Category Archives: In The News

Alpine Crash Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit

Germanwings-Airbus-A320

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.

Netanyahu Wins!!!Obama Chagrins!!!

Netanyahu-Election-Victory-Israel-1.jpg (637×360)

(File Photo)

Netanyahu won in a landslide election after Obama’s best efforts to unseat him using our taxpayer funded dollars. This is unprecedented. Never in our history has a sitting president interfered so much in another country’s election in an effort to unseat him with all his hacks and aides on the ground there. To make matters worse Obama did not even bother to call Bibi to congratulate him instead giving the lame excuse he was busy in Cleveland talking about the economy and putting together a coalition. Nancy Pelosi didn’t bother to call and neither did several other important dignitaries in Obama’s administration which would have been the classy thing to do. Only Kerry called to congratulate him.

Prime Minister of England David Cameron called Bibi and showed real class in his call congratulating him. Obama has more contempt for Netanyahu than he has for North Korea, Syria and  Iran.  He called Putin when he won, he called Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who called the Isrealis descendants of apes and pigs, when he won and called the heads of Saudi Arabia and Iran when they won, but not Netanyahu. He has more ability to work with dictators than people who run democratically. He reaches out to people like Al Sharpton, the Muslim Brotherhood and C.A.R.E. This should tell all who voted for him where his true allegiance lies.

Obama is petulant, arrogant and refuses to say radical Islam or radical terrorism. Bibi is straight forward, courageous, has moral clarity and recognizes evil in our time. He warns people the dangers of Iran or any other country of getting the bomb. Obama’s Iran deal allows Iran to get the bomb in ten years when he’s no longer in office. The Iran deal also says if Iran accepts then the U.S. will take HAMAS and Hezbollah off the terror watch list. WHAT??????

 Obama’s chief of staff will give a speech to a major advocacy group that opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough’s address to the J Street group indicates that the administration will seek to strengthen voices that challenge Netanyahu. After his victory in Israel’s elections this week, the White House said it had to reassess its approach considering Netanyahu’s hard veer to the right in the campaign.

J Street is an Israel advocacy group that often criticizes the Israeli government – and especially Netanyahu. The group calls Netanyahu’s election victory a “deep disappointment” and accuses him of winning by shredding U.S. bipartisanship on Israel and “preying on fear and racism at home.”

I saw on FOX last night that Obama finally called Netanyahu to congratulate him. Isn’t  that like the proverbial closing the barn door after the horses are in?  He only did this after half the world criticized him for not doing so.Of course he will come up with his flimsy excuse that he was busy speaking in Cleveland. He also assured Bibi of our close ties with Isreal. There he goes again saying the opposite of what he really means.  What a fake,fraud and phony.   

 

Obama called for his idea of mandatory voting (like in North Korea) “transformative.”There’s that word used by him again. He said he would transform America and this is part of it. He said mandatory voting would change the map of the country. He’s just royally PO’ed that his party lost in the mid-term elections because not enough voters came out. What’s he going to do?Arrest you for not voting? Not voting is a choice too. This administration and libs are only pro-choice when it suits their needs. Like one comment I recently saw said, “Like his fellow muslim brothers, this pathetic excuse for a U.S. president will stop at nothing, even if he shows us once again how petty he is.”

 Obama admin threatens Netanyahu with consequences » News — GOPUSA »

» Obama wants to transform America withmandatory voting » News — GOPUSA

Most Transparent Administration Ever Removes Transparency Regulations on .. Itself

obama_evil

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?

Right to Work States Have Healthier Economies

2015-Right-To-Work-States-Map-updated

This week Wisconsin became the 25th state in the union to pass and sign into law so-called “right to work” legislation. Despite the pejorative light oftentimes associated with right to Work (RTW) laws, in reality all they do is proscribe the requirement that a worker join or pay dues to a union as a qualification for employment.

