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  • Is Rush Promoting Trump to Build up his Sagging Audience?

    09/05/2015 4:15:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 167 replies
    September 4, 2015 | Vanity
    I've been trying to figure out why Rush is doing daily Trump clean up exercises (latest was his Friday deconstruction and then reframing of Trump's less than stellar performance on Hugh Hewitt's show), along with his breathless cheerleading; it's not the Rush Limbaugh Show anymore, it has become the The Donald Show. Then this morning I read that Megachurch Pastor Paula White has married her 3rd husband (she's his 4th) = 6 marriages. I'd looked her up because she's a good friend of Donald Trump (promotes his books and he promotes her) who is going to arrange a sit down...
  • Chicago Crime Lab Gun Study marred by "TEC-11" Machine Pistol

    09/05/2015 2:43:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Harold Pollack, one of the study Authors A paper on where and how criminals obtain guns has been published in "Preventive Medicine" a rather peculiar place to publish a paper on the criminology of gun use.  Other than the apparent desire to medicalize crime that involves guns, the paper is reasonably well done, with some good information that reinforces much of what we already knew.   A minor complaint is that the authors seem nearly as ignorant about guns as the criminals that they interview.  They use the terms "assault weapon" and "machine pistol" without any definition, and little knowledge. ...
  • OK: First Time Shooter Drives off Three Invaders

    09/04/2015 4:44:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Carmen Smith had never shot a gun before.  She used her recently acquired firearm to drive off three home invaders.  She did not hit any of the criminals, but the shots were enough to send them fleeing from the house.  From newson6.com: "He was coming towards me. You know, like he was going to do something to me, harm me, and I was going to get him before he got me," she said. The bullets didn't hit the burglars but got them out of her house. The shots shattered a picture of Smith's family, left a hole in the...
  • It Is Time to Put the Limit Back in Limited Government

    09/03/2015 9:24:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Here is how the people's elected representatives have stacked the deck. I own a small farm, a berry patch, to be exact, and for the particular type of berry that I grow it is much more profitable to market them as organic. I grow everything organically out of choice. However, to market anything as organic the operation must be certified by the government. So, of course I must spend hours filling out and filling out and filling out forms. Of course there are fees, filing fees, inspection fees and certification fees. Then there is the time spent with the inspector...
  • The Mirage Of An Iranian Oil Bonanza

    09/03/2015 8:56:31 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-09-2015 | Willem van Oranje
    The P5+1 agreement with Iran on Iran’s nuclear program has generated (sometimes fevered) anticipation of an Iranian oil bonanza at the end of the nuclear agreement rainbow, both in terms of the increase in Iranian crude output and the business opportunities for foreign firms in driving the increase. The anticipation comes from several sources. Iran’s crude potential is one. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Iran’s proven crude reserves, 158 billion barrels, are the world’s fourth largest (and among the cheapest to produce at $8-to-$17/barrel, depending on the source,). Iranian public statements expressing determination to increase crude output...
  • Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery

    09/03/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/1/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Since the end of the Great Recession, Michigan has experienced the largest decline in unemployment of any state, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan’s unemployment rate has fallen 9.6 points from its June 2009 high. The rate was 14.9 percent then, while the current rate is 5.3 percent (as of July). The state also leads the nation in the percentage decline of the number of people who are unemployed — a 66 percent drop over that same time period. Indiana’s unemployment rate fell six points, the nation’s second-largest decline after Michigan. Idaho saw a 55...
  • The Changing Immigration Labor Landscape

    09/03/2015 7:22:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 11 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | September 2, 2015 | Dan Cadman
    When provisions were added to the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1986 that forbid the hiring (or referring for a fee) of an alien unauthorized to work in the United States, people thought it would be a game-changer. The prohibitions were accompanied by civil fines and even criminal penalties for repeat offenders.The "employer sanctions" laws, as they are usually described, also included prohibitions on "use of labor through contract", reflecting legislators' awareness that without them, employers would try to skirt the law forbidding hiring of illegal aliens by claiming they were contract employees, or by conveniently using subcontractors to do...
  • ME: Man Shoots Burglar with "Vintage" Revolver, 7mm?

