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The Real Reason for Flag Hysteria

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“Every couple of years the totalitarian socialist Left in America (a.k.a., the Democratic Party and all of its appendages) pretends to be indignant about the existence of the Confederate flag somewhere. The lapdog cultural Marxist media fall in line, treating the siting of the flag in the same way they would treat the siting of an Ebola victim in a large crowd. Americans are reminded once again by the New York/New England/Ivy League-educated presstitute class that they should hate Southerners and all things Southern. As Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart recently whined in faux horror, Southerners ‘waged war against the United States’ government! Waaaaaaaaah!

The anti-Confederate flag hysteria is only one small part of the Left’s general strategy, however. It is part of their overriding strategy of diverting the public’s attention away from all the grotesque failures of leftist interventionism, from the welfare state to the government takeover of education to the war on drugs and beyond. The neocons who run the Republican Party are usually complicit in all of this.

The welfare state has decimated the black family and is hard at work destroying the white family as well by eliminating the stigma against a man’s abandoning his wife and children with welfare checks (See Charles Murray, Losing Ground). What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The welfare state has destroyed the work ethic of millions of Americans. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this? The Fed caused the biggest depression since the Great Depression with its latest boom-and-bust-cycle act. What does the Confederate flag have to do with this?”

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Student suspended for disarming gunman

“‘If they wouldn’t’ve did what they had to do on that bus,’ the teen’s mother said, ‘I think there would have been a lot of fatalities.’

The mother agreed to talk with us in disguise. She can’t understand why her son, who disarmed the gunman, was suspended.

‘Those kids had to fight for their lives,’ she said. ‘All the kids that was involved in this they should have a pat on their backs because they did the right thing to save someone from burying their child.’

According to the mother, the school suspended her son because he refused to cooperate in the investigation. She says he was scared.”

(Via.) WFTX-TV Fort Myers/Naples, FL: <— Read more here

How Policing Works in a Privatized City : Anything Peaceful : Foundation for Economic Education

“It is not a gated community walled off from the public for only the elite. There is no charge to get in. Everything is public access, and subject to all the laws governing commercial property. The difference between the public and private city, however, is huge.

You can tell when you have entered the space. Whereas many areas of Atlanta struggle, this area in the heart of the city is clean, bright, ebullient, bustling with enterprise and life.

On an evening recently, on the way to the movies in the spectacular theater there, I sat outside on the patio of a Mexican food restaurant and watched adults and children playing games and having fun on the green space that serves as a mini-park in the middle of this urban experiment in capitalism. There were people from all races, classes, and ages. They listened to the live band and sang along.

As I sat there, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the sense of a mini-utopia. It’s like an idealized scene you see in a commercial for soda or some happy vacation getaway. It was one of the most blissful city scenes I’ve ever witnessed.”

Then it struck me: the police in the community are privately employed by main stakeholders in the community, which are the merchants, apartment owners, and other service providers. (The streets are also private but public access.) For this reason, the police themselves have a deep investment in the well-being of the community and the general happiness of the consumers who shop there. They are employees of the free enterprise system.

(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education <—Read more here

Those Pushing for a Constitutional Convention Are Looking to Delete Your Right to Self-protection by Eliminating the Second Amendment.

Those pushing for a Constitutional Convention or “Con-Con” are looking to strip your Second Amendment rights; of course your rights shouldn’t be subject to any vote, bill, law, or any court ruling in the first place – if they were subject to debate, you have a privilege, not a right. 

Pro-gun centralizers are hoping a Con-Con will ensure the Second Amendment is written out of any new Constitution. Many good people fall for the “limited convention” argument, but a Con-Con can’t be limited, it’s a pipe dream – as the article states and full heartedly supports.

“The good news is that 24 states (out of the required 34) have passed resolutions calling for a convention to change the Constitution, at which we would be able to incorporate Justice Stevens’ life-saving rewording of the Second Amendment.

Granted, the states that have signed on to a constitutional convention were led by legislators intent primarily on adding an amendment to balance the federal budget. But once such a convention convenes, every amendment is on the table.

And there is no reason that we can’t make good use of the opportunity to solve the most vexing and painful problem in America.”

