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CNN and Oliver Darcy Decry the ‘Polluted’ Newscape While Continuing to Generate Biased Litter

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Our media betters pretend to care about the condition of the news without looking into any of their own mirrors.

When the death of Jeffery Epstein was announced late on Friday it took no time at all for the talk on social media to speculate on how the announced sucide was anything but that. What was telling was how people from both sides of the political spectrum were forwarding their impressions on how Epstein was more likely to have been dispatched, rather than have taken his own life.

This was displayed on Twitter in rather blatant fashion early Saturday morning. As the announcement was spreading across the platform there was a complete storyline taking place about how Epstein’s death fits in with a number of others surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton. I say this not to give the story any veracity, but to show how this was in fact a very common narrative on the platform. As the Epstein news was flashing across Twitter the man’s name was actually trending BELOW that of another hashtag — #ClintonBodyCount. Another reared up – #Arkancide – in just as quick of a fashion.

That is the level in which the speculation was being tossed around. However once Donald Trump joined in the game late the media lost its collective minds. Suddenly the topic that so many had been bandying about was an explosive and shameful thing to be mentioned. The press, still unable to recognize when the President is provoking them, reacted in exactly the imbalanced fashion Trump intended. He poked a stick into their cage, and they growled right on cue.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy (filling in for Brian Stelter, out on maternity leave) wrote the outlet’s latest Reliable Sources newsletter. It was filled with hand-wringing and head-shaking over the deplorable condition of the news landscape, with so many repeating or reporting on the “vile” conspiracy narrative. Darcy had plenty to say in a cautionary fashion about how the press should behave in this climate.

“And, while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it needs to be said: With the 2020 campaign approaching, and with bad actors continuing to pollute our information ecosystem, things are going to get worse.”

However in his words of warning one thing Darcy does not do is acknowledge his own network’s role in the “polluting”. For him to pretend that he and his network have not been tossing garbage theories over the transom and tossing false narratives out the windows of their driving news cycle is utter hilarity. I guess he expects us to pretend that for two and a half years they did not attempt to sell the Russian collusion narrative, absent anything approaching solid evidence.

But Darcy himself exposes his own contribution to the littered media landscape. He recently sent out a tweet referencing a New York Times article that attempts to claim the El Paso shooter was reliant upon conservative media, using similar words such as “invasion” in his manifesto.

This is Darcy polluting in the highest order. For him to attempt to sell this garbage theory he has to ignore the fact thee shooter began his opinions on the matter years before Donald Trump’s rise — that is, during the Obama administration. Darcy also bypasses the numerous leftist positions he held. He also completely pretends the Dayton shooter – with his support of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — no longer exists.

It is just more of the same from this media complex. They have strewn their biased garbage all around the political lands, and then step back and point fingers at others over all of the “pollution” they witness. In a word, the accusations are pure garbage.

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Ted Cruz Schools His Former Constitutional Law Professor on Margaret Sanger and Abortion

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On Sunday, noted left-wing Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe ventured off into the fever swamps on the issue of abortion, positing what he thought was a solid reason why white supremacists “opposed” it:

It’s both sad and yet unsurprising that someone with such a distinguished educational pedigree like Tribe could be so wildly off the mark. Several conservatives were quick to point this out to the professor:

The most notable conservative to school Tribe was his former student – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who posted a series of tweets setting the record straight:

For what it’s worth, Tribe tried to, ahem, clarify his Sunday tweet by posting another one on the same issue Monday morning:

Tribe can try to clarify all he wants to, but the insinuation in his original tweet was clear. Liberals including Tribe have spent the entirety of Trump’s presidency trying to paint all Trump supporters as racists and white supremacists, and his initial abortion tweet was one example of many.

What he didn’t realize he was doing, as Cruz and others have astutely pointed out, is accidentally demonstrating that actual white supremacists and the pro-abortion left have a lot in common.

Oops.

