Operation Net Nanny gets 9 dangerous sexual predators off Spokane streets

Washington State Patrol reports that nine dangerous sexual predators that targeted children in Spokane County were removed from the Spokane community thanks to a multi-day operation run by Homeland Security, Washington State Patrol and several local law enforcement agencies. This was the 12th “Operation Net Nanny” operation around the state.

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New Hampshire Senate Rejects Occupational Licensing Bill

The New Hampshire Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee rejected a bill that would have created a state commission for reviewing occupational licensing rules.

The committee voted to reject House Bill 1685 (H.B. 1685) on April 5. The state House of Representatives had approved the bill in March.

Opportunities Squashed

H.B. 1685’s sponsor, state Rep. Bill Ohm (R-Nashua) says his bill could have helped people get  jobs and lift themselves out of poverty and drug addiction.

“New Hampshire has an interesting dichotomy,” Ohm said. “We have extremely low unemployment but high levels of opioid addiction. We have perhaps 15,000 recovering opioid addicts sidelined from our workforce, and a need for able-bodied working adults. One part of the bill was to make New Hampshire ‘recovery friendly’ by requiring licensing boards to determine, in advance, whether an individual’s criminal record would disqualify that individual from obtaining the appropriate license.”

Ohm says H.B. 1685 would have created opportunities for those seeking to better themselves.

“The intention of the bill was to increase employment opportunities for those who wish to work,” Ohm said. “It does that by starting a process to review all occupational licensing over a five-year period to see if the current laws are appropriate.”

Hoped to Cut Cronyism

Ohm says many occupational licensing rules reflect obvious cronyism.

“Some professions, such as cosmetology, require more than 1,000 hours of training to get an appropriate license,” Ohm said. “The expense of that training serves to discourage job seekers who wish to enter that profession, and seems to primarily benefit those who wish to restrict additional competition. If an EMT can qualify for a license with 40 hours of training, is cosmetology that much more dangerous to public health and safety?”

‘Little Public Purpose’

David Harrington, an economics professor at Kenyon College, says his research has led him to conclude occupational licensing needlessly increases the prices of goods and services.

“Most of my studies of occupational licensing involve the funeral industry,” Harrington said. “I have found evidence that more stringent requirements to become a funeral service worker increase funeral prices paid by consumers and reduce the likelihood that they choose cremation, because funeral directors persuade many of them to purchase a more expensive, traditional earth burial.”

Ohm says many government occupational restrictions have little real benefit for the general public.

“Licensing is certainly appropriate for occupations that put the health and safety of the public at risk, such as medical professionals, but other licensed professions, such as an athletic trainer or an auctioneer, seem to involve little public risk,” Ohm said. “Requiring a state license to enter certain professions seems to create a high barrier to entry with little public purpose.”

Disparate Impacts

The burden of government permission slips is especially heavy for women and ethnic minorities, Harrington says.

“Women are less likely to be funeral directors in states that require all funeral directors to be embalmers,” Harrington said. “I also think that these laws make it difficult for immigrants to enter funeral directing to serve their communities.”

Free-Market Alternatives

Ohm says the public can ensure the safety and quality of goods and services without government control.

“Professions should be open to jobseekers who meet appropriate standards of training and proficiency,” Ohm said. “Industry or government certifications, proof of insurance and bonding, and even social media reports are less restrictive ways to protect consumers than licensing.”

Editor’s Note: This article was published in cooperation with The Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News.

PHOTO: New Hampshire State House in Concord, NH. Photograph taken and uploaded by Jared C. Benedict on 29 December 2004. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Prompts Dangerous Escalation in Southern Israel

Islamic Jihad militants guard outside the funeral of Islamic Jihad militant Hussein al-Amour, who was killed during an Israeli airstrike in southern Gaza on May 27, 2018 Gaza’s second-largest terrorist faction, Palestinian Islamic Jihad , is leading the current dangerous escalation of the security situation, which may yet escalate further, and which represents the most serious flare-up of violence since the 2014 armed conflict between Israel and Hamas. Col. Shay Shaul, former deputy head of the National Security Council of Israel, told JNS that PIJ could be motivated by one of two things.

