CAPTAIN OBVIOUS AT THE NY TIMES

And crap-for-brains as well.

I gather that the New York Times has abolished or “reformed” its copy editing desk, or is using some other fancy euphemism to explain away the ongoing “reduction in force” moves it has been taking as it lives up to Trump’s description of it as a “failing newspaper.” But sometimes there appears a sentence that ought to make some adult in the room realize they’ve taken these reductions too far.

Today’s Binyamin Applebaum’s story on how Trump’s tax cut plan helps the rich, this sentence appears:

The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.

So let’s see: a tax cut doesn’t help people who don’t pay taxes. Whoa! What a concept! Let that sink in a minute. Next the Times will be telling us that gravity affects heavy objects—including large rocks! Sunglasses won’t protect you from the glare of the sun—at night!

62% Of NFL Fans Plan To Watch Less Football

They wanted ‘political’?
They’re getting ‘political’..right in the wallet.

Is it a passing storm or an existential problem? That’s a key question for the NFL as it grapples with the mushrooming controversy of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, and President Donald Trump’s persistent bashing of the kneelers.

A new Yahoo Finance poll suggests the NFL has an enduring problem on its hands. Nearly 62% of 9,056 respondents told us they plan to watch less pro football in response to the anthem controversy. Thirty-six percent said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise, and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners.

We wanted to limit our survey, conducted online via SurveyMonkey from Sept. 28-29, to people who patronize the NFL, and exclude people who have an opinion but don’t watch football. So we only counted answers from people who describe themselves as pro football fans. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they watch at least one game per week, with 46% of those saying they watch more than two games.

Witness draws gun on knife-wielding skateboarder in confrontation with driver

Extreme exhibition of self control there.
The perp should be on his knees singing psalms, orisons and prayers to whatever deity he worships, because he could have been shot DRT (dead right there) under “use of force in defense of others” and a Grand Jury would have most probably delivered a “No Bill”.

LEBANON, OR
A man with a concealed carry permit pulled a gun on a skateboarder who was threatening a driver with a knife in Lebanon, according to police.

Officers responded to the 800 block of South Main Street at 7 p.m. Thursday. Police received reports that a man with a knife was being held at gunpoint by another man.

Officers then learned the man with the knife had been disarmed and the man with the gun had secured his firearm.

Officers arrived at the scene and contacted everyone involved in the incident.

Investigators said Michael R. Vangelder, 30, was riding his skateboard north on Main Street when he became involved in a confrontation with a 39-year-old man driving in the area.

Police said Vangelder had a large, fixed-blade knife displayed toward the driver.

A witness to the incident, who had been at a nearby business, drew his concealed gun and demanded Vengelder drop his knife.

Investigators said Vangelder attempted to run away, but he was detained by the driver and the witness. The driver was assaulted by Vangelder at that time, according to officers.

The driver was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

Vangelder was arrested and booked into the Linn County Jail on charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and fourth-degree assault.

Police said the man with the gun had a valid concealed-carry permit.

 

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s complete merger

Almost 40 years ago, no one in their right mind could have conceived of the idea that would turn out to be today’s Bass Pro. 

Bass Pro Shops has wrapped up its $5 billion acquisition of Cabela’s.

The two companies announced the transaction Monday, saying the corporate headquarters will be Bass Pro’s in Springfield, Mo.

Cabela’s has a Huntsville location, while Bass Pro Shops has stores in Leeds, Prattville and Spanish Fort.

The company says it will continue promoting both brands.

Bass Pro announced last year it would buy the company. Bass Pro paid $61.50 a share, or about $4 billion in cash, assuming about $1 billion in debt, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Ninth Circuit To Hear Challenge To Washington’s Background Check Law

The 9th ‘Circus’? Unfortunately, I already know how they will ‘find’. Of course, it’s a necessary – but wasteful – first step to take before going to SCOTUS.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge Monday to Washington’s voter-approved background check law for person-to-person gun transfers.

