Pelosi Tells Trump:
Reschedule State of the Union or Just Deliver It in Writing

From a historical point, the delivery of the message have been a media event ever since the proggie President Wilson used it as for propaganda purposes.
As it is, this is nothing but Nancy trying to show off and exert some amount of control. I think Trump will tell her where to go and how to get there, just before he delivers the message to a joint session.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump on Wednesday to delay making the State of the Union address or deliver it by writing due to the partial government shutdown.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.

The speaker noted that last September, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen designated State of the Union addresses as “National Special Security Events,” necessitating “the full resources of the Federal Government to be brought to bear.”

“The extraordinary demands presented by NSSEs require weeks of detailed planning with dozens of agencies working together to prepare for the safety of all participants,” the California Democrat wrote.

“However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs,” Pelosi said.

She further pointed out the State of the Union addresses were delivered in writing until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in the early 1900s.

CNBC reported that the speaker suggested on Wednesday that Trump “can make it from the Oval Office if he wants.”

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., claimed the real reason Pelosi is calling for a delay is because she is “terrified” of the chief executive getting another chance to directly speak to the nation, following his Oval Office address regarding the shutdown and border security last week.

“Speaker Pelosi is clearly attempting to block my father from giving his State of the Union speech, not because 20 percent of the government is shut down, but because she is terrified of him having another opportunity to speak directly to the American people about her party’s obstruction, unfiltered and without her friends in the media running interference for her,” Trump Jr. told The Daily Caller.

“Pelosi correctly recognizes that the more President Trump shines a spotlight on the very real human tragedies that occur because of her and her party’s open border policies, the more of a political loser it becomes for them,” he added.

4 Americans killed by IS-claimed suicide attack in Syria

Two U.S. service members, a defense contractor and a Department of Defense civilian were killed in an attack Wednesday near Syria’s border with Turkey — a bombing claimed by the Islamic State terror group, officials said.

U.S. Central Command confirmed the four deaths in a statement, adding three service members were also injured in the explosion, which occurred while the service members were conducting a local engagement in Manbij, a key city in northern Syria patrolled by a U.S.-led coalition.

Video footage showed an explosion on a busy street and what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter evacuating the injured.

The Islamic State — also identified as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh — claimed credit for the attack on its news website Amaq.

 

 

Gun Owners of America Funds Challenge to National Firearms Act in U.S. Supreme Court

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its litigating arm, Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), today continued their defense of Jeremy Kettler, a disabled combat veteran, against a conviction for violating the National Firearms Act.

Read GOA’s petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Click here to contribute to this case.

The Obama Justice Department brought criminal felony charges against Jeremy for illegally possessing an unregistered firearm suppressor under the authority of the Kansas “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

The Kansas statute declares that any suppressor manufactured, possessed, and used within the borders of Kansas is exempt from federal law. Relying on that Kansas law, in 2014 Jeremy purchased a suppressor from a local military surplus store, but did not register it with ATF pursuant to the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Believing he was following the law, Jeremy posted a video about his new suppressor on Facebook, and ATF swooped in. Rather than simply requiring Jeremy to register his suppressor, the feds instead chose felony prosecution — to make an example of Jeremy, and to intimidate all who resist federal power over guns. Jeremy was indicted, and convicted of possessing an unregistered silencer, and now this veteran is a federal felon.

GOA and GOF have stood with Jeremy, both in his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and now in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today GOA and GOF lawyers, representing Jeremy, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to hear Jeremy’s case. The petition challenges the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which rejected Jeremy’s appeal from the district court.

Jeremy’s petition first challenges the legitimacy of the National Firearms Act, which was passed in 1934, and thereafter upheld by the Supreme Court in 1937 under the constitutional power of Congress to “lay and collect taxes.” The petition argues that the NFA as it exists today no longer can be justified as a so-called “tax.”

