Just about everyone agrees Cruz shouldn’t have been able to get a gun, here’s why it’s not simple

Just about everyone agrees Nikolas Cruz shouldn't have been able to get a gun, but here's why it's not so simple
It seems insane, in retrospect, that Nikolas Cruz was allowed to buy any sort of gun, let alone an AR-15. With everything we know about the threats he made, and about the many police visits to his home, Cruz would appear to be the walking epitome of the unstable, dangerous character who would and should be told, “Sorry, bro.”

And yet, up until the Parkland Hills shooting, he had committed no crime. He had sure as hell given signals he would, but he hadn’t actually done anything. You say common sense suggests he’d provided more than enough reason to suspect he would do something awful if he got his hands on a gun, and no reasonable person would disagree.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

‘Crumbs’ keep coming, and Democrats keep lying

'Crumbs' keep coming, and Democrats keep lying
One of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas is Lakeside, on the lower level of the Wynn Hotel. Everything on the menu is great! Fresh fish, other seafood, beef and salads, you name it! I’ve tried them all!

Lisa is one of the bartenders. I usually have my meal at the bar if I’m dinning in a hurry. She is an admitted liberal thinker, and we usually have some spirited debates about the political issues of the day. I would usually avoid such debates when I’m on a relaxation trip, but she is a “savable” liberal.

By Herman Cain - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

Media Sensationalism Partly to Blame for School Shootings Says SAF

Media Sensationalism Partly to Blame for School Shootings Says SAF
BELLEVUE, WA – When anti-gunners point fingers of blame for tragic school shootings, there is plenty of room for media sensationalism in that ugly spotlight, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“The heartbreaking attack on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is made even more terrible because the suspect is getting more than his share of fame,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “His face has been all over television and newspaper front pages, and there is a concern that this kind of attention might inspire somebody else to seek this same kind of infamy.”

By Second Amendment Foundation - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism to Three Junior ROTC Cadets Killed in Parkland Shooting

The U.S. Army has awarded the Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets who were killed during the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week.

The Army presented the medal to the family of Alaina Petty, 14, at a memorial service on Monday, and will give it to the family of Peter Wang, 15, during his memorial service on Tuesday, the Daily Beast first reported. The family of Martin Duque, 14, will receive the medal on Saturday.—More..

By News on the Net -- Washington Free Beacon- Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Media pretty excited a bunch of political scientists have ranked Trump the worst president ever

Media pretty excited a bunch of political scientists have ranked Trump the worst president ever
If they do this every four years, then every survey requires them to rank a president who’s either been in office only a year or, in some cases, would be a year into his second term. How you can even give an assessment of a first-year president’s “greatness” is beyond me, but I guess anyone can grab a number out of his head to represent a guy he just plain can’t stand.

Typically the presidents at the bottom either got us into an awful war, screwed up the economy or found themselves mired in a serious scandal. Trump hasn’t done any of that, but he keeps tweeting, so someone has to be #45:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Palestinian President Abbas Addresses the UN Security Council with More Bombast

Palestinian President Abbas Addresses the UN Security Council with More Bombast
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 to begin negotiations immediately.” After appealing to the Security Council for “help,” however, Abbas showed his true colors by walking out of the chamber immediately upon the conclusion of his speech. He apparently thought it was beneath his “dignity” to hear what the Israeli UN ambassador and the members of the Security Council had to say.

Abbas used his Security Council speech to blame the Israeli “occupation” and its continued settlements in violation of “international law” as the real obstacles to peace. He said that the Palestinians have engaged in dialogue with Israeli leaders on several occasions, and that Israel was responsible for shutting the door on a two-state solution. Abbas seemed to have forgotten that it was he who rejected several Israeli peace offers, including one that would have resulted in Israel’s virtual withdrawal from the West Bank, a connection between the West Bank and Gaza, and even placing the Old City under some form of international control.

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Preventing government data failures

Preventing government data failures
A primary reason governments exist is to protect their citizens from dangerous threats – foreign, domestic and natural. People can play important roles in this arena, but most lack the resources, funds, legal authority or political power to act on their own.

