The Sowell Facts

Some of us, who are old enough to remember the old television police series “Dragnet,” may remember Sgt. Joe Friday saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” But that would be completely out of place today. Facts are becoming obsolete, as recent events have demonstrated.

Facts, we don’t need no stinking facts!

Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true.

What matters today is how well you can concoct a story that fits people’s preconceptions and arouses their emotions. Politicians like New York mayor Bill de Blasio, professional demagogues like Al Sharpton and innumerable irresponsible people in the media have shown that they have great talent in promoting a lynch mob atmosphere toward the police.

Grand juries that examine hard facts live in a different world from mobs who listen to rhetoric and politicians who cater to the mobs.

During the controversy over the death of Trayvon Martin, for example, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus said that George Zimmerman had tracked Trayvon Martin down and shot him like a dog. The fact is that Zimmerman did not have to track down Trayvon Martin, who was sitting right on top of him, punching him till his face was bloody.

And he’s the world’s first and only “White Hispanic”. 🙂

After the death of Michael Brown, members of the Congressional Black Caucus stood up in Congress, with their hands held up, saying “don’t shoot.” Although there were some who claimed that this is what Michael Brown said and did, there were other witnesses — all black, by the way — who said that Brown was charging toward the policeman when he was shot.

What was decisive was not what either set of witnesses said, but what the autopsy revealed, an autopsy involving three sets of forensic experts, including one representing Michael Brown’s family. Witnesses can lie but the physical facts don’t lie, even if politicians, mobs and the media prefer to take lies seriously.

An agenda is more important than facts. Confirming peoples biases for your own Agenda is also more important than facts.

The death of Eric Garner has likewise spawned stories having little relationship to facts. The story is that Garner died because a chokehold stopped his breathing. But Garner did not die with a policeman choking him.

He died later, in an ambulance where his heart stopped. He had a long medical history of various diseases, as well as a long criminal history. No doubt the stress of his capture did not do him any good, and he might well still be alive if he had not resisted arrest. But that was his choice.

Despite people who say blithely that the police need more “training,” there is no “kinder and gentler” way to capture a 350-pound man, who is capable of inflicting grievous harm, and perhaps even death, on any of his would-be captors. The magic word “unarmed” means nothing in practice, however much the word may hype emotions.

If you had no idea who he was, or only had a split second to decide, would you consider Chuck Norris “unarmed”?

For illustration:The FBI report, Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted 2011 ,indicated that 11 officers lost their lives during traffic stops; 15 officers died in ambush situations, some involving vehicles.

That cop may have had a family too, you know. But those are just facts.

If you are killed by an unarmed man, you are just as dead as if you had been annihilated by a nuclear bomb. But you don’t even know who is armed or unarmed until after it is all over, and you can search him.

Incidentally, did you know that, during this same period when riots, looting and arson have been raging, a black policeman in Alabama shot and killed an unarmed white teenager — and was cleared by a grand jury? Probably not, if you depend on the mainstream media for your news.

see: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/27/white-teen-gilbert-collar-killed-by-black-cop-trev/?page=all

The media do not merely ignore facts, they suppress facts. Millions of people saw the videotape of the beating of Rodney King. But they saw only a fraction of that tape because the media left out the rest, which showed Rodney King — another huge man — resisting arrest and refusing to be handcuffed, so that he could be searched.

Television viewers did not get to see the other black men in the same vehicle that Rodney King was driving recklessly. Those other black men were not beaten. And the grand jury got to see the whole video, after which they acquitted the police — and the media then published the jurors’ home addresses.

Such media retribution against people they don’t like is part of a growing lynch mob mentality. The black witnesses in Missouri, whose testimony confirmed what the police officer said, expressed fears for their own safety for telling what the physical evidence showed was the truth.

Is this what we want? Grand juries responding to mobs and the media, instead of to the facts?

Some Liberals want cop-involved incidents sent straight to a District Attorney for prosecution rather than going to a grand jury. Wonder why? 🙂

Walter Williams:

White liberals in the media and academia, along with many blacks, have been major supporters of the recent marches protesting police conduct. A man from Mars, knowing nothing about homicide facts, would conclude that the major problem black Americans have with murder and brutality results from the behavior of racist policemen. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are about 200 police arrest-related deaths of blacks each year (between 300 and 400 for whites). That number pales in comparison with the roughly 7,000 annual murders of blacks, 94 percent of which are committed by blacks. The number of blacks being murdered by other blacks is of little concern to liberals. Their agenda is to use arrest-related deaths of blacks to undermine established authority.

Liberals often have demeaning attitudes toward blacks. When Secretary of State John Kerry was a U.S. senator, in a statement about so many blacks being in prison, he said, “That’s unacceptable, but it’s not their fault.” Would Kerry also say that white prison inmates are also faultless? Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin told us: “It has yet to be shown that the absence of a father was directly responsible for any of the supposed deficiencies of broken homes. … (The problem) is not the lack of male presence but the lack of male income.” The liberal vision is that fathers and husbands can be replaced by a welfare check.

Liberals desperately need blacks. If the Democratic Party lost just 30 percent of the black vote, it would mean the end of the liberal agenda. That means blacks must be kept in a perpetual state of grievance in order to keep them as a one-party people in a two-party system. When black Americans finally realize how much liberals have used them, I’m betting they will be the nation’s most conservative people. Who else has been harmed as much by liberalism’s vision and agenda?

But there is no more blind than those who refuse to see.

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

The Time is Coming

People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016.

Watchchya wanna bet that gets “delayed” again because of politics. 🙂

Consumers face a Feb. 15, 2015, deadline to buy insurance, after which those without coverage could be hit with fines of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher.

Uninsured people looking to escape the penalties are turning to the exchanges before they close, while insurance companies and tax preparers are seizing on the looming tax hit as a business opportunity.

One recent mass mailer from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield obtained by The Hill warned potential customers in the Washington, D.C., region that going without health insurance coverage would come with a steep cost.

“When you don’t have health insurance … you put your financial security at risk,” the mailer states. “That’s because under the new Affordable Care Act legislation, millions of Americans will have to pay an increased penalty tax of at least 2 percent of their income in 2015 if they go uninsured.”

The “good news,” the letter said, is that CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has “solutions” to help people avoid the penalty, including coverage that is “compatible with financial assistance or free money from the government that will help qualifying individuals pay for insurance.”

The company declined to comment on the mailer.

The message is part of a shift in focus for the health insurance industry as ObamaCare continues a relatively smooth second year of enrollment.

Last fall, issuers were hesitant to mention the mandate as technical glitches plagued HealthCare.gov and stopped some consumers from enrolling.

The penalties for going without health insurance were also more modest, with uninsured people due to pay $95 per adult or 1 percent of family income this tax season. Under the second-year enrollment rules, families that forgo insurance could end up owing $1,000 or more.

Tax preparation companies are touting their expertise in handling the IRS’s ObamaCare rules as they gear up for a new filing season.

Part of the pitch is helping consumers avoid the mandate through an exemption if they are eligible. 

A variety of hardship qualifications makes this route possible for many people, including those who experienced the death of a close relative, had their previous health plan canceled or saw an increase in necessary expenses due to caring for an aging family member.

“There are a lot of people who will qualify for an exemption,” said Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson. “If a company can save someone the 2 percent fine on $50,000 of income, that is significant.”

Firms are also offering to help current enrollees understand how changes in income can affect their tax credits to buy coverage. In some cases, they can also help the uninsured select health plans.

In promotional materials, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service say they can provide consumers relief, arguing that healthcare reform is making tax planning more difficult.

“The ACA [Affordable Care Act] has changed the landscape of both healthcare and tax,” H&R Block states online, inviting consumers to calculate their mandate penalty or receive a “tax impact analysis” when they become a client.

Jackson Hewitt urges consumers to stop by one of its locations, promising that their employees “work harder to keep up with the latest tax law changes to protect you from possible penalties — not everyone else does.”

The marketing around the healthcare law is taking flight at a time when surveys show the public remains deeply confused about the mandate.

Almost half of U.S. adults are unaware they must report their health insurance status on their 2014 tax returns, according to a TurboTax survey released earlier this month.

And while about three in five uninsured people know the law penalizes people without coverage, nearly 90 percent do not realize the 2014 deadline has already passed.

As a result, experts are urging insurers and the federal government to do more to emphasize the mandate this enrollment period.

Mendelson said the insurance industry is talking about the penalties more than last year, though the Obama administration has not yet adopted that approach.

“You have to remember that most people will sign up for this benefit in the very last weeks before they have to, so you wouldn’t want to message negatively until the end,” he said. “They have a choice about whether to motivate by fear or by benefit. I think the fear might come late.”

Anne Filipic, president of the campaign-style group Enroll America, said the mandate is coming up more frequently this year.

“We will always lead our conversations with the great benefits that are available to consumers,” Filipic said in a joint interview with The Hill and The Wall Street Journal last month.

