Violent crimes plummeted in 2013 as gun sales skyrocketed – Bearing Arms

It appears that Robert Heinlein was correct: an armed society really is a polite society.

The FBI has just released their latest semi-annual crime report, covering January to June of 2013.

Nationwide, forcible rape was down 10.6 percent, burglary was down 8.1 percent, murder was down 6.9 percent, and aggravated assault was down 6.6 percent from the previous period. Arson plunged a staggering 15.6 percent.

There was slight increase (0.6-percent ) in murders in cities with a population of 25,000-49,999, and a 2 percent rise in murders in cities with a population of 50,000-99,999. The number of murders plunged the deepest in cities with a population of more than 1 million citizens, which reported a 18.5 percent drop.

None of this is of any surprise to those of us who have stuck to the facts in the gun control debate.

Why do liberal cities have so much income inequality? – Washington Examiner

How do liberals who decry income inequality deal with the fact that income inequality is greatest in jurisdictions with liberal public policies? A story in Thursday’s New York Times suggests an answer.

The story is based on a Brookings Institution report that finds, in the words of the Times’ Annie Lowrey, that “inequality is sharply higher in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco than in less dynamic ones like Columbus, Ohio, and Wichita, Kan.” And what does “vibrant” mean? Lowrey quotes the Brookings study’s author, Alan Berube, as saying less “vibrant” cities “are not homes to the sectors driving economic growth, like technology and finance. These are places that are home to sectors like transportation, logistics, warehousing.”

I recall my mother explaining an old adage to me as a young child that went something like “People who live in glass houses..”

The myth of ‘settled science’ – Washington Post

I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.

“The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge.

The sad thing is that I know people in scientific and academic positions that refuse to see the folly in this perspective.

A completely expected Update: Heating up: Climate change advocates try to silence Krauthammer

He does, however, challenge the notion that the science on climate change is settled and says those who insist otherwise are engaged in “a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate.”

How ironic, then, that some environmental activists launched a petition urging the Post not to publish Krauthammer’s column on Friday.

China Sold Second-Largest Amount Ever Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue – Zero Hedge

While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data
shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic
plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December – the month
when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was
panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and
resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper – one thing stands out. The chart
below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course,
as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series
with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury
holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some
$48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down
from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013! 

China dumping U.S. debt.  They’re becoming less convinced that we’ll ever be able to pay it back.

The U.S. Middle Class Is Turning Proletarian – New Geography

Despite President   Obama’s rhetorical devotion to reducing inequality, it has widened   significantly under his watch. Not only did the income of the middle 60%   of households drop between 2010 and 2012 while that of the top 20%   rose, the income of the middle 60% declined by a greater percentage than   the poorest quintile. The middle 60% of earners’ share of the national   pie has fallen from 53% in 1970 to 45% in 2012.

This group, what I call the yeoman class — the small business owners,   the suburban homeowners , the family farmers or skilled construction   tradespeople– is increasingly endangered. Once the dominant class in   America, it is clearly shrinking: In the four decades since 1971 the   percentage of Americans earning between two-thirds and twice the   national median income has dropped from 61% to 51% of the population,   according to Pew.

Roughly one in three people born into middle class-households , those between the 30th and 70th percentiles of income, now fall out of that status as adults.

Neither party has a reasonable program to halt the decline of the   middle class. Previous generations of liberals — say Walter Reuther,   Hubert Humphrey, Harry Truman, Pat Brown — recognized broad-based   economic growth was a necessary precursor to upward mobility and social   justice. However, many in the new wave of progressives engage in   fantastical economics built around such things as “urban density” and   “green jobs,”  while adopting policies that restrict growth in   manufacturing, energy and housing. When all else fails, some, like   Oregon’s John Kitzhaber, try to change the topic by advocating shifting   emphasis from measures of economic growth to “happiness.”

A must read article.

Health Law’s Impact Has Only Begun – WSJ

The law’s potential for change can be seen in the lives of people like Jaime Hood, a 37-year-old in Belton, Mo. She suffers from hemophilia and had been rejected for coverage until this year. Now, she will have access to drugs and other treatments she sometimes skipped.

But the other side of the law is felt by customers such as John Lavey, 60, of Southern California’s Orange County. His insurer sent him a letter in October saying his family’s plan didn’t comply with the law, and the closest thing he could get would cost nearly twice as much, or about $1,117 a month. “It doesn’t seem fair to our situation,” he said. To him, the law feels like “the redistribution of wealth theory.”

It probably feels like that because it is.  Yet another middle finger extended at the middle class by a party that focuses almost exclusively on talking about the importance of the middle class and destroying the middle class.

DHS Contracted To Purchase 704 Million Rounds of Ammo Over Next 4 Years: 2,500 Rounds Per Officer – CNS News

 — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is  contracted to purchase 704,390,250 rounds of ammunition over the next  four years, which is equal to a total of about 2,500 rounds per DHS  agent, according to a January 2014 Government Accountability Office  (GAO) report entitled Ammunition Purchases Have Declined Since 2009. “If DHS were to purchase all 704 million rounds over the next four  years, and if they were used by 70,000 DHS agents and officers, it would  be roughly 2,500 rounds per agent per year,” David Maurer, author of  the GAO report, told “That would be higher than what we  saw in past years at DHS and higher than the average annual number of  rounds per agent or officer at the Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.

6-7 shots at everyone in the country that still believes in the Constitution.