STARS AND STRIPES | The Navy SEAL widow whom Jesse Ventura is suing asked a judge Thursday to throw out the former governor’s defamation suit involving her late husband’s best-selling book.
Taya Kyle argues that Ventura’s claims “fail as a matter of law” and should be dismissed with what the courts call a summary judgment — a trial on paper.
The two-page request, filed in U.S. District Court, mirrors a similar motion filed last year by her husband, Chris Kyle, which a judge rejected in December.
That same jurist, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle, will hear Taya Kyle’s motion (judge and defendant are not related) in a hearing in St. Paul on Jan. 30.
Ventura’s suit is tentatively set to go to trial May 1.
The former governor/mayor/Harvard lecturer/pro wrestler/TV host/part-time resident of Mexico sued former SEAL Chris Kyle last year over 22 paragraphs in Kyle’s 448-page memoir, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”
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BLOOMBERG | Parts of a 2011 Indiana law cracking down on employment of illegal immigrants survived a challenge in federal court.
Union Benefica Mexicana, a nonprofit group dedicated to northwest Indiana’s Mexican community, didn’t have constitutional standing to bring its lawsuit against the state of Indiana, its governor or its attorney general, U.S. District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio in Hammond said in a decision yesterday.
The organization also failed to show how it’s harmed by the measure’s provisions allowing the state to sue employers for unemployment benefits paid to illegal immigrants and authorizing police to notify immigration officials if they suspect a day worker hasn’t filled out required paperwork, the judge said.
ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION | In 2010, the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate rejected the 2001 DREAM Act amnesty legislation again. Last year, in cooperation with the illegal alien lobby, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress anddeclared a “temporary” delay in deportation for a group of illegal aliens who can claim to have been illegally brought to the U.S. as children. He calls his administrative amnesty “Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA.”
The illegal alien lobby is now howling in Atlanta streets that illegals who have had their deportations delayed are somehow legal residents. And that in Georgia’s universities, they are eligible for the rights and privileges of citizens and legal immigrants who obeyed the law.
The truth is that, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website, “deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.” The White House blog also makes it clear that the DACA process “does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship.”
NORTH COUNTRY PUBLIC RADIO | New York’s tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.
Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they’re deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won’t actively enforce the SAFE Act.
Sheriff David Favro sits in a conference room at the Clinton County Jail – which serves as his department’s headquarters – and makes it clear that he thinks the New York SAFE Act needs to go.
“The SAFE Act has been a train wreck since it started,” he says.
DC GUNS & GEAR | People who participate in 3-Gun matches are dedicated to their sport. They invest a significant amount of money in their equipment to compete. As a non-competitive shooter, getting started in any competition is an intimidating experience. Apprehension is the result of not understanding the equipment needs and various divisions, scoring and rules of matches.
When looking into the equipment needs for participating in a 3-Gun match, I realized this is probably one of the most equipment-intensive shooting sports in existence. This obviously has to do with the fact that the sport involves 3 guns, and each gun has its own unique equipment needs. Unless new shooters are able to borrow equipment, they’ll have to purchase some of it. The prices on equipment vary greatly. If the shooter is simply interested in competing for leisure, lower-end equipment can be purchased or borrowed. For those shooters who believe they will be seriously competing, they may want to invest in higher-quality weapons and gear.
The basic gear that is needed to participate in a 3-Gun match includes:
• Gun belt
• Holster (that covers the trigger of the gun) and magazine pouches
• Shotgun and rifle caddies
• Handgun (most competitors use a 9mm because it has less recoil and its magazines can hold more rounds)
• Rifle (an AR is common)
• Shotgun (most competitors use a 12-gauge with a barrel length of 20-22 inches)
• Sling for the shotgun and rifle
• Optics for the rifle (it is recommended to purchase a scope that starts at a 1X power)
• Range bags and gun cases
BREITBART | Eliseo Medina, the International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), freely and unashamedly admitted that his union has members who are illegal immigrant workers.
Medina made the comments in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News at a rally for immigration reform attended by hundreds of people in Bakersfield, California.
