Observation O’ The Day
Biden was put forward as being the ‘answer’ to restoring a purported loss of the U.S.’s reputation and creditability. Instead, with Afghanistan and these latest idiocies, he and his puppet masters have plowed it under.
As we said of stupid failure in the military: “Hmmm, it briefed well.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has deleted a statement posted to his official Twitter account on Thursday that said the U.S. would “stand with the people of Hong Kong,” the South China Morning Post reported Friday.
Blinken’s now-deleted tweet, originally posted on September 16, read:
Beijing should let the voices of all Hong Kongers be heard. The PRC [People’s Republic of China]’s disqualification of district councilors only weakens Hong Kong’s long-term political & social stability. We stand with the people of Hong Kong and continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms.
The U.S. Secretary of State replaced the statement with a more muted tweet posted later on September 16:
The PRC’s disqualification of seven pro-democracy district councilors undermines the ability of people in Hong Kong to participate in their governance. Governments should serve the people they represent. Decreasing representation goes against the spirit of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
France on Saturday accused Australia and the United States of lying over a ruptured Australian contract to buy French submarines, warning a grave crisis was underway between the allies.
Australia’s decision to break a deal for the French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels sparked outrage in Paris, with President Emmanuel Macron recalling France’s ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move.
The row has sparked a deep rift in America’s oldest alliance and dashed hopes of a post-Donald Trump renaissance in relations between Paris and Washington under President Joe Biden.
634 – The Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid capture Damascus from the Byzantine Empire.
1676 – Jamestown Virginia Colony is burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion.
1777 – Attempting to flank Continental forces under General Benedict Arnold at Bemis Heights, New York, British forces under General John ‘Gentleman Johnny’ Burgoyne win a costly tactical victory in taking the Freeman Farm near Albany in the First Battle of Saratoga.
1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first United States federal budget.
1796 – George Washington’s Farewell Address is published across America as an open letter to the public.
The Civil War:
1862 – Near Luka Mississippi, on the opening day of the Luka-Corinth Campaign, the Union Army of the Mississippi, under General William Rosecrans engages the Confederate Army of the West, under General Sterling Price, and forces them to withdraw.
1863 – Near Chickamauga Creek in northwestern Georgia, the Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg engages the Army of the Cumberland, under General William Rosecrans, forcing them to retreat back into Union occupied Chattanooga effectively ending the Chickamauga Campaign.
1864 – Near Winchester, Virginia, during the Valley Campaign, the Union VI Corps, XIX Corps, Cavalry Corps and the Army of West Virginia under General Philip Sheridan engages the Confederate Army of the Valley District under General Jubal Early, forcing them to retreat and ending with the Union occupation of Winchester.
1881 – President James A. Garfield dies of wounds suffered in a July 2 assassination attempt; Vice President Chester A. Arthur becoming President.
World War II
1939 – The Battle of Kępa Oksywska outside the city of Gdynia Poland ends with Nazi forces defeating Polish forces
1940 – Polish Cavalry officer Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp to gather and smuggle out information of Nazi atrocities for the resistance movement.
1944 – Units of the U.S. First Army under the command of Lieutenant General Courtney Hodges engage the Nazi 275th and 353rd Infantry Divisions under Generalleutnant Hans Schmidt holding positions within the Hürtgen Forest on the border between Belgium and Germany.
1976 – As 2 Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom jets fly out to investigate an unidentified flying object detected by radar near Tehran, both independently lose instrumentation and communications as they approach, only to have them restored upon withdrawal.
1985 – Tipper Gore and other politician’s wives form the Parents Music Resource Center
1991 – Ötzi the Iceman is discovered in the Alps on the border between Italy and Austria.
1995 – The Washington Post and The New York Times co-publish the Unabomber manifesto.
2010 – The leaking oil well in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is sealed.
President Donald John Trump rung in the new year in 2020 by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s terrorism division. Boy was Biden mad.
Biden said, “Trump has no strategy here. No endgame. The only way out of this crisis is through diplomacy – clear-eyed, hard-nosed diplomacy grounded in strategy, that’s not about one-off decisions or one-upmanship. We need diplomacy that is designed to de-escalate the crisis, protect our people and secure our regional interests – including our counter-ISIS campaign.”
