It is always amusing to hear the explanations that advocates of less freedom for Americans give for their plans to limit our freedom. Take this absurdity from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who wants to make sure you cannot buy a sugar-sweetened drink of more than 16 oz. in his urban dictatorship.
Bloomberg told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell that his porposed ban would not limit the sale of soft drinks to individuals, but it would force many vendors to only sell small portions and force consumers to buy two small portions if they wanted more. “The idea here is, you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you,” said Bloomberg. “If it’s a bigger container, you eat more. If somebody put it in a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.”
Don’t you love how he tries to argue that limiting your freedom to engage in a financial transaction for the purchase of a soft drink or coffee confection isn’t really a limit at all? Oh, yeah, and the implicit admission that the next scheme is to limit how much food you can be served at a restaurant.
But then there is this bit of argumentation as well, the constant justification of every nicotine Nazi, food fascist and beverage brownshirt.
“It’s not perfect, it’s not the only answer, it’s not the only cause of people being overweight – but we’ve got to do something,” said Bloomberg. “We have an obligation to warn you when things are not good for your health.”
But the problem is that this isn’t about warning people – it is about limiting freedom of choice. And that justification – “we’ve got to do something” – is the basis for so much freedom-limiting mischief. No, you don’t – because not every problem has a government solution And, as this piece from Reason’s Hit & Run points out, there is a tendency for those government solutions based upon the “do something” mantra to be irrational failures.
The New York Times has kindly provided this handy-dandy chart so New Yorkers – and anyone unfortunate enough to find themself in Kim Jong-Bloomberg’s nanny state – what is and is not permitted.
Christmas and Easter fall during winter and spring breaks. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the two most religious holidays on the Jewish calendar, are granted off-days by Montgomery County Public Schools.
Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal thinks two additional high holidays should be added to that list
Leventhal wrote to MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr and Board of Education President Shirley Brandman on May 23 urging the school system to “provide two school closing days each school year in order for American Muslim members of our community to observe Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr, the two most significant holidays in the Muslim calendar,” according to a report by Maryland Juice
Currently, the two holidays are designated as non-testing days for MCPS and Muslim students’ absences are excused.
There is only one question that needs to be asked here – are there a sufficient number of Muslim students in the district to justify this policy? If there is a significant Muslim community in the district and there are a lot of kids missing school on those two days, then of course school should be closed on those days for operational – and financial (average daily attendance figures into state and federal funding) – reasons. On the other hand, if the numbers are low then keep the policy as it currently is.
And I want to point out that my answer has nothing to do with Islam. I teach in a school district where there are virtually now Jewish students, so we do not close our schools on Rosh Hasanah or Yom Kippur because there isn’t an absenteeism problem. We also don’t close for Muslim or Hindu holidays for similar reasons. And the issue does not simply revolve around religion – I used to live in a particularly rural area where schools closed on the first day of deer season because middle and high school attendance would otherwise drop below 80% on that day. It really is a business decision and should be treated as such.
This comes out of one of the articles cited in the previous post, but this objection raised to Florida’s efforts to clean up its voter rolls is so out there that it needs to be highlighted and mocked in its own separate post.
[Florida Congressman and impeached federal judge Alcee] Hastings said the state was engaging in "voter suppression" and using a "back-door poll tax" by not sending a pre-stamped envelope to voters to mail back their proof of citizenship.
A postage stamp constitutes a poll tax? Really? I'm sure that Martin Luther King and the other martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement are rolling over in their graves at the sound of this dishonest and unethical race-monger comparing the cost of a postage stamp to taxes designed to keep blacks from voting. I'm not sure whether we should call such assertion by Hastings shameful or shameless.
But I'll admit to this -- I’m just in awe of the Democrats’ ability to turn even the simplest requirement of personal responsibility into a massive violation of civil rights.
A 91-year-old who received a Bronze Star for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge was reportedly told he may not be an American citizen, in an apparent mix-up due to Florida’s attempts to purge noncitizens from its voter rolls.
Bill Internicola received a letter this month stating that he had to prove he was a citizen or lose his right to vote, reports the Miami Herald.
Internicola, it appears, was caught up in Gov. Rick Scott’s statewide attempt to clear noncitizens from voter registration rolls before the election this November.
The Broward County Board of Supervisors said in the letter to Internicola that it had obtained “information from the State of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however you are registered to vote.”
Is it something nefarious? No, it isn’t – though you wouldn’t know that from reading the Politico article cited above. After all, it leaves out a bit of information buried deep in the Miami Herald article it cites that probably explains why there is a problem in the first place.
Internicola admitted to one discrepancy in records. He says he was born in 1921, though he said his drivers’ license indicates 1919. The reason: in his youth he wanted to start driving early so “I bent the truth a little bit.”
What likely happened here? I’d speculate that someone ran a cross-check on various records of vital statistics and voter rolls and found that there was no living US citizen named Bill Internicola born in 1919, raising a red flag. But that is not the fault of the state of Florida – that is the fault of Bill Internicola, who admits he lied about his age to get his first drivers license when he was a kid and never corrected his false statement. It should not be a difficult thing to fix.
But why is this fact buried in the press? Easy – because it destroys the narrative that the state of Florida and the EEEEEvil Republicans are disenfranchising people willy-nilly.
And this isn’t a brief by the plaintiff or a conservative legal group or the KKK . It comes from organizations representing members of a racial minority – Asian-Americans – and a Jewish group. The brief, filed on behalf of was filed on behalf of the 80-20 National Asian-American Educational Foundation, the National Federation of Indian American Associations, the Indian American Forum for Political Education, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, explains things this way.
. The brief filed Tuesday on behalf of Asian-American groups Tuesday focused less on the Texas admissions policy than on the consideration of race generally in college admissions. “Admission to the nation’s top universities and colleges is a zero-sum proposition. As aspiring applicants capable of graduating from these institutions outnumber available seats, the utilization of race as a ‘plus factor’ for some inexorably applies race as a ‘minus factor’ against those on the other side of the equation. Particularly hard-hit are Asian-American students, who demonstrate academic excellence at disproportionately high rates but often find the value of their work discounted on account of either their race, or nebulous criteria alluding to it,” says the brief…
And the brief is correct. At an academically selective institution like the University of Texas, there are a limited number of seats available and many applicants. If a student is admitted because of a racial preference, then another student is denied admission because he or she has been disfavored because of race. If we are to allow the government to grant benefits and burdens based upon race, then the Fourteenth Amendment is a dead letter and has been replaced with a racially discriminatory regime no less corrupt than that imposed by Democrats during the Jim Crow era.
Instapundit’s post on newly released economic statistics really does say it all.
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Jobless claims rise for 4th straight week.
Related: Economy in U.S. Expanded Less Than Previously Estimated. “Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.9 percent annual rate from January through March, down from a 2.2 percent prior estimate, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The report also showed corporate profits rose at the slowest pace in more than three years and smaller wage gains at the end of 2011.”
No further commentary needed.
It would appear he may have.
This is what he said just a couple of weeks ago about his high-end taxpayer-funded digs at an event in his hometown.
"The only other thing I'll say about this is, thank you to everybody who endured the traffic situation. Obviously, Chicago residents who had difficulties getting home or getting to work or what have you, you know, that's -- what can I tell you? That's part of the price of being a world city," President Obama said at a news conference at the NATO summit in Chicago.
"But this was a great showcase. And if it makes those folks feel any better, despite being 15 minutes away from my house, nobody would let me go home. I was thinking I would be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. They said I would cause even worse traffic so I ended up staying at a hotel, which contributes to the Chicago economy," Obama said on Monday afternoon.
However, the Fundraiser-In-Chief will be doing something different during his next trip to the Windy City.
President Barack Obama, who recently lamented that he couldn’t sleep in his own bed during the NATO summit in Chicago, will have the chance Friday when he returns for three fundraisers.
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A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama will stay at his Kenwood home this Friday night. He is scheduled to leave town Saturday.
The difference between the two trips is obvious. Since this is a fundraiser, Obama or his campaign must pick up the tab for his housing. During the NATO summit, the accommodations were on Uncle Sam’s tab. I think that says it all.
Looks like the Associated Press asked that the competition banned from the neighborhood – and headline hilarity ensued.
Of course, we all know the difference between a reporter and a hooker, don’t we? One works in a soul-killing business that is based upon lies, and the other sells sex for money.
Not that I'm not sympathetic, but why does a Kardashian get a headline for the same emotional reaction the rest of us have when we have items stolen from our luggage?
But it's pretty clear to me what's happening here. They are trying to set it up that if Mitt Romney gets elected, if Mitt Romney gets elected, there will never be a Democratic president again in the history of the United States. The future is just, this is the way it's going to be. There'll never be a Democratic president in our lifetime again. And when I say in our lifetime, I'm talking about long, long, long, long, long time.
This is why Wisconsin's so important. The people of the country need to know that you can defeat it. And this in many respects is doing the country a favor, the way they're operating, the way they're lying, the way they're backing up the worst candidate, the worst governor in the country, his record's horrendous, and who he's a puppet to.
So that's why this is so important. They're trying to make it so Barack Obama doesn't get re-elected and no Democrat ever will be elected into the White House.
What a talking horse's patoot like Mr. Ed needs to realize is that our system will inevitably produce a second party reponsive to the needs of the American people if one of the major parties goes extinct. In 1820 there was only one presidential candidate, James Monroe. By 1824 you had a sharply divided Democrat Party give begin the process of splitting that culminated in the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828. Even the virtually uninterrupted string of GOP presidents from 1860 to 1932 (
One term Two non-consecutive terms (thanks for the correction, Leif) for Grover Cleveland and two for Woodrow Wilson) didn't herald the demise of the two-party system. Indeed, America's political life was quite vibrant during that period.
But who knows -- just as the Whigs and the Free Soilers disappeared, perhaps the Democrat party will die an unlamented death and will be replaced with a party that is dedicated to American principles and a strong nation. And maybe that is what Schultz is afraid of.
I wrote on Friday about the many misdeeds of convicted domestic terrorist, drug dealer and perjurer Brett Kimberlin as he seeks to prevent Americans from discussing documented facts that are on the public record regarding his personal crime spree. Well, having so seriously injured a Vietnam vet that the man later took his own life (as determined by a court of law), Brett Kimberlin can now add the First Amendment to the US Constitution to his list of victims.
With all of the attention surrounding Brett Kimberlin, I attended Tuesday’s hearing in his “peace order” vs. Aaron Walker in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. In the end, the judge granted Kimberlin’s peace order, and Walker ended up leaving in handcuffs. (If you want to know why Kimberlin is a story, go here.)
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Here’s what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlin’s first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted “contact.” The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested.
Got that? You can get someone arrested on a harassment rap just by setting up a Google Alert that goes to your own mailbox! As a result, you get an email when they write about you and you can claim that they are causing you distress. It is sort of akin to arguing that you were molested by the Playmate of the Month because you masturbated while looking at a Playboy when you were fourteen.
But it goes even further than that – the judge bought the argument that because you publish an article or column (and what is a blog post but an article or column) that talks disparagingly about a convicted criminal who is abusing the legal system to suppress comment on his criminal past (and arguably present) and others pick up on your theme and write about the topic as well, you are even more guilty because of that Google Alert that your harasser has set up about himself. And even more arguably, the judge disregarded clear precedent that speech that is not intended to incite imminent lawless action is protected by the First Amendment, even if some listener then engages in illegal conduct that you did not encourage or intend. Under this theory, Aaron Walker was arrested and jailed because he wrote stuff about Brett Kimberlin and a relative handful of readers wrote Brett Kimberlin nasty (even threatening) emails – meaning he was imprisoned for speech by others which he neither intended nor controlled.
What is particularly troubling is that Brett Kimberlin has a gang of minions who have a history of harassing those who oppose him Could these same individuals have written the emails in question on Kimberlin’s behalf? It certainly seems possible – meaning that there may have been no real threats at all!
Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama’s reference earlier to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.
“The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.”
The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled “into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself.”
I can’t help but remember that the Chicago metropolitan area has a huge Polish population. Could this gaffe alienate enough Poles to put the state of Illinois back in play in November, as Gerald Ford’s debate comment about Eastern Europe did in 1976?
Controversy was raised among the UCLA community Tuesday after a football scholarship was granted to the son of music mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who is reportedly worth half a billion dollars.
Justin Combs, a cornerback, has scored a free ride to UCLA on a football scholarship worth tens of thousands of dollars.
“I’m solidly committed to UCLA and excited to play for coach Mora,” Combs said.
But with the cost of tuition tripling at the coveted U.C. school over the past ten years, some students are asking whether the son of someone worth so much, who got a six-figure car for his sixteenth birthday, should get a $54,000 scholarship.
“UCLA’s athletic department needs to consider the fact that perhaps there is another athlete on the football team, who could perhaps really use this scholarship,” said UCLA student Neshemah Keetin.
On one level, the objection seems reasonable. After all, it isn’t like the family is hurting for money. But if we delve a little deeper, is it really so reasonable?
Remember, football scholarships are not awarded based upon need – they are awarded based upon talent. Does Justin Combs have the talent to merit the grant? If so, does his father’s wealth really have anything to do with whether or not he deserves the free ride?
And let’s spin this one differently. If Justin Combs were instead getting an academic scholarship based upon his academic merit, would it be proper to strip him of it because of daddy’s wealth? And if you argue it is different, you ought to ask yourself how so. After all, both are based upon skills and merit, not need. Would you really advocate taking away a National Merit Scholarship or an award for having written a scholarly essay simply because the recipient’s family is loaded?
But I somehow think that perhaps what has folks up in arms is that Justin Combs is getting a football scholarship, not one based upon actual academic merit. If that is the case, the question that needs to be asked is not whether his wealth ought to be a disqualifier, but instead whether we ought to be awarding athletic “scholarships” at all since they have nothing whatsoever to do with actual being a scholar.
