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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Techology News: How to disappear from the Internet – up to a point

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Sick of horribly embarrassing things showing up when potential employers Google your name?

Tired of everyone knowing you live in a garden level dungeon ? Perhaps you just don't like the fact the Internet makes you easy to find. Thankfully, it's not that hard to delete yourself entirely. Here's how to do it.

For mildly famous (or infamous) individuals, disappearing is essentially impossible, but for the average person it's surprisingly easy. It just depends on much info is already out there.(Go here for the rest of the story)

Blogging on The Lakers: my coverage of last night’s game with the Warriors

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Watched the Laker game last night.

They were coached by the assistant coach Ernie Bickerstaff because head coach Mike Brown was fired! Losing is not acceptable in Laker Land. Especially after putting together a lineup this year that should be undefeated. The naked reality was one win and four losses. The hybrid-Princeton Offense that Coach Brown seized upon to lead the team with this year was a complete failure. Poison.

The starting five – Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pao Gasol, and Metta World Peace, looked like five confused strangers on the court. That’s because they were confused.

Nash should have been doing pick and rolls with Howard until the sun set... not slogging through a pass and read offense that didn’t allow for his strengths. Of course, he only slogged through one full game and was injured in the second. Who knows when he’ll be back after sustaining a leg injury?

I’m writing this as I watch the game between The Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. It’s the start of a six game homestand for the Lakers. A chance to enjoy home cooking with lot’s of wins. They took a nine point lead into the locker room at halftime. 38-47

They didn’t look great, but at least they didn’t appear to be as confused and played some good defense. The offense was spotty, but Darius Morris hit a couple of 3s and the Lakers got good contributions from the bench – especially from Jordon Hill.

Second half. Lakers are scoring easily. More importantly… their defense is getting better. I actually saw Kobe and Howard both smile after a time out was called in the 3rd quarter. They hasn’t been much to smile about in Laker Land lately with the losses looming like the end of the world! Laker management – Jim Buss – did the right thing. This team already looks better. Still the 3rd period. Lakers hit back-to-back 3s. Morris and Metta Peace. Lakers lead 72 – 55 at the end of the period. A 19 point lead.

Just like that. This game looks to be a blow out. I’m impressed with the contributions coming from the bench. Especially Morris and Hill. There’s an energy going with the team tonight. Starters and bench. The Warriors are starting to lose their cool. Green tried to pick a fight with Gasol. It’s getting chippy. Hill is really looking good. Fighting for rebounds and scoring.

It’s official. The Lakers got their swagger back. Funny how things can change when there’s a big change. The crowd is standing…cheering as Kobe stuffs the ball on a fast break. Jordon puts another basket in after collecting another offensive rebound. For the moment, Laker fans are happy. The team looks dominant. It’s a good thing too. If the Warriors would have won in Staples it would have been the low point of an already low season.

The Lakers are pulling out their starters now. The equivalent of the fat lady singing. Running up a flag of victory. Firing a 21 gun salute. Now it’s garbage time. The second stringers battling it out as the minutes wind down. The Lakers win 101-77. A complete beat down. Something you’d expect from a team with this much talent.

Just wait until they get a coach! (Rumor mill: Phil Jackson might return)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

 

  

Friday, November 9, 2012

It’s Friday Weirdness: ‘Feel Like a rat’…

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 It’s Frantic Friday. Thank God it’s Friday -

Friday on my MindBlack Friday RuleMr. Friday Night -

and finally this story for a Friday finale!

Rats use whiskers to feel around in the dark. They navigate by "whisking" — moving their whiskers rapidly back and forth. Humans, however, don't have whiskers. But could people learn to navigate in the dark using artificial whiskers? That was the question posed by a recent experiment published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
The researchers attached plastic whiskers to the fingers (not the cheeks, unfortunately) of blindfolded volunteers.

