That’s because gun owners are also in favor of some serious changes in the law. We’ve been arguing for decades that the existing laws are idiotic.
Dunno how many people saw it, but the case in California against a Joseph Roh confirms it recently; per the ATF’s own guidelines, no single component of an AR-15 is considered a firearm receiver. Someone with the legal cajones could challenge the rule in court and, if successful, change the gun world by making it possible to buy ALL of the parts for an AR-15 and assemble it at home, without needing a background check. Today, you have to have the lower receiver sent to an FFL for a background check first.
I won’t lie, part of our interest is to make the law a little less strict on us, but the number of braindead rules out there is stifling and hurts gun control efforts. For example, short barreled rifles are considered NFA firearms, and are defined as either having a barrel length of under 16″ or an overall length of less than 24″, all as an effort to curtail concealable weapons. But, this rule means that a rifle 48″ long (longer than an AR-15) with a 15.5″ barrel is considered a concealable weapon and requires an additional background check and tax stamp.
Don’t even get me started on AR pistols.
And on top of that, the current wait time for NFA approvals is, like, a year. The number of people out there who would rather just skip the NFA approval and build an SBR without is shocking. Because of the beauracratic foul up, people are less likely to abide by the law.
Our gun laws are moronic. Gun owners will say as much.
Secretary of State Laurel Lee and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked that the lawsuit brought by 17 complainants be thrown out.
The Florida State Conference of the NAACP, the Orange County Branch of the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters of Florida — who are representing felons in the suit — claim it is unconstitutional to condition voting rights on the payment of fees.
The case will head to the Florida Supreme Court, News 13 reported.
For many decades, Americans thought communist-ruled China would evolve into a free and open system similar to our own. We were completely wrong.
In truth, Xi Jinping became the general secretary of the People’s Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission in November 2012. He became the president of the People’s Republic of China in March 2013.
During Xi’s tenure, there has been a significant increase in censorship and mass surveillance, a significant deterioration in human rights, and the removal of term limits for the Chinese presidency.
The Chinese Communist Party has initiated a social credit scoring system, so that Chinese people are constantly monitored and scored based on their lifestyles, party loyalty, and public and private statements.
People who score poorly (according to the Chinese Communist Party) are denied access to public transportation, Internet connectivity, good colleges and schools, and a host of other social institutions. Some who score very poorly may simply disappear.
The massive prison camps for Uighur Muslims and other non-Han Chinese minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang were also instituted under Xi. There are more than 1 million people have been detained in these state-created “re-education camps” in China – yet the world still regards Xi as a legitimate world leader.
China under Xi is also developing an ultra-high-tech police state, wherein powerful cameras and facial recognition artificial intelligence are being utilized to control the Chinese people in ways we had previously only imagined in science fiction.
In the episode, I speak with two people with deep knowledge of the Chinese totalitarian state, Michael Caster and Dr. Teng Biao.
I hope you will listen to our conversation, because if the United States does not wake up and realize that communist-ruled China is not a friendly neighbor – it may be too late to stop the most powerful totalitarian regime of our time.
It’s all about the lips now, thanks to one makeup artist garnering loads of love online with her eye-catching lip art.
This is not your basic lipstick, either. Tutushka Matviienko from Nikolaev, Ukraine, creates dazzling 3-D designs on pouts, including pizza, fruit, animals and even beach scenes. One such design includes an incredible monkey stenciled onto the top lip. For Halloween, she created a complete haunted house scene better than your average home decor.
LONDON (Reuters) ― Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain’s exit from the bloc but added another note in which he explained that he did not want a “deeply corrosive” Brexit extension.
Johnson had previously said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for any extension to the Oct. 31 deadline.
But he was compelled, by a law passed last month by opponents, to send a letter to the bloc asking to push back the deadline to Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his attempt to pass his EU divorce deal on Saturday.
In an extraordinary step that indicates the extent of the Brexit fever gripping the United Kingdom, Johnson sent a total of three letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council.
First, a brief cover note from Britain’s EU envoy explaining that the government was simply complying with that law; second, an unsigned photocopy of the text that the law, known as the Benn Act, forced him to write; and a third letter in which Johnson said that he did not want an extension.
