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-War on Police-
This Week in Guns, January 20th, 2018

By Chris Covert

A lot of state and local legislation is being considered since the October shootings in Las Vegas. Columbia, South Carolina, for example, has passed a city ordnance banning the possession of bump stocks. Similar legislation is being considered in Washington state.

Massachusetts has demanded that all bump stocks be surrendered to authorities. So has New Jersey.

In a Facebook gun group, I keep hearing how you can do the same thing as a bump stock just by using the belt loops on your pants.

That misses the point. One murderous individual uses bumps stocks on his rifles to kill 58 people, so local and state politicians decide to do something about all the other shooters who not only do not possess such an attachment, but do not use it due to its lack of general utility. Out of all the rounds fired in all American rifles alone before the Las Vegas shootings, how is banning a practice going to help anyone? And how is a ban on a firearm attachment voted into law as consent of the governed.

We have a situation, and I doubt very many people have noted its practice, where leftists use the power of the law to attack their political opponents by constantly voting for more and more restrictions. The excuse is public safety, but the practice is what every tyrant since the beginning of time has done.

I read a quote attributed to the great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

If... If... We didn't love Freedom enough. And even more - we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure. ... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.

I think we are in the aftermath.


Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Pistol ammunition prices were mostly steady. Rifle ammunition prices were mostly steady.

Prices for used pistols were mostly higher. Prices for used rifles were mixed.

New Lows:


Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Red River Reloading, Silver Bear, FMJ, Steel Casing, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: East Carolina Trading, Own brand, FMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads, .20 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (5 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 Grain, From Last Week: -.03 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Bulk Ammo Store, Own Brand, FN, Brass Casing, Reloads .18 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: East Carolina Trading, Own Brand, CRN, Brass Casing, Reloads, .17 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Extreme Reloading, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads .14 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Fedarm, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads .13 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each After Unchanged (5 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017))

.38 Special, 158 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Highland Lakes Ammo, Own Brand, FN, Brass Casing, Reloads .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 500 rounds: Fed Arm, Own brand, TMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads, .19 per round (From Last Week: -.05 Each After Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Able's, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .20 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017))

.308 NATO 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .32 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .30 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

7.62x39mm AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: True Shot Gun Club, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3Q, 2017))

.30-06 Springfield 145 Grain. From Last Week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .54 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: United Nations Ammo, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .53 per round (From Last week: Unchanged (4Q, 2017))

.300 Winchester Magnum 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, SP, .81 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Target Sports USA, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, SP, .85 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged 9 Weeks)

.338 Lapua Magnum 250 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Ten Ring, Brass Casing, SP, 2.15 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 200 rounds: Cabelas, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, HPBT, 2.80 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammo King, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 5,000 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017))

