Real News

As opposed to the usual garbage on the News. You know, the Beiber DUI obsession, The latest hate-mongering from the Leftists over at MSNBC, or the obsession  over an ASU fraternity suspended after hosting MLK “Black Party”.

That last one made national news. If you search for “asu mlk” you’ll get about a 10-1 ratio of the “party” over the actual news story below. That’s news today.

The “party” is news. The discovery below is not remotely as worthy.

But there was some actual news this week that was largely ignored. It’s sensational, just not sensationalist. There is no agenda here, so it’s not as worthy as a bunch of dumb college frat kids making an ass of themselves (when does that ever happen!).

A speech by the great Martin Luther King, Jr 50 years ago here at Arizona State University that no one knew was recorded was found at a Goodwill Store!

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/24595412/2014/01/30/long-lost-martin-luther-king-jr-audio-found-at-valley-goodwill-store

Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at ASU in 1964
From right to left: G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, an unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University. Martin Luther King addressed an audience of 8,000 people on the topic “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.”
June 3, 1964
Photo by: Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection

Discovery significant for historians, Arizona and nation 

PHOENIX (KSAZ) –A woman finds some old reel-to-reel tapes at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, they turned out to be a long-lost recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s only speech here in the valley. The announcement of this amazing discovery made last week and now there is audio of the slain civil rights leader speaking in Arizona.
      
“How very delighted and honored I am to have the opportunity of coming once more to the State of Arizona” said King during the recording.

A recording of King’s only public appearance in Phoenix on June 3rd 1964. He spoke at the old stadium at ASU and at Phoenix’s Tanner AME church during his west coast tour he stopped in our state.
    
“Now we are challenged to make this world one in terms of brotherhood one in terms of peace”  said Dr. King.
    
His speeches that day could’ve been lost forever if a sharp-eyed record collector had not stopped by a Goodwill store at 32nd Street and Thomas.
    
“Went over and I just picked up one of them and it just happened to be the one that turned out to be Martin Luther King it said MLK 1964 ” said Mary Scanlon.
    
She bought several tapes at $2.99 a piece. They could have crumbled if she tried playing them but she brought them to an ASU archive. They were sent to be digitized then they heard him speak.
    
“It’s just completely unlikely improbable sometimes these things happen apparently someone stored it in their closet for years and years” said Keith Miller an ASU professor.
    
“Just electrifying, it brought tears to my eyes it was really moving” said Scanlon.
    
“The wind of change is blowing in a real sense it is sweeping away an old order” Dr. King said in the recording.
    
Two weeks after King gave this speech Phoenix signed an anti-discrimination law.
    
“What a point of pride that Martin Luther King came here” said Scanlon. A month afterwards.. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was made law.
    
“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King.
    
ASU announced the discovery of the lost tapes last week.hey were recorded by civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale an ASU alumna. (Fox Phoenix)

“The cooperation of ASU and the NAACP in welcoming King sets the record straight in the national historical record,” Whitaker said. “Arizona gained great notoriety in the late 1980s when Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded the King holiday, triggering a national boycott of Arizona. On top of that, in the early 1990s in a statewide referendum, Arizona voters defeated a proposed King holiday, perpetuating the image that Arizona was anti-King.

“This speech is evidence that Arizona is not as anti-King or, in the wake of national debates about immigration, as anti-minority as many people across the nation think,” he said. “It certainly adds complexity to both the historical and current picture of our state.”

Phoenix lawyer Herb Ely, longtime civil rights activist and legal counsel for the NAACP at the time of King’s speech, said no more convincing example exists of the importance of King’s speech than the fact that 13 days later, the city of Phoenix passed a comprehensive public accommodation ordinance outlawing discrimination in all places of public accommodation. (ASU)

But the hate mongers and morally Superior Passers of Judgment on the left don’t care about FACTS.

“Further, his speech and inspiration lead to broad civil rights legislation by the Arizona legislature,” said Ely, who drafted Arizona’s civil rights bill that was signed into law on April 1, 1965, prohibiting discrimination in voting, employment, labor union membership and places of public accommodation. “Dr. King’s speech and leadership was an inspiration to us all. For me, he was my guiding light as I devoted my early years here to the civil rights movement. Not just this speech, but his entire life caused the culture to change here in Arizona and throughout this country.”

But not on the Left. They use him as a tool, not a guide, as they use everyone and everything.

The full recordings are available here: http://repository.asu.edu/items/18389

“We have made of this world a neighborhood and now thru our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood we must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools” said Dr. King not long afterwards.

Now that’s NEWS, fool. 🙂

Suicide Watch

Ann Coulter: As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country. The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it’s too important to wait.

Leave aside the harm cheap labor being dumped on the country does to the millions of unemployed Americans. What does it mean for the Republican Party?

Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party.

Immigrants — all immigrants — have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)

This is not a secret. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats.

At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year — Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade.

Thanks to endless polling, we have a pretty good idea of what most immigrants believe.

According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens do.

While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree.

No wonder they vote 2-1 for the Democrats.

The two largest immigrant groups, Hispanics and Asians, have little in common economically, culturally or historically. But they both overwhelmingly support big government, Obamacare, affirmative action and gun control.

According the 2012 National Asian American Survey, as well as a Kaiser Foundation poll, only 40 percent of the general public holds a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 42 percent unfavorable. Meanwhile, 51 percent of Asians have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, 18 percent an unfavorable one. Even Koreans support Obamacare by 57 percent to 17 percent.

Overall, 69 percent of immigrants like Obamacare, according to a 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

That same survey showed that only 35 percent of native-born Americans support affirmative action, compared to 58 percent of immigrants, including — amazingly — 64 percent of Asians (suggesting they may not be as smart as everyone thinks).

Also surprising, a Pew Research Center poll of all Hispanics, immigrant and citizen alike, found that Hispanics take a dimmer view of capitalism than even people who describe themselves as “liberal Democrats.” While 47 percent of self-described “liberal Democrats” hold a negative view of capitalism, 55 percent of Hispanics do.

Pew also found that only 27 percent of Hispanics support gun rights, compared to 57 percent of non-Hispanic whites. According to Latino Decisions, large majorities of Hispanics favor a national database of gun owners, limiting the capacity of magazines and a ban on semiautomatic weapons.

Seventy-five percent of Hispanic immigrants and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government — also according to Pew. Even after three generations in America, Hispanics still support bigger government 55 percent to 36 percent, compared to the general public, which opposes bigger government 48 percent to 41 percent.

How are Republicans going to square that circle? It’s not their position on amnesty that immigrants don’t like; it’s Republicans’ support for small government, gun rights, patriotism, the Constitution and capitalism.

Reading these statistics, does anyone wonder why Democrats think vastly increasing immigration should be the nation’s No. 1 priority?

It would be one thing if the people with these views already lived here. Republicans would have no right to say, “You can’t vote.” But why on Earth are they bringing in people sworn to their political destruction?

Republicans have no obligation to assist the Democrats as they change the country in a way that favors them electorally, particularly when it does great harm to the people already here.

Yes, it’s great for the most powerful Americans to have lots of cheap, unskilled labor. Immigration definitely solves the rich’s “servant problem.”

(Approximately 5 million times a day, MSNBC expresses bewilderment that any Republicans oppose amnesty when it’s supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Wow! So even people who profit by flooding the country with cheap labor are in favor of flooding the country with cheap labor!)

It’s terrific for ethnic lobbyists whose political clout will skyrocket the more foreign-born Americans we have.

And it’s fantastic for the Democrats, who are well on their way to a permanent majority, so they can completely destroy the last remnants of what was once known as “the land of the free.”

The only ones opposed to our current immigration policies are the people.

But are they going to give John Boehner a job when he’s no longer House speaker, as some big business lobbyist will?

Will they help Marco Rubio run for president on the claim that, as a Cuban, he can appeal to Hispanics? (Fat chance.)

Will they bundle contributions for Eric Cantor’s re-election, as well-heeled donors will?

Will they be enough to re-elect Kevin McCarthy to Congress so he can keep his gold-plated government health insurance?

Will they be the ones writing Darrell Issa’s flattering New York Times obituary?

Sorry, Americans. You lose.

