Mitch McConnell, Just Threw a Big Wrench in Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Plans

H/T Western Journal.

This will not set well with the drunken hag Pelosi and her toadies in the House.

The big question will Little Smuckie Schumer’s hatred of Donald Trump cause him to expend political capital and proceed with an impeachment trial?

If no impeachment trial does not happen the leftist loons backing the DemocRats will be harder to appease.

It will be interesting to see how this impeachment farce plays out.

 

Democratic momentum just met Mitch McConnell.

The Kentucky Republican who still holds the Senate majority leader post for a few more days has rejected a plan by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to call the body back into session for an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

And killed the idea of a trial while Trump is still in office.

According to a report by the Daily Caller, a McConnell spokesman said his office had informed Schumer that McConnell would not invoke emergency authority to reconvene the Senate for a trial before the scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic majority passed an article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election, which led to the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol by a riotous mob of Trump supporters, according to CNN.

There is no doubt Pelosi and the radical left would have liked nothing better than to end the Trump presidency with a Senate trial.

But that impeachment attempt — the Democrats’ second against Trump — is now all but certainly dead before Trump leaves the White House.

 

On the one hand, the news is no surprise, given that McConnell had already publicly outlined why it would be unlikely for the Senate to try Trump before his term was up.

On the other hand, the confirmation was a big story, after an Axios report on Tuesday fed Democratic hopes by citing anonymous sources who claimed McConnell was open to the idea of convicting Trump.

A similar report Tuesday in The New York Times, also citing anonymous sources, even claimed that McConnell was “pleased” at the prospect of Democrats impeaching Trump.

(According to a Twitter post on Wednesday by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, McConnell told fellow senators that “I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.” )

Reports like those, combined with the establishment media’s usual breathless hyping of every development on the Democratic side of the aisle, were clearly attempting to push a narrative that a Trump ouster was actually imminent.

McConnell’s decision on Wednesday brought that to a grinding halt.

 

 

There is precedent for an impeachment trial for a former federal officeholder.

In 1876, President Ulysses Grant’s former Secretary of War William Belknap was tried in the Senate on impeachment charges approved by the House minutes before he resigned, according to the Senate website.

Belknap was acquitted when the charges against him failed to win conviction votes from two-thirds of the Senate.

So a Trump trial is possible, but McConnell’s move puts the incoming Democratic administration and Democratic Senate majority in a bind.

The question is: will Biden go along with the radical left wing of his party and pursue an impeachment trial of Trump after the president leaves office?

If so, he’s going to forfeit the earliest days of his presidency in rehashing the past — and no doubt alienate many, many of the almost 75 million Americans who voted for Trump in November.

If the movement to impeach Trump doesn’t go to trial, the most radical-left elements of the Democratic Party, never satisfied with Biden in the first place, will be even harder to deal with in their vicious malice.

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It was a big wrench McConnell threw into Pelosi’s impeachment plans on Wednesday, and it’s going to likely be a big wrench for the incoming Biden administration, too.

Democrats Drafting a Bill That Could Erase Trump’s Legacy

H/T Western Journal.

This move like the second impeachment is  message coming out of the swamp to any outsider we will break and destroy you like we are doing to Donald Trump.

 

Even if President Donald Trump hasn’t succeeded in fully draining the Washington, D.C., swamp, he certainly flushed out every last tyrannical leftist bully.

Wielding the incursion at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as their newest weapon, the left is attempting to systematically destroy Trump, beginning with effectively banning him from the internet and initiating yet another impeachment days before he’s set to leave office anyway.

And now, obscure politicians like Democratic Rep. Linda Sánchez of California are pushing legislation that would erase Trump’s legacy after he leaves office.

“I am working on a bill that would mean that nothing — not even a bench, no airport, no highway, no school — nothing – ever bear the name of this traitor,” Sánchez said in an interview with People published Monday.

