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  • TX: Dramatic Video of Gunfight

    09/17/2014 11:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The man attempting the robbery appears to have a pistol gripped shotgun of unknown make.    In the video, it is clear that he hides the shotgun until he starts to attempt the robbery.   In the narrative, it is unclear exactly what happens next, whether the father pulls out a gun and tells the robber to leave after the daughter is threatened, or whether the father hands the gun to the 20 year old son,  or whether the son takes the gun from the father, and then shoots the robber.  It seems most likely that the father handed the handgun...
  • Dear Uncle Siemens

    09/17/2014 8:51:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Satire Dear Uncle Siemens, I am hearing a lot about you in the news lately. Somehow your offshore wind turbines in the German Bight can’t deliver any power. ABB’s HVDC converter station seems to have a fever and the prognosis is not good. Some unkind folks claim that you could catch a cold because of that. Really? I mean what’s €500 million between friends? Especially if you can charge it to the electricity consumer!
  • United States Ranks 32 out of 34 Countries in New Global Tax Index

    09/17/2014 8:32:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/14 | Alan Joel
    Our tax code is byzantine, our businesses are over-taxed, and our economy is continuing to suffer. We can do better. We have done better. We deserve better. The Tax Foundation released its first global stat called the “International Tax Competitiveness Index”. This index aims to measure two criteria, competitiveness and neutrality, by examining “the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to”, these “two important principles of tax policy”. The index accounted for more than 40 tax positions and policies. In their analysis, two of the most damning reasons for ranking the United States near the very bottom of...
  • 3D Printed Imura Revolver Hybrid Development

    09/16/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An innovative 3D printed hybrid revolver design is being worked on as tribute to 3D printings first martyr,  Yoshito Imura.  Imura was arrested for 3D printing some plastic, blank firing guns in Japan.  The development would fire from the bottom of the cylinder, as did the original blank firing plastic gun.   The new design has hybrid features, including steel chamber sleeves and barrel liner.  As seen in this computer image of the developing design, the revolver is meant to be double action; that is, one pull of the trigger will rotate the cylinder, cock the striker, and release it,...
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, “The Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,” is an extension of Lincoln’s national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. “Being able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform

    09/15/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org: Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital...
  • Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS

    09/15/2014 11:16:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    We recently explained how ISIS remains so well funded but what was unclear was who exactly what purchasing their 'recently-provisioned' oil reserves? The assumption being some desperate third-world nation or some scheming offshore hedge-fund arbitrageur; however, as Sott.net reports, a senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member states have purchased oil from ISIL Takfiri militants despite their rhetoric against the group. The official declined to disclose any names but Turkey remains a front-runner (having already shunned President Obama) and potentially France (after their recent anti-Petrodollar comments). As The Daily Signal's Kelsey Harkness ( @kelseyjharkness ) notes, According...
  • Liberated Women and the Traditional Family

    09/15/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/15/14 | Alan Caruba
    It’s about generations of young men and women growing up in a society where a father is not an integral part of the family and the price our society pays for that My generation, born in the late 1930s and the 1940s, has witnessed a dramatic change in the role and the rights of women in America. A significant result of the women’s liberation movement is a change in the role of traditional marriage that was reported in early September. “If you count a generation as spanning 20 years,” wrote Terence P. Jeffery, an editor of CNSnews.com, “then approximately 36...
  • IRS Poised to Start Taxing Employer Provided Lunches

    09/15/2014 9:20:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Some employers provide employees with company-paid free lunches. The idea is to keep workers at their desks and improve productivity. The expense has normally been lumped in with other expenses as a cost of doing business. The IRS now wants to tax these lunches as income to the employees. IRS spokesperson Jason Coveter explained that “most employees have to furnish their own lunches. Whether they go out and buy it or bring it from home, they are bearing this cost themselves. It is unfair for other employees to get a lunch paid for by their employer. We’re just trying to...
  • AZ:Armed Robbery: Distraction = Death

