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Earth Day: 22 Ways to Think about the Climate-Change Debate

“Reasonable people can disagree about the nature and extent of climate change. But no one should sally forth into this hostile territory without reason and reflection.

‘Some scientists make ‘period, end of story’ claims,’ writes biologist and naturalist Daniel Botkin in the Wall Street Journal, ‘that human-induced global warming definitely, absolutely either is or isn’t happening.’

These scientists, as well as the network of activists and cronies their science supports, I will refer to as the Climate Orthodoxy. These are the folks who urge, generally, that (a) global warming is occurring, (b) it is almost entirely man-made, and (c) it is occurring at a rate and severity that makes it an impending planetary emergency requiring political action. A Climate Agnostic questions at least one of those premises.

Trying to point out the problems of the Climate Orthodoxy to its adherents is like trying to talk the Archbishop of Canterbury into questioning the existence of God. In that green temple, many climatologists and climate activists have become one in the same: fueled both by government grants and zealous fervor.”

(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education

18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year

“Finally, think about this question, posed by Ronald Bailey in 2000: What will Earth look like when Earth Day 60 rolls around in 2030? Bailey predicts a much cleaner, and much richer future world, with less hunger and malnutrition, less poverty, and longer life expectancy, and with lower mineral and metal prices. But he makes one final prediction about Earth Day 2030: ‘There will be a disproportionately influential group of doomsters predicting that the future–and the present–never looked so bleak.’ In other words, the hype, hysteria and spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions will continue, promoted by the ‘environmental grievance hustlers.’”

(Via.)  AEIdeas <—Read more here

Colorado Campus Carry: 12 Years, No Mass Shootings, No Crimes by Permit Holders

“On April 20, The Washington Post ran a column showing that campus carry has been the law of the land in Colorado since 2003, and the results have not been anything like those currently fighting against campus carry claim it should be.

There have been no mass shootings and, apart from one incident in which a gun was accidentally discharged by a Colorado University employee, there have been no crimes by permit holders.

No one was injured in the accidental discharge, and the employee was fired.

The success of campus carry in Colorado is especially good news for women, who are able to level the playing field by being armed and better able to defend their dignity when under sexual attack.

WaPo explains:

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts in-person interviews with several thousand persons annually, for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). In 1992-2002, over 2,000 of the persons interviewed disclosed they had been raped or sexually assaulted. Of them, only 26 volunteered that they used a weapon to resist. In none of those 26 cases was the rape completed; in none of the cases did the victim suffer additional injury after she deployed her weapon.

So, in the 26 assaults in which a woman had access to a weapon, she was able to stop the rape and was not further assaulted.”

(Via.) Breitbart <—Read more here

Virginia Democrat says he’s okay with extermination of five million Americans

“On Monday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat who sought the House seat formerly held by Eric Cantor, issued a tweet indicating that he’s perfectly okay with the extermination of five million Americans. The reason? They’re members of the NRA.

On Sunday, he said he would pray that God would kill every NRA member with the Ebola virus, claiming he would do so on a local radio program:”

(Via.) Conservative Firing LineConservative Firing Line <—Read more here

Flakka, hyperbole, yellow journalism and feeding the nanny states failed “war on drugs”

“Tales of superhuman strength have been associated with various drugs over the years, including cocaine in the early 1900s, marijuana in the 1920s and ’30s, and PCP (a.k.a. angel dust) in the 1970s and ’80s. “The notion that drugs produce superhuman strength is simply not true,” says Columbia University neuropsychopharmacologist Carl Hart, who studies the effects of stimulants such as crack cocaine and methamphetamine. “It has never been shown. This is just a continuation of the theme. It should raise red flags for people if they see ‘superhuman strength.

Hart notes that people who drink too much may become ‘out of control or difficult to manage,’ but ‘you can’t say [someone has] superhuman strength with alcohol because no one will believe you.’ Similarly, ‘you can no longer make up those stories about marijuana, because there are many people in our society who have used marijuana, so if you say that, you instantly lose credibility with all of those people.’ By contrast, ‘you can say it with these new synthetic drugs because people don’t know what these drugs are. And if they don’t know, maybe it’s true. They want to believe it. It’s a great story.’

