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  1. I'm looking forward to Ruger getting Marlin products back to the level of quality they used to have.
  2. Why? For telling bad jokes? They seem like a bunch of friendly guys. But, then again, I wonder if my son has thought of me as a terrorist for some of my bad jokes.
  3. When my wife had to include her "personal pronouns" as part of her e-mail signature, I just about busted a gut laughing (once she explained what that meant). What the so called progressives do not seem to understand is that a lot of this malarkey is just trendy fodder for the news outlets and when they move on to the new cause du jour and it has been out of the limelight for fifteen years, it'll all just be some weird thing that some previous generation did in a transparent, shallow attempt to be 'hip.'
  4. I had to look up the word cisgender, and this sentence is likely the only way I can conceive of ever using the phrase. cisgender sĭs-jĕn′dər adjective Identifying as having a gender that corresponds to the sex one has been assigned at birth; not transgender. Of or relating to cisgender people. Identifying with or experiencing a gender the same as one's biological sex or that is affirmed by society, e.g. being both male-gendered and male-sexed.
  5. Police name suspect in David Amess murder as 25-year-old man on terror watch list Police have identified the suspect in the brutal murder of Conservative British MP Sir. David Amess as a 25-year-old “self-radicalized” man, Ali Harbi Ali, the son of a former prime ministerial adviser in Somalia. https://www.christianpost.com/news/david-amess-murder-suspect-was-on-terror-watch-list.html
  6. Reverse a Pattern of Appeasement by Arresting Iran’s Genocidal President David Amess Posted: Oct 14, 2021 12:01 AM Editor’s Note: Sir David Amess was tragically murdered on Oct. 15, the day after this column published, in what British authorities are calling a “terrorist incident.” With a record of helping the “most vulnerable” at home and as a defender of democracy and freedom worldwide, Amess’s loss is felt by those near and far. May he rest in peace. Human rights activists have recently joined with persons affected by the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses in order to issue formal requests for the arrest of Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran. Raisi assumed office in August following months of protests by Iranian citizens and expatriates alike over his role in severe human rights violations, including the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the main opposition, the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) in the summer of 1988. Public demands for his arrest intensified in the wake of the announcement that Raisi is expected to attend the COP26 climate change conference that is scheduled to take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. Iranian dissidents have long criticized Western policymakers for maintaining ordinary diplomatic relationships with the Iranian regime in spite of its ongoing commitment to terrorism, suppression of dissent, nuclear proliferation, and other malign activities. It has been evident in recent years that the European Union and certain member states have remained publicly committed to preserving and restoring a nuclear agreement that provided Iran with wide-ranging relief from economic sanctions, even as the regime’s behavior grew worse in various areas. Discussions over the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have overshadowed more and more examples of that behavior as time has gone on, and the worst consequences have been borne by the Iranian people. Raisi’s appointment to the presidency is a vivid affirmation of those consequences, as well as a “grim reminder of the impunity that reigns supreme in Iran.” This was the language used by Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard in a statement responding to that appointment. It emphasized that instead of ascending to the presidency, Raisi should have been investigated at the international level for “the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture.” The calls for such investigation, as well as the calls for Raisi’s arrest, are naturally focused on the 1988 massacre, but those calls are made especially urgent by Raisi’s more recent history. In 2019, as an apparent stepping-stone to the presidency, he assumed leadership of Iran’s judiciary upon the order of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In that capacity, Raisi oversaw key aspects of the crackdown on the nationwide uprising of November 2019, which saw 1,500 peaceful protesters killed in a matter of days, after which thousands of arrestees were subjected to torture over a period of several months. That crackdown naturally helped to fuel protests against Raisi’s candidacy, but his “election” was effectively orchestrated in advance by the Supreme Leader and the Guardian Council, prompting the overwhelming majority of eligible Iranian voters to boycott the polls. That protest denied Raisi the legitimacy he sought at home, so it is all the more shameful that Western powers have so far refused to deny him that legitimacy on the international stage. Although Raisi has only held office for just over two months, his invitation to COP26 is already part of a larger pattern. His August 5 inauguration featured attendance by international dignitaries including the deputy political director for the European External Action Service, and in September the United Nations General Assembly screened a pre-recorded speech by the new Iranian president. That speech sparked simultaneous protest rallies by NCRI supporters across Europe and the Americas, which reiterated the call for Raisi and other Iranian human rights abusers to be held accountable rather than legitimized by the international community. Fortunately, the European presence at Raisi’s inauguration appears to have inspired only limited confidence in the new administration. This is to say, Raisi’s decision not to attend the UNGA in person may reflect his fear of arrest under universal jurisdiction – something the NCRI and its allies have earnestly sought to promote. The rallies against Raisi’s speech were accompanied by a conference in Stockholm, which highlighted the fact that at least one Western nation has resolved to live up to its reputation for defending human rights. In 2019, Swedish