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California Democrat Threatens “Nukes” If Americans Don’t Hand Over Their Guns

Well that escalated quickly… Just days after taking back the House, a Democratic Congressmen has proposed outlawing “military-style semi-automatic assault weapons” and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution. In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.” Swalwell proposes that the government should offer up to $1,000 for every weapon covered by a new ban, estimating that it would take $15 billion to buy back roughly 15 million weapons – and “criminally prosecute any who choose to defy [the buyback] by keeping their weapons.” As NBC News reports, this is a major departure from prior gun control proposals that typically exempt existing firearms; as in the past, Democrats and gun safety groups have carefully resisted proposals that could be interpreted as ‘gun confiscation’, a concept gun rights groups have often invoked as part of a slippery slope argument against more modest proposals like universal background checks. And sure enough Swalwell’s egotistical over-reach – going full “Australia” – prompted anger across social media. But it was one particular thread that caught our eye… John Cardillo, ‘America Talks Live’ host on Newsmax, tweeted in response: “Make no mistake, Democrats want to eradicate the Second Amendment, ban and...

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Democrat Trailing in Georgia House Race Announces She Will Request Recount

Democratic congressional candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux on Friday announced her intention to file for a recount in her tight House race against incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Woodall in Georgia’s Seventh District. Out of more than 280,000 total votes, Bourdeaux trails Woodall by 419 votes, a margin of 0.14 percent. Per Georgia law, a recount can be requested if the margin is less than one percent. The race has not been certified yet, but Bourdeaux said she will request the recount once it is. “It is crucial that every eligible vote is counted and every voice is heard,” said Bourdeaux’s spokesman, Jake Best. “We want to make sure every vote was counted correctly and fairly, and that is why we intend to request a recount of this race.” In tight #ga07 race, @Carolyn4GA7 is requesting a recount. She trails Republican incumbent Rob Woodall by a few hundred votes. #gapol pic.twitter.com/JEIStNEkHN — Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 16, 2018 Woodall’s lead was 901 votes at the beginning of the week, but Bourdeaux successfully petitioned the courts to include hundreds of provisional and absentee ballots that were not initially counted because of trivial birthdate errors. The district, which includes the metro Atlanta counties of Forsyth and Gwinnett, neighbors Georgia’s Sixth District, where Republican Rep. Karen Handel was unseated last week by Democrat Lucy McBath. It is one of dozens of suburban districts across the...

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EU Threatens UK Access To ‘Security Database’ As May Struggles To Sell Brexit Deal

As Theresa May struggles to shove her ‘best Brexit deal possible’ down the throats of Tory lawmakers, across the English Channel, May’s European colleagues are refining their own approach to the ‘hard sell’. After chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Thursday that the deal negotiations couldn’t be reopened, Barnier took his threatening rhetoric one step further on Friday by warning that the UK could find itself cut off from European resources for combating serious security threats like terrorism. According to the Financial Times, Barnier said during a meeting with ambassadors from the EU’s 27 non-UK members earlier this week that the negotiations over the UK’s desire to maintain access to the bloc’s internal security database would be “difficult”. A framework for these negotiations is expected to be included in the seven-page political statement that will sit alongside the formal 500-plus-page Brexit treaty, and serve as a foundation for negotiations during the transition. The political statement will effectively mark a starting point in negotiations surrounding everything from fisheries access to security to data protection to finance. Barnier’s made his threat as Scottish MPs warned that they would resist any attempt to remain a part of the Common Fisheries Policy, which sets quotas for each type of fish that EU fishermen are allowed to catch. Security cooperation has emerged as  key sticking point in the...

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Abrams Acknowledges Defeat in Georgia But Blasts Kemp in Fiery Remarks: ‘This Is Not a Speech of Concession’

Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged she had lost the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp on Friday, but she said it was not a concession speech in a fiery indictment of her opponent and the state’s election procedures. “I acknowledge that former secretary of state Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections, but to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in the state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling,” Abrams said. “So let’s be clear. This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.” She called him “deliberate and intentional” in his actions and said eight years of divestment, disenfranchisement and incompetence had their desired effect. She predicted she would receive criticism for the tenor of her speech, rather than exhibiting the usual graciousness of a defeated candidate. “Stoicism is a luxury, and silence is a weapon for those who would quiet the voices of the people, and I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right,” she said, adding she would pray for Kemp’s success to be a governor for all Georgians. Abrams, who is leaving her seat as...

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Does Any Of This Make Sense?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Does any of this make sense? No. But it’s so darn profitable to the oligarchy, it’s difficult to escape debt-serfdom and tax-donkey servitude. We rarely ask “does this make any sense?” of things that are widely accepted as beneficial— or if not beneficial, “the way it is,” i.e. it can’t be changed by non-elite (i.e. the bottom 99.5%) efforts. Of the vast array of things that don’t make sense, let’s start with borrowing from future income to spend more today. This is of course the entire foundation of consumer economies such as the U.S.: the number of households which buy a car or house with cash is near-zero, unless 1) they just sold a bubble-valuation house and paid off their mortgage in escrow or 2) they earned wealth via fiscal prudence, i.e. the avoidance of debt and the exultation of saving. Debt has this peculiar characteristic: it has to be paid back with interest.Depending on the rate of interest and the length of the loan, this translates into a mind-numbing reality: borrowing $100 can cost $200 once interest is factored in. One might reckon that people would be cautious about paying two or three times more for something by using debt rather than cash. But consumer economies are based not just on debt, but on TINA (there is no alternative) and on the...

