Total number of NICS firearms background checks for Black Friday 2022 increase 2.8% percent from the previous Black Friday @NSSF @Everytown @POTUS @JoeBiden #2A #NSSF https://t.co/aIdNes3OQn
— Larry Keane (@lkeane) November 26, 2022
California’s Air Resources Board has laid out a plan to ban all diesel-powered trucks that would cause inflationary ripples throughout the entire economy.
The plan would mandate that all new trucks operating around busy railways and ports be zero emission vehicles by 2024 – while all diesel trucks would be phased out by 2035, and eventually, banishing every truck and bus fleet from California roads by 2045, where feasible, according to SFGATE.
The proposed Advance Clean Fleets regulation first targets the busiest trucking areas in the state — around warehouses, sea ports and railways. The board says the pollution in these areas affects communities disproportionately.
“Many California neighborhoods, especially Black and Brown, low-income and vulnerable communities, live, work, play and attend schools adjacent to the ports, railyards, distribution centers, and freight corridors and experience the heaviest truck traffic,” wrote the board, which asserts that this type of pollution creates health risks for those communities.
Representatives from the trucking and construction industries were livid at a recent hearing on the issue – where over 150 public commenters voiced their opinions ranging from the state’s woefully inadequate grid, to a general lack of charging capacity to handle a massive shift to zero-emission vehicles so quickly (whose electricity would in part be generated by coal).
“The infrastructure cannot be established in the timeframe given,” said American Trucking Association representative Mike Tunnell. “Fleets will have to deploy trucks that cannot do the same job as their current trucks.”
Another speaker, construction company CEO Jamie Angus, pointed to logistical issues involved with charging electric vehicles.
“This will do damage to us. We don’t really understand how to charge these vehicles,” he said, adding “Those pieces of equipment go home with those men every day, so they’ll need to be charged from home? How do you compensate that person for that?”
On the other side of the fence, environmentalists – including the Sierra Club, argued in favor of an expedited timeline to rid California roads of internal combustion engines as quickly as possible.
Maybe they can also figure out how to solve the massive logistical and economic issues that would surely ensue, as well as what to do with all that lithium when the batteries eventually go bad?
Central Texas Gunworks owner Michael Cargill has filed a federal lawsuit agains the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives alleging that the government agency is abusing its powers under the Gun Control Act of 1968 to shut down federally licensed firearm retailers for minor clerical and paperwork errors; a practice that Cargill’s attorneys say ignores the actual law.
According to the text of the GCA, the ATF has to find evidence of “willful” misconduct on the part of these FFLs; something that Cargill and his attorneys say is missing from many of the recent revocation notices the ATF has been handing out.
According to the lawsuit, the new policy under President Biden’s team at ATF has turned longtime record-keeping requirements that are supposed to prevent criminals and other dangerous people from buying guns into a weapon against the firearm industry.
“The act allows the federal government to revoke gun dealers’ license to sell firearms — commonly called federal firearms licenses or FFLs — when dealers willfully violate federal or state gun laws,” Mr. Curtis said.
In a statement to The Washington Times, the ATF said it would not comment on specific litigation but defended the agency’s use of the Gun Control Act.
An ATF spokesman maintained that the agency can only revoke a license for “willful violations” of the Gun Control Act.
“The GCA does not define ‘willful,’” the spokesman said, citing a statement from its website. “Federal courts have held that a willful violation of the GCA’s regulations occurs when the FFL commits the violation with an intentional disregard of a known legal duty or with plain indifference to their legal obligations.”
For decades, Cargill says, license revocations were an “exceedingly rare” step reserved only for the “worst actors,” noting, for instance, that in 2013 the ATF recommended license revocations for just 81 of the more than 10,000 shops that were inspected. Starting in the summer of 2021, however, things changed, and Cargill points to Joe Biden’s White House announcement that the GCA would be enforced against “rogue” gun dealers, even those who never willfully intended to make minor paperwork mistakes.
Indiana’s own Eugene Morrison Stoner cut his teeth in small arms as a Marine Corps armorer in World War II and left the world some of the most iconic black rifles in history.
Born on Nov. 22, 1922, in the small town of Gosport, just outside of Bloomington, Indiana, Stoner moved to California with his parents and graduated from high school in Long Beach. After a short term with an aircraft company in the area that later became part of Lockheed, the young man enlisted in the Marines and served in the South Pacific in the Corps’ aviation branch, fixing, and maintaining machine guns in squadrons forward deployed as far as China.
Leaving the Marines as a corporal after the war, Stoner held a variety of jobs in the aviation industry in California before arriving at ArmaLite, a tiny division of the Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corporation, where he soon made his name in a series of ArmaLite Rifle designs, or ARs, something he would later describe as “a hobby that got out of hand.”