Sánchez called Trump a “traitor” because a group of his supporters — of their own volition — decided to storm the Capitol building in an attack that left one rioter and at least one Capitol Police officer dead, among others.

After failing to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, Sánchez and others have settled for a phony impeachment coupled with any petty slight they have the power to impose.

“I don’t think that he deserves any of the benefits that are conferred on prior presidents,” Sánchez said. “I don’t believe that a seditious occupant of the White House should have ever have anything named after him.”

This dream to deny Trump the honor of having something dedicated in his name was shared by fellow Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro.

“In addition to supporting the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump,” Castro tweeted Thursday, “I am also preparing legislation that would prohibit any federal building or property from being named after President Donald J. Trump.”

“President Trump incited an insurrection that damaged some our nation’s most significant and sacred federal property,” he continued. “Most importantly – let us learn from our past. Donald Trump should never become a future generation’s confederate symbol.”

 

Petty? Yes. Surprising? Hardly.

While they attempt to drum him out of town in utter disgrace, Trump is instead leaving office with the steadfast loyalty of his base who think their president served them well, made good on campaign promises and courageously endured the onslaught of attacks that have continued to the bitter end.

And, while other politicians cling to their legacies and hope that a bridge somewhere is named after them someday, Trump can bask in the empire he built long before he entered politics.

Rather than worrying about his presidential library, he already has a Trump-branded building practically in all four corners of the world.

Trump had already amassed a fortune and had his share of book deals and speaking engagements, not as kickbacks for political influence or based on his time in office, but because he was a businessman and celebrity in his own right.

He didn’t need the left or the media’s adulation, he didn’t need their cooperation and he certainly doesn’t need their silly monuments dedicated in his name now.

Trump ran for president and served because he loves America and — to borrow the phrase — wanted to make it great again.

He wasn’t perfect, but he did what he set out to do for the nation and has the support of millions — and that’s a better legacy than anything silly politicians could ever build in his name.

I Went With Johnny Cash to Folsom Prison

H/T History.com.

Fifty three years ago today at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash uttered the words the relaunched career and transformed him into a country music superstar those words were “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.

More than fifty years later, one of the only reporters allowed inside recalls the iconic concert.
 

The gates of Folsom State Prison closed behind Gene Beley. It was 1968, and it was the first time the 28-year-old had ever been to state prison.

“When you walk through there and they shut that door,” he says, “you realize that many men who have that happen never see their freedom again. It’s pretty daunting.”

Unlike the people he met inside, though, Beley wasn’t there to do time. The young reporter for the Ventura Star-Free Press was there to see country music star Johnny Cash perform for the prisoners.

It turned out to be a historic day. Cash’s January 13, 1968 performance at the California prison wasn’t just galvanizing—it revived Cash’s flagging career, produced a hit album, and has become the stuff of music legend. And Beley, who was one of just a handful of non-prisoners to witness the concert, still feels its reverberations today.

At the time, he says, Cash wasn’t exactly a beloved celebrity. “You know, John was really on the skids,” he remembers. Cash had made a string of bad headlines for doing everything from smuggling pills across the Mexico border to trespassing. He had struggled with drug use, conducted an open affair with June Carter (he ultimately divorced his first wife and remarried), and had even been targeted by hate groups. As a result, newspapers hated him—and he distrusted reporters.

Nevertheless, the Reverend Floyd Gressett, one of Cash’s closest friends, invited Beley and his colleague, photographer Dan Poush, to cover the concert. Only one other reporter, Robert Hilburn, attended.

Country singer Johnny Cash posing outside the Folsom Prison before his performance. (Credit: Dan Poush/AP Photo)

 

Country singer Johnny Cash posing outside the Folsom Prison before his performance. (Credit: Dan Poush/AP Photo)

Beley recalls being surprised that Cash was close to a minister. “It seemed so incongruous,” he says.

