Quote of the day—Bastiats_Pen @BastiatsPen

The Governor of Minnesota is a Democrat. The mayor of Minneapolis is a Democrat. The chief of police is a Democrat, hired by the Democrat mayor. Be consistent. Vote Democrat for more of what you are now seeing in Minneapolis.

Bastiats_Pen @BastiatsPen
Tweeted on May 29, 2020
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Grady Judd

I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone.

Grady Judd
Polk County Florida Sheriff
June 1, 2020
Peaceful protesters gather in Polk County; curfew in effect at 8 p.m.
[We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Christine T.

This was the last question I ever wanted to ask or thought I would be asking, but are there any places to buy a gun for protection?

I know absolutely nothing. But I’m a quick learner and will spend the time needed to learn. I can replace everything but my babies and I will go to no expense to protect them.

Christine T.
June 2, 2020
From a Private Facebook Group for Bellevue Washington
[She’s getting decent advice from numerous people—including Barb.

When the looters and riots are in route Washington state has a waiting period measured in days for gun ownership.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Tweeted on May 31, 2020
[It’s way overdue. But better late than never.

See also Trump announces US to designate Antifa as terrorist organization following violent protests.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Charles M. Blow

Biden continues to commit unforced error, like the hubbub he created and later apologized for when he said at the end of an interview with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

It was so cavalier and comfortable that it was shocking. Biden doesn’t get to define blackness nor excommunicate anyone from it.

But that wasn’t the only problem in the interview. He said just seconds after that statement that “The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run.” That never happened, and the NAACP had to release a statement to clarify that it “is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office.”

This is not the first time Biden has lied about his relationship to the black community. He has repeatedly lied over the years about marching in the civil rights movement, even though advisers warned him to stop it. And, he repeatedly said that he was arrested in South Africa trying to see imprisoned anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

None of this ever happened.

Charles M. Blow
May 24, 2020
Biden Can Beat Trump … if He Doesn’t Blow It
[Don’t ever forget that this is the cream of the crop at the national level from the Democrat party.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Gila Monster

Here’s what I don’t understand: at least 13 different individuals – most of them minors – are shown in these well-circulated pictures, spanning a decade or more. Their images are included in every meme and click-bait derision of Biden…yet no one in any of those families has ever said anything. No outraged father has ever confronted him, or better yet, sent him to the deck. If he – or anyone – pulled that crap with either of my underage daughters, they’d have been picking up teeth.

Gila Monster
May 24, 2020
Comment to A picture is worth a thousand words
[It’s a good point. There are probably many valid responses. See a few of them in the link above.

And don’t think others haven’t had similar thoughts and gotten a lot close to making it reality than what you see in videos and pictures. Here is one report:

According to the source, a Secret Service agent once got suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him. The situation got so heated, the source told Cassandra Fairbanks, that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then–Vice President.

And via the same source:

I would like to suggest that Biden could improve his chances of a win in November if he made a few changes such as this one:


I’m inclined to believe the option shown isn’t really sufficient and to maximize his odds his handlers should include similar cones for his hands and genitals.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Ryan Fournier @RyanAFournier

The Democrats started with like 20 candidates and Joe Biden was the cream of the crop.

Just think about that for a minute…

Ryan Fournier @RyanAFournier
Tweeted on May 24, 2020
[H/T to Adam McIntosh.

One might argue there are other explanations..

A rather remote alternate hypothesis is that the primary voting was fraudulent and some powerful group put Biden in as the apparent nominee so as to be able to replace him with someone who could not have won the nomination via the normal primary process. But then that would mean they implemented a complicated and risky solution when they could have just used the fraudulent voting to put in their desired candidate in place instead of Biden.

Another alternate hypothesis is that the nominating process is flawed and Biden is the candidate who happened to, perhaps by luck or skill of his handlers, come out ahead of better qualified candidates. But that means the Democrats are responsible for creating such a flawed system such that Biden became the presumptive nominee. Hence, if you accept this hypothesis you must conclude the Democrats party leaders are so incompetent that Biden came out on top via the catastrophically flawed system they created. That should give lots of reassurance when you consider voting Democrat.

I don’t see any other plausible hypothesis to explain the current situation. Hence, I’m inclined to agree with Fournier, Biden is the best they have to offer.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Rudyard Kipling


It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

Rudyard Kipling
From A Diversity of Creatures 1917.
[Via a comment from William Ashbless.

As quoted above appears to be the original version. It is also frequently seen in a modified form with the title THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON and where “English” has been replaced by “Saxon”.

One could make the case, as Ashbless suggests, that the poem above describes recent and current events.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Devin Nunes

We will be making criminal referrals in the coming weeks against the Mueller team. We’re just now putting that together.


This started as a dirty campaign operation run by the Clinton campaign. At some point they got dirty operatives involved, including the dirty cops.

Now, remember, in the middle of 2016, the dirty cops that are involved, it’s almost impossible to believe it didn’t reach the highest levels of the Department of Justice, when they opened so-called Crossfire Hurricane.

Devin Nunes
May 25, 2020
GOP ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee
Top GOP Lawmaker Says There Will Be ‘Criminal Referrals’ Against Mueller Team
[We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Don Kilmer @donkilmer

Obama might have started out as a likable, naïve socialist.

