Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo and MRAPs For Homeland Security?

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It's Time For A National Conversation - Forbes President Obama has an opportunity, now, to live up to some of his rhetoric by helping the federal government set a noble example in a matter very close to his heart (and that of his Progressive base), one not inimical to the Bill of Rights: gun control. The federal government can (for a nice change) begin practicing what it preaches by controlling itself. Add to this perplexing outrĂ© purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers, repatriated from the Iraqi and Afghani theaters of operation. The Department of Homeland Security is apparently taking delivery (apparently through the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico VA, via the manufacturer – Navistar Defense LLC) of an undetermined number of the recently retrofitted 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ MaxxPro MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of the United States. Mr. Obama? Where’s the disdain now? Cancelling, or at minimum, drastically scaling back — by 90% or even 99%, the DHS order for ammo, and its receipt and deployment of armored personnel carriers, would be a “fourfer.”
  • The federal government would set an example of restraint in the matter of weaponry.
  • It would reduce the deficit without squeezing essential services.
  • It would do both in a way that was palatable to liberals and conservatives, slightly depolarizing America.
  • It would somewhat defuse, by the government making itself less armed-to-the-teeth, the anxiety of those who mistrust the benevolence of the federales.
If Obama doesn’t show any leadership on this matter it’s an opportunity for Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to summon Secretary Napolitano over for a little national conversation. Madame Secretary? Buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammo and deploying armored personnel carriers runs contrary, in every way, to what “homeland security” really means.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Texas all over the map when it comes to drones

The Arlington Police now have permission to fly their unmanned helicopters during daylight hours and below 400 feet in altitude.

Source: Austin American Statesman

Arlington police and the Montgomery County sheriff’s office Arlington police and the Montgomery County sheriff’s office appear to be the only local law enforcement agencies in the appear to be the only local law enforcement agencies in the state that have drones and FAA approval to operate them. state that have drones and FAA approval to operate them. Arlington has two 6-foot-long, battery-powered, miniature Arlington has two 6-foot-long, battery-powered, miniature helicopters that cost about $100,000 each. Montgomery helicopters that cost about $100,000 each. Montgomery County, north of Houston, has gained national attention with County, north of Houston, has gained national attention with its $300,000 jet-fueled Shadowhawk, considered big at 29 its $300,000 jet-fueled Shadowhawk, considered big at 29 pounds and 7 feet in length. Both types of drones were pounds and 7 feet in length. Both types of drones were bought with Homeland Security funds.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TSA agents 'humiliated' wounded Marine with aggressive inspection: report

We must end TSA tyranny NOW! I've seen the TSA mistreat handicapped travelers on a couple of occasions and It's very difficult to stand by and watch as they abuse their power. I would also like to point out that TSA inspectors are NOT sworn officers of the law as this article implies. TSA inspectors initially receive only about 80 hours of new-hire training and some TSA inspectors are hired even though they have a criminal background. Source: Washington Times “A TSA officer asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own. With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on, only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficult, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives...”

Katrina-like hurricanes could become 10 times more likely

Source: io9

The latest research to correlate the increased severity of storm surge activity with climate change comes from Aslak Grinsted who works at the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. In his paper, which has just been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Grinsted proposes a new combined model to prognosticate hurricane surge threats — one that compares the record of hurricane activity in the Atlantic based on storm surge statistics (extracted from tide gauges) to changes in global temperature patterns.

    To cut to the chase, here’s what the new simulation indicates:
  • If the average global temperature increases by 0.4 degrees Celsius, we can expect to see a doubling in the frequency of storm surges like the one following Katrina
  • Should temperatures increase by one degree, these events will occur with three to four times the frequency
  • A two degree increase in global temperature will result in about 10 times as many extreme storm surges

If Grinsted’s two degree prediction comes to pass, we can expect a Katrina-like hurricane once every two years. Worse, with rising sea levels, the destructiveness of the surges could be greatly exacerbated.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Credo Mobile hails "significant victory' as judge orders halt to FBI's data demands

Source: The Guardian

Michael Kieschnick, chief executive of Credo Mobile, hailed the judge's order as "the most significant court victory for our constitutional rights since the dark day when George W Bush signed the Patriot Act".

Kieschnick said: "This decision is notable for its clarity and depth. From this day forward, the US government's unconstitutional practice of using national security letters to obtain private information without court oversight and its denial of the first amendment rights of national security letter recipients have finally been stopped by our courts."

NSLs have been an increasingly important part of the US government's approach to counter-terrorism, though their growing use has been matched by mounting unease on the party of civil libertarians.

Last year the FBI sent out more than 16,000 of the letters relating to the private data – mainly financial, internet or phone records – of more than 7,000 Americans.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wind farms will create more carbon dioxide than they prevent

Source: Telegraph

Wind farms are typically built on upland sites, where peat soil is common. In Scotland alone, two thirds of all planned onshore wind development is on peatland. England and Wales also have large numbers of current or proposed peatland wind farms.

But peat is also a massive store of carbon, described as Europe’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest. Peat bogs contain and absorb carbon in the same way as trees and plants — but in much higher quantities.

British peatland stores at least 3.2 billion tons of carbon, making it by far the country’s most important carbon sink and among the most important in the world.

Wind farms, and the miles of new roads and tracks needed to service them, damage or destroy the peat and cause significant loss of carbon to the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Christian spends 26 years hauling 12ft crucifix thousands of miles across the world

Source: Daily Mail

A determined Christian evangelist has demonstrated his devotion to his faith by carrying a huge cross for thousands of miles across the globe for the past 26 years. Lindsay Hamon, 60, has trekked through 19 countries including India, New Zealand, Romania and Sri Lanka during his remarkable journey.

Mr Hamon receives generous donations from supporters to help him stay on the road, but he stops to carry out carework in his home town in order to pay his family's bills.

He often finds himself <b>ministering to prostitutes or invited to brothels</b>, and will regularly spend nights in bus shelters or basic accommodation with only a sleeping bag, and a hole in the floor for a toilet.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sheriff Ken Campbell Demonstrates the Effectiveness of Banning Large Capacity Magazines

Source: Videos for Truth

A video demonstration conducted under the supervision Sheriff Ken Campbell of Boone County, Indiana, shows that magazine limitations have little or no real effect on a shooter’s ability to deliver aimed fire.

Sheriff Ken Campbell of Boone County, Indiana, oversaw testing that magazine limitations have little or no effect on a shooter’s ability to deliver aimed fire. Funding for the video was provided by ArmaLite. In the video, Sheriff Campbell says, “One of the reasons that magazine restrictions are being proposed is the perception that if the active shooter has fewer bullets in magazines, he will have to reload sooner and this will create an opportunity for someone to tackle him during the reload.”

Jim - Years of experience shooting
Pistol with Two 15-round magazines20.64
Pistol with Three 10-round magazines18.05
Pistol with Five six-round magazines21.45
AR-15 with One 20-round magazine12.16
AR-15 with Two 10-round magazines10.73
Christie - Less experienced shooter
Pistol with Two 15-round magazines22.90
Pistol with Three 10-round magazines25.51
Pistol with Five six-round magazines26.93
AR-15 with One 20-round magazine12.26
AR-15 with Two 10-round magazines14.63