Florida Girl Treed by Alligator, Saved by a Shot From an AR-15 Rifle

H/T The Truth About Guns.

The dreaded black gun does have a place in civilian life and does save lives.

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courtesy victoriaadvocate.com

Last week, a 15-year-old girl, Jordan Broderick, was floating on a raft in a creek in the Ocala National Forest north of Orlando, Florida when an alligator approached her. She quickly climbed a nearby tree to escape the critter.

From sunsentinel.com:

“My daughter’s stuck in a frickin’ tree and there’s gators surrounding her!” the teenager’s mother said frantically to a 911 operator. “Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!”

Jordan was floating on a raft in the creek near Forest Service Road near Alexander Springs park in the Ocala National Forest, 55 miles north of downtown Orlando, when the alligator quickly approached her, authorities said.

That’s when the girl grabbed a large branch hanging over the water and climbed into the tree, according to the report. The alligator then waited in the water at the base of the tree underneath the girl hanging from the branch.

When Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived, he found the girl in the tree screaming that she was tired from hanging on to the branch, the report said.

“My presence failed to scare the alligator away, and it began encroaching on my area at which time I fired one single 223 roundfrom my Bushmaster AR15 killing the alligator,” Blackmon wrote in his report.

Many of those who want a disarmed population claim there is no civilian purpose for AR-15-style rifles. This incident shows that claim is foolish. Modern sporting rifles, or sport utility rifles, are designed to be easy to use, accurate, and adequately powerful, without excessive recoil. They work equally well for deputies, police, or armed citizens. The rifle offers more accuracy, range, and magazine capacity than the commonly available shotgun, with less recoil.

A shotgun might have worked in this case. But the rifle showed how versatile a tool it is.

The photo above shows how big an 11-foot alligator is. One that size is about 800 pounds of very potent predator. Jordan Broderick was able to hold onto that branch for almost an hour waiting for the deputy to arrive. Not everyone will have that kind of time or ability. This is why we carry.

 

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Demand From Liberals: Democrats Must Stay United Against Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

H/T Town Hall.

In spite of all of the liberal screaming and whining, I don’t think Sen. Joe Donnally(D-IN), Sen.Joe Manchin(D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp(D-ND) voting against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The reason I say that is because that all three aforementioned Senators are in the  Red States that President Trump carried b a wide margin.

For weeks, Left-wing groups have been preparing for war against the president’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee, signaling furious opposition to any of the names on Trump’s widely-reported short list.  Activists are insisting that all 49 senate Democrats stick together to vote ‘no,’ a wall of solidarity that could help sway just two wavering Republicans to derail the selection.  It’s an uphill battle, even if Chuck Schumer manages to keep his whole team on the same side.  Both Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the GOP moderates who’d most plausibly break ranks, joined Mitch McConnell and all of their partisan colleagues to detonate the Reid Rule in order to confirm conservative Neil Gorsuch to the High Court last year.  Each has a long history of voting to confirm judicial picks — and not just from Republican presidents, in Collins’ case.  Unless Trump shocks everyone and picks somebody out of deep right field, or his nominee self-destructs, it’s highly likely that all GOP members of the upper chamber will be on board.   If that’s the case, it’d be all over but the shouting — and it may be lot of shouting:

Under particular pressure to side with the president are the three red-state Democrats who voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch last year and face difficult reelection campaigns: Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Donnelly. Keeping them in the Democratic fold — in the face of withering pressure from a liberal base that expects nothing less — amounts to the biggest challenge of Schumer’s 18-month tenure as Democratic leader. The New Yorker has preferred to take a hands-off approach to his moderate members, rather than twisting arms on big votes. Yet it’s far from clear that will work this time. “The message from grassroots groups is pretty clear: that if Democratic leadership can keep their caucus unified in doing no harm, we can aim our firepower on Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and bring full pressure to bear in their states,” Adam Green, co-founder of the activist Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in an interview.

