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Muslims Get Booted

The lamestream media told you:

A meat packing plant in Nebraska has fired at least 86 Muslim workers for walking off the job to conduct prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Mohamed Rage, a spokesperson for the Muslims and one of the people fired, says 150 were fired. A spokesman for the plant says the company, Swift, told the workers that if they walked off they would be fired, a fact the Muslims dispute. The plant employs 2,500 people, with about 20% of them Muslims, many immigrants from war-torn impoverished Somalia.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Showing spine that hasn’t been seen in some places in years, a meat-packing plant in Nebraska refused to cave in to Muslim segregationist demands, and fired scores of religious followers insisting on special treatment for a month that would disrupt orderly business practices. In other parts of the country, virtual quislings have caved into Muslim demands, for example providing segregated swimming times (Harvard) and public foot baths for Muslims (just Google it), in what numerous observers see as a carefully orchestrated attack on American values, using American values to advance Muslim causes, Muslim culture and Sharia law.

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Chicago War Deaths

The lamestream media told you:

“CHICAGO (CBS) — 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer; Total Is About Double The U.S. Troop Death Toll In Iraq

“An estimated 125 people were shot and killed over the summer. That's nearly double the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

“In May, cbs2chicago.com began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 125 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 U.S. soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.

In the same time period, an estimated 247 people were shot and wounded in the city.”
You can see the maps yourself.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

In a story almost without precedent, CBS identified Chicago’s high murder rate as almost totally gang related and geographically isolated. In modern America, that would mean these are war deaths in the War on Some Drugs, and not “gun deaths” as the media likes to frame the argument, to vilify firearms and create public fear.

With surprising candor, CBS announced, “Gang and gun violence continue to be the dominating threat on our streets," according to a police e-mail to CBS. "Up to 60 percent of the shootings are gang related. More than 90 percent of the offenders have criminal histories and up to 80 percent of the victims have criminal histories."

It’s unclear how the police concluded that only 60% of these crimes are gang related, when 90% of the shooters have criminal records and 80% of the victims do too. It’s also a fairly typical police distortion to suggest gun violence is the dominant threat “on our streets” when these gangland rubouts happen “on their streets,” and normal citizens generally only get to see it on the news from the “bad” neighborhoods. Look at the maps. Comparing Chicago’s rubout rate to the wars against Islamofascists is just bad reporting, from the town that has virtually banned guns (unlike Iraq and Afghanistan) and spawned Barack Obama.

Jury Rights Day

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A fully informed jury is a bedrock principle of American freedom. Simply put, a jury of your neighbors (“peers”) has the power to decide the facts in a case if you’re charged, and the righteousness of the law you’re charged under. If legislatures pass laws that are unfair, your neighbors (those pesky peers again) can let you go, even if you’re guilty under the facts. It’s an ideal check on the system -- prosecutors stop bringing bad cases, and legislatures stop the bad laws. It’s elegant, ingenious, a beautiful thing.

This played out swell in failed attempts to convict people helping slaves escape pre-civil war (deemed a crime), or catching grandmas with wine in the bathtub (during prohibition). The roots are in the trials of William Penn (Sep. 5, 1670) and John Peter Zenger (1735). The court told the juries to convict, and they refused (and were imprisoned for their audacity!). What good is a jury if it can’t make up its own mind?

Today, judges are determined to keep juries in the dark, won’t reveal excessive punishments awaiting minor offenses, give out checklists requiring convictions, and call fully informed jury actions “jury nullification,” a derogatory term meant to keep power away from juries and in judges’ hands. It’s a horrific abuse of power.

To combat this, three states have declared Jury Rights Day on Sep. 5th, to let the public know they, not the court, can decide the fate of a person charged, as it should be. The most recent declaration came from the great state of Alaska under... Governor Sarah Palin. Last year, in 2007.

Read Vin Suprynowicz’s marvelous piece on Jury Rights Day, and visit the fully informed jury association to educate yourself about this bulwark of liberty.

Do note however that if you are in a juror pool and talk up fully informed juries, they won’t let you sit on a panel. I did mention it’s a horrific abuse of power, right?

