Mid-Day Digest

Aug. 19, 2019


“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” —Federal Farmer (1787)

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Defensive Gun Uses Abound Nationwide

The Second Amendment is in the U.S. Constitution as a bulwark against tyranny. The right to keep and bear arms is primarily about protection of the Constitution and the Liberty it enshrines. It is only secondarily about personal protection and hunting. Too many Second Amendment advocates fail to drive this point home.

Given that foundation, however, and while the Left is busy exploiting the deaths of innocents to ramp up efforts to destroy Liberty through various proposals to ban guns from the law-abiding, it is also important to note that firearms save lives.

In July alone, there were numerous examples of law-abiding Americans using firearms to prevent crimes and save lives. We’ll give just the briefest of details of a handful of those stories:

A South Carolina man shot a drunken attacker. A disabled Florida senior was wounded by four armed men who broke into his home, but he used an AR-15 to kill two of them while sending the two others fleeing. A San Diego man killed an assailant who was stabbing his father. A North Carolina woman killed an ax-wielding attacker. A Tennessee Uber driver shot a man who had fired on his vehicle, defending himself and his passenger. A Louisiana man shot an attacker attempting a carjacking. Others in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Arizona, and elsewhere merely brandished their guns or held would-be burglars at gunpoint and awaited police.

Again, these are just a few examples of what in reality are millions of stories. In 2013, even Barack Obama’s Centers for Disease Control affirmed studies showing that perhaps millions of lives are saved every year by the lawful defensive use of firearms. Bill Clinton’s CDC conducted its own studies in 1996 and 1998, determining that there are “likely over 1 million defensive gun uses of guns” annually. More than 20 years later, concealed carry is more widely practiced. In fact, mere possession of firearms is a deterrent for countless crimes — whether criminals are stopped in the attempt by citizens brandishing a firearm, or whether people with a mind to commit a crime decide otherwise because a gun might be used against them.

In the end, this is all a reminder that “gun control” isn’t about guns. It’s about control.

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NYT Pivots Anti-Trump Coverage From Collusion to Racism

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet made one thing clear in his leaked message to staff at an internal “crisis townhall meeting” last week: The paper will shift its anti-Trump coverage strategy. Baquet acknowledged that the vacuous Trump/Russia collusion story, which the Times had covered “better than anybody else,” didn’t bring about the desired result — President Donald Trump removed from office. So, Baquet noted, it’s time to change the paper’s coverage of Trump to be more focused on him being a racist who is dividing the country.

Of course, to our readers and the majority of conservatives, this news is not surprising at all. It has been evident for decades that the Times has a severe leftist bias, though that reality has certainly become even more pronounced since Trump’s election. However, what is incredible about Baquet’s comments is that he essentially argues the Times’s job is to be the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

What transpired to bring about this “crisis” in-house meeting, according to Baquet, were several “significant missteps” in the paper’s reporting on Trump. For example, there was the paper’s headline change on its coverage of Trump’s speech following the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton — a change that came after the Times received a mass of complaints from its leftist readers for being too favorable toward Trump. The original headline read “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism” but was changed to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.”

The first headline was the least biased and most accurate representation of what Trump said, but that was a bridge too far for the Times readers who have been conditioned to believe Trump is the second coming of Adolf Hitler. Never mind the fact that Trump has consistently repudiated racism, as he did unequivocally once again in his speech: “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”

Baquet’s instructions would be funny if they weren’t so deceitful and dangerous. While acknowledging that the Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Trump/Russia collusion story collapsed because there was nothing there, he pivoted to push another delusional and fact-free narrative of Trump being a racist who is seeking to divide America. Nothing could be further from the truth. But at the Times, it’s all about propping up the leftist anti-Trump narrative, not simply reporting the news.

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ANTI-SEMITIC SPONSORS: National Review’s David French highlights more nefariousness behind the banning of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from Israel: “The most important element of the story is the fact that two American congresswomen shunned a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel to go on an independent trip to Israel sponsored by vicious anti-Semites. Another important element of the story is that, as of today, the mainstream media have whitewashed Omar and Tlaib’s vile associations.”

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM QUASHED: Fox News reports: “A federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration on Friday in the legal battle over its efforts to limit asylum claims from Central America — blocking, for now, a nationwide injunction that blocked the implementation of the rule. … The San Francisco federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit on Friday ruled that the injunction imposed by the California federal judge can only apply in states within the court’s jurisdiction in the western U.S.” Our own Arnold Ahlert explains why nationwide injunctions are tyrannical.

SANDERS RACE BAITS: “Declaring the criminal justice system ruined by pervasive racism and ‘corporate profiteering,’ Sen. Bernard Sanders proposed a massive overhaul Sunday that would free many drug convicts, abolish the death penalty and solitary confinement, and promote an unarmed ‘civilian corps’ to replace the police for lower-level calls.” (The Washington Times)

FAUXCAHONTAS PANDERS: “Presumably as a way to deflect from criticism over her checkered past of claiming Native American ancestry, [Elizabeth] Warren posted a lengthy proposal on Medium Friday morning in which she vowed to fix some of the problems pertaining to tribal nations,” according to The Daily Wire. “Throughout her lengthy post, Warren makes several proposals, from making Native Americans a national concern, to affordable housing, to economic opportunities for tribal people, and to respect for native veterans.” Meanwhile, The Washington Times reveals that Warren’s binge spending “total[s] more than $5 trillion over a decade. That sum does not include other high-priced items on the liberal wish list such as … government-run health care.”

