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Clinton-Appointed Judge Upholds Maryland’s “Assault Weapon” and “Large” Magazine Bans in Ultra-Biased Opinion

This week’s ruling by the judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland reminds us why it is important to elect U.S. senators who will reject an anti-gun president’s anti-gun nominees to the federal courts, and to elect presidents who will not nominate anti-gunners in the first place….

School Bans Problematic Color Ink From Teacher Comments — the Reasoning May Get You Seeing a Similar Shade

 ”A very negative color.”

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Army Officer Insults Supreme Court for Heller Decision; Calls for Gun Bans, Turn-Ins, and More

To say the least, some of the characters who have appeared on the national scene in recent years have demonstrated some enormous egos and used some pretty ill-tempered language in their efforts to turn this nation into something we wouldn’t recognize.  But Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman is challenging them for top dishonors in that regard, with an o…

Charter School Reportedly Bans Students From Performing ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’

“time-honored Christmas carols.”

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Egypt Bans Muslim Brotherhood

An Egypt court has ordered the Muslim Brotherhood banned and all of its assets confiscated, the Associated Press is reporting, following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed for much of its 85-year existence but was allowed to emerge from the shadows after former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was removed from office in 2011.

The court’s ruling can be appealed, according to the AP.


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‘Crisis averted’: Mo. State Fair permanently bans Obama mask-wearing rodeo clown

Another triumph for free speech!

Claire McCaskill and the rest of the Obama Defense League who raised hell over a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair can now breathe a little easier:

And fair officials are gonna do their damnedest to make sure nothing like this ever happens again:

Sensitivity training? Read it and weep — a lot:

The Missouri State Fair Commission ratifies the firm action already taken by the Fair director to permanently ban this rodeo clown from ever participating or performing at the Missouri State Fair again.

Furthermore the MRCA must hold all those responsible for this offensive stunt accountable.

In addition, before the Missouri State Fair considers contracting with this association again for future rodeos, they must provide evidence to the director of the Missouri State Fair that they have proof that all officials and subcontractors of the MRCA have successfully participated in sensitivity training.

Alas, if only he’d been wearing a Bush mask. But now he’s banned from the fair for life.

We could all take a lesson from this: No matter what happens, never ever mock The One — or else there will be hell to pay.

We’re in Obama’s America now.



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Medical Group Bans Pro-Life Doctors From Event, “Would Threaten Women’s Rights”

Last week in Seoul, South Korea, pro-life doctors of American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) were banned from speaking at the last minute because their presentations were deemed to “threaten women’s reproductive rights.”

They were also described as “unscientific” and “political.” These three doctors were scheduled to present at the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) conference. It apparently doesn’t matter to the leaders of MWIA that these doctors had relevant and important information to present. Such reasons don’t change that the leaders who made such a decision were barring those from speaking who disagreed with them. It’s ironic then how they call themselves pro-choice, isn’t it?


The AAPLOG website has links to the three presentations each of the doctors, Dr. Mary Davenport, M.D., Dr. Donna Harrison, M.D., and Dr. Martha Shuping, M.D., would have given.  The topics to be discussed, respectively, included “Preterm Birth and Abortion,” “Maternal Mortality and the Myth of “Safe” Abortion,” and “Women’s Mental Health after Abortion.”

On a page titled, “MWIA Confrontation,” the AAPLOG website also describes how these doctors were then invited by their host, Anna Choi, who is head of a group of South Korean doctors who had stopped providing abortions, to give an interview for the press in which they would have time to discuss what they would have presented. The panel-style interview turned into a television interview rather than a radio or newspaper one. Here is part of the account of what happened in Dr. Davenport’s own words:

They put the three of us up front like a “panel” discussion, and the reporters started asking us questions about our presentation, allowing us an opportunity to talk about what we came to present. About 20 minutes into the interview, the Secretary General of MIWA, a Canadian woman, burst into the room (I kid you not. …and all of this is on camera), and came up to the table and said “What presentation is this? Donna Harrison said “it’s not a presentation”. So she snarled “Why are you being interviewed? At that point, the answers were left to Anna, our host. Anna said that this was a requested interview by the press.

The SecGen then said “Who gave you permission to interview these people?” And the reporters said “We are the press, we don’t need anyone’s permission. We have freedom of the press” And the Sec Gen snarled at Anna and said “Did you arrange this? Did you talk to the organizing committee?” And Anna said “I am on the organizing committee. I don’t need to talk to anyone.” And the Sec Gen stood in front of the camera, and refused to move, and said “The interview is over.” Then the reporters said “You can’t do this. We have the freedom of the press. You are interfering with the freedom of the press.” But the Sec Gen would not move and said “The interview is over.”

We exited to the hall, and a Belgian and German woman were waiting. They started to make fun of the Korean translator, and to snap pictures in her face. And she said “You can’t do this. This is my country. I will call the police.” And they actually grabbed at her, and then one of the Korean reporters put a huge camera in the Belgian woman’s face and started taking photos of her. A fist fight almost ensured between the women, but another of the Koreans stepped in and kept any contact from happening. And all of this was on camera. And then our Korean hosts ushered us down the hall, and down the elevator, along with the reporters and camera crew, and we resumed the interview in the commons area downstairs by the trash cans and the bathroom. We were able to complete the entire interview, and instead of our audience being a few women doctors from the conference, we now have an audience of probably a few thousand.

