Rep. Matt Gaetz Likens Joe Biden’s Campaign to ‘Elder Abuse’

H/T Western Journal.

Rep.Matt Gaetz(R-FL)is spot on with his observation about Biden.

Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden is slipping mentally.

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida likened former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to “elder abuse” during an interview on Sunday.

Speaking to Fox News host Steve Hilton, the Republican spoke on Biden’s mental acuity and specifically cited an incident that occurred between Biden and a CBS News correspondent last week.

“First of all — OK, boomer, nobody says ‘junkie’ anymore. When someone suffers from substance abuse issues, we try to extend the hand of grace,” Gaetz told Hilton on “The Next Revolution.”

“I would think Joe Biden might know that given his own family history. But Biden is substantively making the argument that there’s no factual predicate to question his mental capability, and in every American family, we see this dynamic where somebody loses contact, they become a little slower on the uptake, and it would be funnier if America weren’t facing such serious challenges.”

“We’ve got to beat this virus,” Gaetz said. “We’ve got to confront China.”

The Republican then signaled his doubt that Biden is up to the task of leading the country and suggested he is being used for political gain by those around him.

“We’ve got to get our economy moving again. Joe Biden’s effort in politics here looks less like a presidential campaign and more like elder abuse,” he said.

Gaetz also speculated on the program that Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s former national security advisor, is Biden’s favorite to become his running mate.

“She’s deeply flawed, and we would love that on our side. The question is: Is Joe Biden in charge of the Joe Biden campaign?” he asked.

The radical wing of the Democratic Party will “roll right over Joe Biden,” he added.

The congressman suggested Biden would be swayed into picking a running mate who is much further to the left.

“We’ve got to re-elect President Trump. It is very serious,” he said.

The comments from Gaetz were in response to questions about Biden’s cognitive health following now months of speculation the candidate has lost a few steps.

In an interview Biden granted to CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett Wednesday, the former VP was asked if he had taken a cognitive test.

“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden responded.

“That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program, if you had taken a test were you taking cocaine or not,” Biden said.

“What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?” he asked Barnett.

The Democrat then said he cannot wait to debate President Donald Trump so the American people can judge his cognitive health.

He told Barnett, “I am very willing to let the American people judge my physical as well as my mental fitness.”

Biden had previously claimed that his cognitive abilities are tested regularly.

 

NJ Karen Freaks Over Grown-Ups With “Finger Guns”

H/T Bearing Arms.

Freaking out over finger guns is stupid.

This Karen needs to grow up and get a life.

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I was disheartened, then aggravated, after seeing the above photo published in Morris Township’s August 2020 Municipal Messenger.

That’s how Heidi Raas started her opinion piece in the Morristown Green.

What was the photo? Was it taxpayer money being squandered? Was it a beloved landmark being destroyed for development purposes? Oh no, none of those.

You see, the problem is that the photo in question was graduates of the Citizens Police Academy posing…with finger guns.

She continues:

After my concerns and comments on this subject on the July Township Committee Zoom Meeting, after having seen the same photo in the July Municipal Messenger, promoting participation in the Citizen Police Academy program offered in the Township,  I would have thought that more deliberate content would have been selected for publication.

Clearly, I was mistaken!

I will say again, I think this photo selection is glamorizing the use of guns in our town and society. Having them in the hands of our citizens, and promotion of same as endorsed by this police program is unconscionable!

OK, Karen, chill the hell out. (And you should go look at the original photo for yourself.)

Yes, I know your name is Heidi, but we all know it really should be Karen.

You see, Karen, this thing about “guns in the hands of our citizens” is ridiculous when they’re freaking finger guns for crying out loud. The police department didn’t hand issued firearms to private citizens upon graduating a course that’s designed to give those citizens a glimpse at what it is the police do. Oh no, they did no such thing.

Instead, the graduates decided to have a cheeky bit of fun and held their fingers like firearms. It’s something most of them have done since they were children. Absolutely none of them had a firearm in their hands.

But, even if they did, so what?

These are law-abiding citizens who are under the direct supervision of certified law enforcement officers. They’re not remotely a danger to anyone or anything. Sure, some are pointing their finger guns at the camera, but that doesn’t mean jack. These aren’t actually guns!

Have we forgotten Newtown already?? And our own scare in 2016 at Frelinghuysen Middle School?