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Watch How The Brutal Saudi Hit Job Unfolded: NY Times Reconstructs Khashoggi Murder

It’s been almost a month since Saudi Arabia belatedly admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. By October 19 the kingdom had finally conceded as much, but only as part of a statement which dubiously claimed he was killed during a brawl with 15 rogue Saudi operators — a clear attempt to shield Riyadh and crown prince MbS from any culpability in the crime.  But Turkish media and government officials released a slow methodical drip of information which poked holes in the official Saudi version, confirming it was actually a state-sanctioned execution and dismemberment.  And now the New York Times has taken everything known, including damning CCTV footage and other evidence, and produced a carefully detailed chronological sequence and reconstruction of events, down to the very layout of the consulate and room Khashoggi was in when he died.  The New York Times released its 8-minute video reconstruction and analysis of how the murder and conspiracy to hide the evidence was carried out. The story has held the constant attention of the world for the past month-and-a-half. Notoriously, among the men that arrived in Turkey just before the killing included a group that had served as part of MbS’ security detail, as well as an autopsy expert armed with a bone saw — himself with longtime ties the regime.  Underscoring the outrageous and seeming Hollywood movie nature of the whole bizarre plot, the Saudis even brought in a body...

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Clemson Invites Students To “Create Your Own Gender”

Authored by Stone Washington via Campus Reform, Have you ever considered creating your own gender? Clemson University students explored this phenomenon by embarking on a “Create Your Own Gender Adventure” workshop on Wednesday. Clemson’s Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center hosted the event, which featured Lara Americo, a transgender activist and founder of Comic Girl Coffee, which is an “anti-capitalist space that uses the non-profit model to support community building,” according to its website. Americo campaigns for greater rights for the LGBTQ community through TEDX, the ACLU, and Change.org.  “We create gender every day whether we realize it or not,” claims the event description. “When we wake up, with clothes and mannerisms, we perform and create gender.” “Gender!” Americo exclaimed at the event. “It takes so much energy, so we need to eat, we need to sustain ourselves so we can keep up this performance that we put on every single day.” Five students and four adults attended Americo’s presentation, sitting at tables surrounding the activist. Americo mixed and matched clothes from a pile to model “new genders.” The transgender activist selected two volunteers to pick out a shirt, pants, makeup, and accessories to assemble various outfits, while the audience attempted to guess what type of gender each piece of clothing represented. “As soon as you wake up, think about all the things you do to prepare to walk outside of the house. You have all...

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Gillum’s Dramatic Decision To Un-Concede Didn’t Work Out As He Expected

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum may regret his decision to un-concede to his GOP opponent Ron DeSantis, after the final tally netted Gillum just one additional vote.  Last week Gillum took his previous concession to DeSantis off the table, announcing “I am replacing my words of concession in an unapologetic call that we count every vote,” after DeSantis led by just .41% of the vote, or around 33,600 votes out of more than 8 million votes cast. “The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount,” reports the Sun-Sentinel. The former Tallahassee mayor stopped short of filing a lawsuit to try and force the recount to continue, however despite picking up just one vote – Gillum still hasn’t conceded despite what appears to be an insurmountable lead by DeSantis. Gillum literally picked up ONE (yes, you read that right) vote in the re-count. He’s still refusing to concede…https://t.co/HgUgfn0E1N — Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) November 15, 2018 “A vote denied is justice denied — the State of Florida must count every legally cast vote,” Gillum continued. “As today’s unofficial reports and recent court proceedings make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. We plan to do all we can to ensure that every voice is heard in this process.” In other Florida recount news, the...

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Copy-Paste Error Reveals Assange Already Facing US Indictment

Update: The ACLU has published a statement declaring the US’s decision to prosecute Assange to be “unprecedented and unconstitutional”. .@ACLU: Prosecuting Assange for @wikileaks publishing operations unprecedented and unconstitutional. …. sets dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest. https://t.co/DJY1CfbpEx — Jamil Dakwar (@jdakwar) November 16, 2018 * * * Mere hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ was preparing to indict Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange, the Washington Post discovered that Assange has already been charged under seal by the Eastern District of Virginia, which has been handling the yearslong probe into Wikileaks’ disclosures of classified government information. The revelation was apparently the result of a copy-and-paste error in another, unrelated, court filing, according to Seamus Hughes. That case involved Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, a 29-year-old who had been charged with both enticing a 15-year-old girl into sex by sending him pornographic i mages while also having “substantial interest in terrorist acts.” You guys should read EDVA court filings more, cheaper than a Journal subscription pic.twitter.com/YULeeQphmd — Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) November 16, 2018 Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been...

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Secretive Liberal Donor Network Plots 2020 Strategy in DC

A secretive dark money network comprised of powerful liberal donors who help set the Democratic agenda descended on Washington, D.C., to begin plotting strategy for the next two years leading up to the 2020 elections. The Democracy Alliance, a donors’ club of liberal millionaires and billionaires that counts George Soros as a member, gathered just blocks away from the White House at the Capital Hilton hotel for the group’s fall investment conference to discuss post-midterm election strategy, according to a conference agenda obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “Two years ago, on the day after Donald Trump’s surprise victory, we threw out the planned agenda for that year’s upcoming conference and got to work with colleagues and allies trying to understand what hit us,” the agenda reads. “Now we meet at a different moment—still with much work to do, but with the wind at our backs.” “Everything we need to digest, review, and address cannot be covered in two days alone, which is why this conference is a starting point for the work of the next two years to build an America where everyone can participate fairly in the democratic process, that supports an economy built on inclusivity, that leads to a safe environment and healthy communities, and that is equitable and just.” The conference—which is not publicly announced—features heavy security in the area where the donors and activists...

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