The Supreme Court grants cert for trademark lawsuit over chewable dog toy designed to mimic Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle
Now accepting the point that trademark law is an important part of U.S. business, I still find it near ridiculous that SCOTUS will take such a case, and give it the same consideration, and time, that is given any other case they decide to take, instead of likely bypassing one or more of the 2nd amendment cases that undoubtedly come their way during the current session.
I mean…a doggie toy?
Nov. 20, 2020 [NOTE THE DATE! SCOTUS has had this for two years!
Along with weighty matters of state like the presidential election and the future of health care, the U.S. Supreme Court’s tasks could include deciding whether trademark law has an exemption for potty humor.
Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. is petitioning the high court to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that a maker of dog toys could sell one shaped like the company’s familiar whiskey bottles. The appeals court held that VIP Products LLC’s pun-laden chew toy expressed a humorous message, involved the First Amendment, and satisfied the so-called Rogers test for incorporating trademarks into creative works.
That upset a balance between trademark law and free speech by dramatically and baselessly over-extending the Rogers test for evaluating trademark use in “artistic expression,” Jack Daniel’s and trademark groups argue. VIP Products this week secured a four-week extension of its Wednesday deadline to file a response asking the high court to reject the Jack Daniel’s petition.
The Ninth Circuit’s interpretation “would completely gut the trademark and dilution statutes,” trademark attorney James H. Donoian of McCarter & English LLP said. He said he couldn’t understand the basis for the dog toy being deemed an artistic expression, bristling at the court finding mere “humor” to be enough.
‘Five years ago in America, the gun owner was a white, conservative male. Now it’s all over the map, just like our country.’
FORT WORTH, Texas — Nikkita Gordon was walking home after her shift at a Waffle House in Carrollton, Georgia when she realized a man who had been watching her inside the restaurant for several hours was now following her across the parking lot.
“He said, ‘I’m going to walk you home,’ and I said, ‘I’ve got nothing on me.’ All I had was a jacket,” Gordon told me, as she explained the design behind her patented gun holster and its ability to be sewn into the inner lining of any garment. Gordon had never held a firearm before her encounter with the Waffle House stranger who she would later find out was a registered sex offender. Now she’s the founder and CEO of Cute & Cocky Firearm Accessories and Apparel.
Gordon, 26, was just one of the countless women attending this weekend’s Conceal Carry and Home Defense Expo, hosted by the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). The expo was not your stereotypical white, male gun show crowd, sprinkled with a handful of token vendors aimed at women. This time, it was the attendees, not the event organizers who seemed to be driving the diversity.
Moms walked around wearing baby carriers and breastfed infants while sitting in seminars. Grandmothers pushed strollers around the exhibit hall where rows of floor space were dedicated to belly bands, leggings, purses, and other products designed to help women conceal carry.
Keeping with their mission to train and educate, the USCCA expo featured a live-fire indoor range where attendees could try out new guns, as well as seminars and demonstrations offered throughout the weekend. Experts covered topics such as “Concealed Carry for Women,” “Intruder Awareness & Church Security Reality-Based Training,” and “Children’s Firearm Safety Fundamentals.”
If the Fort Worth Convention Center on a November Saturday is any indication, there’s a new kind of gun owner in America, and the gun industry is taking note.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 2020’s record-breaking surge in new gun ownership was more than just a spike. An NSSF survey of gun retailers found that 40 percent of Americans making firearm purchases were buying one for the first time, and of those first-time buyers, 40 percent were women. Gun stores also found that 58 percent of firearm purchases were by black men and women, “the largest increase of any demographic group.”
Tim Schmidt, president and founder of USCCA, said his organization, which focuses on education, training, and self-defense insurance for gun owners, has seen USCCA membership align with this new demographic of gun owners.
“Five years ago in America, the gun owner was a white, conservative male. Now it’s all over the map, just like our country,” Schmidt told The Federalist.
Katie Pointer Baney, USCAA’s managing director of government affairs, said she attributes the shift to a “self-defense awakening.”
“Whether it’s Covid or civil unrest, I think the concept of self-reliance, the concept of personal responsibility is driving millions of new gun owners,” she said. “We have to welcome them in and show them that firearm ownership is for everyone, irrespective of suburban, urban, rural — it’s protecting yourself and your family.”
We’ve seen this movement in the data for two years, but now we are seeing it in real life: Women and black Americans are putting an end to white men and criminals cornering the market on guns.
Former Union officers, who had led the costly battlefield effort to free 4 million Americans from bondage, chartered the National Rifle Association (NRA) in New York City on this day in history, Nov. 17, 1871.
Civil War veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate created the organization after they were “dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops,” states the NRA in its online history.
The association was determined to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” Church wrote in a contemporary magazine editorial, the NRA reports.
Ambrose Burnside was the first president of the fledging organization.
