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Alpine Crash Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit

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Germanwings-Airbus-A320While facts and theories are appearing by the minute, the cockpit voice recorder from the Germanwings crash now indicates that one of the pilots got locked out of the cockpit.

Officials describe cockpit conversations and radio transmissions as calm, cool and collected during the first part of the flight, but prior to the crash, the cockpit voice recorder indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in.

What seems oddly like planned action leaves the guy outside “knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer. And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

At one point, the recorder shows that the locked-out pilot is clearly “trying to smash the door down.”

The plane also exhibited a non-crash and non-approach-to-landing descent rate. A plane nosediving to the earth loses altitude at over 8,000 feet per second. A standard descent to landing is 1500-2000 feet per second. The Germanwings plane descended at 3400 feet per second. A rushed, somewhat deliberate-looking descent that would put the plane at its final resting place.

150 passengers and crew died on the flight and, so far, all that is known is that one pilot left the cockpit and the other pilot was either unable or unwilling to let him back in while the aircraft made a controlled descent into an Alpine mountainside.

The unknowns are significant too:

  • why was their was no declaration of an emergency, trouble or even a mention of a technical issue prior to the start of the descent
  • how long was the other pilot was out of the cockpit before returning
  • How long was the locked-out pilot gone before the plane started the unplanned descent
  • The identity of the in-cockpit pilot may be critical to understanding what happened
  • Why did the plane neither nosedive nor followe normal glidepath for approach-to-landing

The crash is a tragedy for sure with 150 lives lost, but the information being released is raising more questions than it answers.

Most Transparent Administration Ever Removes Transparency Regulations on .. Itself

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obama_evilThe Obama Administration is deleting a regulation that subjects the White House Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act.

Obama no longer wishes that the White House Office of Administration be subjected to public or media  scrutiny. By shielding that office from FOIA requests, the President is closing the door that many media agencies (including this one) rely on to expose their activities to the light of day.

According the White House website, the Office of Administration performs these activities:

The question every American should be asking (while they are still allowed to) is WHY?

Proposed ATF AR-15 Ammo Ban Causing Supply Shortages (again)

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M855 AR-15 Ammo BanThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATFE or ATF) has decided that M855 AR-15 ammo should be banned. The resulting retail chaos has left consumers with no ammo to buy as the spring shooting season comes in.

Consumers aren’t just clearing the shelves of M855, they’re buying any and all AR-15 (5.56 and .223) ammo, 7.62×39 ammo and just about anything that they worry the Obama administration will go after next.

The reason for slippery slope thinking is clear – once the President gets what he wnats, he will take more.

The ATF has decided to start the AR ammo ban with the popular “green-tip” M855 ammo. Their reasoning is that it is armor piercing and can be shot out of a pistol.

First, the pistols they refer to are gigantic. 10.5 to 14″ long barrels, long buffer extension tubes in many cases and HEAVY. The police are not worried about criminals running around with $1100 “pistols.” They can see those things a mile away. It’s the tiny gun in the palm of the hand that kills most first responders.

Secondly, Class 3A (toughest non-plate) armor would be penetrated by just about any modern centerfire rifle cartridge.  The ATF is setting precedent that any cartridge capable of penetrating class 3a armor is dangerous and should be banned. Tell your teenage son to sell his deer-hunting .308 – those Remington Core-Lokt rounds will tear right through police issue body armor.  The ATF will be coming after those soon too under their current logic.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that local gun stores have seen their stock depleted just hours after the ATF press release on the proposed ban:

“We sold out of what we had in stock,” said Ryan Cook, manager of Eagle Armory in Springfield. “We didn’t have a lot in the store but I might have sold four or five cases after ATF’s statement came out. I called our suppliers but they said there was none available to order. It’s like the ammo shortage before. People are going to panic.”

