Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gun control protests fall flat in Indianapolis: Are gun grabbers overplaying their hand?

Gun-grabber Michael Bloomberg recently launched Everytown For Gun Safety, afear-mongering anti-gun group intended to take on groups like the NRA. It'sonly logical that anti-2nd Amendment groups would work hard to combat the80,000+ strong NRA annual meeting happening this week in Indianapolis. andLord knows, they're trying.
Unfortunately for them, it looks like Hoosiers appreciate their guns as muchas the rest of the country.
Yesterday, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence held a rally that drew afull 25 protesters. They read names of people killed by guns. A grandmotherspoke about the murder of her grandson, making sure to convey that her blackgrandson was killed by a 55-year-old white man. Race makes the argument morepowerful, right?
"It was clear that she was not talking about "sensible" gun reform," saysWIBC's Tony Katz, who was in attendance. "She was there to have aconversation about race. It was odd, unfortunate and unnecessary. Itcompletely undercut any 'legitimate' conversation they were having at therally."
Katz went on to address another speaker, Dr. Steve Posner, who said that theNRA is funded by gun manufacturers, so they can't be objective. Theassertion is odd, he says, since "Everytown got $50 million from Bloomberg,and he wants to grab the guns as well. When its their money, its grassroots. When its someone else's money, it's obscene and wrong and evil anddestroying America."
Meanwhile, Everytown For Gun Safety dropped a report entitled "Not yourgrandparents' NRA," that portrays the NRA as a radicalized, murderous group,as opposed to the small gun club it was in its inception.
But the NRA that was created after the Civil War to promote hunting,marksmanship, and safety training - and that supported common sense gun laws- no longer exists. Today's NRA would be unrecognizable to the foundingmembers of the organization.
Anti-gun activists are tweeting the report to every elected official andpro-2nd Amendment leader they can, spamming the #NRAAM hashtag duringspeeches at the NRA convention.
The common theme? Scaring women. Scaring mothers. Trying to marginalizewomen who choose to protect their families and exercise their rightsresponsibly. In Indiana, however, their message is falling flat. Gun permitsin the Hoosier state are up 42% among women.
NRO's Jim Geraghty and Charles C. W. Cooke have reminded me that 32% ofDemocrats are gun owners.
The question is this: Is the anti-gun left overplaying their hand with thecurrent surge of anti-gun campaigns? The majority of Americans believe inthe 2nd Amendment, and there are over 100 million gun owners in the UnitedStates. Gun owners are not exclusively old white men. They are men andwomen, of all races and ethnicities, belonging to both the Republican andDemocratic parties.
Attempts to categorize gun owners in negative ways probably won't play well,particularly when anti-gun forces use fear mongering and scare tactics.

By Epictetus

Grandpa Calls 911 To Report His "Lazy" Grandson

APRIL 29--A 72-year-old Ohio man called 911 to report that his teenagegrandson was a layabout who refused to do household chores and spent his dayplaying on his computer, according to a police report.
Edward Friel told Lorain County Sheriff's Office deputies that he hascustody of his 17-year-old grandson Justin, whom he said was "lazy and doesnothing around the house."
The elder Friel summoned police to his South Amherst home one morningafter asking Justin to "do some work around the house." When the teen"continued to play on the computer," Friel "cut the internet cable cordsince he was not listening to him," investigators reported.
The teenager (seen at right) became incensed and punched a hole in a kitchenwall before leaving the home and walking into nearby woods. "Mr. Frielstated Justin did not threaten him but is tired of him being lazy."
"No charges were filed in connection with the damage to the wall (or theboy's laziness). Friel advised that he "would handle the discipline" of hisgrandson. (2 pages)"

There ought to be a law against that.

By Epictetus

Was Donald Sterling Set up-Caller tells Rush about Sterling setup theory

Fascinating! An African-American listener to the Rush Limbaugh radio show called to describe his theory that Donald Sterling was set up by people who covet the LA Clippers and wanted him to be forced to sell the team.

After all, it was well known for years among the LA “glitterati”  that Donald Sterling was an all-around jerk and buffoon who was inclined to make intemperate remarks, particularly ones involving race. So why all the outrage over his behavior now? Especially over remarks that were made in private when they were recorded? Keep in mind that California has very strict laws regarding recording conversations: all parties must give their consent or else it is illegal to record the conversation. So the manner in which the recording was obtained is as much an issue as what was said.

Donald Sterling has been a major contributor to the Democrat party and to the NAACP. So, again, why go after him now? Has he outlived his usefulness?