General Burnside led federal troops in many of the early encounters of the Civil War. He served as governor of Rhode Island after the war, from 1866 to 1869.
Following his stint as NRA president (1871-72), Burnside served as a U.S. senator from Rhode Island from 1875 to 1881.
Several other Union officers shaped the NRA during their stints as president of the organization in its earliest years.
Not surprising in the least
Firearm sales in Oregon are reportedly increasing as a measure that will enact restrictions on the purchase of guns looks to pass.
Oregon Measure 114 would require a permit and hands-on safety training and fingerprinting provided by law enforcement to buy a gun, according to ABC-affiliated outlet KEZI. In addition, the measure would prohibit the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. It would not be illegal to own a gun without a permit, but a permit would be required by law to purchase one.
According to KEZI, over 51 percent of Oregon voters support the measure and gun sales are now going up. Proponents of it claim that it would curb gun violence. However, some feel the opposite. A county sheriff, Michelle Duncan of Linn County, reportedly said that their office would not enforce some parts of the measure if it were to pass.
“This is a terrible law for gunowners, crime victims, and public safety,” the sheriff wrote in a Facebook post Nov. 9. “I want to send a clear message to Linn County residents that the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is NOT going to be enforcing magazine capacity limits.”
“This measure is poorly written and there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out regarding the permitting process, who has to do the training and what exactly does the training have to cover. In the coming days, I will work with other law enforcement partners, elected officials and community members on the best course of action to take on permitting. I want to ensure anything we do or don’t do will not hinder gunowners’ rights to purchase firearms, intentionally or unintentionally,” Duncan continued.
Tom Eichhorn, a former law enforcement officer, told KEZI that gun sales will likely continue to increase before the bill is certified.
“I expect gun sales will continue to climb as people try to get it as they can because they’re afraid their rights are going to be violated, that they’re not going to be able to have the right to defend themselves anymore, and I think that’s a real worry for a lot of people,” Eichhorn said.
Oregon Live described Measure 114 as “one of the country’s strictest gun control measures.”
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action called the measure “extreme” and urged residents to vote against it.
KEZI noted that the measure is expected to take effect 30 days after the certification of the election results on Dec. 15.
An Italian-owned company will invest $60 million in coastal Georgia to build a plant to make and distribute ammunition, with plans to hire 600 people.
Norma Precision will build its facility near the site of the new Hyundai electric vehicle plant in Bryan County, just northwest of the Georgia coastal city of Savannah.
In July, Italian gun maker Beretta bought Norma Precision and other ammunition makers from RUAG International, a company owned by the Swiss government, for an undisclosed price. Norma Precision had already announced that it was moving its headquarters to Georgia, setting up a factory in the Savannah suburb of Garden City.
Norma said 88 current employees in Georgia would be offered transfers. Employees will make an average of $57,000 a year, said company spokesperson Rose de Vries.
Last year, Norma Precision said it imported more than 400 containers of ammunition from factories in Europe, while also delivering more than 30 million cartridges of ammunition made in the U.S. De Vries said Norma would also export ammunition from the Georgia plant.
Norma Precision will qualify for a Georgia tax credit allowing it to annually deduct $3,500 per job from state income taxes, up to $10.5 million over five years. If Norma Precision doesn’t owe that much income tax, it will be able to recover the rest of the credit from state income tax payments made by workers.
Bryan County officials have also approved a 10-year property tax break for the company. That could be worth $2.7 million, depending on tax rates and property values, said Justin Farquhar, vice president of the Development Authority of Bryan County.
It’s the latest gun-oriented company to move to Georgia. Gun maker Remington Firearms announced last year that it would move from New York to LaGrange, Georgia, investing $100 million in a factory and research operation and hiring 856 people over five years.
Gun and ammunition makers have been leaving their traditional homes in the U.S. Northeast as people there have become more hostile to guns, finding the American South and West more politically welcoming.
Beretta officials said they’re trying to expand the sales and brand of Norma in the United States. Pietro Gusalli Beretta, president and CEO of family-owned Beretta Holding, said Norma, which is rooted in Sweden, has been making ammunition in the United States for 12 years and has seen four years of “steady growth.”
With the RUAG purchase, Beretta has said its yearly sales are nearly 1.4 billion euros ($1.43 billion) Ammunition sales worldwide are around 500 million euros ($510 million).
Nice way to make a living
I’m beginning to think that the easiest way to become a millionaire right now is to announce that you’re building a “smart gun” and you’re looking for investors. It seems like all you have to do is hope (don’t promise) to deliver a product somewhere in the next 12-to-18 months in order to secure cash, and once you’ve done that you can always push back your deadline.
At least that’s what the business model for most of the smart gun companies out there looks like to me, including the Colorado-based company Biofire, which announced this week that it’s received $14-million from investors in the hopes of bringing their biometric gun to market sometime next year.
