THE STEALTH-DIGITIZED CONFISCATION OF GUNS IN AMERICA

I recently wrote a comment on my Facebook page (in poster form), stating that banks were being asked to stop gun transactions on credit cards. So, far, I’ve had over 1,200 shares and … people are still sharing this.  Why, because we are talking about an infringement on an inherent right of American citizens.

There were those who expressed shock, anger, defiance … and … those who expressed denial.  And, those who said it was another “BS fake story.”

Ah … but alas … the words used are fact.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is an American journalist and author.  He is a financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box.  Sorkin wrote an Op-ed (Feb. 19, 2018) suggesting to several lending banks that they could easily change their “terms of service” to say that they don’t do … or, they restrict … business with sellers of “assault weapons,” and, high-capacity magazines.

“What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa,  Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?” he wrote.  “Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker.  And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand.”  By refusing to process payments for firearms, or refusing to do business with retailers that sell guns, credit-card companies could make it harder for Americans to get their hands on guns — unless of course they’re paying cash for them,” Sorkin suggested.

Indeed … PayPal, Square, Stripe, and Apple Pay announced they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms, years ago … according to Sorkin.

While banks don’t usually (at least, today) … deny processing on “items” … it could stop processing on certain stores, if inclined.  In other words, … if a store only sold guns … the bank transaction could be “identified” as such, and … under a new set of “terms and services” … the transaction denied.  The store loses the transaction and you … don’t get your gun.  It was in your hand … you were ready to walk out with it … but, guess what … your gun/rifle is digitally confiscated from you.  Your right to purchase that guy/rifle has been “legally” taken from you because of any new “terms of service” banks may be considering.”

Of course, good old “cold hard cash” would be the obvious option.  But … this isn’t really about you purchasing the gun, in the first place.  If the “gun store” will not be allowed some transactions of gun sales … and … he/she doesn’t get the financial backing needed from banks … then there wouldn’t be a “gun store,” for you to use your personal right to purchase the weapon of your choice.  That right … and, the gun owner’s merchandise/place of business … has been taken away.  If the gun store goes out of business, it doesn’t matter how much “cash” one has.

So, do I think gun sales can be restricted and/or minimized via “stealth-digitized confiscation of guns” and “terms of services,” a resounding … yes!

Just as the Nativity scenes and Christmas plays have been banned … flags and crosses taken down in certain areas … historical monuments destroyed … and … the erasure of history has begun.

I have seen enough of the impossible, made possible … by a group of people who want to change America to suit their agenda.

Yes … you bet I do!

 

Here is Sorkins Op-ed:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/19/business/banks-gun-sales.html

 

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Debbie Barth: 4/09/2018 at 4:01 pm EDT

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My Opinion of David Hogg

David Hogg was just on T.V., again … and, I believe … the more he speaks … the more … he will turn people off.  (My opinion … based on how I felt when I first heard him, just after the school shootings … and, how I feel about him after the third time I have heard him speak.) While being an eloquent speaker … he is still a child (teenagers are just older children) and, his inability to think logically is coming out.

He just said that he felt the breakdown in communication within the FBI was President Trump’s fault. That was a monumental blunder on his part … and, I think his father being a FBI agent … blinds his logic.

Of course, this …or any other President …  would have no way of personally monitoring every single phone call taken and acted upon … or not) by the FBI. The ineptness on the part of some FBI agents is not going to come to light, until we have, unfortunately, a situation like this tragic event. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are the only ones who were given prior knowledge and should have acted before the shooting occurred.

This is a school kid (from what I see and can find out.) He is slanted in his view by his father’s occupation (in my opinion) … he is very well spoken … (I have a feeling he may have a few political aspirations of his own) … he seems to be “full of himself” … and, I dislike him the more he speaks.  However, I do believe this is his real self … and he is no “crisis speaker or actor,” moving from one project to another and being paid … blah … blah.

What we may have here … is a young, white version of a Jesse Jackson … who in the future … will take advantage of every future tragedy … simply for visibility … and, to further his own … future/career.