Of course, there was no escalation.
Iran held a funeral, millions pretended to mourn, and Disney sent Martha Raddatz as its emissary to pay its respects. After all, Iran is a friend of Red China.
Compare and contrast to Biden’s “clear-eyed, hard-nosed diplomacy grounded in strategy” in which he killed a pro-American in Afghanistan and his 9 kids. The Pentagon sent out one of its 491 generals (and 162 admirals) to say oops, our bad.
No one will be charged with murder. Or manslaughter. Or anything.
Thanks to Biden’s “clear-eyed, hard-nosed diplomacy grounded in strategy,” Afghanistan is FUBAR.
President Trump had talked the Taliban into not shooting at Americans. He left a country at peace, much like Korea in 1953. While Korea technically is a forever war, you are safe there.
Afghanistan was getting there. Was. President FUBAR wanted to announce at the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that he — and he alone — had brought our troops home and that it was time to turn the page.
But we don’t call him President FUBAR without cause. On 9/11 he was silent (except for a strange barking episode) while the Taliban swore in its new cabinet. 4 of the cabinet members were terrorists Obama sprung from Gitmo in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
President FUBAR’s surrender showed the world his “clear-eyed, hard-nosed diplomacy grounded in strategy.” It consists of the enemy waiting for him to get bored and stop fighting.
Neither he nor any of our 491 generals (and 162 admirals) came up with a plan to bring American civilians home first, bring American war materiel home second, blow up the bases, and leave.
Now they sit around saying, plan? I thought you were coming up with a plan. It was all helter skelter.
Oh and the troops won’t be home long.
The left always shows you what they’re afraid of.
And they’re afraid of this phenomenon.
It shows people aren’t afraid of them, even on college campuses.
There was a heavy police presence at the US Capitol on Saturday in anticipation of a rally in support of the January 6 political prisoners.
Demonstrators will show support for the January 6 political prisoners on Saturday.
Hundreds of non-violent Trump supporters are currently in jail awaiting trial for walking through the Capitol on January 6.
But it was all a set up.
There were more police, reporters and undercover intelligence agents than protesters in Washington DC.
The only armed person arrested on Saturday was an undercover agent.
"Are you undercover?" the officers asked the masked man, who gave them a badge.
I guess not anymore. pic.twitter.com/EBBx0e8Ucd
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) September 18, 2021
Biden? No, he’s a senile puppet. This is the people pulling his strings.
Biden has surrendered the US border https://t.co/yxYsgsD8Qt
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 18, 2021
It’s not just accounts it’s any transaction of $600 or more.
Today @JoeBiden told us that he needs to monitor all bank accounts with over $600, in order to catch tax cheating billionaires, because everyone knows that if you have $600 in the bank you must be a billionaire.
— Dr. Mark Young (@MarkYoungTruth) September 17, 2021
Comment O’ The Day
The densest element yet known to science has been named Pelosium.
Pelosium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 311.
These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
The symbol of Pelosium is PU.
Pelosium’s mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly interact with various elements in the atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons within the Pelosium molecule, leading to the formation of isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientist to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration.
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as Critical Morass.
When catalyzed with money, Pelosium activates CNNadnausium, an element that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent noise, since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons as Pelosium.
Her mannerisms as she speaks her word salad BS only impresses on me the idea that she knows she’s uttering BS and believes she can cover it by appearances.
During an event in Cambridge, England on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that despite communist China’s long list of human rights abuses, the United States must partner with them to fight climate change.
“The situation with China is tightening, it’s getting worse,” Pelosi acknowledged.
With their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, with their violation of the cultural… religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China as well – they’re just getting worse in terms of suppression and freedom of speech……
Having said all of that… we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is a leading emitter in the world – U.S. too, developed world too – but we must work together. We have to have a level of communication – whether it’s COVID, whether it’s terrorism or whether it’s climate.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) September 16, 2021
Question O’ The Day.
So was Milley lying to Trump, or was he actually that clueless?
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley dismissed the George Floyd riots as “penny packet protests” — insisting they weren’t an insurrection because the mobs only “used spray paint,” according to a new book.
