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Brownells Announces the Edge program

Brownness, the worlds largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts, and gunsmithing tools has announced the “Edge” program. Akin to Amazon Prime memberships, the program includes:

  • Free Standard Shipping* On all Orders
  • Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping
  • Free Return Shipping
  • Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts
  • Risk-free Ordering
  • Their 100% Forever Guarantee

From Brownells website: “Brownells EDGE is our latest innovation to make shopping with us even easier and more convenient for you. Place as many orders as you want – standard shipping on all of them is covered by the $49.95 annual membership fee. With FREE shipping*, your membership fee will be paid for with just a few orders. Bought the wrong item? Not what you needed? Just send it back. WE pay return shipping charges. Coupled with our already-famous, industry-exclusive Forever Satisfaction Guarantee, a Brownells EDGE membership assures a totally risk-free shopping experience!”

(Via.) BROWNELLS

Penn Jillette Can’t Have His Gay Wedding Cake and Eat It Too

“Popular entertainer and self-described libertarian Penn Jillette disappointed many liberty advocates in this recent CNN Tonight segment. The discussion was nominally about homosexuality and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but the real issue at stake was and will continue to be freedom of association.

The controversy stems from cases where business owners have refused for religious reasons to sell engaged gay couples wedding cakes and flowers. For example the owner of a bakery in Colorado was sued by a gay couple for refusing to bake a wedding cake for them. The court ordered him to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples, give his staff anti-discrimination law training, and submit quarterly reports to the state’s Civil Rights Commission confirming that he is complying with the government’s orders.

Jillette unfortunately fell into the trap of making this issue about religion and homosexuality: ‘You’re not talking about forcing people to engage in gay sex, or even endorse gay sex. We’re asking them that maybe they can treat people the same as other people, and that does not seem unreasonable. It’s okay, I suppose — although goofy – to be against gays, but it’s not okay to be against people who simply want to use your services.’ “

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Click here to read more

Bearing ArmsHome Invader Shot, Killed in Georgia – Bearing Arms

“A man attempting to rob a group of people in a Newton County apartment early Friday morning made a targeting mistake. One of the people he attempted to victimize fought back and won.

A 30-year-old man was shot to death during an attempted home invasion in Newton County Friday morning.

It happened at around 2:35 a.m. at the Salem Terrance Apartments in the 3400 block of Salem Road.

Witnesses told police that three men and three women were inside the affected apartment. One of the women left the unit and encountered Quintavious Reed in a breezeway. Reed forced the woman back inside the apartment.

Investigators said Reed got into a struggle with one of the men inside the unit. The victim, who had a gun, fatally shot Reed.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here

Bearing ArmsHero Concealed Carrier Shoots Carjacker, Saves Woman

“A Georgia man is being called a hero after shooting a carjacker, possibly saving the life of the woman who owned the car, who was clinging desperately to the vehicle’s hood.

Surveillance camera at Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, captured the drama Friday afternoon as the concealed carrier saw the car being stolen with the woman clinging to the hood. He pulled his weapon from a holster under the waistband of his shirt and sprinted after the car before opening fire, striking the carjacker and bringing the chase to a sudden halt.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here

Greg Gutfeld: Gun Control Losing Because Americans Refuse to Feel Guilty over Self-Defense

“On April 3, Fox News’ host Greg Gutfeld explained that the media’s gun control arguments increasingly fall on deaf ears because Americans refuse to feel guilty over using guns for self-defense.

Gutfeld said, ‘No matter how hard the establishment media tries, they can’t convince good people how bad guns are when they’re in the right hands.’

He then explained that the American people, while supportive of the police, have simply come to realize that there are long seconds–and frequently, agonizing minutes–between the time they dial 911 and the time police arrive. Moreover, he stressed that Americans understand that in many instances the police will only be coming to count bodies–that any defense that is going to happen has to happen before badges, handcuffs, or sirens are on the scene.

Gutfeld suggested the gun control media’s inability to understand these things has only placed greater distance between their esoteric arguments and the American people. He said:

Perhaps the media misses the big point. They do their theorizing from the fish bowl of a well-protected studio and travel to and from work at reasonable hours through tiny neighborhoods in secure vehicles. The fine people of Detroit don’t have that luxury; they realize that any argument against arming yourself is full of holes, which is not the way they’d like to end up being.

