From the Left, there is a constant droning chorus, reminiscent of the “Anvil Chorus” clamoring for gun control, more gun control and on and on. Bloomberg, Clinton, Brady, the usual gang of suspects and before that, Obama led the posse down dale and up hill excoriating all who clung to their guns and bibles.
Now we find out the chief mouth spouting all the drivel, Obama worked in the background to insure more carnage could occur.

FBI: The Obama Administration Purged 500,000 Fugitives From the Gun Background Check System

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week on Capitol Hill, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich revealed the Obama Justice Department purged more than 500,000 fugitives from the federal gun background check system.

“It’s my understanding that under federal law fugitives cannot legal purchase or possess guns. We heard from local law enforcement that the Justice Department has issued a memo that forced the FBI NICS background check data base to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants because it was uncertain whether those fugitives fled across state lines. Mr. Bowdich can you describe why this determination was made by the Justice Department?” Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein asked.

“That was a decision that was made under the previous administration. It was the Department of Justice’s Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications they had cross state lines. Otherwise they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted,” Bowdich responded.

A few things.

1) Arrest warrants don’t disappear when a fugitive crosses a state line and neither does their violent criminal history. If a criminal flees from Texas through New Mexico and into Arizona, he or she is still a fugitive in each state. U.S. Marshals, who work for the Department of Justice, are tasked with crossing states line to capture fugitives on the run.

Deputy U.S. Marshals can be found:
-conducting domestic and international fugitive investigations;
-working closely on fugitive task forces and special cases with local, state, Federal, and international law enforcement agencies
-planning and implementing extraditions and deportations of fugitives;
-conducting financial and technical surveillance on specific fugitive investigations; and
-serving court papers, which is also known as service of process.

2) The federal background check system, NICS, applies in all 50 states.

3) Hundreds of thousands of criminals ineligible to buy firearms became eligible overnight thanks to this decision.

Adding insult to injury, under the Obama Justice Department prosecutions of crimes committed with firearms decreased by 25 percent.

While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows.

Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.

A very nice deal. This puts persons on the street who can legally buy guns, in the position to traffic them. Then the political clowns like Bloomberg scream about strawman purchases, gun running by NRA members and other slanderous tirades against lawful gun owners.

Finally the loons on the Left get into the act with school walkouts, screeching idiots ranting about every gun is an assault rifle including the symbol on the Gun Free Zone sign.

The Feminazis tell women don’t get a gun; get an order of protection from the courts and a cell phone to call 9-1-1. That court order better be made of Kevlar and the call to 9-1-1 should be made from the police station.

Otherwise YOU are dead.


Deaths by the numbers

Given the results, we should ban anyone under the age of 21 from owning a Smartphone if they live on their own and raise that age to 26 if they live at home in Mom’s basement.

One needs to look at a host of inanimate objects capable of causing death by their mere existence. From the chart, we should probably start at the top.Remove the offending item that causes a death or remove the individual offending the baseline. Simply ban the offending item or person: Alcohol, tobacco, fat people, drug abusers and drunks. Others remove themselves such as medical errors and accidents.

This is the perfect extension of gun control when it is applied to any occurrence found in normal life. Having a problem with it?

Because change admits we’re wrong…

… and the Eco-Nazi Left never admits that.

Rep. Peter Welch admits government’s ‘well-intentioned flop’ on ethanol

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch has been an advocate of doing away with ethanol subsidies for a while. As the program’s serious failures mount, Welch is gaining some allies, and there is actually a possibility that the subsidies will be phased out. Here’s what he recently had to say on the subject:

We’ve now had more than a decade of experience with [ethanol subsidies], and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

It actually doesn’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It’s had a significant impact on overplanting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it’s also had a significant impact on feed prices … and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food. (Source: Red State)

What a refreshing admission from a politician. Our meddling actually made matters worse in pretty much every respect, and we should just stop.

Now, if only Welch and his colleagues would come to similar revelations regarding their actions in, say, healthcare reform, where government intervention (very well intentioned) has led to higher insurance costs, longer wait times to access care and an opioid crisis. Or in regard to their “help” with access to higher education, which has caused the price of a college degree to explode while the value of those degrees, in many cases, has declined. Or government’s approach to welfare, which has destroyed the black family in America and is now corroding other demographic groups.

The list is almost endless. But ethanol policy is a start.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

Getting any change in this policy will require a massive movement in the electorate. The farm lobby will raise money, donate to non farm candidates to insure votes outside the farm belt keeping ethanol in the gas tanks of American cars. It has nothing to do with cleaner air, better fuel economy or less damage to machinery. It has only to do with money in someone’s pocket.

