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CCRKBA pulls out all stops against Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"With the National Rifle Association poised to count votes and an 11th hour meeting Tuesday between Obama administration officials and representatives from the offices of Darrell Issa and John Boehner falling apart, the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has pulled off the gloves in the effort to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress." ...
 

‘Guns Save Life’ Uses Chicago Buyback to Send Kids to NRA Gun Camp
Submitted by: John Boch

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"On Saturday, June 23, three of Guns Save Life’s intrepid members, Chris Betley, John Sutter and Steve Fuller drove to Chicago to participate in the city’s annual gun 'turn in' event titled, 'Don’t Kill A Dream Save A Life.' In short, the sum real-world value of the guns we took up to the Windy City would have been calculated by most people – ourselves included – solely on their scrap metal value. To the gun-hating do-gooders up there, though, they were worth big dollars; $100 for each firearm and $10 for BB-guns and replicas. No questions asked. So, to take advantage of this artificial market for accumulated rust and machined parts, we sent our three members up north with sixty 'guns' and four pellet pistols . . ." ...
 

LHR: Former Thompson Center Employees Seek Redemption (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"When Smith & Wesson relocated its Thompson Center Arms subdivision to its Springfield HQ, Smith gutted Thompson’s workforce. It was a devastating blow for the 200-plus New Hampshire-based Thompson Center employees left jobless by the move. (Only seven TC employees relocated.) Smith’s 'rationalization' deep-sixed decades of institutional knowledge, based on product-testing through hands-on hunting. We’ll see what Smith makes of Thompson. Meanwhile, just as Windham Weaponry was born out of the ashes of The Freedom Group’s decision to move Bushmaster into Remington’s New York facilities, Thompson Center employees who wouldn’t uproot for Smith have started-up their own gun manufacturing biz: LHR. Their prospects are . . ." ...
 

Urgent Action Alert on Holder Contempt Vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I don't normally do this, but I'm tired. And this needs to get out. So I'm just pasting the whole thing:"
"U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE ON ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER CONTEMPT CHARGE"

"Your urgent action is needed on Holder contempt vote to be held Thursday, June 28th. Anti-gun rights Attorney General Eric Holder is facing a Contempt of Congress charge as a result of his refusing to comply with the subpoena to turn over all documents relating to the botched 'Fast and Furious' gun running sting that were demanded by Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee." ...
 

Follow-up: Bass Pro Shops responds to Guns.com Editorial (and publishes concealed carry policy online)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Guns.com recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy. The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online ..."

"Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will read, acted expeditiously, contacting Guns.com the day the article ran to acknowledge that the company representative who responded to David’s query gave him false and misleading information and to also maintain that they have always been and always will be a pro-concealed carry company. ..." ...
 

Sturm, Ruger & Company Lifts Ban on New Gun Orders, But ts Stock Is Still in the Dumps
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Sturm, Ruger & Company (SRC) has recently begun taking new gun orders again, but Forbes reports that SRC's stock is still hurting."

"As you may recall from many of our articles a few months ago, gun demand in the US have been at all-time highs. While this has translated into big bucks for gun manufactures, many companies just haven’t been able to keep up with the demand."

"Sturm, Ruger & Company was one such company; they had to stop taking new orders in march because they were one million orders behind. ..." ...
 

Bargain Hunting: the Stoeger Cougar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Stoeger Cougar is an excellent all-purpose handgun at a very reasonable price. Designed by Beretta and manufactured by Stoeger on Beretta equipment, the Cougar is a compact service pistol based on a rather unusual method of operation."

"The Cougar is a semi-automatic locked-breech handgun with a rotating barrel lock, as opposed to the more common Browning lock or even the locking block system used in many of Beretta's designs including the storied Beretta 92. In order to decouple the barrel from the slide and breech block, the barrel must rotate a certain amount to clear the locking lugs." ...
 

Beretta 92: The Gun That Replaced the 1911 (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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Concealed Carry: Who Carries What, and Why
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a recent conversation with Daily Caller’s Guns & Gear editor Mike Piccione and former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense and author Jed Babbin, I explained to both that for the purposes of concealed carry, I prefer my Taurus PT 111 Pro 9mm over my other handgun, an FNP .45 ACP."

"Naturally, as a former Marine infantryman who appreciates the unforgiving knockdown power of the .45 (we carried the old M1911 in my day), I would rather pack the FNP as my personal-protection weapon. But that big cannon is simply too much to comfortably conceal." ...
 

Ready When You Need It: The Fire Extinguisher Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"'What gun should I get to keep in the house?' I've heard that question a hundred times or more during the last couple of decades. When your friends and co-workers find out you are a 'gun guy' you become the de facto expert on guns. Having been a Marine, police officer and small arms instructor for the military, I get that question on a regular basis . . ." ...
 

