Saturday, July 06, 2013

So if the Brit NHS is such a wonderful thing, why is Texas so horrible

for wanting to pass a law less-strict in some ways about abortion?
Availability: Under certain conditions
Gestational limit: 24 weeks
Conditions: Abortion is allowed in England, Wales and Scotland to save a woman's life, for health, economic or social reasons. Two registered medical practitioners must certify that the required medical grounds have been met.
The procedure must be carried out, except in emergency, in a National Health Service hospital or in a nursing home, private hospital or other approved place. The consent of the spouse is not a prerequisite of the medical termination.

And yet more of the result desired by the dirtbags running Fast & Furious:
A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.
This is exactly what the bastards wanted to happen, so they could blame gun owners in the US for all the evils of Mexico and demand more laws.

How about a law that 'Any federal official or LE agent who participates in the intentional violation of law shall serve ten years in prison'?

Yes, let's hear it for (fG)Britain, which we're supposed to love the idea of being like!
Duwayne Brooks has expressed concerns over Scotland Yard’s admission that he was secretly recorded as part of an alleged police smear campaign against friends and relatives of Stephen Lawrence, the murdered black teenager.
Yeah, I'd have concerns too.
Mr Grieve said he authorised secret recording of a conversation between his officers, Mr Brooks and his lawyers in May 2000. 

He said he deeply regretted “any distress, dismay or alarm that my decisions may have caused” but insisted the decision was made “within ethical frameworks”.
Which is why they've worked so hard to hide it.

Oh, and that wonderful NHS is going broke.  Or it already is and they're trying to drag it out.

Speaking of Britain, "IT'S HORRIBLE!  It's going to hit 86F FOR THE HIGHS!!"
Son's part of the world has been having what would be considered damn nice weather for this time of year down here: highs in the 70's and 80's, lows 50's & 60's.  According to him it's wonderful; lots of the locals are bitching about the heat.

More from across the pond:
A teenage gap-year student was knifed to death in the street in broad daylight by a "laughing" stranger in Manchester, a jury has heard.

Kieran Crump-Raiswell, 18, was heading to look for a job when Imran Hussain, 27, walked up to him and "without warning" stabbed him four times in the chest, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Get the feeling there's going to be more of this kind of thing?

Yeah, it's a Brit news day.  In this case, it appears that the Blue Wall stands in Britain, too.
The Scotland Yard marksman found by an official inquiry to have unlawfully killed a man he shot six times, was dubbed a "serial killer" by one of his own bosses, the Guardian has learned.
The CPS had previously decided E7 should not face criminal charges, following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which the Rodney family described as flawed. The IPCC failed to uncover crucial evidence discovered by the inquiry undermining E7's account and leading to Holland's devastating report.

The inquiry almost never happened. The authorities said crucial evidence concerning intelligence which led to the police suspecting Rodney and two others, could not be disclosed.
Conservative MP David Davis said: "There is also a real question to be raised over why the police sought to have parts of this inquiry held in secret … [It] is extremely difficult to judge whether these claims are to protect real intelligence secrets, or simply to cover up the embarrassment of the organisation concerned."
Three guesses which, Davis.
More on this here and here.

Back over here, how can Kerry damage something he doesn't really have in the first place?

And now, having done some casting earlier, need to do some sorting and QC.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Boy, talk about entering the wayback machine...

1975, to be precise.

The Dept. of Public Safety had started the Cadet Lawman program; one high-school junior from each county got to attend a week-long version of the OHP cadet academy; classroom, driving, shooting, pt, the works.

This is your fearless correspondent on the range.
I cannot remember the name of the gentleman on the right, he was with one of the organizations that sponsored the academy.  And that target tied me for best shooting of the day with handgun.

Yes, it's a bit spread out; I'd had a lot less practice then.  Also, part of the course was straight point-shooting, aligning sights not allowed.  The highlight of that being
Start ten yards from the target.
At the whistle, start walking.
At the second whistle draw and fire six, reload, fire six more.
That, let me specify, was with S&W revolvers and loading from belt loops.

