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December 31, 2013

Sotomayor Enjoins Birth Control Mandate

Interesting that it is an Obama nominee who acted to stop the president's attack on religious freedom.

Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday's start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. Its request for an emergency stay had been denied earlier in the day by a federal appeals court.

The government is "temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," Sotomayor said in the order. She gave government officials until 10 a.m. EST Friday to respond to her order.

This presents an interesting question -- does this telegraph that the abortion-supporting liberal Democrat justice will vote to strike down this mandate when the court takes it up later in the year?





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PROFILES IN HYPOCRISY -- Death Threat Democrat Declares GOP Congressman To Be "Rotten Sick Bastard" Over Tweet

I've got my problems with my congressman, Steve Stockman. I didn't vote for him in 2012. I won't vote for him in his primary challenge to Senator John Cornyn. I look forward to his leaving office a year from now. That said, I find many of the things he tweets to be mildly amusing, and recognize that he uses them as a pithy way to make political points..

Well, Stockman recently sent this tweet, containing an image from another source.


Now there's room to debate the taste level of the tweet and the propriety of its posting by an elected official. But the hate-blogger over at the site I've long called BayAreaHatemonger had this to say in a post today.

I guess he is referring to the tears of the parents of young kids killed everyday by gun violence. Or the tears of those who watch our elected officials as they call for "thoughts and prayers" over and over and over again and do nothing else. For this, Steve Stockman is nominated for the rotten, sick, bastards club joining the Tea Party and Texas Congressman Randy Neugebauer(TP). Hopefully this country will be rid of political ass in March.

John certainly makes a whole lot of ASSumptions in that paragraph, but then again, we are all used to him showing what an ass he really is. After all, this is the same amoral scumbag who posted the following in the wake of the Newtown shooting last year.


So let's compare -- Congressman Stockman retweeted an image of questionable taste mocking whiny liberals who demand gun control, and so he is a "rotten sick bastard". John, on the other hand, called for the murder of political opponents who exercise their constitutional rights, and he gets to be the arbiter of who is a "rotten sick bastard". Really?

Fortunately for us, John provides a set of criteria of what makes one eligible to be declared a "rotten sick bastard". Here they are.

Being a rotten bastard takes a considerable amount of hypocrisy, a cold heart, and lack of compassion for fellow man. The title of rotten bastard is reserved for those who people, after learning of their qualifications, would proclaim without hesitation "What a rotten bastard!".

There are variations of rotten bastards amongst us. There are greedy rotten bastards, cold hearted rotten bastards, lying rotten bastards, cheating rotten bastards, and, of course, just your simple rotten bastard.

Now over the years I have documented John's ongoing campaign of hate speech over at BayAreaHatemonger. As I noted a couple of months back, John is the antithesis of everything the supposedly decent and high-minded Left claims to be (but is actually representative of what the Left in this country really is).

After all, he is the guy who called for the murder of political opponents a few months back, has a long history of threatening/encouraging acts of violence against political opponents as well as racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-disabled hate speech directed against them as well. Heck, he's even threatened to engage in acts of violence to keep Republicans from voting, just like his Klannish predecessors in Democrat leadership. So we know exactly what sort of values John and the Democrats of Texas and Harris County stand for.

So tell me -- which one of the two exhibits "a considerable amount of hypocrisy, a cold heart, and lack of compassion for fellow man"?

Would they hypocrite be the congressman who retweeted a picture of dubious taste, or the political activist who called for the murder of law abiding citizens who exercise rights he doesn't like?

Which one has a cold heart -- the tweeting congressman or the individual who fought to make sure that poor kids at one school don't get bikes or turkeys paid for by Republicans?

Who exhibits a lack of compassion for others -- Congressman Stockman or the guy who once mocked our state's wheelchair-bound attorney general (soon to be governor) with a call for him to "get off his ass and take a stand"?

I think the answer is pretty clear -- the sociopathic blogger and NASA employee with a history of twitterrorism is clearly the real rotten sick bastard.





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Prayers For Barbara Bush

The former First Lady has been hospitalized here in Houston.

Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of a "respiratory-related issue," according to a statement issued by her husband's office Tuesday night.

The statement said Bush, 88, "is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updates will be issued when warranted."

This may be nothing serious, but given her age and health history there are certainly concerns. Prayers are headed her way.





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December 30, 2013

Winning!

My fellow bloggers and I with the Watcher's Council have done it again, winning the Fab 50 Best Blog-Ring Award for the fifth straight year. So you will be seeing this spiffy new badge added to the left column of the blog.

Winner - 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Congrats to my fellow council members who also won individual honors.





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I Agree With This Assessment -- Nobody Would Be A Better President Than Obama!

In his "Probability Broach" universe, science fiction author and libertarian activist L. Neil Smith proposed the option of electing "None of the Above is Acceptable" as president. I'm sure he would go along with this graphic.

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Unfortunately, getting rid of Obama as President before January 20, 2017 would simply make Joe Biden president -- which I'm inclined to believe might actually be worse than Obama.





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72 Seconds Of Hate From MSNBC

Courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon.

This is what the Voice of the Left sounds like -- but somehow they declare that we on the Right are the hateful ones.

H/T Hot Air Greenroom





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December 29, 2013

I Have To Agree

Former Maryland Governor Robert Erlich offers a number of hopes for the coming year. I agree wholeheartedly with his first one.

1.) Our Libertarian and tea party friends would stop nominating candidates who screw up winnable races.

Recall Nevada (Sen. Harry Reid in 2010), Delaware (Sen. Mike Castle in 2010), and last month's race in Virginia (more below). All probable GOP pick-ups. All lost opportunities due to primary challenge or third party candidacy.

A factoid from Virginia: The petitions that helped the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate get on the ballot (and draw votes from Republican Ken Cuccinelli) were paid for by an Obama campaign bundler.

No, we are not opposed to the Tea Party. And no, we are not opposed to libertarians. I'm in sympathy with them both. But the reality is that we have in recent years seen the nomination of libertarian and tea party candidates by the GOP who went on to lose races that should have been won. Was Sharron Angle REALLY the best the GOP had to offer in Nevada in 2010? That is open to debate. We know, however, that Christine O'Donnell was not the best the GOP had to offer in Delaware in 2010 -- she is the perfect example of why William F. Buckley advised voting for the most conservative ELECTABLE candidate.

To those who insist that voting for the Libertarian Party (or Constitution Party or some other minor party) is a vote for principle, I must respond that it is also a vote for irrelevancy and the election of the major party candidate furthest from your views. Did your vote against Barack Obama AND Mitt Romney do anything to keep the greater of two evils from winning that election? Heck -- in 1992 did a vote for Ross Perot bring about better government and smaller taxes by swinging the race to Bill Clinton?





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Web Design

So you want to have a website, right? Well, that is all well and good, but what is your website going to look like? I mean, what colors do you want to use? What typeface will the words display in? What about graphics? And how will viewers interact with it? Oh, yes -- what platform are you going to use? Those are some really important questions, don't you think? I mean, they are the questions that determine the entire layout and functionality of the whole shebang, don't they. For most folks, that means that you don't even know where to start, because you are not a professional web designer. But fortunately for you, there are lots of places you can get answers and even design a website yourself -- places like webdesign.org or any number of other websites and companies out there.

Continue to be enlightened while reading "Web Design" »




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December 28, 2013

The Terrorist Attack Nobody Heard Of

If a "man caused disaster" happens and the media fails to cover it, did it really happen?

When U.S. officials warn about "attacks" on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid--from attackers who come in with guns blazing.

Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the area around the substation. That knocked out some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. The intruder(s) then fired more than 100 rounds from what two officials described as a high-powered rifle at several transformers in the facility. Ten transformers were damaged in one area of the facility, and three transformer banks -- or groups of transformers -- were hit in another, according to a PG&E spokesman.

Cooling oil then leaked from a transformer bank, causing the transformers to overheat and shut down. State regulators urged customers in the area to conserve energy over the following days, but there was no long-term damage reported at the facility and there were no major power outages. There were no injuries reported. That was the good news. The bad news is that officials don't know who the shooter(s) were, and most importantly, whether further attacks are planned.

Who did it? We don't know. Why did they do it? Again, we don't know. And apparently that is how "the most transparent administration in history" would have kept it if it weren't for a Democrat congressman accidentally spilling the beans at a hearing.

But don't we the people have a right to know?





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Was Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Gay Benefits Executive Order Designed For Her Personal Benefit?

When last I wrote about Houston Mayor Annise Parker, she was insulting Christians for having the audacity to believe in and speak about the Bible. And as I noted towards the end of my post, she recently signed (and has been sued over) an executive order recognizing and giving employee benefits to city employees in gay marriages -- despite the fact that the city charter, Texas law, and the Texas Constitution all reject such actions.

But now it becomes clear -- the long-time gay activist didn't do it just to appease a key constituency. She also issued the executive order for personal benefit.

Mayor Annise Parker and her partner of 23 years, Houston tax preparer Kathy Hubbard, are planning to marry, a source close to the couple said Friday.

The source, who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Parker and Hubbard plan to wed in Palm Springs, Calif., in January. "I heard it from her own lips," the source said.

The mayor's wedding plans were reported earlier Friday by the website CultureMap.

Parker, of course, waited until she was no longer able to run for city office before taking this step. Had she issued the order -- or married -- before the election back in November, it might cost her her third and final term.

Especially since she is about to break a long-standing public commitment.

Parker, recently elected to her third and final term as Houston mayor, long has pledged that she and Hubbard would not marry until Texas legalized same-sex marriage.

And before you ask, I don't have a problem with Parker's sexual orientation or her personal relationships -- it is not my place to pass any sort of eternal judgement on her or her partner. What I have a problem with is Parker using the stroke of her pen to override a vote of the people of Houston AND a vote of the people of Texas in order to personally enrich herself out of city coffers. It seems more than a bit unethical.





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Proof Positive That ObamaBots Are Ignorant

More of them approve of the "Affordable Care Act" than approve of "ObamaCare" -- even though they are the same thing.

No wonder they voted for Barry -- they just aren't very bright.





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Watcher's Council Results

OK, so here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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Tax Relief

Sometimes a taxpayer needs some tax relief when they get caught in a bind with the government.

A couple of years back, a colleague of mine ran into a problem with the IRS. He had filed his tax return on time, received his refund, and thought nothing more of the matter.

And then the letter came -- 18 months later.

The IRS had gone back, examined his return, discovered he had totaled his care and had the remainder of his car loan forgiven because he had opted to buy the loan payoff insurance. He had never received any tax paperwork from the insurance company - and when the IRS did its calculations, he had been pushed into a higher tax bracket, lost some deductions and now owed several thousand dollars in additional taxes and penalties.