(Via.) Daily Southtown <—Read more here

Montana teen pushes to put armed teachers proposal up for vote

 “A 17-year-old Montana youth is seeking enough signatures to add a ballot referendum asking voters if teachers in the state should be allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Chet Billi, a junior at Whitefish High School, filed paperwork with the Montana Secretary of State last week for the first voter initiative proposed so far for the 2016 ballot. The student decided to take action after legislation to allow teachers to carry on campus tanked in the state Senate. With that in mind, he decided to get involved.

‘I’m bothered by the fact that when school shootings happen, the first thing people want to do is take guns away from the people who could stop it,’ Billi told KTVQ.

His proposal would be a simple up or down vote on whether teachers, administrators and faculty at schools in Montana should be able to lawfully carry a concealed firearm on school grounds.”

(Via.) <—Read more here

House bill would require gun owners to have liability insurance

“House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance.

The Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled Friday, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement.

‘We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns,’ Maloney said in a statement. ‘The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.’

Maloney said auto insurance carriers incentivize drivers to take precautions to reduce accidents, but no such incentives exist for firearm owners.”

(Via.) TheHill <—Read more here

Why Politicized Science is Dangerous

Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people…

“Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in college and high school classrooms.

I don’t mean global warming. I’m talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

Its supporters included Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill. It was approved by Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, who ruled in its favor. The famous names who supported it included Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; activist Margaret Sanger; botanist Luther Burbank; Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University; the novelist H. G. Wells; the playwright George Bernard Shaw; and hundreds of others. Nobel Prize winners gave support. Research was backed by the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations. The Cold Springs Harbor Institute was built to carry out this research, but important work was also done at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Legislation to address the crisis was passed in states from New York to California.These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

All in all, the research, legislation and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful — and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing — that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well know to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.

The theory of eugenics postulated a crisis of the gene pool leading to the deterioration of the human race. The best human beings were not breeding as rapidly as the inferior ones — the foreigners, immigrants, Jews, degenerates, the unfit, and the “feeble minded.” Francis Galton, a respected British scientist, first speculated about this area, but his ideas were taken far beyond anything he intended. They were adopted by science-minded Americans, as well as those who had no interest in science but who were worried about the immigration of inferior races early in the twentieth century — “dangerous human pests” who represented “the rising tide of imbeciles” and who were polluting the best of the human race.

The eugenicists and the immigrationists joined forces to put a stop to this. The plan was to identify individuals who were feeble-minded — Jews were agreed to be largely feeble-minded, but so were many foreigners, as well as blacks — and stop them from breeding by isolation in institutions or by sterilization.

As Margaret Sanger said, “Fostering the good-for-nothing at the expense of the good is an extreme cruelty … there is not greater curse to posterity than that of bequeathing them an increasing population of imbeciles.” She spoke of the burden of caring for “this dead weight of human waste.”

Such views were widely shared. H.G. Wells spoke against “ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens.” Theodore Roosevelt said that “Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.” Luther Burbank” “Stop permitting criminals and weaklings to reproduce.” George Bernard Shaw said that only eugenics could save mankind.”

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Support Your Local Private Peace Officer: He Has A Dangerous Job

“At the end of every shift, police officers call their loved ones to assure them that they “made it through another day without injury,” observes a recently published paean to the police. “From 2000 until 2014, over 700 officers were unable to make that call because they did not survive their tour of duty on that last day.”

Alvin Kinney didn’t make it home at the end of his shift on February 12. The 60-year-old officer, who had served in a very dangerous job for more than 20 years, was fatally shot trying to prevent an armed robbery in Houston. His death was mourned by his family and loved ones but did not precipitate an outpouring of officially mandated grief. This is because
Mr. Kinney was not a member of the State’s enforcement caste. He was a private peace officer employed by the Brinks armored truck company, where he faced far greater risks defending private property than are confronted by government-employed police who enforce the edicts of the political class.

While law enforcement is statistically much safer than depicted by police unions and related pressure groups, police officers are sometimes killed or severely injured in the line of duty, and occasionally some of them do so in genuinely heroic defense of innocent people threatened by criminal violence. The same is true of private peace officers who provide security services through market mechanisms, rather than a state-imposed monopoly.

During the same fifteen-year-period in which roughly 700 police officers weren’t able to make the end-of-shift phone call, at least 1863 private security officers were killed while carrying out a contractual commitment to protect others against criminal violence.”