I remember Newtown actually involving a real firearm, not finger guns, Karen. Maybe you should brush up on your history a bit before you freak out about this one.

Reviewing a sampling of Citizen Police Academy programs on municipal websites across the country in both rural areas and cities, and after reviewing hundreds of online images of the program, again from all over the country, I found less than 10 photos of citizens with guns being shown in conjunction with this program.

Our town is one!

Except, it’s not.

They’re. Finger. Guns.

Quit pretending that these represent a real threat to anything. They’re not real firearms, for crying out loud.

Seriously, this is why I can’t take anti-gun hysterics seriously. Karen here is the kind of person who would call the police on a kid who ate his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun and we all know it. She’s clearly not alone in this.

People like this want to push guns so far underground, so far out of the public consciousness, that they can pretend law-abiding citizens have no need of such things. They want to hide them so others won’t even think of them as a possibility.

Unfortunately for them, though, to do it they have to freak out about finger guns, apparently.

Well, at least we have something and someone to point and laugh at.

 

One Dead, 20 Injured In Shooting In Gun Controlled D.C.

H/T Bearing Arms.

Proving once more gun control does not work.

The District of Columbia is a pretty gun controlled city. Sure, they may be a shall-issue jurisdiction when it comes to permits, but that was the result of a court decision they opted not to take to the Supreme Court. It was an artifact of their support for gun control. After all, they didn’t want to kill may issue laws in other places.

In fact, right now, local officials are doing everything they can to hamstring people trying to lawfully obtain firearms.

Despite all those gun control efforts in the city, though, it still didn’t seem to stop this from happening.

One person was killed and at least another 20, including an off-duty cop, were injured in a shooting shortly after midnight Sunday at a gathering with hundreds of people in Southeast D.C., according to police.

Police responded to the 3300 block of Dubois Place SE around 12:20 a.m., Chief Peter Newsham told reporters at the scene later Sunday morning.

A 17-year-old, Christopher Brown, died at the hospital, Newsham said. An off-duty 1st District police officer was seriously injured and was “struggling for her life,” he said.

Newsham did not believe the other injuries were life-threatening. He said police are looking for multiple shooters, noting that gunfire broke out from three different directions after a dispute.

The crime scene spanned several blocks and police found 172 bullets, according to the Washington Post.

However, it seems that this spot is a common gathering place.

Perhaps more tellingly, though, it’s a gathering place with a history that seems relevant.

Patricia Howard-Chittams is on 7B’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission and lives a half-mile away from where the shootings took place. “I’m honestly just floored,” Howard-Chittams tells DCist.

However, she says this is nothing new. She’s complained about large gatherings of this nature for years, which has resulted in threats and having her tires slashed — it happened this morning, too, Howard-Chittams says.

So these aren’t good, clean-cut, all-American kids just hanging out and not causing trouble. At least some of these are little hoodlums who aren’t above destroying private property to try and intimidate people who don’t approve of what they’re doing.

And now it’s on the police to do something. That’s something Howard-Chittams doesn’t think will happen.

However, in the present climate, she believes that there’s very little the police can do about it.

“The politicians are not supporting them. Our mayor is not supporting them,” says Howard-Chittams. “If [the police] are aggressive with how they treat the small stuff, they are accused of over-policing… their hands are tied.”

She’s not wrong.

The truth is, there’s reason to believe that hitting folks over the small stuff actually reduces the chances of big stuff happening, big stuff like this. What didn’t reduce the likelihood of this happening, however, is gun control.

The District of Columbia has plenty of it, and yet multiple shooters were able to get guns and open fire on a crowd in our nation’s capital. One person is dead, at least 20 others wounded.

If gun control works like anti-gunners claim, this shouldn’t have happened, but it did.

Kind of like how pro-Second Amendment folks have been saying it would all along.

Fake Licenses Flood US Ahead of Critical Election

H/T Western Journal.

It makes me wonder if any DemocRat operatives are involved in any way.

Fake IDs are pouring into America this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Through the end of June, federal officials had confiscated 19,888 fake driver’s licenses at Chicago O’Hare International Airport alone as part of 1,513 shipments, CBP announced in a news release.

Officials said the major sources of the fake IDs were China and Hong Kong.

“These counterfeit driver’s licenses can lead to disastrous consequences,” said Ralph Piccirilli, the acting port director in Chicago. “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.”

According to Ballotpedia, 34 states require identification to vote in the November presidential election, with 18 requiring a photo ID.

