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Usually refugees seek refuge where they can find it. For example, right across the nearest border. The Honduran “youth” coming to the United States don’t act like refugees seeking refuge, they act like determined immigrants. For example, they don’t stop when they cross the border into Mexico. They travel a thousand miles across Mexico to get to the Untied States. It would seem they aren’t really so much seeking refuge from Honduras as seeking to live in the United States.
The Obama Administration understands that and has a plan. Rather than forcing the Honduran “youths” to travel across Mexico, wouldn’t it make more sense for the United States to just send airplanes to Honduras, pick them up and bring them back?
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.
Unions are working hard to bring to fast food workers the conditions they created throughout the rust belt.
Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.
About 1,300 workers will attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever it takes” to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.
The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests.
Earlier this week the DC Circuit Court ruled that the Obamacare law means what is says: States that do not set up exchanges cannot receive subsidies. Democrats say this is ridiculous and that the judges ruled on a typo. They claim that it is ridiculous to interpret the law, which clearly limits subsidies to states with exchanges, to mean that the law limits subsidies to states with exchanges. Why would they even make such a ridiculous assumption, they ask.
One of the key players in the design of the law explains.
What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.
There is even video proof. I have cued the video to the relevant part. Down the Memory Hole…
The law denies states that do not set up exchanges subsidies. That was the intent of the law. That is the way it was written. Now that it has turned out to be a terrible mistake, Democrats induced the IRS to change the law and that is unconstitutional.
How blatant is the change in intent? The speaker above wants you to believe that he didn’t say what you just heard him say.
Earlier this week, Gruber was on MNSBC to address the Halbig ruling. He was asked if the language limiting subsidies to state-run exchanges was a typo. His response: “It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.”
This is what is called ‘being caught in a lie’.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is going to show the world the horror of being forced to live on minimum wage and is going to eat that way. She wants you to see her what her seven days of eating on a minimum wage diet looks like. The horror.
She has already run up against the constraints, saying it took her longer to shop for groceries as she got ready for the coming week because she had to weigh everything out and put some things back to make it all fit in her budget. “It does give us a taste of what it’s like to try to live on a minimum wage,” she said.
She added, “I’m hoping more of my colleagues will take the challenge, especially my Republican colleagues who will decide whether or when to call a vote” on the current legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which was blocked by Republicans in the Senate. “After they would do it, I believe it would be hard for anyone to deny the importance of moving quickly to raise the minimum wage.”
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) July 24, 2014
I hope she doesn’t starve to death.
You know, I remember working for minimum wage right after I got out of the Army. That lasted about three months and I got a raise. And then another one. And then another one. I didn’t need the government to give me a raise. I got it on my own.
A woman who witnesses said appeared to be in labor was prevented from crossing an LA street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade.
The woman was seen sitting at a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard and across from Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Obama was in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon for a 24-hour visit that included two political fundraisers and a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Several street closures were in place for the visit.
The Chairborne Rangers and Keyboard Commandos there are all tough and vocal when there is a computer screen between them and the one they are insulting. That’s why I seldom read the comments there. Childish is a kind word for them.
Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately.
The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday.
Slavitt, a former OptumInsight/QSSI group vice president, left the company last month to work as the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Obamacare and HealthCare.gov. His post makes him the No. 2 at the agency under CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
The former Optum executive gave the maximum campaign contributions allowed to President Obama’s Victory Fund and Obama for America—now Organizing for Action—in 2012, federal campaign records show.
Given the Obama Regime’s history of scrupulous behavior and tradition of upholding the highest level of professional integrity, I’m sure it will be fine.
Holder’s Justice Department isn’t really all that interested in prosecuting violations of gun laws.
While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows.
Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.
The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent decline from the record number of 8,752 prosecutions of ATF cases brought by the Justice Department in 2004 under Mr. Bush, according to the data.
It is often argued that there is no need to create new gun laws as long as violations of current laws go unprosecuted. That is true, as far as it goes. The reality, however, is that the administration isn’t really interested in prosecuting violations of gun laws. The administration wants to disarm the populace. New gun laws are designed to disarm the law abiding, not punish those who violate the law.
