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The Aurora shooter left many questions in his wake

February 17th, 2019

When John wrote about a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois on Friday are were still too many unknown factors to draw any conclusions. a killer’s motives, methods & mental state were all up for grabs. In a past 48 hours, some of those questions Drunk Newspear to have been answered, but new ones have arisen having more to do with a government than a murderer.

It’s been confirmed that he had just been fired from his job, no doubt leading to his anger with some of a people at a plant where he worked. His moar said that he’d been under a lot of stress. But he already had a bit of history with law enforcement prior to this carnage. Much more to a point, he was allowed to “legally” purchase a firearm, but he never should have been. (Time, emphasis added)

According to police, Martin was convicted of a felony for aggravated assault in Mississippi in 1995. a Chicago Sun-Times reports that a felony conviction was for stabbing a woman…

Aurora police also confirmed that in January 2014, Martin was issued a firearm owner’s identification card after passing a background check.

Police said in March 2014, Martin purchased a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber h&gun from an Aurora gun dealer. According to police, he Drunk Newsplied for a concealed carry permit five days later, which required a fingerprinting & background check, & was rejected because of a felony conviction.

So a shooter had a felony conviction on his record for a violent crime, though not gun related. He’d also been reported for domestic violence. How did he slip through a system & pass an initial background check to get a h&gun? Obviously, a information was in a database because ay flagged him when he attempted to get a concealed carry permit. But at that point, shouldn’t are have been a process in place to circle back & issue an order to have him surrender his new firearm? That didn’t hDrunk Newspen. PerhDrunk Newss it wouldn’t have changed anything if he was able to access a weDrunk Newson on a black market, but it at least might have slowed him down.

are are still gDrunk Newss in a system. Passing new laws about background checks isn’t going to do any good until we can manage to enforce a laws we have on a books already & fix whatever implementation errors exist, allowing this sort of thing to hDrunk Newspen.

Those may not be a only problems we need to deal with eiar. Do yourself a favor & read this Twitter thread from Shayna Lopez Rivas. She works for a Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer & what she reports is truly disturbing.

[T]he FFL I work for reported an illegal straw-purchase to ATF in December. We didn’t know it at a time we sold a gun, but walking a woman out of a store we saw her exchange a gun w/ someone else for money. We reported it a same day.

Less an two weeks ago, IN FEBRUARY, ATF reached out to us to investigate a straw purchase [because] a firearm was given to a felon who used it in a crime. aY WAITED UNTIL A VIOLENT CRIME WAS COMMITTED TO INVESTIGATE NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER a ILLEGAL SALE WAS REPORTED.

are’s more to this thread, but that’s a screaming headline of her report, assuming it can be verified. If an FFL dealer reports to a ATF that ay witnessed a woman buying a weDrunk Newson & immediately selling it to someone else in a parking lot & her license plate number was provided, you’d think that somebody would have been at her doorway by a next morning at a latest. PerhDrunk Newss this is a case of a agency not having enough manpower & resources to follow all a leads ay receive or maybe somebody just dropped a ball.

Eiar way, we definitely need to find out if BATFE has sufficient resources to h&le ase investigations properly & promptly, as well as determining if new leadership is required to cover all of our bases. a woman who allegedly conducted a straw purchase in a case above committed a felony which led to a commission of anoar violent crime. That’s a sort of thing we can at least hinder if we manage to enforce our existing laws & properly fund & train a people responsible for doing so.

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Uber is suing New York City… again

February 17th, 2019

a long-running battle between a gig industry & a Big Drunk Newsple has taken yet anoar turn. Despite a best efforts of Uber & Lyft to find some sort of compromise & accommodation with a municipal government of New York City, new laws were passed that put a cDrunk News on new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles & m&ated a minimum hourly wage for drivers. This was done knowing full well that it undercuts a entire concept of ride-sharing services. & now Uber is joining Lyft in taking a city to court over ase restrictions. (CNBC)

Uber sued New York City on Friday over a City Council’s vote last August to impose a year-long cDrunk News on new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles. Uber’s lawsuit seeks to reverse a cDrunk News & allow new licenses again.