Guns for Private Sale

.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $440 Last Week Avg: $500(-) ($616 (2Q, 2015), $387 (20 Weeks))
Arizona (201, 3Q, 2017(+3))(122, 113): DPMS: $450 ($740 (4 Weeks), $300 (19 Weeks))
Texas (484, 3Q, 2017(+3))(350, 354): Del-Ton Echo: $550 ($700 (1Q, 2015), $350 (2Q, 2015))
Pennsylvania (249, 3Q, 2017(+6))(163, 148): American Tactical Imports: $500 ($700 (2Q, 2015), $300 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (282, 3Q, 2017)(222, 220): Anderson AM-15: $400 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $300 (8 Weeks))
Florida (679, 3Q, 2017)(484, 466): Anderson Arms: $400 ($650 (2Q, 2015), $380 (1Q, 2015))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,080 Last Week Avg: $1,040(+) ($1,359 (2Q, 2015), $766 (32 Weeks))
Arizona (49, 3Q, 2017(+6))(43, 47): Palmetto State Armory: $1,100 ($2,300 (32 Weeks), $500 (15 Weeks))
Texas (178, 3Q, 2017)(101, 85): DPMS Panther: $1,000 ($1,500 (4Q, 2014), $650 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (54, 3Q, 2017)(30, 31): Sig Sauer Patrol 716: $1,800 ($1,600 (4Q, 2016), $700 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (86, 3Q, 2017)(66, 61): DPMS: $750 ($2,750 (1Q, 2016), $675 (11 Weeks))
Florida (128, 3Q, 2017(+3))(51, 49): DPMS: $750 ($1,950 (2Q, 1016), $500 (3Q, 2015))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $565 Last Week Avg: $585(-) ($668 (3Q, 2016), $450 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (34, 3Q, 2017(+3))(26, 28): Zastava: $650 ($925 (32 Weeks), $400 (37 Weeks))
Texas (141, 3Q, 2017)(69, 73): IO: $600 ($800 (1Q, 2016), $350 (3Q, 2014))
Pennsylvania (75, 3Q, 2017)(50, 46): Zastava: $500 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $375 (1Q, 2015))
Virginia (72, 3Q, 2017)(63, 59): RAS-47: $575 ($700 (2Q, 2016), $300 (11 Weeks))
Florida (146, 3Q, 2017)(136, 141): Palmetto State Armory: $500 ($700 (1Q, 2016), $300 (4Q, 2014))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $390 Last Week Avg: $390(=) ($495 (4Q, 2016), $296 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (14, 3Q, 2017)(6, 7): Winchester 94: $400 ($500 (1Q, 2017), $200 (37 Weeks))
Texas (35, 3Q, 2017(+2))(27, 28): Marlin: $400 ($550 (1Q, 2015), $295 (35 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (23, 3Q, 2017)(11, 13): Marlin: $375 ($450 (1Q, 2015), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Virginia (19, 3Q, 2017(+3))(12, 11): Winchester Ranger: $300 ($670 (2Q, 2016), $250 (4Q, 2015))
Florida (34, 3Q, 2017)(20, 17): Marlin: $475 ($500 (1Q, 2015), $250 (2Q, 2015))


.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $491 Last Week Avg: $466(+) ($525 (3Q, 2016), $350 (4Q, 2015))
Arizona (134, 3Q, 2017(+5))(102, 108): Tisas: $430 ($700 (36 Weeks), $325 (22 Weeks))
Texas (361, 3Q, 2017 (+3))(274, 258): Remington R1: $550 ($600 (4Q, 2014), $300 (4Q, 2016))
Pennsylvania (178, 3Q, 2017)(157, 156): Remington R1: $450 ($600 (24 Weeks), $300 (2Q, 2015))
Virginia (204, 3Q, 2017(+3))(169, 159): Taurus PT 1911: $600 ($775 (24 Weeks), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Florida (440, 3Q, 2017)(317, 326): Remington R1: $425 ($500 (1Q, 2016), $250 (1Q, 2015))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $234 Last Week Avg:$26(-) ($358 (1Q, 2016), $207 (37 Weeks))
Arizona (238, 3Q, 2017)(211, 206): Ruger 9E: $180 ($400 (43 Weeks), $180 (11 Weeks))
Texas (586, 3Q, 2017(+3))(475, 496): Diamond Back DB9: $220 ($355 (1Q, 2015), $180 (13 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (368, 3Q, 2017)(354, 334): Star M43: $250 ($350 (4Q 2014), $150 (49 Weeks))
Virginia (365, 3Q, 2017(+6))(316, 303): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $260 ($425 (4Q, 2016), $189 (2Q, 2016))
Florida (827, 3Q, 2017)(682, 692): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $260 ($400 (1Q, 2016), $160 (37 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $319 Last Week Avg: $281(+) ($399 (1Q, 2016), $262 (2Q, 2016))
Arizona (77, 3Q, 2017(+2))(45, 48): Walther P99c: $450 ($500 (1Q, 2017), $195 (33 Weeks))
Texas (156, 3Q, 2017(+2))(121, 116): Glock 23: $325 ($425 (4Q, 2014), $180 (16 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (115, 3Q, 2017(+5))(92, 96): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 ($450 (2Q, 2016), $200 (3Q, 2016))
Virginia (109, 3Q, 2017(+4))(91, 88): Smith & Wesson 410: $220 ($450 (2Q, 2015), $220 (2 Weeks))
Florida (193, 3Q, 2017(+3))(158, 147): Kahr CW40: $300 ($400 (1Q, 2015), $199 (4Q, 2015))

