Undoing the damage of the last eight years . . . FDIC Ordered to Turn Over Documents in Operation Choke Point Lawsuit

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was ordered to turn over documents related to Operation Choke Point late last week.

District Court Judge Gladys Kessler told the government agency it had to begin working with the plaintiffs in the case for a nine-month discovery period beginning on June 20, 2017. “There is no justification whatsoever for not granting Plaintiffs’ Motion to Commence Discovery Immediately,” Judge Kessler said in her order.

The order comes after the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA) and a group of financial services companies filed suit against the FDIC over their conduct during Operation Choke Point. Under that operation banks were allegedly pressured into cutting ties with industries the Obama-era agency viewed unfavorably. Payday and other short-term lenders as well as those involved in the firearms industry said they were specifically targeted under the program.

Formerly, one-time, used-to-be, erstwhile NRA A-rated Senator takes tens of thousands in anti-gun cash . . . Joe Manchin received donations from law firm pushing for gun control

The law firm Paul, Weiss, long known for their questionable tactics in defending terrorists, donated to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, quarterly campaign filings show.

Mr. Manchin accepted donations totaling over $87,000 from people connected to the powerful Manhattan law firm with his total fundraising for the quarter coming in at $1.4 million.

In addition to representing terrorists, the firm has also joined a coalition of other law firms to promote gun control causes, according to the New York Times. Paul, Weiss joined several other top law firms in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting last year to offer free legal services and donations to groups that work on such advocacy.

This issue is sure to go over poorly with Mr. Manchin’s constituents in West Virginia where more than 50 percent of households have guns, reports NPR.

Mayor Mike wants you to know he’s saving lives . . . Michael Bloomberg talks gun control, empowering cities and Trump: ‘I was a manager; he was not’

We’ve tried to work to get background checks in at the state level because it seems not likely at the federal level at the moment — although, you never know.

I would have told you gay marriage would have been a really tough thing to do and it turned out, in the end, it really wasn’t once enough people thought it was the right thing to do. …I think it is fair to say at a federal level, we don’t seem to be making progress and at the state level it’s a few [gun control laws] each year and, you know, that’s OK — we’re saving a lot of lives.

Yeah, aren’t we all? . . . Dublin Circuit Court judge surprised that possession of empty firearm cartridge is a crime

A Dublin Circuit Court judge has expressed surprise that being in possession of empty firearm cartridges was a crime as he handed down a suspended sentence.

Sentencing Paul Honer (26) to a three months suspended sentence today for possessing blank firearm cartridges, Judge Martin Nolan expressed surprise that such an act was a crime.

Judge Nolan said he thought that if most people were asked about possessing empty shells it “wouldn’t appear to them it was a criminal offence.”

He said he would not sentence someone to imprisonment for possessing blank cartridges unless the state proved they did so for sinister reasons.

courtesy craigboldman.com

And Snidely Whiplash is still on the loose . . . Border guards fired guns 18 times in a decade — accidentally in most cases

Canadian border guards have fired their guns only 18 times since the government equipped them with firearms a decade ago, and 11 of the shots were accidental discharges.

Another six were to euthanize wounded animals, and in one case, the weapon was used to fend off an attacking dog, according to data provided to CBC News by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

CBSA officers have drawn a duty firearm 299 times since July 2007.

Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union that represents border agents, said that figure is “significant” because it represents the number of potentially dangerous situations that were defused by firearms.

Inside one of America’s most feared street gangs: Guns, drugs and violence are part of everyday life for the Bloodline gangsters

A photographer has documented the lives of one of the biggest and most feared gangs in the US, giving chilling insight into their violent world.

The images show gang members holding guns and drugs, as well as mourning friends killed in the cycle of crime they have become engulfed in.

The Bloodline gang, which has an estimated 35,000 active members, dates back to the 1950s and was originally set up as an organisation aimed at tackling racial discrimination against Hispanic people.