With one exception, it was a fun week.  That exception was the food; it sucked.  To the point that, on a couple of nights, a number of hungry teenagers had some milk for dinner, because the food was so bloody awful.  I remember hearing afterward that Words Were Had with the clowns running the cafeteria, and our last lunch on the final day was steak and baked potatoes(I had three of each; I actually lost six pounds that week).

Ah, the days when my knees actually worked and my biggest concerns included 'Girls: what to do about'.

Even if you ignore the "What IRS investigation?" crap from the EffingBI Director,

you find yourself wondering "WHY am I supposed to trust these clowns?"
Another murderer/extortionist/fill in the blanks being protected by the EffingBI while committing these crimes, over decades, because 'He's an important informant!'

And doing things the EffingBI didn't want to dirty its' hands with.
In return for his assistance to the Feds, Scarpa collected in spades, using his influence with the FBI to avoid prosecution on three separate indictments by organized crime strike forces over the years. Not only did he beat a 1974 indictment for stealing $520,000 in securities and conspiring to counterfeit, transport, and sell $4 million in IBM stock, but when Secret Service agents arrested him in 1986 for credit card fraud, on charges that could have led to seven years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the FBI intervened and helped him get his sentence reduced to probation and a $10,000 fine.

A breakdown of how the Zimmerman trial is going, and how it got to this point in the first place.
I've said before: a bunch of the prosecution team needs to worry less about sucking up to RWPP jerks and more about being disbarred for the crap they've done.

One more celebritute opens the mouth, and
Happy Independence Day! Just think, if we hadn’t won that war, today wouldn’t be a holiday AND we’d have health care.

A couple of examples of what Obama's smart diplomacy has gotten us:

The EPA wants the utilities to be able to turn your refrigerator and freezer off; whatever could go wrong?

The People's Republic of Massachussetts, Part 37

Make a blog post some gutless, ball-less chickenshits don't like, and they run to the Stasi, who violate the law and seize your property.

Part II here.  More information in the comments.
Including some of the Stasi wanting to shake hands and say 'no hard feelings'.
Fat effing bloody hell there's not, you order-following SS wannabes.

Why yes, this does piss me of considerably.

You COULD NOT pay me enough to live in that hellhole.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

And, just to stir the pot on this day,

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.
EPA, anyone?

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
DHS and their 'operators' and armored vehicles?

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
UN treaties that violate the Constitution?

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
That FBI dirtbag protected from the consequences of murdering Mrs. Weaver?  The EffingBI pretending to investigate the IRS?
Clapper committing perjury, and getting away with it?

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

"I'm going to change this law, who needs Congress?"

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
See immediately above.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
I tend to see his(under the hand of Holder) encouragement of the New Black Panthers in
voter intimidation, and ignoring fraud, and- the big one- having nothing to say about all the "I'm gonna kill a cracker for Trayvon!" garbage as fitting right in.

Except, of course, the Indians were fighting as they always had; the bigots and racists being encouraged here know better ways; they just figure they can get away with riot, looting and murder.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
The IRS being used as a partisan political weapon; people gathering to protest and speak their piece being called terrorists and unAmerican.

History rolling 'round again, it seems.

Does the Las Vegas area attract asswipes in the guise of cops,

or what?
Henderson police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court.
This is one of those 'Sue them for everything they have or ever will have.  And try to have their qualified immunity stripped, so it all comes out of THEIR OWN POCKETS.

And since the PD didn't do anything about it...'

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton

Wm. Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thos. Heyward, Junr.
Thomas Lynch, Junr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
Wm. Paca
Thos. Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Th. Jefferson
Benja. Harrison
Thos. Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robt. Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benja. Franklin
John Morton
Geo. Clymer
Jas. Smith
Geo. Taylor
James Wilson
Geo. Ross
Caesar Rodney
Geo. Read
Tho. Mckean

Wm. Floyd
Phil. Livingston
Frans. Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richd. Stockton
Jno. Witherspoon
Fras. Hopkinson
John Hart
Abra. Clark

Josiah Bartlett
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Adams
John Adams
Robt. Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Step. Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
Wm. Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Matthew Thornton

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Test 2.0 on the brass catcher

And the plated bullets, let's not forget them.

