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If you want to do business in this country…

…you are going to have to do things DJT’s way.

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Health Insurance for Everybody

Trump vows health care insurance for everybody that is simpler, much less expensive and much better.

President-elect Donald J. Trump said this weekend that he was nearly ready to unveil a plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act with “insurance for everybody.”

Mr. Trump, in an interview Saturday evening with The Washington Post, said that health care offered under his plan would come “in a much simplified form — much less expensive and much better.”

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Mr. Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

In the interview, Mr. Trump provided no details about how his plan would work or what it would cost. He spoke in the same generalities that he used to describe his health care goals during the campaign — that it would be “great health care” that left people “beautifully covered.”

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Better relations with the Kremlin?

Moscow seems to think better relations are coming.

With eager anticipation, the Kremlin is counting the days to Donald Trump’s inauguration and venting its anger at Barack Obama’s outgoing administration, no holds barred.

Careful not to hurt chances for a thaw in U.S.-Russia relations, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have deferred questions about their plans for future contacts with Trump and any agenda for those talks until he takes office on Friday.

At the same time, Russian officials are blasting the outgoing U.S. administration in distinctly undiplomatic language, dropping all decorum after Obama hit Moscow with more sanctions in his final weeks in office.

In related news, Trump calls NATO “obsolete”.

Repeating a criticism of NATO he made during his campaign, Trump said that while trans-Atlantic military alliance is important, it “has problems.”

“It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago,” Trump said in the Bild version of the interview. “Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should” and NATO “didn’t deal with terrorism.” The Times quoted Trump saying that only five NATO members are paying their fair share.

While those comments expanded on doubts Trump expressed about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during his campaign, he reserved some of his most dismissive remarks for the EU and Merkel, whose open-border refugee policy he called a “catastrophic mistake.”

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On Both the Left and the Right, Populism is Identity Politics

Populists always claim that they and their candidates are the authentic voice of the people. Whether the form of populism is leftist or right-wing, populists always and everywhere claim that they are the exclusive representation of the masses.

Populists, as the voice if the people, always argue that they are, by definition, moral. After all, how could the unified voice of the people be immoral? Since they are always moral, their opponents must be immoral and, therefore, illegitimate. Again, this is universally true of populists on both the left and the right.

Populists insist that anyone who does not support the populist agenda is an illegitimate, elitist usurper of the power of the people who must be suppressed. Because the people – and thus the populists they support – are always righteous and morally pure, their opponents must be corrupt and immoral.

Populism is the voice of the people, the common man, the masses. Anything not of that body must not be part of the “people” at all. They are the “other”. Pluralism is impossible among populists because individuals are either part of the people and righteous or part of the “other” and corrupt. To the populist, accepting pluralism or diversity is to accept corruption and immorality.

This is the Catch-22 of populism. The foundation of a democratic republic is pluralism. In fact, without pluralism, republicanism is meaningless. The idea of a republican form of government is that many interests and worldviews exist and that this diversity must be respected and accepted. We must live together even though we may disagree as to how we live. This is the basis of the democratic republic.

Populists, however, insist that there is only one authentic, homogeneous people. Others they see as “enemies of the people”. Populism and polarization are two sides of the same coin. The democratic republic and populism, therefore, are incompatible. They cannot co-exist.

This is why I say populism is identity politics. To the populist you are either part of the salt-of-the-earth, good, decent common folk or you are the enemy who must be excluded. This is, in fact, the most extreme form of identity politics, whether it is on the left or right.

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Clinton Global Initiative to be Discontinued

Primarily due to lack of interest among donors.

The Clinton Foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 elections provoked critics to allege conflicts of interests. Clinton partisans defended the organization’s charitable work, and dismissed claims that it served as a means for the Clintons to sell off access, market themselves on the paid speech circuit, and elevate their brand as Hillary Clinton campaigned for the presidency.

But as soon as Clinton lost the election, many of the criticisms directed toward the Clinton Foundation were reaffirmed. Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work. In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.

The Clintons were in the business of selling influence and they are fresh out of that commodity and don’t expect resupply.

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Celebrities or not, it will be an interesting inauguration…

The moonbats will definitely be barking.

