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When Facts Don’t Match The Rhetoric.

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You hear it all the time: the AR-15 rifle is a gun whose only function is to kill during wars. It is not good for home defense. No one would ever need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. Buy a shotgun instead for defense. It is the rhetoric from the left and so called “gun grabbers” (they are often the same group) that deny one thing: facts.

In a case where real world facts meets rhetoric, the winner was the real world facts.

GLEN ST. MARY, Fla – Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open.

In stormed a masked gunman who fired off a single round before two of the men inside, one armed with an AR-15 rifle and the other with a handgun, emerged from two bedrooms and opened fire.

Gunfire ripped into the masked gunman and two other intruders, who crumpled to the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

Those details surfaced Tuesday when the Baker County Sheriff’s Office released an arrest report linked to this weekend’s home invasion turned deadly triple shooting.

Five people are charged in the case. Investigators suspect the home invasion escalated from an ongoing feud between two groups that was stoked by social media threats.

The victims told deputies they acted in self-defense when they turned their guns on the intruders, with one of them estimating he fired over 30 rounds from an AR-15 before the threat was over.

The Left’s War On Science.

An interesting perspective and one that deserves thought:

Many in the media say there’s a conservative war on science. Is this true? No, says John Tierney, Contributing Editor at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Tierney says “the real war on science is the one from the left.”

John Stossel points out that people on the right are more likely to believe in creationism.

Tierney answers, “creationism doesn’t… affect the way science is done. I can’t find examples where the right-wing stopped the progress of science… whereas you can look on the left and you see so many areas that are taboo to research.”

Gender differences, IQ trends, genetically modified foods. Tierney says the left stifled research into what could have been a second Green Revolution to feed Africa.

The Climate Change Smoking Gun That Wasn’t.

You may have heard of a trial going on in California where the cities of Oakland and San Francisco are suing oil companies for their alleged part in “climate change.”

The lawsuit is not about actual climate change because there is no way that either city or citizens could live without oil and petroleum products. Instead, the cities want oil companies to pay for “costs” associated with their products that are legally bought by a third party (the consumer at the gas pump.)

One of the key elements in the lawsuit is that the cities accuse the oil companies of hiding data and the supposed effect of the use of their products from consumers and investors. It is a key element for the cities to prove that the companies defrauded consumers and investors by the companies telling people of the so called risks to the climate when the products are used.

The cities represented to the judge that there was a “smoking gun,” – a memo that the companies had tried to suppress and hide from the people.

Such a charge would fit into the narrative of “profits over people” which is what the cities want to portray.

However, there is a problem and the judge in the case saw it:

Member Of The Majority.

We doubt that Mark Robinson realized that his impromptu speech before the Greensboro City Council would become viral. We doubt that when he rose he was going to give a speech that encapsulates the thinking of people who support the right of people to bear arms.

The City Council was looking to ban two guns shows that are held yearly in a City owned facility. The Mayor had made it clear that she was looking to end the shows.

During public comments, Mark Robinson spoke.

In a way, the whole exercise from the Council was for naught:

A Thursday Brain Teaser.

Here’s something to get the ol’ brain working as the work week winds down.

Can you solve the temple riddle? – Dennis E. Shasha

Your expedition finally stands at the heart of the ancient temple. But as you study the inscriptions in the darkness, two wisps of green smoke burst forth. The walls begin to shake. The giant sandglass begins flowing with less than an hour before it empties, and a rumbling tells you that you don’t want to be around when that happens. Can you use math to escape the temple? Dennis E. Shasha shows how

March Madness

“March For Our Lives” doesn’t seem to care about all the lives saved by people owning Guns. It doesn’t fit their repeal the 2nd Amendment agenda.

(Courtesy A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

Please, Make The Idiots Stop.

Photo courtesy Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

Zach Cassidento is high school senior at Amity High Regional School in Woodbridge, Connecticut. For his birthday, Cassidento received an Airsoft rifle. Apparently, Cassindento likes the hobby of Airsoft and so he was excited at the new hobby rifle he received.

He was so excited and happy at the gift that he posted a picture of the rifle on social media using his own computer, at home (away from school,) and on his own time.

The words “have a nice day” with a happy face is part of the gun’s design. The senior told News 8 his hobby is playing with toy guns and he thought posting the picture was harmless.

Zach added, “I took a picture. It was about half way up the barrel of the gun. It showed the trigger. It showed the magazine. And it cut off just by the stock. It also showed the chamber open with no bullet in there and the warning sticker stating that it is a toy gun.” (emphasis ours)

Things didn’t go well after that.

The image and words were unsettling to a student who brought the picture to the attention of school officials. Zach was taken out of class.

He added, “They took my phone and my backpack and pulled me into the office, out into the hallway where the officer told me to put my hands out and he checked me.”

His mom, GraceAnne Cassidento, said her son was treated like a criminal.

She told News 8, “He was arrested because he posted a picture of what he got for his birthday which is an airsoft gun. If he would have gotten a skate board he would have taken a picture of a skate board.”

She said the high school handled it wrong. Cassidento added, “They searched my son at school. They didn’t call me. they didn’t tell me what was going on. They did not call me until he’s already been arrested, searched, brought to the office, harassed. Then they called me because I had to meet them at my home to have five officers come into my home and search my house.”

We understand the idea that in this day, age and climate, there are legitimate fears concerning teens with actual weapons making actual threats. While we don’t like the idea that the police have to investigate these things, once an investigation shows that the image is depicting a toy, move on.

Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Or Satellite Beach. Which Is The Next Riviera Beach?

The City of Riviera Beach, Florida (population 32,000 est.) sits on the east coast of Florida, right around Palm Beach.

However, unlike many small-ish sized cities, Riviera Beach is somewhat famous (or infamous) for having had two cases that have gone to the Supreme Court. What is more interesting is that both cases involve one man – resident Fane Lozman. In a case where the City tried to evict Lozman from the marina where Lozman was living, the City lost after the Supreme Court ruled that maritime law applied to the eviction.

The latest case was just heard before the Supreme Court and the Court’s ruling will have a tremendous effect on how governments treat citizens who speak out against elected officials.

Eleven years ago, fresh off his court victory and armed for bear, Lozman was making comments in front of the City Council. He was told by the Mayor to stop talking and then was arrested when he failed to do so. You can watch the exchange below which starts at the 0:32 mark:

Lozman sued the city, arguing that his arrest was in retaliation to his First Amendment-protected criticism of city policies and corruption. Before this arrest, city council members were on record suggesting “intimidating” him due to his opposition of the city’s redevelopment plan. The city had also made Lozman “the target of a string of legal pressures,” including attempting to evict him from the local marina (which a jury found to be retaliation for Lozman’s First Amendment expression), arresting and removing him from a different council meeting, and much more.

Despite all that, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that Lozman was barred from suing the city because there may have been probable cause for his arrest, and further that the existence of probable cause categorically barred a claim for retaliatory arrest. What’s worse is that the crime for which “probable cause” the city relies on—“disturbance of a lawful assembly”—wasn’t mentioned or identified until trial eight years later.

In short, the City officials decided to bar Lozman from speaking and then made a charge up against him justifying the arrest and preventing Lozman from suing the City.

Sound familiar?

We can point to examples in Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay and Satellite Beach where citizens were threatened with arrest for speaking their minds and raising the ire of government officials. Make no mistake, these officials will sometimes make up a charge to protect themselves and not the Constitution they swore to uphold.

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