The under-fire general — accused of going behind President Donald Trump’s back to contact his Chinese counterpart — wildly downplayed the riots when Trump raised fears they were “burning America down,” according to Fox News excerpts from the new book, “Peril.”
“Mr. President, they are not burning it down,” he told the alarmed commander-in-chief, according to authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“They used spray paint, Mr. President, that’s not an insurrection,” he told Trump.
It was not immediately clear when the conversation happened, but violent, fiery protests broke out in cities across the US soon after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May 2020.
New York City saw mass looting and fires in the street, including torched police vehicles, while other cities saw deadly shootings within days, and thousands of National Guard members were ultimately deployed in at least 15 states, Fox News also noted.
Milley, however, gestured to a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln as he tried to dismiss Trump’s clear fears over the violence.
“We’re a country of 330 million people. You’ve got these penny packet protests,” he said, using a term for something insignificant, according to the book being published Sept. 21.
Milley insisted it was not an issue for the US military — and instead said the protests were understandable given systemic racism, according to the Fox excerpts.
“That’s pent up in communities that have been experiencing what they perceive to be police brutality,” Milley reportedly told Trump.
But when the Jan. 6 Capitol riot happened, Milley believed it “was indeed a coup attempt and nothing less than ‘treason,’” the book said.
He feared that Trump might be looking for a “Reichstag moment” and believed the attack “so unimagined and savage, [it] could be a dress rehearsal for something larger,” the authors wrote.
Milley’s spokesperson told Fox News that his office was not commenting on the book.
Bumper Sticker O’ The Day
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In our previous data study on the initial effects of the pandenmic on our business, we outlined increased sales due to the public’s growing leeriness of COVID-19, starting from February 23, 2020 when the news coverage became ominous.
That’s only part of the story, however, because over the last 18 months, we’ve experienced a particularly charged election year, BLM protests amid calls to “defund the police,” a contentious transfer of power, and most recently a surprise ban on popular Russian ammo.
These events in particular, set against the backdrop of the ongoing response to the pandemic, resulted in demand spikes. Looking at the data below, you’ll get a sense of a high level trend during the pandemic and then see how that trend changed during certain specific time periods, like the BLM protests, when already-elevated demand went up even more.
To give a pre-pandemic baseline of sorts, over the past 18 months our overall sales have increased as follows:
- 590% increase in revenue
- 604% increase in transactions
- 271% increase in site traffic
- 77% increase in conversion rate
This data is from February 23, 2020 – August 23, 2021, when compared to the previous 18 months (August 24, 2018 – February 22, 2020).
Below are tables which list the top 10 states, ordered by our total sales volume, and how they fared during these recent demand spikes when compared to the previous time period, respectively. We also listed which calibers were most popular in those top states.
Yes, this is known, but it always bears repeating.
But that is really what Kulturkampf politics is all about: fortifying one’s own social status by exercising ritual domination over cultural rivals. That’s how you get punitive tax policies that don’t raise much revenue, “inclusiveness” policies based on exclusion, and gun-control proposals that don’t have anything to do with gun crime. It just feels good to exercise power over people you loathe or envy. That is the beginning and the end of it.
In the latest issue of National Review, I write about the lax enforcement of our gun laws and touch on a theme that is worth exploring a little more: Gun control is not about gun crime — gun control is about gun culture.
If we cared about keeping guns out of the hands of felons, we’d be locking up straw buyers. We’d be prosecuting prohibited “lie and try” buyers who falsify their ATF paperwork. And we’d be confiscating guns sold in retail transactions that were wrongly approved because of defects in the background-check system. But, for the most part, we don’t do much of any of that.
Instead of doing the hard work of enforcing the law on people committed to breaking it, we focus almost all of our efforts on the most law-abiding group of Americans there is: People who legally buy firearms from licensed firearms dealers, a group that, by definition, has a felony-conviction rate of approximately 0.0 percent. These are law-abiding people, but they also are, in no small part, the type of people who mash the cultural buttons of the big-city progressives who dominate the Democratic Party both culturally and financially. From that point of view, what matters is not that retail gun dealers and their clients are dangerous — which they certainly are not — but that they are icky.