In fact, Gressett was the reason Cash would perform at Folsom Prison in the first place. The minister also counseled state prisoners, and asked Cash if he’d be interested in meeting some of them. Cash, who had written “Folsom Prison Blues” in 1953, was intrigued by the thought of meeting inmates—and performing his song at the prison that inspired it. In November 1966, he put on a show at Folsom, and in 1968 he decided to return to record an album.

Before the concert, Beley went to Cash’s parents’ home. There, he met John and June. “My first introduction to them was seeing them walking down this country road,” he recalls. “I wish I had a picture of that.”

Cash, who was dressed in a blue sportcoat and a turtleneck, defied his expectations. “He looked like a movie star,” he recalls. Beley, who had been a fan of Cash’s early hits as a high school kid in Montana, was star struck.

“He was just so down to earth and friendly,” he recalls, his voice softening. “Totally charming, a great smile. He looked like the guy next door—someone you’d want to hang out with.”

Before the show, Gressett played Cash a demo written and recorded by a prisoner serving time for armed robbery named Glen Sherley. It was a song called “Greystone Chapel,” and Cash was immediately moved by it. “I want to record that. I want to record that,” he said. He learned the song and rehearsed it with his band.

Country singer Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at the Folsom Prison in California on January 13, 1968. (Credit: Dan Poush/AP Photo)

 

Country singer Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at the Folsom Prison in California on January 13, 1968. (Credit: Dan Poush/AP Photo)

On the day of the concert, Beley sat on a bench with the prisoners and experienced one of history’s most remarkable performances. As the sound bounced off the granite walls of the packed dining hall, he watched the prisoners around him.

“It was probably the first time they were allowed to give such emotion,” he says. Encouraged by the emcee to be part of the show, the inmates obeyed, hollering, screaming and singing along.

“It was quite an education,” he recalls. “You know, you visualize murderers and thieves looking like really bad guys. Probably 50 percent looked like the boy next door. They were just like high school kids at a big concert.”

Of course, it wasn’t just any concert. Armed guards surrounded the crowd, and Cash was vitally aware that he was performing for people who couldn’t leave when the show was over.

At the end of the show, Cash announced that he was going to sing a song by Glen Sherley. It was a complete surprise to Sherley, who was seated in the front row. “He jumped out of his chair,” Beley recalls. “I thought his eyes were going to bolt out of his head. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier man alive.”

The concert ended up changing Sherley’s life. He recorded a successful live album in prison and eventually got out of jail. He went on to join Cash’s band, but was fired after threatening to kill one of his bandmates. Sherley, who struggled with life outside of prison, eventually killed himself. Cash paid for his burial.

Johnny Cash chatting with some of the inmates and guests during his visit to Cummins Prison in Arkansas. April 10, 1969. (Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

 

Johnny Cash chatting with some of the inmates and guests during his visit to Cummins Prison in Arkansas. April 10, 1969. (Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Cash became an advocate for prison reform after recording At Folsom Prison. After the show, he performed at multiple other prison shows, recording a follow-up album, At San Quentin, in 1969, to a prison audience that included future country legend Merle Haggard. “He always identified with the underdog,” Cash’s brother, Tommy,told the BBC in 2013.

Beley kept in touch with Cash after the show, briefly trailing him on the road and conducting other interviews. “I got to see him from many different viewpoints,” he says. “I saw him as the father, the good son.”

Yet he also recalls Cash’s humbleness. “He was almost an ‘aw shucks’ type of guy. You couldn’t ask for anyone more Arkansas, down-home, humble.”

The Folsom Prison album helped revive Cash’s career and reputation, allowing him to turn his outlaw image into an asset, not a professional liability. Beley, for his part, went on to have a long career as a journalist, entrepreneur and newspaper owner. He and Poush still own the rights to the photos and recordings they took that day, and have licensed them widely. “We get little royalty checks every quarter, practically,” he says.

For Beley, the concert was a once-in-a-lifetime event—one he feels lucky to have witnessed. “You never know when one day might impact your entire life,” he says.

 

Despite Georgia Victories Congressional Democrats Have Limited Options on Abortion

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Will Joe Pee Pads Biden do an end run around Congress on abortion?