“As for the fine, that is something that we will communicate to consumers about as well. It’s about delivering the facts.” (The Hill)

The fact is you’re screwed. The Government gets to decide if you live or die, and how you live. Welcome to Hell.

Sen. Tom Harkin, who co-authored the law and is retiring at the end of this Congress, said, “We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly, and we didn’t do it, So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.

But that would have ignored 90 years of itch-scratching hell-for-leather ends justifies the means Holy Grail of Liberalism and that was an itch they had to scratch at any cost, especially to the American People. Hindsight maybe 20/20 but political hindsight is usually very myopic.

“What we did is we muddled through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively,” he added.

And it was all Democrats and they paid a price for it.

But it’s still here and Jar Jar Boehner and The RINOs were the universe’s gift to Liberals and the scourge of the American people.

With businesses’ one-year reprieve from financial penalties under ObamaCare ending, the horror stories of complying with the costly health care law already are trickling in. The worst is yet to come.

ObamaCare Hits Small Business Hard in ’15

Starting Jan. 1, employers with 100 or more full-time workers face hefty increases in their health insurance costs as they comply for the first time with the mandate.

They must now offer the government’s comprehensive coverage — including “free” preventive care — for all employees working 30 or more hours a week, or risk being fined $2,000 per employee per year.

But many of these small businesses are retailers that don’t have the kind of margins where they can cover workers and still stay in business.

Many grocers and restaurants have opted to pay the fine rather than swallow the larger cost of buying coverage for all workers. Others are cutting back worker hours to duck the law altogether.

Universal health care is hardly “free,” and its costs hit both employees and customers hard. Service companies — including even garbage collectors — are passing on the added cost to customers in the form of higher bills.

Take God Bless the USA, a trash collection company outside Charlotte, N.C. It recently notified customers that it’s raising prices 5% to help cover expenses.

“Due to the Affordable Care Act, effective Jan. 1, 2015, we are obligated to provide health care coverage to all of our employees,” it explained in a Dec. 5 letter. “Unfortunately, we are unable to internalize this cost and are sorry we have to pass this cost on to you.”

Requirements under ObamaCare tighten in 2016, when smaller firms employing 50 to 99 full-time workers also have to offer coverage or face fines.

A few small businesses in Michigan that did offer employee-sponsored health coverage are now preparing to stop next year, says Michigan Group Benefits, an East Lansing-based insurance agency.

Why? Sticker shock from the pricier ACA-compliant policies, which provide everything from “free” mammograms to colonoscopies.

Blue Cross Blue Shield and other insurers have stopped allowing businesses to renew policies that aren’t compliant with ObamaCare. In their place, they’re offering plans with 14% to 45% rate increases, the National Association of Health Underwriters says.

Though employers with fewer than 50 workers are exempt from mandates, they too are feeling ObamaCare’s pain.

Kaiser Permanente already has sent cancellation letters to such employers, explaining that their existing plans don’t offer ObamaCare’s richer benefits and therefore are no longer available.

Some two-thirds of the 31 million employees who work for such firms and get health insurance from them could receive similar cancellation notices over the next year.

When the president signed ObamaCare in 2010, he promised it would “lower costs for families and for businesses.” As it turns out, neither is true. (IBD)

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

 

Lies, Damn Lies, And Democrats

Every single thing liberals say is a lie. No exceptions.

We conservatives always knew it, but 2014 was the year when the rest of America began to understand. And 2014 was the year that Americans had to choose sides – would they stand with the liberal liars or with us conservatives? Last November, they chose us conservatives, and maybe the truth will be enough to stop Hillary Clinton and save our country in 2016.

The truth is poison to liberalism, so no wonder liberals hate the idea of a free press – after all, they are the ones who argued to the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case that the government has the right to ban books. Conservative magazines like National Review long fought the fight alone. But it is only recently that we saw the rise of a truly free press as technology put a camera in everyone’s cellphone and conservative new media (including social media) created a path around the gates that the liberal mainstream media kept.

The mainstream media used to get to decide what was and was not the truth. But the truth has been set free, and the mainstream media has been revealed as the guardian of the lies that the liberal establishment needs to fool normal Americans just enough to secure their votes. That’s why we should laugh and cheer at the mainstream media’s agonized death throes.

Let’s look at a few of the lies we saw collapse in 2014. Not one would have been revealed if the mainstream media was still in control.

How about the Grubering of America? Obamacare was built and sold on a foundation of lies, buttressed with contempt and condescension toward normal Americans. Without the citizen journalists working in conservative new media, would we have ever seen Obamacare’s architect on video laughing at the giant scam he and the Democrats pulled on the American people? Would we have seen video compilations of Obama promising that if we liked our health plan we could keep it?

You think we would? Really? My unicorn’s name is Chet. What do you call yours?

Everyone knows Obamacare is a giant lie. We saw Jonathan Gruber on tape giggling about how the Democrats knew it. But the New York Times didn’t tell you that. The Washington Post didn’t tell you that. It was the citizen journalists who Andrew Breitbart inspired who told you that. If it weren’t for Andrew and his progeny, most American would still not know it. But now they do.

How about the “rape culture” lie of radical liberal feminists desperate for relevance in a world that has passed beyond their bitter whining and fussy psychodramas? Liberal media darling Lena Dunham claimed to be raped – conveniently, for the narrative – by a Republican. That was a lie, a lie revealed by the conservative new media. And it was also the conservative new media that publicized her book’s bizarre passages about her sexually inappropriate conduct with her sister – passages the gushing reviews in liberal stalwarts like the New York Times somehow neglected to mention.

Likewise, the “Jackie” case at UVA always sounded just too perfectly attuned to the narrative, too calculated to push all the buttons radical feminists wanted to push. And it turned out to be yet another lie, a lie eagerly advanced by Rolling Stone just as the New York Times had advanced the Duke lacrosse team rape lie.

The problem isn’t a failure of fact checking. The problem is these hacks don’t care about the facts. Facts are only useful if they support the narrative. Otherwise, facts are racist or homophobic or some other kind of –ist or –phobic.

Oh, and don’t forget Al Sharpton’s Tawana Brawley rape lie. That never seems to come up in the liberal media when he pals around with the President of the United States. If a conservative president cavorted with a demonstrated liar, a racist, and a multi-million dollar tax cheat, don’t you think you might hear about it in the mainstream media? But Sharpton is a Democrat, and a useful one, so if you want the truth you have to go to the new media.

Sharpton already had a track record of inspiring murder, but don’t look for a discussion of Freddie’s Fashion Mart in the New York Times. Its real motto appears to be, “All the News That’s Fit to Print in Support of the Liberal Narrative Du Jour.”

The mainstream media didn’t tell you the truth about these cop-hating marches; it was the new media and citizen journalists. Those of us who have been around these peace/social justice/anti-police/whatever rallies over the years know that they are full of scumbags and losers, with commies of every stripe calling for the destruction of America and death to Israel. You never – ever – see that in the mainstream media; all you hear is talk of generic “activists” and carefully selected photos that never include the creeps with signs calling for “Socialist Revolution Now” or “Kill the Pigs.” It’s lying by omission, and it’s a conscious choice.

We conservatives weren’t the ones surprised by the video of these cretins shouting, “What do we want? Dead Cops!” We had already seen it in the new media. So when those NYPD officers were murdered by a dirtbag whose views were functionally indistinguishable from your average Hand Up/Don’t Shoot marcher’s, it was only a shock if you got your news from the mainstream media’s liberal narrative transcriptionists.

And it was new media that aired the story of how liberal bigwigs at Sony traded emails packed with the kind of casual racism that would make Democrat hero Robert Byrd giggle. The mainstream media barely touched that bombshell, just as it was always careful to gloss over the fact that beloved Democrat Senate Majority Leader Byrd was a KKK kleagle.

So when the liberals come to us wanting us to trust them and give them more power and money to fight global warming, remember: Everything liberals say is a lie. No exceptions.

The lies of the liberals and their media toadies no longer work. We’ve breached the walls and the gatekeepers are left guarding forgotten gates. While the dying dinosaur media won’t run them, in 2016 there’ll be plenty of pictures in the new media of Hillary Clinton slobbering over her pal Al Sharpton. The truth is out there and out of liberals’ control.

But only if The People listen.

2014 was the year when the rest of America saw the truth. And the truth will force normal Americans to choose sides. Do they stand with a president who lies to them about his health scheme, or with conservatives who seek to dismantle it? Will they stand with liberal feminist radicals who want to ruin their sons’ lives to score political points, or with conservatives who demand due process for all? Will they stand with the cop-hating, anti-American degenerates, or with those of us who support the men and women who ran into the burning World Trade Center?

It’s an easy call. We saw a preview last November, but the real precursors were 1968 and 1972. Will the Silent Majority stand with the flag-burners, the looters, and the bums, or again choose those who love this country and believe in self-sufficiency as well as self-determination?

Yes, it will be a very easy call in 2016 because liberals can no longer hide the truth.

Everything liberals say is a lie. No exceptions. (Kurt Schlichter)

But the Media and The Dems will try their darnedest to bury it.