Start with the bullets:  Good stuff.  Loaded in full standard-ball loads, no sign of nasty copper fouling.  In fact, the bore looks very bright and clean; notably cleaner than after cast bullets, even with a gas check.  Accuracy seemed identical to ball, at least from what I can tell at this range.  All in all I'd recommend them.

Now to the brass catcher:
The improved version works better than Version 1, and is a lot more stable; that stiffer wire makes a big difference.

Here's another shot of it in place

Here's the whole unit off the rifle
What goes over the ends to hold them in place and protect the stock is a strip of 2" wide velcro.  The two straps that hold it in place are 6" long pieces of 1" velcro; the two sides are overlapped about 2", which leaves plenty of length to go around and strap it down.

Here's what it looks like with the wire(mostly) bare.

The netting is the plastic that came over a turkey breast; very light, and has no problem stopping the cases.

I'm thinking that you could make it a bit more rigid with a longer piece of wire: have both ends extend from the bend all the way to the start of the open box.  Be that as it may, the thing stayed in place during firing, from a rest and from standing offhand position.

Due to the ejection angles mentioned in the original test, it doesn't actually catch many of them; most hit the net and bounce back, falling to the ground near your feet.  Which is fine for me; long as they don't go flying downrange where I can't get to them(or find them as the case may be).  I did lose two cases that managed to skim just past the front edge and continue forward; I could see them, but with other people on the range no way to get to them.  That's a LOT better than the usual loss number.

I'm wondering if some kind of nylon or light cloth mesh that only attaches to the front and top would work better; it would be looser, and might better trap the cases and let them fall down.  And it wouldn't be a bag, so it'd be easier to make and put on.  Easy enough to try, so that'll be done in the future.

Don't know, but I doubt such a setup would work well on a Garand: much heavier case ejecting with much more energy.  With a heavier frame it might; may have to try that one of these days.

Let's have some old-fashioned equal justice under the law:

prosecute Clapper for lying to Congress.

Every time I hear something about those horrible, nasty pro-life woman-haters, I think of crap like this.
They’ve received Facebook messages and e-mails saying, “I hope you’re raped” and “I hope your daughter’s raped,” Oliver tells me. “Lots of language — ‘You’re an effin’ blank,’ ‘You are a traitor to women’ — those kind of things,” Oliver says. “I wouldn’t say anything’s necessarily a direct threat, but they’re the kind of e-mails that make you a little nervous, especially when you start talking about family members: ‘I hope your family members are raped.’”

If this is true, then it's going to get REAL nasty dealing with the NSA mess.
“If anyone thinks that what’s going on right now with all of this surveillance of American citizens is to fight some sort of foreign enemy, they’re delusional. If people think that this ‘scandal’ can’t get any worse, it will, hour by hour, day by day. This has the ability to bring down our national leadership, the administration and other senior elected officials working in collusion with this administration, both Republican and Democrats. People within the NSA, the Department of Justice, and others, they know who they are, need to come forth with the documentation of ‘policy and practice’ in their possession, disclose what they know, fight what’s going on, and just do their job. I have never seen anything like this, ever. The present administration is going after leakers, media sources, anyone and everyone who is even suspected of ‘betrayal.’ That’s what they call it, ‘betrayal.’ Can you believe the size of their cahones? This administration considers anyone telling the truth about Benghazi, the IRS, hell, you name the issue, ‘betrayal,’” he said.

“We know all this already,” I stated. He looked at me, giving me a look like I’ve never seen, and actually pushed his finger into my chest. “You don’t know jack,” he said, “this is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. This administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list,” he stated.

These guys think the IRS actions are Obama's response to Citizens United being struck down: "If I can't use the FCC to shut people up, I'll use the IRS."  Wouldn't surprise me.

How screwed is the situation in Colorado?