The reality is less exciting. ‘When you look at the effects of cathinones in the laboratory,’ Hart says, ‘they just look like any other stimulant.’ While the agitation and paranoid delusions described in stories about flakka might be seen in some people at high doses, he says, ‘that’s a rare sort of thing,’ and the bizarre behavior may be due to other factors, such as sleep deprivation or pre-existing psychological problems. Potentially fatal reactions such as heart attacks and hyperthermia likewise are ‘possible in limited and extreme situations,’ he says, but ‘unlikely.'”

(Via.) Reason.com <—Read more here

Pew first: Gun rights top gun control in major public opinion shift

“Exactly two years after President Obama’s bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership.

The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.

Pew Research Center found that while support for gun control once reached 66 percent, it has dropped to 46 percent while support for gun rights has jumped 52 percent, the highest ever in the past 25 years.

‘We are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer,’ said the survey.”

(Via.) WashingtonExaminer.com <—Read more here

Chicago’s Economic Death Spiral

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after winning reelection, pronounced Chicago ‘the greatest city in America.’ Run by Democrats for more than eight decades, Chicago should serve as a showplace that reflects the wonderful world of ‘progressive policies.’

Public schools are a mess, and the city’s finances place their bonds at near junk level. In 2013, the city averaged 36 homicides a month, with the majority of them unsolved.”

(Via.) – Larry Elder – Townhall.com <—Read more here

Help available for McHenry County residents seeking FOID, concealed carry cards

“WOODSTOCK – State Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, said residents can contact his constituent service office for assistance in completing applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards and concealed carry permits.

‘With the elimination of paper applications for FOID cards and concealed carry permits, it has become more difficult for many Illinoisans to exercise their Second Amendment rights,’ Franks said. ‘Seniors and others without access to the Internet have been burdened by this change.’

Beginning March 16, the Illinois State Police phased out the use of paper applications for concealed carry permits and FOID cards; the applications can now only be processed online.

Residents who need individual assistance or who cannot complete the applications because they lack Internet access can visit Franks’ constituent service office to complete their applications. Franks’ office at 1193 S. Eastwood Dr. in Woodstock is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary…”

(Via.) Northwest Herald <—Read more here

Chris Christie calls for ‘the right balance’ on gun rights – Adam B. Lerner – POLITICO

“Chris Christie took a centrist tone on guns Wednesday, calling for the ‘right balance’ between gun control and the Second Amendment.

‘We’ve got to make sure we have public safety, but on the other hand we have to protect people’s rights both as sportsmen and hunters and for self protection too, find the right balance,’ Christie told a group of New Hampshire voters at Chez Vachon in Manchester, according to New Jersey newspaper The Record.

The comments came just over a week after news broke that the New Jersey Republican governor was not invited to address the NRA’s annual conference in Nashville last weekend. The other prominent GOP 2016 contenders were invited, with the exception of Sen. Rand Paul.”

(Via.) POLITICO

Country Singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington Headlining Gun Control Fundraiser

“On July 17, country singers Tim McGraw and Billy Currington will headline a fundraiser for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise in Connecticut.

Sandy Hook Promise was founded after Adam Lanza stole various firearms then carried out a heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary.

NBC Connecticut quoted McGraw as saying:

Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.

McGraw’s ‘A Concert For Sandy Hook Promise’ will also feature country singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.”

(Via.) Breitbart <—Read more here

Al Shabaab militants attack Somali government building, at least 10 dead

“Al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a government building housing two ministries in the Somali capital on Tuesday, setting off two big blasts before gunmen stormed inside, killing at least 10 people, police and the rebels said.

Fighting raged around the building, which houses the ministries for higher education and petroleum and minerals, before security forces retook it from the attackers.

