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More Out-Of-Control Militarized Police

A SWAT raid on a barbershop? A raid to check licenses? Two days after a quiet inspection found everything in order?

Who ordered this raid? Whomever it was should be fired. Armed, armored officers rushing a barbershop with guns drawn is an excellent way to get someone shot.

Consider this: imagine if you, an armed CCW holder, were in a barber’s chair when they broke in. Even if you didn’t draw on them imagine the treatment you’d get when they discovered you were armed.

Poorly trained, poorly led officers are a threat to civilians.

Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers’ Licenses

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Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. “We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable,” says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. “We hope that the third time will be the charm.”

On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by “between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents,” who “rushed into” the barbershop “like [a] SWAT team.” Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was “closed down indefinitely.” They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers’ driver’s licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour. “

Read more at Reason.com

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RGIII Forced To Turn T-Shirt Inside Out

It said “Know Jesus Know Peace”.

The National Football League is out of control. Between crap like this, which is insulting to most Americans, to being lectured by small-minded, small-statured Bob Costas about things that have no connection to football, we have developed a foul taste for their political correctness.

Now we are inundated with images of a player KOing his girlfriend in an elevator and another who spanked his kid. Somehow NFL management has inserted itself into these things that should be handled by police. If the act is heinous enough to be illegal it is up to local police to arrest – or not – the perpetrator. Instead we are faced with unending discussions of them.

Really, we have much more important problems in this imperfect world.

The league chief has done a good job of making everyone connected with the NFL a lot of money. That is his job and he is doing it well. But, he is being attacked as though he caused – or condoned – the actions of his league’s players.

The National Football League is committing suicide before our eyes. Honest love of God is not permitted. Screaming for Goodell’s ouster has replaced it.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was reportedly told by an NFL uniform inspector not to wear his “Know Jesus, Know Peace” t-shirt before Sunday’s postgame press conference.

Michael Phillips, the Redskins reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, posted on Twitter that Griffin was told he couldn’t wear the t-shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product.

“RGIII was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace.’ NFL Uniform Inspector Tony McGee (former Skins DE) approached Griffin,” Phillips tweeted. “McGee told Griffin he couldn’t wear the shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product. Made him turn it inside out for the press conference.”

CSN Washington reports that Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan wore a t-shirt from Five Four Clothing to the podium for the postgame press conference and was not asked to change his shirt.”

Read more at CBS DC

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The Progressive Mind Is A Terrible Thing

Snarky leftist woman: “When you met Sarah Palin didn’t you just want to pop her in the face?”

This is coexisting at its best.

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“KFC Muslim Employee Screams Insults At Customer Asking For Bacon”

This is from 2011. NSFW language.

The violence is just below the surface.

“A Muslim worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.”

H/T to Kate

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Coming Soon: Cap And Trade For Packaging

It was passed by the United Nations. Now it is being considered for Canada. How long do you think it will be before it’s here?

Hat tip to Kate

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WaPo: “In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student”

Home-schooling is becoming more popular. Some parents are concerned about the propaganda fed to students in public schools. Some parents worry about the quality of public educations. In this case the school system will not allow Avery Gagliano to attend music trials, rehearsals, or performances. The administrators refuse to excuse her absences even though she is a straight A student.

We will be better for having met her.

Parents decide to homeschool straight-A daughter after school labels her a truant

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From the Washington Post:

Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant. Yes, you read that right. Avery’s amazing talent and straight-A grades at Alice Deal Middle School earned her no slack from school officials, despite her parents’ begging and pleading for an exception.

“As I shared during our phone conversation this morning, DCPS is unable to excuse Avery’s absences due to her piano travels, performances, rehearsals, etc.,” Jemea Goso, attendance specialist with the school system’s Office of Youth Engagement, wrote in an e-mail to Avery’s parents, Drew Gagliano and Ying Lam, last year before she left to perform in Munich.”

First here is an example of her Chopin:

Next a video that allows her to introduce herself. She is an accomplished, self-confident young woman.

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Ted Cruz Walks Out Of ‘In Defense Of Christians’ Talk

In Defense of Christians is a middle-east based group who support Christians in that area. Senator Cruz agreed to speak to them. During his comments he stated his support for Israel. This caused many in the audience to boo him. He told them exactly where he stood and then walked off the stage.

Of course leftist observers are saying he was, “Booed off the stage”.

Those who hate Israel hate America,” he continued, as the boos and calls for him to leave the stage got louder. “Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”

Later:

If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” And with that, he walked off the stage.

