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Failed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Gives 250k to Washington State Anti-Gun Initiative

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Published on: August 12, 2014

A fresh cash infusion of $250,00 from ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and wife Connie has swelled the pro-Initiative 594 Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility warchest to $3.4 million.

The Ballmers gave $125,000 apiece, swelling their total contributions to $600,000.

The pro-594 campaign reports more than $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to its filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

The alliance was formed, largely by faith leaders, after the December 2012, massacre of 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut.

After the Washington Legislature failed to act, supporters collected signatures to put on the ballot a statewide initiative that would close the “gun show loophole.”

I-594 would require criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and online. A rival, gun lobby-backed measure, I-591, would block background checks. It would forbid Washington from enacting any regulation not a part of federal law.

The pro-594 forces collected well over $1 million in pledges during a luncheon at the Westin last June. The money has very gradually found its way into Public Disclosure Commission reports, as if the campaign is holding back to see what the gun lobby does.

Not much, so far. The Protect Our Gun Rights group has raised $1.1 million, and has about $300,000 in cash on hand. Its latest chunk of cash was an Aug. 7 donation of $250,000 from Washington Arms Collectors.

D.C. news crew robbed while reporting on “sketchy” neighborhoods App for Phones

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WUSA reporter Mola Lenghi talks with one of his crew after their news van was robbed in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 9, 2014. WUSA/CBS News

Sometimes – but not always – news reporters get exactly what they are looking for when covering a story.

For one news crew from CBS News affiliate WUSA in Washington, D.C., they got a little more.

The news crew’s vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to “sketchy” neighborhoods, WUSA reports.

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Red State Democrats Running from Their Gun Control Votes

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Published on: August 11, 2014

Red state Democrats who voted for the failed Senate gun control bill in April 2013 have been scrambling lately to focus their campaigns on anything but guns and gun control. With November closing in, they’ve even asked Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to stay out of their states to avoid a shift in focus to guns or gun control.

But the reality is that Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Al Franken (D-MN) all voted for the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill in 2013–a bill that would have ended the private gun sales which free people have enjoyed in this country for nearly 220 years. It would have implemented an expansion of background checks from retail sales to private and forced every would-be gun owner to pass the same background checks Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (Ft. Hood 2014), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora theater), and Nidal Hasan (Ft. Hood 2009) passed, to name a few.

When Hagan voted for gun control, those around her said that doing so would bolster her chances of re-election in 2014. But by the end of last year, she was already losing ground because of the vote. It is, therefore, not surprising that she doesn’t want a photo-op with Giffords and Kelly right now.

And Senator Udall certainly doesn’t want gun control to become the topic of conversation in his state of Colorado, where successful recall elections cost two pro-gun control state senators their jobs and forced a third to resign.

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LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes as minor offenses (Just Like NYC!)

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Published on: August 11, 2014

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Once police had Nathan Hunter in handcuffs, they tended to his wife.

She was covered in blood. She told the officers Hunter flew into a rage that night in February 2013 because she hadn’t bought him a Valentine’s Day gift. He beat and choked her before stabbing her in the face with a screwdriver and throwing her down a flight of stairs at their apartment in South L.A., according to police and court records.

Hunter, 55, was convicted of felony spousal abuse and sentenced to six years in prison.

Under FBI rules followed by police departments across the country, the beating should have been counted as an aggravated assault because Hunter used a weapon and caused serious injuries.

That’s not what happened. The Los Angeles Police Department classified it as a simple assault — a minor offense not included in the city’s official tally of serious crimes.

It was no isolated case. The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a Times investigation found.

The incidents were recorded as minor offenses and as a result did not appear in the LAPD’s published statistics on serious crime that officials and the public use to judge the department’s performance.

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ARMED GUARDS WITH AR-15′s Save North St. Louis Businesses From Looters

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Mike Gutierrez (left) and Adam Weinstein (third from left) brought guns to guard their store during the riots in Ferguson last night.

 

Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter.

The two north county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of last night’s riots in Ferguson. After nightfall, what began as a community’s peaceful demonstration against the Ferguson Police Department’s shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown turned increasingly violent. Crowds plundered a QuikTrip and burned it to the ground, and local news began reporting brazen raids on other stores in the area.

After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.