But Mr Voter, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody 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 flashlight.”

“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 RINO’.” (apologies to Douglas Adams)

The biggest impediment to 2016 are RINOS. That heard of no-backbone, wanna be Liberal “Moderates” could still be the death of us.

Ain’t that right Jar Jar?

“Me sa ready to compromise” -Jar Jar Boehner

 

 Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The Progressive Boot

The president’s science czar, who once said there are too many people and advocated sterilizing people through drinking water, says at least human activity is preventing the ice age that we’d been warned about.

A tenet of global warming theology, now dubbed “climate change” to cover everything that used to be called weather, is that man is warming the Earth by manufacturing and exhaling carbon dioxide and that one of the consequences, and the theme of the science-fiction movie “Day After Tomorrow,” is that said warming could trigger a new ice age.

John Holdren, who holds the title of assistant to the president for science and technology, shares this view as well.

But in a recent online question-and-answer session in which he fielded queries from the public, he let slip the seeming contradiction that without the influence of man and his industrial activities, the Earth would probably be slipping into a cyclical ice age all on its own, just like the last one.

“While the climate of the Earth has changed over millennia as a result of natural factors — principally changes in the tilt and orientation of the Earth’s axis and rotation, and in the shape of its orbit around the sun — those changes occur far too gradually to have noticeable effects over a period of mere decades,” Holdren said on a video obtained by MRC-TV.

“In their current phases, moreover, they would be gradually cooling the Earth — taking us to another ice age — if they weren’t being more than offset by human-caused warming.”

Wait, what? Human-caused warming is preventing another ice age?

Isn’t this a good thing? Why would we want to stop it and return to an age of roughly 20,000 years ago when glaciers were carving out the Great Lakes and leaving Chicago under a mile-thick sheet of ice?

We admit we’re a little confused here, seeing that anthropogenic global warming, according to climate zealots, is supposed to bring on an ice age that Holdren says it’s preventing.

But then, climate theology is full of contradictions, and if it’s too wet or too dry, too cold or too warm, it’s all blamed on global warming.

Still, Holdren’s statement is not likely to sit well with the high priests of climate change.

We are reminded of an article in the June 24, 1974, issue of Time entitled “Another Ice Age?” It told of how, “when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe, they find that the atmosphere has been gradually cooler for the past three decades.”

Time spoke then of a “global climatic upheaval” and “climatological Cassandras who are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.”

A 1977 Time cover advised us on “How To Survive The Coming Ice Age.”

Reputable scientists using satellites and other observations have noted another cooling period underway since 1998, as global temperatures have virtually flat-lined. Declining solar activity in the current cycle correlates with other cool periods in Earth’s history. It ties in perfectly with climate history that shows the warming and cooling of Earth is a natural and cyclical process.

We tend to side with those who believe that when compared to the “natural factors” Holdren spoke of — such as the influence of that giant thermonuclear furnace called the sun that we orbit, ocean currents, etc. — the contribution of man to the mix is rather tiny.

To the extent it might in fact be extending the current interglacial period we are in, well, that’s fine with us.

But that doesn’t suit the fear-based Leftist Control freak Agenda. They just want to control everyone and everything, forever. It’s not like they have a small ambition or any less sanctimony than that of the self-appointed saviors of mankind from itself (China excluded).

You can have a rational discussion with someone of that level of delusion, right? 🙂

Since it was changed in very Orwellian fashion to “climate change” there is some wiggle room for “deniers” right? It’s not like the climate has ever changed before evil Industrial Man came along.

The Progressives have decided that if they can control our healthcare (life and death) and all aspects of our climate (survival) — doesn’t matter whether it is Global Warming/Global Cooling/Change, they can control us. Control is essential for them.

After all, they are Homo Superior Liberalis and they are so far above mortal men and so vastly superior morally, ethically and intellectually that you but an ant on their boot to needs to be taught who the Lord of this Castle Earth and you are not permitted (with any relevance or consideration) to disagree with their immanence.

They are just better than you, just accept their rule. Crave subjugation!!

After all, it’s…

 

That you could legitimately disagree with them!

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
George Orwell

The Progressive Boot.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

The Yolks on You

It almost sounds like a joke: California, drowning in debt, suffering from drought, with a third of the nation’s welfare recipients and unable to pay its bills, has a new law that goes into effect in 2015 that mandates … wait for it … bigger living spaces for chickens.

That’s right. Chickens.

We’re not against bigger chicken cages — should they be called scratch pads? — but we were shocked to see what this bit of animal rights appeasement actually will cost. Consider this rather provocative reccent headline in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog: “California could be on the verge of a severe egg shortage, and it will affect the whole country.”

Sounds serious to us. And it turns out, despite the obvious elements of levity, it is. California’s privileged fowls will go from an allotted 67 square inches per bird to 116 square inches. That’s more than 70% bigger.

As the blog points out, this isn’t free. As Iowa State University ag professor Dermot Hayes told Bloomberg, the move could force up egg prices by as much as 20%. Since California imports about a third of its eggs, that means higher costs for the entire country. Just anticipating the move has already pushed up prices by 25 cents in the Golden State.

This is the law of unintended consequences. No one wants to be mean to chickens. So, the reasoning goes, why not just increase the space they have by bureaucratic fiat? Great idea. But now you have to pay for this kindness to chickens.

Remember that the next time you scramble some very expensive eggs.(IBD)

The Left is being EGGstra EGGstravagant with your money to appease their hardcore PeTA animal rights-humans-are-evil nutters.

Progressives kill your budget, yet again, for their agenda.

But at least the Chicken will be happy. 🙂

Obviously this was a problem for California agriculture which would have trouble competing on price with free agriculture. And there’s only so much of a market for fair-trade free-range organic chickens lovingly raised in a Quaker school by social justice experts on a strict diet of granola and NPR broadcasts.

California voters in 2008 passed a ballot initiative that require larger enclosures for egg-laying hens. Farmers in California worried the new rules, which would increase their costs, would put them at a competitive disadvantage with egg farms in other states, so the state legislature passed a measure in 2010 to require out-of-state producers to comply with California rules.

That, Koster says, is unfair to his state’s egg producers.

“If California legislators are permitted to mandate the size of chicken coops on Missouri farms, they may just as easily demand that Missouri soybeans be harvested by hand or that Missouri corn be transported by solar-powered trucks,” Koster said in a statement.

California farmers must begin complying with the cage law beginning in 2015, under the terms of Proposition 2. The legislature requires out-of-state farmers to begin complying with the same rules by the end of that year.

Koster’s office estimated that Missouri egg producers would have to pay $120 million to expand the size of their coops, and that production costs would rise 20 percent.”

That’s the whole point. The left can’t compete on product or price, but it can kneecap everyone else as long as it has control over populous states. Businesses and individuals can flee California, but they can’t escape its regulatory creep. (Front Page)

The Sanctimonious Control Freaks will get you in the end, like a Zombie invasion and we all become The Walking Dead.

But at least the Left, and the Chickens, are happy. That is, after all, is all that matters. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

 

Progressivism Kills

Derek Hunter:

There are few things the media loves more than blaming Republicans for anything bad that happens. The worse the event, the greater the glee. But the more the glee, the less likely it is to be true. When the shoe is on the other foot, however, they sing a different tune.

No one would mistake a gangbanger from Baltimore for a Tea Partier, so in the immediate aftermath Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s assassination of two New York City police officers there was no media speculation as to his political beliefs. And since it was discovered that he was a participant in the anti-police protests that have enveloped progressive activists and politicians the last few months, no mass speculation will occur.

It’s an amazing turn of events, especially considering how they’ve reacted in past events.

Brian Ross of ABC News had a bit of information too good to fact check after the Aurora, Colorado, theaters shooting – someone with the shooter’s name was a member of a Tea Party organization. He reported it, adding, “Now we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

After it turned out to be a different man with the same name, something he didn’t bother to check before reporting it, he and ABC News were forced to apologize.

When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, Arizona, the media couldn’t contain their wild speculation that, since Giffords was a Democrat, a Republican had to be responsible. Every mainstream media outlet and progressive leftist organization settled on one culprit on which to focus the blame – Sarah Palin.

The former Alaska Governor had a map of the United States with 20 congressional races highlighted with “crosshairs” on it marking districts held by Democrats she thought were winnable for Republicans. It was, and still is, a common practice.

The shooter, the story went, must’ve been inspired by that map and the “heated partisan rhetoric” of the Tea Party to try to kill Giffords. It simply had to be.

That became the story, even when it became clear the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, had a long history of mental illness. Never let the facts get in the way of a good meme.

Every news outlet and progressive activist group ran with the unproven story – Palin might as well have pulled the trigger herself.

The feeding frenzy was on. CNN was all in; the Washington Post couldn’t contain itself; the New York Times swallowed the hook, and it went on from there. But that feeding frenzy was empty calories stuffed with the progressive’s insatiable desire to politicize tragedy for their own ends.

