The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund put out a list of the U.S. House Candidates it's endorsing in the upcoming election cycle.
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But the underlying point he was making is that knives are used more often in violent crimes than firearms are in the Great White North, according to data from Statistics Canada.
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The National Rifle Association released a video this week profiling a self-defense shooting involving pro off-road racer BJ Baldwin and his girlfriend, former Glock brand ambassador, Tori Nonaka.
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One of the four new pistols in Springfield’s XD-M Elite line, the Tactical OSP talks a big game and has the capacity and features to back it up. When I opened the box from Springfield, my first thought was, “That’s a big pistol.” But it makes sense considering there has to be somewhere for all 22+1 of its 9mm rounds to live.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Tactical OSP Details
When it comes down to it, Springfield has done a great job on the upgrades to the XD-M Elite series; the most noticeable on the Tactical OSP being the large, removable mag well and the improved slide serrations. Other upgrades include an ambidextrous slide stop, a hammer-forged match-grade barrel, an extended grip safety for easier engagement and extended magazines that allow for that glorious 22+1 capacity.
At the range, the 5.28-inch threaded match barrel is fantastically accurate. When combined with the new META (match enhanced trigger assembly) trigger, it’s one of the most accurate striker-fired pistols I’ve ever shot. The trigger is smooth with a great break and short positive reset.
The Tactical OSP is optics ready for today’s top red dots if you choose that route. Also, the suppressor-height sights allow for co-witness, which is always a nice thing to have when you’re depending on anything battery powered, regardless of the reliability. Did I mention that the magazines hold 22 rounds? Carry this pistol with one reload and you have almost a whole box worth of bang.
If I had to pick one handgun from the many that I’ve shot over the years to carry into a gunfight, it would definitely be Springfield’s new XD-M Elite Tactical OSP. For more information, please visit Springfield-Armory.com.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Tactical OSP Specs
- Caliber: 9mm
- Barrel: 5.28 inches
- OA Length: 8.6 inches
- Weight: 30 ounces (empty)
- Grip: Polymer
- Sights: Suppressor-height
- Action: Striker-fired
- Finish: Desert FDE
- Capacity: 22+1
- MSRP: $709
This brief review is from the summer 2020 issue of Survivor’s Edge Magazine. Grab physical and digital copies at OutdoorGroupStore.com.
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Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has pledged to appoint the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court if he prevails in November.
Biden's promise is a nod to the black voters who revived his once-flailing presidential campaign. His zealous courting of black votes has been awkward in stretches, as when he told radio host Charlamagne tha God that African Americans struggling to choose between himself and President Donald Trump "ain't black."
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There are two broad groups Biden might select from, the first including sitting judges on federal and state courts, the second with more academic backgrounds. The leftwing group Demand Justice, which is pressing Biden to release a shortlist of potential nominees, has released its own list, which is heavy on academics and cause lawyers. A Washington Free Beacon analysis found the most likely candidates are U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, and U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, with Stacey Abrams as a possible wildcard pick.
Every president since Ronald Reagan has made at least two appointments to the Supreme Court. Biden's pledge gives him a relatively small pool of candidates with a traditional background for elevation to the High Court. According to biographical data kept by the Federal Judicial Center, there are 17 black female federal judges under the age of 60, the upper limit for Supreme Court nominees in recent decades. Trump's two appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were 49 and 53 respectively. Only a handful of black women on the federal bench are under 55, meaning Biden will have to cast a wider net for potential picks.
If elected, Biden will have to balance three competing problems when selecting a nominee: mounting pressure from the left to pick a candidate with varied occupational experiences, a possible Republican majority in the Senate, and the prospect of an expansive search.
Demand Justice is pressing Biden to pick judicial candidates with civil rights or consumer protection experience, and the group's list includes black professor Michelle Alexander of Union Theological Seminary, best known as the author of a popular, controversial book on incarceration, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Biden's onetime rival and a potential vice presidential nominee, has similarly decried "corporate capture of the federal courts"—the concern that judges who worked for corporations or represented them in private practice are too friendly to business.
If Republicans retain control of the Senate, Biden will also have to find a candidate palatable to a caucus that proved unyielding when former president Barack Obama tried to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia. Indeed, the GOP ran a two-year blockade on judicial confirmations in the waning years of the Obama administration, leaving over 100 vacancies for Trump to fill.
Further analyses of the most likely picks in a future Biden administration can be found below.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 49
Jackson, who sits on the federal trial court in Washington, D.C., has already been considered for the Supreme Court. Former president Barack Obama reportedly interviewed Jackson in 2016 for the ill-fated nomination that ultimately went to Judge Merrick Garland. Her stock has only risen in the intervening years.
Since taking the bench in 2013, the judge has decided several high profile matters. Her most significant decision may be a 2019 ruling requiring former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a House subpoena, which included pointed rejoinders of President Donald Trump's legal positions. Though her 118-page opinion was much feted among the president's critics, it was overturned on appeal.
Jackson had an unlikely ally in former House speaker Paul Ryan when she was nominated for the federal bench. The judge's husband, Patrick Jackson, is the twin brother of Ryan's brother-in-law William Jackson. Ryan introduced Jackson during her 2012 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji's intellect, for her character, for her integrity, it is unequivocal," Ryan told the committee.
Her confirmation would mark the first time that two African Americans have served together on the Supreme Court. Jackson lunched with Justice Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court clerk and recounted the experience to Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher for their 2007 book, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas.
"I just sat there the whole time thinking: ‘I don't understand you. You sound like my parents. You sound like the people I grew up with,'" Jackson said. "But the lessons he tended to draw from the experiences of the segregated South seemed to be different than those of everybody I know."
Jackson's time in private practice could complicate her prospects. Her résumé—which runs a wide range of law practice—includes experiences liberals will admire, like a three-year tour in the federal public defender's office and a clerkship for Justice Stephen Breyer. Yet she also advised corporate clients for nearly a decade, first for a Washington arbitration boutique, then at such "BigLaw" standbys as Goodwin Procter and Morrison & Foerster.
One leftwing judicial group is already signaling that her tenure in private practice is a problem. Jackson is notably absent from Demand Justice's list of possible nominees.
