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For those unfamiliar with SilencerCo, they’re a pretty major manufacturer of firearms suppressors in the US.  They have a reputation as a good company, but also one that doesn’t shy away from pushing for further Second Amendment rights.  Specifically, they’ve pushed for a bill called the “Hearing Protection Act” that would take suppressors out of the NFA (National Firearms Act).  Currently in the US, to own a suppressor (which tend to take guns from deafening loud to air-tool loud, not Hollywood whisper-quiet), there are a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, and a $200 tax to pay on items that tend to run between $200-$900, and a several-month wait for bureaucrats to process your request to own something that shouldn’t be illegal.

Among the points Don Jr. makes in the video are that in Europe, suppressors are widely used, because it’s nice to not blow your eardrums out or irritate everyone within a half mile.

The interview is interesting to see what other members of the candidate’s family are like.  I’d never seen an interview with Don Jr., and the assessments I’d read of him before were underwhelming.  Admittedly, SilencerCo is a pretty friendly interview, and aside from the conservative litmus test/exclusion thing that he briefly mentions at the beginning that simply isn’t the case (at least for most of the country), but that’s the only nit I saw to pick – there are a lot of good points covered.

Even if one were to be as cynical as possible about politicians and businesses, the way he knowledgeably and passionately can cover info about the topic demonstrates he’s not BSing here.

A solid point that Don makes is that Hillary has openly opposed the Heller Decision, which started to acknowledge that the Second Amendment says what it says.  If Hillary appoints another couple supreme court justices, we could be looking at decades worth of decisions made by leftist activists in direct conflict with what the law actually says.

Uncut interview here:

His discussion of the NY “SAFE” Act shows that he’s also had to live under absurd gun control laws, and rather than be someone who’s out of touch as some kind of elite, shows he’s been impacted by it as well and that these things aren’t lost on him.

There’s always the problem of disconnect by people who are privileged elites not having to live under the same rules, but here, despite finances and connections, he’s still stuck with the same laws we are, and still clearly sees how onerous it is for all American citizens.

Former TX Rep Dr. Suzanna Hupp said that how a politician views the Second Amendment will show how they view the citizenry:

How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.

– and I’ve said for years that the Second Amendment is the canary in the coal mine.  It shows you where statist/leftist/progressive politicians are headed based on how they treat your right to self-defense.

Now here we have someone who’d have the president’s ear who’s been on the receiving end of those citizen-crushing politics, and who sees that the right to keep & bear arms is something critical to the fabric of the nation, and even as someone who does travel in industry circles as a celebrity, he still understands and can articulate much of the essence of the Second Amendment.

Never Forget

Posted: September 11, 2016 by ShortTimer in Jihad, Never Forget, terrorism
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Why Y’all mad?

Posted: July 25, 2016 by ShortTimer in Culture, Humor
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This video made the rounds a week or so ago, so I’m behind the curve on it.  Finally got around to watching it, and it’s hilarious.

It’s also a wonderful rebuttal of some of the Black Lives Matter talking points in intentionally over-the-top style.  In a rather colorful form, he points out many of the errors of leftist-racial theory and narrative.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke makes clear the law enforcement perspective… and one shared by most of the nation regardless of color.  The best exchange is above.

The later part, after cutting to commercial to protect Don Lemon from further looking like a biased chump and useful idiot, is what CNN posted.  It’s 30 seconds of Don Lemon saying, in effect – if you want to have a conversation, you need to shut up and agree with me, then Lemon running interference for racist Black Lives Matter while saying “that’s a different conversation” every time the Sheriff brings up a point.

Sheriff Clarke is elected by the people of the county to provide law enforcement for them.  He is as direct a representation of what a community wants in law enforcement as is possible in a representative democratic republic.  And based on that first exchange, it sounds like he’s got the community’s interests at heart – both the citizen community and law enforcement community, as they are one and the same (7).

Normally I’d say it’s a safe bet Sheriff Clarke won’t be invited back… but then again, if it generates ratings, views, and hits, CNN may recognize they should have someone on besides their party loyalist mouthpieces.

While there’s a big story going on in Dallas now (which is going to require more info before there’s much else to say about it), isn’t it odd that the Orlando terrorist’s wife disappeared?  After the jihadi attack in Orlando with 49 people murdered, she was involved, and then suddenly she disappeared, and nobody knew where she was anymore, and nobody knew anything about her. From LittleMissRightie:

Where is Noor Salman? More importantly, where is the media on her overnight disappearance in the wake of her husband’s terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub?

Three week ago today, the nation woke up to the news about the worst terrorist attack to hit U.S. soil since 9/11. The one woman who may hold answers (and who may also share responsibility for the attacks) is “missing” according to government officials and no one in the media is asking about her whereabouts. It was obvious given the facts of the case the media was going to bury this story as quickly as possible. But there is a woman missing who may be a co-conspirator and not one inquiring journalist asks about her whereabouts? What a sad state of affairs for that dying profession.

