Florida County Rolling Out Armed “Workplace Marshals” In Gov’t Buildings

H/T Bearing Arms.

This is a great idea.

Thousands of educators across the country have been trained in recent years to serve as a first line of defense in case of a targeted attack on their school or classrooms, and one Florida county is now expanding the idea to encompass other government buildings.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the idea is a good one.

“We want clearly and unequivocally for anyone who is thinking about being an active shooter to know there is well-trained people with firearms that will shoot you a lot,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Judd said some of the specifics will be kept discreet.

“I just don’t want them to know where and who,” he said about the marshals to keep any potential shooters from knowing too much.​

Polk County commissioners say they began discussing the idea earlier this year after a city employee in Virginia Beach shot and killed twelve people, injuring several more.

The county is hoping the employees who volunteer for the program could stop something similar from happening in Polk.

“I don’t know the statistics, but I do believe a lot of these have happened in gun-free zones and this will make someone think twice,” said commission chairman Bill Braswell.

This is a much better plan that what is likely to be adopted in Virginia; a bill that would allow local governments to ban guns in local government buildings. An individual intent on taking as many lives as possible isn’t going to give a damn about a local ordinance that makes it illegal for them to bring a gun into a building, but it would prevent armed citizens from being able to respond to a targeted attack if one occurs.

Like Florida’s school Guardian program, which allows for teachers and school staff to volunteer, get trained, and carry on campus, Polk County’s Workplace Marshals will be an all-volunteer force as well. Those selected by the sheriff will undergo 132 hours of training before being allowed to carry while at work, as well as undergo a psychological evaluation and a background check.

Beyond law enforcement and county commissioners, the idea is getting buy-in from the local community as well. Polk County’s local newspaper, the Lakeland Ledger, calls the plan a “wise move”, and reminds us that several employees in Virginia Beach were so concerned about the behavior of the killer in the days before his attack that they debated carrying while at work, but were concerned about violating the city’s prohibition on armed employees (in Virginia, citizens can carry into local government buildings, but employees cannot).

A few days after the shooting a lawyer representing the family of a victim, Kate Nixon, told the local media that the night before Craddock’s rampage Nixon and her husband had discussed her taking a gun to work. She knew another employee was due to be fired and feared he might have a volatile reaction. But Nixon opted to not bring the weapon, even though she had been trained to use it, because she didn’t want to violate the city’s ban on employees carrying guns in the workplace.

Nixon’s story is terribly sad. And if the choice before us is to face reality and allow select staffers who are sufficiently trained to carry guns in gun-free zones, or confiscate more than 300 million guns and yank a constitutional right for millions of law-abiding Americans out by the roots, we’ll take the former – and applaud the County Commission for also thinking this.

I applaud the Polk County Commission as well. I just wish that lawmakers in Virginia would take this step instead of pushing bills that would take legally owned guns from law-abiding residents in a misguided and unconstitutional attempt to ban their way to safety. Polk County has a much better plan for public safety than stripping residents of their rights to keep and bear arms.

Pro-Israel Event Protested With Taunts Of ‘Go Back To The Ovens’ … Is This ‘Hate Speech’?

H/T Clash Daily.

I would consider this as hate speech.

Pop Quiz: who do you think was spouting this bile. The Alt-Right, or confirmed leftists?

(As though there was any doubt.)

These lovely displays of Hitlerian tolerance were uttered by ‘Students Against Israeli Apartheid’, an activist group solidly on the political left. A chapter of the same group in Alexandria Virginia has any number of “I stand with Ilhan Omar’ photos.

In case their leanings were unclear.

For all the fingerpointing the Left likes to do about the ‘intolerant’ and ‘bigoted’ people on the right, how is it these counterfactual stories keep popping up like whack-a-mole?

And, even less surprising, this incident happened in the leftist ‘utopia’ of Canada.

“I heard a lot of things no Jewish person anywhere should ever have to,” said Gila, a York University student.

She was at last week’s pro-Israel event in Vari Hall on York’s campus when it was disrupted by unruly protesters.

“What I heard was ‘Go back to the ovens’ and ‘Kill the Jews.’ It was disgusting.”

Leora said she heard similar chants.

“I heard ‘Go back to the ovens,’” she said. “At first, one person said it. Then more started saying it.”

All of this, they say, happened at the university-sanctioned Nov. 20 event that saw four former Israeli Defence Forces reservists invited to speak about their experiences by Herut Canada.
Source: Sun

‘Go back in the ovens.’

