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Can’t wait for President Trump to debate one of these fools…

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Bernie Sander’s effect on millennials: Doomsday, economic warfare and MASSIVE stupidity

I don’t know why I do this to myself. Sometimes I get on Twitter and peruse the tweets of Bernie Sanders supporters.

It’s hysterical at first, then dumbfounding and then you realize it’s really, really sad. It’s a reflection of our government indoctrination system and the cesspool that is social media.

It’s also a reflection, I think, of a couple other areas: 1) Demorat’s desire to be stuck in perpetual victimhood mode, 2) a lack of personal drive and responsibility for creating your own wealth and happiness, 3) a fanatical interest in being able to control how other people use their money and 4) when you combine the first three factors you have to come up with a fourth: envy.

So I stumbled upon the Twitter account the other night by a millennial who goes by the name of “electronic piss.”

Here’s her gem of a tweet: “2020 the year we make it completely socially unacceptable to stan/look up to people who are literally committing genocide by choosing not to redistribute their wealth.”

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“Electronic piss” had retweeted a Time editor’s tweet with the following pictures and caption, “Nothing more needs to be said:”

Pro tip: Don’t go to the “electronic piss” Twitter timeline unless you are willing to read extremely sexual tweets and a serious amount of stupidity.

First of all, can you demorats pick a firm number of years for when we are to expire without a complete redistribution of everyone’s money? Is the world ending in 12 years or 20 before rich people cough up enough money for your scam? I’d like to mark the end date on my calendar, thanks.

Secondly, there’s a LOT of demorats on the list of the richest folk in the world. There’s even one white, demorat man running to be your president! Why aren’t you demanding those demorats give up all their monies in the name of your climate emergency cause?

Third: Since there’s a lot of Chinese people on that list of the evil rich who must redistribute their wealth to save the planet, when are you (and take that selective-mute Greta with you) going to go to Hong Kong to protest climate change?

If Bernie Sanders and his supporters truly believe in the “great planetary crisis we now face,” then how do they justify his owning three homes? By his “offsetting” carbon emissions?

Remember: Any answer given will be mental gymnastics because liberal logic isn’t designed to make sense.

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Congrats demorat-run Baltimore, you did it! City breaks record for killings per capita in 2019

One day after I reported that Baltimore was nearing a record homicide rate, they achieved it!

WISHTV has the details:

“With just over 600,000 residents, the city hit a historically high homicide rate of about 57 per 100,000 people after recent relentless gunfire saw eight people shot — three fatally — in one day and nine others — one fatally — another day.

The new rate eclipses that of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was much more populous before years of population exodus.

By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15.

The total is up from 309 in 2018 and matches the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city’s homicide rate suddenly spiked.”

Read the whole story here.

The Baltimore Sun has more grim details:

A working mother gunned down in front of her children at an East Side deli. A man who succumbed to the gunshot wounds he suffered two weeks ago. A baby believed to be shaken to death. A man shot to death inside a car.

The four killings this week push the 2019 body count to match the second-most on record: 342 homicides.

Worse yet, the homicide rate for 2019 has already set a grim record of 57 killings per 100,000 people.

The anti-Second Amendment folks’ responses to this madness in a strict gun-controlled city?

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Guess the situation in Baltimore doesn’t warrant a response from them since it doesn’t fit their narrative.

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Net worth of 2020 presidential candidates

Two days ago, before former New York mayor and rabid gun-controlist Michael Bloomberg tossed his hat in the Demonrat ring, Forbes published a list of the net worth of all the 2020 presidential candidates.

Below is the list. The commentary below each name is Forbes‘, as indicated by the quotation marks (“”). I added Bloomberg’s net worth, as well as the ages and current occupations of the members of the list. Needless to say, all except President Trump are Demonrats.

I was surprised by the net worths of some on this list, e.g., Bill de Blasio, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, which goes to show being a politician sure is a lucrative “profession”.

