LINDSEY GRAHAM: DOJ USED ANTI-TRUMP DOSSIER IN COURT

A fake dossier, paid for by the FBI (who knew it was fake) used by the Obama DOJ to go to the FISA court to use the intelligence agencies of the U.S. to spy, yes S-P-Y on political opponents. 

I just saw Lindsey Graham on one of the Fox News talk shows. He told the host, Brian Kilmeade, that the infamous anti-Trump dossier was used in court by the Department of Justice. I take it Graham means that the dossier, or information it contains, was used by the DOJ in the FISA court to gain approval for surveillance of Team Trump.

We have suspected that this was the case. Now Graham apparently has seen evidence that confirms our suspicion.

Graham made his statement in the context of calling for a special counsel to investigate matters relating to the dossier, an issue that, he noted, falls outside the purview of Robert Mueller. Graham said that it has been very difficult to obtain information from the Justice Department, but that recently he discovered information that “bothers him a lot” and convinces him of the need for the dossier to be investigated by someone outside of the DOJ.

Graham didn’t say in so many words that the dossier was used to obtain a surveillance warrant. However, he said that when the Department of Justice presents a document to a court, it has a duty to the court to be “up and up” regarding “what the document is about, who paid for it, and what their motives might be.” Graham added that having looked at the history of the dossier and how it was used by the Department of Justice, he is “really very concerned.”

Putting two and two together, Graham is saying that the DOJ was not “up and up” about the dossier when it presented information contained therein to the FISA court. I don’t see how his statement to Kilmeade can mean anything else.

I hate the idea of another special counsel. However, Graham is right to be skeptical about the Justice Department’s ability fairly to investigate itself on a matter like this.

Trump is right about the FBI

Very strange to see this on CNN.

The ferocity of President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the integrity of the FBI has sent shock waves through an agency accustomed to public adulation in recent years. Sadly, much of the presidential criticism of the bureau may be entirely legitimate.

The FBI has traditionally enjoyed a highly favorable reputation among a majority of the nation’s citizens. Despite controversial programs that sometimes employed illegal forms of surveillance and enforcement methods — such as those used on black citizens lawfully protesting racial segregation, individuals in the “red scare” of the 1950s and long-haired students and others protesting the war in Vietnam during the 1960s and ’70s — this reputation endured.
And American presidents continued to steadfastly defend the bureau — that is, until now.
The tradition of presidential support was unquestionably grounded at least partially in the fear of J. Edgar Hoover’s rumored 50-year political skeleton “dossier,” which would undoubtedly make the controversial “Steele dossier” look like child’s play.
But Hoover is gone now, and President Trump’s persistent attacks have the potential to inflict long-lasting reputational damage to the nation’s preeminent law enforcement agency.

These criticisms focus largely on FBI fumbles and missteps in the Hillary Clinton and Trump/Russia investigations, which the President suggests were deliberate attempts to sabotage his election and administration. Trump supporters and possibly the President himself say they see the workings of a conspiratorial “deep state” liberal-embedded bureaucracy fiercely resisting any conservative change.

Some of Trump’s recent criticisms of the agency relate to the alleged activities of FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. An investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed that the two exchanged text messages strongly indicative of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias while Strzok played a critical role in the Clinton investigation and a subsequent lesser role in Mueller’s Trump/Russia probe. (A CNN reporter, in a news article after the text message controversy erupted, wrote that an attorney for Strzok did not respond to a request for comment, and Page could not be reached for comment.)

 

Open carry is in law, Arkansas governor tells officials

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in a letter sent to the Arkansas State Police and prosecutors, said this month that he believes that a much-debated 2013 state law allows for the open carry of handguns, though no officials have announced a change in policy in response to the governor’s message.

Col. Bill Bryant, the state police director who was appointed by the governor and to whom the letter was directed, issued a memo of guidance to commanders on Wednesday. It was the first time the director had directly given guidance on the matter of open carry, according to an agency spokesman.

But Bryant’s memo — which says that open carry is not probable cause for an arrest and which directs troopers to use “reasonable suspicion” when stopping a person suspected of criminal conduct — is not different from the training that cadets receive at the State Police Training Academy, said spokesman Bill Sadler.

The governor’s letter and Bryant’s guidance were first reported by the website of Arkansas Times.