RAM Arms, a leading seller of ammo and firearms based in North Carolina, says that it’s not just AR ammo the proposed ban is affecting:

Our M855 and inexpensive AR ammo got bought up right away. Even a replacement shipment of over 8,000 rounds got bought up in just hours, said J. Hewett, operations manager. Customers are buying anything you can shoot through an AR or AK in huge amounts and we now have whole shelves with nothing on them.

Stopping the AR ammo ban is nearly impossible. The public comment period ends March 15th and the ATF has already made their decision. Contacting your member of Congress is likely the only way to prevent this ban from spreading into other ammunition the President finds unfavorable (which is all of it)

Obama: ICE Officials Will Enforce Executive Amnesty – Or Else!

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While Obama’s authority to grant amnesty for immigrants illegally entering the United States has been quashed by a Federal judge, the President seems indignant and re-affirms that his dictates are the rule of law – or else.

DIAZ-BALART:  But what are the consequences?  Because how do you ensure that ICE agents or Border Patrol won’t be deporting people like this?  I mean, what are the consequences

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  José, look, the bottom line is, is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.  So I can’t speak to a specific problem.  What I can talk about is what’s true in the government, generally.

The President is letting millions of immigrants cut in front of millions of other immigrants who have bothered to go through the legal processes, wait (way too long) for the process and do things by the law.

ICE is now completely the President’s lap dog and the agents working for it are just doing what they are told instead of upholding the oath they took. Paycheck before country… it’s the Obama way.

Fed Chair: No Interest Rate Hike Any Time Soon

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen set a cautionary tone on the economy saying that the FOMC will not make a move on interest rates for the next few meetings.

Ms. Yellen attributed her dovish stance to weak inflation and a slowly improving jobs situation.

“It continues to be the FOMC’s assessment that even after employment and inflation are near levels consistent with our dual mandate, economic conditions may, for some time, warrant keeping the federal funds rate below levels the committee views as normal in the longer run,” Yellen said.

NYT: Concealed Carry Permit Holders are Murderers .. or something

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Misleading statistics have never kept the New York Times from reporting a non-existent problem before and they certainly could not be slowed when coming to the problem of concealed carry permit holders running around killing folks.

The article starts out with an Obama-esq “there should be no disputing” line when referencing the highly misleading statistics the entire questionably-written piece is based upon.

there should be no disputing the hard facts in a new report on gunshot fatalities showing that at least 722 nonself-defense deaths since 2007 were attributable to individuals with legal permits to carry concealed weapons.

First off, the referenced “new report” is from the heavily anti-gun, rabidly progressive and unabashedly misleading Violence Policy Center led by largely ineffective and vastly misinformed Josh Sugarmann.

To kick things off, here are the hyperbolic, poorly-based numbers:

the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group, found that in research involving 722 deaths in 544 concealed-carry shootings in 36 states and the District of Columbia

Oh my… concealed carry permit holders ran around, drew their concealed carry guns and shot 722 people in 36 states last year. Holy crap! Concealed carriers are killers!

What the New York Times hid from view was the foaming-at-the-mouth rhetoric used by the VPC when referencing permit holders. The VPC repeatedly refers to lawful concealed permit holders as  “Concealed Carry Killers.” [emphasis added] But, how would that lead anyone to believe that their statistics were anything but unbiased?

To top it all off, the whole report uses suicides and unresolved incidents to get its artificially high numbers. The report shares that In 84% of incidents the concealed carry killer committed suicide. Soooo, that leaves 16% of the VPC’s “Killers” having actually committed murder.

Out of that microscopic 16%, 20 more of those were accidental shootings. More education would be a better recourse than labeling those misinformed permit holders as killers.  To make a comparison, VPC would call bad drivers “Car Driving Killers” as they kill far more people than the 20 who lost their lives to bad gun owners.

There are other non-murder incidents that reduce the VPC’s “killer” numbers even further, but the point has been made. Concealed carry permit holders are still the “good guys with guns.”

