Biden Trots Out Small Business Owner Who Got Thousands in Gov’t Assistance to Argue Trump Isn’t Helping Small Business.

A new campaign video from Joe Biden features a small business owner who says the Trump administration did nothing to help her during the coronavirus pandemic. Unmentioned is that she received thousands through the administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Tiffany Easley, who owns NV My Eyewear in Philadelphia, received a forgivable $27,000 loan during the first phase of the program in April, she disclosed to local news outlet BillyPenn. She disclosed the same to Biden during a June 11 roundtable he held in Philadelphia, telling him her major concern was creating safe conditions for her furloughed staff to come back into the store.

But the disclosure is missing from the video testimonial Easley provided for the Biden campaign, in which she says the administration made “everything worse.”

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The New Media Meme Rolls On: Police Violence is Due to Civilian Gun Ownership

As Ian Fleming opined, once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. What we have here is now clearly enemy action aimed at restricting the right to keep and bear arms.

The gun control industry has been suspiciously quiet over the last few months as millions of Americans have crowded gun stores, many of them buying their first firearms. That’s not a particularly receptive audience for the standard Bloomberg/Brady/Giffords agitprop arguments such as only police and the military should have guns and homes with firearms are more likely to spontaneously combust.

Then Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes and police violence became a national issue. A firearm wasn’t used in Floyd’s murder, but, never ones to let an opportunity go to waste, it’s now clear that the made members of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex got on the horn to their compliant allies in the media and began peddling their latest messaging brainstorm: we can’t expect better police conduct as long as Americans are allowed to own firearms.

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Science Magazine Publishes Bogus Science From RAND On Gun Control

In a paper titled, “Changes in firearm mortality following the implementation of state laws regulating firearm access and use,” RAND Corporation staffers have published a paper examining child access prevention (CAP), right-to-carry (RTC), and stand your ground (SYG) laws. The paper shows that the people at RAND are continuing doing very biased and poorly done research on gun control.

We have never previously seen a paper that uses 80% confidence intervals. As soon as you look at their table 1, it is clear that they did that because they wouldn’t have gotten any statistically significant results if they used 95% or even 90% confidence intervals. Indeed, only one of their findings might be statistically significant at the 85% level (the child access laws for total firearm deaths would be at about 1.00 and one would need more information to know whether it was just above or below 1.00 to see if that was statistically significant at the 85% level).

The bottom line is that NONE of their results are statistically significant.

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The author’s not pro-civil rights, but the point about Robert’s is spot on.


Supreme Court justices who favor gun rights fear that John Roberts does not

Americans have been fighting over guns with growing intensity since the onset of the culture wars in the 1960s. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to sit back and let the battle rage. The court opted not to hear 10 different gun rights cases, including some that would have enabled the justices to clarify key questions about the scope of the Second Amendment.

The court hasn’t decided a major gun rights case since 2010, when it said the Second Amendment applies to states and cities. Gun rights advocates, their appetite whetted by the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, which established an individual right to gun possession, had hoped to rack up dozens of supplemental victories in the high court by now. But something keeps stalling their progress.

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I always wondered why these idjits were ever held in such high regard.


SPLC Uses Anniversary of Islamic Terror Attack to Demonize Conservative Christians

Four years ago yesterday, a radical Islamic terrorist opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during the attack, and ISIS later claimed responsibility. Yet, because Pulse is a gay bar, leftists have memory-holed the terrorist’s intentions and blamed “anti-LGBT hate” for the heinous attack. On Friday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) used the anniversary of the shooting to demonize conservative Christians and the Trump administration.

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NYT Article Pushes Idea That Guns Cause Suicide – Why They Are Wrong

The New York Times recently published yet another article pushing the narrative that owning a firearm increases the risk of suicide.  To most people, this seems logical – but I know that the reasoning leading to this conclusion is false.  I have a great deal of experience with suicide, thanks to 10 years experience in EMS.  As a result, I absolutely know that every study I have ever seen on the issue of guns and suicide is pure bunk, as is this article.  Here’s why.

1) As anyone who has ever been a first responder knows, the vast majority of so called “suicide attempts” are not in fact attempts to commit suicide.

Never the less, that will be the admission diagnosis.  So when is a suicide attempt not a suicide attempt?  Answer: When it is done to manipulate someone or as a “cry for help” – and this intent affects the method chosen.