On the day of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration protesters are planning an anti-capitalist march, road blockades and disruptions to inauguration balls. The protests will likely include property destruction, a source with intimate knowledge of the protest plans told The Daily Caller Friday.

The blockades are not limited to roads but will also be at every security checkpoint, the source said. The source added that the protesters blockading each checkpoint will represent a different liberal cause such as climate change or money in politics.

A group called #DisruptJ20 is the most active in the planned protests for the inauguration.

Organizers for #DisruptJ20 are planning to kick off the inauguration protests on Jan. 18 with a gay dance party outside of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Chevy Chase, MD home.

On one hand, you have the protesters who hope to get shot at, tear gassed and arrested…

And on the other hand you have people who are really hoping that their desires are accommodated.

Again, should be interesting.

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Andrea Bocelli backs out of performing innaguration

Cites death threats but a threatened boycott also likely played a role.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump’s inauguration after receiving death threats, The Mail on Sunday has learnt.

The revelation came as another singer – Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday – last night pulled out of the President-elect’s festivities after being threatened and branded an ‘Uncle Tom’.

When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday’s celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.

Jennifer Holliday also bails out.

Jennifer Holliday, the Tony-award winning singer who on Friday said she planned to sing at an inauguration-related welcome concert next week, on Saturday changed her mind, citing opposition to her appearance from the gay and lesbian community.

Ms. Holliday, in a letter she provided to The Wrap, an entertainment news website, said she would no longer take part in any events affiliated with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president. Her decision to withdraw, she said, was influenced by an article in The Daily Beast about how her planned appearance was heartbreaking to her gay fans. She also retweeted an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe describing Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees as “a who’s who of homophobia.”

Frankly, if the inauguration is celebrity-free, that should really be seen as a feature, not a bug.

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Update on Schwartz Resignation

General Errol Schwartz is the commander of the DC National Guard. As such, he is a presidential appointee. As is tradition for presidential appointees, he gave his resignation to the incoming administration. He did the same thing when Obama took office. Obama didn’t accept his resignation. Trump did.

Schwartz made his resignation effective 60 seconds into the Trump presidency. This was strange because the DC National Guard will be working the inauguration and Schwartz will be leaving office in the middle of the day’s activities. This got negative press. The Trump transition team circled back and asked Schwartz to stick around for a few days. Schwartz, for whatever reason, declined.

That’s the story.

As is customary for presidential appointees, Schwartz had offered his resignation after Trump was elected. In an interview Friday, Schwartz said he learned he would be replaced on Jan. 20. He said the transition team ultimately asked him to stay in the job for a few additional days, but only after the report of his departure had been published Friday on The Washington Post website.

Schwartz said he turned down the transition team’s offer because, by then, he had begun packing up his office and notified his staff. He said he believes the offer came only as a result of the negative attention his departure attracted.

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Senate Intel panel to probe Trump team’s ties to Russia

At what point does Trump fatigue set in?

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday that it will be launching a bipartisan inquiry into Russian intelligence activities, including looking into whether President-elect Donald Trump’s allies were in contact with the Kremlin.

The scope of the probe will include “Counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns,” according to a statement.

Committee chair Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said just one day before that no such topic would be included in his committee’s investigation.

“As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” Burr said in a joint statement with ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

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Friday Night at the Movies

I am so thankful that it is Friday Night. This has been one of the hardest weeks I’ve endured in a while. This is actually the end of two weeks of pure Hell really.

Recounting recent events…

Bought and crashed the Bradillac on New Year’s Eve. Then my Dog died and I couldn’t find her. I knew she was dead but I couldn’t find her. I had to let the flies find her for me. Once that got accomplished I had to take off work early to have enough daylight to perform burial detail. I broke out the pick axe and shovel at 4pm. I had been suffering from a pesky dry cough that day and was starting to run a fever. It was 87 degrees outside and humid. Sweat was oozing hard and I was extremely winded. I didn’t realize that I was getting sick and that was taking all my stamina.

So I start getting to proper depth and I ran into a former pet. Such is the hazard of having a backyard pet cemetery filled with unmarked graves. I had to fill in the hole and dig another one in an area that I was fairly sure was clear carcasses. I pulled Nikki out from under the house and got her in her final resting place with great speed. It was most unceremonious. I got back in the house and got a shower.