The Biofire Smart Gun automatically unlocks and relocks as it is handled by its owner and put down. The company is preparing for a commercial launch in 2023, with the support of special forces, law enforcement and private security partners.
“I’m previously on record saying that Smart Gun technology is uninvestable – that it would take ‘multiple miracles’ to bring this product to market,” says Founder Fund Partner Trae Stephens. “The Biofire team has changed my mind. We need novel solutions to address firearm violence, and their technology has the potential to transform firearm safety.”
Founder and CEO Kai Kloepfer says in the announcement that Biofire “went back to the drawing board” to create a highly reliable biometric handgun with state-of-the-art authentication technology.
This isn’t the first round of funding for Kloepfer. Biofire received another $17-million earlier this year, but he’s been raising money (and promising results) for a lot longer. Here’s a breathless report on Kloepfer’s supposed innovation from July of 2018:
For six years, Kai Kloepfer has worked on trying to help solve a major problem in America: gun violence.
But his solution isn’t a call for tighter firearm laws or for taking guns away.
It is, in fact, a gun.
Kloepfer is the 21-year-old founder of Biofire, a Boston-based startup that’s creating a handgun with fingerprint-sensing technology that allows only its authorized user to fire it.
The “smart gun” could help save lives, according to Kloepfer.
“In the world where every device that we own (locks automatically) … it strikes me as a little behind the times that we have dangerous firearms that are accessible to anyone who comes across them,” he told Boston.com.
Biofire’s prototype has been in the works since 2012, when Kloepfer was a high school sophomore in Boulder, Colorado, and not long after the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater left 12 dead.
The deadly attack — which unfolded about a 40-minute drive away from Kloepfer’s hometown — prompted him to consider how technology and engineering could help prevent similar incidents, which eventually led to an early prototype as a school science fair project, he said.
The gadget snowballed into more research, and, about two years ago, the effort became Biofire, a startup company backed by California investors and one that’s a part of the MassChallenge startup accelerator program, according to Kloepfer, who took an indefinite leave of absence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a few weeks ago to pursue growing the business.
The company is now working to create a handgun to be market-ready in the next year and a half.
“We’re really trying to build something that can solve the root problems of gun violence,” said Kloepfer, who made Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list for consumer technology in 2017.
I don’t know how good Kloepfer is at actually making a smart gun, but he appears to be exceptional at convincing investors to keep pouring money into his company year after year despite his product always being about 12 to 18 months away from being ready for the market. Biofire’s current website offers little detail about the gun that Kloepfer’s been working on full time for the past five years. There are no pictures, and no specifics on how the gun will operate, price points, or even what caliber the gun will be chambered in.
Maybe Kloepfer’s just keeping all of those details a secret for now, but it should also be noted that other “smart gun” companies like SmartGunz and Lodestar have at least unveiled prototypes, even if they haven’t always performed as promised. The companies do at least have one thing in common; every one of these outfits have hinted at bringing their products to consumers without actually achieving their deadlines.
SmartGunz and Lodestar both told Reuters back in January that they hoped to have their products on the market this year; a goal that will not be met, apparently. SmartGunz’s website allows you to place an order, but there’s no sign that the company has begun shipping any product. The company put out a press release last year announcing that people could pre-order a pistol, but they haven’t issued any statements about fulfilling any of those orders. Lodestar, meanwhile, offers potential customers to sign up to be notified about future updates, but have no information about when the LS9 will start appearing in gun stores.
Maybe 2023 really will be the Year of the Smart Gun, but I’m not holding my breath. After all, we heard that about 2022, 2021, 2022, 2019… and, well, you get the idea. For something that’s supposedly such an easy and simply technology, it’s weird how it’s taken so long (and so many rounds of investment) without any real progress, isn’t it? If you don’t find that odd, and you’re looking for a place to invest several million dollars of your money drop me a line: I’ve got a great idea for a “smart gun” that should be ready to go in, say, a year and a half or so.
Smith & Wesson dropped a new pistol today, mixing the best of both worlds to unveil the aptly named Equalizer. While the name of the gun may sound a bit intimidating, it’s designed to be anything but. The newest member of an ever-growing concealed carry lineup, it sports a 15+1 capacity, but it comes with a 13 and 10-round magazine option as well, both of which are also included with purchase.
WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?
S&W combined the Shield Plus grip width and magazine footprint with the popular EZ technology up top. They switched up the grip texture a bit but still kept the same width as the Shield Plus, thus allowing it to use the same mags. On the grip, it keeps the same grip safety as the EZ series, though you can also purchase options with an additional thumb safety if you’re into manual safeties.
Smith & Wesson Equalizer
The Equalizer aims to blend the best of both worlds from two of S&W’s best-selling pistols.
