Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Empty Hats - The Coachman

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Empty Hats - The Coachman



Empty Hats performs 'The Coachman' at the 2014 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX189-SrZg8




Sega Visions, Summer 1991

Sega Visions, Issue Number 1, Summer 1991




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dartmouth’s PC Police Bans Whites from Using Clearly ‘Racist’ Word That’s Only for Spanish Speakers

Dartmouth’s PC Police Bans Whites from Using Clearly ‘Racist’ Word That’s Only for Spanish Speakers




We Can’t Save the Environment without Freedom

We Can’t Save the Environment without Freedom

Many environmentalists in the 1970s and 1980s were receptive to my ideas of reform. Our common goal was to protect the environment, and they happily accepted any tools that would solve a particular environmental problem best. Soon, Congress passed a law allowing federal land agencies to charge recreation fees and to keep those fees.

Unfortunately, things changed in the early 1990s because of two events: the fall of the Soviet Union and the election of Bill Clinton to the White House.

Polls showed that the fall of the Soviet Union persuaded most Americans that government was a poor solution to most problems. One of the few exceptions was environmental protection, which many Americans still believed needed government regulation. This led many self-described “progressives,” who believe in more government control, to push their agenda by joining the environmental movement.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s election changed the financing of the environmental movement. From 1981 through 1992, environmental groups raised much of their money by charging that Republicans in the White House threatened the environment. With a Democrat as president, grassroots funding for environmental groups plummeted.


Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammunition

Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammunition

The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.

It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.

The result: potential waste of unknown value.

Who's minding the nukes?

Who's minding the nukes?




Friday, April 25, 2014

Texas robbery victim forced kill his dog with his bare hands after cop shoots it for barking

Texas robbery victim forced kill his dog with his bare hands after cop shoots it for barking

Earlier this week, Cole Middleton explained on Facebook that he had contacted the Rains County Sheriff’s Department about a robbery last Friday.

Middleton admitted that his 3-year-old dog, Candy, was probably barking when the Deputy Jerred Dooley arrived, but he insisted that the animal had never bitten anyone.

“I shot your dog, sorry,” Middleton recalled Dooley saying.

Middleton said Candy had been shot behind the ear, but she was not dead.

“I BEGGED him to shoot her again (SINCE MY WEAPONS WERE STOLEN!) and he refused,” Middleton wrote on Facebook. “I then had to do the otherwise unthinkable and take my poor baby’s life with my own hands while praying for this to be over with.”

Colorado 2016 poll: Rand Paul beats Hillary Clinton

Colorado 2016 poll: Rand Paul beats Hillary Clinton

Sen. Rand Paul appears to be the man to beat in Colorado in 2016, a new poll says.

Colorado voters would favor the Kentucky Republican over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 48 percent to 43 percent in a potential 2016 presidential race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Paul also has a higher favorability rating than the other three possible Republican presidential contenders listed in the poll — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Inside the ‘DarkMarket’ Prototype, a Silk Road the FBI Can Never Seiz

Inside the ‘DarkMarket’ Prototype, a Silk Road the FBI Can Never Seize




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NYPD’s #myNYPD Twitter Callout Backfires Horribly

NYPD’s #myNYPD Twitter Callout Backfires Horribly




Growler bill pits Florida microbreweries against big-money beer interests

Growler bill pits Florida microbreweries against big-money beer interests

Florida’s Republican lawmakers frequently talk about creating a business-friendly climate. But Monday, the Senate Rules Committee voted 9-4 for a bill that would heavily restrict a burgeoning industry in Florida: craft breweries.

What started as an effort by Florida microbreweries to sell beer to consumers in popular half-gallon “growler'’ containers has morphed into a measure some say could put them out of business by strictly limiting retail operations.

SB 1714 is heavily backed by the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, which has controlled beer distribution in the state for decades. The group has at least doubled its contributions to the re-election campaigns of senators who have voted on the measure, which was approved Monday by the powerful Rules Committee.