24. Pete Buttigieg

Age & occupation: 37, mayor of South Bend, Indiana (D)
Net worth: $100,000
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $32 million

“Mayor Pete has enough money to live comfortably in the Midwest, but he’s still the poorest 2020 contender. Chalk that up to his age (at 37, he’s the youngest candidate), student loan debt and his decision to give up a lucrative McKinsey job to run for treasurer of his home state of Indiana in 2010. He lost but got a six-figure gig as mayor of South Bend two years later. Still, he and his husband, Chasten, a former teacher, disclosed between $100,000 and $230,000 in student loans.”

23. Tim Ryan

Age & occupation: 46, U.S. representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district (D)
Net worth: $500,000
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $900,000

“Elected to the House of Representatives at 29 years old, Ryan has been earning a congressional salary for years. After getting a law degree in 2000, he briefly served in the Ohio state senate, then won his House seat in 2002. In 2013, Ryan married a public school teacher, who is still paying off her student loans, according to his most recent financial disclosure report.”

22. Tulsi Gabbard

Age & occupation: 38, U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district (D)
Net worth: $500,000
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $6 million

“Gabbard invested in the cryptocurrency craze in 2017, buying between $2,000 and $30,000 worth of Litecoin and Ethereum, according to documents she filed with the government. By the time she turned in her most recent financial disclosure report, in July 2019, she had gotten rid of those investments. It’s not clear if she made money on them. Most of her fortune is tied up in an $865,000 home in Washington, D.C., which has an estimated $560,000 in debt against it.”

21. Julian Castro

Age & occupation: 45, attorney. Former Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014-2017); former mayor of San Antonio, Texas (2009-2014)
Net worth: $700,000
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $4 million

“Barack Obama’s former secretary of housing and urban development has more than $100,000 in cash accounts, plus stock in a handful of mutual funds. After Obama left office, Castro joined the faculty of the University of Texas’ school of public affairs. His $40,000-per-year university pension is worth about $110,000. He also owns a modest, 2,000-square-foot home in San Antonio, where he served as mayor from 2009 to 2014.”

20. Andrew Yang

Age & occupation: 44, attorney & entrepreneur
Net worth: $1 million
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $5 million

“The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yang left a corporate law gig to go into the startup world. In 2000 he cofounded Stargiving.com, a website that gave charitable donors the chance to meet celebrities. After it folded he went to work for small mobile software and healthcare companies, then became CEO of test prep business Manhattan Prep in 2006. Yang helped grow the company to $11 million in revenues before industry giant Kaplan bought it in 2009 for tens of millions.”

19. Seth Moulton

Age & occupation: 41, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district (D).
Net worth: $1 million
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $2 million

“Moulton got a physics degree from Harvard, then joined the Marine Corps and served four tours in Iraq. Back Stateside, he used the G.I. Bill to get master’s degrees from Harvard’s public policy and business schools, before running for Congress. His $1 million fortune is largely spread among mutual funds, index funds and a 2,750-square-foot condo in Salem, Massachusetts.”

18. Kirsten Gillibrand

Age & occupation: 52, U.S. senator for New York (D).
Net worth: $1 million
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $15 million

“Gillibrand owns a $350,000 home in Troy, New York, with her husband, Jonathan. She’s the breadwinner, earning $174,000 annually for serving in the senate. He made just $185,000 as a consultant and investor between 2007 and 2018, according to tax returns. Their most valuable asset appears to be Gillibrand’s federal pension, worth an estimated $450,000.”

17. Marianne Williamson

Age & occupation: 67, “spiritualist” and author.
Net worth: $1.5 million
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $3 million

“Williamson made millions as a self-help guru and author (with books like the 1992 bestseller A Return To Love), but she hasn’t held onto most of the money. What she does have sits in mutual funds, money market accounts and cash accounts, along with a handful of publicly traded stocks like Apple, Home Depot and VF Corp. While Williamson is not likely to win the election, she’ll almost certainly make money off her campaign: In April, she released her latest book, A Politics of Love.”

16. Steve Bullock

Age & occupation: 53, Governor of Montana (D)
Net worth: $1.5 million
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $2 million

“The governor of Montana is a small-time landlord. He owns 50% of a historic building in Helena, Montana, where he rents out two commercial spaces and one residential apartment. It’s in a convenient location for Bullock, just a mile down the road from his office at the state capitol. His stake is worth roughly $300,000 after debt. The rest of Bullock’s portfolio is mostly composed of retirement accounts.”

