Archive for June 29th, 2008

COLORADO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS

June 29, 2008

A Colorado man with a history of wildlife violations pleaded guilty to numerous wildlife related-crimes in a New Mexico district court on June 23.

Kirt Darner, 69, of Crawford, has been convicted of wildlife violations in Colorado dating back to 1994. In 2000, Colorado Division of Wildlife officers started investigating Darner as a suspect in the theft of two bighorn sheep heads from a Montrose taxidermist. In Cibola County, N.M., on Monday, Darner pleaded guilty to transporting wild elk and receiving stolen property – specifically, the two Colorado sheep heads. At the time they were stolen, the sheep heads were estimated to be worth more than $20,000 each.

“We’ve worked on this case for more than eight years and cooperatively with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for the past three.  I can’t give them or the Cibola County District Attorney’s office enough credit for their hard work and diligence.” said Eric Schaller, an investigator for the DOW. “This case also shows that the Colorado Division of Wildlife will continue to pursue these tough cases for as long as necessary.”

Darner could serve four years in jail and pay a minimum of $10,000 in fines and restitution for the New Mexico charges. A sentencing hearing has not been set. As part of the plea agreement, Darner agreed never to hunt, fish or possess a firearm again. He also is prohibited from working as a guide or outfitter in Colorado and New Mexico.

Previously, in Colorado, Darner was convicted of illegal possession of wildlife in 1994. In 1999 he was convicted of second degree tampering with evidence and careless driving in an incident in which he was serving as an outfitter. DOW officers observed Darner’s client shoot at an elk decoy in a game management unit for which the client didn’t have a license. In 2008 Darner pleaded guilty to making a false statement in order to purchase a license. He had applied for land owner vouchers with the DOW but did not own enough property to be eligible for the program.

While executing a search warrant at the Darner property in 2005, New Mexico wildlife officers discovered a desert bighorn sheep head and a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep head inside Darner’s vehicle. Further examination of the heads indicated they were the same sheep heads that were stolen from a Montrose taxidermy shop in 2000.  The DOW had offered a $5,500 reward for information about the sheep-head thefts.

Darner, a nationally known big-game hunter and guide, and Paula Darner were co-owners of the 40-acre Lobo Canyon Ranch north of Grants when they were indicted in New Mexico in 2006 on 41 felony and misdemeanor charges. Among the charges, the Darners were accused of receiving stolen property and of illegally moving three state-owned elk from the Lobo Canyon Ranch to the Pancho Peaks ranch and game park in southeastern New Mexico in 2005. Charges against Paula Darner are still pending.

If you have information about a wildlife crime, please call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Tips can be made anonymously and rewards are possible.

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Editors: For a photo of Kirt Darner to this web page:

http://dnr.state.co.us/ImageDBImages/23341Desktop.JPG

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

American Legislative Exchange Council

June 29, 2008

ALEC Adopts “Campus Personal Protection Act”! The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization comprised of public and private sector members (largely made up of state legislators and corporate/association government affairs representatives) from all 50 states that share common support for free market principles and individual liberties. On Monday, June 23 the model for “Campus Personal Protection Act,” previously discussed in May at ALEC’s Spring Task Force Summit, was officially adopted as model legislation. Brought forth by NRA-ILA, the act calls for the repeal of state restrictions on the possession of firearms by valid concealed handgun licensees on college and university campuses and preempts governing bodies of postsecondary educational institutions from imposing such restrictions on permit holders.

Why not support unconcealed carry?

Obamasia and his ever changing ways

June 29, 2008

Obama Tries To Move Forward By Backpedaling: By now we all know where presidential nominee Barack Obama stands on the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for “sportsmen” or unfounded claims of general support for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. But don’t listen to his campaign rhetoric! His real record, based on votes taken, political associations, long-standing positions, and his own words, shows that Barack Obama is a very serious threat to our Second Amendment liberties

NRA files lawsuits

June 29, 2008

NRA Files Second Amendment Lawsuits In Illinois And California Following Supreme Court Ruling: Following up on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects a private right to possess firearms that is not limited to militia service, the NRA today filed five lawsuits challenging local gun bans in San Francisco, and in Chicago and several of its suburbs.

