Minneapolis TV Station's Reporters Puzzled by More Guns, Less Crime in the Gopher State
"More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains low." Shocking, I know. So, people allowed to carry handguns for self-protection take the fun out of crime causing criminals to leave the business? Gee, who would have guessed that incentives matter, not progressives that's for sure.
London Modest Fashion Week to showcase Islamic dress
This is fashion?
Top Republican donor threatens to withhold money from assault weapons ban opponents
To William S. Smith Paris, Nov. 13, 1787
The Letters of Thomas Jefferson
-- I am now to acknoledge the receipt of your favors of October the 4th, 8th, & 26th. In the last you apologise for your letters of introduction to Americans coming here. It is so far from needing apology on your part, that it calls for thanks on mine. I endeavor to shew civilities to all the Americans who come here, & will give me opportunities of doing it: and it is a matter of comfort to know from a good quarter what they are, & how far I may go in my attentions to them. Can you send me Woodmason's bills for the two copying presses for the M. de la Fayette, & the M. de Chastellux? The latter makes one article in a considerable account, of old standing, and which I cannot present for want of this article. -- I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: & very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: & what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent & persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, & what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it's motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen-yard in order. I hope in God this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted. -- You ask me if any thing transpires here on the subject of S. America? Not a word. I know that there are combustible materials there, and that they wait the torch only. But this country probably will join the extinguishers. -- The want of facts worth communicating to you has occasioned me to give a little loose to dissertation. We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform."
Jefferson seems to have been prescient in this letter. America would go on to have a Civil War 80 years after the Revolutionary War which was also a civil war. We seemed to have dodged a bullet 80 years later when the rest of the world fell into a totalitarian trap requiring the USA fire up its economic engine and build nearly all of the war materials necessary to win the multiple front war against totalitarianism.
We are now 80 years on, and the winds of conflict are blowing again. Jefferson realized that the rebellion would demand the people be armed, and armed with the weapons of war, not toys. The Second Amendment was created to ensure the people would have the arms to depose tyrants not harass game.
Any who disagree with this doom the American populace to an eventual live of serfdom at the hands of a powerful tyrant who is willing to corrupt government to his purpose.
Failure to understand this simple point places the individual in the camp of the would-be tyrants who seek to usurp through corruption. Go, be with your fellow sycophants or grow up and realize the world remains a dangerous place as long as humans are in it.
Trump says Russia succeeding in sowing US discord
The progressives in both the Republican and Democratic Parties seeks to continue the Russian goals. Their hatred for Trump has allowed them to act like the anti-American Russian meddlers. At some point, Trump will need to address this directly.
Overheated claims on global temperature records
The climate alarmists are out of their minds. The warming period we are in is minor and expected. Usually, the skeptical scientists do not discuss the issue I think is paramount in the global warming hoax. But here Dr. Tim Ball addresses them directly. Please read the entire article. Below I provide some additional material and analysis.
The Holocene and how it undermines climate fear mongers
Notice from the graph above that from 10,500 BCE to 3,500 BCE there was a Holocene thermal optimum. The average temperature during this period was much higher than the average temperature from 3,500 BCE to present. After 3,500 BCE the temperature dropped consistently to the low which occurred about 1850 AD. This is the reason the climate alarmist use 1860 as the start date for their graphs; the global temperature was at its Holocene low point. The warming since then is expected, well, unless the Earth is heading back into an ice age and that would be bad!
Here is an updated post with the only Holocene global average temperature reconstruction available (Marcott et al., 2013). Update on the Holocene and how it undermines climate fear mongering
"Black curve, global temperature reconstruction by Marcott et al., 2013, as in figure 37. Purple curve, Earth’s axis obliquity cycle. Red curve, CO2 levels as measured in Epica Dome C (Antarctica) ice core, reported in Monnin et al., 2004. Blue curve, methane levels as measured in GISP2 (Greenland) ice core from Kobashi et al., 2007. Notice the great effect of the 8.2 kyr event on methane concentrations. Green curve, simulated global temperatures from an ensemble of three models (CCSM3, FAMOUS, and LOVECLIM) from Liu et al., 2014, show the inability of general climate models to replicate the Holocene general temperature downward trend. Pink bar, 8.2 kyr BP climatic event. Major Holocene climatic periods are indicated."
The red spike at the end is due to proxy drop out problems and should be disregarded. The black peak at the end shows that the global temperature has returned to approximately the average temperature 1,500 BCE to 500 BCE. The recent warming was a rebound from the deep freeze that was the Little Ice Age, nothing more.
The Marcott global proxy reconstruction is much worse for the climate alarmist than are the other ice core or seabed sediment cores. Marcott shows that the Holocene climate optimum lasted to about 5,500 BCE and then began to precipitously, and continuously fall to the Little Ice Age from which we have now rebounded.
"He Has Her Blood On His Hands" - Father Of Florida Shooting Victim Viciously Attacked Online For Supporting Trump
Read it all, it is quite revealing.
Lying to Investigators Shouldn't Be a Crime
Don't speak to them, don't meet with them, don't let them in your house, don't cooperate if you do, you are likely to be sorry when they charge you with perjury for a minor change of story. Tell them you want an attorney and intend to remain silent until you have access to counsel. Then STFU!
Mary Shelly's Monster
The book is available for free download; I have it and hundreds more on my Kindle. Just in case I get stuck at an airport or the house loses power for a month or two!
The original is worth a read, it is excellent and deserves to have spawned myriad copies, permutations, sequels, movies, reboots and everything else.
Trump: Dems could have passed gun control under Obama
... because they realized it would knock them out of power. They realize the same thing today and want to snooker The Stupid Party™ into doing it for them, resulting in the Republicans getting knocked out of power. I give this a better than 40% chance. The Stupid Party™!!!