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NDP Leadership Candidate Jagmeet Singh’s Trip to Israel

2 hours 15 min ago
Like bears attracted to spawning salmon, politicians seek out power. The former needs to build stores of fat to survive the winter, while the latter must attract the resources and support necessary for successful electoral campaigns. Given the survival imperative, neither bear nor politician should be criticized too harshly for what comes naturally. But, the […]

Video: Barcelona Terror: Attacker still on loose, 13 ppl killed, over 100 injured

2 hours 15 min ago
Spain has endured it’s deadliest day in 13 years. 13 people died when a van was driven deliberately into pedestrians in Las Ramblas. In the resort of Cambrils … Via Youtube

Senator Bob Corker says Trump lacks stability, placing US in peril

2 hours 15 min ago
US Senator Bob Corker is the latest lawmaker in Congress to condemn President Donald Trump for his response to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying his lack of “stability and competence” threatens the country. “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he […]

Voices of the Palestinian Diaspora: Ramzy Baroud and Rima Najjar on Identity and Resistance

2 hours 15 min ago
An activist holds up a Palestinian flag at a protest outside the White House during Donald Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 15, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes […]

Review: Lawrence P. Jackson’s “Chester B. Himes”

2 hours 15 min ago
Lawrence P. Jackson’s sad biography of Chester B. Himes (born in 1909) is exhaustively researched and detailed and—in almost every way—a tragic account of an African American writer’s attempt and largely failure to become a successful writer in the United States, while attacking many of the norms of white middle-class morality. Beginning with the publication […]

“No One Gave Peace A Chance, Including The Police” – John Whitehead Warns “We’re Walking A Dangerous Road”

2 hours 15 min ago
John WhiteheadThe Rutherford InstituteAugust 17, 2017 “No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders.” — Robert F. Kennedy Let’s be clear about one thing: no one—not the armed, violent, militant protesters nor the police—gave peace a chance during the August 12 demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. What should have been an exercise in free […]

Top 2 US Navy officers booted from service after fallout from 'USS Fitzgerald' crash near Japan

2 hours 15 min ago
Around a dozen American sailors on a destroyer that collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan will now face the consequences. Two top officers will be kicked out of the US Navy as a result of the crash. On Thursday, two months after the June 17 crash, the navy released an alarming preliminary […]

NATO Calls For Help to Prepare for War in Big Cities

2 hours 17 min ago
  NATO has admitted it is unprepared for waging wars in big cities and is asking outside contractors to pitch concepts on military operations in urban areas (VERO BEACH, FL) The request, titled ‘Development of NATO Military Operations in Urban Environment Concept’, cites UN estimates which say that by 2035 the world’s population will reach 8.7 billion […]

Steve Bannon: ‘We’re at economic war with China,’ there’s no North Korea solution

2 hours 32 min ago
In an interview that included a wide range of topics, Bannon said “We’re at economic war with China,” and that the U.S. is at risk of losing. “If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able […]

Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

2 hours 48 min ago
  Russian scientists and local oil field services companies claim to have created a technology for thermochemical gas fracturing that could be an alternative to hydraulic fracturing and could increase oil production by between 1.7 and 6 times, Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the University of Tyumen’s press service. In hydraulic fracturing, rocks are […]

Democratic Missouri Senator: “I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!”

3 hours 2 min ago
  A Missouri state senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), has landed herself in a bit of hot water with with the U.S. Secret Service today after posting, then deleting, a comment on Facebook which read, “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Unfortunately, as Chappelle-Nadal should have learned at this point in her life, the internet never forgets […]

Are You TPP’d?

3 hours 54 min ago
This article is all about how you can have a year’s supply of toilet paper, no matter what size house or apartment you live in. Lack of sanitation has caused the death of more people worldwide than all of the wars in human history combined. Many of those deaths were due to poor sanitation methods […]

Japan, US agree to increase military cooperation

3 hours 54 min ago
Japan and the United States have agreed to increase their military cooperation in an attempt to counter the perceived threat from North Korea, officials have announced. The agreement came during a meeting to discuss North Korea between Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and their American counterparts, Defense Secretary […]

Zinke Allows Plastic Water Bottles in National Parks

3 hours 54 min ago
Sierra Club Yesterday, the National Park Service reversed bans on disposable water bottles in National Parks– another reversal of an Obama-era environmental policy. The ban originally was placed as an effort to increase the agency’s sustainability efforts and reduce carbon emissions. In response, Sierra Club’s public lands policy director Athan Manuel released the following statement: […]

What the Mainstream Doesn’t Get about Bitcoin

3 hours 54 min ago
Charles Hugh SmithOf Two MindsAugust 17, 2017 The real demand for bitcoin will not be known until a global financial crisis guts confidence in central banks and politicized capital controls. I’ve been writing about cryptocurrencies and bitcoin for many years. For example: Could Bitcoin Become a Global Reserve Currency? (November 7, 2013) I am an interested observer, not […]

Was Labour right to 'sack' Sarah Champion for saying Pakistani men ‘rape, exploit white girls’?