The truth of Loughner was one of mental illness tinged with left-wing sensibilities – a 9/11 truther who hated George W. Bush and listed the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books. But no one took to the newspapers or airwaves to warn of progressive maniacs killing those they deemed not progressive enough. No, the “Tea Party did it” meme stuck, and sticks to this day with people lacking the brain power to accept facts.

Which brings us back to the assassination of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Their “crime” was being police officers at a time that police officers find themselves the latest foil progressives are using to advance their agenda.

While NBC News employee Al Sharpton led the marches in the street, President Barack Obama led the political action to nationalize supervision and administration of local police. The cover was the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The facts surrounding their deaths didn’t match the need – one attacked a cop and tried to take his gun, the other had massive health issues and resisted arrest for breaking one of thousands of senseless laws progressives have foisted on us – but with the media on their side, facts are malleable. Martyrs to the cause were born.

But in the birth of those martyrs, the afterbirth spawned what these progressive propaganda manipulations always spawn – hatred. Protesters chanted they wanted “Dead cops,” and these “leaders” were silent. They knew it was happening, but it was good for business – you never attack your truest believers. Brinsley was the personification of that, and he acted.

Brinsley’s mentality was on full display in one of his last social media posts where he wrote, “They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.” The tribal mentality progressives foster was on full display – us against them, with the “us” and “them” being interchangeable depending on the need. Progressives don’t see Americans, they see groups of people they can separate and manipulate to motivate to support a cause of vote a specific way. Brinsley was the natural progression, if you will, of that type of manipulation.

I doubt those journalists who blamed Palin for the Giffords shooting believed it at the time they wrote it, but they wrote it hoping others would. They didn’t correct or retract those posts because they didn’t want to, they simply threw a grenade and moved on.

That’s what progressives do – throw grenades. They usually fizzle, as with the Occupy Wall Street crowd, but in the execution of Ramos and Liu, that grenade went off. Now they’re busy attempting to distance themselves from what they caused, pretending it was simply a “fringe” and not an obvious possibility they’d preached warnings of just a few years ago.

Brinsley was more than likely insane, to one degree or another, but his insanity was irradiated and mutated by the progressive rhetoric and lack of common sense on display from the likes of Sharpton, de Blasio, Holder and even Obama. A fuse, after all, is just a fuse until it meets a spark.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Merry Christmas

Yes, I’m going to discriminate against non “Merry Christmas” Politically Correct types.

They deserve it. On a day like today that is meant to bring people together, rather than divide them. But hey, that’s a Leftist for ya. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Think Like a Leftist: Holiday Edition

First off, the very mention of Christmas is exclusionary so I can’t say “Christmas Edition” without being politically incorrect to start with. But I’m sure I will finish strong. 🙂

1. Christmas IS exclusionary and discriminatory. Isn’t everything about a Leftist just want to scream “discriminatory” at the drop of any hat (actually you don’t even need a hat). Christmas discriminates against any one who isn’t a Christian, you evil bastards. So like every -ism that a Leftist can come up with this is just another way that right wing Christians have an unfair advantage and we all know that Leftists are all about “fairness”. 🙂

And they hate “intolerance” and “discrimination” of any kind, under any pretense. 🙂

2. Redistribution Fairness. Redistribution of Wealth and making every mediocre poor is a Leftist Utopia  (look at Cuba). Everyone his the same. Everyone is Equal. Everything is Fair. So, when it comes to Christmas it is n’t fair that some kids get presents and some don’t. Screw the fact that there are charities for this kind of thing, they still don’t get the job done for EVERY child so we should mandate that at least 1 present per child should be given to the Government to be redistributed to those in need (and who vote for Democrats or who will vote for Democrats in the future) just to be “fair”. White people should give 2, just as reperations for slavery. It’s social justice, you now.

We can even open a new branch of The Government, The Bureau of Fairness. Yeah, that’s the ticket!!

Or here’s an even better solution…

3. But the quandary for The Leftist is that Christmas, as configured today, is fundamentally a Capitalist Consumer Fest. A virtual gorging of consumerism. And Leftist hate capitalism! It’s Greedy, it’s dirty, it’s unfair. So they have a problem.

Solution: Let the Government run it! That’s the Leftist solution for everything isn’t it?

You will barred from buying your own gifts and the Government will do it based on that grand and glorious Leftist principle:

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

Peace and Happiness shall reign on Earth! Fairness to All and to All a Good Night!!

Thus Christmas can finally be fair. It’s just that the poor, the illegal, and Democrat will get everything and those dirty, nasty, greedy right wingers will finally be on the perpetual naughty list and we’ll find a more socially acceptable use for coal– they’ll get it for Christmas presents but be barred from using it for energy production!!

4. And we’ll do away with that Old, Fat, White Christian symbol of Christmas, St. Nick, aka Santa Claus. I mean really, we’re celebrating White People! and The Morbidly Obese! Are you kidding me!

The Morbidly Obese are not “jolly”. They are a health hazard to everyone and should not be held up as a symbol of anything good.

Christmas Candy has to be replaced with Broccoli (because George W. Bush hated broccoli, of course!) 🙂

5. And cutting down a perfectly good tree just to stuff it in your Living room for a few nights, then throw it away! Are you kidding me!

Think of the harm to Global Warming. Think of the fire Hazard. It’s unsafe for all mankind and should be banned immediately!

Deforestation is not a joke!

As for artificial trees, well they use up valuable electricity and are also a waste of energy.

Christmas Ornament are exclusionary, I mean a Christmas Star or Angel at the top, I mean really? Think of all the other religions you’re excluding by that act you hateful person.

6.Santa’s Workshop. Some old fat white guy who enslaves elves to manufacture his toys for him so he reap the benefits of the profits and the adulation of the public. How evil is that. At the very least the Elves need a Union to represent them and they need a more diverse work environment. The racial balance is all wrong. The EEOC needs to do a thorough review of the conditions and then we need to get Unions in their to get the elves some fair working conditions.  Are they even getting $15/hr??

7. We need to move Santa’s Workshop because the North Pole is threatened by Global Warming and we have to think about The Polar Bears so this an environmentally sensitive area. Plus, being at the North Pole also affords him to much privacy and he needs much more oversight. Someone call Green Peace.

8. Reindeer. Really? That’s animal cruelty making them pull a sleigh for an old, fat, white guy. What do you think they are Black Slaves! No, we have to get PeTA in there to save the Reindeer.

9. Bah humbug! Scrooge was a nasty old capitalist slave driver anyhow.

Just about every year at this time, “A Christmas Carol’ shows up somewhere on TV, as do headlines about how one Republican or another is the modern equivalent of the tale’s greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.

“The GOP’s sad Scrooge agenda.” “GOP Protecting Ebenezer Scrooge.” “Maher Likens Republicans to Ebenezer Scrooge.” “Republicans play the role of the stingy Scrooge.”

You have to wonder if these folks have actually read “A Christmas Carol” or spent any time pondering what Scrooge actually says and does. Because if you do, you come to realize that Scrooge more closely resembles a modern liberal than a conservative.

A major clue comes early in the story, when two men collecting for charity arrive at Scrooge’s office. After asking Scrooge for a donation to help the poor and needy, Scrooge responds: “Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation? The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigor?”

He goes on to say, “I help to support the establishments I have mentioned — they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”

Modern translation: I pay taxes to support the welfare state, why should I give money to you?

Turns out, that’s a decidedly liberal viewpoint.

Studies have consistently shown that big-government liberals donate far less money to private charities than conservatives. In his book “Who Really Cares,” Arthur Brooks notes that households headed by conservatives give 30% more to charity than households headed by liberals. Another study found that even poor conservatives donate more than rich liberals .

There are other facets to Scrooge’s character that line up better with modern liberals.

During that same conversation, Scrooge says it might be better for the poor who are unwilling to go on welfare to die “and decrease the surplus population.”

Cold and heartless, yes. But which side is always bemoaning overpopulation? From Paul Ehrlich in the late 1960s to environmentalists today, it’s been a fixation of the left, not the right.

Al Gore, for example, once urged making “fertility management ubiquitously available” to fight the scourge of carbon-producing people.

Also like most liberals today, Scrooge was clearly a religious skeptic and not a churchgoer. In fact, Dickens points out that one of the first things Scrooge does on the Christmas morning after his visits by the spirits is get on his knees and pray, and then go to church.

A 2012 study in Social Psychological and Personality Science concluded that “religious individuals tend to be more conservative.” A Gallup survey found that 55% of conservatives, but just 27% of liberals, are “frequent” churchgoers. And a Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey found that religious conservatives outnumber religious liberals in America nearly four to one.

Scrooge was also unhappy, a mood found more frequently on the left. Pew Research, for example, found that conservative were 68% more likely to say they were “very happy” than liberals, and that this “happiness gap” has existed since 1972.

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The fact that Scrooge was single and childless puts him on the left side of today’s political spectrum.

Writing in the New York Times, Brooks notes that 53% of conservatives are married, vs. 33% of liberals, “and almost none of the gap is due to the fact that liberals tend to be younger.” Conservatives also have more kids than liberals.