Note the enhanced grip texture wrapping all the way around the grip and the aggressive slide serrations, two welcome changes for this new pistol.
The aggressive slide serrations are a welcome addition that should make gripping and racking the slide very easy to go along with the reduced spring tension. It features an internal hammer-fired system and a single-action trigger with a short take-up and clean break. The gun also comes red-dot ready with the S&W Core mounting system. Here are all the most pertinent specs:
Capacity: 10+1, 13+1, 15+1
Barrel Length: 3.675 inches
Overall Length: 6.75 inches
Width: 1.04 inches
Weight: 22.9 ounces
Whether you’re looking for a new carry gun or just a new range companion the Equalizer is sure to be a good answer. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)
In addition to all of this, S&W is giving customers a Maglula speed loader to make trips to the range a bit more pleasant and productive. This, along with the EZ easy-rack technology, makes the Equalizer an ideal pistol for new gun owners or those with weakened hands. We caught up with John Myles, senior product manager at Smith & Wesson, to go through all the reasons why the Equalizer is the best new concealed carry option from Smith & Wesson.
“We do have an EZ firing control system in this as well. Easier trigger pull for those who have issues racking or pulling the trigger,” Myles told Guns.com. Check out his full breakdown of the gun below.
The MSRP on the Equalizer is $599
Regardless of the outcome of the 2022 mid-term elections, Americans keep voting with their wallets when it comes to gun sales.
According to data based on federal background checks for likely over-the-counter gun sales, October 2022 was the 38th consecutive month in which such checks soared past the 1 million mark, putting the year on track to a near-record close.
The 38-month streak was announced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation after they sifted through the figures for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for last month. The unadjusted October 2022 FBI NICS figure of 2,475,869, after the data is sifted by NSSF to remove checks and rechecks for carry permits, remains at 1,427,264. All-told, last month’s figures represent a more than three year period starting in July 2019 where checks broke the million-per-month benchmark.
“Background checks continue to reflect a steady interest by law-abiding Americans to exercise their God-given Second Amendment rights,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s director of public affairs told Guns.com. “Despite the claims of some elected officials that crime is not a national concern, these figures reflect the true sentiment of America. These gun owners are choosing to protect themselves.”
Oliva went on to explain that 2022 is “on pace as the third strongest year for background checks associated with the sale of a firearm,” going back to the NICS system’s establishment in 1998.
The bottom line is that it looks like the free ride for some 3,700 Twitter employees is over. Dems like AOC, who’ve enjoyed having the power of the Big Tech censorship lords on their party’s side, are obviously super triggered because Musk intends to transform into Twitter to the even playing field of free speech that it should have always been.
Even for a guy like Elon Musk, $44 billion is quite a chunk of money to spend on anything, even for the most valuable and influential social media platform in the world.
As often happens in the business world, cost-cutting measures are typically deployed upon acquiring a new business. According to a bombshell Bloomberg report Wednesday night, it appears the first money-saving cuts could come Friday in the way of firing roughly half of Twitter’s entire workforce.
That would be about 3,700 jobs, according to the report. Musk is also set to require a majority of whichever workers are left standing to actually come to work at the office, as we did back in the good ol’ days, effectively ending the work-from-home situation that became the new normal over the course of the pandemic.
Musk, as of this writing, hasn’t commented on Bloomberg’s report, but one Twitter user perfectly summarized why such a massive round of layoffs is probably the logical move at this point. Too many useless managers, and not nearly enough workers.
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 3, 2022
Because this is Twitter rn, basically. pic.twitter.com/LDVXuPdL8c
— Ember2528 (@ember2528) November 3, 2022
Auto reporter Henry Payne is only the latest person to discover that electric vehicles are simply not ready to replace gas-powered cars, especially for long-distance driving, when his Ford F-150 Lightning got only just over half the mileage that the manufacturer claimed on a 280-mile trip.
Payne, an auto critic for the Detroit News, set out to travel from Detroit to Charlevoix, Michigan. His trip was to be around 280 miles, and he was driving a new 2022 F-250 Lightning EV.
Payne wrote that he charged the truck to a full 100 percent charge ahead of the trip, and that the manufacturer claimed that a full charge should have allowed him to travel the whole distance without another charge.
But it wasn’t even close.
Payne wrote that as he sat at his third charging station of the day, another driver asked what sort of mileage he was getting on his roughly $93,000 EV truck.
“I’m getting about 170 miles of range on this trip up I-75,” he told the other driver. “How about you?”
The man replied, “I’ve got the turbo-6 cylinder. I’m getting 600 miles and 22 mpg. I don’t think I’ll ever get one of those electrics.”
At the bottom of his tale of woe, Payne reeled off the F-150 Lightning’s statistics, which included that it was supposed to have a 320-mile travel range on a full charge. But Payne only got about 170 miles down the road before he had to find a charger.
