Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why Have There Been More Mass Shootings Under Obama than the Four Previous Presidents Combined?

Patriot News
January 7, 2016
(Truthstream Media) We live in a world of short-term memories and long-term memory deficiencies. If the 24-hour news cycle was any indication, Americans appear to be bouncing from one catastrophic mass shooting to the next, with hardly any breathing room. Like this is just a regular occurrence America has learned to endure because… guns. It’s the prevalence of firearms in the hands of the people, the anti-gunners say. Calls to limit, rewrite, redefine, or outright dispose of the 2nd Amendment are rampant.
But no one is looking at the data. If they did, they would realize something is really, really, really wrong here.
No, there haven’t always been so many mass shootings. It hasn’t always been this way. Mass shootings have skyrocketed in this country just in the last seven years under President Obama.
The following was compiled using the database over at Mother Jones on mass shootings in the U.S. from 1982—2015, up to and including the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1st, 2015. It also includes the Wikipedia lists for mass shootings in the United States by year and postal killings in the U.S.
The following analysis considers the FBI’s definition of a mass murder, which is defined as “a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders”.
When all incidents where four or more people were shot in a single event are broken out by president going back to Reagan (considering the database only stretches back to 1982), there just so happens to have been a startling increase in mass shootings since Obama, the most pro-gun control president America has had in modern history, took office.
Mass Shootings under the Last Five Presidents
Ronald Reagan: 1981-1989 (8 years) 11 mass shootings
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 5
George H. W. Bush: 1989-1993 (4 years) 12 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 3
Bill Clinton: 1993-2001 (8 years) 23 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 4
George W. Bush: 2001-2009 (8 years) 20 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 5
Barrack H. Obama: 2009-2015 (in 7th year) 162 mass murders
Incidents with 8 or more deaths = 18
(You can download the full list of names, dates, locations, and numbers of deaths per mass shooting by president prepared for this article here.)
Look at the difference between all other presidents and Barack Obama.
What that looks like on a chart:
Notice anything here? We’re talking about a more than six-fold increase from the number of mass shootings in the eight years Bush Jr. was president compared to the last seven years under Obama, and his 2nd term isn’t even up yet!
Not only that, but the number of mass shootings where the shooter killed eight or more people has also increased rather significantly:
What is going on here?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Liberty Blitzkrieg
January 5, 2016

