Senate Democrats target Kroger in latest gun-free campaign

Senate Democrats have found a new front in the perpetual war against the 2nd Amendment: Kroger grocery stores.

A trio of Senate Democrats has co-authored a letter to Kroger’s CEO, describing open-carry advocates who’ve previously brought long guns into at least one Kroger location as “gun extremists” and asking that the company ban customers from openly carrying firearms in all of its stores.

By forbidding in-store open carry, the lawmakers argued, Kroger “would be sending an important message about [its] commitment to the safety of” shoppers and store employees.

Here’s more of that letter, as quoted in The Hill:

Gun extremists in several states have exploited the current Kroger policy by flaunting assault rifles as they shopped. These bizarre displays must be terrifying for Kroger employees and customers. The current Kroger policy allows for these demonstrations.

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) co-signed the letter, delivered Tuesday to Kroger CEO W. Rodney McMullen.

“To the best of our knowledge,” wrote Bearing Arms’ Bob Owens Tuesday, “there was one incident of AKM open carry in a Kroger in Texas, more than a year ago. No laws were broken, and to the best we can determine, none of the customers or employees were even alarmed by the incident.

Decorated cop allegedly breaks into woman’s home, says ‘Sometimes I’m a bad guy’ and beats her

A Bronx police officer fresh off being honored with the department’s second-highest commendation allegedly broke into a 30 year-old woman’s home that same night, told her something extremely creepy, dragged her out of her bed and beat her.

According to the New York Daily News, officer Eugene Donnelly pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of assault, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.  He’s been without his gun and badge while remaining on limited duty since the June 10 incident.

Donnelly was honored on June 10 for heroism in apprehending a man who had allegedly fired a gun at him. He shook hands with the mayor at that event. But, according to the Daily News:

Donnelly, who works at the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, tied one on to celebrate, drinking himself into a stupor. He went to a pal’s Woodlawn apartment to sleep it off.

But before dawn on June 11, a 30-year-old neighbor of Donnelly’s pal was startled awake by the cop breaking the chain lock on her front door, prosecutors said. The woman told detectives the intruder, who she didn’t know, was standing beside her bed in his underwear.

Lawmaker urges DOJ to examine Oklahoma beheading as terror case

A House Republican called on outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a case of terrorism rather than workplace violence. But given the DOJ’s track record in ignoring select forms of religious extremism, along with some of Holder’s attempts to scorch the earth on his way out, a terror investigation is highly unlikely.

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said Tuesday Holder must launch a terror investigation into the gruesome murder, rather than allow the crime to be swept under the rug as just another killing at a place of employment.

Wolf likened the murder, in which recent Muslim convert Alton Nolen allegedly admitted to decapitating Colleen Hufford at the Vaughan Foods processing plant in Cleveland County, Okla. last Thursday, to the sensational beheadings perpetrated by members of the ISIS terror group in Iraq and Syria.

According to The Hill, Wolf condemned the DOJ’s history of declining to link domestic terror incidents with global terror movements. From a letter Wolf sent to Holder:

Avoid paralysis when it comes to investing

“More matter, with less art.” — William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”

I received a phone call from a subscriber a decade ago; she wanted to know where she should invest her money. Her husband had died and left her a considerable sum, and she was rightfully preoccupied with the safety of her estate. I asked her if she had been reading the newsletter, and she said she had but still had no idea of what she should invest in.

I told her that I thought gold would not only appreciate but was also a safe haven. She was not sold. Looking back, that was a shame because at that time gold was selling for less than $300 per ounce. She wanted to know what would happen if Eastern Europe and Russia began to sell all of its gold. She asked whether the price of bullion could fall in half.

I told her that such a precipitous decline was not anticipated but added that if the Russians became massive sellers, there was no doubt that gold would be in a severe bear market. I then told her that if she did not like gold she may want to buy AAA European Currency Unit bonds. She agreed these instruments appeared safe, but she worried about the dollar’s future strength.

Illinois proves gun laws are racist

Under Illinois law, a person seeking to obtain a concealed carry license — and, thus, be “legally” entitled to protect himself in that state — has to first fork over $650, plus take a 16-hour training course that requires time on a range.

Illinois has the most expensive registration fee in the country. Getting a license is an expensive and burdensome proposition. And even then, obtaining “approval” is a tricky proposition, at best. The Cook County Sheriff has said he would object to as many applications as possible so as to send them to a panel that can deny them without explanation. But it’s easier to get a license if you’re white.

