CONTENTS: EPA Mandate; Cleaner gas; Hillary – Monica was “sister wife #17”; the smug side of history; ‘til SCOTUS do us part; Narrow justice?; Erickson – Christian mammon; Rushbo – Carson; Williams – not equal; OCare spikes; AZ blue; PA – union pensions; PA – Bootleggers; Imperial DC; Red State prosperity; Cyprus; Americans migrate; Guns – Shame!; Rubio joined filibuster; BO Jerusalem; Klein – Hillary perjury?; Laser your drone; FBI files; Announcements
“Soft-minded and sloppy-thinking academics, lawyers and judges harbor the silly notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we’d be proportionately distributed by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes. There is absolutely no evidence anywhere, at any time, that proportionality is the norm anywhere on earth; however, much of our thinking, many of our laws and much of our public policy are based upon proportionality’s being the norm.” Walter E. Williams
“”They tell us,” he [Obama} said in one speech, that ‘if we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes — especially for the wealthy — our economy will grow stronger.’
“‘Here’s the problem,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t work. It has never worked.’
“But if anything, the data show precisely the opposite . . .” Investors
“There is no reason in the world my marriage can’t be shared with Monica, or as I call her “Sister Wife Number 17” not to mention with Gennifer (Sister Wife Number 5), Paula (Sister Wife Number 6) and, well, not to bore with names, Sister Wives Number 2, 3, 4 and 7 thru 16.” Hillary Clinton
“Americans would rather stick pins in their eyes than willingly hurt anyone’s feelings.” Mona Charen http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/344221/why-were-losing-gay-marriage-debate-mona-charen
Passover: Monday, 3/25-4/2/13: “. . . celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt . . .”
Erick Erickson: Good Friday
“I used to not send a Morning Briefing on Good Friday. But then people would start calling me early to say it hadn’t come and ask why. I take Good Friday as a holiday until the sun sets. It marks the three most important days in the history of Mankind. From art to geography, the world has never been the same because of what happened 1,980 years ago this weekend. . .”
April19th, 2 PM: CAP Reception at PLC – “Invitation to Infidels”
Citizens Alliance Reception at the PA Leadership Conference
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ACTION ALERT: BULLIES
From Joanne: “”Below is a Bullying Bill HB 156 link sponsored by Republican Representative Dan Truitt.
“ Many who have read the bill have grave concerns about it. Dan admits that he did not write the bill but that it was written by the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) of the Gay Community.
“The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) who wrote the bill explains who they are in their attached website.
“An attorney has done research on the bill and has indicated that he has great concerns about the bill. He contends that the bill can be used against Christians and other people of faith.
“Page 2 of the bill defines Bullying as any written or verbal act or conduct which has a detrimental effect on the ‘mental health’ of a student. Would this make a person of faith who expresses his/her beliefs on an alternate lifestyle, to a person in the above mentioned group, guilty of effecting the mental wellbeing of that individual? If a Christian bible study discusses scriptural passages related to homosexuality, could they be accused of bullying?
“Page 10 requires schools to adopt a ‘policy relating to bullying’ that may include ‘education programs.’ Read in combination with the proposed definition of bullying, one can envision mandated social indoctrination of students “sensitivity classes” that may usurp to parental rights and may be inconsistent with the family’s closely held religious or personal beliefs.
2. Privacy Concerns – Pg 13 requires the Dept of Ed to establish an ‘Internet safe schools online portal’ to track incidents of bullying. It is not clear exactly who will have access to these portals. It generates a report “automatically” for a list of outside persons, including the Gen Assy (pg 14). Being on the report, individuals are assumed guilty, without due process even if the charges made were false. Is there a ‘registry’ that will be kept and published of all accused?
The policy requires finalized information about alleged bullying incidents within 21 days. You can never expunge anything from the internet; therefore, uploading any information will be forever out in cyberspace, even if the accused is cleared. The accusation itself can cause significant harm that will last a lifetime.