I will not, of course, seek to answer that question. There are arguments on both sides of the issue. Moreover, as a teacher I have been quite proud of former students who have gotten college educations they could never have afforded because they could play ball, not because their academic merit, and I refuse to impugn their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. But if ever there was a case that ought to lead us to ask the question, this one is certainly it.
With 88% of the total vote in the Democrat primary. No victory for the federal prisoner, the unknown lawyer, or "undecided" -- and no substantial minority for any of those other options.
That said, I think these numbers say a great deal.
Yeah, that's right -- Republicans turned out for the primary at a 2-to-1 rate. That means that, to nobody's surprise, Barack Obama is going to get crushed in this state come November.
Unfortunately, he owns up to it nearly a quarter century after he made the mistake that he now admits to.
I think one of the lessons that probably all of us recognize is that if you -- I wrote a book once about Ronald Reagan. It came out the month that he was, that George Bush was inaugurated. The book, I think, everything in the book is accurate, but it is not entirely true, because we didn’t know at that time that the Soviet Union was going to fall in. I don’t give Reagan credit, total credit, for that but certainly his policies had a part in it. I think you really run a risk when you start trying to judge a presidency too soon.
Schieffer, though, published his anti-Reagan book right as the former president was leaving office in 1989, meaning that the book was written even before Reagan's term was over.
The reality is that it takes a couple of decades to fairly assess a president in terms of long-term historical significance. To try to make that "big picture" judgement any earlier is to lack perspective and fall victim to both political passions and short-term assessments that may not be borne out over time. You can't have all the information about a presidency while it is going on, and it takes some time for the books and papers of the various players in an administration to enter the public domain in order to be added to the mix.
Now some may ask how I can reconcile that view with my repeated assessment of Barack Obama as a failure. That's easy -- based upon what I see right now and what the polls tell me about the views of the American people, I can easily make the political argument that Barack Obama has failed politically and in terms of short-term policy. On the other hand, I refrain from making any but the most tentative judgements about the long-term historical view of Obama's presidency, given that by definition I lack the needed distance from it to make those assessments. Call me in a couple of decades and we'll discuss that topic.
Or his network pro-American.
CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, that’ll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think it’s interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.
Of course, Chris Hayes did exactly what he claimed he wasn't trying to do -- disrespecting and desecrating the memories of every American who has ever died fighting on behalf of this country during what was supposed to be a feature paying tribute to them. That the network has not already taken disciplinary action against him is a sign of just where MSNBC (indeed, the entire NBC News division) actually stands with regard to American, American veterans, and those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of this country.
I imagine that there are a few of you out there who don't know who Erick Erickson is. He's the big boss over at RedState, and a contributor to CNN.
Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.
Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.
It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.
Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.
Now such attacks -- known as "SWATing" -- are designed to make the life of the target a living hell. Consider what happened to the site owner at Patterico's Pontifications, who suffered a much more frightening incident last summer. Ultimately, one of these incidents is going to get someone killed.
But here's what is shocking to me -- despite his connection to CNN and despite the fact that this is obviously an act of politically motivated terrorism, CNN itself has failed to report on the matter. Could you imagine the same sort of silence if the target had been Piers Morgan or one of the liberal voices that inhabit the network's programming? Me neither.
So two things need to happen here.
First, we need to contact CNN and urge them to report on this incident, so that the public becomes aware of what is being done to targeted conservatives. perhaps the news network might consider reporting on the whole cluster of issues involving convicted perjurer, drug dealer, and terrorist Bret Kimberlin.
Second, we need to contact the United States Department of Justice, demanding that there be an investigation into the efforts by Kimberlin and his allies to silence conservative voices who dare to make truthful statements about Kimberlin, his organizations, and the donors to those groups.
Here are this week’s full results.
See you next week!
Forget whether you like the candidate or not – isn’t this offensive on a level that transcends politics?
Mitt Romney went to a black neighborhood in Philadelphia yesterday, reaching out to African-Americans and talking education. Here is part of the response he got.
A few dozen protesters met him with chants of “Get out, Romney, get out!”
Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived there for 50 years, said she is “personally offended” that Romney would visit her neighborhood.
“It’s not appreciated here,” she said. “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.”
Sorry – the only garbage being spoken is that coming out of the mouth of Ms. Dunn.
This is America. Any American can go to any neighborhood in this country and speak freely on political issues. That Dunn (and others) would seek to suppress the message and keep it from being heard is offensive.
And you can bet what Ms. Dunn would say about a white woman making the same statement about Barack Obama appearing in her neighborhood. She would label such words offensive, racist, and un-American – and be right on at least two of the three points.
And you know what is particularly pathetic about folks like Ms. Dunn? Folks like her regularly label Republicans as racist when we don’t make an all out effort to get the votes of a constituency that regularly votes 95% Democrat. But when a Republican does make an effort to reach out to the black community – appearing in a neighborhood to talk about an issue as crucial to the black community as education – it is the Madaline G. Dunns of the world who take offense at the effort.
Rather reminds me of a certain race-baiter here in the Houston area who some years ago who said of a certain white politician (now talk radio host) “you ghetto pass has been revoked,” but who would have called down the fury of heaven and the federal government if he were told he was unwelcome in a white neighborhood. Such folks leave me in a quandary – are they reprehensibly hypocritical or hypocritically reprehensible?
I applaud Mitt Romney’s effort to reach out to the black community, because I believe that the GOP is the natural home of every American of any race who believes in freedom. On the other hand, folks like Madaline G. Dunn (an activist with a history of shilling for the Democrats) are quite welcome to continue to serve the interests of the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK.
I’ll admit it – I’m a big fan.
Elton John spent a day in a Los Angeles hospital for a "serious respiratory infection" that forced the premature end to the legendary singer's Las Vegas show.
John became ill last weekend while performing his show, "The Million Dollar Piano," at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, according to a statement on his website.
"This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest," the statement said.
The singer spent Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for "extensive tests" that resulted in a doctor's recommendation John take a week of rest and antibiotics to "cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage."
Elton John has provided a huge chunk of the soundtrack of my life – I’d hate to see his voice silenced too soon.
Maybe the space program won’t be quite so dead after all.
A U.S. commercial spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on Friday and history was made.
At 9:56 a.m. EDT, astronauts using a robotic arm on board the space station, grabbed hold of the unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft. The arm is maneuvering the Dragon into a position where it will be attached to the outside of the orbiter around 4:30 p.m.
"Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail," said astronaut Don Pettit after using the robotic arm to capture the Dragon capsule.
The cargo ship and the space station were both traveling more than 17,000 miles per hour and 251 miles above Australia when they rendezvoused.
Congratulations to all – this is good news for America.
I’m a teacher. I want what is best for my students. My goal is providing them with the best possible educational outcome. But I agree with Mitt Romney that this does not necessarily mean reducing class size.
Mitt Romney, who is spending this week promoting a plan for America's public school system, spent Thursday morning defending his stance that smaller class sizes don't necessarily equate with better learning in schools.
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Speaking of his time as governor of Massachusetts, Romney said he was frequently told that smaller class sizes would lead to better learning, but that certain studies advised otherwise.
"I came into office and talked to people and said, 'What can we do to improve our schools?'" Romney said at his Thursday event. "And a number of folks said we need smaller classroom sizes, that will make the biggest difference."
Romney went on to cite a study that showed no correlation between classroom size and performance, naming schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an example.
"The schools in the district with the smallest classroom sizes had students performing in the bottom 10%," Romney said. "Just getting smaller classrooms didn't seem to be the key."
Here’s my two-cents as a high school teacher – smaller class size does not necessarily do anything for educational performance. I’ve had classes of more than thirty students where there has been great learning, and classes of fewer than fifteen where student success has been limited. Indeed, I can think of a year in which I had a class of 29 where the students did much better than the 17 kids in the next period.
Frankly, I’ve discovered that a class size below twenty is just too small. Yes, I can give students in a class of thirteen twice as much face time as I can kids in a class of 26 – but when it comes to class discussions and other group interaction, the small class size means that we may have a much more difficult time getting that “intellectual spark” that you need for a discussion to proceed where you want it to go. I’ll concede that I’ve never liked classes of more than thirty – they do get to be problematic in a number of ways – and would
Well, what else do you call a convicted bomber who has filed false criminal complaints against those who speak the truth about him, contacted their employers, and driven them from their homes? Sounds like he is trying to instill terror to me, via both warfare and lawfare.
Yeah, Kimberlin was the Speedway Bomber back in the 1970s in Indiana. I remember the case from my high school days. Here's a great summary of his criminal history and his abuse of the legal system to punish those he believes to be his enemies.
As you can see, Brett Kimberlin is quite accurately described as a lying felon -- something adjudicated as fact in various courts of law and which therefore may be deemed to be a fact by one and all.
Over the last several months, a fellow blogger I greatly admire, Aaron Worthing, has been a particular target of Kimberlin's reign of terror, which has cost him and his wife their jobs. I can't even begin to do the story justice, so I encourage you to take the time to read the full sordid story about how Kimberlin has used the courts to harass Aaron and gotten both he and his wife fired by making their employment a security risk for their employer.
And then there is Robert Stacy McCain -- journalist extraordinaire and kin to the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. Threats against him and his family have forced them to flee the state of Maryland for their own safety.
And here's what he and his cronies have done to the blogger at Patterico's Pontifications, a Los Angeles prosecutor.
Unfortunately, Kimberlin is out of prison well before the total time to which he was sentenced on his numerous convictions. He now works running a liberal non-profit -- funded by Barbra Streisand, among others. I wonder -- does she know, or even care, that she is bankrolling a lying felon with a history of violence who is terrorizing those who dare to tell the truth about him?
In the end, though, this isn't about politics. I agree wholeheartedly with Ken from over at Popehat -- "in this country you should have the right to express yourself without a convicted domestic terrorist and his cronies harassing you with frivolous litigation and threats."
A great many bloggers have posted on Kimberlin and his activities in recent days. More will today, Friday May 25, because of a call for folks to stand in solidarity with those who have been the victims of Brett Kimberlin. That's why this post -- because we cannot and must not remain silent when the consequence is allowing a guy who wants to silence the truth to succeed in doing so. If we do, our freedom to speak has been crushed -- and patriotism means we must stand in this place to defend that freedom.
Thank God all are well.
A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she and her husband were not injured when a small private airplane carrying them to Santa Fe landed without its gears down.
Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said in a statement that the Republican governor and her husband, Chuck Franco, were aboard a single-engine plane Wednesday night when the aircraft was forced to make a hard landing.
This could have been a tragedy. Fortunately it was not. I wish Gov. Martinez, her husband, the pilot, and the other passenger all the best.
You may think I’m over-stating the case, but that is the practical effect of this policy decision.
For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. Bringing calm to inmates and jailers alike is considered essential to his mission.
That endeavor includes Communion, and for Catholics, wine is a necessary component.
But carrying wine into a facility where alcohol is labeled as contraband hasn’t come without controversy. He has fought and won that battle before.
For 15 years, he has consumed 1 ounce of sacramental wine during Mass
without incident. Inmates partake only in the bread.
But this week he lost a fight.
Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas, the jail’s administrator, has told Lofton to replace the wine — brought to the jail in a TSA-approved container designed for holy water — with grape juice.
He booted the chaplain Tuesday after he refused to do so.
It is clear from this article that Lucas is not Catholic. While many Protestant denominations have no trouble with the use of grape juice for communion, Catholic sacramental theology and church law REQUIRES the use of wine.
Can. 924 §1. The most holy eucharistic sacrifice must be offered with bread and with wine in which a little water must be mixed.
§2. The bread must be only wheat and recently made so that there is no danger of spoiling.
§3. The wine must be natural from the fruit of the vine and not spoiled.
Monsignor Lofton may can no more comply with Lynch’s demand than he could with a demand that he use saltines instead of communion wafers. Doing so would be outside the boundaries of what may be used to celebrate a valid mass – and would be considered sacrilegious as well.
Interestingly enough, Lynch could follow the practices of his own state’s Department of Corrections and avoid the entire problem.
Eucharist or Mass: The celebration of Mass is the central act of worship for Catholics. Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body and soul, in the bread and wine received in the Holy Communion. This sacrament requires wine (required by church law) and bread (hosts).
A priest/bishop (the only ones to celebrate Mass) will be allowed to bring in bread and wine for Mass. Since wine is otherwise considered contraband in the SCDC, the priest/bishop will bring in only the amount necessary to meet the needs of the celebrant(s). (NOTE: This is usually about an ounce or two, since communicants will receive only the host at Communion.)
When this service is scheduled, the chaplain will notify security to ensure that the priest has necessary clearance.
Other items allowed for this service include vestments, altar and linen cloths, chalice, paten, pyx (host container), crucifix, and other items. A quiet room with adequate space for the service will be provided. If requested and available, a piano and hymn books will be provided.
But it sounds like Lynch has another agenda – evident in the fact that he lies about the monsignor’s previous practice – and chose not to follow what is a standard guideline in correctional facilities in his state and around the country. Hopefully he will come to his senses – or be replaced – before this becomes a major civil liberties case that costs the taxpayers a great deal of money.
President Barack Obama told an intimate crowd gathered at the family estate of the heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune that he has started to steer the ship in the right direction. “We’ve set a path and a target," he said, "and a direction where this is again a country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules.”
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“We may not even finish it in five years,” Obama told roughly 70 supporters at the $35,800 per head dinner. “But I certainly need five more years to get us locked in on where we need to go.”
The Obama announcement stands among the many five year plans of history.
First Plan, 1928–1933
During this period, Stalin pursued the policy of "collectivization" in agriculture to facilitate the process of rapid industrialization; this involved the creation of collective farms in which peasants worked cooperatively on the same land with the same equipment. This was intended to improve the efficiency of agriculture and eliminate the "kulak" class of landowners, which was deemed hostile to the Soviet regime, while improving the position of poor peasants. The disruption
and repression associated with collectivization was a primary cause of the famine of 1932, which resulted in millions of deaths.
