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Country music star calls for background checks on private sales; urges other stars to support his effort

Tyler Hubbard in a screenshot from his Instagram plea…

This extremely biased article does not call out the real goal of this group: Eliminate private gun sales (as they reference an “unlicensed dealer” sale at a gun show.) Funny, I couldn’t find one mass shooting that was committed with a gun obtained via private sale.

But never let facts get in the way of an agenda.

From Yahoo: After announcing his involvement in the Toms apparel company’s campaign to support universal background checks in the firearm industry last week, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard went one step further on Monday, calling out 34 fellow country artists to add their voice of support to Toms’ “End Gun Violence Together” campaign.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, Hubbard expanded on his decision to speak out on the issues of gun violence and gun control, and explained the reasoning behind his call to encourage a wide range of country artists — including Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan and even fellow FGL bandmate Brian Kelley — to join him in the campaign.

“We’ve been given a platform and a voice for a reason, and it’s really time to start using that voice for more than just talking about our music and ourselves,” Hubbard says. “Whether it’s at a country bar or a country concert, every artist in our genre has been affected by gun violence directly or indirectly, and it’s something that really hits close to home and something that everybody wants to talk about, but doesn’t really know how to. But there’s no better time than now.”

Hubbard’s comments come just a month after last month’s shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, where 12 men and women were killed at the country music bar, and little more than a year after the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, two events that have galvanized the country music community on the issue of gun violence. “We’ve seen it firsthand,” he says. “Our fans and artists are getting shot.”

The Georgia native also cites growing up and having a family with wife Hayley Hubbard as factors that have influenced his thinking on gun violence over the years. “Before, I’d like to think that I was probably a hard-ass who could dodge a bullet, which is not true,” he says. “Now that I’ve got a wife and kids and family, I really start to think about things from a different perspective and I really want to start trying to make a change.”

Hubbard explained that focusing on an issue like universal background checks, supported by a vast majority of Americans in repeated polls, helped make it easier to speak out on a polarizing topic like gun control. “You’d have to be hard-pressed to find somebody that thinks there shouldn’t be background checks,” says Hubbard. “It’s not really as confrontational or controversial as one may think.”

The federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, has been in place since 1993, but there are a number of inefficiencies and loopholes (including the ability to purchase firearms from unlicensed dealers at a gun show without a background check), that have made the system less than 100 percent effective. Toms’ “End Gun Violence Together” campaign is aimed at encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation that would strengthen the federal government’s ability to run background checks on all citizens purchasing firearms in the United States.

Speaking alongside Hubbard, Toms founder/CEO Blake Mycoskie expressed admiration for the Florida Georgia Line singer’s ability to address the issues from the perspective of a firearm enthusiast. “That’s my favorite part of Tyler’s first video, is when he says, ‘I’m a proud gun owner,’” says Mycoskie, who, like Hubbard, admits he has not historically been involved in politics. “That, to me, is what broke the dam: the idea that we can celebrate the sporting nature of using guns responsibly and at the same time we can say that it doesn’t make sense that if you’re a felon you can leave prison and go buy five guns tomorrow.”

Toms’ campaign encourages citizens to send a postcard to their legislators urging them to pass universal background check legislation. Mycoskie says that since launching the initiative last month, more than 600,000 postcards have been sent to lawmakers via the company’s website.

Hubbard and Dierks Bentley were among the first country artists to join the campaign, which Mycoskie began after the Borderline shooting.

Since Hubbard’s challenge to fellow artists, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild have voiced their support for the campaign.

“This isn’t about taking away anyone’s rights,” Fairchild wrote on Instagram. “We need better background checks.”

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Never enough: Gun grabbers going after high-capacity magazines & more in Washington State

The gun grabbers in Washington State never quit.

Voters in progressive Washington State approved (59.35% voted in favor) I-1639 last month which includes the following new gun control restrictions:

  • Raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21
  • Adding background checks
  • Increasing waiting periods
  • Enacting storage requirements

Read the details about the voter-approved initiative here.

Now the Alliance for Gun Responsibility is going after more of Washingtonians’ Second Amendment rights.

MyNorthwest.com reports that this organization wants to expand Extreme Risk Protection Orders, to include “hate-based threats,” to limit open carry firearms in crowded public events, parks, and libraries, and to restrict access to high-capacity magazines.

