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  • Sig Sauer Lawsuit Against ATF Muzzle Brake/Silencer Ruling has Merit

    04/18/2014 9:55:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo from the ATF letter.  Sig Sauer never contended that the muzzle brake would not function as part of a gun muffler/silencer/suppressor Sig Sauer, Inc., the well respected firearms manufacturer, has filed suit against  B. Todd Jones as the Director of the ATF for ruling that the muzzle brake that they submitted for evaluation is "a part intended only for use in the assembly or fabrication of a silencer and therefore is a silencer..."  as defined in U.S. statutes.   The case document can be read here.  It is nine pages long, and makes a fascinating read. Sig Sauer Inc.,...
  • Obama, stop lying. Obamacare is not the law of the land!

    04/17/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-17-2014 | johnwk
    In case you missed it Obama, our federal Constitution tells us in crystal clear language that our Constitution, and only those “Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land ….” And so, the question which must be asked and answered to determine if Obamacare is the law of the land is, was Obamacare made in pursuance of our Constitution? As I will have further occasion to establish, Obama care does not meet constitutional muster and turns out to be legislative tyranny backed up by judicial...
  • Comedian Lewis Black Wants Socialism as “Forced Christianity”–Here’s Why He’s Wrong

    04/17/2014 3:16:47 PM PDT · by IChing · 9 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Donald Joy
    Someone needs to explain to those (especially socialists) who have been misled otherwise–Jesus Christ did not preach public charity. In fact, he taught the opposite. Deranged, hyper-manic left wing comedian Lewis Black made a complete fool of himself Monday when he gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., delivering a slobbering, convulsive tirade in his usual style, that of a bombastic barroom boor who pontificates wildly in a blind rage on matters of which he knows next to nothing. Black claims that he is one of only a handful of true socialists still alive in American...
  • Welfare State Squeezing Private Sector Workers

    04/17/2014 10:28:16 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In the last presidential election, Mitt Romney was savaged by the media and the cultural elites for pointing out that 47 percent of voters will vote for Obama as they're getting subsidies from the federal, state, or local governments. Romney was vilified as an evil, out-of-teach aristocrat that despised the less fortunate. The truth is the exact opposite as we know that Romney gives generously to the charity, unlike Obama and his progressive liberal allies, and that he created companies that actually hired people and paid them wages, again unlike most liberals. The 47 percent number was mocked as not...
  • FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate “People talking about Big Government”

    04/16/2014 8:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | April 15, 2014 | Brandon Turbeville
    In keeping with the tradition of the FBI’s position on gun rights, it appears the Bureau is working overdrive to monitor and harass gun owners and the gun shops that sell to them. While government surveillance of gun purchases and gun owners is nothing new, a recent visit by an FBI Counterterrorism agent to a Columbia, South Carolina gun shop has only reinforced the knowledge that the U.S. government is growing more and more concerned by the prospect of a well-armed populace – particularly one that prefers to live without constant government interference in their personal lives. While the narrative...
  • An Inconveniet Truth

    04/16/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 3 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    We're better than those damned Russians and their Putin; we have democracy! Well, maybe not. Quote: Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. Lots of big words in that paragraph. Let's distill it down -- the argument presented is that America is really no different than...
  • Web Mail Providers and Encryption

    04/16/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by This Just In · 26 replies
    April 16, 2014 | This Just In
    Good day, My family and I are currently searching for another email provider. We are seeking a service which uses SMTP-TLS in order to protect their clients privacy. Any suggestions/recommendations? Does anyone use FastMail? Thanks, TJI
  • Income Inequality: Biblical and Earthly Perspectives

    04/15/2014 10:56:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-14-14 | Warren Beatty
    Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) views income inequality as a moral issue that governments should address. Warren also says that a minimum wage increase is needed to stop income inequality. She equated the minimum wage to income inequality. Warren said that concentrated wealth as the result of a rigged system that funnels the gains from workers' productivity to their bosses, who suppress minimum wages. Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, about a minimum wage increase: "It will reduce inequality." Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama loves the idea of income inequality. Obama says "I...
  • ALERT: H.J.RES.104 will not end taxes calculated from incomes!

