But have we seriously considered the collateral consequences of these 'shelter-in-place' mandates, albeit some created for the greater public good?
Developed in 1846-47, the Colt Pocket Model was a .31 caliber percussion pistol based on (and financed by) the Colt Walker. It incorporated various improvements over the Walker, and these were carried over to the famous 1851 Navy, which was basically a scaled-up Pocket model.
The Pocket Model was available with or without a loading lever in a variety of barrel lengths. Despite the modest power of the .31 they were very popular, and helped set the stage for Colt’s future success. In the modern era these guns have been reproduced by most companies manufacturing percussion revolvers, and examples made by Pietta and Uberti are still available.
My gun, recently picked up as part of a trade, was made by Armi San Marco. It’s a well made gun in good condition. Of course, being me, I got it with the intention to convert it to fire metallic cartridges. But which cartridge? I’ve already done a conversion in .22, and another in .251 TCR. This time I decided I would do the classic, ‘easy’ conversion for these guns, to .32 S&W. I’ve seen modern conversion cylinders offered for this purpose, but they seem to be out of production at present.
As it happened I had a spare cylinder, so I used that for the conversion. I figured if I screwed it up I could always go back to the original. First thing was to remove the nipples from each chamber. That done I chucked it up in the vice and turned down to back of the cylinder to .650″. I then carefully bored through each chamber. each chamber needed clearance for the rim of the cartridge, so I chucked it up in the milling vice on the drill press, then used an end-mill to create room for the rim. I don’t have a .32 S&W chamber-reamer, so I used a slightly undersized drill bit, marked with tape to produce the correct depth. From there I finished the chambers with sanding drums, going up to 600 grit. Once a dropped cartridge would full seat itself in the chamber I was done with the cylinder for the moment.
Next was the breech plate. I used a piece of .262″5160 spring steel. I started by boring a 1/2″ in the piece, then using a flex-shaft tool with a carbide bur and sanding drums I enlarged the hole to fit over the .650 extension at the back of the cylinder. Next I place the cylinder on the steel and traced the outline, expanding it at the bottom to rest against the frame to prevent rotation. Using the flex-shaft with a cut-off wheel and some files I removed material to make a space for the hammer-nose. I’ll leave off the time I spent doing it over after I screwed it up the first time, and the time I spent fussing to allow the cylinder to rotate freely, but still have the bottom of the breech ring bear on the frame to prevent rotation… Then I had to relieve the rear face of the ring to accommodate the ring that stands out from the face of the breech.
After this I had to cut a loading port in the blast-shield on the frame, which I did with a large round-file and sanding drums. Once this was established I marked the breech-ring and cut a loading port in it.
The final part of the conversion was to drill the hammer-face for a fixed firing pin. I used a 3/32 drill and a piece of 3/32 music wire for the pin itself. The pin is basically a force-fit, and is glued in with Red Loctite. We will draw the curtains of charity over the extensive fussing around to get the firing pin the right length and shape to pass cleanly through the hole in the breech-plate. Similarly we will gloss over me breaking the lock/trigger return spring, and my three attempts to fabricate a functional replacement.
Without the loading-lever in place thought the lug under the barrel was inelegant, and decided to do something about it. Using the belt-grinder and sanding drums I re-shaped it to be similar to so-called ‘Avenging Angel’ conversion done on 1851 revolvers, except I didn’t cut the barrel shorter. It came to me with a 5-3/4″ barrel and every inch is still there.
I tested the gun with primed brass to insure everything was functioning, which worked fine.
With the gun fully functional I turned to the finish. I sanded it thoroughly with 240 grit emery cloth, removing all traces of the original finish. Sadly this included the color case-hardening on the frame. A tool had slipped and marked up the surface. I rust-blued the gun with Mark Lee Instant rust blue, which produced excellent results. The hardened surface of the frame colored slightly different than the frame, barrel and breech-ring, but I think that actually adds to the overall look of the gun.
Here’s the finished gun-
Usually when I’ve finished a new project gun the first thing I want to do is test-fire it. Unfortunately the ranges are closed right now, and we’re all supposed to stick to home. How very annoying. OK, less annoying than getting horribly sick and maybe dying, or spreading a virus that might kill someone, but still… OK, I am a resourceful fellow, and the answer was as close as the loading bench.
I had been experimenting with swaging .32 caliber bullets, and had come up with a pretty neat 55gr. Hollow-Base Wadcutter. The very thing, I reckoned. Loaded on top of 1.0gr. of Red Dot with a Federal #100 primer it ought to be about right… and it was. The bullets had just enough power to fully embed themselves in a 1-3/4″ think kiln-dried Douglas Fir board, and as an added bonus they were remarkably quiet. Not silent, mind you, but not loud or sharp like a typical gun shot.
So, pretty much a perfect Gallery Load for indoor shooting. I’ll break out the chronograph later and see what’s what. Of course I’ll be loading these much hotter for normal use (which will still not be impressive.) Load one of these hollow-base wadcutters backwards over a reasonable powder charge and this could be a very effective small-game load!
Michael Tinker Pearce, 5 April 2020
According to Firearms Chronicles The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence suggests that gun sales pose a greater long-term risk to Americans’ health than does the coronavirus. Newsweek reported that Brady Campaign President Kris Brown spoke to the surge in first-time gun buyers witnessed during March 2020, warning of the danger she believes now exists […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles Ilya from Michigan writes . . . If you’d have met me three weeks ago, you’d unequivocally know my stance on guns. I was not only against the ownership of AR-15s, I was in the minority of folks who thought all private gun ownership should be illegal. Fast forward to today: […]
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Our personal freedoms have been decimated by this coronavirus situation, and Senator Ted Cruz had something to say about it. A Pennsylvania woman was pulled over by Pennsylvania State police and given a ticket for refusing to follow Governor Tom Wolf’s stay at home order. Texas Senator Ted Cruz – who is an attorney by trade – was quick to remind people that her action was not a public health threat.
This is absurd. To Dem politicians (and it seems to be only Dems doing this, eg Wolf in PA, DeBlasio in NYC, Cooper in NC), protect public safety, but WE DON’T LIVE IN A POLICE STATE. Resist authoritarianism & don’t abuse power. Driving a car alone is not a public health threat. https://t.co/tTNszTGNgA
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 5, 2020
The Pennsylvania State Police stated that they just “encourage people” to stay home. Encourage with a citation?
We are not conducting #COVID19 checkpoints.
We do encourage all Pennsylvanians to stay at home, except for essentials like , , .