From their report:

“Washingtonians did their part at the ballot, now it is time for our legislators to do their part,” said Renee Hopkins, CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, in a news release. “Our statewide coalition — including community leaders, survivors, advocates, public health experts and law enforcement — created the most robust agenda we have ever put forward.

Hopkins promised that “each and every policy will save lives in our state,” and that the group is “looking forward to working with our gun responsibility majority in Olympia to ensure our lawmakers pass the kind of laws Washington families and communities want in place.”

While I-1639 faces a court challenge from the 2nd Amendment Foundation and the NRA, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility will bring its own fight to the state Legislature, hoping to continue its momentum from the November election.”

I have several questions:

  • Who gets to define “hate-based” threats?
  • Since when do criminals open carry?
  • Have these people never heard of “jungle-style?”
  • What supportive data does Hopkins have for her to “promise” that these new policies will save lives?
  • Can Hopkins promise that criminals will comply with these new restrictions?

I’m so glad I moved out of Washington State.

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Grad student asked to move out because of her legally owned guns

No laws or rules were broken. Yet feeeeeeeeelings were hurt.

Pirnie’s roommates must the type who believe urination will somehow deter a would-be rapist. Good luck with that, girls…

From Fox News: A Harvard graduate student who was asked to move out of her apartment after her legally owned firearms made her roommates “uncomfortable” said Sunday on “Fox & Friends” that she has been lied to while seeking reasons for the request.

Leyla Pirnie, 24, said that she doesn’t know why her roommates searched through her room for the firearms and violated her privacy. Pirnie said on Sunday that she has “been given so many lies” as to why her roommates were searching through her room in the first place. “Every time I want an answer, it’s a different lie,” she said.

Pirnie said a roommate’s comment that struck her in particular was that she was from the South and her “Make America Great Again” hat was not liked.

After searching through Pirnie’s room, one roommate reportedly emailed the apartment’s landlord, saying the presence of the firearms “causes anxiety and deprives us of the quiet enjoyment of the premise to which we are entitled.”

The roommate wrote that if the guns were to remain in the apartment, they should be locked in a gun safe. It is unclear if the apartment is connected to the university.

Pirnie added on Sunday that she contacted Somerville Police Capt. James Donovan, asking him to assure her landlord that her guns were safe and legal.

“Despite all that, my landlord still said … ‘it seems that peoples’ feelings are hurt, so you should leave,'” she said.

Landlord Dave Lewis reportedly said in an email that because it was “clear” Pirnie wanted to keep her firearms, “it would be best for all parties if she finds another place to live.”

Pirnie also said Sunday that nowhere in her lease did it state she wasn’t permitted to keep guns in her apartment.

“I have had a bunch of attorneys reach out and say they’d like to help out, so we’ll see where it ends up,” she said.

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Implicit bias? Uproar over black man asked to leave yogurt shop after loitering there for 30 minutes

On November 7,  Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop (in Kirkland, WA) owner, Ramon Cruz, received a call from two teenage girl employees who said there was a suspicious man at his store. The man had been there for 30 minutes and didn’t buy anything from the store. He was looking at his phone a lot and also watching a woman and her child.

Ramon called Kirkland Police and they came to remove the man as an “unwanted subject.” Ramon says that in the past his store has been robbed and the man’s activity wasn’t normal for a customer (technically he WASN’T a customer).

Police came and asked the man to leave. The loitering man told officers the request to leave was “not necessary,” but he left the store without incident or complaining.

Turns out the man, Byron Ragland, is a court-appointed supervisor and was watching a visit between a mother and son. He was sitting at a table by himself without buying anything. He had not informed the store employees of what he was doing there.

Fast forward to today and all heck has broken loose with this incident.

Now the “victim,” Ragland, is making all kinds of demands. From MyNorthwest.com:

“The victim of the incident, 31-year-old Byron Ragland, suggested at a press conference last week that proper reparations would be for the yogurt shop to fire the two girls, for the shop owner to lose his business license, and for Byron himself to get hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy all the restaurants currently operated by the yogurt shop owner. Oh, and he called the business owner, who is by the way a Filipino-American, a white supremacist.”

Also, from the Seattle Times:

“Ragland, a University of Washington, Tacoma student, called for a boycott of the yogurt shop during a protest outside the store Tuesday, the same day Menchie’s said employees were undergoing their own training. “That’s how you punish white supremacy and anti-black behavior,” he said. “You hit it hard, and you hit it fast right in its pockets.”

