Saturday, January 13, 2024

What will it take to get them to understand "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" ???? Do they really think that this will stop people from shooting themselves or others just because the bullet is higher priced ? It's NOT a gun or ammo problem, It's a MIND problem!!
Democrats Propose Additional Tax For The “Use Of Ammunition”

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Democrats in Washington State are proposing an additional tax for “the privilege of using ammunition” in a bid to decrease gun violence. House Bill 2238, introduced by fifteen state Democrats, was referred to the state’s legislature committee on finance. If passed, the bill would impose a sales tax on ammunition to fund suicide prevention & firearm-related domestic violence programs. "A use tax is levied on every person in this state for the privilege of using ammunition as a consumer at the rate of percent of the selling price," House Bill 2238 read. The bill describes ammunition as “Projectiles with their fuses, propelling charges, or primers designed to be fired from firearms." This new proposed tax would be in addition to the federal, state and local sales and use tax on goods and services. However, it would not apply to sales to state, local, or tribal governments to supply law enforcement agencies. "Washington HN 2238 is a poorly conceived and sloppily drafted piece of work. It’s also politically tone-deaf, as Washington residents from all points on the political spectrum and all corners of the state are rejecting state tax hikes," State Rep. Jim Walsh of the Washington State Republican Party told Fox News Digital. The proposed bill also states that one person is killed by a firearm every 14 hours, and nearly half of all suicides are from firearms.

If $174.000 a month isn't enough, then how do so many congress members become MILLIONAIRES.?? Give them a "cost of living" raise like those of us on Social Security get! A %age

A $174,000 salary isn't enough for members of Congress. In fact, they should probably give themselves a $100,000 raise.
Story by (Bryan Metzger) • 22h

©Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesRep. Patrick McHenry made waves last week when he called for a pay raise of  $100,000 for members of Congress.

Image of Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein on private jet is AI generated | Fact check   Story by Joedy McCreary, USA TODAY • 21h USA TODAY

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The claim: Image shows Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein on a private jet

Social network: Donald Trump, former President of the United States. Trump and Epstein were neighbors in Palm Beach in the 1990s and early 2000s. Trump threw Epstein a 'calendar girl' party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in 1992, according to the New York Times.© Alex Brandon, AP

Jan. 8 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) purports to show former President Donald Trump sitting on a plane beside disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“This is a picture of two guys on a private jet, going to a private island, that didn’t know each other,” reads the post.

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The image is a fabrication. It was generated by artificial intelligence, according to computer science experts and AI-detection tools.
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Earlier versions of the image have a different look and feel, with the original, high-resolution version containing more detail than the grainy one in the latest Facebook post.

“Both images depict the same scene, but the lower quality one likely went through a style model to make it appear rasterized, and hence ‘older,’” Walter Scheirer, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, told USA TODAY in an email.

Hold On, He’s Coming, President Trump Makes Court Announcemen

by Vince Quill16 hours ago16 hours ago

If they are going to run kangaroo courts, run by kangaroo people, then President Trump should act accordingly.

This is just my opinion, but I believe that E. Jean Carroll is a liar. No rape victim parades around in the way she does. Rape is traumatic and a capital crime, it is not cause for celebration and CNN appearances.

I don’t think I have ever seen a happier ‘victim’ of sexual assault than E. Jean Carroll in my life. This is why I believe she is making up these claims.

Much speculation has been making its way around the web as to whether or not President Trump would attend the start of the New York defamation case.

Despite prosecutors not allowing him to lodge a defense against Carroll’s claims, the 45th President told the media that he would be in attendance for the start of the case on Wednesday of next week.

When asked, the former President told the media: “Yeah, I’m gonna go to it and I’m gonna explain, I don’t know who the hell she is.” Take a look at what he had to say and more on the E. Jean Carroll case:

Reporter: "You have the Iowa caucuses Monday, an event in New Hampshire Tuesday, are you going to be back for the E. Jean Carroll case on Wednesday?"

Donald Trump: "Yeah, I'm gonna go to it and I'm gonna explain, I don't know who the hell she is."

— The Recount (@therecount) January 11, 2024

Trump just name-dropped Reid Hoffman and the Democrats funding the E Jean Carroll lawsuit


— Jack Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 11, 2024

The Epoch Times reported:

The trial is scheduled to start Jan. 16 and is focused on how much President Trump will have to pay Ms. Carroll for allegedly defaming her by saying she lied about him sexually assaulting her.

In 2019, Ms. Carroll brought a defamation case against President Trump.

Adam Klasfeld shared this letter from Carroll’s lawyers and reported: “E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers warn a judge that Trump wants to “sow chaos” and create a “circus” at his upcoming trial, citing his five-minute courtroom tirade yesterday as evidence. They question whether he can even testify.”


E. Jean Carroll's lawyers warn a judge that Trump wants to "sow chaos" and create a "circus" at his upcoming trial, citing his five-minute courtroom tirade yesterday as evidence.

They question whether he can even testify.

Developing @TheMessenger

— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 12, 2024

NEW: After the judge in the E Jean Carroll case ruled against allowing Trump to introduce certain evidence at trial, Trump has decided he’s going to introduce it anyway. Carroll’s lawyer is notifying the court and asking to block it again.

— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) January 12, 2024

Reuters explained the draconian legal restrictions placed on President Trump as part of the defamation case:

In an order on Saturday night, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan granted Carroll’s request to block the defense from arguing that the jury reached its conclusion because it did not believe Carroll’s rape claim.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

 Please bear with me on my posting, my computer is doing what it wants. Type faces, spacing, composition etc. Artificial Intelligence ????? NOT HERE!

