Month: September 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Shifting The Blame

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“There are those who criticize any gun safety reforms by pointing to my hometown as an example,” Obama said. “The problem with that argument, as the Chicago Police Department will tell you, is that 60% of guns recovered in crimes come from out of state. You’ve just got to hop across the border.”

A report from Chicago authorities found that nearly 60% of illegal guns recovered in the city from 2009 to 2013 were first sold in states with more lax gun laws. The largest portion came from Indiana, which accounted for 19% of the illegal guns in Chicago.

Source: Is Indiana to blame for Chicago’s gun violence?  |  USA Today

Shift the blame and demand even more gun control – a typical response to high crime and police failures.  Chicago’s “authorities” are hardly alone in blaming everyone else for their problems; let’s take a closer look at my AOR, the Northeast US; one of the most restrictive areas in the country for gun rights. 

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The F-35’s “Multi-Role” Failure

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The “multi-role” F-35, and its multiple, expensive failures are so big that they will set the Department of Defense back for the next fifty yearsIts unsurprisingly behind schedule, way over budget price tag is sucking dollars away from every other DoD program, and it can’t even beat its replacements in many of their primary roles.  Designed to replace many legacy aircraft nearing the end of their life cycles, it is the biggest weapons program ever, at $1.5 trillion dollars.  The price tag could run the ENTIRE DoD for over two years, which makes the aircraft the poster boy for a military-industrial complex with no accountability.  And, it just looks ugly, which as the best aircraft designers know, makes it likely to fly ugly.  Why hasn’t it been cancelled yet?

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You Open Carry Idiots Aren’t Helping

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In Ohio, protesters gathered outside the home of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was released from jail Friday after serving just half of his six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

He’ll be on probation at his parents’ home near Dayton and some of his neighbors aren’t happy about it, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.

“He’s just not welcome,” Molly Hardin said.

Source: Protests follow brock Turner home to Ohio  |  CBS News

It should be apparent to everyone at this point that Brock Turner got off way too easy.  A 19 year old attending Stanford University at the time of the incident, this guy was convicted of raping a 22 year old woman behind a dumpster.  Yet, he only got six months in prison, and was recently released after three months on “good behavior”.  Go ahead and read the reports – the punishment clearly did not fit the crime, and it is reasonable to question whether or not the judge was paid off to lay down such a lenient sentence.  People everywhere should be very pissed off at this gross miscarriage of justice, especially when that same judge has almost certainly handed down harsher sentences for far lesser crimes.

Now that we’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, we can move on. 

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Why You Should Be Looking At Betfair’s Exchange

Betfair is a sports betting site that has been around for awhile, but lately, its exchange has recently taken off.  Unfortunately off limits to US customers, Betfair has stepped up and filled the void of the now-defunct Intrade.  Even if you have no interest in trading the contracts, Betfair is a great place to look at where real people, with real dollars on the line, are pricing not just sporting events, but real-world events as well.

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