What do you do in such a situation? If you can, you pay -- but what if you can't? You face wage garnishment, property liens, bank levies, and ever-mounting interest and penalty charges. At that point, you need someone like Defense Tax Group to help negotiate a payment plan or a reduction in penalties and interest. It can be done, but it takes an expert -- because taxing authorities are not your friend in these cases. Because yes, you need to pay your taxes -- but there are ways to make doing so less burdensome.





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December 27, 2013

The Impact Of ObamaDon'tCare

Thanks to Doug Ross for this visual representation of the impact of the "Affordable" "Care" Act.

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Any time big government gets involved in such programs, it fails. The problem is that Obama and his compliant media are not willing to admit it yet, claiming every failure and glitch to be a part of the plan and/or for your own good, no matter how much it hurts you.

But then again, this fits quite well with Obama's previous career.

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Get Ready For New ObamaDon'tCare Taxes!

Just remember -- this law was supposed to make health care cheaper for Americans. And, by the way, Obama promised no tax increases for Americans making $250K. But "Affordable" "Care" Act is anything but affordable for many Americans, and will cost virtually all of us more in taxes that were stuffed inside the bill that no one was able to read until it passed.

Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.

The cost of President Obamas massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

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The new taxes on one customers bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.

The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.

Theres also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Insurers pay a 3.5 percent user fee to sell medical plans on the HealthCare.gov Web site.

But that isn't the extent of it.

Americans also will pay hidden taxes, such as the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.

Those with high out-of-pocket medical expenses also will get smaller income-tax deductions.

Americans are currently allowed to deduct expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their annual income. The threshold jumps to 10 percent under ObamaCare, costing taxpayers about $15 billion over 10 years.

Then theres the new Medicare tax.

Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. Theyll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.

Which means that when my darling wife gets her second spinal surgery this spring, there will be new taxes on the hardware used to stabilize her back and we will be unable to deduct as much of the cost on our income tax -- and the same will be true when the anticipated knee replacements happen in either late 2014 or early 2015.

Yep -- ObamaDon'tCare is going to make health care more expensive for my wife and I. Because after all, a school teacher and his disabled spouse are clearly among the richest Americans who need to have more of their wealth confiscated from them in order to provide for the less fortunate.

John Hayward at RedState puts it quite well.

Sit back and enjoy the spectacle of ObamaCare supposedly a super-genius plan that would improve the lives of the suffering uninsured without noticeably inconveniencing anyone else become a vast charter of special privileges for the rich and well-connected with everyone else beaten into the ground by a maze of mandates that annihilate what remains of the older, freer, better way that Obama says we cannot dream of returning to, taxed into submission with redistribution seizures disguised as higher insurance premiums, and controlled with subsidies that will ensure we never vote the wrong way again. Then tell me what some greedy capitalist pig robber baron would have done that was worse, without the power to compel obedience from a captive customer base.

Because, if you are rich, you will be able to keep your doctor and your plan by paying a great deal more for both of them. the rest of us? Shut up, pay those new taxes and higher premiums, and be thankful that your betters are allowing you access to a less efficient system that costs you more while providing you with less. Oh, yes -- and bow down and thank Obama and the Democrats for doing this all to you.





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December 26, 2013

Air Conditioner Servicing

Most of you who read here regularly know that I am a social studies teacher, and at this time much of my course load has me teaching World Geography. That particular academic discipline has changed over the years to move away from the "what's where" coursework of my school days to deal with questions like "why do people move from one place to another?" and "what do people do to change their environment to make their lives better?", among others. Living down here in the Houston area, one of the things I talk about with my students is a bit of technology that made life much more comfortable for people in hot humid areas and which we have come to depend upon -- the air conditioner.

I mean let's be honest about it -- who would live in some parts of the world if it weren't for air conditioning? The heat and humidity is stifling during much of the year in some places. In others the climate may be dry, but the heat is quite high. But if you are going to cool you home or business, you need to find a good company to maintain and repair your air conditioning units, someplace like airconboy aircon servicing, which is located in Singapore.

Now you might ask "Why Singapore?" Well, when you consider that Singapore is located just a single degree north of the equator and therefore has a humid tropical climate suitable to supporting rainforest, you can see where air conditioning is important, especially given that the island nation supports a population of 5.4 million. So many people in such a small area with that sort of climate certainly put a strain on air conditioning units. That's why aircon servicing in singapore is a growing business, and why it is so important for people to go with the best available.





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Book Review -- Unintimidated By Scott Walker

As a teen, I lived very close to the Illinois-Wisconsin border. As a result, I often saw bumper stickers that read "Escape To Wisconsin" -- the state's tou8rism slogan at the time. Of course, there was the response -- a little use of a razor blade and careful positioning of the remaining parts allowed us to create "Escape Wisconsin" bumper stickers. Little did I know that, just a little more than three decades later, "Escape To Wisconsin" would become a battle cry as kleptocracy ruined the land of Lincoln and a visionary leader implemented a reformist platform that would make the Land of Cheese and Beer a much more attractive place to live.

That leader is Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and his book Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge tells the story of how he succeeded in turning around a state approaching bankruptcy in the face of incredible opposition from Wisconsin's elected Democrats and the public employee unions that kept them on a short leash. In the process, Walker also faced death threats from the mob that opposed his reforms -- both threats to his physical safety and a recall effort that would have spelled the end of both his political career and the reforms he introduced and passed with the help of his fellow Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature.

Scott Walker needed to balance the state budget -- that much was clear when he took office in the midst of a recession made worse by policies implemented by the Obama Administration. There were only two ways to do that, according to conventional -- cut services to the people or cut personnel. Scott Walker rejected them both, and instead proposed to limit collective bargaining for public employees so that government could do more with less. The uproar that resulted -- instigated by union bosses who would prefer to see members fired than their vast power over government bodies and sympathetic politicians disrupted -- became was nothing short of a civil war, complete with a takeover of the Wisconsin State Capitol by mobs bused in for that purpose. What followed was the passage of the legislation was an attempt to overturn the results of the 2010 gubernatorial election when Walkers opponents mounted an unsuccessful recall effort against him.

Ultimately, the outcome of Walker's legislation was to put the financial house of Wisconsin government in good order. This was replicated time and again on the local level, especially in school districts -- with the notable exception of the state's three largest districts, which had rushed to accept union contracts that kept them from making use of the new flexibility that the law allowed. Public employees, given the freedom to choose whether or not to be represented by unions, voted feet and pocketbooks by opting out of membership in organizations that they realized did not have their best interests at heart. Scott Walker has pointed the way to fixing broken state governments around the country. That alone makes this book important.

This book is important for another reason -- while Walker denies that the book is a trial balloon, time and again it takes on a tone that can best be described as "this is why I would be a great GOP candidate for president". Take, for example, this.

This book tells the story of how we won the battle for Wisconsinthe reforms we put in place, the mistakes we made, and the lessons we learned. In the pages that follow, I will discuss how we almost lost the fairness fight in Madisonand how we turned it around on the Democrats and their union allies. I will explain how we reached into President Obamas base and won over the Obama-Walker voters in Wisconsinand how conservatives can do it anywhere in the country. I will demonstrate how we balanced our budget while rejecting the dour politics of austerityand found a way to make fiscal responsibility hopeful and optimistic. I will show why it is a myth that winning the center requires moving to the centerand why the path to a conservative comeback lies not in abandoning our principles, but in championing bold, conservative reformsand having the courage to see them through.

In one paragraph, Walker lays out his bona fides as a Republican nominee:

  1. I have shown myself to be a conservative with my deeds, not just my words.
  2. My conservative reforms have succeeded.
  3. I've proven that I can attract the swing-voters of the political center by leading rather than surrendering my principles.

Such statements of principle and vision appear in every chapter -- and the final chapter could well be his stump speech at every grassroots Republican and Tea Party gathering across the country. He sounds like Reagan -- indeed, he sounds even more Reagan than Reagan. Given the Republican candidates of the last quarter century -- both the winners and the losers -- this Republican activist has to concede that we could (and have) done much worse than Scott Walker at the head of our ticket in 2016. That is why every Republican, and every grassroots conservative, needs to read this book.





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December 25, 2013

Christmas Blessings To All

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The Proclamation Of The Birth Of Christ
From The Roman Martyrology

The twenty-fifth day of December.
In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world
from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.





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December 23, 2013

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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December 22, 2013

Representatives Of Drunkard, Adulterer And Whoremonger Communities Speak Out Against Phil Robertson

Did I say "representatives"? I meant "representative" -- because Charlie Sheen falls into all three categories all by his lonesome.

Charlie Sheen just WENT OFF on "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson -- threatening to unleash a monstrous media attack on the reality star ... unless he makes amends with gay people.

Sheen posted the long diatribe on Twitter ... and quickly put Phil on notice saying, "just when your desperately sub evolved ass thought the pressure was off, you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media beat down."

Charlie claims he's only voicing his opinion out of the blue for one reason ... to stick up for all his gay friends whose voices are not as powerful.

The letter is filled with classic Sheenism's -- like calling Phil a "shower-dodger", something about Charlie whittling his "cosmic banjo" ... and even a "news flash" for old times sake.

I'm curious -- Sheen just attacked the religious beliefs of tens of millions of Americans in his attack on Phil Robertson. Will he be fired by the network broadcasting his trashy show? Or will he get another pass, despite the fact his conduct violates any morals clause in his contract in ways that Phil Robertson doesn't even come close to doing by quoting the Bible.





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December 21, 2013

Local Lefty Blogger Proves How Ignorant And Racist "Progressives" Can Be

One of our local lefty bloggers, who goes by the handle PDiddie over at Brains and Eggs, showed just how ignorantly racist the progressive Left can actually be today. (CLICK THE LINK - HE'S WHINING ABOUT LACK OF TRAFFIC)

You see, he feels free to comment on the content of civil rights law even though he does not know what those laws actually say -- as witnessed by his response to my comment on his site.

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Yeah, that's right -- this well-respected member of the "progressive" blogging community here in Houston and around the state of Texas doesn't think that white people have any civil rights the law is bound to protect! Never mind that the 1964 Civil Rights Act specifically protects all individuals from discrimination based upon "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin".

And oddly enough, for that Perry (that is his real first name) claims to be appalled by homophobia, he does an excellent job of spewing homophobia (AGAIN, CLICK HIS LINK AND BE SIRE TO COMMENT) in the post right before that one on the new Texas Secretary of State. Interesting, isn't it, how the ever-so-tolerant Left likes to holler "FAGGOT!" at political opponents based on flimsy evidence, even as they claim they are "pro-gay"?





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Just Imagine If This Were About A Chanukah Display At A Jewish Home

There would be an investigation conducted and the perpetrator would be tracked down -- likely to face hate crime charges. Ditto if this were a Kwanzaa display or something related to Islam or Buddhism or Hinduism in someone's yard.

