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Posted: 04 May 2013 03:17 PM PDT
Here he is. Love it!!
Published on May 3, 2013
(USA Today) HOUSTON — Sen. Ted Cruz brought a pro-Constitution anti-crime message to the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting Friday, challenging Vice President Joe Biden to an hour-long debate on gun violence.
More than 6,000 NRA members gave Cruz, a freshman Texas Republican and a rising GOP star, a standing ovation for threatening to filibuster attempts to pass gun control legislation.
Just a couple months ago, Cruz said, the gun bill “looked like an unstoppable freight train.” But that legislation is now in doubt after Senators blocked an amendment last month that would have expanded background checks to include sales at gun shows and over the Internet.
“The Constitution matters. All of the Constitution,” Cruz said. “It’s not pick and choose. It’s not take the parts you like and get rid of the parts you don’t like.”
Some senators have faced home-state protests for voting against that background check amendment last month. But Cruz said there ought to be protests against Democrats who voted against another amendment, sponsored by Cruz and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that would have cracked down on violent crime. “Citizens ought to ask them, ‘Why aren’t you willing to support going after felons and fugitives who try to illegally buy guns?” he said.
Cruz mocked Biden, who has taken the lead for the Obama Administration on gun issues.
Biden’s advice that firing a warning from a double-barreled shotgun is sufficient to ward off attackers would be “very useful — if it so happens that you’re being attacked by a flock of geese.”
Posted: 04 May 2013 03:13 PM PDT
Here is an update on HB14, which we have covered here. Tim Eaton writes in the Austin American-Statesman:
Worth the read. We’ll see if it stays dead. Meanwhile, I’m reading The Law by Frederic Bastiat, published as a pamphlet in 1850, and on page 8 we find this:
The Results of Legal Plunder
It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change
and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an
instrument of plunder.
What are the consequences of such a perversion? It would
require volumes to describe them all. Thus we must content
ourselves with pointing out the most striking.
In the first place, it erases from everyone’s conscience the
distinction between justice and injustice.
No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree.
The safest way to make laws respected is to make
them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other,
the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral
sense or losing his respect for the law. These two evils are of
equal consequence, and it would be difficult for a person to
choose between them.
The nature of law is to maintain justice. This is so much the
case that, in the minds of the people, law and justice are one and
the same thing. There is in all of us a strong disposition to
believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so
widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things
are “just” because law makes them so. Thus, in order to make
plunder appear just and sacred to many consciences, it is only
necessary for the law to decree and sanction it. Slavery, restric-
tions, and monopoly find defenders not only among those who
profit from them but also among those who suffer from them.
Posted: 04 May 2013 07:54 AM PDT
Posted: 04 May 2013 07:32 AM PDT
Report: Two new witnesses to testify at next week’s Benghazi hearing
via Paula Helton | May 4, 2013
Fox News’s Chad Pergram reports on the identities of three witnesses scheduled to speak at next week’s House Oversight Committee hearing on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Two of the witnesses have not spoken publicly before.
BREAKING: Fox First: Testifying at next week’s #Benghazi hrng: Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of mission at US Embassy in Libya.
BREAKING: Fox First: Testifying at #Benghazi hrng: Mark Thompson, fmr Marine & Dep Coordinator for Ops in State’s Cntrrterrorism Bureau
BREAKING: Fox First: Testifying at #Benghazi hrng: Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security officer. Top security officer in Libya prior 2 attack
Sibyl West: Prediction – Hillary Clinton will never be POTUS. Period.
Posted: 04 May 2013 07:28 AM PDT
Senator Cruz Delivers Remarks at South Carolina GOP Silver Elephant Dinner
via Catherine Frazier | May 4, 2013 | TedCruz.org
COLUMBIA, SC — Today U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered remarks at the South Carolina GOP 2013 Silver Elephant Dinner paying tribute to former senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). Below are excerpts:
“Today, President Obama was down in Mexico and said Mexican gun violence was due to US guns. Well, I would suggest a place he could start, is to stop his Department of Justice from selling guns to Mexican drug cartels.
“I don’t know anyone who embodies courage more than Senator Jim DeMint. Jim DeMint has many characteristics. Being utterly fearless is perhaps the most unusual. He reminds me of a Texan: Chuck Norris. Some people wear superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas. Chuck Norris wears Jim DeMint pajamas.
“Jim DeMint said the Senate is not going to change unless we change the people who are in the Senate. And he began to get involved in Republican primaries. This was not done. And he began going all over the country saying, ‘I want to find strong, principled leaders who are willing to stand and fight.’
“He was concerned our freedom was in jeopardy and he got behind candidates like Mike Lee, like Rand Paul, like Marco Rubio, like Ron Johnson, like Pat Toomey. In every one of those races the graybeards decided someone else should win, but Jim DeMint stuck his neck on the line and in every one of those races, those leaders won with the support of the grassroots.
“In 2012, three Republicans were elected to the Senate: Jeff Flake, Deb Fischer, and myself. Jim DeMint’s support was critical. I would not be in the U.S. Senate if it were not for Jim DeMint.
“That legacy has transformed the U.S. Senate. Pick any issue, pick any fight and the people who are charging into battle and leading that fight are the Rand Pauls, the Mike Lees and the Marco Rubios. They are there because of Jim DeMint’s leadership and that’s how you turn the country around.
“Right now we are seeing our seeing our freedom under assault every day because our constitutional liberties are threatened. In my view, we should stand for the Constitution and every part of the Constitution…
“As Obamacare is being implemented, it’s getting less and less popular because more and more people are realizing it’s not working. A couple of weeks ago the senior architect of Obamacare said it’s becoming a ‘train wreck.’ I agree with him…
“The unemployment we see in this economy doesn’t fall uniformly over the population. It falls most severely on the most vulnerable among us. If you have a college degree, unemployment right now is 3.8 percent. It’s a pretty robust labor market for high-skilled college graduates. If you don’t have a high school degree unemployment is over 12 percent. Hispanics, it’s nearly 10 percent. African Americans, 14 percent. Young people, aged 16-19 it’s over 25 percent
“You know, one third of young people aged 25-29 are moving back in with their parents. One third. In the Obama economy, the people who are being hit the worst, are young people, are single moms, are African American, are Hispanics, are those who are struggling to climb up the economic ladder…
“Change can happen quickly. Because of the legacy of Jim DeMint and the leaders in the House and the Senate, who are fighting, I am convinced that, with your help, we are going to take back the Senate in 2014.”