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  • Trump orders establishment of ‘space force’ as 6th branch of military

    Excerpt from Fox News:

    President Trump vowed on Monday to make space great again.

    Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council, Trump ordered the Pentagon to immediately establish a national “space force” that would become the sixth branch of the armed forces.

    “We are going to have a space force,” Trump said in Washington D.C. “An Air Force and a Space Force. Separate, but equal.”

    This is not the first time that Trump has floated the idea of establishing a “space force.” The president mentioned the idea in May during a ceremony at the White House honoring the Army Black Knights college football team.

    Trump did not go into details about what military role the so-called “space force” would carry out or who would command it, but he framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.”

  • Ivey says import tariffs could hurt Alabama industry

    Excerpt from AP:

    Alabama’s Republican governor is separating herself from President Donald Trump on the issue of trade, saying import tariffs like those supported by the administration would hurt the state.

    Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement Monday saying import tariffs could cause retaliatory tariffs that would drive up the cost of items made in Alabama and sold abroad.

    The administration already has imposed duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, plus steel and aluminum from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

    Ivey says growth in Alabama’s auto industry could be harmed if tariffs are imposed on U.S. goods around the world. Almost 60,000 people work in automotive-related jobs in the state.

  • Police ID suspect in shooting of State Senator’s son

    Excerpt from WKRG:

    “Foley Police Department has identified 29 year old Orneal McCaskey aka “OJ” as the suspect in the shooting of Akil Michael Figures this morning at 635 East Azalea Ave in Foley. The investigation revealed that McCaskey drove to the residence to confront Figures over a female. An argument ensued at the doorway and McCaskey pulled out a handgun and shot Figures at least twice in the lower hip area. After a brief struggle in the house, McCaskey fled the area in a gold or tan colored vehicle. Figures was taken to South Baldwin by private vehicle and later flown to Sacred Heart and has since been released. Orneal McCaskey is wanted for questioning in this case. The public is asked to call Foley Police Department at 251-943-4431 if you know where McCaskey is. He is considered armed and dangerous.”

4 years ago

Remington CEO: New York’s anti-gun policies drove us to Alabama

Remington

It has long been assumed that New York’s anti-gun policies drove Remington Arms to expand into Alabama, rather than in Ilion, NY, where the company has operated since the early 1800s. Now there’s confirmation.

From the New York Daily News:

The company says one reason behind its decision to open a new plant in Alabama rather than expand in New York was “state policies affecting use of our products,” Remington Outdoor Company CEO George Kollitides wrote to some upstate officials Oct. 20.

The statement was taken by some as a direct shot at a tough gun control measure enacted by New York in early 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

Indeed, one part of the gun control measure, also known as the SAFE Act, banned AR-15 rifles in New York — the very gun Remington made at its plant in upstate Ilion.

Those assault guns will now be made in Alabama.

Kollitides also said workforce quality, business environment, tax and economic incentives, and existing infrastructure impacted the decision to open a plant in Alabama.

Remington first began considering new locations after the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, to which Kollitides alluded in his letter to state lawmakers. In addition to banning magazines that contain more than seven rounds and requiring instant background checks on ammo purchases, the law broadened the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include a wide range of guns, including the Bushmaster AR-15, which is essentially the civilian version of the M-16, the fully automatic weapon that has been used by American soldiers since Vietnam.

The weapon has drawn the ire of liberal politicians, but has been fiercely defended by gun rights advocates, including NRA president David Keene who penned an op-ed titled “The AR-15: The Gun Liberals Love to Hate,” in which he criticized liberal politicians and members of the media for having “a simple minded and narrow understanding of why the founders included the Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights.”

Individuals defending the AR-15 say that it is an excellent weapon for self-defense. Perhaps most notably, business owners used AR-15s to successfully defended their shops against looters during the L.A. riots in the early 1990s.

Remington officials announced in May that they are moving the production lines for the Bushmaster rifle and 1911 pistol from Ilion, NY to Hunstville, Ala.

