October 30

1270 – The Eighth Crusade ends by an agreement between Charles I of Anjou and the Hafsids of Tunis

1340 – At Río Salado near Tarifa, Spain, the armies of King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile halt a Muslim invasion by the armies of Sultan Abu al-Hasan and Ali Yusuf I of Granada.

1817 – Simón Bolívar becomes President of the Third Republic of Venezuela.

1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds

1941 – President Roosevelt approves $1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Allied nations.

1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers

1961 – A U.S. KC-135R reconnaissance aircraft, flying near the Russian Novaya Zemlya archipelago on Operation Speedlight Delta, detects the Soviet Union’s detonation of the 50 megaton Tsar Bomba, the most powerful explosive device ever detonated

Births
1735 – John Adams
1882 – William Halsey, Jr.
1885 – Ezra Pound
1893 – Charles Atlas
1896 – Ruth Gordon
1936 – Dick Vermeil
1939 – Grace Slick
1951 – Tony Bettenhausen
1951 – Harry Hamlin
1981 – Ivanka Trump

Deaths
1912 – James S. Sherman
1965 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr.
1968 – Rose Wilder Lane
1997 – Samuel Fuller
2007 – Robert Goulet

At least the French have no qualms about calling moslem terrorism,
moslem terrorism. 
Also. Anyone still trying to complain about the nutjob cavorting about with knife of about the same size getting sent straight to the morgue by the Philly police; direct them to the grave of the woman decapacitated with one by another nutjob and tell them they’re full of it.


Tunisian man beheads woman, kills two more people in Nice church

PARIS/NICE, France (Reuters) – A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before being shot and taken away by police.

President Emmanuel Macron said France would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important sites such as places of worship and schools, as the country’s security alert was raised to its highest level.

Speaking outside the church, Macron said France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief … And I say it with great clarity again today: We will not give any ground.”

The attack came just under two weeks after a middle-school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

Chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the suspect in Thursday’s attack was a Tunisian man born in 1999 who had arrived in Europe on Sept. 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia that is the main landing point for migrants from Africa.

A Tunisian security source and a French police source named the suspect as Brahim Aouissaoui.

Ricard told a news conference in Nice that the man had entered the city by train early on Thursday morning and made his way to the church, where he stabbed and killed the 55-year-old sexton and beheaded a 60-year-old woman. Continue reading “”

Even the Girl Scouts Abandon Justice Barrett
The message to our young girls is clear: Your success matters only if you subscribe to a certain type of progressive feminism.

Yesterday, the Girl Scouts congratulated Justice Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation. Then, they deleted the tweet. Apparently, it is too “partisan” for the Girl Scouts to congratulate Justice Barrett on becoming only the fifth woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since 1789.

The tragic irony for our nation’s young girls is that the “too partisan” label runs one way. The Girl Scouts’ organization just hosted an event about encouraging women to run for office — and the panelists were all liberal. On President Trump’s inauguration day in January 2017, moreover, the Girl Scouts retweeted Hillary Clinton, thanking her for continuing to lead. It’s hard to imagine a more partisan statement at a more political time.

THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

As a professor for over 35 years, I thought I had seen it all. I was wrong. Who would have thought that the first words of our Miranda rights, rights enjoyed even by suspected criminals, would no longer be something ordinary people could expect to enjoy from members of their own community?

Now it seems that a desire to keep one’s thoughts to oneself can be regarded as immoral because “Silence is Violence.” Increasingly, people who are minding their own business are being pressured to make politically correct proclamations while in public, at work, and, incredibly, even at school. This includes colleges and universities, where free speech and free thought are supposed to be cherished. These are very dangerous developments for any free society because they are inconsistent with freedom.

For many years there were calls against politically incorrect speech, things you were not supposed to say because they were deemed politically repugnant by some group.

Over time, especially on college campuses, this flipped into a duty to be politically correct. This is a much more onerous and destructive requirement that forces thought and speech. Too often, it also has the effect of shutting down independent thinking far more than a mere insistence against politically incorrect utterances.

Our society is now running in reverse, demanding conformity from adults that was once demanded only of children. Small wonder, then, why increasing political correctness has increasingly infantilized adults. What’s the point in thinking for yourself if it can only get you into trouble?

One of our greatest freedoms is the right to remain silent — to mind our own business. But today, some activists threaten shaming and even violence against those who don’t take the initiative to endorse what they deem to be politically correct.

Not long ago, if someone made such threats, others would automatically say, “Hey, leave that guy alone. He has a right to his opinion, and he has the right to keep it to himself.”