    09/03/2015 5:26:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A 67-Year-Old disabled Rockland Maine man was tired of being burglarized and his medications stolen.   He described himself as a "walking drugstore".   He purchased what the reporter described as a vintage gun.   Harvey said "I bought a gun. Best thing I ever did." On August 25, Harvey Lembo was on the phone to police when he shot the burglary suspect.  Pistols are handy when one hand is employed on another critical task. The suspect broke in; made a wrong move, and was shot.   The story says the gun was a 7mm, and that it was under...
  • EPA Regulations forcing compliance on new appliances

    09/02/2015 11:27:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Because you are buying now two appliances, a water heater and air conditioner, “heat pump heaters are twice as expensive” as the old electric water heater If you ask an engineer, he will tell you that CO2 is not a pollutant, and burning fossil fuels has made the Earth greener because their emissions are rapidly assimilated by sunlight. As Dr. Klaus Kaiser had explained, “incomplete combustion can cause air quality problems, not because of CO2 but due to soot particles and nitrogen oxides,” particularly in high density urban areas where the air tends to be stagnant. There is a reason...
  • Why Did Oil Prices Just Jump By 27 Percent In 3 Days?

    09/02/2015 9:28:45 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-09-2015 | volatile
    Oil prices have posted their strongest rally in years, jumping an astounding 27 percent in the last three trading days of August. While much of the recent price movement defies reason and is enormously magnified by speculative movements by traders to take and cover their bets on oil, still, there were a series of rumors, events, and fresh data that helped contribute to the spike. For example, on August 31, the oil markets woke up to the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his counterpart from Venezuela to discuss “possible mutual steps” to stabilize oil prices. The meeting...
  • Thermal Camera Review: These Heat Seekers Reveal an Unseen World

    09/02/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Jon Keegan
    Heat-vision cameras have been used widely in many industries for decades: Soldiers find targets through heat-vision rifle sights, police mount them on helicopters to search for people on the ground and contractors use the sensors to look for cold air seeping into homes. Now you can buy a simple smartphone attachment to reveal the widely varying temperatures of the people and things around you. Maybe you’re not up for hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger, like the heat-seeing alien hunter in the classic 1987 film “Predator.” There are many practical home uses for the latest thermal camera accessories from Flir and Seek, too:...
  • U.S. will reach 400 Million Private Firearms by end of Obama Presidency

    09/02/2015 5:30:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 67 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The National Instant Check System (NICS)  performs a check when people buy firearms from federally licensed dealers in the United States.  It is also used to perform background checks on people applying for firearm carry permits in those states where such permits are required or offered by law.  As there are now over 15 million carry permits in the United States, and firearm sales numbers are in the 10 to 20 million range per year, you can see that the number of NICS checks is not a perfect fit for the number of firearms sold. One of the reasons...
  • Meh (Fiorina)

    09/02/2015 5:02:47 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 19 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Sept. 2, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    And? CNN said Tuesday it is amending the criteria for candidates to qualify for its Republican presidential debate later this month, possibly clearing the way for contender Carly Fiorina to be part of the main-stage debate. Fiorina has battled for weeks to be included in the Sept. 16 main event, arguing that CNN was relying too heavily on old polling to determine which candidates would make the top-10 cut. Frankly, I don't get it. What does Fiorina bring to the party? She was a disaster at HP; not only did she get fired by the board the company lost half...
  • HOW KUROBE, JAPAN BECAME THE ZIPPER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

    09/01/2015 2:43:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | August 31, 2015 | GEORGE PENDLE
    A close up of a YKK zipper. (Photo: Chris 73/ WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)There is not a groin in the world that the city of Kurobe has not touched. It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers, producing roughly half the world’s supply—some 7 billion a year. Yet to understand how Kurobe became the zipper capital of the world, one must travel back to the very birth of the zipper, to a time when the zipper wasn’t even the zipper at all. It was in the midst of the Victorian age that mankind suddenly grew disquieted...
  • The World’s First Clean Oil Sands Project: An Interview With Dr. Gerald Bailey

    09/01/2015 9:29:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-01-2015 | sjiek
    fter decades of exhaustive attempts to overcome the dirty reputation of oil sands, we finally have an environmentally-friendly and low cost method to tap into these vast resources in the state of Utah—good news both for Mother Nature and all oil and gas investors. MCW Energy Group’s CEO, former Exxon President of the Arabian Gulf region, Dr. R. Gerald Bailey, tells Oilprice.com in an exclusive interview that his hunt for an innovative technology that simultaneously makes money and cleans up the environment is over. The race to capitalize on Utah’s vast oil sands resources is on, and only the ‘clean’—both...
  • Is George Soros Betting on the Long-Term Future of Coal?

    09/01/2015 9:20:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 01-09-2015 | Sorosian
    Perhaps the greatest nightmare for investors in a commodity stock is that the commodity in question goes the way of coal. After more than a century of dominance in the U.S. and abroad, coal appears to have entered into a structural decline. The EIA and others see coal export volumes declining, domestic U.S. demand remaining questionable, and intense competition from natural gas continuing. A funny thing happened on the way to the graveyard for coal companies though – one of the industries greatest detractors, George Soros, appears to be stepping in as a supporter. Soros, whose $24 billion fortune is...
  • How Many Guns are Stolen and Destroyed each Year?

    09/01/2015 4:32:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent article discussing how many firearms are lost or destroyed each year, one of the commenters suggested that loss through theft, recovery and subsequent destruction by police, could be a significant number.  At TTAG, JSF001 speculated:  You forgot to include firearms seized by police as evidence and than destroyed. I would guess that 80% of all firearms that are stolen wind up being destroyed within 10-20 years. There are a couple of fairly good sources of data for the numbers of firearms stolen. The first is the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC.  The FBI started the...
  • Planned Parenthood Worse then Slavers

    08/31/2015 8:16:04 AM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | August 31st, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    Planned Parenthood has found an even more morally repugnant way to make money than selling men, women and children for profit. Lifenews has been running a series of stories about how Planned Parenthood has been selling aborted baby parts for profit. They separate the parts from the babies they abort and sell the parts for research or medical treatment.
  • How many Firearms have been lost or Destroyed in the United States?

    08/31/2015 7:28:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How many firearms are lost or destroyed in the United States?  Is the number of guns in the U.S. increasing or decreasing? The current estimate of the private stock of firearms in the United States is about 363 million (16 million were added in 2013).  That number was calculated by the cumulative addition of domestic manufacture plus imports minus exports.  This does not count guns shipped to the U.S. military.   The figures are rounded to the nearest million. Firearms manufactured before 1899 are not included.  The starting figure in 1945 is 47 million. The numbers do not account for...
  • I just bought two half gallons of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla.

    08/31/2015 6:30:34 AM PDT · by ziravan · 56 replies
    Vanity | 8/31/15 | Me
    I just bought two half gallons of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla in Central Texas. There was a line big enough to buy out the entire stock I have Blue Bell in my freezer. Neener. Neener.
  • What is Hillary's Platform?

    08/30/2015 11:04:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    August 31, 2015 | Vanity
    I was trying to assemble Hillary's presidential platform off the top of my head. Expand open boarders Change religious beliefs Remove voting rules Free university education Abortion services Expand gun control Global warming laws Universal healthcare Women's rights Gay rights Black rights Illegal immigrant rights Minority rights [fill in taxpayer funded give-away] United Nations - global everything
  • Priorities: FDA cracks down on vegan mayonnaise labeling

    08/29/2015 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 28, 2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    As always, the Food and Drug Administration has its eye on the ball and its arms around freedom…in a big, stifling bear hug. The Founders no doubt intended that the federal government would have a passel of people in charge of telling successful condiment producers what they can put on their labels. For freedom. In this case, the federal government has decided a vegan company cannot put the name “Just Mayo” on its clearly labeled vegan mayonnaise product because the company doesn’t include egg whites in the mixture and does include some healthy stuff, like beta carotene. One would think...
  • Death-Camp Neighbors At Spring Street - Today's Nazi Citizens [Silver Spring MD]