[DOCUMENTS: Read governor’s letter, Arkansas State Police response]

“The open carry of a handgun is protected and allowed, so long as there is no intent to unlawfully employ the handgun,” Hutchinson said in his letter. In a footnote, he defined “open carry” as carrying a handgun in plain view without any type of license.

Hutchinson thought it was “prudent” to issue guidance on the matter this month, a spokesman said Thursday, after the governor’s expectations for a test case on whether open carry is allowed in the state that would resolve the issue in court never came to fruition.

 

Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

It will take 60 Senators voting to end debate on this bill to get it passed.

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple: current state laws concerning concealed carry are “inconsistent” and “complex” and hence threaten to turn law-abiding citizens travelling across the country into “accidental criminals.” With national reciprocity, anyone with a concealed carry permit would be free to carry in any other state without legal consequences. The metaphor often used is that of a driver’s license. States voluntarily accept the license from any other state as valid in their own jurisdiction.

Attorneys general from 23 states have written a letter to Senate leadership urging passage of the bill. This is reflective of the fact that more and more Americans have obtained their concealed carry permits — approaching one out of every 10 adults — and run the risk of violating state laws when they travel.

S. 446 has 39 sponsors in the Senate. For passage however, 60 votes will be needed to shut down the filibuster all but guaranteed by anti-gun Democrats if the bill comes to the floor.

Those opposed to passage present several arguments, some of which carry weight. First, states voluntarily allow drivers with out-of-state driver’s licenses to operate their vehicles in state, while national reciprocity would mandate states’ compliance. Second, they complain (some hypocritically) that states’ rights would be violated with passage. After all, goes the argument, voters in states with onerous restrictions on issuance of concealed carry permits (i.e., Illinois, New Jersey, New York, California, and others) have already decided, through their representatives, just what kind of restrictions they favor when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Third, they complain that local laws would be overridden by those carrying concealed from states with much looser (the term “lax” is often used here) requirements. Implied is the presumption that crime will rise with the increase in the number of firearms that would be present in the state. Some police organizations have expressed concerns as well, noting that “at 2 a.m., it’s hard to tell a good guy from a bad guy,” or words to that effect. The underlying assumption by those opposed to national reciprocity is that since local gun owners can’t be trusted, neither can those from out of state. They ignore the fact (provided by Gun Facts) that “crime rates involving gun owners with carry licenses have consistently been about 0.02% of all carry permit holders.”

Those opposed also believe that the NRA has a darker motive behind its support: it wants to punish local anti-gun politicians by forcing them to allow all citizens greater freedom to exercise their Second Amendment rights. They take to heart the veiled warning issued by UCLA law professor Adam Winkler:

“What the NRA really wants to do on concealed carry is to overturn these clear-cut restrictions on people carrying guns. They want to make guns very much a prominent part of American life — guns on college campuses, guns in bars, churches, wherever they can get them.”

The problem with Winkler’s argument is that Americans are already making the carrying of personal firearms “very much a prominent part” of American life and the NRA is riding that momentum in its support of national reciprocity.

Keeping Guns Away From the Most Dangerous

Hand wringing, Pearl Clutching at a high level.

Hooray! America has just set a new record. Want to guess what it is? Record-breaking high school math scores, you say? Nope. Maybe a record number of workers pulling themselves out of poverty, or a banner year for a decline in infectious diseases? No and no.

Here’s the news: On just one day last month, the citizenry of the United States filed the largest number of applications for an instant gun background check. Yup. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a record-breaking 203,086 of us weren’t just counting our blessings; we were asking the FBI to hurry up and approve our gun purchase.

So, who are these people? Were they simply exercising their Second Amendment right to own a firearm, or did some of them have more sinister motives?

There isn’t enough room in this column to include everything that needs to be said about gun ownership in America — both pro and con. And please understand this is not an attack on the constitutionally protected right to bear arms, so hold off on the angry emails. (No, go ahead and send them, the last sentence posted below shows the author to be a liar) This is a call to take a close look at the criminal damage done by those who use guns to kill people.

Who are they? How can we identify them? And can we stop the most damaging shooters — the mass murderers — before they take innocent lives?

 

“You could think of domestic violence as a canary in the coal mine for future violence,” said Sarah Tofte of the nonprofit group Everytown for Gun Safety.

Slugs For Thugs

Man armed with sledgehammer shot by Spokane Valley homeowner

This one is lucky to be alive. Some people I know would not have even tried to be this ‘generous’ even though there’s lots ways to die PDQ from getting shot in the leg.

