24 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-29-21

  1. Awwww…..

    The poor little predatory investor doesn’t like it when he’s the prey. 🙂

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    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/losses-short-positions-u-firms-134105387.html

    “Losses top $70 billion on short positions in U.S. firms – Ortex data”

    “Wall Street investors are sitting on estimated year-to-date losses of $70.87 billion on their bets against U.S. companies following massive surges in some of the heavily shorted shares, data from analytics firm Ortex showed on Thursday.

    Some shares such as in video game retailer GameStop have jumped more than 1,000% in the past week, driven primarily by retail investors trading on online apps and sharing tips on social media messaging boards

    Such gains have forced short-sellers to buy back stock to cover potential losses in what is dubbed a short-squeeze. Moves were exacerbated by more retail investors piling into the stock.

    Ortex data showed that as of Wednesday, there were loss-making short positions on more than 5,000 U.S. firms.

    Shorting GameStop may have cost $1.03 billion year-to-date, Ortex estimates, while those shorting Bed, Bath & Beyond were looking at a $600 million loss.”

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  2. Well it took nearly a week, but here comes the gun grab from Dems, with an illegal registry required.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/127/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22firearms%22%5D%7D&r=3&s=3

    “117th CONGRESS
    1st Session
    H. R. 127

    “To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.”

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    “(a) In General.—The Attorney General, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, shall establish a system for licensing the possession of firearms or ammunition in the United States, and for the registration with the Bureau of each firearm present in the United States.

    “(b) Firearm Registration System.—

    “(1) REQUIRED INFORMATION.—Under the firearm registration system, the owner of a firearm shall transmit to the Bureau—

    “(A) the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored; and

    “(B) a notice specifying the identity of any person to whom, and any period of time during which, the firearm will be loaned to the person.

    “(2) DEADLINE FOR SUPPLYING INFORMATION.—The transmission required by paragraph (1) shall be made—

    “(A) in the case of a firearm acquired before the effective date of this section, within 3 months after the effective date of this section; or

    “(B) in the case of a firearm acquired on or after the effective date, on the date the owner acquires the firearm.

    “(3) DATABASE.—

    “(A) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General shall establish and maintain a database of all firearms registered pursuant to this subsection.

    “(B) ACCESS.—The Attorney General shall make the contents of the database accessible to all members of the public, all Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and all State and local governments, as defined by the Bureau.

    “(c) Licensing System.—

    “(1) REQUIREMENTS.—

    “(A) GENERAL LICENSE.—Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the Attorney General shall issue to an individual a license to possess a firearm and ammunition if the individual—

    “(i) has attained 21 years of age;

    “(ii) after applying for the license—

    “(I) undergoes a criminal background check conducted by the national instant criminal background check system established under section 103 of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, and the check does not indicate that possession of a firearm by the individual would violate subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 or State law;

    “(II) undergoes a psychological evaluation conducted in accordance with paragraph (2), and the evaluation does not indicate that the individual is psychologically unsuited to possess a firearm; and

    “(III) successfully completes a training course, certified by the Attorney General, in the use, safety, and storage of firearms, that includes at least 24 hours of training; and

    “(iii) demonstrates that, on issuance of the license, the individual will have in effect an insurance policy issued under subsection (d).”

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  3. Dems love them some baby killing, and the cash the baby killers provide to their coffers.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-signs-health-care-access-executive-orders/

    “Mr. Biden also issued a presidential memorandum unwinding the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prohibits U.S. dollars from flowing to international non-governmental organizations that provide abortions, advocate to legalize and expand abortion access, or provide abortion counseling.

    The rule dates back to 1984, under President Ronald Reagan, but has been revoked and reinstated by Democratic and Republican administrations, respectively. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama rescinded the policy, while Mr. Trump re-enacted and expanded it.

    Mr. Biden’s memorandum also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review potentially dismantling a similar policy in the U.S. that bars money from Title X from going to health care centers that provide abortion services.”

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  4. I’m surprised anyone could say it with a straight face in the first place. He never was.

    “So much for Joe Biden, moderate”

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/536199-so-much-for-joe-biden-moderate

    “President Biden wasted no time releasing a flurry of executive orders and legislative proposals. Some of them may be helpful in addressing the economic challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. But others would almost certainly “cancel” his effort to create jobs, grow the economy and promote equity.

    Canceling jobs: the minimum wage increase. In his pandemic relief proposal, Biden is pushing a $15/hour federal minimum wage, more than twice the current rate of $7.25.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 80.4 million U.S. workers who were paid on an hourly basis in 2017, 542,000 – generally younger and low-skilled workers – were paid the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour.

    But the added cost to employers isn’t limited to those making the minimum wage. Increases will ripple up as workers with more experience, responsibilities or skills who are currently making $15.00/hour understandably demand a commensurate increase.