I have a feeling we will see a lot of Executive Orders/Actions to push abortion.

Joe Pee Pads Biden claims to be a good Catholic yet he advocates the murder of babies via abortion.

He better go to Proverbs and see what God says about shedding innocent bloot it goes like this.

 

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.

You can not get more innocent blood than that of a baby.

Biden poised to take executive action, get cabinet picks confirmed despite Republican opposition.

Despite unified control of both chambers of Congress and the presidency, congressional Democrats’ narrow majorities will make lasting legislative victories on abortion difficult to attain, likely leaving President-elect Joe Biden to resort to executive actions.

Victories in both of the runoff elections in Georgia have given Senate Democrats a 50-50 split in the Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D.) in a position to cast a tie-breaking vote. The party’s 2020 platform vowed to restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood; repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion; and overturn federal and state laws restricting access to abortion or other “reproductive health and rights.”

But West Virginia senator Joe Manchin (D.) pledged to thwart any legislative attempts to institute taxpayer funding of abortion.

“As a life-long Catholic, I have always been pro-life and believe that the Hyde Amendment ensures federal funds are not used to perform abortions anywhere in the country,” Manchin told the Washington Free Beacon. “Repealing the Hyde Amendment would be foolish and I’m strongly opposed to this push from some Members of Congress. If this legislation is brought before the Senate I will vote against repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

Despite the promise of legislative gridlock, however, the Biden administration is poised to undo the Trump administration’s anti-abortion policies through executive action. According to Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, the most significant impact of Democratic control of the Senate may be cementing the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Department of Health and Human Services secretary.

“It’s not a good pick for moderation and bringing people together,” Day said. “He’s a very extreme abortion advocate. That would be very dangerous on a federal level.”

Becerra has already come under fire from pro-life advocates for his record of targeting anti-abortion activists and opposition to religious-conscience rights. A Republican-majority Senate could have blocked his nomination on a party-line vote, but they will need to get at least one Democrat to oppose him.

As attorney general of California, Becerra prosecuted anti-abortion activists and defended an unconstitutional law that would have required crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services. He is also likely to follow through on Biden’s pledge to revive the Little Sisters of the Poor legal battle, since he cosponsored legislation in 2007 that would have eliminated religious-conscience objections to contraceptive coverage mandates.

Biden will also be able to use executive actions to reverse anti-abortion policies like the Mexico City policy, which prohibits the use of taxpayer money to support foreign nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion services or recommendations.

“Biden has completed his flip-flop on abortion,” David O’Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, told the Free Beacon. “I expect he will issue executive orders that are very harmful to the pro-life cause.”

O’Steen said he expects most, if not all, of the Trump administration’s executive orders on abortion, such as reinstating the Mexico City policy and changing Title X funding to effectively remove Planned Parenthood from accessing Medicaid funds, to be rescinded by the Biden administration.

Day expressed optimism that another moderate Democrat, Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), could join Manchin in protecting the Hyde Amendment. Casey’s track record on the issue is mixed, as he has supported the Hyde Amendment but also favored taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

Day said Democratic extremism on abortion and interest-group pressure could push the party far beyond where the majority of public opinion stands.

“We have pro-life Democrats who voted for Biden,” Day said. “They need to go back to the Biden administration and say, ‘We supported you and we want Hyde to stay in place, we want the conscience protections for workers to not be involved in abortions.’ Those are two very reasonable asks.”

Still, with Biden reversing his long-term stances on abortion issues and nominating Becerra, he will be able to take executive and regulatory action that will not require congressional action.

“Everything is at risk right now. I don’t think any abortion policy is safe,” Day said.

Israel Announces Big Move, That’s Sure to Anger Biden

H/T Western Journal.

The West Bank belongs to Israel it is land promised by God to Abraham.

I say Bravo to Prime Minister Netanyahu for building these new settler homes.

