From Phil on Gillette

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“First off, allow me to congratulate you people on what I consider to be an epic example of a disastrous business decision.

Let me guess, there are a bunch of testosterone challenged individuals in upper management who thought it would be a great idea to politically alienate a large portion of their customer base?

How awesome is that?

Because, you know, making a business decision to put out a social justice warrior message decrying masculinity when the product you produce and sell to has been historically purchased by men strikes me as being self defeating right out the door.

But what do I know, I am one of those toxic males you seem to think that young boys and young men should avoid turning out to be.

Being such, I laugh and spit in your general direction for being so stupid.

Mark my words you pansy motherfuckers, there is going…

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Exclusive–Angel Mom: Kamala Harris’ Staff Threatened to Call Capitol Police When Angel Families Visited Her Office

H/T Breitbart.

This does not surprise me in the least as Kalama Harris(D-CA)has compared ICE agents to the Ku Klux Klan.

Angel Mom Maureen Maloney, the vice president of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), says Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)’s staff threatened to call Capitol Police when Angel Families visited her Senate office in Washington, DC, this month.

Maloney — whose 23 years-old son, Matthew Denice, was killed in August 2011 by an illegal alien who ran over him while drunk driving without a license — told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight that the staff of Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris threatened to call Capitol Police when Angel Families visited the offices of prominent House and Senate Democrats to discuss illegal alien crime.

Meanwhile, Maloney told Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that Harris makes it known that illegal aliens are welcome in her office.

So we went past her office about two weeks ago, we were in D.C. to see … Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, and Kamala Harris, in front of her office, has a big welcome sign in Spanish that says ‘Dreamers Are Welcome,’” Maloney said.

MANSOUR: Were you welcome?

MALONEY: No, in fact, two of the people I was with, they threatened to call Capitol Police on them if they didn’t leave.

MANSOUR: Kamala Harris’ staff threatened to call the police on you?

MALONEY: Yes.

Listen to Maloney’s full interview here:

In her 2020 presidential campaign kickoff speech in Oakland, California, Harris portrayed herself as an advocate for crime victims and thanked illegal aliens for visiting lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

You see, in our system of justice, we believe that harm against any one of us is harm against all of us. That’s why when we file a case, it’s not filed in the name of the victim. It reads, “The People.” This is a point I have often explained to console and counsel survivors of crime, people who faced great harm. Often at the hands of someone they trust – be it a relative or a bank or a big corporation. I would remind them. You are not invisible. We all stand together. [Emphasis added]

During the health care fight, I saw parents and children with grave illnesses walk the halls of the United States Congress, families who had traveled across the country at incredible sacrifice. They came to our nation’s capital believing that if their stories were heard, and if they were seen, their leaders would do the right thing. I saw the same thing with our Dreamers. They came by the thousands. By plane, train, and automobile. I’m sure they were sleeping ten-deep on someone’s living room floor. [Emphasis added]

Maloney said it is illegal aliens who have the upper hand against their American victims, not only when it comes to trying to speak with lawmakers, but also in the court system.

“Illegal aliens are treated with such leniency compared to American citizens. It’s really sickening what goes on in the courts,” Maloney said.

Harris and other elected Democrat lawmakers are “absolutely not” working on behalf of illegal alien crime victims, Maloney said, noting that she and other Angel Families have been unable to meet with Democrats about the immigration issue for years.

“My senators up here, Sen. Markey and Sen. Warren, I’ve tried for years to get an appointment to meet with them. They’re unable to meet with people here in Massachusetts and down in Washington,” Maloney said. “When I’ve been down in Washington to meet with Democrat leaders, they’re not available. Members of AVIAC have been trying to meet with Nancy Pelosi as long as we’ve been in existence and they’ve made public pleas to meet with her and she won’t meet with any of us.”

“No, I don’t feel that the Democrats are representing my family at all,” Maloney said.

Hank Bauer – USMC Hero & Yankee All-Star

Pacific Paratrooper

Baltimore Orioles manager Hank Bauer (42) in USMC uniform, viewing himself in team uniform over his shoulder during photo shoot. Composite. Bauer earned 11 campaign ribbons, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts during his time with the Marines.
Baltimore, MD 8/13/1964
CREDIT: Neil Leifer (Photo by Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

After surviving some of the most intense fighting in the Pacific and earning a number of decorations, Bauer went on to achieve massive success on the baseball field in the decades after the war.