This is something that I, as an EMT and Paramedic saw all the time.  For instance, we would get a call for an “overdose”.  Arriving at the scene, we would find the person who had overdosed, usually on some over the counter medication.  They had then called the person they wished to manipulate and informed them that they had taken pills in an effort to kill themselves.  Of course, this person then either rushes over to the overdose “victim” or calls 911.  We would arrive and typically find a fully awake patient who now would be placed on a mental health hold due to “attempt suicide”.  Frequently they would be interacting with the person they called.  In many cases they claimed to have taken such a small quantity of pills that it was clear there was no attempt to harm themselves.  Of course, everyone goes forward as if the person really wanted to die.  We would then transport the person to the county hospital on a mental health hold.  They would be admitted as “attempt suicide”, method “medication overdose”.  For every actual suicide attempt I responded to in my 10 years in EMS, I responded to 50 to 100 of these “non-suicide suicide attempts”. 

The problem arises when someone does a statistical study for suicide attempts and methods.  All of these “non-suicide suicide attempts” are counted as actual suicide attempts that did not succeed.  The false conclusion is reflected in the following quote from the NYT article:

“Many suicide attempts are impulsive, and the crisis that leads to them is fleeting,” Dr. Miller said. “The method you use largely determines whether you live or die. And if you use a gun, you are far more likely to die than with other methods, like taking pills. With guns, you usually do not get a second chance.”

That conclusion is written based on faulty information.  The vast majority of people who take pills do not want to die.  Those who use firearms or other deadly methods do.

2) People chose a suicide method based upon their desire to live or their desire to die.

The second lesson I learned as an EMT/Paramedic is that people who really want to die choose a method that is quick and sure.  They do not want to be found and saved.  While the act seems impulsive to those left behind, it has been considered and likely planned for a long time.

In the US, where firearms are available, they are frequently chosen. however, they are not the only method of ending one’s life quickly.  People use rope to hang themselves, they jump from high places and use many other methods.

Even the flawed research supports this conclusion.  Again referring to the NYT article we learn this on paragraph TWELVE:
“Another possibility was so-called reverse causation: that many buyers were bent on suicide before they bought the gun. The findings did provide some evidence of that. In the month immediately after first-time owners obtained their weapons (California has a 10-day waiting period), the risk of shooting themselves on purpose was nearly 500 per 100,000, about 100 times higher than similar non-owners; after several years it tapered off to about twice the rate.”
3) The data from the rest of the world completely refutes the article’s conclusion.
First, the nations that have the highest suicide rates frequently have very low to no legal firearms availability.  These nations include Russia 26.5 (93% higher than US), Belarus 21.4 (56% higher) and South Korea 20.2 (47% higher).  Somehow, people in these nations are able to commit suicide at very high rates without access to firearms.

Second, when we compare similar English speaking nations, that widely differ in their access to firearms, we do not see a huge difference in the suicide rates:

UK (2018) suicide rate of 11.2 per 100k population – firearms in 4% of homes.
US (2017) suicide rate of 14.0 per 100K  population – firearms in 45% of homes.
Canada (2017) suicide rate of 11.3 per 100k population – firearms in 28% of homes.
(Stats from Wikipedia or other official sources)
It is especially notable that Canada has seven times the firearms availability as the UK and virtually the same suicide rate.  If firearms are the factor this article claims, Canada’s suicide rate should be much, much higher.

4) Finally, it is a practical impossibly to eliminate all suicide methods that those who truly wish to die might use.

Even this chart from an anti-gun rights source
shows that as firearms are made less available
suicides do not go down.  People simply use
other methods.
In the UK the most common method is hanging – yet no one is trying to eliminate access to rope and other cordage.  We cannot eliminate access to every high place, or to traffic, or quick acting poisons, and the list goes on.  If we are going to reduce the suicide rate in the US, gun control is not the answer.  That’s why some mental health professionals are speaking out against the idea.
Why do gun control advocates push gun control as the answer to suicide?  Well, as gun ownership and concealed carry have skyrocketed, the murder rate has dropped by 50% and violent crime has plummeted.  Their answer has been to push their own “gun death” figure that combines all firearms related deaths.  However, about 66% of these deaths are suicides.  If people realize that gun control has no hope of reducing suicides, those who are anti-gun rights lose their most powerful argument.   That is why they will continue to push this lie.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.
And the gods of the copybook headings smile.


Floyd Protests Continue: Where Does It Stop?

Saturday was Day 12 for the George Floyd protests, and the events have spread over all 50 states. Protests are even happening in Australia, Britain, and Japan. The movement is now a juggernaut, crushing even the pandemic in its path.