Okay, so it’s bad enough that these three medical doctors, who were invited, were then told they could not speak. But then, when the press was still interested in hearing what these doctors had to say, and providing an outlet so that others could be informed, they were silenced and there were even attempts of physical intimidation. It is at best biased and immature to bar someone from speaking, at your conference or anywhere else, because you don’t agree.



For the Secretary General though, and others with MWIA, who are supposed to act like the adults that they are, to act in such a manner, they are liars then when they call themselves pro-choice. It’s not at all a choice when you withhold information from women. I thought women were supposed to be able to make that decision for themselves? How can they make the best decision though when they’re not getting all the facts?

And, Molly Loesel makes a telling point in her piece for Human Life International (HLI) when she highlights the similarities between those pro-”choicers” in Texas and with MWIA in South Korea. We not only have to protect ourselves, but also wonder, is there nothing these people will not stoop to?

LifeNews Note: Rebecca Downs is a recent graduate of Fordham University, where she was involved in the Respect for Life club there. She is currently with C-FAM, a Catholic pro-life group in New York City. Reprinted with permission from Live Action News.


The Next Gay Marriage Battle? ACLU Files First-Known Lawsuit Over State Bans on Same-Sex Unions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — The battle over gay marriage forges on. Civil rights lawyers said they filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Harrisburg, also will ask a federal judge to prevent state officials from stopping gay couples from getting married. It names Gov. Tom Corbett, Attorney General Kathleen Kane and three other officials. The plaintiffs are one widow, 10 couples and one of the couples’ two teenage daughters, and they include four couples who were legally married in other states but whose marriages go unrecognized by the state of Pennsylvania.

The Next Gay Marriage Battle? ACLU Files First Known Lawsuit Over State Bans on Same Sex Unions

A woman lies on a gay pride flag during a gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 30, 2013. People paraded through the capital demanding laws that grant social security benefits and marriage rights for gay couples. Credit: AP

Pennsylvania would become the 14th state to legalize gay marriage if the lawsuit is successful. It also would force the state to recognize the legal marriages of all same-sex couples in other jurisdictions.

The plaintiffs, some of whom spoke during a news conference in the state Capitol after the lawsuit was filed, said their willingness to join was driven partly by a desire to have the same legal and financial protections afforded to opposite-sex couples, but mostly by the emotional satisfaction of seeking social justice.

“Everyone in our world recognizes us as a true family,” said Deb Whitewood, 45, who lives in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville with her partner of 22 years, Susan Whitewood, and their three children. “We feel that it’s time that the commonwealth of Pennsylvania did, too.”

Another couple, Dara Raspberry and Helena Miller, who were cradling Miller’s 6-week-old daughter, said they married in Connecticut before moving to Philadelphia to be closer to family, but, Raspberry said, they were forced “to become unmarried and less of a family” under Pennsylvania law.

Isabel Rieser, the 21-year-old adopted daughter of plaintiffs Len Rieser and Fernando Chang-Muy of Philadelphia, said her two fathers should be able to marry after 32 years of commitment.

“Besides, I am so over being a child out of wedlock,” Rieser joked. “I look forward to my parents finally getting married. I have so many ideas for their wedding: food, location, decorations.”

The plaintiffs are represented by American Civil Liberties Union lawyers working with the Philadelphia law firm of Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin and Schiller. They expect the suit could ultimately arrive with similar cases from other states at the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not ruled on the core question of whether it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

Corbett’s office would only say that it is reviewing the lawsuit. The attorney general’s office, which typically defends challenges to state laws, had no immediate comment.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs said banning gay marriage satisfies no legitimate government or child welfare concerns of the state, since Pennsylvania judges routinely grant adoptions to same-sex couples that are viewed as in the best interest of the child.

“It serves only to disparage and injure lesbian and gay couples and their families,” the lawsuit said.

For instance, the suit says, same-sex couples do not have access to a long list of legal and financial protections as do opposite-sex couples.

Those include an inheritance tax exemption for widows; an automatic power of attorney for spouses in health care decisions; damages and legal recourse under workers’ compensation laws for a spouse; assistance programs for same-sex widows and widowers of military personnel and veterans; pension and survivor benefits for widows and widowers of public employees; Family Medical Leave Act provisions; and a spouse’s Social Security retirement benefits.

The Next Gay Marriage Battle? ACLU Files First Known Lawsuit Over State Bans on Same Sex Unions

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shyla Smith and Courtney Burdeshaw hold hands while waiting to get married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA on June 27, 2013 in New York City. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. The pair said they planned to get married today before the ruling came down. Credit: Getty Images

The lawsuit, in the works since January, was not spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court’s three-week-old decision striking down part of the federal government’s anti-gay marriage law that applies only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government.

But the ACLU’s legal director in Pennsylvania, Witold J. Walczak, said the nation’s changing laws and evolving public opinion made it the right time to challenge the law after 17 years on Pennsylvania’s books.