“I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister and made clear to parliament again today, my view, and the Government’s position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said in the third letter which was signed “Boris Johnson.”
Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of getting the Brexit legislation through Britain’s parliament would be completed before Oct. 31, according to the letter.
Tusk said he had received the request from Johnson.
“I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react,” he said on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron told Johnson that Paris needed swift clarification on the situation after Saturday’s vote, an official at the French presidency told Reuters.
“He signalled a delay would be in no one’s interest,” the official said.
However, it was unlikely that the EU’s 27 members states would refuse Britain’s delay request.
The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react. #Brexit
Johnson had hoped that Saturday would see recalcitrant lawmakers finally back the divorce deal he agreed with EU leaders this week and end three years of political deadlock since the 2016 referendum vote to leave the bloc.
Instead, lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment that turned Johnson’s planned finale on its head by obliging him to ask the EU for a delay, and increasing the opportunity for opponents to frustrate Brexit.
Johnson has previously promised that he would take the country out of the bloc on Oct. 31, without explaining how he would do this while also complying with the Benn Act.
“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so,” he told parliament after lawmakers backed the amendment on Saturday.
Opposition politicians accused him of believing he was above the law.
“Johnson is a Prime Minister who is now treating Parliament and the Courts with contempt,” John McDonnell, the opposition Labour Party’s finance spokesman said.
“His juvenile refusal to even sign the letter confirms what we always suspected that Johnson with his arrogant sense of entitlement considers he is above the law and above accountability.”
Scotland’s highest court is due to consider on Monday a legal challenge that had sought to force Johnson to comply with the Benn Act. The court said earlier this month that government lawyers had given formal legal statements that he would abide by the Benn Act and it would be a serious matter if he did not.
“Boris Johnson promised #Scottish court he would comply with #BennAct & not seek to frustrate it. Looks like he’s breaking both promises,” Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party lawmaker involved in the case said on Twitter.
SportsPulse: The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for the second time in three years after defeating the Yankees, but must go through a red-hot Nationals team if they want to hoist the trophy. USA TODAY
HOUSTON — Jose Altuve, drenched in champagne and beer with an MVP trophy tucked away in his locker, walked back onto the field Saturday evening, and there she was running towards him.
It was his daughter, 2 ½-year-old Melanie, jumping into his arms, taking off his cap, placing it back on his head sideways. She picked up a piece of confetti and gave him a kiss.
One day, she’ll be told the whole story, and fully grasp what happened this night.
Maybe then, she’ll truly understand the moment, and savor it like every other Astros fan for the rest of their lives.
Even Hall of Famer Craig Biggio couldn’t recall a more electrifying moment in franchise history.
“It’s Josey doing Josey things,’’ Biggio said during the celebration on the field, with the sellout crowd in no hurry to go home. “Just a remarkable player. Look at the hardware he has at home.
“When he’s healthy, there’s really nothing he can’t do. He can beat you in every way. With his glove. His speed. His power. He’s incredible.”
Then again, how many players could hit the biggest home run of their life and the first thing out of their mouth is giving all the credit to teammate George Springer for drawing a two-out walk?
Yep, so much for self-promotion and worrying about his brand.
“That’s him, that’s Jose Altuve,’’ said Astros outfielder Josh Reddick. “I mean, we just had our hearts broken. And he put it back together.’’
The Astros were two outs away from winning the ALCS in the top of the ninth, when D.J. LeMahieu hit a home run just beyond the outstretched glove of right fielder George Springer, tying the game, and silencing the road of the crowd.
“It was heart-wrenching to see the ball bouncing around on the front row,’’ Reddick said. “I put my hands on top of my head. Your heart hits the floor.’’
And then the bottom of the ninth came around.
Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees’ All-Star closer, opened the ninth by striking out Martin Maldonado, and getting Reddick out on a pop-up. Then he walked Springer, giving the Astros hope.
Altuve, knowing that Chapman had to be cautious, watched him throw a 98.5-mph fastball for ball one. Then another, 97.3 mph fastball for ball two.
That’s when Reddick, sitting on the dugout stairs to the far end of the bench, leaned over to Brantley and blurted out:
“‘He’s going to win it.’”
