A Close Call

Grind for February 23rd, 2019
“Don’t fight forces, use them.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

Don’t Shoot

The Headline

Florida mayor in shootout with SWAT team

The Grind

Within the last few weeks we’ve witnessed some rather strange happenings taking place around the nation, especially concerning the bizarre actions of Chicago resident actor Jussie Smollett. However the “windy city” isn’t the only place where dysfunctional individuals like Smollett reside.

In the “sunshine” state a local and obvious deranged mayor went on a shooting spree on Thursday engaging in a brief gun battle with a SWAT team.

Mayor Dale Glen Massad of Port Richey in Pasco County, a small Gulf Coast town located in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater part of the state, apparently became enraged when a team of SWAT police officers came to his home to arrest him, for “illegally” practicing medicine without a license.

The Details

Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters that the disgruntled mayor fired two shots at officers who raided his home at around 4:40 a.m. Nocco said the officers had identified themselves as “police officers” and then began pounding on the mayor’s door, when the mayor did not respond; they then began ramming the door with a battering-ram, before realizing the door opened outward, according to a complaint affidavit in the case.

Nocco explained after successfully breaching the door, they fired a non-lethal “stun-grenade” a device that emits a loud bang and a bright light, at which point the police heard two shots fired from inside the house.

Upon hearing the shots the SWAT team immediately withdrew from the house and that’s when they observed the mayor holding what appeared to be a .40 caliber handgun in his left hand on the second floor of the house, and holding a cell-phone with the other hand.

No officers were injured during the brief confrontation, and Massad was arrested without further incident, Nocco said. The mayor is charged with two counts of attempted homicide, according to the complaint.


The Headline

Some republicans question whether Senator Kamala Harris is eligible to be president.

The Grind

Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old conservative activist, stated that Harris is “not eligible” to be president, because both her immigrant parents arrived separately in the United States in 1960 and 61.

Additionally, neither parent was a “legal resident” for 5-years prior to the birth of the 54-year old senator, which is a requirement for “naturalization,” has outlined by the Constitution.

The Details

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution specifies that the President must be a natural-born U.S. citizen, at least 35 years of age and a resident within the U.S. for 14 years.

Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20th, 1964, which makes her 54-years old and a U.S. citizen, regardless of her parent’s status as immigrants at the time.

In that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution makes clear that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

In a Supreme Court ruling in 1898, the Justices reaffirmed that children born to immigrants residing permanently in the U.S. are natural-born citizens.

It would appear by those criteria that Senator Kamala Harris meets the threshold of eligibility in seeking the presidency.

She moved to Montreal, Canada in the ’70s returned to the U.S. in the mid-’80s and has been residing in the country ever since, also meeting the 14-year threshold as outlined within the 14th Amendment.

Wohl doesn’t dispute that Harris was indeed born in the U.S., his issue is that Harris spent a large portion of her childhood in another country, citing “It’s not birtherism … It’s a question of whether the American People deserve to have a president that was Born and Raised in the United States.”

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