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Federal Judge Orders Osceola County Sheriff To Issue Gun Permit

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Rebellion In America Heats Up As 5th State Exempts Guns

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City Forbids Bible Studies In Homes

The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city’s zoning codes.

The issue was brought to a head when city officials wrote a letter to a pastor and his wife informing them they had 10 days to quit having the meetings in their private home.

The ban, however, prompted a response from the Alliance Defense Fund, which filed an appeal with the city as the first step in its campaign to overturn a provision it describes as illegal.

“The interpretation and enforcement of the town’s code is clearly unconstitutional, ” said Daniel Blomberg, a member of the litigation team for ADF. “It bans 200,000 Gilbert residents from meeting in their private homes for organized religious purposes – an activity encouraged in the Bible, practiced for thousands of years, and protected by the First Amendment.”

The appeal was filed on behalf of the members, all seven, of the Oasis of Truth Church.

Pastor Joe Sutherland had been told in a letter from code compliance officer Steve Wallace that the people were not allowed to meet in a home for church activities under the city’s Land Development Code.

There had been no complaints about the meetings, which had been rotating among members’ homes before the officer wrote the letter and ordered the group to “terminate all religious meetings … regardless of their size, nature or frequency,” because he noticed signs about the meetings.

The town interprets its law so that “churches within its borders cannot have any home meetings of any size, including Bible studies, three-person church leadership meetings and potluck dinners,” ADF said.

A city letter confirmed, “Given that the church is considered to be religious assembly, and given the LDC provisions prohibiting that use on Local streets without Use Permits and prohibiting it in single family residential structures, it follows that the church meetings cannot be held in the home.”

“The assembly activities associated with the church, including Bible studies, church leadership meetings and church fellowship activities are not permitted,” wrote Mike Milillo, the city’s senior planner.

“This ban is defended based upon traffic, parking, and building safety concerns. However, nothing in its zoning code prevents weekly Cub Scouts meetings, Monday Night Football parties with numerous attendees or large business parties from being held on a regular basis in private homes,” the ADF said.

The few adults in the church had met for a few hours weekly in members’ homes.

The ADF argues such bans violate the Constitution’s free-exercise clause, and even the State’s Free Exercise of Religion Act protects such meetings.

Further, the restrictions imposed by the city violate the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which grants significant authority for churches to pursue their ministry goals.

Finally, Blomberg said, “the First Amendment’s free-speech clause prevents the town from stopping the church from holding its meetings on the public sidewalk outside the pastor’s home, yet the town won’t allow him to hold the same meetings just a few feet away in the privacy of his own living room.”

The small church has been forced to halt its regular meetings. It meets now in a local school but only can afford the rental once a week.

WND reported a similar situation in San Diego County. In that case, officials eventually withdrew a warning letter and a cease-and-desist order they had issued against a pastor who had been holding a weekly Bible study in his home.

“I want to offer my apology to you, your wife and your congregation for the unfortunate events of the past several weeks,” said the letter from Walter F. Ekard, chief officer of the county. “My review of the situation shows that no administrative citation warning should have been issued and that a major use permit is not required for the Bible study you have in your home.”

At What Point Do We Call It Treason?

The following article is by John Cooper at http://www.cosmicflyswatter.com/. John is the nephew of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper. Many of you know Lt. Col. Cooper as a scholar, a decorated Marine, a hunter, a family man, and most formidably a Shottist (one who is exemplary in the shooting field). This article is thought provoking to say the least.

At What Point Do We Call It Treason?

The United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states

“… whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

At what point do we consider the illegal confiscation of over half the wealth of common Americans a form of treason. Was it not treasonous for the Secretary of the Treasury to meet secretly with the President and demand $800 billion dollars of taxpayer money to be given away to foreign bankers, and then refuse to provide a clear accounting of that money? I believe this to be patently unconstitutional.

Is it not a form of treason for the next President of the United States to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the American people by rewarding them with cabinet posts? Timothy Geithner is a tax-cheat and the former head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. He is one of the enemies of the American people. Or take Rahm Immanuel a former Goldman Sachs executive who was also responsible for the most irresponsible acts perpetrated against the good and trusting American Taxpayer/Investor. He is now chief of Staff in the White House. These two men were integral players in the financial meltdown and subsequent thievery.

Is it not treasonous for this same reprobate, Immanuel, to condescendingly state that he would not let a good crisis go to waste? He is personally orchestrating the destruction of the private sector of the United States and has made it clear that he will see the end of capitalism.

Is it not treason for the President of the United States to steal the equity owned by regular citizens in our largest auto manufacturer and give the shares to himself and the United Auto Workers. This is unconstitutional and the trampling of the rule of law no matter the refusal of the Supreme Court to do anything to stop it.

Is it not treason to declare war on independent thinking free men and women and their small business interests by saddling them with billions in taxes, with tax models cooked up by East Coast Plutocrats to line their pockets by implementing energy and health care schemes, schemes designed to do one thing efficiently: destroy the private sector and force Federal control of all prerogative? This is also unconstitutional. Is it not treason against the people by abrogating those guarantees of the Tenth Amendment.