“In Alabama we strongly support and uphold our great U.S. Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded,” Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told Yellowhammer. “The Constitution serves to protect individual Freedoms. Among them are those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. We will protect the Freedoms of individuals and welcome any one or any company to Alabama to discover as so many have, that we are a pro-business state filled with good, hardworking people.”

According to Remington’s website, the company designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

(Video below: Alabama’s ‘We Dare Defend our Rights’ motto played role in landing Remington)

[h/t al.com]

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4 years ago

Ted Nugent: ‘God bless Alabama and God bless Remington!’

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent is coming to Alabama Father’s Day weekend as a celebrity guest at Rick & Bubba’s first-ever Outdoor Expo at the BJCC. The event will feature the best in hunting and fishing and is designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. On top of that, expo attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet with Rick and Bubba, country music stars, and other outdoor celebrity guests throughout the weekend, including The Nuge.


RELATED: THE EXCHANGE: Rick & Bubba on faith, tragedy, politics and the legacy they want to leave


Yellowhammer caught up with the Motor City Madman himself via email today to get his thoughts on the expo, as well as other hot topics, like Remington Arms coming to Alabama, conservatives in the entertainment industry, what it’s going to take to get another Republican in the White House, and more.

YELLOWHAMMER:
You’re one of the few outspoken conservatives in the entertainment industry. Do you think conservatives need to make more of an effort to influence the culture through music and other entertainment industries?

TED NUGENT:
Of course I do. The America hating liberal left has been using their bully pulpit forever at every opportunity while the majority of the so called Hollywood conservatives remain mute, moot and trembling in fear of their own shadows.

YELLOWHAMMER:
Alabama beat out states all over the country to woo Remington Arms, America’s oldest gun manufacturer, to open a massive new facility in the state. What do you think about Remington choosing Alabama over New York where it’s been headquartered for almost 200 years?

TED NUGENT:
God bless Alabama and God bless Remington! New York for all practical purposes isn’t even America anymore. With the clear and present criminal violation of the US Constitution with their confiscatory so called “Safe Act” law scam, NY is the poster child for big government out of control.


RELATED:
1. Remington Arms moving 2,000+ jobs from NY to Alabama
2. VIDEO: Alabama’s ‘We Dare Defend Our Rights’ motto played role in landing Remington
3. Remington moves Bushmaster production line to Alabama


YELLOWHAMMER:
So you’re coming to Birmingham as one of the celebrity guests for Rick & Bubba’s Outdoor Expo on Father’s Day weekend. What is it about this particular event that compelled you to get involved?

TED NUGENT:
I’m a sucker for anyone named Bubba. Things have got to be big fun when there is a Bubba involved! I’ve been aware of Rick & Bubba for many years, and this is sure to be a grand family event celebrating the great outdoors. I am honored to be invited. It will be wall to wall Spirit of the Wild backstrap BloodBrothers and I virtually guarantee the greatest of times.

YELLOWHAMMER:
What’s it going to take to get a Republican back in the White House in 2016?

TED NUGENT:
The GOP has lost its soul and a critical anatomical appendage necessary to properly represent the productive working hard playing hard families of this great country. They need to drop the Mr. Roger’s pleasantry BS and take a hard core stand against the liberal democrat goons who hate freedom, hate guns, hate hunting, hate individualism, hate entrepreneurs, hate independence, hate rugged individualism and expose the vile Saul Alinsky scam of their hateful agenda. We need a bigger, badder, bolder, tougher Ronald Reagan and we need him now!

YELLOWHAMMER:
People pay attention to what you say because you’ve been a passionate defender of Americans’ rights, especially the 2nd Amendment, but you also get a lot of attention for occasionally making some pretty inflammatory remarks. Cutting through all the rhetoric, what’s the overall message you’re hoping to communicate to the American people?

TED NUGENT:
Only wimps have a problem with my inflammatory remarks. Educated people know that it takes bold, even brazen language to honestly identify the criminal violations of such a lying, racist, America hating president and his criminal gunrunning AG Eric Holder. Trying to be civil with such a vicious non-civil enemy is why we are in the mess we are in today. My message is so simple, it’s stupid: We the people are supposed to be in charge of this country, and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights are the self-evident truths by which all decisions and policies must be made and enforced. I will go down in history as the good guy with balls. The Obama gang will go down in history as an evil force hellbent on destroying America, and if we let them get away with it, we will go down in history as the dumbest, most soulless society in the history of mankind. I fight nonstop daily to keep them from doing it. Everyone should.