In fact, each of the reasons the Supreme Court gave in 1937, finding it to be a tax, no longer apply today, 82 years later. Rather, the NFA has become what Justice Frankfurter once described as regulation “wrapped … in the verbal cellophane of a revenue measure” — an unabashed gun control regulatory scheme, designed not to raise revenue for the federal government, but instead to keep NFA items out of the hands of Americans.

Next, Jeremy’s petition challenges the Tenth Circuit’s absurd holding that the Second Amendment applies only to “bearable arms” — but not firearm accessories, such as suppressors. The petition points out that the Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits all have concluded that the Second Amendment extends beyond actual firearms to ammunition, magazines, the ability to purchase firearms in gun stores, and the right to practice at shooting ranges.

Finally, Jeremy’s petition argues that, if the Supreme Court continues to uphold the NFA as a “tax,” then it is allowing Congress to impose a tax on a constitutionally-protected right — something which the Supreme Court has long said to be unconstitutional.

Prior to the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh in October of last year, the Supreme Court had refused to hear numerous firearms cases, leading some members of the Court to comment on the “distressing trend” — “the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right.”

While some do not seem to mind ATF’s regulation of weapons covered by the National Firearms Act, GOA and GOF have stood for the right to own “bearable arms” of all types, and firearms accessories as well — including suppressors and machineguns.

GOA and GOF truly hope that this trend in the Supreme Court, to allow the lower courts to disregard the Heller and McDonald decisions, will begin to change, now that the Court has another solidly conservative member — who, as a judge on the D.C. Circuit, was unafraid to apply the Second Amendment text and the Heller decision to uphold gun rights.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Progressives Are Going to ‘Run Train.’

Always nice of the demoncraps when the stupid ones can’t control themselves and speak truthfully for a moment or two.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) used a vulgar sexual term in an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday, threatening conservatives that Democrats would “run train on the progressive agenda.”

The term “run train” refers to a gang rape. According to UrbanDictionary.com, the “top definition” for the term “run train” is “to ‘gangbang’ a girl with several friends.”

The last time such a phrase was mentioned in regards to DC was via Creepy Porn Lawyer™ Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick during the Kavanaugh hearings, as this typo-filled article from September at Heavy.com notes:

Swetncik [sic] signed a sworn affidavit that Kavanaugh and Judge were part of a groups [sic] of teenagers who, in the early 1980s, perpetrated gang rapes by drugging girls with grain alcohol spiked with Quaaludes and the[n] “ran trains.” And Swetnick said she herself was raped. She does not say Kavanaugh raped her but was present.

Suspected robber shot by employee at MetroPCS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A suspected robber was shot by an employee at a MetroPCS in Arlington on Saturday night, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

The robbery was reported about 8 p.m. at the store on Merrill Road at Cesery Boulevard.

According to the police report, Deschion Baskerville went into the MetroPCS, pulled a gun on a female clerk and demanded money, threatening to kill her. She handed over some money, then ran into the office and told a co-worker what was happening.

The co-worker then came out and shot Baskerville, police said.

Baskerville, 28, was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He is charged with robbery, according to the incident report.

No employees or customers in the business were injured, police said. Workers at the MetroPCS store did not wish to make a comment.


Motorcycle club member pointed gun at guards before they shot and killed him

A man shot to death outside an after-hours motorcycle club gathering over the weekend pointed a gun at two security guards and threatened to shoot, Tacoma police said.

Officials identified the dead man as Steven Dedeaux Jr. He died on his 31st birthday.

The scuffle started about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 3800 block of South Yakima Avenue.

Two security guards had been hired by the motorcycle club and instructed to pat down everyone who entered. Certain members were allowed to bring weapons inside.

They were able to get a handcuff around one of his wrists before he started struggling.

Dedeaux, who was inside the club, noticed what was happening and went outside, allegedly demanding the guards let the man go.

“Steven sees the security guard struggling with this guy and starts screaming at him,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “Then he draws a gun.”

Both security guards fired after Dedeaux allegedly threatened to shoot the guards and refused to lower his gun.

Dedeaux was struck and died at the scene.


