Coast Guard: Over 300,000 gallons of oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico


Coast Guard: Over 300,000 gallons of oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico
Posted 9:03 PM, October 14, 2017, by WGNO Web Desk

Coast Guard: Over 300,000 gallons of oil spilled in Gulf of Mexico

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to the report of a crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard and the responsible party are continuing to evaluate trajectory models to identify the potential location of any surface oil or subsea plumes.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the National Response Center at 1:30 p.m., Friday of a discharge from a damaged pipeline associated with a subsea well approximately 40 miles southeast of Venice.

The pipeline, which is operated by LLOG Exploration, has been secured.

LLOG exploration reported that the volume of oil released is estimated to be between 7,950 to 9,350 barrels (or 333,900 and 392,700 gallons). Initial flyovers identified three light sheens in the vicinity.

Two response vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation are on scene. The Coast Guard and contract aircraft are continuing to conduct overflights of the area.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the responsible party, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to locate and respond to any oil that reaches the surface.

Initial trajectory models calculated by the responsible party and NOAA indicate that any surface oil is expected to move in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.

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“I Cannot Express How Wrong I Was…” BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER


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A FREE REPORT FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF CONCEALED CARRY MAGAZINE
October 2017 • Issue No. 41

“I Cannot Express How Wrong I Was…”
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER
Tim Schmidt
It’s no surprise that, in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre that occurred just two Sundays ago, things have really heated up in the ongoing gun-control debate.

I mentioned in last week’s Concealed Carry Report that the divisiveness over guns, gun laws and even the 2nd Amendment has finally seemed to reach its boiling point following the tragic events of Oct. 1.

As expected, the usual suspects wasted no time pointing fingers and assigning blame to the NRA, Republican lawmakers, responsible guns owners and pretty much anyone else who believes in and supports the God-given right to keep and bear arms.

Late night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel implied that the groups of people mentioned above simply “don’t care” about what happened in Vegas, questioning why they continually “allow this to happen” and suggesting that those folks should “pray for God to forgive them.”

While his response was typical of what we’re used to hearing from anti-gunners following such a devastating event, other seemingly pro-gun folks seemed to quickly cave to the likes of Kimmel’s — and others’ — emotional pleas to “do something.”

One Phoenix gun owner, Jonathan Pring, contacted his local police department and then turned over his firearms to them, hoping that his actions would inspire others to do the same. He claimed he was “trying to be the change he wanted to see in the world.”

Caleb Keeter, the lead guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, a Texas-based collective that played at the Route 91 Harvest Festival just hours before the shooting, went so far as to renounce his support of the 2nd Amendment:

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. Enough is enough. We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.”

Of course, the most surprising reaction came from the National Rifle Association:

“In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

I have to be honest: I’m equal parts shocked and disappointed in all of these responses.

As I mentioned last week, the events in Las Vegas, as heartbreaking as they are, don’t change my stance on firearms or other firearms-related equipment, the 2nd Amendment or concealed carry. I stand by the simple truth that no piece of equipment — regulated or not — is going to have one bit of an effect on an evil man or woman hell-bent on doing harm.

Bump stocks were a relatively obscure accessory before the Las Vegas massacre. We have to stop demonizing inanimate objects.

Let’s be honest:

The anti-gunners aren’t going to be happy with only banning bump stocks.

A little bit here, a little bit there … and pretty soon we’ve lost one of the cornerstones of our freedom.

Remember: Having the right to life also guarantees the right to defend life. And nothing acts as a greater equalizer than does a firearm.

I stand proudly for the 2nd Amendment, and I always will.

I hope you’re with me.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Tim Schmidt
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
USCCA Founder

P.S. – Have you upgraded to the brand-new USCCA Elite Membership level yet? Act now to be covered by $2,250,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD protection, and I’ll enter you to win today’s gun: the ADCOR ELITE Gas Piston Carbine 5.56mm/.223, valued at a whopping $2,295!

North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions



North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions
north korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receives applause as he guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women’s sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) April 24, 2014. Reuters
http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korea-stockpile-minerals-worth-trillions-2017-6

Chris Weller

Jun. 29, 2017, 12:02 PM 69,913

North Korea is notorious for its totalitarian regime and human rights violations. Fewer people may realize the secretive country is also sitting on trillions in untapped wealth.

Embedded deep beneath the country’s mountainous zones are some 200 varieties of minerals, including gold, iron, copper, zinc, magnesite, limestone, tungsten, and graphite, Quartz reports.

Some of these stockpiles are among the largest in the world, and North Korea, a tiny and cash-strapped nation, frequently uses them to bring in additional revenue — no matter the laws against doing so.