Certainly, electric cars themselves are not entirely useless, especially for local driving. Instead, the problem comes with the Biden administration’s attempts to force Americans to switch to electric vehicles rather than allowing them to determine for themselves what kind of vehicle best fits their needs.
The auto writer noted that inside the city limits of his hometown of Detroit, the Ford Lightning was a great vehicle. But out on the open road, no so much, adding that out on the long haul, “the Lightning’s wattage starts to dim.”
Payne started out the night before with a full charge on his battery, but by the time he got to Saginaw, a little less than halfway to his destination, “the Lightning was getting just 60 percent of estimated range and it was becoming clear to the trip computer that we would not make it to Gaylord,” Payne wrote. He added that the “281-mile range (he was supposed to get) looked more like 168 miles.”
Saginaw had several charging stations, but even that experience left him with a less-than-satisfying outcome.
The first charging station that he found stated that other drivers were currently charging their vehicles. So, he tried a second location that supposedly had four charging stations. But when he got there, two were occupied and the other two were being serviced by technicians and were out of service.
Then it got worse. One of the drivers at one of the two portals pulled out and told Payne that the second charger was not working, meaning that only one of the four chargers at the station was any good.
A frustrated Payne then drove to the first station he found and waited, wasting a lot of time.
Perhaps it could have been worse. If Payne’s truck had needed a battery pack replacement on that trip, it could have cost him more than $35,000!
Payne also added that he had to calculate earlier chargings in areas he knew he could find a station instead of risking having to hunt for a charging station when he was dangerously low on power. It was a calculation about which he said manufacturers don’t warn buyers.
“Though I had traveled just 70 miles since Bay City, chargers are scarce in Charlevoix and so I wanted to top up. That’s something that in-car navi systems don’t tell you. Arrive at your destination with low battery and there may be no infrastructure to get you around town,” he wrote as a warning to his readers.
This fact brings to light the serious mental aspect about driving an EV. The phenomenon is called “range anxiety,” as drivers find themselves in anguish over whether or not they will make it to the next charging station before their EV conks out because manufacturer claims don’t ever seem to pan out.
Payne’s final report was a bit disheartening, especially for those who claim it is much cheaper to drive an EV.
“I arrived in Charlevoix after 6 hours, 40 minutes for what’s normally a stop-free, 4-hour trip by gas-fired pickup. I had been delayed by 45 minutes of construction and nearly two hours of charging detours across three stations. Cost? About the same as filling with $3.50 gas,” he wrote.
The disaster led Payne to conclude that road trips are the electric truck’s “kryptonite.”
Payne ruefully concluded his review of the F-150 Lightning with a statement made by the driver of a Rivian, an electric car made by a Tesla competitor.
“I recalled my conversation with the Rivian driver in Gaylord,” Payne wrote. “He said he hadn’t anticipated so many delays on his family trip to Mackinac Island. ‘Next time,’ he said, ‘I’m bringing a different vehicle.’”
That statement seems to be the common denominator in these stories. Everyone who tries using an EV for a long haul wishes they had driven a gas-powered car, instead.
For instance, a Colorado man found his 180-mile road trip through Wyoming took 15 hellish hours where it would take less than four hours in a gas-powered car.
In another case of an EV disaster, a Youtube user discovered that his electric truck was not suited for towing despite what the manufacturers said.
Towing is a particular problem which seriously limits the range of an EV. According to Autotrader, towing large loads reduces the range of electric cars significantly, sometimes by as much as one-third, or even by half.
American consumers are perfectly free to buy a far more expensive electric vehicle, of course, especially if they intend to use it only to drive locally. But the government’s idea that we all should be in an EV is simply not a logical goal considering the logistical and technological limits from which these vehicles suffer.
U.S. Media Awakens to Nation’s Looming Diesel Fuel Crisis
Wait until the press discovers the root cause of the shortage is rabid fossil-fuel hate based on Franken-science it peddles.
Last May, I noted that diesel fuel, which powers many essential supply vehicles (e.g., trucks, boats, and trains) and farm equipment, was in disturbingly short supply.
Now, the “professional” American media is finally awakening to the fact there is a severe diesel fuel crisis looming, which will have a devastating impact on the nation’s economy.
Diesel stockpiles in the U.S. are reportedly at their lowest point since 2008, with only enough fuel for a 25-day supply, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. Demand is also said to be at its highest point since 2007, creating a dangerous supply/demand combination that’s causing spikes in pricing. The Biden administration called the nationwide diesel supply “unacceptably low” and is looking at all options to build up the national supply to help reduce prices.
According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average price of diesel is at $5.34 per gallon. That’s an increase of $1.67 per gallon, compared to this time last year. The area getting hit the hardest is New England, where people burn diesel fuel for heat more than anywhere else in the country.
