Is Gay Marriage at the SCOTUS Over Already?

I am not sure but I have been following this story.  Considering the current SCOTUS rulings in favor of a horrid gov’t enabling emminent domain(they can take your land for ANY reason AND give it to a private business), and of course Obamacare.  I would not be surprised if the SCOTUS sides with the lgbt folks.  Karl Denninger thinks it might be:

I’ll make a prediction: The gay activists lost their own case in the US Supreme Court.

That’s right — they didn’t lose simply because they should have lost, they lost because their true agenda was exposed; their campaign of deception, of “inclusiveness”, was exposed at the Court and the Justices took notice of it.

They’re going to lose on that basis.

Among the points in support of this was a statement from the Justices that the applicants “are not trying to join the institution of marriage; they are trying to change what that institution is.”  

This is not only beyond the remit of the court it is beyond the remit of anyone just as you can’t change a man into a woman by cutting off his penis and crafting breasts and a vagina onto his body; you can make him look like a woman but he is still a man.

I suspect that was enough to doom the case, standing alone.  But it didn’t end there; the Obama Administration attorney, under questioning from the Justices, admitted that they are likely to revoke tax exemptions from colleges and other institutions if they do not “comply” with such a policy.  For example, a Catholic University would be forced to allow same-sex couples to cohabit in on-campus housing, never mind that a gay couple couldn’t get married in a Catholic Church by a Catholic Priest in any event!

In other words such a couple would not attend because they’re Catholic and wish to live in a religious fashion under Catholic dogma as that’s impossible as a matter of Catholic Doctrine for said gay couple; their entire purpose in attending said school would be to destroy the institution by attacking its tax exemption.  Yet despite that obvious and blatant act of bad faith the government will stand with them and come after the institution, effectively allowing them to use the government’s monopoly on the use of force to assist them in an intentional act of destruction taken with malice aforethought rather than inclusiveness.

I don’t believe the Justices will allow that to happen.

But if they do then we the people of America must not allow the Justices and their demonstrated willingness to allow these malevolent, intentional acts of vandalism and worse to stand as valid.

For their part Christian ministers and others of conviction have already thrown down that gauntlet by stating that they will not comply.

The interaction between those two, should it come to it, ought to be well worth observing — from well beyond minimum safe distance.

 

Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America’s Problem – Breitbart

Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor Room-To-Destroy.You can call the arson and looting and violence we are seeing on our television screens, rioting. That’s one way to describe the chaos. Another way to describe it is Democrat infighting. This is blue-on-blue violence. The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.Where I currently reside here in Watauga County, North Carolina, the poverty level is 31.3%. Median income is only $34,293. In both of those areas we are much worse off than Baltimore, that has a poverty rate of only 23.8% and a median income of $41,385.Despite all that, we don’t riot here in Watauga County. Thankfully, we have not been poisoned by the same left-wing culture that is rotting Baltimore, and so many other cities like it, from the inside out. We get along remarkably well. We are neighbors. We are people who help out one another. We take pride in our community, and are grateful for what we do have. We are far from perfect, but we work out our many differences in civilized ways. Solutions are our goal, not cronyism, narcissistic victimhood, and the blaming of others.One attitude we don’t have here is the soul-killing belief that somebody owes us something, which, of course, is a recipe for discontent. Because if you’re not getting what’s owed to you, how can you be anything but angry?Democrats and their never-ending grievance campaigns; their never-ending propaganda that government largess is the answer; their never-ending caves to corrupt unions; their never-ending warehousing of innocent children in failed public schools — that’s a Democrat problem, not America’s problem.I might believe Baltimore was an American problem if the city was interested in new ideas and a new direction under new leaders. But we all know that will never happen. After Democrat policies result in despair and anarchy, Democrats always demand more of the same, only bigger.And the media goes right along.And things only get worse.

Source: Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America’s Problem – Breitbart

The irony of Californias water crisis

Now get this..California cities are now going to build massive desalination plants for watering their desert abodes.  The power for these?  “Carbon Pollution” emitting Natural gas electricity plants.  Anyone unable to see the duplicity here?

 

The irony is inescapable: In reaction to the historic drought that has transformed the California dream into California dust, the state is now embarking on the construction of a wave of desalination plants that will turn ocean water into fresh water. Tragically, these power-hungry desalination plants will be running primarily on fossil fuel-generated electricity, meaning that California residents will have to commit global warming crimes (i.e. producing carbon dioxide) every time they flush their toilets or take a shower.Fresh water, in other words, is about to have a “fossil fuel consumption equivalent” across the state. Every gallon of water consumed will have a calculable CO2 emission profile and mercury pollution factor, meaning that a person will not be able to live in California without being a global warming sinner.California, of course, is the state that prides itself on being progressive and environmentally conscious. Yes its non-sustainable lifestyle consumed the region’s limited fossil water supplies to the point of near-collapse. Now, it must become America’s worst carbon dioxide producer just to provide basic water supplies to its people. And where will all the natural gas and coal come from that powers these desalination plants? The very same energy-producing states that Californians typically condemn for producing fossil fuels.

via Energy-hungry desalination plants will turn all California residents into global warming sinners and destroyers of life – NaturalNews.com.

It is not about bigotry but it IS about discrimination(RFRA).

It’s not the Christians actively acting discriminatory against gays(who’s lifestyle is by definition a choice) but the other way around.  Also Christianity is also a lifestyle(a choice of how to live as well).

 

Yeah, you see, it’s actually the Christians that are the bigots….. or wait, maybe it’s not?

No one targeted pro-gay bakeries, but gay activists target Christian bakeries. “Support Gay Marriage” is one Christian bakery was sued for refusing to put that slogan on a cake for an event to support the gay agenda. Yet Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are getting sued left, right, and center. They get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses.

….

So Shoebat.com decided to call some 13 prominent pro-gay bakers in a row. Each one denied us the right to have “Gay Marriage Is Wrong” on a cake and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said all sorts of profanities against Christians and ended the conversation by saying that she will make me a cookie with a large phallus on it.

And how many of those bakeries have been sued, threatened, or prosecuted by State Authorities?  Zero.

Even better — the alleged “pizzeria” that refused to cater a gay wedding….. never did refuse.

They were asked, hypothetically — and in fact said they didn’t care who came in to eat at their restaurant (gay, straight, blue, green, Martian or whatever); it was actively supporting an act their religious beliefs forbid they were opposed to and did not wish to support.

Note that the openly gay bakeries above, numbering 13 in a row that were polled, have not been (1) trashed on social media, (2) threatened with being burned the ground, (3) sued, (4) prosecuted by state authorities or in any other way had the same sanctions they demand be imposed on Christian bakeries — and pizzerias — imposed upon them!

ABC-57 reporter Alyssa Marino’s editor sends her on a half-hour drive southwest of their South Bend studio, to the small town of Walkerton (Pop. ~2,300). According to Alyssa’s own account on Twitter, she “just walked into their shop [Memories Pizza] and asked how they feel” about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Owner Crystal O’Connor says she’s in favor of it, noting that while anyone can eat in her family restaurant, if the business were asked to cater a gay wedding, they would not do it. It conflicts with their biblical beliefs. Alyssa’s tweet mentions that the O’Connors have “never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding.”

So what did that business get for such a response?  They were inundated by knowingly false reviews on Yelp (that’s libel folks) by people who have never been there and in fact a female coach at a high school not too far away tweeted what looks like a threat to commit arson:

Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?

Betcha she wasn’t charged.

So let me see if I get this right.

You can pray at any church you want, as long as it’s not Christian.

You can have any religious beliefs you want, as long as they’re not Christian.

You can live to any religious code you’d like, as long as it’s not Christian.

We are in fact passing laws and enforcing them that act to punish people based on their religious beliefs and the fact that they live their lives to those beliefs, so long as that belief system is Christian.

This comports with the First Amendment and does not in fact exhibit a violation of The Constitution, Federal anti-discrimination law, never mind various laws enjoining threats to violent felonies (arson, for one)….. exactly how?

Does someone mind explaining how this concerted set of activities does not reach both State and Federal Racketeering and extortion statutes and why we who are not part of this pressure group should not boycott all states and corporations that back this sort of crap — starting right now and continuing forevermore until these bigots are prosecuted under the very law they are screaming about and got changed to their liking!

via But It’s All About DISCRIMINATION You See (RFRA) in [Market-Ticker].

Why RFRA is NOT discriminatory

I have been called bigoted because of my support for this.  They have one fundamental flaw.  it would be bigoted of me to discriminate black folks.  They cannot change the fact they are black.  As far as the LGBT(add whatever letters they want after this) goes if you listen to them talk and watch what they write this is referred to as a lifestyle…this means by it’s own definition it is a choice to live this way.  If i do not want to service somebody due to my religious beliefs(this right is protected by the First Amendment) I can.  I can actually relate to what Karl Denninger says below because when i first start my business i had somebody ask me to design a website for them worshiping vampires and satan.  i declined.  Today that would probably get me brought up on charges which i would fight based on my 1st amendment rights.  Folks not wanting to server cakes and stuff for homosexuals or ny other reason shouldn’t have to either.

As Karl Denninger also explains:

With Arkansas passing a RFRA bill (which the governor has now said needs “clarifications”) essentially identical to the Federal and Indiana laws I’m going to challenge you to think and then act against those who are arguing that this is a matter of “anti-discrimination” — that is, these bills intend to enable acts that should be prohibited.

I fully understand and in the general sense agree with the view that discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation and similar is wrong.

However, all rights are in fact negative things — that is, they do not include the ability to impose on other people but rather to prevent being imposed upon.

You have the right to freedom of speech, including utterly disgusting speech, but you do not have the right to force someone to listen to your speech.  If I turn my back and walk away, you cannot force me to listen.  I do not have to buy your megaphone for you, pay your printing bill, or pay for your internet service to broadcast your message.  In addition if your speech imminently and concretely causes harm (e.g. yelling “fire” in a crowded theater when there is no fire, and as a result harm occurs) you can and should be held accountable for the harm.

Rights are not things laws grant; they exist by virtue of your humanity.  Laws (and governments generally) can only respect or disrespect rights; they cannot create them as government never had that power in the first place and you cannot grant that which you do not possess.

So let’s look at the RFRA laws and why they’re necessary — and proper.

The Federal RFRA was passed in response to employer, State and Federal government action taken against native american tribe members who use peyote in their religious ceremonies.  Despite the fact that they used said substance as an inherently ceremonial act both private employers and governments tried to ban them from the workplace and, in some cases, threatened to imprison them for exercising their religion.

Note carefully that a large part of the problem was private employers effectively enjoining someone from exercising their freedom of religion while not at work.  Because drug tests detect not the psychoactive ingredient itself but rather metabolic byproducts these tests acted as a means of barring participation in a religious ceremony that had no bearing on work performance or safety.

The RFRA did not “grant” any new rights; those rights already existed but were being ignored.  It merely reinforced the First Amendment and should have never had to be passed.  It was necessary, however, due to what was being imposed on these people, and it put a stop to those practices — despite the screaming from the loony right (at the time) about their “drug abuse.”

What the RFRA said was this:

  • A government policy that infringes on religious freedom must be to address a compelling interest.  That is, there must be a genuine compelling public policy matter under consideration that does real harm to real people if infringement of religious freedom is to be result

    AND

  • The remedy via the law that addresses the compelling interest must be through the least-restrictive means available.

This standard is known as “strict scrutiny” in legislative jargon and it is inherently the only proper standard where any right is involved.

Over the intervening years states have passed laws that severely infringe on religious freedom in a number of ways.  As part of and following the Civil Rights Act various laws were passed that, among other things, rendered discrimination in public accommodation unlawful.  These laws certainly survive a strict scrutiny test as (1) being able to obtain a room to sleep in or something to eat when you’re on the road irrespective of your race, color, creed or similar is a rational public policy matter (and the lack thereof is likely to do real harm to real people) and (2) the only rational remedy is the prohibition of that conduct.

But let us take a look at this sort of law and apply it to, for example, a sculptor.  Let’s posit for a moment that this sculptor is a deeply-convicted Christian who believes that he is not to make any sort of graven image and if he does, he will go to Hell when he dies.

Now let’s further posit that you come to him as an adherent of the Church of Satan and wish to commission him to create for you a statute of Baal.

These laws those lunatics on the left champion would force him to create said work of art despite the fact that he fundamentally believes doing so would cause him to be irretrievably damned to Hell — or go to prison now.

This sort of crap is why the RFRA was necessary and why these state laws are necessary.

The chef sets his menu and ingredients at his restaurant.  You have no right to demand that he not use, for example, bacon fat as his cooking oil.  Yet if you’re Muslim or Jewish such an ingredient in your food is utterly barred from you as a matter of religious law — period.  While the restaurant does provide a public accommodation (that is, test #1 passes) strict scrutiny does not permit you to demand that he change the oil the chef uses for his cooking.  He is required to serve anyone who is willing to pay the asking price for his dish, but you can’t dictate the ingredients.

Next up is the rooming house.  Let’s presume you have a religious requirement that your bed face East.  The hotel is built in such a fashion that the beds all face North.  You cannotdemand that the hotelier allow you to move the bed.  He must allow you to rent the room but he is not required to allow you to dictate to him how it is configured.

The RFRA is necessary because both of these instances are entirely within what the loony left screamers contemplate trying to force upon proprietors!

Note, however, that while the hotelier and chef have artistry as a component of their offering it is not individually tailored to the customer.  That is, the individual delivery of the good or service is of a utilitarian character; the artistry is in the design and not the individual rendering for each buyer.

Now let’s look at the cake baker, florist and photographer as points on a line where artistry becomes the essence of the transaction — with each being further along it.

This is a radically different situation.  Each cake is different; the ingredients that go into a cake may be close to the same but the assembly and decorating of each cake is individualized for each customer.

Each floral arrangement is different.  Each customer’s order is quite different from the last; while all are flowers the specific types and how they’re arranged is going to differ from one customer to the next.

For the photographer the very essence of their work is artistry; each individual shot is different!  From selection of the camera and lens to the ISO, F/stop, shutter speed, composition and lighting each is individually selected for each press of the shutter button.  And then, in the modern world, there’s even more artistry after the fact as the post-processing (by computer) is often as involved (if not more so!) than the capture of the image itself.

These sellers of services and goods approach, more-or-less in order, that of the sculptor.  Further, there is no public accommodation argument available for any of them: You can buy a cake and as many flowers as you’d like at WalMart and they don’t give a good damn why you want either.  Anyone can wield a camera and press a shutter button and at most weddings dozens do exactly that (even if they’re cellphone cameras.)

The value of the ingredients in said cake is a few dollars; the price is hundreds or thousands, and virtually all of it reflects artistic value, not utility.  The same is true, but even more so, of the florist and photographer.

RFRA laws reinforce the right of those people to exercise their religious freedom by refusing to participate in acts that violate their religious convictions.  When you demand that such an artist work for you even though it offends their religious beliefs you are in effect commanding a sculptor who is a deeply-convicted Christian to make you that statute of Baal so you can practice your religion, in this case Satanism!

