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  • Bank of America Reviewing Relations with ‘Assault Weapon’ Manufacturers

    02/25/2018 10:17:50 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 2/25/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Bank of America is undertaking a review of its relations with “assault weapon” manufacturers. On February 24 Axios published a statement from Bank of America: We are joining other companies in our industry to examine what we can do to help end the tragedy of mass shootings, and an immediate step we’re taking is to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility. This statement follows a February 19 New York Times’ column which explained how banks and credit card companies could team...
  • Compare and contrast: Cowardice at Parkland vs. heroism in the deep sea

    02/25/2018 8:49:04 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 2/25/2018 | Bruce Thompson
    People talk about the fires of Hell. I would offer the example of two men who have been there, done that, and survived to tell the tale. One is Mike Williams, an electronics technician aboard the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded and caught fire. The other is Anthony Gervasio, the chief engineer of the offshore supply vessel Damon B. Bankston, which was alongside as the well began to blow out. The boat begins to go sideways and stops. There is a painter line still attached to the rig, and people are being dumped out of the life raft. The rig's...
  • These Companies Are Sticking By The NRA

    02/25/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 2/23/2018 | Sara Boboltz
    In what may be a pivotal moment for American gun law reform, the National Rifle Association has become the object of intense pushback from anti-gun activists and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. All the attention prompted the gun-rights group to break from its usual strategy of keeping quiet after mass gun deaths. NRA officials have gone on the attack to rail against the “politicization” of a tragedy, and going so far as to suggest that members of the media “love mass shootings” because of the ratings they supposedly bring. The...
  • Democrat Rep. Openly Admits He’ll Lie About Gun Facts Whenever He Wants

    02/24/2018 1:23:40 PM PST · by rktman · 71 replies ^ | 2/24/2018 | Erin Coates
    With the gun debate in full force after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, one Democrat representative admitted to using incorrect terminology for firearms. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., was confronted for his use the term “assault rifle” to talk about the AR-15, and he responded on Twitter. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, assault rifles “can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire.” Assault rifles have also been banned to the public since 1934, according to Independent Journal Review. One Twitter user pointed out the representative’s mistake, and Lieu responded: “I will keep saying assault rifle if...
  • The Gross Cultural Appropriation Sideshow of the Trudeau Family in India

    02/24/2018 11:16:50 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 2/23/2018 | Megan Fox
    It's interesting that every Halloween we have to hear from rabid race purists about how our toddlers will offend the sensibilities of minorities if they wear culturally insensitive costumes. These same people adore Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fawn over his every move. #TrudeauInIndia is trending on Twitter, showing the Trudeaus in crazy get-ups they think are an Indian custom, which apparently they are not. I don't know, I'm not Indian, but neither is he. Is anyone concerned about the "cultural appropriation" he appears to be engaging in? If my kid can't be Pocahontas without some pink-haired harridan pointing...
  • Your Feelings Have Nothing to Do with the Second Amendment

    02/24/2018 9:41:09 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 2/24/2018 | William Sullivan
    Looking to capitalize on the public whirlwind demanding gun control measures, Ohio governor John Kasich took to Twitter to ask: If all the sudden you couldn't buy an AR-15, what would you lose? Would you feel your second amendment [sic] rights would be eroded? These are the things that have to be looked at and action has to happen. What I'd lose should be pretty obvious. I'd lose the ability to purchase an AR-15 to defend my family, my life, and my home because the federal government has prohibited me from doing so – i.e., infringed upon my right to...
  • Florida sheriff got 18 calls about Cruz before massacre

    02/24/2018 8:10:02 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    Broward County deputies received at least 18 calls warning them about Nikolas Cruz from 2008 to 2017, including concerns that he “planned to shoot up the school” and other threats and acts of violence before he was accused of killing 17 people at a high school. The warnings, made by concerned people close to Cruz, came in phone calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, records show. At least five callers mentioned concern over his access to weapons, according to the documents. None of those warnings led to direct intervention.
  • Gibson Guitars Faces Bankruptcy After Years of Federal Attacks

    02/24/2018 7:23:02 AM PST · by rktman · 76 replies ^ | 2/21/2018 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Rock n' Roll. The soundtrack to rebellion. Across the decades, the motif has held, and the mythology of the rebellious rocker striding into the political arena to shatter the establishment with some deftly played power chords still stirs the imagination. Sadly, the new world might not be ready for the revolution, because this week, after 116 years in business, and following years of attacks, fines, and losses incurred by federal bureaucrats, Gibson, the legendary manufacturer of electric guitars, revealed that it could face bankruptcy in July. .......the feds claimed was a violation of the Teddy Roosevelt-era “Lacey Act”, which was...
  • ABC, WashPost Dislike Their Poll Result on Mental Health Solutions vs. Gun Control

    02/23/2018 10:38:37 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 2/23/2018 | Tim Graham
    On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported its new ABC News-Washington Post poll on mass shootings on the front page. They asked: “Do you think that mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, or inadequate gun control laws?" By more than two to one (57 to 28 percent), people picked the mental health issues. On this shooting in particular, that divide might seem obvious. Actually, that poll finding was nowhere to be found in the Post story. ABC's Jonathan Karl briefly mentioned it as "interesting" on Tuesday's Good Morning...
  • The Child Soldiers of the Gun-Control War