    08/29/2015 5:45:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    For the last 10+ years, several of us pro-life activists have been outside the Planned Parenthood in Silver Spring MD to pray for an end to the barbarity occurring in suite 450 of 1400 Spring Street in Silver Spring MD. We also offer real help to women going into that hell hole, aware that many feel they have no alternative due to difficult personal circumstances. See here for some accounts of our outreaches. We are in Silver Spring MD, a notorious nest of progressives and pro-abortion individuals. Many of them are in the neighborhood just across the street from us....
  • McDonald's, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty

    08/29/2015 12:53:50 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    Soshiok ^ | Sunday, Aug 30, 2015
    LOS ANGELES - McDonald's Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods. Tyson supplies chicken to McDonald's, the world's biggest fast-food chain, for its McNuggets. Representatives for T&S Farm could not be reached for comment....
  • Donald Trump Is ... 13 historians scour the past for Trumpian precedents.

    08/29/2015 10:42:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 29 2015 | Staff
    Is Donald Trump truly one of a kind—a sui generis sensation in U.S. politics? As Americans try to make sense of the businessman-turned-Republican presidential frontrunner and how he’s come to dominate the polls and the airwaves in the 2016 cycle, Politico Magazine decided to consult the archives: Is there a historical figure the Donald resembles—a model who can help explain his rise? We asked some of the smartest historians we know to name the closest antecedent to Trump from the annals of American history. Some maintained that he is a unique product of the era of reality TV, social media...
  • Fatal Firearm Accidents vs Private Gun Ownership 1965-2013

    08/29/2015 4:44:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The red line is the number of private firearms in the United States, in units of 100,000.  At the end of 2013, the estimate was 363.3 million. The green line is the number of fatal firearm accidents, or unintentional firearm fatalities, in the United States.  The number in 2013 was the lowest recorded, 505. The number of fatal firearm accidents, or unintentional firearm fatalities, have been falling for more than 50 years.  At the same time, the number of firearms in the United States has been steadily rising.  The cause of fatal firearm accidents is not correlated to the...
  • MIT builds a 3D printer that can use 10 materials at once

    08/29/2015 12:27:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Computerworld ^ | August 25, 2015 | Lucas Mearian
    Researchers were able to build the printer with off-the-shelf commodity parts for $7K.MIT researchers, using off-the-shelf components, have built a 3D printer capable of building with 10 photopolymer materials at once. And the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) said the researchers were able to build the printer for less than $7,000. That compares to systems that print with just three materials at one time and can cost $250,000. The MultiFab 3D printer works by mixing together microscopic droplets of photopolymers that are then extruded through inkjet printheads similar to those in office printers. The printing process is...
  • [from August 2011] The China Threat That Isn't (Why China is NOT a threat to our manufacturing indus

    08/28/2015 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Scott Lincicome ^ | 8/10/2011
    <p>There are few things these days on which both Main Street and Capitol Hill agree, but one of them is undoubtedly the idea that a flood of artificially cheap Chinese imports is bludgeoning the American economy and propelling China to the top of the global food chain, and that our elected officials must "get tough" on the Great Red Menace in order to stop the bleeding.</p>
  • Has anyone in the gay establishment denounced the VA murders?

    08/28/2015 4:08:50 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    EEE | 28 AUGUST 2015 | EEE
    Has anyone from the Human Rights Campaign or GLAAD weighed in on the VA television station murders and denounced the violence? Did anyone hear any statements or press releases stating that we in the gay community condemn the violence and the killer does not represent our mainstream mainstream values and culture? Has the NAACP or members in the Black Lives Movement weighed in and denounced the violence and offered prayers and support for the victims? This is why you CANNOT compromise or make peace with leftists. After the Charleston shooting, Governor Haley should have told the Confederate flag critics to...
  • Honolulu Mayor Gives up $575,000 to aid Gun Manufacturers

