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Sarah Murnaghan, a 10year-old girl with cystic fibrosis whose family fought to have her prioritized for adult organs, is getting a new set of lungs.
Despite being bureaucratic and arbitrarily “too young” for them (according to HHS).
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Cash-strapped law enforcement agencies in Oregon stop answering calls, sending officers: ‘If he … assaults you, can you ask him to go away?’ 

The first clue as to how dangerous it is to live in Oregon’s Josephine County?

No one answers the phone at the sheriff’s office.

“Due to budgetary constraints,” says a recorded voice, “we are only able to answer the phone from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

In the cash-strapped county that is home to scenic Grants Pass, a special election was held this week asking voters to approve a tax levy so more deputies could be hired.

Last year, a woman was raped in her home after calling 911 and staying on the line for more than 10 minutes. She was told there were no officers available to help her.

Yet Josephine County residents said no to the extra property tax that would have cost about $300 a year for homes valued at $200,000.

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says that defeat will force him to cut even more deputies — after laying off 65% of his staff last year.

He’s gone hat in hand to county commissioners, asking for more than $649,000 to keep what’s left of his staff — some 35 deputies charged with safeguarding more than 83,00 people.

“I’ve asked for money from the county to just maintain the status quo, which in my opinion is not safe,” he told the Daily News.

Josephine County is one of several jurisdictions across the country that have suffered huge federal budget cuts, which in turn caused drastic layoffs of local law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

Cincinnati and Detroit were among some of the big cities forced to fire scores of cops and firefighters this year after losing millions in funds from Washington.

Because begging for money from your Masters in Washington is always the way the Founding Fathers wanted it.

Earlier this year in Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County, Sheriff David Clarke Jr. urged residents to arm themselves and learn how to shoot because “simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

Clarke’s 30-second public service announcement, in which he said he had been forced to fire 48 staffers in 2012, made national news.

Josephine County has garnered similar headlines, thanks to the bluntness of its sheriff.

After having to fire 23 deputies after the 2012-2013 budget was passed was in July, Gilbertson issued a press release suggesting domestic violence victims “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.’

Less than a month later, a woman called 911, saying her ex-boyfriend was trying to break into her house.

“He’s broken in before, busted down my door, assaulted me,” Michael Bellah’s victim told a dispatcher. She was told to hide.

The call came in at 4:58 a.m. on a Saturday. The strapped Josephine County sheriff’s deputies are only available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

So the dispatcher transferred the woman, whose identity has not been published because she is a sex crime victim, to the state police.

And from there, things got even worse. The state police said they didn’t have anyone to send, either.

Dispatcher: “Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?”

Michael Bellah, the former boyfriend, did not go away.

“I’ve already told him I was calling you,” the woman tells the dispatcher. “He’s broken in before, busted down my door, assaulted me.”

The dispatcher tells the woman to hide somewhere in the house.

“It’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher then says.

Bellah, who later pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assault and sexual abuse, busted down the front door, then beat and raped the woman.

Gilbertson said the attack is the sole rape case in Josephine County since last year.

The City of Grants Pass estimates that there has been a 73% increase in thefts and a 53% increase in burglaries, Gilbertson said.

He has no idea what the county-wide crime statistics are because he can’t spare a deputy to collate the data, he said.

Because of federal cuts to timber subsidies last year, Gilbertson said his budget dropped from $12 million in 2012 to $5.2 million this year.

You mean the pride of the Tree Huggers to screw the evil Loggers!! I guess environmentalism has consequences! 🙂

Also apparently, the locals passed on a Tax Increase to give them more money (because they don’t have any either- all the logging jobs dried up!).

Austerity is evil, after all. 🙂

Tuesday’s tax levy, which would have brought in more than $9 million to hire new deputies, was soundly defeated by more than 500 votes.

“The feds have laid claim to all the trees, we can’t cut them down (for timber sales), and now they’ve walked away and turned their backs on us,” Gilbertson said.

Well, they did that because the Tree Huggers don’t want you to cut them down because of the Sierra Club and other who want to “protect” the forest from humans at any cost.

Federal timber production and jobs at Oregon mills have fallen dramatically since 1990, when the northern spotted owl was listed under the Endangered Species Act. Bigger, more efficient mills and the huge housing construction drop in the recent recession contributed as well.