Top 5 Worst Self-Defense Tips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In his 2008 essay, 'Gun Control: Protecting Terrorists and Despots' former Presidential candidate Ron Paul made the following observation about personal safety and self-defense, 'Your safety has always, ultimately been your own responsibility, but never more so than now. People have a natural right to defend themselves. Governments that take that away from their people should be highly suspect.'"

"Those words are absolutely true. The onus is on us to keep ourselves safe. Therefore, using the notion of personal responsibility as a framework for evaluating self-defense and safety advice, here is my list of the top five worst self-defense tips. " ...
 

Finding the Right Firearms Instructor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Choosing a good firearms instructor is critical to getting effective and accurate training. There are so many options out there and the choices can be overwhelming. I would say that 'shopping' for the right instructor is just like shopping for the right handgun. So many choices and opinions, but in the end it’s a very personal decision. Here are a few (I’m sure not all) considerations you should take into account when deciding who’s going to train you:" ...
 

Three Ways Carrying a Gun Makes You A Better Person
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Carrying a gun is a big responsibility. You’re schlepping the power of life and death. In theory. In practice, a firearm is no guarantee you’ll be able to stop a lethal threat. Even so, it’s a hell of good thing to have IGF (If God Forbid) you need it. The antis will argue this point all day every day to The End of Days. The chances are lightning strike small that you’ll ever need it, a gun is more of a danger to you and your family than a gaggle of gang bangers, yada, yada, yada. I’ll let Bruce Krafft rip the antis a new orifice as and when. Meanwhile, I’d like to point out that you don’t have to be paranoid to pack a pistol. There are non-ballistic advantages to carrying a gun. Here are my top three . . ." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Gas System Length on the AR-15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Tyler Kee asks:"
"Carbine, mid length, rifle length. What do they mean? Can I run a carbine length on an 18″ barrel? A rifle length on a 16″?"

"What gives?"
"Well, you can do whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean the gun will run. Choosing the right gas system is a delicate balance between getting enough gas to cycle reliably and keeping your rifle from beating itself to death. So, which one is right for you? And what is it all about? . . ." ...
 

 

Gun Tweet of the Day: I Don’t Think That Means What The Brady Campaign Thinks it Means Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"This Tweet by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence—chiding Republicans pursuing a contempt of Congress citation for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder while calling for an assault weapons ban—plays straight into the hands of Fast and Furious 'conspiracy theorists.' You know: the right wing gun nuts who claim the ATF launched Operation F&F to promote the idea that Something Must Be Done about the [almost entirely fictional and just about completely irrelevant] 'Iron River' of guns flowing from Bob’s Gun Store to the Mexican drug cartels. That something being . . ." ...
 

NRA and bad law block a way to catch killers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The gun lobby is fiercely, and so far successfully, blocking what easily could be the greatest technological breakthrough to catching killers and deterring others."

"The simple method allows bullet manufacturers to stamp a numeric code on shell casings that would make it very easy to identify the gun that fired the shot. But the National Rifle Association is lobbying against states enacting laws to require such 'microstamping.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Isn't this what they said about CoBIS and "ballistic fingerprinting"?
 

Fast and Furious: The Second Amendment conspiracy theory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum."

"Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- 'an eleventh-hour stunt,' he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister." ...
 

Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Times have changed. Yet, not everything is our business. And in the political arena, there are things that should be and need to be kept quiet."

"I know that's hard to digest in a society where pregnancies and marriages of D-list celebrities make the cover of People magazine, but there comes a point where the public's right to know needs to take a back seat to matters like national security and diplomacy."

"Heads should roll because of the Fast and Furious debacle. We don't need every detail of that operation to be made public in order for that to happen." ...
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Submitter's Note: Au contraire, we do need "every detail" so we know which heads should roll.
 

PA: Gun crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"If your car was stolen, would you report it?"

"If someone took money from you, would you report it?"

"How about if someone stole a firearm from you, would you report it?"

"The responsible answer is 'yes.' Who wouldn't report a stolen car, stolen cash or a stolen gun?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Someone who obtained the car, cash or gun unlawfully? And for those who did "straw buy" a gun, the Fifth Amendment guarantees that they don't have to report it.
Or, see here for another look at reporting stolen firearms.
 

Girls Gun Getaway Day 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"It started on Twitter. A few of the online gun girls thought it would be fun to get together sometime, do a little hunting, a little cooking, and put a few rounds down range. Shelley from Western Shooting Journal brought me in to the conversation and before we knew it, we had a group of girls who were interested in making this little Tweet fest a reality." ...
 

