Venezuelan Olympian, Gabriela Franco explains why our Second Amendment rights are important

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If you don’t know Gabriela Franco story:

As a child She was very active and practiced different sports like swimming, gymnastics, running, etc. Until one day her Dad took her to the shooting range when she was only 11 years old. Since day one she knew she wanted to know more about the Shooting Sport.

Gabby became a Olympic Pistol shooter, and she used to train 6 days a week 4-5 hours a day after school.

At the age of 16 after a few years of training Gabby became part of the Venezuelan Olympic Team and won her first International Silver Medal at the Bolivarian Games in Peru (1997). Since then Gabby became one of favorite pistol shooter of the Venezuelan Team competing in 14 different countries in 5 years and earning at least a dozen of International titles. Gabby became Venezuelan National Champion for several years.

Gabby moved to the United States in 2002 shortly after her last match in Brazil (South American Games) where She won 3 Gold medals. In USA Gabby started working in the Firearms Industry becoming more involved in the USPSA and Tactical shooting.

Currently Gabby is FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR and an active competitor in USPSA.

This is what she has to say about our Second Amendment rights (and touches on Hugo Chavez and Socialism failures in Venezuela):

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Gun confiscation couldn’t happen here, right?

Oh, if  Gabriela looks familiar, she was a contestant on History Chanel’s Top Shot.

***h/t NRA Blog ***

Robin Hood Tax: Another bad European idea that will find its way here

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Does this remind you of a developing Democrat election campaign?

At its best, the financial services sector provides important services to people across the income spectrum. But in its current guise, it is failing to do so. In fact, it has become a powerful driver of inequality. The huge increase in speculation in the financial markets has pushed the volume of financial transactions to more than 70 times the size of the world economy. And we are all still suffering from the irresponsibility of this sector, which led to the global financial crash.

Lord Turner, former chair of the Financial Services Authority, described much of the financial services sector as “socially useless” and said it had grown too big. Calculating the difference between what people take out of the economy in terms of their pay, and what they put in in terms of the value to society of their work, the New Economics Foundation estimated that many people in the financial services sector were a burden on the rest of us.

If you really want to look at the difference in what people take out of the economy versus what they put in, look no further than the worlds third largest economy, the United States Federal Government.

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Saginaw County Sheriff says “we’re constantly outgunned” as he gladly receives Army surplus MRAP


At “no cost to taxpayers?” …B.S….. Taxpayers already paid for these machines when the military purchased them for war fighting in the first place.

Anyhow, getting a little closer to home, in Saginaw County, Michigan the county Sheriff has recently received a MRAP for his department:

“We’re constantly outgunned,” he said, noting criminals could be carrying silencers, assault rifles and other heavy duty weapons, adding, “I need every tool I can get.”

The vehicle, which is the Maxx Pro (For maximum protection) version of the MRAP, was given to the department at no cost, and there is no maintenance budget for the truck, Federspiel said. The department can obtain parts for free from the military, he said, and he plans to use drug forfeiture funds to pay for any repairs, though he expects to use the truck rarely.

Seriously…. The Saginaw County Sheriff says “we’re constantly outgunned?”  Naturally, to counteract his perception of being “outgunned”, the Saginaw Co. Sheriff gladly accepts an Army surplus MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle to protect his deputies from IED’s ,.50 cal. sniper rifles and chemical weapon attacks occurring regularly on the mean streets of Frankenmuth.

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Saginaw County Sheriff Federspiel explains his rationale in accepting a military vehicle such as an MRAP for his department::

“As sheriff of the county, I have to put ourselves in the best position to protect our citizens and protect our property,” he said. “I have to prepare for something disastrous.”

The MRAP could be used in a situation of an armored gunman with high-powered weapons, Federspiel said.

“They can go ahead and fire at that with a .50-caliber weapon and they’re still protected,” he said.

“I don’t think of myself as a ‘doomsdayer,’ someone who worries about the end of the world — I don’t,” he said. “But I have to think about what-ifs when I’m the sheriff.”

He said the vehicle is part of that plan to be prepared for the worst. Such an incident has not happened since he was elected sheriff.

“But that doesn’t mean we won’t have one,” he said.

For those who don’t know, Saginaw county, Michigan is lightly populated, with 196,542 people (2013 estimate) inhabiting 815.78 sq mi. and is known more as a ‘touristy’ area as opposed to a hotbed of IED’s explosions, chemical weapon attacks or random .50 cal gun fire.

In short, Peace Officers in the United States don’t need military hardware to do their jobs.

After all that bluster about not bailing out Detroit, Obama is sending bailout money to Detroit

You knew an Obama bailout for Detroit was going to happen:

Detroit just gets more publicity because the city is inching ever closer to filing for bankruptcy, and a taxpayer bailout.

MCT May 25th, 2013

Early in the discussion of Detroit potentially filing for bankruptcy, Obama and his henchmen repeatedly denied the possibility of a Federal bailout of Detroit. Remember this gem issued by Dear Leader?

