Pete Buttigieg Tells Beto Right to His Face: I Don’t Need Courage Lessons From You on Gun Control

H/T Town Hall.

Mayor Pete and Little Bobby O’Rourke are in a struggle to see which one is the biggest loser.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg told former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) that on the issue on the confiscation of AR-15s, he does not need a lesson on personal or political courage from him.

O’Rourke once again attacked Buttigieg at the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio for not supporting mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and other similar types of rifles.

O’Rourke said it’s time to follow groups, such as March For Our Lives, “and lead and not be limited by the polls and consultants and focus groups.”

“The problem is not the polls, the problems is the policy,” Buttigieg replied. “And I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political or personal. Everyone on this stage is determined to get something done…The problem is not other Democrats who don’t agree with your particular idea of how to handle this. The problem is the National Rifle Association and their enablers in Congress and we should be united in taking the fight to them.”

Buttigieg was referring to his service as an officer in the Navy, where he eventually went on to deploy to Afghanistan.

“That’s a mischaracterization…I got to answer this. Never took you or anyone else on who disagrees with me on this issue, but when you, Mayor, describe this policy as a shiny object…that was a slap in the fact to every single one of those groups and every survivor of a mass casualty assault with an AR-15 and an AK-47. We must buy them back,” O’Rourke said

The day before the debate, O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) each took a jab at Buttigieg for his criticism for the idea of a mandatory buyback.

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Omar Funnels 30 Percent of Campaign Cash to Alleged Boyfriend’s Firm

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Ilhan Omar(Delusional-MN)has learned very quickly to be a swamp monster.

Nearly $150,000 in new payments went from Omar’s campaign to E Street Group.

Approximately 30 percent of the money doled out by the campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) in the third quarter went to digital fundraising, communications, and advertising services provided by the E Street Group, a firm run by her alleged boyfriend.

Omar’s campaign committee, which raised a total of $1,084,098.84 in the third quarter, spent $493,389.80 during this time. The E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar’s alleged lover, received more money from the campaign than any other vendor.

The Omar campaign paid the E Street Group $149,812.64 between July 1 and Sept. 30, its filings show. That accounts for around 30 percent of Omar’s total campaign disbursements over the same period. Her campaign has over $1.5 million cash on hand.

The payments represent a significant increase from previous spending on the group’s services. In the first two quarters—the first six months of the year—the campaign paid approximately $160,000 to the E Street Group. The $150,000 in new payments, made over the past three months, nearly matches that number.

Mynett’s wife, Dr. Beth Mynett, said that her husband told her in April that he was having an affair with Omar, the New York Post reported in August.

According to divorce papers filed by Beth Mynett, “The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when defendant told plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar.”

“By way of example, days prior to defendant’s devastating and shocking declaration of love for Rep. Omar and admission of their affair, he and Rep. Omar took the parties’ son to dinner to formally meet for the first time at the family’s favorite neighborhood restaurant while plaintiff was out of town,” the papers said. “Rep. Omar gave the parties’ son a gift and the defendant later brought her back inside the family’s home.”

Mynett has denied allegations of an affair, while Omar, who is in the process of divorcing her husband, has dodged questions about the situation.

Omar’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the payments by press time.

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

H/T AP News.

This thug will no longer browbeat and scream at witnesses before his committee.

I know you are not supposed to speak ill of the dead but in Cummings case, I will make an exception.

I hope he is barking in the fires of Hell.

He will not be able to browbeat and scream at his brother Satan.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.

Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to Trump’s family members serving in the White House.

Trump criticized the Democrat’s district as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The comments came weeks after Trump drew bipartisan condemnation following his calls for Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. “right now,” and go back to their “broken and crime-infested countries.”

Cummings replied that government officials must stop making “hateful, incendiary comments” that distract the nation from its real problems, including mass shootings and white supremacy.

“Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior,” Cummings said.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted his “condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader.” The brief tweet made no reference to past feuds.

Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP.

Cummings was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. By 2016, Cummings was the senior Democrat on the House Benghazi Committee, which he said was “nothing more than a taxpayer-funded effort to bring harm to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

Throughout his career, Cummings used his fiery voice to highlight the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He believed in much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle-exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS.

A key figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry , Cummings had been hoping to return to Congress after a medical procedure he said would only keep him away for a week. His statement then didn’t detail the procedure. He’d previously been treated for heart and knee issues.