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The full quote is even better:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

 

 

The Empire Impossible

Well, “Chopped” was a rerun last night, as I am sure Obama’s speech was too. So I watched an episode of “Hotel Impossible” I had recorded. It’s a show where a Hospitality Expert goes into a failing hotel to find out why they are failing. It always comes down to bad management.

Just like Obama.

“What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party (which is why if you disagree with a liberal you’re a racist! a hick or a tea party “obstructionist!” :)), young or old, rich or poor (rich evil, poor good), is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all (as long as you do as I say without question!)— the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility (Like ObamaCare, Benghazi, CIA,IRS,NSA,etc…It must be an Internet Video’s Fault!), you can get ahead (if you’re one of my cronies),” Obama said last night.

Sounds flowery, but he doesn’t believe a word of it! And everything he’s done undermines or complete contradicts this goal. Everything. But I’m sure he believes it. After all, liberals are nothing if not supremely self-delusional about their superior vision and superior morality.

So back to the episode, in Juneau, Alaska, was instructive because you had a hippy owner who’d been running the hotel for 40 years, badly. But she thought it was “good enough” to keep the hotel going so what’s the problem?

Meanwhile, he competition was eating her for lunch on the business.

But she willing to change, unlike the rigid ideologue we have for a President who will say flowery and lofty things but has no intention of changing his ways.

They brought back in her son who was much more educated than she was to manage it day-to-day and he wanted to do it completely differently.

But the instructive part was the Bar Manager. He was a laid back dude who didn’t care if he was over-pouring the drinks (which is bad for business because its profit going down the drain) or leaving the cash register open and unattended, or free drinks because no one pays or steals. He was only interested in the several hundred locals who came to the bar at night. He “people”.  When confronted about trying to get some of the thousands of tourists in the bar to make more money he flipped out. He said he rather quit than see the bar “sanitized” and the thought of people outside of his little circle coming to his own private little watering hole was akin to the end of the world to him.

Sound like a liberal we know?

Only does things for his own good and the good of “his people”. Doesn’t want to change when things are not working. Will go around the owners wishes because they are not his wishes.

The manager thought the bar was his own private domain and he could do anything he wanted for “his friends” and that change would destroy it.

The Democrats think government is their own private domain. And they have a plethora of cronies and if want to change it, you will destroy “the little people” they supposedly do it for (but don’t actually).

Unfortunately, for America, their is no one to fire Obama or push him to quit so that’s where the story ends.

We’re stuck with him.

God help us all.

President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to make 2014 his year of action — using his executive authorities wherever possible while encouraging Congress to go even further.

Obama took on a more pragmatic tone than in previous State of the Union addresses, acknowledging that getting his agenda past House Republicans was unlikely and therefore he would use his power to do what he can on his own.

So I’m going to do what I’m going to do, screw you. I will just do it by decree and regulations. I am Emperor Obama, I will not be denied!

This bar is run by me, for me, and my friends, and for the betterment of “the town”, screw you!

I will not have it “sanitized” by outsiders. People not of “the Body” (Star Trek reference) or “The Not We” (Doctor Who reference).

“Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want — for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.”

They don’t want Obamacare. They don’t want the NSA spying on them. They want some held accountable for Benghazi. They want lower taxes and less government intrusion in their lives.
I don’t think that’s the action the Emperor meant, do you? Its what the people want, but not what his “people” want. And it’s his “people” that matter.

They own it, after all.  They won (stick tongue out!). They have all the power. 🙂

Remember when they were horrified by Bush’s “unilateral” actions…:)

After all, this is his bar, and unlike in Alaska, the owners (the real citizen people) can only tell him at the election if they want to change managers.

Maybe we need an Anthony Melchiorri to come in and straighten out the owners of this country.

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The Emperor’s Speech

Tonight’ is Obama’s State of The Empire..Union…Speech.

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

He will tout how good things are going and how much better they could be if everyone just did everything he wanted and just shut the hell up and let him do whatever he wanted, when he wanted, and because he wanted to.

You know, where “bi-partisan” means BY-Partisan and he and the Democrats get everything they want, when they want it, because they want it . There’s no use complaining about it (you “obstructionist”) because we’re going to cram it down your throat no matter what eventually because, after all, we are just that much better and more powerful than you. And we will get what we want, when we want it, and because WE want it. Period.

After all, We are Homo Superior Liberalis and he’s just better than you in every way. And it can never ever be their fault, for anything. The Rich/Obstructionist/Tea Party/Right Wing/Koch Brothers are to blame for everything, didn’t you know that? 🙂

He’ll talk up his Class Warfare and how evil rich people are (Boo Hisssss). How the “little guy” that he’s been squashed for 5 years is being squashed by his political opponents and not him.

He far too superior to be at fault for anything.

How he’ll rule be Imperial Decree if the “obstructionists” (aka Republicans) won’t kow-tow to everything he wants because he wants it. And if he wants it it must be good, right?

So who gives a rats ass about that Constitution thing if the Emperor says it’s good.

After all, he is Homo Superior Liberalis, he’s just smarter than you. He’s a Constitutional Professor. He knows better than you what you need and no damn partisan hack is going to keep him from ramming it down your throat whether you like it or not!!

And besides, it is racist of you to not allow those 20 million illegal Democrats and Welfare/ObamaCare recipients to vote for his brood and the Once and Future Queen, Hillary The First.

But I do have one poser for the Emperor. I know it’s impertinent of me, a lowly blogger serf to ever even approach the level of greatness and magnificence that is our Emperor, Obama The First.

If high unemployment is a “stimulus” then is unemployment going down making the economy worse? 🙂

The fact that it’s going down because 5x as many people who got a job gave up looking and went on the government dole is irrelevant to the Gods of Washington.

But if it was a “stimulus” when it was high, with it going down, now what is it? Still a good thing?? A doublethink….and political duplicity….Thy name is Obama.

Should be a rousing speech that we’ve all heard before, several times over, tonight. And the Liberal Media will be drooling over it for months as they do their Lord’s work for him in educating the masses on how he’s most magnificent and most magnanimous to his subjects.

I think I’ll watch “Chopped” instead… 🙂

On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a new poll from Washington Post-ABC News shows that fully 63 percent of Americans have either little to no confidence Obama will make the right decisions. The public is evenly split on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, with 49 percent of Americans answering in the affirmative, and 48 percent answering negatively.

So the “Vote for Me, The other Guy’s an Asshole” crowd have got a lot of work ahead of them. But they have 24/7 Ministry of Truth Misinformation Networks so they just have to Lie repeatedly until people believe it.And those trained minions who already do, they just have to give them new ammo to shoot their mouths with.

Welcome to 2014. The Year Hell could come to Earth and lands right in Washington D.C.

A bare majority of Americans, 52 percent, feel Obama does not understand the problems of people like them – a shocking downward turn for Obama on an important likeability issue in which he dominated in 2012. A majority of Americans, 51 percent, also believe Obama is not a strong leader. His disapproval rating stands currently at 50 percent, with 41 percent disapproving strongly – only 23 percent support him strongly. 50 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the president.(TR)

But yet they will vote for the Democrats anyhow (and it starts tonight), either because they are mindless zombies, or because they are manipulated by the media, or because the Republicans are too weak to have a spine.

Either way, I think I’ll watch “Chopped”…

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

 

What The Emperor Won’t Say

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama is expected to make income inequality the centerpiece of his address.

Political analysts say it’s a way for him to connect with a public still anxious about the tepid economic recovery — now in its fifth year — and upset with Obama over the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. They also see it as a way to rally his liberal base in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.

But what Obama is unlikely to say in his lengthy address is that income inequality — as measured by the Census Bureau’s Gini index — has increased faster on his watch than it did under any of the three previous presidents.

Nor is he likely to mention that, on his watch, inequality has reached its highest level since the Census started recording it back in 1947.

And Obama is almost certain to avoid mentioning that the policies he’s pushing now have either had little impact on inequality or have provided few benefits to those they’re supposed to help. Or that one of his policy priorities is likely to increase inequality, not reduce it.

Here’s a closer look at some of Obama’s proposals.