There, stockpiles of diesel fuel are a third of what they normally are at this time of the year. However, the highest cost of diesel fuel is in California, where the average cost is almost $6.50 per gallon, an increase of almost $2.00 per gallon over this time last year.
It’s also a massive price increase over the average cost of gasoline in the U.S. According to the EIA, the average price of gasoline in the U.S. is $3.87 per gallon, with the most expensive region also being California, at $5.84 per gallon.
I must point out that the “25-day” supply is only if no new diesel is pumped, and that won’t be the case. However, shortages and steep price increases will strain the economy, and Americans will have to choose between essential quality-of-life products in ways they have not seen since the 1970s stagflation.
Four reasons have been identified for the current low levels of supply. The first two involve distillates at low levels, and now the refineries that produce them are doing maintenance.
The following two are longer-term problems:
Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- As a result of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) of 2022, the NICS Section has been working towards the implementation of an enhanced background check process for persons between the ages of 18-20.
The enhancement provides the opportunity for additional outreach and research to be conducted regarding the existence of any juvenile adjudication information and/or mental health prohibition. As a result, transactions on persons between the ages of 18-20 will initially be delayed allowing for the additional outreach. To conduct this outreach and research, the address of the individual will be collected so that the appropriate local law enforcement entities may be contacted.
For all FFLs conducting checks through the FBI, the enhanced process for persons under the age of 21 will begin on November 14, 2022.
NICS transactions for persons under the age of 21 could be extended for a period up to ten business days. As a result, it is possible for an FFL to be contacted with an updated Brady Transfer Date in certain scenarios. In these situations, NICS staff will be calling to advise of the change. For now, any updated Brady Transfer Date received from the NICS Section should be notated in Block 32 of the ATF Form 4473. Please remember when telephonically contacted by the NICS Section, you will be asked to verify your FFL license number and codeword. In preparation, this may be information you want to have handy for your staff and/or remind them of. If you are a NICS E-Check user, please note calls related to any change to the Brady Transfer Date will be a temporary solution until the NICS can be updated to automatically send the change in date via the E-Check.
Please note, if no potentially prohibiting information is located, the transaction will be proceeded as soon as possible. All descriptive information, including address, will follow normal purge requirements (i.e., deleted from NICS within 24 hours of the FFL receiving a proceed status.)
If you have store locations in states serving as a Point of Contact (POC) state, meaning a state entity conducts the NICS checks, please note the enhanced process for persons under the age of 21 may have already been implemented and/or will be implemented as soon as practicable.
The NICS Section is working in collaboration with numerous other entities in the implementation of all aspects of the BSCA and will keep you informed as additional information and/or guidance becomes available.
Now that we have proved objects in space can be moved from their trajectory, advance the tech and move this baby into a geosynchronous, geostationary Earth orbit and start mining ops.
16 Psyche—a 140-mile-wide/226-kilometer-wide asteroid—could contain a core of iron, nickel and gold worth $10,000 quadrillion.
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft was set to launch in August 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in 2026. However, software issues and mission development problems meant the mission missed its window. An internal continuation/termination review followed that asked if the mission would be able to overcome its issues to successfully launch in 2023.
NASA has now announced its decision to take the Psyche mission forward and target a launch no earlier than October 10, 2023.
But SloJoe told us he had solved this!
Good news: The strike won’t happen until Nov. 8th. Bad news: I hope you didn’t need any Christmas presents or holiday foods. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg is doing the campaigning nobody wants Biden to do.
We have been following developments related to a potential rail strike as unions try to negotiate a new contract with employees unhappy with proposals that have already been offered.
Now there is news that a second union has rejected a deal that was hammered out last month between rail companies, unions, and the Biden administration.
The vote by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, the second union to reject the White House-brokered deal, elevates the likelihood of a nationwide strike when a negotiation deadline arrives in November.
The potential work stoppage could paralyze the nation’s supply chain and transportation rail service as the U.S. enters peak holiday season.
…The vote against the contract centered on frustration with a lack of paid sick days, according to a statement from Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen President Michael Baldwin. “For the first time that I can remember, the BRS members voted not to ratify a National Agreement,” he said.
The rejection of the deal came despite a 24% compounded wage increase and preservation of the members’ health care benefits, Baldwin added.
The “good news” is that the unions apparently agreed to help Biden out by not striking until after the Nov. 8th election.
The bad news: The strike may occur in time to impact supplies for the Christmas season.
It stipulated that there would be no work stoppage until December at the earliest. The same is likely true for the other holdout unions as well.
The hope of the railroads had been that the first failed vote was essentially a fluke. The vote by members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division on Oct. 10 had been followed by two more union memberships voting to accept the deal, bringing six of the 12 railroad unions on board.
But half the unions are not the “all aboard” the railroads were hoping for.
