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  1. I know a few people who would go this route..
  2. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a finalized rule Thursday to end discrimination by financial service providers against the firearms industry and more. The rule will “ensure fair access to banking services provided by large national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign bank organizations.” In essence, the rule guarantees that fair access to banking is given to all industries based on financial merit, rather than for political reasons. It effectively protects those in the financial-services industry from pressures levied upon them by special interests groups who stand against the Second Amendment. “The rule, in other words, would refocus banks on doing their jobs of helping to promote lawful economic activity and managing financial risk while leaving policy decisions about what sorts of businesses are permissible in the first place to the political branches and the U.S. Constitution,” reported NRA-ILA. Discrimination against the firearms industry, and other “sin industries,” began under the Obama administration. They sought to circumvent the democratic processes by pressuring banks to sever ties with the firearms industry. As previously reported by America’s 1st Freedom, “Once, financial-services companies were neutral players in policy debates. Policy controlled them, but they were not creating social policies. That is no longer the case. Now some banks and other companies in the financial-services sector are pushing gun-control policies.” This new rule from the OCC will rectify such mistreatment and malpractice in the purportedly neutral financial-services sector, ensuring that Americans will be able to continue to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. “As Comptrollers and staff in previous administrations have made clear in speeches, guidance, and testimony, banks should not terminate services to entire categories of customers without conducting individual risk assessments. It is inconsistent with basic principles of prudent risk management to make decisions based solely on conclusory or categorical assertions of risk without actual analysis. Moreover, elected officials should determine what is legal and illegal in our country,” said Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks. These new rules still allow banks to to freely make business decisions. This rule change simply “requires covered banks to make those products and services they choose to offer available to all customers in the communities they serve, based on consideration of quantitative, impartial, risk-based standards established by the bank,” says the press release.
  3. It is hard to understand the politics of 2020 and 2021. We know some of the actors but we don’t know who is manipulating them. When you see people act in unexpected ways then you know there are people in the game you have not identified yet. Think back to four years ago. At the request of both Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, we saw the FBI and the CIA claim that Russia helped Trump get elected. The Democrat media used any excuse to blame Trump so they promoted that lie for years. In fact, it was Hilary Clinton who leaked government secrets from her private server. The Department of Justice looked the other way as the Biden family took millions of dollars from a foreign government. No one went to jail for that corruption so the level of corruption in our government is shockingly deep. We saw the tech giants of Google and Facebook skew their search results. If you typed in Clinton, you thought you were looking for Saint Hilary. You were delivered search options of racist rapist if you typed in Trump. In fact, it was Trump who prosecuted sexual abusers and child traffickers. In 2020, we saw Democrat politicians take record low unemployment and turn their economy and their budget into a disaster. These blue cities and blue states, supported by a fawning and uncritical media, demanded that the rest of us pay for their horrible policies. We saw Zuckerberg and Bloomberg give hundreds of millions of dollars to promote democrats in the 2020 election. We saw Soros buy secretaries of state in swing states. We also saw prominent democrats on the board of Dominion Voting Systems. Time after time, we saw blatant examples where our election laws were violated.. and the US Department of Justice couldn’t see anything wrong. We saw real-time voting information sent to foreign servers.. yet the CIA says they didn’t know a thing about it. That doesn’t make sense and is probably a lie. The voting results were absurd. We saw Trump get more votes than any sitting president ever. Trump had more small donors than any sitting president ever. Parenthetically, that is all the more remarkable since Trump is a billionaire and we donated anyway. We saw similar groups of people vote very differently.. depending on who counted the votes and what brand