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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

'I'm worried': Allies fear NRA has lost its power in Washington

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/16/nra-gun-control-1464581



The National Rifle Association’s internal turmoil is preventing the once-mighty organization from crafting a plan to blunt the latest gun control push, highlighting the group’s weakness at a crucial political moment.

The disarray at the NRA is alarming allies who say President Donald Trump and Congress appear to have a brief opening to pass legislation while the group is so politically feeble it isn’t able to aggressively lobby lawmakers against proposals or hold them accountable for their votes, according to a half-dozen Republicans familiar with the situation.

“There’s no coordinated effort,” according to a person familiar with the NRA’s outreach on the current gun debate. “The staff feels like there is no plan. There’s not a lot of direction or a plan for how to proceed.”

In recent months, the NRA has battled numerous scandals — from lavish spending by top executives and a broader financial management crisis to a spate of board member resignations and an attempted coup at the group’s annual conference. It lost President Oliver North and top lobbyist Chris Cox, who is close to Trump. And Ackerman McQueen, its ad agency for nearly four decades, quit.

“There are some very significant problems with the NRA right now, financially, structurally, strategically, that need to be addressed,” said Rob Pincus, a lifetime NRA member who’s involved in Save the Second, whose membership includes other NRA members, prospective members and former members. The group is focused on rebuilding the NRA by promoting institutional change at the organization.

As the NRA remains distracted by its internal woes, Trump and Congress are seriously considering changes — including strengthened background checks during gun sales and red flag laws — after a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead, including the perpetrator in Ohio.


Sure it's Politico, but it should still be a confidence booster for our side. We shouldn't be bullied by the NRA. They're losing influence. Our side is gaining support. It's time for the "regulate" part of the 2nd amendment.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Global turmoil Trump stirred threatens his reelection chances

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/15/politics/donald-trump-economy-market-drop-global-chaos/index.html

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is showing what happens when the United States abandons its decades-long role as a guarantor of stability and instead chooses to act as an agent of global disruption.

A series of economic and political shocks are fomenting disorder across the planet and straining an international political system that Trump deliberately set out to undermine.
Stock markets are tumbling as warning signs flash of a global recession exacerbated by fears deepened by the US-China trade war.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are locked in a dangerous new standoff.
The post-Cold War arms control regime is breaking down.
South Korea and Japan -- the foundation of US influence in Asia -- are reviving age-old animosity.
Concern about a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown by Beijing in Hong Kong is growing as Trump looks the other way.
Iran and the US just narrowly avoided spiraling into a disastrous war partly precipitated by the President's maximum pressure campaign.
And the European Union -- for years a crucial co-sponsor with the US of world stability -- is seeing one of its three most influential members, Britain, heading for the exits, with enthusiastic encouragement from the White House.

Trump did not cause all these crises. But his actions or unwillingness to temper them did deepen the discord in many cases. And his refusal to play the kind of stabilizing leadership role expected of a US president is fomenting power vacuums and may convince key protagonists in each drama that they may not face the kinds of consequences they might normally expect from Washington.

The President's worldview is rooted in his enduring belief that the world has been ripping America off for generations and that strength and unilateral US action are the only way to restore respect. He believes engagement abroad inevitably leads to costly commitments and bloody disasters like the Iraq War.

But Trump's foreign policy achievements -- apart from piling up glowing flattery by leaders intent on exploiting his craving for praise -- are questionable at best. He can claim to have finished an operation started in the Obama administration to stamp out ISIS. And there is a recognition in Washington that China's economic policies needed to be challenged. But the US and the rest of the world are learning the price of an improvisational approach shaped largely to satisfy Trump's domestic political requirements that often seems strategized only in the time it takes to commit it to Twitter.

Wednesday's grim economic news made the risks of such an approach clearer than ever, raising the possibility that Trump's mission to turn the world upside down could blow up in his face.


Dude's defeat needs to be epic. His GOP enablers need to lose their Senate seats too.

'Shoot every federal agent in sight': Teen behind online threat had 10,000 rounds of ammo in house,

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/14/justin-olsen-online-threat-ammo-rifles-fbi/

In an online forum, he went by the name “ArmyOfChrist” and praised the Oklahoma City bombing, mass shootings and attacks on Planned Parenthood, the FBI says. When the deadly siege in Waco, Tex., came up, he allegedly offered one lesson: “Shoot every federal agent on sight.”

“Don’t comply with gun laws, stock up on stuff they could ban,” he allegedly wrote in another post. “In fact, go out of your way to break these laws.”

