Ruger AR-556 Modern Sporting Rifle: Ruger AR-15 On A Budget

 

 

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” The company has now decided that the time is right to enter the entry level market with a basic M4/sporting carbine, the Ruger AR-556. With a MSRP of just $749 it undercuts even the cheapest Ruger Mini-14 by a significant margin, and is similar in both price and specifications to entry level AR15s from Ruger’s competitors.

  The Ruger AR-556 features the usual combination of A3 flat top-style upper receiver, nylon handguard, M4 stock and 16″ barrel. Ruger also adds their own ergonomic pistol grip, enlarged trigger guard, Ruger Rapid Deploy Rear Sight and their patent-pending easy-servicing barrel nut system. The full specification are below … “

 

 

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Government Desperation Is Increasing

 

 

 

 

 

” Government beneficence is mostly a myth based on the following assumptions:

  1. It is necessary.
  2. It is good.
  3. It makes outcomes better than they otherwise would be.

  Point number one, the necessity of government, is true up to a point. There is arguably some limited set of functions that might better be performed jointly rather than separately. Extreme libertarians believe otherwise, suggesting there is virtually no role for government. Our Founders disagreed and provided for a quite limited role in the founding documents.

  The second two conditions, at least given what our government does today, are increasingly disputed by those who look at government objectively. If these latter two become widely accepted as untrue, then the role of government will be reduced dramatically. Government will do anything it can to prevent its reduction. It is this risk which leads to government desperation. It will do whatever it can to protect its privilege and plunder. 

  What does government do when it is failing? Why it lies, of course, just like a criminal enterprise.  It lies about anything it believes it needs to and can get away with. When you have the media running interference for you and an opposition party too cowardly to blow the whistle, that means you can lie just about anything and get away with it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Even under normal conditions government fudges numbers to support its actions and policies. Government always benefits from making conditions look better than they are. A true understanding of what government does, as opposed to what it pretends to do, would mean its end, at least in any form resembling its current size, configuration and responsibilities. 

  Allowing government to report its own performance is worse than allowing the fox in charge of the chicken coop to report on the number and health of the chickens.”

 

Read the whole thing by Monty Pelerin at American Thinker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Handy Animated Infographic Shows What The U.S. Spends Our Taxpayer Money On Every Second

 

 

 

 

 

 

” PolicyMic came up with a handy infographic that shows how the U.S. spends of American taxpayer’s money: $15,700 every second.

  As you can see, there’s a lot of blinking going on, but not much ado about the U.S.’ burgeoning welfare state – and the over $17 trillion in national debt that comes with it (not to mention the roughly $100 trillion in debt liabilities). “

 

 

Read more from Kyle Becker at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey Man Accused Of Shooting Down Neighbor’s Remote Control Drone

 

 

 

” A New Jersey man was arrested after police say he shot down a neighbor’s remote control drone.

According to investigators, officers with the Lower Township Police Department were called to a home in the 1000 block of Seashore Road on September 26th to investigate the report by a resident that his remote control helicopter (drone) was shot down.

  Investigators say the resident was taking aerial photographs of his friend’s home, which is under construction.

  While doing so, the resident told police he heard several gunshots as he simultaneously lost control of the drone.

  After retrieving the drone, the resident observed multiple holes in it that were consistent with a shotgun blast.”

 

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Lisa Benson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Loses 40% Of House Seats As People Flee High-Tax States

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.

  The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.

  Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.

The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.

  Deep in a recent report, for example, the American Legislative Exchange Council tabulated how the drop in population relative to the rest of the nation cut the region’s power in Washington. While the states from Pennsylvania to Maine had 141 House members in 1950, they are down to 85 today, a drop of some 40 percent.

California and Texas combined have more House representatives..

This result is one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in American history. This migration is shifting the power center of America right before our very eyes. The movement isn’t random or even about weather or resources. Economic freedom is the magnet and states ignore this force at their own peril,” said the report. “

 

 

Much thanks to Paul Bedard @ Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOP Rep: ‘Politically Correct’ Secret Service Has Allowed 1,000 Security Lapses

 

 

” An internal Secret Service report revealed more than “1,000 security breaches and vulnerabilities,” according to a House investigator who said that a “politically correct” culture is endangering President Obama.

