Police: Man flees officers, crashes into house, tries to break into different house and is shot by Palmetto County Commissioner.

Police in Palmetto say Brian Williams, Palmetto’s City Commissioner, opened fire when a man running from officers after crashing into a different house tried to force his way inside.

Around 10pm on Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle being driven recklessly on 4th Street West, but the driver fled and crashed into a home on 600 block. The driver and passenger both took off running after the crash. Police say they managed to grab the passenger immediately but the driver, 22-year-old Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez of Palmetto, ran off.

Police say Vasquez-Perez climbed a six-foot fence and ended up in the backyard of a home on the 600 block of Riverside Drive, which is less than a quarter mile away from the crash. Police say once in the backyard, Vasquez-Perez forced his way into the garage and was trying to get into the home through an interior door when he was confronted by the homeowner, Brian Williams.

Williams ordered Vasquez-Perez to the ground and instructed his daughter to call 911. According to police, when Vasquez-Perez tried to physically push past Williams to get out of the house, Williams opened fire.

Vasquez-Perez fled the house and was immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Blake Medical Center with two gunshot wounds and is listed in stable condition.

Vasquez-Perez is charged with burglary, battery and resisting arrest. He will also face traffic charges.

Palmetto Police say although the investigation is ongoing, Williams acted in self-defense and will not face any charges.


Customer shoots armed robber in his ‘head area’ at south Wichita gas station

One person was critically injured in a shooting during an armed robbery in south Wichita on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Wichita police were called to the 2700 block of South Seneca at around 2:44 p.m. for a reported armed robbery, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. One shooting victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the supervisor said.

Lt. Chris Halloran said a customer at the checkout counter of the B and H Fast Trips convenience store shot at least one of four people trying to rob the store.

“A customer was in line when four individuals came in at gunpoint and demanded money,” he said. “The citizen also got robbed and the citizen pulled a gun and shot at the suspects.”


Man shot during home invasion near Uptown TX

A man was wounded in a shootout after men broke into his apartment near Uptown on Thursday night, police said.

Police arrived at the apartment in the 5400 block of Beverly Hill, near Richmond Avenue, around 9:15 p.m. The front door was kicked open, and the victim wasn’t home, said Lt. Larry Crowson of the Houston Police Department.

The officers got word from Bellaire police that the homeowner was in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the rear, Crowson said.

The homeowner told police that he grabbed his gun after several men busted into his home, sparking a shootout. It’s unknown whether any of the suspects were hit.

 

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible.

………..

ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank, analyzed data from the Health and Retirement Study, or HRS, the premier source of quantitative information about aging in America. Since 1992, the study has followed a nationally representative sample of about 20,000 people from the time they turn 50 through the rest of their lives.

Through 2016, our analysis found that between the time older workers enter the study and when they leave paid employment, 56 percent are laid off at least once or leave jobs under such financially damaging circumstances that it’s likely they were pushed out rather than choosing to go voluntarily.

Only one in 10 of these workers ever again earns as much as they did before their employment setbacks, our analysis showed. Even years afterward, the household incomes of over half of those who experience such work disruptions remain substantially below those of workers who don’t.

(See the full analysis here.)

 

Socialist Venezuela on Track to be Latin America’s Most Violent Country in 2018

Socialist paradise.

 Venezuela is expected to become Latin America’s most violent country in 2018 after reports show the nation’s homicide rate surpassed that of Honduras and El Salvador, according to an organization’s report.

“We will clearly become the most violent country in Latin America and the one with the most homicides worldwide,” Roberto Briceno, director of the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence said in a report in the El Pais newspaper Friday.

This year, Venezuela has had a rate of 81.4 homicides per 100,000 people, he said.

“In 2017 we were second but this year our colleagues in Honduras told us the rate there will be about half that of Venezuela, while in El Salvador they will be close to 60 homicides per 100,000,” he added.

In 2018, Venezuela tallied 23,047 violent deaths, 10,422 of which were, without any doubt, homicides, he said.

What is more worrisome, Briceno said, is that of these deaths, 7,523 correspond to people killed “resisting authority.” That means that a third of the violent deaths in the country can be attributed to the country’s security forces, he said.

Arkansas legislators plan bills to expand rights of gun owners in state

Despite national head winds that helped elect gun-control advocates to Congress this year, some Republican state legislators in Arkansas plan to file bills to expand the rights of gun owners next year.

Meanwhile, some Democrats in the state think there is momentum for passage of a so-called red-flag law that would allow for the temporary seizure of weapons from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

Among the first bills to be filed ahead of the 2019 regular legislative session, which starts Jan. 14, was legislation to proclaim the shotgun as the state gun.