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Bears vs. Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

Bears or Lightning: Which is more Deadly?
Bears or Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- In online discussions of bear attacks, it is not unusual for people to claim that a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than to be killed by a bear. That is true, in a gross sense. You are also more likely to die of a heart attack or to be murdered than to be killed by a bear when you use the entire United States population as a measure.

This comparison is disingenuous. It is easy to avoid being killed by a bear, simply by staying out of areas where there are bears. Lightning strikes occur all over the United States. Significant bear populations are limited to a fraction of the United States. The relative danger of bears and lightning depends a great deal on where you are.

Bear populations in North America
Bear populations in North America

image from geology.com

I looked up lightning deaths in areas where there are significant bear populations. What I found was startling. Wyoming is rated as the most dangerous state for lightning deaths, per capita. Wyoming is also one of the top states for fatal bear attacks.

During the decade from 2004-2014, there were two deaths from lightning strikes in Wyoming. During the same period, four people were killed by bears. At least for that decade, for Wyoming, bears were twice as likely to be the cause of death as lightning. The number of people killed by bears has been rising in the last two decades, while the number of people killed by lightning is falling.

Consider Alaska. Lots of bears, and lots of lightning. But Alaska has had zero, zilch, nada people killed by lightning since 1990! During the same period, 1990 to 2014, 16 people were killed by bears in Alaska.  Two more people were killed by bears in Alaska in 2017. I have not found any lightning deaths in Alaska for the period after 2014. In Alaska, people are far more likely to be killed by bears than by lightning.

While looking for bear attack information, and lightning, I came across a site from the National Park Service for Yellowstone National Park. During the period since the park was created, there have been more people killed by bears (eight) than have been killed by lightning (five).  From nps.gov:

Since Yellowstone was established in 1872, eight people have been killed by bears in the park. More people in the park have died from drowning, burns (after falling into hot springs), and suicide than have been killed by bears. To put it in perspective, the probability of being killed by a bear in the park (8 incidents) is only slightly higher than the probability of being killed by a falling tree (6 incidents), in an avalanche (6 incidents), or being struck and killed by lightning (5 incidents).

In most of the United States, there are few bears, and few bear attacks, or people killed by bears. But in areas where there are lots of bears, especially grizzly bears, bears are a much greater risk than lightning, as the data from Alaska, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park (quite a bit of overlap with Wyoming) show.

If you are in the woods, and are confronted by a bear, the odds of an attack have increased enormously. The reason bear attacks are rare is because most people spend little time where bears are. In areas where bears are hunted heavily, most bears learn to fear humans. Bears that have lost fear of humans are very dangerous.

If you see a bear, and the bear does not run off, you may be one of the unlucky, statistical, few for whom a bear attack becomes a reality.

©2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Outdoor Edge Orange Swingblade Knife – Review

The Outdoor Edge Swingblade knife is actually two knives, so you get a double whammy.
The Outdoor Edge Swingblade knife is actually two knives, so you get a double whammy.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Years ago Outdoor Edge came out with their Swingblade Knife. It was an ingenious invention. Two knives in one and you don’t have two separate blades requiring two different locking systems. With the push of a button the blade rotates offering another cutting tool.

The main cutting blade is designed for marking the pattern and skinning your big game animals. The secondary blade is designed to run the cut up the belly. If you’ve skinned many animals you know it is always possible to make the cut too deep and cut through the thin stomach muscle and pop the gut, thereby making a mess and contaminating the meat. Then the only option to correct this mis-cut is to trim off any contaminated meat.

Years ago the Wyoming knife was invented to prevent the above problem. This secondary blade eliminates the need for a Wyoming Knife. It has a ball on the tip to prevent puncturing the gut which allows you to work faster. The way it is designed it cuts from the inside out which eliminates cutting through the hair. There are two benefits to this design:

  1. Cutting through hair dulls a knife.
  2. Not cutting through the hair reduces contamination.

You could also use it to mark the pattern. The pattern is the initial cut down the belly line and out each leg to the hoof.