The City of Kirkland has issued an apology. Excerpts from their statement:

Mr. Ragland left Menchie’s feeling that he was unwelcome in Kirkland based on his race.  We want to reiterate our sincere apology to Mr. Ragland and all parties for the result of this encounter.  On November 17, we initiated an investigation of the incident.  In reviewing preliminary findings, we have determined that the arriving officers missed the opportunity to mediate between Mr. Ragland and the shop owner to a better outcome.

The incident at Menchie’s has caused us to ask ourselves many difficult questions about race and inclusion.

In times of difficulty, we turn to our values to guide our path forward. In Kirkland, we value being a safe, welcoming and inclusive city.

While our investigation of the incident is not yet completed, we know that this issue goes far beyond the Kirkland Police Department.  We want to assure the public that all employees of Kirkland are committed to our values of keeping Kirkland safe, welcoming and inclusive.  All of our employees are equally committed to fixing problems when they occur.  We do not want to see an incident like this occur at any other business, at City Hall, in our parks, on our sidewalks or at our community centers.

Most importantly, we recognize that achieving a safe, welcoming and inclusive community requires all of us.  We need ideas and innovations from our entire community in order to improve.  We will be launching a new community outreach strategy that starts with many of the groups that worked closely with us on our previous welcoming and inclusive initiative, and our gun safety and community safety initiative.

Also it turns out that the city has mandated that ALL employees will receive “implicit bias” training. The City Council will partake in the training as well.

The City is also reviewing their policies and practices related to “unwanted person” and “trespass” dispatch calls.


Just my two cents: If you are going to do “supervisory/surveillance” work, you might want to blend in and not call attention to yourself. If you are going to be hanging out at a private business it wouldn’t hurt you to buy a drink so you aren’t considered “suspicious” or accused of trespassing/loitering.

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Barbra Streisand rips female Trump voters: “They don’t believe enough in their own thoughts”

Barbra Streisand: Doesn’t like to see women being assaulted…

So much for Bab’s proclamation that “we need more love in this world.”

So much for Bab’s proclamation to “stand up against bullying.”

Typical Hollyweird hypocrite.

From Fox News: Barbra Streisand said democracy is “being assaulted” and bashed women who voted for President Trump, saying they “don’t believe enough in their own thoughts” to vote against their husbands.

“I love my country and it’s painful to see democracy being assaulted, institutions being assaulted and women being assaulted,” Streisand, 76, told The Daily Mail in a wide-ranging interview.

A lot of women vote the way their husbands vote; they don’t believe enough in their own thoughts. Maybe that woman who’s so articulate, so experienced and so fit for the presidency [Hillary] was too intimidating,” Streisand continued.

Streisand’s latest album, “Walls,” is a series of protest songs aimed to combat President Trump that were written because the election was “devastating” and she was “heartbroken.”

The album contains a track that directly speaks to Trump and voices Streisand’s distaste for what his administration is doing to America and the world at large.

The song titled “Don’t Lie to Me” contains lyrics aimed at Trump such as: “How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?/All that we built has come undone/How do you sleep when the world is burning?/Everyone answers to someone.”

Streisand also told the outlet that she’s currently on a diet, even blaming Trump for her recent cravings.

“This president made me anxious and hungry for pancakes. Buckwheat pancakes. I had to put butter on them and maple syrup to ease the pain,” Streisand said.

Despite her love of the Democratic Party and hatred of the president, Streisand said she doesn’t ever want to go into politics herself. “I don’t think I’m articulate enough and it’s too late for me,” she said.

This is hardly the first time the actress has voiced her political opinions. Streisand told The New York Times last month that she considered moving to Canada if the Democrats didn’t win a majority in the House of Representatives during the midterm election.

“I want to sleep nights,” she said. ‘I’m just so saddened by this thing happening to our country.”

Before the 2016 election, the singer-actress also spoke about emigrating because of Trump. Like several far-left celebrities, Streisand didn’t follow through on her threats to leave the United States if Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

“He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country [Australia], if you’ll let me in, or Canada,” she said at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Attritional strategy: Washington state wants to apply ERPOs to minors, prove you have no firearms in the family home

Just another way for the gun grabbers to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens.

From MyNorthwest.com: Prosecutors in Washington are looking to expand the state’s Red Flag laws to include minors.

Red Flag laws – or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOS) – are civil orders that allow judges to temporarily suspend a person’s gun rights, even if they haven’t committed a crime, when they exhibit violent behavior that suggests they pose a risk to themselves or others.