Anyway, as events have unfolded, it appears that “Neil” from Dallas is spot-on his analysis.

By Epictetus

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Men Who Work Full-Time Earn Less Than 40 Years Ago
n-less-40-years-ago - The real median income of American men who work full-time,year-round peaked forty years ago in 1973, according to data published bythe U.S. Census Bureau.
"In 1973, median earnings for men who worked full-time, year-round were$51,670 in inflation-adjusted 2012 dollars. The median earnings of men whowork full-time year-round have never been that high again."
"In 2012, the latest year for which the Census Bureau has published anestimate, the real median earnings of men who worked full-time, year-roundwas $49,398. That was $2,272-or about 4.4 percent-below the peak medianearnings of $51,670 in 1973."
"In 1960, the earliest year for which the Census Bureau has published thisdata, the median earnings for men who worked full-time, year-round were$36,420 in 2012 dollars. Between 1960 and 1973 that increased $15,250-orabout 41.9 percent."
"By comparison, the real median earnings of American women who workfull-time year-round peaked in 2007, when women who worked full-time earned$38,872 in constant 2012 dollars. From 1960 through 2007, the real income ofAmerican women who work full-time increased $16,774 or about 76 percent.From 2007 to 2012, the real earnings of women who work full-time declined$1,081, or about 2.8 percent."
"By "earnings," the Census Bureau means money someone earns as an employee,which "includes wages, salary, armed forces pay, commissions, tips,piece-rate payments, and cash bonuses earned, before deductions are made foritems such as taxes, bonds, pensions, and union dues." It also includes "netincome" from self-employment."

Hmmm...1971 was when the U.S. Dollar was taken off the gold standard....since then it would appear that inflation has eaten up the buying power of people who work for wages. Furthermore, it appears the economy changed during the past 41 years such that the jobs in which men are typically employed don't pay as much as in the past, even when adjusted for inflation.

By Epictetus

Pine Co. Sheriff: Suspects Broke into Home Looking for Pain Killers, 1 Shot Dead

An example of a justifiable homicide under Minnesota's "Castle Doctrine"
law. Not really different than other states' castle doctrine laws. Under
castle doctrine in most states, the homeowner does not have to prove that he
acted with justification, rather the burden is on the district attorney to
prove that the homeowner did not act with justification before charges can
be made against the homeowner in court.

"23-year-old Gypsy Watt is dead, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested, then
charged with burglary and assault on Friday. A cancer patient is shaken up
after the two broke into his Pine County farmhouse around 2:30 a.m.

Police say the men, who were just out of jail, when they broke into
75-year-old Charles Carlson's home, on Fox Road near Sandstone. Both men
have long criminal histories, and one had a gun.

Carlson struggled with the intruder and managed to grab his own gun. He shot
one of the intruders, Watts, who died at the scene.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole tells KSTP that Watts, along with the teen,
went to Carlson's farm to steal his painkillers that he takes for pain
associated with his terminal cancer.

The teen escaped and was arrested hours later behind a flower shop in
downtown Sandstone. Two others were questioned and released.

Carlson is cooperating with investigators and is not likely to face legal
consequences. The Sheriff says the shooting is believed to be a justified
use of force.

Although the second suspect is only 16, authorities are pushing to have him
certified to stand trial as an adult. If convicted, the penalties are much
more severe in adult court than juvenile court.

The County Attorney will review the case to see if it fits the "Castle
Doctrine". It's law in several states, including Wisconsin. It allows
homeowners to use deadly force against uninvited intruders. Minnesota law
requires more responsibility on the part of the homeowner or shooter.

"The reason that I call what we have in Minnesota, not the castle doctrine,
not the stand your ground doctrine, but the reasonable belief doctrine, is
because the words of the statute. You must reasonably believe that you are
in great danger of great bodily harm or death or that you are trying to
prevent the commission of a felony, in your place of abode, your house,
where you live," said Joseph Daly, Emeritus Professor at Hamline University
School of Law.

In 2012, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would have expanded
Minnesota's deadly force doctrine to places other than just the home.

The current law is listed under 609.065, Justifiable taking of life.

It reads:

"The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section
609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which
the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily
harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor's place
of abode."