Joe Pee Pads Biden needs to remember God’s promise to Abraham.

 

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God has Blessed America because we Blessed and stood by Israel.

What will our fate be if we turn on Israel?

Israel on Monday advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the move, saying it would include 100 homes in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed last month in an attack allegedly carried out by a Palestinian assailant.

The announcement will burnish Netanyahu’s credentials in a tough campaign ahead of March elections, but it could anger Biden, who is opposed to settlement expansion and has clashed with Israel over it in the past.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, territories the Palestinians want for their future state. Nearly 500,000 Israelis live in settlements scattered across the West Bank.

The Palestinians view settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, a position with wide international support.

The Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry condemned the latest announcement, accusing Israel of “racing against time” to build settlements before President Donald Trump leaves office.

Trump’s administration provided unprecedented support to Israel, including by abandoning a decades-old U.S. policy of opposing settlements. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit a West Bank settlement.

Biden has pledged an approach in which he will restore aid to the Palestinians that was cut off by Trump and work to revive peace negotiations. The two sides have not held substantive peace talks in more than a decade.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, who hopes to unseat Netanyahu in March, called the settlement announcement an “irresponsible step” that would spark a “battle” with the new U.S. administration.

The Biden administration has not yet taken office and the government is already leading us into an unnecessary confrontation,” he tweeted. “The national interest must also be maintained during elections.”

The greatest threat to Netanyahu in the coming vote comes from the right, where Gideon Saar, a former ally and staunch supporter of settlements, has broken away and vowed to end his long rule.

Polls show Netanyahu’s Likud winning the most votes but falling short of a majority coalition in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, or parliament.

The announcement said 100 homes would be built in Tel Manashe, a West Bank settlement where Esther Horgan, a 53-year-old mother of six, was killed last month while jogging in a nearby forest. Israel says it has detained a Palestinian suspect in the attack.

It was not immediately clear how soon the homes would be built, as such construction usually requires approval from several government bodies and a tendering process.

The announcement came as neighboring Egypt hosted the foreign ministers of Jordan, Germany and France to discuss ways of reviving talks aimed at a two-state solution, which is still widely seen as the only way of resolving the decades-old conflict.

Monday’s announcement of Israel’s settlement plans “does not create the environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations that are the only path to a two-state solution,” Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

In their joint statement, the ministers called for Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, including in east Jerusalem.”

A ‘Microneedle’ Pill You Can Swallow, Could Replace Insulin Shots

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

This is a giant leap forward for the treatment of diabetes.

The pill passes through the stomach into the small intestine, where it opens to painlessly inject drugs into the bloodstream

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X-ray images at top left show the drug-delivery capsule in the intestine, before and after the arms expand. At right, the arms are unfolded to reveal the microneedles. (Image courtesy of the researchers)
 

Nobody likes getting shots. But most of us only have to face needles occasionally, for a seasonal flu vaccine or routine blood test. People with some forms of diabetes, on the other hand, have to inject themselves with insulin two to four times a day just to stay alive.

 

A new kind of pill developed at MIT could change all that. The capsule is swallowed and passes through the stomach whole, then opens in the small intestine to reveal “microneedles” that attach to the intestine surface and deliver drugs to the bloodstream. This makes it possible to swallow protein drugs like insulin that would normally be destroyed by stomach acids.

“Needle administration of therapeutics can be painful, require training for correct administration, [and] be associated with needle stick injuries,” says Giovanni Traverso, a gastroenterologist and professor in MIT’s department of mechanical engineering, who helped lead the study recently published in the journal Nature Medicine.

There’s also a stigma associated with diseases that require injectable drugs, Traverso says, and this stigma can delay diagnosis. The pill would have none of these drawbacks.

