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Iraq: A Little Pep Talk For The Guys

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Disgusted with the Iraqi Police for their lack of courage, watch this US Soldier explain the situation in his own words. This is one butt chewing that may linger for a bit.

The Iraqi Police (IP) is the uniformed police force responsible for the enforcement of civil law in Iraq. Its organisation, structure and recruitment were guided by the Coalition Provisional Authority after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and it is commanded by the reformed Iraqi Ministry of the Interior. “IP” refers to the Iraqi Police, and “ISF” to the broader Iraqi security forces.

History

The current Iraqi Police has some links with the pre-war Iraqi police service. The prewar police service was low in repression priority and was professional. Therefore, the police was expected to remain cohesive and be a useful instrument also after the invasion.

It was intended to form the basis for the police force of the new Iraq, but the civil disorder caused this project to be abandoned. Following the emergency stipend payment, some police came back especially in Baghdad and the U.S. Army military police conducted emergency training. At the same time, in the south the British forces began to establish local police forces in coordination with Shiite religious leaders.

In the north, Kurdish security forces did not experience any interruption, and in Mosul a thousand former police officers were hired by Major General David Petraeus in order to maintain the public order.

In the meanwhile, provisional authorities worked with the renewed Ministry of Interior in order to epurate Baathist officials (7,000 police officers fired by Bernard Kerik only in Baghdad) and to establish a police forces in short terms. In the first four months, the first training course was launched and over 4,000 officers were trained. In 2003 recruitment, applicants were mostly former soldiers and police officers who served under the Baathist rule. At the end of 2003, Iraqi Police formally totalled 50,000 officers.
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Organization and Oversight

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The Iraqi Police is under the command of Major General Hussein Jassim Alawadi. The Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I) is a U.S. military organisation tasked to train, mentor and equip all Iraqi civilian security forces. MNSTC-I also has the goal of training their counterparts in the Iraqi government of Iraq to assume their role. The Iraqi Police have three main branches:

 

Iraqi Police Service: Uniformed organisation tasked with the general patrol of Iraq’s cities and incident response 1) Federal Police: Paramilitary organisation designed to bridge the gap between the police and the army. It responds to domestic incidents beyond the capabilities of the IPS, but not severe enough for the Iraqi Army. The FP originated as the Special Police (SP) on Aug. 15, 2004 to provide national rapid-response capability to counter armed insurgency, large-scale civil disobedience and riots. It became the Iraq National Police (NP) March 30, 2006, and on August 1, 2009 the NP was renamed as the Federal Police.
2) Supporting forces: Remaining supporting organisations, primarily the 3)  Department of Border Enforcement (tasked with securing Iraq’s borders and ports of entry) and the Iraqi Prison Service. The Facilities Protection Service protects buildings owned by the Iraqi government.

Problems

The Iraqi Police has faced a number of problems since it was reformed by the Coalition Provisional Authority after the fall of Baghdad. It became the target of fighters from inside and outside Iraq; thousands of officers have been killed by gunfire and bombings by Iraqi insurgents, foreign terrorists and, in some cases, friendly fire from Coalition troops. An estimated 4,250 Iraqi police officers were killed from January 2005 and 4 March 2006. Due to high unemployment in Iraq, many young Iraqi men have volunteered to join the police forces. A number of recruits have been killed by suicide bombers and suicide car bombs whilst queueing at police stations.

The IP has also been infiltrated by insurgents, who use access to privileged information, training and weapons for their own motives. Many police stations have been attacked, blown up, had weapons stolen from them and have been occupied by opponents of the Iraqi government; as a result, many police officers have abandoned their posts. As of October 7, 2006, 12,000 Iraqi Police deserted and 4,000 were killed.

On 17 August 2016, a market owner shot dead by policeman after a brawl began when the market owner “refused to back his vehicle” in Baghdad.


THREE DOG NIGHT – SHAMBALA

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Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Mike Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting number one) between 1969 and 1975. Mainly a cover band, it helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer.

