For First Time, A Colorado Judge Denies Confiscation Request Under Red Flag Law

For the first time, a judge has denied a request to take away a man’s guns under Colorado’s new red flag law. A Limon woman claimed a man who she had a relationship with threatened her with a gun and filed the request. Since the law took effect, the red flag law has had many gun owners seeing red. At least four requests have been filed since the first of 2020; CBS4 is aware of them being filed in Denver, in Larimer County and this one — in Lincoln County. Many gun owners, like Jak Gruenberg, despise it. “Red flag laws just allow for harassment of legal gun owners,” he said. The law allows guns to be taken away from those who present a danger to themselves or others. The decision is up to a judge. A woman wrote she was getting “verbal and physical threats” with a handgun from the man identified in the order. She said he had a problem with alcohol and marijuana. The judge denied the request to take his guns. “I think it’s a good thing. I think any other new law you’re going to have a lot of case law to determine exactly where the lines are,” said Gruenberg, a gun owner not associated with the case. Lincoln County is one of the many counties that has indicated it would not honor the red flag law.

This so-called “red flag law” in Colorado (and in other states) is brazenly unconstitutional on its face.  And, the fact that some local judge can arbitrarily make the decision as to whether or not they’ll sign an order to remove someone’s guns without due process should have every law-abiding gun owner in Colorado (and other states that have similar laws) terrified.  Anybody can just go into a police station and say, “so and so scares me and I think he should have his guns taken away,” and then it goes to some local judge who makes the arbitrary decision.  Crazy!!  This is the kinda crap that happens when Democrats are in power.  The raise your taxes, increase the size and scope of government, and take away your freedoms.  Unreal…

Illegal Alien Accused of Sexually Abusing 13-Year-Old Girl in Maryland

An illegal alien, known locally for driving a church van, has been accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and being in possession of child pornography in the state of Maryland. Jose Argueta, a 44-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was arrested by the Annapolis Police Department after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl on four separate occasions and allegedly took sexually explicit photos of the child. According to Annapolis Sgt. Amy Miguez, the illegal alien drove a church van that transported the victim and her family to their Glen Burnie, Maryland, church. “That’s how [the victim] first met him,” Miguez told local media. “It was obvious that there was a lot of information confirming that this had happened and also photographs, unfortunately, pornographic images of this child,” Miguez said. Argueta has been charged with 19 counts of sexual abuse of a child and child pornography. A judge has denied Argueta bail and he is currently being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have asked that Argueta be turned over to them for arrest and deportation should he be released at any time from police custody.

 

Opinion/Analysis: Obama should apologize for shameful cash payment to Iran

Since the elimination of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani, much of the world has rightfully held its collective breath in fearful anticipation of what might be to come. Iran is indeed a dangerous terrorist state that not only has a powerful standing army, air force, navy and advanced weapons systems — including ballistic missiles and a growing space program — but also controls multiple proxy terrorist organizations responsible for killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children. Included on that list of victims are thousands of American military personnel and contractors. These were facts that former President Obama knew when he deliberately chose a policy of appeasement and cash payoffs instead of strength and accountability as the way to deal with Iran. President Trump spelled this out in no uncertain terms on Wednesday when he addressed the nation while seeking to dial down the imminent threat Iran may pose to our nation, the Middle East and the world. Said the president in part, “Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013 and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. … Then, Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.” As we have seen and heard, some — especially Democrats, their allies in the media and Obama supporters — chose to challenge or quibble with Trump’s statement. That said, I spoke with a former senior intelligence official who said that much of the $1.8 billion cash payoff from the Obama administration was used explicitly to fund terrorism as an additional “screw you” from the leaders of Iran — including Soleimani — to the United States. The rest of the money, my source believes, ended up in the bank accounts of corrupt Iranian leaders and terrorists. The cash payment authorized by Obama is one of the most disgraceful and shameful “negotiations” in the history of our nation. It was a payment the Obama White House first denied, then ignored and then grudgingly acknowledged. We paid in cash, but not U.S. currency. Wary of using U.S. bills for a variety of reasons involving concealment, the Obama White House had the money converted to untraceable Euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currencies. More troubling than those initial denials and deceptions was the fact that $400 million of that all-cash payment was used to pay a ransom to the government of Iran for the release of four American prisoners, in violation of standing U.S. policy. In a pathetic attempt to hide behind semantics, the Obama administration finally did acknowledge that $400 million was delayed as “leverage” until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. While the Obama White House hid from the true definition of the word “leverage,” Iran’s state-run media was more than happy to brag that Iran had just forced the United States to pay a ransom. Former Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee at that time, condemned the deal: “Sending the world’s leading state sponsor of terror pallets of untraceable cash isn’t just terrible policy. It’s incredibly reckless, and it only puts bigger targets on the backs of Americans.” Former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) seconded Royce’s warning: “Paying ransom to kidnappers puts Americans even more at risk. … The White House’s policy of appeasement has led Iran to illegally seize more American hostages.” Said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), “President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran was sweetened with an illicit ransom payment and billions of dollars for the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.” What many Americans don’t realize is that the Obama White House took the ransom money from something called the “Judgment Fund,” which is administered by the Treasury. That little-known account is entirely paid for by American taxpayers and was set up in such a way that Obama could bypass congressional approval to pay the cash to Iran. Those who continually praise and defend Obama often describe him as “brilliant.” There is no doubt the former president is an intelligent person, certainly bright enough to realize — and admit, at least to himself — that the cash he turned over to the murderous regime leading Iran to ruin was not used for altruistic purposes. Any honest assessment would conclude that at least part of that secretive, massive payment was used to finance terrorist attacks against Americans, our allies and innocent civilians. Trump is correct on that point. For that reason, Obama should apologize for the thousands wounded and killed in terrorist attacks since Iran took possession of that tainted cash. That is his debt to pay.

