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Huge News: The State Health Department Rules Against Missouri’s Last Remaining Abortion Clinic

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In May, I wrote the article “Planned Parenthood CEO Freaks Over ‘Public Health Crisis’: Missouri’s Set To Become The First State With No Abortion Clinics.”

At issue was whether or not the state’s St. Louis clinic would see its license renewed.

Well, here we are: On Friday, the health department ruled against renewing the license.

Missouri is now officially the first state in nearly half a century to have zero abortion clinics….almost. Judge Michael Stelzer said the clinic may continue to perform abortions until a further court order.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services had until Friday to decide whether to renew the license, which only regards the clinic’s abortion services specifically.

The St. Louis location sued the health department for refusing to renew its license, which had been set to expire on May 31st (as per my original article). At the time, Judge Stelzer granted a preliminary injunction.

The department’s director, Randall Williams, has explained that the license for abortion was rejected because the facility in question left uncorrected 26 of the 30 deficiencies found upon inspection.

Those health violations, by the way, were absolutely incredible. Find a long list of them in my coverage here.

Also, here’s something from CNN:

Williams said that doctors involved in the investigation of these deficiencies refused to cooperate.

In one case, a patient had three abortion-related services in three days, first a surgical that was unsuccessful, then a medical that was unsuccessful, and then a surgical again…

Will the clinic make amends with the department? Will the judge let the stay linger until a license can be obtained?

Or will the nightmares of PP CEO Leana Williams and many pro-abortion activists come true 100 miles southeast of Mark Twain’s home town?

Stay tuned.

-ALEX

 

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Resist! County Clerks from Both Parties Declare War Against Andrew Cuomo, Refuse to Give Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

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Here’s a surprise: A Republican and Democrat are working together on the same idea.

No, really.

And the Dynamic Duo is fighting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

On Monday evening, Cuomo signed the Green Light bill into law, requiring that county clerks issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants .

But Eerie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns (D) and Executive Cheryl Dinolfo (R) ain’t into it.

So they’re suing.

As reported https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/erie-county-clerk-maintains-he-won-t-enforce-new-green-light-law/2084066504?fbclid=IwAR3WC2jN0h9Lc6EHFfvBuMI-TkEDd9rKFb5VYjtuEBmXGtyB-wfe2KRYoLg by Buffalo’s WIVB 4, Mickey sent a letter to Eerie County Attorney Michael Siragusa a day after the signing requesting representation in the suit.

He plumb refuses:
“I will not be granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. As the duly elected Clerk of the County of Erie, I took an oath whereby I solemnly swore to ‘support’ the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York, and I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Erie County Clerk according to the best of my ability.’”

As for Cheryl, she bypassed the county clerk and declared war.

Check out her chutzpah:

In a statement, she recounted https://13wham.com/news/local/dinolfo-drafting-legislation-to-sue-new-york-over-green-light-law her time as county clerk:

Back in 2007, when I served as County Clerk, I did everything in my power to prevent drivers’ licenses from being issued to illegal immigrants – including suing Governor Spitzer to stop the policy in its tracks. … Let me be clear: because this policy puts State Law at odds with Federal Law, endangers public safety, and rewards those who have not followed the rule of law in the first place, I will not allow drivers’ licenses to be issued to illegal immigrants here without a fight. … I am preparing to introduce legislation in our County Legislature that would bring a lawsuit against the State to challenge the constitutionality of this policy, just as the Democrat County Clerk in Erie County has said he will do. If Clerk Bello will not lead on this issue, I will.”

Dang!

Additionally, as sper The Associated Press, clerks in Rensselaer, Allegany, and Niagara, have also said they will not issue licenses to illegals.

As for Andrew Cuomo, he appears to be about as far left as one can get. In January, the governor — who has called the death penalty “morally indefensible” —  legalized abortion up until the moment of birth.

He seems ready for fights. Now he’s got another one.

-ALEX

 

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Insane Argument Involving 2 Men Wielding a Bat & a Gun Explodes on the Subway. A Bystander Gets Fed Up (VIDEO)

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An insane situation on a subway train is making its may across the webisphere.

What in the world kinda world are we living in??

The altercation — courtesy of Instagrammer jamesvandeusen — involves an obviously indignant man holding a wooden baseball bat, rippin’ a man holding a silver revolver a new one.