Bauer was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1922. He was the youngest child of an Austrian immigrant family, and had eight older siblings. His father lost his leg in an aluminum mill accident, and the family found themselves in a situation of such dire poverty that Hank and his siblings had to wear old feed sacks as clothes.

Far from stewing in…

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Bloomberg takes swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, suggests ‘Green New Deal’ not ‘realistic’

H/T Fox News.

It looks like the DemocRats are slowly destroying Alexandria Occasional-Cortex.

It also looks like the DemocRats are turning on Kamala Harris.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday took aim not only at President Trump, but also at some of his potential rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, during a stop in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

Speaking with reporters following a tour of a manufacturing plant in Nashua, Bloomberg criticized the “Green New Deal,” a bill being pushed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers that would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption.

“You have to have realistic things; we are not overnight going to change everything we do,” Bloomberg said. “People aren’t going to overnight give up their jobs if those jobs happen not to be on the side of the Green New Deal.”

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg took a swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg took a swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (AP, Getty, File)

The billionaire media mogul, who has contributed millions to the battle against climate change as well as the push for gun safety, called for “doing things intelligently.”

“One of the things my foundation has done: We’ve funded Sierra Club. They’ve already closed half of all the coal-fired power plants in the country. That’s reduced greenhouse gases by 18 percent,” he said.

Earlier, at an address on climate change at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, the possible White House contender noted that “I’ve already begun working on putting together the details of what I believe a Green New Deal should look like.”

And he emphasized that “whether I run for president or not, I will work to ensure that fighting climate change, and spurring economic development in areas that have depended on fossil fuels, is a top priority for the Democratic nominee.”

Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent who returned to the Democratic Party just last year, is seen as more moderate than most in the emerging field of 2020 presidential contenders.

Bloomberg, who turns 77 next month, also criticized a new push by Sen. Kamala Harris of California for a “Medicare-for-All” single-payer health care plan. The California Democrat and declared presidential candidate said Monday while campaigning in Iowa that she’s willing to end private insurance to make ‘Medicare-for-all’ happen.

At the start of a speech he delivered on climate change at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the environmental and gun safety advocate said President Trump “failed at business and now I think it’s fair to say he’s failing at governing.”

At the start of a speech he delivered on climate change at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the environmental and gun safety advocate said President Trump “failed at business and now I think it’s fair to say he’s failing at governing.” (Fox News)

“I think you could never afford that; you’re talking about trillions of dollars,” Bloomberg told reporters.

“To replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time. It’s just not a practical thing,” he added.

Bloomberg also dismissed a proposal by another presidential contender – Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – to place a wealth tax on the super-rich.

“No. 1, I think the Constitution lets you impose income taxes only, so I think it’s unconstitutional,” he said. “No. 2, I don’t know of any country that’s done that. People earn money, they pay their taxes and then they don’t expect the government to come back and take some of it away.”

Bloomberg also criticized a longstanding push by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – who’s mulling a second straight bid for the Democratic nomination – to make tuition free for all in-state students attending community colleges. Sanders’ plan also calls for free-tuition for students at four-year public colleges whose families earn under $125,000 a year.

“Free college tuition would be a nice thing to do, but unfortunately your professors want to get paid,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also targeted fellow billionaire Howard Schultz, the onetime Starbucks CEO now considering an independent run for president. Bloomberg joined a chorus of criticism by Democrats, who fear that such an independent run could help Trump cinch re-election in 2020.

At the start of a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Bloomberg said that Trump “failed at business and now I think it’s fair to say he’s failing at governing.”

Bloomberg meeting with employees at the WH Bagshaw Company in Nashua, New Hampshire, which touts itself as the oldest pin manufacturer in the country.

Bloomberg meeting with employees at the WH Bagshaw Company in Nashua, New Hampshire, which touts itself as the oldest pin manufacturer in the country. (Fox News)

Slamming the Republican president over the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, Bloomberg said, “The government shutdown was an utter failure of executive leadership, and I think it’s an example of just totally incompetent management that needlessly hurt millions of people.”

