER understand what that truly means. God … I so love this country.

Read more at http://theblacksphere.net/2013/09/love-america/#oScsKg1qW289I1mV.99

 

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