UPDATE: Cruz responds to a critic of his remarks about Sanger and abortion, and zings Va. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in the process:

Ouch!

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New Report: Epstein’s Cellmate Was Transferred Out Hours Before His Death

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Citing “a person familiar with the matter” who wished to remain anonymous, the Washington Post reported that the cellmate of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was transferred out on Friday, hours before his death. Investigators are looking into why he was not replaced.

Additionally, the source said the guard had not checked on Epstein for several hours before he was found unresponsive on Saturday morning. Guards are expected to check on inmates in the “high-security Special Housing Unit, in which high-profile or dangerous detainees are kept separate from the general population” every 30 minutes. (Those who are on suicide watch are supposed to be checked every 15 minutes, but it’s been confirmed that he had been removed from the watch list.)

Serena Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, blames the failure on understaffing.

She noted that “the Metropolitan Correctional Center is functioning with less than 70 percent of the needed correctional officers, forcing many to work mandatory overtime and 60- or 70-hour workweeks.”

Gregg said that, on the night of Epstein’s death, the two guards on duty “were working overtime — one forced to do so by management, the other for his fourth or fifth consecutive day.” She added that, “one of the individuals assigned to watch Epstein’s unit did not normally work as a correctional officer but, like others in roles such as counselors and teachers, was able to do so.” She said:

If it wasn’t Mr. Epstein, it would have been somebody else, because of the conditions at that institution. It wasn’t a matter of how it happened or it happening, but it was only a matter of time for it to happen. It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked.

It’s daunting — mentally, physically. I would feel confident in saying that some of that contributed to the unfortunate death of inmate Epstein.

On July 23rd, Epstein had been found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and was immediately placed on suicide watch. A week later, he was moved to the special housing unit, “where there was a higher level of security, but not constant monitoring,” and taken off suicide watch.

According to the Washington Post:

Before the incident, Epstein had a cellmate: Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer in custody on murder and narcotics charges. But Young, the national union president, said Epstein was in a cell alone immediately before his death.

Young said he was not certain why Epstein was in the cell alone, as the Federal Bureau of Prisons has moved recently to make sure fewer inmates are housed on their own. He said there was some speculation after the July 23 incident that Epstein was trying to get away from Tartaglione, whom he feared, and he believed that, at least for a time, Epstein had another cellmate after coming off suicide watch.

Young asserted that in the jail’s general population, Epstein also probably would have been a target and that there was only so much officers could do to prevent him from harming himself.

Young told the reporter, “We can’t ever stop anyone who is persistent on killing themselves. The only thing the bureau can do is delay that.”

And here comes the Trump bashing. Young said, “All this was caused by the administration” which “had imposed a hiring freeze and budget cuts on the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”

Young pointed out that, during a Congressional hearing, Attorney General William P. Barr “conceded the bureau was short about 4,000 or 5,000 employees and said he had lifted the hiring freeze and was trying to ensure a steady pipeline of new officers to replace those who leave.”

Brace yourselves for the copious amounts of finger pointing to come.

One would assume, especially in the Special Housing Unit, that cameras would have captured what took place in or around Epstein’s cell in the early hours on Saturday morning. I would expect cameras to be focused directly on inmates’ cells and the surrounding areas.

Former U.S. attorney, Preet Bharara tweeted, “There should be – and almost certainly is – video of Epstein’s suicide at MCC. One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured.”

E.O. Young, the national president of the Council of Prison Locals C-33, disagrees. He said, “It was not clear how much, if any, of the incident or authorities’ check-ins was captured on camera.” Young also told the reporter that, “while cameras are prevalent in the facility, he did not believe they generally captured inmates’ cells.”

News of Epstein’s apparent suicide while in federal custody immediately triggered both an FBI and a Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. It also sparked outrage among his victims who were waiting for Epstein to face justice.