2015-Right-To-Work-States-Map-updated Unions often view laws removing compulsory union membership for work in the private sector as “anti-union,” while advocates of right to work laws maintain it’s a matter of personal liberty and economic freedom. They argue that workers in given trades or industries should have the option to choose whether to join a union or not. Arguably, if a union is doing a good job representing the interests of its members, it should not be threatened by the freedom to choose, as the benefits of union membership would be self-evident.

Even some union leadership supports such a sentiment. Gary Casteel, the Southern region director for the United Auto Workers, explains, “This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right to work hurts unions. To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, ‘If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.’ Versus, ‘If we get 50 percent of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.’ I don’t even like the way that sounds, because it’s a voluntary system, and if you don’t think the system’s earning its keep, then you don’t have to pay.”

right_to_work_1One cannot be a student of history without recognizing the tremendous contributions unions made to the emergence of the middle class in early to mid 20th century America. They significantly improved working conditions, workweek hours, and compensation levels.

In today’s highly competitive economy, their focus seems to have changed, as they seem to be primarily political entities today, with compulsory union dues used mostly for amassing power in the political arena, and spent on candidates and causes that some members may object to. Even Bob Chanin, former top lawyer for the National Education Association, admitted that in his farewell speech a few years ago. “It’s not about the kids…it’s about power,” he said.

hohmanRTW-chart2According to Department of Labor statistics, only about 7% of America’s private sector workforce is unionized. In post World War II era, it was nearly 40%. The trend is reversed for public employees, where 60 years ago the unionized segment of the public employees workforce was less than 10%, while it currently is nearly 37%. Logic leads one to surmise that maybe all those “evil corporations” have gotten it right, and are providing pay and benefits at a level that employees are satisfied with. While the same logic might lead us to believe that, following those trends, it is “evil government” that is taking advantage of employees and must be represented by collective bargaining.

Average wages do tend to be slightly lower in right to work states, as reported by The Wall Street Journal last year. But the differences may be attributable to other factors. As the Journal explained, “Many economists say when differences in cost of living are taken into account, wages are roughly the same—or even higher—in right-to-work states.” When looking at a map of non-right to work states, geographical and cost of living factors seem to affirm that distinction.

GDP Growth Rate Strongest In Right To Work States

GDP Growth Rate Strongest In Right To Work States

Last year the National Institute for Labor Relations released a detailed study of right to work vs. non-right to work states. The research was based upon data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Census Bureau, United States Patent and Research Office and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Five economic factors were analyzed in right to work and non-right to work states in the Midwest, with the following statistical conclusions:

Job growth is twice as strong in RTW states. The percentage growth of non-farm private sector jobs (1995-2005)
in right to work states was 12.9%
while non-right to work states came in at 6.0%.

Perhaps surprising to some, poverty is actually higher in non-right to work states. Average poverty rate, adjusted for cost of living was 8.5% in RTW states, and 10.1% in non-right to work states. This may likewise have more to do with geography and cost of living factors, however.

New company and new product growth is significantly greater in RTW states. During that same period, annual percentage growth in patents granted was 33% in RTW states, and only 11% in non-right to work states.

500px-RTWmapcompleteIncome growth rates are higher in RTW states as well. The percentage growth in real personal income was 26.0%
in RTW states, while non-right to work states grew at 19.0%.

Even health insurance coverage in RTW states fared better. Note that this data was gathered before implementation of Obamacare. The percentage growth in number of people covered by employment based private health insurance was 8.5% for RTW states, and 0.7%
for non-right to work states.

Consequently, based on National Institute for Labor Relations research, right to work states create more private sector jobs, enjoy lower poverty rates, experience more technology development, realize more personal income growth, and increase the number of people covered by employment-based private health insurance. Clearly when looking at the big picture, the economy of a state is more likely to be more robust when the workforce has the freedom to choose.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

Duty to Country Is Deadly Business

eglin

I awoke to the news that 7 Marines and 4 Army soldiers went missing, all presumed dead, after a special operations training mission helicopter crashed not far from where I live; not far from the pristine beach where I took the picture that sits atop my Facebook page. It is a sober reminder that those who volunteer to place themselves in harm’s way; between the evil and the innocent, face dangers even as they train to protect the nation they serve and the innocent they swear to protect.

