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CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers

Yep. Let's have bigger government and give them more power.
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.

Among other things, it was revealed that agency officials conducted keyword searches and email searches on committee staff while they used the network.

She stopped short of calling for Brennan’s resignation. But her committee colleague, Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado, said Brennan should go. “I have no choice but to call for the resignation of CIA director John Brennan,” Udall said after a briefing on the inspector general’s findings.

“The CIA unconstitutionally spied on Congress by hacking into Senate intelligence committee computers. This grave misconduct is not only illegal, but it violates the US constitution’s requirement of separation of powers. These offenses, along with other errors in judgment by some at the CIA, demonstrate a tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences.

War and the nature of man

It seems war and conflict is nothing new.
Archaeologists find grim proof of man's earliest war
Yet some believe prehistoric man was largely amiable: Hunter-gatherers could simply move on, points out Prof. Ran Barkai.
Cultural clashes leading to war are evidently as old as man himself. Now archaeologists studying human remains in the Sudan believe they have found evidence of the world’s first outright, large-scale war, some 13,000 years ago - and it seems to have been about race. This Mesolithic-era battle could also have been one of the world’s first water wars, as the region was undergoing a process of desertification which would have spurred competition over resources.

Fresh analysis of fossil remains first found half a century ago indicates that one group consisted of locals, the ancestors of black Africans. The identity of those on the other side remains unclear, but they seem to have originated in the Mediterranean Sea basin, according to a recent report in The Independent. Wherever they came from, the people on both sides clearly looked different. The locals involved in the ancient battles in Jebel Sahaba by the Nile River were tall with relatively short torsos, projecting features and broad noses. The other group was shorter, had longer torsos and flatter faces. Certainly compared with today’s couch potatoes, both were in terrific physical shape, the archaeologists report.

Jebel Sahaba consists of three prehistoric burial sites: The remains found there were determined to be between 13,000 to 14,300 years old, associated with a pre-agrarian society. Back then, the climate was changing, shifting from an era where there was savanna with goodly rainfall to a drier, hotter period, though the area hadn’t reached the condition of stark desert it features today. In any case, the war at the site may have been caused by competition over who would dwell by the fresh-water (and crocodile-infested) Nile.

Ship Was Discovered Buried 20 Feet Below the World Trade Center Site
Four Years Ago, a Ship Was Discovered Buried 20 Feet Below the World Trade Center Site — Now Scientists Have an Explanation
After making the ghostly discovery in July 2010, historians offered various theories on how a 30-foot piece of the vessel made its way to lower Manhattan. No one was, however, able to say with confidence where it came from and the mystery largely endured — at least until today.

Tree ring scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory analyzed the ship’s remains and concluded this month that a forest in the Philadelphia area provided the white oak for the vessel’s frame. According to their findings, published in the journal Tree Ring Research, the trees were likely cut in 1773 — just years before the American revolution. Wood sampled from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall matched those of the ship, indicating the two probably came from the same region. Several ring patterns matched oak timbers found in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed.

Scientists believe that the ship was, thus, built in Philadelphia. It appeared to have been designed to carry Dutch passengers and cargo over shallow waters. The ship was identified as a Hudson River Sloop, designed by New York’s first European settlers, the Dutch, to carry passengers and cargo in shallow, rocky waters.

The vessel likely found it’s final resting place on Manhattan’s lower west side, but was buried as the shoreline gradually pushed further west, according to experts.

Over 120,000 illegal immigrants arrested in just the Tucson sector
Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu announced that over 120,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested in just the Tucson sector of the southern border. “We have 123,000 illegals arrested right here in the Tucson sector” Babeu said on Wednesday’s “Sean Hannity Show.” He added that eight “cartel scouts” arrested in the last month. “close to 60,000, what’s predicted to be 90,000 by October 1 of unaccompanied juveniles” are expected cross the border in just the Del Rio Sector of Texas.

He concluded that unless the illegal immigrants crossing the border are deported, the additional funding that the president has requested to secure the border would go to waste, and “you might as well throw it out the window.”

Colorado’s Experience Soundly Refutes Common Anti-gun Talking Point
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spoke on the topic of the state’s 2013 measure outlawing almost all private transfers of firearms. According to the Denver Post, Hickenlooper told the sheriffs, “I think we screwed that up completely… we were forming legislation without basic facts.” A new Associated Press report examining Colorado background check data in the first year of the new law proves the accuracy of Hickenlooper’s statement, and should (although likely won’t) end the repetition of an already discredited anti-gun background check factoid.

“In total, there were about 311,000 background checks done during the first year of the expansion in Colorado, meaning the 13,600 checks between private sellers made up about 4 percent of the state total.”

How did the Colorado Legislative Council get their estimate so wildly wrong? They relied on same bogus statistic (that 40 percent of gun transfers occur between private parties) which gun control advocates and the White House have been using to advocate for expanded background checks all over the country.

The data from Colorado’s first year of restricted private transfers makes continued use the 40 percent figure untenable. Yet the tactics of gun control supporters are nothing if not shameless, so don’t expect them to relinquish the 40 percent myth any time soon.

A radical idea to help fix Congress

Tired of out of touch politicians?
Tired of the K street lobbyists?
Tired of the influence of beltway bandits?

