Georgia Voters Pay Attention: Biden’s Socialist Policies Could Cost You $4,000 Every Year

H/T Western Journal.

Just remember Georgia elections have consequences be wise in your choice.

Georgia residents are being warned that if they don’t vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the Senate runoff election, a potential Joe Biden administration could cost each household almost $40,000 over the next decade.

Therefore, it’s imperative that Georgia sends Perdue and Loeffler to Washington to ensure the GOP retains control of the upper chamber of Congress.

According to a new study by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, five components of Biden’s socialist economic agenda would result in a “Georgia tax” that would cost each family more than $3,900 a year for the next 10 years.

Economist Stephen Moore, the co-founder of CUP, said a potential Biden administration would cause Georgia to lose jobs and become poorer.

“Georgia has been out of the 10 fastest growing states over the past decade thanks to pro-growth policies, including low taxes and low cost of living compared to other states,” Moore remarked in a statement.

“The Biden plan reduces these competitive advantages by forcing Georgia to adopt the same liberal policies that have been tried and failed in states like New York [and] California.”

The Committee to Unleash Prosperity said these five Biden policies will decimate Georgia’s economy:

  • Abolition of right-to-work laws
  • $500 billion federal bailout of blue states
  • Elimination of the cap on state and local tax deductions on federal tax returns
  • Anti-fossil fuel policies/expensive green energy mandates
  • $15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

Georgia is a right-to-work state, which means no employee can be forced to join a labor union as a condition of employment.

If Biden gets installed as president, he would rescind Georgia’s right-to-work law, which has brought tens of thousands of jobs to the Peach State.

“The net cost to Georgia over the next decade would be $151.3 billion at an annual cost of $3,900 per family,” a release from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity said. “This is more than most families will receive from the recent “Stimulus” bill in Washington.”

CUP said Georgia would be one of the biggest losers if Democrats won control of the Senate and the White House.

“Georgia ranks the third largest loser state from the Biden ‘tax’ on economically productive states,” CUP said. “Only Texas and Florida would lose more income due to these interstate redistribution policies.”

Over the past few decades, Democrats’ disastrous policies have decimated the economies of liberal states.

Research shows that states controlled by Democrats consistently have the worst economies. According to a 2019 American Legislative Exchange Council study called “Rich States, Poor States,” states run by Republicans have the strongest economies.

In 2019, eight of the top 10 state economies were run by Republican governors. In contrast, nine of the bottom 10 were run by Democrats, according to the report.

After destroying their economies with unscientific coronavirus shutdowns and imposing draconian restrictions on Americans’ civil liberties, Democratic governors and mayors now want taxpayers to bail them out of their self-created financial hellholes.

If Biden gets installed in the White House and the Democrats win control of both chambers of Congress, your taxes will soar while your personal freedoms are crushed.

Please, No Shooting Into The Air On New Year’s Eve

H/T Bearing Arms.

If you feel the need to shoot into the air on New Year’s Eve go to your local fireworks store and get some Roman candles or bottle rockets to shoot.

That way you know you are not going to kill an innocent person with a bullet you fired in the air.

I don’t really enjoy having to write the same things year after year. I’d much rather explore new ground and write new stories. However, from time to time, there comes some things where I don’t really have a choice. I simply have to address it, preferably before it becomes an issue.

Such is the case when we get to the idea of shooting guns in the air in celebration of the new year.

 

The global pandemic has changed a lot about how we celebrate, but people have a way of adapting to such challenges. During the strictest pandemic restrictions, we celebrated birthdays with drive-thru parties. Graduation protocols were moderated so that graduates could still be honored for their achievements.

This time of year, though, is a time made for celebrations. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are a trifecta of holiday joy. Traditionally, family and friends gather to eat, be merry and celebrate the new year.

Those gatherings are no doubt different this year. Perhaps there were fewer people at your house this year. More people will no doubt stay in to ring in the new year.

There is one celebration tradition, though, that should never be in the plans. It happens every New Year’s Eve, and it makes no sense. Some people like to provide their own fireworks when they partake in the revelry by firing guns in the air.

Look, I love shooting my firearms as much as the next guy. I also get the desire to celebrate the end of the crappiest year on record in quite some time. Shooting to celebrate the new year may sound like harmless fun, but it’s not.

What goes up must come down, after all, and year after year, we report on stories where someone is injured or killed by a stray bullet fired from miles away.

See, some figure that the bullet in the air isn’t a threat. Under a very specific set of circumstances, it might not be. Fired at a precisely 90-degree angle to the Earth, a round will go into the air until it runs out of energy. It’ll basically stop for a split second, then start plummeting to the Earth. Once it reaches terminal velocity, it falls at a speed that presents no real danger.

