BLUF:
The cops came out repeatedly, answering not just my calls but those of my neighbors. Time after time, the police apologized for the fact that they couldn’t do anything to alleviate the abuse, explaining that they’d been neutered by the mayor, with the support of our local city councilman, Mike Bonin……

An hour and a half after I’d called 911, officers arrived. And it was then—noon, on Thursday, August 20th that I had an upsetting revelation: We citizens can no longer rely on the police to show up. And then the thought hit me: I need to get a gun………..

You’ve got to love the irony. It’s the Democrats who push for gun control, yet it’s the Democrats in power in my city who are leaving me with no choice but to arm myself.

L.A.’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison

I never wanted a gun. In fact, I wanted to never own one—until around noon on Thursday, August 20th. Continue reading “”

“Barrett looks like she stepped out of central casting for ‘soccer mom.’ When she is confirmed, she will be the first married female Justice since 2010 (when RBG’s husband died) and the first female Justice with minor children. I think she has more appeal to married suburban white women than conventional wisdom believes.”

BLUF:
The real fissure running through the Supreme Court is not between so-called liberals and notional conservatives, but between those who believe that judges are superlegislators empowered to impose their own vision on society and those who believe that judges are constrained by what the law actually says.
The latter is the position of the Federalist Society and many lawyers associated with it, and that this position — that the law says what it says, not what people with power wish for it to say — should be controversial is an excellent indicator of why faith in our institutions has eroded so deeply.
If Republicans give Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat to some Federalist Society fanatic, Democrats should pack the court,” reads the line over Michelle Goldberg’s New York Times column.
Read that and ask yourself who the fanatic really is.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Didn’t Understand Her Job

If RBG wanted to be a lawmaker, she should have run for Congress.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg did a great many interesting and impressive things in her life, but she never did the one thing she probably really should have done: run for office. Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t an associate justice of the Supreme Court — not really: She was a legislator in judicial drag.

You need not take my word on this: Ask her admirers. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a vision for America,” Linda Hirshman argues in the Washington Post. What was her vision? “To make America fairer, to make justice bigger.” That is not a job for a judge — that is a job for a legislator. The job of making law properly belongs to — some people find this part hard to handle — lawmakers. Making law is not the job of the judge. The job of the judge is to see that the law is followed and applied in a given case. It does not matter if the law is unfair or if the law is unjust — that is not the judge’s concern. If you have a vision for America, and desire to make the law more fair or more just, then there is a place for you: Congress. That is where the laws are made.

This distinction is an important one. As you may have noticed over the course of the summer, Americans do not agree on everything. Some of us have ideas about what is good, decent, fair, just, wise, intelligent, prudent, and necessary that are radically different from the ideas other Americans have about what is good, decent, fair, just, wise, intelligent, prudent, and necessary. Democracy is not good for very much, but democratic institutions are how we settle those disagreements. Even the antidemocratic elements of U.S. government, such as the Bill of Rights, which put certain questions beyond the reach of mere temporary majorities, came out of democratic institutions and were implemented through a democratic process. It is from that that they derive their legitimacy. Democracy has its shortcomings — mostly rooted in the fact that human beings are universally fallen and in the majority savage — but the alternative is bonking each other over the head over every disagreement.

Put another way, the alternative is might makes right — which is exactly the kind of “jurisprudence” Justice Ginsburg and others of her kind have long practiced. Continue reading “”

They clutch that necklace and have a case of the vapors over that .50 cal rifle, then completely disregard the guy in the pick-up holding an M60 machinegun right behind it.
You don’t find those at your local gun store, so the stupidity of the people making this piece of propaganda is readily evident.


Ohio lawmakers pass bill making gun stores an ‘essential business’ even amid a pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The Ohio Senate recently passed a bill that would ban the closure of licensed firearms dealers, even during a pandemic. Gun store owners are now behind the legislation and hope it reaches the governor’s desk. However, other groups against the bill now worry about the bill saying it could do more harm than good.

Eric Delbert, the owner of LEPD Firearms, says in the eight years he’s been running the store gun sales have never been higher.

“At the height of COVID and at the beginning of the civil unrest, we went from selling 10 firearms in a day just in a day just some days selling over 100,” said Delbert.

Governors of several states excluded licensed firearms dealers from the list of “essential” businesses. Recently, passed Senate Bill 360, backed by Republican Senate President Larry Obhof, would ban any public official from closing down gun stores, even during a pandemic……..

