Leftists Said Maine’s Permitless Carry Law Would Cause Chaos. Now It’s the Safest State in US

Leftists Said Maine’s Permitless Carry Law Would Cause Chaos. Now It’s the Safest State in US
By Cade Almond
Published September 7, 2019 at 9:47am

Leftists Said Maine’s Permitless Carry Law Would Cause Chaos. Now It’s the Safest State in US

Reducing crime is an admirable goal of lawmakers and society at large. Honestly, it’s starting to become the only vision for America’s future that the left and right share.

Unfortunately, the agreement ends there.

While the left prefers to reduce crime by pretending it doesn’t exist or by attacking constitutional rights, the right wants to get out of the way and empower citizens to protect themselves and others.

One of the most promising examples of this is the situation in Maine, which was recently named the safest state in the union by U.S. News and World Report.

This comes nearly a full four years after Maine enacted a “Constitutional Carry” law, which allowed residents to carry a concealed firearm without the need for a special permit. It sounds scary, doesn’t it?

Of course not, but that didn’t stop the left from freaking out about it.

According to a blog post on the American Thinker, one opponent of the bill in the state legislature said it would give citizens a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public. It’s unclear how he came to this conclusion.

Another state representative misrepresented the law when he suggested that it would lead to violent criminals legally carrying guns. This is untrue, as the law only applies to those who can legally purchase a firearm in the first place.

Well, four years later, we can tell them they were wrong.

This just goes to show that permissive gun laws do not necessarily correlate with higher crime. Crime has nothing to do with the tool that it is committed with but by the hearts of the people that commit it.

A quick look at U.S. News’ list and each state’s concealed carry laws demonstrates this perfectly.

Maine has permissive gun laws and ranks first on the list of low violent crime rate; Vermont and Idaho also have unrestricted concealed carry laws and are second and fifth on the list, respectively. Other states, such as Alaska and Arkansas, have similar gun laws but fall near the bottom of the list.

Mississippi, North Dakota and Montana are some permissive gun law states that rank in the middle.

On the other hand, there are restrictive states all over the list as well. New Jersey is U.S. News’ fourth safest state despite having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. Hawaii and Maryland are near the middle, while Washington comes in at the back half.

What does this mean? It means that crime is a people problem, not a gun problem. Despite tough laws, criminals can still obtain guns, and allowing citizens to protect themselves does not make our communities any more dangerous.

All across the country, there are people with little intent to follow the law, and changing the laws around them does not make them more inclined to do so.

Instead, it creates a nation of sitting ducks over-reliant on a government that couldn’t give a second thought about them, up to the point of real oppression.

Lord willing, we’ll never come to that.

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Toxic, treasonous media pushing “white supremacist” hoax and hit lists of Trump supporters in desperate scheme to drive America into civil war

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Toxic, treasonous media pushing “white supremacist” hoax and hit lists of Trump supporters in desperate scheme to drive America into civil war
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) It’s now obvious the malicious, toxic media is pushing a “white supremacist” hoax in a desperate scheme to drive America into a civil war. The entire left-wing media has now become nothing more than a hate machine that’s spreading its “daily hate” to radicalize left-wing Americans into an unprecedented level of hatred, insanity and violence.

This is their plan. They are not journalists, and they aren’t covering the news. They are pushing maximum hate while hoping it will spark more violence.

We now know, for example, that the mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio had attended Antifa rallies and was motivated by left-wing talking points that were amplified by the left-wing media. As reported by The Post Millennial:

Screenshots of a Dayton man’s Twitter account appear to confirm that the shooter responsible for the horrific massacre at a Dayton restaurant was a proud leftist, according to his Twitter account’s own description.

The account, @iamthespookster, has a number of tweets placing him in the Dayton Ohio area. Photos posted by the @iamthespookster account bear a striking resemblance to confirmed photos of the shooter, and followed a number of left-wing accounts, such as the Democratic Socialists Association of Dayton. The account also liked and retweeted a number of tweets that suggested he sympathized with Antifa.

Yet the left-wing media all but refuses to cover the political leanings of the Dayton shooter. Instead, the media focuses on the shooter’s skin color, touting the idea that “white people” are responsible for all the mass shootings in America. The “white people” term then gets deliberately conflated with “white supremacy” or “white nationalism” and the toxic media screams in unison that white supremacists are shooting up America. It’s all a lie, of course. A damned, deliberate lie.

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Just on skin color alone, the narrative that white people are responsible for all the mass shootings in America is pure nonsense. One researcher has compiled the photos of all the mass shooters that have been arrested or killed so far in 2019, and the compilation shows anything but “white supremacy.”

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As you can see, the majority of mass shooters actually have dark skin color, not white skin. This is conveniently ignored by the media by skipping over all the black-on-black violence in gun control cities like Chicago, where mass shootings are carried out nearly every weekend, almost like clockwork. Somehow, from the point of view of the media, Chicago mass shootings don’t count because they’re usually carried out by black people.