    08/28/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Mayor Caldwell of Honolulu appears to have made the decision to destroy over half a million dollars of Smith & Wesson pistols, rather than sell them to police, police departments or to gun dealers anywhere.   The mayor did not seek to gain political "credit" for the decision.   The scheme was kept secret until it was leaked by whistle blowing police officers about a month ago.   No credible reason was given for destroying the valuable merchandise. There is no shortage of pistol manufacturers.  If the guns were sold to police or gun dealers, they would be directly competing with other...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Indy Star Orchestrates Secret Campaign To Promote LGBT Special Protections

    08/28/2015 11:08:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 26, 2015 | Thomas Rose
    Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an email sent by the President and Publisher of the Indianapolis Star. It invites “community leaders” to help plan and coordinate an aggressive, highly orchestrated campaign to “persuade” the Indiana state legislature to adopt sweeping special protections for Indiana’s gay, lesbian and transgender communities. The email, sent personally by Karen Ferguson Fuson, President and Publisher of the Star, was sent early this morning to an undisclosed list of business and media elites, together with gay rights activists. It pulls no punches in its scope or its goals. The email, in its unedited entirety reads as...
  • The Troubling Decline of Financial Independence in America

    08/28/2015 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/28/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    If you can't work for yourself and afford health insurance, something is seriously messed up. By financial independence, I don't mean an inherited trust fund--I mean earning an independent living as a self-employed person. Sure, it's nice if you chose the right parents and inherited a fortune. But even without the inherited fortune, financial independence via self-employment has always been an integral part of the American Dream. Indeed, it could be argued that financial independence is the American Dream because it gives us the freedom to say Take This Job And Shove It (Johnny Paycheck). This chart shows the self-employed as a percentage of those with jobs (all nonfarm...
  • OPEC Divorce And Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Oil Strategy?

    08/27/2015 4:24:05 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-08-2015 | Endree
    Despite low oil prices, Saudi Arabia is maintaining its investment in its oil industry. Saudi Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih indicated in March that Saudi Aramco would not cut investment. James Crandell, a Cowen & Co. oil analyst cited in this article, who has tracked oil companies’ budgets for many years, estimates that Aramco and its Kuwaiti and UAE counterparts will increase their investment in oil exploration and production in 2015 by 4.5 percent to $38.1 billion. (If proportional to output, the Saudi share would be $24.5 billion). On it’s website, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) identifies Saudi Arabia...
  • To Donald Trump: Tell EPA Poisoners “You’re Fired

    08/26/2015 8:34:15 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | August 27th, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    Some irresponsible employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have given Donald Trump an issue that could put him in the White House. Even those of us who didn’t regularly watch Trump’s television show “The Apprentice” know his signature phrase is “You’re fired”.
  • Obama Calls Harvesting Organs "Atrocities that must end."

    08/26/2015 6:23:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 8/26/15 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Wow! You didn't know that Obama was on the side of the little ones and against Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting atrocities, did you? Oh wait! When he said he's against it, he wasn't talking about his friend Cecile's organ harvesting atrocities, he was addressing a practice in Africa where albinos are murdered and their organs used in ritual sacrifices. Here's what he said to the Young African Leaders' Initiative (YALI): If there’s one thing I want YALI leaders to come out with, it’s the notion of you are strong by taking care of the people who are vulnerable, by looking...
  • Megyn Kelly’s guest on tonight’s “Kelly File”: Jorge Ramos

    08/26/2015 6:02:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    We thought the feud was over. We thought wrong. “Fox News host Megyn Kelly is no stranger to Trump’s bullish tactics,” notes the Fusion press release touting Ramos’s guest hit tonight. Indeed. She’s tweaking Trump here, obviously, by giving his immigration nemesis a platform to call Trump a child-deporting fascist and grieve over how his right to grandstand on Trump’s dime was brutally suppressed for five minutes or whatever. Here’s your open thread to gripe, grumble, and groan about the great Fox News/amnesty/anti-Trump alliance. Easy prediction, though: Kelly will go out of her way to challenge Ramos on whether he...
  • “YOU’RE A BUTCHER AND HELL WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU!”