Finally, lest you think Scrooge was intolerant — the one sin the left still abhors — consider how he instructs his nephew on the virtues of tolerance.

“Keep Christmas in your own way,” he tells Fred, “and let me keep it in mine.”

QED. (IBD)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell


Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 

 

The Sowell of The Matter

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call.

It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.

Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust.

We have seen, first in Ferguson, Mo., and then in other communities, what happens when there is just a small crack in that crust, and barbarism and arson burst out.

That can happen anywhere. So can what happened in New York. “Send not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.”

It is a painful irony that, on the eve of the murders of these two police officers in New York, some of the city’s police were already saying that, in the event of their deaths, they did not want Mayor Bill de Blasio to attend their funerals.

We can only hope that Mayor de Blasio has some residual decency, so that he will not defile these two officers’ memorial services with his presence. No politician in the country has done more to play the race card against the police and spread the notion that cops are the big problem in minority communities.

It so happens that the police officers killed were both members of minority groups — Officer Rafael Ramos, Hispanic, and Officer Wenjian Liu, Asian. It so happens that a substantial part of the New York City police force are members of minority groups.

But you might never know that from the story told by demagogues who depict the black community as a “colonial” society being “occupied” by white policemen who target young blacks. Mayor de Blasio joined the chorus of those saying that they have to warn their black sons how to cope with this situation.

“What can we say to our sons?” some demagogues ask. They can say, “Don’t go around punching strangers, because it is only a matter of time before you punch the wrong stranger.”

Mayor de Blasio has made anti-police comments with Al Sharpton seated at his side. This is the same Al Sharpton with a trail of slime going back more than a quarter of a century, during which he has whipped up mobs and fomented race hatred from the days of the Tawana Brawley “rape” hoax of 1987 to the Duke University “rape” hoax of 2006 and the Ferguson riots of 2014.

Make no mistake about it. There is political mileage to be made siding with demagogues like Al Sharpton who, as demagogue in chief, has been invited to the White House dozens of times by its commander in chief.

Many in the media and among the intelligentsia cherish the romantic tale of an “us” against “them” struggle of beleaguered ghetto blacks defending themselves against the aggression of white policemen. The gullible include both whites who don’t know what they’re talking about and blacks who don’t know what they’re talking about, either, because they never grew up in a ghetto. Among the latter are the president and his attorney general.

Such people readily buy the story that ghetto social problems today — from children being raised without a father to runaway murder rates — are “a legacy of slavery,” even though such social problems were nowhere near as severe in the first half of the 20th century as they became in the second half.

You would be hard-pressed to name just five examples from the first half of the 20th century of the kinds of ghetto riots that have raged in more than 100 cities during the second half. Such riots are a legacy of the social degeneracy of our times.

Calling this social degeneracy “a legacy of slavery” is not just an excuse for those who engage in it, it is an excuse for the ideology of the intelligentsia behind the social policies that promoted this degeneracy.

Let those who have laid a guilt trip on people in our times, for evils done by other people in past centuries, at least face their own responsibility for the evil consequences of their own notions and policies. If they won’t do it, then the rest of us need to stop listening gullibly to what they are saying.

The race card is nothing to play with. It can ruin us all. (Thomas Sowell)

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Damage Control 101

After months of stoking anti-police sentiment across the country, far-left organizations, leaders and government officials are in damage control mode, releasing a slew of statements in response to the execution style murders of uniformed NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a man claiming revenge for the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Salon.com: Conservatives seized on the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers on Saturday to attack President Obama, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and other figures who have spoken out on the fraught relationship between police and minority communities, with some going so far as to blame them for the killings of the two officers.

Yep, Yelling “What do we want?… Dead cops!” as they marched in New York City is most certainly a Conservative’s fault!!

Attorney General Eric Holder:

“I condemn this afternoon’s senseless shooting of two New York City police officers in the strongest possible terms. This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty.

“On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues. I will make available all of the resources of the Department to aid the NYPD in investigating this tragedy.

“This cowardly attack underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens. As a nation we must not forget this as we discuss the events of the recent past. These courageous men and women routinely incur tremendous personal risks, and place their lives on the line each and every day, in order to preserve public safety. We are forever in their debt.

“Our nation must always honor the valor — and the sacrifices — of all law enforcement officers with a steadfast commitment to keeping them safe. This means forging closer bonds between officers and the communities they serve, so that public safety is not a cause that is served by a courageous few, but a promise that’s fulfilled by police officials and citizens working side by side.”

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio:

Our city is in mourning. Our hearts are heavy. We lost two good men who devoted their lives to protecting all of us. Officer Ramos, Officer Liu died in the line of duty, protecting the city they loved. Our hearts go out to their families, to their comrades in arms at the 84 Precinct, to the larger family of the NYPD. We honor the EMTs, the doctors, the nurses, everyone at Woodhull who tried valiantly to save their lives and couldn’t. I want to thank everyone who came here today to support these families that are in such pain right now. All the leadership of the NYPD, the elected officials who are here – I thank them for coming here in solidarity with these grieving families and our police department. Although we are still learning the details, it’s clear that this was an assassination – that these officers were shot, execution-style – particularly despicable act, which goes at the very heart of our society and our democracy. When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society. It is an attack on all of us. It’s an attack on everything we hold dear. We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency. Therefore, every New Yorker should feel they, too, were attacked. Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual.

Even though the assailant took his own life, we’ll be vigilant for any information about anyone else who might be involved. And this is a point to make clear to all my fellow New Yorkers – that any time anyone has information that there might be an attack on our police, there might be an act of violence directed at any police officer, it is imperative that that be reported immediately. You heard the commissioner outline the tragic timeline, but anybody who sees a posting on the internet or any other indication of an intention to attack the police must report it immediately. Call 9-1-1. Report it to a police officer. But whatever the situation, that information must get into the hands of the police immediately, so we can protect the lives of our police officers and, in fact, of all of us, since they protect us.

There is a sadness that is very, very hard to describe. Commissioner Bratton has felt it many times. I have felt it many times. We met the family members. We met the parents of Officer Liu, the woman he recently married. We met the wife of Officer Ramos. We met his 13-year-old son, who couldn’t comprehend what had happened to his father. And with other public servants, and with leaders of this police department, we prayed over the bodies of these two officers. And I ask that all New Yorkers pray for them, pray for their families. It’s a moment of terrible loss and it’s a moment when we must all come together to support these families, to support healing, and to be thankful that there are heroes among us, like Officer Ramos and Officer Liu.

De Blasio must have missed the “peaceful” protestors in New York marching with Al Sharpton last week chanting, “What do we want? Want dead cops! When do we want them? Now!”

The protesters were part of Al Sharpton’s “Million Marchers” protest against police violence. The protesters chanted “What do we want?… Dead cops!” as they marched in New York City.

De Blasio also missed this woman.

Rev. Al Sharpton:

“I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today, Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings. The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad, in fact we have stressed that most police are not bad.

We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outrage and our condolences to the families and the police department. Details to follow.”

ColorofChange:

“The ColorOfChange community is deeply saddened to learn about the killing of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn and the attempted killing of the shooter’s ex-girlfriend. It is a tragedy anytime a life is lost to senseless violence. We send our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the two officers that lost their lives today.

“Our community knows all too well the grief and heartache associated with losing a loved one to violence. Today is another tragic reminder that we have an enormous amount of work to do to keep our communities safe. We condemn any and all forms of violence, including violence perpetrated by and against police officers.

“ColorOfChange will continue to support peaceful protesters fighting for a higher standard of policing in cities across the country. The deaths of these officers in the line of duty should not result in retaliation or more militarized, violent attempts by law enforcement to suppress protests or target civilians. We caution the efforts by police unions and others to draw misleading connections with this tragedy to the growing nationwide movement to hold officers accountable.

“We urge the media to push back against claims not rooted in facts. This is a sad and terrible incident that troubles all of us working for more just and safer country”

#BlackLivesMatter:

“Our hearts grieve with New York, a community already reeling from the losses of Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Kimani Gray, Akai Gurley, Islan Nettles and many more. An eye for an eye is not our vision of justice, and we who have taken to the streets seeking justice and liberation know that we need deep transformation to correct the larger institutional problems of racial profiling, abuse, and violence.

“We know all too well the pain and the trauma that follows the senseless loss of our family members and loved ones. We extend our hearts and prayers to the families of those who lost their loved ones this week. No one should suffer the loss of those whom they love.

“At the heart of our movement work is a deep and profound love for our people, and we are rooted in the belief that Black people in the U.S. must reassert our right to live be well in a country where our lives have been deemed valueless. Together, we champion a complete transformation of the ways we see and relate to one another.

“Now is our moment to advance a dramatic overhaul of policing practices. Now is the time to direct more resources into community mental health services and practices. Now is a moment for empathy and deep listening. Now is the time to end violence against women and trans people. Now is our moment to come together to end state violence.

“Our movement, grown from the love for our people and for all people, will continue to advance our vision of justice for all of us. Let’s hold each other close as we work together to end violence in our communities—once and for all.”

