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In These 13 States, Gas Is Selling for Below $2 a Gallon

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This is from The Daily Signal.

In my part of Indiana gas is still $2.39.9 per gallon.

Yet 92.4 miles away in Franklin, Indiana gas is $1.87.9 per gallon. 

 

 

Just two weeks ago, a sole gas station in Oklahoma swept headlines for dropping gas prices below $2 a gallon. Today, 13 states have joined that list, and the trend is expanding.

Gas for less than $1.90 a gallon can be found in at least one station in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio, according to CNN. CNN cites 10 additional states– Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia– that now have gas below $2 a gallon.

“What we’re seeing is markets at work,” Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said. “Significant increases in supply and a relatively weak demand is lowering prices not just at the pump, but for most of the goods and services we pay for.”

The national average has dipped to $2.55 a gallon, marking the lowest drop since October 2009, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Just a year ago, that average was $3.23.

“Oil prices are plunging because there is so much oil in the market,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a press release. “It’s unclear exactly how long this will continue, but gas prices will keep falling as long as oil prices do.”

Jenkins said oil prices are predicted to continue dropping through the first half of next year, increasing the “likelihood of $2 gasoline.”

CNN partially attributes this drop in prices to decreased oil demand because of the “economic slowdowns” across Europe and Asia along with increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Another key reason for the drop is the increase in U.S. output. Domestic oil production is at a three-decade high, contributing to the increase in supply and driving down costs.

But Loris cautions against celebrating too soon.

“The falling prices are certainly a welcome relief,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean policymakers should ignore the government-imposed regulations and restrictions that artificially inflate prices and prevent markets from working more efficiently.”

 

 

 

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Nebraska Bill Would Allow Teachers to Get “Level II” Carry Permit to Carry in Schools

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This is from Guns  Saves Guns.

Bravo Nebraska Bravo.  

Attention America, you need to take notice of Nebraska’s lead.

We have armed men guarding our banks,armed men protect money being carried in armored cars.

Polticians and Holly Weird types have armed guards.

So why not our most precious possessions our children?

 

Over the last year, we’ve heard numerous ways to protect defenseless children while they are at school. They include more of a law enforcement presence in schools, armed private security, using the military to protect schools and arming teachers/staff.

Many have expressed concern that teachers/staff would lack the training required to properly use a firearm in an active shooter situation.

A Nebraska bill currently being discussed seeks to satisfy both sides of the debate by introducing a “Level II” carry permit. Teachers and staff would be required to take 24 hours (3 full days) of additional training in order to obtain the license, which would allow carry on school campuses.

According to Omaha.com, the training would go far beyond normal concealed carry training,

Teachers who obtain 24 hours of additional training could carry concealed handguns in schools under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature.

The bill would create a “level II” concealed carry permit that would require the holder to undergo training in addition to the roughly eight hours for a standard permit. The additional training would include best practices for active shooter situations, weapons retention methods and techniques related to barricading and evasion.

Many schools, much to the dismay of anti-gunners, have realized that the only way to truly protect children is by having good guys with guns on campus. Many schools have chosen to hire additional police officers and/or armed private security guards.

However, hiring professionals is costly and smaller school districts often find themselves lacking the funds for such measures. Training teachers could be a far more cost effective solution while still providing a sound level of protection to students.

You can view Legislative Bill 879 online.

 

 

Security concerns after 500 pounds of still-missing explosives stolen from federal bunker

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This is from Fox News Politics.

How many more explosives heist’s are we not told about?

I would say the number is mind-blowing.

How many terrorist domestic and foreign have these explosives? 

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Around the same time the nation was transfixed on the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers last month, thieves on the other side of the country pulled off a little-noticed heist — swiping 559 pounds of explosives from a federal storage facility in Montana.

As of Friday, not one ounce of it has been found.

The incident, federal officials believe, was not terrorism-related. But it’s the latest to raise security concerns in an age when authorities are warning about the desire of violence-bent terrorists to inflict mass casualties with bombs.

Rep. Steve Daines, Montana’s only congressman, told FoxNews.com he’s “deeply concerned” about the theft in his state and will be “closely monitoring” the investigation.

The explosives were stolen from a locked U.S. Forest Service bunker near Billings. Thieves took off with various emulsion-type explosives, cast boosters and detonating cord.

Federal officials weren’t able to point to why the explosives were taken and have downplayed what could happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Some in the area — who did not want to be named publicly — believe the facility might have been looted by local miners or by private forestry-related companies that want to bypass buying the explosives legally.

The types of items that were taken are often used in mines, to clear rockslides and construction trails, and to blow up animal carcasses. Strapping sticks of dynamite to a dead animal is a common method used in the region to dispose of the bodies. When animals — like elk or horses — start decomposing, the scent attracts bigger animals like bears to populated areas.