Second Plan, 1933–1937
The government's heavy handed running of the country continued and the agriculture revival was rather unsuccessful because almost all of the farmers had already been evicted, imprisoned or murdered as the political persecutions shifted into high gear, starting the era of The Great Purge. The Second Five-Year Plan was the start of the deterioration in the standard of living because the focus of "planners' preferences" replaced consumer preferences in the country's economy, with the move to focus on military goods and heavy industry, the economy suffered. This resulted in a much lower quality and
quantity of available consumer goods.
Personally, I hope for better for America.
That is Obama’s economic track record, which consists of the thirty worst months economically in the last quarter century.
Over the past quarter of a century (a total of 300 months), dating back to May 1987 and the Reagan administration, here are the 30 worst months (that is, the bottom 10 percent) for the employment-population ratio, along with the president who happened to be in office at that particular time (scroll down to the see the list):
1. (tie) July 2011, 58.2 percent, President Barack Obama
1. (tie) June 2011, 58.2 percent, Obama
1. (tie) November 2010, 58.2 percent, Obama
1. (tie) December 2009, 58.2 percent, Obama
5. (tie) August 2011, 58.3 percent, Obama
5. (tie) December 2010, 58.3 percent, Obama
5. (tie) October 2010, 58.3 percent, Obama
8. (tie) April 2012, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) October 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) September 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) May 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) April 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) February 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) January 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2012, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) January 2012, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) December 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) November 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) September 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) August 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) July 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) June 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) February 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) January 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) November 2009, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) October 2009, 58.5 percent, Obama
29. February 2012, 58.6 percent, Obama
30. (tie) May 2010, 58.7 percent, Obama
30. (tie) April 2010, 58.7 percent, Obama
30. (tie) September 2009, 58.7 percent, Obama
Now remember – according to standard economic definitions, the “recovery” began in June, 2009. All of these bad employment months come after that date. So how can Obama really claim that his programs and policies are working?
No doubt that shocks many readers of my blog who know I have some serious issues with Islam and those who commit terrorism in the name of that faith. But this program at a New York school seems like a reasonable one to me.
An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.
Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.
One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.
“She proposed this to the parent association. They were very supportive,” said Angela Jackson, CEO of the Global Language Project, which is backing the initiative.
“Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language,” she said, citing students’ future “career trajectories.’’
“It means they can spin the globe and decide where they want to work and live.”
Well, that last statement may be a bit hyperbolic, but I think the principal’s heart and mind are both in the right place.
There is no shortage of Spanish speakers in this country – and many of our students already enter school knowing that language anyway.
French is no longer the international language it once was, and German and Italian just are not that important.
Latin is wonderful, but it is a dead language.
What languages do we need to have our children learning for the international marketplace? Arabic, for sure, along with Mandarin and Japanese.
Several years ago, one of my students decided to learn Arabic on his own. He got some help from a Muslim classmate. He served in the military, where he honed those language skills before he was discharged with a combat-related disability. He now works for a major oil company, using those same language skills – and making great money. Frankly, I wish a few more had his initiative.
And let me say it for the record – reactions like this one are so absurdly ignorant that they merit no further comment.
We had to redo our house after the hurricane in 2008. I wish I had known about this site when we were replacing the bathroom vanity and fixtures in our bathrooms. They have some great looking stuff.
You think that is an overstatement? Think again – here’s a proposed law in New York State.
Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post.” No votes on the measures have been taken. But unless the First Amendment is repealed, they stand no chance of surviving any constitutional scrutiny even if they were approved.
Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”
Last time I checked, the First Amendment does not limit itself to “nice speech”. Indeed, nice speech doesn’t need constitutional protection because nobody wants to ban it. And one entrenched politicians “baseless political attack” is a grass-roots challenger’s or disgruntled citizen’s legitimate political criticism.
The short answer – vote out anyone who introduces, co-sponsors, or votes for such legislation.
You know, when a woman is portrayed in a sexually degrading way for the crime of publicly expressing her own beliefs? No, I don’t mean Sandra Fluke – I mean political commentator S.E. Cupp. I’ll give you the full story over at The Blaze, but won’t actually show you the pornographic photoshop they have published of her.
I’d say this is definitely a part of the War on Women that the Left has been conducting on conservative women for my entire adult life, which I referenced in an earlier post about the beating of an effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley..
Good thing that DeWitt is female, or this film of her beating the Haley pińata would be the latest exhibit in the War On Women. Or maybe not – since Haley is a conservative, she may not count as a woman. That is what the Left tells us about Sarah Palin as she is degraded and dehumanized by their heroes like Obama mega-donor Bill Maher. That’s what we heard about Condi Rice during the Bush years. Heck, I can even remember the head of NOW stating that the mere fact that UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick had a vagina did not make her a woman, since her politics were wrong.
And so, since Cupp is a conservative woman, don’t expect an altered picture of her doing the Lewinsky to provoke any outrage from the feminist crowd.
Remember last year, when Sarah Palin was declared guilty of inciting an assassination attempt because she put targets on a map to signify the congressional races she and her supporters were going to focus on? Well, what do you call this sort of activity by an Obama-supporting union leader?
That’s South Carolina AFL-CIO president Donna DeWitt beating and battering an effigy of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The union posted the video for all to see, clearly indicating that they believe that assault upon a public official is a perfectly acceptable course of action if you disagree with that official’s policies.
Good thing that DeWitt is female, or this film of her beating the Haley pińata would be the latest exhibit in the War On Women. Or maybe not – since Haley is a conservative, she may not count as a woman. That is what the Left tells us about Sarah Palin as she is degraded and dehumanized by their heroes like Obama mega-donor Bill Maher. That’s what we heard about Condi Rice during the Bush years. Heck, I can even remember the head of NOW stating that the mere fact that UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick had a vagina did not make her a woman, since her politics were wrong.
But I will note that we have the white DeWitt beating an effigy of the Asian-American Haley. That would be fodder for claims of racism if the political ideologies were reversed – but since Haley is a Republican, the Left thinks she deserves it. Of course, if a conservative group were to do something similar to an effigy of Obama, there would be Hell to pay as the race-mongers made loud arguments (with wall-to-wall media coverage) that this was proof of conservative racism. And heaven forbid that the group used Obama’s picture for target practice instead – the Secret Service would be called away from
brothels nationwide and around the world to investigate.
But making a sport about beating an effigy of a female minority elected official who is a Republican? No big deal.
Well, until we conservative bloggers got their hands on the video and raised a ruckus – then the national AFL-CIO tried to suppress the video. But the violent union thug makes it clear that she is not sorry and does not view her actions as inappropriate.
A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, television channels and a local government official said.
The official said Shakil Afridi was charged with treason for running a fake vaccination campaign that helped the American intelligence agency track bin Laden in a Pakistani town, where he was killed in a US special forces raid.
Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Islamabad, said that Afridi was very well known as a doctor in the Khyber area. "He was picked up about two weeks after the bin Laden operation on suspicion of assisting Americans," he said.
Send in Seal Team 6 to extract Shakil Afridi. I’d suggest bombing Pakistan back to the Stone Age, but the Pakistanis have already managed to take their Third World mud hole back there all by themselves.
We saw it a while back when a federal inmate took 40% of the vote in West Virginia. Now we see it again in two more states.
President Obama won his 34th and 35th consecutive Democratic primary contests on Tuesday night, claiming victories in Arkansas and Kentucky.
But his margin was surprisingly small in Arkansas — a state in which he was opposed by Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe, who had previously been on the presidential primary ballot in Louisiana, Missouri and New Hampshire and will be on the ballot in Texas next week. Wolfe has also run unsuccessfully for Congress four times.
With 61 percent of precincts reporting in Arkansas, Obama took 60 percent to 40 percent for Wolfe. In Kentucky, with nearly all precincts reporting, 42.1 percent of Democratic primary voters opted for “uncommitted” rather than backing the president, who received 57.9 percent.
Got that – an incumbent president with no significant challengers is barely able to break 60% in three states – including one where there was no challenger on the ballot? That tells us a lot about how weak a candidate Barack Obama really is – a weakness that is directly related to the utter failure of his policies in reviving the economy.
Unless, of course, you are part of the Democrat-Media establishment.
Then the cause is obviously not Obama’s failure as president – it is RA-A-A-A-A-CISM!
It was the end of a long day in a stuffy Simi Valley office building. Ann Romney had been under oath for more than four hours, testifying in a sometimes contentious deposition about a pricey horse she sold that may or may not have been afflicted with a condition that made him unrideable.
Oh, yeah – Ann Romney was ultimately dropped from the suit, so there is really no story, besides she got testy during her deposition. And anyone who has ever been deposed has certainly gotten testy during such a proceeding.
But the story then goes into all sorts of exquisite detail about the nature of Mrs. Romney’s hobby and its cost. Personally, I know competitive horse events are expensive – my high school age niece rides and has won a number of awards over the years. But is the story relevant – especially given the reluctance of the media to look into the biography and associations of Barack Obama who is, unlike Ann Romney, an office holder and a candidate.
So let’s get an investigation into Obama’s college years and transcripts. Let’s get media coverage of his terrorist associations – both domestic and foreign. Let’s get some stories about the connection between the election of Obama to the Senate and Michelle Obama’s subsequent pay raise.
After all – the American public has a right to know about both sides’ dirty laundry, doesn’t it?
One of the great political canards of the modern age is the claim that the GOP only became ascendant in the South by adopting racist, segregationist tactics. Such claims are untrue, but have become a truism on the Left, in academia, and among the MSM (which are three ways of saying the same thing). That the claim is untrue doesn’t matter – it is still repeated as if it were Sacred Writ.
But there is a great article at National Review Online that puts the lie to this calumny against the GOP. It includes observations about political developments in the decades that followed the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (with overwhelming GOP support, but not nearly so much Democrat support).
If the parties had in some meaningful way flipped on civil rights, one would expect that to show up in the electoral results in the years following the Democrats’ 1964 about-face on the issue. Nothing of the sort happened: Of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the 1964 act, only one would ever change parties. Nor did the segregationist constituencies that elected these Democrats throw them out in favor of Republicans: The remaining 20 continued to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by Democrats. It was, on average, nearly a quarter of a century before those seats went Republican. If southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil-rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so. They say things move slower in the South — but not that slow.
Republicans did begin to win some southern House seats, and in many cases segregationist Democrats were thrown out by southern voters in favor of civil-rights Republicans. One of the loudest Democratic segregationists in the House was Texas’s John Dowdy, a bitter and buffoonish opponent of the 1964 reforms, which he declared “would set up a despot in the attorney general’s office with a large corps of enforcers under him; and his will and his oppressive action would be brought to bear upon citizens, just as Hitler’s minions coerced and subjugated the German people. I would say this — I believe this would be agreed to by most people: that, if we had a Hitler in the United States, the first thing he would want would be a bill of this nature.” (Who says political rhetoric has been debased in the past 40 years?) Dowdy was thrown out in 1966 in favor of a Republican with a very respectable record on civil rights, a little-known figure by the name of George H. W. Bush.
It was in fact not until 1995 that Republicans represented a majority of the southern congressional delegation — and they had hardly spent the Reagan years campaigning on the resurrection of Jim Crow.
In other words, the statistics show that it was not an appeal to “racist white southern voters” that caused a switch in the aftermath of the passage of that landmark bill. Those opposed to the legislation overwhelmingly remained Democrats – Democrat leaders, in fact – for the next couple of decades. The change in party alignment was a gradual one, not powered by opposition to civil rights. Indeed, the racist Democrat leadership didn’t convert to being Republicans – they died off or were overwhelmed by pro-civil rights Republicans who moved into the region over the next three decades. It is an inconvenient truth that Democrats don’t want you to know.
Why then does the myth persist? I’d argue that the answer is an easy one – because the definition of civil rights has changed over the years. When I was a child in the 1960s, the civil rights movement was about treating each individual equally, without regard to race. Today, “civil rights leaders” demand that the government be race conscious and impose the same sort of racial discrimination that existed prior to 1964 – except in reverse, to punish whites because of the color of their skin. So much for the notion that we all should be judged by our individual dignity, our personal abilities, and “the content of our character”.
So take the time to read Kevin Williamson’s article. It’s important. Be sure to pass it on.
One of the hallmarks of the American Republic is the value which we put upon the right of folks to engage in speech in a peaceful manner. We consider it so important that those who ratified the Constitution insisted that it be enshrined in the document as part of a Bill of Rights that many of the state ratifying conventions insisted be added as soon as possible.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And while the limits of the First Amendment apply to the acts of government, not of private individuals, we as Americans generally accept that respect for the values found therein apply to us all, and we therefore recognize the right of even those with reprehensible views to gather and to speak provided they do so in a peaceful manner.
t was the middle of the lunch rush Saturday, and Mike Winston was working in the kitchen of his Tinley Park restaurant, the Ashford House, when a waitress screamed a fight had broken out in the dining room.
Police call the melee at the restaurant a targeted assault by a mob that Winston said wielded metal batons and hammers. Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and three of those were hospitalized.
Tinley Park police had five suspected assailants in custody, and Winston said 18 young men, all wearing hooded jackets and obscuring their faces with scarves and other coverings, stormed into the restaurant.
“They came running in the door single file,” said Winston, who owns Ashford House, 7959 W. 159th St., and the adjacent Winston’s Market.
Winston, and police, said the men knew who their targets were, and that the attack wasn’t a random act of violence. Winston said the mob “targeted” a group of 20 diners, all of whom were from out of state.
Now who were these diners? Well, apparently they were some folks with views that are pretty offensive to most Americans.
The melee at a Tinley Park restaurant Saturday appears to have been the work of radical protesters who wanted to attack a gathering of alleged white supremacists, the mayor and a law enforcement source said.
Ten people were injured at the Ashford House Restaurant on 159th Street after 15 to 18 young people, wearing hooded black jackets and wielding bats and hammers, burst inside and attacked another group of 12 to 15 people who were meeting there, officials said.