Is it not treason for legislators to pass thousand page bills – which they do not read – loaded with cronyist paybacks and pork, spending billions of our great grandchildren’s money forcing monetary slavery on children who are yet unborn?

Are not our Representatives and Senators levying war against us?

Are not Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid levying war on the American people?

The United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states:

“… whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies…”

By stealing the peoples money illegally with no accountability have they not LEVIED WAR against us?

By unreasonably seizing assets, and levying unconscionable and oppressive tax and spend schemes are they not destroying our way of life?

By instituting conspiracies with large corporations such as GE to rake dollars from the public are they not levying war?

I ask you to consider, have they not declared war on us?

What part of the thievery being perpetrated against the American People since September of 2008 is different, no, what part is in any way inferior to the Acts of King George that caused our Revolution and Founding?

Notwithstanding the recent pandering of our President to our declared enemies, is there not just cause for the good American to consider any such actions as legitimate that might stop this illegal and ungodly course?

What pressure would stem the profuse bleeding these traitors have caused our philosophy of living, our blessed and free way of life?

And even now the traitors, fearful of the wrongs they know they are committing, sleep so uneasy that they have alerted Law Enforcement to be on the lookout for any returning veterans that might disagree with them. Good men who have served their country must be watched for they know how to use weapons. These men of duty cannot be trusted by the evildoers in our government. This is because the man of evil only sleeps well after good men have been put to sleep and silenced.

And on this list has also been placed anyone who is Christian, against abortion, or in favor of our Second Amendment Rights. The list will grow longer by this very nightfall. For I am now joined to it and perhaps you are also for reading this. They are now murmuring vague proposals to modify our First Amendment rights.

At what point do we call it Treason?

The movement of progressives has been marching now for a century. The subtle advancements of their cause has, for the most part, been added to them unnoticed by the good, generous, and hard working free men and women. But when would-be tyrants from the ranks of the elite not only practice their normal strong-arm tactics by seizing power, control, and the very sustenance of the productive, but they then unashamedly declare that they will force monetary slavery on them, not three fold, not ten fold, yes not even one hundred fold, but a thousand fold or more, and then boast about it; is it not time for free men and women to resist and consider the absolution of our bonds with this illegitimate and treasonous government?

When the arrogance of a class of men has outreached their common sense and any prudence from which they conceive of their authority; when political, corporate, financial, and labor representatives forget from where we the common people derive our rights, it is our duty to remind them first and then remove them for the sake of our way of life, for the maintenance of our posterity and for the respect due to those who have shed their blood for our freedom.

It is time for free men and women to remind the elite scoundrels that populate those foul centers of thievery and corruption, New York and Washington D.C., that their second rate imitation of Sodom and Gomorrah may bring them their just portion of fire and brimstone, but that we intend not be buried with them!

We will not indulge those who show nothing but contempt for the common man! It is time to remind all of them and the Liars at Harvard, their progeny and anyone who would support the degrading of our freedom, our economic liberty, and our rights that,

“… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

At what point do we call it Treason?

It is on this day, July 18, 2009 that we must call it treason!


FBI Trained NJ Blogger To Incite Others

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.

Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but the defense has said Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.

“But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No difference whatsoever,” Orozco said.

Special Agent Ross Rice, a spokesman for the FBI in Chicago, said he would not comment on or even confirm Turner’s relationship with the FBI.

Orozco spoke to reporters after a court hearing in Hartford on Tuesday. Turner, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., did not appear, because he is in federal custody in Illinois. His arraignment on the Connecticut charges was rescheduled to Oct. 19.

In June, Turner urged his readers to “take up arms” against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should “obey the Constitution or die,” because he was angry over legislation—later withdrawn—that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parish’s finances.

He wrote in Internet postings the same month that the Illinois federal appeals judges “deserve to be killed” because they issued a ruling that upheld ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park banning handguns. He included their photos and the room numbers of their chambers at the courthouse.

Orozco officially joined Turner’s defense team in the Connecticut case on Tuesday, with approval from Superior Court Judge David Gold. Orozco said his Newark, N.J.-based firm has been representing Turner for the past five years, including during his FBI informant years.

Turner’s Connecticut attorney, Matthew R. Potter, said it’s too early to tell which trial will move forward first. Orozco said he plans First Amendment defenses in both cases.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, said the office would not comment on Orozco’s statements.


It Is Every American Citizen’s Constitutional Right To Speak Freely, Without Fear Of Repercussion

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Who Are Dangerous ‘Extremists’?

Department’s Once-Secret ‘Assessment’ Of The ‘Right Wing’

By Oliver North

According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a Christian – and meet regularly with other Christians to study God’s word. My faith convinces me the prophesies in the Holy Bible are true.

I believe in the sanctity of human life, oppose abortion and want to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I am a veteran with skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.