What RFRA underlines and reinforces is that in order for you to make such a demand and enforce it you must show that the there is a compelling state interest in forcing the production of that statute (or those pictures) by that individual (in other words you are substantially prevented from obtaining that good or service as a whole) and further, that forcing that singular provider to do so is the least intrusive means of you getting a statute or those images, flowers or cake.

The problem is that neither test succeeds — you not only have no compelling state interest (you have a selection of many places to get flowers, cakes and pictures and none of those are in any way necessary) but in addition since you can buy a camera for a small amount of money and anyone can take pictures there is no argument to be made that demanding said photographer take them is the least-intrusive remedy for what you are complaining about.

The Federal RFRA law was signed by Bill Clinton and passed by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate.  The State versions have become necessary because of the lunatic lefty screamfest that has in fact caused small business people to be attacked for refusing to practice their art in a way that directly violates their religious beliefs.

To those on the lunatic left who want to threaten economic boycotts, please be aware that this sword has two edges and I think it’s time for the rest of us to figure out who you are, identify you, and boycott you in return.  

And indeed I’m going to start, by myself, as a boycott of one aimed directly at all of you who infest places such as Seattle and Californicated.  I urge the rest of you to join me.

I bet there are more of us than there are of you.

That nationwide measels outbreak? Try half of them are the illegals Obama is using to fix the 2016 election.

In other words of the people who got sick roughly half were illegal invaders.

In point of fact only one quarter were intentionally-unvaccinated kids who were here in America legally, either as citizens or otherwise.

43%, or nearly double the number, were “unknown or undocumented” as to their vaccinated status, which means they weren’t here in the country legally.

If you were a visitor (e.g. tourist) that came into the country and got sick, you’d be asked and would be able to explain.

Who is “unknown or undocumented” as to their vaccination status?  That’s simple: Illegal invaders.

Cut the **** people — it is not a bunch of “anti-vaxxers” that caused the majority of this outbreak.  12 of the unvaccinated people were too young; that risk pool always exists.

In addition despite the claim that the measles vaccine is 97% effective if you have either 2 or 3 doses the actual field failure rate appears to be rather high. In other words are they’re lying about the effectiveness of the vaccine too?  And these are clinical failures — the number of people that get a sub-clinical case (and thus never go to the doctor or get diagnosed) is probably much higher.

As of this point the CDC says they do not know who patient zero is.  Uh huh.

Or maybe they do, but it’s someone with an “undocumented” history in more ways than one.

Anyone want to take bets on whether the mainstream media honestly reports any of this?

Vaccines and “politicized science” eh?  How about the truth as regards to the infection vectors and the illegal invaders that are both contracting and spreading it?

 

And Now, The Truth (Measles Outbreak) in [Market-Ticker].

The 2016 Election rigging is in Full Swaing

‘Nough said.

 

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

via Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to register, vote in elections – Washington Times.

Fact check: Texas has both the legal and moral right to secede from a corrupt union – NaturalNews.com

Will Texas grow the required set to actually do this?  I truly hope so.  The instant this gains traction i’m heading to Texas..:)

 

From the Texas Constitution, article 1, section 1:”Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States…”As TexasSecede.com points out: Note that it does not state “…subject to the President of the United States…” or “…subject to the Congress of the United States…” or “…subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States…”This means Texas has loyalty only to the Constitution, and when the federal government abandons the Constitution, Texas has no obligation, moral or legal, to recognize any government that has betrayed the law of the land the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Also from the Texas Constitution:All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.From the Texas Declaration of Independence:When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived…[it is] the inherent and inalienable right of the people to… abolish such government, and create another in its stead…From the U.S. Declaration of Independence:….governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed……whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government……when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

via Fact check: Texas has both the legal and moral right to secede from a corrupt union – NaturalNews.com.

The new spending bill has some nasty surprises inside of it.

It doesn’t end there either; among other provisions are a rollback in trucking safety regulations that will permit drivers to work 82 hours a week and exempts agricultural refuse from clean-water standards.  Yep, you read that right; Congress is voting to both allow big corporate farms to poison the water and big trucking companies to run you over with drivers that are asleep at the wheel.

Pelosuckonitpeon, for her part, has refused to urge her caucus to vote against the bill en-masse.  

Were she to do so she could kill the bill quite effectively.

But she won’t.  Instead, she will line up with Boehner and take her turn at abusing you under the rubric of “keeping the government open.”  And Obama, for his part, has said he’ll sign it — so he’ll line up with Congress in both poisoning you and then running you over.

This is what you sit for America.  

via Market-Ticker – The Market Ticker.

The Seattle Minimum Wage Hike Has Immediate Consequences. Job Losses Begin.

According to the National Review Hotline, Kathrina Tugadi owner of Seattle’s El Norte Lounge, no longer hires musicians for her restaurant, she said she can’t justify expenses that don’t directly “add to the bottom line.” And, she says, hours will have to be cut: El Norte Lounge plans to stop serving lunch and only serve dinner.“I am concerned about my business and others in the community, but it isn’t just about any one business. It’s about how the entire economic community,” she said. El Norte may be unable to remain open once the ordinance is fully in effect, she said. Even Pagliacci Pizza, a Seattle-area pizza chain, is moving its call center and some of its production facilities outside the city. That’s a lot of job loss, a lot of new people with a new wage of ZERO.Socialist Council-member Kshama Sawant was the main proponent of the $15 ordinance. She and her supporters denied that the policy change would hurt businesses in the city. In one interview, Sawant said there need be “no unintended consequences.”

via SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE CRASH: $15 to ZERO! Profits Tumble!.

There Is No Longer A Rule Of Law in [Market-Ticker]

We will see right now if this newly elected Congress really cares about our Constitution.  If they don’t we will see if AMERICANS really care about the Constitution.

If Congress doesn’t impeach Obama then we will know they don’t care about our laws.  If the american citizenry doesn’t rise up and demand an impeachment then we know most Americans don’t either.

Want to know what I think is going to happen?  Nothing.  For our country’s sake I hope i am wrong….but I doubt I am.

 

This clown needs impeachment — now.

This is not an option for the House.  Any President who willfully and wantonly refuses to faithfully execute the laws of this nation must be impeached and removed from office.  It is a duty of the Congress, not an option that Congress has.

Tonight you heard Obama appeal over a young girl who “came here” and is a great student.  He quoted scripture (not that I believe he has ever actually read it.)  We all know Presidents don’t write their own speeches in the modern day, at least we do if we have a brain in our heads.

To declare that the law will not be enforced on a blanket basis for huge groups of people because the President disagrees with the Congress — which has the absolute right to set immigration policy — is a complete stick in the eye to any premise of The Rule of Law that you might believe remains.

via There Is No Longer A Rule Of Law in [Market-Ticker].

Obama To Americans: You Don’t Deserve To Be Free – Forbes

I’m no longer surprised to see this kind of alarming column.  So many Americans keep voting their right s away, yet the polls show they are unsatisfied with the results.  Once the American public stop sucking the teat of statist media and breaks free of the statist education system we might be able to turn things around…if it isn’t already too late.

 

President Obama’s Kansas speech is a remarkable document. In calling for more government controls, more taxation, more collectivism, he has two paragraphs that give the show away. Take a look at them.

there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes–especially for the wealthy–our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.

Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.

Though not in Washington, I’m in that “certain crowd” that has been saying for decades that the market will take care of everything. It’s not really a crowd, it’s a tiny group of radicals–radicals for capitalism, in Ayn Rand’s well-turned phrase.

The only thing that the market doesn’t take care of is anti-market acts: acts that initiate physical force. That’s why we need government: to wield retaliatory force to defend individual rights.

Radicals for capitalism would, as the Declaration of Independence says, use government only “to secure these rights”–the rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. (Yes, I added “property” in there–property rights are inseparable from the other three.)

That’s the political philosophy on which Obama is trying to hang the blame for the recent financial crisis and every other social ill. But ask yourself, are we few radical capitalists in charge? Have radical capitalists been in charge at any time in the last, oh, say 100 years?

I pick 100 years deliberately, because it was exactly 100 years ago that a gigantic anti-capitalist measure was put into effect: the Federal Reserve System. For 100 years, government, not the free market, has controlled money and banking. How’s that worked out? How’s the value of the dollar held up since 1913? Is it worth one-fiftieth of its value then or only one-one-hundredth? You be the judge. How did the dollar hold up over the 100 years before this government take-over of money and banking? It actually gained slightly in value.

via Obama To Americans: You Don’t Deserve To Be Free – Forbes.

Just A Quick Note… in [Market-Ticker]

There’s a particular irony to be found when a “scientific expedition” full of people who are globull-warming true believers take a trip to Anarctica, in a ship, during what is supposed to be summer for that part of the world (remember, folks, the southern hemisphere has its summer in what are our winter months) and gets stuck in rapidly-expanding ice.

It would be even more-hilarious if their ship ultimately is crushed by said non-existent ice (according to their religious beliefs), taking their lives with it and perfectly-preserving their last act of hubris and true belief in a sarcophagus of their own design.

via Just A Quick Note… in [Market-Ticker].

THIS is how to teach our children

My mom moved me out of the public school rat race and put me into a montessori school for a time.  Until she couldn’t afford it any longer.  I thrived in this loose type of learning environment.  We were allowed to learn much like this mexican teacher teaches.  Actually this man isn’t a teacher.he is truly an educator.  We need educators in our schools not teachers.  Until the federal government is told by the electorate to get our of our schools AND we also demand the same of our state and local officials we are going to continue in this “education” morass of Nazi style schooling.  This is one of the reasons homeschoolers do so much better than public school kids most of the time.

 

Bobs Blog: How can our education system produce students who learn, grow, thrive, innovate, and problem solve?.

I Miss My Cats

I miss my cats

I miss my cats
one orange and one kinda black
I miss them greeting me in the morning
I miss them looking at me saying good night
Mandaryn was the flake
and had to sneak up on her water
Majyk was the “old lady”
not to be fooled by such things
Mandaryn succumbed to failing health
Majyk to a broken heart.

I will pull though this
and keep their memories alive.
My heart is broken too…i jsut wanted them to know
Tears run down my face
as i sit here blowing my nose
I greive for both of them
both still freshly gone
my family’s hearts are all broken
we will soldier on
We miss both of these cats
more than pets were they
Integral parts of our household
have now both passed away.

Heather, Alessa, Chloe, and I
are all sad today
We all miss these cats
that have quickly passed away
We miss our cats dearly
but we know something today
our family was made better
by their presence before they passed away

We say goodbye to them now
with sorry on our faces
But we all know one thing
They are both in better places
We intend on monuments
on our property one day
To properly honor our friends
from now and every day

Thank you.

Bostom Marathon Bombing Post Mortem.. Getting the Facts Straight

I’ll let Karl run with this one.  Read the entire article folks.

Such as the fact that despite every news anchor and many of the people in Boston pumping their fists and screaming “USA!” along with lauding law enforcement, the fact is that law enforcement could not find its ass with both hands.

It doesn’t stop there.  Oh no, by effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment.  There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant.  Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.  

The Constitutional Rights of an entire town, some 30,000 residents, were wantonly and outrageously violated yesterday, yet not one media outlet is focusing there.

Nor are they focusing on the fact that after a full day of undeclared and illegal martial law, complete with “papers please”, unconstitutional searches and seizures and military hardware and weapons all over the streets (heh Barack, what was that crap about “weapons of war”?) the cops FAILED to find the jackass.

Instead, within a half-hour of the “can’t find our ass with both hands” cops giving up on locking down the town an ordinary citizen finds the bad guy in his boat.

In 30 minutes “We the people” do what thousands of cops spending millions of dollars and violating the rights of every citizen in the town could not and the people did it without all that fancy military hardware too.

So what do the cops do?  They shoot at and destroy the boat, of course, in “convincing” the bad guy to come out.  Boats you see, must not have extra holes in them or they don’t float very well.  The cops added many extra holes and a few flash-bangs to the mix too, despite knowing that the vessel had a full tank of fuel on board and might catch on fire or explode.  It didn’t, fortunately, but that’s small consolation to the owner who is almost-certain to see both the city refuse to pay for the damage and his insurance company refuse to cover it too (look in your policy; in general such “acts of war, declare or undeclared” are considered non-covered perils.)  Never mind that the guy actually doing the warlike things (the terrorist) didn’t cause the damage — the cops did.

Was there anything the cops did right?  Well, yeah, I suppose.  Their fancy FLIR gear on the chopper, once pointed out where to look by the homeowner, did detect the heat of the jackass in the boat.  Ok.  Wow man, technology.  I’m supposed to be impressed by this after the specific location of the bad guy was pointed out by the homeowner who saw him in the boat and called the police?  

FAIL.  

Massive, outrageous, millions of dollars in overtime and worthless hardware FAIL, to go along with a citizenry that cowered in abject fear of a couple of jackasses. 

Not only did the terrorists win they learned that we’re cowards.  We will hide in the closet shaking like a leaf in a hurricane and let them get away for hours or even days instead of going about our business, observing what’s different, reporting what doesn’t make sense and arming ourselves so we can defend ourselves if, in the gravest extreme, they decide to do so something outrageous.

Massachusetts has some of the “toughest” gun laws in the nation.  They are an abject failure as well.  In 1998 they were passed and signed by a Republican.  The state went from 1.5 million active gun licenses to under 200,000.  Not only did murders double from 1998 to 2011 and robberies increase by more than 20% but the state was just targeted by two murderous jackasses who blew up a number of innocent people.  The national murder and violent crime rate, on the other hand, has been falling since the early 1990s.  Gee, you don’t think the lack of people’s ability to defend themselves might have had something to do with all that, do you?  Don’t expect the media to call Massachusetts or its former governors on this fact and its contribution to the blown-off legs of the victims at the Marathon.  Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s not forget that the number of people these jackasses murdered (about a half-dozen, all-in) are eclipsed by the roughly 10x as many residents murdered annually since Massachusetts further trampled on the 2nd Amendment’s recognition of fundamental human rights.  Exactly how many excuses would the government of Massachusetts like to try to make for all those dead people that directly resulted from their incessant and outrageous trampling of those Constitutionally-guaranteed rights?  Let me guess — we’re going to hear crickets on that account.

I’m glad the remaining bastard suspect (remember, he’s a suspect until proven guilty in a court of law) has been caught and will face trial.  I’m of mixed view whether or not he should be considered an ordinary criminal or an enemy combatant.  We don’t know enough to make that call here and now in the general public.  What we do know is that the FBI knew damn well that the older brother was a problem and had been watching him and worse, they lied about it when asked by the media, denying they had contact with him until the family went public with the facts.

via Thoughts The Next Morning in [Market-Ticker].

What Is the Threshold for Martial Law? | The Beacon

I cannot help but wonder what the standard is that triggers the martial-law response we’re seeing in New England. If these bombers had murdered three but not caused as many injuries—if the sheer terror of their crime had not reached this magnitude—would Boston look like a totalitarian state right now? What if the police needed to find a serial killer? Or what if a city was home to lots of violent crime in general?

