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Teen Mob Attacks Train, Violently Robs Passengers, Here In America

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I’d almost expect something like this in a Third World country, but not here.

A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency.

The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station.

According to a police summary, witnesses said 50 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

The juveniles “committed multiple strong-arm robberies of bags and cell phones,” said the summary. “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention.” Police did not say if any of the suspects were armed, or describe exactly how the passengers were wounded.

“Unarmed” or not, a violent mob committing attacks of this magnitude  create such a disparity of collective force that the situation would almost certainly justify the use of deadly force to stop this criminal assault, especially since two victims were beaten severely enough to require medical attention.

Perhaps if Californians had “shall issue” concealed carry instead of “may issue” restrictions that leave residents in many counties virtually unable to obtain a carry permit then nonsense like this wouldn’t happen… at least not twice. I have to think that someone skillfully using a compact semi-automatic such as a Glock 19 would have been able to take down enough of these vermin to see the others scampering back to their holes empty-handed.

The post Teen Mob Attacks Train, Violently Robs Passengers, Here In America appeared first on Bearing Arms.



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jhamill
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A robbery is not a reason to use deadly force. Conceal carrying a gun wouldn't stop this. More police everywhere wouldn't stop this.
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Estimated cost of single-payer system in California: $400 billion a year

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Progressives in California have been pushing for the state to scrap Obamacare and adopt a single-payer system similar to Canada. Today the state released an analysis of the cost of a bill currently under consideration and the result is pretty stunning. From the Sacramento Bee:

It would cost $400 billion per year to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations committee found.

According to the LA Times, the bill under consideration would cover everyone in California including “those without legal immigration status.” Talk about a giant magnet for illegal immigration. Everyone who can cross the border and make it to San Francisco gets free health care for life. Expect to see the border crossing numbers go up near San Diego and down in Arizona and Texas if this law passes.

Where would the state come up with an extra $200 billion, which is more than the entire 2017-2018 budget? New taxes of course. The cost analysis suggests a new payroll tax of 15% would cover it. But here’s the catch. Government estimates of the cost of big new programs are notoriously bad and that’s especially the case when making a drastic change to a new system. From the LA Times:

The analysis cautions that the single-payer bill, SB 562 by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would required “unprecedented changes to a mature healthcare system.”

“Therefore, there is tremendous uncertainty in how such a system would be developed, how the transition to the new system would occur, and how participants in the new system would behave,” it notes.

Just for the sake of comparison, when Californians approved a high-speed rail system in 2008, the estimated cost of the project was $40 billion. The current estimate for the same project is $64 billion and there is reason to think that figure is still well below the actual cost. In January the LA Times reported the first 118 miles of the plan was 50% over budget ($3.6 billion extra).

The same could happen with this new single-payer plan. Democrats could wipe out the old health care system only to discover the new one is going to cost $600 billion instead of $400 billion. Oops! That kind of miscalculation might even be enough to convince people to elect a few more Republicans.

This local news clip from March points out that this isn’t the first time someone has tried to push for single-payer in California.

The post Estimated cost of single-payer system in California: $400 billion a year appeared first on Hot Air.

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jhamill
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The old, covering 40 million people with healthcare so they don't have to pay anything at all is going to be expensive, we shouldn't do it argument.
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RT @thackerpd: FDA is now all Fox News, all the time. Email sent yesterday to CBER, the biologics section at #FDA https://t.co/9H9BtRGtKV

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FDA is now all Fox News, all the time. Email sent yesterday to CBER, the biologics section at #FDA https://t.co/9H9BtRGtKV


Posted by thackerpd on Fri May 5 13:03:22 2017.


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jhamill
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wait, what?
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skorgu
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GOP Delenda Est.

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Um, yeah, that's not why people are mad Comey was fired.
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The Obama Administration Repeatedly Leaked Intel To Spite Israel

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Much of the media’s attention this week has been dedicated to fanning the flames on an anonymously sourced report that President Trump revealed national security secrets to Russian officials during  a meeting at the White House earlier this month. Top intelligence officials have repeatedly stated that Trump did nothing of the sort, but news outlets are continuing to double down on these claims.

While much of the media breathlessly doubles down on unnamed reports which have been denied by top officials present at the meeting in question, let’s take a minute to remember all the times the Obama administration leaked secrets in order to spurn Israel, a longtime ally.

In 2013, the Department of Defense quietly declassified an intelligence report revealing details about Israel’s secret nuclear program. The timing is significant, as it occurred around the same time tensions between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rapidly escalated, suggesting this may have been a swipe at Israel.

The decision to declassify the report was a startling change in diplomatic protocol, as the United States had kept quiet about Israel’s development of nuclear arms for decades. Israel itself has never publicly acknowledged its nuclear program, for fear that it could escalate tensions in the region.

Several months later, an Obama administration official told the press that Israel had carried out a strike on a Syrian military base, CNN reported. Israel did not take credit for the attack, and Israeli officials were “furious” about this leak, which reportedly came directly from the White House.

The leak reportedly enraged Israeli officials as it marked a drastic change in the White House’s narrative toward their country. Just days before the leak, several Obama administration officials had publicly stated the United States was committed to Israel as an ally and its role in ensuring that Iran did not acquire a nuclear weapon.

In March 2012, four unnamed intelligence officials revealed details about Israel’s access to air bases in Azerbaijan in an effort to protect Iran from a potential Israeli strike. By doing so, the Obama administration prioritized its relationship with Iran, the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, over Israel — a longtime ally to the United States with a stable, democratic government in a region that’s otherwise plagued with volatility.

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So, the right's response to reports Trump declassified info to Russian officials is to say, Obama did it, too? Their anger over "unnamed" reports of Trump scandals doesn't seem to matter when pointing the finger at Obama though.
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Selective outrage.
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Hard Copy

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That might be my mom
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Greater Bostonia
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