That was last Thursday. The rain came down hard that night and by Friday morning I was fully sick. I had to take the day off. The temperature dropped and all I could do was stay in bed. That went on through the weekend. I went back to work on Monday but was still very sick, just not contagious. I had to go home about an hour early and go to bed. I made it through the next day but on Wednesday the Boss ordered me home early, told me to go to bed as soon as I got home, no internet. I fed my remaining Dog and went to bed. I stayed there for 13 hours. It was a good move. My ears finally popped clear and I started feeling better just yesterday at bout 2pm. With most Colds it’s bad on day one, you break it on day two and start feeling better on day three. It took a whole week to break this one. I still don’t have my voice back full but at least I can speak now.

So anyway I was telling you all that in order to explain why I can’t do a proper movie write-up. Instead I see I’ve written plenty, bitching about Life. No, what I want to say is engage all countermeasures against this Cold. It is bad. Last Friday I thought I was going to die. Seriously. Not seriously enough to go to the emergency room. I would have been like Nikki. The Flies would have lead others to the body.

So anyway, speaking of Death and Flies and such, I found this movie for our viewing pleasure tonight…

 

 

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Social Media Tyranny: Legal Insurrection Terminated From Youtube

Youtube joins the fake news crusade. Does anyone see this shaping up to be a partisan witch hunt to suppress dissenting political opinions? Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have all sworn to crackdown on “fake news”, but the only channels, pages, and accts being terminated are conservative.

I have many loud-mouth, eager-to-offend friends who get thrown in Facebook jail all the time for saying things progressives don’t like. All it takes is a complaint from a leftist and facebook will lock your account, without any proof. This censorship is completely legal because these are private companies, exercising private property rights. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right.

Late last night YouTube blocked the channel of the influential conservative politics and law website, “Legal Insurrection,” citing copyright infringement claims.  The creator of the website, Cornell University Law Professor William Jacobson, told Fox News he was given no warning of the action and no opportunity to defend himself, saying “it’s very frustrating, it’s very scary, to have 8 years of content removed without a chance to defend yourself.”

Without notice, YouTube replaced Legal Insurrection’s channel with the following notice:

YouTube

While the infringement notice from YouTube cited “multiple third-party claims”, earlier this morning, Legal Insurrection posted the following update to their website noting the complaint came solely from the Modern Language Association and was based on a couple of short excerpts borrowed from a 2-hour video from MLA that were “well-within fair use.”

UPDATE 1-13-2017 9:50 a.m. — I just received notice from YouTube that the copyright claims were filed by the Modern Language Association based on excerpts of audio of pro- and anti-Israel speakers at the MLA Annual Meeting we reported on in this post, Massive DEFEAT for BDS at Modern Language Association.

We intend to fight this both at the YouTube and legal level. It is highly questionable that MLA owns the copyright for oral presentations at the Annual Meeting, and even if it did, the limited excerpts we used from the nearly 2-hour video posted by MLA on YouTube are well-within fair use. What I think is really going on here is that anti-Israel activists at MLA complained to MLA that MLA had posted the audio on YouTube. MLA took down its own 2-hour video and now seeks to silence our reporting.

Which, of course, led Jacobson to the logical conclusion that YouTube’s decision was seemingly nothing more than the latest attempt of Silicon Valley’s liberal elitists to censor conservative media outlets, saying “clearly this was a politically motivated move…these were perfectly legitimate fair use excerpts with great news value.”

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The Punk-in-Chief commits more vandalism on his way out the door

He reminds me of the lawless and “oppressed” hoodlums who engage in all forms of violence and vandalism during the last week of school.

The Commander of the D.C. National Guard is relieved of Command effective 12:01pm Inauguration Day

One last move to commit destruction against the U.S. Military while it is engaged in an important Mission.

UPDATE: It was Trump.

As is customary, Schwartz, like other presidential appointees, submitted a letter of resignation to give the new administration a clean start. He had done so before, but the Obama administration twice declined to accept it.

The Trump transition team made the decision to accept Schwartz’s resignation, according to a military official with knowledge of the situation.

Members of Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Govt Releases Meteor Preparedness Manual

In an odd bit of pre-transition press, the federal government has released it’s preparedness manual for meteor strikes. If you’d like to read it, you can, right here. Perhaps SMOD just didn’t want to take sides before the election.