NAZI SYMPATHIZERS: “A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi song during an awards ceremony last year, according to video reviewed by The Daily Beast. The video shows about 10 members of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, throwing the salute once used to greet Adolf Hitler while singing a Nazi marching song played for German troops during World War II. It’s the second such incident in the region in the year.” (The Daily Beast)

ANTI-JEW ATTACK THWARTED: “An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown. … On Friday, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force raided [the man’s] house and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition, including dozens of round[s] of ammo, multiple semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor. … [The suspect] is an avowed anti-Semite and white nationalist and attended the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017… During the raid on his house on Friday police also discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.” (ABC News)

FRACTURED BUT NOT BROKEN: According to the Associated Press, an Islamic State jihadi bombed a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, killing 63 and wounding 182. “The emergence of the Islamic State affiliate in recent years might be the greatest threat to Afghan civilians as the U.S. and Taliban seek an agreement to end nearly 18 years of fighting,” the AP reports. “While the U.S. wants Taliban assurances that Afghanistan will no longer be used as a launch pad for global terror attacks, there appear to be no guarantees of protection for Afghan civilians.”

BURGEONING SPECTACLE: “Hong Kong protest organizer Civil Human Rights Front estimates more than 1.7 million people gathered in the rain Sunday for the city’s 11th consecutive week of demonstrations. … What started as peaceful protests in June, including a June 9 demonstration that drew an estimated 1 million people, has since escalated, raising concern of potential Chinese military intervention.” (The Daily Caller)

THE SUSPENSE GROWS: “Two Russian nuclear monitoring stations — specifically designed to detect radiation — ‘went silent’ in the days following an explosion of what many believe was a nuclear-powered missile earlier this month during tests at a remote base, a nuclear official said in an email Sunday. … The Guardian reported that radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, increased 20 times above normal for about a half hour after the explosion. It has been reported that residents in the area have been stocking up on iodine, which helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure.” (Fox News)

IRANIAN MALFEASANCE: “An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece. … The vessel left Gibraltar late on Sunday after having been detained for a month in the British overseas territory for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. Gibraltar authorities rejected attempts by the U.S. to seize the oil tanker again, arguing that EU regulations are less strict than U.S. sanctions on Iran. And Tehran on Monday warned Washington against any effort to grab the vessel again.” (CBS News)

POLICY: Greenland deserves the attention Trump is giving it (The Daily Signal)

POLICY: How the government creates wealth inequality (National Review)

HUMOR: #ClintonBodyCount trending on Twitter even though the Clintons never did anything wrong (NPC Daily)

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Michael Reagan: “Dove season opens in California and across the U.S. on Sept. 1. … But thanks to a proposition approved by 63 percent of Californians in 2016 and the leftist Democrat lawmakers in Sacramento who’ve been wrecking the state for 40 years, dove season this year will be much more complicated. A new state law aimed at reducing gun violence took effect on July 1 that requires anyone who buys ammo for any kind of gun to first pass a state background check. … Before I can buy the shotgun shells I’ll need this year, I have to go to a state-licensed vendor (a sporting goods store), give them all my information, show them my California driver’s ID and then pass a background check that takes anywhere from 3 to 30 days to clear. After I pass my $19 background check I have 30 days to buy the shotgun shells I’ll need. If after 30 days I need to buy more shells, I’ll have to pay another $19 for another background check. The DMV-like process of buying ammo in California is bad enough, but if I’m not careful about how or where I get my shotgun shells, I could become a criminal. … What if I asked one of my hunting buddies to give me a box of his shells? Good idea, but if he gives them to me he’ll break the new ammo law because he didn’t do a background check on me first. … What the geniuses in state government have done in a futile attempt to reduce gun violence is create a whole bunch of well-armed dove shooters who are hoarding enough ammunition for their guns to last the rest of their lives. I hope the bad guys don’t find out where we live.”


Insight: “We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “A Hong Kong under siege has further meaning in the eyes of the world. It continues to be what it has been for decades, a living reminder that people anywhere can do anything if they have economic freedom. Hong Kong is a shining, unassailable testament to the power of unfettered capitalism.” —Issues & Insights’s Thomas McArdle

Broken clock: “BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] is a bulls—t purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class. It’s predicated on this notion — I think it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel are mostly white and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied. Forget about the intifadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars.” —HBO’s Bill Maher

Dumb and dumber: “We live in a country where we have cities that are banning plastic straws, but we can’t ban assault weapons? I mean, that just doesn’t make sense to me. Look, I think banning plastic straws will save the environment. I also believe that banning assault weapons will save the lives of many people.” —Rep. Cedric Richmond

Village idiots: “Instead of being the world leader technologically in addressing climate change, the United States has become a pariah. My colleagues on other continents are very concerned about the United States’s lack of initiative.” —Bill “The Science Lie” Nye

And last… “In Hong Kong, antifascists wave American flags, demand freedom and actually fight fascists. In Portland, ‘antifascists’ burn American flags, demand violence in the name of socialism. Portland is a sad showing of where we are today. All around.” —Dan Crenshaw

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