SPOKANE, Wash.—A homeowner shot a man who he said was kicking and screaming at his front door early Tuesday morning.

Ralph Wending told deputies a man had grabbed a sledgehammer from a truck and came at him with the hammer.

Court documents said Wending warned the suspect he had a gun and fired a warning shot. He said the suspect continued to come at him in a violent manner so he shot him in the leg.

Court documents identified the suspect as Logan Nelson.

Part 2

9 Year-Old Points Pellet Gun at Suspect’s Head, Stops Alleged Carjacking

Advice to the kid: Next time, trip the trigger.

A nine-year-old boy in Kokomo, Indiana, pointed a pellet gun at a suspect’s head and stopped an alleged carjacking the day after Christmas.
According to WTHR, Kevin Cooksey pulled up to the One Stop Express and went inside, but he left his son, Larry Larimore, in the truck with the vehicle running. Looking at the truck from inside the store, Cooksey noticed that his door had been opened and became nervous. He said, “When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’”
It turns out that a man allegedly attempting to steal the vehicle opened Cooksey’s door, but the theft was stopped when young Larimore pulled his BB gun and pointed it at the suspect’s head:

Venezuelans scramble to survive as merchants demand dollars

The Venezuelan Bolivar is basically not even worth using as toilet paper. Just another example of Socialism at its finest.

CARACAS/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) – There was no way Jose Ramon Garcia, a food transporter in Venezuela, could afford new tires for his van at $350 each.

Whether he opted to pay in U.S. currency or in the devalued local bolivar currency at the equivalent black market price, Garcia would have had to save up for years.

Though used to expensive repairs, this one was too much and put him out of business. “Repairs cost an arm and a leg in Venezuela,” said the now-unemployed 42-year-old Garcia, who has a wife and two children to support in the southern city of Guayana.

“There’s no point keeping bolivars.”

For a decade and a half, strict exchange controls have severely limited access to dollars. A black market in hard currency has spread in response, and as once-sky-high oil revenue runs dry, Venezuela’s economy is in free-fall.

The practice adopted by gourmet and design stores in Caracas over the last couple of years to charge in dollars to a select group of expatriates or Venezuelans with access to greenbacks is fast spreading.

Food sellers, dental and medical clinics, and others are starting to charge in dollars or their black market equivalent – putting many basic goods and services out of reach for a large number of Venezuelans.

According to the opposition-led National Assembly, November’s rise in prices topped academics’ traditional benchmark for hyperinflation of more than 50 percent a month – and could end the year at 2,000 percent. The government has not published inflation data for more than a year.

ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory — mostly since Trump took office

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ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held — with half of that terror group’s so-called “caliphate” having been recaptured since President Trump took office less than a year ago, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

The massive gains come after years of “onerous” rules, when critics say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.

“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”

New category: ‘Comic Relief’. 

Olympics: Fresh push to allow men to compete as women

 

The International Olympic Committee is being asked to reverse its decision to let men compete in women’s events.

Otherwise, as Amanda Prestigiacomo noted earlier this year at the Daily Wire, “women all over the world are getting a taste of ‘fairness,’ leftist style!”

The article explains what happens when gender is “deemed a social construct that is totally disconnected from our biology.”

The request to the IOC has been made by the non-profit 4 Winds Christian Athletics, which pointed out that transgender Tiffany Abreu, 33, is playing on a top women’s volleyball team in Brazil and “is on track to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.”

Tiffany Abreu

Tiffany Abreu

Abreu, born male, previously played in European men’s leagues but in 2012 decided to “become a woman,” 4 Winds said.

 

 

ISIS Has Over 10,000 Fighters In Afghanistan, More Arriving From Syria & Iraq

“They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.”

Good. Let them come together. They’ll be easier to deal with. 

The terrorist group Islamic State has over 10,000 loyal fighters in Afghanistan, and Moscow believes the US may be underestimating their threat, Russia’s special envoy says.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was pushed out of their home base in Syria and Iraq this year by separate military operations of a US-led coalition, and the Syrian Army backed by Russia. Many of the IS fighters who fled those countries ended up in Afghanistan, where the terrorist group has as many as 10,000 troops at the moment,….

CNN HOST Concerned Working Americans “Are Going To Vote For Donald Trump Again” After Getting Bonuses and Pay Raises

Ya think?

