Until relatively recently, about 2,200,000 Americans took jobs as “Christmas Help” between October 1 and December 10.
The Hill quotes the regime as saying the economy added 200,000 jobs in November. That adds to 200,000 new jobs in October. So that is 400,000 jobs as “Christmas help.” I wonder where the other 1,800,000 jobs went.
Probably the same place the jobs for the 90 million Americans who have gotten discouraged and quit looking for work.
In the “what’s news about that” department, Politico, Obama’s Typewriter, reports former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords has closed out her campaign war chest, transferred the funds to a gun ban PAC, and intends to distribute the funds to those who voted for gun bans this year.
Briefly excerpting the Politico report linked above:
The new entity will be called the Rights and Responsibilities PAC, which will hold the balance of $287,702 from her congressional campaign. The first donations will be to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) worked on the bipartisan gun control measure, which did not clear the Senate. Both senators had strong ratings from the National Rifle Association prior to their work on the bill, which arose after the deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn. left 20 children dead.
That pretty much confirms Toomey’s anti-gun position. All that lacks is Toomey’s acceptance of anti-gun funding from Giffords anti-gun PAC. And neither Toomey or Manchin had a good rating of civil rights issues, with party boat owner Manchin running on a pro-gun platform but giving precious little help for pro-gun and anti-crime causes.
Remember, even though Chucky Schumer’s staff wrote the “Manchin Toomey Amendment,” S.AMDT.715 to Harry Reid’s S.649, Chuckys name was thought to be the kiss of death for it. Both Manchin and Toomey were willing to put their names on the bill, even though it starts with Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons bill. A bill that has a long list of permitted firearms, but would still ban more than 80 percent of self defense and sporting firearms.
So Giffords has shown her true colors as just another gun ban Democrat. Just like the rest.
Someone stopped by searching for “12 or 20 gauge for home defense.”
For home defense in the real world, there is not an enormous difference. In the excitement of repelling boarders during a home invasion the slightly greater weight of the 12 gauge will not be noticeable, or a handicap, while the close range effectiveness of either is far more than necessary.
That extra weight of most 12 gauges partially or completely offsets the difference in recoil. Even if the 12 were very light, even women with small frames can learn to enjoy shooting the 12 gauge as much as the 20 or the .410. Get the recoil pad “in the pocket,” and you will not be bothered by recoil. Not during a home defense situation, busting clay pigeons, or putting meat on the table.
And in a world where more people are killed with a 40 grain .22 slug weighing less than a tenth of an ounce than anything else, debating the difference between one ounce, 437.5 grains, of shot and an ounce and an eighth or 492.2 grains of shot is pretty much pointless.
So the bottom line comes down to “what can you afford, and what feels right when you mount it?” A gun that feels awkward in the dealers showroom will still feel awkward when someone is kicking in the door – and I would love to have a brace of new British bespoke doubles but I cannot afford them.
The Daily Mail has a report on the worst storm surge to hit England in 60 years, just three years after the Met Office predicted there would be no more winter storms and snow would be unknown in the UK.
Germany’s The Local reports on winter weather troubles including ‘hurricane force’ wind, snow, and flooding.
And those are just two of the reports from Europe this morning. And if you are an American or Canadian, all most of us need is a look out the window to get the news. Yes, climate change is real all right. Change for the colder.
Thanks to link at Instapundit I see even Microsoft is condemning the regime as an advanced, persistent threat.
While the threat Microsoft’s Suril Amin discusses is real enough, it is not the primary threat this regime poses to our Platonic Republic. In my lifetime every Democratic president except Harry Truman and possibly JFK has been a threat to our “freedoms, religion, and laws,” as the Irish song has it.
Obama is more of a threat than Willie Clinton, who was a greater threat than Jimmy Carter, who was almost as serious a threat as Lyndon Johnson, who was as great a threat as Franklin Roosevelt. More of a threat, because Obama is more ruthless, less competent, and has far wider spread information gathering ability.
So I am not surprised at the Microsoft News position. I am surprised that the threat is so great that the report comes while Obama and his “progressives” are still in power. The threat must be very grave for a government contractor to speak out.
There are not many legally held guns in New York. What few there are are usually kept for self defense, and are almost invariably kept safely and used effectively.
Of course, some pols, even the ones who do not need the money, oppose self defense. In so doing, they support criminals, and tacitly approve of the crimes they commit. New York’s Bloomberg is one of those who would eliminate the only effective deterrent to criminal violence the law abiding have.
So it should be no surprise at all that Bloomers is busily confiscating as many of the remaining legally held guns as he can before he leaves office.
Bloomberg is a man who knows what is good for the other fellow, but ignores our laws as often as he pleases. Bloomberg would be president, if he can use his billions to manage that feat.
Throughout his life, Bloomberg has demonstrated the moral responsibility of a rogue elephant. America has all of Michael Bloomberg and his ilk that it can stand. If Bloomers wants to be President, he has a home in Jamaica.
Vermont Homicide Rate 1960 – 2010
Writing at the Daily Caller, David Codrea gives Vermonters an early warning that anti-gun activists are trying to drive the State’s extremely low homicide and violent crime rates through the ceiling with gun control laws, including the end of Constitutional Carry.
Vermont’s historical violent crime and homicide rates are so low that even a single violent crime or murder makes a substantial change in that year’s homicide rate. The result is what statisticians call “noise.” The chart on the right (please click on it for a clearer view) clearly shows the dampening effect Constitutional Carry has on violent crime and homicide. The effects of the Gun Control Act of 1968 are also clear, but are very muted. Since 1960 there have only been two years in which the murder rate topped 4 per 100,000 Vermonters, both the result of murder-suicide rampage killings.
For comparison, here is the United States homicide rates from 1960 to 2012:
It is easy to see just how many murders, and how many violent crimes, Vermont has been spared because of its rational gun laws. And now those crazy about crime want to bring the blessings of gun control, and sky high crime rates, to Vermont.
The answer to that should be to take their crime and go back to New York, Boston, Baltimore, DC, or to some other high crime venue. Because if they are not checked, they will make mass murderers such as Anders Breivik and Adam Lanza look like amateurs.
Democracy has become a nation of bullies, egged on by editors.
Morrows Meditations, The Flophouse News, May 1946
The Local has the thrilling tale of a British Nimrod’s moose hunting adventure in Sweden.
Yes, Scandinavia has moose, and Poland has bison. And former Londoner Paul Connolly reveals hunters are much alike the world over – and the hunting blinds are always too darn short!
Click on over, the Alley will be here when you get back.
The Baltimore Sun reports that unfortunate city, where gun control has rendered many citizens helpless in the face of criminal violence, has just counted its 217th homicide of 2013, matching 2012′s full year total.
And this in a year the Philadelphia PD reports just 226 murders, down down 39%, 82 homicides, compared to 2012.
This in a city two and a half times as large as Baltimore. Briefly quoting the Baltimore Sun report linked above:
Officers were called to the 2800 block of Parkwood Ave., just west of Druid Lake, at 11:29 p.m. for a reported shooting and found a man on the ground. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m., Baltimore police said.
A preliminary investigation showed that the victim was walking in the block when an unknown suspect approached him. Police said the man took out a handgun after a short discussion, shot the victim several times in the torso and then fled.
This is of course the expected result of the gun control laws enacted earlier this year. This post has been sitting since June, awaiting the day Baltimore topped last year’s murder total. There is a mate for this post with Connecticut as the subject. With more than 65,000 failed gun laws to no successes, it is a safe bet I will be able to use it.