The Colorado Bureau of investigation “advises local law enforcement to ignore and violate new Colorado gun laws,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith disclosed yesterday on a Facebook post. Furthermore, both law enforcement and gun owners who have had guns with standard capacity magazines stolen will be committing criminal acts if the gun is recovered and returned, Smith wrote in another post this morning.

“[Governor John] Hickenlooper's new laws require that every time a gun is transferred for more than 72 hours, a state background check must be conducted by an FFL dealer,” Smith advised in yesterday’s post. “When my staff inquired how law enforcement agencies were supposed to comply with that provision as they return firearms to lawful owners, the CBI representative told them law enforcement agencies were not supposed to use the system mandated by Colorado's new laws, but instead they were to conduct their own, limited (non-compliant) background check of the recipient. 

“This is in direct conflict with Governor Hickenlooper's own law,” Smith asserted.
More of the unintended(probably) consequences of this Bloomberg-written piece of crap.

Oh yeah, we can trust the BATFEIEIO with this.

And, just in time to save Democrats from the 2014 elections,
I suppose my question, a little bit later, would be "From where does he derive the right to unilaterally change his misbegotten law without Congressional action? Just because his law is so horribly screwed up he thinks he has the unilateral power to alter it?"
The answer would be 'From nowhere; he does not have that authority.  But unless Congress nails him on this, he'll get away with it.


Yes, it's the Daily Kos.  Yes, the article is Why liberals should love the Second Amendment
And it's a pretty good article.
The comments, however, quickly become a cesspool of 'conservatives and white militia are after the blacks', which is unfortunate(I guess all the Democrats who founded the Klan and did everything possible to crap on blacks are all counted as 'conservatives', thus absolving the D party of any responsibility for anything).

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Seems some of them would start with depopulation

But this is precisely what at least some Greens object to. What they want, as they frankly admit, is decarbonisation, deindustrialisation and depopulation. They regard the various advances we've made since the old stone age – the coffee, the computers, the cathedrals – with regret. What society needs, they tell us, is not green consumerism, but less consumerism. Which is, of course, precisely what most Western countries have had since 2008. The crash brought about all the things that eco-warriors had been demanding: lower GDP, less consumption, a decline in international trade. Yet, oddly, when it happened, they didn't seem at all satisfied. There's no pleasing some people.

Which directly connects with this:
Ofgem warned there could be energy shortages in the middle of this decade as the UK has failed to build enough new wind farms and nuclear powers stations to replace old fossil fuel plants. 

 It also believes demand for energy may not fall as much as originally expected, as fewer households are insulating their lofts and switching to green appliances than predicted. 

Ministers are so concerned that factories and large businesses may be asked to switch off their power during energy emergencies in return for compensation from bill-payers
"We aren't making sure there's enough capacity, so if companies have to shut down we'll rob the average consumer and use that money to pay them off."
The supply crunch is the result of Britain forcing old coal and oil plants to switch off in favour of new green wind farms and nuclear plants.
"We need more bird cuisinarts!"
Ministers are trying to encourage companies to spend more than £100 billion on new green energy infrastructure by offering huge subsidies.
There's that 'steal someone else's money to use for bribes' again.

And here's where you get to the real Green agenda:
If Britain substantially reduced its energy demand, in line with new National Grid forecasts, then the risk of blackouts could remain close to Ofgem's previous estimates at around one-in-12.
There is NO FREAKING WAY they can 'substantially reduce energy demand' to the level they want and have a strong economy.  Or prevent people freezing in the dark.
And at least some of them damn well know it.

The gun bigots are back to 'ban armor-piercing bullets'

with the aim- again- appearing to be 'ban all ammunition possible'.

The Governor of IL(really should have another L, shouldn't it?) can't stop CCW so he wants to make it as difficult and restricted as possible.

The July e-postal match is up

at Billl's place.

Why do I so despise racial grievance-mongers and leftists?

"The whole point of the Trayvon Martin case," according to Slate's Justin Peters, was supposed to be to serve as "a referendum on how comfort and privilege deal with the unfamiliar."
Got that?  Zimmerman isn't supposed to be on trial for 2nd Degree Murder, oh no, it's supposed to be a REFERENDUM for Peters' cause.  A 'referendum' that can put a man in prison for the rest of his life, of course.

