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Gas masks, grenades and a bat: The best of TSA's carry-on catches of 2016


Most travelers are well versed in the dos and don'ts of what to take on a plane, but some clearly didn't get the memo. Here's a look at some of the most outrageous items which never made it past the TSA's X-ray machines this year.
Like the post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask above. Yes, gas masks are allowed in carry-on bags, but this scary thing is best left in the locker of your underground bunker.

Here are some of the others:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/26/travel/tsa-weird-objects-trnd/index.html

What are the chances

that Republican Electors and House members will commit political suicide by pulling votes from Trump and backdooring a different Republican into the White House?

With all of the talk

about a fascist take over, foreign coup d'état, stand with or against us...

Is it beneficial that more gun control did not pass? Imagine lists of gun owners and what they have in Trump's hands...

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.

That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Heroin deaths spiked too, rising by more than 2,000 cases. For the first time since at least the late 1990s, there were more deaths due to heroin than to traditional opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

"The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen," said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a statement. "Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/08/heroin-deaths-surpass-gun-homicides-for-the-first-time-cdc-data-show/?utm_term=.f09f0024b431

Apparently according to what has been stated previously, all we need to do is make guns and heroin illegal to fix these problems

To any curious reader this graph is what an epidemic looks like:
https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=
Hint: it's the blue line.

Police confirm shooting at Reno high school

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO — Washoe County School District police confirmed a shooting occurred Wednesday at Hug High School and authorities were responding to the scene.

One person was taken to a hospital, according to Tim Broadway of the Reno Police Department.


An officer was involved in the shooting, according to school police.

The school is "currently stable and secure with heavy police presence at the school," according to a statement from the Washoe County School District

Read more: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/07/police-scanner-indicates-officer-involved-shooting-hug-high/95101402/

Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.

Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protect themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes.

Minorities "feel that racists now feel like they can attack... just because the president is doing it," Earl Curtis, the African-American owner of Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, told NBC News.

Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they're seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers — and black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/trump-s-victory-has-fearful-minorities-buying-guns-n686881

So who will change their rhetoric first-

the NRA saying everyone legally eligible should be allowed to own guns

or the Gun Control proponents that maintain every gun owner is an uneducated, pre-murderer, white wing wasist?

Student fatally stabs University of Southern California professor, police say

Student fatally stabs University of Southern California professor, police say


A student fatally stabbed a University of Southern California psychology professor Friday afternoon, officials said.
The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department.

A 911 call came in to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar told CNN affiliate KABC-TV. When USC officers arrived, they found the victim suffering multiple stab wounds and a male suspect still on the scene, she said.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local police station, according to Aguilar. Information on a motive wasn't immediately available, but police told the station they believe the attack was not random.

"This victim was targeted by the suspect so the safety of this campus is not in question," Aguilar told KABC.

The stabbing happened in the Seeley G. Mudd Building on the last day of classes before final exams.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/03/us/california-usc-professor-stabbing/index.html

Second incident of campus violence to make national news this week.

Seriously folks,

quit whining about the Electoral College.

The EC did not fall from the sky unnoticed. It's been sitting there in the Constitution since ratification. Four times previously it resulted in a wonky election, most recently 2004. What was done when Democrats took power in 2008 to change or eliminate the EC? Nothing.

The election strategy was not "Let's win the popular vote to show what the people want." It was the road to 270.
Charting a road to 270, Clinton sets out most efficient battleground path

Hillary Clinton doesn't appear all that interested in making scenic stops on her state-to-state quest to become president. The Democratic nominee is instead programming her GPS to take her on the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House.

With three months until Election Day, Clinton's campaign is focused on capturing the battleground states that have decided the most recent presidential elections, not so much on expanding the map.

Clinton's team doesn't rule out an effort at Arizona, a state with a booming population of Latino voters that polls find are loath to support Trump. And Georgia, a bastion of the Deep South, echoes recent population trends in other Southeastern states where Clinton is competing aggressively.

But neither is among the 11 battleground states that Clinton's television advertising plans and her travel schedule point to as her focus. Those states are the perennial top-tier targets Florida and Ohio, plus Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. President Barack Obama carried them all in 2008, and missed out on only North Carolina during his 2012 re-election campaign.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-clinton-campaign-road-to-270-20160806-story.html

Leadership was very aware of the EC and specifically geared the campaign to the EC. Eleven states were targeted as key to victory. We lost 4-7 overall and in the three 'key' states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania 0-3. The winning strategy failed. It is disingenuous to complain about the rules after losing when you based your plan on winning by the rules.

Is the EC fair and should it be changed? Debatable and probably. Maybe next time we have the chance to change how the EC works or eliminate it we will act.
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