An Introduction To The Girls Gun Getaway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Many of you have probably already caught wind of the Girls Gun Getaway via #girlsgungetaway. It’s been talked about on facebook, blogged about at Ammo Land and Gunmart Blog, and tweeted about like crazy. Pictures have cropped up, and one or two have even gone viral. But what the heck was this getaway really all about? Well, as Natalie from Girls Guide to Guns explained in her article, it started out as a conversation on twitter between us ladies, and quickly grew into something much bigger and whole heck of a lot more fun then tweeting." ...
 

CA: Man With Permit to Carry Stops Restaurant Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A CA man with a concealed weapons permit stopped an armed robbery at a Subway Sandwich shop. The would be robber ordered a sandwich and after the clerk was done making it the suspect drew a knife and demanded money. The permit holder drew his concealed handgun and pointed it at the suspect, who then fled. Carry permits are more common in some CA counties than others, with some rural counties actually issuing a fairly high number of permits." ...
 

GA: Athens, GA Gun Carrier Saves Woman From Violent Attack by Career Criminal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A gun carrier, Dennis Terry, in Athens, GA saw a man and woman struggling as he drove by on his way to the post office. Terry backed his SUV up to see what was going on. That’s when he saw the man punch the woman in the face so hard he could here the blow inside of his car. Terry grabbed his pistol and jumped out of the car. He ran at the attacker yelling for him to get down or he would shoot. Eventually the attacker, Samuel Tyrone Evans, let the woman go and fled. He was captured after a 5 hour manhunt in the area. He was found to be in possession of a firearm he stole from the victim’s vehicle."

"Evans is described as a career criminal who has served nine prison sentences over the last 40 years. ..." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 155: Impeach Obama?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Fast and Furious is Barack Obama’s Watergate. The President’s decision to evoke Executive Privilege is an exact echo of Richard Nixon’s strategy to protect the Watergate Tapes—recordings that established the White House coverup of an intelligence-gathering burglary at the Watergate building. Only this time the President lied and people died. Specifically, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, [ICE] Agent Jaime Zapata and an unspecified number of Mexican nationals—all murdered by drug thugs wielding weapons enabled by the ATF’s Fast and Furious program. A program that was, in all likelihood, authorized by the President of the United States. As Andrew McCarthy kinda sorta maybe concludes over at nationalreview.com . . ." ...
 

Anti-gun Groups Ignore Reality of Fast and Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Whenever I need a good reason to laugh, or a good reminder for why I support gun rights for the citizens of our united States, all I need to do is read the latest issue of the States United to Prevent Gun Violence e-mail newsletter. Every edition contains little nuggets of freedom-suppressing information that make pants-wetting liberals squeal for joy – and freedom loving Americans cringe."

"Today's edition is no exception."

"SUPGV has gone out of their way to collect news stories that portray the Fast & Furious scandal as nothing more than partisan finger pointing or a conspiracy theory hatched by the NRA. Forget for a moment that laws were broken to pull off this ill-fated scheme. ..." ...
 

How Blogs Broke The Fast And Furious Scandal (flow chart)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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Slain officer’s parents call President Obama a liar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A slain former Downriver police officer is at the center of criticism of President Barack Obama’s dealings with an investigation into a federal program that allowed guns to end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and bandits."

"The parents of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was fatally shot by bandits, appeared on a Fox News program last week and called Obama a liar after he asserted executive privilege to keep Attorney General Eric Holder and other Department of Justice officials from a congressional investigation of 'Operation Fast and Furious.'" ...
 

Cover-up further divides country
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Although it should not come as a surprise to anyone, the news media is failing to carry the scandalous story of the Fast and Furious stonewalling by the attorney general of the United States. If he was a Republican, the media would be all over it, as they have been before. Barack Obama has now entered the picture, although at first denying any knowledge of the documents requested by Congress over a year ago. He has asserted executive privilege as Nixon had done, both with the intent of a cover up of a crime." ...
 

Issa squares off with White House over ‘executive privilege’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"As the House of Representatives braces for a contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is squaring off against Holder’s boss in a challenge of executive privilege that even the Seattle Times is now watching closely." ...
 

NY: Gunowners support Long in today’s GOP primary
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King must have a great deal of insight, because just as I was beginning to write that I haven’t heard anything from either the NYSRPA or the National Rifle Association regarding which of the three Republican candidates they are supporting in today’s GOP primary to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November, I received a voice mail from King throwing the NYSRPA support behind Long." ...
 

