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Charlie T Waite

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  1. I stole this and laughed til I cried.. #8 is my favorite When one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison. To me, "drink responsibly" means don't spill it. Age 60 might be the new 40, but 9:00 pm is the new midnight. It's the start of a brand new day, and I'm off like a herd of turtles. The older I get, the earlier it gets late. When I say, "The other day," I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 15 years ago. I remember being able to get up without making sound effects. I had my patience tested. I'm negative. Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn't fit any of your containers. If you're sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, "Did you bring the money?" When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say "nothing," it does not mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing. I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever. I run like the winded. I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning and don't know whose side I'm on. When someone asks what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, "Why, what did you hear?" When you do squats, are your knees supposed to sound like a goat chewing on an aluminum can stuffed with celery? I don't mean to interrupt people. I just randomly remember things and get really excited. When I ask for directions, please don't use words like "east." Don't bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you right out. Sometimes, someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people cops. My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb. Which one is YOUR favorite?
  2. According to State Representative Terry Meza, Texans shouldn’t have the right to use lethal force when defending their homes. Meza filed HB 196 in anticipation of the Texas Legislature’s next session, dead set on repealing portions of Texas’ castle doctrine law. As the law currently stands, deadly force is justified when someone reasonably believes that it’s necessary to protect against an unlawful use of deadly force or the imminent commission of a host of violent crimes including aggravated kidnapping, murder, rape, and robbery. The person also has to be lawfully present where the use of force occurs, can’t provoke the use of force, and can’t generally be engaged in unlawful activity. If Representative Meza has her way, the person using defensive deadly force would be required to retreat if able, and cannot use force to prevent a robbery. There’s nothing wrong with the way Texas’ castle doctrine is currently written apart from the fact that you shouldn’t have to codify the right to use force to defend yourself, others, or your property so long as you didn’t initiate the altercation. The crimes that Texans can defend themselves against all include an element of force. Yes, robbery requires force too. Codifications of the Castle Doctrine only became necessary after judicial and political inventions imposed duties to retreat on otherwise lawful instances of self defense. The simple fact is, no innocent person deserves to be punished for defending against an unlawful use of force.
  3. A St. Louis judge has ordered Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her entire office off of the prosecution of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple charged with unlawful use of a weapon after they displayed a rifle and pistol as hundreds of protesters trespassed through their private neighborhood as they made their way to the home of St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson for a demonstration. On Thursday, Judge Thomas Clark ruled that Gardner’s repeated references to the McCloskey case in fundraising emails for her re-election effort “raise the appearance of impropriety and jeopardize the defendant’s right to a fair trial.” “Ms. Gardner has every right to rebut criticism, but it appears unnecessary to stigmatize defendant – or even mention him – in campaign solicitations, especially when she purports to be responding to others,” he wrote. “In fact, the case law and Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit it.” Should Clark’s ruling stand, a special prosecutor will be appointed to handle the case. In St. Louis, the presiding judge picks the special prosecutor. Judge Rex Burlison is currently St. Louis’ presiding judge. Clark has scheduled a status hearing on the case for Jan. 7, 2021. Clark noted in his 22-page ruling that it’s rare for prosecutors to be removed from cases and said that he didn’t reach his decision lightly, but added that Gardner’s series of fundraising appeals based off of the McCloskey case “aim to raise money using the defendant and the circumstances surrounding the case to rally Ms. Gardner’s political base and fuel contributions.” Gardner was successful in winning re-election in St. Louis, but her prosecution of the McCloskeys is an absolute dumpster fire and proof that voters should have thought a little harder before they cast their ballots. While Gardner can appeal the judge’s decision, it’s likely that a special prosecutor will be appointed to handle the case against the McCloskeys. Today’s decision only adds more weight to the argument by the couple that their prosecution was politically motivated from the start, and given the fact that Gov. Mike Parson has already vowed to pardon the couple if they are convicted, there’s little need to waste taxpayer time and expense on a trial that’s based on trumped up charges in the first place. Joel Schwartz, the McCloskeys’ attorney, says he’s hopeful that once a special prosecutor has been appointed, they’ll decide that charges weren’t warranted to begin with. “This is what we wanted,” Schwartz said. “We would like a fair-mined prosecutor to take a look at the alleged crimes and reassess the evidence and see what they come up with because we don’t believe any of the evidence supports any of the charges. … as long as that happens, then I think we’ll have the right outcome and that would hopefully be no charges.” Ironically, Gardner herself claimed that the McCloskeys were the ones politicizing the case, but they were out trying to defend themselves, not get re-elected to office. Judge Clark made the right decision in removing Kim Gardner from the McCloskey case. Now let’s hope the next prosecutor to handle it decides that it’s in the best interest of justice to dismiss the charges altogether.
