Armed Citizen Draws On Bad Guy, Police Show Up, Bad Guy Walks Away?

H/T Concealed Nation.

If the police had known about the video the bad guy would not have walked away.

It’s not a typical occurrence, but it can happen when details and understanding is fuzzy. And, when video evidence isn’t readily available.

A guy was walking down the street when a bad guy noticed what he thought was an opportunity for a robbery. He puts his hand under his shirt and readies his finger gun.

His target, however, had a real gun and quickly drew on the unsuspecting criminal. He held him at gunpoint, checked him for weapons and called police.

When police arrived, they’re seen talking with both individuals to try and figure out what happened.

And then, just like that, the bad guy walks off into the moonlight.

It’s a wild thing to think about, but I can see how it happened given the ‘he said she said’ type of situation. The police obviously didn’t know about the surveillance video because if they did, there is no doubt that the bad guy would have been taken into custody

Ordnance P-47 Thunderbolt in the Pacific

Pacific Paratrooper

WWII painting, P-47 Thunderbolt

The P-47 Thunderbolt was not generally welcomed in the Pacific theatre. It was seen as too clumsy to compete with the very agile Japanese fighters and it did not have the range for operations over the vast expanses of the Pacific. Worse, the P-47 was best at the high altitudes at which American bombers operated over Europe.  However, in Japan most combat occurred below 20,000 feet, where the P-47 was at its least maneuverable.

Despite these problems, General George C. Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force in the SW Pacific, was determined to acquire as many aircraft as possible for his command.  The Lockheed P-38 Lighting was popular with American pilots in the Pacific, but not available in sufficient numbers.

The U.S. Navy escort carrier USS Barnes (ACV-20) underway in the Pacific Ocean on 1 July 1943, transporting U.S. Army Air Forces Lockheed P-38 Lightning…

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Why You Should Appreciate the Invention of the Bendy Straw

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

I learned a lot reading this story about bendy straws.

It’s the straw that bends, not the person.

Many inventions are intended to solve problems–like the bendy straw.

The now-ubiquitous drinking tool was patented on this day in 1937 by an inventor named Joseph Friedman. It took an existing invention, colloquially known as the “soda straw” and made it accessible to people who couldn’t sit up at a tall counter and bend their heads to just the angle required to drink out of a straight straw. 

Friedman wrote in the patent documents that his invention related to “that type of drinking tube known in the trade as a ‘soda straw.’” While these straws were sometimes actual pieces of straw, he writes, they were more usually “wound or otherwise formed from oiled paper, paraffin paper, Cellophane, or the like.”  

The first drinking straw of this type–made of coiled paper dipped in paraffin wax–dates back to the 1880s, writes Derek Thompson for The Atlantic, when it was invented and patented by a man named Marvin Chester Stone. While it was a popular invention, Friedman experienced a problem with it firsthand at some point in the 1930s, writes Thompson. According to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Friedman was seated at the Varsity Sweet Shop in San Francisco with his young daughter Judith. After watching her struggle to drink a milkshake out of a too-tall straw, he had an idea. The center writes:

Friedman, an inventor with a natural curiosity and a creative instinct, took the straw and inserted a screw. He then wrapped dental floss around the paper into the screw threads, creating corrugations. After he removed the screw, the altered paper straw would bend conveniently over the edge of the glass, allowing a small child to better reach the beverage.

Friedman couldn’t make his daughter taller or make the counter shorter, so he designed a straw that would adapt to the situation. His patent acknowledged that he wasn’t the first to think of bending a straw, but he was the first to design a purpose-built bendy straw that could bend without creating a crease that blocked the flow of liquid.

It took some time to create the machinery necessary to make bendy straws on an industrial scale, but Friedman’s company Flex-Straw made its first sale in 1947, to a hospital, according to the Lemelson Center. “Solving the ‘Judith problem’ had created a multi-million dollar business,” writes Thompson.

Friedman held a number of other patents, Marianne Riley writes for the National Museum of American History. His first, for a fountain pen that showed the amount of ink left before it needed to be refilled, demonstrated the same talent for making small but crucial improvements to existing products. In the case of the bendy straw, his best-known invention, he looked at something and saw how it could be improved to make it accessible for more people–like his children and hospital patients or anyone else who had trouble bending their head to the exact angle required by a straight straw. Because of this, the straw is cited as a case study for “universal design,” a mode of thinking that tries to make products accessible to as many people as possible.

