Saturday, May 31, 2014

Creative accounting at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

To defend those financial sinners, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their apologists, speculators in their stock, lawyers for the speculators, and financial reporters who should know better, have been frequently repeating that Fannie and Freddie "have repaid every penny they borrowed from the government." This is not correct. Before you can repay any obligation’s principal, you first have to pay the interest, or in the precise Fannie and Freddie case, the dividends on their bailout preferred stock. To see the obvious error of the apologists’ claim, simply consider the example of an interest-only loan at 5% with a 20-year maturity. You pay the 5% interest and nothing else for 20 years and have thus paid an amount equal to the principal of the loan. But your banker would certainly be surprised if you thereby claimed that you had paid off the loan! Of course you still owe the whole thing.

In Fannie and Freddie’s case, the question is complicated because the government changed the definition of the required dividend. But let us suppose it hadn’t, and the dividend was always and is still the original 10% (a fantastic deal for the insolvent Fannie and Freddie, by the way, which only a government could give). If Fannie and Freddie had always paid the 10% dividend, and then used any additional amount of their payments to the government to reduce the principal, how much would they still owe? A huge amount: $65 billion (according to the calculation of hedge fund manager Bill Ackman).

Suppose in the future Fannie and Freddie could succeed in paying the remaining $65 billion of the bailout preferred stock off. Then their capital would be zero. But it needs to be 5% of total assets, the same standard as for every other big financial institution. To get to the minimum standard would require about $265 billion in earnings they would have to retain or new shares they would have to sell.

The sinners thus have a total of $330 billion of penance left to go.

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2nd Amendment

Michael Waldman’s history of the most ambiguous part of the Bill of Rights covers 200 years of uneventful jurisprudence. Then in 2008, everything changed.

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed."

In his tart, concise The Second Amendment: A History, Michael Waldman quotes that statement from Abraham Lincoln by way of explaining that judges, even Supreme Court justices, are not much different from politicians when it comes to public opinion: It informs, even where it does not direct, their actions and decisions.

Waldman argues persuasively that it was no coincidence that the Supreme Court only got around to affirming the individual’s right to gun ownership in 2008by then the court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was more or less in line with public opinion, which itself had changed markedly over time, thanks largely to a two-pronged propaganda blitz by the National Rifle Association and the equally vociferous arguments of conservative legal scholars. In 1959, a Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning handguns; by 2012, that figure had dropped to 24 percent. Waldman is not cynically suggesting that the Supreme Court is a slave to public opinion. Rather, he is pointing out what should be obvious but is too often ignored: The court does not operate in a vacuum. Our view of the Second Amendment, he writes, "is set at every stage [of the nation’s history], not by a pristine constitutional text, but by the push-and-pull, the rough-and-tumble of political advocacy and public agitation."

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Viking artefacts in U.S.

A group of amateur archaeologists searching for the remains of a native american settlements near the town of Cheboygan, on the coast of Lake Huron, have uncovered a large quantity of artefacts, allegedly of Norse or Viking origin. A total of 194 objects, mostly made from various metals including silver, iron, copper and tin, were found on what could be the site of an ancient viking trade post, controlling the Straights of Mackinac, that leads to Lake Michigan.

The artefacts are of various nature and geographical origin. Swords, axes and other weapons from Scandinavian or Germanic origin, silver buttons and a balance scale allegedly from the British isles, hair combs and knife handles made of walrus ivory and originating from Greenland or Iceland… The presence of all these goods suggests an elaborate and efficient economic system based on long-distance trade.

Archaeologists had been searching the eastern coast of North America for signs of the passage of Norsemen, ever since the discovery in 1960 of the site of l’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada. Many items found on that first site had suggested that an elaborate network of trade existed between that specific Norse colony and the American continent. Such clues included the remains of butternuts, which didn’t grow on any land north of the province of New Brunswick, and therefore had to be "imported". Other possible Norse outposts were identified in 2012, in Nanook, in the Tanfield Valley on Baffin Island, as well as in Nunguvik, on the Willows Island and the Avayalik Islands.

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It's not legal to store stuff in your garage

How far will the government go to infringe on your rights?

In San Francisco, residents aren’t even allowed to store their own belongings in their home.

Residents of the liberal city are banned from using their garage to store any personal property other than a vehicle. Chapter Six of the San Francisco Housing Code states, "Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles." Those who violate the law can be slapped with a $500 fine.

So, every time San Francisco residents store their bikes, tools, lawn mowers and other items in their garage, they are breaking the law.

What ever happened to property rights?

Could this happen in your area?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Donald Trump's $50 million challenge

If only we had a media that did their jobs. Can you imagine what Obama's birther poll numbers would really be if they actually reported all the details surrounding the Obama ID fraud issue? Heck, Obama never would have been allowed to run in the first place if they had done their jobs back in 2007/2008.

In the news media world he who has the bigger ink barrel usually always wins out the day. When 0ne basically has all the so-called mainstream media outlets, including many conservative outlets, in their back pocket they are free to run roughshod over the country with little consequence. That is what the American people are up against. The mainstream media works day and night protecting Obama and other Democrats. That is as clear as day.

It's pretty sad when news outlets in the United Kingdom report Trump's $50 million dollar offer and our media remains silent. If it wasn't for the Internet many Americans would have no clue as to what is really going on...

The UK Daily Mail reports: Donald Trump now thinks there's 'a very good chance' Obama dodged a $50 million offer to see his student records because Obama PRETENDED to be Kenyan in order to attract financial aid.

'Because if you say you were born in Kenya, you got aid, and you got into colleges,' Trump said, 'People were doing that.'


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Four dead in Ohio....oops, 23 dead in New Orleans

23 people got shot in New Orleans this past Memorial Day weekend. Yet our country & its media crumbled to its knees when some loser college kid snaps by stabbing his roommates, their friend & shooting three random students. I feel bad for the CA victims & their loved ones; though excuse me if I can't equate one act of random violence compared to my city being under siege with people getting shot everyday.

And guns are not the problem nor the reason why New Orleans has been under siege for a long time. There are plenty of guns in St. Tammany Parish, and they're not under siege. The destruction of the family unit is.

Fact is, young black males who come from fatherless homes, who are poverty stricken and uneducated are the reason New Orleans is under siege. 72% of black children are born out of wedlock in America, and 50% won't graduate High School. Besides being horrifying, those statistics are the reason why New Orleans is under siege.

People say they want to have this conversation, but they really don't. Because if they really did, the conversation would have to begin with the destruction of the family unit, and those disastrous statistics.

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JohnHanson, who?

You don’t know, I know you don’t know, I didn't know until today.

Who Was Our First President?

I thought George Washington was our first President What do I know!

I’m sure that George Washington was your best guess. After all, no one else comes to mind. But think back to your history books The United States Declared its independence in 1776, yet George Washington did not take Office until April 30, 1789.

So who was running the country during these initial years of this young country? It was the first eight U. S.. Presidents. In fact, the first President of the United States was one John Hanson. I can hear you now

John who? John Hanson, the first President of the United States . Don’t go checking the encyclopedia for this guy’s name he is one of those great men that are lost to history. If you’re extremely lucky, you may actually find a brief mention of his name.

