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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Baltimore: A Legacy of Failed State Experiments

“If you have seen The Wire, you know the score. There are consequences to state management of any social order. Baltimore is a paradigmatic case. How long can people continue to evade the obvious lessons?

It began more than 100 years ago with the imposition of state segregation. This was the original sin that created a second-class of citizenship and racial ghettos for the first time since the end of the Civil War. Every policy response follows from there, with one coercive mistake following another. This town became the backyard playground for the ruling-class planners in Washington, DC. The intellectuals and lawmakers behind these policies cannot reasonably claim to escape responsibility.

Baltimore blew up in riots and fires in the days following the astonishingly cruel death of Freddie Gray (and the stonewalling of the police department about how and why he was killed). But it is a mistake to focus the blame on this incident alone.

What happened in Baltimore is the product of the drug war, a racially punitive policing system, failed public services, segregated public housing, urban renewal, endless rounds of progressive education reform, a highly regulated labor market that cuts off economic opportunity, occupational licensure, gun control, and permanent martial law that makes everyone feel like prisoners.

Baltimore got the full brunt of it all, at every stage, decade after decade.”

(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education <—Read more here

‘Let Them Loot, It’s Only Property’: LEO Source Claims Baltimore Mayor Ordered Cops to Stand Down | TheBlaze.com

A senior law enforcement source told Fox News that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered police officers to stand by and watch the looting Monday.

“Let them loot, it’s only property,” Rawlings-Blake said, according to Fox News’ source.

via ‘Let Them Loot, It’s Only Property’: LEO Source Claims Baltimore Mayor Ordered Cops to Stand Down | TheBlaze.com.

Lawsuit challenges Ann Arbor schools’ gun ban

The lead in tot this story asks: “Is it reasonable for teachers and parents to worry that a person is openly carrying a gun around kindergartners in a public school?” 

Why would they be? Are they terrified when they see a police officer “open carrying” a gun around children? Do they think the gun will pop out of a holster and indiscriminately start shooting innocents? How many law abiding citizens have “gone off” and killed innocents in the past? I am certain that with only a modicum of research you could easily find more stories about police acting irresponsibly and unlawfully than legally armed citizens who have.

The story continues: “A statewide gun-rights group and a father with children in the Ann Arbor schools are suing the school district over its new policies that ban firearms on school grounds.”

The lawsuit, filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, comes just as a crowd of about 500 gun-rights advocates are expected Wednesday at the annual Second Amendment March around the Capitol Building in Lansing. After hearing speakers, the crowd of pistol packers customarily stride into the chambers of state lawmakers, prominently bearing their arm.

‘We like to remind the legislators who we are and what our rights are,’ said Jim Makowski, a Dearborn lawyer who filed the lawsuit and said he personally served it Monday afternoon at the offices of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Makowski planned to march Wednesday in Lansing and is scheduled to speak from the Capitol steps.”

(Via.) Detroit Free Press

NRA-ILA | Fortifying The Right To Self-Defense

Florida’s “Castle Doctrine” law does the following:

One: It establishes, in law, the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into your home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, so the occupant may use force, including deadly force, against that person.

Two: It removes the “duty to retreat” if you are attacked in any place you have a right to be. You no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others.

Three: It provides that persons using force authorized by law shall not be prosecuted for using such force. It also prohibits criminals and their families from suing victims for injuring or killing the criminals who have attacked them. In short, it gives rights back to law-abiding people and forces judges and prosecutors to focus on protecting victims.

via NRA-ILA | Fortifying The Right To Self-Defense.

Bitcoin is a better PayPal and PayPal knows it – Oh, and Paypal is changing its terms of service…

“PayPal has joined forces with Bitcoin as a sort of keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies closer tactic. Bitcoin is designed to overtake and make obsolete services like Paypal and Western Union. It is faster, less expensive, and doesn’t require their third-party services to accomplish the same objectives. It is a better PayPal, and they know it.

Now that the Internet has borne this superior option, it would be wise for PayPal to foster a stronger connection with its customer base to keep them happy and in the fold, no? PayPal doesn’t see it that way. In fact, they may be looking to drive more people towards the freedom and convenience of Bitcoin with their upcoming changes this summer.

