Greg Gutfeld has a theory about Orlando. Unfortunately, it’s a depressing theory. The silver lining to society’s dark cloud is that it’s possible, albeit a longshot, to change things.
The turning point will happen when we answer some important questions in unison. Right now, we’re nowhere close to that point. Don’t think in-the-next-town-over distant. I’m thinking the-next-solar-system-over-then-hang-a-left distant. Gutfeld lays it out with this illustration: “We quarrel about the quarrel. We cannot agree on the fight. And therefore we cannot begin to fight. Instead, we are like that proverbial snake that devours its own tail. Except, we think it’s sushi. But it’s blowfish. You get the idea. We’re dead.”
Then Mr. Gutfeld applies that illustration to the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, saying “How can America defeat ISIS if we have vocal factions believing that we are worse? How can we fight the enemy if a large portion of our population thinks an inanimate object, a gun, caused Orlando?”
Mr. Gutfeld’s logic is indisputable. Yesterday in the Senate, they debated 4 gun control bills. Each bill predictably failed on (more-or-less) party line votes. Last night, I wrote this article to highlight how ideologically blind the Left is about guns and terrorism. In the article, I quote Sen. Franken as saying “I will continue to do everything I can to disarm hate and get these measures passed into law despite today’s setback.” I reject Sen. Franken’s belief that he’s done everything he could to “disarm hate” because he hasn’t done a thing to annihilate ISIS. Greg Gutfeld has another illustration that might break the logjam:
As I said earlier, Dr. Gutfeld’s logic is indisputably correct. Therein lies the bigger problem. The first problem identified is an identification problem: was Orlando a gun problem or a terrorist problem? That’s the first problem but yesterday’s Senate votes expose the bigger problem. It’s impossible to persuade people who don’t apply logic in their decision-making. Picture this hypothetical conversation:
FBI Agent: Did the terrorist have a gun?
Night Club Witness: Al-Qa’ida is on the run. GM is alive but bin Laden is dead.
FBI Agent: Sir, the terrorist called 9-1-1 and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Night Club Witness: We need more gun control laws.
FBI Agent (getting impatient): Sir, witnesses said the terrorist used an assault rifle. Can you confirm that?
Night Club Witness: The Religious Right is responsible for all the hate speech.
FBI Agent: Thanks for your time.
Here’s the next logical question for gun grabbers: What’s the right number of gun control laws to protect people? 1? 12? 123? What’s the right number of laws that would protect citizens from terrorists? This picture says it all:
As long as we have to deal with logic-resistant Democrats, we won’t be able to defeat ISIS.
When this year’s legislative session ended, the CW was that the DFL held the upper hand in the PR/campaign fight. Whether that was true or not at the time isn’t relevant anymore. What’s relevant is who’s fought the smartest fight to this point. This statement hammers home some important points.
In total, it says “House Republicans did their job this year, negotiated in good faith and passed bipartisan bills on the priorities most important to Minnesotans. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats and Gov. Dayton deliberately obstructed progress. First, Senate Democrats blocked funding for transportation and infrastructure, then Governor Dayton vetoed tax relief for working families, college students, parents, farmers, and veterans. If Gov. Dayton knew he was going to veto the tax bill, he should have done it a long time ago and called a special session right away. Now the election is ramping up and the political environment will get in the way of honest compromises. We are willing to hold a special session. We agree with Gov. Dayton’s requests in the tax relief bill, and we should pass the bipartisan compromise transportation and infrastructure bill that was agreed to on the last day of session. We are not going to rehash the whole session by repeating negotiations on half a billion dollars of new spending demands.”
The DFL has talked solely about process, talking about the end of session. Republicans have talked about Gov. Dayton vetoing the Tax Bill, then questioning why Gov. Dayton decided to hurt veterans, farmers, college students, parents saving for their kids’ college education and small businesses.
I won’t say that people don’t care about process. If I were a betting man, though, I’d bet that people care more about getting tax relief. If the DFL thinks that they’re winning that fight, I hope they keep thinking that.