We will continue to be a source of reassurance and safety in the midst of crisis situations. pic.twitter.com/JZ4TJDEHyQ
— Troopers Steve Limani & Cliff Greenfield (@PSPTroopAPIO) April 1, 2020
The York County woman told Pennlive that she plans to fight the citation. No other action was filed against her in connection with the vehicle code violation, according to online court records.
The statute under which she was cited is one that was mentioned in guidance to police agencies in relation to businesses that weren’t complying with orders to close.
That statute applies to “any person who violates any of the provisions” of the governor’s orders under the Pennsylvania Disease Control and Prevention Law of 1955.
Have we become something out of an episode of Twilight Zone? The code on the ticket has nothing to do with driving a car by herself on a road. The Pennsylvania woman was in no way a health threat.
So what should we do to resist the authoritarian actions that Senator Ted Cruz is talking about? What is to become of the United States when the virus has been conquered – can we return to our way of life as before?
Ted Cruz spoke of the Democrats. Already Democrat Governor Newsom in California openly stated that this pandemic is a time to re-imagine a new “progressive” era (Washington Examiner). Political opportunities “imagined” by Democrats in the midst of an international disaster.
Is part of that imagining just randomly pulling people over for going for a drive by themselves? Does that meet the intent of that 1955 law? No. According to the Daily Caller, the trooper who puled her over said the original violation was a taillight infraction (for which she was NOT cited.). Her father checked the taillight when she arrived home and there was nothing wrong with it.
Yes, there is a rampant disease among us, but are the draconian steps taken to stop it going to cause ripple effects through our future? I’ll submit that the people who are exercising rigid power over Americans will have serious difficulty relinquishing that power when this is “over.”
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Former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said he apologized to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for acting like the Democratic primary race is over after Biden told donors he would begin vetting vice presidential candidates.
"I was apologizing because it was a bit presumptuous of me to be setting up a committee to go through the process of deciding and doing the background checks on potential nominees," Biden told George Stephanopoulos during an appearance on This Week Sunday morning.
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"I was apologizing to him by saying, ‘Bernie, I don't want to in any way to demean your effort but if we don't start now, we're not going to be able to get there,'" Biden continued.
Biden said Sanders understood his need to start vetting potential vice presidential picks.
"It was about saying to him, ‘Bernie, I feel somewhat foolish since, although I'm the overwhelming likelihood to get the nomination, that in fact it's not officially done yet and I'm moving forward with a committee for vice presidential selection,'" Biden said.
He added that the call was not intended to push Sanders to drop out or to ask Sanders for recommendations on potential vice presidential picks.
In a virtual fundraiser Friday night, Biden told donors he had informed Sanders he was moving forward with the vice presidential selection process. Biden also clarified to donors he did not want to be presumptuous about the race ending.
The Sanders campaign is internally debating whether or not it should end as Biden's delegate lead increases and the coronavirus pandemic threatens remaining primary voting.
Some Sanders advisers, including campaign manager Faiz Shakir and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), are urging Sanders to drop out of the race, according to the Washington Post.
National campaign cochair Nina Turner and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) are both advising Sanders to continue running.
Sanders admitted his path to the nomination is growing "narrow" as he trails Biden by 313 delegates. The coronavirus pandemic has also caused several state primaries and the Democratic National Convention to be delayed.
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This is Part III in our “Front Lines” series with Dr. Will Dabbs. Be sure to check out Part I “What’s It’s Really Like on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19” and Part II “One Week Into COVID-19 and the Wretched N95 Face Mask” before reading on about the age of the drive-thru doctor.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done in an automobile? Don’t answer that out loud just in case the kids are within earshot. Today I diagnosed and treated gout; that was a first for me. The exigencies that drove me to practice medicine through a rolled-down car window represent some radical American medical paradigm-shifting.
Meeting the Monster
COVID-19 is a fairly indiscriminate beast. SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t care what color you are, how much money you have, or how many people follow you on Instagram. It attacks the homeless and heads of state with comparable enthusiasm. For every hundred folks this virus meets, it’s going to kill about three of them. Those sordid odds changed absolutely everything.
The positive cases I have seen thus far could all trace their exposures back to some discrete moment. As this disease really finds its legs and the virus becomes a more common fixture in public spaces, this will no longer be the case. For now, however, I got to hear the stories about how these normal everyday people met a real-live monster.
The meeting place was typically someplace enclosed. A vehicle, a classroom, and offices comprise the short list thus far. Somebody else in attendance had a little cough, even if they were across the room, and the virus made a new pal.
SARS-CoV-2 is legit terrifying. In two decades of medical practice I’ve certainly never seen anything like it. It’s every bit as nasty as the news makes it out to be.
We’ve got to avoid cramming people together, particularly if they’re sick. Considering cramming sick people together is pretty much the purpose of every medical waiting room on the planet, that required some fundamental restructuring. The end result would have been unthinkable a mere 10 days ago.
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At first we just binned the magazines, burned through a lot of Lysol, and designated one-third of the waiting area for folks not terrifically sick. A medical clinic without magazines is like a day without sunshine, but desperate times demand desperate measures. The ubiquitous free reading material is a splendid disease vector. For this reason, the printed matter had to go. Sorry, Ballistic Magazine.
It soon became obvious that whoever felt they warranted the nominally cootie-free space was an overly subjective determination. I can’t blame them. Who would voluntarily join a room full of the virulent snot-spewing condemned? You recall that this novel new disease carries a 3 percent mortality. It required more radical thinking.
Everybody has a cell phone these days. Backwoods folk I see in clinic who can remember riding to church in a buggy behind a mule will typically still have a smartphone poking out of the top left pocket of their overalls. As such, we locked the front door to the clinic and posted a prominent sign.
Patients now give us a jingle when they arrive, and we take their pertinent information over the phone. Insurance cards and identification documents can be photographed and texted to the receptionists safely ensconced within the building. My staff then takes a quick telephonic history, updates the medications, and gets the ball rolling, all without bringing the patient inside the clinic.
The Drive-Thru Doctor
My nurse takes vitals through the car window and makes a quick assessment of whether or not this person is trying actively to die. On occasion, some are, and that takes us down a different more vigorous path. She typically then enters all of this stuff into the EMR (Electronic Medical Record). The EMR is a cumbersome computerized Obamacare-inspired abomination designed by Satan himself to make guys like me die both embittered and young. Now, it is my turn.
I amble out into the parking lot adorned like Fizzbit the Insect King. We are all wearing N95 masks, oversized goggles, and rubber gloves. If there is anything more innately deleterious to the doctor-patient relationship I cannot imagine it. Perhaps my wearing a chartreuse beret and a Speedo, but even then I might seem at least a bit more approachable.