The Washington Times has dug into license data. It shows that if you are black and live in a violent and dangerous neighborhood, you are very unlikely to be able to obtain a permit.

Demographic data shows that 90 percent of Illinois’ 73,714 active concealed carry licenses are held by whites who live in middle-class, predominately white neighborhoods with low crime rates. Only 8 percent went to blacks statewide. Of those, fewer than 1 percent went to people living in the poorest ZIP codes.

Ebola In America: The Confirmed Case In Dallas, Texas Could Change Everything

United States Map On A Globe - Public DomainThe day that many of us hoped would never arrive is here.  Ebola has come to America.  Air travel between the United States and the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should have been totally shut down except for absolutely essential personnel but it wasn’t.  And now our nation may end up paying a great price as a result.  On Tuesday, the CDC announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas.  We know that this individual is a male and that he traveled by air from Liberia to Texas on September 19th.  At that time, he was not exhibiting any symptoms.  It is being reported that he started developing symptoms on September 24th and that he sought out treatment two days later.  Incredibly, he was turned away and sent home.  Then on September 28th he went to a hospital again and this time he was admitted for treatment.  That means that he could have potentially been spreading Ebola to others for at least four full days before finally getting treated at a hospital.  Now he is in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.  The CDC says that “there is no doubt that we will stop it here” and is promising that “it will not spread widely in this country”.  The CDC better be right on both counts.

Matthew 5:11-12

““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

A ‘No Social Media List’ For Extremists And Potential Terrorists?

Social Media - Public DomainYou have heard of the “No Fly List”, right?  Well, now the Tories are pledging that if they win the next election in the UK they will establish a list of “extremists” that will have to have their social media posts “approved in advance by the police” before they post them.  There are also plans to ban “extremists” from broadcasting and speaking at public events.  The stated goal of these proposals is to crack down on terrorism, but in the process the civil liberties of the British people are going to be flushed down the toilet.  And the American people need to pay close attention to what is going on in the UK, because whatever police state measures are implemented over there usually also get implemented over here eventually.  For those that believe that we need to do “whatever it takes” to fight terrorism, there is a very important question that you need to ask yourself.  What if the government decides that you are an “extremist” because of what you believe?  What will you do then?

When I saw a report in the Telegraph today entitled “Extremists to have Facebook and Twitter vetted by anti-terror police“, I could hardly believe it.

No wonder he’s clueless: Obama has attended less than half of daily intelligence briefings

President Barack Obama blamed intelligence community failures for his foreign policy ineptitude in a “60 Minutes” interview this week. But a new report out from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) reveals another explanation for why the president doesn’t seem to know what’s going on: He has attended less than half of his daily intelligence briefings since taking office.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama passed the buck on Monday.

In a study of Obama’s first 2,079 days in office, running from January 20, 2009 through September 29, 2014, compiled from the White House calendar and information gathered from POLITICO, GAI found that the president attended a total of 875 intelligence briefings over the course of 2,079 days in office.

That means Obama has only attended 42.09 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs.

GAI also compared the president’s briefing attendance during his first and second terms:

First Term: President Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 and was re-elected in November 2012. Between January 20, 2009 and January 19, 2013, President Obama attended 620 PDBs over a possible 1,461 days for a 42.43% attendance rate.

Oh no: Obama prepares a lavish feast for Indian prime minister – who was in the middle of a religious fast

President Obama hosted Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, Monday at a White House dinner intended to commemorate their first-ever meeting. There was crisped halibut, avocado, goat cheese and more – with mango crème brulee for dessert.

But the president evidently never got one of his White House lackeys to do any advance research the cultural differences he so often touts his administration for respecting. Modi happened to be observing a nine-day religious fast, and he reportedly sat there consoling all the eaters by telling them not to abstain from their meals just because he had chosen to.

From The Wall Street Journal Tuesday:

As Indian and U.S. officials sat down to dinner, Mr. Modi told the group: “Please don’t feel embarrassed and please continue with your food,” Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry, recounted later Monday in a briefing for reporters. Although the White House laid out a place setting for the prime minister, he consumed only warm water during his first meeting with the U.S. president, Mr. Akbaruddin said.

