Not that I needed to make that announcement:
Detroit’s top cop had to go through a paradigm shift when he left California, but Maine taught him a valuable lesson: concealed carry permit owners deter crime and save lives:
“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.
Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.
“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.
“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
While correlation does not equal causation, this result isn’t limited to Maine. The areas with the highest rate of gun violence, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, also have strict gun control. But areas with liberal gun laws see lower incidents of gun violence.
There’s something to what Craig is saying.
Hat Tip: Breitbart
RIP you magnificent son of a gun:
World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower’s arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, has died. He was 92.
According to Oakley’s Funeral Home, Overstreet died Sunday at a Roanoke hospital.
Overstreet’s famous flight in Nazi-occupied Paris has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. In a 2009 ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France’s Legion of Honor.
Here’s what it might have looked like:
As I have said for years, Obamacare is not the endgame. It’s not the goal.
It’s the camel’s nose under the tent flap. It’s just a means to an end.
And that end is single payer.
Rep. Barney Frank said the public option was the best way to get to single payer.
They failed to get the public option, but the goal remains the same. Michael Moore proves in in the New York Times:
The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth.
Let’s not take a victory lap yet, but build on what there is to get what we deserve: universal quality health care.
How are they going to do it?
State by state:
In blue states, let’s lobby for a public option on the insurance exchange — a health plan run by the state government, rather than a private insurer. In Massachusetts, State Senator James B. Eldridge is trying to pass a law that would set one up. Some counties in California are also trying it. Montana came up with another creative solution. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who just completed two terms, set up several health clinics to treat state workers, with no co-pays and no deductibles. The doctors there are salaried employees of the state of Montana; their only goal is their patients’ health. (If this sounds too much like big government to you, you might like to know that Google, Cisco and Pepsi do exactly the same.)
All eyes are on Vermont’s plan for a single-payer system, starting in 2017. If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions.
Moore even offered the first excuse for Vermont’s coming failure: corporate money.
This is happening, just as the right said it would.
The left plays long ball, planning things years in advance.
Liberal St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Tony Messenger took to Twitter today to share this article from The Atlantic:
— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) January 2, 2014
Six million? Wow. But wait a second…
@tonymess Does that include the 5 million who lost their coverage?
— Duane Lester (@Bodhi1) January 2, 2014
No. No it doesn’t:
@Bodhi1 Read the link. 5 million is bogus number. Nearly all of them still have access to affordable insurance.
— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) January 2, 2014
Oh, so that’s how they’re rationalizing forcing five million people out of policies they were happy with. It’s ok, because they still have “access to affordable policies.”
And that comes from “ a new report from Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,” so it’s totally believable.
The Atlantic writes:
The vast majority should be eligible to stay on their existing plans, thanks to the administration’s last-minute fix to permit this, or get subsidies through the exchanges, according to the report. The rest should be able to obtain affordable catastrophic-care plans, according to the congressional staffers.
People should be able to engage in commerce with an insurance agent without the government telling them what they have to buy, too, but that’s not happening any more than these “shoulds” are.
This whole article is garbage like this. It’s based on unqualified projections. For example:
More than 2.1 million have enrolled in private-sector health insurance through the state and federal exchanges.
One caveat: It’s still unknown how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, as opposed to people who were already insured in the individual market and just used the exchanges to get new plans.
It’s also unknown how many of those have actually purchased policies, so you can’t really include that number.
3.9 million people were determined eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program during just October and November, though it’s unclear how many have enrolled yet.
Medicaid is not insurance. And they don’t even know how many have signed up.
This is all propaganda to make this failure look like a spectacular success.
Expect more and more of this. It reminds me of something President Obama said:
Cross posted at The Missouri Torch
I know it’s an hour and a half long, but this is a great documentary on Vladimir Putin. You should either watch this now, or bookmark it for later.
But you should watch it:
Putin tried to join the KGB at 16. They recruited him at 23.
