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The OWS movement wants us to believe that the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. The 1%, they tell us, is getting much richer. Then they show us pre-tax data.
Since it is April 15th, let’s look at post tax data. When we look at post tax incomes, and realize that the top 1% pay huge amounts of taxes and, furthermore, realize that the poor get tax refunds even if they pay no taxes, things look different.
What we learn is that the only group that had incomes shrink between 2000 and 2010 was the 1%. The bottom 20% saw the largest growth in income.
Happy April 15th, y’all.
The question is nonsense so any answer is correct. That is the beauty of the question. The Obama Administration knows this.
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.
An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
Jay Carney, October 12, 2015: “We know that the ACA is a success because census figures show that a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half and it takes a one-legged grasshopper 6.8 minutes to kick all the seeds out of a dill pickle. Based on the ratio of new insurance policies sold to the number of bricks in a medium sized dog house, the number of uninsured dropped a dollar three twelve percent. This represents an historic success. ”
Argue with that logic!
In about 40 seconds.
The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.
The nonpartisan budget office’s report, an update to projections from February, shows the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs. The news might come as welcome to Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the White House who are struggling to defend the law in an election year.
Yes, we should feel terrible. It is $1.383 trillion rather than $1.483 trillion and remember, $1,383,000,000,000.00 is absolutely, positively not “one dime”.
Staying up late so you don’t have to: Blood Moon over Iowa.
The star is Spica It’s is a blue giant and a variable star located 260 light years from Earth. I liked it in the photo because its blue-white color shows the moon is truly red and not just filtered red through clouds or fog.
Tuesday is the final day New Yorkers who own semi-automatic weapons have to register those guns after the state passed a new law classifying them as “assault weapons.”
But as this deadline, coinciding with tax day, approaches, the New York State Police are not releasing the number of people who have registered their weapons, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – who pushed the law – said he doesn’t know, the Associated Press reported.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid hasn’t been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says “it’s not over.”
Reid tells News4′s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.
Here is what I don’t know: Is Cliven Bundy justified in his actions or just another whackadoo demanding what ain’t his? I have tried to know the answer, but it isn’t forthcoming. My objective analysis is that he is deep in arrears in his grazing fees.
His argument is that not paying is a form of protest. The BLM, he argues, was in the process of raising his fees until cattle ranching was no longer profitable and he was bankrupt. To use the vernacular of Barack Obama on coal fired power plants: “Grazing fees would necessarily skyrocket. If you want to graze cattle you can, but you will go bankrupt.”
He doesn’t want to go bankrupt so he isn’t paying the fees. He thinks he has some kind of an easement that guarantees him reasonable rates. Does he? Beats the hell out of me. I don’t know if Bundy is a victim of the all-powerful state, a squatter or both. I suspect both.
Here is what I do know. Sending commandos to deal with every damned situation is not the behavior of the government of a free country. Thinking back to 1992, they didn’t have to raid the Koresh compound in Waco. They could have picked up the whack job leader during one of his frequent trips to Dairy Queen. They don’t have to send an army of steely eyed commandos drooling for a kill to Nevada either. If they want to arrest Bundy when he is at Pizza Hut, let them arrest him and let a judge deal with the consequences.
What absolutely, positively should not be happening is the deployment of commando wannabes, snipers, helicopters and armored vehicles to deal with one family who has done nothing violent and made no violent threats. That isn’t how it works in a free country. That is how it works in a police state.
Don’t be ridiculous. Hypocrisy is nothing to the left.
So in the wake of the Mozilla/Brendan Eich kerfuffle? When push comes to shove on business executives who give money in the name of what leftist gay activists are calling homophobia? Forced to choose between a powerful liberal media insider — aka the Rick Santorum-supporting NBC/Universal Chief Executive Stephen Burke (a $2,000 contribution to Santorum’s losing Senate re-election bid) — and gays? The liberal media fell suddenly silent.
Whatever happened to MSNBC’s famously gay hosts Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts? And MSNBC reporter and Brendan Eich critic Adam Serwer? Or Media Matters and its gay leader David Brock? America Blogs gay activist John Aravosis? Or Michelangelo Signorile, the editor-at-large of Huffington Post’s Gay Voices. Or Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment? And, yes, where is Tina Fey?
It’s was the first really nice, warm day this year here in the upper Midwest. Spring is in the air. You know what that means.