Exactly!!!  Thanks to Douglas MacKinnon for that absolutely spot-on analysis.  Douglas is a political and communications consultant, was a writer in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and former special assistant for policy and communications at the Pentagon during the last three years of the Bush administration.  Keep everything you said in mind as you read the next article about John Kerry.  Excellent!!     🙂

Kerry deflects question about why he released money to Iran, accused Trump of ‘lies’

Former Secretary of State John Kerry faced a question about his role in releasing billions of dollars to Iran during the Obama administration and responded by first attacking President Trump’s criticism of the move. President Trump has claimed that Iran’s recent aggression against the U.S. in Iraq was funded by $150 billion that the Obama administration gave to Iran. Kerry has insisted that was false, although in the past he recognized that at least some of the money – which was frozen due to sanctions and held in banks around the world before being released at roughly the same time the Iran nuclear deal was made – would end up in the hands of terrorists. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” Kerry told CNBC in 2016. When asked by Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” why he believed this was a worthwhile risk when releasing the money, Kerry attacked the president rather than answer the question. “You know that the president’s tweet is a lie,” Kerry told host Margaret Brennan. “And the president tweeted this morning, because I am coming on the show and he knew you’d ask me the question or he’d push you in a place where you did ask the question. You and the media, I think, need to call a lie a lie.” Brennan immediately reminded him that she asked the same question in 2015. Kerry continued, saying that what he meant was that “clearly some money from the budget of Iran is going to go to the IRGC.” He then said that, contrary to what President Trump claims ”his own defense intelligence agency in 2017 testified to the Congress that very, very little money actually went to the IRGC at all.” Kerry did not explain his rationale for releasing the money at the time, before he knew where the funds would end up.

And to think this duplicitous, self-serving tool almost became President…    He and Obama orchestrated that more than $1 BILLION ransom deal with Iran during Obama’s administration.. And when confronted by a mainstream media journalist, Kerry pivots and somehow blames Trump, who wasn’t President at the time; Obama was.