If the suspect escapes into another city tomorrow, can the police lock down one city after another until they find him? And how long will this go on? They might catch him and it might all end and Boston could be back to normal, if we can call it that, by the end of the weekend. What if he isn’t caught for a while? What if a future suspect implicated in a gruesome and dramatic criminal act next year manages to escape justice for months? Can the police now just shut down cities, transportation, and—as they did on Monday—cell service for as long as they deem necessary? Should normal denizens really have no say of their own on whether they will risk the violent threats that might await them outside? If they have no right to walk about freely today without expecting, at a minimum, serious harassment from authorities, can the same be true on any other day?

People tolerate extreme police powers when they seem temporary. The martial law after Katrina gave way to more civilized policing, such as it is in New Orleans. But what if the emergency persists? What if the U.S. becomes home to a crime plausibly labeled terrorism every couple months—can we expect a state of constant siege? Even then, the threat to any given American would be very statistically low. Yet the gruesomeness and horror could legitimize all sorts of overreaction.

Not long ago, American law enforcement embraced the pretense that it sought to arrest suspects and bring them to trial. The advertised standard seems to have shifted. In February, the LAPD appeared to target ex-cop Chris Dorner, who allegedly murdered police and families of police, for summary liquidation. They drove around shooting at trucks they thought might contain the suspect. They surrounded him in a cabin, deployed CS gas, and the building went up in flames. Almost no one make a big deal of the fact of what had happened—everyone just assumed he was guilty and that there was no reasonable way to apprehend him alive. Or people didn’t care.

The same is true of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the nineteen-year-old suspect who managed to escape an army of law enforcement. Everyone assumes he’s guilty, and I would surely bet that he is, but that is not supposed to be America’s standard of legal justice. We also have every reason to want him alive, to know about his motives, to learn as much as we can to guard against future threats. Yet the standards of guilt have seemed to decline in recent memory, along with the standards for the state abolishing civil liberty. And in this case, even if he’s certainly guilty, the standards for how the state tries to bring someone into custody seem to have eroded as well.

We see the danger inherent in state power. The police are conducting the most pedestrian, universally assumed valid function of government. They are going after a murderer who appears to be armed and dangerous and a continuing threat. And in this pursuit, they have turned several cities into what look like police states by any reasonable measure. This demonstrates that the core nature of the state, its monopoly on crime control, always holds the potential for a full-blown security state and a total abolition of public liberty. What matters most is a culture wary of state power in any and all manifestations.

Yes, the lockdown will eventually ratchet back, but I fear this is only a hint of what is to come. On the one hand, we can say the suspect allegedly committed a particularly insidious crime and poses an especially frightening threat, and so the police reaction is either no cause for alarm, or at least something that will pass. On the other hand, all it took was a couple people with a couple bombs made from pressure cookers, and they managed to provoke the kind of full-scale lockdown you’d expect in response to a genuine invasion by a fully armed and manned military force. Monday showed us how fragile life and social tranquility are. Today shows us how fragile liberty is.

There is nothing we can do to fully overcome the vulnerability of life, unfortunately. There is something we can do, however, to shield against the vulnerability of liberty. We can start by at least asking questions about whether what is happening in Boston is the best response even to the bloody terror of this week.

via What Is the Threshold for Martial Law? | The Beacon.

Obama’s And Boston’s Lesson: Jihad Works in [Market-Ticker]

The stupid, it burns.

The wrong answer to terrorism is what we’re doing right now.

What our government is teaching prospective terrorists is that all they have to do is manage to get two jackasses who are willing to die to commit mass-murder, even if they kind of suck at it (let’s face it, when they blew up those bombs in Boston they did commit their intended deed but an hour earlier and 10x as many people would be dead or missing legs.)

Then they pop a cop trying to rip off a convenience store and toss (non-working; they didn’t explode) bombs out the window while trying to elude the cops.

The payoff for doing this is that an entire city shuts down to literal empty sidewalks and train service is halted along a hundred-mile+ stretch.

Even worse now the authorities are allegedly preventing residents who were away from their homes from returning there!  You are now being forcibly dispossessed of your residence!  Yeah, it’s temporary, but so what — that’s my damned house, not yours!  Get the hell out of my way!

Need I remind people that the entire point of terrorism is to terrorize?  To create economic havoc in a given area through violence, and by doing so advance some social or political goal?

What sort of lesson is the jackass in the Oval Office along with those crap-for-brains idiots in Massachusetts sending to our enemies around the world?

Two *******s shut down a city of 7 million people who then cower in fear in their homes.

Screw that and screw them.

What should be the response is that every American who lives in that area should go about their business while openly carrying a pistol, rifle or both.

Go ahead — try that terrorist crap with the proper response to such an event and see how long you live.  That would instantly be the end of those terrorists and the economic disruption would be zero.  It would also send a strong message — pull that crap and we the people will do our duty as citizens to the common defense.

Instead we have a state and city that claims that doing so is “illegal” and gives the terrorists exactly what they want.

Those terrorists are responsible for murder but they’re not responsible for the economic disruption.

You are responsible by putting up with this crap and the government is directly and proximately responsible by demanding that you cower in fear. Two jackasses who kill or injure fewer people than get hurt in car accidents in a given 24 hour period have now conspired with an idiot government to shut down an entire city of 7 million people!

How far we’ve fallen as a nation.  We can’t find our balls with both hands these days.  We want the nanny cops and government to “protect us.”  How well did it work at the Marathon?  To make it worse Massachusetts is one of those “great states” where you can’t legally carry or possess a weapon without a license even though the 2nd Amendment says you have the unalienable right to do so.

I remind everyone that the 2nd Amendment exists for exactly this sort of reason and circumstance.  Go read it again if you’re challenged in your memory of its words.

These terrorists deserve to assume room temperature as soon as they point a weapon or arm a bomb with the intent to harm anyone else.  The more people willing and able to do that the better, and the best way to respond to this sort of crap is to deny them the economic damage they seek to inflict.

Stop being stupid America; you shame our forefathers and those who stood tall when threatened in this nation’s past, instead cowering in the corner and giving two murderous, cowardly jackasses exactly what they want.

What we should be doing is slinging weapons and going about our business, willing and able to discharge our duty as citizens toward both common and personal defense.

via Obama’s And Boston’s Lesson: Jihad Works in [Market-Ticker].

Terrorism By Our Gov’t..The Terrorists are Winning Aided By Our Gov’t.

REad the rest of this post linked at the bottom.  Karl has this exactly right.

 

The wrong answer to terrorism is what we’re doing right now.  

What our government is teaching prospective terrorists is that all they have to do is manage to get two jackasses who are willing to die to commit mass-murder, even if they kind of suck at it (let’s face it, when they blew up those bombs in Boston they did commit their intended deed but an hour earlier and 10x as many people would be dead or missing legs.) 

Then they pop a cop trying to rip off a convenience store and toss (non-working; they didn’t explode) bombs out the window while trying to elude the cops.

The payoff for doing this is that an entire city shuts down to literal empty sidewalks and train service is halted along a hundred-mile+ stretch.

Even worse now the authorities are allegedly preventing residents who were away from their homes from returning there!  You are now being forcibly dispossessed of your residence!  Yeah, it’s temporary, but so what — that’s my damned house, not yours!  Get the hell out of my way!

Need I remind people that the entire point of terrorism is to terrorize?  To create economic havoc in a given area through violence, and by doing so advance some social or political goal?

What sort of lesson is the jackass in the Oval Office along with those crap-for-brains idiots in Massachusetts sending to our enemies around the world?  

Two *******s shut down a city of 7 million people who then cower in fear in their homes.

Screw that and screw them.

What should be the response is that every American who lives in that area should go about their business while openly carrying a pistol, rifle or both.

Go ahead — try that terrorist crap with the proper response to such an event and see how long you live.  That would instantly be the end of those terrorists and the economic disruption would be zero.  It would also send a strong message — pull that crap and we the people will do our duty as citizens to the common defense.

Instead we have a state and city that claims that doing so is “illegal” and gives the terrorists exactly what they want.

Those terrorists are responsible for murder but they’re not responsible for the economic disruption.

You are responsible by putting up with this crap and the government is directly and proximately responsible by demanding that you cower in fear. Two jackasses who kill or injure fewer people than get hurt in car accidents in a given 24 hour period have now conspired with an idiot government to shut down an entire city of 7 million people!

How far we’ve fallen as a nation.  We can’t find our balls with both hands these days.  We want the nanny cops and government to “protect us.”  How well did it work at the Marathon?  To make it worse Massachusetts is one of those “great states” where you can’t legally carry or possess a weapon without a license even though the 2nd Amendment says you have the unalienable right to do so.

I remind everyone that the 2nd Amendment exists for exactly this sort of reason and circumstance.  Go read it again if you’re challenged in your memory of its words.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

The Rule Of Three When It Comes To Church A/V Systems – Church Hub

What is the most common form of horrid sound?  It is called band in a box..that is where you drive the monitors so loud you can hear them over the main loudspeakers.  It is usually due to bad monitor placement and the inability of the folks on stage to realize you don’t need to have ear splitting levels.  The monitors are not supposed to be the substitute for listening to each other..if you have to run the monitors that loud your musicians, vocalists, and worship leaders need to be re-taught with practicing under proper sound field setups.  If that cannot be achieved..then you can use in-ear monitors.  Running the monitors so loud the hair on the stage personnel is blowing backwards makes the sound in the room totally confusing to the mind..especially when DSP Processing and things like reverb and chorus effects are also misapplied to things like instruments..:)  Combine the effect of the bands monitors bouncing off the back walls which induces an unnatural delay which is also then causing the MAINS to now be overrun by the monitors and you have a totally confused soundfield..the obviously delayed sound is louder than the unreflected mains which despite arriving first their foundational sound is lost in the shuffle.  When digital processing is then applied to the mains it worsens the effect.  The mains can now be also delayed INTO the now artificially reflected and overbearing monitors.  Now you have this psychedelic effect which creates a muddled mess of sound that is excruciatingly hard to figure out what is first what is second and what is the primary sound and what is delays and reverbs and even what is really sound and what isn’t.  Inside this soundfield the audience is having to do so much work just to concentrate the message is lost.  From the musical performance to the pastor at the pulpit I’ve seen the effects as folks have to struggle in this soundfield.  What’s worse is many times the stage personnel can’t understand why folks are tuning out..because all they hear is themselves..and it’s not even themselves..it’s the amplified(and maybe even digitally processed) themselves.  The monitors should be background boosting not the stage folks primary way of hearing their performance.  I could go on and on…if you wish for me to elaborate further ask questions otherwise I’m going to start going in circles if I continue..:)

 

The Rule Of Three When It Comes To Church A/V Systems – Church Hub.

Persecution in America..

Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America? Once upon a time such a notion would have been unthinkable, but these days things are changing dramatically. All over the United States, evangelical Christians are being called “extremists” and evangelical Christian organizations are being labeled as “hate groups”. In fact, as I will detail later on in this article, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently specifically identified evangelical Christians as “religious extremists”. This should be extremely chilling for all evangelical Christians out there, because as history has shown us over and over again, when you want to persecute a particular group of people the first step is always to demonize them. And that is exactly what is being done to evangelical Christians today. Just look at how evangelical Christians are being portrayed on television and in the movies. Just look at how much hate is being spewed at Christians on the Internet. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, both of which are considered to be among the most prominent “civil rights” organizations in the United States, are seemingly obsessed with attacking evangelical Christians. It has become trendy to bash Christians, and that is a very frightening thing. After they have finished demonizing evangelical Christians, what will the next step be?

via » All Over America Evangelical Christians Are Being Labeled As “Extremists” And “Hate Groups” Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

Something to Believe In

Above and beyond my faith in the Lord I’ve come up with something that defines my forward vision:

 

“I will succeed”

 

I have a little limerick in my head I’ll update it as i add to it

 

I Will Succeed

 

I will succeed

no matter who stands in my way

regardless of who wishes my failure

I don’t care about how others think of me

I will succeed.

 

I will have those that mock me

I will have those who deride me

I will have those who try to oppose me.

I will succeed

 

I have been questioned as to my motives.

I have been questioned as to my integrity

I have been questioned as to my sanity

With the Lord at my Side

I Will Succeed.

How True This is

Taken form a facebook post:

 

Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented immigrant’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist.’

From the Archives… Debunking Flu Shot Myths with Megan Pond – Episode 140 – Off The Grid News

The flu vaccine isn’t safe at all.  Just by the EPA standards for mercury the current crop of vaccines have more than what the EPA says is safe by quite a bit.  hit the link for the full details.  there is no mercury free vaccine.  Also read the inserts..most vaccines say they haven’t been tested for safety or efficacy(working).

 

From the Archives… Debunking Flu Shot Myths with Megan Pond – Episode 140 – Off The Grid News.

President Obama Introduces a Plan to Reduce Gun Violence – YouTube

As much as we can as quickly as we can.  Keep that in mind.  They are going to cram this as fast as they can because they know enough of the American public cherishes their right to bear arms.  They’ve allowed the rest of their rights to be eroded by re-electing these fools.  I’m not confident there are enough Americans left that the Amerikans aren’t going to be able to allow this to be herded through.  of course…it’s for the children…..

 

President Obama Introduces a Plan to Reduce Gun Violence – YouTube.

Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State – NewsRadio 1200 WOAI, San Antonio

A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.

 

“If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags Tuesday.  He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

 

Toth says he will file his measure after speaking with the state’s Republican Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who has already vowed to fight any federal measures which call for restrictions on weapons possession.

 

Toth concedes that he would welcome a legal fight over his proposals.

 

“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he said.

 

The Supremacy Clause is the portion of the Constitution which declares that federal laws and statutes are ‘the supreme law of the land.’

 

“It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama,” Toth said.

 

Texas is the second state to propose a measure to shield the state from the impact of any gun possession restrictions imposed by Congress or by Presidential order.  A similar measure was introduced in Wyoming last week.

via Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State – NewsRadio 1200 WOAI, San Antonio.

We Now Drive More Fuel Efficient Cars….Now PAY UP!

An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study.

But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government’s highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama’s push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump.

The GAO study is just the latest review of federal spending that paints a grim picture of the nation’s infrastructure. Just keeping spending at current levels, the GAO said, would require a near doubling of the gas tax to 32 cents a gallon, and that would jump to as high as 46 cents should the federal government add spending to fix crumbling infrastructure and build new roads.

The average driver pays about $96 a year in federal gas taxes, said GAO. Should the administration seek to raise the highway trust fund from $34 billion to the $78 billion needed to fix and maintain roads, that could rise to $248. Translated into a pay-per-mile plan, drivers would face a tax of 2.2 cents per mile compared to the 0.9 cents they pay now. Trucks would pay far more.

