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Somebody Is Bound to Get Shot as ‘Door-Kicking’ Trend Has Users Beating on Strangers’ Doors

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Kicking in the door to a private residence in the middle of the night can be dangerous. The reasons are obvious. Kicking in a door in response to a TikTok challenge is stupid. Dangerous and stupid can get you killed.

Young people are kicking in doors, some hard enough to burst them open, while listening to the song “Die Young” by Kesha, according to a report by Fox News. They then share videos of the prank on TikTok.



“Stupid is as stupid does,” as Forest Gump famously said.

Do these young people have a death-wish, or are these actions merely the outcome of the dumbing down of America by means of social media?

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Petaluma Police Department’s Jennifer Pritchard warned that people unfamiliar with TikTok could take someone kicking in their door as “real life or death situation.” The participants “don’t know which door” they’re about to kick, Pritchard said. They also don’t know how people behind the door might respond a perceived home invasion.

“When people think their home or their family is threatened, they are going to give an equal response to protect their property or family,” Pritchard told Fox.

When I was a kid, the trend in pranks was something called ding-dong ditch in which a merry prankster rang the doorbell of a stranger’s home and then ran away. This sounds relatively harmless compared to kicking in someone’s door. It’s not.

In January 2020, a California man was accused killing three teen boys by driving into their car, according to CNN.  The accused man, Anurag Chandra, 42, went after the teens after they ding-dong ditched his home.

The ding-dong has been replaced by the bang-bang of doors being kicked.

According to Pritchard, the door-kicking challenge has moved off schools and college campuses, where it began, into residential neighborhoods. Two 911 calls have recently been called in from residents in the Petaluma area.

One incident was caught on a home surveillance camera. It showed a door being kicked hard enough that the home needs hundreds of dollars in repairs, according to Pritchard. That’s a lot of damage compared to a wayward ding-dong.

“There are felonies or misdemeanors involved when there’s property damage. We don’t want these consequences to occur,” Pritchard said, according to Fox.

TikTok told Fox News in September that it does not allow content that “promotes or enables criminal activities,” according to the site’s Community Guidelines. Property damage is a crime. So is assault.

In another TikTok challenge, students were encouraged to slap their teachers.



To complicate matters, people are edge these days. They are buying guns. A lot of them. They have been for awhile.

In March, 2020, for example, Gabriel Vaughn of Sportman’s Arms in Petaluma, California, told KTVU, “I’ve sold 12 handguns in two hours. People who tell me that they don’t like guns, but they’re here to begrudgingly buy one, and if it makes somebody feel safe and they’re legal to own one, then sure.”

Do you think trends like this put people in unnecessarily dangerous situation?

Ammo sales are on the rise, too.

Talk about a recipe for disaster. Imagine someone being yanked from sleep in the middle of the night by the front door being kicked. Having recently purchased a shotgun out of fear or roaming criminals, the homeowner arms himself and walks into the living room. The door bursts open, and the homeowner, new to guns, points and shoots out of fear for his family.

The would-be prank is now a tragedy. Some lives are needlessly lost, others forever changed.

Several years ago, I was living in a house in southwestern New Mexico. The house was out in the desert. One night I was awakened by a ruckus outside. I grabbed my trusty .357 magnum, told my wife to stay put and went to investigate.

The front door burst open as I walked into the living room. Several men tumbled into the dark room.

I fired a round into the ceiling. The men fled into the night. Authorities told me later that it had something to do with a drug deal gone wrong and the men had dropped their firearms in a ditch near my driveway.

I’ve been around firearms most of my life. Otherwise, I might have panicked and shot into the intruders that night. I was told I wouldn’t have been in trouble with the law if I had.

My wife has never been partial to guns. She still isn’t. I remind her it’s better to have a gun and not need one, than to need a gun and not have one. She agrees, whether she like guns or not.

People have a God-given right to protect themselves.

Pranksters beware: Kicking the doors of strangers is a dangerous way to have fun. The people on the other side of the door cannot read your mind.

Is participating in a prank trending on social media worth your life? Do you really want to die young?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Americans Unleash on Biden After Encountering Bare Shelves at Grocery Stores Across Country

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President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has been raging for some time, and it is now wreaking havoc on Americans trying to live their everyday lives.

According to Fox News, a growing number of Americans are experiencing massive shortages at their local grocery stores, and they are directing their ire at Biden because of it.

Many Twitter users began using the hashtag #BareShelvesBiden to showcase the precarious situations at their local stores.

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Some users told stories of the lengths they had to go to in order to find seemingly basic food items.

“This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels,” one user said. “Found the bagels but zero — ZERO — plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck.”

Even CNBC senior White House correspondent Kayla Tausche compared the situation to the apocalypse, which is surprising coming from an employee of a leftist establishment media outlet.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms noticed the problem too, albeit only through the third party she hired to shop for her. She suggested that the supply shortages were a localized issue.

Some commenters felt Bottoms was trying to insinuate that southwest Atlanta was having problems because it is a lower-income area. If that was her intention, residents from other portions of Atlanta and surrounding areas quickly rebutted the claim.

By the looks of it, Biden’s supply chain crisis is affecting almost everyone, regardless of income or political affiliation.

As a general rule, it is not a good development for a president when his failures start to greatly affect the lives of everyday Americans.

