When you’re this far gone with TDS…..

By the way. Just in case some may not know.
What we call now call a ‘hamburger’ is German, but isn’t from Hamburg.
That naming is a story for another time.
In Germany, a ground beef patty on a round bun is called a ‘Frickadellen’ . They are close, but not the same, and anyway are pretty good in their own right.
Oh, but don’t worry, the Germans have McDonalds & Burger Kings galore over there and serve standard operational hamburgers by the gazillions.

Oddball Marianne Williamson Shines, Underscoring Weakness of Dem Candidates

Despite having the least time and at one point appearing to almost yodel while warning of ‘dark psychic forces’, self-help guru Marianne Williamson came out of last night’s Dem debate on top, being the most searched candidate and winning the Drudge poll.

And that probably tells you everything you need to know about the state of the Democratic party.

After having called to defeat President Trump with “love” in the first debate, Williamson attracted the most attention again as the other candidates failed to shine.

The Donald, Chaos Magician

When such thinking reigns supreme in the superstitious minds of demoncraps, who simply can’t grasp the fact that their politics were the problem, instead of the use of magical mysterious powers that blocked them from their obvious righteousness,  this is what you get.

Now, Bonaparte is quoted “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”. But I wonder if there’s anything that we might do to help push them farther along in their superstitious ignorance to the point they become completely ineffectual?

Historians are going to be spending decades trying to divine the reasons why Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. But what about divination itself? That’s the explanation given in a new book by occult historian Gary Lachman. Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump argues that the President and his alt-Right followers used positive thinking, magic, and occult practices to defeat Hillary Clinton.

The idea is that Trump came to power through the use of “New Thought,” which is a generic name for “a variety of different beliefs, philosophies, and practices that have as their central theme the idea that the mind can influence reality directly, that through mental effort alone we can ‘make things happen,’” writes Lachman, a musician and the author of critical studies of Karl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, Madame Blavatsky, and other figures in the Western esoteric tradition.

The real-estate magnate and his supporters apparently willed him into the White House by tapping into a non-material realm that allows those with the right skills, or the right amount of willpower and positive thinking, to create their imagined reality.

While the claim does not make rational sense, and many of the facts contradict it, Lachman’s history of American fringe spirituality is fascinating. Lachman is a good researcher and a skilled writer. If read like a science fiction novel, Dark Star Rising is a lot of fun. It offers an engaging  tour through the esoteric spiritual beliefs and practices that have been part of America’s history, and that have always been part of human history.

Known as Rejected Knowledge, hermeticism, perennial wisdom and, more recently, the New Thought, heterodox spiritual thinking goes back at least to ancient Greece. Lachman, a veteran of the rock band Blondie, did capacious research for this his 20th (approximately) book. It touches on the Greeks, who believed certain rituals affected the body, and on Hermes Trismegistu, the Egyptian priest whose ideas about conjuring spirits, alchemy, and spells greatly influenced the Transcendentalist movement that was started in America by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Hermes believed that “within God everything lies in the imagination” and that “if you do not make yourself equal to God you cannot understand him.” For Hermes, the imagination was the pathway to the universal mind, and if harnessed right allows one to send one’s soul anywhere and “transcend all of time.” It was a template for much New Age thought to come.

GOP senator introduces resolution to formally condemn socialism

demoncraps and other proggies going ballistic?
With so muck FLAK he must be On Target.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) on Monday introduced a resolution condemning socialism, taking to the Senate floor to blast Democratic policies he said would lead to “complete government control.”


You can read the resolution draft here.


“A radical, socialist, far-left movement is growing across this country. And it has taken root as the new voice of the Democratic Party … Today we make a choice. Freedom or Socialism. I choose freedom,” Daines said Monday.

In prepared remarks, the Montana senator condemned policies supported by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. The resolution claims without evidence that the proposals would “eliminate the private property rights of all people of the United States.”