BLUF:
This is a strategic blunder, but it’s also a moral blunder. The American people need to know they have a justice system that treats all people fairly, regardless of political persuasion. Right now, that trust has been shattered, and for very good reason. The DOJ had a chance to pick up the pieces and make this right. Instead, they’ve delayed and stonewalled just like the FBI has. Is this a move being made to protect people because they think Trump will lose? I don’t know what the motivation is, but it’s unacceptable.

Of course, again, maybe this isn’t true? But it would be par for the course. We’ll see where this leads, but I’m not hopeful at this point.

Huge: No Durham Report, Indictments Coming per Sources

This is not the kind of big news you want to get on an otherwise slow Sunday morning, but here it is. Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo is reporting this morning that there will be no Durham interim report or indictments coming before the election. By the wording, she may actually be saying there’s no report coming at all.

If true, this is a travesty of justice of the highest order given what has transpired the last five years.

This isn’t someone leaking to the Times to cover their backside. Bartiromo is typically solid and is not anti-Trump in the least.

Whether or not you believe this news will probably depend on the level of cynicism you normally operate with in regards to this topic . I’ve been far more skeptical of the Durham investigation than even I’d like to admit at times. While I want people to be brought to justice, it’s the kind of thing that never seems to happen when the targets are of a Democrat nature (yeah, I know Comey is a “Republican”). Continue reading “”

#1, Gun violence is an issue no one can avoid any longer.
This is why I carry a gun!
#2, Would Lanza have ever come up with this disgusting, perverse courage to walk into that school if he didn’t have an AR-15?
Murphy is attributing an ability to the rifle to have influenced Lanza. This is the old medieval superstition of The Deodand, where a thing, an inanimate object has moral responsibility and the capacity to exert mental and physical control over people.

As we see, there are people who today still believe in crap-for-brains BS, or think they can pander to those who do.


Sen. Chris Murphy: Gun Violence Is An Issue ‘No One Can Avoid Any Longer’

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy spoke with Boston Public Radio on Friday about his new book that examines what he says is the American failure to address gun violence. Murphy was elected to the U.S. Senate a month before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, when 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, and six adults, were shot dead by Adam Lanza.

“This easy access to weapons of mass destruction is probably the simplest and most accurate explanation of the mass shooting epidemic,” Murphy said. “Would Adam Lanza have ever come up with this disgusting, perverse courage to walk into that school if he didn’t have an AR-15?”……………….

 

September 27

1066 – William, Duke of Normandy and his army set sail from the Somme river, towards England.

1529 – The 1st Siege of Vienna begins when Suleiman I attacks the city.

1669 – The Venetians surrender the fortress of Candia to the Ottomans,  ending a 21 year long siege.

1777 – After evacuating Philadelphia from the British occupation, the U.S. government selects Lancaster, Pennsylvania as the capital of the United States for one day before continuing on to York, Pennsylvania

1908 – Production of the Model T automobile begins at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit.

World War II
1940 – The Tripartite Pact is signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy forming the Rome–Berlin–Tokyo Axis.
1941 – The first Liberty ship, the SS Patrick Henry is launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland
1942 – The last day of the Matanikau action on Guadalcanal ends as U.S. Marines successfully retire from an attempted Japanese encirclement
1944 – The US Army 8th Air Force loses 31 of 283 B-24 bombers during the Kassel Mission to destroy German tank factories.

1956 – Shortly after exceeding Mach 3 for the 1st time in a Bell X-2 aircraft, USAF Captain Milburn Apt is killed when the craft goes out of control and his escape module crashes due to a parachute failure.

1996 – The Battle of Kabul ends in a Taliban victory, establishing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Births
1389 – Cosimo de’ Medici
1722 – Samuel Adams
1803 – Adm Samuel Francis Du Pont USN
1824 – Gen William “Bull” Nelson USA
1830 – Gen William Babcock Hazen USA
1838 – Gen Lawrence Sullivan Ross CSA
1840 – Cpt Alfred Thayer Mahan USN
1894 – Lothar von Richthofen
1896 – Sam Ervin
1917 – Louis Auchincloss, Carl Ballantine
1919 – Jayne Meadows-Allen
1947 – Michael ‘Meat Loaf’ Aday
1950 – Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
1958 – Shaun Cassidy
1966 – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
1984 – Avril Lavigne

Deaths
1660 – Vincent de Paul
1876 – Gen Braxton Bragg CSA
1917 – Edgar Degas
1944 – Aimee Semple McPherson
1956 – Mildred ‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias
1985 – Lloyd Nolan
1996 – Mohammad Najibullah, Shahpur Ahmadzai
2003 – Donald O’Connor
2009 – William Safire
2011 – Johnny Mathis
2012 – Herbert Lom
2014 – James Traficant
2017 – Hugh Hefner

Joe Biden is retired
The campaign has called nine early press lids this month

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign called another early morning press lid at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, leaving strategists and reporters wondering what the hell is going on. It was the ninth time this month that Biden had no public events on schedule and thus told the press before lunchtime that they would not be needed for the rest of the day.