15. Cory Booker

Age & occupation: 50, U.S. senator for New Jersey (D)
Net worth: $1.5 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $12 million

“When the New Jersey senator arrived in Washington in 2013, he owned stock in companies like Netflix, Facebook and Amazon. He sold all of that within a year of taking office, putting the proceeds into checking and savings accounts. Today Booker’s portfolio includes a 2,800-square-foot house in Newark, where he served as mayor from 2006 to 2013, and a New Jersey state pension. His federal tax returns show average annual giving of 11%, higher than any of the other 14 candidates who have released their filings.”

See also “Presidential candidate Cory Booker proposes national gun license for all gun owners

14. Amy Klobuchar

Age & occupation: 59, U.S. senator for Minnesota (D)
Net worth: $2 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $13 million

“A prosecutor turned politician, Klobuchar holds a plain-vanilla portfolio. Her retirement holdings include a federal pension worth an estimated $560,000, the result of 12 years in the U.S. senate.”

13. Jay Inslee

Age & occupation: 68, governor of Washington (D)
Net worth: $2 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $5 million

“Since 1988, Inslee has bounced back and forth between the Washington state government (serving as a legislator and now governor) and the federal government (representing Washington’s 4th district, then its 1st district). That’s made him eligible for an estimated $68,000 per year for life in state and federal pensions, an income stream worth around $750,000 in all. He owns a five-bedroom, $1 million home outside Seattle.”

See also “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Signs Seven Anti Gun Bills in a Single Day,”

12. Bernie Sanders

Age & occupation: 78, U.S. senator for Vermont (Democratic Socialist)
Net worth: $2.5 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $46 million

“Turns out, the socialist senator is a pretty successful capitalist. After running for president in 2016, Sanders inked three lucrative book deals that have brought him more than $2 million so far, catapulting him into the 1%. Since the 2016 election, he has shelled out $575,000 for a northern Vermont summer home and paid off a 30-year mortgage on his Burlington, Vermont, house—25 years early.”

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11. Bill De Blasio

Age & occupation: 58, mayor of New York City (D)
Net worth: $2.5 million
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $1 million

“Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent most of his life in public service, but like the Oval Office occupant he hopes to replace, he owes his fortune to timely investments in New York City real estate. In 2000 de Blasio, who held a handful of city and federal jobs before being elected mayor, and his wife bought a 1,200-square-foot row house on a quiet Brooklyn block. Four years later, they picked up a 1,600-square-footer just down the road. Since then, real estate values have skyrocketed. Last year de Blasio collected $108,450 by renting out the two properties while he and his family live in Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence.”

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10. Beto O’Rourke

Age & occupation: 47, U.S. representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district (D) from 2013 to Jan. 3, 2019.
Net worth: $4 million
Financial transparency score: 3/5
Money raised: $14 million

“The former Texas congressman married into a rich family—his wife, Amy, is the daughter of an El Paso real estate tycoon—but only a small chunk of that wealth has trickled down to the couple. Their largest asset is a note held by Amy, worth $2.5 million, according to a campaign spokesperson. O’Rourke holds a minority interest in a $2.5 million El Paso strip mall, which he got from his mother.” He suspended his presidential campaign on November 1, 2019.

9. Joe Sestak

Age & occupation: 67, president of FIRST Global non-profit.
Net worth: $6 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $0

“Sestak graduated second in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 and retired as a three-star admiral three decades later. For his service, he gets roughly $120,000 every year for the rest of his life. That pension is worth nearly $1.5 million. Sestak has funneled his salary into a diversified portfolio, which includes more than $15,000 of Apple stock and at least $100,000 in Amazon shares.”

8. Kamala Harris

Age & occupation: 55, U.S. senator for California (D)
Net worth: $6 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $25 million

“Senator Harris married lawyer Douglas Emhoff in 2014, creating a California power couple. She brought the clout, and he brought the money. Since then, they have raked in $8.2 million—most of it from Emhoff’s work at law firms Venable and DLA Piper. The couple owns homes in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, worth a combined $5.8 million before debt.”