I own several firearms, frequently shoot them, buy ammunition and consider efforts to infringe on my Second Amendment rights to be wrong and unconstitutional.

I fervently support the sovereignty of the United States, and I am deeply concerned about our economy, increasingly higher taxes, illegal immigration, soaring unemployment and actions by our government that will bury my children beneath a mountain of debt.

Apparently, all this makes me a “rightwing extremist.” At least that’s what it says in the April 7 “Assessment” issued by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. The nine-page report, titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” is full of warnings about American citizens who share any of my background or subscribe to the beliefs above. It is one of the most alarming documents produced by our government that I have ever read.

Evidently, you and I were never supposed to read this assessment. At the bottom of the cover page is a warning that it is “not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know.”

We’re Americans. We have a need to know what’s going on in our government, especially in an administration that promised to be “transparent.” A full copy of the report is posted at www.freedomalliance.org.

The assessment purports to alert law enforcement officials that “rightwing extremists” – the term is used more than 35 times – are intent on exploiting Americans who have strongly held beliefs on everything from Christian faith to rising unemployment, U.S. sovereignty and the Second Amendment. It vilifies those of us in those categories by references to neo-Nazis, racists, militias, white supremacists and other “hate groups.”

Notably, the report includes a warning that right-wing extremism “may include groups or individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Though the report proffers a passing reference to the First Amendment, it is replete with bias against conservative thought, writing and communications. On Page 3, law enforcement authorities are warned, “Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures.”

This is a frightening acknowledgment that political speech is being monitored in America. It is also wrong. Loss of jobs is not a matter of perception. It is fact. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing and construction sectors lost 161,000 and 126,000 jobs, respectively, last month alone.

In its “Key Findings” the Homeland Security document boldly claims that “rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues” and warns: “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

Under the heading “Disgruntled Military Veterans” the report warns, “… rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists – including lone wolves or small terrorist cells – to carry out violence.”

These unsubstantiated claims are followed by reminders that Timothy McVeigh – the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber – was a military veteran. Omitted is any reference to the fact McVeigh was simply one man among more than 40 million law-abiding veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Thirteen lines after this egregious, unconscionable slander against those of us who are military combat veterans, Homeland Security makes the stunning charge that “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.”

According to this homeland security assessment, the most dangerous threat we face here at home isn’t from radical imams preaching violence in U.S. mosques and madrassas; Islamists recruiting in our prisons; Somali terrorists enticing young immigrants to become suicide bombers; or Hamas, Hezbollah or al Qaeda operatives plotting mass murder. No, according to the department, the real threat is what our government labels “rightwing extremist ideology.”

Mr. Obama should publicly disavow this report and fire the officials responsible for issuing it. Those who prepare his remarks for the occasion should insert in the teleprompter, Sen. Barry Goldwater’s words on the subject: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

Obama Wants NRA Ads Banned

The Obama camp has been threatening television and radio stations to keep them from airing anti-Obama ads.

The latest target is the NRA and stations in Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund released a series of radio and television spots to educate gun owners and sportsmen about Barack Obama’s longstanding anti-gun record. In response to the NRA-PVF ads, a clearly panicked Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are doing everything they can to hide Obama’s real record by mounting a coordinated assault on the First Amendment.

They have gone to desperate and outrageous lengths to try to silence your NRA by bullying media outlets with threats of lawsuits if they run NRA-PVF’s ads.

The Obama camp is particularly angry with an NRA ad entitled “Hunter” which lays out Obama’s record on gun control.

You can see the “Hunter” ad – Go Here Now.

Other NRA ads include “Way of Life” and another focusing on Joe Biden’s record, “Defend Freedom, Defeat Obama.”

This week, Obama’s campaign general counsel Bob Bauer wrote seeking to censor the ads at stations in Pennsylvania.

“Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations do not have a ‘right to command the use of broadcast facilities,'” Bauer writes. “Moreover, you have a duty ‘to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising.'”

“This advertising is false, misleading, and deceptive,” Bauer continued. “We request that you immediately cease airing this advertising.”

The NRA says Obama’s camp are sending out these “intimidating cease and desist letters” to cable operators and television stations, threatening their FCC licenses if they run the ads.

The NRA charged that “Obama and the DNC have been using strong-arm tactics reminiscent of Chicago machine politics to try and cover up the truth and silence NRA by forcing the stations to assist them in hiding Obama’s radical anti-gun record.”

And now, Obama and the DNC have opened a new front in their assault on your First Amendment rights by calling on their followers to contact these station managers to demand that the stations not run NRA-PVF’s ads.

NRA stands behind the accuracy of these ads, and NRA attorneys have responded to the Obama campaign’s despicable and abusive attempt to trample on the First Amendment by sending a thorough rebuttal to station managers. This rebuttal clearly and conclusively refutes the Obama campaign’s fallacious claims that the ads are inaccurate.

The NRA has set up a Web site detailing its position on Obama at www.gunbanobama.com.

Thanks to Newsmax.com for this information.