Just call him “Dead-eye”

May 3, 2010

A British sniper in Afghanistan set a world record by taking out two Taliban at a distance of 8,120 feet:

A British sniper set a world sharpshooting record by taking out two Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan from more than a mile and a half away — a distance so great, experts say the terrorists wouldn’t have even heard the shots.

Craig Harrison killed the two insurgents from an astounding distance of 8,120 feet — or 1.54 miles — in Helmand Province last November firing an Accuracy International L11583 long-range rifle.

“The first round hit a machine-gunner in the stomach and killed him outright,” said Harrison, a corporal of horse in the British Army’s Household Cavalry, the equivalent of a sergeant in the American military.

“The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too,” Harrison told the Sunday Times of London.

The shots — measured via GPS — surpassed the previous record held by Canadian Army Cpl. Rob Furlong, who killed an al Qaeda gunman from 7,972 feet in 2002.

Now that’s good shooting!  Cowboy

California leads the nation! Yay?

May 3, 2010

On the list of the 20 most economically stressed counties in the nation, my beloved Golden State boasts an even dozen:

Imperial and Merced counties top the list, with San Benito, Sutter, Yuba, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin all making the top 10. No California counties appeared on the least economically stressed counties list.

We once lead the nation in economic growth and now we’re going to lead it right back down the drain.

Good times!  Party

Genius in action, Congress edition

May 3, 2010

Yet more proof that no one was paying attention when Congress wrote the recent health-care reform bill: according to a memo obtained by The Daily Caller, the Congressional Research Service believes Congress may have set itself, as well as state and local governments, up for huge fines.

A just-released memo from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) raises fresh constitutional concerns about a provision in President Obama’s health-care law that could impose tens of millions of dollars in fines on Congress, state and local governments.

As reported by The Daily Caller, Congress could be fined up to $50 million annually by its own health-care law if low-level aides apply for government subsidies to help pay their health-care costs.

The new memo from Congress’s research arm states that state and local governments would be on the hook for such fines as well – but argues those fines may be unconstitutional under Supreme Court precedents on federalism.

It’s comforting to know we’re lead by such careful, thoughtful, responsible men and women.

RELATED: An earlier example of high craftsmanship that went into ObamaCare.

The oxymoron perfected

May 3, 2010

Pro-growth tax hikes?

Tax hikes are pro-growth? Did the sun rise in the West this morning?

Sure, sometimes public money can be instrumental to growth, for instance when creating infrastructure that facilitates private commerce. But I have a sneaking feeling that’s not what they mean, in this case…

PA tax authority: “We know who you are and where you live.”

May 3, 2010

Does this mean Harrisburg has orbital lasers targeted on this guy’s house?

ExUrban League calls it “creepy.”

Get rid of the capital-gains tax

May 3, 2010

As an investor (and one who believes that private investment is the best way for Americans to secure their retirement), I’ve never liked the capital-gains tax.  Dan Mitchell presents another Center for Freedom and Prosperity video on why the CG tax should be eliminated:

Dan offers six reasons, and I think they’re all sound.

LINK: More at Hot Air.