Band name origin

The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the “Ajax Lady” from the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke) suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (feral dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night”.
Early Years

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The three vocalists, Danny Hutton (who got his start with Hanna-Barbera Records in 1964), Chuck Negron and Cory Wells (who landed a recording contract with Dunhill Records) first came together in 1967 and made some recordings with Brian Wilson and initially went by the name of Redwood. Shortly after abandoning the Redwood moniker in 1968, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Ron Morgan on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, Joe Schermie from the Cory Wells Blues Band on bass, and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon took the name Three Dog Night, becoming one of the most successful bands in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ron Morgan left the band early on and subsequently went on to join the Electric Prunes. Michael Allsup was quickly recruited to replace him on guitar.

Success

Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was “One” (US #5), which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer: “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (Cory Wells on lead), which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK; “Joy to the World” (Chuck Negron on lead); and “Black and White” (Danny Hutton on lead). Dunhill Records claimed that 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time.

 

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Colin Kaepernick from Buzz Williams

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Buzz Williams very eloquently explains to his Virginia Tech basketball players the meaning of the national anthem.

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“Buzz” Williams (born September 1, 1972) is an American basketball coach.
He is currently the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. He served as head men’s basketball coach at Marquette from 2008 to 2014 and at New Orleans during the 2006–07 season, and as an assistant coach at the Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M–Kingsville, Northwestern State, Colorado State, and Texas A&M.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech named
Williams the new Hokie head coach on March 21, 2014, in a move that had other coaches and the national media questioning why he’d leave Marquette for the ACC’s “stepchild program” in the words of The Washington Post. The Chicago Sun-Times characterized it as a “head-scratching move to an ACC bottom-feeder.” Williams left behind a program which was relatively bare as there were only 9 scholarship players – none taller than 6’7″ – the following year for new Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski. At Virginia Tech, he replaced James Johnson.

To some, his first season was a major disappointment, finishing 15th in the ACC with a 2–16 record. Marquette had never had a losing record in the Big East under Williams, and this matched Johnson’s worst year for the most ACC losses in Virginia Tech history. However, the Hokie team established a young nucleus with several true freshmen starting and playing significant minutes. Expectations were further set higher after Williams was able to snag transfer commits from Maryland starter Seth Allen, and the highly talented South Florida Bull, Zach LeDay. They both became eligible the following year.

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The Hokies opened 2015–16 with a disappointing home loss to the Alabama State Hornets in Blacksburg, but the team quickly improved, as several four-star recruits from their 2015 recruiting class began playing significant minutes along with the transfers. On January 4, 2016, the Hokies defeated their in-state rival and 4th ranked Virginia Cavaliers at home, marking Williams’s biggest win at Virginia Tech to date. The team continued to play well through its ACC schedule, ending the regular season with another upset of a top-10 rival, this time the 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes. Williams’ Hokies finished the regular season at 10-8 in ACC play; an eight win increase from the previous season.

On July 13, 2016, Athletic Director, Whit Babcock announced that Virginia Tech and
Buzz Williams had agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. At the same press conference, Buzz also announced his establishment of a new endowment and scholarship for the university. The Buzz’s Bunch Scholarship Endowment will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech in any field of study who is registered at the school with a disability. Also, The Buzz and Corey Williams Family Student-Athlete Scholarship – In Memory of T. Marshall Hahn will be awarded annually to an undergraduate female student-athlete at Virginia Tech.


Clinton’s Dementia Fits Treated by Mystery Man?

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Several weeks ago, the mainstream media began to paint a narrative of Donald Trump having mental issues and being unfit for the Presidency. Curiously, within a matter of days, stories began to emerge of bizarre behavior from Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As it turns out it may be Clinton that is unfit for the Presidency.

From falls and difficulty climbing stairs to stage panic in the face of protest chants and nonsensical statements to her audience, something appears to be wrong with the former Secretary of State. In fact, even Hillary’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, noted in an email to a State Department employee that Hillary is “often confused.”