But it has evolved into a huge criminal enterprise New York, and is a faction of the notorious Latin Kings gang.

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Tragic boating accidents are apparently a thing in the UK, too . . . Girl, six, out magnet fishing with her parents reels in 3,000 BULLETS from river near army base

A six-year-old girl, who was out magnet fishing with her parents, has reeled in 3,000 bullets from a river near an army base.

Leah Knewstub, from Woking, was out ‘fishing’ with her mother Alexandra, 25, and father James, 35, when she landed her ‘unbelievable’ catch casting off from an old bridge under a viaduct in Pirbright.

They were stunned to find a never ending amount of ‘steel tip’ bullets right next to the Pirbright Army Training Centre.

Legislative deference . . . Republican-Appointed Judge Backs Gun Control Law, Says ‘Firearms Regulation Requires Ample Deference’ from Courts

(Judge Karen) Henderson and (Judge J. Harvie) Wilkinson both believe that judges should tip the scales in favor of lawmakers in gun control cases. They favor this approach because they think judicial deference to majority rule should be the overriding interest in such disputes. They want the courts to butt out. As Wilkinson put it, if judges persist in overruling duly enacted gun laws, the end result will be to “empower the judiciary and leave Congress, the Executive, state legislatures, and everyone else on the sidelines.”

Henderson and Wilkinson have something else in common. They are both Republican-appointed judges. Henderson was first named to the federal district court by President Ronald Reagan, then elevated to the D.C. Circuit by President George H.W. Bush. Wilkinson was put on the 4th Circuit by President Reagan.

Don’t be surprised by those political affiliations. Judicial deference to majoritarian government has been a touchstone in Republican and conservative legal circles for decades. Chief Justice John Roberts clearly demonstrated that in 2012, when he upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare on the grounds that “it is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Your feel-good story of the day . . . Store clerk fights back after spotting gunman’s weakness

“You know how they hold it ghetto? They tilt it,” Devon said.

When that gunman turned his weapon sideways gangster style, the clerk realized there was no magazine in the gun. No magazine probably means no bullets, so Devon knew it was safe to take him out.

Five, 4, 3, 2… floor.

Devon wails on the robber and he hits the ground. Devon’s coworkers get in a few extra punches.

Devon fractured his hand in the beatdown, but he said it was worth it.

“When he showed me that and it was completely empty, there was a hole in the middle of the gun,” Devon said.

Where do we go to get a “sub-assault-pocket Uzi”? . . . Open-Carry Swords: A Civilized Second Amendment Right

Starting in September, Texas will allow you to open-carry swords. The state already allows you to carry around blades shorter than 5.5 inches, but this fall that restriction will be lifted and Texans can get their saber on.

I think that’s great. Seriously. I am totally cool with the right to bear swords. It’s an originalist interpretation of the Second Amendment. A sword is way closer to an 18th-century musket than any of the sub-assault-pocket-Uzis turning our country into a shooting gallery today. If you could get people to turn in their guns to receive a personally crafted sword, I’d vote to melt down the Intrepid for steel and enslave Hitori Hanzo to do the work.

“Vulnerable” is apparently Gaelic for sh!tfaced . . . ‘Vulnerable’ man was ‘well oiled’ when he agreed to store rifle

A vulnerable man who was “well oiled” when he was pressurised into storing a rifle in his flat has avoided a jail sentence.

Bryan Quigley (44), formerly of North Circular Road but now homeless, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of an Anschutz rifle at his flat on November 29, 2016.

Garda David Chapman told Peter Le Viert BL, prosecuting, that gardaí carried out a search at Quigley’s home. They recovered the disassembled rifle and 11 rounds of ammunition.

The court heard the rifle, which had been stolen in a burglary, was in usable condition but had the telescopic sight installed backwards on it. Quigley had no involvement in the burglary.