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Blacks participated in slavery

A reader's comment to a Yahoo News story....

Many people probably do not know that blacks participated in slavery. According to the 1830 U.S. Federal census there were over 3700 free black slaveholders that owned almost 13,000 fellow blacks as slaves. In South Carolina in 1860 there were about 100 free blacks that owned slaves and in Louisiana some of the largest slave owners were free blacks. The father of Southern slavery was a free black--Anthony Johnson. He went before the courts of Virginia (English Courts) in 1654-1655 and claimed lifetime ownership of John Casor a fellow black which he was granted. Prior to this 7 year indentured servitude had existed in the South to pay for ship passage to America . In contrast The Pilgrims began enslaving Indians immediately after their arrival in 1620. Massachusetts was the 1st colony to legalize Slavery by statute in 1641. The 1st Slave ship in America "The Desire" was fitted out in 1637 in Marblehead, Massachusetts and was Jewish owned. Early on slave traders were Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, and French. When America got into the slave business it was the colonies/states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New York that brought the slaves from Africa to America. 50% or more of the American slave trade was Jewish owned. Aaron Lopez was the largest of the slave trade entrepreneurs. The DeWolf family owned slave auction houses. There were 54,200 trips to and from Africa from 1440-1870 by ship for slaves. Not one of these ships ever flew a Southern state flag or the Confederate flag but a lot of them flew the U.S. flag--the stars and stripes. Dishonest Northern historians have omitted all these facts from American history books.

Accidental voting

No word on who he voted for, but there is one party that is committed to fighting for the rights of the undead to vote while denouncing any Voter ID measure as racist.
Evelyn E. Burwell’s family was surprised to learn she voted in the 2012 general and primary elections. They knew she was an avid voter, but she’s been dead since 1997.

Burwell is one of about 6,100 deceased people still registered to vote in Nassau County, a Newsday computer analysis shows. The former Wantagh resident, who died at age 74, is also among roughly 270 people that records show voted in Nassau County after dying, a group that includes a man who voted 14 times since his death.

John Burwell, Evelyn Burwell’s son, said he will ensure his mother is removed from the rolls. Burwell, 66, of Levittown, said someone should be held accountable for the condition of the voter rolls.

Newsday is insisting that it’s all bunch of accidents and coincidences, but to believe that you have to also believe that another Evelyn Burwell suddenly showed up in the area. It’s far more likely that the difficulty cleaning up voter rolls and the bans against voter IDs are being exploited by the same party that is fighting against any voter roll cleanups or voter IDs.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Porn under attack by the Progressives

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our moralistic Department of Justice would be trying to shut down porn stars. And they were right: I voted for Romney, and sure enough, the Department of Justice is trying to shut down porn stars. Along with a lot of other, perfectly legal businesses. But I'll bet if Romney were in the White House, there'd be more coverage in the press.

A while back, some adult performers "noticed" that banks were terminating their accounts. The reason, it turned out, was a Justice Department program called "Operation Choke Point." This program, apparently, seeks to target businesses regarded as undesirable like porn by hitting them at a financial "choke point": their bank accounts.

Though the Justice Department can't prosecute people for making porn, because the First Amendment prohibits that, and too many people would think of them as blue-nosed morality police, which is politically undesirable, it can use its power to put them out of business extra-legally, by pressuring banks to cut off their accounts. Prosecutors and regulators have a lot of discretion, and the threat to use (or abuse) that discretion in ways that make banks uncomfortable provides a lot of leverage. Sure, banks make money off of the accounts of porn performers (and other targeted businesses), but not enough to make up for the hassle of being targeted for harassment by the feds.

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Pentagon prepares for domestic unrest?

A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration's potential use of military force against Americans.

The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest.

"This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens," said a defense official opposed to the directive.

Directive No. 3025.18, "Defense Support of Civil Authorities," was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders "are provided emergency authority under this directive."

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Scabies is spreading in south Texas

Diseases can easily pass from one country to the next according to Hidalgo County Health Department director Eddie Olivarez.

"Believe it or not we also have illnesses that go from the U.S. south so it's very fluid both ways," he said.

A skin disease coming into the Rio Grande Valley concerns Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council.

He told Action 4 News about 10-25 percent of undocumented immigrants agents catch have scabies and now agents are concerned for their health and well-being.

"A lot of people (are) coming in with the disease, and it seems to be spreading, not just within the McAllen station, but throughout the Valley and to some of our agents," he said.

Action 4 News received many unconfirmed reports of illegal immigrants being isolated for having confirmed cases of scabies.

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Boobs that glow

Well they’re not really glow in the dark, but when you shut the lights of and you press a flashlight against her boobs, the implant glows like the sun. They light up like a jack-o-lantern. I like to call it a "Boob-o-Lantern".

Her name is Lacey Wildd and she is featured on TLC's "My Strange Addiction". She has had over 30 plastic surgery procedures. She has also spent over $250,000 on plastic surgery and she is planning on doubling the size of her breasts to QQQ. Enjoy this video and her glow in the dark boobs....

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(Go ahead and take a peek, the wife won't know you looked)
 

Dressing for success

He wanted to commit mass murder in the name of Islam and jihad, and now he wants taxpayers to provide him clothing that reflects those same religious beliefs. And when Judge Scriven granted him permission not to stand when she entered, was she aware of the fact that Osmakac’s remaining seated signifies that he doesn’t respect Infidel laws or authorities, but only the law of Allah, and would consider standing for an American judge tantamount to idolatry showing respect that is due only to Allah. It is, in other words, a statement of complete disrespect for and rejection of the authority of the court and of U.S. law in general. As such, it should never have been permitted in a U.S. court. But the willful ignorance is all-pervasive.

Oh, and Sami Osmakac is not an Arab. It isn’t Arab clothing he wants to wear. It’s Islamic clothing.

Sami Osmakac is asking taxpayers to provide him traditional Arab clothing for him to wear when he goes on trial next week on charges he plotted a terrorist attack in Tampa.

Osmakac’s lawyer told a federal magistrate this morning that Osmakac’s family doesn’t want to pay to clothe him in a robe garment called a thobe and a head wrap known as a keffiyeh. Lawyer George Tragos said he couldn’t say why Osmakac wants to wear the clothes. U.S. Magistrate Anthony Porcelli planned to confer with District Judge Mary Scriven about what clothing might be available for Osmakac to wear.

The judge has previously given Osmakac permission not to stand when the judge or jury enters the courtroom because of his religious beliefs. Potential jurors will be asked whether they can still be fair to him, given that belief.

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Liberal intolerance

Dr. Ben Carson has had enough with the double standard in academia and the media when it comes to tolerating the difference of opinions.

Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Carson blasted progressives who want to tear down those whose views are not in line with liberal orthodoxy and politically correct.

"They want to destroy your business. They want to destroy your character. They want to get rid of you," Carson said. "Whatever happened to tolerance? It seems like it only works in one direction."

Carson himself was targeted by the thought police in 2013 when the White House demanded that he apologize to President Barack Obama after his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013.

Carson blasted college campuses and liberals for pitting one group against another and cultivating what he said was a liberal intolerance of differing views.

"War on women. Age wars. Race wars. Gender wars. Income wars," Carson said. "This is destructive. It is right out of the playbook of Saul Alinsky."

