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Baltimore suffers steep population decline according to new Census data

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

Heckuva job mayor!

Gee, I wonder why…

From Baltimore Sun: Baltimore saw another year of steep population losses with nearly 5,300 people leaving the city, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The official estimate of Baltimore’s population now stands at 611,648, down more than 9,000 since the last full Census in 2010.

The Census Bureau estimates that Baltimore’s population had started growing again this decade following years of declines, but the growth stalled in 2015 and appears to have been more than entirely wiped out.

The Census Bureau estimates population on an annual cycle that runs between July 1 and June 30. The most recent estimated decline in Baltimore is offset somewhat by the bureau revising up slightly its estimate of the city’s population in 2016.

The 2015-2016 decline was especially sharp and came after a year in which the city was shaken by rioting and a spike in crime. Mayor Catherine Pugh largely shrugged those figures off at the time, but the new numbers indicate it was not a single-year blip.

Pugh could not immediately be reached for comment.

Annie Milli, the director of Live Baltimore, an agency that works to get people to come to the city, said she’s not overly concerned by the figures. She said other numbers suggest the housing market in the city is still healthy, with home sales up, new apartments coming online and the number of vacant homes stable.

“It’s an unexpected result from our perspective,” she said.

Milli said the numbers don’t necessarily suggest that entire families are picking up and moving out of Baltimore but could show that a few members of families might be leaving while others remain.

Milli said she’s optimistic for the future because other data indicates young people are moving into the city. “Those are people who have the opportunity to fall in love with city life and be converted into city dwellers,” she said.

Baltimore’s decline last year represents the second biggest decrease of any county-level jurisdiction in the nation. Only Cook County, home to Chicago, saw more people leave — and with an estimated 5,231,356 residents, it is much more populous than Baltimore.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Oregon gun initiative would force surrender of “assault weapons” or register them with the state police

bayonet2Wait until you see the full list of what they define as an “assault weapon.”

From KATU: A recently filed Oregon initiative would make manufacturing, importing, possessing, purchasing or selling an assault weapon or large capacity magazine a crime – with only a few exceptions.

If passed, Oregon Initiative 42 would only allow owners to keep their assault weapons and large capacity magazines if they register them with Oregon State Police.

If the initiative goes into effect, anyone who owns an assault weapon or large capacity magazine will be required to remove them from the state, sell the items, surrender the items to a law enforcement agency for destruction, render the assault weapon permanently inoperable or, if eligible, register the assault weapon or large capacity magazine with Oregon State Police within 120 days.

Anyone who moves into Oregon with an assault weapon would have 120 days to surrender it to law enforcement, transfer it to a licensed firearm dealer, render it permanently inoperable or register it.

Unlawful possession or transfer of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine would be a Class B felony.

In order to register an assault weapon under the act, the owner would need to submit a form to the Oregon State Police with the owner’s name and address and identification number of the assault weapon. The owner must also allow police to conduct a criminal background check to confirm the person is not a prohibited possessor.

Anyone hoping to register an assault weapon or large capacity magazine must prove to police that the items are securely stored and that they are only kept on property owned by the registered owner or on someone else’s property with express permission.

The initiative includes exceptions for government officers, members of the armed forces or peace officers. It would also allow firearm manufacturers to the build assault weapons to sell to the armed forces or law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

Sales and transfers of the weapons or large capacity magazines would only be allowed between licensed firearms dealers and branches of the armed forces or law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

The initiative defines an assault weapon as:

A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has at least one of the following:

  • Any grip of the weapon, including a pistol grip, a thumbhole stock or any other stock
  • Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand
  • A folding or telescoping stock
  • A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel
  • A forward pistol grip
  • A flash suppressor, muzzle brake, muzzle compensator, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, muzzle brake, or muzzle compensator
  • A bayonet mount or a grenade launcher or flare launcher
  • A semiautomatic pistol, or any semiautomatic, centerfire or rimfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
  • A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches
  • A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has at least one of the following:
  • Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand
  • A folding, telescoping or thumbhole stock
  • A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel
  • The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at any location outside of the pistol grip
  • A threaded barrel capable of accepting a flash suppressor or forward pistol grip

Semiautomatic shotgun that has both of the following:

  • Any grip of the weapon, including a pistol grip, a thumbhole stock or any other stock
  • A folding telescoping stock

Semiautomatic shotgun that has at least one of the following:

  • A fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds or an ability to accept a detachable magazine
  • Shotgun with a revolving cylinder and conversion kit, part or combination of parts from which an assault weapon can be assembled if those parts are in the possession or under control of the same person.

A large capacity magazine is defined as any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds or any conversion kit or combination or parts from which such a device can be assembled,


A Florida Hogg Story

FOTM reader and regular commenter, Lophatt, has closely followed the narrative and players of the Parkland school shooting.

In this guest post, with his usual wry humor, he takes a broader view of the shooting by placing it in its proper context.

