• To Remove ObamaCare We Must First Remove The UniParty “Big Club”

    Look at the upper right side of this page and you will note the self-described affiliation of our group “The Last Refuge”.  That name specifically chosen because we broke away from political identity framed around arguments of personality; frustrated because no one was focused on the real hands behind the networks.  We have been fighting “The Big Club” for years.

    President Trump is the first political entity in our lifetime that not only comprehends the faces of the false arguments (the personalities of false choice), but more importantly sees the architects behind the Potemkin villages represented by those faces.  When it comes to domestic economic policies, the architects are the BIG CLUB.

    So, what is “The Big Club“?

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  • Trump’s National Carry Bill could help New Yorkers bypass city’s strict gun laws (Amen!)

    New York City has the toughest gun laws in the country — but if the proposed conceal carry legislation passes through Congress and is signed by the president, Big Apple residents can get a permit from a handful of states without even leaving home.

    States that allow permits by mail include Arizona, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah and Virginia, according to Handgunlaw.us, a pro-gun Web site that tracks laws in all 50 states.

    In all six, anyone living anywhere in the US can apply for a permit by mail, with some even offering them to legal residents from other countries.

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  • Foolish NY DA blasts bill allowing conceal carry in all 50 states (Pissing in the Wind!)

    Gun owners with conceal-carry permits from anywhere in the US would be allowed to tote their pistols around the Big Apple as if it were the Wild West under a proposed federal law — which Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. warned would be “a mistake.”

    Gun owners are currently barred from carrying weapons in Gotham without a city permit, which have stringent requirements.

    But the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act — which mirrors President Trump’s own stated opinion — would allow anyone with a valid carry permit to use it in all 50 states, just like a driver’s license.

    “I think that would be a mistake,” Vance said at a Manhattan Republican Party event Wednesday night.

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  • President Trump Begins Dismantling The Regulatory and Administrative State

    Upon leaving CPAC, today President Trump took another step to dismantle the choking network of regulations that strangles economic growth, impedes business and weakens the overall economy. Today builds upon the LARGER BACKSTORY.

    The details pertain to dismantling ridiculous regulations, but the larger picture is President Trump removing the regulatory and compliance systems the U.S. CoC have used as a special interest leveraging tool to control the legislative influences upon our economy.

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    Reporters for media outlets dubbed “fake news” by US President Donald Trump were upset Friday after they did not receive an invite to an informal White House press briefing.

    Several members of former Obama administration lapdog media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Buzzfeed, The Los Angeles Times and others, complained they were unable to access the exclusive presser, known as a “gaggle,” while right-leaning outlets such as The Washington Times and Breitbart were allowed to enter.

    Adrian Carrasquillo, a reporter for Buzzfeed – whom President Trump has referred to as “a failing pile of garbage” – reported from the White House briefing room that only “select invites” were handed out to members of the press.

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    Numerous journalists reported today that President Trump’s supporters were seen waving Russian flags before his CPAC speech, but they omitted the fact that the entire incident was a stunt pulled by an anti-Trump leftist group.

    “Crowd at CPAC waving these little pro-Trump flags that look exactly like the Russian flag. Staffers quickly come around to confiscate them,” tweeted Snapchat’s Peter Hamby. The tweet received over 9,000 retweets.

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  • Cam Edwards: Barack Obama’s Real Legacy

    When and if honest histories about the Obama administration are written, there will be plenty of glaring failures of leadership to document. Operation Fast and Furious, Operation Choke Point, the VA and Social Security gun grabs and more come to mind. But perhaps the biggest failure of Obama’s presidency can be seen in the homicide statistics in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Richmond and more. For decades now we’ve seen declining crime rates across the nation, but starting in 2015 we saw those declines come to an end. While we don’t have the official FBI statistics for 2016 yet, the preliminary indication from large cities across the country is that the crime spike in 2015 wasn’t a one year blip. It’s not just that this happened under Barack Obama’s watch. It happened in large part because of Obama’s policies.