Here’s a tweet of the White House menu from WSJ correspondent Colleen Nelson:

Camille Paglia takes aim at the Leftist ideology driving the college campus ‘rape culture’ myth

There are few intellectual liberals whose intentions and arguments align with those of constitutional conservatives and libertarians more closely than Camille Paglia. Unlike many of her nominally liberal academic peers, she does not obscure her reasoning, nor couch a concealed agenda behind red-herring buzzwords and talking points. Paglia tells you exactly what she thinks, and why.

Paglia weighed in this week on the Left’s phony war on the so-called college campus “rape culture,” obliterating the naïve, utopian Leftist thinking that perpetuates the false idea that social conditioning has the power to smooth out all the biological differences between men and women.

“The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will,” she wrote Monday at Time. “The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men.”

Guess what? Nature – and human nature, which the Left tends to reject – doesn’t harbor such idealism:

Los Angeles: Residents can’t waste water, but the government can

There’s a drought on in Southern California, and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has already restricted citizens’ water usage with an emergency measure that authorizes $500 per-day fines for anyone caught “wasting” water. Cities, counties and water utilities also have their own restrictions in place.

That’s part of the reason why this short, silent video caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times.

If you don’t quite get the message at first, read the name on the side of the building.

“As officials crack down on homeowners who waste water, more drought-conscious Californians are using social media to broadcast video of what appear to be government agencies breaking their own water-use rules: sprinklers running at city parks in the middle of the day, public workers hosing grass until it becomes a muddy mess,” the Times reported Monday.

“Everybody has to follow the same rules. But there are special cases on some of those rules both with the state ordinance and with ours,” Penny Falcon, water conservation policy manager for the L.A. Department of Water and Power, told the paper.

So … does “everybody” mean “people,” and “special cases” mean “government?” We’re confused.

Connecticut governor’s Sandy Hook panel recommends new restrictions on homeschooling

Connecticut parents who’ve chosen to homeschool their children would be faced with a new layer of bureaucracy and state regulation, if a new legislative proposal from the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission succeeds.

The Connecticut Post reported last week that the commission has proposed new regulations for homeschooling parents in a draft proposal of its forthcoming final report on the Newtown school shootings for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The new homeschool regulations would apply specifically to parents of children who have emotional, social or behavioral problems, and would require parents, for the first time, to submit “individualized education plans approved by the special education director of the local public school district.”

For commissioners on the Sandy Hook panel, the link between homeschooling of special-needs students and mass murder is provided by Adam Lanza, the 20 year-old at the center of the December 2014 murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza was homeschooled by his mother, who was also murdered in her home on the same day that 26 students and school employees were shot and killed.

You mean the Swiss get to vote on nationalized health insurance – but we don’t?

On Sunday, voters in Switzerland rejected a referendum proposal to convert their country’s private-sector health insurance system to one managed by the state.

Of course they’d reject a crazy idea like that. But wait a minute: where was our referendum?

Yes, we’re being facetious – kind of. The U.S. is a constitutional republic, and there’s no mechanism in our charter that provides for a nationwide ballot measure. There’s a reason why true democratic systems are often panned as tyrannies of the majority.

In Switzerland, roughly 62 percent voted against state-run health care, a margin that’s oddly close to the percentage of Americans who now oppose Obamacare, according to a recent CNN tracking poll. The overwhelming Swiss opposition to a state-managed system rebuffed calls from the political left to place government controls on the cost of health care.

“Going public would have been a major shift for a country whose health system is often hailed abroad as a paragon of efficiency, but is a growing source of frustration at home because of soaring costs,” reported Agence France-Presse.

Guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. But quality health care makes for some mighty nice cake.

Groups call on Obama to undo his administration’s damage to Freedom of Information laws

A group of government transparency advocates delivered a letter to the White House Monday calling on the Obama administration to do away with its policy of reviewing Freedom of Information Act requests determined by the executive to contain “White House equities.” The policy has “caused significant confusion and delay among agencies in their compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.”

In 2009 the Obama White House handed down an edict requiring agencies to present all FOIA requests including “…documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications” to the executive branch for review.

According to transparency advocates, the requirement creates confusion as federal agencies attempt to comply with FOIA requests because it was put into place without any official statute, rulemaking or other guidance. Furthermore, the group argues that the 2009 memo interferes with congressional oversight and contradicts FOIA’s intended purpose of allowing public access to government records.

“Not surprisingly, a policy based around protecting an ill-defined term can sow confusion among agency officials and the public, and make it very hard to know exactly the effect of the policy,” OpenTheGovernment.org director Dr. Patrice McDermott said in a statement.