Further supporting the truth that most mass shooters aren’t white people, data from Mass Shooting Tracker shows that, among all the mass shooters in 2019 so far, 51% were black, 29% were white and 11% were Latino. Paul Joseph Watson reports from InfoWars.com:

2019 Data Shows 51% of Mass Shooters Were Black, Only 29% Were White



Investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield gathered the crucial data which confirms that mass shootings are not a “white man’s” problem.

He points out that while blanket media attention was focused on the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, 60 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend while Baltimore just reached its 200th murder victim of the year.

“51% of mass shooters in 2019 were black, 29% were white, and 11% were Latino. Three mass shooters were Asian, two were American Indian and one was Arab.”

Many mass shootings in predominantly black areas that claimed black victims also remain unsolved, meaning the figures are if anything “vastly understated.”

The white population of the U.S. is around 61 per cent, African-Americans make up just shy of 13 per cent and Hispanics around 18 per cent.

Most mass shootings (where there are 4 or more victims) are gang-related shootings. By excising these shootings from the record, the media is able to pin the blame on white people.

Facts don’t matter to the toxic media: They are pushing a white supremacist HOAX to try to drive America into a civil war

As all intelligent Americans have come to realize, real facts don’t matter to the toxic mainstream media. Fake news media outlets like CNN, the NYT, MSNBC and the Washington Post long ago decided to abandon real journalism and just print anything that might damage Trump.
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That’s how they fabricated the three-year Russia collusion hoax that falsely claimed, without any supporting evidence, that Russia somehow stole the 2016 election. It was all a coordinated hoax.

When that hoax fell apart, they shifted to claiming Trump is a “racist” because he wants to secure America’s borders. For weeks, all we heard from the toxic media was an endless stream of “racism” accusations.

After they wore out the term “racist,” they’ve now switched to “white supremacist.” And they’ve gone completely insane with their hatred and accusations. According to the left-wing media:

ALL white people are evil.
ALL Trump supporters must be exterminated.
ALL gun owners are dangerous and must be disarmed at gunpoint by federal agents.
ALL shootings are carried out by white supremacists.
Trump is DIRECTLY responsible for all mass shootings.

Absurdly, according to the media, even the Dayton shooter — a left-wing, Antifa-supporting, Elizabeth Warren-supporting radical — is proof that Trump is a white supremacist.

Remember, this is the same media that told us it’s wrong to condemn all illegals for the violent actions of a few illegals. But somehow they think it’s perfectly okay to paint all Trump supporters as racists and white supremacists because one shooter in El Paso reportedly posted a manifesto that called for the segregation of blacks and whites. That position, by the way — segregation — is the position of Democrats, not Republicans. It was Democrats who opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It was Democrats who opposed school integration, and it was Democrats who ran the KKK. But again, the lies of the media have twisted everything upside down to the point where the average American today literally believes Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat!

The goal is to spark a nationwide civil war and watch America BURN

Truly, the toxic mainstream media has devolved into nothing but a cartel of journo-terrorism. Their goal now has nothing to do with reporting the news; it’s actually all about burning down America and sparking a violent civil war. https://civilwar.news/

Their daily hate broadcasts are designed to whip up hatred and violence across the country. They want a civil war to break out, and they are willing to lie, smear and run a nationwide psyop in order to achieve that goal. The real philosophy of the radical Left is that if they can’t run the country, they’re going to burn it down. They quite literally want to see America turned to rubble, and they want to see more mass shootings. That’s why every single left-wing politician (such as Beto) and journalist seems almost giddy with excitement about mass shootings as they’re breaking in the news cycle. They like the outbreaks of violence. They are actively trying to promote it.

This is why, by the way, President Trump must invoke the Insurrection Act and unleash the military police to arrest and prosecute all the journo-terrorists who are deliberately trying to rip this country apart. They are not journalists, and they aren’t the free press. They are domestic enemies and journo-terrorists who are actively trying to cause mass violence by carrying out a dangerous, malicious psyop (psychological operation) to whip up maximum hatred and violence across America.

Consider the fact that a former CNN host is now openly calling for the “eradication” of all Trump supporters. And Twitter, for its part, openly approves of that tweet, refusing to ban it. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/twitter-approves-ex-cnn-pundits-calls-to-eradicate-kellyanne-conway
Can you imagine the outcry if some conservative called for the “eradication” of Obama supporters? Or transgenders? Twitter would instantly ban their channel, and there would be a nationwide outcry against the bigotry and racism of the statement. But when Leftists call for the extermination of all Trump supporters, or gun owners, or Christians or conservatives, that’s considered “tolerant” by the insane, deranged Left. And that speech is approved and allowed by all the tech giants like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, all of which are actively conspiring with the left-wing media to promote violence against conservatives while celebrating Antifa as a group of heroic “resistance” fighters.