Chapman, desperate to regain his control, went to his slider, 85.3-mph, for a called strike.
Hinch thought about having Springer steal second, putting him in scoring position so a hit would win the game, but then worried about the Yankees intentionally walking Altuve, bringing up light-hitting Jake Marisnick.
“I was kind of thinking, maybe he can hook a ball in the corner,’’ Hinch said, “and can George score from first. A couple of years ago, we won a game here [off Chapman] by hooking a ball down the corner, so I was thinking maybe we could do the same.’’
Chapman, not wanting to fall behind, tried to throw another slider for a strike.
It hung over the plate.
And Altuve swung with all of his might.
The ball soared 407 feet into the night, high above the left-center-field fence, and the celebratory scream pierced the air, with Chapman standing on the mound with his mouth wide open, saying later, “I was in shock.’’
“I just started running,’’ Springer said, “knowing if it didn’t go out, I’ve got to score. I didn’t really remember what happened next. I just had to remember to touch home plate. …
“There’s not anything he does that doesn’t surprise me anymore. That’s why he is our guy. He’s an unbelievable player, but even a better person, and to have him in that situation is exactly what we wanted.’’
Brantley, who signed a two-year free-agent contract to join the Astros after spending 10 years in Cleveland, could only laugh at Altuve’s modesty. He was aware of Altuve’s talents over the years. Come on, everyone knows about Altuve, a former MVP, three-time batting champion, six-time All-Star and a World Series champion.
Still, unless you’re around him every day, you don’t appreciate his greatness.
“To see how hard he works every day, and what he does not only on the field but what he does in the locker room and how much he cares,’’ Brantley said, “it’s awesome to watch. It’s awesome to be a part of.
“He’s been a special player for a long time, but what he did tonight only adds to his legacy.’’
This is a player who came up on one of the worst teams in baseball. The Astros were the laughingstocks of baseball, losing 324 games from 2011-2013. Now, here is Altuve, the heart and soul of a potential American League dynasty.
“I still remember when we lost 100 games three years in a row,’’ Altuve said. “It seems like we were in the very, very bottom. So the only hope I had was to keep working hard because everybody keeps telling me, ‘Yeah, we’re going to win a championship, we’re going to be a really good team.’ I wanted to be a part of that.’”
Now, here they are, four victories away from winning their second World Series championship in three years, facing the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in Game 1 at Minute Maid Park.
“We’re going to the World Series,’’ said Altuve, “but we’re not going to the World Series because of me. We’re going to the World Series because of everybody inside of the clubhouse.’’
“This was a great series, and unbelievable series, but the only difference, is that we have Jose Altuve,” said Ryan, the club’s president since 2013.
President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could provide the ISIS terrorist group with the time and space to regrow its organization and extend its networks throughout the Middle East.
While the most immediate and visible consequence of the U.S. withdrawal has been an increase of tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, these and other second-order effects of this decision are less visible and may take a longer time to manifest.
The most obvious concern is that with the Kurds now focused on survival, the United States’ most capable partner on the ground in Syria – local militia forces consisting of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the People’s Protection Units – will devote fewer resources and manpower to combating ISIS. Kurdish fighters have ceased counterterrorism operations against ISIS.
As the Kurds are pulled away from guarding camps where ISIS prisoners and sympathizers are being detained and called to the front lines to fight against Turkish troops and Turkish-backed militias, detainment camps and prisons will grow significantly more vulnerable, with potentially dire implications for regional stability.
There have already been widespread reports of prison breaks from detainment camps where ISIS prisoners and sympathizers were being held. ISIS, through its official news agency, Amaq, announced a raid on the “PKK headquarters” west of Raqqa, in reference to a detainee camp guarded by Kurdish militants.
Other similar incidents have been reported recently as well, including reports suggesting that more than 700 people with suspected links to ISIS fled from a camp in northeast Syria after shelling by the Turkish military in the area. On Wednesday, the Iraqi government expressed concern that militants who escaped detention in Syria crossed over into Iraq.
Countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, are now apparently on alert as their foreign nationals being held in these camps have escaped and could potentially return to their countries of origin to plot future attacks.
There have also been rumors that several high-profile ISIS fighters from France, including Adrien Guihal, are among those that are now on the loose, heightening concerns back in Paris that plans for impending terrorist attacks could be in the works.
