Just a short story to touch the mind and maybe the heart.
I am not sure of the pic that the author as attached to the story.
All my memories, gather round her
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong,
Shit. Sounds and images quickly dove back beneath consciousness as he looked up to see a green light glaring from above and a Pakistani cab driver mimicking its disdain from behind.
There was the briefest flash of something (alive?) inside him. A fast-motion reel of instinct and anger: shifting the transmission to park, unbuckling his belt, opening the car door to a cacophony of enraged city motorists, walking briskly back to the cab, extracting the cabby through his driver’s window–to the serenade of frantic alien chittering, and then smashing his face with a fist. Over, and over, and over. And just as imagination cocked another righteous blow, the thought evaporated…
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Here’s a list of those modern conservative “small(er) government” principles:• Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress? NO.• Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress? NO• Did the GOP even pass a FY 2016 budget with control of the House and Senate? NO.• Who gave us a $2.5 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill in December 2015? The GOP• Who eliminated, not just raise but eliminated, the debt ceiling? The GOP• Who gave us the TSA? The GOP• Who gave us the Patriot Act? The GOP• Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage? The GOP• Who created the precursor of “Common Core” in “Race To the Top”? The GOP• Who played the race card in Mississippi to re-elect Thad Cochran? The GOP• Who paid Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary? The GOP• Who refused to support Ken Cuccinnelli in Virginia? The GOP• Who supported Charlie Crist? The GOP• Who supported Arlen Spector? The GOP• Who supported Bob Bennett? The GOP• Who worked against Jim DeMint? The GOP• Who worked against Rand Paul? The GOP• Who worked against Ted Cruz? The GOP• Who worked against Mike Lee? The GOP• Who worked against Ronald Reagan? The GOP• Who is working against Donald Trump? The GOP• Who said “I think we are going to crush [the Tea Party] everywhere.”? The GOP (McConnell)
After months of listening to presidential candidates and their supporters, today Virginia voters get to have their say. Here’re some last-minute tips for Virginia’s presidential primary.
Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association (NRA) commends Virginia’s leaders for reaching an agreement to secure the rights of law-abiding concealed carry permit holders. H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610 which will restore and promote concealed carry reciprocity for permit holders in the Commonwealth and around the country, were signed into law today.
“Now, more than six million law-abiding gun owners will be free to travel in and out of Virginia with their Second Amendment rights intact,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected.”
On Dec. 22, 2015, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring decided to sever concealed carry reciprocity agreements with half the country. The change was set to take effect early in 2016. The decision nullified agreements with the following states; Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition to providing concealed carry recognition for valid permits from other states, the bipartisan legislation signed today requires the Virginia State Police to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states where needed.
“Concealed carry permit holders are among the safest groups of citizens in Virginia and throughout the country. On behalf of the NRA’s more than five million members, we commend this effort to protect public safety and fundamental freedoms. Hopefully this effort will encourage Congress to pass national right to carry reciprocity legislation as soon as possible,” concluded Cox.
Governor McAuliffe signed the legislation earlier today despite a repeated onslaught of attacks from New York City Billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his misguided gun control allies.
Hat Tip Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.
H.R 2406 is out of the House (finally)…
Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
Components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) are exempted from regulations of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The authority of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the use of ammunition and fishing tackle based on its lead content is limited.
Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act is amended to: (1) increase the proportion of funding from the Act that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges, and (2) delay by 10 years until 2026 the date after which interest from the wildlife conservation and restoration fund is available for apportionment.
Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2015
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In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where – for the second time this week – the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.