They’re giving a big thumbs-up to Hitler’s genocide of the Jews.

Stay classy, leftists. Who exactly were they protesting? A group looking to establish dialogue.

It was a Wednesday evening at York University. Students and community members had come out to a modernistic building on York U’s Keele Campus in Toronto to hear the stories of former Israeli soldiers. The volunteers with Reservists on Duty, two women and five men, six Jews and one Arab Christian, were there to conduct a dialogue and answer questions about their experiences in Israel’s battle against terrorism.

Shar Leyb had grown up in Canada before making the decision to move to Israel and serve in the Israel Defense Forces. The ugly scenes that met him at York University was a Canada he did not recognize.

“It’s extremely sad,” he told Front Page Magazine. “In Canada, my home country, people filled with hate and violence were calling for the death of all Jews.”

York U’s Vari Hall had been the scene of some ugly confrontations in the past, but no one had expected 500 BDS and Antifa bigots to show up screaming hatred and attacking Jewish students on campus.

“Before the event, we were setting up and a deaf person could hear the chants,” Shar said. “We went to see and there were a couple of hundred people. Reservists on Duty is all about dialogue, talking to the other side, understanding their concerns and finding common ground. But they didn’t want to speak.
…Amit Deri, the CEO of Reservists on Duty, had expressed concerns about the potential danger at York University even before the event. Posters depicting murderous Israeli soldiers had gone up calling for angry protests. “All out! No Israeli soldiers on our campus!” they had demanded. Another poster had urged protesters to wear black. That’s the color associated with antifa and violent anarchists.

While angry mobs chanted “From Toronto to Gaza, Globalize the Intifada!” in the hall outside, inside the room anti-Israel thugs tried to shout down the speakers. Students were pushed and shoved by BDS bigots waving PLO flags and chanting terrorist slogans determined to shut down the event and prevent the Israeli veterans from being heard.
Source: FrontPage

‘Globalize the Intifada’ is a literal call for bloodshed.

Canada is the place that Leftists keep threatening to ‘flee’ to when elections don’t go their way.

Maybe it’s time they should go ahead and pack their bags, and increase the average intelligence of both countries in the process.

Newsweek Jumps the Gun on What Trump Was Doing For Thanksgiving — Gets Egg on Its Face

H/T Town Hall.

President Trump played the drive-by media like a violin.

The drive-by media blasts President Trump for playing golf but he is in Afghanistan serving Thanksgiving dinner to the troops.

Newsweek ran a story asserting the commander-in-chief was spending the Thanksgiving holiday “tweeting, golfing and more” before it was revealed President Trump made an unannounced visit to U.S. military members in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving.

In a since corrected story, Newsweek’s headline now reads, “HOW DID TRUMP SPEND THANKSGIVING? TWEETING, GOLFING—AND SURPRISING U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN” and has the following editor’s note: “This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan.”

The author of the article deleted her tweet and sent a correction, saying “it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake.”

Jessica Kwong

@JessicaGKwong

Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving https://www.newsweek.com/trump-thanksgiving-plans-maralago-1474518  Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot.

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The story was widely mocked and skewered on social media. Trump even tweeted, “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

Donald Trump Jr.

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Fake news gonna fake!

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://twitter.com/donaldjtrumpjr/status/1200189112952795139 

Donald Trump Jr.

@DonaldJTrumpJr

Fake news gonna fake!

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During his visit, Trump met with Afghanistan President Ashrav Ghani, served Thanksgiving meals to troops, took pictures, and gave a speech to those gathered at Bagram Air Force Base.

“There’s nowhere I’d rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest, best, and bravest warriors on the face of the Earth,” Trump said.

Omar’s GOP Challenger Wants Ilhan ‘Hanged’ If Proven She Passed Sensitive Info to Iran

H/T Flag And Cross.

At one time that is what used to happen with spies and traitors, they were hung.

That’s a bold statement…

Even though it’s technically accurate, there are just some things people running for office probably shouldn’t say. Congressional candidate Danielle Stella learned that the hard way.

Stella is looking to unseat Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. But Stella said Omar should be hanged if certain rumors about her are true.

Here’s her tweet:

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Twitter then suspended her account:

Not a good look when Danielle Stella has both of her accts suspended trying to beat Ilhan Omar.
It pretty difficult to be so hateful that your campaign’s official Twitter acct is suspended.