The DFL is also highlighting the line ‘If the Twin Cities wants to raise the money to build SWLRT, they should be able to.’ I’d agree to that statement only if the DFL agreed that the metro also paid for the annual operating deficits, too.
The DFL needs to pick up seats in exurban and rural Minnesota. Arguing that tax relief for farmers, veterans and small businesses hinges on a metro project is exceptional stupid politics on the DFL’s part.
Technorati: Mark Dayton, Southwest Light Rail Transit, Pocket Veto, Special Session, DFL, David Hann, Tax Bill, Small Business, Property Tax Relief, Farmers, Veterans, Income Tax, MNGOP, Election 2016
After watching Trump tank in the polls and after getting this news, it’s apparent that Trump is a disaster waiting to happen. When Hugh Hewitt, the most loyal GOP establishment talk show host on radio, said that Trump was a disaster waiting to happen, people noticed. (I’m surprised that Sean Hannity hasn’t ripped Hugh for not worshiping at The Donald’s altar but that’s another post for another time.)
NBC News is reporting that “Every single 2016 presidential TV ad currently airing in a battleground state is either from Hillary Clinton’s campaign or the Democratic outside groups supporting her. The opposition, by contrast, hasn’t spent a dime in these same battlegrounds, whether it’s Donald Trump’s campaign or Republican-leaning Super PACs.”
That’s just for starters. The NBC article continues, saying “So far in June, Clinton and the outside groups backing her have spent a total of $23.3 million on ads in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, according to ad-spending data from SMG Delta. Republicans have spent $0 in these same eight states.”
Add to that the fact that Trump doesn’t have a GOTV operation. Add to that the fact that Trump insists on alienating major parts of the GOP base. (Think Second Amendment activists, amongst others.)
The lesson delegates should learn ASAP is that dumping Trump at the Convention isn’t a movement. It’s imperative. If Trump is the nominee, Republicans will lose North Carolina for the second time in 3 elections. They’ll lose Florida, Virginia and Ohio for the third straight time.
It’s indisputable that Hillary is a terrible candidate. It’s equally indisputable that she’s at least smart enough to put together a quality GOTV operation. At this point, any talk that Trump can win isn’t based in reality. It’s outright foolishness.
Trump isn’t self-financing like he’d promised. He’s opening up the electoral map but only in the sense that he’s turning red states like Utah and North Carolina momentarily purple. It’s time to stop this insanity. It’s time to officially Dump Trump.
The St. Cloud Times Editorial Board’s latest editorial could’ve been written by Moms Demand Action. The sad thing is that the Times is just as uninformed now as it was a year ago.
For instance, their chief recommendation is “Improving background checks. There are a variety of proposals in Congress that are reasonable. A good starting point is the long-proposed plan to require background checks for all gun purchases online and at gun shows. Unfortunately, the Senate, the day after the San Bernardino shootings, rejected this proposal 50-48. It was the second failure of the measure. It also rejected 55-45 a proposal to prevent people on the terrorist watch list from being able to legally buy guns.”
First, the Times should read the existing laws. Sean Davis, the founder of The Federalist, did. Then he wrote this post demolishing the myths that the Times still perpetuates:
1) The ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Allows Anyone, Even Criminals, To Get Guns
In reality, the so-called “gun show loophole” is a myth. It does not exist. There is no loophole in federal law that specifically exempts gun show transactions from any other laws normally applied to gun sales. Not one.
If you purchase a firearm from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) regardless of the location of the transaction — a gun store, a gun show, a gun dealer’s car trunk, etc. — that FFL must confirm that you are legally allowed to purchase that gun. That means the FFL must either run a background check on you via the federal NICS database, or confirm that you have passed a background check by examining your state-issued concealed carry permit or your government-issued purchase permit. There are zero exceptions to this federal requirement.
If an individual purchases a gun across state lines, from an individual or FFL which resides in a different state than the buyer, the buyer must undergo a background check, and the sale must be processed by an FFL in the buyer’s home state.
