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Injured Helicopter Hunter Sheds Light on Aviation Loophole

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:00

Hunting is dangerous. Guns are dangerous. Helicopters are dangerous. How about people are dangerous when they don’t properly know how to hunt, shoot or fly? According to News 4 San Antonio . . . Last September Thomas Swan and a friend were on a hog hunt near Burnet when the helicopter they had hired experienced […]

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Charles Hugh Smith: ‘ALL Currencies Will See A CATASTROPHIC DROP’ In The Economic Collapse

SHTFplan.com - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:00

Financial writer Charles Hugh Smith recently sat down for an interview in which he boldly declared that ALL currencies – not just the United States dollar -will see a catastrophic drop during the coming economic collapse. It’s not just the dollar, but every currency backed by government force will fall.

In a video interview with USA Watchdog‘s Greg Hunter, Smith details the eventual collapse and says currencies such as the Chinese yuan will also drop. Smith, the author of the new book Money and Work Unchained and founder of the popular site OfTwoMinds.com says, “All these currencies, by which there is nothing backing the currencies except the government’s force. That’s the yen, the euro, the dollar and the Chinese yuan. They are all going to have a catastrophic drop against real assets because they are all based on too much leverage, too much debt, too much money being pumped into the financial system that ends up in unproductive speculation. You can’t grow your debt at six times the rate of your economy. In other words, if you are creating $6, $8 or $10 of debt to eke out $1 of low productivity growth, you are dooming your currency, and all currencies are doing the same thing. All the currencies are going to take a big drop at some point . . . relative to real stuff. Real stuff is commodities we need: water, grains, food, oil, natural gas, and of course, precious metals. Everybody knows they have been money for 5,000 years, and I personally feel there is a role for cryptocurrencies.”

Once you destroy your currency, you destroy everybody’s savings, everybody’s purchasing power, everybody’s poor,” says Smith. He then explains that how governments run economies is not how economics works. Most assume we can continue to borrow from the future to pay today for the promises made yesterday. It simply doesn’t work that way. “Most of the households in the US are losing ground,” explains Smith. Hunter then asked a powerful question: “Do you think they [global elitists] are trying to crush the dollar on purpose?”

“Yeah…there’s that idea that we boost our exports if we can reduce the value of our currency compared to the yen and the euro and so on. But then of course, we have to think about the other side of that which is…the Japanese are even more dependent on exports than we are, so they don’t wanna see their currency, the yen, shoot up in value becasue their exports then become more expensive here. It’s kind of a zero sum game…no country becomes great by devaluing their currency.

The entire system of government is broken at every level. Is it time to evolve beyond the need for rulers and authority and central planning? Smith explains that only the elites have access to the capitalism that will lift everyone out of poverty.

“If you’re in the inner circle, then capitalism works for you,” says Smith. The global elitists and politicians who get rich off the backs of those they force socialism upon don’t want a real free market to emerge because that’s how they will be taken down a notch and forced to compete in a real market scenario. “[The global elites] have protected it [capitalism] and only they get access to the benefits of capitalism and everybody else gets a watered down sort of socialism, like universal basic income. You don’t get any opportunity to do well.”

But of course, as with all government programs (including government employment), there’s always a problem, and universal basic income will create a disaster of epic proportions for human beings. The best single description of the problem, according to Smith, came from Hunter. “The fraud of universal basic income has to basically attach itself to a fraudulent money system.”

“It doesn’t really address the underlying problem which is a lack of productive work that gives a positive social role to people. In other words, they feel like they’re contributing to their family and their community. And just giving somebody a welfare check, I mean, how many people on welfare are writing poetry and really happy? I mean, we already have a test audience of what happens when you give people just enough money to scrape by, but no opportunity. What we really need is not universal basic income…we need to create opportunities to serve their community…the whole idea needs to be localized to the community...in a real free market, everybody has an opportunity to pursue what they want and to contribute and this is what we’ve lost.

Smith says he’s more concerned, however, that the market will slowly decay rather than just crash because he thinks that the public would let the elitists get away with it.

“The consequences of the weight of our policies would become apparent if there’s a 5,000 or 10,000 point drop in the DOW. People would start asking questions…but if it just slowly erodes, people habituate to it.”

Be prepared to protect yourself and your family financially for the dollar’s imminent collapse.

