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White House on Rhodes Fallout: We Never Lied About The Iran Deal

Seriously, I knew it was all hogwash after the first sentence when I read:

the… administration took advantage of an ignorant, inexperienced media in order to…

Yip, it’s because of those darned “ignorant and inexperienced media” that the administration was able to “sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people.”

No way anyone could have seen this one coming partner, real shocker there.

Oh, wait a minute… now that I come to think of it, this kind of reminds me of the billionaire banker bailout no one saw coming, and everyone was so happy with a few years back.

The ignorant and inexperienced media strike again… or could it be something much simpler?

 

 

Source: WhitKatie Pavlich

Because of “ill-defined parameters” innocent lives are put at risk

Nothing new here folks, just move along.

The investigators wanted to know how the strike occurred. But the interviews they conducted also revealed almost universal confusion among the Green Berets over their exact mission in Kunduz. The goal was simple: not to lose the city. But in a reflection of the ill-defined parameters of the United States’ mission in Afghanistan, no one involved in the battle seemed to know how far the group was supposed to go to ensure success.

Source: U.S. Role in Afghanistan Turns to Combat Again, With a Tragic Error – The New York Times

Rasmussen Looks at Why Americans are Buying So Many Guns

While we still have a little further to go, it’s nice to see some form of common sense returning to the American people.

It seems to me that Americans are intuitively catching on to the fact decentralized threats (whether your standard criminal or other more politically motivated) require a decentralized approach to solve.

In other words, Americans seem to be realizing that because they can’t carry around cop around in their back pocket, and because police are not obligate to show up to the fight (not because they don’t want to but because there are just never enough of them), that it’s much better to be ready to deal with any life threatening situation all on their own.

The good news here is that because increasing ones personal security and that of your loved ones only take small acts of will, applied in short bursts of concentration (in conjunction with the right kinds of training), in order to learn the skills required to secure yourself, your loved ones, and your community. As with all things in life you are only a decision away from knowing the confidence and peace skill at arms can bring.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Americans with a gun in their household feel safer because someone in that household owns a gun.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters still tend to oppose stricter gun control, perhaps in part because few think tougher gun laws will reduce the level of violent crime in this country.

Americans in nearly every demographic category strongly agree that most people purchase a gun for self-defense. Few think they have a criminal act in mind.

Men are more likely than women to say there’s a new gun in their immediate family. Women feel more strongly that it is too easy to buy a gun in America.

Source: Rasmussen Reports

Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services

ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the case.

Source: The Intercept

A Lesson from Devon Avenue About Freely Associating

While little appreciated and little studied, there is a gigantic difference between forced associations and free associations. But if you pay attention to the issue, you’ll find that the very act of forcing people together carries a poison in itself. And that poison inevitably bears bad fruit, whether in ethnic hatred, the formation of street gangs, or simply the evils of bullying. Whenever it is that forced associations are examined scientifically, they will be condemned as anti-human.

Free associations, on the other hand, have a magic to them. Leave people alone to do as they wish, in unforced conditions, and even ancient hatreds drain away. This has happened – quietly – in a hundred places and in a hundred times. Wherever free commerce (aka, free human interaction) isn’t forcibly opposed, strangers learn how to get along.

In ancient times, it happened in Rome and Alexandria and Athens and Corinth. In the Middle Ages, it happened in Paris and Hamburg and Lubek and Antwerp. And it will happen again, whenever and whenever people are free to trade and interact as they wish.

And this is what happened on one of the commercial streets of my youth, Devon Avenue. (Devon, by the way, was and still is pronounced da-VON, however incorrectly.)

Source: Read more here —> Freemansperspective.com

Why ISIS Is Different—And Why It Matters | Hoover Institution

“The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is the modern face of terror. Unlike al-Qaeda, the Irish Republican Army, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Maoists in India, the Shining Path, and other traditional terrorist organizations, ISIS refuses to lurk in the shadows. Unlike Hezbollah, Hamas, the Tamil Tigers, or the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, ISIS is not content with controlling a limited amount of territory confined to a single nation-state. Osama bin-Laden was willing to wait for a future day when al-Qaeda, having destabilized the Western world and defeated the dictatorships of the Middle East, would emerge to claim its rightful place as the governing body of the Islamic caliphate. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is unwilling to postpone that destiny. He and his followers are in a hurry—to establish an Islamic caliphate, to continue its spread across the Islamic world, to battle the Crusaders and Jews, and to bring their brand of justice and Shari’a law to the entire world. They have seized territory in Iraq and Syria larger than the size of Israel and Jordan combined, formed a government, fielded capable armed forces, and established branches in nine other countries, with sympathizers in dozens more. ISIS is a force with which to be reckoned.”

Source: Why ISIS Is Different—And Why It Matters | Hoover Institution

Is the Worm Turning as Europeans Discover Virtues of Armed Self-defense while EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls?