Feinstein Backs Off From Role As Judiciary Committee Top Democrat

H/T Bearing Arms.

With Di-Fi stepping aside her replacement will be more rabid anti-gun so it is important to win both Georgia seats.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has long been a thorn in the side of gun rights advocates. She hasn’t always been in a position to actually do much of anything, but she was always there, always ready to offer up some anti-gun piece of legislation. As the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was in a place to provide resistance to any pro-gun legislation and to grease the skids for any anti-gun legislation.

Now, though, the Californian senator is stepping down from that role.

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California stepped aside as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, opening the high-profile role for a more aggressive or partisan approach as the Senate moves on from President Donald Trump’s administration.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois has an interest in the job, and said he will seek that role with an eye for oversight of actions that were taken taken by the outgoing Trump administration and a to-do list for “future progress of our country.” He would also keep his position in Senate Democratic leadership. The next Democrat in line after Durbin is Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

So what does this mean for gun rights?

Well, much of that will be determined in Georgia. After all, the state has two Senate seats up for grabs. If even one of the incumbents wins re-election, the GOP will maintain their majority and it may well be enough to prevent too much from going through.

However, in the event of a 50-50 split, things can get interesting.

Still, whoever steps into Feinstein’s role will likely be part of a push on gun control.

It would also be the path for legislation on gun control, immigration, voting rights and other Democratic priorities.

In a news release, Feinstein mentioned climate issues facing her home state of California, as well as defeating COVID-19 and protecting access to health care, which she called “critical national priorities that require even more concentration.”

“California is a huge state confronting two existential threats — wildfire and drought — that are only getting worse with climate change,” Feinstein said in the release. “I look forward to continuing to serve as a senior Democrat on the Judiciary, Intelligence, Appropriations and Rules committees as we work with the Biden administration on priorities like gun safety, immigration reform and addressing inequities in criminal justice,” Feinstein said. “I will continue to do my utmost to bring about positive change in the coming years.”

As bad as Feinstein might be on guns, the idea of someone more aggressive on the issue should cause your sphincter to pucker up something fierce. As bad as Feinstein was, whoever comes after her may well be worse.

This just steps up the importance of the races left here in Georgia. The last thing we need to give anyone the power to help push through Biden’s radical anti-gun agenda.

I know, I know, the courts are still working on it, but I’m skeptical anything will come of it, which means I figure we should dig and hope I’m wrong. That means we need to face the possibility that Feinstein’s replacement will be even more anti-gun than she is.

 
 
 

Saginaw Officials Call For Thugs To “Put Down The Guns”

H/T Bearing Arms.

I can see it now the thugs in Saginaw putting down their guns forming a circle holding hands and singing kumbaya.Snark.

All throughout the nation, it seems that every community is being gripped by violence. It’s like everyone lost their damned mind during the lockdown and now that they’re a little freer to move around, they’re going to shoot anything that moves.

Of course, that’s not really the case. The vast majority of Americans aren’t hurting anyone, after all. It’s just the same handful that normally causes the issues. It’s just that now, they’re causing bigger issues.

 

In Saginaw, Michigan, city officials have a surefire plan to address the problem. They’re asking really nicely.

Saginaw City Council members on Monday discussed the city’s rising violence and number of homicides occurring in 2020.

“I just really want to see our city become the city that we should be and we can’t do that by killing each other off,” council member Reggie Williams said Monday, Nov. 23.

Williams, who works as police chief in Buena Vista Township and is a former Saginaw police officer, said he wanted to reach out to the community about the spike in violence.

“I would ask that we step up and work with our police department in these investigations. I would also add that we put the guns down,” he said. “Come together during this holiday season and moving it forward into 2021 so that we can help make 2021 a better year.”

Newly elected council member Michael Flores said that he did not want Saginaw to revert back to having a dangerous reputation.

Mayor Brenda Moore agreed with the council’s sentiments.

“My message is real simple. Put down the guns and can we all work together,” she said.

Oh, well, since a city council member and the mayor want them to put the guns down, I’m sure every criminal in town will trip all over themselves. I’m sure that right now, a bunch of gangbangers is sitting there, chatting, and saying, “You know, I was going to shoot that dude who looked at me funny, but the mayor and the city council said we should put the guns down, so I guess I won’t do that at all.”