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Not a good look when Danielle Stella has both of her accts suspended trying to beat Ilhan Omar.
It pretty difficult to be so hateful that your campaign’s official Twitter acct is suspended.

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Omar continues to find ways to embarrass herself. It’s like she’s playing a game with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) to see who can pull off the dumber stunt on a daily basis. Tuesday belonged to the freshman from Minnesota.

Three members of Congress voted “present” on a bill that recognized Armenian genocide. Omar, a woman who married her brother to evade the law, was one of them.

Isn’t it great how people like her can’t keep their own house in order but want to impose more government on workaday Americans because they think they know better? In case the left has yet to figure it out, it’s reasons like this that Trump will be re-elected.

From Daily Wire:

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) voted “present” on Monday during a House vote recognizing the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire by the Young Turk government during World War I.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the resolution titled, “Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide,” which officially recognized and condemned the genocide which resulted in the Young Turks murdering 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923.

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Ilhan Omar’s failure to vote for the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution has everything to do with her respect for Erdogan and his regime’s close ties with her native Somalia. See my article from March to make sense of it:

Jordan Schachtel

@JordanSchachtel

Ilhan Omar’s failure to vote for the Armenian Genocide recognition resolution has everything to do with her respect for Erdogan and his regime’s close ties with her native Somalia. See my article from March to make sense of it: https://www.conservativereview.com/news/omar-met-erdogan/ 

When Omar met Erdogan: The unearthed report from their 2017 meeting

The Turkish president asked Ilhan Omar to support his country.

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I’ve been a vocal supporter of @IlhanMN but no more. There was absolutely no reason for her to not vote on something that is solid historical fact and use the typical world salad of denialists. I once saw her as a human rights defender.

Hrag

@hragv

I’ve been a vocal supporter of @IlhanMN but no more. There was absolutely no reason for her to not vote on something that is solid historical fact and use the typical world salad of denialists. I once saw her as a human rights defender.

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The other present or no votes I care less about, because I never supported them, but this really hurt.

Hrag

@hragv

I’ve been a vocal supporter of @IlhanMN but no more. There was absolutely no reason for her to not vote on something that is solid historical fact and use the typical world salad of denialists. I once saw her as a human rights defender.

Hrag

@hragv

The other present or no votes I care less about, because I never supported them, but this really hurt.

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What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is @IlhanMN who seems like on #DictatorErdogan ‘s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!

Enes Kanter

@EnesKanter

What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is @IlhanMN who seems like on ‘s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!

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I am deeply disappointed and, frankly, disgusted by this statement issued by @IlhanMN today regarding H.Res. 296.

The whataboutism is from the textbook of denial that the Turkish government has engaged in for more than a century. Totally unacceptable.

Mari Manoogian

@MariManoogian

I am deeply disappointed and, frankly, disgusted by this statement issued by @IlhanMN today regarding H.Res. 296.

The whataboutism is from the textbook of denial that the Turkish government has engaged in for more than a century. Totally unacceptable. https://twitter.com/SophiaArmen/status/1189327314439593984 

Sophia Armen@SophiaArmen

.@IlhanMN This statement is awful. My family of Armenian genocide survivor refugees don’t deserve this right wing take disguised as progressivism.

They don’t deserve this “All Lives Matter” take. Nor to be pitted against others we are in community with

We fight w/ you everyday

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Here’s a pic for ya…

Haley Byrd

@byrdinator

Omar’s office has sent this statement to CNN explaining her present vote:

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Lieutenant Commander James Jonas Madison

H/T Home Of The Heros.

War / Conflict World War I
KIA-MIA-POW
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Bio James Jonas Madison suffered amputation of his leg from wounds in this incident, that forced his retirement from the Navy on August 20, 1920.
Date of Birth May 20, 1884
Where Born Jersey City, New Jersey
Remarks Tiffany Cross
Action Date October 4, 1918
Battle-Incident Aboard Ship, At Sea
Citation The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Commander James Jonas Madison, United States Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally heroic service in a position of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA, when, on 4 October 1918, that vessel was attacked by an enemy submarine and was sunk after a prolonged and gallant resistance. The submarine opened fire at a range of 500 yards, the first shots taking effect on the bridge and forecastle, one of the two forward guns of the TICONDEROGA being disabled by the second shot. The fire was returned and the fight continued for nearly two hours. Lieutenant Commander Madison was severely wounded early in the fight, but caused himself to be placed in a chair on the bridge and continued to direct the fire and to maneuver the ship. When the order was finally given to abandon the sinking ship, he became unconscious from loss of blood, but was lowered into a lifeboat and was saved, with thirty-one others, out of a total number of 236 on board.
Award Authority
Award Presentation
Company Commanding Officer
Battalion
Regiment
Division U.S.S. Ticonderoga
Date of Death December 25, 1922
Cemetery Fairview Cemetery
Where Buried Fairview, New Jersey

