April 15, 2014

Positivity: Family Armed With Guns Did Exactly What You’d Expect After an Intruder Charged Into Their Kitchen

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Florida:

Apr. 9, 2014 11:40am

Police told TheBlaze on Wednesday that no charges will be filed against a Florida father and mother who armed themselves after hearing an intruder breaking into their home and fired shots at the man, killing him.

“If this guy would’ve stayed home, he’d have been alive right now,” Denver Kemp, a neighbor of the family, told WTVT-TV in Tampa Bay.

Public Information Officer Jamie Brown told TheBlaze on Wednesday that a son who was armed along with his mom and dad “fumbled around with the weapon and did not fire.”

Luis A. Pena, 54, told police when he investigated the noises he saw a man trying to open the French doors leading off his back porch, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Pena fired a warning shot above the back door to deter the burglar, but the man continued to work his way inside the home in Winter Haven, which is about 50 miles east of Tampa.

“That warning shot did not deter the intruder,” Police Chief Gary Hester told WTVT about the Monday morning incident. “The intruder didn’t retreat.”

But by the time Mitchell G. Large, 40, made it into the kitchen just before 7 a.m., Pena’s wife and son had also armed themselves and the three of them were waiting for the intruder. When Large charged at Pena, he shot the man in the torso at least once, police said, noted the Sentinel.

“It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” Hester told WTVT.

While investigators don’t believe Large was armed, Hester said it appears as though the mother and father were within their rights to fire their weapons. …

Of course they were.

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 12, 2014

The Nevada Ranch Standoff (See Exit Question and Updates)

Graphic of the Day, via Matt Hurley, concerning the Bundy Ranch standoff, in which the Bureau of Land Management has backed downfor now:

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Well, the problem is that this isn’t our federal government.

It’s the Washington establishment’s federal government, in this case attempting to benefit the family and cronies of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Links:

- Dana Loesch (“The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment”; links are in original and bolds are mine throughout this post) —

A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.

BLM has also tried to argue that the rules have changed, long after Bundy claims he secured rights and paid his dues to Clark County, Nevada.

*UPDATE: Those who say Bundy is a “deadbeat” are making inaccurate claims. Bundy has in fact paid fees to Clark County, Nevada in an arrangement pre-dating the BLM. The BLM arrived much later, changed the details of the setup without consulting with Bundy — or any other rancher — and then began systematically driving out cattle and ranchers. Bundy refused to pay BLM, especially after they demanded he reduce his heard’s head count down to a level that would not sustain his ranch. Bundy OWNS the water and forage rights to this land. He paid for these rights. He built fences, established water ways, and constructed roads with his own money, with the approval of Nevada and BLM. When BLM started using his fees to run him off the land and harassing him, he ceased paying. So should BLM reimburse him for managing the land and for the confiscation of his water and forage rights?

Cliven Bundy’s problem isn’t that he didn’t pay — he did — or that his cattle bother tortoises — they don’t — it’s that he’s not a Reid donor.

- InfoWars (“Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch”) —

The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

FreeRepublic activists have preserved them here and have posted them in the comments (spread through several web pages).

- The standoff story, per Infowars (“Feds Back Down In New Bundy Standoff, Agree to Release Cattle”) —

In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

Despite the fact that Bureau of Land Management officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash, Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows.

When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.

In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles.

Despite threats such as “one more step and you’re dead,” the protesters continued their slow march towards BLM agents as bullhorns blared.

Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.

Sheriff Gillespie eventually appeared to inform Bundy supporters that the BLM had finally caved and agreed to release the 100 cattle they had seized that were inside the pen.

After around 30 minutes, Bundy supporters saw the cattle being released about a mile away in the distance.

It cannot be overstated how much of a gargantuan victory this represents for the American people in their battle against big government tyranny.

“The people have the power when they unite,” Ammon Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The war has just begun.”

I understand the exhiliration and am impressed and heartened by the courage of those involved, but this is no “gargantuan victory.” It’s more like an opening skirmish — and not just at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. The government is surely recalibrating its strategies, there and elsewhere.

Special kudos go to Matt Drudge, who took the risk of citing stories originating from so-called “fringe” sites (some of the leading lights of the center-right blogosphere did not cover themselves with glory in this regard).