Emma Gonzalez (l) and David Hogg (r)

A Florida Hogg Story

By Lophatt

On February 14, 2018 we are told that the latest in an ever-growing line of “Lone Nut School Shooters”, Nikolas Cruz, entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and began shooting, ultimately killing 17 and wounding 16.

At 2:23 P.M., the school’s Resource Officer, Scot[sic] Peterson, is said to have radioed what he first described as “maybe firecrackers” and later determined to be gunfire.  The shooter, Cruz, is said to have arrived at Building 12 (1200) at the school via Uber at 2:19 P.M. and began firing 15 seconds later.  At 2:22 P.M., a fire alarm was reportedly tripped. Cruz is said to have stopped shooting at 2:27 P.M., a full six minutes after he began.

All of the shooting appears to have occurred at Bldg. 12, judging from the official statements.  At 2:23 P.M. Officer Peterson radioed that shots were fired.   By 2:27 P.M. we are told that Cruz ditched his AR-15 somewhere in the building and exited, blending in with the crowd of students.  We were further informed that he proceeded to a local sandwich shop where he ate a sandwich and drank a soda.

At some point in the melee Officer Peterson, having not entered the building, radioed for other officers to remain 500 feet distant from the structure.  Eventually entry was attempted at Building 1300 by Coral Springs’ Officers but the building was found to be locked.  From the official narrative it appears that the shooting was complete by the time any officers entered the structure.

As we’ve come to expect with these operations a cast of characters began to take form, along with the official storyline.  As usual the “first-hand witnesses” and “victims” soon congealed into a small pool of would be anti-gun spokespeople.  This core cadre of Enemies of the Second Amendment soon found their voice in the persons of two particularly notable specimens, one David Hogg and his female Sancho Panza, Emma Gonzales.

Hogg quickly morphed into a ham with his closet rendition of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, St. Crispin’s Day speech that was alleged to be his spontaneous narration to his fellow captives, while under fire in the one of the school’s classrooms.  This ‘spontaneous’ extemporaneous outpouring of outrage over the fact that civil disarmament could have prevented this tragedy, even then unfolding, was a clarion call to the strong of stomach and weak of mind.

Besides the usual visual composition of the characters, Emma being a buzz-cut Hispanic, “butch” girl, and David being a particularly angry looking skinny male with no jaw, the message was the same as we’ve seen many times now.  The obviously fully-funded operation resulted in trips to Dubai (!), Washington D.C., and even meetings with the President and members of Congress.  The purpose, naturally, was disarmament of the civilian population.

As has been the case in all of these events, inconsistencies soon began to surface.  Suspicious affiliations were identified among the key players and other witnesses had differing tales.  Soon the “media” began to take down videos that contradicted the official story.  Other students who were not in agreement with the prime directive were not allowed to have their say.

As it turns out, David Hogg’s father, Kevin, is a retired FBI agent who currently works for a defense contractor that makes specialized targeting systems.  His mother works for a CNN affiliate.  While some of the characters are more difficult to trace, it soon becomes clear that they are steeped in Democrat politics and leftist myths.

There have by now been several articles written on various aspects of this production.  Rather than belabor the work of others, I think a focus on the meme itself is in order.  While these deviate from each other slightly in their particulars, the overall pattern remains remarkably consistent.

We have the lone male shooter.  Always with what is loosely referred to as an “assault rifle”, usually an AR-15.  Normally the shooter (patsy?), is killed or takes his own life.  Always there is high loss of life and miraculous recoveries among the wounded.  The victims and their families are recruited to join the movement to “reform” gun laws.  It is touted that, somehow, these measures will ensure that these events are a thing of the past.

In watching this one develop I couldn’t help but be struck by how we’ve now been culled into roughly two camps.  Those who think “news” is a “faith-based” undertaking and that the default position should always be mandated belief, and those who see these for what they are, frauds perpetrated on the public.

It is easy to get derailed into endless debates about whether any were killed, or how many, etc., but, at the end of the day, these are frauds.  They are created to soften up the population for the results of planned legislation.  The certain hope is that the victims of this frauds, namely us, will actually demand the actions sought.

It is difficult for me to understand someone who would be willing to participate in lies of this magnitude.  Obviously they exist.  Sandy Hook had its cast, Parkland has one as well.  I have to admit to feeling some glee when I read that others are as repulsed by Parkland’s Hogg as I am.  One can only hope that, due to his age, he finds honest work at some point in his life.  Perhaps folding towels in a bordello.

See also these other posts on Parkland:

Emma Gonzalez, Parkland school student, is a professional actress

Now Casting is an actor services company at 2210 W. Olive Avenue in Burbank, California, which began in 1997 as LA Actors Online, founded by an actor/writer/director named Bob Stewart (stage name: Peter Elliott).

On its website, Now Casting Inc. describes itself as “a premier online casting database used by industry professionals all over the globe,” which provides “services for the entire entertainment industry” and has “sent hundreds of thousands of auditions to casting directors, network executives, studio executives, producers”.