The city’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, announced that an autopsy had been performed on Sunday, but said they would not be releasing their immediate findings. “At the request of Epstein’s representatives,” private pathologist Michael Baden was allowed to attend the autopsy.

Still, I imagine we’ll be hearing quite a bit from “sources who are willing to speak on the condition of anonymity.”

In the tweet below, Tech tycoon and current presidential candidate John McAfee adds a bit of levity to the buzz around Epstein’s death.

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Jerry Nadler Says Impeachment Proceedings Have Begun

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Jerry Nadler’s race to impeachment has been off the front pages for a few weeks, mostly because Robert Mueller failed to do anything but harm the case for removing Donald Trump from office. Trump may be a bull in a china shop, but there’s just very little there in the vein of actual impeachable offenses. Some Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, realize this and have sought to tamp down expectations. Nadler and what appears to be about half the Democrat caucus are choosing a different path.

Namely, they are trying to stealth impeach Trump by having formal impeachment proceedings without actually having articles of impeachment pass. This has been hinted at for a while and Nadler is now proclaiming he’s doing it.

Via The Washington Examiner.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN this week his panel is conducting “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Trump and could be ready to file articles of impeachment this fall.

The New York Democrat’s announcement blew up social media and thrilled the Democratic base, which has been clamoring for the House to take formal steps to oust the president.

The problem is that this clearly violates House rules.

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, called out Nadler’s CNN claim almost as soon as he uttered it on the CNN set.

“Chairman Nadler is either uninformed about what a formal impeachment inquiry is or he is deliberately misleading the American public to score cheap political points,” Collins tweeted Thursday. “Which is it, Chairman?”

Any function of impeachment under Article 1 requires a majority vote in the House approving such measures. Without that fail safe, any committee could abuse the impeachment process and the court system by simply declaring they’ve started impeachment proceedings. It’s unconstitutional.

Nadler, however, doesn’t appear to have the authority to launch a formal impeachment inquiry regardless of the case he makes to the court, Republicans said.

That power rests with the House, which must approve a formal Judiciary Committee impeachment probe by simple majority.

Collins, a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner, “does dispute Nadler’s assertion that the committee is currently conducting “formal impeachment proceedings. The House rules do require a formal vote in order for the committee to begin conducting a formal impeachment inquiry.”

Furthermore, it defies history, which has also given us the precedent that a formal vote and passage is required. In 1998, before Republicans could investigate Clinton, they were made to pass authorization for the Judiciary committee to begin an impeachment investigation. That’s happened in every previous impeachment attempt as well. Nadler wants to skip that step because he knows he doesn’t have enough support, even among Democrats, to win such a vote.

The courts should laugh at this nonsense and Republicans should oppose it unconditionally. A future precedent where a President can be investigated via the powers of impeachment without Congress actually authorizing such would be incredibly dangerous. It would essentially shut down governance, as every new President would end up having every inch of their private affairs invaded by partisans. The Republican Congress under Obama did not play such games and Democrats under Trump can’t be allowed to do so now.

This matter is simple. If Democrats want to use the powers of impeachment, then pass authorization to do so and bare the political consequences. They don’t get to have their cake and eat it too, demanding courts give them documents they aren’t entitled to while getting to skip the backlash from moderate voters.

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Laurence Tribe Inadvertently Makes the Case That Progressives and White Supremacists Have a Great Deal in Common

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Right now the extreme left, which, unfortunately, covers just about 90% of the Democrat party and 100% of its viable presidential candidates, is tying itself in knots trying to link every possible GOP and conservative issue to racism and/or white supremacism. Immigration control is racist. Fossil fuels are racist. Math, quite possibly, is racist. The latest entrant to the white supremacy olympics is by Harard Law professor (naturally) Lawrence Tribe. Tribe had a fairly distinguished career and was touted as a Supreme Court nominee at various time but being a straight, white male is not a good evolutionary strategy for political advancement in the Democrat party. However, with the election of President Trump, Tribe has started to unravel to the point where now he’s just batsh** crazy. (When you were a kid, did you ever peel the plastic cover off a golf ball and use a magnifying glass on the interior rubber bands? If so, you have a mental image of how Tribe is behaving.)