Again, Obama has no interest in preventing gun crime, his goal is disarmament.
Plenty of fake people voted for the members of Congress who passed Obamacare. I suppose it makes sense that fake people would benefit from it.
An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law’s enrollment system.
Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act’s eligibility-verification system.
The findings will be discussed at a House Ways and Means hearing Wednesday. They were revealed in an advance copy of the testimony from Seto Bagdoyan, head of GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, provided to the Associated Press.
The undercover investigators created fake identities by inventing Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship, and by counterfeiting documents.
Eleven of 12 fake online or telephone applications were approved, according to Bagdoyan. Five of six phone applications were successful, with the exception of one caller who declined to give a Social Security number. Six online applications were initially blocked by the verification system, but the investigators were able to find a workaround by going through the call center.
“The total amount of these credits for the 11 approved applications is about $2,500 monthly or about $30,000 annually,” Bagdoyan said, according to a report from NBC. “We also obtained cost-sharing reduction subsidies, according to marketplace representatives, in at least nine of the 11 cases.”
The FAA’s ban on flights to Israel is a major victor for Hamas. It hurts our ally and it aids our enemy. Here is the Senator’s statement.
“Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was extending its ban on flights by U.S. carriers into Israel. The rationale was that because one Hamas-launch rocket had landed in a field one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport, the ‘potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza’ necessitated this extreme action that has so far cancelled some 160 flights and left tens of thousands stranded.
“Obviously, no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way, and the recent downing of Malaysian Airways flight 17 by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by regional unrest. But security concerns in Israel are hardly breaking news, and given the exceptional challenge Israel faces, Ben Gurion has rightly earned the reputation as one of the safest airports in the world due to the aggressive security measures implemented by the Israeli government.
“Given that some 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel over the last six weeks, many of them at Tel Aviv, it seems curious to choose yesterday at noon to announce a flight ban, especially as the Obama Administration had to be aware of the punitive nature of this action.
“Tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel, which is in the middle of a summer high season already seriously diminished by the conflict initiated by Hamas. Group tours have been cancelling at a 30% rate. This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers. It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.
“Even given the remarkable resilience and prosperity of its economy, Israel has always been vulnerable to economic blackmail. In the 1970s, we saw the Arab League boycott, which tried to punish any financial institution that did business with Israel.
“Today we have similar noxious efforts by the Boycott, Divest, Sanction or ‘BDS’ movement, which seeks to punish Israel for the fact that the militant terrorist elements embraced by the Palestinian Authority make any peace deal an intolerable security risk to Israel at this time. But the Obama Administration has refused to robustly denounce this effort to undermine our ally.
“Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was ‘not sustainable’ and ‘illusory.’ Secretary Kerry unfortunately reprised this theme just this April, when he threatened that Israel risked becoming an ‘apartheid state’ if Israel did not submit to his chosen solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis.
“Taken in the context of Secretary Kerry’s comments, yesterday’s action by the FAA raises some serious questions:
- Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House?
- If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?
- What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?
- What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?
- Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?
“When Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo this week his first act was to announce $47 million in additional aid to Gaza, which is in effect $47 million for Hamas. In short order, this travel ban was announced by the FAA. Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally.
“Until these serious questions are answered, the facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.
“If so, Congress should demand answers.”
Senator John Walsh (D-MT) was appointed by the state’s Democrat governor and holds one of the contested seats up for grabs in November. In 2007, at the age of 46, he completed his Master’s Thesis at the Army War College. It was 14 pages long and about 25 percent of it was flat out plagiarized.
Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research project,” to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.
Most strikingly, the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.
In his third recommendation, for example, Mr. Walsh writes: “Democracy promoters need to engage as much as possible in a dialogue with a wide cross section of influential elites: mainstream academics, journalists, moderate Islamists, and members of the professional associations who play a political role in some Arab countries, rather than only the narrow world of westernized democracy and human rights advocates.”