The potential for an ISIS resurgence comes at a critical time for the terrorist group. Although it lost most of the territory it once controlled, the group has been working steadily to spread its influence in Iraq and Syria. The Kurds recently struck a deal with the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, which could help ISIS recruit new members by using this as a propaganda tool.
President Trump’s rationale for removing troops from Syria was a desire to “end these endless wars,” but on the heels of this decision came another widely debated move; the president announced he was sending 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia as a force to deter Iranian expansion.
The move to send these troops to Saudi Arabia might be seized upon by jihadist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, the latter of which used the presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia as one of its primary motivations for attacking the United States.
In 1996, Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden issued his now-infamous “Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holiest Sites,” in reference to Mecca and Medina, considered sacred places in the Islamic world.
If the cease-fire breaks down and the situation in Syria deteriorates further, ISIS could ultimately rebuild its organization in that country. It would seem to be nearly impossible for the U.S. to redeploy troops into northern Syria, as American bases have been taken over by Russian forces or disassembled by U.S. forces to make them uninhabitable for any forces.
Moreover, even if the U.S. desired to reinsert troops at any future point to deal with a resurgent ISIS threat, it would likely struggle to find a legitimate partner to work with on the ground.
While the tactical setbacks resulting from the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria could reverse hard fought gains in the immediate term, the longer-term strategic effects of such a hastily executed decision could reverberate in the region for years to come, while simultaneously emboldening America’s chief adversaries – ISIS, Syria, Russia, and Iran – and accelerating the decline of U.S. influence in the Middle East.
Seven former Osteo Relief Institute clinics accused of billing Medicare for unnecessary knee braces and injections to treat osteoarthritis have agreed to pay more than $7.1 million in a settlement, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.
“Billing Medicare for medically unnecessary items and procedures puts patients at risk and wastes taxpayer funds,” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Civil Division said in a statement. “Today’s settlement demonstrates that the Department of Justice will pursue companies and individuals who seek to benefit at the expense of federal health care programs and their beneficiaries.”
“Billing Medicare for medically unnecessary items and procedures puts patients at risk and wastes taxpayer funds.”
The settlement concludes a probe of clinics in six states that performed administered viscosupplementation injections — where doctors inject a gel-like substance into a patient’s knee joint to prevent symptoms associated with arthritis — to patients who did not need them and filed false claims to Medicare for the treatments. The government also said owners of these clinics used multiple brands of the injection successively on patients without clinical support and purchased reimported forms of the drug from foreign countries. In addition, the clinics provided patients with unnecessary custom knee braces.
The investigation originated in Lexington, Ky., after a whistleblower filed a lawsuit prompting a review of Medicare claims data.
The whistleblower is set to receive $857,550 from the government.
Six ORI clinics — in Phoenix; San Diego; Lexington, Ky.; Wall Township, N.J.; Dallas and San Antonio — will collectively pay the government $6 million. A seventh clinic, in Colorado Springs, Colo., will pay approximately $1.13 million.
“This settlement demonstrates that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to identify and hold accountable those healthcare providers who improperly bill medically unnecessary services,” Robert Duncan Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky said in a statement. “It is also an example of our commitment to identify those who seek to defraud the government, as well as to work with whistleblowers, who play a critical role in helping keep entities honest, and are encouraged to report suspected waste, fraud, and abuse by those billing federal programs.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont proudly calls himself a democratic socialist. But fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – who holds many similar extreme-leftist positions – claims she’s really a capitalist.
That’s a claim that would add a few feet to Pinocchio’s nose.
Warren can call herself anything she wants. She falsely called herself a Native American for years and finally had to apologize for that instance of mislabeling. But if truth in packaging laws applied to politicians, Warren would have to admit she’s no more a capitalist than she is a Native American.
With her long record of promoting socialist causes and her calls for massive new job-killing government regulations and huge tax increases – on income, wealth, and whatever she can think of to take money from hard-working individuals and businesses – Warren is as much of a socialist as Sanders.
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While their views aren’t are identical, the true ideological colors of Comrade Bernie and Comrade Elizabeth are both shades of red.