That is my opinion of David Hogg.

 

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Debbie Barth: 2/21/2018 at 3:24 pm EDT

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It’s So Much Easier to Blame the Sickness Metastasized in America On a Cold Inanimate Object.

It’s so much easier for people to blame an inanimate object than to admit that as parents, and as a society, we are letting our kids down. From birth, children are indoctrinated with violence in the music they hear, the movies they watch and the online games they play.

Parents no longer strive to keep the family unite in tack. Women are having babies with different men. The men walk away from their responsibilities after making these children, proudly boasting about the number of women they have impregnated.

God and faith are no longer in daily conversations, as with patriotism, or respect for authority.

Children are having more conversations, online, in social media … than they are with their own parents or guardians. Grandparents are taking care of their kid’s children, because of drug issues or lack of responsibility … leaving many children feeling abandoned and vulnerable in life and no sense of security.

But changing all that would mean people would actually have to take action. They would have to be less self-indulgent and more involved with their children. It would mean woman and men would have to take responsibility for the children they bring in this world and make, at the very least … a “family” environment for those children. It would mean turning off the violent movies they are watching … with the young children sitting close by … and absorbing the violence being played out … and watching something more “family” suitable. It would mean getting up on Sunday and taking the children to a faith-based institution and introducing God into their life.

No … it’s really much easier to put all the mass shootings, the sickness metastasize in America on a cold, inanimate object.

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Debbie Barth: 2/18/2018 at 6:58 pm EDT
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So … My Here’s My Thoughts On Your Parade, President Trump

I so do love parades … and, apparently … so does President Trump. He also loves our military. With that in mind … President Trump has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” He wants a full-scale military parade.

I would think people would welcome a parade honoring our military. Some do … but … many (especially on the left) are not, at all … happy … about the parade.

The left … and, some on the right … are questioning the expense of the parade. It would go into the millions. Some suggest that it would be better to take the money it would take to initiate a parade … and write bonus checks to all veterans and military individuals, instead.

Some say that the heavy artillery … tanks … aircraft (if used) would badly damage the roads.

And, of course there are those that seem to feel that such a parade and display of our pride in our military would be … embarrassing.

They are worried that the rest of the world will see us as another North Korea or Russia using a military parade as more of a threat to the rest of the world. They say this is a flagrant display of braggadocio and is really more about our President than our military.

While I understand concerns about the amount of money it would take to pull this together, and there is probably a legitimate concern about damage to roads because of tanks and aircraft … this last part leaves me shaking my head. Never … in my lifetime … did I ever think I’d see a day when people would object to … and, feel embarrassed about … celebrating our military with a huge parade.

I also don’t understand why … we have to have an “event” before having this parade. People are asking why a parade … we haven’t just won a war or anything.

Does there have to be a reason … a defining moment for a military parade? Isn’t simply taking time to recognize the events that shaped America … and, our military branches, reason enough?

At this point in time … we don’t know if we are going to have this grand parade. For now, it’s talk … and, an assumption that if President Trump wants to honor our military in grand fashion, he will.

So, I’m going to pretend that it’s going to happen. And … I have it all played out in my mind.

I don’t think we need a new “event.” I think Flag Day (day of the first Flag Resolution, June 14th 1777.), or the 4th of July (the celebration of our 1776 Independence from England) would be appropriate.

The parade I would like to see … should there be one … would start with the Revolutionary War … uniforms and flag design … and … follow through every war/conflict, through today. Each segment would wear the period uniform and carry the flag, as designed at that period. The music presented, within each segment, would represent the music of the time of a particular war or conflict. (heavy artillery and weapon, i.e., tanks and aircraft, optional.)

The parade should end at the Arlington Cemetery … with a 21-gun salute, to honor all the fallen. The President would speak … and … there would be a fireworks display.

To defray the costs … Giant Corporations should “pay it forward” by donating funds for one of the many “period” segments.

Designers should come forward and donate their time recreating the uniforms of the period and Manufacturers should volunteer to make the uniforms.