The website’s services include:

  • Online auditions.
  • Posting a casting notice.
  • Free registration for actors to post their profiles.
  • Resources for actors, incl. a photographers gallery, classes, training and more.
  • A “Search” page to find actors, agencies, casting directors, management companies, photographers, actor resources, and monologues (by actors).

If you click “actors,” you’ll be taken to an “Actor Search” page, which says:

There are 361006 actors currently in our Now Casting database. All of them can be found with a name search. Please note they are still filling in their resume and other information. As that is completed, the more detailed searches will return a better result.

To find an actor, just type in his or her name in the box.

A reader of FOTM, Brian H., did just that, and found an actor named Emma Jane Gonzalez. I replicated what Brian did by typing “Emma” (first name) and “Gonzalez” (last name), which brought me to this page.

Below is a screenshot I took of the page, in case the website takes down Gonzalez’s entry. I painted the red arrow pointing to the date (3/22/2018) and time (7:22 AM) when I took the screenshot.

↓Click image to enlarge↓

I had written about actress Emma Jane Gonzalez before in “The curious case of Parkland school shooting student survivor Emma Gonzalez“, that:

For comparison, I then posted these side-by-side pics of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez and actress Emma Jane Gonzalez.

From the above side-by-side pics, my conclusion then was that the two women are not the same person, mainly because Emma Jane Gonzalez appears to have longer ear lobes, and a weak chin.

The pic of Emma Jane Gonzalez on Now Casting, however, casts doubt on my previous conclusion.

Let’s compare Emma Jane Gonzalez on Now Casting with Emma Gonzalez of Parkland, FL:

They appear to be same person: same eyebrows, same nose, same fleshy lower lip, same pointy chin.

The previous pics of Gonzalez from the “Eat Our Feelings” video were in 2014, some four years ago. The Emma Jane Gonzalez of 2014 had a weak chin (aka “chinless wonder”), whereas the Emma Jane Gonzalez on Now Casting has a pointy chin like Parkland Emma Gonzalez. My guess is that sometime in the past 4 years, Emma Jane Gonzalez had a cosmetic surgery on her chin — a chin implant — just like Chelsea Clinton.

What do you think?

See also these other posts on Parkland:


Washington state representative: “Facts will never drive anybody to make a decision”

pramila jayapal

Dan Rather would approve this message.

Pramila Jayapal is a progressive US representative from Washington’s 7th congressional district. She was born in India and is a “civil rights activist,” a big fan of the $15 minimum wage and supports free community college.

According to Seattle Capital Hill Seattle Blog, the congresswoman was at a town hall at a local high school to discuss “gun-access policy reform.”

From their blog:

“Our prime responsibility is to take care of each other. It’s not to money or greed so let’s make sure we incorporate love and generosity through non-violence,” Jayapal told the young march leaders Saturday.

In a closed-door session before the meeting, Jayapal discussed communication in activism with the student leaders. “Facts will never drive anybody to make a decision, but you need to have them. Never lead with the facts. They’ll believe your heart but not the facts,” said Jayapal.”

h/t MyNorthwest


Seattle mayor seeks law that requires owners to lock up guns

jenny durkan

The article below has been updated since I scheduled my post. It’s now touted as “safe-storage” legislation.

From Seattle Times: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González plan to propose legislation to require gun owners to lock up firearms left in their homes and vehicles, Durkan and González said Wednesday.

The legislation also could increase penalties for people who fail to report lost and stolen guns, they said, describing the move as a response to a nationwide gun-violence crisis and to shootings in Seattle. Many shootings happen with guns that were available because they weren’t properly secured, the officials said.

The legislation has yet to be written. Details are to be worked out over the coming months.

State law prohibits Washington cities from regulating guns, and Durkan said she expects the legislation would be challenged in court. The mayor said she’s confident the city would prevail because the legislation wouldn’t stop anyone from buying, carrying or transporting a gun.

“This is not an anti-gun measure. This is a gun-safety measure,” Durkan said.

Durkan and González made the announcement alongside City Attorney Pete Holmes at Harborview Medical Center, where the city has been helping to fund a gun-violence research program.

The program provides some gunshot survivors with services ranging from substance-abuse and mental-health treatment to employment assistance. Revenue from Seattle’s tax on the sale of guns and ammunition, adopted in 2015, is supposed to support the research program.

Durkan took part in a town-hall meeting at Chief Sealth High School earlier this month to talk about curbing gun violence.

Read the rest of the story here.


Not one person turns in bump stocks to Denver Police after they were banned

From KDVR: No bump stocks have been turned over to Denver authorities after the city banned the accessories used in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

Denver Police police last monthinvited city residents to turn in any bump stocks in their possession but Denverite reports that none have been handed over.

The ban on bump stocks approved by the city council in January was considered largely symbolic. Denver had previously banned the types of semi-automatic rifles that can be modified with bump stocks.

A bump stock is a device that can increase the speed in which a gun can be fired.

The council also made it illegal in most situations to possess magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

Fines under the new Denver law could be as much as $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail.