Published on Oct 15, 2014
” In the debut of Reality Check, Ben Shapiro takes on Ben Affleck and the myth that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide are radical.
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” A CDC study combined with a FBI study reveals that far more people were killed on bicycles and from falling than by mass shootings.
An FBI study revealed that from 2000 to 2013 there were 64 incidents of “mass shootings”–and that the gunmen involved in these caused 418 deaths.
The New York Times and AP covered the study, but only focused on the rise in mass shootings, not a comparison of the number of mass shooting deaths to other deaths.
If you look at the numbers, more deaths were caused by people on bicycles in one year, according to the CDC, than the entire fourteen year period of mass shootings.
That’s right. There were 800 people killed by bicycles in 2010, more than the number of people killed from 2000 to 2013 (418) from mass shootings.
There were also 26,009 deaths from “falling” in 2010 alone, once again outweighing tremendously the number of people killed from mass shootings.”
” I am drawing this reference from this article from someone who I look up to and admire – Dr. Roy Spencer.
In the last 100 years, the amount of CO2 in the air has increased from three molecules per 10,000 molecules of air, to four molecules out of 10,000 molecules of air.
Which means we are being asked to believe the increase of one molecule of CO2 out of 10,000 molecules of air in the last 100 years is causing catastrophic climate change that threatens mankind.
This is all fascinating to me, given Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments on the immense threat of a catastrophe based on out of control climate, when we have groups like ISIS and Hamas running around.
But let’s really put this whole CO2 scare (scam) in perspective, okay?
Here is the infamous hockey stick graphic (see above), the last 50 years of warming based on the most reliable temperature measurements versus tree rings that decided to show cooling instead of warming. This, of course, has stirred up the angst of Dr. Michael Mann when people suggested there was something very wrong with switching the way one measured temperatures after 950 years when that way no longer agreed.
Now here is the real hockey stick, the increase in GDP per capita since the coming fossil fuel age really took off over the last 100 years. “
” That is a real correlation. No switching measurement horses midstream. During the time of the increase of one molecule of CO2 per 10,000, earth’s per capita income went up. And think about how many more people there are now against 1900.
But let’s look more closely at this in the U.S., since we naturally want to lead the world to a brighter tomorrow. “
As With All Things Progressive It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Is” Is
By now everyone has heard of the latest effort from Nanny Bloomberg as the astroturfers in the liberal media regarding the epidemic of “school shootings” since Sandy Hook . 74 of them if the usual suspects are to be believed . Since this meme seems to be spreading like wildfire across the web we thought we would make a concerted effort to quantify exactly what the gun grabber Statists consider to be “school shootings” .
Below is our result . Make of it what you will and please understand that by quibbling with the Statist’s methodology we are in no way minimizing the pain and horror felt by the families that are made to suffer at the hands of thugs with guns . However , all sympathies aside , that does not grant the Left license to twist the English language to their will .
Let us start by saying that in our minds a school shooting at least as they have come to be understood is an incident where an disgruntled individual , whether it be student or adult enters a place of education with the intent to “avenge wrongs” however warped or imagined they may be by killing and maiming as many students and/or faculty as possible , usually before taking their own lives .
If that definition is acceptable it stands to reason that other types of shootings , whatever the reason , are not exactly honest comparisons to “going postal” . That means that common robberies , suicides , arguments over games , debts , girlfriends and what have you should be categorized as what they truly are , at least to those without an agenda , crimes , plain old ordinary , violent crimes .
That being the case , Everytown’s map is very misleading to say the least , and downright deceitful to be perfectly honest.We took they time to explore every single incident included on Bloomy’s map and provide the reader with a synopsis of the fatalities/injuries links to the sources and a diagnosis of the type of shooting that each incident represents .
Below is our result , survey the data , follow the links , bookmark the page and feel free to use these facts in any refutation you might need to defend against the Statists in your sphere of influence . At the end we have provided an approximate count on the actual school shootings that meet our above mentioned criteria along with what we feel are “other” categories … ie , robbery , suicide , lovers spats , gang violence , accidental discharges , fights that escalate to arms , etc .
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# Date City State School Name School Type
One 27 year-old killed … probable gang-related
“The shooting was not associated with the school and no children were hurt.”
2. 1/10/2013 Taft CA Taft Union High School K-12\
One student wounded , none killed
” Science teacher Ryan Heber calmly confronted the teenager after he shot and critically wounded a classmate, whom he claimed to authorities had bullied him for more than year at Taft Union High School.”