Now, according to Kit Daniels of Infowars, inside sources within the Secret Service are leaking information that appears to confirm what many already know:

Hillary Clinton apparently suffers from Parkinson’s or a similar disease and experiences seizures from flashing lights, such as camera flashes at press conferences, the Secret Service told Infowars.

Additionally, the federal government has reportedly spent nearly a quarter-million dollars to add handicap steps on government vehicles because Hillary struggles with balance, a fact already established by a Reuters photo showing two men helping Hillary up stairs.

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The revelations explain her odd,
epileptic behavior on camera and why she avoids press conferences in general.
Her health is deteriorating badly; over the past several months Hillary has suffered several seizures and near-comatose freeze-ups during speeches which,combined with her previous blood clot, concussions and severe coughing fits, reveal she’s hiding serious medical issues that jeopardize her ability to hold public office.

 

 

Sources inside the Secret Service initially contacted Infowars reporter Joe Biggs at the Republican National Convention and followed up with details about Hillary’s health out of respect for the public’s interest and national security.

Similarly, a law enforcement official told Breitbart that Hillary was late returning to a debate with Bernie Sanders due to a “flare up of problems from a brain injury.”
Source: freedomoutpost.com


Secret Service Agent – Hillary Clinton is CRAZY

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Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne, author of the new book Crisis of Character, which examines Hillary Clinton’s conduct under his watch, appeared on Monday’s broadcast of FOX News Channel’s Hannity. Byrne talked Hillary Clinton’s temperament, her “terrified staff,” Bill Clinton carrying on affairs, drug use in the White House and more with host Sean Hannity. Byrne said Clinton was feared by her staff and was notorious for her yelling. Byrne told Hannity that she has “blown up” at him and other Secret Service agents.

“She gets angry at things that are policy issues that, you know, take time to fix, and she’s got this attitude where she wants things fixed right now, immediately. She screams and yells at people,” Byrne said in an interview aired on Fox News.

“There’s many examples that I site in my book where she blows up at people,” Byrne said. “Like I’ve said, she has blown up at me before, and agents, and her staff. At one time, I saw her staff so afraid to tell her about a mistake that was made. They weren’t upset about the waste of the mistake, ordering the wrong invitations, they were terrified that someone was going to have to tell Hillary Clinton that there was a mistake made.”

Byrne says Clinton’s behavior during his tenure in the Secret Service proved to him that she does not have the temperament for the Oval office. BYRNE: I feel so strongly that people need to know the real Hillary Clinton and how dangerous she is in her behavior. She is not a leader. She is not a leader. SEAN: She does not have the temperament? BYRNE: She doesn’t have the temperament. She didn’t have the temperament to handle the social office when she was First Lady, she does not have the temperament. SEAN: She’s dishonest. BYRNE: She’s dishonest, she habitually lies, anybody that can separate themselves from their politics and review her behavior over the past 15 years… SEAN: You’re going to be accused of being political. BYRNE: Absolutely I’m sure I will be, I have already and it’s not. SEAN: And what’s your answer? Byrne: It’s got nothing to do as politics.

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Byrne talked wrote about then-President Bill Clinton’s behavior, accusing him of carrying on multiple affairs and gave his perspective on the Monica Lewinsky affair and the scandal as it was happening. Byrne talked about several different affairs and how the Secret Service was expected to clean up after him. HANNITY: How many women do you know, for sure, that he had affairs with in the Oval Office? BYRNE: In the White House complex? I’d say easily three, maybe four, that I know of. HANNITY: And you could see Monica Lewinsky from a mile away? BYRNE: Sure. Sure. HANNITY: You knew she wanted to be near him. BYRNE: She was certainly manipulated some of the staff, other officers, myself to find out where he was— HANNITY: She wasn’t manipulating if you saw through it. BYRNE: Yeah, I agree. But I saw through it right away, but she was trying to place herself in his path, as he would move throughout the complex.