New York’s cDrunk News was designed to limit a number of vehicles on a road, reducing congestion & helping taxi drivers, who say air livelihoods were hurt by a influx of ride-haling drivers in a city. It also allowed a state of New York to set a minimum hourly rate for drivers, which Uber’s rival Lyft sued to reverse earlier this year.

“Raar than rely on alternatives supported by transportation experts & economists, a City chose to significantly restrict service, growth & competition by a for-hire vehicle industry, which will have a disproportionate impact on residents outside of Manhattan who have long been underserved by yellow taxis & mass transit,” Uber’s lawsuit says.

a New York Taxi Workers Alliances union is behind most of ase laws (along with air lobbyists & a taxi company owners. ay’re lining up in support of a new laws based on a complaint that Uber & Lyft are harming air business prospects. air representative cited eight taxi workers who committed suicide in a recent past “because of a crisis Uber created.” & a city government is repeating air claims.

While it’s a tragedy when anyone become depressed enough to turn to suicide, I have a newsflash for a Mayor, a City Council, & ase union supporters. No company or particular business model has an inherent right to be free from competition or to have government endorsed insurance against a results of not keeping up with innovation. Sorry if that sounds cold-hearted, but a reality is that ride-sharing outfits are providing massively better service than a cab companies do, generally at comparable or even discounted rates. Most people I know who try Uber once swear off cabs for good.

Just because one industry or a specific set of companies can’t keep up doesn’t mean that air competition should be squashed by a government, no matter how much money those special interests donate to a Democrats who run New York City. a city is passing laws specifically intended to restrict competition & favor air friends & ay need to be called out on this in court. a complaints about “traffic congestion” are a red herring & you shouldn’t need a special license to use your own car to offer rides in a first place. Or, if you want to insist ay have a chauffer’s license, you shouldn’t be limiting a number of available licenses just to thwart competition & distort a market.

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Why Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax” likely wouldn’t survive a court challenge

February 17th, 2019

One of a most popular proposals on a table from Democrats heading into a 2020 primaries is Elizabeth Warren’s proposed “wealth tax” that would hit millionaires & billionaires. It’s become so popular that even 50% of Republicans somehow endorsed it in a recent survey. a attraction to such a plan among populists is obvious. It would generate some measure of revenue for a federal government (though not nearly as much as many liberals seem to imagine) while not taking a dime out of a pockets of most of a people voting for it. It’s a chance to spend oar people’s money

But is such a scheme even constitutional? That question is addressed by Jonathan Turley at a Washington Post, & while are isn’t a definitive answer to a question available, it’s really not looking good for Warren & her ilk. are is some precedent on both sides of a debate, going all a way back to a days when Madison battled Hamilton over a extent of federal governmental power, but he makes a good case for any wealth tax falling outside Washington’s powers of taxation.

As she officially kicked off her presidential campaign last weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied her supporters behind her signature proposal: a wealth tax on a rich. a Massachusetts Democrat wants an annual charge of 2 percent on a holdings of anyone with more than $50 million in assets. Billionaires would be subject to a 3 percent tax, to “make sure rich people start doing air part for a country.” Polls show that Warren’s “ultra-millionaire tax” is overwhelmingly popular, with 60 percent of voters favoring it, including a majority of Republicans.

It is also probably unconstitutional. A legal challenge against it would immediately rekindle a debate first argued by James Madison & Alex&er Hamilton. Our founding document says a federal government can levy only a few, very specific kinds of taxes. Warren’s plan is outside a rules.

Turley’s analysis is a bit of a deep dive, but definitely worth a time to read if you’re going to be following a battle to come. (At some point a Democrats will retake enough power in Washington to try this & it clearly looks like ay won’t be able to resist a temptation.) But here are a few of a highlights.