 

Fenix TK35 Ultimate Edition (UE) for 2018

The Firearm Blog - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:00

I confess that after almost 9 years of using, obsessing over, and writing reviews of “high-end” flashlights I’ve become somewhat jaded. Gone are the days when Surefire and Streamlight dominated the flashlight market. Now we have boutique manufacturers making titanium, brass, copper and exotic metal beauties…we have an onslaught of original and copycat designs from […]

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Cops Busted Running Major Steroid Ring—Selling Roids to Other Cops For Years

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:40

Edmonton, CA — Two Edmonton police officers were found guilty this week for running a highly profitable steroid ring—selling anabolic steroids to fellow cops.

Edmonton Police officer Greg Lewis was tried and convicted on multiple counts of trafficking a controlled substance while he ostensibly protected the people of Edmonton.

“Given (the) convictions on two of those charges, disciplinary proceedings under the Police Service Regulation will now be initiated,” said EPS spokesperson Carolin Maran.

In their decision, however, the court somewhat justified the cop’s use and sale of steroids as a means of being fit.

While reading his decision, Brooker detailed how Lewis, 36, was a “proponent of fitness” who had a reputation for knowing where to find steroids, reported CBC.

Lewis has been on unpaid suspension since he was busted in March of 2015. After a two-year investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, Lewis was finally charged.

During the trial, Lewis admitted to both using steroids and selling them to his colleagues. What’s more, his fellow cops even testified that they bought the drugs from him.

The other officer charged with Lewis, Darren French, pleaded guilty in June 2016 to two counts of trafficking Stanozolol and Methyl-1-Testosterone, according to CBC.

While Lewis’s sentencing has been delayed until further notice, French received a slap on the wrist for his role in the ring.

French was given probation and a $1,500 fine and was allowed to retire with his pension for his 25 years of ‘service.’

While it is certainly the belief of the Free Thought Project that anyone should be able to put anything into their own body without persecution of the state, police officers using anabolic steroids—which included a host of aggressive side effects—is an extremely bad idea.

There is no question that many police officers use performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, the problem of police steroid use became so bad, in 2004, the DEA intervened to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of roid-raging cops.

The DEA said symptoms included:

  • Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
  • Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Extreme irritability
  • Delusions
  • Hostility and aggression

Eventually, a few years later, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up of 16,000 members worldwide set a standard that “calls upon state and local law enforcement entities to establish a model policy prohibiting the use of illegally obtained steroids” by officers.

However, this policy never happened.

Not only do cops vehemently resist being drug tested by their departments, claiming it is a violation of their civil rights, they are also frequently caught selling steroids.

“This is one of the dirty little secrets of American law enforcement,” says Gregory Gilbertson, a former Atlanta cop who teaches criminal justice in the Seattle area and works as a legal expert on police standards and practices, according to Alternet. “Steroid testing is declining, and I think there’s an attitude in all these agencies of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ because they don’t want to know about it. Because if they know about it, then they have to address it.”

These Edmonton cops are not alone either. As the Free Thought Project previously reported, Darrion Holiwell, 51, was arrested and charged for not only taking steroids but dealing them to other SWAT deputies on the force, as well as people outside the agency.

As Alternet pointed out, the cases of cops using and selling steroids are anything but isolated.

These are some of the cases that have made news in the past year, though there likely are others that have not been revealed publicly:

  • In June, a Jeffersonville, Ind., cop, Anthony Mills, resigned after pleading guilty to possession of steroids. His attorney told the media that Mills did not consider steroids to be illegal drugs.
  • This spring, authorities in Edmonton, Alberta, revealed that a handful of police officers had been involved in the use or distribution of Stanozolol, the steroid commonly sold as Winstrol. More than 30 officers in Edmonton have been implicated in steroid use in the past few years, according to press reports there.
  • In January, a Portland, Ore. cop who faced firing for a positive steroid test was allowed to resign.
  • Last fall, a scandal rocked police in the Augusta, Ga., area when a man arrested for steroids possession gave authorities a list of steroid users among local law enforcement officers. At least one deputy resigned; authorities denied that the list included as many 30 others.
  • Also last fall, the Miami New Times revealed that Miami-Dade police officers had been customers of Biogenesis, a South Florida steroid clinic at the heart of professional baseball’s ongoing doping scandal.

The dangers of cops taking steroids are obvious, as the rage associated with their use can become uncontrollable. All too often, we see police officers immediately escalate situations to violence when de-escalation would have been far easier and safer. Steroids could be the reason.