Byrne talks drug use in the White House: HANNITY: Before I get into all the issues involving Bill and Hillary and what she knew and didn’t know and covering up and lying and you being put in the middle of all this. People use drugs the at the White House? BYRNE: There were some issues. One of the ones I comment in my book, and I’m very careful not to tell too much about it because I don’t want — hopefully this person got on with their lives and lived a healthy life. But there was one particular staff member that they had come in in the morning, and they’d be so beat up and exhausted looking, worn out, exhausted to the point where they couldn’t be seen saying good morning. And they’d go in their office and go the bathroom and come out of the bathroom completely elevated and happy and smiling. HANNITY: It was obvious you thought coke was being used? BYRNE: I did. And later on, I was told that this particular person actually, they did something similar to an intervention and got her help and got her to a clinic, and I never did see her again. But I understand she did all right.


Anonymous – Message to Hillary Clinton

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Anonymous is a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities. A website nominally associated with the group describes it as “an Internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”. The group became known for a series of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.

Anonymous originated in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. Anonymous members (known as “Anons”) can be distinguished in public by the wearing of Guy Fawkes masks in the style portrayed in the graphic novel and film, V for Vendetta.

In its early form, the concept was adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment, or “lulz”. Beginning with 2008’s Project Chanology—a series of protests, pranks, and hacks targeting the Church of Scientology—the Anonymous collective became increasingly associated with collaborative hacktivism on a number of issues internationally. Individuals claiming to align themselves with Anonymous undertook protests and other actions (including direct action) in retaliation against copyright-focused campaigns by motion picture and recording industry trade associations. Later targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the U.S., Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. Anons have publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement. Related groups LulzSec and Operation AntiSec carried out cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies, media, video game companies, military contractors, military personnel, and police officers, resulting in the attention of law enforcement to the groups’ activities. Some actions by the group have been described as being anti-Zionist. It has threatened to cyber-attack Israel and engaged in the “#OpIsrael” cyber-attacks of Israeli websites on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2013.

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in
Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the U.S., UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Evaluations of the group’s actions and effectiveness vary widely. Supporters have called the group “freedom fighters” and digital Robin Hoods while critics have described them as “a cyber lynch-mob” or “cyber terrorists”. In 2012, Time called Anonymous one of the “100 most influential people” in the world.


Dave Chappelle – The Niggar Family

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David Khari Webber “Dave” Chappelle, born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan.

In 2003, Chappelle became more widely known for his sketch comedy television series, Chappelle’s Show, also co-written with Brennan, which ran until his retirement from the show two years later. By 2006, Chappelle was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire and, in 2013, “the best” by a Billboard writer. The show continues to run in late-night syndication and on television networks around the world. Comedy Central ranks him No. 43 in the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”

Chappelle lives with his family in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and continues to perform stand-up comedy.

Chappelle has been known to make impromptu and unannounced appearances at comedy venues, and continues to do so following his post-Chappelle’s Show return to standup.

In April 2007, Chappelle set a stand-up endurance record at the Laugh Factory Sunset Strip comedy club, beating comedian Dane Cook’s record of three hours and 50 minutes. In December of the same year, Chappelle broke his own record with a time of six hours and 12 minutes. Cook reclaimed the record in January 2008, with a time of 7 hours. On November 19, 2009
Chappelle performed at the Laugh Factory again, where it was speculated that he would attempt to take back the record. However, he was disqualified according to the club owner after he left the stage five hours into his routine.

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Chappelle again appeared on Inside the Actors Studio and, in celebration of the show’s 200th episode, he humorously interviewed the show’s usual host, James Lipton. The episode aired on November 11, 2008. He appeared again on Inside the Actors Studio in 2013, for its 250th episode.