There is a war on guns in U.S.
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Jerry Pappe has written in recent weeks attempting to inform readers of a treaty that will be drafted at the U.N. in the month of July by gun-haters worldwide. Some ill-informed replies to his alert chastise him for 'fear mongering' and 'a carefully thought out smear campaign.' The intended treaty is another attempt by enemies of free people everywhere to disarm the world. Fifty-eight senators have signed a letter to Obama stating they will not ratify any such treaty." ...
 

Obama to shoot down armed pilots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Obama administration’s hatred for the Second Amendment has reached new heights. After nearly a decade of safe operation, the White House is looking to reduce the number of pilots who provide an extra layer of security against airborne terror by packing a pistol in the cockpit. This plan shouldn’t fly." ...
 

NY: Microstamping will mean nothing
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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... "Microstamping is the latest incarnation of gun control misdirection. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (aren't we all against gun violence?) wants gun manufacturers to foot the bill. Yet this group touts how much society would benefit from this wonderful program in saved medical expenses."

"One must wonder: If society would benefit so greatly, why are only gun manufacturers being asked to bear the cost burden? Shouldn't all responsible taxpayers be happy to step up to the plate and fund this ostensibly remarkable technology?" ...
 

SAF Sues Alameda County For Civil Rights Violation In Gun Shop Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit against Alameda County, California and the county's Board of Supervisors for violating the constitutional rights of three businessmen by wrongfully denying them permits to open a gun shop."

"SAF is joined by the Calguns Foundation, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees and businessmen John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gary Gamaza. They are represented by attorneys Donald Kilmer of San Jose and Jason Davis of Rancho Santa Margarita." ...
 

Federal Court Finds More Limits to Chicago Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Since 2010, when Chicago’s aldermen responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago by rushing to impose the harshest possible restrictions on residents’ Second Amendment rights, the city’s new laws have been under legal attack."

"On June 19, Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois became the latest judge to undermine the city’s anti-gun ordinance, in the NRA-supported case of Gowder v. City of Chicago." ...
 

Small-Town Cops Pile Up on Useless Military Gear
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Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"Small police departments across America are collecting battlefield-grade arsenals thanks to a program that allows them to get their hands on military surplus equipment – amphibious tanks, night-vision goggles, and even barber chairs or underwear – at virtually no cost, except for shipment and maintenance." ...

"Which means billions of dollars’ worth of military gear are in the hands of small-town cops who neither need the equipment nor are properly trained to use it, critics charge. At best, it’s a waste of resources (since the gear still has to be maintained). At worst, it could cost lives." ...
 

$5B CAMO SNAFU -- Army ditches failed combat uniform that put a target on grunts’ backs for 8 years
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"The Army is changing clothes."

"Over the next year, America’s largest fighting force is swapping its camouflage pattern. The move is a quiet admission that the last uniform — a pixelated design that debuted in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion — was a colossal mistake."

"Soldiers have roundly criticized the gray-green uniform for standing out almost everywhere it’s been worn. ..."

"As Army researchers work furiously on a newer, better camouflage, it’s natural to ask what went wrong and how they’ll avoid the same missteps this time around. In a candid interview with The Daily, several of those researchers said Army brass interfered in the selection process during the last round, letting looks and politics get in the way of science." ...
 

How U.S. Army spent $5BILLION on 'failed' pixel camouflage... because they 'wanted to look cooler than Marines' (video available)
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"The U.S. Army is set to replace its 'Universal Camouflage Pattern' less than a decade after it was first introduced at a cost of $5billion."

"The design, which combines grey and green blotches in a pixellated pattern, was supposed to disguise soldiers equally well in desert and in more temperate terrain."

"But critics claim that the camouflage did not work properly in either environment - and some have even suggested that its main purpose was to make the Army appear 'more cool' than the Marines." ...
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Submitter's comment: If you can wait, you may find some great deals on BDU's.
 

MA: Arrested Waltham police chief held without bail; dangerousness hearing to resume Thursday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Thomas M. LaCroix, the Waltham police chief arrested last week after an alleged domestic violence incident, will remain held without bail for another two days, a judge ruled Tuesday."

"Concord District Court Judge Paul Yee, who held a dangerousness hearing today, agreed to continue the hearing on Thursday to give the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Lacroix’s lawyer time to agree on a facility where LaCroix will await trial." ...
 

FL: Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa's Ashes On Floor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor." ...

"'She didn't apologize. She started laughing. ...'" ...
 

FL: Speeding cops: More South Florida cops punished for speeding
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Forty-four Miami-Dade Police detectives who drove 90 mph or faster more than 400 times while on and off duty are being disciplined in the widest-ranging result to date of the Sun Sentinel's investigation of police speeding."