    The cumulative effect will force thousands of employers, already struggling to stay solvent, to close their doors. As Fox News recently reported, 48 percent of small businesses already say revenues are below what they need to stay open. The minimum wage increase would make that situation worse.

    Ironically, Biden and the Democrats are pushing this increase even though Congress just passed the $935 billion year-end COVID-19 relief bill that included $325 billion (over 10 years) to help small businesses keep their doors open and workers employed. Another $120 billion was included to extend unemployment benefits for the millions who have lost their jobs.

    Supporters will claim that recent economic studies downplay the job-losing impact of minimum wage increases. And it may be that small increases or increases phased in over a long period of time limit the negative impact. But that’s not Biden’s proposal.

    It’s absurd for Biden to lament the thousands of businesses that have closed and millions of Americans who have lost their jobs even as he proposes dramatically raising employers’ cost of doing business. His proposal would only add job-loss fuel to the pandemic fire.

    Canceling energy: the Keystone XL pipeline. Biden’s executive order to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline is little more than virtue signaling to the environmentalists who supported him.”

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  5. So everyone in the public has access to know who has guns and who does not? And the criminal element can use that public knowledge to be emboldened to either hit homes which have no defense or to hit homes to rob them of their weapons. What’s not to like about that? “I’m from the government, and I am here to help (the criminals).”

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  6. Thanks for posting that by the way AJ…I read it to husband as he just stared in amazement. Just slap a gps on those things and call it a day 😳 Time to hone our bow and arrow skills 🙃

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  7. Janice nailed it.

    They post this for the public and all the criminals need to do is check the registry. If you’re not on it, you shouldn’t own a gun, so you become an easy mark.

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  8. So we resort to bear spray at the front door and hope for the best? But rest assured “the servants of the people” will be armed and protected … as will the Hollywood elites. What a screwed up world…. and let’s not forget about the walls they are building around them…but our borders will have no such thing…ya’ll come on in and we’ll take care of ya! 😡

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  9. Selective and faux outrage from the idiots.

    https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2021/01/29/318483-n318483

    “New York Legislators Outraged At Maxine Waters’ Comments When They Thought Comments Were From Trump Supporters”

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    “As many recall, then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia in June 2018 by co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson – supposedly at the urging of restaurant staff – because said staff and Wilkinson believed Sanders worked for an “inhumane and unethical” administration. Just days prior, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kjirsten Nielsen was booed at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.

    Days after the Sanders incident, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-Auntie) made remarks praising the folks who instigated these scenes, suggesting that others do the same and even go further – remarks that these days might be considered as inciting violence against government officials.”

    “Waters said:

    If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

    Imagine if someone saw Jen Psaki out at some gastropub in Georgetown and created a crowd to tell her she’s not welcome anymore, anywhere? That would just be shrugged off, right?

    Or, imagine if someone said that people should target New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, to push back on them. After all, in the guilt-by-association world in which we now live, anyone in Cuomo’s administration is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of vulnerable elderly Americans. Surely, such ire is warranted, am I right?”

    The “Cuomo Watch” Twitter account took Maxine Waters’ exact words and attributed them to an anonymous Cuomo Watch official named, well, Maxine, but directed the push back at any member of the Cuomo Administration in a tweet sent Thursday afternoon. Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, was tagged in the tweet.

    “If you see anybody from the Cuomo Administration in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” -Maxine CuomoWatch@melissadderosa pic.twitter.com/VbeTf7Rl7R

    — Cuomo Watch (@CuomoWatch) January 28, 2021

    They have to get the joke, right? There’s no way they don’t see that this is a set-up.

    Wrong.

    Thanks to Alex Griswold, we know two things – a good 50 percent of New York’s Democrat legislators can’t spell “siege” correctly, based on the sample size, and more than a handful of them are unaware that this “threat” comes from one of their own.

    A troll account edited Maxine Waters’ comments about harassing Trump officials to apply to Andrew Cuomo staffers, and NY state legislators are legit outraged, lmao pic.twitter.com/pI2KlKSsrk

    — Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 29, 2021

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    Since Griswold’s photos show as a collage in this story, we’ll transcribe the verbiage for readers. First up is the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl L. Heastie, who said:

    This is appalling and dangerous. Encouraging violence must never be tolerated. Shame on whoever is behind this kind of garbage.

    Agreed!

    Next, New York State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx):

    What’s wrong with you? Threatening violence against duly elected representatives of the people of New York is fascism. The hatred unleashed by Trump and his gang of thugs continues to reverberate throughout the country. Enough is enough.

    Jenifer Rajkumar, New York State Assemblywoman representing Queens, said:

    This kind of incitement to violence against government leaders must stop. Especially after the recent seige [sic] at the U.S. Capitol, we must condemn these types of threats. They endanger our democracy. This is not who we are and we can do better.