In recent years, government roles have become even more dominant and pervasive. On environmental or other grounds, federal, state and even local bodies have steadily taken responsibilities from the private sector, and even prohibited citizens from taking steps to protect their lives and property, such as constructing seawalls to block storm surges or thinning out trees to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

By Guest Column -- Justhy Deva Prasad- Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

In Mocking Christians, Bully Bigot Joy Behar Claims She Was Only Joking

In Mocking Christians, Bully Bigot Joy Behar Claims She Was Only Joking
In fact, Behar and ABC are finding out the hard way that Jesus and his followers are no joke.

Some 25,363 and still counting telephone calls of complaint to ABC prove that loud and haughty Joy Behar’s non-apology: “I don’t mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it. “It was a joke”, is insincere.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Looks like the only person fooled by Russian ‘meddling’ was Michael Moore - here he is vocally parti

Looks like the only person fooled by Russian 'meddling' was Michael Moore, here he is vocally participating in that rally Russia organized, The Ultimate Capitalist
Michael Moore is the ultimate capitalist.  Oh sure, he beats the socialist drum, but he does it for a buck.  If you look at his life - complete with Harvey Weinstein parties and an array of multimillion-dollar homes - you’ll quickly realize he’s a 21st Century snake-oil salesman who decries the “1%” while coveting money and the comforts that come with it. ...And hey, more power to him.  He has a gimmick that sells, and it’s made him a fortune.

His most recent business model is centered around his opposition to Trump.  First, he read the tea leaves and wisely called the 2016 election early.  Then he set himself up as a premiere voice in the “Resistance” that Keith Olbermann thought he was going to lead.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

NYT: That’s weird, our new poll shows people really seem to like the GOP tax overhaul

NYT: That's weird, our new poll shows people really seem to like the GOP tax overhaul
They knew this would happen.  They desperately wanted to derail the Republican tax bill because, behind closed doors, they were always terrified it would turn out to be as popular as it is. “They” are the Democrats and their slavish media allies, and “they” have been having a tough go of it lately.

As it turns out, oh so shockingly, people actually like keeping the money they earn.  Go figure.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Rae Carruth, plotted pregnant girlfriend’s murder, is getting out—wants custody of the child

Rae Carruth, who plotted his pregnant girlfriend's murder, is getting out of prison . . . and wants custody of the child
Hey, he said he’s sorry. What more do you want from the guy?

His son is 18, and there wouldn’t even be a question of custody if not for the fact that the boy suffers from cerebral palsy, because he was born prematurely, because his mother was murdered while still carrying him, because Rae Carruth paid someone to gun her down.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

5 million Americans have more than $50,000 in student loan debt—most pay none of it back in first 4

5 million Americans have more than $50,000 in student loan debt, and most pay none of it back in the first four years
What makes this even worse is that, in 2010, Obama shoved the banks aside and forbid anyone but the Department of Education from making government-guaranteed student loans. Worse in the sense that, while banks aren’t as much on the hook from the inevitable defaults, the taxpayers are.

Total student loan debt now totals $1.4 trillion, and the borrowers carry that debt for a very long time - incurring mounting interest charges in the process. They take years before they start paying off any principal, so their balance gets even higher. That’s especially true if you continue incurring debt through grad school, which might keep you in school for another three to seven years after you get your bachelor’s degree. You’re still spending, still borrowing, not doing much earning. And once you finally do start earning, you’re either turning around and turning it over to your lender or, in the case of far too many, you’re paying off nothing at all:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Behold history’s worst Olympic halfpipe run. ...Also, oddly, one of history’s best

Meet Elizabeth Swaney
Meet Elizabeth Swaney.  She’s a thoroughly average skier, probably no better than anyone you could find at your average, regional, Mount Trashmore.  Unlike your average skier, she just competed in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in women’s ski halfpipe.