But going after Christians who celebrate Christians? No big deal.

It's a Christmas tradition on Emerson Street in Newton dating back nearly four decades, the Hunter family home with its full holiday lights display.

The holiday lights tradition was started by the late William Hunter, a former Cambridge firefighter, 37 years ago.

"I think dad would be really proud, that it's still going on. It's one thing that always brought him joy," said his daughter, Kristen Hunter.

The home's holiday lights have been featured over the years in the Boston Globe and Newton Tab.

This weekend, an anonymous letter arrived purportedly from a neighbor, but postmarked in Boston.

In part the letter reads, "Not everybody in your neighborhood is Christian and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs."

Interestingly enough, the folks in the neighborhood seem supportive of the family's Christmas display. So does the bulk of the community. But there are some folks who are so filled with spite and hate -- you know, the sort of folks who celebrate religious believers getting fired for expressing religious beliefs or who demand that all traces of religion be sanitized from public places -- who just have to hate for te sake of hating, because it is all that gives their pathetic lives meaning.

And remember, friends -- there is no War on Christmas. The leftists, the atheists and the secularists tell us so, and they wouldn't lie.





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Houston Mayor Attacks Christians As "Redneck Wingnut"

Call it "liberal tolerance" from the lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker.

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This afternoon I had the privilege of conducting a phone interview with Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Ill have a full report on the interview soon, but I wanted to go ahead and share this little teaser. Naturally, I couldnt resist asking Parker the nations first openly gay big-city mayor what she thinks about the Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty controversy.

I have never watched Duck Dynasty, so I dont think about it much at all, Parker responded. Ive been a gay community activist since the mid-70s. It was a very different time. We were fighting to keep people out of jails and mental hospitals. What some redneck wingnut has to say about the GLBT community is completely irrelevant.

Interesting that the mayor found it necessary to engage in insulting and bigoted language against Robertson. But then again, under Mayor Parker we have seen the city seek to ban churches from feeding the poor and ignore the city charter and the state constitution to give benefits to city employees in same sex marriages, so we know the degree to which she holds believing Christians in contempt. I guess she is just another disciple of Herbert Mancuse's "repressive tolerance" and the notion that opposition to the goals of liberalism cannot be tolerated.





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Foreign Fop Piers Morgan Attacks First Amendment Like He Atacks Second

You know, if he hates America and its Constitution so much, deportation would be a kindness.

At 9:30 a.m. on December 19th, CNN's Piers Morgan tweeted that the First Amendment "shouldn't protect vile bigots" like Phil Robertson.

And while making this claim, Morgan also reiterated his position that the Second Amendment "shouldn't protect assault rifle devotees." 

Twitchy.com posted Morgan's tweet, as well as one he sent six minutes earlier in he which typed, "Phil Robertson is not a 'victim of political correctness.' He's a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry." 

Now does Piers Morgan have the right to say such repulsively anti-American, anti-Christian things under the First Amendment? Certainly he does, his ignorant bigotry notwithstanding. But I cannot help but note that a foreigner like Morgan has no right to stay in this country, and that it might be in the best interests of the Republic for his status as a resident alien with permission to work here were revoked. After all, foreigners trying to restrictt he liberties of citizens aren't welcome here.





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Want Proof That The Firing Of Phil Robertson Was Religous Discriminaion?

I've had some people take issue with my characterization of the actions of A&E with regard to Phil Robertson as religious discrimination. This, however, is prima facie evidence that the network fired Robertson because of his religion.

Phil Robertson disrespected gay employees at A&E ... and THAT'S why he was sacked from "Duck Dynasty" ... sources connected with the network tell TMZ.

We're told A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask gay employees to kill themselves for a show when he disrespected them by calling them sinners.

Our sources say ... gay employees involved in the production -- and there are a number of them -- were outraged by Phil's comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to give him the ax.

We're told Dubuc felt this way ... If Phil had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews ... there would have been a public outcry for his head. She felt it was just plain wrong not to have the same sense of indignation when the comments were directed at gays.

So Phil Robertson expressed a belief that is clearly taught in Scripture and was fired for it? Can you explain to me how that is NOT religious discrimination -- especially since his word were a more or less direct paraphrase of a passage from First Corinthians?

Let's compare them. Saint Paul said the following:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (English Standard Version) Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Phil Robertson put it this way:

Dont be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlersthey wont inherit the kingdom of God. Dont deceive yourself. Its not right.

So you see, it was not Phil Richardson calling those who engage in homosexual acts sinners -- it was the Holy Bible! So when the CEO of the network decides to fire him "for calling [gay employees] sinners", she is making a decision based precisely upon his expression of his religious beliefs. And as for the claim that is is no different than racist or anti-Semitic speech, consider that engaging in gay sex is an action (just like every other item on that list) - adultery, dishonest, engaging in slanderous speech - while being black or being Jewish is not.

Which takes us back to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as I noted the other evening:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;

If firing somebody for having quoted the Bible in an interview doesn't qualify as discharging them because of their religion, I don't see how that term can be deemed to have any meaning. And if it is legal do so, then is it not incumbent upon an employer -- or the government - to provide Christians with a list of those scriptural passages that can get an employee fired?

By the way -- if A&E truly has a workplace that values diversity, shouldn't the proper response of A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc have been to require every complaining employee to take a mandatory sensitivity training so that they would properly respect the beliefs of their Christian co-worker? After all, they are being highly intolerant of the religious beliefs of members of the company's diverse workforce.

But then again, I suppose it is a matter of priorities and market share. Christians make up less than 5% of the American public, while homosexuals are well over 60% -- or something like that.





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December 20, 2013

May I Point Out That Phil Robertson Was Indisputably Right About One Thing?

No, I'm not talking about his observation on the relative merits of a woman's vagina and a man's anus. I'm talking about this, which is really central to what Robertson was trying to say.

Everything is blurred on whats right and whats wrong... Sin becomes fine, he said. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.

Don't get caught up in the exact wording -- read between the lines. What Robertson is saying is that when we start declaring that which is sinful to be socially acceptable and therefore normalized, then it won't be too long until we move on to the next normalization of the next sin by society -- and the declaration that refusal to embrace the reclassification of sin as acceptable becomes socially unacceptable. Forget bestiality (at least for the moment) and just look at that which has been in the news over the last week or so.

The Supreme Court made gay sex a civil right about a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas -- and last week we had a federal judge in Utah use that decision and others to normalize polygamy. Now he didn't legalize bigamy per se, at least not in the sense that that some combination of three or more individuals can go down to the local courthouse and get a group marriage license. But what the judge did was declare that as a matter of law it is acceptable for a polyamorous group to set up a household and declare themselves to be in a committed marital relationship. After all, if marriage no longer means one man and one woman, what logical basis is there for limiting marriage to only two people. It was not long before we heard that one state, North Dakota, is open to issuing a marriage license to marry someone of the opposite sex despite their having a marriage license and having married someone of the same sex in another state (a marriage not recognized in North Dakota. What we would then have is, potentially, legalized polyamorous marriages And to think that a decade ago it was declared to be the height of bigotry to suggest that recognizing gay marriages would lead to the legalization of plural marriages.

Then, of course, there is the decision of an Italian court last week that held that a sexual relationship between 60-year-old Italian man and a 11-year-old girl in his custody is not criminal. Why on earth not, age of consent notwithstanding? Because the pair profess to be in love with one another, and the fact that it is a romantic relationship makes it OK. And don;t you dare object, you hateful bigot -- who are you to judge who and how people love? How long until judges citing foreign law declare that there is a constitutional right to intergenerational sex?

And this morning's news brought us reports from just north of the border in Canada -- there is a right to engage in prostitution! Notice that this is not a case of legalizing the world's oldest profession -- it is a declaration that there is an affirmative right to engage in commercial sexual activity. This will, the judges reason, improve the lives of "sex-worker" -- and besides, it's just plain unacceptable for the majority of society to impose its uptight sexual values on pimps, madams, streetwalkers, and ladies of the evening?

My point? Society has rejected the traditional morality of days gone by -- a morality that had its roots in the Judeo-Christian moral tradition. As a result there has been an incremental societal acceptance of that which would traditionally be labeled sinful by the church and a violation of the law by the state, especially as courts have come to frame the change in terms of rights (rights which prior generations would never have recognized and would have explicitly repudiated). What is instead declared to be beyond the pale is even expressing the views that have been historically taught by both church and state, based upon Scripture. And since these changes are framed in terms of rights, the state will force you to act contrary to your firmly held religious beliefs, declaring it to be a part of the price of citizenship. The new tolerance declares that the old faith is the only thing that will not be tolerated.

No, Phil Robertson nailed it in that interview that resulted in his firing -- and because he did, he must be destroyed. Just as the modern notion of diversity means everyone thinking the same, the new tolerance dictates that there be no tolerance for dissenting views.





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December 19, 2013

Congratulations To Texas Secretary Of State Nandita Berry!

Newly appointed to the post by Governor Rick Perry. Perry is a prominent Houston attorney, an active member of the community, and the wife of talk radio host Michael Berry.

But it is Secretary Berry's life story -- she is the first Indian-American to hold the post -- that is particularly inspiring. Governor Perry referenced it in announcing the appointment,

"Nandita Berry personifies what is possible through hard work and dedication in the State of Texas," Perry said in a statement about the appointment. "Arriving from India at the age of 21 with nothing but $200 to her name, she worked diligently to earn her law degree and has since become one of the most accomplished attorneys in the state. Her work ethic, intelligence and wide array of experiences will serve her capably in her new duties as Secretary of State, and I look forward to working with her to keep Texas the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family."

The office of Secretary of State is in good hands. Again, congratulations.





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Judge Calls Out Obama Regime For Aiding And Abetting Child Smuggling!

Wow!

Not only has the lawless occupant of the Oval Office undercut the rule of law by refusing to fully enforce our nations immigration laws, but now a federal judge has ruled that his policies have led to the Border Patrol becoming complicit in the delivery of underage illegal aliens to their illegal alien parents who are illegally living and working in the United States completing the work of human traffickers and drug cartels who are smuggling the kids (and sometimes drugs) into the United States so that they can take advantage of Obamas amnesty for so-called DREAMers!

A federal judge in Texas late last week accused the Obama administration of aiding drug cartels, saying that instead of enforcing immigration laws, agents knowingly helped smuggle an illegal immigrant girl into the U.S. to live with her mother, also an illegal immigrant, in Virginia.

In a 10-page order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen said the case was the fourth such case hes seen over the last month, and in each instance Customs and Border Protection agents have helped to locate and deliver the children to their illegal immigrant parents.

Outrage yet? Heres what the judge has to say on the matter.

