Donald Trump Blames CNN and ‘MSDNC,’ for Hyping Coronavirus Fears

H/T Breitbart.

I think CNN and MSDNC want Americans to start dying from the Coronavirus so they can say see Donald Trump does not give a damn about you.

President Donald Trump criticized cable news on Wednesday for hyping fears of the coronavirus spreading further into the United States.

“Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) and CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible,” he wrote.

The president responded to reports on the virus on social media after returning from his trip to India early Wednesday morning.

He criticized Democrats for inaction in Congress regarding the virus.

“Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action,” he wrote. “USA in great shape!”

Trump said he would host a press conference at 6:00 p.m. to further discuss the threat posed by the virus.

“Meetings and calls scheduled today,” he wrote. CDC, Secretary Azar, and all doing a great job with respect to Coronavirus! Briefing this afternoon.”

Members of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force warned Tuesday that the coronavirus would likely become a global pandemic.

“Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” Principal Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anne Schuchat, told reporters at a news briefing on Tuesday.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape! @CDCgov…..

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I will be having a News Conference at the White House, on this subject, today at 6:00 P.M. CDC representatives, and others, will be there. Thank you!

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Just landed. India was great, trip very successful. Heading to the White House. Meetings and calls scheduled today. @CDCgov, @SecAzar and all doing a great job with respect to Coronavirus! Briefing this afternoon.

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Stop and Frisk

H/T JPFO.

By L. Neil Smith. February 24, 2020. (lneil@netzero.com)
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The first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights, is the highest law of the land. If for some reason you happen to disagree with me about that (probably because of your public “education”), and with the Founding Fathers and the Supreme Court, there’s no point in your reading further. Put it cybernetically, the Bill of Rights is the basic operating system of the country and the sole source of American exceptionalism. If we don’t have that we have nothing. We might as well be Belgium.

The Second of those Amendments famously maintains that the government may not interfere, even in the slightest, with the individual right to own and carry weapons. Lesser lights than the Founders over the centuries have been absolutely terrified at the idea of a well-armed populace (“Your people, sir, are a great beast!” said Alexander Hamilton), and have attempted desperately to limit that right and gradually whittle it away.

The most pertinent and obnoxious example of that (only one of many) is the 1911 New York Sullivan Act, named after an infamously corrupt Tammany Hall (look it up) politician, meant primarily to disarm Italian immigrants that politicians were frightened by. The law was so egregious that even notorious gun-grabber Wyatt Earp questioned Sullivan’s mental health.

The Act pretended to provide a legal path to obtaining, owning, and carrying guns, but in practice it virtually stripped New Yorkers of their right — and means — to self-defense. Since criminals, by definition do not obey laws, the city was well on its way to becoming one of the most violent places in America. Today, if you want to own and carry a gun in New York, you need a good lawyer and powerful political connections — just the opposite of what the anti-elitist Founders intended.

Let me restate that, so there can be no mistake about what I’m saying here: New York’s notorious violent crime problem is the direct, inevitable result of unconstitutional gun control laws (read the Amendment: there can be no such thing as a Constitutional gun law, just as there can be no such thing as an “illegal gun”), beginning with the 1911 Sullivan Act. True, some courts have ruled otherwise over the years. They are wrong, and usually operating on the basis of historical, political, or linguistic ignorance. (In the Amendment, “Well-regulated”, for example, in the 18th century, meant guns that all used the same-size bullet.)

Thus it was that the Big Apple, which should be the most civilized city in world history, became the Third World toilet that it is today, the playground for half a dozen different varieties of Mafia (Italian, Columbian, Russian, etc.), and a free-fire zone for criminal gangs. (Drug prohibition doesn’t help, just as alcohol prohibition launched the Mob, as we know it today.) My mother used to tell me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” and your mother probably told you the same thing. In fact, they make an even greater wrong.

And so the great city’s administrative sub-geniuses, aghast at the squalid mess their class had deposited on the sidewalk by abrogating the Second Amendment, decided, in their utter absence of wisdom, to clean it up by abrogating the Fourth. They authorized the police to conduct “stop and frisk” procedures, meaning that an individual could be shaken down on the street if some cop thought (or claimed he thought) he might be carrying a gun.