Make no mistake: This standoff ended when it did because Harry Reid cannot afford to let his cronyism get widely exposed, which was certainly going to happen if it had lasted into Monday. Perhaps it still will, but establishment press resistance and attempted ridicule will be substantial.

EXIT QUESTION: Does anyone still believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment isn’t as much about citizens defending themselves against an out-of-control government as it is about the natural-law right of self-defense?

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UPDATE, April 13: Received an email from a trustworthy source claiming that “the number of citizens who WOULD have shown up at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the standoff, and the number of eyewitness reports about federal abuses on the way would have been overwhelming if the feds had not illegally blocked their travel.”

UPDATE 2, April 13: Jerome Corsi“REID SMELLING ANYTHING BUT ROSY IN RANCH FIGHT; Desert showdown blows lid off long-standing plans with Chinese”

April 8, 2014

CNN.com Finally Get to the Leland Yee Story — 13 Days Late

Let it be noted that at 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, CNN.com finally broke down and posted a story on the alleged criminal behavior of California State Senator Leland Yee. The headline at the story by Matt Smith and Jason Carroll (“Feds: Calif. pol Leland Yee schemed to trade arms for campaign cash”) gets to the heart of the matter — unlike the headline (“LAWMAKER YEE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES”) at the Associated Press’s most recent story on Yee. But Smith and Carroll waited until the fourth paragraph to tag Yee as a Democrat (the AP story at least got there at Paragraph 3).

CNN’s story arrives 13 days after Yee’s initial arrest, and 11 days, 9 hours and 58 minutes after a snippy person at the “CNN.com Writers” Twitter account — apparently one Eliott McLaughlin, according to the account’s home page — claimed that its non-coverage of the Yee story was “in line with us covering state senators & state secretary of state races just about never.” Yours truly disproved that assertion in about three minutes on March 29.

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April 2, 2014

Bloomberg Biz Week’s Barrett Criticizes NRA For Non-Existent Gloating in Leland Yee Case

When an unmistakable embarrassment to liberalism occurs, a standard establishment press fallback tactic is to accuse conservatives of some form of incivility — and if there really isn’t one, to make up a story about it anyway.

That’s exactly what Bloomberg Businsessweek’s Paul M. Barrett did on Tuesday in covering the NRA’s reaction to the arrest of California State Senator and ardent gun control advocate Leland Yee on gun trafficking charges. The story’s headline claimed that the group did “a victory dance.” Barrett’s content claimed that it was “gloating” and “strained to veil its pleasure.” In truth, the group was doing nothing of the sort — unless the speech police now believe that making any kind of obvious observation about a liberal’s failure is inherently unfair:

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March 31, 2014

In Venezuela, Press Ignores Why Maduro’s ‘Colectivos’ Death Squads Operate With Impunity: Gun Control

Pushed back from the headlines, massive protests against the repressive Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela continue.

So do the killings by the “colectivos.” If this group of thugs enforcing Maduoro’s Chavista socialist nightmare were instead right-wing paramilitary types, they would long since have been christened “death squads” and garnered international attention. A story about the colectivos finally appeared in the Associated Press today. While the coverage by Fabiola Sanchez and Frank Bajak was mostly measured, it completely ignored the fact the colectivos can operate without fear of armed resistance because of government curbs on purchases, transfers and public carrying of guns.

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March 29, 2014

NYT Takes ‘Gun’ Out of AP’s Original ‘Gun, Corruption Charges’ Leland Yee Headline

It’s no secret that the folks who run the New York Times are big fans of gun control. It turns out that they also favor controlling the use of the word “gun” in headlines about Democrats.

Over at National Review’s Campaign Spot yesterday, regarding the news of Democratic California Senator Leland Yee’s arrest, Jim Geraghty noted: “The New York Times greeted that news with a one paragraph summary on page A21 Wednesday with the headline: ‘California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.’” That A21 one-paragrapher is an AP item. According to a long AP report on Yee’s arrest, Yee, a longtime gun control advocate himself, is charged with “six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license.” In addition to burying the story in its back pages, let’s look at what the Times did to the AP’s original headline:

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February 20, 2014

National Press Ignores Most Connecticut Gun Owners Defying State’s Registration Demand

The national press devoted a great deal of attention to gun registration in Connecticut at the end of 2013. The Associated Press’s Susan Haigh had a December 29 story which was picked up by, among many others, PBS, CBS’s New York City affiliate, the Huffington Post, and the UK Guardian. Time.com was also on the story.