    04/15/2014 10:49:15 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 25 replies
    4-15-14 | johnwk
     I am very disappointed to learn that some Tea Party Activists are now promoting Representative Jim Bridenstine’s H.J.RES. 104 as a way to “repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the income tax”.  Additionally, donations are being asked to support this movement.  The problem is, if H.J.RES. 104 was adopted and its proposed wording added to our Constitution, the 16th Amendment would indeed be repealed, but Congress would continue to have power to lay and collect taxes calculated from profits, gains, and other “incomes”. The important wording in Representative Jim Bridenstine’s proposed amendment declares:`Effective 2 years after the ratification of this article...
  • Alpha Technology Initiates Scrypt ASIC Tape-Out

    04/15/2014 9:51:12 AM PDT · by Errant · 4 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 15 April 2014 | Nermin Hajdarbegovic
    Alpha Technology has a new development update and its Viper scrypt board seems to be making headway. The British ASIC maker said it has completed the schematics for the ATX power distribution board and of the AC power metering board. Those of the actual ASIC board are not complete yet, but Alpha said it is “almost” done. In addition, the company has finalised the design of the enclosure and WebGUI user interface. ... In any case, the advent of powerful and immensely efficient scrypt ASICs is not good news for GPU miners, as the ASICs will render GPU-based miners uncompetitive...
  • NC:Police Shut Down Private Buyers at Gun Turn-In (buy back)

    04/15/2014 7:39:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Winston Salem had its second gun turn in event this year (2014).   They spent over $25,000 in the two events, collecting over 475 firearms, 364 on March 15th, and 111 yesterday, the 12th of April.  Both events quickly ran out of money.   On the 15th, the City issued IOUs, yesterday they stopped giving out gift cards when the money ran out.    Long lines were reported when the money ran out, about 5 minutes before the official start time of 9 am.  Ordinarily, this is an ideal opportunity for private buyers to purchase guns from people who do not want...
  • Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch

    04/15/2014 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Federal officials appear to be waiting out Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters. Two days after a dispute over grazing rights, cattle and $1 million in fees and fines threatened to spin into a Wild West shootout, officials with the Bureau of Land Management promised they weren’t finished with Bundy. “The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement that followed the Bureau’s decision to release nearly 400 head of Bundy’s cattle that had been seized as part of a fight over grazing fees. Spokesman Craig Leff...
  • Was Stopping Nevada’s Fracking Rush Behind the Bundy Showdown?

    04/14/2014 8:36:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | April 14, 2014 | Marita Noon
    The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim. An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his...
  • This Chart Shows Us How Bad The Economy Really Is: “Flashing Red Warning”

    04/14/2014 8:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    Recent weeks have led to a fairly significant drop in stock valuations, with many expert analysts struggling to figure out exactly why it’s happening. You’ll hear them cite the weather, or market overreaction, or any number of reasons for why stocks have seen their share prices reduced and why they’ll be rebounding in the near-term. What they won’t show you on mainstream financial channels is what’s really happening behind the scenes. Forget about all the minute-by-minute noise for a moment and take a look at the following chart. It gives a very simple overview of earnings growth trends for stocks...
  • How To Get A Job Despite The Economy

    04/14/2014 1:09:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/14/2014 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    An entire new feedback loop of accreditation is necessary in the economy we have, and fortunately that feedback is within our individual control.To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, we work in the economy we have, not the economy we might want or wish to have at a later time. And what characterizes the economy we have?It's bewildering because nothing works like it's supposed to. For example, getting a college degree was supposed to guarantee a good job and an 80% lifetime wage premium over people without college degrees.But in the economy we have, getting a college degree no longer guarantees a good job, or indeed, a job of any...
  • Obama: Violence against religious groups has 'no place in our society'

    04/14/2014 7:42:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama said violence against religious groups has "no place in our society" after an elderly man tied to hate groups allegedly opened fire Sunday and killed three people outside a Kansas City Jewish community center and retirement community. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers," Obama said at the opening of his remarks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. "Nobody should have to fear for their safety when they go to pray." Obama said the tragedy was "all the more painful" because it came as Jews were preparing to celebrate Passover...
  • 16 Examples That Show The United States Has Become A Seriously Messed Up Country