I then lean through the open window of the car, inquire as to a patient’s medical problems, and do my utmost to resolve them. My lab techs have mastered flu tests, COVID swabs, and blood draws while a patient remains comfortably ensconced in their adjustable reclining buckets. They’ve even done this in the rain. I know it’s not supposed to be a competition but, to all the other medical clinics out there, my lab techs can beat up your lab techs. I do work with some truly awesome folks.
Patients needing an EKG or X-Ray are carefully escorted in the side door of the clinic. Also, anyone wishing to talk about or show me anything embarrassing gets the same discreet treatment. We’ve done this for a week now and, cumbersome and frustrating as it inevitably has been, I get to sleep soundly knowing I have done my utmost to minimize the risk to my patients and staff.
Some piece of this likely violates HIPAA. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA was a gift from President Bill Clinton to America’s health care providers that introduces yet another volume to the ever-growing list of reasons why we in the medical field can be fined, sued, or arrested. I honestly never really forgave Bill Clinton for depriving our boys in Mogadishu of the tanks they requested.
I recently arrived at work to find a goody box from Home Depot at the back door. The box contained Tyvek suits and four industrial reusable respirators. Amidst a veritable sea of darkness and chaos let me assure you that Home Depot is just freaking awesome.
Closing down the clinic and seeing patients in their cars may seem like overkill at this point in the epidemic. However, my overarching goal is to get through this thing without killing anybody. The tales I am now hearing from the hardest hit ICU’s seem absolutely medieval. It may be time for a little overkill.
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According to Firearm Chronicles Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued a coronavirus shelter-in-place order that exempts gun stores, considering them an essential business. The order, which took took effect on April 3, 2020, at 6 p.m., explicitly states, “Nothing in this Order shall be construed to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association recently released a video recapping OK2A’s efforts to defeat recent encroachments on the Second Amendment Rights of Oklahoma citizens. In the video, Don recounts how he has challenged efforts of Lawton, OK government officials to shut down the local Academy […]
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During yesterday’s Coronavirus briefing, a reporter asked Trump if he knew about the Biden tweet that “attacked” him. Of course the media claimed that Trump’s humorous response was an attack on the Biden campaign, and the headlines read that he “slammed” Biden. Not really. It was Trump humor, and pretty funny at that.
Remember when Obama told the business owner that he “didn’t build that?” Remember all the gaffes that Joe Biden has been throwing indiscriminately around the country? You know, the ones that make him sound like a runaway from a mental facility? Those. Trump came up with one better, all on the spur of the moment.
Earlier in the briefing, according to the Post-Millennial, the President mentioned:
“But I appreciated the fact that Joe Biden announced last night that he now agrees I was correct when I stopped people from China coming in at a very early date.”
Cue the so-called offending Biden tweet
“Donald Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it.”
Donald Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 4, 2020
The reporter asked the President if he knew about the tweet that “attacked” him.
“He didn’t write anything. He has professionals from the Democrats writing… He didn’t write that. That was done by a Democrat operative. He doesn’t write. He probably isn’t watching right now. And if he did, he doesn’t understand what he’s watching… Joe Biden didn’t write that. He wished he did.”
Reporter tells @realDonaldTrump that Biden attacked him in a tweet.
President Trump: "He didn't write that…he's probably not even watching right now. And if he is, he doesn't understand what he is watching." pic.twitter.com/dhRsnSmDZU
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 4, 2020
The humor of it was totally lost on journalists (no surprise there). They were too busy telling the country that ‘Orange Man Bad’ was once again being mean.
Neither remark was an actual “attack” on the other. The definition of attack is extremely skewed in today’s news world. It’s just politics as usual on Biden’s part. But with all that has been said and written about the former Vice President over his mental decline, Trump’s response to the question was hilarious. Well done, Mr. President!
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An Illinois Democrat who accused President Donald Trump of killing Americans by lying to the public about the coronavirus also spread pro-China misinformation about the deadly disease during a townhall with constituents.
As COVID-19 spreads across the nation, Rep. Sean Casten (D., Ill.) has repeatedly attempted to blame Trump and Republicans for the death toll, accusing them of spreading fatal misinformation about the pandemic. Casten himself, however, has misinformed the public about China's role in the pandemic. When one of his constituents asked about the early Chinese response to the outbreak at a March 21 electronic town hall, the congressman refused to talk about the regime's coverup of the virus. Instead, he incorrectly said that China had successfully isolated the outbreak in Wuhan.
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"China, to their credit, once they realize they had a problem, shut down the entire province that this was in and they seem to have largely isolated the cases in China," Casten said. "We have missed that window in the United States."
In reality, however, China has failed to isolate the cases in the province of Wuhan, the origin of the illness. The virus has spread to nearly every part of the country, killing thousands in distant provinces such as Guangdong and Zhejiang. And while China's self-reported data indicate the worst has passed, reports of funeral homes overflowing with urns have led critics to believe that the regime is grossly underreporting the impact of the pandemic. One media report, for instance, estimates China's coronavirus deaths are in the tens of thousands, as opposed to the officially reported count of 3,308.
"A *single mortuary* in Wuhan reportedly ordered more urns in two days than the Chinese Communist Party has reported total deaths in the whole country," tweeted Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on March 29. "I'm sure you're shocked by evidence of Chinese lies."
During his townhall, a constituent asked Casten why China did not react sooner during the early days of the pandemic. In response, the Illinois congressman said the origin of the outbreak was irrelevant since "viruses don't know borders."
"The best estimate is that it did move into people from the wet market of China," Casten said. "But once that virus was out there, it's sort of trivial that it came from China."
In reality, China significantly exacerbated the coronavirus outbreak by initially downplaying its danger in state media outlets and punishing whistleblowers, doctors, and journalists who tried to collect accurate information about the disease. The delayed Chinese response to the outbreak—which only started in late January, more than a month since patient zero—has cost lives: One study found that if China started its response three weeks earlier, there would have been 95 percent fewer cases.
Casten's office did not respond to a request for comment.
Casten also asserted the United States shut down its pandemic response team in the National Security Council, a false claim repeated by many Democrats and mainstream media outlets. Trump merely consolidated several redundant teams, including those tasked with the pandemic response, into one office while retaining much of their original staff, according to Tim Morrison, who previously led the consolidated office.
Casten has frequently accused Trump and his Republican allies of disseminating misinformation about coronavirus. He went as far as to demand that media outlets refuse to broadcast the president's daily coronavirus press conferences, arguing that the briefings are "getting people killed."
"Media: stop spreading lies," he tweeted on March 27. "That includes the President's press conferences. They are getting people killed. I have constituents who are convinced this is a hoax and they need to go back to work. Take away his platform."
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CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta has made a name for himself by shouting questions at President Donald J. Trump and putting his life on the line whenever cameras are rolling in the White House briefing room. On Friday, for example, the intrepid reporter attempted to mansplain the coronavirus to Dr. Deborah Birx.
