Category Archives: National Issues

ICE Releases List of Murderers and Rapists Protected Under Sanctuary City Policies

Many criminal illegal aliens released by sanctuary jurisdictions went on to commit other crimes, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says. Pictured: An ICE special agent prepares to arrest immigration violators June 19, 2018, at a Fresh Mark meat-processing plant in Salem, Ohio. (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)


Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a list of criminal illegal aliens who were released from jail due to sanctuary city policies, many of whom went on to commit other crimes.

Washington and Oregon, two states under Democratic Party control, have enacted some of the strongest sanctuary laws in the country that protect illegal immigrants from federal apprehension.

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Gun Rights Made All the Difference for These Intended Victims

Roughly 1 million defensive gun uses occur every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Photo: RonBailey/Getty Images)

Contrary to the rhetoric of many gun control advocates, the Second Amendment’s protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms is not a malevolent, outdated barricade to peace that must be demolished or diminished in the name of public safety.

Rather, the Second Amendment is a fundamental part of the nation’s scheme of ordered liberty.

Firearms are used far more often in self-defense than in crime.

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Archbishop who called on pope to resign gives 1st interview since self-imposed exile

LMTonline, by Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post,

ROME – In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark.

The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was published, Viganò turned off his phone, told friends he was disappearing, and let the church sort through the fallout.

Nine months later, in his first extended interview since that moment, Viganò refused to disclose his location or say much about his self-imposed exile. But his comments indicate that, even in hiding, he is maintaining his role as the fiercest critic of the Francis era, acting either as an honorable rebel or, as his critics see it, as an ideological warrior attacking a pope he doesn’t like.

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The Armed Citizen

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Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.

March 27, 2019 –

In a reported home invasion in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man was doing laundry in his residence when a would-be robber entered through the front door, spoke briefly to the homeowner, and then let two other men into the residence. The would-be robber took a pistol from one accomplice and demanded money from the homeowner. Surprising the apparent robbers, the homeowner retrieved a gun from underneath a couch cushion in the living room and fired several times at the men. One man was struck by a bullet and died. A physical struggle ensued between the homeowner and the first man who entered the residence, while the third fled. The homeowner broke free and ran into his bedroom. At that time, the first would-be robber apparently ran off. Police located both suspects and charged them with aggravated robbery. (timesfreepress.com, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3/27/19)

Armed Citizen Extra
A pastor and his wife defended their Houston home from an intruder one Saturday night. After hearing something outside of their back door, they went to investigate and saw the suspect breaking in. In fear for their lives, both fired upon the man, who reportedly died on the scene. After the shooting, the couple went outside, placed their guns on the ground, and waited for the officers to arrive. (abc13.com, Houston, Texas, 5/6/19)

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After the Supreme Court Said Unions Can’t Force Non-Members to Pay Dues, Almost All of Them Stopped

After the Janus ruling, AFSCME lost 98 percent of its agency fee-paying members, while the SEIU lost 94 percent.

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Given the choice of no longer paying to support unions they didn’t want to join in the first place, lots of public sector workers took it.

Two of the largest public sector unions in the country lost more than 210,000 so-called “agency fee members” in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that said unions could no longer force non-members to pay partial dues. That case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, effectively freed public workers from having to make “fair share” payments—usually totaling about 70 to 80 percent of full union dues—in lieu of joining a union as a full-fledged member.

Now, annual reports filed with the federal Department of Labor show that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) lost 98 percent of it’s agency fee-paying members during the past year. Another large public sector union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), lost 94 percent of their agency fee-paying members.

Energy News In Another Reversal, Apple Allows App Countering Climate Alarmism

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Apple’s on-again, off-again relationship with an online smartphone application that challenges global warming alarmism is back on.

The app, Inconvenient Facts, is available again in Apple’s App Store, much to the delight of the geologist who inspired it.

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Equality Act Could Impose Left-Wing LGBT Curriculum on Whole Nation

The Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepman /  May 11, 2019

If Democrats’ priority legislation becomes law, public schools could be forced to include discussions about transgenderism in math and history classes for elementary school students.

The Equality Act, if passed and signed into law, would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of classes—race, color, religion, sex, and national origin–protected in the Civil Rights Act.

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The Real Reason Democrats Hate William Barr

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


The customary histrionics followed. Posturing Democrats on the judicial committee gave long soliloquies on Barr’s treacherous behavior. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused the attorney general of abusing his office and lying to Congress, and many others demanded his resignation. The usual suspects called for impeachment.

Barr had apparently masterminded the most inept cover-up in history, first by accurately laying out the outcome of the special counsel’s investigation. Then, after some light redactions (none instigated by the president), by releasing the report to the public so the entire world could read it.

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In the Company of Soldiers: The U.S. M17 & M18 Modular Handgun Systems

In the Company of Soldiers: The U.S. M17 & M18 Modular Handgun Systems

Soldiers, including Army 1st Lt. Spencer Ellis of the 10th Mountain Division, are being issued M17s. This early-production U.S. M17—denoted by its flat dark earth controls—is fitted with a 21-round-capacity magazine (l.). The Army has since agreed to black controls to speed delivery of the guns.

In the words of Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez in the cult classic film “Highlander,” “There can be only one.” On Jan. 28, 2017, we learned the identity of the “one” when the U.S. Army’s Project Executive Office (PEO) Soldier announced the selection of the Modular Handgun System (MHS). The winner of the long and somewhat convoluted trial was SIG Sauer—with a pair of guns based upon its striker-fired P320, the 4.7″-barreled XM17 and the compact, 3.9″-barreled XM18. Those designations have since changed to the U.S. M17 and M18, respectively. The plan is to procure 421,000 guns, with the Army taking 195,000, the Marines 35,000, the Air Force 130,000 and the Navy 61,000.

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3 of the Most Telling Failures of Socialism

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Some conservatives may be discouraged by the latest surveys confirming that nearly one-half of millennials are receptive to living under socialism and regard capitalism as a captive of greed. In fact, they present us with a golden opportunity to educate all Americans about the manifold failures of socialism and the miraculous advances the world has made under free enterprise.

For example, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson revealed at a Heritage Foundation event that between 2000 and 2012, “the rate of absolute poverty in the world fell by 50%.” That is, “the poor in the world are getting rich at a rate that is absolutely unparalleled in all of human history.”

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