    02/23/2018 9:39:36 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 2/23/2018 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the wake of the horrific slaughter in Parkland, Florida, a cadre of energized and understandably traumatized teenagers has flooded Washington and the airwaves to say remarkably passionate, occasionally extreme things about guns and the need for gun control. Because these teens are politically effective, a bunch of goons, buffoons and trolls have floated conspiracy theories aimed at discrediting them. I won't be more specific than that because it's all reprehensible bilge. At the same time, quite a few advocates of gun control, including many who claim the mantle of "objective" journalism, have taken the view that these kids cannot...
  • Omaha bank ends business relationship with NRA

    (The Hill) First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday that it would end its business relationship with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after feedback from customers. In a post on its official Twitter account Thursday, the bank announced it would no longer renews its contract with the NRA. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA,” the bank wrote. “As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
  • Democracy v. Republic

    02/22/2018 8:09:29 PM PST · by huckfillary · 26 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 22, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    I've had it with pundits, politicians, and people who should know better that continuously refer to our country as a democracy. The latest such reference was by renowned political commentator Thomas Friedman, who has never been confused with an intelligent person. But he has lots of company among the chattering classes, and even more so from among our so-called educators. At every educational level, teachers, professors, administrators, and even the elite collegiate Boards-of-Directors erroneously refer to the United States as a democracy and, in general, display an overall ignorance of American history and its Founding principles. And unfortunately, our youth...
  • Meghan McCain Tries To Explain Guns To ‘The View’(video)

    02/22/2018 3:20:17 PM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 2/22/2018 | Amber Athey
    ABC’s ‘The View’ tackled the Florida school shooting on Thursday and cohost Meghan McCain tried really hard to explain the differences between guns to her cohosts. The hosts insisted that something needed to be done about the shooting and threw out various proposed policies like banning bump stocks or getting rid of AR-15s. Whoopi Goldberg and McCain got into one heated exchange about whether McCain and the NRA hold the same positions on guns. McCain tried to inject some expertise into the debate, noting that attendees at CNN’s town hall on Wednesday cheered for a ban on all semi-automatic weapons....
  • Jaw Dropping – The Washington Post Attacks Reverend Billy Graham Hours After He Dies…

    02/21/2018 8:52:41 PM PST · by bitt · 64 replies
    In 2012 the DNC denounced Jesus Christ three times during their convention. Until today that stood as one of the most alarming public representations of how the Democrats hate Christianity. The Washington Post just took that hatred one step further…. (image of WAPO's shameful "analysis) I cannot even begin to fathom the level of institutional evil and hatred it would take for this story to work its way through the editorial process of a national American publication and not encounter anyone who would stop them in their tracks. Seriously, no words. Just unreal.
  • U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says(splc)

    02/21/2018 12:20:25 PM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 2/21/2018 | unknown
    The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday
  • S.E. Cupp Calls Out Gun Grabbers for Lying About Their Intentions

    02/21/2018 9:09:22 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 2/20/2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    HLN conservative host S.E. Cupp followed up her masterful takedown of self-righteous journalists who become anti-gun activists, last Thursday, by using the opening monologue of Tuesday’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered to call out disingenuous gun grabbers for lying about their intentions. “There is nothing more disingenuous than the idea that no one is talking about banning guns,” Cupp declared. Cupp began the show by slamming actress Alyssa Milano for sending out an “inane” tweet spewing hate for the Second Amendment because it was passed during a time when smallpox and dying during childbirth were “popular.” “What Milano tweeted may be inane,...
  • No, CNN Commentator, The NRA Didn’t Train The Florida Shooter, That’s A Total Garbage Lie

    02/21/2018 8:59:38 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 2/20/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Oh, well, they wouldn’t be the liberal media without dishing out total trash about gun politics. Take this lie about their favorite punching bag, the National Rifle Association. The lefty outlet Think Progress and others tried to smear the NRA for training Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz: Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who charged with murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, honed his marksmanship skills in a school program supported by the NRA. Cruz was, according to the Associated Press, a member of the school’s four-person varsity marksmanship team, which received a $10,000 grant from the NRA in 2016. The...
  • It’s highway robbery: How this environmental group is stealing a road SC needs

    02/21/2018 8:12:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The State ^ | February 15, 2018 | Tom Rice
    Columbia, SC Once again, a group of obstructionists who like to call themselves environmentalists is trying to steal opportunities away from South Carolina. The Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center filed a suit in federal court a week before Christmas to halt the construction of Interstate 73, highlighting their continued disregard for the public good. These groups say the environmental impact of I-73 is too high. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The federal government requires that any new highway be constructed along the least environmentally impactful route. Fifteen state and federal agencies have spent 16 years...
  • Do Not Let the Children Lead

    02/21/2018 7:14:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 2/21/2018 | Michelle Malkin
    Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief? Don't bother searching America's prestigious law schools. Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting who want gun control "are proving how important it is to include young people's voices in political debate." That was the assertion of University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas on He praised some student leaders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who've been making the rounds...
  • According To The FBI, Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close

    02/20/2018 11:03:54 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 2/20/2018 | Benny Johnson
    Knives kill far more people in the United States than rifles do every year. In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Florida last week, the debate over guns in America has surged again to the forefront oft the political conversation. Seventeen students were killed when a deranged gunman rampaged through the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Many are calling now for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting, specifically targeting the AR-15 rifle and promoting the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. However, recent statistics from 2016 show that knives actually kill nearly five...