Federal courts in California are so far the only ones that have said a state same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. But federal challenges are popping up in other states, including Nevada, Hawaii and Michigan. In the coming days and weeks, the ACLU plans to lodge same-sex marriage challenges in North Carolina and Virginia.

It is also pursuing same-sex marriage legislation in several other states and referenda in Oregon and Nevada in the coming years, ACLU lawyers said.

Same-sex marriage is legal, or soon will be, in 13 states and the District of Columbia, representing about 30 percent of the U.S. population. Every state except Pennsylvania in the northeastern United States allows same-sex marriage except New Jersey, which allows civil unions.

A 1996 Pennsylvania law defines marriage as a civil contract in which a man and a woman take each other as husband and wife, and it says same-sex marriages, even if entered legally elsewhere, are void in Pennsylvania. State law does not allow civil unions.

In Pennsylvania, recent polls show a majority are in favor of gay marriage, even though bills to legalize gay marriage have gone nowhere in recent years in the Legislature. In 2012, the state voted for President Barack Obama, a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage, and in 2010 for Corbett, a Republican who supports a constitutional amendment to permanently ban it.

The 1996 law passed with overwhelming majorities in the state Legislature.

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The UK Bans Two Prominent American Bloggers From Entering the Country

On Wednesday, two American citizens were told that their opinions were a danger to the UK and as such, they were banned from visiting the country.

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, two outspoken American bloggers and pro-Israel activists were slated to speak this week at a rally for the English Defence League in the United Kingdom (UK). But that’s not happening. Both Geller and Spencer were denied entry into the UK by the Home Secretary’s office. Among the reasons given, their presence is “not conducive to the public good.”

According to documents sent to Geller and Spencer (both of the letters were virtually identical), their denial was based upon a perceived violation(s) of the British government’s “Unacceptable Behaviour” policy. That policy states that the government can expel/deport or deny entry to any non-UK national who violates the policy by engaging in one of the “behaviours” on the list.

These include:

  • Writing, producing, publishing or distributing material
  • Public speaking including preaching
  • running a website
  • using a position of responsibility such as a teacher, community or youth leader

To express views that:

  • foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs
  • seek to provoke others to terrorist attacks
  • foment other criminal activity or seek to promote others to commit serious criminal acts
  • foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK

The backgrounds of the two banned Americans were reviewed by the Home Secretary’s office and they were told in crystal clear terms, “your presence here is not conducive to the public good.”

The official notice went on to clarify, ”You are therefore instructed not to travel to the UK as you will be refused admission on arrival.”

Spencer’s blog post titled, “Britain capitulates to jihad,”  and Geller’s called , “Banned In Britain: UK Caves To Jihad,” carried identical reply messages regarding their interpretation of the ban.

In a striking blow against freedom, the British government has banned us from entering the country. Muhammad al-Arifi, who has advocated Jew-hatred, wife-beating, and jihad violence, entered the U.K. recently with no difficulty. In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.

If Geller and Spencer’s names sound familiar to you, they are the driving force behind many campaigns to educate people in America and around the world to the dangers of “creeping sharia” and some of the motives behind the more militant factions of Islam. They are regularly described as “extreme” and “anti-Islam” by their opponents.

Last November, TheBlaze published a story about their mass transit campaign that irritated many pro-Muslim organizations like CAIR. The ad in question showed the World Trade Center towers in flames along with quotes from the Quran.

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We have posted a copy of Ms. Geller’s letter below. As stated above, it is identical to the one received by Mr. Spencer, only the names have been changed.

Pamela Geller banned by the UK

Page two of the Geller banned letter


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Knee-Jerk Reaction? Maryland County Bans All Gun Shows Indefinitely

Prince Georges County, Maryland Bans All Gun Shows Indefinitely

A table of rifles on display during the heavily attended annual New York State Arms Collectors Association Albany Gun Show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Credit: AP

In a controversial decision sure to spark a contentious debate, a Maryland county has decided to ban all gun shows indefinitely while state and federal lawmakers consider gun control legislation.

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation announced the decision late last week. Officials also reportedly referenced the Newtown school massacre when making the decision.

Anita Pesses, a spokeswoman for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, says the moratorium is “temporary.”

“We are taking everybody’s opinions and actions into account,” she told WTOP.

But the decision will remain in effect until lawmakers in Washington and in Maryland are done debating new gun control laws.

Meanwhile, at least one gun show has been cancelled due to the ban on legal gun shows. The Silverado Gun Show was set to take place over the holiday weekend but was canned after the decision.

The show’s owner, Frank Krasner, told the Washington Examiner that he is losing money because of the decisions made by county officials.

“This is legal trade we’re talking about, not the black market,” he said. “This not only took money out of my pocket, but close to 100 exhibitors.”

“Once again, lawmakers choose to punish the innocent because of the actions of criminals,” commenter Brian Ford wrote on the Silverado Gun Show Facebook page. “Just plain stupid and unfair.” Others called for a boycott of the Show Place Arena.

“That’s a crock of sh*t,” another commenter stated bluntly.


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