Yet at 89- or 91-degrees, things work very differently. At that point, the ground will arc and cover miles of distance and land somewhere beyond your control.

It’s virtually impossible for a human being to gauge the angle of their arm sufficiently to prevent this kind of thing, so don’t do it. There’s absolutely nothing to gain.

If you just have to fire your gun, at least fire it into the ground. The odds of you doing some kind of damage are greatly reduced at that point, though never zero. You might hit a shallow-buried rock or something and cause a ricochet, so even then use caution. However, you’re far less likely to kill someone that way than by firing into the air.

Or, even better if legal in your state, just by some firework and use them safely. They’ll make plenty of noise and are much safer to use as long as you’re not being stupid.

Then again, if you’re not being stupid, you’re also not firing your gun up into the air, either.

Felon Gets Stolen Gun As Christmas Present

H/T Bearing Arms.

With friends like this you do not need enemies.

Have you ever completely spaced out on getting a Christmas gift for someone? I know I’ve had my share of Christmas Eve trips to Walmart over the years, and honestly, that would have been a much better choice for Mya Renee Thorpe. Instead of a bottle of cheap cologne or fuzzy pajama pants, the Georgia teenager allegedly decided to do something really special for her boyfriend this year: steal a bunch of stuff, including a gun, and then hand over the stolen goods as a Christmas present.

The 19-year old was busted this week after a 25-year old man told police that she stole his SUV, a handgun, $300 cash, and even his Carhartt jacket from a Rome, Georgia motel on Christmas morning.

 

There were a couple of problems with Thorpe’s plan, starting with the fact that she allegedly committed several felonies while trying to ensure her boyfriend had a good Christmas. There’s also the issue of Thorpe’s boyfriend, who as it turns out is a convicted felon.

Stephen Lamar Johnson, 33 of Cave Spring, was arrested this week after reports said he was found in possession of a stolen firearm while at a hotel on Martha Berry Blvd.

Reports said that the handgun had been stolen by his girlfriend on Christmas.

Police went on to add that Johnson attempted to hide the gun due to him being a convicted felon.

Thorpe’s present could result in a five year prison sentence for her 33-year old boyfriend, and she now has some legal troubles of her own to deal with. The teen has been charged with felony theft by taking, theft by taking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and knowingly providing a firearm to a convicted felon.

I’m not sure how well a defense of “I’m a moron, your honor” is going to work for Thorpe, but that’s probably the best legal argument that she has.

Local news accounts don’t say anything about Stephen Johnson being found in possession of a stolen car; cash; or a nice winter work coat, which really makes me wonder; did Mya Thorpe try to give someone else a stolen SUV on Christmas morning? Did her dad or brother get a spiffy Carhartt jacket? Did Mom get a nice wad of cash stuffed into her stocking?

They say it’s the thought that counts, but I’m not sure that applies in cases where you can’t help but ask “What on earth was she thinking?” Thorpe’s Christmas gift is certainly going to provide a lifetime of memories for herself and her boyfriend, but she would have been much better off just giving her beau a gift card than a stolen gun.

McConnell Blocks Sen. Sanders’ Call to Vote on $2,000 Stimulus

H/T Town Hall.

Mitch “The Turtle”McConnell needs to let this come to a vote because not allowing it could have a negative impact in the Georgia runoff election.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) call for the $2,000 relief check bill to be passed via unanimous consent. Sanders threatened to delay the override of President Trump’s defense bill veto until New Year’s if McConnell resists. Keeping the senators at work through the holidays could put a dent in the campaign plans of Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both fighting for re-election and the continuing GOP control of the Senate.

 

“Let me be clear: If Senator McConnell doesn’t agree to an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment, Congress will not be going home for New Year’s Eve,” Sanders said on Monday. “Let’s do our job.”

But as soon as Sanders made the call on the Senate floor on Tuesday, McConnell objected.

President Trump signed the second COVID relief package last week, yet told Congress he wants to see an edited version that increases the $600 stimulus payments to $2,000 and gets rid of unnecessary spending. The House voted to increase the stimulus by a vote of 275-134 on Monday. But McConnell has not indicated that he’ll schedule a vote on the amended amount. 

Several conservative lawmakers have objected to the second COVID relief bill. 

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), for instance, called it an “irresponsible swamp bill.” 

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH CLINGING TO YOUR VALUES, AND YOUR PROPERTY

H/T JPFO.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership offers year-end advice

The notion that Prayer, or the Second Amendment is ever improper
borders on tyranny. Politicians have no delegated or legitimate power to
close down either one. Our Founders armed you to help prevent this.

