Senate Democrats' Bill Puts Foot in the Door for Gun Confiscation

"Called the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, the bill works by "[granting] incentives to states that match or exceed current federal domestic violence gun prohibitions."

As Uncle Sam Spends Less, Americans Buy More and the Economy Rockets Past Expectations |

"As Americans spent more — total personal consumption expenditures rose 2.5 percent in the second quarter — and sold more goods and services to the rest of the world — exports rose 9.5 percent in the second quarter, after falling 9.2 percent in the first — the federal government apparently took a step back, according to the report."

Who makes more from sales at the pump – industry or government? | ExxonMobil's Perspectives Blog

"A range of government authorities share in the tax revenue from the gasoline consumers buy. To start, there’s the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. A variety of state and local sales and excise taxes help boost the price as well. All told, American motorists pay an average of nearly 50 cents per gallon in taxes every time they fill up."

Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record | CNS News

"( - For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

Former Colorado Jail Might Transform Into a Massive Marijuana Grow Facility | Marijuana

"In March, Colorado native Nicholas Erker purchased the town of Brush’s defunct Correctional Facility. Now, with more than six months of successful legal weed in Colorado’s history books, Erker wants to turn his purchase into a cultivation facility and start selling retail cannabis in Brush."

EPA to get earful from climate rule friends, foes - Andrew Restuccia -

"An estimated 1,600 people are slated to sound off to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed climate change rule for existing power plants this week at a series of marathon public hearings."

Federal judge rules DC ban on handguns unconstitutional | Reuters

"There is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny," Judge Frederick Scullin said in an opinion."

Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless The Denver Post

" (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets."

AP: Expanded gun sale background checks in Colorado led to fewer reviews than expected - 7NEWS Denver

"DENVER - A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report."

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

"These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA."

Report: University of Wisconsin-Madison mulls ‘diversity-based grading’ powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

"UW-Madison’s diversity guidelines state that if a course, major or program is in high demand, special status must be given to ensure the make-up of the class (and thus those taking the major) is racially and ethnically diverse with “just the right percentages.” Meaning, it would be justifiable for a placement in hard-to-get-in classes and prerequisites for specific majors be awarded to students based sole on their race."

by Victor Davis Hanson- Obama’s Tranquility

"But this summer Obama’s tranquil world has descended into medieval barbarism in a way scarcely seen in decades. In Gaza, Hamas is banking its missile arsenal in mosques, schools and private homes; even Hitler did not do that with his V2s. Hamas terrorists resort to trying to wire up animals to serve as suicide bombers. Aztec-style, they seek to capture Israeli soldiers to  torture or trade — a sort of updated version of parading captive soldiers up theTemplo Mayor in Tenochtitlan."

Stem the tide of corporate flight - The Denver Post

"The New York Times published a disturbing story last week about the CEO of Mylan, a large maker of generic drugs, who is reluctantly renouncing "her company's United States citizenship" in order to become "incorporated in the Netherlands, where the tax rates are lower."

Governor weighs in on bringing migrant kids to Colorado

"The Governor's comments came after 9NEWS broke the story of Denver Department of Human Services' plan to apply for a federal grant to house children who entered the United States illegally."

Erik Schechter and Dave Majumdar: Lasers Are No Longer a 'Star Wars' Fantasy - WSJ

"That's all good. But it does nothing to counter drone swarms or short-range mortar attacks, like the one that killed an Israeli at the Erez Crossing last week. That's a job for a laser—and the best indication is that Rafael is now developing Iron Beam. As depicted in company literature, Iron Beam is an electrically powered solid-state laser, mounted on a semitrailer and designed to work in pairs to put maximum wattage on target."

How flight MH17 was obliterated in just 12 seconds | Mail Online

"Capable of carrying 154lbs (70kg) of highly-explosive warheads, BUK can send missiles up to an altitude of 75,000ft (23,000 metres).

It takes just five minutes to warm up, 12 minutes to reload and 8-12 seconds to reach its target. Once there, it has a kill probability of 90 to 95 per cent."

The sun has gone quiet…solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century | Climate Depot

"Finally, if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere – and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”.

Arvada Man Knocked To Ground Videotaping Lightning Strike « CBS Denver

"Before he was knocked off his feet, Greenlees wanted to take a closer look at the storms so he went outside and started recording the lightning strikes on his cellphone. He thought he was taking safety in his garage."

DIA Rental Car Agencies Now Dumping Grounds For Pot « CBS Denver

"The rental car agencies have become something of a dumping ground for marijuana as Colorado’s pot tourists apparently know that they could be cited if they attempt to bring marijuana into the airport itself"

Obama's Request: 4 Times As Much to House Illegals as to Secure Border | CNS News

"That amount is more than four times the $433 million carved out for U.S. Border Patrol to help strengthen border security."