That attention makes the press’s virtual inattention outside of the Nutmeg State itself to what has since been learned all the more difficult to justify. It turns out that there are now three types of so-called “assault weapon” owners in Connecticut: those who registered by the deadline, those whose registrations came in after the deadline, and those who defied the state’s registration demand. As J.D. Tuccille at Reason.com reported on Tuesday, the second group is on track to having their guns confiscated, and the number of people in the third group dwarfs those in the first two — a situation which has greatly upset the political establishment, particularly the editorial board at the state’s largest newspaper (HT Instapundit; bolds are mine):

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February 11, 2014

Positivity: Home Invasion Attempt Stopped By Woman WIth A Shotgun

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Here’s the video (HT Hot Air):

Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

From Cheviot Hills, California:

Posted: Feb 06, 2014 10:46 AM EST
Updated: Feb 06, 2014 11:09 AM EST

(FOX 11) “I’m not a sitting duck,” says Carla. She prefers to keep her last name private. Carla is a Cheviot Hills homeowner who scared away burglars when she grabbed her shotgun and fired.

Carla told us her dog woke her up when he started barking. She looked outside and saw a man in her backyard, another waiting by a car.

Carla wasted no time. Wearing her nightgown, she went outside and fired once toward the ground. Carla says, it was just to scare them off. It worked. The two suspects ran back to a white sedan and drove off.

Carla says she heard one of them screaming, “Crazy b**ch has a gun!!”

This all happened around three this morning. Detectives say two male hispanics broke into a home on the 10500 block of Blythe Ave. in Cheviot Hills. The burglars got inside the home through the garage. They were able to steal several items while the homeowners slept through it all.

The men hit a second home about 40 yards away on the 2400 block of Patricia Ave. That’s when their luck ran out. As they tried to gain access to the home, 59-year-old Carla came out with her shotgun. …

Go here for more.

January 22, 2014

Escalation: After Cuomo’s ‘No Place in New York’ Remarks, His Counsel Reminds the New York Post of Their ‘Responsibility’

On Friday, as I noted on Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told public radio’s Susan Arbetter that “extreme conservatives” – that is, people who are pro-life, understand the clear meaning of the Second Amendment, or wish to keep marriage as it has traditionally been defined – “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Note well that Cuomo’s remarks are still not news at the Associated Press’s national site.

On Sunday, Cuomo’s people sent and released an “open letter” containing a very inaccurate transcription of the original interview accusing the New York Post’s Aaron Short of being “entirely reckless with facts and the truth” in his report (“Gov. Cuomo to conservatives: Leave NY!”). As I demonstrated on Monday, the only reasonable interpretation of what Cuomo said is that Republican Party members who hold any one of the three positions noted in the previous paragraph “have no place in the state of New York.” In the past several days, the matter has escalated. The Post has continued to cover the story – that’s what newspapers are supposed to do – while, in an extraordinary move, the Counsel to the Governor has entered the fray with what can only be interpreted as threatening language.

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January 20, 2014

Cuomo Hits Back at NY Post, Pretends He Was Only Criticizing Legislators in ‘No Place in New York’ Statement

The administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tried to hit back at the press on Sunday for supposedly misunderstanding his Friday morning statement to Susan Arbetter on the public radio show “Capitol Pressroom” that “extreme conservatives … have no place in New York.” As I noted on Saturday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the Governor made it clear that “extreme conservatives” include those who are right to life, understand the clear meaning of the Second Amendment, and believe in traditional marriage.

But to go after the press, Cuomo’s people had to find a news outlet besides a public radio station which actually reported on what he said. Even though his Friday remarks were self-evidently newsworthy, that appears to have been pretty difficult. The Associated Press’s national site still doesn’t have a story; nor does the New York Times or the Politico. Cuomo’s peeps chose to go after the New York Post, whose Aaron Short went to the next step in Cuomo’s stated logic in running a story headlined “Gov. Cuomo to conservatives: Leave NY!.” Team Cuomo’s response in full follows the jump (bolds are mine; words Cuomo’s people conveniently left out are in caps):

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January 18, 2014

Barely News: N.Y. Governor Cuomo Lambastes ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Who ‘Have No Place in the State of New York’

Imagine if Texas Senator Ted Cruz or Lone Star State Governor Rick Perry told a public radio show’s host that “people who support abortion, gun control, and same-sex marriage have no place in Texas.” There would be breaking news alerts on every cable news station. It would be a press obsession for weeks. More immediately, there would be intense pushback from the show’s host.

