Freedom means cooking bacon on a gun

The city-dwellers over at Vice’s “Munchies” blog may scoff at the idea and it probably isn’t the best way to care for a rifle — but watching people cook bacon with muzzle heat is pretty darn entertaining.

Videos of firearm/bacon enthusiasts getting culinary during target sessions are racking up views on YouTube.

A Vice editor discovered the trend last week and provided this condescending commentary:

Ameri-cuhhhh! True patriots say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, eat a giant meal of bacon and sausage, and hit the gun range for a quick session of target practice. (The best may even make time for a rousing performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a couple of cheeseburgers made with domestic beef, a few more hours of gun-shootin’, and a dinner of Angus steak.)

But some highly resourceful ‘Mericans have decided to combine their loves of meat and firearms by inventing a method of cooking bacon … via gun.

Sure, there’s no practical reason to cook bacon on a gun. But if Vice’s writer has a problem with pork and guns, there are options. You know, for those who don’t like all that freedom stuff.

Via Al Arabiya:

[The] United States is the first country in the world in the ranking of guns per 100 residents. Of the Middle East nations, Yemen is the third country, Saudi Arabia is 6th, Iraq is 7th, Oman is 17th, Bahrain and Kuwait share the 18th place, United Arab Emirates is 24th, Qatar is 31st, Iran is 79th and Egypt is 115th. Tunisia is the 178th nation and it’s said that the imposition of strict rules of gun ownership by the deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had immensely restricted the civilians’ access to arms. The 2007 survey reported that only 9,000 Tunisian citizens possessed guns.

As for the rest of the red-blooded, meat eating, bitter clinging ‘Mericans out there, enjoy:

National Archives redacted its ‘constant fear of upsetting the WH’ from FOIA-requested emails

Another one from the files of the Most Transparent Administration in history: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tried to hide its fear of the Obama White House from the Associated Press — over and over again.

The AP revealed today that NARA had repeatedly redacted a recurring sentence from a number of emails the agency had requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Problem is, repetition creates room for error, and NARA overlooked one occurrence of the sentence. So the AP got to see what it said: “We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH (White House).”

One of the Obama administration’s early homages to transparency was a pronouncement that FOIA requests couldn’t be withheld or doctored simply because government officials and employees feared embarrassment or public sentiments outside their direct control.

In fact, the White House posited, the government should favor disclosure over secrecy in any instance in which there is a question of saving face.

“The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears,” cautioned a 2009 White House memo.

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Technology makes the world go ’round, even if it’s a bumpy ride. Just ask Hillary Clinton, who managed this week to appear both computer savvy or technologically challenged, depending on which mode helped her worm her way out of questions about her less-than-legal use of a personal server to conduct State Department business. Oh, and speaking of worms, maybe Clinton should get herself an Apple Watch. That tiny screen has to be great for those moments when you don’t want anybody reading email over your shoulder — which in Clinton’s case, is all the time.

Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

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Rand Paul zeros in on Clinton email controversy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is calling for an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, saying Americans “should not tolerate” the former top diplomat’s secrecy.

“I don’t think the Clintons should be above the law,” Paul told Fox’s Megyn Kelly Tuesday night.

The lawmaker also took Clinton to task over her statement that using a personal email server for official business was a matter of convenience.

“I don’t think convenience should trump national security,” Paul said.

The Kentucky lawmaker said that Clinton intentionally used the personal server in order to conceal information from Americans, adding that public pressure is needed to force a thorough investigation into the matter.

“Can we trust Hillary Clinton to produce all of her email when we couldn’t trust her to obey the law that she had to use a State Department email? The only way we get to the truth is through an independent investigation and I do believe that public opinion can provoke that,” Paul said.

“They’re stonewalling us time after time,” the lawmaker added. “They do anything to not reveal these emails. She was doing it in a secret fashion to keep them secret from the American public [and] I don’t think the American public should tolerate it.”

Paul also addressed reports of the Clinton Foundation taking millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments.

“This is a couple that have been raising money from foreign countries that have despicable human rights and women’s rights records and they’re somehow to be trusted? ‘Oh we’re taking $20 million dollars from Saudi Arabia, but it didn’t affect any of our policy’ – it’s unseemly and I think the American people will be kind of sickened to see this level of….to me it seems to be deception,” said Paul.

Supreme Court ruling gives federal agencies wide berth to interpret policy rules

If you were looking to the Supreme Court to force government bureaucrats into strict interpretations of the policies and regulations they inherit, look elsewhere.

The Court ruled unanimously today that federal agencies reserve the power to interpret — and reinterpret — certain policy rules whose language never changes, but whose human custodians do.

Ruling 9-0 in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, the Court ruled that the Department of Labor acted within the scope of its authority when it changed the way it interprets wage rules in order to encompass, for the first time, mortgage loan officers. The bankers’ association filed suit over the change, alleging the department acted illegally by not subjecting the change to a period of public notice and comment, as required by federal laws governing administrative procedure.

