Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Video

Latest Bloomberg Anti-gun Ad Backfires

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 31, 2014:

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg

In order to ramp up support for Senator Amy Klobucher’s (D-Minn.) gun-control bill, Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and now the founder and prime funder of his latest anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety, paid for a video that has gone viral. Unfortunately for the former mayor, for all the wrong reasons.

When Laura Bassett at Huffington Post viewed it, she didn’t see the irony in it, and played it straight:

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Kickstarter Marks Another Milestone

Just over a week ago Kickstarter, the crowd funding platform, revealed that it had successfully funded more than 50,000 projects since its inception in 2009. As of October 31st that number had jumped to 50,844 with another 4,130 currently being funded.

Kickstarter has helped entrepreneurs with ideas, songs, gadgets, video games, publishing concepts and fashion design ideas connect with low-budget capitalists interested in supporting them. And, thanks to provisions in the JOBS Act, signed into law in April 2012, they can do this without

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Complaints about Obamacare Rollout Glitches are Merely a Smokescreen

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 25th, 2013:

 

The complaints, charges, accusations, finger-pointing, and back-pedaling associated with the stumbling start of Obamacare are real and accelerating. They are also irrelevant, and a smokescreen hiding the real underlying problems with Obamacare itself.

Late night comedians are mining this disaster for all it’s worth. They have struck gold, and they are permanently damaging Obamacare’s image, and along with it

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Chicago Sun-Times Photographer Shocked – Shocked! – About Being Laid Off

This article first appeared in the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor newsletter:

 

Steve Buyansky, who was, until last Thursday, a professional photographer for three of Sun-Times Media’s 39 suburban papers, said he was surprised when he was asked to turn in his magnetic employee badge and his photographic equipment: “I’m still in shock. I’m not angry right now. Maybe I will be later.”

On what planet has Buyansky been living? How could he not know what was happening in front of his very eyes? Sun-Times Media hasn’t been profitable for years. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. Where was Buyansky while that was going on? When the group was bought by Wrapports LLC in 2011, salaries were cut by 15 percent, the pension plan went from defined-benefit to defined-contribution, and seniority rights regarding layoffs were ended. Where was Buyansky then?

In March, the Sun-Times fired several editors and staff members for several of its suburban papers, and consolidated operations of those papers to its downtown location to save money. It had fallen behind in making its monthly payments for the Chicago Tribune which was printing its papers after the Sun-Times shut down its own printing facilities.

The paid circulation base for the Chicago Sun-Times has been shrinking, having lost 25 percent in just the last six years. In its announcement last week, the media group said:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements.

The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.

Wrapports thinks there’s still some life in the dinosaur. It’s an investment group made up of Michael Ferro of Merrick Ventures, Timothy Knight (former publisher of Newsday, another newspaper struggling to be profitable), and three other private equity or venture capital firms. They have seen the handwriting on the wall for years. Why hasn’t Buyansky?

The new strategy is to allow, no, require, their remaining news reporters to use their iPhones to take pictures to supplement their articles! What a concept! Talk about being late to the party! Last week it was announced that Facebook gets 208,300 photos uploaded every minute, along with 100 hours of video onto YouTube! Yahoo estimates that next year 880 billion photos will be taken and downloaded somewhere on the Internet.

Efforts to regain profitability have so far come up short. In February Sun-Times launched an online video news program, a 90-second flash news segment. That effort ended in May.

Also in February the paper launched Grid, a Sunday business news magazine that was just ended last month.

Life magazine’s domination of the all-photographic news magazine niche ended in 1972. Efforts to resuscitate the brand failed, and Life published its last issue in April, 2007 – six years ago. Look magazine died in 1972, and no one even tried to resuscitate it. Wasn’t Buyansky aware of that?