Other bills in the works, according to several Republican lawmakers, would expedite the process for domestic-abuse victims to get concealed-carry licenses, strengthen carry laws at the city and county level, and reduce concealed-carry license fees.

With both parties holding the same number of legislative seats as they did in the 2017 session, however, neither side said the political ground had shifted. The 100-member House will have 76 Republicans and 24 Democrats. The 35-member Senate will have 26 Republicans and 9 Democrats.

Two years ago, the legislative fight over guns focused on a bill to expand concealed-carry rights onto college campuses and into bars and other public buildings.

The passage of that legislation, Act 562 of 2017, prompted an outcry from Democrats and gun-control advocates, who accused lawmakers of ignoring the concerns raised by colleges and law enforcement officials. Shortly after the bill was passed, legislators were pressured by college athletic associations to walk back some provisions.

Last month, the sponsor of Act 562, Republican state Rep. Charlie Collins, lost his Fayetteville-area seat to Democrat Denise Garner of Fayetteville, who touted her support for gun-control efforts.

But Collins did not attribute his loss to voters having soured on his pro-gun position.

“You benefit sometimes from the mood of the country,” said Collins, who was first elected in 2010, a strong year generally for Republicans. “Sometimes the wind is blowing in the other direction.”

Nationally, Democratic candidates — many of whom supported increased restrictions on guns — won control of the U.S. House last month, after repeated mass shootings across the country kept the issue in the news. In Arkansas, 28 people were injured when gunfire broke out at a packed Little Rock nightclub in July 2017, though no one was killed.

“We definitely saw the strongest support for stricter gun legislation that we have seen in our 20-year history,” said Janine Parry, a political science professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who conducts the school’s annual Arkansas Poll.

But Parry also cautioned that the university’s polling this year over-sampled Arkansans with college degrees, possibly skewing results. And regardless, she said, Republican advantages in legislative districts over the years have resulted in legislation that does not closely track with trends in public opinion toward gun control.

Republicans looking to make changes to the state’s gun laws will likely focus on expanding the scope of the concealed-carry licenses, several GOP lawmakers said in interviews this month.

State Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, sponsor of the bill to make the shotgun the state gun, said he would also explore legislation to clarify that holders of an “enhanced” concealed-carry license will be allowed to carry weapons in public buildings.

Some cities and municipalities “seem to be misunderstanding” Act 562, which created the enhanced-carry program, Garner said. The senator also said he planned to file legislation that would expedite the process for obtaining a concealed-carry license.

Another bill already filed ahead of the 2019 session would cut the base fee of obtaining a concealed-carry license in half, from $100 to $50. That legislation is sponsored by Garner and state Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville.

Parents Still Favor Armed Teachers In The Schools

Rasmussen poll.

Knowing how polling can be skewed everywhich way to suit a political objective, the real pro-gun/arm the teachers now!, results must be staggering.

Monday, December 24, 2018

A panel investigating the massacre at a Parkland, Florida high school earlier this year has recommended that certain trained, vetted teachers be allowed to carry firearms in school, a proposal supported by the Trump administration’s Federal Commission on School Safety. Parents of school-age children continue to think that’s a good idea.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age favor a proposal to have trained teachers with guns in the schools. Forty percent (40%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided. However, support is down from 59% just after the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and staff members dead and another 17 wounded. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Alabama AG Looking Into Dems’ Use of Russian Disinformation Tactics Against Roy Moore.

The attorney general of Alabama is looking into the Democrat disinformation tactics that were deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year’s special election to see if state campaign laws were violated, the Washington Post reported. The billionaire-funded “Project Birmingham” was a deceptive social media campaign that used Russian disinformation methods.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that he was concerned that the operation may have affected the closely fought Senate race.

“The information is concerning,” Marshall, a Republican, said in a phone interview. “The impact it had on the election is something that’s significant for us to explore, and we’ll go from there.”

Moore narrowly lost the race to his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones.

Marshall said he learned of “Project Birmingham” through recent news reports. While stopping short of announcing a formal investigation, Marshall said his office would be gathering information about the effort.

“We’re planning to explore the issue further,” he said.

According to an internal report obtained by The New York Times, the operation “experimented with many of the tactics now understood to have influenced the 2016 elections.”

The project’s operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore. It involved a scheme to link the Moore campaign to thousands of Russian accounts that suddenly began following the Republican candidate on Twitter, a development that drew national media attention.

“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the report says.

Marshall said that election year social media shenanigans were making it difficult for authorities to know how to address potentially illegal disinformation political campaigns.

“Technology has put us in a difficult position in many respects in terms of the applicability of our current laws,” Marshall said.