“Please pass this information on to your e-mail list and call your representative and ask they he/she not support this legislation. If your representative has signed onto the bill, ask that he/she remove their name from the bill.
To obtain contact information of your state representative, go to the web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/ , go to the field that says “Who’s my legislator,” and click on the link that says “address.” Type in your address and click on “GO” and you will find your State representative and senator.”
Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation: Action Alert: AMNESTY
“We need you to do two things.
“First, sign our petition to Congress. It demands that if there is to be an Amnesty bill, that it goes through the Committee process so that Americans can learn what is in this bill and so we can tell our elected representatives what we think of it.
“Second, since the House and Senate are both in recess for the next week and a half, call your Senators’ offices and call your Congressman and demand that any amnesty bill go through the regular committee process and demand that the border be secured before amnesty is even discussed.
“Most Americans do not want amnesty. We do not want to reward those who have broken our laws. And we certainly do not want an amnesty that is going to allow twenty million illegal aliens to receive legal status in this nation while nothing is done to secure the border. . .
“Sign our petition to Congress and call your Senators and Congressman today!
1790: John Tyler, the tenth U.S. president, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.
1848: An ice jam at the source of the Niagara River caused Niagara Falls to stop flowing for the first time in recorded history.
1927: Major Henry O’Neil de Hane Segrave became the first man to drive faster than 200 miles per hour, on a course at Daytona Beach, Florida.
1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
1973: The last U.S. troops departed South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
1974: Mariner 10 became the first space probe to visit the planet Mercury and send back close-up images. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Tom Blumer, PJ Media: “The EPA’s ‘Make Sure Nothing Gets Done Unless We Like It’ Mandate”
“On March 15, Bloomberg News reported that President Barack Obama plans to give the Environmental Protection Agency and its friends de facto veto power over virtually all economic growth and progress.
“Of course, that’s not how the business news service’s Mark Drajem wrote it up.
“But that’s the effect:
“Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.
“The standards, which constitute guidance for agencies and not new regulations, are set to be issued in the coming weeks, according to lawyers briefed by administration officials.
“He’d expand the scope of a Nixon-era law that was first intended to force agencies to assess the effect of projects on air, water and soil pollution.
“The law involved is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Obama’s gambit to expand the law’s reach is the kind of move I expect will become officially published guidance at a convenient time when almost no one is paying attention. Good Friday evening would thus be a strong possibility. . .”
Also – Juliet Eilperin, WaPo: “Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline”
“The Environmental Protection Agency will move ahead Friday with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide, amounting to one of President Obama’s most significant air pollution initiatives, according to people briefed on the decision.
“The proposed standards would add less than a penny a gallon to the cost of gasoline while delivering an environmental benefit akin to taking 33 million cars off the road, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made yet.
“Oil industry officials, however, said the cost would be at least double the administration’s estimate and could add up to 9 cents a gallon in some places. . .”
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator: “Hillary – Polygamy, Polyamory a Civil Right”
“A draft statement for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, released from an anonymous hacker and dated April 1, 2013, reveals the potential 2016 presidential candidate will become the first presidential hopeful of either party to formally endorse legalizing polygamy, polyamory and adultery.
“Clinton is also lending her name to a new coalition being formed by a number of celebrities including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, South Carolina ex-Governor Mark Sanford, and golfer Tiger Woods.. . .
“. . . Clinton’s stunning statement comes on the heels of the blockbuster news she is to be the honorary chair of a new human rights organization called Proud, Polygamous, Polyamorous and Adulterous Too (“PP —PAT” for short). Serving as honorary co-chairs with Clinton will be her husband, former President Bill Clinton, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, golfer Tiger Woods and polygamist Kody Brown. Particularly notable is that Clinton tried to enlist Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, a GOP 2016 presidential prospect, as an honorary co-chair. Senator Paul’s office issued a statement that fell short of endorsing PPPAT but calling for Americans to “embrace liberty in the personal sphere.” . . .