Jasper County boy fired gunshots into ground to protect mother

I’ve never been to Nacogdoches.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – A Jasper County boy fired several gunshots into the ground in an effort to protect his mother as she was being assaulted by her boyfriend, according to Sheriff Mitchel Newman.

The incident occurred at a home on County Road 298, which is also known as Garland Smith Road, around noon Monday.

Newman said that his deputies responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fire.

When JCSO deputies got to the scene, they learned that the boyfriend, who was later identified as Kenneth Brown, had the boy’s mother by the collar and was “throwing her around,” Newman said.

The sheriff said the boy told Brown to quit messing with his mother and fired several gunshots into the ground in an effort to protect her.

No charges will be filed against the boy, Newman said.

Brown, 53, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Jasper County Jail. He was charged with resisting arrest and Class C misdemeanor assault. He is still being held in the jail, and his collective bond amount was set at $2,500.

Newman said the boy’s mother wasn’t injured in the incident.

“My deputies have been out there several times,” Newman said.


Prosecutor says woman ‘justified’ in killing man who charged her near Spirit Lake

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho — The Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney has determined that the shooting death of 39-year-old Joshua Matthew Cole on Oct. 12, 2018, was a “justifiable homicide” carried out in self-defense.

Cole died after being shot by 41-year-old Jimila Hall in the Clagstone area outside of Spirit Lake, according to a letter from Louis E. Marshall, Bonner County Prosecuting Attorney.

Hall shot Cole in her driveway after he approached her and her 70-year-old mother Theresa. Robert Johnson, a man who Cole had allegedly began chasing after as Johnson drove away, said Cole then approached Hall and her mother, according to the letter.

Cole ran shirtless toward the two with his fists clenched and Hall armed herself with a baseball bat and handgun. Marshall said in his letter that the fact Hall grabbed a bat and not only a gun showed that she did not intend to kill Cole.

Despite Hall telling the man to stop, he continuing running at them, at which point Theresa threw rocks at Cole in an effort to stop him. As he got closer, Cole told the pair “I’m going to get you,” according to the letter.

Hall fired a shot at Cole when he got within approximately five feet of her, striking him in the chest and killing him, according to the letter. Hall began life-saving measures but Cole later passed away as a result of the gunshot.

When detectives arrived on-scene, they corroborated Hall’s claims about Cole’s actions before he passed and Cole told officers he had multiple alcoholic beverages that day. An autopsy found his blood-alcohol level to be .233.

Due to Hall’s attempts to get Cole to stop approaching her and her mother, Marshall said “the act of using deadly force by Jimila Hall was, in this circumstance, reasonable.”


Interior Alaska homeowner confronts teen burglary suspect, fires shot

Alaska State Troopers say a homeowner confronted a teenage theft suspect and fired a shot when the young man came at him.

Troopers at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday took a call about a home invasion northwest of North Pole.

Troopers say 18-year-old Raymond Koonaloak of Utqiagvik climbed through a dog door into the home and stole gloves and a circular saw.

The homeowner, carrying a gun, confronted Koonaloak outside the home.

Troopers say Koonaloak charged toward the homeowner, who fired a shot. No one was injured.

Koonaloak was jailed on suspicion of burglary, theft and criminal trespass and scheduled for arraignment Monday.

CNN legal analyst Areva Martin accuses David Webb of ‘white privilege’ before learning he’s black

Stupid is as stupid does. Or, just maybe, some staffers at CNN have had enough of the channel’s crap-for-brains and decided to do something about it.

It was a rough day for author and CNN legal analyst Areva Martin on Tuesday.

Martin accused Sirius XM radio and Fox Nation host David Webb of “white privilege” during a segment on a radio program before he broke the news.

“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped. I’m black,” Webb said.

The embarrassing moment occurred during a discussion about experience being more important than race when determining whether or not someone is qualified for a particular job.

“I’ve chosen to cross different parts of the media world, done the work so that I’m qualified to be in each one. I never considered my color the issue, I considered my qualifications the issue,” Webb said.