The lawsuit challenges provisions of Initiative 594 which voters overwhelmingly passed in 2014. Specifically, the plaintiffs argue that the background check requirement fails to exempt certain temporary, non-commercial gun transfers that could put law-abiding gun owners at risk of prosecution.

Plaintiffs’ attorney David Edwards offered the example of an unmarried couple who share a pistol.

“They have a single firearm that they keep in their home for self-defense and the concern is that the statute essentially says that they cannot both use that firearm,” Edwards said.

Other scenarios raised by the lawsuit include a person who checks their gun as baggage before flying to Seattle and then retrieves the gun from an airline employee upon arrival, or someone who wants to borrow a gun while visiting from out of state.

In addition to the individuals, the plaintiffs include the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation.

Edwards is appealing a 2015 lower court ruling that found the plaintiffs don’t have standing to sue because they haven’t been prosecuted.

The ugly truth behind Obama’s war on the Second Amendment

Sometimes, when the government abuses its tremendous power to scapegoat someone, even proponents of government power find it to be too much.

Mike Weisser is a liberal who writes frequently for the Huffington Post in favor of gun control. Indeed, I have been the target of some of his attacks. But in a new book, “Sandy Hook: A Man Sold A Gun,” Weisser tells the story of a friend of his, Dave Laguercia, whose life was destroyed by the Obama administration in its quest to be seen as proactive in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Weisser describes Laguercia as an honest, law-abiding, decent man.

The emotions at the time were understandable. Adam Lanza had just massacred 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Laguercia’s “offense” was that he had legally sold firearms to the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza. He sold a Bush Master AR-15 style “assault rifle” in 2011 and a Sig 226 semi-automatic handgun in 2010. All the paperwork was properly filled out, and Nancy Lanza had passed the background check. Laguercia did nothing wrong.

Weisser sums it up nicely: “For selling a legal product to a consumer and selling it following exactly the rules and regulations which governed such sales, Dave lost his entire business and millions of dollars in sales, inventory and future profits, lost his reputation, spent thousands of dollars on legal fees and now sits at home still waiting for the legal aftermath of Sandy Hook to come to an end.”

Weisser describes a regulatory system where it is essentially impossible not to make tiny recording errors. Wanting to blame someone for the Sandy Hook shootings, the Obama administration was determined to go through Laguercia’s records until they found some violations. If they didn’t find enough dirt on Laguercia, they’d make up false charges.

The administration was not above constantly leaking false, damning stories of a “rogue” gun dealer with a “troubled history.” One story, leaked to the New York Post and other papers, blamed Laguercia for selling another gun in 2010 to another mass shooter. But he hadn’t sold that gun.

 

WHO’S RIGGING GUNS TO KILL THE OWNER?

Here’s another reason you should always inspect any firearm before using it.

Tap Rack Bang posted these photos of a shotgun, sold and shipped to a Virginia dealer, which had been rigged to KILL the person using it.

TRB writes:

A bad prank, a booby trap, or a strange set of circumstances? These photos are of a shotgun purchased online and shipped to a dealer in VA. The BATFE was notified when it was realized the receiver was modified to hold a pistol round aimed at the person firing the weapon. The weapon was loaded with a .380 ACP round. The trigger group obscured the round until the weapon was broken down for inspection. When chambering the shell the weapon would be cycled with the slide action bar coming into contact with the primer on the pistol round pointed at the shooter. It had marks from being struck but the round did not discharge. Had it fired it was aligned with the top of the pistol grip stock and would have possibly struck the shooter in the face. This is obscure but still a little scary.

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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Seems this “take a knee protest” against Trump isn’t working as planned.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 46% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. (see trends).

‘Concealed carry’ ruling could help put gun issue on Supreme Court agenda

This was a request for an “en banc” (whole Appeals Court) hearing and extremely big news on the self defense and right to carry outside the home legal fight. As the article states, this just puts more coal to the fire under SCOTUS to hear another RKBA suit.

In a win for gun rights activists, a federal appeals court on Thursday let stand another court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for Washington, D.C.’s local government to require licensed gun owners to provide a “good reason” for legally carrying a concealed weapon in the nation’s capital city.