Bold move.

And it’s all right there in the open. Like two guys standing outside after church, fussing at each other.

“I’m telling you, it’s postmillennialism! That’s the key to the rapture!” “No! Historic Premillennialism! I ain’t fightin’ the Mark of the Beast!”

Except with deadly weapons.

And F words.

The man with the gun seems exceptionally calm. At one point, he identifies himself as law enforcement.

BatDude is crunk:

“Stay where you’re at. Respect my f***ing bat! … You’re threatening me! … I have no idea who you are! You’re f***ing with me!”

GunGuy just stands there, with the calmness and posture of a man in his boxers asking his wife if there’s any peach cobbler left.

“I just said — I’m a police officer. You’re under arrest.”

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What’s additionally crazy is a third man — who’s hangin’ about freakishly close to the action for no apparent reason, the gun and bat nekkid as the day they were born.

Finally, the professional-looking passenger — who’s donning a Reservoir Dogs-type suit — walks over to the door. And hilariously, the look on his face says something to the effect of, “Oh, brother. These two goobs again. More guns and bats and potential murder. Just another Thursday. Here we go. I gotta get a car. Dorks.”

The incident surely didn’t occur in LA: If someone pulls out a gun anywhere, everybody freaks out, the cops show up, and pow pow pow!

In Alabama, by contrast, there’s open carry. Like Gunsmoke.

But in New York? All bets are off.

The Reservoir Dogs guy videos the situation.

If only the man with the gun — if he is indeed a cop — could’ve been in charge in Arizona recently. He seems particularly versed in de-escalation. The Glendale officers absolutely were not (here).

Whatever the backstory, the video’s pretty incredible. You never know what you’re gonna encounter out and about; there’s nuts everywhere. Like here, here, and here.

And like in Congress.

-ALEX

 

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Alaska Government Meeting Opens with a Satanic Prayer Followed by ‘Hail Satan.’ The Mayor’s Response is Explicit

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Ever feel like things just aren’t goin’ right, and you wanna set ’em straight? Ever need some supernatural help and think of bowing your head and asking? Ever take your longings to your holy father, Satan?

That’s exactly what happened at a government meeting Tuesday in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula Borough, and some folks just flat-out left.

Iris Fontana — a member of the Satanic Temple — delivered the invocation, allowed by an October ruling of the state’s Superior Court. Due to Alaska’s constitutional establishment clause, anyone of any religion can deliver the opening prayer.

Gee, wouldn’t you feel better knowing Satan’s involved in your town’s decision-making? It’s just what government’s lacking.

Well, that and a good chomping down on the Fruit of Knowledge.

As reported by the Peninsula Clarion:

[Iris] asked listeners to embrace the impulse to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “Let us demand that humans be judged for their actions.”

Here’s how the prayer ended, according to KSRM:

“That which will not bend, must break. And that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared its demise. It is done. Hail Satan.”

Satan’s involvement in the proceedings didn’t come without protest — about 40 people rallied outside the building. Among other messages, signs urged folks to “Know Jesus and His Love” and “Reject Satan and His Works.”

A dozen or so officials and attendees walked out after Beelzebub got there, including chief of staff James Baisden and Mayor Charlie Pierce.

William Siebenmorgen — who flew all the way from Pennsylvania to protest — said the Prince of Darkness is a total loser:

“God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out.”

No word on whether the Lord of Evil was given a name tag.

But I’m thinking that anyone in attendance who couldn’t already recognize him didn’t have a chance in hell of escaping his influence anyway.

One thing you may be surprised to discover — as per my March article — is that Satan is a liberal Democrat. Or, at least, such is the case with the Satanic Temple’s politically-outspoken co-founder, Lucien Greaves. Please read much more about him and the Temple here.

And since it’s Friday, have a great weekend. Hail chocolate milk, which is what I’ll be inviting to mine.

-ALEX

 

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Podcast Ep. 74 — The International Martini Day Edition

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An exclusive podcast from RedState about the connections of politics and entertainment, covering the stories from Burbank to The Beltway.

Our tech issues continue to refine (they’re good, they’re bad, then they’re good again. Just like us!) but always manageable, so thanks much for sticking with us as we grow.

