Election Time’s a Comin’

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC last month, per the Hill. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. . . . There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

And Obama agrees, or seemed to think so in 2011, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Ken Walsh.

“A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to ‘take back’ their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea,” Walsh wrote. “He agreed that there was a ‘subterranean agenda’ in the anti-Obama movement — a racially biased one — that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.”

Good thing Crazy Uncle Joe (The VP) is not on board :)

Vice President Joe Biden staked his claim to the labor vote by declaring that “it’s time to take back America” in order to ensure that the middle class gets an “equal share” of prosperity in the country.

“If we don’t, America’s in trouble,” Biden said in Detroit Monday. (NRO)

Or maybe, being a white guy he’s just a crazy old racist! :) Isn’t every white person these days?

I mean the election is 2 months away, so time to ratchet up the fear, and the hatred, and Divide & Conquer to hopeful victory!

Hope & Change is back! :)

Fear is Hope!

And Control is Change.

Rejoice!
Or what could be the Democrat mantra: Racism for thee but not for me.

Democrats are using the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month to mobilize black voters ahead of the midterm elections. It could impact the races in Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas, where black voters represent a significant part of the electorate. African-Americans represent thirty percent of eligible voters in Louisiana and Georgia alone. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin indicated that African-Americans “played a pivotal role” in 1998 elections. Yet, trying to drive up voter turnout will be tricky since the states that will determine if Democrats keep the Senate are in the south, where Obama is deeply unpopular (NYT)

But we are dealing with the morally and ethically win-at-any-cost end justifies the means Liberals. So why not use a dead man and racism as a  campaign tactic. As long as it works, Liberals don’t care.

Which is why they are Sanctimoniously superior to you mere mortal and should rule everyone and everything with absolute power!. :)

They have no shame. Why should they? They are Homo Superior Liberalis, a superior form of life, you’re just too stupid to recognize it, so they have to force you any way they can to accept their superiority.

Now, that’s America, for you. :)

 

 

 

 

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The Future?

The future of ObamaCare?

LONDON (AP) — The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.

Patricia King told the BBC on Monday it was an “absolute disgrace” that her son and daughter-in-law were accused of child neglect after they took 5-year-old Ashya from Southhampton General Hospital last week. The family says UK authorities had refused to give Ashya the kind of treatment he needed.

The family has criticized Britain’s health care system, saying he needs an advanced treatment option called proton beam therapy and that it wasn’t being made available to him.

King’s parents were arrested Sunday in southeastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor and after his parents’ arrest he was admitted to a Spanish hospital.(AP)

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.

Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these “advance care planning” conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans. People are living longer with illnesses, and many want more input into how they will spend their final days, including whether they want to die at home or in the hospital, and whether they want full-fledged life-sustaining treatment, just pain relief or something in between. Some states, including Colorado and Oregon, recently began covering the sessions for Medicaid patients.

But far more significant, Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association, the country’s largest association of physicians and medical students. One of the A.M.A.’s roles is to create billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers. It recently created codes for end-of-life conversations and submitted them to Medicare.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Medicare, would not discuss whether it will agree to cover end-of-life discussions; its decision is expected this fall. (NYT)

So if you skip out on them, they will find you. If you’re too old and too sick for them they want you to end it all.

We are from the Government and we are here to Help You!

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5th Anniversary

1,788 posts later it’s this blog’s 5th Anniversary and nothing better than this says how far (or low) we’ve come in those 5 years.

The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit last year on behalf of eleven illegal immigrants who deported themselves. The settlement reached on Wednesday will only cover “longtime California residents with relatives who are U.S. citizens and… young migrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally” who deported themselves between 2009 and 2013. An ACLU official has indicated that there were nearly 250,000 people who were “deported voluntarily from Southern California between 2009 and 2013″ and estimated to the Los Angeles Times that the “number of repatriations could reach into the hundreds or thousands.”

The U.S. government, through ad buys online, in print, on billboards, and on radio stations, will hope to reach “friends and family of the affected class” in Southern California and Mexico. According to the settlement, the federal government will advertise on television channels like Univision, ESPN Deportes, MundoFox, El Universal, and the Univision Deportes Network. They will also partner with People en Espanol and even the Mexico National Football Team in addition to placing billboards “in high population Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali, as well as focusing placements near border crossings.”

U.S. officials will also place “radio ads :60 in length… on top Spanish speaking radio stations near the Mexico/U.S. border.” Those who search for “Lopez Case,” “Lopez Class Action,” “Voluntary Return to Mexico,” “Rights for Detainees,” “Detained by ICE,” and “Returned to Mexico by ICE” will also be targeted with information about the settlement.

The US Government is actively advertising for Illegal Aliens to come back into this country.

‘Nuff said.

The Political Correctness nazis spilled over into my favorite shhow this week when a Lizard Woman and her “wife” (a human) kissed (actually it was a transfer of oxygen not a kiss) and some nuts “got offended” and now that scene will be cut from Asian prints of the show.

GET A LIFE!

The political correctness movement has spun out of control at schools nationwide. The latest victim is a student’s ability to say, “Bless you” in the classroom without fear of a grade deduction. The polite saying is now under assault by the PC police looking to restrict student’s rights.

Just how far will the political correctness movement go in our nation’s schools? This year alone we have seen luau parties protested and elementary school shows where the “YMCA” protested—because they were deemed as racist and insensitive. Students have been sent home for wearing shirts with branding of conservative organizations or the American flag. While these are more subtle examples of free speech restrictions at schools there are more alarming examples.

The rise of “free speech” zones on campuses should be worrisome to many because those zones restrict free speech rights to small, designated areas on campuses. Students are now being denied a fundamental right—free speech. For example, at Pennsylvania State University—an 8,500 acre campus restricts student free speech rights to just 12 small zones on campus.

In a nationwide survey conducted by Young America’s Foundation (YAF), 52% of students said that professors often do not present alternative viewpoints when there are different sides to an issue. This underscores that most lessons in today’s classrooms are often not taught from an objective viewpoint. We have seen many examples of indoctrination in the classroom and professors who use their classes as soapboxes.

It’s worth noting that campus “sensitivity” trainings are on the rise, yet intolerance toward conservative students only seems to grow. Students are now being asked, or required in some cases, to “check their privilege” at the door because, according to school administrations, every student should be on equal footing.

Young America’s Foundation polling also shows that 75% of 2014 graduates, were required to take courses in race and ethnicity, diversity, and gender studies in order to graduate. This poll was conducted after a report showed that the University of Michigan was also requiring students to take a course in race & ethnicity, which taught about “the inherent racism in America.” When viewing the content of these courses, it is clear that many are not being taught objectively but rather with a liberal bias. Why is it that our students are now required to take such courses, and where are the conservative courses?

Not only does there appear to be no objectivity in the classroom, but students are subject to liberal commencement speakers as well as a plethora of expensive liberal speakers, such as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, throughout the school year. We are living in a politically correct environment and it begins in our schools.

In May, Michael Bloomberg stated, “Colleges are supposed to be a place where students learn how to think, not where they are told what to think.” Bloomberg’s comments are worth applauding. Even Bloomberg recognizes the growing intolerance toward conservative ideas on campuses and the consequences of suppressing free speech. (Townhall)

The Left’s version of the Real First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Any religion,and mocking the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE speech, or of the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble to worship the LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES and protest it’s enemies, any assembly otherwise in opposition must therefore be “terrorism” or “racism”, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances against Corporations and to seek “social justice” at all costs.

The rights of Conservative to free speech only extends to them agreeing with The Left or just shutting the hell up and doing as you’re told. Period.

That’s where we are 5 years later.

Welcome to Amerika!

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Thou Shalt Not…Part II

Bacon, the Devil’s Food!

After Being Fined and Forced to Host Gay Weddings, Christian Farm Owners Make Drastic Decision That ‘Will Likely Hurt Their Business’

I want to thank the Egotistical Liberals for their “tolerance” and “sensitivity” for ruining the “choice” for everyone because they have to feel powerful and stroke their egos!

They go looking for people to sue and be “offended” by. It gives them power.

Yeah, they stuck it to those “hateful” “right wing Christians”! And I’m sure they are damn proud of themselves!

Congrats, you spoiled it for everyone. Your “discrimination” has hurt our “choice”. Your “freedom” to have your Lawyer-on-Speed-Dial crush anyone anytime some uppity non-Gay Liberal dares to get in your way is very “diverse” and loving of you.

Some are just more “equal” than others…. :)

Should the government be in the business of “re-educating” its citizens to change their moral beliefs?

No. But don’t tell that to the Sanctimonious Left!

A husband and wife who were fined $13,000 and told they could not discriminate against same-sex couples after refusing to allow a gay wedding on their New York farm have announced that they will “no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property.”

“Going forward, [Cynthia and Robert Gifford] have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property (other than the ones already under contract),” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told TheBlaze in a statement.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the Giffords’ farm is a public accommodation because they rent their space out, and they therefore must abide by New York anti-discrimination law.

“Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” Trainor said.

The family will continue hosting wedding receptions, but ceremonies — which have traditionally been hosted inside the Giffords’ home on the property or at another nearby location — will immediately cease. Same-sex receptions will be allowed on the grounds.

The move comes after Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a lesbian couple, approached Cynthia and Robert Giffords in 2012 and inquired about holding their nuptials at the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York.

The Giffordses, who are Christian and hold the belief that marriage is restricted to one man and one woman, said the couple was welcome to hold their reception on the property, but not the actual ceremony.

McCarthy and Erwin complained to New York’s Division of Human Rights, claiming they had been discriminated against as a result of their sexual orientation.

A judge subsequently ruled in their favor, rejecting the Giffords’ argument that the family owns a private business that is legally permitted to issue such refusals.

Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that Liberty Ridge Farm is a public accommodation because it rents its space and regularly collects fees from the public. The judge said the fact that the owners live on the premises does not mean that their business is private in nature.

Pares ordered that the Giffordses must abide by anti-discrimination regulations under New York’s Human Rights Law and must pay a $10,000 fine, as well as an additional $1,500 each to McCarthy and Erwin, Religion News Service reported.

A representative for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, told TheBlaze that in addition to the fines, New York State is forcing the Giffordses to” teach classes to their employees that impose the state’s view of marriage.” Gay marriage was legalized in the state in 2011.

The Alliance Defending Freedom said the Giffordses should have the right to hold and exercise their religious views without the “threat of government punishment.”

The Giffordses and their attorneys believe that the family has been punished for taking a biblical position and for exercising their First Amendment rights.