(Via.) Pro Libertate <—Read more here

In Gun Control Controversy, Can Americans Handle the Truth?

“The United States’ current obsession with the question of gun control must seem absurd to the people of the Middle East, where every country is eternally embroiled in civil war or fighting off aggressive neighbors. People there clearly see the value of armed citizens protecting themselves against marauding rebels, brutal religious factions and corrupt governments.

In parts of the world such as Mexico, South America and numerous African nations, the brutal murder and wholesale slaughter of men, women and children take place almost every day. Their helpless citizens would welcome guns to protect themselves and their families. They would see America’s gun control advocates as extraordinarily naive to believe that it is all right to be defenseless in your own home and trust the local police force to protect them. In their countries, there is no such thing as an honest policeman, bands of lawless citizens kill with impunity and every government official is corrupt and dangerous.

Back in the relatively peaceful land of the United States, pro-gun advocates can passionately point to the birth of this great nation. Armed citizens fought back the tyrannical rule of the Motherland with muskets and gunpowder — not with a declaration of independence on a piece of paper. The Spirit of America was reflected in the grit and valor of the early settlers who plunged into the wilderness of the American frontier to sink a stake into ground, swing an ax against a tree to clear the land, and build a home — with only their rifles to protect them against hostile animals and Indians. Back then, no man could have had any hope of protecting his family, or surviving the Wild West, without his trusty Colt and Winchester…

…In considering the question of gun control, the real question is not whether we need assault rifles or a better review process of those who want to own them. Rather, it is whether we as human beings should embrace the violence that bred us throughout history; or trust in the continued good judgement of reasonable men — in our government and across the street — that can make us more than animals in our daily lives. “

“Continued good judgement of reasonable men — in our government and…”


What judgement of any government officials can ever be called “good”?

The political class is generally understood to consist mainly of sociopathic liars “…rogues and vagabonds, frauds and scoundrels,” and the entire system they serve is based upon the fallacious belief that men can nobly exercise “authority” over his fellow man.

These same sociopaths have the protection of the states guns as protection from everyone else not in the privileged class.

I am with Bob Owens on this one, “Those of us who understand history and who learn from it will keep our arms, thank you very much.”

(Via.) Mario Almonte via Huff Post <—Read more here

Anti-Gun Lawmaker Blasts Girlfriend’s Car With Shotgun

“It seems like one of those anti-gun Democrats in Detroit proved his own inability to control his temper early Sunday morning, as he blasted away with a shotgun to his girlfriend’s car over what should have been a simple domestic argument:

Sources told Local 4 state Sen. Virgil Smith, who represents the fourth district, fired several shots into the woman’s car.

Investigators walked out of Smith’s home with what appeared to be a shotgun wrapped in a garbage bag. Investigators with Detroit police placed it in the backseat of an unmarked car.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday police were called to Smith’s home for reports of shots fired

Sources told Local 4 that early Sunday morning Smith and his girlfriend, a prominent businesswoman from Ann Arbor, got into an argument. Police said the victim told them multiple shots were fired in front of the home at Wexford and Hilldale, on the east side.

Being an anti-gun Democrat in a Democrat-controlled city, Senator Virgil Smith has not been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a weapon within city limits, property damage, or any of the other charges that the non-politically-connected might have faced for such obvious criminal behavior.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <—Read more here

European Crony Capitalism – Bearing ArmsArmatix ‘Smart Gun’ Developer Out: Is The Company Itself Doomed?

“Mauch’s Armatix iP1 (pistol/iW1 (watch) combination was apparently created more out of a need to assuage his personal desires than to meet market demands. Neither government agencies in law enforcement or the military had any interest in a product that added needless complexity to a handgun, and which quadrupled the price of proven conventional handgun systems in the same market space.

Quite literally, the only people who seemed excited about the iP1/iW1 combination were supporters of gun control, who were apparently thrilled that it might trigger a New Jersey law mandating the sale of only so-called ‘smart guns’ in the state. Others seemed thrilled by the rumor of a ‘back door’ in the technology that would allow the company (or government agencies) simply turn off the gun remotely, rendering the handguns inert and useless.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <—Read more here

House Wants to Cut Army’s M9 Replacement Money

“The U.S. Army’s effort to replace its M9 9mm pistol with a new Modular Handgun System may be facing another hurdle now that lawmakers in the House want to kill the service’s $5.4 million fiscal 2016 budget request.