It’s downright bizarre that a campaign would squander nine perfectly good days that could be spent on the trail just two months out from the election. What was Biden doing during this time instead? Sitting at home with his wife in Wilmington and hopping on the occasional Zoom event? Sam Stein, who is a Daily Beast reporter and purportedly not a campaign spokesperson, insisted that Biden must have been prepping for Tuesday’s debate against Trump. But even Hillary Clinton, who was blasted for being ‘over-prepared’ for the first debate in 2016, only started lightening her campaign schedule the week prior. Debate prep thus hardly comes close to explaining Biden’s subdued September.

If we compared Biden’s recent campaign schedule to the supposedly standard 40-hour work week (full time employees in the US actually work about seven hours longer than that, on average), we’d have even more reason to be concerned. From August 31 to September 6, Biden called an early lid three times and was out in public campaigning for just over 34 hours. From September 7 to 13, he again called three early lids and was out on the trail about 35 hours. He made up some slack in the third week of September, putting in 65 hours on the trail. But so far this week, he’s only been out and about for just over 24 hours and has already called two early lids. It seems like a bad sign that Biden is campaigning for an office that requires brutally long working hours and can’t even keep up with the average American worker while campaigning. Perhaps it would be fairer to compare him to the average American retiree? Obama only slept for about five hours each night while in office, and Trump sleeps about four. Could Biden’s physical health be as troublesome to his campaign as his mental health seems to be?

Perhaps Biden’s frequent rest stops are an extension of his campaign’s strategy to ‘never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake’. They opted to keep him locked in the basement during the early months of the pandemic while Trump held daily press conferences about the coronavirus. It worked for a short time, with Biden taking a comfortable lead in many swing states, but since then the polls have tightened. Biden risks falling into the same trap that Hillary Clinton did in 2016 when she got too comfortable with the idea that Trump would talk his way out of victory. She took for granted voters in places like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. They responded by casting their ballots for her opponent. Will voters in 2020 feel similarly snubbed when they find out Biden spent more than a third of his month on the couch?

Black Pentecostal leaders: Amy Coney Barrett ‘persecuted’ for charismatic faith.

A letter released Friday by Black Pentecostal and charismatic Christian leaders has decried criticisms of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s charismatic Catholicism, ahead of her possible appointment to the Supreme Court.

“Today we stand with, and speak in defense of, Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” the Sept. 25 letter said.

“As black Christians we will not stand by in silence as our sister in the faith is persecuted for the ‘political crime’ of her beliefs,” said the letter, which was signed by numerous clergy members, scholars, and religious leaders. Continue reading “”

I wish


Some Senate Democrats Consider Boycotting SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

At least two Democrats on the powerful Senate panel that will soon oversee the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee remain on the fence about whether they’ll attend the televised meetings.

Senate Judiciary Committee members Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told Newsweek they’re uncertain if they’ll participate in the several days of public hearings expected for mid-October, signaling they may boycott the confirmation process in an apparent snub to Republicans moving at breakneck pace to fill the vacancy on the nation’s highest court before Election Day.

“We’ll see,” Coons said. “My gut inclination is this is the shortest time in American history, the closest to an election—ever—that there’s been a nominee, and we’re given just two weeks to do what should take a month

And she doesn’t mean getting the car out for people who don’t have one


Driving Voters to Join Team Trump

I’ll be upfront right here: I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016. That’s because I couldn’t abide the man, and I knew that my state would be voting red anyway. So my vacant presidential ballot (no, I didn’t vote for Hillary) didn’t make any difference. But this year I’m voting to re-elect him. Disgust with leftist stunts will be driving me to the polls as soon as they open early (yes, I always vote in person).

And you know that I’m not the only one, either.

Take, for example, how Black Lives Matter activists harassed older Floridians just trying to enjoy a meal. Because Breonna Taylor or something.

Hold on — isn’t Florida supposed to be a battleground state? It is indeed, but Trump is gaining ground in the polls there; Real Clear Politics gives Joe Biden an average edge of only 1.3%. Wanna bet stunts like that will be driving Florida voters to join Team Trump? As Sharyl Attkisson tweeted:

“From what I can tell, at this point, you may as well call them the “Get-Out-The-Trump-Vote-Patrol.”

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