    04/13/2014 10:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Dream blog ^ | March 5, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In recent years, it has been quite common to hear our politicians and top media personalities talk about the need for America to use military force to impose “our values” on the rest of the world. But what “values” could they possibly be talking about? The truth is that we don’t have any “values” worth sharing with anyone at this point. America has become a festering cesspool of garbage and filth, and it is getting worse with each passing day. As a nation, we need to humble ourselves and turn away from our wicked deeds and rediscover the values that...
  • America’s 18 Year Recession That Started in 1997 (It Didn’t End In June 2009)

    04/13/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 4/13/14 | Anthony B. Sanders – George Mason University
    The U.S. economy has been in a recession since 1997. While I am not referring to the NBER’s definition of a recession (that allegedly ended in June 2009), I am talking about declining real incomes, labor force participation and M2 Money Velocity. Both labor force participation and M2 Money Velocity peaked in 1997 while real median household income peaked in 1999. And all three have been declining ever since.And to add another slap in the face to consumers, the purchasing power for consumers has been deteriorating ever since the creation of The Federal Reserve System in 1913.Once the 16 year...
  • WI: Shooting Range Protection signed by Governor Walker

    04/13/2014 6:20:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    SB527, the Wisconsin range protection legislation, passed the legislature with wide margins,  19 - 13 in the Senate and  65-35 in the House.   It was signed into law by Governor Walker on 9 April, 2014.  The law builds on current law which exempts sport shooting ranges from zoning ordinances related to noise and grandfathers in ranges that legally existed prior to July 16th, 2013. This bill extends immunity from lawsuit to the owners and operators of the shooting ranges, and exempts shooting ranges from state or local zoning conditions or rules related to noise or to nonconforming use, including...
  • The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver

    04/12/2014 10:48:13 PM PDT · by Petro · 67 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | April 11, 2014 | George B
    Friday, April 11, 2014 The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver Every day, the radio airways and cable news broadcasts are filled with advertising from "gold bug" companies who are trying to convince you to buy both gold and silver. There are dozens of them: Goldline, Lear Capital, Rosland, Merit, and so on. All of whom claim that, by holding these precious metals, you are being protected against inflation as a result of massive government spending and the devaluation of the dollar, or, protected against another recession, depression, or stock market crash. The problem is that all of those claims...
  • 9 big reasons why public schools wallow in mediocrity

    04/12/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Video is only 3:15 minutes long. A short graphic presentation of the nine big flaws in public schools. Suppose someone is asking the question, well, what can we do, where do we start? Here's a list of nine places to start. ---------------------------------------------- Personally I like trying to radically simplify things. That is especially appropriate in education. What these professors spend their time doing is creating so much confusion, disinformation, propaganda, alibis, excuses, lies, etc., etc., etc., finally no ordinary citizen knows what to think about the subject anymore. And that's how the Education Establishment wins. At some point you have...
  • Hillary to keynote Vegas [Sept] clean energy summit [Reid and CAP = John Podesta, sponsors]

    04/12/2014 12:37:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas this September. The National Clean Energy Summit, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and liberal think tank Center for American Progress, will be held on Sept. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. "I am delighted to welcome Secretary Clinton to Nevada for our seventh National Clean Energy Summit on Sept. 4 in Las Vegas,” Reid said on a call with reporters Friday. Reid touted Clinton's commitment to fighting climate change and boosting the nation's renewable energy resources....
  • Real Americans Are Ready To Snap

    04/11/2014 7:58:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 162 replies
    Alt-Market blog ^ | 10 April 2014 | Brandon Smith
    Despite popular belief, every culture of every nation draws a line in the sand against government tyranny. The problem is, many draw this line so close to total defeat that it rarely matters. For the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, for instance, it wasn't until the Germans had already herded millions onto railroad cars destined for death camps and cornered the rest into dilapidated central housing that the ZOB resistance was formed, only to be wiped out a month later. Perhaps hindsight is 20/20, but clearly too many freedom movements throughout history waited too long to respond to the trespasses...
  • Taxing problems for supposed conservative Arizona candidate Gary Kiehne

    04/11/2014 5:15:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Gary Kiehne, an honest to goodness ropin’ cowboy from rural Arizona, is running for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District. At first glance he appears to be the real deal, but according to Wednesday’s Yellow Sheet (subscription only), Kiehne has a problem or two. It seems Kiehne, a reputed multi-millionaire, has not paid his 2013 property tax on a Casa Grande mobile home. Also, this public document available from the Pinal County Assessor’s office indicates he is claiming more than one primary residence, defined in Arizona as Legal Class 3.
  • The Reckoning: “All Evidence Points to US Economic Failure in 2014″