Now let's assume for a moment that the group that was attacked held reprehensible views, as alleged by the group that organized the attack upon them. So what? Under our system of laws and our Constitution, they still have a right to assemble in a peaceful fashion and to speak. Those opposed to their message equally have a right to speak out against them, assembling in a peaceful manner to do so. But they do not have any right -- legal or moral -- to engage in a violent assault upon the group they oppose in order to interfere with their constitutionally guaranteed rights -- that is unAmerican.
I think the best comment I've seen comes from the shortest blog post I've seen on the subject, written by one of my very good blogging buddies over at the Glittering Eye.
My only comment about this story. . . is that if we have reached the point where we attack beliefs, even offensive or reprehensible beliefs, with bats and hammers, civil order has already broken down.
By the way, the proof that the attackers, the so-called "Anti-Racist Action Group" isn't really against racism is that they haven't taken a hammer to this guy -- and because the group's website proclaims that they only oppose white racists. Which makes the "Anti-Racist Action Group" a racist group which ought to turn its batons upon its own members. At a minimum, I hope that the individuals who participated in this attack are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to long stretches in prison for their crimes against the US Constitution.
I don’t like Marion Barry. He is an embarrassment to the people of Washington DC who keep electing him to office – and to the rest of the country.
That said, I appreciate that he is capable of admitting he was wrong when he attacked hospitals for hiring nurses from the Philippines.
Hospitalized in Las Vegas with a blood clot this weekend, D.C. councilmember Marion Barry made a point to tweet his thanks to the “kind professional Filipino staff” and took back his earlier criticism of D.C. hospitals for hiring Filipino nurses.
“Got a blood clot while waiting on plane in Memphis,” Barry posted to Twitter Sunday night. “Taking blood thiner. I thank God it was caught. #thankGodALLthetime”
He added, “I also thank outstanding medical staff, incl. kind professional Filipino staff. I stand corrected; I truly didn’t mean 2 hurt or offend.”
Here’s hoping that Barry has a full and speedy recovery – and that this experience may cause him to tone down some of his more offensive rhetoric.
Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947. One would hope that reasonable people would not hold against him anything that happened before that date (or at least before his conception some nine months earlier). But reasonable people are not employed at the Washington Post, as is exemplified by this article.
CARROLLTON, Ark. — On the wildflower-studded slopes of the Ozarks, where memories run long and family ties run thick, a little-known and long-ago chapter of history still simmers.
On Sept. 11, 1857, a wagon train from this part of Arkansas met with a gruesome fate in Utah, where most of the travelers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in an episode known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Hundreds of the victims’ descendants still populate these hills and commemorate the killings, which they have come to call “the first 9/11.”
Yeah, that’s right – the Washington Post wants to tie Mitt Romney to an event that took place some ninety years before his birth. That is absurd, illogical, and indicative of a level of bigotry not seen since the 1960 anti-Catholic campaign against John F. Kennedy.
And the particular absurdity and irrelevance of running a story about the incident and its connection to the county in Arkansas is found in the fifth paragraph.
And yet, there is scant evidence that Romney’s religion is making much difference in how voters here are thinking about the presidential election and whether they are willing to back the former Massachusetts governor.
In other words, the event that took place nearly a century before Romney’s birth is having no impact upon whether or not people in a county with a particular anti-Mormon outlook are going to vote for him. So why devote the space in the newspaper to this irrelevancy? Quite obviously, it is to try to drag down Mitt Romney, the guy who increasingly looks prepared to beat the Post’s favored candidate, Barack Obama – even if it means relying on the sort of bigoted attack on a candidate’s faith unseen since before my birth.
It is no secret that I am a political partisan. It is also no secret that I am a social studies teacher. That said, I go to great lengths to keep my politics out of my classroom. How successful am I? Four years ago I taught a lesson on the two major presidential candidates a few days before the election. I refused to tell my students who I was going to vote for -- and had them write down who they thought I would vote for. The results were surprising, even to me -- the students split almost evenly in whether I would vote for Obama or McCain, with a significant minority being unsure. I call that fairness and balance.
It begins with a classroom conversation about a recent news story detailing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney allegedly bullying a classmate in prep school. It turns into a heated, sometimes confrontational debate.
One student asks, “Didn’t Obama bully someone though?”
The teacher responds: “Not to my knowledge.”
In response to the Romney story, conservatives have recently been pointing to a passage in Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father,” in which the president writes that while in grade school he shoved a little girl, the only other black student in his grade, after other students called him her boyfriend.
When the student tells the teacher that Obama admitted to bullying a girl in school, the teacher goes on the defensive.
“Stop, no, because there is no comparison,” she says. Romney, she says, is “running for president. Obama is the president.”
When the student says they’re both “just men,” the teacher continues to argue that Romney, as a candidate for president, is not to be afforded the same respect as the president.
The teacher tells the class Obama is “due the respect that every other president is due.”
“Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom,” she says.
The student replies that he’ll say what he wants.
“Not about him you won’t,” the teacher says.
Later in the conversation, the teacher tells the class it’s criminal to slander a president.
“Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?” she says of former President Bush. “Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?”
The student responds by saying being arrested for talking badly about the president would violate the right to free speech.
“You would have to say some pretty f’d up crap about him to be arrested,” he says. “They cannot take away your right to have your opinion. … They can’t take that away unless you threaten the president.”
This is a teacher whose job includes teaching students about the rights they have under the constitution. She clearly does not know what they are. Her attack on a student who would dare be critical of the president is also beyond the pale.
And no, nobody was arrested for saying bad things about George W. Bush. In fact, those who did so became cultural heroes -- don't you remember that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" and that Cindy Sheehan was treated as some sort of demigod by those opposed to Bush and his policies?
Tanya Dixon-Neeley needs to be fired from her job in
South North Carolina. Then she can take the position currently available as a social studies teacher at Kim Jong-Il High School in the North Korea independent School District, where her rant about it being illegal to criticize Dear Leader would be accurate.
UPDATE -- As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant.
A teacher at a Rowan County school has been suspended after getting national attention for a YouTube video video that surfaced last week showing her yelling at her students, saying it’s wrong to criticize the president.
Unfortunately, it is with pay. But that isn't a bad thing -- any investigation of a teacher misconduct always begins with a suspension with pay pending a fuller investigation. I would not be surprised to see further personnel action taken -- which could include a suspension without pay or termination.
And let me be clear -- I do not want this woman fired because of her politics. As a teacher who publicly expresses political opinions on this blog (and some controversial ones at that) and who has been targeted by local Leftists for doing so, I want to see this woman's First Amendment rights protected and respected. My objection is her obvious lack of competence in her teaching field and her abuse of a student for daring to make truthful statements as part of a class discussion.
Here are this week’s full results.
See you next week!
I'm generally against tax increases and in favor of tax cuts. That said, I can certainly envision situations in which I might support a particular tax increase -- and can certainly see where ending certain tax deductions or closing certain loopholes might be a good thing. For example, I see no reason to cap the dollar amount of income subject to Social Security taxes, and could envision supporting such a change in the law in that regard if we are going to keep the system going. I therefore would never sign the "pledge" circulated by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform -- which he and his group treat as a blood oath binding for the rest of one's life. That notion that he and his group should be the arbiters of conservatism is laughable.
Norquist argues that members who sign the pledge do so with the understanding it’s a promise to constituents, not to him or Americans for Tax Reform. He said they also should understand the pledge is effective for the entire time they are in office.
That's why I am so proud of certain of our conservative Republican freshmen members of Congress who are backing away from Norquist, his group, and the pledge.
A small but increasingly vocal group of freshman Republicans are publicly rejecting the idea they are beholden to Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform pledge for their entire congressional careers.
One such member, Scott Rigell of Virginia, has openly rejected the pledge, explaining on his website that it would prevent Congress in some cases from eliminating corporate loopholes or government subsidies because those changes would have to be revenue-neutral. The math, he said, just doesn’t make sense.
And Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) told the Los Angeles Times he wouldn’t be signing the pledge again — or any pledge for that matter — not because he wants to raise taxes but because he wants to close certain loopholes to help pay down the deficit.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) scoffed at the idea the pledge was some sort of blood oath. A number of other offices of freshman members told POLITICO their bosses had sworn oaths to do what was best for their districts, not Americans for Tax Reform.
“I signed that thing in the desert of Afghanistan,” West said in an interview. “I got home and they wanted me to sign again during my campaign, and I wouldn’t, and Grover started yelling at my campaign manager. Grover is a nice guy, but I think he’s a little misguided.”
“I don’t care if he has my name on his website, it’s meaningless,” West added. “I think my voting record speaks for itself.”
All of them make excellent cases for telling Norquist to take a hike, and I admire them for doing so. Norquist is a bully -- and too closely associated with pro-jihad Islamists for any true patriot to associate with.
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When I heard about plans by some to raise Rev. Wright as an issue this year, I was taken aback. Why raise an issue that seems to have had the air let out of it four years ago. The racist reverend ended up not getting much traction with swing voters.
Because I think it is the right move for a guy whose religion has been repeatedly attacked from the Left and who made a serious address about religious freedom in 2007.
However, that agreement comes with a proviso -- Rev. Wright and Obama's connection to him remains off limits.
But only so long as the Obama campaign and its surrogates refrain from attacks on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and the LDS Church.
if they don't, I have the perfect sort of ad for the Romney campaign or some independent expenditure group to let fly.
Here's a bit of a storyboard for you.
When the Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution in 1787, they decreed that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
In 1960, America lived up to that promise when it elected John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Catholic, as President of the United States.
MIXED IMAGES OF ANTI-MORMON HEADLINES AND VIDEO
Sadly, some today would reject the notion that Americans should not be disqualified from office because of their religious faith. They would have you reject Mitt Romney because he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- a Mormon.
Such efforts are an attack upon the freedom of every American of every faith, and the hopes and dreams of every American child that they can grow up to honor both God and country. Instead they would replace the promise of religious equality enshrined in our nation's Constitution with another view.
And instead of a man whose church teaches that God blesses America, they insist that you reject the promise of our Constitution and accept the view of a faith and church they consider mainstream.
Better that we hold Rev. Wright in reserve against the onslaught of anti-Mormon bigotry than play that wildcard now.
A great video that reminds Americans that women have diverse views on a variety of policy issues -- and that liberal politicians and advocacy groups don't get to define what are the only acceptable political positions for women. After all, aren't they for "freedom of choice" for women?
As the evidence begins trickling out as a result of Florida’s discovery laws, we are getting some very interesting bits of information.
A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation.
Now unless one wants to argue that Zimmerman was in another fight, that Zimmerman caused the injuries himself, or that the police beat Zimmerman while he was in custody, the only possible conclusion is that the injuries were sustained at the hands of Trayvon Martin before Zimmerman shot him. And that is consistent with another piece of evidence.
WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.
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WFTV has learned that the medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: The fatal gunshot wound and broken skin on his knuckles.
What interests me here is what the medical examiner found when he examined the wounds. Were they scrapes caused by pavement? Did they contain blood or tissue from Zimmerman? In other words, were they caused by an altercation of by Martin’s body hitting the ground?
Frankly, I find myself agreeing with CBS legal analyst Jack Ford on this one.
"This now allows the defense to show up in the courtroom, let George Zimmerman tell his story and bring in a medical expert that says, 'Black and blue under the eyes, broken nose, cut on the back of the head,'" said Ford, "and the defense can argue that's consistent with George Zimmerman being attacked by Trayvon Martin, and then the Stand Your Ground defense comes into play."
Ford does speculate that the prosecution could make an argument that Trayvon martin was in a struggle for his life when attacked by Zimmerman, but I don’t think that one will hold water. After all, there were apparently only two injuries on Martin’s body – the knuckles and the gunshot – while Zimmerman had apparently had the crap beat out of him. By themselves, these facts lead to the more reasonable conclusion that Martin was the aggressor and Zimmerman believed he was in danger of death or serious injury at Martin’s hands. In that case, a finding of self-defense would be appropriate, without any reference to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that has been so criticized since the shooting.
Of course, the Martin family’s mouthpiece is trying to spin the evidence that thoroughly contradicts the narrative the family and its race-mongering supporters have tried to concoct with doctored tapes and threats of lynching.
“[Trayvon Martin] was fighting for his life. Let’s not forget that Trayvon Martin was fighting a man with a 9-millimeter gun. We also have to remember that he didn’t start this fight. George Zimmerman got out his car and pursued Trayvon Martin.”
Except, of course, there’s no evidence that George Zimmerman touched Trayvon Martin anyplace other than his knuckles with anything other than his face, and there is no evidence that Zimmerman’s legal gun was anywhere but concealed in its holster whenever the altercation started, so there is no way Martin could have known about the weapon when the altercation began – and that getting out of your car in the neighborhood where you live and asking a stranger who they are and why they are there is not a threat or an assault.
At bare minimum, this new evidence should muddy the water sufficiently that proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt becomes impossible in a second degree murder case – and possibly for any sort of homicide charge. As a result, I stand with this observation from the professional prosecutor who runs Patterico’s Pontifications.
My bold prediction: this guy does not get convicted of murder.
I’m not gloating when I say that – I’m just looking at the evidence as it stands. And I stand firm in my initial observation that what we should be seeking is justice not only for Trayvon martin, but also for George Zimmerman – and that justice does not necessarily mean that Zimmerman is convicted of anything as a result of this tragedy.
The effort has failed, as some 150 local ministers refused to surrender their right to criticize the police department – or the mayor – as a condition of being permitted to work with the police in improving relations with the minority community.
A three-decades-old partnership between the city's black ministers and the Houston Police Department has ended after pastors refused to agree to new guidelines issued by Chief Charles McClelland that prohibits them from criticizing the police or city administration.
The ACLU and longtime civil rights activists blasted the prohibition against criticism by clergy who volunteer with the department.
McClelland changed the organization of HPD's religious volunteers by forming a group called the Police and Clergy Alliance (PACA). He issued guidelines governing the new alliance that took effect April 26.