Rough & Ready was among 22 sawmills in Josephine and Jackson counties in 1975, the Phillippis said, down to none now.

“We have customers who are dying for it,” she said. “The only thing we don’t have is the logs.” (Oregon live)

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/05/rough_ready_lumber_josephine_c.html

The Obama Administration did the same with oil shale in Southern Utah.

So the government comes in and declares it off-limits (with help from Enviro-whackos) and then leaves you to rot. But don’t worry, government control of everything is much better than evil Corporate America!!

And the Enviro-whackos are proud of themselves. They are the righteous few!

“Then it was up to people who don’t have jobs to pay more taxes for law enforcement, and they just can’t do it,” he said.

So what will the sheriff’s department do?

“We’ll just do the best we can,” Gilbertson replied. “And crime will go up.”

We are From the Government and we are here to help you and we will save you from the evil corporatists! 🙂 (NY Daily News)
In much of western Oregon, the 1990s timber wars have given way to a shaky détente, with a focus on thinning and light-touch restoration in federal forests.

In southwest Oregon, the battle still runs hot.

High unemployment raises the stakes here. So does a storied timber history and a heavy reliance on dwindling logging revenues from federal forests to fund county government. Three Oregon Congressmen want to more than double logging in the region’s O&C Lands, forests shifted to the feds after an early 20th Century railroad deal went sour.

But the consequences are uniquely high for environmentalists, too, who said no to big increases in logging when Gov. John Kitzhaber convened an O&C Lands task force last year to attempt a compromise.

Josephine County and its neighbors sit in the Klamath-Siskiyou eco-region, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. The landscape, warmer than Douglas fir strongholds to the north, supports 36 species of conifers alone and some of Oregon’s top runs of salmon and steelhead.

Meanwhile, Josephine County voters decide today whether to increase their lowest-in-the-state property taxes to partially plug the gap left by logging reductions.

“Everybody views this as black and white, and it’s just not that way,” says Tom Tuchman, Kitzhaber’s forestry adviser. “Finding a balance is an incredibly difficult thing to do.” (Oregon Live)

But apparently having any effective law enforcement is even more so. 🙂

BUT AT LEAST YOU SAVED THE SPOTTED OWL!!! 🙂

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The Newest News on Stimulus Spending:

A Finnish Electric Car. Yeah, I said Finnish, as in Finland. That’s Obama Stimulus money for you.

Oh, and giving money to Oregon loggers, only people in Oregon don’t get the jobs!

Two more such scandals appeared this week, but these latest outrages feature a new wrinkle — stimulus funds being used to create jobs overseas. In the first example, the Obama administration handed $7.2 million to four Oregon logging companies to hire loggers in a severely depressed industry. But according to a Department of Labor inspector general report, only two of jobs thus funded went to U.S. citizens: “Only two Oregonians were listed on the employer recruitment reports, indicating that workers in Oregon were likely unaware these job opportunities were available. In fact, although 146 U.S. workers were contacted by the three employers regarding possible employment, none were hired. Instead, 254 foreign workers were brought into the country for these jobs.”

I guess that makes them Jobs Americans are not allowed to do. 🙂

Your Tax money at work.

In the second new stimulus program scandal this week, the Obama administration gave electric car maker Fisker Automotive a $529 million loan guarantee to build vehicles in the United States. At the time, Vice President Biden claimed “this is seed money that will return back to the American consumer in billions and billions and billions of dollars in good new jobs.” But the rest of the story came out this week when Fisker officials acknowledged that most of the 500 jobs being created are actually in Finland. Allegedly they couldn’t find a suitable assembly facility here in the United States, despite the fact Detroit is the birthplace of the automotive industry, virtually every major manufacturer from around the world has put factories in this country, and there are thousands of unemployed auto workers here. Obama administration officials approved the transfer of jobs to Finland. (Washington Examiner)

With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. (Meaning, if this bombs like Solyndra guess who’s on the hook? 🙂 )

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

“There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle,” the car company’s founder and namesake told ABC News. “They don’t exist here.”

Translation: The Obama Anti-Business climate strikes again. But, hey at least we are stimulating jobs in Finland where the unemployment rate is 7.8%.

