Another good reason to have a concealed weapons permit. This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator.
What’s the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself?
Here’s her story in her own words:
“While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in ‘The Villages’ with my soon to be ex-husband, discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open. She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.”
“If I had not had my little Beretta .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!”
“Just one shot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took. The gator got him easily, and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace. The amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was really incredible, and his life insurance was a real big bonus!”
The fourth alleged witness in Christine Blasey Ford’s story of alleged sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh denied the allegations in September.
Leland Ingham Keyser says she has no recollection of EVER BEING AT A PARTY with Brett Kavanaugh and does not know him.
Ms. Keyser is a lifelong friend of Christine Blasey Ford and was one of her best friends in high school.
Leland Keyser and Christine Ford
Leland Keyser is working with the Judiciary committee and has testified for the THIRD TIME now that she has NEVER been at a party with Brett Kavanaugh.
Christine Ford’s friend Leland Keyser said on Friday she was pressured by Democrats to change her story on Brett Kavanaugh and lie to the US Senate.
Leland Keyser told the Wall Street Journal she was pressured by former FBI agent and Ford friend Monica McLean — and offered proof to FBI investigators.
Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said.
[…] On Thursday, a day after sending to the White House the report on its investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the FBI sent the White House and Senate an additional package of information that included text messages from Ms. McLean to Ms. Keyser, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Her coworkers left her to fend for herself.
Via KSL Com:
Shelby Hamilton’s first thought as she lay bruised and bleeding on the ground of a Millcreek Starbucks was that she didn’t want to die this way. It would be a painful way to go.
It all began while Hamilton was working an early morning shift at the coffee shop near 3900 South and 900 East Thursday morning. Hamilton was standing behind the counter when a “haggard-looking” man entered, she said.
Instead of coming to the register to order, the man came behind the counter and asked Hamilton if she knew who he was. When she replied that she didn’t, he became angry and began beating her with his fists, she said.
“It was all just kind of random. I didn’t really know him. … He just came in the door and hit me in the back of the head from behind,” Hamilton told KSL.com.
She backed up and tried to put distance between herself and the man, but once she reached the end of the counter, she was trapped — and he continued hitting her. Hamilton’s co-workers, however, remained frozen, unsure what to do, she said.
“I started to think why no one was helping me, ‘cause he was only hitting me, and I felt kind of angry for a moment,” she said.
Before Hamilton had much time to ponder the question, however, the man picked up a metal supply basket and hit her on the side of the head. Hamilton crumpled, and the man continued kicking her in the back. The only thought left in her mind: “I don’t want to die this way.”
As soon as she fell to the ground, however, her co-workers ran out the door and began screaming for help. The next thing Hamilton knew, the man had stopped beating her and gone back around the counter.
Soon after, she heard a gunshot.
A Greek and an Italian were talking, discussing who had the superior culture
The Greek says “Well, we built the Parthenon.”
The Italian replies “We built the Coliseum.
The Greek retorts “We Greeks gave birth to mathematics.”
The Italian, nodding, says “But we built the Roman Empire “.
And so on and so on until the Greek comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion.
With a flourish of finality he says “We invented sex!”
The Italian replies “That is true,
but it was the Italians who included women!
Above Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, in Washington in February. On Thursday, she called on victims across the country who may have been sexually abused by a priest in Florida to use a tip line to contact her office
WASHINGTON — Florida’s attorney general said Thursday she is launching an investigation of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, making Florida at least the 13th state with an ongoing statewide probe of the church.
“Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement.
The Attorney General’s Office will coordinate its probe with local prosecutors and review records from all seven of Florida’s Catholic dioceses. It is also launching a tip line for victims.
During a press conference Thursday, Bondi said her office will be issuing subpoenas to the dioceses “immediately.” Bishops in Florida have pledged cooperation with the investigation, Bondi said.
She called on victims across the country who may have been abused in Florida to use the tip line and contact her office.
The Catholic bishops are gathering in Rome for a synod in a moment in which “the Church faces perhaps its gravest crisis since the Protestant Reformation in the form of the worldwide clerical sexual abuse scandals,” according to veteran Vatican analyst John L. Allen, Jr.
Allen, who heads up the Catholic online news outlet Crux, added that “the eyes of the Catholic world will be on how they choose to engage it.”