Either the rebel prince succeeds in convincing enough people who matter to remove the King, or the King counters and drives the prince out. The former situation is far and away the best option for stability in the Middle East, and would likely allow the Saudi royal lineage to hold on to power for longer. If the second scenario unfolds, current leadership will crack down even harder on dissent and run the state further into the ground. This behavior will ultimately lead to an unpredictable and likely violent revolution, and if you think the Middle East is volatile now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
As John F. Kennedy accurately noted:
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
This also applies to Saudi Arabia.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been pretty checked out of global news over the past severals days. It’s time to get checked in.
The extremely dangerous developments currently unfolding throughout the Middle East cannot be overstated. Indeed, it appears we may be on the verge of all out regional conflict. In order to understand what’s happening and where things might go, let’s review the events of recent days.
On January 2nd, Saudi officials welcomed the New Year by holding its largest mass execution since 1980. 47 individuals were put to death across 12 cities, some by firing squad, others by beheading. While the vast majority (43) were Sunni jihadists accused of attacks upon Western compounds and government buildings during the 2003-2006 period, the remaining victims were Shiite dissidents, most notably the revered and prominent cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
The resulting backlash from Beruit to Tehran, from Baghdad to Bahrain, has been nothing short of explosive. Expect this execution to be remembered as a major catalyst in the regional chaos to come.
Here’s a sampling of headlines from the Associate Press’ continuing coverage:
First, from Lebanon:
The leader of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has strongly condemned Saudi Arabia for executing prominent opposition Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Hassan Nasrallah described al-Nimr as a brave martyr and holy warrior, who didn’t carry weapons or espouse armed conflict and was killed only for his criticism of the Al Saud ruling family. Celebratory gunfire rang out in central Beirut at the speech’s beginning and end.
Nasrallah said the Saudis could not take any criticism, and thus they executed al-Nimr in what amounts to a “serious crime” that “cannot be taken lightly.”
Earlier, protesters gathered in Beirut at the Saudi Embassy and United Nations buildings to denounce the execution.
Audiences at the rallies and watching Nasrallah’s speech chanted: “Death to the house of Saud.”
In a televised speech on Sunday, Hassan Nasrallah described al-Nimr as “the martyr, the holy warrior,” and also gave condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite eastern regions.
Hezbollah also issued a statement, with Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem condemning the execution as “a sign of shame and weakness for Saudi Arabia.”
He said Saudi Arabia has “arrived at its point of maximum weakness and is digging its own grave. It has taken the path of cowards.”
Next, Bahrain:
Police in Bahrain have fired birdshot and used water cannons to push back demonstrators protesting Saudi Arabia over its execution of a Shiite cleric.
The protest happened Sunday on Sitra Island, south of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. The demonstrators numbered into the hundreds and chanted that Nimr al-Nimr is “our martyr.”
Hundreds also marched in al-Daih, west of Manama, chanting slogans against Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud family and the Sunni family ruling Bahrain.
Al-Nimr was an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni monarchy but denied ever calling for violence. His execution has sparked outrage among Shiites across the region.
Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday along with 46 others convicted on terror charges, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants.
Next up, Iran:
Witnesses say some 400 protesters have gathered at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran after it was stormed overnight.
Authorities had told demonstrators not to protest in front of the embassy and instead gather at a square in central Tehran. The 400 protesters apparently disregarded that, shouting: “Death to Al-Saud!”
Meanwhile, the road the embassy sits on in northern Tehran saw a new street sign come up in recent hours. Instead of saying “Boustan” or “park” in Farsi, it now reads “Sheikh Nimr St.” in honor of the Shiite cleric that Saudi Arabia executed on Saturday.
Protesters in Iran, angered by al-Nimr’s execution, broke into the Saudi Embassy early Sunday, setting fires and throwing papers from the roof.
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has compared Saudi Arabia’s execution of an opposition Shiite cleric to attacks carried out by the extremist Islamic State group.
The Guard says in a statement Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s “medieval act of savagery” in putting Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr to death will lead to the “downfall” of the monarchy.
The comments by the Guard mirror those of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also strongly criticized the sheikh’s execution.
Iran’s Supreme Leader says Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” after the execution of a revered Shiite cleric.
Khamenei’s website carried the comments by the ayatollah, who also criticized the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen against Shiite rebels, as well as the “persecution” of Shiites living in Saudi-allied Bahrain.
Also on Sunday, Khamenei’s Twitter account said: “Doubtlessly, unfairly spilled blood of oppressed martyr (hashtag)SheikhNimr will affect rapidly & Divine revenge will seize Saudi politicians.”
Now let’s look at Iraq:
Iraq’s top Shiite cleric has condemned the execution of a prominent Shiite opposition figure in Saudi Arabia, calling him a “martyr.”
In a statement Sunday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani extends his condolences for the “martyrdom” of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and others from eastern Saudi Arabia, where the Shiite minority is concentrated.
He adds that “their blood was unjustly and aggressively shed.”
Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Shiite province, tensions are also running high…
Al-Nimr says they would hold three days of mourning beginning Sunday night at the Imam Hussein Mosque in al-Awamiya, a village in eastern Saudi Arabia, where the Shiite minority is concentrated.
He says bakeries, pharmacies, shops and gas stations in the area will close out of respect.
Never fear, the UN is on the case. You know, the same hapless and hopelessly corrupt international body which recently named Saudi Arabia head of a Human Rights Panel.
The U.N.’s top human rights official has strongly criticized Saudi Arabia for executing 47 people in a single day.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein says the execution Saturday was “a very disturbing development indeed, particularly as some of those sentenced to death were accused of non-violent crimes.”
In a statement Sunday, he questioned whether due process had been observed during the trials of those executed, all of whom were convicted of terrorism charges.
Thanks for nothing, United Nations.
Meanwhile, in addition to the Iranian reactions mentioned above. The following was reported by the Guardian:
“I have no doubt that the Saudi government has damaged its image, more than before, among the countries in the world – in particular [among] Islamic countries –by this un-Islamic act,” Rouhani said.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Saudi Arabia’s western backers to directly condemn the execution, which came three years after Nimr was arrested following his vocal support for anti-government protests in Bahrain and Riyadh.
“This oppressed cleric did not encourage people to join an armed movement, nor did he engage in secret plotting, and he only voiced public criticism … based on religious fervour,” said Khamenei, who criticised “the silence of the supposed backers of freedom, democracy and human rights” over the execution.
“Why are those who claim to support human rights quiet? Why do those who claim to back freedom and democracy support this government?”
In response, the Saudis have decided to cut off diplomatic ties with Iran.
BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave all Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, as escalating tensions over the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia marked a new low in relations between the two Middle Eastern powers.
To conclude, much of what’s happening (and will continue to happen) in the Middle East is a direct result of a transition of power which happened early last year in Saudi Arabia. Although a new King was placed on the throne, the guy who’s really pulling the strings is his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman , who is pejoratively known as “Reckless.”
To get caught up on what’s been happening in the Saudi “Game of Thrones,” see:
This is not to say that the prior Saudi King was some sort of teddy bear, but the guy currently running the show seems to be certifiably insane. It appears “Reckless” is about to set the entire region in flames.
Stay tuned.
In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