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fidel Castro, capitalist

Fidel Castro once claimed that he lived a life of exemplary revolutionary frugality on a salary of merely $36 per month. "Lies," said Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, 65, who served as a bodyguard for the former Cuban leader for 17 years and has published a book of memoirs portraying Castro as a sort of feudal lord who ran the island like it was a personal fiefdom.

Castro controlled about 20 luxury homes, a Caribbean island getaway with a pool and dolphins, the 88-foot yacht Aquarama II, and several fishing vessels whose catch was sold for dollars deposited in his accounts, according to Sanchez.

"He always claims he lives frugally. Lies. He lives in a luxury that most Cubans can’t even imagine," Sanchez told el Nuevo Herald in his first interview after writing his book, The Secret Life of Fidel Castro, published Wednesday in France.

"Contrary to what he has always said, Fidel has never renounced capitalist comforts or chosen to live in austerity. Au contraire, his mode de vie is that of a capitalist," says the book, written with Axel Gyldén, a senior journalist at L’Express magazine in France. "This is the first time someone from Castro’s intimate circle, someone who was part of the system and a first-hand witness to these events, has spoken," Gyldén told journalists.

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New York Times

Within my lifetime, The New York Times will close its doors for good. "It’s not even a newspaper anymore," Dennis Miller likes to say. "It’s just a building acrobats climb."

So adding to the thousands of words already written about the dismissal of its first female executive editor Jill Abramson (allegedly for being "bossy" and/or demanding the same compensation as her male counterparts) seems as peevish and pointless as picking apart a condemned man’s last meal.

Especially because we can never really know what goes on behind closed doors, of either the bedroom or the office variety. Reading articles about places I’ve worked, people I’ve known, and events I’ve attended helped convince me long ago that journalism is mostly bunk.

"If Abramson’s ‘management style’ was a firing offense, can we talk about that time ‘Pinch’ Sulzberger brought a stuffed moose to an all-hands staff meeting?"

The Times itself contributed to my skepticism. This is, after all, the newspaper that won a Pulitzer for intentionally lying about Stalin’s starvation of a million Ukrainians; that manufactured and marketed the socially toxic urban legends surrounding Kitty Genovese's murder; that ran hundreds of Jayson Blair’s fabricated storiesand got the dates of the moon landing and Martin Luther King’s assassination wrong (among many other things) in the paper’s Walter Cronkite obit.

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Double standards

When a man attacks a woman in public people defend her but when the tables are turned, people simply laugh.

That’s the disturbing finding of a public experiment conducted in a London park filmed for an advertisement about domestic violence against men.

The video, created by DareLondon for the Mankind Initiative, shows how shocked and angry onlookers quickly intervene when the male actor fakes a violent assault on his ‘girlfriend’ also an actor.

But when they change roles the public’s reaction caught on three hidden cameras is entirely different.

Onlookers can be seen laughing as the woman physically abuses and belittles her partner in full view of dozens of people.

The video has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and is generating discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ViolenceIsViolence.

While the majority of family violence victims in Australia are women, domestic abuse against men is more common than often thought.

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Speech police

Not content with restricting what we can say in public whether we’re football fans referring to ourselves as ‘Yids’ or Christian preachers having a pop at homosexuality the new speech police now want to control what we can say in private. Slowly, tentatively, today’s self-styled warriors against hateful or offensive speech are turning their attentions from the public square to the private sphere, desiring nothing less than the punishment of men and women for saying apparently bad things in their own homes or in utterly cut-off chats with mates. Having outlawed certain forms of public speech, they’re now hell-bent on criminalising certain forms of private chatter, and even thought itself.

Over the past month, there have been a handful of scary cases on both sides of the Atlantic that have exposed our betters’ latent urge to violate the once-sacred space of private life and tell us what we can think and say there. In Britain, the chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, was hauled over the coals for things he said in private conversations with, as he describes them, ‘friends of many years’. In the course of completely private email chats, Scudamore used fruity or sexist language (depending on your point of view) to describe women. His friends and he referred to someone having sex with ‘skinny big-titted broads’. They used Carry On-style double entendres in a chat about golf, with one saying he had spent ‘all day fending Edna off my graphite shaft’. (The subject of that somewhat infantile banter, one Peta Bistany, says she wasn’t offended by the emails.) They also said ‘female irrationality increases exponentially depending on how many members join your family’.

His emails were leaked to the Sunday Mirror by his PA, Rani Abraham, who has since become a feminist icon and tabloid star for claiming she felt ‘humiliated and belittled’ by Scudamore’s email banter. It is testament to how far today’s poisonous culture of betrayal-sanctioning, Wikileaks-style leaking has gone when a woman who read and then helped to publish a man’s private thoughts is treated as the hero of the story. Truly do we live in an Orwellian society when snitching is treated as the highest public duty, and public exposure of someone for having the ‘wrong’ private thoughts is applauded by media and politicians. When the inhabitants of foreign authoritarian regimes take relish in publicly denouncing someone who has problematic private attitudes, we frown; when someone does it over here, we cheer.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Detroit, Carjack City

When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as "Carjack City," and many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill a tank.

So gas stations are taking steps to protect customers, and the city has formed a special police team to go after suspects. Convicted carjackers will even get their faces and prison sentences plastered onto billboards.

"You need to catch these people and make a good example of them," said Mousa Bazzi, who owns a Mobil station in a semi-desolate neighborhood bordering Detroit's east riverfront. He keeps his business well-lit and continually has two to four employees inside to ensure "there's always an extra hand or two" in case of trouble.

Authorities blame many of the carjackings, ironically, on improvements in vehicle security. Anti-theft equipment, GPS systems and advanced locks now prevent many vehicles from being driven without a key in the ignition.

That makes it difficult or impossible for thieves to steal parked cars, leading them to target vehicles that are occupied, said Jonathan Parnell, of Detroit's auto-theft squad.

Also contributing to the thefts is a strong demand for stolen wheels and tires, police said.

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Women in the military

For years we have been hearing that women are just like men except for a few minor anatomical differences and therefore all (lucrative) occupations that were once male should be opened to women. No sooner is this transformation enacted by government or corporations in some specific arena than it is openly admitted that women are very different from men and the workplace must be transformed to accommodate these differences.

An announcement by a Naval commander typifies this phenomenon. The Navy once decided it must have women sailors because women are just like men. Now the Navy says it can’t retain women sailors because women are not just like men. From the AP:

The Navy retains female sailors at half the rate it holds on to men. One result is that it doesn’t have enough senior enlisted women on some ships stationed overseas, leaders of the Navy say.

The Navy’s top commander for personnel said the service has repeatedly learned problems develop if a ship has many junior enlisted females but no senior enlisted women on board to mentor them.

Vice Adm. William Moran told reporters during a visit to Pearl Harbor on Thursday he thinks the fundamental reason is that women want to start families and need more time to do so. This often makes women choose between staying in uniform and starting a family, he said.

"What can we do different that doesn’t make that choice so hard? Or gives them an opportunity to go and then come back?" Moran said.

And:

Legislation before the U.S. Congress may also help. The Military Opportunities for Mothers Act would enable women giving birth an additional six weeks off unpaid, for a total of three months of maternity leave.

