Author Archives: R.D. Walker

A BREXIT lesson for America

Angela Merkel drove the UK out of the EU and Obama’s amnesty gave us Donald Trump.

If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany—and then all Europe—to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel’s catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump—presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton—is doubling down on Merkelism.

Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.” That U.S. citizens might have different interests—and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens—went unsaid and apparently unconsidered. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.

If Clinton, Obama and both parties in Congress have any sense at all, they will pay attention and they will adjust their behavior accordingly.

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It’s a BREXIT Baby!

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The ACLU lives up to its name…

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The ACLU has issued an opinion in favor of civil liberties in regard to gun control and the terrorist watch list controversy.

Collins’ measure utilizes the No-Fly List and the Selectee List as the basis for restricting gun purchases — which would include a far narrower group of individuals than the broad terrorism watchlist used in Feinstein’s original proposal — but that change was not enough to lead the ACLU to support the measure.

“The ACLU strongly urges you to vote against the Collins Amendment because it uses the error-prone and unfair watchlist system, along with vague and overbroad terms, as a predicate for a proceeding to deny a firearms permit,” the ACLU officials wrote in the letter. “The Collins Amendment relies on both the No Fly List, by codifying its criteria, and the Selectee List, by direct reference.”

The ACLU letter goes on to detail concerns with the due process protections in the amendment, stating that the amendment would provide even fewer protections than the amendment proposed by Sen. John Cornyn earlier this week — which the ACLU also opposed.

I have always said that, if the ACLU desires to live up to its name, it should march in lockstep with the NRA as the NRA is truly a civil liberties organization.

More here.

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Obama’s Amnesty dies on the steps of SCOTUS

That’s all folks.

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants.

The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency.

The 4-4 tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress.

Texas led 26 Republican-dominated states in challenging the program Obama announced in November 2014. Congressional Republicans also backed the states’ lawsuit.

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The Tears of Prague

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Last October my wife and I traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic or, as they are now asking us to call it, Czechia. The area around the city is from where many of my Bohemian ancestors came and a visit had long been on my bucket list. I found Prague to be the most beautiful city I had ever seen.

One reason it is so beautiful is that it is very old. Prague was spared from most of the destruction of World War II. The Nazis took it without a fight in 1938 and the Soviets rolled in easily in 1945. Though Prague was spared destruction, it has not been spared misery. Bohemia has been under the thumb of others for centuries.

Prior to World War I, Bohemia was largely under the control of Austria. Hapsburg rule of Bohemia represented centuries of outside control. Following World War I, Bohemia was free until 1938 when the Nazis took control and began the process of Germanizing the region and preparing to move the native out of their land and to the east. They never got the chance.

In 1945, Bohemia was “liberated” by the Soviet Union. What came, however, wasn’t liberty. The result of the Soviet occupation was 44 more years of abject totalitarianism, material suffering, fear and want. At the time of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the people of Bohemia had been under the heel of a foreign jackboot for more than 50 years.

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Brexit Vote Today

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If the polls are to be believed, they will vote to stay in the European Union. They are close, however.

The final poll of the referendum campaign shows a narrow lead for the Remain camp, the Evening Standard reveals today.

The exclusive Ipsos MORI survey shows 52 per cent wanting to stay in the European Union, against 48 per cent for a Brexit.

The four-point gap is nail-bitingly close – especially with heavy rain threatening to dampen turnout in London which is a key target area for Remain.

Moreover, the research discloses that 12 per cent of people confess they might change their minds in the few hours left before they cast their vote, indicating how the historic decision has torn the country.

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Is the middle class shrinking?

Yes, but they are largely becoming upper middle class.

A range of data after the recession and the housing bust supported the idea that only a tiny elite of U.S. society, generally seen as the top 1%, had rebounded and was doing well.

But a growing body of evidence suggests the economic expansion since the 2007-2009 financial crisis has enriched a much larger swath of the upper middle class, and that a deeper income divide is developing between that top quarter or so of the population and everyone else.

The latest piece of evidence comes from economist Stephen Rose of the Urban Institute, who finds in new research that the upper middle class in the U.S. is larger and richer than it’s ever been. He finds the upper middle class has expanded from about 12% of the population in 1979 to a new record of nearly 30% as of 2014.

