New book out by my friend Frank Buckley that is well worth your time to read
Hundreds of dead people voting in Southern California, mainly in Los Angeles County
A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.
“He took a lot of time choosing his candidates,” said Annette Givans of her father, John Cenkner.
Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
But he’s not the only one.
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters. . . .
On WMAL's Mornings on the Mall to talk about the Federal Judge striking down DC's Concealed Handgun Rules
On WMAL about Federal Judge's decision to Strike Down DC's concealed handgun law
New York Times notes how Hillary Clinton tailors her gun control message to her audience
In a recent op-ed I noted how Hillary Clinton was tailoring her gun control message to her audience. Now even the New York Times notes that:
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Four recent concealed carry defensive gun use cases over a two day period
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police said a 27-year-old man faces multiple charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash and road rage incident Tuesday.
At about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of SE Lennard Rd. and SE Avalon Rd. in connection with the wreck.
The victim told police he was at his girlfriend’s house around 4 a.m. The couple was awakened by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Claudens R. Germain, who was knocking at the door.
A short time later, the victim said he left his girlfriend’s house and was driving northbound on SE Lennard Road. He then noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed behind him.
He said the vehicle cut him off and then stopped in front of him. The victim said he armed himself with a handgun, which police said he has a concealed weapons permit to legally carry.
HOUSTON - Gunfire rang out at an office building near NRG Stadium Wednesday.
A man who apparently had mental health issues was killed after witnesses said he became violent, HPD officers said.
No one else was injured.
It happened on the fifth floor of the Community Health Choice building at 2636 South Loop.
Police say the dead man had an appointment with a counselor at a center for people with mental disabilities. The staff decided to reschedule because he said he wasn't feeling well. The man left and came back within half an hour and had a "mental episode," according to police. . . .
The staff, mostly women, felt threatened so they locked the doors. That's when the man went next door to a tax consulting business. The owner of the business fired one shot at the man and killed him, police said. The man's attorney said the victim lunged at his client and he felt threatened. . . .
RIVERVIEW — A man who tried to rob three other men at a convenience store on Tuesday was killed when one of his intended victims fatally shot him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The attempted robbery took place around noon at Ace Beverage Castle at 9401 U.S. 301 S. Joel Alberto Torres, 24, wearing a bandana and carrying a 9 mm handgun, walked up to a man who was standing behind the business and tried to rob him, deputies said. When the man told him he had nothing to give, Torres forced him through a back door into the building. . . .
Inside, Torres tried to rob the business owners . . . The man who shot Torres was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, but he does have a concealed carry permit. . . .
A man was shot and killed after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Police were called out to the area of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road just after 9 p.m.
According to Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department, a person associated with Taco Mich admitted to shooting 35-year-old Cesar Garcia Bermudez. Lewis said Bermudez robbed the restaurant with a weapon.
Bermudez was found nearby and was taken to the hospital where he later died. . . .
Texas becomes the Third State with over a million Concealed Handgun Permit Holders, with 5.3% of adult population
Texas is now the third state that has more than a million active concealed handgun permit holders. As of April 30th they had 1,017,618 permit holders, about 5.3% of the adult population. The map above shows the percent of the population with concealed handgun permits and for five counties the percent of the adult population with permits.
As of April 30th, Florida had 1,567,359 valid permits -- 10.4% of the adult population.
As of January 20, 2016, Pennsylvania had 1,112,172 permits-- 11.5% of the adult population.
Just these three states alone have 3,697,149.
Higher minimum wage causes Wendy's to have self-service ordering kiosks at its 6,000-plus restaurants, McDonald’s close behind
Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.
It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.
MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. (
Wendy’s Penegor said company-operated stores, only about 10% of the total, are seeing wage inflation of 5% to 6%, driven both by the minimum wage and some by the need to offer a competitive wage “to access good labor.”
It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost squeeze than company restaurants. All 258 Wendy’s restaurants in California, where the minimum wage rose to $10 an hour this year and will gradually rise to $15, are franchise-operated. Likewise, about 75% of 200-plus restaurants in New York are run by franchisees. New York’s fast-food industry wage rose to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 in the rest of the state at the start of 2016, also on the way to $15. . . .Just a couple of months ago in March, Carl's Jr and Hardee's were talking about automating their restaurants.
But why be upset with Puzder? This is an inevitable consequence of massive minimum wage hikes by the government. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has people all in a huff over his idea to automate restaurants.
“I want to try it,” CEO Puzder told Business Insider. He’s looking at something “where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.”
Is he being heartless? No. Just responding to the government’s foolish plans to jack up the minimum wage and put restaurants, hotels, bars and other service industries out of business. “With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” said Puzder. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”
On The Lars Larson Show: The President's Smart Gun Agenda
CPRC's President, Dr. John Lott, talks with host Lars Larson about the President pushing for smart gun technology. There are issues with this technology that the president is not discussing. These guns are vulnerable to being jammed by radio signal jammer technology which will make them inoperable. As we know all too well with smartphones, fingerprint recognition technology is often slow and can malfunction. When your life may depend on a fingerprint being read in a split second for your gun to function, you want it to work.
Huge increases in health insurance premiums to hit right before the November election
The last thing Democrats want to contend with just a week before the 2016 presidential election is an outcry over double-digit insurance hikes as millions of Americans begin signing up for Obamacare.