California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, 43
Kruger holds the credentials typical of a modern Supreme Court nominee but is free of the professional baggage liberals find problematic.
Following brief stints in private practice and a clerkship for Justice John Paul Stevens, Kruger entered government service as an assistant to the solicitor general, the Justice Department official who represents the U.S. government before the Supreme Court. In that capacity, she argued a dozen cases for the government before the High Court. University of California Hastings College of Law professor Rory Little described her presentation style as polite and "uniformly serious" in a 2015 review of Kruger's Supreme Court arguments.
Her most notable argument came in a 2011 case called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a landmark religious liberty dispute. During oral arguments, the entire bench seemed to think that the Obama administration's position, which Kruger presented, took a dim view of the First Amendment. In his decision for a unanimous Court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the government's position was "remarkable" and "hard to square with the text of the First Amendment itself."
As a justice on the California Supreme Court, Kruger has developed something of a moderate reputation on the left-leaning tribunal. An appeals lawyer who collects data on the California Supreme Court placed her at the "ideological center" of the bench, describing her voting record as "moderately liberal in civil cases, moderately conservative in criminal cases" in a January article. She also dissents sparingly, suggesting a preference for consensus decision-making.
For example, in 2018 Kruger joined with the court's Republican appointees to turn back a challenge to a voter initiative that requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people arrested for felonies.
At a general level, her profile tracks Justice Breyer, who sometimes votes with the conservative justices on criminal law issues. A relatively centrist streak could make Kruger's nomination acceptable to Senate Republicans if they hold their majority.
Stacey Abrams, 46
Though Abrams's name is most often mentioned in connection with the vice presidency, her nomination as a justice would address oft-repeated criticisms of the Court's composition.
The justices now serving are something like a legal gentry, ever attentive to decorum and possessed of dazzling credentials. Before becoming judges, all nine served in prestige positions at the Justice Department, practiced at highly selective firms, or taught on leading law faculties. It's an elitist professional bent that skews pro-corporate, pro-government, and pro-prosecution, critics say.
Abrams's workaday legal experience may be an appropriate antidote. After graduating from Yale Law School, Abrams practiced tax law with an Atlanta firm, then advised local officials on public works issues as a deputy city attorney.
Her subsequent tenure as the minority leader in the Georgia General Assembly recalls the early career of retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the majority leader in the Arizona State Senate in the 1970s. After losing the Georgia governor's race, Abrams founded Fair Fight 2020, a nationwide advocacy and impact litigation group.
As a state legislator turned cause lawyer, Abrams would follow in the tradition of Southern politicians and activists elevated to the High Court by Democratic presidents. The Court's first black member, Justice Thurgood Marshall, was a Marylander who litigated across the South as a lawyer with the NAACP. Likewise, Justice Hugo Black, an Alabaman, was a two-term U.S. senator before his appointment to the Court. A repentant Klansman, Black became a passionate supporter of school desegregation and civil liberties.
Looking beyond the bench could be an asset to the Court. Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who studies judicial selection, told the Free Beacon that the current crop of justices is lacking in both racial and experiential diversity.
"Many observers believe that the Supreme Court needs to be more diverse in multiple ways," he said. "Eight of the nine justices were formerly members of appeals courts and the ninth served as solicitor general."
"On the lower federal courts, there are many more former prosecutors than public defenders and more former big firm and corporate lawyers than lawyers who worked for legal aid," he added.
For her part, Abrams has disclaimed any interest in the High Court for the time being.
"I have no interest in serving as a judge in any capacity at any point," she told the Associated Press on May 7.
U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, 45
Stacey Abrams's younger sister strikes a more familiar figure for a Supreme Court nominee. Abrams Gardner is an Obama appointee on the federal trial court in Macon, Ga., where she has served since 2014.
Former Georgia GOP senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both returned "blue slips" to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing her nomination, which came just weeks after the Obama White House and Georgia Republicans struck a deal on judgeships that some Democrats found overly accommodating.
Abrams's personal life is particularly compelling. Her husband, Jimmie Gardner, was falsely imprisoned in a West Virginia penitentiary for 26 years, following wrongful convictions for sexual assault and robbery. Gardner was a victim of the notorious laboratory technician Fred Zain, who fabricated or manipulated evidence in dozens of cases to help state prosecutors obtain convictions. Gardner was released in 2016 and married Abrams two years later.
Before her elevation to the bench, Abrams Gardner practiced in the Washington offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she advised clients like Bank of America and the Radian Group on corruption investigations and complex civil litigation. While at Skadden, she helped prepare an amicus brief for the American Bar Association that urged the Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty for minors. In 2010, she became a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, where she handled a variety of criminal cases and served as a community outreach coordinator. She is a graduate of Yale Law School.
The Biden campaign did not respond to requests for comment for this story.
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The game has far surpassed false promises of marriage defrauding widows.
As the outlandish coercions of Covid-19 public hysteria has created seismic fiscal shifts amidst global markets in decimating traditional e-commerce markets and online dating, militant factions of digital pirates harbored in Western Africa have been forced to adapt or face the eternal fate and stagnation endured by the once household brand of American Online. The “Dear John” malicious emails have been banished to the spam folders of obscurity, and “catfishing” has reached its shelf life. Rather than falling into an endless well of irrelevance, and executing a series of Greg Lougainas breathtaking aerial manuevers in a lame attempt to postpone the impending purgatory of darkness, a group of Nigerian hackers hit paydirt in what purists would describe as a victimless crime.
The Seattle Times, at times, resembles its roots as a journalistic entity, and reports that a syndicate of crypto-thieves made off with somewhere in the neighborhood of hundreds of millions of dollars directly from the Washington state unemployment department through a glaring online security breach. The scathing and brutally critical article lambasting elected officials and calling for reform included in the pages of the typically left-leaning publication is quite telling, especially with election season right around the corner.