The resolution further calls capitalism “the greatest engine for human advancement in the history of the world, bringing more people out of poverty and into prosperity than any economic model in the history of mankind.”

Daines, who is up for re-election in 2020, had earlier offered one of the most wholehearted Republican defenses of President Trump’s recent tweets telling four progressive minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries despite all being U.S. citizens.

“Montanans are sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals. This is America. We’re the greatest country in the world,” Daines tweeted earlier in July.

P&G posts strong sales, takes $8 billion Gillette writedown

‘currency fluctuations’? Horse$#!+. Gillette’s stupid ad campaign and Dollar Shave Club is what caused the loss.
The truth of “Get Woke Go Broke” strikes again

(Reuters) – Procter & Gamble Co’s quarterly revenue and adjusted profit beat Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, sending shares to a record-high even as the world’s No.1 personal goods company took an $8 billion charge on its Gillette shaving business.

P&G reported a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, due to an $8 billion non-cash writedown of Gillette. For the same period last year, P&G’s net income was $1.89 billion, or 72 cents per share.

Cincinnati-based P&G, which operates in 80 countries, sells Gillette razors, gels and foams worldwide and said the writedown was due primarily to currency fluctuations – enduring strength in the U.S. economy in recent years has strengthened the dollar. The charge was also driven by more competition over the past three years and a shrinking market for blades and razors as consumers in developed markets shave less frequently. Net sales in the grooming business, which includes Gillette, have declined in 11 out of the last 12 quarters.

U.S. Private Employers Added 156,000 Jobs in July, More Than Expected, ADP Says.

U.S. jobs growth rose faster than expected in July, according to a report Wednesday from payroll firm Automatic Data Processing.

Private employers added 156,000 jobs during the month, ADP said, exceeding economists’ average forecast for a gain of 150,000. The month also marked an increase from the 102,000 jobs added in June.

Economists have been scrutinizing data releases for indicators on future growth, as President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China casts a shadow over financial markets.

Yet many economists and investors say that the Federal Reserve’s move toward cutting official interest rates – expected to happen Wednesday afternoon – has already helped to stimulate the economy, since traders’ mere anticipation of the cuts is reflected in financial markets as if they had taken place.

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, who hosts a conference call with journalists on behalf of ADP when the monthly numbers are released, said it may be too soon to see any impact from Federal Reserve monetary-policy easing in the July labor-market numbers.

The pace of jobs growth has slowed this year to an average pace of about 170,000 per month from about 220,000 in 2018, he said.

But he said the labor market still appears on a solid footing, since the U.S. economy typically just needs to create about 100,000 to 120,000 jobs per month to maintain a stable unemployment rate.

“That’s still healthy,” Zandi said. In fact, he said, part of this year’s slowdown in jobs growth might simply be due to a shortage of available workers, with companies looking to hire for a record number of open positions.

For economists and investors, the ADP report typically serves as a preview for the U.S. Labor Department’s official monthly report on national employment, due out Friday.

Dem Candidates Call For More Than $200 Trillion in Spending.

How anyone with more than two working  brain cells could ever vote for a demoncrap simply illuminates just how corrupted half the U.S. population has become.

Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination have promised more than $210 trillion in new spending across the field, analysis by the Washington Free Beaconshows.

Of the 26 declared candidates—including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) who dropped out earlier this month—most have put enormous new government programs front and center in their campaigns. Totaling up these proposals gives taxpaying voters a sense of the budget priorities of the average Democratic candidate.

That overall figure is an undercount, as it is based only on proposals for which the Free Beacon could identify actual spending estimates. The true figure is much larger. For example, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) Medicare for All proposal is included, while Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D., Calif.) is not, because no cost assessment for the latter could be identified.

Candidates will continue to roll out proposals in the months ahead, although the field is likely to winnow in that time as well.

Of the $210 trillion, the plurality—$94 trillion—is the estimated cost of a Green New Deal, which a number of candidates have backed in some form or another. The remaining $116 trillion—roughly six times the United States’s annual Gross Domestic Product—is spread across a variety of policy proposals, from Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income to Marianne Williamson’s call for $200 to $500 billion in reparations for slavery.