I can hear the wailing and moaning of the big government authoritarians all the way here in the rockies!

This is great work!

June 29, 2008

http://nedjima.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/why-is-the-us-constitution-so-difficult-to-change-5/#comment-76

The above link takes you to quite a piece of scholership. It is reasonably well balanced, and in this day and age that is a rarity indeed.

State frees teachers to criticize evolution

June 29, 2008
Posted: June 28, 2008
12:30 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this week signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows school districts to permit teachers to present evidence, analysis and critique of evolution and other prevalent scientific theories in public school classrooms.

The law came to the governor’s desk after overwhelming support in the legislature, including a unanimous vote in the state’s Senate and a 93-4 vote in the House.

The act has been criticized by some as an attempt to insert religion into science education and hailed by others as a blow for academic freedom in the face of pressure to ignore flaws in politically correct scientific theories.

Robert Crowther, director of communications for The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank on science and culture, called the act necessary.

Go Read It.

As a studier of science I welcome this move. So Called Science has been held back by this theory. There is so much more out there to offer.

Yes, Religion is out there. Get Over It.

It is about time Evolution is put back into the category of theory and open the door for alternative theories.

State frees teachers to criticize evolution
Global warming, origins of life, cloning also may be scrutinized

GOA Hits The Airwaves On Heller Decision

June 29, 2008

— Now looks forward to challenging other gun control laws around the
country

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org/

Friday, June 27, 2008

Yesterday was a historic day for the gun rights movement.

For starters, Gun Owners of America is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court,
in the DC v. Heller opinion, struck down the handgun ban and trigger lock
requirement in the nation’s capital.

As a result, GOA experts have spent the last two days using radio, TV and
print media to explain the Court’s decision and its impact upon the future
of the gun debate in America.

GOA’s amicus brief urged the Court not to use the Heller case as a
springboard to resolve the constitutionality of all of the nation’s firearms
laws.  In fact, the GOA brief was the only one making the request not to
rule on automatic weapons and other issues, upholding judicial restraint.

GOA is pleased that the judges heeded our admonition to limit the Court’s
holding to the case before it.

In so doing, the Court’s decision — in dissenting Justice Breyers words —
“threatens to throw into doubt the constitutionality of gun laws
throughout
the United States.”

Notable gun banner, Dianne Feinstein, was equally upset, saying she was
“profoundly disappointed” in the Court decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court also followed GOA’s urging and refused to do any
balancing of governmental powers and individual liberties — it just ruled
the ban was prohibited by the text of the Second Amendment, saying that its
language elevates, above all other interests, the “right of law-abiding,
responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.”

However, the Court stated its opinion should “not be taken to cast
doubt” on
at least some prohibited persons’ restrictions, gun free school zones bans
and dealer licensing requirements.  This dicta implies that, in the future,
courts might go further than the Constitution permits in upholding some gun
restrictions.

Nevertheless, the Court’s opinion directly conflicts with what anti-rights
advocates — like those in the Brady Campaign — have been saying for years.
So GOA welcomes the opportunity to continue our fight for the people’s right
to keep and bear arms.

GOA is already preparing to wage constitutional challenges to a range of
laws — federal, state and local — that violate the Second Amendment
principles endorsed by the Court in yesterday’s majority opinion.

To contribute to these efforts, you can go to
http://www.gunowners.com/dogfund.htm and make a tax deductible contribution
to the Defend Our Guns (DOG) Fund.  Contributing to this DOG Fund will allow
our committed and courageous legal team to make Justice Breyer’s fears a
reality.

Gun Owners Foundation wants to lay the groundwork for the next battle in the
Second Amendment war between those of us who love liberty and those who
would allow the government to disarm us as the first step to our own
enslavement.

You contribution to the DOG Fund is tax deductible, and it will go a long
way towards helping us preserve our Second Amendment rights — not only for
ourselves, but for our children as well.

This battle is far from over my friends.


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