The comments were all written by an Ohio teenager named Justin Olsen, the FBI says in federal court documents. And when agents raided a home where the 18-year-old lived earlier this month, they found about 10,000 rounds of ammunition and a vault full of assault-type weapons and shotguns.



On Monday, Olsen was charged on one count of threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer. His case comes as federal agencies face mounting pressure to root out homegrown terrorists in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this month and amid a national upswing in violent right-wing extremism.

Police rushed to arrest Olsen just three days after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, with a local prosecutor citing the attacks as a justification for an urgent arrest, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.


Texas' biggest metro areas may tip America's balance of power in the years ahead

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/politics/texas-democrats-districts-gains/index.html



(CNN)The fast-growing metropolitan areas of Texas are moving to the front line of the battle between the two major political parties for control of the nation's direction.

Texas has been a linchpin of the Republican Party's national strength for a generation. But in 2018, Democrats recorded their most significant gains in decades in the state's largest urban centers.

Now Texas Republicans face indications that the same recoil from President Donald Trump that has hurt the party in other diverse and well-educated metropolitan areas -- from suburban Philadelphia to Orange County, California -- could combine with growing racial diversity to move Texas from reliably red into a genuinely competitive state much more quickly than almost any analyst envisioned even a few years ago.

"Trump has sped everything up by four to six years," says Richard Murray, a University of Houston political scientist. For the Republicans, he said, "it's a deadly combination of rapid demographic change and the immediate political dynamics."
Texas remains a difficult, though not unreachable, target for Democrats in the 2020 presidential race -- in part because it's unclear whether any potential Democratic nominee other than Beto O'Rourke, who represented a House district in El Paso, would invest the massive sums required to truly compete in the state.


Make Texas Blue Again

Simone Biles just became the first gymnast to land a double-double dismount, and it's incredible

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/10/us/simone-biles-double-double-trnd/index.html



(CNN)Simone Biles just made history. Again.

The 22-year-old just became the first gymnast to ever attempt and land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount off the balance beam, according to Team USA.
It's jaw-dropping.

https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1160217684673478656

https://twitter.com/flipflytumble/status/1160009764811575296

It seriously doesn't get old.
The five-time Olympic medalist and 14-time world champion completed the move on Friday at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
Earlier in the day, Biles became the first woman to attempt a triple-double -- two flips and three twists in the air -- in competition during the floor exercise. But the gymnast just missed the landing, falling forward.
Biles expressed frustrations after her miss, saying she was "pissed off," according to Team USA.
But just a few hours later, she completed the double-double dismount, so it doesn't seem as though the star is letting anything hold her back.
Biles is currently in first place at the two-day competition, almost two points ahead of the second-place contender.
The tournament will continue on Sunday, and Biles is expected to win her sixth US title, something that no woman has done since Clara Schroth Lomady in 1952.


Video in the tweets

Nothing to see here: Popular European destinations want fewer tourists

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/nothing-to-see-here-popular-european-destinations-want-fewer-tourists/2019/08/07/5d2060f4-ac95-11e9-9411-a608f9d0c2d3_story.html



HALLSTATT, Austria — Hotel owner Verena Lobisser says tourists visiting her village, on the edge of a glassy lake tucked into the Austrian Alps, regularly stop her and ask her to pose for pictures.

Sepp Krumböck, who runs a boat rental outfit, recalls the morning he realized that a camera-equipped drone was hovering next to his bedroom window.

Other residents tell stories of tourists who let themselves into private timber-framed homes to have a look around or use the toilet.

“It’s a catastrophe,” Lobisser said. “Many visitors seriously think this is a theme park.”

That’s a sentiment shared in cities and towns across Europe. Some of the world’s top destinations say they are confronted with an influx that has exploded beyond what they can handle. Even in places where the local economy is largely dependent on tourism, resistance is growing — and there are burgeoning efforts to keep people away.

After the collision of a cruise ship and a smaller tourist boat in Venice in June, Italy’s transport minister announced Wednesday that cruise ships would be rerouted away from the city center “to avoid witnessing more invasions … by these floating palaces, with the scandals and risks they bring.” Venice (25 million annual visitors) also has said it will introduce an “entrance fee” next year of up to $11 for day trippers. (A tourist tax is already included in hotel fees for those who stay overnight.)

The Belgian city of Bruges (8 million visitors) plans to limit the number of cruise ships allowed to dock there. Residents of the Spanish island of Mallorca (10 million visitors) have petitioned to do the same.