“I keep seeing all of these cases where the level of anger and violence shown by officers makes no sense,” Gilbertson says. “And when things don’t make sense, they don’t make sense for a reason…Maybe steroid rage is a reason so many police officers seem so angry and aggressive.”

Cops on the juice feel indestructible, as if they have superhuman strength.

Or as the DEA puts it, “The idea of enhanced physical strength and endurance provides one with ‘the invincible mentality’ when performing law enforcement duties.”

Starting to make sense now?

“Reasonable suspicion should be raised if they shoot somebody or beat the living daylights out of somebody,” Dan Handelman, a founding member of Portland Copwatch told Alternet. “In some of these recent cases, the officers seemed to be pumped up and were not necessarily working in a calm and level-headed manner. We wonder how much of this was coming from natural adrenalin and how much coming from other substances.”

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The FBI botched another recent investigation. This one let a Muslim girl allegedly attempt ‘jihad.’

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:30

In the days following last week’s tragic shooting at a high school in Florida, the FBI has come under scrutiny because it admitted investigators failed to follow protocol in investigating the shooter, who had been reported to the bureau. But it’s not the agency’s only recent botched investigation that led to a 19-year-old person committing serious crimes.

What’s the other?

Tnuza J. Hassan was arrested last month after reportedly setting numerous fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The fires didn’t injure anyone and didn’t cause significant damage, a huge wrench in Hassan’s plan.

According to reports, Hassan told investigators she “wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people” and the fires were an attempt at committing “jihad.” She admitted she was angered by U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and wanted to deliver a “pay back” of sorts to Americans.

However, Hassan, just 19, wasn’t an unknown individual to the FBI, according to The Associated Press. In fact, she landed on their radar last year when she was stopped from flying to Afghanistan in September. She told investigators then that she wanted to join Al Qaeda. She told them she thought she would marry a terrorist, but never fight.

Still, the young girl admitted that she would wear a suicide belt if she needed to and said she encouraged her other Muslim friends to “join the jihad in fighting.”

Despite all of that, investigators released the girl. As the AP noted, it’s not clear how closely the FBI was monitoring Hassan between that interview and when she was barred from traveling to Ethiopia in late December. But it couldn’t have been closely because she disappeared for a week before the fires at St. Catherine’s.

Hassan faces serious charges, including multiple counts of arson, lying to the FBI, and attempting to provide “material support” to Al Qaeda.

Wyoming: House Consideration of Self-Defense Bill Expected Soon

NRA-ILA - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:26
As early as Tuesday, the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee could consider House Bill 168, sponsored by state Representative Tim Salazar and Senator Anthony Bouchard.

What Good Would More Gun Laws Do When the Feds Don’t Enforce the Ones We Already Have?

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:10

While lots of folks are debating adding more gun laws or protecting their gun rights, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. There are a lot of federal entities who aren’t enforcing the laws we already have, and because of this, tragedies are happening.

Why would we keep increasing the restrictions on guns for law-abiding citizens when the feds don’t even enforce the ones we already have?

The criminals would just continue to lie on their background checks and wouldn’t be found out because the “authorities” aren’t doing their jobs. It would only cause a greater burden on gun owners who’ve done nothing wrong.

Read on to see the epic fails that preceded two recent mass shootings.

The Texas Church Shooting

Let’s go back to the guy who shot up that church in Texas. Last year on Nov. 5, 27 people were killed at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by Devin Patrick Kelley. (source)

Kelley was stopped when a neighbor overheard the massacre and came out to protect them. The neighbor, Stephen Willeford, engaged Kelley and shot him in an opening in his body armor. Willeford then pursued Kelley until he stopped. At that point, it still took police 5-7 minutes to arrive, but Willeford held Kelley at gunpoint until they did. (source)

It was a classic case of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun and a reminder of why we can’t wait for the police to save us.

BUT…Kelley wasn’t supposed to be able to buy a gun at all.

According to the laws already on the books, Devin Patrick Kelley was ineligible to legally purchase a firearm. He had been court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the military for assaulting his previous wife and her infant son.

The Air Force was supposed to report this to the federal database, but they didn’t.

Had they reported it, it would have shown up on a background check for the gun store selling the firearms used during the attack. Kelley lied on his background check and since there were no records to dispute it, was taken at his word. (Imagine that, a criminal lying.)

