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  • Students Trash Walmart During Anti-Gun Walkout In Chicago

    03/17/2018 9:53:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Derek Hunter
    It was supposed to be 17 minutes of silent protest in honor of the 17 people killed last week in Parkland, Florida, in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But on the south side of Chicago Wednesday morning, there was no silence as students who walked out of nearby Simeon Career Academy trashed a Walmart during their walkout protest. Dozens of student walked out of Simeon at the appointed time of the protest, only to enter Walmart and knock over store displays and rip products off the shelves. Video of the aftermath shows aisles trashed and there...
  • Does the right to bear arms extend to public housing?

    03/17/2018 8:49:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Timothy Birdnow
    The Progressive left loves to assign "rights" to poor people who have no constitutional basis (the "right" to medical care, for instance) but is strangely reticent when it comes to your Second Amendment rights. Apparently, if you live in a housing project in East St. Louis, you had best surrender your guns at the door. From the Belleville News Democrat: The woman, who was identified in the lawsuit only as N. Doe, out of fear that her abusive ex-husband could find her if she was identified, has a valid Illinois FOID license and has been trained in firearm safety, according...
  • Going to the Gun Range With Family Got These Students Suspended From School

    03/17/2018 8:36:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Katie Pavlichq
    ere's an outrageous story to end the week. A pair of students in New Jersey were reportedly suspended, one for an entire school week, after officials saw they went to the gun range with family and posted a photo of the outing on social media. From A New Jersey school district that allegedly suspended two high school students this week over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a private shooting range is facing community backlash and the threat of a lawsuit over district policies. The photo of four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel bag...
  • Have Progressives Won “The Culture War?”

    03/17/2018 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 55 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 17, 2018 | Hunter Lewis
    In a recent article, David Brooks (New York Times “conservative” columnist who — surprise — writes as a “progressive”) suggests that “the culture war” is over or close to over: progressives have already won. Their opponents, “the … less educated ... tribalists” have “self-marginalized over the past two years.” In addition, progressives “are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. ...” As a result, they could now “be on the verge of delegitimizing their foes, on guns but also much else, rendering them untouchable for anybody who wants to stay in polite society … [avoid being] morally illegitimate...
  • Peter Thiel: I'm leaving 'totalitarian' Silicon Valley

    03/17/2018 7:36:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Art Moore
    Explaining why he is moving his influential investment firm from the Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel says it’s one thing for a culture to be “quite liberal” and another for it to be “totalitarian.” Thiel, a cofounder of PayPal and an early Facebook investor, was virtually alone among his colleagues as one of President Trump’s biggest supporters in 2016. He acknowledged in an interview Friday with the Fox Business Network that he “got heat” for his stance. “Fault Line: How a Seismic Shift in Culture is Threatening Free Speech” is available now at the WND Superstore. Thiel,...
  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

    03/16/2018 5:18:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 66 replies
    Pew Research ^ | March 8, 2018 | Andrew Perrin
    Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant...
  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 16, 2018 | George F. Will
    “MASON CITY: To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to get products to market, and for travel to neighbors and towns, which assuaged loneliness. Today, there is no comparably sympathetic constituency clamoring...
  • The downside of student protests against guns: moronic signs

    03/16/2018 9:39:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The mainstream media and Democrat pols could barely contain their glee at student walkouts demanding gun control. They attach all kinds of virtue to innocents spouting the propaganda they feed them, and even coerce them into demonstrating for. Only one small problem: they have, in the immortal words of Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase, skulls full of mush. “They think there aren't any guns in the White House.” Their magical thinking leads them to believe that gun free zones are safe zones, apparently. On Facebook, David Baker spotted this gem, that reveals a poverty of knowledge:
  • Alt-Left Insanity: Tupac ‘Worship’; TV Needs Black Female Swingers and More!(?)

    03/16/2018 8:59:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Matt Philbin
    Vice’s music site Noisey is reassuring readers, “You Don’t Have to Worship 2pac.” And I, for one, am relieved. I wasn’t wild about getting that “Thug Life” tattoo. It seems that “Recent criticism of the rap icon from Lil Xan and 03 Greedo forces us to ask whether or not our heroes are beyond reproach.” Heroes assuredly are not beyond reproach. Neither is Noisey’s definition of “hero.” It’s certainly not for me to judge Tupac Shakur’s music, but people who can tell the difference (and I’ll assume Lil Xan and 03 Greedo are among them) haven’t been uniformly impressed. According...
  • Help Wanted: Government Actions Throughout History

    03/15/2018 6:40:00 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 20 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | March 15, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Some scholar, whose name I cannot recall, did a seriously in-depth study to identify all of the government "success stories" throughout recorded history. He could not find a single, solitary example. Every action the government has taken throughout history has either resulted in a zero-sum outcome or an abject failure. An example of zero-sum outcomes would include income-redistribution schemes where you rob Peter to pay Paul. Abject failures would include Obamacare, the Iraq War, and public education. If anyone can identify the author of this study or book, or provide additional information that could help me identify the study/book, please...
  • Chicago Students Riot And Loot At Strip Mall During Gun Walkout