As LifeSiteNews reports
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/twitter-approves-ex-cnn-pundits-calls-to-eradicate-kellyanne-conway:

A former CNN employee tweeted over the weekend that Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway is an “evil” whom Americans “need to eradicate,” yet Twitter has decided the comment doesn’t violate its own standards against posting hate.

The tweet is still up, and The Daily Wire reports that a Twitter official who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record told them that “this tweet does not break our rules at this time.”

Twitter’s tolerance seems to be the latest case of political double-standards at the social media giant, which holds the mere act of “misgendering” someone — i.e., referring to a user by his sex rather than his preferred “gender identity” — to be “hateful conduct.”

The hatred and insanity of the radical Left is now so out of control that posters are appearing across New York City that demand “death camps” for all Trump supporters:
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This is the new Left: They claim to be “tolerant” while they demand their political opponents be disarmed, then railroaded into actual death camps. And if you disagree with this, you are labeled a “white supremacist.” YOU are the danger to society, you see, for opposing the genocidal agenda of the lunatic Left.

Left-wing politicians now publicly broadcasting hit lists of Trump donors

Similarly, left-wing politicians are now distributing “hit lists” of Trump donors, practically calling for them to be shot and killed by deranged Antifa leftists. For example, a Texas Democrat named Joaquin Castro has now distributed a hit list of Trump donors in San Antonio. As reported by The Gateway Pundit:

DISGUSTING! Democrat Joaquin Castro Defends Publishing Hit List and Doxxing Local Trump Donors (VIDEO)

THIS IS THE MODERN DAY DEMOCRAT PARTY–
Disagree with them and THEY WILL DESTROY YOU…

Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro published a hit list of names and professions of EVERY MAJOR TRUMP DONOR in his city of San Antonio.

This comes two days after two deadly mass shootings!

Joaquin published this hit list of local Republicans.

And Joe Biden now admits that if he’s elected President, he’s going to dispatch armed federal agents to go door to door, confiscating guns from law-abiding Americans.
As reported by Big League Politics:

BINGO! Joe Biden Wants To Send Federal Agents To Confiscate Guns

Former Vice President Joe Biden wants to come after so-called “assault weapons.” In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, Biden says gun owners have every reason to be worried about their gun rights under his administration. Cooper started off the interview by saying “So to gun owners out there who say well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns.”
Biden quickly responded “Bingo”.

In other words, Joe Biden (and many other Democrats) now openly admit that their goal is to dispatch armed federal agents to put their guns in your face and take your guns away, leaving federal agents with a monopoly over all guns. How convenient for the part that wants to send conservatives to concentration camps, isn’t it? Genocide is always so much easier when the intended targets are disarmed first.

At what point do Democrats realize they are marching in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich? That’s what they have become: Deranged, violent lunatics calling for death camps and the mass disarmament, then the mass killing, of their political enemies.

If these lunatics are allowed to gain power in America, they will destroy this nation and lead us all to a devastating, bloody civil war from which no one will escape unharmed. And that’s the goal of Democrats and the left-wing media. They despise America and want to see it destroyed.

Nolte: Fox News Audience Grows as MSNBC, CNN Collapse Double Digits

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Nolte: Fox News Audience Grows as MSNBC, CNN Collapse Double Digits
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While Fox News grew its audience last week, CNN and MSNBC saw their audience flee by double digits.
Compared to this same week last year, the Fox News primetime audience grew by four percent, while MSNBC lost 15 percent of its audience, and the far-left CNN collapsed by a whopping 21 percent.

In total day viewers, Fox News grew by one percent, while MSNBC lost 15 percent of its viewers and CNNLOL lost a quarter of its viewers — a quarter! — a full 25 percent.
Here is the primetime total viewers breakdown for the week of July 15…
FOX: 2.55 million
MSNBC: 1.66 million
CNNLOL: 873,000

Fox News is not only attracting more primetime viewers than MSNBC and CNNLOL combined, even though Fox is already number one and appears to have no place to go but down, but is still growing its audience.

Meanwhile, CNNLOL, which has nowhere to go but up, still manages to go down. This fake news outlet is determined to prove there is a viewer number lower than zero.

CNNLOL, which has been in far-last place for years and has still lost viewers for years, is a five-alarm disaster, an unreliable conspiracy theory outlet that takes enormous pride in sinking its own ship — you know, if that’s what it takes to continue to deceive the public and encourage political violence.

Sidney Lumet’s classic movie Network (1976) revolves around a last-place network that brushes aside things like ethics, truth, morality, and decency as a means to increase its audience. No one could have ever imagined a news outlet like CNNLOL would someday come along and do the same even as its ratings hit all new lows week after week after week…

I’m starting to believe CNN chief Jeff Zucker is a brilliant right-wing plant hired by the late Roger Ailes to destroy CNNLOL in the most humiliating and permanent way imaginable.