But where does it all stop?

Washington, DC, held what may have been the largest of the Floyd protests, with activists streaming into the city all day Saturday. They made their way to the giant “Black Lives Matter” words painted on 16th Street, the slogan spanning two blocks.

New York City, of course, saw another day of Floyd protests in Brooklyn and Manhattan, which also included a group of doctors rallying in Central Park. They held signs that read, “You stayed home for me, now I’ll kneel for you.” One of the organizing doctors told the Washington Post that “There are obviously two pandemics, one of which has been going on for centuries, and it’s time to take a stand against that.”

On the West Coast, protestors stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, while in Seattle, more health care workers joined in protests there. Wearing scrubs and lab coats, they carried signs that read “Racism is a Public Health Emergency.”

Even small towns had their share of Floyd protests. People demonstrated in places such as Garden City, Kansas; Alpine, Texas; and Havre, Montana.

Ostensibly, the Floyd protests are calling for police departments to re-examine their use of force, including the choke hold that killed George Floyd. Congressional Democrats — ever eager to keep a crisis fired up — plan to roll out police reform legislation on Monday. Called the “Justice in Policing Act,” the bill’s outline reads:

“Persistent, unchecked bias in policing and a history of lack of accountability is wreaking havoc on the Black community. . .”

“Cities are literally on fire with the pain and anguish wrought by the violence visited upon black and brown bodies. There are countless others whose stories we will never know.”

Leave it politicians to lay it on thick and heavy with hyperbole. As for the “cities . . . literally on fire” — the “fire” comes from looters and anarchists, of course. But the pols were on a roll.

Plus, George Floyd’s brother Philonise will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Do police departments need reforming? They probably do. However, I would start with examining the role of police unions in covering up for bad cops, just like teachers unions cover up for bad teachers. Difference here being, of course, that people can die at the hands of bad cops — Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, had racked up 17 misconduct complaints.

But Democrats keep the unions in their back pockets, so don’t expect them to look too closely at police unions.

Beyond that, however, what more do the activists want?

Consider the make-up of the Floyd protests, and you find that they’re progressives who have a laundry list of demands. They know that they’ve got white middle-class America by the short hairs, and they are reveling in it. Here’s their chance to take over the social trajectory of the nation.

“Defund the police” seems to be the raison d’être for much of the leftist crowd. That slogan was painted along 16th Street in Washington, DC.

Plus, Chicago protestors held signs that read “Fund schools, not police.” Never mind what would happen in Chicago’s gang-ridden neighborhoods.

And, in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, Mayor Jacob Frey was booed from a protest because he doesn’t want to defund police. “Shame, shame,” chanted the mob. It was like a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

Defunding police is now such an article of faith that progressives will eat their own. Frey was a victim.

But the demands don’t stop there. Instead, they’re becoming more insane.

One black writer at the New York Times has his own list of demands for white people. One of them is for his white friends to dissociate from family members unless they support Black Lives Matter. Yes, really.

  • “Texts: To your relatives and loved ones telling them you will not be visiting them or answering phone calls until they take significant action in supporting black lives either through protest or financial contributions.”

While this screamer in Portland says that if you don’t sufficiently support black lives “you are a piece of f*cking garbage.” She doesn’t want to be your friend anymore, either. Neener-neener.

The insanity continues in the corporate world, as well.

Network A&E will not run new episodes of “Live PD,” this weekend. Paramount Network has delayed the new season of “Cops.”

A&E said in a statement:

“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend.” 

“In consultation with the departments we follow” — translation, we’re afraid of possible backlash.

On top of that, the classic cartoon character Elmer Fudd will no longer carry a gun.

No, I’m not joking. The HBO series “Looney Tunes Cartoons” will still feature dynamite and falling anvils, but no guns:

“We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along.” 

How will Elmer Fudd hunt for that wascally wabbit without his shotgun?

But if you’re mourning that piece of your childhood, consider what LEGO is doing to the youngest generation. That’s because the company will no longer promote products that feature police officers, patrol cars, police dog units — even a donut shop. They’ll still sell them, of course, LEGO isn’t that stupid. But they’re not marketing the toys because the company prefers to virtue-signal.

We have now descended into hysteria.

The Floyd protests are no longer about anger over a man killed by a sadistic cop. Instead, the young activists who protest in Floyd’s name want revolution, the destruction of American culture and traditions. And with the media and Democrats on their side, they will not stop the relentless bullying of those whom they deem as insufficiently woke. This is their religion, their cult, and we are all heretics.