In the coming weeks, months and more you may—no—you will be bombarded with what used to be recognized as mass brainwashing, regardless of whether either party has total control, designed to make you believe:

— Guns are bad, even evil (though they are not);

— Only people on government payrolls should have them (it won’t be framed that way of course but that’s the false message): police, military, FBI, secret agents, DEA, ICE, BATFE, the whole alphabet soup are all OK—you’re safer if they all have these dangerous nasty guns and you don’t;

— You never had a real right to arms anyway, or good arms, or military-quality arms, or arms that could provide a balance of power… the very reason the Second Amendment exists. This, despite the evidence of your own eyes—namely, gun stores in every hamlet and a heavily armed populace that got that way somehow—in two-and-a-half centuries with no government paperwork until lately;

— If we tell you to give up this gun, or that gun, big ones small ones black ones long ones, hi suds lo suds no suds some suds, you will obey or the chance of you catching the virus will get worse, and we’ll take your money through legal problems. If we jail you for gun something you won’t even get the mask, wash, distance and hy-droxy-chlor-o-quine which we disavow, so obey.

JPFO says—You are not some armed “privileged person” to be hated. You are living the American Dream and to be admired and copied. Your freedom to own the means of self defense and resistance to tyranny sets you apart and is to be honored. It is at the root of why so many people seek to emigrate here instead of to communist dictatorships from which people flee. Even if many of our own citizens no longer recognize the value of arms, or even unwittingly seek to undermine this core significance, firearms anchor liberty. The source of tyranny is government. The Founders knew this, and today our own government decays that way. Factions within it work to disarm us, and discourage training even in the proper use of arms—which would be a great benefit.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership understands what the Founding Fathers understood. We understand from the lethally hard lessons of history. All peoples—your own lineage, of whatever religious or other roots—all peoples were slaves or unfree at some point in history. It is the judicious use of force that sets humanity free. Possession of the means to exercise that force is why America is the shining city on the hill. Never forget that.

Don’t believe these deniers, the misanthropes (people who hate people and civilization), the America haters. The ones with such hypnotic maniacal control over mass media. You’re supposed to be free to become a privileged person, with wealth beyond what you were born with, earned by your own hand, not a marxist feudal color-coded system of ranks determined by someone else for you. Work your butt off, make something of yourself, like your peers. Don’t hurt others in the process. Hint: The big secret, “The more other people you help, the faster you move up.”

It’s like frickin magic. Try it now. Start today. Help someone else and see where it gets you. Even money works, give something, it won’t hurt you. Might be hard at first, gets easier, you get better at it, target the giving better, enjoy the results.

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“Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, http://www.jpfo.org is America’s most aggressive civil-rights organization, dedicated to destroying the notion of ‘gun control’ as any kind of credible public-policy position. So-called ‘gun control’ does not control guns and doesn’t control criminal behavior. What it does is disarm the innocent, leaving them helpless in the face of criminals, tyrannical governments and genocide. History repeatedly proves this fact. Founded in 1989 by Aaron Zelman as a response to the Holocaust, JPFO speaks with the moral authority and tenacious commitment of survivors of persecution, and knows that surrendering your personal and family safety to government protection courts disaster. You don’t have to be Jewish to fight by our side, you just have to love liberty.” Watch for our new programs in 2021.

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History of Braille

H/T SoftSchools.com.

I learned a lot about Braille.

Braille

The writing system for the blind known as Braille was invented by the French student Louis Braille in 1824. At the time, he was 15 years old and attending France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth. The school had a number of books in which the letters were raised, but these were hard to both make and read. After hearing about a military code using raised dots, he created a simpler system to represent French regular and accented letters. He first published a description of his system, including musical notation, in 1829.

The Braille writing system for the blind became popular quickly. He became a professor at the Institute for Blind Youth, and continued to work on his writing system. Louis Braille published an update in 1837. The Braille system of using raised dots to represent letters has been adopted to many other languages, and is used throughout the world.

    • Louis Braille was born in 1809, near Paris, France. When he was three years old, his eye was wounded while he was playing in his father’s workshop. The eye became infected, and it spread to the other eye. Bad infections as a result of wounds were common at the time.

    • Braille was inspired by “night writing”, a code system developed around 1820 by Charles Barbier. It was designed for soldiers to be able to read instructions without light. The system was complicated, though. It required twelve dots to represent a single character.

  • Refreshable Braille displays for computers were first introduced in 1975. These devices have a flat surface with round pins that raise and lower to form Braille letters.