Here’s a pointed question for the TEB (Times Editorial Board): Do we need multiple federal laws covering the same situation? Here’s another question for the TEB: Might it not be better if we just enforced the laws that already address these situations?
Further, I wrote this article to highlight the fact that the federal government failed to do what it’s supposed to do. It won’t do any good to write new laws if the federal government won’t consistently and efficiently enforce the laws on the books.
To be fair, the TEB did its liberal duty. It did what it’s expected to do. Unfortunately, according to chapter 1, verse 1 of the progressives’ gospel is to disseminate untruths frequently and consistently.
Apparently, Terri Bonoff thinks she’s a serious threat to defeating Erik Paulsen. She isn’t. Nonetheless, she’s pushing the DFL/DCCC meme that last week’s terrorist attack is a gun control issue. It isn’t. This tweet should be ridiculed. In that tweet, Ms. Bonoff said “Silence speaks louder than words. These members of Congress cannot defend their vote.” According to this article, Rep. Collin Peterson “joined most of his Republican colleagues earlier this week in voting to keep the House of Representatives from debating a bill to ban firearms sales to people on terrorist watch lists.”
What they did was vote against the government’s ability to strip people of their civil rights without due process. Ms. Bonoff apparently didn’t care about the truth. Apparently, she said that Paulsen’s vote proved that he was “putting party politics above public safety.” That’s frighteningly dishonest. Ms. Bonoff knows that the murderer was a terrorist. Ms. Bonoff knows that terrorists don’t obey the law. That’s why they’re called terrorists.
She’s the politician who can’t defend her position. Betty McCollum’s position is indefensible, too:
“I strongly support a ban on weapons purchases by people on terrorist watch lists and expanded background checks on weapons purchases made at gun shows, online or in other commercial transactions,” Fourth District Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, said. “Both of these proposals will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Tragically, even these narrow measures will not pass this Congress. The National Rifle Association opposes every piece of legislation that protects our families and communities from gun violence. And the NRA controls this Congress and will obstruct and defeat any effort to fight gun violence.”
TRANSLATION: Rep. McCollum supports stripping law-abiding citizens of their right to keep and bear arms while also stripping them of their due process rights. In other words, she’s anti-Second Amendment and anti-Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment says “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
McCollum is full of it when she said “these proposals will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” That’s something that’s impossible to prove. She’s also full of it when she said “The National Rifle Association opposes every piece of legislation that protects our families and communities from gun violence.” Since the Democrats’ proposals haven’t protected families and communities from gun violence, Rep. McCollum’s statement is, at best, unprovable, if not downright dishonest.
At the end of the day, DFL corruptocrat Bill Davis pled guilty “to all 16 counts against him, including mail fraud, wire fraud, theft from a program receiving federal funds and conspiracy to commit such theft.”
Former DFL gubernatorial candidate Susan Gaertner represented Davis. She said that Davis would do something rare for a DFL bureaucrat. She said “Davis decided to take responsibility for his mistakes”, adding that Davis “did so with a heavy heart. He is very sorry for the conduct that you heard about in the courtroom today.”
Apparently, corruption is the Davis family business. According to the article, “Davis spent 24 years as chief executive of Community Action of Minneapolis, which provided utility assistance and other social services to low-income people. He and his son, Jordan, were indicted last year for allegedly siphoning at least $250,000 from the organization for personal use.”
That’s not all. Davis “admitted that he used funds from Community Action of Minneapolis to pay for a vehicle in his name and personal expenses, including trips to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. He also admitted directing the organization to pay his son a consultant’s fee for work he wasn’t doing.”
Davis’ son is pleading not guilty:
Jordan Davis, a Minneapolis police officer, has pleaded not guilty to six counts, including conspiracy to commit theft. His trial is scheduled to start next week.
I’m not a lawyer but I can’t picture Jordan Davis’ trial going well. He’s a police officer. Why would he think it’s ok to get paid to do a job he wasn’t doing?