PayPal’s Terms of Service to change July 1st, 2015

If you haven’t seen this, you should, and you should share this with your friends, family, anyone who used PayPal in connection with a website providing online content. On July 1st, 2015, Paypal will update it’s TOS agreement to take away any and all intellectual rights to any content you provide online. If you use Paypal to accept PayPal, they will attempt to take ownership of any online content you add to your business or website. Here is a key excerpt that basically starts the new PayPal TOS…”

(Via.) cryptocoinsnews.com 

Stories – Aimpoint T-1 vs. T-2 Comparison and Review with Video

Accompanied with beautiful photos, and a first class video, Jonathan Owen of SWHAT (Special Hog Weapons and Tactics) clearly delineates the differences between Aimpoint’s outstanding  T1 and T2 sights.

“For years the Aimpoint T1 has been the gold standard of red dot sights, so when I first got wind of a T2 in the works, I was pretty curious. They sure look a lot alike. Both have 2 MOA dots. The T2 costs a little more, so what’s the big deal I wondered. I read some reviews online that were fairly vanilla leaving my thirst for knowledge unsatisfied.

In a unique opportunity, I visited with Lennart Ljungfelt, President, Aimpoint AB, Sweden, and inspected the very first pre serial number 0 prototype. The place was Dallas Safari Club, and Ljungfelt was enjoying throwing his sight across the room. But since there’s only so much you can tell without having one in your hand, I decided to do the best Aimpoint T-1 vs. T-2 review on the web. It’s almost like having one in your own hands.”

(Via.) SHWAT Storie <—Read more here

Senator Chuck Riley Equates Gun Control Laws with Slavery: “Right for the Time”

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“Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) shocked some gun rights advocates when he said slavery in the U.S. was ‘right for the time’ according to a Supreme Court ruling of the day. The comment appeared to be defending slavery, although he made the comment to illustrate the power he believes lies with the Supreme Court and to support his views on gun control, which he said does not infringe on civil liberties given in the U.S. Constitution.

Riley, whose comments were caught on video, held an informal conversation with his constituents on Saturday, April 25, at Insomniac Coffee in Hillsboro during which he faced heat from gun rights advocates. Riley has already come under pressure from opponents, who recently filed a recall petition due to his support of gun control laws in Oregon. House Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) is also facing a potential recall…”

(Via.) GoLocalPDX <—Read more here

Where does science fall on the gun control debate? John Lott replies to David Hemenway

“Sixty percent of respondents in Hemenway’s survey agreed that “evidence indicates that background checks can help keep guns out of the hands of a significant number of violent people.”  But only 31% of all those surveyed thought that the evidence was either strong (24%) or very strong (7%).  And even these numbers seem unrealistically high.  Study after study by criminologists and economists find that background checks have no effect on crime rates.  

Economists have done a lot of work on crime.  Unlike the vast majority of work in public health, it is usually much more rigorous with more detailed statistical evidence dealing with issues of causality. Economists are also much more open to the notion of deterrence than the vast majority of authors surveyed by Hemenway.  I myself was chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission.  But Hemenway steers away from economics journals.  In addition, looking at publications from only 2011 through 2013 also picks up a recent surge in public health studies and skews the sample towards those types of authors.

I was included in the list of those surveyed, but when I emailed Hemenway reporting that my responses weren’t be recorded, my emails were ignored.

Ironically, despite over 300 studies on firearms published over about three years, Hemenway frequently complains that firearms researchers just aren’t getting enough money…”

(Via.) Fox News <—Read more here

Listen to what they tell you

. . . as Hitler said, “I don’t need you, for I already own your children.”   When those children self-declare themselves to be our enemies, we should listen.  And we should appreciate the power and millennial appeal of the ideology that mobilizes them:

“Children in Mosul Preach Jihad in ISIS Video,” MEMRI, April 22, 2015:

In a video released by ISIS on April 20, children are shown preaching Jihad. In it a teenager says: “The cry of faith has become loud inside us, and with it, we shall smash the heads of the infidels” and a young boy says: “Do not let yourselves be tempted into staying away [from Jihad], for you will be trampled underfoot by the Christians and the Jews.”

Song: “Oh my nation, I bring you the good tidings that we have crossed the borders. On our land, no (sign) is left of the (borders) delineated by the offspring of pigs and apes. Oh my nation, I bring you the good tidings.”

Speaker: “Blessings upon Allah, the Strong and the Steadfast, and blessings upon (the Prophet Muhammad), who was sent with the sword as a mercy to all worlds.”

CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill on Baltimore: ‘This Is Not a Riot’ But ‘Uprisings’ Against ‘Police Terrorism’

We can’t ignore the fact that the city is burning, but we need to be talking about why it’s burning and not romanticize peace and not romanticize marching as the only way to function. I’m not saying we should be hurting, I’m not saying we should be killing people, but we do have to understand that resistance looks different ways to different people and part of what it means to say black lives matter, is to assert our right to have rage – righteous rage, righteous indignation in the face of state violence and extrajudicial killing. Freddie Gray is dead. That’s why the city is burning and let’s make that clear. It’s not burning because of these protesters. The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray and that’s a distinction we have to make.

via CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill on Baltimore: ‘This Is Not a Riot’ But ‘Uprisings’ Against ‘Police Terrorism’.

How Long Does America Have? | PJ Tatler

Every week this country is consumed in a new distended orgy of polarized, mutual hatred, set against the backdrop of outrage mobs, race riots, shuttered businesses, scandals, Twitter-induced career ruination, gleeful smear parties, and partisan hackery.

Admit it: You’ve asked yourself where America is going, and how long it can survive the trip. Admit it.

Usually people think you’re crazy for asking this. But the New Normal has prompted Ace of Spades to ask: “Is it time to formally separate America into two or more sovereign nations?”

via How Long Does America Have? | PJ Tatler.

Obama Interviews David Simon – The Drug War Gets Weird – And the Shifting Political Ground

“Most significantly, the enforcers within the system have long stopped believing that what they are doing is good, productive, and workable. That’s the ultimate sign of decay, and the sign that something else can rise up and take its place. The ground is indeed shifting beneath our feet. “

(Via.) Beautiful Anarchy <—Read more here

Baltimore Residents at Mercy of Looters as Police Retreat

Baltimore residents have been left high and dry as Baltimore PD have been over whelmed and under prepared for the chaos and looting encouraged by Black Gangs and racebaiters.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had since Saturday to prepare for riots but instead made sure police left room for protesters to “destroy property”.

via Baltimore Residents at Mercy of Looters as Police Retreat.

Baltimore Police Clash With Youths Near Funeral for Freddie Gray – NYTimes.com

Capt. J. Eric Kowalczyk of the Baltimore police said seven officers were injured and one was unresponsive. Most of the protesters were thought to have come from a nearby high school. A flier circulated on social media called for a period of violence Monday afternoon to begin at the Mondawmin Mall and move downtown toward City Hall.

via Baltimore Police Clash With Youths Near Funeral for Freddie Gray – NYTimes.com.

Rebel Farmers And Government Cartels: How The New Deal Cartelized U.S. Agriculture

“Marvin Horne doesn’t look like a man in open rebellion against the United States government, but the 70-year-old raisin farmer and his wife Laura have had enough. If they get their way, they’re not going to let the U.S. Raisin Administrative Committee take their raisins anymore.

Yes, there’s a Raisin Administrative Committee.

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Horne’s case challenging the Raisin Administrative Committee. It’s the New-Deal case that took 80 years to bring.

Like an agency pulled from the pages of an Ayn Rand novel, the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) oversees many parts of U.S. raisin production. The 47-member committee consists of different representatives from the raisin industry, including ‘handlers,’ those who pack the raisins and prepare them for sale, and ‘growers,’ those who grow and dry grapes. They meet in an office in Fresno and issue ‘marketing orders,’ which decide, among other things, how many raisins should be diverted into the National Raisin Reserve each year. By taking raisins off the open market, the RAC maintains an artificially high price for raisins and keeps many, but obviously not all, raisin farmers happy. Think of it as a raisin cartel, a raisin OPEC.”

(Via.) Forbes <—Read more here

How a maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec

“STE-CLOTILDE-DE-BEAUCE, QC. • On an April morning, Angèle Grenier tramps on snowshoes through her sugar maple forest. Her vest pockets bulge with plastic spouts, tube connectors, clamps, wire ties, a tool for twisting the ties, surveyor’s tape, tube-cutters, and a snack: a molasses cookie in a Ziploc bag.

At each maple Grenier stops and taps a spout with her mallet, securing it in a hole. Maple sap flows from these spouts through pipes, down the hill to a reservoir in her sugar shack. The tap of her mallet and a crow’s call are all that disturb the stillness of the sugar bush.