Take a look at this graph. In 1979, the rich, upper middle class and middle class totaled 51.7% of the population. By 2014, that same group totaled 63.1% of the population. In other words, the middle class is shrinking but the group that consists of the middle class and higher is growing quite nicely, thank you very much.

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Here is another way of looking at it. The total of the groups “lower middle class” and “poor and near poor” was 48.2% of the population in 1979. By 2014 that cohort had dropped to 36.8% of the population.

In light of this information, how is the “shrinking of the middle class” a problem?

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The FBI has lost the Gay Jihadi’s wife…

No, seriously. She R-U-N-N-O-F-T and nobody knows where she is.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.

Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave.

If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted.

“Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.

“Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied. “I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”

You know how we all worry about the government tracking us via cell phones, credit cards, Internet usage and so forth? Yeah, I think we can relax.

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Trump tells evangelicals “we’re going be saying merry Christmas again”

“I’m a tremendous believer, and we’re going to straighten it out. You know, oftentimes at some of my rallies I’ll have 25,000 (or) 35,000 people more, and I say in a joking fashion — but boy, do I mean it, we’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

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Lefty media type attempts to prove buying an AR-15 is easy

It turns out it isn’t easy for him.

“At 5:13 Sarah from Maxon called. They were canceling my sale and refunding my money. No gun for you. I called back. Why? ‘I don’t have to tell you,’ she said. I knew that, but was curious. I wasn’t rejected by the government? No. So what is it? ‘I’m not at liberty,’ she said,” he wrote.

Steinberg told the woman he suspected his application was rejected because he’s in media. She denied the charge.

Maxon Shooter’s explained later in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times that it rejected Stenberg’s application because a background check had, “uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife,” he wrote.

The columnist was not happy.

“Well, didn’t see that coming. Were that same standard applied to the American public, there would be a whole lot fewer guns sold,” he wrote, suggesting he believes a large number of gun owners have also been guilty of spousal or substance abuse or both.

If you are so inclined, click on the link above and read the rest. He doesn’t deny being a wife beating drunk, mind you.

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Making Brexit happen!

Here we have a nice group of Muslim migrants in France screaming “Fuck the UK!” while demanding to be allowed into the UK. I have mixed feelings about Brexit but, damn, Londonstan needs a break. I’d vote for exit.


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Democrats reject common sense gun legislation

All four gun control bills before the Senate were voted down yesterday. I find these two interesting.

A Republican proposal to delay gun sales to individuals included on a government terror watch list failed in a mostly party-line vote of 53-47. The measure was sponsored by Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. The bill would allow a judge to permanently block a purchase if the court determined probable cause that the individual is involved in terrorist activity.

And a Democratic option that sought to bar all gun sales to those individuals on the terror watch list failed 47-53, the second time the proposal went down to defeat after a mass shooting. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein originally pushed the proposal in December after a shooting in San Bernardino, and revived it after the horrific Orlando nightclub shooting by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the terror group ISIS.

The Democrats, of course, are saying that in rejecting Feinstein’s bill, Republicans wish to sell guns to ISIS. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than that. It was, after all, the Democrats who voted down Cornyn’s bill.

What is the difference between the two bills? Cornyn’s bill blocked the purchase of firearms by those on the terrorist watch list for 72 hours and permanently with the order of a judge. Feinstein’s bill pretty much denies anyone on the list the ability to purchase firearms without explanation or form of appeal. You can be put on the list for any reason and denied the right to purchase arms without explanation.

In other words, the Democrats’ objection was to due process. The Democrats had the chance yesterday to delay and deny those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons but decided they would rather not. Democrats would rather hatefully reject a Republican plan than make an incremental move toward their own supposed goal.


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Trump enters the general without money or organization

It doesn’t look good.

Donald J. Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril.

Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission.

He has a staff of around 70 people — compared with nearly 700 for Mrs. Clinton — suggesting only the barest effort toward preparing to contest swing states this fall. And he fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday, after concerns among allies and donors about his ability to run a competitive race.