Two wounded , financial advisor and shooter , none killed
” A former student at a downtown business school allegedly shot a financial advisor Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.”
Two killed , in parking lot , unrelated to school affairs
” Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said the shooting “could be related to a domestic-type situation” that was “not related to the school in any way.” “
One killed , on street outside the school after a night basketball game
” The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. near a parking lot outside the school gym at East 95th Street and South King Drive, a fire department spokesman confirmed.”
Three wounded , none killed during fight between two students
” Carpenter said the fight happened in a courtyard area between two buildings. That seems to mesh with what a law enforcement source said earlier about the incident happening in an outside area between a library and a cafeteria.”
7. 1/31/2013 Atlanta GA Price Middle School K-12
One wounded , none killed
” The 14-year-old’s injuries are reportedly not life threatening and the teacher received only minor injuries.”
8. 2/1/2013 Atlanta GA Morehouse College College/University
One wounded , none killed during fight after basketball game
“… an argument began after a pick-up basketball game at the gym at Samuel H. Archer Hall. Four shots were fired and a Morehouse student was hit in the forearm, according to the statement.”
9. 2/7/2013 Fort Pierce FL Indian River St. College College/University
One wounded , none killed during shootout between police and thug outside
” A female student at Indian River State College was shot and injured as a gunman and police traded fire Thursday in the parking lot of the college’s campus, a college spokeswoman said.”
10. 2/13/2013 San Leandro CA Hillside Elementary School K-12
One 19 year-old killed , behind school at night
” Witnesses reported hearing shots around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at Hillside Elementary School, 15980 Marcella St., according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson. Deputies found Foster, suffering from at least one gunshot wound, in a grassy area in the back area of the campus, Nelson said.”
11. 2/27/2013 Atlanta GA Henry W. Grady HS K-12
The only reference to this “shooting” we could find was from Everytown itself or websites touting Everytown’s “map of 74″
One dead by suicide , none hurt
” A student apparently killed himself in a dorm room at the University of Central Florida…”
13. 3/21/2013 Southgate MI Davidson Middle School K-12
One dead , suicide , none hurt
” An eighth grader at Davidson Middle School in Southgate Michigan is dead after shooting himself in one of the school’s boys bathrooms.”
Two wounded , none killed
” An 18-year-old college student was charged Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a mall branch of a southwest Virginia community college before he was subdued”
One 23 year-old wounded , none killed outside a dorm building at night
” Police at Elizabeth City State University are investigating a shooting that injured a 23-year-old student near a dorm Saturday night.”
Three wounded , none killed outside dorms at night
” Three Grambling State University students were shot Monday night during a fight outside one of the campus dormitories but none has life-threatening injuries …”
17. 4/16/2013 Tuscaloosa AL Stillman College College/University
One wounded , none killed during argument over money owed
” Williams is accused of shooting a 19-year-old man twice in the torso with a small caliber handgun after arguing with the victim over money owed on a bet over a video game …”
18. 4/29/2013 Cincinnati OH La Salle High School K-12
One dead by suicide , none wounded
” A La Salle High School student shot himself at the Cincinnati school, according to WLWT News.”
Two dead , one wounded at and outside a home near the campus
” The suspect in the shootings at Santa Monica College in California is now in custody after being shot and wounded by police. A fire official says two men have been found dead in a burned home near a shooting scene outside Santa Monica College.”
Two custodians dead , none wounded after school hours
” The bodies were identified Wednesday evening as Ted Orama and Christopher Marshall, according to the station. Both victims were reportedly custodians at the school. Officials don’t believe the deaths were student-related.”
21. 8/15/2013 Clarksville TN Northwest High School K-12
One dead , none wounded overnight in school parking lot
” Daniel Reed was found in the school’s parking lot around 6 a.m. after authorities received a call regarding a shooting at the school’s address on Lafayette Road off Fort Campbell Boulevard.”
None killed , none wounded as suspect trades shots with police
” The suspect, identified later as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, fired at least a half-dozen shots from the rifle from inside McNair at officers who were swarming the campus outside…”
23. 8/22/2013 Memphis TN Westside Elementary School K-12
None killed , none hurt from accidental discharge
” A gun brought by a 5-year-old student went off Thursday morning at Westside Elementary. Memphis police say no one was hurt.”
24. 8/23/2013 Sardis MS North Panola High School K-12
One dead , none wounded after night football game
” Panola County authorities were expected to announce charges Monday in the shooting death of a teenager after a high school football game Friday night in Sardis.”
25. 8/30/2013 Winston-Salem NC Carver High School K-12
One wounded , none killed after shooting outside school
” A shooting at Carver High School Friday left a 15-year-old student with injuries that are not life-threatening and another student in custody.”
26. 9/21/2013 Savannah GA Savannah State University College/University
One killed , none wounded in late night shooting that killed a non-student
” A shooting early Saturday morning on Savannah State University’s campus left one man dead. The victim, 20-year-old Donald Bernard Lewis, was not a student at the college, said SSU spokeswoman Loretta Heyward. No additional injuries were reported.”
27. 9/28/2013 Gray ME New Gloucester High School K-12
One dead of suicide , none wounded in school parking lot on Saturday afternoon
” A 19-year-old man shot and killed himself in a parking lot at Gray-New Gloucester High School Saturday afternoon, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.”
28. 10/4/2013 Pine Hills FL Agape Christian Academy K-12
Two wounded , none killed outside school following a fight
29. 10/15/2013 Austin TX Lanier High School K-12
One dead by suicide , none wounded
” Friends and family of a Texas teen are grieving after he committed suicide at school, warning hours earlier on Facebook that he was planning to take his own life.”
30. 10/21/2013 Sparks NV Sparks Middle School K-12
Two dead including suspect , two wounded
” Police in Nevada say the two people killed in a school shooting were a staff member and a student who was likely the attacker.”
31. 11/1/2013 Algona IA Algona High/Middle School K-12
One 23 year-old dead of suicide , none wounded , found on school property
” Fonley confirmed that Ballenger’s body was found on Algona High School grounds shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said no students, staff or teachers were involved in finding Ballenger.”
None killed , one wounded outside at 10 pm by a ricochet ?
” Shots fired on homecoming weekend at North Carolina A&T State University prompted a brief campus lockdown after a 21-year-old man was wounded by a bullet fired from a “considerable distance,” authorities said.”
33. 11/3/2013 Stone Mountain GA Stephenson High School K-12
None killed , one wounded during fight on a Sunday afternoon
” The teenager was watching game films around 3:30 p.m. when there was some sort of confrontation between team members and a group of teens who don’t attend the school.”
One dead from suicide , none wounded as professor kills self
” An ordinary day in the classroom for students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology turned chaotic Thursday when the sound of gunfire shattered the usual academic calm, and officials later found a professor dead of what authorities said was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in a classroom building.”
35. 12/4/2013 Winter Garden FL West Orange High School K-12
None killed , one wounded during after school argument on soccer field
” The student was reportedly shot at the soccer practice field near the bus loop during an argument.”
36. 12/13/2013 Arapahoe County CO Arapahoe High School K-12
Two dead including suspect , none wounded
” The 18-year-old gunman who took his own life after shooting a fellow student at Arapahoe High School Friday was identified as Karl Halverson Pierson.”
37. 12/19/2013 Fresno CA Edison High School K-12
None killed , one teacher wounded during after school robbery by 4 armed alleged gang members
” Rick Montanez of ABC said that four to five teens tried to rob the male teacher. The teacher was shot two to three times but wrested the gun away from the suspect.”
38. 1/9/2014 Jackson TN Liberty Technology Magnet HS K-12
None killed , one wounded outside of school at dismissal
” Police learned that victim was shot outside, in front of the school, as school was being dismissed for the day. The shooter was identified as a 16-year-old Liberty student.”
39. 1/14/2014 Roswell NM Berrendo Middle School K-12
None killed , two wounded by 12 year-old perpetrator
” Two kids were seriously injured today in a shooting at a middle school in Roswell, NM, and authorities say the shooting suspect—another student—is in custody.”
40. 1/15/2014 Lancaster PA Martin Luther King Jr. ES K-12
None killed , none wounded after “shots fired” report
” A Lancaster city school was briefly locked down Wednesday after a report of shots fired near the building.”
41. 1/17/2014 Philadelphia PA Delaware Valley Charter HS K-12
None killed , two wounded … by one bullet in gymnasium
” An 18-year-old female student was shot in the arm. The same bullet then entered a 17-year-old male student’s shoulder.”
42. 1/20/2014 Chester PA Widener University College/University
None killed , one wounded on street at night during a “non-random act”
” The undergraduate student at Widener University was shot in a parking lot near the Schwartz Athletic Center at about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to officials at the private institution about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia in the city of Chester.”All indications are that this was not a random act of violence,” “
43. 1/21/2014 West Lafayette IN Purdue University College/University
One killed , none wounded
” This was not a typical active shooting,” said Purdue police chief John Cox. “It appears to be an isolated and intentional act and not a random shooting.”
One killed , none wounded following an altercation between suspect and victim
” Robinson was shot to death Friday afternoon outside Hugine Suites after arguing with Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said.”
None killed , one wounded during argument over money
” Witnesses told WKRN-TV that two people were fighting about a gambling debt when others joined in the altercation and a man opened fire.”
None killed , one wounded during burglary of local pawn shop
” Sutton says the campus was placed on lock down at 10:50 P.M. shortly after a shooting was reported at the intersection of Main and College Streets. He says, the male victim in that shooting was shot in the shoulder. Sutton says the victim was treated and released at the scene.”
None killed , one wounded as student defends self against two pool cue wielding assailants
” One person was shot today and a second injured on the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College following a fight between a student and two men. The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the campus parking lot when a student who was in his car was approached by two men who pulled up in another vehicle. One of the men got out of the car and began beating the student with a pool cue. The student pulled a handgun from his car, shooting and wounding the man in the chest.“
48. 1/31/2014 Phoenix AZ Cesar Chavez High School K-12
None killed , none wounded as rival gangs shoot it out at basketball game
” An argument over turf and respect between two rival gangs escalated to what police now describe as a “gun battle” in January at Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix.”
49. 1/31/2014 Des Moines IA North High School K-12
None killed , one wounded during fight after basketball game outside of school
” A teenage girl was recovering Sunday after being shot outside North High School. The
shooting occurred Friday night after a packed basketball game against Roosevelt. Police said several fights broke out during the game.”
50. 2/7/2014 Bend OR Bend High School K-12
One killed by suicide , none wounded
” A Bend High School student shot and killed himself in a modular classroom amid other students Friday afternoon, bringing police and medics rushing to the scene as the school was placed in lockdown for several hours, officials said.”
51. 2/10/2014 Salisbury NC Salisbury High School K-12
None killed , one wounded outside after school hours
” According to reports, the shooting happened around 3 p.m. outside the school’s gymnasium. School was dismissed at the usual time at 2:30 p.m.”
52. 2/11/2014 Lyndhurst OH Brush High School K-12
None killed , none wounded as two kids shoot guns in school parking lot at night
” Two people are under arrest after shots were fired in the Brush High School parking lot Tuesday night.”
53. 2/12/2014 Jackson TN Union University College/University
One killed , none wounded as boyfriend kills fiance in late night parking lot
” On Saturday, February 15, Jackson Police announced that they had charged Olivia’s 21 year-old fiance, Charles Pittman, a Christian studies student, with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. They say he shot her with a gun he took from a friend as she sat in her car then staged the scene to make it appear that she committed suicide.”
54. 2/20/2014 Raytown MO Raytown Success Academy K-12
One killed , none wounded in parking lot of school
” The superintendent said that neither the victim nor the person police have in custody have any connection to the district.”
55. 3/2/2014 Westminster MD McDaniel College College/University
None killed , none wounded as shots fired at dorm after fight hit no one
” Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, a fight nearly broke out between a group of McDaniel College students and four men near campus. When one man flashed a handgun, the students took off into Whiteford Hall. Moments later, gunshots were fired through the lobby window.”
56. 3/7/2014 Tallulah LA Madison High School K-12
None killed , one wounded following a fight outside a school dance
” Two students were in an altercation after leaving the dance from a back door.17 year old Levecion Williams has been arrested for shooting a 16 year old in the arm.”
None killed , none wounded as shot was fired into ceiling during a fight at a school dance
” UW-Oshkosh police say they were called to Reeve Memorial Union around 11 p.m. Saturday for a report of a fight during a Black Student Union-sponsored dance. While police were there, they say someone fired a handgun into the ceiling. No one was hurt. The shooter has not been identified, but police do not believe he is a student.”
58. 3/21/2014 Newark DE University of Delaware College/University
Could not confirm any shooting at U/Del on the date in question , though the Newark campus has been home to numerous other shootings in years past .
59. 3/30/2014 Savannah GA Savannah State University College/University
None killed , none wounded as one shot is fired during attempted robbery
” SSU campus police officers are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred in University Village. At approximately 9:20 p.m. this evening, dispatch received a report of a single shot fired in unit 536. No injuries reported.”
60. 4/3/2014 Kent OH Kent State University College/University
None killed , none wounded after one shot was fired into ground
” A Kent State University student who is accused of hiding a gun in connection with the shot fired on the Kent State campus April 2 has been charged with a felony.”
One killed , none wounded during self-defense against dorm invaders
” Officials have identified the man who was shot and killed on the Eastern New Mexico University Roswell campus.The student said two men had walked into his dorm room and he thought one of them was reaching for a gun so he shot at them.”
62. 4/11/2014 Detroit MI East English Village Preparatory Academy K-12
None killed , one wounded in gang related drive-by shooting
” The victim walked over to about 100 people were gathered outside of the school for a red carpet event when a vehicle pulled up.Two people inside the car began shouting gang affiliations and opened fire.”
63. 4/21/2014 Griffith IN St. Mary Catholic School K-12
One killed , none wounded as husband shoots wife on street outside of school
” A Chicago woman is dead after her estranged husband shot and killed her in a grade school parking lot Monday afternoon and then killed himself minutes later by his house in Gary, the Post-Tribune is reporting.”
64. 4/21/2014 Provo UT Provo High School K-12
None killed , one wounded in botched attempted suicide
” A student at Provo High survives shooting himself in the face on school grounds. Police say it was an attempted suicide.”
None killed , one wounded during attempted robbery
” One of the suspects pulled a gun and demanded the students’ wallets. The 19-year-old didn’t think the gun was real and tried to grab it. During the struggle the gun fired, wounding the student in the left shoulder.”
66. 5/2/2014 Milwaukee WI Marquette University College/University
None killed , one wounded during attempted robbery . The only connection to school on this one is that the victims were all students of Marquette
” Two people have been officially charged in connection with a series of armed robberies and a shooting incident involving Marquette University students. Police say four Marquette University students were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents — and one of them was shot.”
67. 5/3/2014 Everett WA Horizon Elementary School K-12
None killed , one wounded after argument during basketball game on playground after hours
” Just after 6:30 p.m. on May 3, 2014, officers were dispatched to Horizon Elementary School (222 W. Casino Rd) on the report that a male had been shot. Arriving officers found a teen on the basketball court with a gunshot wound. Officers were told a small group of teenagers were playing basketball when a group of 15-20 males in their late-teens came to the court. A verbal argument turned physical and a teen from the original group playing basketball was shot.”
68. 5/4/2014 Augusta GA Paine College College/University
None killed , none wounded as shots were fired at dorm
” Paine College officers and Richmond County deputies are investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting at a male dorm on campus. Paine College Officials say suspects fired shots on campus Sunday afternoon putting the the college in a lock down mode.The suspects were not students at the college.”
69. 5/5/2014 Augusta GA Paine College College/University
None killed , one wounded during an argument
” Around 1 p.m., authorities said Cooper, 21, of Augusta, went into the administration building and had a confrontation with another man on the third floor. Cooper then shot JaJuan Lawayne Baker, 21, in the head, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and fled.”
70. 5/8/2014 Georgetown KY Georgetown College College/University
None killed , one wounded in accidental shooting
” A 24-year-old Georgetown College student is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment following what officials say was an accidental shooting early Thursday on the east side of the campus that wounded another student.”
71. 5/8/2014 Lawrenceville GA Georgia Gwinnett College College/University
None killed , one wounded in parking garage
” One person received a gunshot wound in a parking deck at Georgia Gwinnett College Thursday afternoon.It happened on the top level of the parking deck at the Lawrenceville campus.”
72. 5/21/2014 Milwaukee WI Clark Street School K-12
None killed , one wounded by stray bullet
” Chief Ed Flynn said two people were shooting at each other and missed. Police said the 10-year-old girl caught in the crossfire was shot. She was taken to Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.”
One killed , three wounded
” One person was killed and three other people were shot Thursday afternoon when a gunman with a shotgun entered a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University and opened fire, police said.”
74. 6/10/2014 Troutdale OR Reynolds High School K-12
Two dead including suspect , three wounded
” A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.”
There is your data . As you can see each alleged “school shooting” from the infamous map , as defined by Bloomberg & Co is represented with a link to a legitimate news story about the incident . Two incidents claimed by the map were unable to be corroborated by yours truly and so that brings the count to 72 alleged incidents .