Purists aside, the grand scale of larceny measured in light years and not trivial miles, caused a massive collision and derailment of an already haphazard and temperamental service, by effectively nailing the state’s coffin’s coffers shut, in ultimately halting payments to struggling citizens jobless as a result of the Coronavirus shutdown. Leading up to the system invasion, the underwhelming performance of the automated unemployment application system plagued by software bugs and delays, was met by the large-scale frustration and surrender of end users, many of which were unable to apply for assistance, because of deliberate changes to the software environment. This allowed the Nigerian hackers to steal identities, make false unemployment claims, and change account settings to deposit mountains of cash in accounts spanning the globe, all from the comfort of a sophisticated strain of floating IP addresses emanating from the outskirts of Lagos, the country’s largest city. It’s amusing that the majority of the uniformed public places all the onus on Russian digital perps, when concentrations of active and thriving cells exist in West Africa, Southeast Asia, and within rogue nations.
On perfect and refreshingly spineless cue, Washington’s governor Jay Inslee, artfully and deviously deflected blame from the unprecedented financial and policy disaster by grouping the scope of the coordinated attack with the current epidemic international wave of cyber crime. In Jay’s world, nothing could have been done to avert the Fort Know magnitude liquidation of capital. Inslee’s complete lack of cupability is simply a glaring understatement in the mediocre track record of a career politician wary of effective management and unwilling to be decisive when weighing job security against the best interest of constituents. His underwhelming style resembles an agency deftly lounging on a social media account and expecting results through a hope and a prayer of doing absolutely nothing.
As more than 1 million Washington residents (nearly 15% of the state’s total population) have swamped the inadequate automated unemployment system with claims in the wake of the initial Covid-19 outbreak, the audacity of the three-term governor to precariously balance on a sanctimonious perch constructed of trendiness and needing a reality check regarding the complete duties as an elected official, transcends the oath of the office in egregious fashion. To make matters worse, Inslee is engaged in the unsavory game of extending a strict stay at home order as long as possible in counteracting incompetency and pursuing the cold-blooded reality of a nationwide mail-in voting protocol for the 2020 election. If it were up to the venerable noble royal of state politics, the relentless nanny state limiting personal freedoms would extend until a vaccine is discovered.
Apparently, in a riveting real life plug and play script of a best selling paperback, the gang of thieves affectionately known around the shadowy corners of the digital marix as the “Scattered Canary” orchestrated the lucrative heist. In entering the computing community realm of immortality, they etched their name into the hacking hall of fame, the now wealthy team ready for the Lagos version Cooperstown, as the hits keep on coming. The reverberating echoes of laughter can be heard across the entire internet, as the supposed figurehead of Washington state has the grandstanding audacity to continuously promote his public image throughout the virus crises, and democratic supporters conveniently forget a pathetic run as a presidential candidate, where tax payers were responsible for funding a special forces security team on the high altitude jetways of the campaign trail.
With absolutely no apologies to Inslee, or the bureaucrats responsible for the functionality and integrity of the unemployment infrastructure, the mysterious financial bandit posse from Africa which actually has origins within the classifieds of Craigslist, chose the optimal time for a coordinated robbery, as the distraction provided by Covid-19 an a general environment of malaise and chaos provided a natural diversion. This was not their first or last rodeo involving staggering monetary sums.
Competing the complete cluster derogatory adjective for lustful animalistic fornication, Washington state spent $44 million dollars on software upgrades and the retooling of alleged security protocols to prevent such attacks. While residents in need continue the cumbersome task of applying for financial assistance, the reshuffling of the computer systems and servers is actually making it nearly impossible for verified citizens to become eligible to receive benefits.
At least Inslee had the ideological sense by not engaging in the costly waltz of listing gun retailers as non-essential businesses during the initial lockdown phase of the state, resulting in complete societal discombobulation. Even though his administration is responsible for past legislation heightening gun control, and the truly ugly process of allowing sloppy and incomprehensible initiatives to proceed to the ballot, a fact that pales in comparison to the latest fiasco. However, the prevalence of a warm and fuzzy directive of enabling criminals over law-abiding citizens is evidence of the basic tenets of progressive dogma, and explains the thriving homeless industrial complex that afflicts the coastal regions of the entire nation. This is a wake up call for those who hold governments at a high standard for providing reliable personal protection.
In daily appearances beamed to the masses through television and streaming methods, Inslee pontificates and spews numbers from statisticians through insufferable metaphors in justifying an iron clad rule over mobility and free trade. He readily refers to the directive of “flattening the curve”, yet has no answer for the 15 out 100 residents out of work because of the continued stay at home order, an alarming figure that does not require complex analytical functions to determine that the economic damage to the state and the individual correlates directly to pathologically cautious approach and unreasonable response to Covid-19.
Spending $44 million to lose hundreds of millions of dollars should be included in the battle cry for replacing the entire elected leadership in November, as the Scattered Canary consortium leisurely convert their winnings to untraceable cryptocurrencies, while plotting their next assault on the vulnerable public coffers somewhere within the republic. While the June monsoon season culminates a half world away in Lagos, Inslee and colleagues will always have their precious Coronavirus data, infrastructure that international cyber crooks will not touch with a 64 character hash.
The only flood on the horizon is faced by the governor, and stems from the backlash faced by a kneejerk reaction in failing to manage a public health crises, and placing personal prestige above individual rights. He created this nightmare, and is now on the clock to clean up the mess, and alleviate the destruction, a fantasy of a dream that nobody should be expected to hold their breath over.
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Former aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars this year as registered lobbyists on coronavirus-related issues and legislation, according to federal disclosure records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
At least seven ex-Pelosi aides, including her former chief of staff, senior counsel, and senior policy adviser, have registered as lobbyists on behalf of dozens of companies seeking benefits from coronavirus-related legislation.
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The former aides lobbied on policies related to the coronavirus pandemic for over 50 clients in the first quarter of 2020. Their firms received over $2 million from these clients during this time. These fees were for lobbying on multiple issues in addition to coronavirus legislation and policies.
The records illustrate how coronavirus relief legislation sparked a lobbying bonanza in Washington, D.C., this spring, benefiting well-connected former political staffers on both sides of the aisle. At least 25 former Trump officials also registered to lobby on coronavirus legislation, the Washington Post reported last month.
