This Doctor Ignored His Hospital’s “Gun Free Zone” And Stopped A Massacre Because Of It

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A Pennsylvania doctor saved his own life, and possibly the lives of several others, on Thursday when he shot a gunman who was on a rampage in his hospital–Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.

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Employees aren’t supposed to have firearms or other weapons at the hospital, according to a spokeswoman; but thankfully, this doctor didn’t care. The Daily Mail reports:

“Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that ‘without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.’

‘When the caseworker was shot, (Silverman) crouched down behind the desk to avoid him being shot,’ Whelan said.

‘He was able to reach for his own weapon and realizing it was a life or death situation, was able to engage the defendant in the exchange of gunfire.’”

A male psychiatric patient with a criminal past, Richard Plotts, and his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, got into a heated argument; and he fatally opened fire on her, authorities say. That is when psychiatrist Dr. Lee Silverman reached for his gun and returned fire on Plotts.

Plotts was shot twice in the stomach and was in surgery late Thursday night. The doctor suffered a bullet grazing his head, was treated, and was released.

The lesson to be learned here? Good guys with guns will stop bad guys with guns. Gun-free areas are a prime target for those with evil intent.   

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See The Solar Storm That Narrowly Missed Earth That Would Still Have Us “Picking Up The Pieces”

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This storm happened two years ago, but most people are just now hearing about it. Earth had a close call with a solar storm that would have severely altered daily life as we know it.

In July of 2012, if the storm would have hit Earth, it would have had such an impact that Daniel Baker with the University of Colorado told NASA’s Science News that “we would still be picking up the pieces.”

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Baker and NASA employees described the storm as the most powerful in the last 150 years as well as how it could have affected life on Earth:

Extreme solar storms pose a threat to all forms of high-technology. They begin with an explosion – a “solar flare” – in a magnetic canopy of a sunspot. X-rays and extreme UV radiation reach Earth at light speed, ionizing the upper layers of our atmosphere; side-effects of this “solar EMP” include radio blackouts and GPS navigation errors. Minutes to hours later, the energetic particles arrive. Moving only slightly slower that light itself, electrons and protons accelerated by the blast can electrify satellites and damage their electronics. Then come the CMEs, billion-ton clouds of magnetized plasma and take a day or more to cross the Sun-Earth divide. Analysts believe that a direct hit by an extreme CME such as the one that missed Earth in July 2012 could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. 

The National Academy of Sciences estimates that this storm could have a total economic impact of $2 trillion, or 20 times more that the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Let’s not forget the infrastructure that would take years to repair or rebuild. 

“I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” Baker told NASA. “If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.

While the storm just missed Earth, it did manage to hit the one piece of equipment in space that is designed for such events. It hit a observatory called STEREO-A.

“Spacecraft such as the STEREO twins and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (a joint ESA/NASA mission) were designed to operate in the environment outside the Earth’s magnetosphere, and that includes even quite intense, CME-related shocks,” says Joe Gurman, the STEREO project said to NASA. “To my knowledge, nothing serious happened to the spacecraft.”

Without the data from the STEREO mission, Baker says that no one would have known about this storm and wonders how many more have happened that we just didn’t know about.

With knowledge of the severity of these types of storms, there should be and is a great push to prepare now.

“So it is essential that the power industry and policymakers better understand how (an extreme solar storm) would impact vulnerable systems (including the grid, global positioning system, radio and television communications, satellites, and aircraft), harden them where possible, and plan how to cope with the aftermath of a big storm,” wrote Reuters columnist John Kemp

“Once a large flare is detected, the industry and policymakers would have just an hour or so to put the grid and other systems into the safest possible operating mode before the storm arrives,” he added.

Kemp emphasized the need for power companies to formulate plans of action to fix damages  as well as ready the grid in a way as to reduce the load on transformers before the storm comes.

“We cannot stop a big solar storm arriving, but we can prepare and try to avoid its worst effects,” he concluded.

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Obama Could Be Packing His Bags After He Sees CNN’s New Poll

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As conservative legislators and commentators continue making the case for launching impeachment hearings against Barack Obama, some have suggested that the effort is merely a partisan witch hunt on the part of a fringe minority.

A recent poll by CNN and ORC International, however, reveals that support for impeachment is widespread and crosses all political barriers. A full third of all respondents stated that they want to see Obama removed from office.