Of those 72 “school shootings” we can only count 8 as meeting our criteria as far as being as school shooting in the Columbine/Sandy Hook interpretation . Of course none of them come anywhere near the horror of those but that is an argument for another day .
Of the 64 incidents left our count leads us to the following statistics :
Gang related/Drive-by – 3
Robbery/Crime – 6
Fights – 13
Suicides – 10
Personal – 8
After Hours/Proximity To School – 12
Accidental Discharges/Irresponsible Shooting/Stray Bullets – 10
Self-Defense – 2
The death toll for all of these shootings combined compares to the average weekend in Chicago at 31 fatalities . Of those thirty one lost lives ten were non-students who were found/killed on school property after hours , eight were suicides , three were the perpetrators themselves and one was a criminal killed in self-defense which leaves nine students and/or teachers killed .
It goes without saying that any loss of life is a tragedy but at the same time it is just as unseemly to dishonestly climb atop the graves of these unfortunate lost souls and attempt to gain cheap political points in order to further one’s personal agenda and that is what is taking place here .
Bloomberg and his allies , like the progressives in general , are attempting to tug at the heartstrings and push their legislative goals wrapped as a moral imperative that is not to be questioned under pain of being called uncaring . It’s just another card out of the “racist” deck cavalry . Whenever they are losing an argument on the merits they jump up , knock the cards from the table and cry “have you no decency” ?
Just an aside before we leave you . The number of children that die at the hands of their parents every year in America dwarves the numbers above . Yes , you read correctly . It is estimated that somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 children under the age of five are killed each year by their parents . Think about that before deciding that school shootings are some sort of epidemic .
” Remember all those promises that were made to sell Obamacare? Like lowering premiums for a family of 4 by $2,500 a year, allowing people to keep their plans and their doctors, not adding a dime to the deficit, and all of that?
Well, let’s just see how much of a striking success”Obamacare” is based on the numbers so far. The Heritage Foundation created these charts based on the HHS’ own numbers, the CBO’s, and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s.”
1.Young People’s Premiums are Jacked Up
” If you’re a young person, you’re pretty much screwed. Not only will you be paying higher premiums to subsidize your elders, you will be paying more taxes over your lifetime to pay back the loans we’re accruing just to pay for this boondoggle. You’re welcome, right?”
Here’s one more sample for the reader and make note of the one time dip in the rate of the tax increases this year . The cynic in us can’t help but make note of the fact that this solitary dip coincides with some very important congressional elections , mere happenstance ? We think not .
3. New Taxes for Everybody!
” Speaking of taxes, check out these bad boys. Not just one, but 18 new taxes lumped into one giant bill that should be called “Obamatax.” Hey, it’s not a tax! Oh yeah, well, now it is.”
See the whole thing at IJR
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” President Obama has made raising the minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign against “income inequality.” In his most recent State of the Union Address, he called for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next 3 years. He also announced plans to unilaterally increase the minimum wage for federal contractors. Meanwhile, numerous governors are also pushing to increase their state minimum as well.
Over the last several years, Cato scholars have written extensively on the pitfalls of raising the minimum wage.”
” Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot has been written about this remarkable bird. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ravens.
1. RAVENS ARE ONE OF THE SMARTEST ANIMALS.
When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. In one logic test, the raven had to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of the string, anchoring it with its claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. Many ravens got the food on the first try, some within 30 seconds. In the wild, ravens have pushed rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stolen fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and played dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast.
If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes.”
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” After a nation watched in suspense as events unfolded this week surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt for the suspects, we now await the details in our quest to understand “why.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed Friday in a confrontation with police in the early morning hours. Younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled, prompting a manhunt that finally ended Saturday after “suspect #2” was found injured and hiding in a boat behind a residence in Watertown, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar remains in a hospital while the nation awaits what is expected to be an arrest.
The week proved to be a difficult one for collecting information, as coverage was frequently erroneous, a problem only exacerbated by the viral nature of social media. What remains in the wake of that coverage is a sea of assorted facts and fictions, mistaken identities, misquotes and bad news decisions, and even the remnants of hoaxes.
In trying to parse through to the facts, what do we know about the suspected Boston bombers?”
” Since fictional superheroes usually get cool origin stories, it makes sense that an actual global superpower needs to have one. Luckily for the United States, the Revolutionary War was precisely such a tale. Bloody, heroic, and seasoned with all kinds of awesome, the entire eight-year period was dripping with fantastic stories and scrappy underdog moments.