On the public radio show ”Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter on Friday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is surely assessing the 2016 presidential landscape, asserted that “extreme conservatives” – that is, people who are pro-life, understand the clear meaning of the Second Amendment, or wish to keep marriage as it has traditionally been defined – “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Arbetter just let Cuomo’s remarks slide on by without meaningful follow-up, and arguably appeared to agree with their thrust. Audio and relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump.

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January 7, 2014

LAT’s Doyle McManus: ‘None’ of Obama’s ‘Controversies … Quite Reached Scandalhood’

Los Angeles Times columnists have produced several delusional doozies in the past few days.

One of the more hysterical came from Doyle McManus on Sunday (“The president’s hump year; The sixth year is often tough, but Obama could triumph”). While acknowledging that “The public’s initial romance with the president has faded” and that “events are in charge now,” he backhandedly described Obama’s presidency thus far as scandal-free. Really (HT to frequent commenter Gary Hall):

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December 22, 2013

Sharpton Holds Chicago ‘Town Hall’ on Gun Violence, ‘Tea ‘Party’ Rhetoric Breaks Out; Local Media Mum

Attempting to build his national profile, Al Sharpton “took up residence on the West Side (of Chicago) in November and began hosting … (weekly) town halls as part of an effort to find solutions to the city’s outsize homicide rate among young black males.”

Rebel Pundit at Breitbart News reports that a Thursday meeting in the city’s Hyde Park area not far from President Obama’s Chicago home didn’t exactly turn out the way Sharpton would have liked. There was even talk of having “Tea Party” meetings “like Republicans do.” Sharpton doesn’t need to worry too much, though, because Chicago’s establishment press has ignored what happened. Shamefully, so have a couple of smaller publications which apparently prefer bland misdirection over substantive reporting. Excerpts from the Breitbart report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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December 15, 2013

Denver Post Scrubs ‘Socialist’ Reference to Arapahoe High School Shooter; Editor Offers Lame, Insulting Defense

This morning, I followed a link at the Drudge Report entitled “REPORT: Colorado school gunman ‘very opinionated Socialist.’” The link took me to Australian news site news.com.au. The story there carried quotes from several classmates of Arapahoe High School shooter Karl Pierson, including one from “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with” Pierson. Conrad “described him as a very opinionated Socialist,” who “was exuberant I guess.” The story indicated that it had seen the statements of Conrad and others at the Denver Post, and linked to that story.

But that Denver Post story, written by Zahira Torres and Yesenia Robles, now only has Conrad describing Pierson “as very opinionated.” That’s because, as Bob Owens at Breaking Arms, Ace, Twitchy, Noah Rothman at Mediaite, and surely others noted, the Post edited out the word “socialist” without telling readers that it had done so. Wait until you see the lame, condescending attempt at a defense by the Post Senior Editor/News Lee Ann Colacioppo:

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September 21, 2013

Twitter Account of KU Prof Now on Leave Over Wishing Death on NRA Members’ Children Has Been Deleted

On Thursday, Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters noted that Kansas University journalism professor David Guth, in the wake of Monday’s Navy Yard murders, tweeted, “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” In an update which now also includes a defense of Guth by a former student, Ken noted that he has placed on administrative leave. Yesterday, I noted that the headline at the Associated Press’s national site after Guth’s suspension (“KU Professor Takes Heat Over Twitter Comment”) avoided mentioning KU’s discliplinary action against him. Perhaps in response to my post yesterday, the AP has changed the headline in stories with later time stamps to “KU Professor on Leave After Tweet Directed at NRA.” But AP’s updates still relay information about certain Kansas legislators’ campaign contributions from gun rights groups — as if they’re at all relevant.

In the wake of his placement on leave, Guth told AP, in the wire service’s words, that “gun rights advocates had orchestrated a social media campaign against him,” while asserting in his own words that “my plan is to be the calm in the center of the storm.” Part of that “calm” apparently involves keeping others from digging into his Twitter history, because it’s gone (HT Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor):

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