“The President and members of the President’s senior team continue to closely monitor the situation in Detroit.  While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit as it works to recover and revitalize and maintain its status as one of America’s great cities.”

My how times have changed:

The two sources, who spoke late Tuesday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose the information, confirmed talks about the federal government supporting a state move to funnel $100 million in federal money to Detroit for blight remediation.

That would free up $100 million of more than $500 million that emergency manager Kevyn Orr plans to spend for blight removal over the next 10 years. Orr could then use that money to reduce pension cuts.

Instead of setting a strong precedence by forcing government workers to tighten their belts like the rest of us, Santa Barack will simply “funnel” money and make it all better. And remind everyone during the 2014 election.

Feel good story of the day: Treehugger thinks “climate change deniers have won”

“Victory settles a lot of arguments in most men’s heads.”
Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven

With the multifaceted assault on our freedoms by the American left, it’s easy to overlook the small gains that sanity makes from time to time.

For example, ask a TreeHugger if they are making inroads expanding their radical environmentalist agenda, and they would tell you something like this:

Nick Cohen, a columnist in the Observer (the Guardian Sunday paper) writes a thoroughly depressing but important article about how, essentially, the climate change deniers have won. He is speaking from Britain, but one sees the same thing going on in the USA, Canada and Australia as well.

Remember how in 2008 / 2009 the global warming hoax was all the rage when nearly everyone jumped on the bandwagon, buying into the theory wholeheartedly. Remember how in 2009 nearly every other T.V commercial featured a stupid windmill? But, with facts and persistence we on the right have turned public opinion.

Now, let’s do something about ObamaCare….

If sugar is so evil, then why aren’t the do-gooders telling us to eat more steak?

Like I’ve said before, most bad ideas that begin in Europe tend to find their way here:

On Wednesday, for instance, no less an authority than the UN’s World Health Organisation came out with the firm recommendation that we should all be aiming to cut our sugar intake by half and that children should not be given fizzy drinks at all.
That came just one day after Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, proposed that a sugar tax needed to be introduced if we wanted to cut sugar intake and reduce obesity.

Yep, government busybodies advocate taxing sugar to gently nudge we the people into making the “correct” decisions. Nice.

The Daily Mail article continues.

And it came on the same day that an eminent New York cardiovascular research scientist warned that the long-running demonisation of fats, and saturated fats in particular, could be entirely misplaced.
The real killer, according to Dr James DaNicolantio, particularly when it comes to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes — those two scourges of the modern age — is sugar.

Perfect! Since all the do-gooders and busybodies are all worked up over sugar, its time (well if my back yard wasn’t still buried in knee-deep global warming) throw a few New York strip steaks on the grill.

Of course, this new ‘revelation’ raises an important question; for the last few decades, the do-gooders and busybodies have been telling us that fats, red meats and their ilk are killers. Now they are telling us sugar are the real killers. It sounds like these so-called studies are more junk science.

Power of the Individual: Drummer Loses Hand in Freak Accident Creates Drumming Prosthetic (video)

This is awesome:

Two years ago, as he was cleaning an air vent hood at work, Jason Barnes was struck by a freak jolt of electricity. The accident wasn’t fatal, but he did end up losing part of his right arm. An aspiring drummer, Barnes was thunderstruck. He refused to give up, cobbling together his own make-shift drumming hand out of a brace and some springs.

The hand didn’t work perfectly, but through perseverance Barnes was able to secure himself acceptance to the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Little did Barnes know at the time, but his life was about to change for the better. He was about to become super-human.

At the institute, Barnes and his makeshift hand got drumming instructor Eric Sanders thinking. Sanders knew of a man who could remake Barnes hand. He could make it better, faster. Gil Weinberg, at Georgia Tech, was in the business of building robot drummers, but Barnes would be his first cyborg.

Amazing what perseverance and the entrepreneurial spirit is able to achieve.

Here’s a video of the new cyborg drummer in action:

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Our cyborg drummer sounds pretty darn good.

Detroit News behind the MCT curve on the impending ‘tsunami’ of retail store closings

If you read the Detroit News, you read this about the impending ‘tsunami’ of retail stores closing today:

That day of reckoning, some say, has arrived, with one retail watcher predicting a “tsunami” of store closings this year.

That prediction, by Brian Sozzi of Belus Capital Advisors in New York, was made in January. Radio Shack announced this week that it was closing up to 1,100 of its stores, and Staples said Thursday it was shutting 225 of its locations.

Even retailers that recently have been in expansion mode are trimming their store counts. Teen retailer Aeropostale is planning to close 175 stores in coming years. The Children’s Place, while continuing to open stores, will shutter 125 of its weakest shops by 2016.

MCT readers have a nearly two month head start on Detroit News readers:

It would be fun to point and laugh at clueless Obama voters except due to their lack of a basic understanding of economics. However, there are real life consequences to their support of the leftist agenda. A lot of people are losing their jobs.

Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions.

Experts said these headlines are only the tip of the iceberg for the industry, which is set to undergo a multiyear period of shuttering stores and trimming square footage.

Just thought I’d point this out.