Not long ago, most adults believed that not having an opinion was often a sign of maturity, an indication of waiting to hear all sides on an issue before making a judgment. Such persons were not presumed to be cowards. They were presumed to be thoughtful, mature, and wise.

So, when did opining about everything become a virtue? And when did repeating the party-line in lockstep with the mob become an act of courage?

The internet has allowed a great deal of opining to be done anonymously, which has dramatically sped up positive reinforcement for repeating popular ideas and negative reinforcement for failing to do so. Because we are hard-wired to crave acceptance, this has produced several generations of cowed adults. We are, as a society, forgetting how to think for ourselves and how to have civil arguments over important matters.

Those who love freedom and free speech need to be ready for the next time they see someone being badgered into stating any party line. Coercion to speak is just another form of bullying, and it must be pointed out. It is indecent, and it is un-American.

David C. Rose is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, author of Why Culture Matters Most from Oxford University Press, and a member of the Missouri Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights since 2014.

This is how freedom fails. When parents let their children get their heads filled with the mush of marxist professors let loose in our schools, colleges and universities.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”—Ronald Reagan


Kids today: 4 in 10 call Constitution ‘outdated,’ OK with silencing speech.

Free speech, support for the Constitution, and even having a variety of friends are taking a hit on America’s campuses as college undergraduates appear to be adopting a “my way or the highway” attitude.

A new survey of campuses developing the nation’s future leaders shows an antagonistic approach by students to views they don’t agree with. And worse, a majority feel that they can’t express a view different from those of their professors.

The survey for Yale University’s William F. Buckley Program, provided to Secrets, is the latest to show the fading of thought diversity on campuses and shrinking support for the First Amendment and the Constitution overall. Continue reading “”

WHAT’S WRONG WITH ANONYMOUS SOURCING? all you need to know:
The New York Times’ “Anonymous”? The the “senior administration official” was actually just a staff guy out in the bureaucracy.

New York Times’ Miles Taylor Op-Ed Shows Everything Wrong With Anonymous Sources
If The New York Times was willing to lie about its anonymous source for their high-profile information operation, imagine the lies they’re willing to tell about all the other anonymous sources they use.

Two years after the New York Times published an op-ed from what they described as an anonymous, principled conservative “senior administration official,” it turned out to have been written by a low-level bureaucrat who later worked for tech giant Google and gave money to far-left Democrats.

Miles Taylor revealed he was the author of the highly hyped op-ed headlined “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” He claimed to secretly work to thwart Trump’s policy goals as the elected president of the United States.

While constitutional scholars worried about implications of such unaccountable thwarting of the will of the people, most media focused instead on identifying who “Anonymous” was. The New York Times assured readers that when it said “senior administration official,” it meant someone “in the upper echelon of an administration.”

Not A Senior Administration Official
People took seriously the New York Times’ claim that the anonymous writer was in the upper echelon of an administration. In “13 people who might be the author of The New York Times op-ed,” CNN followed the New York Times’ lead by offering the names of actual senior administration officials, such as Don McGahn, Dan Coats, Kellyanne Conway, Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly, Jeff Sessions, James Mattis, Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump. Chris Cillizza also suggested it might be Fiona Hill or Melania Trump.

He also wrote of the Times, “They aren’t publishing an anonymous op-ed from just anyone in the Trump administration. They especially aren’t publishing one that alleges a near-coup … If some midlevel bureaucrat in the Trump administration comes to the Times — or has an intermediary reach out to the Times — asking to write a piece like this one without their name attached to it, the answer would be an immediate ‘no.’” He added:

Given all of that, it’s telling that the Times was willing to extend the cloak of anonymity to this author — especially, again, because of the stakes and the target. This is not a decision made lightly. That the decision was made to publish it should tell you that this isn’t some disgruntled mid-to-upper manager buried in the bureaucracy. This is a genuine high-ranking official. A name most people who follow politics — and maybe some who don’t — would recognize. The Times simply wouldn’t do what it did for anything short of a major figure in Trump world.

In fact, they were willing to do it for a very low-level political appointee. Taylor has been billed as “chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security,” but he didn’t have even that position that nobody knew existed when he wrote the op-ed and was described as a senior administration official.

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OCTOBER SURPRISE: U.S. Economy Booms in Third Quarter With 33.1% GDP Growth.

Coming off the worst quarter in history, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in the third quarter as a nation battered by an unprecedented pandemic started to put itself back together, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Third-quarter gross domestic product, a measure of the total goods and services produced in the July-to-September period, expanded at a 33.1% annualized pace, according to the department’s initial estimate for the period.

