Warrantless Searches – D.C Court Rules, The Fourth Amendment is Not Bull —-

Warrantless Searches – D.C Court Rules, The Fourth Amendment is Not Bull —-

The Washington D.C. Police department, headed by a Chief of Police that is notoriously hostile to gun owners in the district, has had its wings clipped by the DC Court of Appeals. The ruling issued earlier this month, dealt with the case of U.S. Army Reservist Sgt. Matthew Corrigan. Corrigan, veteran of a tour in Iraq, training combat teams in Fallujah from 2005 to 2006, who called what he mistakenly thought was a counseling hotline for returning vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but having accidentally dialed a national suicide hotline, was asked right out of the starting gate if he was a gun owner. Corrigan, probably not comprehending the implication of the question, responded in the affirmative. Immediately the volunteer at the phone bank went into crisis mode, even though Corrigan had said nothing whatsoever about any intentions of suicide. “Put the guns down,” the person told Corrigan. Corrigan attempted to persuade the volunteer that his firearms were safely stored and he wasn’t presently handling them. As far as the volunteer was concerned, any counseling that was to take place, was over and the time to alert local authorities was the main priority. Sgt. Corrigan, deciding that the call was not a fit for the counseling he had been seeking when he called, concluded the conversation with the individual on the other end of the line and went to sleep for the night. Or so he thought. The suicide counselor directly placed a call to emergency dispatch at D.C. Police and gave them Corrigan’s address. The call was classified “attempted suicide” and the responding unit rolled out at...
Hedging our Bets: How Hedge Funds and Trump are Harming the Markets

Hedging our Bets: How Hedge Funds and Trump are Harming the Markets

Hedge funds are a type of mutual fund, but not in the traditional sense. They sell stocks of companies they want to profit on, and this drives the prices down. But they don’t actually own the stocks they sell; they just borrow the shares and sell them. This is what is known as a “short sale.” Then if the stock tanks (and the lower it goes, the more they make), hedge fund managers buy it back cheap. Every dollar a share falls is a dollar in their pockets until they believe it’s time to buy it back. Then they ride it back up again, or more likely just dump it and walk away with the profits. They can literally make millions upon millions of dollars on a single company in one day by legally manipulating its shares in this manner. Hedge fund companies often rely on tips of useful data to push short sales. Many investors in those companies then get burned. This happened to shareholders of decent companies like Bank of America, which almost went under as a result of hedge funds selling the stock short in 2008. Banks weren’t entirely to blame for the lack of regulations and bailouts. It was hedge funds controlling their plummeting stock shares. They did it to the airlines too. Hedge fund managers made lifetime fortunes by driving stocks into the ground in 2008. I have no qualms about hedge fund managers’ despair in a bull market such as the one we are in this year. It’s hard for them to find a spot to profit. But not impossible. Just this week, they...
Ten Holiday Home Protection Tips

Ten Holiday Home Protection Tips

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It is also the time of the year for home break-ins and robberies.  While we are out decking the halls and spreading holiday cheer, there are some who think the presents under your tree are all for them and not for your family and friends.  I would like to give you ten tips on how to keep the Grinch away as we are out playing Santa Claus. One-  Be alert in and out of your home.  I don’t mean that it’s necessary to be on lockdown, but, it’s important to be aware of what is happening in your neighborhood.   Keep a lookout for vehicles that don’t fit in.  For example, if you see an unfamiliar van or truck in the area over several days,  this could mean they are staking places out or even breaking into peoples’ homes.  Two-  Be cautious of your front and back doors.  Beware of people that are coming around selling door to door.  This is sometimes a ploy to get into your home to do a quick look at what you have in your home.  If someone comes to your door that you don’t know, ask them to slip a business card under the door or through the mail slot.  If they ask why, reply that you wish to call the business from which they are from.  This should make the fakes leave, and those who are legit will comply.   Three-  Keep your blinds and curtains closed from peering eyes.  I know we all want to show off our beautiful Christmas trees, however, it also...
How to Buy Good Quality and Affordable Fire Hose Reels

How to Buy Good Quality and Affordable Fire Hose Reels

Fire Hoses are tools which are used to extinguish fires in cases of accidents. A fire hose reel consists of a valve, input pipe, reel, hose, and gun. The reel sprays extinguishing agent while unfolding the hose. Fire hose reels come in various forms and lengths and diameters. Provided that one knows the proper process, the fire hose is pretty easy to use. Affordable fire hose reels hold an immense amount of water and can be extended up to thirty-five meters. Kinds of Fire Hoses: The Attack Hose Reel: This is the most common among fire hoses and is used when a large amount of water needs to be forced out of the reel. The diameter of the reel is smaller than the length. Supply Hose Reel: Comparatively larger in diameter and it transfers water from one pumping station to the other. Suction Hose Reel: When the fireman needs to pump out water at a low pressure from a pond or a river, a suction hose reel is used. Forestry Hose Reels: Used in cases of forest fires where the reels need to be large and flexible and also needs to have an immense capacity to hold water. Booster Hose Reels: Pumps out a large amount of water at once and is used to control the spread of fire in a congested area. There are two ways of Buying Affordable Fire Hose Reels: Online Stores: It may not be a popular trend to buy products like fire hose reels from online stores, but people are buying diamonds online these days! So it speaks for how reliable the online commercial...
This Day in History – December 15

This Day in History – December 15

December 15 37 – Emperor of Rome, blamed for the Great Fire of Rome, Nero Claudius Caesar, is born 533 – The Vandals under King Gelimer are defeated by Byzantine General Belisarius at the Battle of Ticameron 1256 – Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in what is now Iran 1488 – The first known European to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bartolomeu Dias, returns to Portugal 1612 – German astronomer Simon Marius becomes the first to observe the Andromeda galaxy through a telescope 1791 – Virginia becomes the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law 1832 – Designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, is born 1840 – Napoleon Bonaparte is given a French state funeral, 19 years after his death, in Paris 1862 – Nathan Bedford Forrest crosses the Tennessee River at Clifton with 2,500 men, on their way to raid the communications around Vicksburg, Mississippi 1862 – Union Major General Benjamin F. Butler turns his command over to Nathaniel Banks 1864 – The Battle of Nashville begins 1883 – Developer of the syphilis diagnostic test, William H. Hinton is born 1890 – The US Army soldiers and Indian police attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, but shoot and kill him 1892 – American oilman and art collector J. Paul Getty is born 1896 – The gasoline-powered motor buggy is patented by Stephen M. Balzer 1903 – The British parliament places a 15-year ban on whale hunting in Norway 1907 – Brazilian...