Empirical support for Gutfeld’s claims can be seen in the pro-gun attitude taking hold in Detroit’s heavily black community right now. Breitbart News recently reported that concealed carry is surging in the black community, and no less a prominent figure than Detroit Police Chief James Craig explained that this is a seismic shift from how things have been historically.”

(Via.) Breitbart <— Read more here

New York Deputy Slaps Citizen for Not Allowing him to Search Car

“In a Facebook message interview with Photography is Not a Crime, Roberts explained that he and his buddy, Colin Fitch, who owns the car, had parked it at a business that was closed and walked to a nearby party Thursday night. They didn’t spend much time at the party but when they walked back to the car, they were confronted by deputies who had spotted a rifle in the back seat and wanted to search the car.

Fitch had purchased a .22 rifle earlier that day and had left in the back seat, Roberts said.

When Deputy Glans asked to search the car, Fitch would not give him permission, insisting he had done nothing illegal.

‘We’ll get a fucking search warrant, alright,’ Glans said. ‘Wanna do that?’’Let me see your fucking keys,’ Glans said.

‘Why?’ Fitch responded.

‘I’m going to search your fucking car, that’s why,’ Glans replied.

‘You can’t do that,’ Fitch said.

‘Wanna fucking resist?,’ Glans said before striking him.

‘If you have nothing to hide in there, we’re just going to check and be on our fucking merry way. Understand? Asshole.’”

 

(Via.) PINAC

What Happens After A Mega Corporation Raises Its Workers’ Wages

“Earlier today, McDonalds announced that it would become the latest company to raise hourly pay for 90,000 workers by more than 10% and add benefits such as paid vacation for its restaurant workers. Specifically, starting in July, MCD will pay at least $1 per hour more than the local legal minimum wage for employees at the roughly 1,500 restaurants it owns in the U.S. The increase will lift the average hourly rate for its U.S. restaurant employees to $9.90 on July 1 and more than $10 by the end of 2016, from $9.01 currently. Finally, McDonald’s also will enable workers after a year of employment to accrue up to five days of paid time-off annually.

With this announcement, McDonalds joins the following companies which have likewise raised minimum wages in recent months:

  • WalMart
  • Aetna
  • Gap
  • Ikea
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx

Surely this is great news for the workers of these above companies, as some of the massive wealth accrued by corporate shareholders may be finally trickling down to the lowliest of employees, right? As it turns out, the answer is far from clear.

As the following WSJ story released overnight, here is what happens when mega-corporations such as WalMart and McDonalds, whose specialty are commoditized products and services and have razor thin margins, yet which try to give an appearance of doing the right thing, raise minimum wages. They start flexing their muscles, and in the process trample all over the companies that comprise their own cost overhead: their suppliers and vendors…”

(Via.) Zero Hedge <—Read the rest of the article here

The Liars that are Attempting to Sell an Article V Convention to the Conservative Base…

“Mark Levin and other promoters of an Article V Convention are flat out liars. This is the only determination one can conclude when looking at their advertisements and marketing schemes and presentations….the only reasonable deduction you can make when listening to Michael Farris’, Mark Levin’s, Mark Meckler’s, and other promoters’ presentations on the Convention of States Project. I know of no other way to put this. There is no chance whatsoever that these attorneys, supposedly trained in Constitutional law, are telling their audiences the truth. I would say the same of those who have been brought into market Article V as sales experts. The very best thing you can feebly attempt to say is they are half-truth tellers. It’s the second half that is full of lies.

I have a copy of the Constitution here with me where it is read frequently. You might want to criticize my lack of legal degree, but I know a liar when I hear one. And I can understand it when someone is using false premises and using illogical conclusions. The holes in the Convention of States’ and others’ propositions (amendments), are so large you could drive a semi-truck with a piggy-back trailer through them—that is IF you know what is in the Constitution. Of the many, you can find two of these holes here and here.

In previous articles I have described just some of the money behind this attempt to hijack the Constitution. Here, here, and here

There are more links below to help you see more of that, if you wish to pursue the scurrilous trail on this.

