Quotes of the day

posted at 10:08 pm on March 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a ban on the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features Thursday in a party-line vote.

The 10-8 vote came after a heated exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who Feinstein scolded for giving her a “lecture” on the Constitution…

Some Democrats worry the controversial ban could sink a broader slate of gun laws if it is included. The alternative would be to consider it separately from legislation to expand background checks and to crack down on the illegal trafficking of firearms…

“The road is uphill,” she said. “I fully understand that.”

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“It’s pretty clear the other side is locked in opposition [to assault weapons ban.] — [I] don’t see us getting 60 votes,” Whitehouse said, referring to the necessary bar to pass the Senate…

Cornyn … said the proposal would effectively ban “the majority of handguns” sold in the country because it prohibits the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips. Cornyn offered several amendment to revise the Feinstein proposal, but they were defeated by Democrats.

“What’s happening here with all these amendments in effort to nip it and tuck it and create all these exceptions,” Feinstein said.

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Cruz, though, returned to the idea that prohibiting particular guns was comparable to designating “particular individuals who are not protected by the Bill of Rights.” One wouldn’t mind a discussion of the Fourth Amendment (perhaps on the subject of drones) but that is quite a leap: the guns in one example have been replaced by people in the other. What Cruz is talking about is not a right to bear arms but the right of specific gun models to be borne. (Or, perhaps, from the point of view of the gun manufacturers, to be bought.) With that, he reveals a great deal about the Constitutional perspective of the pro-gun lobby.

The assault-weapon ban, for all the fighting, will likely not become law. It is what counts as utopian in this Congress, as sensible as it is. It’s been three months since the Newtown shooting, which left twenty children and seven adults dead. The question is whether the decisive moment in our debate about guns is behind us or ahead of us. On Tuesday, legislation that would bring about some small changes—expanding background checks, making it a crime to lie your way around gun laws—also made it out of the Judiciary Committee. No Republicans voted for the background-check measure, either, even though all it does is make it so that no one can buy those assault weapons from a registered gun dealer and then turn around and sell them in the parking lot to someone who can’t pass a background check. Still, universal background checks are thought to at least have a chance of getting through—a better one in the Senate than in the House, but a chance. So that is what this moment comes down to: getting one small, rational measure made into law before the fading of the outrage and the memory of twenty children who will never be sixth graders.

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Just because someone revels in political power over the course of a lifetime does not make them wise or good stewards of the law, or demonstrate that they understand the limits on government power under our system. In fact, the longer many politicians remain in power, the less respect they evidently have for those constitutional limits. Feinstein evidently sees very few limits on her power to legislate. In the past she has admitted that she would ban all guns — doing away with the Second Amendment — if she could.

Democratic Sens. Leahy and Durbin get their backs up later in the video, which more than anything shows that they too don’t really understand the limits placed on them by the Constitution. Or they do understand them, but don’t care.

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Via Mediaite.

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“In the end, Cruz overshot.” Click the image to watch.

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Via RCP and MFP.


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State power overreach?

Brainfree must hate the 10th Amendment as much as it does the 2nd…

The Fuehrer must not be questioned!!!

Gawd, what an imbecile.

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

If you haven’t seen CNN’s resident brain trust, wolf blitzer’s performance on the gameshow Jeopardy, search for it on YouTube.

tom daschle concerned on March 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Feinstein is an INFRINGER that the Constitution warns us about.

Progressivism marches on.

PappyD61 on March 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

John heilman is outraged! How dare Ted Cruz question the great and powerful DiFi! The impudence!

Naturally Curly on March 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I’m not a six year old.

Feinstein, herself a bully, was totally rattled. Couldn’t even address the issue until Durban came to her rescue.

Bravo, Ted.

petefrt on March 15, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Sources said Feinstein was so angry she demanded bigger kickbacks from COSCO.

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM

If you haven’t seen CNN’s resident brain trust, wolf blitzer’s performance on the gameshow Jeopardy, search for it on YouTube.

tom daschle concerned on March 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

“I’ll take types of animals for a thousand, Alex.”

-This is an animal that is a common domestic pet, the three letter word starts with C and ends with T.

“Uhhhhh….uhhh…what is a three toed sloth?”

Bishop on March 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Poor Diane felt patronized.

Awwww, leftist fud from a state that would elect Charles Manson if he ran as a demorat doesn’t like pushback from the youngins.

Bishop on March 15, 2013 at 8:41 AM

“Wolfie, Who lies buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

“Ummmm, Cary? Lou? Foster?”

“Oh, I’m soooo sorry Wolf… enjoy your year’s supply of car wax and the “I’m with stupid” t-shirt with the arrow pointing upward…Buh, bye!

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I find the feigned astonishment from Feinstein, when Cruz calls her on her stpidity, to be absolutely hilarious.

kingsjester on March 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“stupidity”. It’s early.

kingsjester on March 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

That they are not used to being challenged was on full display, along with their stupidity, lack of logic and disdain for the constitution. Their voters must really be low info.

Kissmygrits on March 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The real civil liberties crisis in this country. I guarantee you, Fox News will not cover this story.

libfreeordie on March 15, 2013 at 7:29 AM

So, an Asian-Indian (probably voted for Obama) in a state that has a Black Democrat governor is FOX NEW’s fault?

sentinelrules on March 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The corrupt Sen. Feinstein…How much money did she pocket from the sale? Gore got $100 million of the $500 million.

“In the case of Current TV, his idea was to get Al Jazeera into 40-50 million homes through the acquisition of an existing cable channel, Current TV, an unprecedented development that Terenzio maintains he was not compensated for. It is because of this media coup and the failure of Al Gore and the other owners and investors to pay him for his services that Terenzio has launched his lawsuit demanding at least $5 million in damages.