The same sentence appears on the sixth page of a 2002 Carnegie paper written by four scholars at the research institute. In all, Mr. Walsh’s recommendations section runs to more than 800 words, nearly all of it taken verbatim from the Carnegie paper, without any footnote to it.
Needless to say, the military frowns on stealing other’s work for a master’s thesis. In fact, degrees are generally rescinded and promotions withdrawn when it is discovered. Why did he do it? He says it was PTSD.
U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana says he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used unattributed work of scholars in his master’s thesis.
Walsh says he unintentionally made incorrect citations in the 2007 paper, written nearly two years after he returned from Iraq.
Walsh told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his “head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.”
Some would like to dismiss it as something that has been done by Rand Paul and others. Even the NYT is having no part of that.
@blakehounshell Quoting the NYT regarding Rand Paul: "Mr. Walsh appears to have gone considerably further."
— R.D. Walker (@therealrevo) July 23, 2014
The audio is crappy. They should have had a wind screen on the mic but the wind seems to be louder than the shotgun.
This is the 6″ version of the new SilencerCo “Salvo” shotgun suppressor. It’s a little bit louder than the full 12″ version but I was still OK without ear pro. If I was shooting more rounds throughout a day, such as bird hunting, trap/skeet/sporting clays, I would probably wear ear pro, or see if a lighter load would reduce the volume.”
The video of the semi-auto shotgun with the longer suppressor is below.
Like American auto makers once did, the ‘Big Three’ networks have not, until recently, noticed that they have competitors. Many of those competitors are producing a superior product, too. For a while CNN was the leader in news gathering and reading. Those were the days when Ted Turner had the helm. Turner sold the network and it has been downhill ever since.
For some time now Fox News has been the leader. They have a winning strategy: Hire attractive, smart, hard-working people to collect and read the news. Then direct them to present both sides of an issue.
The ‘Big Three networks have continued with their self-delusion. They were once the biggest and the best. No longer. New management has tended left and hired progressives and tried to sell the leftist line. it’s not working. People in the United States have a healthy distrust of propaganda. It shows up in ratings. Gregory and NBC have had awful ratings. If they replace him with another zealot their ratings will continue to tank.
David Gregory’s time on ‘Meet the Press’ is almost up
David Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” sources told Page Six, and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections.
While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings.
Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”
Read more at New York Post’s Page Six
In scandal after scandal in the Obama administration, President Obama has said he didn’t know about the problems until he heard it on the news.
But the president changed his tune about his supposed ignorance at a Democratic fundraiser near Seattle on Tuesday night.
Mr. Obama told supporters that he doesn’t watch the news because, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
That contrasts with the explanations that the president and his aides have given from scandals in the past few years ranging from long wait times and deaths at the VA, to the IRS targeting tea party groups, to the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and the Department of Justice spying on news reporters.
Well, you can’t teach him anything because he already has all the answers. You know, like a 13 year old.
Remember when Sarah Palin refused to state which newspapers she reads and that was a big ‘gotchya’ for the MSN? Yeah, good times.
Sure is a good thing that Israel doesn’t use our “leaders” to negotiate. Where does he get off saying that we will consider anything? We may try to broker a deal, but the final say comes down to Israel.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out.
After a two-hour meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Mr. Kerry said Egypt’s cease-fire proposal had provided the framework for discussions on how to arrange one.
Mr. Kerry said his meetings here had been constructive. But there was no indication of an imminent breakthrough in cementing a cease-fire deal, and Mr. Kerry indicated that he expected his deliberations to continue for the next few days.
Hamas’s demands include opening a major border crossing with Egypt and the release of prisoners held by the Israelis. Discussions of them might be unavoidable, officials say, particularly because demands to open the border crossings were addressed in a 2012 cease-fire agreement.
How the welfare state discourages work, imposes dependency and exacerbates poverty. Worth six minutes of your day.
Down the memory hole. In this episode, Mitt Romney plays the role of a wise and patient teacher explaining geopolitics to a not-too-bright, arrogant and disrespectful student played by Barry Obama.
Thomas the Tank Engine, that is. So says the Guardian. James, normally a red engine, had to work with a coat of pink primer.