Carbon County Sheriff Thomas Rieger told FoxNews.com his office is working with federal authorities to find the culprit but admits it’s disturbing to think that someone walked off with hundreds of pounds of bomb-making material.

“We still don’t have any idea who done it,” Rieger said, adding, “It’s under a full investigation.”

Daines, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said he’s looking into the investigation and it’s “critical that the USFS, ATF and local law enforcement find answers about how the security of this site was breached and work to strengthen the security measures for these storage sites to ensure that a theft like this does not happen again.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Brad Beyersdorf said the agency is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the incident. Stealing explosives and possession of stolen explosives is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. To date, there have been no arrests made in connection to the case, though the Billings Gazette reports that the ATF is chasing some recent leads.

While Beyersdorf stressed that security at ATF-affiliated facilities in the country is tight, there have been an alarming amount of explosives lost from private sites over the past decade.

On Aug. 11, 2011, Travis McQueen broke into storage units at the Buckley Powder Company in Cass County, Neb., and stole 100 pounds of blasting agents, two cases of boosters and 3,000 feet of detonating cord. Authorities in the eastern Nebraska area put up flyers asking residents for help in cracking the case. An anonymous caller led federal agents to McQueen. Soon thereafter, authorities arrested Christopher Bousman in connection to the crime.

According to court records, McQueen stole the explosives and asked Bousman to help get rid of them. The two dumped the bulk of the stolen property into the Missouri and Platte rivers. McQueen was sentenced to 63 months in prison. On Monday, an Omaha federal judge sentenced Bousman to 18 months behind bars followed by three years of supervised release, Criminal Chief Jan Sharp told FoxNews.com.

Not much of the blasting agent was recovered after it was thrown into the river, Sharp said. The incident is the only sizeable theft of this nature in Nebraska.

In 2005, massive amounts of stolen explosives were also found after they went missing from the Cherry Engineering storage site near Albuquerque, N.M. ATF agents recovered 150 pounds of C-4 explosives, 250 pounds of sheet explosives, 20,000 feet of detonator cord and 2,500 blasting caps.

Federal authorities at the time said they didn’t know what the thieves planned to do with the material but did say the amount that went missing was enough to flatten a large building. Most of the explosives eventually turned up in Bloomfield and Ignacio.

The problem of stolen dynamite isn’t just a domestic one.

Missing explosives and other weapons made in the U.S. or under the guard of U.S. security forces, have mysteriously disappeared from multiple locations across the world — most recently in Kuwait. The Interior Ministry said last month thieves broke into an unguarded warehouse and took 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles. Also lifted were 15,000 rounds of ammunition for 9mm pistols. According to Middle East Newsline, thieves broke down three doors before clearing out all the contents in the warehouse.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/10/500-pounds-still-missing-explosives-highlights-federal-security-flaws/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2T2ppmwjH

WHY OBAMA WILL PROBABLY KILL THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE

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This is from Human Events.

Just Why Is This News?

Anybody with a IQ higher than a rock knew this fact.

Obama thinks the oil industry is a major evil.

Obama thinks petroleum products causes Globull Warming. 

 

Why Obama will probably kill the Keystone Pipeline

 

Here’s what most people do not realize: major oil pipelines extending 2,151 miles from the Canadian Tar Sands already have been completed and are in operation from Hardisty, Alberta, east through Saskatchewan and Manitoba and south through eastern North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas and then on to refineries in southern Illinois and central Oklahoma, carrying 590,000 barrels of oil each day.

If they knew that, they would certainly wonder why there is an uproar about adding capacity for an additional 830,000 barrels a day through new pipelines from Hardisty through eastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota, where it would pick up U.S. oil from the now famous Bakken Fields and then move further east through South Dakota and Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska, where the existing pipeline travels on to Cushing, Oklahoma, and then continue it about 500 more miles to the Gulf Coast of Texas, where so many refineries are located.

Canadian oil is cleaner than most of what we get from Venezuela and the Persian Gulf. And our rejection of the Canadian oil will not slow development of the tar sands, a supposed goal of the environmental activists. Canada will simply build a pipeline to Vancouver and sell the oil to Asian countries.

According to Marita Noon, executive director of Energy Makes America Great, The Heritage Foundation has concluded “the project will create some 179,000 jobs on American soil and continue good trade relations with a close ally.” What’s not to like? Plenty, for some people.

The late environmental activist Paul Ehrlich once said that having cheap energy is the equivalent of putting a machine gun in the hands of an idiot child. That, I am afraid, is exactly what our alphabet soup of environmental activist groups evidently believe, which is why they support wind and solar energy with all their might: because they know it will never be cheap. In fact, they know it will never even be economically feasible.