George Neumayr, American Spectator: “On the Smug Side of History”
Thx Ted . . . will Sharia fix all of this?,. . .
“A country that stakes its future on lies will not have one. The fashionable lie of the moment is “gay marriage.” The push to deprive children of mothers and fathers for the sake of “genderless” marriage has never been stronger. The media propaganda about its “inevitability” is unremitting. One would think, judging by all the triumphant rhetoric heard this week, that over 30 states had approved it. In fact, over 30 states have banned it.
“According to the Washington Post, which just a few weeks ago was categorizing Christians as racists, the issue is all settled and done. Like a paid-off ref who calls a game in the second quarter for the trailing team, the Post declares that no ‘matter how the high court rules later this year on California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, one thing is already clear: The political debate over gay marriage is over.’
Beltway pundits, whose powers of clairvoyance didn’t even extend to the Romney race, are supplying reporters with the sort of quotes they want to hear about how the ‘tide’ is irreversible. ‘Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying off,’ pronounces columnist George Will, whose last great prediction was that Romney would win in a 321-217 landslide.
“It is curious that bow-tied classicists are now taking their moral cues from college students. . .”
WSJ: “’Til the Supreme Court Do Us Part”
“The Justices are rightly wary of redefining marriage for 50 states.
“. . . It’s hard to predict the outcome of cases based on oral arguments, especially when they are as fraught with as many unknown social and legal implications as these. But the complications are another argument for the Court to rule as narrowly as possible, deferring as much as possible to democratic debate. The Justices can help the Constitutional system, the country’s political temper and the Court’s reputation by letting the people decide how to define the core family unit of society.”
Jess Bravin, WSJ: “Justices Show Reluctance for Broad Marriage Ruling”
“WASHINGTON—Two days of arguments on same-sex marriage revealed a Supreme Court uneasy about making sweeping moves on gay rights and holding doubts about whether the cases belonged before the justices at all.
The arguments also brought to life more familiar fissures between the court’s liberal and conservative wings. On Wednesday, liberal justices suggested that a 1996 federal law denying benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples was motivated by animus against gays, while Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, challenged assertions that gays and lesbians need judicial protection from repressive majorities.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal vote, gave gay-marriage proponents some hope by suggesting the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act might infringe on states’ rights to make their own marriage rules. That suggested at least five justices—Justice Kennedy plus the court’s four liberals—might be ready
to strike down the law.
“But questions about whether the court could properly hear the case made it hard to predict any outcome. . .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Christians Side With Mammon. Mammon Sided with Barabbas.”
“1,980 years ago tomorrow, the world put God on trial. When offered a choice, the world surrendered up God to be tortured, crucified, and killed and asked that Pontius Pilate free the criminal Barabbas instead.
“There is no compromise between Christ and the world. Young evangelicals, complacent in the United States and unharassed, would do wise to remember this.
“Tim Keller, a noted preacher in my denomination (Presbyterian Church in America), made news yesterday when he talked about evangelicals coming to terms with gay marriage. In particular he said that “you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal.”
“Keller is an accurate indicator of where things are headed within evangelicalism, particularly among younger evangelicals.
“Christians in America have gotten soft. We’ve turned the nation into an idol to be worshiped. We’ve become so convinced by the “shining city on a hill” rhetoric we think “It can’t happen here,” regarding persecution of Christians. Joe Carter has a great read on this.
“Joe is right. We’ve turned the American ideal of liberty into an idol we worship. . .”
LEADS . . .
Rushbo: Ben Carson
“. . . Ben Carson, his life, his story, not good. Not worthy. Not acceptable within the Democrat Party and the civil rights coalition. If black liberals would work as hard at helping lift other blacks and other minorities out of the morass of misery that is life in the Democrat Party under socialism as they have worked hard to destroy people like Ben Carson, then maybe there might be some substantive, real demonstrative improvement for life of minorities in this country. But to turn one of the world’s foremost baby brain doctors into some sort of “step and fetch it,” some sort of vile token, shows just how ethically and morally and intellectually bankrupt the civil rights coalition of the Democrat Party has become.