“We didn’t want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns,” Weinstein told Daily RFT when we arrive at the store around 12:30 a.m. this morning. Weinstein was outfitted with an assault rifle, pistol and tactical vest. Gutierrez cradled his own rifle in his hands.

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The “Smart” People Took Over the Government…Now Where are We?

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Published on: August 11, 2014

Watching MSNBC this morning by accident. I assure you by accident. For some reason the monitor in here came on MSNBC instead of CNN. I was in a state of disbelief. And I have to tell you, folks, it was funny. I mean, these are all Obamaites and they look like a family in the waiting room at a hospital when the situation is dire. I mean, it was funny. They’re clearly like the family in the waiting room of the hospital worried about the patient.

The doctors went in trying to remove Obama’s foreign policy, the latest cancer in the administration, and they couldn’t find the doctrine. They couldn’t find the Obama doctrine, they came out and they told the family of the patient, which was the MSNBC people, and they were just totally depressed. Stop and think about this for a second. This is almost indescribable, and yet it is the reality we face today.

Starting in 2004, barely a year after George W. Bush invades Iraq to get rid of Saddam Hussein, starting in 2004 and continuing all through 2008, the media and the Democrat Party launch a multiple-times-a-day assault. I mean, it’s all we heard on Bush about Iraq, about how it was wrong-headed, it was immoral, it was unnecessary. We should have been in Afghanistan. What business do we have in Iraq.

They did everything, the Democrats, Obama. Even Obama’s speech in 2002 that put him on the map was about Iraq, about how dumb it was, how silly it was and we ought not ever be there and we shouldn’t ever go there and he was never gonna vote for it and blah, blah, blah. Then we started with the body counts, and in the midst of all this there were other scandals supposedly surrounding Bush. But for essentially five years the American media and the Democrat Party set out to summarily destroy the George Bush administration and primarily the second term, obviously.

The news was filled each day with multiple stories about a supposedly plunging economy, that we were headed into a recession while employment was almost full, 4.7%, while the job situation looked good. The economy was fine. It was soaring. We were coming out of two recessions and 9/11, and yet the media every day, every network beating Bush up, beating Cheney up, “No blood for oil.” Every day it seemed we had a story on how our troops in Iraq were nothing but terrorists. John Kerry and John Murtha, you name it, it was never-ending. It was a drumbeat about how no way, no how should we ever be in Iraq.

When it came time for the surge from General Petraeus, MoveOn.org runs an ad in the New York Times called General Betray Us, and they accuse him on the morning of testimony about the surge before a Senate committee of lying. He hadn’t even opened his mouth. The media picked that up and accused Petraeus of lying, and Hillary Clinton was right there accusing Petraeus of lying before he even said a word.

Then the presidential campaign of 2008 kicks up and it’s all about Iraq, and then there are debates, and it’s all about Iraq, and it’s filled with Obama saying he’s gonna get us out, if it’s the first thing he does. The left wing, the American media, was totally absorbed with Iraq. Iraq was in every way representative of the worst of the United States of America and we’ve got to get ourselves out. In fact, one of the first things Obama ever said as president was how he was going to get us out. It was as though they had succeeded, in their own minds, of convincing everybody in this country that the absolute worst thing this country has ever done outside of slavery was Iraq.

Remember all the stories of “torture” at Abu Ghraib? Remember all the stories of Club Gitmo and Korans flushed down the toilet that didn’t happen? Remember all of the lies, all of the in-your-face lies, all of the efforts to saddle this country with a defeat in Iraq and hang it around the neck of George W. Bush? Everything they could do to destroy this country’s morale on Iraq was done — daily, multiple times a day — including impugning military personnel, uniformed military personnel.

I remember such stories as John Kerry in Pasadena, California, making a speech at some school or something and he said: You either get smart or you end up in Iraq. Where is he? Remember all of the stories about the American military and, “Oh, how bad must America be if all of these young men and women are joining the military! It must be that there’s no future in this country because of Bush!

“They can’t get an education. They can’t get into a school. They can’t get a job because of the recession,” which didn’t exist, “and so the only option they had was to join the military.” The Democrat Party went so far as to discredit volunteers. I mean, I’m just trying to remind you — and I’m leaving out 90% of it. I’m trying to remind you of what we lived with, what we as citizens had to put up with in this country for five years multiple times a day, 24/7, 365 — and now where are we?