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7. Joe Biden

Age & occupation: 77, U. of Pennsylvania professor of “presidential politics”
Net worth: $9 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $22 million

“‘Middle-class Joe’ is now solidly upper class. The former vice president and his wife, Jill, earned more than $15 million in the two years after they left the White House, cashing in on a multi-book deal with publisher Flatiron. In 2017, they dropped $2.7 million on a 4,800-square-foot pad in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The next year, they paid off a mortgage on their other home, in Wilmington, Delaware.”

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6. Elizabeth Warren

Age & occupation: 70, U.S. senator for Massachusetts (D)
Net worth: $12 million
Financial transparency score: 4/5
Money raised: $36 million

“Teachers aren’t paid so poorly after all—at least not Harvard professors. Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann, both longtime instructors at the university, have built up a small fortune through years of teaching, writing and consulting. Their largest holdings include TIAA and CREF accounts—available to educators and nonprofit employees—worth more than $4 million. One of their best investments has been their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, purchased in 1995 for $447,000. It’s now worth an estimated $3 million.”

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5. Michael Bennet

Age & occupation: 54, U.S. senator for Colorado (D)
Net worth: $15 million
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $4 million

“The Democratic senator got millions working for Republican megadonor Philip Anschutz. After serving in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, Bennet left Washington in 1997 to join the Anschutz Investment Company. There, he worked on a deal to merge three movie theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group and ultimately joined its board of directors. Today his assets include hedge fund holdings and Colorado real estate.”

4. John Delaney

Age & occupation: 56, attorney & businessman; former U.S. representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district (D) from 2013 to 2019.
Net worth: $200 million
Financial transparency score: 2/5
Money raised: $26 million

“Delaney made a fortune in the business world before serving three terms in Congress. The son of a union electrician, he launched HealthCare Financial Partners, a lender to health care businesses, in 1993. One of his major backers: Tom Steyer, whose hedge fund invested $25 million. Delaney took HealthCare Financial Partners public in 1996 and pocketed $30 million when he sold it three years later to Heller Financial (later rolled into GE Capital). He quickly founded a second company, commercial lender CapitalSource, raising $542 million to launch it—$190 million of it from Steyer’s firm.”

3. Tom Steyer

Age & occupation: 62, hedge fund manager; partner and member of the executive committee at Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco–based $8 billion private equity firm.
Net worth: $1.6 billion
Financial transparency score: 1/5
Money raised: $0

“After years of backing other Democrats, the hedge funder is trying his own luck as a candidate. Money won’t be an issue. Steyer founded Farallon Capital in 1986 and turned it into one of the largest hedge fund firms in the country. He stepped back in 2012 to focus on politics and philanthropy, concentrating his early efforts on protecting the environment. That struck some people as odd, given that he had previously invested in the fossil-fuel industry. Oil tycoon Harold Hamm, a prominent Trump supporter, once called Steyer “the world’s biggest hypocrite.” For his part, Steyer said he had a change of heart and divested his old fossil-fuel holdings.”

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2. Donald Trump

Age & occupation: 73, President of the U.S.A.
Net worth: $3.1 billion
Financial transparency score: 0/5
Money raised (as of June 2019): $124 million

“The billionaire-in-chief is rich enough to fund his entire presidential campaign by himself. Not that he will. While donors around the country have been pitching in to support his reelection effort, the richest president in American history has donated exactly $0 of his own, according to the latest filings.” Donald Trump funded his 2016 presidential campaign.

1. Michael Bloomberg

Age & occupation: 77, businessman
Net worth: $58 billion, making him the 9th richest person in the United States and the 14th richest person in the world.

“He is the co-founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, software and mass media company that bears his name. A lifelong Democrat, Bloomberg switched his party registration in 2001 to run for mayor of New York City as a Republican. He won a second term in 2005, and left the Republican Party two years later. He then campaigned to change the city’s term limits law, and was elected to his third term in 2009 as an independent on the Republican ballot line. In October 2018, Bloomberg changed his political party affiliation back to the Democrats. He announced on November 24, 2019, that he was seeking that party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential election.”

