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Alleged Jan. 6 Rioter Tries to Sell Home on Zillow, Inadvertently Reveals Cache of Explosives: FBI

A former Green Beret and one-time congressional candidate arrested last month for his alleged participation in the Capitol riot was illegally stockpiling explosives prior to being jailed on charges related to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump siege, according to an FBI search warrant filed Friday in Washington, D.C. federal court.

When federal agents searched 47-year-old Jeremy Brown’s Florida home in October, they reported finding a short-barrel rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition, and two hand grenades. But it was a picture included in a sales listing for his house on Zillow that led to his latest troubles.

In a photo from “what appears to be Brown’s office,” FBI agents spotted a whiteboard with columns labeled “Food,” “Clothing,” “Shelter,” “Currency,” “Communicate,” “Move,” and “Shoot,” the warrant states. In the “shoot” column, it continues, “there are numerous firearms listed and explosive devices such as ‘flash bangs.’” The entry on the whiteboard indicated that Brown had the flash bangs “on hand,” the filing says, adding that Brown “is not registered to possess explosive devices.”

Agents are now seeking to search a trailer located on Brown’s property, which the FBI believes he bought about a month ago: “[ I]t is unlikely that an individual would market a home available for public inspection with guns and explosives inside of the home, [thus] it is probable ammunition, and explosives, which constitute potential evidence in the investigation, have been moved to the RV or trailer,” the warrant states. Brown remains jailed after a judge in October ruled he was a danger to the community.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/alleged-jan-6-rioter-jeremy-brown-tries-to-sell-home-on-zillow-accidentally-reveals-cache-of-explosives-fbi

Oops! Not only did he self-own, now it's going to be harder to find a buyer for his home.

In New Jersey, Republicans are trying to discredit another free and fair election

It has been exactly a year since Donald Trump birthed the “big lie” that he won the 2020 election. Now, the “big lie” has itself given birth to a new generation of election vandalism.

On Tuesday night, gubernatorial votes took place in Virginia and New Jersey. In Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a margin of 50.9 percent to 48.4 percent as of midday Friday. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Jack Ciattarelli by a nearly identical margin, 50.8 percent to 48.5 percent.

In Virginia, McAuliffe conceded defeat the morning after the election. “Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory,” he said in a statement. “I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family.”

In New Jersey, Ciattarelli refused to concede, and staff called media outlets “irresponsible” for projecting that his opponent won. He issued a video appeal Thursday evening for people to come forward with allegations of fraud. “You can report any perceived or real irregularity to the voter integrity hotline set up by the NJGOP,” he said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/11/05/new-jersey-governor-ciattarelli-republicans-fraud-lies/

I wish the MSM would simply just start calling them sore losers. Everybody understands that.

'Let's go, Brandon' conservative slur rejected by NASCAR, legal action threatened

Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

AVONDALE, Ariz. — NASCAR denounced its association with the “Let's go, Brandon” political cry being used across the country as an insult directed at President Joe Biden. Steve Phelps, NASCAR's president, said Friday the top motorsports series in the United States does not want to be associated with politics “on the left or the right.”

Phelps also said NASCAR will pursue action against any illegal use of its trademarks on merchandise boasting the slogan. Retired baseball star Lenny Dykstra posted a photo on Twitter this week of a man eating breakfast at a New Jersey hotel wearing a black “Let's go, Brandon” shirt alongside NASCAR's trademarked color bars.

“We will pursue whoever (is using logos) and get that stuff,” Phelps said. “That's not OK. It's not OK that you're using our trademarks illegally, regardless of whether we agree with what the position is.”

Brandon Brown won his first career NASCAR race in October in Alabama, and the Talladega Superspeedway crowd at the Xfinity Series race chanted “F--- Joe Biden" during Brown's interview. It was not clear if NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast, who was wearing a headset, could hear what the crowd was saying during the interview, and she incorrectly told Brown the fans were cheering “Let's go, Brandon.”