Taxes. Raising taxes on the rich might seem like a good way to close the income gap. But inequality rose faster under President Clinton, who raised taxes, than it did under President George W. Bush, who cut them. In fact, the inequality measure was the same when Bush left the White House as when he entered it. Plus, the rich now pay a greater share of total income taxes than at any time in decades, yet inequality is also higher than ever.

Minimum wage. Obama will also call for another round of minimum-wage hikes. But raising the minimum wage hasn’t reduced inequality in the past.

A 2007 law boosted the federal minimum wage over three years to $7.25 an hour — a 41% increase while inflation has climbed just 12% since that year.

Yet inequality was much higher in 2012 than it was in 2007. The federal minimum wage climbed 21% under Clinton, years during which inequality also climbed.

And the most recent wage hikes haven’t done much to help those just starting in the job market. In fact, the unemployment rate among 16- to 19-year-olds is 20% today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up from 16% before the increases started in July 2007.

Meanwhile, real median household income is 7% below where it was before the minimum-wage hikes took place, according to Sentier Research.

Infrastructure spending. Another likely proposal from Obama is to increase spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. Obama has long looked to this as a way to boost the number of good-paying jobs. But federal transportation spending is already 22% higher than it was before Obama took office, with little to show for it.

Promise Zones. Obama has already proposed setting up five “Promise Zones,” economically distressed areas that will get extra federal help and some tax breaks. This isn’t a new idea, but a variation on the “enterprise zone” concept championed by conservative lawmaker Jack Kemp. The idea is to encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in troubled areas by cutting red tape, lowering taxes and providing other incentives. Clinton enacted several “Empowerment Zones” while president.

But the effectiveness of these zones is entirely unclear, with several studies finding little overall improvement in the areas. A 2009 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, for example, found that state’s enterprise zone program “has no effect on job or business creation.”

College aid. Another Obama favorite is to call for more college aid. On the surface, it makes sense. People with college degrees earn far more than those without them, so making college more affordable should end up raising income levels.

The problem is that federal aid has already exploded in recent years — it’s up more than 80% since 2003, according to the College Board.

But that hasn’t made a dent in college costs. In fact, average net tuition — after accounting for grants and special tax breaks — at private four-year colleges has been virtually flat over those same years. The average list price, however, shot up 23%.

Average net tuition at public four-year colleges has climbed 59%, despite all this extra federal help.

It would appear, then, that increases in aid are fueling tuition inflation, not making college more affordable.

Immigration. Like Obama, big business has been pushing for immigration reform. They see it as a way to cut labor costs and boost profits. Marriott International (MAR) CEO Arne Sorenson recently called for “a functioning immigration system that helps us staff positions that might otherwise go unfilled.” And 208 CEOs signed a letter to Obama calling for “a new visa system for lower-skilled workers.”

But while a flood of low-income workers might be good for big business, it’s not likely to be so good for those struggling at the bottom of the income ladder.

Harvard immigration expert George Borjas found that immigration increases from 1960 through 2000 cut wages of low-skilled black men and boosted their unemployment rate.

And when the Congressional Budget Office looked at the Senate immigration bill, it found that it would depress the overall average wage somewhat for the first 10 years.

Even backers of immigration reform admit that the Senate bill would hurt low-income wage earners, but claim that those ill effects will be concentrated mainly among earlier immigrants.

Either way, it’s not exactly a recipe for reducing income inequality.

But if he can make people “feel” better then his job is done.

Oh, and it’s all the Republican’s Fault!! 🙂


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The End is Nigh

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year.

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, the aides said.

If the RINOs think that giving 20 Million Democrats the right to vote is going to make them like them they are NUTS!

But then again this a Republican Party that WANTS to destroy itself. They are just wanted to be “liked” by the school bully, who isn’t going to like them. He’s going to beat them into the ground and use them for there own personal sextoy.

And we’ll all be the victims of it.

Congrats, Jar Jar, you are so desperate to hand the fate of all over to The Empire. Willingly sacrifice us all for your own needs.

Critics worry that House Republican leaders and Senate Democrats are essentially negotiating a final deal, bypassing formal House-Senate negotiations, where conservatives had hoped to derail the process. Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, one of the Democratic architects of the Senate bill, said: “One thing is certain, just as with the budget, at some point both the House and the Senate will have to sit down and resolve all the contentious issues.”

And let the Democrats have everything they have every wanted, because after all, they are your supreme Overlords! They are Homo Superior Liberalis! And you are not.

Heil King Obama The First (and his successor, Queen Hillary)!

The king of BY-Partyisanship!

Welcome to Amerika all you former illegal Democrats. Welcome to One Party rule. The Party of Homo Superior Liberalis.

Don’t like it? I’m sure the Thought Police will make it all better…

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

The Challenge

One of the things that attracted me to the political left as a young man was a belief that leftists were for “the people.”

I voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980. I was a registered Democrat until 1988.

Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas — and years of research in that field repeatedly brought out the inescapable fact that many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for “the people.”

That has been true from the 18th century to the present. Even more surprising, I discovered over the years that leading thinkers on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum had more respect for ordinary people than people on the left who spoke in their name.

Leftists like Rousseau, Condorcet or William Godwin in the 18th century, Karl Marx in the 19th century or Fabian socialists like George Bernard Shaw in England and American Progressives in the 20th century saw the people in a role much like that of sheep, and saw themselves as their shepherds.

Another disturbing pattern turned up that is also with us to the present moment. From the 18th century to today, many leading thinkers on the left have regarded those who disagree with them as being not merely factually wrong but morally repugnant.

You RACIST! SEXIST!  PIG!

And again, this pattern is far less often found among those on the opposite side of the ideological spectrum.

The visceral hostility toward Sarah Palin by present-day liberals, and the gutter level to which some descend in expressing it, is just one sign of a mindset on the left that goes back more than two centuries.

T.R. Malthus was the target of such hostility in the 18th and early 19th centuries. When replying to his critics, he said: “I cannot doubt the talents of such men as Godwin and Condorcet. I am unwilling to doubt their candor.”

But Godwin’s vision of Malthus was very different. He called Malthus “malignant,” questioned “the humanity of the man,” and said, “I profess myself at a loss to conceive of what earth the man was made.”

This asymmetry in responses to people with different opinions has been too persistent for too many years to be just a matter of individual personality differences.

Although Charles Murray has been a major critic of the welfare state and of the assumptions behind it, he recalled that before writing his landmark book, “Losing Ground,” he had been “working for years with people who ran social programs at street level, and knew the overwhelming majority of them to be good people trying hard to help.”

Can you think of anyone on the left who has described Murray as “a good person trying hard to help?” He has been repeatedly denounced as virtually the devil incarnate — far more often than anyone has tried seriously to refute his facts.

Such treatment is not reserved solely for Murray. Liberal writer Andrew Hacker spoke more sweepingly when he said, “conservatives don’t really care whether black Americans are happy or unhappy.”

Even in the midst of an election campaign against the British Labour Party, when Winston Churchill said there would be dire consequences if his opponents won, he said that this was because “they do not see where their theories are leading them.”

But in an earlier campaign, Churchill’s opponent said that he looked upon Churchill “as such a personal force for evil that I would take up the fight against him with a whole heart.”

Examples of this asymmetry between those on opposite sides of the ideological divide could be multiplied almost without limit. It is not solely a matter of individual personality differences.

The vision of the left is not just a vision of the world. For many, it is also a vision of themselves — a very flattering vision of people trying to save the planet, rescue the exploited, create “social justice” and otherwise be on the side of the angels. This is an exalting vision that few are ready to give up, or to risk on a roll of the dice, which is what submitting it to the test of factual evidence amounts to.

Maybe that is why there are so many fact-free arguments on the left, whether on gun control, minimum wages, or innumerable other issues — and why they react so viscerally to those who challenge their vision. (Thomas Sowell)

AMEN!

“proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing”–Douglas Adams.

Liberals do not want proof that they are wrong, nor do they want to even entertain the possibility. So you cannot be allowed to either.

They are never wrong. They are always on the side of “good” and “right” and “moral” no matter what and anyone says otherwise is a lowly speaker and communer of “evil” and no respect should be give to such “evil”. You are “obstructing” their “good”.

They are Homo Superior Liberalis, and if you don’t do exactly as they say when they say it without thought or hesitation and don’t question them ever, then you are not.