Don’t get me wrong, it makes a nice soundbite. It’s something the people of Saginaw are probably glad to hear and it makes them feel warm and tingly to know that the city recognizes the issue.

But what are they doing about it? Nothing They’re telling the bad guys to put down the guns. Or what, though? There’s nothing I’ve seen so far that suggests there are any teeth to the demand.

That’s probably because it’s nothing but a platitude, a virtue signal that anyone can agree with, but doesn’t require anyone to actually do anything to address the issue.

The Kumbaya approach sounds good, but the criminals don’t give a damn what city officials have to say about anything. They never have. If they did, those pesky little things called “laws” would prevent most of their activities. Those even come with actual punishments for breaking them, yet the criminals simply don’t care. I somehow doubt this will do anything.

These officials would be better served by being proactive and looking at addressing the underlying issues rather than offering platitudes and pretending they’re doing something.

Ben Affleck “Uncomfortable” Remembering Trips To Gun Range

H/T Bearing Arms.

Ben Affleck is a woke has been that is trying to regain his fifteen minutes of fame.

Back in the mid-1990s I had one of the greatest jobs that a young adult could hope to land: video store clerk. I wasn’t some corporate drone at Blockbuster either. I worked for a small mom-and-pop shop in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for a little more than a year, which happened to coincide with the release of the movie Dazed and Confused, which quickly became one of my all-time favorite comedies. The movie didn’t do so hot at the box office, but became a cult classic when it was released on VHS in March of 1994, and more than 20 years later the flick still has a loyal legion of fans.

In a new oral history of the making of the movie, Ben Affleck (who portrayed high school bully Fred O’Bannion) not-so-fondly recalls his experience in Austin, Texas, including the cast’s multiple trips to a local gun range.

 

“Texas had extremely lax gun laws and most of us came from states where it was next to impossible to buy guns,” Affleck explains. “Part of the newfound freedom being down there was a bunch of us bought guns and went shooting at ranges on weekends, which seemed fun and innocent at the time, but given the subsequent tragedies with young people and guns, it makes me uncomfortable to remember.”

Now, I know that Ben Affleck has been doing his best to be “woke” the past few years, but this is just sad. Going to the gun range with friends is fun and innocent. It was fun in 1992, when Dazed and Confused was filmed, and it’s still fun today.

It’s not like there weren’t tragedies involving young people and guns in the early 1990s. In fact, the juvenile homicide rate reached an all-time high in 1993, the same year that Dazed and Confused was released. We’ve actually become a less violent society in the decades since, even as the number of guns in private hands has grown to more than 400-million.

What makes Affleck’s comments even more bizarre is the fact that the actor hasn’t shied away in the past from acknowledging his gun ownership.

After confronting actress/wife Jennifer Garner’s stalker, Ben Affleck told the Hollywood Reporter that he owned several guns and had “embraced” them since dealing with the stalker.

“It gave me a stronger sense of feeling protective about my family,” he said. “There’s a lot of crazy, weird people out there. It’s an ugly world.”

That was back in 2012, when Affleck was an Obama-supporting gun owner who shot skeet and was prepared to protect his wife and kids with a firearm if necessary. Was he uncomfortable looking back at his Dazed and Confused days eight years ago, or is this a more recent development?

It’s not like the world has become a less ugly place since then, and God knows we still have plenty of crazy, weird people out there.

I’m not sure what prompted Affleck’s change of heart, but it’s sad that he’s gone from a guy who could recognize the value of firearms for both self-defense and recreation to someone who can’t even acknowledge the fun that he had with friends at the gun range without expressing remorse and regret.

Michigan Commissioners Vote To Recommend Impeachment of Gov. Whitmer

H/T Western Journal.

If Governor Whitmer is impeached and removed from office will the Lt.Governor be any better?

Aligning with GOP legislators who recently introduced an impeachment resolution against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners recommended the same.

According to WPBN-TV, the board voted 4-2 during a special Zoom meeting Friday in favor of a resolution calling for the impeachment of the governor. One commissioner was absent during the proceedings.

The northern Michigan county’s resolution, which WPBN reported was under discussion “for over a month,” was adopted two days after the introduction of the Michigan legislature’s impeachment resolution.