“Only one acceptable way to be black in America, and you’d better not choose the route that Ben Carson chose. And you better not choose the route that Clarence Thomas chose. Or Shelby Steele. Or I could give you lists of prominent African Americans from now to the end of this show and not one of them is worth even a modicum of respect in today’s Democrat Party. And the fact that that party is triumphing, the fact that that party is considered the best place to be for minorities? It’s the worst place for minorities to be. It is the worst place for the disadvantaged to be. It is the worst place for the discriminated against to be.
“It is the absolute worst place for anybody to be, unless you’re accepted in the elitist leadership circles of that party. . .”
Walter E. Williams, Town Hall: “Are We Equal?”
“Are women equal to men? Are Jews equal to gentiles? Are blacks equal to Italians, Irish, Polish and other white people? The answer is probably a big fat no, and the pretense or assumption that we are equal — or should be equal — is foolhardy and creates mischief. Let’s look at it.
Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. Female intelligence is packed much closer to the middle of the bell curve, whereas men’s intelligence has far greater variability. That means that though there are many more male geniuses, there are also many more male idiots. The latter might partially explain why more men are in jail than women. . .
“. . . A more emotionally charged question is whether we have equal intelligence. Take Jews, for example. They are only 3 percent of the U.S. population. Half-baked theories of racial proportionality would predict that 3 percent of U.S. Nobel laureates are Jews, but that’s way off the mark. Jews constitute a whopping 39 percent of American Nobel Prize winners. At the international level, the disparity is worse. Jews are not even 1 percent of the world’s population, but they constitute 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners.
There are many other inequalities and disproportionalities. Asian-Americans routinely score the highest on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks score the lowest. Men are 50 percent of the population, and so are women; yet men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I’m personally wondering what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men. . .”
Investors: “White House Yawns as ObamaCare Premium Spikes Loom”
“. . . News this week that ObamaCare will cause a huge spike in insurance claims in the individual market — and result in sky-high premium hikes — was bad enough. Worse still was the administration’s response.
“A study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries said that health claims will shoot up an average 32% under ObamaCare. Some states will see claims rise as much as 80%, while just five states could see them drop a little.
“The reason, the report says, isn’t just that millions of uninsured will get coverage, which the actuaries estimate will cause them to double their health spending.
“Also driving claims higher is that many employers will dump coverage for workers once ObamaCare kicks in, and those workers will be far more expensive to insure than people already in the individual market.
“Either way, the result will be higher premiums for millions of Americans.
“This is just the latest in a series of recent reports all pointing in the same direction. Namely that, despite President Obama’s many promises, the “Affordable Care Act” will be anything but.
“So what is the administration’s response? A big yawn. . .”
Cheryl Chumley, Washington Times: “Janet Napolitano – Immigrants will change Arizona from red to blue”
“The former Arizona governor predicted her state would turn blue in coming elections — just like Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado has gained in Democratic popularity, she said in a Christian Science Monitor report. . .”
PA . . .
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Unions promise challenges to PA pension reform”
“Public sector unions promise to challenge the proposal. The plan, they say, is unconstitutional.
“The administration made pension reform a top legislative priority this year, with the goal of getting a slew of funding and benefit changes passed by the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
“The plan, in part, reduces future benefits for current employees, and that upsets the unions. But those reductions make up most of the nearly $12 million in projected savings over 30 years, according to the plan.
“Chief Counsel Jim Schultz heads the state’s Office of General Counsel, which would defend the law in court, should it come to that. Schultz is confident the state’s proposed changes will withstand judicial scrutiny, he told reporters Wednesday.
“Schultz said the courts would employ a ‘contract impairment analysis’ to determine whether the changes are constitutional. That comes down to whether the state had a good enough public policy reason to change its agreement with employees.