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Why Bother Talking to Gun Control Advocates? Question of the Day [VIDEO]

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:00

ThePatriotNurse ain’t got time for “a discussion about guns” with gun control advocates (or whatever they’re calling themselves today). “They’re like the worst girlfriend ever,” she opines. “Like she doesn’t give you anything, she only takes, takes, takes; and at the end of the day you look around and go whoa! I’m lighter in the […]

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TFB Review: Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum® .357 Magnum

The Firearm Blog - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:00

Model 66There is a lot of love for semi-auto pistols nowadays, but it is hard to beat the reliability, power and clean manufacturing of a revolver. In this TFB Review, we take a look at the stout Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum® .357 Magnum with a 2 3/4″ barrel. model 66 Specifications The Smith & […]

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Gun Groups Aren’t Terror Groups

Gun Owners of America - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:42

Stop Calling Gun Groups Terrorist Organizations

"Groups like Gun Owners of America go even further in pushing for Second Amendment freedoms the NRA won’t argue for.

‘Pig supporters not welcome’: Pro-police stores threatened, vandalized, harassed

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:37

St. Louis antique store owner Cherri Elder formed positive relationships with police patrolling in the area, so she decided to display an American flag containing a thin blue line — a symbol for police sacrifice — in front of Elder’s Antiques.

But the gesture didn’t go over well with everybody.

“People came by, they would cuss at you, they would harass you,” Elder told KMOV-TV, “they would harass the customers.”

 KMOV-TV video screenshotImage source: KMOV-TV video screenshot

Elder told the station she took down the thin blue line flag to avoid continued trouble.

“I thought things were getting better,” she told KMOV. “But apparently it’s not.”

What happened?

A month after taking down the thin blue line flag — which is now displayed inside her 32-year-old store — Elder told the station she found a large handwritten sign on the front window of Elder’s Antiques that read: “Pig supporters not welcome. Flag goes down or you go down.”

On the right bottom corner of the sign was a hammer and sickle — presumably standing for communism and the former Soviet Union — along with the letters “MLM,” which KMOV said often stands for Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

 KMOV-TV video screenshotImage source: KMOV-TV video screenshot

“Oh, it’s most definitely a threat,” Elder told the station, adding that the sign was “big” and “for everybody to see.”

What happened at a nearby store?

A window at Delmay Ltd. Antiques — one of Elder’s neighbors a few doors down — is now boarded up.

 KMOV-TV video screenshotImage source: KMOV-TV video screenshot

Why?

Three individuals were seen on surveillance video kicking in the window and running off, KMOV reported.

 KMOV-TV video screenshotImage source: KMOV-TV video screenshot

Delmay also had a thin blue line flag hanging on her storefront, the station added, but it was stolen.

How is Elder reacting?

“My business, my friends are being targeted,” Elder told KMOV.

While Elder added to the station that she has “every right to fly a flag,” she said she doesn’t think she’ll be putting it back on display.

But whatever Elder decides, she told KMOV that these actions must “stop before somebody gets hurt” and that she desires a return “to some kind of normalcy where people have respect for one another.”

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)

Scientists Create Human-Sheep Chimera With Hopes of Affordable Organ Transplants

The Daily Sheeple - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:18

A team of scientists has grown embryos inside a sheep that contain human stem cells, moving the sci-fi idea of developing human organs inside animals one step closer to reality, which has sparked ethical concerns.

The scientific breakthrough could potentially save the lives of thousands of people who are in a dire need of vital organ transplants. While many patients die before they move up to the top of a queue, organs grown inside a sheep, like a pancreas, can not only save a life but also cure a chronic illness such Type 1 Diabetes, the researchers say.

This week, the team from Stanford University was able to grow a sheep embryo injected with adult human stem cells for 28 days, including 21 days inside a sheep, it announced at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas, the Guardian reports. The experiment had to be terminated, as the law prohibits developing cross-species embryos, called chimera, for more than 28 days.

Researchers had already created the first human-pig hybrid.

However, the major difference is that this time they achieved a ten-times higher ratio of human cells to animal cells in an embryo, which is one human cell to about 10,000 sheep cells, according to Dr. Pablo Ross from the University of California.

To create a part-human, part-animal embryo, the researchers use a gene-editing technique. First, they deleted genes needed for developing a certain organ in an animal embryo, then they injected human stem cells, which can become any cell in the body and are supposed to fill the void. In 2010, the Japanese scientists were the first to use this method to create a mouse and rat chimera, where the rat cells were introduced into a mouse to form a missing pancreas.

