#BlackExcellence: Ten Black College Students Named 2018 Truman Scholars

The Truman Scholarship-which was created by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation-honors college students who are very involved in civic engagement and display academic excellence, the news outlet writes. Students who are selected receive up to $30,000 to pursue their graduate degrees, priority admission to the school of their choice, internships within the federal government, and ongoing mentorship and training.

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Five Outrageous Ways the Federal Government Has Wasted Your Money (Pt. II)

The federal government is no stranger to out-of-control spending. The national debt has now reached a startling $21 trillion!

That’s not all: Congress recently passed an omnibus spending package that will cost $1.3 trillion. But wasteful federal spending doesn’t stop there.

The federal government has misused your money on various pet projects, both large and small, over the years. It’s time to expose this waste.

Read on to discover five more absurd examples of government waste, as described in Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2017 Wastebook report.

$1.5 Million Spent Studying Fish on Treadmills 

University of California – San Diego study spent a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to measure the endurance of mudskipper and bluegill fish on a treadmill.

Sounds like a fishy use of taxpayer funds!

While the National Science Foundation regularly gives grants to universities for research purposes, that taxpayer-funded research is best when it has some tangible benefit for the American people who pay for it.

$1.7 Million Spent on a Comedy Club Featuring Dead Comedian Holograms

The U.S. Department of Commerce spent $1.7 million to help construct a comedy museum in Jamestown, New York that will “resurrect” dead comedians – from Lucille Ball to George Carlin – in the form of holograms.

The holograms will perform in a basement bar for visitors of the National Comedy Center, as a way to attract tourists to Jamestown.

While tourists might chuckle at the holographic comedians, the $1.7 million bill for the project on the taxpayer’s dime is no laughing matter.

$3 Million Spent Studying the Jaws Theme and People’s Perception of Sharks 

In 2016, taxpayers funded a $3 million National Science Foundation grant to study the public’s fear of sharks in relation to the Jaws theme song and music played during documentaries.

Researches noted, “this study specifically highlights the need to raise the public’s awareness of the effect of background music in shark documentaries in hope that it would decrease the extent by which they are affected by it.”

With federal debt soaring, the feds should work to be better stewards of our tax dollars and ensure that every research project funded is a worthwhile use of those dollars. Spending $3 million to study the Jaws theme’s impact on shark perception is not.

The Department of Defense Spent $2.4 Million to Learn How to Get More “Likes” on Social Media  

The Department of Defense funded a $2.4 million study to “counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information,” as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Social Media in Strategic Communications program.

The researchers examined 1.1 randomly selected photos on Instagram and analyzed numbers of follower on social media accounts.

More than $2 million is a hefty price tag for taxpayers to spend on research that could (and has) easily been done by private groups.  

$3.4 Million Spent on Hamster Cage Matches  

Over the past twenty years, the National Institutes of Health has spent $3.4 million studying aggression and anxiety in more than 1,000 male hamsters.

The study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, involves pitting juvenile male hamsters against each other at Northeastern University in Boston.

Much like a hamster wheel, our national debt continues to spin out of control. It’s time for the federal government to stop wasteful spending on pet projects and use our hard-earned tax dollars in a more responsible manner.

While many of these examples may seem funny, wasteful spending is no joke.

The federal government has spent millions of your hard-earned tax dollars over the years on pointless projects, and the cost borne by current and future taxpayers only continues to grow.

Tell Congress to stop wasting our hard-earned tax dollars and cut wasteful and egregious spending as they write the FY 2019 spending bills.

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Big Horn Armory Selects Adaptive Tactical as OEM Stock Provider

The Adaptive Tactical EX Performance Stock has been added to Big Horn Armory’s AR500 Rifle. 

Big Horn Armory AR500 Semi-Auto Rifle
Big Horn Armory AR500 Semi-Auto Rifle

Nampa, Idaho –-(Ammoland.com)- Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks and accessories, is proud to announce a partnership with Big Horn Armory. Adaptive Tactical has been selected as Big Horn Armory’s OEM EX Performance stock provider of choice for their AR500 semi-auto rifle.

The AR500 semi-auto rifle is a specialty high-end rifle built by Big Horn Armory in Wyoming. It is chambered in 500 auto max cartridge and is the most powerful short range semi-auto in the world. Based on an AR308 platform, the AR500 is capable of putting 50 BMG power on target with three trigger pulls with very reliable extraction.

“Adaptive Tactical’s EX Performance stock was chosen for Big Horn Armory’s AR500 rifle because it offers an estimated 30 percent felt recoil reduction over the nearest competitor. It is an extremely well made and durable buttstock that is perfectly suited to the recoil of the AR500,” commented Greg Buchel, President of Big Horn Armory.

The EX Performance M4-Style Stock is a high-impact polymer, collapsible, adjustable stock. The EX Performance M4-Style Stock includes an easy-to-reach rapid adjust lever for custom length-of-pull, giving the user better trigger control and performance capabilities. It also includes an integrated QD swivel attachment and molded in non-rust sling swivel attachment for secure mounting to various sling systems. A durable polymer construction with non-slip rubber recoil pad allows for maximum recoil absorption. The oversized extra strength adjustment pin and sleek industrial design makes this the perfect addition to your carbine.

Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style stock
Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style stock

“We are very happy to have been chosen by Big Horn Armory as their OEM stock provider for the AR500. Our stocks use an advanced design and high-impact, polymer construction that make this the ideal upgrade. Pairing our recoil reducing stock with the innovative AR500 is an ideal combination of performance and function,” commented Gary Cauble, VP of sales and marketing for Adaptive Tactical.

The EX Performance M4-Style Stock Features:

  • Designed for owner installation
  • M4-style stock with adjustable length-of-pull
  • Easy to reach rapid adjust lever
  • Integrated QD swivel attachment
  • Compatible with Mil-Spec sized extension tubes
  • Dimensions: 2” x 6” x 6 ¼”
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs.

Adaptive Tactical knows what their customers want and is continually striving to provide innovative, unique products for the range and at home. Interested to learn more about OEM opportunities with Adaptive Tactical? Call us at 208-442-8000.

To learn more about Big Horn Armory and the advanced features of the AR500 semi-auto rifle, visit www.bighornarmory.com. For more information on Adaptive Tactical, or for dealer inquiries, visit www.adaptivetactical.com.


About Adaptive Tactical, LLC:Adaptive Tactical Logo

Adaptive Tactical’s design team, a proven leader in firearm stock and accessory innovation, led the way in award winning recoil dampening shotgun and rifle stocks and accessories. Manufacturers of the popular Sidewinder Venom™ mag-fed shotgun system and ADTAC stock systems, Adaptive offers products focused on improving speed, performance and versatility for military, LE, defense, range and competition applications. www.adaptivetactical.com

 

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SCTP National Team Trains in Colorado!

SCTP National Team Trains in Colorado!
SCTP National Team Trains in Colorado!

BURLINGTON, WI-(Ammoland.com)- The first weekend in May, four of the SCTP’s National Team members – AJ Nomina, Mark Shields, Madeleine Taylor, and Tyler Thiede – met coaches Terri DeWitt and Joe Buffa in Colorado Springs for the third National Team training camp this year. This camp was intended to coincide with the Colorado State Junior Olympic (JO) Championships in order to offer National Team members an opportunity to compete in a training match.

Not only was this particular camp an opportunity to train on the home range of USA Shooting’s National JO Championships as well as the SCTP’s International National Championships, it gave National Team members a chance to test their training under true match conditions.

Coach DeWitt explains, “You can never quite replicate match pressure in a training environment, which is what makes ‘practice’ matches like these so valuable.”

The results speak for themselves. All four SCTP National Team athletes made the finals in their respective events and two of them came away with medals; AJ Nomina took home a Bronze medal in Skeet and Tyler Theide battled his way to the Silver medal in Trap.

National Team (NT) athletes earned their spot via participation and placement in the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program International Championships held July 23-29, 2017.

2018 national team members receive ongoing coaching in the international shooting disciplines, a USA Shooting jacket, paid fall selection match fees and ammo, along with an SCTP National Team vest, five cases of NobelSport Quattro Finest International ammunition and more!

The 2019 National Team will be selected based on scores from the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program International Championships to be conducted July 22-27 in Colorado Springs.


About Scholastic Shooting Sports FoundationScholastic Shooting Sports Foundation

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

For more information about SSSF, visit here.

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Presbyterian College Partners with Akademos to Address Textbook Affordability for Students

“I am excited about the new partnership between PC and Akademos for our online bookstore,” said Don Raber, Provost, Presbyterian College. “I believe students will value the variety of formats, delivery options, and flexibility on buyback that Akademos provides…” Presbyterian College has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students save on course materials.

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Is the US Constitution even relevant anymore?

“The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out ‘stop!’ When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.” ― Bertolt Brecht, Selected Poems There are days I wake up, and I’m not sure what country I live in anymore. There are days I wake up and want to go right back to sleep in the hopes that this surreal landscape of government-sanctioned injustice, corruption and brutality is just a really bad dream. There are days I am so battered by the never-ending wave of bad news that I have little outrage left in me: I am numb. And then I get hold of myself, shake myself out of the doldrums, and remind myself that it’s not yet time to give up: America needs our outrage and our alertness and our tenacity and our fierce determination to remain a free people in a land where justice matters. This is still our country. Don’t just sit there. Do something.

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Charles Barkley: ‘Take your hat off to the Rockets’

When former Rockets Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith are holding live microphones, the game isn’t always the thing. Sometimes, it’s the pregame, halftime or postgame that steals the show. Accordingly, here are selected postgame quotes from Chuckster …

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New UVU President Astrid Tuminez to assume duties in September

Tuminez, regional director of corporate, external and legal affairs for Microsoft in Southeast Asia, was selected the seventh president of UVU by the Utah State Board of Regents on April 20. She will succeed President Matthew S. Holland, who has been called to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission starting in July. Jeffery E. Olson, senior vice president of academic affairs, will serve as interim president until Tuminez’s arrival, officials said Friday.

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2018 Halo Awards Honor Top Corporate Social Impact Initiatives

Campaigns that conserved acres for tigers, provided employment for individuals with criminal backgrounds, honored veterans and delivered meals to millions of kids struggling with hunger all while building stronger businesses – were among the initiatives honored at the 16th annual Halo Awards. Twenty-eight category-specific winners were selected out of more than 125 entries by Engage for Good at its annual conference.

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