ABC’s WEAR Channel 3 in Pensacola reports:

“Seven Marines and four soldiers went missing early Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Navarre.

“Defense officials say the military members aboard the aircraft are presumed dead. Heavy fog is having an impact on recovery efforts. Human remains have washed up on shore but the number of remains has not be released at this time. This is still considered a search and rescue mission…Pentagon officials say the heavy fog played a role in the crash.”

In a time when the chattering class demands that we debate the ideological genesis of the deadly threat to our nation – and Western Civilization – emanating from the Middle East, it would well serve our nation’s collective soul to personalize not only the seriousness of the threat, but the guardians of our nation; the rough and ready men and women who step into the coarse void between the way of life afforded us by the American dream and the oppression and cruelty many around the world would love to inflict upon us.

When we have the courage to confront and accept the truth, it is undeniable that there are vicious zealots committing atrocities; crimes against humanity, in the name of Islam. Yet, some among us in the West; some whose ideological addictions force them to see everything through a morally relativistic lens, seek to designate our nation as one of many among equals; our military personnel as simple countermeasures to enemies who have equal claim to ideological and moral legitimacy. But this stunted line of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth and, in fact, serves as a smear against the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces; our sentinels who stand between “the barbarians and the gate.” I know this to be true because my wife and I live among them; we know them and love them like family.

Our enemies, those who willingly join the ranks of Daesh (the Islamic State, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabab, etc.), execute barbaric acts of tyranny in the name of their religion, committing unspeakable acts of ferocious cruelty in an effort to either convert the un-Islamic or cleanse the earth of those who refuse their dictate, all in an aggressive pursuit of global domination.

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces, in extreme contrast, step into the ugly void of a no-man’s land where the weak and oppressed suffer at the hands of tyrants; a land where the cowardly fear to tread. They inject themselves into situations to free the oppressed, to preserve the liberty of the innocent and to vanquish the tyrannical. And as they do they carry with them the moral clarity that understands “good versus evil”; “right verses wrong”; “duty, honor, country,” lessons gleaned from the righteousness of the American dream, not the ideological clap-trap of theorists hell-bent on believing in the impossibility of global utopia, or the manipulation of political creatures questing for power, influence and fame.

Our military men and women are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. They are neighbors. They go to the store for food, fill-up their cars with gas, help their children with their school work, laugh, and cry, just like those who do not serve. They cut their grass, take out their garbage, pay their taxes and they socialize. They live, laugh and love. But sometimes when they kiss their spouses goodbye; sometimes when they kiss their children good night; sometimes when they promise to be back in a few days, sometimes those kisses have finality and those promises to return are broken, not of their own commission, but because their call to duty, their call to serve, sent them on a path that does not return home.

So it is with the 7 Marines and 4 US Army soldiers who kissed their loved ones goodbye with every intention of returning. So it is with many military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

A close friend of mine who teaches at a military special operations school wrote me after I queried him about the training accident. He closed by saying, “This business is a dangerous business.” Indeed it is. It is dangerous and it is necessary. It is necessary for the longevity of liberty and freedom. And it is rightly necessary for all of us to thank and honor them for their sacrifices; honor them like family, because they protect us like we are family.

Some Fundamental Problems With Common Core

images

Common Core State Standards for education were advanced as a holistic reform intended to raise academic performance based on standardized achievement results. When reading the standards themselves, and the stated objectives, it’s inconceivable that anyone would take exception to them. Indeed, the education reform language sounds as idealistic and pertinent as any could. They were superbly crafted. Regrettably, in application, much is lost in translation, and Common Core is quickly becoming a significant detriment to our public educational system.