These volunteers were then asked to try to identify the relative position of several poles on either side of them. The researchers discovered that the volunteers skill at this task improved significantly over time. So they were learning to use whiskers just as a rat would. The practical value of all this is that the researchers hope to develop finger whiskers for blind people.
Incidentally, if you read the abstract of the experiment, you would never know it had anything to do with rats and whiskers. The researchers describe their experiment as a study of "motor-sensory interactions in humans using a novel object localization task that enabled monitoring the relevant overt motor and sensory variables."
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Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, November 8, 2012

'Historic' crop of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans storming Washington, D.C.

A record 16 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were elected to Congress on Tuesday night and two more veterans remained locked in races Wednesday that were too close to call.

The winners included nine first-time officeholders and seven incumbents. All but two of the victorious veterans seeking U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats represent the Republican Party. They included Brad Wenstrup, who deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a combat surgeon. Wenstrup will represent Ohio’s 2nd congressional district which sits east of Cincinnati.

Photo: Tammy Duckworth, seen celebrating with husband Bryan Bowlsbey in Elk Grove Villiage, Ill., on Tuesday night, defeated challenger Rep. Joe Walsh for Illinois' 8th congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the Democrats, Tammy Duckworth captured Illinois’ 8th congressional district, which spans Chicago’s northern suburbs. Duckworth, who served as a captain in the Army National Guard, lost both of her legs and partial use of her right arm when her helicopter was shot down over Iraq in 2004. She becomes the first female veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in Congress. (Read the rest of the story here)

The Good News: Super PACs failed to buy the election - Karl Rove’s PAC was for naught


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Much to my surprise the Super PACs failed to deliver the election for Romney. Over 85% of the Super PACs raised money for Republicans, but they failed to buy the presidency. This is encouraging, and hopefully will send out a message: the American public isn’t going to let the wealthy minority subvert democracy.
I particularly enjoyed reading about Karl Rove’s Super PAC – American Crossroads – had a 1 % success rate in attack ads wasting $103 million in the effort. I hope Darth Cheney gets the message and heads back to the dark star he’s from!
Karl Rove was the political genius of the George W. Bush era -- the architect of the last Republican president's two electoral victories. But this week, he may have had the worst election night of anybody in American politics.
Not only did Rove insist on Fox News that Ohio was still winnable for Republican challenger Mitt Romney after all the TV networks had called it for President Barack Obama -- causing anchor Megyn Kelly to march down to the Fox "decision desk" mavens, who assured her on air that they were "99.9 percent" confident in their call -- but his trailblazing "independent" super PAC operation was virtually shut out on election night.
A study Wednesday by the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks political spending, concluded that Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads, had a success rate of just 1 percent on $103 million in attack ads -- one of the lowest "returns on investment" (ROIs) of any outside spending group in this year's elections.
Money can't buy happiness, or an election
American Crossroads spent heavily, not just on Romney, but on attack ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates in eight states -- thanks to mega contributions from conservative donors like metals magnate Harold Simmons ($19.5 million), Texas homebuilder Bob Perry ($7.5 million) and Omni hotelchief Robert Rowling ($5 million.)

The super donors didn't get much for their money. Six of the eight GOP Senate candidates that American Crossroads spent money to try to elect – Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, George Allen in Virginia, Josh Mandel in Ohio, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Denny Rehberg in Montana and Todd Akin in Missouri – lost their races, along with Romney. The group did, on the other hand, help to elect Deb Fischer in Nebraska and Dean Heller in Nevada.
(The Sunlight Foundation calculation of "return on investment" was based on the percentage of money it spent on individual races-- and since Crossroads spent the most on the races it lost on, the group earned its low 1 percent "return on investment" or ROI. A sister group, Crossroads GPS, which operates out of the same offices as American Crossroads but does not disclose its donors, fared little better, netting a return on investment of only 13 percent, according to the Sunlight Foundation report.) (Read the rest of the story here)
Time for me to walk on down the road…

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Legalization Breakthrough: Colorado and Washington approve recreational marijuana use

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It’s finally happened.

Voters in Colorado and Washington on Tuesday approved measures allowing adults to use marijuana for any purpose, NBC News projected, marking an historic turning point in the slow-growing acceptance of marijuana usage.