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Elections have consequences: ‘Blue’ Virginia goes whole hog for gun control

Last May, after a mass shooting that left 13 people dead at a Virginia Beach municipal building by a city engineer armed with two .45-caliber handguns, Virginia’s Democrat governor Ralph Northam asked state lawmakers to hold a special session to discuss gun control. The Republican-controlled legislature met for just 90 minutes, and left without voting on any gun-control proposals.

Virginia was considered a “swing” state in presidential elections. On Tuesday, November 6, 2019, the state became a solid “blue”. With Democrats already holding the state’s three highest offices (governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general), after two years of Republican control in the state House and Senate by single-seat majorities, the voters of Virginia saw fit to give Democrats full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. Democrats won at least 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate and 51 seats in the 100-member House of Delegates.

Virginia’s pro-abort Gov. Ralph Northam (D), 60, a pediatric neurologist by occupation and a former U.S. Army medical officer, wasted no time in pushing his gun control agenda.

As reported by Justine Wise for The Hill, in a statement Tuesday night, Northam crowed that the “ground has shifted in Virginia government. Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a Commonwealth. Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress.” He claimed that the results signaled that voters wanted state lawmakers to take action on issues such as gun safety and climate change.

Early the next morningt on CNN’s “New Day“, Northam said he planned to reintroduce a package of gun control laws during the next legislative session: “Things like universal background checks. Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, ‘red flag’ laws. These are commonsense pieces of legislation. I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that Virginia will be safer.”

In fact, gun control was a major theme for Democrats running in Tuesday’s elections, who had a commitment from Everytown for Gun Safety, the group funded by former New York City Mayor (((Michael Bloomberg))), to spend $2.5 million on Democratic candidates. The four Virginia prosecutors who won on Tuesday were also funded by another billionaire leftist, George Soros.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s president, (((John Feinblatt))), said in a statement that the Democrats’ victories would “resonate around the country, and should terrify elected officials up and down the ballot who have stood in the way of gun safety.” Referring to Bloomberg, the National Rifle Association said the election results meant Virginians would now experience life under a “distant tycoon’s thumb.”

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One big fat lie: Shannon Watts claims Moms Demand group isn’t anti-gun

Baloney.

In an interview with CBS News, Shannon Watts – founder of Bloomberg’s Moms Demand – claims their aren’t anti-gun.

Excerpts from their story:

“Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization advocating for stronger gun control measures, founded as a Facebook group the day after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were young children. But while its members advocate for an assault ban, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts says that it’s a “misnomer” to call the group anti-gun.

“Often people think that because we’re doing this work, we’re anti-gun or we don’t support the Second Amendment. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Watts said in an interview with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. Watts noted that many volunteers the organization were gun owners or married to gun owners.

“This is simply about restoring the responsibilities that go along with gun rights,” Watts said. She added that while the top priorities for Moms Demand Action are background checks, red-flag laws and disarming domestic abusers, the organization also advocates for an assault weapons ban and has worked with municipalities on the issue.”

Read the entire BS here.

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Demorats introduce national Safe Gun Storage Act, modeled after Washington state law

Reps. Engel and Payapal

On Wednesday, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduce a bill that is similar to the recent gun storage law passed in Washington state. From Engel’s tweet:

“Today I intro’d the #SafeGunStorageAct w/@RepJayapal. In the national dialogue surrounding #GunViolence, what is too often lost is the huge role guns play in the majority of suicides. Instituting safety standards on gun safes & locks will save lives.”

Excerpts from their statement:

“Congress Members Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today introduced H.R. 4691, the Safe Gun Storage Act, legislation which would direct the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to establish safety standards for firearm safes and firearm locks.

Unsafely stored firearms are a major public safety and public health issue in our country. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54% of gun owners report not storing their firearms safely, and 34% of these homes had children 18 years or younger in the home. 18% of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of improperly stored firearms in homes.

