With a Republican in the White House, the anti-gun-control lobby smells a bit of blood in the water. Now is the time, they suggest, to pass national gun-licensing reciprocity laws forcing gun-restrictive states to recognize permits issued by gun-permissive states. Writing in The Hill, Tim Schmidt sums it up: It is time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, instead of the patchwork of laws governing reciprocity that vary by state. Virginia, where the [recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise] happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if members would have brought their guns back and forth from D. C., they would have been breaking the law. It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N. C.) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to responsibly arm themselves no matter where they are.
City of London Police investigating after a man died falling from upper floor in London Stock Exchange – incident treated as non-suspicious — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 15, 2017
An unidentified man fell to his death from the seventh floor of the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Reuters and British news outlets reported. *** ‘We were called to the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square on Tuesday, 15 August at 9.58am to a report of a man who had fallen from an upper floor in the building to the ground’ City of London police said. “The man was pronounced dead,” police said, adding that they were treating the incident as non-suspicious. According to The Independent, the man is believed to fallen from the building at around 9.45am, landing in the front lobby. Police were called at 9.58am and the man was pronounced dead at 10.10am today.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
The latest U.S. sanctions and the Russian retaliatory response have resulted in a torrent of speculations in the official media and the blogosphere – everybody is trying to make sense of a situation which appears to make no sense at all. Why in the world would the U.S. Senate adopt new sanctions against Russia when Russia has done absolutely nothing to provoke such a vote? Except for Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, every single U.S. Senator voted in favor of these sanctions. Why?! This is even more baffling when you consider that the single biggest effect of these sanctions will be to trigger a rift, and possibly even counter-sanctions, between the U.S. and the E.U. What is absolutely clear is that these sanctions will have exactly zero effect on Russia and I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting the Russians to change anything at all in their policies. And yet, every Senator except Paul and Sanders voted for this. Does that make any sense to you? Let’s try to figure out what is going on here. First, a simple reminder: like all U.S. politicians, from the county level to the U.S. Congress, Senators have only one consideration when then vote – ‘what’s in it for me?’. The very last thing which any U.S. Senator really cares about are the real life consequences of his/her vote. This means that to achieve the kind of quasi unanimity (98%) for a totally stupid vote there was some kind of very influential lobby which used some very forceful ‘arguments’ to achieve such a vote. Keep in mind that the Republicans in the Senate knew that they were voting against the wishes of their President. And yet every single one except for Rand Paul voted for these sanctions, that should tell you something about the power of the lobby which pushed for them. So who would have such power?
Kamala Harris’ coming out party as the person chosen to be manufactured as a puppet for the rich and powerful going into 2020 became obvious last month with the publication of an article in The New York Post titled, Dems’ Rising Star Meets With Clinton Inner Circle in Hamptons. Here are a few excerpts: The Democrats’ ‘Great Freshman Hope,’ Sen. Kamala Harris, is heading to the Hamptons to meet with Hillary Clinton’s biggest backers. The California senator is being fted in Bridgehampton on Saturday at the home of MWWPR guru Michael Kempner, a staunch Clinton supporter who was one of her national-finance co-chairs and a led fund-raiser for her 2008 bid for the presidency. He was also listed as one of the top ‘bundlers’ for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, having raised $3 million. Guests there to greet Harris are expected to include Margo Alexander, a member of Clinton’s inner circle; Dennis Mehiel, a Democratic donor who is the chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, even though he lives between a sprawling Westchester estate and an Upper East Side pad; designer Steven Gambrel and Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman. Washington lobbyist Liz Robbins is also hosting a separate Hamptons lunch for Harris. Despite being less than seven months into her new job as senator, Harris is already said to be the Democrats’ top fund-raiser and is being talked about as a 2020 presidential hopeful. Harris has denied having ‘national aspirations,’ but this Hamptons trip proves it isn’t far from her mind. A Democratic insider said, ‘Kamala is the big Democratic star right now, at a time when they badly need a star. She’s coming to the Hamptons to meet key people as she takes a national stage, and expands her influence and ambitions.’
Earlier this week, 21WIRE reported on President Trump’s recent ban on transgender persons in the US Military. Predictably, the White House announcement triggered an uproar from Hollywood’s progressive alliance and LGBT lobby. US Army whistlerblower Bradley Manning, who later changed his name to Chelsea Manning and is in the process of trying to change his sex to female, tweeted this:
After a quiet few hours contemplating the National Scout Jamboree, President Trump just unleashed ‘hell’ once again at Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, and Amazon.com. *** President Trump took his first shot at what appears to be referencing an article about his decision to end a CIA program that backed Syrian rebels. The Post reported last week that Trump shuttered a CIA program to support Syrian rebels in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a major victory for Russia. Russian officials had reportedly seen the program as an attack on the country’s interests…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 24, 2017.