Or what about the reality check written by professional photographer Talbert McMullin last summer, entitled “Professional Photography is Going Away?” McMullin saw what’s been happening for years:

My little Panasonic point-and-shoot will take hundreds and hundreds of photos one after another on a single memory card, and it rivals the quality of my Nikon SLRs! That is an amateur photographer’s dream, but unfortunately it is not as beneficial for the pros. Suddenly, the playing field is level for everyone. Technology has not yet put pros out of business, but it is setting the stage – even our mobile phones have cameras!

Professional photography is going away. That’s right, going away. I can’t say it is going to happen today, next week, next month, or even next year, but at some point in the future it will. Fact: The transition has begun. You cannot change it; you can only adapt. Before you wet your pants, please notice I did not say all photography is going away, only professional photography. Ignore or distort the facts at your own peril!

Some professionals will thrive, but the rest will be left behind. The number of successes will continue to shrink until the professional photographer becomes … an anomaly.

What did Buyansky do when he was suddenly informed that his skills as a professional photographer were no longer needed? He joined 10 other equally surprised former photographers from the Sun-Times at the Billy Goat Tavern, a local watering-hole for journos, and celebrated the glory days long past, saying “The Sun-Times had an amazing photo staff.”

The emphasis was on the word “had.”

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Sources:

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off All Its Full-Time Photographers

Chicago Sun-Times lays off all photographers

Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff

Chicago Sun-Times fires all staff photographers

Reality Check: Professional Photography Is Going Away

How Many Photos Are Uploaded to The Internet Every Minute?

An Editorial: Is the Internet a Photographer’s Friend or Foe?

Look magazine

Life magazine

Wrapports

Newsday

Book Review: Glenn Beck’s “Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns”

Glenn Beck’s latest book, “Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns,” is a disappointment, on many levels. Beck cranks his books out so rapidly that he must utilize the skills and experience of experts to give the book credibility and substance. There’s nothing wrong with that but it can be overdone. And Beck overdoes it.

The best that can be said about the book is that it is

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Criticism of Mark Kelly’s Assault Weapon Purchase Gains National Attention

When Mark Kelly, former astronaut and husband of Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in Tucson two years ago, posted on his Facebook page a photo of himself purchasing an

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The Anti-Fracking Fraud

I’ve seen the Promised Land. It so outraged me that I couldn’t write a review of it until I cooled down. It took me about an hour to cool down, and then I wrote this.

Gasland is even worse. How do I know?

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Disingenuous Democrats in Denver Claim Victory in Gun Wars

When three Democrats said they were going to side with Republicans on two of the gun bills being debated in Denver, the Democrats pulled them, claiming victory. By pulling the bills that would have included a gun ban on campuses and another holding firearms owners liable for damages, Democrats claimed victory over those that were left: a restriction on ammunition magazine limits, and universal background checks.

Nothing was said about the Constitutional right to bear arms in Section 13 of the state Constitution, which, just for the record says:

The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person  and property … shall  be called in question…

and precious little had to do with logic. Instead it was all about feelings. Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs)led the way:

Cleansing a sickness from our souls doesn’t come easy.

Mike Johnston (D-Denver) claimed these were “policy” questions, not constitutional ones:

What is before us is not a constitutional question but a policy question.

Mary Hodge (D-Adams County) said:

This bill is merely an attempt to reduce the slaughter.

But Ted Harvey (D-South Denver) took the prize. [Note: please see comments at the end of this article] When Amanda Collins said that if she had had a gun she would have been able to repel an attacker who raped her, Harvey replied:

What we’re trying to do here tonight is not protect ourselves from violent crime … but to protect students and teachers from feeling uncomfortable by you carrying a gun to protect yourself. (emphasis added)

I’m not making this up. You can click this link which will take you to a YouTube video of Harvey’s “explanation” – you’ll find it at the 1:30 point in the video.

Even Governor Hickenlooper is drinking from the same glass, claiming with a straight face that he supports all of the bills and will sign any that reach his desk, but

I’m not in any way an anti-gun person.

That’s really good to know, Governor, as guns don’t have feelings and we certainly wouldn’t want them to be offended, would we?

