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Monthly Archives: March 2015

California Need Prices More Than Rain:

“As Alex Tabarrok points out, California has plenty of water. What it doesn’t have are prices — or rather, market prices. Although a lot of well-meaning people insist that water is a right, I notice that my ‘right to water’ in no way changes the fact I have to pay the government monopoly for it ($44.91 last month). So even if there is a right to water, as Tabarrok quotes Matt Kahn, there is no natural right to always pay half a cent per gallon for it, regardless of supply or demand.

The price controls and subsidies for water use also have behavioral consequences:

As David Zetland points out in an excellent interview with Russ Roberts, people in San Diego county use around 150 gallons of water a day. Meanwhile in Sydney Australia, with a roughly comparable climate and standard of living, people use about half that amount. Trust me, no one in Sydney is going thirsty.”

(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education

Woman Had to Film Herself Being Raped By a Probation Officer so Police Would Believe Her Story

“Coral Springs, FL — A man whose job was to help guide people after they’ve been released from prison, has been arrested himself, after being accused of vile criminal acts.

A parole officer in South Florida was arrested this week for sexually assaulting a woman on probation. The woman was so scared of violating her probation if she turned him in, that she had to film their second encounter in order to prove this cop’s misdeeds.

According to police, 50-year-old Zachary Thomas Bailey used his authority to target the victim, telling her he needed to do a ‘study’ of her home in Coral Springs.

‘This is someone who is hired to protect you,’ said Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McCue, ‘hired to say, ‘Hey, protect the society,’ and you don’t expect your probation officer to be acting in this manner.’”

(Via.) Liberty Crier

Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre

“Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.”

(Via.) DIY Cozy Home <—Video here! H/T The Liberty Crier

Get a Grip

“When it comes to control, your grip strength is one of the most important factors. Whether you are grappling with someone, gripping a gun, or grabbing onto a pull-up bar to perform some pull-ups that grip control is crucial. And by simply increasing your grip strength, you can increase many other areas of strength.

I want to share some simple ways that you can increase your grip strength check out the video below.

NOTE: The video is of one of our Pull-up Bar Challenge Champions, Melody Schoenfeld, explaining some really simple and creative ways to strengthen that grip.” – Jeff Martone

Check out the video here: http://www.tacticalathlete.com/strength/get-a-grip-grip

Another Gun Control Failure: N.H., Mother Murdered Her Two Children and Then Killed Herself

“State public records show the Obukhovs had domestic issues and legal problems.

Alexey Obukhov was arrested on Aug. 24, 2013, on allegations of domestic assault against his wife, and police confiscated arms and ammunition from the family’s home, according to state court papers.

The charges against Obukhov were dropped after his wife would not testify, and the guns and ammunition were later returned to the home, the papers state.

Alexey then applied to Bedford police for a license to carry a concealed weapon. But Bedford Police Chief John J. Bryfonski denied the application, determining that Alexey was ‘an unsuitable person to possess a license to carry a concealed weapon,’ according to the court documents.

Bryfonski declined to comment Monday on the apparent murder-suicide.

Obukhov appealed the chief’s denial, and during a Nov. 5, 2013, trial court hearing, the chief cited the wife’s statements to police that she had been assaulted by her husband, as well as photographs of her injuries, as reasons for denying Obukhov’s application. The court upheld the denial.

Obukhov filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court’s ruling on Nov. 20 of last year.

The court said the evidence did not support a determination that Alexey was ‘unsuitable’ to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Alexey’s gun shop drew national attention in 2013 when it covered a window with a picture of President Obama, calling him ‘the Firearms Salesman of the Year,’ alongside pictures of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. The pictures remain in the window.”

(Via.) The Boston Globe

Federal Agents Investigating Bitcoin Money Laundering Extorted, Stole Over $1 Million In Bitcoin

“This is one of those sad times when The Onion realizes it has badly, and permanently, missed its IPO window.

Just released from the Department of Justice

Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud

Agents Were Part of Baltimore’s Silk Road Task Force

Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet. The charges are contained in a federal criminal complaint issued on March 25, 2015, in the Northern District of California and unsealed today.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) San Francisco Division, Special Agent in Charge Michael P. Tompkins of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Lori Hazenstab of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington D.C. made the announcement.”

(Via.) Zero Hedge

Push for Concealed Carry on Campuses is Gaining Ground

“At least 11 states are considering whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses this year, the latest chapter in a now seemingly annual legislative debate between gun control advocates and gun rights supporters.

Bills have been introduced, at least once, in almost half of the 50 states in the past few years. Despite slow success thus far — just seven states have adopted versions of campus carry laws — gun rights advocates have their eyes on two very large prizes this year: Florida and Texas.

