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On May 21st Apple CEO Tim Cook was hauled before Congress because various politicians felt that Apple had not paid its “fair share” of campaign contributions to them via lobbying PAC’s tax dollars, and I thought he handled himself pretty well.

...I thought that Cook was too kind in the dog and pony show. Although it probably would have launched investigations from every conceivable agency into Apple and him personally, here is the speech that he probably would have enjoyed delivering a lot more:

“Thank you for calling me here today. Actually, I don’t mean that. In fact, what am I doing here? My company has broken no laws, and in fact has gone to great lengths to ensure full compliance with the tax laws. Shouldn’t you be dragging up here actual tax cheats, such as say Charlie Rangel or Timothy Geithner? Never mind, it’s not like they hold any significant positions in dealing with the government’s finances, as that would kill any credibility of this panel. Your issue with my company is that the fact that paying every penny we owe the US Treasury is not enough and that you want more. How much more?
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The Obama regime is the greatest danger to our Constitutional freedoms Americans have ever faced. Let us work our way through how our Constitution will be lost.

Against the wishes of Congress, Secretary of State Kerry has declared that President Obama will sign the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. Kerry stated that it may take ten or twenty years but eventually a Democratic controlled Congress will ratify the treaty. While the SCOTUS in the past has declared that the Constitution is Supreme law of the land, and that treaties may not directly violate the Constitution, a future activist SCOTUS could allow what it considers “reasonable” measures that result in loss of our Constitutional rights. We have seen this incremental whittling away of our rights for decades by Federal courts and the SCOTUS. With Obama’s stacking of these courts with far-left activist justices, we can no longer have confidence that a Federal Judicial branch will protect our rights.

....The AP/Fox journalist intimidation scandal, and IRS scandals (as well as many other under-reported abuses by various Federal agencies and Washington office holders,) makes it absolutely clear that that there is an “US versus them” attitude within the Federal government that has determined that the Fed must exert it’s control over the people to keep us inline with their rules and regulations.
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This is the kind of statement that empowered IRS agents and their leaders to target groups they don’t agree with. This is the kind of statement that begets tyranny:
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The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

...The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

The teachers are there already. The school staff is there already. Their reaction time is measured in seconds, not minutes. They can serve as your immediate violent response. Best case scenario, they engage and stop the attacker, or it bursts his fantasy bubble and he commits suicide. Worst case scenario, the armed staff provides a distraction, and while he’s concentrating on killing them, he’s not killing more children.
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Despite concerns on the right that the movie was serving as a political propaganda piece for Team Obama, in actuality, the movie is rather apolitical, playing it pretty much straight down the middle. The movie does its best to avoid political commentary.

...And because we are given a movie that is evenhanded (were or were enhanced interrogation- oh, okay “torture”- not part of the narrative? It was, whether you agree they were effective or even necessary or not), those on the left are none too happy. I don’t believe the movie really makes the case for a pro-EIT agenda. It presents the harshness of it (dramatized- I really have doubts about the portrayal as anything but dramatized rendering over realism). But because it doesn’t follow the anti-EIT narrative in condemning “torture”, the movie is a “dangerous combination of fact, fiction, and Hollywood”. Was this ever said about purported documentaries like Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11?
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Gun free zones mean gun free for those who would abide by the law only and map out a killing zone safe for those who would illegally conceal a weapon and commit murder.

That is crazy.

What is it that liberals want? They claim they want an assault-weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, and background checks on all gun purchases. I have no objection to any of them but the fact is together they would not have prevented Newtown. Not at all. Nancy Lanza’s weapons were legal. At close range her handguns were as lethal as the rifle. Adam Lanza might even have been able to buy one the 2000 assault rifles Eric Holder’s DOJ sent into Mexico. And any background check must also ask about mental illness in the household.
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+Tom Fonteyne I heard you :-). Remember that I agree with you, but keeping it real, we well know that passing seriously responsible gun control laws in this country is nearly impossible. In regards of your comment about the mother (and owner of the guns) being killed, also keep in mind that locks are not required nowadays. Hence my comment. Locking mechanisms based on bio-metrics would be ideal for this type of situations. If not a perfect solution, it would certainly add some level of prevention.
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Of course, one obvious and significant part of our violent culture was left untouched by these dopes.

Movies. Hollywood.

Hollywood has contributed mightily to the decay of American culture. We used to have White Christmas, now we have Reservoir Dogs. We used to have Mary Poppins. Now we have Kill Bill. Hollywood has coarsened our culture. It has desensitized kids to senseless murder and senseless violence.
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You all remember Stephanie Cutter. She was Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 2012. Cutter accused Romney of all sorts of things, including Romney essentially being a liar, a felon and a murderer.

Her assertions were roundly discredited.

Given that Cutter is a political hack, Obama flack, and a liar, it is really interesting that she was in attendance when Shulman visited the White House: #irsscandal   #irs   #obama  
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Following the Newtown massacre there has been an outcry from the left for more and tougher gun laws. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed another assault weapons ban with more teeth than the previous ban. Exactly what are consequences of tough gun laws? Let us construct a hypothetical place with some strict gun laws:

Let’s regulate the sale, possession and use of firearms.

Let’s regulate ammunition.
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Remember Concord and Lexington? Do you remember why the British were there? To take the powder, in other words, gun control. Will history repeat itself?
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Oh how those Tea Party rubes are fouling the well-oiled political gears of Washington D.C. Have you heard of their latest shenanigans? Truly scandalous, and Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette does not like it one bit. Not even a smidge.
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News that the Treasury Department’s Inspector General has opened an investigation to determine whether three solar companies inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government should send shivers down the spine of the taxpayer-subsidized green energy industry.

...SolarCity is the most interesting of the names on the list. Its Chairman, Elon Musk, is an Obama supporter who has used taxpayer funds, not once, not twice but three times to enrich himself.
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We have devolved into to a point in the gun rights argument that we’re reverting back to the very thing from which we sought independence. The Declaration of Independence lists several grievances that led to the Revolutionary War.

... Today’s progressive movement has sought to turn the 2nd Amendment’s meaning into something it isn’t. Our lofty politicians – protected with their throngs of security guards, armored vehicles, and other protections – and their lapdog media have succeeded at convincing the “low information voters,” as Rush Limbaugh likes to say, that this right is meant to apply to hunters only. Or in your home only.
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