New York Defies Supreme Court With Unconstitutional Gun Permit Laws

New York’s new gun control law takes effect in two weeks. The law turns New York into a giant “gun-free zone.” But it also requires an in-person interview with law enforcement and the sharing of all social media accounts in order to obtain a gun license.

By requiring that gun license applicants have “good moral character,” New York is still acting in defiance of June’s Supreme Court decision, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Brue. In a new court filing last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James claims that without these requirements, there would be an “entirely predictable chaos.” Democrats and gun control proponents have voiced similar fears in the other six states affected by the Supreme Court’s decision.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion in Bruen stressed the importance of “objective” standards for gun permits, ones that don’t require “the exercise of judgment, and the formation of opinion.” He also noted that “there is no historical basis for New York to effectively declare the island of Manhattan a ‘sensitive place’ simply because it is crowded and protected generally by the New York City Police Department.” New York’s default position is that all private property is off-limits to lawful concealed carry unless the property owner notes “by clear and conspicuous signage” that guns are welcome. Source: The Federalist

The Atlantic: How Extremist Gun Culture Is Trying to Co-opt the Rosary

Just as the AR-15 rifle has become a sacred object for Christian nationalists in general, the rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or “rad trad”) Catholics. On this extremist fringe, rosary beads have been woven into a conspiratorial politics and absolutist gun culture. These armed radical traditionalists have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.

Their social-media pages are saturated with images of rosaries draped over firearms, warriors in prayer, Deus Vult (“God wills it”) crusader memes, and exhortations for men to rise up and become Church Militants. Influencers on platforms such as Instagram share posts referencing “everyday carry” and “gat check” (gat is slang for “firearm”) that include soldiers’ “battle beads,” handguns, and assault rifles. One artist posts illustrations of his favorite Catholic saints, clergy, and influencers toting AR-15-style rifles labeled sanctum rosarium alongside violently homophobic screeds that are celebrated by social-media accounts with thousands of followers. Source: The Atlantic

Health care workers fired over vaccine mandate awarded $10 million in settlement

Illinois health care workers who were fired or otherwise impacted by their hospitals’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate will receive a $10 million settlement after filing a lawsuit challenging the rule.

“Let this case be a warning to employers that violated Title VII,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the group behind the lawsuit, told the Washington Examiner. “It is especially significant and gratifying that this first classwide COVID settlement protects healthcare workers.”

The case centers around workers at NorthShore University HealthSystem, who filed a lawsuit in October 2021 claiming their employer illegally refused to grant any religious exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Source: Fox Business

Campaign to Unseal Trump Raid Affidavit Got Unlikely Allies, And They Went Straight to the Judge

Several establishment media giants have asked a court to unseal all of the documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last week.

The move came after the Justice Department filed its own request for some of the materials to be released, CNN reported.

Lawyers representing major media outlets like CNN, The Washington Post and NBC News appeared on Thursday before Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the warrant for the Mar-a-Lago raid, according to The Epoch Times.

Reinhart said he was “inclined” to release some of the affidavit from the raid and instructed the DOJ to redact any parts of the document that would undermine its investigation, The Washington Post reported. The judge said he would make a decision after the department submits its proposed redactions next Thursday. Source: Western Journal

Source of anti-Trump dossier wants to use classified info for trial defense; special counsel objects

Special counsel John Durham on Wednesday filed a motion to block Igor Danchenko, a key source for the anti-Trump Steele dossier, from using classified information as part of his defense at his upcoming criminal trial.

Mr. Durham’s team filed the objection under seal, so it is unclear why he opposes Mr. Danchenko using the information at his trial, which is set to start in October.

A brief, one-page order accompanying the motion says the government objects to the “use, relevance and admissibility” of the classified information. Source: Washington Times

44% of pregnancies lost during Pfizer COVID vaccine trial, company says vax not to blame

Sprinkled throughout more than 3,600 pages of “adverse events” records from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial is a troubling finding: 44% of pregnant women lost their pregnancies during the trial.

Deplatformed feminist Naomi Wolf’s publication Daily Clout identified 22 of 50 pregnant women classified as experiencing “abortion spontaneous,” “abortion spontaneous complete,” “abortion spontaneous incomplete” or “miscarriage” as of the March 13, 2021, report cutoff date. All eventually received the vaccine, though eight were initially given the placebo.

All are tagged with the codes for “Recovered/resolved,” referring to adverse events without subsequent complications, and “other,” meaning the vaccine played no role in the lost pregnancies. The report doesn’t explain the basis for Pfizer’s conclusions that the vaccine played no role. Source: Just the News

Rand Paul: ‘We will get to the bottom’ of COVID-19’s origins if GOP wins majority

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul predicted that a GOP majority in Congress would “get to the bottom” of the origins of COVID-19, something that still hasn’t been fully investigated.

“I think most of the mainstream media has kept off of the airwaves a discussion of gain-of-function research or the origins of the virus, but we will get to the bottom of this,” Paul said on a conference call with reporters. “It’s going to take control of committees …

“I’ve talked to Jim Jordan and others about investigating this. I think there’s a great deal of interest in investigating the origins of the virus. I’m very interested in it, but it depends on elections. Elections have consequences. We’ll have to see what happens in November.” Source: Just the News

“Booster” Shots Compared to Buying New iPhone Every Year by Moderna CEO

In a recent interview, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in an interview the advancement of a new mRNA vaccine to updating your iPhone every year.  “You don’t get the amazing camera, amazing everything the first time you get an iPhone, but you get a lot of things,” he said.

“A lot of us buy a new iPhone every September, and you get new apps and you get refreshed apps. And that’s exactly the same idea, which is you’ll get Covid and flu and RSV [respiratory syncytial virus] in your single dose.”

Trump had ‘standing order’ to declassify documents taken to residence

John Solomon details that the classified materials the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate were declassified under a “standing order” while he was president that allowed him to take sensitive materials to the White House residence at night to keep working.

Parents Push Back: Voters Defund Michigan Town Library Over Sexually Explicit LGBTQ Books

In a direct response to their local library’s acquiring and prominently displaying LGBTQ books and other materials, the citizens of Jamestown, Michigan, recently voted to defund the library.

The township’s Patmos Library will lose 84% of its annual $245,000 budget after more than 62% of voters just refused to approve an annual property tax millage renewal for 2023.  A millage is a percentage tax on property at its assessed value. The current millage is set to expire at the end of this year.

There was never any question on what the vote was about, local resident Jesse Dillman told MLive.   Source: CBN News

The PA Has Already Paid $1,421,940 to the Terrorists Who Blew Up the Sbarro Pizza Shop

August 9, 2022, marked 21 years since the attack on the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem. Fifteen people were murdered, including five members of one family, and 130 people were injured.

As a reward for carrying out the attack, the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays a total of $8,937 (27,800 shekels) each month to the five imprisoned terrorists and the families of the three dead terrorists who were involved in the attack.

The current total paid to the terrorists is $1,421,940. The monthly payment to each terrorist will continue to rise the longer the terrorists are in prison. Source: Algemeiner