    09/15/2014 8:44:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A common theme in the failure of armed robbers is the problem of becoming distracted, if only for one or two seconds.   That is all the time a prospective victim needs to access a weapon and strike a fatal blow or three.   Robbers want compliance and money or goods.   They generally do not want murder, at least until after they get the goods or money, which compliance helps them to obtain.   In this case in Phoenix, the would be robber was distracted, and loses the subsequent gunfight.   From kpho.com;  Crump is a police Sargent: The suspect walked up to...
  • The Experiment Halfway Point: How Much Tax Do We Pay?

    09/15/2014 6:04:14 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/15/14 | Steve Berman
      It’s halfway through the month, and time to update you on my experiment.  To review, I chose September to capture every penny of tax we pay, and see exactly how much goes to the government.  I am only capturing direct taxes, rather than driving myself into the abyss of insanity by attempting to accrue all the corporate taxes, and second- and third-removed taxes on money we pay. A few notes on lifestyle.  My wife and I have two boys, ages 5 and 3 (about to be 4).  We live pretty modestly.  In fact, other than travel for work or...
  • The Politics of Giving Your Child a Black Name

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Politic365 ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeneba Ghatt
    Yesterday, New York City Department of Health revealed that the number one name Black parents applied to their baby girls was Madison, a name historically and traditionally given by White parents. By contrast, the number one boy name was Jayden, often considered a typical “Black name.” The juxtaposition of the contrast is striking. It is no hidden secret that many Blacks in America for decades have struggled with the decision of whether to name their children a traditional African or African American name. The decision is based on how much they want to give away the race of their children...
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • WHO still pushing to collect a global tobacco tax

    09/14/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The unelected and unaccountable sages at the World Health Organization (WHO) can’t seem to help themselves or resist the temptation to try to regulate the behavior of everyone on the planet. This is a shame, really, because a group like that could actually do some good if they stuck to trying to get basic supplies and medical care to people in remote, poverty stricken countries. But rather than devoting themselves to such laudable goals, they’re once again pushing to get every government on the planet to jack up sin taxes on tobacco.(This is something they’ve tried before, as I wrote...
  • Andrew Mellon: A Study in Conservative American History

    09/14/2014 5:11:39 PM PDT · by grumpa · 1 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | Septemeber 14, 2014 | Off Grid Blogger
    The story of Andrew Mellon (1855-1937) is lab in American conservatism. There are at least three reasons: (1) his business success, (2) his political acumen, and (3) his philanthropy. Business Success. He became one of the richest men in America through successful business ventures across numerous industries. His businesses gave jobs to tens of thousands of Americans while advancing the economy. Political Success. He served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1921 to 1932 under three presidents: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Working with President Coolidge, Mellon was instrumental in reviving the country from the depression of 1920-21. Unlike the later...
  • New Army Commercial Sends Pitiful Message to the World

    09/14/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by publius321 · 121 replies
    http://www.dailyLambaste.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Scott Ryan
    When I saw this commercial, I honestly thought perhaps the Army is now making ads specifically targeting homosexuals. (We all know that it's just a matter of time.) I'm definitely ---not--- saying that graphic artists are all homosexuals. However...
  • Why Renters are Not Buying Into the “American Dream” of Homeownership

    09/14/2014 10:35:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Bryan Ellis Investing Letter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Carole VanSickle Ellis
    We’ve all heard that millenials are the key to the housing recovery and that home prices are set to skyrocket just as soon as all the people renting or living in family homes (read: basements) get out, get married, get employed, and settle down in their new homes. However, for some reason, the estimates for when all this will happen just keep moving farther and farther out. In an effort to determine just what is delaying renters from becoming homeowners, the New York Federal Reserve conducted a Survey of Consumer Expectations to address the issue. The study found that while...
  • Wind Turbines but no Power

