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Never forget that many died instituting and defending it’s principals so that you may live today to enjoy and benefit from them today, but to you the citizens of America – there is a duty that comes with this, hence the title of this post!

and FYI:

Former SUNY Fredonia political science professor to speak on Constitution Day

September 14, 2013 The OBSERVER

Former SUNY Fredonia political science professor Kevin J. McMahon will visit campus Tuesday, Constitution Day. Currently a professor of political science at Trinity College in Hartford, Mass. will discuss his books and research which examine the presidency, as well as the political origins and consequences of Supreme Court decisions. The presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 204 of the Williams Center.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.



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Sat., Feb 23rd – National Day of Resistance in defense of our 2A Rights!


PRO-2A Rally Set For Sat., Chaut County, Frewsburg, NY!

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  • Saturday, February 23, 2013 Noon-4:00 PM
  • Frewsburg Blue Building, Station 2, Hazzard ST, Frewsburg, NY(map)
  • A gun appreciation rally will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Frewsburg Blue Building, Station 2, Hazzard Street, Frewsburg. Guest speakers will include Andrew Goodell, New York state assemblyman; Jacqueline Chiarot, for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed; New York State Sen. Cathy Young’s representative; and Stephen Aldstadt of S.C.O.P.E. Inc. Tables will feature Rod and Gun clubs, Shooting groups, Veterans groups, Trapping organizations and Political action groups.


Feb 28th The NYS Rifle-Pistol Association Lobby Day and Rally in Albany, be there!

Sign these NY Petitions in defense of our 2nd Amendment Rights!

Read up on, and support the, lawsuits against the SAFE Act!

Read up on the dozens of County Legislatures resolutions demanding repeal, and urge ours to do the same!


by Jorge Amselle “No other group would put up with this type of treatment”

NY Report: Prosecutors to pursue felony charges against ex-soldier  for possessing high-capacity magazine (No weapons, no ammunition, no threats or crime, just empty magazines to potentially turn a person into a felon facing years in prison? Outrageous!)

Politics | Patrick Howley
Nathan-HaddadNew York prosecutors will pursue felony criminal charges against  retired special forces soldier Nathan Haddad, who was arrested in LeRay, New  York in January for allegedly possessing five 30-round AR-15 magazines,  according to conservative law blog Legal Insurrection.

Prosecutors had reportedly offered Haddad a plea bargain that would spare him  jail time if he admitted to five misdemeanors, according to Legal Insurrection.  But Haddad’s attorney told the blog that Haddad, who currently works at the  Department of Defense, will not accept the deal.

Haddad was deployed four times during his ten-year Army career, and was  once injured during special forces training in South Korea. He was  discharged in October 2010.

A website established to pay Haddad’s legal expenses has  collected more than $35,000.

In January, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory displayed a  high-capacity magazine live on television, despite a warning from local police. But  prosecutors in Washington, D.C. — where, unlike New York, the offense is merely  a misdemeanor — declined to press charges. (RELATED  OPINION: Apparently, gun laws don’t apply to David Gregory)

Nathan is a decorated soldier who has been recognized for his community service in helping other veterans.  (More on Haddad here.)

Jamestown Resident Raising Funds For Brother’s Defense

February 15, 2013 By Eric Tichy (etichy@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal

A decorated combat veteran and Chautauqua County native has made national headlines after being arrested a month ago for possessing empty 30-round magazines. His brother is now lending a hand.

The arrest and subsequent charges come after New York state recently placed further limits on the number of bullets held in a magazine.

Nathan Haddad is facing five felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the Jan. 6 arrest in LeRay by sheriff’s deputies. No weapons or ammunition were found in his vehicle, police said. The former combat veteran has a court appearance Wednesday in Jefferson County.

His brother, Michael Haddad, of Jamestown, is spearheading efforts to get those charges reduced. Through an online blog – gofundme .com – Michael has raised more than $38,000 for his brother’s counsel.

“When I found out he was arrested, it wasn’t about whether he committed a crime or not,” Michael Haddad told The Post-Journal. “The main thing for me was to get those charges reduced.

“My whole purpose is to make sure my brother has adequate funds to fight this thing. This isn’t about creating a debate about guns or the law. It’s about helping a disabled veteran.”

Nathan Haddad was a 12-year combat veteran in the U.S. Army before receiving a medical discharge in 2010. Michael Haddad also served in the Army.

Police said his possession of the Colt Manufacturing AR-15 rifle-style magazines violates current state law, passed in 1994, which limits the number of bullets in a magazine to 10. According to a police report from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Nathan Haddad was found in possession of the 30-round magazines by deputies at 5:41 p.m. on Steinhilber Road in LeRay.