25 Winners Of The 2018 Drone Photo Contest Have Been Announced, And Their Images Are Breathtaking

https://www.boredpanda.com/best-drone-photography-contest-winners-2018-skypixel/?fbclid=IwAR1CVIDL_7_2fDV98kiQI_a5KsExcIs6bu-j4By9xJGNqaBh54d6TFK-0ug&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic

#1 People's Choice Prize, "Red Train"


#2 Grand Prize Winner, "Mont Saint Michel"


#3 Third Prize Winner In Fun Category,


#4 First Prize Winner In Fun Category, "Flowers On The Water"


#5 People's Choice Prize, "Infinity Road: Summer vs. Winter"


#6 Second Prize Winner In Architecture Category, "Bagan"


Bored Panda is easier to share on DU. Here's the original link from SkyPixel which also has videos: https://www.skypixel.com/contests/2018/winners
Posted by IronLionZion | Thu Aug 8, 2019, 07:55 AM (2 replies)

The Second Amendment solution to gun violence

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/07/opinions/second-amendment-solution-to-gun-violence-yang/index.html

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That's why I want to share a solution that should resolve the logjam blocking sensible reform of gun ownership in this country — one that by all rights should get overwhelming support among American patriots of both parties. I call it the "Military Induction for Licensing, Instruction and Training In Arms" Act — the MILITIA Act for short.

The proposal is simple: Anyone purchasing a gun should be required to enlist for military reserve service, spanning the entire period of their gun ownership.

Under this proposal, being granted a handgun license would simultaneously and automatically register you to serve as a reservist in the Armed Forces branch of your choice — it's that simple. And it should be that simple ... because it's what the framers intended.
Gun advocates tend to talk about the Second Amendment as if it provides the unlimited freedom for any individual to own and carry weapons. The actual language is very different: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The literal language used in the Constitution focuses on the right to bear arms within the context of — if, arguably, not solely limited by — the security needs of our nation. As Republicans frequently proclaim, our armed forces are deeply under-resourced, with a 2017 survey showing interest in military service in decline, and the army finding it harder to meet their recruitment goals. Consider that, according to a 2018 national survey, there are an estimated one million new gun owners in the United States every year. That's just a fraction short of the size of our entire active military — which across all services, counts about 1.3 million soldiers.
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Aug 7, 2019, 04:51 PM (0 replies)

8chan Has Been Taken Offline Again

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmqkq/8chan-has-been-taken-offline-again



UPDATE 8/3 2:19 p.m. ET: 8chan was once again taken offline Monday, hours after it managed to get itself back online.

“It took us a few minutes to put everything together and we proceeded with cutting off all services for the reseller,” Voxility told VICE News after being notified on social media that its infrastructure was being used by website protection service Bitmitigate to host 8chan.

“We are against hate speech and we take a firm stand here,” the company said.

Ron Watkins, an 8chan administrator, said the site was going to give Bitmitigate some time to find another service to host their website. Otherwise he said, the website might go live without any protection and take its chances against the likely distributed denial of service attacks it will face.



Stay down! I hope nobody agrees to help them host their hateful site and they just go away forever.

Gun stocks rise after mass shootings and Trump's call for stronger background checks

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/05/investing/gun-stocks/index.html

New York (CNN Business)Stocks of publicly traded gun companies rose Monday, following calls for stricter gun laws after two more deadly mass shootings in the United States over the weekend.

Shares of American Outdoor Brands (AOBC), formerly known as Smith & Wesson, rose 3% while Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) was up 2%, even as the broader market plunged on growing trade tension between the United States and China. Vista Outdoor (VSTO), a maker of ammunition, also gained slightly.

President Trump said in a tweet Monday that "Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks" following the killings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and near a bar in Dayton, Ohio.

Gun stocks tend to rally after lethal massacres, because investors think the prospect of stricter gun laws will lead people to rush out and buy more weapons and ammunition in anticipation of tougher regulations.

The surge in gun companies' stocks following mass shootings were generally more pronounced after shootings that took place when President Obama was in the Oval Office. Obama was a Democrat who advocated for more stringent laws. By contrast, President Trump was endorsed by The National Rifle Association, a powerful lobbying group.

As the number of mass shootings have increased in recent years, the calls for tougher gun laws have grown somewhat more bipartisan.

The CEO of sporting goods retailer Dick's (DKS) decided to ban the sale of assault weapons. There are growing calls for Walmart (WMT) and other retailers to do the same.


Someone is profiting from tragedy. Mass shootings are great for the gun industry.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Aug 5, 2019, 11:20 AM (1 replies)
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