Thoughts from the ammo line

Ammo Grrrll titles her column this week COME FLY WITH ME, but she’s not talking about “far Bombay” or “llama land” or “Acapulco Bay,” and “weather-wise” the destination is iffy. She’s flying to the Twin Cities. She writes:

Even before Ebola, Ammo Grrrll only flew under extreme duress. Funerals. Emergencies with sick parents. For business, I have driven from Minnesota to West Virginia, Maryland, and Texas. I enjoy long road trips. There is nobody to complain when you play the same Toby Keith disc for 3 hours, followed by Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and then The Best of Bread ($1.99 in a bin). Eat your heart out, Brahms. Here comes “Baby, I’m-A Want You”.

Flying itself is wretched enough, but nowadays the TSA Experience begins the fun. It apparently is my karma always to be singled out for the full wanding and gunpowder residue tests on my hands. Tests I am terrified I am going to flunk because of the frequency of my shooting, despite Lady Macbeth-level scrubbing.

But who could blame TSA for culling me out when you consider the many hijackers who have been short women comics born the same year as Cher and Dolly Parton? Just as long as we don’t “profile”; that’s all I care about. And what the hell is “profiling” anyway, but the rational practice of giving extra scrutiny to those most likely to commit a particular offense? Why is that wrong? I would hope that when a white serial rapist is loose, that the police don’t waste valuable time and resources investigating a lot of black women.

And why the heck couldn’t that jackass shoe bomber have put the bomb in his hat instead of his shoe so that we all have to take off our shoes now for the next umpteen years? I forget what religion the guy was – Episcopalian, maybe? Not that his religion was relevant in any way. Motive unknown. Again. Probably toilet-trained too early or something.

Part of my problem with flying is that I have an insufficient faith in both gravity and engineering. I believe that the only reason the plane stays aloft is the exertion of my massive will. If I let my guard down even for an instant, it could spell disaster! The other passengers so seldom indicate the slightest gratitude for my vigilance. A nod, a salute, would be nice.

I try to use points to bump up to First Class because if the plane does go down, at least I will be having a free drink. My last flight I had picked up the mail on my way to the airport and had my latest issue of American Rifleman. When I got to the airport, I bought People in order to lower my IQ by 30 points and also to hide my gun magazine inside it away from TSA’s prying eyes as they pawed through my carry-on after the traditional wanding.

Seated next to me on the plane was a sweet, clean-cut young man who looked in frank disbelief at the (late, late) middle-aged lady reading NRA’s magazine while enjoying an adult beverage. He grinned, handing me a business card, and informed me proudly that he designed and sold moving targets for a living, mostly to police training facilities. What are the chances? We talked guns n’ ammo all the way to Minneapolis.

The festive bumper stickers on the first car picking up a passenger outside Lindbergh Terminal were for gun control, Diversity (Celebration of), the late Paul Wellstone, the lame losers Kerry/Edwards, and Obama/Biden. Twice. And the despicable Edwards wasn’t even scratched out! Was this lady driver against anything, you ask? I mean, since she obviously was fine with a man cheating on his dying wife, making a baby, denying the baby’s existence until caught, and exploiting rich old doddering campaign donors? Well, yes, as a matter of fact she was “Already against the next war.” You know, to save time.

Ah, the Twin Cities, just as I remember them. Come for the windchill; stay for the brain-dead politics. C’mon, Minnesota: surprise us this Tuesday! See how many Republican ballots you can find in the trunks of your cars.

Democrats Race-Bait Across the South

The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Times reports:

In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

Apparently they assume that no one remembers it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who went to war to defend slavery and imposed Jim Crow.

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. …

In North Carolina, the “super PAC” started by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, ran an ad on black radio that accused the Republican candidate, Thom Tillis, of leading an effort to pass the kind of gun law that “caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

This one got four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. “Stand your ground” laws had nothing to do with the Martin case, and Tillis had little or nothing to do with passage of the stand your ground law in North Carolina.

In Georgia, Democrats are circulating a flier warning that voting is the only way “to prevent another Ferguson.” It shows two black children holding cardboard signs that say “Don’t shoot.”

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The Democrats have created a mythology around Ferguson, just as they created a fictional Trayvon Martin story. That their Martin story was proved false at trial apparently means nothing; nor is there any apparent reason why that case–whatever you think of it–should cause one to vote for Democrats. But if you are a Democrat, logic is optional. The politically-motivated myth-building starts at the top: Attorney General Eric Holder says “I think it’s pretty clear that the need for wholesale change in that [Ferguson] department is appropriate,” even though his own department has an ongoing investigation that has so far produced no findings.