“The special meeting Friday night lasted nearly two hours and there was passionate discussion on both sides,” the outlet reported.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Commissioner Dave Comai called Whitmer “a dictator” and said she had “stomped on our constitution.”

Commissioners Patty Cox and John West argued that the restrictions the governor imposed hurt the community more than the coronavirus itself. They voted with Comai in favor of the resolution, as did Chairman Kohn Fisher.

Voting against were Commissioners Jim Sweet and Craig Crambell, who called the resolution “useless” and said the board “should instead be focused on helping locals survive the pandemic,” the Record-Eagle reported.

Residents who spoke during the meeting via conference call were also fractured, according to WPBN, with one saying the measure drew “attention to Kalkaska as an area that wants to be rebellious,” while another said it was a “symbolic gesture intended to send a message to Lansing.”

Twitter comments have also been divided, with one calling Republicans “sick” and another referring to Whitmer as “power-hungry.”

 

 

The resolution asserted “The Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 is a violation of the Michigan Constitution” and is “in conflict” with the U.S. Constitution.

It said “a state of emergency cannot supersede the Constitution,” and Whitmer usurped “the authority of the Michigan Legislature.”

The document suggested state officials, including Whitmer, could face prosecution for using a state of emergency “for criminal acts of coercion and extortion against the People of Michigan,” also calling out Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and “the Directors of the Michigan Health Department and the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs” for violations.

Those parties were named for “fining, penalizing, and revoking the licenses of businesses for failure to obey and enforce the unconstitutional Executive Orders.”

Kalkaska Resolution by The Western Journal

“Impeachment proceedings initiated by the State Legislature will send a clear message to future Governors, that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, the integrity of the State Legislature shall not be challenged, and that the Rights of the People to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness shall not be infringed under any circumstances,” the resolution said.

The Record-Eagle quoted Whitmer’s press secretary as saying the governor “doesn’t have time for partisan politics or people who don’t wear masks, don’t believe in science and don’t have a plan to fight this virus.”

Republican state Rep. Matt Maddock has led the GOP charge against Whitmer, citing her “impeachable conduct” after she piled up more COVID restrictions through Dec. 8.

Michigan residents are split over impeachment, according to a WNEM-TV segment.

A copy of the Kalkaska County resolution was sent to other counties, Michigan’s legislature, Whitmer, Congress and President Donald Trump.

‘On to SCOTUS!’ Trump Legal Team Declares After Key Appeals Court Decision

H/T Western Journal.

Hopefully the Supreme Court will hear the case and make the proper ruling to stop this election theft.

The legal battle over the presidential election moved another step closer to its U.S. Supreme Court climax Friday after a federal appeals court summarily rejected the Trump campaign’s contention that the election in Pennsylvania was riddled with fraud.

“The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud. We are very thankful to have had the opportunity to present proof and the facts to the PA state legislature. On to SCOTUS!,” Jenna Ellis, Trump’s attorney and campaign adviser, tweeted.

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann threw out the Trump campaign’s lawsuit that alleged there were widespread irregularities in Pennsylvania’s voting.

The decision heaped scorn on the Trump campaign’s effort to overturn results that showed that presumptive potential President-elect Joe Biden won the state in the Nov. 3 contest.

 

The Trump campaign alleges there has been voter fraud in states that include ArizonaNevadaGeorgiaMichigan and Wisconsin, as well as Pennsylvania. Despite multiple anecdotal claims of voting irregularities, proof has yet to surface that there was a widespread effort to distort the voting process in such a way that would have impacted the final results of the presidential election.

On Friday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said “the campaign’s claims have no merit,” according to Fox News.

If the Trump campaign follows through to take its case to the Supreme Court, the procedure for emergency injunctive relief requires Justice Samuel Alito, emergency requests from Pennsylvania, before potentially getting to the full court, Fox News reported.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed by Trump, wrote in his ruling. All three judges were appointed by Republicans.

Bibas said that the Trump campaign lawsuit “never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters,” and that throwing out the results would be “grossly disproportionate.”

“The Trump Presidential Campaign asserts that Pennsylvania’s 2020 election was unfair. But as lawyer Rudolph Giuliani stressed, the Campaign ‘doesn’t plead fraud. … [T]his is not a fraud case’,” the ruling said. “Instead, it objects that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State and some counties restricted poll watchers and let voters fix technical defects in their mail-in ballots. It offers nothing more.