The Left plans to harp on Roe v. Wade (this is a good piece partially examining the disparity between Roe polling and abortion polling more broadly) and Obamacare — and they’re counting on Democrats to adopt a more aggressive posture of resistance: “Local members of the anti-Trump group Indivisible have been particularly vocal in [Schumer’s] home state, prodding him to actively “whip the vote” in his caucus…’People remember the Gorsuch fight. My sense is that this will be different,’ Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, said in an interview.”  The final mantra mentioned in the Politico story: “Keep Democrats together.”  But how realistic is that?  Three Democrats who represent red states carried overwhelmingly by Trump have already voted to confirm Justice Gorsuch; why would they be inclined to oppose Trump on such a massive stage, right in the thick of their respective, challenging re-election bids?  Confirmation votes could come in October, weeks before the election.

And what about Democrats like Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill?  They’re each far more liberal than their constituents, but if they’re feeling heat back home, or nervously eyeing internal polling, they might be swayed to back a qualified SCOTUS pick.  Claiming to be a moderate occasionally requires moderation.  I wouldn’t hold my breath, but there’s a non-zero chance that some non-Manchin/Donnelley/Heitkamp Democratic votes are in play.  Regarding Tester, on Special Report last night, I said that Republicans need to hold his feet to the fire on the issue of judicial confirmations.  Tester was a reliable rubber stamp for Obama judges — including two liberal SCOTUS picks, one of whom sided against the Second Amendment in a major case (the other wasn’t on the Court yet, but would probably have done the same) — yet voted against Neil Gorsuch.  Tester positions himself as a gun rights supporter, yet his track record on the federal judiciary is antithetical to that stance.  If a liberal Supreme Court were to jettison Heller and McDonald one day, Tester would likely object — but his votes would have made that outcome possible.  Shortly after offering that analysis on television, President Trump hammered Testeron precisely that point at his raucous Montana rally:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoI4HZjzp8Y

“Jon Tester voted against Neil Gorsuch, the incredible justice who supports fully our Constitution…I see him say all these nice things about me, but he never votes with me…Jon Tester voted for liberal Obama judges who tried to take away your Second Amendment because [he] doesn’t share your values.”

Guy Benson

@guypbenson

Trump’s strongest line of attack against Tester is noting how the “pro-second amendment” & “moderate” Democrat voted against Gorsuch, but was a rubber stamp for a slew of 2A-hostile Obama judges. Big vulnerability for Tester.

If Republicans peel off a few Democratic votes for Trump’s nominee, it’s game over.  That’s a reality because of the choices Democrats have made, from nuking the judicial filibuster in 2013, to stupidly wasting their unprecedented SCOTUS filibuster on Neil Gorsuch.  Even in this era of acute partisanship, fueled by endless Democratic escalations against which the GOP has finally retaliated, Trump should be able to get a qualified nominee through.  I’ll leave you with Chuck Schumer’s latest piece of ludicrous advice on this subject, which — much like the rest of his counsel — deserves to be mocked and ignored.

James Comey Calls for More Gun Control, Bashes NRA ‘Lies’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Government.

James Comey the crown prince of liars calling the NRA liars what irony.

During an interview with the UK’s iNews, former FBI director James Comey called for more controls on the types of guns and sizes of ammunition magazines sold in the U.S. and suggested the NRA propagates “lies.”

iNews quoted Comey indicating he is not for an all-out ban on private on gun ownership, but he does support making changes to current law, including an increase in the legal age for gun purchases.

Comey said:

Surely there are things we can agree upon that relate to who’s able to buy a weapon, what kind of weapon and at what age, what the capabilities of the weapon are, how many rounds does it hold, and things like that, that in no way threaten the rights under the US constitution of people to keep and bear arms.

He criticized the NRA as standing in the way of securing these controls, saying, “One of the worst things that goes on in the US is the current voice of the National Rifle Association, because it sells fear in the wake of any incident.” He specifically mentioned the NRA’s opposition to the gun controls which were pushed in the wake of the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The post-Sandy Hook gun control consisted largely of expanding background checks to private gun sales. Comey voiced support for these checks speaking to iNews, but he did not mention the fact that such an expansion would do nothing to prevent another Sandy Hook-style attack. In fact, such an expansion would not have prevented the first Sandy Hook attack because the gunman did not buy his firearms at retail or from a private seller. Rather, he stole them.