Used Gun of the Week: (Montana)
Remington 700 Long Range bolt action rifle chambered in .300 Win Mag
Posted by: badanov || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never mess with a girl's purse.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Before knowing anything about the shooting (or about firearms), lefty lawmakers want to pass laws controlling bump stocks. So predictable and typical and stupid.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/20/2018 11:18 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe abuses Americans saving it from mass starvation
[American Thinker] One reason for reading the output of left wing entities is that many are very well funded and thus have the ability to cover subjects that the media doesn’t have the resources to inquire into. Thus you get to read about plenty of developments that you wouldn’t otherwise be aware of. They also tell us of what they are afraid of and the things they fear might happen that will affect the credibility of the narrative.
Hey yo, did I say something wrong? Is it the red tie ?
Thus Foreign Policy, a magazine in the stable of the Washington Post, just published an article complaining about how mean the Zimbabwe government is to the American ambassador, who is black. From that article:

The pro-government Sunday Mail called him an "Uncle Tom" and a "house nigger dressed in a fine suit" ‐ and that was just in his first week on the job; and:

When the U.S. Embassy here put out a statement in February denouncing the "continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe," then-President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman responded by suggesting that American critics of the Zimbabwean government, including U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr., should "go and hang on a banana tree."

It seems that the Zimbabwean government isn’t taking the United States very seriously. The comedy gold is further down in the article when it mentions that "the United States now feeds roughly a quarter of Zimbabweans with "emergency food aid". What that looks like is shown in the this graph:

Zimbabwe’s ills are all self-inflicted, as are Venezuela’s (and most other places). They could feed themselves from their own efforts if they wanted to. But why bother if the United States is sending them all that free wheat? All the while they abuse the American ambassador with racial epithets “that the Ku Klux Klan doesn’t even use anymore.”
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 07:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Zimbabwe’s ills are all self-inflicted

"Self-inflicted"...? New-think rubbish! All a very well planned and executed 1970's vintage hand-off of governance by the west. And the update? Fish Eagles home to roost, so to speak.

By the way, do African nations make a point of sending caucasian ambassadors to the United States? Just asking.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "You don't respect us enough to send us a white man?", sorta thing?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/20/2018 10:13 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
Comrade Psychiatrist is unhappy with Mr. Trump's "delusional reformism"
Visit Link

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#1  Whenever I have a doubt about President Trump, I reflect for a moment on the alternative.

Then I feel better. Much better.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/20/2018 11:55 Comments || Top||

#2  We live in the age of "Normal is scary." I like it!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 15:52 Comments || Top||

The Peoples Cube visits Comrade Flake's Claims.
Comrade Flake (yes, that is his real name, maybe), says Trump is the new Stalin.

Jeff Flake Compares Trump to Joseph Stalin

The similarities are glorious:

1. Just like Trump, Stalin is not a real surname, but a revolutionary nom de guerre.

2. Stalin also took advantage of the free market economy to become a billionaire.

3. Stalin ran an international pageant "Miss Gulag" and "Collective Farm Apprentice."

5. Once in power, Stalin freed the capitalist economy of burdensome regulations, reduced the size of government bureaucracy, and cut taxes for individuals and businesses, causing an unprecedented growth of wealth, incomes, and employment.

6. Stalin was relentlessly attacked by the mainstream media, who called him names, disparaged his every move, and questioned his sanity. The Tsarist Deep State obstructed his policies at every turn.

7. Stalin was subjected to a special investigation by the Mensheviks over allegations that he colluded with the Russians to defeat the presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Trotsky, whom he later killed with an ice axe. The alleged plan to win the presidency included an occult ritual, in which hired prostitutes performed a ceremonial "golden shower" on the bed where the deposed Tsar had slept with his First Tsarina.

8. Stalin's only recourse against the attacks was to ridicule his opponents on Twitter.

9. Everything points to the fact that, just like Stalin, Trump will rule the country for 30 years and die in his bed at the peak of his personality cult, poisoned by Jewish doctors.

