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Bethesda, Maryland

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Alice on TRUTH
Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee ... Even if you are
a minority of one,
the truth is the truth.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

In the words of Muhammad Ali, Jr.,
"It's not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter. Everybody's life matters. God loves everyone."

In war, when one moves in and takes over, one takes control of the means of communication, the means of transportation, the means of commerce, and the right of people to freely assemble. One also quickly moves to take control of firearms.
Here is the USA since mid-2020:
(1) Communication: Control of social media.
(2) Transporation: Increased gas prices limit ability to move freely.
(3) Commerce: "Supply chain."
(4) Right to assemble: Closed churches and limited numbers allowed to gather -- except for BLM/antifa street violence and riots.
(5) Firearm possession by private citizens: Threat is constant.

The level of totalitarianism in the USA in 2022 is extreme, and it has been delivered by "liberals" who are hellbent on butchering viable unborn babies, eliminating basic protections for women (i.e., females), and destroying small businesses. We are surviving a U.S.A. run by a collection of oligarchs, and civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution are being ignored.

Hufford Family History, Volume II
An occasional blog, as I update and verify
Franklin Pierce Hoffert's 1909

The Bill of Rights is like a family portrait, and the Second Amendment must not be excluded from the picture.

On the basis of both text and history, the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. It is a civil right, and a citizen's right is not dependent on his zip code.
From the Supreme Court in
NYSRPA v. Bruen:
"... [T]he Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. ... When the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct."
Amicus brief supporting NYSRPA, by Cottrol, Dowlut, & Beard

The Supreme Court cannot throw out Heller without throwing out Obergefell. The Court ruled as fundamental both the right of an individual to own & possess arms and the right of an individual to marry a person of the same sex. However, Heller’s holding is based on a longer history and a stronger foundation than Obergefell's holding.
I.e., if Obergefell stays at the party, so does Heller. It is a marriage pronounced by the Supreme Court.
57 South Texas Law Review 215 (2016).

If the rule of law is to prevail, Supreme Court decisions that hold that a right is fundamental require obedience by lower courts.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Heller and McDonald decisions that clarify and protect Second Amendment rights, federal and state inferior courts engaged in massive resistance.
81 Tenn. L. Rev. 673 (Spring 2014).


genealogy stories & research


Mishawaka High Class of '68
Old Cavemen :-D

I love to go a wandering!
Wandering trips

Once upon a time ...
'Lois Lane' days

Worship God! Seek beauty, give service, and knowledge pursue ...

a journey into law

Justice Clarence Thomas, in 2000.
Flavored by law

and a kiss goodbye
Letters home

stories for children

All the dolls I ever wanted  :-D

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Admitted to practice in the DC Courts, the US District Court for DC, and the US Supreme Court.
Member of the D.A.R., descent traced from
Christian Hufford.
This site is maintained for the same reason some women do needlepoint -- purely for pleasure

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