Most of the fake IDs were for college-age students, and some had a common photo with different names.

The barcode on some phony Michigan licenses actually worked, CBP said in its release.

CBP outlined the consequences of fake licenses.

“These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” the release read.

“These documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”

Fears of voter fraud resounded on Twitter.

In April, CBP issued a release outlining an uptick in fake IDs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At that time, officials said they had confiscated about 2,000 fake licenses in the past 18 months.

Port Director Timothy Lemaux noted that people who buy fake IDs expose themselves to the threat of identity theft.

“What is most disconcerting about theses interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad,” Lemaux said in the release.

“We’ll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal identifiable information with a criminal element.”

New Hampshire: Governor Sununu Vetoes Firearm Seizure Bill

H/T AmmoLand.

 New Hampshirites need to say Thank you to Governor Sununu for his veto.

 

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Yesterday, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed legislation that sought to allow the suspension of your Second Amendment rights without due process.  Thanks to the Governor’s actions, House Bill 687 will be unable to erode our Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Please contact Governor Sununu and thank him for vetoing firearm seizure legislation, House Bill 687.

Constitutional rights should only be restricted with sufficient due process of law. Due process limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted when sufficient protections are in place.

NRA would like to thank Governor Sununu for standing against House Bill 687’s attempt to damage the Second Amendment rights of New Hampshirites.  Also, thank you to those NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators and the Governor in opposition to House Bill 687.  Your calls and emails made all the difference. Again, please contact Governor Chris Sununu and thank him for vetoing House Bill 687.

The Old Negro Space Program: Blackstrownauts

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By Jim Campbell

August 11th, 2020Blackstronauts as they became know, had to raise their own money for their own uniforms and space ships.

African American History presentation

FILE – In this June 30, 1967 file photo, Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., the first black astronaut in the U.S. space program, is introduced at a news conference in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo)

Not a Ken Burns Production.

For those who aren’t familiar with the name Ken Burns, he is a movie producer who puts a far leftist spin on his productions.

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The Wreck of the IJN Chokai

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IJN Chokai, 1942 -by: Paul Wright

Chokai was the last of the four-strong Takao class of heavy cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the late 1920s. Imperial Japanese designers worked for several years under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty to make warships that were superior in quality to their American and British opponents, but the tonnage limitations imposed by the treaty made designs that would satisfy the General Staff almost impossible.

In WWII,  Chokai participated in several of the early operations in Southeast Asia, including convoy escort, assisting in the Hunt for Force Z, and the destruction of ABDA forces.

In March 1942, the IJN made a raid into the Indian Ocean with impressive results. The British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, the heavy cruisers Cornwall and Dorsetshire, and the destroyers Tenedos and Vampire were all sunk. Additionally, several ports were raided on the…

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Carmen Best, Seattle’s top cop, emails resignation notice to officers: report

H/T Fox News.

Carmen Best made the right move stepping down as Seattle’s top cop.

Seattle has made a move to defund their police department.

Her retirement is expected to take effect on Sept. 2

US Adds Jobs, Unemployment Rate Falls

H/T Western Journal.

Just think of the job growth if blue states were as opened for business as red states.

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a solid increase but a pullback from the gains of May and June.

Many employers have been reluctant or unable to hire, with about two-thirds of the nation having paused or reversed reopening plans early last month.

Counting the hiring of the past three months, the economy has recovered about 42 percent of the 22 million jobs it lost as a result of the pandemic-induced government shutdowns, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report released Friday.

The unemployment rate fell last month from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent.

The acceleration of the viral outbreak that began in late June more than doubled the daily U.S. confirmed case count by mid-July. The rate of new reported cases has since declined, but the outbreaks led many states and cities to close bars and other businesses for a second time and dampened confidence, causing many consumers to limit their shopping, traveling, eating out and gathering in crowds.

July’s job gain was much lower than June’s 4.8 million and May’s 2.7 million jobs added, both of which were revised slightly.

Hiring was weaker in a range of industries last month. Manufacturing added just 26,000 jobs, less than one-tenth its June gain. Restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment venues gained 592,000 jobs, just one-quarter of the June increase. Retailers added 258,000 jobs, down from more than 800,000 in June.

The economy is struggling to emerge from the devastating recession that caused the economy to shrink at a nearly 33 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the worst quarterly fall on record. As governments shut down businesses, employers slashed their work forces, consumers cut spending and corporations pulled back on investment and expansion.