“‘I think it’s undisputable we have this important public purpose,’ Schultz said, noting the $41 billion in unfunded liabilities the two state pension systems now carry. . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “PA liquor system turns border jumpers into bootleggers”
“It used to be called bootlegging, which refers to the illegal manufacture, sale or distribution of alcohol. Yet Pennsylvania has a criminal statute that still prohibits the practice.
The past few weeks have featured rampant discussion on the pros and cons of the state’s alcoholic beverage control system as the state House passed House Bill 790, which would sell off the state system and create a private liquor business.
Peppering the discussion was talk of “border bleed”— Pennsylvanians who drive to other states to buy alcohol.
Those who get caught are hit with fines of $10 per container of beer or malt beverage, and $25 for other types of alcohol. The goods are also confiscated.
But the likelihood of getting hit with these fines is slim.
John Stossel, Town Hall: “Imperial Washington”
“. . . When the housing bubble burst, home prices dropped in most of America, but not in Washington. Our capital feeds off federal spending, and politicians won’t allow that bubble to burst.
“One result is that, today, for the first time, most of America’s richest counties are in the Washington area. Of the richest 1 percent of counties in the U.S., 43 percent surround the nation’s capital city.
“Nick Sorrentino, creator of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org, notes that average total compensation for a federal employee is now about $120,000, and the gap between government pay and private pay has been growing.
“It’s not that Washingtonians are smarter or more productive than the rest of us. It’s that as government grows, more money flows to lobbyists, trade groups and others who live close to those who pass out your money. Government is a parasite — but a parasite that helps its friends. The way people get rich in Washington is not by inventing things, but by being good at schmoozing and manipulating the bureaucrats who control your money. . .”
Laffer & Moore, WSJ: “The Red-State Path to Prosperity”
“Blue states with high taxes are struggling to compete for businesses and workers.
“You can tell a lot about prosperity in America by observing the places people are moving to and where they are packing up and moving from. New Census Bureau data on metropolitan areas indicate that the South and the Sunbelt regions continue to grow, while the Northeast and Midwest continue to shrink.
“Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. All of these are in low-tax, business-friendly red states. Blue-state areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester were among the biggest population losers.
“This migration isn’t accidental. . .”
Investors: “Americans Are Migrating To More Free Republican States”
“Americans are migrating from less-free liberal states to more-free conservative states, where they are doing better economically, according to a new study published Thursday by the George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.
“The ‘Freedom in the 50 States’ study measured economic and personal freedom using a wide range of criteria, including tax rates, government spending and debt, regulatory burdens, and state laws covering land use, union organizing, gun control, education choice and more.
“It found that the freest states tended to be conservative “red” states, while the least free were liberal “blue” states.
“The freest state overall, the researchers concluded, was North Dakota, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. The least free state by far was New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Rhode Island. . .”
Madeleine Morgenstern, The Blaze: “Shame on us . . .”
“. . . ‘I want to make sure every American is listening today,’ Obama said at the White House, flanked by mothers who were affected by gun violence. ‘Less than 100 days ago that happened, and the entire country was shocked. And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.’
“His voice heated, Obama said ‘tears aren’t enough, expressions of sympathy aren’t enough, speeches aren’t enough” and urged Americans to press their lawmakers to pass more gun control legislation.’ . . .”
1) Shelby Steele wrote a provocative little book that described the partnerships that formed between complaining black students and “sensitive” college administrators – rudeness was paid off.
2) Obama wants to remove weapons from the hands of Americans while delivering more lethal weapons to Jihadists in Libya and Syria.
3) Lanza’s chief motive for shooting up a school was that of fame: He wanted to head the list he made of mass-killings, a list seven feet long in nine point type. Harris and Klebold had a similar motive when they slaughtered classmates at Columbine.
Shame instead on anyone who listens to Obama . . .
Jonathan Easley, The Hill: “Rubio joins group threatening to filibuster gun control legislation”
“‘We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance,’ he wrote in a statement on his website.