“We modeled the average mileage fee rates that would be needed for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to meet three illustrative Highway Trust Fund revenue targets ranging from about $34 billion to $78.4 billion per year. To meet these targets, a driver of a passenger vehicle with average fuel efficiency would pay from $108 to $248 per year in mileage fees compared to the $96 they currently pay annually in federal gasoline tax,” said GAO.

via New pay-per-mile scheme would boost taxes 250 percent | WashingtonExaminer.com.

To the Foolish Pro-Obama Voters

Disarming the public is step one.  Obama already doesn’t hold our Constitution to any regard…it’s about to come full circle.

 

“My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence,” said Obama. “Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it.”

via Obama: Some Gun Control Measures ‘I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action’ | The Weekly Standard.

 

Obama is Going to Attempt to Disarm Everyone

An executive order does NOT override the Constitution but this president thinks it can.  All of the fools that voted this dictator into office are in for one hell of a shock as Obama begins his takeover..and does it quickly.

 

“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”

Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”

Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

Biden, as he himself noted, helped write the Brady bill.

via Biden: Obama Considering ‘Executive Order’ to Deal With Guns | The Weekly Standard.

Life “Battle Scars” Courtesy of Lupe fiasco

Excerpts From Lupe fiasco’s Battle Scars:

Hope the wound heals but it never does

That’s cause you at war with loveYou at war with love, yeah

I saw this last night as i was heading to bed..jimmy fallon had Lupe on and i loved this song.  Sometimes as i think about my life the scars of past events in my life get to be a weighty thing to behold as the biggest scars are those caused by trusted folks are loved ones.  Those scars are often the ugliest, deepest  and most jagged.   I’ve been thinking about this song and my own scars…. it does bring back painful memories including one that’s fresh caused by someone i trusted.  However behind that painful scar is one that has finally been closed..as much as it’s going to be..:)  I’ve forgiven this person but trust me i won’t ever forget..:)

Then just leave thenYou shouldn’t have but you said itAnd I hope you never come backIt shouldn’t have happened but you let itNow you’re down on the ground screaming medicThe only thing that comes is the post-traumatic stresses

Lupe mentions the post-traumatic stresses…man don’t we all carry some?  Some of our own doing..some not..some there’s no way we could be the cause yet we get them anyway.  This song has also opened my eyes in other areas about despair.  What an insidious emotion this is.  I can remember a time when i felt that.  It’s the darkest, sneakiest emotion i can think of…others may disagree though on this point.

These battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going away

They ain’t ever gonna changeThese battle scars, don’t look like they’re fading

Don’t look like they’re ever going awayThey ain’t ever gonna change

What can you do in this regard?  I like songs that help…or sometimes force me to loo inwards.  the experience may not be pleasant but it is always informative and a learning experience.  i honestly think the Lord put this song into my lap because it’s draw is otherwise inexplicable..:)  I’m not looking to feel hurt..i’m not into self-infliction of discomfort or pain.  there’s so much we oftentimes don’t see due to our own self-imposed disbelief…the Lord has showed me something though very interesting.   Don’t stop trusting just because somebody trusted or is a member of a trusted group.  Be more cautious in your trust but don’t shut all trust down.  Easy to type and difficult to implement properly.  Nobody’s perfect….I’ll make mistakes.  The trick is to not be afraid to make them…. just make sure you have Jesus to guide you..and if you fall He’ll carry you..:)

 

Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars [Official Music Video] – YouTube.

When Seconds Count the Police Are Minutes Away…Many Minutes

Read the rest of the article linked below..it’s sobering.

 

According to the CNN timeline for the Sandy Hook tragedy, “Police and other first responders arrived on scene about 20 minutes after the first calls.” Twenty minutes. Five minutes is forever when violence is underway, but 20 minutes — a third of an hour — means that the “first responders” arent likely to do much more than clean up the mess.

via Column: Reflections on Newtown.

Obama’s Hypocrisy Problem On Guns in [Market-Ticker]

Unfortunately when we continue our examination that we find that there is evil in the world.  There are those who disrespect other people’s rights.  Some of them may want to kill you.  Everyone who undertakes to murder believes their reason for doing so is justified.  That they may be objectively insane doesn’t change their view of the world.  Their desire to see you die is in direct conflict with your right to live.

In that situation one of you will be victorious, and the other will not.

It is your decision, and only justly your decision, how you resolve this conflict.  You have the right to surrender your life if you so wish, but in doing so you are making a decision that only you, and nobody else, has the authority to make.

President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg demand that you cede this decision to an insane criminal.

They are attempting to demand that you not defend your right to life, although they will not themselves do what they demand of you and cede their decision to any person who is insane and would kill them.

They in fact spend millions of your taxpayer dollars to prevent the very victimization they demand you submit to from happening to them.

There is only one sane response to that demand, and it is for you to insist that these people perform an anatomically-impossible act.

Now let’s put this in the context of your children.

When a child is born it is defenseless, hungry and cold.  The newborn baby is dependent upon its parents for everything, other than oxygen from the air, that it needs to survive.  It is incapable of feeding itself, it is incapable of adjusting its environment and bodily covering to deal with environmental changes such as heat or cold, and it is incapable of disposing of the waste products from bodily processes in a manner that will not make itself and others ill.  That child, during the next 18 years, undergoes growth in both mind and body, to the point where (hopefully) he or she is capable of discharging those responsibilities alone.

But until that time comes, you are that child’s protector.  You are the one ensconced with the responsibility to protect that child’s life.

That child’s right to life is unalienable but as that child’s parent you are the one charged with defending that right.

How dare you refuse to discharge that responsibility!

Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, along with many others have, thus far successfully, demanded that you intentionally refuse to defend your child’s right to life as soon as that child enters a school — and they then attempt to compel you, by law, to have that child attend some form of school!

How dare you consent in place of that young person who is too young to do so!

They have the gall to tell you that your children must be unarmed targets while armed guards stand at the ready next to them on a literal 24 hour a day basis to prevent the same thing from happening to them, while forcing you to pay for their protection.

How dare you accept this premise while they smugly stand with their Secret Service and Police, armed to the teeth, not even willing to step inside a hotel without security first checking to make sure there has been no evil laid in!

Now I would like it very much if we could find a way to rid the world of evil.  Simply making all guns disappear, which is incidentally a factual impossibility, is unfortunately insufficient.  One of the worst mass-murders committed in the 20th century was undertaken by a man with less than a gallon of gasoline and two matches; he killed 80 people here in the United States and is currently in prison for life.  No gun law in the world could have changed that outcome, for he did not use a gun. Another nutjob blew up a federal building in Oklahoma; he used fertilizer, diesel fuel and a truck.  Likewise people have murdered with cars, SUVs, swimming pools, common household goods used as poisons along with sporting goods, including baseball bats, golf clubs and even their bare hands.  A not-insignificant number of murders in China in recent years have been committed (in schools no less!) by knife-wielding assailants.  Your kitchen contains more than enough implements of destruction to murder virtually anyone, especially if taken by surprise.  Harris and Klebold at Columbine not only used guns, they also attempted to blow up the school with tanks of ordinary propane; fortunately the detonators failed to work.

I don’t see anyone talking about banning outdoor BBQ grills.

via Obama’s Hypocrisy Problem On Guns in [Market-Ticker].

THE TRUTH About Guns — And The Media in [Market-Ticker]

this excerpt is spot on…hit the link for the rest of the post…it is totally true…time for folks to put their actual thinking caps on instead of taking the spew on tv as gospel folks.

 

Why does the media only cover guns in the face of such tragedy? Why don’t they discuss it when we can examine the subject coolly and rationally, and maybe get somewhere?

Because then we might learn something. Because then the public could become educated, and the media does not really want this to happen. Because then you might learn that guns have social utility, and are indispensable — that guns serve good purposes — instead of being pounded with the hopelessly false idea that arms are bad.

If the media covered guns without tragedy as a background, you would learn that guns save lives, which is why we want our police heavily armed, with high-capacity magazines, and high-powered rifles, and all the ammunition they can carry. You would learn that you need guns and ammo and full-capacity magazines — for the exact same reason.

You would learn that your need is even greater, because YOU are the first responders, and police are always second. You face the criminals first, in every event. Police, with all their deadly bullets only show up later. Police are the second responders. Media stories are always wrong about that. That’s what you say.

….

Because so-called “news” media gun stories are not news, they are propaganda. Showing the image of a mass murderer 100 times a day isn’t news, it is propaganda. Because staying on the same single event for a week or more isn’t news — even reporters would call it old news, or yesterday’s news, or yellow journalism, if they were being honest — a trait many have long since lost the ability to exercise. It is propaganda by every definition of that term.

It is designed to disgust, and cause revulsion, and motivate mob mentality. It serves no news purpose other than to induce fear and cause terror. In five minutes you have told the story, nothing new is added, yet it rolls on with images on endless loop. It promotes evil, encourages copycats,  with zero redeeming news value. It violates every rule of ethical news behavior there is. That’s what you say.

But here’s the bottom line as far as I’m concerned. Here’s the Pulitzer Prize, waiting for you if you want one. Should people who put scores of guns into the hands of drug lords get one-month sentences — like we saw the very day before this massacre — is that right? If you get the laws you’re shouting for, would it matter if that’s what the Justice Dept. does with them?

Why isn’t THAT discussed? How did you let that skate by? Don’t tell me you covered that story, if you simply reported the government handout, that Fast and Furious smugglers Avila and Carillo were sentenced. That’s not reporting, that’s reading.

via THE TRUTH About Guns — And The Media in [Market-Ticker].

The Facts about Mass Shootings – John Fund – National Review Online

I’ve seen this statement more and more that mass shootings are not on the rise.  I’m not sure i agree with that one..but the rest of the points in this article are spot on.

 

A few things you won’t hear about from the saturation coverage of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre:

Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.

In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.

The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.

Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

Almost all of the public-policy discussion about Newtown has focused on a debate over the need for more gun control. In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.

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First, the mental-health issue. A lengthy study by Mother Jones magazine found that at least 38 of the 61 mass shooters in the past three decades “displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings.” New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson have both suggested that the ACLU-inspired laws that make it so difficult to intervene and identify potentially dangerous people should be loosened. “Will we address mental-health and educational-privacy laws, which instill fear of legal liability for reporting potentially violent mentally ill people to law enforcement?” asks Professor Jacobson. “I doubt it.”

Gun-free zones have been the most popular response to previous mass killings. But many law-enforcement officials say they are actually counterproductive. “Guns are already banned in schools. That is why the shootings happen in schools. A school is a ‘helpless-victim zone,’” says Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff. “Preventing any adult at a school from having access to a firearm eliminates any chance the killer can be stopped in time to prevent a rampage,” Jim Kouri, the public-information officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, told me earlier this year at the time of the Aurora, Colo., Batman-movie shooting. Indeed, there have been many instances — from the high-school shooting by Luke Woodham in Mississippi, to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo. — where a killer has been stopped after someone got a gun from a parked car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter.

Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999, and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.

via The Facts about Mass Shootings – John Fund – National Review Online.

Solutions For CT: There Are Some in [Market-Ticker]

Laws don’t stop massacres….read on.

 

But they’re not what people are promoting, especially those who are always looking for a way to shove you in the hole — right after they remove your ability to resist.

And let’s not kid ourselves — that’s exactly what happened in Connecticut.  The teachers and staff in that school had no lawful means to resist, because they accepted (and probably even supported) the fallacious argument that laws (paper) stop bullets.  They learned, too late, that this argument is and always has been false.

A murderous thug, enabled by foolish reliance on pieces of paper, shoved them in the hole.

If you believe that “gun control” (of any sort) will stop these events you’re suffering from a severe case of logical fallacy — or delusion.  The worst mass-murder in a school wasn’t committed by Adam Lanza.  That distinction belongs to former school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, who got*****ed off about a property tax levy and detonated three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan, killing 38 elementary school children, two teachers, a handful of other adults and himself.  Nearly 60 were injured.

That murderer also killed his wife and set his farm buildings on fire just before he set off the bombs. 

Believe it or not, Bath Township got off light.  There were over 500lbs of additional explosives planted in the buildings that failed to go off; he intended to destroy the entire school and presumably kill everyone inside, but the second device failed to explode.

Nor do you need a gun to commit mass-murder in general.  One of the worst mass-murder events in US history was committed in 1990 with a gallon of gasoline; Julio Gonzalez, who was later convicted of arson and murder, spread gasoline on the entrance to the club and set it ablaze.  87 people died.  Not only did the gasoline cost far less than a gun, it is much easier to obtain.  Do you recall any hue and cry for the banning of gasoline, or even for gasoline-powered weed-eaters and lawn-mowers (or, for that matter, portable generators) — the predicate items that for sane people compel them to buy and use a portable gas can, and thus make portable gas cans available to homicidal maniacs?

Next, let’s talk about the school once again, because here we see an over-reliance on half-measures and “feel good” ideation as well.  The school locked the doors and required a buzzer to enter, which sounds reasonable.  The problem is that they didn’t armor the glass in the immediate vicinity of the door, making possible a trivial forced entry.  A person intent on homicide doesn’t care if he breaks a window (a petty crime) first.  You can’t reasonably replace all windows with shatter-proof panes (e.g. wired-mesh glass that can be shot through but will not break in a fashion that allows entry) but you can do so for that glass in an entry door or in its immediate vicinity, and you can for small windows in and immediately in the vicinity of classroom doors.  You can also equip classroom doors with cylinder deadbolt locks that require a key from the outside to open, but can be operated without a key from the inside.  These enhancements, which are pretty inexpensive, would have thwarted the shooter’s forced entry into the school and if he gained entry to the building would have prevented his entry into the classrooms.  There are reports that teachers had to use file cabinets and their bodies to barricade the doors; one was shot and injured doing so.  That’s outrageous when a quality deadbolt-equipped door and metal frame bolted to the structure of the building costs only a few hundred dollars. 

I want to know who was behind the changes made to “secure” this school and what sort of analytical process was undertaken, whether it was debated in the open at a school board meeting, whether the public was involved, and whether the public was invited to think about and comment on the path undertaken and its expense.  Again, while hindsight is always 20/20 if the fact that a plate window was in the immediate vicinity of a “locked” door was not looked at as a security problem then I question both the people and the process involved in “hardening” this installation.

Next, let’s talk about the adults in the school.  We already require training on sexual assault, child abuse and similar issues for school teachers and administrators.  Why do we omit self-defense from this list, when our teachers and administrators claim the right of in loco parentis during school hours for our children? 

That omission is asinine.

via Solutions For CT: There Are Some in [Market-Ticker].

CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype in [Market-Ticker]

I invite anyone opining on this massacre read this entire article at the link below.  there are some facts in here you will never hear about in the “mass media’ at all.  Read all of the facts here before pining…

 

We’ll start with the guns.  They are reported to have been legally owned by the shooter’s mother and included a Glock pistol, a Sig pistol and a .223 caliber rifle.  The rifle has been reported to be a sporting variety commonly used for target practice or hunting varmints; if the make and model reported are correct it is indeed a hunting variant (it has a fixed stock as hunting rifles typically do, no flash-hider on the front or other “scary looking” but immaterial cosmetics, etc.)  Sig makes extremely high-quality (and commensurately expensive) pistols; Glock of course makes highly-reliable and well-respected weapons as well.  A little-known fact about Glocks is that for many people they “point” funny due to a different grip angle than most other pistols; some people find them very difficult to shoot accurately for this reason.  That may be why the mother owned both (she may have bought one and not liked it, then bought the other.)  The rifle was found inside the car the shooter drove and since he never came out of the school building once going in it must be presumed that he did not use that gun in the school assault.  There is nothing particularly-remarkable about the weapons used in this assault; they are common guns used lawfully by millions of Americans for hunting, target practice and defensive purposes.

Of note is that the shooter could not have legally acquired the pistols, as he is not 21.  Federal law requires one to be 21 years of age before purchasing a pistol at retail.  In this particular case, however, it doesn’t matter whether he was 21 or not as he didn’t buy any of the weapons involved; they were lawfully purchased by his mother who the assailant murdered prior to assaulting the school.

In other words the shooter effectively stole the weapons used in the assault.  We do not know at this point (and may never know) the exact order of events in terms of his acquisition of the weapons but what we do know factually is that he murdered their owner, ending her ability to report the theft or to resist what he intended to do with them next.

That is, there was no “gun control” violation involved in this assault.  The bad guy did not obtain the weapons through lawful means and he also did not (legally or not) circumvent the background check system by, for example, buying them privately from someone (the much-maligned “gun show loophole” that people talk about but is almost-never actually implicated in an assault.)  Rather, the assailant removed the weapons from their lawful owner through, either directly or indirectly, the crime of murder.

As a retired school teacher with no reported criminal history, there was utterly no reason to prevent the mother from owning these firearms for perfectly reasonable and lawful purposes, such as paper-punching or self-defense.  Being divorced — as a single woman — she had every right and reason to be armed for defensive purposes, particularly in her own home.

via CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype in [Market-Ticker].

In Regards to the Conn Massacre

I came home last night and gave my older daughter a big hug…i then proceeded to explain to her about one of the reason so many folks died that horrid day.  Gun Free Zones = Turkey Shoot.  I’m not going to be blithe and say armed staff could have eliminated all deaths..that’s simply idiocy.  However,  armed staff would have meant fewer folks would have died.  Most school building on the interior are not made of bullet resistant materials like concrete but usually drywall and maybe some cinder blocks.  Right now if somebody comes into the school with the purpose of killing anything .40 caliber and larger isn’t going to be stopped by interior constructions.  unfortunately this means the current lockdown scheme simply means you cower in your classroom hoping the killer(s) don’t come to your door   If they do..unless the teacher tries to intervene and gets shot) you are as good as dead.  Unfortunately modern education(fueled by modern liberalistic gov’t) have so ingrained the fear of guns into the population’s brains they don’t realize that the first and last line of true defense is now gone…their own personal armaments.  This massacre was over before the cops go there.  News reports are saying the cops got there instantly…that’s a lie.  Even in my small town where i can literally walk to the police station in under 10 minutes it still takes a minimum of 3 minutes for an officer to arrive.  This was probably over in about that time.  The cops are purely a reactionary force.  if you want to keep your kids safe is school your choices are limited:

1.  Truly education them about their surrounding at school.  That means you need to intimately familiarize yourself with the building inside and out.  You need to know how its hallways and classrooms are laid out..what the interior is made of and know your child’s classrooms so you can train your child on proper egress procedures.  Son’t let your children become sitting ducks.

2.  let the schools and local cops handle it.  Ref other mass shootings for the results.

3.  pull your children out of the public school system until the anal cranial infection clears itself.

 

guns are used more often by responsible owners more than double to stop(and prevent crimes) than they are to commit them.  As long as the gun control folks have their way the mass shootings in schools, malls, hotels, churches…anywhere the turkey shoot mentality exists is not only going to continue..but may very well increase.  The answer to this isn’t just more guns..i can agree there…the answer is more properly trained, self-armed gun owners packing.  If schools are truly interested in our children’s safety they’ll get properly trained gun owners into the schools…if this turkey shoot mentality continues…children will continue to die at the hands of those who know where the easiest prey is located.

Even With “Deal” your Taxes go up on Jan 1.

this so called ‘fiscal cliff” is merely a smokescreen for the Obamacare taxes that start kicking in from now until 2014.

 

Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 — thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul.

The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate — and controversial — tax on medical devices.

The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the Bush tax rates, with Republicans demanding they be extended for everyone and Obama insisting rates rise for top earners. But that same group of earners is already in the crosshairs under the ObamaCare tax rules published this week.

Starting Jan. 1, investment income for individuals earning over $200,000 and households earning over $250,000 will be subject to a new 3.8 percent tax. Further, regular income above those thresholds will be hit with a .9 percent Medicare surtax. Should the Bush tax rates expire for those workers, those increases will be compounded.

But the rather obscure medical device tax is the one that has stirred the most controversy in Washington and the business community. This week, groups and lawmakers renewed their calls to repeal it as the IRS published its final rules.

“This week, the Internal Revenue Service outlined which medical supplies and technologies will be subject to a tax. Now, everything from latex gloves to pacemakers will become more expensive and in some cases, more scarce,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement. “The tax on medical devices harms America’s ability to conduct the necessary research and development to maintain our global competitiveness, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and fewer groundbreaking innovations in this field. With millions of Americans unemployed, this simply makes no sense.”

The Affordable Care Act imposed the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade.

Equipment makers, though, argue that the tax ends up being much higher than that since it’s on gross sales. One industry spokesman estimated earlier this year that the impact on actual earnings is more like 15 percent.

Already, some have warned that the tax will stifle growth. Indiana-based Cook Medical earlier this year announced it was scrapping plans to open five new plants because of the tax.

via Deal or no deal, ObamaCare taxes poised to hit next month | Fox News.

Vox Popoli: Another conservative purge

So true.  Repubs=Dems

How many times can Republicans purge those to their right from their ranks and still be meaningfully considered to represent the American political right?

Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have worked assiduously to keep conservative groups on the outside in line as they try to strike a massive deal to keep taxes low on all Americans and avoid spending cuts to the Pentagon and other domestic programs. The traditional right — The Wall Street Journal editorial page, National Review, Fox News and business-friendly analysts on CNBC — have been lockstep in line with Boehner, the result of careful outreach by leadership staff. But now, top House leaders suddenly find themselves under fire from entities with enormous sway in GOP politics.

The fact that the WSJ, NR, and Fox are pro-business doesn’t mean they are traditional right.  Not anymore.  Mussolini and Hitler were pro-business too.  The irony is that the right was told that they had to dutifully line up behind Mitt Romney because he was, as a moderate, more electable than the anti-bank, anti-war, Ron Paul.  Then, when Romney went down in flames just like McCain, Bush, Dole, Ford and every other elite-selected moderate before, what passes for Republican “leadership” in the House is trying to keep moving left.

If you are a conservative who is still a Republican, I have a very simple question to ask you: why?  It is becoming increasingly obvious that both conservatives and America would have been better off if the John Birch Society purged William F. Buckley rather than the other way around.

via Vox Popoli: Another conservative purge.

Facebook’s “Promote” Blows Up In Their Own Face? in [Market-Ticker]

Wonderful.  Facebook is now intentionally reducing the reach of everyone’s posts..unless you promote them..which is a paid thing.  I don’t mind them trying to make money but this is done in the typical sneaky Facebook way.  of course i’m not highly invested in Facebook as i see it as a fad anyway..it’ll go away in the next few years.

 

There’s a meme that has been flying around for a while since Facebook introduced the “promote” feature (where you can pay to cause your postings to show up on people’s consolidated timelines — and if you don’t, most of the time they won’t) that I’d like to address:

Many of us managing Facebook fan pages have noticed something strange over the last year: how our reach has gotten increasingly ineffective. How the messages we post seem to get fewer clicks, how each message is seen by only a fraction of our total “fans.”

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.

As their advertising head, Gokul Rajaram, explained, if you want to speak to the other 80 to 85 percent of people who signed up to hear from you, “sponsoring posts is important.”

What, did you think that you were going to get something for free forever?

Well, no.

But here’s the problem — Facebook apparently can’t make any money (so their results show) without trying to ding you on both sides.  In other words not only do they insist that a person with a page pay to reach most of the people who “like” them, they also then spam the users who like the page with their own advertising.

This is tantamount to an admission that their advertising model is a failure.

And if anything that model has only gotten more aggressive.

via Facebook’s “Promote” Blows Up In Their Own Face? in [Market-Ticker].

this is why you never ask the gov’t permission for anything.

The instant we both don’t have to work and can pull our kids out of public schools you can bet we are going to do just that.

Anna Engelsone of Rockville said she didn’t think twice about starting to send her 10-year-old daughter, Liz, to school on a Ride On bus this school year.

When her daughter’s principal told her Montgomery County Public Schools was contacting Child Protective Services, she was shocked.

“As a parent, when someone says they are even considering that, it makes you feel threatened and defensive,” Engelsone said.

But the school never followed up with Engelsone, and now she wants other parents to know her story.

She posted it on Free-Range Kids, a blog that advocates for parents to let children to be trusted to have personal responsibilities. Greater Greater Washington, a local blog, picked the story up.

Not every 10-year-old is fit to ride a public bus alone, Engelsone said in an interview, but that is up to the child’s parents to decide. Liz, a fifth-grade student at Garrett Park Elementary School, is mature enough to handle it, she said, and she is doing fine.

In her posting, Engelsone includes emails she claims came from Garrett Park principal Elaine Chang-Baxter that detail how the school system wanted CPS to investigate, not to determine neglect, but to confirm the appropriateness of Engelsone’s decision.

“I didn’t need CPS to tell me what was safe and what wasn’t,” Engelsone said in the interview. “I imagine they have much better things to do with their time than advising parents with mundane decisions.”

Engelsone said her family moved from inside the Garrett Park service area to just outside this summer. She continued to send Liz to the school, which is now about 3 miles from where she lives, because she likes the school, she said.

Once her transfer application went through, she received a call from Chang-Baxter saying MCPS wanted the principal to call CPS, Engelsone said.

 

Gazette.Net: Rockville 10-year-old’s Ride On route to school raises questions.

Slavishly Following a Political party is Akin to an Abusive Relationship.

Karl Denninger has this nailed perfectly and also debunks the lesser of two evil argument as well.

Think long and hard ladies and gentlemen.  Political parties and groups will try to tell you that you must choose between evils, and of course they are the lesser of them, as if there is no other option.  But there are other options — you can refuse to participate entirely or you can go off and form a new group among those of you who refuse to be abused.

The woman in an abusive relationship or the person in a cult may not recognize that they are the victim of abuse but this does not change the objective view of what is going on.  Your time, effort, personal well-being and sometimes wealth are being siphoned off for the benefit of others — and to your detriment.

Today is a day for reflection and to give thanks for that which we have, for many do not.

But it is also a day to reflect on the relationships we have in our lives, whether they be personal, professional or political, and determine which of those are truly complimentary and mutually beneficial and which are, in fact, co-dependent and abusive.

As we move toward the New Year let us all strive to make that determination and to rid ourselves of those relationships that fit in the latter category; we will all individually be better people, and as a society we will find collective benefit through this process as well.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

Ever Wonder Why our Gov’t is out of Control?

It starts at home…then goes to our churches. I have to say i’m guilty of the home bound version.  I’m not nearly where God wants me to be.  Secondly, our churches.  If the church body won’t regulate the church according to first the Bible then secondly it’s own founding documents then the issues are going to continue.  For all Christians it’s time to get things back under His control…and it all starts at home…and in my case it all starts with me.

Obama declares disaster for Maryland, offers funding – The Frederick News-Post Online

It’s about time.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced federal disaster aid is being made available to Maryland to support state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The disaster declaration by President Barack Obama announced Tuesday night makes federal funding available to state and local governments and to certain nonprofits. Funding is provided on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities.

The disaster declaration covers Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties, as well as Baltimore City.

via Obama declares disaster for Maryland, offers funding – The Frederick News-Post Online.

The Obama gov’t is Coming After your Retirement Monies..Count on it.

If you have any kind of gov’t aided pension like roth or 401k..anything tax free…get that money out now…otherwise the gov’t is going to take it within the next 4 years.  Maybe 8 if Obama amends the constitution for a 3rd term.

 

A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans, NSC is warning.

The hearing, held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, was monitored by NSC staff and featured a line up of left-wing activists including one representative of the AFL-CIO who advocated for more government regulation over private retirement accounts and even the establishment of government-sponsored annuities that would take the place of 401k plans.

“This hearing was set up to explore why Americans are not saving as much for their retirement as they could,” explains National Seniors Council National Director Robert Crone, “However, it is clear that this is the first step towards a government takeover. It feels just like the beginning of the debate over health care and we all know how that ended up.”

A representative of the liberal Pension Rights Center, Rebecca Davis, testified that the government needs to get involved because 401k plans and IRAs are unfair to poor people. She demanded the Obama administration set up a “government-sponsored program administered by the PBGC (the governments’ Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation).”

Such “reforms” would effectively end private retirement accounts in America, Crone warns.

“These people want the government to require that ultimately all Americans buy these government annuities instead of saving or investing on their own.The Government could then take these trillions of dollars and redistribute it through this new national retirement system.”

“This effort ultimately is designed to grab the retirement nest eggs of America’s senior citizens. This new government annuity scheme, even if it is at first optional, will turn into a giant effort to redistribute the wealth of America’s older citizens,” explains Crone. “This scheme mirrors what I expect the President will try to do with Social Security. He wants to turn that program into a welfare program, too.”

via » Government Sets Its Sights on Private Retirement Accounts: “Giant Effort to Redistribute the Wealth of America’s Older Citizens” Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

The Hostess Liquidation: A Curious Cast Of Characters As The Twinkie Tumbles | ZeroHedge

Well now.  I suggest folks you read the entirety of the article because this first paragraph only gives you a taste.  it is very interesting that in the first bankruptcy the Teamsters union was part of an investment group that tried to buy hostess.

 

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the just announced Hostess liquidation, one that will be largely debated and discussed in the media, or maybe not at all, is the curious cast of characters and the peculiar history of this particular bankruptcy. Some may not be aware that the company’s Chapter 11 (or colloquially known as 22) bankruptcy filing this January, which today became a Chapter 7 liquidation, was the second one in the company’s recent history, with Hostess, previously Interstate Bakeries, emerging from its previous protracted multi-year bankruptcy in 2009. What is curious is that its emergence had all the drama of a anti-Mitt Romney PAC funded thriller, with a PE firm, in this case Ripplewood holdings, injecting $130 million in order to obtain equity control of Hostess as it was emerging last time. There were also more hedge funds, investment banks, strategic buyers, politicians involved in this particular story than one can shake a deep fried numismatic value Twinkie at. More importantly, however, as America has been habituated following the last season of the reality TV show known as the presidential election, if Private Equity then “bad.” Only this time there is a twist: because it wasn’t really PE that was the pure evil in the Obama long-term campaign, it was associating PE with Republicans, and thus: with jobs outsourcing. And here comes the Hostess twist: because Tim Collins of Ripplewood, was a prominent Democrat, a position which allowed him to get involved in the first bankruptcy process in the first place, due to his proximity with the Teamsters’ long-term heartthrob Dick Gephardt (whose consulting group just happens to also be an equity owner of Hostess). In other words, the traditional republican-cum-PE scapegoating strategy here will be a tough one to pull off since the narrative collapses when considering that it was a Democrat who rescued the firm, only to see it implode in a trainwreck that has resulted in the liquidation of a legendary brand, and 18,500 layoffs.