The Fourth Amendment maintains “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The fudge-word, of course, is “unreasonable”. What in the hallowed name of Noah Webster does that mean? Whatever some gaggle of tin-pot dictators including cops and cherry-picked ignorant, illiterate judges) want it to mean. I blame the Founders for this (I smell a Hamilton in the wood-pile somewhere) as I do the historically tragic error they made by not providing severe punishment for government officials who violate the Bill of Rights.

But conside this: how can you lawfully (or even logically) search people for illegal weapons when, under the Second Amendment, there is no such thing? And even if you could, where the bloody hell is their warrant, specifically “describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”?

Former Mayor Rudy Juliani wretched up this particular dog’s breakfast and Il Duce Michael Bloomberg, although he is now apologizing for it, let it continue when he was Mayor. Crime dropped a bit in New York under stop and frisk, the same way it would if the cops broke everybody’s arms. Now it is politically incorrect — and remains illegal as hell — no matter what some bought-and-paid-for judges proclaim.

So my message to the entire putrid collection of ward-heelers (and those in Chicago and Californistan, as well) is to cease both unconstitutional practices immediately. Respect and enforce the Bill of Rights. It is (or ought to be) the politicians’ Ten Commandments. Wait until somebody actually commits a crime (carrying a gun is not one of them, according to James Madison) before you decide to throw him up against the wall. And above all, rely on the people — and, at minimum, a .380 Auto or a .38 Special in every pocket or purse — to clean up your crappy town.

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BELOW THE RADAR: HANDGUN PURCHASER LICENSING ACT

H/T Guns In The News.

Another attempt to undercut the Second Amendment.

New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- With a lot of the focus being on modern multi-purpose semiautomatic long-guns like the AR-15 rifle, we forget that anti-Second Amendment extremists have other targets as well. Perhaps the most notable, despite the landmark Heller and McDonald cases, are handguns. When you think about it, targeting handguns make for a more practical (even if they are protected under the Second Amendment) target, especially when looking at the Justice Department’s crime stats.

We should not forget that Sarah Brady long ago called for a “needs-based licensing” scheme. Well, the first step to getting there is to actually get any kind of licensing scheme passed, and the two who are trying to make that infringement on our Second Amendment rights happen are Representative Jamie Raskin & Senator Chris Van Hollen via the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act. In the House, this bill is known as HR 3285, while the Senate version is S 1844.

In a release by Raskin’s office, he is surprisingly open about what he wants. Not only is the National Instant Check System not enough – he wants those who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights to have to go to the police station, provide a photo, and be fingerprinted like some common criminal. All of this because of crimes and acts of madness they did NOT commit.

We see comments from anti-Second Amendment extremists about straw purchases (there are better options to deal with those, if only the laws on the books are enforced). The fact is, though, the failure to enforce laws that lead to crimes being committed is something that must be addressed.

Raskin also put out a statement with the usual nonsense in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, and he failed to mention his proposed legislation. But the press release was full of platitudes. We must look at the text of both the House and Senate versions, and we can see what they have in mind.

MOTHER MAY I PLEASE

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Carol Bowne, killed in part by licensing delays.

Raskin and Van Hollen have taken a much more indirect approach to wrongfully attacking our rights: They are going to bribe states to enact their own licensing schemes via grants. Thankfully, only nine states have such systems in place, per a release from Van Hollen. Just how bad can licensing be you might say?

Well, keep this in mind: New Jersey’s permit-to-purchase system and its delays has cost at least one woman who was trying to escape an abusive ex her life.

The fact is, with the National Instant Check System, especially with the protections of the Tiahrt Amendments (which anti-Second Amendment extremists want to dismantle), there is really no rational basis for a permit-to-purchase system. The only reason to back such legislation is to begin the process of turning America into England, Australia, or New Zealand.

Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators to politely urge them to oppose this anti-Second Amendment legislation. When there is a way to instantly determine whether someone is a prohibited person, there is no way a permit-to-purchase system should be allowed to stand where it exists, much less be expanded across the country.

 

Bloomberg Insists on Debate Stage China’s Xi Isn’t a Dictator

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

This mental midget wants to be President.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg argued Tuesday that Chinese president Xi Jinping is not a dictator because he “serves at the behest of the Politburo.”