“The government should not force anyone to participate in or celebrate an event that violates their faith and beliefs. However, that’s exactly what the state of New York has done to the Giffords,” the firm said. “The Giffords serve all people with respect and care. They have hired homosexual employees and have hosted events for same-sex couples.”

The family has not yet decided if it will appeal the judge’s decision. (The Blaze)

The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff. (Daily Signal)

But what do I know…I’m just a “hater”…:)

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The Consequences of The Left

race card 2What The Politically Correct “Raci$t” Card has wrought (in “more sophisticated” Europe)

Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN

  • Report found 1,400 children abused between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham
  • The figure is likely to be a conservative estimate of the true scale
  • Victims terrorised with guns and doused in petrol and threatened with fire
  • More than a third of the cases were already know to agencies 
  • Author of the report condemned ‘blatant’ failings by council’s leadership
  • Action blocked by political correctness as staff ‘feared appearing racist’ 
  • Majority of victims described the perpetrators as ‘Asian’ men 
  • Leader of Rotherham Council has stepped down with immediate effect  
  • No council employees will receive disciplinary action, leaders state 

The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today. 

Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed. 

And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies. 

But according to the report’s author: ‘several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist’.

 

Sex gang: Adil Hussain (left) and Razwan Razaq (right) were jailed in 2010 for abusing children in RotherhamSex gang: Adil Hussain (left) and Razwan Razaq (right) were jailed in 2010 for abusing children in RotherhamGang: Umar Razaq was another of the five-strong sex gang jailed and placed on the sex offenders' register

Horrific: A report has discovered that 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period. Adil Hussain (left) and Razwan Razaq (right) were jailed in 2010 for grooming young girls in the town

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, condemned the ‘blatant’ collective failures by the council’s leadership, concluding: ‘It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.’

The landmark report which exposed widespread failures of the council, police and social services revealed:

  • Victims were doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, terrorised with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and told they would be the next if they spoke out;
  • They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated;
  • One victim described gang rape as ‘a way of life'; 
  • Police ‘regarded many child victims with contempt'; 
  • Some fathers tried to rescue their children from abuse but were arrested themselves; 
  • The approximate figure of 1,400 abuse victims is likely to be a conservative estimate of the true scale of abuse.

The lack of reports was partly down to a fear of being racist, Prof Jay wrote, as the majority of the perpetrators were described as ‘Asian men’, and many were said to be of Pakistani origin. 

One young person told the inquiry that ‘gang rape’ was a usual part of growing up in the area of Rotherham where she lived.

 
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Jailed: Zafran Ramzan, 21, (left) was jailed for nine years and Mohsin Khan (right) for four in the same case

In two cases, fathers had tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused – only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene. 

And one child declined her initial offer to give a statement after allegedly receiving a text from a perpetrator threatening to harm her younger sister.

The failures happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 ‘which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham’. 

Prof Jay said the first of these reports was ‘effectively suppressed’ because senior officers did not believe the data.

The other two were ignored, the professor said. 

Fears had also been raised by schools over the 16 years but the alerts went uninvestigated.

Teachers reported seeing children as young as 11, 12 and 13 being picked up outside schools by cars and taxis, given presents and mobile phones and taken to meet large numbers of unknown men in Rotherham or other local towns and cities. 

The majority of victims believed the perpetrators to be their boyfriend who gave them gifts, alcohol and drugs. Some of the victims still maintain they were not groomed or abused.

Analysing the case studies, Prof Jay said many of the children came from dysfunctional families, had parents with addictions, and had suffered domestic or sexual abuse as a child.

Condemned: Professor Alexis Jay, author of the report, blasted the 'blatant' failing of Rotherham Council

Condemned: Professor Alexis Jay, author of the report, blasted the ‘blatant’ failing of Rotherham Council

Widespread: More than a third of the sexual abuse cases were known to agencies but not followed up

Widespread: More than a third of the sexual abuse cases were known to agencies but not followed up

Some had serious mental health problems.

Councillors seemed to dismiss previous reports as a one-off problem which they hoped would go away, according to Prof Jay.

She said: ‘Others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.’

The spotlight first fell on Rotherham in 2010 when five men, described by a judge as ‘sexual predators’, were given lengthy jail terms after they were found guilty of grooming teenage girls for sex. 

The five men – Umar Razaq, Adil Hussain, Razwan Razaq, Zafran Ramzan, and Mohsin Khan – preyed on their victims over several months and threatened them with violence if they refused their advances.

One of the men branded his victim a ‘white bitch’ when she resisted, while a second smirked: ‘I’ve used you and abused you.’

The men, all British-born Pakistanis, attacked the four girls in play areas, parks and in the back of their cars, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

NO COUNCIL EMPLOYEES WILL FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION OVER ABUSE 

Martin Kimber said no council employees will face disciplinary action following the damning report

Martin Kimber said no council employees will face disciplinary action following the damning report.

The Politicians protect themselves. No one is held accountable. Sound familiar?

No council employees will face disciplinary action in a town where 1,400 children suffered sexual exploitation in a 16-year period, the local authority’s chief executive has said.

Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone resigned today following the publication of a shocking report which detailed gang rapes, grooming, trafficking and other sexual exploitation on a wide scale in the South Yorkshire town.

But Shaun Wright, the current Police Commissioner for South Yorkshire is Shaun Wright, who was widely criticised for failing to tackle sex abuse in Rotherham during his five-year stint in the council’s children and young people’s department, said he is more determined than ever to lead a Police Force that ‘effectively roots out the evil criminals who carry out such disgraceful abuse’.

Council chief executive Martin Kimber said he did not have the evidence to discipline any individuals working for the council despite the report saying there had been ‘blatant’ collective failures by its leadership at the time.

Mr Kimber said: ‘Officers in senior positions responsible for children’s safeguarding services throughout the critical periods when services fell some way short of today’s standards do not work for the council today.

‘To that extent, I have not been able to identify any issues of professional practice related to current serving officers of this council that would require me to consider use of disciplinary or capability procedures.’

Mr Stone said in a statement: ‘Having considered the report, I believe it is only right that I, as leader, take responsibility on behalf of the council for the historic failings that are described so clearly in the report and it is my intention to do so.

‘For this reason, I have today agreed with my Labour group colleagues that I will be stepping down as leader with immediate effect.’

A statement released on behalf of Mr Wright said: ‘Professor Jay’s report makes recommendations for improvements in the way South Yorkshire Police deal with these crimes, and Mr Wright will be meeting with the Chief Constable to ensure these are implemented in full.

‘He is more determined than ever to lead a Police Force that effectively roots out the evil criminals who carry out such disgraceful abuse to South Yorkshire children and brings them to justice.’

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, said she found examples of ‘children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone’.

She said: ‘They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.’

She said she found that girls as young as 11 had been raped by large numbers of men.

They gave them gifts and introduced them to their friends. The girls were abused so frequently that after many months it ‘became a way of life’.

The girls, who were being monitored by social services, were eventually rescued by police and removed from their homes amid growing concerns for their safety.

The leader of Rotherham Council, Roger Stone, has today quit in light of the findings. He has led the council since 2003. 

The current Police Commissioner for South Yorkshire is Shaun Wright, who was widely criticised for failing to tackle sex abuse in Rotherham during his five-year stint in the council’s children and young people’s department.

From 2005 to 2010, Cllr Wright was in charge of children’s services in the borough and worked closely with Joyce Thacker, who became Director of Children’s Services in 2008. 

The prosecution was the first of a series of high-profile cases in the last four years that have revealed the exploitation of young girls in towns and cities including Rochdale, Derby and Oxford.

HORRIFIC MURDER OF GIRL, 17, KILLED FOR ‘BRINGING SHAME’ ON TWO PAKISTANI FAMILIES WHOSE MEN HAD USED HER FOR SEX… AND SOCIAL WORKERS KNEW SHE WAS AT RISK FROM THE AGE OF 11

Laura Wilson, 17, was murdered for bringing shame on the families of two Pakistani men who had used her for sex

Laura Wilson, 17, was murdered for bringing shame on the families of two Pakistani men who had used her for sex

The spotlight fell on Rotherham in 2010, after Laura Wilson, 17, was murdered for bringing shame on the families of two Pakistani men who had used her for sex.

It was later revealed that social workers had known for six years that the white teenage mother was at clear risk from predatory Asian gangs, and had received information about certain adults suspected of targeting her from the age of 11.

Laura, 17, had been groomed by a string of British Pakistanis before she was stabbed and thrown into a canal to die for informing her abusers’ families of the sexual relationships.

Her killer Ashtiaq Asghar, who was 18 at the time, was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to murdering Laura in October 2010.

In 2012, the council’s Safeguarding Children Board published a serious case review but key passages which reveal they knew she was at particular risk from ‘Asian men’ had been blocked out with black lines.
The council went to court in an attempt to tried to suppress the hidden information after a uncensored copy of the report was leaked to the Times newspaper but they abandoned legal action.

The uncensored report confirms that Laura, identified as Child S, had dealings with 15 agencies and identified ‘numerous missed opportunities’ to protect her.

It states that she eventually became ‘almost invisible’ to care professionals.

The hidden information included the knowledge that at the age of 13 Laura and a friend had been given alcohol by men at a takeaway who then asked what she would give them in return.

Murder: Laura was stabbed repeatedly by 18-year-old Ashtiaq Asghar before being thrown into this South Yorkshire canal to die

Murder: Laura was stabbed repeatedly by 18-year-old Ashtiaq Asghar before being thrown into this South Yorkshire canal to die

She had also been referred to a child sexual exploitation project just three months after her 11th birthday. Another censored passage reveals that Laura had been ‘mentioned’ during a 2009 police inquiry that eventually led to the conviction of five Pakistani men for sex offences against three underage girls.

While the published report mentioned the fact that a friend, who Laura knew when she was 10, was ‘thought to have become involved in sexual exploitation’, it concealed the succeeding passage which read: ‘with particular reference to Asian men’.

In August 2013, four women launched legal action against Rotherham council over ‘systematic failures’ to protect them from ‘sexual abuse by predatory men when they were children’ according to their lawyers.

One girl, known only as ‘Jessica’ claims she was abused daily as a 14-year-old by a 24-year-old man after social services failed to accept that she was a victim grooming.

On one ocassion married father-of-two Arshid Hussain was even caught with the half naked schoolgirl under his bed but documents revealed that police arrested her – and let him go.

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has become known as Britain’s under-age sex capital, after a string of high profile cased where authorities have let down vulnerable children.