In Massachusetts, voters also approved an initiative allowing people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, NBC News projected. In Arkansas, a similar initiative failed, according to NBC News projections.

Proponents say it’s about time pot was made legal and that it would create new avenues of tax revenue. But opponents say legalization would lead to more drug abuse and concerns about things like driving while impaired..

Opponent Kevin Sabet, a former senior advisor to the Obama administration and an assistant professor at the University of Florida’s college of medicine, said he was expecting legal challenges at the state and federal level.

“This is just the beginning of the legalization conversation, so my advice to people who want to toke up legally or think that they can buy marijuana at a store tomorrow is that we’re a very long way from (that),” Sabet said. Proponents of the legislation also said they expected some legal wrangling.

“It sets up a clear and obvious challenge with the federal government,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, which has fought for years to legalize cannabis. But proponents also were celebrating what they saw as a turning point in a long-running battle to make marijuana more available to the general public.

“We are reaching a real tipping point with cannabis law reform,” said Steve DeAngelo, a longtime advocate for legalizing marijuana and the director of the nation’s largest medical cannbabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged legal challenges but said the state would work to resolve the conflict between federal and state laws. "It's probably going to pass, but it's still illegal on a federal basis. If we can't make it legal here because of federal laws, we certainly want to decriminialize it,” he told NBC’s Brian Williams.

The idea of legalizing marijuana has gained acceptance in recent years. A Gallup pollreleased in October of 2011 found that 50 percent of Americans now favor legalizing pot. A decade ago, only around 34 percent were in favor. Liberals and adults under 29 are the most likely to approve of legalizing use of the drug. (SOURCE)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The votes are in: President Obama is re-elected

The circus is winding down now that President Barack Obama was re-elected for another term in the Oval Office tonight.

Prepare for cheers and jeers as the news sinks into everyone’s brains. I can’t help thinking that six Billion dollars was spent between the two candidates in this historical race that allowed for Super PACs to pump hidden funds into the candidate’s coffers.

Where else could have that money gone to? A charity perhaps? Because all we have after the dust settles is status quo – not one thing has changed. But Obama says things will get better and we’ll have to see. I hope for the sake of this country we don’t have four more years of political gridlock. Onward and upward…

Election Day: Romney or Obama? As campaigning ends, voters render verdict

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It’s Nov.6…have you voted yet?

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The campaigning is over.

After months of intense — and often negative — campaigning between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, voters headed to polls across the country today to render their verdict in America's presidential election.

The election would settle the question of which man would lead the United States for the next four years, but a great deal of uncertainty awaited the winner of the election. Either Obama or Romney will almost immediately have to face the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the cocktail of automatic spending cuts (especially to defense) and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of the year unless Congress acts.

1st Election Day votes cast at midnight -- and it's a tie in Dixville Notch

Those challenges, the prospect of a “grand bargain” to address mounting national debt, and a variety of other issues confronted both the candidates and the tens of millions of voters expected to cast ballots today. (read the rest of the story here)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Buying the Presidency: Election's biggest corporate donor an enigma with $5.3 million in contributions

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Tomorrow we’ll find out if the Super PACs have bought the election for Mitt Romney. Both he, and other Republicans have been supported by 85% of the Super PACs this year. Rich businessman and anonymous donors with secret agendas have gone all out to purchase the presidency. Here’s some interesting facts about the impact Super PACs have had on the electoral process.

The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn’t appear to make anything — other than very large contributions to a conservative super PAC.

Specialty Group Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., donated nearly $5.3 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11 toFreedomWorks for America, which is affiliated with former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

FreedomWorks’ super PAC has spent more than $19 million on political advertising, including $1.7 million on Oct. 29 opposing Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat running for Congress in Illinois against Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh, a first-term incumbent.The buy was more than four times greater than the group’s previous largest single expenditure.

Specialty was formed only a month ago. Its “principal office” is a private home in Knoxville. It has no website. And the only name associated with it is that of its registered agent, a lawyer whose phone number, listed in a legal directory, is disconnected. Specialty is the biggest and most mysterious corporate donor to super PACs, but it is not unique.

