While the title of the article is a bit disingenuous, we are provided with some useful data regarding guns, carrying and our cousins to the north: Applications to carry handguns have skyrocketed in B.C. and Alberta in the past three years – likely driven by demand among people who work in the bush and want portable protection against wildlife. [...] What we do know is that more people are submitting these applications for “authorizations to carry” : The number of applications across the country rose from 386 to 564 between 2011 and 2013. In that time period, they more than….
Does one pay the piper anymore? It seems as though someone’s been forgetting to: Social Security paid out nearly $71 billion more to retirees and other beneficiaries than it collected in tax revenue in 2013. This is the fourth straight year the retirement and disability programs are running cash-flow deficits, as highlighted in today’s trustee report. Deficits are only growing worse. The trustees project $80 billion in deficits in 2014, which will more than double before the end of the decade. At $110 billion in average annual deficits throughout the next decade, the combined programs are facing more than a….
Bill Whittle speaks to just how wrong the idea that “it takes a village” really is. Anybody got a shovel?
Our peripatetic president shared a few thoughts yesterday on shootings, violence and gun laws. In the space of less than 2 minutes, he managed to get at least the following completely (empirically) wrong. No, this is not a question of politics or perspective. It is a matter of hard data. Strike 1: “Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.” Except that the country’s own Department of Justice has noted that gun violence levels were at a 20-year low last year. No reasonable person would find that view that as “off the charts.” Gun-related homicides dropped by 39% and….
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I think I’m pretty well numb to things (particularly large, wasteful numbers) and then I read about 4 states which just torched the taxpayer’s money: Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange. The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a lesser although not inexpensive sum, adding still….
Bill Whittle takes on a critical topic and asks why Republicans in leadership are nearly indistinguishable from those who are on the other side of the aisle.
The putative Democratic party candidate for the the presidency has spoken: “I think again we’re way out of balance. We’ve got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people,” she said. “[B]ecome an article of faith”? I’d say that rather than being an article it was an amendment, part of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. She also didn’t speak to the reality that she is accompanied, nay often surrounded, by….
So, last time we talked about how much we as a nation are tied to the concept of land ownership–and a few other things. Now, it’s time to delve into the details. 25%: Australia (.74 million square miles, or roughly 20 acres per citizen) 28%: United States (1.06 million square miles, or roughly 2 acres per citizen) 36%: Canada (1.38 million square miles, or roughly 70 acres per citizen) These are the percentages of the respective countries which are owned outright by the federal/national government. These numbers do not include lands owned by tribal, state or municipal governments. The reasons….
A very long time ago (as my children would put it) a fellow by the name of Woody Guthrie made a song rather popular. The song was “This Land is Your Land” and started with the following stanza: This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me. While the song provided greater support for socialism than the private ownership of property, it struck a patriotic chord with many people who never got past the….