The Trump campaign has not aired a television advertisement since he effectively secured the nomination in May and has not booked any advertising for the summer or fall. Mrs. Clinton and her allies spent nearly $26 million on advertising in June alone, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, pummeling Mr. Trump over his temperament, his statements and his mocking of a disabled reporter.

If wins in a landslide as some here think he will, it will change a lot about what we think we know about presidential races. I am skeptical he can win at all.

There is some polling information here.

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Remember Michelle Fields?

She was the Brietbart reporter who claimed that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was was accused of handling roughly. Well, Lewandowski was fired by Trump. It turns out, Fields may have had something to do with it.


Remember how Trump fans said he never touched her? Remember when video showed he did, they changed the story to that it was no big deal? Remember how Trump defended him and said Fields may have had a bomb? Remember?

I remember and, perhaps, so does Ivanka.

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React to this quote….

Here is a quote from a politician…

“Politicians have used you and stolen your votes. They have given you nothing. I will give you everything. I will give you what you’ve been looking for for 50 years. I’m the only one.”

What is your reaction?

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AG Lynch: We are going to scrub history…

We obviously can’t have you Islamaphobes hear him praise ISIS, explain that he was killing to stop the bombing of his country or declare himself a jihadi.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.

“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”

She also wants you know that it’s cool because he acted without outside direction.

“We see no clear evidence that he was directed externally,” the president added. “It does appear that at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL. But there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed by ISIL, and at this stage there’s no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot.” ISIL is another name for ISIS, or the Islamic State.

For the record, leaderless resistance movements are a common manner in which insurgencies, guerrilla movements and terrorist cells work. The fact that Omar the Gay jihadi did not receive explicit guidance is petty much meaningless. ISIS guided him just as effectively withouy explicit control.

Leaderless resistance, or phantom cell structure, is a social resistance strategy in which small, independent groups (covert cells), including individuals (a solo cell called a “Lone Wolf”), challenge an established institution such as a law, economic system, social order, government, et cetera. Leaderless resistance can encompass anything from non-violent protest and civil disobedience to vandalism, terrorism and other violent activity. Leaderless cells lack bidirectional, vertical command links and operate without hierarchal command.

While it lacks a central command, the concept includes a common goal between the individual actor and the group or social movement from which the ideology was learned.

Given the simplicity of the strategy, as well as the fact that it is difficult to stamp out, leaderless resistance has been employed by a wide range of movements, including animal-liberation, radical environmentalist, anti-abortion activist, military invasion resistance, colonialism resistance, terrorist, and hate groups.

ISIS is guiding jihadis around the world though these sort of distributed, covert cells. That he wasn’t explicit guided and yet effectively acted is not reason to dismiss the attack as the activity of a lone wolf. ISIS has proved again and again that it has the ability to inspire terrorist acts without a vulnerable command and control system. This is cause for more, not less, concern.

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#ShootBack

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Damned right shoot back!

Sickers and posters featuring a rainbow-colored version of the Gadsden flag and the hashtag #ShootBack were raising eyebrows in West Hollywood on Thursday morning in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

The signage was affixed to electric boxes, light poles, trash cans and other fixtures near West Hollywood City Hall, the Pacific Design Center and along Santa Monica Boulevard. Several were hung near the Abbey Food & Bar, a well-known gay lounge.

The posters featured a coiled, striking rattlesnake, similar to the yellow Gadsden flag that reads “Don’t Tread On Me” and often is used by the Tea Party movement. The West Hollywood signs were rainbow-colored, like the gay pride flag.

“We are disturbed by them,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister said of the posters. “We don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and we advocate against gun violence.”

Disturbed? In what way is shooting back at a psychopathic killer with a dream of a huge body count disturbing? Does the mayor prefer that gay people just lie down and die?

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Can you conceal a long gun and ammo?

Um. Yeah, you can.

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“We need to do some soul searching.”

As usual, Obama blames the guns, not the the radical Islamic ideology of the jihadi triggerman.

“The fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a gun — and if they do get alerted, sometimes it’s hard for them to stop them from getting a gun — is crazy. It’s a problem.

And we have to, I think, do some soul-searching.”