As far as MSNBC, that network’s fall can be solely attributed to one thing: the debunking of the media’s Russia Collusion Hoax, which MSNBC, and most especially Russia Hoax Queen Rachel Maddow, went all-in on.

Once the Mueller Report proved there was no collusion and no obstruction, a whole lot of leftists felt betrayed and demoralized by a network that promised and promised and promised that Drumpf’s impeachment and arrest were right around the corner.

Here is the total day total viewers breakdown…
FOX: 1.385 million
MSNBC: 921,000
CNNLOL: 575,000

In primetime and in total day and in all of cable TV, Fox and MSNBC rank number one and two, respectively.

CNNLOL, however, was 11th in primetime and 7th in total day.

Things are so bad at CNN that a Discovery Channel spin-off network, Investigative Discovery, is attracting more primetime viewers.

In the all-important 25-54 age demo that sets advertising rates, everyone was down, but once again, MSNBC and CNNLOL were way, way down.

During primetime, Fox News slipped 11 percent, but MSNBC is down 33 percent, while CNN bottomed out with a 38 percent drop.

In total day, Fox again slipped just 11 percent, while MSNBC lot 37 percent of demo viewers and CNNLOL lost an incredible 42 percent.

Poor MSNBC… For a while, the openly left-wing outlet (that’s a compliment) was right on the heels of Fox News. Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity were slugging it out for first place. But MSNBC, and Maddow, most especially, went way too far in gambling for a Big Win with the Mueller Report (which proved there was no collusion or obstruction).

Now MSNBC is a distant second place to Fox and Maddow is fighting for fourth place behind Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham.

The ratings collapse at CNN and MSNBC at least proves one thing: even Trump-hating leftists hate to be lied to and deceived.

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Not One Inch… The Battle Cry For Property Rights, by Tom DeWeese

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https://americanpolicy.org/2018/09/18/not-one-inch-the-battle-cry-for-property-rights/

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Not One Inch… The Battle Cry For Property Rights
Posted at 12:14h in Featured, National Heritage Areas, Property Rights, Sustainable Development
by Tom DeWeese

I have been pushing hard lately to let people know that, no matter how big and powerful the opposition, the assault from big government forces can be stopped. That’s why I want to tell you about a recent major victory in Louisiana where a wonderful, determined group of residents rose up and stopped the implementation of the Caddo Lake National Heritage Area. By the way, this is the second NHA we’ve stopped. The Crooked Road NHA in Virginia was successfully shut down by us a few years ago.

National Heritage Areas are one of the most despicable stealth land grabs in the nation. Here’s why. Americans love history. And we love preserving significant places that played an important role in the making of our unique nation. So when we hear of a new plan in our area presented offering a chance to preserve some of our local heritage we are interested and even supportive.
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But, in this day of massive government control over so much of our land, our economy, and our basic ability to live free lives, we must be cautious and look at the details of plans, no matter how innocent or well meaning they may seem.

National Heritage Areas are such a concern because they are sold to residents as simply a means to honor historic or cultural events that took place in a specific locale. We are told that they will preserve our culture and honor the past, that they will preserve battlefields where our forefathers fought and died for freedom, and that they will preserve birth places, homes, buildings and hallowed grounds for posterity. Most importantly, we are assured that NHAs will help build tourism and boost local economies.

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The residents affected by the Caddo Lake NHA were suspicious because so little information was being released about the project. Who was behind it? Where was the money coming from? Above all, what specific areas were going to be affected? So some determined residents did their homework. They learned the promises of increased tourism and boosts to the economy were, at best, empty. Rather, they learned NHA’s are little more than pork-barrel earmarks that endanger private property rights and local governmental powers. And a very specific danger is that Heritage Areas have very definite boundaries that come with very definite consequences for folks who reside within them. That’s because funding and technical assistance for Heritages Areas is administered through the National Park Service, a federal agency with a long history of hostility toward private landowners.

Private organizations and planning groups are the actual recipients of most of these funds supposedly earmarked for the Heritage Area. These entities operate as the promoters of the NHA in partnership with the Park Service. Eventually they form a commission or a “managing entity” to enforce the “vision” to implement the Heritage Area.

Typically such commissions consist of strictly ideological special interests groups. In the mix of these groups one will find all of the usual suspects: environmental groups, planning groups, historic preservation groups, all with their own private agendas – all working behind the scenes, creating policy. The managing entity then sets up non-elected boards and regional councils to oversee policy inside the Heritage Area that stretches over numerous communities and counties.

In many cases, these groups actually form a compact with the Interior Department to determine the guidelines that will make up a land use management plan and the boundaries of the Heritage Area itself. The management plan is their goal for how they envision the territory inside the boundary to be run. The plan will include guidelines for development goals, energy use, bike trails, undefined conservation controls, tourism, and anything else they want to control.