Call it a sobering civics lesson in the power of campaign cash.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Empty Hats - Black Velvet Band

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - Empty Hats - Black Velvet Band



Empty Hats perform 'Black Velvet Band' at the 2014 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrPYsTfdtJ4

Friday, April 18, 2014

The IRS is Taking a Page From the NSA's Playbook and Snooping on Social Media

The IRS is Taking a Page From the NSA's Playbook and Snooping on Social Media

If you thought you were frustrated with filing your taxes recently this post will probably not help.

According to Marketplace the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which loses an estimated $300 billion due to tax evasion every year, is using data from social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in order to investigate those who don’t file taxes or file suspicious returns.

Police Meet Georgia Parents Outside School for Opting Children Out of State Test

Police Meet Georgia Parents Outside School for Opting Children Out of State Test




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping

Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping

Unfortunately, the school also deleted the evidence off of the iPad, but Mrs. Love, who is an Air Force morse code operator, transcribed the seven-minute audio. The teacher in the classroom is heard attempting to help the boy with a math problem, and one of the bullies is heard saying, “You should pull his pants down!” Another bully replies, “No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t).” The teacher attempts to get the other students to settle down but then a loud sound is heard, which the boy claimed was the sound of a book being slammed down after one bully mimed hitting him in the head with it. As the boys laugh, the teacher yells at them and the guilty bully responds, “What? I was just trying to scare him!”

After Mrs. Love submitted the recorded evidence to the principal of South Fayette High School, the administrators called police, but not before they made the boy delete the recording. Lieutenant Robert Kurta then charged the boy with the crime of felony wiretapping because he made the recording in a place where there was an expectation of privacy.

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States




Ron Paul group to defy IRS

Ron Paul group to defy IRS

Ron Paul’s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

“There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty,” Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. “We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way.”

Monday, April 14, 2014

Victory for Cliven Bundy, Nevada rancher who challenged feds

Victory for Cliven Bundy, Nevada rancher who challenged feds

Citing safety concerns, federal agents are withdrawing from the Nevada cattle ranch where they had engaged in a week-long showdown with Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old rancher who claimed the federal government had no right to tax and regulate property his family has owned since 1880.

The Bureau of Land Management had dispatcher agents, helicopters and four-wheelers to remove several hundred of Bundy’s cattle that they claimed were encroaching on federal lands–and may have posed a threat to an endangered tortoise habitat. A BLM spokesperson also claimed that Bundy owed over $1 million dollars in fines that he accrued since the early 1990s.

Bundy and his family challenged BLM’s authority to “manage my ranch out of business,” he said, according to ABC News.

Federal policies had starved out all the other cattle ranchers in the area, and Bundy saw his dispute with BLM as a challenge to destructive federal power.

“People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” said Bundy’s wife, Carol, in a statement.

Last week, government agents descended upon the property, which is 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. They set up a blockade on the road leading to the ranch, and clashed with several hundred protesters

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.


When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

12 Toys From The 1980s That Didn't Take Off

12 Toys From The 1980s That Didn't Take Off




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets 

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal also calls for $1.1 billion to “protect Americans from gun violence—including $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”

A recent innovation allows a gun owner to only unlock a safe with a fingerprint scan and an “RFID-equipped bracelet.”

Others have suggested manufacturing GPS tracking and RFID chips into every gun. RFID chips transmit location data and are used by law enforcement agencies to send automatic alerts if a weapon moves away from the tracker, indicating that the gun is lost or stolen.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - The New Minstrel Revue - Step It Out Mary

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - The New Minstrel Revue - Step It Out Mary



The New Minstrel Revue perform 'Step It Out Mary' at the 2014 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.




Computer Play, April 1989

Computer Play, Issue Number 9, April 1989




Gun Control Fail: New York’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Registration Is Loudly Miss-Firing As Deadline Nears

Gun Control Fail: New York’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Registration Is Loudly Miss-Firing As Deadline Nears

By April 15th, any New Yorker that owns an “assault weapon” is to have registered their gun, per the requirements of the New York SAFE act passed last year. But it’s looking more and more like a tiny percentage of New Yorkers are actually doing it.

While the state of New York has not released actual firearms registration numbers, the rumors of registrations in the 3,000-5,000 range mean that 99% of those affected gun owners are refusing to comply with the law.