    09/14/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The highly touted, government-subsidized, unreliable, intermittent and expensive "alternative power" schemes currently in vogue are nothing but a phenomenal waste of money
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    09/13/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Indypendent ^ | September 12, 2014 | Deirdre Smith
    It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. It was all over the news in August: images of police pointing military-grade weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Michael Brown, his family and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and felt the fear I have for my own family. In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane...
  • Job, Resource Fair to Be Held in Ferguson Saturday

    09/13/2014 8:13:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | September 12, 2014 | Carol Daniel
    FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - The protests and riots in Ferguson highlighted what many already knew—residents in many North St. Louis county towns are facing unemployment, poverty and lack of educational achievement. Organizers say a job and resource fair on Saturday, Sept. 13 is designed to tackle those issues. “We’re all alarmed by the situation and events that are happening, but I’m hoping that out of that something good can come out of it, and that’s getting people jobs and getting folks back into the educational setting,” says St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Interim President Ruby Curry. The Urban League of...
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Fracking dollars help save a sports icon in fracking-free New York (NFL's Buffalo Bills)

    09/12/2014 1:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Barrel ^ | September 12, 2014 | John Kingston
    Another chapter in the never-ending love/hate relationship between New York and fracking. The former has banned the latter, as we’re sure you know. First, let’s go back to 2010. East Resources, which is a privately held independent oil and gas company operating in the Marcellus, among other areas, sells a vast amount of acreage in the Marcellus and other areas to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion. Then go back to earlier this year. Ralph Wilson, the only man who ever owned the Buffalo Bills, dies in March. So his heirs put the Bills–who haven’t made the NFL playoffs since...
  • McDonald's Is Quietly Copying Chipotle's Strategy ("Customization")

    09/12/2014 12:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Trove ^ | September 6, 2014 | Ashley Lutz, Business Insider
    McDonald's just expanded a test for burgers that are 100% customizable. The brand hopes the strategy, which is currently in four restaurants in San Diego, California, could help attract a younger crowd and revive lagging sales. Many analysts believe that the customization will soon become widespread at McDonald's and allow it to better compete with fast-casual competitors like Chipotle. Chipotle is largely successful because the ingredients for its burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads are entirely selected by customers, who increasingly crave tailored options and high-quality ingredients. Dominique Zamora at Foodbeast tried out the process, which also has elements of fast-casual...
  • Why Apple Pay Will Change Electronic Payments Forever

    09/12/2014 9:12:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 229 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/12/14 | Steve Berman
    Apple has included what most consumers think is a neat feature, or at best an innocuous addition to their iPhone 6 and Apple Watch:  Apple Pay.  In fact, Neil Irwin at the New York Times crows that “Apple Pay Tries to Solve a Problem That Isn’t Really a Problem”.  That couldn’t be further from the truth. Apple Pay is a game changer for the whole world of electronic payments, and not just an extra feature.  Apple Pay will change the future of mobile (and possibly all) payments. Other companies have tried to cash in on the idea of “one card...
  • Ships without crew set for the seas

    09/11/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | September 11, 2014
    Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. Marintek, part of the SINTEF group based in Norway, is one of a number of partners working on developing systems which can operate without the need for humans. The "Seatonomy" project is looking to have ships sailing without human crews in the next 10 to 20 years. The 12 million kroner ($1.9 million) research investment by SINTEF could actually improve ship safety as human error causes more than 75 percent of...
  • Poll: Republicans preferred to keep America prosperous (49%-40%)

    09/11/2014 4:45:09 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 3 replies
    Politipage ^ | 09/11/14 | Jon Fitzpatrick
    Earlier I posted about the new poll from Gallup where the Republicans wallop the Democrats when it comes to keeping America safe. Buried in that poll was this other nugget: “Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will keep the country prosperous." Results: Republicans 49%, Democrats 40%. And how will this impact the mid terms, exactly? Well, it "does not bode well for Democratic chances," says Gallup. While these measures are by no means perfect predictors of how well a party will do in a midterm election year, the Republican Party's strength this year...
  • Chicago Gets to Work for LGBTQ Youth (Now I've seen it all)

