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Load HEAT- Janina Gavankar

With strings of recurring roles on shows like Arrow, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The League and a gazillion other shows, sultry looking Janina Gavankar isn’t a household name, but she’s got an unforgettable look.

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Load HEAT- Kate Mara

Maybe not as well known as her sister Rooney Mara, Kate Mara is, I think, the prettier of the two. She’s also the great granddaughter of the founders of the New York Giants, and the Pittsburg Steelers.

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You may know her from House of Cards or from 24. I know her as the girl that had a threesome with Sophia Bush and some dude, on Nip/Tuck (NSFW).

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Load HEAT- Lisa Faulkner

Lisa Faulkner is relatively unknown here in the US, though some of you may know the 41 year old blonde beauty from Canada’s Murdoch Mysteries.

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Personally, I’ll always remember her from her very brief role on the Brit series Spooks, better known here as MI-5.

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Load HEAT- Natalie Dormer

I first noticed Natalie in Captain America. Most of you probably recognize her from The Tudors or Game of Thrones. And now, here.

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Load HEAT-Genesis Rodriguez

So, a friend mentioned that they were watching the movie Man on a Ledge again. I expressed disdain for the idea of even considering watching that. My friend responded with a pic of this week’s hottie, Genesis Rodriguez.

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As an aside, for the ladies, Genesis is the daughter of hugely popular Latin singer Jose Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez.

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Load HEAT- Jordana Brewster

Roamy suggested this week’s hottie, Jordana Brewster. Born in Panama, with English, Scottish, and Brazilian heritage, raised in England, Brazil, and New York, a Yalie, and of course, most famous for playing Mia Torretto in the Fast and the Furious movies, she’s also an accomplished swimsuit model, just like her mom!

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Load HEAT- Lili Taylor

So, we’ve posted a lot of beautiful women. Today we’re gonna post an ugly one. Lili Taylor has made a career as a supporting actress, often playing the plain, or ugly girl to offset the hottie. But she’s only “Hollywood Ugly.” In fact, I think she’s a good looking woman. How many actresses normally have to be made down?

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Load HEAT- Tiffani Amber Theissen

Who doesn’t love sweet little Kelly Kapowski?

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Load HEAT- Anna Kendrick

She managed to star in Twilight and not be loathed by everyone, she’s an Academy Award nominated actress, a successful singer, and she’s cute as a button. Anna Kendrick is also this week’s hottie.

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Load HEAT- Chloe Bennet

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Load HEAT-Sabrina Salerno

So, you probably remember the delightful Michelle Jenneke dancing as a warm-up prior to running the hurdles.

And that catchy little tune sent me searching, and finding the singer, the beautiful Italian singer/actress Sabrina Salerno. The problem choosing a European woman like Sabrina is there are a ton of pics available, but not very many where she’s not topless.  :(

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Load HEAT- Diane Farr

Lots of you remember Diane Farr from Rescue Me, but I mostly know her from Numb3rs. She’s done a ton of other series. And looked great in just about every one.

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Mental Health and the 2nd Amendment

In many of the recent mass shooting events, we’ve learned that the perpetrators were mentally unstable, and should not have had legal access to firearms.  Immediately after every such shooting, gun control advocates call for more and more restrictions on the sale, possession and use of guns.  Pro 2nd Amendment people point out that denying the law abiding citizen his rights guaranteed under the Constitution does nothing to prevent such tragedy, and urge better mental health care.  Identifying the mentally unsound, and providing them with health care is seen as a proper way to minimize the risk to society.

The problem is, it necessarily falls to the government to define who is mentally unsound, either directly, or via health care providers reporting patients to the state.

In a preternatural example of tone-deafness, an administration under fire for snooping into Americans’ privacy is now proposing to waive federal privacy laws so psychiatrists can report their gun-owning patients to the government.

The Department of Health and Human Service’s “notice of proposed rule-making,” floated by the White House in a Friday media dump, would waive portions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to allow psychiatrists to report their patients to the FBI’s gun-ban blacklist (the NICS system) on the basis of confidential communications.

The 1968 Gun Control Act bans guns for anyone who is “adjudicated as a mental defective or … committed to a mental institution.” Unfortunately, under 2008 NICS Improvement Act, drafted by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and its regulations, that “adjudication” can be made by any “other lawful authority.” This means a diagnosis by a single psychiatrist in connection with a government program.

In the case of nearly 175,000 law-abiding veterans, the “lawful authority” has been a Department of Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, who, generally, will take away a veteran’s guns by unilaterally declaring him incompetent and appointing a guardian over his financial affairs. Certainly, the findings can be appealed, but most veterans don’t have the tens of thousands of dollars to hire lawyers and psychiatrists to do so.