The messages are coursing through the campaigns like a riptide, powerful and under the surface, largely avoiding television and out of view of white voters. … Democrats say Republicans need to own their record of passing laws hostile to African-American interests on issues like voting rights.

Unlike the Democrats, Republicans have never advocated or passed racially discriminatory voting laws. The idea that African-Americans don’t have driver’s licenses and are too befuddled to obtain other forms of identification is not just a joke, but a slander against those voters for which Democrats weirdly pay no penalty.

The materials that Democrats are passing out are shocking:

[A]t a black church in Fayetteville, leaflets with a grainy image of a lynching have appeared, warning voters that if Ms. Hagan loses, President Obama will be impeached.

Lynchings were carried out by Democrats, not Republicans. And no one is talking about impeaching Obama except Democrats. Is there someone who seriously believes that if Republicans control the Senate, lynchings will resume in the South? Can anyone possibly be that dumb? Apparently leaders of the Democratic Party believe their voters are. Impeachment is a common theme of the Democrats’ appeals:

In Arkansas, voters are opening mailboxes to find leaflets with images of the Ferguson protests and the words: “Enough! Republicans are targeting our kids, silencing our voices and even trying to impeach our president.”

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“Republicans are targeting our kids?” This is delusional.

Toward these insane lies, the Times maintains an attitude of scrupulous neutrality. Until the end, when the paper gives the last word to a Democrat who says, it wouldn’t work if it weren’t true:

“It’s not race-baiting; it’s actually happening,” said Jaymes Powell Jr., an official in the North Carolina Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus. “I can’t catch a fish unless there’s a worm on the hook.”

That Democrats appeal to the ignorant is nothing new. That is how they win elections. But it is truly sad that the Democratic Party cares nothing about the damage it is doing to the United States by using lies to stir up racial division. The Democrats care nothing about truth, and nothing about their country’s future. They care only about their own greed for power. Let’s hope that this year, voters aren’t foolish enough to fall for the Democrats’ hate campaign.

A World Turned Upside Down

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on President Obama’s plan to selectively revoke the nation’s immigration laws by executive decree. (As the Journal notes, the administration is trying to craft orders that are “legally defensible.”) This latest news drew another blast of righteous indignation from Senator Jeff Sessions, who is Horatius at the bridge when it comes to defending the rights and interests of American workers:

The Wall Street Journal confirmed today that the President is planning to issue a massive unilateral executive amnesty after the election.

In its report, the WSJ certifies that this executive amnesty would provide work permits for illegal immigrants—taking jobs directly from struggling Americans.

Based on the USCIS contract bid and statements from USCIS employees, we know this executive immigration order is likely to be broader in scope than anyone has imagined.

Earlier this week, President Obama’s former head of Homeland Security revealed that she overrode resistance from administration lawyers and law enforcement agents in implementing the President’s earlier unlawful amnesty and work authorization program for illegal immigrants 30 and under. This was an open admission by one of the most senior people in government of violating one’s oath of office in order to accomplish a nakedly political aim.

The President is assuming for himself the sole and absolute power to decide who can enter, work, live, and claim benefits in the United States. He has exempted virtually every group in the world from America’s immigration laws: people who enter before a certain age, people related to people who enter before a certain age, adults traveling with minors, minors traveling with adults, illegal immigrants who are not convicted of serious crimes, illegal immigrants who are convicted of serious crimes but not enough serious crimes, almost anyone who shows up the border and demands asylum, the millions who overstay their visas, and, as was recently exposed, illegal immigrants with serious criminal histories. On and on it goes.

A nation creates borders and laws to protect its own citizens. What about their needs?

The President is systemically stripping away the immigration protections to which every single American worker and their family is entitled. He doesn’t care how this impacts Americans’ jobs, wages, schools, tax bills, hospitals, police departments, or communities.

But it gets worse still. The WSJ reports that the President is “expected to benefit businesses that use large numbers of legal immigrants, such as technology companies.” Those changes include measures to massively expand the number of foreign workers for IT companies—measures aggressively lobbied for by IT giants like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Yet we have more than 11 million Americans with STEM degrees who don’t have jobs in these fields. Rutgers professor Hal Salzman documented that two-thirds of all new IT jobs are being filled by foreign workers. From 2000 through today, a period of record legal immigration, all net gains in employment among the working-age have gone entirely to immigrant workers.