Texas plans to secede ???

Texas Independence Plan Suffers Major Blow    Story by James Bickerton •7hrs ago Newsweek

Stock photo showing the Texas state flag is seen during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium on September 23, 2023 in Waco, Texas. The Texas Supreme Court has rejected a case filed by Texan nationalists after their independence petition was turned down by the state Republican Party.
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The Texas Supreme Court has refused to take up a case filed against the state Republican Party after it rejected a petition calling for a vote on Texas independence to be included on its March primary ballot.

The case was brought by the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM), a group campaigning for the state to leave the United States and become a fully independent country. On Wednesday, the TNM's petition, with 139,456 signatures, was denied outright, sparking an angry response from secessionist campaigners.

Texan nationalists have received a number of major boosts over the past few years, with the Texas GOP backing calls for a referendum on whether the state "should reassert its status as an independent nation" at its June 2022 convention.

Texas state Representative Bryan Slaton introduced legislation in March 2023 that would have triggered a referendum on "whether or not the State should investigate the possibility of Texas independence," though it failed to move past the committee stage.

Last month, TNM President Daniel Miller delivered a petition calling for a "TEXIT" referendum to the state GOP headquarters in Austin, well over the 97,709 signatures required to get a vote added to the primary ballot.

Texas Republican Party Chair Matt Rinaldi rejected the petition, claiming "the vast majority of petition signatures were invalid." He said some were missing essential information such as "residence address, county of registration, and date of birth/voter registration number." Other names were invalid, while only 8,300 of the signatures had been submitted by hand, rather than electronically, which Rinaldi claimed was a requirement. The Texas GOP also said the delivery of the petition was "untimely," with it being received on the deadline, as opposed to the day before.

Republican Speaker Mike Johnson PHONES Biden and tells him to use executive action to secure the southern border as migrant crisis reaches breaking point  Call came as Republicans held hearing on impeaching Mayorkas and held a hearing to advance a resolution to hold Hunter Biden in contempt ....In the letter the speaker directed the president to end 'catch-and-release' and even use emergency authority to shut down all migration temporarily

PUBLISHED: 13:21 EST, 10 January 2024 | UPDATED: 17:25 EST, 10 January 2024

Johnson even urged Biden to suspend all immigration - using his authority under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act© Provided by Daily Mail

According to the speaker's office, Johnson reiterated the contents of a December 21 letter© Provided by Daily Mail

Speaker Mike Johnson and President Biden spoke by phone about the harrowing migrant crisis on Wednesday and the speaker urged Biden to take executive action to close the border.

'Speaker Johnson spoke with President Biden today. The speaker strongly encouraged the president to use his executive authority to secure the southern border,' Johnson spokesman Raj Shah wrote on X.

Finding a border fix is imperative as over 200,000 migrants crossed into the U.S. in December - the most recorded in a month in history.

Judge Bars President Trump  From Making A Defense At Trial   by Vince Quill 20 hours ago   

Every day I think that we couldn’t possibly become more of a banana republic than we are right now, but apparently, it’s a long way down.I have long said that those who wish to prevent something from being said are the ones with something to hide—it is they who are wrong.

The entire point of a court of law is to get to the bottom of things and to ensure justice. If something is nonsense, it should still be allowed to be said in court.

The court can then show how ridiculous that hypothetical nonsense is through well-reasoned arguments, witnesses, and evidence. This is the point of courts.

Instead of sticking to this time-honored tradition, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has opted for the more ‘progressive’ route.

According to Judge Kaplan’s recent ruling, President Trump is not allowed to lodge a defense in his upcoming defamation case brought forward by E. Jean Carroll.

More specifically, he will not be able to argue against her claims of sexual abuse. How is this legal or just? Take a look at the reports below and let us know if you believe Carroll’s claims:

1. Guess what? Reid Hoffman is also funding the E. Jean Carroll lawsuits against President Trump. Yup, you guessed it: no surprise there!

— Jewels Jones (@JewelsJonesLive) January 4, 2024

Donald Trump cannot argue to a jury assessing damages at the writer E. Jean Carroll's upcoming defamation trial that he did not rape her in the mid-1990s, based on another jury having found that he only sexually abused her, a US judge ruled

— Reuters (@Reuters) January 8, 2024

A U.S. federal judge has bizarrely ruled that former President Donald Trump may not argue that he did not rape author E. Jean Carroll in
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— Raheem. (@RaheemKassam) January 9, 2024

Bloomberg provided a portion of Judge Kaplan’s ruling:

“Mr. Trump is precluded from offering any testimony, evidence, or argument suggesting or implying that he did not sexually assault Ms. Carroll, that she fabricated her account of the assault, or that she had any motive to do so.”

Attorney Jeff Clark claimed: “I know The E Jean Carroll lawsuit is the brainchild of fake conservative/nonconservative George Conway. And the moneybags for the Carroll suit is Reid Hoffman. Conway plus Hoffman equals a devilish cocktail.”

I know.

The E Jean Carroll lawsuit is the brainchild of fake conservative/nonconservative George Conway.

And the moneybags for the Carroll suit is Reid Hoffman.

Conway plus Hoffman equals a devilish cocktail.

— Jeff Clark (@JeffClarkUS) January 4, 2024

According to The Epoch Times, President Trump had this to say about both Judge Kaplan and Carroll:

In a speech he delivered on Jan. 6 in Iowa as front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in advance of the Jan. 15 primary election there, President Trump referred to the judge as a “radical Democrat” and made disparaging comments about Ms. Carroll for not speaking up at the time, if she was attacked.