Much of this will depend on Pope Francis, since he currently seems to be the Church’s biggest obstacle to tackling the sex abuse crisis head-on. He has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny allegations that he knowingly rehabilitated serial homosexual abuser Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and elevated him to a position of influence in the Vatican.
Moreover, the United States bishops have petitioned the pope to launch an “apostolic visitation” — a full Vatican investigation — into the McCarrick case, which so far has fallen on deaf ears. The president of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, followed up on the petition by traveling to Rome last month to urge Francis to open the investigation but returned to the U.S. empty-handed.
Wednesday was the opening day of the Vatican Synod of Bishops on youth, and, according to Allen, it may well be “the most significant summit so far on this pope’s watch.”
“The clerical abuse crisis has badly damaged the Church’s moral credibility, made it difficult to move the ball on anything else the Church cares about, and called into question the standing and personal integrity of Church leaders at all levels,” Allen noted.
There are 51 GOP and 49 Democrats. If Flake holds and the pick-up Manchin, the other questions are Collins and Murkowski. But looking positive if they are able to hold.
Via Daily Wire:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), another potential swing vote in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, strongly signaled a “Yes” vote on Wednesday when he announced his reviewing process.
According to Manchin, he will base his vote on Kavanaugh’s life from age 22-53, not his life in high school, which Democrats have increasingly scrutinized in the past weeks amid allegations from Christine Blasey Ford that the SCOTUS nominee sexually assaulted her at a pool party 36 years ago.
“I am looking at the gentleman as an adult from 22 to 53, thirty-one years of professional service,” Manchin told Al-Jazeera. “I am looking at him as a father. As a person in a community, how he interacts with his community. I am trying to put the human side to it.”
And more on Flake looking like a yes (if he doesn’t flake again).
A man who assaulted a young, female pro-life advocate Sunday in Toronto has been identified by his employer.
Noble Studio 101, a hair salon in Toronto, posted a message on Instagram Wednesday identifying the man as Jordan Hunt, one of its former employees. The business said it fired Hunt after seeing him on a now-viral video.
“It has been brought to our attention that Jordan Hunt has been caught on camera assaulting an innocent bystander at a pro life rally,” the business wrote. “We don’t condone his actions and he has been let go. We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear of physical violence.”
Everybody on the planet knows the Democrats’ game plan in the Kavanaugh issue: stop Trump, resist Trump, stonewall Trump’s nominees’ confirmations, retake the House and Senate so they can impeach Trump, reset to the glory days of Slick Willy and Dingle Barry, make America split again.
The rhetoric and tactics of their undisguised, uncorroborated, unethical smear campaign against a judge who’s been investigated by the FBI (and a left-leaning one at that) 6 times and confirmed by Congress demonstrate even to the NYT and CNN their childish, selfish, anti-Trump agenda.
Their behavior, especially from Senators such as Feinstein, Booker, Harris, and Schumer, recently have exposed the vision they have in mind once they regain power: personal destruction of anyone who disagrees with their agenda and control over the lives, careers, statements, activities, and thoughts of our society.
Ironically, the Me-Too movement, designed and implemented to empower women and give them equal power and status with men in all things, not only allows Democrats such as Bill Clinton and Keith Ellison to abuse and even rape women, but their primary weapon for empowering women allegedly victimized by Republican or conservative men in positions of authority is to define them as frail, untouchable, completely honest and noble people who simply cannot defend themselves.
The movement assumes and even declares through its spokespersons that any allegation of sexual abuse by a non-liberal male has the infallibility of the God’s vicar on earth, and they use their positions as senators to elevate those “victims” to heroine status because no woman would ever lie about a thing like that, unless she’s a conservative like Kellyanne Conway.
Of course once the ill-remembered, unsubstantiated, unreported crime for which time limitations have long since expired are out there on record, they use intimidation, shame, innuendo, rumor, gossip, and exaggeration as well-trained little Sorosians, or perhaps Orwellians, to subdue any dissent and silence any contradictory evidence.
People in positions of leadership, such as Hirono and Coons and Harris, have commandeered unchallenged authority to dictate rules of investigation, evidence, and scheduling for the Senate of the world’s leading free republic, ignoring decades of precedent and standards of conduct for handling accusations.
They demand, they insist, that they have control over which witnesses they will hear, what those witnesses can or cannot say, and how long the harrumphing and hand-wringing will persist so that the media have plenty of opportunity to find people willing to give false witness for big bucks or book deals and then print grossly misleading headlines beyond which readers won’t venture to hear “the rest of the story.”