Hat tip to Moe Lane

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“Theatre of the Absurd”, The Federal Government Outlaws Prepping

They term it ‘Hoarding’. Why? Because that word has a negative meaning that ‘Prepping’ does not.
This article begins with a description of government ‘Concerns’ about people who are saving, ‘Hoarding’, money rather than spending it. The writer then goes on to describe how the stage has been set to outlaw the hoarding of money, food, water, or ammunition.

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This week the Federal Reserve published a report that claims to have figured it out and it turns out that the renewed economic downturn has nothing to do with foreign outsourcing, high taxation, increased health care costs for business or rising consumer prices for food and energy.
No, according to the Fed it is your fault. Apparently, you are not spending enough money. In order for the economy to recover you need to stop hoarding cash now and get out there and start buying more homes, cars, vacations, and electronics. Otherwise, you’ll only have yourself to blame when the system comes unhinged.
From the St. Louis Federal Reserve:

The issue has to do with the velocity of money, which has never been constant, as can be seen in the figure below . If for some reason the money velocity declines rapidly during an expansionary monetary policy period, it can offset the increase in money supply and even lead to deflation instead of inflation.

During the first and second quarters of 2014, the velocity of the monetary base2 was at 4.4, its slowest pace on record. This means that every dollar in the monetary base was spent only 4.4 times in the economy during the past year, down from 17.2 just prior to the recession. This implies that the unprecedented monetary base increase driven by the Fed’s large money injections through its large-scale asset purchase programs has failed to cause at least a one-for-one proportional increase in nominal GDP. Thus, it is precisely the sharp decline in velocity that has offset the sharp increase in money supply, leading to the almost no change in nominal GDP.”

Going on to the problem of people hoarding other things:

In 2012 President Obama signed a an Executive Doomsday Order that was designed specifically to target “hoarders” during a national emergency:

While millions of people have been preparing for the possibility of a catastrophic event by relocating to rural homesteads or farms, as well as stockpiling food, water, personal defense armaments and other essential supplies with the intention of utilizing these preparations if the worst happens, the latest executive order signed by President Obama on March 16, 2012 makes clear that in the event of a nationally deemed emergency all of these resources will fall under the authority of the United States government.
The signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order grants the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense and other agencies complete control of all US resources, including the ability to seize, confiscate or re-delegate resources, materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense as delegated by the following agencies…”

So the President can simply say that anything more than (for example) a week’s supply of food (and all the other things listed) is an amount ‘in excess of the reasonable demands of personal consumption’ and then order the Army to impound everything you have in excess of that amount.”

Read it all here

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“ISIS Tweets Call for Assassination of Twitter Employees”

As Thursday, September 11 nears Americans are beginning to look around for possible threats from Islamic terrorists. It is not difficult to find them either. Threats are everywhere.

In spite of their adherence to tradition from a thousand years ago, Islamists have been using modern methods of communication via the internet to spread their messages. Here is an example.

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An ISIS-related Twitter account has issued the group’s first direct call for attacks on specific American targets, but it’s not going after political or national icons. It wants Twitter employees assassinated. The call for retribution against the online platform was first announced Sunday night in a series of tweets asking “lone wolves” in the U.S. and Europe to make Twitter employees the focus of their attacks.

Twitter has been engaged in a prolonged game of whack-a-mole with ISIS, closing its accounts and those of similar organizations as they come to prominence, in an attempt to stifle their extremist propaganda and exhortations to violence. ISIS and other groups have consistently thwarted these efforts, now they’re going one step further, urging “lone wolf” actors to target Twitter employees.

The series of ISIS tweets are below, translated one by one.”

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Read more at Vocativ.com

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BA: “‘They Got a White Dude!’ This, Shannon Watts, Is Why We Need Guns To Go Grocery Shopping”

I can add nothing. Bob Owens does fine.

This is from Bearing Arms:

Tell us again, Moms Demand Action, why we shouldn’t have the right to defend ourselves from brutal and senseless assaults like this when we go out in public.”

A Kroger employee tells WMC Action News 5 that the attack happened at the Kroger near Highland Street and Poplar Avenue.

Accroding to police, three people were jumped by a large group of teenagers who were chanting “fam mob.” The group, who came from CiCi’s Pizza, reportedly attacked a 25-year-old customer as he left his car to enter Kroger. Two employees, ages 17 and 18, were attacked while trying to stop the fight. Both were “struck several times in the head and face, while being knocked to the ground.” The victims say large pumpkins were thrown at their heads. They both eventually were knocked unconscious.”

Hat tip to tjay for pointing this out.

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WaPo: “Stop and seize”

This looks like theft. Listen to the comments of the officers.

Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes

After the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America’s highways.

