Why Is the Post Office Buying Bullets?

As if the U.S. Postal Service didn’t already have enough to worry about, it has now become the target of gun enthusiasts, who are accusing the agency of stockpiling ammunition as part of a broader government plot to deprive Americans of their liberties.

On April 14, Newsmax.com reported that the USPS was seeking to buy a large amount of ammunition on the heels of similar purchases by the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This alarmed some people whom Newsmax described as “second amendment advocates.”

One was Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. “The problem is, all these agencies have their own SWAT teams, their own police departments, which is crazy,” he told the website. “Do we really need this? That was something our Founding Fathers did not like and we should all be concerned about.”

If this sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because last February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted a solicitation to federal suppliers for a potential purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. The agency said that agents in training fire a lot of bullets, and DHS gets a better price if it buys in bulk. That answer did not satisfy antigovernment conspiracy theorists. WND.com, a right-wing website, gave voice to speculation by talk radio hosts and others that the agency was preparing employees in case of an armed insurrection against the federal government. The charge circulated so widely that Republicans in the House of Representatives called for the U.S. Government Accountability Office  to study the matter. The GAO found that the DHS wasn’t girding for battle; its ammo purchases had declined since 2009.

The USPS’s bullet purchase is playing out in similar fashion. On April 17, agency spokesman Dave Partenheimer said the postal service had a good reason for buying ammunition: Its postal inspectors carry weapons and need bullets for firearms training. Here’s his whole statement:

“The U.S. Postal Service is not hoarding ammunition. The Postal Service Inspection Service is a law enforcement agency and its Inspectors carry firearms which require ammunition. Periodically, the Inspection Service must purchase ammunition for activities like firearms training, required annual firing range qualifications and for duty. As the Postal Service’s primary law enforcement arm, the Inspection Service is a highly specialized, professional organization which performs investigative and security functions essential to a stable and sound postal system and the security of the U.S. Mail. The Postal Inspection Service has a proud and successful record of fighting criminals who misuse postal services and products to defraud, endanger or otherwise threaten the American public.”

Such mundane explanations won’t persuade people who believe—or claim to believe—the government is secretly amassing a vast arsenal for a coming war against them. But there’s not much the postal service can do about that.

Today in History: The Death of a President

On this day in 1994, President Nixon died at 81
Nixon announces his resignation on national television on Aug. 8, 1974.
Nixon announces his resignation on national television on Aug. 8, 1974. Pierre Manevy/Express/Getty Images

April 22, 1793: President George Washington declared the U.S. would remain neutral in the face of emerging conflicts in Europe. He warned that any citizen who tried to undermine this would be prosecuted.

April 22, 1994: Richard Nixon died. He was the 37th president, serving between 1969 and 1974. In 1968, Nixon promised to “bring us together” as a nation. But Watergate helped tear it apart; he became the only president to resign. Although Nixon is remembered for Watergate, he had notable successes both at home and abroad. He reached out to China, embarked on “détente” with the Soviet Union, and ended the Vietnam war.

At home, Nixon exempted 9 million low-income citizens from paying taxes, while raising taxes on the rich. He sharply boosted Social Security benefits, created the Environmental Protection Agency, and fought for cleaner air and water.

Nixon was one of just two men to run on national tickets five times. The other was Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR ran for VP in ’20 and POTUS in ’32, ’36, ’40, and ’44. Nixon ran for VP in ’52 and ’56, and POTUS in ’60, ’68, and ’72. Both Nixon and FDR won four of their five respective national races. When FDR ran for VP in 1920, he lost. Nixon, when he ran for POTUS in 1960, lost.

Quote of the day

“I let the American people down.” — Richard M. Nixon

10 Things You Need to Know Today: April 22, 2014

The U.S. considers leaving fewer troops in Afghanistan, an American man wins the Boston Marathon, and more
Meb Keflezighi raises his fist in victory. 
Meb Keflezighi raises his fist in victory.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

1. The U.S. might cut its Afghanistan force to 5,000
The U.S. next year might cut the number of troops it leaves in Afghanistan below 10,000, which is the minimum military leaders say will be needed to train Afghan forces, Reuters reports. There are close to 33,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan now, down from 100,000 in 2011. White House officials, encouraged by Afghanistan’s surprisingly smooth April 5 presidential election, are considering reducing the number below 5,000. [Reuters]

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2. Keflezighi becomes first American to win the Boston marathon in three decades
Meb Keflezighi, 38, became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 on Monday, with an official time of 2:08:37. A huge crowd cheered as Keflezighi completed the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing at the finish line. “This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American because of what happened last year,” he said. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, 33, won the women’s division for the second straight year. [CNNThe New York Times]

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3. More bodies found inside sunken South Korean ship
The death toll in South Korea’s ferry disaster rose to 108 after divers managed to get into the sunken hull and recover more bodies on Monday. Another 198 people, many of them high school students who had been bound for an island vacation, are still missing. Seven crew members, including the captain, have been charged with negligence and other crimes for issuing an early order for passengers to stay in their cabins and for being among the first to exit the sinking ship. [BBC News]