The DHS is rewarding criminal conduct instead of enforcing the current laws. More troubling, the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their children, the judge said, adding that some of the children have been made to swim the Rio Grande River or traverse remote areas as part of the smuggling.

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The DHS, instead of enforcing our border security laws, actually assisted the criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals, the judge said. It completed the mission of the conspiracy initiated by Salmeron Santos. In summary, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct.

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The big economic losers in this scenario are the citizens of the United States who, by virtue of this DHS policy, are helping fund these evil ventures with their tax dollars, the judge wrote.

Barack Obama, the Criminal-in-Chief, has implemented a policy of refusing to enforce our nations immigration laws, especially with regard to children. He has thereby created an incentive for illegal aliens in this country to engage in criminal conduct which has the effect of endangering their non-citizen children in order to gain the resulting advantages. And having created this situation, the agency tasked with enforcing our nations immigration laws is now in the position of aiding and abetting the criminal conspiracy to violate American law. Not only would these actions be illegal if committed by private citizens, they would be prosecuted as organized crime under our nations RICO statutes.

But since it is Obama and his appointees who are setting the policy as to what laws are enforced and what violations are prosecuted, there is no holding them accountable for this criminal conspiracy. Whats more, impeachment by the House of Representatives is a useless exercise because the Democrats in the Senate will never vote to remove their president, regardless of the amount of evidence presented proving his high crimes and misdemeanors in this matter alone (much less any number of other matters).

Good God! Why are we standing for this travesty?





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Mark Tapscotts Proposals For Common-Sense Reform Of Senate Rules Once Republicans Take Control

I love these because given the Democrats actions to make the minority irrelevant, there is really no grounds for them to object when the GOP majority imposes these changes.

Republicans will eventually retake the Senate majority and when they do, don't be surprised if something like the following are their first three rules changes (which will only need 51 votes, thanks to Harry Reid):

Senate committees will each include only one member of the minority party and the minority staff for each Senate committee shall consist of one individual whose hourly compensation will equal the District of Columbia's minimum wage (not to exceed 29 hours in any one week).

Senators representing the minority party shall have speaking privileges on the Senate floor on alternative Tuesdays and Thursdays, with each individual minority party senator's total speaking time not to exceed five minutes for any 24-hour period and only for the purpose of introducing commemorative resolutions of interest to residents of their respective states.

Two-thirds majorities of both the majority and minority party caucuses shall be required to change any Senate rule.

Because, after all, elections have consequences and the Senate Democrats have already indicated that they do not believe the minority party has any rights that the majority needs to respect.





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Another Case Of Democrat Projection

It never ceases to amaze me how Democrats project every one of their flaws onto their opponents.

Like how they accuse the GOP of being like the KKK a group composed of loyal Democrats.

Or claims that Republicans are greedy as they come up with schemes to take property from others and give it to themselves and their constituencies for their own benefit.

Or comparing Republicans to mass killers like John Wayne Gacy a Democrat leader in his community.

Or now, Obama new hire John Podesta comparing Republicans to the warped suicide cult of Jim Jones Democrat power broker in San Francisco.

I was living in San Francisco during the period when Jim Jones was a Democratic power broker, known for his ability to deliver thousands of votes. I recall that in 1976, Assemblyman Willie Brown, later the longtime speaker of that body, compared Jones to Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Albert Einstein, and Chairman Mao in an introduction. That same year, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carters vice-presidential candidate, met personally with Jones. So did Jimmy Carters wife, Rosalynn. Among dozens of accolades from leading Democrats that Jones collected was this one from Joseph Califano, who was secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Jimmy Carter: Knowing your commitment and compassion, your interest in protecting individual liberty and freedom have made an outstanding contribution to furthering the cause of human dignity.

Jones basked in the glow of praise his Peoples Temple garnered from gullible politicians, and San Francisco mayor George Moscone, later tragically assassinated in 1978, even appointed him to San Franciscos housing commission. Jones had been responsible for an incredible vote-harvesting operation that may have made the difference in Moscones narrow 4,000-vote victory over conservative John Barbagelata in 1975.

After Joness death, the national media briefly reported on the massive vote-fraud operation that Jones conducted on behalf of Moscone. The December 17, 1978,New York Times ran a story with this headline: Followers Say Jim Jones Directed Voter Frauds.

So got that the worst thing that Democrats can do to criticize Republicans is compare them to. . . Democrats.





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But We Are Not Allowed To Call Islam The Problem

A couple of soldiers of Allah got convicted of murdering a British soldier because he was a British soldier fighting against the malignancy that is Islamism. What they did next tells you what is at the heart of that malignant faith and the book they revere.

The distraught family of Lee Rigby left court in tears today as one of his remorseless killers smiled and kissed the Koran after he was found guilty of his murder.

Muslim fanatic Michael Adebolajo, 28, made the incendiary gesture to the Old Bailey courtroom before he was taken down to the cells by prison guards.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was 'mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered' by Michael Adebowale, 22, and Adebolajo, who ambushed him outside his barracks in Woolwich, South East London on May 22.

During their trial Lee Rigby's bereft family were forced to watch footage and hear gruesome accounts of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death in the street.

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Adebolajo had admitted they executed the father-of-one but claimed they were not murderers because they are 'soldiers of Allah' at 'war' with Britain over its foreign policy.

But heaven forbid we say anything critical of the malignant religion that was behind this murder that would be hateful.





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Illegal Voting By Ineligible Foreigners In Ohio Election

Round em up, prosecute em, and then ship em back where they came from they are breaking our laws and interfering with our government.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election -- and has referred the case for possible prosecution.

The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only American citizens are allowed the privilege of casting ballots for the nation's leaders.

Ohio officials say that did not stop some from getting around the system.

"I have a responsibility to uphold election law, and under both federal and state law you must be a citizen to vote," said Husted, a Republican who has aggressively tried to investigate voter fraud cases in his state.

Husted also found that 274 non-citizens remain on the voting rolls.

Oh, yeah and implement voter ID nationwide. If it was good enough for Nelson Mandela, it is certainly good enough for America.





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Larry Lujack - RIP

Growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, one of the joys was listening to Larry Lujack on WLS-AM. He was a Chicago institution of the sort that I cannot even begin to explain to those who did not live through those days.

Well, ol Uncle Lar passed on last night at the age of 73. And fortunately for me, there is a great piece in the Chicago Sun-Times that really captures the essence of who Larry Lujack really was. I cant even excerpt it in a way that does either the man or the obituary justice. I encourage you to read the whole thing about a man who was not the sort of rocker you would have expected the morning DJ on an AM pop station to be.

Instead Ill just sit and remember the man for a few minutes , sining the old jingle (to the tune of the Hallelujah Chorus) under my breath Larry Lujack! Larry Lujack! Larry Lujack! Larry Lujack! Super Jock!

H/T The Glittering Eye





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December 18, 2013

A&E Violates 1964 Civil Rights Act By Suspending Phil Robertson From Duck Dynasty -- Will Obama Administration Enforce The Law?

As noted earlier, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty made statements reflecting his biblically-based religious beliefs in an interview with GQ magazine. A&E has now suspended Robertson from the show about his own family and business!

A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday.

The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being.

The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

Let's point out two things.

First, while A&E may strongly support the LGBT "community", it apparently does not support the rights of Christians to exercise their First Amendment rights in public. That should tell every American a great deal about what you are supporting by watching the network's shows -- special rights for some, and no rights for Christians.

Second, as noted in my earlier post, the 1964 Civil Rights Act addresses this sort of action very clearly.

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;

A&E has made a public announcement to the effect that it has suspended Phil Robertson from his employment on the series Duck Dynasty for having expressed his religious beliefs outside of the workplace. This action certainly "otherwise discrimnate[s] against an individual with respect to his. . . terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individuals. . . religion". Will the Obama Administration take action to uphold the civil rights of Phil Robertson in the face of this flagrant and public violation of his rights under the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Or will this be one more example of the administration picking and choosing what laws it enforces based upon whether upholding and enforcing the law benefits those constituencies that support Obama and his political agenda?

UPDATE: Great take over at Noisy Room!





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Dems Say Vets Should Take Pay Cuts, Not Illegal Aliens Or Members Of Congress

One of the many problems with the Ryan-Murray budget deal that has been rammed down the throats of the country in record time is that it imposes another broken promise on our nations veterans by cutting their retirement pay. Now I might be OK with that if it was truly a shared sacrifice across the board, but it isnt. As George Orwell might say, certain animals are more equal than others under the proposal and the Democrats have acted to make sure that it stays that way.

Just ask Senator Charles Schumer.

Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if youre going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. Its small, the New York Democrat told MSNBCs Morning Joe.

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But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise in a long time, and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.

We have taken pretty big cuts, he said.

Yeah, because after all, that one percent drop in the cost of living increase for veterans including those who have been left disabled by their combat wounds will halt the rapid inflation of the overly generous pension of these military retirees. Why, these former soldiers and sailors are averaging nearly $10,000 a year in retirement benefits, whereas the impoverished members of the House and Senate make a mere $174,000. Oh, the humanity!

But that isnt the only thing Democrats refuse to consider changing to allow our veterans to draw their full retirement they voted to make sure that illegal aliens continue to illegally draw welfare benefits!

Senate Republicans were unable to stop military pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday evening.

The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years, leaving some Senate Republicans scrambling to stop the cuts.

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In 2011, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States and therefore did not have a valid Social Security number were still able to obtain billions in Additional Child Tax Credits by filing returns with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

Specifically the Internal Revenue Service watchdog found that unauthorized individuals received $4.2 billion refundable credits in Processing Year 2010.
Tuesday evening, Sessions attempted to force Majority Leader Harry Reid allow amendments the budget agreement.

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Sessions motion failed on a 46 54 party line vote, with North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan crossing the aisle as the lone Democrat to vote with the Republicans.
Reids majority just voted to keep pension cut for vets instead of cutting welfare payments to illegal aliens, a Sessions aide emailed.

In other words, illegal aliens illegally receiving benefits that they are not entitled to under the law will not have to sacrifice either only our veterans.

Time to vote out every single one of those 58 Democrats at the first opportunity. After all, they refuse to put patriots ahead of border jumpers and themselves.

And lest anyone think Im letting the GOP off the hook I think Erick Erickson has it exactly right when he puts an equal share of the blame on Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and the House Republicans who rushed this flawed budget deal through before the American people had a chance to weigh in on it and let those who are supposed to be their representatives know what they thought about it.





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NRA Backs Cornyn

One of the things that my soon-to-be-former Congressman Steve Stockman did during his 2012 campaign that made me unwilling to vote for him was falsely claim the endorsement of the NRA. As a result, this endorsement of Senator John Cornyns reelection by the National Rifle Association warms my heart.