    Obama had time for a beer summit with a Cambridge, Mass., cop and a Harvard professor, but he didn’t have any time to talk to the young men killing others in cold blood on the streets of Chicago. His attorney general, Eric Holder, wanted to “brainwash” (his words, not mine) people to support gun control, all while the U.S. attorneys under his supervision prosecuted fewer and fewer federal weapons cases. Programs like Project Exile in Richmond, Va., helped drive down the homicide rate in the 1990s, and the nationwide version, Project Safe Neighborhoods, helped put hundreds of violent criminals behind bars for a decade or more. But Holder gave federal prosecutors more discretion to pass on cases, which meant fewer and fewer violent criminals were going to federal prison. Holder’s DOJ also accepted outrageous plea bargains for illegally selling firearms, including a year’s probation for 24-year-old Dontray Mills of Milwaukee. He pleaded guilty to buying 55 firearms with a fake ID and selling them illegally on the streets of Milwaukee in 2013 and 2014. Coincidentally or not, homicides have been on the rise in Milwaukee, and police have yet to recover all of the firearms Mills sold on the black market. Meanwhile, Mills is finished with probation and is free to pursue his rap music and acting career.

    While Obama’s Justice Department was agreeing to sweetheart deals like the one Mills received, Obama himself was busy granting clemency to hundreds of federal inmates, many of them in prison for crimes involving guns and drugs. I’m not talking about some moron who got busted with a joint and a pistol, but armed drug traffickers. They got a “Get Out of Jail Free” card while President Peace Prize was doing everything he could to make it harder to legally own a firearm.

    Obama’s failed policies and myopic focus on gun control aren’t the only reasons why violent crime is on the upswing, but they do bear some of the responsibility. Eight years of damage won’t be undone overnight, but we owe it to ourselves as a nation and as individuals to not turn a blind eye to the increasing violence in our cities. We need to demand more for our fellow Americans in cities like Chicago and Baltimore—a laser-sharp focus on the most violent offenders, coupled with true respect for the individual right of self-defense and our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

    In other words, the exact opposite of what Barack Obama did for eight years.

  • Constitutional Carry Gaining Steam In States Around The Country

    Constitutional carry became the law of the land in four states in 2016, and is already under consideration in the 2017 legislative sessions of eight more states.

    The four states that adopted NRA-supported constitutional carry last year were Mississippi, Missouri, Idaho and West Virginia, which brought the total number of states with constitutional carry to 10. Montana has constitutional carry in over 99 percent of the state, but not in certain localities. With Montana included, the 11 total are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming and West Virginia.

    Now New Hampshire, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota have joined the fray and are considering bills to abolish concealed-carry permit requirements in their own states.

    New Hampshire’s House actually passed constitutional carry on Feb. 9 by a vote of 200-97, thereby sending the bill to Governor Chris Sununu’s desk. The legislation—SB 12—had previously passed the state Senate and is designed to bring concealed carry in line with open carry, which requires no permit in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, sponsor of SB 12, also stressed that enacting constitutional carry brings New Hampshire in line with other states in New England, such as Vermont and Maine, that have some of the lowest crime rates in the nation.

    The constitutional-carry legislation for Alabama is being sponsored by Republican state Sen. Gerald Allen, who believes it is wrong to require state residents to get a permit before exercising Second Amendment rights. In fact, Allen argues that citizens are not really exercising a right if they first have to seek out government permission to do so.

    Allen also draws attention to the fact that Alabamans can already open carry in the state without a permit, so the push to allow concealed carry without a permit is part of a larger effort to make carry laws congruent. The Decatur Daily quoted him saying, “We already allow open carry without a permit, and there is no logical reason for continuing to require a permit for concealed carry.”

    In Indiana, the constitutional-carry push is being sponsored by Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas, who believes it is “immoral” to require citizens to get a permit before they can carry a concealed gun for self-defense. He told CBS 4 that requiring a permit criminalizes law-abiding citizens by “[forcing them] to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right.”

    The constitutional legislation for Minnesota contained in House File 188 was put forward by Republican state Rep. Jim Nash. The legislation abolishes the requirement for a concealed-carry permit, but preserves the ability to obtain a permit for those who want the reciprocity benefits.

    In South Dakota, the constitutional-carry push has been undertaken by Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto. She believes constitutional carry is the kind of carrying framework set forth in the Second Amendment; a framework in which the government does not get between the citizen and his or her right of self-defense. The Associated Press quoted DiSanto as saying, “I just hope this opens the door to people considering being gun owners and having the opportunity to protect themselves and their families as it was intended by the Constitution when it was written.”

    There are strong threads of commonality in all the current pushes for constitutional carry. Among the strongest is the recognition that natural rights were not given by the government and ought not be managed by the government. Another strong thread is the desire to protect law-abiding citizens’ right to carry a gun when they need it most, rather than see such citizens in a position of having to fill out paperwork and wait varying lengths of time to receive a state’s permission to carry concealed for self-defense.