Additionally, household gun ownership increases the rate of gun related suicides, and this is particularly true in households with young children. In 2016, the CDC noted that 60% of all firearm deaths were from suicides, with more than 1,100 suicides by people between 10 and 19 years of age. The following year, 43% of all youth suicide involved a firearm. A 2018 study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that a 10% increase of households with firearms has led to a 25% increase in the rate of youth suicide by a firearm. Study after study shows a clear correlation between an increased rate of households with guns and an increased rate in youth suicide by a firearm.

“Our nation has been plagued with gun violence. But what too often gets lost in the debate is the suicide rate by firearm,” said Rep. Eliot Engel. “Youth suicide rates are already staggeringly high and have been trending upward. We must decrease them, and we can, by ensuring firearm safes and firearm locks are used in homes. Those safes and locks also must have strong safety standards to prevent unauthorized people, especially children, from gaining access to firearms. This bill will save lives and I’m proud to introduce it with my colleague Rep. Jayapal. I thank her for joining me in this effort to keep our families and communities safe.”

Read the whole statement here.

The impact of this gun storage law in Seattle has yet to be realized. In fact, officials say it may take two years to determine the impact.

While I’m all for trying to prevent suicides, this gun storage law is aimed more at law-abiding citizens and cannot stop every gun-related suicide. It may prevent a few suicides yet will not minimal effect – in my opinion – on the number of gun-related deaths.

This law cannot be enforced unless bureaucrats go into your home to verify how you store your firearms. This law will punish people after a gun-related incident has occurred (someone stole your gun or a youth obtained a firearm that wasn’t stored properly).

This is just another Bloomberg/Giffords-initiated measure to erode your Second Amendment rights.

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Michael Bloomberg told “raunchy” jokes about women & told employee to abort her baby

From Daily Mail: He is the former mayor of New York City and a billionaire who considered running for president against Donald Trump.

But when it comes to his treatment of women, Michael Bloomberg has a far less admirable history, a new biography claims.

Bloomberg was once accused of telling a female employee to ‘kill it’ when she revealed she was pregnant, journalist Eleanor Randolph claims in a new biography, which also details sexist jokes and sayings which were so prolific, a joke compendium of them was passed around his employees.

In The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money, and Politics, released on September 10, she says he once joked that he preferred working 14-hour days than staying home and talking to his longtime partner Diana Taylor about ‘feelings’.

Staff at his financial information company Bloomberg LP even compiled a book of Bloombergian ‘wisdom’, which included the line: ‘If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s’, the upscale department store.

Randolph writes that Bloomberg, 77, called his jokes ‘Borscht Belt standbys’ and his aides dismissed them as ‘blunders’.

They appear to have made little difference to him accumulating a fortune valued by Forbes at $55.2 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the world.In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Bloomberg spokesperson said: ‘People should buy the book and read it for themselves to see why historian Doris Kearns Goodwin calls it a “first rate study of leadership in business, politics and philanthropy.”‘

‘As stated in the book, these charges were either denied or dismissed many years ago,’ the spokesperson added.

Bloomberg himself is so keen on the book, he is sending it to friends, urging them to read it, Axios reported Tuesday.

Bloomberg was initially best known for the Bloomberg Terminal software for traders which revolutionized Wall Street by giving users much faster information – the annual subscription is now $24,000 a year per unit.

Bloomberg LP has expanded to include a news wire service, a TV channel and a philanthropic arm which has so far given away more than $8billion of his fortune.

Since then Bloomberg has become New York mayor, overturned the city’s term limits law to hold the post for a third term, switched from Republican to Democrat, considered and ruled out running for the presidency more than once, and become his adopted party’s biggest single donor with $120million in cash – as well as the country’s biggest single funder of anti-gun campaigns.

He has collected homes in New York City, Westchester County, the Hamptons, London and the Bahamas, amassed an assortment of private jets and helicopters, and an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

He opposed Donald Trump’s 2016 election but still found time to call him and offer blunt advice when he won.

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Portland, OR to create “equitable mobility” task force to determine charges for driving on public roads

From Oregon Live: Portland City Council approved a plan Wednesday to study short-and-long-term strategies to charge people to use city streets, an effort intended to reduce congestion and curb carbon emissions as the region expects as many as 500,000 new residents by 2040.