of voting machine was used. We saw the presidential vote tally suddenly shift in the middle of the night when election officials had supposedly stopped counting votes. In hindsight, we saw Dominion voting machines deliver unusual numbers of votes to Biden. How did the Biden voters know to use those machines rather than the other voting machines next to them? The simpler explanation is that the Dominion machines turned ordinary people into Biden voters without their knowledge. We saw prominent judges look the other way as our election laws were violated. We saw state legislators approve fraudulent elections. That doesn’t make sense, not yet, unless there are other forces at work. The news media blamed Trump for violence after we saw Antifa demonstrators bussed to the front of a Trump rally. We saw people inside the capitol building open the doors to let Antifa protesters inside. The media blamed Trump and Trump supporters for violence. That lie echoes the Nazi Germany propaganda from 1933. Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups said we should disarm US citizens because Antfa rioted at a Trump rally. In a spirit of unification and reconciliation, the left demanded that anyone who went to the Trump rally be fired. The radio syndication company Cumulus/Westwood One threatened to fire talk show hosts who questioned Biden’s legitimacy. We saw Google, Twitter, and Facebook suppress our freedom of speech if we dared question the election. Facebook closed the independent political group “Walk Away” even though the group had a half million followers. Facebook closed the accounts of the group’s administrators. It is not allowed to say that freedom loving liberals should walk away from the Democrat party. Questioning the actions of Democrat politicians is the new hate speech. When we spoke out on other forums, we saw Google, Apple and Amazon de-platform Parler. We saw Amazon partner GoDaddy take down second amendment websites. We saw Mailchimp stop email services to conservative groups. I’m worried and the reasons should be obvious. Honest elections are way to settle our differences peacefully. Political speech is a way to express our concerns and try to change the minds of our opponents. If you want to prevent civil unrest, then you need more transparency and openness, not less. We are seeing the opposite. We know who is being corrupt, but we don’t know who is pulling the strings and guiding their actions. Someone explained this coup as American politicians and American corporations adopting the Chinese model. There, elite corporations with political backers want markets without free markets. Politicians and their billionaire backers want elections without democracy. What we’re seeing fits that pattern, but there are actors behind the scenes. ~_~_ I gave you 800 words. Please share them with a friend. RM https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2021/01/12/a-review-of-politics-in-the-new-year-2021/
  4. In a new video provided to Project Veritas by an unidentified Twitter employee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey warns of further censorship following Twitter's recent ban on the president of the United States. "We know we are focused on one account right now," Dorsey said, in reference to his company's decision to ban President Trump. "But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it's going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration. We have to expect that, and we have to be ready for that." Dorsey said he does not believe Twitter's bans are going away anytime soon and cited the company's purge of QAnon accounts as an example of "a much broader approach that we should be looking at and going deeper on." Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe said more than a dozen people inside Twitter have reached out to Project Veritas this week with video and additional evidence. Project Veritas invites other tech insiders to share evidence of corruption and malfeasance. Dorsey's leaked comments fly in the face of sentiments the CEO expressed earlier this week, calling bans "a failure" on part of his company. In a Twitter thread, Dorsey said bans "limited the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning," and set a "dangerous" precedent going forward. Leftists may be celebrating the ban on Donald Trump, but few seem genuinely concerned about the unchecked power big tech companies now wield over speech. Following Twitter's ban on the president, big tech companies shut down Parler, a rival social media company. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement, saying, "it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier." Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley noted, despite Twitter and other social media networks being private companies, that free speech is a principle that "goes beyond the First Amendment," adding some even consider free speech to be a fundamental "human right." Too bad Jack Dorsey doesn't see it that way.