In another shocking case, reported in 2012, a 13-year-old girl told police how she had been groomed and raped by an Asian sex gang.

She wrote a harrowing letter to herself at the age of 14 addressed to her alter-ego Michelle, in which she wrote, ‘I feel like the Asians really hate me even when they say they love me’.

The girl, who told police in 2003 about the rape that took her virginity and the time five men queued outside a bedroom to demand sex from her, added, ‘They took all my dreams and my life away from me.’

Warnings: The report comes after two others done between 2002 and 2006 which 'could not have been clearer'

Warnings: The report comes after two others done between 2002 and 2006 which ‘could not have been clearer’

Children as young as 11 were doused in petrol and threatened with fire and told not to speak out in the town (pictured)

Children as young as 11 were doused in petrol and threatened with fire and told not to speak out in the town

Following the 2010 case, The Times claimed that details from 200 restricted-access documents showed how police and child protection agencies in the South Yorkshire town had extensive knowledge of these activities for a decade, yet a string of offences went unprosecuted.

The allegations led to a range of official investigations, including one by the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, called the report ‘utterly devastating’ and praised the victims for coming forward.

She said: ‘Their bravery in coming forward to give evidence to this inquiry is truly admirable. We can only hope this will help to protect other children from abuse in the future.

”That is why it is urgent that the Government gets the overarching inquiry into child abuse up and running. We need this to focus on gaps in the current child protection system, as well as historic child abuse.’

Last year, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright said there had been ‘a failure of management’ at South Yorkshire Police as he responded to a report into his force on this issue by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

‘I ABHOR THE LIFELONG DAMAGE THAT WAS WREAKED UPON THE LIVES OF ALL THOSE AFFECTED': STATEMENT FROM ROTHERHAM COUNCIL LEADER ROGER STONE AS HE STEPS DOWN FOLLOWING DAMNING REPORT

Resigned: Roger Stone has stepped down with immediate effect following the release of the report

Resigned: Roger Stone has stepped down with immediate effect following the release of the report

WE got ourselves a sacrificial Lamb! oooh…now I feel better! :)

Announcing his resignation with immediate effect, Roger Stone said: ‘Today’s publication of Alexis Jay’s inquiry report has highlighted historic failings by Rotherham Borough Council and its partners in tackling the scourge that is child sexual exploitation.

‘The Council will now rightly consider the next steps to be taken following its publication, including ways to build on the significant improvements put in place in recent years.

‘I join our Chief Executive Martin Kimber and our Cabinet Member Cllr Paul Lakin in sending my heartfelt apologies to those young people and their families who this report shows have been badly let down by the Council in the past.

‘Like any right-minded person, I am disgusted by CSE and abhor the lifelong damage that it wreaks upon the lives of all those affected by it.

‘It is a matter of great regret for me, as it is for many others, that so many people have been traumatised by CSE here in Rotherham.

‘However, having considered the report, I believe it is only right that I, as Leader, take responsibility on behalf of the Council for the historic failings that are described so clearly in the report and it is my intention to do so.

‘For this reason, I have today agreed with my Labour Group colleagues that I will be stepping down as Leader, with immediate effect.

‘A new Leader will be elected in due course.

‘I have always considered my most important job as Leader has been to share my passion for this borough and to work in the best interests of everyone here in Rotherham.

‘I believe my decision to step down, though not an easy one for me to make, does exactly that, allowing a new chapter in the history of Rotherham Borough Council to begin.

‘I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those within the Council and in our partner organisations who have worked with me over the past 10 years and I wish them all the very best for the future.’ 

Rotherham child sex victim, 15, doused in petrol and threatened with fire after she was trafficked to three different cities

One victim of child sex abuse in Rotherham was trafficked for sex to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield by the time she was 15-years-old and was doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight.

The girl, referred to only as Child B in today’s report, was threatened with being forced into prostitution, her older sibling was taken to hospital, and the windows of their house were shattered.

The report said she was ‘groomed by an older man involved in the exploitation of other children’.

The report said: ‘Child B loved this man. He trafficked her to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield and offered to provide her with a flat in one of those cities.

 
One victim of child sex abuse in Rotherham was trafficked for sex to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield by the time she was 15-years-old and was doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight

One victim of child sex abuse in Rotherham was trafficked for sex to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield by the time she was 15-years-old and was doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight

‘A child protection referral was made but the social care case file recorded no response to this.’

The report detailed how ‘within just a few months Child B and her family were living in fear of their lives’.

The report said: ‘Child B and her mother refused to have anything more to do with the police because they believed the police could do nothing to protect them.’

It added: ‘Child B had been stalked and had petrol poured over her head and was threatened with being set alight.

‘She took overdoses. She and her family were too terrified to make statements to the police.’

The report said the teenager was homeless by the time she was 18.

It concluded: ‘She referred herself to children’s social care and was given advice about benefits. No further action was taken. This child and her family were completely failed by all services with the exception of Risky Business (a local support group).’

A girl referred to as Child D was 13 when she was groomed, raped and trafficked by a violent sexual predator in the town.

‘Police and children’s social care were ineffective and seemed to blame the child,’ the report said.

It said: ‘An initial assessment accurately described the risks to Child D but appeared to blame her for “placing herself at risk of sexual exploitation and danger”.’

And the report concluded: ‘Other than Risky Business, agencies showed no comprehension that she had been groomed at 13, that she was terrified of the perpetrators, and that her attempts to placate them were themselves a symptom of the serious emotional harm that child sexual exploitation had caused her.’ (Daily Mail UK)

But at least they weren’t Raci$ts! That’s the important thing… :)

And no politically correct politicians or social workers were harmed in the making of this fiasco. Thank goodness. :)

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Delusion & Deception

 

The Ministry of Truth goes into overdrive with an election only a couple of months away…

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.” That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. “We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News. (townhall)

Oh, and her emails weren’t destroyed by a hard drive crash, that was a Benghazi style deception…

In a speech this week, President Obama showed he’s just as detached about the economy as he is about foreign affairs, offering an upbeat economic assessment that would make even Pollyanna cringe.

In a single paragraph in his speech to the American Legion on Tuesday, Obama rattled off some of his alleged domestic achievements. More jobs, booming industries, more kids graduating.

But like most things Obama says that aren’t flat untruths, these claims are wildly misleading. For example, the president says his policies rescued the country from what could have been another Great Depression and as a result we’re now “stronger at home.”

But the Ministry of Truth and pure partisan Thought Police will make it true or else! :)

But as IBD pointed out recently, by several measures the economy is worse off than it was when the recovery started back in June 2009. Among them: median household incomes are down, poverty is up, Social Security is weaker, the national debt is far larger.

And the country is, remarkably, more pessimistic about the economy today than it was five years ago.

Obama also says that he’s overseen “the longest streak in private-sector job creation in American history.”

Technically, that’s true. But what Obama fails to note is that under Reagan and Clinton, private-sector jobs increased for 71 and 85 months, respectively, interrupted in both cases by just one month of a tiny decline.

Nor does he point out that average monthly job growth on his watch has been about 20% slower than it was during those two expansions.

In fact, if the rate of job growth during Obama’s recovery had been merely average, there’d be almost 8 million more people with jobs today.

Obama also claims that “our auto industry and manufacturing are booming.” Booming? Manufacturing jobs have edged up a mere 1.4% since January 2013, and they’re still 400,000 below where they stood when Obama took office.

The industry’s return on equity is lower than the peak under President Bush, according to data from the National Association of Manufacturers.

And NAM head Jay Timmons says the industry’s successes in recent years “have come in spite of Washington.” Obama’s forthcoming massive greenhouse and smog rules could choke these off.

What about the auto industry? Yes, sales are up from the recessionary trough, but they missed expectations in July, and passenger-car sales through last month were up just 1% compared with last year, according to Motor Intelligence.

Analysts expect 2014 sales to end up somewhere around where they were in 2006, which considering the fact that the U.S. population increased 18 million over those years, isn’t exactly saying much.

If this is what Obama considers “booming,” it’s no wonder the economy is in such terrible shape. (IBD)

President Obama is enduring an awful summer of domestic troubles, foreign tragedies and a lost national narrative that’s put him on the defensive. He’ll try to recapture control of the country’s political dialogue next month by igniting an emotional controversy over legalizing illegal aliens.

But Tuesday the Democrat was in Charlotte to describe to American Legion members an exotic foreign land where November voters should be delighted to keep his party members in office. Obama’s full text is available here.

We’ve gathered some excerpts with our comments in italics to provide a flavor of the alien land this president sees through his bullet-proof windows. He doesn’t seem so much detached as delusional:

“Even as we face, yes, the hard tasks of our time, we should never lose sight of our progress as a people or the strength of our leadership in the world. (Just take my word for it.) ….We are stronger at home. (What?) Over the past 53 months, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs….

“Construction and housing are rebounding. Our auto industry and manufacturing are booming. Our high school graduation rate is at a record high. More young people are earning their college degrees than ever before. Millions more Americans now have quality, affordable healthcare (although the premium increases will surprise many). We’ve cut the deficit by more than half (from my own ridiculous trillion-dollar-plus deficits)….

“And just as we’re stronger at home, the United States is better positioned to lead in the 21st century than any nation on Earth. It’s not even close. We have the most powerful military in history — that’s certainly not close. (Although I am cutting it to mid-20th century levels). From Europe to Asia, our alliances are unrivaled. Our economy is the most dynamic.

“We’ve got the best workers. We’ve got the best businesses. We have the best universities and the best scientists. With our domestic energy revolution, including more renewable energy, we’re more energy independent. Our technologies connect the world. (Because I have not secured the borders) our freedoms and opportunities attract (millions of illegal) immigrants….

“And moreover, nobody else can do what we do. No other nation does more to underwrite the security and prosperity on which the world depends. In times of crisis, no other nation can rally such broad coalitions to stand up for international norms and peace. (Take Libya, for instance, where we assembled a coalition to oust Moammar Gaddafi and create yet another failed state for terrorist bands to roam)….

“That’s why the United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world.

“Now, sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely. ….You know the United States has to lead with strength and confidence and wisdom. And that’s why, after incredible sacrifice by so many of our men and women in uniform, we removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq (leaving the vacuum that ISIL now inhabits)….

“As we go forward, we’ll continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States. Now, as I’ve always made clear, the blows we’ve struck against al Qaeda’s leadership don’t mean the end to the terrorist threat. (To be honest, I’ve always made clear that Al Qaeda was “on the run”, “decimated” and “on the path to defeat.” I left out the ongoing threat part because of the 2012 election)….