Right now, the odds are starting to stack up in their favor. The Texas bill has passed the Senate and is on its way to House. The version in Florida has passed through two Senate committees and is headed to the Judiciary Committee.”

(Via.) Inside Higher Ed

US Troops Poisoned by Nerve Gas In First Gulf War?

“On March 23, 1991, the Army Central Command Nuclear, Biological and Chemical wrote an under-the-radar memo to the XVIII Airborne Corps with some revealing information: ‘ARCENT has positive confirmation (by urinalysis) of cml (chemical) agent blister casualty in VII corps. We are not to bring this up to the press. If press asks, XVIII abn (airborne) Corps has had no cml (chemical) casualties.’

Based on the findings of the United Nations Special Commission, namely that nerve gas was detected in some of the rockets that U.S. bombs hit, the Joint Chiefs in November of 1991 briefed the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House. Nothing was done, and both the DOD and CIA have been actively involved in covering up the evidence. For example, the UNSCOM memo was declassified for a short period of time before the CIA stepped in and took it down.

Saddam obtained both biological and chemical weapons with the help of the Reagan and Bush administrations but the Department of Veterans Affairs has denied 80 percent of affected veterans seeking full disability status.

‘If you’re DOD, you’re admitting your policies contributed to the veterans’ illnesses,’ former CIA analyst Patrick Eddington wrote in his book, ‘Gassed in the Gulf.’ ‘If you’re the VA, you’re admitting you don’t know how to treat the vets. If you’re the CIA, you blew another estimate and that’s not something you want on your resume.’ Eddington resigned after his superiors clamped down on his desire to expose what had happened.”

(Via.) Truth In Media

Top Hollywood Producer Says Jews Need to Fight Anti-Semitism Like the Mafia — but There’s a Big Problem With That Idea in Europe | TheBlaze.com

But such organization appears unlikely, since European Jews who have recently been targeted in deadly Islamist militant attacks in France, Denmark and Belgium face major hurdles obtaining gun licenses and are being financially crippled by security expenditures.

via Top Hollywood Producer Says Jews Need to Fight Anti-Semitism Like the Mafia — but There’s a Big Problem With That Idea in Europe | TheBlaze.com.

The State Is Spying on You Right Now. Where’s the Outrage?

“What’s going on here?

What’s going on here is government’s fixation on spying and lying. Think about it: The Israeli Mossad was spying on Kerry while the CIA was spying on the Mossad. Hillary Clinton thought she could destroy her emails just because she is Hillary Clinton, yet she forgot that the administration of which she was an integral part dispatched the NSA to spy on everyone, including her. And though it might not voluntarily release the emails she thought she destroyed, the NSA surely has them. The police have no hesitation about engaging in the same warrantless surveillance as the feds. And when Hayden revealed a cat-like smile on his face when challenged about the feds in our bedrooms, and the 10,000 folks in the audience did not reveal outrage, you know that government spying is so endemic today that it is almost the new normal.

Yet government spying is not normal to the Constitution. Its essence—government fishing nets, the indiscriminate deployment of government resources to see what they can bring in, government interference with personal privacy without suspicion or probable cause—was rejected by the Framers and remains expressly rejected by the Fourth Amendment today.

For our liberty to survive in this fearful post-9/11 world, the government’s lawless behavior must be rejected not just by the words of dead people, but by the deeds of we the living. When the president violates the Constitution and the Congress and courts do nothing to stop him, we have effectively amended the Constitution with a wink and a nod—by consent, if you will. Its guarantees of liberty are only guarantees if the people in whose hands we repose it for safekeeping honor them as guarantees and believe and behave as such because the Constitution means what it says.”

(Via.) Reason.com

What Is the Cost of Educating Boys Like Girls?

“Rather than being appreciated for the future explorers, warriors and leaders they were designed to be, boys are viewed as defective little girls. Teachers want them to love reading and play nice, and no one wants to know where their hands have been. What is the real trouble with boys? Well, simply put, they are not girls.

Boys are no longer judged by their developmental standards. We have lost sight of a very basic tenet of humanity, one that our ancestors understood since the beginning of time: girls are very different from boys. Boys with uniquely masculine strengths, once prized, are no longer valued. In fact, these traits of boyhood are considered dangerous, even pathological.”

(Via.) PJ Media – Lifestyle

These Illinois Cops were So Corrupt, that their Entire Department was Just Raided by Multiple Agencies

“Brooklyn, Illinois – This week, the Brooklyn Police Department was raided by a number of other law enforcement agencies, including, the Illinois State Police, and the St. Clair County Sheriff.