Will supply chain issues hurt Democrats in the midterm elections?

While many less politically inclined citizens may be willing to overlook foreign policy issues or government spending excesses, they are much less likely to ignore their own inability to buy the food they want.

In a time where Biden’s approval is tanking and Democrats are panicking about the upcoming midterm elections, empty grocery store shelves are just another point in a long list of problems for the Biden administration.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has been raging for some time, and it is now wreaking havoc on Americans trying to live their everyday lives. According to Fox News, a growing number of Americans are experiencing massive shortages at their local grocery stores, and they are directing their ire at Biden because of it. Many Twitter users began using the hashtag #BareShelvesBiden to showcase the precarious situations at their local stores. Thanks #BareShelvesBiden pic.twitter.com/sEPBCoeIDc — NRCC (@NRCC) January 10, 2022 More #BareShelvesBiden https://t.co/opm0zSOgwh — Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) January 9, 2022 #BareShelvesBiden in dark blue Oakton, Virginia pic.twitter.com/JM4bXL7CDn — Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 10, 2022 Some users told stories of the lengths they had to go to in order to find seemingly basic food items. “This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels,” one user said. “Found the bagels but zero — ZERO — plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck.” #BareShelvesBiden at Stater Bros in Simi Valley, CA. This was the 2nd store we went to looking for bagels. Found the bagels but zero – ZERO – plain cream cheese. If you want Kraft parmesan cheese or Top Ramen, you’re pretty much out of luck. pic.twitter.com/qS7Lx8gRMa — Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) January 9, 2022 Even CNBC senior White House correspondent Kayla Tausche compared the situation to the apocalypse, which is surprising coming from an employee of a leftist establishment media outlet. Apocalypse now pic.twitter.com/j48ALuYtoQ — Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) January 9, 2022 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms noticed the problem too, albeit only through the third party she hired to shop for her. She suggested that the supply shortages were a localized issue. I’ve received 8 messages & counting from my very polite @Instacart shopper over the…

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Soros-Backed Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Indicted on 4 Federal Charges

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On Thursday, a federal grand jury chose to indict Baltimore’s top prosecutor on four counts.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby now faces charges of perjury and “making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes,” the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland told The Associated Press.

The charges are related to Mosby’s alleged lies about “meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from a city retirement plan in 2020.”

Prosecutors say Mosby lied on multiple mortgage application forms when she attempted to buy homes in Kissimmee, Florida, and Long Boat Key, Florida.

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Mosby first entered the spotlight in 2015 during the infamous Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

The openly progressive prosecutor pursued charges against the six police officers involved in Gray’s death.

In the end, none of the officers were convicted.

Mosby has long been criticized for her progressive approach.

Under her tenure in Baltimore, which began in 2015, the number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries and robberies all rose, according to an Oct. 27, 2020, report from The Heritage Foundation.

Most recently, Mosby faced criticism in November for defending Joseph Rosenbaum, the convicted sex offender who was shot while allegedly attempting to murder Kyle Rittenhouse during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, racial justice riots of 2020.

This most recent federal indictment comes months after a federal investigation into her affairs was first announced.

Both Mosby and her husband Nick Mosby, the president of the Baltimore City Council, faced various accusations in March of 2021 related to their alleged illicit use of campaign funds.

The duo was purportedly using campaign funds to pay off personal legal fees and travel expenses.

A federal probe was issued into their financial dealings at the time.

The accusations and alleged discrepancies did not stop at the campaign funds, however.

An additional federal subpoena had been issued to two churches in order to investigate whether Nick Mosby had been making financial contributions to either institution.

Both Mosbys were reportedly issued a lien by the IRS following three full years of unpaid taxes on their property. It is unknown if that lien was paid.

The two perjury counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and the two mortgage-related offenses could carry with them a maximum of 30 years in prison each, according to the AP.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury chose to indict Baltimore’s top prosecutor on four counts. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby now faces charges of perjury and “making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida vacation homes,” the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland told The Associated Press. The charges are related to Mosby’s alleged lies about “meeting qualifications for coronavirus-related distributions from a city retirement plan in 2020.” Prosecutors say Mosby lied on multiple mortgage application forms when she attempted to buy homes in Kissimmee, Florida, and Long Boat Key, Florida. Mosby first entered the spotlight in 2015 during the infamous Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray. The openly progressive prosecutor pursued charges against the six police officers involved in Gray’s death. In the end, none of the officers were convicted. Mosby has long been criticized for her progressive approach. Under her tenure in Baltimore, which began in 2015, the number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries and robberies all rose, according to an Oct. 27, 2020, report from The Heritage Foundation. Most recently, Mosby faced criticism in November for defending Joseph Rosenbaum, the convicted sex offender who was shot while allegedly attempting to murder Kyle Rittenhouse during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, racial justice riots of 2020. This most recent federal indictment comes months after a federal investigation into her affairs was first announced. Both Mosby and her husband Nick Mosby, the president of the Baltimore City Council, faced various accusations in March of 2021 related to their alleged illicit use of campaign funds. The duo was purportedly using campaign funds to pay off personal legal fees and travel expenses. A federal probe was issued into their financial dealings at the time. The accusations and alleged discrepancies did not stop at the campaign…

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