Ok, to be a little bit old school. I’ve never really used a Wyoming knife or belly ripper of any kind. I’ve always preached to learn how to skin with a straight blade and learn how to use it. But if you’re inexperienced, no doubt they help eliminate busting a gut and you can make your cuts faster without fear of doing so.

There is one angle that you could argue with me on my point of view though. If you’re hunting dangerous animals many times you will wait an hour or two after the shot before tracking him to ensure that he is dead. During this wait the belly will bloat and be skin tight against the hide making it tough to not slip and cut the belly open. The swelling is speed up immensely if you’re hunting in warm weather.

The same scenario can be true if you’re a bow hunter since you need to wait 30 minutes before tracking your animal.

A third scenario is if you make a marginal shot and your animal runs off. You’ll want to wait 1-2 hrs. to let it bleed out and expire. If it is marginally hit, there’s a good chance that you hit behind the chest wall. If the shot hits in the stomach area, then there will be more stomach swelling than normal, making it harder to skin without hitting the gut.

So as we close, I think this is a well-designed knife. If you like a drop point blade, then you should like it. It’d be cool if OE made it in two options. With a drop point and a clip point blade. But it seems like drop point knives are top of the choices over clip points as compared to 50 yrs. ago, so I understand why they only make one option.

It comes with a decent canvas sheath which appears like it should hold up for years to come. And as usual, we will close with the specs.

SPECS:

  • Skinning Blade: 3.6” / 9.0cm
  • Gutting Blade: 3.2” / 8.1cm
  • Overall: 8.3” / 21.1cm
  • Steel: Aichi AUS-8 Stainless
  • Rockwell-C Hardness: 57-58
  • Handle: Rubberized TPR
  • Sheath: Nylon
  • Weight: 7.2oz / 205g
  • It is available in three colors. Black, Blaze Orange and Pink.

About Tom ClaycombTom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal you will need a sharp knife. Also he has an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you’re having trouble”

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Denver Banned Bump Stocks And Zero Are Turned In To Authorities

The city of Denver decided that bump stocks are too dangerous for private citizens to own, despite years of private citizens owning them and absolutely nothing happening before Las Vegas. They passed a law within the city banning the ownership of the devices. They were bound and determined to crack down on such dangerous items.

It seems that their plan worked out well.

No bump stocks have been turned over to Denver authorities after the city banned the accessories used in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

Denver Police police last month invited city residents to turn in any bump stocks in their possession but Denverite reports that none have been handed over.

First is the fact that Denver had already banned so-called assault rifles. There’s not much point in owning a bump stock if you don’t have a weapon you can put it on.

Another is that even those who have modern sporting rifles despite the ban–the ban had a grandfather clause written in–and who had bump stocks may well have sold the items or given them to friends who live outside of the city. Why turn something into police when you can sell it and maybe recoup some of your costs? It’s not rocket science here.

But in a city the size of Denver, I’m willing to bet that more than a few bump stocks are in private hands and they’re not going anywhere. The truth is, gun owners are sick and tired of governments treating the mass shooters in the making. Those private hands weren’t responsible for Las Vegas. They’re tired of being treated like they were.

So, they decide to hold onto their bump stocks.

I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of bump stocks. I think they’re dumb toys designed for burning through a whole lot of ammo in a short period of time, but I also oppose any and all attempts to ban them, and not just because they’re pointless.

Because of that, I can’t blame people for not getting rid of any bump stocks they have. The right to keep and bear arms is a sacred right, one enshrined in the Second Amendment so it would be protected for all time. That includes anything that will make our firearms more effective, and while I don’t think a bump stock does that, it’s also not my decision. It’s not Denver’s decision either, though it made it anyway.

Those who are holding onto bump stocks within the city have made a decision. They’ve decided to hold the line. They’re not going to budge anymore because some anti-gun politicians got the vapors after someone did something bad. They weren’t responsible, and they’ll be damned if they’re going to allow themselves to be punished for something they didn’t do.

I can’t endorse that for what I’m sure are obvious reasons, but I also can’t say that I blame them.

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