Home Healthcare cuts

Home Healthcare cuts

President Obama’s mendacious political promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” continues to cast a long and disturbing shadow of doubt and confusion over millions of Americans who have lost coverage as a result of Obamacare. As 2014 unfolds, the most vulnerable senior citizens — those who receive home health care services — are about to learn they are out of luck. Obamacare opens a trap door under them, leaving this elderly population in freefall — with many citizens losing access to home health care.

Add another compelling reason to reverse Obamacare. Whether by accident or intention, the “Affordable Care Act” empirically strips America’s oldest and poorest cohort, all part of the World War II generation, of this basic coverage.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nintendo Power, April 1999

Nintendo Power, Issue Number 119, April 1999




Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda

Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.

The EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 to look at the health effects of particulate matter, or PM, and diesel exhaust on humans. The IG’s report found that the EPA did get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. But the IG also found that “exposure risks were not always consistently represented.”

“Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” the IG’s report noted.

Cleveland Clinic CEO: Three-Quarters Of Americans Who Signed Up For Obamacare Now Have Higher Premiums

Cleveland Clinic CEO: Three-Quarters Of Americans Who Signed Up For Obamacare Now Have Higher Premiums




Seven Politicians Making Fools Out of You

Seven Politicians Making Fools Out of You




New NSA revelations remind us Dick Cheney doesn’t know what he’s talking about

New NSA revelations remind us Dick Cheney doesn’t know what he’s talking about

When Cheney met privately with Republican donors recently he was completely dismissive on the subject of NSA snooping, maintaining that there’s no way that the organization is abusing its powers.

“[The idea] that we have created in the National Security Agency this monster bureaucracy that’s reading everybody’s mail, listening to everybody’s phone calls, infringing upon our civil liberties and civil rights. Hogwash,” he said.

The “hogwash” of it is actually Cheney’s statement, which was debunked late last night by revelations of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Democrat senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) — the latter two sit on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Clapper revealed that NSA has performed warrantless searches on Americans’ calls and emails, used a ‘back-door search loophole’’ to monitor Americans’ communications — a new and secret legal rule that justified NSA analysts’ snooping on citizens within the databases — and collected data through ’Prism’ and ‘Upstream’ programs.

The two senators released a statement slamming the NSA and the “misleading” information President Obama has shared with the public.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - The New Minstrel Revue - Bedlam Boys

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2014 - The New Minstrel Revue - Bedlam Boys



The New Minstrel Revue perform 'Bedlam Boys' at the 2014 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida.




Computer Gaming World, January/February 1986

Computer Gaming World, Issue Number 25, January/February 1986




Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans

Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000 newly insured Americans

A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America’s health care system ‘a lot better’ in a Rose Garden press conference.

But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly cancelled because they didn’t meet Obamacare’s strict minimum requirements.

Beware the surveillance reform Trojan horse: what's not in the new NSA laws?

Beware the surveillance reform Trojan horse: what's not in the new NSA laws?

To be sure, neither of the two new proposals would actually “end mass surveillance”, as this National Journal headline proclaimed, or even “end bulk collection” entirely, as most of the other reports suggest. Even the authors know it: the title of the House Intelligence bill was the “End Bulk Collection Act” for just one day before it was changed, perhaps because, as Techdirt’s Mike Masnick wrote, “[Rep Mike] Rogers and his staff realized that … was so bogus that they couldn’t go forward.”

Curiously, a large majority of the House bill focuses on new ways for the government to collect data from “electronic communications service providers” – also known as the internet companies. Why is a bill that’s supposedly about ending bulk collection of phone-call data focused on more collection of data from internet companies?

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper




NSA searched Americans’ communications without a warrant, intelligence director says

NSA searched Americans’ communications without a warrant, intelligence director says

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. acknowledged that the National Security Agency has searched for Americans’ communications without warrants in massive databases that gather e-mails and phone calls of foreign targets.

Although recently declassified documents made clear that the NSA had conducted such searches, no senior intelligence official had previously acknowledged the practice. Clapper did so in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden released Tuesday.

Clapper did not disclose the number of times the NSA had searched for Americans’ communications without a warrant as part of a program authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.