The different bands should come from different high schools across America. And … all participants in the parade should be military personnel … and, veterans.

Wide screens should be put in place all over strategic spots and provide by broadcasting companies.

Hotels in Washington … and, across America should offer the lowest rates possible for traveling military personnel (and veterans) to come together at a location, in order to watch, and celebrate their service to this country.

Airlines should offer all military personnel and veterans traveling to take part in the parade, or to be a part of a local celebration, the lowest fares possible.

Okay … that is the highlighted version. Of course, the devil is in the details. And, of course … getting support from companies and the airlines is a pipe dream … but oh … what a grand parade and day … that would be!

I do so love a parade … but … it’s a long march from an idea to reality. However, with President Trump, he has a way of making the impossible …possible. And … he so loves a parade!

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Debbie Barth: 2/09/2018 at 10:09 pm EDT
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He Knew How to Hide the Monster, Inside. Larry Nassar Sentenced

USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts.

He is already serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography convictions.

He was a man who was well-known and entrusted with training and developing the spirit and mind of young girls, whose aspiration … was to be a famous gymnast. Instead, he abused his authority. He broke the spirit and the mind of many of these young girls.

The questions are many.  Who knew what he was really doing? How did he get away with it for so long … and, with so many young girls? Why didn’t the girls speak out, at the time?

I don’t have answers to all the questions, but I can tell you what I believe, concerning the young girl’s silence, at the time it was happening. This man was in a position of leadership and authority. He apparently was respected by many. He knew how to hide the monster inside. He knew how to gain their confidence. He knew how to manipulate them. He knew they would not tell anyone. And … that … is the power that child predators have over their victims. Children, usually have been manipulated, groomed, and/or threatened to believe that no one would believe them or that that the predator could extract harm to them or their loved ones.

So, how do we trip up the predators? How do we stop them from harming our children?

We talk to them! We talk to them about child predators as soon as we feel we can get our message across. We have to approach our children … before the predators do!

This is why I wrote “The Promise Book; Tell Someone.” This small book makes it easy for young children to understand the much-needed message about child predators, without confusing and scaring them. Children need to hear from you … before something happens … that they can come to you for support, no matter who that predator might be. With the movies and songs, and peer pressure young children experience, today … the need to know that it is not acceptable for someone to touch them and make them feel uncomfortable, is greater than ever. It is up to us, as parents and guardians, to send that message, before … a child’s spirit is broken … not after.

The blame for the misery these young gymnasts experienced falls completely on this monster, Larry Nassar. However, perhaps the next predator can be stop, and a child spared … if we talk to them first … and they, in turn … tell someone.

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Below is a link to the Nassar story:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/ex-usa-gymnastics-doctor-sentenced-to-175-years-for-sexual-abuse/ar-AAv6lUU?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

 

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 Debbie Barth: 1/24/2018 at 5:01 pm ET

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ANTIFA MEMBER ATTACKS AND NEARLY KILLS MAN LEAVING EVENT

Two things about this should be upsetting to you. Firstly … that a person exercising his right to attend a public event was attacked and nearly died from being strangled.

Secondly, that some hack news media are reporting it as “an “alt-right” member was attacked,” and … not … that David Campbell, a member of a domestic terror organization (as classified in some DHS documents) … Antifa … followed and tried to kill a man who was simply leaving an event in celebration of President Trump’s first year.

No matter your party affiliation, your like or dislike of this President, or … your views on immigration … no one should be attacked and almost killed because someone doesn’t agree with one’s opinions. And, no one should be celebrated for trying to kill another person.

And … the hack news media who uses, incorrectly and/or without justification, a moniker, for the victim which diminishes the act of the crime … should be closed down.

A man … known only by the media as the man who was attacked … nearly died … because he was exercising his right to attend an event. This man was attacked, and almost killed by David Campbell … a member of Antifa, known to DHS and classified in many of their documents as a domestic terrorist organization.

This is where we are … and yes … this should be upsetting you!