“I’m glad the shutdown is over for now, but the American people will continue paying a steep cost for White House incompetence, because the president is fixated on a wall we don’t need instead of real challenges we face,” he added.

Bloomberg also criticized the president as a climate change denier, saying “his own administration produced a damaging report showing that we face what they called ‘substantial damage to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health from climate change.’ And you know what the president said in response? ‘I don’t believe it.’”

And he argued that “the president’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has been waging an assault on clean air and water protections.”

Later, he told Fox News “what the president is doing now is just terrible for America and the world.”

Bloomberg’s trip to the Granite State sparked more speculation regarding his potential presidential bid. Acknowledging his visit, he joked “nothing political. I always come to New Hampshire in the winter when it snows.”

Later, he said he would decide on a White House run by the end of February.

The Republican National Committee called the potential candidate “delusional.”

“Michael Bloomberg’s visit to New Hampshire signals just another delusional Democrat mulling a bid for what will be a circus of a 2020 presidential primary. But Bloomberg’s out-of-touch agenda of gun control, climate control and raising taxes would only take us backward as a nation, and Granite State voters aren’t buying it,” RNC spokeswoman Mandi Merritt said.

Bloomberg arrived in New Hampshire on Monday, holding private meetings with top political leaders including longtime state Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley. He also met with entrepreneurs.

His speech on climate change, which New Hampshire Institute of Politics executive director Neil Levesque said was the most well attended ‘Bookmark Series’ event ever, drew a healthy crowd of national reporters and cameras.

Asked during a question and answer session following his remarks what he would do with his philanthropic foundation if elected president, Bloomberg said, “I would put the foundation into a blind trust. I did that while I was mayor.”

“Every banker’s rushing to call. Don’t call. It’s not for sale,” he joked.

Later in the day, Bloomberg visited Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop in Dover, another must stop for White House hopefuls. He was hosted there by Bill Shaheen, a longtime attorney and husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who’s also a Democratic National Committeeman.

Bloomberg wrapped up his New Hampshire swing in Concord Tuesday night, at a house party hosted by Democratic activists.

 

Audit Shows Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Missing 50 Weapons

H/T Bearing Arms.

My gut tells me these guns did not disappear on Sheriff Joe’s watch.

I’ve said before that the police have a tough job to do. I respect the hell out of them, and while I know they do have some bad actors in their ranks, I also know that those bad actors represent a tiny minority of those who wear the uniform.

In fact, most issues I’ve seen with the police stem not from corruption, but incompetence. Stupidity is far more common everywhere than maliciousness, and police aren’t immune to that.

But when the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office in Arizona reports 50 weapons missing after an audit, one has to wonder whether it’s maliciousness or incompetence at work.

More guns are found to be missing from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office.

In October, after a shootout on the I-17, two guns stolen from MCSO were found in the suspect’s vehicle. Sheriff Paul Penzone soon after announced the department knew it had 29 missing firearms.

On Friday, Sheriff Paul Penzone announced an additional audit done with the help of the ATF found the number of missing guns was actually much higher. He says fifty guns have gone missing or have been stolen from MCSO.

The weapons include:

-29 fully automatic weapons,

-20 short barrel shotguns,

-1 short-barreled rifle.

Penzone said there is no indication that ANY of those weapons have gone missing since he took office, and blamed the “previous administration” for not being able to account for all the weapons.

“It is unacceptable for any law enforcement agency to be this negligent to not keep accurate records and to allow for weapons to be distributed in a matter that doesn’t have any oversight or accountability,” said Penzone.

Of course, when Penzone talks about the “previous administration,” he’s talking about controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio, a Republican, was a controversial figure who focused on tough policing and enforcement of immigration laws, among other things. He drew a lot of attention to Maricopa County during his tenure.

And, he makes a convenient scapegoat for the Democrat currently holding the office.

Now, maybe Penzone is right. Maybe they were accounted for last when Arpaio was in office and simply weren’t there when Penzone took office. I don’t know the details of the audit.

