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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Sep 2014 05:14 am

…What’s left of it.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Sep 2014 05:08 am

From Newsbusters:

Legal battles against state governor’s with higher political aspirations keep cropping up. But looking deeper into attacks on Republican governors from Texas, Wisconsin and Louisiana reveals George Soros’ checkbook was behind it all – but the news media aren’t about to point that out.

The group that first filed an indictment charge against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was funded by Soros, the liberal billionaire, but the trail of his money didn’t end there. Both the recall election for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and an even less successful recall attempt for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were rooted in Soros-funded groups. Between them, these three potential Republican presidential candidates were targeted by groups receiving more than $6.3 million from Soros.

The media controls the message for the average voter who is too lazy to do more than watch the big three TV networks, or PBS, or read the NY Times.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Sep 2014 04:45 am

From Ars Technica:

On Tuesday, permits for self-driving cars issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took effect for the first time.

Applications for the permits began in May 2014. Only the Volkswagen Group (which includes Volkswagen and Audi cars among others), Mercedes Benz, and Google have been issued permits for their 29 total vehicles.

[ . . . ]

As Ars reported in May 2014, a manufacturer that wants to test autonomous vehicles has to apply for a testing permit, certify its drivers to test the cars, and secure a $5 million insurance or safety bond.

My concern is not with these test cars, but rather what happens when they are in general circulation and one of them causes an accident or runs someone over (a dog or child darting out into the street). Will owners of such cars have to have $5 million in liability insurance? What if it’s a software glitch, or worse, a hack? I’m not looking forward to seeing these cars on the road. Humans need to take the responsibility for, and exert some effort towards some things in life, and I consider driving a car to be one of them. Not that they do such a swell job of that….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Sep 2014 12:42 pm

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) he doesn’t know how to hold a gun. She’s running for his seat in the Senate. Too bad she didn’t run as a Republican, and primary him. If it weren’t such an important election…Not that I live in Kentucky or know what she’s really like. I just can’t stand McConnell. He represents Republican statism. Anyway, here’s her new ad:

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Sep 2014 11:03 am

The regular editors must be on vacation to let this heresy slip through:

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

Unfortunately, too many liberal, Democrat politicians in many states forced through laws banning them because newspapers (and TV reporters) bought in to the anti-’AW’ propaganda that the NY Times and other liberal media outlets were pushing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Sep 2014 02:46 am

They’re worried that some snowflake might be offended:

A California high school principal has banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches during a back-to-school night fundraiser because she disagrees about gay marriage with the president of the Atlanta-based fast food chain.

The principal who outlawed Chick-fil-A sandwiches is Val Wyatt of Ventura High School in the coastal town of Ventura, Calif.

[ . . . ]

Wyatt said she is worried that the presence of the chicken sandwiches might offend someone.

[ . . . ]

A student, Graham Wallace, also heartily endorsed the decision to ban Chick-fil-A over politics because gay students might be exposed to the sandwiches.

Yeah, just the sight of a Chick-fil-A sandwich would make them shrink like a violet.

Ironic, though, that teaching the gay agenda in health class, or pushing it with books such as Heather Has Two Mommies in the school library is perfectly alright even if it offends some straight or religious students.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Sep 2014 02:32 am

While school systems across the country are busy dropping the unelected Obama’s school lunch program, Vermont extends it:

It’s a best-seller at bake sales, a king of American confections, even a mandatory munchie of marijuana users. But the iconic chocolate brownie, that perfect blend of cake and cookie, is banned in Vermont schools.

In its place are new hoped-for kid favorites like fruit shish kebab, kale and even gluten-free paleo lemon bars.

[ . . . ]

The new rules, which evolved out of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, spell death to brownies, cupcakes, cookies and other bake sale goodies used to raise money for extracurriculars at money-strapped schools.

Deborah Quackenbush, education division director at the Agency of Education, said Smart Snack standards apply to a la carte lunch items, vending machines and fundraising events between midnight and half an hour after school.

Maybe everyone across the country should start boycotting Vermont maple syrup which, when you get right down to it, is just sugar.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Sep 2014 01:57 am

A gun control group in Nevada is running a signature drive to force a ballot initiative with the goal to require background checks on all gun sales, including private ones. From the Reno Gazette-Journal:

The source links given by Nevadans for Background Checks do not lead to any independent research on gun background checks, but lead solely back to statements by a gun-control advocacy group that are unsupported and ignore conflicting evidence. That said, one of the claims — that “millions” of guns were sold in 2012 without background checks — is likely true.

Stricter gun background checks may be helpful in reducing gun violence. They may not. But using vague source citations and flawed evidence does not help make one’s case.

Truth meter: 3 (out of 10)

Read the whole thing because there’s a pretty good fisking given to most of the claims by Nevadans for Background Checks.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 13 Sep 2014 01:11 am

Talk about chutzpah. From TechDirt:

Reaping what you sow doesn’t seem to be an operative metaphor in the law enforcement world. Years of excessive force and biased policing by the Seattle PD resulted in a Dept. of Justice investigation. The final outcome was a series of reforms being ordered to address these issues [pdf]. These reforms — including a new use of force policy — went into effect at the beginning of 2014. And probably not a minute too late. 2013 saw the Seattle police officers performing 20% of the city’s homicides (6 out of 29 total).

But some officers on the force seem to prefer excessive force and discriminatory policing. The Oregonian reports that a group of Seattle police officers has set up a crowdfunding campaign to finance its legal battle against these reforms, which they say “violate” their “rights.”