The National Rifle Associations political fund has endorsed Republican Sen. John Cornyn ahead of next years primary, putting another dent in his outspoken challengers hopes of painting the incumbent as a weak-kneed conservative.

Mr. Cornyn, of Texas, will square off in the party primary against Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican with a penchant for attention-grabbing comments. On Tuesday, Mr. Stockmans campaign said donors could get their own Obama barf bag for $10.

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The NRAs Political Victory Fund took it further on Wednesday by throwing its weight behind Mr. Cornyn.

John Cornyn is a consistent and passionate champion of our Second Amendment rights, said Chris Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. He has earned an A+ rating and endorsement from NRA-PVF through his leadership in defending our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Now Ive liked some things Stockman has said and done during his time in Washington but I just cant bring myself to vote for him. His history of false and misleading campaign claims, questionable ethical practices, and general ineffectiveness while in Congress make him unfit for the Senate especially since he is taking on one of the most consistently conservative members of the United States Senate and a man I am proud to have representing my state there, John Cornyn.





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Gay Group Demands A&E Violate Civil Rights Of Duck Dynasty Star

One of the stars of Duck Dynasty (a show I can honestly claim to have never watched) has rather bluntly states certain beliefs regarding sex and sexuality.

Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the A&E reality show and founder of Duck Commander, made the comments in a recent interview with GQ. It seems like, to me, a vagina as a man would be more desirable than a mans anus. Thats just me, Robertson stated. Im just thinking: Theres more there! Shes got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what Im saying? But hey, sin: Its not logical, my man. Its just not logical.

You know I really cant find anything to argue with there, given that the natural design of the sexual equipment of a human being is for Tab A to be fitted into Slot B. As has been noted many times by many people, any time human beings seek to engage in sexual activity other than heterosexual intercourse, they find themselves looking for something to replace or approximate either a penis or vagina. That is undeniable from a physiological point of view.

Robertson ends that initial response with an observation about sin that can be found in many sources from many religious traditions that it is not logical. But he continued on from there, expressing beliefs that hardly seem controversial if one is familiar with the Bible.

Everything is blurred on whats right and whats wrong... Sin becomes fine, he said. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.

Paraphrasing Corinthians he added: Dont be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlersthey wont inherit the kingdom of God. Dont deceive yourself. Its not right.

Oh, dear it seems he had the audacity to express a politically incorrect religious belief, one that makes a lot of folks uncomfortable. After all, nobody likes to hear that their favorite vice is, in fact, a vice with potential eternal consequences. And so, in recent years, there have been concerted efforts to marginalize and silence those who would dare hold to and express beliefs that are Biblically correct but rejected by the ever-so-enlightened secular opinion leaders who find those vices to be acceptable.

Which leads to the response by the organized homosexualist lobby at GLAAD.

GLAAD was quick to criticize Robertson for his comments.

"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," said GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz. "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

TRANSLATION: Fire Phil because of his religious beliefs.

But wait isnt firing Americans because of their religious beliefs illegal? Yeah, it is there is a provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that reads as follows:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer - to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;

In other words, any action by A&E to fire Phil Robertson or to somehow discipline for expressing what is unquestionably a religious view would constitute a violation of federal anti-discrimination law. In other words, an organization that claims that it is a civil rights organization is demanding that an employer violate the civil rights of its employees.

By the way since when did the folks at GLAAD become the arbiters of what is and is not a proper belief for a true Christian to hold? Seems to me that the Christophobic homosexualists at GLAAD need to spend a little time actually reading the Bible. Who knows they might even get a little Jesus in their hearts and quit promoting that which the Bible labels as sin.





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December 17, 2013

This Opens A Whole New Can Of Worms

This presents a real conundrum.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a legal opinion last week confirming that the state does not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, allowing a man married to another man to come to North Dakota and marry a woman without divorcing his husband.

While many wildly speculated that the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy, they probably never thought it would be like this. Presented with a legal hypothetical, Attorney General Stenehjem answered three questions: whether someone in a same-sex marriage in another state can also receive a marriage license to someone of the opposite sex in North Dakota, whether they can file legal documents as "Single" when they possess a same-sex marriage license in another state, and whether this would open the individual up for prosecution under another state's bigamy laws. The Attorney General's response can be read in full PDF form here.

The answer to all these questions, essentially, is that a person can legally possess two marriage licenses in North Dakota, because a same-sex marriage license is not recognized. The Attorney General did not comment on whether such a situation would lead to a bigamy charge in another state, suggesting it was "inappropriate" to comment on laws outside of North Dakota.

Ultimately, this is going to result in one of two things, if not both.

1) If a state refuses to recognize a marriage from another state and issues marriage licenses to those married in other states to enter into a marriage with a different partner, we will have had the de facto legalization of polygamy in this country in a fashion quite different than envisioned in the ruling I wrote on yesterday.

2) If states refuse to grant marriage licenses to those who have a same sex marriage from another state that is not legally recognized under an statute or constitutional provision banning recognition of same sex marriages, then the result is the de facto recognition of same sex marriage by the states that de jure reject such recognition.

In the end, the result will be that federal courts will have to resolve the matter and impose a solution on all 50 states and the federal government. Will it be mandatory same sex marriage recognition? Or will it be a federal rejection of same sex marriage? Or, perhaps, will it be a recognition of polyamorous marital combinations?

Regardless, this demonstrates the correctness of those who objected to the legal recognition of same sex relationships as marriages -- it cannot be left to every state to decide on its own.





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A Dozen Candidates In Congressional District 36 GOP Primary

Steve Stockmans withdrawal from the CD 36 race to mount a quixotic challenge to Senator John Cornyn has resulted in an interesting primary dynamic for the GOP this March.

Ben Streusand and John Manlove, both of Houston, Robin Riley and Jim Engstrand, both of Seabrook, and Pat Kasprzak of Crosby filed for the seat on Monday. Riley is a former Seabrook mayor. One other Republican, Brian Babin, a dentist and former mayor of Woodville, also took advantage of the deadline extension, filing on Friday. They joined six Republicans who had filed for the seat before the original deadline: Nassau Bay City Councilman John Amdur; Doug Centilli, a longtime chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands; former Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald; Lumberton lawyer Charles "Chuck" Meyer; former Seabrook City Councilman Kim Morrell; and insurance agent Dave Norman.

Yep, you read that right we have a dozen candidates in the primary, which means that we could be facing a runoff between candidates who garner as little as 10% of the vote in March. Lets try to group this bunch to make the race comprehensible.

CURRENT AND PAST OFFICEHOLDERS John Amdur (city council, Nassau Bay), Brian Babin (former mayor, Woodville), Phil Fitzgerald (former county judge, Liberty County), John Manlove (former mayor, Pasadena), Kim Morrell (former city council, Seabrook), Robin Riley (former mayor, Seabrook)

GRASROOTS ACTIVISTS Jim Engstrand, Chuck Meyer, Dave Norman

SURROGATES Doug Centilli, Ben Streusand

NEWCOMER Pat Kasprzak

Now I find a couple of these things interesting from a personal perspective. I share a zip code with four of these candidates, given that Engstrand, Morrell, Norman and Riley are all Seabrook residents. I share an employer with Kasprzak, who is a well-respected colleague in the district where I teach. Ive gotten to know Chuck Meyers over the years via the internet and social media and have come to respect him during that time. As a result, Im interested in their candidacies based upon the connections.

There are some candidates that Im immediately unhappy to see in the race. Doug Centilli is clearly a surrogate for Congressman Kevin Brady who is being foisted upon us as the inside the beltway choice. Ben Streusand hosts a show on Dan Patricks KSEV radio and looks to be the choice of the man who wants to be the Huey Long of the Houston area. I was unimpressed with Morrell when he garnered a mere 3.4% of the vote for this seat two years ago, and nothing has changed in that time to improve my assessment of him. As for Engstrand, he carpet-bagged into the district after losing a congressional primary in Minnesota in 2010 and then took 9.4% of the vote in his bid for the CD 36 seat in the crowded GOP field in 2012. And lets not forget that Fitzgeralds campaign slogan is likely to be Vote for Phil The Feds Dropped The Charges! My initial take on the race is that the people of CD 36 would be better served if these five were not running at all.

On the other hand, that leaves us with seven candidates who are at least worth a look, a group that includes a variety of experience and points of view. Whether you are looking for successful political leaders, grassroots activists, or even a novice candidate who brings something new to the race, you will find it in the remaining candidates.

And for the record -- I'll be keeping a close eye on this race.





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Treason Is Just All Right With Them

Dems are looking to end the death penalty for traitors and other scumbags as well.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and seven other Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of imposing the death penalty for a range of federal offenses, including several categories of murder and crimes against the government like treason and espionage.

The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act, H.R. 3741, would end the death penalty for assassination or kidnapping that results in the death of the president or vice president, and also ends it for the murder of a member of Congress.
Under the bill, the death penalty could no longer be used to punish people for using a weapon of mass destruction, or murder done via torture, child abuse, war crimes, aircraft hijackings, sexual abuse, bank robberies or the willful wrecking of a train.

Using chemical or biological materials to kill could also no longer result in the death penalty, nor could deaths related to treason or espionage. The death or injury of an unborn child could not result in the death penalty either.

Death of state or local law enforcement officials, using the mail to kill, kidnapping and killing people to stop them from testifying could no longer lead to the death penalty, nor could the use of firearms or armor piercing ammunition during any crime of violence.

Remember the names and the party -- Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Jos Serrano (D-N.Y.). These members of the House Treason Caucus are unworthy of holding office in this country.





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December 16, 2013

About That Polygamy Decision

As predicted by the likes of Antonin Scalia and Rick Santorum, the slope America has been on since Lawrence v. Texas is certainly slippery.

A U.S. District Court judge has sided with the polgyamous Brown family, ruling that key parts of Utahs polygamy laws are unconstitutional.

Judge Clark Waddoups 91-page ruling, issued Friday, sets a new legal precedent in Utah, effectively decriminalizing polygamy.

It is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by the family of Kody Brown, who became famous while starring in cable TV channel TLCs reality series Sister Wives. The show entered a fourth season at the end of the summer.

Waddoups ruling attacks the parts of Utahs law making cohabitation illegal. In the introduction, Waddoups says the phrase or cohabits with another person is a violation of both the First and 14th amendments.

Now on its face, this decision is correct. If government cannot criminalize gay sex and cannot criminalize adultery and cannot otherwise criminalize sexual relations between consenting adults, there really is no basis for allowing it to criminalize who people claiming to be in a committed marital relationship while one of them is in a legally recognized marriage with another party.

But the grounds justifying this decision come straight from Lawrence v. Texas, notes Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection.