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Applying Game Theory to Driverless Cars

There is a new driverless shuttle in Las Vegas.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman was among the first public officials to hop a ride on the vehicle developed by the French company Navya.

The company has shuttles in use in other countries, and one is being tested at a University of Michigan research site.

It uses GPS and electronic sensors that company spokesman Martin Higgins says will stop it if a person or dog runs in front.

That last sentence is what interests us here. These vehicles will stop if someone or something steps out in front of them. Clearly liability laws will require that they stop 100 percent of the time. We can also assume that, once the tech is perfected, with their never-blinking robotic eyes, sonar, radar and robotic reflexes, there will be few if any events in which pedestrians get hit.

Down at Iowa City around the University, pedestrians have the right-of-way. When traffic is slow, college students take advantage of this and step right in front of your car. They cross against the light. They hardly look. They know you will stop. The result is if you are driving the traffic is snarled and you barely move through downtown area.

That they know for certain you will stop is important. On nearby streets were traffic is moving more quickly, they are much more cautious. They still have the right of way and they still know that you don’t want to hit them but they can’t be sure that you won’t make a mistake and unintentionally hit them.

When the risk is near zero, the benefit of crossing against the light outweighs the risk and students will walk right out into traffic. When the risk is much above zero, however, they are much more circumspect and usually wait for the WALK light.

So what happens in a world of self-driving robotic super-cars that reduce the chances of being hit and run over to near zero everywhere?

I submit that pedestrians everywhere will begin acting like students in Iowa City do when the traffic is creeping. Everywhere people will exploit the fact that self-driving cars have reduced risk to near zero step right out into the street. Since there is no risk, there is no benefit to waiting. This behavior would, however, ensure that traffic is always snarled and that cars are barely able to move.

It seems to me this is almost a certainty and represents a risk to the whole project.

Thoughts?

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Russia Today Takes Over C-Span For 10 Minutes

The timing and the irony of it made me smile. C-Span said it was an internal routing error.

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Gun Mufflers & The Hearing Protection Act

Let’s hope they get it right.

This week, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Congressman John “Judge” Carter (R-TX) introduced the highly anticipated H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act (HPA).

The Hearing Protection Act is a big, big deal as it would make suppressors cheaper and easier to purchase by removing them from the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Under current law, if one wants a gun muffler they have to wade through a bunch of NFA red tape (registration, photographs & fingerprints, CLEO sign-off), which includes paying a transfer tax of $200, and wait months before receiving their can.

If HPA is approved, the purchasing process would be entirely streamlined and would be analogous to purchasing a firearm from an FFL or gun shop dealer. There would be no NFA paperwork to deal with, no transfer tax, no lengthy waiting period. Instead, all one would need to do is pass a FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check. Easy-peasy.

Sadly, though, this would only be the case for the 42 states that have legalized suppressors. For citizens living in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, where suppressors have been explicitly outlawed, well, you’d be out of luck.

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German court calls synagogue torching an act to ‘criticize Israel’

Earlier this week we discussed the question as to whether or not German militarism is gone or just asleep. In other words, must history repeat itself? It remains an open question.

A German regional court in the city of Wuppertal affirmed a lower court decision last Friday stating that a violent attempt to burn the city’s synagogue by three men in 2014 was a justified expression of criticism of Israel’s policies.

Johannes Pinnel, a spokesman for the regional court in Wuppertal, outlined the court’s decision in a statement.

Three German Palestinians sought to torch the Wuppertal synagogue with Molotov cocktails in July, 2014. The local Wuppertal court panel said in its 2015 decision that the three men wanted to draw “attention to the Gaza conflict” with Israel. The court deemed the attack not to be motivated by antisemitism.

The court sentenced the three men – the 31-year-old Mohamad E., the 26 year-old Ismail A. and the 20-year-old Mohammad A.—to suspended sentences. The men tossed self-made Molotov cocktails at the synagogue. German courts frequently decline to release the last names of criminals to protect privacy.

A Synagogue On Fire, Kristallnacht, November 10, 1938, Siegen, Germany

More here.

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Understanding Different Logical Fallacies

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Hat-Tip To DaveJ!