The new capsule system passes through the acidic environment of the stomach unharmed thanks to a special polymer coating. As it enters the small intestine, the higher pH triggers a spring to push open the capsule, releasing a microneedle patch. The patch adheres to the intestinal walls and delivers drugs into the bloodstream via one-millimeter long needles. It then dissolves, passing harmlessly through the rest of the digestive tract. The small intestine is an ideal spot for drug delivery, since it has an enormous surface area—about the size of a tennis court—and lacks pain receptors.

The researchers have successfully delivered insulin to pigs using the microneedle capsules. The amount of insulin that reached the bloodstream was comparable to that of an injection. Working with the drug company Novo Nordisk, the team is continuing to test the system’s safety and efficacy in large animals, including dogs and pigs. They plan to move to human trials in the next two or three years.

The system “has the capacity to transform how we deliver peptides, proteins—including mono-clonal antibodies—and nucleic acids,” Traverso says. “This could change drug delivery science.”

The kind of protein drugs that could be transformed by the microneedle system include hormones, like those used in fertility treatments, antibodies, like those used to treat cancer and autoimmune disorders, enzymes used to treat genetic diseases, and many more.

“It’s a compelling paper,” says David Putnam, a professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell University, who was not involved in the study, in a press release. “Delivering proteins is the holy grail of drug delivery. People have been trying to do it for decades.”

A diagnosis of diabetes or another life-altering illness will never be easy. But if the microneedle capsules are successful, it may be a bit less painful.

The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work

H/T Smithsonian  Magazine.

My grandmother was a devout Christian but she would serve you a hot toddy to help with bad colds.

She had a non-alcohol version for us kids.

On National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you’re sick or not.

It’s National Hot Toddy Day, and not a moment too soon.

As January drags on and even the hardiest of us begin to ponder the grim truth that the season will drag on until March, we’d like to take a moment to talk about one potential winter helper: the hot toddy.

In its classic form, writes Barbara Rowlands for The Telegraph, the drink is served in a glass. It contains, she writes: “a shot of whisky (preferably malt), a teaspoon of honey and a dash of fresh lemon, topped up with boiling water poured over a silver spoon to prevent the glass from cracking.”

Spices can be added to personal preference: fresh ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinamon sticks, though, she writes, “purists would argue this transforrms toddy into punch.”

Though one story about the toddy is that it was invented by 18th-century Scottish doctors as a medicament, she writes, in fact the drink was invented to disguise the flavor of raw Scotch. “Sugar, dates, saffron, mace, nuts and cinamon were piled on to hide the foul taste,” she writes.

Still, a hot, spicy drink like the toddy may help if you’re sick. The spices stimulate saliva, helping a sore throat, and the lemon and honey will stimulate mucus, she writes, citing Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University. The Mayo Clinic adds that warm liquids can be soothing and help ease congestion, while lemon water with honey can “loosen congestion and help prevent dehydration.” One caveat, though: go light on the Scotch, which isn’t good for a cold in large doses (obviously).

More importantly, though, the psychological effect of having a comforting warm drink is important, she writes—especially if you’re coming down with something beyond the usual seasonal post-nasal drip. “Stress and anxiety will have an impact on your immune system and lower your resistance,” Eccles told her. “So if you are worried and stressed, you could take a hot toddy in the way you might take a mild sedative or tranquilizer.”

Hot toddies aren’t the only drinks we treat this way: honey and lemon (sans the other ingredients), tea and even at one time Dr. Pepper (yes, people used to drink it hot) are all classic winter comforts.

Even William Faulkner treated ailments with a hot toddy, writes Caroline Hallemann for Town & Country. His niece, she writes, recounted this story: “Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor.” He always served it on a silver tray, “admonishing the patient to drink it quickly, before it cooled off. It never failed,” she said.

Today, you can have a hot toddy in many novel forms: chamomile, apple cider, even cranberry (we’re not totally sure about the last one.) But consider sticking to the original: after all, if it was good enough for generations of winter warriors, it’s probably good enough for you.

Priest Prepares Congregation for Upcoming Biden Years with Dark Homily: ‘We Are in for It, Folks’

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden should be excommunicated he does not follow the teachings of the Catholic Church especially on abortion.