Last week, an estimated 100 to 150 black ministers who are members of the Houston Ministers Against Crime turned in their HPD-issued credentials, saying they would no longer work with police, the pastor's group director confirmed.
The ministers, you see, have been quite vocal about police brutality (such as in this case that got a not guilty verdict today) – and about gay issues, including some public criticism of Mayor Annise Parker. And you just can’t have that. What they want are pro-cop, pro-city mouthpieces who won’t speak out when they see injustice occur or believe the Gospel needs to be preached in a way that might be inconvenient for the mayor.
Of course, they frame this as an endorsement, but for any real conservative this explains why you should look elsewhere.
The Republican primary has drawn no less than nine candidates for the open Senate seat, with four rated as likely contenders: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz; former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert; and broadcaster and former football star Craig James.
Of the four, our endorsement goes to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, with a nod of acknowledgment to Leppert's well-conceived candidacy.
Cruz, a serious thinker, and James, a likable personality, do not exhibit the inclination to operate within the traditional Washington system of respectful give and take that has been noticeably absent in recent years.
Got that – the establishment press wants David Dewhurst and accept Tom Leppert, a pair of go-along-to-get-along politicians who will give in to the Democrats and special interests that the editorial staff. We’ve seen that in each over the years, and have no reason to expect better in the future.
On the other hand, the Chronicle has made it clear that what it does not want is a serious thinker like Ted Cruz – an expert on the Constitution who has a history of standing firm for principles the Chronicle doesn’t support.
So ask yourself – do you want a compromiser, or a conservative? Then you’re your conservative principles accordingly.
I have a hard time taking this complaint seriously.
Stylish Jessica Alba felt “objectified” as a young actress after she was typecast as a “sexy, tough action girl”.
Alba’s big breakthrough came after she landed the lead role in James Cameron’s science fiction TV show Dark Angel, and she donned a series of sexy outfits for the show, which ended in 2002.
The actress loved her years in the series, but admits it took her a long time to shed her image from sex icon to style queen.
Oh poor baby. You took a part that was based upon your oozing sexual signals even while being kick-ass tough. That’s like a Hooters waitress complaining that the skimpy outfits objectify her – DUH!
And for the record – that’s why I don’t eat at Hooters and didn’t watch Dark Angel.
But it points to the liberal bias of both network news and the rest of the media elite.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams appeared on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night. Letterman discussed Williams’s special on Rock Center about the killing of Osama bin Laden and became agitated when describing President Barack Obama’s successes as compared to what he sees as President George W. Bush’s failures in the War on Terror. “What more do we want this man to do for us, honest to god,” asked Letterman.
The right question is “what more is he going to do to us?” Is he going to crash the economy more? Is he going to drive more folks out of the workforce? Is he going to increase spending and the debt? Is he going to trash the nation’s credit rating? Sadly, we believe we know the answers – and therefore we know we need to get rid of Obama.
You have to love that Bill Maher, the poster child for bigotry who is somehow still allowed a platform to spew his hatred under the label of "comedy". Now he's come out in favor of child molestation!
However, when I was 12 years old, I was beaten on the playground. Just like the Mitt Romney thing, I was held down and somebody just punched me in the face while other kids watched. And if I could go back to 1968 and trade that experience for being gently masturbated by a pop star- (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER) -I would do it in a second. Frankie Valli could jerk me off. Gary Puckett of the Union Gap. The Allman Brothers, if we could go back in time. Marvin Gaye.
Of course, given Maher's own personal history of racist bullying and domestic abuse -- not to mention his on-air bullying -- I'm not surprised to find out that he would submit to the sexual abuse of those more powerful than him. Nor am I surprised that he would minimize the damage done by sexual abuse -- which leads me to suspect that we would find some interesting photographs of folks under the age of 18 on his hard drive if we could ever get access to it. After all, who but a pedophile justifies sexual abuse of kids? When will NAMBLA send him an honorary membership card?
By the way, Maher also attacked Romney about the alleged polygamy of his grandfather. However, Maher is again wrong on the matter. While the candidate's paternal great-grandfathers were polygamists, his grandfather had only one wife. That Maher can't even get details like that correct tells us all we need to know about the value of his political commentary.
UPDATE: Got an email from a friend a few moments ago that makes connections I didn't.
You left out the other damning quote from Maher, where he said "even his worst accuser never said that he did anything like actually have sex with them." That is just a part of the warped celebrity culture that let's Woody Allen stay a major force in the entertainment industry despite his relationship wiht his step-daughter -- or Whoopi Goldberg's defense of Roman Polanski in which she claimed that forcing a drugged thirteen-year-old to have sex isn't "rape rape" and needs to be overlooked because of Roman Polanski's artistic genius.
Indeed -- and thank you.
Barack Obama told us ten days into his presidency that “if I don’t have this [fixing the economy] done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
We are now 3 ˝ years into the man’s term, and he gives himself an incomplete on the economy.
President Barack Obama wouldn't give himself a letter grade for his handling of the economy and instead leaned on what's become his crutch when asked to grade his presidency.
“I think it’s still incomplete. We’ve still got work to do," he said on ABC's "The View," in an interview that aired Tuesday morning.
Sorry, Mr. President – you gave yourself three years to fix the economy. You didn't -- you made it worse. By your own definition you have failed and deserve to be a one-term president.
The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford). Here are a few examples:
- On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
- In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.
- President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
- On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.
- In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.
Some of the comparisons are silly, some are dishonest, and some are irrelevant. Frankly, he ought to be ashamed. And folks are having great fun with this on Twitter, under the #ObamaInHistory hashtag.
After all, having ridiculed Sarah Palin over what he imagines to be her lack of skill at the game, guess who came in last on a special edition of the show.
And then the fun really began in the category "6-Letter World Capitals" with the answer, "St. Basil's Cathedral is there."
Readers are once again reminded the category was "6-Letter World Capitals."
Almost astonishingly, the pompous and holier-than-thou Matthews responded, "What is Istanbul?"
The correct response - containing six letters and not eight! - was Moscow.
By the way, Matthews was creamed by over $8000 by the second place finisher -- and was nearly $10,000 behind the winner.
Perhaps this old Shakespeare quot explains why the media is interested in Seamus the dog and Mitt Romney's schoolyard misdeeds that the good works the man has done as an adult -- which vastly outnumber the bad things he may have done in.
One cold December day in the early 1980s, Mitt Romney loaded up his Gran Torino with firewood and brought it to the home of a single mother whose heat had been shut off just days before Christmas. Years after a business partner died unexpectedly, Romney helped the man’s surviving daughter go to medical school with loans for tuition — loans he forgave when she graduated.
And in 1997, when a fellow church member’s teenage son fell seriously ill, Romney sprinted to the hospital in the dead of night, where he kept vigil with his terrified parents.
Stories like these — tales of long hours spent with grieving families, financial assistance to those in need and timely help given to strangers whether asked for or not — abound in the adult life of the Republican presidential candidate. Many of them, though not all, are connected to his work as a Mormon bishop.
And yet these stories are largely absent on the campaign trail.
It is speculated that Romney doesn't bring these stories up because of their connection to his Mormon faith -- the same reason he doesn't trumpet the millions of dollars he gives to church-connected charities each year. The media, on the other hand, doesn't want to cloud the narrative of the heartless businessman -- and it certainly doesn't want to hurt Barack Obama.
I've considered the options and looked at the candidates for a variety of offices in the state of Texas and Harris County, as well as for President of the United States. Here are my endorsements as Precinct Chair for Precinct 333 in the contested races in this year's primary. Where I deem it appropriate, I will supply additional commentary.
President -- Mitt Romney
I'll admit that I started out supporting John Bolton, and believed a brokered convention might be the only option for the party this year. But Republicans around the country have thrown their support to the former Massachusetts governor, who I endorsed in 2008, and it is my hope that the voters of Texas will do the same.
US Senate -- Ted Cruz
Texas needs a strong conservative senator, and I believe that Ted Cruz has shown himself to be that man. I'm sure we will have a runoff, and it is my belief that Ted Cruz deserves to go head-to-head against David Dewhurst.
CD 36 -- Mike Jackson
There are a lot of candidates running for this new seat, and there may be a runoff. Mike Jackson has been an effective state senator here in SD11, and he has earned my trust over the years. There may be a runoff due to the number of other candidates in the race, and if there is I hope that businessman Stephen Takach is the other candidate.
RR Commissioner -- Warren Chisum
RR Commissioner -- Barry Smitherman
Supreme Court, Place 2 -- Don Willett
Supreme Court, Place 4 -- John Devine
I hate to speak ill of my fellow Republicans who differ with me on this point, but I do not see how anyone can support the reelection of Justice David Medina, given the questions that still surround he and his wife over the fire that destroyed their home.
SBOE, Place 8 -- Linda Ellis
Frankly, I want to see a fellow teacher on the SBOE.
SD 11 -- Dave Norman
If all I knew was that Dave Norman was a conservative, a veteran, a businessman, and a fine family man, I'd support him. Dave Norman has been my friend and neighbor for a decade now, and I can think of nobody I would rather have as my state senator than the guy who showed up with his wife and step-father to help me out after Hurricane Ike without even needing to be called.
HD 129 -- John E. Davis
I've differed with John Davis in the past, and still do. But the reality is that the winner of this primary will be unopposed in November, and I remain more confident in John Davis and his generally conservative record than I am in his opponent.
11th District Court -- Bruce Bain
61st District Court -- George May
127th District Court -- Sonya Aston
129th District Court -- Edward Casanova
133rd District Court -- Sharon J. Hemphill
151st District Court -- Leif Olson
152nd District Court -- Don Self
164th District Court -- Bud Wiesedeppe
174th District Court -- Joe Vinas
177th District Court -- Ryan Patrick
179th District Court -- Lana Shadwick
337th District Court -- Jim Barr
District Attorney -- Mike Anderson
Like it or not, questions and scandal have surrounded the DA's office during Pat Lykos' tenure. That she did not fire an ADA who took the Fifth when asked about her official duties is sufficient in my book to justify turning her out of office and replacing her with a new DA who has experience as both a judge and a prosecutor.
Civil Court At Law, Place 2 -- Theresa Chang
Chang was a fine District Clerk who lost her place in the 2008 Obama wave. She has been a fine judge after being appointed to replace Jack Cagle. I strongly support her.
County Attorney -- Robert Talton
Talton is a good man with a "take no prisoners" attitude. he won't hold back in his race against incumbent Democrat Vince Ryan, whose office is mired in scandal.
County Sheriff -- Carl Pittman
With eight candidates on the ballot, there is sure to be a runoff. I believe Carl Pittman's experience and temperament make him the best candidate on the ballot. His wide experience in law enforcement and business will serve him well as sheriff.
Tax Collector-Assessor -- Mike Sullivan
HCDE, Position 3 -- Mike Wolfe
Constable, Pct 8 -- Phil Sandlin
When Bill Bailey resigned as constable after nearly three decades in that position, he made it quite clear that Phil Sandlin was the most qualified individual for the post. Nobody disagreed with him then, and Sandlin's performance as constable has given us no reason to reconsider that view.
Harris County GOP Chairman -- Paul Simpson
With all due respect to the incumbent, the Harris County GOP needs change at the top to deal with organizational and financial issues. Paul Simpson is ready from Day 1 to work to revitalize our party.
Huffington Post editor Ethan Klapper reported on Twitter a possible ‘hot mic’ gaffe with President Obama uttering “I gotta get my sh…” after a commencement address speech to students at Barnard College, a private women’s liberal arts college in New York City.
I doubt that the comment was a reference to the high academic award President Obama had just received from the school.
I'm sure he actually said "I've gotta get my shit together," which would be an indication that even Barry Hussein recognizes that he is an utter failure as a president.
Could you imagine the outrage if this came from O'Reilly, Hannity, or Limbaugh?
Hardball anchor Chris Matthews, who routinely smears his political opponents as racist, on Monday lectured an African American minister who opposes gay marriage, "I hope you evolve." The host patronizingly added, "I'm just teasing."
Remember is known for his satirizing of the Left -- but that didn't keep the Left from insisting that he actually intended to accuse Sandra Fluke of being a prostitute. Chris Matthews, who is no funnier than he is impartial and insightful, doesn't have that justification for his words.
Paul McCartney gave the Beatles classic OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA a Mexican twist when he performed in Mexico City last week – by bringing out a mariachi band to join him on the track.
The rock legend staged a free concert for an estimated 250,000 people at Zocalo – the city’s most historic venue which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period – and delighted fans by jamming for three hours.
Sick and disgusting – and oh-so-typical of the deference shown to one particular religion because of the willingness of its adherents to kill in the name of their faith.
A New York police officer seeking to rename a Harlem street for a cop gunned down inside a Manhattan mosque 40 years ago was told by local leaders to seek the blessing of area Muslims.
NYPD Officer Philip Cardillo was shot dead in an infamous 1972 incident in which police responded to a fake “officer down” call from Muhammad Mosque No. 7, the New York headquarters for the Nation of Islam. The accused gunman was later acquitted, and the city's perceived unwillingness to back the police has long been seen as a low point in relations between city government and the police department. After four decades, NYPD Inspector and local Precinct Commander Rodney Harrison wants a section of 123rd St. named after Cardillo.
"It's been 40 years," retired NYPD cop Randy Jurgensen, who was at the mosque when Cardillo was killed, told FoxNews.com. "It would be closure for the Cardillo family and the police officers there that day."
In New York, the City Council typically approves street namings on the recommendation of local Community Boards. But members of Community Board 10, which represents the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, have effectively blocked Harrison's plan by telling him to seek the approval of local Muslim leaders.
What next? Permission from Imams before there the erection of 9/11 memorials and monuments to soldiers killed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban? Such demands are un-American – as are those who make them and those who insist upon special sensitivity to Muslims when they kill and maim the innocent.