Sexual assault is not a teenage joke in a yearbook or some guy staring just a little too long at the breasts some young woman has gone to great lengths to enhance or morning-after remorse for going home with a guy when you’re both stoned. And proclaiming innocence, abuse, rape, and assault on social media for those elusive 15 minutes of fame decades later doesn’t make it so either.
The tragedy of all this is that Ford has either convinced herself or allowed herself to be convinced by some unscrupulous psycho-healer or just George Soros’s filthy lucre that she was indeed the victim of something, but nobody will ever be sure of what that actually was or by whom.
And at one time Brett Kavanaugh was very likely a randy, energetic young Irish boy who liked girls and beer and once in a while acted like a privileged young Irish boy who liked girls and beer. He may have made lewd hints or even copped a feel now and then, but all that does is make him a normal young male.
If we’ve learned anything from our dealings with terrorists, it oughta be that when you give terrorists what they want, they take it as a sign of weakness and demand more. What happened in the Senate last week rewarded liberals, who wanted delay of the confirmation of a Trump nominee and threw enough of a tantrum to get it. Now that their childish, illogical, selfish tantrum has given them what they were screaming for, they want more.
The point, of course, is this . . . . .
SOURCE: Grouchy Old Cripple
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate Floor on Thursday morning following the release of the FBI investigation on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The supplemental FBI investigation was delivered to the US Senate early Thursday morning.
Sen. Mitch McConnell: The fact is none of these allegations have been corroborated by the FBI. Neither the Judiciary or FBI could find ANY witness to corroborate the allegations. No backup from any witnesses… This is the United States of America! Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America!… This is embarrassing to the Senate. The Senate should not set a fundamentally un-American precedent… Brett Kavanaugh is totally qualified for this job.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
Keyser is the real “victim’ here besides Kavanaugh and Judge. She may have trouble standing, but she’s shown a lot of courage by standing for the truth.
A family member of Leland Keyser accused Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of throwing her “under the bus” when she named Keyser as a potential corroborating witness to her alleged sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Um, why wasn’t this on CNN and MSNBC?
The family member noted Keyer’s numerous health problems, saying “it’s quite convenient that she named the person who is frankly probably the least physically capable of all of them to stand up and be subjected to questioning or give her account”:
They don’t care about her, she’s just a means to an end.
Via Daily Wire:
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests that Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team may have violated the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct by apparently withholding key information from their client.
During the explosive hearing on Thursday, Ford made clear that she did not know that the Senate Judiciary Committee had repeatedly offered to come to her for her testimony and to hear that testimony privately if she preferred.
“I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.
Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.
The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.
Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.
“The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,” said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. “And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity.”
The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region vital to American security interests.
“It’s a hedging strategy and the Chinese will look to benefit from that,” said Douglas Barrie, an airpower specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “I think the Chinese are far less liable to be swayed by concerns over civilian casualties,” he said.
Forbes 400 2018
Buoyed in part by a strong stock market, the 400 wealthiest Americans delivered yet another record-breaking year. The minimum net worth needed to join this elite club climbed to $2.1 billion, $100 million more than last year and the highest to date. The group’s total net worth rose to $2.9 trillion, a record high and 7% more than in 2017. The average net worth of a list member: $7.2 billion, up from $6.7 billion last year. That average is boosted by those at the very top of the list: half of the total wealth is held by the 45 richest people in the country.
For the first time since 1994, there is a new No. 1: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who broke Bill Gates’ 24 year run at the top. Bezos is also the first person to appear in the ranks with a fortune of more than $100 billion –he clocked in at $160 billion. Bezos was also the biggest gainer on this year’s list: his fortune rose $78.5 billion since last year, thanks to the more than 100% runup in the price of Amazon stock, the biggest one year gain since we’ve been tracking fortunes. Gates, now ranked No. 2, trails Bezos by a notable $63 billion. The top 10 richest on the list are together worth nearly $730 billion, up from $610 billion in 2017. At these lofty heights, more than a third of the nation’s billionaires, a record 204, weren’t wealthy enough to crack the club.
The biggest loser versus last year’s list was George Soros, whose net worth fell to $8.3 billion this year from $23 billion. The reason: in late 2017, Forbeslearned that Soros had shifted $18 billion of his fortune to his charitable Open Society Foundations. (Forbes does not count assets in charitable foundations as part of someone’s net worth.)