“In terms of whether he’s a dictator, [Xi] does serve at the behest of the Politburo, their group of people,” Bloomberg said during the Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. “There’s no question he has an enormous amount of power, but he does play to his constituency. You can negotiate with him.”

The former mayor of New York City conceded that China’s human rights record is “abominable” but said in the same breath that the United States must work with China to address climate change. He also said that the United States must negotiate with the single-party state to convince it to adhere to global trade rules and stop stealing U.S. intellectual property.

“Their human rights record is abominable, and we should make a fuss, which we have been doing, I suppose,” Bloomberg said. “But make no mistake about it, we have to deal with China.… We have to deal with them because our economies are inextricably linked.”

Bloomberg made his comments after being asked about similar statements he made last September in an interview with Margaret Hoover. He said Xi was not a dictator because he “has to satisfy his constituents.”

“The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public,” he said. “When the public says ‘I can’t breathe the air,’ Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents, or he’s not going to survive.”

He also said that no government can survive without the “will of the majority of its people.”

These comments came shortly after Bloomberg announced he would hold an economic forum in Beijing last November. Bloomberg’s company has extensive business ties with China, bringing in 5 percent of its revenue from mainland China and Hong Kong. Bloomberg still holds a stake in his company but has committed to selling his stakes if elected president.

Bloomberg’s comments outraged even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who has recently come under fire for defending another communist dictator, Fidel Castro of Cuba.

“I was amazed at what Mayor Bloomberg said a moment ago,” Sanders said on the debate stage. “He said that the Chinese government is responsive to the Politburo, but who are they responsive to? Who elects the [Politburo]? You have a real dictatorship there.”

Katherine Johnson, the NASA Legend Who Inspired ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies at Age 101

H/T Mental Floss.

R.I.P. Katherine Johnson.

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Mathematician and NASA legend Katherine Johnson has died at age 101, The New York Times reports. The inspiration for the 2016 movie Hidden Figures, Johnson was best known for calculating the equations that sent the first astronauts to the moon and breaking barriers in science and technology as a black woman in the civil rights era.

Katherine Johnson‘s knack for numbers was apparent from a young age. She was born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on August 26, 1918, and she enrolled directly into the second grade as soon as she was old enough to go to school. She graduated college summa cum laude at age 18 after taking every math class that was available to her.

In the 1950s, NASA hired Johnson to be one of the women “computers” tasked with crunching the numbers that were vital to getting missions off the ground. She was personally responsible for confirming the equations that sent astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. After requesting that Johnson double-check the computer’s math by hand, he reportedly said, “If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go.”

Her biggest job was working on the Apollo 11 mission. Johnson worked closely with NASA’s engineers to calculate when and where to launch the first manned shuttle to the moon, fully aware that even a tiny error could lead to a national tragedy. On July 20, 1969, the first astronauts landed on the moon, thanks in part to her computing power.

As a black woman working in a primarily white male-dominated field in the 1960s, Johnson’s contributions to space history went unrecognized for years. She lived long enough to become one of the few marginalized figures in science to receive some much-deserved, albeit overdue, accolades. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2016, her work at NASA was depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures. Johnson also nurtured a love of knowledge throughout her life, earning an honorary doctorate degree from West Virginia University more than 75 years after dropping out of graduate school.

Johnson died on the morning of Monday, February 24, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine shared on Twitter. He said in the announcement, “She was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten.”

[h/t The New York Times]

Democrats Should Be Panicking Over Latest Trump Rally Numbers

H/T Western Journal.

If the DemocRats were not so blinded by partisan hatred they would be panicking over President Trump’s rally numbers.

If Democrats think President Donald Trump will be easy to defeat, they might want to think again.

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, dropped some numbers about the president’s rally in Phoenix on Wednesday that should be taken into account.

There were 67,516 tickets handed out for the event at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Parscale said on Twitter.

The Trump re-election campaign identified 29,990 voters.

Of those voters, 26 percent sat out the 2016 race, which isn’t good news for those hoping Trump will be defeated in November.

Even worse news for them: Another 18 percent were Democrats.

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Wow, Arizona! Big Phoenix rally.