    03/15/2018 1:10:24 PM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | HollyMatkin
    Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday. Not all of the protests were peaceful. On Chicago’s South Side, Simeon Career Academy students descended on businesses situated in a strip mall behind the school, and began harassing customers and employees. “Things started out cool,” a Potbelly Sandwich Shop manager, who did not want to be further identified, told Blue Lives Matter. “But then some...
  • Baltimore teachers threaten to walk out if any of them are armed

    03/15/2018 1:00:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday we had students walking out of school all over the country to protest gun violence. Now, in Baltimore and some other cities, there may be a different type of walkout. Teachers are objecting to the idea of any of them being trained and armed, so much so that if there are any armed teachers in the school they will walk out as well. (CBS Baltimore)
  • Gun Control ‘Walkout’ Mob Assaults Student Carrying Trump Flag

    03/15/2018 12:37:31 PM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Christian Datoc
    Minnesota students taking part in the national gun control walkouts on Wednesday allegedly assaulted another student carrying a Trump flag. According to CBS, the incident occurred outside of Southwest High School and Minneapolis Police are currently investigating the incident as an assault. Per CBS, two students taking part in the protest allegedly noticed the male victim holding the flag while standing across the street from the school. After the two approached the victim, six other protesters followed before stealing his flag, damaging his camera and “inflicting minor injuries.” So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.
  • WATCH: Principal Allegedly Removes Student from Walkout Participants Because of Pro-Gun Sign

    03/15/2018 12:14:02 PM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Video has emerged of the principal at New Praque, Minnesota’s New Prague High School allegedly removing a student from a group of walkout participants because the student was holding a pro-gun sign. The student’s sign said, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People.” New Prague High School student Kenny McDonald put up a Facebook post alleging that the student was not only made to walk away from those participating in the walkout for gun control but was also threatened with being placed in a police car. The post contains a video which shows the student with a pro-gun sign being...
  • Republican Lawmaker Pushes Tax-Per-Mile To Replace Gas Tax

    03/15/2018 12:07:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Tom Knighton
    Americans love their cars. The United States has one of the highest car ownership rates per capita in the world. We're a mobile culture and we like it that way. But a tax-per-mile plan being pushed by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri might have drivers re-thinking those weekend joyrides instead of feeling all the pain at the pump.
  • Massive food stamp fraud uncovered(!?)

    03/15/2018 11:59:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The very expensive ($70.9 billion in 2016) federal food stamp program (officially: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is an open invitation to fraud. The latest indicator comes from Jacksonville, Florida. (Channel 4 in Jacksonville) reports:
  • Brzezinski Attacks First and Second Amendments Simultaneously

    03/15/2018 11:26:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Bill D'Agostino
    On Thursday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski managed to dismiss both the First and Second Amendment in the same sentence when she opined that the NRA “should be sued, and forced to take down” what she described as “inflammatory ads.” Brzezinski voiced this startling opinion at the tail-end of her three hour show. In the final segment of the morning, an image of a recent NRA tweet featuring a photo of a firearm appeared onscreen, which read, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.” Brzezinski responded: “The NRA, with their inflammatory ads, and threatening ads, should be sued and...
  • Vox: We'll Have to Confiscate Guns To Reach Those Low 'European Levels Of Violence'

    03/15/2018 10:30:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Regardless, the whole crux of their argument is that banning so-called assault weapons, expanded background checks, waiting period etc. will save lives. It won’t do that, and the anti-gun Left knows it. So, thanks to Vox for actually showing the end game of the Democratic agenda on firearms, which is that they really just want to ban guns. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have cited the Australian model on gun control. Clinton even went so far as to say the Supreme Court got the Second Amendment wrong in 2016. The level of violence in Europe, which is often cited by...
  • Jordan Peterson on corporate virtue signalling

    03/15/2018 4:39:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 3-14-2018 | Rita Panahi
    Clinical psychologist, author, professor and easy-on-the-eye cultural critic, Jordan B. Peterson, took a break from his sold out speaking tour to chat with Miranda Devine. He had some sage words of advice for the likes of Qantas, Telstra, PWC, KPMG et al: “People who are doing this at the corporate level will rapidly get their comeuppance … If you’re operating within a capitalist environment like let’s say the executives and management of Qantas, who are being paid disproportionately well, you don’t also get to be a social radical. And you don’t get to salve your conscience for receiving a pay...
  • Ross Olmos: NRA built on false notion that gun rights are absolute

    03/14/2018 1:56:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 121 replies ^ | 3/12/2018 | Ross Olmos
    As a first step, I would like to challenge Sen. Rubio to publically explain why any American civilian actually needs to own a military assault weapon. The 2nd Amendment of our Constitution consists of 26 words written in arcane language that has caused much confusion down through the years. Since the amendment was written at a time in our history where virtually every home contained a flintlock musket and gun ownership was an accepted, normal part of everyday life, it’s reasonable to believe that, rather than dealing with individual gun ownership, the 2nd Amendment was intended to protect the right...