Acosta recently published a book, The Enemy of the People, about how the past several years have been "a dangerous time to tell the truth in America." One reason he wrote the book, Acosta explained, is that he wanted his children "to grow up in a country where, you know, we can still shout questions at the president." Making a scene on television was a tremendous "sacrifice," the reporter acknowledged, but one that he knows "will be worth it."
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When it comes to making a scene, Acosta is the best in the game. However, not all of his colleagues in journalism are impressed by his unique skill set. ABC's Jon Karl, for example, had some harsh words for Acosta in his own recently published book, Front Row at the Trump Show.
Karl, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, criticized Acosta for frequently behaving like an "opinion journalist" and taking a "soapbox" approach that played "right into the explicit Trump strategy of portraying the press as the opposition party."
When it comes to actual reporting, Acosta is at best mediocre—no better or worse than a random college journalism student. If cable news did not exist, few if any newspapers would be scrambling to hire him. When the cameras aren't rolling, Acosta's ability to perform actual journalism by obtaining insightful information from sources is, shall we say, underwhelming.
Here, for example, are some of Acosta's best "scoops" over the course of his "reporting" on the Trump administration.
The time he exposed the fact that the Secret Service was concerned about a Chinese national breaking into Mar-a-Lago:
The illegal entry of a woman carrying Chinese passports at Mar a Lago is reaffirming continuing concerns inside the Secret Service, I’m told. "Access remains an issue," an agency official said. "It continues to be an issue."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 3, 2019
The time he uncovered explosive details about the contents of an upcoming Trump speech:
Trump's new nickname for Kim Jong Un, "Rocket Man," was added to the president's speech this morning, I'm told by a senior admin official.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 19, 2017
The time he discovered how press conferences work:
Plan is for Trump to give a statement at news conference before taking questions I'm told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 11, 2017
The time he exposed the Trump administration for being curious about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into election meddling:
There is a "curiosity of the unknown" about the unreleased findings from the Mueller report, an admin official tells me.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 14, 2019
The time he uncovered the truth about how "pissed" Trump was:
Trump "super pissed" he has to start Chief of Staff process all over again after Ayers bolted at last minute, we are told by sources.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 10, 2018
The times he found out where Dr. Anthony Fauci was:
My understand is Fauci is waiting behind the scenes standing by for this portion of briefing to end.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 1, 2020
Fauci not expected at today's briefing, I'm told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2020
The time he read a White House press release:
According to WH, there will be no Dem lawmakers in the Oval when Trump signs the stimulus bill. pic.twitter.com/K9DXJCf8BT
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 27, 2020
The time he snapped an epic pic of a White House staffer carrying paper towels:
They’re running out for supplies over here at the WH too… pic.twitter.com/m099859NIA
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 30, 2020
And last but not least, the time he OWNED Trump for tweeting a FABRICATED image of Conan, the hero dog who killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
A WH official said "the dog is not at the WH." https://t.co/eJLqBMyKna
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 30, 2019
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Smith & Wesson's latest addition to the M&P SHIELD lineup is intended to reduce the barriers to shooting a semiautomatic handgun. The M&P 9 SHIELD EZ is touted as easy to use from all perspectives. Many have said it's ideal for those with lower grip strength, like women and the elderly, but who wouldn't want a gun that's easier to use?
The Spot Shot is a Wi-Fi camera that can attach to virtually any spotting scope to take photos and video of whatever you happen to be shooting at. Plus, unlike many products in the firearms world, it’s relatively inexpensive: MSRP is $119.99, but I’ve seen it for as little as $74.99.
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There is a whole industry geared up to supply all of your shooting needs but a fun day in your garage doesn’t require a second mortgage. There is a world of targets and gadgets that are cheap or even free if you know where to look.
Wild Bill Hickok was the original Old Western gunfighter. Like most professional purveyors of violence, he left his mark but died both young and hard.
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AOC says, “America is a brutal, barbarian society for the vast majority of working-class citizens.” Ouch, that’s over the top, even for her.
Listen in as AOC says we’re a ‘brutal, barbarian society.’
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 4, 2020
AOC also says that COVID-19 is racist and we should view it through the lens of reparations. She has splinters in the windmills of her mind.
AOC reveals how COVID19 is actually really racist and proclaims that 'COVID19 relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations' https://t.co/t6AJmcHnDn
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 3, 2020
AOC is about as bright as a broken light bulb and has no concept of how dumb she really sounds. Twitter took her to task immediately. But let’s ask the question most of them asked:
If the US is so “brutal,” and “barbaric,” why does she keep insisting that more people come here? Does she want all those illegals to “suffer” from evil America? Remember her hanging off the fence at the border, staring longingly into an empty parking lot as she pretended to be concerned over the illegals? To her, everything is “racist.” Unless it’s free, of course.
At least 99%of the time, she makes no sense whatsoever. AOC often says things that are openly contradictory. And that’s when she’s making some form of sense. Which is rare.
Here are some of the responses to AOC video (from Twitchy):
@Jen31731920 wrote: “Rich….preaching on behalf of the “have nots” while whipping up margaritas. The poorest in America have all the latest electronics. That sounds like a pretty brutal country and society. Right AOC? Go preach in Cuba or Venezuela if you want to be relevant.”
@TsinoiTalosi: “brutal and barbarian. this reveals that @aoc: 1) has zero knowledge of history 2) has never travelled outside western society.”
@purrpatrol: “She would be surprised that communist “utopias” like North Korea and Cuba aren’t very nice to workers.”
@okinawadiver wrote: “Since it’s such a terrible place we should definitely keep those “poor vulnerable” immigrants out (and repatriate them) to protect them from our brutal barbaric selves.”
@Jeff_Germann responded: “She’s right, this morning I had to fight off Conan JUST so I could get some water at the edge of the river, and then when I was coming back, I got caught between two warring tribes who were fighting with clubs and swords, while I was picking some bananas here in Missouri.”
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The Coral Princess, another cruise ship infected with COVID-19, docked in Miami today (Fox). With two deaths on board, along with at least 7 passengers and 5 crew members testing positive, the ship had no choice but to stop its cruise. It was originally sailing from San Antonio, Chile on March 5, but passengers hadn’t touched land since March 13.
They found quickly that the cruise ship had no place to dock, and passengers reportedly packed their bags several times along their way. They finally were able to get permission to dock in Miami.
Passengers were required to self-isolate in their rooms after the Coronavirus was found on board.