What Tribe is trying to do is link the pro-life movement to white supremacy because some white supremacists are in favor of abortion of babies by other than white women.

Let’s take this step by step. Tribe is correct. At least some white supremacists are in favor of abortion of non-white babies. Ramesh Ponnuru points to an example:

This is from Richard Spencer in that article:

We should recognize that the pro-life movement—this is not the alt-right, this has nothing in common with identitarians, and I think we should be genuinely suspicious of people who think in terms of human rights and who are interested in adopting African children and bringing them to this country and who get caught up on this issue. We want to be a movement about families, about life in a deep sense, not just “rights” but truly great life, and greatness, and beautiful, flourishing, productive families. We want to be eugenic in the deepest sense of the word. Pro-lifers want to be radically dysgenic, egalitarian, multi-racial human rights thumpers—and they’re not us.

The truth is, as Spencer states, a lot different.

Currently, over a third of pregnancies by black women end in abortion

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but, despite black Americans being only about 13% of the population, numerically, more black babies are killed in utero that white babies.

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The pro-life movement has been on the forefront of stopping eugenics of all kinds. We are the ones agitating against the barbaric practice of euthanasia. We are the ones saying that stockpiling unused embryos that are the byproduct of IVF is wrong. We are the ones fighting to prevent sex-selective abortions (in practice, most victims of this are girls but feminists are all in favor of it…go figure). We are trying to prevent the abortion of children who may or may not have Downs Syndrome. And we are the ones fighting to crush Planned Parenthood which looks upon the black and Hispanic communities as its prime market for selling its services. If the pro-life movement is white supremacist, it may be the most inept white supremacist group ever. Moreover, the opposition to abortion is not rooted in race or economics or utilitarianism. It is based of the ethics and worldview of the universal Christian church.

On the other hand, the people fighting for unlimited and unregulated abortion is the progressive movement. Even Richard Spencer figure out the game here:

I think when we think about abortion we often think about these careerist women who otherwise would be part of families but are instead having abortion out of pure selfishness and greed. The fact is that it isn’t like that. Those highly intelligent career women will have abortions on occasion, but to be honest they’re using contraception and they’re avoiding pregnancy, is what they’re doing…The people who are having abortions are generally very often black or Hispanic or [people] from very poor circumstances, to be honest.

It doesn’t matter that both white supremacists want to increase abortion among non-whites, because that isn’t the main thrust of the movement. Besides, Hitler was a vegetarian and a pet-lover, so you really can’t equate what a movement is about by what a tiny number of people in a fringe movement think.

Abortion is undeniably sold to the lower socio-economic classes, regardless of their race or ethnicity, as a means of birth control. And the group of people who have the fewest abortions are the very type of people whose numbers the white supremacist movement wants increase and the most victimized people are those the white supremacist movement wants to get rid of.

And you can see by the numbers who is winning the battle right now.

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Washington Post Honors Deaths of All Those from Mass-Shootings Since 1966, Ignores Greater Amounts by Other Illegal Causes

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In a stunt meant to provoke the gun debate the paper disqualifies the central argument against guns.

It is graphic, it is emotionally stirring, and it serves as a flash-card debate point. The question that should be asked about the Washington Post’s entry in the country’s gun debate should be – Is this news?! In a special 12-page section the paper decided to list the names of all the people who have had their lives cut down in mass shooting since 1966.

54 years, 165 mass shootings, 1,196 victims

So goes the headline above the small-type list of all of those names.

In a fashion it does its job. It is a jarring visual, one that makes you pause. It is also doing another job; serving as agitprop. To go along with this tabulation it mentions how one third of these names occurred since the Sandy Hook school shooting, declaring a massive rise in these events. What it does not do is show how gun deaths have been on the decline for decades, just as the supposed violence-inducing weapons have been rising in popularity and in numbers.