Just take in the chilling, Communistic ugliness of that phrase for a moment: The Military Opportunities for Mothers Act. What a wonderful euphemism for institutionalized child abuse. What a succinct summary of the reduction of woman to a unit of production and tool of the State-God.

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Gambia, fail

The president of Gambia has threatened to kill any citizen of his country who cites persecution of LGBT people in seeking asylum abroad.

"Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in the Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. If I catch them I will kill them," President Yahya Jammeh said in a speech in the city of Basse last week, according to African news service APA.

Possibly alluding to a 2013 parliamentary report that challeged procedures for those seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, Jammeh claim that British authorities think some Gambian refugees are lying about being gay, and have decided to administer tests to confirm asylum-seekers’ sexual orientation.

Jammeh, who has ruled Gambia in dictatorial fashion since 1994, is well known for his antigay views. In a speech earlier this year celebrating the nation’s Independence Day, he referred to gay people as "vermins." Last year, addressing the United Nations, he called same-sex attraction "more deadly than all natural disasters put together" and one of the "biggest threats to human existence." In 2008 he told gay and lesbian Gambians to leave the country or face execution by beheading.

As it is, Gambian law criminalizes sexual contact between people of the same gender, with a punishment of up to 14 years in prison.

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(I wonder what Eric Holder thinks about this because we have been told that blacks are not racist or homophobic.)


Iran and headscarves

Thousands of women in Iran have shared photos of themselves without the mandatory headscarf (I.e. hijab). The popular action has so far attracted more than 300 thousand users on Facebook and thousands of Twitter users tweeting under the hashtag #MyStealthyFreedom. The Facebook page was created by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist living in exile in London, England.

Attempting to spread fear among Iranian civil society, *Tasnim, a state-run news agency in Iran controlled and operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC), interviewed Hadi Sharifi, a "media activist" (I.e. Regime propaganda activist), who attempted to send the message to campaign supporters: stop, or else.

In the interview Sharifi accused Alinejad of being associated with the CIA and explained that those who have "liked" the campaign's Facebook page did so to stay informed of the developments instead of being aligned or supportive of the cause. Sharifi said that if women feel it is their right to show off their beauty, or appear any which way they desire in society, or reveal their beauty to men, then they should also consider the right of men to enjoy women. He attempted to explain that because it is natural and instinctual for a man to be drawn to the beauty of a woman and seek sex with her, it is a man's right to benefit from what he loves. Sharifi said that when a man forces himself onto a woman because she is "showing off her beauty", this [should not] be considered rape.

Sharifi said since men have not granted women permission to show off their beauty, then men who become aroused by the "nakedness" of women do not need the permission of women to pursue their sexual urges.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Employer provided health care disappearing

There are many problems with the employer-provided health insurance model. It was first implemented as a way to get around FDR’s wage controls during the Great Depression, and by all rights should never have existed in the first place. Tying health insurance to employment. instead of a system that favors individual plans purchased by individuals. is awkward, inefficient, and in many cases unjust.

However, a shift from corporate control to government control is far, far worse. With an employer, workers at least have some degree of choice. If you are dissatisfied with your health coverage, you can either purchase an individual policy or search for another job with better coverage. Under government control, many people have no such option. They are locked into a monopolistic system that fails to account for individual wants and needs.

Obama famously promised that if you like your health insurance plan, you would be able to keep it. We have already seen that for millions of people, this was a flat out lie. The extent to which ObamaCare would be disruptive to existing health insurance plans, however, may have been underestimated by even the law’s greatest skeptics.

A new study from S&P Capital IQ concludes that, due to the rising cost of health insurance, employers will be dropping coverage in droves over the next few years. By 2020, the authors estimate, roughly 90 percent of workers currently covered by their employers will have been dropped and transferred to the ObamaCare exchanges.

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Energy and politics

Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015.

In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from "political limbo."

"After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership," the groups say.

The letter comes as conservationists send their own entreaty to Hillary Clinton, asking the former Secretary of State to join their crusade against Keystone XL. It also is delivered to Capitol Hill shortly after a Senate stalemate on an energy efficiency bill also killed a plan to bring the pro-Keystone legislation to a vote.

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Reincarnation?

A 3-year-old boy in the Golan Heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. He showed village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man’s skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon was found, and upon digging, they did indeed found an axe there.

In his book, "Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today," German therapist Trutz Hardo tells this boy’s story, along with other stories of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy. The boy’s story was witnessed by Dr. Eli Lasch, who is best known for developing the medical system in Gaza as part of an Israeli government operation in the 1960s. Dr. Lasch, who died in 2009, had recounted these astounding events to Hardo.

The boy was of the Druze ethnic group, and in his culture the existence of reincarnation is accepted as fact. His story nonetheless had the power to surprise his community.

He was born with a long, red birthmark on his head. The Druse believe, as some other cultures do, that birthmarks are related to past-life deaths. When the boy was old enough to talk, he told his family he had been killed by a blow to the head with an axe.

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Inside the wire

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader "who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.," according to Fox News.

Bin Bayyah is reported to have been one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa that endorsed resistance against Americans fighting in Iraq, PJ Media reported in 2013, when Bin Bayyah met with Obama’s National Security Council staff at the White House.

The CT Bureau tweet linked to a press release on Bin Bayyah’s site condemning the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram group.

However, Bin Bayyah himself has been known to back controversial causes.

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Mormon alphabet

Like the Cherokee before them, the Mormons were eager to invent new symbols for written language. But unlike Sequoyah, who was creating a syllabary for a language that had no written expression, the Mormons wanted to abandon the Latin alphabet in favor of a completely new alphabet and orthography for the English language. Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 to 1877, became interested in spelling reform after taking shorthand classes with British convert George D. Watt. He enlisted Watt to create symbols that they hoped would streamline English spelling.

In an article in the Deseret News from December 26, 1855, Watt praised the sensible nature of the Cherokee written language, saying,
all the credit is due to [Sequoyah] for first discovering in modern times that language is based upon but a few elementary sounds, and that marks appropriated to such would supply the means of writing them in all their combinations to make words. …What a pity that people are so wedded to their traditions, as to cling to them with eager tenacity, even when it is self evident that they are not founded in the common sense of truth! This is a mournful fact alike with the Hindoo and his avatars, and the scholar and his English orthography…The incarnations of the Hindoo gods are very numerous, but the inconsistencies of English orthography are infinite.
Young wholeheartedly agreed. In 1853, he directed Watt and the Board of Regents of the University of Deseret (which was founded by the Mormon settlers in 1850 and later became the University of Utah) to create a new alphabet that would make learning English easier. At the time, many non- English-speaking immigrants, particularly those from Scandinavian countries, were settling in the Utah Territory. Young wanted them to be able to learn English quickly so they could more easily become part of the Mormon community. He also wanted to decrease the amount of time children would have to spend in school learning how to spell.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Do as we say, or else

Democrats have a new message for House Republicans who have been reluctant to take up a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year: Pass a bill in six weeks, or watch the White House take action on its own.

Four Senate Democratic leaders told reporters on Thursday they want House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring legislation to the floor "before the August break," or else President Obama would begin taking executive action on immigration issues.