The language in the House Chairman’s mark-up of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Bill comes three months after the Army announced it was delaying the MHS competition in late January.

The program would replace the 30-year-old M9, made by Beretta USA, with a more-powerful, modern handgun. The Army began working with the small arms industry on MHS in early 2013, but the effort has been in the works for more than five years…”

(Via.) Kit Up! <—Read more here

Congress Orders Army And Marine Corps to Decide On 5.56mm Ammunition

As if the fedgov didn’t have more important things to work on…

“The United States House of Representatives has ordered trials to be conducted to determine the right ammunition for both the US Army and Marine Corps, following on the recent controversy that each service was using its own unique round. Army Times reports:

The Army and Marine Corps will conduct comprehensive testing this year to determine the viability of adopting common rifle ammunition, a potential cost-cutting initiative that could have serious implications for troops on the battlefield.

Members of Congress are driving the efforts, saying the switch to a single 5.56mm cartridge for all conventional U.S. forces stands to save American taxpayers considerable expense. It is likely to prompt a showdown between the two rounds favored by each service, raising the possibility the Marine Corps could be forced to adopt ammunition it rejected in 2009 because its early development was plagued by problems.

On capitol Hill, the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces has ordered Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to study the issue and report to Congress by next March whether it still makes sense for the Army to use its M855A1 round while the Marine Corps moves to make the M318 Mod 0 Special Operations Science and Technology round its new standard.

‘The Army and Marine Corps are using a very similar enhanced small caliber 5.56 rounds for the same operational environment,’ subcommittee chairman Rep. Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio, told Marine Corps Times April 29. ‘We want to ensure our warfighters are provided with the best equipment available and ensure maximum value to the taxpayer.’”

(Via.) The Firearm Blog <—Read more here

What Two Programmers Have Revealed So Far About Seattle Police Officers Who Are Still in Uniform

“For most of their lives, Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek had no strong feelings about police. Mocek, who grew up in Kansas, said he regarded police officers as honorable civil servants, like firefighters. Both chose careers as programmers: Rachner, 39, is an independent cyber-security expert, while Mocek, 40, works on administrative software used by dentists.

But through their shrewd use of Washington’s Public Records Act, the two Seattle residents are now the closest thing the city has to a civilian police-oversight board. In the last year and a half, they have acquired hundreds of reports, videos, and 911 calls related to the Seattle Police Department’s internal investigations of officer misconduct between 2010 and 2013. And though they have only combed through a small portion of the data, they say they have found several instances of officers appearing to lie, use racist language, and use excessive force—with no consequences. In fact, they believe that the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) has systematically ‘run interference’ for cops. In the aforementioned cases of alleged officer misconduct, all of the involved officers were exonerated and still remain on the force.

‘We’re trying to do OPA’s job for them because OPA was so explicitly not interested in doing their own job,’ said Rachner.

Among some of Rachner and Mocek’s findings: a total of 1,028 SPD employees (including civilian employees) were investigated between 2010 and 2013. (The current number of total SPD staff is 1,820.) Of the 11 most-investigated employees—one was investigated 18 times during the three-year period—every single one of them is still on the force, according to SPD.

In 569 allegations of excessive or inappropriate use of force (arising from 363 incidents), only seven were sustained—meaning 99 percent of cases were dismissed. Exoneration rates were only slightly smaller when looking at all the cases between 2010 and 2013—of the total 4,407 allegations, 284 were sustained.”

(Via.) The Stranger <—Read more here

Blacklisted: Martin Armstrong’s “The Forecaster” Movie Now Available And A Must See

“Any movie about the corruption of the US government and the US financial system that is blacklisted in the US is bound to get our attention.

‘The Forecaster’ is exactly that. It’s a movie about Martin Armstrong’s amazingly accurate forecasting system called the Economic Confidence Model and how he was jailed for nearly a decade, in torture type conditions, for not turning over his model to the CIA and Wall Street.

I’ll let the trailer mostly speak for the movie itself here:”

(Via.) TDV <—Read more here and see the trailer

How To Reclaim Your Rights and Keep NSA Computers From Turning Your Phone Conversations Into Searchable Text

“As soon as my article about how NSA computers can now turn phone conversations into searchable text came out on Tuesday, people started asking me: What should I do if I don’t want them doing that to mine?