This attempt at emotional motivation however belies one of the central arguments of the gun-nabbing movement. We constantly hear from those wanting to truncate – or even eliminate – Second Amendment rights that they are doing so in the name of safety. “We just want to save lives!” This is the common call from those targeting our rights to a self-defense weapon. But saving lives in other categories, especially those with greater mortality rates at the hands of other citizens, is not so much a concern.

In an argument that gun control advocates bristle at hearing, those murdered annually with guns is nearly on par with those killed in drunk driving accidents. The weapons-wranglers hate this figure and try dismissing it on mention. Cars are not designed to kill, like guns, goes their knee-jerk argument. And yet, to harken back to their underlying argument, these cars still manage to take lives, which was their clarion call for the removal of our weapons.

Understand, I am not playing the accounting game gun control activists use. I am not counting all vehicular deaths; I only point to those via drunk-driving. Why? Because in a reality that the anti-2A crowd does not want to hear, in both cases — murders with a gun and those via drunk-driving — you are dealing with people who use a legal object in an illegal fashion leading to death.

They say there is a difference because guns are “designed with one purpose – to kill”, which is a dramatic reinterpretation of reality. But even if that is the case (though it is not) there is a stark reality in the data. These instruments of death greatly outnumber the amount of vehicles in this country. There are estimated to be well over 3330 million guns in America. The amount of registered vehicles numbers below 300 million, and yet through illegal usage they manage to take just as many lives annually.

So on a per-object basis vehicles used illegally take farr greater lives, and yet where is the call to ban those? Another factor is the amount of crimes that are stopped and prevented with the use of a gun, and now the safety argument invoked in order to ban weapons is unravelling feverishly.

The reality is that a solution in the eyes of the reactionaries is to curtail an illegal activity by removing Constitutional rights from citizens who did not break any laws. This logic-impaired “solution” is curiously never forwarded in regards to our vehicles. It would be ridiculous for someone to come to your home and state you can no longer drive your car because someone else took a life by driving drunk. That same ridiculous act is being forwarded by the press and the politicians today however in reference to our rights.

While over 1,100 deaths over fifty-plus years is a tragedy so is 10,000, the annual number of drunk-driving fatalities. The Washington Post is not listing a far greater list of lives taken each year through the law-breaking act. But those people who ignore this statistic do so because they do not want to surrender their right to drive a vehicle. They want us to surrender our rights however, all in the name of saving fewer lives.

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Most “Assault Rifles”…Aren’t.

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Most Assault Rifles…Aren’t.

Today’s offering is a little different than most of my usual pieces. It also has some different objectives. Today’s article is not meant so much to inform, as it is to provide some handy source material for Conservatives, most of whom already know most of this. The other objective, is my continuing effort to take back the language from the leftists, who as we all know, use the language to distort the terms of the discussion to their advantage while manipulating the voting public. In that regard, this will not be an exciting read, but I do hope it helps our team in the public debate regarding the Second Amendment.

Today, we are going talk about the Modern Sporting Rifle, commonly, erroneously and maliciously referred to by the left as an “Assault Rifle” or “Military Style Weapon/Rifle.” Modern Sporting Rifle,” is the correct, accurate term for semi-automatic rifles in all calibers, built on the AR, AK and other frames like them. We need to always use that term when discussing these weapons.

Starting off, we need to define, scope and assess…just what does make an ordinary rifle, an “assault rifle.” I won’t address “Military Style,” other than to scoff at The folks who use that term. “Style” never killed anyone. You should do the same.

To properly assess features and capabilities that define a real “assault rifle,” we need to start with two authors, one fairly famous and one famous only to military historians. I am talking about German Field Marshal and Patton nemesis, Erwin Rommel along with British Lieutenant Colonel John English. Rommel and English each wrote books on Infantry tactics, Rommel; Infantry Attacks and English; On Infantry.