 

One more excerpt then you have to read the rest for yourselves:

 

The critical issue in the bankruptcy is legacy pensions. Hostess has roughly $2 billion in unfunded pension liabilities to its various unions’ workers — the Teamsters but also the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (which has largely chosen not to contest what Hostess wants to do — that is, to get out of much of that obligation). If the bankruptcy court lets Hostess off the pension hook — which often happens in these cases — it only moves the struggle outside the courthouse, and the ante goes up. For the Teamsters can then call a strike — which its Hostess employees have already ratified by a 9-to-1 margin. If the court doesn’t grant relief, Hostess can seek liquidation, which would mean that some creditors get some money, but equity would be gone for good, as would a lot of jobs. Either way, each side holds a nuclear warhead with which to annihilate the company

via The Hostess Liquidation: A Curious Cast Of Characters As The Twinkie Tumbles | ZeroHedge.

UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination. Engages in discrimination(using their definition) itself

The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts.

The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.

The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.

via UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination | Fox News.

Who Needs to Wait Until 2014 for Obamacare Loses: Obamacare Is About To Whack Personal Income in [Market-Ticker]

Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week. That is the threshold at which large employers in 2014 would have to offer workers a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 for each worker.

The shift is one of the first significant steps by employers to avoid requirements under the health-care law, and whether the trend continues hinges on Tuesday’s election results. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the Affordable Care Act, although he would face obstacles doing so.

Let’s not mince words — that’s a 25% reduction in the impacted worker’s gross wages!

It’s already started with some “pilot projects” among certain employers, and this will spread.  Bank on it.  The results will be catastrophic for people in this income class, as on top of having gasoline double in price over the last four years along with other forms of energy rising precipitously along with food and health care now you’re going to see a 25% reduction in their working hours, meaning that their income is going to come down by that same 25%!

Both Darden (corporate parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden) and some Subway franchises have been testing these changes already.  When the first “real” bite comes from Obamacare in as of January 1st 2014, expect all the lower-wage service industries to do exactly this.

via Obamacare Is About To Whack Personal Income in [Market-Ticker].

Split Charging- the Latest “Fee” From Your Doctors: Doctors now hitting patients with extra fees if they ask too many questions

Howl lovely.  First it was backbilling..now this mess.  Guess what..it is going to get worse with Obamacare/romneycare.

The next time you visit your primary care physician for a physical, you may want to consider inquiring as to whether or not you will be billed extra for asking too many questions during your checkup. This is what happened recently to Susan Krantz of Minnetonka, Minnesota, who was reportedly charged an additional $50 on her medical bill for simply inquiring about a sore hip.

It is called a “split charge,” and it is increasingly creeping up in the medical billing process for patients who converse with their doctors about specific ailments outside the general physical regimen. Time spent with doctors discussing “acute care” matters are apparently billed differently than time spent for a “wellness” visit — in essence, doctors are now sometimes charging for two office visits when patients discuss other matters.

“Even as a registered nurse, I can’t figure out what this is,” said Krantz to WCCO News in Minnesota about the charge, recalling when she first noticed it on the bill. “You can be charged an extra office visit if you ask too many questions. I don’t understand that, because isn’t that what [the] visit is for?”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037784_medical_fees_patients_asking_questions.html#ixzz2BD7EODiq

Doctors now hitting patients with extra fees if they ask too many questions.

Persecution in America: Potential 10-year terms for ‘bias’ challenged by pastors

Another example of persecution here in America.  It is not coming to America..it is already here.

 

The American Freedom Law Center today said it has asked the high court to review a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that Michigan pastors who preached the biblical condemnation of homosexual behavior were not protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.“There is no doubt that this federal criminal statute violates the First Amendment on its face,” said Robert Muise of AFLC. “Thus, the act chills the exercise of free speech, specifically the free speech of our clients, who speak out against homosexuality. This chilling effect is sufficient to confer standing to challenge the act as a matter of law.”David Yerushalmi, co-founder and senior counsel of AFLC, said “criminalizing religious opposition to homosexuality while elevating those who engage in homosexual acts to a protected class under federal law is a clear violation of the Constitution and a frightening abuse of federal power.”

via Potential 10-year terms for ‘bias’ challenged by pastors.

Romney = Obama

Take a close look at the below excerpt.  Anyone who thinks Romney is anything different than Obama is in for a rude surprise after this election.

 

Romney is NOT pro-life – he’s fine with government-mandated funding of abortion as required by Obamacare. But wait. I thought conservatives thought this issue was of the utmost importance? I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, less consideration is given to this issue.Romney is NOT pro-2nd Amendment – his record on this is long and abysmal in Massachusetts. But wait. I thought conservatives held gun rights near and dear. I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, less consideration is given to this issue too.Romney will NOT repeal Obamacare. He’s even publicly stated that he acknowledges Obamacare was built on the foundation of Romneycare – and he has unequivocally stated that he is ‘proud’ of Romneycare this despite its terrible reputation and citizen dissatisfaction in Mass.. But wait. I thought that conservatives believed that this issue was so important, they literally took a movement the Tea Party, which was originally about economics and bailouts, and turned it into an anti-Obamacare movement? I guess when weighing the lesser of two evils, all this effort can be entirely overlooked.Romney has stated publicly that he supports The Patriot Act, NDAA and CISPA. Granted, conservatives were slow to wake up to these issues in the first place; so this isn’t ‘traditionally’ something that self-styled Republicans have cared about in the past. These are traditionally issues of civil rights infringements, long a focus of liberals and the Democrats. However, since Obama has been in office, conservatives and some Republicans have taken up this fight. In reality, this should be a fight for ALL of us. These are issues of basic human freedoms. The fact that Republicans have ignored the creeping Big Brother statism is just as egregious as the Democrats forgetting about it just because ‘their man’ is in office.Romney has no intention to disentagle us from foreign wars. He’s stated that he would actually be more aggressive in this regard. I won’t rehash this because recently FedUpUSA featured two articles about our folly in the Middle East and how the policies of government are getting our own troops killed. Suffice it to say, Romney states that it will be business as usual in this department. Obama on the other hand, ran on ‘hope and change’ and part of that change was supposed to be, as many liberals and Democrats were demanding, getting the hell out of the Middle East. What he’s done instead has been the complete opposite, and in fact, he’s made at least one unilateral, Executive act of aggression on a foreign power, which entirely bypassed congress. Weren’t liberals foaming at the mouth about George W. Bush doing just this same thing? The Democrats have been deafeningly silent. Democrats are apparently only anti-war when their guy isn’t in office.So, let’s summarize: What we have in Romney is a white Obama, who has built a false belief around himself that he is a pro-business capitalist, despite the fact that he made the majority of his wealth based upon government picking his sector as a ‘winner,’ resulting in it being the recipient of extreme preferential treatment. So, what he IS, is an adept cronyist, not a capitalist. With help from the Republican Party and a desperate ’conservative’ American public, despite the above-listed facts, Republicans and conservatives have now convinced themselves that Mitt Romney is somehow going to represent conservative principles and is somehow going to be better than Obama. Uh, okay.

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Churches Tweaking the Lion’s Tail

The below isn’t bold it’s nearly stupid.  If you are using a gov’t mechanism to get around your entity having to pay taxes you shouldn’t be surprised when said gov’t pulls on your chain..because you’re wearing one!  If you don’t want the gov’t “interfering” then give up the npo and you can freely talk about anything you want.

 

Some pastors have been brave enough to rise up and do exactly that.  This weekend is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” in churches across the country.  Pastors in pulpits across the country will not only endorse candidates from the pulpit, but will also send the tapes of the services directly to the IRS.  Now that’s bold!

via Pastor to Taunt IRS Over Free Speech – Gina Loudon – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary – Page 1.

Americans for Tax Reform : 100 Days Until Taxmageddon

Read the entire article.  It’s breathtaking.

 

Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010).  The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013:

Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013.  The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which the majority of small business profits are taxed).  The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  All the rates in between will also rise.  Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

-The 10% bracket rises to a new and expanded 15%

-The 25% bracket rises to 28%

-The 28% bracket rises to 31%

-The 33% bracket rises to 36%

-The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family coming on January 1, 2013.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of taxable income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. 

Middle Class Death Tax returns on January 1, 2013.  The death tax is currently 35% with an exemption of $5 million ($10 million for married couples).  For those dying on or after January 1 2013, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors on January 1, 2013.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 23.8 percent in 2013.  The top dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 43.4 percent in 2013.  This is because of scheduled rate hikes plus Obamacare’s investment surtax.

via Americans for Tax Reform : 100 Days Until Taxmageddon.

GM recalling 2007-2010 malibu, G6 and Saturn Auroras

General Motors Co is recalling 473,841 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans globally to fix a condition that could lead the cars to roll when the drivers think they are in park, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Friday.

GM said it was aware of four crashes that resulted from the problem, but no injuries.

The company said the recall affected Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura cars from model years 2007 through 2010 and equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. GM will repair the condition in which the transmission gear position may not match the gear on the shifter.

The recall affects 426,240 in the United States, 40,029 in Canada and 7,572 in other markets.

Dealers will add a reinforcement to the shift cable end fitting to prevent that part from fracturing, GM said. Owners will be notified by letter to schedule the free repairs at dealers, and those who have had the work done already will be eligible for reimbursement.

via GM recalling almost 474,000 cars over problem with gear shift – Bottom Line.

Pastors pledge to defy IRS and get what they deserve if the IRS enforces the law.

These pastors are forgetting you are using a gov’t instrument to get around paying taxes.  Because you are using a gov’t instrument the gov’t can most assuredly do this.  Want freedom from gov’t interference?  Drop your NPO status voluntarily.  if you are paying taxes as per the laws of the land you can preach anything you want.

 

More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”

Stanley said pastors attending the Oct. 7 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and then “make a specific recommendation.”

“We’re hoping the IRS will respond by doing what they have threatened,” he said. “We have to wait for it to be applied to a particular church or pastor so that we can challenge it in court. We don’t think it’s going to take long for a judge to strike this down as unconstitutional.”

An amendment was made to the IRS tax code in 1954, stating that tax-exempt organizations are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”

“Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax,” the IRS says in its online guide for churches and religious organizations seeking tax exemption.

via Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election | Fox News.

Obama’s Determination to Turn This Country Into Serfdom.

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year Sept. 30, 2010 and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”

via CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Why This Muslim Uprising Now? (Other Than 9/11?)

nough said

 

Its pretty simple, really.There is a long history in Presidential elections, and the Muslims are not stupid — The American people typically will not change a President during a significant armed conflict or other time of material international disruption.Think about it.And then consider this — Obama is as about as friendly to radical Muslims as a US President could ever be without inviting them to the White House for his daily security briefings and giving them the keys to our arms depots.So we have escalation now, with the intent of drawing in the United States and driving outrage here at home.If that is achieved, the bet is, the American people will not “take a risk” with Romney.Im willing to bet the Muslims are scared to death that Romneys first act will likely be to pull a Reagan as he is rumored to have done with Iran when he won election, telling the Iranians that if the hostages were still being held when his hand went on the Bible they were going to find out about the truth of that 72 virgins in paradise schtick roughly 15 minutes later.I betcha thats the calculation — this is not about a “movie” or anything else — and that would nicely explain the mealy-mouth crap coming from Obama and Hillary too.The bottom line is that theyre both so craven that keeping their job is far more important than anything else — like, for instance, the lives of our embassy staffers.We already know what they think of The Constitution.Ill also bet that Congress doesnt have the balls to stand up and cut off the money to all these nations either.

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Finally Got FB Integration Fixed

Since FB required https(which means i have to pay somebody $$4 to say I am who I ma on the web i found a workaround..:)  Now i can freely post on both this blog and my eccmd.com blog and know they will both post properly on my FB timeline..:)

Samuel L. Jackson Shows His Own Total Ignorance…or Maybe Racism.

This isn’t the first time Jackson has made ridiculous statements like this before.  he said Katrina was a racist event because it hit NO head on instead of hitting a white folks area.  I’ve not watched a movie of his since..frankly for an ethnic group that claims it wants to be out of the slavery mentality some of it’s most prominent members seems to enjoy keeping their thoughts and actions deeply rooted in said past.  I’m not saying wrongs weren’t done but folks if you want to move forward then stop living out of the past.  I have much experience in this in my own life.  I’ve had to move forward in several areas by no longer allowing myself to continue living out of the past.  It is time for the Jessee Jacksons, Al Sharptons, S. L. Jacksons, and others to move forward as well.

 

Samuel L. Jackson on Monday tweeted it was “unfair” that Tropical Storm Isaac had spared the GOP convention in Tampa and appeared to be heading for New Orleans. Jackson said in a profanity-filled tweet that he was “not understanding Gods plan” given the fact that the storm was not disrupting the Republican gathering. “Unfair s—,” the Oscar-nominated actor known for his colorful language said on Twitter. “GOP spared by Isaac! NOLA prolly f—– again!”

via Samuel L. Jackson asks why GOP spared by tropical storm – The Hills Twitter Room.

Pat Robertson Forgets Jesus Was Adopted….and Shows His Own Arrogance.

As somebody adopted himself this man has consistently shown he doesn’t know much about Jesus’s gospel.  I’m no Biblical scholar myself but even I know Robertson is just plain off his rocker on this one.  I also work with two special needs adults in my daily lawnmowing job.  I’ve not even gone to the 700 club website in nearly a decade.  Turn this fool off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhyJpLIpRVA&feature=player_embedded

 

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, a woman sent in a question about a man who wouldn’t marry her because she has children who were adopted internationally. If they were her “own” biological children, he would have no problem, she said. But because they were adopted, he saw too much risk. Host Pat Robertson’s female co-host bristled and said he was acting like a “dog.” Robertson disagreed.

He said the man “didn’t want to take on a United Nations,” and that, after all, you never know about adopted children; they might have brain damage and “grow up weird.”

 

The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.

Jesus was, after all, one of those adopted kids. Joseph of Nazareth was faced with a pregnant woman he could easily have abandoned. He knew this child wasn’t his, and all he had to go on was her word and a dream. He could have dismissed either. But he strapped on his cross, provided for his wife, and protected her child. Indeed, he became a father to her child. God called this righteous. The child Jesus seemed to be a colossal risk. His own family and neighbors and villagers thought he’d turned out “weird” (Mark 3:20-21). Maybe he was demon-possessed, they speculated, or maybe even “brain damaged.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is present with the weak and the vulnerable, the “least of these,” his brothers and sisters. When one looks with disgust at the prisoner, the orphan, the abandoned woman, the mentally ill, the problem isn’t just with a mass of tissue connected by neural endings. The issue there is the image of God, bearing all the dignity that comes with that. And, beyond that, the issue there is the presence of Jesus himself.