A new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics shows that companies have contributed roughly $75 million to super PACs in the 2012 election cycle.

Super PACs, which were created in the wake of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, can accept donations of unlimited size from corporations, unions and individuals. They spend the funds mostly on negative advertising.

The centers’ analysis found that 85 percent of money from companies flowed to GOP-aligned groups, 11 percent went to Democratic groups and the remainder went to organizations not aligned with either party.Prior to Citizens United, corporate spending on candidate advertising was not allowed. The decision raised fears that massive donations from corporate treasuries would flood the election in 2012.

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In fact, the largest amounts have come from wealthy businessmen. However, about 11 percent of the $660 million raised by all super PACs through mid-October has come from company treasuries — mostly privately held businesses, sometimes organized as limited partnerships or limited liability companies. Yet a few high-profile companies haven’t been afraid to jump into the partisan fray.

In mid-October, oil and gas giant Chevron donated $2.5 million to a super PAC close to House SpeakerJohn Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy of adsattacking Democratic House candidates.

Oxbow Carbon, the energy company owned by billionaire William Koch, the lesser-known brother of conservative industrialists David and Charles Koch, and Contran Corp., the business of Republican super donor Harold Simmons of Texas, have both steered significant sums to the coffers of super PACs.

Oxbow Carbon has donated $4.25 million to GOP super PACs, making it the No. 2 corporate donor to super PACs, while Contran, No. 3, has donated more than $3 million to Republican-aligned groups.

Another top corporate donor is a retirement community in central Florida known as The Villages — a Republican stronghold where Paul Ryan held his first campaign rally the day after GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney named him as his running mate.

Developer H. Gary Morse created The Villages more than 50 years ago, and this election cycle, more than a dozen companies connected to Morse and The Villages have collectively steered $1.6 million to GOP super PACs. That’s in addition to the $450,000 that Morse and his wife, Renee, have donated from their personal funds.

Notably, Morse is also the Florida co-chairman of the Romney campaign, and during the Republican National Convention, Morse’s Cayman Island-flagged yacht, named “Cracker Bay,” was the site of a soiree for some of Romney’s top donors and fundraisers.

Other high-profile corporate donors include:

  • The Apollo Group, a for-profit education company, which gave $75,000 to the pro-RomneyRestore Our Future and another $5,000 to JAN PAC, the super PAC of Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer;
  • Convenience store giant 7-Eleven, which donated $25,000 to Hoosiers for Jobs, a super PAC that supported Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., during his failed primary campaign;
  • Hamburger chain White Castle, which gave $25,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund;
  • Defense contractor B/E Aerospace, which gave $50,000 to Restore Our Future;
  • Payday lender QC Holdings, which gave $25,000 to Restore Our Future; and
  • Weaver Holdings, the parent company of the Indiana-popcorn company known for its brands “Pop Weaver” and “Trail’s End,” sold by Boy Scouts across the country, which has donated $2.4 million to American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.

Only a few other Fortune 500 companies have joined Chevron, which ranks third on the elite list behind only Exxon Mobil and Walmart, in making contributions to super PACs, and none has given as much as the energy giant.

Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., for instance, ranked by Fortune at No. 288, has given $150,000 toMajority PAC, a group that is spending to help Democrats retain the majority in the U.S. Senate.

“Fortune 500 companies are the least likely to be the ones who will be out in front giving publicly,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine. “They want to have influence over elections and elected officials, but they don't want to alienate customers.”

By category, companies in the finance, insurance and real estate sector donated more than $15 million, “general business sector” firms gave about $14 million and energy sector companies contributed more than $11 million, according to the analysis.

Unions, by contrast, have donated about $60 million to super PACs, from their treasuries or political action committees.

The top union donors include the National Education Association ($9 million), the United Auto Workers ($8.6 million) and the AFL-CIO ($6.4 million). All of these groups have spent heavily on Democratic candidates.