Each of these warriors devoted significant ink to the battlefield environment in “the last 300 yards” to the objective. They wrote of an environment that required extreme maneuverability coupled with maximum firepower for an attacking Infantry unit to punch through a defender’s position and if necessary take that position at bayonet point.

Although never specifically defined, both Rommel and English implied the need for the following characteristics in a standard Infantry weapon: Lightweight, Rapid firing, Rugged, Bayonet Stud and Easily Maintained.

Another factor often overlooked in this analysis of capability, is the era a particular rifle was used in combat. What was once a state of the art Infantry rifle in one era, would be merely an interesting collectible today. One example of this is the Brown Bess Musket, standard issue for British Regulars and quite rightly credited with helping Great Britain establish and maintain a world wide Pax Brittanica. Back in the day, it was Great Britain’s “assault rifle.” Today, a very pricy collectible.

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Brown Bess
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The Brown Bess shown above was for its time, lightweight and fast loading, enabling British Commanders to maintain a high volume of fire. Of course it mounted a bayonet…all 17 inches.

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Springfield ‘03
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Moving forward a few decades The standard U.S. Infantry “assault rifle,” became the Springfield Arms 1903, pictured above. The ‘03 was a bolt action, lightweight weapon with a high rate of fire for its time. Note the bayonet lug. The Springfield ‘03 stayed in service throughout World War II as its eventual replacement the M-1 Garand, a semi automatic rifle, was initially not in sufficient production to equip all U.S Forces.

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Above is my personal, Match Grade Garand. Note the bayonet lug and on the right hand picture, the clips it uses instead of a box magazine, often mistakenly referred to by Leftists as a “clip.”

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Now we come to Vietnam and the M-16A1 pictured above. The M-16 is a select fire weapon capable of firing in both the semi and full automatic modes. It also has a bayonet lug. notice how the rate of fire has dramatically increased over the decades, going from 3 rounds per minute, to over 800 rounds per minute on today’s more sophisticated weapons.

The M16 has had a number of successors, the most common from my last years in the Green Machine, was the M-4. The M4, pictured below, has is also capable of select fire—semi automatic and 3 round burst. It also has a bayonet lug.

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M-4 Rifle
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We have discussed the most critical features of an Infantry Assault Rifle—especially the features that make the weapon more lethal. Next up in this discussion, are some other features that the military finds helpful, but really don’t add to the weapon’s lethality, although they do help Leftists scare people with terms like “Military Style Assault Weapons.”

Here are some of those features:

Flash Hiders or Muzzle Brakes: These diminish the flash signature when the rifle is fired. They add not one drop of lethality to the weapon or its ammunition. Using them as a criterion that prohibits civilian ownership is foolish.

Pistol Grip: These make it easier to control the rifle and more accurately engage targets. Again, they do not make the rifle or its ammunition any more lethal.

Threaded barrel, which makes it capable of mounting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer, none of which enhance the lethality of the weapon

Folding or telescoping stocks: Make transportation and use in confined areas easier. No impact on lethality.

Detachable Magazines: Enable a higher rate of fire. By doing so, they can have an affect on lethality, but have been around a long time, used on a variety of weapons that don’t have the “scary look” that black metal Modern Sporting Rifles do.

Modern Sporting Rifles are not “Weapons of War” as touted by Democrats and other leftists. They are missing the two most important features and capabilities that are required in today’s era Military Assault Rifle, Bayonet Lugs and select Semi/Full/Burst fire.

Here is a picture of my AR-15. As you can see, it has no Bayonet Lug and by the close up, has only one firing mode…semi-automatic. It is a Modern Sporting Rifle. At no time, has any Army anywhere used this platform as its standard Infantry weapon.