“ There are new details that will come out that — you really have to question if security is their number one objective,” Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is holding a Tuesday hearing on the Secret Service, tells National Review Online. “They want to be politically correct.” “

 

 

It would be more than ironic is something were to happen to Obama due to the left’s penchant for political correctness …

 

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Fifth RAF Iraq Mission Ends With ‘No Reports’ Of Bombing

 

 

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” British Tornado jets have returned to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after carrying out a fifth combat sortie over Iraq.

  The pair returned to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, and BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said there were “no reports of any weapons dropped“.

  The first jets to take part in a mission against Islamic State (IS) militants had carried out armed reconnaissance missions at the weekend.

  Parliament voted by 524 votes to 43 to take action against IS in Iraq.

  IS – also known as Isis or Isil – controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq after rapid advances through the region in the summer. It has been using the Syrian city of Raqqa as the capital of its self-declared caliphate.”

 

 

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New Charts Are A Treasure Trove Of Info On What Shows Democrats And Republicans Love To Watch

 

 

 

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” There are only 35 days until Election Day, and candidates across the country are racing to reach their voters and make a connection before they enter the voting booth.

  If you watch TV, you’ve seen this in the works: political ads are running fast and furious in battleground states.

  The Washington Post, with the help of the Federal Communications Commission and the Sunlight Foundation, has taken a look at which political parties buy airtime on which and what type of shows.

  We pulled every PDF filed on behalf of a senate candidate from August 1 through last week (which includes buys into October). We ran a text-recognition tool on them, divvied them up by party, and then created a script that let us search for the names of shows.”

 

 

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Controversial Owner Declares Her Store A ‘Muslim-Free’ Zone; Find Out Her Reasoning

 

 

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” Of course, not all Muslims are violent and should not be treated as such. However, one store, The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared itself a “Muslim-free zone.”
  Citing safety concerns and an extensive history of violent actions taken by Muslims in the U.S. and abroad, range owner Jan Morgan posted on her website a ten-point explanation for her decision to ban Muslims from her establishment and clarification as to her supposed legal reasoning.
 
  Morgan claims that the ATF has asked her in the past to exercise judgment in refusing service to people who she feels might be unstable or a threat in general. This broad leeway, Morgan claims, offers her the authority to deny service broadly to Muslims. Bearingarms.com backs-up this assertion and notes, 

She brings up a very valid point that gun stores and ranges have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of their patrons. Because of this, they may refuse service to anyone they deem to be under the influence, mentally unstable, or otherwise a potential threat to themselves, or others. FFLs are afforded a great deal of latitude in this regard, as the federal government would rather err on the side of caution.” “

Ms Morgan’s ten reasons can be read here and they make perfect sense to us .

Woman Spends Month In Jail For Possession Of SpaghettiOs

 

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” Ashley Gabrielle Huff is considering suing police and prosecutors after she spent a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs.

  Police arrested Huff after they pulled her over and found a spoon covered with a “suspicious residue.” She claimed that she was not guilty of using, selling, or making methamphetamines.

  Huff spent more than a month in jail while her attorney was attempting to make a plea bargain. They changed their tune after the crime lab report showed that the spoon was covered in SpaghettiOs sauce. Huff was released immediately after the discovery.”

 

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Bob Gorrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist

 

 

 

 

 

” We’re being had. Again.

  For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

  Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

  Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

  The who?

  There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

  You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it. “

 

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‘Anti-Facebook’ Social Network Gets Viral Surge

 

 

 

 

 

” In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the “anti-Facebook” for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet.

  Created last year as a “private” social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis.

  Because of the limited supply and strong demand, the invitations have been selling on eBay at prices up to $500. Some reports said Ello is getting up to 35,000 requests per hour as a result of a viral surge in the past week.

  Ello appears to have caught on with its simple message which seems to take aim at frustrations of Facebook users.  

” Ello doesn’t sell ads. Nor do we sell data about you to third parties,” the company says.”

 

Read more and see our previous story here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In A Fit Of Rage, Obama Snaps At U.S. Military Brass: “Don’t You Dare Try And Paint All Of Islam With The Same Brush”

 

 

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” Showing his Muslim stripes, Obama threw a hissy fit and stomped out of a Pentagon meeting about the bombing campaign against ISIS over remarks allegedly tying the Islamic State (ISIS) to Islam.