The gain came after a 31.4% plunge in the second quarter and was better than the 32% estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The previous post-World War II record was the 16.7% burst in the first quarter of 1950.

 

 

Greenwald laid out the reasons for his own resignation in a Substack post.

“The final, precipitating cause [of resignation] is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden…. modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. ”

 

BLUF:
“How difficult is it to provide criteria? The ATF interprets the regulations and statutes driven by political leanings,” Vasquez said. “If those making firearm decisions are anti-gun then opinions are written accordingly. This isn’t supposed to be ATF’s method of operation yet here we are.”

The ATF currently appears to be hedging its bets. By dragging its feet until after the election the agency can adapt to changing tides. For American gun owners, however, these tides might very well be portents of a coming hurricane.

“Instruction and direction from this DOJ will simply disappear if the administration loses the election,” Vasquez said. “At that point the antigun agenda espoused by many in the ATF leadership will take off like a rocket.”

EXCLUSIVE: Why the ATF Targeted the Q Honey Badger (and Other Stuff)
WE SPOKE WITH THE FORMER ACTING CHIEF OF THE ATF’S FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY BRANCH TO FIND OUT WHY THE ATF IS QUIETLY WAGING WAR ON THE Q HONEY BADGER.

The ongoing saga between the ATF and Q’s Honey Badger leaves a lot of people asking, “Why the Honey Badger?” For that question, we turned to Rick Vasquez, the former Acting Chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Firearms Technology Branch (FTB).

The recent ATF Honey Badger ruling puts millions of pistol stabilizing brace owners in legal jeopardy.

ATF Vet’s Take on Hunting the Honey Badger
Vasquez is uniquely positioned to comment on some of the most incendiary issues affecting American gun owners today. He currently serves as a consultant through RickVasquezfirearms.com. He provides testimony in accordance with statutes and regulations overseeing firearms as well as professional expertise in National Firearms Act/Gun Control Act issues, firearms importation, weapons training, and advanced gunsmith and evaluation services. When gun problems require serious horsepower, Vasquez is the man. Continue reading “”

Property owner shoots alleged break-in suspect in Oklahoma City; suspect in critical condition


One dead, one arrested after southside resident confronts alleged car burglar

TUCSON (KVOA) – The victim of a fatal shooting that occurred Monday evening on the south side was identified by Tucson Police Department Tuesday afternoon.

According to TPD, 27-year-old Christiaan Miguel Silva was found lying in the roadway next to a Jeep near a home located in the 1700 block of E. Holladay St. at around 10:20 p.m. Monday. Officials say Silva had obvious signs of gunshot trauma when police located him.

Despite rendering aid and CPR, Silva was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Silva was allegedly fatally injured in connection to a shots fired report in the 2300 block of E. Calle Joya de Ventura near Tucson Boulevard and Bilby Road.

According to TPD, the occupants of the home reportedly observed a man, later identified as 35-year-old David Anthony Santos-Esqueda, attempting to “gain entry in their vehicle” from their home security video.

One of the residents reportedly retrieved a firearm and then confronted the man. Police say shots were fired during the confrontation, resulting in Santos-Esqueda reportedly fleeing the scene in a white Jeep.

TPD said “detectives believe Silva was driving the white Jeep and was
parked several yards away waiting for Santos-Esqueda.” Silva was allegedly shot when during the confrontation between Santos-Esquda and the resident.

Santos-Esquda was also located and detained nearby the home at 1700 block of E. Holladay St.

He was later arrested for attempted theft of means of transportation, attempted third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, and first-degree felony murder.

The 35-year-old is currently being held at Pima County Jail.

October 29

1792 – Mount Hood, Oregon is named after Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton on sighting the mountain.

1863 – Eighteen countries meet in Geneva and agree to form the International Red Cross.

1922 – King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy appoints Benito Mussolini as Prime Minister.

1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

1972 – The three surviving perpetrators of the Munich Olympic massacre are released from prison in exchange for the hostages of hijacked Lufthansa Flight 615.

1980 – The demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base’s Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport.

1998 – Space Shuttle mission STS-95 blasts off with 77-year-old John Glenn on board Shuttle Discovery, making him the oldest person to go into space and the only Mission Mercury astronaut to fly on a Shuttle.