And what would yet another botched Obama green-jobs-stimulus measure be without cronyism…starring Mr. Green Fallacies himself:

The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty — and pricey — cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware. 

Would that be Delaware, Finland?

They signed off, he said, so long as he did not spend the federal loan money in Finland— something he says the company has taken care to avoid.

OK, great. The company didn’t spend its money in Finland. But that doesn’t change the fact that the point of the exercise was, ostensibly, to create jobs in America. If the factory itself is in Finland, then clearly the Obama administration still failed, and doled out a bad loan.

Furthermore, there is widespread speculation that the start-up car companies won’t meet preset production quotas–meaning taxpayers money will have, yet again, been wasted:

Yet an audit this year by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, criticized the Energy Department for not keeping close enough tabs on its fleet of auto loans — including those to Fisker and Tesla — to ensure they meet benchmarks. The funding was issued under the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program, one piece of a giant umbrella of DOE loans and loan guarantees going out the door.

“DOE cannot be assured that the projects are on track to deliver the vehicles as agreed,” said the GAO report examining the department’s ATVM program. “It also means that U.S. taxpayers do not know whether they are getting what they paid for through the loans.”

Yikes. If this is Obama’s idea of a good investment, I hestitate to ask what his stock portfolios look like. (Sorry, Wall Street is evil-except when he’s bailing them out or giving them taxpayer guaranteed loans!)

But it “felt good” and it gave them an hippie eco-high.

Don’t worry, be happy. 🙂

OCCUPY TOURISM

It’s now common to see tourists at Zuccotti Park taking photographs of themselves, with protesters in the background. On a typical day they clog the pedestrian traffic in the area, which is often bustling with financial district employees pushing their way through.

“Right now, we don’t have a goal — except to back away from the system that’s not working,” replied Udeykin, a 23-year-old Russian-born Iowan. “This is a way to feel free, to feel normal.”

Yes, Comrade. Or is that taking pictures with the freaks at the Zoo??

Some nearby businesses are far less enamored of the protesters, and say the hubbub outside their doors is costing them money.

Stacey Tzortzatos, manager of Panini & Co., a casual restaurant that’s normally bustling as it serves financial district clients, said the eatery has been losing business because police barricades discourage customers from coming in, and media vans are blocking the view.

But the biggest problem, she said, was protesters coming in to use the bathroom — “30 at a time.” She said she put locks on the bathroom doors in response.

“They take showers using the sink, they brush their teeth, and they make a huge mess,” she said.

Tzortzatos said she’s been harassed and verbally abused by protesters, who have come in eating donated food.

“I was called `evil’ for asking whether they were customers, when they came in eating their free pizza, smelling so bad,” she said. “It’s a constant battle, and it’s getting worse as the weeks go by.”

After all, they are titled to it.  It’s not like they have any respect for others. It’s not “fair” otherwise.

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Horror Quote of the Week: Biden tells CNN he is not closing door to running for president in 2016.

Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran told The Daily Caller on Thursday evening that President Obama should “refinance every home mortgage” without congressional approval in order to “reset the economy.”

Gee, I thought the government started this whole Mortgage mess by meddling? Why yes, they did. Just don’t expect them to remember that. Certainly not a liberal.

Obama has already asked his Council on Jobs to identify areas of the American Jobs Act that can be implemented without congressional authorization.

Yeah, who needs Congress (aka the Republicans) to get in the way of Dear Leaders magnificent plans that have so worked miracles! 🙂

“It, to me, seems like they’re going all-in on a class warfare strategy,” Sen. Ryan said. “And what seems so ironic to me or hypocritical is I just remember — it seemed like yesterday — that Obama was saying things like, ‘We don’t have red states, blue states. We’re the United States of America; I want to be a uniter, not a divider’; ‘Hope and aspiration.’

“What we’re getting is a commitment to division from the president here. We’re getting basically a strategy to divide, to speak to people as if they’re stuck in some class and they’re stuck in their station in life and the government’s new role is to help cope with it. That is so inherently contrary to what we’re about in this country.”

“Preying on [the] emotions of fear, resentment, envy and anger, to me, makes America weaker, not stronger,” he said. “But I guess this seems to be the cards they’re going to play this year and next year — because for some reason or another, they think that’s going to help them, and I just don’t see how that does.”

FEAR IS HOPE.

Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent, with real unemployment closer to 20. Nearly 50 million Americans are on food stamps. We’ve added $4 trillion in new debt in less than three years. And there’s no sign any of this will change soon.

But at least we are giving money to Finland!

FEAR IS HOPE!

The seriousness of the times require serious leaders…and all we have is Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats and a sea of unwashed “gimmie-crats” sleeping in parks demanding more. Welcome to Progressive America.

As more “Green” scandals involving “friendly” treatment of friends and fundraisers for the president emerge, no one with a “D” after his or her name seems to give a damn. Why would they? It’s not their money. Spending other people’s money is fun. Spending two as-yet-unborn generations’ money is even more fun because you won’t be around when they realize what you’ve done to them. It’s the progressive way.

Not all our problems are Obama’s fault, of course. But his progressive “solutions” to the problems he inherited amount to blowing a hole in the side of a sinking ship in hopes of letting the water out. It might seem like a good idea on paper but only if you don’t actually consider the problem in the solution.

In Progressive America, hatred and anger rule. Does someone have more than you do? Protest that outrage. Remember, after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., by the anti-Bush lunatic, when President Obama gave that speech calling for a “new tone” in politics? It was a hopeful moment for a nation reeling from tragedy and sick of name calling. It lasted five minutes.

The failure of progressives to control their tongues, to resist spewing such “tolerance” as “The Tea Party are terrorists,” “Republicans are hostage takers” and of talking-head goons from calling conservative women “whores,” is surprising only if you haven’t been paying attention. You can’t stop hateful rhetoric when it’s who you are.

You don’t even have to be conservative to be on the receiving end of an attack from the progressive mob. Wall Street gave more money to Barack Obama than any other candidate in history, yet the aromatically challenged mob isn’t camped outside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.; it’s drum circling on Wall Street.

If the protesters truly are angry about bailouts, shouldn’t they protest those who gave them rather than those who took them? If they equate money in politics with bribery, shouldn’t they take issue with those accept the bribes as well as those who give them? After all, it’s only an attempted bribe until it’s accepted.

Progressives tell you the system is corrupt, yet never mention Solyndra, Fisker, et. al. The system isn’t corrupt. A system can’t be anything other than a system. It’s the people who are corrupt. This doesn’t fit the progressive agenda, so you’re not likely to hear much about it. But this is, in fact, the heart of the problem.

The progressive agenda is about control – over everyone and everything. The movement was born of arrogance from people who thought they knew better, thought they were better. They were racists who once looked to eugenics to rid the world of “undesirables.” They were superior in thought and deed – and thus uniquely qualified to determine who was worthy of what in society. That mentality, that profound arrogance, continues to form the basis of modern progressivism.

The United States was founded by and for people who believed in the individual. But to be a progressive is to have zero faith in your fellow human beings, to look down on them. This was exemplified by Vice President Joe Biden this week when he doubled down on his “if Republicans don’t pass the president’s ‘jobs’ bill, rapes and murders will increase exponentially” vitriol.

He, the White House, which publicly stood behind his comments, and progressive talking heads all seem to believe Americans refrain from raping and murdering each other solely because there are police around. They believe we’re all animals, and only a powerful government can protect us from ourselves and each other.

Given that Republicans swept the 2010 elections and President Obama’s approval ratings are fast approaching his waist size, you’d expect reality to set in soon and for him to move to the political center. You’d be wrong. He is so insulated from reality and entrenched in the progressive philosophy that when he told ABC’s Jake Tapper “I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones…” on the economy, he truly believed it.

As the election approaches, and if his poll numbers continue to fade, expect President Obama to redouble his efforts to implement as much of the progressive agenda through executive orders as possible. Expect Democrats in Congress to cheerlead the usurpation of their power and their media allies to cheer his actions when they can and ignore them when they must.

Some say progressives disrespect the Constitution, but you can’t disrespect what you never respected in the first place. The concept of limited executive power is foreign to them…when they’re in power. Should a Republican win next November and try to do half the things President Obama has done through executive order, the outrage from progressives will be, well …fun to watch.(Derek Hunter)

Rejoice. Sit back. Chill out. Obama has your back. Just ignore the noose around your neck and the Hangman standing next to you. It’s all for show anyhow…
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