  UMB (h/t Free)  His tantrum reportedly took place in the afternoon of last week just prior to the president’s departure to Camp David. It was an informal briefing on the expanded bombing campaigns to take place in both Syria and Iraq. Halfway through the already very brief briefing, President Obama stood up clearly agitated, and walked out of the room. “

 

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FBI Not Happy With Apple & Google’s Encryption Policy

 

 

 

 

” Users might have praised the technology companies for efforts to encrypt their latest devices that would prevent law enforcement agencies’ hands on users’ private data, but the FBI is not at all happy with Apple and Google right now.
 
  The Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, said Thursday he was “very concerned” over Apple and Google using stronger or full encryption in their Smartphones and Tablets that makes it impossible for law enforcement to collar criminals.
  According to Comey, the Silicon Valley tech giants are “marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

There will come a day – well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device,” Comey told reporters.

I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘How come you can’t do this thing.’” “

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Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winning Heads And Minds

 

 

Mr Alton Nolen … aka Jah’Keem Yisrael

 

 

” Moore is a municipality that lies between Norman, where a dear friend of mine lives, and Oklahoma City, which I know reasonably well. I can’t claim to know Moore other than to drive through, but I do remember the water tower emblazoned with “Moore – Home of Toby Keith”. Can’t get more American than that, can you?

  Colleen Hufford was born in 1960. Life is full of grim twists and cruel vicissitudes, but in mid-20th century America it would not have occurred to anyone that one needed to worry about going to work and being beheaded by a colleague. Yet that’s what happened to Ms Hufford on Thursday: She turned up for her job at at the Vaughan Foods food processing plant in Moore, and Alton Alexander Nolen decapitated her.

  Why would he do that? Well, as the initial reports were at pains to assure us, it’s nothing to do with terrorism. That’s true, in the sense that Mr Nolen is not a card-carrying member of an officially credentialed state-recognized terrorism-provider such as ISIS or al-Qaeda. It’s true in the sense that he’s not on any official US Department of Homeland Security terror watch list, because, under the geniuses running American national security, that honor is reserved for my fellow Hillsdale cruiser Steve Hayes. And, of course, it’s also true in the sense that Mr Nolen is a recent convert to Islam and, as David Cameron and Barack Obama and many others are ever more eager to emphasize, terrorism is nothing to do with Islam. Mr Nolen had the Muslim greeting “As-salamu Alaikum” – “Peace be upon you” – tattooed upon his abdomen. And he’d tried, without success, to persuade his co-workers at Vaughan Foods to convert to Islam. So he wasn’t just mildly Islamic in the nothing-to-do-with-terrorism sense, he was super-Islamic in the really-totally-no-terrorism-to-see-here sense.

  So Colleen Hufford’s death was, as Jim Hoft put it, just “a random workplace beheading“. Indeed, many commenters at KOCO-TV seem more outraged by the mentioning of Mr Nolen’s religion than by the beheading:

Truth is, Islam has nothing to do with it. And Christians are far from innocent.

What does his religion have to do with this tragedy???

What does his religious faith have to do with this story?

Why would you even through in anything about terrorism in this story? The writer of this story is a true DUMBASS! “

 

 

As always Mr Steyn’s column is today’s Must Read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Green Radicals Takes DiCaprio To Task For His Environmental Hypocrisy

 

 

 

 

” Leonardo Dicaprio is a self-proclaimed environmentalist. He is an NRDC board member and has lent his name – and his voice – to numerous environmental causes over the years. But you wouldn’t know it by the way he accumulates property. He has bought three properties since February: a $10 million apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village, an $8 million apartment adjacent to his existing $4 million one in the city’s Battery Park, and a $5.2 million, six-bedroom, 1.34 acre mansion in Palm Springs. He also owns a large waterfront home in Malibu.