Michael Haddad said he does not know what his brother was doing with the magazines at the time of his arrest.

The New York SAFE Act, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and further limits magazines to seven bullets, begins in April.

Michael Haddad, who is considering running for a County Legislature seat representing Jamestown, said he’s surprised by the attention his brother’s story has garnered. He’s also grateful for the donations.

“Within the first week I think we raised a couple thousand dollars,” he said. “But once people found the website we raised almost $18,000 within a 24-hour period. That is what has been most humbling.

“A lot of the donations are from unemployed people donating $5. They’re telling me, ‘Here take this. This is all I have.'”

Michael Haddad stressed his donation campaign is not about gun rights, although he believes his brother would make a great spokesman on the subject.

“I always tell him he is the poster man for gun rights,” he said. “If you wanted someone to stand up and shoulder the weight, he’s the guy.”

Injured special forces soldier arrested in upstate NY for possession of high capacity ammunition magazines

Posted by  Associate Clinical Professor, Cornell Law School
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:15pm

While the prosecutors in D.C. decide whether to charge David Gregory, another example of how the laws against possession of high capacity ammunition magazines are applied to the little people is unfolding in upstate New York, as reported by The Watertown Daily Times, Injured veteran arrested in weapons investigation (h/t

Is there a “David Gregory Clause” in the New York Gun Law?

Posted by   Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 3:50pm

We have a Gun Class Project ongoing to try to unravel the 39-page gun law passed and signed into law this week.  It is a very complicated Bill, to put it mildly.

One thing I just noticed…

(One thing we’ve noticed is there are some words that should be freely and often associated with this mess, words like: Arbitrary, capricious, convoluted, heavy-handed, oppressive, tyrannical, and violative!, all thanks to NY’s Nomenklatura)

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The Foundation of our Country- our Constitution- our Traditions- our Values, have been being chipped and chiseled away for some time. Never has this been truer than it is today as we now have a group of people in Washington; once called public servants – too many are now nothing more than ruthless career oriented political hacks; and they have replaced their chisels with jack-hammers, and they are working at a fever pitch.

Our Security, our Freedoms and Liberties, our RIGHTS (given by God not men); personal, property, and financial; are compromised and eroding like never before. Many a citizen has long since worried about this slippery slope, but this is no longer. Today this worry has become a revelation that America is coming down the mountain, speeding and out of control. “We are no longer a Nation of Just Law, but rather a Nation of Unjust Men”

WE MUST ACT NOW. Stopping this rapid slide toward despotism will be a monumental task that can only be achieved by “We the People”, our vigilance, and our resolve – to preserve our Nation.

This Health Care bill just passed by the House amounts to nothing less than TYRANNY and we must STOP IT !