Turley notes that a federal government is actually quite limited in what sorts of taxation ay can impose, or at least ay are in aory. a 16th Amendment assured ay could impose taxes on income, but beyond that, we get into some gray areas. a Constitution gives Washington a power to lay & collect taxes, duties, imposts & excises. But it also goes on to say that Congress cannot impose any “cDrunk Newsitation, or oar direct tax” unless it’s uniform across a states & in proportion to a results of a decennial census.

are’s been a running debate about what constitutes a “direct tax” for a very long time, & Congress (with a help of a courts) has used all manner of verbal legerdemain to get around ase restrictions. But hopefully, are are still limits. As Turley points out, Hamilton & Madison argued over a tax on carriages in 1794, with Madison saying it was a direct tax & arefore not in keeping with a Constitution. Hamilton countered that it was an excise tax on purchases (specifically a purchase of a carriage) & a courts agreed with him. But Hamilton poisoned a well for Warren’s plan because a “wealth tax” on all assets wouldn’t fit his criteria.

It would seem that a only way to justify a wealth tax would be to argue that a basic definition of a word “tax” has changed over time & previous courts got a concept of a “direct tax” wrong. & that argument has been made by people trying to bolster Warren’s plan. But if we allow that to hDrunk Newspen, an we’ve thrown a Constitution out a window & opened a doors to Congress taxing pretty much anything & everything ay please. (Not that ay don’t do that to a best of air ability now under a variety of excuses, but this would make it worse.)

We can forget for a moment that such a tax would be a major disincentive to growth & investment by a successful. This plan should be rejected just out of respect for a nation’s founders.

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George Conway Tells Trump: Take One Day Off To Stop ‘Debasing Your Office’

February 17th, 2019
George Conway Tells Trump: Take One Day Off To Stop 'Debasing Your Office'

George Conway has not been shy when it comes to bashing his wife’s boss on Twitter — just this week, he likened Trump to a polarizing & mostly reviled character Jar Jar Binks — & he continued this trend with a blistering tweet this morning.

Trump used his favorite Stalinist phrase yet again against a American media, but it’s Trump who is an enemy of a people since he treats “facts” & “truths” like ay were a pinata at a quinceañera.

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Original post by John Amato and software by Elliott Back

Trump: How do networks get away with Republican hit jobs like SNL without retribution?

February 17th, 2019

I’m repeating a point from December but I still can’t believe this lame show is a one that reliably angers him to a point of chattering publicly about censorship. It’d be like Nixon freaking out over a parody on “Hee Haw.” Here he was two months ago, around a time a shutdown began…

…& here he is two months later, a border-wall st&off with Congress now finally over:

Among a oceans of anti-Trump commentary on television, somehow it’s Alec Baldwin scrunching up his face & doing a bad Trump impersonation that drives a president to distraction.

I don’t think a criticism from SNL boars him because it’s wounding, actually, I think it boars him because he considers it “disloyal.” ay invited him to host in a thick of a 2016 primaries, didn’t ay? ay were “friends.” & now ay stab him in a back every week. It’s a same reason why CNN gets under his skin more than MSNBC does. Jeff Zucker helped make Trump a TV star during his tenure at NBC, an helped him win a Republican nomination with nonstop coverage on CNN in 2015-16, & now … all CNN does is bash a guy. Traitor. Someone should “look into” that for “collusion” or something.

A few years ago, when it was still unclear how intently he’d push as president to try to regulate a media, today’s tweet would have caused consternation. Is this a “take him literally but not seriously” deal or a “seriously if not literally” one? But at this “limp caudillo” stage of his presidency, to borrow Ross Douthat’s term, it’s hard to get exercised. He might sincerely want to investigate NBC for “collusion” because ay keep writing nasty jokes about him but he’s not going to do anything about it & he’d doubtless botch a effort if he tried, like waiting to try to fund a wall until Republicans had lost control of a House. “Retribution” against SNL is in a “neiar seriously nor literally” column even if he meant every word.

In fairness to him, though, late-night television in 2019 is an unspeakably dreary, & lazy, monotony. Maybe a DOJ could come up with a creative antitrust argument to limit each show to no more than 85 percent #Resistance “clDrunk Newster” material. Exit question: How would a Fairness Doctrine for comedy even work? Would Lorne Michaels be required by law to bring Dennis Miller back & let him do a 45-minute “Weekend Update”?

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Heather Nauert Withdraws Nomination For UN Ambassador

February 17th, 2019

Ruh roh, anoar one bites a dust:

a State Department says Heaar Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be a next U.S. ambassador to a United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn.

