Welcome to the new blog! Stay tuned for lots of great content!
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new blog! Stay tuned for lots of great content!
Happy New Year!
According to an announcement on their website, Magpul Industries is in the process of moving most of it's operation to Texas and Wyoming...state's which Magpul Chief Executive Officer, Richard Fitzpatrick says support the company's culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility. The company started planning for the move in March 2013 after laws were passed that greatly restrict the sale of firearm accessories...the same laws that cost two Democrats their elected positions as they were removed by a recall vote and another who resigned to avoid the recall effort.
Magpul plans on initially transitioning 92% of its current workforce outside of Colorado within 12-16 months and will maintain only limited operations in Colorado. They plan to relocate manufacturing, distribution and shipping to a 58,000 square foot facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming while their permanent 100,000 square foot facility is being built. The company says Governor Mat Mead, the Wyoming Business Council and Cheyenne LEADS are supporting the relocation.
Corporate headquarters for Magpul will be moved to one of three North Central Texas sites with support from Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
This move by Magpul, which was formed in 1999 to manufacture an innovative device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress, shows that unconstitutionally restrictive laws will have much more impact than just the warm, fuzzy feeling liberals get. These laws have not only cost some Democrats their jobs, it has cost the State of Colorado at least hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue.
Good for you Magpul!
If you listened to this weeks episode of my show, you know that I no longer think the United States Chamber of Commerce is really, truly pro-business. In an interview with Bret Baier, Tom Donohue, CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce spoke to several important issues facing this country. Possibly the only thing that he got completely right is the fact that the slow "recovery" and huge job loss we are experiencing can be understood by looking at the past five years of Obama's presidency. It is, in fact, the socialist economic policies put in place by the current regime that are holding us back.
However, Mr. Donohue went on to dodge the question from a Twitter follower of whether Obama was telling the truth when he said that unemployment insurance actually creates jobs. As you remember, Obama made this claim while pushing for an extension of unemployment insurance. He claimed that unemployment insurance might allow people to turn up the thermostat or buy more bread, causing the companies that sell those things to hire more workers... ridiculous... Rather than give the obvious answer of "no way in hell does paying people to not work create jobs," Donohue rambled on about how we need to create "real jobs", effectively ducking the question.
It gets worse...
When asked about the rumblings being heard about the Republican leadership pushing for amnesty this year, and the US Chamber of Commerce, supporting them, Tom Donohue had a really interesting take on the subject. Donohue made claims that America NEEDS immigrants...that we NEED the workers. He says this as if there aren't millions of Americans currently unemployed. He states that a lot of innovation has taken place in the US with the help of immigrants. What he fails to see is that the US needs a managed immigration system. The illegal immigrants that have already broken our laws are generally not the types of immigrants that we need. We need immigrants that go through appropriate process and have some skill to offer that the country is in need of.
All of that being said, the main point here, and the point that I didn't have time to make on TNNS this week, is that this position on immigration reform really has nothing to do with workers or helping the economy or business growth. It has to do with one simple thing. Power. Tom Donohue, the spineless Republican leadership, and some of the big business that are all too eager to participate in this type of cronyism will support something as dangerous to this nation as amnesty because they think it will lead to votes. They think that whichever party pushes immigration reform the hardest will get the votes of the "dreamers" and they fail to remember the last time this was tried and the Republicans actually losing votes.
When Tom Donohue or John Boehner tell you that immigration reform is vital to the future of this country, don't believe them. They are in it for the power they think it can gain them. They are willing to go against the real desire of the American people in order to push through policy that will no doubt skew the political landscape to the left. Tom Donohue and the United States Chamber of Commerce are not supporting pro-business policy with this decision.
How shocked was I to learn about an anti-gun Democrat that didn't know the first thing about guns?!?! ...and then to learn he is from California?!?! This is new territory for me.... oh wait... no, no it isn't.