While the suit proceeds in the courts, the legal questions about the deal provide another opportunity for Congress to exercise oversight and investigate the curious transaction. But the fact that prominent Democrats are involved makes it politically sensitive for Republicans who want to avoid confrontations.

The suit says Terenzio made his presentation to Richard Blum, husband of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, and an investor in Current TV. The suit says that Blum and others involved in Current TV were “concerned about the prospect of losing their shirts” and wanted to find a buyer for their little-watched channel.

The suit says that it was believed that Al Gore would find a sale to Al Jazeera “politically unappealing” but that Blum promised to present it to him…”

http://gulagbound.com/37864/gores-al-jazeera-deal-now-a-major-scandal/

from the link:

“The media executive who claims to have arranged the sale says the idea was to make the Terror TV channel “palatable to U.S. lawmakers,” a formulation that suggests foreign lobbying on Capitol Hill in order to protect the $500 million payoff to Gore and other owners and investors in Current TV.

The suit says that media executive John Terenzio also proposed smoothing things over with “pro-Israel factions, cable operators and, most importantly, the American public.”

The other controversial aspect of the deal, as noted by Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari, is that “Al Jazeera America” has announced plans for bureaus in eight cities, including Detroit, Michigan, and that “Detroit, Michigan is a large ex-pat community of Muslim-Americans where [Jihadist] sleeper cells have been detected.”

Detroit has been called the Arab capital of North America.

Because of the danger of inciting Arabs and Muslims into anti-American violence, Accuracy in Media has called on the House Homeland Security Committee, under the chairmanship of Texas Republican Michael McCaul, to investigate the sale and look at the evidence that the channel is a foreign terrorist entity that can be outlawed on U.S. soil. He has refused to do so.

The Al Gore lawsuit constitutes another reason why Congress has to investigate…”

workingclass artist on March 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM

No Republicans voted for the background-check measure, either, even though all it does is make it so that no one can buy those assault weapons from a registered gun dealer and then turn around and sell them in the parking lot to someone who can’t pass a background check.

It doesn’t prevent that at all. And last I checked, that’s already illegal anyway.

xblade on March 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Perhaps Senator Cruz can discuss how the 19th Amendment only should apply only to certain women. Senator Feinstein seems to be parodying a character from Orwell’s Animal Farm. As in some pigs are more equal than others. Nice choice Dianne. Perhaps we can alter the 13th amendment so that freedom from slavery applies to only certain classes of individuals…..oh wait, we did that already. Didn’t work out too well, did it.

Silvergoat on March 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

No Republicans voted for the background-check measure, either, even though all it does is make it so that no one can buy those assault weapons from a registered gun dealer and then turn around and sell them in the parking lot to someone who can’t pass a background check.

It doesn’t prevent that at all. And last I checked, that’s already illegal anyway.

xblade on March 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Bingo…

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

So, an Asian-Indian (probably voted for Obama) in a state that has a Black Democrat governor is FOX NEW’s fault?

sentinelrules on March 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

You betcha!

I was once in a shootout with a Prog from Massachusetts, who blamed the skyrocketing health insurance premiums on the obstructionism of Senate Republicans, who he claimed ‘filibustered’ everything.

Apart from the fact that Republicans only held 4 out of the 40 state senate seats, there is NO FILIBUSTER in Massachusetts.

Nothing is EVER their fault or the result of their policies.

I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to learn that the people charged are Democrats and campaign contributors. Patronage! That’s usually how you get jobs/promoted in one-party ruled states.

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I am so tired of idiots like Feinstein that really have absolutely no qualifications, nor intelligence to function as senators in this country. Thanks to liberalism…. liberals can be so proud of what they are doing to this great country.

ultracon on March 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Patronage! That’s usually how you get jobs/promoted in one-party ruled states.

Resist We Much on March 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

It’s also what keeps corrupt politicians like Feinstein out of the Federal Prison that she profoundly deserves to be in. How many hundreds of billions of dollars has she illegally funneled into her husbands company?

SWalker on March 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I am so tired of idiots like Feinstein that really have absolutely no qualifications, nor intelligence to function as senators in this country. Thanks to liberalism…. liberals can be so proud of what they are doing to this great country.

ultracon on March 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

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I’m equally tired of common citizens in America, who want us to be like Europe.

If you don’t want to bear the responsibility that is NECESSARY for the safe possession and handling of firearms, then YOU’RE … NOT … WORTHY . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . of your American citizenship.

listens2glenn on March 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

The real civil liberties crisis in this country. I guarantee you, Fox News will not cover this story.

http://www.npr.org/2013/03/14/174269211/mass-crime-lab-scandal-reverberates-across-state

A scandal in a Massachusetts crime lab continues to reverberate throughout the state’s legal system. Several months ago, Annie Dookhan, a former chemist in a state crime lab, told police that she messed up big time. Dookhan now stands accused of falsifying test results in as many as 34,000 cases.

defendants have lost jobs, driver’s licenses, kids and marriages, and many have been deported. And in federal court, many defendants received stiffer sentences, because of prior state convictions based on evidence from Annie Dookhan.

libfreeordie on March 15, 2013 at 7:29 AM

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That truly is the A MAJOR-LEAGUE civil liberties/rights violation.
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But why would FOX News not cover it?

Is this lady married to, or somehow related, or otherwise associated with someone at FOX News?

Is either this lady, or any of the prosecuting attorneys involved known to be “right-wingers”?

Based on what you said, I think that’s a valid question.
I couldn’t find any such implications in that story you linked to.

listens2glenn on March 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Feinstein needs to put her big girl panties on and stop whining.

elclynn on March 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

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