"Here is the bottom line," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. "They have about a six-week window, from June 10 after the last Republican primary till the August recess. If they don't pass immigration reform then, the president will have no choice but to act on his own."

Democrats said they would not accept piecemeal legislation, either, despite Boehner’s promise to take up immigration reform in increments.

"We are not going to go along with minor fixes that fail to address the huge systematic problems of our immigration system today," Schumer said.

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Liberals are insane, example #43569

Environmental activists and wildlife preservation advocates are a step closer to getting a "rights of nature" concept written into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.

Boulder County Planning Commission members agreed Wednesday night on a thus-far-unofficial comprehensive plan addition declaring county government's responsibility to support the continued existence of all of the county's "naturally occurring ecosystems and their native species populations."

That statement, based on a proposal submitted by the Audubon Society of Boulder County, might not go far enough to satisfy some of the people who have been pushing for more than a year to have Boulder County declare that plants and animals have certain legal rights.

It doesn't actually include the phrase "rights of nature," for example.

It may still go too far, though, for some foes of the "rights of nature" movement, including people who warn that writing such a policy into an official government document would give plants and wildlife the same legal standing as human beings.

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Recycling, fail

Garbage is a rare subject at your average cocktail party. But in the District, trash or the cans it goes in, at least is a trending topic.

It started with the rush delivery of more than 200,000 shiny-new cans before the city’s primary election last month. That led to the odd problem of trash can proliferation, with old cans waiting weeks to be picked up and streets and alleys overflowing with extra bins.

Then there was the arrest and lockup of a little-known District artist for trying to repurpose (as flowerpots) several of the old cans that had been plastered with "Take Me!" signs. And the city’s overcorrection of the languishing can problem, which officials dubbed a "blitz" cleared away not just unwanted cans, but even some recently delivered ones.

And now, it turns out that the city has not been recycling thousands of the cans, as the administration of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) had promised but chucking them instead.

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Liberals still think Duke lacrosse guys are guilty

You mean it's been more than eight years already?

Yep, and the Duke lacrosse case remains fascinating for any number of reasons. There was no Rush Limbaugh or George W. Bush to demonize in this skit. No, the usual suspects, including the professional race-grievance fundraising industry, radical college professors and administrators, and the Jurassic media, all aimed their self-righteous ire at a bunch of northeastern students at one of the most liberal universities in the South. Yet liberals wanted the nation to believe that this pseudo-event served as more proof of an ongoing conservative southern white race problem, not to mention a part of the entitlement mentality of big-time college athletes.

A southern problem? Big time athletes? College lacrosse? Most of these players did not enjoy an athletic scholarship and most hailed from the Mid-Atlantic corridor.

Moreover, the grievance industry's hero and heroine were corrupt and inept political-hack prosecutor Mike Nifong and pathological liar/criminal Crystal Gail Mangum--the alleged victim. As the reality of Nifong's agenda and incompetence, not to mention Mangum's lack of credibility, sunk in to the public and the justice system--the result was a total shaming of Nifong, Al Sharpton, Wendy Murphy, and other proponents of Mangum's story--not the young men vilified. Yet, a new book shows that the shameless proponents of the witch hunt won't let go of the lie.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Murder and mayhem, the muslim way

"When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks…" (Qur’an 47:4). The Taliban consider the Afghan police to be unbelievers because they are, as part of the Karzai regime, collaborating with the U.S.
Just as in Nigeria, the Islamic jihadists in Afghanistan are operating with impunity, killing their enemies wholesale while the central government is unable or unwilling to stop them.

Insurgents have killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan in the space of one day and beheaded eight of them, officials said Wednesday, as security forces prepare to guard a second-round election.

Villagers in the southern province of Zabul Tuesday found the decapitated bodies of eight local policemen who were seized two weeks ago, deputy provincial governor Mohammad Jan Rassoulyar told a foreign news agency.

The policemen were snatched by militants after an attack on their convoy.

"Their bodies were discovered in Nawbahar district and we have sent elders to bring them to Qalat (the provincial capital)," he said, adding they were beheaded on Tuesday and found soon afterwards.

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Taxpayers to bail out insurance companies if needed

The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.

The move was buried in hundreds of pages of new regulations issued late last week. It comes as part of an intensive administration effort to hold down premium increases for next year, a top priority for the White House as the rates will be announced ahead of this fall's congressional elections.

Administration officials for months have denied charges by opponents that they plan a "bailout" for insurance companies providing coverage under the healthcare law.

They continue to argue that most insurers shouldn't need to substantially increase premiums because safeguards in the healthcare law will protect them over the next several years.

If conservatives want to stop the illegal Obamacare insurance bailout before it starts they must start planning now.- Conn Carroll, an editor of the right-leaning news site Townhall.com

But the change in regulations essentially provides insurers with another backup: If they keep rate increases modest over the next couple of years but lose money, the administration will tap federal funds as needed to cover shortfalls.

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Rape culture

"Two, four, six, eight. Stop the violence. Stop the rape." So chanted a group of Ohio University students calling themselves "f---rapeculture" at a protest a couple of years ago. Rape culture activists have become a fixture on campuses throughout the country, and now, 55 colleges including Harvard, Princeton and Berkeley are under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault complaints.

Some of my conservative/libertarian sisters have pointed out that the statistics on sexual assault are wildly inflated. Christina Hoff Sommers notes that the "one in five women are victims of rape" statistic that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention popularized is wildly at odds with Department of Justice crime victimization surveys, and is based on poorly worded questions and unrepresentative samples. Heather Mac Donald asks whether we are to believe that 20 percent of college women are rape victims when only 0.05 percent of Detroit residents report being raped.

Let’s stipulate that some of the hysteria about campus rape is based on poor statistics, but something is going on.

The "rape culture" advocates think they’ve found the problem: We haven’t "taught men not to rape." Zerlina Maxwell, writing in Time magazine, argues that we live in a rape culture that blames the victim.

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Republicans are not American

Howard Dean, who is still alive, told attendees at a fundraiser for a Democratic congressional hopeful that Republicans "are not American" and would "be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia." He also screamed that GOP supporters should "stay away from our country."

Dean, a former Vermont governor, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and a 2004 presidential candidate, made the statements last week in a fit of zeal as he was speaking in support of Colorado 6th Congressional District candidate Andrew Romanoff.

"This is a Republican party that has decided they like power so much that they think it’s okay to win by taking away the right to vote," Dean told the gathered assembly of 750 people at Dora’s Mexican Restaurant in Aurora, Colo.

"They are not American," he bellowed. "They could be more comfortable in the Ukraine or Russia but stay away from our country. This is based on the right to vote."

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EPA displacing USDA

"The [Chesapeake] Bay [Total Maximum Daily Load] essentially dictates which lands may be used for farming... which other lands must be "retired" out of productive use (e.g., to make room for EPA's required riparian buffers), and how much fertilizer a farmer may apply to his working lands…"

That alarming quote comes from a legal brief filed in the AFBF v. Environmental Protection Agency case by several county governments in Pennsylvania, plus two in West Virginia and one in Delaware.

My interpretation: EPA wants to control what nutrients are in the stormwater running off your farm or ranch. EPA, not the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is on its way to controlling how you operate your farm, ranch or timber operation.

