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  • School Safety and the Placebo of Gun Control

    02/21/2018 9:52:07 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    “We have to do something.” I’ve heard that phrase time and again from politicians and gun control spokesmen. With some 23 thousand firearms regulations already on the books, it seems that we’ve done quite a lot that hasn’t worked. Those ineffective laws don’t stop the urge for more feel-good regulation after the murders in Parkland, Florida. We tried mandatory background checks. Those laws didn’t stop the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Background checks didn’t stop the murders at Isla Vista, California, or at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. I chose these particular examples because...
  • Ted Cruz defends Second Amendment, blasts ‘enormous hypocrisy’ of Hollywood liberals on gun control

    02/21/2018 8:02:58 PM PST · by TBP · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 21, 2018 | Dave Urbanski
    Sen. Ted Cruz was asked by a TMZ reporter in Washington, D.C., last week if Hollywood, while touting overwhelming opposition to the Second Amendment, shares blame for gun violence due to its influence in American culture. And the Republican from Texas shot straight from the hip. I don’t think this is one too many movies with cowboys and Indians or [Arnold] Schwarzenegger, Quentin Tarantino, or what have you. I don’t think that’s the cause. Evil has always been with us. Now Hollywood does glorify violence, and I’ve got to say I wish we had a little bit less of that....
  • Allow for Cadet Peter Wang to receive a Full Honors Military Burial

    02/21/2018 5:10:23 PM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida this past week. He was a Jrotc Cadet who was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers, and staff to flee to safety. Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.
  • Palestinian President Abbas Addresses the UN Security Council with More Bombast

    02/21/2018 10:09:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/21/18 | Joseph Klein
    So much for the UN’s commitment to real face-to-face dialogue or moral clarity. As Ambassador Haley observed, “The problem is that the UN has proven itself time and again to be a grossly biased organization when it comes to Israel.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, February 20th. He delivered many of the same old Palestinian talking points. He claimed that the Palestinians remain open to negotiations based on the pre-June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. “We are ready to take the longest journey,” Abbas declared. “We are ready...
  • President Trump and the Darkest Hour

    02/21/2018 9:47:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/21/18 | Jim O'Neill
    Churchill faced the immense juggernaut of Hitler’s military might. President Trump faces the collectivist agenda of an entrenched, fanatical, ruthless, well-funded and prolific globalist elite (and their attendant useful idiots) If you support President Trump and have not yet seen the movie “Darkest Hour” permit me to suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity. If you are anything like myself you will be struck by the similarities between the challenges faced by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the early days of WW II, and those faced by American President Donald Trump almost eighty years later.
  • Polar Bear Attack Stopped with Three Shots from .44 Magnum Revolver

    02/21/2018 9:18:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Thursday, 19 March, 2015, a woman with a .44 magnum stopped a polar bear from attacking Jakub Moravec, 37, in the Svalbard archipelago. Polar bear attacks are expected there, and tourists are not allowed unless they carry a high powered firearm. In this case, the rifles were left outside the tents, but inside the protective alarm wire. The armed woman, mother of Zuzanna Hakova, shot the bear three times with the revolver. From telegraph.co.uk: They were lucky to be alive after a polar bear broke into their tent on a remote Norwegian island and tried to maul them....
  • The Power to Upgrade Our Own Biology Is in Sight—But Is Society Ready for Human Enhancement?

    02/21/2018 7:37:41 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    SingularityHub ^ | 2/15/18 | Raya Bidshahri
    Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every day, we enhance ourselves through seemingly mundane activities such as exercising, meditating, or consuming performance-enhancing drugs, such as caffeine or adderall. However, the tools with which we upgrade our biology are improving at an accelerating rate and becoming increasingly invasive. In recent decades, we have developed a wide array of powerful methods, such as genetic engineering and brain-machine interfaces, that are redefining our humanity. In the short run, such enhancement technologies have medical applications and may be used to treat...
  • Stop Mistaking Evil for Mental Illness

    02/21/2018 6:41:09 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 26 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 2/21/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    I know almost nothing of the mental condition of confessed mass murderer Nikolas Cruz, and almost certainly, neither do you. There are few, if any, who can give a reliable opinion of the young man’s psychiatric state as he walked into [a FL h.s.] and killed 17. Nevertheless, after his killing spree... many in the media, along with the public at large, were willing at least to imply, if not directly describe, Mr. Cruz as someone who was “mentally disturbed,” “mentally ill,” “crazy,” a “nut-job,” a “psycho,”... and so on. Those with a wide array of varying political and spiritual...
  • Social Justice Warriors Ruin Everything They Touch, Even the Olympics

    02/21/2018 4:57:48 AM PST · by EyesOfTX · 19 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Tired of all this Winning yet? – President Trump, as only he can do it, got onto his Twitter account Tuesday evening and trolled the fake journalists at CNN and MSNBC who helped promote one of the fake Russian-staged anti-Trump rallies on November 12, 2016: “Bad ratings @CNN & @MSNBC got scammed when they covered the anti-Trump Russia rally wall-to-wall. They probably knew it was Fake News but, because it was a rally against me, they pushed it hard anyway. Two really dishonest newscasters, but the public is wise!” Never. Stop. Tweeting....
  • Men With Chests and Those Without

    02/20/2018 7:52:22 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 7 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 20 Feb 2018 | Bill Kilgore
    Last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school reminds us yet again that to live well—to live free—requires men with chests. That is a fundamental requirement of free government. One young man in particular, Peter Wang, died with his chest out for all to see. As the Daily Mail reports, Wang was killed while “holding the door for classmates, dressed in his grey ROTC uniform.” For his heroism, the Army posthumously awarded Wang with the JROTC Medal of Heroism. In addition, the United States Military Academy appointed Wang to West Point’s class of 2025, as it was his dream...
  • 5 Record Breaking Gemstones Even Billionaires Can’t Buy