BREAKING: Obama Openly Calls for Gun CONFISCATION… Spread This Everywhere

Conservative Tribune
January 5, 2016

We have often been told by gun control advocates that “nobody is coming to take your guns” and all they wanted were “common-sense” gun laws.
However, the gun control reforms they have called for lead inevitably toward national registration of all firearms, which will inevitably lead to confiscation of firearms, which in turn will result in a second civil war or outright revolution.
Belying this end goal, President Barack Obama recently called for America to emulate the strict gun control laws passed in Australia nearly 20 years ago.
Speaking of the horrific 1996 mass shooting in Port Arthur that left 35 people dead and many more wounded, Obama said, “It was just so shocking the entire country said, ‘Well, we’re going to completely change our gun laws’, and they did. And it hasn’t happened since.”
What Obama deliberately failed to mention was what happened after Australia outlawed guns, which was a coercive mandatory buyback of weapons and forced confiscation of firearms from those who resisted.
Bearing Arms pointed out the enormous difference between Australia and the United States: Australia had approximately one million firearms to worry about confiscating from a more or less willing population, while the U.S. has upwards of 300 million firearms held by a population that is dead-set against giving them up.
In fact, as we have clearly seen in both Connecticut and New York, gun owners have remained staunchly opposed to even registering their firearms, so willingly turning them in or sitting back and allowing them to be confiscated simply isn’t going to happen.
Essentially, by calling for America to follow Australia’s lead regarding gun control, Obama has called for America to follow the lead of the colonists in 1776, who were finally pushed into sparking a revolution because of gun control and confiscation of firearms by the British Crown.
Any attempt at national registration, and the mass confiscation that would inevitably follow, will only result in widespread bloodshed and quite possibly an end to America as we have known it — for better or worse.
In other words, “shall not be infringed” means leave our guns alone.  And we are serious about that.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year begins with record number of men not in the labor force: Those not in the labor force increased by 1.9 million last year while the labor force increased by only 1.1 million.

January 4, 2016

The New Year begins with a record number of men not in the labor force.  Those “not in the labor force” remains at a record level and this cannot be explained away simply by shifting demographics.  Demographics alone is a convenient explanation for this large number but unfortunately only explains part of the large number of Americans not being included in the labor force.  We have many going to college but as it turns out, not all colleges and degrees are created equal although most universities charge premium tuition.  You also have many wanting a job but not being able to find one.  The end result is a large number of Americans floating around in the odd category of not being in the labor force. Roughly 94.5 million Americans are not in the labor force.  Of those, a large number are men.
Those not in the labor force starts the year at near record levels
The story of those not in the labor force was severely underreported in the last few years.  It is a vital component of our labor force since the headline unemployment rate is derived from the size of the total labor pool.  Policy decisions are based on this figure being accurate.
A record number of men are not in the labor force.  We have 38,151,000 men not in the labor force to start the year out based on BLS figures.
“(Breitbart) The participation rate for men was 68.6 percent, declining 0.1 percent from October’s level of 68.7 percent. The 68.6 percent participation rate is also arecord in a history that goes back as far as January 1948 — the earliest available participation data — when the participation rate for men was 85.2 percent.”
This is a record no matter how you slice it.  It might be useful to see how those not in the labor force grew in 2015:

Those not in the labor force grew by 1,920,000 in 2015, or by an average of 160,000 per month.  But let us now take a look at the actual civilian labor force:

This category only grew by 1,172,000 in 2015.  There is something going on here beyond older people retiring.  And the idea that people are retiring and doing well is a misnomer.  Most are living under the new retirement plan of working until you die since pensions have been guttedand most people have no money in their retirement plans.  This is a troubling result of turning over our government to financial profiteers that have raided the American workforce.
The rise in healthcare costs is going to put a burden on our older population that makes up the bulk of those not in the labor force.  The perfect example of this was the case of Martin Shkreli that ended up buying the rights for a unique lifesaving drug and jacking up prices by a ridiculous amount.  It wasn’t his company that did the research or found this new drug.  He merely was exploiting the system in a perverse way to his benefit.  He is simply one case of larger systemic issues.
Employment, income, and financial prosperity are the most important issues for Americans.  It is ironic that in 2008 the election was driven largely by the economy.  It is very likely to be driven again by the same thing now that it is official that the middle class is a minority.  Keep an eye out on the labor force participation rate.