Ted Cruz eviscerates the Democrat Party in general and the Democrats on this committee, in particular.

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One Week To Go

He’s already said farewell. I choose to say good riddance, to the worst President in American History, Barack Hussein Obama.

To the Nobel Laureate who dropped a bomb on someone, every 20 minutes for 8 years straight. The man who single-handedly brought the democrat party to it’s knees.

The greatest Gun Salesman in the history of the universe, he could launch an economic recovery by merely uttering the words “common sense gun safety”.

The man who knew no law he wouldn’t violate and no mirror or teleprompter he couldn’t make love to.

I offer a deeply satisfying and heartfelt, “Adios, motherf–ker”.

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Obama cracks down on undocumented immigrants

But only Cubans.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.

The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

“Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities,” Obama said in a statement.

The Cuban government praised the move. In a statement read on state television, it called the signing of the agreement “an important step in advancing relations” between the U.S. and Cuba that “aims to guarantee normal, safe and ordered migration.”

Denying Cubans refugee status has nothing to do with cracking down on illegal immigration, it is just a parting gift to Castro’s Cuba.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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I Feel Like Starting A Fight

I have noticed, since the ascendance of Donald J Trump to the forefront of the Republican nominating process, that a not-insignificant portion of the “right” (we’ll call them the “alt-right”), decided that they are no longer satisfied in being conservatives and maintaining the moral high ground. I’m convinced that these people are the same who wouldn’t vote for Romney or McCain, ensuring their respective losses and giving us 8 years of Barack Obama, though I have no means of proving it.

This “ends justify the means” attitude is straight out of Alinsky’s playbook. We discussed this here, years back, the virtue or vice of assuming the negative traits of the enemy to defeat them. I don’t agree that we have to become like the left to beat the left. They’re beating themselves. I will not become what they want to believe I am, just so I can use their shit tactics against them.

I stand for me. I stand for liberty. I stand for a limited constitutional republic. Anything short of that will be met with scorn & ridicule. I will never change until it is time to take up arms. Then, I will stand for relentless death-dealing and subterfuge until my enemy loses their will to fight, because that is the means and end of war. Nothing short of warfare, will force me to become like the vile, hate-filled, ignorant left.

I will never support a strong man to run my country. (I am not saying DJT is, but we see the comments all the time that he should do what Obama did and that pisses me off.)

So many of the pillars of the alt-right are based upon fault assumptions, like the idea that “diversity + proximity = conflict”. This wrong-headed notion completely ignores hundreds of millions of man-years where diverse peoples who assimilate into one society with one standard, thrive. Multi-culturalism is an abject failure of western progressive ideology. The bogeyman you seek is not diversity, but multi-culturalism.

Childish games and public tit-for-tats are funny because I have the sense of humor of a 7 year old boy, but they are not what I want from my President. Dictatorial violations of the US Constitution may get things done, but they aren’t what I want from my government. Donald Trump has made solid nominations and I’m happy with that aspect of his winning the election, but so long as he continues to act like a jackass, I will continue to assault his jackassery with every bit of wit and ridicule I can muster.

I owe no fealty to any party or leader. I am a free man. I will not act like the enemy to defeat them. I will stand on my own two feet and live my life as the man I was brought up to be and never surrender my principles on the altar of political gamesmanship. The left is destroying itself. We don’t have to go to their side and use their tactics to help it along. People choose to do that because it’s easier. For me, losing hope that the ship can be righted, was easier than giving up principles. I will continue to live by them.

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Arizona Trooper Saved By Good Samaritan Who Shot His Attacker

That’s how it’s done, kids.

A separate driver reported gunfire and a trooper was responding to that call when he spotted the car crash and stopped, Milstead and DPS Captain Damon Cecil said.
When he started to block lanes and put out flares, a suspect ambushed him, opening fire then physically attacking him.

The trooper was shot at least once near his chest and fought to the ground by the suspect. The man was on top of the officer and ‘getting the better of him,’ slamming the trooper’s head into the pavement.

That’s when the passerby spotted the altercation and asked the officer if he needed help. The officer said yes, and when the suspect ignored the passerby and continued attacking the trooper, the Good Samaritan shot him dead.

Hat-tip to The Bronze!

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And now, a celebrity endorsement…

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