CNN’s Allyson Camerota expressed her concern about how the tax breaks for Americans will harm the Democrats chances of winning in the mid-term elections with Michigan’s Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Camerota appeared somewhat panicked, as she started out her segment whining to Dingell about bonuses and pay raises that Americans will receive as a result of Trump’s GOP tax bill:

“Just, ever since the tax reform was announced, or the tax overhaul, or whatever you want to call it, there have been this whole slew of companies that have come forward and saying, ‘Guess what? We’re going to give out bonuses, now, to our employees.’ I mean, I have just a partial list in front of me, and there’s nine companies on here from AT&T, to Boeing, to Comcast, Bank of America, Sinclair, Wells Fargo, PNC. There’s all sorts of companies that say they’re going to give something to a thousand dollars worth of bonuses to their hundreds of thousands of employees. Fifth Bank Corp is gonna boost the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Obviously, they could have done this before the tax overhaul was announced. They were sitting on profits. But they didn’t, they did it when the tax overhaul was announced. And I’m wondering if you, as a Democrat are you worried about the wind in their sails? People vote with their pocketbooks. I don’t have to tell you this. So if you get a thousand dollar bonus, you’re voting for Donald Trump again.”

Americans Fled Blue States In The Hundreds Of Thousands Due To High Taxes, Leaving Fewer To Pay The Democrats’ Tab

Well, as long as they leave behind their blue state ideas on gun control.

The grass seemed way greener where the states were redder for many people living in blue states, as new data suggests hundreds of thousands of people fled Democratically dominated states in order to bring themselves to places that had less crime and lower taxes.

According to the Daily Caller, three states, in particular, saw a massive departure of Americans to the tune of 450,000, taking their wallets with them as they fled. This is leading to the problem of having no one around to pay the bills in these tax-heavy states.

The Daily Caller reported that taking the lead is New York:

The exodus of residents was most pronounced in New York, which saw about 190,000 people leave the state between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last week.

New York’s domestic out-migration during that time period was about the same as it was in the same time 2015 and 2016. Since 2010, the state’s outflow of just over 1 million residents has exceeded that of every other state, both in absolute terms and as a share of population, according to the free-market think tank Empire Center.

The First Anti-American President

Born, wherever, raised in foreign countries – most of them with cultures inimical to the American ideals of freedom and liberty -I never considered him a ‘natural’ American. Others are of the same opinion.

Barack Obama will no doubt be chronicled, among other things, as the first anti-American president. No wonder; he’s the product of an educational system that has become increasingly radical and anti-American with each passing decade, and his mother was a stereotypical leftist anthropologist with a passion for the Third World.

The pattern is unmistakable. As Luis Fleischman notes, Obama wanted to make deals with our enemies, Iran being the most dramatic example. But just look at Latin America:

The Obama Administration tried to avoid confrontations with anyone it wanted to make a “historic deal” with. Most of these “historic deals” were intended to be made with enemies, as Obama desperately sought an agreement not only with Iran, but also with Cuba and reconciliation with Venezuela.

Thus, Obama failed to insist on the extradition of Venezuelan military and drug trafficker Hugo Carvajal from Aruba and the Syrian-born Venezuelan drug lord Walid Makled from Colombia. Carvajal was the chief of Venezuelan military intelligence and Makled is one of the most notorious drug traffickers in the Western Hemisphere. Makled himself disclosed his own cooperation with scores of the highest officials within Chavez’s government — including Carvajal himself, with the chiefs of the Venezuelan army and navy, as well as with dozens of Venezuelan generals.

The Obama people did not want to know the details of Venezuela’s collusion with the drug Mafiosi. If you have followed the story of the obstruction of the DEA investigation of Hezbollah, you will recognize the pattern. Indeed, it is part of the story.

‘Stop-and-Frisk’ of Gun Owners Opposed by Gun Rights Groups

HARRISBURG, Pa. -(Ammoland.com)- Today, attorney Joshua Prince of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., filed an important amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case that will impact gun owners throughout the Commonwealth, including more than one million people who have been issued a license to carry a concealed weapon in the state and millions more Americans who can legally carry there under a “reciprocity” agreement or state “open carry” rules.

“In this case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be deciding whether the mere open or concealed carrying of a firearm – in the absence of any criminal conduct – is sufficient to establish reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct,” attorney Prince explained. “Simply put, the Supreme Court intends to decide whether law-abiding citizens can be harassed and interrogated by police for merely open or conceal carrying a firearm.”