Starbucks Issues An Apology After Barista Scrawls ‘Pig’ On Police Officer’s Cup

H/T Flag And Cross.

Hopefully, this barista will be terminated.

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A Starbucks in Oklahoma has issued a public apology on Thanksgiving to a local police officer after one of its employees wrote “Pig” on the cop’s cup.

Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara shared a photograph of the offensive cup that was handed to one of his officers who bought the beverages on Thanksgiving morning in Glenpool, a town south of Tulsa, for the dispatchers who were on duty.

Here’s more from Fox News:

What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.

The barista who wrote on the officer’s cup has been suspended “pending the outcome of our investigation,” Starbucks said in their statement.

Starbucks offered to replace the coffee with the correct label, but Chief O’Mara wasn’t buying it, given the company’s previous track record of anti-police sentiment.

“The proverb ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me’ came to mind,” O’Mara wrote.

Starbucks called the incident “totally unacceptable and offensive to all law enforcement.”

O’Mara agreed with the company and stated, “Our society needs a touch of old fashioned civility restored. Maybe we could use this bad event and convert it into something better.”

 

Use What We Have Going for Us in 2A Defense

H/T AmmoLand.

We need to educate people about the Second Amendment and why it is important.

 

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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- While the First Amendment is the first line of defense for our Second Amendment rights, this defense must be effective. One of the ways to ensure the effectiveness is to keep the fight on as favorable terms as possible – and that requires an honest assessment of what Second Amendment supporters have going for us.

One of the first things we have going for us is the historical record. The opinion by the late Antonin Scalia in District of Colombia vs. Heller lays it out very well. It is a lengthy read, though. The NRA also has extensive information on the history behind the Second Amendment as well. This is one area where anti-Second Amendment extremists have very few arguments. Even claims that the damage posed by modern firearms is severe enough to permit their banning will fall short thanks to a 2016 ruling by the Supreme Court.

That 2016 ruling, Caetano v. Massachusetts, is a total of 12 pages, most of which is a concurring opinion from Justices Alito and Thomas. Indeed, walking through that concurrence can lay out a very logical argument that modern multi-purpose semi-automatics like the AR-15 are protected under the Second Amendment, simply because while they are dangerous (like any other firearm, they can take a life), they are not uncommon or unusual.

Anyone familiar with the facts about long guns, particularly the modern multi-purpose semi-automatic rifles will also note that the misuse is rare, especially with the latest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Add to that the fact that there are some 16 million modern multi-purpose semiautomatic rifles out there, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the unconstitutionality of these semi-auto bans should be easy to see.

Put it this way – when you have at least 16 million modern multi-purpose semiautomatic long guns out there, and you have a combined total of 532 murders committed in 2018 with long guns – that means that only one out of every 30,075 modern multi-purpose semiautomatic long guns is being misused to take a life in either a crime or an act of madness.

Put it this way, according to some odds listed at Funny2.com, you are roughly three times more likely to earn the Medal of Honor (1 in 11,000), find a four-leaf clover on the first try (1 in 10,000), or bowl a perfect 300 game (1 in 11,500) than you are to be the victim of a homicide involving a modern multi-purpose semiautomatic long gun. In fact, you’re almost 13.5 times more likely to die from slipping in the shower (1 in 2232 chance). The fact is, the misuse of the modern multi-purpose semi-automatics are very rare.

This is the type of argument that Everytown and groups like the Violence Policy Center want to avoid – like the plague. The big reason is that if the historical and legal underpinnings were to be common knowledge, combined with the perspective provided by the data, then their agenda is pretty much dead on arrival.

You have to give Bloomberg some grudging credit, he has managed to market fear and hatred of gun owners in general. How to overcome this will require accepting some hard truths about some tactics and strategy that simply are not working, and which are likely to play into his hands.