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Happy Tuesday: The NRA broke a 15-year fundraising record

nra This is what happens when proggies try to mess with our Constitutional rights.

From Miami Herald: The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million from March 1 to March 31, the group’s first full month of political fundraising since the nation’s deadliest high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, according to filings submitted to the Federal Elections Commission. The total is $1.5 million more than the organization raised during the same time period in 2017, when it took in $884,000 in donations, and $1.6 million more than it raised in February 2018.

The $2.4 million haul is the most money raised by the NRA’s political arm in one month since June 2003, the last month when electronic federal records were readily available. It surpasses the $1.1 million and $1.5 million raised in January and February 2013, the two months after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Most of the donations, $1.9 million of the $2.4 million total, came from small donors who gave less than $200. The NRA doles out money to political campaigns from the victory fund, but most of its spending is on activity that isn’t directly linked with a lawmakers’ campaign where the group is not bound by state and federal campaign finance limits. For example, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio received only $9,900 in direct contributions from the NRA during his 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, but his campaign benefited from $3.3 million in outside spending from the NRA to help him defeat Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy.

In Florida, the NRA has donated to four Republican members of Congress during the 2018 cycle, including Miami Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, but the four donations are $2,750 or less, a pittance when a competitive congressional campaign typically costs millions. The NRA hasn’t donated to candidates at the state level in Florida for years. Instead, the group’s political power comes from its thousands of members who are typically a powerful voting bloc in Republican primary elections.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Marion Hammer, the NRA’s powerful lobbyist in Florida, recently circulated a letter to members titled “It’s Time to Name the Betrayers Who Voted For Gun Control,” an attack on Republican members of the Florida Legislature who helped to pass a gun bill that raised the age to legally purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, instituted a three-day waiting period for purchasing rifles and shotguns, and banned devices called bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a higher rate.

“We did NOT support the gratuitous gun control provisions added to the bill by REPUBLICANS,” the letter reads. “Republican legislators are responsible for passage of the ‘gun control bill.’ They lacked the courage to uphold their oath of office and keep their word to constituents who voted for them. They were in total control. They no longer deserve your trust.”

The letter went on to call state Sen. Doug Broxson the “lynchpin” who helped pass the bill by one vote in Tallahassee’s upper chamber. The Gulf Breeze Republican defended himself in an op-ed after the vote, saying, “When politicians cannot agree in Washington, they pack up and go home, leaving the American people frustrated and angry. Here in Florida, that’s just not how we do things.”

The NRA spent $31 million to attack Hillary Clinton or support Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, and the NRA’s lobbying arm also spends millions on federal elections, but it does not have to report information on its donors or finances to the FEC. The NRA’s Political Victory Fund ended the month with $5.8 million on hand as the 2018 campaign season ramps up.

Gun control groups haven’t been able to match the NRA’s fundraising.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s Political Action Fund raised $13,580 in March while former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Political Action Committee raised $129,589 in March. Two South Florida lawmakers have received donations from gun control groups this election cycle. Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who introduced a bill to ban bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting, received $1,000, while Democratic state Rep. David Richardson, who is running for Congress to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, received $14,108 from gun control groups.

The March for Our Lives group founded after the Parkland shooting has raised $3.5 million since Feb. 18 via the online service GoFundMe, though that money was put toward organizing marches around the country and helping families of the victims.

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h/t Twitchy

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 10 shot, 3 fatally, in Saturday gun violence

chicagoHey #GunControlNow crowd, how’s that working in Chicago for their gun violence statistics?

From MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed, and at least 7 were wounded, Saturday in shootings across Chicago, including a woman who was fatally shot in an attempted robbery in the Austin neighborhood.

About 2:50 p.m., a 34-year-old woman was putting a toddler into her vehicle in the 200 block of South Lotus Avenue when someone walked up, tried to rob her and fired shots, Chicago Police said.

A 30-year-old woman inside the vehicle was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at the scene, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. She was identified as Tierra Gonzalez, of the Northwest Side.

The 34-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Mount Sinai in critical condition, police said. The toddler wasn’t injured and was released to relatives. The shooter fled in a separate vehicle.

Later in the evening on the South Side, a 22-year-old man was shot to death and a 17-year-old boy was wounded, police said. About 11:20 p.m., the two were standing in front of an apartment building in the 9400 block of South Wabash Avenue when someone fired shots.

Stanley Watson, 22, was shot in his chest and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. He lived in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The 17-year-old was struck in his back, legs, and right arm, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Earlier in the morning, a man was shot to death, and two people were wounded, while standing in a parking lot in the Woodlawn neighborhood, authorities said.