“This case is not about whether those claims are true. Rather, the Campaign appeals on a very narrow ground: whether the District Court abused its discretion in not letting the Campaign amend its complaint a second time. It did not,” the court ruled.

“The Campaign would have us set aside 1.5 million ballots without even alleging fraud. As the deadline to certify votes has already passed, granting relief would disenfranchise those voters or sidestep the expressed will of the people. Tossing out those ballots could disrupt every down-ballot race as well. There is no allegation of fraud (let alone proof) to justify harming those millions of voters as well as other candidates,” the court ruled.

In its decision Bibas wrote, “the Campaign is unlikely to succeed on the merits. Second, it shows no irreparable harm, offering specific challenges to many fewer ballots than the roughly 81,000-vote margin of victory. Third, the Campaign is responsible for its delay and repetitive litigation,” the decision read.

“Finally, the public interest strongly favors finality, counting every lawful voter’s vote, and not disenfranchising millions of Pennsylvania voters who voted by mail. Plus, discarding those votes could disrupt every other election on the ballot.”

The ruling said that the allegations presented by the Trump campaign “are vague and conclusory. It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes.”

Democratic Senators Introduce National Mask Legislation

H/T Western Journal.

This is only the beginning of our rights being infringed by DemocRats.

If the GOP wins the Georgia special elections this bill will be a moot point.

Two Senate Democrats have authored legislation that would force every American to wear a mask or other face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsweek reported Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are pushing a bill calling for a nationwide mask mandate.

The Democratic lawmakers join presumptive president-elect Joe Biden in calling for such a mandate.

On Wednesday, the two Democrats took the first step enacting a bill toward forcing Americans to comply with wearing masks.

In the “Encouraging Masks for All Act,” Markey and Blumenthal argue that all Americans must wear masks in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

A media release posted on Markey’s Senate website argues the legislation “would encourage states to require the use of face masks in all public spaces and outside when one cannot maintain social distance.”

“Wearing a mask should be considered a moral and health mandate — our primary defense against the coronavirus,” Blumenthal said in the statement.

Markey also touted the mask legislation in the statement.

“As President-elect Biden recognizes, we need to use every technique available to us to encourage mask use, from clear communication of the need for masks, to providing masks to those who need them, to leading by example, and even to mandating mask use nationwide,” Markey said.

Our legislation would move us closer to goal of ensuring universal mask adoption during these dangerous winter months. It would also ensure that essential workers in transit, health care, and retail settings all over the country are protected with face masks,” the Democrat added.

The legislation, if passed, would offer the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund $5 billion.

Those funds would be made available to states that agreed to implement mandates requiring citizens to wear masks.

Newsweek reported that states that adopt guidelines from the “Encouraging Masks for All Act” would also each receive $75 million in grants.

Markey and Blumenthal argued in the media release, citing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that science has proven wearing masks can effectively slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Recent research suggests universal masking could prevent 130,000 deaths from COVID-19,” the release read.

Newsweek reported the senators complained that nearly one-third of states do not have mandates requiring the wearing of masks.

“As of November 25, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming do not have statewide mask orders,” the outlet reported.

Leader of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program Reportedly Assassinated

H/T Town Hall.

It makes me wonder if Mossad took him out?

We may never know what really happened.

Mohsen Fahrizade, Iran’s chief military nuclear scientist, has been assassinated, according to Iranian media outlets. He led the “Amad” military program which Israel alleged was researching how to build a nuclear weapon. The program reportedly ended in the early 2000s. 

 

As the AP reports:

The semiofficial Fars news agency, believed to be close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard, said the attack happened in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran. It said witnesses heard the sound of an explosion and then machine gun fire. The attack targeted a car that Fakhrizadeh was in, the agency said.

In 2015 President Obama signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal, which was supposed to, in part, allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect nuclear sites in Iran and usher in an era of “peace.” As expected, Iran did not appear to honor the agreement, thwarting those inspectors and amassing enriched uranium well past the agreed to limits. And so when he assumed office, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal and imposed economic sanctions against the country.

“I am announcing today the United State will withdraw from the Iran Nuclear deal,” Trump said in 2018. “This is a horrible, one sided deal that should have never been reached..It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace and it never will.”

Reports suggest that President Trump will be enforcing more sanctions before Jan. 20.