  4. A new story from the New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer is getting a lot of attention today for bringing to light the suspected decline in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s mental faculties, with lots of unnamed “senior Congressional sources” and former aides to the California senator detailing problems with Feinstein’s short-term memory and her increasing inability to fulfill her job duties. Mayer provides quite a few examples of Feinstein’s decline in her lengthy report, but gun owners and Second Amendment supporters will find this passage particularly interesting. According to several sources, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Minority Leader, was so worried that Feinstein would mismanage Barrett’s confirmation hearings that he installed a trusted former aide, Max Young, to “embed” in the Judiciary Committee to make sure the hearings didn’t go off the rails. He had done the same during Kavanaugh’s confirmation as well. Schumer brought Young in from the gun-control group Everytown to handle strategy and communications and serve as Schumer’s “eyes and ears” on Feinstein, as one Senate source put it. Schumer’s office declined to comment. Just imagine for a second the amount of outrage that would come from the Left if the New Yorker reported that Mitch McConnell had brought in the chief of public affairs for the NRA to “embed” in the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to handle strategy and communications as well as keep eyes and ears on Sen. Chuck Grassley during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh or Barrett. “The gun lobby is running Congress!” they’d scream. It would be a huge news story, and one that the media wouldn’t drop until they’d exhausted their outrage over the behind-the-scenes machinations of the NRA and the GOP leadership. Mayer, on the other hand, reports Schumer’s embedding of a gun control activist in the Senate Judiciary Committee as just another interesting factoid related to Dianne Feinstein’s mental faculties, and you know as well as I do that the media is going completely ignore this particular anecdote in Mayer’s lengthy story. Max Young isn’t just some Everytown intern. He’s the Chief Public Affairs Officer for both Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action as well as a former staffer for Schumer. This is as swampy as it gets, in other words. It’s a legitimate news story in and of itself, but the media hasn’t and won’t cover it that way. In fact, the only press outlet to report on Schumer bringing in Young at the time was Politico, and they failed to mention Max Young’s day job in their brief report. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is starting to staff up for the confirmation hearing, with both sides of the aisle adding more than 20 staffers. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have added eight additional counsels. Ashley Schapitl, a former Judiciary staffer, and Max Young, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will help with communications for Judiciary Democrats. A “former staffer” to Schumer, not “the head of public affairs for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.” Did Politico reporter Melanie Zanona and her editors not realize that Young is a higher up at the biggest gun control group in the country, did they find that fact unimportant, or did they think it would be inconvenient to Democrats if it was revealed that Chuck Schumer was bringing in a gun control activist on a temporary basis in an attempt to derail Barrett’s nomination? It’s not like Max Young’s day job was a big secret, so I’m sure the folks at Politico were well aware of Young’s role at Everytown. My guess is that they simply ignored Young’s full-time employer because it would have been a distraction at a time when Democrats wanted all eyes on Barrett and her views. This is a good, if painful, reminder of how gun owners can expect gun control issues to be covered over the next four years. The supposedly objective media aren’t our friends, and the bias they bring to their job can reveal itself in a variety of ways; including failing to provide their audience with important information. The only reason that this isn’t a huge story is the fact that the parties involved are Democrats and gun control activists. Flip the script and replace Schumer and Everytown with McConnell and the NRA and the howls of outrage would still be echoing through the halls of the Capitol.
  5. Tomorrow at 3:00pm, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee is scheduled to consider legislation amending Ohio’s “Duty to Inform” law, House Bill 425. Please contact members of the committee and ask that they please SUPPORT House Bill 425. House Bill 425 removes the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, like a routine traffic stop. Under current law, when a concealed handgun licensee comes into contact with a law enforcement officer the individual must immediately inform the law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun. Failure to inform law enforcement would result in a misdemeanor. By eliminating this requirement, HB 425 is acknowledging a simple human behavior; when pulled over, most individuals are not thinking about the “duty to inform” requirement. Most are contemplating what particular driving action may have resulted in their detainment, whether it be for speeding or another type of moving violation. To add another element in the “traffic stop” process for the driver is confusing at best and may result in an unintended criminal penalty and an additional fine. Again, please contact members of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee and ask them to support House Bill 425.