This week, Brad lives us to his Twitter nom de plume (MartiniShark — one day he may live up to the second half of that name, but I’m not sure we want that to happen) by taking advantage of International Martini Day and making one on-air.

We also get into Sarah’s review of “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers,” a hilarious take on the Lisa Page/Peter Strzok affair that was recorded at the Reagan Building in downtown DC.

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Actors Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson play Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in the production “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers” on July 13, 2019 in Washington, DC.

And Brad’s joy at discovering the marketing jabbing going on between the film “Child’s Play” and the new “Toy Story” movie, which opened at the same time.

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Other topics this week include:

  • Acosta tries to challenge Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson to meet him on the playground after school
  • Black southern Democrats break ranks with pro-aborts
  • Kyle Kashuv learns a lesson about unforgiveness
  • Sen. David Perdue is serious about draining the swamp
  • CNN owns the airports

Come along and enjoy a Friday drive-time listen!

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SF School Moves to Destroy Masterful Paintings of George Washington Because They’re Traumatizing. So is the Price

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In early May, RedState’s Sister Toldjah covered the controversy surrounding two George Washington murals at a high school in San Francisco. The images of America’s first president were reportedly leaving black and American Indian students “traumatized.”

EGAD!

Well, now the San Francisco Unified School District’s figuring out how much it’ll cost to cover up the horrifying images, so as to spare students from devastating emotional damage.

And sparin’ ’em ain’t cheap: Reason Magazine reports the school system will meet next week to discuss three options for ruining — I mean, accomplishing justice about — “The Life of Washington” series.

Their choices:

1) Paint over it for $600,000

2) Hide it behind paneling for $875,000

3) Hide it behind curtains for $300,000

Government at work, ladies and gentlemen.

Hold on a sec…

Dear San Francisco,

I’ll gladly cover the mural for the cost of Walmart spray paint plus my fee of only $275,000.

You’re welcome.

$600,000 could could be used to do a lot of things.

But, apparently, the school board has no choice.

The art series — which was painted by Russian-Armenia Victor Arnautoff in 1936 — was actually meant to illustrate history as messy. Therefore, it portrays George working his slaves and sending out men to take control of Indian lands.

And that ain’t gettin’ it with 2019.

The school district put together a group called the Reflection and Action Group to preside over the issue, and here’s what they determined:

“We come to these recommendations due to the continued historical and current trauma of Native Americans and African Americans with these depictions in the mural that glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, oppression, etc. This mural doesn’t represent SFUSD values of social justice, diversity, united, student-centered. It’s not student-centered if it’s focused on the legacy of artists, rather than the experience of the students. If we consider the SFUSD equity definition, the “low” mural glorifies oppression instead of eliminating it. It also perpetuates bias through stereotypes rather than ending bias. It has nothing to do with equity or inclusion at all. The impact of this mural is greater than its intent ever was. It’s not a counter-narrative if [the mural] traumatizes students and community members.”

So…history is too traumatic for…people who are, presumably, taking classes in history?

Don’t worry, though: Social justice is eduction’s Job 1.

To be fair, the paintings do indeed show an Indian man on the ground, as though trampled by white men taking his land. And there is certainly a depiction of slavery.

But should they be destroyed? Are they worthy reminders of our past?

The series, it should be noted, has definite artistic worth:

When Arnautoff created the George Washington mural series, he used the rare buon fresco process, painting with earth-tone pigments directly onto the building’s wet plaster before it dried. The artist covered about nine feet of wall per day, and worked ten to twelve hours per day.

“Mr. Arnautoff had to follow right behind the plasterers, and a scene, once begun, had to be completed that same day, in order that the walls did not dry. Carpenters and plasterers worked all around the building, while Mr. Arnautoff was above on a scaffold,” according to outsidelands.org.

It took ten months to complete the mural series. At the time of its completion, Arnautoff’s George Washington murals were the largest WPA-funded, single-artist mural suite on the Pacific Coast.

For many years in American schools, students were told to sit down and shut up and obey the rules. These days, schools are “student-centered.”

Are we better off? Personally, the mural issue aside, I think not.

Either way, students in San Fran have an even bigger problem: The school where the ghastly murals must be destroyed is called George Washington High School.

Maybe they shoulda started with the name.

