Western Free Press http://www.westernfreepress.com Straight News & Strong Opinion. Arizona Politics and Arizona Elections Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:51:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 OUR Public Debt http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/our-public-debt/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/our-public-debt/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:30:19 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=417243 The Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Douglas Elmendorf, testified before the Senate Budget Committee three years ago and declared that the cumulative deficits over the next ten years could run as much as $12 TRILLION DOLLARS if current policies remain in place. He has been right on target so far. “The longer you wait to make those policy changes…the greater the negative consequences (of the national debt) will be”, he said. He also stated in his testimony that under current policies the National Public Debt would reach nearly 100% of GDP (all annual economic activity in the United States) in 10 years. Mr. Elmendorf stated if “deep budget cuts” were not made our federal government risks sending the nation into a “fiscal crisis”. He warned Congress if they didn’t start balancing the budget soon it would be too late to head off, or at least minimize, a national debt-driven fiscal calamity in the future. He had several more dire warnings if “deep budget cuts” aren’t made. In only 10 years our National debt will be more than $26 TRILLION DOLLARS. (It stands today, July 1, 2015 at over $18 trillion and increasing $500 million every day.)

These actual numbers, warnings, predictions didn’t come from a Political Party, Republican led House, or Senate, the White House, nor TV Pundits. They are from the top numbers cruncher, if you will, for Congress. The responsibility of the CBO is to keep Congress informed where they (WE) are financially. They are the book keepers.

Anyone who is aware of what’s happened in Greece and watches and listens to president Obama and Hillary Clinton with his constant proposals and her promises of higher taxes and $trillions more in spending on federal programs, if elected president, can surely understand where they are leading this country. Let us reason together for just a moment and seriously, without political prejudice, ask ourselves just as individual Americans why on earth, in the face of the facts of our nation’s situation, would president Obama, or any president, man or woman, do this? When we, as a nation, are headed for a $26 TRILLION indebtedness, why would they want to add more to it? I beg you to allow me to offer, for your consideration, two reasons it possibly could be. It seems from their actions and rhetoric, they have learned very little from the economic crisis facing this country and the rest of the world or they don’t care. Either Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are incompetent or it is intentional for another purpose. Either way it is a coming disaster for our country. Americans everywhere spoke loudly last November to our government to stop over spending and reduce our debt, yet president Obama goes in the exact opposite direction with his actions and Hillary with her rhetoric as though we don’t matter. Every person in both of our houses of Congress, regardless of party, who are willing to shut down these two people’s appetites for national public debt needs our support. I urge all of you to also support someone for president who will pledge to eliminate the deficit and began reducing the debt before we become Greece, not the person who has pledged to keep us heading in that direction.
What you see below are facts, not political rhetoric. Read it, study it and see if this is where you really want to go as a nation.

 

Recent and budgeted headline federal budget numbers in the FY15 Budget including overall spending, deficit, and debt in trillions.

$ trillion nom
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Spending 3.5 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.7 4.9
Federal Deficit 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6
Other Borrowing 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2
Gross Federal Debt 17.8 18.6 19.3 20.1 20.9 21.6 22.4
source: actual budgetedestimated

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John Porter
Harrison, Arkansas

 

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Infuriating Video: 10 Years After Kelo v. London, the Stolen Land Is Vacant! http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/infuriating-video-10-years-after-kelo-v-london-the-stolen-land-is-vacant/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/infuriating-video-10-years-after-kelo-v-london-the-stolen-land-is-vacant/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:25:47 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=409137 The government stole this land. Taking something by force is stealing or not the Supreme Court finds a way to justify it.

Once upon a time, a Supreme Court justified Dred Scott, Korematsu, Wickard, and Plessy. I am not impressed by the Supreme Court, no matter how smart each individual justice may ben they can and do get things wrong all the time.

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Netanyahu Weighs in on Iran Deal With Grim Forecast http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/netanyahu-weighs-in-on-iran-deal-with-grim-forecast/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/netanyahu-weighs-in-on-iran-deal-with-grim-forecast/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:25:17 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=424356 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had a tough road to walk, as have the Jewish people in their history.  It’s not appearing to get easier for the people of Israel or its leader.  In response to the current state of Iranian negotiations, he refuses to put on the rose-colored glasses John Kerry and Barack Obama have been wearing, to warn what this really means for Iran, Israel, and the world.