End of story.

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

The Obama Index

Wall Street adviser: Actual unemployment is 37.2%, ‘misery index’ worst in 40 years

Don’t believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true “Misery Index.” Because, according to an influential Wall Street advisor, the figures are a fraud.

In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.

Marotta, who recently advised those worried about an imploding economy to get a gun, said that the government isn’t being honest in how it calculates those out of the workforce or inflation, the two numbers used to get the Misery Index figure.

“The unemployment rate only describes people who are currently working or looking for work,” he said. That leaves out a ton more.

If Obama gets you to give up completely and go on government assistance then you are no longer “unemployed” by the statistics definition.

We “added” 74,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped. But the labor participation rate (in the workforce) drop to it’s lowest level in 35 years. Jimmy Carter and “malaise” was king the last time it was this bad.

But the left will only tout the first 2, without any context because that makes them look good.

So more people give up than get a job, but he looks like a hero “of the people”.

Neat, Huh! 🙂

“Unemployment in its truest definition, meaning the portion of people who do not have any job, is 37.2 percent. This number obviously includes some people who are not or never plan to seek employment. But it does describe how many people are not able to, do not want to or cannot find a way to work. Policies that remove the barriers to employment, thus decreasing this number, are obviously beneficial,” he and colleague Megan Russell in their new investors note from their offices in Charlottesville, Va.

They added that “officially-reported unemployment numbers decrease when enough time passes to discourage the unemployed from looking for work. A decrease is not necessarily beneficial; an increase is clearly detrimental.”

Then there is the Misery Index, which is a calculation based in inflation and unemployment, both numbers the duo say are underscored by the government. He said that the Index doesn’t properly calculate how Uncle Sam is propping up the economy with bond purchases and other actions.

“These tricks, along with a host of other dubious accounting schemes, underreport inflation by about 3 percent,” they wrote, adding that the official inflation rate is just 1.24 percent.

“Today, the Misery Index would be 7.54 using official numbers,” they wrote. But if calculations tabulating the full national unemployment including discouraged workers, which is 10.2 percent, and the historical method of calculating inflation, which is now 4.5 percent, ‘the current misery index is closer to 14.7, worse even than during the Ford administration.”

So don’t worry, be happy. Everything is fine. Take a hit of your chooma and just relax, man. Barry and Kathleen will take care of you!

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Be a BEPper II

368 days ago:

In honor of the Coronation of  His Most Narcissistic Majesty, King Obama I:

(from the old Dr Pepper Jingle)

“I’m a BEPper he’s a BEPper
She’s a BEPper we’re a BEPper
Wouldn’t you like to be a BEPper too?
Be a BEPper Drink The Kool-Aid Too.”

BEPper = Bush Excuse Psychosis. Definition: A mindless drone who believes everything that is wrong is due to George W. Bush (and by extension any non-liberal like Republicans and Tea Party Members). The universe is black and white. They are Black (because being white is politically incorrect and fits their backward thought processes)  and they and only they are the Great Black Hope of America and only they are upright, moral, fair, compassionate and perfect.

Everyone who isn’t them are evil, greedy, narcissistic (project much do they? :)) morons who are beneath their contempt and certainly not due any respect whatsoever.

My way or the highway.

Now:

It’s Black Excuse Psychosis. Wow! Now that’s progress!! 🙂

Maybe what we need is some Koch-a Cola! 🙂

Or as the Leftist at Democrat Underground called it, “It’s the Evil thing!”

Stay evil, my friends…:)

*******

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” the president told the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

The president even argued marijuana is less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

Still, “It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy,” he added.

The president also said he’s troubled by racial disparities in the application of marijuana laws.

“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he explained. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.” (CBS)

Well, of course it has to come back to race!

“I’m a BEPper he’s a BEPper
She’s a BEPper we’re a BEPper
Wouldn’t you like to be a BEPper too?
Be a BEPper Drink The Kool-Aid Too.”

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

 

 

Global Warming is not about Weather But Whether…

As evidence discredits global warming, resistance to such facts by green elites reveals their real aim is bringing socialism in through the back door. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to the climate change boss at the U.N.

Christiana Figueres, with the lumpy title of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), came right out and said it: Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.

Which is the biggest polluter on the planet, and contributor to “greenhouse” gases by the way. 🙂

China is “doing it right,” she told Bloomberg News Tuesday. “They actually want to breathe air they don’t have to look at,” she said with a straight face.

Maybe that’s because for her information, China had breathed air it can see for decades under its command economy. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey points out that on the same day Figueres was praising China’s top-down political system and denigrating democracies, China’s capital, Beijing, was engulfed in a massive smog cloud that prompted authorities to order children, the sick and the elderly to stay inside.

Communist China has had one pollution crisis after another for decades. It’s also the home to black rivers, polluted groundwater, destroyed lakes and some of the world’s worst food standards — all fruits of a command economy where the public has no right to complain about anything because government knows best.

Morrissey notes that the same smog blighting China now was a problem five years ago, during the 2008 Olympics. Some sign of “doing it right.”

The only thing clear here is the real motive of global warm-mongers. They’re less interested in cleaning up the Earth than in controlling human beings in the name of “the common good” — just as the Bolsheviks once did, first in Russia, and then in China, where the tyranny continues to this day.

Global warming alarmists “want to change us, they want to change our behavior, our way of life, our values and preferences,” according to a man who knows a thing or two about communist regimes, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus. In a speech to Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs in 2011, he stressed:

“They want to restrict our freedom because they themselves believe they know what is good for us. They are not interested in climate. They misuse the climate in their goal to restrict our freedom. Therefore, what is in danger is freedom, not the climate.”

Klaus, who fought communists all his life, admitted he may be “oversensitive.” But “I am afraid that some of the people who spend their lives in a free society don’t appreciate sufficiently all the issues connected with freedom. So my oversensitivity is like an alarm clock warning about the potential development, which I am really afraid of.”

He pointed out that as global warming falls apart as a theory, its proponents grow more strident because their claim to power grows ever more tenuous.

“I feel threatened now, not by global warming — I don’t see any — (but) by the global-warming doctrine, which I consider a new dangerous attempt to control and mastermind my life and our lives, in the name of controlling the climate or temperature.”

“They don’t care about resources or poverty or pollution. They hate us, the humans. They consider us dangerous and sinful creatures who must be controlled by them. I used to live in a similar world called communism. And I know it led to the worst environmental damage the world has ever experienced.”

But that’s of no concern to Ms. Figueres, princeling daughter of a former Costa Rican president who’s lived a life of privilege since birth and is now badmouthing democracy and praising communist systems.

She condemned as “very detrimental” Congress’ refusal to pass the U.N.’s climate change agenda even as evidence reveals global warming as a hoax and the U.N. agenda as a threat to America’s economic well-being.

In the world she inhabits, the people’s interests don’t matter — neither in the United States nor in pollution-choked China. All that matters is control, her control. In modern times, the only ecosystem in which such people can effectively exist is a communist one. (IBD)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Not Living The Dream II

In an interview with The New Yorker, Obama addressed his falling job-approval ratings:

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.” 

Anyway, he then seemed to contradict himself [what a shock]:

“Now, the flip side of it is, there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.” (IJ)

So it all comes down to race for you, Mr. President. Not very MLK of you… 🙂

And, Mr. president, here’s a new flash for you, It’s not your epidermis, it’s your authoritarian socialism!

It’s the content of your character, not your race. 🙂

You liar. You authoritarian.You messianic socialist liberal.

That’s why.

But you’re too arrogant to see that.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knows how to spend her Martin Luther King Jr. Day: by pushing Obamacare down the American peoples’ throats. No matter what the occasion, the Obama administration doesn’t miss a single opportunity to beat the drum for Obamacare.

Ms. Sebelius said today, “As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace.” She even went on to try and twist Dr. King’s words and make today’s holiday in remembrance and turn it into a PR stunt for Obamacare.

She explained that King’s civil rights leadership extended to advocacy for the poor, and that he was also worried about health care inequality.

“Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the ‘most shocking and inhumane’ form of injustice,” Sebelius continued in her Friday statement. “These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.”

According to the HHS secretary, the “Affordable Care Act” has rung in a “new day in health care.”