In August 2013, Chappelle returned to stand-up when he embarked on the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity festival. Sponsored by Funny or Die, Chappelle co-headlined with comedy act Flight of the Conchords. At the Hartford show, Chappelle walked off the stage due to heckling from the crowd that lasted throughout his entire performance. The heckling was so raucous that it drowned out Chappelle’s voice over the PA system and included chants of “White Power,” a line used in a Chappelle’s Show episode that was viewed as wildly inappropriate and out-of-context by other audience members who later wrote about the event. A few days later, to follow up on the Hartford incident, Chappelle stopped in Chicago for a performance where comedy website ComedyHype.Com acquired and released audio of him being heard on stage responding to the heckling in Hartford. Chappelle referenced the Hartford, incident, that “young, white, alcoholic” should be blamed for the prior incident, that he hoped North Korea would bomb Hartford, that in the future he would not stop in Hartford for gas and finally summarizing his feelings on the situation by saying, “Fuck Hartford!” However, in August 2014 Chappelle returned to Hartford for a surprise appearance at the 2014 Oddball Festival and received multiple standing ovations during his set.
He made his first major New York City appearance in eleven years, performing ten nights at Radio City Music Hall in June 2014.
In 2015, Chappelle appeared in the Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, his first film role in 13 years.


Florida Teen Gives Judge The Finger

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A Miami teenager who made national headlines for flipping off a judge was released from jail Friday after she tearfully apologized for her actions.

Penelope Soto, 18, apologized before Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, saying she was under the influence of Xanax and alcohol when she made the obscene gesture. Video of the confrontation went viral online.
‘I apologize not only to the court and you, but to my family,’ Soto told the judge with tears in her eyes, WSVN.com reported.

Rodriguez-Chomat dropped her 30-day jail sentence following her apology.
Soto was appearing in court the first time after she was arrested for drug possession. After her bond was set at $10,000, she made the offensive gesture to Rodriguez-Chomat.
As a result, she was hauled back in front of the judge and given a jail sentence for contempt of court.

The exchange, seen in a video posted on LiveLeak, began when Soto was asked about her financial assets.
Standing up in court wearing an orange jumpsuit told him she earned $200 a week and said her assets included her jewellery and a car.

51bECDDg3rL._AC_UL200_SR160,200_When he asked her how much her jewelry was worth, she laughed, and said ‘a lot.’Realizing her laughter did not reflect the gravity of the situation Judge Rodriguez-Chomat told her: ‘It’s not a joke, you know, we’re not in a club now,’
‘We are not in a club, be serious about it.’
Still looking amused and stroking her hair Soto answered ‘I’m serious about it, you just made me laugh.’
‘You just made me laugh, I apologize. It’s worth a lot of money,’ she continued.
Judge Rodriguez-Chomat asked Soto if she had taken any drugs in the past 24 hours, which she denied.
Throughout the exchange Soto’s facial expressions varied from boredom to amusement and she was constantly moving and flicking her hair.

Judge Rodriguez-Chomat then set Soto’s bond at $5,000 and said ‘bye, bye.’
In response, Soto laughed and replied ‘Adios’ as she walked away.

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After a second’s hesitation, Judge Rodriguez-Chomat called Soto back and asked for the papers to be handed back to him.After scribbling on them, he then reset her bond at $10,000, to which a shocked Soto replied: ‘Are you serious?’As she turned to walk away again Soto gave the finger to Judge Rodriguez-Chomat and said: F*** you.’Again looking amused Judge Rodriguez-Chomat called Soto back again and gave her a 30-day jail sentence for contempt of court.Soto had appeared in court on Monday for possession of Xanax bars – the anti-anxiety drug is available on prescription, but is commonly used as an easy high.Realizing her laughter did not reflect the gravity of the situation Judge Rodriguez-Chomat told her: ‘It’s not a joke, you know, we’re not in a club now,’

‘We are not in a club, be serious about it.’
Still looking amused and stroking her hair Soto answered ‘I’m serious about it, you just made me laugh.’
‘You just made me laugh, I apologize. It’s worth a lot of money,’ she continued.
Judge Rodriguez-Chomat asked Soto if she had taken any drugs in the past 24 hours, which she denied.
Throughout the exchange Soto’s facial expressions varied from boredom to amusement and she was constantly moving and flicking her hair.
Judge Rodriguez-Chomat then set Soto’s bond at $5,000 and said ‘bye, bye.’
In response, Soto laughed and replied ‘Adios’ as she walked away.