    04/11/2014 4:51:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/11/14 | Mac Slavo
    Earlier this week economic strategist Marc Faber warned that some time in the next 12 months the U.S. stock market will experience a crash worse than the massive drop seen in 1987. He’s not alone. Many contrarian economists seem to agree. And given the state of economic and geo-political affairs they could well be right, much to our detriment. On the domestic front, the much touted economic recovery is in significant danger of being revealed for the illusion that it really is. Nationwide home sales, for example, have dropped off in record numbers in the last few months and a...
  • Protesting Obamacare 60's Style

    04/11/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | April 11, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    No, I'm not suggesting anyone should burn a draft card (or the student union) or stage a sit-in in the office of Secretary Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius. Those who feel Obamacare will adversely affect them should conduct a "sue-in". They should file individual lawsuits challenging the law on grounds it will harm them as individuals. The class action lawsuits various states filed against the law didn't force the courts to deal with the hardships the law would create for some individuals. Individual cases can present the courts with actual evidence of individuals who would be adversely affected being forced to purchase...
  • China’s Central Bank Governor: PBOC Won’t Ban Bitcoin

    04/11/2014 7:46:08 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 11 April 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    The price of bitcoin recovered from a low of roughly $380 and rose past $420 at press time on 11th April, on the news that Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), had issued new statements potentially clarifying the central bank’s position on bitcoin. According to reports, during Boao Forum, Xiaochuan offered his opinion on the nascent technology, saying that China would not seek to ban bitcoin and other digital currencies entirely.
  • Range War in Nevada Heats Up

    04/10/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 68 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    It's rather hard to believe in this day and age, but there's a range war in Nevada that's heating up. The last rancher in Clark County, Nevada, is defying the federal government's orders to remove his cattle from grazing on federal land. The land in question was restricted by the feds in 1998 from being used for grazing in favor of the desert tortoise, which is an endangered species. The rancher, Cliven Bundy, has been in a standoff with federal authorities since then. He stopped paying grazing fees stating that his family has used the land for 140 years, and...
  • Mystery Project Almost Got $5.5 Million From Taxpayers

    04/10/2014 1:43:24 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Few details are known about the P20 Pyramid project slated for Kent County, yet all but two Senate Republicans voted for it twice and it nearly received $5.5 million in funding from the state. Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township, pushed for the funding, but has been silent about his efforts. Most recently, Gov. Rick Snyder walked away from the idea of giving the project taxpayer money. Described as a "public/private partnership, Pyramid P20 education hub," the project was promoted as a way to increase the number of students in Michigan who would be proficient in high-tech STEM (science, technology, engineering...
  • Scientists look to create ‘Problem-Free Cow’ with less emissions

    04/10/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Blog
    According to a fact sheet published by the White House late last month, part of the Obama Administration’s effort to curb greenhouse gases involves cutting “cow emissions.”The executive announcement has since boosted an interest in researching technology to accomplish the Administration’s environmental goals.The Financial Times reports that scientists now have a renewed interest in developing “a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.”The Cow of the Future Project, directed by Juan Tricarico, is looking for a “star athlete” of the bovine world, says FT. He says the Administration’s latest environmental...
  • Reality Wages War on Womyn’s Wages–Republicans Don’t

    04/10/2014 11:03:28 AM PDT · by IChing · 9 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Donald Joy
    “When women gained their equality, they lost their superiority.” ~ Unknown It’s nobody else’s danged business what an employer pays any employee, provided both parties have freely entered into the arrangement without force or fraud. Despite the unfortunately already existing abundance of passed legislation in this area, and especially despite much more actual and urgent problems facing our country, it’s really none of the government’s damned business at all–but of course the cultural Marxists in the Obama administration and the Democrat party are at it, full-force, again. Out comes the stale, overused Democrat media script bemoaning Republicans’ broad (pun intended)...
  • A tax question re multiple W2 forms.