And now, in order to help open borders billionaires, President Obama is going to deny millions of Americans their shot at entering the middle class and a better life.

The world has turned upside down. Instead of serving the interests of the American people, the policies of President Obama and every Senate Democrat serve the needs of special interests and global CEOs who fail to understand the duty a nation owes to its own people. But the citizens of this country still hold the power, and through their voice, they can turn the country right-side again.

And they will do so, I predict, in every competitive race where the Republican candidate has made immigration and defense of American workers centerpieces of his or her campaign.shutterstock_103681271

Mary Burke in 47 seconds flat

The facade of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s was rudely ripped off her in the past day by a couple of stories. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dispatched a team of reporters to reapply it this morning, but Burke’s response itself leaves her facade in ruins. I provided the short course with links this morning in “Burke busted.” Now the Wisconsin GOP condenses the story in a 47-second video (below). I wouldn’t want readers pulling for Scott Walker’s reelection to miss this. Among other things, Mary Burke proves that the phrase “dishonest phony” is not necessarily redundant.

Via Guy Benson/Hot Air.

How many elections…? part 3

James O’Keefe has been on the ground in North Carolina for the past week and just released a video contribution to Steve’s series wondering how many elections the Democrats will steal next week. Like Diogenes in search of an honest man, O’Keefe goes in search of someone, anyone, who will discourage illegal voting by noncitizens in North Carolina. Spoiler alert: O’Keefe had no more luck thant Diogenes (video below).

O’Keefe posts a partial transcript of the video here. At NRO, John Fund comments on the video and reports that “Noncitizens are voting.”

How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week? Part 2

As a follow up to our item the other day on the recent academic study examining the evidence of widespread voting by non-citizens, there are two stories out today.

First, Bryan Preston over at Breitbart reports on what appears to be significant voting anomalies in Maryland (where there is a surprisingly close governor’s race that has not attracted much attention outside the state):

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller is all over efforts by La Raza (“the race”) to inform illegal aliens where they can successfully cast ballots without an ID:

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic)graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”

I’m sure Eric Holder will have the Justice Department right on this.

Burke busted

I haven’t had the stomach to watch the campaign next door in Wisconsin. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for reelection than incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker, but my approach has been to keep my eyes closed and pray for his success. I admire his cool, his political courage, and the record he has compiled as governor while working in his fight against the goon-led effort to recall him. He has stood in there like a man against the assaults of the Democratic thugocracy. What haven’t they thrown at him? Long may he run.

In Mary Burke, the Democrats fielded a plausible candidate to run against Walker. Burke has staked her campaign on her experience as an executive of the Trek bicycle business, where she worked until 1993. It’s not only homegrown, it’s her own family’s business. Democrats specialize in the art of camouflage and Burke seemed to have the camo nailed down.

However, Burke’s resume has a two-year hole in it after she left Trek in the 1993. According to her, she had burned out in her position with the company and left to recharge her batteries.

Yesterday I tuned into the race when M.D. Kittle reported in the Wisconsin Reporter: “Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence.” It’s a terrific story, to which WISN/Newstalk 1130 reporter Dan O’Donnell added in “Former Trek president and CEO confirms Mary Burke was fired” (audio below). Quotable quote from Tom Albers, former Trek Vice President and COO: “[S]he just couldn’t handle the position.”

Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rushes to Burke’s rescue in “Ex-Trek execs with conservative ties say Mary Burke was forced out.” The Journal Sentinel throws a team of reporters at the story and they go into overdrive to impugn the sources quoted in the stories above. Quotable 2006 quote from Burke’s predecessor as Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce: “She’s a disaster.” Please do read the whole thing and draw your own conclusions.

One has to read deep into the Journal Sentinel story to ascertain Burke’s response. She wasn’t fired; she didn’t burn out. She just departed involuntarily when her position (reminder: in the family business) was eliminated. Cue the laugh track:

“The truth is that after getting five additional offices up and running and managing seven operations, we decided to restructure and there was no need for my position and two of the people reporting to me could directly report to people in the United States,” she said. “I was part of that decision to restructure and did that and then decided to leave.”

The dead giveaway here is the preface: “The truth is…” That’s even a bigger tell than “Frankly,…” My conclusion, the Journal Sentinel to the contrary notwithstanding, is that she was lying then (about burnout) and that she’s lying now (about her voluntary departure). She was let go.

I’m closing my eyes again until Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Via Stephen Gutowski/Washington Free Beacon, below is one of Burke’s ads featuring her experience at Trek.