“Across the nation, millions of Americans are signing up for quality, affordable health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace,” she said.

Clearly the Obama administration is doing whatever it can to promote its failing health care policy. Remember just last summer how President Obama pointed to MLK as someone who would embrace the new health care reform. This is just another pathetic attempt that the Obama administration is willing to make in order to persuade the American people to sign up for Obamacare.

Kinda like those Orbitz ads…ObamaCare….:)

142197 600 Obamacare Fruitcake cartoons


142265 600 Move the Post cartoons

Not Living the Dream

Today is Martin Luther King Day. The day the liberals wanted to celebrate the great man. Unfortunately, from the very start they have not lived up to his vision at all.

After all, if you didn’t create the holiday immediately and bow down before them, you were a racist. If you don’t observe it with the reverence you should, you’re a racist.

It’s a day for Liberal to remind you how racist you are.

Which is exactly the opposite of MLK’s on message. Funny how that worked out. 🙂

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

And what sums up the Left better. 🙂

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

But Hate is what the Left bears against anyone who would disagree with their magnificence.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
But skin color is all important to the Left. After all, if you disagree with them eventually, you will be a racist!

Race is at the very heart of the Leftist arsenal. It’s all about race.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

3 Words: George W. Bush. Forgiveness, off the menu completely. After all, it’s all his Fault.

Republicans, all their fault.

Fox News, all their fault.

Tea Party, all their fault.

The only love the Left has is, for itself and how great it is. And how much greater they’d be if their enemies were crushed!

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

And we have the “all about me” King Obama, who says if you don’t do it my way I’ll just go around you. Frankly, I’m the greatest! 🙂

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Left not only revels in selfishness they want others to do it, but only if it benefits their own selfishness.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

AMEN!

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Only you can prevent a national disaster.

 

War on Work

While 50 years ago the federal government declared war on poverty, I would submit that in recent years it has led an undeclared but real new war: a War on Work. The government increasingly is using its coercive powers to punish people who want to work, creating a vast class of able-bodied Americans dependent on the government — and politicians — for their daily bread.

The statistics are startling. A smaller proportion of working-age Americans works today than when the recession officially ended 4-1/2 years ago (June 2009).

But this trend is not just a failure of policies to encourage economic recovery, such as the stimulus package and the ineffective, highly expansionary Federal Reserve monetary policy. The decline in work has been going on since at least 2000, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Suppose today we had the same proportion of Americans working that we did in 2000 — the end of the Clinton administration. We would have 14.6 million more workers in America — 4 million more than the number of unemployed.

Making reasonable assumptions about the productivity of these lost workers, the annual national output today would be over $2,500 per person higher — over $10,000 for a family of four. The actual recent recorded decline in real median income per household almost certainly would not have occurred. Much of the 21st-century growth dearth — the fall in growth rates from above 3% to only 2% a year — would have been averted.

While a vast number of government policies cause a decline in work, let me mention just six:

• Extended unemployment benefits.

• Expansion of food stamps.

• Higher taxes on workers, especially the most productive ones.

• Increases in Social Security disability payments.

• Increases in Pell Grants and other forms of federal higher education aid.

• Increases in minimum wage laws at local, state and federal levels.

Extended Unemployment Benefits

For almost eight decades, the federal-state unemployment insurance system provided 26 weeks of benefits for unemployed workers, with occasionally a modest short-term extension of those benefits (to typically 39 weeks) during recessions. In 2013, those benefits were given for 73 weeks — four years after the recession ended.

You pay people not to work — and many respond accordingly. In the month with the highest unemployment (10.8%) since the Great Depression, December 1982, the average duration of unemployment was 18.0 weeks; in December 2013, it was 37.1 weeks.

The 73-week benefit provision ended recently, but President Obama and the Senate want it extended — preventing the creation of many jobs.

Food Stamps

If the government subsidizes the purchase of life’s most critical essential — food — it reduces the need to work. In 2000, 17.1 million Americans received food stamps; in October 2013, 47.6 million did.

Higher Taxes on Workers

A decade ago, in 2004, the top marginal federal income tax rate was 35%; today, it is about 43%, counting ObamaCare-related taxes. There is overwhelming empirical evidence that high income taxes impede economic growth. There has been a vast migration of Americans, for example, from the 41 states with state income taxes to the nine states that do not tax work income.

Social Security Disability

In 1990, about 4 million Americans and their dependents received Social Security disability payments — today 11 million do. At a time when health care is improving, and more Americans work in relatively less-risky nonindustrial settings, there has been an explosion in the number of people paid not to work because of alleged inability to do so.

Federal Student Financial Aid

In 2000, fewer than 4 million Americans received Pell Grants to attend college; by 2012, nearly 9 million did. From 2002 to 2012, total federal aid more than doubled, going from $83 billion to $170 billion. Yet large portions of those recipients never graduate, and many that do are truly underemployed — we increasingly have college-educated taxi drivers, janitors, bartenders and retail sales clerks.

Minimum Wage

Seven years ago today, the federal minimum wage was $5.15. By the end of this year, if Obama gets his way, it will be $9.25. Many cities and states have enacted huge minimum wage increases, at a time when the unemployment rate of black teenagers exceeds 35%.

Future Nobel laureate George Stigler noted in 1946 that minimum wage laws caused unemployment, and subsequent empirical evidence overwhelmingly shows that they kill jobs for the most vulnerable unskilled workers.

No nation ever achieved greatness when vast portions of its productive workforce were idle. America will not regain its economic vitality until it ends this war on work.

• Vedder is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, professor of economics at Ohio University and co-author of “Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in America.” (IBD)

But as long as they are dependent on the politicians and re-elect them what does the politician really care??

It’s fair. He gets what he wants, power. You get what you want, help.

The fact that’s it’s not what the country or you really NEED. That’s not relevant.

So everyone’s happy, right? 🙂

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

 

Fish Meet Barrel

You just can’t make this stuff up and expect people to believe it’s real. But Liberals do it all the time and this one is utterly hilarious. I have been giggling about this one since yesterday when I found it.

Picture, years ago in schools you had religion and morality in schools. You know, things like the evil Pledge of Allegiance and the like. The Liberals objected saying it was discriminatory and the Politically Correct crowd went ape crazy. So much so that now you have no discipline and any religion, especially Christianity, even in the most mundane form (like Christmas) is taboo.

Oh, and sex education, where you used to teach abstinence as actual abstinence from sex. You left the parents to teach or not teach their kids about sex because like it or not that was the Parent’s jobm (and my parents were bad at that by the way).

Then you started to get the liberal indoctrinations. Tommy has two Mommys and the the like. Condoms on bananas for 7 year olds, etc.

All in the name of “inclusiveness” and “education” because they are going to do it anyhow saio you might as well talk about it. 🙂

Well, get ready for this one. It’s the Moby Dick (pun intended) of all Liberal “abstinence” programs.

The doublethink in this example is hilarious. Remember these are the “politically correct” who scream and yell about teaching “morality” in schools!!

And who have a conniption fit if even the merest hint of “religion” is introduced!

But most of what was on this poster in any other context would be considered X-Rated. But not for 13 years old in a classroom! Oh no! this is “health education”…

I give you Hocker Grove Middle School in Shawnee, Kansas. Yes, I said Kansas, Toto… 🙂

http://www.wfsb.com/story/24476874/kansas-father-says-schools-sex-ed-poster-is-too-mature-for-his-13-year-old-daughter

abstinence poster

The poster, entitled, “How Do People Express Their Sexual Feelings?” lists sex acts such as: Oral Sex, Sexual Fantasy, Caressing, Anal Sex, Dancing, Hugging, Touching Each Other’s Genitals, Kissing, Grinding, and Masturbation.

But don’t you dare mention GOD or any religion (other than muslim that is) or we’ll have to sue your ass off! 🙂

A father in Kansas says a sex ed poster used in his 13-year-old daughter’s class is too risqué, but school officials say it’s all part of the district-approved curriculum.

Late last week, Mark Ellis’s 13 year-old daughter showed him a picture of this poster.

“Why would you put it in front of 13 year-old students,” Ellis said.

Ellis said he thought the poster, which lists things like oral sex and grinding, might’ve been a prank until he contacted the school principal and was told it was a teaching material.