The best thing coming out of this investigation is that the Davis family business is out of business forever.
If anyone thinks that hardline lefties care a bit about the truth, they need to rethink things. This propaganda piece isn’t just dishonest. It’s frightening in that ABM isn’t interested in fixing the problem.
Susie Merthan’s propaganda piece opens by saying “The Orlando shooting is a tragedy. Unfortunately, for now, it’s just the most recent example of the epidemic of gun violence in America.” First, let’s remember Merthan’s history. According to Merthan’s Twitter profile says that she’s the “Communications Director for @ABetterMN by way of @mnhouseDFL.” Trusting the DFL is foolish. Trusting the Thissen-led House DFL is the ultimate in foolishness in Minnesota. Trusting President Obama’s spin of the driving force behind the Orlando terrorist attack is the ultimate in stupidity in the United States.
I wrote this article to make a specific point. I closed the article by specifically admonishing President Obama. Before admonishing him, though, I highlighted the administration’s failures:
According to the CBS article, the “co-owner of a Florida gun store says his employees contacted law enforcement before the Orlando shooting after gunman Omar Mateen attempted to purchase body armor and ammunition.” Further, the article says that “Mateen asked for level 3 body armor, according to Abell, but was told the store didn’t carry it. He then made a phone call and spoke in Arabic before asking for bulk ammunition, but employees did not sell it to him.” Finally, the article quotes Robbie Abell, the co-owner of Lotus Gunworks, as saying “we contacted FBI direct” after Mateen left the store.
Then I highlighted a Washington Post article:
“On the day of his rampage at a gay nightclub, the Orlando shooter posted messages on Facebook pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and vowing that there would be more attacks in the coming days by the group in the United States.”
The indisputable truth is that the federal government didn’t connect the clearly visible dots. President Obama didn’t care. Like ABM, he’d picked his storyline and he wasn’t deviating from it:
“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense.”
Susie Merthan’s article read much the same way:
Gun violence in America too often includes hate crimes and acts of terrorism. Hate crimes and acts of terrorism in America too often involve the use of guns. Strengthening our gun safety laws and closing loopholes in the background check system will help prevent lethal hate crimes and acts of terrorism.
The first World Trade Center bombing used explosives. The terrorists used box cutters and airplanes to carry out 9/11. Richard Reid, the infamous ‘Shoe Bomber’, used explosives planted in his shoes in his attempted terrorist attack. The Times Square bomber used a car bomb.
President Obama and Ms. Merthan, should we ban shoes, box cutters, cars and airplanes? After all, they were used in the attempted commission of terrorist attacks, too.
Further, the gun laws that were already in place should’ve sufficed. They weren’t the problem. The federal government failed us. Why shouldn’t We The People be upset that the federal government didn’t do its job?
Our not-so-illustrious senator took to the Senate floor to babble about gun violence:
Technorati: Barack Obama, Orlando Terrorist Attack, Omar Mateen, Social Media, FBI, Box Cutters, Airplanes, Time Square Bomber, Richard Reid, Shoe Bomber, Susie Merthan, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Gun Control, ISIS, DFL
Yesterday, President Obama threw a hissy fit at law-abiding citizens. It’s getting pretty difficult to listen to him, especially when he says “The notion that the answer to this tragedy would be to make sure that more people in a nightclub are similarly armed to the killer defies common sense. Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense.”
It’s time for this incompetent community organizer to stop lecturing We The People. It’s time that he examined his terrorist-fighting policies. To hear President Obama put it, you’d think that the NRA killed 49 people in that Orlando night club. Newsflash to the community organizer: An ISIS-inspired terrorist killed those people.
While President Obama talks about shrinking the amount of territory that ISIS controls, the rate of terrorist attacks doesn’t decelerate. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out that shrinking ISIS-controlled land won’t stop ISIS. Thoroughly defeating ISIS is what’s required. That means shutting down their social media recruiting efforts. That means killing the entire leadership team in a short period of time. It requires a serious effort, something that’s been missing from this administration.