Money 'hiding in plain sight'
Additional corporate money may be flowing through politically active nonprofits that don’t disclose their funders.

“I strongly suspect that most of the corporate money is hiding in plain sight in trade associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a professor at the Stetson University College of Law.

For its part, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $35 million on political ads, which have overwhelmingly favored Republican politicians.

Facts about Specialty Group Inc. are scant.

Records filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office show it registered on Sept. 26, listing 61-year-old attorney William S. Rose, Jr., as its agent. Rose’s $634,000 home — about a 30-minute drive from downtown Knoxville — is listed as its “principal office.” Yet the company’s money has made a huge impact.

After the cash infusion from Specialty, FreedomWorks produced numerous advertisements, including one that blasts Duckworth as a crony of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison following a corruption scandal.

Duckworth is a double amputee and Iraq War veteran. She headed Illinois’ Department of Veteran Affairs and later served in President Barack Obama’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

FreedomWorks’ new ad features grainy footage of Duckworth and audio of her saying, “Gov. Blagojevich has charged me with the mission of taking care of my buddies, and that is what I’m doing.” But it leaves out the fact that when she said “buddies,” she was referring to other veterans and members of the military.

FreedomWorks for America treasurer and legal counsel Ryan Hecker says the organization only supports candidates who are “ethically right.” Anton Becker, Duckworth's campaign press secretary, says it’s conservative outside groups who are peddling "lies."

When asked for details about Specialty Group and the source of its contributions, Hecker expressed ignorance, and doubted that voters care about where the money came from.

“We are in compliance with the law, and we are doing what we can to report to the Federal Election Commission,” he said. “If there’s an issue with Specialty, it’s their issue. It’s not our issue.”

Andrea Fuller of the Center for Public Integrity contributed to this report. This story is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics. For up-to-date news on outside spending in the 2012 election, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter.

Idaho scientist seeks to launch aerial Bigfoot search with blimp

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An Idaho scientist shrugging off skeptical fellow scholars in his quest for evidence of Bigfoot has turned his sights skyward, with plans to float a blimp over the U.S. mountain West in search of the mythic, ape-like creature.

Idaho State University has approved the unusual proposal of faculty member Jeffrey Meldrum, an anatomy and anthropology professor ridiculed by some peers for past research of a being whose existence is widely disputed by mainstream science. Now Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible, equip it with a thermal-imaging camera and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch.

Meldrum, author of "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," said the undertaking represents a giant leap in the quest for an animal he believes may have descended from a giant ape that once inhabited Asia and crossed the Bering land bridge to North America.

"The challenge with any animal that is rare, solitary, nocturnal and far-ranging in habitat is to find them and observe them in the wild; this technology provides for that," he said.

Decades of alleged sightings, elaborate hoaxes and the discovery of huge footprints in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere have led to beliefs that Bigfoot is a man-like ape, an ape-like man or a figment of the popular imagination.

Most scholars discount Bigfoot as a phenomenon borne of myth and perpetuated by a mix of fakery and misidentification of real animals. They contend that science demands a high standard of evidence that has not been achieved in the case of sasquatch.

No fossils or other physical evidence has been unearthed to suggest that the largest primate ever known migrated from Asia to the Americas, and no Bigfoot has been captured or killed, skeptics argue.

"There is no Bigfoot," said University of Iowa anthropologist Russell Ciochon. Believers describe an enormous, fur-bearing figure that walks upright in the remote high country of mostly Western states. The blimp-based search - dubbed the Falcon Project - was the brainchild of William Barnes, a Utah man who said he encountered Bigfoot in 1997 in northern California.

Barnes said he watched an immense, hairy creature that was otherwise "well-manicured" approach his tent before striding up a rocky ledge. Years later, he approached Meldrum, well known in Bigfoot circles, about his idea for an airship expedition.

Barnes and Meldrum hope the Falcon Project will take flight next spring. They envision a months-long expedition that will survey swaths of remote forest across parts of the Pacific Northwest as well as northern tiers of California and Utah. The aerial evidence is to be dispatched to teams on the ground that would seek to trace evidence or "try to make contact," Meldrum said.