Unfortunately USDA is nowhere to be seen in this case.

County governments have a lot to say about where this case may be headed. If you think local decision-making is in danger, you're right.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Duping the dupers

Journalist James O'Keefe, known for his controversial undercover sting operations aimed usually at liberals -- is set to unveil at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday the first of a group of videos that he says will reveal hypocrisy among Hollywood environmentalists.

In the video, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter and embedded below, actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway are duped by a man named "Muhammad," who is looking to make an anti-fracking movie while hiding that its funding is coming from Middle Eastern oil interests.

Muhammad, accompanied by a man pretending to be an ad executive, seemingly has the two actors agreeing to participate in the scheme, even after he acknowledges that his goal is to keep America from becoming energy independent. The meeting, which appears to have been secretly recorded, took place a few months ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

But the real target of the sting operation appears to be Josh and Rebecca Tickell, a husband and wife team known for their environmental movies, such as 2008's Fuel, which won an award at Sundance and was later screened at the White House for members of President Obama's administration.

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Rising disability beneficiaries

The total number of disability beneficiaries in the United States rose from 10,981,423 in March to 10,996,447 in April, setting a new all-time record, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

The number of Americans receiving disability benefits continues to exceed the populations of Greece, Tunisia and Portugal, and is approaching the population of Cuba, which according to the CIA World Factbook is 11,047,251.

The 10,996,447 total disability beneficiaries includes 8,942,232 disabled workers, 153,475 spouses of disabled workers, and 1,900,740 children of disabled workers.

None of those individual categories of beneficiaries set a record in April, but the combination of all three was the highest it has ever been in the history of the disability program.

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Leave Hillary alone!

Sarah Palin on Monday mocked the media and liberals for the way they reacted to Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent questions about the health of Hillary Rodham Clinton, decrying anger about Rove's comments she views as a double standard.

"Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women!" Palin wrote in a deeply personal post on her Facebook page.

"America," Palin wrote, "you deserve fair and consistent coverage of relevant issues before deciding a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, so have faith the agenda-less media will refuse to push whispers and wildly inaccurate information about a partisan politician’s body part."

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Check your privilege

Liberals have a new word for what normal people call "success." They call it "privilege," as if a happy, prosperous life is the result of some magic process related to where your great-great-great-grandfather came from.

It’s the latest leftist argument tactic, which means it is a tactic designed to prevent any argument and to beat you into rhetorical submission. Conservatives, don’t play their game.

It’s easy to see that this notion that accomplishment comes not from hard work but from some mysterious force, operating out there in the ether, is essential to liberal thought. To excuse the dole-devouring layabouts who form so much of the Democrat voting base, it is critical that they undermine the achievements of those who support themselves. We can’t have the American people thinking that hard work leads to success; people might start asking why liberal constituencies don’t just work harder instead of demanding more money from those who actually produce something.

This "Check your privilege" meme is the newest trump card du jour on college campuses and in other domains of progressive tyranny. It morphed into existence from the "You racist!" wolf-cry that is now so discredited that it produces little but snickers even among liberal fellow travelers. After all, if everyone is racist and to the progressives, everyone is except themselves then no one is really racist. And it’s kind of hard to take seriously being called "racist" by adherents of a political party that made a KKK kleagle its Senate majority leader.

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Creeping fascism

Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales.

Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as "high risk" along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has launched Operation Choke Point, a credit card fraud probe focusing on banks and payment processors. The threat of enforcement has prompted some banks to cut ties with online gun retailers, even if those companies have valid licenses and good credit histories.

"This administration has very clearly told the banking industry which customers they feel represent ‘reputational risk’ to do business with," said Peter Weinstock, a lawyer at Hunton & Williams LLP. "So financial institutions are reacting to this extraordinary enforcement arsenal by being ultra-conservative in who they do business with: Any companies that engage in any margin of risk as defined by this administration are being dropped."

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Myth, shortage of STEM workers

The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, engineering, and math ("STEM") background is an article of faith among American business and political elite.

But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data indicate that such workers are not in short supply.

Reports by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Council have all found no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. After looking at evidence from the EPI study, PBS entitled its story on the report "The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage: How Guest Workers Lower U.S. Wages." This is PBS, mind you, which is as likely to report skeptically on immigration as it is to report skeptically on taxpayer subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Democrats and guns

Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders....

Ft Hood Shooter: Registered Democrat and Muslim.

Columbine Shooters: Too young to vote … both families were Registered Democrats and progressive liberals.

Virginia Tech shooter: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff. Registered Democrat.

Colorado theater shooter: Registered Democrat, staff worker on the Obama campaign, occupy wall street participant .. progressive liberal.

Connecticut school shooter: Registered Democrat. Hated Christians.

Obamacare and the VA

Sometimes the comments by readers are better than the stories....

Obamacare is a con game that has already hurt millions of Americans while millions more are projected to get hurt by it this year. If you want to look into the future of what could happen if Obamacare stays just look at the VA and all those veterans dying while waiting to get their claims processed or even examined. Obamacare is a disaster and so is the other government run healthcare the VA.

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Governor Joe?

Sheriff Joe is a career lawman. He’s been productive in his more than 80 years having served as the sheriff of Maricopa since 1992. He’s survived reelection every four years despite being a lightning rod of controversy. Before his decades of being the sheriff he led operations for the DEA and even arrested Elvis in Las Vegas.

I sat down with the sheriff in his Phoenix office and was grateful for the last-minute interview. The first thing we talked about was his potential candidacy for Arizona governor this year. He will make a decision on the 22nd of May but made it clear that he is seriously considering a run. He pointed out that he already has more campaign cash than any of the other candidates. "The frontrunner is actually coming here to see me today," the sheriff told us. "The reason he’s the frontrunner is, he’s raised about a million dollars. Well I’ve raised about four million, but no one is taking my run seriously."

Candidates from across the country make the pilgrimage to his office and when asked whether they come asking him about policy, he chuckled and indicated that they come looking for his endorsement. "The Presidential candidates all came here. I ended up going with Rick Perry, but he had some back issues, you know." Sheriff Joe was careful to say nice things about the other candidates for governor while still making the case that he would be the best candidate.

One of the reasons that Sheriff Joe cited for the lack of interest in his potential candidacy was his Trump-like flirtation with running in previous years. "People ask and you wait until the deadline to make the decision." There is no doubt if he decided to run, he would be able to mount a credible campaign. With a national donor base and global name recognition the sheriff is a master of generating ample publicity both positive and negative. His campaign would draw headlines around the world. Those headlines would be converted into fundraising dollars from donors and vicious attack ads from an energetic activist base. Sheriff Joe talks as someone still carefully weighing his options. "I’d have to resign as sheriff as soon as I announced…."

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Liberal privilege

If you work for a newspaper, a college, or in Hollywood, you can freely spout your political beliefs at every opportunity without fear of facing any retaliation for your beliefs. As an added bonus, you can then tell everyone how "brave" you are for taking the same positions all of your friends and colleagues hold.