Like the great California Senator Dianne Feinstein, California State Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angelos made moronic statements about guns while showing a "ghost gun" with "30 caliber clips". Apparently, the gun can shoot "30 magazine clip in half a second"... huh?!?!
This was all during a press conference where the State Senator was introducing SB808 which would require ALL home-made firearms to be registered, which of course is a clear violation of the Second Amendment.
It seems that almost every anti-gun legislator knows almost nothing about firearms yet they want to talk about them like they do and end up sounding like idiots... Unfortunately, the media eats it up and the uneducated among us follow right along.
Fortunately, we've ran across this hilarious video which sums up the stupidity pretty well:
See the full 20 minutes here:
UPDATE: This open Letter to CA Senator Kevin de Leon is possible the best response I've seen to this moron.
"I am writing this letter as I attempt to sit through the YouTube video (http://youtu.be/xI6eE_FAwao) of your recent press conference given on January 13, 2014. As someone quite knowledgeable about firearms, I find it extremely difficult to listen to your presentation because almost nothing you said about these “Ghost Guns” (a term you used repeatedly that I have never once heard before) is factually correct. - See more at: http://www.thebangswitch.com/open-letter-to-ca-senator-kevin-de-leon-d/#..."
Once again this year, President Obama will give the State of the Union address in the presence of Illegal Aliens... err. I mean, Illegal Immigrants... err.. Undocumented Immigrants... uh... wait... Democrat Voters... there we go....
According to USA Today, at least two illegal aliens will be in the House Chamber during Obama's speech tonight.
A joint statement, issued byIllinois Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster (the group hosting the illegals, along with other amnesty advocates) stated, "This year, we joined together to invite people whose stories illustrate the importance of immigration reform and to make clear that passing comprehensive immigration reform should be at the top of the to-do list."
Estefania Garcia and Maria Torre are the two illegal aliens who will see the President's speech in person. Since we know their names and where they will be tonight, perhaps this is a great opportunity for ICE to process them...although, they probably qualify for the amnesty that dictator Obama granted to children of immigrants.
I wonder what I have to do to get an invitation to the State of the Union Address...
The State of the Union address can be seen on.. well.. every television station tonight at 9PM Eastern.
A couple schools in New Zealand have decided to do something that makes sense: remove the ridiculous safety rules from the playground rulebook. In fact, they basically ripped up the entire playground rulebook.
Instead of having strict rules of no contact sports, no climbing trees, no playing with sticks,...no fun stuff... the school allows children to... well... be children. With these changes, Swanson Primary School has actually seen a decline in bullying, vandalism, and even serious injuries. They even report that student's concentration levels in the classroom have increased.
Some parents, and of course teachers, questioned the lack of rules at first. Of course they thought, without safety rules, children would get hurt more often... but that isn't the case. It seems that when children are allowed to use their imaginations and take their own risks, and LEARN from them, the number and seriousness of injuries decreases.
Swanson school originally removed the playground rules when they signed up for a study by AUT and Otago University which aimed to increase active play.
"The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."
AUT professor of public health Grant Schofield stated the obvious and said there are too many rules in modern playgrounds.
"The great paradox of cotton-woolling children is it's more dangerous in the long-run... Society's obsession with protecting children ignores the benefits of risk-taking"
Children at Swanson can be seen climbing trees, playing in mud, playing bullrush (described as rugby without a ball) and even playing war games, using sticks as guns to shoot at their enemy...an activity that would get a child expelled in the United States. Now, to be fair, the children do, in fact, have some safety rules that need to be followed. For instance, they must wear a mouth guard while playing bullrush. The rules that exist are actually co-created by the adults and the children.
The crazy thing about all of this? This isn't a new way of managing playground activities... it's actually just the way things used to be before society decided to shelter children from life...and since it doesn't cost anything to remove rules, this really is, as Schofiled put it, "a no brainer" not only for New Zealand but for here at home as well.