“As Commander-in-Chief, the security of the American people is my highest priority, and that’s why, with the brutal terrorist group ISIL advancing in Iraq, I have (belatedly) authorized targeted strikes to protect our diplomats and military advisors….

“Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple: America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans (which is why two years after the Benghazi murders we’ve already captured one of the attack leaders who’ve been interviewed so often by U.S. media)….

“Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. But tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind of hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together for the security and dignity and freedom that is the birthright of every human being. (Although modern weapons seem to play a more important role than I like to admit).

“Even as our war in Afghanistan comes to an end, we will stay vigilant….When I was here at the Legion three years ago, I said that the bond between our forces and our citizens has to be a sacred trust, and that for me, for my administration, upholding our trust with our veterans is not just a matter of policy, it is a moral obligation. (Which is why I took no real VA reform steps until CNN began exposing chronic abuses throughout the medical system last year)….

“We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding (because as a Democrat, I measure success solely by money spent)….But what we’ve come to learn (by reading the media) is the misconduct we’ve seen at too many facilities — with long wait times, and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books — is outrageous and inexcusable.

“As soon as it was disclosed (or within several months anyway), I got before the American people and I said we would not tolerate it….And we will not….. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems (that I campaigned against seven long years ago). We’re going to fix what is wrong….That is a solemn pledge and commitment that I’m making to you here (just as I repeatedly promised that all Americans could keep their doctor and insurance plans under ObamaCare)….

“Already (nearly one year after initial disclosures), we’re making sure that those responsible for manipulating or falsifying records are held accountable…..

“We’re in the midst of a new wave of veterans — more than a million service members returning to civilian life (because we’re so drastically cutting national defense)….So we have to do more to uphold that sacred trust not just this year or next year, but for decades to come….

“We’re also going to keep helping our troops transition to civilian life. Because of the work we’ve done together, if you already have a military truck driver’s license, every state now waives the skills test, so it’s easier for you to get a commercial driver’s license….

“Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who’ve taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent….

“A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families.” (Which is why during the recent funeral of the first U.S. general officer combat casualty in decades, I was playing golf.) (IBD)

Orwell underestimated Obama.

 

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King Coal

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

Like that matters to King Fiat…

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

Like that matters to King Fiat….

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA!

“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.

But the biggest emitter isn’t going to go for it… :) So if you want to cut your head off, they will gladly take it.

Lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill say there is no chance that the currently gridlocked Senate will ratify a climate change treaty in the near future, especially in a political environment where many Republican lawmakers remain skeptical of the established science of human-caused global warming.

You mean because Global Warming Caused by Man is a Farce! Nah, you couldn’t mean that… :)

“There’s a strong understanding of the difficulties of the U.S. situation, and a willingness to work with the U.S. to get out of this impasse,” said Laurence Tubiana, the French ambassador for climate change to the United Nations. “There is an implicit understanding that this not require ratification by the Senate.”

American negotiators are instead homing in on a hybrid agreement — a proposal to blend legally binding conditions from an existing 1992 treaty with new voluntary pledges. The mix would create a deal that would update the treaty, and thus, negotiators say, not require a new vote of ratification.

Countries would be legally required to enact domestic climate change policies — but would voluntarily pledge to specific levels of emissions cuts and to channel money to poor countries to help them adapt to climate change. Countries might then be legally obligated to report their progress toward meeting those pledges at meetings held to identify those nations that did not meet their cuts.

“There’s some legal and political magic to this,” said Jake Schmidt, an expert in global climate negotiations with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group. “They’re trying to move this as far as possible without having to reach the 67-vote threshold” in the Senate.

The strategy comes as scientists warn that the earth is already experiencing the first signs of human-caused global warming — more severe drought and stronger wildfires, rising sea levels and more devastating storms — and the United Nations heads toward what many say is the body’s last chance to avert more catastrophic results in the coming century.

That’s why we had one of the most severe winters on record! :)

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month, delegates will gather at a sideline meeting on climate change to try to make progress toward the deal next year in Paris. A December meeting is planned in Lima, Peru, to draft the agreement.

In seeking to go around Congress to push his international climate change agenda, Mr. Obama is echoing his domestic climate strategy. In June, he bypassed Congress and used his executive authority to order a far-reaching regulation forcing American coal-fired power plants to curb their carbon emissions. That regulation, which would not be final until next year, already faces legal challenges, including a lawsuit filed on behalf of a dozen states.

But unilateral action by the world’s largest economy will not be enough to curb the rise of carbon pollution across the globe. That will be possible only if the world’s largest economies, including India and China, agree to enact similar cuts.

The Obama administration’s international climate strategy is likely to infuriate Republican lawmakers who already say the president is abusing his executive authority by pushing through major policies without congressional approval.

“Unfortunately, this would be just another of many examples of the Obama administration’s tendency to abide by laws that it likes and to disregard laws it doesn’t like — and to ignore the elected representatives of the people when they don’t agree,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader, said in a statement.

Like The King cares!

A deal that would not need to be ratified by the United States or any other nation is also drawing fire from the world’s poorest countries. In African and low-lying island nations — places that scientists say are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change — officials fear that any agreement made outside the structure of a traditional United Nations treaty will not bind rich countries to spend billions of dollars to help developing nations deal with the forces of climate change.

Seventeen years later, the Senate obstacle remains. Even though Democrats currently control the chamber, the Senate has been unable to reach agreement to ratify relatively noncontroversial United Nations treaties. In 2012, for example, Republican senators blocked ratification of a United Nations treaty on equal rights for the disabled, even though the treaty was modeled after an American law and had been negotiated by a Republican president, George W. Bush.

This fall, Senate Republicans are poised to pick up more seats, and possibly to retake control of the chamber. Mr. McConnell, who has been one of the fiercest opponents of Mr. Obama’s climate change policy, comes from a coal-heavy state that could be an economic loser in any climate-change protocol that targets coal-fired power plants, the world’s largest source of carbon pollution.

The world’s largest source is CHINA. But they aren’t going for it, so this farce is the just cutting off your head and handing it to them. But it will make all the liberals “feel good” about “doing something” even if it’s the wrong thing. That’s what liberal do.

And we all get to suffer for it.

Don’t worry, be happy.

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Everything is Not Better with Bacon

The Food Police and The Politically Correct Strike again. More “tolerance” from the Left.

A sign advertising the bacon at a Vermont diner has been taken down after a Muslim resident complained about the sign on the Internet and sparked a massive backlash against the restaurant, Sneakers Bistro.

In June, in return for taking part in a local volunteer initiative to plant flower beds in the city’s traffic medians, the diner was awarded a sign on a lamp post that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A woman took issue with the sign, calling it insensitive to those who don’t eat pork, according to WPTZ.

The woman’s objection, which she posted online, prompted several Facebook and Yelp comments calling on Sneakers Bistro to take down the sign. The diner’s owners contacted the woman to apologize and tell her the sign has been removed.

“We are here to serve people breakfast, not politics,” the owners wrote in a separate Facebook post over the weekend. “We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community.”

Yeah, that’s why there were more White House officials at Michael Brown’s Ferguson funeral than Margret Thatchers…

The mayor of the town, Winooski, Vt., commended the diner for taking down the sign. “The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable,” Mayor Katherine “Deac” Decarreau told the television network. “It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The city has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate.”

Winooski is “a fabulous artist mecca,” Mayor Deac has told the Center for Media and Democracy. “Winooski has always welcomed immigrants,” she said, “including my ancestors who spoke only French in 1835 when they arrived here.”

What’s next a secret backroom larder for pork products because if a Muslim (or a Vegan) goes into a Grocery Store and sees the evil meat they’ll be “offended” and we can’t have that!

Then we can have the Vegans object to pretty much everything.

Kosher? Who gives a crap about the Jews, the Left sure as hell doesn’t.

Wow, I’m loving “diversity” and “tolerance” aren’t you?

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Fore Score

Maureen Dowd: FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.

I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo Mourning and a part-owner of the Boston Celtics. Hillary and I agreed when we partied with Vernon Jordan up here, hanging out with celebrities and rich folks is fun.

Now we are engaged in a great civil divide in Ferguson, which does not even have a golf course, and that’s why I had a “logistical” issue with going there. We are testing whether that community, or any community so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure when the nation’s leader wants nothing more than to sink a birdie putt.

We are met on a great field of that battle, not Augusta, not Pebble Beach, not Bethpage Black, not Burning Tree, but Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, which we can’t get enough of — me, Alonzo, Ray Allen and Marvin Nicholson, my trip director and favorite golfing partner who has played 134 rounds and counting with me.

We have to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for my presidency, if I keep swinging from behind.

Yet it is altogether fitting and proper that I should get to play as much golf as I want, despite all the lame jokes about how golf is turning into “a real handicap” for my presidency and how I have to “stay the course” with ISIL. I’ve heard all the carping that I should be in the Situation Room droning and plinking the bad folks. I know some people think I should go to Ferguson. Don’t they understand that I’ve delegated the Martin Luther King Jr. thing to Eric Holder? Plus, Valerie Jarrett and Al Sharpton have it under control.

I know it doesn’t look good to have pictures of me grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a distraught David Cameron rushing back from his vacation after only one day, and the Pentagon news conference with Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey on the failed mission to rescue the hostages in Syria.

We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency.

ISIL brutally killing hostages because we won’t pay ransoms, rumbles of coups with our puppets in Iraq and Afghanistan, the racial caldron in Ferguson, the Ebola outbreak, the Putin freakout — there’s enough awful stuff going on to give anyone the yips.

So how can you blame me for wanting to unwind on the course or for five hours at dinner with my former assistant chef? He’s a great organic cook, and he’s got a gluten-free backyard putting green.

But, in a larger sense, we can dedicate, we can consecrate, we can hallow this ground where I can get away from my wife, my mother-in-law, Uncle Joe, Congress and all the other hazards in my life.

The brave foursomes, living and dead, who struggled here in the sand, in the trees, in the water, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or subtract a few strokes to improve our score. Bill Clinton was Mr. Mulligan, and he is twice at popular as I am.

The world will little note, nor long remember, what we shot here, or why I haven’t invited a bunch of tiresome congressmen to tee it up. I’m trying to relax, guys. So I’d much rather stay in the bunker with my usual bros.

Why don’t you play 18 with Mitch McConnell? And John Boehner is a lot better than me, so I don’t want to play with him.

