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  • Meet the one man army who owns more than 3,000 weapons(T)

    06/26/2017 11:46:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | 6/26/2017 | Jon Lockett
    IN a country where it is believed there are two guns for every resident – one pistol-packing American is doing his bit to bump up the averages. Mel Bernstein – known as the Dragon Man – has earned the title the ‘most armed man in the US’ and has a frightening 3,000 weapons in his collection – and that doesn’t include the tanks.
  • World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/26/2017 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Peter S. Goodman
    LONDON — The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trump’s plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars’ worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble. In India, politically connected firms have captured contracts on the strength of relationships with officialdom, yielding defective engineering at bloated prices. When Britain handed control to private companies to upgrade London’s subway system more than a decade ago, the result was substandard, budget-busting work, prompting the government to step back in. Canada has suffered a string of excessive costs on public...
  • VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Riots in London, Police Attacked, Fires Lit

    06/26/2017 7:05:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/26/2017 | Liam Deacon
    Four officers have been taken to hospital as riot police attempted to control a violent Black Lives Matter rally in east London. Rioters threw projectiles at the police line and set fire to bins at the demonstration in Forest Hill in the borough of Newham. The protest was called after the death of Edir Frederico Da Costa, 25, on the 21st of June, six days after Metropolitan Police officers in Newham stopped him in a car.
  • Au Revoir, Paris Agreement: Biblical Perspectives on Climate Change

    06/26/2017 7:00:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/26/2017 | Gidon BenZvi
    On June 1, President Trump announced the United States is pulling out of the Paris climate accord. While environmental scientists claim the consequences could be catastrophic for the planet, many religious Americans are taking the news in stride. Indeed, the deafening silence of many people following Trump's decision bespeaks skepticism of man-made global warming as well as the government's ability to address the issue.
  • Dyke March Organizers Eject Participants Bearing Star of David Pride Flags

    06/26/2017 6:20:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/26/2017 | Jennifer Van Laar
    The final round of marches celebrating Pride 2017 occurred this weekend in cities around the world. In Chicago, the Dyke March, which is billed as a more inclusive event, was held Saturday, but, as people who don't agree with a laundry list of policy positions decided on by the organizers are increasingly finding out, the marches are anything but. Laurel Grauer said she'd "lost count of the number of people who harassed" her, and told Windy City Times: "It was a flag from my congregation which celebrates my queer, Jewish identity which I have done for over a decade marching...
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense at vigil(HAGs)

    06/25/2017 9:43:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    wbko.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Gloria Ruth Finney
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense held an event at 7:00 p.m. tonight, along with Black Lives Matter, and Every Town For Gun Safety............
  • Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West

    06/25/2017 4:46:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Nikolaas de Jong
    [I]t is important to point out that the popular image both of Angela Merkel and of modern Germany is deeply flawed. Because far from representing a negation -- or a misguided attempt at negation -- of past German policies and attitudes, the modern German mentality is in many ways a mutation or an update of the same mentality that has guided Germany since the eighteenth century, and especially since the unification of the country in 1870. Let us begin with the more obvious parallel: German support for further European integration. Despite all the German talk about subordinating narrow national interests...
  • Firearms Merchant Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PayPal And Other Payment Processors

    06/24/2017 8:33:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/23/2017 | Kerry Picket
    Blair Gladwin, owner of the California based Gladwin Guns and Ammo, filed three class action lawsuits last week against online payment processors PayPal, Stripe, and Square for singling out him and other firearms businesses. The payment companies required Gladwin and the other owners to reveal the nature of their dealings — after which the payment companies refused to work with them. Gladwin claims this type of discrimination is a violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act Sections 51, 52(a) and 52(c), a law that protects federally-licensed gun stores from such refusals of business transactions. The class action lawsuits, according to...
  • Afghanistan: Just walk away

    06/24/2017 6:59:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/24/2017 | David Archibald
    Our involvement in Afghanistan is untenable because the country is untenable. No matter what is done, Afghanistan will fail because of its galloping population growth. When the U.S. became involved in 2001, the country had a population of 20.5 million. Now it is 34.4 million, up nearly 70 percent. In the intervening 16 years, the U.S. spent about one trillion dollars and 2,000 lives in stabilizing Afghanistan. All the stability and free food provided just created a perfect breeding environment for the natives. The population growth rate has settled at 3.0 percent per annum. At that rate, in another 16...
  • Weed Killer Under Attack From Tree Huggers

    06/24/2017 6:19:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/24/2017 | Brian Darling
    For over two years now, environmental activists and anti-industry groups have been raging against the U.S. government, the European Union, and practically anybody else that would listen about the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed killer and the main ingredient in RoundUp. Weed killers are obviously a critical tool for American farmers and farmers around the world. The left-wingers are attacking weed killers despite the chemical receiving a clean bill of health from both the EPA and Europe’s main food safety and chemical authorities. PRI.org reported late last year that “in November 2015, the European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA,...
  • McDonald's Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement Of Cashiers With Kiosks

