The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it's now taking applications for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. Pardon us but wouldn't FEMA spend its time and your money better by managing emergencies? ... The Hill newspaper says the fact that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were not licensed to have the firearms they used in shootouts with police “will likely add fuel to calls for tougher gun laws.” Given that the pair broke the law by possessing firearms, exactly what new law would have changed anything? ... Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., continues to spearhead the fight against the odoriferous U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. His efforts now center around denying funding for implementation should it be ratified by the Senate and signed by the president. After all, defending American freedom and sovereignty is a most worthy fight to pick. ... The Examiner of Washington reports that Honeywell, a $25 million beneficiary of President Obama's “stimulus” program, created all of 10 jobs. It's the latest example of “progressive” economics. ... Monday, of course, was Earth Day. And Secretary of State John Kerry used it as an opportunity to shill for measures to counter “climate change.” Said Mr. Kerry, “The science is screaming at all of us and demands action.” Actually, the science is screaming because it's being tortured for political ends.
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