The surge in new gun owners could have a political impact that lasts far longer than the pandemic and the surge in homicides that inspired it.
Between January 2019 and April 2021, approximately 7.5 million people became first-time gun owners. Nearly 50% of them were women. More than 40% are black or Latino. This is bad news for the gun control movement and, perhaps in the long term, for the Democratic Party.
One of the most telling graphics from the 2016 election came from the New York Times. It showed the great bulk of voters in households with no guns voted for Hillary Clinton in every state except West Virginia and Wyoming (the latter had insufficient data). Voters in gun-owning households favored Donald Trump in every state but Vermont. That includes the most Democratic states in the country, including California, New York, and Hawaii.
According to Gallup data , roughly two-thirds of Republicans live in gun-owning households, compared to just one-third of Democrats. Half of Republicans personally own a firearm, compared to 18% of Democrats.
Granted, it isn’t as simple as these first-time gun owners immediately becoming Republicans. But, even among Democrats, gun owners are more likely to oppose gun control measures. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 87% of non-gun-owning Democrats support banning “assault-style weapons.” That number drops to 65% among gun-owning Democrats. Allowing concealed carry in more places has support among 39% of gun-owning Democrats, compared to 16% support among Democrats who don’t own firearms.
Gun control, despite polling well as a collection of general platitudes, is already a losing issue throughout the country. Each time someone becomes a first-time gun owner, the chances of passing the strict gun control measures that the gun control movement and the majority of the Democratic Party want to see implemented go down. The pandemic will go away, and homicides will decline — but this will continue to shape our gun control politics for years to come.
Lots of prosecutors are notorious for trying to shore up a weak case by using inflammatory BS that has nothing to do with the case but hope it will influence the jury.
A judge in Wisconsin sided with defense attorneys Friday and denied motions filed by prosecutors seeking to admit evidence at trial showing Kyle Rittenhouse’s involvement in a previous fight and his alleged association with the Proud Boys.
Among their multiple motions filed, prosecutors were hoping to admit evidence Rittenhouse had an association with the Proud Boys, a group linked to political violence.
In January, Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of homicide in the deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, and felony attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during protests in August 2020, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Specifically, in regard to January 2021, months after the Kenosha shooting, when Rittenhouse went to a local bar with his mother about 90 minutes after his arraignment, Rittenhouse posed for pictures with individuals seen flashing the ‘OK’ sign, which prosecutors say has been co-opted as a sign of ‘white power’ by known white supremacist groups.
According to prosecutors, they have since learned some of the people he posed with were in the “highest echelons” of the Wisconsin chapter of the Proud Boys.
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said, “There’s no information Mr. Rittenhouse knew who they were.”
“For this to be considered by you (Judge Schroeder), there must be evidence… that on August 25th, 2020 Kyle Rittenhouse was either a member of the Proud Boys or had loyalties to that group,” said Chirafisi, who added there was no evidence of that.
Kenosha County Judge Schroeder agreed with the defense, “For me to let that in as evidence for a motive that existed four months earlier? Can’t see it.”
We hear an awful lot about anti-Asian hate crimes. Asian-Americans are being targeted for violent crime, and it often appears to be because they’re Asian. This is a significant problem. Anytime anyone is targeted because of their ethnicity, it’s a problem.
As such, many of us have recommended these folks look at getting firearms. After all, if you’re concerned about being attacked, having a gun is probably a good idea unless you actually like being injured or possibly killed.
Apparently, for some people, that’s a problem.
Gun control advocates from Connecticut and across the country say the firearms industry is exploiting fear of hate crimes to sell more guns to Asian Americans, according to a study led by the Violence Policy Center.
“Historically, Asian-Americans have owned very few guns, which is precisely the reason why we have experienced comparatively low rates of gun violence. That the gun industry is now targeting our community as a lucrative new market is incredibly troubling, because more guns means more gun-related injury and death,” said Gloria Pan with advocacy group Moms Rising, another contributor to the study.
Advocates said groups like the NRA and the Newtown, Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation have targeted people of color since 2015. But since the pandemic, they have started groups and social media campaigns to reach Asian-Americans.