The brief, submitted on behalf of numerous members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly as well as civil rights advocacy organizations Firearms Policy Coalition (“FPC”), Firearms Policy Foundation (“FPF”), and Firearm Owners Against Crime (“FOAC”), argues that “the mere open or conceal carrying of a firearm cannot establish reasonable articulable suspicion of criminal conduct” and that, otherwise, “the unintended consequences would result in law enforcement having reasonable suspicion to stop almost every person encountered, since most, if not all, objects possessed or utilized by citizens can be utilized either for lawful or unlawful purposes.”

“We believe that ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies that harass gun owners who carry for self-defense, like the one at the core of this case, are unconstitutional, bad public policy, and dangerous,” said FPC President and FPF Chairman Brandon Combs. “We were delighted to join and provide funding towards this important brief to protect the civil rights of millions of law-abiding gun owners.”

A copy of the amici brief can be viewed on their website.

The docket report for the case of Commonwealth v. Hicks, 56 MAP 2017, can be accessed at the Court’s Web site here.

When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

 

We have our priorities. First, we have to keep guns away from children if we have guns in our home. Next, the adults with a gun in their home need to know how to handle firearms safely, and hopefully, effectively. What should come next?

Talking about politics and guns seems to slip off our priority list, and that carries a danger of its own. Carrying a firearm for your safety is a very rational choice, but..there is a “but.” Unless you’re careful, you are also at risk of malicious prosecution for infringing one of our many gun laws. When is it time to talk about gun politics with new students and existing firearms owners?

This topic came to mind when politics leaked over into the gun discussion with a group of black friends. They wanted to keep our discussion of firearms separate from a larger discussion of partisan politics. I respect their point of view. Unfortunately, we can’t ignore politics because there are some very partisan politicians who want us disarmed. Let’s talk about guns and gun politics..and leave the rest of politics for a later date.

Some bigoted politicians hate guns and hate the law abiding citizens who own them. I have to tell my students about this. It is my professional duty as a firearms instructor. It is my moral duty as an advocate for civil rights. The easy road is to hide from politics and pretend it will go away. It won’t.

Having nothing at all to do with anything in particular;
Even though I was right in the middle of military aviation for several years, I’m not a aficionado of it, but this item I ran across simply has to be shared.

In an excerpt from 2015 book, Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, author Mark Vanhoenacker explains how airliners navigate the skies through a series of evocatively named waypoints connecting the globe.

An airplane navigates through the sky along a route composed of beacons and waypoints. Waypoints are defined by geographic coordinates or their bearing and distance from a beacon, and by a name, which typically takes the form of a five-letter capitalized word—EVUKI, JETSA, SABER.

The idea is that they will be pronounceable and distinct to controllers and pilots regardless of their first language. The pilot’s map of the world, and the flight computers’ too, is atomized into these waypoints. They are the smallest nuggets of aerial geography, and in some sense the only such unit that matters once you leave the runway. They are the sky’s audible currency of place.

As other answers have suggested, the waypoints are named in such a way that they are reasonably prounouncable for pilots of all languages and are ideally globally unique, but at least regionally unique. They sometimes reflect a fixture on the ground, as an example near my local airfield is a waypoint FIMLY and it is located over the town of Frimley. Approaching Logan in Boston you could be vectored to HAVRD, YAARD, BGDIG, CELTS, or BOSOX.

Sometimes they are named whimsically with the classic being the RNAV approach into Pease’s (Portsmouth New Hampshire International Airport) Runway 16 that has the following waypoints –
ITAWT  ITAW  PUDYE  TTATT  IDEED (Think Tweety Bird).

That is all.

One third of US homicide spike last year came from 5 Chicago neighborhoods

See, I’m not anti-cop. I’m anti stupid cop.

Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI’s annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.

While violent crime (homicide, rape, assault, and robbery) also rose nationwide from 2015 to 2016 — over 4% — the data show the increase was not uniform, but rather concentrated in cities like Chicago and Baltimore.

Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., meanwhile, saw “meaningful declines in violence [that] have been sustained since the 1990s.”

Interestingly, the paper’s neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis claimed that areas where homicides spiked had a “lighter street presence by police following officers’ high-profile killings of young black men.”

A Pew Research Center poll from January 2017 showed that an overwhelming number of police officers say widespread protests following high-profile killings of black suspects have made police less willing to conduct basic police work, such as stopping and questioning suspicious people in high-crime neighborhoods, and using an appropriate level of force to diffuse a situation.