    08/26/2015 5:15:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Kimberly Guilfoyle is livid over the latest Planned Parenthood video that features StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer and she tells Dyer what she thinks of her in this awesome mini-rant: (video at link)BOOM! I love her passion and I can easily say she speaks for me and probably most of you.
  • It's The Final Meltdown...(economic collapse)

    08/26/2015 12:33:19 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 20 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | August 28, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    Oh yes, remember the banks cleaned up their balance sheets and closed all those pesky derivative trades.... Right? "NEW YORK – This spring, traders and analysts working deep in the global swaps markets began picking up peculiar readings: Hundreds of billions of dollars of trades by U.S. banks had seemingly vanished." “We saw strange things in the data,” said Chris Barnes, a former swaps trader now with ClarusFT, a London-based data firm." Except.... they didn't vanish. They went overseas, but are still there. Just remember, it was CDS and IR products that blew up the world last time, and you...
  • Carl McCrow and Martin Scorsese Partner to Profit Gun Manufacturers

    08/26/2015 6:48:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A British artist, Carl McCrow, has figured out a way to increase gun manufacturers bottom line, and his own.  I can almost hear the manufacturers thinking "please throw me into that briar patch".  From nbcnews.com: LONDON — British artist Carl McCrow is asking the world's most successful filmmakers to make an unambiguous pledge: For every gun that appears in their movies, he wants them to destroy a real one. The irony is doubly delicious because McCrow has made his living with firearms art, and this is his way to feel less "guilty".  He lives in New York City.  ...
  • Reparations? How about ~7 trillion?

    08/25/2015 5:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    American Thinker The Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Richard Butrick
    Housing, education and job training, and other anti-poverty programs have cost some $22 trillion since Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the War on Poverty (WoP) some 50 years ago. Blacks made up some 40% of those living in poverty at the start of the program and now make up some 30% – though that figure may be misleading due to the increasing number of Hispanics living in poverty. In public housing alone, blacks constitute nearly 50% of the occupants. Forty-eight percent of public housing households are black compared to only 19 percent of all renter households.6 Taking income into account does not...
  • How HUD Will Legally Enslave Your Community

    08/25/2015 4:05:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/15 | John Anthony
    Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing may be an attempt to create balanced living patterns. Rather than remove discrimination, AFFH leverages it to codify oppression Local rule died in America on July 8, 2015. With it passes the rights of rural and suburban communities to decide their own futures. The trigger was the final 377-page ruling from HUD called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing[ia] that attempts to remove discrimination and achieve balanced and integrated living patterns. As one blogger beams, “What could possibly be wrong with helping low-income families to move into better neighborhoods?” In this case, everything. AFFH is reminiscent of the...
  • Rossi has been granted US patent on the E-Cat (LENR, Cold Fusion)

    08/25/2015 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Normandy · 23 replies
    An Impossible Invention ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mats Lewan
    Today Andrea Rossi was granted a patent on his LENR based heating device the E-Cat. I have not yet had time to study the patent further, but I just wanted to make it available here on the blog as soon as possible. Note that LENR is not mentioned explicitly, but also note that the contents of the fuel mix are specified — lithium and lithium aluminium hydride as fuel and “a group 10 element, such as nickel in powdered form” as the catalyst. This is important since fuel and catalyst specifications have been lacking from earlier patent applications by Rossi...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Harbor Freight

    08/25/2015 5:11:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The pistol range at the Ranch needed some trimming, so I stopped at Harbor Freight to pick up some inexpensive tools.  That is a bow saw on the counter.  The couple behind me were gracious and volunteered to take my picture. Hispanic? Black? Caucasian? Mixed?  I could not tell, but they were the type of people that a civilization needs to thrive.  I thought they might be immigrants, but their English was perfect and colloquial.  Yuma is a pretty cosmopolitan place.  They were polite, helpful, and friendly. Courtni, the clerk at the counter, was also helpful and friendly.  She...
  • Irony alert: Liberals furious over Bruce Jenner Halloween costumes

    08/24/2015 8:27:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2015 | Newsmachete
    With homosexual and transgender issues always at the forefront, whether we like it or not, it's a relief to know that now your kids will have a gender-fluid option for this coming Halloween: Halloween probably isn’t the best time to deal with an incredibly sensitive subject like gender reassignment. But that hasn’t deterred a major company from conjuring up a Caitlyn Jenner costume in time for Oct. 31. Spirit Halloween, the company behind the pop-up costume stores that appear all over the city every fall, has exclusively confirmed to Confidenti@l that it will be carrying the insensitive getup this year....
  • If Your Adult Child was an Abortionist, What Would You Say to Her?