Where are we now? We’re back! Because the “smart” people told us they were gonna fix it. The “smart” people told us it should have never happened. The “smart” people told us it was never worth a single American life. It was never worth a single American defense dollar. It was never worth an ounce or a moment of our time. It was the worst boondoggle ever, and it was typical of right-wing conservative warmongers.

“They just love war, and they just love killing people, and they can’t wait,” and they showed us the pictures of the torture with the underwear on the heads of the terrorists at Abu Ghraib. They literally had conniption fits and near strokes over the meanness of the United States and our torture regimen and the waterboarding, and the Democrat Party promised everyone that that would come to an end when they came to power.

There would be no more torture, there would be no more war, there would be no more Abu Ghraib. There would be no more anything that George W. Bush did, because they were the “smart” people, and they were gonna get us out of there, and they were gonna close Gitmo, and then they were gonna get us out of Afghanistan, because none of it was worthwhile. None of it made any sense. None of it was what the United States is really all about. It was all illegitimate.

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Trayvon Martin lawyer to represent family of unarmed teen shot dead by St Louis officer as looting and riots break out

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Published on: August 11, 2014

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, pictured, who has been hired by the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday

The family of an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a police officer has hired the same civil rights lawyer who represents the family of Trayvon Martin.

Michael Brown died after being shot multiple times by a police officer in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis after an altercation involving the officer, Mr Brown and another man on Saturday.

The killing has drawn criticism from some civil rights leaders, who have referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges.

Now it has emerged that Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represents the family of Trayvon Martin is now to represent Mr Brown’s family.

According to 10 News, Mr Crump, from Tallahasse, Florida, will join Mr Brown’s family at a press conference later today, which will be held at a church in Jennings, Missouri.

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thumbJames O’Keefe Dressed as Osama bin Laden Crosses Border from Mexico to US (Video)

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Published on: August 11, 2014

The Smart-Gun Maker Who Told Holder Off

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The setting was a behind-closed-doors meeting at the National Institute of Justice, the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The place was Washington, D.C. The time was April 2013. It was months after the Sandy Hook massacre, and Attorney General Eric Holder was quietly meeting with some gun manufacturers.

“I then had the biggest development in smart-gun technology coming together at my facility in Utah — the Intelligun” says W. P. Gentry, president of Kodiak Arms. The Intelligun uses scanners on a pistol’s grips. If a person’s biometrics — essentially, the patterns of his fingerprints — have been added to the gun’s software, the pistol will activate within one second of being touched.

“This interested Eric Holder,” Gentry says. “He wondered how we might be able to control who was or wasn’t authorized. I stopped him right there. I looked right across a table at Eric Holder — yeah, the attorney general of the United States — and told him, ‘If you try to mandate my smart-gun technology, I’ll burn it down.’ The Intelligun is designed to save lives, not restrict freedom.”

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Libs at Politico: CuHomo’s Slow-Mo Disaster (He’s in Deeper Legal Trouble Than He Knows)

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Published on: August 11, 2014

Andrew Cuomo is in serious trouble. Preet Bharara, the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has turned up the heat on his administration’s alleged interference with an anti-corruption commission he appointed, and for the first time in the New York governor’s four-year tenure, he’s lost control of a situation. That’s an awful feeling for any politician, but especially for one who so prizes control, and who prides himself on playing political chess while his opponents play checkers. It’s the classic tale of a pol so consumed with avoiding a short-term image hit that he risked his long-term freedom. (I know the story well, because five years ago this week I lost control of a similar situation and ended up in prison for obstruction of justice.)

Let’s examine the peril of Cuomo’s predicament, which is far more serious than some believe. Few U.S. attorneys – particularly not the pugnacious Bharara – get into public pissing matches they intend to lose. And the stakes are high: Cuomo is one of the nation’s most powerful governors and heir to the national liberal mantle that his father, former governor Mario Cuomo, assumed with his poetic 1984 “Tale of Two Cities” Democratic National Convention speech. Decades later, leading Democrats continue to appropriate the elder Cuomo’s rhetoric; it was the basis for John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign as well as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s triumphant 2013 mayoral bid – not to mention Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s current stump speech. Based on that lineage and his “taming” of a formerly chaotic state capital by producing four on-time budgets, Cuomo the younger has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 (if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run) or 2020 (if Hillary runs and loses).