In response to that conservative commentator Dana Loesch took to Twitter with these awesome Tweets…

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who gave guns to Mexican drug cartels and Garland Islamic terrorist Nadir Soofi.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin simultaneously kept the Tsarnaevs on welfare and a watch list.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin admittedly refused to prosecuted fraudulent 4473s.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who allowed illegally possessed gun crime prosecutions to plummet in his watch.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president whose admin cut arms deals w mid eastern countries that punish homosexuality w death.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who released terrorists back to the battlefield to kill our troops.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who wants to render innocents defenseless while domestic terror attacks increase.

“We need to do some soul searching” says prez who refuses to bring charges against terror suspects on lists thus allowing them to buy guns.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the president who allowed terrorists into the country to murder in San Bernardino.

“We need to do some soul searching” says the prez whose response to Boston bombing was to go after pressure cookers instead of terrorism.

More at Twitchy.

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“NUTS!”

Alex Epstein, American author, energy theorist, industrial policy expert and is the founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress posted his response to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey is demanding that ExxonMobil and its associates hand over 40 years of documents as part of her witch hunt of anthropogenic global warming skeptics.

The Center for Industrial Progress worked with ExxonMobil so, naturally, the unconstitutional witch hunt includes that organization. Epstein responded to Healey in about as measured a manner as is possible in this situation.

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Healy’s demand is a disgusting use of the power of the state to harass and punish political opponents. If Americans submit to this, the next stop is political re-education programs.

Epstein’s response was appropriate and is in the tradition of 101st Airborne Division commander Anthony McAuliffe’s response to Germans when, at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, the Nazis demanded he surrender. His one word response: “Nuts!”

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Florida Hate Crime?

Remember Clock Boy? Sure you do. He was the Muslim kid who bought an alarm clock at Walmart, took it out of its case, put it in an aluminum brief case and did his level set best to make the product look like a bomb. Then he took it to school.

Some poor sap took the Department of Homeland Security seriously when they said, “if you see something, say something.” He saw a Muslim kid with what looked like a bomb and he told someone. The cops questioned Clock Boy and Clock boy didn’t want to talk so they hauled him in.

Then the media started fretting that profiling had occurred. Preezy Slow Jam got involved. Hate crimes were suggested and Clock Boy’s family sued the school for millions. It went off like, well, clockwork.

In that environment, you have to question the judgement of Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks of South Florida.

About five weeks before committing the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history at an Orlando nightclub, Omar Mateen visited a gun shop in this Florida city near his home and attempted to purchase body armor and bulk ammunition, the shop’s co-owner said Wednesday.

Mateen requested a heavy-duty type of body armor that is typically used by law enforcement, said Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks of South Florida.

The store doesn’t carry any armor. However, it does carry bulk ammunition.

Because of his staff’s concerns about Mateen, Abell said the store “shut him down on all sales.”

Mr. Abell is a brave man refusing to sell a gun to a Muslim. Why, he could have been accused of hate crimes. He could have been mocked by the President of the United States. He could have been sued for millions. After all, if saying something about a Muslim kid carrying what looks like a bomb is a hate crime, surely refusing to sell bulk ammunition to a creepy, sullen Muslim man is too.

Lucky for Mr. Abell, it turns out that Omar the Gay Jihadi really was a terrorist. Otherwise his ass would be in deep trouble in the United States of America.

Remember, the good folks at Clock Boy’s junior high should have followed this advice: If you see something, say nothing or it may cost you millions.

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DT gets on board with the Democrats’ program?

Here we go…


Remember kids, once some faceless bureaucrat deep in the bowels of the central government puts your name on the terrorist watch list, there is no appeal process to be removed. Your rights will be suspended and there is no way to petition to have them restored.

Even if there is an appeal process developed, how burdensome will it be? How much time and expense will be required to negotiate the federal process? You can rest assured it will involve a hell of a lot more than writing a letter.

It’s just a matter of time until the default position for everyone is “on the list”.

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Better to die a victim than risk self defense?

I just read a Rolling Stone article supposedly written by a constitutional law professor calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. It is a dogs breakfast of inanity that really should be fisked but I am going to focus on one paragraph. Here he makes an argument I have read a few times since the jihadi attack in Orlando.