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Top 5 Best Concealed Carry Guns Under $500

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Concealed carry or carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), is the practice of carrying a weapon (such as a handgun) in public in a concealed manner, either on one’s person or in close proximity. Not all weapons that fall under CCW laws are lethal. For example, in Florida, carrying pepper spray in more than a specified volume (2 oz.) of chemical requires a CCW permit, whereas anyone may legally carry a smaller, so-called, “self-defense chemical spray” device hidden on their person without a CCW permit.

There is no federal statutory law addressing the issuance of concealed-carry permits. All fifty states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from a designated government authority at the state and/or local level. Vermont does not have such a statute but permits both open and concealed carry based on a court decision of long standing. Illinois had been the last state without such a provision – but its long-standing ban on concealed weapons was overturned in a federal appeals court, on Constitutional grounds. Illinois was required by the court to draft a concealed carry law by July 9, 2013 (including a 30-day extension) at which time the Illinois legislature, over-riding the amendatory veto of the governor who had sought to impose many restrictions, approved concealed carry to begin January 2014, at the latest.

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The states use different terminology for licenses or permits to carry a concealed firearm, such as a Concealed Handgun License/Permit (CHL/CHP), Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW), Concealed (Defensive/Deadly) Weapon Permit/License (CDWL/CWP/CWL), Concealed Carry Permit/License (CCP/CCL), License To Carry (Firearms) (LTC/LTCF), Carry of Concealed Deadly Weapon license (CCDW), Concealed Pistol License (CPL), etc. Thirteen states use a single permit to regulate the practices of both concealed and open carry of a handgun.

Some states publish statistics indicating how many residents hold permits to carry concealed weapons, and their demographics. For example, Florida has issued 2,031,106 licenses since adopting its law in 1987, and had 843,463 licensed permit holders as of July 31, 2011. It is likely that by December 2012 Florida had reached the milestone of 1 million active licensees within a population of 19 million. Reported permit holders are predominantly male. Some states have reported the number of permit holders increasing over time. “With hard numbers or estimates from all but three of the 49 states that have laws allowing for issuance of carry permits, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that there were about 8 million active permits in the United States as of December 31, 2011. That’s about a million more than previous estimates by scholars.

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The number of permit revocations is typically small. The grounds for revocation in most states, other than expiration of a time-limited permit without renewal, is typically the commission of a gross misdemeanor or felony by the permit holder. While these crimes are often firearm-related (including unlawful carry), a 3-year study of Texas crime statistics immediately following passage of CHL legislation found that the most common crime committed by CHL holders that would be grounds for revocation was DUI, followed by unlawful carry and then aggravated assault. The same study concluded that Texas CHL holders were less likely to commit any particular type of crime than the general population, and overall were 13 times less likely to commit any crime. This is also in line with a much cited research study published in 1997 researching county level data from 1977 to 1992 concluding that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes and it appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths. However, a 2014 research report concluded an 8% increase of aggravated assaults.

 

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How to Quickly Draw out of a Tactical Holster with World Record Shooter

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Jerry Charles Miculek, Jr. dubbed “The Greatest Shooter of all Time”, (born 7. September 1954) is an American professional speed and competition shooter known for his 20 world records, appearances on TV; and for starring on his family owned YouTube channel, Miculekdotcom. He is renowned as the fastest and best all around shooter in the world, emptying a five-shot revolver in 0.57 seconds in a group the size of a playing card. Miculek currently holds five officially sanctioned world records in revolver shooting and over 15 unsanctioned records with firearms ranging from rapid firing pistols to the Barrett M107 .50 BMG rifle. Some of his more recent accomplishments include 6 shots in .98 seconds with a Barrett M107 50 BMG rifle and a 1000-yard shot off hand with his signature 9mm Smith & Wesson revolver.
In addition, Miculek is an experienced gunsmith who tunes and adjusts his own firearms for optimum function. On top of being one of the top firearms channels on YouTube, he now has his own reality show ‘Shootout Lane’ on the Outdoor Channel. Born in Freeport, Texas, Miculek grew up in southern Louisiana. He worked as a millwright at Freeport Chemical for fifteen years before becoming a professional shooter in 1989. He is married to Kay Clark Miculek, herself an accomplished shooter, holding numerous national and world titles. His daughter, Lena Miculek-Afentul, is also a successful shooter and world champion crowned recently as the best all around female shooter in the world at the 2014 Trijicon World shooting championship.