‘We’ve been PLAYED’: Bethany Mandel takes the Left and their ‘scandal of the century’ APART in just two brutal tweets

Anyone else notice how looting a Nike store, setting buildings on fire, and assaulting cops magically did away with COVID? You know, the virus that was supposed to wipe out MILLIONS of Americans if we didn’t lock down and hide our elderly away from their families, shutter our businesses, and place Americans under house arrest?

Funny how it’s somehow ok for thousands of people to ‘protest’ literally on top of one another but we were bad people because we didn’t want our economy to completely implode.

Bethany Mandel said it far better:

 

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength


‘Destroying Property Isn’t Violence,’ Says Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Writer.

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Nikole Hannah-Jones attempted to justify the ruthless rioting terrorizing American cities Tuesday by claiming simply, “property can be replaced.”

“Violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man’s neck until all of the life is leached out of his body,” Hannah-Jones said on CBS News. “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”

“To use the exact same language to describe those two things I think really, it’s not moral to do that. So yes, I think any reasonable person would say we shouldn’t be destroying other peoples’ property but these are not reasonable times,” Hannah-Jones added.

Meanwhile, CBS’ Vladimir Duthiers offered no pushback and even applauded her deranged analysis.

“It’s a great point that you make, Nikole,” Duthiers said.

At the end of the piece, the Times pinned the article with a note that reads, “A passage has been adjusted to make clear that a desire to protect slavery was among the motivations of some of the colonists who fought the Revolutionary War, not among the motivations of all of them.”

The note also links to a broader 500-word “update” to the project included seven months after publication, during which the legacy paper pushed the collection of essays to be included in classroom curriculums. This update from the Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein concedes, “We recognize that our original language could be read to suggest that protecting slavery was a primary motivation for all of the colonists. The passage has been changed to make clear that this was a primary motivation for some of the colonists.”

While the two-word error might seem small, it is in fact significant given the Times’ aggressive mission to implement the papers in American classrooms to pin the nation’s origins on the practice of slavery which has been extinct in this country for more than 150 years. The project has since become emblematic of a broader Left-wing movement to paint the United States as an irredeemable breeding ground of white supremacy contributing to the rise of angry mobs terrorizing the very country that has in reality has stood as a beacon of individual liberty and inalienable rights.

Watch this short documentary debunking the historical fallacies of the 1619 Project here.

That list looks more like for a person participating in a riot, than a ‘protest’.


AOC Shares ‘Protesting Safely’ Guidelines, Warns of ‘White Supremacist’ Infiltration

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shared an infographic on Saturday via Instagram with guidance for protesters, which she entitled “PROTESTING SAFELY,” including a warning of “white supremacists” who “may be infiltrating these protests.” Her recommendation came during ongoing demonstrations, protests, and riots in several cities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

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BE SAFE. Here’s our guide on being prepared for safe protests. PLEASE READ ⬇️ . 1. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating these protests, breaking windows and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, DOCUMENT IT. Always check who is organizing. . 2. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It IS a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. If they just showed up, that’s a red flag. . 3. HAVE A BUDDY. Make sure someone is keeping an eye on you and check in on them. . 4. STAY SAFE and take care of each other. 💜

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What have we learned from – at least – the last 4 years about ‘research’?
Can you say ‘propaganda‘?
I thought you could.


Pew Research Serves up the Mother of All Spin on Red vs. Blue District Virus Deaths

I can’t imagine why so many on the right don’t trust polling companies, can you?

One of the cornerstones of the coverage of the Wuhan virus pandemic has been the relentless spin. Red states that have handled the outbreak with great results are trashed because people are daring to go outside without masks. Meanwhile, New York shoved sick people into nursing homes, killing thousands, and you can’t even get CNN to ask the Governor about it.

Pew Research apparently wanted to get in on the act.

(what they did was put this tweet in the ‘feed’ that most people see .ed):

(when you pull out the full tweet, you get the whole graph ed.)

This framing is just incredible. What you are actually seeing here is that Democrat districts have a death rate nearly 3x that of Republican districts, yet Pew chooses to present it as a victory for Democrats because their rate of decline is higher. Correct, when you do such an awful job that you end up with a much larger outbreak, you’ve then got a lot more room to decline……..

And while people can argue over why there are these disparities, what can’t be argued is that this chart shows far better news for the red districts than the blue districts. To spin it the other way is laughable, yet completely expected in the current environment. We should just be handling this as Americans, but the media simply won’t allow there to not be red/blue divisions stoked.