Cummings’ committee, authorized to investigate virtually any part of the federal government, is one of three conducting the House impeachment probe of Trump. Cummings was among the three chairmen to sign a letter seeking documents into the formal inquiry into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden, the former vice president. The committees have issued subpoenas of witnesses in the face of the Trump administration’s refusal to cooperate with the impeachment probe and have jointly been meeting behind closed doors to hear testimony.

Separately, Cummings led an effort to gain access to Trump’s financial records. His committee subpoenaed records from Mazars USA, an accounting firm that has provided services to Trump. The panel demanded documents from 2011 to 2018 as it probed Trump’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled the records must be turned over to the House.

Shortly after Cummings’ death, which his office said happened after 2 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, his constituents began mourning. Baltimore mayor Bernard “Jack” Young said in a statement that Cummings “wasn’t afraid to use his considerable intellect, booming voice and poetic oratory to speak out against brutal dictators bent on oppression, unscrupulous business executives who took advantage of unsuspecting customers, or even a U.S. President.”

His widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of Maryland’s Democratic Party, said in a statement: “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem.”

Cummings was born Jan. 18, 1951. In grade school, a counselor told Cummings he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly, and would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.

“I was devastated,” Cummings told The Associated Press in 1996, shortly before winning his seat in Congress. “My whole life changed. I became very determined.”

It steeled Cummings to prove that counselor wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most powerful orators in the statehouse, where he entered office in 1983. He rose to become the first black House speaker pro tem. He would begin his comments slowly, developing his theme and raising the emotional heat until it became like a sermon from the pulpit.

Cummings was quick to note the differences between Congress and the Maryland General Assembly, which has long been controlled by Democrats.

“After coming from the state where, basically, you had a lot of people working together, it’s clear that the lines are drawn here,” Cummings said about a month after entering office in Washington in 1996.

Cummings began his long push for civil rights at age 11, when he helped integrate a local swimming pool in Baltimore. This year, during a speech to the American Bar Association in April, Cummings recalled how he and other black children who were barred from the pool organized protests with help from their recreation leader and the NAACP.

Every day for a week, when the children tried to get into the pool, they were spit upon, threatened and called names, Cummings said; he said he was cut by a bottle thrown from an angry crowd.

“The experience transformed my entire life,” he said.

While serving in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996, Cummings pushed for a ban on alcohol and tobacco ads on inner-city billboards in Baltimore, leading to the first such prohibition in a large U.S. city.

Cummings then chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 2003 to 2004, employing a hard-charging, explore-every-option style to put the group in the national spotlight.

He cruised to big victories in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, which had given Maryland its first black congressman in 1970 when Parren Mitchell was elected.

In 2015, when the death of black Baltimore resident Freddie Gray sparked the worst riots the city had seen in decades, Cummings was in the streets, carrying a bullhorn and urging crowds to go home and respect a curfew. He spoke at Gray’s funeral, asking lawmakers in the church to stand up to show Gray’s mother they would seek justice.

“I want justice, oceans of it. I want fairness, rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want,” Cummings said, quoting from the Bible.

 

To Bloomberg: White House & Constitution Aren’t For Sale

H/T AmmoLand.

Bloomberg is so mentally disturbed he thinks everything has a price tag including the White House and the Constitution.

BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today reacted to the announcement from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg that he would finance his own presidential campaign if he decides to run by advising the former New York mayor that “the White House and our Constitutional Rights are not for sale.”

“Michael Bloomberg has been bankrolling extremist gun prohibition efforts for years, because he evidently believes his riches entitle him to tell the rest of the nation how he thinks we should live, and what rights we can exercise,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “There is not enough money in his bank account to buy our liberty, and that for sure includes the Second Amendment rights he so despises.”

Bloomberg’s billions have backed the Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action organizations. He has weaponized his wealth to wage a war of demagoguery against American gun owners and erode a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, Gottlieb said. He has bankrolled anti-rights citizen initiatives and anti-gun political campaigns.

“According to a published report, Bloomberg thinks his wealth insulates him from special interests,” Gottlieb observed, “but they won’t insulate his ‘special interests’ from voters who value their rights far more than his riches. He’s been trying to hammer the Second Amendment for years, but gun owners will tell him to pound sand.

“America is not ready to elect a so-called ‘benevolent dictator’,” he continued, “and that’s the sort of leadership that billionaire Bloomberg seems to think the country needs, with him on the throne. Thanks, but no thanks.