Medina gave no indication that he thought there was anything wrong with violating U.S. immigration law, and said the country needed comprehensive immigration reform because workers who are in the country illegally fear legal consequences such as being arrested or deported.
Rubio Thinks He Can Repair Damage to His Presidential Prospects After His Betrayal of Conservative America Supporting Amnesty
TAMPA BAY TIMES | As he moves across Florida this week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is keeping two schedules.
The public one, where he tells friendly, pro-business crowds what he sees as the dangers of Obamacare. And the invite-only one, where he seeks to reconnect with grass roots conservative activists who have questions — and some outrage — over his involvement in immigration reform.
NEWSBUSTERS | What do the murder of a 93-year-old woman in South Omaha, Nebraska, and the repeated rape of a 13-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, have in common? Both crimes were committed by people who are in this country illegally and should be deported — along with all other illegal immigrants — before a proposed bill in Congress would give them amnesty and allow them to “come out of the shadows” to become American citizens.
That’s the position taken by Graham Ledger, conservative host of the weeknight program The Daily Ledger, which airs at 8 p.m. on the One America News Network. The Emmy Award-winning news reporter has an interesting motto: “Even when I’m wrong, I’m right.”
BREITBART | House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) states on his congressional website that no amnesty should be granted to any illegal immigrants.“As a nation founded by immigrants, we should to continue embrace the individuals who wait in line and come to the United States legally to work hard and contribute to our society,” McCarthy writes on the page titled “Immigration” on his official House of Representatives website.
“However, we should not provide any amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally,” it continues. “In order to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in our country, we must enforce the laws that already exist. In order to do this, we must secure our border by using both physical as well as electronic barriers. We should also ensure that illegal immigrants are not receiving any of the benefits that are reserved for American Citizens.”
FOX NEWS | Despite Washington spending billions of taxpayer dollars on efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, two internal government reports reveal there is no clear way of gauging whether any of it is actually working.
Backing up reporting from Fox News earlier this year, the reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service show the Department of Homeland Security lacks an accurate barometer to measure the success of ramped-up efforts to curtail illegal crossings.
The DHS and the Obama administration typically tout the number of apprehensions of people coming in illegally as their gauge for success. But those numbers, analysts warn, are open to interpretation and don’t necessarily show whether an increase or decrease is due to immigration trends, economic shifts, enforcement policies or all of the above.
“Apprehensions data are imperfect indicators of illegal flows because they exclude two important groups when it comes to unauthorized migration: aliens who successfully enter and remain in the United States … and aliens who are deterred from entering the United States,” Marc Rosenblum, immigration policy specialist at CRS, wrote in his May report. “Thus, analysts do not know if a decline in apprehensions is an indicator of successful enforcement, because fewer people are attempting to enter, or of enforcement failures, because more of them are succeeding.”
The report said recent drops in illegal immigration can likely be attributed to a combination of enforcement and the economic downturn in the U.S., “though the precise share of the decline attributable to enforcement is unknown.”
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BELLINGHAM HERALD | BELLINGHAM – A retired U.S. Army master sergeant reached a $15,000 settlement with the city of Bellingham after a police officer detained him at gunpoint because he carried a holstered pistol in a city park.
As part of the agreement, the police department must train its officers and 911 dispatchers how to avoid a similar incident in the future.
On the morning of Dec. 19, 2011, John Laigaie III, who served 35 years in the military, went to Bloedel-Donovan Park to walk his dogs.
Three buildings in the park had just been tagged with graffiti, and Laigaie told a parks employee that he’d be willing to paint over the tags. Police needed to take photos first, however, so Laigaie headed out of the park. Near the parking lot, a police officer approached Laigaie about the CZ-82 9mm pistol holstered on his right hip.
“Are you wearing a gun, sir?” asked Officer Allen Bass, according to a complaint for damages posted on the Lustick Law Firm’s website. (The complaint was never formally filed, and the potential lawsuit never made it to court.)
“Yes, I am, aren’t you?” Laigaie replied.
Bass informed him, incorrectly, that guns are illegal in a city park.
“‘Excuse me, you’re wrong,'” Laigaie recalled saying. “Then, boom, (Bass’) gun came out.”