 

Reuters gets suckered into protecting democrats over Netanyahu appearance

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800px-Benjamin_Netanyahu_with_ObamasPresident Obama doesn’t like Israeli Prime Minister Netanhayu. He never has and never will. Now, the House of Representatives has invited the leader of Isreal to speak before a vote on an Iran bill and Reuters has decided to defend.. the Democrats.

Former House Leader Nancy Pelosi has spent the past week making excuses for why Democrats may not have time to attend Netanyahu’s speech. Then again, her caucus has spent most of their careers voting for things without information. This may be another bill where waiting until it passes to see what’s in it doesn’t work out for the rest of America.

Reuters, in a thinly-veiled attempt to protect democrats from their fiercely-loyal Jewish contingency, now reports that “A senior Isreali official” (unnamed and otherwise non-existent) said that Netanyahu was mislead by the House of Representatives as to how much support Congress actually had for his appearance.

The travesty may be that the unnamed source is correct. Democrats do NOT want to hear anything Israel has to say. After all, President Obama’s cabinet has ceded to more than 80% of Iran’s demands without Iran giving much of anything.

The trouble is that Obama disagrees with Netanyahu’s appearance and message. Obama needs Israel silenced so he can claim success in the nuclear talks with Iran. Talks which are yielding results eerily similar to the appeasement of Hitler. Why wouldn’t the Jewish state be alarmed?

Democrats are clearly concerned. Jewish voters contribute huge amounts of money to their election funds, but they can’t walk away from the anointed, free-from-dispersion President.

Enter Reuters.

Reuters published an article on February 6th using an unnamed source to purport that Netanyahu had been tricked into speaking.

Reading that article, one can easily detect the protectionist tone. Reuters has been instructed or has otherwise decided to change the story around Israel’s input to the Iran sanctions.

President Obama does not seek justice, fairness or defense of American interests. Now, he has a British news agency pushing his narrative.

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Why Lower Gas Prices Are NOT Allowing Consumer Revival

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800px-Gulf_Offshore_PlatformThe drastically lower cost of gasoline was supposed to lead to a huge revival of consumer spending – why hasn’t that happened?

Economic theory assumes that if a consumer has more money available, they will spend it. One of American’s major expenses is on energy. Put these two together and consumers should be running amok on Amazon.com, eBay and local retailers – the numbers say it just isn’t so.

The issue is two-fold.

First, the decreasing cost of fuel only impacts those employed and needing transportation. Americans living off of transfer payments (EBT, wellfare, unemployment, etc) aren’t likely to go buy more goods just because regular unleaded finally dropped another .05 per gallon. They are on a fixed income and their income is not necessarily dependent upon their ability to get to a place of work.

Second, those that are dependent upon transportation to bring in a check do NOT believe that the lower prices are going to last more than a few weeks. Having felt the sting of the White House’s “necessarily skyrocket” energy policy, those families are hunkering down and keeping the savings close. Unless these energy prices start looking more mid-to-long-term, they aren’t about to go out to eat more, buy a new T.V. or visit the nearby amusement park.

The reason cheaper gas hasn’t miraculously resurrected consumer spending is that Americans understand that it is not White House policy, the economy or other longer term factors causing it to be low and they certainly do not believe that it will last.

Gallup CEO: Number of Full-Time Jobs as Percent of Population Is Lowest It’s Ever Been

Why the government struggles with your health

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For decades, Americans have paid attention to the government when making food and health decisions – are Americans sure they’re getting the best advice?

Margarine good, butter bad .. until recently. Now, scientists know how to fix your genes to live longer, but…

Bottled-water good – then bad. Margarine good, then basically a chemically-engineered plastic with no benefits, anti-psychotic drugs helpful then found at the root of many mass-murders and other violent offenses. Does the American government really understand what causes health and safety issues or is the government finding ways to shorten your life without you realizing it?

Death panels (yeah, they’re real), new findings from the government saying that frequent and early mammograms aren’t that helpful and reversals on food choices that seem odd, if not questionable.