The last update on Noor Salman, second wife to Omar Mateen, was that a grand jury convened to deliberate 49 counts of being an accessory to murder, 53 counts of attempted murder, failure to notify law enforcement of a pending terrorist attack, and lying to investigators. A Google search on the update on these proceedings yields no results since June 15th. The Google search results are all the same: “Sources: Grand Jury to Investigate Noor Salman, Orlando Shooter’s Wife”. That information too is fuzzy. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for the Southern District of Florida won’t comment on the proceedings or where they are taking place, however, that is not uncommon. Grand jury proceedings, especially at the federal level and for high-profile cases are sealed. At least the contents are sealed. It’s also not uncommon for the location and dates of said proceedings to be sealed. Those caveats aside, it has been three weeks since it was announced a grand jury was convened, therefore, isn’t it peculiar no one in the media thought to ask about the outcome of the grand jury proceedings?

Around the same time, the last update from federal authorities on Salman’s whereabouts was June 20th when Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated, when asked if Salman was still in the state of Florida, “I believe she was going to travel but I do not exactly know her location now”.

Pardon? Federal authorities have “lost” the wife who texted “I love you” to her husband as he was carrying out Jihad at the Pulse Nightclub. This is also the same woman who admitted she bought ammunition with him and drove him to the club to scope out the location and other details as he planned his attack. And authorities have lost track of her? Is anyone buying what they’re selling here?

Yes they have lost track.  And no one is buying it.

LMR suggests that she may be in federal protection somewhere, but that’s a best-case scenario that still relies on trusting that “top men” are on the case.

It would be nice to know WTF happened to a terrorist co-conspirator from the deadliest mass shooting terrorist attack in US history.

In the 1960s sit-ins, the purpose of the sit-in was as a demand for equal rights.

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The reason was to sit down and show that you’re as good as anyone else and deserving of the same treatment.

While there’s an argument for property owner rights that a business should be able to reject service to anyone, this was also a cultural argument as well as a legal rights one, such that the property owner would get the idea that he was wrong and that those doing the sit-in were deserving of respect and that their patronage should be appreciated rather than rejected.  Both ways, it was a movement to demand rights.

What the Democrat crybullies are engaging in today is not a movement to demand rights, but to remove rights:

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This is a demand by authorities for more authority.

This is a demand by those in power for more power.

This is a demand by those who control the country that the rights of the citizen be overruled.

They want due process suspended, they want gun rights suspended, they want your rights suspended.  They’ve already managed it in a handful of states – despite the Constitution as written forbidding it – and now they want the rest of the nation to kneel.  And their current method is by throwing a tantrum, mocking the actual sit-ins of the 1960s, and demanding that Congress vote to ignore the Fifth Amendment right to due process of law so they can suspend your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Those guys at the lunch counter weren’t recognized as having a right to eat at the same counter that other folks did.  Those rights weren’t recognized by the Democrats in power in the South.  If they went to buy a gun in the South to protect themselves from the racist Democrat KKK night riders, when they went for a permit the racist Democrat sheriff would deny it and leave them defenseless.

Today, elected Democrat representatives who already have power are now squatting in the halls of power and demanding more powers and authorities to go after the citizenry – all to strip rights from those who now have them.

The guys at the lunch counter were fighting against Jim Crow laws.  They were fighting for rights.

The Democrat representatives are fighting for more Jim Crow laws.  They’re fighting against rights.

Notes on Brexit

Posted: June 24, 2016 by ShortTimer in Europe, International Leftists, Ruling Class
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First off, congrats to the UK on escaping the EU.  Having heard continental Europeans complain about how “that stupid little island” kept the pound, and knowing their attitude towards Britain* as a wayward nation that needs to be forced into the globalist amalgamation that is the EU, I’m glad for them.  A lot of Britain knows exactly what it was leaving.

The Brexit map vote is kind of indicative of what you’d expect, as well.

DM brexit map 160624It’s all the “middle England” regions that opposed the EU and supported UK independence.  The bigger cities tended to support it (as big city thinking big city dwellers tend to lean more towards collectivism, and the non-British tend to migrate to big cities), and Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own reasons.

The internationalist leftist commentariat has already gone on to blame “uneducated, older, white” Brits for voting the EU out.  Basically the same people they blame in the US.  One political cartoonist drew a derby hat with “Make Britain Great Again” as his “all you need to know about Brexit”, combining the contempt the leftist ruling class has across the pond.