He is endorsed by Smith & Wesson, who created the S&W Model 625JM model in honor of him.

Smith & Wesson 625JM revolver (Jerry Miculek edition), chambered in .45ACP
As of 2014, Smith & Wesson have also released the Miculek series Smith & Wesson model 929 9mm revolver- Designed in part by Miculek himself. On top of the two revolvers, Miculek also has a signature series Mossberg 930 shotgun and a rifle compensator designed by himself.

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Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys – Different Drum

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Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American singer most closely associated with the country rock genre prevalent in the 1970s. Though an occasional songwriter herself, she is better known as an interpreter of other songwriters’ works.
Her career began in 1967 with the release of folk-rock group The Stone Poneys’ self-titled album. After the break-up of the Stone Poneys, Linda entered the country music field. In 1969, with the release of ‘Hand Sown… Home Grown’, Ronstadt became the first female singer to release an alt-country album.
Ronstadt achieved her greatest commercial success in the mid-’70s. A singer and record producer, she is recognized as a definitive interpreter of songs. Being one of music’s most versatile and commercially successful female singers in U.S. history, she is recognized for her many public stages of self-reinvention and incarnations.
With a one-time standing as the Queen of Rock, where she was bestowed the title of “highest paid woman in rock”, and known as the First Lady of Rock, she has more recently emerged as music matriarch, international arts advocate and Human Rights advocate.
Ronstadt has collaborated with artists from a diverse spectrum of genres—including Billy Eckstine, Frank Zappa, Rosemary Clooney, Flaco Jiménez, Philip Glass, The Chieftains, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton and has lent her voice to over 120 albums around the world. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times noted in 2004, Ronstadt is “Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation … rarest of rarities—a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive … It’s an exceptional gift; one shared by few others.

Linda Ronstadt
In total, she has released over 30 solo albums, more than 15 compilations or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt has charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100 singles, twenty-one of which have reached the top 40, ten of which have reached the top 10, three peaking at #2, the #1 hit, “You’re No Good”. In the UK, her single “Blue Bayou” reached the UK Top 40 and the duet with Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much”, peaked at #2 in December 1989. In addition, she has charted thirty-six albums, ten Top 10 albums, and three #1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Charts.
Ronstadt is considered an “interpreter of her times”, and has earned praise for her courage to put her own unique “stamp” on many of these songs. Although many of her hits were criticized for being cover songs, they were the songs the record companies elected to cull and release off the albums. More importantly, Linda Ronstadt became a highly successful “Albums Artist”, some of which contain material written by her. Ronstadt’s natural vocal range spans several octaves from contralto to soprano, and occasionally she will showcase this entire range within a single work. Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to accumulate four consecutive platinum albums (fourteen certified million selling, to date). As for the singles, Rolling Stone Magazine pointed out that a whole generation, “but for her, might never have heard the work of artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Berry.”
“”Music is meant to lighten your load. By singing it … you release (the sadness). And release yourself … an exercise in exorcism…. You exorcise that emotion … and diminish sadness and feel joy.” Linda Ronstadt.
Others have argued that Ronstadt had the same generational effect with her Great American Songbook music, exposing a whole new generation to the music of the 1920s and ’30s—music which, ironically, was pushed aside because of the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. When interpreting, Ronstadt said she “sticks to what the music demands”, in terms of lyrics. Explaining that rock and roll music is part of her culture, she says that the songs she sang after her rock and roll hits were part of her soul. “The (Mariachi music) was my father’s side of the soul”, she was quoted as saying in a 1998 interview she gave at her Tucson home. “My mother’s side of my soul was the Nelson Riddle stuff. And I had to do them both in order to reestablish who I was.”
In the 1974 book Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman, author Katherine Orloff writes that Ronstadt’s “own musical preferences run strongly to rhythm and blues, the type of music she most frequently chooses to listen to … (and) her goal is to … be soulful too. With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union.