What I do know is that a sheriff’s department has apparently lost 50 firearms, all of which are NFA weapons that I can’t even buy over the counter without special permission from the government. No doubt, these are currently in criminal hands. I’m even skeptical as to many of them still being on this side of the border, to be honest.

It’s hard to look at this and not think at least some level of corruption is involved, but how much of it not being seen until now was additional corruption and how much was incompetence?

Frankly, we’re not likely to know.

Yet remember, there are people out there who think you should be punished if you have a weapon missing and fail to report it. Think about that double standard for a moment and realize why so many of us refuse to just roll over for those laws.

Op-Ed Claims You Shouldn’t Have Handguns. Here’s Why It’s Wrong

H/T Bearing Arms.

Anti-gun zealots don’t understand math all that well. I say that as someone who freely admits that math is my weak point, but I do understand numbers. I can look at the numbers and compare them to others.

No, that’s not rocket science. But it seems to be far beyond the understanding of some.

For example, we have people who think a recent study proves you shouldn’t own a handgun.

There’s a new study out today on gun ownership in America. That in and of itself is newsworthy, as the NRA has done everything in its power to stifle research into firearms and gun violence, but this survey in particular lends weight to something that seems like a very clear truth to me: You do not need a handgun.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed gun ownership data from the past 41 years and found the portion of families with young children who own guns has decreased, from 50 to 45 percent for white families. (Per CNN, the study’s authors didn’t have enough data to draw reliable conclusions for black families.) But not all guns are created equal. The study found that while overall ownership among families with young kids decreased, 49 percent of those guns were handguns in 1976. But in 2016, 72 percent of them were handguns.

This increase was associated with a doubling of child deaths from firearms over the past decade, partially explaining it, according to the study.

Child deaths from firearms peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s and were on the decline until 2001, the study says. The rates have started to increase again, nearly doubling over the past decade from 0.36 per 100,000 children ages 1 to 4 to 0.63 per 100,000.

This is just one piece of evidence to make a case that we really should not have to argue anymore. You do not need to own a handgun. If you own one and you have a small child, that child is at risk. “But I lock up my guns, the problem is irresponsible gun owners,” people will cry. No. If you own a handgun there is a chance it will kill your child. The child will make a mistake or you will make a mistake, and your child will be dead. A handgun is small; the geometry of where the barrel is pointing when it goes off is particularly deadly compared to a more cumbersome firearm. Children do not understand this. Adults, much of the time, do not understand this.

Oh, the writer may think this settles the discussion and that you shouldn’t have to argue it anymore, but he’s going to have to.

You see, as horrific as child deaths are, all such data needs to be compared to the overall good that guns do.

For example, the CDC found that guns were used 2.4 million times per year in a defensive capacity. Far, far more often than these tragic incidents. Further, we know that the weapon used in the vast majority of these defensive gun uses was a handgun. That’s because it’s light, portable, and can be concealed in accordance with state and local laws. Because of this, it can be there when you need it.

Further, let’s think about the sheer number of handguns in this country. Millions upon millions of handguns are in private citizens’ hands right now. That means only a tiny fraction have resulted in this kind of incident. If we do the math–again, not my strong suit, but bear with me-something seems off. The CNN report says the study claims five million kids live in households with a handgun. If 0.63 per 100,000 kids are shot, that’s a total of 31.5 kids per year.

Now, I agree that even one is one too many, but let’s keep in mind a few things.

For one, there’s that whole 2.4 million defensive gun uses each year. While that statistic doesn’t cover the number of people protectedduring a defensive gun use, it’s not hard to extrapolate that far, far more children are likely saved by handguns than killed by accident.

For another, we know nothing about the environment in which these kids accidentally shoot themselves. Were these responsible gun owners or were they like far too many people who think they know what they need to know and don’t?

In other words, while the study has a place in our discourse, it still provides far too little information for us to determine anything useful. Unless, of course, you like the op-ed author and believe that guns are a scourge and need to be purged from the American landscape. After all, that’s what this is really about.

A study shows us that people are too careless with guns–something we should all agree is a problem–and takes it in the direction of “You don’t need a handgun! If you have one, you’re a monster and should be ashamed of yourself!

However, if you want to be calm about it and think for a moment, the danger is overstated, and the good that handguns do outweigh any harm.