It is for us, the duffers, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who played here have thus far so nobly advanced to get young folks to stop spurning a game they find slow and boring.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us of getting rid of our slice on the public’s dime — that from this honored green we take increased devotion to that cause for which Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy gave their last full measure of devotion — and divots.

We here highly resolve that these golfing greats shall not have competed in vain, especially poor Tiger, and that this nation, under par, shall have a new birth of freedom to play the game that I have become unnaturally obsessed with, and that golf of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

So help me Golf.

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Tipping Point

 
 

The Dole: New data on federal public assistance programs show we’ve reached an ignominious milestone: More than 100 million Americans are getting some form of “means-tested” welfare assistance.

The Census Bureau found 51 million on food stamps at the end of 2012 and 83 million on Medicaid, with tens of millions of households getting both. Another 4 million were on unemployment insurance.

The percentage of American households on welfare has reached 35%. If we include other forms of government assistance such as Medicare and Social Security, almost half of all households are getting a check or other form of government assistance. The tipping point is getting closer and closer.

So much is shocking and dismaying about these numbers. How is it that the number of recipients and the price tag for many of these programs kept skyrocketing though the recession officially ended in 2009? Normally, you’d expect welfare caseloads to fall in a recovery as the unemployment rate dips, but this time welfare participation keeps expanding.

Perhaps this is because this administration and many Democrats in Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have told Americans that welfare benefits are a stimulus to the economy (sic). Apparently, the left believes that if every family were on food stamps, the economy would return to its glory days.

The feds have also created outreach programs — including radio and TV ads in multiple languages — to encourage people to sign up for the dole because, as one ad put it, this “helps the local community.”

The new statistics also highlight how limited work requirements are for welfare benefits. In 1996 when a Republican Congress and President Bill Clinton enacted landmark welfare reform laws, the old-fashioned cash welfare assistance (AFDC) was replaced with a time-limited assistance program (TANF) that required work for benefits.

This was a huge policy success as millions of former welfare recipients — more than half that were enrolled in the program — moved on to the economic ladder by getting jobs. But that program today is only 5% of the welfare safety net. Most of the other dozens of programs do not require work, so welfare reform has been effectively eviscerated.

Another shocking feature of these statistics is that they don’t even include income-transfer programs such as unemployment insurance and disability. These two add another $250 billion to the cost of welfare and are two of the most abused and scandal-ridden dispensers of federal cash.

On top of that, the 2012 numbers exclude most of the 3 million Obama has added to the ranks of Medicaid due to ObamaCare. The dependency problem is getting worse, not better. And by the way, in most states these programs don’t require work. In fact, the benefits end once an individual moves into a job.

Putting all these programs together, a family can get a package of benefits equivalent to a $35,000 a year job in 11 states, and in Hawaii the benefits can exceed what a $60,000 a year job would offer, according to a Cato Institute analysis.

Is it any wonder we’re having trouble moving people out of welfare into work? Half of all low-income households today have no one working at all.

Staying on this course is a recipe for social chaos and economic decline. “The days of the dole are numbered,” Lyndon Johnson optimistically declared when he launched the War on Poverty. That was 50 years ago, and the welfare state continues to grow in size, cost and lives lost to the trap of government dependency.

Rep. Paul Ryan had the right idea when he called for turning many of the welfare programs such as Medicaid and food stamps back to the states so they can find ways to expeditiously move people back into work.

In the 1990s, innovative governors, including Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, John Engler of Michigan and William Weld of Massachusetts, helped turn around lives through smart and effective welfare reforms.

With 100 million Americans on welfare, we have a genuine crisis on our hands. It’s time again to let the states find solutions where the federal government has indisputably failed or hasn’t even tried. (IBD)

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Transcendance

ObamaCare may be among the reasons why the economic recovery is still searching for its third gear, suggest Federal Reserve surveys of businesses in five states.

While the law hasn’t prevented solid job growth this year, it appears to have slowed gains at a sizable minority of firms.

In a Philadelphia Fed survey of regional manufacturers out Thursday, 18% said they employ fewer workers due to the Affordable Care Act than they would in its absence. Just 3% say employment levels are higher as a result.

Further, 18% said part-timers make up a greater share of workers due to ObamaCare, which absolves employers of responsibility for health care for those who work fewer than 30 hours a week. Just 1.5% said they’ve scaled back part-time work in response.

The Philadelphia Fed’s monthly business conditions index hit its best level since March 2011. But the capital spending outlook was a relative weak spot, falling to a seven-month low.

The ObamaCare responses in Philadelphia are in line with those from businesses in the New York region, including parts of Connecticut and New Jersey.

The New York Fed released two surveys on Monday showing that 22% of manufacturing and 17% of service firms are carrying fewer workers in response to ObamaCare. The part-time share of the workforce is higher at about 20% of firms in each sector and lower at about 5%.

IBD’s own analysis of hours-worked data that businesses report to the Labor Department shows that ObamaCare’s mandate is having its biggest impact on low-wage sectors. Among private industries where pay averages up to about $14.50 an hour, the average workweek has sunk to 27.4 hours, undercutting the record low seen at the depth of the recession in 2009.

One limit to ObamaCare’s economic drag is the possibility of evading its mandates by outsourcing work. The Fed surveys show that to be a popular tactic.

In the Philadelphia area, 14% of manufacturers said they’ve boosted outsourcing on account of ObamaCare vs. 3% outsourcing less. In the New York region, 19% of manufacturers and 9% of service firms say they’ve stepped up outsourcing in response.

The two most widespread impacts of ObamaCare reported by businesses are rising insurance bills for employees and higher prices for customers.

In the Philadelphia region, including parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, 29% of manufacturers said they’ve raised prices to offset ObamaCare’s impact, with 0% saying the law led to a price cut.

In the New York area, 36% of manufacturing and 25% of service firms blamed ObamaCare for price hikes.

Among the 51.5% of Philly-area firms who say they’ve modified health benefits in response to ObamaCare, 88% said they’ve hiked employee contributions to premiums and 91% said they raised deductibles.

The New York Fed survey also asked employers about the law’s impact on health costs per person. This year’s costs were “a lot” higher among 35% of manufacturing and 20% of service firms.

In 2015, half of manufacturers and one-third of service firms were anticipating “a lot” higher per-person costs due to the law. (IBD)

Townhall: While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains “repeal and replace,” there is little agreement on what “replace” means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even more entrenched and its seductive goal of universal coverage may push us instead toward fully government controlled single-payer system. So what to do? Two competing visions have been offered by leading conservative health care analysts. Manhattan Institute scholar Avik Roy has introduced a provocative new universal coverage plan that – if it worked as advertised – would be clearly superior to Obamacare in all of its particulars: it would lower premiums, cover more people, save taxpayers trillions, and do so without an individual or employer mandate. Roy believes his plan would “transcend Obamacare,” and therefore could potentially gain Democratic support and clear the 60 vote hurdle in the Senate. But Democrats have shown no willingness to act on anything related to Obamacare, blocking dozens of House-passed bills making even minor changes like restoring the 40 hour workweek. Even if Republicans take control of the Senate, few if any Democrats are likely to support a plan like Roy’s that moves future retirees off of Medicare and into reformed Obamacare exchanges. So the plan accepts the premise universal coverage as a goal for a perceived benefit of political pragmatism that is unlikely to materialize. Robert Graboyes of Virginia Commonwealth University is also sharply critical of “repeal and re-place,” but from a very different perspective. The problem with repeal and replace, he points out, is that it “assumes some enlightened Congress and president can muster the wisdom, altruism and ability to reinvent one-fifth of the economy. One new law would sweep away the old and fix the problems that preceded it” – a criticism that also applies to Roy’s plan with its system of universal coverage through exchanges. Americans are more distrustful of grand plans than ever before, and they are increasingly skeptical of the idea that it’s the federal government’s job to guarantee health insurance. Obamacare has created a backlash among the public that gives us an opportunity to smash the premise that guaranteeing health insurance is a proper function of government, and instead focus on getting the incentives right for more innovation and individual choice and better health outcomes. Annual polling from Gallup tells the story: as recently as 2006, 69 percent of Americans said it was the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care cover-age. The rollout of Obamacare has sent that number tumbling to a low of 42 percent last year. A high of 56 percent said it is not the federal government’s responsibility. This shifting reality means plans like Roy’s are calibrated to address a political problem that no longer exists. Americans no longer want a new government bureaucracy to give everyone health care – because it’s become apparent that, in practice, the results are unlikely to be any-where near what’s promised. Thus Graboyes proposes a new paradigm: “The real divide in health care is between what I call ‘fortress and frontier.’ The fortress fears risk and protects insiders. The frontier tolerates risk and allows outsiders to compete.” Indeed it is this paradigm shift – not a new comprehensive federal plan – that can actually trans-cend Obamacare. Vast technological change is poised to transform American health care, delivering the promise of happier, healthier, longer lives through innovations that we can scarcely imagine – and that will be fiercely resisted by existing large institutions and their captive regulator and legislator al-lies. We need to focus on public policies that put patients and doctors in charge of their health care, give greater choice and control, and knock down bureaucratic barriers to unleash the creative energies of Americans to innovate new cures and devices to enhance and extend our lives and improve our health. We can’t need to wait for a big “repeal and replace” push; we need to start immediately with policies that will improve the lives of Americans now and in the future.

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

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Thou Shalt Not…

Violate the Sanctimony of The Politically Correct Leftist Activist or else they will find a judge who crush you for your impudence, slave.

This, by the way, is the “pro-choice”, “tolerance”, “diversity”, “fair”, “compassionate” Left. :)

Owners of a family farm in Schaghticoke, New York, are being fined $13,000 for refusing to allow a gay wedding ceremony to take place on their property in 2012, just one year after the state legalized same-sex nuptials.

Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, a family-friendly farm and special events venue, told Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a lesbian couple from Newark, New Jersey, that they were welcome to hold their reception on the property, but not the actual wedding ceremony, according to Religion News Service.

The Giffords live on the premises and these ceremonies are typically conducted on the first floor of their home or on the nearby property. Considering that they are Christians and consider marriage to be confined to relationships involving one man and one woman, the two weren’t comfortable hosting McCathy and Erwin’s nuptials.

An attorney for the couple told Religion News Service that the two have both employed gay staffers and hosted events for same-sex couples in the past, but that a gay wedding ceremony in their home was too close for comfort.

McCarthy and Erwin weren’t happy with this rejection, so they took their complaint to the New York’s Division of Human Rights, claiming that they were discriminated against as a result of their sexual orientation.