Read the whole thing for many more details and arguments against what they’re doing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Sep 2014 03:36 am

Really, we should just keep the snowflakes in cryocontainers until they’re around 40-years old. From NRO:

Princeton University’s administration is considering putting only pass-fail grades on all freshmen transcripts because putting the actual grades is unfair to kids who get bad ones.

[ . . . ]

“Consider alternate systems for measuring academic performance in the freshman year, for example by ‘covering’ first-year grades (providing students with grades but reporting on their transcripts only whether they passed or failed the course),” recommended the school’s “undergraduate socioeconomic diversity working group,” chaired by Valerie Smith, dean of the college.

The recommendation was part of the school’s plan to create a more “inclusive” campus environment, suggested as a possible way to “reduce curricular obstacles to academic success.” It also mentioned “weighting first-year grades less heavily” as another possible way to handle these “obstacles.”

Other plan suggestions included implementing socioeconomic-diversity training for all faculty, staff, and incoming students as well as a campus-wide socioeconomic-diversity-awareness program.

Say, I’d like to get me one of them thar socioeconomic-diversity-awareness programs.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Sep 2014 03:19 am

The bill expands both CCW and open carry rights. From WaPo:

The legislation enacted by a two-thirds majority Thursday will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It also allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms.

The age to obtain a concealed weapons permit also will be lowered from 21 to 19 under the bill.

The changes take effect in about a month.


Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Sep 2014 03:13 am

They’re finally discovering that so-called “assault weapons” are not the problem:

While many gun control groups still officially support the assault weapons ban — “we haven’t abandoned the issue,” as Watts said — they’re no longer actively fighting for it.

“There’s certainly a lot of public sentiment around high capacity magazines and assault weapons,” Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said in an interview this summer. “It’s easy to understand why people feel so passionate about it.”

But, he said, “when you look at this issue in terms of the greatest opportunity to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and prevent gun violence, background checks are a bigger opportunity to do that.”

Bloomberg’s umbrella group, Everytown for Gun Safety, has also deemphasized an assault weapons ban. A 10-question survey the group gave to federal candidates to measure their stances on gun policy did not even ask about a ban.

[ . . . ]

While assault weapons do appear to be used more frequently in mass shootings, like the ones in Newtown and Aurora, Colorado, such shootings are themselves rare events that are only responsible for a tiny fraction of gun homicides each year. The category of guns that are used in the majority of gun murders are handguns.

Much more at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Sep 2014 06:24 am

From The Hill:

The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request.

Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups? asked Brian Fallon, a top spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder.

Apparently thinking he had reached the office of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Fallon said the department wanted congressional staffers to get documents to selected reporters so that officials could comment on them “before the majority” did.

After Issa spokesman Frederick Hill replied that Oversight Committee staffers would have to examine those documents first, the line went silent…

The sound of crickets that you’ve been hearing from the Main Stream Media all year will continue.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Sep 2014 06:17 am

Here’s the headline from Fox News NY: Gun control fears boost enrollment at Manhattan’s only commercial gun range.

Little late for that, isn’t it?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2014 01:18 pm

Real Life Adventures, by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich, is one of the most brilliant daily cartoons. I enjoy it every day and post a lot of them on my Facebook page. Tell your local newspaper to start carrying it. This is a totally non-sponsored plug and endorsement.

Okay, one more:

Seriously, help these guys get more exposure (and money for their efforts) by emailing newspapers and asking that they add the comic to their paper.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2014 09:48 am

An audit of a utility in Tennessee turned up some strange things:

WCUD officials wrote off the $149.88 balance of one customer’s account late last year in exchange for a .38 caliber revolver.

Sometimes those guns can sell for more than twice that amount, according to various websites Tennessee Watchdog reviewed Monday.

“We were advised that the district manager had an agreement with the customer to pay two months of his utility charges in exchange for a .38 caliber revolver. The district manager subsequently reversed the write-off and wrote a personal check to the district in January 2014, after the district’s board of commissioners became aware of the transaction,” auditors wrote.

They found plenty of other stuff going on there, too.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2014 08:56 am

Seriously, sending your kids to public school is child abuse. From Reason:

George Earhart, the assistant superintendent for administration with the Augusta County Schools, said Chapstick is considered an over-the-counter medication by the school board. The board has a policy regarding such medicines. He said Chapstick could be allowed if a physician asked for a student to use it, and it was administered by a school nurse.

Earhart said one of the reasons for the policy is concerns about elementary students sharing medications. He said the student’s request was taken under advisement by the school board.

Read the whole, sorry thing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2014 04:43 am

I had been wondering: If Scotland does vote “yes” to independence, would they loosen their gun laws? Sebastian takes a look at the issue.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Sep 2014 04:03 am

Not that I know what the fuck a “Panera Bread” is, but now I guess I never will.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Sep 2014 07:19 am

Colleges tend to set (or is that brainwash and indoctrinate) the trends that will later be adopted by nanny-staters. Some colleges now ban ‘booing’ at soccer games:

Fans attending men’s college soccer games in New England are expected not to boo if they don’t like something on the field, according to a recent letter sent out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

“As a supporter, we ask you not engage in any unsportsmanlike actions, which include booing, taunting, profanity, rude language or gestures, or any other action that could be potentially construed as negative or confrontational,” the NESCAC letter read.

Mind you, this isn’t Junior or Senior High School, where to protect everyone’s ’self-esteem,’ they don’t even keep score anymore.

We are raising a nation of babies.

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