Christians are the ones who have stood against the prophets of Baal and the empire of Rome and every other satanic system to say that a person’s worth doesn’t consist in his usefulness. Christians are the ones who picked up abandoned babies, who wiped drool from the dying elderly, who joyfully received developmentally disabled children, and who recognized that our own sin has made us nothing noble or powerful. We’re all just dead and damaged and, well, “weird.” But Jesus loved us anyway.

I say to my non-Christian friends and neighbors, if you want to see the gospel of Christ, the gospel that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television. The grinning cartoon characters who claim to speak for Christ don’t speak for him. Find the followers who do what Jesus did. Find the people who risk their lives to carry a beaten stranger to safety. Find the houses opened to unwed mothers and their babies in crisis. Find the men who are man enough to be a father to troubled children of multiple ethnicity and backgrounds.

And find a Sunday School class filled with children with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. Find a place where no one considers them “weird” or “defective,” but where they joyfully sing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

That might not have the polish of television talk-show theme music, but that’s the sound of bloody cross gospel.

via Moore to the Point – Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption.

Examiner Editorial: To protect ethanol, Obama seeks to inflate meat prices | WashingtonExaminer.com

“Today the Department of Agriculture announced that it will buy up to $100 million worth of pork products, $50 million worth of chicken, and $20 million worth of lamb and farm-raised catfish,” Obama explained to reporters in front of a drought-stricken cornfield.

“Prices are low, farmers and ranchers need help, so it makes sense,” Obama explained. “It makes sense for farmers who get to sell more of their product, and it makes sense for taxpayers who will save money because we’re getting food we would have bought anyway at a better price.”

None of this makes sense. In fact, Obama’s move only harms American consumers while protecting a corrupt federal program.

A drought is currently driving down corn production. The shortage of feed is forcing livestock producers to slaughter animals early, putting downward pressure on meat prices in the short run and guaranteeing shortages and higher prices next year. But nature is not the biggest factor in this crisis — the government is. Specifically, the federal government’s ethanol mandate, which requires that 13.2 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be produced in 2012.

Thanks to the ethanol mandate, more than 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop now goes into the production of a useless fuel that hardly anyone would buy if the government didn’t require it. That’s up from just 17 percent in 2005, before the mandate went into effect. Only 36 percent of the corn crop now goes for feed, and 24 percent goes for food.

Obama could solve this problem instantly by suspending the federal ethanol mandate — something his EPA actually can do unilaterally and legally. Instead, Obama will buy up meat — a move that meat producers say won’t help them much anyway. “It doesn’t solve the problem of having enough affordable corn next summer,” industry analyst Steve Meyer told Reuters. “Without changing the ethanol program, nothing can be done,” he said.

The higher corn prices caused by the mandate and the drought have also driven up the price of ethanol by 33 percent since May, which means — again, thanks to the mandate — higher gas prices at the pump. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gas rose 16 cents in July, an all-time record hike for that month. Prices rose an additional eight cents just last week. Gas is already more than four dollars a gallon in California and is expected to go higher.

via Examiner Editorial: To protect ethanol, Obama seeks to inflate meat prices | WashingtonExaminer.com.

More “tolerance” on display.

I’m not saying all same gender folks are like this..but this is unfortunately typical with those that disagree with this agenda..:(

 

Someone sprayed glue and pasted marriage equality messages on the windows of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Frederick overnight on Saturday, according to police.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the restaurant, at 5501 Urbana Pike, early Sunday morning after the store reported destruction of property.

Cpl. Gregory Santangelo said the items glued to the store’s windows included marriage equality stickers and an image with the American and gay pride flags combined. There were also several homemade signs, he said.

The store hired a cleaner to remove the items early in the day, Santangelo said.

Physical evidence and video surveillance of the suspect were collected at the scene, according to police.

via Chick-fil-A vandalized with marriage equality stickers, image of gay pride flag – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Obama That I Used To Know – Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Parody – YouTube

Oh man how true and how funny!  Saved to my server as well!!

 

Obama That I Used To Know – Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Parody – YouTube.

 

Lyrics:

LYRICS

Now and then I think of that election day, November
When you won I felt so happy I could die
Chugged a fifth, paraded in the street
And I thanked God that Palin wasn’t Veep
It felt like change and it’s a hope I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of message
Like this is change we can believe in, yes we can
But college ended, had to pay my rent
At least you’re the first gay president
But the change I got was that I moved in with my mother

Because you won and then you cut me off
Now your speeches never soar as high as unemployment
You took Obamacare so far
But you left me like a dog strapped on Romney’s car
Even the shirt that was on my back
Is owned by China or being arbitraged by Goldman Sachs
Just send in a Predator Drone
‘Cause now you’re not Obama that I used to know

Now you’re not Obama that I used to know
Now I need Obama that I used to know

Sometimes I think that Peace Prize winners shouldn’t have a kill list
But you dumped Bin Laden in the sea so maybe it’s all good
Said you’d rouse my economy
Your big package didn’t stimulate me
Still my American Idol, though
When you sang, “I’m so in love with you”…Obama that I used to know

But you won and then you cut me off
Made out like you’d close Guantanamo and we got nothing
Relocation shouldn’t be that hard
Just strap the prisoners in on top of Romney’s car
No, I don’t need you to legalize
Just keep the feds away from folks like you when you were younger
There’s nothing that you didn’t toke
But now that’s just Obama that I used to know

Obama
That I used to know
Obama
That I used to know
Obama
That I used to know

In 2012 I need Obama that I used to know

Time for Another election…I’m officially going to run.

Tom Smith has resigned From Brunswick city Council.   I’m going after that empty seat.  No write in this time.  Spread the word I’ll need 20 signatures and then getting the votes..:)  Again a no cost campaign.  No signs just me and whomever wishes to volunteer.  I’m out and about every week doing my mowing thing.  Let’s get this done.  William Warren for Brunswick City Council.

 

Longtime Brunswick council member and former Mayor Tom Smith announced his resignation Wednesday after Tuesday’s mayor and council elections.

Smith, who served as mayor from 1994 to 2000 and spent a total of 22 years as an elected official in Brunswick, said at 67, he wanted to spend more time with his family, including a great-grandchild who is his pride and joy.

The results of Tuesday’s elections, in which City Council member Karin Tome won as mayor over incumbent Carroll Jones, also played a part in his decision, Smith said.

Smith said he ran for his current four-year term on the council, which would have ended in two years, because Jones asked him to.

“If Carroll would have won, I probably would have stayed,” he said. “Carroll’s not there, so it’s time to move on.”

Smith said he leaves office on good terms with his colleagues and he apologizes to supporters for not fulfilling his term.

“As with any endeavor, there comes a time when one must move on and take another direction. That time for me is now,” Smith wrote in a letter to the residents of Brunswick that he left at City Hall.

via Brunswick councilman steps down one day after election – The Frederick News-Post Online.

PJTV – Suspending Disbelief: Obama Administration Proposes Race-Based School Discipline System – Trifecta

The White House thinks that schools are providing too much discipline to black students, and it is proposing race-based quotas for school suspensions. Thats right, affirmative action for school discipline. Could Asian students be disciplined more to meet quota requirements? Thats what Trifecta thinks. Hear what race-based school discipline means for American education.

via PJTV – Suspending Disbelief: Obama Administration Proposes Race-Based School Discipline System – Trifecta.

Our Insane Society 07/23 by TickerGuy

We have far too many other deadly agents we use every day.  The theater shootings are terrible yes..but we have many more even deadly devices inside our homes every day.

Read the article linked in the following page then read the feedback as i debate the author.  After that listen to the the insane society linked podcast episode at the bottom on the page.

https://www.facebook.com/rweldon2/posts/388383477884303

 

Our Insane Society 07/23 by TickerGuy | Blog Talk Radio.

Here Come The Gun Control Folks

“mayor” Bloomberg has pined on the Colo shotings:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a long-time advocate ofgun control, called on both candidates to address what they would do to help prevent such tragedies.

“No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them concretely, not just in generalities –specifically what are they going to do about guns?” Bloomberg said today on WOR Radio. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

 

Gun control is why this murderous assailant managed to kill 20 people and nobody had a crack at shooting him, as they were unarmed.

Let’s look at the facts of this event.  Metal detectors and searches would have done nothing to prevent this, but would have treated every patron as a felon.  The assailant came in through a back door, which means he tampered with a crash-bar equipped exit at some previous time or had “help.”  Those exits are necessary for fire safety purposes.

Reports are that the assailant was wearing body armor.  This would have made him much more difficult to shoot and stop for an armed citizen, but body armor is not “bullet proof”; it is bullet resistent, and if you take a round in the chest while wearing it the energy is still dissipated on your chest — it just doesn’t make a hole.  Continuing to shoot people while being punched in the chest (pretty much what the shooter would be experiencing) would be difficult — but not impossible.

The presence of a bunch of openly-carried or concealed weapons might have done nothing.  A pistol against a guy toting a rifle or shotgun is not a “fair fight” but it beats nothing, which is what the victims had.  The option to fight back is better than no option at all, whether you can or do choose to use it or not.  Oh, and let’s not forget that it appears that Cinemark, the company that owns the theater, appears to prohibit by policy law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons.  If the assailant knew this (and it is, apparently, posted on signs at the ticket counter of at least some of their theaters) then he knew that every patron in the place was literally a walking target unable to defend him or herself as law-abiding citizens are disarmed by signs — but criminals are not.

via Market-Ticker – MarketTicker Forums.

The Penn State Scandal

I agree with vox on this one.  Take a gander at his posting below:

 

First, I would note that Paterno’s actions did not, in any way, make him “an accomplice to child rape”. An an accomplice is a person who is present at the scene of the crime, actively participates in its commission, and has the same degree of guilt as the person he or she is assisting, is subject to prosecution for the same crime, and faces the same criminal penalties. None of this applies to Paterno.

So, let’s take a look at what Paterno actually did, as opposed to the rhetorical exaggerations of the preening moralists who are presently in competition to see who can feign the most outrage:

Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who spent the last seven months examining the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, issued a damning conclusion Thursday: The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a “total and consistent disregard” for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity. That publicity, Mr. Freeh said Thursday, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paterno’s reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State “brand” and the university’s ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country….

Mr. Freeh’s investigation makes clear it was Mr. Paterno, long regarded as the single most powerful official at the university, who persuaded the university president and others not to report Mr. Sandusky to the authorities in 2001 after he had violently assaulted another boy in the football showers.

What is new here is that whereas before we knew that Paterno had reported Sandusky’s actions to the correct authorities, now we know that he was the one primarily responsible for matters not going any further. Whereas before it appeared that his only failing was the excusable moral one of doing no more than his legally defined duty, now we know that he was the main instigator of the coverup. This is a very different thing, and I note that it is actually considerably worse than anything Paterno’s most vehement critics accused him of doing previously.

And yes, it does change my opinion to a certain extent. In light of the latest revelations, I think it would be appropriate for the Penn State football program to receive the death sentence for three or four years from the NCAA. That would send the most unmistakable message to everyone, and would be the one punishment that Paterno would have felt most deeply. How Penn State chooses to respond is really no concern of mine, but as a general rule, I don’t favor whitewashing history. If I were the responsible individual at Penn State, I would not remove Paterno’s name from the various buildings he funded and tear down his statue, but rather seek to use him as an example to teach about the dangers that hubris poses to even the most upstanding and successful.

All men are fallen. I still think Paterno was, for the most part, a good man who made a very foolish and counterproductive attempt to protect his reputation and his football program. Was it wrong? Certainly. Did it have evil consequences? Most likely. Does it merit a harsh punishment? Definitely. But was it indicative of an evil or malevolent intent? I don’t believe so, and to conflate the moral failings of a Paterno with the overt and predatory evil of a Sandusky is a fundamental mistake. It is important to remember that this is not simply a Joe Paterno scandal, but rather a Penn State scandal.

The Freeh report is somewhat ironic in that Louis Freeh would certainly know a coverup when he sees one, given his involvement in similar whitewashes of Ruby Ridge and Waco.

via Vox Popoli.

The Death Of Medical Care (And Choice) [Market-Ticker]

I am going to cross post this to both blogs as this affects me both as a person and a business man.

 

Now consider this — the PPACA sets forth a “fine” (tax) of $2,000 per employee for a business that has 50 or more and does not provide “at least” the minimum “insurance” to all.

There is no health care plan I’m aware of that a business can buy today that costs less than $2,000 per employee per year, and which also meets the requirements in the law.  None.  That was almost impossible to meet back in 1995 for a healthy, 18 year old insured single male.  It’s flatly impossible now and it’s doubly-so if your workforce has other than 18-year old single, healthy males in it.  I know this to be factual because I was responsible for buying it for our employees as a CEO of a company.

Therefore the incentive is for all businesses to drop health care. 

Period.

Second, your choice is to either (1) buy and have said plan (whether through employment or individually) or pay a “fine” (tax) of 1% of income (increasing to 2.5% of AGI in 2016.)  The minimum “fine” is $95 starting in 2013, rising to $695 in 2016.  The average family income is about $50,000/year, which means that the fine (tax) will be $1,250 in 2016.  It’s less now.

You cannot buy health insurance at their “minimum level” for anything approaching $1,250 a year no matter how healthy you are at any age. 

The law prohibits insurance companies from charging you more if you’re sick, or refusing to cover you at all.  They must accept everyone on equal terms.

Therefore:

Businesses will drop coverage; it’s cheaper (by far) for them to pay the fine and, for those under 133% of the federal poverty level, those employees can go onto Medicaid.  This is a “family of four” income of $31,900 (as of today; it will go up of course.)  That’s roughly the second quintile.

Individuals will drop coverage and pay the fine, since it’s far cheaper than to buy the “insurance.”

Both will buy the “insurance” only when they get sick, since they cannot be upcharged.

The cost of “insurance” will thus skyrocket to 10x or more what it costs now, just as it would if you bought auto insurance only after you wrecked or homeowners insurance only after you had a fire.

At the higher price nobody will be able to afford to buy the insurance at all, since that will be indistinguishable from just paying for whatever is wrong with you, plus the insurance company markup.

In very short order the entire medical system and health insurance scheme will collapse, leaving only two choices — either a return to free market principles (including all I’ve argued for since this debate began) or a single-payer, fully-socialized system ala Canada.

You can bet the government will continue to try to change the terms of the deal — including ramping up the tax/fine and other games, to prevent this outcome, but they will fail.

Now the question becomes this:

Which Presidential political candidates have told you the above, and what are their answers to this dilemma?

Let’s go down the list.