Parents admit to committing at least 4 ‘parenting mishaps’ a week

Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 parents (ages 23 and up) found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year – adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18. The top parenting “faux pas” was found to be allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent,) followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age appropriate (39 percent.) Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, the survey uncovered the challenges that often come with modern parenting and found that when it comes to parenting, sometimes it’s about embracing the imperfections. Results revealed that children are the most challenging to handle at age 6, and parents should watch out for their youngest – they’re the most likely to cause trouble. Despite this, 50 percent of parents also admit their youngest child is their favorite (of those who have a favorite). With all the trouble little ones can get into, sometimes parents need a break from the chaos. Parents who were surveyed were willing to give up quite a bit if it meant their child would be perfectly behaved. Three in 10 would give up social media, while others were willing to sacrifice wine (30 percent) or Netflix (26 percent). When they need parenting advice, those surveyed turn first to their partner (42 percent), then to their mother (41 percent) or to other parents (31 percent.) Today’s modern parent also utilizes technology, with 17 percent of parents using the internet and almost 10 percent looking toward social media for parenting advice. “Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, and one that you truly can’t prepare for,” said Jeanne Collins, Vice President of Marketing at Prestige Consumer Healthcare. “From diapers and sleep routines to feeding schedules and all that baby stuff, the goal of the Butt Paste community is to be a source of fun amidst the chaos – one diaper change at a time!” Overall, it’s about embracing, not judging, the community of parents around you. In fact, surveyed parents agreed that the trend they’d most like to see go away in 2020 is mom shaming (64 percent.) But even with resources to turn to, just 12 percent of respondents felt “very prepared” when they first became a parent – though an additional 44 percent felt “somewhat prepared.” And when first becoming a parent, respondents were most surprised by the lack of sleep new parents get (50 percent), how hard it can be to get a new baby to fall asleep (37 percent) and the amount of stuff a baby comes with (31 percent.) But even feeling unprepared – and having a handful of “mishaps” per week – 66 percent of parents said they excel in teaching their children to be kind and compassionate. To accomplish this, the majority of parents (54 percent) agree that the “authoritative” parenting style is most effective – being sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, while maintaining sternness. “The beauty of modern parenting is that we can all connect on the fact that no one has it all together,” said Collins. “Not only is it about laughing through the little mishaps that happen along the way, but also finding solutions that uniquely work for you as a parent – that’s what our brand is all about.”

While that sounded much like a commercial, there were some interesting takeaways.  That said..  Glad I was raised in an era before cable tv, much less iPhones and Netflix.  My parents are guilty of a multitude of parenting faux pas..  But, they had nothing to do with the challenges faced here in “modern parenting.”     🙂

Opinion/Analysis: Biden believes America’s chief mission is to admit as many poor people as possible

Here in Washington, our leaders spent the week focused on the Middle East, on Iran. But out there and the rest of the country, there are plenty of more pressing concerns — tangible concerns. For example, many of our cities are starting to fail. Infrastructure is aging; both crime and the cost of living are surging, and left-wing prosecutors have stopped enforcing the law. But for the leading Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden of Delaware, none of these problems matches what he believes is the greatest crisis of all — America isn’t importing enough desperately poor people. That’s his position. In a tweet on January 5, Biden lashed out at President Trump for his immigration policies: “Our Statue of Liberty invites in the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Donald Trump has slammed the door in the face of families fleeing persecution and violence.” What a moralizer that Joe Biden is. Just a few months ago, Biden vowed that when he becomes president he’ll admit two million poor immigrants overnight, and then increase that number from there. Joe Biden, “We could afford to take in a heartbeat another two million people. The idea that a country of 330 million people cannot absorb people who are in desperate need and who are justifiably fleeing oppression is absolutely bizarre. Absolutely bizarre. I would also move to increase the total number of immigrants able to come to the United States.” How many of those immigrants will be staying at Joe Biden’s house? At Joe Biden’s expense? Zero. Of course, Biden’s view is that our chief mission as a nation is to admit as many poor people as we can possibly can. The less impressive their country of origin, the less they’re able to contribute to this country, the more we want them. You are rich, they are poor, therefore you must give them money, the right to vote, a permanent home. And once you’ve done that, then repeat it. Biden claims that’s our moral duty, and that Donald Trump and anyone else who shirks that duty is a racist. But is Trump shirking that duty? Is the basic claim even true? It’s worth assessing. There is so much lying. So once again, we go to the numbers, and here’s what they are. From October 2018 to September 2019, the Border Patrol apprehended 977,000 people at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s the highest total in more than a decade and more than the previous two years combined. Now keep in mind that’s just the people being caught at the southern border. Many more are getting through without being caught, of course, and then there are the tens or hundreds of thousands of others who enter legally but then overstay their visas. These illegal immigrants are tethering themselves here with millions of anchor babies. It’s not a talking point. It’s a fact. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, for example, 372,000 children of illegal aliens were born in this country just last year. Every one of them is now an American citizen, and their parents are benefiting from a whole suite of benefits — food stamps, Medicaid, other programs. And, of course, they won’t be deported now. Wonder how we got 22 million illegal immigrants? That’s how. So by any actual measure, by the data, illegal immigration is worse than it has been in a long time. But for Joe Biden, it’s still not enough. 22 million illegals? Why not 30 million or 50 million? And every one of them gets free health care paid for by you. That’s his promise. Is your country really so spectacularly rich that we can afford this? And, of course, you know the answer. We’re not a rich country. We are more than $20 trillion in debt. Our middle class is dying, in part because immigrants are willing to work for less and have driven down wages. — This doesn’t make the immigrants bad. They’re coming from incredibly poor places with totally different standards of living. But it’s an economic fact that when you flood the labor pool with people willing to work for less, wages go down. And that’s been going on for decades. Not surprisingly, America’s most immigrant-heavy state, California, is also the most impoverished. Many people born in California can’t leave quickly enough. Just ask Idaho and Texas. But Joe Biden says we need more. According to Biden, our country is a sanctuary — must be a sanctuary — for those fleeing violence. But because Joe Biden knows nothing, he is not aware that some of America’s cities are deadlier than the places those people are fleeing from. For example, El Salvador. One-third of all living El Salvadorans live in this country now. But here are the numbers: El Salvador has 50 murders per 100,00 people. Last year, Baltimore — not a country, the city in Maryland — Baltimore had 51 per 100,00. In other words, it is more dangerous than El Salvador. Baltimore clearly hasn’t benefited — at all — from America’s policy of unlimited immigration. But you know, none of this matters because for people like Joe Biden and the rest of this country’s ruling class. Helping American citizens stopped being the point a long time ago. The point is getting reelected and feeling virtuous.