The city will create a Pricing for Equitable Mobility task force to study and recommend potential road user fees – such as cordons, where drivers are charged to use certain streets in the city center or potentially more robust freeway tolls in the area. The task force will meet later this year and is expected to offer initial recommendations in summer 2020 and final recommendations in the spring of 2021.

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the transportation bureau, said the city must take bold steps to try and get people out of their cars. “We are going the wrong direction on transportation,” she said, adding that 42% of Portland’s carbon emissions come from transportation sources. Portland and Multnomah County have the goal of transitioning 100% to renewable energy sources by 2050.

What strategies are on the table are still up for debate, but likely options include cordon pricing, a potential fee for Uber and Lyft fares, more demand-based parking pricing, and potentially a local fee to charge drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The vote comes nearly two years after the council urged the city to create a comprehensive congestion pricing and demand strategy. The Legislature in 2017 also kickstarted a plan to study whether and how to charge drivers on Interstate 5 and 205 in the Portland area. The state has since applied for tolling approval from the federal government.

Advocates like Jillian Detweiler, executive director of the nonprofit transportation organization The Street Trust, said the city already knew what it must do – and that’s offer incentives to get people out of cars and onto bikes or transit.

“This can’t wait,” she said of the pricing plan, adding it took 20 months to get to the point of creating a task force. Other supporters urged the city to act sooner, saying growing traffic congestion poses a health risk to young people here.

The task force is expected to include diverse voices from transit-dependent groups and organizations representing communities of color, folks who, city officials say, already shoulder an undue burden in commuting times because they’ve been forced to relocate to farther flung neighborhoods.

Chris Warner, Portland’s transportation director, said the city was seeing an increase in carbon emissions in recent years, not a decrease. Those emissions rose 6.4% last year, Warner said, and are up 8% since 1990.

“We have to reduce the amount we drive alone,” he told the council. Portland hopes its alliance with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Climate Challenge, of which it is one of 25 cities chosen, will help the city “augment and accelerate” it’s near-term climate reduction goals.

Portland has studied how other major cities — like London, Stockholm and Singapore — have started charging drivers to use city roads or drive into sections of the city.

Charging people to drive works, according to the city’s research. But it’s important to have a solid plan in place, access to transit and tailor the pricing strategy to the region.

Portland’s challenge is intensified because unlike many other larger cities, the bulk of commuters who drive alone into downtown and close-in neighborhoods for work in the Rose City aren’t wealthy. PBOT officials said 65% of peak car commuters in Portland are medium or low-income, so finding out how to charge users to drive is a tricky issue.

Noah Siegel, PBOT’s interim deputy director, said Portland couldn’t make whatever fees it settles on for drivers punitive. “It’s really about freeing people from sitting in traffic in their cars,” he told the council.

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Bloomberg gives $500M to shut down every US coal plant by 2030

Man on a mission to destroy the US coal industry.

From Yahoo: Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, will donate $500m to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States and halt the growth of natural gas, his foundation said on Thursday.

The new campaign, called Beyond Carbon, is designed to help eliminate coal by focusing on state and local governments. The effort will bypass Washington, where Mr. Bloomberg has said national action appears unlikely because of a divided Congress and a president who denies the established science of climate change.

We’re in a race against time with climate change, and yet there is virtually no hope of bold federal action on this issue for at least another two years,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement. “Mother Nature is not waiting on our political calendar, and neither can we.”

Donald Trump has made reviving what he has called “clean, beautiful coal” a cornerstone of his energy agenda.

A spokesperson for Mr. Bloomberg said most of the money would be spent over the next three years, although the time frame could be extended.

The donations will fund lobbying efforts by environmental groups in state legislatures, city councils and public utility commissions that aim to close coal plants and replace them with wind, solar and other renewable power. Part of the cash will also go towards efforts to elect local lawmakers who prioritize clean energy.

The campaign will be based on the need to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change but will also emphasise the economic benefits of switching to clean energy.

More than 280 coal plants, about 40 per cent of the US coal fleet, have either closed or announced plans to close since 2010. This new campaign aims to shut down the remaining 241 plants in the country by 2030.

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