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Police Body Cameras and the Death of Samuel DuBose

The truth about the death of Samuel DuBose at the hands of Ray Tensing in Cincinnati might never have come to light if not for Tensing’s own body camera. Matthew Feeney comments.

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Sanders vs. Immigrants, Economics

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to protect low-income Americans at the expense of the planet’s poorest people, but there’s not much evidence his plan would work. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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Reducing Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

The U.S. criminal justice system is overdue for an overhaul. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) hope to save taxpayers’ money while reducing mandatory minimum sentences.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Congress

The standards of evidence used to take innocent owners’ property under civil asset forfeiture are too weak according to Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI).

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The End of Doom

Cancer rates are down in America. Lifespans are up all over. Food is more abundant. Poverty is in decline. Critical to this progress is technology. Ronald Bailey discusses how and why to keep that ingenuity coming in his new book, The End of Doom.

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De Blasio Flinches on Ridesharing Cap

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has backed away from plans to regulate services like Uber and Lyft. But he may revisit the issue soon enough. Matthew Feeney comments.

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Character and Liberty

Would an emphasis on character education give rise to political leaders who value liberty? or does liberty allow character to emerge? Foundation for Economic Education President Lawrence W. Reed comments.

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Clearing Obstacles to Work

Governments have a poor record of workforce development. Private philanthropy may hold the key to moving people from dependency to the middle class. Jo Kwong makes her case.Book: Clearing Obstacles to Work: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Fostering Self-Reliance

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Gear Review: Camelbak Big Chill

Summer temperatures in Texas can get a little warm.  I love my Tervis in the office, but it was just not convenient for my mountain bike. I decided to put the Camelbak Big Chill to the test.
For fun, I rounded up some of my other water bottles to get them in on the action.  They were not all the same size bottles, so I used a 16 oz cup to place the same amount of ice in each bottle.  I only placed ice in the bottles and just measured how long it took for the ice to melt in each bottle.
At the end of 1.5 hours, ice was still visible in all the bottles.  The single wall stainless steel dropped first.  Then, my basic water bottle melted.  An hour later, my non insulated Nagalene and Stanley were done.  Not surprisingly, the two insulated bottles were the only ones still with ice.
The Camelbak Big Chill made 4.5 hours before the ice had all melted.  It gave out while the Tervis still had several ice cube remnants visible.  
The test started at 11:00 AM and outside temperatures reached into the mid 90’s.  The Camelbak Big Chill will not replace my Tervis around the BBQ pit, but it will definitely be my companion on my mountain bike excursions.  It might even replace my day hike water bottle.
Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker
 
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Mass Incarceration: Presidential Power vs. Rhetoric

The President’s recent commutations of drug convicts’ sentences and efforts to highlight criminal justice problems are welcome news. Adam Bates says there’s much more work to be done.

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Gear Review: SOG Fasthawk Axe VS SOG Tomahawk Axe

Blade Length: 2 inches  Weight: 19 oz.  Overall Length:12.5 inches
Blade Length: 2.75 inches  Weight: 24 oz.  Overall Length:15.75 inches

Performed a quick field test on some oak firewood in the backyard.  Smaller oak limbs(4-6 inches in diameter) were cut in half easily with both SOG axes.  The largest piece(10-12 inches in diameter) the SOG Tomahawk was definitely easier, but the SOG Fasthawk did the job as well.  In addition, I pruned some small limbs(4-6 inches in diameter) off trees.  Again, I could not find a significant difference in performance between them.

I found the compact size of the SOG Fasthawk to be worth the slight sacrifice in performance over the SOG Tomahawk.  The Fasthawk will be allocated to my EDC(Every Day Carry) and the Tomahawk will find a home in my BOB(Bug Out Bag.)
Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker

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The Immigrant Crime Wave That Isn’t

Are immigrants more likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans?

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The Conservatarian Manifesto

The loose alliance among conservatives and libertarians needn’t necessarily remain. Charles Cooke argues in The Conservatarian Manifesto for a conservative defense of free markets and limited government both robust and principled.

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Congress Should Get Feds Out of Classrooms

Now is as good a time as any to get the federal government entirely out of education, according to Neal McCluskey.

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Reforming Regulatory Takings

Regulatory takings, those that deny Americans certain uses of their property, don’t receive enough attention, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed.

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Carson National Forest: A Visit With Mother Nature

Mother Nature offers a full spectrum of challenges on nearly every outing.  Outdoor enthusiasts must prepare for possible obstacles or suffer the consequences.

A favorite is always water crossings. Don water shoes and splash around, or use trekking poles to help balance across rocks and logs?  Always judge water crossings carefully as these can spell disaster if not done with care.

Weather dominates preparation for most trips.  Always research the climate and patterns in the area visiting.  Mountains require sunscreen and sunglasses due to higher elevations and increased sun exposure.  However, a rain jacket was also packed to cover the common summer rain showers.  Mother Nature blessed me on this outing with some free marble size hail along with the rain.

The Forest Service and volunteers do tremendous work in trail maintenance.  However, one must always be ready for recent obstacles left by Mother Nature.  Exercise caution in choosing to simply step over or go around.

Mother Nature can provide changing conditions on nearly a daily basis.  Heavy rains from a previous day converted an easy trail into a rock hopping mud festival.  Surprisingly, I enjoyed both.

Even Mother Nature’s spectacular scenery offers interesting challenges.  The mosquitoes in  this area were so numerous that I can’t believe they aren’t  visible in the photo.  I’m glad the bug repellent kept them at bay while I snapped the photo.

Mother Nature creates the wonders that make outings worth the trip.  With proper preparation and research, you can make sure your outing is enjoyable no matter what nature throws at you.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

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Carson National Forest: Waterfall

The outdoors are full of adventure and spectacular scenery.  Waterfalls shine as the inspiration to many of these excursions.  This little waterfall kept me company while taking a break on the trail.