Yeah, like it was the only wedding chapel type farm in all of North America. Boo-Hoo. Gee, ever heard of talking your money somewhere else, instead of ringing your Lawyer on speed dial!

A judge subsequently ruled in their favor in the case New York State Division of Human Rights v. Liberty Ridge Farm, rejecting the Giffords’ argument that the family owns a private business that is legally permitted to issue such refusals.

Judge Migdalia Pares, who argued that the fact that the owners live on the premises does not mean that the business is private in nature, ruled that Liberty Ridge Farm is a public accommodation as it rents its space and regularly collects fees from the public.

So their house is a public accommodation? Fascinating…

As a result, the judge found that the couple must abide by anti-discrimination regulations under New York’s Human Rights Law, ruling that the Giffords must pay a $10,000 fine and give an additional $1,500 each to McCarthy and Erwin, Religion News Service reported.

“No one should have the happiest time of their life marred by discrimination,” McCarthy, who was represented alongside her wife by the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement, according to the New York Law Journal. “We hope this decision will protect all New Yorkers from having to go through the hurt that we experienced.”

Or, they could have just been mature and “tolerant” and gone somewhere else. But no, the little Dominatrix’s wanted you to bow down to them or else!

They wanted to be offended so they could get their Speed Dial Lawyers and Leftist Agenda Judges out to summarily crush the infidels who dared to defy them!

But attorney James Trainor of Cutler, Trainor & Cutler, who represented the Giffords, said that the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that barred the government from forcing small companies with religious objections to provide controversial birth control devices for employees should have been considered in this case.

“The judge and commissioner each had the opportunity to reconsider the Giffords’ religious rights after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that businesses can exercise the religious rights of their owners in Hobby Lobby decision of June 30, yet failed to do so,” Trainor told the New York Law Journal.

It is currently unclear whether the Giffords will continue a legal battle against the ruling.

A phone message left for the Giffords by TheBlaze Thursday was not immediately returned. (The Blaze)

Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners. Because the Giffords’ family farm is open to the public for business, New York classifies it as a “public accommodation” and then mandates that it not “discriminate” on the basis of sexual orientation.

So they have special rights. They are More “equal” than you. Now that’s fair.

Man, I need to see if I can find my college roommates, The Gay Wiccan and The Satanist, we need a New York Holiday. :)

Of course the Giffords were not engaging in any insidious discrimination—they were acting on their belief about the nature of marriage. They do not object to gay or lesbian customers attending the fall festivals, or going berry picking, or doing any of the other activities that the farm facilitates. The Giffords’ only objection is to being forced to abide by the government’s views on sexuality and host a same-sex wedding. The Human Rights Commission has now declared this historic belief about marriage to be “discrimination.”

The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff.

The question before all citizens is whether this law and this fine are just. Should the government be able to force family businesses to betray their consciences and participate in ceremonies that violate their beliefs? Should the government be in the business of “rehabilitating” consciences or “re-educating” its citizens to change their moral beliefs about the definition of marriage?

Government should not create special legal privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Instead, government should protect the rights of Americans and the associations they form to act in the public square in accordance with their beliefs. The Giffords’ case illustrates the growing conflict between religious liberty rights and laws that grant special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a nation founded on limited government and religious freedom, government should not attempt to coerce any citizen, association, or business into celebrating same-sex relationships.

But we’re talking about the Sanctimony and the Outrage of the Politically Correct Thought Police Leftists who want to force you, in the name of “fairness”, “tolerance” and “diversity” to bow down and submit to them like a good submissive slave does to their Masters and Mistresses.

Infidels!!!

What could possibly be wrong with that? :)

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The Sowell of Ferguson

Those of us who admit we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., seem to be in the minority.

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

We all know what has happened since then — and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters.

Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

I would argue that the Facts are totally irrelevant at this point and that the Left is going to exploit this for whatever they can REGARDLESS of the facts.

White People are evil. They oppress minorities. Vote Democrat.

White people want minorities to be poor. Vote Democrat.

Corporations are run by evil white people. Vote Democrat.

The reason you can “succeed” in life is due to white people.

White People are Republicans. Vote Democrat.

Vote for Me, The Democrat, I’m not a Raci$t!

Simple as that. THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA. Power is Power. The End.

“I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man,” Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. … ‘Let me search your car’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.” (USA TODAY)

And it shall be so forever, because it serves their purpose.

The Truth is magnificently irrelevant.

This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But politics is undermining law.

On the eve of a grand jury being convened to go through the facts and decide whether there should be a prosecution of the policeman in this case, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri has gone on television to say that there should be a “vigorous prosecution.”

There was a time when elected officials avoided commenting on pending legal processes, so as not to bias those processes. But Gov. Nixon apparently has no fear of poisoning the jury pool. The only alternative explanation is that this is exactly what he intends to do. It is a disgrace either way.

Race is the wild card in all this. The idea that you can tell who is innocent and who is guilty by the color of their skin is a notion that was tried out for generations, back in the days of the Jim Crow South.

I thought we had finally rejected that kind of legalized lynch law. But apparently it has only been put under new management.

Television people who show the home of the policeman involved, and give his name and address — knowing that he has already received death threats — are truly setting a new low. They seem to be trying to make themselves judge, jury and executioner.

Then there are the inevitable bullet counters asking, “Why did he shoot him six times?” This is the kind of thing people say when they are satisfied with talking points, and see no need to stop and think seriously about a life-and-death question. If you are not going to be serious about life and death, when will you be serious?

By what principle should someone decide how many shots should be fired? The bullet counters seldom, if ever, ask that question, much less try to answer it.

Since the only justifiable reason for shooting in the first place is self-protection, when should you stop shooting? Obviously when there is no more danger.

But there is no magic number of shots that will tell you when you are out of danger. Even if all your shots hit, that doesn’t mean anything if the other guy keeps coming and is still a danger. You can be killed by a wounded man.

Different witnesses give conflicting accounts of exactly what happened in the shooting of Michael Brown. That is one of the reasons why grand juries collect facts.

But, if Michael Brown — a 6 foot 4 inch, 300 pound man — was still charging at the policeman, as some allege, there is no mystery why the cop kept shooting.

But, if Michael Brown was surrendering, as others allege, then there was no reason to fire even one shot. But the number of shots tells us nothing.

None of this is rocket science. Why bullet counters cannot be bothered to stop and think is a continuing mystery.

Among the other unthinking phrases repeated endlessly is “he shot an unarmed man.” When does anyone know that someone is unarmed? Unless you frisk him, you don’t know — until, of course, after you have shot him.

The only time I ever pointed a firearm at a human being, I had no idea whether he was armed or unarmed. To this day I don’t know whether he was armed or unarmed. Fortunately for both of us, he froze in his tracks.

Was I supposed to wait until I made sure he had a gun before I used a gun? Is this some kind of sporting contest?

Some critics object when someone with a gun shoots someone who only has a knife. Do those critics know that you are just as dead when you are killed with a knife as you are when you are killed by a gun?

If we can’t be bothered to stop and think, instead of repeating pat phrases, don’t expect to live under the rule of law. Do you prefer the rule of the media and/or the mob? (Thomas Sowell)

The Ministry of Truth sure does. But then again, they have a vested interest…. :)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Is a Beheading just a mulligan?

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Random Thoughts

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

The First political “autopsy” in American History awaits you in Ferguson,MO!

The white man is the devil.

A White Cop (with bashed in eye socket) doubly so!

And I’m coming to prove it!

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Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts on the passing scene:

I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.

One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess.

It is amazing how many otherwise sane people want Israel to become the first nation in history to respond to military attacks by restricting what they do, so that it is “proportionate” to the damage inflicted by the attacks.

Amid all the things being said on all sides about the massive, illegal influx of children from countries in Central America, we have yet to hear some American parent saying, “I don’t owe it to anybody to have my child exposed to diseases brought into this country, no matter what problems exist in other countries!”

Two headlines in the August 10th New York Times speak volumes about Barack Obama. The top headline reads: “Iraq Strikes May Last Months, Obama Says.” A secondary headline reads: “No Ground Force Will Be Sent, He Repeats.” Time was when enemy spies had to risk their lives to acquire such information. Now all they have to do is read the headlines.

It is amazing how many people think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet.

If you want to know who was the greatest baseball player of all time, please check out the pitcher who led the American League with the lowest earned run average in 1916. He was the only ballplayer who could do it all, including stealing home.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a hawk compared to Barack Obama. At least Chamberlain was building up his country’s military forces while trying to appease Hitler. Obama is cutting back on our military forces while our enemies around the world are expanding theirs.

Medical authorities who are trying to reassure us that safeguards will prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States may be unconvincing to those of us who remember how they lied about whether AIDS could be transmitted by blood transfusions. They may be telling the truth this time, but credibility is one of those things that are far easier to maintain than to repair.

Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of.

However common it may be in politics to “split the difference” when making decisions, it is unconscionable to send American troops into a war zone in numbers too small to defend themselves. The smug and smirking contempt of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, when he began testifying before a Congressional committee in the IRS scandal investigation, told us all we needed to know, even if we never get the information that was supposedly “lost” when Lois Lerner’s computer supposedly crashed.

Ted Williams’ great career was interrupted twice by military service — once during World War II and again when he returned to the Marine Corps during the Korean war. What sports star today would voluntarily interrupt a Hall of Fame career to go fight for America, after having already served in the military?

Despite TV pundits who say that public opinion polls show Barack Obama is in trouble, the president is not in the slightest trouble. He is doing whatever he feels like doing, regardless of the Constitution and regardless of how many people don’t like it, because he is virtually impeachment-proof. The country is in huge trouble and real danger because of his policies, but he is not.

One of the most frustrating aspects of watching television news programs that feature debates is the guests who sidestep any question that gets to the heart of the issue at hand, and just go off on a tangent, repeating their standard talking points. That’s usually a good time to change the channel or turn off the TV.

If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

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Messenger Part 2

I started a column about the problems of the political right, but there are too many to cover in one column, so here we are again.

Again, this qualifier:

I recognize there are major differences between the various factions of the political right – social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, Tea Partiers, etc. – and all bleed into each other to varying degrees. Each has its problems and strengths. But for purposes of brevity I will just refer to them all nebulously as “Republicans.” It may irritate some, but tough. This is about politics, not pandering.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Aside from simply being awful at conveying ideals and principles most Americans share in a way those Americans can understand, Republicans tend to get knotted up in irrelevancies when it comes to electoral politics.