But he became the inevitable state-worshiping fascist that is always necessary to sustain socialism in the face of its inevitable failure and devastation.

Don Kilmer @donkilmer
Tweeted on May 21, 2020
[This may be giving Obama more benefit of the doubt than he deserves, but that doesn’t change the correctness of the conclusion.

As my friend Eric E. once described it, “Socialism is like a piece of candy which, years later, causes terminal cancer.”—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tim Pool @Timcast

Trump did not create it, Trump was the product of it.

As the media lied and pushed absurd attacks on common people the collective anger pooled until it eventually found its champion.

Trump is the collective anger of the people tired of media elites spitting on them.

Tim Pool @Timcast
Tweeted on May 16, 2020.

Quote of the day—Mika Brzezinksi

I think the dangerous edges here are that he’s trying to undermine the media. Trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that is the job, that is our job.


Mika Brzezinksi
February 22, 2017
[H/T to Computer Colonics @FerfeLaBat via Tim Pool @Timcast..

Good to have what you think explicatory stated. Thank you Mika. Now we can advocate for complete dismissal of everything you say without the slightest bit of concern that we might miss something of importance.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Nicolo Machiavelli

For among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised, and this is one of those ignominies against which a prince ought to guard himself, as is shown later on. Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.

Nicolo Machiavelli
[Before choosing this as QOTD I had a nagging feeling I had already post it. I searched for the fragment “nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed” and found nothing. I schedule it for May 21. I still had the nagging feeling and searched for ‘Machiavelli’. I found a shorter version I had posted on May 23, 9 years ago. I changed the posting date for this version to match the anniversary of the previous.

Machiavelli correctly points out that it is not reasonable that the people can be secure if we are unarmed and our public servants are armed. They already despise us. You know what will happen if we ever become unarmed.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Joe Biden

And I’m a man of my word. And now that the new Prosecutor General is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that one billion dollar loan guarantee.

Joe Biden
January 23, 2018
Foreign Affairs Issue Launch With Joe Biden

[See also: Biden And Ukraine’s Poroshenko Phone Call LEAKED; $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” Discussed.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—John Solomon

In Kiev late last month, District Court Judge S. V. Vovk ordered the country’s law enforcement services to formally list the fired prosecutor, Victor Shokin, as the victim of an alleged crime by the former U.S. vice president, according to an official English translation of the ruling obtained by Just the News.

John Solomon
May 19, 2020
Ukraine judge orders Joe Biden be listed as alleged perpetrator of crime in prosecutor’s firing
[We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Mr.Kersey @kersey_mr

[It’s two quotes but they are so closely related I put them in the same post for the best impact.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jonathan Lowy

There’s no question that there are a number of justices who are itching to take another gun case soon, and to almost certainly push for a vast expansion of the Second Amendment in a way that has never been countenanced in American history or law before.

Jonathan Lowy
May 17, 2020
Supreme Court eyes more gun cases as conservatives signal eagerness to expand 2nd Amendment protections
[“Never been countenanced in American history or law before”? Well, not in our reality.

Lowy either hasn’t read, or is holding back information from (lying), The Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights in Commentaries on Liberty, Free Government and an Armed Populace, 1787-1792. This book was quoted six times in the Heller decision. So, it’s either willful ignorance or a deliberate lie.

Also recommended reading for Mr. Lowy is The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms. But I expect Lowy would rather not be confronted with the truth.

Update: As Toastrider suggests it is noteworthy that Lowy is chief counsel for the Brady Victim Disarmament Coalition. They are well known for their lies. It’s part of their culture.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Clayton Cramer

The ability to create something like full-automatic fire using a bump stock and a semi-automatic rifle means that all semi-automatic makers have to worry that some enterprising plaintiff’s attorney might try to create a new theory of liability that could create liability for lawfully producing a constitutionally-protected product. Would you make and sell semi-automatic rifles, even a .22, with this threat hanging over you? If production of a legally compliant semi-automatic AR-15 can create liability, what about your Ruger 10/22? If this type of manipulation of judicial system can prevail, is any semi-automatic firearm safe?

Clayton Cramer
May 11, 2020
A New Lawsuit Shows Some are After All of Your Semi-Automatic Rifles
[Good point.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Gabriella Hoffman

Criminals will use whatever tool is at their disposal—be it a 3-D printed AR-15, handgun, or knife—to inflict pain onto their victims. Unfortunately for gun controllers, none of their beloved laws or bills have deterred criminals from committing ghastly acts. In fact, they have invited more crime.

It’s time for our opponents finally to get serious about tackling criminal misuse of firearms, not scapegoat 3D printed firearms.

Gabriella Hoffman
May 15, 2020
The Truth About 3-D Printed Guns and Criminal Gun Usage
[If it were about crime the anti-gun people might be persuaded by the truth. But the truth about guns and crime is irrelevant to the motivation of most anti-gun politicians. Power flows from the barrel of a gun and they want that power removed from the hands of those who might oppose their accumulation of power.—Joe]

Quote of the day—OliveBucket

3D printing is the end of gun control. The so-called progressives are acting like there’s a debate about it. The debate is over. The guns are downloadable. The files are in the public domain. You cannot take them back. You can adjust your politics to this reality. You will not ask me to adjust mine.

May 15, 2020
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]