  • Loser DNC Chair Candidates Complain: Trump Stole Our Message!

    “Division” was the word of the night during Wednesday’s debate between eight candidates who are vying to become the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) next chair.

    Elections are this Saturday in Atlanta Georgia, where 447 DNC members will vote to appoint their party’s next chairman.

    The candidates who debated were former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party Jaime Harrison; Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party Sally Boynton Brown; former “Rock the Vote” President Jehmu Greene; U.S. Air Force Veteran Sam Ronan; and attorney Peter Peckarsky. The debate was moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo.

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  • John Lott Q&A: Anti-Gun Lies About Mass Shootings

    It’s likely nobody anywhere has done more research on, or knows more about, mass shootings than researcher John Lott. Author of the recent book The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, Lott is also head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, an organization dedicated to providing an objective and accurate scientific evaluation of both the costs and benefits of gun ownership.

    We recently posed a handful of questions to Lott to learn the truth about mass shootings that the so-called “mainstream” media won’t report.

    A1F Daily: Last year, President Barack Obama claimed, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency.” And that has become kind of a rallying cry among anti-gun advocates. What does your research show?

    John Lott: It is completely false. And Obama repeated this claim many times. For example, last year he flatly claimed: “It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close.”

    To gun control advocates, if the U.S. would only adopt the types of gun control laws that exist in other countries, this problem would supposedly go away. Hillary Clinton made this explicit when she said mass public shootings “are rooted in the much too readily available weapons of mass killings, usually assault weapons.”

    However, in just 2015, France—a country with one-fifth the population of the United States—had more casualties from mass public shootings than the U.S. had during the entire eight years of the Obama presidency (532 versus 527). And, of course, mass public shootings in France have occurred regularly over the years. All the weapons used in the 2015 France attacks were already illegal. The eight who attacked various sites in Paris in November 2015 were armed with automatic AK-47s and explosive suicide belts. The February 2015 Copenhagen attack was carried out with an automatic M95 assault rifle. In the January 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdoand a kosher supermarket in Paris, the terrorists were armed with automatic Kalashnikov rifles, a loaded M42 rocket launcher, semi-automatic handguns, smoke grenades, Molotov cocktails, a hand grenade and sticks of dynamite.

    Mass public shootings are defined as four or more people killed in a public place, and not in the course of committing another crime, and not involving struggles over sovereignty. Using the traditional FBI definition, the EU and the U.S. each experienced 25 mass shootings during the first seven years of Obama’s presidency (January 2009 to December 2015).

    The rate at which people were killed was virtually the same: 0.083 per million people in the EU versus 0.089 per million people in the U.S. But the injury rate in the EU was more than twice as high: 0.19 versus 0.087. The cases are listed in my book, The War on Guns, so people can check each case themselves.

    If you compare the U.S. to individual countries in Europe over the same period, the U.S. had the 11th highest fatality rate. Because of Anders Breivik’s 2011 attack at a summer camp, Norway had the top spot—1.9 per million people per year. This rate was 21 times higher than that of the U.S. But other advanced countries such as France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium and the Czech Republic also came in above the U.S.

    Looking only at the frequency of attacks—as Obama seems wont to do—while still adjusting for population, the U.S. came in 12th, with 0.078 per million people.

    Compared to the rest of the world, moreover, the U.S. and Europe are quite safe from mass public shootings. In Russia and elsewhere, struggles over sovereignty have led to a large number of devastating attacks. For instance, the 2004 Beslan school siege—carried out in the name of Chechen independence—claimed 385 lives.

    Since 1970, all but one of the 20 worst mass public shootings and 45 of the worst 50 cases occurred outside the United States. Again, I list the cases in my book so people can check all the cases up through March 2016.

    A1F: Do you think those who oppose gun ownership know these facts, or are they simply misled? 

    Lott: Several things are happening here. Part of the problem is the media simply don’t give the same coverage to most mass public shootings in Europe that they give to attacks in the U.S. Part of it is also that people don’t adjust for population differences across countries. You can’t compare the U.S. with more than 320 million people with other countries that may only have 4 million or 8 million people. As just noted, even France has only a fifth of the U.S. population.

    Unfortunately, there is a third problem. There has been clear fraud and complete incompetence in this area. The study that has gotten the most media coverage is by Adam Lankford. He reportedly covers the years 1966 to 2012 and claims: “Despite [the U.S.] having less than 5 percent of the global population, it had 31 percent of global public mass shooters.”