While proponents of such an extreme measure are obviously more popular among Republicans, a group in which 57 percent supports impeachment, a significant percentage of independents and Democrats also favor the proposition. Among those with no party affiliation, 35 percent want Obama removed, while 13 percent responded similarly among those within his own party.

These numbers, the poll suggests, do not come from those merely dissatisfied with Obama’s job performance. About eight in 10 state they feel that impeachment should only be an option in response to the commission of a serious crime while in office.

Nearly half of all respondents believe that Obama has misused his executive powers to enforce his policies. That number is more than twice as high as the 22 percent who think he has not done enough.

Only three in 10 respondents told pollsters that they think Obama has exerted an appropriate level of presidential power during the first six years of his presidency.

This poll was released on the heels of a Fox News survey that found that an even greater number – 36 percent – of Americans want Obama to be impeached. Nevertheless, the Democratic National Committee continues to describe the push for impeachment as political posturing on the part of GOP leaders.

“The American people want the President, and Congress, to tackle important issues,” DNC spokesperson Michael Czin wrote in a response to Politico, “like commonsense immigration reform, equal pay and raising the minimum wage – so while Republicans waste time on political stunts, those are the issues the President and Democrats will continue to fight for.”

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These Libs Tried To Silence Ted Nugent, But He Fired Back So Hard They Didn’t Know What Hit Them

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After an Indian tribe in Idaho cancelled a planned Ted Nugent concert at its casino earlier this week, detractors in other states have joined the effort to compel organizers elsewhere to call off his upcoming shows.

One such initiative, focused on a performance this weekend in Oshkosh, Wis., got a response from the outspoken conservative rocker.

“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy,” he said in an interview published by the Appleton Post Crescent.

The performance, set to be part of a music festival called Waterfest, was first targeted by protesters who published a petition online to prevent his appearance. A local penned a letter to the editor demanding Nugent be kept out of the festival, a sentiment echoed by critics just days before he is set to perform.

In addition to the Idaho cancellation and protest in Wisconsin, the Post Crescent reports that a Texas town paid him to stay out of a recent Independence Day show; and another demonstration against an upcoming concert is set for New Jersey in coming days.

Nevertheless, the 65-year-old star said the backlash has no bearing on the dedication he has to his craft.

“Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you,” he said. “Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.”

In typical Nugent fashion, he used the forum to personally address those who have been attacking his character.

“By all indicators,” he asserted, “I don’t think they actually qualify as people; but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people.”

Amid the recent criticism, Nugent offered his gratitude to his fans and the men and women in uniform he has so often worked to support.

“I have been blessed to be welcomed into the lives of U.S. military heroes forever and have come to know the serious price paid for freedom and the American dream,” he said. “I have vowed to these warriors that I will put to use to the best of my ability those freedoms and rights that they have sacrificed to provide we the people in this sacred experiment in self-government.”

He concluded that every citizen can do his or her part in protecting the rights so many have died to preserve.

“I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is job one for every American,” he said. “I am simply doing my job.”

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Boom: Liberals Take Another Stab At Ted Nugent, But Man Did He Get the Last Word

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As part of an ongoing effort among activists across the nation, yet another Ted Nugent concert has been cancelled due to allegations that the veteran rock star and conservative icon is a racist.

Following the decision by the owners of an Idaho casino to call off his upcoming show on the Indian reservation, another Native American tribe has come to a similar consensus regarding the controversial star.

According to a leader of the Puyallup Tribe, two upcoming concerts at the Emerald Queen Casino in Washington have now been scrapped.

“The First Amendment gives people the right [to] free speech,” said Lawrence LaPointe, the tribal council’s vice president; “but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here.”

He indicated that the decision came following a number of complaints by locals.

“I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say,” LaPointe insisted; “but we don’t need it here.” As with the abrupt cancellation announced earlier in the week, the Puyallup Tribe offered no concrete examples to support its allegations. These two tribes are not alone in castigating the musician.

He recently sounded off against his detractors, calling them “unclean vermin” in one interview and calling their opposition “a badge of honor.”

Addressing the issue in another forum this week, he alleged that backlash against his appearances is based on his politically correct ideology.

“The liberal Democrats and the Huffington Post and the Saul Alinsky gang, they hate that I’m so effective,” he said, citing his decades-long work in support of advancing Second Amendment rights. “I have expanded and increased hunting opportunities all across the globe. So I am able to, dare I say, perfectly articulate my case. They are not.”

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