We can see, comrades, that Trump is literally Stalin.

While many will dismiss this statement as insane and unstable, I see this as an opportunity to spread the word to fellow travelers. Let this be our new rallying cry, which may allow us to run a real Stalin-like candidate from the Democrat side and thus cement our power over this unlawful country with its shameless capitalist wealth for good.

In Great Socialist Unity!
Your most humble Liquidator™,
Dimitri Kissov
Posted by: 3dc || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  8. Stalin's only recourse against the attacks was to ridicule his opponents on Twitter.

That's ridiculous. Twitter wasn't around yet. He was on Facebook (first)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 6:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rhet ques: Will we miss any of these government agencies during the shutdown?
[American Thinker] Now that the government is shut down, a whole 17% of it, the liberal media are in a panic. Over at Mother Jones they compiled a list of some of the things we are missing out on. Here's a partial list:

1. Head Start. Now "disadvantaged" parents will have to read to their kids like everyone else. But since we know that black dads are better than white dads at raising kids, there shouldn't be any problems.

2. Civil suits. The government will stop launching civil lawsuits. Good.

3. Phony flu vaccine. The CDC will stop pushing its phony flu vaccine.

4. Bathrooms at national parks. People will have to find another place to go to the bathroom in an environment target-rich with bushes.

5. Businesses trying to import cheap labor with work visas. They will have no choice but to hire Americans.

6. People who want flood insurance. People will have to bear the risks of buying a home next to raging rivers for a few days. Or maybe not buy homes there at all. Would that be such a terrible thing?

7. Economic reports. Somehow, we will have to do without government economic reports for a few days. Can we really manage?

8. No mine inspections. I expect that most mines will collapse without government inspections.

9. No refugee admissions. For this reason alone, the government should stay closed.

10. No Smithsonian. Let them charge admission and support themselves. That's how museums in the real world work.

11. Fewer tourists from the Third World. Tourists from third-world countries (who often overstay their visas) may have trouble getting into the country.

I find this list curious for what it didn't mention:

1. NASA. I suspect that even after a lengthy shutdown, all the planets and stars will be exactly where they were before it all started. What's the hurry?

2. The EPA. The EPA will be unable to harass law-abiding businesses for a few days.

3. The Department of Transportation. Payments for pork projects will be held up.

4. The National Endowment for the Arts. Artists will have to pay the cost of painting with their own excrement for a while.

5. The U.S. Institute of Peace. We'll have to cope with whatever wars break out while the USIP is out of action.

6. The State Department. Hopefully everyone will be sent home, forever. Once they've finished processing all those FOIA requests, that is.

7. The Department of Agriculture. Is it possible for farms to produce food without the DOA's help?

8. The Department of Commerce. Big businesses, which get export subsidies, will have to wait a little longer for its welfare checks.

9. The Department of Labor. Doesn't do a day's worth of work. Will not be missed.

10. The Small Business Administration. Small businesses will have to get loans in the private sector from organizations I think are called banks.

Lastly, I suspect that the DACA program, which President Trump eagerly restarted, will be closed during the shutdown. That's reason enough to keep the government shut down until ICE (which is not shut down) can round them all up.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 08:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Target of $$$$ exploitation for Trump. Unnecessary programs and personnel revealed. Taxpayers to benefit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 9:04 Comments || Top||

#2  #9 - For the Win
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  The President and Chucky met at the Whitehouse over "cheeseburgers" to avert the shut down. I can't see a limousine liberal eating cheese burgers.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/20/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Re: Dept of Agriculture - not so much growing, most of it's money is spent on the Food Stamp Program - otherwise known as a subsidy for grocery stores.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/20/2018 10:14 Comments || Top||

#5  The President and Chucky met at the Whitehouse over "cheeseburgers" to avert the shut down. I can't see a limousine liberal eating cheese burgers.