    09/11/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Curve Magazine ^ | September 10, 2014 | Melanie Barker
    Help is at hand for job-seeking queer and trans youth.Roll up your sleeves, queer youth of Chicago, and get ready to connect and get skilled! On Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, the Work! Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair welcomes members of the community, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community.The fair is sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech and the Center on Halsted. This job fair is a follow-up event to the Windy City Times LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit held in May, in which...
  • IKEA ridicules silly Apple commercials

    09/11/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies
    Just click the link below to find out what this is all about.
  • Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

    09/11/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Claude Salhani
    The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from the outset that it had no choice but to set its sights on the ultimate prize: the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. It is in that direction that the battle for control of the world’s largest oil fields is currently heading. Islamic State—which has its origins in al-Qaeda—knows fully well...
  • Rice’s Misfortune Is that His “Infraction” Was Caught on Camera

    09/11/2014 7:43:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Jerry A. Kane
    As long as players don't get caught knocking out women on camera for the world to see, they're cleared to play football in the NFL Ray Rice has become “Peck’s Bad Boy” for a deteriorating National Football League. When the first video of him dragging his unconscious fianc√©e out of an elevator appeared in July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped Rice’s wrist with a two-game suspension. Goodell went on to revise the league’s disciplinary policy regarding domestic violence to include a minimum six-game suspension or more for the first infraction and up to a lifetime ban for the second, with...
  • Second Amendment Supporters Buy Best Guns at Cleveland "Buy Back"

    09/11/2014 4:34:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At the recent Cleveland gun turn in event, "buy back", the public turned in 270 guns to the police.    Second amendment supporters were there in force, and purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of those brought to the event, for cash.   From guns.com: “Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns weren’t worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we...
  • Cruz to House GOP: Punt Spending Debate Into 2015

    09/11/2014 1:53:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski with Matt Fuller
    Sen. Ted Cruz is launching an effort to push the House into a continuing resolution that funds the government into the next Congress. “It would be a serious mistake for House Republicans to pass a Continuing Resolution that would ensure that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats would come back to Washington, after many of them will have likely lost their seats, for a no-holds barred lame duck session where they will be free to pass legislation that the American people will never be able to hold them responsible for,” the Texas Republican said in a statement provided to CQ...
  • 5 Different 3D Printed Gun Models Have Been Fired Since May, 2013 – Here They Are

    09/10/2014 8:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    While we have seen so many incredible life-changing applications for 3D printing, there are still many concerns which remain on the table when dealing with the possible negative implications of the technology. Whether you believe that the ease in which practically anyone will eventually be able to fabricate a firearm is a good or bad thing, just the thought of 3D printed firearms will send shivers down the spines of law enforcement agencies around the world. There has been an incredibly fast progression of the technology behind the methods of manufacturing guns with 3D printers in the last two years...
  • Should Stratasys be Worried? London Man is Developing a Polymer Jetting 3D Printer for Under $2000

    09/10/2014 7:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 9, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    There are two 3D printing technologies that are capable of producing products that are almost indistinguishable from those created using traditional manufacturing techniques. These would be Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Polymer Jetting technology. The former is widely used by 3D Systems in their industrial level machines, which can cost in the $500,000+ range. The latter is currently used by Stratasys in their patented PolyJet technology, which is utilized in most of their industrial level 3D printers. These printers also cost in the 6-figure-plus range. While these 3D printing technologies are some of the best out there, the price tags...
  • CA Judge May Have Created Huge Challenges For Contractors

