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About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

Marijuana Has Claimed Its First Victim

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Bet you won’t see or hear this in the main-stream, pro-cannabis media.

Marijuana has claimed its first, of many to come, overdose victims. The Colorado victim was 11 months old. And it only took two years to find out.

We are all well aware of the epidemic of drug overdoses throughout the country. Overdose deaths in 2016 topped 60,000 nationwide. 2017 is likely to exceed that number.

And this didn’t just happen all of a sudden. The opioid epidemic has been building for years, but as CNN reported in August, “the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the number of drug overdoses involving opioids between 2008-2014 was likely underestimated by 24%. When looking at overdose deaths involving heroin, the percent of overdose deaths were underestimated by 22%.” In other words, it’s much worse than reported.

However, these are hard drugs which are easily abused. This does not include Marijuana.

Unlike other drugs, pot is said to be, and advertised as a safe drug. It is also said to not be a gateway drug. For those unfamiliar, a gateway drug is a habit-forming drug that, while not highly addictive itself, may lead to the use of other addictive and more powerful drugs. read more

New AI can Enhance Pixelated Images

Researchers have unveiled a Blade Runner-style AI that can enhance pixelated images.

Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input.

Stunning results shared in the study reveal how the new method can create sharper, more detailed results than traditional approaches, leading to photos that are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.

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Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input read more

Shut Down the CFPB – Save the $650 Million

from IBD:

Like so many bureaucracies, the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, began with the very best of intentions. But it has failed to do its job. Following the resignation of CFPB chief Richard Cordray, it’s a good time to consider shutting down the agency altogether.

CFPB is often mischaracterized as a “consumer watchdog” in the mainstream media. Consumer attack dog is more like it.

Set up to protect consumers from predatory lenders and rogue banks, the CFPB has in fact led to less credit for financially troubled Americans, and is arguably not even legal. And no, that’s not just our opinion.

An October 2016 Supreme Court ruling found CFPB’s structure to be unconstitutional, a violation of the separation of powers in the nation’s supreme law. read more

Bell’s New Concept Helicopter

Artist’s impression of the Bell FCX-001 concept rotorcraft(Credit: Bell)

Bell Helicopter isn’t known for indulging in concept aircraft, but it’s dipped its toes in the concept waters for the first time with the FCX-001. Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, the rotorcraft concept features an airframe crafted from sustainable materials, a hybrid power system, an artificial intelligence co-pilot, and morphing rotor blades that change to suit different flight conditions. read more

Joke of the Day

Two young engineers applied for a single position at a computer company.

They both had the same qualifications. In order to determine which individual to hire, the applicants were asked to take a test by the Department manager.

Upon completion of the test, both men missed only one of the questions.

The manager went to the first applicant and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the job to the other applicant.” read more

Special Counsels are a Dodge of Responsibility

by: Brent Smith at The Common Constitutionalist

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Over the years I’ve never thought much, one way or another, regarding the use of a Special Counsel, Independent Counsel or Special Prosecutor.

Now I’m thinking it’s all a sham.

Depending on your age, the only recollection may be that of Independent Counsel Ken Starr who finally nailed former President Bill Clinton, not for messing around with an intern, but for lying about it under oath.

The only other instance people may recall is the sham appointment of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, to investigate the outing of CIA operative, who wasn’t an operative, Valerie Plame. If you recall, Fitzgerald just continued to root around until he found a fall guy, Scooter Libby. Libby went to the Big House for something he did not do, while the real culprit, Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, was never even questioned. He later admitted that he was in fact the guy.

As an aside and just to show how sickeningly incestuous Washington D.C. is – guess who appointed Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald in 2003? It was none other than then acting Attorney General James Comey. Small world isn’t it. It sure is in the Swamp.

After that we went for years without the mention of a Special Counsel. But these days, it’s all we hear. Appoint a Special Counsel for this and another for that. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Tactical Gloves Keep You Warm and Dry

High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated...
High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated to keep soldiers warm, while a hydrogel layer would absorb sweat(Credit: US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center)

Keeping safe and comfortable in arctic conditions is a precarious balancing act between protecting one’s self against the cold without overheating. This is particularly true of a soldier’s hands and feet while working in the cold, so scientists from Stanford University and the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center are working on energized fabrics that heat up when powered, yet wick away sweat and dry easily. read more

Joke of the Day

A new girl called Carly came to Jimmy’s school.

Jimmy really fancied her, but was already going out with Lorraine.

Some time later he heard that Lorraine’s family were moving away.

On her leaving day he went to see her off.

On his way home, he was singing to himself: “I can see Carly now, Lorraine has gone.”

We Deserve a Refund from the TSA

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The annual budget for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a little shy of $8 billion. By government standards this is chicken feed. It is approximately 2000th of one percent of the overall federal budget. Yet it is still greater than the entire budgets of New Hampshire, Vermont, Alaska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Idaho and Delaware.

Just what are we who are footing the bill getting for our $8 billion?

The TSA is supposed to be responsible for overseeing security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports. However, the overwhelming majority of its budget and attention goes to airport/aviation security. The TSA is responsible for screening passengers and baggage at more than 450 U.S. airports.

Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that the more attention that is paid to one aspect of any given task would directly correlate with greater success.

You would think so, but this the federal government we’re talking about…so, not so much.

In fact in any other endeavor in life, one would have to make a real effort to fail as badly as what appears to come naturally to the TSA. read more