Financial support for the venture has been slow in coming, with Meldrum failing so far to raise a single dollar for the effort. But he told Reuters he was in talks with two cable channels vying for rights to produce a new weekly TV series following the Falcon Project from its inception.

Indigenous peoples from Asia to North America possess lore about colossal creatures akin to apes that live in extreme alpine environments, shun contact with humans and are variously identified as the yeti, Bigfoot, the wild man or mountain man, said William Willard, professor emeritus of cultural anthropology at Washington State University. While powerful, those myths have no scientific validity, he said. (Source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, November 4, 2012

AS IT STANDS: Why NRA members should vote to re-elect President Obama

                  

    By Dave Stancliff/for the Times-Standard
  Let’s look at a great American manufacturing and sales success story that has played out in the last four years.

Not just a little “Mom and Pop” feel-good propaganda piece either. No. Let’s look at a business that has shown unparalleled growth during the last four years.
 The statistics alone will give you goose bumps:
  For the first time since 1993, there has been growth in this industry. Retailers can’t keep up with the demand for this industry’s product. One of the biggest manufacturers in the country actually had to quit taking orders for a while because of it’s massive backlog. It was the first time in that company’s history such a thing happened.
  The demand and pace for the products of this industry has never been greater. The sheer volume of orders is staggering. For example, two manufacturers, that have 30 percent of the whole industry wrapped up, have been running production lines around the clock, hiring workers and operating at maximum capacity since 2008.
   One manufacturer, unlike many others in the country during these last four years, has seen an 86 percent growth spurt in the last four years. And it’s only projected to get better, if you can imagine.
  The manufacturer is pouring millions into research and development with big expectations for the future. For the industry it’s like a dream come true. At one point, prior to the last presidential election, stagnant sales were hindering growth.
  That’s all changed. The future has never been brighter for the firearms industry.
  That’s right, companies like Sturm Ruger-Co., Inc. and Smith and Wesson are thriving and setting records. Ammunition manufacturers are experiencing a golden age in sales and profit. Gun store owners are expanding their businesses during these good times.
  Without a doubt, the gun and ammunition manufacturers of America owe President Obama big time. Jim Barrett, an industry analyst at C.L. King and Associates Inc. in New York, recently told the Associated Press that the driver behind the record sales is President Obama.
 Why, you ask? It’s really quite simple. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been telling their members since the 2008 election that Obama is going to take away their guns one day. Just like that. Storm troopers are going to come into their homes and disarm them. Here today, gone tomorrow.

   One problem with that scenario: it didn’t happen. If anything, Obama’s election has stimulated sales - not curtailed them. That detail doesn’t seem to faze the NRA leadership, however.
They’re using the same fear tactic this time around, and claim Obama will surely ruin the industry if re-elected because it would be his last hurrah in politics and he’s been lying in wait for the chance to cripple American’s second Amendment rights all along.
  The NRA, fatter today than ever before from donations that have poured in during the last four years of fear-mongering, wants a Republican in the Oval Office. I think they’re making a big mistake attacking President Obama. It’s like hunting down the golden goose.
  In the first place, there’s no way President Obama will ever get Congress to agree to any laws that would hurt, or in any way impede the firearm industry. Republicans and Democrats are both too afraid of the NRA’s power to sway votes. The firearm industry has become America’s sacred cow.

  Which leads me back to why the NRA is playing the fear game again, this time around. It seems senseless, but to some extremists it’s all they have. Fund raising is an important part of maintaining the NRA’s political profile, and if they don’t have a “red letter” issue to rally around, donations could fall off.
  That’s really too bad when you think about it. Everyone wants to stimulate the economy and promote American manufacturing, and the NRA wants you to vote for Romney instead of Obama - who would easily guarantee four more years of thriving gun and ammunition sales!
   As It Stands, if you’re a member of the NRA who cares about seeing American manufacturing thrive then cast your vote to re-elect President Obama!