And here he is testifying while in charge of a police force after the Soviet Union fell:
One last quote: “We could see the world, in five or ten years, where the Middle East is dominated by Iran, with Russia in the background, where Americans are pushed out, humiliated.”
You really should check this video out.
Big train wreck in Fargo:
A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.
Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into it just after 2 p.m. CST (2000 GMT), local officials said. There were no reports of any injuries.
Oil is being carried by rail because A) there’s a lot of it coming out of North Dakota and B) the Keystone Pipeline doesn’t exist.
I explained that here:
Rail shipments accounted for up to 65,000 of the nearly 343,000 barrels of oil produced daily in North Dakota in December. That percentage is likely to increase.
Many of the rail shipments from the Bakken fields are being handled by BNSF Railway Co., which has more than 1,000 miles of tracks in the region.
Michael Bruce, the railroad’s business development director, said BNSF could ship up 730,000 barrels of crude daily out of North Dakota “contingent on facilities being built.”
North Dakota pumped a record 113 million barrels of oil in 2010. State officials estimate the state will produce 700,000 barrels daily in four to seven years.
Not only is BNSF shipping oil out, but construction and drilling materials in. BNSF says each drill rig and new well site in North Dakota require about two dozen railcars of materials for construction.
Without the Keystone XL Pipeline, those railcars are going to be filled to capacity into and out of North Dakota. And we all know that trains never derail, right?
But at least the pipeline isn’t leaking, right? By the way, Warren Buffett owns BNSF railroad.
The article at Breitbart focuses on the fact that auto workers are turning against Obamacare.
What I found interesting was this paragraph:
Under Obamacare, the workers’ employer faced a 50% increase in costs to keep worker plans at the same benefit and deductible levels. To remain economically viable, the dealership decided to give each worker an extra $2,400 and let them find plans on their own.
I hate to say I told you so, but…
The goal for the Democrats never was to use ObamaCare to insure the uninsured.
It was to get the camel’s nose under the tent flap, meaning once ObamaCare was passed, the left could gradually build upon its failures until they have the program they wanted in the first place: single payer.
While Obama says you can keep your health care plan if you like it, if employers drop it, you can’t…
I published that in May…of 2012.
It’s been that transparent to anyone paying attention.
These aren’t unintended consequences.
A state trooper in Pennsylvania can’t have a gun when he’s off duty because a few years ago he was involuntarily committed for mental health reasons seven years ago:
[Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael L.] Keyes’ latest attempt to be allowed to have a gun all the time was rejected this week by the state Superior Court.
That court upheld an earlier ruling by Perry County Senior Judge Keith B. Quigley that Keyes’ involuntary mental health commitment constitutes an unsurmountable legal barrier to his ability to possess a gun while off duty.
An attempt to reach Keyes’ attorney, Joshua Prince, for comment on the case wasn’t successful Thursday. Keyes has been involved in legal battles ever since completing his mental health treatment. He also had to fight to be reinstated to the state police.
Now I don’t know Keyes. He could be the best trooper in Pennsylvania.
But one has to wonder why it’s legal for him to have a gun at work, in one of the more stressful jobs in America.
Hat Tip: Say Uncle
The left’s unrelenting dedication to the green movement isn’t because they want to save the planet.
It’s because they want to use it to dictate behavior.
You have to sacrifice to save the planet. Sacrifice for the collective.
That porterhouse? They want to tax it so much, people can’t afford to eat it:
Taxing meat as an attempt to discourage consumers to buy it could be an effective way to reduce methane emissions from livestock, according to a new study.
A sin tax. On meat.
The analysis, published in Nature Climate Change, used knowledge from previous studies on methane emissions and livestock to make the argument that meat consumption should be curbed if methane emissions are to be reduced. It’s consumer-driven change, the scientists say: if meat consumption goes down, the number of cows and other ruminants that expel methane will also decrease.
And if methane goes down, the planet is saved, or something.
One last quote:
“Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases” he said in 2009. “It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”