By Epictetus

Minnesota man convicted of premeditated murder for shooting teen burglars

An illustrative case. It was Smith’s own audio recording of the incident that hung him. Minnesota is a castle doctrine state, so he probably could have claimed justification in shooting the first intruder when he broke in. He could have argued that he was reasonably in fear for his life then and the castle doctrine doesn’t require a person to flee his or her dwelling in order to avoid using lethal force to stop an intruder under those circumstances . However, his recording showed that he “executed” the second teen burglar. Since there is no “death penalty “ for burglary in Minnesota, Smith’s use of lethal force wasn’t “reasonable” or necessary to secure his safety and so his “good, clean finishing shot" earned him a premeditated murder conviction. Furthermore, the fact that he delayed calling the police for so long probably convinced the jury that he intended to ambush and kill the teen burglars, absent any circumstances that would justify the use of lethal force.
By Epictetus

Watch the quickest tap out in the history of MMA

Wonder why he didn't just call in sick?

By Epictetus

Barack Obama signs US military pact with Philippines-Filipino Activists burn Obama in Effigy

Obviously they're racist.

By Epictetus

In 20% of American Families, No One Works

"( - In 20 percent of American families in 2013, according to new
data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), not one member of the
family worked.

A family, as defined by the BLS, is a group of two or more people who live
together and who are related by birth, adoption or marriage. In 2013, there
were 80,445,000 families in the United States and in 16,127,000-or 20
percent--no one had a job.

The BLS designates a person as "employed" if "during the survey reference
week" they "(a) did any work at all as paid employees; (b) worked in their
own business, profession, or on their own farm; (c) or worked 15 hours or
more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family."

Members of the 16,127,000 families in which no one held jobs could have been
either unemployed or not in the labor force. BLS designates a person as
unemployed if they did not have a job but were actively seeking one. BLS
designates someone as not in the labor force if they did not have a job and
were not actively seeking one. (An elderly couple, in which both the husband
and wife are retired, would count as a family in which no one held a job.)

In 20% of American Families, No One Works-1

Of the 80,445,000 families in the United States in 2013, there were
7,685,000-or about 9.6 percent-in which at least one family member

"The BLS has been tracking data on employment in families since 1995. That
year, the percent of families in which no one had a job was 18.8 percent.
The percentage hit an all-time high of 20.2 percent in 2011. It held steady
at 20 percent in in 2012 and 2013."

It must be good news that so many people no longer have to work for a

By Epictetus

Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage Jobs Than Better-Paid Ones

"The Obama Recovery (TM) begins and ends at McDonald's. And a lot of those
will go away if the minimum wage hike and obesity food laws go through
killing what little there is in the way of a recovery."

"The New York Times predictably uses the article to push minimum wage laws
that would wipe out many of those jobs. But that's welfare state logic. It's
better to wipe out jobs and put people on welfare than to create jobs.

"Meanwhile the only kind of jobs that Obama is creating are Third World
jobs. For a Third World nation. Instead of discussing how to make McDonald's
jobs better, we should be looking at ways of bringing manufacturing jobs

By Epictetus

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Moose puts schools in lockdown

"How Canadian is that?" Tyler Evans said upon learning a moose was behindthe safety precaution.
"In the States they're getting locked down because of bomb threats, andwe're getting locked down because of a moose," the Patrick Fogarty studentsaid.

A  Moose community spokesman said, "we were here first."

By Epictetus

How to Tell Black People Apart by David Alan Grier

This is funny!

But seriously, Jimmy Kimmel and David Alan Grier should leave white people
alone on this matter. Like Lady Gaga, they were "born that way" and can't
help it if they can't tell people of color apart. It's called "cross race

In fact, white people even have trouble telling other white people apart.
Like CNN couldn't tell Rosie O'Donnell from Roseanne Barr (see attached

Clearly the real issue here is not that white people suck at facial
recognition, but that our society has way too many celebrities who look
alike. Hard to tell them apart under the best of circumstances, much less
remember what they did last. Clearly a needless and wasteful duplication of
effort. For example, why do we have so many late night talk shows now? The
hosts of these shows all interview the same celebrities (who all look and
act alike) and make the same snarky jokes about Republicans and
Conservatives. It seems to me we ought to start laying most of these
celebrities off and place them in more productive jobs, like welding,
waiting on tables and taking care of the elderly. At least Stephen Segal is
working part time as a cop.  And then he wears a name tag too!

By Epictetus

Al Qaeda chief urges Westerner kidnappings

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims tokidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged forjailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 ofconspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks.
In a wide ranging audio interview, the al Qaeda leader expressed solidaritywith the Muslim Brotherhood which is facing a violent crackdown by thearmy-backed government in Egypt and urged unity among rebels in their fightagainst Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the Zawahiri tape, but thevoice resembled that of the al Qaeda leader.
"I ask Allah the Glorious to help us set free Dr. Omar Abdel-Rahman and therest of the captive Muslims, and I ask Allah to help us capture from amongthe Americans and the Westerners to enable us to exchange them for ourcaptives," said Zawahiri, according to the SITE website monitoring service."
"Abdel-Rahman is serving a life term in the United States for a 1993 attackon New York's World Trade Center."