The solution, as it is to so many other outrageously invasive U.S. government tactics exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is, of course, Congressional legislation.

I kid, I kid.

No, the real solution is end-to-end encryption, preferably of the unbreakable kind.

And as luck would have it, you can have exactly that on your mobile phone, for the price of zero dollars and zero cents.

The Intercept’s Micah Lee wrote about this in March, in an article titled: ‘You Should Really Consider Installing Signal, an Encrypted Messaging App for iPhone.’

(Signal is for iPhone and iPads, and encrypts both voice and texts; RedPhone is the Android version of the voice product; TextSecure is the Android version of the text product.)

As Lee explains, the open source software group known as Open Whisper Systems, which makes all three, is gaining a reputation for combining trustworthy encryption with ease of use and mobile convenience.”

(Via.) The Intercept <—Read more here

Taco Bell Thief Demands Victim Drop Pants, Victim Kills Him

 “On Tuesday, an armed man approached a patron in a Taco Bell parking lot, demanded he drop his pants, and was subsequently shot and killed.

The attempted armed robbery took place in Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to CBS 4, it was approximately 6 pm when ‘21-year-old Rontavis Holton confronted [37-year-old] Ronald Farmer’ in a Taco Bell parking lot. Holton — who was ‘wearing a ski mask and sunglasses’ — allegedly pulled a gun on Farmer and ‘told [him] to pull down his pants.’

Farmer pulled his own gun and shot Holton in self-defense.”

(Via.) Breitbart <—Read more here

How I Quit Smoking and Why I’m Glad I Did

“This underscores a point I’ve been trying to make for years. The time to smoke is when you are a teen. It’s when your lungs are strong, and you body is prepared to fight back the ill effects. It’s also when you can gain the maximum advantage of the fact that smoking is very cool and enjoyable. I see no reason why parents shouldn’t encourage it, while warning that they will probably have to stop after graduating college.

And of course this is opposite of what the government says!

The anti-smoking campaigns for young people are based on its supposed addictive quality. The fear is that once you start as a teen, you will never stop. But I’ve never understood what is meant by addictive. It’s not like cigarettes take away your free will. Every day, people stop. It’s obviously possible.

If by addictive, we mean that it is something that once you do, you want to keep doing, there are many things that fall into that category. In fact, it would be completely normal to seek out such things, not avoid them. For example, I’m completely addicted to taking a shower every morning. It’s not really a problem.

Maybe by addictive, it is meant that it is very hard to stop once you start. Sure. I get that. But many things are hard to do that we do anyway. I don’t like the bracing cold of a swimming pool but I jump in anyway. No one wants to get up to go to work after a night of hard drinking but we do it anyway. No one wants to pay taxes but we do it anyway. Just because something is difficult doesn’t meant that it can’t be done…”

(Via.) Beautiful Anarchy <—Read more here

Congress Tells Court That Congress Can’t Be Investigated for Insider Trading

“In a little-noticed brief filed last summer, lawyers for the House of Representatives claimed that an SEC investigation of congressional insider trading should be blocked on principle, because lawmakers and their staff are constitutionally protected from such inquiries given the nature of their work.

The legal team led by Kerry W. Kircher, who was appointed House General Counsel by Speaker John Boehner in 2011, claimed that the insider trading probe violated the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch.

In 2012, members of Congress patted themselves on the back for passing the STOCK Act, a bill meant to curb insider trading for lawmakers and their staff. ‘We all know that Washington is broken and today members of both parties took a big step forward to fix it,’ said Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, upon passage of the law.”

(Via.) The Intercept <—Read more here

An Open Letter To Baltimore & The World: How To End Police Brutality Forever

“Question: How long has police brutality been around?

Answer: Ever since there was police.

Sure, some places its better and some places it is worse.

But, have you ever noticed when you have a problem and you keep trying to fix it and it never works… then, what you realize, was that you had the wrong concept? As a simple example, when you try to remove the lid off a jar of pickels and you try and try but just can’t? Then, finally, you realize you were trying to turn it the wrong way! Once you understood how it worked, the solution was easy.

It’s the same with the police brutality question. You keep trying to fix it and fix it but never can. Why? Because you’ve got the wrong concept.”

(Via.) TDVA <—Read more here