It is the latest in a series of raids in Mogadishu by al Shabaab, which wants to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.”

(Via.) Reuters

SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret “Deal With The Devil” Confirmed. NRA, ATF& bi-partisan group of politicians agree to save ATF

“SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret ‘Deal With The Devil’ Confirmed. NRA, ATF& bi-partisan group of politicians agree to save ATF from itself and widen the definition of ‘sporting purposes.’ ‘A hole big enough to drive Diane Feinstein’s limousine through.’

From the press room of the NRA National Meeting, Nashville, TN: Sipsey Street Irregulars can now confirm the broad outlines of a story first disclosed two days ago by National Gun Rights Examiner columnist David Codrea. Last week, a secret deal involving the National Rifle Association lobbying arm and brokered by politicians of both national political parties was struck in Washington DC that would save the ATF from the political and legal consequences of its own regulatory errors. In the process, this deal would broaden the language of the 1968 Gun Control Act regarding ‘sporting purposes’ and allow ATF to extract itself from the potentially catastrophic political damage of enforcing its arbitrary ruling that makes every owner of a pistol grip 12 Gauge shotgun like the Mossberg Cruiser a felon in possession of a ‘destructive device’ subject to the penalties of the National Firearms Act of 1934 — currently up to 10 years in federal prison and a quarter million dollar fine.”

(Via.) Sipsey Street Irregulars: <—Read more here

The Awful Implications of Hillary’s Candidacy

“The Clinton campaign for president is going to shake out the same way that the Obama candidacy did. In the end, its primary appeal will be to identity politics. Voters will be asked to make possible a historic advance for women. Only this way, we will be told, can we as a nation (people, humanity, whatever) put to rest a long history of subjugation and exclusion.

The history is correct but the solution is not. There is nothing necessarily wrong with cheering the election of a woman president. What’s incorrect is the belief that a woman president will make women’s lives better. Getting someone who shares your identity into power does nothing to improve your life. And if you look at Hillary’s sexual politics — most egregiously mandated equal pay — it will do much to set back the advancement of women in economic life and society. “

(Via.) Beautiful Anarchy <—Read more here

Is the U.S. Government So Powerful that the Second Amendment is Pointless?

Finger explains why the gun collectivists are wrong and concludes:

“Before I finish, I’d like to make a few things clear. This writing is not a call for revolution. If that has been your take-away, you’ve misunderstood me. I, and most everyone else in this country, have plans for the future which require stability and will never come to fruition in a war zone. I’m simply trying to inform the two people who will ever read this that, once again, the gun debate is not as ‘black and white’ as some believe, and many of the arguments against guns are based entirely in ignorance and hearsay. My only goal is to provide a drop of truth in a sea of fallacy and misinformation. Rest assured, anybody who claims that guns should be further restricted or banned in this country because, ‘You can’t beat the government anyway,’ has no real understanding of the issue.

Those who founded this country were able to do so only after waging war against their own government, which had become irreversibly oppressive and corrupt. Being well aware of the dangers of concentrated power and its detrimental effect on personal freedom, they wanted only to erect a system of government that could be kept in check by limiting its power, and its ability to acquire it. The rights outlined in the Bill of Rights were included because they are the rights that, among others, have the most profound impact on the peoples’ ability to remain free in mind and body. And, indeed, they are the same rights that must first be lost in order for those who seek power and true control to achieve that goal.”

(Via.) GunsAmerica Digest <—Read more here

Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 4/13/15: You Are the New Enemy

“So who is the real enemy? The Russians?

No, the real enemy is the taxpayer. The real enemy is the middle class and the productive sectors of the economy. We are the victims of this new runaway military spending. Every dollar or euro spent on a contrived threat is a dollar or euro taken out of the real economy and wasted on military Keynesianism. It is a dollar stolen from a small business owner that will not be invested in innovation, spent on research to combat disease, or even donated to charities that help the needy.