FYI: the ransoms paid for kidnaped Westerners is also a major source of
funds for Al Qaeda affiliates these days.

By Epictetus

Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

Looks like we don't need Canadian oil anymore....

By Epictetus

Thursday, April 24, 2014

EXCLUSIVE-NATO Russia Expert: Why Putin Can Win

"We now know that Moscow has been running a program for years to undermine the actual independence of her neighbors while maintaining the illusion that they are still free - just as during the Cold War, Hungary, Poland, or any of the Warsaw Pact nations may have been legally independent, but they were in fact under the control of the Kremlin. This is the power that Putin wants Russia to have once again."
Spot on analysis I think. Of course  Putin is making his move on Ukraine now because he knows that President Obama doesn't care enough to do anything substantive to stop him. Putin has the next 33 months to push as far as he can in solidifying the domination of Russia's neighbors before a new US administration, perhaps one willing to take a firmer stance toward Russian aggression,  takes office. The danger is that Putin will push too far in his
efforts to take advantage of the current situation such that even President Obama will be forced to react, in spite of his indifference to foreign affairs. That could lead to direct conflict and no one can predict what the outcome of that might be.

By Epictetus

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tactical advantage-Russian military shows off impressive new gear

“Gen. Scales said Mr. Putin is displaying for TV cameras his best forces: Spetsnaz, airborne, naval infantry (akin to U.S. Marines) and interior security forces, or about 30,000 of the 860,000 active military force.”
"We don't know what shape the Russian military is in, really," he said. "It would be like us highlighting a foreign adventure by only showing Delta, SEALs and Special Forces and Rangers. We'd look a lot more intimidating if we only showed that face of our force."

“On the conventional side, Gen. Scales said, the Russians do not have an answer to U.S. Apache gunship helicopters and armored vehicles.”

‘Still, the better-equipped Russian soldier is bad news for the smaller and budget-strapped Ukraine military, which numbers about 160,000.”

By Epictetus

Paris cashpoint thieves swarm around tourist and take his money

In 2011, France's then Interior Minister said that the vast majority of street robberies in Paris were being carried out by the children of Roma immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. Claude Gueant said the notoriously poor and corrupt eastern European states were responsible for exporting some of the most notorious sneak thieves in the world. It has led to Romanian police arriving in Paris to support their French counterparts in clampdowns on the Roma. Officers dedicated to guarding tourists around attractions like the Louvre Museum from the immigrant gangs have increased. Intimidation, violence and theft increases in the summer months, as more tourists arrive for the groups of Roma to prey on. 'Everything possible is being done to make the city a safer one, but many of the Roma are young and have no papers, so dealing with them is almost impossible,' said a local police source.

By Epictetus

IN 17 SECONDS: S.E. Cupp Explains Why Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns Has 'Crumbled'

Yep, She nails it. Crime is caused by criminals not law-abiding gun owners. But Bloomberg just sees private gun ownership as a nothing but a dangerous nuisance and wants go after that rather than crime. His coalition fell apart when the other mayors realized his duplicity.

By Epictetus

#myNYPD Backfires As Twitter Users Share Photos of Police Brutality


By Epictetus

Cops: Teen Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina

You can have her gun when you pry from her cold, dead...

By Epictetus

Sunday, April 20, 2014

PUNK'D: Real Grassroots Gun Safety Advocates Beat Bloomberg to the Punch and Claim "Everytown For Gun Safety" pages on Facebook

" 'Tis sport to see the engineer hoist on his own petard."

Bloomberg has spent millions in attempts to destroy the Second Amendment, but he has always failed and will always fail because the rest of the Republic sees him as the poster-child of the sort of arrogant, rich
narcissist that has so corrupted our political system. The mainstream media can scream "Koch Brothers!" (a pair of libertarian philanthropist brothers that have become boogeymen for the radical left) all day long, but what
people actually see is an angry billionaire munchkin mugging for the cameras and telling the world how they should live, according to his rules. 
"Predictably, the announcement didn't go over real well among real grassroots gun safety advocates, who quickly snatched up the Everytown for Gun Safety Facebook page and started collecting "likes" almost immediately.The main page has over 17,000 likes in just two days, there are now state pages for all 50 states, and city and community pages are cropping up too fast for anyone to keep track of them all at this point."
"Much to the dismay of  Bloomberg's cult, the emerging linked entities on Facebook are filled with posts promoting real gun safety. not the gun prohibition that Bloomberg cries for from behind his high-paid phalanx ofbodyguards that he poached from the NYPD."