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Bars vs Grocery Stores

Monday, May 19, 2014

$5.75 billion down to $500 million

The fallout from the new government’s budget is still being seen in Australia, but it is already obvious that climate change is a loser when it comes to funding. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been skeptical of global warming and the science behind it, but with his new-found legislative power it seems as though he is looking at making that viewpoint into law. According to critics, there is no longer even the pretence of working towards limiting the effects of climate change as the government works to protect the interests of fossil fuel producers and businesses. Whether or not there is a real connection between big business interest and the new budget, Abbott and his cabinet have taken the axe to climate change research and are poised to fundamentally damage all scientific research in Australia in the process.

The budgetary facts are inescapably grim for researchers and scientists based in renewable energies and research. The funding for all government programs related to climate change is set to shrink at an alarming rate, going from $5.75 billion this year to a scant $500 million in the next four years. Additionally, the Emissions Reduction Fund which is meant to help lower greenhouse gas emissions in Australia is going to be reduced to only $1.14 billion. This was devastating news after Environment Minister Greg Hunt had gone on record promising to provide $2.55 billion to fund the program. Nevertheless, it is not only climate change programs that are feeling the pinch of the Abbott budget. The Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, will have $111 million worth of funding slashed over the next four years, which will affect an uncertain number of programs and a loss of tenth of the CSIRO workforce.

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More EPA regulations coming

Next month, if all goes according to plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will launch the most serious assault on American business since the 1970's. New regulatiosn governing the release of Carbon Dioxide will hit every corner of the economy, causing your electric bill to skyrocket (as promised by candidate Obama) and adding billions in costs to manufacturers and other businesses that generate CO2.

Politico:

The move could produce a dramatic makeover of the power industry, shifting it away from coal-burning plants toward natural gas, solar and wind. While this is the big move environmentalists have been yearning for, it also has major political implications in November for a president already under fire for what the GOP is branding a job-killing "War on Coal," and promises to be an election issue in energy-producing states such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana.

The EPA’s proposed rule is aimed at scaling back carbon emissions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gases. It’s scheduled for a public rollout June 2, after months of efforts by the administration to publicize the mounting scientific evidence that rising seas, melting glaciers and worsening storms pose a danger to human society.

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"I love men"

Shailene Woodley is one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising female stars after portraying the lead character in the recent big screen adaptation of "Divergent." Though her character, showcasing all the bravery of any action movie hero, could be used to rally women for the feminist cause, Woodley offered a pragmatic answer in a recent interview when asked if she buys into that ideology.

"No, because I love men," she explained.

Woodley went on to describe feminism as "the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from power,’" suggesting such a worldview "is never going to work out because you need balance."

Far from a shrinking violet when touting the contributions her gender has made, the actress simply has a different way of expressing herself than most modern feminists.

"My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism," she explained. "I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy."

Nevertheless, because she doesn’t want to bring men down in the pursuit of advancing women, Woodley has been pilloried by some in the leftist media.

A Huffington Post article, for example, described the actress as "misinformed" and her comments "disappointing."

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Blacks can't swim

Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.

Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said.

The racial differences were smaller for drownings in lakes or other bodies of water. Experts think that’s because relatively few blacks go boating or participate in other water activities.

Drowning is a major cause of death in children and young adults, and researchers have long observed a higher rate in African-Americans. The report released Thursday looked at racial differences in far greater detail, by age and by where youths drown.

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Slavery, black and white

"The truth is harsh."

So spoke the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, back in the 19th century.

On no topic is the truth harsher than on that of race.

The Eric Holders of the world incessantly bemoan the absence of an "honest discussion of race" in America. But such a discussion, beginning, as it must, with a discussion of slavery, is actually the last thing that they could afford to have, for such a discussion would include facts that would undermine much of the ideologically-invaluable conventional wisdom concerning this topic.

For instance, the very word "slave" stems from "Slav," i.e. a reference to the experience of millions of (white) Slavish people who endured centuries of slavery at the hands of African Muslims. This, of course, is a most inconvenient truth, for it is a most Politically Incorrect truth. But it is the truth.

Yet the Slavish aren’t the only whites who spent centuries in captivity: Europeans of various backgrounds were enslaved by African Muslims as well. All of this is heavily documented in such neglected pieces of scholarship as Robert Davis’s Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 and Paul Baepler’s White Slaves, African Masters: An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives.

Nor is it just that millions of whites in Europe were made to toil in bondage for hundreds of years. Don Jordan’s White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America and Michael Hoffman’s They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold History of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America impeccably establish that whites were enslaved in colonial America as well. Moreover, these brave authors show that the conditions that whites, including, most tragically, white children, had to endure both en route to the colonies as well as once they arrived were at least as dreadful as those experienced by Africans.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

$10,194

Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials to see the permanent records of his four children.

He was told it would cost $10,194.

A Lake Tahoe-area real estate agent by trade and a fierce opponent of Common Core, Eppolito was concerned about Nevada's recent decision to join a multi-state consortium that shares students’ data. He wanted to know exactly what information had been compiled on his school-age kids. But state officials told him he would have to pay fees and the cost of programming and running a custom report.

"The problem is that I can’t stop them from collecting the data," Eppolito told FoxNews.com. "I just wanted to know what it [collected data] was. It almost seems impossible. Certainly $10,000 is enough reason to prevent a parent from getting the data."

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VA, fail

Rush Limbaugh...

We've got veterans dying because they're not getting adequate medical care. Do you remember this name Shinseki, this guy that's running the VA? Eric Shinseki, do you remember why he's famous? Do you remember why he's even at the VA? Shinseki was one of the first uniformed military people to trash Bush and the Iraq war for the Democrats back in the second term of George W. Bush. And I'll never forget, John Kerry, who, you may not know, served in Vietnam, was running around quoting Eric Shinseki day in and day out.

Party-switching myth

We hear this party-switching myth so often, but nobody ever has a clear point or example in history for where it occurs. Ever since the birth of the Republican party in 1854, Republicans were strong supporters of abolition. Meanwhile, Democrats had KKK members in Congress, and Al Gore’s father not only voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but gave quite a lengthy filibuster. Republicans championed the Constitutional amendments ending slavery, giving African-Americans the right to vote, as well as securing that right. Civil Rights legislation as well as anti-lynching laws, and anti-poll taxes were pushed through by Republicans to ensure this, while Democrats fought them tooth and nail.

The closest I’ve gotten to an answer, in regards to the switch, was the Civil Rights "hero" Lyndon B. Johnson championing the "bi-partisan support" of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I used quotations because I’m being incredibly sarcastic. "These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again."-LBJ :
Once African-Americans were free of slavery and had legitimate voting power, (both thanks to Republicans) then and only then were Democrats forced into supporting Civil Rights legislation. It was all a charade for votes. Beyond this point, what significant events happened that showcased any sort of structural attitude change in either party?

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Obama the dufus

There’s something else which I think will make Obama a curiosity for generations to come. The man lacks the usual traits we associate with leadership. There’s no evidence of physical courage. He is an awkward dufus who seems timid and aloof. All of our post-war presidents have been manly, for lack of a better word. He also lacks the risk taking trait. Again, even his biggest fans describe him as excessively cautious. He is also indecisive. This is something his fans loath about him. The man never makes a decision until the initiative is long lost.