In the wake of Sanders’ recent heart attack, Warren appears better positioned than ever to become the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Real Clear Politics’ average of recent presidential surveys shows Warren is now polling eight percentage points higher than Sanders. And in two national surveys – one by The Economist and another by Quinnipiac – Warren is polling higher than the longstanding front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Although Biden has been considered a lock to win the nomination by some analysts for months, it seems unlikely he will be able to compete with a far-left challenger like Warren or Sanders once the race inevitably narrows.
Although Biden is unquestionably a progressive whose policies would cause substantial damage to the U.S., he’s not a radical who wants to dynamite the capitalist system that has made America the most prosperous and powerful nation on the planet. But that’s exactly what Warren and Sanders want to do.
It doesn’t help that Biden’s TV debate performances have made the former vice president look more than a little confused. At times, it appears Biden isn’t sure where he is or what year it is – never mind what the candidates are debating.
Warren is a different story entirely. Her debate performances have been sharp and, at times, impressive – though she sometimes sounds like a nagging schoolteacher berating her young students.
Why, exactly, hasn’t Warren been labeled a “socialist”? The biggest – and perhaps the only – reason is that she and others in her party and the left-leaning media continue to insist she isn’t one, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
For example, in an Oct. 13 interview with ABC News’s “This Week,” Sanders said: “There are differences between Elizabeth and myself. Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.”
Like many of the things oozing from Comrade Bernie’s mouth, this, too, is false. Warren is a socialist through and through and her dangerous, destructive policy plans would – like all socialist proposals – cause substantial harm to America’s economy and society, hurting everyone, including the most impoverished.
Warren understands that if she says she’s a socialist, she’ll lose support from moderate voters whose support she would need in the general election to defeat President Trump. So she pretends she’s not what she really is.
Here are just some of Warren’s many frightening socialist plans for the United States:
Warren has endorsed the “Just Society” proposal of socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. This radical idea would – among other things – redefine poverty in the United States so that potentially tens of millions of additional Americans will be pushed onto social welfare programs like Medicaid. A “Just Society” would also make it illegal to deny illegal immigrants and those who have been convicted of crimes access to welfare programs.
Warren has proposed what she calls The Accountable Capitalism Act. This would force every corporation in America with $1 billion or more in annual revenue to obtain a federal charter from a new regulatory agency. The legislation would require that at least 40 percent of corporate board member be elected by workers, and impose costly new bureaucratic regulations on companies. This would likely cause a mass exodus of the most important businesses from the U.S. – stunting economic growth, sending unemployment skyrocketing, and increasing the national debt
Warren has also proposed imposing a single-payer health care system. This would outlaw most forms of private health insurance and force the more than 140 million Americans now enrolled in private insurance plans onto government-managed health plans – all at a cost of $32 trillion over 10 years. Single-payer models elsewhere in the world require very high taxes and have led to rationing of health care and long wait times. This rationing increases unnecessary pain and suffering for millions of people and in the most extreme cases can lead to some patient deaths.
Warren also wants to spend $500 billion over 10 years to build millions of new housing units, and trillions of dollars to cancel college student loan debt for 42 million Americans. She would also “give every American the opportunity to attend a two-year or four-year public college without paying a dime in tuition or fees.”
Warren, like Sanders, was one of the original cosponsors of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. This is the most radical, dangerous, environmentally destructive proposal in modern American history. The Green New Deal would destroy millions of jobs by eliminating most forms of fossil fuel generation and use, including that gasoline-powered vehicle you drive to work every day. It would also create a new system of publicly-owned banks, basic income programs, a federal jobs guarantee, massive new green housing mandates, a universal health food program, and countless new “social justice” programs.
These proposals – and the incredibly high tax increases needed to fund them – would push the U.S. closer than ever to full-blown Marxism, and they are without any doubt in line with socialist principles. This is why self-described socialists like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have embraced or even proposed the vast majority of them.
With Halloween just around the corner, millions of children will be dressing up for one night pretending to be all sorts of characters. Warren has stopped pretending to be a Native American, but pretends every day to be a capitalist – while she knows very well that she’s a socialist through and through.
For the sake of our country and the American people, let’s hope voters see through Warren’s masquerade.