 

Police officers break down door, raid wrong house in Chicago

This isn’t the first time this has happened.
At least this time, no one was shot, or killed.

 

CHICAGO, Illinois — Police in Chicago, Illinois, burst into a home late last week with guns drawn, serving a search warrant and looking for criminals. The only problem is, they had the wrong house.

“This is how the door looks. You can see they bombarded their way in here,” said Shanae Cross, homeowner.

Cross’s front door is now unusable.

“Right now, this doesn’t lock, turn, twist,” she said.

The raid happened late Thursday night.

“My mom just started screaming and hollering and ran to the bathroom and said, ‘Somebody is kicking down the door,'” said Cross.

Completely confused and caught off guard inside her own home, Cross turned around.

“Next thing you know when I’m looking there’s guns in my face. Just guns drawn out, ‘Get outta here, who’s in here with you?’ Just a bunch of questions,” she said. “I’m like, ‘What the hell is you doing in my house? Who are you, why are you in my house?’ Then I realize when I see the vests and all, this is the police.”

So she turned the questions on them.

“Where is the warrant and for what address,” Cross said. “One of the guys goes, ‘8203’ and I’m like ‘This is 8209 you ****ing idiot. You’re in the wrong house!'”

Shortly after that, Cross started livestreaming on Facebook as a police officer filled out paperwork, apologizing.

“I’ll give you a call as soon as I’m done with the paperwork. The city adjuster will call you and they’ll come out immediately. Especially because it’s a residential house,” the officer says on her Facebook Live.

But by Friday afternoon Cross had no report from police.

“I didn’t ask for y’all to run up in my house, disrespect us, treat us like suspects,” she said.

Cross said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the commander of the unit have both personally apologized to her over the phone and in person. But she said their mistake has left her home exposed and unprotected.

Cross said Johnson and the unit commander both personally promised to expedite the process of fixing her broken door, but can’t tell her exactly when it will be repaired.

“The miscalculations and bureaucratic inertia that left the United States vulnerable to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election trace back to decisions made at the end of the Cold War…”

“Note: “decisions made at the end of the Cold War” means things that Bill Clinton did.”

 

Democrats Reject This Key American Principle So They Can Call Trump Tax Cuts a ‘Heist’

“In Attacking Trump Tax Cuts as ‘Theft,’ Democrats Prove They Don’t Believe in Private Property.”

Sure they do. But just theirs, not yours.

When Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate passed historic tax reform that will decrease taxes for more than 80 percent of Americans, Democrats branded the tax cut a “heist.” Terms such as “looting,” “theft,” and “heist” suggested that Republicans weren’t giving Americans back more of their hard-earned money, but rather stealing from the poor to give to the rich. This rhetoric is revealing — it shows that Democrats no longer believe in private property, a cornerstone of American values and the basis on which President Abraham Lincoln argued against slavery.

Man’s Plan to Improve Firearm Safety

Chip in the hand?
Can you say: Crap-for-brains? I thought you could.

Gareth Glaser could be seen as an optimist. After all, he believes gun owners will pay more to implement strong safety mechanisms in firearms.
He even believes gun owners might be willing to have chips implanted in their hands.

The implanted microchip would send a signal to a “smart gun” held in that person’s hand allowing for the trigger to operate, Glaser, CEO of Lodestar Firearms, told NBC10.
The implant is only one of a few ideas to improve the safety of guns. Glaser said a ring or watch could also be used as signal-bearers — if worn, a handgun could be fired.

It’s called “token recognition technology”: The technology keeps a gun from firing unless the “token” is within inches of the trigger. Glaser believes it’s the gun of the future.
“Our token is either going to be in a ring, in a bracelet, or quite possibly implanted right here between your thumb and forefinger,” Glaser said as he showed off a similar smart gun made in Germany. “I think law enforcement would go for that.”

Small change to Tennessee gun law starting in 2018 affects veterans, active military

 

The Second Amendment allows us to bear arms, and basically own a firearm without a permit on private property.

But carrying a weapon, openly or out of sight, requires a permit and a test.

“It’s a written test that has 50 questions and you must qualify in the range with 50 rounds,” Shooters Depot co-owner John Martin said.

Martin said starting January 1st in Tennessee, all veterans or active military who pass the written test can skip the gun range portion.

“The state of Tennessee will now accept any form of acknowledgement that you had four hours of extensive pistol training in the United States military,” martin said.