Further, the New York Post pointed out in an article titled “Europeans stocking up on guns after mass sex attacks,” actual firearms are also in great demand.

More recently, German state news agency Deutsche Welle noted this trend. According to the article, “most customers want a pistol that can fit easily into a handbag or a small drawer in the night table.” Moreover, a “social media expert” told the news outlet, “There has been an increase of at least 1,000 percent or more in Google search queries for gun permits since January.”

To their credit, rank and file German police officers appear to support the decision many Germans are taking to arm themselves. German Police Union Chief Rainer Wendt told Deutsche Welle that the police do not intend to obstruct citizens in their attempts to lawfully arm and that he does not support new laws that would make it more difficult for the public to obtain self-defense products.

As we pointed out back in November and December, this all comes at a time when the EU is seeking to crack down on firearm ownership in its member states. Pursuant to the European Firearms Directive, EU nations are already required to adopt a minimum threshold of gun restrictions. However, on November 18, in the wake of terrorist shootings and bombings in Paris, the European Commission announced that it was expediting previously contemplated gun control legislation. An extensive overview of current EU firearms law can be found at Library of Congress’ website.

Under EU legislative procedure, typically the transnational government’s executive branch, the European Commission, drafts and proposes legislation. The proposed legislation must then be approved by the European Parliament, which consists of members of parliament (MEPs) elected by the citizens of member states, and the European Council, which consists of the leaders of the various member states, in order to be adopted. These entities may also provide amendments to the proposed legislation.

Source: Read more here — > NRA-ILA

Kansans seek concealed carry training despite relaxing of laws

“As President Obama continues to push for tighter gun control, many consumers aren’t taking the chance of waiting to purchase one.

‘I think there are concerns that there might be further restrictions on guns so people are starting to buy them now,’ said concealed carry permit holder Ron Pope.

As of July 2015, the concealed carry of a firearm without a license is legal in the state of Kansas. Gun owners are still piling into concealed carry classes despite the law change.

Ron Pope received his concealed carry license two years before the law changed.

‘I’ve always enjoyed shooting, ever since I was young. As my children got older, I wanted them to have experience shooting and I thought the additional education I’d get with a concealed carry class would be important,’ explained Pope.”

(Via.) www.wibw.com <—Read more here

Concealed weapons permit requests soar in wake of San Bernardino terror attack

“SAN BERNARDINO>> Applications for permits to carry a concealed weapon have soared 750 percent in San Bernardino County following the Dec. 2 terrorism attack, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, officials said this week.

Typically the department processes 10 permits a week, but since the attack at the Inland Regional Center, which killed 14 and wounded 22, the number has soared to 75, said Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department spokesman.

The ripple of fear rolling out from the unlikely strike location, in what one BBC radio newsman called ‘a sleepy part of Southern California,’ has been far-ranging.

The week of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack applications for the CCW permit increased 600 percent in Orange County, said Lt. Jim Hallock, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. But after that week, levels returned to 20 permit requests per week, he said.

In Riverside County, there was a sharp spike as well. Deputy Michael Vasquez said the department has noticed a spike in interest since Dec. 2, which seems to be continuing. As a result of that increase, the process will be slowed down for new applicants, although just how much lengthier has not been determined.

Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department officials could not be reached for comment.

Bachman said in San Bernardino County that appointments for a mandated interview on the request, which have run about four months out, are now booked through June.

‘It doesn’t concern me that law-abiding, mentally sound people are getting concealed weapons permits,’ said Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino police chief.

‘I will say from having a gun, pretty much my whole adult life, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it,’ Burguan said.

It’s one thing to be wearing a gun, stuck in your waistband when you are wearing a jacket. It’s another to be carrying a gun wearing workout clothes.”

(Via.) The Sun <—Read more here

Swiss Army Chief Warns Of Social Unrest, Calls Upon Citizens To Arm Themselves

“Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned, in a Swiss newspaper article on Sunday, the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring. Recalling the experience of 1939/1945, Blattman fears the increasing aggression in public discourse is an explosively hazardous situation, and advises the Swiss people to arm themselves and warns that the basis for Swiss prosperity is ‘being called into question.’

As Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten reports, speaking on the record for the first time since the November Paris terror attacks, Blattmann told the paper that despite a rise in security incidents over the past two years Switzerland’s means of defence were being reduced.

The situation is growing increasingly risky, Blattman begins.

‘The threat of terror is rising, hybrid wars are being fought around the globe; the economic outlook is gloomy and the resulting migration flows of displaced persons and refugees have assumed unforeseen dimensions.’

Blattmann: ‘Social unrest can not be ruled out’, the vocabulary in public discourse will ‘dangerously aggressive.’