Good riddance to Eric Holder

So why did Eric Holder choose to submit his resignation as attorney general of the United States now?

Is it just a coincidence that two days earlier a federal judge ruled that the Justice Department had to turn over to Congress documents that House Republicans have been seeking for more than two years about Operation Fast and Furious?

You remember that botched arms deal that the Justice Department authorized, don’t you? It’s how a Mexican drug cartel got the weapons it used to murder a bunch of its opponents, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

When the Justice Department stonewalled a congressional investigation into the controversy, the House of Representatives voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt. It’s the first time that an attorney general of the United States has ever been held in contempt by Congress.

But Holder’s malfeasance in office didn’t stop there. He politicized the Justice Department more than any other attorney general in history. He was eager to attack opponents of the Obama administration, while refusing to investigate such federal abuses of power as the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations.

Poll after poll shows GOP gaining momentum in key Senate races

A series of electoral forecasting models are predicting that the likelihood of Republicans winning enough seats to take the Senate this fall is growing. Prognosticators have credited momentum in GOP races in Alaska, Colorado and Iowa as the driving force behind the trend.

Real Clear Politics (RCP) last week reported that Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan holds a 4.7 point lead over Democrat Mark Begich. The RCP finding was calculated by averaging results from Rasmussen, Public Policy Polling and CBS/NYT/YouGov which, respectively, show Sullivan holding a 5; 3; and 6 point lead.

In Colorado, Republican Cory Gardener currently holds a narrower lead over Democrat Mark Udall, with an RCP average of 0.8 points. That’s based on USA Toda/Suffolk, Quinnipiac, Denver Post/ SurveyUSA, and Rasmussen polling showing the GOP candidate leading by 1; 8; 4; and 2 points, respectively.

RCP reports that Iowa Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by an average of 2.2 points. Both Rasmussen and Fox News are reporting a tie in polling results for the two, while the Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac both award Ernst a lead of 6 points. A CNN/Opinion Research poll is the outlier among the data set, reporting that Braley currently holds a 1 point lead.

Terror in the heartland due to ‘workplace violence’

It wasn’t an act of terrorism; it was “workplace violence.” It wasn’t motivated by Islam; it was motivated by the loss of a job. It wasn’t racism; it was rage. When Alton Nolen roared through the door of Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, last Friday, he wasn’t bent on inflicting the sort of inhuman violence Americans consider abhorrent and Islamofascists consider an afternoon at the office. He was merely expressing his indignation at the brutal treatment of today’s workers by evil plutocrats. Heck, Nolen isn’t a terrorist; according to such leading lights as MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, he’s a “gentleman.”

So rest easy, America. There is no threat of a wave of Islamofascist terrorism crashing upon our shores. The fact that a radicalized Muslim beheaded one innocent woman and stabbed another in a fit of religiously inspired rage does not mean that radicalized Muslims will behead, stab and/or murder any other innocent women. Just because a Muslim angrily replicated identically abominable acts to the ones demonstrated by the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL and those guys who totally don’t represent Islam) doesn’t mean you should worry that any other Muslims who think Sharia law sounds like a party are lying about why they just bought a new GoPro. So stop worrying. You’ve got nothing to worry about. Even though ISIS and other Islamofascist rats’ nests — not all of which were armed by the regime of President Barack Obama — consistently shriek demands that all Muslims rise up and kill as many Americans as they can, Nolen’s Oklahoma killing spree was an aberration.

Superman taken down by bedsores

In the end, Superman was brought down by bedsores.

Christopher Reeve, the actor who played the superhero in four movies, died in 2004 of complications from infected bedsores that led to blood poisoning and heart failure, more than nine years after a horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He also had an allergic shock reaction to the drug used to treat the systemic infection from the sores, which may have sent him into cardiac arrest. Reeve’s death underscored the danger of bedsores (more properly called pressure sores), one of the most common and most dangerous complications facing people with limited mobility.

Nursing homes and healthcare workers have long recognized the importance of preventing pressure sores, and now family caregivers everywhere are taking up the cause. If you’re caring for a relative who spends much of the day in bed or in a wheelchair, you too will have to join the fight.

The word “sore” hardly captures the seriousness of the problem. “It’s a huge quality-of-life issue,” said Catherine D’Amico, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City. Pressure sores can turn an already unpleasant situation into pure agony, she said, and can permanently damage skin and bone. As Reeve’s case of illustrates, they can also be fatal.