I am adding to the Convention of States the rest of the Article V Convention proponents because I (and you) might as well lump them in with the rest of the liars who are desperately trying to convince the American public that our Constitution isn’t just quite good enough or to their liking, or is too antiquated, or is just not pertinent to our current circumstance, or is not anything enough, or wasn’t legal in the first go ’round, or…..on and on. I know this is a disheartening piece of news to some people who wanted badly to believe that the Convention of States was the magic bullet. But sadly, COS is just as corrupt as the others wanting their hands on the Constitution since the 1960’s. Ford Foundation – Tugwell’s New States Constitution.’

Liars always want something from you. This falls into many categories. They might want your money, your admiration, power over you, or just to get away with something. In this case, however, these liars are playing a high stakes game with your life in an arena that they want to convince you is ‘their playground.’ Your role, they suggest, is to promote them and then stand back while they work their ‘magic.’ They tell you often how educated and experienced they are. They tell you, ‘If only you’ll buy my book,’ or ‘If only you’ll proselytize on my behalf,’ or ‘If only you’ll tell the legislatures to do what I ask,’ or ‘If only you’ll donate some money,’ etc…”

(Via.) Freedom Outpost: <— Read the rest of the story here

For Privacy or Transparency, Bitcoin Benefits Liberty

“Proponents of Bitcoin, myself included, tend to focus on the potential for privacy it offers against increasing government intrusion into our financial affairs. But Bitcoin is not only a tool for those who wish to remain hidden—scofflaws, paranoid conspiracy nuts, crypto-anarchists, and of course the ever-present three-headed bogeyman of terrorists, drug dealers, and child abusers. It is also a tool for those who value transparency. Does that sound like a paradox? Well, it isn’t. A major characteristic of a technology that increases freedom is that it can be used for a widely varying range of choices.

I’ll talk a bit more about how that works in the case of Bitcoin later on, but first I’d like to submit as evidence for the transparency benefits of Bitcoin the recent discovery of extensive corruption on the part of two government agents involved in the Silk Road seizure. The agents—DEA agent Carl Mark Force IV and Shaun W. Bridges of the Secret Service—are allegedly jointly responsible for, amongst other crimes, the misappropriation and laundering of over a million dollars worth of bitcoin (estimated at the price at which they would have sold at the time they were obtained) confiscated from the Silk Road website. Carl Force was also a major investor in, and employee of, Bitcoin exchange CoinMTK while involved in the case, and is accused of having stolen customer funds while there.”

(Via.) Bitcoin Benefits Liberty <— Read the rest of the story here

Wikileaks reveals one of the most controversial chapters of Obama’s big Asia trade deal

What could possibly go wrong? Thank God for that bipartisanship, right?

“TPP proponents, which include both President Obama and many congressional Republicans, say the dispute settlement mechanism is a way to prevent countries from discriminating against foreign firms. Indeed, the leaked chapter lays out that a country must give foreign investors treatment ‘no less favorable than that it accords, in like circumstances, to its own investors.’

But opponents, including some congressional Democrats, say it gives corporations too much power. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has argued that, among other things, ISDS undermines sovereignty by allowing foreign companies to attack US laws and regulations outside the US court system. Warren also fears ISDS could weaken environmental and labor laws.”

(Via.) Vox

How Gun Rights Harm the Rule of Law — The Atlantic

The Atlantic misses the mark on this story, not shocking due tot he fact it’s a hit piece on your rights.

“But this also has social consequences. Thanks to Stand Your Ground, citizens must now fear their armed neighbors in addition to prospective criminals. What if someone who spies you walking down the street thinks you look suspicious? What if you become a target for would-be George Zimmermans? Or what if the man you argue with, or potentially insult or offend, even unintentionally, is armed and irascible—and the argument escalates? Related Story

The Secret History of Guns

The latter possibility was chillingly illustrated in a movie theater in Tampa last year, when retired police captain Curtis Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson after the two had argued, and Oulson threw popcorn in Reeves’ face. Reeves initially invoked Stand Your Ground, claiming he did not know if Oulson meant him bodily harm. Florida’s Stand Your Ground law protects gun owners if they so much as sense the threat of bodily harm. In the darkened movie theater, Reeves said he could not tell the nature of his assailant’s weapon—he didn’t know that Oulson was only throwing popcorn. In a Stand Your Ground society, it makes sense to suspect your neighbor—and fear the worst.”

(Via.) The Atlantic

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

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

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