Washington was among the first of five states to pass a Red Flag law when voters overwhelmingly approved I-1491 in 2016. Another eight states passed similar laws this year after the Parkland shooting, and four more states are considering them now.

The laws vary by state as far as who can petition the court for the civil orders, with some only allowing law enforcement to file for them, while others allow family members, roommates, people who share children, and some medical professionals to petition the courts.

In Washington, police and family members can petition the courts for an emergency 14-day order to take away a person’s guns. That can be followed with a one-year ban if the court is convinced the pattern of behavior shows the person is a risk to themselves or others.

State law is silent on whether minors can be the subject of an ERPO, but there is an effort to change that.

For the past several months, a legislative task force made up of police, mental health experts, school shooting survivors, the ACLU, and others has been meeting to develop strategies to prevent mass shootings, and it recently released a list of 25 recommendations.

Among the recommendations, clarifying state law to make clear ERPOs can apply to minors.

Prosecutor Kimberly Wyatt with King County’s Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Unit – the only specialized unit in the state that helps other police agencies statewide and family members with ERPOs – believes the orders should apply to juveniles.

“We’ve had that issue come up multiple times, and we’ve been asked around the state by other law enforcement agencies that are struggling with the same issue. To date, I don’t know of any that have been filed yet against juveniles, but we have one particular case where we are making that recommendation to law enforcement right now,” Wyatt said.

In this case, they are working with a school resource officer at a school where a student under 18 is facing charges for a crime, requiring he not have access to weapons to determine if they need an Extreme Risk Protection Order.

“We would file the ERPO against the juvenile because the father has access to firearms in the home, and the father is not being cooperative with law enforcement to confirm that the firearms are out of the home,” Wyatt said.

She said police had tried several times to confirm with the father where the guns are located, but he refuses to comply.

Wyatt said using the ERPO would not be about taking away the father’s firearms rights.

We’re trying to say, ‘Dad lawfully can possess those guns,’ and we would hope that most parents have given law enforcement reassurances where the firearms are. But in this particular case, the father has declined to give any of those reassurances. So we would say that the juvenile could not be in that home with access to firearms. If dad wants to keep the firearms in the home and not share the information, you know that puts him in a difficult position,” Wyatt said.

If the ERPO was served on the child in this case, the dad would then have to choose between proving to law enforcement where the guns are so they know they’re not in the house, or having the child live elsewhere.

Wyatt says overall, they are seeing a lot of success with ERPOs, including another case where they served one to an 18-year-old student in Seattle, who police came to talk to regarding a drug issue and were allowed to search his bag. When school officials and law enforcement searched the student’s bag, they found a loaded gun with the safety off in the backpack.

Wyatt said that on top of the criminal issues there, that the 18-year-old showed extremely negligent behavior with a firearm. That ultimately was why they filed an ERPO against the student, to ensure he could no longer legally buy guns currently legally available.

Those are just some of the examples Wyatt gave lawmakers earlier this month to highlight the importance of ERPOs, and the urgent need to clarify the state law on their use in juvenile cases, as the work group recommended.

The work group also recommended more promotion of the existence of ERPOs and their uses to both law enforcement and the public, and that a second violation of an Extreme Risk Protection Order leads to the permanent loss of a person’s firearms rights.

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Murphy Brown to ICE agents: “I will spatchcock you”

How original: A re-booted TV show bashing President Trump. Yawn…

This show has seen a consistent drop in ratings each week. Too bad, so sad.

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Paging Secret Service: Alec Baldwin urges followers to “do everything in their power to get rid of Trump”

Does that include using Alec’s preferred method (physical violence) of dealing with people?

From MyFoxChicago: Actor and anti-Trump activist Alec Baldwin took to Twitter on Tuesday with a not-so-subtle attack on the president, diagnosing America with “a National Socialist tumor in its body” and urging followers to “do everything in your power to get rid of Trump.”

Baldwin’s message was sent from the verified account of his foundation – which has 1.11 million followers.

“The United States has a National Socialist tumor in its body and it is growing day by day,” Baldwin wrote. “This alone should compel you to do everything in your power to get rid of Trump.”

The term “National Socialist” refers to Adolf Hitler’s German Nazi Party, according to Britannica.

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Peak TDS: Hollyweird actress considered giving her baby to Canada after President Trump’s election

Hey Amber…”powerful” women can cope with reality!

From Fox News: Amber Tamblyn shared her grim-sounding story from the 2016 presidential election as well as the impact the aftermath had on her as an expectant mother. The star revealed that she had brief thoughts of having to give her child away to Canada or Sweden in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.