Kids, don’t try this at home…or anywhere else . . . Tin can pally! Heart-stopping moment gun-toting child shoots a can off his friend’s HEAD using an air rifle

A child shooting at a target above another kid’s head is a dangerous stunt that could have gone wrong, unverified video from what is thought to be Pakistan shows.

The shocking video opens with a young child in a crouched position with a tin can balanced on top of his head.  …

The unverified video is said to have been shot in Pakistan and it is not entirely clear that the child is using an air rifle.

56 Responses to Vedder Holsters Daily Digest: Choking Off Choke Point, Misplaced Deference and a Civilized Second Amendment Right

  1. It’s not “entirely clear” that he is using an air rifle? Really? It’s a Daisy Red Ryder! You can see him cock his “firearm.” (Hey kid, be careful! You could put someone’s eye out with that thing!)

  2. I hate John Roberts. It absolutely is their duty. Not to protect the people from their political choices, but to protect the Constitution from their political choices.

    • There’s always the 2nd Paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

      It’s not a citizens duty to protect some justice who was just told to pack her sh_t and make the long walk home.

  3. When I hear all the whining about Trump “not doing enough” I think about Barry’s Chokepoint. And thank God Donnie won…hey it’s PAKISTAN. If they were girls they might be doing a ritual circumcision with that BB gun 🙂

  4. The FDIC was “just following orders”, so they gotta get that swamp waaaaaay dry, before they pack that field in 1′ lifts till it’s twenty-few feet above current grade.

    • I have to wonder how many here will know what a “lift” is in this context.
      Or a sheepsfoot roller.

      • Guys, take your arcane conversation somewhere else. We aren’t impressed if we don’t know what you are talking about.

  5. “As Wilkinson put it, if judges persist in overruling duly enacted gun laws, the end result will be to “empower the judiciary and leave Congress, the Executive, state legislatures, and everyone else on the sidelines.””

    I’m not clear here on this, does that mean overruling pro or anti 2A gun laws?

    • “Of course, other Republicans and conservatives (not to mention libertarians) believe that it is the job of the courts to deny certain political choices when those choices violate constitutional rights or exceed constitutional limits.”

      I’m reading this as, “We don’t care Heller v DC ruled you have a right to a gun in your home, guns are bad and they should be banned for citizens if a local piss-ant city council decides they don’t want guns in their little shit town.”

      Judges like that will be the spark of civil war II…

    • So if we apply that logic to an explicitly-enumerated right, I wonder what these leftists think judges should do when it comes to all the made-up “constitutional rights” the Court has been inventing lately.

      • Like Justice Brennan extending “freedom of speech” to include physical destruction of property. It should be perfectly clearly that “speech” refers to words, not burning or destroying flags, breaking windows, rioting in general. The SCOTUS needs to get back to properly defining the First Amendment speech clause to be about words, not actions.

  6. Bullets in the river near a Army base that has been most likely occupied for 100 years??

    and me with out pearl necklace to clutch while I get the vapors!

  7. “I would have told you gay marriage would have been a really tough thing to do and it turned out, in the end, it really wasn’t once enough people thought it was the right thing to do.”

    And yet there weren’t enough snowflakes in Commiefornia to stop us from passing a state amendment stating marriage was between 1 man and 1 woman. No, little Mikey, it was those bastards on SCOTUS that forced that crap on us. So no, there weren’t “enough people” who thought that way, just another bunch of people who, like you, want to force this shit on us and will bastardize, misuse and corrupt our constitution to do it, all while shitting on our actual constitutional rights. But hey, thanks for showing everyone you still don’t know what you’re talking about, you little pissant wannabe-tyrant.

    • Ho hum. The supreme Court ruling was legally compelled by the 14th Amendment, and was therefore exactly correct, since marriage in the United States is exclusively a civil affair, not a religious one. You can have a religious ceremony, but the celebrant is li8censed by the state, and is therefore a state actor. The law is clear that a state actor simply cannot discriminate against homosexuals in the issuance of marriage licenses any more than it can deny them to blacks, Asians, persons born in foreign lands, etcetera etcetera etcetera. You don’t have to like it, just like you don’t have to like persons who are atheists, members of other religions, or other races.

