- Demographics is destiny: "Population of Nonwhites Grows"--Wall Street Journal. From the article:
In 370 counties across 36 states and the District of Columbia, non-Hispanic whites accounted for less than half the population as of July 2015. That includes 31 additional counties since 2010, such as those encompassing Fort Worth and Austin in Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and parts of suburban Atlanta and Sacramento, Calif.
Of the nation’s 3,142 counties, the so-called minority majority ones—12% of the total—represent an outsize chunk of the U.S. population since they are home to almost one-third of Americans.
The new figures point to a widening racial generation gap. While three-quarters of Americans age 55 and older are white, just 56% of those 18 to 34 are white, and only slightly more than half of minors are white, according to William Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer.
These shifts will shape who wins this year’s elections, with Democrats benefiting from the growth of minorities since Latinos, blacks and Asians are more likely to vote Democratic. In several battleground states, including Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, the racial generation gap is even wider than in the rest of the country.
- Related: "Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in university admissions"--USA Today. Thus cementing China's opportunity to outpace us technologically.
- Related: "Obama Immigration Plan Blocked by 4-4 Tie at Supreme Court."--AP. The article explains: "A tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work permits without approval from Congress." However, the article also notes that the decision has no real world consequences because Congress has allocated so little money for deportation.
- "BREAKING NEWS: Masked gunman shot dead by police after storming German cinema and opening fire leaving up to FIFTY people wounded"--Daily Mail. No news yet on the identity of the gunman or motive. More coverage from the BBC.
- "'We are desperate': Iraqis flee Fallujah for … the desert"--Hot Air. According to the article, 85,000 people have fled the city and its environs during the past week. Some are having to sleep in the open and water is running low.
- "NYC subway riders fight back at groping, grinding, lewd acts"--Fox News. This was a big problem in Japan on its trains and subways; I suspect it still is.
- "Floor fight! Shambolic scenes on House floor as Republicans and Democrats nearly come to BLOWS when Texas Rep. screams 'Radical Islam killed those people' during Dems' sit-in over gun vote"--Daily Mail. Baby steps. Maybe next time we can get some real action on the floor.
- "America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows"--The Federalist. The author points out: "The gulf between the facts about guns and the public’s perception [that gun crimes have increased] is immense, and was created deliberately. Anti-gun advocates invent new terms (“assault weapon”) and politicians lie to win over a skeptical public. Too often these myths are swallowed by journalists and celebrities who don’t bother to check the data and don’t know how modern firearms actually work."
- "DIY Barrel Rifling Tool 2.0"--The Firearms Blog. Video at the link. The more the government attempts to restrict firearms, the more people will turn to other means to obtain firearms.
- "BREAKING: Remington Reintroduces the R51 Pistol"--The Firearms Blog. Finally! Remington will first be taking care of those that want to replace the first version with this updated version, before it goes into general release. I am anxious to see how it performs.