Yeah..  No kidding!  Thanks to veteran journalist Tucker Carlson for that outstanding op/ed.  It’s refreshing for someone like Tucker, who was at CNN, then MSNBC before landing at Fox News, actually call out the real numbers of illegal aliens in this country; over 22 MILLION.  We’ve been saying that here at The Daily Buzz for almost 6 years, while the Democrats and the dominantly liberal mainstream media have used the figure of 11 million; a figure they’ve used for over 20 years, and yet somehow that number hasn’t changed in that time, because it would undermine their false narrative, as it relates to the illegal immigration crisis in this country.  Thanks Tucker!!

Want to live longer? Drink green tea instead of black tea, study concludes

Calling all tea lovers: The next time you reach for a cuppa, try green tea — if you want to prolong your life, at least. That’s according to a new study recently concluded by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and published Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers found “habitual” tea drinkers — whom they defined as drinking tea at least three or more times a week — had longer and healthier lives than those who did not drink tea as regularly. But these benefits were only seen in those who drank green tea, not black tea. To come to this conclusion, researchers analyzed 100,902 Chinese participants with no history of heart attack, stroke or cancer. They were divided into two groups, those who drank tea three or more times a week, and those who drank tea less than three times a week. Participants were then followed-up after seven years. By the end, the researchers found that regular tea drinks had a 20 percent lower risk of suffering from heart disease or stroke, and a 22 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Then, to look at the “potential influence of changes in tea drinking behavior,” researchers about eight years later took a subset of study participants — 14,081 people — and assessed them after five years. By the end, they found those who continued to drink tea three or more times a week had a 39 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke and a 56 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke. Men in the study saw more benefits than women, namely because a higher percentage of habitual tea drinkers were men. First author Dr. Xinyan Wang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said in a statement that 48 percent of regular tea drinkers in the study were men, while only 20 percent were women. Additionally, “women had a much lower incidence of, and mortality from, heart disease and stroke. These differences made it more likely to find statistically significant results among men,” she said. But why is green tea more beneficial than black? Senior author Dr. Dongfeng Gu of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said in a statement that green tea is rich in polyphenols, micronutrients that, “protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors including high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.” Black tea, on the other hand, is fermented, during which process “polyphenols are oxidized into pigments and may lose their antioxidant effects.” Additionally, black tea is often served with milk, “which previous research has shown may counteract the favorable health effects of tea on vascular function,” according to a press release on the findings. That said, Gu noted that most people in East Asia prefer to drink green tea, which may have influenced the results to some degree. “In our study population, 49 [percent] of habitual tea drinkers consumed green tea most frequently, while only 8 [percent] preferred black tea,” he said. “The small proportion of habitual black tea drinkers might make it more difficult to observe robust associations, but our findings hint at a differential effect between tea types.”