The ruling potentially sets the matter on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court, because other federal courts have reached varying decisions in similar cases, the Washington Times reported.

“Sometimes the most important thing a court does is not do anything,” Adam Winkler, a University of California, Los Angeles, law professor who has written extensively on the Second Amendment, told the Times. “Because of what the D.C. Circuit didn’t do today, the Supreme Court is now far more likely to take a concealed carry case.”

Second Amendment advocates said the law was too restrictive, and would make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain concealed carry permits. As of June, D.C. police had granted 126 such permits and denied 417 since the law took effect in 2014, the Washington Post reported.

Attorney Alan Gura, who represented some of the gun owners involved in the lawsuit, said Thursday’s ruling exposed flaws in the city’s law.

“The ruling is the latest blow to the District’s efforts to curtail gun possession and use,” he said, noting that the Supreme Court ruled against the city’s near-total ban on firearms in 2008, and a federal court blocked a bid to ban the carrying of firearms in 2014.

Local leaders in Washington sought for the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to rehear a case against the city’s gun laws, but judges voted 2-1 against revisiting a ruling issued earlier this year. The vote meant that the D.C. Circuit’s prior decision about the “good reason” requirement would remain in effect, the Times reported.

Stand Your Ground may protect you from criminal charges – but not lawsuits

Again, it’s not ‘SYG”, that’s merely a part of the Law of Self Defense. “Journalist” this one isn’t.
However, this is good to know about Florida Law. Some states (like Missouri) do immunize a person from civil (retribution) lawsuits if their use of force is justifiable.

Florida residents; You need to get your legislature onto this!

Beating a criminal rap thanks to Florida’s controversial Stand-Your-Ground law doesn’t automatically shield you from civil lawsuits.

That was the decision Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, which said that “immunity” granted by criminal-court judges don’t apply to lawsuits filed in civil court.

Justices ruled in the case of a man named Nirav Patel, who struck a Tampa bar patron in the eye with a cocktail glass. A criminal-court judge ruled that Patel was acting in self-defense and granted him immunity from a charge of felony battery.

But the injured patron, Ketan Kumar, filed a lawsuit against Patel, who argued that the criminal court’s decision applied in the newly filed civil case. The local appeals court agreed.

The Florida Supreme Court, however, reversed the decision, ruling that a judge in a civil case would have to determine whether Patel was immune from a civil lawsuit.

Feminist Author Says Teaching Women Self-Defense Has Racist Roots

You would think that even the crap-for-brains proggies would have realized by now that the ‘race card’ has been worn out….You would think.

Women’s self-defense is grounded in racist and anti-immigrant sentiments, according to feminist author Wendy L. Rouse.

In her new book, “In Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement,” Rouse describes the study of self-defense through an intersectional feminist lens, and posits that self-protection has a history of bigotry.

While learning self-defense allowed white women to work outside the home, “it also allowed those same women to teach working-class and immigrant women the tactics in a white savior–esque fashion,” Rouse wrote, according to author Britni de la Cretaz’s book review. Self-defense is, therefore, highly problematic because it unloads the same male-female hierarchy of the past upon immigrant classes today, Rouse claimed.

“Marginalized folks have signed up for classes in droves following the election of Donald Trump, mirroring the historical purpose of self-defense as a means of empowerment and protection for oppressed people,” Cretaz summarized. “In the current political moment, similar concerns are manifesting with the rise of white supremacy and white nationalist movements.”

US 2Q GDP growth revised up to 3.1 percent

We need to keep this up.

The U.S. economy grew a bit faster than previously estimated in the second quarter, recording its quickest pace in more than two years, but the momentum probably slowed in the third quarter as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma temporarily curbed activity.

Gross domestic product increased at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said in its third estimate on Thursday. The upward revision from the 3.0 percent pace of growth reported last month reflected an increase in inventory investment.

Growth last quarter was the fastest since the first quarter of 2015 and followed a 1.2 percent pace of growth in the January-March period. Economists had expected that second-quarter GDP growth would be unrevised at a 3.0 percent rate.