Even Donald Trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn’t abide Hillary Clinton’s legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling. Yet on the story of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Mr. Trump and his family are repeating the mistakes that doomed Mrs. Clinton. That’s the lesson the Trumps should draw from the fiasco over Don Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Russians peddling dirt on Mrs. Clinton. First Don Jr. let news of the meeting leak without getting ahead of it. Then the White House tried to explain it away as a ‘nothingburger’ that focused on adoptions from Russia. When that was exposed as incomplete, Don Jr. released his emails that showed the Russian lure about Mrs. Clinton and Don Jr. all excited – ‘I love it.’ Oh, and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Beltway bagman Paul Manafort were also at the meeting. Don Jr. told Sean Hannity this was the full story. But then news leaked that a Russian-American lobbyist was also at the meeting.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 18, 2017.
Via GEFIRA.org, The following article is based on Francesca Totolo’s research published on lucadonadel.it. Open Borders, Media Censorship Why is there a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean? Why are NGOs involved? Because there is an extensive network of open borders activists and organizations behind it; many of them are directly funded by or cooperated with George Soros’ Open Society. Is it illegal? Not really. Political activism is an essential part of democratic societies. However, sometimes it goes too far, or the promoted causes prove to be either unrealistic or unsustainable. The network of the ‘immigration lobby” in Italy is made up of International NGOs financed by the Open Society Foundation (green), Italian NGOs financed by OSF (blue), and organizations with shared projects with OSF (purple).
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 17, 2017.
Several states have passed tougher gun control laws in the past few months, and Everytown for Gun Control is celebrating ‘winning’ over the gun lobby. While many laws target domestic abusers some were enacted to remove private party sales by making a background check mandatory. Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah all passed new restrictions on firearms for domestic abusers, according to Everytown for Gun Safety group, which is funded by billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Overall, 23 states have enhanced the laws around domestic abusers since 2013, says the gun control advocacy group. New Jersey already has some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation. ‘When you look at what’s happening in statehouses across the country, the gun safety movement is winning in state after state – even in this challenging political environment – because volunteers and gun violence survivors have become the counterweight to the gun lobby,’ said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown. We should be labeling these groups as they are honestly: people who demand the rights of others be taken by force – since that’s all a law is anyway.
Just when you thought the Don Jr. story was starting to fizzle, due to revelations which would suggest that nothing of substance was discussed in his meeting with the now infamous Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, NBC News has just dropped a new “bombshell” detail that the heretofore unknown, and quite ‘mysterious’, third-party that attended that meeting with Veselnitskaya was none other than a Soviet-born counter intelligence officer. Of course, once you get past the salacious headline, the story may not be as much of a “bombshell” as NBC would undoubtedly like it to be. It seems this “former Soviet counter intelligence officer”, a man that NBC refuses to identify for some reason, emigrated to the U. S. some time ago, is an American lobbyist and holds dual citizenship in the United States. The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist – a former Soviet counter intelligence officer who is suspected by some U. S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned. NBC News is not naming the lobbyist, who denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies. He accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U. S., where he holds dual citizenship.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 14, 2017.
A chaotic scene of epidemic proportions! Humans exercising their natural rights without paying (as much) for government permission! It’s the scene straight out of a horror movie, or you would think it was based on how the police lobby is painting it… Considering many cops’ interactions with the public anymore, their judgment shouldn’t really be trusted. After all, we have cops shooting dogs for wagging their tails and killing men in cars reaching for their wallets. Now, they are begging the government to stop the passage of nationwide concealed carry reciprocity bill. A bill which will allow civilians a little bit of added protection from the trigger happy agents of the state who kill more Americans than terrorists. The only thing the passage of this bill would mean is that those who have jumped through the hoops demanded by the state in which they reside (or those who live in a state not selling the right to keep and bear arms back to them in the form of a license) to legally carry a concealed weapon, will be ‘allowed’ by the government to carry anywhere in the United States. Sounds like a little bit of freedom, and we can’t have that. Not in the police state USA.
Hobby Lobby has now agreed to shell out $3 million and fork over thousands of illicit Iraqi artifacts the arts-and-crafts superstore spent years fighting to keep. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced the settlement of a civil forfeiture action between the company and the Department of Justice – a longstanding dispute stemming from Hobby Lobby’s entre into collection in 2009, of ‘historically significant manuscripts, antiquities and other cultural materials.’ Hobby Lobby, however, possessed quite a bit more than ordinary artifacts – smuggled illegally from Iraq, the crafts corporation also obtained ancient clay cuneiform tablets, rare and nearly impossible to value.