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AR-15 Modern Sporting Rifle
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Conclusion. Leftists use scary language to manipulate the voters into banning weapons that are no more lethal than a standard hunting rifle. They lie, obfuscate the truth and misuse emotion. They truly have absolutely no regard for the welfare of Americans. They believe that is just fine and dandy to deny law abiding American citizens the means of self defense. Their objective is quite clear, to disarm the populace in order to make it easier to control.

One way we can resist this, is to take back control of the language. Stop using their terms. No conservative should ever use the term “assault rifle” unless in quotes, along with a phrase that states that the term is a false, leftist term. The term we all need to start using is, “Modern Sporting Rifle.” Remember, when we cede the terms of the debate to the leftists…we lose. Modern. Sporting. Rifle.

As I said in the beginning, this article isn’t much on entertainment. It’s real purpose is to be a container of useful information to Conservatives. I hope it serves that purpose for you. In any case, please drop “assault rifle” from your lexicon (unless you are scoffing at leftist ignorance). Modern. Sporting. Rifle.

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Joe Biden Takes to The New York Times with Words That Resound the Most & Mean the Least – Presidency Over Principle

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On Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden spiked a pickaxe into the stone in his continued strike at 2020 glory by publishing a New York Times op-ed with virtually no substance.

The title:

Banning Assault Weapons Works – That’s Why, as President, I Will Push to Ban Them Again

Here’s a piece:

We have to get these weapons of war off our streets. Nearly 70 percent of the American public support a ban on assault weapons — including 54 percent of Republicans.

When you have that kind of broad public support for legislation that will make their families safer, and it still can’t get through the Senate — the problem is with weak-willed leaders who care more about their campaign coffers than children in coffins.

And here’s why it’s dumb: Most violent crimes are committed with handguns. Most gun deaths are caused by handguns.

Not rifles.

If stopping violent death from firearms was the goal, and if banning hollow projectile-launching tubes was the appropriate method, the correct move would be to go after the little guys.

But if the mission was, instead, to do whatever would sound the most sensational and incendiary, that would have very little effect on crime — if the idea was to do something loud and lame…the obvious grandiose grab would be “weapons of war.”

The distinction makes no sense, but it sounds alarming. What is a weapon of war?

Soldiers in war have handguns. And knives.

The AR-15 is America’s most popular hunting rifle.

Consider data from Mother Jones, relayed by The Daily Wire:

  • 50% of the 114 mass shootings committed in the United States from 1982 – 2019 were committed using only handguns.
  • 12.2% of the 114 mass shootings committed in the United States from 1982 – 2019 were committed using only rifles.
  • 24.5% of the 114 mass shootings committed in the United States from 1982 – 2019 were committed using a mix of handguns and rifles together (some shotguns, and other firearms as well).
  • Of the 934 deaths in mass shootings from 1982 – 2019, 385 (41.2%) happened in shootings in which handguns were the only firearms used.
  • Of the 934 deaths in mass shootings from 1982 – 2019, 182 (19.4%) happened in shootings in which rifles were the only firearms used.
  • Of the 934 deaths in mass shootings from 1982 – 2019, 367 (38.3%) happened in shootings in which a mix of firearms were used.

And that’s mass shootings, which are far more rare than smaller-victim-group incidents. According to the FBI, from 2013 – 2017, 66.2% of all gun murders in the U.S. were committed with handguns. Only 3.25% were employed rifles.

If Joe intends to appeal to the ignorant and emotional — and that isn’t necessarily a poor political strategy — he should continue along his current path.

Otherwise, he may wanna look into doing things that address the problems of the country, instead of offering up pointless political posturing — which is a problem all its own.

-ALEX

 

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EU Preparing to Put Warning Labels on Jewish Products

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The European Union is preparing to add warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel. Not content with generations of antisemitism before and after the Holocaust, Europe’s ruling class apparently thinks it’s a good idea to push what is the equivalent of an in kind contribution to the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement.

Per The Washington Free Beacon.