Yet Comey criticized the NRA for opposing more gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook:

Their constant argument is: “It’s a slippery slope. If we restrict a particular kind of weapon or raise the age of purchase, it means the end of gun ownership in the US.” And that argument is a lie. There’s no slippery slope in America when it comes to guns. It’s a concrete staircase, which is our constitution…. We just have to decide should we go up a stair or down a stair.

Comey added, “I own guns. And yet I, like I hope all thoughtful gun owners, recognise that on the one hand it’s a right guaranteed in the US constitution, but like all rights in the constitution it’s appropriately subject to reasonable regulation and restriction.”

Comey’s statements echo those of gun control Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who has long held that government can regulate the natural rights protected by the Bill of Rights. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not

Nancy Pelosi Trashes June Jobs Report, Warns of ‘Brewing Storm’ of Wealth and Opportunity

H/T Breitbart California.

Even if unemployment was at 0% San Fran Nan would be bad mouthing the numbers because it is President Trump that is responsible for the numbers.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) trashed the June jobs report — even though it showed rapid job growth, rising wages, and low unemployment.

The report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that employers created 213,000 new jobs in June — 22,000 more than economists had expected. Manufacturing jobs in particular rose by 36,000.

The unemployment rate rose slightly, from 3.8% to 4.0% — but that was partly because so many people are entering (or re-entering) the labor force. Hispanic unemployment hit an all-time low of 4.6%, while black unemployment was at its second-lowest level ever, at 6.5%. Wages rose 2.7% on an annualized basis, only slightly below expectations of 2.8%.

None of that, apparently, was good news, according to Pelosi. She released a rambling statement warning of a “brewing storm” — but did not say what, exactly, Americans should fear:

Nancy Pelosi

@NancyPelosi

The June shows what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty & an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations & the wealthiest 1 percent. Americans deserve better than the GOP’s raw deal. https://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/7618/ 

Pelosi Statement on June Jobs Report – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate jumped in June and wage growth slowed:

democraticleader.gov

June jobs numbers show what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty and an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent.

Six months after receiving their windfall from the GOP tax scam for the rich, Corporate America is on track to spend $1 trillion on dividends and stock buybacks, while announcing tens of thousands of layoffs, refusing to give workers a raise and raising costs for families.  Meanwhile, hard-working farmers, factory workers and families across the nation are reeling from retaliatory tariffs and trade uncertainty. America should be taking strong, smart and strategic action against unfair trade policies, not recklessly antagonizing our allies and inviting retaliation against the men and women of American farming and manufacturing.

The American people deserve so much better than the raw deal they are getting from the cynical Republican special interest agenda.  Democrats know that the American people deserve A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and a Better Future.  Democrats will never stop fighting for the hard-working middle class families who are the backbone of our nation.

Notably, Pelosi’s statement on the jobs report did not mention the actual jobs numbers.

Pelosi currently serves as House Minority Leader and would retake the Speaker’s gavel if Democrats win the November midterm elections.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News

Watch: Andy Dick Gropes Ivanka On National TV – No Word From The #MeToo Chicks Yet

H/T Clash Daily.

The #MeToo Chicks are strangely quite concerning Little Andy Dick Why?

I think their silence is because the person getting groped was Ivanka Trump.

Yo, pink, knit, kitty hat chicks — when’s your protest?

Video has been released of alleged funny-man, Andy Dick groping Ivanka on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007.

The release of the video comes days after Andy Dick was charged with two counts of battery for groping a woman in April.

It seems to be a thing that he does fairly frequently.

The comedian had been arrested back in 2008 when he allegedly groped the breasts of a 17-year-old girl after pulling her bra down and exposing her breast, while photos obtained by DailyMail.com show Dick groping a woman at a 2003 event and a man back in March.

In both of those photos Dick has slipped his hand under the individual’s clothing.

And somehow, this idiot is not on the #MeToo hit-list.

Weird.

In 2007, Ivanka and Dick were both on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it was a disaster from the start.

Dick greeted Ivanka and asked for a ‘big, wet kiss’ according to Kimmel.

The creepy Andy Dick then rubbed his hand up and down Ivanka’s leg as she tried politely to make him stop. He then touched her arm and her ponytail.