Ferguson Action:

“We are shocked and saddened by the news of two NYPD officers killed today in Brooklyn. We mourned with the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown who experienced unspeakable loss, and similarly our hearts go out to the families of these officers who are now experiencing that same grief. They deserve all of our prayers.

“Unfortunately, there have been attempts to draw misleading connections between this movement and today’s tragic events. Millions have stood together in acts of non-violent civil disobedience, one of the cornerstones of our democracy. It is irresponsible to draw connections between this movement and the actions of a troubled man who took the lives of these officers and attempted to take the life of his ex-partner, before ultimately taking his own. Today’s events are a tragedy in their own right. To conflate them with the brave activism of millions of people across the country is nothing short of cheap political punditry.

“Elected officials and law enforcement leaders must not allow this narrative to continue, as it only serves to heighten tensions at a time when the families of those killed are in mourning.

“We stand with the families in mourning, we stand united against senseless killings, and we stand for a justice system that works for all.”

The narrative has already become that the perpetrator who carried out the assassinations and eventually killed himself is unrelated to the cases of Michael Brown or Eric Garner, but the Instagram account of the murderer states otherwise.

“I’m putting wings on pigs today, they take 1 of ours….let’s take 2 of theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMichaelBrown This may be my final post. I’m putting pigs in a blanket.”

Reap What You Sow

Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Identified gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, then killed himself on a nearby subway platform.

He may have been influenced by a leftist gang that has ties to The Weather Underground. Where have I head that before, of right BILL AYERS. Who was friend of someone famous, Barack something… 🙂

Brinsley left a Facebook message stating, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today… They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner [sic] #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post… I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket.”

Or as Rev. Jeremiah Wright once said “America’s Chicken have come home to roost”.

The Leftist threw napalm on the race war they created, now innocent people are dying because of it.

Oh, right, they’re cops. They are evil. They kill black people for no reason. Hands up! Don’t Shoot! They deserve to die. That’s “justice”. 🙂

Whoops! The Left did it again. But don’t worry they will lie their way out responsibility for their actions. They always do.

WINDOWS UP! DON’T SHOOT!

They primed the pump. But when it explodes in a direction that does not further their political agenda, it’s not their fault and they “regret” any “violence” caused by their pursuit of “justice”. Blah, Blah, Blah….

“No Justice, No Peace”

In an op-ed published on December 8, Sharpton noted that the “march against police violence” was needed to force Congress to “immediately start hearings to deal with laws that will change the jurisdiction threshold for federal cases and policing.”

Once the thousands of marchers reached the grounds outside the Capitol, Sharpton warned Congress that he and his supporters would not be ignored.

“You thought you’d sweep it under the rug. You thought there’d be no limelight,” Sharpton said. “We are going to keep the light on Michael Brown, on Eric Garner, on Tamir Rice, on all of these victims because the only way — I’m sorry, I come out of the ‘hood — the only way you make roaches run, you got to cut the light on.”

The light of 2 cops ambushed execution style because of his words.

But fear not they are too arrogant to see they are the cause. The cause is still evil white people who oppress their “brothers”.

Racial Division is their life’s work, their passion, their only means of financial support. So gotta keep the fires burning and if occasionally goes off message, oh well, it happens. Not our fault. We gave them the dynamite, but we never expected them to use it that way.

Protesters chanted violent slogans: “What do we want? Dead cops!”

And I’m sure the officers’ families understand the “tragic mistake” that the gunman had about the messaging coming out of the mouth of “black leaders” about how  cops (in particular) are “oppressing” and it’s “unfair” and “unjust”.

Liu, 32, a newlywed of only two months, had seven years on the force; Ramos, 40, dad to two sons, had two years on the job.

The Left will ring it’s hands and give lame excuses and even lamer apologies for their ramping up of racial tensions for political and ideological reasons.

They are the sanctimonious, the righteous, they can’t be blamed for anything.

“It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people. Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight – and the entire NYPD community.”

The one thing they won’t do, is take responsibility for their  own irresponsible, divisive, and overheated hateful rhetoric.

Merry Christmas, from The Left. 🙂

 

 

 

Masters of Deceptive Persuasion

Michael Ramirez
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The 2016 Dream Team

The following sarcasm is true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent.

I have come up with a good President Team for the Republicans in 2016.

Marco Rubio and Mia Love.

Yes, we do have to forgive Rubio for falling of the Illegal Immigration bandwagon and Mia Love just got elected for the first time so she doesn’t have much experience, but by 2016 she’d have almost as much as Barack O did.

But this recommendation is made for several reasons, most of them to irritate Establishment Lifer Politicians.

The first obvious reason  would be to throw a huge monkey wrench in the Race Card Media and the Leftist obsession with evil White Republican Males.

Rubio is Cuban- American. Obama wants to “normalize” relations with Cuba and says that the olod embargos are from a bygone era so what’s more hip and trendy than…

THE FIRST CUBAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. 🙂

He’s also more than nominally a Tea Party Candidate so he’ll annoy the RINOs and The Establishment Elite of The Grand Farts Party.

Not everyone is an Old White Establishment “Moderate” who will with great “bi-partisanship” give away everything to The Left so they can bitch about it to get re-elected over and over again by doing that.

Mia Love (R-UT), she could make up for that embarrassment from Utah the last time. But mostly, she’s Black!

Not one evil white males on the ticket!!

That would frustrate the Leftist hate machine. The “Uncle Tom” spew would be wonderfully contortionist. Hating on Love, what a perfectly Orwellian concept.

She would also be several Firsts, and the Politically Correct love Firsts.

The First African-American Vice-President.

The First African-American Republican.  (shows how “progressive” 🙂 we are)

and The FIRST FEMALE VICE-PRESIDENT (who can Become The First Female President and a Black one to boot if you can just keep Hilary’s grubby little fingers off of it!)

And who doesn’t want a Vice President Love, how Orwell is that, the Politically Correct should just eat that up and she’s way prettier and way smarter than Biden (just about any multi-cellular life form is, but that’s another story).

So there you have it, the Perfect match for the Politically Correct, Passive Aggressive, Vote for Me The Other Guys an Asshole, “Bi-Partisan (really just BY-)”, apathetic, mind numbed times, we live in.

rubio love 2016

Memorandum of Understanding From Your King

WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.

Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.

Obama has made prolific use of memoranda despite his own claims that he’s used his executive power less than other presidents. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. “So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”

Obama has issued 195 executive orders as of Tuesday. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda — all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders.

He’s already signed 33% more presidential memoranda in less than six years than Bush did in eight. He’s also issued 45% more than the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, who assertively used memoranda to signal what kinds of regulations he wanted federal agencies to adopt.

Obama is not the first president to use memoranda to accomplish policy aims. But at this point in his presidency, he’s the first to use them more often than executive orders.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about executive orders in his presidency, and of course by sheer numbers he’s had fewer than other presidents. So the White House and its defenders can say, ‘He can’t be abusing his executive authority; he’s hardly using any orders,” said Andrew Rudalevige, a presidency scholar at Bowdoin College. “But if you look at these other vehicles, he has been aggressive in his use of executive power.”

So even as he’s quietly used memoranda to signal policy changes to federal agencies, Obama and his allies have claimed he’s been more restrained in his use of that power.

In a Senate floor speech in July, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “While Republicans accuse President Obama of executive overreach, they neglect the fact that he has issued far fewer executive orders than any two-term president in the last 50 years.”

The White House would not comment on how it uses memoranda and executive orders but has previously said Obama’s executive actions “advance an agenda that expands opportunity and rewards hard work and responsibility.”

“There is no question that this president has been judicious in his use of executive action, executive orders, and I think those numbers thus far have come in below what President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton did,” said Jay Carney, then the White House press secretary, in February.

Carney, while critical of Bush’s executive actions, also said it wasn’t the number of executive actions that was important but rather “the quality and the type.”

“It is funny to hear Republicans get upset about the suggestion that the president might use legally available authorities to advance an agenda that expands opportunity and rewards hard work and responsibility, when obviously they supported a president who used executive authorities quite widely,” he said.

While executive orders have become a kind of Washington shorthand for unilateral presidential action, presidential memoranda have gone largely unexamined. And yet memoranda are often as significant to everyday Americans than executive orders. For example:

• In his State of the Union Address in January, Obama proposed a new retirement savings account for low-income workers called a MyRA. The next week, he issued a presidential memorandum to the Treasury Department instructing it to develop a pilot program.

• In April, Obama directed the Department of Labor to collect salary data from federal contractors and subcontractors to monitor whether they’re paying women and minorities fairly.

• In June, Obama told the Department of Education to allow certain borrowers to cap their student loan payments at 10% of income.

They can also be controversial.

AVOIDING ‘IMPERIAL OVERREACH’

Obama issued three presidential memoranda after the Sandy Hook school shooting two years ago. They ordered federal law enforcement agencies to trace any firearm that’s part of a federal investigation, expanded the data available to the national background check system, and instructed federal agencies to conduct research into the causes and possible solutions to gun violence.