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/21/antifa-member-custody-attack-56-year-old-trump-supporter/

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Debbie Barth: 1/22/2018 at 11:41pm EDT
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It’s Only A Poem, Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz. I admire you … but … you are smart enough to know that the Emma Lazarus poem (and only a few lines from the original) was just that … A POEM!

She was asked to write “A” poem for a fundraiser to obtain money for the pedestal of which the Statue of Liberty Stands.

The POEM was not a part of the statue, given to us by the French. In 1903, a few lines of “The New Colossus” poem were engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal’s lower level, AFTER she died because of her friends … and, at others … insistence … in her honor.

This “Lazarus” liberal argument is as old as the biblical Lazarus. It’s a tireless, baseless argument. The words are a few lines from a poem. It is NOT a law … a declaration … or a directive.

It may even, NOT, reflect the general consensus of the American people, at the time. It is impossible to know what the consensus was. There were no polls (accurate or false) … no T.V. …. no Social Media … where Americans actually spoke their minds. The Newspapers did that for them. This poem reflects how Emma Lazarus felt.

The few lines of this poem do NOT say to by-pass Ellis Island … come in illegally … bring your family members … forget about learning our language or respecting our laws … and, we will take care of your financially.

Yes, Alan M. Dershowitz … you are a brilliant man … and I respect you … until you bring up this baseless argument, in order to bask in your warm and fuzzy self … and, remind me that … yes … you are also still a liberal.

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Debbie Barth: 1/13/2018 at 3:03pm EDT
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CONGRATULATIONS ALABAMA: YOU JUST LET IN THE TROJAN HORSE-MEET DOUG JONES

Congratulations Alabama. You were heard loud and clear. And, you are getting what you asked for. But then, I know you are aware of the “be careful what you asked for” cliché. In many regards, this applies to the Alabamians who voted for Jones.

I have to ask, did any of you who voted for Jones, go to his website and see what he stands for? That alone should have stopped you.

Jones talks of morality, but he is pro-abortion. He has a problem with someone accused of sexual misconduct, but has no problem with killing a fetus for the convenience of the … “carrier.”

He supports modifying the “three strikes law” for some who “perhaps” can lead a “productive” life as an alternative to life in prison. I’m wondering how many “strikes” are needed in order to ascertain someone is a criminal who chooses not to reform?

Jones supports reform by reducing prison time … for people of color because … they make up the highest percent of individuals (within their race) in prisons. So instead of tightening laws and community outreach programs … he is going to give criminals of color (“of color” are his words) lighter sentences to get them in and out and “save tax money.” I would be more concerned about “saving lives,” but, that’s just me.

He states, “More spending on education could be less spending on prisons.” I wonder how that works? Apparently, Jones is not sure, either … since he using the speculative word … “could.”

Jones is pro-Obama Care. He believes no woman should be denied coverage of services based on the religious beliefs of her employer. What that means is … yes … an employer has to provide for abortions and birth control needs, whether this is in his/her religious beliefs or not.

He was against withdrawing from the Paris Accord. That means more regulations, stunting job growth, expensive solar panels, and ugly, small, electric cars.

But … that is only a little bit of what awaits Alabamians. Understand … those who supported Doug Jones, are not getting some guy named Doug Jones.

They have elected Barack Obama and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Doug Jones is the mere puppet who will nod his head and shake hands with his constituents. That … is where it will end. It will be Obama and Booker who pull the strings that make Doug Jones dance. It will be their bills that Jones may write and co-write or support. It will be their words spoken and not the thoughts of Doug Jones.

Congratulations, Alabama … you have just elected a puppet … a shell of a man who is no more than what Obama and Booker want him to be. They own him. He doesn’t work for you. He works for them. And … have no doubt … they will remind him of that every day.

Congratulations Alabama … the trojan horse has now entered the building.

 

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Debbie Barth: 12/13/2017 at 3:53pm EDT
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The Woman In The White Truck Is No Example … And She Just Got Busted!

The woman who thinks she is so cool because she put up the F/U Trump on her white truck and who lives in Houston, TX is Karen Cook Fonseca.