One of the most pervasive and dangerous myths of our time is that military spending benefits an economy. This could not be further from the truth. Such spending benefits a thin layer of well-connected and well-paid elites. It diverts scarce resources from meeting the needs and desires of a population and channels them into manufacturing tools of destruction. The costs may be hidden by the money-printing of the central banks, but they are eventually realized in the steady destruction of a currency.

The elites are terrified that peace may finally break out, which will be bad for their profits. That is why they are trying to scuttle the Iran deal, nix the Cuba thaw, and drum up a new ‘Red Scare’ coming from Moscow. We must not be fooled into believing their lies.”

(Via.) Liberty Crier <—Read more/listen to the talk here

New York’s expensive startup initiative only created 76 jobs

“When Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Start-Up New York in late 2013, his office called it a ‘game-changing’ initiative that promised ‘a windfall’ of innovation. The program established 356 tax-free zones in order to ‘attract high-tech and other start-ups.’ However, a new report from the state’s Department of Economic Development found that the initiative only created 76 jobs in 2014, despite a $28 million ad campaign.

Cuomo’s senior economic aide told Capital New York that 76 jobs was ‘a good number that we can stand behind,’ and it was only a matter of time before the other jobs materialized.

The zones created by Start-Up New York were tied to 62 sponsoring colleges and universities. The program allowed companies to operate tax-free for 10 years ‘on eligible campuses and spaces.’ According to the report, those 76 jobs came from 30 companies in industries like software, biotech, and manufacturing. The companies were supposed to invest $91 million over five years, but only invested $1.7 million.”

(Via.) The Verge

Guns in Schools for Student Safety

“Patrick Neville was a sophomore at Columbine High School when two peers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, murdered 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

Neville is now a Republican Representative from Castle Rock. On Monday, 16 years after surviving one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, he will defend a bill to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to bring a firearm to school.

‘I remember fathers coming up to me whose sons I knew well, asking where they were,’ said Neville. ‘People I’d known since elementary school are no longer with us today. I think some of the staff who were heroic in so many ways that day, if they’d had the ability to equip themselves, some of my friends might still be with us.’

Neville said the trauma of the Columbine shooting not only motivated this bill but changed how he thought about life in general.”

(Via.) The Colorado Independent

Bill for concealed carry in evacuations headed to Gov. Rick Scott

More common sense gun deregulation legislation is looking likely in Florida, as the Tampa Bay Times reports: “TALLAHASSEE — Floridians soon could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in the first two days of an emergency evacuation, even if they don’t have a concealed license to do so.

The House approved SB 290 by an 86-26 vote Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Rick Scott.

Supporters, backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, say the legislation is necessary so lawful gun owners can take their weapons with them to avoid looting after a natural disaster.

‘Imagine the thousands and thousands of weapons that are going to be left alone in people’s homes when police are not available and first responders are slow in responding,’ said Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice.”

Of course the proposed legislation has kicked the hyperbole of the gun centralizers and hoplophobes into high gear. Fortunately, more people are seeing through their fear mongering and relegating their message to the trash bin of ideas where it properly resides.  

(Via.) Tampa Bay Times <—Read more here

The Costs of Hysteria

“Suppose the scientific consensus on climate change is right. Let’s also stipulate, for the sake of argument, that the computer projections used by the United Nations and the US government are correct, and that economists are able to translate those data into meaningful projections about costs and benefits to people living in the future with climate change.

Despite what the public has been led to believe, the situation is not a crisis at all — and certainly not something that demands drastic government actions to avert serious damage to the environment. In fact, implementing the wrong policy can cause far more damage than it can prevent.”

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

Glock Sued for Civil Racketeering & Malicious Prosecution (Again)

“Glock Inc. and a few of its attorneys are being sued by their former internal investigator, Jeffrey Pombert. Ironically, Pombert was employed by Harper’s Investigations who Glock hired to investigate and eliminate corruption. Previously, Pombert was charged with and had charges dropped on racketeering based on the alleged fabrication of evidence by Glock.”

(Via.) The Firearm Blog <—Read more

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