“Disembarkation for guests who are fit to fly is anticipated to begin on Sunday, April 5. These guests will transfer direct from the ship to Miami International Airport for flights home. Those with any respiratory symptoms, or who are still recovering from being ill previously, will remain on board until medically cleared by the ship’s doctors.” Princess Cruises statement
There were 1,020 passengers aboard the ship, with 878 crew. The ship was previously denied entry into US waters for Port Everglades because they didn’t have an approved plan for disembarking the passengers. It was finally granted access to Port of Miami with the above plan in place. It was originally set to disembark at Fort Lauderdale.
Each passenger was required to fill out a form regarding their symptoms.
The Miami Herald reported,
“Paul Nahm, whose parents are on board and sick, is worried they won’t pass a medical check and be cleared to fly home to New York.
His mother, 72-year-old Grace Nahm, got sick first, then his dad, 71-year-old Peter Nahm.
They were both tested for COVID-19. Peter’s test came back positive first, but they’re still waiting on Grace’s test.
Princess told Paul it’s because they sent his dad’s tests, along with 11 others, to Barbados and sent his mom’s test to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Paul said last night, his parents put him on speakerphone as a crew member came into their cabin and tried to separate them into different rooms. His parents were panicking, he said, because Peter hadn’t gotten any medical care in three days and only ate and drank because his wife helped him.
The crew member eventually agreed to not separate the couple, but told them they needed to sign a waiver accepting the risk. The crew member told his parents that if they signed the waiver they would not receive medical care on the ship going forward.
Paul called it “atrocious” and said he’s complained to Princess Cruises for days.
“The only reason Princess gets back to me is because I’m blowing up Twitter,” he said. “They say ‘please can you keep it to DM’.”
Governor DeSantis has not been happy with these ships docking in Florida, as he is well aware that it will increase the number of beds needed. He would have preferred to keep the available beds for Floridians, and not spread the disease further throughout the state. But in the interests of humanitarian needs, he has allowed them.
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LtCol Geoffry Hollopeter, the recently retired commander of the 3/5 (3rd Battalion, 5th Marines under the 1st Marine Division), passed away Friday night at the age of 43. Though the circumstances of his death are unclear at this time, his former troops wished to honor his memory and service. He leaves behind a wife and 4 children in Oceanside, California.
The 3/5 is also known as the “Dark Horse Battalion.” LtCol Hollopeter assumed command of the battalion in February, 2018.
His Marine Corps bio reads in part:
His service in the Operating Forces includes: LAV Crewman for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1996–1997); Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander for 1st Battalion, 3d Marines (2002–2005); Company Commander and Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 4th Marines (2009–2012); Executive Officer for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (2016); Current Operations Officer for the 1st Marine Division (2017); Commanding Officer for 3d Battalion, 5th Marines (2018–present).
He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines via the Unit Deployment Program (2003), Operation Iraqi Freedom via the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (2004-2005), Operation Enduring Freedom (2009-2010 and 2011), and a 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit western Pacific patrol (2019).
His service outside the Operating Forces includes: Company Executive Officer, Company Commanding Officer, and Operations Officer for Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry West (2005 – 2008); Commanding Officer for Recruiting Station Indianapolis (2012 – 2015).
LtCol Geoffry Hollopeter was a well loved commander. We know that by the number of messages we’ve received today.
Here are some of them:
“I’m a marine in 3/5 and unfortunately we got some news last night that our recently retired BC passed away from complications from a sinus infection. He left behind a family and 4 kids who are most definitely struggling right now… His name is Lt Col Hollopeter, dude was a badass and an irreplaceable leader. I highly encourage looking up his service record online it’s something else. …I was hoping you could help get the word out there that we’re here for his family during this shit storm that’s going on. There’s been no official release since this info is only a few hours old but I think letting the family know That it’s not just Darkhorse that feels for them but all of us.”
“Our unit’s old BC, he had just relinquished command of 3/5 no more than a month ago, and unfortunately at the age of 43 passed away. He was an amazing leader who was never out of touch with the enlisted (he was prior enlisted) I’ve no idea what happened, he’d go on nco runs with us and always leave us smoked but the word is the man passed away due to heart attack, I want to ensure he isn’t forgotten so soon.”
“Because Good Men should be remembered, and Marines live forever in memory. I want everyone to know Lieutenant Colonel Geoffry M. Hollopeter, the prior commanding officer of 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. A man of many words, skills, and experiences. Enlisted at the age of 18 serving as an LAV crewman, outperforming his way to the top, LAV platoon commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon commander, XO, CO, Ops O, and the Battalion Commander of 3/5. Even as a bright eyed robot private, LtCol Hollopeter never failed to respect every Man. He never belittled, and reminded us of our purpose even when we’d be “starring up at that bulkhead on ship” or at that damn LPOP. The importance of being men before Marines, and being a family. A true leader of Marines, A Marine of the old breed, Dark Horse actual. Prayers to his family after this unexpected catastrophe, he is survived by his Wife, four children, and the thousands of Marines who have served under him. Till Valhalla Sir. Semper Fi.”
LtCol Geoffry Hollopeter was an avid runner, taking the time to participate in the Laguna Hills Half Marathon with former 3/5 commander LtCol Jason Morris in 2018.
His cause of death is unclear at this time. Whether a “sinus infection” or a “heart attack,” those who served under him will always honor his command ability. A message was left with the 1st Marine Division’s media officer for more information. If there is a response, we will update this article.
***In September of 2010, the 3/5 under the command of LtCol Jason Morris, a battle with the Taliban in Sangin Province saw 25 Marines killed, and 200 injured, 36 of whom lost limbs. It was the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit in Afghanistan.
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I must speak out today and offer evidence that there are some who, apparently, cannot be taken seriously in these times.
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According to Click Orlando A man who was arrested last month in a 35-year-old Florida Panhandle slaying has been found dead in jail from an apparent suicide, authorities said. Daniel Leonard Wells, 57, was found hanged in his cell at the Escambia County Jail early Thursday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. His first hearing […]
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According to Click Orlando A Florida man spit in a sergeant’s face then told her he had COVID-19 and he was going to kill her, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. Records show officers went to a residence on Saturday in connection with James Jamal Curry, 31, violating a no-contact order in reference to […]
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According to Fox News A couple in India named their newborn twins Corona and Covid after they were delivered during the country’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown. “The delivery happened after facing several difficulties and therefore, my husband and I wanted to make the day memorable,” Preeti Verma, the 27-old mother, told the Press Trust of India. Preeti and Vinay Verma say the names will remind their […]
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The Venezuelan patrol ship Naiguata believed the Resolute, a Cruise Ship travelling in international waters, was ‘probably’ carrying mercenaries. The cruise ship had 32 crew members but no passengers at the time and was conducting maintenance on its engines as it drifted near the island of La Tortuga. First the Venezuelan patrol ship demanded they change directions, then they fired on the ship. Then it rammed the cruise ship. The cruise ship had a reinforced hull for Antarctic expeditions. The patrol ship sank. Dang, don’t you hate it when that happens?