Heller’s Suit Expensive

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The District of Columbia is being sued for $3.5 million in legal fees, the cost of bringing the successful Heller gun-ban case against the city, to restore people’s civil rights. Taxpayers may have to foot the bill for the city’s arrogant denial of rights to its... taxpayers.

"Certainly this money would be put to better use if it were allocated to proven crime-reduction measures like adding more police officers and prosecutors,” said National Shooting Sports Foundation senior vice president and general counsel Lawrence G. Keane. The city apparently would prefer to squander its limited funds -- forcing Dick Heller to sue them again -- to get them to obey the Supreme Court’s ruling. The hubris of these people is just over the top.

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Heller Citings Growing

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Lawsuits and court cases post-Heller have been piling up. UCLA prof. Eugene Volokh has been keeping track, and tabulating the results. I’ll post a review of the cases soon. An initial glance doesn’t look good -- as predicted, bad guys are using Heller to try to skate, and courts are finding that Heller allows them to go to prison, with accompanying language that doesn’t hold rights in very high esteem (even though bad guys do deserve punishment).

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Palin Gets Booked

The lamestream media told you:

A new biography on Sarah Palin is now available and here’s the book’s author, with some softball questions aimed at her. FOX TV.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

How did anyone get a book out on Sarah within two weeks of her appearance as a VP candidate? Being in the book publishing business, that’s, well, impossible.

The book by Kaylene Johnson actually came out in April, by a small press in Washington state (Epicenter) that specializes in books about Alaska. The 7K run of the hardback was called, “Sarah: How a Small Town Girl Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear.”

After the announcement, the book went through a facelift and was rushed out over the Labor Day weekend by a print-on-demand outfit (Lightning Source) that paid workers overtime to work the holiday weekend, and “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down” was now a 40K-unit paperback available nationally. Tyndale House took over distribution and put 250K copies into print. That’s how. Thanks to the Southern Review of Books for the details. Other Palin books are reportedly in the pipeline.

My latest book, “The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed!” is due off press this week and has attracted no attention from lamestream media, though large advanced orders have been placed by most major gun-rights groups in the nation, and is still available at a pre-press discount.

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Miller’s Gun Ban

The lamestream media told you:

Dennis Miller, speaking on FOX, thinks he’s pro-gun, and that everyone should be able to get a gun permit, but it should be as hard to qualify for as a pilot’s license.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Of all the elitist claptrap I have to put up with in preparing these reports, this just beats all. The testing for a pilot’s license is extreme. The idea that exercising your rights should require an extreme test or else you forfeit your rights is bizarre, and Mr. Miller just babbles on thinking he’s bright. Note that CCW permit holders, many of whom must endure a lightweight test before they can exercise their rights, are five times below the national average for committing crimes.

Dangerous BATFE Changes

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

BATFE has announce a plan to allow licensed firearms dealers to maintain their required “bound book” record of all gun sales electronically (in computers). On one hand, this is a relief from the stone-age approach of handwritten records dealers are burdened with by law, will save time, and reduce the likelihood of errors, a frequent government excuse for attacking gun dealers. On the other hand, the potential for gathering the now-computerized data into centralized federal registries of gun owners is a potentially catastrophic abuse of gun rights, and a goal feds have been seeking unsuccessfully for decades.

Although some industry leaders are praising the development, alert gun-rights activists are not so sure. The software approved for an electronic “Acquisitions and Dispositions” book must satisfy “certain ATF requirements set forth in the ruling signed by Acting Director Michael Sullivan,” according to NSSF, which said in a statement, “NSSF would like to congratulate ATF, and in particular the leadership of Acting Director Sullivan, on helping to reduce the paperwork burden on industry.” The true contents of software programs cannot be discerned by average computer users.

The stated requirements in the program include the ability to search, and out-of-business records will fall into the hands of BATFE as they do now. Dealers have in the past been able to request electronic record keeping, now it will be simply available.

