Suddenly, both the courts and the government are protecting 2nd amendment rights for all Americans

Suddenly, both the courts and the government are protecting 2nd amendment rights for all Americans

In just the past few days, two rulings came down regarding the right of the people to not only own a firearm, but also in how they can use it.

The first was a settlement by the State Department and DOJ regarding a programmer and gun enthusiast who published free plans online for the making of an AR-15 using a 3-D printer.  And in the settlement the government even went as far as stating that AR-15's are not considered 'military grade' weapons.

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Mass Shooting: The Mirror of Moral Pessimism of The Nation

Mass Shooting: The Mirror of Moral Pessimism of The Nation

What was it that President Trump promised, intended, was elected to reverse? The collapse of the winning optimism, the industrial prowess, the productive spirit of America. Let's stop starting wars, he said, and rebuild our nation, industry, infrastructure, economy, put "our footsteps on distant worlds." His target, whether he precisely called it this or not, was the deepening pessimism of an America which had once led mankind into space.

For those intentions, the President himself became the target, of those who insist on America-always-at-war, and America back in great power confrontation with China and Russia rather than in great power cooperation for peace and economic progress.

For the neo-Conservatives ascendant during the Bush and Obama Presidencies, and for unfortunate millions of Americans, the United States has become a nation for which "winning" means only being the best at identifying adversary "regimes", "tribes" or peoples and killing them, along with the odd terrorist group these wars spin off.

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Where Did All the Stolen US Aid to Afghanistan End Up?

Where Did All the Stolen US Aid to Afghanistan End Up?

The Trump Administration plans to announce a 'new' U.S. strategy for Afghanistan this week. With the U.S. now having been militarily involved in the war torn Central Asian country longer than it was in Vietnam, the President has been asking his cabinet for ideas on how to facilitate a draw down of American troops in Kabul. Some of the ideas being kicked about, like sending in a mercenary army constructed by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, have been harebrained.

Yet if the leaks to the press are any indication, the status quo appears to be winning, and the current troop levels are likely to be maintained or even increased. The Pentagon has also in recent months doubled down on its rhetoric, yet to be supported by any evidence, that Russia is arming the Taliban to undermine U.S. efforts.  -- JWS

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