Births
1891 – Fanny Brice
1899 – Akim Tamiroff
1940 – Connie Mack III
1942 – Bob Ross
1947 – Richard Dreyfuss
1948 – Kate Jackson
1971 – Winona Ryder

Deaths
1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh
1877 – Nathan Bedford Forrest
1901 – Leon Czolgosz
1911 – Joseph Pulitzer
1957 – Louis B. Mayer
1963 – Adolphe Menjou
1971 – Duane Allman

Well Regulated: Joe Biden’s gun control proposals

Well Regulated will return to its normal schedule soon, but for this edition (which will also be published in the pre-election printing of The Cornell Review) Well Regulated will be responding to Joe Biden’s “Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic” from his website. This article will analyze his claims step-by-step, providing commentary and criticism. By the time the article is finished, it should be clear that a Joe Biden presidency presents a clear and present danger to every American’s right to keep and bear arms. If Joe Biden wins the presidency, then the following policies are what the nation will be subjected to. These policies are extreme, unconstitutional, and would not reduce deaths in the United States. After reading the following analysis, it should be clear that a vote for Joe Biden would spell doom for the First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Fifth Amendment.  The future of our nation, its fundamental freedoms, and everything it represents are at stake.

**The following section features the titles used by the Biden campaign (in bold), with analysis and description afterward. Due to formatting restrictions online, sections and subsections have been assigned numbers/letters.** Continue reading “”

Man fatally shot during Orange County home invasion robbery attempt

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 21-year-old man was shot and killed late Friday in Orange County during an attempted home invasion robbery, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Michael Ramos.

Deputies said Ramos was found shot to death around 10:45 p.m. on Lake Pleasant Road in northern Orange County. Investigators said Ramos was among several people involved in a home invasion robbery attempt around 10:10 p.m. on the 100 block of South Lake Pleasant Road.

Additional suspects fled in a vehicle parked in a nearby neighborhood, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators are seeking information from the public regarding suspicious persons or vehicles in the neighborhood on the night of Oct. 23.

An investigation is ongoing. No other details have been released.


Homeowner shoots burglar in Webster

A Webster New York homeowner shot someone who allegedly had broken into a Gravel Road home early Tuesday morning, according to Webster police.

Webster Police Chief Joseph Rieger said that officers were called to a residence on Gravel Road, near Klem Road, just before 1:30 a.m. Rieger said it appears that the homeowner “encountered and shot” an alleged burglar.

Specifically, officers said that the homeowner encountered an intruder in an outbuilding (a garage/barn) on the property, not attached to the residence.

Webster Police investigate an early morning shooting on Gravel Road. Police said a homeowner shot an alleged burglar.
The injured man suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he is listed in critical condition, according to Webster police. Officers have not released the name of the alleged burglar or homeowner.

A portion of Gravel Road was temporarily closed Tuesday morning. Officers continue to investigate the encounter.

No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.

Triggered: Church shooting heroes rip Biden gun control as ‘insane.’

The heroes of two Texas church shootings who used their own legal arms to take out the gunmen are warning that Democrat Joe Biden’s “insane” gun control plans will hurt public safety, raise billions in taxes, and force millions to give up their weapons.

“If it was Hunter Biden and your wife and family sitting in those pews at that church, would you still not want me to have this gun to protect them with?” asked Stephen Willeford, who on Nov. 5, 2017, used his AR-15 to stop a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed two dozen.

 

“The fact is, the only thing that will keep us safe in times of evil are our guns. Evil will always exist,” added Jack Wilson, who, with his pistol, stopped the fatal shooting Dec. 29, 2019, at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.

They are featured in a new National Rifle Association video that decries the Biden gun proposals that include taxes on gun parts, rifles, and a potential ban of some weapons. Both are NRA members, and the group has endorsed President Trump.

“Biden’s dream is to leave us all defenseless against criminals,” said Wilson. “I put a terrorist down in a matter of seconds with this gun, and it’s not even a weapon of war or whatever that means. You know what Joe told me? That I shouldn’t have been armed in that church,” he added in the video that shows Biden criticizing the use of the weapon.

The duo also raises two key issues worrisome to gun owners — taxes on guns and a ban of online purchases. And they note that Biden has promised to put anti-gun advocate Beto O’Rourke in charge of gun policy and let gun control advocate Sen. Kamala Harris lead the charge.

“All of this is nuts,” said Willeford.

“This is the choice we face as a country going forward. Do we want the party that has a very casual relationship with violent mobs to be in charge of everything or would we prefer some adults in the room? The Democrats have been so supportive of the violence since May that there is no reason to believe it will end even if they win everything next week. Rioting has become their modus operandi now.” –STEPHEN KRUISER

Just might be my cynical side, but I wouldn’t call it  “Biden Corruption” exclusively.
I think this is simply  an exposure of what we’ll find is the – legalized – corruption that goes right along with the .gov gravy train.