  5. America is hurting. Tensions are high. Coming together and having meaningful dialogue seem impossible. People are tired of politics creeping into everyday life. Worst of all, self-righteous "unifiers" uninterested in unity continue to fan the flames of division. Is it too difficult to set aside our differences, to lower the temperature, and to demand better from elected officials? It shouldn’t be. For instance, healing will take a backseat should the incoming Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress pursue aggressive gun control policies. Why? Democrats, Republicans, and independents don’t want to lose their Second Amendment rights. In the spirit of healing and unity, President-elect Joe Biden and his Congressional backers should reconsider this push. Here’s What Biden’s Campaign Pledged to Do In a recent statement commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Tucson mass shooting, the president-elect vowed this, “As President, I pledge to continue to work together with Congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.” During the 2020 campaign, Biden pledged executive action to further regulate firearms and ammunition. His campaign openly touted the repeal of Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, reviving a federal assault weapons ban, universal background checks, federal gun buy-back programs, extreme risk protection orders (red flag laws), banning online sales of firearms and ammunition and to “give states incentives to set up gun licensing programs,” among publicly listed policy proposals. Are Democrats in agreement with his plan? Surprisingly, many aren’t warming up to Biden’s gun control policies either. One labor organizer wrote in the Washington Post, “Biden’s plan falls into a long line of government efforts to disarm the working class while keeping the lanes clear for the privileged who can afford whatever legal curveballs are thrown their way.” She concluded, “This divisive plan will do little to curb gun violence, and will instead hammer home the vast inequalities still dividing this nation.” Hear, hear! None of the aforementioned policies would eliminate crime. They would make it increasingly difficult for law-abiding Americans to purchase firearms and related components. Worse, his plan would criminalize law-abiding Americans. Scary. In a time of uncertainty, people need leaders to look up to. Treading down this path won’t boost morale nor restore trust. It’ll deliver the opposite. Bad Gun Bills Being Mulled in the 117th Congress It shouldn’t surprise readers to see Congressional Democrats introduce gun control bills in the House Judiciary Committee. With the Senate adjourned until January 19th, firearms-related bills have yet to be introduced there—but are expected. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a slew of bills echoing policies listed on the president-elect’s campaign website. H.R. 125 would mandate a “7-day waiting period before a semiautomatic firearm, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine may be transferred.” The long wait period could be the difference between life and death for gun owners or concealed handgun permit holders in urgent need of a firearm for protection. H.R. 127 would “provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.” If heard and passed, this would create unnecessary obstacles to legal firearms ownership and infringe on Second Amendment rights. H.R.130 would mandate “safe storage of firearms and ammunition, and to require the investigation of reports of improper storage of firearms or ammunition.” Law-abiding gun owners already practice safe storage and the latter stipulation will be abused by anti-gun lawmakers. Congressman Al Green (D-TX)’s H.R. 167 aims to address the so-called “gun-show loophole” — but a 2019 Department of Justice study found only 0.8% of criminals polled obtained firearms at gun shows. Gun Control Push Ignores Surge in Firearms Ownership Surging interest in firearms ownership could correspond with a rejection of gun control policies going forward. Why? A record-breaking 21 million firearms were sold in 2020. That figure includes eight million first-time gun buyers across racial, socio-economic, gender, geographical, and political lines. Of those first-time buyers, 40 percent are women. And now, records continue to be shattered — with both Republicans and Democrats purchasing firearms in wake of the January 6th Capitol siege. Following last summer’s riots and heightened concerns about personal safety, Americans are abandoning their past misgivings about firearms. So should the incoming Biden administration and their supporters in Congress. Conclusion In December, the Associated Press cautioned against gun control wishcasting, writing, “And regardless the outcome in two Senate races in Georgia that will determine which party holds the majority in that chamber, it will be a tall order to get a majority of lawmakers on board.” Indeed. With a 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate and narrow Democrat majority in the House of Representatives, gun control would further divide—not unite—our country. If President-elect Biden wants to “build back better,” he should ditch his gun control plans.