James is mortified that he has to travel while pink and proceeds to hide from all the other trains along the way. When he’s caught, the other trains – including Thomas – viciously laugh and mock him.
“What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)
But once James gets back on the rails and picks up Granddaughter Hatt and her friends, all seemingly ends well because the girls love pink.
Well guess what? It’s not OK. You think a little boy watching Thomas is going to file away the lesson that pink is OK for boys? No, what kids remember is that James was laughed at, cruelly, over and over again, because he looked different and was clad in a “girly” pink color.
I like articles like this. Every single one of them that is printed reduces the effectiveness of the accusations of the race mongers.
We have a regular reader who goes by the name of Messup. While his lack of paragraphs is a minor nuisance, his repeated insistence that (small L) libertarians hold contorted views really freaking irks me.
I have answered his accusations on a number of occasions, to no avail. I never seem to get a response. Maybe I will get an answer this time.
I am a liberal. I am a libertarian. I am a conservative.
Nothing in any of the foregoing 3 sentences, is incompatible with it’s accompanying 2 sentences. The 3 statements are not mutually exclusive.
I govern the affairs of my life by a fairly conservative set of values. I believe that all others should be able to choose how they live their life. The manner in which they choose to pursue happiness is of no concern to me, unless their pursuit impedes upon the rights of others. I despise modern pop-culture. I think Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are vacuous tramps. I firmly believe that women should cherish their dignity and guard their modesty. I do not, however, wish to impose my views upon them by force of government. I am a liberal… a libertarian.
Progressives are not liberals. Progressives are statists. Statists cannot, by definition, be liberals. They cannot, by definition, be libertarians. They believe that the force of government must be used to make people “better”. These worldviews are derived from the fundamental views of human as held by each group, respectively. Progressives believe that institutions corrupt individuals. Libertarians (small L) believe that people corrupt institutions. These divergent views of human nature cause two fundamentally different – and absolutely irreconcilable – belief structures.
These are the foundations of all political ideologies.
When libertarianism is taken to it’s root, you will find anarchy. When progressivism is taken to it’s root, you will find totalitarian rule. One belief structure allows freedom. One curtails it.
With this in mind, we must examine imbalance and equilibrium. Everything in our existence is constantly seeking equilibrium. The gravity, water, all types of force, all types of energy, our family, our marriage, even our faith. Nothing in your life can long stand when in a state of imbalance.
Libertarianism (small L) recognizes this need for equilibrium and seeks to find balance between liberties (or natural rights) and civil society. Anarchy is no way to run a civil society. Progressives seek to control, and thus impose their world view upon others. This is human nature. Humans are imperfect and given to abuse, when the right conditions exist. Classical liberalism is libertarianism… is liberty.
Everyone I trust wants the individual to exercise as much liberty in the governance of their own lives, as possible.
Libertarianism (small L) allows for varying opinions and views. It allows people to be free to think and live as they see fit. People disagree. As members of the same society, they must find acceptable levels of compromise. There must be a balance. This is why a libertarian, not unlike myself, can hold seemingly contradictory views. I believe that individuals should have the maximum freedom available to choose how to live their lives. They should not, however, be able to build a homemade nuclear reactor, next door to my house.
I believe that our military spending should be much less than it is. I also believe that is absolutely necessary for us to project our power around the globe. While imperfect, our nation is better suited than any other to lead. If the wrong decisions are being made, we have multiple processes to redress those grievances.
I believe that people should live by certain moral standards. Those standards should be imposed by society, not by force of government. I believe that every man should be able to enjoy the fruits of his own labor, but I recognize the need to care for those who truly cannot care for themselves. This should be accomplished through charity, not through force of government.
Progressives have destroyed the meanings of words. I am guilty of conflating definitions on a regular basis. Progressives have made statists into “liberals” and liberals into “conservatives”. Those who seek to live and let live are viewed as usurpers and the actual usurpers are viewed as liberators in progressive society. It is quite handy to know and recognize the difference. Words mean things, damnit. Stop denigrating those who believe we should all be free.