Exactly - if you look at any Dem. photo op / campaign event over the past ten years, very, very few of them will touch 'fast food' or anything they think resembles it. Obama might have quaffed dog legs a hamburger or two, but that's it.
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 13:40 Comments || Top||

#6  How about Rhett (Butler) answer?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/20/2018 14:11 Comments || Top||

#7  kudos, G(r)etc.
Posted by: Zebulon Chirong3710 || 01/20/2018 16:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Did they close the National monuments yet in DC? I'm sure those barriers are stored someplace.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/20/2018 16:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Every politicians worst nightmare - the people discover how little we need them. Trump is loving this.
Posted by: Iblis || 01/20/2018 16:59 Comments || Top||

Born The Same Year, Who Looks Better Donald Trump Or Bill Clinton?
[PacificPundit] All this talk about Trump’s "health" or "heart disease" got me thinking. Who looks better for their age. Bill Clinton or Donald Trump? Both men were born in 1946. Trump was born in June of that year while Clinton was born in August. This is how the two men looks today, both basically the same age minus a couple of months. Who looks better and in better health to you?

Here are some other recent pictures of Bill Clinton, technically a few weeks younger than Donald Trump:
Gotta' hit the link
And of course let’s not forget seizure queen Hillary Clinton. Everyone, all the so called experts thought she’d be in the Oval Office now with Bill Clinton getting interns once again. She’s actually a year younger than both Trump and BJ Bill. How is she looking these days?

I wonder, had Hillary Clinton been able to get enough of the dead vote in 2016, would CNN be declaring Hillary Clinton’s health bad too?
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#1  Now that's some scary &^%$; one born a month before me and one a month after.... Moon must have been in the constellation of Hades....
Posted by: Slavins Uneath9257 || 01/20/2018 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  There is a 100 year old guy in my Sunday School class that looks better than slick Willy. He is a competitive runner, too. Orville Rogers.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/20/2018 9:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Being married to the Hildebeest for nearly half a century has taken it's toll.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  The one pic of SlickWilly makes him appear to have cancer, aids, lungpuckeroo, terminal syph, wasting-away-disease and polio all at the same time. He must have had a mis-spent youth.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/20/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  It's a heavy burden being the first black president.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/20/2018 11:52 Comments || Top||

#6  It can't have been a life-extending experience being around that corrupt decrepit drunk since she lost to TRUMP!
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#7  At 50, every man has the face he deserves - George Orwell.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 13:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Apparently syphilis is bad for the complexion. That and exposure to Hildabeasts.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/20/2018 14:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Re: #7 - heard that attributed to Lincoln. When taken to task for saying he didn't like a political appointee applicant's face, re responded "Every man over 40 is responsible for what he looks like."

(If true I have some serious atoning to do....8p
Posted by: Zebulon Chirong3710 || 01/20/2018 16:21 Comments || Top||

Mahmoud Abbas just got exactly what he asked for
"Damn your dollars!" Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas railed at the United States and President Trump during his recent maniacal tirade.

Well, OK: On Tuesday, Team Trump took him at his word, cutting $65 million of the $125 million Washington sends to the UN outfit that handles Palestinian aid, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Hey, Trump had warned Abbas long ago that PA funding was at risk if its leaders refused to engage in peace talks with Israel.
We quit subsidizing obstructive failure
And Abbas' 2 ½-hour rant in Ramallah pretty conclusively showed that he's not remotely ready to do that.

First, he again specifically rejected any thought of playing along with the latest US effort to restart negotiations: "We told Trump we will not accept his project, the 'deal of the century', which has become the 'slap of the century'" - referring to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

More, he denied the Jewish state's legitimacy, claiming, "Israel is a colonialist project that has nothing to do with Jews." How can Israel bargain with a guy who insists the Jews have no links at all to the Holy Land?

And he continues to defend PA payouts to terrorists ("heroic brothers") and their survivors, which leaves him in line for even more cuts in US aid. The House of Representatives last month passed the Taylor Force Act to further reduce PA funding if those payouts don't stop; Abbas' ravings only make it more likely that the Senate will go along.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up nicely: Abbas "has torn off the mask and shown to the public the simple truth: . . . The root of the conflict between us and the Palestinians is their steadfast refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever."

