Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hugo Chavez Has Died

Hugo Chavez, fifty-eight, has died.

The new came just hours after Venezuela admitted that he was gravely ill.

Chavez ruled the country for fourteen years.

Under Venezuelan law a new election must now take place, within thirty days.

Til that time the Vice President takes over the country.

The election will likely put Vice President Nicolas Maduro against Henrique Capriles Radonski, who ran against Chavez in last year's election.

Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee Passes 7 Gun Control Laws

On Monday, seven gun control bills passed the Colorado Senate judiciary committee.

The bills will now be have to be put through another committee, and then put to vote before the full Senate, where they are expected to pass.

Four of the seven have already passed the House, while the other three will be sent to the House, if they pass the Senate.

Almost all of the voting has been on party lines, with Democrats voting for them and Republicans voting against.
  • House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to fifteen rounds.
  • House Bill 1226 ends Colorado's law which keeps public college campuses from banning concealed weapons.
  • House Bill 1228 revives fees for gun purchasers who need background checks.
  • House Bill 1229 adds a background check requirement for guns sold in private transactions.
  • Senate Bill 195 requires people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person, not online.
  • Senate Bill 196 adds legal liability for gun sellers and owners.
  • Senate Bill 197 expands a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic violence offenses.

TSA Allows Some Knives and Other Objects Onto Planes

On Tuesday, the TSA announced that certain objects will once again be allowed on planes.

Headlining the list were pocket knives, as they have specifications attached.

Knives will be allowed if they have blades shorter than 2.36 inches long, less than a half inch wide, are not fixed or lockable, and do not have a molded grip.

Among the other items now allowed are: billiard cues, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks, two golf clubs, and toy bats less than twenty-four inches long and weighing less than twenty-four ounces.

All of those items had been banned after September 11, 2001.

Not everyone is pleased about the TSA's decision.

Multiple flight attendant unions spoke out against it, calling the changes dangerous.

UN Says Colorado and Washington Can't Legalize Weed

The United Nations has decided to declare that Colorado and Washington do not have the right to legalize weed.

According to the UN's drug agency, legalization is against international treaties, and therefore illegal.

Marijuana is illegal in the US, but Colorado and Washington voted to legalize it, to varying degrees.

The US government has yet to decide if it will contest the states' votes, but such a move is expected soon.

Missing From Pennsylvania: Emma Stein-Lowery, 15

Fifteen year old Emma Stein-Lowery is missing from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.

She was last seen on February 25.

Emma is described as five foot eight, one hundred and sixty pounds, with blonde hair, and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Mount Joy Police Department at 717-653-1650.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported her safe, on March 9.

DRC Fighting Renews

At least seventy people have been killed over the last few days in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some reports suggest that it is more than triple that number.

Military forces and rebel groups have renewed their fighting for control of the country.

Most of the current round of violence has been between the APCLS and government forces.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have fled the fighting.

Larayedh Forms New Tunisian Government

Ali Larayedh has successfully formed a new government.

The new Tunisian Prime Minister took eleven days to decide who would fill the positions of his ministers.

For the most part he kept things as they had been, but bowed to demands placed upon his predecessor in regards to the defense and foreign ministries.

The opposition had demanded that they be filled by people who weren't members of Ennahda or other Islamist parties.

Last week, Ennahda agreed to such a concession, as long as both were filled by independents, who weren't part of the opposition.

As this was agreeable to all involved, Larayedh has selected two independents for the posts.

Venezuela Admits Chavez is in Critical Condition

Hugo Chavez is extremely ill, and Venezuela's government has officially acknowledged that.

While in the midst of cancer treatments, Chavez apparently came down with a severe respiratory infection.

This is causing him difficulties in breathing and keeping him in critical condition.

The news was met with mourning by his supporters.

Key political allies and the heads of the military are meeting at the presidential palace.

Venezuelans are facing the reality that soon they may be without Chavez.

This brings many questions into play, especially who will follow him.

A new election would legally be required, but the courts have already shown a willingness to bend the laws to keep Chavez in power, so they likely would for his chosen successor.

Malaysian Military Removing Intruders With Full Force

Military massing at Felda Sahabat
Felda Sahabat has been turned into a temporary military base, as Malaysian forces mass to eliminate the invaders.

It began last month when at least two hundred armed Filipinos boated over to Malaysian controlled Borneo.

Claiming to be descendants of the former Sulu sultanate, which controlled the area from 1457-1917, they demanded an increase in the money Malaysia pays the displaced descendants of the sultanate.

For two weeks the standoff lasted, until the two sides starting shoot at each other, last week.

Since then, twenty-seven people have been killed, on both sides.