  6. (from antiguaobserver.com) [Ed: We at DRGO are physicians first and civil rights activists (a very close) second. Vaccination against disease is one of the great triumphs of public health. We are 100% behind the campaign to immunize against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). That, along with all those recovered from the illness, will lead to population immunity, ending this terrible pandemic and returning our world to us. Dr. Brodale’s We Are at War! is a good companion piece.] . I received the Moderna COVID vaccine this week. I’m happy about it and I’d like to discuss why. Why am I posting this here on a gun site? Because there are many people in our firearms community who have an admittedly reasonable mistrust of the government and anything that comes from it. Recent events have not helped that mistrust. With so many people of my personal acquaintance who are hesitant, I wanted to speak my piece. A few days ago when I posted a video of my vaccination to social media I was confronted by someone who wanted to know why, who proceeded into the standard anti-government spiel and then presumed to admonish me that I should “know better”. I blocked that guy because: 1) I just did not have the mental energy that evening to put together a reasoned rant for one random dude on the internet. And, 2) If you want to spread your pet conspiracies have at it, but do it on your own durn page, not mine. I am first and foremost a medical professional and a responsible adult. I make decisions that I feel are best for myself, my family, and my patients and I am not answerable to random internet denizens for those decisions. Now that I have had time to ponder and put together reasonable sentences, I am ready to discuss why I chose to be vaccinated. Bullet format would probably be the most organized way to do this: I am a physician. I have a duty to my patients to care for them to the best of my ability. As part of that, I have a duty to do my best to make sure that “I” do not pass communicable diseases “to” those patients. Likewise, if I catch a communicable disease “from” my patients and become myself incapacitated I cannot continue to serve my other patients. I have a duty to myself and my family as well. My family did not sign up to be exposed to every disease that my patients may bring to me. I have to do my best to protect my family, as well as make sure that I remain healthy enough to continue to be a breadwinner for the household. I follow the existing science as best I can. The science on a completely new virus is unavoidably a changing and evolving thing. Recommendations made in March may not hold true anymore now. Research published in the early days and originally thought promising may have turned out not to be so as follow-up studies brought us more information. But through all that, vaccination remains a gold standard for prevention of viral infections. Operation Warp Speed did not allow for slapdash science. What it did was pump money and resources into a system which is usually bogged down by lack of investment, financial risk, and bureaucratic roadblocks. I am a pediatrician. I also have a Master of Public Health degree. I vaccinate children every day of my professional career. I am very pro-vaccine. I have gotten a flu vaccine every year for over 30 years. Getting a COVID vaccine was simply part of that logical progression and mindset. In fact, I would have even signed up for the early vaccine trials if I had known how to do so and if they would have taken me with a mild autoimmune condition and a latex allergy. As it is, I am following along with post vaccine follow-up so that even more data can be collected about potential side effects for those who may come after me. And I still have a booster dose yet to go. As hesitant as I normally am about giving out my personal cell phone number to a government entity, I did it anyway because I felt that gathering additional data post-vaccine was that important. Perception of risk is important to address as well. I have had people ask me about everything from passing out to Bell’s Palsy. While it is true that there have so far been a handful of severe reactions, that handful has been spread out over millions of doses. That’s not a very large risk profile. Reactions such as Bell’s Palsy can even occur after a head cold, and they did not occur in the vaccine trials at a rate which was above what would normally be expected in the population anyway. To illustrate that, someone in the placebo group got it. You have to look at that against the risks you take every day without even thinking about it. For instance—what is your risk of dying every time you sit behind the wheel? You probably don’t want to know. But even if you did, would you stop driving? Dozens of my fellow physicians and healthcare personnel whom I know personally have taken both vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna. A handful have had their second doses by this point as well. None of them have reported that they had anything but a sore arm or felt “off” for a few days. Their experience seems to bear out the evidence from the trials. Finally, I wanted to demonstrate for those in my circle who are hesitant, that I am unafraid of this vaccine and I don’t believe any of the patently false conspiracy theories which circle around the internet and social media. I wanted to try to be a leader about this. So here I am. I have made my decision based on facts and the way I have always lived my life. If you choose not to take the vaccine, that is your decision and your right. But I urge that your decision be based on the facts– not on fear, mistrust of the government, suspicion of the CCP, doubts about vaccines in general, or because aliens. Thanks for listening. . . —’Dr. LateBloomer’ is the pen name of a female general pediatrician (MD, MPH, FAAP) who also writes at GAT Daily. She enjoys competitive shooting sports, including IDPA, USPSA and 3-Gun. Evil semi-automatic firearms are her favorites.
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