Two more recent memos directed the administration to coordinate an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system — a move that congressional Republicans say exceeded his authority. Of the dozens of steps Obama announced as part of his immigration plan last month, none was accomplished by executive order.

Executive orders are numbered — the most recent, Executive Order 13683, modified three previous executive orders. Memoranda are not numbered, not indexed and, until recently, difficult to quantify.

Kenneth Lowande, a political science doctoral student at the University of Virginia, counted up memoranda published in the Code of Federal Regulations since 1945. In an article published in the December issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly, he found that memoranda appear to be replacing executive orders.

Indeed, many of Obama’s memoranda do the kinds of things previous presidents did by executive order.

• In 1970, President Nixon issued an executive order on unneeded federal properties. Forty years later, Obama issued a similar policy by memorandum.

• President George W. Bush established the Bob Hope American Patriot Award by executive order in 2003. Obama created the Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Diplomacy by memorandum in 2012.

• President Bush issued Executive Order 13392 in 2005, directing agencies to report on their compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. On his week in office, Obama directed the attorney general to revisit those reports — but did so in a memorandum.

“If you look at some of the titles of memoranda recently, they do look like and mirror executive orders,” Lowande said.

The difference may be one of political messaging, he said. An “executive order,” he said, “immediately evokes potentially damaging questions of ‘imperial overreach.'” Memorandum sounds less threatening.

Though they’re just getting attention from some presidential scholars, White House insiders have known about the power of memoranda for some time. In a footnote to her 1999 article in the Harvard Law Review, former Clinton associate White House counsel Elena Kagan — now an Obama appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court — said scholars focused too much on executive orders rather than presidential memoranda.

Kagan said Clinton considered memoranda “a central part of his governing strategy,” using them to spur agencies to write regulations restricting tobacco advertising to children, allowing unemployment insurance for paid family leave and requiring agencies to collect racial profiling data.

“The memoranda became, ever increasingly over the course of eight years, Clinton’s primary means, self-consciously undertaken, both of setting an administrative agenda that reflected and advanced his policy and political preferences and of ensuring the execution of this program,” Kagan wrote.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Presidential scholar Phillip Cooper calls presidential memoranda “executive orders by another name, and yet unique.”

The law does not define the difference between an executive order and a memorandum, but it does say that the president should publish in the Federal Register executive orders and other documents that “have general applicability and legal effect.”

“Something that’s in a presidential memorandum in one administration might be captured in an executive order in another,” said Jim Hemphill, the special assistant to the director for the government’s legal notice publication. “There’s no guidance that says, ‘Mr. President, here’s what needs to be in an executive order.’ “

There are subtle differences. Executive orders are numbered; memoranda are not. Memoranda are always published in the Federal Register after proclamations and executive orders. And under Executive Order 11030, signed by President Kennedy in 1962, an executive order must contain a “citation of authority,” saying what law it’s based on. Memoranda have no such requirement.

Obama, like other presidents, has used memoranda for more routine operations of the executive branch, delegating certain mundane tasks to subordinates. About half of the memoranda published on the White House website are deemed so inconsequential that they’re not counted as memoranda in the Federal Register.

Sometimes, there are subtle differences. President Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10789 in 1958 giving emergency contracting authority to the Department of Defense and other Cabinet departments. President Bush added other departments in 2001 and 2003, but he and Obama both used memoranda to give temporary authority to the U.S. Agency for International Development to respond to crises in Iraq and western Africa.

When the president determines the order of succession in a Cabinet-level department — that is, who would take over in the case of the death or resignation of the secretary — he does so by executive order. For other agencies, he uses a memorandum.

Both executive orders and memoranda can vary in importance. One executive order this year changed the name of the National Security Staff to the National Security Council Staff. Both instruments have been used to delegate routine tasks to other federal officials.

‘THE FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENT’

Whatever they’re called, those executive actions are binding on future administrations unless explicitly revoked by a future president, according to legal opinion from the Justice Department.

The Office of Legal Counsel — which is responsible for advising the president on executive orders and memoranda — says there’s no difference between the two. “It has been our consistent view that it is the substance of a presidential determination or directive that is controlling and not whether the document is styled in a particular manner,” said a 2000 memo from Acting Assistant Attorney General Randolph Moss to the Clinton White House. He cited a 1945 opinion that said a letter from President Franklin Roosevelt carried the same weight as an executive order.

The Office of Legal Counsel signs off on the legality of executive orders and memoranda. During the first year of Obama’s presidency, the Office of Legal Counsel asked Congress for a 14.5% budget increase, justifying its request in part by noting “the large number of executive orders and presidential memoranda that has been issued.”

Other classifications of presidential orders carry similar weight. Obama has issued at least 28 presidential policy directives in the area of national security. In a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year, a federal court ruled that these, too, are “the functional equivalent of an executive order.”

Even the White House sometimes gets tripped up on the distinction. Explaining Obama’s memoranda on immigration last month, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president would happily “tear up his own executive order” if Congress passes an immigration bill.

Obama had issued no such executive order. Earnest later corrected himself. “I must have misspoke. I meant executive actions. So I apologize,” he said.

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Corn Ball Economics

A more appropriate color for those Americans who wear their green bonafides on their sleeves to show their moral superiority over the rest of us fossil fuelers is black — as in coal.

While this isn’t the direct finding of a University Of Minnesota study , it is the upshot.

“Vehicles powered by corn ethanol and EVs powered by coal are the worst” when it comes to “impacts on human health,” researchers found. They are even worse for the enviroment, they say, than gasoline-powered cars.

The trouble with electric plug-in cars is that, in some regions, the electricity pumped into the battery is generated by coal. As IBD colleague Terry Jones says, these are really coal-powered cars, not electric vehicles.

And just think of all the corn that goes into ethanol that isn’t going into some starving kids mouth., shame on you Liberals!! 🙂

But the eternal wisdom of government has deemed it wise and here we are. Government making more problems than solutions.

And the high-and-mighty oh-s0 sanctimonious Liberal.

See my old blog: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/bio-hazard/

But we’re talking emotions over logic again. 🙂

A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences echoes his finding that green cars aren’t very green at all.

The AP reports: 

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

The study examines environmental costs for cars’ entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries.

“Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car,” Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science told AP.

Ouch. (townhall)

So you do what the Obama EPA wants to do, eliminate Coal. Problem solved! 🙂

The Associated Press is running a terrific and long investigative article, “The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama’s Green Power Push,” on the environmental downsides of the ethanol fuel mandate. From the AP…

…the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch.

Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.

Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive.

The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact.

Farmers planted 15 million more acres of corn last year than before the ethanol boom, and the effects are visible in places like south central Iowa. (Reason)

The Agenda is the Agenda and Liberals are never wrong because they always have the best of intentions. 🙂

see: http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/12/obamas-corn-ethanol-environmental-disast

So again, just eliminate Coal and the Problem is solved, right? 🙂

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Good Old Fashioned Pork Fest

RINO UPDATE: A vast majority of the Senate disagreed with Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) assertion that President Obama’s executive order on immigration is unconstitutional…

“If you believe President Obama’s executive order was unconstitutional vote yes,” Cruz said ahead of the vote on Saturday. “If you think the president’s executive order is constitutional vote no.”

Only 22 senators voted with Cruz and 74 voted against his point of order…

Many Republicans blasted Cruz and Lee’s “strategy” as being ill conceived and a waste of time.

In Washington, more and more Republicans and their pundit allies have decided poop sandwiches sure are tasty!

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WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies preserved their tax breaks. Farmers and ranchers were spared having to report on pollution from manure. Tourist destinations like Las Vegas benefited from a travel promotion program.

Also buried in the giant spending bill that cleared the Senate on Saturday and is headed to President Obama for his signature were provisions that prohibit the federal government from requiring less salt in school lunches and allow schools to obtain exemptions from whole-grain requirements for pasta and tortillas.

The watered-down standards for school meals were a setback for the first lady, Michelle Obama, who had vowed to fight “until the bitter end” for tougher nutrition standards. But they were a victory for food companies and some local school officials, who had sought changes in regulations that are taking effect over several years.

When an omnibus spending bill pops onto the floor of the House or the Senate in the waning days of a congressional session, some lawmakers invariably express surprise and outrage at special-interest provisions stuffed into the package.

Representative Marcy Kaptur, Democrat of Ohio and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, criticized the $1.1 trillion spending measure as “a Christmas tree bill,” decorated with “dangerous and unwelcome, nongermane riders.”

Such favors often have a long lineage. Lobbyists and lawmakers have, in many cases, been working on them for months or years. Some of this year’s provisions originated as free-standing bills, languished on their own and were then revived in the spending package. Others block regulations that have been proposed, adopted and sometimes upheld in court.

The School Nutrition Association, representing cafeteria directors, welcomed the bill’s language on sodium and whole grains. The lower sodium standards would have been “extremely difficult to achieve,” and the government needs more research before compelling schools to make such costly changes, said the association, which receives financial support from food companies.