Former Pelosi aides who have registered to lobby on coronavirus issues include special assistant Shanti Stanton, chief of staff Nadeam Elshami, and senior policy adviser Anne MacMillan.
The clients ranged from Delta Airlines to Uber Technologies Inc., with most focusing their lobbying efforts on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the $2 trillion stimulus bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in late March.
The legislation, which included $1,200 direct payments to millions of Americans, plus hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and other financial support to industries and businesses, kicked off a lobbying frenzy with companies spending "near-record levels" on influence-buying in Washington, D.C., this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Stanton, the former special assistant to Pelosi who now works at the government relations firm Subject Matter, was tasked by clients Delta Airlines, Facebook Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc. to lobby on "issues related to the coronavirus," including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act.
Delta received $5.4 billion in federal aid from the CARES Act last month. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had written to the Department of the Treasury in defense of the airlines in early April, asking that the department not impose "unreasonable conditions" on the payouts to airline companies. The department had previously emphasized that any financial support to airlines would not be a "bailout" and that the funding would have to be repaid to taxpayers.
Pelosi's office did not respond to a request for comment.
The Investigative Research Center reported earlier this month that former Pelosi staffers were profiting from coronavirus-related lobbying as well as pharmaceutical and airline industry lobbying dating back to 2018.
Stanton is registered to lobby on coronavirus-related issues for at least 22 clients, according to disclosure records. Those clients paid her firm over $1 million combined in the first quarter of 2020, according to records.
Elshami, Pelosi's chief of staff until 2017 who now works at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck LLP, is registered to lobby on coronavirus-related issues for at least 10 clients, including the U.S. Travel Association and Walgreen Co. Those clients have paid his firm a combined $260,000 this year, according to records.
MacMillan, the former senior policy adviser who now works at Invariant LLC, was hired by Bayer Corp. to "educate members [of Congress] on efforts to develop a treatment for COVID-19," by McDonald's Corp. for "efforts to stabilize the restaurant industry workforce through COVID-19," and by Apple Inc. to identify "federal funding for distance learning resources during COVID-19." She has at least 12 clients lobbying on coronavirus policy issues, who paid her firm a total of $620,000 this year, according to federal records.
Arshi Siddiqui, a former senior policy adviser to Pelosi, has registered to lobby on these issues for at least seven clients as a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, including the Internet & Television Association and Restaurant Brands International Inc. The firm received a total of $330,000 from these clients this year.
Pelosi's former senior counsel Joe Onek, former senior adviser Dean Aguillen, and former staff assistant Christopher Matthiesen also registered to lobby on coronavirus policies for clients including Harris County Sheriff's Office (Texas), the Economic Security Project Action, and Compassion & Choices.
Stanton could not be reached for comment. Elshami, MacMillan, Siddiqui, Onek, Aguillen, and Matthiesen did not respond to requests for comment.
Earlier this month, House Democrats passed another $3 trillion stimulus bill called the HEROES Act despite Trump's promise to veto it. The legislation has yet to be approved by the Senate.
Note: This post was originally published at 2:30 p.m.
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Democratic governors who have imposed some of the country's most restrictive lockdown orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic keep getting busted trying to violate their own rules.
New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for example, is under fire after a local news outlet reported Wednesday that the Democrat skirted her own lockdown order to buy some fancy jewelry. Just days after Grisham ordered all nonessential businesses to close, she ordered jewelry over the phone, after which an employee went into the store and placed the jewelry outside for pickup.
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The store's owner said she was not aware of the order and insisted that no one was allowed inside due to the governor's shutdown order. Grisham's office offered a slightly different version of events, citing a "longstanding personal relationship" with the store employee who fulfilled the jewelry order.
After initially saying a campaign staffer made the pickup, the governor's office said an unnamed friend performed the task at Grisham's request. The governor's office denied the jewelry order was an example of a politician receiving special treatment, suggesting instead it was part of Grisham's policy of "urging New Mexicans to find ways to support local businesses."
"We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day because people have limited their ability to work, telecommuting and many people, in fact, have lost their jobs," Grisham said when she announced the shutdown on April 3.
Grisham is in the running to be Joe Biden's vice presidential nominee, as is Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is also facing criticism after her husband, Marc Mallory, invoked his wife's title while attempting to get his boat in the water in time for Memorial Day weekend.
"I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?" Mallory reportedly asked dock owner Tad Dowker after being told there was no way his request could be fulfilled. Meanwhile, the governor was urging residents to avoid popular vacation sites and activities during the pandemic. Whitmer's office dismissed the incident as a personal matter and said she wasn't going to respond to "every rumor spread online."
That's not the only coronavirus-related scandal Whitmer is facing. Internal emails revealed that the governor's office gave the "green light" to award a lucrative contract to a Democratic consulting firm that worked on the Whitmer campaign. Whitmer publicly claimed to have had no knowledge of the contract, which would have enabled the firm to collect sensitive health care data from Michigan residents. The contract was canceled after the Washington Free Beacon reported on the firm's connection to Whitmer's campaign.
Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who is still in office after weathering a blackface scandal, was also caught violating his own rules over the weekend. Just moments before announcing a state-wide order mandating the use of face masks in public spaces, Northam was seen mingling with residents and taking selfies in Virginia Beach. He wasn't wearing a mask.
Northam was quick to apologize, presumably confident in his ability to weather controversy. "I was outside, saw people who wanted to take pictures and I wasn't prepared," Northam said on Monday. "I was there to talk to officials and the media. I wasn't prepared to talk to the public."
No Democratic governor, however, has as much to answer for as New York's Andrew Cuomo, who has presided over the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country but has nonetheless received glowing press coverage. Cuomo's role in accelerating the outbreak by ordering seniors infected with the virus back into vulnerable nursing home communities is only starting to receive media attention.
Meanwhile, Republican governors such as Georgia's Brian Kemp and Florida's Ron DeSantis were excoriated in the press for their efforts to gradually reopen their economies. Their states were the subject of hysterical predictions of mass death that have not come to pass. It's almost as if the media treat certain politicians differently from others.