  Such excess has a majorly negative impact on the environment. According to the World Economic Forum, buildings contribute around 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, consume huge amounts of natural resources, and are major solid waste and water pollution generators. Leo could live up to his and his organization’s high environmental standards for the rest of us if he were to simply cut down his property ownership. This would be a far easier lifestyle change than the ones he and his organization advocate for ordinary folks. For example, the NRDC calls for the country to move on from energy produced from coal and natural gas, despite the fact that this would cause electricity bills for everyday Americans to skyrocket. But apparently what’s good for the rest of us isn’t good enough for Leo himself.

  Environmentally burdensome property ownership is simply the latest example in a long line of environmental hypocrisy from Leo, who recently said that he’d like to take some time off from acting to “fly around the world doing good for the environment.” It is also just the latest example of hypocrisy from NRDC board members like Laurie David and Robert Redford, who demand clean energy for us, but like conventional energy for themselves. Redford owns three housesdrives SUVs, and regularly flies in private jets. But, unlike Leo, at least Redford has admitted to his hypocrisy. Leo remains walled in his glass houses.”

 

 

Go to Big Green Radicals for much more on the hypocrisy of the environmental alarmist industry .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Gorrell

 

 

 

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drones Deployed By Tax Inspectors Near Buenos Aires Found 200 Mansions And 100 Swimming Pools That Hadn’t Been Declared

 

 

 

” The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools.

  Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns.

  Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty.

  The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been warned they now face large fines.

  The unregistered mansions and pools were found in an area about 10 miles south of the city and, according to the tax agency, they appeared to be large and constructed with “premium materials”. “

 

 

The Telegraph has much more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FBI Says ‘Active Shooter Incidents’ Are On The Rise. What Does That Mean?

 

 

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” The FBI released a report today suggesting that “active shooter incidents” grew more common from 2000 to 2013. Reason readers may wonder how to square that conclusion with the statistics we’ve published suggesting that mass shootings are not on the rise. There are two answers to that. One involves some potential problems with the FBI’s numbers; we’ll get to those issues in a moment. The other answer is simpler: “Active shooter” and “mass shooting” do not mean the same thing.

  You’re forgiven if you didn’t get that impression from the press coverage of the FBI report. The Wall Street Journal, for example, called its story on the study “Mass Shootings on the Rise, FBI Says.” The New York Times said “F.B.I. Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.” The Huffington Post went with “FBI Study Finds Mass Shootings On The Rise, Often End Before Police Can Respond.” The Daily Beast didn’t just use the headline “FBI: Mass Shootings Are on The Rise“; every single sentence in its brief article includes the phrase “mass shooting” or “mass shootings.”

  While there are competing definitions of mass shooting out there, they all cover crimes that wouldn’t fit in the FBI’s list of active-shooter incidents; the FBI’s count in turn includes events that no one would call a mass shooting. The standard government definition of an active shooter is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” (It doesn’t mention firearms, but the word shooter obviously excludes other means of murder.) The authors of the FBI report tweaked this definition slightly, dropping the word “confined” because they didn’t want to leave out crimes committed outdoors. They also excluded killings connected to gang rivalries or the drug trade—a major difference between these numbers and the mass-shooting statistics assembled by criminologists like James Alan Fox, one of the country’s leading authorities on mass murder. (For Fox, a mass shooting is basically any homicide with a firearm that leaves at least four people dead.) Another major difference: Rather than basing its definition on how many people were killed, the FBI report focuses on homicidal intent. If the perp only wounds his victims, or if he doesn’t even manage to do that, he still gets counted. Fewer than half of the incidents in the FBI report qualify as mass shootings under Fox’s definition.”

So is it true that these incidents are becoming more common?

  Fox isn’t convinced. “Unlike mass shooting data,” he says, “which come from routinely collected police reports, there is no official data source for active shooter events. Necessarily, these data derived from newspaper searches for the term ‘active shooter’ and similar words. Not only is the term ‘active shooter’ of relatively recent vintage (although created after the 1999 Columbine shooting, it wasn’t used much in news reports until the past two years)…”

 

 

Read the whole thing from Jesse Walker at Reason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary’s Flying Monkeys

 

 

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” This t-shirt includes a Pelosi campaign pin and a Hillary Flying Monkey sticker to jazz up your car or your neighbor’s Prius. “

 

 

 

 

    At $38 they are a little pricey but if you are so inclined you can purchase these fabulous T-shirts here at UnsavoryAgents .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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