It comes down to math

One of the most important subjects in school is math.

You would think that teachers would have a basic understanding of arithmetic:

“The American Federation of Teachers has threatened to pull its business from Wells Fargo unless it severs ties with the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers, but so far the bank is resisting. “We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a Saturday statement. “They can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.” …”

Weingarten flunked basic algebra:

“… Wells Fargo’s financial relationship with gun makers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union. The American Federation of Teachers on Thursday notified the San Francisco-based financial giant that it is dropping the bank as a recommended mortgage lender for the national education union’s 1.7 million members …”

NRA has ~5.5 million voluntary dues paying members compared with AFT’s involuntary 1.7 million members and 5.5 is more than 1.7.

Cue Nelson Muntz.

Newsbits

Saturday’s Newsbits:

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Politics:

Elections:

Grease the machine

Our state government has operated under the time-honored system of Cash is King for well over a hundred years.  Everyone knows this.

The average rank-and-file state legislator charges $250 per person to attend one of their fundraisers while those in leadership positions want $500-1000.  Event sponsorships I have seen go for as high as $5000.

Knowing this, the Daily News reports, “Indie N.Y. Democrats reject donations from pro-gun group“:

“… The campaign committee for a group of eight breakaway state Senate Democrats and its leader both received $1,000 donations last August from a major pro-gun lobby group. But campaign finance records show the Senate Independence Campaign Committee returned the contribution weeks after receiving it from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a leading firearms industry trade association …”

The idea that NSSF could grease the wheels of justice has lots of precedence in Albany.  They just did it in a bad way and on the cheap.

First, to avoid controversy, the donations should have been made closer to the primary or general election so they are publicly disclosed after election day.

Second, to maximize impact, NSSF should have done some research to determine which of these guys is in the most trouble back home and maxed out their donations right before the primary when the incumbents need help the most.

Third, if they insist on kissing up to Jeff Klein, they need to come up with more money.  Klein is a piece of crap and definitely not their friend.

Cuomo’s not the greatest

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor on Friday citing his championing of gun control efforts … “We know that the clearest most sensible voice on this issue and by far the greatest leader on this issue is Gavin Newsom,” Kelly said Friday to a crowd of Democratic party delegates and Newsom campaign volunteers …”

Wow!  What an honor!  Newsom must have done something really special to receive that endorsement.

“… Newsom was the force behind 2016’s Proposition 63, which outlaws the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, requires background checks for people buying bullets, makes it a crime not to report lost or stolen guns and provides a process for taking guns from people convicted of a felony …”

HAHAHAHA!!

Governor Cuomo did all that years before with his phony SAFE Act.  Why didn’t they anoint him as “greatest leader”?  He wanted that title so bad.  That is why he pushed through SAFE.  He wanted to be the first and bestest and become the national leader of the gun control movement thinking it would help him with a presidential bid down the road.

What Cuomo got is a permanent animosity of most everyone north of I-84, a country clearly moving in the direction of gun rights, and now he’s lost the gun control crown.  HA!  FUAC!

Racist rednecks

Dutchess Legislator Micki Walsh Strawinski does not appear to like either guns for country music:

I love the response from Ulster Firearms.

A Field of Dreams

Seen in a food plot in Orange County:

FUAC

If you build it, he will come …..

Reactions to H.R.3576

Rep. Chris Collins’ new bill H.R.3576 is getting some attention. I have seen it mentioned in newspapers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

Governor Cuomo’s reaction:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to file a lawsuit Tuesday if Congress passes pro-Second Amendment legislation that would roll back the state’s major 2013 gun control law known as the SAFE Act. “If they try to overrule the State of New York we will sue because this state has rights too,” Cuomo told reporters. “And especially with this federal government, it is very important that states represent their rights and assert their rights and I will assert my rights to the fullest extent of the law.” …”

Collins’ response:

Congress has gone into recess so we’ll have to wait and see how much support it receives from the New York delegation.

Made in New York City?

Kimber announced they will produce a limited run of Royal II (Texas Edition) 1911 pistols in .45 ACP.  The guns will feature a deep blue finish with engraving on the slide and mainspring, match grade components, special serial numbers and ivory grips with the Texas flag and state motto on them.  They are nice looking guns sure to appeal to Texans.

What I find most amusing is they are made in New York.  Like the old Pace Picante commercials, “This stuff’s made in New York City?!”  Actually a few miles north in Yonkers, but that is close enough.  The company should hire some marketing genius to produce advertisements which play off those commercials.  A bunch of guys sitting around a fire eating, passing around a bottle of salsa with a conversation that goes like this:

Cowboy 1: Can I see your new gun?

Cowboy 2: Sure.

Cowboy 1: A Kimber Texas Edition.  That thing is made in New York?!

Cowboy 2: Yes, yes it is.

New York is even helping Kimber to manufacture these guns.  A few years back they received a $700,000 state grant to expand their Yonkers plant along with local tax credits.

Kimber makes a number of colorful 1911s that I would not have thought would be big sellers, but apparently they are.  They include brushed gold/copper, baby blue, electric blue and purple.  This too is amusing considering then Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to ban handguns colored anything other than blue/black or silver.  Thankfully that issue appears to have gone away after a lawsuit successfully challenged a Nassau county prohibition on brightly colored handguns on the basis of state law preempting such action.

You can purchase Kimber products online at Grab A Gun for shipment to a local dealer.  They even offer a financing program for gun purchases.

Failed protest

Organizers of the so-called Women’s March held a protest at NRA headquarters Friday.

Despite being organized by professional agitators with the backing of national organizations worth millions of dollars and with professional public relations operations, and having received encouragement from politicians across the country, and having received plenty of pre-event media attention, only 300-400 people showed up.

By any measure it was a complete joke.  I’d even go so far as to saying the pathetic turnout damaged the credibility of the organizers and the gun control movement in general.

Trump nominates Gorsuch to SCOTUS

The Donald nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

While he has not directly ruled on a Second Amendment case, he has made supportive statements in the past.

Bloomberg’s proxy Everytown has started a petition asking Senators grill Gorsuch on gun control.

The Left is losing their collective minds over the nomination and pretty much everything else Trump has done thus far.  Most amusing was the several thousand protestors gathered outside Chuck Schumer’s apartment chanting, “What the fuck, Chuck?!”  The Post was extremely helpful in printing his home address.

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