The backdrops to the Putin/Trump meeting are the aspirations of Israel and the neoconservatives. It is these aspirations that drive US foreign policy. What is Syria about? Why is Washington so focused on overthrowing the elected president of Syria? What explains the sudden 21st century appearance of ‘the Muslim threat’? How is Washington’s preoccupation with ‘the Muslim threat’ consistent with Washington’s wars against Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad, leaders who suppressed jihadism? What explains the sudden appearance of ‘the Russian threat’ which has been hyped into dangerous Russophobia without any basis in fact? The Muslim threat, the Russian threat, and the lies used to destroy Iraq, Libya, and parts of Syria are all orchestrations to serve Israeli and neoconservative aspirations. The Israel Lobby in the United States, perhaps most strongly represented in Commentary, The Weekly Standard and The New York Times, used the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to urge US President George W. Bush to begin ‘a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from Power in Iraq.’ See also: Saddam Hussein was a secular leader whose job was to sit on the animosities of the Sunni and Shia and maintain a non-violent political stability in Iraq. He, Assad, and Gaddafi suppressed the extremism that leads to jihadism. Saddam had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11, and under his rule Iraq constituted a ZERO threat to the US. He had been a faithful vassal and attacked Iran for Washington, which had hopes of using Iraq to overthrow the Iranian government.
The United Arab Emirates warned that it would halt intelligence-sharing with the United States in an attempt to block legislation that allows the families of September 11 victims to sue the UAE and Saudi Arabia over their potential roles in the attacks. According to leaked emails obtained by The Telegraph, the UAE ambassador to DC, Yousef al-Otaiba, privately warned U. S. senators that Gulf countries at risk of being sued in American courts would be ‘less likely to share crucial information and intelligence’ if the bill passed. The emails show how the UAE worked with Saudi Arabia to lobby against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a law that would allow the families of September 11 victims to sue states that assisted the hijacking plot. Al-Otaiba coordinated his efforts with the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir. Two of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Emiratis, while 15 were from Saudi Arabia.
A new report from a group led by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman claims that Democratic staffer Seth Rich was likely killed by either ‘a hired killer or serial murderer.’ The group is called the Profiling Project, and it is reportedly staffed with George Washington University graduate students who are studying forensic psychology. It’s funded by Burkman, who has offered a $105,000 reward for solving Rich’s murder. Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer at the time of his murder in July 2016 in Washington, D. C. was the victim of a botched attempted robbery, police have said. The Profiling Project report released Tuesday claims that ‘Seth’s death does not appear to be a random homicide’ or a ‘robbery gone bad,’ though it provides no evidence that the killer was hired by someone. The group, however, received ‘no special access to any materials, evidence or persons and due to case sensitivity, conducted only informal, limited interviews. The bulk of our report is based on statistics, prior research and Logos.’
After the maddening decision in the Philando Castile case, many gun owners are disturbed and the NRA they trusted for so long and paid to protect their rights is silent. Where are the lobbyists? After all, Castile was exercising his rights to keep and bear arms per the second amendment, yet he lost his life to a cop. The NRA’s silence is deafening. Gun owners don’t understand it. It could be that the NRA has already lost many members and the organization faced massive backlash when they endorsed Donald Trump for president. Now, many gun owners don’t care about their ‘comments’ on the case anyway. Trump has a history of seeking tighter gun control regulations, such as an ‘assault weapons’ ban so the NRA’s decision to endorse him was jaw-dropping to those who can put two and two together. In fact, in a book Trump published in 2000 called The America We Deserve, he says: It’s often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. After a tragedy like the massacre at Columbine High School, anyone could feel that it is too easy for Americans to get their hands on weapons. But nobody has a good solution. This is another issue where you see the extremes of the two existing major parties. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun owner has a record. -Donald Trump in his book, The America We Deserve
On September 2, 2016, then 70-year-old Lawrence Ripple robbed a Kansas City bank, but it wasn’t because he wanted money. Ripple was tired of living with his wife, as we reported back in January: Court documents show that Ripple gave a Bank of Labor teller a note demanding cash and warning he had a gun. After he grabbed nearly $3,000, Ripple didn’t flee: He sat in the lobby and told a guard he was the ‘guy he was looking for.’ An FBI agent says Ripple had argued with his wife earlier and told her in writing he’d ‘rather be in jail than at home.’ On Tuesday, Ripple told a federal judge that heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself when he committed the crime. Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January and could have spent up to 37 months in prison, which would have gotten him some time away from his wife.
The shooter, Hodgkinson, is dead. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist, and a US Capitol policeman were wounded. Without the presence of Scalise’s Capitol Police security detail, there would have been a massacre of Republican congressmen. Political Left celebs never meant for THIS to happen. They were just playing. They were just virtue signaling. Having fun. They’re kids in the sandbox. Sure. Kathy Griffin holds the blood-soaked decapitated head of Trump. Just a joke. Snoop Dogg releases a music video in which he shoots a toy gun at a clown dressed as Trump. Just satire. The prestigious Public Theater in New York City stages Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with a Caesar who looks like Trump, who is assassinated. Artistic commentary. Comedian Sarah Silverman tweets, ‘WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING [Trump] & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE.’ Satire. Madonna tells the Women’s March she’s thought a great deal about blowing up the White House. But she knows ‘this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.’ An Oprah moment. Rapper Little Bow Wow tweets to Trump, ‘Shut your punk ass up talking shit about my uncle [Snoop Dogg] before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.’ Brief frustration.