  • This Unconstitutional legislation tyrannically establishes fines and even prison sentences for non-compliance thereby forcing you to buy insurance or else. * Section 7203 Misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.* Section 7201 Felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. That anyone should face prison for not buying health insurance is simply incredible. Don’t ever forget all those that were against this before they were for it. (one big lie with several more to follow)     And how much will the stay-out-of-jail insurance cost? The joint committee noted that “according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the lowest-cost family non-group plan under HR 3862 (the Obama-Pelosi bill) would cost $15,000 by 2016.” Remember, the bill provides only subsidies to help pay this enormous sum after families making about $45,000 have paid 8 percent of their income for insurance and after those earning a household income of about $65,000 have kicked in 12 percent.
  • The tough penalties in the House bill are designed to keep insurance companies from opposing the bill. This is because insurance companies will see their coffers swell when tens of millions of new customers are required to buy insurance. The more draconian the penalties for failing to pay them large sums of money to pad their bottom lines, the better. After all it will still be years before the public option takes over enough to fully nationalize the insurance industry, so for now the money is quite appealing.
  • This bill will insert an unprecedented level of bureaucracy between your family and your medical care, and you and your children, and all in some very scary ways. One of the many ways this is true is with respect to how this bill continues to threaten the future of “quality of care”.
  • This monstrosity was bad enough when it was 1500 pages and now it’s even worse as a 2032 page expedited disaster in waiting. In addition, “we will pass this without you” as dictated to the GOP, well that doesn’t sound like the inclusive bi-partisanship promised. This is consistent with the fact that over 200 GOP Amendments have all been shot down, many of them not even debated, and many of them would have substantially simplified this abomination.
  • One Amendment that was shot down, and more than once, was to force Government officials to be subject to the same insurance coverage and clauses, which they are forcing on the American people, but nope, they’ve exempted themselves and their families.
  • Promises continually have been broken with respect to transparency and Pelosi’s direct promise to post the final bill online for 72 hours.
  • We have constantly been told that Abortions will not be covered yet it has been a major fight to pass the Stupac Amendment which simply guarantees that said promise is kept. Now some in the Senate are threatening to strip this Amendment.
  • Then there’s illegal immigration and yes the fact that Joe Wilson was right. Though we are still told that they will not be covered and it may vaguely seem so on the surface, there is no specific language preventing it and a number of loopholes for the exact opposite to happen. Illegals will simply gain coverage or benefits through the back door instead of the front, or be amnestied.
  • This bill is anything but deficit neutral with far reaching fiscal implications. This bill is a job killer, with further degrade an already suffering economy overall, will tax the middle class who were promised otherwise, and will be a bane to the States. Once this crushes the states it will deliver the final blow to you the citizen as it will trickle down to crush your County and City as well.
  • The bill still lacks necessary tort reform thereby protecting trial lawyers (a major lobby for the Democrats) and out-of-control lawsuits. (see the WSJ article below to understand how and why)
  • This bill is going to strip Billions of dollars from Medicare affecting seniors all across our Country, only to expand Medicaid and therefore even further expand entitlements and the mentality associated therewith. This bill continues to threaten the quality of care along with the fiscal implications, for our seniors !
  • This bill is a big payoff to Big Labor who put Obama in office and keeps their tentacles wrapped around many other as well. Consider, who has visited the White House the most according to the records released so far ? Andy Stern, head of the SEIU. He says his first priority is to get the healthcare bill passed. That’s because this bill will take the burden of the massive benefits unions promised workers, and dump it on the federal government, and in turn you and I. This will in turn sweeten Union bosses and their organizations already over sweetened pots.
  • This bill is also a payoff, or more to the point a bribe, as follows: The AMA was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians’ reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill and in a typically slick fiscally irresponsible way the costs associated with this are not budgeted in. A 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs bribed the drug industry. They also got administration assurances that it will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. Seniors pay close attention to this next one – AARP one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, high-cost privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. President Bush passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. More than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.  Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP – which supposedly represents them – will make more money.
  • One has to wonder what bribes were offered to House democrats when Obama met with them on the day of the vote, specifically 36 of them who bent to Obama-Pelosi’s will and voted for this, after previously expressing opposition publicly and to their constituents.
  • The more you study this bill, the worse it gets !
  • The next step in this fight is the Senate, and reports from a few days ago… claiming that government-run health care wouldn’t be voted on until next year… were premature and erroneous . According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to put Pelosi-Care on the Senate floor next week. In fact, Reid filed a motion to introduce his version of the same on Monday which means the Senate debate will begin on Tuesday. The will of the American people be damned…The extreme liberals in Congress plan to ram their so-called “reform” down our throats with all deliberate speed… They think the American people are tired, that the vote in the House took the wind out of our sails. They’re scheming behind closed doors… making deals… twisting arms… thinking they can do the same thing in the Senate that they did in the House. They think that if they move quickly, they can get away with it. They continue to underestimate your resolve against government-run health care.
  • This must be stopped right here and right now.

We Can’t Sit Back and Allow the Loss of Our Freedoms” “The Constitution gives the Feds zero authority” – Judge Andrew Napolitano, Political Analyst, Constitutional Scholar, and Libertarian

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation…        You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” 

“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.” –Candidus, Boston Gazette, 1772

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Four candidates are running for state Supreme Court justice on Tuesday. Voters are being asked to select three for a seat in the Eighth Judicial District. Terms are 14 years.

The candidates:

Incumbent Christopher J. Burns,  is supported for re-election by the Republican, Democratic, Conservative, Independence and “Working Families Parties.”

Incumbent John F. O’Donnell has also received the endorsement of the Democratic, Independence, Conservative and “Working Families parties.”

Shirley Troutman is an acting State Supreme Court justice and chairwoman of the Eighth Judicial District’s Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System (yea right). She also has the backing of the Democratic, Republican, Independence and “Working Families parties.”

(please not that the objectives, and ideologies of the Conservatives/and most Republicans and the Working family party [socialists] are diametrically opposed to each other, running on those lines at the same time is hypocrisy and absurdity!)

Jeffrey F. Voekl, is a Williamsville village justice. He has received a qualified rating from the Erie County Bar Association and well qualified from the Minority Bar Association. He has been endorsed by the Republicans and the Conservatives, only !

The P-J announced endorsements (a practice which all journalist/news media should stop) for Christopher J. Burns, John F. O’Donnell and Shirley Troutman.

We back JEFFREY VOEKL and we’re writing in other choices for the other 2 seats !

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