"The Miami-Dade cops, at the wheels of unmarked vehicles, drove faster on duty than policy permits even in the most serious emergency, said Maj. Nancy Perez, a department spokeswoman. About half of the time, they were speeding off duty."

"The officers will receive a 'counseling' acknowledging the violation, and 39 are losing their take-home cars for a month. Most will also have to attend an eight-hour driver safety training course." ...
 

MA: State Police Investigate Trooper, Son of Former Easton Town Administrator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"State Trooper Adam Paicos, an Oliver Ames graduate and son of former Easton Town Administrator (and current Foxborough Town Manager) Kevin Paicos, was put on restrictive duty last week while he is investigated for several incidents." ...
 

CT: Ex-Fla. trooper sentenced on drug charge in Conn.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Florida state trooper has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge for his role in a conspiracy to sell painkiller pills."

"Federal prosecutors said 29-year-old Justin Kolves was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone." ...
 

NY: Rude or Polite, City’s Officers Leave Raw Feelings in Stops
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... "In interviews with 100 people who said they had been stopped by the New York police in neighborhoods where the practice is most common, many said the experience left them feeling intruded upon and humiliated. And even when officers extended niceties ... or called them 'sir' and 'ma’am,' people said they questioned whether the officer was being genuine."

"Michael Delgado, 18, said he was last stopped on Grant Street in East New York, Brooklyn. 'I was walking, and a cop said, 'Where's the weed?' he recalled. '... He started frisking me, his hands were in my pockets, but I didn’t say anything because my mom always tells me: 'No altercations. Let him do his thing.'" ...
 

NY: State trooper fired for promoting Buffalo-area prostitution parties
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A party-loving state trooper was fired yesterday for promoting wild soirees with prostitutes — and two more troopers were suspended in the scandal."

"Titus Taggart, an 18-year veteran of the force, was brought up on departmental charges earlier this year and suspended without pay for moonlighting as the host of off-duty hooker bashes." ...
 

Shooters starting forest fires??
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"A colleague, the Seattle gun Rights Examiner, Dave Workman, just published an article headlined:"

"Blaming shooters for forest fires may not pass smell test"

"Dave is absolutely correct but lets just look into 'combustion' and its requirements."

"Did you know, that regardless of what you see in the movies, you can toss a cigarette into a pail of gasoline and the only thing that will happen is the cigarette is put out? Tossing in a lit match is another story. FLAME, at least in this instance is the key." ...
 

Blaming shooters for forest fires may not pass smell test
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"Authorities in Utah have suggested that recreational shooters have caused at least 19 fires in the Beehive State so far this year – a notion that has caused quite a discussion on a popular Northwest hiking forum – and the real fire season hasn’t even started."

"Coincidentally, this assertion comes within days of a fire ignited near Belfair by a couple of shooters who somehow managed to hit, with an alleged ricochet, a cargo container filled with fireworks, as reported by Seattle’s KOMO, the ABC affiliate." ...
 

OH: Ohio City Looking to Allow Public to Use Police Gun Range
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"Police in Tiffin, Ohio, are reportedly drafting up paperwork that may allow the public limited access to their shooting range, thanks to the efforts of Circleville native who called out authorities for allegedly giving preferential treatment to certain concealed carry instructors." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course if any part of the range was paid for with federal dollars, 10 USC § 4309: Rifle ranges: availability for use by members and civilians provides for (as you might imagine) use "by members of the armed forces and by persons capable of bearing arms."
 

PA: Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail?
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"A comment thread recently begun by an individual on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association's (PAFOA) online forum focuses on a 'no weapons' rule in effect along the Saucon Rail Trail."

"A bench dedicated to the memory of fallen Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso--who was shot to death by George Hitcho in August 2011--is located along the trail in Hellertown's Water Street Park."

"A PAFOA user from Northampton County named Micky writes that when walking the popular trail in the borough, he stopped to read a sign that outlines rules for its use." ...
 

Jonathan Kay on the Anders Breivik verdict: Not ‘conservative,’ just crazy
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"On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik set off a bomb outside a government building in Oslo, killing eight people. Hours later, he murdered 69 innocent activists and volunteers, most of them teenagers ..."

"But another aspect of Breivik’s crimes also deserves to be remembered: the humane and intelligent response they elicited among Norwegian authorities. Even in the most civilized of societies, our instinctive response to senseless slaughter is vilification and revenge. Instead, the court sent teams of neutral psychiatrists to interview Breivik, and find out how his mind works. Thanks to their findings, the prosecution has been arguing that Breivik is insane — and that he belongs in a (well-guarded) mental institution, not a prison." ...
 

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