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4. Court orders administration to disclose its justification for drone strikes
A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must release the core of a Justice Department memo outlining the legal basis for using armed drones to kill American citizens overseas. The court, responding to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the administration had forfeited any right to conceal the document by discussing its contents publicly. [Politico]

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5. Scouts revoke charter of church that stands by gay leader
The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church for letting a gay scoutmaster lead a troop. The Scouts don’t allow openly gay leaders, and last month kicked out the scoutmaster, Geoff McGrath, after learning of his sexual orientation. The church — Rainier Beach United Methodist Church — stood by him. The Rev. Monica Corsaro said her church welcomed everyone. [The Chtistian Science Monitor]

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6. Nepal sets up Sherpa relief fund
The Nepalese government announced Monday that it would set up a relief fund for Sherpa mountain guides injured or killed on the job. The move came after at least 13 Sherpas were killed Friday in an avalanche on Mount Everest. Three others are still missing. Sherpas are considering going on strike as about 400 climbers wait at base camp for spring conditions to permit attempts to reach the summit. [ABC News]

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7. Defendant killed in Utah courtroom
A U.S. marshal shot and killed a suspected gang member in a Salt Lake City courtroom on Monday. Siale Angilau, who faced racketeering conspiracy charges, was shot several times when he attacked someone on the witness stand, Judge Tena Campbell said in a court document. “There were people yelling at him, telling him to stop,” Sara Josephson, who was in the courtroom, said, “and he just didn’t stop.” [CNN]

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8. Netflix says it will raise streaming video price for new customers
Netflix says in a letter to shareholders that it plans to increase the price of its streaming service by $1 to $2 for new subscribers. Current subscribers pay $7.99 per month, and the price they pay won’t rise in the near future, the company said. Netflix says the revenue from the price hike will allow it to purchase more content and “deliver an even better streaming experience.” [Techcrunch]

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9. Man accuses more Hollywood figures of abuse
A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of molesting him as a teenager has filed lawsuits against three more Hollywood figures, accusing them of sexual abuse, too. Michael Egan, 31, says the men — TV executives Garth Ancier and David Neuman, and theatre producer Gary Goddard — were part of a sex ring he was lured into 15 years ago with promises of acting and modeling jobs. Goddard’s lawyer said the suit was “without merit.” [BBC News]

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10. Poll finds skepticism on Big Bang theory
In the latest skirmish between scientists and public opinion, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 51 percent of Americans are “not confident” in the Big Bang theory, which says that a massive explosion set the universe in motion 13.8 billion years ago. Just 21 percent of adults are confident the Big Bang happened and 4 in 10 deny or question global warming. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society,” said Nobel Prize winning biologist Randy Schekman. [The Associated PressInternational Business Times]

Bloomberg’s New “Everytown” Group Shows They Don’t Know How Bullets Even Work

Does anyone notice anything, oh, I don’t know, just a little bit off with the photo below?

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I guess my guns haven’t been working properly all this time seeing as how they only send the actual bullet downrange which the casing is either ejected from the gun or stays in the chamber.

The image above was placed on the newly acquired Everytown for Gun Safety Facebook page by Bloomberg’s newest anti-gun group.

The page was originally snatched up by pro-gun group Gun Rights Across America, but due to some sort of legal concerns, the page was taken down and acquired by the Bloomberg group (we’re still waiting on official word from GRAA on how that all went down).

Everytown for Gun Safety is the third financially backed anti-gun group by Bloomberg (the first two being Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense).

Bloomberg calls the new initiative a “grassroots” organization, but it is controlled and funded at the national level by Bloomberg, who is using $50 million of his own money to seed the operation (sounds just like a grassroots organization to me).

The Bloomberg group made it clear with their first posts on their newly acquired Facebook page that safety isn’t their number one priority, but rather enacting stricter gun legislation and getting their politicians into power are.

Also, Superman can outrun a speeding bullet, and if you’re anti-Superman then you’re pretty much anti-America too.

Caught on Tape: Cop Shoves, Trips High School Soccer Fans

Parents were outraged when a central Texas police officer was filmed behaving more like a high school student this past weekend after the conclusion of a state soccer match in Georgetown.

Screen capture from Youtube video shows officer failing to trip a high school student.

When the Vandegrift High School Lady Vipers won the UIL soccer state championship on Saturday, excited fans jumped the barricades and rushed the field to congratulate the team, but some were in for an unexpected surprise.

In amateur cell phone footage captured by a student, a uniformed Georgetown officer can be seen sticking his leg out to trip people as they swarm the game’s victors. After tripping one person, the officer, who has not been named, attempts to trip another.

In the video, first reported on by KXAN, the officer can also be seen shoving a couple of ladies, and one person is witnessed walking off the field with a limp.

