A Short Chronicle Of Arcade Amusements:

A Short Chronicle Of Arcade Amusements: Then And Present http://bit.ly/St0yNi Arcade games and amusement arcades have been sucking up money from children like some enjoyable but fatal disease since the emergence of leisure time and weekends in Europe some 150 years ago. There is a direct lineage between the quaint and simple amusements that we play today and the massive steam powered contraptions that entertained children during the days of European empires and insane royalty. Shooting has always been one of the most popular ways to waste your spare change. Nowadays with high tech games such as Rambo and Time Crisis we can pretend to be super soldiers or agents testing our speed and accuracy with automatic weapons in beautiful 3D rendered worlds. It is amazing to think that the same games were being played in the 19th century using muskets and wooden painted boards in front of oil paintings of the world. A game that has changed even less than the shooting challenge is the penny drop machine. This game is a harmless and risk free form of gambling where players roll a penny onto a moving shelf full of pennies to make a load of pennies drop out of the machine. The game we see today is exactly the same as it’s 19th century ancestor except that now the shelves are automated rather than being pulled by ponies in the originals. Grab the toy has also been a mainstay of the arcades since the beginning. Traditionally trying to collect a plush toy from a glass box full of them using a mechanical claw this game played a starring role in the popular Toy Story


47 States In the Union Revolt Against Gu

47 States In the Union Revolt Against Gun Control Legislation http://bit.ly/10DqbiZ 47 states revolt against Obama gun control Fed-up Americans: ‘We’re not going to accept this. We’re against it’ by Chelsea Schilling of WND Chelsea Schilling is a commentary editor and staff writer for WND, an editor of Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert and a proud U.S. Army veteran. She has also worked as a news producer at USA Radio Network and as a news reporter for the Sacramento Union. T housands of gun owners across America have had enough of the Obama administration’s attack on the Second Amendment – and they’re preparing to take their concerns to the capitols in at least 47 states this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12 p.m. Texan Eric Reed, founder and national coordinator of the “Guns Across America” rallies , told WND he’s irritated about all the talk of new gun-control regulations and overreach by the federal government in violation of our Second Amendment rights. “I was trying to figure out why people weren’t being more proactive about this, Reed said. “Then I realized I’m part of the problem. It takes somebody to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to accept this. We’re against it.’ “We want Americans who feel the same way to come out. We want to stand up, be united and get our point across.” As WND reported today , President Obama announce a sweeping set of directives he intends will cut down on Americans’ access to guns, setting the stage for a constitutional battle with states where lawmakers already are openly defying the latest power grab by the White House. Obama’s plan would demand federal access to the details every time an uncle sells a .22 to a nephew, would ban some weapons outright through a limit on ammunition capacity, would waive medical privacy laws in some cases so individuals can be reported, and others. The president also listed 23 executive orders he is preparing to implement. “He’s essentially restricting and punishing all law-abiding American citizens,” Reed said. “He’s taking people who have never committed a crime in their lives and he’s trying to tell them that these guns are ‘assault weapons.’ Well, I’ve got guns in my home. If they’re ‘assault weapons,’ then mine must be defective because they haven’t assaulted anybody.” Frustrated by the narrative coming out of Washington, Reed noted that “assault weapons” have been banned since 1934. “The aesthetics of a rifle do not determine what an assault rifle is,” he said. “That’s what our elected officials in Washington, D.C., are trying to sell to the American people. I mean, if you take a body of a Ferrari and stick it on a Chevrolet, it’s still a Chevrolet. It’s going to perform like a Chevrolet; it’s just a cool-looking Chevrolet.” Reed added that the media contribute to misinformation and confuse the public about so-called “assault weapons.” “Part of it is ignorance of the media because a lot of them may not necessarily have a good idea of what an assault rifle is,” he said. “Another part of it is, most of the media do push a liberal spin. They’re helping to push through the political agenda that the Obama administration wants to pass right now.” Thousands of Americans have taken to Facebook to support the pro-gun rallies this weekend. “The people are pulling themselves away from their families and their personal obligations for one day because the Second Amendment is very important to them,” he said. “If these people are willing to take that kind of time out of their personal lives to try to tell Washington, D.C., something, those guys work for us. It’s their job to listen.” While they may be tempted to sit the protest out, Reed warns citizens that time is running out. “This is the most crucial time,” he said. “This is when all the laws and executive orders are coming down the pike. This is the time that we have to act, not next week, not next month. It’s now. “If our Second Amendment rights are as important as we say they are, we need to come out and show it to the…

Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For

Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For Gun Manufacturers And Dealers http://bit.ly/11vMMgO And here we go again, again. Not that manufacturer liability is NOT an issue in any manufacturers business, I think this goes beyond ‘defective’ or ’caused operator harm’. I.E. the gun exploded, etc. Something smells bad here: Add this to the list of proposals to overhaul the gun industry: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says he will introduce legislation this week to roll back legal immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers. Schiff tells NPR there’s no need for the 2005 law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to remain on the books. That law gave gun makers, gun dealers and trade groups immunity from most negligence and product liability lawsuits. “Good gun companies don’t need special protection from the law,” Schiff says, “Bad companies don’t deserve it.” Schiff says his proposal would allow lawsuits to move through federal and state courts if plaintiffs could show that gun dealers or makers were negligent, for example, by failing to protect their stores of weapons and failing to keep customers who have felony convictions from getting their hands on guns. Schiff is working with the Brady Center, an organization that has pushed for greater accountability for the gun industry, on his legislation. Schiff and the Brady Center say courts have interpreted the 2005 law too broadly and have dismissed lawsuits by victims and their relatives. “When someone makes a dangerous product or acts negligently, they ought to be held liable otherwise it encourages irresponsibility,” Schiff says. Any such move is expected to be hotly contested by the National Rifle Association, which has called the 2005 PLCAA law “vitally important” to end efforts by gun control groups to “bankrupt the American firearms industry through reckless lawsuits.” Source: NPR

Democrats Move to Strip Political Enemie

Democrats Move to Strip Political Enemies of the Right to Own Firearms http://bit.ly/SzNaIs Obama’s liberal base, led by the influential Center for American Progress (CAP), proposed on Friday a number of measures designed to rollback the Second Amendment, including a proposal to disarm Americans the government has classified as terrorists. Rahmn Emanuel talks about denying “terrorists” access to the Second Amendment. CAP was founded by the head of Obama’s presidential transition team after the 2008 election and the former chief of staff for president Clinton, John Podesta. The think tank receives funding from George Soros and the Democracy Alliance , an organization founded by former Clinton Treasury official Rob Stein. Members include former Rockefeller Family Fund president Anne Bartley, Tides Foundation founder Drummond Pike, and a roster of influential and wealthy liberals. On Monday, CAP boss Neera Tanden will moderate a discussion between Democrats who have played leading roles in the effort to scale back the Second Amendment, including Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of handgun-free Chicago and Obama’s former chief of staff. Emanuel was instrumental during the Clinton administration in getting the first assault weapons ban passed and is currently working on legislation in Chicago to seize firearms . Other Democrats who will take part in the CAP discussion include the notorious gun-grabber Chuck Schumer from New York and California’s Rep. Mike Thompson, who chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Back in 2007, Emanuel, then a member of the United States House of Representatives, told the annual Stand Up For a Safe America event sponsored by the Brady Center that Americans on the terrorist no fly list would not be allowed to own a gun. At the time, according to the Inspector General of the FBI-administered Terrorist Screening Center, there were well over 700,000 names on the no-fly database and the list was growing at an astronomical rate of 20,000 records per month. “The news that the list is growing tells us that more people’s rights are being violated. It’s a secret list, and the government puts people on it without any explanation,” said Nusrat Choudhury , an ACLU lawyer, last February. Democrat senator Daine Feinstein , who has spearheaded the latest anti-Second Amendment effort and heads up the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in 2010 the “no-fly list itself is one of our best lines of defense” and recommended it be expanded and administered by the TSA. In 2009, we reported that Democrat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy had introduced The No Fly, No Buy Act (H.R. 2401), a bill to merge the TSA’s no-fly list with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the point-of-sale system for determining government approved eligibility to purchase a firearm. CAP’s top recommendation is to require criminal background checks for all gun sales, including sales at gun shows and private transactions between individuals. Since the election of Obama, liberals have crafted a right-wing terrorist narrative and have used it against their political enemies. The so-called “rightwing extremist” document produced by the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration and subsequently leaked to the media in April of 2009 revealed how the government considers patriot groups a terrorist threat. The DHS has worked closely with the Southern Poverty Law Center and other ideological groups to demonize a wide array of political groups and individuals ostensibly on the right. The establishment will continue to exploit the Sandy Hook massacre and other violent incidents as they work in incremental and piecemeal fashion to destroy the Second Amendment and deny their political enemies the right to possess firearms. The government’s secret no-fly and terrorist watchlists will be used to target political enemies. So-called gun control is not primarily about protecting children. It is about disarming political…