” We’re told that the presidency is important because the head guy gets to appoint, if he’s lucky, a couple of Supreme Court judges. But they’re playing catch-up to the culture, too. In 1986, in a concurrence to a majority opinion, the Chief Justice of the United States declared that “there is no such thing as a fundamental right to commit homosexual sodomy”. A blink of an eye, and his successors are discovering fundamental rights to commit homosexual marriage. What happened in between? Jurisprudentially nothing: Everything Chief Justice Burger said back in the Eighties – about Common Law, Blackstone’s “crime against nature”, “the legislative authority of the State” – still applies. Except it doesn’t. Because the culture – from school guidance counselors to sitcom characters to Oscar hosts – moved on, and so even America’s Regency of Jurists was obliged to get with the beat. Because to say today what the Chief Justice of the United States said 28 years ago would be to render oneself unfit for public office.”
Spot on as usual … read it all
” The beautiful image is also available online in interactive high-resolution that allows users to pan across the panorama and to zoom in onto landmarks such as the George Washington Bridge 11 miles away and across the five boroughs of New York City and across to New Jersey.
The 360-degree view was constructed digitally with computer software developed by GigaPan Systems of Portland, Oregon using the same technology as NASA’s Mars rovers.”
” The image marks something of a resolution too. Twelve-years on from the destruction by terrorists of the Twin Towers this is a view that some thought would never be seen again in New York City.”
Photo: James Leynse
” Over the past 12-years, nine governors of New Jersey and New York, two mayors and thousands of victims’ families all battled over real estate that also needed to be a shrine.
It took three years of clearing and cleaning for the cornerstone to be laid and another two years after that for construction to actually start.”
Photo: Getty Images
Regular readers may remember our post on the final assembly of the spire or the 9 year time lapse construction video . This is the final product . It’s no Twin Towers , but better than a hole in the ground . I guess . Here are the building by the numbers …
“ Building, with observation deck, height: 1,368 feet, the height of the original WTC North Tower
Building, with observation deck and antenna, height: 1,776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed
Base: 200 feet square, the same as the original twin towers
Total number of steelworkers involved: 10,000
Total amount of steel used in the construction: 48,000 tons
Total number of external glass panels: 13,000
Total square foot of One World Trade Center: 3.5 million square feet
Amount of steel used in construction is enough to build FIVE Empire State Buildings
Depth of foundations: 200 feet below the streets of Lower Manhattan
Number of 18th Century British revolutionary warships found during construction: 1
Final price tag of construction: $3.9 billion
Number of steelworkers killed during building: 0
Height of antannae: 408-feet “
Lot’s more info and pictures at the Daily Mail
You and your family fly this way , don’t you ?
The federal government spent millions of dollars on thousands of upgraded flights for employees in 2012 and 2013, paying many times more for business and first-class seats than the same flights would have cost in coach or the government-contracted rate.
Premium travel reports from 14 federal agencies documenting the flights show these agencies alone spent an estimated $8.7 million on 1,903 upgraded flights in those two years. That was about $6.4 million more than the same coach and government-rate flights would have cost.
The agencies spent $5.7 million in 2012, almost double the $3 million they paid for premium travel in 2013.
One flight from D.C. to Hanoi, Vietnam, for an informational meeting cost $15,529 instead of $1,649, according to the agency’s 2012 report.”
Read it all but swallow your coffee first and put down the mug .
” So, the rally we’ve mentioned before is now only a month away. Time to kick things into high gear!
On April 5, 2014, we’ll be gathering on the North side of the State Capitol Building at high noon to mark the first anniversary of the the signing of one of the most unconstitutional gun laws in the nation. Our keynote speaker will be noted gun rights activist and writer David Codrea. David has been featured in Guns and Ammo, Handguns, and Guns Magazine, where he writes the monthly “Rights Watch” column. He is also the National Gun Rights Examiner for Examiner.com, and writes the blog “The War on Guns”. He and Mike Vanderboegh (who spoke at our rally last year) were the ones that originally broke the story of Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal.
We’ll have other speakers yet to be announced, as well as some candidates who we are hoping will oust the gun grabbers in November with your help.”
When: April 5, 2014 from noon until 3pm
Where: Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Here is a link to parking information around the State House , a link for directions , and a link to the Cross Sound ferry should any Long Islanders want to make the trip . Please attend if you are able . Connecticut has become the front line in the battle for our rights and liberties and they need all the support we can muster .
” Georgia lawmakers are now considering passing the most extreme gun bill in America,” Pia Carusone, the group’s executive director, said in the release.
Knowing the many and varied gun measures that exist or are proposed across the nation, could Georgia really be looking at “the most extreme gun bill in America?” We wondered.”
” We decided to run the statement through the Truth-O-Meter.
On its website, the National Rifle Association calls HB 875 by state Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”
We began by circling back to Giffords’ group to explain the claim that it is the most extreme legislation out there. Carusone said her group is tracking 200 gun bills in legislatures across the country, many of which “weaken common-sense gun violence prevention policies.” But none of the bills has “as many extreme provisions as we see in this one Georgia bill,” she said.