      • It *doesn’t* discriminate against homosexuals or anyone else. It *redefines* what ‘marriage’ is. Gay people had the exact same right to marry as anyone else, and many hundreds of thousands did exactly that. ‘Marriage’ was a state-recognized union formed to produce children. Now, it’s simply a ‘union’.

        Notice, now that gay marriage is legal, how unenthusiastic homosexuals are to get married? Where did all that fake passion for “equality” go? It was never there in the first palece. Nothing more than a political cudgel to beat up opponents with.

        • Now you’re pulling some anti-gunner logic, “I BELIEVE gays are unenthusiastic about getting married, it was just a political stunt.”

          Weird, I’m friends with a gay couple that is enthusiastic about getting married. They just GOTTA be doing it as a political move to oppress you.

        • I was going to mention the trend in the last 50 years for hetero couples to eschew marriage, even after having children, while homos are getting married seemingly in greater numbers than the heteros. It doesn’t matter that probably the great majority of homo marriages end in divorce; fat lot of good it did to get the “right to marry.”

      • The government shouldn’t be in the business of marriage anyway. It’s simply a revenue stream as yet another system of taxation without representation. BTW, people fighting for the “legal right” to commit beastiality and molest children is already happening. By next decade it will be a movement.

        • The government is still in the business of marriage. Its called the Welfare Industrial Complex. The government will not let you get married if you are on welfare. As a result women are having children with multiple men. And those children repeat the same process. The government has become the father.

          No father is ever present for the children. And homosexuals who say a father or a mother is not needed to rise a child support this policy.

          Because the elected homosexual leadership is socialist progressive in their political orientation they also support gun free zone public housing projects.

        • “The government will not let you get married if you are on welfare. ”

          Show me a specific statute, I’m calling bullshit.

        • He said it wrong, of course you can get married. You will, however, lose the welfare payments. Same result.

        • if you fuck a cow, it’s beastiality and you’re arrested, ridiculed and shunned. if you butcher it and bbq it, you’re a dad and it’s Memorial day weekend.

    • Someone forced gay marriage on you?

      You’re still free to be a heterosexual and married the opposite sex, last checked.

      You’re trying to force not getting married on someone else, by the sounds of it

  8. The Bloodline gang…was originally set up as an organisation aimed at tackling racial discrimination against Hispanic people… But it has evolved into a huge criminal enterprise.

    And so it goes. Any race/class based organization will evolve into a racket if it gets big enough and lasts long enough. This one just went to thuggery instead.

    • If you removed “race/class based” from that statement, it would be more accurate.

      Every organization ends up a racket once the knuckle draggers have the numbers or the “intellectuals” start running the show.

  9. Carrying a sword or a machete is the next step to recognizing the word “Arms” is in the second amendment. Not the word “guns”. Good job Texas!
    The next step is my favorite. The open carry of long guns with fixed bayonets!!!

    • Yeah, unfortunately I wasted an entire minute reading the link… here, I’ll spoil it for the rest of you: This twit hates guns and wants us to melt all ours down and use swords if we feel we need a weapon. The rationale being a sword won’t “indiscriminately” mow down crowds of people.
      (sigh…) Where do these morons keep coming from and who keeps teaching them how to use a keyboard?

      • Someone better not tell that writer about this, http://www.amc.com/shows/into-the-badlands lest they suffer from night terrors at the possibilities of a single determined and trained person and a sword, firearm, rock, stick, brick, foot, fist, etc….. It might very well result in a complete ban against violence, and imagine the horror of that possibility!>?

        Gun control, making the illegal more illegaler since at least the Jim Crow era Democratic potty!

  10. A leftist wants to VOTE to ENSLAVE someone to make swords. Another “progressive” shows their true colors, thinking that it’s perfectly okay to ruin people for their pet causes, and yet another example of how slavery is STILL supported by democrats.