‘The mixture is increasingly unappetizing’ Blattmann sees the basis of Swiss prosperity, ‘has long been once again called into question.’

He recalls the situation around the two world wars in the last century and advises Switzerland, to arm themselves.

The Swiss Armed Forces had held many years ago maneuver, in which the starting point was focused on social unrest in Europe.

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Swiss politicians, of course, responded with disbelief to the army chief and hold his warnings are exaggerated.”

(Via.) Zero Hedge

Poll suggests Americans would arm themselves for protection – My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV

“WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) — A Twitter poll conducted by Sinclair stations across the country found that 74 percent of respondents would arm themselves for protection.

More than 5,000 people responded to the poll, which was posted by 44 Sinclair stations across the country.

A total of 26 percent of those responding said they would not arm themselves for protection.

The polling comes amid heightened concerns over terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Attempting to quell the public’s fear, President Barack Obama said in an interview this weekend that ISIS ‘is not an organization that can destroy the United States.’

Obama validated the concerns of many Americans, saying he understand why people are worried, but he noted that the most damage ISIS can do ‘is if they start changing how we live and what our values are.’

He expressed that part of his last year in office will be spent making sure Americans remember, ‘who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained.’

‘If we do that, then ISIL will be defeated.’

Asked which was a better way to respond to terrorism in this country, enacting stricter gun control laws or encouraging more people to carry guns legally, a Washington Post/ABC poll found 47 percent of respondents felt more people carrying guns was a better response.

In that same Washington Post/ABC poll, 42 percent of respondents said stricter guns laws were a better response.

That poll was conducted by phone in December of 2015, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. A random sample of 1,002 adults were questioned.

By comparison, a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year found 56 percent of respondents said more concealed weapons would make the country safer.

‘A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer,’ the poll concluded. Of those asked, 41 percent said the United States would be less safe.

The results were a part of Gallup’s annual crime poll, conducted in October.”

 

(Via.) My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV <—Read more here…

Democrats Say Guns Owned by Millions of Americans Are Good Only for Mass Murder

“Why does the Times understand percentages when it comes to people with psychiatric diagnoses but not when it comes to people with guns? Probably because fear and loathing of firearms prevent its editorialists from thinking straight. But in light of these numbers, it seems quite unlikely that a ban on so-called assault weapons—even if it somehow eliminated the millions of ‘assault weapons’ already in circulation, and even if murderers did not simply switch to other, equally lethal guns—would have a noticeable impact on gun violence, let alone that it would ‘end the gun epidemic in America.’

Undaunted by that reality, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), joined by 123 cosponsors, this week announced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would ‘prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of…semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine.’ Cicilline did not explain what he means by ‘a military-style feature,’ and so far I have had no luck locating the actual text of his bill. But assuming it resembles the ‘assault weapon’ ban that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposed in 2013, the prohibited features are things like pistol grips, barrel shrouds, threaded barrels, and folding stocks.”

(Via.) Reason.com <—read more here

Banned and “dangerous” weapons found for sale on Amazon.co.uk

How far our British cousins have fallen. In this case, the British press inadvertently serves as a functionary of the state, helping to disarm more innocent British citizens and thereby leaving their fellow citizens as helpless victims in waiting.

At this point in history, the British people should be seriously rethinking their centralized approach to security.  

“Internet retailer Amazon has reportedly been found to have had a number of illegal and dangerous weapons for sale to UK customers on its website.

As an investigation by The Guardian found, a number of firearms and concealed weapons, many of which are illegal under UK law, were freely available to the public on Amazon.

In test purchases, the paper was reportedly able to buy a Kimber Pepper Blaster II, a firearm which shoots powerful pepper spray at high speeds, a Gotcha Cap, a hat which conceals a knuckleduster-style bladed weapon under the brim, and a Zap Light, a stun gun which looks like an ordinary handheld torch, all of which are illegal under laws like the Firearms Act 1968 and the Offensive Weapons Act 1996.”

(Via.) The Independent

Nothing to Fear But the Fearful Themselves

“When I first learned of the recent attacks in Paris, a chill went down my spine. ‘No,’ I thought, ‘This is all happening too fast.’

I was terrified. I was not terrorized, mind you. What happened in Paris was tragic, of course. But I was not so ignorant and innumerate as to think the kind of violence it represented was a statistically significant direct threat to myself and my loved ones. I was fully cognizant that, even with the recent uptick in terror attacks, the probability of my family ever being caught up in one was vanishingly minuscule. I am more likely to be felled by a deer or a bolt of lightning than by a jihadist’s Kalashnikov.”

(Via.) Dan Sanchez <—read more here

We need more, not less democracy…

“And we see political opportunism, such as by Robert Bob Litt from the intelligence community, who suggests for example that ‘the legislative environment is very hostile today’, however, ‘it could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement.’