Read more: https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/sports/nascar/2021/11/05/lets-go-brandon-joe-biden-insult-rejected-nascar/6305762001/

Desperate, Deranged DeSantis Devolves Into Dumb Troll

He’s doing whatever it takes to keep the trolls on his side but he’s demeaning himself in the process—and they’ll still eat him alive eventually.

At this point, I almost don’t know whether to view Ron DeSantis with contempt—or pity.

On the one hand, he is a terrible governor who is failing his leadership course with flying colors. Driven only by politics and naked ambition, he pursues reckless policies that divide Floridians and may even put them in danger. Case in point: the governor’s plan to challenge in court the Biden administration’s new vaccine rules for private businesses with 100 or more employees, which are supposed to take effect on Jan. 4.

It’s not just mandates or supposed overreach by the feds; the governor’s new surgeon general, who leads the state’s department of health, has echoed his boss by offering anecdotes and invoking conspiracy theories to question the efficacy of the vaccines themselves. The doc even argued that what’s really “bad for health” isn’t rejecting the vaccine, but firing people who refuse to take it. What happened to “First, do no harm?”

And it’s not just COVID-19. DeSantis is also distracted by federal issues like immigration, to the point where he often neglects his responsibilities in Tallahassee. DeSantis has all but declared Florida to be a border state, pushing back against President Biden’s immigration policies with the force that one might expect from governors of Texas or Arizona.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/desperate-deranged-ron-desantis-devolves-into-dumb-troll

I'm not conflicted on whether to view DeSantis with contempt or pity; I view him with utter contempt.

DeSantis says Florida will sue federal government over workplace vaccine rule

Source: Tampa Bay Times

The governor held a printed version of the rule in his hand while he spoke.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he would join a lawsuit with Georgia, Alabama and private plaintiffs seeking to nullify a rule by President Joe Biden’s administration mandating coronavirus vaccines or testing in large workplaces.

At a news conference in Tallahassee, DeSantis said the rule was an example of federal overreach. The federal government does not have the power to hand down health mandates, DeSantis argued, nor does it have the power to enforce its rule with fines as high as $13,653 per violation. He also argued a rule that has been coming for close to two months and that requires workers to be vaccinated by Jan. 4 can hardly be a response to an “emergency.”

The state will file its lawsuit in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Friday, he said.

“We’ve got to stand up. We’ve got to stand up for the Constitutional order,” DeSantis said.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intention to sue the Biden administration over the rule, but the federal government did not release the final version until Thursday. It came in at a bulky 490 pages. The governor, with state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo by his side, held a printed out version of the rule in his hand while he spoke.


Read more: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2021/11/04/desantis-says-florida-will-sue-federal-government-over-workplace-vaccine-rule/



Playing to the MAGAt crowd.

The Supreme Court is poised to make us all live under Texas' gun laws

The Supreme Court is apparently preparing to send us a message: No matter where you live, no matter what you and your neighbors feel, you’ll have to live with the idea that just about anyone who wants to will be able to carry a gun in your community. If you’ve ever said, “I’m glad I don’t live in a place where people are armed,” you may no longer have any choice.

Precisely how far the court will go is still unknown. But in oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging New York state’s requirement that those who want a permit to carry a gun most places need must show a “special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community,” a few things became clear.

First, the court is almost certain to strike down the New York law. All six conservative justices expressed skepticism of New York’s regulation, and some — especially Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil M. Gorsuch — have made clear even before now that they are eager to expand the scope of gun rights as soon as possible.

Second, when the court does so, it will probably for the first time in American history create an individual “right” not just to own guns — which the court established, also for the first time in our history, in 2008 — but to carry them to public places.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/11/03/supreme-court-make-us-live-in-texas/

The USA is turning into Archie Bunker world.

Zillow to close its home-flipping division, lay off 25 percent of staff

The company cited the unpredictability of forecasting housing prices in its decision to stop buying and selling homes.

