It’s no accident. And Americans overwhelmingly believe (77%) illegal immigration is a serious issue, and 63% still agree that the U.S. military should be used along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. And while 60% think illegal immigrants should not be allowed to vote if they can prove they live in this country and pay taxes, a shocking 53% of Democrats disagree, and think tax-paying illegal immigrants should have the right to vote. Yep, you read that right: a majority of Democrats think illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote. So much for the rule of law. But then again, it’s not about law; it’s about growing the ranks of voting Democrats.
Monthly Archives: May 2015
But Baltimore residents who were also in attendance in Federal Hill Park said Gray’s death last month and the ensuing demonstrations and riots were a direct result of O’Malley’s police policies as mayor. A few minutes into O’Malley’s speech, Megan Kenny, a Baltimore activist holding a sign reading “Stop Killer Cops,” began marching and chanting “black lives matter” as police attempted to stop the interruption.“The unrest and the unlawful police practices stem from O’Malley’s zero tolerance policies,” Kenny said. “His zero tolerance policies were ineffective, period.”
‘Attacked’ and ‘Under Siege’ Baltimore Cops Are More Afraid of Going to Jail for Doing Their Jobs Than Getting Killed, Union Head Says
Lt. Gene Ryan told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that police aren’t backed up or supported nearly enough — and in fact are “afraid to arrest,” given how the six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death have been treated.Ryan specifically called out State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for “rushing to judgment” in relation to the six officers.What’s more, Ryan said cops have become scapegoats for Baltimore’s overall problems, not just violence.“The police department is getting blamed for everything that’s happening because we’re easy targets,” he added.
Victoria is subtitled “A Novel of Fourth Generation Warfare,” and Lind’s writings on warfare bleed (perhaps too much) into his storytelling. His theory of Fourth Generation Warfare contends that warfare has ceased between states with standing armies and operative governments. Instead, it is decentralized, on at least one side, lacking a regular command structure and no longer identified with an established state or regular army. Countries like the U.S. find themselves in partisan struggles around the world that violate the “rules of war” built up under the old European state system.
The Associated Press reports that, in February 2014, Wayne Burgarello, a 74-year-old retired schoolteacher, shot and killed Cody Devine and wounded Janai Wilson in a vacant duplex he owns. Burgarello said he acted in self-defense, invoking Nevada’s stand-your-ground laws, which allow property owners to use deadly force against attackers—armed or unarmed, so long as the shooter does not initiate the altercation—who pose an imminent threat.
There are no more cops in riot gear in Baltimore, but the severe shift in their presence —from armored cops policing peaceful protests to their absence during the high homicide count this month— can’t help but feel like a silent counter-threat to some citizens of West Baltimore. The end of May marks the city’s deadliest month in over 15 years, with more than two dozen people shot over Memorial Day weekend, many in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was killed by police force and where protests in his memory ended in riots and a mayor-requested state of emergency.
“House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance.
The Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled Friday, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement.
‘We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns,’ Maloney said in a statement. ‘The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.’
Maloney said auto insurance carriers incentivize drivers to take precautions to reduce accidents, but no such incentives exist for firearm owners.”
(Via.) TheHill <—Read more here
“Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers of cells for study.
A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying.
The procedure, which involves the use of a modified type of RNA, will improve the ability of researchers to generate large numbers of cells for study or drug development, the scientists say. Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by the procedure were able to divide up to 40 more times than untreated cells. The research may point to new ways to treat diseases caused by shortened telomeres.”
(Via.) Stanford Medicine <—Read more here
“Researchers say graphene could be used to make a light-powered propulsion system for a spacecraft following the discovery that the material, which is just one atom thick, can turn light into movement.
This, they say, would be better than solar sails, New Scientist reports.
Earlier this year, the scientists from the University in Tianjin in China created a ‘graphene sponge’ that was made by fusing crumpled sheets of graphene oxide. When they cut the graphene sponge with a laser, the light pushed the material forward.
Although lasers have been found to move single molecules, the sponge should have been far too large to move.
Scientists discovered graphene by accident. It is made of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice and is 200 times stronger than steel, more conductive than copper and as flexible as rubber. For these reasons, it has been dubbed a ‘wonder material’.”
(Via.) International Business Times <—Read the rest of the story here
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing regulations that could ban the sale of most of the cigars currently available in the United States. The FDA last year uncorked a 241-page, 70,000 word barrage of proposed restrictions on the sales and marketing of tobacco products. Some congressmen are pushing back against the agency, but it is unclear whether cigar smokers can escape the nanny-state’s sacrificial altar.