A whiner over at Vanity Fair crying about Brexit scribbled a piece called “how Britain was broken“… as though leaving the EU is a bad thing:

The shocking result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was something many had dreaded during the course of the 10-week referendum campaign, which ended abruptly in the early hours of Friday morning. The Brexit campaign, led by two conservative ministers, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, managed to overturn every expectation, while rejecting pleas to remain in the E.U. from everyone from President Obama to the International Monetary Fund. Internationally renowned Britons, from Stephen Hawking to Patrick Stewart, pleaded to stay the course. So did J.K. Rowling, Richard Branson, and even David Beckham. But as the results came in—with Leave triumphing over Remain by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent—a period of bereavement began for many. There was so much to come to terms with.

So the arguments for joining the EU come from a leftist tyrant from the US, the internationalist cabal at the IMF, and a handful of celebrities who are immune to the effects of being jammed in the EU anyway?  “Won’t someone please think of the celebrities?”

“Bereavement.”  Heh.

Der Spiegel called it “an act of self-mutilation“.

Brexit was a decision based on gut instinct rather than reason. The predominant sentiments in play were nostalgia, fear and a vague hatred of the establishment. On top of this comes a fear of foreigners that was deliberately stoked by Brexit strategists during the campaign — and that’s what makes this decision both sad and depressing.

Hey, Germany, how’s that investigation into the mass rape in Cologne committed by Muslim migrants going?  Have you hushed that all up yet?

The internationalist left doesn’t get that things like Rotherham probably did tie into the vote – not out of some vague “stoking fears of foreigners” – but out of fear the way a fire in your kitchen does.  It’s a problem that needs to be dealt with right now or the whole house will burn down.  It’s not because the native population don’t like the newcomers for superficial reasons, it’s because they don’t like them based on the content of their character.  And they also aren’t too fond of Europe making most of their laws, regardless of the percentage.

The crier from Vanity Fair:

Today, the city feels diminished in a particular way. We have suddenly lost our bloom, our joie de vivre as one of the undisputed capitals of the world. But the real loss is to our country and to Europe. As I explained to my Brexit friends in a blog post this week, I would be a very sore loser if we came out. “I will be in mourning for a project that was as brave and beautiful as anything in European history,” I wrote. And I am.

“Bereavement”, “dreaded”, “feels”, “mourning”.

The city he refers to is London.  And if you want to enjoy your moral preening as a no-borders globalist, it’s probably wonderful to lick the boots of your bureaucrat masters in the EU for the sake of showing how much you’re willing to take it for the team.  Only to that international globalist is rejecting European rule over the British a terrible thing.  To most people in the West, it’d be a terrible thing if the leader of one of the “undisputed capitals of the world” started segregating women because he was a fundamentalist sexist throwback who’s friends with terrorists:

MANCHESTER, United Kingdon – Women were segregated from men at a rally addressed by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday. Mr Khan was photographed addressing the crowd with men at the front and women at the back.

The rally took place in the Northern City of Manchester, which is home to a large Pakistani Muslim population. It was part of the ‘Stronger In’ Battlebus tour, currently traveling around the country encouraging voters to support British membership of the EU at next weeks referendum.

That’s the kind of thing that should cue you in to what the “stay in the EU” people are like.

The Mayor is a controversial figure in the UK not least because he is a close friend of Babar Ahmad, a convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist. Mr Ahmad was supported by Khan as he fought an eight-year campaign against extradition to the US to face charges of “conspiracy and providing material to support to terrorism.”

That’s what happens when you bring in people who don’t share your values as a nation.  That’s also where the rejection of the EU comes from.  It comes from people who still do hold British values and aspire to British virtues.  The voters to leave often were older, and more ethnically British – and I would wager that much like in the US, it’s a matter of wanting to protect the successes of Britain and more specifically the behaviors and values and virtues that led to that success.  If everyone arriving into Britain were hard-working, productive and believers in the generally Western virtues of equality and individual rights as well as protection of those rights, there wouldn’t have been a Brexit movement.  Of course, the EU is fundamentally opposed to individual rights, as it’s one huge nation of legislation without representation when some faceless unelected EU bureaucrat decides on a whim how people in different nations divided by geography and history have to live in exactly the same manner… it’s almost as if there are some parallels to that.

The EU isn’t NATO.  It’s not an agreement between unique allied nations to help each other out.  It’s trumpeted as a melding of nations and a blending of cultures into one mass amalgam decided on solely by those who celebrate”multiculturalism” as the solution to all life’s problems – and want to force nations into being internally multicultural as a means of homogenizing and controlling Europe.  Most Europeans have individual cultures, and they have regions in which those individual cultures are centered.  They’re called “nations”.

Final point – last time continental Europe told Britain they had to join the union going on in Europe, they called it Operation Sea Lion.

*And Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the rest.  With regards to Brexit, I’m mostly using Britain as shorthand for the whole UK, especially as the movement has been called “Brexit”.