Bringing out the fire truck to put out the dying embers of Joe Biden’s campaign

Jim Campbell's

By Jim Campbell

December 30th, 2020

This new information from the committee meeting today could very well ice it.

President Trump will win a second term as U.S. President of the United States.

Wednesday, December 30 2020: Members of Georgia’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Elections and members of the Senate Judiciary committee held a hearing to study Georgia’s Election laws, and their past and present impact on the current Election cycle.

They also considered the committee report from the December 3rd meeting.

The hearing came after a senate subcommittee held a hearing last week at the capitol to discuss perceived voting irregularities in November’s presidential election.

Meetings like the one above are being held in battle ground states.

Joe Biden is yesterday’s news, even those who voted for him know that.

THE END

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Right Out of the Mold: California’s New Sen. Padilla Another Anti-Gunner

H/T AmmoLand.

Just color me shocked another rabid anti-gun type coming out of Commiefornia. Not really.

 

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- As if to quickly dispel any confusion about how he will vote on Second Amendment issues now that he is replacing Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Alex Padilla—appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the Harris vacancy—declared in his acceptance statement, “I’m going to the Senate so we can finally make real progress on our long-challenges… from climate change to immigration reform to common-sense gun safety.”

The firearms community is well aware of the term “common-sense gun safety” is camo-speak for extremist gun control. Padilla, a Democrat career politician who has bounced up the political ladder from his election to the Los Angeles City Council more than 20 years ago, advancing to the State Senate in 2006 and then to California’s Secretary of State, will be another rubber stamp vote on Capitol Hill against gun rights.

 

Following the July 2019 shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Padilla was quick to post on Facebook, “The gun used in Sunday’s shooting was banned in California, but the gunman bought it legally in a neighboring state. California leads on gun safety, but we need national common sense.”

As he arrives in Washington, D.C. mouthing his “common-sense gun safety” rhetoric, Padilla will likely get a pass from the establishment media, which has yet to challenge the gun prohibitionist lexicon for its deceptiveness.

As Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation noted recently in a Washington Examiner Op-Ed, “(T)he media is often caught foaming at the mouth to report on the various ways Second Amendment advocates such as the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation protect the right to keep and bear arms in the courts and in federal, state, and local governments. By contrast, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety’s support of extreme measures such as gun confiscation and firearm magazine capacity limits are allowed to be billed unchallenged to the public as ‘sensible gun laws.’”

The message on a popular T-shirt produced by WaGuns.org, a Washington State-based gun-rights group, sums it up well:

Gun Control is Not Gun Saftey, WaGuns.org

Padilla is coming into the Senate in the midst of a surge in gun buying. As recently reported by ABC News, “An estimated 21 million guns have been sold so far in 2020, up 73% over the same period last year, according to an analysis of FBI background check data by The Trace, an independent investigative news site.”

He was one of several named political figures who supported Newsom’s Proposition 63, described by the Huffington Post as “a sweeping gun-control measure that will bolster the state’s already substantial restrictions on firearms and ammunition.”

Padilla joins a herd of Democrat gun control proponents already salivating at the prospect of a 50-50 split in the Senate—with ties to be decided by Harris in her new role as Senate President and U.S. vice president under Joe Biden—so they can make California gun laws the national standard. The Senate balance will be decided on Jan. 5 with runoff elections for both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats.

But that may not be as easily done as the gun prohibition lobby might believe.

The ABC report quoted some new gun owners including Floridian Trish Beaudet, mother of three who recently bought a handgun, the first firearm she’s ever owned.

“Pulling a gun is the last thing I ever want to do,” Beaudet told ABC, “but I want to know that if I need to protect myself, my family, my, you know, my children, that I can do that.”

The pandemic panic that started in early 2020 was reinforced over the summer by social and racial unrest following the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The situation has not been helped by efforts to defund police departments and reduce their manpower, raising in public safety concerns.

It’s a socio-political environment in which an increasing number of people, including Beaudet, have fallen back on their Second Amendment rights. Before 2020, she explained, “I’ve never owned a gun. I’ve never wanted a gun. I’ve never had a gun in my home.”

The surge in gun sales this year has been phenomenal, according to various sources, including the gun control crowd. Anti-gunners are especially alarmed, because they may shift public opinion about firearms ownership.

That much was suggested six months ago by Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, an organization that has seen growing interest in membership this year.

“We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change,” Gottlieb said at the time, “and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights.”

Now that they are gun owners, many if not most are showing an interest in shooting, which partly explains the ammunition shortages being reported on social media.

Barks & Bullets: The Story of S&W’s Bicycle Guns

H/T AmmoLand.

These gun could help protect you from two legged predators also.