The FDA proposes requiring companies to file Premarket Tobacco Applications for any tobacco product that was not being sold in the United States as of Feb. 15, 2007. Almost four-fifths of currently sold cigars could effectively be banished from the market under that provision. Manufacturers and importers would be obliged to either cease selling such items or spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars seeking FDA approval for each product.
The FDA suggests that it might exempt from regulation ‘premium cigars’ that cost at least $10 apiece. There is little or no difference in ingredients between most handmade cigars that cost more than $10 and those that cost less. Does the FDA believe that only people with money to burn deserve free choice? George Washington University professor John Banzhaf groused that the FDA’s purpose ‘is to protect public health, not make it easier for politicians to raise fortunes at ‘smokers’ where only premium cigars are likely to be produced or distributed.’ Competitive Enterprise Institute counsel Sam Kazman observes, ‘The controversy over FDA’s distinctions between cigar categories is a sign that the agency should keep its hands off cigars altogether.’”
(Via.) JAMES BOVARD – Washington Times <— Read more here
“Bernie Sanders, that sweet old socialist who we would have to invent if he didn’t exist in real life, elicited guffaws all over the Internet with his now famous comment about deodorant choice.
‘You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers,’ he said, ‘when children are hungry in this country.’
Actually, his comment taps into an intuition that massive numbers of people feel every day. The hysteria about SUVs a few years back was based on this same question and intuition. Why such riches amidst such poverty? Is there not something we can do to reallocate obvious decadence toward more pressing human needs?
You don’t have to be a socialist to have such thoughts. There’s someone at every cocktail party in the world, and every faculty lounge, who grumbles in exactly this sort of way.
The errors here are three:”
(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education <—Read more here.
Free Webinar Scheduled June 11, 2015: How To Defend Your Private Business During a Riot or Civil Disturbance.
Pulse O2DA Firearms Training, Inc. (Pulse O2DA), announced today a free webinar for business owners, managers and employees discussing how to defend a private business during a riot or civil disturbance.
Details for the webinar are:
- DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2015
- TIME: 12:00 – 2:00PM CDT
- COST: This is a FREE webinar for qualified businesses.
- ACCESS: Includes complimentary 14-day access to the O2DA Battle Academy.
- HANDOUT: Strategy for the Defense of Home, Business and Community
- REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2384408979358690050
The recent events in Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Ferguson demonstrate the need for business owners to be proactive in defending their property during times of riot or civil disturbance.
What do you do if you own a business in a rioting city and the Mayor orders law enforcement to stand-down and retreat from rioting criminals?
What do you do if your business is engulfed in a civil disturbance and there simply isn’t enough police to secure your business?
Do you have an obligation to stand aside and let your business be destroyed? Or do you stand and fight for your property?”
This 2-hour webinar provides an overview of the strategy and tactics small and medium-sized enterprises can use in order to defend their private property during a riot or civil disturbance.
During the webinar we will discuss:
- How to do a site survey.
- How to do a vulnerability analysis.
- Options for setting up your own private security force.
- Basic firearms fundamentals for an effective defense.
- What weapons and accessories to buy. Interfacing with local authorities.
This is a free webinar for business owners and their employees. Qualified attendees receive complimentary 14-day access to the O2DA Battle Academy and a free PDF copy of “Strategy for the Defense Of Home, Business and Community”.
Click this link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2384408979358690050
“These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.”
(Via.) International Business Times <—Read more here
“Sean, the Baltimore City Police Department, the officers particularly on the street, have been eviscerated, they’ve been disemboweled, their guts removed to have the courage to go out there and do this job. They’re very fearful that if they go out there and be proactive, which we all should be doing in law enforcement today, we can’t afford to be reactive, especially in urban areas. Those officers are no longer being proactive, and as you see, the violence has surged. … And I hope this is a shot fired across the bow of mayors and urban leaders across this country. Once you disembowel your law enforcement officers, then you cannot no longer expect them to go out there and protect you, or protect your communities. This is very troubling the worst I’ve ever seen in 31 years of law enforcement.”
The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. The front lines are not at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Supreme Court. If you want to see how the fossil fuel that once powered most of the country is being battered by enemy forces, you have to watch state and local hearings where utility commissions and other obscure governing bodies debate individual coal plants. You probably won’t find much drama. You’ll definitely find lawyers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, the boots on the ground in the war on coal.
Source: Inside the war on coal