Oh — and in case you’re stumped by the price tag, here’s an explanation from Reason:

[I]f you’re wondering why it would cost several hundred thousand dollars to get rid of the [murals], here’s your answer: Officials are required to conduct environmental impact reports before they take any action.

Just nine years ago, by the way, the SF Arts Commission and SF Museum of Modern Art were working to restore the murals.

Nice.

-ALEX

 

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News of a Third Scope Memo Emerges; Why Is No One Talking About The Role Of The Conflicted Rod Rosenstein?

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The Washington Examiner’s Byron York reported the existence of a third scope memo, signed by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on October 20, 2017.

The first memo, the letter which appointed Robert Mueller to the Special Counsel and outlined his mission in general terms was released to the public and can be viewed here. Mueller was authorized to investigate the following:

i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; [and] iii) any other matters within the scope of [obstruction of justice laws].

The second scope memo was released in heavily redacted form during the Paul Manafort trial in April 2018 and can be viewed here. The redacted version authorized Mueller “to investigate Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters.”

In addition to addressing allegations against Paul Manafort, the second scope memo authorizes the Special Counsel to investigate “four sets of allegations” against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “It also granted Mueller approval to investigate whether Papadopoulos, another Trump aide, was working as an agent for Israel.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) recently saw an  unredacted copy of this document. Although he couldn’t disclose any details, he said, “I was finally able to see the scope memo and remember, I had these concerns that it was based upon the Steele dossier and look, I can’t talk about what’s in there, but we know from what Judge Sullivan put out. We know that it was probably largely based on the Steele dossier.”

Byron York writes that the DOJ recently provided access to several members of Congress to a third scope memo, written by Rosenstein and dated October 20, 2017. According to York:

At the moment, the third scope memo, like most of the second scope memo, remains a secret. Mueller included a brief description of it in his report, revealing that Rosenstein reauthorized him to investigate Michael Cohen, Richard Gates, and Roger Stone “as part of a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.” But the report, as released, blacked out other names on the grounds of “personal privacy.” It is not clear what parts of the investigation they represented, and it is not clear why a third scope memo was necessary in the first place.

Most of all, it is not clear whether all that secrecy is warranted. Perhaps the memos concern matters that are still ongoing that need to remain under wraps. On the other hand, Mueller announced that his investigation into conspiracy and coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign — the core area of his jurisdiction — was over and done. “The office has concluded its investigation into links and coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” the Mueller report said.

It was Rosenstein’s role to supervise the activities of the Special Counsel, and his apparent submission to Mueller suggests that Mueller was actually driving the bus.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last summer that, at the time Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the Special Counsel in May 2017, the FBI had found no evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians to win the presidency. The ten-month FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign had been unable to find evidence of collusion.

Why then did Rod Rosenstein find it necessary to appoint a Special Counsel at all?

Why, of all people, did he choose the highly conflicted Robert Mueller?  There were three valid reasons why Mueller was a poor choice:

According to Special Counsel regulations, the Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government. Robert Mueller spent his entire life in U.S. government. He was the quintessential Washington insider.

He had interviewed with President Trump to return to his old position of FBI Director and was rejected the day before Rosenstein appointed him.

There was bad blood between Mueller and Trump stemming from a years prior dispute over a refund for a club membership.

I wrote a post entitled, “https://www.redstate.com/diary/ElizabethVaughn/2018/07/26/rod-rosenstein-major-conflicts-interest-trump-collusion-case-–-signature-fisa-app-latest/,” in which I detailed the reasons why he should have recused himself from this case. For starters, he had signed off on the last FISA Court application for a Carter Page surveillance warrant. Throughout the 2018 Congressional investigations, Rosenstein stalled and/or refused to provide DOJ/FBI documents the committees had requested. At one point, House Republicans filed articles of impeachment against him. When questioned about this development, Rosenstein said “The DOJ won’t be extorted by  Congress.” It sure appeared as if he were protecting someone. And, there were other very compelling reasons.

1. In May 2017, Rosenstein wrote the memo outlining the case for firing FBI Director James Comey. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein appointed his mentor and friend, Robert Mueller, to head the investigation of Trump’s Russia collusion.

2. Rush Limbaugh reminds us that Rod Rosenstein was on the prosecution team that fully exonerated Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater scandal (and both Clintons in the Travelgate and Filegate scandals). Shortly after Rod Rosenstein cleared Hillary, his wife, Lisa Barsoomian, represented Bill Clinton in a 1998-99 civil case in federal court.