On Wednesday, local news crews witnessed police from different agencies carrying equipment, computers, weapons and records out of the building and driving away with them.

Local News 4 reported that the raid was connected to corruption allegations, which relate to the theft of evidence, weapons, drugs and other items from the evidence room.

Outside the Police Department, Illinois State Police Capt. James Morrisey told reporters that the raid was ‘in reference to some allegations received by Illinois State Police and the State’s Attorney’s office. No further information is available at this time.’

One former officer, Chris Heatherly reportedly kept an AR-15 rifle in his car that had been stolen from the evidence room. He flaunted the rifle in a photo that was later used for a police department calendar. Other guns and drugs that were missing from Heatherly’s cases have yet to be found.”

(Via.) The Free Thought Project

Dogfight In Illinois Legislature Over Criminal Protection Zones

And why do the liberal left continue to block our Rights at every opportunity?  Because the first rule of controlling the populace is to disarm them.  How is this accomplished?  For those who pledge fealty and reverence to their Socialist God – the all providing government – all that is needed is the warm fuzzy feeling bestowed by the thinly veiled lie of keeping the populace safe.  All anyone must do is look back through the history of the world to see this.  Anti’s may roll their eyes, but the fact is our Government is persistent in eroding our Rights in the name of keeping us safe… as if safety trumps everything else.  Safety for us.  Safety for our children.  Safety from terrorists… Safety from gangs… Safety from mass shootings… and on and on.

via Dogfight In Illinois Legislature Over Criminal Protection Zones.

Concealed carry enters second year in the Southland – Daily Southtown

Hayes attributed the popularity of concealed carry in suburbia to perceptions of safety: He said the majority of small-town residents he has spoken to over the years tend to be far more fearful of crime than people living in the city.

“In speaking with small town residents, I’ve had to invest a lot of time educating the public about this fear that they feel, when often the fear is unfounded,” Hayes said, adding that some people in the suburbs may base their fears on pop culture and TV shows dramatizing dangerous crimes.

He said in his professional and personal experience, city dwellers seem less affected by that notion

But Hayes, who previously opposed the law, also said he noticed suburbanites who now have concealed carry licenses seem to be less fearful of crime and more confident in community safety.

via Concealed carry enters second year in the Southland – Daily Southtown.

‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma & F**k your trauma

 “F*** your trauma.

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no ‘I must never be reminded of a negative experience’ expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.

If your psyche is so fragile you fall apart when someone inadvertently reminds you of ‘trauma,’ especially if that trauma consisted of you overreacting to a self-interpreted racial slur, you need therapy. You belong on a psychiatrist’s couch, not in college dictating what the rest of society can’t do, say, or think. Get your own head right before you try to run other people’s lives. If you expect everyone around you to cater to your neurosis, forever, you’re what I’d call a ‘failure at life,’ doomed to perpetual disappointment…

So again, f*** your trauma. If your past bothers you that much, get help. I honestly hope you come to terms with it. I hope you manage to move forward. I won’t say anything meant to dredge up bad memories, and don’t think anyone should intentionally try to harm your feelings.

But nobody, nobody, should censor themselves to protect you from your pathological, and pathologically stupid, sensitivities.”

(Via.) http://chrishernandezauthor.com

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory | TIME

A few years ago, I drove from Jerusalem to the West Bank, to the city of Bethlehem, to have dinner with TIME’s Palestinian stringer, the late Jamil Hamad. He was a gentle and sophisticated man, soft-spoken, and levelheaded when it came to politics. After dinner, I drove back to Jerusalem and had to pass through the bleak, forbidding security wall. An Israeli soldier asked for my papers; I gave her my passport. “You’re American!” she said, not very officially. “I love America. Where are you from?” New York, I said. “Wow,” she said, with a big smile. And then she turned serious. “What were you doing in there,” she asked, nodding toward the Palestinian side, “with those animals?”

via Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory | TIME.

Tunisia Bardo Museum tourist massacre: 17 Italian, Polish, German and Spanish killed

“Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid has said that 19 people were killed in the Tunis museum attack, including 17 tourists from Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain and Tunisians.

Two gunmen, who were wearing military fatigues, were also killed in the attack at the Bardo Museum, which shares its grounds with the country’s parliament buildings. Essid also reported 24 wounded and said that two or three gunmen involved in the attack may still be at large.

The casualties also include a Tunisian policeman and cleaning lady.

‘This is the work of cowards. We are have to join the efforts to fight terrorism. These wanted to harm,’ the country’s prime minister said. ‘It is a critical moment in our history, and a defining moment for our future.’

Parliament has been evacuated and the operation was reported to be over.”

(Via.) International Business Times

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