    02/20/2018 4:55:34 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-02-2018 | Charles
    As Elizabeth Taylor once said: “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it.” It’s a good philosophy, because when it comes to the world’s biggest, rarest and most extraordinary gemstone discoveries, no one—not even billionaire President Donald Trump—could afford the possession. We’re not talking about the average diamond engagement ring that sets you back $4,000 and was probably grown in a lab. And we’re not talking about the $3,000 ruby that was probably treated. We’re talking about the rarest gemstones in the world, like the ‘Guinness Emerald’ that came...
  • The Closing of the Academic Mind

    02/20/2018 4:30:21 PM PST · by Wuli · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/17/2018 | Amy Wax
    A professor pilloried for her views asks if it's still possible to have substantive arguments about divisive issues. ...... The op-ed, which I co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego Law School, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 9 under the headline, “Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture.” It began by listing some of the ills afflicting American society: ...... We then discussed .. a list of behavioral norms—that was almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s: Get married before having children and strive to...
  • ‘Concerned’ Mom & Creator of National School Walkout Protest for Gun Control Was Top CNN News

    02/20/2018 4:04:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 20 February, 2018 | admin
    Clare Schexnyder wants students and teachers across the country to leave their classrooms together, to protest every child and educator who has been killed in a school shooting and promote gun control.And the Georgia mother is getting much press about her National School Walkout as well as swelling support from all corners of the country. She is getting help from the organizers of the Women’s March too.Certainly a red flag. But curiously when reporters and Schexnyder discuss the activist’s plans and background they seem to always omit the fact she worked nearly two decades at CNN as a senior...
  • Will the Parkland Kids Change the Gun Debate?

    02/20/2018 1:35:04 PM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | February 20, 2018 | Dave Cullen
    Since April 20, 1999, when 12 students and a teacher were gunned down at a high school in Colorado, I have covered most mass shootings in America in some capacity, and I have never seen anything like these Parkland kids. This one seems different—these young survivors are speaking out, and calling out the politicians who have done nothing for the last two decades. When Columbine struck, I remember spending all afternoon and most of the first evening outside the school with students, and policy was the last thing on anyone’s mind. I was with them every day that week, and...
  • Russian meddling! What about MEXICO and their meddling in OUR Elections?

    02/20/2018 12:02:09 PM PST · by Howie66 · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 18 February, 2018 | Jack Cashill
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. As the indictment notes, the U.S. Department of Justice administers the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). FARA establishes a reporting protocol for foreign nationals, including non-government individuals "attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law." To its credit, the FBI seems to have done a good job tracking Russian individuals and entities that violated FARA even if there was no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign or Russian hacking of the...
  • Florida school shooting activist in video six months prior

    02/20/2018 4:20:19 AM PST · by CondorFlight · 69 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug. 7, 2017 | CBS2
    David Hogg, student activist in the Florida school shooting, was also featured six months prior to the shooting in this news story, on a California beach.
  • Yale Doctor Makes $5 Million Annually Through YouTube and Gives 5 Tips

    02/19/2018 8:01:40 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 37 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Lena Kirakosyan
    For more than a decade, YouTube has been one of the most popular social networks. However, besides being used for entertainment, there are people who create YouTube videos to make a living. Many Youtubers now call YouTube their main career and can make money off of it, just as one would at a regular job. Dr. Dustyn Williams of OnlineMedED is an example of someone who now makes millions off of making YouTube videos, and has an inspiring story to go along with it. Dr. Williams received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and then went to medical school at...
  • Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent Of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money

    02/19/2018 6:43:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/19/2018 | Michael Snyder
    How long can our debt levels keep growing much, much faster than the overall economy? We haven’t had a year of 3 percent growth for the U.S. economy since the middle of the Bush administration, but we keep borrowing money as if there is no tomorrow. Much of the focus has been on the exploding debt of the federal government, and that is definitely something I plan to address once I get to Washington. But on an individual level, U.S. consumers have been extremely irresponsible as well. In fact, one new survey has found that more than 80 percent of...
  • 4 Reasons Why People Drink Alcohol and Their Motivations

    02/19/2018 6:28:29 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 80 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Lena Kirakosyan
    Scientists examined some of the reasons as to why people drink alcohol. Of course, some of these reasons can be personal - a special occasion, habit, outing with a loved one, or Friday evening. However, these are all specific occasions. It is important to consider what a person’s motivation is when they drink during these times. What is it that they want to achieve? This study is not simply about those who are alcoholics. Scientists in this study were interested in the behavior of all drinkers without exception, even if a person drinks only once a year and solely for...
  • These Are the Only 6 Newspapers in the Country to Endorse Donald Trump [Flashback to 2016]

    02/19/2018 4:12:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 10/25/16 | RUAIRÍ ARRIETA-KENNA
    No candidate has ever received so few endorsements. So what were the Waxahachie Daily Light, the Santa Barbara News-Press and others thinking? On Sunday, October 16, the residents of St. Joseph, a fairly ordinary town of 75,000 in northwestern Missouri, awoke to discover that their local, family-owned newspaper had made history, in a manner of speaking. That day the St. Joseph News-Press became only the second newspaper in the nation to endorse Donald Trump, writing that the GOP candidate “represents something different for a broad swath of America that is serious about wanting a less intrusive government, a more robust...