    08/24/2015 9:32:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 8/24/15 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Abby Johnson of And Then There Were None has begun a new project called Love Letters. It was inspired by the broken-hearted mother of an abortionist who asked her how she could reach her daughter. It inspired this poignant letter. Read more at the website. Please pray for Cheryl and for her heartbroken parents. Is there any worse grief than fearing your child will go to hell? I am asking Blessed Jacinta, who had such a heart for sinners, to intercede for this abortionist and her family. To Cheryl, my daughter"I have so much to say to you, my precious...
  • Tennessee: Woman fired for saying Muslim who killed 5 was ‘a piece of **** scum’

    08/24/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    via Woman banned from Northgate Mall: “I will Sh** on your Quran.” – WDEF News 12.CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga woman with strong views about Islam finds herself out of a job and banned from Northgate Mall.Heidi Grubbs was gainfully employed at the Belk department store inside Northgate Mall until a customer overheard her conversation about domestic terrorist Mohammad Abdulazeez, the shooter who killed five servicemen in Chattanooga last month.“I made a comment specifically towards the terrorist Mohammad and his family by stating that he was a piece of sh** scum and his family was too for killing our men....
  • Krauthammer’s trouble acknowledging the principle of dynamic scoring

    08/24/2015 9:01:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/24/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We are what we are and very few of us can totally change. We can change our voting registration but we are still essentially of the same political stripe. The exceptions prove the rule. Just as we cannot paint a tiger golden brown and create a lion we can never fully leave our formative ideas behind. Charles Krauthammer’s criticisms of Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan serves to support this truth. Krauthammer was born in America but raised in French speaking Montreal one of the largest liberal enclaves in North America. He apparently became enamored with all of the foolishness of...
  • Denver City Council halts Chick-fil-A’s airport operation because its owners believe the Bible

    08/24/2015 6:21:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 40 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/24/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Fascism. Forcing you to bake a gay wedding cake is just the start. The gay marriage fascists are pretty resourceful when it comes to using the power of government to enforce their orthodoxy. And by the way, this is one of the less-discussed problems with the perpetual expansion of government into everything. If you can’t do business without government contracts, or without tax exemptions, you inevitably empower someone in the political realm to judge your worthiness to be in business at all. When the Denver City Council chooses a concessionaire for the Denver International Airport, the decision is supposed to...
  • CA: Man who Killed two Robbers found Not Guilty of Murder, Guilty of Weapons Charge

    08/24/2015 5:40:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Kamhen "Omar" Saleh in suit and tie. Two years ago, a 20 year old California man withdrew $44,000 from the bank for the family business.  He placed the money in a backpack in his vehicle.  He also had a 9mm pistol in the vehicle.  Two men attempted to steal the money; he saw one in his SUV and confronted him; ultimately shooting both men.  In the confrontation they had occupied another vehicle, taking the backpack and money with them.  From From abc30.com: At only 22-years-old he says he shot and killed two robbers in self-defense. Police say those two...
  • Global Trade In Freefall: Container Freight Rates From Asia To Europe Crash 60% In Three Weeks

    08/23/2015 9:45:03 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 23, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Three weeks ago, when we last looked at the collapse in trade along what may be the most trafficked route involving China, i.e., from Asia to Northern Europe, we noted that while that particular shipping freight rate Europe had crashed some 23% on just one week, there was some good news: at least the Baltic Dry index was still inexplicably rising, and at last check it was hovering just above 1,100. That is no longer the case, and just as with everything else in recent months, the Baltic Dry dead cat bounce is now over, with the BDIY topping out...