    His claims got uncritical coverage in the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesWashington PostUSA Today, Associated Press, “PBS Newshour,” NPR, “ABC Evening News,” Fox News, and many hundreds of other outlets. In fact, many prominent outlets have covered the claim repeatedly. It has even received coverage in countries like Australia, Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, India, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Vietnam and Cuba.

    But when Lankford’s study got massive uncritical media attention he only shared the paper with reporters, and he required that they didn’t share it with researchers. Despite the wide publicity given to his findings, he repeatedly turned down my requests to see his paper. On Dec. 1, 2015, the Washington Post’s Michelle Lee wrote me: “I do have a copy but [Lankford] asked that I not distribute it or post it online before it’s formally published. You can contact him and request, maybe now that his study is being discussed he might be more open to share?” But I contacted Lankford both before and after Lee’s email—he declined to provide either the paper or his data.

    I finally obtained a copy of Lankford’s paper when it was published at the end of January 2016 —more than five months after it originally started getting news attention. Incredibly, even after his paper was published Lankford still refused to let me look at his list of mass public shootings from other countries. All I wanted was a list similar to what I have provided in my book.

    At first, I simply hoped that Lankford had discovered some previously unknown way of collecting these cases. But his paper provides very little specific information, not even telling us the number of shootings in more than four foreign countries. No breakdown is provided by continent. It is hard to believe that Lankford even has such information, but there is no way of checking his data and seeing what cases he has missed.

    People shouldn’t trust a researcher who refuses to share even the most basic information behind his research. The fact that he is unwilling to let anyone check his work shows a bad conscience.

    A1F: How much affect does it have on the debate when someone like Obama makes such a statement and the media don’t even check to see if it is true?

    Lott: For the president of the United States to keep repeating this claim over and over again in public—and for the media to give massive coverage reporting Adam Lankford’s work without interviewing any critics of it—these things surely have an impact on the debate. I frequently hear reporters and legislators repeat these claims. I have a list of mass public shootings in other countries with strict gun control available so that those advocating gun control can check the cases themselves and see how many are occurring around the rest of the world.

    A1F: What do you think is the most important thing people should understand about this topic?

    Lott: The most important thing is how these mass public shooters pick targets where they know that victims can’t defend themselves. Over 98 percent of the mass public shootings in the U.S. since at least 1950 have occurred in “gun-free zones,” places where general citizens aren’t allowed to defend themselves. All the mass public shootings in Europe and Canada have occurred in these gun-free zones.

    It is hard to ignore the explicit statements made by these killers when they have explained why they have picked the targets that they have. These killers pick places where people won’t have guns to protect themselves and others.

    Last year, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit. An FBI wire recorded him explaining why he had targeted the church: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news.” Fortunately, that ISIS sympathizer ended up being only a would-be shooter. But, during the last couple of years, shooters have made similar statements after attacking a church in Charleston, S.C., a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and a sorority house in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but they have an extremely difficult time stopping terrorist attacks. A uniformed officer might as well be wearing a neon sign saying, “Shoot me first.” But with concealed permit holders possibly being present, terrorists have a much more difficult job when they reveal themselves. Consequently, police officers can breath easier.

    A1F: Given these facts, what do you think is the most important thing people should do?

    Lott: People need to make sure that they are informed. Getting rid of gun-free zones is extremely important. I would argue that it is the most important legislation to get passed as quickly as possible. Whether it is gun-free zones on college campuses or government buildings, gun control advocates claim disasters will occur if people are allowed to carry concealed handguns. But gun control advocates greatest fear is that these gun-free zones actually will be eliminated and people will find out that the gun control advocates’ claims never happen.

  • Report: NBC News Behind ‘Access Hollywood’ Video Leak to Hurt Trump

    The “Access Hollywood” tape that nearly derailed Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and got host Billy Bush fired was leaked by the “Today” show staff, according to the New York Post. The report also suggests that the leak was planned by NBC News with the intent to hurt Trump.

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    The overseas arm of the Democratic Party is responsible for organizing a protest in Mexico as a pair of U.S. cabinet secretaries visit the country.

    Democrats Abroad, the “official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States,” is organizing a protest outside the American embassy in Mexico City in response to a visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

    “Democrats Abroad Mexico and other progressive organizations like the Women’s March and Bridges to Understanding have created a petition” demanding Tillerson “meet with U.S. citizens who hold opposing views while he visits Mexico City to talk with Mexican government officials,” read a posting on The Action Network, a left-wing website for activists to post information on protests and rallies.

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