Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., is giving away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during a March 23 service dedicated to "hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the anti-Christian socialist media and anti-Christian socialist politicians the last few years." The church reserves the right to disqualify anyone it deems of "questionable character" from winning the rifle. Its website states, "Dear detractors: The Lord has commanded us in I Thessalonians 5:14 to comfort the feeble minded." read more
The end of the world is almost upon us if Norse mythology is to be believed, which predicts the Earth will split open and release the inhabitants of the underworld Hel on 22 February. On Saturday, according to Norse legend at least, the series of events leading up to Ragnarok will culminate in an epic battle, where Norse gods Thor, Loki, Odin, Freyr, Hermoor, will fight. Odin will be killed by Fennir and the other creator gods will fall. The Earth will fall into the sea, and life as we know it will cease to be.
A new study has found that around 60 more people have been murdered each year since the state of Missouri made it easier to buy a handguns without going through a background check. In the study which will be published in an issue of the Journal of Urban Health, a team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster found that between 55 to 63 more people were murdered each year after Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase handgun law in 2007. "This study provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws lead to deaths from gun violence," said lead researcher Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. "There is strong evidence to support the idea that the repeal of Missouri's handgun purchaser licensing law contributed to dozens of additional murders in Missouri each year since the law was changed."
Meet Nick Hanauer. He's a very wealthy man, his family owns a lot of things, and he's invested in some big companies that started out small (ahem ... Amazon...). He's got a few things to say about who the job creators really are in our country, and it goes totally against the standard trope you usually hear from politicians and talking heads. Delightfully so. read more
Meet the low-wage breadwinner. There were about 21 million of them in the United States in 2011, according to a forthcoming study by University of Massachusetts Boston economists Randy Albelda and Michael Carr. Unlike other studies which often focus just on low-wage workers, the researchers looked at those who also live in low-income households. This way, they were able to strip out the teenager making $8 an hour flipping burgers but still living comfortably with his parents. Or the mom who works a part-time job in retail to supplement her husband's otherwise ample salary.