The Free Beacon largely employed the candidates’ own cost estimates for their proposals. However, the analysis also cited a nonpartisan study showing Yang’s proposed $12,000 income for all Americans would cost at least $30 trillion over the next decade; Yang claims it would cost $1.8 trillion a year.

U.S. has intel that Osama bin Laden’s son and heir, Hamza, is dead, officials say
The officials would not provide details of how Hamza bin Laden died or if the U.S. played a role. It is unclear if Washington has confirmed his death.

Such coyness about attribution? There’s only one unit that kills like that.

WASHINGTON — The United States has obtained intelligence that the son and potential successor of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, according to three U.S. officials.

The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza bin Laden died or if the U.S. played a role in his death. It is unclear if the U.S. has confirmed his death.

Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether the U.S. had intelligence that Hamza is dead, President Donald Trump said, “I don’t want to comment on that.”

Hamza bin Laden’s last known public statement was released by al Qaeda’s media arm in 2018. In that message, he threatened Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian peninsula to revolt.

Hamza bin Laden is believed to have been born around 1989. His father moved to Afghanistan in 1996 and declared war against the U.S. Hamza went with him and appeared in al Qaeda propaganda videos. As leader of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden oversaw operations against Western targets that culminated in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and on the Pentagon.

Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 during a raid on his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound. Hamza was not found at the compound. Letters seized from the compound suggested the elder bin Laden wanted his son to join him in Abbottabad and was grooming him as a leader.

In a September 2017 article, counterterror expert and former FBI agent Ali Soufan said, “Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organization his father founded” and is “likely to be perceived favorably by the jihadi rank-and-file. With the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement.”

In February, the State Department announced it would pay as much as $1 million for information on Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts.

Survey: One in five women own a gun

(CBS) — Whether it is for protection or just for fun, more women are learning to shoot and also buy their own guns.

A recent survey shows one in every five women own a gun.

Spending time at the shooting range, it’s not just for guys. Women are picking up guns for safety — but that’s not the only reason.

“It’s just a social fun thing we can go out to dinner afterwards,” said Nancy Wilson, Triangle Shooting Academy. “We’re staying connected on facebook as well. The drive is more you want to be together and learn together.”

In 2016, Wilson didn’t know much about guns — and really didn’t want to.

“One of the management came up to me and said do you shoot and i went not really and so they said you should come back we have Tuesday night is Ladies night here at TSA,” Wilson said.

Wilson came back with a couple of friends.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves. We are all smart women and we want to make our own decisions,” she said.

And they are. Some women are just starting out, renting firearms until they find the right fit. Others are using the skills they are learning on Tuesday nights and entering competitions.

Home intruder shot and killed by homeowner in Ferry Pass

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR-TV) — A man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after breaking into a home on Lawton Street off of Olive Road in Ferry Pass. The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

We spoke to the homeowner, who does not want to be identified, he said the intruder made his way through a bedroom window. He showed us the shattered window.

“He left through my front door and came through the bedroom window, knocked everything around and slapped me, woke me up. He said something about something on fire then left out the front door. A few minutes later I heard him come back through so I went to the window and grabbed my pistol and that was over with,” the homeowner described.

He said he realized the intruder was someone he’s dealt with before. He said about two years ago the man had been arrested for breaking into his home. The man’s identity has not yet been released so we could not confirm his criminal history.

The homeowner said he feels confident he did what he had to in self-defense.

“You’re scared for your life you do what you got to do,” he said.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office are investigating.


 

AOC says Palestinians ‘have no choice but to riot’ against Israel

It was rumored that ‘the talk’ that AOC and Speaker Nan-nan had last Friday was to get AOC to sit down and shut up like a good little ‘backbencher’ until the 2020 elections were over.
Noop, with this, those words apparently went in one ear and right back out the other as AOC simply can not shut up with her anti-American/anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed that Israel is “criminal” in its treatment of Palestinians, whom she said have no other choice but to “riot” against the Jewish state.