From the JPost.com:

Speaking at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that “what’s coming out of the nuclear talks in Vienna is not a breakthrough, it’s a breakdown.”

Netanyahu said that the world powers were conceding more and more with each passing day.

The emerging deal “will pave Iran’s way to produce the cores of many atomic bombs and it will also flood Iran with hundreds of millions of dollars that will serve it in its aggression and its mission of terror in the region and the world,” the prime minister warned.

Netanyahu claimed that the emerging deal with Iran was worse than the nuclear deal that had been signed with North Korea which led to Pyongyang obtaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Watch the video here.

 

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Al Jazeera Releases July 4th Video Full of Judgements and Mockery http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/al-jazeera-releases-july-4th-video-full-of-judgements-and-mockery/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/al-jazeera-releases-july-4th-video-full-of-judgements-and-mockery/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:20:14 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=424307 Al Jazeera released a video mocking Americans for the Fourth of July by listing unflattering statistics (and in some cases, nothing to be unashamed of).  Not that we put much stock in Al Jazeera, but if they realized that embarrassing statistics could be found for every nation and yet they still wouldn’t be the beacon of freedom that the USA is, perhaps they’d temper their arrogance.  Isolated incidents of racism?  They shouldn’t forgot about the religious persecution around other parts of the world?  Obesity rates?  While it’s not a good thing, does the existence of fat people make this country less amazing, less free?  Absolutely not.  Worried about the number of guns per capita?  Well, while America’s not perfect, we certainly don’t fear cartels running our streets and have to capability to combat unjust Marshall law if imposed.  Teen pregnancies too high here?  Sure, we can agree.  However, at least we don’t condone honor rapes.

Way to go, Al Jazeera.  America may not be perfect, but it’s the best there is.  At least we have an Independence Day.

 

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Video: Burglary Suspect Breaks Down in Court Upon Realizing Judge is Old Middle School Pal http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/video-burglary-suspect-breaks-down-in-court-upon-realizing-judge-is-old-middle-school-pal/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/video-burglary-suspect-breaks-down-in-court-upon-realizing-judge-is-old-middle-school-pal/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:15:09 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=423449 Watch as a man facing a judge for a bond hearing on a burglary charge recognizes that the judge is an old middle school friend.  The judge expresses sadness that her old buddy as found himself at the mercy of the justice system through his criminal acts, stating that he was “the nicest kid in middle school.”

 

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One of the Best Articles Ever on the Global Warming Hoax http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/one-of-the-best-articles-ever-on-the-global-warming-hoax/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/05/one-of-the-best-articles-ever-on-the-global-warming-hoax/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=400901 This is a very long piece, but it is really, really worth your time.

Really.

The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science

The great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses tested — or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I see bad ideas can persist for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they become intolerant dogmas.

For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on in laboratories so I can tell interesting stories. It’s analogous to the way art critics write about art, but with a difference: we “science critics” rarely criticise. If we think a scientific paper is dumb, we just ignore it. There’s too much good stuff coming out of science to waste time knocking the bad stuff.

Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses put to the test. So a really bad idea cannot survive long in science.

Or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I have changed my mind. It turns out bad ideas can persist in science for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they can turn into intolerant dogmas.

This should have been obvious to me. Lysenkoism, a pseudo-biological theory that plants (and people) could be trained to change their heritable natures, helped starve millions and yet persisted for decades in the Soviet Union, reaching its zenith under Nikita Khrushchev. The theory that dietary fat causes obesity and heart disease, based on a couple of terrible studies in the 1950s, became unchallenged orthodoxy and is only now fading slowly.

What these two ideas have in common is that they had political support, which enabled them to monopolise debate. Scientists are just as prone as anybody else to “confirmation bias”, the tendency we all have to seek evidence that supports our favoured hypothesis and dismiss evidence that contradicts it—as if we were counsel for the defence. It’s tosh that scientists always try to disprove their own theories, as they sometimes claim, and nor should they. But they do try to disprove each other’s. Science has always been decentralised, so Professor Smith challenges Professor Jones’s claims, and that’s what keeps science honest.