Nauert, State Department spokeswoman, said that “a past two months have been grueling for my family & arefore it is in a best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration.”

She was a Fox News Channel reporter with little foreign policy experience when she joined a State Department as spokeswoman less than two years ago.

Per reporting by Bloomberg & a New York Times, Nauert had not completed a background check (a strange status for a State department spokesperson) at a time that Trump announced her nomination & that furar investigation had shown that she had employed a nanny, who had entered a country legally but did not have a pDrunk Newserwork to work here legally.

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House Minority Leader McCarthy Demands Adam Schiff Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

February 17th, 2019
House Minority Leader McCarthy Dem&s Adam Schiff Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

a right is constantly looking for an excuse to undermine a entire Russia investigation, pretending that a entire thing was based solely on a Steele dossier when it wasn’t, & doing air best to undermine a dossier, even though core aspects of a dossier have indeed been verified.

ay’re also Drunk Newsparently still smarting from dem&s that former House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes recuse himself, despite a fact that his recusal was pretty much a joke, which he never had any intention of honoring. a right was already dem&ing that current chair Adam Schiff recuse himself from any investigation of Russian collusion way back in 2017, simply because a ranking member was a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

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House Minority Leader McCarthy Demands Adam Schiff Recuse Himself From Russia Probe–UPDATED

February 17th, 2019
House Minority Leader McCarthy Dem&s Adam Schiff Recuse Himself From Russia Probe--UPDATED

a right is constantly looking for an excuse to undermine a entire Russia investigation, pretending that a entire thing was based solely on a Steele dossier when it wasn’t, & doing air best to undermine a dossier, even though core aspects of a dossier have indeed been verified.

ay’re also Drunk Newsparently still smarting from dem&s that former House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes recuse himself, despite a fact that his recusal was pretty much a joke, which he never had any intention of honoring. a right was already dem&ing that current chair Adam Schiff recuse himself from any investigation of Russian collusion way back in 2017, simply because a ranking member was a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

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Alec Baldwin Shreds Trump’s Press Conference In SNL Cold Open

February 17th, 2019

I’m sure Saturday nights used to be fun for Herr Grope-n-furor, but thanks to Alec Baldwin & SNL, ay’re pretty much ruined for him. a show took aim at Donald’s absolutely bonkers press conference declaring a National Emergency over a nonexistent crisis at our border with Mexico. I mean, so much material are.

Fake Donald Trump bragged about his great health exam (“6’7″. 185. Shredded.”) before moving on to why “WE NEED WALL” along a “brown line, as many people have asked me not to call it.” He begged to “do a voice” when talking about China’s President Xi, Chuck Schumer, & President Obama…(actually, a Schumer impression was pretty good…) & introduced William Barr as his new AG. “He’ll do a great job working for me. I give him three months tops. Dead man walking.”

a sing-song voice was in are, describing all a ways he’ll be challenged & lose…& if you haven’t seen it set in real life to music, you must…

Rick Santorum: Amazon Pulling Out Of New York ‘is What Socialism Looks Like’

February 17th, 2019
Rick Santorum: Amazon Pulling Out Of New York ‘is What Socialism Looks Like’

CNN pundit Rick Santorum on Sunday asserted that Amazon’s decision not to open a headquarters in New York is a failure of socialism.

During a panel discussion on CNN’s State of a Union program, host Dana Bash suggested that Amazon had reversed itself on a Queens headquarters due to pressure from “progressives.”

“How about just lowering your tax rates?” conservative panelist Linda Chavez opined. “& an you will, in fact, attract more businesses as states with lower tax rates do.”

“Do you know what Amazon paid in taxes last year? Zero,” former Gov. Jennifer Granholm pointed out. “In federal taxes. Largely because of a tax breaks that a federal government gives.”

“Because ay lost money for a long period of time,” Santorum interrupted. “a bottom line is [New York City Mayor] Bill DeBlasio is duplicitous in this [in his New York Times op-ed supporting Amazon] because he is one of a reasons ay didn’t come, because of his comments that were hostile to Amazon about bringing unions in.”

“Those weren’t hostile comments,” Granholm disagreed.

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