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According to Fox News Virginians will soon be required to wear face masks in public to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday. The news comes after the state on Tuesday reported its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases — 1,615 — a jump from the 1,483 new cases reported Monday, according to local […]
According to Firearm Chronicles U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Oklahoma legislature passed SB 1081 on 15 May, the last day of the legislative session. It was one of the last bills passed in 2020 before the legislature adjourned. It appears to be the first anti-red flag law passed by any legislature. The legislature passed the bill, had […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was feeling some heat last year. Following the Dayton shooting, he was getting pressured to enact some kind of gun reform in the state. Nevermind that the shooter was a habitual drug user who couldn’t legally purchase a firearm. Nevermind that he also broke all those laws […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles A Louisiana bill that will allow individuals to carry guns in church without first getting permission has been a little controversial. Unsurprisingly, anti-gunners strongly oppose the measure as they oppose anything that doesn’t make life difficult for law-abiding citizens who are no threat to anyone. Oh no, they never register in […]
According to Firearm Chronicles Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is still facing a federal lawsuit over his attempt to ban the open carrying of firearms in the city during the coronavirus-related state of emergency, and the mayor told a local TV station over the weekend that he believes the lawsuit will soon be resolved without […]
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Faxon Firearms, best known for their wide range of AR-pattern components, especially barrels, is showing off a new flagship series of limited-edition P-51 Mustang-themed rifles.
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A husband and wife in Pennsylvania were harassed by police earlier this month after someone at their son’s school spotted a toy gun during a school-related Zoom call.
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden confused D-Day and Pearl Harbor—as well as the date that Delaware declared its independence from neighboring Pennsylvania—at a Wednesday campaign event.
"We declared our independence on December the 7th. It's not just D-Day," Biden said in an online townhall with Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, referring to Delaware's breakaway from Pennsylvania.
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While President Franklin D. Roosevelt did declare December 7 a day that "will live in infamy," the date marks the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, took place almost three years later, on June 6, 1944.
Biden also confused the anniversary of Delaware's break from Pennsylvania—June 15, 1776—with the state's December 7, 1787 ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Biden's memory has failed him at other times in the 2020 campaign. Last week, as President Trump drew criticism for firing the State Department's inspector general, Biden forgot that his former administration fired an inspector general. At a December campaign event, he could not remember what century he served as vice president.
The Trump administration on Wednesday officially designated Hong Kong as no longer autonomous from China, escalating tensions between the United States and Beijing as it violently cracks down on protesters in the city.
"No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an announcement on the official designation, which was formally transmitted to Congress earlier on Wednesday.
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The new designation jeopardizes Hong Kong's special administrative status as the communist regime engages in the violent suppression of protesters. The Trump administration pointed to China's efforts to implement a stringent new national security law on the city as proof that it is no longer autonomous.
Hong Kong citizens have taken to the streets to protest that law, which they say limits their freedom. The law would ban secession from and subversion of China as well as foreign acts of interference in Hong Kong.
The decision throws into question the United States' longstanding trade deals with Hong Kong and could pave the way for the administration to slap sanctions on Chinese officials it views as meddling in the territory.
"I can no longer certify that Hong Kong continues to warrant such [special] treatment," Pompeo wrote in a communication to Congress and quoted to the Free Beacon. "Authoritarian China has now changed Hong Kong."
"China has shed any pretense that the people of Hong Kong enjoy the high degree of autonomy, democratic institutions, and civil liberties guaranteed to them by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law," the communication states. "I hope that someday in the future, I will be able to recertify that the territory once again warrants differential treatment under U.S. law. Given present circumstances, the chance of that happening is remote. In the meantime, the United States stands with the people of Hong Kong as they struggle against the CCP’s increasing denial of the autonomy they were promised."
The United States' official designation was forced by legislation mandating an assessment of Hong Kong's status. The White House had objected to the 2019 law, which was spearheaded by Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). The measure included language mandating the president issue sanctions on those it identifies as meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.
Cruz said China's curtailing of Hong Kong's autonomy marks "a sad day for liberty."
"The Chinese Communist Party and the People's Republic of China have now undeniably violated Hong Kong's autonomy at the expense of the precious freedoms the people of Hong Kong fought tirelessly and bravely to preserve," Cruz said in a statement. "This unacceptable aggression is exactly why I introduced the Hong Kong Policy Reevaluation Act, a version of which was signed into law last year. As the Trump administration's actions make clear, America will not stand by and allow tyrants in China to exploit the special treatment Hong Kong received under U.S. law."
Update 4:21 p.m.: This post has been updated with further information.
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Sen. Gary Peters has repeatedly agitated for a federal bailout for his home state, indirectly seeking a rescue for the pension system that pays the millionaire Michigan Democrat five figures annually.
Financial disclosures reveal that Peters collects more than $50,000 a year from the Michigan state pension fund, a benefit accrued thanks to his eight years in the state legislature. Peters has given no sign he will forgo these payments even as nearly 900,000 Michiganders have lost their jobs in the last two months.
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Peters's payments contribute to the obligations of the Michigan state pension system, which ranked as only the 31st-best funded in the nation. Peters and his Democratic colleagues have pressed for billions in federal dollars to shore up states' revenue streams—money, congressional Republicans have argued, that would help state governments paper over irresponsible management of their retirement schemes.
Peters supporting a bailout that could affect his own paycheck raises questions about whether his advocacy constitutes a conflict of interest, especially in light of his substantial net worth. His office did not respond to questions from the Washington Free Beacon as to whether he was concerned about this potential conflict or whether he intended to forgo his pension payment or congressional salary this year.
The senator collected $50,207 from the Michigan state pension fund in 2018, according to his financial disclosures. That figure is just shy of the state's median income. Between 2013 and 2018 Peters received over $235,000 from the Michigan pension system.
Peters also receives an annual congressional salary of $174,000. When a local news anchor asked whether he would forgo that income for the year, Peters demurred. He also commands substantial personal wealth: The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates his net worth to be almost $4.4 million as of 2018.
The campaign of Republican John James, who is expected to secure the GOP nomination to challenge Peters in November, slammed Peters for the continued payouts amid economic crisis.
"It's sad that while millions of Michigan workers are worried about making ends meet, career politician Gary Peters worries about how to keep his $50,000 per year pension in addition to his 6-figure government salary," James campaign communications director Abby Walls said.