The total value of these minerals lies somewhere between $6 trillion and $10 trillion.

But the country is too poor to create the infrastructure needed to export the minerals — at least in large enough quantities to make a dent in its overall wealth. Still reliant on China, South Korea, and Russia for its financial and energy needs, North Korea has only made small deals with neighboring countries.

Lloyd Vasey, founder of the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, noted recently that North Korea’s mining production has fallen by roughly 30% since the 1990s.

“There is a shortage of mining equipment,” Vasey wrote, “and North Korea is unable to purchase new equipment due to its dire economic situation, the energy shortage, and the age and generally poor condition of the power grid.”

In 2014, Russia mapped out the construction of a rail linewithin North Korean borders. Though it ultimately fell through, the plan was to entice North Korea with workable infrastructure in exchange for use of its mineral stockpile.

North Korea has repeatedly tried to capitalize on its mineral abundance despite United Nations sanctions, according to Quartz. In August 2016, Egyptian officials seized more than 2,300 tons of iron ore from a North Korean cargo ship headed to the Suez Canal.

The large quantity of iron along with 30,000 accompanying rocket-propelled grenades marked the largest ammunition seizure in the history of sanctions against North Korea, according to a UN report published in February. The capture “showed the country’s use of concealment techniques, as well as an emerging nexus between entities trading in arms and mineral,” the report said.

In that regard, North Korea continues to face a catch-22 with its mineral stockpile. The country is too poor to use the deposits itself, but too volatile in its leadership to gain the trust of international bodies that may permit the minerals’ export.

The deposits will continue to sit underground, unused and untapped, until surrounding countries figure out a way to make workable partnerships.
North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions
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Comey ‘Rigged’ Hillary Clinton FBI Investigation, No Shit?


Donald Trump: James Comey ‘Rigged’

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/01/donald-trump-james-comey-rigged-hillary-clinton-fbi-investigation/

President Donald Trump reacted to reports that former FBI Director James Comey already started drafting a statement clearing Hillary Clinton two months before she was interviewed by the FBI.

“Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “A rigged system!”

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Republican senators revealed transcripts of an Office of Special Council interview with Comey’s Chief of Staff and other FBI officials.

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation,” the letter from Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham read. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also commented on the story in Thursday’s press briefing.

“If it is as accurate as they say it is, that would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI,” she said.

desertradio Desert Musings on The Arpaio Pardon


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While the left wing snowflakes of the world tell us all oh, how terrible Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon was, and that he should hang for his contempt of court charges (most of which most of them have been guilty of as well), let’s examine this from what we always do around here…the truth.

You know I’m a big consistency guy. What’s good for one is good for another, regardless, right? So, let’s examine if Trump indeed should be banished to hell forever for this dastardly deed. First of all, it was a very liberal judge that found Apraio in contempt. In most cases, judges of this sort (well, normal, sane minded judges anyway) would have recused themselves from the case. That wasn’t the issue here. In a scene reminiscent of Loretta Lynch meeting Bubba Clinton on an airport tarmac, this judge felt they could actually put personal feelings aside. Now, this is strange, since personal feelings is what rules the snowflake left. Anyway, Arpaio is found guilty of contempt of court (that’s something every TV lawyer has been found guilty of as well!).

Trump pardon’s him, as he is legally able to do. And he is called on the carpet for it by the snowflakes. They feel it was “treasonous”. OK, let’s look at that. Is it treasonous to not charge a member of the armed forces that walked off his post, and joined the enemy…then was swapped out so that not one, but five prisoners from Gitmo who were there because they were the worst of the worst terrorists on the planet? Is that a treasonous act? Is it treasonous to call that member of the armed forces a “hero”, as the Attorney General at the time did? MUCH closer than pardoning someone for contempt of court.

When compared to the 78 documented cases of law breaking and yes, treason that Barack Obama committed during his time in office, you are going to tell me that Donald Trump is treasonous on this occasion? Really? Let’s even go back to Bill Clinton. Was it an offense that you should be screaming about that he pardons his own brother from prior drug convictions?

It’s time the snowflake left wake up and realize a couple of things. First of all, what comes around goes around, and your treatment of Donald Trump will certainly impact the presidency of the next snowflake elected. Do you think you can get away with this type of treatment, and expect us to “come together as a nation” and say “the time of divide is over” because your guy won? No, it is going to be thrust upon you in the same manner in which you’ve thrusted it upon Trump. You’ve been as unfair and unjust to this president as any partisan group has of any president in the history of our country. You have mistreated, maligned, and abused every breath this guy took without once thinking what we’re going to do to your next elected president. And you damn well better not say one bad word about it! We have the video and audio of how you treated this guy. It WILL be paid back in spades!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!