Ellis said after being told by the school principal the poster was “teaching material,” he is now concerned about what his daughter is being taught in school.

“It upsets me,” he said. “And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program.’”

The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science materials. And so it is a part of our district-approved curriculum,” said Leigh Anne Neal with Shawnee Mission School District. “However the item is meant to be part of a lesson, and so certainly as a standalone poster without the context of a teacher led discussion, I could see that there might be some cause for concern.”

Imagine, if this is middle school what High School Sex Education must be like? 🙂

Hookers, Live demonstrations, hands-on material 🙂 Imagine the Final Exam? The mind boogleth at the possibilities.

But Ellis said he is now concerned that what’s on this poster is being taught to his 13 year-old in school.

Neal said the poster needs to be viewed in the context of a bigger curriculum, which she calls abstinence based for students in middle school.

“The curriculum is part of it aligns with national standards around those topics, and it’s part of our curriculum in the school district,” Neal said.

But Ellis thinks if that’s the case, the curriculum needs to change.

“This has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction actually a lot of these things,” Ellis said. “I would like to see that this particular portion of the curriculum is removed from the school.”

In fact, the curriculum, titled “Making A Difference,” is published by selectmedia.org and recommended by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as a “pregnancy prevention intervention.”

According to the publisher’s website, the goal of the program is:

…to empower young adolescents to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of pregnancy and HIV or other STD infection. Specifically, this curriculum emphasizes that young adolescents should postpone sexual activity and that practicing abstinence is the only way to eliminate the risk for pregnancy and STDs, including HIV.

Module 2 of the program, which is called “Understanding Adolescent Sexuality and Abstinence,” offers “an overview of reproductive anatomy, discusses messages about sex, discusses how people express themselves sexually [apparently reinforced by the poster], and the benefits of abstinence.”

According to HHS, in the original study that explored the effectiveness of the Making A Difference program, the participants were African-Americans, aged 11-13.

So if you object are you a racist too? 🙂
A good Percentage of this “district approved” poster if it was in a movie would be X-Rated. But in a Middle School classroom, that’s ok! WOW!

Why? Because the Liberal says so and since they are never wrong and only have the best of intentions you shouldn’t be outraged that they are teaching X-Rated material to your darling little cherub in a public school!

What are you? A Right Wing Fanatic? A Hater? A Religious nut!? A Prude? A Denier?

What about all those kids who don’t have any guidance!??

But Talk about God in a classroom in even the most innocuous way and the Liberals will go ape sh*t crazy and the ACLU will be jamming legal paper down down your throat until it comes out your grandkid’s ass, but X-Rated Erotica and Oral Sex in a classroom, that’s ok!

Now that’s liberal doublethink at it’s finest.

Utterly Hilarious. And made even more hilarious by the fact that they won’t even be able to comprehend  the contradictions.

Because, as The Atlantic put it: As well, we live in a world where many parents abdicate their educational responsibilities. Should their children be consigned to ignorance, in order that the school doesn’t transgress against the rights of more responsible parents to decide exactly when their kids should be educated? Or do the needs of kids whose parents neglect to ever talk to them about sex count for just as much as the others?

Since you’re not doing your job, in our less than humble opinion, we have to step and save you from yourself!!

Sound like any liberal you know? 🙂  (Not having health insurance anyone??)

This strikes me as an impractical occasion for outrage and opposition if the practical upshot is “saving” teens from knowledge they’d quickly acquire anyway.

They’re going to do it anyways! 🙂

So why do we have a movie rating system then? If you’re going to discuss Oral Sex with a 13 year old but bar him/her from seeing a movie with it in it how is that justifiable?

Ah, the mind trap of the liberal.

I fully expect that if this gets pulled it will be blamed on “right wing religious extremists” or “Fox News” or any number of liberal boogiemen.

That is, of course, if they don’t try and bury it first!

The contradictions that they are doing X-Rated material in a classroom full of budding adolescence and calling it “abstinence” is just so far beyond their comprehension and that is truly hysterical!

And when they do do it and the 13 year old gets pregnant Planned Parenthood  and  Mama Government, and ObamaCare will right there to help them out! 🙂

I will laugh about this one for months, possibly years…Like shooting fish in a barrel!

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

 

Truth in Advertising

Breitbart has a story: “Greed of Denial: Scientists Touting ‘CTE’ Scans Profiting from Brain Testing Company.”  This is Daniel Flynn who has a book called The War on Football: Saving America’s Game.   “The company behind headline-grabbing claims of a CTE diagnoses for living NFL players has publicly proclaimed a major scientific breakthrough, but a TauMark representative refuses to say who owns the mysterious corporation or where it’s located.
Are the doctors touting the CTE test also the businessmen profiting from it? ‘I’m not at liberty to say,’ responded a receptionist to questions about the ownership and founders of the for-profit venture. After repeated queries, the TauMark receptionist indicated she was in Louisiana but refused to divulge the secretive company’s whereabouts. She asked all further questions to be sent to her TauMark email address, which she promised to forward to her bosses. The queries made last Tuesday remain unanswered. Questions about ownership stakes to League of Denial talking heads Julian Bailes and Bennet Omalu, two of the doctors touting the TauMark scans, similarly have been met with silence.”

Folks, this is how a study that nobody has ever seen by a group nobody’s ever heard of becomes settled science.  This is exactly how this lunatic fringe group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has gotten all of these bans on various foods that they don’t like.  It’s three people when they started out, three emaciated, skeletal looking people with a fax machine and a logo, and they send their stuff out to the Drive-Bys, and the Drive-Bys, because they like controlling people and telling ’em what’s good for ’em and bad for ’em run with it without checking.  The same thing was done here.  ESPN, NBC, every sports network fell for this story, and it turns out it’s probably a hoax. 

“How could so many so thoroughly botch the fraudulent story that Tony Dorsett tested positive for CTE?  The widespread reporting of a fiction as a fact raises issues of the conflict of interest inherent in vested parties determining the validity of their own research, journalists acting as unwitting press agents for entrepreneurs, the prefix ‘Dr.’ transforming reporters’s natural skepticism into naivety, and the ethics of releasing purported scientific discoveries to ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ for vetting rather than peer-reviewed publications better equipped for the task.” 

So basically, to summarize this, this is how we got global warming.  A bunch of people nobody had ever heard of released news that the news media and the American left loved hearing, so they ran with it.  I’ve been talking about this for years.  But now we’ve got this fraudulent story and some of the sports media, in order to protect themselves, are refusing to admit that they’ve fallen for a hoax and are continuing to report that there’s a new discovery that you can discover CTE in living athletes.  You can’t. (Rush)

Without any peer-reviewed data or FDA approval buttressing TauMark’s boast, nearly every major news outlet in the country gullibly reported the shadowy, for-profit venture’s claim about its commercial product’s ability to diagnose CTE in the living.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. 

Proof denies faith. And if a liberal wants it to be true, it must be true. Right?

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/11/17/Scientists-Doctors-Touting-CTE-Scans-Profiting

Then there was…

Apparently, a story started from GameOver.com a website and a business run by former players who released that “the suicide rate amongst NFL players was 6 times the national average” and because the media liked it, they ran with it and incest of “sources” began where the next person cited the previous person and their “study” but never did any journalistic due diligence themselves because they wanted it to be true (or it just made a good story or both).

So now you have “studies” that show how “bad” hitting in football is so now we have to have the hysterical liberal over-reaction.

Just like Global Warming.

Mind you, I’m not a sport person anymore. I gave up on sports back in 1982 when the Baseball millionaires went on strike because they want more money. And all the subsequent strikes since have reinforced that.

Sports is a millionaires game. It’s owned and operated by millionaires. The players are millionaires. So them crying about how much of the pie each of them gets is not appealing to me. I don’t love it enough to overlook it.

But the same liberal scams of poor science leading to power and control issues exists in microcosm here.

I think eventually, the liberals will ban the “violent” sport, or make it so “safe”. Then it will die on its own. But they will have the satisfaction of  “saving lives”.

That’s what liberals do, kill anything and everything with “kindness” and “compassion”.

Just like Health Care and Global Warming.