“If in fact we want to show the best of our humanity, then we’re all going to have to work together at every level of government across political lines to do more to stop killers who want to terrorize us,” Obama said.
What’s required is an administration committed to destroying ISIS. That isn’t something that politicians can do. That’s something only the Commander-in-chief can do. That isn’t something that President Obama has committed to. At this late stage in his administration, it won’t happen, either.
This is the time of year when hope springs eternal for legislative hopefuls. Think of it like the spring training for state politics. One pretender that’s feeling particularly enthusiastic is Ann Buckvold. She’s the DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 13B. This morning, Ms. Buckvold sent me a flurry or tweets explaining why she should be taken seriously.
In those tweets, she said “I’m running for the people of district 13A. I love hearing a Republican say, “You are a Democrat I would love to support.” Upon committing $$ to my campaign. I have Republicans and fiscal conservatives in my district who also have told me I have their vote. One guy in 14A told me he wished he and his wife could move to my district just to vote for me. Then that same guy sent me a check for more than originally committed. I also have Republicans in 13B who are supporting me. Yes, that’s plural. They’ve lived in the area a long time.”
Being the heartless, mean-spirited conservative that I am, I asked Ms. Buckvold if she’d written her concession speech yet. Seriously, I wasn’t being mean-spirited. I just saw what the 2014 election looked like. It wasn’t pretty:
In 2014, the DFL candidate won 3 of the 25 precincts in the district. Jeff Howe, the GOP incumbent, won with 60.6% of the vote. If you eliminate Rockville, the reddest precinct in HD-13B, from the vote totals, Rep. Howe would still have won with 59.5% of the vote. FYI- How won Rockville with 722 votes compared with 255 votes for the DFL’s sacrificial lamb, meaning that Rep. Howe won that district with 74% of the vote.
You know it’s a safe district when you can eliminate the reddest precinct and still win with 59.5% of the vote.
My analysis isn’t mean-spirited. It’s just based on verified facts.
It gives me great joy to write this post to tell loyal readers of LFR that a 3-judge panel has ruled that Minnesota overstepped its authority when it passed the Next Generation Energy Act, aka NGEA.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “the Next Generation Energy Act violates the U.S. Constitution’s provision allowing only Congress to regulate commerce among states.” According to the article, the three-judge panel “unanimously decided Minnesota does not have the authority to order North Dakota plants to make changes,” saying “a statute that has the practical effect of exerting extraterritorial control over ‘commerce that takes place wholly outside of the state’s borders’ is likely to be invalid.”
Put in simpler terms, this ruling isn’t likely to be overturned. If it were, it would, hypothetically speaking, give North Dakota the authority to pass a law that required that all electricity generated in Minnesota and sold to the regional power grid to be nuclear power. Still, Gov. Dayton isn’t backing down:
“I will continue to defend the state of Minnesota’s right to protect the quality of the air our citizens breathe,” Dayton said. “The state statute does not prevent anyone from building and operating a new power-generating facility, whose emissions will affect Minnesota’s air quality. It only requires that those new emissions must be offset by the same or greater reduction in emissions from other plants. In other words, Minnesota’s law encourages the replacement of older, more-polluting power plants with more efficient, cleaner facilities.”
Those are brave-sounding words but they aren’t rooted in intelligence. They’re rooted in the left’s ideology. No state has the right to order another state what it must do on anything. That ‘right’ doesn’t exist.
Stenehjem said that Minnesota’s options are limited: ask the entire appeals court to take up the issue, appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or accept Wednesday’s ruling and pay North Dakota $1 million. The attorney general said the first two options are rarely accepted by the court system and he prefers the third. “I think it is more of a roadblock than a speed bump,” Stenehjem said of the ruling.
This ruling pretty much settles this issue. Gov. Dayton has the right to appeal the ruling but that’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money on a case he’ll lose.
Technorati: Next Generation Energy Act, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Interstate Commerce Clause, Tenth Amendment, Mark Dayton, Environmental Activists, DFL, Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota, Attorney General