Kimmel stepped in and brought security onstage to escort Dick off.

‘It was time for Andy to go, so I escorted him out by his feet,’ Kimmel later told Extra.

He also said that Dick was not at all fazed by how things unfolded that night.

‘He’s Andy. He’s not upset. He’s not apologetic. He’s just nutty,’ said the host.

‘He always makes me a little uncomfortable. You have no idea what he’s going to do next.’

Dick then had the audacity to make light of the time he sexually harassed Ivanka back in December.

‘The time I “groped” Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, on Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ wrote Dick.

‘Her legs were sparkling, and I was trying to see if the glitter would wipe off. I also mistakenly thought she would date me. I was jokingly carried off by security.’

He then tried to equate his behavior that night to President Trump’s actions.

‘Is anybody going to carry Trump off? No joke. Confusing times.’
Source: Daily Mail

Watch him get kicked off of Kimmel’s show for groping Ivanka:

It’s certainly not the first time he’s groped.

And it’s not the only evidence of him groping.

Here he is groping a woman in 2003:

And groping a man in March:

That guy is absolutely creepy and vile.

I’ll just bet that he claims to be one of those ‘male feminists’.

Watch out for those, ladies!

You might find yourself with a Matt LauerHarvey Weinstein, or a William Jefferson Clinton

 

Wisconsin Dem Candidate Looking to Replace Paul Ryan Has Been Arrested Nine Times Since 1991

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Having a criminal record or being a sexual predator or both is a resume enhancement for DemocRats.

Randy Bryce, the Wisconsin Democrat running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), has been elevated by national Democrats, but he has a long history of arrests, including pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in 1998, in addition to eight other arrests.

Two of Bryce’s most recent arrests– in 2011 and 2018– stemmed from protesting the policies of Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson (R. Wis.) in his Milwaukee office. However, the majority of his arrests are the result of Bryce driving under the influence, which resulted in him being arrested three more times for driving with a suspended license, according to CNN.

While Bryce’s arrests in 2011 and 2018 have been reported on extensively, the other arrests have not been covered by the media. CNN obtained public records about Bryce’s April 1998 arrest in  Schoolcraft County, a small, rural county in Michigan. Michigan classifies the offense as an OUI, which is known in other states as a DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bryce initially pleaded guilty, then later failed to appear in court in Michigan and a warrant was put out for his arrest. Bryce ultimately appeared in court again in March 2003, where he was sentenced to 65 days in jail, though the judge immediately suspended the sentence, and Bryce received credit for one day served in jail and paid $850 in fines. He was also ordered to complete four days of community service.

After having his license suspended following his 1998 OUI in Michigan, Bryce was arrested three more times for driving with a suspended license and registration in Wisconsin.

In September 1998, Bryce was arrested in Milwaukee County and pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license, for which he was ordered to pay a $124.90 fine.

In October 2000, Bryce was arrested in South Milwaukee for driving with a suspended license and had to pay a $1,000 bond. Bryce, who had recently begun working as an ironworker, didn’t qualify for a public defender, and the court entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. In December, he failed to appear in court and the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bryce was arrested under the warrant in February 2001, and after being held in jail for one day, was released after paying a $500 bond. In March 2001, he pleaded guilty and paid a $200 fine.

In January 2003, Bryce was again arrested in South Milwaukee for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, though it was later amended to operating without a license. He pleaded guilty and paid a $100 fine instead of having a suspended license for another two years.

Bryce released a statement to CNN about his previous arrests, specifically drive under the influence, saying that there was “no excuse” what he did twenty years ago.

“There is no excuse for what I did 20 years ago when I got behind the wheel and operated under the influence. I made a mistake and I regret it. I’ve worked very hard to learn from my mistakes so I can be a man my son can be proud of. I’m not perfect, but I know the struggles working people go through. I understand the mistakes that any of us can make. I’ve certainly learned from mine.”

Bryce was also arrested in Wisconsin on his 27th birthday in 1991 for marijuana possession, property damage, trespassing and theft. While the theft and trespassing charges  were dropped, the other charges were not. When reached for comment, campaign spokesperson Julia Savel told CNN that Bryce doesn’t remember the court’s decision.