    04/10/2014 10:43:40 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 32 replies
    Lemme ask a question. My wife's employer switched the companies that handled their payroll, insurance, etc. For 2013, she's now got two W2 statements. The one for the first quarter is from payroll/insurance/investment company XYZ. That W2 lists her employer as her actual employer. It's where she actually works. It has her employer's tax ID number. For the last 3 quarters of 2013, after they made the switch, that W2 statement does not list her actual employer. It lists the payroll/insurance/retirement company that handles all the paperwork, as her employer. Instead of her actual employer's ID number, there's a different...
  • Drop Dropbox [liberal fascism alert]

    04/10/2014 10:25:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Drop Dropbox ^ | undated | some netroots puke
    On April 9th, Dropbox announced that Condoleezza Rice will be joining their Board of Directors. Dropbox's CEO, Drew Houston, posted the following message: “ ..We're proud to welcome Dr. Condoleezza Rice to our Board of Directors. When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint. Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as Provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States Secretary of State. We’re honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team....
  • Bitcoin Price Drops 10% as Chinese Exchanges Stop Bank Deposits

    04/10/2014 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Errant · 6 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 10 April 2014 | Jon Southurst
    Bitcoin prices crashed today as Chinese businesses began receiving official deposit shutdown notices from banks, confirming recent suspicions of an impending crackdown. Exchanges will stop account recharging via bank accounts between now and 15th April. Even though the news has been anticipated for over a week now, bitcoin prices sank under $403 from a high of $450.74 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index after companies began making public announcements on their sites.
  • Obama’s Watergate moment is here

    04/10/2014 9:02:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4-9-2014 | DrJohn
    Back in June of 2013 Elijah Cummings declared the IRS investigation over, despite the continued stonewalling by the Obama administration: Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you. The IG made some recommendations, those recommendations are being adopted by the IRS, we’ve got a new commissioner in, acting commissioner in, Danny Werfel is doing a great job, I think we’re in great shape. Last month all of the democrat members of the House Oversight Committee demanded Darryl Issa end the IRS...
  • Per Obama, Female Soldiers Should Make Less Money than Males

    04/10/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 04/09/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    In his latest White House teleprompter reading on Tuesday, President Barack Obama railed against the alleged problem of pay inequality between male and female workers. He stated assertively at one point, "Equal pay for equal work, it's not that complicated." Obama also signed two more executive orders that are tangental to the issue. So assuming that Obama is a man of his word, it is fair to say that he is about to embark on his own latest 'war on women' and declare that female members of the U.S. Army should be paid less than their male counterparts. How can...
  • The Target Breach & Why You Should Care (Hint: It’s Your Money)[Ever shopped at Target?]

    04/10/2014 2:19:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    21CT blog ^ | January 29, 2014 | Scott Spinola
    Without personally knowing any cyber criminals (I think using hackers is unfair to… well, hackers), we can probably assume they are not very different from other criminals in that they do what they do for a few basic reasons: •Ego: defacing websites to gain street cred •Ideology: wreaking havoc to make political statements or wage asymmetric warfare •Money: engaging in good old-fashioned criminal capitalism (to the tune of $3 trillion) It’s this third motivation that is in the news the most, and it’s not because these criminals are infiltrating banks and making off with the loot. In fact it’s...
  • Right-to-Work States See Larger Gains

    04/09/2014 10:26:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | James Hohman
    The 2013 state personal income data was released recently and it has some good news for Michigan. The state had the 9th best performance among the states from 2012 to 2013. While it's unclear how much of a role the passage of the right-to-work law had in the performance, it is worth a look at the trends between states with a right-to-work law and those without one. In both personal income and in population growth, right-to-work states clearly have an advantage. From 2012 to 2013, right-to-work states grew their personal incomes by 2.8 percent and their populations by 0.9 percent....
  • The Democrats War On Women

    President Obama is running around the country crying war on women again. This time over a so-called pay gap between men and women. When comparing the labor market as a whole, women earn 73 cents on the dollar compared to men. Looking at the White House as a whole, women earn 88 cents on the dollar compared to men. At Sen. Dick Durbin’s office, they earn on average $11,000 less than women. In the Senate, there isn’t a single female chief of staff. War on women, war on women! Leave it to the Democrats to demand pay equity for everyone...
  • US Congressman to Submit Bitcoin Tax Bill