Last year, the same team that is now working on a sheep embryo, announced that it had, for the most part, cured diabetes in mice after transplanting a mouse pancreas it had grown in a rat.

There’s still a long way to go until this could be possible to replicate on humans, the researchers said. Unlike the rats or mice, both sheep and pigs have organs similar in size to those of a human.

“It could take five years or it could take 10 years but I think eventually we will be able to do this,” the study’s co-author Hiromitsu Nakauchi of Stanford University said, as cited by the Guardian.

Ross estimated that for the experiment to go forward, at least one percent of an embryo’s cells must be human and the time allowed to develop an embryo must be extended. In addition to complex scientific problems that needed to be solved, the work has been plagued by ethical concerns and protests by animal rights activists.

The bulk of their concerns center around the chance a sheep or a pig embryo could become more of a human than desired if human brain cells are accidentally developed. Ross admitted that the scientists have been taking this issue seriously, and if the researchers run into with this problem it may stall the research forever.

“Let’s say that if our results indicate that the human cells all go to the brain of the animal, then we may never carry this forward,” Ross said, while Nakauchi said he is sure the scientists will be able to isolate the designated region, meaning they won’t end up creating a “pig with a human face or human brain.”

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Ohio parents lose custody for not allowing daughter’s transgender hormone therapy

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:12

An Ohio couple lost legal custody of their daughter Friday after refusing to allow her to undergo hormone replacement therapy in order to transition to a male.

Hamilton County Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon awarded legal custody to the 17-year-old teen’s maternal grandparents, who support the hormone treatment. The judge also called on legislators to enact laws giving transgender minors more legal rights in these situations.

“The Legislature should consider a set of standards by which the Court is able to judge and act upon that minor’s request based upon the child’s maturity,” Hendon wrote in the decision. “That type of legislation would give a voice and a pathway to youth similarly situated as JNS (the teen) without attributing fault to the parents and involving them in protracted litigation which can and does destroy the family unit.”

The case began in February 2017 after the teen moved in with her maternal grandparents after being hospitalized for anxiety and depression, and subsequently diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The teen reported mistreatment by her parents that was causing her to feel suicidal.

The reason for the ruling

The judge wrote in her decision that the court only intrudes on the treatment of the child in life-or-death circumstances. This complaint was based heavily on the teen’s expressed potential for self-harm or suicide, although medical records submitted at the time of the complaint clearly state that the she was not at risk for suicide. Therefore, the judge chose not to consider that in the ruling.

“It is a sad commentary that the Juvenile Court system deals with the suicidal ideation of troubled adolescents on a regular basis but cannot let that threat govern the outcome or disposition of a case before it,” she wrote.

Instead, the decision was based on what the court determined to be “in the best interests of this child for the few remaining months of minority.”

The primary factors included:

  • Although they wished to maintain legal custody, the parents agreed that the child should continue to live with the maternal grandparents and stay at the same school she had been attending
  • The child wished to stay with the maternal grandparents
  • The grandparents are suitable caregivers

Did the parents actually do anything wrong?

The judge expressed some empathy toward the parents despite taking legal custody of their child away from them.

Here’s what she wrote about the parents:

“In this case, it is understandable that the parents were legitimately surprised and confused when the child’s anxiety and depression symptoms became the basis for the diagnosis of gender dysphoria. The child had lived until summer of 2016 consistent with the assigned gender at birth. The parents sought appropriate mental health treatment when their child’s generalized anxiety and depression reached the point that hospitalization became necessary. The parents acknowledged that the child expressed suicidal intent if forced to return to their home.”

Despite all that, the parents lost custody because they did not cater to “the reality of the fact that the child truly may be gender non-conforming and has a legitimate right to pursue life with a different gender identity than the one assigned at birth.”

What now?

The grandparents now have legal custody, and the teen will be on their health insurance. Before she can undergo hormone therapy, an independent psychologist must evaluate her gender presentation and feelings of gender non-conformity.

The parents have “reasonable visitation” and are “encouraged to work toward a reintegration of the child into the extended family.”

(H/T WCPO9 Cincinnati)

Trump Called For ‘Unifying Event’ Two Weeks Before Florida School Shooting

SHTFplan.com - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:00

Two weeks before the Florida school shooting, president Donald Trump said it would be difficult to “unify” the country without a major event. But the odd coincidence is that now that there was a “major event,” the country is more divided than ever before.