Sen. Jones, the beneficiary of the effort, has called for a federal investigation into Project Birmingham.

Silicon Valley billionaire and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman on Wednesday apologized for giving $750,000 to American Engagement Technologies (AET), the group that was reportedly behind the false flag campaign.

Ohio House, Senate Override Kasich Veto On Self-Defense Gun Bill

Ohio was the only state in the Union that required the defendant to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force in self defense was necessary, and not require the prosecution to prove it wasn’t.

The Ohio House and Senate have voted to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on, HB228, a bill that would revamp the way the state handles self-defense cases in court.

The legislation had strong support from pro-gun groups who said this would put Ohio in step with every other state in the country. Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine said shifting the burden ensures that someone is “innocent until proven guilty…one of the pillars of our nation’s legal system.”

In his veto message, Kasich said the Legislature should’ve considered his “red flag law” proposal which allows courts to take guns away from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.

“It’s hard for me to know what his reason is for doing anything,” says Irvine. “­They’re two completely unrelated concepts and ideas. So why you would veto ‘Bill A’  because they didn’t pass ‘Bill 3’ makes no sense to me.”

While the majority of Kasich’s veto message was spent discussing his “common sense” gun regulations, he also objected to the bill’s language on municipalities.

“A provision in this bill to restrict the rights of local governments to enact any policies concerning firearms further erodes Ohio’s long-established policies that guarantee local governments substantial sovereignty under the legal principle known as “home rule,” Kasich wrote.

The bill was originally dubbed the “Stand Your Ground” bill because it would have eliminated the “duty to retreat” provision in Ohio law when someone finds themselves in a life-threatening situation.

The “Stand Your Ground” bill has been met with vocal opposition around the country as critics say it would only make it easier for someone to use lethal force if they claim it was out of self-defense.

In December, a Senate committee took the “Stand Your Ground” language out of the bill.

Hamas and Fatah are forever feuding —
except when it comes to what they would do to Israel
.

A tale of two terrorist organizations

For the first time ever, a U.S.-led campaign to condemn the anti-Semitic terrorist organization Hamas was supported by a record number of 87 states at the United Nations. However, in keeping with its systemic moral bankruptcy and institutionalized anti-Israel bigotry, the UN ultimately failed to acknowledge that Hamas is an anti-Semitic terrorist organization whose racist charter openly demands the Jewish state’s destruction, and the U.S. resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority required to pass.

While many countries voted to condemn Hamas, hardly any countries condemn its supposedly “moderate” political rival Fatah. Most of the world still insists that the Ramallah regime led by Mahmoud Abbas is a crucial partner in the Arab-Israeli peace process. It is no secret that Hamas and Fatah are bitter political rivals. After military clashes in 2007, Hamas defeated Fatah and took over control of the Gaza Strip. Under Abbas, Fatah has responded by increasingly imposing economic sanctions on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

When it comes to the Jewish state, however, Fatah and Hamas may differ on tactics but are ultimately two sides of the same terrorist coin. In fact, Fatah strongly supported Hamas during the U.S.-led UN vote. Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki declared: “If Hamas, which is involved in resistance, is considered a terrorist movement, this means that all groups of the Palestinian people are involved in terrorism.This contradicts reality, as Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions are national liberation movementsthat are involved in resisting an Israeli occupation that is implementing terrorism against the members of our people…”

Osama al-Qawasmi, official Fatah spokesperson, concurred: “We firmly oppose the American-Israeli attempts to denounce Hamas as terrorist at the UN, and we will fight to thwart the proposal.”

To many Western post-Christian liberals, a “secular” Fatah official in a Brooks Brothers suit seems like a reasonable peace partner. In contrast to the openness of Islamist Hamas’s calls for Israel’s destruction, Fatah has successfully duped gullible Westerners with a false “peace” message in English while regularly inciting terrorism against Israel in Arabic. When addressing the West, Fatah skillfully deceives liberals by co-opting liberal concepts like “national liberation” and “freedom.” In reality, Fatah advocates oppression of its own population and ultimately the destruction of the Jewish state.

Western liberals mistakenly think the Arab-Israeli conflict is about specific borders — territorial. But as far as Fatah and Hamas are concerned, the term “occupation” refers to Israel’s very existence within any borders. In this context, Jews are demonized as “illegal settlers” whether they live in Israeli communities in the disputed territories or in Tel Aviv. Israel within internationally recognized boundaries is frequently erased from official Fatah maps.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted the anti-Jewish bigotry at the UN: “There is nothing more anti-Semitic than saying that terrorism is not terrorism when it is used against the Jewish people and the Jewish state.”