“That’s a whole, another long conversation about white privilege, the things that you have the privilege of doing, that people of color don’t have the privilege of,” said Martin – who also hosts CBS’ “Face the Truth.”

A dumbfounded Webb asked, “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”

Martin responded, “David, by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege.”

The Fox Nation host then explained that he was actually black.

“I stand corrected,” Martin said.

Webb scolded Martin for running with an “assumption” and she then blamed her team for providing inaccurate information.

“That’s actually insulting,” Webb said.

“It is and I apologize,” Martin replied. “I was given wrong information.”

Martin’s spokesperson declined a request for comment.

Bill Barr on immigration:
Open the front door, but don’t let them crash through the back door

Attorney General nominee did very well during the opening of his confirmation hearing. He came across as trustworthy and while acknowledging the political component of his role, he also noted that he would no be bullied by media, Congress, or the President when it came to performing the more crucial role of the position: upholding the law.

On illegal immigration, he gave a balanced statement about the need for proper legal immigration while wanting to make sure people don’t “flout our legal system” through legal loopholes and insecure borders.

“As a nation, we have the most liberal and expansive immigration laws in the world. Legal immigration has historically been a huge benefit to this country. However, as we open our front door and try to admit people in an orderly way, we cannot allow others to flout our legal system by crashing in through the back doors,” he said.

AG Nominee Barr Says He Will Examine FBI’s Handling of Russia Probe
In response to request from Sen. Lindsey Graham, William Barr says he will look into FBI’s use of Steele dossier in obtaining FISA warrant

Attorney General nominee William Barr has praised the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller, while at the same time committing to find out whether the FBI’s Russia investigation, which Mueller eventually took over, was conducted appropriately.

Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, was repeatedly questioned about his position regarding the Mueller probe during his first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 15, about a month after President Donald Trump announced Barr’s nomination.

‘Do the Right Thing’

Barr said he reluctantly accepted the nomination.

“I did not pursue this position,” he said, and later added he had been preparing for retirement from his current job at Kirkland and Ellis, a high-profile Washington law firm.

He eventually accepted, saying he believes he’s capable of defending political independence of the department.

“I’m in a position to be independent,” Barr said, noting that, at the age of 68, he is ready to “do the right thing and not really care” what it may cost him in a political sense. “I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong.”

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker under criminal investigation for media leaks

Former FBI general counsel James Baker is under criminal investigation for unauthorized leaks to the media.

The development was made public in a letter sent Tuesday to the office of U.S. Attorney John Durham for the District of Connecticut by Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

In the letter, the two lawmakers cite the transcript of a congressional interview with Baker and his lawyer in October. “You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, according to the transcript cited by Jordan and Meadows.

Levin then declined to answer any more questions about conversations Baker had with reporters. “As we continue our oversight and investigative work, we felt it prudent to write to you seeking an update. Without being apprised of the contours of your leak investigation and Baker’s role, we run the risk of inadvertently interfering with your prosecutorial plans,” Jordan and Meadows wrote.

Baker was appointed FBI general counsel in January 2014 and reassigned by newly appointed director Christopher Wray in December 2017. Jordan and Meadows were part of a House GOP effort investigating how the Justice Department and FBI acted ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The letter comes days after a New York Times reported detailed how senior FBI officials, in the days after former FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017, opened an investigation into whether President Trump was working on behalf of Russia.

America at a Rubicon Moment & MAGA Isn’t Enough

Author and speaker Os Guinness knows America is divided, but he has a different line of demarcation than some other cultural observers. During an appearance at the Family Research Council in Washington to promote his new book: “Last Call for Liberty”, Guinness said the division is the difference between those who understand “the Republic viewed through the lens of the US revolution and those who view it through the lens of the French revolution.”

It’s a distinction between a successful revolution that was “profoundly biblical” here in the US and a revolution that was an “anti-biblical” failure in France.