    04/08/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT · by Errant · 7 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 8 April 2014 | Stan Higgins
    US Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas is preparing to introduce a new bill, the ‘Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act’, which, if passed, would tax bitcoins as currency instead of property. Currently, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) views bitcoin and other digital currencies as property. When someone sells their bitcoin or makes a purchase in bitcoin, they are subject to a 15% capital gains tax. Any wages paid out in digital currencies must also be reported to federal tax authorities.
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline

    04/08/2014 10:04:18 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/8/2014 | Laura Meckler
    After decades of decline, the share of mothers who stay home with their children has steadily risen over the last several years, a new report has found. In 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home. [... snip ...]
  • Why Can’t I Find .22 LR Ammunition?!?!?

    04/08/2014 7:05:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 91 replies
    sierrabullets.wordpress.com ^ | 4/7/2014 | Matt Reams
    Even though Sierra BulletQuestionMarks does not make .22 LR ammo or projectiles, we are constantly asked “Why can’t I find any .22 LR ammo anywhere?” Even the conspiracy theorists are at a loss on this one as they can’t even blame it on the government. They toss around thoughts of warehouses full of .22 LR rotting away just to keep it out of their hands, but that does not seem very realistic – even to them. So what is going on here? Why is it that 1.5 years later, the shelves are still empty and bricks of .22 LR can...
  • Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?

    04/08/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by jjsheridan5 · 39 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | February 05, 2014 | Dan Hurley
    Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine’s chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments. Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled. If dozens of human and animal studies published over the past six years are borne out by large clinical trials, nicotine — freed at last of its noxious host, tobacco, and...
  • Forest Park mayor blasts anti-gun group

    04/08/2014 3:59:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    peachpundit.com ^ | 4-4-2014 | Jason
    Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart received a solicitation this week to join Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He didn’t just reject the offer. In his reply, Lockhart ripped MAIG and its founder, calling the group out for what it really is: I do not support your efforts. I oppose efforts to require private sellers with minimal sales (non-dealers) to perform background checks. I am proud that gun shows are regularly conducted in Forest Park. If you really want to reduce illegal gun sales, perhaps your energy would be better focused in petitioning the BATF to end its illegal gunwalking....
  • Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    04/08/2014 1:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | March 18, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year...
  • Jon Rubinstein as CEO of Apple? What's that about?

    04/07/2014 8:13:36 AM PDT · by harpu · 4 replies
    tech.fortune.cnn.com ^ | 04/07/14 | Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    <p>Global Equities' Chowdhry is obsessed with the idea that Tim Cook must go.</p> <p>For Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster it's Apple television. For Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi it's Apple's cash hoard. For Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry, it's Jon Rubinstein.</p> <p>Yes, Jon Rubinstein, called the "Podfather" for his role in developing Apple's portable music player.</p>
  • How you can push back against Mozilla/Firefox's gay marriage thuggery

    04/07/2014 7:04:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Snip What You Can Do It is important that people give Mozilla pushback--and a lot of it--because the less people suffer the consequences of this kind of behavior, the more it will be invited in the future. You want Christians to experience a new and even worse persecution than what they're facing now? Do nothing. You want to fight back? Here's what you can do . . .   1) Mozilla has a web page where you can leave feedback on its Firefox browser. THAT WEB PAGE IS HERE. At the time of this writing, the feedback in the last...
  • The Methane Hoax Cranks Up

    04/07/2014 5:29:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/6/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Having spent decades trying to convince everyone that carbon dioxide (CO2) was a “greenhouse gas” that was going to cause the Earth to heat up, the same environmental charlatans are now embarking on a campaign to do the same with methane. In the U.S. the first move was announced by the White House in late March.
  • What is our obligation to those who make bad decisions?

    04/07/2014 5:18:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-6-2014 | Bookworm
    One of the things I’ve tried to drill into my children is the truism that the single biggest indicator of poverty is single motherhood. That data, incidentally, does not reflect the old-fashioned kind of single motherhood, which was the result of widowhood or abandonment. Instead, we’re talking about modern single motherhood, the kind that sees women who are deluged with birth control choices nevertheless get pregnant with boyfriends or hook-ups who feel no emotional connection or sense of economic obligation to either mother or baby. One of my children has a part-time job at a cafe and is, for the...