We know what Obama’s is — he passed it.  You will lose your private health care under Obama.  Period.  We are headed for a fully-socialized medical system and a collapse of the current medical paradigm under Obama.

We know what Gary Johnson’s position is — he wants to “block grant” all Medicare and Medicaid to the states, cut the amount of money in the budget (all line items) 43% and repeal Obamacare (including the mandate.)  But he refuses to demand an end to the cost-shifting where Juanita the illegal Mexican immigrant who is 7-1/2 months pregnant while drug and alcohol dependent shows up in the hospital, in labor, and foists off a $2.5 million NICU and birth expense bill on you!  He also refuses to stop the drug companies from effectively forcing Americans to bear the cost of all drug and device development and he has refused to put a stop to differential billing.  The latter two only exist because of explicit federal laws that make lawful in the health industry market behaviors that are illegal in virtually every other line of work (see The Sherman Act, The Clayton Act, and Robinson-Patman for starters.)  All of these facts are why the costs are ramping in the first place, which means his plan will simply force the States into bankruptcy and continue screwing you at the same time.

We don’t know what Romney’s plan is in detail.  He’s been oddly silent in that regard.  He says “Obamacare is not the answer” but he passed it as Governor on a state basis!  He too advocates nothing to put a stop to the cost-shifting and anti-competitive acts of drug and device makers nor hospitals and other medical providers.  He too wants to block grant Medicaid but that does nothing to address the problem and will simply bankrupt the state budgets (as noted for Johnson.)   Conspicuously absent from Romney’s plan (as is true for Johnson) is (1) a repeal of EMTALA, (2) a demand for level, consistent pricing irrespective of how one pays for a service (3) and a demand to remove anti-competitive laws protecting differential billing across state and national boundaries (e.g. Viagra for $2 in Canada .vs. $20 here) so that Americans are not forced to subsdize everyone else in the world and you pay the same price as the guy next to you in the hospital for the same product or service, instead of 2x, 3x, 5x, or even 100x as much.

So we have three Presidential candidates, none of which will do a damn thing to fix what’s wrong with health care.  All three are promoting a path that will bankrupt the States, bankrupt the Federal Government, bankrupt you or all three.

via PPACA And The Death Of Medical Care (And Choice) in [Market-Ticker].

Obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000

The first, and best known, of these seven taxes that will hit all Americans as a result of Obamacare is the Individual Mandate Tax (no longer concealed as a penalty). This provision will require a couple to pay the higher of a base tax of $1,360 per year, or 2.5% of adjusted growth income starting with lower base tax and rising to this level by 2016.  Individuals will see a base tax of $695 and families a base tax of $2,085 per year by 2016.

Next up is the Medicine Cabinet Tax that took effect in 2011.  This tax prohibits reimbursement of expenses for over-the-counter medicine, with the lone exception of insulin, from an employee’s pre-tax dollar funded Health Saving Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).  This provision hurts middle class earners particularly hard since they earn enough to actually pay federal taxes, but not enough to make this restriction negligible.

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cap, which will begin in 2013, is perhaps the most hurtful provision to the middle class.  This part of the law imposes a cap of $2,500 per year (which is now unlimited) on the amount of pre-tax dollars that could be deposited into these accounts.  Why is this particularly hurtful to the middle class?  It is because funds in these accounts may be used to pay for special needs education for special needs children in the United States.  Tuition rates for this type of special education can easily exceed $14,000 per year and the use of pre-tax dollars has helped many middle income families.

Another direct hit to the middle class is the Medical Itemized Deduction Hurdle which is currently 7.5% of adjusted gross income.  This is the hurdle that must be met before medical expenses over that hurdle can be taken as a deduction on federal income taxes.  Obamacare raises this hurdle to 10% of adjusted gross income beginning in 2013.  Consider the middle class family with $80,000 of adjusted gross income and $8,000 of medical expenses.  Currently, that family can get some relief from being able to take a $2,000 deduction (7.5% X $80,000 = $6,000; $8,000 –$6,000 = $2,000).  An increase to 10% would eliminate the deduction in this example and if that family was paying a 25% federal tax rate, the real cost of that lost deduction would be $500.

The fifth new tax on the middle class, and all Americans, is the Health Savings Account (HSA) Withdrawal Tax Hike.  This provision increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10% currently to 20% beginning in 2013.  This provision actually sets these accounts apart from Investment Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other tax advantaged accounts, all of which remain with a 10% early withdrawal tax.

Another regressive tax that is part of this law began in 2010 and that is the Indoor Tanning Services Tax, which places a 10% excise tax on people using tanning salons.  While some may regard this as insignificant, the broader implication is that this act of taxation is a blatant move by the federal government to control the behavior of citizens.  This provision, as does the Individual Mandate and as Justice Kennedy said during the oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law said, “….fundamentally changes the relationship between the federal government and the citizen.”

The seventh new tax that directly impacts the middle class, along with all citizens, is the Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans or the “Cadillac” Health Insurance Plan Tax.  These are plans that provide extensive coverage and that are generally fully paid for, or largely paid for, by employers.  This provision imposes a 40% excise tax on the employer-paid premium on taxpayers who are covered by such plans, beginning in 2018.  The reason it begins in 2018 is because most unionized workers are covered by plans that fall under this definition and a deferral was made to spare union members from this tax for at least a period of time.

via Obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000.

Why Stand Your Ground Is a Must In Society.

Many people mistakenly believe one of the roles of government is to protect them from physical harm.   However, this is not the case.  One only has to look up the concept of “affirmative duty” to understand what the Supreme Court has defined as the role of any government entity in regard to protection of citizenry; both at Local/State and Federal levels.  In short it can be encapsulated as:

The burden to defend and or use deadly force, is a right that lies with you personally to act accordingly, and appropriately, should you fear for your life and/or limb.  The government does not have any affirmative duty to do this for you. 

In South v. Maryland, 59 U.S. (How.) 396, 15 L.Ed.433 (1856) – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local law-enforcement had no duty to protect individuals, but only a general duty to enforce the laws.  This is a distinction which needs to be clearly understood.

The affirmative duty to protect arises not from the State’s knowledge of the individual’s predicament, or from its expressions of intent to help him, but from the limitations which it has imposed on his freedom to act on his own behalf, through imprisonment, institutionalization, or other similar restraint of personal liberty.

If you are under the care or custody of the ‘state’ then, and only then, do they have a specific duty to protect you from harm.   Or, if the ‘state’ has diminished your capacity to protect yourself, then they “may” arguably be in a position of affirmative duty, but only to the extent the state has diminished your capacity to act on your own behalf.

In all other considerations the “state” only has the duty to enforce the law.

If law enforcement has no affirmative duty to protect the citizenry, which they absolutely do not, and the police have argued numerous times in court to prove they are under no responsibility to protect a person from physical harm, then why should the group without affirmative duty be espousing that an individual remove their legal and constitutional right to protect themselves.?

via Unwilling To Be Victimized – Vancouver Woman Whoops Two Teenage Attackers | The Last Refuge.

The Replulicrat Fawning Begins

I’m having fun sitting back watching all the repubs fawn over Romney.  The architect of Romneycare in mass.  Anyone who thinks he’s going to be massively different than Obama is in for a rude awakening.  I’ve been listening to Rush and he’s leading the fawning..it’ll be interesting to hear him try to cover tracks much like the Obamabots are trying to do right now..:)  It’s even more fun due to local folks i know and local pols are also doing fawning…trotting out the same lesser of two evil arguments.  If you vote the lesser of two evils you are still voting for evil.  Blaine Young also tried the “he has business experience” tack when I was able to call in but that doesn’t matter.  Look at his political record..Romneycare.  Obamacare(barring the Supremes doing something unconstitutional…aka..striking down the law) isn’t going anywhere.  If the law gets struck or gutted Romney will be there to replace it with something more onerous.  Romney is going to be Obama without the citizenship fraud and dark skin.

U.S. presidents above the law?

Through our nation’s history, our youth were always taught in school that the U.S. legal system was the most honest in the world, and that “no one is above the law.” Indeed, even grownups were inclined to swallow this Kool-Aid. Perhaps it was our egocentric arrogance that resulted in this self-delusion – a delusion that has become more apparent with each passing year in the country’s 236-year-old history.

Surely, at the dawn of the new republic and for many decades if not the greater part of a few centuries thereafter, the ethics, morality and, to put it simply, our sense of right and wrong were more strongly developed than they are today. The inherent spiral downward that followed has, however – I am sure we all can agree – reached cataclysmic proportions during the last 20 years, coinciding with the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Hussein Obama.

During the Clinton years, Bill and Hillary, who I dubbed the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics, committed more than 40 major scandals, ranging from Chinagate to Filegate to Travelgate and Interngate. Indeed, Monica Lewinsky was the least of this criminal duo’s criminal misbehavior, as they sold out American high technology secrets to the communist Chinese in exchange for bribes, a clear act of treason. It was only a sex scandal of the Monica Lewinsky variety that caused the mainstream media and even Fox News to veer away from the real crimes of Chinagate and the misuse of confidential FBI files against the Clintons’ perceived adversaries.

During the Bush years, W. ceded nearly total authority to his dictatorial Vice President Dick Cheney, whom he lovingly called “Vice.” Cheney went on to order not only illegal warrantless wiretaps on American citizens and the jailing of American citizens without a right to legal counsel, but also was instrumental in committing U.S. troops to a senseless nine-year war in Iraq – which war resulted in more than 4,000 American deaths, more than 45,000 GIs maimed, all under the ex post facto manufactured precept that the United States, having admirably ridden the world of Saddam Hussein, needed to install democracy in an Arab state. Of course this was folly; the Arabs don’t know and, even after the so-called Arab spring, don’t want democracy as we know it. They want Islam to rule over the world, and to this end they have now installed radical Muslim Brotherhood-like terrorist financed regimes throughout the Middle East. Iraq, for instance, is now run by Shiite leaders loyal to the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the United States. So much for so-called Arab democracy and “Vice’s” fraudulent and stupid world vision. And so much for having sacrificed American lives and well-being and our nation’s hard-earned dollars for this “Arab cause.” Dick Cheney, W’s “Vice,” led brave Americans to their senseless slaughter and lifelong disfigurement.

Then there is the regime of Barack Hussein Obama. Having defrauded American voters that he is eligible to be president, given that he is not a “natural born citizen” as required by the Constitution, for “good measure” he spent the next four years not only foisting his evil socialist, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, pro-Muslim agenda on our nation and Israel, but also compromising the national security of both countries. His latest criminal atrocities include, but are not limited to, releasing into the public domain highly classified national security information about how we spy on Iranian nuclear sites, select drone targets to eliminate terrorists, how we killed Osama bin Laden, how we used cyber-warfare to attack Iranian atomic bomb plants, how we plan to wage war against Iran if we are drawn into a unilateral Israeli attack on the nuclear bomb plants and a host of other outrageous national security breaches and acts (such as not destroying the drone that fell into Iranian hands), which were intended or have the affect of aiding and abetting foreign enemies of the United States. These treasonous acts – undertaken not just to boost his re-election prospects but obviously also to help his Muslim brothers in Iran and elsewhere – are so severe that even hapless and two-faced members of the Washington establishment club, like Republican Sen. John McCain, have been forced, thanks to my and your outcries, to finally speak up in protest – having been largely silent for the better part of Obama’s presidency. Obama’s treasonous acts are the most serious and damaging in American history!

In this context, consider that while the U.S. legal establishment has never seen fit to indict, try and convict a president, many other countries – nations which we believe incorrectly are less ethical and legally minded than ourselves – have done so. Western democracies like France and Italy have in the recent past charged their presidents and prime ministers, such as Jacque Chirac and Silvio Berlusconi, with high crimes and misdemeanors for bribery and misuse of their office. And, Israel, our only ally in the Middle East and a bastion of Judeo-Christian heritage and law, recently indicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for bribery and other crimes while he was mayor of Jerusalem. If this is not insulting enough to the so-called American legal system’s fraudulent claim that it holds “no one above the law,” consider that even countries like Brazil, Pakistan, Karachi, Turkey, Croatia, Taiwan and Liberia – to name just a few – have held their nation’s leaders and former leaders accountable to the rule of law by criminally charging them.

via U.S. presidents above the law.

The Teacher’s Union Gets Paid The Students Loose

This school board caved to the teachers.  First they are doing this work to contract stuff and now through their temper tantrums they get over 6 million more in pay..and the students loose not only people but needed programs that help them.  This is insanity.  It’s time for the BOCC to tell these clowns you won’t get any more money than what’s allocated last year..period.  The fact that spending increased nearly in lockstep with teacher’s pay is disgusting.

 

The elimination of media assistants was one of several cuts the school board made while building its spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget — which represents a $6 million increase over fiscal 2012 — also includes less money for supplies and school materials and a deferal of $1.9 million in textbook replacements.

In exchange for these cuts, school officials were able to avoid class size increases and furlough days for staff — which had been proposed in earlier versions of the spending plan.

The adopted budget allocates $1.2 million to support enrollment growth and building expansion, $861,000 for the opening of the new Carroll Creek Montessori Charter School and $2.6 million to continuation of existing programs and services.

The budget also includes a $6.8 million resource pool dedicated to salary increases, which serves as a placeholder while the school board completes negotiations with its three employee unions.

via Gazette.Net: Frederick eliminates school media assistant positions.

When the President Ignores the Law That’s Ground for Impeachment

I won’t happen because right now the American people won’t stand up for our nation’s Constitution and laws….but if they would it’s time for this lawbreaker to get removed.  Keep in mind that when you remove Barak his next in line(Biden) won’t be any better.  I can’t for sure about the current speaker but i wouldn’t be surprised if he got removed too.

Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce see his decision to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, his decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and his administration’s contempt for national-security confidentiality and Senate and House subpoenas to the attorney general. If one individual can decide to exempt nearly a million residents from the law — when he most certainly could not get the law amended or repealed through proper legislative or judicial action — then what can he not do? Obama is turning out to be the most subversive chief executive in terms of eroding U.S. law since Richard Nixon.

via Are We in Revolutionary Times? – By Victor Davis Hanson – The Corner – National Review Online.

My Contributions Statement

I Will NOT accept any kind of monetary or financial contributions towards my campaign for city council.  If you want to assist you can help me by getting the word about me and my campaign.  This is going to be a verbal, word of mouth campaign only.  As far as I’m concerned this is the purest way to run a campaign and that is how I intend to go about this.  It’s how I advertise my business and I’m not going to change that for my City Council run.  Also I’m not going to be posting any direct links to my business on any post in regards to my run.  This is my personal blog and if I am elected no official posts will appear here.

A Run For City Council

I never thought i would do this…but i’m going to run for Brunswick City Council.  Not that anything is really wrong…but I would like to get more involved.  I currently run my own business, Emmanuel Computer Consulting and I work for a lawn mowing company that does a number of lawns in the city Mike’s Mowing.  3 days a week i’m around the city cutting fellow citizen’s lawns.      I’ll be posting more about my reasons for running and my concerns in subsequent days.