Or was it?
#3. The Americans Won the War With Frontier Savvy and Guerrilla Tactics
Colonists were guerrilla fighters extraordinaire. They made a huge difference in the war outcome with constant raids, skirmishes, and ambushes, essentially going Home Alone on the British forces left and right.
It makes such an awful lot of sense: In the blue corner, we have a bunch of determined colonists who were on their home turf, lightly armed, and relatively inconspicuously clothed. In the red corner: tightly organized regiments of scarlet-clad soldiers with stiff upper lips, marching in lockstep through the forest like live Duck Hunt targets. Of course the Colonial forces took the opportunity to employ the kind of guerrilla tactics that wouldn’t be seen until, well, two centuries later.
As enticing as the image of clever American guerrillas winning the war by hiding behind trees and shooting British troops who are standing in formation in open fields is, it couldn’t be further from the truth. While guerrilla tactics did play a plucky part in the proceedings, they were always a condiment rather than the meat. Ordinary pitched battles decided the outcome of the war.
Which was smart, because the Patriots never actually had the advantage when it came to guerrilla-ing. British troops had at least as much guerrilla chops as the Colonies, as pretty much all significant Native American tribes had sided with the Redcoats — even the guy who literally wrote the book on being an Army Ranger fought for the British.”
” The Old Media establishment has done a disservice to an American public heartbroken over the murders at a Connecticut grade school by reporting untrue “facts” over and over again and by using emotionally tinged phrases that do not relay fact but instead push an agenda.
Here are just a few of the badly garbled “facts” in this story that the media rushed to “report” before any truth was put to them.
Of course, the very first major mix up was the shooter’s name.
Also from the beginning, the murderer was reported as having strode through the school with a .223-caliber rifle, often referred to by the media here as an “assault weapon.”
Lanza is also being said to have been wearing “combat gear.” What does this even mean?
Some reporters are calling the killer’s mother an “avid gun collector.” There is no basis for this label.
There’s Lot’s More At The Link . Read It All .
Video at the link
” In an interview with Fox News, which you can see below, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey lays out with great clarity the case that the Obama administration has been incompetent and dishonest when it comes to the Benghazi attack. This is true, he says, of the lead-up to the events of September 11 (when protection was denied the consulate in spite of previous attacks against the Brits and the Red Cross), the events themselves (when our people were told to stand down), and the aftermath (when the White House tried to push a “cock-and-bull” story about the video).
“New evidence shows there were security threats in Libya in the months prior to the deadly September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Despite these threats, the State Department left its personnel there to fend for themselves”
The Washington Examiner offers up a very informative refutation to the myths and fables that constitute the (media propagated ) Obama legend .
Well worth your time if you are interested in facts not fiction .
” Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration of
the nation’s highest ideals at home and abroad.
Above all, as America’s first black chief executive, Obama symbolized the healing of long-festering wounds that were the terrible
national legacy of slavery, the
Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow.
We would be, finally, one nation.
But after nearly four years in office, Obama has become a sharply polarizing figure. His admirers believe he deserves a special
place alongside Wilson, the Roosevelts and LBJ as one of the architects of benevolent government.
His critics believe he is trying to remake America in the image of Europe’s social democracies, replacing America’s ethos of
independence and individual enterprise with a welfare state inflamed by class divisions. “
The facts about Ronald Reagan and tax hikes .
“Ronald Reagan may have presided over the most significant tax reform effort in our nation’s
history, yet historical revisionists are attempting to besmirch that legacy — while using him as a
straw man against modern Republicans .
Saying Ronald Reagan raised taxes is like saying Michael Jordan was a guy who struck out a lot — or that he was a failed baseball player: It’s
factually correct, but misleading, nonetheless.
I’ve decided to examine Reagan’s tax cuts and tax increases in order to set the record straight and end this tomfoolery. “
This American Thinker piece should have the progressives groaning .
” I am a thinking, educated, intelligent, independent voter.
I am fanatical in my support for the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
I believe that there is only one phrase that might be slightly more important than “We the People
of the United States …”. That phrase would be “In the Beginning the Lord said ‘Let there be
But the most significant thing that makes Barack Obama view me as his worst nightmare is simply this: I tell the truth about him. I don’t
need to lie. I don’t need to “create” a narrative. What he has done all by himself is so appalling that any need for embellishment is stillborn. “