“Railroaders do not feel valued,” Tony Cardwell, BMWED union president, told the trade publication Progressive Railroading at the time of the first “no” vote. “They resent the fact that management holds no regard for their quality of life, illustrated by their stubborn reluctance to provide a higher quantity of paid time off, especially for sickness.”
Worried businesses are now seeking help from Congress and the White House.
A coalition involving 322 business groups from a variety of industries signed off on a letter to President Biden Thursday urging him to make sure the deals he helped broker, get approved because a railroad strike would have dire consequences for the economy.
All 12 rail unions must approve their agreements to prevent a strike next month.
“It is paramount that these contracts now be ratified, as a rail shutdown would have a significant impact on the U.S. economy and lead to further inflationary pressure,” wrote the group.
I wish those businesses a ton of good luck obtaining any meaningful assistance from Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, or Congress as it is currently constituted.
In fact, where is Buttigieg now? Doing the campaigning nobody wants Biden to do.
The youngest member of President Biden’s cabinet on Friday sought to boost turnout among youth voters, an important group for Democrats and one that historically has not shown up in big numbers for non-presidential elections.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, appearing near the campus of Wisconsin’s largest university, noted the youthfulness of the state’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.
“It would be nice to have a few more youngsters in D.C.,” Mr. Buttigieg, 40 years old, told those gathered in a hotel ballroom just east of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.
California’s attempt to stop people from building their own firearms can move forward.
That’s the decision federal district judge George H. Wu, a George W. Bush appointee, delivered late last week. Wu determined the Second Amendment’s text does not cover the building of firearms, ruling against gun-mill maker Defense Distributed (DD) in its challenge of AB 1621. The judge argued California’s law banning the possession of unserialized firearms, as well as parts or specific tools used to make them, does not run afoul of gun-rights protections under the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision.
“Though it leads with a recognition of the primacy of Bruen’s ‘plain text’ point, DD seeks in its opening brief to jump ahead in the analysis to a historical/tradition assessment (and to jump ahead in Bruen to that decision’s discussion of how to conduct such an assessment),” Judge Wu wrote in his ruling rejecting a request for a preliminary injunction against the law. “But it has effectively attempted to avoid the necessary threshold consideration – does the ‘Second Amendment’s plain text’ cover the issue here? No, it plainly does not. AB 1621 has nothing to do with ‘keep[ing]’ or ‘bear[ing]’ arms.”
The decision presents a novel interpretation of the standard for reviewing gun laws set in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which requires judges to strike down laws that implicate Second Amendment rights unless they match a historical analogue from the founding era. Wu is among the first federal judges to grapple with the new test and possibly the first to determine the text of the amendment only covers owning and carrying guns, not making or selling them. If his approach to reading the scope of what activities are protected by the Second Amendment as relatively limited becomes influential among other judges, it could result in them upholding many modern restrictions.
California Crap-For-Brains in action.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A vote from the city council tonight, may temporarily prohibit firearms retailers from moving into Redwood City. This comes after two gun stores inquired about opening there. The city wants time to research the matter, meanwhile concerned residents and a frustrated gun shop are already weighing in.
Located right near a school and library, Roosevelt plaza in Redwood City is known for being family-friendly, the kind of place kids stop for ice cream. And so when a gun store applied to move in, some residents were up in arms.
“I was upset, concerned, a little shocked. And then I said, OK let’s figure out what this means,” said Redwood City resident Jane Buescher.
As it turns out, there are no specific regulations on this. When it comes to firearms retailers, Redwood City treats them like any other commercial business.
“I think most people were just surprised it was even allowed,” said resident Whitney Glockner Black.
And so a group of residents circulated a petition, gathering 1,500 signatures in five days. And Redwood City agreed to take up an urgency ordinance that could prohibit firearms retailers temporarily.
The owner of Roosevelt plaza is upset.
“What’s surprising is they do it after the fact. There was no problem before until somebody applied to have it in my shop,” said Maria Rutenburg, who manages the plaza.
The gun store, called Dumpling Defense, released a statement saying …”it’s even more frustrating to have the rug pulled from under us mid application, not to mention all the revenue and opportunities lost from the business perspective.”
And the fight is only just beginning.
“I was sucked into the controversy and did not know it was going to be such a big deal but at this point there are a lot of groups involved in this. Second Amendment is very dear to a lot of people. And a lot of public interest groups are approaching me wanting to make it a showcase,” said Rutenburg.
City officials said the ordinance would simply allow them time to conduct research on the topic.
They have no gun stores currently, but received interest from two since September.
Members of the community say at the very least, location has to be a consideration.
“They need to really take into account the community thought on all of this, and really balance the safety before treating it like any other retailer,” said Buescher.
Both sides expect a strong presence at the city council meeting. If approved this urgency ordinance would take effect immediately for 45 days but could later be extended for up to two years.