On Tuesday, the Malaysian government began not just using ground troops, but helicopters and jets as well, against the intruders.

It now looks like the battle will continue until the Filipinos surrender, or are eliminated.

Missing From Louisiana: Terrilyn Monette, 26

Twenty-six year old Terrilyn Monette is missing from New Orleans, Louisiana.

She was last seen early Saturday morning.

Terrilyn is described as five foot eight, one hundred and eighty pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a pink and yellow sweater and blue jeans.

Her vehicle is a black 2012 two door Honda Accord with Louisiana license WUN494.

Anyone with information should call the New Orleans Police Department at 504-821-2222.

Her body was found, inside her car, in Bayou St. John.

Missing From California: Elektra Del Sol, 13

Thirteen year old Elektra Del Sol is missing from Hemet, California.

She was last seen in the late morning of February 20.

Elektra is described as five foot five, one hundred and twenty pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-776-1099.

Missing From Idaho: Jaidyn Bendocchi, 14

Fourteen year old Jaidyn Bendocchi is missing from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

She was last seen Friday.

No description, beyond the photo, was released at this time.

Anyone with information should call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320.

Missing From Connecticut: Nancy Prien, 14

Fourteen year old Nancy Prien is missing from Milford, Connecticut.

She was last seen Sunday evening.

Nancy is described as having light brown hair and blue eyes.

When last seen, she was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a brown short sleeve shirt, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call the Milford Police Department at 203-878-6551.

Missing From Hawaii: Faith Cleghorn, 13

Thirteen year old Faith Cleghorn is missing from Mililani, Hawaii.

She was last seen on February 28.

Faith is described as five foot eight, one hundred and thirty-five pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and braces.

Anyone with information should call the Honolulu Police Department at 808-529-3111.

Missing From Arkansas: Tara Meyers, 19

Nineteen year old Tara Meyers is missing from Springdale, Arkansas.

She was last seen on February 17.

Concerns are high as she is autistic.

Tara is described as five foot six, one hundred and sixty pounds, and blonde.

When last seen, she was wearing a pink and purple tank top, grey capri sweats, and white shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Springdale Police Department at 479-751-5452.

Sangster's Thoughts: Defining The Second Amendment

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Those words are holy writ, for Americans. They are part of our basic rights, as citizens of the United States of America. Lately, we've been forced to watch as our government attempts to violate and alter the second amendment.

For those who are confused by what the second amendment means, I went to the dictionary and word by word noted down the definitions for you. (Please note I presumed that all readers already know what the words 'a', 'to', 'the', 'of', 'and', & 'be' mean.)
  • "Well": in a good or satisfactory manner.
  • "Regulated": to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation.
  • "Militia": a body of citizen soldiers.
  • "Being": the fact of existing.
  • "Necessary": being essential, indispensable, or requisite.
  • "Security": freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety.
  • "Free": enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery.
  • "State": a unified people occupying a definite territory.
  • "Right": a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.
  • "People": persons, whether men, women, or children, considered as numerable individuals forming a group. 
  • "Keep": to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own. 
  • "Bear": to have and be entitled to; to carry; to hold.
  • "Arms": weapons, especially firearms.
  • "Shall": must.
  • "Not": negation, refusal, or prohibition.
  • "Infringed": violated, transgressed, encroached, broken, or disobeyed.
So let's put it all back together, but spread it out a bit to try and help with full comprehension.

A group of citizen soldiers, trained to operate in a satisfactory manner, is essential for the existence and safety of a unified people, who do not wish to be slaves. Therefore, each individual is justified and within their legal rights to not only own and carry weapons, but they are entitled to them to such a degree that any attempt to encroach on that right is prohibited.

Please carefully note that the second amendment puts no limits upon which weapons we can own. It does not say only blunt objects, bladed weapons, or small capacity non concealable firearms. We have no limit to the weapons we are allowed. Whether it be federal, state, or local government if they are part of the United States they do not have the legal, moral, or ethical standing to take guns from any citizen. Doing so violates the Bill of Rights to the core. Any legislation which limits guns is unconstitutional.

My fellow citizens, our rights are directly under attack. We live under a government which openly seeks to violate the Constitution. No longer are they just seeking ways around it, but this government now attempts to blatantly break and disobey our founding laws. The government is supposed to be bound by the laws of the Constitution, just as we as citizens are. If the government refuses to recognize that is subject to the laws, then the government waives it's right to command the citizens of the country.

Time is coming for the citizens to decide if they are under the law or slaves to a government which does not recognize the ultimate laws. For if the government violates the laws which it is based upon then it ceases to be legitimate. At that time it is necessary for the citizens to form a new government, one which recognizes the law.

"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government."