✅ 67,516 Tickets

✅ 29,990 Voters Identified (87% from AZ)

✅ 26% Didn’t Vote in 2016

✅ 18% Democrats

Thank You Arizona. Winning Data!

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Parscale also revealed numbers from a rally in Las Vegas two days later.

At that rally, 15,079 voters were identified by the Trump campaign.

Nearly a third of them had sat out the 2016 election.

Interestingly, 27 percent were African-American, Latino or otherwise non-white.

And at that rally, just like the one in Phoenix, 18 percent were Democrats

Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022

@parscale

Excellent quick rally this afternoon in Las Vegas before heading home!

✅ 15,079 Voters Identified (73% from NV)

✅ 32% Didn’t Vote in 2016 (4,743 voters) Wow!

✅ 27% Blacks, Latinos or Non-white

✅ 18% Democrat

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In an Op-Ed for The Western Journal on Tuesday, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain noted that Trump’s approval rating among African-Americans was at 34 percent.

“If a Republican could boost his share of the black vote to even 12 percent, it would probably lead to an electoral wipeout that would put 40 states or more in the red category. If he could get 15 percent, we’d be talking about a 1984/Reagan-style romp,” Cain wrote.

This is why the numbers from the president’s recent rallies should have Democrats very, very worried, especially as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has an early lead for the Democratic nomination.

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews has been outspoken in his concern that the self-described socialist would lose to Trump in a landslide.

“I was there in 1972 at the Democratic convention where the people on the left were dancing in glee,” he said Tuesday.

Matthews later pointed out that the Democratic nominee, George McGovern, lost 49 states to Richard Nixon that year.

His comments comparing the Nevada caucuses to the fall of France in 1940 have drawn calls for his resignation.

More likely, though, Matthews is seeing signs that Sanders will be unable to avoid what could be a landslide defeat that could potentially cost Democrats control of the House of Representatives.

VA Dem Confirms Opposition To Gun Control, Killed Pay Raises For Sheriffs

H/T Bearing Arms.

Hopefully, these DemocRats pay the next election.

When Virginia state Senator Bill Stanley claimed a few days ago that Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw told him an uncontroversial 3-percent pay increase for sheriffs and deputies was killed by Senate Democrats because of their widespread opposition to Democrats’ gun control agenda, I had no reason to doubt the story. After all, we’d already seen House Democrats kill another uncontroversial measure in an effort to punish a Democrat state senator who voted against Ralph Northam’s gun ban.

Now Saslaw himself has confirmed Stanley’s account, though it sounds like he doesn’t want to talk to the press or public about it.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw declined to do an interview on Monday but confirmed the post was accurate.

“There’s no need to interview, I said it,” Saslaw told 8 News.

Of course there’s still a reason to interview Saslaw about his comments. First of all, Saslaw should be asked to explain why he believes its proper to deny what amounts to a cost-of-living increase for sheriffs deputies because of the political positions taken by many (but not all) of their sheriffs. He should also be asked why he believes it’s proper for the legislature to seek retribution against any citizen or elected official for using their First Amendment rights to petition or protest the government.

But it’s not only Saslaw who should be asked these questions. Every Senate Democrat voted against this measure, which means there are 20 other state senators who should be asked these very same questions. That includes Chap Petersen, the northern Virginia Democrat who voted against HB961, and later said that hearing from gun owners was a good thing.

Sen. Stanley says the proposed pay raise isn’t completely dead yet, so there’s still a chance for Senate Democrats to quit punishing sheriffs and their deputies for speaking their mind.

Stanley said it’s not too late for lawmakers to boost their investment. “We have the money, we should do it, we must do it,” he said.

Democrat Janet Howell, the chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, also declined to do an interview on Monday. When asked off-camera if the current budget could accommodate a three percent raise, she said, “There’s a lot of ways to cut a pie.”

I hope every Virginia voter sees this petulant and arrogant display by Virginia Democrats for what it is and contacts their senator. Even gun control advocates and Democrats should be appalled by this behavior, and they’d certainly be calling out any Republican who sought to punish pro-gun control members of law enforcement if they were in the majority. It’s also worth pointing out that Republicans didn’t try to punish pro-gun control members of law enforcement when they were in the majority. Public safety should be a non-partisan issue, but unfortunately Virginia’s Democrats are making it all too clear that they’re putting party first and public safety second.