Terrorism against Israel and civilian Jews is driven by the genocidal goal of wiping the Jewish state off the map. Israel’s withdrawals from Gaza and other territories led to even more anti-Israel terrorism.

Just as no sane person would suggest that reconciliation is possible with al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists, the latest candid statements from senior Fatah officials make it abundantly clear that Israel cannot be expected to negotiate peace with Hamas and Fatah terrorists who want Israel to rest in peace.

 Hospitals required to post all prices online beginning January 1.

Medicare will require hospitals to post their standard prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients, officials said Tuesday.

The program is also starting a comprehensive review of how it will pay for costly new forms of immunotherapy to battle cancer.

Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the new requirement for online prices reflects the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to encourage patients to become better-educated decision makers in their own care.

“We are just beginning on price transparency,” said Verma. “We know that hospitals have this information and we’re asking them to post what they have online.”

Hospitals are required to disclose prices publicly, but the latest change would put that information online in machine-readable format that can be easily processed by computers. It may still prove to be confusing to consumers, since standard rates are like list prices and don’t reflect what insurers and government programs pay.

Patients concerned about their potential out-of-pocket costs from a hospitalization would still be advised to consult with their insurer. Most insurance plans nowadays have an annual limit on how much patients must pay in copays and deductibles — although traditional Medicare does not.

Likewise, many health care providers already make computerized records available to patients, but starting in 2021 Medicare would base part of a hospital’s payments on how good a job they do.

POTUS didn’t give away details, but Newsweek sure did.

POTUS and FLOTUS visit al Assad airbase in Iraq. The otherwise positive event, has the MSM up in arms. Newsweek is aghast that Trump tweeted a very professionally edited video after leaving the base, that maybe put what might be Special Forces at risk.

Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq….

JAMES LAPORTA ON 12/26/18 AT 6:13 PM

Say WHAT?! We have Special Forces and SEAL teams in Iraq? The same Iraq that is next to Syria? The Syria where we are pulling out after helping the Kurds hunt and terminate ISIS? I’m shocked!! I can’t believe that we have highly trained experts operating in an area that is littered with pockets of wanna be terrorists.

We have SEALS in IRAQ? OHMIGOSH! Who knew?

~ Said no one. Ever. Only an idiot would think we aren’t using the base & proximity to our advantage (Newsweek take note. Nobody is surprised).

Only One Published Piece Has Possible OPSEC Issues (Newsweek)

Trump’s tweet, can be found in an excellent post written by Nina Bookout. When you read it, I dare you to find where exactly POTUS implies, or states that any of the people are SEALs or SF. I’ve watched it a couple times, and it’s a production worthy post.  One that highlights the love these service members have for their CIC. Nobody is shirking the cameras, and there were plenty of cameras. Getty, API, all the professionals were there snapping away during the event.

The only photo that lists anyone specifically by name is in Newsweek, where they name the “SEAL team chaplain” (I use quotes, because it’s unconfirmed). The shared picture of Trump is being taken with a personal cell phone. Looks to me like the “Navy SEAL” wanted a picture with POTUS. I bet if you #TRUMP you will see many “glorious pictures” of service members with Trump.

Poor Reporting Still Gets My Byline!

Why, with a room full of reporters and cameras is Trump the only one getting flack? The author of the “Breaking” news was a Marine. His bio states he served in actual war zones, so should know the difference between OPSEC, PERSEC, and BS. I call BS. Unfortunately Mr. LaPorta has paused his twitter account. So he can’t respond to what is certain to be a day full of uncomfortable questions.

The video is a group of guys parading out in some NVG’s and a bit of gear. It does not make them SEALs. Maybe at a COMIC CON, or on a liberal talk show it’s enough.  But in reality, that’s not how it works. They can be on routine patrol. They may be working personal security detail for POTUS.

The ONLY one who is stating their affiliation is the guy who was a Marine. The guy who should know better than to call attention to anything that may further jeopardize the mission and those who are tasked with its success. Special Operators or not, they all have a job.

By starting this unsubstantiated narrative, James LaPorta is enhancing the potential danger to the guys in the video. The every ISIS wannabe living in a dirt hole is going to be gunning for these guys. All because someone wanted a story, more than he want to remember that “Semper Fi” doesn’t mean “always faithful to oneself.”

Whatta’bout….

The next news cycle will be filled with people bringing up Creepy Uncle Joe Biden

“publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.”

– The Washington Times – Friday, June 7, 2013

There will also be reminders that presidents and their minions perpetually oust covert operators. Scooter Libby went to jail for the fallout from the Valerie Plame incident.

