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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Michigan Avenue Black Friday protests cost stores 25-50 percent of sales – Chicago Tribune

But their goal of forcing retailers to suffer economic pain on what’s historically the busiest shopping day of the year was a success, according to unhappy store staff and managers who said Monday that Black Friday sales on the Magnificent Mile were 25 percent to 50 percent below projections.

Source: Michigan Avenue Black Friday protests cost stores 25-50 percent of sales – Chicago Tribune

Wendy Davis on CO Shooting: GOP Candidates ‘Dangerous Rhetoric’ Is ‘Fueling’ this ‘Behavior’

Davis said, “You know, there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered about who this person truly is, and what his state of mind at the time was, but we do know that when he was taken into custody, he talked about dead baby parts. This is part of a political rhetoric, a very dangerous political rhetoric, that we’ve been hearing from most candidates on the Republican presidential primary side, and I think it is fueling this kind of behavior that we saw in this individual last week.”

Source: Wendy Davis on CO Shooting: GOP Candidates ‘Dangerous Rhetoric’ Is ‘Fueling’ this ‘Behavior’ – Breitbart

Following Paris, Scotland Yard urgently reviews terrorism tactics | The Student Newspaper

Oh, my…

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“‘The public can be reassured that our firearms officers are trained to deal with this kind of incident and we are constantly evolving new ways to combat the threats to public safety.’

Earlier this year, the police in London practised their response to mock marauding gun attacks in the centre of the capital, following the January attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, offices.

In view of the increasing threat posed by Isis and other terrorist groups, all eyes are set upon Scotland Yard’s new forces-style unit, especially trained to counteract terrorism.

The unit consists of 130 specialist firearms officers, equipped with new weapons and prepared to carry out extreme actions such as fast-roping from helicopters, storming burning buildings to rescue hostages or arresting or shooting terrorist gun attackers to the head instead of to the chest, as the police commonly does.

As the entirety of Europe is under threat and terrorists are able to enter Europe through different countries, Scotland Yard is also arranging to send abroad 60 counter-terrorism officers to protect the British people abroad.”

Well, golly-gee, what could go wrong now?

(Via.) The Student Newspaper <-read more here

MI Sheriff Bouchard: ‘Lot of Agencies’ Less Prepared for Paris-Style Attack Due To Obama Order

Bouchard said, “there’s a lot of agencies that are now less prepared because of this order, and it’s rather ironic, the day he issued the actual recall [order], there was an active shooting under way in Oregon. They were responding to it. And you know, these are used not just for terrorists, but you make a great point, in America, if something like that [a Paris-style attack] is to happen, it’s not the military, and it’s not the feds that respond immediately, it’s the local police immediately, and so they really need the equipment to be able to protect people, and our message to the president was, if every day, an armored vehicle pulls up at a bank, or a grocery store, to protect money, why is it scary, or occupying, to have an armored vehicle go to protect people at the very same place that might be getting held up? And so, yes there are agencies less prepared today.”

Source: MI Sheriff Bouchard: ‘Lot of Agencies’ Less Prepared for Paris-Style Attack Due To Obama Order – Breitbart

Obama: Syrian refugees are like pilgrims on the Mayflower.

“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his weekly address Thursday. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”

Source: Obama: Syrian refugees are like pilgrims on the Mayflower | TheHill

Katniss vs. Power: The Lessons of Hunger Games – Jeffrey Tucker – Liberty.me

Spoiler alert.

“And it’s not just about foreign regimes. A famous trait of democracy is that the urge to kick out one group of leaders is necessarily tied to bring another group of leaders into power. The latter are often worse than the former. This is one of the reasons for so much political nostalgia in U.S. politics: a look back almost always provides a better picture than a look at the present.

I can’t count the number of times I heard people tell me how much they long for the good old days of Reagan or Clinton. The people loathed these people at the time…until their replacements came along. Or think of the number of people who believed that getting rid of Bush and replacing him with Obama would lead to peace, prosperity, and understanding, only to find that the new regime continued the practices of the old. And heads up: it seems like this history is likely to repeat itself in the case of Obama.

The simple lesson of Hunger Games is that powerful people can do terrible things. We must resist in order to stop them. The more complicated lesson is that powerful institutions themselves corrupt, and that there will always be those lacking in moral scruples who are willing to assume the mantle of power. 

At the end of the movie, we see Katniss out of battle gear, sitting in the grass, at her home, being bathed by sunlight, tending to her own life, cultivating her own personal vision of freedom, out of the limelight. Ruling herself, not others. Perhaps that scene offers the best lesson of all. “ – Jeffrey Tucker

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Read more here…

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