 

Pentagon: Airstrikes killed 3 Islamic State drone experts

Now this is a true example of irony. Drone builders killed by…..drones.

The U.S. military says it has killed three men who played key roles in developing, building and modifying Islamic State drones.

Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the three were killed in a series of U.S. airstrikes in Syria in mid-September.

Dillon says two of the men were responsible for manufacturing and modifying commercially produced drones. The other man was described as a drone developer, who was killed when his research workshop near Mayadin, Syria, was hit by two airstrikes.

The Islamic State group has used drones for surveillance and to fire small weapons, in both Syria and Iraq.

 

All Guns in Antioch Church Shooting Acquired via Background Checks

Yes, a resident alien – issued a green card – may buy and possess firearms by Federal law. Some states (Virginia for one) require a person be a U.S. citizen to be able to purchase certain types of firearms. Yessireebob, that Brady Background Check law sure made a difference, didn’t it?

Nashville Metropolitan Police report that four guns were found on-scene following Sunday’s Antioch church shooting and all four guns were acquired from retailers – which means they were acquired via background checks.

On September 24, Breitbart News reported that 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson allegedly shot and killed one parishioner outside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, then went inside and shot and wounded six others.

ABC News quoted Nashville Metro police spokesman Don Aaron, who said, Samson “was wearing a neoprene half-mask and drove an SUV” into the parking of the church. Aaron said Samson “arrived in the parking lot and first fatally fired at a woman walking to her car.” Police said Samson then allegedly entered the church where he shot “indiscriminately” at those inside the building.

The Tennessean reports that four guns were discovered on scene: a .40 caliber pistol, a 9mm pistol, a .22 caliber handgun, and an AR-15 rifle. Samson allegedly left the .22 caliber handgun and AR-15 in the SUV when he went inside the church. Police believe the only gun he used was the .40 caliber.

Nashville police say every gun was bought from a retailer. By federal law, such purchases must be conducted via a background check. Samson passed a background check for one of the guns himself and a relative passed a background check for the three weapons. The relative then gave the guns to Samson for “safe keeping.”

This means the attack on the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ is only the latest in which the attacker acquired his or her guns via a background check. Others include:

  • the Congressional baseball attacker (June 14)
  • the Orlando Pulse attacker (June 12, 2016)
  • the UCLA gunman (June 1, 2016)
  • the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
  • the Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
  • the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
  • Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
  • the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
  • the Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
  • the alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
  • the Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
  • the Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
  • the Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
  • the Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
  • the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
  • the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007)

It is a fact that background checks are the method of choice mass public attackers use to acquire their guns.

TOP 10 MOST IDIOTIC ANTI-GUN QUOTES FROM POLITICIANS

10. “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” – Joe Biden

9.  “Some of these bullets, as you saw, have an incendiary device on the tip of it, which is a heat seeking device. So, you don’t shoot deer with a bullet that size. If you do you could cook it at the same time.” – Patricia Eddington

8. “This is a ghost gun. This right here has the ability with a .30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.” – Kevin de Leon

7. “The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?” – Louise Slaughter

6. “What’s the efficacy of banning these magazine clips? I will tell you… these are ammunition, they’re bullets. So the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” – Diana DeGette

5. “Well, if it can fire a lot of bullets very quickly, that’s a good definition… And then you can argue what a lot is, okay, let’s say three. If you haven’t hit the deer with three shots, you’re a pretty lousy shot, that deer deserves to get away.” – Michael Bloomberg

4. “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.” – Terry McAuliffe

3. “…it’s a shoulder thing that goes up.” – Carolyn McCarthy

2. “We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.” – Dianne Feinstein

1. “…it is easier for a 12- or 13-year-old to purchase a gun, and cheaper, than it is for them to get a book.” – Barack Obama

 

Scalise Returns to Capitol for First Vote Since Being Shot: ‘I’m Back’

Modern emergency medical trauma science has progressed immensely just in the past decade.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) returned to the Capitol on Thursday for the first time since being wounded in a mass shooting in June.