Peters has more than once called for funds for state and local governments to be included in future stimulus bills. He told a local news station that "revenues are dropping and yet the demand continues to go up, so I’m going to work to get additional funding for state and local government."
Peters also blasted Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R., Ky.) suggestion that states be allowed to declare bankruptcy, promising to "continue working in a bipartisan manner to ensure our state and communities across Michigan have the resources needed to stay afloat and emerge from this unprecedented crisis."
That puts the Democrat in line with his colleagues in Congress; the House Democratic caucus's most recent stimulus proposal includes $500 billion for state and local governments. Those funds would come in addition to the money previous stimulus bills already allocated to states. But whereas previous stimulus funds were earmarked for coronavirus-related expenses only, the new money Democrats want would be given to states to spend on their general revenue needs.
This measure is necessary, Democrats argue, because states are seeing major shortfalls in traditional sources of revenue amid the economic downturn. But the money would also cover shortfalls in underfunded entitlement programs, particularly many states' hulking pension systems.
That includes Michigan's. According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a right-leaning Michigan-based think tank, the state has chronically underfunded its pensions, relying on over-optimistic assumptions about returns and, consequently, risky asset purchases. Peters has gotten to enjoy this largesse; his support for a state bailout would help ensure that the money keeps flowing.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that Peters receives a state pension due to his time in the legislature, not as lottery commissioner.
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Thousands of senior citizens in New York died after Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo forced nursing homes to take in patients with the coronavirus, but media figures never stopped gushing over his response. Instead, pundits directed their outrage at Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R.) for not immediately closing public beaches or implementing lockdowns.
DeSantis signed an order preventing nursing homes from accepting coronavirus patients on March 15, a decision that garnered little notice from the national press. Cuomo went the opposite direction, signing a March 25 order that required nursing homes to accept such patients. The Democratic governor reversed the decision on May 10 following the deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers.
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Watch the above video to see the marked difference in the coverage of the two governors in March and April. Only one of them, after all, has a brother on CNN who likes to call him the "Love Gov."
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According to Fox News A Florida man in his 70s fatally shot a home intruder who busted through the glass front door and began attacking his wife on Tuesday, investigators said. Deputies arrived at the Panama City home around 6:05 a.m. and found 31-year-old Nathan Jerrell Edwards laying on the floor dead and a handgun on the counter, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office […]
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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer's (D.) office gave the "green light" on a coronavirus-related contract awarded to a Democratic consulting firm that worked for her campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Bridge Magazine.
The documents contradict the Whitmer administration's public statements denying any knowledge of the lucrative deal, as well as the Democrat's attempt to blame the state health department when controversy over the contact tracing contract erupted. The emails also reveal that agency officials expressed doubts about the purpose of the contract and raised questions about the players enlisted to carry out the collection of sensitive health data from Michigan residents.
In fact, the documents show that Whitmer's office asked the health department to change the names of the organizations listed in the announcement to appear less partisan. Both vendors in question, the liberal NGP VAN and local Democratic consultant Mike Kolehouse's firm, Kolehouse Strategies, had affiliated entities with names less likely to raise eyebrows. Kolehouse, for example, also runs an organization called Great Lakes Community Engagement, and Whitmer's office asked that the health department contract with that entity rather than his consulting firm.
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"We got the green light from EOG [executive office of the governor] to move forward with a slightly different organizational arrangement of the contact tracing volunteer work," health department senior adviser Andrea Taverna wrote. "This would still be working with Mike Kolehouse, so work there isn't lost—it's just organized somewhat differently."
Whitmer, a potential vice presidential candidate, canceled the contract hours after the Washington Free Beacon revealed that NGP VAN had served as a vendor on her gubernatorial campaign. She blamed the decision on the state's health department, claiming that the agency "moved forward with the vendor" on its own and did not seek approval from the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and Whitmer's executive office. A health department spokeswoman previously told the Free Beacon that neither the SEOC nor Whitmer had a role in the contract, but internal emails reveal that officials from both offices signed off on press releases discussing the contract.
"Looks good," SEOC spokesman Dale George said on April 18 in response to a draft press release discussing the contract awarding process. "Fine with SEOC/JIC." When the state announced the contract with Kolehouse's Great Lakes Community Engagement two days later, Whitmer communications director Zack Pohl suggested that the subsequent press release should "hit the fact that it's used by [the Michigan Nonprofit Association] again" in an effort to downplay the organization's partisan ties.
The emails emerge as Whitmer faces accusations of hypocrisy stemming from her rigid shutdown order. The Democrat admitted Tuesday that her husband tried to use her name to take the family's boat on the water for Memorial Day weekend even as her administration cracked down on boating during the pandemic lockdown. According to GOP state senator Tom Barrett, Whitmer's office first "adamantly denied" the accusation. Whitmer called it "a failed attempt at humor" during a Tuesday press conference.
Whitmer's office did not respond to a request for comment. A Whitmer spokesperson told Bridge Magazine that the contract was "ultimately approved" by officials in the health department and not the executive office. But emails from agency staffers show that the administration played a role in moving the arrangement forward. The state's health department declined to comment on the new report.
In an email sent to health department officials just days before the contract was canceled, Taverna said that Whitmer's office gave the "green light" after altering the announcement to list Great Lakes Community Engagement instead of Kolehouse Strategies. Both are assumed names of Kolehouse's consulting firm, K2K Strategies. Taverna noted that while both entities are "owned and staffed by the same individuals," Great Lakes Community Engagement "serves non-profits." Its top client is Fair and Equal Michigan, an LGBTQ advocacy group with ties to Michigan Democratic politics.
One health department official, senior deputy of financial operations Farah Hanley, questioned the difference between Great Lakes Community Engagement and Kolehouse Strategies in an April 17 email.
"Same organization but a different name?" she said.
Taverna also said the state would list Every Action VAN on the contract instead of NGP VAN. The two groups share top leadership, but Every Action VAN works with nonprofit organizations, while NGP VAN serves Democratic campaigns. Every Action VAN's other clients include Planned Parenthood and the radical anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace.