In spite of the claims by Sen.Chris Coons(Delusional-DE)is a Catholic in name only like JFK.

JFK could not keep his pants up and Joe Pee Pads Biden can not find his pants.

South Carolina Catholic Priest Jeffrey Kirby recently told his parishioners that any Catholics who voted for Joe Biden should be ashamed of themselves.

“Some of you, I know, voted for someone who is now going to suffer and persecute the church for the next four years. That on top of the fact that he supports the utter slaughter of the unborn,” Kirby said on Dec. 29.

“What have you done to your church?” Kirby shouted.

“Watch how our hospitals disappear because we will not follow government dictates. Watch how our support of unwed mothers disappears because of constant and unreasonable regulations. Watch as mother church shrinks. Watch how she is treated by this government, this coming administration.

“And those of you who voted for such an administration bear the responsibility of what you have done. Because we are in for it, folks. And they are already getting ready.

“Have you seen the appointees? Some of the most aggressive, anti-Catholic, anti-organized religion leaders in their various states. And this is what we’re in for.”

In his sharp rebuke of Catholic Biden supporters, Kirby, who led one of the daily invocations as guest chaplain for the House of Representatives last January, asked if they somehow missed the lessons learned under Soviet communism, Nazism and similar current regimes like the one in Venezuela.

“If you somehow missed that, how?” he asked. “Have you been living under a rock?”

Kirby even berated church leaders for not taking a stand against Biden, saying, “never forget the spiritual mystics tell us that the pavements of hell are paved with the skulls of bishops.”

Kirby, who has authored several books, is not exactly a nobody priest in the Catholic Church. Last summer, Pope Francis named him a papal Missionary of Mercy, a touted honor in the Catholic religion.

Kirby showed a lot of chutzpah laying out what many of us Christians have been thinking in silence.

We’ve long been irritated by self-identified Catholics like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who — in the name of “gender neutrality” — just recently moved to ban “gendered words” in the House rules and who has been a reliable vote in favor of abortion “rights.”

But now along comes Biden, hailed as only the second Catholic (JFK was the first) to ever grace the White House. According to CNN, he rarely misses Mass. His pal, Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons, recently told the outlet that “Joe’s faith isn’t just part of who he is. … It’s foundational to who he is.”

But while Biden is accepting the sacred body of Christ at the altar, his Cabinet is, as Kirby so aptly charged, is looking more like the anti-Christ, at least from the Catholic religion’s point of view.

There’s Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, his pick for secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She has lobbied to keep an Obama policy that requires federal government-funded shelters to house people based on their “gender identity,” including by allowing men who identify as women to be housed with women.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, has previously filed suit against the pro-life Catholic group Little Sisters of the Poor in an effort to block a policy that would exempt them from the Obamacare contraception mandate, according to Fox News.

“Becerra spent years tormenting the Little Sisters of the Poor in court, trying to force them to pay for things like abortion pills against their consciences. He also led efforts to force pro-life pregnancy resource centers to advertise for abortion,” Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association, told Fox.

Meanwhile, Ron Klain, Biden’s White House chief of staff pick, likely wants to use the power of the federal government to crack down on what he derided in a 2019 Washington Post Op-Ed as “fetal rights.”

Biden can of course go the route of his Catholic predecessor, John F. Kennedy, who once declared, “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.”

It was a good choice of words for a Catholic politician. Let’s see if Biden copies Kennedy (although Biden might not want to be careful about copying any more politicians).

Father Kirby said it best anyway: “Evil talks about tolerance until it’s in control. … Never forget that the only thing evil needs to succeed is for good people to remain quiet.”

 

Rogue ATF Agents are Cracking Down on Legal Guns in Anticipation` of Biden Admin

H/T AmmoLand.

It will only get worse under Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime.

 

Honest citizens should enjoy the right to assemble their own firearms for lawful purposes, and they should be able to do so without being terrorized by their government.” — GOA’s Erich Pratt, AmmoLand, December 11, 2020.

