Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Strains Background Check System

The 11/28/14 Idaho Statesman reports that Black Friday gun sales are straining the background check system:
Black Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases in the U.S., and there are concerns about an overload on the national system for background checks.

Requests for gun checks speed up to nearly two a second during the holiday shopping season, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

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NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day last year. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday 2013. They're bringing in 100 more workers than usual for the post-Thanksgiving rush this year.
The call centers have no access to privileged information about buyers' backgrounds, and make no decisions. They just type in their name, address, birthdate, Social Security Number and other information into the system. On Black Fridays, the work can be grueling: One woman took a call that lasted four hours when a dealer phoned in the maximum 99 checks.

"Rules had to be stretched," recalled Sam Demarco, her supervisor. "We can't transfer calls. Someone had to sit in her seat for her while she went to the bathroom."

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why America Has No Future

Heather McDonald's article about the microaggression farce, in which a professor corecting grammar and capitalization errors in a student paper is engaged in racist behavior.  Our best universities are headed down as this crap takes over.  And 11/25/14  Inside Higher Education  reports on a college president who suggested that heavy drinking is a factor in many rape accusations, to the horror of feminists.

Congress Can De-fund Amnesty

The November 26, 2014 Daily Mail reports:
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican' top budget hawk, has unveiled a Nov. 21 memo from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) explaining that Congress can legally strip funding from America's immigration enforcement agency – including funds the agency raises on its own through fees it charges Americans and foreigners.

That news will put fuel in the tank of right-wingers who want to paint Obama into a corner when the GOP controls both houses of Congress in January.
Citing 'Congress's constitutional power over the purse,' the CRS – Capitol Hill's official nonpartisan research arm – instructed Sessions that lawmakers can pick and choose what executive branch agencies can spend money on. 
Good to hear.  republicans can defund INS and amnesty.  Even a large fraction of Democrats and Hispanics think this is a bad idea.

Today's Warped Idea

Wouldn't it be cool if people started showing up for Thanksgiving dinner deressed like Pilgrims?

Benefits of Flaxseed Oil

Someone at church told me of an acquaintance recovering from stroke who swore by flaxseed oil.  While I could not find any papers about flaxseed oil and stroke, there are a lot of papers demonstrating positive effects on cardiovascular health from flaxseed oil supplements.