According to PBS, hours before his first State of the Union address two weeks ago, President Donald Trump said that he wants to unite the country amid “tremendous divisiveness” and hopes he can do so without a traumatic event affecting Americans. Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. The president said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.” 

But the major event – the mass shooting a high school in Florida – did not bring people together; it only divided them further. Joe Joseph with The Daily Sheeple says “This is interesting, because this, he said prior to the shooting down in Florida.”



“Now, that’s not to say president Trump orchestrated that [the mass shooting in Florida] because I doubt that he did, in fact, I don’t think that for a second. But, what I will say, is that these events, oftentimes, cause more divide than anything else,” Joseph said. “The last time I saw an event unify the country was 9/11, and it was only for a short time.”

“Normally, it takes that negative event or that attack that threatens the well-being of the nation that affect us all, or that we perceive affects us all,” Joseph said. But, “there are so many things that divide the country right now, it’s the whole gun control debate again. Here we have another crazy that’s gone out, done his thing, and interestingly enough, they’re gonna raze the school, which, I always thought crime scenes needed to be preserved…it seems like every major casualty or every major event, we have to go and just raze the crime scene…does anybody not think that this is a little odd…that’s a crime scene! Why are we destroying evidence?” It really isn’t a wonder why people believe some of the major events are scripted or didn’t happen the way we were told that they did. People want instant gratification and their feelings validated which also leads to divisiveness.

“One thing’s for sure,” Joseph says. “Since he [Trump] said this, we did have a major event an I’ll tell ya…that major event has caused an even deeper rift and divide among people in this country and I don’t think that there’s an easy answer.”

Arizona: Anti-Gun Bill Defeated in Committee, Pro-Gun Legislation Advances

NRA-ILA - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:00
On February 14th, the Arizona State Legislature held committee hearings on several bills affecting your Second Amendment rights.  Senate Bill 1374, which would have significantly weakened Arizona’s state preemption statute, was defeated in committee with a 4-3 vote.  Additionally, House Bill 2535, which guarantees that law-abiding citizens will not be stripped of their Second Amendment rights when they choose to provide foster care to children, was passed out of the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee with a 5-4 vote.  HB 2535 will now head to the House floor.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support HB 2535 when it comes up for a vote!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative.

Prominent Republican Donor: I Will Only Fund Pro-Gun Control GOP Candidates

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:00

Al Hoffman Jr. is a Palm Beach County Real Estate Developer and prominent (i.e., deep pocketed) GOP donor. Mr. Hoffman has issued a public ultimatum on the Florida Republican Party . . . “For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years […]

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St. Louis police officers to hand out candy to build relationships with area youth

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:57

St. Louis police officers will begin handing out candy to children in order to improve community relations.

What are the details?

KSDK-TV on Monday reported that St. Louis police officers will begin the new program on Monday with hopes to foster positive officer-youth relationships.

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden on Sunday tweeted, “Starting tomorrow @SLMPD Officers will begin to distribute candy from their patrol cars to build relationships with youth in our community. It’s the little things that often do the most good.”

KSDK reported that the force’s aim with the new candy program is to “help kids and teenagers see police in a more positive light.”

The network added that the concept was inspired by Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards, “whose trust for police officers stemmed from childhood of them handing out candy and baseball cards.”

Anything else?

The latest program is similar to a summer program the police force implemented, “Operation Polar Cops.”

“Operation Polar Cops,” unveiled in 2016, is a police-owned ice cream truck operated by the Community Engagement/Organizational Development Division, which provides free frozen desserts to children in the St. Louis area.

According to the program’s website, “The mission of Operation Polar Cops is to cultivate positive interactions between our officers and the citizens we serve.”

Couple who welcomed Nikolas Cruz in their home describe different picture of alleged killer

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:42

The couple who welcomed Nikolas Cruz into their home after his adoptive mother died in November described a very different picture of the teen accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school last Wednesday than the one that has been painted by others who have known Cruz.

“[He was] nothing like they portray on television or in the media,” Kimberly Snead said during an interview on “Good Morning America” on Monday.

“Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know,” James Snead, a U.S. Army veteran, added.

James Snead, 48, said they had “rules” in their home and that Cruz followed every one of them to a “T.”

They said Cruz, 19, was a friend of their son whom they’d met a few times before they invited him to live with them. The Sneads’ son attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz’s mother died on Nov. 1. She was 68. Cruz’s  father died of a heart attack in 2005.

“He was very polite,” James Snead said. ” He seemed normal.”