“Michael Bloomberg seems to think that his fortune gives him some sort entitlement to lead the country, and that the country needs him at the helm,” Gottlieb said. “Honestly, America’s law-abiding firearms owners have had quite enough of him. If he wants to run for something, he can run for the border and once he crosses it, he can buy a third-world country to be the dictator of.”


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With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

Bloomberg for President? Reports Say Anti-Gun Billionaire Might Run

H/T AmmoLand.

One more anti-gun clown in the DemocRat 2020 will not matter.

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Several news agencies are reporting that billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who now uses his wealth to support the gun prohibition lobby, is apparently considering a run for president in 2020, “is if (former Vice President Joe) Biden’s fortunes suffer so much that he drops out before or during the early stages of the primary,” according to CNBC.

The former Big Apple mayor, who has weaponized his wealth to help bankroll gun control politicians and ballot measures including two initiatives in Washington State, reportedly “has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden’s recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary,” CNBC reported.

However, the New York Post is reporting “the mogul’s campaign network has not been reactivated to prepare for a White House run.” But with Bloomberg’s big bucks, firing up a major presidential campaign for the Democratic party nomination would take very little time. He could quickly hire some of the best strategists on the landscape, perhaps even stealing them away from other campaigns with the promise of better pay.

The media is already portraying Bloomberg as “a moderate,” when—so far as America’s Second Amendment community is concerned—he is nothing of the such. For example, in 2014 when anti-gun Initiative 594 was on the ballot requiring so-called “universal background checks,” Bloomberg personal contributed $285,000 to the campaign, and his Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund added a whopping $2,310,000, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Four years later, supporting Initiative 1639, a sweeping multi-tiered gun control package that prohibits young adults from purchasing so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles”—which are defined in a way to include every semi-auto rifle ever manufactured including .22-caliber sporting rifles—Bloomberg’s Everytown Action Fund added $450,000 to the campaign. There were “in kind” contributions, as well.

The Federalist is reporting another possible Bloomberg motive for thinking about a run. He’s not keen about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “anti-corporate messaging.” She has unabashedly proposed regulating Wall Street to the point that Bloomberg reportedly, and unflatteringly, called her plan “Venezuela.”

CNBC noted in its report that Bloomberg, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes to be about $51 billion, “was planning to spend over $100 million on a campaign for president if he ran.” President Donald Trump’s wallet is pretty fat, but in a contest to retain the presidency, he might have to dig deep to fight a Bloomberg financial juggernaut.

Earlier this year, when Bloomberg’s interest in a White House run was first indicated, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which is headquartered in Washington State and has battled the Bloomberg-backed gun control crusade, declared in a prepared statement that his candidacy would be bad news for gun owners.

“Michael Bloomberg has been bankrolling extremist gun prohibition efforts for years, because he evidently believes his riches entitle him to tell the rest of the nation how he thinks we should live, and what rights we can exercise,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said at the time. “There is not enough money in his bank account to buy our liberty, and that for sure includes the Second Amendment rights he so despises.”

“America is not ready to elect a so-called ‘benevolent dictator’,” Gottlieb continued, “and that’s the sort of leadership that billionaire Bloomberg seems to think the country needs, with him on the throne. Thanks, but no thanks.

“Michael Bloomberg seems to think that his fortune gives him some sort entitlement to lead the country, and that the country needs him at the helm,” the veteran Second Amendment advocate stated. “Honestly, America’s law-abiding firearms owners have had quite enough of him. If he wants to run for something, he can run for the border and once he crosses it, he can buy a third-world country to be the dictator of.”

It apparently depends upon whether Biden, who is currently vigorously defending himself and his son amid assertions of inappropriate business dealings by the younger Biden in China and Ukraine. Hunter Biden hit back Tuesday in an exclusive ABC interview.

That network is currently wiping egg off its face after being caught using footage of a nighttime weapons demonstration at the Knob Creek gun range in Kentucky, and calling it news footage from a battle between Kurds and Turkish forces.

In a political onslaught to unseat Trump, the campaign so far has taken some strange, if not outright bizarre turns already. With Beto O’Rourke’s blurt about confiscating privately-owned semiautomatic rifles and the revelation of extreme anti-gun-rights agendas by other candidates, Democrats have essentially become, as CCRKBA’s Gottlieb put it, “the party of gun confiscation.”