“‘The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries.’
“Earlier this week, GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ted Cruz (Texas) wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledging to ‘oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.’”
About Cyprus (from Matt Drudge, 3/28/13)
'THEY HAVE STOLEN OUR MONEY'...
Cyprus banks reopen, with strict restrictions...
€300 daily withdrawal limit...
No money allowed to leave country...
Russia to ban cash transactions over $10,000...
Security tight as tension runs high...
Stock exchange still closed...
FABER: Not Even Gold Will Save You From What is Coming...
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: “What Really Happened in Jerusalem”
(“White guilt” may be an associate of higher verbal intelligence and social anxieties. Average IQ in ISR is about110, in Gaza – 75. Again, see Shelby Steele. . .jb)
“I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those [Palestinian] kids, they’d say I want these kids to succeed.”– Barack Obama, in Jerusalem, March 21
“Very true. But how does the other side feel about Israeli kids?
“Consider that the most revered parent in Palestinian society is Mariam Farhat of Gaza. “Her distinction? Three of her sons died in various stages of trying to kill Israelis — one in a suicide attack, shooting up and hurling grenades in a room full of Jewish students.
“She gloried in her ‘martyr’ sons, wishing only that she had 100 boys like her schoolroom suicide attacker to “sacrifice . . . for the sake of God.” And for that she was venerated as “mother of the struggle,” elected to parliament, and widely mourned upon her recent passing.
“So much for reciprocity. In the Palestinian territories, streets, public squares, summer camps, high schools, even a kindergarten are named after suicide bombers and other mass murderers. So much for the notion that if only Israelis would care about Arab kids, peace would be possible.
“Israelis have forever wanted nothing more than peace and security for all children. That’s why they accepted the 1947 U.N. partition of British Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. Unfortunately — another asymmetry — the Arabs said no. . .”
Aaron Klein, WND: “Did Hillary commit perjury?”
“TEL AVIV – Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commit perjury when she claimed in a Senate hearing that she did not know whether the U.S. mission in Libya was procuring or transferring weapons to Turkey and other Arab countries?
“The goal of the alleged weapons shipments was to arm the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“Any training or arming of the Syrian rebels would be considered highly controversial. A major issue is the inclusion of jihadists, including al-Qaida, among the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and other Syrian opposition groups
“During the recent hearings over the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Clinton was directly asked about alleged U.S. weapons shipments out of Libya.
“Clinton claimed she did not know whether the U.S. was aiding Turkey and other Arab countries in procuring weapons. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Spencer Ackerman, Wired: “Navy Wants Lasers on Marines’ Trucks to Shoot Down Drones”
Now we know how to do it!
“If there was any doubt that the military has new confidence in its forthcoming laser arsenal, the Navy’s top geeks want to outfit Marines with a laser cannon to shoot small drones out of the sky.
“Specifically, the Office of Naval Research thinks that Marine air-ground task forces are too vulnerable to adversaries flying cheap, small spy drones overhead, like the four-pound Raven the Marines themselves used in Iraq. Its answer: outfit Marine ground vehicles with laser guns.
“It’s all part of a new Office of Naval Research program, formally unveiled Thursday, with the clunky name of Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy on the Move. For the time being, it’s just a research effort, but the office expects to award grants and contracts for it worth up to $400,000. And it’s doable. . .”
Liz Klimas, The Blaze: “Can You Guess the Most Popular File in the FBI’s Document Vault?”
“It’s a single-page memo detailing the unconfirmed account from one person claiming to have found three “flying saucers.” According to a recent feature by the FBI about the memo, the claim was never investigated.”
I sense a link between our flying saucers tales and our fears about drones. Could it be that fears of attack from above first emerged in small fish avoiding hungry, bigger fish that hunted from above? And maintained by our first furry ancestors? And is there beauty in our using today a habit that saved us in the years when we were dinosaur snacks and may save us again?