The Court (at page 74) relied heavily on the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling in Lawrence v. Texas (outlawing an anti-Sodomy law):

Consensual sexual privacy is the touchstone of the rational basis review analysis in this case, as in Lawrence. The court believes that Plaintiffs are correct in their argument that, in prohibiting cohabitation under the Statute, it is, of course, the state that has equated private sexual conduct with marriage. (Pls. Opp. to Def.s Mot. Summ. J. 25 [Dkt. No. 72].) That is, in the case of people who have not even claimed to be legally marriedare not making any claim to legal recognition of their unions or the network of laws surrounding the institution of marriage[i]t is the state that is treating the relationship as a form of marriage and prosecuting on that basis. (Id.) As such, this, in effect, criminalizes the private consensual relations of adults. (Id.)


And as Jacobson notes, this is exactly what Justice Scalia warned about in his dissent ten years ago. And I'll note that this is the same sort of thing that Senator Rick Santorum predicted at the time as well.

If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.

I recall, as a kid in the mid-1970s, reading an article in Time Magazine about the gay rights movement and how the goal was to be left alone. Twenty years ago, ans the first court ruling requiring civil unions were made, we were assured that it would never lead to gay marriage -- until another court ruling (and a series that followed) brought that into being, to the point that it is likely to be imposed upon the United States despite the desires and beliefs of the American people. So is it any wonder that I look at this ruling and find myself speculating that there will be legal sanction for polyamorous marriages in my lifetime because of the path we have set out upon this ruling?





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GayPatriot Blogger "V theK" Makes Quite A Point On School Fashion

Why do we allow students to wear clothes expressing support for these murderous regimes?

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While we disallow clothing glorifying these political ideas?

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Must be because the Left has been able to make support for Communism somehow legitimate while ideologies they oppose are beyond the pale.

The question gets asked because of this story -- which has to do with something other than clothing.





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Extreme Hypocrisy From Death Threat Democrat

Houston just had city council elections, and Councilwoman Helena Brown lost by a handful of votes to the incumbent she beat two years ago. Brown has been a particular target of left wing bloggers here in the Houston area because not only is she a Republican, and a conservative one at that, she is an unabashed Tea Party activist. There's been lots of high-fiving on the liberal blogs locally -- including on the website I call Bay Area Hatemonger. Here's a part of what the blogger over there had to say.

Brown's two year teabag temper tantrum highlighted with more NO votes to last a lifetime should be a reminder to every sane individual that this is not the way you govern. You should be able to debate fiercely for your position yet be able, and willing, to have lunch with the person(s) you debated. Brown wasn't politically intelligent to do this, instead she acted like a two bit blogger trying to get a dig in and laughing like a teenaged skateboarder on dope. She is gone. Hopefully we have learned a lesson.

Sounds reasonable, no? But consider the source, former State Democrat Executive Committee member John Cobarruvias.

Does that name sound familiar to you?

It should.

Here's what passed for reason, sanity, and intelligence from Coby a year ago, in the wake of the Newtown shooting.


Yeah, that's right -- he was not able to "debate fiercely for [his] position" and then "be able, and willing, to have lunch with the person(s) [he] debated". He called for the murder of those who he disagreed with and stated that they needed to be wiped from the face of the earth. But that's no surprise -- this is the same guy who got a 180 day suspension from his NASA job because of his illegal political activity on the government dime and who sought to take food and toys away from poor kids because the donors were Republicans. So maybe it is Coby, not Brown, who "act[s] like a two bit blogger trying to get a dig in and laugh[s] like a teenaged skateboarder on dope."





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December 15, 2013

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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December 13, 2013

An Unfortunate Choice Of Words

Molly Ball over at the Atlantic may have a point that Boehner took charge and this what is different about this round of the Establishment/Tea Party conflict and earlier ones but her word choice at times leaves something to be desired.

Republican lawmakers were sick of being at the mercy of outside agitators whose demands they viewed as increasingly impossible.

Outside agitators?

Really?

When have we heard that phrase before?

Oh yeah back in the 1950s and 1960s, in the mouths of the likes of George Wallace.

White and colored have lived together in the South for generations in peace and equanimity. They each prefer their own pattern of society, their own churches and their own schoolswhich history and experience have proven are best for best for both races. (As stated before, outside agitators have created any major friction occurring between the races.) This is true and applies to other areas as well. People who move to the south from sections where there is not a large negro population soon realize and are most outspoken in favor of our customs once they learn for themselves that our design for living is the best for all concerned.

Does she really mean to cast the Establishment as the corrupt, malignant force represented by Wallace and the segregationist forces of the civil rights era? If so, count me among the outside agitators who dares to question the status quo.





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December 12, 2013

ESPN Declares That Holiday Ads Cannot Mention "False Gods"

So references to Jesus and God in an ad from a Catholic hospital got it rejected by the sports network.

ESPN has reportedly rejected a Christmas commercial from a St. Louis area Catholic hospital because the network found the mention of "Jesus" in the ad to be "problematic."

Bill O'Reilly, the host of Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, said on Wednesday that an ad from the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation was turned down by ESPN even though it is run on other networks in the area.

The commercial mentions that thousands of people in the community send "messages of hope to sick and injured children who may not be able to come home for the holidays."

"At... Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents, and families that we serve," an announcer says in the ad before mentioning that the hospital's patients are "filled with hope" because they receive daily messages from the "treasure chest" beneath its "tree of hope."

The ad concludes by asking viewers to "help us reveal God's healing presence this Christmas. Send your message of hope at Glennon.org."

ESPN reportedly found "we celebrate the birth of Jesus" and "help us reveal God's healing presence this Christmas" to be "problematic."

Of course, the network gladly accepts ads pushing the gifts of the One True God Barack Obama.

"Now, for the first time, you can be covered -- with a quality health plan from the new health insurance marketplace, part of the health care law," says the male announcer.

"It's where brand name companies offer plans you can compare side by side. And it's the place to get lower monthly payments. ... So if you have an accident, get sick, or just need a check-up. Enroll now at the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov."

This ad ran on ESPN.

Given the channel and given the nature of the ad, it seems pretty clear the ad was meant specifically to encourage young folks to sign up. Which would make sense, since the Obamacare marketplace needs a fair number of young (that is, healthy) people to balance the risk.

The ad is presumably sponsored by you, the taxpayer, via the Health and Human Services Department.

So no God and no Jesus on ESPN, but ObamaCare for all!

After all Barry Hussein is the Reason for the Season! There shall be no false gods before him not even the one worshiped by the overwhelming majority of Americans.





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Obama Administration Declares Plan To Continue Illegal, Unconstitutional Amnesty For Illegal Aliens

After all, hes the king and he can ignore any law he wants.

President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muoz, White House director of domestic policy.

As long as this president is president youre going to be able to renew your deferred action, Muoz told one illegal immigrant 23 minutes into an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype.

So far, Obamas deputies have granted the two-year Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty to at least 567,563 illegals aged between 15 and 31, giving them the right to get jobs in every state, get drivers licenses in some states, to enroll in school and to receive government aid. Only 21,162 illegals have been rejected. Roughly 11 million illegals are living in the United States.

So break the law all you want, jumping the border and bringing your kids here. Obama wont do anything to stop you and will give you all sorts of benefits for breaking the law.





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Next Time Democrats Complain Of Republican Gerrymandering, Remind Them Of These Facts

The reason that there are so many more GOP districts is because of the nature of the Democrats key constituencies, not Republican efforts to disenfranchise them.

In fact, the Republicans strong position in the House is a surprising consequence of Obamas electoral coalition. No victorious presidential candidate has depended so heavily on the support of urbanites and nonwhite voters. These are bad voters for the House of Representatives: that is, it is very difficult to parcel out urban voters, clustered within cities, across many districts. By contrast, suburban and rural voters, who more often vote Republican, are more spread out and can be distributed across districts so as to maximize a partys vote. Thus, Democrats regularly win with 80 percent or more of the vote in urban districts, while Republicans win with 65 percent in rural and suburban districts. This means that a larger share of the Democratic vote is wasted.

This effect is multiplied by the influence of the nonwhite vote. In 1982 liberal Democrats sponsored amendments to the Voting Rights Act that require state governments to create minority-majority districts whenever possible. This makes it all the more difficult to disperse the Democratic vote. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina all have large African-American populations, and the states are legally required to cluster them, producing heavily Democratic districts, rather than spreading them out across swing districts. Ditto Texas, where the Hispanic population is usually concentrated in a handful of south Texas districts, rather than distributed in such a way as to make more seats winnable for Democrats.

When there is a demand to concentrate minority groups that vote overwhelmingly Democrat into districts to ensure that they can elect representatives of their own race, you guarantee that the neighboring districts will be significantly more Republican because of the removal of those minority voters from them. And given that these Democrat voting blocs are already concentrated while Republican voters are more evenly spread throughout the country, you will see Republicans take the lions share of the remaining districts. It is a matter of demography and geography.





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ObamaCare Cancellation Strikes Critically Ill Conservative Blogger

Im praying for Gateway Pundits Jim Hoft, who nearly lost his life over the summer.

In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee.

Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended up lasting twelve. My heart was severely damaged. Dr. Lee later told me the surgery was one of the most difficult of his career. He also said I only had a few days to live without the surgery.
Thanks to the excellent insurance I carried I was able to receive life-saving medical treatment at St. Louis University.

This week I found out I am going to lose my insurance. The company that carried me is leaving the Missouri market. I will have to find something else.

I am one of the millions who will be looking for new insurance. God willing, I will be able to keep my doctors at St. Louis University. I trust them. They saved my life. Please pray for me and the millions of working Americans who are going through this same ordeal.

Why is our government doing this to us?

Jim has been an online friend for most of the decade I have been blogging. Ive not linked to him as much nor he to me in recent years as our interests have somewhat diverged, but he is one of those bloggers who I deeply admire.
Jim is a middle class guy, and he will likely be unable to access the special care he needs under ObamaCare, just as we here in Houston have discovered that a great many Americans will be unable to access the fine cancer care of our citys M.D. Anderson Cancer Center under most policies offered under the presidents failed healthcare law.

Interestingly enough, the rich and privileged folks like Joe Bidens son Beau will be able to do go to places like M.D. Anderson or St. Louis University Hospital with no problem whatsoever. I certainly did not begrudge they younger Biden the care he got down here in Houston recently, but his father and his fathers boss apparently dont want the rest of us to be able to have such access.

Think about that for a minute and remember it when you vote.





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Why I Oppose The Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

It is right here.

Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOPs ability to block tax increases in future years.

The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats budget that voids senators ability to raise a budget point of order against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases.

The process is quite complicated, but in practice it grants Harry Reid the authority to send tax increases to the House with a bare majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that would be required under a point of order.

