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Parker Decision Upheld

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The District of Columbia's request to have a full-court ("en banc") re-hearing of the Parker case -- the case that reinstated the people's ability to legally have an operating firearm in their homes -- was turned down by the D.C. Court of Appeals on May 8, 2007.

This is good news, maybe. It means the excellent original pro-rights decision stands. An en banc hearing could have overturned it.

Residents of D.C. can now keep a registered operable firearm at home (but apparently can't buy one, or transport one through the District to their homes). Hey, it's a good first step.

If it had been overturned en banc, the good guys would have appealed to the Supreme Court, which they believe has pretty good justices facing an excellent case. It's a risk, as it always will be, but factors seem as good now as they may ever be.

Now it's up to officials in D.C. to appeal to the Supreme Court. Will they? They hate guns, gun owners, and want the rights stripped away again from their innocent residents. They want the system they've had in place since 1976 -- no Second Amendment for D.C. residents. Their criminals are heavily armed, but at least the public is not. "For safety."

But they must know their case is weak, the plaintiffs are excellent, honorable, judicious individuals seeking their rights, not some sleazy bottom feeder trying to duck a sentence for some crime. Will they appeal?

They have little to lose. If SCOTUS overturns the Circuit, D.C. officials win. If the High Court affirms, they're no worse off than they are now. Their direct concerns are local -- but everyone knows the nation hangs in the balance. Will the big gun anti-gunners in Congress twist arms behind the scenes and convince them to leave this case alone?

If D.C. officials appeal, it will make the news, big time. If the High Court takes the case -- another unknown -- it will set the stage for the biggest gun-rights confrontation, maybe in our entire history.

The Washington Post argued in an editorial that the D.C. mayor owes it to the residents to appeal to the Supreme Court. In other words, the esteemed Post believes the city should spend its taxpayer's dollars to try whatever it can to remove its taxpayer's rights. The New York Times expressed its views in an editorial cleverly entitled, "The Right to Ban Arms."

May you live in interesting times.

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Gun Sales Skyrocketing

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that firearm and ammo sales leaped 23% in the fourth quarter of 2006. Although news media routinely jump all over impressive sales growth in other industries, it never covers the subject in this industry, for unknown reasons. Reporters could not be reached for comment.

The boost was lead by a stunning 56.4% increase in handgun sales, part of which was attributed to higher retail selling prices.

The stats are calculated from quarterly Pittman-Robertson federal excise taxes earmarked for state wildlife conservation and habitat restoration programs. During the quarter, $67.4 million was generated for conservation, compared to $54.9 million in the same period in 2005.

Total wholesale sales for the quarter was approximately two-thirds of a billion dollars. Maybe that's just not a lot of revenue to newspapers -- most of which have been losing money for years.

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Reporters Report Reports

The lamestream media told you:
National Public Radio reports that four graduating seniors in Tucson have developed technology that could save the city millions of dollars at its landfills over the next 20 years. It's not clear whether the city will implement the technology.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
What is the money-saving technology? The report didn't say.

People reading news on air are readers, not reporters. They read material handed to them, produced by writers and editors who are not and cannot be identified. The readers, sometimes disguised as or mistaken for actual reporters, read the handouts whether the material makes sense, is rational, or contains gaping holes that make it meaningless.

Failure to read the material as written, or questioning it in any way, is grounds for dismissal, and is never done.

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Conclusions Precede Research

The lamestream media told you:
The highly authoritative International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has determined that mankind is responsible for global warming. If massive changes aren't made quickly, under international control, the planet may be doomed and life could become extinct.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Accuracy In Media (AIM), the Wash., D.C.-based non-profit media watchdog, notes that the IPCC conclusions and policy recommendations have been released in advance of the scientific research. With the policy preceding the actual results, pressure is mounting to ensure that the science matches the announced plans.

AIM quotes noted Harvard physicist Lubos Motl on the decidedly unscientific approach, "In the past, scientists had to do their research before the implications for policymaking could have been derived."

Measuring national coverage, AIM notes that The Washington Post did say that the science hasn't been completed before the conclusions were heralded, in paragraph 20 of a 21 paragraph story. The New York Times waited until paragraph 40 (out of 44) to mention the same trivial detail.

Motl mockingly calls this, "the vastly superior post-modern scientific method." The media calls it fair, balanced, ethical, unbiased, spin-free, news of record.

The variable output of the sun, considered by many to be the main driving force of Earth's temperature, has been missing from "news" reports. Experts note that climate changes, because that's what climate does.

Learn more about AIM's efforts to hold the media accountable and how you might help too: www.aim.org.

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Reporters Inspiring Copycats

The lamestream media told you:
Guns should be banned because a maniac in Virginia got some and went on a killing spree, reporters reported. One week later, after incessant prominent promotion of the suicidal immigrant psychopath, reports emerged of others interested in emulating the sick behavior, and setting new atrocity records.

Editors nationwide denied that their reports inspired copycats, or have any effect on the public that reads the "news." Why reporters would write stories if they have no effect was unexplained at press time.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
In a dramatic break with tradition, the 500,000-circulation Arizona Republic ran a page one Sunday editorial written by The Uninvited Ombudsman, that sets the record straight on the value of guns, and the deceptions politicians use in efforts to disarm innocent Americans.

The published newspaper editorial appears here.

The anti-rights "balance" piece, by a former Republic reporter now living in Chicago, is here.