Here’s the big difference people. Biden and Libby actually did oust covert operators. They literally said “this person is a special operator….” Trump posted a video that was given to him by staffers. The pictures on it show that there were A LOT of photo journalist’s present. Press who took the pictures during the dog and pony show of supposed SEALs in their gear.

Double Standards, Same Images

Many of the photographs are service members at al-Asad air base. Some of them may be covert operators. Most are not. The AP/Getty/API are not held to the standard they hold POTUS. His twitter shows exactly the same thing as the photo journalists. Less to be honest. Nowhere does he state that there are special operators on the base. Nor does he imply they are SEALs. This was done by the Free Press, and a journalist looking to expand his portfolio.

Trump is guilty of many terrible tweets. But this one is neither terrible nor in violation of OPSEC/PERSEC. The entire issue is a non-issue, and the author may find himself wishing for some covert abilities once the reality of his outrageous claim sets in.

Germany Considers ‘Mosque Tax’ To Counter Foreign Funding Influence

Jizya and Kharaj can work both ways.

The German government is considering a new “mosque tax” for the German Muslim community to pay for its own mosques rather than rely on foreign funding.

Similar to the church tax, the proposal is backed by Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentary group vice-president Thorsten Frei who argued that a tax would allow Muslims in Germany to break free of foreign influences, Die Welt reports.

Mankato Man Charged for Stabbing Incident Outside of an Uber

If you didn’t know it already, Minnesota has a large imported contingent of -mostly-Somali “refugees”.

(MANKATO, Minn) — A Mankato man is in custody after allegedly stabbing someone he was sharing an Uber with.

Charges against Mowlid Abdi Ahmed include two felony counts of second—degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Ahmed was taking an Uber home from a bar in Mankato when he attempted to start a fight with the victim over a relationship with a woman.

The driver told authorities that he had seen the two fighting on the ground before the victim informed him that he had been stabbed.

The victim was taken to the emergency room and was later unable to communicate with authorities due to being heavily sedated.

Ahmed could serve up to 29 years in prison if convicted.

California Says Residents With Vacated Out-of-State Convictions May Not Own Guns
A federal lawsuit says the state is violating the Second Amendment by refusing to recognize the restoration of firearm rights by courts in other states.

While serving in the U.S. Navy more than three decades ago, Chad Linton pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, and attempting to evade a police vehicle, a Class C felony, in Island County, Washington. More than four decades ago, when he was 18, Paul Stewart was found guilty of first-degree burglary, a felony, after hopping a fence and stealing tools from an unlocked telephone company truck in Yuma County, Arizona. In both cases, the felony convictions were eventually vacated, and both men’s firearm rights were restored.

But not according to the state of California, where Linton and Stewart have long led law-abiding lives. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains that their vacated felony convictions forever disqualify them from buying or possessing guns. Last week Linton and Stewart, joined by the Firearms Policy Coalition and three other gun rights groups, filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco, arguing that California’s policy violates the Second Amendment, the Full Faith and Credit Clause, and the Privileges and Immunities Clause.

California law, like federal law, prohibits people with felony convictions from owning firearms. On its face, that provision does not apply to people like Linton and Stewart, since their felony records have been vacated and therefore no longer exist as far the courts of conviction are concerned. Yet the California DOJ has told them that the state does not recognize those legal facts.

Both men, after thinking they had cleared up the matter, have attempted to buy firearms, only to be told that they are not legally allowed to do so in California. In Linton’s case, the DOJ’s Bureau of Firearms sent agents to his home in San Bernardino County last April and confiscated several guns he had legally purchased (or so he thought) after passing background checks. The complaint says the agents, after seeing Washington court documents showing that Linton’s conviction had been vacated and his firearm rights restored, thought his guns should be returned, but they were overruled by Deputy Attorney General Robert Wilson.

According to the complaint, Wilson told Linton’s attorney, Adam Richards, during a telephone conversation in September that Linton’s only remedy would be a presidential pardon—an odd suggestion, not only because his conviction had been vacated but because the president does not have the power to pardon state crimes. “During our call,” Richards said in a December 4 letter to Wilson that is included as an exhibit in the lawsuit, “you stated that the only measure that would restore [Linton’s] rights, according to your Department, is a presidential pardon. As I informed you during our conversation, I strongly disagree with the Department’s position as I believe it to be arbitrary and capricious for several reasons.”

Richards rejected Wilson’s argument that California need not take into account the actions of courts in other states. “Your position that Washington orders have no authority over California is irrelevant and misses the crux of the issue,” he wrote. “Washington courts are not seeking to modify a California order or case. Instead, the question of whether Mr. Linton was convicted of a felony resides with the jurisdiction in which the conviction allegedly occurred. Mr. Linton has no record in the State of California and now, effectively, has no record in the State of Washington.”