While at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on June 14, Scalise and four others were shot by a far-left gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed by Capitol Police. Scalise was taken to the hospital in critical condition after taking a bullet to the hip.

Scalise’s office released a statement that he would participate in Thursday’s vote series and later address his House colleagues in his first public appearance since the shooting.

“Starting today, Whip Scalise will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months,” his office stated.

North Korea is reportedly so confused by Trump that it’s asking US experts for help

This is more confirmation of something that I’ve been thinking on for awhile.
As previous, the Yappy Dog Kim family’s usual tactics that have produced predicable results from politicians who would rather play kick-the-can-down-the-road and throw money at the problem, than actually make a decision that might be militarily dangerous, or even worse politically unpopular.
Trump hasn’t been playing that usual game of showboat saber rattling back and forth a couple of times while the backroom negotiations hammer out the amount of food and international credit the NORKs will get this time. They can’t figure out what the problem is since they believe that he’s just another standard operational politician, which he isn’t.

North Korea apparently is so confused by President Donald Trump that it’s asking US experts for help understanding him.

According to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, government officials have been soliciting, via various back channels, US experts with ties to the Republican Party for informal talks.

“Their number-one concern is Trump,” an unnamed analyst told Anna Fifield, the newspaper’s Tokyo bureau chief.

“They can’t figure him out.”

North Korea’s questions include why Trump’s closest advisers, such as Defence Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, directly contradicting the president so often.

(For example, while Trump has repeatedly threatened war and ruled out negotiations with North Korea, Mattis has pledged to push for diplomatic talks with the country.)

The Post said North Korea had contacted people including Bruce Klingner, a former CIA analyst who now works at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, and Douglas H. Paal, who served on the National Security Council under the Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Both declined North Korea’s invitations, The Post said.

Pentagon deploys Army general and more troops to lead hurricane response on Puerto Rico

101st’s Combat Aviation Brigade is top notch to say the least.  

The Pentagon has tasked the USNS Comfort, a Mercy-class hospital ship based at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, to leave for Puerto Rico by the weekend. The ship has 1,000 hospital beds and carriers medical evacuation helicopters. But it will be well into next week before the Comfort arrives in the region, Davis said.

The Pentagon is also sending small medical and surgical teams to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, he said. Davis did not provide specific information about the units or where they would operate.

The influx of Army helicopters – eight from the Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based 101st Airborne Division and eight more from the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina – will bring the total number of military helicopters operating in Puerto Rico to 40 by Thursday.

Buried News:
Tennessee Church Shooter In Court Today

The reason is that the story doesn’t fit any narrative except “Bad black guy stopped by good white guy”. The media can not allow this to have any more coverage than absolutely minimally necessary. 

I’ve noticed a decided lack of coverage in the case of Emanuel Kidega Samson, the Tennessee church shooter who murdered one woman and injured a half dozen more last weekend. What I’m trying to place my finger on is why, and there’s not as obvious of an answer as you might suppose.

Iraqi Kurdish leader says ‘yes’ vote won independence referendum

As if things in the Middle East/South West Asia aren’t already ‘convoluted’.
Understand, I’m not against the Kurds declaring their independence from Turkey, Iran and Iraq, but this makes things there even more complicated.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted “yes” to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies.

The Kurds, who have ruled over an autonomous region within Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, consider Monday’s referendum to be an historic step in a generations-old quest for a state of their own.

Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within the Kurdish region itself but also on disputed territory held by Kurds elsewhere in northern Iraq.

The United States, major European countries and neighbors Turkey and Iran strongly opposed the decision to hold the referendum, which they described as destabilizing at a time when all sides are still fighting against Islamic State militants.

In a televised address, Barzani said the “yes” vote had won and he called on Iraq’s central government in Baghdad to engage in “serious dialogue” instead of threatening the Kurdish Regional Government with sanctions.

The Iraqi government earlier ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade.

“We may face hardship but we will overcome,” Barzani said, calling on world powers “to respect the will of millions of people” who voted in the referendum.