Republicans like Representative Harold Rogers of Kentucky, the committee chairman, said the riders were needed to halt wasteful spending and “overreach” by agencies that generate rules harmful to the economy.

A typically arcane provision of the bill provides relief to nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, which have special tax breaks that were threatened by the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Cross is not mentioned by name in the relevant section of the 2015 spending bill, titled “Modification of treatment of certain health organizations.” But the deduction in question is available only to Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, which have been lobbying Congress for a clarification since the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association scored several victories that require the government to keep its regulatory hands off farms and ranches.

The bill says the government cannot require farmers to report “greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems.” Nor can it require ranchers to obtain greenhouse gas permits for “methane emissions” produced by bovine flatulence or belching. The Environmental Protection Agency says on its website that “globally, the agriculture sector is the primary source” of methane emissions.

The spending bill requires the E.P.A. to withdraw a new rule defining how the Clean Water Act applies to certain agricultural conservation practices. It also prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches under the Clean Water Act.

“This is a major victory for farmers and ranchers, who consistently tell many of us that they are concerned about the potential of the E.P.A. and the Army Corps of Engineers’ overreach into their operations,” Representative Mike Simpson, Republican of Idaho, said.

The bill renews a travel promotion program championed by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and by Las Vegas casinos.

“From the Las Vegas Strip to our pristine natural treasures like Lake Tahoe, tourists from all over the world want to visit Nevada,” Mr. Reid said, and the legislation encourages them to do so.

But Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, blasted this as “corporate welfare.”

“Last I checked,” Mr. Cruz said, “casinos were very profitable endeavors that didn’t need the taxpayers helping them out.”

The bill provides more than $550 billion for national defense, including money for warplanes, missiles and submarines. But mundane military matters also drew attention. The bill is accompanied by a “joint explanatory statement” that gives thousands of directives to federal agencies.

One directive deals literally with boots on the ground. It orders the Defense Logistics Agency to re-examine the way it defines “small business” when buying boots and other military footwear. A supplier can qualify for advantages as a small business if it has no more than 1,000 employees. The number doubled in 2012.

Lawmakers fear that the new size standards could harm “true small businesses” and “the domestic supply base for military footwear.” Michigan’s congressional delegation sought the legislative directive in response to concerns expressed by a Michigan company, Bates Footwear, which supplies combat boots and dress shoes to the military.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonprofit research group that tracks federal spending, said the bill bestowed favors on all sorts of constituencies.

“Authors of the bill and lobbyists behind these provisions know they are in there,” Mr. Ellis said. “But the public will not find out about most of them for weeks or months, if ever.”

Congress supposedly forswore spending earmarks several years ago, after federal largess led to several scandals. But lawmakers can still steer money in less conspicuous ways.

For example, the 2015 spending bill authorizes additional money for an unnamed “heritage area” specified in Section 157 of title I of Public Law 106-291. That section of the law, enacted 14 years ago, established a national heritage area in Wheeling, W.Va., to celebrate the area’s role in American history. (NYT)

‘Twas The Night Before Hillary

By Eric Scheiner

From a $300,000 “special rate” speaking fee to lemon slices, hummus and rectangular pillows – the meticulous details of negotiating a speaking engagement from Hillary Clinton could be a better story than any tale she spins onstage.

In fact, we think it may be. So in the spirit of the season (visiting season from possible presidential candidates, that is) sit back and enjoy “’Twas the Night Before Hillary”.

‘Twas the Night Before Hillary, and all across the university

was the frequent stirring of special security.

The 300 grand was laid out to be seen.

In hopes Hillary would soon come for the green.

The students nestled all together, ready to go

There’s only 30-minutes –pre-speech -for a photo

And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap

know that there are rules – no more than 50 photos are to be snapped.

When out of the private jet there arose such a clatter!

You’ll pay for that jet – that’s a serious matter.

Away to the limo she flew like a flash.

To the ‘presidential suite’ – best paid for in cash.

With the moon shining atop the new fallen snow.

Wait, no moon – Team Hillary has discretion over set backdrops, banners, and any logo.

When she finally arrived–she did so appear.

Make sure you have water and lemon wedges near.

And diet ginger ale, sliced fruit and hummus nearby.

The hummus is best – it won’t stick to her thighs.

More rapid than eagles those students they came.

To sit behind twenty staffers and special guests to be named.

Now she’ll talk about inequities that now she does see.

Not likely a mention of Gruber or a Lewin-sky.

Making her points, laying a finger aside of her nose.

Remember onstage to have two long rectangular pillows.

She’ll speak of the future within America’s reach.

And you’ll pay for a stenographer to transcribe her speech.

The Republicans, will cringe at her barks.

As she’s the only one allowed on stage during remarks.

And when she was done to her team gave a whistle.

No after speech photos! They just make her bristle.

But I heard her exclaim as she drove out of sight.

Bill and I are dead broke – I’ll be back in two nights!

Snap!

The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years.

In September, the number of beneficiaries was down from the 46,476,410 beneficiaries there were in August, a decline of 16,412. During that same time frame, the number of families receiving SNAP benefits increased from 22,724,624 in August to 22,750,019 in September, an increase of 25,395.

Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023.

In 1969, the average participation in the SNAP program stood at 2,878,000. In 2014, average participation grew to 46,536,000 showing an increase of 1516.96 percent.

The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2014, topping $3 trillion in revenue for the first time in its history, according to Treasury Department and that trend has continued into FY 2015!!

The participation rate, which is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job during the month or actively seeking one, was 62.8 percent in November which matches the percentage since March 1978.

 

In November, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 248,844,000. Of those, 156,397,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.

 

The 156,397,000 who participated in the labor force was 62.8 percent of the 248,844,000 civilian noninsttutional population, which matches the 62.8 percent rate in April, May, June, August and October of 2014 as well as the participation rate in March of 1978. The participation rate hit its lowest level of 62.7 percent in September 2014.

 

Another 92,447,000 people did not participate in the labor force. These Americans did not have a job and were not actively trying to find one. When President Obama took office in January 2009, there were 80,529,000 Americans who were not participating in the office, which means that since then, 11,918,000 Americans have left the workforce.

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Of the 156,397,000 who did participate in the labor force, 147,287,000 had a job, and 9,110,000 did not have a job but were actively seeking one -– making them the nation’s unemployed.

 

The 9,110,000 job seekers were 5.8 percent of the 156,397,000 Americans actively participating in the labor force during the month of November. Thus, the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, the same as it was in October.

But as we know the “uneployment rate” only counts people looking for a job.

Well, Obama has 5 million new Welfare Democrats, fully funded by RINOs so everything good right? 🙂

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Glib Profession

I am never short on appreciation for a David Rutz Supercut. Here is one we can all enjoy as Jonathan Gruber, after being caught on tape confessing his contempt for the American people and bragging about his intellect, must pretend that, yes, he is indeed contemptuous of the American people and callous about their lives, but that contempt is born of carelessness and ignorance, not calculation and superiority. I have to imagine that was the worst part of this for Gruber—for a man of such high self-regard to lower himself to careless and ignorant to excuse his actions.

He knew exactly what he was saying when he said it the first time. It’s essentially the job description of someone like Gruber to have the utmost confidence in his superiority to the hoi polloi and confer upon them his wisdom in the form of policy. Gruber stays one step away from the electoral accountability the now-decimated Democratic Senatorial ranks must face and gets paid well for sending them into battle with his flawed plan. Now, I concede we need people who study policy, who know the byzantine ins and outs of the federal government, and know how to make some policies succeed within its often toxic confines and turf wars. Even if a policy, say a simple regulatory revision that takes down some barriers, doesn’t attempt outsized social engineering, someone has to know how to usher it through the monster we’ve created.

This is why I tend to think one should keep his goals simpler when navigating the bureaucratic mess that is the federal government than bringing in some 35 agencies to totally remake 1/6 of the American economy while promising every single person in the country their costs will go down and they’ll see zero negative effects. Gruber and his allies did anything but keep it simple, but they believe in themselves and the infallible ability of the federal government to “do big things.” They lied about the things Americans wouldn’t like, which Americans sniffed out from Day One, and epically botched one of the arguably simpler parts of the process. Ironically, a conservative in charge of building HealthCare.gov would have doubted the federal government’s ability on this front a whole lot sooner (like someone I know did in 2012…)and maybe been able to salvage at least a working website for under $1 billion in taxpayer money.

But it’s Gruber’s job to know what’s best for you, and he’s rather glib about the consequences. He has the money to avoid them because Congress paid him a bunch of money to create them. It’s his job just like it’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s job to be utterly contemptuous of the American people and the damage the IRS may have done to them.

A Washington Post reporter wrote up Congresswoman’s Cynthia Lummis’ story about her husband fairly after the Gruber hearing, calling it the most emotional moment of the day. It was because it connected Gruber with the potential human consequences of all his faulty architecture. Get over your damn glibness, Lummis told Gruber. He can’t. It’s his job. (IBD)



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