Add in the dirtbag Martin family lawyer NOW claiming "Oh noes, this was never about race or profiling!"  After, of course, it's blown up in their(fittingly) collective face.

Monday, July 01, 2013

A new look at Gettysburg

Very cool: what could the commanders actually see?
Which is why J.E.B. Stuart caught a lot of crap in this: his job was to help Lee see what was going on, the ground, the units.  And he didn't do it.

This was the day that battle began.

Found thanks to OGAM

There's only one thing I can say to this:

Screw you, you miserable little fascist bastard.
The president gave short shrift to these more traditional health concerns during his visit to the continent.  Instead, Obama implied several times that the U.S. would only encourage growth in Africa should it be grounded in “clean energy strategies” and not in “corrupting” energy economies that gave rise to unprecedented levels of health and prosperity among Western nations.
"You peasants cannot be allowed to grow out of your picturesque villages until we of superior minds decide you can do it in the right way."

I'm going to stop now; I'm about to melt my keyboard and offend some people through Language Practice.

"This does not mean

what you thought it would."
...Clearly, once the CDC produced the hard evidence that the US was a violent nation of wild-west shootouts, the American people would be eager to approve and fund future research while embracing strict gun control legislation.

At least that was the plan. The study, which was compiled by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council under the CDC’s direction, was recently completed and released. The anti-gun crowd has been awfully quiet about it. Could it be that it didn’t support their bogus hypothesis?

In a word, Yes. The CDC’s numbers basically back every pro-gun rights argument made over the course of the last year.

Would anybody be at all surprised if this is true?
Senators are questioning whether the National Security Agency collected bulk data on more than just Americans’ phone records, such as firearm and book purchases.

A bipartisan group of 26 senators, led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to detail the scope and limits of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities in a letter released Friday.
The NSA’s surveillance program has come under intense scrutiny following a leak revealing the agency harvested the phone metadata of millions of American citizens.
The senators noted that the federal government’s authority under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is broad and rife with potential for abuse. Among the senators’ concerns was whether the NSA’s bulk data harvesting program could be used to construct a gun registry or violate other privacy laws.

Speaking of,
The United States taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target similar to China, according to secret U.S. documents quoted by a German newsmagazine.

Lots of Canadians are seriously torqued at the RCMP.  Rightly so.  And the longer people are kept out of their property, and the more the RCMP changes and tweaks their excuses, the worse it will get.

BATFEIEIO is in desperate need of something, but it's not a permanent director;

it's an enema.  To start flushing the brain area out.
The ATF leader who oversaw a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee will now be in charge of the agency's embattled Phoenix office, where agents allowed more than 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of suspected criminals through the infamous "Operation Fast and Furious."

Bernard "B.J." Zapor will be reunited in Phoenix with Fred Milanowski, another key figure in Milwaukee's "Operation Fearless," where a Journal Sentinel investigation found agents lost government guns, had their storefront ripped off and arrested at least four of the wrong people.
Got that?  Screw up ENORMOUSLY, and get- well,  
Zapor was in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' St. Paul Field Division, which covers Wisconsin and three other states. In November, shortly after the Milwaukee sting was abruptly shut down, he was promoted to a position in Washington, D.C., supervising eight field divisions.

Officials from the ATF and the U.S. Department of Justice told congressional staffers in April that disciplinary action was under way against Zapor because of the Milwaukee operation. They won't say if Zapor's assignment to Phoenix is punishment.
'Punishment'. Right.
Zapor has roots in Arizona. He started his career as an agent in Phoenix in 1989 and has family members living in that part of the country. Zapor will be able to retire when he turns 50, in two years. With its proximity to the Mexican border and population, Phoenix is a higher profile field division than St. Paul.

Screw up enormously, get to go HOME to work, in a 'higher profile field division', that's punishment if you work at BATFE.

I've been working in the wrong places all these years; if I screwed up, I actually got in TROUBLE for it.