But despite the passage of timely balanced budgets, New York State government isn’t in great shape. Lately, more Albany politicians have gone on to prison than to higher office. Most of the cases involved bribery. In an attempt to reduce the influence of money in the New York capital – or, in the eyes of skeptics eying his $35 million war chest, appear as if he wanted to reduce said influence – Cuomo appointed the Moreland Commission to investigate politicians’ unethical and illegal behavior. To demonstrate the gravity of his endeavor, he had state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman officially designate commissioners as deputy attorneys general, thereby granting them law-enforcement powers. But once the commission got started, the trail led to some of Cuomo’s biggest funders.

Whoops.

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Black Missouri Crowd Chant “Kill the Police” After Cops Kill Teenager

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Published on: August 10, 2014

The fatal shooting of a black teenager by police sent hundreds of angry residents out of their apartments Saturday in a St. Louis suburb, igniting shouts of “kill the police” during a confrontation that lasted several hours.

A St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP called for the FBI to look into the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

Brown’s grandmother, Desiree Harris, said she saw him running in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon when she passed him in her car. Just minutes later, after she returned home, she heard a commotion and went outside to check on it. Less than two blocks away, she found Brown’s body.

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Cops Kill Black Man In Wal-Mart Carrying An Air Rifle That He Might Have Planned To Buy

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Published on: August 10, 2014

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A man who was carrying an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart told the police officers that fatally shot him that the gun was “not real,” according to a family member.

John Crawford was shot by police Tuesday evening at a Beavercreek store. The Ohio attorney general’s office announced Thursday that he was merely carrying a brand of air rifle that Wal-Mart sells.

Another shopper, 37-year-old Angela Williams, collapsed and died as she scrambled to get away after police fired at Crawford.

The shooting occurred after police responded to 911 calls about a man carrying a rifle. In one of those calls, which was released by police, a Wal-Mart shopper told emergency dispatchers that it looked like the man — later identified as Crawford — was trying to load the rifle and that he had pointed it at two children, WHIO reported.

The 911 caller’s wife said that Crawford was on the phone and that he was messing with the gun. She said that after police ordered Crawford to put down the unidentified weapon, “I heard two shots after I saw him turn. He still had the weapon in his hand.”

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‘Knockout Game’ Attacker Asked Man If He Had A Gun Before Punching

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A teenager playing “knockout game” punched a Florida man in the face after making certain he was not carrying a gun, the victim told police.

According to a witness who saw the attack unfold, a teenager approached a man who was walking alone on Neptune Beach on July 31, the Florida Times-Union reported Friday.

According to the victim, the teen, who was with three accomplices, asked him if he had a “glock.”

While Glock is a weapons manufacturer, the term “glock” is also used generically to describe any type of handgun.

After the man said that he did not have a weapon, the teen punched him in the face.

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Bloomturd’s PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke

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Chris Moews, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department (left), is challenging Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (right) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

Chris Moews, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department (left), is challenging Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (right) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews.

In response to the news of Bloomberg’s ads, Clarke said in a statement: “I trust the voters. The voters can’t be bought.”

The ad buys by Bloomberg’s PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

Also on Friday, Citizens for Responsible Government — a local conservative group — paid for $55,238 in airtime on five Milwaukee-area stations to air TV spots supporting the sheriff.

Clarke has drawn strong support from the National Rifle Association, which has sent out a fundraising appeal asking for members to contribute.

“Make no mistake: Sheriff Clarke is fighting the re-election battle of his life right now because he dared to stand on principle by standing up for you, me and the NRA,” wrote Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Campaign finance reports show Clarke has received a large number of contributions from out of state.

There are no Republicans running, so the winner of Tuesday’s primary will likely be elected. Independent candidate Angela Walker is the only challenger on the November ballot.

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Gabby Giffords to Maine Raising Money for Gubernatorial Candidate Supporting Gun Control

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On August 9 Gabby Giffords will “[try] to resurrect gun control” by appearing in Maine to raise money for gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud (D).

Michaud is currently the U.S. Rep. for Maine’s 2nd District.

According to the Associated Press, Michaud says he and Giffords formed a friendship as “conservative ‘blue dog’ Democrats” during their time together in Congress, and he stands with her in pushing for more gun control now in the area of background checks.

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