Just think of what would have happened in the Orlando night-club Saturday night if there had been many others armed. In a crowded, dark, loud dance club, after the shooter began firing, imagine if others took out their guns and started firing back. Yes, maybe they would have killed the shooter, but how would anyone else have known what exactly was going on? How would it not have devolved into mass confusion and fear followed by a large-scale shootout without anyone knowing who was the good guy with a gun, who was the bad guy with a gun, and who was just caught in the middle? The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed.

He is basically arguing that people are better off trapped and defenseless in a closed room with a mad dog killer who wants as large a body count as possible than risking defending themselves.

What is worse than being trapped on the floor, covering your head and weeping as a killer methodically works his way to you executing people one at a time? What is worse than the realization that you are next and there is absolutely, positively nothing you can do to stop the bullet that is going to shatter your skull in two seconds? What could be worse than that?

According to this writer the only thing worse than that is people returning fire. People fighting for their lives is worse. People defending themselves and others is just too dangerous. Why is that worse? Somebody might get hurt.

I really don’t understand the degraded and deranged state of mind that believes it is better to die as a defenseless victim than risk defending yourself… and I hope I never do.

No link to that rag. You can Google it up if you want to read that tripe.

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The New York Times compares gun violence

They compare the gun violence in the United States to other industrialized countries an find that the rate of homicides by firearms is much higher in the United States. They blame that, of course, on the guns.

Counting mass shootings that make headlines and the thousands of Americans murdered one or a few at a time, gunshot homicides totaled 8,124 in 2014, according to the F.B.I.

This level of violence makes the United States an extreme outlier when measured against the experience of other advanced countries.

Around the world, those countries have substantially lower rates of deaths from gun homicide.

That doesn’t quite tell the whole story, however. Let’s look a little closer. Here are some per 100,000 gun death statistics…

– United States: 10.54
– Canada: 1.97
– France: 2.83
– Italy: 1.13
– Norway: 1.75
– Sweden: 1.47
– Switzerland: 3.08

Yikes. The US is much higher than those other advanced economies. But that doesn’t tell the whole story about the United States, does it? For example, look at the figures for these states.

– Iowa: 0.7
– Maine: 0.8
– New Hampshire: 0.4
– North Dakota: 0.6
– Utah: 0.8
– Vermont: 0.3

What’s up with that? The rates of firearms related deaths in those states are far lower than in the European counties above. Furthermore, all of those states have lax gun laws and very high rates of gun ownership. If lax gun laws and availablility of firearms cause gun crime, why are these states’ rates so low?

Maybe we should have a look at the rate in localities in the US where gun laws are strict and getting a legal gun is difficult.

– Detroit: 47.5
– Baltimore: 29.5
– Oakland: 27.3
– Chicago: 16.4
– Washington DC: 16.5

So let me get this straight: In states where gun laws are lax, guns are in nearly every home and are carried everywhere by law abiding citizens, the gun murder rate is very low. Lower even than in other industrialized nations.

In cities in the United States with restrictive gun laws and virtually no concealed carry, the gun murder rate is more than an order of magnitude greater than in the lax states and much, much higher than the US average.

Hmmmm… Considering these facts, it is pretty much impossible to blame gun crimes on the availability of guns, isn’t it?

Does anyone have any ideas what the cause might be?

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Congressman: Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to AGW skepticism

Basically, he is saying lies aren’t protected. That’s his argument.

California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming.

Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as to whether ExxonMobil lied about the truth of climate change and misled investors does not constitute an effort to silence speech or scientific research.

Here is a little schooling for the congressman….

United States v Alvarez (2012) raised the question of whether the First Amendment allowed prosecution of a newly elected member of a California water board who introduced himself to a group of citizen as a 25-year Marine veteran who had been “awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.” Alvarez was prosecuted under the Stolen Valor Act which authorizes imprisonment for anyone who “falsely represents himself or herself…to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States.” The Supreme Court, on a 6 to 3 vote, affirmed the Ninth Circuit decision overturning Alvarez’s conviction. Justice Kennedy (joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor) applied strict scrutiny to the law and noted that content-based restrictions on speech were almost always unconstitutional.

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