Watch Video Here !!

The officer should have exercised greater discretion, says the student who filmed the event.

“He should’ve used better judgement,” 16-year-old Rohan Gupta told KXAN. “We’re high schoolers just trying to have some fun after our team won.”

In a statement yesterday, Georgetown Police Department said its internal affairs unit would investigate the incident, and that further details would be released later today. At the time of publishing, Georgetown Police have not responded to Infowars’ media request.

Given that he was tremendously outnumbered, the officer is lucky his audacious antics and inexcusable behavior didn’t culminate in a revolt, like the scene below witnessed at a Portuguese soccer match. (Must watch, this needs to happen more often when police abuse their power!!)

Surprise!! Processed Food Makes People Fat and Lazy, Study Suggests

Although there is a popular perception that lazy people are more likely to eat convenient but unhealthy foods, a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and published in the journal Physiology and Behavior on April 10 suggests that it may be the other way around: A diet high in processed, sugary foods may actually make people lazier.

“Overweight people often get stigmatized as lazy and lacking discipline,” lead author Aaron Blaisdell said. “We interpret our results as suggesting that the idea commonly portrayed in the media that people become fat because they are lazy is wrong. Our data suggest that diet-induced obesity is a cause, rather than an effect, of laziness. Either the highly processed diet causes fatigue or the diet causes obesity, which causes fatigue.”

“Impaired motivation”

The researchers fed 32 female rats either a standard diet composed mostly of unprocessed foods or a diet composed mostly of processed, sugary foods. The diets were nearly identical, however, in total fat, protein and carbohydrate content — making the amount of sugar and processed ingredients the primary difference.

A few months into the study, the rats on the processed food diet were already becoming obese, while the other rats maintained a healthy weight.

“By three months there was a statistical difference between the two groups, and from there we just saw a steady, progressive, increase in weight in the rats eating the refined diet,” Blaisdell said.

After six months, the researchers trained the rats to push a lever in order to receive a spoonful of sugar water. Over time, the researchers made the task more and more difficult by increasing the number of times that a rat needed to push the lever to receive the payoff. As the task became more difficult, rats in both groups began to get discouraged, taking long breaks between pushes of the lever or even giving up entirely. Although both groups of rats seemed to have similar levels of energy, the rats on the processed food diet took much longer breaks than the control rats.

“The biggest break a lean rat took was about 5 minutes during a 30-minute session,” Blaisdell said. “In obese rats the breaks were much longer — about 10 minutes for the longest breaks.”

Overall, the obese rats took twice as long to receive a payoff as the control rats and gave up twice as often.

“The obese rats really showed impaired motivation,” Blaisdell said. “It is as if the rat is thinking ‘This is too much work.’”

When the researchers switched the diets between the two groups, the obese rats did not lose any weight or improve their performance at the task. The researchers hypothesized that so much time on the “junk food” diet had actually changed the rats’ brain chemistry.

“A colleague of mine has found that if you impair the dopamine system in rats, they give up on harder tasks much sooner than rats that had not had an impairment,” Blaisdell said. “Diets that induce obesityare likely deregulating that dopamine system.”

In order to rule out the possibility that the “junk food” rats were simply less motivated because they were already getting so much sugar, the researchers replaced the sugar water with plain water and induced thirst in the rats. The obese rats still showed significantly less motivation than the lean ones.

Blaisdell believes that similar motivation-impairing effects probably occur in humans who eat a diet dominated by processed, sugary foods.

“Rats are a great animal model for humans because there is so much overlap in the systems that regulate appetite and metabolism,” he said.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.statecolumn.com

http://www.latimes.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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Elderly Man Calls for Ambulance, Violent Cops Beat Him Instead

Elbert Breshears / KSPR 33 screenshot

An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.

He later received stitches for his injuries.

“I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” saidthe man, Elbert Breshears of Humansville, Missouri, in a statement to KSPR 33.

The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s windows.

The Humansville police arrived first, however.

According to Breshears, an officer tackled him right away, and then barked at him to stand up.

“He told me to get up,” recalled Breshears. “I told him I couldn’t.”

Officers then threw him into a pile of gravel and sat on his back and head as they attempted to handcuff him. Breshears pleaded with the officers to get off him.

“I told them I can’t get my hands up to wear you can handcuff me, if you let me up you can handcuff me,” he said. “I got no objection to being handcuffed.”

A doctor had to sew up his head and remove gravel from his wounds.

Breshears said that he has had trouble with police in the past. A spokesperson for the police declined an interview with local reporters, but did say that the man is facing charges for abusing his wife, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Breshears said the charges were ridiculous.

“I don’t hit my wife,” he said. “I’ve lived with the woman for 47 years. I love the woman.”

“I can’t help what she does,” he added, referring to her dementia.

The wife was taken away from her home and is now under professional care. Breshears plans to sue the police.