Local officers, county deputies and state troopers were encouraged to act more aggressively in searching for suspicious people, drugs and other contraband. The departments of Homeland Security and Justice spent millions on police training.

The effort succeeded, but it had an impact that has been largely hidden from public view: the spread of an aggressive brand of policing that has spurred the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists and others not charged with crimes, a Washington Post investigation found. Thousands of people have been forced to fight legal battles that can last more than a year to get their money back.

Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach the techniques of “highway interdiction” to departments across the country.”

Stop and Seize: In recent years, thousands of people have had cash confiscated by police without being charged with crimes. The Post looks at the police culture behind the seizures and the people who were forced to fight the government to get their money back.”

Read more at the Washington Post

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NRA ‘Good Guys’ Ad Campaign

The National Rifle Association has put together a series of one-minute ads. They call the series the ‘Good Guys’ campaign. I have watched them all. They are quite effective… for those Americans who will watch them. People on the other side of the aisle will not allow themselves to see them. I have experienced this. They discount things like this immediately because the consider them to be propaganda from the NRA.

They are propaganda, and darn good examples at that. There are a few things that a person might learn about themselves, their biases, and their country if they allow themselves to look and possibly be persuaded.

NRA has posted these on You Tube. The have programmed the post to play the one-minute videos one after the other – in a loop. You can watch one or all of them but you’ll have to view them in the order they were set up in.

The first one deals with Courage.

Hat tip to Bearing Arms. They call it a ‘Values War’. That is a good description. They are also designed to be recruitment ads.

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“Chris Kyle’s widow seeking Jesse Ventura case retrial”

Ventura pursued the widow and children of a fallen Navy Seal for personal financial gain. He claimed that a passage in the book written by Kyle defamed him. A judge agreed with him and granted him $1.8 Million, $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment.

That Ventura even considered committing this classless act shows him to be a self-possessed opportunist. The fact that he followed through with it tells us he is evil.

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Attorneys for Chris Kyle’s estate are asking a judge to throw out a defamation verdict and $1.8 million award in the late Navy SEAL-turned-author’s legal battle against Jesse Ventura — or send the matter back for a new trial.

In court filings Thursday, they argued that the former Minnesota governor didn’t meet the high bar of proof for defamation of a public figure. The judge failed to steer the jury away from an erroneous decision, they said, and the award’s dollar amount was pulled from thin air.

The Kyle estate is seeking to reverse a verdict issued in July that found the author defamed Ventura in Kyle’s best-selling autobiography “American Sniper.”

From Stars and Stripes

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“The Government Is Ready…Are You?”

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From 90 Miles From Tyrrany

It’s not just federal agencies, either. Every little podunk town can get free war materiel from the feds – and many are. Here are a couple of related stories:

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An Open Letter To My Friends In Law Enforcement

Let me just be blunt: ever since Ronald Reagan left office, both Republican and Democrat presidential administrations–along with both Republican and Democrat congresses–in Washington, D.C. are turning the United States of America into a giant Police State. And that means that our local and State police agencies are being transformed before our very eyes into the enforcement arm of this burgeoning Police State. And one of the biggest reasons for this growing threat to our liberties is that it seems that you–our local and State police officers and sheriff’s deputies–do not understand that you are the ones who are being used to create this nefarious Police State.”

And:
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THE PENTAGON IS GIVING GRENADE LAUNCHERS TO CAMPUS POLICE

It’s clear why a review of the program is in order, because it isn’t clear at all what sort of equipment these colleges are receiving. David Perry, the president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, told Politico that 1033 mostly funnels “small items” to college police forces for daily use. These could be anything from office supplies or uniforms or car parts, but it’s probably not all that tame. Campus Safety magazine recommends that universities take part in the 1033 program to cover a range of needs from storage units to grenade launchers. That is, after all, what the program was designed to achieve.”

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“Terrifying moment gang of teens viciously beat couple on Missouri street after sexually harassing female victim outside nightclub”

Cowards attack without reason and beat down a man and a woman.

Police are asking for help identifying a group of young males involved in an assault on a couple in Springfield, Missouri.

The Springfield Police Department has released surveillance video of the brutal beating that occurred on Friday August 22.

The couple, Meredith Cole and her boyfriend Alex Vessey, were both treated for serious injuries after the ordeal at a nearby hospital.”

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Surveillance camera video:

The story and the still images are from the UK Daily Mail.

Attorney General Eric Holder is encouraging this kind of violence against white people. He investigates imagined charges of racism and ignores stuff like this. His Justice Department works to protect, “His People”.