Look for Archer Daniels Midland to lead and other members of the consortia to follow such as Union Pacific RR ( Big AG) and Monsanto. Then we shall find out who in the MSM own large blocks of Big AG and blow off the downside of ethanol.


Washington DC

The only movement you will ever see from the crooks in the Congress.




The proximate and precipitate…

…cause of the Amtrak train wrecks and troubles can be laid directly at the feet of one entity: The Government.

That august body of schlemiels, toadys, crooks, defectives, sex abusers, lawyers, Kennedys and known perverts can’t run Congress much less a business. To wit: ObamaCare, Welfare, Social Security, the Post Office and certainly Immigration and Border Control.
Not even Mussolini could get the trains to run on time. No, it wasn’t Hitler who said that, it was Mussolini who promised that.

Turning these bozos loose to run the nations railroads is insane. They would have a Casey Jones moment with a Christmas tree train set.

What’s going on with Amtrak? Few passengers killed on trains, but high-profile crashes spark concerns

A spate of fatal Amtrak accidents in recent months is focusing renewed attention on the passenger railroad and its safety record. The latest deadly incident occurred Sunday in South Carolina.

The crashes appear to stem from different causes, and federal investigators are sifting through each to find out what happened.

Here’s what is going on with Amtrak, its safety record and criticism in Congress about its subsidies:

What accidents focused attention to Amtrak?

  • Feb. 4, 2018: An Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train parked on a siding in Cayce, S.C., killing the train’s engineer and conductor. Investigators said a switch was locked to shunt the Amtrak train onto the siding and toward the parked train. Investigators said work crews were updating automatic-braking technology on the tracks when the accident occurred.
  • Jan. 31, 2018: An Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck at a crossing in Crozet, Va., killing the truck driver. The crossing had crossbars and warning lights.
  • Dec. 18, 2017: An Amtrak train derailed in DuPont, Wash., going about 80 mph into a curve posted for 30 mph, killing three passengers and injuring dozens.
  • April 3, 2016: An Amtrak train going 99 mph near Philadelphia slammed into a backhoe on the track, killing two workmen and injuring 39 people on the train. Federal investigations found a series of safety lapses — including a lapse in communications that failed to notify trains that the track was closed — led to the crash.
  • May 12, 2015: A train traveling 106 mph into a 50-mph curve in Philadelphia derailed, killing eight passengers and injuring hundreds. Investigators ruled the engineer lost awareness of where he was on the route.

Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson, who joined the railroad last year after years as an airline executive, vowed after the last two accidents to improve safety at the railroad. [snip]

The above statement should tell you much. Just what does this individual know about running a railroad? This is typical Government idiot think. Once before the fools tried this with the Mustang Ranch whorehouse. The Government took it over and went broke proving they can’t even make money in prostitution.

How often does Amtrak have accidents?

The number of fatalities involving Amtrak trains has been rising for the past decade, from 119 in 2008 to 167 last year through November 2017, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Only 12 of those deaths involved passengers aboard trains. (The three passengers killed in December aren’t included yet in the statistics.) The vast majority of rail deaths involve pedestrians trespassing along the tracks or collisions with vehicles at road crossings, rather than train passengers.

The rate of Amtrak accidents per million train miles traveled grew from 41.1 in 2008 to nearly 58.8 by November 2017, according to FRA.

The number of trespasser deaths climbed from 70 to 103 during that same time period, according to FRA. The number of deaths in highway-rail accidents like the one last month in Crozet, Va., grew from 47 to 60 during that period, according to FRA. [snip]

Are Amtrak engineers experienced?

The engineers in recent Amtrak crashes each had several years of experience under their belts.

The 55-year-old engineer in the derailment in DuPont, Wash., was hired by Amtrak as a conductor in 2004 and promoted to locomotive engineer in 2013.

The 47-year-old engineer in the backhoe collision began training as an Amtrak engineer in May 2015 and was promoted to locomotive engineer in June 2015. He earlier worked for more than a decade as an engineer and in other jobs with New Jersey Transit.

The 31-year-old engineer in the Philadelphia derailment was hired by Amtrak as an assistant conductor in 2006 and after attending locomotive school he became a certified engineer in 2010, starting in the New York area in 2013. [snip]


Wassup with the markets?

The non-Federal Fed, at least one branch, announced the potential for GDP growth of 5.4%. That number spooked the other lemmings who decided interest rates might need to be hiked another time. The whisper word is INFLATION. Suddenly bonds put on lipstick, heels and a slinky outfit and money started dating them, leaving equities sitting home. Bonds are safe, especially when interest rate are going up and Obama isn’t in office.

Everything else took a hit too including metals although they fared better than the tech stocks.
At this moment it is 09:05 and the DOW futures are off 153. 25 minutes to the opening bell.

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