Gun-toting women trigger popular new dating website

Gun-toting women trigger popular new dating website

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (KDAF) — We get it: Sometimes it’s a shot in the dark finding that special someone who shares your political views.

Take concealed carry, for example. Millions take pride in exercising their Second Amendment rights while others might use the First Amendment to protest it! Well now, new dating site ConcealedCarryMatch.com is taking aim at finding love for the singles packing heat.

The site says they provide a “respectful, safe, unique, online dating community dedicated to fostering relationships between like minded individuals….”

Believe it or not, the ladies are the ones who triggered the idea.

In a press release the owner mentions how “concealed carry permits amongst women in the U.S. have risen by 270% since 2007.” He also notes that, based off the site’s recent statistics, women are the first ones to know what they want in a spouse.

We see no harm in giving this site a “shot.” Besides, it might give a whole new meaning to the term “pistol-whipped.”

Ohio Trump volunteer chair quits after racially-charged comments

Ohio Trump volunteer chair quits after racially-charged comments

A Ohio campaign chair for Donald Trump‘s presidential bid has resigned after saying various racially insensitive comments in an on-camera interview, including “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

Kathy Miller, a volunteer chair for Mahoning County, made the comments to the Guardian newspaper, in an article and video that was published Thursday.

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” Miller, who is white, said in video posted by the Guardian.

“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly,” she said.

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Miller also suggested African-Americans vote less because it’s “part of the way they’re raised” and she called the “Black Lives Matter” movement “a stupid waste of time.”

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The Guardian interview was published the morning after a second night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the fatal police shooting of a black man who authorities said was armed, and in the same week as an unarmed black man was killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Trump campaign in Ohio said in a statement Thursday that it has accepted Miller’s resignation, and called her comments “inappropriate.”

County chairs like Miller “are not spokespeople for the campaign,” Bob Paduchik, Ohio State Director for Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., said in a statement.

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The racially-charged comments come as Trump has sought to appeal to African-American voters, and as the GOP nominee has increasingly portrayed himself as a law-and-order candidate.

The Ohio Trump campaign later released a statement from Miller that said: “My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize.”

Miller in an interview with NBC News attempted to walk back her comments, and said she was unfairly being attacked as a racist.

“I’m thinking, ‘What did I say that was racist?'” Miller told NBC News. “I didn’t murder anybody, I didn’t kill anybody, I didn’t steal from anybody, I didn’t call them a liar — what did I say that was racist, other than you should take responsibility for yourself? But that’s not racism … I don’t know, maybe I’m clueless.”

In the Guardian interview, Miller also said: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”

Miller said her comments were “more of a general observation on what was going on.”

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But Miller in attempting to clarify her position made more comments that were tinged with racially-charged references.

“It’s across the board, minorities aren’t the only ones,” Miller said. “It’s not about race, this is about just people in general. It’s easier to not go to work, easier to stay at home, get my free phone, free rent and free utilities.”

The reference to a “free phone” reflects a widespread but false belief that Obama launched a program to give low-income Americans free phones with taxpayer dollars, that often crops up on conservative message boards and Facebook groups. The meme often features a photo of an African American woman.

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And asked directly about her contention that if African Americans haven’t succeeded over the past 50 years it’s “their fault,” Miller didn’t back away from the comment, drawing a comparison between her own experience as a white woman and that of African Americans.

“For 50 years, we’re gonna talk about the same thing? My first job, I was discriminated against. I was a white woman and I was paid less than the men. I saw what way that was going, so I started my own business,” she said. “I saw the way things were going and I didn’t sit back and whine about it.”

Later in the conversation, asked again about those comments, she again repeated:”If you haven’t done okay in the last 50 years look at yourself.”

“Why does anybody have any responsibility for anybody but themselves? If you’re still not working, and doing drugs, why is that my fault?” Miller added, referencing all Americans.

But Miller insisted that, overall, in her interview with the Guardian she was talking more about “discrimination” than “racism,” saying the former seems to have increased since Obama took office.

Echoing comments she made to the Guardian, Miller said: “I don’t see racism anywhere, I see discrimination, but not even that much. This is about how people behave, how people are doing things today, how did we get here, how did this all take place? Growing up, we didn’t have problems like this.”

Miller said she resigned because she didn’t want to become a distraction.

Trump says he would push universities to reduce tuition

Trump says he would push universities to reduce tuition

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa., Sept 22 (Reuters) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday he would work with U.S. lawmakers if elected to tie federal funding and tax breaks for colleges and universities to a “good faith” commitment by them to lower tuition costs for students.

“If universities want access to all of these federal tax breaks and tax dollars paid for by you,” Trump told a rally in a Philadelphia suburb, “they have to make good faith efforts to reduce the cost of college.”

Trump through the years

Trump did not offer specifics on how he would tie federal funding to changes in college tuition.

His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has proposed making in-state tuition for colleges and universities free immediately for families earning $85,000 or less, and free by 2021 for families making up to $125,000 a year.

Trump, a New York businessman, has not said much about the cost of college while campaigning. But U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who competed against Clinton for the Democratic nomination, made government-funded college tuition central to his campaign platform.

Sanders drew a great deal of support from the youngest group of American voters, and Trump, who needs to win over more women and young people before the Nov. 8 election, took up a similar theme in his proposal.

U.S. student debt has surged about 24 percent to around $1.2 trillion since 2012, according to figures earlier this year from the New York Federal Reserve, leaving many graduates with mortgage-sized tabs before they enter the workforce.

(Reporting by Emily Flitter; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

Man slashed with box cutter in face, chest in Manhattan: Police

Man slashed with box cutter in face, chest in Manhattan: Police

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A man’s face, chest and hands were slashed on a train at Bryant Park station Thursday morning, and his attacker is still being sought, according to police.

The victim was slashed with a box cutter in his face, chest and hands on the D train at 10:18 a.m. at the station, located at West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, police said.

He was transported in stable condition to Bellevue Hospital, the NYPD added.

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Blood was spattered along the platform, up the stairs and another 15 on the station’s upper level, images showed.

The blood suddenly stopped, suggesting the victim collapsed, police on scene were overheard saying.

The victim’s attacker is described as a heavyset black man, likely in his 40s. He was wearing a black jacket and gray sweatpants at the time, police said.

He is believed to have fled westbound from the station.

No arrests have been made, and a motive is unclear although police said the men were seen arguing before the incident.

Police tape temporarily blocked off the stairs leading to the B, D, F and M trains heading to the Uptown, Bronx and Queens areas.

The platform reopened one hour following the incident — at 11:19 a.m., but not before causing some commuters to miss their trains.

“It’s pretty crazy, but you know what? It’s a pretty good story,” said Brandon Ditchek, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who was running late to class because of the closure.

Reports: Gunman kills 2, takes own life at Tennessee manufacturing plant

Reports: Gunman kills 2, takes own life at Tennessee manufacturing plant

Sept 22 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in a Memphis, Tennessee, suburb on Thursday, killing two people before taking his own life, police and local media reported.

The gunfire erupted shortly after 4 p.m. CDT at Thomas & Betts Corp in Athens, Tennessee, local TV station WTVC reported.

WTVC reporter Kelsey Bagwell, citing Athens Police Chief Chuck Ziegler, said on Twitter that the gunman shot to death two people at the plant, then turned the gun on himself.

“An active shooter incident has occurred at Thomas and Betts in Athens. Shooter is down. Scene is secure,” McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said in a post on Instagram.

Representatives for Thomas & Betts could not immediately be reached for comment.

No other details were immediately available about the incident ahead of a news conference scheduled by authorities for Thursday evening. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Matthew Lewis)