Now, after the boundaries are drawn and after the management plan has been approved by the Park Service, the management entity and its special interest groups are given the federal funds, typically a million dollars a year, or more, and told to spend that money to get the management plan enacted at the local level.
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Here’s how those special interest groups operate with those funds. They go to local county boards and city councils and announce that Congress has passed legislation designating the Heritage Area and that the community is now within those boundaries. They pull out maps and announce the properties they have identified to be significant for preservation.

However, as the managing entity, they don’t have the power to make laws but the local elected officials do and so the partnership is born, fed by the federal money. Now the managing entity will help create tools, legislation, guidelines and whatever regulatory procedures are needed to make the management plan come into fruition.

Incredibly, proponents argue that National Heritage Areas do not influence local zoning or land-use planning. Yet by definition this is precisely what they do. Found right in the language of most Heritage Area legislation, the management entity is specifically directed to restore, preserve, and manage anything and everything that is naturally, culturally, historically, and recreationally significant to the Heritage Area.

This sweeping mandate ensures that virtually every square inch of land within the boundaries is subject to the scrutiny of Park Service bureaucrats and their managing partners.

Of course, as with so many other invasive planning schemes, we are always assured that these are local initiatives, and that these are something citizens want in order to bring an honorary federal designation to help drive tourism into their regions. That simply isn’t the case. The private, non-governmental organizations and planning groups are the ones who want the plan because they get to enforce their private agendas and then get to live off the grant money as they implement them. As proponents talk about historic preservation inside the Heritage Area, one will also find the catchwords “resource conservation” and “resource stewardship,” for example. That’s the clue to watch for.

It’s all about control. Control of the land, control of resources, control of decision making. How does that fit with their stated purpose of preserving American culture – which, of course, was built on the ideals of free enterprise and private property? In fact, it does the opposite by making government more powerful and dictatorial.

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Proponents of NHAs also claim that they are “locally driven” projects. Nothing could be further from the truth. Landowners within the boundaries of proposed Heritage Areas are left in the dark throughout the entire process. For example, the final official map for the Caddo Lakes National Heritage Area, revealing its official boundary, was not to be released to the public until after the actual Congressional legislation was passed.

In addition, Heritage Area proponents refuse to supply a simple written notification to property owners that their land will be inside the boundaries. Seemingly the Park Service and their management “partners” are not too eager to share all the good news with the local citizenry.
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I have personally been in meetings with congressional staffers to discuss Heritage Areas. I asked them if they intended to notify affected landowners living inside the boundaries of a specific Heritage Area. They looked at me like I had two heads.

They shuffled their feet and looked down at the table and then said, “There’s no way to do that.” “It would be too costly.” “How could we reach everyone?” I then suggested that they research a little know federal agency called the U.S. Postal Service. Mailmen appear too deliver to each and every one of the homes in the designated area every day.

The fact is, they don’t want to tell you in advance. You might object. And that would disrupt the “process.” No matter how noble a project may sound, alarm bells should go off when proponents want to enforce their vision in secret.

National Heritage Areas depend on federal tax dollars because they lack local interest— and not a single Heritage Area has ever succeeded in attracting that interest throughout their entire infinite lives. The federal money is the villain. If you just wanted to honor an area for its historic or cultural achievements, a simple resolution from Congress and a plaque at the county line could do that. The local Chamber of Commerce could then pick it up from there and build the expected tourism.

But of course, it’s not about that. It’s about control and money – lots of money in the pockets of private groups promoting their own agendas. Including taking control if people’s land.

There are 49 National Heritage Areas across the country so far – with more, now being considered around the country. Caddo Lake NHA, if legislated, would affect 900 square miles of private property, businesses, and whole communities. That’s a massive area to cover.

Along the Mississippi River there are two Heritage Areas, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. Now here is a region rich in history. There must be all kinds of good things happening along the mother of all rivers in the name of heritage preservation.

Well, today you won’t find people participating in one of the grand historic traditions of the river – living on riverboats. There were once whole generations of river people living on such boats. Talk about American heritage – right out of Mark Twain!

But, back in the 1990s, those living on houseboats were moved off the river. Certain other boat traffic and river activities were also curtailed. It was all in the name of environmental protection, of course. In addition, the traditional flood plain designations were moved back to an extreme distance from the river, making it impossible for existing homes built inside the original flood plains to get flood insurance, thereby stopping any further building along the river. This was called land use planning. Where was the preservation of the heritage of those homeowners whose families had lived along the river for generations?

So, the Heritage Areas were used to honor what? Certainly not life on the river. They are essentially putting the Mississippi River in a museum.

In West Virginia we find the National Coal Heritage Area. Introduced in 1996 by former Congressman Rahall, it was sold as a way to honor the coal industry. Apparently, Rahall thought that since the miners had lost their jobs due to environmental regulations on the coal industry, perhaps, he could make up for it by throwing a few extra bucks their way by giving tours of their bankrupt area and closed mines.