Since then the left has seized higher education and made potentially irreversible gains in government schools. The mass media serves as its propaganda arm, while the culture surrendered. Guinness acknowledges the left’s success and warns, “If they win, the American Republic is finished as the founders saw it.” At the root of the conflict is the definition of freedom. Guinness believes America has failed to “wrestle with the paradox of freedom. Freedom tends to undermine freedom, because it carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.”

The Legislative Onslaught Begins: Federal Gun Grabbing in 2019

As they promised, the Democrat Party majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is wasting no time in gun grabbing in 2019. They are launching a raft of new civilian disarmament legislation. Although there is still a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, there is a risk that some of these bills may be passed into law, following some across the aisle quid pro quo deal-making or legislative bundling. What I fear most is President Trump accepting such a deal, in order to get his coveted Border wall funded. I’m also concerned that some grand “compromise” might be reached, with the laudable Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (introduced but not passed by the previous Congress) thrown into a package of legislation that would include one or more anti-gun bills.

There have already been three bills introduced or announced, and undoubtedly there are many more now being drafted. This will be a veritable onslaught of legislation. They seem intent on doing it California Style: That is, throwing a bunch of bills against the wall, in the hope that some of them will stick:

A FEDERAL RED FLAG LAW

In the U.S. Senate both Democrats and a few Republicans have re-introduces S.7, a bill that seeks to encourage states to pass red-flag laws that would make it easier for courts to disarm “dangerous people.”

A FEDERAL SEMI-AUTO AND MAGAZINE BAN

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D.-California) has once again introduced S. 66a ban on many semi-autos and magazines holding more than 10 cartridges. This monumentally unconstitutional bill is even worse than its previous incarnations, for several reasons

A FEDERAL BAN ON PRIVATE PARTY SALES OF USED GUNS

Under the innocuous-sounding goals of “Universal Background Checks” and “Closing the Gun Show Loophole”, H.R. 8, a bill has been introduced and put on the fast-track for passage. Dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, this is a horrible piece of legislation that probably would not survive a test by the Supreme Court. The key issue is that it is a ban on on inherently intrastate commerce (sales of used merchandise between private party residents of the same state) by stretching the meaning of the Interstate Commerce Clause. Clearly, there is no INTERstate commerce involved, since an INTRAstate sale of a used gun is outside of interstate commerce!  I expect teh current court to expand the U.S. v. Lopez precedent, the next time that the Commerce Clause is tested vis-a-vis the Second Amendment.

 

Musing on the RKBA

Defiance: Boulder’s gun nannies told ‘We will not comply’ – WND

A potentially significant Second Amendment battle is forming in Boulder, Colorado, where officials recently adopted a ban on a number of ordinary weapons.

The ban effectively has made Jon Caldara, the president of the Denver-based, free-market think tank Independence Institute, a criminal, and he has declared he won’t comply.

Meanwhile, the Mountain States Legal Foundation is suing the city for the ordinance, which requires owners to “certify” their “assault weapons,” as defined by the city. Otherwise, the weapons must be removed from the city or be destroyed.

Violators face fines, confiscation and jail time.

The foundation contends in a court brief that the city cannot “undermine the exercise of fundamental and unalienable rights and ignore the U.S. Constitution and controlling Supreme Court precedent.”

Glenn Reynolds initially worried that the SCOTUS Heller and McDonald decisions might fail in the potential interpretations of them by various local courts (especially using the Scalia dicta as a means of driving many restrictive camels into the tent supposedly protecting the individual RKBA guaranteed by the Second) he seems now to be moving toward the notion that the courts can only do so much, and that it will take the equivalent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to effectively enforce the crucial 2A decisions of Heller and McDonald:  Look to the legislators, not the courts, for freedom.

In the case of California and other similar state-level jurisdictions, it will probably require federal legislation, which is not, given the current political climate, likely to be forthcoming.

And what this means is that, for the time being at least, the Second Amendment and the Heller and McDonald will effectively be rendered toothless depending on what state you happen to be in.  In other words, if you want to properly exercise your RKBA without infringement, move to a jurisdiction that allows that state of affairs to exist.