Now they are panicked over the oil industry’s game-changing ability to develop heretofore uneconomical shale gas and oil with the advent of horizontal drilling and hydro-fracking, the latter technology having been used for 60 years in conventional oil drilling without any environmental damage whatsoever.

For years now, our government has ordered up environmental impact studies on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and when each study concluded there were no serious problems, they ordered up a new study. There have been four in all, the latest from the State Department, of all agencies, which again concluded there would be no major environmental impact. Now the State Department is calling for public feedback even though there have been tens of thousands of public comments already.

The drumbeat has failed so far. In mid-March, 17 Democrats voted with 45 Republicans in the Senate for a budget amendment supporting the pipeline, up from 11 Democrats voting for a similar amendment last year. That is good news, as is a recent Fox News poll reported in the Wall Street Journal on March 27, in which 70 percent of registered voters expressed support for construction of the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the labor unions, longtime Democrat supporters, are four-square in favor of the pipeline for the jobs it will bring. So how can the pipeline lose? Easily.

Recently the environmental activists staged a demonstration in Washington urging President Obama to stand his ground. Few showed up and some were arrested, but they made their point. Environment expert Daryl Hannah, best known for her movie role as a mermaid, said the State Department report was “totally wrong, flat out totally wrong.” Can the president resist that siren’s call? I doubt it. His office is a wholly owned subsidiary of both Hollywood and the green movement, with the administration having already spent billions and billions of dollars on failed green projects.

But there still could be a happy ending for most of us: the railroad. After nearly going bankrupt in the 1970s, U.S. railroads are back stronger than ever. They have saved North Dakota from overflowing with a glut of oil, by filling miles and miles of tank cars on Obama supporter Warren Buffet’s Burlington Northern Line with 500,000 barrels of oil each day and carrying it to refineries on the west coast of the United States. (Hmm, could that be another reason Obama opposes the pipeline?) By year’s end their capacity will rise to 700,000 barrels a day.

The railroads are fully capable of building new track connecting the Dakotas with our Gulf Coast-unless Obama and his Hollywood friends decide this, too, would be an environmental hazard. Stay tuned.

 

Black Woman Self-Immolates but Blames It on White Racists

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This is from Political Outcast.

How many so-called racist attacks are phony like this one?

I know there are racially motivated attacks.

I also know some are phony attacks.

How many attacks involving the homosexuality community are fake?

A twenty-year-old black woman named Sharmeka Moffitt in Louisiana claimed that three members of the Ku Klux Klan wrote “KKK” on her body and racial slurs on her car before dousing her with lighter fluid and lighting her on fire. So why is this not big news? Why is MSNBC not taking this and running with it? It would be the perfect anecdote to get Obama reelected. It certainly would have been huge news except that forensic specialists found that the woman set herself on fire. Her fingerprints were on the lighter fluid container and lighter that were recovered at the scene. There is no evidence of her being attacked by three men, much less KKK members. Investigators believe she used toothpaste to scrawl the letters on herself and on her car.

This woman wanted so desperately to be the victim of a hate crime that she was willing to nearly kill herself. Moffitt is now in critical condition in a Shreveport hospital having suffered extensive and self-inflicted burns. Police have to wait until she recovers in order to question her as to why she would invent such a story. It really isn’t that complicated to figure out why a radical liberal would seek so much attention. (I admit I’m going out on a limb by assuming this woman is a liberal. Is that racist?)

This happened fairly recently to a Nebraska lesbian. After the police were notified, she claimed that three masked men broke into her house, tied her down and cut “homophobic” slurs into her body. She also claimed that these men wrote slurs on her walls and almost set her and her house on fire. As it turned out, it was all staged. She had done everything to herself in order to win everybody’s sympathy. There were candlelight vigils done in her honor, nearly $1,000 of donations raised, and she received encouragement and support from her LGBT friends. It was all based on something that never happened. She ended up being arrested for lying to the police.

Both of these cases were definitely “hate crimes.” Moffitt must have hated whites so much that she blamed her self-inflicted injuries on them in hopes that the media would pick up on it and convince all their viewers to hate whites even more. Likewise, Rogers must have hated non-homosexuals so much that she was willing to go to such great lengths and much pain just to be seen as a victim. Would anyone be surprised to find out that Moffitt and Rogers were both Obama supporters?

Those on the left have to resort to pathological lying and elaborate role-playing in order to justify their worldview to themselves and others. If they aren’t in enough pain in the real world to elicit sympathy from their society, they have to fabricate their victimization.

Sometimes it backfires when people find out the whole story.

Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/10/black-woman-self-immolates-but-blames-it-on-white-racists/#ixzz2AYY26eGc

 

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