If you weren’t already angry with me, just hold on.

Republicans spend an awful lot of time talking about issues most Americans don’t care about – especially in a horrible economy – or government isn’t going to do anything about.

Take gay marriage. Most Republicans oppose it, but they could not pass an amendment when they had Congress and public opinion on their side. Now, they have neither, and progressives have outmaneuvered them and, yet again, obtained their objectives through the courts.

Without that amendment, the gay marriage debate is over. You don’t have to accept it or endorse it or be the least bit happy about it. But talking about it in the political arena serves no purpose other than to turn off voters who could make the difference in the next election. We need to move on.

It’s a similar situation with abortion. A solid 20 percent of people say they determine their votes based on this issue. And polls show most people are open to limits or bans on abortion or restrictions that make them harder to obtain.

On Thursday, I asked when was the last time a Republican candidate made you laugh with them rather than at them? Today, I ask: When is the last time you heard of people changing their position on abortion because of something a candidate or commenter on an Internet post said?

So, take your state-level victories where you can find them. But keep in mind you’re spending a lot of time and energy talking about an issue that won’t change one mind, and you’re opening yourself up to a media minefield of questions about exemptions, rape and all the other irrelevant things used to distract voters from the issues they really do base their votes on.

You’re a Republican, so it’s a pretty good assumption you’re pro-life. We get it. But what are you going to do about? George W. Bush, arguably the most pro-life president since Roe v. Wade, spent eight years in the White House and changed almost nothing about abortion. You, Mr. or Ms. Candidate or Activist, won’t either.

Yes, this is a deeply held belief. It springs from the bottom of your religious, cultural and moral soul. But so are other things you believe in and want to fight for. Fight for them. Don’t get distracted. Don’t empower your opponents in the media and on the ballot to choose the field of battle.

When you’re asked the inevitable questions on this, simply say “Everyone knows where I stand on this, it’s not a mystery. But I’m focused on creating jobs. And here’s what I will do to create jobs…” When they circle back, because they always do, you say, “Again, I know you want to talk about other issues because you don’t want to talk about the economy and jobs, but I’m running because we need to revitalize our economy and get Americans working again.”

The other side will beat you over the head with it, but don’t take the bait. Simply ignore the question and talk to the people about their top priorities. Remember: You can’t do anything to help the pro-life cause, or the economy, or our foreign policy, or eliminating Obamacare until you get elected.

This is not a plea to lie or change what you believe. It is advice on how to win an election. Barack Obama and a great many Democrats win elections because they do lie; they sound conservative when they’re campaigning, then govern like the fascistic progressives they are.

That’s because Republicans follow the media’s lead down an irrelevant path and lose voters. Unemployment is through the roof, millions of Americans have given up hope of finding work, and you’re talking about gay marriage? Or abortion? That’s not going to pay anyone’s mortgage or feed anyone’s family. The other guys are talking about jobs. They’re always either lying or wrong, but at least they’re talking about it.

How the media portrays you is unfair and it’s a fraud. But it’s also how a great many voters perceive you because they get their knowledge from the media. So you’re seen as someone who is obsessed with something that may make the top 10 list of concerns but does not influence their vote. And if you don’t get their vote, nothing else matters.

I may have been harsh, and you may be really ticked off at me right now, but I’m right. You can have the best ideas in the world, but if you keep them to yourself it doesn’t matter. If you do not win elections, nothing else matters. And the way to win elections is to think, act and speak strategically.

There are many more problems with the right – charlatans, self-enriching so-called “Tea Party” groups, the in-fighting for credit at the expense of victory – all play a role. But if you can’t convey a clear, easy-to-digest conservative message, and stick to the issues on the top of voters’ concerns, you will lose. We will lose. The country will lose. And, as we’ve seen in recent months, the whole world will lose.

Enbrace that inner “racist”, “Misogynist”, “hater of the Poor” because you already are that to the Left, so you have to beat them on their turf with real, heard, concrete ideas of hope, real hope–not fake Democrat hope.

Hope is not Fear, angry, and Hatred. But the Left will make you that way.

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The Messenger Part 1

Derek Hunter: I got a lot of feedback last year when I wrote a column entitled “The Problem With Libertarians.”

Seems they didn’t like anyone saying they had any problems at all, but they did, and they still do. The same problems, in fact. Many libertarian friends, including quite a few who work at the organizations I cited, privately thanked me for writing it because they felt the same way but couldn’t say it publicly. And many more conservatives and Republicans were glad someone said it as well. Well, that probably will change, maybe even flip, after this one.

There are major differences between the various factions of the political right – social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, Tea Partiers, etc. – and all bleed into each other to varying degrees. Each has individual problems and strengths, and I understand that. But for purposes of brevity here, I will just refer to them all nebulously as “Republicans.” It may irritate some, but tough. This is about politics, not pandering.

Republicans are awful at messaging. I don’t care where you fall on the Republican spectrum, you are awful. It ranges from passionate people who say stupid things to stoic people who have a strong command of facts at their fingertips but can’t articulate the message. There are few people –a very few – in the middle.

Voters won’t follow someone who says stupid things (see the last round of elections) no matter what they may have meant. Nor will they follow someone who says all the right things in a way that makes the teacher Ben Stein played in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off sound like he’s tweaking on meth.

Without naming names – because that’s not the point – when was the last time a really smart Republican senator, congressman or activist, made you laugh? Not at them, but at an off-the-cuff joke or analogy they made? Months? Years? Never? When was the last time one made you cringe? Bet it was sooner.

We don’t need stand-up comics, but we do need people who not only know what they’re talking about, but can convey it in a way that is less painful than home dentistry.

Sad as it is to say, presentation matters as much as, if not more than, substance. How do you think Barack Obama won twice? He reads a good speech off a teleprompter in a way that makes people think he believes what he’s saying, he’s passionate and cares about it, and he speaks like a normal human being. None of that is true – he lied repeatedly, he doesn’t give enough of a damn about anything to cancel a fundraiser or a round of golf, and he stumbles over his words like M-Mel Tillis. (If you don’t get that reference, click here.)

None of those facts matter because it worked. You can’t discount the role of the media. The value of having a gaggle of throne-sniffers parroting your talking points and extolling your greatness to the American people on a daily basis can’t be overlooked, but it can be circumvented.

Ronald Reagan didn’t talk to the media, he talked to the people PAST the media. No one does that now. If could be they simply aren’t that good, or it could be the layer of consultant class that has infested the right like termites on a dead tree.

There is a class of people who, despite having lost elections that should have been won, make huge sums of money advising candidates how to speak and campaign. This is because of a closeness they have with the establishment who recommends them and a failure of the candidates themselves to be their own people.

It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. No adults should need to be told how to speak about something they’re passionate about. But so many of those adults can’t seem to convey their thoughts without saying them in a stupid or offensive way.

Campaigning isn’t hanging out with friends at the bar or union hall, even when candidates visit those places. It’s more like going to your significant other’s parents’ house for dinner for the fourth time. You’re comfortable. You speak to them like you know them, even though you really don’t. And you resist whatever urge you may have to make fart jokes.

Somehow, even in this day and age, how to talk and use words properly is still a mystery to some people. On the left, your gaffes, errors, stupid statements or flat-out slanders are ignored; on the right you’re crucified for them. It’s not fair, it’s not right, but it is. If you can’t exist inside this basic fact of politics – on your own without overpaid consultants – you probably shouldn’t enter the field.

That this needs to be said is a big part of the problem. There were quite a few incumbent candidates who could have been picked off this year and replaced with more conservative ones. But the options offered up and rallied around fell flat and failed miserably. Too many Republicans think simply having the right ideas, or even better ideas, than your opponent is enough in politics. It’s not. If you can’t convey them and speak about them in a way the guy down at the end of the bar can understand and get behind, save yourself the trouble and don’t run.

This is the 21st century. Cameras are everywhere. Hypersensitivity, hypocrisy and double standards are the currency of the day. And this, after all, is still politics. Whining about how unfair “dirty tricks” are or trying to explain what you “really meant,” along with $3, will get you a cup of coffee and nothing else. Too many “shoulda beens” trip over themselves trying to be safe and/or boring, or they simply make stupid mistakes their opponents can and do exploit. Either way, they lose.

How messages are conveyed is one thing, and a very important thing. If I haven’t angered you yet, I will in part two on Sunday when I write about what is conveyed.

There is no silver bullet to winning elections. Simply not being the “other guy” isn’t going to get us there, no matter who the “other guy” is.

The Democrats already have a Master’s Degree and complete dependence on “Vote For Me The Other Guy is an Asshole!” and here’s my Liberal Media buddies to re-enforce that messaging!

If you can’t talk in a believable, passionate way about what you believe, you should sit it out. But, just as important is what you focus on. And when it comes to Republicans, especially upstart challengers, the issues they focus on would be great for winning a local Republican-only popularity contests, but not elections.

You’re going to have to take a stand, then take the nuke to the face that the Democrats and their Liberal Media Whores are going to lob at you. Period.

If you haven’t got the stomach for it, then don’t bother, we’ll just let the country become Cuba and be done with it.

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But a Texas Ranch is EVIL! :)

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Reason

Leadership: Dissatisfaction with the president, gloom over the economy and widespread doubt that the next generation will do as well as this one give Republicans a good shot at taking back the Senate.

But so far the public seems unconvinced a Republican Congress would be much of an improvement. Voters see the two parties as power-hungry variations of the same theme: tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

One reason for the ambivalence is that congressional Republicans haven’t given voters a reason to hope they can or will change things in Washington.

We hear chatter, however, that the party may roll out a 21st century Contract with America that lays out what the GOP would do in the first 100 days if it controlled both the House and Senate.

Our view is that this couldn’t hurt.

The original Contract engineered by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 20 years ago set down 10 planks that excited voters and led to one of the biggest election landslides for the party in history.

Surely the Republicans can find six to eight items they can all agree on that would help clean up the rot in Washington and increase jobs and growth. Such reforms should also be broadly popular with voters.

Among the possibilities:

1. Build the Keystone pipeline to create more than 10,000 jobs, increase energy security and help the economy grow. Two of three Americans already support it.

2. Overturn new EPA carbon rules that jeopardize our oil and natural gas and coal industries. Energy independence requires America developing its homegrown resources. The president’s new EPA rules do almost nothing to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, but they put tens of thousands of American jobs at risk as part of the Democrats’ war on coal.