3 hours 54 min ago
Sarah Champion was reportedly forced out of the Labour shadow cabinet after writing a controversial piece for the Sun claiming authorities must examine possible cultural reasons why British Pakistani men are “raping and exploiting white girls.” The MP for Rotherham apologized for “the extremely poor choice of words” and quit as shadow equalities minister on […]

All Florida prisons on indefinite lockdown after ‘credible intelligence’ of planned uprisings

3 hours 54 min ago
More than 97,000 prisoners across the state of Florida will reportedly not be able to leave their dorms or have certain privileges, as a lockdown was ordered the day after officials canceled visitations to all facilities. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced visitation to all facilities across the state would be canceled […]

The Last Frontier For Gun Control: Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Seattle’s “Gun Violence” Tax

4 hours 23 min ago

Two years ago, the president of the Seattle City Council offered a rather ludicrous proposition. He wanted Seattle to place a new tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition within the city limits. Ammo would cost an additional 2-5 cents per round, and a firearm would cost an extra $25. But what was even more absurd than the tax itself, is what the money would be going toward. The tax was supposed to pay for gun violence prevention programs and research.

The way City Council President Tim Burgess explained it, this “gun violence” tax would help offset the costs the city pays to treat gunshot victims. Essentially, it was a tax levied on responsible law abiding gun owners, to pay for the actions of violent criminals.

Despite how utterly stupid that sounds, the proposal passed. However, it didn’t have the desired effect. To the surprise of no one who actually understands the relationship between private firearm ownership and crime rates, the violent crime rate in Seattle has dramatically increased since the tax was put in place. It also brought in only a small fraction of the revenue that the city council was expecting. In short, the tax was a total failure.

So it’s no surprise that the tax has faced a lawsuit over the fact that Washington has a law that prevents municipalities from regulating firearms. Unfortunately, the Washington Supreme Court recently ruled against the lawsuit on the grounds that taxes aren’t the same as regulations, and cities are well within their right to levy sales taxes.

Regardless of whether the court’s decision was right or wrong, it certainly sets a dangerous precedent. As an article from Breitbart recently pointed out, it opens a new avenue for gun control activists to hamper the Second Amendment.

On August 10 Washington’s high court sided with the City of Seattle, which adopted a “gun violence tax” in a strategy to slither around the state preemption law that placed exclusive authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the State Legislature. And this new scheme could be coming to any city that has an anti-gun rights Mayor and City Council.

In Seattle’s case, the tax is $25 on the sale of each firearm, plus two to five cents for each round of ammunition sold. This threat takes on even more sinister dimensions when one considers the potential for cities to simply up the fee. Seattle started with $25 per gun, but what if they want to raise that to $100, $500 or even $1,000?

It opens the door wide to making gun ownership prohibitively expensive for average citizens. Essentially, Washington’s Supreme Court just handed the gun prohibition lobby and its allies in government a new strategy: If they can’t ban or regulate gun ownership out of existence, they will simply tax it into oblivion.

I think deep down we all know that this is probably the real intent behind Seattle’s gun tax. The left has tried many times to regulate privately owned firearms out of existence, and in America they have failed far more often than they have succeeded. They’re always looking for a new underhanded approach to gun control and this is it. Firearm and ammunition taxes aren’t about reducing gun violence and saving lives. They’re about exploiting a legal loophole to make firearms too expensive for ordinary people to own.

Five jihadis 'in suicide belts' are killed and seven people injured as gunfire erupts in Cambrils

4 hours 49 min ago

Five jihadis 'in suicide belts' are killed and seven people injured as gunfire erupts in Cambrils in SECOND terror outrage hours after 13 died in van attack on Las Ramblas --Five terror suspects are dead after second attack launched eight hours after Barcelona left seven people hurt --Earlier a terrorist in a van killed 13 and injured more than 100 on Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas promenade | 18 Aug 2017 | Five terrorists were shot dead by police ea

Settlement Reached in C.I.A. Torture Case

4 hours 49 min ago

Settlement Reached in C.I.A. Torture Case --Terms of the settlement are confidential | 17 Aug 2017 | A settlement in the lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the Central Intelligence Agency's brutal interrogation program was announced on Thursday, bringing to an end an unusual effort to hold individuals accountable for the techniques the agency adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks.








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