    06/23/2017 2:12:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 188 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/22/17 | Tae Kim
    Cowen says McDonald's will upgrade 2,500 restaurants to its "Experience of the Future" technology by year-end, which includes digital ordering kiosks. The firm raises its rating on McDonald's to outperform from market perform and price target for the shares to $180 from $142. Same store sales estimate for 2018 raised to 3 percent from 2 percent. McDonald's shares hit an all-time high on Tuesday as Wall Street expects sales to increase from new digital ordering kiosks that will replace cashiers in 2,500 restaurants. Cowen raised its rating on McDonald's shares to outperform from market perform because of the technology upgrades,...
  • Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’(SLC)

    06/23/2017 9:31:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    www.sltrib.com ^ | 6/21/2017 | STEPHEN HUNT
    During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.
  • Gun Sales Spike As People Buy Deadlier Weapons to Protect Themselves

    06/23/2017 9:18:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 97 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Douglas Main
    People are increasingly buying more lethal guns, and arming themselves for purposes of protection rather than for hunting or recreation, new research shows. In a study of gun manufacturing and sales from 1990 to 2015, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers shows that the production of larger-caliber handguns skyrocketed in this time period. The paper found that since 1994, the manufacture of .38-caliber guns rose 12-fold, with nearly 820,000 of the pistols produced in 2015. The manufacture of 9 mm guns also increased seven-fold in this 15-year stretch, while those larger than 9 mm jumped 150 percent
  • Rainbow Family members start gathering in Oregon

    06/23/2017 7:31:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    hosted2.ap.org ^ | 6/22/2017 | ANDREW SELSKY
    Concern is growing in a conservative, remote corner of Oregon as people start arriving in a national forest for a Rainbow Family of Living Light annual gathering, a counter-culture get-together expected to draw thousands. Officials with the Malheur National Forest said this week that around 600 Rainbow Family members are already camped at a gathering site near Flagtail Meadow and that between 10,000 and 30,000 are likely arriving by July 4, when the multi-day event peaks with a prayer for world peace. People with small children, those with disabilities and senior citizens were among those who wrote to the event's...
  • The Dirty Secret of How Income Taxes Really Work

    06/23/2017 7:21:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/23/2017 | Bart Besseling
    For the sake of this argument, let's divide the population into three groups. The first group consists of children, dependents, retirees, and those who manage to live off government handouts like disability, food stamps, etc. This group does not earn enough income to contribute to income taxes.
  • The Appalling Delusion of 100 Percent Renewables, Exposed

    06/22/2017 10:03:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Robert Bryce
    The idea that the U.S. economy can be run solely with renewable energy — a claim that leftist politicians, environmentalists, and climate activists have endlessly promoted — has always been a fool’s errand. And on Monday, the National Academy of Sciences published a blockbuster paper by an all-star group of American scientists that says exactly that. The paper, by Chris Clack, formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder, and 20 other top scientists, appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It decimates the work of Mark Jacobson, the Stanford engineering...
  • FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers’ Talking Points

    06/22/2017 9:54:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/21/2017 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria. It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack. Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform. They are: 1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check; 2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as “assault weapons” and prohibited from sale; and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. None...
  • Reno Is Starting to Look More Like Silicon Valley

    06/22/2017 8:39:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    bloomberg.com ^ | 6/22/2107 | Karen Weise
    “Are you with Tesla or Panasonic?” the waitress asks with a smile. It’s morning in Reno, and it’s natural to assume anyone eating breakfast among the rustic wood walls and Instagram-worthy succulents of the Whitney Peak Hotel would work at the mammoth Tesla Gigafactory, jointly run by the two tech companies. For transplants landing in Reno, the boutique hotel, formerly a casino, has become a common crash pad—albeit one wrapped by an outdoor rock-climbing wall.
  • The Forgotten War that Changed American History

    06/22/2017 8:18:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Janet Levy
    In the late 1700s, the newly independent republic of the United States was continually beset by piracy at sea from four Muslim Barbary Coast states: Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco. The U.S., with limited military resources and staggering debts from the War for Independence, sought to establish secure routes for international commerce to spur rapid economic growth needed to build the emerging country. Yet the U.S. faced constant Ottoman attacks on its merchant ships. American and European ships venturing into the region routinely faced capture of crewmembers, who risked being held as slaves until hefty ransoms were paid. The persistent...
  • US on track to reduce CO2 emissions even without Paris accord

    06/22/2017 8:11:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/22/2017 | Rick Moran
    One of the dirty little secrets of the global warming hysterics who went off the deep end when President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate deal is that even without the agreement, the United States will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and meet the voluntary goals set by the accords. The fact is, that the US has been reducing its carbon emissions for more than a decade without government mandates. The free market has driven industry to find alternatives to coal as it became more expensive. And the fracking revolution has created a glut of natural gas supplies - a...