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.
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.
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.
(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.