55319Achieve Inc. (a Bill Gates-funded educational consulting firm) created the standards, for the National Governor’s Association (NGA). And in 2010 when they were rolled out, adoption of the standards by the respective states was tied to the Race To the Top grants, funded by the massive Stimulus package of 2009. The granting of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers augmented inducement for states adopting the standards. The irony of the latter is that we’ve learned over the past ten years of NCLB that accountability and subsequent punishment of districts, schools, and teachers does not substantively improve the quality of education. Yet it’s a significant characteristic of CC.

Achieve, Inc. called upon 135 academicians and assessment experts, most with ties to testing companies, to draft CC. The standards had, prior to their rollout, never been fully implemented or tested in actual schools. This represented a sharp break from educational reform traditions of basing reforms on empirical data and calculable results. Very few of the 135-member team were either classroom teachers or current administrators. The other most conspicuous absence from the development team was parents. After the standards were drafted, K-12 educators were reportedly brought in to “tweak and endorse the standards” to “lend legitimacy to the results, according to the editors of RethinkingSchools.org.

race-to-the-top-common-coreBy contrast, when I served on the Excellence In Public Education Commission for Idaho in the 80s, almost all of the commission members were educators, administrators, and/or parents. All of the major stakeholders in public education were represented. Such stakeholder involvement was conspicuously, and suspiciously, absent when CC was drawn up.

Perhaps none have explained the problems with CC as eloquently and precisely as Carol Burris from New York. In 2010 she was named the New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association, and in 2013 she was named the New York State High School Principal of the Year. She has identified five key reasons CC is disastrous for education. She was extremely supportive of the objectives of CC, yet after thoroughly examining the program, realized the damage it would do to education. The following are some of her findings:

“Despite the claims of supporters, the standards are not built on sound research. They have never been field-tested nor proven to raise student achievement. The truth of the matter is research shows the rigor of state standards is not related to student achievement. In addition, a study of the state standards most like the Common Core by the Brookings Institution concluded that it is likely that the Common Core will have minimal effect on student learning. There is no research that supports the untested standards and practices of the Common Core.

Common-Core-question-21“The Common Core standards contradict what we know about the way young children learn. Louisa Moats, one of the few early childhood experts on the team that wrote the early literacy standards, is now an outspoken critic. Why? Because the K to 3 Common Core standards disregard decades of research on early reading development. Shortly after the standards were published, 500 early-childhood experts — pediatricians, researchers and psychologists — found the early-childhood Common Core standards to be so developmentally inappropriate that they called for their suspension in grades K to 3.

“The Common Core standards for English Language Arts promote the use of questionable strategies and over-emphasize informational text. One of New Jersey’s leading literacy experts is Russ Walsh of Rider University. Walsh, as well as other literacy experts, has become uncomfortable with the beliefs that guide the Common Core ELA standards, specifically that background knowledge does not matter for reading, “close reading” should dominate literacy instruction, and that students should be reading only grade-level texts. There is also worry that informational texts are crowding out literature in English Language Arts classes.

images“The Common Core tests are unreasonably difficult and will result in unfair consequences for students. Even as New Jersey begins the PARCC exams, some states have begun giving their own Common Core tests. New York’s students have taken Common Core tests twice. Proficiency rates dramatically dropped to the low 30s, with minimal improvement in year two. Results have been especially devastating for special-education students, English language learners, and students of color and poverty — with proficiency rates in single digits for students with disabilities who are poor.

“Low test scores have consequences for kids. Students are put into remedial classes. Test scores are used to decide who gets into gifted programs and into competitive schools. In a pro-Common Core report titled “Opportunity by Design,” The Carnegie Corporation estimated that due to the Common Core, the national six-year dropout rate will double from 15 percent to 30 percent, and the four-year graduation rate will drop from 75 percent to 53 percent.