The New York Democrat made her remarks during an appearance on the hip-hop program “Ebro in the Morning” with Ebro Darden, where they touched on a variety of issues concerning the freshman congresswoman.

The host asserted that “corrupt” governments in Israel, the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia were “all working in concert.”…..

He added: “And what’s going on with Israel and Palestine, while it’s very, very, deep, it is very, very, criminal, and it is very, very unjust.”

But rather than push back against the claims, Ocasio-Cortez agreed with them, saying “Absolutely” and adding that “I think, too, where we’re at as a country when it comes to Israel-Palestine is very much a generational issue.”

 

The most important question of your life.
Actually, in my theology, there is a more important question:
What are your plans for eternity?
but, the following might just be a good “No.2”

Here is a comment of pure excellence:

The contemporary Democratic Party has defined itself as a coalition of:

  • affirmative action activists
  • anti-American activists
  • anti-capitalist activists
  • anti-classical liberal activists
  • anti-Christian activists
  • anti-European activists
  • anti-free speech activists
  • anti-Israel activists
  • anti-Jewish activists
  • anti-male activists
  • anti-meritocracy activists
  • anti-Western activists
  • anti-white activists
  • Antifa
  • Arab activists
  • Asian activists
  • black activists
  • cultural Marxists
  • feminist activists
  • Hispanic activists
  • Indian activists
  • intersectionalists
  • LGBTQ activists
  • Muslim activists
  • open borders activists
  • Palestinian activists
  • people of color activists
  • radical leftists
  • reparations activists
  • social justice warriors
  • socialists
  • Third World activists
  • women of color activists

The odds of it ever regaining control of the center in American politics seem slim. It has made it clear that traditional American cultural groups are no longer welcome in the party.At its core, the post-2016 Democratic Party is driven by overt hatred of straight white males of the type who have created Western and First World culture in the modern era — that is the relentless drumbeat that comes through loud and clear.

The Squad is the face of the contemporary Democratic Party — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. They seem to be clamoring for an outright civil war. They are confident that they will win that war because demographic trends are in their favor. They intend to overwhelm and obliterate their opposition through sheer numbers.

Where does this volatile situation, which goes far beyond questions about the political fortunes of Donald Trump, go from here?

That last question is the one to which I refer and it is the only question that needs answering. At what point do economic illiteracy, media corruption, worship of foreigners and minorities, hatred of our ancestors, historical ignorance, feminist malevolence, mass immigration, Muslim sedition, and minority pathology and hatred actually cut the arteries of this (hitherto) remarkable civilization? At what point do you understand it in your bones that there is no loyal opposition, only people who hate everything about you and with every breath they take yearn to deprive you of your property, your sanity, your country, and your life?

This will be reversed either by

  1. a white epiphany that results in an electoral reversal of this situation that’s been decades (if not a century) in the making or
  2. a violent score settling by patriots.

And what is the likelihood of the former when Western electorates time and time again give overwhelming support to their enemies?

These are the only two options.

Nothing is on the horizon that gives grounds for optimism. Not a damn thing. Debt “ceilings” are routinely punctured. Mass immigration continues unabated. Pointless, illegal war is the obsession of the Treason Class. Lesbians, freaks, and soy boys are the stuff of the nightly news. With painfully few honorable police department exceptions, AntiFa filth rule the public square absolutely, positively under the king’s radar. But God forbid you should refuse to produce a “wedding” cake for two queers.

These are existential matters. If your wife asks if maybe it is time for a divorce, make no mistake that this is not a question that can be put off for later consideration at your leisure. How you answer that question is vitally important to you because if you answer incorrectly – or drift indecisively in the face of a massive problem – your life will never be the same again.

Make no mistake, how you answer Mr. McBride’s question is of crucial importance to you and your loved ones.

