Armed Uber driver with concealed carry shoots gunman

That’s right. An armed Uber driver witnessed a crazy person shooting at a crowd of people. Did he hide and wait several minutes for the police to get there? Nope. He shot him with his concealed weapon. Oh, and all of this happened in Chicago, where, until recently, concealed carry was illegal.

From Chicago Tribune:

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.
The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.
A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.
The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records.  Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said.  No other injuries were reported.
Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.

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The Democrat governor of Illinois vetoed the bill that ended up making concealed carry legal in Illinois, but fortunately, his veto was overridden 41-17.

Remember, good guys with guns save lives.

Don't You Dare Say You're For 'Freedom' If You're Against Marriage Equality

Don’t You Dare Say You’re For ‘Freedom’ If You’re Against Marriage Equality

Freedom — the favorite words of conservatives far and wide, but what does it mean… to them?

It seems these folks, predominantly white, Christian, heterosexual, seemingly fundamentalist individuals see “freedom” as a word for them, but when it comes to anyone else that doesn’t fit their mold — not so much.

They attribute “freedom” as something that has been given to them:

  • The freedom to write…

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Children’s Menu Discovered On Back Of U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON, DC—Historians and scholars nationwide heralded the discovery of a children’s menu on the back of one of the four original charters of the U.S. Constitution, the National Archives reported Monday.

The U.S. Constitution And Children’s Menu, originally drawn up at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, is housed at the National Archives Building.

The menu—on the back of Article I, which establishes a bicameral Congress comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives—provides dining options for children under 7.

More about this exciting new find at the National Archives, via theonion​: Historians Discover Children’s Menu On Back Of U.S. Constitution

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(minus this recent discovery)


The Constitution Trumps Public Opinion Polls

His response was 100% on-point.

Chilling details from Wisconsin’s unconstitutional “John Doe” police raids of conservatives

We’ve written about this story before, but because law enforcement authorities made unconstitutional threats to silence the victims, word from those most closely effected by this tyranny has been difficult to come by.  

The National Review has a long-form expose of the blatantly unconstitutional actions taken by opponents of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin against anyone who dared to support him. 

from NRO:

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking.

The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.

She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.

“I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”

“I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic.

She got the dogs safely out of the house, just as multiple armed agents rushed inside. Some even barged into the bathroom, where her partner was in the shower. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee.

 “I told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.” Wrong thing to say. “This made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.”

 They wouldn’t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off.

 The neighbors started to come outside, curious at the commotion, and all the while the police searched her house, making a mess, and — according to Cindy — leaving her “dead mother’s belongings strewn across the basement floor in a most disrespectful way.”

Then they left, carrying with them only a cellphone and a laptop.

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Cindy’s story was repeated dozens of times across Wisconsin, not just to people who worked within the Walker administration but to members of Conservative activist groups like Club for Growth.  In all cases, it was the same: police show up; private property is stolen; no arrests; no charges; victims are are barred from speaking to lawyers or the press. 

It was a witch hunt from Day 1, with Democrat prosecutors within Wisconsin’s state government on a blind search for any evidence that might be useful in indicting Gov. Scott Walker under criminal charges.  At the same time they were banning the victims of these unconstitutional searches from speaking to the press, they were leaking details to the press that would make Walker and local conservative groups look bad.  The press obliged and ran numerous stories implying that Walker and his cohorts had acted illegally and corruptly. And what was this supposed illegal and corrupt activity?  No one could say for sure, but they knew it had to be something juicy! 

They raided Scott Walkers offices.  They raided the homes of his administration members.  They raided the homes of donors.  They raided the homes of Conservative leaders across the state.  

They came up with nothing, leaving behind a trail of startling violations of the 4th and 1st Amendment. 

I highly encourage you to read the National Review article in its entirety.  There are now people in Wisconsin fighting back, taking the case all the way up to the Supreme Court, demanding justice for what was done to these innocent victims of state-sponsored abuse. 

As Scott Walker moves closer to a campaign for the Presidency, it’s important to know the maniacal lengths the left will go to stop those who have been deemed the enemy. 

Why You Don’t Have a Right to Vote

The 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution says that your right to vote cannot be taken away on the basis of race. The 19th Amendment says it can’t be abridged on account of sex. The 24th says you can’t have your right to vote taken away for failure to pay a tax. And the 26th says that people 18 years or older cannot have their right to vote abridged on the basis of age. Based on these qualifiers, you might assume that the Constitution guarantees the right to vote—but you would be wrong. Nowhere does the Constitution explicitly do that. Instead, the Constitution leaves it up to individual states to decide who the electorate is, and merely prohibits discrimination based on particular categories.

Feds: the 4th Amendment doesn't apply to your emails more than 180 days old

According to the Federal Government, your 4th Amendment right to privacy doesn’t apply to any electronic communications over 180 days old. This includes your email and text messages.  

from McClatchy:

If you’ve been remiss in cleaning out your email in-box, here’s some incentive: The federal government can read any emails that are more than six months old without a warrant.
Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago.
The language, known as the “180-day rule,” allows government officials to treat any emails, text messages or documents stored on remote servers – popularly known as the cloud – as “abandoned” and therefore accessible using administrative subpoena power, a tactic that critics say circumvents due process.
As you rush to purge your Gmail and Dropbox accounts, however, be forewarned that even deleted files still could be fair game as long as copies exist on a third-party server somewhere.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 was written at a time when most people did not have email accounts, said Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, who is leading efforts in the House of Representatives to update the law.
“The government is essentially using an arcane loophole to breach the privacy rights of Americans,” Yoder said. “They couldn’t kick down your door and seize the documents on your desk, but they could send a request to Google and ask for all the documents that are in your Gmail account. And I don’t think Americans believe that the Constitution ends with the invention of the Internet.”
Bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this month by Yoder and Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, would require government agencies and law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause.

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Opposition to things like this should be bipartisan.  In fact, it should be virtually universal.