RCGS Resolute is a purpose built polar expedition vessel of the highest ice class, rated 1A Super, designed to operate in difficult ice conditions. pic.twitter.com/AMLsae56Vn
— Venezuela BTH (@VenezuelaBTH) April 1, 2020
The Resolute, a cruise vessel owned by Columbia Cruise Services, flagged in Portugal and operated by a German crew, was built specifically for Antarctic explorations, and was not something that should be assailed by a tin can, I mean a Venezuelan patrol ship.
According to a news account at the Pluralist,
The RCGS Resolute, a German-operated, Portuguese-flagged five-star cruise ship, was conducting routine engine maintenance 13.3 nautical miles off the Venezuelan island of Isla de Tortuga when it was approached by what has been identified by the ANBV Naiguatá shortly after midnight, the Resolute’s operating company said in a statement.
Crew members aboard the 262-foot Naiguatá questioned the 403-foot Resolute’s presence and intentions via radio and demanded it follow the naval ship to Puerto Moreno on the Isla De Margarita.
Columbia Cruise Services, the Resolute’s operating company, said in a statement on Wednesday that the master of the ship was attempting to confirm the order with headquarters, since it was in international waters, when the Naiguatá fired upon her, approached the starboard side and “purposely collided’ with the cruise vessel.
The Venezuelan ship fired on a foreign cruise vessel that was just outside the 12 mile range. They deliberately rammed the cruise ship repeatedly. Then they began to take on water and sank.
The Drive reported,
While the Master was in contact with the head office [in Germany], gun shots were fired and, shortly thereafter, the navy vessel approached the starboard side at speed with an angle of 135° and purposely collided with the RCGS Resolute,” the statement continued. “The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.”
Columbia Cruise Services does not say what kind of gun was fired or if it did any damage to the Resolute. The Naiguatá has a 76mm main gun in a turret forward of the main superstructure, as well as a pair of 20mm cannons and two .50 caliber machine guns. The crew would also have access to various small arms.
Large oil slick seen around the area where the collision happened, slick is likely to have come from the Naiguata as it sank. pic.twitter.com/AAtSk4bvdQ
— CNW (@ConflictsW) March 31, 2020
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Missoula, MT -(AmmoLand.com)- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded $880,232 of grant funding toward Washington wildlife habitat enhancement and scientific research. RMEF directly granted $306,741 and leveraged an additional $573,491 in partner funding.
“These funds will pay for a variety of treatments including forest thinning, meadow restoration, prescribed burning, noxious weed treatment, aspen restoration and planting nutritional forbs, all to benefit habitat for elk and many other species of wildlife,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.
Sixteen projects benefit 6,378 acres of elk habitat across Asotin, Chelan, Clallam, Columbia, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Yakima Counties.
There are 23 chapters and nearly 15,000 RMEF members in Washington.
“We greatly appreciate the passion and diligence of our volunteers,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s due to their efforts of hosting banquets and other fundraising events that these dollars are generated and put back on the ground in their home state.”
Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 693 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Washington with a combined value of more than $128.9 million. These projects protected or enhanced 493,523 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 129,732 acres.
Below is a list of Washington’s 2020 projects, designated by county.
- Treat noxious weeds across 871 acres on the Chief Joseph and W.T. Wooten Wildlife Areas in the Blue Mountains to improve year-round elk range (also benefits Columbia and Garfield Counties).
- Treat noxious weeds and apply seeding as needed across 300 acres of big game and riparian habitat in the Lower Grand Ronde River watershed, a tributary of the Snake River well-known for its hunting and fishing opportunities. The project benefits land managed by the Pomeroy and Walla Ranger Districts on the Umatilla National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Chief Joseph Wildlife Area and private landowners.
- Treat noxious weeds across 700 acres of important year-round elk habitat on private lands in the county.
- Treat noxious weeds across 500 acres of winter elk range on privately-owned land adjacent to state-managed public land in the Cougar Creek area of the Lower Grande Ronde Watershed.
- Provide funding for a study to monitor elk movement and habitat use in the upper Stemilt Basin including identifying migration corridors and calving areas. The data will assist wildlife managers to make decisions that protect and improve critical habitat including land exchanges, the location and timing of forest health treatments, and seasonal trail closures.
- Thin dense forests and implement planting and seeding across 325 acres in the Hood Canal Ranger District on the Olympic National Forest. The project improves forest health, facilitates animal movement and opens the forest floor to early seral forage growth while also treating invasive weeds.
- Thin 1,029 acres of forestland on the Oak Creek Wildlife Area to promote high quality habitat for elk and other wildlife as well as increase forest health and resiliency to natural disturbances.
- Apply noxious weed treatment across 250 acres of previously thinned forestland on the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area in preparation for a second phase of prescribed burning.
- Thin 200 acres of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area where years of fire exclusion and past harvest practices altered forest structure and composition creating a high risk of uncharacteristic wildfire, insect and disease effects. Removing small diameter trees and opening up the forest canopy will also promote understory pathogens in a changing climate.
- Plant native forbs and treat noxious weeds in an area previously seeded with a native grass mixture across 300 acres on the Chesaw Wildlife Area, an area serving as both elk spring range and calving grounds.
- Prescribe burn and seed 47 acres, cut back ferns and other competing vegetation on 12 acres, and treat noxious weeds across five acres in the Snoqualmie Ranger District on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Crews will also erect signage across 21 forage units to inform the public about hunting and wildlife opportunities. Managers hope the signs will discourage trash dumping and direct recreational target shooting to more appropriate areas within the watershed (also benefits King County).
Pend Oreille County
- Lop and scatter encroaching conifers within 210 acres of meadow habitat and aspen stands in the Newport and Sullivan Lake Ranger Districts on the Colville National Forest. Crews will also repair fencing designed to keep livestock away from aspen sprouts and riparian shrubs.
- Thin and prescribe burn 300 acres of big game winter range in the Newport and Sullivan Lake Ranger Districts on the Colville National Forest. The treatments in the Ruby Creek watershed will rejuvenate forage and promote forest wildfire resiliency in an area that historically supported open timber stands with a brush and grass understory. In addition, the improvements may reduce the big game use of private farmlands and livestock feed in the Pend Oreille River Valley.
- Treat a variety of noxious weeds across 616 acres of meadows in the Mount Adams Ranger District on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, an area that provides important forage for the Mount St. Helens elk herd.