This does reveal once again what anti-gun agitators like Bloomberg really mean when they talk about "gun safety" and "commonsense gun laws": i.e. guns will be "safe" when there aren't any in civilian hands and it's
"commonsense" that nobody should be allowed to own a gun. Mayor Bloomberg and his fellow travelers believe fundamentally that private gun ownership is nothing but a dangerous nuisance and so they will never stop to trying to ban guns. Don't imagine for minute that "hunting" guns are safe from the anti-gun agitators either. They may say publicly that they don't "mind" hunting, in order to placate sportsman gun owners , but that fact is they
regard hunting as barbaric and wouldn't "mind" if it was done away with either. Just give them time. That's why anti-gun activists like Bloomberg et al need to be watched and opposed constantly if we want to keep our guns.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

By Epictetus

British Photojournalist Finds American Gun Owners Don't Fit 'Gun-Nut' Stereotype

"Ommanney said he came away from the project understanding there are a variety of reasons Americans own guns, but it all ultimately comes back to one thing: they own firearms because they refuse "to be a victim."

By Epictetus

The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates

Looks like death by gunshot now qualifies as "natural causes" in some districts of the city. Well At least that way the police don't have too expend a lot of time and effort trying to solve crimes that can't be solved because everybody present when it happened "didn't see nothing".

By Epictetus

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Think the U.S. Is a Crowded Place? Check Out This Cool Map Showing Where Nobody Lives

All the empty places in the USA. Interesting.

FYI: believe it or not, much of China is empty too. Most pf the population of China is crammed cheek by jowl into about one fifth of the land area, which corresponds to the arable regions of the country. Most of the rest of China
is uninhabitable mountains and desert.

By Epictetus

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

Gosh, can't have more oil coming into the country, that might make it cost less to drive to work or something. Can't have one more pipeline either, 'cause that would make it impossible to tell the Keystone pipeline apart
from all the rest crisscrossing the country.

By Epictetus

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

“Last year, the poison center run by Bronstein received 126 calls concerning adverse reactions to marijuana. So far this year — after pot sales became legal on Jan. 1 — the center has gotten 65 calls. Bronstein attributed the spike to the higher concentrations of THC in marijuana that has become available.”

More on the Pot ODs in CO.

By Epictetus

Passion of Christ Play Banned in Oxford after Councillor Mistakes it for Sex Show

Looks like they have plenty of "low information" people running the show in the UK too.

By Epictetus

Cannabis Crooks Use Infrared Drones to Identify and Rob Pot Growing Farms

"Tech-savvy criminals in Britain are using heat-seeking drones and iPads to locate cannabis farms in order to rob them of their crop. The Halesowen News reports that the "explosion" in the number of farms has led to a steep rise in the number of violent robberies, with growers obviously unable to appeal to the police for assistance."

Yep, the down side of living outside of the law is that you dare not call the cops when you need protection from your competitors...and they know it!

By Epictetus

On Good Friday: Six Reasons Why Christianity Is Dying In Britain

Another country losing its religion and culture to multiculturalism...

By Epictetus

Missouri Man Accused of Targeting Kansas City Drivers Faces 18 Felony Counts

"A Missouri man accused of turning roadways in Kansas City and its suburbs into a shooting gallery faces 18 felony charges in twelve separate incidents since early March, officials said Friday."

"Authorities had been tracking suspect Mohammed Whitaker, 27, at his Grandview home, south of Kansas City, after receiving tips from the public."

By Epictetus

Police say Man ate Pot Candy before shooting wife in Denver

Scary! First we had the case of the 19 year-old college student who jumped off a balcony and died after eating a marijuana cookie in Denver, and now this.

Back in the "olden" days of the 1970's, when I got the briefing on drugs, we were told that an overdose of marijuana could lead to a "bad trip", causing the user to experience disturbing hallucinations and suffer from paranoid delusions. However, back in the 70's that was unlikely to occur, since the marijuana commonly available in the USA back them was much weaker than the stuff on the market today. You would have had to ingest  an awful lot of pot to OD back then. Kind of like getting alcohol poisoning from drinking too much 3.2 beer; you'd probably throw it all back up long before you could ingest enough alcohol to put yourself into a coma. However, the cultivated marijuana sold today is much more potent (with a higher THC content) than the "ditch weed" sold 20 to 40 years ago. Thus the modern pot appears much easier to OD on, particularly when it's in edible form.

By Epictetus