Facing the prospect of selling hundreds of homes at a loss, Seattle-based Zillow plans to close down its house-flipping division and lay off a quarter of its staff, CEO Rich Barton said Tuesday.

“We’ve determined the unpredictability in forecasting home prices far exceeds what we anticipated and continuing to scale Zillow Offers would result in too much earnings and balance-sheet volatility,” Barton said in a statement.

Zillow Offers is the company’s iBuying operation, a practice similar to house-flipping in which Zillow itself buys and then resells homes.

Zillow said the “wind-down” of Zillow Offers will take “several quarters and will include a reduction of Zillow’s workforce by approximately 25 percent.”

https://www.tampabay.com/news/real-estate/2021/11/03/zillow-to-close-its-home-flipping-division-lay-off-25-percent-of-staff/

DeSantis' office cites backlog for delay in reviewing election fraud case

The Florida Commission on Ethics sent the case to the governor last week after it found that a Miami candidate filed inaccurate campaign documents with the state and accepted more than $40,000 from a Republican operative.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, who on Wednesday said he wants to create a new state office to investigate and prosecute election-related fraud, has yet to weigh in on a state ethics case involving a sham no-party candidate who is accused of violating campaign finance laws in an attempt to sway a Miami election.

Citing a 15-case backlog, DeSantis’ office said the governor has not had a chance to review and make a final decision on whether the no-party candidate, Alexis Pedro Rodriguez, should be reprimanded.

The Florida Commission on Ethics sent the case to the governor last week, after it found that Rodriguez had filed inaccurate campaign documents with the state and accepted money — more than $40,000 — from a Republican operative with the understanding that he would change his party affiliation from Republican to no party to run in a 2020 legislative race in Miami.

The commission recommended that the governor impose the maximum penalty for the campaign finance violation, which includes a $20,000 fine, a public censure and formal reprimand for his violations.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/11/03/desantis-office-cites-backlog-for-delay-in-reviewing-election-fraud-case/

Ah yessssss, DeSantis is soooo busy he just hasn't had a chance to review this case...

Florida governor calls for election police force

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Citing unspecified examples of election fraud, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday pledged to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes as part of a new package of voting laws.

Speaking at an event in West Palm Beach, the Republican governor announced a series of election law proposals for lawmakers to take up during next year's legislative session, including new restrictions on ballot drop boxes and strengthened penalties for ballot harvesting.

DeSantis, who is up for reelection and is eyeing a 2024 presidential run, echoed many talking points on voting problems that have gained traction in the GOP following former President Donald Trump's false claims that his reelection was stolen from him.

The governor has previously praised the 2020 election in Florida as smooth, and there is widespread consensus among election officials and experts that there was no fraud that could have impacted results in the last presidential election.

Still, without evidence, DeSantis suggested issues at the ballot box.

https://news.yahoo.com/florida-governor-calls-election-police-215805350.html

This yutz wants to be our next President/Führer.

What does the GOP's success in Virginia mean for Florida's 2022 races?

Florida conservatives are cheering the Republican victory in Virginia, which could bode well for the Florida GOP's chances next year in a state that has been animated by many of the same issues, including education battles over COVID-19 restrictions and critical race theory.

"People are rebelling against what the Democrat Party stands for nowadays – the never-ending mandates and restrictions because of COVID, using our school system for leftist indoctrination rather than high-quality education," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday in discussing the Virginia election result on "Fox & Friends."

Not only does the GOP's win in the Virginia governor's race and a close contest in New Jersey, another state that President Joe Biden won big in 2020, provide further evidence that DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have the advantage heading into their re-election bids, but the results have some Florida Republicans predicting a GOP sweep next year.

"Americans are wholesale rejecting the Democrat Party platform…again. Party like it’s 2010," tweeted Republican state representative and former Florida GOP chair Blaise Ingoglia, referring to the big Republican wave during the 2010 midterm elections.

https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/politics/2021/11/03/education-politics-likely-focus-floridas-midterm-election/6264198001/
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