This was, by the way, one of the primary reasons I chose to leave California and move to Indiana – and after having done so, it’s hard to explain just how liberating it was to be able to walk into a gun store, buy a gun, and leave with it more or less immediately.  Not to mention applying for, and receiving without much hassle, a lifetime permit to carry a concealed firearm on my person for only a small one-time fee.

Made me feel like a real American, it did, although what it actually made me was a real Hoosier, given that almost none of those rights exist for those folks still living in California or other such liberal-fascist regimes.

I still have two primary litmus test political issues – the full enforcement of the 2A’s guarantee of the RKBA without infringement, and the full enforcement of secure borders and the laws against illegal immigration at every level.

And from what I can see, those two are likely to remain litmus issues for the foreseeable future.

In border fight, Democrats want ‘technological wall’ that won’t keep anybody out.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California says a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be “immoral.” Instead, she favors something she calls a “technological wall.” Another top House Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, calls it a “smart wall.”

Instead of building an actual physical barrier of steel, concrete, or some other material, Pelosi, Clyburn, and other Democrats advocate employing an array of high-tech devices — drones, infrared sensors, surveillance cameras, and more — to keep track of activity at the border without physical impediments to discourage illegal crossings.

“We cannot protect the border with concrete,” Clyburn said recently. “We can protect the border using the technology that is available to us to wall off intrusions.”

The problem is, a smart wall would not actually wall off intrusions. Indeed, the main feature of a smart wall — in past debates, it was often referred to as a virtual fence — is that it will not stop anyone from crossing the border into the United States. It can detect illegal crossers and alert authorities to their presence. But it does nothing to keep them from entering the country.

That is especially important given the nature of the migrants crossing the border illegally today. In the past, many were single adult men who could be caught and quickly returned to Mexico. But now, according to the Department of Homeland Security, about two-thirds of the crossers are families and unaccompanied children who, by U.S. law, cannot be quickly returned. Once in the United States, their asylum claims — the vast majority are ultimately judged without merit — take a long time to process. During that time, many simply disappear into the country.

The point, for those illegal immigrants, is not to enter the United States without being detected. It is to enter, be caught, and begin the asylum process that will allow them to stay, one way or the other.

“The virtual fence does not actually block the entry of anyone like a real wall or fence does,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors tighter controls on immigration. “The virtual fence only works if there are enough Border Patrol agents around to arrest the illegal crossers who are detected.”

“Most importantly, this technology would not help in the case of caravan migrants pushing through the obsolete and aging barriers we have in many places,” Vaughan added. “And it does not help at all if the people who cross are detected only to be released after they state a fear of return, or because they brought a minor with them, or if they are unaccompanied minors led across by smugglers.”

Given the nature of the illegal flow across the border, a virtual wall would be even less effective than it might have been in the past.

 

Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read.

A scathing internal Navy probe into the 2017 collision that drowned seven sailors on the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald details a far longer list of problems plaguing the vessel, its crew and superior commands than the service has publicly admitted.

Obtained by Navy Times, the “dual-purpose investigation” was overseen by Rear Adm. Brian Fort and submitted 41 days after the June 17, 2017, tragedy.

It was kept secret from the public in part because it was designed to prep the Navy for potential lawsuits in the aftermath of the accident.

Unsparingly, Fort and his team of investigators outlined critical lapses by bridge watchstanders on the night of the collision with the Philippine-flagged container vessel ACX Crystal in a bustling maritime corridor off the coast of Japan.

Their report documents the routine, almost casual, violations of standing orders on a Fitz bridge that often lacked skippers and executive officers, even during potentially dangerous voyages at night through busy waterways.

The probe exposes how personal distrust led the officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock, to avoid communicating with the destroyer’s electronic nerve center — the combat information center, or CIC — while the Fitzgerald tried to cross a shipping superhighway.

When Fort walked into the trash-strewn CIC in the wake of the disaster, he was hit with the acrid smell of urine. He saw kettlebells on the floor and bottles filled with pee. Some radar controls didn’t work and he soon discovered crew members who didn’t know how to use them anyway.