The only significant omission in the published version of the editorial was this:

"How many criminals and crazies would sign up for gun registration? Right. None. It's actually illegal to force them—violates their Fifth Amendment rights! Registration schemes are hopelessly misguided.

"If registration makes so much sense, why not register reporters? We know they can be dangerous or harmful. Why would an honest reporter object?"

The answer to that question did run. The Ombudsman's unedited original version appears here.

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Czars Overrunning America

The lamestream media told you:
The AP reports that the Bush administration is having a hard time finding a "war czar," who would coordinate military efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The AP's apparent love, and frequent use of the word "czar," is an affront to the entire American public.

A czar is a merciless dictator, not subject to the will of the people, operating ruthlessly in pre-Communist Russia.

The suggestion by the AP and their hopelessly anti-freedom unthinking lapdog followers in the lamestream media, that the U.S. has a drug "czar," and education "czar," a fiscal policy "czar," and numerous other czars has gotten the public and officials to accept the word, without realizing just how brainwashed they have become.

Even if some twisted politician somewhere was the first to apply the word in some unknown circumstance, a proper reporter would say, in effect, "Although politician X called the new bureaucrat a 'czar,' the salaried government worker is actually only a mere employee, subject to reprimand, dismissal and the rule of law."

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French Turnaround Possible

The lamestream media told you:
"Nicolas Sarkozy, a blunt and uncompromising pro-American conservative was elected president of France on Sunday," the AP reports on page ones across the country.

"There were few reports of unrest, despite fears that the impoverished suburban housing projects, home to African and Arab immigrants and their French-born children would erupt again," in a repeat of 2005 rioting. The AP questions whether Sarkozy can "unite the increasingly diverse and polarized nation."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Nicolas Sarkozy, a forthright and uncompromising pro-freedom politician was elected president of France on Sunday, despite smears and editorializing in lamestream "news" reports. He defeated a make-nice appeasement-bent socialist female for the position.

Growing enclaves of Muslim separatists, operating under their own sharia law in French suburbs, have resisted all efforts to assimilate into French society, which they consider un-Islamic and unclean.

Referred to as "youths" in French media, the jihad agents and sympathizers continue to take advantage of the French welfare state, collecting "free" money from overtaxed Frenchmen, and executing any of their members who show even slight signs of affinity for French culture. Police are unable and unwilling to attempt entry into the violent, illegally fortified Muslim housing projects that used to serve as government homes for imported laborers.

Experts note that these people, called "scum" by Sarkozy, are spreading their umma, or worldwide Muslim coalition, bent on establishing a caliphate on the Continent as they had in the 700 A.D. era. The non-Muslim French are known as kaffir, a term applied to all non-believers, whose purpose under sharia law is to be converted, enslaved or put to death.

Although a caliphate is the expressed goal of the Muslim immigrants, French and U.S. "news" outlets refuse to call a spade a spade, preferring euphemisms like downtrodden immigrant, youth, and impoverished disenfranchised Africans and Arabs.

By some estimates, the high-birth rate Muslims, facing low birth-rate French, are within two generations of taking over the country and moving it backwards to a middle-ages Islamic foothold in the heart of Western civilization.

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Virginia Supports Rights

The lamestream media told you:
"Efforts to tighten the gun-show law die perennially in Virginia's Republican-run pro-gun general Assembly," writes Bob Lewis for the Associated Press, in a story with a familiar pretense of neutrality.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Efforts to restrict people's liberty and impose government sanctions on free-market gun shows are introduced every year by anti-rights Democrats, and die in Virginia's pro-freedom General Assembly.

"The public can see the editorializing and deceit in the imitation 'news' reporting from people like Lewis and the AP, but sometimes cannot reframe the twisted coverage with suitable aplomb," said the Uninvited Ombudsman, when asked by no one in particular.

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Dead Islamists Missing

Correction (6/27/07): I noted that the "news" keeps telling us about U.S. troops killed in action, but has not been telling us anything about enemies killed by our soldiers. "The Pentagon doesn't want to promote body counts like they did in Vietnam, so they aren't releasing that information," writes one Page Nine reader. He's right. And the media is politely obeying their government handlers, so you only get half the body counts -- our own. Seems kind of unfair. Why would the news media go along with that? Can't they interview people and at least do a little reporting?

The lamestream media told you:
Nine U.S. soldiers and 17 Iraqi civilians died when a suicide bomber detonated at a crowded market in the troubled yada yada province today.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Nine U.S. soldiers and 17 Iraqi civilians were brutally murdered when a radical Islamist waging jihad on the West blew himself up in a crowd of innocent food shoppers.

All news of terrorists killed by U.S. troops, Islamists taken out by U.S. troops, jihadis sent to the grave by U.S. troops, Muslim militants put to death by U.S. troops, and foreign insurgents shot dead, blown up or mowed down by U.S. military personnel continues to be suppressed by the "news" media. Reports of dead enemies have all but disappeared from all public news sources.

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Webb's Assistant Skates

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Charges against Virginia senator Jim Webb's assistant, for carrying a sidearm in a bag into a Senate office building, have been quietly dismissed. Prosecutors were not confident they could prove the aide carried the firearm "knowingly," a required element of the offense.

Attorney Richard Gardiner, who successfully represented the aide, had used a similar argument previously, also for a congressional aide. The media, which swarmed in gun-crazed style for days all over the original incident, had little to say about the innocence of their story subject.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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