- Apply prescribed burning, brush mowing, seeding and noxious weed treatments to improve 100 acres of wet meadow and oak woodland habitat on the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area’s West Rock Prairie Unit. In addition to elk, the project benefits the recovery of the federally threatened Oregon spotted frog along with several rare butterflies and plants.
- Remove encroaching conifers and invasive plants from 72 acres of meadows in the Naches Ranger District on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The South Fork Tieton River area is important calving and summer range for the Yakima elk herd, one of the largest in the state. It also provides key habitat for deer.
Project partners include the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Colville, Gifford Pinchot, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Olympic and Umatilla National Forests; Bureau of Land Management, private landowners and various conservation, sportsmen, local government and civic organizations.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded 35 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.6 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation” at rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.
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Official Communication by Marion P. Hammer
Unified Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director
NRA Past President
Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)-Two candidates for the Florida House of Representatives are calling on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to stop Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) from disrupting the Concealed Weapons and Firearms Licensing Program.
In a letter to Governor DeSantis, Republican Party of Okaloosa County Chairman Jeff Hinkle wrote, “Commissioner Fried is using the Pandemic to forward her liberal agenda of chipping away at Floridians' Second Amendment rights and it has to stop. Please act to prevent Commissioner Fried from delaying the processing on Concealed Carry Permits one day longer.”
Additionally, Danny Kushmer (R) candidate for House District 59 wrote the Governor “I urge you to re-open the processing of concealed carry permit applications.” He continued, “Commissioner Fried is using an administrative loophole to keep hundreds, if not thousands, of Florida citizens from their right to safety.”
Devout Anti-Gunner, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried campaigned on an anti-gun platform and now she's using her position to disrupt the concealed weapons licensing program and use the COVID-19 virus as an excuse to stop accepting CW license applications.
At a time when citizens need to be able to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, Comm. Fried has become a roadblock to those constitutional rights.
Fried's intentions are clear, in fact in December 2019 Fried was quoted in a Florida Politics article saying:
“I made a promise during my campaign that the NRA would have no influence over me or our department. I stand behind that promise.”
In addition to his position as Party Chairman, Jeff Hinkle is also a candidate for Florida House District 4 and has posted his letter on his website. On the website you can join him in signing the letter to the Governor: Click Here
About Unified Sportsmen of Florida;
Unified Sportsmen of Florida was organized in 1976 for the purpose of protecting the firearms rights of all law-abiding firearms owners in Florida.
Unified Sportsmen of Florida
110-A South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
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Sig has made the leap into the deep end of the pool to compete with the well-established pillars of the micro market, the Smith & Wesson Shield, and the Glock 43 9mms. It certainly looked and felt good, and it held more bullets than its rival competitors, but looks are sometimes deceiving. The true test is when you put a product side by side with its competitors and see how they stack up. So after a not so patient wait to get the newly popular P365 its time to get down to the range, scales and numbers to see how it does.
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Some gun rights figures seem torn about whether to wholeheartedly welcome the newcomers, many of whom they see as their longtime cultural adversaries. Williams began a recent post, entitled “Now, even anti-gun Californians want a gun,” with a dictionary definition of “hypocrisy.” Codrea uses a different term. “I see some resentment,” he told VICE News. “I […]
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A New York Times report this week criticizes pro-Trump media figures who downplayed the threat of coronavirus. Fair enough.
But it is worth examining how mainstream media outlets treated lawmakers who were warning about the virus and about China's potential malfeasance early on.
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Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), for example, encouraged President Donald Trump in January to implement a travel ban from China. He told CBS's Face The Nation on Jan. 26 that China had a "record of dishonesty and incompetence" in combating health crises and cautioned that while Washington was consumed with Trump's impeachment trial, it was the viral outbreak that was the "most important story in the world."
Citing Cotton, a Politico report in early February warned that a travel ban and quarantine measures "could undercut international efforts to fight the outbreak by antagonizing Chinese leaders."
Cotton also argued that the virus might have originated at a Chinese biochemical lab in Wuhan that sits near the seafood market where Chinese officials initially claimed the disease originated. The New York Times accused him of spreading a "conspiracy theory," writing that it was "the sort of tale that resonates with an expanding chorus of voices in Washington who see China as a growing Soviet-level threat to the United States, echoing the anti-Communist thinking of the Cold War era."
"Right wing media outlets fan the anger," Times business correspondent Alexandra Stevenson wrote on Feb. 17. Presumably, the right-wing outlets providing a megaphone for this conspiracy theory were different from the ones that were dangerously minimizing the threat of the illness.
Heads, the Times wins; tails, Republicans lose.
What most mainstream news reports have refused to acknowledge is that when it comes to the coronavirus, the right, the left, and, unfortunately, the scientific experts are flying blind, writing and rewriting the rules ad hoc and trying to muddle through.
There have been enough miscalculations to go around. The Times‘s effort to classify them by political inclination is laughable. There was the Vox explainer published in early February comparing the coronavirus to the flu. "Half the people in America do not get a flu shot and the flu, right now, is far deadlier," CNN's Anderson Cooper said on March 4th. "So if you're freaked out at all about the coronavirus, you should be more concerned about the flu."
It is also worth noting which voices have proved prescient. The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, in a Friday column that quotes Cotton, writes now that alas, "scientists don’t rule out that an accident at a research laboratory in Wuhan might have spread a deadly bat virus that had been collected for scientific study."
He writes about a theory percolating in scientific circles about "an accidental lab release of bat coronavirus."
"Less than 300 yards from the seafood market is the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from that facility and the nearby Wuhan Institute of Virology have posted articles about collecting bat coronaviruses from around China, for study to prevent future illness. Did one of those samples leak, or was hazardous waste deposited in a place where it could spread?"
Will the Washington Post excoriate their own well-sourced columnist for "spreading a debunked conspiracy theory" as they did when Cotton offered the same informed speculation six weeks ago? Will the New York Times offer their readers an analysis of how the panicked Republicans of February were unfairly maligned by the millennial pandemic explainers at Vox?
At least those of us lucky enough to have masks won’t have to hold our breath.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wielded decisive clout in the selection process for a key judicial vacancy President Donald Trump filled Friday, leveraging a deep reserve of good will accrued from four years as field marshal of Trump’s campaign to stock the federal bench with conservative jurists.
The president tapped U.S. District Judge Justin Walker, a McConnell ally, for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. At 38, Walker is the youngest nominee for the D.C. Circuit in decades. His nomination will likely be the last major confrontation over judgeships before the November election.
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The nomination is as much a function of McConnell’s influence as it is Walker’s growing reputation in the conservative legal movement. Walker, a Kentuckian who serves on a federal trial court in Louisville, has been close to the senator for years. McConnell’s able stewardship of judicial confirmations gave him pivotal influence in a selection process that might otherwise have been fractious. Between academics, administration officials, and Washington lawyers, there was a deep reserve of prospective nominees for a panel widely seen as a springboard to the Supreme Court.