The lawsuit says the DOJ’s insistence that Linton and Stewart should still be treated as felons under California law represents “a total and permanent deprivation of their fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and ammunition, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.” Linton et al. argue that the policy “cannot be justified, and therefore fail[s] to satisfy any level or mode of scrutiny at all, let alone the heightened scrutiny that is required to deprive individuals of such fundamental rights.”

The complaint says the policy also violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause, which “requires each State to recognize and give effect to valid judgments rendered by the courts of its sister States,” and the Privileges and Immunities Clause, which “was designed to insure to a citizen of State A who ventures into State B the same privileges which the citizens of State B enjoy.” Although California itself has a process for restoring the gun rights of people with in-state felony convictions when they are downgraded to misdemeanors, “California refuses to honor the comparable process utilized by other states.”

The lawsuit portrays California’s treatment of Linton and Stewart as part of a general hostility toward gun ownership. “In their zeal to prohibit as many citizens from owning firearms as possible,” it says, California officials are “ignor[ing] the judgments and pronouncements of the courts of other states….The State has no constitutionally permissible interest in depriving individuals of their right to own, possess, and bear firearms for all lawful purposes, including self-defense in their homes, when any underlying convictions were remote, non-violent in nature, and adjudged to have been vacated or set aside in those other jurisdictions.”

Nation’s oldest living veteran Richard Overton dies in Austin at age 112

AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) – The nation’s oldest living veteran, Richard Overton, has died in a rehab facility in Austin, Texas. He was 112 years old.

Family says Overton was admitted to the hospital last week with pneumonia. He died Thursday.

Overton was born near Bastrop in 1906 and served in the army for three years during World War II. He spent the majority of his life in Austin and was often seen on the porch of his home, which he built in East Austin in 1945.

He gave credit to God for his longevity, but he always said cigars and whiskey helped.

“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said.

FPC V. Whitaker – A Procedural Attack On The Bump Stock Ban

The Firearms Policy Coalition did two things yesterday. They removed themselves from Guedes v. BATFE by voluntarily dismissing all claims in that case. Concurrently, they then filed a new case, FPC v. Whitaker, which challenges the authority of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to even sign off and authorize the issuance of the Final Rule banning bump stocks. In other words, they removed themselves from the merits case and filed a new case based on procedure.

You are probably wondering why they are changing course after the first lawsuit was filed. To understand this you must first think of the goal of all of these lawsuits which is to stop the bump stock ban. Then ask yourself which will get decided quicker – a lawsuit with extensive hearings from experts testifying as to why the bump stock is not a machine gun or one that says regardless of what is being banned that Matthew Whitaker doesn’t have the authority to even issue a Final Rule?

Take this a step further and look at how judges – especially liberal judges – have treated Second Amendment issues. The answer is not well and certainly not consistent with the intent of Heller and McDonald. Thus, even if you get an “Obama judge”, you stand a chance of winning because they can rightfully say they are not deciding a Second Amendment issue but rather an Administrative Procedures Act issue. Actually, it would be helpful to get a Obama or Clinton appointee who has nothing but disdain for President Trump and who would see this as a way of slapping him down. They get some perverse pleasure out of it and we get an anti-gun rule stopped. Moreover, this doesn’t stop Guedes or the case filed by Gun Owners of America on the merits as they will continue. This really is three-dimensional chess.

The lead attorney in the case is Tom Goldstein who is one of the premier appellate attorneys in the nation who has personally argued 42 case before the Supreme Court and is the co-founder of the SCOTUSblog. He is being assisted in the case by Daniel Woofter of Goldstein and Russell.

The suit is seeking both preliminary and permanent injunctions against the enforcement of the Final Rule banning bump fire stocks and is also seeking a declaratory judgment that the rule is invalid as Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker did not and does not have the authority to sign the rule.

A preliminary injunction is necessary to prohibit the Rule from taking effect 90 days from now and to prevent Mr. Whitaker from unlawfully exercising authority as Acting Attorney General. Mr. Whitaker’s designation as Acting Attorney General violates both the Constitution’s Appointments Clause, U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 2, and the applicable statutes, 28 U.S.C. § 508; 5 U.S.C. §§ 3345 et seq. Thus, he was not authorized to sign the Rule, and the Rule cannot go into effect without irreparably harming Plaintiff and its members. Accordingly, the declaratory, injunctive, and other relief requested herein is necessary to prevent the implementation or enforcement of this illegal regulation.

