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Looks like bathhouse Barry is whining to anyone within earshot that President Trump is a big ol’ meanie and that we must all do our part to preserve what little is left of his legacy.
What a pathetic fool.
The former president has repeatedly spoken out against Republicans and their policies, facing a sharp reversal of his presidency.
“I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much,” Obama said to reporters during the last press conference of his presidency. But it’s clear that the president has no intention of staying out of the public spotlight.
On Sunday, the president urged members of Congress to save Obamacare, his signature piece of legislation.
Advice to the community organizer: please STFU and flee the country now.
Missing from much of the news media coverage of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week that long-time top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin regularly forwarded classified emails to her husband, Anthony Weiner, is that the revelation directly contradicts Abedin’s own claims from last November about how the emails famously made it to Weiner’s laptop computer.
During last Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight, Comey stated Abedin appears to have engaged in a “regular practice of forwarding e-mails” to Weiner’s computer, possibly for him to print out.
When declaring independence from King George III’s tyrannical rule, Thomas Jefferson wrote that men are born with God-given, “unalienable rights,” and the government’s duty is to protect those rights.
This no-doubt comes as news to Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and the whole Democrat Party, almost every member of which is focused on using the expansive powers of government to chip away at God-given rights rather than protect them.
Something ugly is happening to the First Amendment. It is being contorted to enable judges to protest Donald Trump’s presidency. The perennial impulse of judges to manipulate the law to achieve morally and politically desirable ends has only been exacerbated by the felt necessity to “resist” Trump. The result: Legal tests concerning the freedoms of speech and religion that in some cases were already highly dubious are being further deformed and twisted.
Welcome to the rise of fake law. Just as fake news spreads ideologically motivated misinformation with a newsy veneer, fake law brings us judicial posturing, virtue signaling, and opinionating masquerading as jurisprudence. And just as fake news augurs the end of authoritative reporting, fake law portends the diminution of law’s legitimacy and the warping of judges’ self-understanding of their constitutional role.
Hobbies are usually a good thing.
One notable exception, however, is when your hobby is spending huge sums of cash in places you have no connection to in order to force the local residents to conform to your worldview.
This is not a common hobby and is confined to a few megalomaniacal billionaires who – rather than spend their money to enjoy life – spend it to make others’ lives less enjoyable.
Case in point: Michael Bloomberg. We all know the former New York City mayor wants to bring New York City style gun control to America at large (think gun bans, discretionary licensing, prohibitively expensive fees, cronyism, and public corruption). But he doesn’t stop at that.
Another Bloomberg obsession is soda. Not drinking it, mind you, but controlling access others have to it.
As mayor, Bloomberg infamously tried to ban large sodas throughout the Big Apple by executive action. And not just sodas, but any “sugary beverage” in a cup larger than 16 ounces. The ban was to be enforced by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), with violators subject to fines and possible adverse health grades. The groups that challenged the rule in court pointed out that it came directly from the mayor’s office and not from the supposed subject matter experts on the DHMH’s board. Bloomberg’s justification for this bizarre intrusion into lawful commerce and personal choice was that some people are overweight, a circumstance he described as a “public health” crisis. The city also cited “studies” it claimed showed that sugary drinks are associated with weight gain. (Both tactics should sound familiar to gun owners.)
Yet that was all too much even for New York’s judiciary, which rejected Bloomberg’s contention that the DHMH has inherent legislative authority and that the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches did not apply to its actions. The decision by the state’s intermediate appellate court noted, “To accept the [city’s] interpretation of the authority granted to the Board by the New York City Charter would leave its authority to define, create, mandate and enforce limited only by its own imagination.” This was an outcome the court found “more troubling than sugar sweetened beverages.” Two years later, New York’s highest court affirmed that decision, holding that the DHMH “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” and upholding the permanent injunction against the ban’s enforcement.
Unfortunately, Bloomberg continues to have an unusually active imagination when it comes to infringing upon the rights and choices of other people in far-flung places.
Bloomberg trained his sights all the way out to New Mexico this year, financing a full-on effort to pass “universal” background check legislation for firearm transfers. That effort failed on the strength of opposition led by the NRA. Other opponents of the bill included the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, which issued a statementemphasizing the proposal would “make it harder for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights” and “do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
But Bloomberg wasn’t finished with the Land of Enchantment and poured additional cash into another pet project, an initiative campaign to impose a “sin tax” on sugary beverages sold in Santa Fe. By late April, according to a local media report, the New York billionaire had dumped $1.13 million into the effort.
On Tuesday, however, Santa Fe voters rejected the measure by a 16-point margin. Underscoring the elitist nature of the campaign, the Albuquerque Journal reported, “Voters in the city’s middle- and lower-income neighborhoods went against the tax in huge numbers, while the vote in Santa Fe’s affluent north and east sides split almost precisely 50-50.”
While Bloomberg’s New Mexico efforts may have failed, don’t expect him to cut his losses and run.