Fort found a Voyage Management System that generated more “trouble calls” than any other key piece of electronic navigational equipment. Designed to help watchstanders navigate without paper charts, the VMS station in the skipper’s quarters was broken so sailors cannibalized it for parts to help keep the rickety system working.

Since 2015, the Fitz had lacked a quartermaster chief petty officer, a crucial leader who helps safely navigate a warship and trains its sailors — a shortcoming known to both the destroyer’s squadron and Navy officials in the United States, Fort wrote.

CNN Panel Melts Down Over Trump’s ‘Sexist’ Salad Joke:

A CNN panel accused President Donald Trump of being “sexist” Monday night because the president made a joke about first lady Melania Trump making salads.

The president cracked the joke to the national championship-winning Clemson football team during their Monday visit to the White House. Trump noted that because of the shutdown, he had to personally purchase a spread of fast food for the team’s visit, and joked that his food choices were better than having the first lady make them “some quick little salads.”

CNN anchor Erin Burnett and analyst Joan Walsh accused the president of being sexist for assuming that the first lady would prepare the salads.

“That’s appalling,” Walsh said. “It seems to me that the president will not be happy until there is one single female Republican voter in the country. It’s incredibly sexist.”

“Sometimes what people say when they’re being funny exposes exactly who they are and what they think,” Burnett agreed.

Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad.

But the New Class isn’t limited to communist countries, really. Around the world in the postwar era, power was taken up by unelected professional and managerial elites. To understand what’s going on with President Donald Trump and his opposition, and in other countries as diverse as France, Hungary, Italy and Brazil, it’s important to realize that the post-World War II institutional arrangements of the Western democracies are being renegotiated, and that those democracies’ professional and managerial elites don’t like that very much, because they have done very well under those arrangements. And, like all elites who are doing very well, they don’t want that to change.

Twitter warns conservative author his book violates Pakistan law

Twitter is warning it may censor content by Western users that the social giant deems a violation of Pakistan law.

Russian-born Canadian columnist Jamie Glazov explained the situation on The Glazov Gang, an online talk show.

‘He tried to rob my husband,’ alleged robber shot in Dayton

A man was shot Sunday night after he allegedly attempted to rob another man.

Christgene L. Staten, 20, of Dayton, was wounded and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he still is undergoing treatment. Staten is charged with robbery, according to court records.

>> Dayton murderer indicted for kidnapping girlfriend, killing puppy

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Dayton.

Surveillance video from a nearby security camera captured the gunshots and a man running from the scene.

“My husband just shot somebody on my porch,” a 911 caller said. “There’s blood all over my porch.”

Dayton police said the shooting followed an incident where Staten allegedly demanded money from the victim.


Columbia County homeowner shoots man trying to steal trailer from property

A Columbia County resident shot and wounded a man on Sunday night as he tried to take a trailer from the owner’s property.

Sheriff Mike Loe gave an account of the incident, which happened about 8:45 p.m.

Bob Nipper, who lives in the 2400 block of Arkansas 160 between Macedonia and Taylor, heard noises coming from an abandoned house that he owns and is located next door to his home.

He went to investigate and discovered a man in a truck attempting to steal a trailer from a shed at the abandoned house. Loe said the would-be thief attempted to run over Nipper. Nipper was able to fire a shot, hitting the suspect in an arm.

The suspect drove a short distance before the vehicle pulled into a ditch and became stuck.

Accounts said Nipper held the suspect until Columbia County deputies arrived.

Legal Experts:
NYT’s ‘Bombshell’ Report Casts Skepticism on FBI, Not Trump

Several top legal experts say the New York Times‘ report that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launched a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into President Trump after he fired former FBI Director James Comey casts more skepticism on the FBI than on the president.

It was first reported in the Washington Post on June 14, 2017, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction, and that the investigation was launched days after he fired Comey. It was the first time an investigation into Trump himself was revealed. Previously, Comey had told Trump he was not personally under investigation.