The request for relief asks the US District Court for the District of Columbia for five things:

(a) ENJOINS the Rule, Bump-Stock-Type Devices, 83 Fed. Reg. 66514 (Dec. 26, 2018), from going into effect, if at all, for at least 90 days after resolution of this action and all appeals;
(b) ENJOINS Matthew G. Whitaker from exercising any authority as Acting Attorney General, in this or any other matter;
(c) DECLARES that the Rule is invalid as signed by Matthew G. Whitaker;
(d) DECLARES that Matthew G. Whitaker’s designation as the Acting Attorney General violates the Appointments Clause and 28 U.S.C. § 508; and
(e) DECLARES that Matthew G. Whitaker is not the Acting Attorney General.

Regardless of which way the District Court rules on this matter, you know it will be appealed. If the government loses in District Court, they must appeal so as to try and preserve Whitaker’s authority to act. If the government wins, FPC will appeal because it is their right to do so. I can see this case ending up before the Supreme Court as it is a direct challenge to President Trump and his authority to name as Acting Attorney General someone who has not been confirmed by Congress.

As I wrote earlier, this is three dimensional chess and it will be interesting to see how the courts rule on this.

UPDATE: I just checked the judge assigned to the case. It is Ketanji Brown Jackson who was appointed to the District Court by President Barack Obama and who was confirmed in March 2013. She also had clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer. This will be interesting!

75-year-old Milwaukee man shoots, kills suspected robber

A 75-year-old man is in police custody, accused of shooting and killing a woman who may have been trying to rob him.

Police responded to a call of a shooting near North 12th Street and West Finn Place around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and found the woman with gunshot wounds. She died at the scene.

Investigators believe robbery was the motive behind the shooting but are still investigating.

Police said the 75-year-old man is OK.

With an update with more information


Man dead after attempted burglary near Central Lubbock

One man is dead after an attempted burglary in Central Lubbock, where police report he was trying to burglarize homes and vehicles in the area.

Police were called just before 10 p.m. Wednesday to the 3500 block of 38th Street after a shooting was reported, according to a Lubbock Police Department news release.

When police arrived they found a man, identified as 43-year-old Oliver Perez, with a gunshot wound. Perez was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

An initial report by LPD said Perez was attempting to burglarize cars and homes and was shot by a homeowners. An investigation, led by LPD’s METRO unit, is currently ongoing.


Aberdeen Homeowner Shoots and Wounds Attempted Car Thief

An Aberdeen homeowner shot someone trying to steal their vehicle on Christmas morning.

Lt Dale Green said Aberdeen police were called to a reported shooting in the 400 block of North Washington Street around 1:30 am Christmas morning. Arriving officers secured the shooter and applied a tourniquet to a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Paramedics with the Aberdeen Fire Department transported the injured man to Grays Harbor Community Hospital. The 54-year-old who fired the shot told investigators that the other man was attempting to steal his vehicle and when confronted ran at the homeowner.

Green said Aberdeen Police Detectives responded and processed the scene.


One robbery suspect killed in Muscle Shoals, two others arrested

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – A robbery victim who was lured to a Muscle Shoals home killed one of the suspects and wounded another, police said Monday.

Malaviee Hawkins was killed when he attacked a man at a home in the 2200 block of Gusmus Avenue around 4 a.m., Muscle Shoals Police Chief Clint Reck said.

The victim was lured to the home, Reck said, and Hawkins and another suspect, Zachary Britton, jumped the man once he was inside. The victim pulled out a gun and shot both men, Reck said.

Britton was treated and released from an area hospital. He and a woman, Madison Newsome, were both arrested and charged with robbery.

The robbery victim was not charged. Reck said his case will be presented to a grand jury.

GIULIANI CALLS FOR MUELLER TO BE INVESTIGATED
Charges he destroyed evidence when FBI phones erased

President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is charging that FBI special counsel Robert Mueller needs to be investigated for destroying evidence.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from [Peter] Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani told the Hill Opinion Contributor John Solomon in an interview.

WND had reported just days ago that the messages at issue are those between Strzok and his FBI paramour, Lisa Page.

Both were part of the FBI’s investigation of the allegations of 2016 Trump campaign collusion with Russia, and during that investigation they exchanged text messages expressing their hatred of Donald Trump and their efforts to make sure he wasn’t elected.

More evidence likely resided on the iPhones issued to them by the government.

But that evidence was erased, because the phones were “reset” to factory settings, apparently by Mueller’s team.

In a report, the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Justice explained that when the IG was looking for the phones, Mueller’s office responded that Strzok’s had been re-issued and reset.

Solomon reported Giuliani concluded it is time for the chief investigator in the Russia case to be investigated.