This diminutive, twinkle-eyed grandmother hardly looks the part of a guerilla. Yet in recent years Grenier and other maple syrup producers in Quebec have sent the Fédération des producteurs acéricoles du Québec — the provincial syrup producers’ union — into paroxysms of rage. There is a maple syrup insurgency afoot, and the union is doing everything it can to thwart the subversive activity of Grenier and her fellow insurrectionist syrup producers.

Backed by the Quebec justice system and the provincial police, sheriffs have raided sugar shacks down country roads and seized barrels of maple syrup, using trucks and front-end loaders. The federation’s goal: enforcing a supply management system that controls the sale and proceeds of maple syrup in Quebec. Angèle Grenier taps maple trees in the

‘They have more power than police,’ says Daniel Gaudreau, a syrup producer in Scotstown, Que. ‘They can come into my house anytime they want.’”

(Via.) Financial Post <—Read more here

Pay money and hire off-duty cops

“Most of them realize there’s only so many police officers in the city,” said Ross. “If they want a constant presence, then they’re having to take that on themselves … whether it’s an off-duty officer or security. More often than not, they tend to hire police.”

For $30 an hour, a business in Salt Lake City can hire an officer in uniform. Local business owner Kasandra Verbrugghen has an officer stand guard several days a week. “I’d love to see the city step up and pay for what we’re having to pay, but you know, that hasn’t happened,” she said.

via Pay money and hire off-duty cops | Al Jazeera America.

Here’s What the Social Science Says About Countering Violent Extremism

“But the popular notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ between Islam and the West is woefully misleading. Violent extremism represents not the resurgence of traditional cultures, but their collapse, as young people unmoored from millennial traditions flail about in search of a social identity that gives personal significance and glory. This is the dark side of globalization. They radicalize to find a firm identity in a flattened world: where vertical lines of communication between the generations are replaced by horizontal peer-to-peer attachments that can span the globe. Young people whose grandparents were Stone Age animists in Sulawesi, far removed from the Arab world, told me they dream of fighting in Iraq or Palestine in defense of Islam.”

(Via.) Scott Atran

WHAT THE F$CK? Former Social Worker and Emily’s List Administrator Is Our Top Negotiator Driving The Iran Nuclear Deal? WTF?!?!?!

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According to FP Foreign Policy Wendy Sherman is our “top” negotiator appointed by Hillary Clinton in 2011 to head up the negotiations with Iran.

This is her background from Wikipedia:

Originally a social worker, Sherman began her career working to help battered women and the urban poor.[3]

As part of the neighborhood movement, she worked as a social activist, alongside activists like Geno Baroni and Art Naparstak on problems related to low-income housing.[4]

Sherman’s early jobs were in partisan politics and social work. These included working as the director of EMILY’s List, which provides money to pro-choice, female, Democratic political candidates.[2] She also worked as director of Maryland’s office of child welfare and as the president and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation, an arm of Fannie Mae.[2]

Sherman has worked in a variety of positions in both government and non-profit organizations: chief of staff for three years for then Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, campaign manager for Mikulski’s first successful Senate campaign, Special Secretary for Children and Youth in Maryland (a cabinet-level position), Director of Maryland’s Office of Child Welfare, supervising protective services, foster care, adoptions, and group homes.

Sherman directed Campaign ’88 for the Democratic National Committee, where she oversaw field and political operations, communications, Congressional relations, constituency operations, issue development and coordination with all federal, state and local campaigns during the 1988 general election.

From 1991 to 1993, Sherman specialized in strategic communications as a partner in the political and media consulting firm of’ Doak, Shrum, Harris and Sherman. Prior to that, she directed EMILY’s List, the largest financial and political resource for pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

From 1993 to 1996, Sherman served under United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where she directed the legislative efforts of the State Department with the U.S. Congress. Among other issues, she led the efforts to obtain the funding for Russia and the newly independent states after the break-up of the Soviet Union and support for the Dayton accords.

After working as CEO and President of the Fannie Mae Foundation, she then returned to the State Department as Madeleine Albright‘s counselor, with the rank of Ambassador, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate. She advised United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on issues of foreign policy, provided guidance to the Department and undertook special assignments.

She has been a Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, Albright’s international strategic consulting firm, since the group’s formation in 2009. She advised Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign, and she has served with Thomas Donilon as an agency review lead for the State Department in the Obama presidential transition.

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