    Kenny Burgos, a NYS Assemblyman from the Bronx, tweeted:

    We need to stop this behavior towards elected officials and especially their staff. The seige [sic] of the Capitol empowered behavior like this and must be stopped at any moment it creeps its head out in any fashion.”

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  10. Not trying to beat a dead horse, but here is a paper from the Texas Review of Law and Politics, from 2001 (so it can’t be accused of anti-Trump bias), also making the point that impeachment can come after the person has left office.

    From the opening abstract, point #2 says:

    “Structurally, impeachment is designed not just to remove but to deter, and this effect would be severely undermined if it faded away near the end of a term. Convicted impeachees can be disqualified from future federal office, an important punishment that should not be automatically mooted if the officer resigns or the president removes him.”

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=286277&fbclid=IwAR1v538s7fiy_P7YSlzbdewe2WdCbmu7dwObdTpTcGgiG7_lGSXpnhSo_s8

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  11. Weakness has consequences. Biden will do nothing.

    https://theaviationist.com/2021/01/29/chinese-h-6-bombers-heard-on-radio-confirming-orders-for-simulated-attack-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-near-taiwan/

    “Chinese H-6 Bombers Heard On Radio Confirming Orders For Simulated Attack On U.S. Aircraft Carrier Near Taiwan”

    “Unsurprisingly, the package of 13 Chinese combat aircraft, (including eight H-6 bombers) entering Taiwan’s ADIZ last Saturday were carrying out a mock attack on USS Theodore Roosevelt.

    As already reported in detail, a total of 28 aircraft, including as many as eight PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) H-6 bombers, “intruded” into Taiwan’s ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) between Jan. 23 and 24, 2021.

    In particular, we noticed that the mission on Saturday Jan. 23, was conducted as the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), led by USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier entered the South China Sea (SCS) “to conduct routine operations”.

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  12. I’m pro gun rights, but I don’t own one, nor do I intend to at this time. My favorite weapons are a slingshot and prayer. I’m certainly not a pacifist, but If the problem can’t be fixed with those, it probably won’t be fixed by me. :–)

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  13. A blatant forgery in the line of duty to actually incriminate a fellow citizen, and he gets… probation?

    Our wonderful justice system at work…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/fbi-lawyer-who-forged-email-in-carter-page-fisa-process-sentenced-to-probation_3677386.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-29-3

    “A federal judge on Jan. 29 sentenced former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith to 12 months of probation for forging an email that resulted in one of several major errors in the applications to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg described Clinesmith’s forgery as an “inappropriate shortcut.” The judge concurred with the defense’s argument that the FBI attorney did not intend to lie when he added the words “not a source” to an email from a CIA liaison which described Page as having provided information to the agency.

    Boasberg, who serves as one of the judges in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that approved the applications to surveil Page, said that Clinesmith’s forgery damages the reputation of the court. The judge said he had no reason to disagree with the findings of the report by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, which found that Clinesmith’s actions were not motivated by his bias against President Donald Trump.

    The judge also ordered Clinesmith to serve 400 hours of community service.

    The government argued for a prison sentence for Clinesmith and disputed the claim that the defendant did not intend to lie when altering the email. The prosecutor argued that the forgery was “akin to identity theft” since Clinesmith effectively impersonated the CIA liaison by changing the message. Anthony Scarpelli, one of the prosecutors, told the judge that the “resulting harm is immeasurable.””

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  14. I wonder if people can be impeached posthumously. And how long will it be before the leftists issue the call to impeach the Founders and disavow their lives and legacies? Why let a little thing like death prevent impeachment. Once the nation moves to an address in lala land, anything is possible.

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  15. I’d be afraid I’d shoot my eye out with a slingshot.

    I did have a western-style cap gun as a kid, with a holster.

    And now I have an old Indian/Civil War rifle that belonged to one of our Union Army ancestors, it leans up against the fireplace. It’s heavy enough to knock someone out.

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  16. Ha. I had thought about the dangers of shooting my eye out: I have goggles for when I get serious. But I’ve never really been that serious about it, except occasionally target shooting. I can’t even get myself to shoot to scare the squirrels that try to raid my bird feeder. They are God’s creatures too, and must eat like everyone else. However, if those big turkey vultures get too close to my songbirds, I may come flying out the front door like an avenging angel waving a cudgel made of whatever is close to hand. Undignified for sure, but efficient. :–)

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  17. Debra, pretty sure turkey vultures never kill songbirds–and they’re also known to be quite smelly if you kill one (like hitting one with your car).

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  18. Cheryl, thanks for the tip about the smell of dead turkey vultures. I don’t seem to have the heart to actually kill or maim anything anyway. We have quite a few of turkey vultures in our area. They keep the road cleaned of slow moving squirrels and opossum, so although they can look a little spooky when there are many of them, still they have a definite purpose.

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