What went wrong with Lysenko and dietary fat was that in each case a monopoly was established. Lysenko’s opponents were imprisoned or killed. Nina Teicholz’s book The Big Fat Surprise shows in devastating detail how opponents of Ancel Keys’s dietary fat hypothesis were starved of grants and frozen out of the debate by an intolerant consensus backed by vested interests, echoed and amplified by a docile press.
Cheerleaders for alarm

This is precisely what has happened with the climate debate and it is at risk of damaging the whole reputation of science. The “bad idea” in this case is not that climate changes, nor that human beings influence climate change; but that the impending change is sufficiently dangerous to require urgent policy responses. In the 1970s, when global temperatures were cooling, some scientists could not resist the lure of press attention by arguing that a new ice age was imminent. Others called this nonsense and the World Meteorological Organisation rightly refused to endorse the alarm. That’s science working as it should. In the 1980s, as temperatures began to rise again, some of the same scientists dusted off the greenhouse effect and began to argue that runaway warming was now likely.

At first, the science establishment reacted sceptically and a diversity of views was aired. It’s hard to recall now just how much you were allowed to question the claims in those days. As Bernie Lewin reminds us in one chapter of a fascinating new book of essays called Climate Change: The Facts (hereafter The Facts), as late as 1995 when the second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out with its last-minute additional claim of a “discernible human influence” on climate, Nature magazine warned scientists against overheating the debate.

Since then, however, inch by inch, the huge green pressure groups have grown fat on a diet of constant but ever-changing alarm about the future. That these alarms—over population growth, pesticides, rain forests, acid rain, ozone holes, sperm counts, genetically modified crops—have often proved wildly exaggerated does not matter: the organisations that did the most exaggeration trousered the most money. In the case of climate, the alarm is always in the distant future, so can never be debunked.

These huge green multinationals, with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars, have now systematically infiltrated science, as well as industry and media, with the result that many

Read the whole thing. Seriously. Do it.

 

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America the Beautiful http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/america-the-beautiful/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/america-the-beautiful/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 23:15:42 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=420412 Beautiful.

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Video: Amazing Archery! Speed Shots, Midair Arrow Splits, More http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/video-amazing-archery-speed-shots-midair-arrow-splits-more/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/video-amazing-archery-speed-shots-midair-arrow-splits-more/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:15:20 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=409400 This video is not political, nor is it news, though it does have a bit of historical information in it. I am taking a bit of personal privilege to show you a video I found amazing and very interesting.

Enjoy!

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Video: 8 Days on the Front Line of the Ukraine War http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/video-8-days-on-the-front-line-of-the-ukraine-war/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/video-8-days-on-the-front-line-of-the-ukraine-war/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:15:38 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=409239 ]]> http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/video-8-days-on-the-front-line-of-the-ukraine-war/feed/ 0 The Last Great American Arts & Crafts and The Great American Knifemakers – Part I http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/the-last-great-american-arts-crafts-and-the-great-american-knifemakers-part-i/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/07/04/the-last-great-american-arts-crafts-and-the-great-american-knifemakers-part-i/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:15:13 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=389448 Part I of a three part series, a choice of two Americans and one Danish Pastry…. Consider these to be an introduction to what is turning out to be a multi-billion dollar business, employing not just hundreds, but thousands of highly-skilled craftsmen and artists – people who work and innovate for a living. They exemplify American small business, American and other’s exceptionalism, providing desirable products of the highest quality and integrity. These can be seen at knife shows all over the nation wherein one can see business transacted in the millions for each show. Images of knife show. Do not be surprised if you cannot purchase what you wanted at a show, that someone got to your desire earlier. You may have to wait months or years to receive your order. One might consider his purchase to be an heirloom objet d’art of high utility, functionality, durability and beauty. An object to be handed down through generations from father to son, just like a good timepiece. See for yourself!
Greg Medford of Medford Knife and Tool

Greg Medford, a former martial artist who ran a karate dojo in Arizona, decided wisely to spread his wings, become an American success story regenerating  American exceptionalism and ingenuity. Greg got into the military style knife-making business. From outward appearances, he set up shop right from the get-go. Unlike most knife makers who start up a business like Greg’s, in a garage or a basement small machine shop and stay there, Greg opened a modern factory, using the latest computer design and manufacturing technology and milling. His is not just a small machine shop meant to make a living for the family. Medford hired about a dozen employees who put food on the table for their families, and his is in fact, a small business enterprise moving up to becoming a mass producer of mid tech, semi-custom and production knives. While MKT (the mark branded on the knives) do customization, so-called “art knifes” out of its production runs, the operation can best be described as a mid-tech maker of edged tools aimed at police, military and practical civilian sportsmen. MKT has a significant military following. The designs clearly have a desirable tactical look meant for the professional and the collector into edged tools.