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“Marxist Feminism’s Ruined Lives”

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Mallory Millett, writing in Front Page Mag, tells us that she, at the insistence of her sister Kate, was present at the beginning of the National Organization of Women in the sixties. Her piece is fairly long and covers a lot of history. She describes the first organizational meeting she attended.

It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China. We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears. Was I on planet earth? Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.”

She then goes on to describe the desperate lives many of those women lived in later years:

I’ve known women who fell for this creed in their youth who now, in their fifties and sixties, cry themselves to sleep decades of countless nights grieving for the children they’ll never have and the ones they coldly murdered because they were protecting the empty loveless futures they now live with no way of going back. “Where are my children? Where are my grandchildren?” they cry to me.”

There is more – a lot more. It all sounds so sad.

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Slate Is Trying To Make Housewives Angry

The Tyrrany Of The Home-Cooked Dinner

Really. Women are being subjected to the tyrants who want dinner. I wonder just home many husbands do the cooking.

Oh, well. It is that fruit loop Amanda Marcotte again. And she chose to illustrate her little tirade with a picture of a Russian housewife. How cute.

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Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner

The home-cooked meal has long been romanticized, from ’50s-era sitcoms to the work of star food writer Michael Pollan, who once wrote, “far from oppressing them, the work of cooking approached in the proper spirit offered a kind of fulfillment and deserved an intelligent woman’s attention.” In recent years, the home-cooked meal has increasingly been offered up as the solution to our country’s burgeoning nutrition-related health problems of heart disease and diabetes. But while home-cooked meals are typically healthier than restaurant food, sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton from North Carolina State University argue that the stress that cooking puts on people, particularly women, may not be worth the trade-off.”

If you follow the link in the quote above you will find a lot of angry foot stamping about the unfairness of having to care for your family.

The Marcotte drivel is here

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“Shame On You For Calling The White Man A Racist.”

Latin reporter for Univision calls white man a racist for wanting closed borders. He and his friend give it right back to her – on camera.

Delicious.

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We Were Warned

And she was ridiculed when she said it.

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Medicare May Cover End-of-Life ‘Death Panel’ Talks

Five years after the political firestorm over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year, The New York Times reports.

Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these “advance care planning” conversations. People are living longer with illnesses, and many want more input into how they will spend their final days, including whether they want to die at home or in the hospital, and whether they want full-fledged life-sustaining treatment, just pain relief or something in between.

Some states, including Colorado and Oregon, recently began covering the sessions for Medicaid patients.”

Read more at Newsmax

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Jerry Rivers Says You And I Are, “Blind And Stupid”

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See for yourself here

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“11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?”

The kid is attending school over the web. He has offended the tender sensibilities of the Principal of the online school because he uses an avatar that contains an image of a gun.

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Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.

The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.

This story was broken on August 29 by conservative Wisconsin talk-radio host Vicki McKenna. Her August 29 shows covered extensively how Matthew, a Second Amendment enthusiast, has been threatened with expulsion for using a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag as his online avatar in a e-mail to his “Student Learning Advocate.”

Read more at the Badger Pundit

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Maryland: “Sheriff Warns Feds: Attempt To Disarm Citizens Would Lead To “All-Out Civil War””

Is this a warning? It sure sounds like one. Will federal agents heed it when they get their orders?

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, a sheriff in the state of Maryland, recently reminded the citizens of his county that he will not violate the Constitution and warned the federal government that any attempt to disarm Americans will result in an all-out Civil War.

“I made a vow and a commitment,” Lewis said. “As long as I am sheriff of this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of the right to bear arms.”

“I can tell you this,” Lewis said, “if they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war. No question about it.”

Read more at Bearing Arms

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Owens: “If You’ve Ever Wanted An “Evil Black Rifle,” Now Is The Time To Buy”

Bob Owens over at Bearing Arms points out that prices are coming down on AR15 rifles. He’s right, too. I saw a retailer who had a sale on them. They had an AR with a 100 round drum magazine for $600. The magazine alone is priced at nearly $200.

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Business is a matter of supply and demand.

In recent years, the demand for the AR-15 modern sporting rifle has been at an all-time high, and manufacturers struggled to add multiple shifts and new equipment to meet that demand. It was a seller’s market.

That market has now suddenly dried up, leaving retailers distributors, and manufacturers with excess inventory. If you held off on buying an AR-15 or similar-style rifle during the market surge because prices seemed too high, you might want to consider looking again… deals are on the way .”

Magazines and ammunition are readily available at decent prices as well.

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Gun-Free Zones Make Burglary Safe

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The New Navy Is Committed To “Fair Treatment For All”

The focus is no longer on keeping the homeland safe from attackers.

Sad.

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