” Not only does the bill invite guns into virtually every public space, reversing 100-year-old regulations, it allows teachers to carry guns while teaching class and airplane passengers to attempt to bring guns through (Transportation Security Administration) security without consequence,” Carusone said. “It also would allow guns to be in courthouses. State legislation typically focuses on one of these issues, not all of them.”
Experts we checked with said there’s no evidence that, if the bill passes, Georgia would be considered to have the most lax gun laws. Four states, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, don’t even require a permit to carry a concealed weapon, they said.”
Politifact is no rightwing shill so when they are calling out the lies of the anti-gunners we should sit up and take notice . Readers , I’m sure , are aware of the hypocrisy that has been demonstrated by Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly when it comes to the subject of gun control and so should assume that anything that originates with their organization is highly suspect with regard to it’s factuality and this plea against Georgia’s “extreme” 2nd amendment reaffirmation is no exception .
For a PDF version of the hangun laws in your state or any other go here .
” Members of the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America deliver a petition with more than 12,000 signatures to Staples this morning asking for guns to be prohibited in their stores.
Members of the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tried deliver a petition with more than 12,000 signatures at Staples headquarters in Framingham on Tuesday morning to Staples’ CEO but were asked to leave the property.”
Here’s the money quote …
“ The presence of firearms creates an inherent and unnecessary risk for Staples shoppers,” said Ann Krantz of Wenham and the communications lead for Moms Demand Action Massachusetts.
So they can’t see them but they need to ban them . Smart . A google search reveals no history of shootings at Staples stores other than the above mentioned accidental one in NC last summer and an undercover cop shooting a criminal in a Staples Parking lot .
While we couldn’t locate the annual number of customers Staples that walk through their doors with yearly sales in excess of $24 billion it is safe to say that at least one half million buyers enter the store on average in any given year . Since they’ve been in business since 1986 we have a low ball total of 13,500,000 customers with one accidental firearms mishap . That simple number reveals a minuscule chance of being harmed by a gun in Staples . Don’t these people have better things to do with their time ?
The Patch has more .
” A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.
The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.
Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.
NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed.
“ Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me.
The poll does seem skewed with too many liberals and Democrats. None of the colleges said they asked party affiliation of the respondents.”
As we know depending on one’s methodology one can achieve whatever results one likes in polling , and while the colleges said that they didn’t ask party affiliation the fact is they don’t have to in order to bias things should they so desire . By doing a simple comparison of voting district results and area codes pollsters can report any results they would like .
The two northeastern states are dark blue to begin with and if the pollsters concentrated their calls to area codes linked to the metropolitan areas they are sure to get Hillary approval ratings of 60% and Obama 55% . The same goes for the cities in Virginia , and anywhere else for that matter , as most all urban areas of the US run decidedly to the left of the average .
Just reading the numbers off the poll illustration above shows large majority support for a veritable democrat wish list with the exception of Keystone and Obamacare . In fact,the results for those two policy issues help further document the bias as does the question of illegal immigration . If the polling respondents were a genuinely balanced group Keystone support and repeal of Obamacare would be much higher .
Does anyone believe that a poll that was truly representative of conservative voters would show 70-80% approval for Amnesty , universal free pre-k and raising the minimum wage ?
The interested reader can find what polling data the schools made public on about this survey here and here . It is of considerable interest that the average polling sample was only about 750 respondents and the demographics such that approximately 65% were childless , 75% non-gun owners and 53% female with an average margin of error of 3.6 .
Also , while the text of the article claims that the pollsters didn’t ask the respondent’s political affiliations , a quick glance at the Nature of the Samples provided says otherwise and finally if these polls offered the reader a truly unbiased screenshot of today’s electorate do you believe that Hillary would get 30-40% support for president when no one else who my be a potential candidate in 2016 can even reach double digits … except Christie but only in his home state ?
Think about that before you shed too many tears . Read the rest from Emily Miller .
Some choice words from the Giants of the “equality” movement … cases of the pols calling the chattel black .
” A century-old bridge came crashing down just after 5 p.m. Thursday, three hours after an initial blast of explosives failed to collapse the structure into the Sandy River and an excavator had to finish the job.
But when the truss eventually fell into the water, it landed upright instead of on its side as the contractor had anticipated.
“ It just collapsed perfectly,” said Project Manager Andy McPherson, of CPM Constructors. “It went straight down so we can actually use the bridge itself to get into the water.”
McPherson said the explosive charges initially did not knock the bridge down as planned because the company did not know about steel beams in the abutments, which were not listed in the bridge plans.”
More details here
Read more here and click the image below to be taken to an interactive map with detailed information on the possession and carry laws for knives in all fifty states .
” KnifeUp provides, for free, knife law guides for all 50 states. Below is a map of the US, click on the state you are interested in to read about it’s knife laws. I try to keep these guides as up-to-date and accurate as possible but, for the law changes a lot, please leave a comment if you see something wrong.”
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Here are a couple of our favorite clips of The Duke
Best John Wayne Movie Quotes
Published on Oct 27, 2012
” John Wayne is an American icon. The Duke starred in more than 170 motion pictures in a career that spanned 50 years. This video features some of his most memorable quotes from nearly a dozen movies.”