At least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in as many hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday.
Officers responded to at least 27 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
Late Sunday, police announced charges in one of the killings.
Progressive redistribution makes black people poorer. Government programs for blacks make black people poorer. Leftist social polices make black people poorer. Leftism is the quintessential good intention that paves the road to hell while making you feel oh-so-good about yourself.
See, leftists think when government gives money to people, it’s a form of charity. It’s not. Charity ennobles the willing giver and creates responsibility in the receiver. When government confiscates one man’s wealth to give it to another, that’s a subsidy. Subsidy increases the thing subsidized. Always. Every time. Everywhere. Subsidize poverty, you get more poverty. Subsidize illegitimacy, you get more illegitimacy. Subsidize black victimhood, guess what? More black victimhood.
Blacks are poorer in leftist cities because of leftism. End of story.
This is so obvious it is glaring. Yet it is still difficult for me during Holy Week. We are called upon to feed the poor, to clothe the naked and care for the sick. Compassion for our fellow man demands it, right?
I notice that in the Gospel, whenever Christ ministers to the sick, the naked, the hungry or to the morally corrupt, they are grateful and become changed. He is able to minister to both their physical and spiritual poverty.
I also notice, based on personal experience, that providing for the physical needs of people without tending to their spiritual poverty usually doesn’t result in people being grateful and changed. It usually results in them developing a sense of entitlement and an expectation that they continue to receive funding so they can use it to subsidize whatever self destructive behavior resulted in their being sick, naked, hungry or morally corrupt in the first place.
I know of no place in scripture where Christ ministers to, say, a prostitute and that prostitute uses the Lord’s gifts to expand her trade and recruit others to join her vocation. Financial support alone results in that sort of thing all the time.
My mother’s church in Florida has been feeding a group of drug addled homeless men for a year. They deliver them food in their camp in the woods along the highway in five gallon buckets with locking lids so the raccoons can’t steal it. My mother says the mission of Saint Vincent de Paui was and is compassion, humility, and generosity. She is to feed the hungry. She is doing it.
I can’t help but feel, however, that she is, in some way, enabling them. She is allowing them to take the path of least resistance and spend their days in the pimento barrens methed out of their minds. I can’t help but think she is helping to create a market for meth, and thus the crime and violence that goes with it. None of these men are getting better. They are just getting fed. Is she ignoring the law of unintended consequences and making for a worse world?
What would Jesus do? Would He feed a band of heathens knowing that they would use the miraculous bread and fishes to advance their campaign to kill God’s people and expand darkness across the land? Would he provide for a prostitute if His support enabled her to recruit other young girls?
Would Christ do as Obama and his ilk do: Fill stomachs and leave souls empty? I think not.
Klaven is right. Subsidy is not charity.
The man who allegedly killed three people when he opened fire outside a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community in a Kansas City suburb Sunday is reportedly a 73-year-old Missouri man with a history of racist and anti-Semitic activity.
A Johnson County (Kan.) jail official told the Associated Press that authorities had identified the suspect in the shooting in Overland Park as Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller.
According to the SPLC, Cross quit high school as a senior to join the Army. In a 20-year Army career he had two tours in Vietnam and 13 years as a member of the elite Green Berets before he was forced to retire because of his Klan affiliation in 1979.
Later he went on to be active in a neo-Nazi group called “The Order” that advocated violence against Blacks and Jews among others, the SPLC said.
He even unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor in 1984 and as a Republican for a state Senate seat in 1987, the SPLC said.
This is where I become conflicted. I still don’t support the death penalty for all of the reasons I have stated. That said, this guy needs to be scrubbed from planet earth, his name erased from all records, all memory of him wiped clean and his filthy ashes flushed down the nearest toilet.
Remember when freedom meant occupying everything?
Yeah, they are sure as hell done with that philosophy. Here is what the occupy loons and their fellow travelers at the Daily Kos are saying about Bundy occupying what his family has occupied for 150 years.
As you read these comments, recall that these people believe that occupying public and private land for whatever purpose they desired was not only justified, it was imperative.
Circle the U.S. Federal wagons (so to speak) and draw it tight. Shoot anyone who steps outside the boundaries (and it is possible to shoot not to kill) and send them all to Gitmo (where traitors reside). No lawyers, no rights, no nothing, do not pass Go, end up in Gitmo.