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4 years ago

VIDEO: Alabama’s ‘We Dare Defend Our Rights’ motto played role in landing Remington


(Above: Gov. Bentley announces Remington is coming to Alabama, Remington CEO George Kollitides says the state’s motto played a role in getting them to come.)

HUNTSVILLE — Dozens of lawmakers, economic development advocates, and members of the press packed into the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon to welcome the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturer, Remington Outdoor Company, to Alabama.

“I am honored to welcome Remington to Alabama,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “The Alabama workforce, our business climate and our quality of life continue to make Alabama extremely attractive to companies. Remington will soon experience the same type of success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced. Today’s announcement will create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville, and reflects a statewide capital investment of $110 million. Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company.”

Monday’s event was the culmination of almost a year’s worth of work.

In the spring of 2013, Remington began looking at locations all over the country that could be potential sites for their massive planned expansion. A couple dozen states pursued the company. Nine sites in Alabama alone were presented as possible locations. But Remington’s CEO said the company decided very quickly that Huntsville, Ala. was the ideal location for their new facility.

For the next 6-8 months, Remington and Alabama officials engaged in a long series of discussions that were so secretive that most people actively involved in the project didn’t even know the name of the company they were pursuing; they only new the project’s code name — “Traveler.”

“With the acquisition of this facility, we plan to create 2,000 jobs in Huntsville over the next decade,” George Kollitides, Chairman and CEO, Remington Outdoor Company said. “This additional capacity is essential to fulfill demand and introduce new products. Having watched our Company grow from 2,400 employees in 2008 to 4,200 employees by the end of 2013, a five year, 75 percent increase, it is easy to see why we’re investing now.”

Remington had a record breaking year in 2013, expanding its ammunition facility, increasing its firearm capacity, winning numerous military and law enforcement contracts, launching its 1816 lifestyle brand and introducing a series of new products.

“2013 was an outstanding year during which we grew by every key measure,” Kollitides said. “We are capitalizing on this momentum by strengthening our positions across the board. With demand for our products at an historic high and more new product launches planned for 2014 than ever before in our 200-year history, we are investing in the future.”

Following facility upgrades, ROC is expected to begin operations in Alabama within the next 18 months.

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4 years ago

Remington Arms moving 2,000+ jobs from NY to Alabama

Remington

High level sources have informed Yellowhammer News that Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama.

The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employees around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce.

“The company is making the move as an expansion of capacity, production and research,” a source told Yellowhammer on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. “The demand for Remington products has skyrocketed recently, for obvious reasons, so they need to increase their production capacity. They will be expanding their research capabilities with the Alabama plant, too.”

The initial estimated impact on Alabama’s economy will be roughly $87 million.

According to Remington’s website, the company designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

Remington first began considering new locations after the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. In addition to banning magazines that contain more than seven rounds and requiring instant background checks on ammo purchases,  the NY SAFE Act broadened the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include a wide range of guns, including the Bushmaster, which was being manufactured at Remington’s New York plant.

Almost half the states in the country have made pitches to Remington, included Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. But in the end, the company chose Huntsville, Ala.

Remington

The optics could not be worse for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who told WCNY radio host Susan Arbetter about a month ago that “extreme conservatives” who are “right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay,” have “no place in the state of New York.”

Gov. Bentley and Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard both immediately responded to Cuomo’s comments.

“In Alabama we strongly support and uphold our great U.S. Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded,” Bentley told Yellowhammer. “The Constitution serves to protect individual Freedoms. Among them are those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. We will protect the Freedoms of individuals and welcome any one or any company to Alabama to discover as so many have, that we are a pro-business state filled with good, hardworking people.”

“If he doesn’t want hard working pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment people in his state, we will gladly take them here in Alabama,” Speaker Hubbard added.

It looks like that’s exactly what is happening.

Yellowhammer will have full coverage of the announcement on Monday.


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