As we’ve seen in recent years, race-baiting is the new McCarthyism. Actually, it is worse than the old McCarthyism, insofar as there actually an effort by the Soviet Union to infiltrate our body politic and overthrow American freedoms. The playing of the race card, however, is often based upon little more than a white person daring to take issue with the position of an individual of a darker hue. I learned that dynamic early in my teaching career, when efforts to correct the behavior of black students was often met with “You’re just sayin’ that cuz I’m black.” I wasn’t and they knew it.
Unfortunately, one of our major political parties has decided to double down on the accusations of racism that have accompanied every GOP criticism of Obama’s policies.
House Democrats hosted an expert on racial messaging and fiscal policy last week, and President Obama commemorated Mother's Day by implementing her tactic of using corporations as "useful" enemies.
Maya Wiley, founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, taught the House Democratic caucus last Tuesday how to incorporate racial messaging into their defense of government programs during budget fights.
Wiley declared that "typical conservative messaging" is "racially coded" to convince white voters to vote against government spending perceived as beneficial to people of color. (Her organization, CSI, believes that "right-wing rhetoric has dominated debates of racial justice – undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process" since the Reagan Administration.)
Frankly, Maya Wiley and her ilk are proof that racism is effectively dead in this country. There was a time when it was necessary for mean and women of good will to stand up against real racism and real racists. Today, it is necessary for the Left to invent racism where it does not exist in order to score cheap political points against the values of the majority of Americans of all races and ethnic groups. That is a tactic that is utterly shameful.
President Obama violated the law by failing to brief Congress on the counterterrorism operation that thwarted an attempted underwear bombing two weeks ago, according to the House Intelligence Committee chairman.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Obama did not "play [it] straight" with him. "They [did] not notify Congress, which is, by the way, law, under the National Security Act of 1947," he said on CBS's Face the Nation. "They're obligated to do it."
What? You think the law applies to Obama? R-a-a-a-a-a-cist!
We are hearing about a 2-3 billion dollar loss as a result of taking a bad position in the market. That number is enough to horrify most of us. But it shouldn’t, once we put it in context.
But here’s the thing: JP Morgan Chase’s bad deal might show up as a quarterly loss on the company’s balance sheet (although CEO Jamie Dimon is still predicting a small profit), but it is almost certainly not going to result in a direct loss to taxpayers. This is a $2.3 trillion company with a $190 billion capital base. The banking unit made more than $12 billion last year. Gene Kirsch of Seeking Alpha points out that the $800 million quarterly loss “represents approximately 4% of its total net profit for all of 2011, less than 2.7% of its operating income." Even Jared Bernstein, a former White House economic adviser who also thinks the loss proves the case for regulation, agrees that the bank “appears to be handily able to cover the losses.” So even with a relatively large loss like this, we’re not talking about a serious direct risk to taxpayers. Instead, we’re looking at a substantial loss to the individual bank.
Who does this hurt? In the end, the stockholders – which does include many Americans via their pension funds. But JP Morgan Chase won’t be going anywhere because this is a relatively small blip in total earnings, total capital, and total net worth.
But I can’t help but notice that this is the second major financial scandal involving a bit-time Obama-backing financial guru – John Corzine seems to have been involved in much worse in the not-to-distant past. Perhaps the problem is DEMOCRAT bankers.
Could you imagine the reaction of prosecutors -- and the press nationwide -- if the bishops of the Catholic Church tried to get a deal like this on reporting child abuse cases?
An influential rabbi came last summer to the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, with a message: his ultra-Orthodox advocacy group was instructing adherent Jews that they could report allegations of child sexual abuse to district attorneys or the police only if a rabbi first determined that the suspicions were credible.
The pronouncement was a blunt challenge to Mr. Hynes’s authority. But the district attorney “expressed no opposition or objection,” the rabbi, Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, recalled.
Doesn't this raise some equal protection issues? And doesn't the fact that there is not national outrage over this point to the different standard that is applied to the Catholic Church?
Since the White House/Obama Campaign have put out the #AskMichelle hashtag, I thought I would have a little fun with a favorite Michelle Obama quote from the 2008 campaign.
"Barack Obama will require you to work."
Speech at UCLA
February 3, 2008
So, Michelle, could you tell us where the jobs are four years later?
Well, we already knew that based upon his anti-Catholic birth control regulations. But now we find that he actually tried to bribe a pastor to not preach!
‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
Now please understand -- I carry no brief for the sermons of Jeremiah Wright. I believe that his words were racist, anti-Semitic, and hateful of America, not to mention at odds with that which i believe to be the message of Jesus Christ. That said, the notion that any government official -- or any candidate for office -- would seek to silence him for political reasons is blatantly unAmerican.
And this one strikes me quite close to home.
Jeremiah Wright was the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, the largest church in the United Church of Christ. My wife was at one time the pastor of a church in the same denomination -- and while her theology differs in so many ways from that of Rev. Wright, I view the Obama attack upon his ability to stand in a pulpit and preach to be equally an attack upon her ability to stand in a pulpit and preach free from political interference.
Or upon my current pastor's right to preach freely.
Or the right of my seminary classmates to do so.
And it constitutes one more reason we need to rid this country of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
UPDATE: Here's where it gets interesting. The intermediate for this attempt to silence Rev. Wright is one of the senior executives at the hospital that employed Michelle Obama and gave her a whopping salary increase when Barack entered the US Senate. Oh -- and the recipient of a nearly $6 million grant from the administration.
Here are this week’s full results.
See you next week!
What will it take to get this hatemonger off the air?
It looks like maybe they, along with the Republican Congress, want to keep a sluggish economy so that ‘blackie’ [doesn’t get reelected].
Don't tell me it was satirical. Don't tell me it was him channeling what he believes to be somebody else's thoughts and motivations. Rest assured, if Rush Limbaugh used the same word in a similar context, we'd have another effort to drive him from the air.
Because it may be my favorite Garth Brooks album track.
And we know he hasn't done any of these things because the media would have already cushed it all out to us if he had done any of them.
This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe. He didn't have an affair with an actress who committed suicide later on. Mitt Romney did not father a child out of wedlock. Mitt Romney did not support the tapping of Martin Luther King's phone. Mitt Romney was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mitt Romney did not lie about his law school grades.
By the way -- he also hasn't lied about the circumstances of the deaths of his wife and daughter.
I'm not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh and don't listen to his show, but he has it exactly right here. These adult transgressions of leading Democrats (read the transcript to find out which ones) are at least as big a deal as anything done by Mitt Romney as a high school student (or that he innocently did to his family dog). And yet Romney somehow the greater transgressor? REALLY?
Face it -- they had to go back nearly half a century to find any significant dirt on Mitt Romney, and what they found isn't that significant. If there were more serious wrongdoing on his party in the more recent past, we would have heard about it from the media as they try to ensure obama's reelection. But we all need to keep our eye on what really matters in 2012.
A $95 sweatshirt currently being sold in President Obama’s campaign store is the work of Alexander Wang, a designer who’s facing a class action suit in federal court for allegedly running a sweatshop where garment workers were forced to work 100 hour weeks in a factory with conditions “comparable to those of third world countries” while being subjected to racial discrimination, verbal abuse and threats. C.K. Lee, the lead attorney representating the workers who are suing Mr. Wang told The Politicker he thinks the presence of the sweatshirt is “inappropriate.”
“Hopefully, the campaign would be more educated on the background of Alexander Wang and his sweatshop facilites and the abuse of worker’s rights,” Mr. Lee said. “I wish Obama would be more–or at least his campaign would be more in tune with what’s going on.”
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Mr. Lee’s complaint claimed Mr. Wang’s garment workers suffered “inhumane working conditions” in his factory on Broadway which was described as a windowless space ”about 200 square foot in size, with more than twenty garment workers working inside at any given time.” According to the complaint, workers were “required to work inhumane hours … in excess of 100 hour weeks at times (15 hours per day for 7 days per week),” particularly during the lead up to the four seasonal Fashion Week shows in New York. Workers were allegedly not paid overtime, given proper breaks, or sick leave. One plaintiff, Wenyu Lu, described being hospitalized for 12 days after they “passed out at the work station” after a working “25 hours with no break” and being “pressured” to “continue to work or be fired.” A spokesperson for Mr. Wang later claimed Mr. Lu was fired for “serious harassment issues.”
In addition to the brutal conditions at Mr. Wang’s factory, the lawsuit also claims workers faced ”intentional affliction of emotional distress” including being ”regularly called ‘lazy,’ ‘stupid’” and other names and being subjected to “disparaging references” to their “national origins.” Workers were also allegedly told that ”if anyone complained they would be summarily terminated” leading to constant “fear of retribution and retaliation.” The complaint also accuses Mr. Wang, who is of Taiwanese descent, of multiple counts of racial discrimination for because their managers were allegedly all white while “all garment workers are exclusively Asian or Latino immigrants … because such minorities are easily controlled and fearful of losing their jobs.”
Maybe we can get some of these workers on network news, denouncing Mr. Obama. Maybe we can get labor leaders to denounce Obama for having anything to do with this violator of worker's rights.
Nah -- ain't gonna happen. After all, they are all busy running down rumors that Mitt Romney may have crossed the street in the middle of the block when he was seven years old to hold Obama and his campaign donors to the same standard that the Obama campaign holds Romney and his donors.
Well, it probably isn't a problem -- for them. After all, I'd be willing to bet that a good chunk of these votes are for Democrats.
Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens.
Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.
The Department of State is asking county election officials to verify the information. Election supervisors are contacting voters and if someone is not a citizen, their name will be dropped from the voter rolls.
But an initial list drawn up by the state - and not widely released - shows that a comparison of voter lists and driver's license information turned up a list of nearly 182,000 people who may not be U.S. citizens.
Frankly, we need to check the citizenship of everyone on the voter rolls. We need to be able to verify their identity. Without that, fraudulent voters can sway an election. Most Americans know this and instinctively support those common sense steps towards ensuring that only eligible American citizens receive and cast a ballot.
Barry forgets the recession.
Too bad Americans can't.
I work with kids every day.
At some point, virtually every single one of them will engage in some activity that can be defined as bullying.
That may be because of immaturity, peer pressure, or simply thoughtlessness.
Some continue their bullying behavior into adulthood, and some particularly warped individuals -- like anti-bullying activist Dan Savage -- even manage to find a way to justify their bullying as morally virtuous.
So I'm not shocked by the story that Mitt Romney did some things in high school that offend my sense of decency. I can't help but note that the media's need to probe back nearly half a century to find some dirt on the man -- which tells me that there really isn't any dirt on the man who the high school student grew up to be.
Nor am I surprised to find reports -- included in his own book -- that Barack Obama did some crappy things to a classmate when he was in school.
I can look back on my school days and remember some instances when I was gratuitously cruel to classmates -- and many more where I was on the receiving end of such behavior.
Not that I'm justifying cruel things that any of us did to classmates as kids. I'm not. Nor am I excusing things that my students do -- things that I try to stop when I witness them -- but I am recognizing that at an age when young people are immature they act immaturely.
And I'm saying quite clearly that these stories are irrelevant to today.
Because, as I've stated elsewhere, the American people need to focus on one thing only in 2012.
A couple of years back, I needed some budgeting software for our family. I looked at a lot of different programs -- the one that came pre-loaded on my computer, some that were major name brands, others that were freeware and shareware. Quite honestly, I didn't like any of them.Continue to be enlightened while reading "Money Management Software" Â»
Frankly, I was less than impressed with them all. What I really wanted was one that would put everything before me in a way that was clear and simple, without the need to get into a bunch of technical nuts and bolts type of stuff. I wanted my life to be easier.
Well, I recently came across a bit of software that seems like it is everything I needed back them -- Rylstim Budget.
What is so great about it? It is a calendar budget that shows you what you spent and when you spent it, and also allows you to plan things out in advance. And best of all, it doesn't need to look like a spreadsheet or account ledger -- it actually looks like how a real person would keep track of things. Frankly, I love the look of what's there, and have no doubt that if I were looking for a program today that I would latch on to it and make the purchase. And best of all, it is available at a price that won't break your budget. You really ought to check it out -- it s personal accounting software for real people.
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Some nights you need the Man In Black!
324,000 women dropped out of the nation’s civilian labor force in March and April as the number of women not in the labor force hit an all-time historical high of 53,321,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The civilian labor force consists of all people in the United States 16 years or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital and who either have a job or are unemployed but have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are currently available to work.
The civilian labor force is a subset of what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population, which includes all people in the country 16 or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital.
This year (in both January and April), only 57.6 percent of the women in the civilian noninstitutional population were in the labor force. That is the lowest rate of labor force participation by American women since April 1993, according to historical data maintained by BLS.
Women are having such a hard time finding work that they are being driven from the workforce. That means they are forced to rely on the government dole -- or cannibalize their savings and retirement accounts. Who cares about free birth control when you can't put food on the table?
H/T Urban Grounds
Interestingly enough, this took place just about two or three miles from my house.
And I love the comment from the police chief.
"He said that he liked the way that it felt. Really don't know what he meant by that, but that's what he said," said Kemah Police Chief Greg Rikard. "The officer kept his distance as best he could. Obviously he wasn't armed, that we could tell. We did what we could do. Turned him around and moved him off to the side of the vehicle to get him out of the view of the public.
The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving 60 percent of the vote to Judd's 40 percent.
For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd votes.
"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat. "I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."
When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."
Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as a notarized certification of announcement, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office.
Judd actually won eight counties in West Virginia against a sitting president. Wow! Of course, West Virginia is a state where several major Democrats have refused to endorse the president for reelection.
Now there is a question as to whether this guy got any delegates -- did he have a slate, did he have all his paperwork in order -- but it seems pretty clear that this is indicative of some strong antipathy towards Obama in his own party. One wonders if a real challenge in his own party might have been able to unseat him.
And as an aside to those who call me mean and partisan -- please notice that I refrained from referring to Keith Judd as "Obama's future cellmate". Would you have done the same if this happened to a Republican?