At the urging of industry leaders, BATFE plans to launch an “E-Form 4473,” heightening activists’ fears, and presumably easing the collection of data by the feds. No word on safeguards or concerns over the potentials for abuse has been made by any of the usual suspects. Gun Owners of America has informed the Uninvited Ombudsman they are looking into the matter.

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Party Gun Platforms

The lamestream media told you:

Very little about the candidates position on RKBA, besides exclaiming that Sarah Palin is a moose hunter.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The Democratic National Committee official party platform on its position on gun control is not far from Obama’s:

"We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce common sense laws and improvements -- like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban ..."

The Republican National Committee party platform position on gun control is different world, here’s a piece:

"Gun ownership is responsible citizenship... We condemn frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, which are transparent attempts to deprive citizens of their rights. We oppose federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners and national gun registration as violations of the Second Amendment. We recognize that gun control only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens, and that such proposals are ineffective at reducing violent crime."

In other news, pro-gun Democrats must have a conflict between their stance on human rights, and the Dem party rules for Town Halls, where “Submissions must not... (iii) contain profanity, pornographic, or sexual content, content promoting alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms, or weapons, hateful content of any kind (including racism, sexism, etc.), content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature, or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content...."

Brady Schemes Exposed

The lamestream media told you:

There are many good ideas for cutting “gun deaths,” according to a Freakonomics quorum run by The New York Times. “Let’s put aside for a moment the standard discussions about the right to bear arms,” quotes the piece, which goes on to discuss novel ideas -- but not the demographic reality that 80-90% of gun deaths (omitting suicide) are related to the War on Some Drugs, making them actually war deaths.

Among the suggestions: rewards for snitching on illegal possession, increased parental involvement, garnishing wages to pay victims, elect gun-death-reduction politicians, tipping the Supreme Court away from its current pro-rights stance, and other ideas.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Anti-gun-rights crusader and Brady gun-ban hero David Hemenway, a Harvard professor of “health policy,” has developed plans for gun bans and rights restrictions that will skirt the Heller gun-rights findings and attack the rights of the public, with little or no effect on crime. He is being hailed as a champion in some dark circles opposed to the right to keep and bear arms. The plan is fiendishly simple:

Create the National Firearm Safety Administration, which could quickly occur if anti-rights candidate B.H. Obama wins the presidency (see Obama’s unbroken anti-gun-rights voting record). It would mimic the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in some respects, with stunning power in a loosely controlled agency’s hands.

Massive funding would be poured into the new agency to study crime, firearms injury and deaths, and “public health problems due to firearms,” with no mention of self defense, crime prevention, legal justifications or lives saved. Hemenway draws analogies about air bags and seat belts for proposed requirements on firearms “for safety.” The agency, he says, should have a broad “mission to reduce the harm caused by firearms” while ignoring the good that guns do.

Hemenway says, “The agency should require safety and crime-fighting characteristics on all firearms manufactured and sold in the U.S. It should ban from regular civilian use products which are not needed for hunting or protection and which only endanger the public. It should have the power to ensure that there are background checks for all firearm transfers to help prevent guns from being sold to criminals and terrorists.

“The agency needs the resources and the power (including standard setting, recall, and research capability) for making reasonable decisions about firearms... Similarly, each specific rule regulating the manufacture and sale of firearms should go through a more scientific administrative process rather than the more political legislative process. It’s time to take some of the politics out of firearm safety.”

The cleverly crafted plan would move the constitutional right to keep and bear arms out of the legislative process and representation of your elected officials, where your voice can be heard, and into the hands of bureaucrats and agenda-driven insiders immune to your desires or fundamental rights.

The Democrat party, frustrated in its constant failed attempts to eradicated your rights, once again is handed a deceit-driven scheme for accomplishing their nefarious, freedom-defeating goal.

Off the radar but still on the drawing boards, Dennis Kucinich’s proposed U.S. Dept. of Peace would likely get new life under Obama too, along with a $10 billion budget, hundreds of permanent new federal bureaucrats, and control over everything from animal “rights” to women’s issues and firearms, along with sinister influence over the U.S. military.

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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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