Rat Photo Bombs Fox45 Live Shot

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — A rat was seen running through a FOX45 reporter’s live shot during a story on President Trump’s tweet Baltimore is rat-infested. (FFwd to 1:20, near the end)

Maxine Streicher was in west Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood today to report on conditions.

The neighborhood is part of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Congressional District 7.

Trump blasted Cummings’ handling of the district this weekend.

ISIS Urges Followers to Carry Out Attacks in Major Western Cities

Just more confirmation to always go armed and keep your eyes and ears open.

The terror group ISIS is calling upon its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks in the major Western cities of San Francisco, New York, and London, according to several social media posts monitored by an ISIS watchdog site.

An ISIS media wing posted the terror advertisements on the Telegram networking website, telling followers to “answer the call” and warning ISIS opponents that attacks would happen “immediately” in their countries, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported.

“The pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ash-Shaff Media Foundation shared five posters on Telegram which threaten and encourage terror attacks in the West,” according to posts gathered by MEMRI. “The posters are captioned in poor English and feature background images of San Francisco, New York City, and London. The Ash-Shaff media group is believed to be based in Indonesia and/or operated by Indonesians.”

I’m a bit amazed CNN let this out.

Another another story from a ‘gun free zone’.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Pelosi isn’t called ‘SanFranNan’ for nothing. That city with all its problems are in her district. Always seems the areas under demoncrap political control are the scummiest, filthiest, most crime ridden in the nation.

The Gilroy shooting is horrible reminder that gun-free zones are a dangerous illusion.

Another atrocious shooting over the weekend. Unsurprisingly, it has already led to more calls for gun control. But here’s the grim reality. We’re still waiting to find out details about what might have motivated the animal who committed this heinous crime, but we do know that the victims here had one major factor in common with the victims of so many other mass shootings: They were unarmed.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival was supposed to be gun-free. In fact, guidelines showed that attendees couldn’t bring in so much as a pocket knife, under a prohibition ofany kind of weapon.There were metal detectors and screening points set up to keep weapons from getting in, but law enforcement says that the shooter found a way around it.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said that the suspect used a tool to cut through a fence near a creek area outside the festival grounds to get a “long-barreled rifle” around the security measures.

Efforts to keep weapons out of places where people just want to have a fun Sunday afternoon with their families are undoubtedly well-intentioned. Indeed, it would be wonderful if nobody even had to think about the issue. The problem is that efforts to keep weapons out of public places don’t work against those determined to disregard or outfox them.

When “no weapons” rules and signs are disregarded, when fences are cut and metal detectors are circumvented, we’re once again back to the reality that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Fortunately for the countless others who might have been hurt or killed, good guys with guns — police — were nearby and were able to neutralize the threat in a matter of minutes, but not before four people were killed and more wounded.

The question for those who want to use this as a springboard for their gun control agenda remains the same: A weapons-free policy didn’t keep these people safe from an armed criminal at a contained event in a state with stringent gun laws. Why should we ever believe that more gun control on a nationwide level would do any better?

IBM Just Made its Cancer-Fighting AI Projects Open-Source.

Public Access

IBM recently developed three artificial intelligence tools that could help medical researchers fight cancer.

Now, the company has decided to make all three tools open-source, meaning scientists will be able to use them in their research whenever they please, according to ZDNet. The tools are designed to streamline the cancer drug development process and help scientists stay on top of newly-published research — so, if they prove useful, it could mean more cancer treatments coming through the pipeline more rapidly than before.

Triple Punch

This week, IBM scientists are presenting the three AI tools at two molecular biology conferences in Switzerland, according to an IBM press release.

“Our goal is to deepen our understanding of cancer to equip industries and academia with the knowledge that could potentially one day help fuel new treatments and therapies,” IBM wrote in the release.

The company recently came under fire when its Watson “AI Doctor” offered dangerous medical advice, but the three new projects are entirely separate from that project.

Deep State apoplectic over the appointment of John Ratcliffe as DNI — for good reason.

