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More Guns and Less War Equals Real Security

November 2, 2014

Last week’s tragic shootings in Canada and Washington state are certain to lead to new calls for gun control. The media-generated fear over “lone wolf terrorists” will enable the gun control lobby to smear Second Amendment supporters as “pro-terrorist.” Marketing gun control as an anti-terrorist measure will also enable gun control supporters to ally with those who support any infringement on liberty done in the name of “homeland security.”

As with most infringements on liberty, gun control will not only make us less free, it will make us less safe. Respecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms is the original and best homeland security policy. Restricting the right of people to arm themselves leaves them with no effective defense against violent criminals or a tyrannical government.

Every year, thousands of Americans use firearms to stop violent criminals. One notable example occurred in September, when Oklahoman Mark Vaughan used a rifle to stop a knife-wielding co-worker who had already killed one person and wounded another. Unfortunately, most of the media coverage focused on speculation that the assailant was motivated by “radical Islam” rather than on Vaughan’s use of a firearm to protect innocent lives.

It is no coincidence that states that pass “concealed carry” laws experience a drop in crime. Since passing concealed carry in Texas in 1995, murder in the state has declined by 52 percent. In comparison, the national murder rate declined by only 33 percent.

Perhaps the best illustration of the dangers of gun control is federal regulations forbidding pilots from having guns in their cockpits. Ironically, this rule went into effect shortly before September 11, 2001. If pilots had the ability to carry guns on 9/11, the hijackers may well have been stopped from attacking the World Trade Center and Pentagon or persuaded to not even try.

Shortly after 9/11, I introduced legislation allowing pilots to carry firearms in the cockpits. Congress eventually passed a bill allowing pilots to carry firearms if they obtain federal certification and obey federal regulations. Aside from the philosophical objection that no one should have to ask government permission before exercising a right, the rules and expensive approval process discourage many pilots from participating in the armed pilots program.

It should not be surprising that the anti-gun Obama Administration wants to eliminate the armed pilots program. I actually agree that the program should be eliminated, so long as pilots who can legally carry a firearm in their states of residence can carry a firearm on the planes they fly. Allowing pilots to carry guns is certainly a more effective way of protecting our security than forcing all airline passengers to endure the TSA.

Both gun control and foreign interventionism disregard the wisdom of the country’s founders.

An interventionist foreign policy, like gun control, threatens our safety. A hyper-interventionist foreign policy invites blowback from those who resent our government meddling in their countries while gun control leaves people defenseless against violent criminals. Returning to a foreign policy of peace and free trade and repealing all federal infringements on the Second Amendment will help guarantee both liberty and security.

Copyright © 2014 by RonPaul Institute.

Is Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu a Chickenshit?

Real Jew News

By Brother Nathanael Kapner

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.

November 1, 2014

THE SCANDAL stirred by Jewish propagandist Jeffrey Goldberg citing an unknown US official calling Netanyahu a ‘chickenshit’ reached its goal. It forced Kerry to grovel an apology to Bibzy.

Goldberg, Jewish snake that he is, cut his venom into Kerry marking him out for reproach:

“Unlike Kerry, I have no hope for the immediate creation of a Palestinian state that could succumb to extremism. But I would like to see Israel foster conditions that would allow for the eventual birth of such a state.” View Entire Story Here.

Goldberg, like ALL Jews, is a liar and his Talmudic doublespeak is evident.

Read more . . .

Clear Explanation of Why Orthodox Jews Refuse to Serve in the IDF

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Another example of Jewish leaders brainwashing their own. In this case an Orthodox Jew says that the Israeli Army is "an agent of social change," and that they are not going to allow their young men to undergo thought alteration by being forced to join the Army. Orthodox Jews will never wave the white flag on this issue, he says.

Russia Is Naive Babe in the Woods Up against a Duplicitous U.S.: Paul Craig Roberts

Putin and Russian government oblivious to the ugly reality of U.S. intentions and its sophisticated lying, devious, calculating ways.

New GOP Video: Senator Ige Voted for Pension Tax

Hawaii state senator David Ige (D) is running for governor of Hawaii. The only thing standing in his way is Duke Aiona (R). The race appears close, unless one looks at the dubious Democratic-funded polls, in which case he is appears to be ahead by a comfortable margin.