Plainly, lasting peace is off the table until Abbas makes way for a rational leader. The only real question is how much more damage he'll do before he goes.
A rational leader coudn't get elected to lead an irrational people
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 08:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Why the PA gets one thin dime in the first place is baffling. Isn't it amazing when the US President (and even with fair warning) does something that is as common-sensical as it gets?

But someone remind me--why had we continued to support the PA but were also quick to pass the (some would say, dubious) Magintsky Act? (To cover for US attempts to manipulate Russian politics?)
Posted by: Clem || 01/20/2018 9:48 Comments || Top||

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Response to Al Jazeera's African-American migration to Africa
[American Thinker] Al Jazeera, my #1 information source for unbiased and accurate news (just kidding), nonetheless had an interesting story about black people who left America and moved to Africa because of...you guessed it: racism!
They have come from the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Thousands of them. And many refuse to return.
A new wave of African[-]Americans is escaping the incessant racism and prejudice in the United States. From Senegal and Ghana to [t]he Gambia, communities are emerging in defiance of conventional wisdom that Africa is a continent everyone is trying to leave.
I think it's great that black Americans are leaving s-holes like San Francisco and New York to go to places like the Gambia (and maybe "the Uganda" and "the Chad," too ‐ who knows?)
It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 African[-]Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. They are teachers in small towns in the west or entrepreneurs in the capital and say they that even though living in Ghana is not always easy, they feel free and safe.

Very safe! So safe, in fact, that when the U.S. embassy in Accra issued a warning about crime a few months ago, it probably was just kidding.

Muhammida el-Muhajir moved from America to Accra because she believes that blacks in America are treated as second-class citizens.

You hear stories about the richest black people, like Oprah Winfrey, getting shut out of a store or Jay-Z not being allowed to buy [an apartment]. Those things happen.

Muhammida says locals are "confused" as to why an American would want to move to Ghana. Muhammida produced a documentary about "Blaxit," or a black exit from the United States.

She admits that there are some challenges to living in Ghana.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 08:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why is it that there is a butthurt response to this story? Instead of "bye-bye assholes" it's "your premise is invalid, nobody would ever leave America!"
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 01/20/2018 10:39 Comments || Top||

#2  The response is probably because the original report is propaganda. 1000 something folks moving to Africa is not a movement but a trickle, a trickle compared to the flow in the other direction a trickle that is keeping their US citizenship so as to be able to return when they get tired.

The original article wasn't designed to encourage emigration but to bash the US.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/20/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Back in the 60's a number of American blacks tried moving to Africa. It didn't usually work: they weren't welcomed as "black brothers" but held at a distance as members of a different tribe. And Americans of any color are money trees.
Posted by: james || 01/20/2018 22:21 Comments || Top||

A new kind of scandalology.
Summary: It is easy to get lost in the webs of tales about political crime and scandal that the media spin for us. Here James Bowman puts the stories about Trump in a useful larger context, so that we can better understand whatever comes next.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

Democrats in Puerto Rico INTENTIONALLY Keeping Power Off to Hurt Trump
[TheBlackSphere] The plot thickens in Puerto Rico.

The Democrats there believe they can make a "Katrina" of Maria, the hurricane that recently devastated the island sh*thole paradise. So they intentionally thwart attempts by President Trump to restore things to normal.

So months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, nearly half the island’s residents remain powerless. But FEMA sent hundreds of workers to the area to help restore the electrical grid, so why the delay? Materials.

Items critical to restoring the grid in Puerto Rico are missing. So over the weekend, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began raiding warehouses. To there amazement, they found that Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority has been "hoarding" these critical items.

The intercept reported that FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered a warehouse in Palo Seco warehouse where they found hundreds of tension steel sleeves and nearly 3,000 items necessary for contractors helping Puerto Rico restore power.

Hard to imagine people putting politics before people. However, that’s modis operandi for Leftists.
The Democrats believe you must crack a few eggs to make an omelet.

Not long ago the Associated Press reported on this very issue.

FEMA has been desperately importing electrical rescue crews, trying to get the island back to full power. But the crews themselves have faced a massive shortage of equipment and necessary parts ‐ a shortage which puzzled the emergency management agency which has been importing the parts and materials since just days after Hurricane Maria hit.