3. Limbaugh also points out that Rosenstein gave Mueller “https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/03/20/rod-rosensteins-clinton-connection/” in his investigation of Trump, which is not allowed under DOJ regulations. “DOJ regulations require that a crime be named and that is what the special counsel shall pursue and, if during said investigation, the special counsel encounters something else that is not within the purview of the crime being investigated, he’s got to go back to the person who appointed him and seek permission to add this newly discovered crime to the investigation. None of that has happened.”

4. Rosenstein signed off on the raid of  Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s office, home and hotel room in April, an incident which infuriated the President. Some believe this raid, particularly the manner in which it was carried out, was a calculated move intended to provoke Trump into firing Mueller.

The former DAG has major conflicts of interest and should have recused himself from the beginning.

Rosenstein is the keeper of the secrets who knows where all the bodies are buried. He knows this because he was in on it.

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Whoopi Goldberg: Maybe Mitch McConnell Owes Barack Reparations for Not Helping Him as President (Like Dems Help Trump?)

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To all you millions of RedState readers who love The View: This one’s for you.

On Thursday, the gals discussed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s argument against reparations during a congressional hearing the day before.

Here’s what Mitch pitched:

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea.”

Makes sense.

I’d like to add: How would you know whose relatives did what? And how would you know whose relatives had what done to them?

And why stop at racial lines?

And why stop at slavery?

Why not force families in solved cold case files to pay other families?

If we decide that, for every bad deed, there’s a burden incumbent upon relatives, we’re gonna need the biggest government bureaucracy in the history of the world to sort that out. And that bureaucracy’s gonna cost me money and stress me out. Now I want their grandchildren to pay my grandchildren.

Back to Mitch:

He referenced the vast social evolution we’ve experienced since the end of slavery, noting civil rights legislation and the election of “an African-American president.”



View co-host Anna Navarro helped make my point:

“[M]itch McConnell got asked this question and he said, you know, electing Barack Obama is reparations. He’s not even a descendant of slaves. His Daddy was an intellectual, an exchange student from Kenya.”

Whoopi, apparently, ain’t too fond of Mitch’s GOPish opposition during the Obama years.

She helped make my point, too:

“Can I interject something here? You know, Mitch, you said that you would make him a one-term president. And you did everything you could to not help him in the first four years. Maybe you should pay reparation for that.”

I really like Whoopi, but it’s a goofy idea. And it’s a goofy idea, but yeah — precisely.

And last but not least, thank God for the congressional Democrats — who have in no way made a point not to help President Trump.

No reparations needed there.

Fine job.

-ALEX

 

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Snide Illinois Senator Tells Her Concerned Gun-Owning Constituent: Maybe I’ll Just Confiscate Your Guns

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If you’re in Illinois and own a gun, State Sen. Julie A. Morrison wouldn’t mind just snatchin’ it outta your hand and keepin’ it.

How ya like THEM apples??

At a public meeting sponsored by five Democratic senators, she listened to the concerns of a firearm-owning citizen and then threatened him.

The man said, “Senator Morrison, you have a Senate Bill 107 to take away some of my automatic firearms.”

Julie replied, “To clarify, I’m not really taking your gun away from you; you just can’t buy any new ones.”

This already seems so childish; and it’s what’s happening when legislators get crunk: “I’m going to tell you what you can and cannot have.”

He volleyed:

“You want me to turn them over to the state police unless I pay a fine for each firearm and register them, then I get to keep them. So, if I get to keep it — if I pay a fine and register it — then, how dangerous is it in the first place and why do you need to ban it all? Why do you need to try to ban my semi-automatic firearm?”

Good point — if it’s okay for him to have it, what’s the point of the fine? A bit of the ol’ revenue-generatin’ government machine?

Then Julie got all mom-to-the-child on the dude. Snippy mama, take it away:

“Well, you just maybe changed my mind. Maybe we won’t have a fine at all. Maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”



Here’s the official synopsis for Senate Bill 107:

Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the Department of State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Effective immediately.

107 defines “assault weapon” as “a semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a large capacity magazine detachable or otherwise and one or more of the following…”

Then it provides a very long list of options that can be seen here.