There is a value, he said, ‘in keeping our options open for such a situation’. Those people are as despicable as terrorists when they would seek to exploit the deaths of these people, to erode our liberties for their own personal power.

We must be extreme in our openness, in our welcoming nature, we must be extreme in a commitment to justice.

So there is technology today that helps us to confirm, to ensure, and to expand our liberties, where we have a right to read, and we have a right to speak freely, and a responsibility to be good to each other. These people wish to weaken our infrastructure, they wish to enable private and government censorship on the internet, they call for back doors, or front doors which would put us at risk.

There are two things you can do right now if you would like. First, you can install Signal on your smartphone, which will give you encrypted voice calls and text messages without backdoors, beating targeted and mass surveillance. I encourage you to do that now, it’s free software, and it’s free of cost. And you can install the Tor browser, which will give you the ability to browse the web and to be anonymous on the internet, where you’ll actually be able to do things without leaving a data trail where spies can twist it and harm you later. And where it will make it more difficult for people to target you for other kinds of cyber-crime. Both of them are free software, implemented for freedom.

Remember, it is the same intelligence services who want backdoors today, who are exploiting this tragedy, who exploited Vodafone in Greece, to wiretap the prime minister, who did mass surveillance on all of Europe. We cannot trust them. It is the intelligence services of the US and the UK that use their surveillance systems to enable extra-judicial assassination.”

(Via.) openDemocracy <-Read more here…

Following Paris, Scotland Yard urgently reviews terrorism tactics | The Student Newspaper

Oh, my…

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“‘The public can be reassured that our firearms officers are trained to deal with this kind of incident and we are constantly evolving new ways to combat the threats to public safety.’

Earlier this year, the police in London practised their response to mock marauding gun attacks in the centre of the capital, following the January attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, offices.

In view of the increasing threat posed by Isis and other terrorist groups, all eyes are set upon Scotland Yard’s new forces-style unit, especially trained to counteract terrorism.

The unit consists of 130 specialist firearms officers, equipped with new weapons and prepared to carry out extreme actions such as fast-roping from helicopters, storming burning buildings to rescue hostages or arresting or shooting terrorist gun attackers to the head instead of to the chest, as the police commonly does.

As the entirety of Europe is under threat and terrorists are able to enter Europe through different countries, Scotland Yard is also arranging to send abroad 60 counter-terrorism officers to protect the British people abroad.”

Well, golly-gee, what could go wrong now?

(Via.) The Student Newspaper <-read more here

From Nation States to Stateless Nations

“We’re living in an age of disruption. How deep does the rabbit hole go?

What we’re witnessing is a shift from territorial monopolies on the use of force as a way of ordering civilization, toward a world of borderless civic networks. Or, in the words of Tom W. Bell, a move from nation states to stateless nations, which extend the dynamics of social networks into areas traditionally monopolized by government. Digital currencies like bitcoin are already challenging the state’s monopoly on the provision of currency, and it is inevitable that peer-to-peer technology and smart contracts will begin to challenge its monopoly on law and dispute resolution.

This shift reflects the extent to which the internet has already expanded our range of thought and activity. We can easily make friends with people on the other side of the globe who share our interests, we’re now able to buy and sell to anyone anywhere. We can offer our services on freelance sites like Fiverr and Upwork. All of this is amazing, and unprecedented, and there is more to come. Our social habits and economic opportunities have been transformed, and we’re better because of it. Those who believe that an institution designed in the 17th century is going to be able to adapt to the new world through minor changes in policy rather than fundamental institutional disruption are not processing reality effectively.”

(Via.) Medium <— Read more here

How to disempower mass shooters in two easy steps…

“…So how do we stop this from happening? We could have a discussion about about the economy, male disempowerment, anti-depressants, and any number of contributing factors; and we will, in due time. Right now, Let’s focus on the two big, easy solutions: ending gun-free zones, and ending the media circus surrounding mass shootings. Then, if a shooter targets a heavily armed crowd, he may get at best one or two victims before being taken down by a hail of lead, becoming that one crazy who got destroyed and a minor footnote in the paper, not the monster striking fear into the hearts of a nation.”

(Via.) Liberty Upward <—Read more here

Americans being radicalized by ISIS at ‘unprecedented’ rate

“The United States has ‘largely failed’ in its effort to keep Americans from joining the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria, and the government lacks a national strategy for combating the trend, a bipartisan congressional report stated.

Released on Monday, the report found that the federal government has generally failed to keep more than 250 Americans from leaving the country to join Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) since 2011. Overall, nearly 30,000 people from around the world have traveled to the region in the same time frame.

‘Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists,’ the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee concluded. ‘Of the hundreds of Americans who have sought to travel to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, authorities have only interdicted a fraction of them.’”

(Via.) RT USA <— Read more here

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