I will make this challenge – just try to mine a single lump of coal inside the National Coal Heritage Area. Not on your life. Restricted. Taboo. In short, they put West Virginia coal in a museum.

What about property rights protections? When property owners express concern that their property could be taken in the process – proponents have a ready-made answer. Don’t worry, they say – they quickly point to language in the Heritage Area bills that assure property rights protections.

Written into each and every Heritage Area bill is this line: “Nothing in this subtitle…abridges the right of any property owner… including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the National Heritage Area. . .” In other words, say proponents, homeowners are assured that they actually have the right to opt out of the Heritage Area – so there is absolutely no threat to your property rights. Wow!

That language is nothing but a flimflam to keep you calm and ease your concerns, because it is physically impossible to opt out of an official government boundary that has been created by federal legislation and federal funds. It is also impossible to simply declare that you are going to opt out of any of the land-use regulations, down-zoning, or other restrictions that result from the Heritage Area designation.

When I addressed an audience of 400 residents who live inside the proposed boundaries of the Caddo Lake NHA I asked for a show of hands from everyone who wanted to opt out of it. Every hand in the room went up. As the restrictions on property are steadily legislated into place due to the NHA, opting out is simply not an option.

As I and others worked to oppose Heritage Areas, we asked proponents in Congress if they had commissioned property rights experts to look over the legislation to find any dangers. We said, “Have you put these bills before experts, specifically public interest property rights attorneys?” The answer we received was “No, and we don’t plan to.”

Real private property ownership lies in one’s ability to do with your property as you wish. Zoning and land-use policies are local decisions that have traditionally been the purview of locally elected officials who are directly accountable to the citizens that they represent. But National Heritage Areas corrupt this inherently local process by adding federal dollars, federal mandates, and federal oversight to the mix, along with an army of special interest carpet baggers who call themselves Stakeholders.

It must be understood that the Heritage Area affects all the land in the designated boundary areas, not just recognized historic sights. The federal designation, made from congressional legislation, creating federal regulations and oversight through the National Park Service, require a form of contract between state and local governmental entities and the Secretary of the Interior. That contract is to manage the land-use of the region for preservation. That means federal control and zoning, either directly under the terms of the “management pact” or indirectly.

Such “indirect” control is the real danger. In spite of the specific language in the bill which states property rights will be protected, the true damage to homeowners may well come from the private non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and preservation agencies which receive public funds through the Park Service.

The experience with at least 49 such Heritage Areas now in existence nationwide clearly shows such groups will convert this money into political activism to encourage local community and county governments to pass and enforce strict zoning laws.

Heritage Areas proponents like to hold up a report from the Government Accounting Office that says “National Heritage Areas do not appear to have affected private property rights. . .” And this is why that report is meaningless.

While the tactic makes it appear that home rule is fully in force removing blame from the federal designation, the impact is fully the fault of the Heritage Areas designation. The result being private property owner’s rights are diminished and much of the local land-use brought to a standstill.

In their own words, proponents say their feasibility study for the Caddo Lake Heritage Area is to “identify and evaluate alternatives for managing, preserving, and interpreting nationally important cultural and historic landscapes, sites, and structures existing under and around Caddo Lake.” For everyone of those descriptions there is an NGO that makes it their mission to impose it, and there is a federal grant to enforce it. That leads to a lot of control you’ve never experienced before.

Property that is locked away for preservation is no longer productive and no longer provides the community with tax dollars. Some roads most assuredly will be closed (to protect the integrity of the historic area). That means land is locked away from private development, diminishing growth for the community. It also means hunting and recreational use of the land may well be curtailed.

Eventually, such restrictions will take away the community’s economic base. Communities with sagging economies become run-down and uninviting. Preservation zoning and lack of jobs force ordinary people to move away. Experience has shown tourism rarely materializes as promised. And it’s never enough to save an area economically.

These are the reasons why the specific language in the Heritage Area legislation designed to protect private property rights is basically meaningless to the actual outcome. While the land may not be specifically locked away in the name of the federal designation, its very existence creates the pressure on local government to act. The result is the same.

The fact is the Heritage Area designations are completely unnecessary. Most of the historic sites are already under the control of the National Park Service. Most Presidential birthplaces and significant historic sights are also well preserved.

Every step of land in America had something from the past occur on it. Proponents of Heritage Areas are using our great love of history as an emotional sledgehammer to impose a massive federal porkbarrel scheme that enriches the pockets of private advocacy groups by helping to impose draconian controls over the dreams of average American homeowners.

In short, the greatest threat from the Heritage Area is that it creates a pipeline of federal money – and, consequently political power – to these national organizations to promote their specific agendas over your community and its development.

The proposed Caddo Lake Heritage Area includes the classic ingredients of all other Heritage Areas now enforced across the nation. It is massive in size. It is being pushed by the same special interests.