My Time Shooting with the Liberal Gun Club.

Just remember, not all proggies hate guns. They just hate that their political enemies have guns.

They may not like Trump & McConnell but they love Smith & Wesson.

That’s what I took away from the time I spent in the sweltering fall heat of Orlando, Fla., shooting guns and discussing politics with members of the Liberal Gun Club. Over the course of three days the group of 25 or so dues-paying members (of the more than 3,000 spread around the country not to mention the 5,000 registered forum members) traveled around central Florida shooting sporting clays, steel challenge matches, and even a few machineguns while planning how they’ll expand the club and use it to lobby against new gun bans and for what they view as more effective means of addressing gun violence.

Between driving around the sporting clays course, trying to figure out the best way to approach some truly fascinating USPCA-style shooting courses, and trying to choke down the pain that comes when you’re shooting a fully-automatic M14 when your shoulder is bruised from 8 hours with a 12-gauge the day before, I was able to chat with a number of members and try to get a glimpse into what motivates somebody to join a club many people on both sides of the aisle might think sounds like an oxymoron. What I found was a group of people who enjoy and value their gun rights as much as any other gun owners I’ve ever met. They were welcoming and friendly. They’re definitely liberals and they’re definitely gun lovers.

From what I observed, it’s more a social club than anything else. A place where people can come together and enjoy their hobby without being shamed for enjoying it while not having to worry about clashing with others over their politics.
Keith Ellis grew up around firearms. He has a nice collection of competition guns that he was even kind enough to let me borrow when we visited the fantastic Universal Shooting Academy to do a little bit of action shooting. He was a nice guy whose only failing is that he consistently beat me at each match the group shot.

Ellis is the head of the Florida chapter and is serving as the host for this year’s national convention. But his story is similar to that of most of the members with whom I spoke.

“I was on some of the online gun forums, and I got really tired of the hate and vitriol being spewed towards people of my political persuasion. Being called a libtard. Seeing things like ‘Obama’s a secret Muslim.’ Just asinine stuff,” he said. “So, that’s what kind of pushed me to start Googling around for a liberal, progressive gun club. It happened to be one of the first ones that popped up. I found it to be a very welcoming community.”

Sean Frazier is another lifelong shooter who came across the club after his own Google search.

“It was refreshing,” he said. “It was nice to be able to go hang out with people and be able to talk about anything.” He is now the vice president of the Southern California chapter.

Pattie Hall, a member from rural Kentucky who owns guns in part because she grew up with them and in part because she’s been the victim of a violent anti-gay attack, came across the Liberal Gun Club in much the same way.

“I wanted to be able to find other people who think like I do,” she said. “It was just a nice, safe place to talk about guns. I’m a very unusual shooter in the sense that you don’t find many liberals, many lesbians, or many vegetarians, and I’m all of those, but I still like guns. I’ve got more than 10 but less than 1,000.”

 

The club also serves as an escape from some less-than-tolerant anti-gun left-wingers. Pattie, Sean, and Keith all said they’d faced more backlash from the average liberal who found out they owned guns than from gun owners who found out they were liberals. In Pattie’s case, she said gun owners tended to be far more tolerant of her being gay than liberals are of her being a gun owner.

Being around the group for three days was an interesting experience. The shooting community is one of the most diverse groups I’m a part of on a regular basis, but it’s fairly common to show up to a shooting event where most of the people are white conservative men like me. So, it’s noticeable when I’m the only white conservative man at one of these gatherings.

Being around the Liberal Gun Club was a lot like being around the all-female DC Project or being one of only two white people at a Black Guns Matter event in Philly—it simply helps to get a different perspective on things.

The Liberal Gun Club does share the same core beliefs as most gun-rights activists. Like the DC Project or Black Guns Matter, the club targets a different demographic than most gun groups. It actively recruits gun-owning Democrats, and it has begun actively lobbying Democratic politicians as well

WRONG AGAIN: Obama and Gore Said Global Warming Would Cause More Severe Tornadoes – 2018 Was First EVER with NO VIOLENT TORNADOES

Back in January 2013, Barack Obama blamed climate change/global warming for “raging fires, crippling drought and more powerful storms” during his second Inaugural speech.

Peace award winner Al Gore supported his comments.

But Obama and Gore were wrong again.
According to the NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center the total number of tornadoes during 2012 was just 936– a ten year low.

LMT Online reported:

In the whirlwind that is 2018, there has been a notable lack of high-end twisters.

We’re now days away from this becoming the first year in the modern record with no violent tornadoes touching down in the United States. Violent tornadoes are the strongest on a 0 to 5 scale, or those ranked EF4 or EF5.