What could be wrong with that?? 🙂

P.s. Daniel J. Flynn is the author of The War on Football: Saving America’s Game

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

What Difference Does it Make?

Senate report: Attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi could have been prevented

But it was all the fault of the video, not incompetence in government all the way to the top, especially not Soon-to-Be Crowned in 2016 Queen Hillary The First.

So what if they were preventable and we didn’t prevent them, that’s hardly grounds for holding anyone accountable!!

A long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in 2012.

But a year and half later, does anyone care anymore? And isn’t that the point now?

The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.

Gee, wasn’t that also in the 9/11 report? 🙂

So I guess it’s the CIA’s fault, no it’s the Video…But it certainly isn’t Queen-to-Be Hillary, even though the buck shouldn’t stop at the top of the bureauctic food chain…. especially for the Once and Future Queen! 🙂

The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and that the Pentagon didn’t have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency.

“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.

The report also noted, chillingly, that the FBI’s investigation of the attacks has been hampered in Libya and that 15 people “supporting the investigation or otherwise helpful to the United States” have since been killed in Benghazi. The report said it was unclear whether those killings were related to the inquiry.

<<snicker>> Yah, think… 🙂

And now the fun part…

The report found no evidence of the kind of political coverup that Republicans have long alleged. Much of it recounted now-familiar facts about deteriorating security conditions in Benghazi in 2012, a year after the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi. It filled in new details about the relationship between the State Department compound and the CIA annex about a mile away, and described the concern among many intelligence specialists about the growing potency of Islamist militants in the city.

“In spite of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and ample strategic warnings, the United States government simply did not do enough to prevent these attacks and ensure the safety of those serving in Benghazi,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the panel.

FOX: Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Can you say “re-election”. Just Lie long enough to get Obama Re-elected.

Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., sitting in on the subcommittee’s hearing with Ham last June, reserved for himself an especially sensitive line of questioning: namely, whether senior Obama administration officials, in the very earliest stages of their knowledge of Benghazi, had any reason to believe that the assault grew spontaneously out of a demonstration over an anti-Islam video produced in America.

Numerous aides to the president and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly told the public in the weeks following the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans that night — as Obama’s hotly contested bid for re-election was entering its final stretch — that there was no evidence the killings were the result of a premeditated terrorist attack, but rather were the result of a protest gone awry. Subsequent disclosures exposed the falsity of that narrative, and the Obama administration ultimately acknowledged that its early statements on Benghazi were untrue. 

“In your discussions with General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta,” McKeon asked, “was there any mention of a demonstration or was all discussion about an attack?” Ham initially testified that there was some “peripheral” discussion of this subject, but added “at that initial meeting, we knew that a U.S. facility had been attacked and was under attack, and we knew at that point that we had two individuals, Ambassador Stevens and Mr. [Sean] Smith, unaccounted for.”

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, a first-term lawmaker with experience as an Iraq war veteran and Army reserve officer, pressed Ham further on the point, prodding the 29-year Army veteran to admit that “the nature of the conversation” he had with Panetta and Dempsey was that “this was a terrorist attack.”

NOT A VIDEO!! (released 4 months before hand)

Senior State Department officials who were in direct, real-time contact with the Americans under assault in Benghazi have also made clear they, too, knew immediately — from surveillance video and eyewitness accounts — that the incident was a terrorist attack. After providing the first substantive “tick-tock” of the events in Benghazi, during a background briefing conducted on the evening of Oct. 9, 2012, a reporter asked two top aides to then-Secretary Clinton: “What in all of these events that you’ve described led officials to believe for the first several days that this was prompted by protests against the video?” 

“That is a question that you would have to ask others,” replied one of the senior officials. “That was not our conclusion.”

But what difference does it make, the Liberal Queen Hillary Media will not touch her sacredness.

Media Matters (Ultra-Leftists funded by a Billionaire Socialist and deep into the Liberal Media): On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a bipartisan review of its findings in an investigation of the September 11, 2012, attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Much of the report dispels myths perpetuated by Fox News over the last sixteen months.

It did no such thing. But hey, what’s another lie now, after all, What does it matter? 🙂

It’s not like the Liberal Media is going to be suddenly outraged and demand action like they did at Watergate 40 years ago. Oh hell no!

…You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.’ But the plans were on display…’ on display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.’ `That’s the display department.’ `With a torch.’ `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.’ `So had the stairs.’ `But look you found the notice didn’t you?’ `Yes,’ said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of The Leopard”.’ — Douglas Adams.

BEWARE THE WRATH OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN OF AMERIKA!! And her Ministry of Truth.

In response to the report, the State Department issued an update of its efforts to improve security at overseas posts and make other changes recommended by an independent oversight panel — the Accountability Review Board — shortly after the attacks.

Gee, they said that after 9/11.

Ohh, goody, a Review Board! They should have a uselessly outdated report ready by…oh Spring of 2016 after the Coronation of Queen Hillary…

“While risk can never be completely eliminated from our diplomatic and development duties,” the State Department statement said, “we must always work to minimize it.”

Minimize the political risk you mean.

The agency said it is refining procedures for assessing risk and evaluating security measures in highly volatile areas, including when to depart from the usual reliance on locally hired security guards. “Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations,” the statement said.

Gee, didn’t they say that after 9/11??

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the Senate report adds little new information and does not do much to expand the government’s understanding of the attacks. “We should have been better then, and we need to get better going forward,” she said.

Of course it adds little new information because every knew you were lying then, and this just proved it, but you’ll continue to go with the lies and the committees becauseb the truth ultimately doesn’t matter enough, but the politics does. So until you’ve buried it under that “Leopard” sign on your door, does it really matter? 🙂

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

It Must Be January

It’s good to be the King.

Calling for “all hands on deck” to assist the economy (AGAIN!), President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery. (The Emperor needs a tailor for his new clothes!)

With two weeks left before delivering an economy-focused State of the Union address to Congress (so he can go back to The Agenda afterwards), Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and demonstrating how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups.

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.

Obama continued: ”And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

Gee, I thought it was improving. 🙂 After all, unemployment dropped to its lowest of his Presidency (of course the labor participation rate is the lowest on record because 5 times as many who got a job gave up looking and went on the government dole or no dole at all).

And besides it’s mid-January. It’s State of The Union Ra-Ra time. This is when he pays attention to the economy for 5 minutes before going to THE AGENDA.

“One of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans,” Obama said. “The belief that everybody’s got to take responsibility, everybody’s got to work hard, but if you do, that you can support a family and meet the kinds of obligations that you have to yourself and your family, but also to your communities and your neighbors.”

We’re all Socialists in this collective together and you’ve got to do your part. Like sign up for ObamaCare so it doesn’t as soon as I wanted it to. Talk about “Too big to fail”. 🙂

We are our everyone else’s keeper. And I am your Feudal King.

You have a duty to the government to get a job and pay your life’s blood to me so I can spend it on making me more powerful.

Later this month, he is convening CEOs at the White House to lay out plans for hiring the long-term unemployed.

Translation: Threats and intimidation. Make your King look good so I can use my Class Warfare on you  and make the vassal happy for the 2014 campaign season. OR ELSE.

It isn’t about what you want. It’s about what HE wants. And he wants happy subjects to vote for more Democrats so they can take over their lives faster and more efficiently by rubber stamp decree of a full Democrat Congress (I refuse to use “democratic” even in a small “d” for a majority Democrat Congress because that is the very last thing it would be).

“Overall, the message to my Cabinet, and that will be amplified in our State of the Union, is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we’re already seeing,” Obama said. “The economy is improving, but it can be improving even faster.”

Haven’t we been hearing this same line for 5 years now? Yep, it must be January. 🙂

We Can’t Wait! 🙂  (his 2012 slogan for the same speech).

Obama’s reliance on his executive powers and his bully pulpit — at the White House it’s called his “pen-and-phone” strategy — illustrates the means at his disposal to drive policy but also highlights the limits of his ability to work with Congress.

You mean his willingness to work with the enemy. After all “Congress” in this context means Republicans, who are too busy with their own circular firing squad.

He’s very BY-Partisan. 🙂

Only through legislation can Obama obtain some of the most ambitious items on his economic agenda — from a higher minimum wage to universal preschool to an overhaul of immigration laws, three items in his 2013 State of the Union that will make a return appearance in this year’s address.