Linda Ronstadt
Author Father Andrew Greeley, in his book God in Popular Culture, described Ronstadt as “the most successful and certainly the most durable and most gifted woman Rock singer of her era.” Signaling her wide popularity as a concert artist, outside of the singles charts and the recording studio, Dirty Linen magazine describes her as the “first true woman rock ‘n’ roll superstar … (selling) out stadiums with a string of mega-successful albums.” Amazon.com defines her as the American female rock superstar of the decade. Cash Box gave Ronstadt a Special Decade Award, as the top selling female singer of the 1970s. Coupled with the fact that her album covers, posters, magazine covers—basically her entire rock n roll image conveyed—was just as famous as her music. That by the end of the decade, the singer whom the Chicago Sun Times described as the “Dean of the 1970s school of female rock singers” became what Redbook called, “the most successful female rock star in the world“,”Female” being the important qualifier, according to Time magazine, labeling her “a rarity … to (have survived) … in the shark-infested deeps of rock.”
Linda Ronstadt, ca. 1974, on the cover of the Grammy winning album and 2x platinum certified studio disc, Heart Like a Wheel.
Having been a cult favorite on the music scene for several years, 1975 was “remembered in the music biz as the year when 29-year-old Linda Ronstadt belatedly happened.” With the release of Heart Like A Wheel, Ronstadt reached #1 on the Billboard Album Chart (it was also the first of four #1 Country Albums for Ronstadt) and the disc was certified Double-Platinum (over 2 million copies sold in the United States). In many instances, her own interpretations were more successful than the original recordings and many times new songwriters were discovered by a larger audience as a result of Ronstadt interpreting and recording their songs. Interestingly, Ronstadt had major success interpreting songs from a diverse spectrum of artists. This skill would eventually serve her later in her career, as a noted master song interpreter.
Heart Like A Wheel’s first single release was “You’re No Good”—a rockified version of an R&B song written by Clint Ballard, Jr. that Ronstadt had initially resisted because Andrew Gold’s guitar tracks sounded too much like a “Beatles song” to her—climbed to #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box Pop singles charts. The album’s second single release was “When Will I Be Loved”—an uptempo Country Rock version of a Top 10 Everly Brothers song—hit #1 in Cash Box and #2 in Billboard. The song was also Linda’s first #1 Country hit.
The album showed a physically attractive Ronstadt on the cover but, more importantly, its critical and commercial success was due to a fine presentation of country and rock with Heart Like A Wheel, her first of many major commercial successes that would set her on the path to being one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Ronstadt won her first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance/Female for “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” which was originally a 1940s hit by Hank Williams. Ronstadt’s interpretation peaked at #2 on the Country charts. The album itself was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy as well as the Best Pop Vocal Performance/Female trophy.
Rolling Stone magazine put Linda on its cover in March 1975. This was the first of six Rolling Stone magazine covers shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz. It included her as the featured artist with a full photo layout and an article by Ben Fong-Torres, discussing Ronstadt’s many struggling years in rock n roll, as well as her home life and what it was like to be a woman on tour in a decidedly all-male environment.

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Judicious Use of Deadly Force by Massad Ayoob

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Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force.

The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships.

Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob

Ayoob is one of approximately ten Five Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association, and was the first to earn that title. He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars.

Mas has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part-time police officer for over three decades. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group. He has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys, through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association, and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appears in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel).

 

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