Bryce’s spokesperson Savel released another statement about the vehicular arrests that occurred after his OUI.

“To put this in context, when this happened Randy had recently beaten a late-stage aggressive form of cancer during which time he didn’t have health insurance. He was able to dig himself out of bankruptcy which was related to his mounting medical bills because he started his new career as a union ironworker,” Savel said. “Randy has made mistakes, and as he said, there is no excuse for his actions. But he also has worked hard to right his wrong and grow from the experience, like so many other working people find themselves having to do.”

Bryce will face off against part-time school teacher Cathy Myers in the August 14 primary.

Deranged Anti-Trumpers Need to Get Out More

H/T Town Hall.

I am going to disagree with Ann McElhinney getting out ore will not help most of the Anti-Trumpers.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. -Mark Twain

Self titled progressives or anti-Trumpers really need to get out more – they need to travel. Not to an Ashram in Katmandu, or the Ganges, or the Rainforest as is their wont. No, they need to get to Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Evansville or their voyage could even be around their own family table or neighborhood, meeting people who are not card-carrying Democrats, people who didn’t feel the need to wear all black on Nov. 9, 2016 (yes that actually happened in a major Hollywood establishment).

For the good of the country progressives need to get out more.

A group of Harvard students did. They recently toured the heartland to learn about the ‘other’ America. Many had never met a gun owner, never mind a Trump voter. They created a hashtag that described their experience, #IOPening. Shocker, turns out the ‘other’ isn’t deplorable at all.

It’s an important lesson. With the election of Donald Trump many liberals have dumped parents, siblings, friends and colleagues for the sole reason that they supported Trump. It’s horrible and hurtful and unfair. It’s really deplorable. And the dumping didn’t happen after a sober, civil, considered conversation or debate. It’s a summary judgement.

I recently met a lovely man in Northern California, whose grown children haven’t spoken to him in over a year. He writes, sends messages of love and concern and his adult daughters won’t write back. They didn’t even have a fight, they just stopped talking to him. He is heartbroken.

It’s happened to me. I wasn’t even a full-on Trump supporter when an Italian friend who I had shared an apartment with 30 years ago sent me a message out of the blue telling me we were done, she couldn’t be friends with me anymore because of Trump. Apparently, I had posted something on Facebook that was not sufficiently anti-Trump and she didn’t want a discussion, she was done. She’s not the only one.

I wasn’t a fan of Trump’s at the beginning, I was more of a Ted Cruz fan back then. The person that made me rethink my position was my dear friend, the late Paul Bender from Newport Beach. Paul ran a successful small business. He was a kind, gracious, generous and loving man and he was a serious man too. He was lots of fun but with nothing brash or crude in his behavior. He wanted Trump to be president, knew he would be and happily lived long enough to see that happen. Paul being such an early adopter gave me pause. If Paul Bender liked Trump I really needed to give the candidate another look.

Another Trump supporter I know is a substantial donor to the Gosnell Movie. His donation earned him an early sneak peek screening of the movie. He picked us up from the airport in the New England city where he lives and brought us to his home, in his kitchen he asked if we could pray. I have traveled all over the country with the movie and in my head I was thinking, ‘I know what’s about to happen here’, it happens all the time. People have prayed for me and for the success of the Gosnell movie. But this time was different. I can’t remember the exact words this gentleman used but his prayer was one of thanks to God that Trump was president. Here was a man of devout faith and his repeated prayer now was one of gratitude for President Donald Trump. It was an eye opener, it shouldn’t have been. I wished then as I have wished often since that the angry anti-Trump mob would get to meet this man of God, to know him, to listen and maybe to learn something. But they never will because they think people with faith are stupid and narrow minded. However in my experience they tend to be farsighted and open to worlds outside their comfort zone because they are very, very secure in their faith. And they are smart enough to know the difference between a secularist businessman who listens and an anti-Christian dishonest know-it-all.

It tells you a lot about liberals that they would ostracize a loved one who supports Trump. But I have yet to hear of a Trump supporter who stopped talking to a friend because of their support for Hillary Clinton.

That tells you a lot about conservatives.