Inflamed by the failure of his New York City beverage scheme, Bloomberg has sought vengeance the only way he knows how: by seeking to spend his opposition into oblivion. His recent expenditures to pass soda taxes in three other cities, according to Fortune, amounted to $20 million.
While unimaginable sums to most ordinary people, this is all chump change to the New York media mogul. With billions of dollars at his disposal – and more pouring in endlessly from his empire – his ability to stick his nose into other peoples’ freedoms is for all practical purposes unlimited. He is the embodiment of a plutocrat, and his pathological need to control the people he considers his inferiors is completely unmoored by political or geographic boundaries.
And make no mistake: he’s just as focused on coming for your guns as he is on coming for your Dr. Pepper.
The good news is that you already have all that is necessary to defeat his schemes: your awareness, your love of liberty, and your vote. This combination worked in New Mexico, and it can work anywhere else where a free people refuse to bow to high-minded elites with an inexhaustible interest in ruling every detail of their lives.
Rest assured, your NRA looks forward to handing similar defeats to America’s richest nanny. And we’ll happily join the residents of Santa Fe in toasting liberty with the soft drink of their choice, whatever its sugar content might be.
Cable industry analysts have debated the fall of ESPN for months, especially after its recent shedding of over 100 jobs. There has been much speculation that the network’s liberal tilt has alienated viewers, even as liberals scoff at the notion. But, statistics now show that ESPN really has lost viewers over its constant infusion of left-wing politics into its sports coverage.
For several years, center-right news outlets, including Breitbart Sports, have said that ESPN’s left-wing politics is driving viewers away, but many of these claims have been made on anecdotal evidence as millions of sports fans take to social media and the press to complain that ESPN won’t “stick to sports.”
The liberal media’s absolute intolerance to everything firearm-related has struck again – the latest victim? Stacy Washington, conservative radio host, writer and avid Second Amendment defender who lost her column simply because she supports the U.S. Constitution and the opinions of fellow conservatives.
Ms. Washington’s “offense” was her most recent piece in The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Guns and the media. Written in defense of the NRA and denouncing the ignorant comparison of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to the terrorist enterprise ISIS, the column hit a nerve with the Missouri paper and caused a near instant denouncement.
According to a statement from a Post-Dispatch editor, the paper cites an undisclosed conflict of interest and Ms. Washington’s “professional association with the National Rifle Association” as reasons for her suspension, which ultimately led to her decision to terminate her contract with the paper. The editor went on to say that his claims against Ms. Washington went beyond acceptable journalistic standards. Even though she refuted ever being paid, no apology was given and nothing more than a discussion of her suspension was promised.
Contrary to the Post-Dispatch’s claims, Ms. Washington’s appearances on NRATV were not only unpaid but also clearly disclosed on her personal website. Further, the paper ran an article on her involvement in an NRA documentary mere months before she began working for them on a freelance basis. The paper’s claim that her unpaid, voluntary connection to the NRA was unknown is factually improbable and an empty excuse to force out the conservative contributor who dared to contradict their liberal bias.
Interestingly enough, the column in question went through the proper editorial process and was approved for publication. In fact, according to Ms. Washington, the editor who reviewed and approved the column was not punished.
So why was she targeted? As she tweeted, Ms. Washington’s views did not match those of the paper. She was not the model contributor, and when she stood up to the clear bias in the editorial office, the paper stood by those pushing the anti-gun narrative and failed to defend her.
But terminating the column wasn’t enough, and they have now resorted to attacking Ms. Washington personally. Just one day before announcing cancellation of her column, the paper ran a letter to the editor labeling Ms. Washington as an NRA “shill” and condemning her opinion as shameful. We should note that among the inaccurate claims was the citation of a crowdsourced, slang dictionary. So much for journalistic integrity.
Here at the NRA, we have come to accept a certain level of bias and dismissal from the media. But what happened to Ms. Washington is shameful and shows the absolute disarray that represents today’s media. The fact that an independent conservative contributor to a prominent paper was cut, due to her well established and publicized support of a pro-firearm organization, further highlights the media’s zero-tolerance of the Second Amendment and our fundamental, constitutionally protected rights.
Nearly two decades of socialism has left oil-rich Venezuela in an unparalleled crisis.
Recent figures show that a majority of Venezuelans go to bed hungry and 15 percent of people eat garbage to survive. The country desperately lacks basic resources, such as medicine and power.
Mass protests and riots are now breaking out across the country, as dictator Nicolas Maduro attempts to discard the Venezuelan constitution to tighten his grip on power.
However, Venezuela’s problems date back to 1999, with the election of socialist president Hugo Chávez, whose mass redistribution of wealth and financial mismanagement laid the groundwork for the country’s economic collapse.
Like his successor, Chávez was an authoritarian who clamped down on press freedom and regularly locked up his opponents. His government also funded gangs known as colectivos,tasked with intimidating poor communities into supporting him, while distributing pro-government propaganda across the country.