Property owners located around the lake have proven themselves to be the best stewards. That’s why it’s beautiful and teeming with wildlife. And that’s why those who seek to enforce the Heritage Area covet to control it. There is already a thriving tourist industry and there are lots of environmental protections on and around the lake. The Heritage Area only serves to create another layer of bureaucracy and massive grant money.

The property owners inside the proposed boundaries of the Caddo Lake did their homework and realized that if they owned property on the shore line most likely they would see their use of that land pushed back from the edge of the lake. They would most likely lose their private boat docks. Worst of all, decisions over natural habitat would take precedent over their own, even though they had lived in harmony with the environment and encouraged a thriving local flora and fauna for two hundred years. That’s how it works. Little by little, the restrictions set in.

So the people in the Caddo Lake area saw the storm that was headed their way and they said no! They stood up to the behemoth of the partnership of government and powerful private NGOs determined to force their “vision” on them. They called themselves “Caddo Lakes Last Stand!”

The residents attended meetings, asked questions, researched, handed out reasonable arguments, and they never allowed the proponents to dismiss them or their opposition. They fully understood that they were engaged in a battle to preserve the unique American system that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to guarantee. That is true heritage preservation.

Above all, they understood that the only way to make sure government doesn’t abuse its power is to not grant it in the first place. Those resident know they have only won the first round. The special interests will be back to try again. They always do. That’s why the battle cry of the Caddo Lake’s Last Stand is “Not one inch of this ground will be put in a National Heritage Area.” That kind of determination wins battles.

It’s the battle cry every property owner in the nation must take against the many efforts to destroy this precious land. Not one inch.
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Tom DeWeese

Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.

The EU-funded wall that nobody wants to talk about

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Turkey-Syria wall
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Published on June 12th, 2018 | by I Am Awake

This is not Donald Trump’s desired border wall between the USA and Mexico, nor is it Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s fence which stops the flow of migrants into Europe – this is a 764 kilometer wall between Turkey and Syria, funded by none other than the European Union.

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Turkey shares an 822 kilometer border with Syria, a country which has suffered bombardment from all angles since 2011, including several EU member states. The wall runs through the provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Mardin and Sirnak and incorporates physical, electronic and advanced technology layers.

The physical layer includes modular concrete walls, patrol routes, manned and unmanned towers and passenger tracks.

While the EU and its loyal followers persistently preach that any form of borders are racist, many will be shocked to learn that the construction of this wall was largely funded by the 28-member state union.

According to DER SPIEGEL:

“The EU states have provided the government in Ankara with security and surveillance technology valued at more than 80 million euros in exchange for the protection of its borders.

This included the transfer of 35.6 million euros by Brussels to the Turkish company Otokar as part of its IPA regional development program for the construction of armored Cobra II military vehicles, which are now being used to patrol the border to Syria.”

Additionally, in 2016, the EU pledged €3 billion to Turkey under the guise of humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in the country. In reality, this deal served to trap the existing 3.5million refugees in Turkey and left those hoping to flee their war torn country at even further risk.

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Once these resources are to be used in full, the EU will mobilise an additional €3 billion to the end of 2018, as confirmed by a press release of the European Commission.

Next time an EU politician is giving an ethics lecture in regards to immigration and the Syrian conflict, keep this in mind.

Delaware Supreme Court Sums Up Entire Gun Debate In Ruling

Delaware Supreme Court Sums Up Entire Gun Debate In Ruling
https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2017/12/18/delaware-supreme-court-sums-entire-gun-debate-ruling/
Posted at 6:00 pm on December 18, 2017 by Tom Knighton

(Photo by the Associated Press)

It’s not often that a court captures a debate perfectly in a sentence or two. After all, most debates are complex things that require layers of discussion.

However, the Delaware State Supreme Court just lowered the boom on restrictions that kept lawfully owned and carried firearms out of state parks. In the process, they summed up what we’ve been saying for years regarding firearms and gun control laws.

The Superior Court earlier upheld the ban based on the “important governmental objective of keeping the public safe from the potential harm of firearms in state parks and forests,” The Court did not believe the regulations violated any constitutional rights.

“But that conclusion is based on the questionable notion — unsupported by reference to any evidence – that outlawing possession of firearms in an area makes law-abiding citizens safer because criminals will, for some reason, obey the regulations,” the Supreme Court majority found.

This is it in a nutshell. That’s what we keep telling gun control zealots over and over, and they still persist in pretending that somehow gun laws will somehow keep criminals from using firearms.

It won’t. We know this because of what transpires in places like New York City, where just this past weekend there was a gunfight between groups of men. No police involvement, just bad guys.

The criminals do not follow the rules, so as a result, gun laws only impact the law-abiding.

Some have argued that this line of reasoning could also be applied to any crime as only the criminals break those laws as well, which is sort of true. The difference is that guns allow the law-abiding to protect themselves. Laws against murder protect me. Laws against guns make me far more likely to be a victim.