Some people are so stupid that we have to hope and pray they don't have kids.
An 18-year-old man has been jailed and charged with robbery and theft after he was accused of trying to rob a suburban Dallas police headquarters.
Keithan (KIH'-thuhn) Kennard Manuel is in Dallas County jail with bonds totaling $300,000 after the incident at the Wilmer Police Department, 15 miles south of Dallas. His attorney, Carl Hays of Dallas, didn't return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment on Tuesday.
Police records show Manuel walked into the police station Saturday, wearing a white towel over his hands, and told the dispatcher to hand over the station's money. The records show Manuel changed his request to asking if there were any warrants against him, but as the dispatcher checked Manuel said he had a gun.
Trying to rob the police station? That takes a profound lack of genius.
As a blogger, it is sometimes your prerogative to post something you like just because you can. And this is one of those times.
I loved this song thirty years ago when I was a student at Washington & Lee, and I still love it.
In the last year, we’ve had serious scandals involving three of the eight constables here in Harris County. As a result, our county attorney has done some investigating and produced a report. But as local muckraking journalist Wayne Dolcefino points out, the report itself is rather pathetic.
13 Undercover's been exposing possible wrongdoing in some of the constable's offices for months, and last week, we questioned why the county attorney hadn't taken action.
Maybe you didn't expect the county attorney to come down hard on the constables, but now there's not even a slap of the wrist.
What did high-priced county lawyers do in 10 long months? You'll see.
The result is a 5-page long report (PDF FILE) with no details on actual wrong-doing. Indeed, the “report” reads like a legal memo sent out to offer friendly reminders to employees and supervisors rather then the results of an investigation.
But that isn’t a surprise. Vince Ryan, one of the few Democrats to hold county-wide elective office here in Harris County, was investigating wrong-doing by Democrat constables. It wouldn’t do to have a report come out during the election season, when perhaps one or two of those corrupt constables might be beaten by a Republican challenger.
This is, of course, just the latest scandal coming out of Ryan’s office. The solution is clear – we need to clean up the Harris County Attorney’s office this November by voting Vince Ryan out of office – if he doesn’t have the decency to resign in disgrace before then.
And since Ryan's hand-picked Inspector General is Nick Lykos, brother of Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos (a Republican), one wonders whether malfeasance at the County Attorney's office will be vigorously pursued.
I’m not a Bill O’Reilly fan – haven’t watched him in years. But I saw this video of his reaction to a Virginia newspaper’s decision to not cover a mob attack on a pair of white employees and think it is worth posting here because he is spot on.
Isn’t it pathetic that a race-based assault is being covered up because the races of the attackers and victim don’t fit the post-Trayvon narrative?
If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if i can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters—
Cher (@cher) May 08, 2012
I presume that after the election this past-her-prime pop-diva will hold her breath until she turns blue. Oh, wait – she’s already blue.
But maybe I’m devoting too much time to this one. After all, we’ve seen how likely the fulfillment of promises by liberal entertainers to flee the country or engage in some other dire course of action in the event their candidate loses the election really is.
I’d suggest Cher shut up and sing, but I don’t want to inflict such a fate on anyone in hearing range of her screeching.
UPDATE: Chere deleted the tweet, but here's a screen cap.
Maybe the childish rant is a sign of the onset of her "second childhood" -- assuming she ever grew out of her first one.
By now, we've all heard the non-story made into a story about some woman at a Mitt Romney event accusing Barack Obama of treason in the course of a rambling question about separation of powers. Why this even merits being treated as a news event is beyond me, as the words came from a heretofore anonymous private citizen, not the candidate, a spokesperson, or a campaign surrogate.
Here's the video.
Of course, the professional Left (like the folks from ThinkProgress), the news media, and the Obama Campaign/Regime went nuts because some woman randomly selected to ask a question said something a bit goofy and Romney didn't berate/Denounce her, but instead answered her actual question.
Which is amusingly hypocritical, given this from a couple of days ago.
Oddly, nobody from the Obama Campaign/Regime denounced those comments reported by BuzzFeed reporter Zeke Miller. I guess not all treason charges by anonymous supporters are created equal.
President Barack Obama’s top campaign adviser simultaneously described some of the president’s critics as “contract killers” and lauded Obama’s campaign for a positive vision.
Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is being aided by “the Karl and Koch brothers’ contract killers in super PAC land,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior political consultant, said May 7.
Because, after all, engaging in political speech that criticizes Barack Obama and his platform is exactly the same as murder for hire, First Amendment be damned. So you know, we wont get a disavowal there.
Democrats are capitalizing on comments made at town hall by a woman asking a question who said President Obama should be tried for treason, comments not immediately disavowed by Mitt Romney. In 2011, during a Labor Day rally with Obama rally, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa said Democrats should “take these [Republican] sons of bitches out”. WH Advisor Daniel Pfeiffer responded in an interview with AM 630 that officials shouldn't be responsible for everything said and don't have to serve as the “speech police.”
In other words, when a close ally speaking on the same platform as the President calls the president's opponents "sons of bitches", the President can keep his mouth shut and still be considered to be a strong leader -- but when mitt Romney doesn't correct some anonymous person asking him a question, he is a weak leader. Got it -- either the standard is different for Obama or the standard has changed since last year.
Personally, here's how I would have answered that treason aside (JoshuaPundit offers a different response).
Ma'am, I love our Constitution, and am particularly fond of the Aticle III, Section 3 definition of treason as only consisting of making war on the United States or adhering to and giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States. Based upon the only definition of treason our Constitution recognizes, I don't believe that Barack Obama has, in fact, committed treason against the United states, despite his many other failings while in office. At the same time I would rather not say anything more, lest I prejudge and influence the outcome of any investigation of Barack Obama that may occur at some future date.
Which, of course, is why I would make a terrible candidate for President.
The article in question deals specifically with to resistance to allowing Jews to display a mezuzah on the door to their homes. But at the very end of the article is reference to a piece of legislation introduced in Congress. Look for two shocking facts here.
In 2008 [Rep. Jerrold Nadler] introduced The Freedom of Religious Expression in the Home Act.
The summary of this act states that it: "Makes it unlawful to establish a rule or policy that prevents a person from displaying, on the basis of that person's religious belief, a religious symbol, object, or sign on the door, doorpost, entrance, or otherwise on the exterior of that person's dwelling, or that is visible from the exterior of that dwelling, unless the rule or policy is reasonable and is necessary to prevent significant damage to property, physical harm to persons, a public nuisance, or similar undue hardship."
Unfortunately on September 17, 2008 it was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary where it has languished ever since. The condominium owners in Stratford have reminded us that this bill now needs to become a law.
What do I find shocking?
First, that we would need legislation to protect our right to exercise our religion in our own homes here in America, a country where religious freedom is a hallmark of our identity.
Second, that such legislation would be referred to committee and never be enacted into law by our Congress..
And by the way, there is also a third thing which shocks me, but may not shock others because they don’t recognize the significance of what they read. This bill to protect the rights of Americans to freely exercise their religion in their own homes was consigned to oblivion on the 221st anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.
Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists.
Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane.
Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.
The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year – more than all today’s modern sources put together.
It is thought these huge amounts could easily have been enough to warm the planet.
It is even possible that the climate change was so catastrophic that it caused the dinosaurs eventual demise.
Unless they want to postulate that the effects of the impact were worsened by that methane – or that the planet was struck by a fart-sniffing meteor attracted by the methane – then the entire theory fails.
But when you are an acolyte of the Cult of Global Warming, everything proves your pet theory.
Civil rights lawyers told The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign managers may have violated employment law by hiring an overwhelmingly white office staff for his campaign headquarters in Chicago.
That skewed workforce is starkly visible in an April photo released by Obama’s Chicago office, which shows roughly 100 of the office’s staff.
Only two of the people in the photo, far in the back, are clearly African-American, far below their 13 percent of the national population, and their 33-percent representation in Chicago.
“Were I the general counsel of an employer in Chicago with the workforce in the picture … I would be concerned,” said Charles Shanor, a law professor at Emory University and the former general counsel at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
“The workforce is overwhelmingly made up of young white males [and is] a demographic profile that could raise red flags under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” he told TheDC.
Actually, I’d argue the disparity is even worse than it appears. After all, given the relative disparity in support for Obama among minority and white voters, one could make the argument that event he 33-percent number cited in the article would be low-0balling the percentage of black staffers the campaign should have.
Clearly we need an independent counsel appointed to conduct the investigation of the Obama campaign.
Here are this week’s full results.
See you next week!
U.S. employers cut back on hiring in April and the jobless rate fell as people gave up the hunt for work, a somber note on the economy that could hurt President Barack Obama's re-election chances.
Employers added just 115,000 workers to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.
It was the third straight month in which hiring slowed, keeping fears alive that the U.S. economy is losing momentum. It also dampens hopes that a stretch of strong winter hiring signaled a turning point for the recovery.
I saw one economist call this “sluggish growth”. But how can it be growth if our workforce is down by over half-a-million people and job growth off from past months and current expectations? I prefer the term “hiring fizzle”.
Face it – we are not in a recovery. We are in a depression brought on by the failed policies of the Obama Administration – which have caused “the worst jobs record since the Great Depression”.
An official for the Detroit public school district reports that a member of a civil rights organization was spotted by a principal forcing a special-needs student to take part in a recent school protest.
Stefana Romanov, principal of Detroit’s Southwestern High School, reported to district officials that she saw “a BAMN member physically forcing a hearing-impaired student out of the building to join the walkout,” according to Detroit Public School district spokesman Steve Wasko.
BAMN is a civil rights organization formed in Berkeley, Calif., in 1995. Their acronym stands for “By Any Means Necessary.”
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the FBI had previously considered BAMN to be potentially “involved in terrorist activities” after observing members at a protest at the University of Michigan in 2002.
Wasko also said that the school principal had informed the district that “a BAMN organizer … phoned all of her students encouraging the walkout.”
Seems to me that Southwestern High School has a serious issue with control of its premises – and is an unsafe environment for its students as a result. But then again, is anywhere in Detroit a safe environment for them?
In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that public colleges, like this university, can consider race as one of the factors for admission. But seeing how competitive this university has become, it would be better off having a racially blind admission and scholarship process. As much as our undergraduate admissions director states this could negatively affect students by not creating a diverse college experience, is our university really that diverse in the first place?
The university must understand that diversity cannot be socially engineered, as if you can just put a bunch of people of different ethnicities together and call your school “diverse.” Diversity is something that naturally happens on its own over time, whether we’re referring to racial diversity, intellectual diversity or religious diversity.
Essentially, affirmative action is a constitutional paradox. You are doing something unequal to ultimately create something that’s supposedly equal. As more students apply to this competitive school, the university should try to define each applicant for the incoming class based off of their academic merit and skills, not partially based off the color of their skin.
Caroline Carlson gets it exactly right. As we all know from the many statistical studies of student success (or lack thereof) in higher education, putting a minority in a classroom at a highly selective school does not mean they will succeed. Some – among them our president – will do so because they are prepared and ready to compete on that level. Others – and this has included a number of my students – have instead been set up for failure at upper-tier institutions when they would have succeeded at middle-tier schools. We do no one any favor in the current situation – not the students who fail, not the better prepared applicants whose places they take – when we place “diversity” ahead of “merit”.
Especially since the notion of diversity we are dealing with is a diversity of externals – something that Ms. Carlson ever-so-tentatively seems to grasp at when she differentiates between racial and intellectual diversity. One of the problems of modern higher education is the tendency to try to seek to mold what students think more than how they think. The result is too many institutions of higher learning that strive to be places where everybody looks different but thinks the same. Thus the diversity that matters – diversity of ideas, philosophies, and points of view – become sadly lacking, and students enter the world unprepared to deal with the fact that not everybody is going to agree with them.
Here's his pitch to those interested in joining up.
I've started a new website called Blogs4Mitt.com / Blogs4Romney.com. I've actually had the site up for a few weeks, but haven't done much with it. I'm still not 100% sure what I want to do with it. I really could use some help.
My intentions are to start a blogroll / link list with blogs that support Mitt Romney for President. Corporate bloggers are welcome, but my intentions are for this to be independent of the Romney campaign and geared toward the vast majority of bloggers who do this in their spare time and with little or no pay.
I also wanted something separate from the other social media, such as Twitter and Facebook campaigns, that I know the Romney people will be covering.
I'll post some, but then put up a "best of" post or two from those on the blogroll. And, of course, links to posts about why we should be supporting Romney and why Barack Obama should be a one term President.
If you'd like to join Blogs4Mitt, please drop me a line at email@example.com. I could really use some help, especially developing a button or logo that members of the community can post to their own blogs. I could also use some help tweaking the Wordpress template.
I'm in -- I hope you are, too.
Maybe that’s because Muslims will kill those who offend their sacred beliefs, while Catholics won’t.
On the other hand, here’s the policy of the Obama Administration with regard to Catholicism in America.
The Obama administration took another step on Friday to enforce a federal mandate for health insurance coverage of contraceptives, announcing how the new requirement would apply to the many Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and social service agencies that insure themselves.
In other words, the sacred beliefs of one religion – Islam, the religion of our enemies in the Global War On Terrorism – will be respected, but the sacred beliefs of loyal Americans will be trampled underfoot by our government. Just one more reason to get rid of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his sycophantic enablers.
Hiring through the rest of 2012 will lag the brisk pace set early this year. But it will be strong enough to push the unemployment rate below 8 percent by Election Day.
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But the economists think the recovery will manage to reduce unemployment to 7.9 percent by Election Day from 8.2 percent in March.
Falling unemployment would boost President Barack Obama's prospects in November. Going back to 1956, no president has lost re-election when the unemployment rate dropped in the two years before the election. And none has won when the rate rose over that time.