The Bundy bunch can go back to their bunkers and wait for the attack.
The man needs to be rounded up and taken to jail. Eventually, he will lose and we all know it.
his sense of entitlement is breathtaking anyone who wants to graze or drill or otherwise make money off of public lands should be required to pass drug tests
If something benefits teahadists, even if in doing so harms countless others, then it’s righteously wonderful. If it benefits someone else, then it is an injustice the likes of which the world has never before seen!
Turn it over to the IRS – they can put a lien on everything he owns.
the federal Government can’t walk away from this kind of in your face refusal to recognize their authority over federal lands.
How they imagine they are patriots fighting for America is beyond reason. The federal government is the American government you fuckers are threatening with FIREARMS. That’s TREASON. Damn. The Feds need to use these photos to round these traitors up and put them on trial.
They (govt.) better not capitulate. I don’t care how they do it, IRS bank leins, his freaking cattle, the Army, whatever, but they better not back down, otherwise this is only going to get worse. Worse in the sense that these assholes with guns will show up each and every time something doesn’t suit them.
Anyone who says local control is better For our wildlands is a blatant, you-can-bank-it right wing troll.
So how do you like it when one citizen allows his cattle to come on YOUR property and eat YOUR grass and pee and shit on YOUR land?
I really feel for the average employee in the public land management agencies – especially those who have to deal with the public. The ones who keep the campgrounds clean, who run the reception desks in visitor centers, who repair the trails or are just out there managing the resources.
Federal public land (national parks, national forests, and wilderness) is a progressive pillar, and anyone suggesting otherwise should be banned immediately from this site, as would any anti-choice poster or an anti-gay rights poster.
Nah, I am sure the Occupy movement will be back. These fools are blind to their own wild hypocrisy.
Watch it all. You will be very glad you did. Loved it.
Liberalism is out of ideas, therefore, everything is racist. George Will explains.
I’d say they constantly cry racism because doing so actually creates racial animosity. Sort of a self-fulfilling accusation…
But some of the protesters were. These images show a man who took the higher ground and found excellent cover.
It is no wonder the BLM backed down. They will be back of course. They will bring smarter, better trained people. This is not over.
There are some more photos here
Sibelius replacement is the happy little fascist who unnecessarily abused the people in the cause of her party. Here is Palin….
Remember last year when America’s war memorials, national parks, patriotic amenities, student White House tours, etc. were shut down because the Obama administration’s spending priorities are so out of whack? Americans were told the Federal government didn’t have enough of our tax dollars to allow WWII vets to walk across a public sidewalk to visit a statue honoring these heroes. This, during the “shutdown” when crony capitalism, earmarks, and waste and fraud continued to fill the swamp. This, while the first family continued to live elaborately large and some in Congress had the gall to whine that they aren’t paid enough. This, while the people’s will continued to be arrogantly ignored.
What a cold and callous bureaucrat it was who’d direct that quite revealing fiasco, an episode over which the Obama Administration never recovered in the court of public opinion.
Who would do such a thing? Who would punish patriotic Americans? Who sent the email initiating all this?
The political operative Sylvia Burwell.
“We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us…” – Barak Hussein Obama
Burwell gets rewarded for punishing veterans.
Just two small issues need to be resolved before the state gets to all systems go: First, it needs the federal government to grant waivers allowing Vermont to divert Medicaid and other health-care funding into the single-payer system. And second, Vermont needs to find some way to pay for it.
Although Act 48 required Vermont to create a single-payer system by 2017, the state hasn’t drafted a bill spelling out how to raise the additional $1.6 billion a year (based on the state’s estimate) the system needs. The state collected only $2.7 billion in tax revenue in fiscal year 2012, so that’s a vexingly large sum to scrape together.
Vermont is a middling-tax state, as states go. And that’s not an accident; its population consists of longtime Vermonters, some of whom vote Republican (at least for governor) and are not super-tax-friendly, and transplants from Massachusetts and New York state, who, last time I looked, had moved to Vermont partly because the taxes were lower. Paying for this program would likely make Vermont the highest-taxed state in the nation, by quite a lot.
President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud “bogus” and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton.
Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make “it harder, not easier to vote.” And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred.
“So let’s be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” Obama said.
Obama sad that the efforts betrayed a weakness within the Republican Party, saying his opposition needed to restrict poll access to remain competitive.