The NRA’s notes some of the guns that could be banned under the law:

  • Any semi-automatic rifle or handgun that can accept a detachable magazine greater than ten rounds in capacity and has one or more features, such as a protruding grip for the support hand; a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; a handguard; or a muzzle brake or compensator.
  • Any semi-automatic shotgun that has one or more feature such as the ability to accept a detachable magazine; a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; or a protruding grip for the support hand.
  • Any fixed magazine semi-automatic rifles or handguns greater than ten rounds in capacity and fixed magazine semi-automatic shotguns greater than five rounds in capacity.
  • Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
  • Any part or accessory that would configure a firearm as above.

Watch the video of the townhall meeting above.

Watch her attitude. Listen to her tone of voice, check out her facial expression, her body language. It’s the first day of class, and she’s showing you she’s a smart-aleck and she’s gonna be your worst nightmare as a teacher. A grown man tries to have a discussion over a law that will affect him, and that’s what she gives back. He’s her constituent, aka her job. And this was so important to him, he set aside his evening, got in the car and drove over…and waited to talk to her. And that’s her response.

In my opinion, that’s not the kind of person who should be elected to office.

But a bunch of people applauded her.

Please let me know what you think of the video — and the bill — in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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A Jewish Therapist is Suing the City Over a Ban on Counsel Against Gay Sex – & We Were Better Off Naked

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Are you in Brooklyn and wish to be ex-gay? If so, you can visit Dr. Dovid Schwartz, a licensed psychotherapist and member of the Chabad Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish Community.

Oh, wait — no you can’t: A city council law has made it illegal for anyone to sell services which “seek to change a person’s sexual orientation or seek to change a person’s gender identity to conform to the sex of such individual that was recorded at birth.”

Oy.

Dovid wants to challenge that law; therefore — with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom — he’s suing the city.

The good doctor claims the ordinance violates his freedom of speech as well as the religious faith of not only him but his potential clients.

From the ADF:

Notably, the law only prohibits counsel in one direction—assisting a patient who desires to reduce same-sex attraction or achieve comfort in a gender identity that matches her or his physical body. The law threatens increasing fines of $1,000, $5,000, or $10,000 for first, second, and subsequent violations. By contrast, counseling that steers a patient towards a gender identity different than his or her physical body is permitted.

So here’s what the suit says:

The patient-psychotherapist relationship requires giving patients the ability to express themselves without fear of reprisal and allowing therapists the freedom to respond to that expression with understanding; it is the last possible place where the government should be dictating what topics or ideas are off limits. Yet New York City’s recently enacted Law Number 2018/22 (“the Counseling Censorship Law”), reaches into this confidential relationship to prohibit the discussion and exploration of ideas—and even the patient’s own, personal goals—to which the New York City Council objects.

Furthermore, as per ADF Senior Counsel Roger Brooks:

“All Americans, secular and religious, deserve the right to private conversations, free from government censorship. It is difficult to imagine a more direct violation of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment than New York City’s attempt to regulate the private sessions between an adult and his counselor. The city council’s regulation is unprecedented and threatens to stand between Dr. Schwartz’s patients and the lives they choose to pursue. As the U.S. Supreme Court noted in its 2018 NIFLA decision, ‘[T]he people lose when the government is the one dictating which ideas should prevail.’”

Reportedly, some of Dovid’s clients wanna shake off the gay because they desire to live by the guidelines of Orthodox Jewish tradition — aka get hitched to someone sportin’ different genitals.

But for now, as pointed out by the ADF, he can’t do that:

“A number of patients have pursued and achieved those goals with the aid of his psychotherapeutic services. Schwartz uses no techniques in working with his patients other than listening and talking—yet the law claims to forbid even that.”

Whether you believe in conversion therapy or not, it seems to me that this is an issue of severe and inappropriate government intrusion into the choices and affairs of the citizenry.

At one point in history, we are all just runnin’ around, nekkid in the woods. People did what made sense to them, and that was it.

Someone had an idea: “Hey, if we form some kind of group, maybe we’ll get killed and eaten less.”

Fast-forward a few thousand years, and you can’t give someone money to talk to them about changing something — about your dadgum self — that you don’t like.

And there’s this.

That whole “group” thing went terribly, terribly wrong.

-ALEX

 

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