But that looks increasingly likely as health plans socked by Obamacare losses look to regain their financial footing by raising rates.
Just a week after the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, pulled out of most Obamacare exchanges because it anticipates $650 million in losses this year, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable.
“I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but they didn’t expect this much red ink,” said Greg Scott, who oversees Deloitte’s health plans practice. "A number of carriers need double-digit increases.” . . .
One big reason is lower-than-expected enrollment of younger, often healthier people who balance the costs of those who require more costly care. Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for Obamacare plans during the most recent open enrollment period. That’s far below the 22 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office, and it’s certain to decline as some drop out.
“The pool is far less healthy than we forecast,” said Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which says it lost $400 million on its exchange business during the first two years and is weighing whether to compete for Obamacare customers in 2017. “That’s an issue not just here in North Carolina, but all over. … We need more healthy people in the pool.” . . .
On the Big WIBC to talk with Greg Garrison about Hillary Clinton's changing views on Guns
On The Steve Gruber Show: Discussion on Army Chief of Staff objecting to soldiers being armed while on base. Also a discussion on the taxing of a fundamental right
On the Larry Elder Show to discuss Australia's Gun Buyback and the comparison with the Cash for Clunker's Program
On The Brett Winterble Show: Harriet Tubman (black, gun-toting, evangelical Christian, Republican Woman) to be new face of $20 bill
At Fox News on new California Initiative to require background checks on ammunition purchases
. . . Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime who founded and heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety, called the initiative “racist.”
“The question is who are you stopping from owning a firearm or getting hold of ammunition – in this case it is law-abiding, poor blacks and Hispanics who won’t be able to afford the cost of ammunition, which will rise with the cost associated with required background checks for ammunition purchases.” . . .
Lott said many of the claims by Newsom and the Safety for All ballot initiative website are inaccurate, something that also drew the attention of Politifact, the independent fact-checking organization that won a Pulitzer Prize for calling out politicians' false claims.
“Politifact called Newsom's rhetoric "mostly false” and said he used “pseudo data” that is “out of context and is done in a way which is calculated to cause confusion,” Hanisee said. . . .
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On National Public Radio: Trying to discuss the problems with the Gun Violence Archive
1) Media reports rarely cover cases where people use guns defensively. If someone uses a gun defensively and the criminal runs away (as occurs in virtually all defensive gun uses), that is simply not going to be considered newsworthy even if it is reported to the newspaper. If you believe media accounts actually get virtually all the defensive gun uses, you would have to believe that about 85% of the defensive gun uses end in the criminal being killed. No one believes that. It is just that those cases are more newsworthy than cases where the criminal is wounded. Only a few percent of the cases seem to involve cases where no one is harmed.
2) There is no standard reporting for police even when they are told about DGUs. There are no reporting forms for police. Police do not report these cases to the FBI. Justifiable homicides are in theory reported by the police to the FBI, but that data for civilians is even worse than it is for the police, and I suspect you have heard how horribly bad the police data is.
Why Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe can't give felons right to vote without restoring their right to own guns
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power. . . .
The action . . .has the potential to expand the state’s voter rolls, currently estimated at about 5.4 million, by as much as 3.8 percent. . . .
In his speech, McAuliffe anticipated a strong response from Republicans, who said the order’s lack of distinction between violent crimes and less serious offenses will give murderers and rapists the right to vote, serve on juries, hold public office and notarize documents. . . .
McAuliffe’s order does not restore firearm rights. The ability to purchase and own a gun still would require court action. . . .
Newest National Review piece: "On Guns, Clinton Runs Both Left and Right, Depending on Her Audience"
What does Hillary Clinton really believe on guns? This year, she is running to the left of Bernie Sanders. In 2008, she ran well to the right of Obama, arguing against any kind of federal “blanket rules.”
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave an address at Philadelphia’s St. Paul’s Baptist Church. With a nod to Pennsylvania’s high rate of gun ownership, she declared: “There is a Second Amendment, there are constitutional rights. We aren’t interested in taking away guns of lawful, responsible gun owners.”
But in New York City in the fall, she told donors: “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance that I get.” In Maryland last Thursday, Chelsea Clinton reiterated that point, promising that her mom would appoint to the Supreme Court justices who would overturn past decisions that struck down local and state gun-control measures. Given that the only laws that the Supreme Court has objected to are complete gun bans or laws that made it a crime to chamber a bullet, one wonders what “constitutional rights” Clinton was talking about preserving in Philadelphia.
Clinton has shown this split personality on guns at other points in the campaign. In the month leading up to the New Hampshire primary, gun control was the focus of a quarter of her campaign ads there. By contrast, she ran not a single gun-control ad in rural areas of Iowa. In Iowa as a whole, only 6 percent of her ads discussed guns in any way.
When asked last October about gun laws in the U.K. and Australia, Clinton responded by extolling their virtues. She spoke highly of the U.K.’s handgun ban and of Australia’s confiscation of a third of legally owned guns. She failed to note that the U.K.’s homicide rate soared by 50 percent in the eight years after the handgun ban took full effect in 1997. The rate later fell, but only after an 18 percent increase in the number of police. . . .
Tennessee legislature makes major moves to get rid of gun-free zones at public universities and businesses