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GOA and other pro-2A groups are suing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- On Thursday, federal agents raided the headquarters of Polymer80, one of the largest manufacturers of homemade firearm accessories.

 

For years, Polymer80 has been producing “80% complete” lower receivers which the ATF determined to be incomplete and non-regulatable by the ATF as firearms. These receivers require holes to be drilled and surfaces filed before they become an actual, usable receiver, hence the term 80% receiver.

You might have heard an anti-gunner refer to a completed homemade firearm as a “ghost gun” before.

According to the ATF in numerous letters to Polymer80, their 80% receivers did not require a manufacturer’s license, the unconstitutional Pittman-Robertson tax, a serial number, or a NICS check before purchase.

Anti-gunners have been advocating for a ban on homemade firearms for years, even recently appealing to the Trump Administration.

Once again, the ATF appears to be reversing its longstanding interpretive guidance and is arbitrarily redefining a crucial term to enact a gun ban.

ATF is Expanding its Crackdown

AmmoLand News broke the news yesterday that ATF is raiding more companies than just Polymer80:

The ATF did raid or show up at other companies that sell other kits that include 80% part kits, barrels, and slides that are not Polymer80. AmmoLand News sources inside the ATF say that the agency is now considering 80% kits with all the parts needed to finish a pistol as a firearm. None of the companies had any warning on the change to ATF’s regulations before actual agents showed up making attempts to retrieve customer information.

Apparently, the ATF now considers an 80% lower receiver sold with a parts kit — such as the one offered by Polymer80 as a Buy Build Shoot Kit — to be a firearm requiring a background check. .

But the statute defining a firearm hasn’t changed.

ATF Leadership 2020 Acting Director Regina Lombardo & Associate Deputy Director Marvin Richardson
ATF Leadership 2020 Acting Director Regina Lombardo & Associate Deputy Director Marvin Richardson

What did change?

ATF is arbitrarily redefining firearms using interpretive guidance. Acting Director of the ATF Regina Lombardo must feel emboldened by the apparent victory of presidential candidate Joe Biden.

In November, she even began working early with the “Biden Transition Team.”

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Her reported priorities? Pistol braces and 80% receivers.

But this is more than cooperating with a transition team. Lombardo has begun advancing the Biden-Harris gun control agenda during the Trump Administration!

Take action and tell President Trump to fire Acting Director of the ATF Regina Lombardo and her anti-gun subordinates responsible for this anti-Second Amendment attack on homemade firearms.

These anti-gunners have got to go!

In liberty,

Aidan Johnston
Director of Federal Affairs
Gun Owners of America

PS: If any readers have been contacted by ATF regarding 80% receivers or Polymer80 products please contact AmmoLand News.


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ATF Continues Search for Grenades Sold at Antique Mall in Shallotte

H/T AmmoLand.

Please help me spread the word about these grenades.


ATF Frag Grenade

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeks the public’s help in recovering potential live hand grenades purchased in June 2020 at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall on Ocean Highway West in Shallotte.

 

On Dec. 23, 2020, a Virginia teenager was killed by an exploding grenade that investigators believe may have been purchased from the antique mall in June.

Subsequent information provided to ATF indicates additional grenades were possibly sold from the same vendor in June 2020. Law enforcement is concerned the grenades purchased from the vendor may contain live explosives and could be hazardous to the public.

The grenades were thought to be “inert” MK2 grenades, a style used during World War II and similar to the one pictured below. At the time of sale, neither the vendor nor buyer(s) believed the grenades to be functioning or hazardous.

ATF is asking for anyone who visited Shallotte, near the Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach area, and purchased an “inert” grenade from the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in June 2020 to contact the Charlotte Field Division at 704-716-1800 or the Washington Field Division at 202-648-8010. Information can also be provided to ATF by calling 1-800-ATF-TIPS (800-283-8477), or by email at ATFTips@atf.gov


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