With Biden Corruption, Democrats Are Once Again Reaping The Consequences Of Their Gentle Primary
In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s primary opponents would have cared about his family’s documented habit of trading on their powerful last name.

In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s primary opponents would have cared about his family’s documented habit of trading on their powerful last name, almost certainly with the former vice president’s knowledge. People can disagree over the scale of the corruption, whether it reflects only on Hunter and James or on Joe as well, but it’s unequivocal that influence peddling has been a steady pursuit for the Bidens.

Even as the corporate media downplays recent revelations about Hunter, The New York Times reported new documents from Tony Bubulinski that “show that the countries that Hunter Biden, James Biden and their associates planned to target for deals overlapped with nations where Joe Biden had previously been involved as vice president.”

“The records make clear that Hunter Biden saw the family name as a valuable asset, angrily citing his ‘family’s brand’ as a reason he is valuable to the proposed venture,” the Times noted. That name trading seems to have been explicit in some cases, as even Ben Smith of the Times tweeted on Tuesday.

Here’s part of an NBC News report from last October:

[A]s he accompanied his father to China, Hunter Biden was forming a Chinese private equity fund that associates said at the time was planning to raise big money, including from China. Hunter Biden has acknowledged meeting with Jonathan Li, a Chinese banker and his partner in the fund during the trip, although his spokesman says it was a social visit.

The Chinese business license that brought the new fund into existence was issued by Shanghai authorities 10 days after the trip, with Hunter Biden a member of the board.

Hunter Biden took Air Force Two to meet with a Chinese banker who also happened to be his business partner, and 10 days later their fund’s license was approved, but we’re supposed to believe it was a “social visit”? And we’re supposed to believe the veep had no clue his son was meeting with business partners on their trip to China?

Crucially, we know Joe Biden lied about his knowledge of Hunter’s overseas business. There is, unfortunately, even some evidence he received financial benefits from it. The lie alone is reason for suspicion.

The point is that Democrats were negligent not to press this issue during the primaries. The evidence had been clearly reported by The New York Times, NBC, and other major outlets. Continue reading “”

 Project Veritas Uncovers Texas Ballot Fraud.

Texas ‘Ballot Chaser’ Pressures Voter to Change Vote from Cornyn to Hegar: ‘That’s My Job’ … ‘I Can Honestly Say I’m Bringing at Least 7,000 Votes to The Polls’ … Said Garza Gave Her $2,500 Gift Budget

  • Ballot Chaser Raquel Rodriguez: “I could go to jail. I’m a little apprehensive to tell anybody what I’m f#cking doing, you know what I’m saying?”
  • Rodriguez: “You [voter] said you’re voting straight Democrat per our conversation… ’cause that’s what you want to do, correct?”
  • Rodriguez: I drop off bundles of ballots at different post offices to avoid suspicion. “I go throughout the entire city. I’ll take 20 [ballots] here, 30 [ballots] here, 40 [ballots] here.”
  • James O’Keefe: “Our journalists discovered a voter fraud system positioned to swing Texas in 2020.”

[BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS—Oct. 27, 2020] Project Veritas undercover journalists infiltrated a ballot harvesting racket deep in the heart of Texas in a devastating report released today.

“We keep hearing voter fraud is a myth and anyone who challenges that notion is simply creating hysteria,” said James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas.

“I went to Texas to be part of the Project Veritas investigation into election fraud and to be on the ground here with our undercover journalists,” O’Keefe said.

“Our journalists discovered a voter fraud system positioned to swing Texas in 2020,” he said.

“These so-called ‘ballot chasers’ use a mix of gifts and coercion to work down their list of targeted voters and make sure they vote for their paymasters,” he said. “The actions violate both federal and state law and constitute a direct threat to the integrity of our election-based republic.”

One of the capos in this ballot racketeering operation is Raquel Rodriguez, nominally a political consultant for GOP House candidate Mauro E. Garza, the owner of the San Antonio’s Pegasus Nightclub, which is located on the Main Avenue Strip, he said.

Raquel Rodriguez: “I can honestly say I’m bringing at least at least 7,000 votes to the polls.”

Journalist: “Seven thousand—and that’s for San Antonio for this area too. It’s a lot.”

Rodriguez: “That’s a lot. It’s a lot, period. Just so you know–have an idea–so this is what I do.”

Rodriguez pressures voter to change her vote from Cornyn to Hegar Continue reading “”