Harry Reid has already managed to limit the ability of Republicans in the Senate to use the prerogatives traditionally granted the minority party. We cannot stand by and agree to allow him to further limit the Senate GOP. Shame on the House GOP for passing this atrocity.

Besides, the sequester cuts agreed to two years ago are the law of the land, signed by Barack Obama it would be racist to seek to overturn them, just like it would be to repeal ObamaCare, right?.





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Dems Demand From Possible Senate Candidate Records Obama Has Never Disclosed

They know that Scott Brown is a threat.

New Hampshire Democrats want Scott Brown to release his client list.
The state party is calling on the former Massachusetts senator, a Republican who is mulling a bid against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, to disclose all of his clients at the Nixon Peabody law firm. They are backing up their demand with a petition, promoted by online ads.

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The liberal super PAC American Bridge has even had a tracker following Brown at public appearances in the state.

Before Scott Brown once again slinks across the border trying to pass himself off as a Granite Stater, Kirstein says in the forthcoming release, he should come clean by disclosing a list of the clients he has been advising immediately.

Odd Barack Obama has never, ever released a list of his clients from his days as an attorney.

Scott should show his client list immediately after Obama releases his.





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Is Grayson Planning On Establishing A Congressional Freak Caucus?

I mean, this is weird.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) has had some weird and offensive fundraising emails before. But his new friends with benefits plea is probably his creepiest.

On Wednesday morning, the Florida Democrat sent out an email with the subject line TODAY ONLY: Friends With Benefits. Inside, it detailed how Graysons sustainers people who donate small amounts to his re-election campaign on a monthly basis will now be dubbed friends with benefits.

OMG!

Did no one consider what the term means when this letter was being edited?

H/T Malkin





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Update On The Cruz Coloring Book

They've done a coloring book on my state's junior senator -- you've got to love his response.

Recently a story made the rounds concerning a coloring book about Senator Ted Cruz published by the Really Big Coloring Book company.  While the company didnt work with Senator Cruz or his staff on the project, and have previously printed political comic books, that didnt stop political adversaries of Cruz from associating him with the book.

Today, Senator Cruz chose to respond to the controversy by issuing the following statement:

We hope all who enjoy the book color it in bright bold colors, and not pale pastels, just as Ronald Reagan would have wanted.

Interestingly, the coloring book is on its third printing in six days and is selling very well.

I'm curious -- since the Left is objecting to a coloring book about an ethnic minority, are they racist?





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More Left-Wing Racism

And particularly stupid racism at that.

Two decades later, America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Isnt it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?

Yes, it is. And so I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.

Thats right: a penguin.

Oh puhleeeeeez!

Replace Santa with a penguin?

Ive got a better idea lets place Obama with a penguin.

After all, the penguin would be better qualified and more successful than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Something that cannot be said about the relative merits of flightless aquatic fowl vs. those of St. Nick.





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December 10, 2013

George Washington's Secret Six -- A Review

I'll admit it -- I was skeptical. Any time I see a historical work written by a media personality, I have some doubts that enter my mind. Is the research rigorous? Is the POV ideological? is the writing any good? And so when I got an email offering me the opportunity to review George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade and best-selling author Don Yeager, I wasn't sure what to expect. But as the son of a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and a fan of thrillers by the likes of Tom Clancy, Ben Coes, and Daniel Silva, I decided to take the plunge.

Am I ever glad that I did.

Quite honestly, I loved the book.

After all, consider the situation after the Continental Army was forced to concede New York tot he British. Information was hard to come by. Nathan Hale was captured and executed as a spy. How was Washington to get information about troop strength and movement by the enemy? It fell to an unlikely group of civilians of various social classes and backgrounds -- including one woman -- to gather together observations and gossip to be passed on to Patriots. Known as the Culper Spy Ring, they were remarkably successful in carrying out their dangerous activities. Some were chased, others shot at, and one even captured (likely dying in captivity) over the course of six years. These amateurs used methods not dissimilar to the sort of tradecraft used by field agents of various intelligence agencies around the world -- and the methods used over two centuries ago by Washington's spies are still studied today by CIA agents. So successful were the Culpers that Washington had to see to their protection when at last the Continental Army returned to New York at the conclusion of the Revolution -- after all, some of them were known to be ardent Tories and were likely targets of revenge by their Patriot neighbors.

The book itself has its genesis in Kilmeade's youthful fascination with the Culper Spy Ring, which supplied George Washington with intelligence from New York in the years after the Continental Army lost the city to the British. As an adult, Kilmeade decided to share that fascination with the rest of the world in the form of a book that is scholarly enough to be accurate and breezy enough to be readable. Forget that Kilmeade is a television personality -- this is a guy sharing his knowledge about a topic he loves. I'd therefore categorize it as a "popular history". There are certainly books that go deeper into the history of the Culpers than Kilmeade does, but they are unlikely to ever get the audience this book will -- but may just end up steering readers to the more scholarly works. But even if it does not send every reader into a frenzy of academic research, George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution is a great story -- which might explain why my county library system has over 300 requests for it before it is even on the shelf. As for me, I'll be recommending the book to some of my students as one that they will learn from and enjoy.






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Couldn't Happen To A Nastier 1%-er

Congressman Alan Grayson is an arrogant racist who spews hate at anyone who dares disagree with him -- and especially at uppity minority conservatives who don't know their place on the Democrat plantation. He preaches against the wealthy while living the 1%-er lifestyle using his ill-gotten wealth.

So this makes me quite happy.

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida lost $18 million in a scheme that cheated him and about 120 other investors out of more than $35 million, according to court papers.

The Virginia man who ran the scheme, William Dean Chapman, was sentenced Friday in federal court to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors say Chapman used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a $3 million home.

In most of the court papers, Graysons identity is protected prosecutors say only that an elected official with the initials A.G. was the primary victim but documents twice mention Grayson by name. The Democratic congressman on Monday confirmed he is the A.G. mentioned in the documents.

Nothing in the court papers suggests Grayson was anything but a victim of the scheme. Grayson, a former trial attorney, said he has had a long record for picking winning stocks, which formed the basis for his personal fortune.

The scheme worked like this: clients would turn over their stocks to Chapman as collateral for a loan, and Chapman would let customers borrow about 90 percent of the stocks value.

Here's hoping that Grayson is the victim of many more such scams, until he learns how real Americans live -- and what real Americans believe.





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It Wasn't Just A Handshake

Come on -- surely you see it.

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It is something Obama has done before.

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It is another bow, just like this one.

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Somebody needs to explain to Obama that American leaders don't bow to foreign leaders.





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A Law We Don't Need

I'm offended that it is Republicans trying to get this one passed.

Political momentum to keep a ban on cellphone calls during flights gained momentum Monday as lawmakers said it would be crazy to allow them.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) became the second lawmaker after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to offer legislation to keep the ban in place.

Lets face it, airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded, and confined, said Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For those few hours in the air with 150 other people, its just common sense that we all keep our personal lives to ourselves and stay off the phone.

The bills follow a flood of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, which announced last month that it would look into ending the ban.

If they really believe this, they should ban the use of cell phones on buses, trains, and other public conveyances, too -- and in public places like restaurants, malls, movie theaters, etc. But they won't -- so why do it on planes?

Besides, there was phone service on planes for year through those Airfone things on the back of seats. No one ever objected -- why legislate now?





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December 09, 2013

Big News In Texas Congressional District 36

Steve Stockman is NOT seeking reelection. He is instead running against John Cornyn.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, will not run for reelection. Instead, he is challenging U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican primary for Cornyns seat.

Stockmans candidacy gives Cornyn the Tea Party challenge he had long sought to avoid in a state where the GOP electorate has moved sharply to the right.

Stockmans campaign has been dogged by debt and controversy. He recently dismissed two congressional staffers, including his current campaign treasurer, after they admitted to making prohibited contributions to his campaign, initially reporting them under the names of relatives.

An aide to Stockman walked into the Texas Republican Party headquarters in Austin at about 5:45 p.m. 15 minutes before the filing deadline and withdrew Stockmans filing for his congressional seat, then filed a new application for him as a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, said Spencer Yeldell, a GOP spokesman. Until then, it was a pretty laid-back day, Yeldell said.

I'm pretty sure that this is Stockman's way of skirting around the ethics questions that have been flying around him these last few weeks. Beating Cornyn is highly unlikely from where I sit -- and I'll say right now that the Senator has my endorsement over my Congressman because I do not believe that Stockman can win a statewide race.

I also know who I'm backing in the race to replace Stockman here in CD 36 -- and I'll be writing more on that in the next day or so.





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Hey Taxpayers! Obama And Company Pissed Away Over 20% Of GM "Investment"

Next time you hear that GM paid back everything the government loaned it, remind folks of these numbers.

The federal government announced today that it has sold the last of its General Motors stock, about 31.1 million shares or 2 percent of the company, ultimately losing about $10.5 billion on the original investment.

The government once owned 912 million shares, or 60.8 percent of GM, which it received in return for the $49.5 billion bailout given to the auto manufacturer during the financial crisis of 200809. GMs stock rose about 1.8 percent, or 73 cents, on the news today.

So much for Obama and company frugally managing your money.





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One Of Those Times I Agree With The Teacher, Not The Student

I wanted to be upset over this story. I mean, the headline made it sound like it was a really outrageous abuse of power by the teacher requiring a student to write that which she did not believe. That isnt what happened, though.

Abigail Cornejo is a Sophomore at Palatine High School in a small town in Illinois who merely wanted to write a paper on the controversial topic of abortion. But her English teacher had something else in mind and told Conejo she couldnt write on the topic and if she did, she would have to write from the pro-abortion perspective.

My English class is doing a controversial issue research paper, Abigail told LifeNews. My English teacher, Mr. David Valentino originally told the class we may not do abortion, euthanasia, or legalization of marijuana. I asked why we couldnt do infanticide, abortion and he replied with, Ive read too many papers on it. I dont care anymore.

There it is the teacher excluded the topic of abortion. I might not agree with that decision or the reason for it, but it is perfectly acceptable for a teacher to put some parameters and limitations on an assignment.

But that wasnt good enough for the student.

She continued: The next day, for my controversial topic I wrote down abortion and he refused to approve my topic. I asked, Why not? You dont even have a good reason. He replied in his Im higher than you and you have to listen to me voice, Its an ethical debate. I dont have to have a reason you arent doing abortion. We quickly argued about it being an ethical debate and then I told him Im still going to do abortion and his reply was, If you write a paper on abortion I will not read it and you will get an F. This is an essential writing assignment and if you get an F you will fail this class and have to retake it in the summer or next year. Its your choice I hope you make the right decision.

At this point, Abigail was being a brat. She knew what the parameters of the assignment were, she knew that the topic she wanted to write on was excluded from the permissible topic, and she continued to press the issue. Personally, I would been calling the parents right then, explaining that the student was out of line. Good parents would have backed the teacher on the issue of his authority to set the parameters of the assignment.