Note: Readers have asked me to review the Harvey video again, suggesting that I was misreading Harvey’s comments. I have done so and have concluded that I have done the man a disservice in making it appear that he was expressing his opinion about feelings when he was in fact apologizing to Amanda for others in the legislature who were more concerned about their constituents’ feelings than about her right to self defense. For that I apologize.

However, the intent of the article remains intact. Logic is rarely involved by those in the anti-gun camp. History means little to them. Well-founded arguments presented in opposition to their position are ignored, or ridiculed. Feelings are how they govern.

 

 

More brain damage from Maxine

This girl’s in serious trouble. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)  just attended a meeting with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke who gave her the inside scoop on the impact of the sequester and she was only too happy to tell us all about it:

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A video that explains everything about the national debt

Here is the link to the video that explains everything. It is clever, it is simple, it is devastating. No large numbers are involved. But the point is well made: this loser (us) is going to default on what he owes, or else pass the debt on to his kids. Guess what option he selects?

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How about a test for pancreatic cancer that’s 100% effective and costs 3 cents?

This remarkable young man gave a speech telling his audience how he did it. The video is 9 minutes long. He explains that he had an idea – an inspiration – and then

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3D magazine is called the Cuomo

This is perfect. The governor of New York has, in his infinite wisdom, signed into law a bill restricting firearms magazines to seven rounds. So along comes a company that allows an owner of a 3D printer to

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The latest “surveillance-proof” app is here

It was just a matter of time. Someone, somewhere, would see what the government is going, and create an app to keep it from happening.

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How Americans think according to Gallup

Gallup’s “Confidence in Institutions” poll is quite revealing, especially since it shows how people have changed their thinking over time. It goes back to 1973, and several items stick out.

First,

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Advice from the DHS: See an Active Shooter? Run and Hide

A 4-minute instructional video just released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Active Shooter Situation: Options for Consideration” is filled with numerous suggestions for people confronting an “active shooter” such as

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Watch for FrackNation on AXS.tv

As a response to Promised Land and Gasland, two scurrilous movies about the alleged dangers of fracking for natural gas, one of which I reviewed here, FrackNation was developed. It’s producer, Phelim McAleer, got annoyed with the obvious slant of these two movies, and

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Memo to GOP: No Debt Ceiling Increase Without Spending Cuts

Dancing On The Debt Ceiling by Brianna C George

Dancing On The Debt Ceiling by Brianna C George (Photo credit: brianna.george)

The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, sent a “Memo for the Movement” to House GOP leaders meeting in Williamsburg, urging them not to raise the debt ceiling unless cuts in government spending were included. More than 100 conservative leaders signed the memo, including Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth, Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America, and Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity.

It took just 518 days for deficit spending to reach the debt ceiling which was raised in the summer of 2011 midst acrimony and disagreement. That debt ceiling crisis was triggered in May, 2011, when the House voted down a “clean” debt ceiling bill – one without conditions – by a vote of 318 to 97. The Republicans wanted to use the debt ceiling issue as leverage to get the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts on entitlements (and no increases in taxes) to begin to close the deficit and to address the long-term issue of the country’s accelerating national debt. After two months of wrangling, a last-minute deal was reached and the

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Aaron Swartz, Internet Freedom Activist, Dead by Suicide at 26

Aaron Swartz, a software prodigy and an internet freedom activist, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Friday, an apparent suicide at age 26.

Swartz had a brilliant mind and an activist spirit that lead him to create numerous breakthroughs in technology that allow internet users to

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National Rifle Association responds to the Connecticut shooting

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), explained his delay in responding to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in Friday’s press conference that “Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.”

LaPierre then said:

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Here come the anti-gunners

They’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. Now that the election is over, the real anti-gun politicians are showing their true colors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. In his speech on the Senate floor earlier this week, Reid said:

As President Obama said last night, no one law can erase evil. No policy can prevent a determined madman from committing a senseless act of violence, but we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens. In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow.

It’s revealing that not only does he want to “change” the laws but also the culture. I wonder how he intends to do that?

Reid isn’t alone.

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.