authorities arrested the former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury after he arrived for a visit to the country. Noury is accused of helping to carry out many of the executions that comprised the 1988 massacre, and he is currently on trial in Sweden for war crimes and mass murder. Such prosecution is made possible by the principle that allows for severe violations of human rights to be prosecuted by any legal authority, even if the crimes actually took place in another jurisdiction. If this principle applies to Noury’s case, then it certainly applies to that of Ebrahim Raisi, whose role in the 1988 massacre was much larger and whose subsequent human rights abuses have been much more shocking and escalatory. Such a figure has no business standing among other heads of state at an international conference in the West. If he is permitted to enter the United Kingdom next month, it should only be so that the Police in Scotland may execute an arrest warrant and launch an investigation for crimes that may include attempted genocide against moderate Muslims who challenged the regime’s fundamentalist theocracy more than 33 years ago. Sir David Amess was a Conservative Member of the British House of Commons from Southend West. https://townhall.com/columnists/davidamess/2021/10/14/reverse-a-pattern-of-appeasement-by-arresting-irans-genocidal-president-n2597370
  7. Here's another supporting article: Empty Christmas stockings? Don't blame COVID; blame California By Andrea Widburg https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/10/empty_christmas_stockings_dont_blame_covid_blame_california.html The conventional wisdom from the left is that COVID is the reason that shipping containers are in the waters off California with no stevedores or truckers available to take care of them. The implication is that if people would stop being selfish and take the vaccines, the whole problem would magically vanish. That's nonsense. As a couple of astute articles explain, the problem is that California has passed two laws — one for "climate change" and the other as a sop to the unions — that destroyed much of California's trucking industry. Add in woes unique to the industry and COVID payments that discourage people from working and...voilà!...empty Christmas stockings. Stephen Green, at PJ Media, explains some of what's going on. As a preliminary matter, truckers are aging out of the job, and new ones aren't coming along. Because federal law requires that truckers be at least 21, kids who leave school at 17 or 18 get involved in other careers, leaving trucker shortfalls. Women don't offset this problem because, as is typical for most physically difficult jobs, it's not their thing. Those are long-term problems. The short-term problem, though, is that California has passed laws taking trucks off the road: Twitter user Jerry Oakley reminds us that "Carriers domiciled in California with trucks older than 2011 model, or using engines manufactured before 2010, will need to meet the Board's new Truck and Bus Regulation beginning in 2020." Otherwise, "Their vehicles will be blocked from registration with the state's DMV," according to California law. "The requirement is to purchase electric trucks which do not exist." Sundance, at Conservative Treehouse, expands on this, explaining that the EPA reached an agreement with the California Air Resource Board to shut down semi tractor rigs that were non-compliant with new California emission standards. [snip] In effect, what this 2020 determination and settlement created was an inability of half the nation's truckers from picking up anything from the Port of LA or Port of Long Beach. Virtually all private owner operator trucks and half of the fleet trucks that are used for moving containers across the nation were shut out. In an effort to offset the problem, transportation companies started using compliant trucks (low emission) to take the products to the California state line, where they could be transferred to non-compliant trucks who cannot enter California. However, the scale of the problem creates an immediate bottleneck that builds over time. It doesn't matter if the ports start working 24/7, they are only going to end up with even more containers waiting on a limited amount of available trucks. That's Problem No. 1. Problem No. 2, again according to Green, is California's infamous AB-5, the law that, as a sop to the Democrats' beloved unions, killed the gig economy: "Traditionally the ports have been served by Owner Operators," Oakley says, who are non-union. But under AB-5, "California has now banned Owner Operators." Just like the union longshoremen, union truckers work under a whole host of work rules that simply can't accommodate crisis conditions like the ones in Los Angeles. (Incidentally, Green says AB-5's language is included in the "Build Back Better" bill in Congress.) All of this means that Biden's grandstanding about having the ports operate 24/7 won't make a difference. The greenies and the unions killed the infrastructure to unload those ships, with COVID restrictions, trucking restrictions, and free money landing the coup de grâce that led to this situation. Biden does have the emergency power to order those California laws in abeyance, but you know he's not going to do so. But the more serious underlying problem is that, in a distant, wonderful past, America didn't need to rely on containers from Asia to fill her store shelves and Christmas stockings. America was a manufacturing dynamo that fulfilled American needs and still had enough left over for the rest of the world. Those things were well made, too. Thanks to our Devil's bargain with communist China, we have no manufacturing sector and are utterly dependent on China, both for things we like and things we need. Biden's inflationary politics and crackdown on fossil fuels mean that it will be virtually impossible for a renaissance in American manufacturing. Trump tried to stop this situation, but China owns so much of America's political and industrial class that the pushback shackled his presidency and pushed him straight out of the White House. It's a depressing scenario, but the rosy side is that China's got a problem if America can't open the door to its products. Add to this the disastrous collapse in China's real property sector, and China may be hurting as badly as we are.
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