Donald Trump’s ranking dropped 11 spots to No. 259 on the list, down from No. 248 last year, even as his net worth remained the same from last year at $3.1 billion.
There is a new No. 1: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who broke Bill Gates’ 24 year run at the top. Bezos is also the first person to appear in the ranks with a fortune of more than $100 billion –he clocked in at $160 billion!!
Some employees claim they will make less money after the wage increase
Amazon garnered praise for raising the minimum wage for its hourly workers to $15 yesterday, but the widely-publicized move also came at the expense of monthly bonuses and stock options. The company explained its decision to shift to a new stock purchase program in the announcement blog post yesterday, citing that hourly employees preferred the “predictability and immediacy of cash to RSUs,” or restricted stock units, but the post doesn’t mention the loss of monthly incentives, which Bloomberg reported earlier today.
Several Amazon warehouse employees have criticized the move, stating they would actually be losing thousands in incentive pay. Currently, warehouse workers get two shares of Amazon stock when they’re hired ($1,952.76 per share as of writing), and an additional stock option each year. After the changes take effect, the RSU program will be phased out for stocks that vest in 2020 and 2021, and it will be replaced with a direct stock purchase plan by the end of next year.
An Amazon warehouse worker told The Verge via email that the news was devastating to fulfillment employees, many of whom depend on their RSU and VCP (variable compensation pay, a performance-based monthly bonus program) incentives on top of their hourly wages. VCP incentives, which are dependent on good attendance and hitting productivity targets, could get Amazon workers an 8 percent monthly bonus, and a 16 percent bonus during the peak November and December seasons.
Amazon workers have been responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tweet praising the minimum wage raise, citing that on November 1st, many workers will have their paychecks cut, not raised.
Many Amazon warehouse workers are criticizing the pay raise as a publicity move as well as a political play, and it’s to be seen if getting rid of incentive pay is actually in the interest of workers. However, the company insists that the changes are for the benefit of employees.
”The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and RSUs,” Amazon’s spokesperson said in an emailed statement to CNBC. “We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement. In addition, because it’s no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable.”
SOURCE: The Verge
Peggy Sue Gerron was 17 years old, a senior at a Catholic girls’ school, when the world heard her name radiate through the airwaves over and over on its way to rock-and-roll immortality.
And she was in the crowd the night Buddy Holly and the Crickets played it for her for the first time at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, as she sunk down in her chair and blushed while dozens of people screamed her name.
“Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue,” Buddy Holly sang in the 1957 single, “Oh, how my heart yearns for you!”
The Peggy Sue of Buddy Holly and the Crickets fame would go on to become one of the most influential songs in rock history. But Peggy Sue herself — whose love interest was not Holly but Crickets drummer Jerry Allison — would drift out of the 1950s to trade poodle skirts for dental hygienist scrubs, going on to raise a family and start a business in California.
As she wrote on her own website: “Peggy Sue is much more than a song.”
On Monday, Peggy Sue Gerron died at University Medical Center hospital in Lubbock, Tex. — her hometown, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed to The Washington Post. She was 78.
Gerron was born in Olton, Tex., and grew up in Lubbock, where she would meet Holly and Allison, the man she would later marry. The three attended Lubbock High School. And once Allison and Gerron started going steady, they frequently joined Holly and his girlfriend for Cokes at the Hi-D-Ho Drive-In, as Gerron recounted in her 2008 memoir, “Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?”
But just as Holly and the Crickets’ music started to take off, Gerron moved to Sacramento to finish at the Catholic high school. Their paths wouldn’t cross again until she got a call from her old boyfriend, Allison, inviting her to the show at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium where they were on tour.
Allison planned to woo her back with the “Peggy Sue” surprise.
The song was never supposed to be called “Peggy Sue,” as multiple Crickets, including Allison, have said in interviews over the years. Originally, the band planned to call it “Cindy Lou,” named for Holly’s niece. But producer Norman Petty had an issue with its cha-cha rhythm, as Allison told NPR in 2000. Allison said he would agree to change it to a paradiddle — a rapid drumbeat — if Holly would agree to change the name to “Peggy Sue,” he told NPR. He wanted to impress Gerron.
And it apparently worked.
“I think Buddy was playing a little bit of Cupid there,” Gerron told the Austin American-Statesman in 1999, referring to the Sacramento performance.