In other words, the gun industry is looking at a series of high-profile crimes, then are trying to leverage it to make money by telling people this will make things better?
Yeah, that’s absolutely awful…wait, isn’t that literally what gun control groups do?
Why yes it is.
Look, I don’t care if someone with Moms Rising, Moms Falling, Moms Tripping Over My Socks, or any other “moms” group finds it troubling. The truth of the matter is that if law-abiding citizens are armed, they can respond to violent attacks with something besides begging or harsh language. Will it result in more gun-related injuries and death? Yeah. For the bad guys, you simple-minded twit!
That’s kind of the point of carrying a gun, for crying out loud.
Law-abiding Asian-Americans aren’t going to result in more criminal activity. Why would they? Unless Ms. Pan is suggesting that Asian-Americans are somehow incapable of controlling themselves, which sounds like a pretty racist thing to suggest. I’m sure she didn’t mean that, now did she?
Yes, many of us are suggesting these folks get guns. Law-abiding citizens acting responsibly for their own safety has never been an issue and will never be an issue for anyone except for shrieking violets (yes, this is phrased this way intentionally) who think that the entire universe really revolves around their preferences.
I, for one, welcome our Asian-American gun-owning brethren to our ranks. I’d love to invite each and every one of you to the range. I just don’t think my local range would hold everyone.
And if it infuriates the gun control crowd because yet another minority group seems to be leaving the reservation for the land of milk and freedom, so much the better.
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The owner of a home near Festus fatally shot a man during an early morning burglary Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 1:40 a.m. to the 400 block of Sequoia Drive and found a man later identified as 36-year-old Wayne D. Roam, of House Springs, lying dead on the porch, according to court documents.
The homeowner told deputies he heard a knock on his door and asked who was there. An unfamiliar voice replied, and a person was shaking the doorknob as if trying to enter the house.
The frightened homeowner got his revolver, opened the door and found two men standing on the porch with masks on, court documents said.
One of the men reached inside the home and sprayed mace. The homeowner fired his gun, ran back inside, locked the door and called 911, deputies said.
As they interviewed the homeowner later, deputies saw a Nissan SUV driving away from the area. They stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver and a front-seat passenger, court documents said.
The two men had “conflicting stories” about why they were in the area and deputies noticed the passenger’s shirt had red stains on it, believed to be blood, charging documents said.
The passenger was later identified as 29-year-old Sean Ramsey, of Festus. He and the driver were arrested on outstanding warrants at the scene.
Ramsey is now facing charges with second-degree murder because a death occurred during a crime, charges said. He was also charged with first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.
The homeowner was not arrested.
An early morning shooting in Dededo (Guam) has sent one man to the hospital with a possible gun shot wound.
Guam Police Department officers responded to David’s Barber Shop in Dededo, along Marine Corp Drive, after receiving a report of a shooting that occurred at the barbershop.
Police arrived on scene early Wednesday morning, GPD Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said, they are currently investigating the incident.
The Guam Daily Post arrived at the scene as GPD Criminal Investigation Detectives conducted their investigation.
Police were seen interviewing the owner of the barbershop David Cadaviz.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KOAT) — An employee fatally shot a man who attempted to rob a Subway restaurant in New Mexico, police said.
Around 5:20 a.m., officers were called to a shooting at the restaurant in Albuquerque.
“After preliminary investigation, talking to some of the employees at the business, it appears that the male had entered the business and attempted to rob one of the employees,” said APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos. “There was an employee who was armed, that came out of the backroom, I think, to help the other employee who was being robbed.”
According to Gallegos, the Subway employee shot the suspect, killing him.
“As far as we know, the robber was armed,” Gallegos said. “Detectives are very interested in who this attempted robber is and what motived the robbery this early in the morning at this location.”
Detectives are working to identify the alleged robber and will talk to Subway employees to figure out what happened.
“It is concerning that we haven’t had, in at least a few years, an armed robbery at a restaurant or a business that turned into a homicide. And now we’ve had two in the last couple of weeks,” Gallegos said.
That deadly armed robbery happened earlier this month at Tobacco Town in northwest Albuquerque.