“New York students took the Common Core algebra test, which is a graduation requirement, last June. Only 22 percent met the Common Core score that is being phased in as the new passing standard for graduation. Are these fair and reasonable standards? I think not.”

common-core-math-problemThis kind of top-down regulation of education is entirely the opposite of what is needed in education, and none can offer a better assessment of what works and what doesn’t than those with “boots on the ground;” the teachers, with parental input. The establishment of standards by bureaucrats and corporate sponsors, as CC was devised, is the wrong approach entirely.

Senator Mike Crapo’s (R-ID) Local Leadership in Education Act, Senate Bill 144, needs to be passed. This Act will “prohibit the Federal Government from mandating, incentivizing, or making financial support conditional upon a State, local educational agency, or school’s adoption of specific instructional content, academic standards, or curriculum, or on the administration of assessments or tests, and for other purposes.”

All efforts to roll back and rescind CC are advisable at this juncture, at the state and local level, as well. This is not a partisan issue. Something as crucial as our children’s education transcends politics, and bears substantive implications for the future of America, as a nation and as a people.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].

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

M855 AR-15 Ammo Ban

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!

Immigration-Caution

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.

Who’s Killing Who in the U.S. the REAL facts!

crime-scene1

Remember when your parents told you to believe half of what you see and almost none of what you hear?

I think of that every time I see a Tweet or Facebook post from people I know never check out their information. These erroneous “posts” get traction mostly because they are received by friends and family who think you would never send them something that wasn’t true. Many have been bitten, including me, because we don’t take time to check it out. Yet it seems when it comes to political issues, especially, we never, ever, ever want to challenge loved ones. Well, it’s time to start!

This week a Tweet floated by asking the question, “What is it with white men in society? Why are so many killing American Muslims, women, blacks and children?” This from a person who has worked in the media and claims that they only speak the truth, but people like me on the Right are wacked!

Low IQ voters and those with the victim mentality eat posts like this up. But it’s all wrong. I didn’t go to any Right-wing sites or Left-wing sites. I went to those highly partisan sites known as the FBI (for crime stats) and the DOJ (for crime reports).

Let’s look at a few:

2012 DOJ – The percentages of black adults and white adults arrested for murder were similar, with 49.3 percent being black and 48.3 percent being white.

2012 Black juveniles accounted for 51.5 percent of all juveniles arrested for violent crimes. White juveniles accounted for 61.6 percent of all juveniles arrested for property crimes.

Doesn’t look like a wide margin to me!

AS I looked for the numbers I found a little known fact. The DOJ combines Hispanic and white in many statistics. Why? They really can’t get percentages

Read more at TRS

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

210x140xversacarry_men-woman.jpg.pagespeed.ic.hfBTT9rFeu

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

800px-Benjamin_Netanyahu_with_Obamas

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.

Terrorist-Ahoy

Why Lower Gas Prices Are NOT Allowing Consumer Revival

800px-Magnolia_gasoline_station,_Shamrock,_TX_IMG_6141

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 are vaccinated people so afraid of an outbreak?

ShotVaccineInjection-Attrib-Flickr-ElAlvi-65894052-3483848619-421x336

If vaccines are so effective and safe, then why are the approximately 93% of the population who are vaccinated for measles, so afraid of the 7% of the population who chose not to vaccinate? The vaccination supposedly makes you immune so that you cannot contract the disease, right? So what are all these vaccinated people afraid of? I can’t figure out this logic. In reality, the only people who should be concerned about an outbreak are the people who are not vaccinated, because the rest of us who are, are already protected. And we’re continuing to talk about this, why?

You can read one healthcare expert’s opinion here.

And you can read some real facts and statistics about vaccinations here.

Photo credit El Alvi
Posted at: TRS
Written By Tammy Messina

Why the government struggles with your health

Anatomy_and_physiology_of_animals-human_chromosome

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?

« Older Entries