The emails also show that health department officials questioned the contract days before it was signed. Kolehouse was set to earn nearly $200,000 from the contract, which some within the agency believed to be redundant.
"$21,000 a week and a pre pay for a firm to do where we should be using employees sitting at home," Hanley wrote to Elizabeth Hertel, the health department's senior deputy director.
"Why are we spending money on this instead of trying to work with google or Microsoft on tracing through smartphones," Hertel responded. "This seems a bit antiquated."
The Free Beacon previously reported that the governor's office has an existing data storage contract with Microsoft, and other state agencies use Salesforce products for similar purposes. The states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts announced partnerships with Salesforce for contact tracing projects in early April.
Whitmer has risen to national prominence during the coronavirus pandemic thanks in part to an April feud with President Donald Trump. The attention landed her on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist, and Whitmer confirmed on May 19 that she had an "opening conversation" with the Biden campaign on the VP role.
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A Panama City, Bay County, Florida man shot a home intruder who began beating his wife on Tuesday. The man had approached the homeowner and was acting erratically, so the homeowner attempted to avoid him by going through the garage and into the house.
But the man followed him and broke through the glass front door, got on top of his wife and began beating her. The homeowner retrieved his gun and shot the man dead.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook:
May 26, 2020
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 6:05 am today, May 26, 2020, in reference to a home invasion burglary.
Deputies responded to 2319 Mound Avenue, Panama City, to find a man, shot, on the floor inside the home, a handgun on the kitchen counter. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene
The residents, a man in his 70’s, and his wife, stated to deputies that the husband had been outside in front of the home when he saw the man walking down the street, acting erratically. He was screaming and swearing, and, according to witnesses, acting very aggressively and erratically. The man walked down the husband’s driveway and approached the husband in a threatening manner. The husband went into the garage and then into the house to get away from the man, but the man followed, beating on the door to the house. The man then went to the front door, which was glass, and busted the glass and made entry. The man knocked the wife to the ground, got on top of her, and was beating her about the head. The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder so he went upstairs to get his firearm. He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat.
The wife was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
BCSO Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Unit are at the residence to begin the investigation and process the scene. They have identified the intruder as Nathan Jerrell Edwards, age 31. Edwards was from Georgia and staying in a short term rental residence a short distance from the residence he entered.
The Sheriff’s office did not name the elderly couple, and there was no information on the homeowner’s background. The suspect, Nathan Jerrell Edwards, 31, may have been under the influence of drugs, or may have been mentally ill. But he most certainly chose the wrong house.
Featured photo via Bay County Sheriff’s Office
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A House committee approved a bill this week that would allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody caused protests and anger, 4 officers to lose their jobs, and an FBI and State investigation into possible civil liberties violations.
MPD officers responded to a report of a “forgery suspect” on Monday evening. The suspect was said to be sitting on top of a blue car and may be inebriated. When two officers arrived, the “suspect” was sitting in a car and officers demanded he get out. But from there, things went awry and a man died.
As the man exited his car, one of the officers placed his knee on Floyd’s neck and demanded he get in the patrol car. (Tough to do with a knee on your neck, by the way). He told the officers he was unable to breathe, and that everything hurt. A bystander took video of the incident, and several people begged the officers to stop and place him in the patrol car.
All of the officers reportedly had body cameras, so there should be some footage of the incident. The videos already out there from other sources do not appear to match the police statements.
In the video, Floyd is seen moaning and struggling, as bystanders urge officers to place him in the police car. “Please,” Floyd pleads. “I can’t breathe,” he continues to moan. An officer keeps insisting he get in the car, while the man repeatedly says he can’t.
“My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. … (I need) water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.”
The officer’s knee was on Floyd’s neck until he no longer moved and went silent, which was several minutes. In the official police statement, they stated the officers noted the man was in “medical distress” so they called an ambulance. If they believed he was in medical distress, should the officer have removed the leg immediately when the man stated he couldn’t breathe, and the ambulance called immediately?
Bystander Darnella Frazier took the video that spawned the protests.
According to another article in CBS, onlookers in the video told the officers:
A female bystander points out the subject’s nose is bleeding.
In an ongoing commentary permeated by cursing, a male onlooker says: “That’s bulls**t, Bro. You’re stopping his breathing right there, Bro. Get him off the ground, Bro. You’re being a bum right now.”
The man says the officer is “enjoying that. He’s a bum, Bro. You could have put him in the car by now. He’s not resisting arrest or nothing. You’re enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language — you bum. You know that’s bogus right now.”…
... The female onlooker repeatedly urges the officers to check the subject’s pulse. “He’s not responsive right now,” a bystander says. “He’s not moving.” An ambulance then arrives and takes the man away.
“You just really killed that man, Bro,” the male onlooker says to the officer.
Frazier, who took the video, wrote on Facebook: “They killed him right in front of cup foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy #POLICEBRUTALITY.”
The official police statement was that Floyd was “resisting arrest” but video footage from a nearby restaurant surveillance camera did not appear to back up that statement.
“From what I saw, it didn’t look like he was resisting at all.” Rashad West, restaurant owner
Benjamin Crump, an attorney hired by Floyd’s family, gave this statement,
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck. This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.”
The Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey announced that the four officers were fired. The family’s attorney wants them charged with murder.
Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.
This is the right call.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
An autopsy will reveal George Floyd’s medical issues, if indeed there were any. Regardless of any physical problem, the officers involved showed extremely poor judgment. Whether or not it was racially motivated, it was an arrest improperly made.
Police officers take an oath that is being violated more times than we can count these days. Whether it’s COVID-19 enforcement or everyday poor judgment, heavy-handed methods are causing serious problems for all Americans.
Democrat-controlled cities appear to have many incidents similar to this. Is there a pattern?
Featured photo: Screenshot from video by Darnella Frazier
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When President Donald Trump complained on Twitter about the potential for voter fraud stemming from mail-in ballots, the messaging company’s “fact checkers” insisted there is “no evidence” that voting by mail increases the potential, according to Fox News.
However, by no small coincidence, the Washington Times carried a story at the same time about a postal worker who had been charged by federal prosecutors on mail-fraud charges for allegedly altering absentee ballot requests during a primary election last month.