Anatomy_and_physiology_of_animals-human_chromosomeNow, scientists have announced that they can extend life eternally (or nearly so) by modifying chromosomes.

The key to eternal life could be a procedure to lengthen chromosomes.

The procedure would allow scientists to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps that are on the end of chromosomes and shorten with age.

Fantastic news! Unless your a government tasked with paying benefits to your elderly based on the revenues from the under-employed youth.

This is a long-discussed issue – too many on benefits being supported by too few producing revenues. Whether discussing medicare, social security, Obamacare or other government benefits, the concern is the same – the government does not want you hanging around longer than you can produce revenue.

Will the government allow such gene therapy knowing that it will simply increase costs while not enhancing revenue?

Romney Out for 2016

Mitt Romney has decided not to run for President in the 2016 campaign.

Romney first announced his decision to staff on a conference call and plans to inform his supporters with a press release that included the following statement:

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee”

 

That leaves Jeb Bush as front-runner for the GOP nomination while Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are shoring up formidable campaigns.

Romney’s attempt to enter the race started falling apart recently as major donors indicated that they were looking to Jeb Bush as their favorite to take 2016 by storm.

A Chicago supporter told AP that he had “great respect for Gov. Romney, and I busted my buns for him,” said Craig Duchossois, whose wife contributed $250,000 to a pro-Romney super PAC while he collected tens of thousands more for Romney’s last campaign. “But I have turned the page”

Now, Bush has grabbed former Romney strategist David Kochel, whom many consider the top in his field. With all these headwinds, Romney had little choice but to bow out.

FDIC Ends Participation in Anti-gun ‘Operation Chokepoint’

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According to an NSSF release, it appears that Congressional and retail group pressure has created a crack in the Obama administration’s effort to strangle firearms businesses of necessary capital:

In a major development concerning NSSF’s leadership to halt discrimination in the provision of financial services and products to firearms related businesses due to “Operation Choke Point”, the top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Wednesday admitted wrongdoing and said they would cease practices that had the effect of encouraging such disparate treatment.

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) released a statement after a meeting with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Vice Chairman Tom Hoenig discussing the agency’s involvement in Operation Choke Point.

Today, the Congressman told NSSF, “After a year of mounting pressure from Congress and outside organization like the National Shooting Sports Foundation, top officials from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation finally acknowledged their involvement and wrongdoing in Operation Choke Point. While I am very pleased the FDIC will put in place new polices and change the culture at the agency, there is still work to be done, specifically with the Department of Justice. I am pleased the National Shooting Sports Foundation supports my legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, and I have no doubt the foundation will remain steadfast in educating its members and continuing the fight in ending Operation Choke Point once and for all.”

The FDIC’s important admission immediately received the attention of the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, which filed this comprehensive story by news producer Kelsey Harkness.


While great news, the sudden capitulation is indicative of the administration simply changing tactics.

Obama: Europe Just Isn’t Being Nice Enough to Muslims.. or something

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AFP is reporting that President Obama’s plan to reduce Islamic terrorism in Europe is for Europe to be nicer to the Islamic population as a whole.

Shake your head, bang your forehead on the keyboard, beat your head against a wall or just yell at the sky – your President is following in the footsteps of the appeasers of generations past.

Supposedly educated and intelligent, the American President is suggesting that Europe would have fewer Islamic attacks if they would just be nicer to them:

The US leader said the 2013 Boston marathon bombing showed that the United States was not entirely safe from Islamic militant cells, but suggested that it had had more success than others in integrating minorities.

Naive as usual, the American President ignores obvious facts. The EU is MUCH closer to Islamic nations than the U.S. and has even friendlier immigration laws. Perhaps being friendly has done the opposite of what Mr. Obama suggests.

Being nicer to enemies is something Europeans remember with disdain. Appeasing Hitler was a gigantic historical mistake that cost millions their lives. The fact that Obama is suggesting the same strategy with an even more dangerous enemy is frightening.

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