"Conservatives inside and outside of the administration recognize and appreciate the impact McConnell has had on the judiciary over many years, and very quickly agreed to McConnell's preference, particularly since Walker looked like a safe pick," a source involved in judicial selection told the Washington Free Beacon.
"McConnell made his pitch. Everyone took a look at Walker. Then things fell into place very quickly," the source added.
The Free Beacon first reported that Walker was in contention for the nomination on March 5. Other contenders included acting associate attorney general Claire Murray and deputy White House counsel Kate Todd.
The selection was made all the easier by Walker’s dedicated support of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Walker, who clerked for Kavanaugh after graduating from Harvard Law School, was one of the justice’s most prolific surrogates, giving dozens of interviews and speeches promoting Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Given the trying circumstances, Walker secured the enduring gratitude of legal conservatives.
"Judge Walker was an unrelenting defender of Justice Kavanaugh during the left's unprecedented smear campaign," said Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network. "I expect Walker to bring similar courage with him to the D.C. Circuit as he defends the rule of law. I look forward to his confirmation."
The Trump administration has approached judicial selection as a companion to its deregulatory agenda. That consideration is especially important for the D.C. Circuit, which has jurisdiction over dozens of federal agencies. About half of the D.C. Circuit’s cases concern regulations, agency proceedings, and other administrative law issues according to statistics kept by the U.S. Judicial Conference.
"We are thrilled with President Trump’s nomination of Judge Justin Walker to serve on the D.C. Circuit, a key federal appellate court that protects all Americans from the arbitrary, harmful government actions by Washington’s out of control administrative state," said Mike Davis of the Article III Project and former chief nominations counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
McConnell gave the nomination a populist hue in a statement following the nomination, praising the president for searching "outside the Beltway and into the Bluegrass." Yet Walker’s résumé is heavy with Washington pedigree. He was a speechwriter to former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, and practiced in the Washington offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a prestigious law firm.
Still, Walker left the capital for Kentucky in 2013, where he edited books on education policy, mathematics, and political subjects while leading a nonprofit that coordinates student empowerment programs. He also served on the law faculty at the University of Louisville, teaching courses on legal writing and professional skills. His scholarship includes national security law issues and the separation of powers.
The president appointed Walker to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in 2019.
The American Bar Association complicated his confirmation when its standing committee on the federal judiciary gave Walker a "not qualified" assessment. In a letter summarizing the panel’s views, committee chairman Paul Moxley cited Walker’s apparent lack of trial experience as a source of concern. He also noted that the committee prefers candidates with at least 12 years experience practicing law, while Walker had been a lawyer for fewer than 10 years.
The letter added that Walker "has great potential to serve as a federal judge."
If confirmed, Walker will succeed Judge Thomas Griffith, who announced his retirement in March.
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Before building your own NFA item, you file an ATF Form 1. It involves the same $200 tax and registration process as the Form 4 that’s filed when purchasing an NFA item from a dealer, but the approval times are significantly faster. In fact, for quite a while now eFiled Form 1s have been consistently […]
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USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of duty on Thursday. But his sailors, who felt he was a hero, gave him a rousing send off to cheers, chants, and applause. (Fox)
Captain Crozier incurred the ire of the Navy when a letter he wrote to senior military officials was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and published. In it, the Captain talked about the number of COVID-19 cases aboard the ship. The ship docked a week early in Guam after word of the COVID-19 cases was released. The USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain begged for help from the Navy.
The SF Chronicle reported,
In the four-page letter to senior military officials, Crozier said only a small contingent of infected sailors have been off-boarded. Most of the crew remain aboard the ship, where following official guidelines for 14-day quarantines and social distancing is impossible.
“Due to a warship’s inherent limitations of space, we are not doing this,” Crozier wrote. “The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating.”
He asked for “compliant quarantine rooms” on shore in Guam for his entire crew “as soon as possible.”
“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure. … This is a necessary risk,” Crozier wrote. “Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”
Thomas Modly, acting Secretary of the Navy, told reporters that Crozier was removed as skipper of the USS Theodore Roosevelt because of how he asked for help, not because of it.
“I did not come to this decision lightly. I have no doubt in my mind [Captain] Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest [of] the safety and well being of his crew. Unfortunately, he did the opposite.
It unnecessarily raised alarms with the families of our sailors and Marines with no plan to address those concerns. It raised concerns about the operational security and operational capability of that ship that could have emboldened our adversaries to seek advantage and it undermined the chain of command.”
The Navy has been steadily removing the sailors to Guam. They are having to use hotels for beds, since there aren’t enough on the island. Since it’s an aircraft carrier, they can’t just leave it, as there are many things that must be done to the ship on an ongoing basis.
Which brings us to the Captain’s send off: to chants, cheers, and applause, Captain Crozier off-boarded the USS Theodore Roosevelt. As you will hear in this first video, one sailor says,
“That’s how you send out one of the greatest captains you ever had. The GOAT, the man for the people”
Featured photo: US Navy of Captain Brett Crozier
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According to Firearm Chronicles One of the more common battles being fought on behalf of the Second Amendment involves protecting gun stores from closure. While many states, even anti-gun states, have opted to allow them to remain open, not all of them have. One prominent example is California. Perhaps the most anti-gun state in the […]
I’ve given this company a fair amount of sh*t over the years, mainly for their first product (please stop selling this), but this move helps to redeem themselves in my book by a few steps. From their website: Versacarry® Transforms Manufacturing Facility to Help Fight COVID-19 Versacarry®, primarily known for producing premium leather holsters, is […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to not recognize gun stores as essential businesses isn’t going over well in many parts of the state.In fact, more than a dozen law enforcement officials, many of them county sheriffs, have sent a letter to Inslee outlining their concerns about shutting down gun shops across […]
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According to Firearm Chronicles Millions of people bought guns in the month of March. In fact, almost a million more bought them in March than in February in one of the biggest spikes in gun purchases ever. Further, many of them were new gun owners, people who had never purchased a firearm before in their […]
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As the weeks go by, more and more Americans are finding themselves under more restrictions and at home. That goes for the bad guys as well. With nearly everyone not moving about, honest Americans are out of jobs and having tough times. That means the criminal element is having a tough time, too. Enter: an […]
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From Versacarry . . . Versacarry is known for producing a very popular line of quality leather handgun holsters, belts and other firearm related products. In an effort to help with the fight against the COVID-19 virus that continues to affect thousands of people across the United States, Versacarry is in the process of converting their […]
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