The couple helped Cruz enroll in a school so he could get his GED. They also helped him get a job at a local dollar store.

Did anything unusual happen the day of the massacre?

Kimberly Snead, 49, said the only thing that was different that fateful morning was that “he didn’t go to school.”

But sometimes that happens, she added.

“He said he didn’t go to school on Valentine’s Day,” James Snead said.

Cruz messaged the couple’s son before the shooting. He said he had something to tell him.

The son pressed for more information. Cruz responded with “nothing bad, bro” and told him he was going to the movies.

At about 2:18 p.m., just before the shooting started, the Snead’s son received one last text from Cruz.

“Yo,” Cruz wrote.

How do they find out about the shooting?

The SWAT team called James Snead and asked him about his “son Nikolas.” He told the officer that Nikolas wasn’t his son and he didn’t know where he was.

James Snead then reached out to his son who was fleeing the scene. At about that time, a description of the shooter emerged, and James Snead and his son “put two and two together” and figured out “what was happening.”

Kimberly Snead, a nurse, was home sleeping at the time.

“At that point, I was panic-stricken for her safety, so I called the SWAT officer back to get the police to go back to my home to check on her [Kimberly Snead],” James Snead said.

Has the couple spoken to Cruz since the shooting?

When the police brought Cruz to the police station for booking, the couple was there. Kimberly Snead said she yelled at him but was trying to reserve herself.

Cruz mumbled something back to her that she couldn’t understand.

He said “he was sorry.”

How are the Sneads and their son doing?

The couple is hurting for the families who lost loved ones, they said.

James Sneed said they are going through a “rollercoaster of emotions.”

“It’s still tough, he said. “We’re still hurting, still grieving.”

Kimberly Snead said she is “absolutely heartbroken” and “devastated.”

“I still can’t process it because this isn’t the person we knew,” she added. “Not at all.”

“He’s angry,” James Snead said of their son. “He’s betrayed. He’s upset.”

What does their lawyer say?

The Sneads are fully cooperating with the FBI, the couple’s lawyer, Jim Lewis, explained.

“The couple was trying to do the right thing,” Lewis said. “These are good people who were trying to do the right thing.”

Lewis said the family was “completely unaware” of Cruz killing small animals and only knew of one Instagram account. Cruz allegedly had multiple social media accounts.

The Sneads knew Cruz had guns, which they kept locked in a gun safe. James Snead thought he had the only key and was unaware that Cruz had one.

Cruz pleaded guilty in court last week and is being held without bond.

VP Pence speaks out against ‘The View’ comments criticizing his Christianity: ‘I couldn’t be silent’

The Blaze - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:10

In an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed “The View” co-host Joy Behar’s recent comments that likened his deep Christian faith to mental illness.

Pence, speaking with “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt, took aim at Behar’s comments on the show, as well as ABC itself, for allowing such negative commentary about Christianity to air.

What’s the background?

Behar suggested Tuesday on “The View” that Pence’s mental fitness is not up to par because the vice president has reportedly said that God speaks to him.

The commentary began after show’s co-hosts shared footage of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s comments on “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which the former staffer discussed the Trump administration.

Newman, in the clip, said, “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. … Everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life.”

“I am Christian, I love Jesus, but [Pence] thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” Newman added.

The panel went on to discuss Newman’s analysis of Pence’s faith, and how it translates into politics, when Behar made the comment about mental illness.

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus,” Behar said. “It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”

She later added that hearing voices is symptomatic of “mental illness,” and quipped, “Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”

What did Pence tell ‘Fox & Friends’?

Pence told Earhardt that while those in the public spotlight are “accustomed to criticism,” he couldn’t bite his tongue over Behar’s comments.

“When I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn’t be silent,” he said.

“My Christian faith is probably the most important thing in my life,” he added. “I do try and start every day reading the Bible. My wife and I try and have a prayer together before I leave the house every morning. But I do think I’m a very typical American.”

“People of all different faiths and traditions have cherished their faith in God,” Pence continued, “and for ABC to have a forum that spoke in such demeaning terms, I think it’s evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people.”

Gun Review: Kimber Micro 9 Raptor 9mm

The Truth About Guns - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:00

My first everyday carry pistol was a Colt Government .380. By the time I was old enough to carry it, I’d forgotten where it came from. So I took it apart and discovered it was a modified U.S. Government-issued firearm. That made it a collector’s piece, which turned out to be a blessing. Because collector […]

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