Nevertheless, Chávez’s regime received plaudits from numerous left-wing academics, politicians, and celebrities who have now gone quiet on the matter. Here are ten of the most prominent examples.
On Monday evening, the campus of Colgate University – a private liberal arts school located in idyllic central New Yok State – went into lockdown over a report of an “active shooter” roving the grounds. The school would later inform the media, “At approximately 8:00 p.m. May 1, an individual entered the O’Connor Campus Center while carrying what witnesses believed was a weapon. Campus Safety initiated a campus lockdown in response to these reports.”
A “thorough investigation” and “campus-wide search” later revealed the true source of the complaint: an art student working on a project had been seen carrying a glue gun. By Tuesday morning, the all-clear was sounded but not before a SWAT team, a variety of local law enforcement agencies, and what was described as “a tank” had responded to the incident.
According to the Washington Post, “some students at Colgate were upset when they learned that they had been worried for hours for something that was never a threat.”
That’s a reasonable response to a gross overreaction based on ignorance and underexposure.
Unfortunately, these sorts of overreactions have become virtually institutionalized in educational environments, where the mere idea of a firearm – however completely detached from any actual threatening or aggressive behavior – is enough to provoke panic and harsh consequences.
It truly is deplorable that college-aged students at an “elite” university are so detached from any exposure to firearms – or from any sort of handiwork, apparently – that the mere glimpse of a glue gun could send them into a full-scale panic. Media reports have not indicated the student carrying the glue gun made any threatening gestures with it.
Colgate President Brian W. Casey released a statement in which he said he has asked the campus safety director to take administrative leave while the response to the incident is reviewed.
Fortunately, it does not appear the student who innocently possessed the glue gun is going to be disciplined for the event. In that regard, he has been treated far more fairly than any number of other students – some far too young to understand or even be aware of firearm-related violence – who were severely harangued and punished for equally harmless behavior.
In one case, for example, a five-year-old brought a cowboy-style, orange-safety-tipped toy cap gun onto a school bus to show to his friend, who had allegedly brought a water gun on the bus a day earlier. Even after it was confirmed that the gun was a toy, the boy was subjected to a lengthy two-hour interrogation by school officials during which he wet his pants. He was then suspended for 10 days.
In Pennsylvania, a 5-year-old girl was initially suspended for 10 days on allegations of a “terroristic threat” for merely talking about playing with a Hello Kitty “bubble gun” that “shoots” soap bubbles. The punishment was reduced to two days (and the charge reduced to “threat to harm others”) after the mother agreed to the school’s condition that the girl be evaluated by a therapist. Unsurprisingly, the evaluation described the girl as “typical 5-year-old by temperament and interests” with no history of mood swings, irritability, depression, attention deficit disorder, learning issues or other problems, whose comments portrayed “no harmful or predatory intent.” The therapist additionally absolved the girl’s mother of “poor parenting” leading up to the situation.
It’s ironic that children and their parents are being forced into mental health evaluations when it’s clearly the administrators of these schools who are behaving irrationally and harmfully.
Hopefully, the fact that student at an “elite” university has now been implicated in this lamentable state of affairs will help shed light on the fact that the overreaction of educational professionals to any circumstance that hints at firearms is ultimately harmful to students. Ignorance of any sort only serves to harm the credibility or effectiveness of any institution that purports to educate others.
On Wednesday night a concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an alleged “active shooter” at Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington, Texas.
The incident occurred around 6:15 pm. WFAA reported, “A man opened fire at the Zona Caliente Sports Bar… but police say a customer with a gun of his own put a stop to it.”
The man reported to police as an “active shooter” was 48-year-old James Jones. He allegedly walked into Zona Caliente, began arguing with the manager — 37-year-old Cesar Perez — and then pulled out a gun and killed Perez. At that moment a concealed carry permit holder responded by pulling his own gun and killing Jones.
A conservative columnist who was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS fired back with her resignation and a series of targeted tweets.
The newspaper on Friday suspended Stacy Washington after a column entitled “Guns and the Media” disputed an anti-NRA article that argued since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the Second Amendment advocacy group is the greater danger.
“[W]hen has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American? The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face,” Washington wrote in her column, which also decried the lack of conservatives in U.S. newsrooms. “This failure to represent the opposing, especially conservative, view is an increasingly apparent deficit in the news reporting apparatus in our country.”
The former head of the NYPD’s scandal-plagued gun license division has quietly put in his retirement papers — taking a lucrative blue parachute out of the beleaguered department.
Deputy Inspector Mike Endall, 49, ran the allegedly corrupt License Division until last April, when he was transferred to a full-pay desk job “pending further review,” officials at the time said.
He has not been charged by the feds, or disciplined administratively — although Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim recently derided the “alleged corruption that pervaded the license division up to its senior levels.”
“He should have at least been charged administratively with failure to supervise,” groused one law enforcement insider.