Why MN Bill Making Gun-Free Businesses Liable Needs To Pass

H/T Bearing Arms.

I think gun-free businesses need to be held liable.

Normally, I’m a fairly libertarian kind of guy. I actually don’t take issue with businesses being able to declare themselves gun-free zones. I simply don’t do business with them anymore and encourage all my friends to seek alternatives too. After all, property rights are rights as well. If I can kick someone out for

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a grave mistake to do so, but I also think it’s a grave mistake to do a lot of things as a business. I don’t want to legally bar people from screwing up. I also don’t think it should be a crime to carry a gun in such businesses, either. Just like I can be asked to leave for saying the wrong thing, they should also have to ask me to leave if they realize I’m carrying a firearm.

While that’s out it works in my home state of Georgia, that’s not the case in far too many places.

However, a bill in Minnesota addresses the issue in a way that I feel really should pass.

If you insist on bringing a firearm inside a coffee shop with a “no guns” sign, the owner can tell you to leave, and if you don’t, it’s a petty misdemeanor. (First offense is only about $25, and they can’t take your gun away, but still.)

Minnesota Rep. Jeremy Munson (R-Crystal) believes that creates a “false sense of security.”

“As a permit to carry holder, it’s frustrating when you want to go out to Minneapolis and St. Paul and there’s a restaurant that says ‘no guns allowed,’” he says. “There’s nothing preventing criminals who carry guns from doing so… Maybe [the permit holder] has a restraining order, or they’re being stalked.”

Under Munson’s proposed bill, HF3051, if you suffer a “loss” because you weren’t allowed to have your gun with you – be that injury, a death, or your wallet – you can take the property owner to court. It’s a way to “hold the business owner liable,” he told the Session Daily, “for not protecting people.” If businesses don’t like being responsible for their customers’ safety, he says, they can take the sign down and let citizens fend for themselves.

Honestly, while I generally feel we have way too many laws on the books right now, this is a little different. In a state where gun-free zones have the force of law, those who decide to make their businesses gun-free zones should be responsible for ensuring the safety of all those within. If I can’t have my gun on me, how can I be responsible for my own personal safety?

As a result, this is a bill I really want to see become law. It desperately needs to, for the simple reason that people are being put in jeopardy simply so a business can virtue signal about their anti-gun inclinations. After all, that’s the only thing the sign on the door actually accomplishes. That and put people at risk since no good guy can legally be armed but the bad guys aren’t going to pay attention to a stupid sign on the door.

Unfortunately, I doubt this one will pass, but it needs to.

There need to be repercussions for moments when someone’s virtue signaling gets other people hurt. Right now, there aren’t.

 

The case for repealing FISA and reforming the FBI and CIA

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February 25th, 2020

The FBI in America was one a trusted institution.

That cannot be said today.

There can be absolutely no doubt once you have listened to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) questioning attorney general Horowitz that the management of the FBI cannot be trusted and that it’s time for them to be replaced.

The time is now, FBI agents cannot continue to play their own game of rogue cowboys with no oversight.

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February 25th, 2020

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Like most of what ails us today, the seeds of the current crisis in republican governance, the severance of Washington’s omnipotent law enforcement and intelligence apparatus from democratic accountability, were sown in the 1960s and ’70s.

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That was when we began to erase the salient distinction between law and politics. Under the guise of “national security,” we insulated governmental actions…

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Restoring WWII with accuracy

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Jeep of the Military Police, Theater Service Forces with complete unit markings. This photograph is most likely a post-war photograph taken during occupation duty.

I’ve created this post to help out a reader now restoring an authentic WWII 1942 Ford GPW.  I needed help myself – Matt Underwood, past Editor of  “The Voice of the Angels” newspaper of the 11th Airborne Division Association – and I’m proud to say –  my friend, came to my rescue. 

The only drawback to the Army Manual was that Airborne Divisions had not really developed at the time the text of this book was written, and therefore, the examples of actual vehicle markings on jeeps, etc., of Airborne Divisions are not among the samples/examples in the manual itself.  Armies, Corps, and Infantry Divisions, Armored Divisions, and Cavalry Divisions are covered, and all smaller units, but no Airborne Divisions.  Everything else…

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