Two men, ages 26 and 33, and a 24-year-old woman were standing in a parking lot about 5:20 a.m. in the 6600 block of South Evans when someone approached and started shooting, police said. Kenneth W. Stanley, 33, was shot in his body and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The 26-year-old man was shot in his neck and left leg, and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. The woman was shot in her right bicep, police said. She showed up at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where her condition stabilized.

Six other people were wounded Saturday in Chicago shootings, according to police.

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Drama queen: Kaepernick receives Amnesty International award and decries “lawful lynchings” in the US

Colin Kaepernick

Oh, the personal “sacrifice” of the warrior Kaepernick…

Hyperbole like this will ensure he remains an unemployed NFL player.

From Daily Mail: Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice. 

Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings.

‘Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation – the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,’ Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality.

‘How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?’ he said at Saturday’s award ceremony.

Other players joined his protest in the 2016 season, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players.

In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan.

Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.

Reid, a safety who is now a free agent, continued Kaepernick’s protests by kneeling during the anthem last season. Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018.

Kaepernick paid tribute to his friend for his own role in the protest movement. ‘Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,’ Kaepernick said. ‘But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career.’

Amnesty hands its award each year to a person or organization, ‘dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.’

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick ‘an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.’

Previous recipients of the award include anti-Apartheid campaigner and South African President Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls’ right to education even after surviving being shot by Taliban militants.

‘In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,’ Kaepernick said.

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Another company to add to your “do not support” list: YETI Coolers ends affiliation with NRA Foundation

YETI cooler

YETI…no longer a friend

On Saturday I received a bulletin from the NRA:

For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.  These Foundation events raise money to support youth programs and educational programs nationwide. The youth of America who benefit from these programs are the future hunters, hikers, fishermen/women, bikers, campers, wildlife photographers, mountain climbers, sportsmen/women and conservationists who will protect our natural resources and recreational lands.

Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why.  They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.  That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed.  They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities.  These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.

The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.”

YETI was purchased by the Cortec Group in 2012. Cortec Group is a New York-based private equity firm.

According to Cortec, YETI has experienced rapid growth and holds the #1 market position in the premium cooler category. YETI currently sells to a broad-based “enthusiast” customer group through a diverse range of national, regional, and local retailers serving a variety of end markets, including specialty hunting and fishing, outdoor sporting goods, hardware, farm and ranch supply, and oilfield services, among others.”

If interested, contact YETI here.

If you support the Second Amendment and the NRA, be sure to add YETI to your list of companies whose products you do not plan to use.

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NXIVM sex cult actress Allison Mack arrested; naming names

True to his word, President Trump is going after sex traffickers.

Two days ago, on April 20, 2018, federal prosecutors announced that actress Allison Mack, 35, best known for playing Superman’s platonic friend in the TV series Smallville, has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor for her role in the NXIVM sex-slave cult.

“The Devil may appear in the vesture of the Angel of Light.”
–2 Corinthians 11:14

NXIVM (pronounced “nexium”) is a sinister, marketing organization in upstate New York which offers self-help personal and professional development seminars. Founded by former computer programmer Keith Raniere in Albany, NY, NXIVM’s president is Nancy Salzman. The two are referred to, respectively, as “Vanguard” and “Prefect”.

More than 12,000 people have attended NXIVM’s seminars between its founding in 1998 and 2010. Among its clients are notables such as actresses Linda Evans (always a sucker for cults) and Smallville‘s Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk; UK mogul Richard Branson; BET co-founder Sheila Johnson; former U.S. surgeon general Antonia Novello; Stephen Cooper of Enron; Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president and rabid anti-Trumper Vicente Fox; and Seagram heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman who have plowed millions of dollars into NXIVM. In addition, the director of NXIVM in Mexico is Emiliano Salinas, son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas.

In 2009, NXIUM gained even more respectability when the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to travel to America to speak at a NXIVM event in Albany, New York, which NXIUM trumpeted as an endorsement and “victory”.

But former members have exposed NXIVM as a sex cult. According to an exposé by Barry Meier for The New York Times, members of a “secret sisterhood” of 70-80 women within NXIVM, including Allison Mack, are branded with Raniere’s initials (KR) as his “slaves”, blackmailed, and beaten with paddles. Women who wish to join the “sisterhood” are required to provide nude photos or other potentially damaging information about themselves, all the better for future blackmail.

Allison Mack’s arrest came less than a month after NXIVM leader Keith Raniere himself was arrested on the same charges of sex trafficking and forced labor at a luxury villa in Mexico where he had been hiding out.

As recounted by Priscilla DeGregory and Ruth Brown for Page Six:

Mack, 35, was Raniere’s direct “slave” and had a sexual relationship with him — but also acted as a “master” to other slaves, who were forced to have sex with Raniere and get his initials burned into their pubic region with a cauterizing pen, according to the criminal complaint.

