Netanyahu notified Obama before he agreed to speak to the House, Obama adm did not object, now they want to claim that Netanyahu bypassed Obama

This is pretty amazing bias by the Obama administration to create a story merely to try to hurt Netanyahu politically.  From the Times of Israel:
Read this correction , from The New York Time’s own website.
Correction: January 30, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstatedwhen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before. 



New piece in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Patriot News: "As a court takes up Harrisburg's gun ordinance, here are some important things to remember"

There was a trial court hearing in Harrisburg this morning on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted in a suit to force Harrisburg to follow state firearm laws.  The hearing went well with Justin McShane, a lawyer in Harrisburg one of the plaintiffs arguing the case for his side.  John Lott was an expert for the plaintiffs who brought the suit, though in the end his testimony wasn't necessary.  In connection with the hearing, John Lott wrote a piece in the Harrisburg Patriot News (Pennsylvania's Capitol).  The piece starts this way:
For 40 years, Pennsylvania law was clear: "No county, municipality, or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components."
Many local governments, however, decided that the rules didn't apply to them.
Today, a trial court hears the first case -- a suit against Harrisburg -- regarding this violation of state law.
The case will likely have implications for gun control laws in Philadelphia and the rest of the state and determine whether local governments must follow state laws.
Last year, the state legislature took a leaf out of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement book.  Just as individuals can sue companies that illegally pollute waterways, Pennsylvanians can now sue local governments for disobeying state laws.
Under Act 192, citizens can challenge a local gun law even if they are not personally affected by it.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has been extremely selective in choosing which state restrictions to enforce against local governments.
She won't be defending Act 192 in court.
Letting Pennsylvanians sue holds local governments accountable. But isn't challenging local gun regulations different from enforcing EPA regulations?  No, both involve people's lives and safety being at stake.. . .
The rest of the article is available here.

Pennsylvania town posts signs: "This is not a gun free zone"

This is not a gun free zone sign
Conoy Township has only a little over 3,000 people, but they may be getting some unusual attention.  From Lancaster, Pennsylvania's LNP:
Conoy Township has a message for criminals who might be thinking about preying on its residents: This is not a gun-free zone.
And that’s exactly what visitors will see once all the signs are securely in place along every road leading into the township. . . .
Mohr said he came up with the idea and township supervisors unanimously approved the decision to create and post the signs last fall.
“Over the last six months we’ve seen more and more home invasions and petty crime, so we thought these signs would show people we take pride in what we own,” he said. . . .



A big hidden cost of owning a Tesla, the cost of repairing a lightweight aluminum body

The Telsa's nearly all-aluminum frame and body panels make repair work on even a minor fender-bender difficult and very expensive.  From The Truth About Cars:
  • $45,000 for “minor front-end damage”
  • $7,000 for repair of a small dent and scratch that required no replacement of parts
  • $30,000 for “minor fender and door damage”
  • $11,000 for a minor scrape on the rear panel, including a $155 charge to “ensure battery remains charged” during the repair



Elderly black man kills intruder who breaks into his home, relatives of criminal upset that criminal wasn't given sufficient warning before being shot

The relatives of the criminal are upset that he wasn't given sufficient warning.  Put aside that the relatives are speaking out before they even have a clue whether a warning was actually given, it is strange that they put the blame on the elderly black man who was defending himself.  Possibly a warning was given, though if a criminal is in your home at night, someone who might only be feet away, the warning is that the criminal should know that he should be in someone else’s house.

From Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com:
An elderly man shot and killed a would-be burglar inside his Oak Cliff home. 
Police say the homeowner saw Deyfon Pipkins, 33, trying to climb into the window and fired his weapon at least once at the intruder. . . . .
"It means they don't actually have to retreat once someone comes in their home," Sergeant Calvin Johnson, Dallas Police Department, said. "You have the option of using deadly force if you believe your life is in danger."
After police notified relatives of Pipkins' death, some showed up at the house. They were upset, and questioned the homeowner's actions.
"He could have used a warning," Lakesha Thompson, Pipkins' sister-in-law, said. "He could have let him know that he did have a gun on his property and he would use it in self-defense."
Pipkins had a lengthy criminal record. . . .



Two burglars were thwarted by a University of Central Florida student with a gun

Students also benefit from the option to protect themselves.  In the video available here, the male student describes how one of the burglars pointed a gun (what turned out to be a pellet gun) at point blank range right at the student's head.  From WESH.com in Orlando, Florida:
. . . Deputies said the culprits barged into the student's apartment after knocking on the door at the Village at Alafaya Club Tuesday night. 
One of the residents answered the door and was forced to the ground at gunpoint as the men ransacked the apartment, investigators said. 
"He grabbed me by the throat. He took me a little further into the living room and pushed me down and said, 'Don't move. Just stay down,'" UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said. "They didn't realize my girlfriend was in her room and thank God she was in her room. I yelled, 'Hey, grab the gun.'" 
The second victim, Sable Nehme, ran to her bedroom, retrieved her gun and pointed it at the culprits, deputies said. . . .
Two quotes that do a good job of describing how
Intended victim Sable Nehme: "when he saw the gun, he turned right back around, darted out and both of them fled the apartment" 
Intended victim UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said : "If we didn't have a gun, it would have been game over. They were bigger than me, bigger than both of us. We had no way of stopping them. The gun was the one thing that made them run."
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