In her opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said matters of interpretation do not fall under the federal Administrative Procedure Act of 1946. “Because an agency is not required to use notice-and-comment procedures to issue an initial interpretive rule, it is also not required to use those procedures when it amends or repeals that interpretive rule,” she wrote.

‘Pissed off redneck’ going viral with angry political ditty

A little-known country music singer from Centerville, Arkansas, is causing quite a stir online with a new song detailing what he feels are the biggest complaints of “real Americans” and “pissed off rednecks.”

Jamie Jones posted “Pissed Off Rednecks Like Me” to Facebook late last month to let “slick-haired” politicians know where he stands on gun control, prayer, political correctness and handouts.

He must’ve struck a nerve because nearly 2 million people have watched the relatively unknown artist’s new track.

Jones is getting praise from for lyrics like:

Mr. stick-head politician, I got some news for you,

If you wan’t to come, tryin’ to take my gun, son you better be bulletproof,

And don’t try to tell my children when and where to pray,

We ain’t that far gone, we’re still standing on the land of the free and the home of the brave.

But he’s also getting attacked by some for a line declaring: “No I won’t press one for English / I just assume hang up the phone / If you wanna serve in a Muslim church go and take your ass back home.”

Comments on his post range from declaring the song the next “Okie from Muskogee” to declaring Jones “one of the most disgusting human beings on this planet.”

Listen to the song below and let us know what you think.

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Eric Allie,

Ready for Hillary? Is America ready for another Clinton with a history of hiding information to take aim at the White House? Perhaps not. When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton used a private email address maintained on a private server in her house in New York for all state-related business. She didn’t even have a government email address. Chances are that if she were ever to become president, she’d hide a lot more than interns in the Oval Office.

Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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D.C. police can no longer initiate a search over questionable sniff test for pot

For now, recreational marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C. And regardless of how you feel about the drug or its users, it’s turning out to be a good thing for the Bill of Rights.

That’s because the age-old police practice of using the smell of pot (real or imagined) as an excuse to yank motorists out of the car for a warrantless search is no longer permitted.

Via MyFoxDC:

Countless court affidavits on drug arrests in D.C. begin with the words, “I detected a strong odor of marijuana…,” but according to a special order issued to all officers, the suspicion of a crime in the District can no longer begin with the odor of marijuana.

The police union shared the special order, pointing out the wording on page three. Cops on the beat can no longer use the detection of sweet smell of pot as probable cause to make a stop.

“When officers get involved in this, it’s going to open up a lot of internal investigations because they are going to say the officer used his or her sense of smell, which is not usable for suspicion, and that’s going to open them up for discipline internally and possibly some litigation,” said D.C. Police Union secretary Marinos Marinos.

The D.C. Attorney General’s office released a fact sheet about changes in the law regarding marijuana in the city this week.

Here’s what will become legal in the city under the change:

It is legal for adults 21 years of age or older to:

  •  Possess 2 ounces or less of marijuana;
  • Grow within their primary residence up to six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature;
  • Transfer 1 ounce or less of marijuana to another person as long as: (1) no money, goods, or services are exchanged; and (2) the recipient is 21 years of age or older; and
  • Consume marijuana on private property.

Because marijuana is still prohibited by federal law, the city’s AG notes that D.C.’s numerous federal law enforcement agents (Park Police, Secret Service, etc.) “may arrest anyone in the District for possession of any amount of marijuana.”

Some members of Congress have vowed to reverse the District’s new marijuana law.

Gowdy to Democrats: Obama’s lawlessness is going to hurt you

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told his Democratic colleagues that they will regret supporting President Obama’s immigration actions during a House Judiciary meeting this week.

“You may benefit from the president’s failure to enforce the law today, but I’ll make you this promise: There will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law,” Gowdy said. “There will come a day where you long for the law to be the foundation of this Republic. So you be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever.”

Following the warning, Gowdy joined “On the Record’s” Greta Van Susteren to explain further.

“I just don’t like it when either side plays games with the rule of law, because it is the most unifying, equalizing force we have in our culture,” Gowdy said.

The conservative lawmaker also noted that because Obama waited until after the midterm elections to move on his plan, Democrats are currently “benefiting more from this as an issue than as a resolved issue.”

H/T: Fox News Insider

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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

Some of the events of the past week have been surreal, from a terrorist group threatening American shopping malls (does anybody even shop at malls anymore?) to the South being covered in a blanket of snow (like some of us Southerners haven’t seen in more than 20 years). Other events were mundane. Our federal government decided it had to control private enterprise and claimed authority over the Internet (because, after all, claiming authority over healthcare worked so well). And a Clinton may have done something unethical (surprise, surprise). Thank God it’s Friday.

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