As the women were being branded like cattle, Mack allegedly placed her hands on their chests and told them to “feel the pain” and to “think of [their] master,” prosecutors say.

The actress first lured the women into the secret society within Nxivm known as “The Vow” — and cajoled them into providing “collateral” like embarrassing photos and statements to use as blackmail, federal prosecutors allege.

She then allegedly groomed the slaves for sex with Raniere — ordering them to adhere to extremely restrictive diets, refrain from removing their pubic hair, and to stay celibate, according to court documents.

She also forced them to pose naked for photos — “including on one occasion close-up pictures of their vaginas” — which were given to Raniere and also used as collateral, the feds charge.

Mack and other slave “masters” allegedly made their slaves participate in “readiness” drills, requiring them to respond to requests at any time of the day or night so they were “seriously sleep-deprived.”

One of her slaves became so thin and tired that she stopped getting periods….

Mack was last seen chasing after Raniere in Mexico as cops hauled him away.

Both face at least 15 years behind bars and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Interestingly, the last thing Mack tweeted before her arrest was a pic of satanist Marina Abramovic — the so-called “performance artist” whose “spirit cooking” is a form of cannibalism.

Allison Mack tweet

According to White House insider Q Anon, Mack is singing like a canary:

Q Anon on Allison Mack

Below is a video of Raniere and Mack babbling on about “authenticity”:

Since January 20, 2017, the Trump Administration has made 5,523 notable sex-trafficking arrests and rescued 3,293. (Source)

H/t Clash America

See also “Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal business in U.S.”.

~Eowyn

Insane: California gives $330M a year to Hollywood

Do California’s taxpayers know that they’re subsidizing America-hating, anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, corrupt and debauched Hollywood to the tune of $330 million a year?

Matthew Blake reports for Los Angeles Business Journal that on April 17, 2018, a bill to extend California’s motion picture tax credit program sailed through a state Assembly committee without opposition.

Assembly Bill 1734 will lengthen by five years California’s $330-million-a-year film and television tax credit program. The policy is due to sunset at the end of 2019. The State Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee also approved without opposition Assembly Bill 2936, which is a virtually identical measure to continue the credits.

In 2004, the California legislature passed an increase of the state’s tax credit program for movies and television shows from $100 million to $330 million a year.

Under AB 1734, television shows and movies that shoot in California net a 20% to 25% refund on crew member wages, plus production and editing costs. More than 90% of shoots that use the credit take place in Los Angeles County.

The California Chamber of Commerce and various labor unions attended the committee hearing to shower praise on tax credits, claiming that the tax credits generated billions of dollars in spending including crew wages.

H/t California Political Review

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~Eowyn

Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer help launch anti-NRA campaign

alyssa milano

BRING. IT. ON.

They obviously missed what happened when Hogg thought he could take on the NRA all by himself.

From Hollywood Reporter: Less than a month after March for Our Lives events swept through American cities to protest gun violence, a group of Hollywood stars including Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin have partnered with Parkland, Fla., students, activists and policy experts to launch a new initiative aimed at advocating for gun control and reducing the political influence of the National Rifle Association.

The No Rifle Association initiative (#NoRA) announced its formation and goals in a letter to NRA executive vp Wayne LaPierre on Friday. It was signed by over 130 celebrities and activists including Parkland shooting survivors David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, Ashley Judd, W. Kamau Bell, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jordan Horowitz, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Annabella Sciorra, Jill Soloway, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu.

“We’re going to shine a bright light on what you and your organization do to America. We’re going to make sure the whole world sees your bloody hands. We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win,” the strongly worded letter announces.

The letter says the #NoRA movement will “rais[e] the voices of all victims of gun violence,” citing as examples people from communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by gun violence, women who have survived domestic violence and children who have died in shootings. The letter also says that the organization intends to “counterac[t] the influence of NRA money in the political system.”

Since 1998, the NRA has spent more than $11 million in contributions to federal lawmakers and political candidates. In 2016 alone, the group spent about $54 million in the presidential and congressional races.

The formation of #NoRa follows in the footsteps of the #MeToo movement, the Time’s Up Organization and the #AskMoreofHim campaign, which have all seen starry groups of Hollywood players leveraging their platform to advocate for social change.

And gun control has proved to be a strong issue with stars and Hollywood creatives, who showed up in force during March for Our Lives events last month. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, George Clooney and Jimmy Fallon attended the D.C. march, while Connie Britton, Laura Dern, Willow and Jaden Smith and more showed up at the L.A. edition.

Read the full letter to Wayne LaPierre here.

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