And the Heritage Foundation announced finding 1,285 proven instances of voter fraud, while an Op-Ed in The Hill discussing the predicament suggests the Foundation’s data proves instances of vote fraud are “exceedingly rare.” The impression is that voters have nothing about which to worry.
But President Trump says “Not so fast.”
Proponents of mail-in voting want “to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure,” say a pair of opinion writers at The Hill. They are Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, and Charles Stewart III, the Kenan Sahin Distinguished professor of Political Science at MIT.
Twitter, according to the Fox News report, says that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
Yet, back in 2005, a report from the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, declared, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,”
So whose version is correct, and does this donnybrook prove anything?
Trump has gone so far as to accuse Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election” by having his tweets fact-checked. He suggested, according to Fox News, Twitter is “stifling FREE SPEECH” by having his messages fact-checked.
The same Fox story noted “several experts have called mail-in balloting an invitation to widespread fraud.”
All of this apparently led the president on Wednesday to threaten federal regulation of social media if they continue to “silence conservative voices.” So far, nobody has been silenced by the fact-checking.
If it is fraud the president cares to discuss, there have been stunning revelations by the Seattle Times that Washington State has been victimized by a Nigerian fraud ring that apparently filed numerous bogus unemployment claims, stealing millions of dollars that were supposed to go to genuine unemployed workers.
The Evergreen State saw unemployment suddenly skyrocket when Gov. Jay Inslee imposed “stay-at-home” orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The newspaper said the actual amount of money lost to the unemployment fraud ring “hasn’t been determined.” The perpetrators, identified as a “Nigerian fraud ring, dubbed ‘Scattered Canary’” was able to siphon off a considerable amount of money.
Washington State has paid out “nearly $3.8 billion in benefits” since the pandemic was declared.
“By the time the fraud was recognized,” the Times reported, “scammers had made off with ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’,” according to Suzi LeVine, commissioner at the Employment Security Department (ESD).”
Such stories only increase public skepticism when proponents of mail-in voting insist there’s nothing to worry about.
If fraudsters can steal a small fortune from a state agency, others might be able to steal an election.
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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.), chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), last week called Republicans "the party of drinking bleach."
"Democrats are betting that Americans will vote for the party of health care over the party of drinking bleach," Bustos told NPR on May 19.
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Bustos made the comment while discussing a new DCCC strategy memo that calls for the protection and expansion of Obamacare. The party has faced internal divisions over whether Medicare for All should be part of its platform. Presumptive nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly said he opposes Medicare for All despite pressure from the party's left flank.
Bustos criticized President Donald Trump for speculating about using sunlight or disinfectant in coronavirus patients to try to kill the virus. Trump later said his comment was sarcastic. He also advocated for treating coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug which has had disparate impacts on coronavirus patients.
Bustos's claim also follows the highly publicized case of Wanda Lenius, an Arizona woman who ingested fish tank cleaner allegedly after hearing Trump discuss hydroxychloroquine.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Lenius, who ingested the fish tank cleaner with her husband Gary, donated thousands of dollars to Democratic causes. She said she and her husband "weren't big supporters" of the president, although mainstream media reporting alleged it was her trust in Trump that led the couple to drink the chemical. Her husband died, and Arizona police are investigating the matter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said current data indicate hydroxychloroquine is largely ineffective in treating coronavirus patients and can cause serious heart problems in some.
Other studies are examining whether the drug could be effective at preventing coronavirus infections altogether or stopping infections from worsening.
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The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to fence them all in for their blatant discrimination. It’s about time. Where’s the “hell-yes” emoji?
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Why? Why would the liberal leftist media not be beating a war drum right now after video emerges of Minneapolis Police literally killing a man without cause in a grotesque and cruel manner? It seems like a byline. It seems like they are worried that it may get in the way of their Covid-19 bullshit. […]
A 19-year-old man placed a note on the counter of a jewelry store in Canela, Brazil, then pulled a gun on the shopkeeper. That doesn’t sound like an atypical way to begin a holdup…except that the attempted robbery was carried out by a man in a wheelchair who doesn’t have the use of his hands. […]
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Springfield, VA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA) Texas Director Rachel Malone released the following statement after a sailor used her handgun to stop a suspected terrorist at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, TX.
“It is despicable when evil people such as this suspected terrorist attempt to carry out evil plans to take innocent life. I am thankful that the sailor at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was prepared to defend the base and that she took quick and decisive action to stop the threat. The sailor used her handgun to shoot back and thwart a potential terror attack. Because she was armed and trained, she undoubtedly saved many lives. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.
“This result is consistent with FBI reports which show that when an attacker is confronted by an armed bystander, casualties during the mass killing are either prevented or mitigated 94 percent of the time.”
With this data in mind, Gun Owners of America continues to urge all military bases to lift bans on handgun carry so all military personnel can carry for self-defense and be prepared to save lives.
Rachel Malone, or another GOA spokesperson, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA's Press Center.
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Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington' – Ron Paul Visit: www.gunowners.org to Join.
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Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Effective July 1, 2020, Virginia will generally prohibit any person from selling a firearm “for money, goods, services or anything else of value” unless the seller has received verification from a licensed dealer that the buyer has undergone a background check and been approved by the State Police.1 Virginia law also prohibits anyone from buying a gun without undergoing this background check.
Antique firearms do NOT fall under the new Universal Background Check law. Here is the definition of “antique firearm” from state code:
“Antique firearm” means:
1. Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898;
2. Any replica of any firearm described in subdivision 1 of this definition if such replica (i) is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition or (ii) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition that is no longer manufactured in the United States and that is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade;
3. Any muzzle-loading rifle, muzzle-loading shotgun, or muzzle-loading pistol that is designed to use black powder, or a black powder substitute, and that cannot use fixed ammunition. For purposes of this subdivision, the term “antique firearm” shall not include any weapon that incorporates a firearm frame or receiver, any firearm that is converted into a muzzle-loading weapon, or any muzzle-loading weapon that can be readily converted to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breech-block, or any combination thereof; or
4. Any curio or relic as defined in this subsection.
About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.
For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.
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