A Bloomberg late entry to replace a faltering Biden campaign in an effort to offer a “moderate” alternative to the far left field that presently dominates Democrat politics would be just another turn of events in a political silly season. And it’s not even 2020, yet.

With the election just under 13 months away, gun rights groups and activists are scrambling to encourage every gun owner to register to vote. Chances are, if Trump is to keep the White House and Republicans hope to re-take the House and retain the Senate, they’re going to need every gun vote they can muster.

Loser Joe Walsh Who Is Running Against President Trump As A Republican Raises Pathetic Amount Of Money

H/T Right Wing Tribune.

Joe Walsh could not raise enough money to be elected dogcatcher.

Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh has raised less than $130,000 for his long-shot primary bid against President Donald Trump, according to a report submitted Tuesday to the Federal Election Commission.

Walsh reported having $115,000 cash on hand at the end of September; however, much of that is attributed to a $100,000 loan Walsh made to his campaign four days prior to the close of the reporting period, indicating the former Illinois congressman had blown through most of his contributions.

Walsh’s campaign war chest heading into the fourth quarter of 2019 is less than the $117,000 in unpaid child support his ex-wife sued him over in 2011.

Notable contributors to Walsh’s campaign are the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, and Bill Kristol, the former editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, the FEC report shows.

Walsh’s fundraising performance pales in comparison to the $125 million raised by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee raised in the third quarter of 2019.

Walsh received a considerable amount of media attention after launching his primary challenge against Trump on ABC News in late August.

“I’m running because he’s unfit. Somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative,” Walsh told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. “The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum. He’s a child. I’m going to run for president.”

But Walsh’s primary challenge has been troubled from the start.

Hours before Walsh launched his bid, his campaign manager, Jacob Perry, emailed prospective campaign staffers saying that he had been “completely ghosted” by the long-shot candidate.

“As of this morning, it has been eight days and 23 unanswered phone calls since I last spoke with Joe,” Perry wrote, The Daily Beast reported.

The Walsh campaign did not return a request for comment.

 

Way Off Target: Retail Chain’s Minimum Wage Hike Has Screwed Over Its Workers

H/T Town Hall.

The workers at Target are seeing their hours cut due to the  $15 minimum wage.

The retail chain Target decided to increase its minimum wage because that’s the flavor of the week for liberals. It’s one of the silver bullets that the Left thinks will raise the standard of living for workers. In reality, it screws over workers, establishment close rather than deal with extra overhead and accelerates the trend towards automated assistance. Yes, robots are probably going to take over a lot of the workload that’s currently occupied by minimum wage labor. In Seattle and New York, you see how this policy has played out. It’s predictable in how this policy is just a failure. The wage increases and then hours are cut, which leads to less take-home pay. So, when workers at the retail giant started complaining, it’s not like we didn’t warn you (via CNN Business):

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@redsteeze

Completely unforeseeable. https://twitter.com/cnnbusiness/status/1183805744656932865 

CNN Business

@CNNBusiness

Two years ago, Target said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. But some store workers say the wage increases aren’t helping because their hours are falling, making it hard to keep their health insurance or pay their bills. https://cnn.it/2oGblf2 

978 people are talking about this

Two years ago, Target (TGT) said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. The move won praise from labor advocates and put pressure on other companies to also move to $15.

But some store workers say the wage increases are not helping because their hours are falling, making it difficult to keep their health insurance and in some cases to pay their bills.

CNN Business interviewed 23 current and former Target employees in recent months, including department managers, who say hours have been scaled back even as Target has increased starting wages. Many of these workers say the cuts, which come as Target’s business is in its strongest position in more than a decade, have hurt them financially. CNN Business agreed to withhold the last names of several of the current employees and the city where their store is located so they could speak freely.

“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” said one, Heather, who started in November at a Florida store working around 40 hours a week. She’s now below 20 some weeks, she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”

[…]

“Target worked me hard from mid-July of 2018 to February 2019, right before my medical coverage was about to kick in,” said Caren Morales, a former Target employee in Diamond Bar, California. She was averaging around 35 to 40 hours a week, she said, and got a letter from the company in February with information about how to sign up for health insurance benefits.

“They cut my hours right then, and so I begged for hours and always went above and beyond.” She quit in May after her hours plummeted to as little as 15 a week.

Yeah, maybe when USA Today said that we should probably take our time with minimum wage hikes because thus far they’ve been rather shoddy in terms of benefitting workers, Target should’ve listened.