Mid tech means hand finished machine-made for the most part; the separation between the two techniques, it an semi-custom are indistinct. For many mid tech makers, there is a production run of anywhere from ten on up knifes of any particular model at one time. Custom knifes are one-offs and wholly custom made. The practice of custom and “art”-knife-making is specialized, very costly because it is more time consuming, and will not be covered in this series. We note that many knife makers are not entirely open about their manufacturing processes and sell what are essentially production knives that are treated to custom finishes as custom knifes. Medford shares its life on You Tube in great detail, and my impression is that its chief is a great salesman.

CNC machines and CAD-CAM technologies are commonly used these days for design-through-finished product. How much computerization any maker uses is an individual decision, and how well he uses it provides variable results. The fact is, computerization in manufacture when done properly creates consistent and reliable products, and in the best practice, will also produce interchangeable parts for servicing. Properly executed one needs minimal “hand fitting” –  the product will work as intended.

The large, well-established production factories such a Boker in Solingen, Germany, and American Syderco, can manufacture entirely consistent, arguably perfect knives at low prices using almost all CNC, with minimal hand work, here and abroad. Some are of European manufacture, others from the Orient. Two excellent examples of mass produced knife perfection are Spyderco’s TECHNO, with exquisite blades designed by Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz. The TECHNO is a virtual mini tank. The second is Boker’s Brad Zinker-designed ultra slim and ultra-light Urban Trapper, a useful, innovative, and practical edged tool. By the standards of mid-tech and custom knives, these are very inexpensive and an excellent value.

For eyes accustomed to evaluating this technology, it immediately becomes apparent that the Medfords are over-the-top, thick-slabbed blade stock tanks. MKTs  have a great deal of integrity in their construction and materials, purity in their simplicity, and a pleasing balance in their design, functional durability and practical usability. They use massive frame locking schemes and more massive pivot-bearing systems, quarter and half inch pivot bars that are not to be oiled, but rather, broken in with use. As metal rubs against metal, to eventually grind away irregularities in the polish to create a smooth, almost friction-less bearing system that won’t get gummed up with oil residue, to which stick debris, lint and dust.

Medford recommends therefore to use no oil when one cleaned his knife but to keep opening and closing them to break in the “action.” I recommend GUNK OUT, a gun degreaser solvent spray to remove all debris and oil from the interior than may have migrated from oil leaking from the blades – and then lightly re-oil the blades with good gun oil.

I own several of these and can say that Medfords are among the few making these large, dependable, tactical tools for field use and collecting that I consider worthwhile to sock into a backpack, your jeans pocket, and go bags.

They are not inexpensive, but well-priced considering their excellent design, their construction and materials, and the market. The wait to get one direct from Medford is a year.

Some dealers do carry them, so you can look for one if you want it right now.

MEDFORD ARKTIKA

Arktika

Named after the Soviet ice breaker, the Arktika is a massive knife with a window-breaker/skull crusher in its pommel.

Options, D2, V3, 535VN steel bladed and finish for the Titanium sides, frame lock construction

Arktika

 

 

MEDFORD  PRAETORIAN T

Praetorian T

PRAETORIAN, named after the elite Roman Emperor’s Guards. It is a utility knife that is huge by conventional standards, but due to its slimness, eminently pocketable. Built of the same materials as the rest pictured here.

Praetorian T

MEDFORD VYPER

Vyper

The Vyper is a flipper – meaning it has a lever at the trigger position which assists in quickly opening this tactical knife.

Vyper

Images by permission of Greg Medford

 

FACTORY ADDRESS
1725 W. Williams Drive Suite 51
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Phone Numbers
Factory Phone: 623-249-4506
Greg Medford Cell: 480-227-2399

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