Infowars News
January 4, 2016

On New Year’s Day, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a strong message for President Obama regarding his upcoming plan to unilaterally enact gun control legislation: “Come and take it.”


The Hill
January 4, 2016

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told supporters Saturday that he will veto President Obama's actions on guns if elected to the White House. 
"The Second Amendment, it's so great to me," Trump said at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss.
"We're not changing the Second Amendment." 
Trump said to loud cheers that there is an "assault" on the Second Amendment as Obama considers executive action on gun control. 
"I will veto that. I will unsign that so fast," Trump said.

In his weekly address on Friday, Obama said he will be meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch "to discuss options" for reducing gun deaths in the United States. 
The announcement of the meeting comes a day after reports that Obama would issue executive actions on stricter gun control after he returns from his vacation in Hawaii. 
Those changes reportedly include classifying more gun sellers in high-volume dealers and stricter rules for reporting lost or stolen firearms. 
--Updated at 9:03 p.m. 

Mexico mayor slain a day after taking office

January 4, 2016

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials say they have killed two people and arrested three others linked to the slaying of a Mexico mayor who had taken office only a day earlier. The state’s governor said organized crime was behind the attack.
Gunmen killed Mayor Gisela Mota Saturday at her house in Temixco, one of several cities around Cuernavaca that have been struggling with kidnappings and extortions by organized crime gangs.
Police quickly located a car of presumed assailants who opened fire on officers, the Morelos state government said in a statement.
In a separate car, officials said they found two guns, one of them a semiautomatic, and ski masks.
Three people were detained — a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old and a minor. Morelos Attorney General Javier Perez Duron said the suspects have been tied to other crimes, but declined to provide more details.
On his Twitter account, Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez attributed Mota’s killing to organized crime, without citing a particular cartel or gang. He later announced state officials were establishing special security measures for all off Morelos’ mayors.
One organization representing mayors in the country, the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico, issued a statement saying nearly 100 mayors have been killed across Mexico over the past decade, “principally at the hands of organized crime.”
Mota, who had been a federal congresswoman, had been sworn into office on New Year’s Day.
Her center-left Democratic Revolution Party released a statement describing her as “a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct.”
Temixco, with about 100,000 people, is a suburb of Cuernavaca, a city famed among tourists for its colonial center, gardens and jacaranda-decked streets. “The city of eternal spring” was long a favorite weekend getaway for people from nearby Mexico City.
Drug and extortion gangs have plagued the state in recent years, driving away some tourists and residents. On its southwest border is the gang-plagued state of Guerrero, whose Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco has seen a sharp increase in murders.

Breaking News: Armed militia, incl. Bundy bros, occupy forest reserve HQ in Oregon, call ‘US patriots’ to arms

January 3, 2016
Mark Matheny

Breaking News

Recently a group of approximately 150 militiamen have seized control of a Federal building in Oregon. According to the Conservative Tribune,

A militia just took over a federal building in Oregon.  Three of the 150 militia members are sons of notorious Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.They are occupying the headquarters building at the Malhuer National Wildlife Building to keep local ranchers our of prison.  The building is 50 miles outside of Burns, Oregon.The militia is reportedly heavily armed.The militia members are upset that 2 ranchers, Dwight and Steve Hammond, were charged under anti-terrorism laws. The Hammonds were set to report to prison on Monday.The militia believe the Hammonds were illegally prosecuted because they claim the federal government does not have authority at the county level.According to the Washington Examiner, Ammon Bundy said “This facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds.”Cliven Bundy gained national popularity among patriots who rejected the growing overreach of Barack Obama’s federal government.  He dug his heels in during an armed standoff with federal officials from the Bureau of Land Management.Early Saturday, the Bundy family and 300 protesters marched through Burns before taking over the federal refuge.An unnamed investigative reporter claimed that Ammon Bundy intends to use the refuge as a headquarters for the militia for the foreseeable future.Bundy also has issues a call to sympathetic citizens to join in his efforts and come to the area, according to the Washington Examiner.Ammon Bundy has not yet used any violence. But he said say he will not rule it out if law enforcement officials try to intervene.Bundy claims in the video above, which he posted on December 31, 2015 that God told him to go to Oregon.We fully support the right of patriots to protest and fight injustice but we hope that any issues can be resolved without violence or bloodshed.

Just about a year ago the Bundy Family, along with hundreds of militia and Patriot groups stood up again the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) in open defiance of what the Bundy family felt was unjust taxation of land his cattle had been grazing on.

The stand off was tense and came close to commencing until the BLM backed off at that time.

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