The economy has since started to grow again, and many economists have forecast a solid rebound in the July-September quarter, though not nearly enough to offset the second quarter’s dizzying fall.

Friday’s report showed that 16.3 million people were unemployed in July — nearly triple the 5.9 million who were out of work before the pandemic. For people eligible for state unemployment aid, weekly checks average $375, after a supplemental $600-a-week federal benefit expired last week.

The loss of the $600 check has shrunk benefits for America’s unemployed by one-half to three-quarters.

Congressional Democratic leaders and the White House have been negotiating an extension of the unemployment aid. But progress has been limited, and the two sides might not reach a deal before Congress begins an August recess next week.

In the meantime, some employers are adapting to the pandemic by doing business with fewer workers than they formerly employed.

Peter Klamka, owner of the Blind Pig restaurant in Las Vegas, has converted his sit-down restaurant to mainly pickup and delivery orders. His restaurant, whose revenue had plummeted along with tourism, relies mainly on roughly 1,200 condos and apartments located nearby.

Still, Klamka is using data he has gathered from online and mobile ordering to fine-tune his menu and prices. He knows, for instance, that if he drops the price of a pizza by $2 on a Friday night, he’ll attract perhaps 25 more orders. Armed with such knowledge, he can tweak his inventories and staffing.

So far, Klamka says, it’s working well enough that he plans to buy three or four more restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, which he expects to acquire at bargain prices.

Yet he doesn’t expect to do much hiring. He is operating the Blind Pig with just five employees, down from 25 before the pandemic. He plans to operate any new outlets the same way.

“There’s no real need to bring anyone back,” Klamka said. “There certainly isn’t sufficient business to bring anyone back.”

Suspect Throws Cop Into Potentially Deadly Headlock; 5 Nearby Teens’ Quick Action Landed Them Heroism Medals

H/T Western Journal.

The five teens beyond any doubt saved this officer’s life.

The five teens have restored my faith in young people.

Five teens in Auburn, Washington, have received the civilian honor of a lifetime after stepping into harm’s way to protect a police officer in need.

According to a release on King County’s Facebook page, Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht earlier this week handed down the Sheriff’s “Medal of Heroism” Award for only the second time since it was introduced as a way to “honor community members who do extraordinary things.”

The recipients were 16-year-old Darrell Swilley, 17-year-old Isaiha Sansaver, 19-year-old Dominic Sansaver, and 18-year-olds Tyran Powell and Kai Tavares, who on July 18 intervened to stop a suspected drunk driver‘s potentially life-threatening attack on a lone officer.

The officer, identified only as Deputy Elliott, was not on duty at the time of the incident, according to a report by KCPQ-TV.

“We cannot thank these five young men enough for coming to Deputy Elliott’s rescue. They quite possibly saved her life,” the department wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident.

“Moms and Dads, you should be proud of these kids!”

The King County Sheriff’s Office said Elliott was driving home from work in her marked patrol vehicle at approximately 1 a.m. on July 18 when she was flagged down at the scene of a multiple-car pileup in the city of Auburn.

Stopping to help ensure the health of all the citizens involved in the wreck, Elliott eventually intervened as a seemingly intoxicated man allegedly responsible for the crash began walking away from the scene.

The deputy detained the suspect but was placed in a chokehold by him shortly after calling for backup on her radio.

“Suddenly, the suspect wrapped his arms around Deputy Elliott’s neck, put her in a headlock and began squeezing,” the department said. “She struggled to get out of the hold but thankfully did not lose consciousness.”

It was then that Elliott reported hearing “several men’s voices yelling ‘get off of her’ ” before she was freed by the five local teens and aided in subduing the suspect for arrest.

The deputy suffered only scrapes and bruising as a result of the altercation.

The suspected drunk driver was processed in the jail at the Auburn Police Department and has been charged with one count of felony assault of an officer and another for driving under the influence.

He was also had several warrants out for his arrest, which included another driving under the influence charge and others for vehicle safety compliance violations and driving on a suspended license.

The five good Samaritans in large part responsible for bringing the man to justice were presented their medals on Aug. 3 in an official ceremony put on by Johanknecht and Auburn Police Chief Daniel O’Neill.

“We can’t thank these fine young men enough,” the department reiterated on social media the following day, posting photographs from the award ceremony.

“They are true heroes.”