Shannon Watts Quits Congressional Run

She probably got warned off by the swamp denizens who don’t like carpet-baggers come in and try to take their place at the .gov feed trough.

Gun-control advocate Shannon Watts has decided against running to replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District, saying that she wants to stay focused on her work with her Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America organization instead.

“I’m grateful to the support I received as I spent the summer considering a run for office in Colorado, particularly from women who are hoping a female candidate enters what is currently a race of all-male candidates,” the Boulder woman told The Denver Post. “While Colorado has a significant amount of women represented in our state legislature, we need more women in leadership roles like governor and our members of Congress.”

Nolte: Alabama’s Deafening Message–The Movement Is About Trumpism Not Trump

Judge Moore wins the Republican primary in Alabama.

There has been some talk for quite awhile now that the President has somehow been compromised by certain members of his staff and the D.C. establishment. I’ve seen only speculation, which I won’t repeat, but sometimes “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” is an apt phrase to use.  

With the results now clear in Alabama’s hotly-contested U.S. Senate Republican primary race, the unambiguous message coming from the GOP voters responsible for Roy Moore’s underdog victory is clear-cut — a crucial reminder to everyone that Trumpism is not about any one person.

More importantly, what this humiliating loss tells President Trump is that Trumpism is not even about him. The indisputable lesson here for the president is that even he, the man who started the movement, is not bigger than the promises, ideas, agenda, and platform he ran on.

Yes, Trump ran on specifics such as a border wall, the repealing of Obamacare, and tax cuts. Trump’s existential promise, though, the overall rationale for his insurgent campaign, was all about “draining the swamp,” or taking the fight to the DC establishment — not just within the corrupt national media and the cancerous Democrat Party, but also within the Republican Party, which, as we have seen over the last eight months, is no better than the others.

By fully backing Luther Strange, the poster boy for everything his very own movement despises, Trump defiantly violated his existential promise to us, the promise to drain the hideous DC swamp.

“Trump Slump” a Myth as NICS Background Checks Soar

That ‘slump’ was Proggie Propaganda, but we already knew that.

It looks like the “Trump Slump” gun-buying slowdown is offically a myth, thanks to the FBI’s latest NICS background check figures. Overall, gun sales look like they’re on the rebound. In August, a total of 1,925,146 were processed during the 31-day period, shattering the previous record for the month set only last year in a presidential-election-driven pace that totaled 1,853,815. Admittedly, each one doesn’t necessarily reflect a firearm purchase, but NICS background checks have always been a good sales barometer.

Even the District of Columbia’s number increased, up to 80 from 68—although to put that into perspective, Guam’s was nearly double that and California’s figure was 130,901. Residents in the nation’s capital can, however, take comfort in the fact at least they didn’t take last place. The Mariana Islands did, at 27, although that’s more than double its July performance. After Hurricane Irma’s devastation and subsequent chaos, it will be interesting watch how the Virgin Island number of 132 changes when September 2017’s report comes in.

The nationwide NICs background check total for 2017 probably won’t set a new yearly record, but the August upswing puts it in a good position to claim second-place honors (a position currently held by 2015).

Liberal misunderstands Trump’s strategy in North Korea

The Little Yappy Dog Kim family figured out -decades ago- that being a Yappy Dog nuisance always got a no repercussions payoff. The greater powers letting them get away with such has led to what is having to be dealt with today.

Peter Maass of The Intercept thought he was cutting down Donald Trump in his piece today, “North Korea Is the Most Predictable Regime on Earth. The Real Threat Is the Erratic U.S. Government.”

Maass just explained why President Trump will prevail.

Kim Jong Un also knows the American playbook, which is no one cares about North Korea, so give it what it wants and hope it goes away.

That knowledge helped Kim Jong Un not only get nuclear weapons but intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Then along came Donald Trump.
According to Maass, Kim Jong Un does not know what to expect.

GOOD.

What did Sun Tzu say 2,500 years ago?:
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

To achieve peace, you must understand war.