While I do agree in Freedom of speech … there are consequences that go with that speech. Also … freedom of speech says a lot about one’s character, their values, manners, and … lack of decorum.

She does have a Facebook page. It looks like she has small children. I don’t care about what she thinks of our President. I do care about children. Her children, in this case … are riding around in her white truck, with an obscene word boldly in place, on the truck … for other children in other cars to see.

I remember a time when adults … parents … willingly … took on the role of setting an example for small children to follow.  Examples of good manners, how to express oneself without the use of foul language, being respectful of others … and … yes … even how to be a good loser.

Perhaps this was not passed on to Ms. Fonseca.  It is evident, she is not passing it on to her children.  I  don’t think the issue should be how adults, in cars around her, process her tasteless message.  If I were in traffic, I would probably shake my head at her low-class demeanor, and then laugh … knowing President Trump is the one sitting in the Oval office.

I  think the issue should be focused on the example she is setting for other children who see this crude decal … and … exposing them to bad language that parents (hopefully) discourage in their children.

Perhaps, my title was misleading.  She is setting an example for children.  She is setting a very bad example.  A very bad example for everyone in a car in Houston, with children who see her flagrant profanity…  and … think this is how someone should act in a civil society.

My issue is not what she thinks of Trump.  My issue … with her … is her flagrant disregard for other children who also see her profane decal … and … what they think.

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Karen Fonseca was arrested about 2 p.m. on an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August by the Rosenberg, Texas, Police Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office records show.

Mike Fonseca, her husband, posted her $1,500 bond Thursday night 11/16/2017 and she was released an hour later, Houston’s KHOU-TV reported.

 

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Debbie Barth: 11/17/2017 at 3:21pm EDT
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Meet Ann Schneider; Your best choice for Oak Ridge Town Council

I love the community in which I live.  Oak Ridge is a beautiful community, with long-time, small town appeal.  That doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes people, living in the area, willing to serve and protect the interests of that community.  And, it takes people who share the love of this community and who get involved in the local elections/politics, to ensure those candidates who best serve our community are elected.

On November 7, 2017 Oak Ridge will be electing/re-electing new members to the Oak Ridge Town Council.  Let me tell you about one of those candidates.  She is my neighbor, the President of the Home Owners Association … and, I believe … the perfect choice.  Here’s why:

Ann Schneider is presently a Chair/member of the Historic Preservation Commission and has been since 2010.   She has Developed Historic Heritage Grants and her first-ever Explore Historic Oak Ridge event was a tremendous success.

She was a spokesman on the Oak Ridge Land Use Plan Committee (2015-2016).  She has been a Board member of the Merchants of Oak Ridge, member of Preservation Oak Ridge, and Oak Ridge Lions Club.  As I mentioned earlier, she is currently the Twelve Oaks HOA President, and has been for the last twelve years.  As a resident, I can say that there could not be a lovelier place in which to reside and I feel she most certainly has something to do with that.

Ann has also served 10 years on the PTA/PTSO boards; and twice named Volunteer of the Year.  She has 25 years of strategic planning and leadership for nonprofits and 25 years of volunteer experience and service.

In all honesty, this information is already available to Oak Ridge residents.  But, unless you know Ann and/or have worked with her in some capacity, there are some things about Ann of which you would not know.  In my discussions with Ann, I can feel her passion about Oak Ridge and her excitement about the future of Oak Ridge.  Ann has all the necessary qualifications to be an outstanding councilwoman, but … she also has a clear-cut vision for Oak Ridge.  It’s not a vision of “change” as much as it is of the preservation our historical areas and our small-town feeling, along with engaging the interests of business owners to Oak Ridge.  She sets a solid course for the future of Oak Ridge by considering events that might have an adverse effect on Oak Ridge, in the future … and … putting in place options and solutions to alleviate any adversity, before it happens.

So, there you have it … my choice in November.  I cannot think of a better person to serve on the Oak Ridge Town Council, than … Ann Schneider.

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/16/2017 at 6:49pm EST
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