I can see how critics would point to these defects and conclude it is a lack of IQ. He’s smart enough to know he is not smart enough so he waits until the smart people decide and then he jumps on-board. That’s a possibility, but being a genius has never been a desirable quality in leaders. Obama is at least as smart as Bush or Clinton, which is to say smart enough. The decisiveness of Bush and Clinton was more than enough to overcome whatever intellectual challenges they faced.

I’m fond of saying that Obama is our first alien president. I do that to piss of lefty, for the most part. But, the guy is a singular weirdo in our political history. Everyone in the ruling class is alien to normal Americans, but Obama is alien to the aliens. By the time a candidate is nominated, we know everything there is to know about him from birth to that moment. With Obama, we’re still not sure about large swaths of his life, including where he was born. He never tells stories about his youth or about when he was starting out in life. No one shows up on TV talking about their friendship with Obama. It’s as if he exists conceptually, but not tangibly.

Anyway, I think scholars will be puzzling over this guy long after I’m dust.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Get out

A group of self-described revolutionary-style patriots with a million mobilized militia members are heading to downtown Washington, D.C., this week to bring a simple message to political leadership, from President Obama to House Speaker John Boehner: Get out.

They’re called the Operation American Spring and they’re vowing to oust the likes of Mr. Obama, Mr. Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Raw Story reported.

"We are calling for [their] removal … as a start toward constitutional restoration," said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, the leader of the group, Raw Story reported. "They have all abandoned the U.S. Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status."

The aim of the group, too, is to influence those politicos who aren’t targeted for ouster to "sponsor and pass very constitutionally crafted state legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. government by two-thirds," the media outlet reported.

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Religion of peace isn't

Notice that the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro repeatedly asks Muslim leaders in the U.S. to offer Islamic counter-arguments to Boko Haram’s claims for Islamic justification for its actions, and they refuse to do so. This is, as I am quoted as saying in this piece, because they can’t.

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Military getting more selective, until the next crisis arises

Uncle Sam doesn’t want you. At least 80 percent of you.

These days, the U.S. military is only taking 20 percent of the applicants who walk into their local recruiter’s office intent on enlisting in the armed services.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard told the Kansas City Star that his recruitment office once needed to sign up 16 to 20 soldiers per month to meet recruitment goals. Today, he can get by with 10 to 12.

"We’re turning down twice as many as before," he told the paper, which reported that four of every five adults who seek to join the military in 2014 do not make the cut.

The U.S. Army hopes to hit 57,000 recruits for active duty this year. It’s on pace to do just that, even while applying a stricter set of standards as it pertains to physical fitness, appearance (i.e., tattoos), intelligence test results and an applicant’s criminal history.

The Navy is no different.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out

Friday marks Barbara Walters’ retirement from ABC’s The View. On that show, and throughout her forty-year career at ABC News, the longtime reporter has shown an inclination to suck-up to liberal heroes like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ("His bold actions on issues like gun safety...has inspired many") and ask silly softball questions to the likes of Barack Obama ("If you were a superhero and you could have one super power, what would it be?")

She even had a soft-spot for tyrants as she described Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad as "charming," called Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez "friendly" and once bragged that she held Fidel Castro’s "gun in my lap." Walters also hired ultra-liberal Rosie O'Donnell to rant crazily on The View and told Sarah Palin "many people find the thought of you as President a little scary."

The following is a Top 20 Countdown of the Worst Walters Quotes from the MRC archives....

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Canceled Arab International Festival in Dearborn

The Arab International Festival in Dearborn has been canceled for the second year in a row, raising questions about the future of the three-day gathering in June that had become an annual tradition.

The festival was canceled last year when the city and festival organizers, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce [AACC], faced higher liability insurance costs because of growing tensions with some Christian missionaries that had resulted in arrests, accusations of harassment and lawsuits.

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A few things you don't know about Islam

It is unlikely that anyone else will inform you about this…

Islamic law requires a 2.5% tax called zakat which is imposed on income and accumulated wealth of all devout Muslims. ie. the muslims that are involved in the halal industry- the imams, slaughtermen, workers, business & shop owners etc.

Halal certification is done on a fee for service basis, with the fees varying with the scope and scale of the services.

Certification is provided by Islamic organizations, and would not be halal if the required zakat was not paid on the fees.

What you may not know is that there are eight classes of zakat recipients, each of which gets a 1/8 share of the gross.

One of those classifications is fighters in Allah’s cause aka Mudihideen, aka terrorists.

When you purchase a product which is certified Halal, you are indirectly contributing to terrorism.

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The coming water shortages

For decades scientists have been saying that the United States’ lakes, rivers and aquifers are going to have a hard time quenching the thirst of a growing population in a warming world.

A recent report from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences does not alleviate those fears. It showed that nearly one in 10 watersheds in the U.S. is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding natural supply a trend that, researchers say, appears likely to become the new normal.

"By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States," said Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at CIRES and onw of the authors of the study. "This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around."

And a recent Columbia University Water Center study on water scarcity in the U.S. showed that it’s not just climate change that is putting stress on water supply, it’s also a surging population. Since 1950 there has been a 99 percent increase in population in the U.S. combined with a 127 percent increase in water usage.

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Muslim supremacy, coming soon to your hometown

A British Islamist leader has outlined how an "Islamic State" should humiliate Christians to encourage them to convert to Islam. Abu Waleed, who follows the hard line Salafi branch of Sunni Islam, quotes from the hadith (Islamic writings outside the Koran) to demonstrate how Christians and Jews should be treated if they do not convert to Islam.

In the sermon, posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Waleed says that Islam is incompatible with the UN Declaration on Human Rights, as it cannot treat all people as equal.

He lists the humiliations that non-Muslims should undergo in an Islamic State, including being forced to walk on a narrower side of the street to Muslims or in the middle of the road shaving their foreheads, wearing a red belt around their necks, wearing odd shoes and handing over their clothes to a Muslim if he asks them to.
"Omar Ibn Al-Khattab… In his own charter not the Charter of the United Nations in his charter with the people of the Levant, the Christians of the Levant, [it is stated] that infidels and Muslims were not allowed to wear the same clothes as one another.

"If a Muslim comes out on the day of 'Eid and sees an infidel with nice clothes, the infidel has to take his clothes off and give them to the Muslim. When an infidel walks down the street, he has to wear a red belt around his neck, he has to have his forehead shaved, and he has to wear two shoes that are different from one another. He is not allowed to walk on the pavement. He has to walk in the middle of the road, and he has to ride on a mule.

"This is only for adults, not for the children. You can see how Islam would make the child become a Muslim. The child growing up in a state of heresy would turn to Islam. Why? Because the child would be walking along with his dad, and would say: "Dad?" "Yes." "Why have you got your forehead shaved?" "I don't know, these Muslims make me do it." "Why can't you ride the animal like the Muslims, who ride like this? Why are you riding with both legs dangling on the side of the donkey?" "Why is it that every time a Muslim comes and asks you for your clothes, you give them?" "Why is it that every time he tells you to get down from the horse, you have to take it?"

He adds that while Christians would still be able to have churches in an Islamic state, they would be forced to take in and shelter a Muslim for the night for whatever reason he wants. They will also be forbidden from ringing church bells.

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