Ultimately, the exasperated teacher told the student that she could write on the topic of abortion if and only if she wrote from the perspective she opposed. I cant say I would have done that but I cant say that it is an inappropriate pedagogical tool, since it would require the student to look at a controversial issue from a point of view that she does not ordinarily give much weight to. The goal, I think, was to get the student to drop her demand to do a topic that was expressly not permitted under the terms of the assignment which, in the end, she did. Not that this stopped the students bratty behavior, as is evident by her words in the article. Shes clearly still a brat who thinks she is in charge of the class rather than the teacher and her parents apparently have seen fit to coddle and encourage her bratty behavior.

Mind you, I would not have excluded the topic of abortion from the acceptable topics. Indeed, I gave such an assignment during my days teaching English and the student who earned the highest grade was one who wrote a superb paper from a pro-choice perspective which earned the highest grade in the class despite taking a position that I found morally reprehensible. But as both an English and Social Studies teacher (on both the high school and college levels) I have imposed limits on topic or rejected proposed topics submitted by students. That is my prerogative as a teacher, and is equally the prerogative David Valentino. That any adult would think differently is shocking.





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Lefties Freak Out Over Ted Cruz Coloring Book

Because it is child abuse or brain washing or something.

Are you a new parent terrified that the liberal media will turn your child into an Obama supporter? Or do you just need something to entertain your kids during those long drives to Tea Party rallies? If so, then a brand new coloring book is just the thing for your family! The Ted Cruz to the Future Comic Coloring Activity Book is a non-partisan, fact-driven view of how Texas Sen. Rafael Edward Ted Cruz became a U.S. senator and details, through his quotes and public information his ideas for what he believes will help America grow, according to its publisher Really Big Coloring Books.

On the other hand, Im sure the folks over ThinkProgress were thrilled with this coloring book and this one and this one and this one, too!

Because after all, everyone must love Dear Leader Barack especially the children.



By the way -- the same company that produced the Cruz coloring book also has one on Barack Obama. They also have books on both of the major political parties, the Tea Party and the Occupy movement. I guess that presenting all sides is a bad thing in the eyes of the Left.





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MSNBC Hack Declares Word ObamaCare To Be Racist But Used It Herself

Typical liberal hypocrisy. Melissa Harris-Perry made this declaration over the weekend.

I want to talk today about a controversial word. It's a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it's indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man. To render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.

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And so he decided, if you can't beat them, you've got to join them. And he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren't expecting -- 'if that's what you want me to be, I'll be that.' Y'all know the word that I'm talking about. Obamacare. That's right! I said it and I'm not ashamed and neither is President Obama. Because he knows that of all his victories over two terms in office his legacy is ultimately going to be remembered for this one single word.

I wonder was the term HillaryCare that was used 20 years ago racist, or at least sexist? Or was it acceptable? Was it racist when Democrats (and some Republicans) referred to RomneyCare during the 2012 presidential campaign? And what about this racist use of ObamaCare just two weeks ago?

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: So Ron (Christie), let me ask, then, particularly you brought up Kasich. So Im wondering will there be an internecine fight around ObamaCare and particularly the Medicaid expansion aspect of it between the Republican governors who made a decision to in fact expand and those who didn't? Because some of them are going to end up likely on one of those big primary stages together in the debates.
So let me ask does her use of the term ObamaCare make Melissa Harris Perry a racist who is putting herself above and apart from a black man like Barack Obama? Or is this the same sort of verbal double standard that we have with the n-word, where the black Harris-Perry is permitted to use the offensive word but its use by a white individual is presumptively racist?



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Doctor Shortage? What Doctor Shortage?

Oh, you mean that doctors will choose not to accept ObamaCare policies?

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate, the head of the state's largest medical association said. It doesn't surprise me that there's a high rate of nonparticipation, said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

As they say, enrollment is not access. You can wait in line, suffer and die just like in the UK.

So expect to see these signs in a doctors office near you in the very near future.

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December 07, 2013

Watcher's Couuncil Results

Here are this weeks results

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December 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela Has Died

Nelson Mandela, a man who showed how perseverance in the face of adversity can bring about freedom for a nation, has died at the age of 95.

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Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years as a prisoner in South Africa for opposing apartheid, then emerged to become his country's first black president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and an enduring symbol of integrity, principle and resilience, died Thursday at 95.

The announcement was made by South African president Jacob Zuma, who said in a nationally televised address," Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss."

I will concede that at one point I would have been quite content to see Mandela end his days in his prison cell. In the early 1960s he was associated with a terrorist organization and the Communist Party, and it was for crimes committed as a part of that activity that led to his imprisonment. But along the way he changed, departing the path of violence and adopting the peaceful methods of men like Ghandi and King.

The man who emerged from the prison cell in 1990 was a very different man from the one who entered it -- and that change contains the very essence of his greatness and historical importance. Rather than choosing to seek vengeance and retribution for the evils of apartheid, Mandela led his nation in a peaceful transition to a majority-ruled democracy. Eschewing the paths of his role models Che Guevara and Mao Zedong, he instead brought into being a free nation. I honor and revere that man, and I weep at the news that he is no longer among us.

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The Governing Class has Gotten Rich While We The Taxpayers Have Suffered

Look at what has happened to the income of all Americans, and then look at what has happened to the incomes of those who live in a locality where the major industry is the production of red tape and infringing upon the liberties of the rest of us -- since the Democrats took over Congress.

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And then consider this additional point, made by the guys at Gay Patriot.

Heres something to chew on, Jeff, the difference between the governing class and Americans may be considerably greater than this graph suggests. Bear in mind the vast differences in income in the District itself with many blighted areas in the North- and Southeast quadrants of the city. And if incomes there would be pulling down the overall average, some folks living in Northwest (and the gentrified areas around Capitol Hill) would be earning far more than this graph suggests.

Indeed.





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ACLU Sues Bishops To Make Catholic Hospitals Into Abortuaries

Because little things like free exercise of religion and the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of life must never be permitted to stand in the way of the Lefts Sacrament of Abortion.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against the nations Roman Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion directives to Catholic hospitals hamper proper care of pregnant women in medical distress, leading to medical negligence.

Because, of course, refusing to provide abortions or refer for abortions constitutes an offense to Leftist sensibilities. The proper response, therefore, is to declare the religious teachings and practices of a faith to be medical negligence and override the First Amendment rights of an entire faith tradition!

Now I'll concede that the particular incident that has led to the lawsuit raises some troubling issues. However, my reading of the directives and my studies in Catholic seminary lead me to believe that the directives actually would have permitted (require, actually), at a minimum, a transfer to another hospital for treatment and possibly the delivery of the child even though the likelihood of its survival would be low. That this did not happen reflects less on the directives than on the decisions made by the physician. But a malpractice suit would not allow for a federal judge to overturn the authority of the religious leaders of the largest religious group in America, Bill of Rights be damned.

But remember, my fellow Americans, this is the age of ObamaCare, and if you like your religion you can keep your religion -- if your religion meets the standards set under the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act and the regulations and executive orders that have flowed from the executive branch with no oversight from Congress.





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December 04, 2013

Cuz Youve Gotta Be Drunk To Sign Up

Boozing For ObamaCare!

During today's White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law including plying their customers with cheap booze. "If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don't have it."

And just a reminder that this is the all about me presidency, theres this.

"[The] bottom line is that I'm going to need you, the country needs you," Obama said, reminding them that their friends and peers might not know the benefits of Obamacare.

Because whats good for Barry always comes before the good of the country and he has his legacy riding on this broken health care scam.





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NYC Pol Justifies Knockout Game Based Upon Based Upon Black Anti-Semitism

So it is somehow understandable for blacks to assault random Jews in a neighborhood because there are too many Jews in the neighborhood and they are afraid they will act too "Jewy".

Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent Crown Heights starting in January, released an open letter Tuesday saying that many of her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growth of the neighborhood's Jewish community and she fears the tension could be spiking the recent violence.

"Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes," Cumbo wrote in the 1,200-word letter, which was emailed to supporters and posted on her Facebook page.

"I respect and appreciate the Jewish communitys family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains. While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success."

For all her talk of respect, her letter clearly puts the blame on the Jewish community for daring to grow and to be successful. But then again, what do you expect from a liberal politician rhetoric that holds the violent youth of a minority community responsible for their own lawless behavior? Nah, that will never happen.





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Wendy Davis Charity Does Not Begin At Home

It begins with your tax dollars.

Davis adjusted gross income rose from $130,931 in 2010 to $235,428 in 2011 and $284,183 last year. She made roughly $12,000 to $14,000 a year from capital gains, mostly from the sale of mutual funds.

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Davis has made relatively modest contributions to charity. In 2010 she reported giving $2,700. She gave $515 in 2011 and $950 in 2012, the tax returns show.

By my calculations that is .64%. No, not 64% and not 6.4%. That is ZERO POINT SIX FOUR PERCENT. Just incredible.

Tell you what, Wendy talk to me about being compassionate to the less fortunate when you give more to help them -- in total dollars and percentage of income than I do.





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Wanna Bet They Support Abortion?

Just amazing that there are people who want to give animals more rights than our laws give some members of the human species.

Should a captive chimpanzee have the same rights as a "legal person"?

That's the debate set to unfold after an activist group filed lawsuits on behalf of four chimpanzees, asking the New York Supreme Court to grant them the "right to bodily liberty."

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Even if the chimpanzees don't understand what a lawsuit is, they benefit from being directly represented, she said.

"We see that in children. They can be removed from an abusive home and be protected, even though the child might not be able to formulate those desires and the issues represented in the court of law," Tischler told CNN.

Get back with me when the courts recognize Unborn Baby Doe as being a legal person with a right to life and then we can talk about this one.





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Just Imagine If The Genders Were Reversed

It would be an open and shut case of gender discrimination.

The co-CEO of Archie Comics' says she couldnt have discriminated against her underlings - because theyre white men.

In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit's lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys arent members of a protected class.

The embattled co-CEO's filing also mocked the five employees claim that shed used her gender as a weapon by yelling Penis! Penis! Penis! during a business meeting.

Plaintiffs fail to allege that any such comments were directed at any of the plaintiffs in particular, or they could cause extreme emotional distress even if they had been, her court filings say.

This goes to the heart of the problem we have with the notion that some but not all Americans have special protections under the laws. Why should it be legal for a woman to sexually harass a man? Why shouldnt whites have the same rights under the laws as blacks you know, equal protection of the law? And what would happen to a CEO who referred to female employees as Vagina (or worse) in the workplace rather than by their names?

I think those questions answer themselves, dont you?





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December 01, 2013

Watcher's Council Results

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