Thanks to her ability to read the rules, she figured out a way to qualify while having little actual ability.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

ABC flooded with 25,000 complaints after Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence’s Christianity

Joy Behar’s mocking of Christianity as a mental illness isn’t going away as an issue.

According to the Media Research Center watchdog group, more than 25,000 people had called ABC by early Monday morning to complain about a segment on “The View” in which the comedian specifically said Vice President Mike Pence suffers from the delusions of prayer.—More…

By Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

A Great View, But Will it Kill You?

A Great View, But Will it Kill You?
What is the greatest threat to having a heart attack, the nation’s number one killer? Ask this question and most people will answer it’s having high blood cholesterol. Or they respond, it’s due to hypertension, obesity, diabetes, or a stressful lifestyle.

But suppose you ask what things will improve the chance of surviving coronary attack? I’d predict that after some hesitation the answer will be having someone nearby to administer cardio-pulmonary respiration (CPR).  But how many will know it depends on the floor you’re living on in a high rise building? And what should you know about the 26th floor?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

A Crawfish Cook Calamity

A Crawfish Cook Calamity

That warm, spring Mississippi Delta Saturday was ideal for doing anything outdoors, but the calamitous way it turned out was less than ideal.

When it comes to preparing delicious, deep-south cuisine, nobody outperformed my lifelong best friend and mentor, the old black man known affectionately by all as Jaybird. When we asked him to boil several hundred pounds of crawfish, he said, “Sho’ — get the water boilin’; let’s enjoy some country-style cuttin’ up.”

By Jimmy Reed - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

A Gas Tax Hike Is the Wrong Way to Fund Highways

A Gas Tax Hike Is the Wrong Way to Fund Highways
Various reports suggest that policymakers—including President Trump himself—are considering raising the federal gas tax, by as much as 25 cents per gallon. Supporters argue that a hike is necessary to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, and—for those concerned about climate change—some also argue that a higher gas tax is needed to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles or mass transit.

These arguments are incorrect, even on their own terms. A gas tax is in principle a very blunt instrument for funding highway usage. And in terms of the political optics, imposing a huge new regressive tax on drivers would justify the critics of the recent income tax reform plan, who claimed that Republicans wanted to help the rich at the expense of the poor.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Mueller reportedly crossing Trump ‘red line,’ investigating Kushner’s business dea

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly expanding his probe to the business dealings of a key Trump family member unrelated to Russia, a move that President Trump has said would cross a “red line.”

Citing “people familiar with the inquiry,” CNN reported Monday afternoon that Mr. Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, on issues beyond his contacts with Russians and their purported meddling in the 2016 presidential race.—More…

By Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Full Story

Words, Laws, and Attitudes Are To Be Feared More than Guns

Words, Laws, and Attitudes Are To Be Feared More than Guns
There are many ways to commit mass murder, with explosives, fires, chemical weapons, biological weapons, hijackings, trucks, knives, and so on. But far more dangerous than guns and other physical weapons are words, laws, and attitudes.

It has become clear that many if not most mass murderers have given advance notice of their evil intentions, either directly or indirectly, and the guns that have caused the mass shootings generally would never have been cocked and shot had people who had advance warnings not been afraid to notify authorities in advance of their suspicions. People are more afraid of being accused of profiling than they are of being responsible for shootings. People are more afraid of being wrong than of being shot. People are more afraid of hurting the feelings of others than of preventing mass murderers who deprive innocent people of their feelings on a more permanent basis – their lives – as well as the feelings of all who knew them and loved them for the rest of their lives.

By Ron A. Y. Rich - Monday, February 19, 2018 - Full Story

ANTIFA Thugs Target ICE

ANTIFA THUGS TARGET ICE
The anarchist thugs of Antifa are branching out into obstructing immigration law enforcement, apparently no longer content with shutting down conservative speakers and beating up those they promiscuously label “fascists.”

A case in point was last Thursday, Feb. 15, when about 70 activists surrounded a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) van that was attempting to enter the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. The anarchists chanted “no more deportations,” “Trump and Pence must go,” “f—k ICE,” as well as slogans in the Spanish language.