The 35-year-old actress, who got her start on the soap opera “General Hospital,” spoke at Vulture Fest’s “Feminist AF” reading series where she shared an essay about her experience at the Javits Center with fellow celebrities Amy Schumer and America Ferrera at what would have been Hillary Clinton’s victory announcement.

“I swigged some more Zantac, and my baby shoved her foot into my ribs, as if to foreshadow the paint that was yet to come,” Tamblyn said (via The Hollywood Reporter).

She went on to describe in her essay the moment that Clinton’s director of strategic communications informed attendees that she would not be speaking that night.

“A dark realization swallowed me: I was going to bring a baby into this world. And not just any baby: a girl,” she said, revealing that’s when she had the thought about having to give her daughter away to Canadians or Swedes to save her from whatever perceived horrors she saw upcoming in Donald Trump’s presidency.

Later in the essay, she described collapsing on the subway station stairs the following day after experiencing shortness of breath. It turned out that she was just having a panic attack. Fortunately, the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” actress gave birth to her daughter Marlow with her husband, “Arrested Development” actor David Cross. They shared images of the newborn in March of 2017.

“Somehow my wife gave birth to a 55-year-old furrier from Crown Heights. I’m investigating,” Cross wrote on Instagram at the time.

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Jim Carrey calls President Trump a “melanoma,” rails against republicans

TDS-infected Jim Carrey…a sad and bitter “artist”

Someone needs to get a healthier hobby. Or up his meds.

From Hollywood Reporter: “Trump is a melanoma,” Jim Carrey said Sunday during a panel discussing his art and political activism.

The actor-turned-artist railed against President Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and other Republican politicians during a conversation at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, during which he also called his assistant mid-panel to post his latest political painting — a portrait of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a turtle (“which unfortunately for him now is not protected,” Carrey said) with a blue wave crashing behind him.

Carrey called him “incredibly dangerous, a threat to homeland security. And now he has the nerve to come out a couple of days ago and ask for bipartisanship.” He added, “These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal. A rapist needs to be removed, not negotiated with. These people are raping our system, they’re destroying it right in front of us. …This corrupt Republican congress that was…These people have to be removed from our system because they’re bad for us. Trump is a melanoma, and anybody that covers for him, including Sarah Sanders, is putting makeup on it. It shows that there’s a deeper problem in this country, and that problem is greed.”

(FYI: Carrey is worth $150 million. Such a greedy man to hoard all that wealth.)

Other musings included the revelation that Carrey broke down after Aretha Franklin’s death: “The day Aretha Franklin died I cried that someone so beautiful and so incredibly conscious and someone who’s done so much to lift the spirit of people has to close her eyes on a world like this. It’s a fucking injustice. It shouldn’t happen. I can’t stand it. I can’t take it.”

Speaking out against the Christian right, Carrey added, “I think they’re going to find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.”

Of his desire for a Beto O’Rourke/Kamala Harris Presidential ticket, Carrey said: “I think she’s fantastic, I think he’s an incredible guy, and I would love to vote in this decade for someone that’s not the lesser of the evils.” (For the record, he thinks Hillary Clinton would be a good president, however, “I believe she knows what she’s doing but the fact that people are conflicted about her, whether it’s right or wrong, is a problem and will lose votes.”)

In addition to the one he posted, Carrey went through several of his other paintings, including one of Mike Pence (“It’s truly the face of insincerity”), one of Donald Trump crucifying Jesus (“I just thought of every…selfish word he said as another nail in the cross of Jesus”), a Halloween drawing of Donald Trump as a cyclops (“To me the right is a cyclops, it sees in [one dimension] — what can I see, what can I have?”), former EPA chief Scott Pruitt (“He’s a vampire and that’s all”), and Rudy Giuliani (“A guy that doesn’t have presence of mind enough to dye the bottom teeth. His mouth is the whole administration in a nutshell”).

He also discussed his painting of Colin Kaepernick that commended Nike for supporting the former pro football player. “I wanted to encourage an act of goodness,” Carrey explained, saying he didn’t necessarily mean to endorse Nike’s business practices. “We have to encourage goodness, that’s how we get more goodness.”

He continued, “The African-American community has incredible grace in the face of this cancerous hate. They’re unbelievable. I don’t know how they haven’t burned this country down.”

(Hey, BLM already tried to burn down Baltimore. How did that work for the citizens of that city?)

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