The problem seems to be the PREPA, which received the materials but never distributed them. According to reports, PREPA failed to enter into "mutual aid agreements," that would have allowed the electricity provider to seek help from private utilities in completing the island-wide restoration project.

At the same time, the Intercept reports, the Puerto Rican government is trying to reform PREPA, which seems to be causing more problems than it’s solving.

At least for now, it seems that FEMA and other agencies are getting involved, trying to make sure that crews they manage are fully stocked and supplied so that power can return to Puerto Rico.

The Mayor of San Juan hates President Trump. She’s willing to do anything to disrupt his administration’s efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.

As CNN reported,

Yulín Cruz said in an interview with CNN’s Leyla Santiago that a briefing with Trump on Tuesday preceded a "productive" discussion with administration staff, but she lamented the tone of the President’s remarks in the wake of back-to-back hurricanes

Trump has accused Yulín Cruz of taking a political angle to criticize his administration’s relief efforts, and Yulín Cruz said she was able to speak with the President briefly when he shook her hand at Tuesday’s event.

"I told him, ’Mr. President this is about saving lives. It’s not about politics,'" Yulín Cruz said. "That’s all the interaction that mayors had with him."

But for Cruz, it is about politics.

Take a look at Houston, in comparison.

The Category 4 hurricane brought winds in excess of 130 mph, dumped trillions of gallons of rain, led to 82 deaths in the region and caused damage estimated at nearly $200 billion. The Astros, along with donating $4 million to hurricane relief efforts, seized onto the "Houston Strong" message, similar to what the Red Sox adopted in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing en route to winning the World Series in 2013.

Houston didn’t fret.

The city’s major league baseball team won a World Series, and now the job of recovery begins. No politics, just good old American Spirit at play.

And PR wonders why they won’t get statehood.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/20/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I saw this before the storm even it.
Posted by: newc || 01/20/2018 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Hoarding? Maybe.
Lost track, didn’t know what they were for, receiving put them in ‘frustrated cargo’, warehouse staff quit to rebuild their own homes, more likely.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/20/2018 2:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Hard to imagine people putting politics before people.

Yes, "hard to imagine" if you've been cave dwelling in the mountains of Peru for the past 25 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/20/2018 2:42 Comments || Top||

#4  The people on the receiving end mostly voted for it. Getting it good and hard as Mencken said.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/20/2018 3:36 Comments || Top||

#6  #5 - Rodriquez says she is "sorry her writing is being interpreted as anti-Semitic," adding that her "intention was not to offend, but to add to the public conversation."

She argues in her piece that recognizing "the Jew" as the "prototype of true power" with control over the United States should not be offensive.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/20/2018 6:47 Comments || Top||

#7  And on that note - its' the National Socialist Workers Party. The Left is the Left. It comes naturally to them.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/20/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#8  She argues in her piece that recognizing "the Jew" as the "prototype of true power" with control over the United States should not be offensive.

I thought it was the white supremacist, heteronormative, cisgendered, knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, NASCAR lovin' fascist white power structure?
Posted by: Raj || 01/20/2018 9:50 Comments || Top||

#9  ...and not to mention gun-toting, card-carrying (notional or otherwise) NRA member as well.
Posted by: Clem || 01/20/2018 9:52 Comments || Top||

#10  How much of this is organized corruption brought to light by the current disaster? Ex: Area "A" pays bribe and gets *cough* expedited repair and the lights come on. Area "B" is still waiting for first survey crew...
Posted by: magpie || 01/20/2018 16:06 Comments || Top||

#11  "is trying to reform PREPA, which seems to be causing more problems than it’s solving."
It all depends on what your definition of 'successful' is.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/20/2018 17:09 Comments || Top||

#12  What kind of socialist ahole would do that to his neighbors - A Democrat, because everything, every f**king thing they say is BS, meant to sound reasonable and principled, when everything is about power, and the end justifies the means, and oh by the way makes them feel virtuous, crafty and that they are
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/20/2018 17:10 Comments || Top||

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