Daily Archives: Aug. 27, 2013

Court backs Holder’s view on gun law

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Gov. Sam Brownback this spring informing him that the state’s new “Made in Kansas” gun law was unconstitutional, Brownback responded that “the people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will.” But the courts are siding with Holder. A federal appeals court ruled last week against a similar law in Montana that says that firearms or ammunition that are manufactured in that state and remain within its borders are not subject to federal law or federal regulations. The Ninth Circuit ruled the law was preempted by federal law requiring gun sellers to record transactions, pay license fees and open their business to government inspectors, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office warned lawmakers last session that the law would be unenforceable – but they passed it anyway.

Writings, interviews add information about Stegall

Gov. Sam Brownback has released little information about Caleb Stegall, his nominee for the Kansas Court of Appeals. But the Topeka Capital-Journal examined some of the writings and interviews Stegall has done over the years. For example, in a 2005 interview with the website God Spy, Stegall described his work as editor of the New Pantagruel, an online magazine with a “radically new vision for humanity and the world.” He urged people to “read the classics and the church fathers instead of junk fiction and self-help crap. And, then, go about the hard work of learning the discipline of place. Get married. Have kids, lots of them. Don’t turn them over to others to raise.” Stegall also has criticized the controlling tendencies of liberals and conservatives. In a column he wrote for the Kansas Liberty website, Stegall said the political left was caught up in dreams of “an egalitarian utopia and of running everything by federal fiat,” while the political right was dreaming of “a Christian nation with social control and corporate giveaways.”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from theonion.com:

Obama Deeply Concerned After Syrians Gassed to Death on White House Lawn

Israel Builds New Settlement to Host Palestinian Peace Talks

Psychiatrist Patiently Listens to Obama Complain about Every Single American

Economists Advise Nation’s Poor to Invent the Next Facebook