3. Pass job bills already approved by the House but remain bottled up in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid. Among them: a small-business tax relief act, a bill to make the R&D tax credit permanent and bills to minimize ObamaCare-induced job losses.

4. Begin independent and private audits of the spending patterns of every federal agency. Americans are enraged about the waste and fraud in government spending programs. Watchdog audits would help discover where the waste is and let Congress cut this extraneous spending to help balance the budget.

5. Require congressional approval of any regulation with costs to the economy and small businesses of more than $100 million, as called for in the proposed REINS Act. This would end the scam of rogue independent agencies pushing rules and regulations that impose large costs on businesses that far outweigh the benefits.

6. Impose six-year term limits on Senate committee chairmen and leadership positions, as the House has. The longer politicians of either party sit in positions of power in Washington, the more corrupt they become.

7. Slash the corporate tax to a top 25% rate to keep American businesses and jobs in the U.S. The 35% federal corporate tax is chasing corporations out of America.

8. Review the actions of the Federal Reserve Board to preserve the value of our currency. The Fed has taken unprecedented action with money creation that could cause inflation and destabilize the dollar.

Certainly other worthy initiatives could be added to a 21st Century Contract with America. We’re all ears.

For now, Republicans should get a jump on telling voters how they would lead and govern with competence. (IBD)

Rather than snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! Embrace your inner “hater” and “racist” The liberals will do it for you anyways… :)

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15 Things

1) That American politicians have stopped asking the most basic questions about good governance. Does this program work at all or does it just sound good? Does this benefit the people that are paying for it? Would people choose to pay for this? For many Americans, government seems to mostly be about taking their money and their freedom to provide services they don’t want and would prefer to do without.

2) “Activist” groups that soak up donations from people and pocket the money instead of spending it on activism. Nobody minds people making a living, but donations are supposed to MAINLY be used for activism, not salaries and lifestyle enhancement.

3) The political obsession with trivia, when the whole country is falling apart. We can’t secure our borders, find jobs for people or get our spending under control, but the Senate has plenty of time to discuss the name of the Redskins.

4) Direct mail fundraising — because up to 90 cents of every dollar goes to costs and padding people’s pockets instead of to the candidate or group people want to support.

5) So much of politics today that has become outright tribalism and convincing people to hate each other for fun and profit based on race, sex, religion, and gender. In many countries, that sort of behavior eventually leads to bloodshed on a very large scale and it wouldn’t be surprising if it happened here one day either.

6) Mainstream media sources that are run by liberals, staffed by liberals, that work overtime to protect liberals on every issue that tell everyone they’re “unbiased.” I have more respect for Michael Moore than the New York Times because even though they both have the same perspective on the issues, at least Michael Moore doesn’t lie to everyone and claim that he’s “unbiased.”

7) Republican politicians who claim to be willing to do anything to get minority votes; yet they won’t actually go talk to black and Hispanic voters.

8) Living in a society teeming with the most easily offended people on Planet Earth and instead of shrugging our shoulders and telling them to get over it, we incessantly treat the most ridiculous complaints as if they deserve respect. The Declaration of Independence promised “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” not the right to go through life without ever seeing anything that offends you.

9) The media spending a lot more time speculating on the MOTIVES of conservatives making policy proposals than actually telling people what they want to do and why they say they want to do it.

10) Like preachers, when we used to expect politicians to be MORALLY BETTER than the average person. Now, we expect them to be WORSE. What’s wrong with holding our leaders to a higher standard instead of excusing their horrible behavior?

11) The liberal mainstream media tendency to choose unrepresentative voices like David Frum, Meghan McCain, and David Brooks as the “voice of conservatives.” Instead of actually getting the conservative position on issues, all the media does is choose people that most Republicans don’t like to tell liberals what they want to hear about the Right.

12) The fact that politicians have always lied, but it hasn’t always been acceptable for politicians to be caught lying. There used to be big consequences for lying to the public. Today, the American people are told bald faced lies on a regular basis and they just shrug it off. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.

13) Regularly being told that we should vote for a Republican who holds grassroots conservatives in contempt because he’s the “lesser of two evils.” Even if that’s true, the lesser of two evils is still an evil and we shouldn’t be asked to embrace rotten candidates in election after election after election.

14) That Americans have become so polarized and the federal government has become so big that almost every issue of governance has become a fight to the death, one side wins and the other side loses proposition. If I discussed 30 issues with John Kerry, not only would we literally disagree on every one, we’d think the solutions that the other person came up with do more harm than good. It’s hard to see how people that far apart can hold together as a nation over the long haul when the federal government insists on controlling almost every aspect of our lives.

15) The all-consuming, everything must be political, all-the-time mentality that leads people to celebrate the deaths of those they disagree with politically, turns funerals into political rallies, and drags politics into everything from marriage to pro-football. (John Hawkins)

AMEN!

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 

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The Contract

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

 Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

OK Mork, this one isn’t funny. As a matter of fact I’m not happy at all. If the truth be known I am damn angry. We had a contract. You broke it. That’s pretty selfish, so let’s start from the beginning.

You came on the scene during one of my favorite TV shows Happy Days. Who is this crazy guy I keep laughing at, I wondered? Obviously enough others were as interested as I, since you got your own show.

You were a comedian, an actor, and a really weird person. You intrigued me. I saw you on Carson and marveled at how, as bad as my day had gone, you always got me laughing, shaking my head and feeling a whole lot better about myself and tomorrow. However, I still wasn’t sold on you.

When you became a DJ in Good Morning Vietnam you asked me to believe your character. More important you asked me to buy a ticket to watch your performance. I did.

Probably the moment I became the most interested was when you cross-dressed to become an elderly prudish nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire. Once again you held out the contract. Buy a ticket you said and I will give you value.

You had me hook, line and sinker in The Birdcage when your limp wrist went into the air and you said “Fossi, Fossi, Fossi”.

More money from my pocket came your way. The deal was sealed. I had no doubt that our contract was secure.

I would pay money and you would give me Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet Society, Aladdin, Hook, Patch Adams, Night at the Museum.

I followed your exploits in standup, Broadway and late night television. We had a deal that you initiated. You asked me to accept you over so many others and I did.

People with talent in any field from arts to literature who want to perform on the world’s stage and achieve the height that my contractual partner had achieved have a responsibility. God gives that kind of talent to very few. Most think it is theirs and theirs alone. They will demand that their personal life is their own business.

Your personal life, your politics and your religion were your own business-agreed. Unless, of course, you paraded them publically. Your talent, however, did not belong to you. It belonged to me and the rest of the world. That was our contract.

There was much more in you. Your talent only began to take a different direction. I’m 67 years old, you were 63. We both had many years to go to keep each other happy. I wish you could have understood that.

I’m angry but also very sad because it was a great contract. Too bad you didn’t see it that way. (Townhall)

You will be missed.

But I understand it very well, as I have battled depression all my life. It has hurt every aspect of my life.

And I have that “voice”. That “voice” once tried to get me to touch a live electrical  transformer that said “Don’t Touch!”. I didn’t listen.

So I understand. But if the best of us can be sucked in by that “voice” in your head then we all have a problem.

Maybe Obama and Democrats are listening to their “voice” just a little too much! :)

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley


 

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McJob

McDonald’s Replacing Cashiers With Machines?

“Would you like fries with that?” may soon be a long forgotten relic of American pop culture.

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McDonald’s employees who picketed for a better living wage (whatever that means) may come to regret that decision. According to a Redditor, a McDonald’s in Illinois replaced their cashiers with machines.  The machines appear to be the cousins of the ones found in grocery stores, big box stores, and CVS that allow customers to complete transactions.

How cost effective is replacing an organic employee with a mechanized one? According to an economic blog, and unsurprisingly, the machines likely come out on top in terms of pricing:

  • For a location open 24 hours: The cost of human cashiers, not counting benefits, $15/hour * 24 hours * 365 days/year = $131,400

  • For a location open 6AM to Midnight:  $15/hour * 18 hours * 365 = $98,550.

  • For the machine to be cost effective, all it needs to do is cost less than $100,000 a year to buy and maintain.

Who could’ve possibly seen this coming? Forbes. They predicted this exact scenario last July.

A recent article at the Huffington Post makes the claim that if McDonald’s MCD +0.26% doubled its employees salaries it would only cause the price of a Big Mac to go up by 68 cents. The implication here is that 68 cents isn’t much money, so they should do it. There’s a few things missing from this.

One is that the article itself alleges that doubling wages would lead to a 17% increase in costs. And I guess this is obviously supposed to seem like a small amount? It doesn’t look that way to me. What do people expect will happen when prices go up 17%? If McDonald’s could raise its prices by that much without lowering demand they would. No, what would happen is people would shop at those stores less, there would be less profit and less McDonald’s stores to hire workers.

Doubling of labor costs will simply increase a fast food restaurant’s incentives to adopt technology like this. And if fast food wages doubled everywhere it would spur the development of these technologies even faster.

This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase the added cost must be offset. In order to satisfy operating costs, produce a product consumers want to purchase, and still turn a profit, it’s perfectly reasonable for a company like McDonald’s to look for cost-cutting alternatives. As Forbes pointed out, the added pressure to increase wages only serves to expedite technological solutions.

McDonald’s has already installed kiosks to replace human cashiers in about 7,000 of its stores in higher-minimum-wage Europe. So it seems inevitable that technology will make its way into the kitchen as well.

But cooks are safe from the machination of American fast food, right?

Not if companies like Momentum Machines has anything to do with it. “Our technology will democratize access to high quality food making it available to the masses,” their site claims. They also claim their burger making machines can, “do everything employees do except better” and that the machines reap such large labor savings, restaurants will be able to afford twice as fancy ingredients. Tempting little proposition they have there.

“Would you like fries with that?” may soon be a long forgotten relic of American pop culture. And all because it makes good economic sense.

Naturally, the Left will interpret this as “class warfare” and a “war on the poor” rather than see the obvious.

Update (WAJ): Prof. Reynolds notes that Robot makers must be loving the recent NLRB ruling, as well, which held McDonald’s parent corporation liable for franchisee employment practices. Can a kiosk file an employment grievance? (LI)

ATLANTA – Outrage is growing against federal restrictions on school bake sales and fundraisers.

“We don’t have enough teachers in our classrooms and now we are expected to hire some type of food police to monitor whether we are having bake sales or not. That is just asinine,” John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent tells WSB-TV.

We are from the Government and we are hear to help you. We are from a Union, we are here to Help you… :)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-12/meet-smart-restaurant-minimum-wage-crushing-burger-flipping-robot

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