Two stupid untruths…
1) ID laws make place an unreasonable burden on voters, and
2) There is no voter fraud in America.
I can think of no reason for him to make these claims except that he believes ID laws diminish fraud and he supports the fraud.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. I thought this video was important. Important or not it is beautiful.
The crisis in America today isn’t about women’s wages; it’s about men’s wages. Men are still the chief breadwinners in most families, and their wages are not moving much at all. If we look at Census Bureau data, we find that while men’s wages have risen by about 6 percent in real terms since 1980, women’s wages have risen by about 60 percent. Any gap in pay — real or imagined — is rapidly shrinking.
President Obama uses the figure of 77 cents earned by a woman for every dollar earned by a man. But that is a comparison of all women with all men (and even Mr. Obama’s own economists say a woman earns 81 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart). In fact, a 2009 Labor Department study found that, when we control for work experience and education, the gap is only about 5 percent. And when we account for the fact that men are more likely to be injured or suffer an accident on the job, and do riskier work and often more unpleasant jobs than women, the gap virtually disappears. My friend Mark Perry, an economist who runs the Carpe Diem blog at the American Enterprise Institute, has documented all this.
Furthermore, the latest surveys of college graduates find virtually no pay discrepancy between men and women, so for this generation the 77-cents mantra is as outdated as bell-bottom jeans.
The real wage crisis has to do with men. The latest education statistics show that women are about 53 percent of college enrollees and almost 60 percent of those pursuing advanced degrees. Pay rises with educational attainment. There is almost no gender gap for the latest generation entering the workforce; if the current educational trends continue, it is quite possible that women will start having higher earnings than men, and this will be especially true of women who do not have children.
Welcome once again to another Friday Night Flight. Just when I thought I would have to break from the loose theme I’ve had going in the lead up to Holy Week, I find a movie that can actually fit in. It was getting fairly close to show time and I still had no idea what it was going to be. There is power in waiting for the correct selection to take shape instead of allowing yourself to get in a panic and end up showing something like Octoman again.
It was tough this week. I just couldn’t find the right movie and wasn’t going to risk a miscalculation. I thought I had made the correct selection. It was one that can’t possibly go wrong. It was a Shark Movie. You can never go wrong with an obscure Shark Movie.
Then I found this one.
You can read this article about how power-couples like Jay Carney and his wife balance their lives (Who the hell asked?) and get a real sense of how the haut monde, nomenclatura of the of the empire’s capital city live, but I must issue a warning first. Reading the linked article will likely cause you to develop an instant sympathy and even enthusiasm for the techniques of Maximillian Robespierre. Halfway through I began to fantasize about the erection of guillotines on the National Mall.
The article just reeks elite privilege, government funded aristocracy and the type of federalized noblesse who peer down their noses at those of us in the fly-over provinces. These people are the picture of stylish propriety right down to their custom-made, designer dog. Read it and see how your betters live you wretched, baseborn plebe.
I said all of that so I could point out this: Jay Carney has decorated his home with Soviet propaganda posters. Behold.
Did I say CCCP? Oops. I meant NCAA officials.
A leader of the North Dakota Republican Party says his group was forced to take down their Sioux banner by the NCAA.
Jim Poolman, Vice Chairman of the NDGOP, was in Philadelphia attending the University of North Dakota/Univerity of Minnesota game last night. According to his Twitter account, his group was asked to take down their Fighting Sioux banner by the NCAA:
Jim Poolman @JimPoolman
Security just came into the suite to say that the NCAA called to say take down the Sioux flag in the suite! #freespeechhaters #gosioux9:55 PM – 10 Apr 2014
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If you are not familiar with the contoversy, a few years ago the NCAA forced the University of North Dakota to change the “hostile and abusive” nickname. After a long legal battle, UND caved and dropped the name. They currently do not have a new nickname, (nor should they adopt one in my opinion). Fans still wear Sioux jerseys, shirts, hats, pants, etc to games. The people in this post brought a flag to hang up in their suite during the game. Apparently, some NCAA jackass saw it and told security that they must take it down.
Someday, NCAA officials will start monitoring what fan’s at sporting events are wearing, and if they don’t approve of an individuals clothing, they can demand that he be kicked out. Sorry kids. Either turn those jerseys inside out, or get the hell out!
She had one thing to do today, and it was pure FUBAR. How on-the-nose is that?