    09/10/2014 6:24:49 PM PDT · by representativerepublic · 95 replies
    ShawnMcCadden.com The Design Builders Blog ^ | September 9, 2014 | Shawn McCadden
    I couldn’t believe it when I read it. A California Superior Court judge by the name of Paul M. Haakenson ordered Lowes to pay $1.6 million dollars for selling 2x4’s that are not really 2” x 4”. Yes, your read that right! According to the Marin County, CA district attorney's office Lowes "unlawfully advertised structural dimensional building products for sale." To put it a different way, prosecutors say that if products, including building products like a 2x4 or 2x8, aren’t actually 2” x 4” or 2” x 8” when purchased, consumers are being mislead.
  • Americans For Responsible Solutions Makes offer, Reneges (Giffords,Kelly anti-gun)

    09/10/2014 4:12:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Americans for Responsible Solutions Pac, the political fundraising group created to turn Gabby Giffords tragedy into a way to raise money and disarm Americans, made what I thought was a very reasonable offer. I was alerted to the offer by a member of the Arizona Citizen Defense League (AZCDL).   In short, Mark Kelly's group says that they will send you their latest propaganda book for a donation of any amount. I'll tell you more about the book itself in a second, but here's our offer. Contribute ANY amount you think is fair to support our work at Americans for...
  • Pushback at Cleveland Gun "buy back"

    09/09/2014 12:49:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been many academic studies showing that gun turn in events, also known by the propaganda term "buy back", have little or no known effect on crime.   They are considered a waste of police resources.  They are also a waste because there is no reason to destroy the valuable firearms collected, other than to send the propaganda message that guns are bad and should be destroyed. Several states have enacted legislation to stop this practice.  If those who organize these events wished to make them more effective, they would coordinate with private buyers so that valuable guns would...
  • The Minimum Wage, and the Question of Failing at Life

    09/09/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 9, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a fast food protest, demanding that their prospective members all price themselves out of a job. So, understandably unable to resist a straight line while filling in as a talk show guest host, pundit Erick Erickson said that if you’re still earning minimum wage at 30, you’ve probably failed at life. It’s easy to blast Mr. Erickson for the tone-deafness of his comment. While certainly true of some, his quip is hardly true of most minimum wage employees. But is that fair? Is it reasonable, or helpful to the national economic and social...
  • Obama Silent on Chrysler Tax Inversion Deal

    09/09/2014 9:19:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 9, 2014 | Mark Modica
    It's official. Chrysler has now wholly-merged with Italian auto maker, Fiat. It had taken a bit over five years for Fiat to gain total control of the bailed out, once-American Chrysler Corporation. Back in June of 2009, President Obama gifted (payment was made in the form of "technology") an initial 20% stake in Chrysler to Fiat as part of his orchestrated auto bailout process. Fiat parlayed that into full ownership and is now showing its gratitude to the American taxpayers who helped fund the deal by relocating Chrysler's headquarters to London ; a move which will lessen the company's...
  • How Empires End

    09/09/2014 7:00:47 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 17 replies
    internationalman.com ^ | September 2014 | Jeff Thomas
    “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson Histories are generally written by academics. They, quite naturally, tend to focus on the main events: the wars and the struggles between leaders and their opponents (both external and internal). Whilst these are interesting stories to read, academics, by their very nature, often overlook the underlying causes for an empire’s decline. Today, as in any era, most people are primarily interested in the “news”—the daily information regarding the world’s political leaders...
  • Cleveland Turn In (buyback) will Destroy Valuable Guns

    09/08/2014 2:56:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Cleveland held its annual gun turn in "buy back" today, 6 September.   People turned in 270 firearms.  The term "buy back" is a pure propaganda term, because the guns never belonged to the people who are buying them.   From 19actionnews.com: The Cleveland Police Department's eighth annual buyback seemed successful, taking in 270 weapons during the event, including seven shotguns, 10 rifles and 253 handguns. Some of the guns were much more valuable than the $100 gift card given for handguns, or the $200 gift card given for semi-automatic long guns.   Some of the guns, such as the older...
  • If new EU sanctions hit energy sector, Russia may close airspace - Medvedev