  6. DATE: December 10, 2020 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President On December 3, 2020, attorneys representing NRA filed a Motion to exclude the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) from relying on a "mouse brain" expert to testify that 18-20 year old adults in Florida are not mature enough to buy guns. FDLE's so-called expert, Dr. Pradeep G. Bhide, was a veterinarian in India, then studied brain science in Scotland before coming to the United States. Now, based on studies he did on "mouse brains," Dr. Bhide is trying to act as expert on young adults in Florida and claim young adults should not be allowed to purchase guns. However, despite his claims, Bhide has not offered any hard evidence that young adults age 18 to 20 are more likely to commit criminal violence with a purchased firearm than other adults. Dr. Bhide's opinions on young brains are extrapolated from emerging research of others in the very specialized and controversial area of adolescent brain development where Dr. Bhide himself admits that he has conducted no research, authored no articles, and given no presentations himself on human adolescent and adult brains. Even Dr. Bhide has admitted and confirmed that “you cannot pinpoint the age of brain maturity” in humans, yet he claims to be able to testify as an expert on 18-20 year olds who would purchase of firearms. This would be laughable if it were not so ridiculous. The legislature never considered any evidence to support the ban, much less the pseudoscientific opinion offered by Dr. Bhide. Rather, it merely reacted out of emotion to the Parkland tragedy. Florida Republican legislators acquiesced and allowed themselves to be stampeded by Sen. Bill Galvano who received over $500,000 from Michael Bloomberg's EveryTown. It was about money, power and political favors and had nothing to do with science of any kind. Our fight is about protecting the Constitutional rights and freedoms of law-abiding adults in America, whether they are young adults or elderly adults. Link to the Motion NRA filed: https://www.bradley.com/-/media/files/insights/publications/2020/11/plaintiffs-motion-in-limine-to-exclude-the-testimony-of-dr-pradeep-g-bhide-without-exhibit.pdf
  7. Here ya go.. Americans have been buying guns in record numbers since March of this year, with no signs of a slowdown in sight. What better time, then, for gun control groups to beclown themselves by demanding that firearm retailers “pause” selling firearms for a little while? Yesterday in New Jersey, a hunter was killed in an unintentional shooting incident. This time of year, we typically see a 50% spike in unintentional shootings. That’s why we’re urging sporting retailers to take action. Send a message: PAUSE GUN SALES!https://t.co/zhcJDrEvPN — Guns Down America (@GunsDownAmerica) December 9, 2020 While the anti-gun group is using this tragic story from New Jersey to push their latest gun control scheme, in truth they don’t give a damn about the 38-year old who passed away or the fact that virtually no details have been released other than the fact that he was found with a fatal gunshot wound. Actually, I don’t even believe that Guns Down America is serious about asking retailers to stop the sale of firearms and ammunition over the holidays. See that link in the anti-gun group’s tweet? If you click on it, it takes you to this page, which in turn asks readers to provide the group with their name, email, and phone number. They’re harvesting information for their mailing list, in other words, not “sending a message” to anyone. So who’s behind Guns Down America? The organization bills itself as a “a bolder, broader movement calling for dramatically fewer guns in America,” but it seems to exist mainly to provide anti-gun activist Igor Volsky with a job. The group doesn’t formally lobby legislators or members of Congress and isn’t involved in litigation efforts. Instead, according to the group’s website, GDA: is activating influential voices outside of the legislative arena to help build safer communities with fewer guns. Borrowing a page from the successful marriage equality movement, GDA is engaging corporations to weaken the gun industry and its lobby, create cultural change around the gun issue, and build surprising political coalitions that can actually pave the way for the bold legislative reforms we need to truly save lives. How successful are they? Well, the group claims they “forced” FedEx to stop providing discounts to NRA members, but FedEx itself says the NRA was more than 100 organizations dropped from its affiliate program because they “did not bring in enough shipping volume to warrant its participation in the program” (the company also allowed NRA members who were a part of the affiliate program to continue to receive the discount). The organization, which lists as its headquarters a Washington, D.C. address that is actually a WeWork shared office space, is small enough to operate largely under the radar. With just three employees named on their website, Guns Down America largely serves as a vehicle for Igor Volsky, who as recently as 2019 was listed as a vice-president at the lefty think tank Center for American Progress, and whose president, Neera Tanden, was recently named by Joe Biden to run the Office of Management and Budget. Before that Volsky worked at the website Think Progress. Volsky promotes himself as much as he does the anti-gun organization that he founded, as is evident in the Ask Me Anything that Volsky did on Reddit last year while promoting his book (also called “Guns Down”). Seriously, go scroll through the thread when you have a few minutes to amuse yourself. It’s pretty clear that Volsky is a gun control grifter. Oh, I have no doubt he’s sincere in his belief that we should have fewer guns in this country and that legally purchasing a gun should be much more restrictive than it is right now. The organization he founded back in 2016, however, doesn’t seem to actually do much other than use social media to promote themselves and look for donors. When FedEx ends its affiliate program with the NRA, or Walmart decides to stop selling guns and ammunition in many stores, Guns Down America is quick to take credit even when they had little or nothing to do with the decision. “Our campaigns made a difference,” they claim, and undoubtably some gullible anti-gunners will believe them. Well, if Guns Down America is such a powerhouse, let’s see how many firearm retailers take them up on their demand to halt gun and ammunition sales until the new year. My guess is exactly zero gun stores will join Volsky in his quest, but as long as he collects a few names and email addresses he’ll view Guns Down America’s latest campaign as a success. Besides, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Volsky can always run a new pitch asking people sign up and demand that retailers stop gun sales around that holiday as well. Recommended Bearing Arms Video: Cam Edwards has covered the 2nd Amendment for more than 15 years as a broadcast and online journalist, as well as the co-author of "Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Start a Family, and Other Manly Advice" with Jim Geraghty. He lives outside of Farmville, Virginia with his family.
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