  11. Can anyone tell me just what the hell “magnet fishing” is? They have magnetic fish in the UK???

  12. “Starting in September, Texas will allow you to open-carry swords. The state already allows you to carry around blades shorter than 5.5 inches, but this fall that restriction will be lifted and Texans can get their saber on.”

    Good, I’ve never understood the restriction. I can legally carry ten guns, but a six inch blade would just be preposterous and I must be stopped.

    “I think that’s great. Seriously. I am totally cool with the right to bear swords. It’s an originalist interpretation of the Second Amendment. A sword is way closer to an 18th-century musket than any of the sub-assault-pocket-Uzis turning our country into a shooting gallery today. If you could get people to turn in their guns to receive a personally crafted sword, I’d vote to melt down the Intrepid for steel and enslave Hitori Hanzo to do the work.”

    Fuck that! You know what happens to people who carry around swords…

    They get shot.

    • Yeah, my state has specific firearm preemption laws that no county, city, municipality, etc may pass any firearm restriction laws whatsoever beyond state law. We also have no state knife laws whatsoever (I carry a balisong that would make most hoplophobes wet themselves) but the preemption laws don’t extend to knives so now there’s a patchwork of cities where I can carry whatever the fuck kind of gun I want, as many as I damn well please, and carry however I feel, but my little knife might send me to jail if I get stopped in the wrong town.

      Out of the city I can OC a 3 foot machete if I want, but a 3.75″ blade in my pocket while in the city might be a trip to the graybar hotel….. wtf.

      • The grounds for his arrest was a factor in the Freddie Gray incident in Baltimore because Gray was found to be in possession of a “spring-assisted opening” knife. The Gray family’s attorneys and even Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby asserted that this type of knife was not illegal under Maryland law. In that they were correct. However, a City of Baltimore ordinance states
        “(a) Possession or sale, etc., prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, carry, or possess any knife with an automatic spring or other device for opening and/or closing the blade, commonly known as a switch-blade knife.
        (b) Penalties. Any person violating the provisions of this section, shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not more than $500 or be imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both, in the discretion of the court.”

      • You, sir, are obviously expecting logic from politicians.
        This is evidence of a serious mental disorder, and you are ordered to turn in your guns immediately.

    • When I became aware of that 5.5″ limit, I ordered a 5″ Tanto blade Cold Steel folder. Tell ya what, you hold that puppy in your hand, you’d swear it was a sword.

  13. I am not a full open carrier but I do wear a photojournalist/safari vest to conceal my firearms, which consider makes it obvious carry, at least to police and other POTG. I am working on a black wood scabbard to carry my large medieval dagger in and will open carry that. I think it gets the I am an armed citizen idea across and maybe a piece of misdirection for an attacker. Maybe they would think that the dagger is my only weapon. It is also a beautiful custom made affair with another mammoth ivory grip made by myself. I really do think is will get my armed citizenry advocacy in the open and help normalize weapon carry even though not an open carried gun.

  14. We all know about cops getting charged with “deprivation of civil rights” by the DOJ. If cops get charged, tried, and convicted for a mandatory prison term of 10 years for depriving a citizen of a civil right, shouldn’t the same treatment be accorded to other government supervisors who order their minions to deprive citizens of their civil rights? If a few of them went to prison for 10 years maybe the rest would balk at doing something clearly unconstitutional.

  15. I’m surprised that no one else focused on this particular part: “The law firm Paul, Weiss, long known for their questionable tactics in defending terrorists…the firm has also joined a coalition of other law firms to promote gun control causes…. Paul, Weiss joined several other top law firms in wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting last year to offer free legal services and donations to groups that work on such advocacy.”. That’s one heck of a link–defending terrorists and advocating for gun control. It would certainly seem to benefit future clients or prospective criminals posing as “freedom fighters.” Perhaps that’s too far of a leap for some, but I’m reading more into it.

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