    09/08/2014 9:04:06 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | September 08, 2014
    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned Russia may shut its air corridors to Western airlines if the next round of European sanctions hit Russian energy companies. "If there are sanctions related to the energy sector, or further restrictions on Russia's financial sector, we will have to respond asymmetrically,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Vedomosti newspaper, published on Monday. EU ministers will gather on Monday to discuss new sanctions against Russia and are rumored to be introduced on Tuesday. The prime minister promised a strong retaliation if the West slaps Russia with more sanctions. “We could impose transport restrictions,”...
  • Gasoline Prices in Delaware Averaging $1.71

    09/07/2014 11:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Gasoline prices in Delaware continue to plummet as the price of crude oil has fallen nearly 70 percent from its mid-summer high. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of regular in Delaware is $1.71....
  • Political Order and Political Decay

    09/07/2014 11:06:30 PM PDT · by wetphoenix
    The American Interest ^ | August 28, 2014 | Francis Fukuyama
    Volume two of the project I started writing in 2011, titled Political Order in Changing Societies, hits bookstores later this month. It is an attempt to map out how modern states have evolved out of patrimonial ones, and tries to show how simplistic understandings of how development works can lead to disastrous policy. I have not posted to this blog in almost a year because I have been busy finishing up my book Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. The book is now complete and will be published by Farrar, Straus and...
  • AZ:.22 Rimfire Spotted in Yuma

    09/07/2014 3:01:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 59 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    .22 rimfire is starting to become more available, as tremendous demand is being met.   From around the country I am hearing reports of more .22 rimfire being available, though supplies are still not sufficient to keep stores stocked. My friend Jerry needed to purchase some shotgun ammunition for dove hunting, as I was taking his son and friend out as beginning hunters.   We drove to Wal Mart.   Shotgun ammunition has never been in short supply.   Wal Mart was out of dove loads!  Shooting dove with duck loads or buck shot is not a good idea.   I should explain that...
  • Civilian-legal IR laser illuminator

    09/07/2014 1:44:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Weaponsman ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Weaponsman
    So L3 Communications, the makers of the PEQ-15, have made a civilian-legal Class 1 version, which they call the ATPIAL-C (“C” for “Commercial”). It’s basically the PEQ-15, made on the same production line out of most of the same parts, just without the high-energy mode. Even side by side they’re hard to tell apart. (Look at the laser safety label — the ATPIAL-C has a triangular warning icon, as befits its lower-energy laser, and the PEQ-2 the red starburst of an eye-unsafe laser). What you give up with the -C model is some range on the laser pointer, a lot...
  • An Economist’s Bad Climate Advice

    09/07/2014 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/14 | Alan Caruba
    All of the forecasts made by a legion of climate charlatans in the 1980s and 1990s turned out to be WRONG. If I need my car repaired, I do not take it to a dentist. If I am seeking advice about the climate I check out what climatologists and meteorologists are saying, at least those who have not sold their souls to the global warming/climate change hoax. On September 3 The Wall Street Journal published a commentary by Edward P. Lazear titled “The Climate Change Agenda Needs to Adapt to Reality: Limiting carbon emissions won’t work. Better to begin adjusting...
  • Unemployed Unicorns, Bonfires & the Magic Rainbow of Obamanomics

    09/06/2014 4:45:28 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 19 replies
    Self | 9/6/14 | Me
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Obama economic recovery is a complete sham! Barack the Barista, aided by his media muppets and trusty teleprompter, continues to tout the “common core” 6.1% unemployment rate while shouting “America is back” from the top of Mount Hypocrisy amidst adoring crowds of mindless Kool-Aid drinkers. As expected, our so-called President is excluding one teensy-weensy, minor detail: Over 92 MILLION Americans, more than a third of the country, are not working! Workforce participation is at an atrocious 62.8%, the lowest rate since Carter’s implosion in 1978, and food stamp recipients have...