Video published on YouTube October 31, 2014


Links:

Hawaii ranks worst for tax burden, report says [Watchdog.org] by Malia Zimmerman, Oct 17, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate David Ige Cancels Forum Appearance at Last Minute [Hawaii Political Info] Aug 23, 2014

David Ige's Excuses for His Last-Minute Cancellation of Forum Appearance [Hawaii Political Info] Aug 26, 2014

An Inside Look at Matt Taibbi’s Departure from First Look Media

The Intercept

By Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and John Cook

October 30, 2014

Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday. His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation—was the culmination of months of contentious disputes with First Look founder Pierre Omidyar, chief operating officer Randy Ching, and president John Temple over the structure and management of Racket, the digital magazine Taibbi was hired to create. Those disputes were exacerbated by a recent complaint from a Racket employee about Taibbi’s behavior as a manager.

The departure of the popular former Rolling Stone writer is a serious setback for First Look in its first year of operations. Last January, Omidyar announced with great fanfare that he would personally invest $250 million in the company to build “a general interest news site that will cover topics ranging from entertainment and sports to business and the economy” incorporating multiple “digital magazines” as well as a “flagship news site.”

One year later, First Look still has only one such magazine, The Intercept.

Read more . . .

CDC Now Says Ebola Can Be Spread through Air and Indirect Contact

NaturalNews

By Mike Adams

October 30, 2014

Defying its own quack advice that the agency has been propagandizing for months, the CDC has now released a document on Ebola that admits the virus can spread through aerosolized droplets. The document, quietly released on the CDC website, also admits Ebola can contaminate surfaces such as doorknobs, causing infections to be spread through indirect means. [1]

Here's a backup source of the PDF just in case the CDC scrubs it:
www.naturalnews.com/files/infections-spread-...

In other words, the CDC is now admitting it lied all along and that Natural News was correct from day one when we warned you about indirect transmission routes of the Ebola virus. (The CDC has always insisted it could only spread via "direct contact.")

Read more . . .

Link:

Ebola doctor lied about traveling around city before hospitalization [Natural News] Oct 31, 2014

Chris Stump for Hawaii House District 17

Chris Stump (D) is running for reelection in District 17 (Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) against incumbent Gene Ward (R).

Video published on Olelo October 14, 2014

Gene Ward for Hawaii House District 17

Gene Ward is one of the few Republicans in the Hawaii House. He is running for reelection in District 17 (Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley). His opponent is Democrat Chris Stump.

Video published on Olelo October 14, 2014

Hawaii 30th in Business Tax Climate

Ranking unchanged from 2013

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

By Keli'i Akina

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii. Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Akina is currently a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.

October 28, 2014

A side-by-side comparison of state tax structures has ranked Hawaii thirtieth in the nation on its business tax climate, a position that is unchanged from 2013.

The study, which was conducted by the State Tax Foundation, examined five major elements of each state's tax system: Corporate Taxes, Individual Income Taxes, Sales Tax, Unemployment Insurance Tax, and Property Tax. Although a number of states rose or fell in the this year's index due to policy reforms and efforts to improve the state economy and business climate, Hawaii's ranking is unchanged from 2013, reflecting the lack of action in this area over the past year. Hawaii's overall ranking was thirtieth, with its poorest showings in Individual Income Tax (ranked 37) and Unemployment Insurance Tax (ranked 28).

The poor ranking under Individual Income Tax, which accounts for almost one-third of the total score, is especially concerning for those looking to support small business and entrepreneurship in the state. Although it may seem out-of-place in a survey of business tax measures, the individual income tax score is actually an important reflection of how business-friendly the state can be. A number of businesses, including sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships, report their business income via the individual income tax code. In addition, individual income tax also affects the cost of labor and has been demonstrated to shrink the labor pool as people flee to other states with more friendly taxes. One of the best indications of the importance of individual income tax to the overall business climate can be seen in North Carolina, where significant reform of the individual income tax code contributed to the state's jump from 44th in the rankings in 2013 to 16th in this year's report.

"This year's State Tax Ranking reflects the lack of progress in improving the economy by Hawaii's policy makers," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. "While the state maintains high tax rates to support its budget and excessive spending, policies toward small business discourage entrepreneurship, and contribute to the high cost of living and the brain drain. More is at stake here than simply helping businesses. By pursuing tax reforms that foster a healthy business climate, the state will ultimately help all residents of Hawaii with a more reasonable cost of living, lower individual taxes, and lower unemployment rates."

The report can be viewed in its entirety at: http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfoundation.org/files/docs/TaxFoundatio....

About the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government throughout Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific region. Read more about us at http://www.grassrootinstitute.org/

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