The problem, of course, is that a 7.9 percent unemployment rate will still be 0.1 percent higher than it was when George W. Bush handed off the presidency to Barack Obama – and it is impossible to claim that the economy has been any better during Obama’s time in office than it was on Inauguration Day. Add to that the reality that a 7.9 percent unemployment rate will still be only 0.1 percent lower than the 8 percent number that Americans were promised was the maximum unemployment rate if Obama got his stimulus, these numbers make it clear that Obama is a failure as President.
Of course it is California.
For the first time, California would ask its contractors if they are gay under legislation passed Monday by the Assembly.
The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It would not require them to do so.
The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it. The bill now heads to the Senate.
This is sort of silly – how are these terms to be defined? After all, Massachusetts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren claimed for years to be a “Native American” based upon a single great-great-grandmother. Can some business owner claim to be “gay” or “bisexual” based upon a single sexual encounter as an adolescent? Or perhaps it is time for the return of the “male lesbian” – after all, “we like to have sex with chicks, just like any other lesbian”. What I'm suggesting is that we really need to kill such initiatives with ridicule.
Isn’t it time for us to quit bean-counting and instead focus on the quality of what we are getting for the tax dollar instead of making sure that we have the proper proportion of left-handed Latvian lesbians getting contracts?
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system.
Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, is suspended for eight games this season; Saints defensive end Will Smith is barred for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss three games. All of the suspensions are without pay.
I still say that there’s enough dirt and corruption in the Saints organization that the NFL needs to take even stronger action.
Eric LeGrand was a pretty good football player for Rutgers. Tragically, he was paralyzed in a play against Army18 months ago.
Greg Schiano was a pretty good football coach at Rutgers. Good enough that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired him to be their head coach a couple of months back.
And that is where Schiano showed his loyalty to one of those players who helped make him look so good as a college coach, and the organization he now works for showed a little bit of compassion for a young man who always dreamed of playing in the NFL.
Paralyzed defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury on Oct. 16, 2010 during a kickoff return against Army. His coach at Rutgers then, Greg Schiano, now is coach of the Bucs.
Schiano called LeGrand's mother in New Jersey to let her know of his intention the night before breaking the news to his former player.
"I said, 'Are you serious? You want to do this? He said: 'It's the least we could do,'" LeGrand said Wednesday during a conference call. "I said I don't even know what to say to you right now, coach. This is amazing.
"It's something I always dreamed about, go to the NFL and retire and become a sportscaster," LeGrand added. "Dreams do come true if you really believe. You do the right things in life, good things happen to you. He really just did this out of the kindness of his heart. It's really what he wanted to do. I had no idea this was going to happen."
What can I say? This shows some real class.
On its face, this sounds a bit odd.
A Chinese human rights activist who escaped house arrest and took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing left for a hospital Wednesday, opening a new chapter in the life of a man at the center of a controversy between the United States and China.
Chen Guangcheng's presence in the U.S. Embassy prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity between the United States and China. It threatened to overshadow U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's scheduled meetings with senior Chinese leaders this week.
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Chen departed the embassy "of his own volition" after spending six days there, reported Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news agency. He will be treated at a medical facility in the Chinese capital, where he will be reunited with his family, a senior U.S. official said.
Really? Chen just up and left voluntarily? I have a hard time believing that, given this report. And especially given that it was US officials apparently telling him about Red Chinese threats to murder his wife.
Which makes matters even worse when you consider events just a few months ago involving another high profile individual seeking asylum whose bid was rejected for fear of disrupting a high-level meeting.
The office of Vice President Joe Biden overruled State and Justice Department officials in denying the political asylum request of a senior Chinese communist official last February over fears the high-level defection would upset the U.S. visit of China’s vice president, according to U.S. officials.
The defector, Wang Lijun, was turned away after 30 hours inside the U.S. Consulate Chengdu and given over to China’s Ministry of State Security, the political police and intelligence service.
Wang has not been seen since Feb. 7 and remains under investigation. His attempt to flee China set off a major power struggle within the ruling Communist Party and led to the ouster of leftist Politburo member Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on murder charges.
New disclosures on the handling of the failed defection come as the Obama administration is facing a new test of its relations with Beijing over another defection, the flight to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights activist who is believed to be in hiding there.
Hmmmm. . . a defector being tossed out into the arms of the totalitarian Red Chinese regime because his presence was “inconvenient” to the timing of a diplomatic event, and now another one “voluntarily departing” from the embassy in similar circumstances? The parallel is just too striking for me to accept the latter explanation.
Oh, and about the Wang Lijun attempted defection – looks like we might need an impeachment inquiry, since there is the little matter of federal law being violated. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, Wang Lijun was qualified for refugee status because of his well-founded fear of persecution.
Barack Obama went to Afghanistan yesterday. I’ve stayed out of the question of whether or not the trip and the speech were the right thing for him to do – unlike others, I am not going to play the “did he or didn’t he improperly spike the football” game.
Instead, I’m going to focus on the response of President Obama’s opponents to this event that occurred shortly after his departure.
The Taliban struck back less than two hours after President Barack Obama left Afghanistan on Wednesday, targeting a foreigners' housing compound with a suicide car bomb and militants disguised as women in an assault that killed at least seven people.
It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban's continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened for Mr. Obama's visit and Wednesday's anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan.
Know what I haven’t seen? Blog posts and online comments by conservatives saying “damn, too bad they didn’t manage to take out Obama.”
Now some of you might object that liberals and Democrats would never make such comments about our nation’s leaders just because they were conservative Republicans. Unfortunately, that assertion is untrue – just look at this incident from a few years back. In that case, when terrorists attacked a military base where Vice President Cheney was visiting, the response from Bush Administration opponents was to lament the failure of the Taliban to assassinate the visiting dignitary.
Of course, times have changed. During the Bush years, wishing for the deaths of our elected leaders was considered to be hyper-patriotic dissent by the Left. Today, such wishes would be deemed treasonous racism by the same people.
Mitt Romney went to a New York City fire station yesterday to mark the anniversary of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Outside the fire station, he made some remarks on terrorism and foreign policy.
Politico describes the event as such in their headline.
The article makes the incident sound even more ominous.
But Romney's remarks on the street outside the firehouse were overshadowed by a female heckler, who repeatedly screamed, "Mitt Romney is a racist!" as the presumptive Republican candidate gave brief remarks and took questions.
Got that? A single individual – later identified as an Occutard – overshadows what Romney had to say? Really? One?
But that must be the case, since Politico didn’t bother to tell us what the presidential candidate had to say outside that fire station until the very end of the article. Instead – proving their own point, I suppose – the “reporter” from Politico chose to focus in on the anonymous disruptor and a moment of confusion in logistics.
Because after all, one unwashed hippie shouting a scurrilous charge is much more important than a presidential candidate.
And given the significance of winning the Nobel Prize, Obama must admit that he has failed to bring the economy around. And since Obama claimed that he would own the economy after three years in office, we all know who is at fault for this new depression.
And there is much rejoicing among Texans fans.
Now jacoby Jones isn't a bad guy, but he had more than his share of key errors over the years that hurt the Texans. His inability to hold onto the ball -- a problem for receiver/return specialist -- made him the goat for Many fans, especially when he arguably cost the Houston Texans a playoff win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Indeed, his agent may have made the most damning comment about him as he tried to praise his client.
“Jacoby has done well by the Texans organization,” McGuire said. “He’s won games for the Texans. He’s contributed to the team’s success.
“But I’ve never seen a player more scrutinized and criticized to the level that Jacoby was. It got to a point where I believe it was almost nerve-wracking for him to perform at the level we feel he was capable of performing. He became Public Enemy No. 1, and that’s unfortunate.”
The problem, of course, is that Jacoby Jones had one job with the Houston Texans -- performing on the field by holding onto the ball, gaining yardage and scoring points for the team. That his nerves got the better for him constituted the same sort of disqualification for the job that being skittish at the sound of gunfire is for a hunting dog. That's why the Texans couldn't find a trade for Jones during and after the draft -- and why cutting him was the only solution.
Several months ago, a local politician turned radio host was accused of a minor parking lot mishap that was more titillating because it had a connection to a gay bar. Well, after three months it appears that there are no charges forthcoming. Here’s how the local newspaper reports on this.
Former Houston city councilman and conservative radio talk show host Michael Berry will not be charged with hit-and-run.
A source close to the investigation says there is not enough evidence to prosecute him for his role in a Jan. 31 crash outside a Montrose gay bar.
The source who did not want to be identified said prosecutors have not been able to locate club bouncer Tuderia Bennett, who reported that a black Chevrolet Tahoe, registered to Berry, hit his car outside the TC's Show Bar, in the 2400 block of Converse. The source also said the paint samples taken by Houston police from the car that was hit did not match Berry's car.
Got that last fact – the one that ought to be highlighted as the main reason for the lack of criminal charges? That would seem to be the clincher in any case, namely that the physical evidence excluded Berry’s vehicle being the one that actually hit the other vehicle. But instead, we get a recitation of all sorts of other minor points – and a prominent mention of the gay bar – before noting that the evidence shows that Berry isn’t the guy who hit the car.
Seems pretty clear to me that this was a shakedown of a prominent individual by a guy who has disappeared once he got his car fixed by the fellow with deep pockets who apparently didn’t even cause the damage. Anyone want to bet that Tuderia Bennett was looking for just such a victim after he found his car damaged? I wonder if the cops plan on investigating THAT aspect of this odd case?
Texas’s Ted Cruz has come a long way in his quest to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the United States Senate. He has spent the better part of the last year slowly closing the polling gap with his principal rival, the better-known lieutenant governor David Dewhurst, to the point that a runoff between the two now seems the likeliest of outcomes in the May 29 primary. But finishing a strong second isn’t an outcome worthy of an articulate, principled conservative such as Cruz. He can and should win a runoff with Dewhurst, become the Republican nominee, and be elected the next senator from the state of Texas.
I encourage you to read the rest.
Now I will point out that David Dewhurst is engaging in a scurrilous attack on Cruz over one of his clients. That is not just an attack on Ted Cruz – it is an attack on the American justice system. Cruz is a noted appellate attorney who is still in private practice in addition to running for Senate. As such, this means that many of his clients will have lost at the trial court level and are seeking to overturn a verdict against them. That is the beauty of our legal system – but it can only work if both sides have advocates to represent them. Ultimately, the merits of the particular case are not relevant – what matters is that the rights of all parties are involved are protected by competent legal counsel. That David Dewhurst and his surrogates are attacking Cruz for engaging in an essential part of our criminal justice system tells me more about Dewhurst’s lack of support for our Constitution and consequent unfitness for elective office than it tells me about Ted Cruz.
Odd – we had no actual Tea Party terrorism.
On the other hand, this is just the latest in criminality and terrorism by the spawn of Occupy Wall Street.
he Justice Department says five men have been arrested in a plot to bomb a bridge outside Cleveland, Ohio.
A department official says the five men are self-described anarchists and are not tied to international terrorism.
The department also says the five men were taken into custody as part of an undercover operation by law enforcement authorities.
CBS News reports that Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Monday night on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23.
And you wonder why so many Americans want voter ID laws – and why Democrats are so opposed to them.
FORT WORTH -- A Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate has been indicted on suspicion of conspiring to arrange an illegal vote last year.
Hazel Woodard James, 40, is accused of arranging for her son -- who was not a registered voter -- to vote on behalf of his father. The incident reportedly came to light when the father showed up later in the day to vote in the same precinct, 1211, for which James is now running to be chairwoman.
Prosecutor David Lobingier said the indictment is the first case of election fraud in recent memory in Tarrant County.
"We want to ensure that our vote is sacred," he said. "We don't want people voting who are not entitled to vote. It should be sacrosanct."
I’ll let this one go without further comment -- because the situation speaks for itself.
And it ain't about churches refusing to pay for birth control and abortion or a radio host calling a woman a bad name. It is about women being murdered for failing to uphold the traditional morality of the so-called "Religion of Peace".
ACHXOY-MARTAN, Chechnya — Chechnya's government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam after decades of religious suppression under Soviet rule.
In the past five years, the bodies of dozens of young Chechen women have been found dumped in woods, abandoned in alleys and left along roads in the capital, Grozny, and neighboring villages.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov publicly announced that the dead women had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives. He went on to describe women as the property of their husbands, and said their main role is to bear children.
“If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them should be killed,” said Mr. Kadyrov, who often has stated his goal of making Chechnya “more Islamic than the Islamists.”
Where are the condemnations? Whre are the marches? Whre is the outrage?
Oh, that's right -- you don't care about women murdered in the name of Islamic morality. After all, that would be "racist" and "Islamophobic" and who knows what other sort of liberal mortal sins.
And besides -- speaking out about Muslim women in a foreign country for doing things that you take for granted here in the USA won't garner any votes for your false messiah, Barack Obama.
Don't you just love it when self-righteous liberals demand that government force them to do what they already do themselves without any action on the part of the government whatsoever?
The latest Buffettesque faux patriot is author Stephen King, who penned a profanity-laced piece for the Daily Beast with the vulgarity that used the above in its title.
At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of a bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?”
I'll spare you any further quotations -- none of the profane money quotes meet the standards I've set for keeping my blog family friendly. But for all he complains about his tax rate, King is unwilling to VOLUNTARILY make the sacrifice he insists that government should impose upon him by law.
And it wouldn't be hard. All he would have to do is instruct his accountants to skip over any deductions or tax credits the law allows him to take. And there is, of course, the much more direct route that all the faux patriotic "tax me more" crowd refuse to take when confronted with the option -- cutting a check directly to the government for the amount they claim they are undertaxed.
So here's your chance, Stephen -- you can give the government that extra 22% that you think you are undertaxed right now. Cut a check to the US Government and mail it to the following address.
Heck -- there is even a handy online form that will let you surrender that ill-gotten wealth to Uncle Sam without the time and expense of using a paper check.
Oh, and Stephen -- prove just how patriotic you and Tabitha are by not cutting back one penny of your many (and deeply respected) donations to charity. Otherwise, you prove the point that higher taxes cut the amount of money that people give to charity and actually do harm to society.