Oh look, THE AGENDA!  Have another go at Amnesty for all those millions of Democrats!

Obama’s determination to use the power of executive orders and administrative actions as well as his decision to convene key figures from private enterprise, education and other interest groups to help advance his agenda underscores some of the built-in powers of the presidency. Clinton-era White House chief of staff John Podesta, who is joining the White House as a senior adviser, has long pressed Obama to use his executive authority to get around congressional opposition. (CBS)

It’s good to be the King! Who the f*ck need Congress or The Constitution.  He is King is he not. He should be able to do what he wants, when he wants, because he’s wants. After all, it is always for the good of his loyal subjects and the peasants too.

He thinks so. So mote it be.

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

 

 

Behavior: Food For The Sowell

Thomas Sowell: Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department’s latest interventions in education.

If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life.

Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher schools to which many black parents try to get their children admitted. Some of these schools have not only reached but exceeded national norms, even when located in neighborhoods where the regular public schools lag far behind.

Where admission to these schools is by a lottery, the cheers and tears that follow announcements of who has been admitted — and, by implication, who will be forced to continue in the regular public schools — tell the story better than words can.

When the state of Louisiana decided to greatly expand the number of schools available to students by parental choice, rather than by the rigidities of the usual public school system, Attorney General Holder’s Justice Department objected on grounds that this was at cross-purposes with the federal government’s racial integration goals for the schools.

In short, Louisiana’s attempt to improve the education of children is subordinated by Holder to the federal government’s attempt to mix and match black and white students.

If we have learned nothing else after decades of socially divisive and educationally futile racial busing, it should be obvious that seating black kids next to white kids is neither necessary nor sufficient to get them a better education.

The truly despicable intervention by Attorney General Holder is his warning to schools against discipline policies that result in a higher proportion of minority students than white students being punished.

This racial body count method of determining whether there is discrimination by the schools might make sense if we were certain that there could be no differences in behavior that would explain the differences in punishment. But does any sane adult really believe that there cannot be any difference between the behavior of black boys and Asian girls, for example?

There is a lot of make-believe when it comes to racial issues, whether out of squeamishness, political correctness or expediency. There is also a lot of deliberate racial polarization, and attempts to promote a sense of grievance and fear among black voters, in order to keep their votes in the Democrats’ column.

What makes this playing politics with school discipline so unconscionable is that a lack of discipline is one of the crushing handicaps in many ghetto schools. If 10 percent of the students in a classroom are disruptive, disrespectful and violent, the chances of teaching the other 90 percent effectively are very low.

Yet, in the words of the New York Times, “The Obama administration speaks out against zero tolerance discipline.” It quotes Attorney General Holder and says that he was “on the mark” when he said that a “routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct.”

In other words, Eric Holder, sitting in Washington, knows better than the thousands of people who run public schools across the country what kinds of sanctions are necessary to preserve some semblance of order in the classrooms, so that hoodlums do not make the education of their classmates impossible.

Like the New York Times, Attorney General Holder has made this an issue of “The Civil Rights of Children.” More important, the implied threat of federal lawsuits based on racial body count among students who have been disciplined means that hoodlums in the classroom seem to have a friend in Washington.

But even the hoodlums can end up worse off, if lax discipline in the school lets them continue on in a way of life that usually ends up inside prison walls. Nevertheless, if all this means black votes for the Democrats, that may well be the bottom line for Holder and the Obama administration.

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

It Begins

The “Sexism” barrage is beginning. Where as we have had no stop “racism” with the First Black President, we now will have endless “sexism” for the First Female President. And if you don’t elect her well, you’re just a woman hating man or an Aunt Tina (instead of Uncle Tom).

Clinton, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender, is one of a slew of high-profile contributors to a new report set to be released Sunday compiled by author and activist Maria Shriver (You know, the former First Lady of California) and the liberal Center for American Progress.

“[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink.” “It isn’t some luxury that we only get to when we have time on our hands. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in — and the country we all love and cherish — will not be what it should be.” (Politico)

And the only way they can go “forward” (sound familiar?) is to be elected as President to show you’re not a sexist pig either! 🙂

Oh, and Benghazi, well that’s just a partisan hit piece you want to use to hurt all women trying to advance against the Old Boys.

The report comes as Democrats have intensified their focus on addressing income inequality issues, starting with the unemployment benefits extension currently under consideration in Congress.

And after all, Unemployment creates Jobs. Just about every Democrat has said so. So if you’re not for more government dependence you’re just a mean, old white guy and you need to be defeated, so vote for Hillary! 🙂

Pres Obama says extending unemployment insurance “actually helps the economy, actually creates new jobs.”

The labor participation rate is the lowest on record and going lower. So what if you create jobs if more people leave workforce to begin with and you don’t even keep up with the growth in population.

Pelosi said the Health Care law will create millions of jobs. It created millions of Cancellations instead.

“I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity.” Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2011.

So the record numbers of people on it, should produce record growth right? 🙂

Starting to see a pattern emerge?

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE.

The economy is recovery because of Obama, but all the economic “emergency”‘s are the fault of the Republicans, after all!

But you’re “racist” now. Soon you’ll be a “sexist”.  Enjoy, “Vote for me or you’re a Sexist Pig” coming to the world you live in starting now.

After all, unless the Republican nominate a Conservative Woman (and they won’t- you’ll get another “bi-partisan” wussbag) that’s precisely what you’ll get.

And you don’t want what they say about a woman scorned, again, do you?!

The truth is that Obama and many Democrats don’t actually care about the real-world impact of their policy demands. They don’t care about incentives. They don’t care about studies. They don’t care about pay-fors. They care about accruing political benefit from attacking Republicans as nasty grinches. The emerging GOP position on this issue is that they’ll agree to another extension if Democrats agree to spending offsets and include measures that would actually help create jobs. Democrats say this approach is unconscionably cruel, or something. (townhall)

Doing whatever you want to gain even more power, heedless of the consequences. That’s your Democrat Party.

Disagree and you’re a “mean”, “Cruel”, “Heartless” “racist” (“sexist” coming soon).

End of story. Enjoy.

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

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Jobs Report

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

December’s disappointing job numbers came in below expectations, again dampening hopes for sustained economic growth. But the latest data just scratch the surface of Obama’s dismal failure on jobs.

The number of jobs created in December was the lowest in three years, and while the official unemployment number dropped to 6.7%, that was almost entirely due to more than half a million people giving up looking for work.

Of course, a month of data doesn’t mean much.

So, for some badly needed perspective, we’ve created Obama’s Jobs Index to show how Obama’s policies have failed to create adequate job growth.


6.3 million: Net new jobs created since Obama’s recovery started in June 2009
13.8 million: New jobs that would have been created had Obama’s kept pace with the average of the previous 10 recoveries.


3.6%: Growth in private jobs since Obama took office.
43%: Growth in the number of temp jobs.


91.8 million: Number of people not in the labor force as of December.
525,000: Increase since November.
11.2 million: Increase since Obama took office.


6.7%: Jobless rate 54 months into Obama’s recovery.
5.1%: Unemployment rate 54 months into George W. Bush’s “jobless” recovery.


13.1%: Jobless rate in Dec. using a broader measure — U6 — which includes people marginally attached to labor force or working part time for economic reasons.
9.2%: Average U6 rate in Bush’s eight years in office.


26%: Share of adults who say at least one household member is unemployed, based on IBD/TIPP Poll data.
10%: Share who say a household member had work hours cut because of ObamaCare.


3.9 million: Number of people who’ve been jobless 27 weeks or more in December.
2.7 million: That number when Obama took office.


37 weeks: Average length of unemployment in Dec.
20 weeks: Average length when Obama took office.


861,000: Number of discouraged workers in Dec.
734,000: Number when Obama took office.


58.6%: Current employment-to-population ratio.
61%: Ratio when Obama took office.
62%: Average employment-to-population ratio in the 30 years before Obama took office.


$1,006: Drop in median household income during the 2007-09 recession.
$2,535: Drop in median income after the recession ended in June 2009, according to Sentier Research. (IBD)

But at least you voted for him, instead of that Other Rich Asshole! 🙂