But the Times report on Friday revealed more details about the investigation into Trump. It said in addition to a criminal investigation into whether he had obstructed justice by firing Comey, Trump was also being looked at in a counterintelligence investigation on whether he was acting on behalf of Russia by firing Comey.

Legal experts and political strategists on both sides of the aisle said the Times‘ report showed the FBI was motivated by revenge for Comey’s firing rather than by any evidence Trump was acting on behalf of Russia.

Mark Penn, a Democrat and former strategist for Bill and Hillary Clinton, wrote in an op-ed on Sunday that the FBI and the Justice Department’s actions “appear to be wholly without justification — and were based instead on politically inspired emotion and hysteria.”

“I didn’t support Donald Trump, and there are lots of things he does I don’t support,” he wrote. “But the idea that he was the Manchurian candidate working for the Russians when he ran on an America First platform is patently ridiculous.”

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, argued that the only thing the report showed was that the FBI was out to get Trump all along. He wrote on Sunday that the Times‘ report was “clearly intended to be a blockbuster report.”

“But in truth, the only thing the story shows is that the FBI, after over a year of investigation, simply went overt about something that had been true from the first. The investigation commenced during the 2016 campaign by the Obama administration – the Justice Department and the FBI – was always about Donald Trump,” he wrote.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation

The problem is, she’s stupid and arrogant enough to not want to actually learn anything more than what she’s been fed by her proggie leftist college professors.

The majority of American Millennials identify as socialist, according to surveys by both Reason-Rupe and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. That’s the bad news. The good news is that just 32 percent of Millennials can define socialism. The frequently-wrong but never-in-doubt freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may indeed be the voice of her ignorant generation.

During an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Anderson Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez, “When people hear the word socialism, they think Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela. Is that what you have in mind?” He neglected to mention the vicious socialist regimes of Cambodia, Ethiopia, Poland, Romania, North Korea, and China, among others.

Ocasio-Cortez retorted, “Of course not. What we have in mind—and what of my—and my policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden.” In fact, her economic proposals bear little resemblance to British and Nordic public policy.

As early as the 1950s, Britain began to privatize its social security and pension programs. By the 1990s, as decades of socialism caused economic growth to stagnate, Sweden followed suit. Neither Sweden nor Norway mandates a minimum wage, and Britain demands a minimum wage well below Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed $15 per hour. Britain and Finland offer a lower corporate tax rate than the United States, and all the nations she names have lower rates than her proposal of 28 percent. None has a health care regime as socialistic as her proposed Medicare-For-All scheme, which constitutes a full federal takeover of health care.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of economics and foreign affairs typifies her generation. Despite holding expensive degrees in both Economics and International Relations from Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez threw up her hands in exasperation during an interview on Margaret Hoover’s “Firing Line” program, laughing, “I’m not the expert on geopolitics.” Fortunately for her, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king; and among a blithely ignorant generation, the lightly educated activist is congresswoman.

The seed of Millennial miseducation, which grew into the Tree of the Lack of Knowledge as activist educators substituted ideology for scholarship, is finally bearing its rotten fruit. According to one survey, one third of Millennials believe President George W. Bush killed more people than Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Over 40 percent of Millennials have never heard of Mao Zedong; another 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, are unfamiliar with Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara. Two-thirds of Millennials cannot identify Auschwitz, and 22 percent have never heard of the Holocaust, twice the percentage of American adults on average.

Millennials might not know much, but according to a 2016 Harvard survey, they know they don’t support capitalism, with 51 percent of young adults rejecting economic freedom.

During the 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Socialists of America endorsed 42 candidates for local, state, and federal office across 20 states. Of those candidates, 24 won their primary campaigns, and 18 won in general elections. Millennials have largely cheered them on. Raised in the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall, these young Americans have been sheltered both empirically and academically from the myriad horrors wrought by socialism throughout history. And so the problem worsens.

Socialism is an economic disease born of envy and ignorance. Unfortunately both abound in our present politics. The sickness has found an attractive spokeswoman—perhaps, sadly, the voice of her generation.