Let's prohibit the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from operating in Washington D.C. Require Congress to meet in a different U.S. city every year. During the summer break they can all relocate to a new city. Let these out-of-touch blowhards live and work among the great unwashed masses. They are too isolated in their beltway bubble. And maybe you'd see fewer of these clowns spending 30 or 40 years in Congress if they had to move every year.

Let Congress meet in Tulsa OK, or Cleveland OH, or Phoenix AZ, Boise ID, Bakersfield CA, Bangor ME, etc.

Personally I'd make Laredo TX the first location on the list. Let these asshats live and work in the border chaos.

More money wasted by climate doomers

But at least the enviros can still feel smug and pat themselves on the back for "saving the planet".
Earlier this month, Breitbart London reported that a Welsh government office was to scrap its £50,000 wind turbine after it generated just £5 of electricity per month. It now turns out that this is not the only place small-scale wind-turbine to have proved completely pointless.

Here is a list of 12 other local authorities wasting money on turbines that have proved to be next-to-useless.

A £90,000 wind turbine install outside council offices has generated just a tenth of the energy intended. The turbine was supposed to generate 45,000 kW hours per year, but has actually produced less than 4,500 kWhrs/year. This means that the turbine won’t pay for itself for 133 years, assuming there are no interest charges of maintenance costs.

A £40,000 wind turbine at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College has been branded a “disaster” after it consumed more energy than it generated. It has also only turned eight percent of time during its three-year lifespan, and used up enough energy to power a household for two years.

Inverclyde Academy were reported in 2011 to be ready to scrap a wind turbine installed just three years previously. The turbine was supposed to generate 15 to 15 percent of the school’s power but hasn’t generated any energy for over a year. Like others across the country, it developed various faults and its manufacturer has not gone bust.

Climping, West Sussex
A wind turbine had to be removed from a local school had to be removed after generating too little power. It was put up in 2005 as part of an experiment to see if local coastal winds would make it sustainable, but the experiment failed. Savings of £550 from April 2011 to March 2012 were not enough to cover maintenance costs.

I conceal carried at both Starbucks and Target yesterday.

I conceal carried at Starbucks and Target yesterday. Neither establishment had any sign saying guns were prohibited. Nobody knew I was carrying. Business went on as usual. FAIL for Bloomterd and Moms Demanding Attention. Their actions have had no meaningful impact. You can see the antigunner lies about their 'successes' here:

On Edit: FYI this post was intended to be more of a statement about the ineffectiveness of efforts by and exaggeration of claims by Moms Demand Action. My carrying a firearm in those places was incidental as I carry all the time anyway where legally permitted.

David Cameron announces immigration benefits crackdown

The UK is finally waking up after decades of loony liberal immigration policies. When will the U.S. wake up?
Benefits for EU migrants in the UK will be cut off after three months, says PM, as he promises Coalition changes will 'put Britain first'
David Cameron is to announce tough action on immigration that will halve the amount of time foreigners can claim benefits in the UK. The Coalition will introduce laws to ensure that European Union migrants can only claim out-of-work benefits for three months.

The Government will make changes to the immigration system that put “Britain first” and ensure that the UK is “a country that is not a soft touch”, Mr Cameron says. “We changed the rules so that no one can come to this country and expect to get out-of-work benefits immediately; they must wait at least three months,” Mr Cameron adds.

“And we are announcing today that we are cutting the time people can claim these benefits for. It used to be that European jobseekers could claim Job Seeker’s Allowance or child benefit for a maximum of six months before their benefits would be cut off, unless they had very clear job prospects. “I can tell Telegraph readers today that we will be reducing that cut-off point to three months, saying very clearly: you cannot expect to come to Britain and get something for nothing.”

Concealed carry citizen stops shooter

Lives were saved because a 'gun free zone' wasn't gun free. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun and saves numerous lives.
Armed Doctor that Saved Lives & Stopped Shooter in Gun Free Zone Needs Our Support
A Pennsylvania doctor who was grazed by gunfire from an armed patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday, stopped the shooter by returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a nearby caseworker was killed by the patient gun man. The Doctor who saved countless lives yesterday by putting down a deranged lunatic with a lengthy rap sheet who was almost certainly poised to go on a rampage. While the Dr did not break any laws, he did violate Hospital “Gun Free Zone” policy, which the killer clearly ignored, and the hospital may be tempted to discipline or even fire the hero Doctor.
After doctor and patient exchanged gunfire, the suspect fled to a hallway. There, hospital employees wrestled him to the ground and took his weapon, Whelan said. Plotts had 39 bullets left on him when he was apprehended – bullets police believe he intended to use. “I believe that if the doctor did not have a firearm, (and) the doctor did not utilize the firearm, he’d be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility would also be dead,” Whelan said. Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that “without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.” “Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” he said.
Hero doctor stops hospital shooting rampage: Psychiatrist uses his own gun to shoot patient who killed caseworker in front of him
A Pennsylvania doctor is being hailed a hero today after he seriously injured a patient who went on a shooting spree in his office. Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, told police that the patient, identified as Richard Plotts, fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night. Silverman was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office, according to Delaware District Attorney Jack Whelan. Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that 'without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.'
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