The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a “Pandora’s box” of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from “settlements” and “Israeli colonies.”

This kind of ridiculous language ignores everything we know about the rules of war and about the standards every other country on earth is held too. It’s not an illegal “settlement” or “colony” when you beat off almost a dozen Arab countries that were trying to eradicate you in a hot war. But because antisemitism is so pervasive, Israel gets held to a completely different standard and is expected to hand every piece of land they rightfully won back over to terrorist groups that want to destroy them. It’s mind-numbing.

Even dumber is that the same EU Advocate General who made this decision also decided that products from the same area must be labeled as coming from “Palestine,” which does not exist. This is pure politics and simply a hand out to anti-Semites pushing BDS.

“The Advocate General’s opinion said that goods produced by Muslims are to be labeled from ‘Palestine,’ and goods produced by Jews labeled as coming from ‘Israeli colonies,’ Goldstein said. “Both people are living in the same geographic location, and yet Jewish goods are being treated differently.”

Keep in mind that such labels dictating products are from settlements and colonies is not required of any other nation on earth. This is why BDS is inherently anti-Semitic. It seeks to apply barriers to the only Jewish state on the planet while applying no such barriers to far worse actors. The same groups demanding Israel be boycotted are often against sanctions countries like Iran or Venezuela. This is the position Rep. Ilhan Omar holds, for example.

Europe is getting more and more militant against Jews. There’s been a sharp rise in violent antisemitism as massive migration from the Middle East has overwhelmed many countries. But to blame it strictly on that would not tell the whole story. Carrying just as much blame are the governments of many Western European countries that have long histories of antisemitism. France is actually who started this entire ordeal by first mandating Israeli businesses label their products with clearly political messages. That led to the lawsuit which the EU is now ruling on.

All of this is a call back to boycotts of Jewish businesses before the Holocaust in which Jews were mandated to post signs announcing who they were so anti-Semites could avoid them. It is simply astonishing that such tactics are on the verge of becoming law in Europe again. None of this appears to be getting better and it underscores, now more than ever, exactly why Israel is necessary as a safe haven for the Jewish people.

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Burger King Employees Get What’s Comin’ to ‘Em After Drawing a Pig on a Cop’s Sandwich Wrapper

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At a southwest Burger King, some employees thought it’d be cool to really sock it to the man.

That would be, man in blue.

But it didn’t go as they may’ve hoped.

A cop ordered up a meaty delight at the royal restaurant — and I gotta say, a Whopper is absolutely delicious — in Clovis, New Mexico.

But the sloppy sustenance he received came beefed up by some slighting sausage: Some goon had drawn a pig on the wrapper.

Officer Timo Rosenthal posted a photo to Facebook, supplemented by the caption “When you order food in uniform.”

He posted:

“Well, while on lunch break (and in uniform) I ordered food at Burger King and received this. The patties were burnt and the burger was of very poor quality. Guess that was the last time I ate at Burger King in Clovis, NM.”

Well, while on lunch break (and in uniform) I ordered food at Burger King and received this. The patties were burnt and…

Posted by Timo Rosenthal on Thursday, August 8, 2019

A spokesperson for the burger bistro commented to Fox News on the indignity:

“What occurred is unacceptable and not in line with our brand values.  When made aware of the incident, the restaurant owner immediately reached out to the officer involved to apologize…”

BK’s trying to make it good:

“The restaurant is offering free meals to uniformed officers and will provide a catered lunch to the police department as a gesture of goodwill.”

The Clovis Chief of Police told Albuquerque’s KRQE he’s disappointed that any of his crew would be disrespected.

You may be glad to know that the parties responsible for the picture of pork were fired.

And you may be shocked to learn that the hogwash was hatched by five of ’em.

Isn’t that virtually the entire crew at any given time at a Burger King??

If I was a cop, every day of my career, I think I’d take my lunch.

-ALEX

 

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