The testimony of Robert Mueller signaled the end of Act One of the Russia Hoax story arc.  The appointment of Rep. (and former U.S. attorney) John Ratcliffe as the new director of National Intelligence launches Act Two, where the events of the first act begin to be understood in a new light.  (Act Three is coming, where the villains are held responsible, but that will have to wait for trials to begin, after indictments are handed down by grand juries in Hartford and Salt Lake City.  Remember that the election is still 15 months away.)

The miscreants and their friends understand very well what is ahead, and they are acting accordingly.  As predictable as the sun rising in the east, we see hysteria, such as this from the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, worried that the safety of the Republic (or at least the CIA — pretty much the same thing in the eyes of Deep Staters) itself is in danger.  It comes complete with a goofy picture of Ratcliffe, whom Post readers are supposed to regard as a dangerous, demented clown:


Cropped screen grab from Washington Post.

Among intelligence professionals, President Trump’s nomination of an inexperienced, partisan politician to oversee America’s spy agencies prompted deep dismay — but also a stolid reaffirmation of the spymaster’s credo: Let’s get on with it.

This combination of incredulity and stoicism was voiced by a half-dozen current and former officers I spoke with Monday about Trump’s choice of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) to become director of national intelligence. The worry is partly that Ratcliffe lacks any real experience, and perhaps more that he has embraced Trump’s “deep state” conspiracy theories about the CIA and FBI.

“This makes the workforce wonder, what are we doing here?” said one veteran CIA station chief. But a few moments later he affirmed: “This place is under siege. People say, carry on, protect the mission, avoid the firing range.”

In other words, trust and protect those intelligence professionals who conspired with their MI6 colleagues, FBI head Comey and counterintelligence agents like Peter Strzok, and the Australian and Italian intel services (among others) to set up surveillance of the Trump campaign and the later appointment of the Mueller/Weissmann team to take down the elected president.  It’s not for nothing that Ignatius has been called “the mainstream media’s apologist for the Central Intelligence Agency” and is a leading recipient of leaks.

The Truth About “Smart Guns”

“Smart guns” are firearms with some type of electronic or mechanical locking system that prevents unauthorized users from discharging the firearm.

• The Armatix iP1 (pictured above) tested by NRA staff in 2014 wasn’t a particularly compelling firearm. Even beyond problems with its “smart” features, staff members struggled to get the pistol to fire an entire magazine without a stoppage. It also “featured” an incredibly heavy double-action trigger pull that led one staffer to wonder if the trigger pull itself was an attempt to make the gun impossible to fire.

• The NRA doesn’t take positions on the availability of commercial firearm technologies (smart guns included), but is opposed to government mandates that would require the sale of certain technologies.

• A New Jersey law mandates that once a commercially viable “personalized handgun” is certified as being available, all handguns sold within the state must incorporate the technology. This law has probably done more to limit “smart-gun” technology than anything done by even the most ardent opponents of “smart guns.” Firearm manufacturers are understandably reluctant to introduce a technology that would immediately limit the Second Amendment rights of Garden State residents.

• Earlier this year, Smith & Wesson and Ruger rejected attempts by activist shareholders to force the companies to develop “smart-gun” technology. Both companies cited the reliability problems that the technology introduces to otherwise reliable firearms and the lack of any significant consumer demand.

Michigan legislation seeks to reduce first-time concealed-carry violations to civil penalties

Well, maybe if they’d just pass ‘ConCarry’……

Gun rights supporters in the Michigan House are working several bills to decriminalize some firearm-related offenses through the legislative process.

House Bills 4200 and 4201 cleared the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. They seek to reduce the first-offense penalty for carrying a concealed weapon in prohibited areas from a felony punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment, a $2,500 fine or both to a $330 civil penalty if the license had lapsed the previous year.

Current state law mandates punishments based on the number of concealed-carry offenses in prohibited areas like schools, churches, sports arenas, nars and hospitals.