That’s the fundamental truth that led the Delaware Supreme Court to their ruling.

At no point will rules forbidding the carrying of firearms actually make anyone safer. The idea that they will betrays a fundamental ignorance in the gun grabbers’ line of thinking. They don’t and they never will.

It’s part of why so many Second Amendment advocates refuse to visit establishments where their firearms aren’t welcome. They know that if they comply with that rule, they may well be the only one who complies with it. The violent felon with anger management issues won’t care. He’ll ignore the law and we all know it.

That leaves me and mine disarmed except for the magical thinking of people who believe these rules actually accomplish anything.

For residents of Delaware, it seems clear that their supreme court has their back. It seems their court understands that rules only inhibit the lawful and does nothing to the criminal except, at best, add another charge they can have leveled against them. If that’s the goal, so be it, but don’t pretend it’s a safety issue.

Rules like that make Americans less safe, and we all know it. If only the gun grabbers would learn that lesson rather than pontificating endlessly on just how superior they are simply because they want to disarm the average American.

ENENews: “More infant deaths near Hanford: Cemetery blocks filled w/ babies downwind of US nuclear site — Mother: My newborns died in hours… tumors all over, brain disintegrated after massive stroke — ‘Body parts, cadavers, fetuses… nuke industry took in the dead of night'”

Cemetery full of dead babies missing brains next to US nuclear site — Funeral Director: Almost all infants we have died the same way… “that’s pretty much all I see on death certificates” — Few miles from “most contaminated place in hemisphere” — “One of largest documented anencephaly clusters in US history” (VIDEO)

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Seattle Times, updated Jan 28, 2016 (emphasis added): How the state is missing chances to find deadly birth defect’s causeat least 40 other mothers have lost babies to [anencephaly, which result in missing large parts of the brain] in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties since 2010… one of the largest documented clusters of anencephaly in U.S. history… “Something’s going on and someone needs to tell us,” said [mother Sally] Garcia… Dr. Lisa Galbraith was one of the doctors… In Prosser, the obstetrician oversaw care of Garcia’s pregnancy and others affected by the disorder… “I had a total of four or five babies with anencephaly over the course of two years,” recalled Galbraith… the rate of anencephaly was much higher [than US averages]… Washington health officials… have collected no blood samples, performed no genetic tests and conducted no examination of water, soil… and have no plans to do so… In Texas, just three babies with anencephaly sparked enough outrage to overhaul the state’s birth-defects reporting system.

Seattle Times video transcriptCarlen Majnarich, funeral director: “It’s tragic… It just seems like that’s pretty much all I see on the death certificate is the same diagnosis. And nobody seems to know why. We average close to 100 families a year here in Prosser [a few miles from Hanford]. Almost all the infants that we have have died of anencephaly. It’s just what do you say?”… Sally Garcia (mother who lost her baby to anencephaly): “All these on this side [of the cemetery] are all babies… all babies, starting from right there.”

The Legal Examiner, Dec 31, 2015: [T]he strange eruption of anencephaly cases, which occurs in Washington at a rate almost 5 times as high as the national average, has highlighted a number of government policies that may actually conceal these sort of birth defect “clusters,” rather than help investigate them.

KVEW-TV, Mar 4, 2016: As of November 2015 cases of anencephaly have continued to increase with the current rate at 9.5 per 10,000 live births.

Sara Barron, MS, BSN – American Journal of Nursing, Mar 2016: In the spring of 2012 two babies without brains were born within weeks of each other at the rural hospital in Washington State where I was working… I was stunned when the delivering physician said another patient was expecting the same outcome. After speaking with colleagues at neighboring hospitals, I learned that two other babies with anencephaly had recently been born in the area. In over 30 years of nursing, I had seen only two cases of anencephaly prior to these. I called the Washington State Department of Health and reported a birth defect cluster… RISK FACTORS… Radiation exposure. Popular media and blogs have often linked the Washington State NTD cluster to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Benton County, Washington. Although leaks from nuclear power plants have been associated with a higher rate of anencephaly and other NTDs, Washington State Department of Health investigators point out that the three counties with the highest prevalence of NTDs were both upwind and upriver of the Hanford site, making the nuclear plant an unlikely cause of the 2012 cluster.

  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: “The Hanford Site… is widely considered to be the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere
  • KOIN: “The biggest, most toxic nuclear waste site in the Western hemisphere
  • Time: “The largest nuclear clean-up site in the western hemisphere
  • AFP: “The Western hemisphere’s most contaminated nuclear site“”

More infant deaths near Hanford: Cemetery blocks filled w/ babies downwind of US nuclear site — Mother: My newborns died in hours… tumors all over, brain disintegrated after massive stroke — “Body parts, cadavers, fetuses… nuke industry took in the dead of night”