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The term “velocipede” may be foreign to most today, but it was familiar in 19th century Europe, where it was another way of referring to a bicycle. At the time, these unusual, human-propelled devices opened up a whole new world of possibility in terms of transportation. No longer did you need a horse (and all of the assorted expenses that come along with it) in order to travel faster than you could walk. This new mode of transport did, however, come with some drawbacks, mainly those of the four-legged variety: dogs.

Ad for different types of velocipedes

Just as dogs today chase cars because they’re unusual and scary, they also chased bicycles in the 19th century. Outrunning an angry dog in a car is easy, but if you’re traveling by velocipede, you can only escape as fast as you can pedal. For some, this was slower than a dog could run and the end result was an injury to the rider. Apparently, this happened frequently enough to spawn a new type of firearm with a new name that is familiar with gun collectors even today: the velo-dog revolver.

 

As the name suggests, a velo-dog revolver was designed to protect velocipedists against dogs when out for a ride. This kind of gun was made by a variety of different manufacturers over the years, but most have two main components in common: a concealed hammer and a short barrel. These pocket pistols were designed to be carried and drawn with ease, which was facilitated by the short barrel and lack of a hammer spur to get caught on one’s clothes.

Imagery from a bicycle gun advertisement

Smith & Wesson’s Safety Hammerless revolvers were introduced in 1887. They were an instant hit with consumers looking for a quality, concealable handgun that could be carried with ease. Looking to the success of the velo-dog in Europe, Smith & Wesson decided to offer something similar in the States. While “velocipede” was a common term in Europe, “bicycle” was much more prevalent in the United States. As such, Smith & Wesson chose “Bicycle Gun” as the name for these new Safety Hammerless revolvers with short barrels.

With barrels ranging anywhere from 1 ⅜-inch to 2.5-inches, bicycle guns were most often produced as small-batch, special order guns. Because of this they number far fewer than their longer-barreled counterparts and are much rarer and highly prized by collectors.

When new, a “bicycle gun” cost of $26.50, but they’ll set you back considerably more today. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples that sold at Rock Island Auction Company in 2019.

Blued S&W “bicycle gun” (Rock Island Auction Co)

One of the guns was a blued example with a 1.5-inch barrel that is believed to be one of approximately 15 made with pinned front sights, which are not found on the rest of the 5th Model variations of this gun. The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson notes that 5th Model guns with 2-inch barrels will bring a 100% premium over the standard lengths. The 1.5-inch guns are even more rare, noting them to be “worth substantial premium [sic].”

It’s hard to explain just how rare this gun is, so here’s a bit of simple math. There were 41,500 5th Model guns made, and only 15 in this specific configuration. If all of them survive (which they likely don’t), they make up just 0.0003% of all the Safety Hammerless 5th Models ever produced. The auction estimate was $2,750 to $4,000 and it sold well above that, hammering at $6,900.

Nickel S&W “bicycle gun” (Rock Island Auction Co)

Another bicycle gun in that same sale, this time with a 2-inch barrel and nickel finish, had an estimate of $1,800 to $2,750. The final price was $4,025.

Because of their high value, many fakes have been made over the years by skilled gunsmiths cutting down longer barrels and reattaching the front sights. The surest way to verify the authenticity of a bicycle gun is through a factory letter. It might seem like another added expense, but it will be well worth it regardless of the outcome. If the gun is legit, you just added to the value. If it’s a well-made fake, then you just saved yourself thousands of dollars.

Investors Expect Stock Market Gains To Slow Under Biden, New Survey Finds

H/T The Daily Caller.

The stock market under Joe Pee Pads Biden will be as anemic as it was under Bathhouse Barry Obama or even worse.

Investors and business leaders are largely pessimistic about the stock market’s prospects under a Joe Biden administration, according to a new survey.

More than 100 chief investment officers and portfolio managers were surveyed by CNBC, and two-thirds of them said they expected stock market gains to be lower under a term of President-elect Joe Biden than President Donald Trump. Many of them fear Biden will undo President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, which helped spur record profits and increased stock buybacks, according to CNBC. 

 

The Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks also helped the market to record growth, CNBC reported. The S&P 500 is up more than 60% since Trump’s inauguration in Jan. 2017.

 
 

Biden’s tax plan proposes raising capital gains taxes and reinstituting a higher corporate tax rate, according to CNBC. Among those surveyed, about two-thirds still predicted a strong 2021 for the market, as the Biden administration will likely be more focused on economic stimulus and COVID-19 recovery than addressing tax policy. They also predict some industries to outperform others, such as consumer goods, finance, and industrials, according to CNBC.