The CGA of ‘68, as noted, says anyone adjudicated as a mental defective. And therein lies the problem.  To a layman such as myself, that word implies the involvement of a judge, in a courtroom, wherein the state must prove its contention, and the presumption of soundness rests with the individual.

And yet, somehow, we’ve found ourselves in a situation where now instead, rights of individuals are decided by bureaucrats and physicians (often Veterans Affairs doctors), with the presumption that their sole opinion is determinative. The burden of proof falls upon the individual.

The loss of soldiers and veterans to suicide has been a tragedy. The Army has made strenuous efforts to identify soldiers at risk, and help them to find the tools to cope.  Theoretically, this effort extends to the VA.

But VA doctors (and indeed, many private mental health care providers) have an incentive to err on the side of caution. There is no upside for them to not declare a patient competent. Further, should a provider have a bias against guns (something a patient is unlikely to know before securing their services), they may be ideologically motivated to declare a patient unfit.

Most alarmingly, it is hard to not suspect that the current administration sees this regulatory scheme more as a method of gun control than of providing mental health care.  What’s more, even the most casual observer of the news will note that the default assumption of the political Left is that any objection to their political goals is prima facie evidence of mental illness.  Indeed, the Soviet Union infamously used the “diagnosis” of mental illness to banish political opposition to care facilities, very often conveniently located in Siberia.

The tragedy is, there are veterans who desperately wish to avail themselves of care through the VA, but cannot trust their own government. The very government that handed them an automatic rifle is seen as far too willing to seize their private property, and indeed, their entire financial independence. These guardians of liberty are forced to risk their own lives, to live with the possibility they may choose suicide, or surrender the very liberty for which they fought. Ironically, a civilian with repeated episodes of odd behavior has far more ability to preserve his gun rights than a veteran.

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Load HEAT- Sophia Bush

We don’t like to do repeats here very often, but sometimes, a beautiful woman keeps getting more and more beautiful.

We’ve been in love with the stunning, sultry Sophia Bush since her early days on One Tree Hill. And now she’s gone from high school cheerleader to gritty detective on NBC’s Chicago PD premiering January 8. Good to see her back in action.

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Load HEAT- Jaimie Alexander

You can thank Roamy for suggesting this week’s entry, Jaimie Alexander. Her biggest role so far as been playing Sif, in Thor and the recent Thor-The Dark World. We love us some hot chicks in armor.

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Load HEAT- Mrs. Claus

We all know who does all the real work of getting the Fat Guy ready for his one day of work each year. Let’s hear it for Mrs. Claus, and all the “Mrs. Claus’” out there reading the blog!

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Merry Christmas!

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Load HEAT- Parminder Nagra

Like everybody else, I first saw Parminder Nagra in Bend It Like Beckham (where most of us also saw Keira Knightly for the first time). She raised temps on ER and she’s rockin’ it on The Blacklist as a CIA operative.

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Load HEAT- Melissa Rauch

She plays a hot and nerdy chick on The Big Bang Theory.

Meh, our hot and nerdy chicks here are the real thing.

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Close Quarters Marksmanship

From Think Defence

Back in my day, close quarters shooting simply wasn’t done. The safety issues meant absolutely nothing like realistic short range combat shooting could be done. All firing had to be from the prone position. Which, if you’re in a field with thigh high grass is pretty difficult.

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Load HEAT- Amanda Tapping

Long a staple of sci-fi, especially on Stargate SG-1, Amanda Tapping keeps getting better and better.

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Load HEAT- Sofia Milos

CSI:Miami was cheezier than a block of cheddar, but it *did* have the redeeming quality of being chock full of hot chicks like Eva LaRue, Emily Proctor, and this week’s hottie, Sofia Milos.

Yeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Load HEAT- Jedidiah Bila

There’s just something extra special about conservative women. Like Fox News Channel contributor Jedidiah Bila.

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Load HEAT- Mary Stuart Masterson

She had roles in three fantastic movies, Some Kind of Wonderful, Gardens of Stone, and Fried Green Tomatoes*.  If you didn’t love her in these movies, you have no soul.

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*Which was the big break for friend of the blog Peabody Award Winning Actor Nick Searcy.

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Load HEAT- Marie Osmond

I guess Jason forgot he volunteered to cover Load HEAT this week. So we have to go with the only spare I have handy on this laptop, since I’m still traveling.

Mind you, I like Marie Osmond. Not for her singing or any of that. It’s just that like oh-so-many Mormon women, she’s good looking, and ages very, very well.

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Concealment =/= Cover

Here’s an interesting look at some of the penetration capabilities of various small arms. And if you stick with it to part 3, there’s some splodey thrown in for good measure.

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